October 2017 Archives

I'm Batman

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After lunch Neil and I popped into Sanity so Neil could get series 3 of Dark Matter.

And I accidentally bought six Disney Blurays and the Lego Batman Movie.

It's all his fault I swear.

That and I wanted to get all the movies I'm building a jigsaw out of (they were only missing Cinderella).

So tonight we watched the Lego Batman Movie.  Because we somehow never managed to see it at the movies.

OMFG.

I soooo need to go back and watch like every Batman movie ever.  Because there were so many references to them and I'm sure I only *got* a tiny fraction of them.

And there were Daleks. And Sauron. And SIRI. And VOLDEMORT.  And GREMLINS!!!!  (and too many more things to mention)

Silliest thing was - Ralph Fiennes did the voice of Alfred, but not Voldemort.  Silly really.

Where were we?

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Friday was a pub lunch, nominally for Lachie's farewell from the team, but really any excuse for a pub lunch.

In the evening was the last swim night of the year which was pleasant enough but did take up all Friday evening.

Saturday we were invited to Serena's birthday bbq, so I was hoping to leave shortly before lunch time.  Except everything blew up and we ended up leaving at about 9:30 to run errands before leaving for the bbq a bit after 10:30.  Sigh.  And then Serena invited herself over after, and we had a swim and got pizza for dinner and watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  It was a nice day don't get me wrong, and Serena had a lovely day, but it took up the Entire. Damned. Day.  Half my weekend gone just like that.   I was stressed about it before and depressed about it after.  Sigh.

Sunday at least I had a pretty productive day, ploughing through a bunch of things on the todo list, alternating that with time on the jigsaw.

Today I got a few things done as well which was super handy, including discovering that Australia Post now has self service counters which get me out of there super quickly instead of waiting forever in the queue.  Pretty cool.

Why are we here?

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I've been watching the BBC series The Human Body hosted by Robert Winston for the past little while while doing jigsaws.  Tonight (while sorting the Beauty and the Beast section of my new jigsaw) was the death episode.  Which had me thinking about death.  And why are we here?  And what is the point of my life?  And I don't have time to do all the things I want to do.  

Sigh.

Weekend before last Kit hatched about ten chickens.  And one duckling.  There were lots more duck eggs, but only one of them survived.

They are seriously the cutest things in the world!

Spring chicken

Spring chicken

Spring chicken

Spring chicken

Spring duck

Friday morning got to go with Chrissie to her diagnostic ultrasound.  Quite long - about forty minutes.  Very very cool :)  

In the evening we were both just getting ourselves organised for the weekend.

Saturday I did a day trip to Sydney to see the flat which is nearly finished being renovated.  On the way up I passed this accident, which apparently had happened some six hours earlier.  Sadly someone in a car in the oncoming traffic died.  I'd like to know what happened - did the truck driver have a heart attack or just fall asleep?  Got some lunch and had it at Luc and Lizzi's, then came home, diverting via Mittagong and Berrima, although I probably could have followed the diversion that had going off at Medway Road and probably wouldn't have been too held up.

Well actually I went via the club in both directions to drop off and pick up Stu.  Listened to six hours of "Criminal" podcast.  We watched Monsters University in the evening.

Sunday was just housework in the morning, then back out to the club again as we needed to show some newcomers around.  Had a swim before coming home.  Chicken dinner and Moulin Rouge! in the evening.

Today I found out before I left for work that I had a small package coming, so I worked from home so I could take delivery.  Just a small package - only contains 40320 pieces..

Noriega's Great Aunt

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OK does anyone remember this song?  Noriega's Great Aunt.  Done by Triple M back in the late eighties or early nineties to the tune of Je Ne Regrette Rien ???

So we were watching Anthony Bourdain in Nicaragua, and that's all I could think of the whole way through.  And I'm like singing the song (well the entire three words I remember of it) and thinking Stu couldn't possibly know of it, and yet he did.  What the??

The internet has failed me, I can't find it...

Survived

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So Survivor finished last night.

It was interesting this season.  There was obviously a lot of fans of the show playing this season as most of the survivors played *hard*.  But the problem with that is most of the people weren't actually all that nice (or at least weren't portrayed that way) and to be honest there wasn't all that many of them that I hoped would win.  Jericho's final speech made him sound like a complete jerk, and yet he still won it.

Oh well.

