August 2014 Archives

Had a fairly quiet weekend.  

Went out to the club on Friday night.  Attempted to go to bed early but it was still nearly 11pm by the time we turned lights out.

Spent Saturday morning doing crafty stuff.  Then a bit of socialising.  In bed by 8:15pm.

Caravan breakfast

Came home after breakfast this morning.

Foggy web

Had quite a productive afternoon.  Did some crafty stuff, vacuumed half the house, moved a desk into the "winter" hobby room, cleaned the kitchen somewhat.

Cooked a nice chicken roast with three cheese and bacon stuffing.  Yumm!

Then we watched Prisoner of Azkaban.

But I got hit with Sunday night depression/anxiety.  Hate hate hate Sunday nights.

I still haven't decided which lens to get.  I tried out work's 24-105 during the week.  While it's nice I really don't think it's *that* much better than my 18-135, which I much prefer the range on, especially for travelling.  I used the full zoom on that *all the time*, so to lose 20mm would suck.  Also, it's half the price of the L-series.  And the L-series weighs a fricken tonne (ok 670g vs 480g).  I've been stuck with this indecision for months.  But now I'm really running out of time to do something about it :(

So I had "Do you wanna build a snow man?" in my head all day Saturday.

Yup, I went to the snow.  But I didn't build a snowman.  I was too busy skiing.

Steve picked me up at 5:10am but then we had to go back a bit cause Ray had forgotten his snowboard boots.  Ski Co in Cooma was a bit crowded but got in and out fairly quickly since I had my paperwork from last time and said just get me the same stuff.  But maccas was too busy so I didn't get the breakfast I was counting on.  And I was starving.  And you shouldn't talk to me when I have low blood sugar like that.  Hmmmm.

I was almost too grumpy to take this photo of a fogbow.


But then we phoned through to Mountain Munchies in Jindabyne so I could order a big brekkie roll pickup.  So that worked well.  And it was it pretty good too.

Big brekkie roll

Hacked a few portals while trying to get through the bottleneck that is the intersection of Barry Way and Kosciuszko Road.  Still own them too, four days later.

So got to the snow around nineish.  Dumped my beanie and both jumpers in the car - it was that hot even before I started for the day. 

I had a fantastic day.  Started at front valley then over to Blue Cow and did Pleasant Valley and Roller Coaster and Excelerator and the summit and then over to Guthega.  Had the longest wait of the day at the bottom of the Blue Calf T Bar, so didn't go back there.  But had a few great runs there, including a couple I'd never done before.  Was heading up Blue Cow T Bar for another run when it broke down.  Waited for a while there but then decided to give up on it and have lunch.  Had a pie at the little kiosk they'd setup at the top of the Car Park Double.  So then I was going to head to Freedom to get out, but the Blue Cow T opened up again so had another couple of runs there before heading all the way back to Perisher for Pretty Valley, Interceptor and Happy Valley.  At 4pm I could have met up with Steve and Ray or had another couple of runs, but my knees were starting to really ache.  I'm getting old!!  So we had a couple of beers and they went down a treat :)

Definitely felt like I had a lot more confidence this trip which was good.  Maybe I'll even tackle more runs on Mt P one day ..

Pleasant Valley - my favourite run
Pleasant Valley

Me on the Pleasant Valley Quad
Me on Pleasant Valley Quad

Moguls next to Excelerator

From the summit looking back to Blue Cow
Looking across to Blue Cow

From Blue Cow looking across to the summit
Looking back to the Summit

Dam at Guthega Pondage
Dam at Guthega Pondage

This view of Mt Kosciuszko and the main ranges never gets old for me.  Love it.
Mt Kosciuszko and the Main Ranges

Obligatory selfie

My phone battery pretty much died by lunch time so no piccies in the afternoon.

I also carted the GPS around, but I'd forgotten to charge it from after my last Sydney trip.  So it started complaining of low battery at 1pm-ish.  But it soldiered on and made it til almost 4pm, finally conking out half way up my last t-bar.  I also realised I hadn't downloaded it from two Sydney trips.  It can hold quite a lot of data in memory!  Love that little thing.

Skiing Map


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On Thursday night we had a team dinner at Outback Jack's.  I'd seen a thing on their website about all you can eat wings and ribs for $30, so I had in my mind that's what I wanted.  But it turns out that's only Mon-Wed.  But that didn't stop me wanting them :) 

So I did..

Outback Jack's platter

Oh my!! It was enormous!!  I took one look at it and decided I'd need a doggy bag.  But the boys helped me with it and we managed to finish it.  Sooo good :)  But probably a dish best for two people not one!  Also so many yummy choices on the menu, we'll have to go back some time.

Marc and Jo Visit

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Friday night (after several disasters at their end) Marc and Jo arrived in town for the weekend.  We chatted til quite late.

Saturday morning we went into town for some breakfast at Mocan and Green Grout.

Mocan toastie

Mocan toastie

Mocan eggs

And we also had got some tapioca and persimon.  The tapioca was nice but the persimon was a little tough.

