August 2017 Archives

Drowning

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Friday night we watched Arrival.  Stu enjoyed it but I found it rather .. boring .. People on IMDB either loved it or hated it, there was no middle ground.  

Saturday first thing we headed out to the club.  I did some jigsaw while the committee meeting was on, then there was a bbq lunch, then the AGM.  So by the time we got home it was dinner time and *blip* there goes half my weekend.  Went down to Kit's after dinner for a couple of drinks and caught up with Katie before she disappeared off to Queensland to live.

Potbelly Fire

Sunday was just house and computer stuff in the morning, food shopping and lunch, then cooking and cleaning.  Cath came over for dinner (epic roast pork) which was lovely.  (and it hailed and later *snowed* on Sunday!!)

Queanbeyan snow

Monday morning I was stressed at the state of the house and the state of All The Things going on and literally thought "I don't have time to go to work".  Seriously I can't cope at the moment.  I'm just not getting enough time at home to get everything done.  Self inflicted though.  We keep socialising.  cf next paragraph.

Monday night we were going to meet Damien at the Pot Belly for drinks, but turns out it's not open on Mondays.  So we ended up at the Labor Club instead.  Was good catching up, but it meant all I managed to do all evening was run the dishwasher and do my clothes washing.

Last night I was awake in the middle of the night stressing about everything (mostly about the flat in Sydney as well as our bathroom) so I was a zombie today.  I did sneak out to go to Chrissie's ultrasound which was pretty cool though.

Tonight Pete had a bit of a look at our shower as well and thought that no we probably aren't going to need to rip out the shower just yet (when were chatting on Saturday night he was thinking that we might have to).  Especially if there's no evidence of leaking after regrouting and sealing.  So that was a bit of a relief.  But by then it was already nearly seven o'clock, and I still had to get through Sunday's Survivor and eat dinner, download all my photos, backup my phone and backup my computer.  But our domain controller died overnight so I couldn't get onto the NAS to back it up.  So that was all a drama and everyone ended up grumpy.  I cleaned the kitchen while Stu tried to get a monitor plugged in to see what was up.  It eventually came back by itself, looks like it had some bad blocks, and was probably running a checkdisk which is why it took so long. 

And now it's 9:50 and I'm completely wasted.  Stop the world, I want to get off.

Road Trip

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So last week the real estate agent for my Sydney flat called up:  The current tenants were leaving.  But the flat is pretty much a disaster.  

I knew the vanity needed replacing but I hadn't been up in a couple of years, and the estate agent said I pretty much need to renovate the entire place.

Sigh.

So yesterday Chrissie accompanied me on a road trip to Sydney to have a look.

We left before eight, had a pitstop at Goulburn maccas for loo and snackages.  

Drove on through to Sydney, and had lunch at Rockdale Plaza.  I was thinking I could get something *other* than maccas, but ended up having it anyway.  Oops.

Then to the flat.

The tenants had mostly moved out, but still had some stuff left, and the place hadn't been cleaned at all yet.  But it was pretty sad.  The walls were covered in grime.  There were holes in doors (which tenants will have to pay for).  The blinds had been destroyed, with dodgy curtains in their place.  Several light fittings were broken.  Several windows were broken (one with broken glass, another couple just wouldn't even close properly - how did they even manage that????).  As I already knew, the vanity is pretty much completely destroyed.  The shower, which was perfect when I rented it, was covered in mould.  The cistern was leaking quite a lot and the plastic had yellowed and scarred.  But the worst was the kitchen.  Pretty much all the cupboard doors and draws had water damage and all the chipboard had swelled up.  So the whole kitchen (minus the stove and oven which are fairly new) is going to need to be replaced).  And I've still not decided about the carpet which is somewhat worn, but not completely destroyed.

Destroyed vanity

Shower mould

Kitchen cupboard doors

Fricken hurrah.

The estate agent is happy to organise it all, but it's going to cost a fortune.  The good news is I could probably get $100 more a week with fresh everything, so would probably get my money back after about four years or so.  

After seeing the flat, we popped down the road and Chrissie did her tax with her accountant.

Then we dropped in to visit Aunty Di (her aunt, not mine ;) ) and Uncle Graham.

Then we dropped in to Ansto to visit Chrissie's dad, who I hadn't seen except very briefly at Dad's funeral, for over twenty years.

