February 2017 Archives

Foody Bits

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I made this random meal in January using up stuff that needed to be used up.  Some little pita pockets I'd gotten off Potty a year ago, some cheese, prosciuotto, tomatoes and possibly Kit's tomato sauce.  Stu wanted me to make more the next day so we got through all the little pita pockets.

Pizza pockets

This was a zucchini and cauliflower bake I made to use up a couple of big zucchinis we'd gotten off Kit or Serena

Zucchini Cauliflower bake

And this was a zucchini, potato and sweet potato bake I made to use up a couple of zucchinis we'd gotten off EffanC

Zucchini potato bake

Trivial

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Other than going out on Saturday to do some clothes and food shopping, pretty much all I did all weekend was work on our next trivia night.

A Light Touch - lights in the Canberra Centre

And tonight was finding images to make it all pretty.

Except Open Office is completely retarded.  It crashes spectacularly when it runs out of memory.  But it doesn't just crash, it corrupts the file as well, so half the slides will lose their background, or all the images will disappear.  Super frustrating and I lost maybe half an hour or an hour's work when it did that to me - twice.  So I've got fifty thousand backups of backups in the hopes that further corruption won't lose too much work.  At least it's pretty much finished now, so hopefully won't have to change much more on it.

I've been sick this week.  Got a sore throat on Sunday night, felt all fuzzy on Monday (I should have stayed home), worked from home Tuesday to keep my sniffles to myself, and have felt better but coughing a lot the rest of the week.

Last night we took a couple of Dr Octopus pizzas down to Kit's for dinner and had a pretty relaxing evening.  When we came back up there was a huge huntsman in the entrance way, so we caught it and Stu said I should take it and show Kit.  So I did.  And then she fed it to her frogs.  !!  Poor spider..!!

Tonight we watched Oliver Stone's Snowden.  Quite well done and we both enjoyed it. 

Weekendy Bits

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The other week we finally finished watching Star Trek: The Original Series.  Last night we started watching Star Trek: Voyager.  I tried getting into Voyager when it was on tv twenty years ago, but after a season and a half I lost interest.  So watching them all again now.

In other news.  Saturday morning was up for a few hours in the middle of the night thanks to hurty.  So had a very late start.  Did house and hobby type stuff in the morning then headed out for lunch and then out to Fyshwick to have another go at going to Material Pleasures.  There was barely anything in the way of evening wear, and the few things that I did try on looked pretty hideous or just didn't fit.  So left in tears, further cementing my hatred of clothes shopping.  Did our food shopping on the way home.  Stu wanted to go to Aldi.  We always spend a lot less there, simply because they just don't have much.  They're ok for meat and cheese and maybe frozen food, but that's about it.  They're absolutely terrible for fruit and veg and anything that's a little bit non-standard.  Like you can't buy a single cucumber, you have to buy a whole tray.  And you can't buy a single brown onion, you have to buy a whole bag.  They don't have rice bran oil, or any of my toiletries.  Really don't like going there.  So I went next door to Coles to pick up all the essentials.  And a cucumber.

Today went with Chrissie to the Beer and Meat on Stick Festival (aka the Multicultural Festival).  The last time (and first time) I went was the morning after dad died three years ago, which made for a very strange day.  Today we had beer and meat on a stick.  And potato on a stick.  And fetta/spinach pastries.  And gozleme.  And cider.  It was pretty crowded, but there was seemingly a lot more food and drink stalls (including at least three potato on a stick stores) so you could always find one with a short queue (a couple of stalls did have very long queues, we just avoided those). 

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Came home and did papercraft and we cooked Scotch eggs for dinner and watched more Voyager.

Kit's Animals

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I never seem to have a shortage of Kit's animal photos..

These were the chickens all waiting for breakfast a few weeks ago..

Chicken feeding

Petal with her nails done..

Petal pink nails

About six weeks ago, Kit's friend gave her a bunny that was supposedly sexed by a vet as a girl.  So Kit thought she'd see how they'd go keeping it together with her girl bunny. 

Blobby

Except Bonnie was a boy.

Whoops.

They'd been together maybe an hour before they made babies.  They were born last week and are epic cute!  This is them a day and a half old, after having survived the 40C day last Friday.

Two day old bunnies

Another model I started making nearly three years ago was a paper geodesic octahedron.