Mocan tapioca

I took a *lot* of photos of this dog trying to get one of him with his tongue out.  I got a few.

Dog tongue

Dog tongue

There was also a honeyeater that needed documenting


Then we went down to the lake to document more birds




Magpie lark squawking

Magpie lark squawking

At the lake

Then we went for a drive up Mt Ainslie

Mt Ainslie

There were more birds :)

Ainslie wren

Marc and Jo went off to visit some other friends so we came home and chilled out, then went and did some food shopping.

We cooked up a *lot* of mushrooms (and had some leftover cause we bought too many) for Marc's strog

Marc's strog

Marc's strog

It was delicious!!

We put on Frozen after dinner while we chatted, then Rocky Horror.

In the morning Marc and I cooked up a storm for breakfast while various spouses dozed.  Bacon, eggs, hash browns, onions and mushrooms - yumm!

Mega breakfast

Then chillaxed and didn't do anything exciting.  They left later in the afternoon on Sunday.


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Birthday breakfast was Maccas.  So sue me.

Birthday breakfast

Lunch was a couple of KFC drumsticks.  KFC is somewhat of a birthday tradition.

Then there was whiskey.  So much whiskey!

Whiskey night

Including one that smelt like toast to me, and rocket fuel to everyone else


Even the sweetie came in for a while :)

Then we headed off to Bella Vista.

The sweetie had veal in a parmesan cup

Bella Vista

And I had scallops

Bella Vista

Then the sweetie had fettucini with sundried tomatoes

Bella Vista

And I had salmon, prawns, prosciutto wrapped asparagus and a lot of garlic :)

Bella Vista

A thoroughly delicious dinner and a wonderful birthday :)

Some of my pressies :)

Birthday presents

Sydney - August

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Sunday I headed up to Sydney in time for a reunion of the people we went to Turkey with.  Chatted with some peoples and got to see Heather's photo books of our Israel/Jordan and Egypt trips.  They were spectacular, would love to get around to making some photos books ... one day ...

Then for dinner Aunty Di and Graham and Chrissie and Zac and Dave and Yvonne and Ben all came over to Mum's for a birthday dinner of takeaway chinese.  

Birthday dinner

We showed Zac Bubble Butt, he kinda freaked out hehe


There's photos of me and a cake around somewhere, I really should find those :)

Monday was Peking Duck day with @StuartCRyan

Stuart C Ryan

Stuart C Ryan

Peking Duck August

Monday and Tuesday we continued the cleanup downstairs (and upstairs).

Anyone want any back issues of Silicon Chip or Electronics Australia?


Wednesday night I came home.

Another Raclette

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This time with actual raclette.

Another raclette

Boiling, frying..

Another raclette


Another raclette

It was a little thick though

Another raclette

It was pretty thick so I chucked in a good dollop of thickened cream which made it a bit better

Another raclette

The finished product.  Still nothing much like Pulp Kitchen's.  Will just have to keep trying.

Another raclette


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Just some home made pizzas.  They were yummy.

Pizza before

Pizza before

Pizza before

Bits and stuff

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One of the coldest nights we had this winter was the 5-6th August.  The ice on the tub of water was so thick it took a *lot* of effort to break through it to see how thick it was.

Chunky Ice

This candle was at @CLBradley's.  I thought it looked like a tower out of Lord of the Rings.

Tower candle

Sometimes George comes in hoping to be fed (rarely happens but doesn't stop him investigting).  He rarely ever stops for more than a few seconds at a time so this picture of him laying down on the sweetie is pretty rare.

George pillow

Mexican Train

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Last night we went over to EffanC's place for cheese and dinner of some very yummy pizzas.


After dinner we played a few games of Mexican Train, which is played with dominos that go up to thirteen dots.  It was a fun game, will have to play it again some time.


The other week when I was sorting through all our receipts, a whole flock of currawongs were around the house singing to each other.  For *hours*.  It was a great musical accompanyment to my sorting!

Later on I got to document some of them.







The magpie larks also came down for their baths

Magpie lark bath

The other fun bird that's been around is the "Midnight Magpie".  This magpie has been known to sing all the way through the night.  Or at least from midnight to 2am :)

Half of my battle with blogging these days is the whole *effort* of downloading, selecting, resizing, stripping geodata and blogging photos.

I have several weeks of photos to blog.  Over fifty actually.  Eep!  Lots of birds, funnily enough. 

Also, during the week I have nothing much to say.

Because I only tend to blog about stuff I've done, and I don't tend to do anything much interesting during the week.

But I've been really impressed with my SIL blogging every day this month and I feel bad being so slack with this blog.  I really do love the archive of my life I keep here.  

So I'm going to try again to blog more often.

Today I had my Sadie cap on, and cut the rules down on one firewall from over two hundred to a little over one hundred.  Cleaning makes me happy :)  Mind you it's a lot easier to clean up other people's messes.  My own messes are harder because I'm lazy :)

So a couple of weeks ago at @CLBradley's Miss M was singing Let it Go from Frozen on YouTube.  So I borrowed their DVD.

