May 2015 Archives

Last Wednesday night we went along to the Library to go to an "author talk" - they had Nick Davies (investigative journalist who exposed the News of the World phone hacking scandal) there for an interview and question time.  Quite an interesting night and the sweetie got his book (signed) for us to read.

Hack Attack

Nick Davies

Saturday was Whisky Live.  I don't think they had as many stalls as last year.  Tried quite a few different things this year - things I wouldn't normally have tried.  Then back to EffanC's place and we watched Thelma and Louise and Pulp Fiction.

Today was just about of stuff around the house and food shopping.  We watched the unaired pilot of Sherlock, and also Emperor.

Also this week I lost my longest guardian portal in Longreach.  245 days.  Super sad times.

Ten Years

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Ten years ago tonight I met the sweetie for the first time in real life.  It was that meeting that changed the rest of my life.  Had it not been for that meeting I would not be sitting here in Canberra, having just watched through Sherlock, listening to my neighbour's loud music.  I wouldn't be in the job I am now or have a whole stack of friends that I have now.

In short it's been a pretty great ten years.

Kazza, Stu and Aurelius

Aquila saw that picture of the sweetie today and said he hadn't changed a bit.  Neither have I really, although I did point out that I'm a lot fatter now hehe.  And the reason I haven't dismantled the mosaic is that it reminds me of that trip to Queensland where I met the sweetie.


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Ten years ago I was a massive fan of Dave2.

Today I still am.


Ten years ago tonight I was meant to be packing for a holiday to Queensland, yet I somehow found time to make up this Lego mosaic.  

Blogography tshirt and lego

It will surprise you all to learn that I haven't actually dismantled that mosaic.  It's still in the spare room.  



Check out the timestamp of that photo! Just then!

So for reasons that I might elaborate on in a couple of days time, I have a bit of sentimental attachment to that mosaic.  I know I really really should make something new, I mean that was the whole reason I bought the mosaic sets to start with.  Maybe one day.  Before I get arthritis and/or die ... 

Incidentally, I'm still wearing that t-shirt too.  Although it's been relegated to winter-only wear, on account of staining from wearing it for so long.  Although I do have another one that I haven't started wearing yet, so I won't be out of Blogography t-shirts for some time yet :)


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Did you know you can't buy real denim anymore?  At least not in Target.  The only "denim" they have is the thin stretchy stuff that wears through after only a year or so.  I know this because I've had the same stuff from Jeanswest for the past few years and I'm sick of it wearing out so quickly.  Is there anywhere you can get *real* jeans anymore?  Will have to do some more searching.  

Also in Target I couldn't find any pyjamas that inspired me (seemingly no sets at all).

Also in Target I couldn't find any bras of the same style as I got last time, which means I need to start all over a-fricken-gen and try more on.  Why can't you buy the same thing in a couple of years time?  Why do they insist on *changing* things all the time??

So the sweetie took me to Max Brennar and we had italian thick white hot chocolate - soooo evil but soooo good!!

So since the start of the weekend I've been to Sydney and back.

On Friday night I headed up to Sydney, listening to podcasts for the drive.  Got to Mum's place and saw her photos of her recent trip to New Zealand.  Stayed the night - first person to sleep on her new sofa bed, which was actually fairly comfortable.  




In the morning we headed to my old flat to have a look at it - turns out the estate agents haven't fixed *anything* that was broken from last time.  Grunt.  Then had a body corporate meeting.  Same problems that have been plaguing the place for the last fourteen years as it turns out.  

Came back to mum's place and had a barrumundi lunch, then I headed back home.

Saturday night Stu had slow cooked some lamb shanks that were pretty tasty.

Today was just a bit of stuff around the house, food shopping, cooking dinner (coq au vin!) and Sherlock.

So I was reading this tonight.  And for some reason it reminded me of the time I scored a goal in summer hockey.

