January 2018 Archives

Thursday

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Always a good day.

Although very busy this morning and was only able to get back into regularly scheduled programming after lunch.

Pizza for dinner (it's Thursday) and finally a new episode of Discovery to watch (it's been *days* !! :) ).

Iori

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Tonight we went with EffanC to Iori for dinner.  We got the Ninja banquet and it was *huge*.  We were all pretty full by the end of it. 

Went to the Labor Club and had a drink afterwards then came home.

Whoops

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The little brother came over tonight (he came up for a meeting at the railway museum where they discussed if would be viable to resurrect the place) and I've stayed up wayyyy past my bed time doing a jigsaw with him.  Whoops.

Not very exciting

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Fairly quiet day.  Didn't get as much done as I'd hoped.  Needed to talk to someone about some work but they were in meetings and then left early.  

Tonight was the usual Monday night dinner, kitchen, washing, as well as backing up my computer, and then it's 8:30pm, so did jigsaw for an hour.  One of the shows I watched tonight was a special Dad had taped from Channel 7's Sunday Night in about 2009 on Airbus, or as they called it, Scarebus.  It was sensationalist ROT and some of the interview questions were horrendous - along the lines of "can you guarantee you'll never have a software fault again?"  Absolutely ridiculous.  I don't know how this classes as "news" television - it was utter garbage.

Took my number plates into Access Canberra today.  Only had to wait 33 minutes from walking in the door to being seen.  Hurrah.

Jason

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So another pretty quiet day today.  Just housework and jigsaw and food shopping.

Cooked tamarind chicken for dinner and watched some Discovery.

And then I totally needed a Jason Isaacs fix.  Looked through the dvd collection.  Considered Dragonheart but he just has a bit part in that.  Then The Patriot, but that was too long.  Next to that on the shelf was Peter Pan and I was sold.  Went downstairs to watch it while doing the jigsaw.  But you know you are captivated by a movie when you can't concentrate on your jigsaw for watching the movie.  Whoops.  

Saying Goodbye

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I bought my first car in January 1997.  It was a 1984 Ford Laser and I paid $5650 for it.  It was kidnapped and murdered in January 2001.  I was devastated.  

1984 Ford Laser

I bought my second car off my friend Cynthia in February 2001.  It was a 1989 Ford Laser and I paid $4300 for it.

1989 Ford Laser

I drove it a lot when I lived in Sydney, but not very much once I moved to Canberra ten years ago (except for a lot of trips to Sydney in it when Dad was dying and afterwards to help clear out the garage and house).

The last time I had it serviced, they said I'd need new tyres, but also they were having trouble sourcing parts.  There just weren't enough of those Lasers around anymore. 

This week I wanted to get it serviced before going to Sydney next week.  For some time recently the brakes had been quite squishy and I wanted to get them looked at.  But apparently it was going to need a new master brake cylinder and cost $600.  Considering how relatively little I've actually had to pay to maintain this car over the years I wouldn't have minded that cost.  But with new tyres it was going to be upwards of $1000.  Again, I'd be ok with that.  But.  If something more serious died it would be crunch time, and it would be sad to have spent all that money and not gotten any value out of it.  And given how little I drive it nowadays I had to make the hard call.  Keep it going or let it go.  In the end I decided to let it go.  With rego and insurance it's over $1000 a year just to have it sitting in the garage.  If necessary renting a car or getting taxis would probably not even come near that.  Rego is due in a month or two so now would be a good a time as any.

I took it out to get a few last photos.

1989 Ford Laser

And then yesterday morning I took it out to Queanbeyan to become an organ donor.

1989 Ford Laser

This was the final odometer reading.  I was so close to 250000km (Stu didn't want me doing even a final trip to Sydney in it).  And so close to having it for seventeen years.  And it was only a year off becoming a "classic" car!

Final odometer reading

This is what I got in return.  I'm tempted to keep it....

100 dollar note

Every time I look at the empty garage I get sad.  Goodbye little car..

Another Quiet Day

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Just to the club for a committee meeting.  A long one, so I got a lot done on the jigsaw I've been working on.  Then cleared out the fridges with Chris which made her feel a whole lot better heh.

Came home and fed a bunch of leftover green matter from the club fridges to the chickens, and an ingrate mud wasp (because I've left their nest near the back fence alone) stung me cause I was too close to their nest while I was flinging stuff over the fence.  Not happy Jan.  Think that nest will have to be abandoned.