All I've done since getting home is gone to see the chickies, cooked and eaten dinner, done a load of washing, and watched Survivor.  

And now it's bed time.

Sigh.

Hence I'm sad we don't get one...

Friday night we were going to go to Chrissie's for dinner cause Aunty Di and Uncle Graham were down.  But Chris was unwell, and AD and UG had gone home, so that got cancelled.

Instead a bunch of us went out to the Capital Brewery at Fyshwick for Simon's 40th, which was a great venue, pretty casual (altho no cash at the bar - only cards) and it was very pleasant evening.  I didn't end up buying any food, as there kept being fries, and when I saw the size of the Brod-meals I decided not to bloat myself by eating too much!  Thanks to the sweetie and Jim for lifts there/back.

Capital Brewery

Capital Brewery

Brod Dog

Saturday was pretty much just houseworky type stuff, and a bit of food shopping.  In the afternoon Serena invited us over for an impromptu barbeque which was very nice, with Kit and Pete and Ben and Sarah and Anita also coming. 

Alby's fish tank

Alby's fish tank

Alby's fish tank

Today was more houseworky stuff.

Oh and chickens.  And ducks.

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Saw a three chickens hatch, missed a duckling and two other chickens.  Super epic awesome. :)

These were two from the same series Kit lent me a while back.  Even though they were all grey and the pieces were the same shape, you could tell which way up they went from the shape so they weren't too hard.

Stumped jigsaw

Venice jigsaw

This was another one of Kit's - a pretty photomosaic of a butterfly.  Was somewhat challenging, but not as hard as the dolphin one I have.

Photomosaic butterfly jigsaw

And another one of Kit's - scenes from around Africa.  I've been to a couple of them.  Not too difficult due to having a number of smaller pictures.

Africa jigsaw

This is the other "World's Most Difficult" jigsaw that I have (the other one was pigs).  I actually did these puzzles completely differently.  The pigs one I picked up a piece, found where it went and put it in.  Then had to flip whole sections of the puzzle over and ninety degrees.  With this one I found all the pairs of pieces and lined them up with their correct orientation (you could even tell from from back by the clarity of the printing).  This was a lot more work to sort the pieces, but a lot quicker to do the puzzle.

Cats jigsaw

Cats jigsaw

Cats jigsaw

Cats jigsaw

This is the Opera House jigsaw that Mum gave me for my birthday.  These are the sails, ready to be assembled.

Opera House jigsaw

And this is it completed.  It's pretty cool.

Opera House jigsaw

On the Sunday morning that David was up before my birthday, we did these two small jigsaws.

Sugar cane train jigsaw

Robots jigsaw

This was a second hand jigsaw I got for my birthday.  Can you see anything wrong with this picture?

Alesund Norway jigsaw

ok so it's hard to tell, but there's three baggies (one split).  Labelled top left, bottom left, top right.  So I knew going in that the jigsaw wouldn't be complete.  But I did it anyway, because with the sections being split up, it was like doing three 250 piece jigsaws.

Norway jigsaw

Because with all the grey, doing the whole thing would have taken a lot longer..

Norway jigsaw

And finally, a magnetic jigsaw of New Zealand that F got me from New Zealand.  Only 100 pieces so quite easy, but sadly the front of our fridge is not magnetic, so couldn't do it there!

New Zealand jigsaw

Food

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Bit of catching up here, and this isn't even everything heh

Tried out Gozleme King in the mall in June.  It was quite nice, although the spinach leaves a bit of an after taste on the top of my mouth that I don't like that much.  Later tried peri peri chicken which was nice enough too.  But would be nice if they had a "dine in" option as they go through a *lot* of cardboard boxes.

Gozleme King

Got these heirloom tomatoes at the markets in July.  Not bad, although they do tend to dry out in the tub they're in at the markets because people don't buy them fast enough.

Heirloom tomatoes

I used those tomatoes to make a tomato bake.  Roast the tomatoes for like an hour..

Tomato bake

Top with basil and mozarella cheese

Tomato bake

Bake for another 5-10 minutes or so.  So good.

Tomato bake

Purple brussels sprouts we also got at the markets in July.  Don't think they were quite as nice as the green ones.  This is mixed with bacon, before being roasted.

Purple brussels sprouts

Just a lamb roast I did in July

Lamb roast

This was a beef cheeks dinner I did in July based on this recipe from Not Quite Nigella.