You see I played hockey from about year 10 and all through uni until I started work at OzEmail in 1996.  I used to play a half in hockey (I used to be fit - who knew?) so I was never really in the position to score goals.  Some of that time I played summer hockey for a couple of summers.  It was much like indoor soccer - on a quarter of the field, and sideways.  And there was this one time at summer hockey I managed to score a goal.  And my mum was there.  And she epic cheered.

It was pretty cool :)

Down and Up

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Was feeling miserable on Monday morning on account of fish killing on Sunday.  The day didn't get any better.  The proxies were misbehaving and we spent the better part of the day fighting with them.

Today I decided to apply rules of quantum physics and not look at them.  Strangely they behaved somewhat better.  Probably just having their console windows open adds to their workload (and they never could cope at the best of times).  We'll be damned glad to see the back of them when they go.

Other than that we've been watching Sherlock again.  Awesome show even a second time around.

The last of my angels died a week or so ago.  But I'm a slacker and hadn't pulled it out of the tank.

Then yesterday the sweetie decided to move the last duboisi and the sucking catfish into the angel tank.

Which hadn't been cleaned.

His fish were dead by today.

I might have had a moment.

We totally don't deserve to keep animals.  Part of me wants to get rid of every fricken tank we have.

Also.  Gravity sucks.

Also.  I broke both my middle fingernails today reaching into things.

I suck.


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I clocked my phone last night.

Ten thousand photos taken on my phone in two and a half years (although a number of those were on my last phone that were ported over to the new one).


Work has been super stressful the last little while.  On Friday night stayed back a little trying to resolve a problem for someone, which I did, so that was a relief leading into the weekend.  In fact I was just packing up to go when EffanC called to see if we wanted to go out for dinner.  Sounded great!  So we went into Mezzalira.  I'd never actually been there before.  At C's suggestion we had the five course degustation menu with matched wines.  On my!  So delicious.  A really great meal.

Pan seared scallops with smoked eel and jerusalem artichoke

Tortellini in sage butter

Mushroom risotto with truffle oil


Lemon tart

Saturday was a nice quiet day at home.

Ice burst

In the evening we went to the Ha Ha Bar for drinks for Kit's birthday.  It's not the sort of place that's really designed for that sort of gathering though - it's more a restaurant than a bar, so they say they do table service, but if we'd waited for table service we never would have gotten drinks.  And when I went to order some nibbles they said they'd come over and take food orders, but they never did so didn't end up getting food.  Anyway things settled down a bit when we all just went to the bar for drinks, and several platters of fries were ordered.  Pool at the Lighthouse afterwards.  A good fun evening.

Ha Ha drinks

Today was another quiet day of getting things done around the house.  In the afternoon we went for a walk to hack some portals and do some missions, then did a little food shopping.  Cooked honey mustard chicken for dinner.  Yum!

Honey mustard chicken

So nothing of any particular significance for May 16 this year.

