September 2016 Archives
So aside from a plane blog entry, I haven't blogged in two weeks. Whoops.
Monday two weeks ago I took a six hour lunch and finished a photo project that I'll get online soon.
The next Wednesday we won another damned trivia night. Even without DC's help. So will run the next one, which could very well be the last.
The Friday that week I went to Chrissie's for dinner. She cooked a really nice pumpkin, gnochhi and sage dish, and for once we actually watched a movie (usually we talk about watching a movie but then just end up chatting all evening). So watched Independence Day.
Saturday Chrissie brought up her steam cleaner to attack the bathroom.
I'm too short to see this so never actually knew how bad it had gotten
So I made lunch (as you do). I cooked up a bit of a hanami lunch - teriyaki chicken wings, tuna sushi and okonomiyaki. There was heaps of food and Serena had been planning to have lunch with Kit so invited both of them up as well.
This was my first ever attempt at sushi! It turned out pretty well
Chrissie finished up in the bathroom later in the afternoon, and Zac mowed the lawn.
On Sunday I went to pick up the sweetie from the airport. And sorted Zac's Lego which Chrissie had brought up.
Monday I wore new jeans to work. But backing up a little. I am thoroughly sick and tired of paying a fortune for Jeanswest jeans that only last a year. And I hate that you can't get decent quality demin in girls jeans anymore. Why don't they make girls jeans in *real* demin and not that thin crappy stuff that is the only thing you can get now?? #hate Even at 40% off, Jeanswest jeans are still pretty expensive. So I thought screw this, and tried somewhere cheaper. I tried Target first, but there was only like one style of jeans there that weren't already ripped to shreds. wtf?? What idiot fashion designer thought that would ever be fashionable?? At least the idiots that wear jeans like that will look back at photos of themselves and wonder what in the world they were thinking. Suckers. So nothing at Target so tried Kmart. Found some clearance jeans that were $7. Each. And they were more comfortable that the Jeanswest jeans as they have a slightly higher cut. The next day I took them to get tailored and they were having a special - $10 jeans hemming. So for $68 I got four pairs of jeans in the right size. Normally that would be the cost of *one* pair of jeans. So even if these cheap ones only last a quarter as long, I'll still be ahead.
Thursday we went down to see the two day old chickies!
Friday the sweetie and I went into town for dinner. We ended up at Jamie's Italian, which I'd never actually been to before. The service was pretty slow but the food was delicious.
This crispy squid was crunchy and delicious
These polenta chips weren't bad, but quite heavy. Nothing like the awesomeness of the polenta chips we had at Pandanus on Lord Howe Island in 2007.
Stu's Pumpkin Panzerotti. I only got the smallest of mouthfuls and then got distracted by the waiter, shoulda had a bit more.
This spaghetti carbonara was sooo tasty. It's making me hungry just looking at it.
Salted caramel and chocolate sundae
After dinner (it was getting a bit late), Stu took me around to finish off the night shots for my photo project.
Saturday we had Nat and Andrew over for hanami lunch take two. Same menu basically, although sushi options modified slightly for the fussy eaters :P
Okonomiyaki (Lisa's recipe)
We chatted all afternoon and then put on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade which was fun.
In the evening the sweetie and I watched The Silence of the Lambs, which I hadn't seen in years and Stu had never seen.
Sunday was more food shopping, and more Lego sorting, with a roast dinner thrown in as well.
Also yesterday we realised that our sewage pipes were blocked.
So called Six Star Hot Water this morning and the same dude who replaced our hot water system came out and brought an eel. He dug through a big clump of roots and everything started flowing again. He said we could spend $5-10k getting it all dug up and fixed, or just spend the few hundred dollars every couple of years to get it cleared with an eel. So we'll probably end up doing that.
Other than that, today was just Lego sorting. In fact I only left the house to go hack a portal. Step count will be a bit sad today.
Oh, and I blogged. Finally.
I couldn't help myself. I had to go see it. In the rain.
Yes I was there for the first international flights both arriving and departing from Canberra!
