November 2014 Archives

Not that bad really in the grand scheme of things ;)

This was my "travelling tech" for our last trip, as well as other travel bits and pieces:
Travelling tech

Friday was first big Christmas party.  Had dinner at Sanur's afterwards, followed by tv at Justin C's (Snog, Marry, Avoid and The Hobbit).

Saturday we did food shopping for the club Christmas party, which we catered the mains for.  We did lamb, pork and turkey roasts, with roast veggies, a potato bake, and frozen carrots and peas/corn/beans.  Pretty sure everything turned out ok (certainly it got demolished in short order).  We've never cooked for so many people, so that was all a bit scary.  And we realised the oven isn't as big as we thought it was.

Lamb, turkey and pork roasts
Epic roast

Veggie roast, roast veggies, baby carrots, a huge potato bake
Epic roast

Today I came up to Sydney.  Kept Mum on track as she went through all the kitchen cupboards pulling out stuff she doesn't want.  Documented it all and got it all up on freecycle (take stuff please!!).

Also, I really hate Sydney humidity.  Give me Canberra climate any day. 

Oh, also, idiots should be shot to put the rest of the world out of its misery.  I was getting petrol at the BP at Marulan today.  This service station has heaps of room between the bowsers, so you can easily pull into the front slot if it's free, and the person in the back slot can easily get around them afterwards.  I love service stations like this, they rock, and make for much more efficient use of the pumps.  But this butthead pulled in behind me while I was in paying, he didn't take the front slot.  He just was there waiting behind me.  And I'm like - take the front slot you idiot.  But he didn't.  He just sat there getting angry.  In fact I hadn't even sorted myself out when he beeped me to get going.  Like how stupid can a person be?  I was tempted to just sit there and take even longer.  Because if you're too stupid to use the pumps properly, then you deserve all the pain you get.  I hate stupid people.

Being thrown back in

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Yesterday was lots of email sorting.  Lots of seeing where everything is up to.  Lots of working frantically to get everything done yesterday.

Last night we went to Kinh Do for dinner (because the Dumpling Inn is closed for months boooo).

Dumpling Inn closed

Crispy skin chicken with butter soy sauce.  Off the specials board.  Nice but it had broken bits of bone all through it.

Kinh Do

Cauliflower fritters

Kinh Do

Caramelised pork - yum!

Kinh Do

The little brother came over quite late, and Ben came up as well, so a fairly late night.

If you didn't notice the radio silence, we might have snuck in a little trip to Hong Kong and Taipei.

So there's been trivia nights (that I ran), balls (that I had to organise/prepare for), work, holidays to plan, holidays to sort photos for, and two trips to Sydney for good measure.  We've Freecycled *heaps* of stuff, and I've brought two carloads of stuff back to Canberra for people that wanted things here.  I've barely been at home the past two months.  Ingress and exercise suffered most.  And my flex time - been in the red for a month and struggling to stay afloat.  I have a tonne of pics I want to upload.  One day...  

Trivia night

Trivia night scores

Here's one though, a spiny-leaf stick insect.. soo cute!

Spiny leaf stick insect

Halloween Ball

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As usual, I'm amazed at the effort that goes into these things.

Work ball

Work ball

Raining Cats and Dogs

Work ball

Batman and a witch

Work ball

Olaf!

Work ball

Entree was a choice of pork belly (very yummy, I tried a bit of Stu's)

Work ball

Or smoked cutlets (which had a nice smokey flavour but weren't really hot enough)

Work ball

Mains was scotch fillet (which I didn't get to try)

Work ball

Or chicken, which was nice enough, and the veggies had a little bit of a spice kick

Work ball

Dessert was either soft-set meringue

Work ball

Or passionfruit tart, which was very nice

Work ball

I don't think I looked particularly Elsa-like

Work ball

Turns out the lead singer of the band is from our work as well!

Work ball

Louise totally channelled Anna the whole night (sadly I didn't get any good photos of her dancing)

Work ball

zOMG even Neil danced!  Must have been about the first time ever ;)

Work ball

Work ball

The light made my train look pretty cool

Work ball

All in all a great, if expensive! night

Yeah so I spent over $500 on the night.  It was fun though :)

Me as Elsa

Me as Elsa

Me as Elsa

Me as Elsa

Me as Elsa

Me as Elsa

Me as Elsa

Someone really needs to teach Doc how to frame a photo..

Elsa and Anna

Elsa and Anna

Priceless

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Tickets: $220
Dress: $50
Shape wear: $12
Shoes: $8
Hair pins: $14.32
Olaf: $24
Strapless bra: $89.95
Blonde hairspray: $19.90
Chocolates for Lizzi: $15
Makeup: $80.08
Star: $2
Taxi fares: $62.26

Mesmerising a group of little girls while dressed as Disney Princesses/Queens: Priceless

Ball

Opal

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So Opal is now the primary transport ticketing system in Sydney now.  Our friend Jo was forced to start using it last week and was quite shocked at how much more expensive it is for her.

For me, as a mostly casual user (I was using it three days a week) it worked out slightly cheaper and definitely more convenient.  But that was only because I wasn't buying weekly tickets (which were a bit over $40 at the time).  A weekly ticket would give you the equivalent of four days, with the fifth day "free", starting from whenever you purchased the ticket.  

Now with Opal that works the same way, except that it's only a Monday to Friday thing (correct me if I'm wrong).  Last week I went to Sydney and started commuting on a Thursday, finishing on a Wednesday.  If I'd been able to buy a weekly, it'd have cost me the bit over $40.  With Opal, the fifth day never kicked in, so would have cost me nearly $50.  

The only reason it didn't was because I took advantage of the fact that if you tap on before 7am you get a pretty big discount ($3.29 instead of $4.70) - something that you couldn't do before until after 9am.

So all in all I'm pretty much breaking even with the old system, or getting it a little cheaper.  But the convenience of not having to buy tickets every day is definitely a plus.

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