  1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4. "Of course," he muttered. "That would have been too easy. Anakin, where are you?"
  2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch? The wall
  3. Before you started this survey, what were you doing? Eating breakfast, and reading Dave2's version of this
  4. What is the last thing you watched on TV? Sherlock
  5. Without looking, guess what time it is 8:15am
  6. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time? 8:25am
  7. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear? The water spray in the fish tank
  8. When did you last step outside? What were you doing? Last night, coming home from EffanC's
  9. Did you dream last night? Probably
  10. Do you remember your dreams? Sometimes
  11. When did you last laugh? Last night
  12. Do you remember why / at what? Chatting with friends
  13. What is on the walls of the room you are in? Paint
  14. Seen anything weird lately? A girl who walks down three flights of stairs to use the girls bathroom on our floor
  15. What do you think of this quiz? Not too bad so far
  16. What is the last film you saw? Guardians of the Galaxy
  17. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Germany
  18. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy? An aeroplane
  19. Tell me something about you that most people don't know. Um
  20. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do? Outlaw stoopid people
  21. Do you like to dance? Sure
  22. Would you ever consider living abroad? Yes
  23. Does your name make any interesting anagrams? Probably
  24. Who made the last incoming call on your phone? My neighbour.  She was a bit drunk.  OK a lot drunk.
  25. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer? A form to change my name with an organisation
  26. Last time you swam in a pool? Last Friday night
  27. Type of music you like most? Classical soundtracks (eg anything by John Williams).  Or rock.
  28. Type of music you dislike most? Hip hop/rap crap
  29. Are you listening to music right now? No
  30. What color is your bedroom carpet? Beige with brown flecks
  31. If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do? Seal in the laundry and put a toilet in downstairs
  32. What was the last thing you bought? Lunch yesterday
  33. Have you ever ridden on a motorbike? Yes - when I was about seven, at our neighbour's place
  34. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? Yes
  35. Do you have a garden? Yes
  36. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem? Yes.  Actually I'll qualify that - I'm a bit fuzzy on the second verse (which never gets sung) and don't know the other verses (which aren't official anyway)
  37. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? What day is it?
  38. If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be? I dunno.  Maybe David Bowie
  39. Who sent the last text message you received? My neighbour
  40. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Gosh I dunno.  Bunnings?  Harvey Norman?  Ikea?
  41. What time is bed time? 11pm lights out
  42. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant? No
  43. How many tattoos do you have? None
  44. If you don't have any, have you ever thought of getting one? No
  45. What did you do for your last birthday? Drank lots of whiskey then had dinner at Bella Vista
  46. Do you carry a donor card? Yes
  47. Who was the last person you ate dinner with? The sweetie and EffanC
  48. Is the glass half empty or half full? Depends on the direction it's going.  If you're drinking a glass of something, then at the half way point it's half empty.  If you're filling a glass, then at the half way point it's half full.
  49. What's the farthest-away place you've been? Scotland
  50. When's the last time you ate a homegrown tomato? Month or two ago - some of Kit's
  51. Have you ever won a trophy? Yes - for swimming when we were kids
  52. Are you a good cook? Not really.  Stu is much better, but he rarely ever cooks :(
  53. Do you know how to pump your own gas? Yes.  Who wouldn't??
  54. If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be? Jesus
  55. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school? Yes
  56. Do you touch-type? Yes
  57. What's under your bed? Dust
  58. Do you believe in love at first sight? Maybe
  59. Think fast, what do you like right now? Our heater
  60. Where were you on Valentine's day? Gungahlin for supplies, then out to the club
  61. What time do you get up? Usually between 6:45 and 7am
  62. What was the name of your first pet? Bluey
  63. Who is the second to last person to call you? EffanC
  64. Is there anything going on this weekend? Tidying the house.  Trying to get rid of stuff
  65. How are you feeling right now? Not too bad
  66. What do you think about the most? Um. Work maybe.  
  67. What time do you get up in the morning?
  68. If you had A Big Win in the Lottery, how long would you wait to tell people? Dunno.  I'd probably be questioning the authenticity of it on account of I don't buy lottery tickets.
  69. Who would you tell first? Stu obviously
  70. What is the last movie that you saw at the cinema? Cinderella
  71. Do you sing in the shower? Not really
  72. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? 
  73. What do you do most when you are bored? Read rss feeds
  74. What do you do for a living? Solve people's problems
  75. Do you love your job? Some of it
  76. What did you want to be when you grew up? Pilot
  77. If you could have any job, what would you want to do/be? Pilot.  Actually probably not.  Flying for myself would be fun, but I couldn't handle the stress of flying other people.  Getting paid to travel the world would be good.
  78. Which came first the chicken or the egg? One of them
  79. How many keys on your key ring? I dunno.  Lemme go look.  Six.
  80. Where would you retire to? Probably here
  81. What kind of car do you drive? Ford Laser
  82. What are your best physical features? My hair
  83. What are your best characteristics? Attention to detail
  84. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go? Europe? America? Antarctica? Cruise around the Mediterranean? St Maarten?
  85. What kind of books do you like to read? Science fiction, adventure
  86. Where would you want to retire to? 
  87. What is your favorite time of the day? Sunset
  88. Where did you grow up? Sydney
  89. How far away from your birthplace do you live now? 285km
  90. What are you reading now? I'm in between books
  91. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Morning
  92. Can you touch your nose with your tongue? Yes
  93. Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows? Yes
  94. Do you have pets? We have fish
  95. How many rings before you answer the phone? Um, as long as it takes to answer?
  96. What is your best childhood memory? Maybe our trip to America in 1983
  97. What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life? Pie packer, shop assistant, ISP call centre, desktop support, systems administrator
  98. Any new and exciting things that you would like to share? Um, not off the top of my head
  99. What is most important in life? um, friends/family/God
  100. What Inspires You? Good music

