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Last Friday night the sweetie took me to Akiba for dinner.  It was a bit of jostling just to get through the door which was crowded with people trying to actually get in, people trying to pay and get out, as well as the only thoroughfare for wait staff to get to the tables outside.  That could all do with a redesign.  Got in and got a bench facing the street which was nice.  Not this view of the bar from the entrance hehe.

Akiba bar

We ordered some drinks and the waiter said that in addition to any food we ordered they'd bring around tasty treats "chef specials" that we could also take.  No sooner had they said that then someone came around offering "eggplant chips" ($5).  These were an awesome start.

Akiba eggplant chips

We dropped one of the things we were going to order, and ordered some food.  Straight after they came around offering chef special chicken wings ($7).  Since we'd ordered food we were a bit worried it'd be too much, but they looked so awesome, so we took them, and they were!  These were probably my favourite.

Akiba chefs special chicken wings

Salt and sichuan pepper squid, onsen egg ($21), delicious, probably Stu's favourite.

Akiba salt and pepper squid

Agadashi fried tofu, nori, daikon, togarashi ($12) which was quite nice

Akiba agadashi tofu

Japanese fried chicken, lemon braised onions, parmesan, kewpie, sriracha ($19).  The kewpie and sriracher were in little bottles on the side.  Yummy.

Akiba karaage chicken

We ended up quite full by the end of it, and I think we probably should have gotten some more vegetation, but quite a delicious meal.

Tuesday I spent all day thinking it was Wednesday.  So annoying.  Did catch up on my photo labelling, doing both Monday and Tuesday nights.

Pretty sunset

Tuesday and Wednesday when we came home and turned the heater on, nothing happened.  The house was already so warm.

Friday was another $5 lunch at Rashays.  I thought I'd give them another chance to redeem themselves with their steaks.  I asked for rare.  I got medium-well.  This steak was a lot thinner than previous ones, so I guess that makes it kinda hard.  We aren't likely to go back once the May special is over.  Won't wanting to be paying triple the price or more.

Rashays $5 steak fail

Rashays $5 steak fail

In the evening I met up with the sweetie and he took me to Akiba for dinner.  Had a lovely dinner which I'll put in a separate post.  After dinner we did some food shopping.  I finally got to use the shopping trolley tool I found!  (I found a little trolley tool on the ground outside work and grabbed it.  So that if when all the trolley bays are broken or filled with the wrong sized trolleys I won't have to take my trolley all the way back inside.  Such a cool device).

Saturday morning was a quick bit of housework but mostly just getting organised to go out to the club.  We were only staying overnight but we had enough *stuff* in the car you'd think we'd be going for a week.  I spent a couple of hours trying to sort out and clean the old van so we can sell it.  Stu sat by the fire and did lots of reading for uni.

Van fire

We had the pizza oven going in the afternoon and cooked quite a nice pizza for dinner (we cheated and used a store-bought flatbread base).  The sweetie and I struggled to rememeber the rules of Cribbage, and I won a game of that with him.  Then there were several games of Epic Jenga.  I lost the first two games.  I *never* lose that game.  Sad times!

Cribbage game I won

Sunday morning we came home.  I just had a nice quiet day, mostly just checking off Vic's Lego.  Cooked Not Quite Nigella's Asian Style Beef Cheeks for dinner.  Is it possible for something to have *too much* flavour?  It's so intense!  I'm half tempted to use a little coconut milk or cream in it next time to lighten it up a little.  Watched You Only Live Twice in the evening.

Asian style beef cheeks

Today I had a quiet but productive day, getting through quite a few annoying items on the todo list.  Cooked a bunch of veggies and the other pizza base for dinner.  Not *quite* as good as in the pizza oven, but not too bad.

Leftover pizza base pizza

I didn't get to do any photo labelling tonight.  Too much catching up to do.  And backing up my blog.

Tuesday I finished labelling day 19 of our holiday photos, and at five and a half thousand photos, officially half way through.  And I was hoping to be all done by the end of June.. hrmmmm

Wednesday morning was freezing.  Literally.  I mentioned this to the sweetie who was in the study looking out the back window, and he said "The pool didn't freeze over"  *cries*.  

Also on Wednesday I finished scanning all of Mum's analogue photo prints.  Nearly eight thousand of them!  

Thursday morning I started scanning Mum's slides.  She wasn't quite as obsessive in the beginning - they don't have dates on them!!  Best some of them have is a month and year. 

During the day went for a little walk with Neil and a bunch of others.

Lake walk

Might have had Kingsley's for dinner.  Whoops.