Just Discovery tonight, and maybe a drink with Kit later (haven't seen her since new years).

Quiet Day

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Pretty quiet day today.  Did a bit of jigsaw.  Took a few things out to Lifeline and the Green Shed.  Unfortunately came back with almost as much.  Whoops.

Tonight we had leftovers and watched Discovery, Good Place, and War Horse, which I'd last seen on the plane to Europe in 2012..

Giving Up

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So I had a few things I really wanted to get done this break.  I partly did one of them, but most of the rest never happened.  Today I gave up and started a new jigsaw (just a little 2000 piece one). 

Then headed out with Chrissie to do some baby stuff shopping.  Only came home with three jigsaws.  Did one of them - a 3D model of the Eiffel Tower which is pretty cool and only cost $5. 

Tonight we got pizza (it's Thursday) and watched Star Trek.  Stu's turn to choose a movie tonight so we watched Slapstick.  Ok that's not the name of it, but that's mostly all it was.  Jackie Chan movie with a few cool been-there's but utterly ridiculous movie.  Just had to lookup the name - Skiptrace.  I like Slapstick better.

NBN. CLR.

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I was hoping NBN would rock my world.  I think it did.

I was hoping CLR would rock my world.  It didn't.

Ahem.

This morning I managed to finish scraping old sealant off the shower.  So now it's ready to be regrouted and resealed.  I also had a go at CLRing the shower screen glass.  It did nothing to clear off the lime scale.  Seriously nothing.  I tried the recommended CLR and water.  I tried straight CLR wiping it off after not long.  I tried CLR and scrubbing hard.  I tried straight CLR just leaving it to sit there for hours.  Nothing. Zip.  I'm convinced *nothing* is going to move the built up calcium deposits on the glass.  *sigh*.

In other news.

After lunch our NBN cut in!  Ok so it's just fibre to the node and the node is probably 500m away, but 25Mbps!!!!   That may not sound exciting for many of you, but given that our top speed currently is 2Mbps we're stoopidly excited!  Tonight we watched a movie on Stan (Bridesmaids - not bad)  - since Stan is a lot worse than Netflix.  For the most part it was awesome.  The whole internet did drop out at one point.  But then again, it's been doing that in the past few months anyway.  Could be Internode/iiNet/TPG/Whoever bought them out.  But if I can watch YouTube videos without having to pause to let them buffer, or watch videos that don't drop down to the lowest possible resolution, I'll be happy.

The only other thing I did today was translate the instructions for my model of Wartburg Castle, which I bought there nearly two years ago..

The Last Jedi

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Last Jedi

Everything you said in that last sentence was incorrect.  hehe. 

So the sweetie and I went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Dendy last night (an 8:30pm session so hardly any kids just a couple of teenagers).

Generally I quite liked it.

Although that was helped by hearing a few people say they either didn't like it or were indifferent to it.

I didn't watch any trailers, and I didn't read any reviews, so I had no expectations whatsoever, which is how I like to see movies.

So.. spoilers follow.. :)

So The Force Awakens was essentially a remake.  I called it a love letter to the original movies.

This one felt a lot like a remake as well.  There were an awful lot of parallels between this and Empire Strikes Back (master and apprentice training in a remote location, battle of Hoth etc), and a bit of Return of the Jedi in there as well (throne room stuff, stoopid cutesy creatures (seriously wtf?)).

Then there was the Harry Potter stuff (Rey/Kylo Ren connection like Harry/Voldemort, Mirror of Erised and trying to know parents).

But.  John Williams!!  It was so cool to see/hear the opening yet again in a cinema.  I've seen every Star Wars movie in the cinema except for A New Hope.  And all the leitmotifs for all the characters were there, to the point that any new stuff was kinda secondary.

It was cool seeing Billie Lourd in a bigger role too.

It was pretty long, but I enjoyed it.  Be interesting to see where they take the next movie.

The Day After

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This morning was super frustrating because apart from about fifteen minutes scraping old sealant off the shower, all I did all morning was housework - cleaned the kitchen, dusting, vacuuming, put away washing, did another load of washing, cleaned up the dining room, cleaned up the bedroom.  Seriously it was just boring housework and nothing actually useful.  Soo annoying.