This is a recipe I've done a few times in recent months.  I figured it must be relatively easy to do myself without using any packet mix.  And it is!

Super simple ingredients - chicken, mustard, honey and cream.

Honey mustard chicken

After I took the first photo, I decided to also use some American mustard I had in the pantry.  It really doesn't matter too much what sort of mustard you use - whatever you prefer really.

I'm using 500g chicken thighs, and maybe 200-300mL cream, a goodly swirl of honey and a few teaspoons of mustard.

Honey mustard chicken

Brown the chicken (500g will take a couple of batches)

Honey mustard chicken

Turn the heat down, add in the cream, mustard and honey

Honey mustard chicken

Serve with rice and frozen vegetables

Honey mustard chicken


Serves two to three, depending on the appetite of your sweetie :)


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Friday night was swim night, and supper at EffanC's (mmm beef stew).

Saturday morning we headed out to the club.

Whereupon I noticed we had lost our rear number plate :(:(:(  We'd noticed it had been loose once before, but this time it was gone completely.  Called Canberra Connect and various police to report it.  Super epic pissed off, because I really liked that number plate and now we're going to lose it.

Then we did a bit of work scrubbing down the surface of our caravan which was starting to get mouldy.

Whereupon I sliced my finger open on a screw protuding from inside the caravan.

Yeah I pretty much lost it.  We'd been planning to stay the night, but I was feeling too miserable so we just came home.  We looked and looked for the number plate but didn't see it.

Went over to Kit's after dinner though which was nice.

Today, aside from finishing a jigsaw I started last night, didn't do much until we headed out again to look for the number plate. Fifty kilometres of driving around Canberra looking for it, but never found it :(:(:(:(  Will give it a couple of days in the hope that someone will hand it in before applying for a new one.

Did some food shopping them came home.  Watched Guardians of the Galaxy.  Not bad.  Now it must be bed time.

Oh also, I've uploaded a stack of images to old blog posts back to January, so if you could be bothered (I'm sure only mum will), there's pics in the archives.


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CinderellaSunday a week and a half ago, Kerry tried to organise a girls outing to see Cinderella.

Except Lily and Immy had already seen it.

So it was just me, Kerry, Violet and Violet's friend.

And I'd forgotten how bad parking at the mall is on a weekend.


But anyway.

The movie was super sweet (and of course a bit sad in places).  Probably you could think it was *too* sweet heh.  

They didn't try to modernise the humour at all, so was just a nice movie with a lot of cgi (the palace was meant to look like the one in Dresden, which I guessed during the movie and read it later).

Have courage and be kind.


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Had a pretty crap day today.  Started off bad and just never got any better.  Until beer o'clock I guess.


Been watching Big Bang Theory and Elementary and reading Tintin.

And we think our tv is dying - crazy video artefacts on it.


So I'm now three weeks behind on Friday Q.  I remember having trouble with them ten years ago as well - some of the questions are *hard*!

Had two nights in a row at EffanC's just chatting which was nice.

Cocktail mixers

Long Island Iced Teas

In between I didn't do much.  I vacuumed half the house, but we didn't do our food shopping.  Cleared off the family room and mostly cleared off the dining room table, but didn't actually get rid of anything, just rearranged things.  Got through more of our leftovers, but didn't cook anything new, or finish the oldest of the leftovers.  Went for an Ingress walk today because it was such a glorious day, but didn't manage to get the sweetie to join me.

Tonight we had a very nice dinner at Kit's, and the sweetie gave her a hand with her resume/job application.

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