Friday was week three of Rashay's $5 lunches.  I went back to calamari this time.

Rashays $5 calamari

In the evening was pretty sad to hear that they finally had to put Pookie to sleep. 

Might have had pizza for dinner.  Whoops.  (and here I was thinking we got out of it by having takeaway the night before.. hrmm).  Watched Solo in the evening, which we'd both seen on the plane on our last trip.

Saturday was pretty much just regular weekend stuff - housework and shopping.  Although we did go get our democracy sausage.

Knead creme brulee

Gold leaves

Democracy Sausage

In the evening EffanC came over for election night event.  The sweetie made pea and ham soup for dinner.

Election night party

Sunday was pretty quiet.  Spent a good chunk of the morning cleaning the house again.  Just did a bit of photo filing in the afternoon.  Also on the weekend finished watching through Lego Masters.  I was pretty happy with the result, I think those guys deserved it.  Cooked roast pork for dinner and watched Death in Paradise.

More vegemite scrolls

Epic roast pork

Today another busy day at work.  Got home and started working and at 20:30 I'm still not done working, and I haven't even *started* doing any photo labelling.  Stop the world I want to get off.

Goodbye Pookie

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So I've known Pookie (original name Bobby) the entire time I've known the sweetie (which is coming up on fourteen years!).  We haven't seen him in recent years though because he's been so far away.  But his time had come today.  He was nineteen years old!

Goodbye you sweet sooky cat.

Pookie

Sunday night we chatted to Kit for a bit when she got home from the wedding.  I was all ready for bed but it meant a bit of a late night.  Not too late though.

Monday we had to move desks.  Our areas were already struggling to get enough seats, and instead of giving us more like the original plan, they took desks away.  So our group got split up but we are closer to comms so that's ok.  Just such a mess.  So much stress.  Then we had seven SEVEN people from other locations come during the week so it was a seating crisis.  I felt anxious about it all week.

Hot Air Balloon

Tuesday was another team lunch at Chompy's.  This time I had the Motley Crue hotdog.

Chompy's Motley Crue

Also got a big bunch of herbs off Cath!

Cath's herbs

Thursday picked up pizza and saw this!  Not really one big pizza though, just four regular sized ones in a big box.

Domino's The Big One

Friday sunrise.

May sunrise

Friday we went to Rashay's again.  This time I had the steak, because the others said they were pretty decent.  I asked for medium rare, and some of it was, but some was a bit overdone for my liking.  Still, I'm not complaining for $5!

Rashay's steak

Rashay's steak

Rashay's steak

This week I've been catching up on Lego Masters.  Have seen the first five episodes.  Some of the builds are amazing.  I wish they'd kick Kale off though, don't like him at all.

Friday had a drink with the Stus at the Waldorf, then went to dinner with the sweetie.  We were going to try Kimchi but there weren't going to be any seats for half an hour, so we went a couple of doors down to Tasting China instead.  Had a very nice (if somewhat expensive) meal.

Just a small sample!
All Canberra Bus Shelters, seen at Proframing

Peking duck
Tasting China Peking Duck

Chengdu Zhong dumplings - two chili rating, a tad spicy for me, but quite nice
Tasting China Chengdu Zhong Dumplings

Braised beef brisket - delicious, except for the chunks of fat, just not a fan if the chunks are too big
Tasting China Beef Brisket

Red fried rice - good but VERY expensive ($18 for small)
Tasting China Red Rice

Somewhat disturbing placemats..
Tasting China placemats

Saturday morning I made a caramel slice, and then we went over to EffanC's for a late lunch.  Quite a pleasant afternoon.

Caramel slice

BBQ

Salad

Rose

In the evening we watched Thunderball.

Today was just a nice quiet day doing house stuff and a lot of photo sorting and filing (although not much on the holiday photos, did get day 9 of our last trip online though).  Cooked a tomato bake using some of Cath's basil.  Watched some tv and suddenly it's the end of the weekend :(

Tomato bake

Marie Kondo

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So after Easter we only needed to take three days off to have ten days in a row off.  Connor was cool with me doing that, so that's just what I did :)  (The sweetie had to go to work on the Friday).

The mission for the break was to attack some of the clutter around the house.  I made a very long list before the break, knowing that we wouldn't get anywhere near getting it all done.  

Day 1.  Lesson 1.  Clothes.

