November 2017 Archives

Saturday morning I had to go into work for upgrades.  It all went well but took *forever* waiting for things.  So I didn't get home til like 1:30pm or something.  Serena was there, having just gotten back from ObstaSplash with Kit.  Took her home after a while, then went to Casey Supabarn to do our food shopping.  We accidentally bought a $70 bottle of sparkling shiraz, because either someone had mislabelled it, or someone had moved it, but we thought we would be paying $20 for it.  I was *pissed* when I saw the receipt when we got home.  And then I also noticed we'd been charged eight times for six tins of tuna.  The dude had reversed one of them, but it still meant we paid for seven tins of tuna when we only got six.  Won't be shopping there again any time soon.

So got home, and made a caramel slice.  And then it was 6pm.  Time to head over to EffanC's with aforementioned super expensive sparkling shiraz and caramel slice.  R&F were there too so it was quite a pleasant evening.  

But half my weekend was gone and I hadn't had any "home" time.

So Sunday we didn't leave the house.  I did a bit of housework and computer stuff and jigsaw.  Didn't get quite as much done as I would have liked, but better than nothing.  On Sunday afternoon I watched the original Beauty and the Beast, while finishing up part I of the Memorable Moments jigsaw.  In the evening I watched another unopened dvd - Dirty Dancing - which I bought from Big W for $5 - in January 2007!  Whoops.  I also watched First Flight: Secrets of the Dreamliner, about Qantas' purchase of their first 787 Dreamliner.  Very cool :)

In May 2011 I saw a 24000 piece jigsaw in Games Capital called "Life" and knew I had to get it.  It was once the World's Largest Jigsaw, although by the time I saw it it was relegated to second place behind Ravensburger's Double Retrospect 32000 piece jigsaw.

I purchased the jigsaw shortly afterwards for $385 from the Games Capital.

I started it immediately on the dining room table.  The jigsaw was split into four 6000-piece sections.  One section covered most of the dining room table - in fact it hung off the edges just a little bit!

I finished part one at the end of June 2011.

Life jigsaw 

I had a break from it then, before working on the second section through February 2012.

Life jigsaw progress 

I had another break then, before starting the fourth section in February 2013, finishing up in March 2013.  I did it this way because I didn't want to finish up on the blue corner which other people had said was quite tricky.  I moved downstairs for this section which gave me a bit more room to work with, but even then it just went off the edges of the table.

Life jigsaw

I finally started the third (and final) section in February 2014 and finished it in March 2014.

Life section 3 complete

The puzzle is actually twenty-four identical 999 piece squares.  I laid each one of those squares on butchers paper I had leftover from my move to Canberra in 2007.  Then I stacked them - 24 high!

Life thickness

And there they sat for three and a half years.

Whoops.

Anyways with my next purchase I needed to finally assemble the jigsaw and dismantle it.  So on the weekend, I finally did it!!  I took it into work to photograph it from the floor above.

Life 24000 piece jigsaw completed

How fricken cool is that!  The middle bit is reflecting the light a bit but other than that it turned out really well.  It took probably twenty minutes to half an hour to assemble the twenty four sections.  And then another thirty to forty minutes to disassemble back into the 999 piece sections and put them into individual baggies.  If (when) I do this again, it'll be a lot easier, with twenty four small jigsaws to do instead of four (or one!) large one.

Thanks to Daniel for helping with it!  And I was glad that a few people got to see it - Connor, Ward and Chuck all saw it assembled and thought it was suitably cool :)

No Place to Hide

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I recently finished reading "No Place to Hide" by Glenn Greenwald.  I enjoyed the first part of it, because it was the more detailed story of the meeting in Hong Kong with Ed Snowden that we'd seen in Citizenfour and the Snowden movie.  But then it got bogged down in a lot of the technical stuff and I really struggled to get through it.  It picked up a bit at the end though.  On Friday night we watched Citizenfour again, which I got more out of this time, on account of having a lot better background about the whole thing (the first time we saw it (nearly three years ago!) I had no background at all).  And I still got distracted by the film making process. 

Always Monday

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So last Tuesday was a big Kingsley's lunch followed by me taking photos of people watching horses run around in a circle followed by a bunch of us heading back to Lachie's for darts, jigsaw (ok that was just me) and imitation Jenga (I didn't lose!)

Friday night we caught up with Kit and Pete for a while which was nice.

Saturday was pretty quiet.  Just housework and getting things done in the morning, and mostly jigsaw in the afternoon.  For dinner we went to the Dumpling Inn (which has *finally* reopened after being closed for like six months for "renovations" but we could barely notice any difference) with Chris and Mike and Zac.  We got there pretty early which meant we didn't have to wait all night for food which was good (and the place didn't fill up either, people must not realise it's reopened).

Sunday was also quiet, with housework type stuff interspersed with jigsaw.  In the evening we watched Beauty and the Beast - the live action one.  I quite enjoyed it, but not too convinced by Emma Watson as Belle, it felt like I was just watching Hermione.

And then back to it.  I've got my Sadie hat firmly on at the moment which generally makes me pretty happy.  Just puttering through work at my own pace and cleaning up mess.

Friday night we went over to Serena's for a bbq.  Ben and Sarah and Anita came over as well so that was a nice evening.

Saturday was alterating between jigsaw and housework and Getting Things Done.  Later in the afternoon we went over to EffanC's with Scott and that was all very nice.  Stu finally decided we should open the 1972 Grange Hermitage that he'd had forever, inherited off his BIL.  We could tell by looking at it that the cork had died a long time ago and wouldn't be drinkable.  We were right.  Sad times.  F cooked a beef and vegetable roll for dinner which was all very nice, and then we watched Natural Born Killers.  And I'm like W.T.F. the entire way through it.  hrmmm!

Sunday was more jigsaw, fitting other things in as well.  Did some food shopping at Crace in the afternoon.  It's actually quite pleasant to be able to park within 20m of the front entrance, and not have to deal with that nonsense that is coin-release trolleys.  And there's no crowds.  And they have plenty of interesting stuff too, so we may go there more often.  In the evening we watched Black Hat.  It was an enjoyable enough movie (especially for all the Hong Kong been-theres) but it was too high on the "yeah right" scale to make it any kind of believable.  

Tonight I was having my usual Monday night stress of too much to do and not enough time to do it.  Seriously, by the time I do all the things I *have* to do, I have about an hour to an hour and a half per evening to do the things I *want* to do.  I spend my week *hanging* for the weekends when I can actually get more than an hour to do anything fun.

Sigh.

Not Much

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Been pretty quiet lately.

Last weekend was super quiet - we only left the house to do some food shopping on Sunday.  But even though I didn't get a super huge amount of stuff done, at least I had a mental break, which I relished and felt the better for.

This week has been somewhat busy at work, but a couple of bouts of insomnia made things challenging.  Tuesday night I just couldn't get to sleep and so was a zombie on Wednesday.  Wednesday night I got to sleep around 9:30 but then woke up at at 1:15 and stayed awake for two or three hours. *sigh*

Tonight it's 8:30pm and I totally feel ready for bed.

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