January 2016 Archives
A couple of weeks ago I posted this photo mum and dad took of Marina Bay, Singapore in 2009.
Here's the exact same view, January 2016
Friday night we took Chrissie out for her birthday - she now joins me in knowing the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. We went to the Dumpling Inn and had some of our favourites (shredded beef peking style and three cup wine chicken) and some dumplings (still can't compete with Din Tai Fung). Went back to her place afterwards and Kit came down as well.
Lacked motivation this weekend. Had a big todo list, but barely any of it got done.
I did manage to clean the kitchen and the spare room. And did some washing.
Other than that, about ten hours on the jigsaw. And all I've got to show for it is some sorting (about three hours), the edge, and a tiny bit of the jigsaw proper.
Well, also went for a longish (well it took ages, but that was cause of the kid and the dogs being special, it was actually only 4.85km) walk with Chris. And the sweetie cooked dinner and did *heaps* of work in the garden.
Thirty years ago this morning we woke up to the news of the Challenger disaster.
I was just starting year 7. My parents heard it on the radio in bed, and told us about it.
I remember being quite stunned at the time.
I also remember that jokes about it came out *very* quickly in those pre-internet days. (eg - what does NASA stand for? need another seven astronauts)
So after *zero* sleep on Monday night, and just a couple of hours snoozing on Tuesday, last night I went to bed at a reasonable time, but then woke up at 4:37am with hurty.
So I was super tired today.
Tonight was just backing up my computer and starting this (a Christmas present from Stu)
Yesterday we went and saw The Big Short.
I knew nothing about it going in.
Although as it started I remembered Stu saying it was about the global financial crisis in 2008.
It was in fact about several different fund managers and speculators that bet on the collapse of the housing market in 2007-2008.
It was quite well done and I enjoyed it.
What's the deal with people dropping off at 69 from cancer?? First David Bowie, now Alan Rickman!
Mum is 69 - she'd better not be next!!
On Friday night I left work a bit early and drove up to Sydney. I drove past a fire at the airfield at Marulan, which turned out to be not from natural causes, but because of a plane crash! (the dude walked away - must have been a good landing!). We went and fed the Macaulay's cat, visited Aunty Di and Graham, then had an early night.
On Saturday we spent the morning looking at photos (we played Dad's funeral slide show which was a bit emotional) and food preparation. We did a big roast pork and my epic potato bake as well as some other veggies and lots of nibblies. We also whipped some cream and decorated a pavlova. Graham and Pam and Ken and Jeanine came over and we had a lovely afternoon.
In the evening we went and fed Macaulay's cat again, and watched The Princess Diaries (which Chris and I had been talking about only just the other day).
On Sunday I caught a train into the city to go see a couple of Lego exhibitions (which I'll save for separate posts).
At Central I was all set to walk around to Harris Street when I noticed the end of the Devonshire Street tunnel didn't *end* anymore - it kept on going - with a sign to the Powerhouse Museum. So I walked down through it. They've converted that whole little area between Central and the museum from the old goods lines into a park called The Goods Line. Totally spun me out because that area of the city has always been a dead zone and it was a real pain trying to get around because you couldn't just walk across town because of all the railway lines in the way.
The Powerhouse Museum (bottom entrance).
After seeing Art of the Brick, I headed back to Central to catch the train to Circular Quay (it was super hot and I didn't want to get hot and sweaty walking all the way, and as it turned out, Sunday is currently $2.50 all day on the trains so it didn't cost anything).
Then there was the second Lego exhibition of the day - the Sydney Harbour Icons at the Museum of Sydney.
Then up to Martin Place to train it back to mum's. I walked straight onto a train which was pretty cool.
Picked up all my stuff, then a flying visit to Luc and Lizzi's to do a donut photo of Ryan, then drove home.
I was expecting when I got home to have a quiet night of getting myself organised, but instead I came home to a pool full of people, in varying states of intoxication. Which was rather unexpected (and made me feel somewhat left out! heh). So didn't get anything done at home that night. Oh well.
I was having trouble deciding what to blog first tonight.
If I'd blogged last night it would have been about my trip to Sydney to see mum and her brothers and two Lego shows.