Watched it on that weekend, but didn't return it because I thought I might watch it again.

The next Thursday I was at @CLBradley's again because I'd spent the week learning the song and wanted to sing it with Miss M.  So that was fun :)

The next night the sweetie suggested we watch it again, so we did.

Then he got the dvd and soundtrack for me for my birthday :)  

So we watched it again on my birthday last Thursday.  Then while waiting for M&J on Friday night we watched it again.  And last night we put it on after dinner while we were chatting.

So I've seen it five times in two weeks, and three times in three days.

Anyone would think I was a nine year old girl .. 


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LucyLast night the sweetie and I went along to see Lucy.

I did like it.

Some of the ideas were quite good, and in some ways it makes you think.

But then if you think too much about it, you realise how implausible it all is.

Fun anyway.

The rest of the weekend has been quiet so far.

Friday night we watched Frozen again, and then The Patriot.  I felt awfully conflicted watching Jason tho .. he's so damned hot in that movie, but he's also an utter bastard.  *sigh* :)

Belco Birds

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Some Red Rumped Parrots were in the park the other day

Red rumped parrot

Red rumped parrot

And there's magpies nesting in the Westfield sign

Magpie nest


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Last weekend was quite busy in terms of socialising.

As mentioned previously, the Friday night we had Gaelian and Stef over.

Late Saturday afternoon we went over to Potty's to try and clean up his computer that was full of malware the kids had installed.

Pookie and the fish

Then we headed over to Mishi's for a games night.  Much chatting and eating and bit of game playing.  We played DC's logo game again which was fun, then started on Trivial Pursuit but gave up after Damien and Amanda got two pieces of pie, as the questions were quite hard and it was very slow going.

Sunday was lunch at Josh and Ally's with Andrea and GP.  Ally had cooked up some delicious food including a cassoulet!


Eggplant salad


I might have also helped the small person build one of her Lego sets.

We stayed all afternoon which was nice.

Then we came home and we watched Frozen that I'd borrowed off Miss M.

While Driving

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On Horse Park Drive, snow on the Brindabellas

Brindabella snow


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For most of Saturday afternoon I went through our receipts.  Mine went back to 2001, Stu's back to about 2008.  I'd pretty much kept every receipt of mine *ever*.  I always kept meaning to reconcile them with credit card statements, but that hasn't happened in years.  And I had great visions of entering groceries into some sort of database to watch how prices changed over time.  Yah right.

But I've been applying a rule to stuff like that - if noone would care about it after I died, then there's really no point keeping it.

Honestly, who's going to care how much I spent on groceries after I'm gone?

So this is the pile of receipts I'm chucking out.


I did keep some things.  A few sentimental ones, like Infinity on the Gold Coast where I went with Stu on our one and only date.  And receipts for dvds and cds, and appliances and the like that we still own.  Fourteen years of receipts down to this.


There was a bit of nostalgia in some of them, especially for the older stuff.  And some fun things like VHS tapes, which I was still buying as recently as 2005.  Zooper Doopers! I found a receipt for some of those from 2005, which means I've had some ice blocks in my freezer for about nine years... *gulp* .. maybe I should eat them this summer!  And at my old work, plenty of ATM withdrawals and Post Office receipts from my ebay packing in 2003-2004 that reminded me of places I haven't thought about in seven years.  Receipts from places like Rosehill, where I used to visit Striker for Evilhouse video nights.  Petrol receipts from places on the way to/from CIA visits and visits to Stu.  BigW receipts of DVD purchases when I first got a DVD player.  I used to go there whenever I needed to go shopping for groceries and have a look for weekly specials.  I used to get all my meat from Sonny's Butcher at Rockdale Plaza, and all my fruit and veg from Mile's Fresh Food Market, which I can't even remember whereabouts in the plaza that is now.  Booze came from Woolworth's Liquour, and the rest of my groceries from Franklins.

So much of my life history in little bits of paper.

So much of my life forgotten because it seemed too inane to blog about.

I wish I'd started blogging a lot earlier than 2003...!!

I don't really even have any interesting photos either.

Last Saturday was housework in the morning then headed out to the club.

Sunday we stopped in at Potty's to show him the new car.

Monday the little brother came over and stayed the night.  We had a tuna bake and watched Cities of the Underworld (Paris) which Dave thought was pretty cool because he'd actually *been* to not just the catacombs but also the stuff off the old disused train line.  We also started watching Total Recall but I didn't have the energy to stay up to the end of it.

Spent a good chunk of the week working through decommissioning stuff.  It takes just as much effort, if not more, than commissioning.  hrmm.

Thursday was bbq at @CLBradley's.

Friday we got Dumpling Inn takeaway and had Gaelian and Stef over.

We had a random cat show up last night too, meowing at the door.  It seemed a bit frightened.  It looked like it wanted to come in out of the cold but was a bit to scared to.  And when it did come in it wanted to go straight out again.  Had collars but couldn't find a name tag.  Hope it was all right.

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