Went out so Stu could get his degree framed, then had some lunch at Can Tho, then got some new fishies (five black neon tetras for the two foot and a bristlenose for Chrissie's tank).

Then home to do silicone sealant scraping and not much else of any consequence.

Went into the city (via Mt Ainslie) for dinner at Hero Sushi, which, like last time, was super disappointing.  Never go there when it's not crowded - all the hot food is cold and disgusting.  Then we saw The Last Jedi, which I'll save for another post.

But I did want to post these photos today.  A year ago I mentioned that after our church burnt down in the Como bushfires in 1994 I retrieved a page of one of our hymn books and a piece of the baptismal font I was baptised in.  This is them..

Hymn book page

Baptismal font

Fifteen

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This blog is fifteen years old today.  Fifteen!!  I've been blogging for a third of my life!

Quiet day today.  Mostly alternating between scraping grout in the shower and trying to get email inboxes under control.

The sweetie cooked barbeque pork for dinner (with a nice chinese bbq marinade), roast beetroots (from Serena's garden) and a peach crumble (also from Serena's garden).  Then we watched Discovery, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Twenty-four years since the Como bushfires; David Bowie would have turned seventy-one.

Hot. People.

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This morning we headed out for brunch (the Scottish Restaurant! shhh!!) and then did a small bit of food shopping.

And then it was midday. Hrmmm.

Cleaned out and decluttered a couple of shelves in the kitchen which was all I achieved today.

The other day Chrissie asked if they could come by today for a swim (on account of stoopidly hot weather this weekend).  This morning Ben and Sarah if they could come by this arvo for a swim.  Then Annie asked if they could could come by this arvo for a swim.  

You know me and people.

Sigh.

So I refused to organise anything.  

On account of I HATE organising people.  So I didn't.  Stu organised for Ben and Sarah to come by around dentist time, and Annie from 4pm.  I never did hear from Chrissie.  So it all worked out in the end.  Had a nice swim with Ben and Sarah when they were here, and Annie brought cake for Lily's birthday and we sat around watching stoopid YouTube videos while the storm passed over (and later while all the girls were in the pool).  

Tonight we watched a new episode of The Good Place, and Discovery.  I'm thinking about going to bed, but I have this awful feeling I'm going to get insomnia tonight.  Of course going to bed early and stressing about it is almost guaranteed to make it happen.. but if I stay up later and then get it I'll just lose all that sleep I could have had.. hrmmm...

Also the cooler has been trying to keep up with the heat and doing a quite reasonable job of it..

So we'd been planning to go out to the club today.

But then I woke up at dentist time.  And lay there for two hours.  Got up for an hour and read feeds.  Then lay in bed for another hour.  Finally got about another hour and a half's sleep, but was still a zombie this morning.

Cooked David some breakfast, then he headed home.

Stu also didn't sleep very well so we decided we'd avoid people and stay home.

I spent the afternoon cleaning out drawers and cupboards in the kitchen, wiping them out and decluttering them.  I'm selling/giving a way a few things.  Selling the juicer and the ice cream maker - anyone interested?  And giving away a blender, a toasted sandwich maker and a coffee grinder.  Felt a lot better for having actually achieved something today, and getting some much needed down time.

In the evening I cooked up some fish (that we got last weekend but everything kept getting in the way and we hadn't cooked it yet), with some mushrooms and salad.  Watched the third episode of Star Trek Discovery, which was a lot better than the previous two, and then watched Look Who's Talking Too.

9pm and it's totally bed time..

In the morning David and I finished the jigsaw we started last night.

Then we headed out to Jem Aquatics to see about replacing the LED light.  Turns out they'd had a bad batch, and we didn't have any issues replacing it.  Hopefully the light we got in October was from a different batch and will be ok.  Hopefully.

Then Udo and Leanne came over and we were in the pool all afternoon and part of the evening (with a break for some dinner that Leanne and Udo very nicely brought).

And there goes another day.

Bit of hurty overnight but not too bad.

Finished tidying up receipts in the morning and finished filing photos from last year into appropriate directories.

Headed out for lunch (gotta keep my 40 week check-in streak going haha) and then went shopping for some new shorts (my "good" shorts from Colorado when they closed down - reduced from $70 to $20 - and I'm glad I didn't pay more than $20 cause they fell apart very quickly - aren't good anymore, and the daggy ones aren't the best for wearing around).  Amazingly the first ones I tried on fitted reasonably well.  For once a clothes shopping experience that didn't end in tears!