Then we came home.  Via a pitstop at Maccas at Sutton Forest for loo and snackages.  Three visits to maccas in one day.  Whoops.

Got home around 7 and collapsed with some wine.

So I realised recently we haven't had a video night in *forever*, so invitations went out for the return of the DAIS video nights.

Had Doc, Neil, and @CLBradley over for epic pizza for dinner (the sweetie decided we needed *three* NY sized pizzas from Mills and Grills!!), and then watched War Games first up, followed by Passengers.  Quite a pleasant evening, and will need to do them more often.

For the rest of the weekend..

Friday night we watched Doctor Strange which we quite enjoyed.  Is Benedict Cumberbatch ever NOT awesome at anything he does?

Saturday morning was mostly just house tidying/organising, then I accidently spent a good chunk of the afternoon building a roller coaster out of plastic.  It's pretty cool :)

Today I watched Monday's survivor, and had a very productive day going through piles and piles of paper clutter that never seems to stop building up.  Was pretty happy with that.  But I didn't finish removing silicon sealant from the base of the shower like I wanted to.  Oh well.

Twenty Two Again

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Saturday morning was just cleaning the house.

The mother type person arrived around lunch time, and the brother type person arrived a little later.  We spent much of the afternoon doing a 3D jigsaw of the Sydney Opera House which was super cool.

Also it was decided that we all needed a cake.

4 cake

In the evening we went to the Labor Club for dinner.

Labor Club birthday

Came home and David dug out the dungeon roof to see what was up with our leaking shower.  We found a mixing bowl full of water with a copper pipe drilled into it draining to who knows where on the other side of the dungeon wall under the house.  

!!!

No idea what that was about.  We poked around and did some testing and we're pretty sure the leaking is actually in the corner where the grout has been breaking away.

Finished off the Opera House jigsaw, and did a 500 piece jigsaw.

Sunday morning we did another 500 piece jigsaw then David went home.  Mum and I went to Bunnings and got some silicone sealant, and then went to the markets to do some food shopping.

In the evening I did epic roast pork and had Chrissie et al over for dinner which was all very nice.

August roast pork

Monday morning mum went home, and at work I tried getting setup in my new desk, but it was all super stressful because stuff wasn't working and I don't have cubicle walls which I find pretty distressing.  I might have had a slight meltdown.

Had lunch with Chrissie - KFC - which is semi-traditional.

In the evening the sweetie took me out to Bella Vista for dinner which was excellent as always.

Birthday selfie

Arrancini con pancetta affumicata
Classic smoked bacon & onion risotto balls with cheese encased in golden panko breadcrumbs served with a creamy tomato sauce and miniature leaf salad.
Bella Vista risotto balls

Capesante e calamari
Pancetta wrapped Canadian scallops with butter poached calamari pieces on seasoned avocado puree, asparagus tips and roasted capsicum puree & pesto sauce.
Bella Vista calamari

Pappardelle alla Bistecca
Thin slices of Angus sirloin steak pan-fried with bacon and mushrooms finished in a caramelised butter, Pecorino Reggiano cheese and wilted baby spinach sauce tossed through Pappardelle pasta.
(note: I wouldn't say "when" to the parmesan cheese, so he gave me the whole lot ;) )
Bella Vista papardelle

Maiale Arrosto
Twice cooked pork belly with a roasted mushroom, red onion, cherry tomato and scallop salsa served with prosciutto crisp and a garlic and thyme jus.
Bella Vista pork

Orange cake (didn't get a photo of the description).
Bella Vista dessert

Tonight I had a go at trying to get the old silicone out of the corner of the shower.  I didn't have much luck, only managing to get silicone out of two tiles before my fingers hurt too much from using the only tool I had which seemed to do any good - an old file.  Sigh.

Moving Again

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Two weeks ago our entire floor rearranged itself so we all had to move desks.

Today I moved again.  I'm moving into a different team, doing much the same work, with different technology.  It suits my obsessive nature and my supervisor is pretty good.

But it did mean leaving the super awesome team I've been in for the past two years.  Which I'm pretty sad about.

Today we went and had a pub lunch just because.

Tonight I watched Charlotte's Web which was kinda cute, although reminded me *a lot* of Babe.  And started getting a cold sore.  Fricken sigh.

