July 2017 Archives

Thursday night we went down to Kit's to play Cards Against Humanity which was a bit of fun.

Friday night Neil and I went along to Roz's 60th at the Abbey.  It was quite a nice night, although she asked me to be photographer which I wasn't super happy about - I like taking photos for myself, but doing it officially for someone else is way too stressful!

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Saturday morning after waiting for the sweetie to get up and do some stuff for work, it was suddenly a lot later that I wanted it to be.  We went out to do food shopping for the evening - where we cooked a roast dinner for forty people at the club!!  Four kilos of pork, two kilos of turkey, a big potato bake, roast veggies, brussel sprouts with bacon, grilled zucchini, minted peas, and carrots, with my own apple sauce, and gravy using all of the pork drippings :)  It was pretty epic, but for forty people it was *just* enough food.  Still, everyone seemed happy, even though the turkey was a little dry on top because I forgot to put foil over it for the first part. 

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

We didn't get home til lunch time today.  I was a bit tired this afternoon so didn't get a whole lot done.  I did finally finish watching through Monty Python series four, so I've now half watched all of it, although it really is rather silly.

Tonight we just watched Voyager, and the new Ghost in the Shell, which I could actually follow, on account of it being dumbed down for American audiences, and me.

And just like that the weekend is over.  Sad times.

I've got a new blog.

A blog thirty years in the making.  

That all started when I scanned a photo of us at the Canberra Times Fountain in Civic last year.  I got the idea to recreate a family holiday to Canberra in 1986, with as many of the same shots as possible thirty years later in 2016.  It was a lot of work and I procrastinated getting it online for a good six months.  But it's finally done!

Here's a sample:

1986 2016

Have a look:  Canberra 1986 - 2016

I wonder if the RiotACT would be interested...

Olive

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Last night we met up with Damien and Amanda for dinner at Olive at Hawker.  I'd never even heard of it before, but a quick Google sorted that out.  They even have an online reservation form which is very civilised.  We were the first ones in at 6pm, but it did fill up pretty much completely.  

Olive at Hawker

The bread was amazing - fresh and warm and crusty.  And those little battered and fried stuffed olives were also great.
Olive at Hawker

I quite enjoyed my duck, but needed the sweetie's assitance to finish
Olive at Hawker

Stu enjoyed his octopus (he had two entrees instead of a main)
Olive at Hawker

Lovely creme brulee, but again, needed the sweetie's assistance to finish
Olive at Hawker

We had a lovely meal but both came home moaning - me from eating too much food, and Stu from eating too much bread.  Oops :)

Back in the day, when I used to read more news feeds, one of them (can't remember which) often used to print snippets taken from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader books.  So when this one came out I got it as a birthday present for someone, promptly borrowed it, and had it sitting in my room for years.  Finally got through it last night (helps going to bed a bit early so you have time to read for a bit).  Lots of interesting factoids.  I should probably have written some of them down for our next trivia night ;)  But I did take photos of a couple of the pages for use in our next trivia night :)

Bones Never Lie

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While I was on the Queen Mary 2 in March (name dropping much?) I borrowed Bones Never Lie, by Kathy Reichs, from the ship's 10000 volume library (!) and read it over the course of the trip.  I've always liked the Bones books, and it was kinda nice to pick up on the overarching personal life threads, even after not having read some of the books in between.  Silly thing is, I don't think she actually did any studying of bones at all in this story.  And I figured out whodunnit at about half way through the book.  

Goes Forth

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Friday night was a swim night, and then a bunch of us went back to EffanR's which was all very pleasant.  Soups and bubbly and cheese FTW!

Much of the weekend was just catching up and cleaning and organising paperwork and watching Air Crash Investigations and Monty Python (and I also watched Black Adder Goes Forth last week as well, don't think I mentioned it).  I finished one jigsaw of Kit's and started another one.  

Saturday night we watched Master and Commander: Far Side of the World, which to be honest I struggled with.  Even though there wasn't much plot for some reason I just found it *difficult*.  

Tonight I did a lamb roast, and we watched some Anthony Bourdain in Panang, and another one in Kansas City.  And for the first bit I'm like "I've just eaten dinner but I'm *hungry*" .. but after watching all the meat and bbq ribs in the second episode I was like I'm totally full just *looking* at that.. and then I started getting vegetable cravings.  Cause that's what you do in America after eating non-stop American food, which is pretty much just meat and deep-fried anything, it's just GIVE ME THE VEGETABLES.  Oh hai @stuartcryan !! :)

Weekends are too damned short.

The sweetie and I went to SplunkLive today.  It was a pretty good day.  I was hoping for a little more deep diving into the cool stuff Splunk can do but it was really only hinted at in the demos.  It was still good to get an overview of the sorts of things people are doing with Splunk.

Biggest disappointment though: #epicfail with the tshirts.  The keynote speaker (who *totally* reminded me of Sheldon) was even making a big deal about big data and analysing who's in a room and what you can do with all that data.  And they were all oh yes we work for a tshirt company that also sells software.  But for all their fussing they couldn't even get a simple thing as a mix of tshirt sizes right.  They had exactly two sizes available - XL and XXL.  And by the end of the day even the XXLs were gone.  Epic. Fricken. Fail.  I don't even know why I'm so bitter.  Maybe because they made such a fuss of it, but then couldn't get it right.  Oh well.  At least I got a bit of wine out of it.  And a nice lunch.