Just bits and pieces in the afternoon frittering my break away.  

Sarah came by late in the afternoon, followed by David, followed by Ben.  Sat in the pool til relatively late past dinner time.  We had food for ourselves but not for David so ended up getting pizza and watching Fawlty Towers.  Whoops.

But David did swap some taps around to fix the tap that broke in the bathroom a couple of days ago (the plastic disintegrated so couldn't turn the tap on anymore).  Have I ever mentioned my little brother is awesome? :)

So most of this morning was going through the year's receipts and cross checking them with bank statements to make sure things tallied up (they pretty much did).  I did find the Jem Aquatics receipt from October for the second LED light, so if that goes pffft at least I've got a receipt for it. 

After lunch went with Chrissie for a doctors appointment at the hospital.  Sadly it looks like I won't be allowed to be present at the birth.  Sad times.  

In the afternoon Stu did some tidying up of the fish stuff in the garage, so I did some cleaning up in the garage as well which was good.

Headed out to Bunnings so Stu could pick up some tubing to redo some of his little fish tanks.

Then I cooked a mostly vegetarian feast of roasted vegetables.  First course was mushrooms stuffed with mushroom, bacon, tomato and cheese.  Then there was potato bake (would you like some potato with your cream and cheese?), brussels sprouts and parsnip with bacon, and roast sweet potato and potato.  Pretty yummy.

In the evening we watched Star Trek Discovery (still not convinced - most of the episode was Klingons just rambling on), and Snowpiercer, which was like 1984 meets The Cube meets The Hunger Games meets Brave New World.  I just didn't *get* it (there were far too many issues with the messy plot to distract me - just go read some of the reviews on IMDB which list the issues I also had with it), but Stu was like "it's an allegory" and I'm like .. hrmm

Today was meant to be the first official day of our staycation, meaning the fact I didn't get anything much useful done in the past week and half shouldn't have mattered too much.  And today was meant to be the start of getting really stuck into things.  Except I didn't really get much done today.  

Sigh.

I did get most of the Christmas decorations taken down and put away.  

And did go to Chrissie's diagnostic ultrasound, which got moved forward a week on account of she's really struggling at the moment.

And did a bit of receipt consolidation.

And had a walk with the sweetie to go pokegressing.

Except I forgot I'd turned the hose on the pool for half an hour to top it up a little.  For the next two hours (at least).  And ended up with an overflowing pool.  

Sigh.

Fortunately I noticed it (after our walk) when it had only just started overflowing.  But did have to drain a bit of water (a lot of it on the garden, hope chlorinated water doesn't hurt plants too much).  Super sad times. 

I guarantee it'll pour down on Canberra tonight simply because of that.  You're welcome.

Tonight I was going to cook dinner of lots of veggies, but after pool dramas delayed me so much we ended up getting pizza.  And watched the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery (not convinced), and Look Who's Talking (because I needed some fun).

Last night we had no plans for new years, and in the evening we watched Fuller House and Rake.  Then Ben and Sarah came over to Kit's so we went down for a quiet celebration.  Watched the fireworks at midnight then we all had a swim.  Bit of a late night for me, because I still wake up at stoopid o'clock no matter what time I go to sleep.  Yeah I woke up at 6:30 hurrah.

Today I had a nice quiet day pottering around the house tidying up and Getting Things Done.  I tested the pool water pH and added some more acid, and more chlorine as well.  Fingers crossed things might stay stable now.

Stu cooked up some of the fish for dinner tonight and then we watched Fuller House, the last episode of Rake (hoping they'll film the next season in Canberra) and then The Danish Girl, which was only loosely based on a true story.  One thing that annoyed me: identifying as a woman is a very different thing to having fettish for women's clothing.  Just sayin'.  And it turns out the real Lili Elbe died after complications from a uterus transplant (it was rejected).  What's amazing is how long ago they were attempting such a thing, and how long it's taken for it to be successful (first actual live birth from a transplanted uterus was only a couple of years ago!!).

Oh the other thing I've been doing with the blog is back-dating a lot of photos in some of my older posts.  If you feel inclined you could go through the archives for this year and you may see something new. 

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IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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