Plumbing Dramas

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So you know how we had our hot water tank replaced last year?  Well they say you need to test the relief valve every six months.  So I've been testing it every three months for good measure.  But the other day when I went to test it, hot water started spurting everywhere.  Apparently it's coming out of the snifter valve.  So now I need to call up Aquamax for a warranty repair (and hope warranty doesn't expire after 12 months, cause now it's a little over).  Hurrah.

Valve spurt

And also the other day I was in the dungeon and happened to notice a spot on the roof in the corner.  Had a closer look and it looks like there's water damage.  It's right under the shower drain, and the pattern of damage looks like that little bit of roof has been replaced before, which means the shower has likely leaked before.  It seems to only leak when there's a lot of water draining (ie, when Stu is having a shower, as he showers with higher water pressure).  I've got a bucket under there at the moment catching the drips, but now we'll need to get someone to dig a hole in the roof and have a look.  Hurrah.

Shower leak

Android Dramas

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On Thursday morning Ingress complained that the scanner was out of date and needed to be updated.  The problem is, the Google Play Store crashes whenever you try to run it (has done for a few weeks now).  So I couldn't upgrade Ingress.  Yesterday I had a look at it.  Stu's old HTC One X is on 4.2.2, which is the latest OS it will run.  I had an old version of the Play Store as well, so I upgraded it.  But it still won't run.  So basically that little Android is now a brick.  I'll have to install Ingress on my five year old iPhone.  Blerf.

In 2002 there was a partial solar eclipse in Sydney (it was a total eclipse in South Australia, and guy from work made the trek out to see it there).  I only had my Olympus point and shoot digital camera at the time, and no filters.  So I wasn't expecting to get any decent photos of it.  But as it happened there were bushfires around Sydney that day, and smoke from one of them obscured the sun enough to let me see and get photos.  

2002 Solar Eclipse in Sydney

I did consider trekking to the US to see the total eclipse in a couple of weeks.. but it wasn't exactly practical heh.

Surviving

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A new series of Survivor started this week.  Except I didn't see it on Sunday night, so had to watch it online on Monday night.  Which meant I had to watch Monday's on Tuesday and Tuesday's on Wednesday.  Which would have been fine except watching the episodes on TenPlay is absolutely horrendous experience.  Internet Explorer will start to pixelate the picture after a while, requiring a browser restart.  Chrome does a slightly better job but it still freezes up or drops out.  Mostly a browser restart will take you back to the same position, but other times it forgets and you have to guess the time you were up to.  But the worst part is every time it drops out you have to watch all the ads all over again.  And if you slide the time position *at all* it plays all the ads all over again.  It takes much longer to watch it online than it would live to air.  And the worst part about the ads?  Not only you do you see the same ads at each break, but you often see the same ad two or three times in the same ad break!  Absolutely horrific experience.  

We're nearly through season four of Voyager, and I've been watching more Air Crash Investigations as well.

Last night we watched Tim Burton's Batman which I hadn't seen in years.  I still think Michael Keaton is super cute in that movie.  And I annoyed the sweetie by quoting the script here and there ;)

Woke up at 3am and didn't get back to sleep til 6am.  Epic fricken sigh.  Stoopid brain.  Stoopid spine.  So a very late start today.

Today we went out to Fyshwick because Stu needed some stuff for work.  I tried to get more ram for my old netbook but they didn't have any small enough.  May need to consider getting a new one (it's like five years old).  Or just getting some ram off ebay.

Then did a big shop at Coles to pick up all the stuff that we can't get at the markets.  Jamison still hasn't fixed their abysmal trolley situation.  They still only have two trolley bays at the very top of the car park and none anywhere around the bottom.  And even the ones they do have are broken.  We are only going to Jamison now as a last resort.  The silly thing is, it's not even a cost issue.  Given that Coles is generally cheaper for most things, we could afford a dollar to just dump the trolley wherever.  But for me it's the principle of the thing.  The ACT government needs to wake up to itself and realise forcing supermarkets to force trolley locks is not actually doing anything.  Because I still see trolleys dumped all over Belconnen with no coins in them!  Clearly this idea is just plain stoopid and is having absolutely no positive effect whatsoever.

/rant

Tonight I did a cauliflower bake and an evil chicken with three cheese and bacon stuffing.  Sooo good ;)

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