April 2015 Archives

Not sick?

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Tonight when I went to bed I'd pretty much stopped sniffling.  And I was totally fine today.  Who's ever heard of a cold that lasts less than 24 hours?? Maybe I wasn't actually sick but had some sort of hayfever-like reaction ??


Started looking at Turkey photos tonight, since it's coming up on a year since I went.  But ten minutes in and I was already overwhelmed. hrmm.  That was the trip where I smashed my old lens, and had awful trouble trying to get it to focus, especially in low light at the beginning of the trip, but also in daylight later on.  I was surprised how many of my Gallipoli photos were out of focus when I went looking for pics the other day.  Sad times.

Supersize Me

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Finally saw Supersize Me tonight - watched it on Netflix.  Quite scary.  Although enough to stop me craving and eating bad food?  hrmmmm dunno about that.  There was also Food Inc we watched the other week which made us want to source more ethical food.  That's hard too when Coles is so cheap and has everything we want in once place.  Also hrmmm.

Last night I was cold and simply couldn't warm up.  Until about 1am :(  And then my nose exploded.  Seems I have a cold :(  So about three or four hours sleep last night.

But had to go to work today - big release I needed to do stuff for.  Anyway I don't feel "sick" as such - just tired and sniffly.  Better be off to bed methinks.


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So the sweetie and I have been married for seven years today :)

This morning I cooked cheesy potato hash browns.  Then while the pan was still hot I cooked dinner.  Then it was after 11am, and I was about to head out (to the movies with Kerry). 

Cheesy hash browns



This afternoon I did lots of housey type stuff.  But no photo sorting.  My holiday photo blogging is about to come to a screaming halt.

Dinner was beef stroganoff, then we thought we'd watched something a bit romantic, so we watched The Notebook on Netflix.  Urrgh.  Slowest.  Movie.  Ever.  Ok not really but was super slow and a few minutes in and I'm like, is this thing over yet?  I didn't really even care that much who she ended up with in the end.  Then we watched Frozen.

Three years ago today I had to celebrate our wedding anniversary without the sweetie which was super sad.  But they did give us champagne at breakfast because it was the Israeli Independence Day.  Then we went to the Garden Tomb, and the Tower of David museum, and wandered around Jerusalem.


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Fairly quiet day today.  ie, I got nothing much done.  The sweetie was pretty productive on his assignment though.

I might have made some Anzac biscuits though.  And cooked a lamb roast for dinner.

Anzac Biscuits

Tonight we watched Pacific Rim on Netflix, which was kinda like Evangelion meets Independence Day meets Armageddon, but nowhere near as good as any of them (which is saying a lot).

Three years ago today we did a whole lot of walking around Jerusalem, including going up on the Temple Mount, and seeing the pool of Bethesda, and Via Dolorosa, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, then out to the Holocaust History Museum.

100 Years

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One hundred years ago today a bunch of Aussie and New Zealand guys got off boats on this beach.

Anzac Cove

And climbed these hills under gunfire.

Plugges Plateau

And we've been remembering it ever since.

Lest we forget.

Made it

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Somehow survived to the end of the week.  It was a tough week. 

Three years ago today we went to The City of David, walked down Hezekiah's Tunnel to the pool of Siloam, saw the Burnt House Museum, and went to the places *traditionally* known as the location of the Last Supper, David's tomb and the rooster church.

The tension of this week got to me so much today I was actually in tears at one point.


Didn't even feel like staying at drinks tonight.  


But now I smell like dog, cause Kit is back from Europe and the dogs wanted cuddles.  Anyone's cuddles it would seem.

Three years ago today we went to the Israel Museum and saw some of the actual Dead Sea Scrolls, went out to Bethlehem and visited The Chuch of the Nativity (hrmm) and saw the fields where angels might have appeared to shepherds when Jesus was born, and explored the Herodium, where Herod built a fortress and was buried.


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Was generally having an ok day today (went offline for a while to Get Things Done).  Then frustrations with *people* ruined it right at the end.