Beef cheeks

It doesn't look like much, but it sure was tasty!

Beef cheeks

Animals

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A wolf spider in our front yard just before we went overseas.

Wolf spider

Bacon!  To go with the alliteration of Buttons and Blobby

Bacon

The bristlenose I got for the angel tank

Bristlenose

Just me and a chicken - at @CLBradley's

Just me and a chicken

Just the sweetie and George

Just the sweetie and George

Just the sweetie and George

Just Kit and a donkey

Just Kit and a donkey

George was excited by this possum in our cherry tree

Possum up a cherry tree

Stu caught this gecko in our ensuite bathroom

Gecko

Plants

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Taken in January, this is cherry I got off one of the root suckers of our cherry tree.

Cherry sucker cherry

These tomatoes sprouted in a pot I'd planted some beetroot seedlings in.  No idea how that happened.  They took over and I transplanted them to a planter box, where they went a bit crazy.  They were doing well, but struggled in the planter box - they'd run out of water during the day and I was watering them twice a day.  The fruit got blossom-end rot from water stress, and then we went overseas, so didn't get to eat many of the tomatoes.  I think Kit's dogs got a few of them heh.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

More recently, the first day of spring in Canberra had shiny flowers everywhere

Spring

Spring

Spring

I love daffodils.  We only got this pair this year.

Daffodils

This is in Kit's yard

Spring

Last year Stu read The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape on his Kindle.  He said it was good and decided to get a paper copy.  I read most of it early this year before we went away and finished it when I got back.  It kinda reminds me of The Naked Chef for money.  Heck Scott Pape even looks a bit like Jamie Oliver :)  I quite enjoyed the book.  It's certainly an easy read, very conversational.  But the funniest part is that one of the things he said people should do is get rid of their credit cards and separate their pools of money into needs and wants.  Now I've been telling Stu that for *years* but it took him reading it in a book to finally do it hehe.

A book I finished reading more recently was ET: The Book of the Green Planet, by William Kotzwinkle, which I borrowed from the club forever ago.  I really really struggled to read this book.  It has quite an odd writing style that I struggled with.  It's a sequel to the ET movie, where ET is unsettled after his time on earth, doesn't fit in back home, and yearns to get back to earth.  But for someone so old and intelligent he's made out to be a bit of a klutz.  Finally finished it after many months, but didn't really enjoy it.

And another book I finished recently was One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nets, by Ken Kesey.  Pretty sure I borrowed this off Kit, and if I didn't I don't know who I borrowed it off - oops.  I'd seen the movie of this a long time ago so knew basically how it ended.  Again I struggled a bit with this in the beginning as it was pretty slow to get going, and really nothing much happens until the second half.  But got through it in the end.

Friday night we watched The Last Samurai, which we'd last seen in 2012.  

Saturday morning was just houseworkey stuff.

In the afternoon we headed out to the club.  G&A did a great pork roast for dinner.  Later there was epic Jenga which I didn't lose at :)

Jenga fall

Going back a step.  The other week I saw this in the window of Games Capital:

Ravensburger 40320 Disney jigsaw

OMFG!!!

I totally want one!  The price was obscured, but it looked like $500.  Given that I paid $385 for the Life jigsaw (24000 pieces), this didn't seem unreasonable.

So anyway.  Stu said I could get it if i could clear enough space in the dungeon to do it down there.  So guess what I spent a couple of hours Sunday afternoon doing?  I should have taken some before and after photos, it made a huge difference.

In the evening we got pizza and watched Short Circuit (getting through movies I've bought on DVD but haven't watched - this one I'd bought in 2004).  

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Whoops.

So Monday morning I called the Games Capital to check if they still had the jigsaw in stock, and if so how much it was.  Yes they said.  $1500 they said.

Fricken. OUCH.

That's like $150 for each of the 4000 piece sections.  Which, considering we paid $150 for the piece of crap 5000 colours jigsaw (which was appalling in quality and was even missing a piece!  I've yet to rant about that here), is not *completely* ridiculous, but still...

Anyway, so I had a sad on Monday morning.  We finished stacking Stu's books (badly) into shelves, clearing the floor and a table.  I set up the tv (which we hadn't even plugged in since we replaced the upstairs one like a year and a half ago) and set myself up with a jigsaw and did that for a while in the afternoon.  

I could get used to three day weekends.

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