Geodesic Octahedron

Or, if you please, a geodesic hexahedron (cube).

Geodesic Hexahedron

It's a dual model because the model is made up of forty-eight triangles and you can look at it as eight faces of six triangles (octahedron), or six faces of eight triangles (hexahedron/cube).

This was another pretty simple model to make, with the net taken from Vince Matsko.  You'll need to print eight pages of that net, but there's a catch: you need to make half of the triangles "left-handed" and half of the triangles "right-handed" - folding the strips "inwards" for half, and "outwards" for the other half.  If you want to make a two-colour model, as I have above, you'll need to make all the triangles of one colour left-handed, and all the triangles of the other colour right-handed.  Again, I stuffed this up when I was making it, and so I've had to make two models - oops!

Geodesic Dodecahedron

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A little while ago (crap it was nearly three years ago!) I started building one of Vince Matsko's geodesic dodecahdrons out of paper, based on Magnus Wenninger's Spherical Models.  I finished it a weekend ago (after realising I'd stuffed up when I started and was trying to do it with three colours, but it looks a lot better with four colours, so had to make the white pentagons as you see below).

Geodesic Dodecahedron

It's a pretty straightforward model to build.  Each pentagon face of the twelve faces of the dodecahdron is divided into five triangles, so you'll need sixty triangles.  Vince Matsko's net has twenty per page, so you'll need three pages.  Although if you want to make different colours like I have you may need more and have some leftover.  When you fold each strip, the little tab will always be right in the middle of the group of five triangles.  I stuck each group of five triangles together, giving me the twelve faces, then glued the twelve faces together into the ball.

A simple and fun little model to make.

Mother type weekend

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While mum was here over Christmas, we didn't spend a whole lot of time with her, on account of that's my only week off at home like ever, and so my only chance to really get things done around the house.  I still miss uni holidays.  Sigh.

Anyways, I said at the time she should come again for a weekend in say February, so she did.  She came down Friday night and we all had a swim to cool off (Friday was *stoopidly* hot).  Cooked sausages for dinner and we watched Shrek Forever After.  

Saturday morning I woke up at 4am and never got back to sleep - spine hurty and brain that wouldn't shut up.  Got ready and we all headed out to the club.  Were we sat in the pool and hid from the sun.  And then had lunch.  Then sat in the pool.  Then went home.  And sat in the pool.  Saturday was *stoopidly* hot as well.  I cooked honey mustard chicken for dinner and then mum and I did some photo labelling.  Well, all her photos are labelled, but there's plenty of photos where there's people's names, but I don't actually know the people or how they fit everything in.  I really need to do family trees for all that side of the family.  Mum's father's side is well documented, on account of us being First Fleeters, but mum's mother's side, and all of dad's side is a bit lacking in who's who.  Not that anyone will care after I die.  Heck I barely even care ;)

Sunday was a bit cooler.  Mum went to church in the morning so I finished scanning the last album I wanted to return.  Then we did more labelling.  Then off to Scott's with EffanC for drinks and nibbles and music and pizza.  Quite a pleasant afternoon.  Mum wanted to watch MKR when we got home so I stayed til the end of that, then had an early night.  

And then mum went home this morning.  

The Right Stuff

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The other day Doc hummed a couple of notes of You Got It (The Right Stuff) and it's been floating around my head ever since.

Then tonight we watched the episode of Fuller House with the New Kids on the Block in it.  Gah now it'll never get out of my head!! hehe

And I was never even a fan of their music!

But if anyone has an mp3 or wav of the first few notes can they send it to me, I'll use it in my next trivia night in a few weeks :)

Short Weekend

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Well short in that I didn't get as much to myself as I would have liked.

We watched Mockingjay part 1 at some point, I think on Friday night.  

Saturday morning a bit of house stuff before heading down to babysit Zac.  His neighbour took him swimming for a few hours which freed me up for the afternoon which was nice.  In the evening I cooked pasta for dinner (although noone was interested in it - they wanted chips and ice cream instead :( ).  Then we watched Shaun of Dead which was a bit more gruesome than I remembered it.

Sunday morning was mostly computer stuff, then round two of babysitting Zac at his place.  Got some papercraft done which was good.  In the evening we watched Mockingjay part 2.  Last night was humid and disgusting and it took me *hours* to get to sleep :(

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