Three years ago today we left the Dead Sea and headed for Jerusalem, stopping at Masada and Qumran, then going to the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, saw the Wailing Wall and went through the western wall tunnels.  

Definitely slept better last night.

But work was super crazy as ever.

Tonight was Rake and photo labelling and painting and doco watching.

Three years ago today we went to the bit of the Jordan River at the outlet of the Sea of Galilee where lots of people come to get baptised, went to Bet She'an, Jericho, and then on to the Dead Sea where we had a completely unique swimming experience.

Who needs sleep?

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Woke up around 3:30 this morning and never really got back to sleep, except for a little while between six and seven.  Blerf.  Stoopid spine and stoopid brain that wouldn't shut up.


Had a fairly cruisy morning getting things done, then everyone wanted everything at once.  I hate that.  Super stressful.

And I forgot to do my clothes washing tonight.

And my feet are *freezing* which will probably mean it'll take me forever to get to sleep.  


On a lighter note, we thought our hot water system had died because we ran out of hot water this morning.  But it was ok tonight.  So maybe the sweetie just needs to take shorter showers....

Three years ago today we explored Bethsaida, went up Mount Bental, went to Caesarea Philippi, and explored Tel Dan.

Not much

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Did a bit of food shopping this morning but that was pretty much all I achieved for the day.  We might have also gotten in a week early and turned the heater on tonight.  The sweetie cooked a curried cream of broccoli soup which was quite nice.  And the weather has been completely miserable but in the best Canberra way.

Three years ago today we went to the Jesus Boat Museum, explored some of the Sea of Galilee, went to the ruins of Capernaum and Korazim and went to a potential location of the Sermon on the Mount.


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Tonight we went and saw x+y.

I'd never even heard of it.  In fact I didn't even know what we were seeing until we got to the theatre.

I thought it was lovely - a bit funny, awkward, very well done, and a bit emotional.  Quite enjoyed it.

Afterwards we had supper at Max Brennar's and ate entirely too much.

Max Brennar

Max Brennar

The rest of today was just housework and photo sorting and stuff.

Three years ago today we went to Zippori and Nazareth.


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Somewhat frustrating day today, never really achieving what I wanted to do due to problems and interruptions.

Tonight we started on season 3 of Rake, and then watched Tron Legacy.

Three years ago today we left Tel Aviv, went to Caesarea by the sea, went up Mount Carmel and Mount Tabor and went to Megido before arriving at the Sea of Galilee.


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Got home late last night (went out for dinner after drinks), so didn't blog that three years ago yesterday we walked along the beach in Tel Aviv, then went to see a likely location where David fought Goliath, then had lunch and a bit of a walk around Old Jaffa.

So was planning to do more photo culling tonight.  But after cooking dinner, watching two episodes of Rake (we finished season 2), downloading photos and backing up my computer, suddenly it's 10pm and I haven't done anything.

And if it wasn't clear, the links to my travel blog that I'm putting in now have pictures.  Not that anyone other than my mother (maybe my brother) will likely bother to click through.

This morning I finished scanning all my analogue photos at 600dpi.  At least I think I have.  I'd have to double check everything, but pretty sure I'm done.

But I don't think I'll ever fully label my holiday photos from the digital age.  At least with them geotagged all I need to do is load them into GeoSetter or some such and it instantly shows me where a photo was taken.  Then it's easy enough to research on the internet what it was.

Also today I realised it was three years ago today that I took off for my "Eurasia 2012" holiday.  So I've been frantically labelling photos for the blog entries.  I doubt I'll get much past Israel/Jordan in this round, as it simply takes too long to choose photos to display, and I've only culled down the first two weeks of that two month holiday.  It's hard work I tells ya!

So anyway, three years ago today I spent two days getting to the other side of the planet all by myself.

Booze Revooze

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So a pretty quiet weekend.  Went out to the club yesterday and helped de-nail all the planking ripped up from around the pool.  Today was just scanning photos from the nineties and not much else.

I cooked some lamb shanks in the slow cooker today.  The meat was great but the sauce was way too watery.  Need to use less water, more flour and just rotate them more often I think.  ie, I need to keep practising.