There would have been mention that we went to Aunty Di's on Friday night and remembered the January 1994 bushfires of January 8, those twenty two years ago that day.
If I'd been home to blog on January 8 I certainly would have mentioned my thirteenth blogiversary (my little blog is a teenager!).
And as part of that I would have said happy birthday to David Bowie.
He was in my thoughts three days ago.
And sadly, he was in them again today.
For once I didn't hear it first from the internet. As in 1997, when I heard about Princess Diana, it was my little brother that told me.
Rest in peace David Bowie. You were one of the greatest loves of my life.
I maintain that I've never danced on a table when I've been drinking. Ever.
Last night because no work drinks, a bunch of us went over to Lachie's instead to break in his new table that he'd built himself from scratch.
And I did consider changing my whole not dancing on tables stance.
Because look at this thing. It's SOLID.
It was a lovely evening, even if I was the oldest person there *by far*.
And there was indeed dancing on the table.
But not by me :)
Went down to Chrissie's tonight for a lovely dinner of beef and corned beef (which I chose to partake less of on account of sodium and all) and it was a lovely night of chatting and I didn't even document my dinner.. I know right! Fail! ;)
Five and a half years ago, before our trip to the UK in 2010, I bought a new pair of walking shoes.
I wore those shoes nearly every day for five and a half years. Millions of steps.
Recently, however, they started leaking through the soles in the wet, so it was time to get new shoes.
I got the exact same thing.
As you do.
I was looking at my parents' photos of Singapore tonight, and this photo spun me out... because the whole thing is finished now.. but back in 2009 it was just a construction site..
Chrissie came and picked up all her platies and the catfish today. Well all but four of the platies, which I kept in the krib tank. Platies are super skittish fish and run away whenever you go near them (let alone try to catch them).
Then I caught the two black neon tetras and the five rummy nose tetras and took them downstairs. So far they still look quite miserable in their new tank. I put a plant in but maybe they need some more. Then I took all the plants out of the two foot and tossed them, scrubbed clean all the filter and heater equipment, cleaned the glass and fully drained the tank. Will let it dry out completely before giving the gravel a thorough cleaning. With any luck the scourge of the black algae will be gone after all that.
I also pulled out the dead baby angel :( No idea what happened to the other one.
So in my AR-620T I have five danios, two angels and a cory.
In the krib tank is the old krib, five danios and four platties.
In a small tank downstairs I have the two black neon tetras and five rummy nose tetras.
Dinner tonight was chicken thighs and frozen cauliflower and broccoli. Cooked up some rice as well and have three lunches prepped, as well as several containers of *stuff* cleared out of the freezer.
This morning we went along to the Dendy to see a screening of a holiday special of Sherlock.
We love the Sherlock series - we've watched the entire thing through twice.
This episode has a bit of a twist to it which is a bit of fun. Really well done (as always). Loved it.
Before and after we got to see a couple of extra "special features" including some stuff by the producers and interviews.
And the cinema(s) were packed! We were in cinema 1 and it was full. Even Star Wars on the Monday after opening didn't fill that same cinema.
I really must keep reading the stories (read a bunch of them a while back but didn't finish).
Other than that today was just house stuff, including taking down the Christmas decorations :(
Had salmon and salad for dinner so *mostly* healthy.
So last night we were all set to just have a quiet night at home with just the two of us. I set out a spread of snack food that was to be our dinner/evening snacks and we sat down to watch an episode of House.
Then Kit messaged us. Did we want to come down.
So we went down, and then she invited Camilla and David over, and we were chatting for a while then invited Grant down as well. And later on Chris and Zac came up. So it was a lovely little neighbourhood party :)
Watched the fireworks at midnight, and stayed up chatting (well some of us did heh) for quite a while.
Today was fairly quiet. Hid in the house from the sun most of the day, only going out to feed Annie's cat. Did a bit of holiday planning, but not much house tidying.
Had a salad for lunch which was offset by the sweetie wanting pizza for dinner. Whoops. So much for a healthy start to the year...
I'm missing one of the four baby angels, and another one is looking very sick. Super sad-making :(
But did you know potato flowers are quite pretty?