Boeing 777-212(ER) 9V-SRP
David said they missed the planes and got the whole airport
I know that 737 is a lot further away but *damn* the 777 is big in comparison - it's like twice the size!
Planespotters! Not shown: the other guys with their SLRs
Lovely view up close on the taxi way
And as an extra added bonus, the car park had free parking from 7am to 11am for the event!
Had to log onto work this morning and ended up having to go in. So the entire day lost to work, and another weekend lost.
To say I'm annoyed at one particular vendor is an understatement.
Of course now I'm second guessing myself. Maybe this weekend was salvagable. I just have no idea cause, well, I have no idea about anything.
In a few minutes the sweetie will be landing at JFK airport. He arrives on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Centre attacks. He will spend a full day in New York on September 11. This blows my mind.
In what felt like a loop I was at work for the third weekend out of the last four. Things went a bit better today though so that was good.
Tonight I watched Looper. Interesting movie, but has more problems the more you think about it.
Popped into the War Memorial for an hour the other day while waiting for the sun to get into the right position. Had a wander through the WWI exhibition which I hadn't seen since it reopened. Didn't realise they had a piece of the Red Baron's plane there!
Found the plaque for my grandfather's battalion
What's the collective noun for rabbits. That. Were all over the lawn.
Piece of the fabric from the Red Baron's plane
Saw this super cool light wall in the Canberra Centre the other week. It's interactive - you can press the lights and they change colours and turn on/off. I totally want one.
Also saw this and thought it was pretty cool. Is there anything more you need in life?
I saw this Australian Kestrel on the rocks under Sea Cliff Bridge. I cautiously got closer and closer to it and it just sat there looking at me. Got within a couple of metres, went past it, and it was still there when I got back, before it flew off.
I don't think I've ever managed to get a photo of this. There's either no rocks there, or I'm driving and it's too hard. This time there were rocks on both signs, although a car was stopped right in front of the second one #grunt
So while the Sea Cliff Bridge opened when I was still living in Sydney, I never got around to seeing it. And then I moved to Canberra so opportunities became limited. But the other weekend I was leaving Sydney in the morning, and the weather was right, and I didn't need to rush home, so I went down and saw it.
It's pretty difficult to photograph from the top, so went down the rockshelf beneath to get better pictures.
So I never did get to see James Turrell's Retrospective at the Art Gallery (which I'm still pretty annoyed about).
But I did see his Skyspace on the weekend. Really need a super wide-angled lens tho. And maybe an overcast day for different lighting..
So it feels like I haven't been home in days.
Saturday work most of the day, a bit of touristing, and dinner was salmon at Chrissie's. Today out all day on a massive photo project which involved thirteen locations, 261 photos and 14000+ steps. So tonight I collapsed with a couple of beers, some chicken kiev, and a bit of Survivor.
Oh, it rained a little bit on Friday night.
This jetty usually has about 15cm of air *under* it
This duck was enjoying the newly expanded Lake Ginninderra
So were these swans
Ginninderra creek is usually about a metre wide at this point
Yesterday it was more like twenty
Scrivener had one gate open today
On Wednesday night Neil and I went to Sage for a super nice dinner hosted by Brokenwood wines. A night of delicious food and a *lot* of wine ensued. All the food was amazing, I'd like to go back again some time. We happened to be seated next to a lovely couple from Nicholls (Vicki and Stuart) who (after it got way past last bus time) gave us a lift home.
This was cured salmon. I typically prefer cooked salmon, but this was *awesome*. And that yellow thing? A slice of lemon that had been baked (or fried?) and was crunchy and sour and delicious. A wonderful opening course.
This was pork belly with cauliflower and some odd prawn-chip style popcorn stuff?? (I really wish we'd had a menu so I could tell you what everything was!) The only problem with this dish for me is that all that pork? It's just a lump of fat :( There was no meat at all :(:( I ended up doing a bit of a swapsie with Neil so I could get some meat.
This was lamb I believe. Lovely and tender.
They also brought out some sides of a creamy mashed potato and salad which were just lovely, but I didn't get photos.
A couple of cheeses to end the night. I loved the creamy one.
To go with the cheeses.