Came home and watched some Voyager, and Finding Dory, which the sweetie hadn't actually seen.  

Tired

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Tired of never ending housework.  Tired of cooking.  Tired of a todo list that never gets done.  Tired of mess.

CIA

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I got access to my old CIA email address today.  I'd thought it had been shut down back in 2010, but turns out it had actually just moved hosts.  I knew Guy had gotten himself access to his mailbox a few years back, but I hadn't thought too much of it as I'd mostly been using my kazza.id.au addresses.  Then Marylon the other day said her mail to that address had bounced because the mailbox was full, so I decided to try and get access to it again.  So tonight I downloaded about 7000 emails from August 2010 to November 2016 when the mailbox filled up.  Fun times :)  Mostly spam of course, but there's the odd bit of legitimate mail from people that didn't know the address had died.  

In other news, hurty kept me awake in the middle of the night for a couple of hours so I'm pretty much a zombie.  Hurrah.

So where were we?

Friday night we had an early mark, had snossages for dinner and watched tv.

Saturday morning I went into work first thing and was home by 9am which was nice. 

Mostly just sorted out our finances all weekend .. hurrah .. 

Saturday night we tried to go to Dumpling Inn for dinner with Chris and Mike and Zac, but it was closed for renovations, so we headed into Dickson and ended up at The Scholar Chinese restaurant.  The food there was nice enough but the service was SLOW - it took *forever* to get food.  At least that's what it seemed like for the hungry people.  In reality it was probably an hour before mains arrived.  And we could have sworn that people that got there after us got food before us.  hrmmm.

Today I remembered we had beef cheeks in the fridge that I'd bought last weekend, so I stuck em in the slow cooker with various Chinese flavouring as per Lorraine's recipe.  They were pretty good, although I'd added a lot more water to keep them covered, so the sauce was pretty watery.  Next time I'll add corn flour, or do it on the stove, or cut up the meat a bit to submerge it better.

Then we watched The Truman Show, which I hadn't seen since I saw it at the movies with Luc and Cynthia in 1998.

Not Winning

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So that progress I made yesterday?  All failed today cause I'm a retard and stuffed it up and now need to go for a half hour drive just to access the device to kick it in the head so I can try again.

Yeup.

Not to mention my "communication skills" suck.

Just sayin.

Kerry and the kids came over for dinner tonight (they very nicely brought pepperoni pizza nommm) .. but sadly Scotty didn't come as he's meeting up with them later.  Oh wells......

Here's a photo of some iphones I took at drinks the other week.  All iPhone 5 form factor, including an SE in there .. Why can't Apple do an iPhone 7 in a small form factor??

iPhones

Also.  Ward and I are *literally* surrounded by sick people at work.  *Six* of our team are sick with colds, and with Violet coughing all over us tonight, if we don't get sick it'll be a miracle....

Tired

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Broken sleep last night - too hot / too cold :/

Today was busy but made some progress on something that stumped me a couple of months ago, so that was satisfying.

Didn't get home til well after six, and by the time I'd cooked dinner, eaten it while watching Voyager, done a load of washing and cleaned up the kitchen it was 9pm :(

At least I got a couple of entries done on my new blog.

Took this last week.  Really need to take the cover off the pool.  Don't want ice damaging the bubble wrap ..

Abstract Art

Friday night we watched Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which was all a bit silly, and completely predictable, but a bit of fun.

Saturday night we watched The Sixth Sense, which I hadn't seen since I saw it at the movies when it first came out.  

In between was a very quiet weekend at home, only going out to do some food shopping today.  I spent most of the rest of the time scanning and organising paperwork and watching Air Crash Investigations videos and Blackadder Goes Forth.

I've just spent two hours cooking some coq au vin, as well as a spinach, turnip, feta and sage bake, and a cauliflower, zucchini, garlic, herbs, cream and cheeeeese bake.  Not that they'll necessarily go together, but the idea is to have plenty of food cooked for the week.

Oh and we're into season 4 of Voyager now.

RDO

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Yesterday I took a Random Day Off to recover mentally from the past couple of weeks.  I had a pretty good day, just at home cleaning, tidying, organising, rearranging, scanning, and even starting a jigsaw.  

Today I forgot it was school holidays.  Urgghhh.  Too many *people*!!

Another long tiring week.  Culminating with Ryan's farewell and a long lunch that we had no intention of returning from.  A well deserved release.  

Lone Star Ribs

This weekend has been quiet and mostly at home (except for food shopping at the markets yesterday and a quick trip to Hall Markets with Kit and Pete this morning).  Got some cleaning done, water changed a fish tank, used the leaf blower to clean the gutters, did some more entries on my new blog, cooked a tomato bake and purple brussel sprouts with bacon last night, and an epic lamb roast tonight.  We watched The Human Stain last night, which was ok, but pretty disjointed.  

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