Blissed out

Oh, and booze revooze - watched a few episodes of The Katering Show again.  Sooo silly but funny.

FridayQ: Scenario

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Friday, September 10th 2004...

FQ Topic: Scenario

FQ1: You've been given a million dollars to donate to a worthy charity! Which organization would benefit from your generosity and why are they deserving?
um, probably the Red Cross.  They just seem to always be there when needed.

FQ2: You've testified against the mob and have to leave the country! Where do you go to start your new life, and what new career will you pursue?
Probably Europe.  Career?  Travel blogger? :)

FQ3: A movie studio has given you carte blanche to develop a sequel to a film of your choice! What's your sequel going to be about and who's starring in it?
Harry Potter during the years after the books finished.  There's still so much more to those stories that could be told.  Since it's still so close to the original movies, you could get all the original actors.

FQ RE-BLOG: A tragic computer malfunction has erased your current blog so you decide to start over again under a fictitious identity. Who would you become and what would you write about?
Blerf.  I have enough trouble writing about *reality*, let alone fiction.

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FridayQ: Funny

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Friday, September 3rd 2004...

FQ Topic: Funny

FQ1: What's something you find humorous, but probably shouldn't?
Stoopid people doing stoopid things

FQ2: What's something that others find funny, but you don't?
There's Something About Mary.  Stoopidest. Movie. Ever.  I barely raised a smile the whole way through it, yet the rest of the cinema was cacking itself.

FQ3: What actor/comedian/personality always makes you laugh? What movie? What book?
um.  I dunno.. maybe Robin Williams?  
movie - Flying High!
book - maybe something by Roald Dahl.

FQ STAND-UP: Tell us a joke or funny story.
This was always my dad's favourite joke.  Because I've heard it so often it's the only joke I really remember.  This is a brief version cause I couldn't be bothered embellishing it :)

So there's this little old lady who's lonely and goes into a pet store to buy a budgie to talk to.  But when she gets it home the budgie starts swearing its head off.  The little old lady takes it back to the pet store because she can't have a swearing budgie in the house.  But the pet store guy goes, "whenever it swears, just put it in the freezer for ten seconds - not to long otherwise it'll freeze".  So she does this.  As soon as the budgie starts swearing, she takes it and puts it in the freezer, counts up to ten, then takes out it.  The budgie is shivering and asks "If I got ten seconds for swearing, what did the chook do??"

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The Liners

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So after a lot of weather documentaries and American national parks, then through a lot of Australian and New Zealand travel and top end documentaries, I'm now up to a series called The Liners in dad's documentary collection which I'm thoroughly enjoying.  I did however just go and lookup what happened to the Queen Elizabeth, and was sad to learn it's now buried under a container terminal in Hong Kong.  I've seen the Queen Mary, but we didn't get to go on her.  Maybe next time.. Actually there's a growing list of ships I want to go and tour.. must collate them some time..

That was the weather today.

Loved it :)

For some reason it reminds me of *Canberra* - going home to a nice cosy house and listening to the rain is just so awesome.  Even though we didn't actually turn the heater on - apparently there's some rule against turning it on before Anzac Day heh

Yet another week goes by.

Thursday: after yet another night of Wednesday night insomnia, didn't have the energy to stay at drinks, so went home and had a tv dinner and watched Tangled (which was pretty good).

Friday: headed out to the club.  Pulled out the fridge that had never worked on 240V and did some jigsaw.  Quite a few people came up for happy hour which was nice.

Fridge removal

Fridge removal

Saturday: more stuff around the van, and did some hazard reduction, more jigsaw, and happy hour again with everyone in the evening.

Burn off April

We evicted this spider from our caravan

Sunday: continued hazard reduction, came home around lunch time.  Had a pretty quiet afternoon.  Dinner at EffanC's, watched The Prestige.

Monday: nothing much.  Scanned a hundred photos from 1998, sorted finances, went for a walk with the sweetie, cooked an epic potato bake, and some veggies, watched a couple of episodes of Rake.  Got annoyed at channel 7 which was off the air until about 9:20pm.  But did enjoy the RAIN!

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