We actually did what they did on the show (I've only seen the Netflix show, although Stu has read the book) and pulled all of our clothes from both cupboards and put them on the bed.  The pile was pretty big, bigger than I thought it would be, but smaller than most of the people on the show.  Then we through it all.  Stu actually got rid of a *lot* of clothes.  I didn't get rid of much.  And there's a couple of things in the give away pile that I might take back.  Even though they don't fit.  Just because they're a bit sentimental.

My clothes laid out on the bed

All our clothes laid out on the bed

The To Donate pile

Bedroom cupboard before

Bedroom cupboard after

Spare bedroom cupboard before

Spare bedroom cupboard after

Day 2 I attacked the linen cupboard.  It was actually relatively neat already, but I did pull out a few things to give away, and tidy a little.  I still want to get a few tubs for linen that's not used very often, to slow down the silverfish.

Linen cupboard before

Linen cupboard after

Day 3 I went for the pantry.  This actually took a couple of days, doing a shelf at a time.

Pantry before

Pantry after

Then I ran out of steam.  And David and Kat came to stay haha.

I did get to the gardening corner of the garage on the Friday.

Gardening corner before

Gardening corner after

So still a lot I want to get done.  Just have to take the odd random day off here and there ;) 

Monday I went shoe shopping for Kit's wedding.  Needed to get the shoes before I ordered the dress to get the right heights.  Found a nice pair of silver shoes but they've got a bit of a heel which would hurt my feet so Kit said probably not best to use those.  I might keep them anyway as I can wear them for other things.  Got up to 4000 out of 10500 photos labelled from the last trip.  Also found out that Foursquare killed their RSS feed for my checkins back in March.  How the heck am I meant to get an offline backup of my history now?!?  Stu said I should try IFTTT to get it.  So I did.  About half a dozen clicks later I had IFTTT downloading each checkin to a Google docs spreadsheet.  So disturbingly easy and I didn't touch the keyboard in the whole process.

Tuesday I had another go at shoe shopping after Kit said she'd be happy if we all wore nice thongs.  I sent her pics of a few and saw one she liked so I bought a pair.  Only $15 w00t.  Stu was sick Tuesday and we might have had Kingsley's for dinner.  Whoops.  Made up a tomato sauce with a big bunch of Kit's tomatoes I defrosted on the weekend.

April fog

Thursday I went back to the shoe store and bought another two pairs of the thongs so all three bridesmaids will have the same shoes.

Bridesmaids shoes

Friday a bunch of us went to Rashays for their $5 lunch special (just for the month of May).  Great value that's for sure!

Rashays $5 calamari

But they are seriously trolling people with their serviettes!

Rashays serviette

In the evening we started on MacGyver season 2.

Kit had picked up keys during the day as she was up for Katie's sister's funeral (kid was only 12 :( ).  She got home after 1am.  We hadn't slept.  Yay.  I was just uncomfortable and restless.  Torture.  When Kit got home Stu poured us a small nightcap and we chatted to Kit for a while and helped her finish her Big Mac.  Even that didn't help much, and it was after 3am before I got to sleep :(  Woke up at 5am with a sore spine so struggled to get back to sleep.  So that was a fun night.  Not.

Saturday had a little bit of a sleep in.  Kit spent much of the day sleeping and doing uni work (pyjama day for the win!).  I did houseworky stuff and jigsaw.  In the evening I cooked a lasagna with the tomato sauce I made during the week and we watched a Netflix (Stan?) show on street food, this one on Singapore, and The Imitation Game.

Kit lasagna

This morning Kit and I had a long chat about wedding planning.  I even took notes haha.  Stu and I went out to for lunch and food shopping, and Kit went off to her friend Sophie's wedding.  

Saigon Street Food chili beef

She came back for a couple of hours between the ceremony and the reception so we mostly just chatted.  And there may have been cheese.  Other than that I was sorting photos - filing photos into more logical directories.  Some work directories have 1000 or 1500 photos in them that need to be filed more logically.  And then I need to crowdsource labelling them.  Cooked a lamb roast for dinner and watched Death in Paradise.

So a fairly quiet weekend which was nice.  Achieved some stuff, although maybe not as much as I'd have liked, but it was generally quite relaxing. 

Another fun puff pastry creation :)

Top with some tomato paste (this was about 1/3 of a little tub's worth)

Pizza scrolls

Add some herbs

Pizza scrolls

Cheese!!  I would have added ham here too if there'd been any in the house.  Mix of tasty and Millel parmesan here. 

Pizza scrolls

Roll them up.  Again I probably didn't do this tight enough.

Pizza scrolls

Press the lip shut so they won't unroll (as much).

Pizza scrolls

Cut into twelve scrolls.

Pizza scrolls

Lay onto a baking tray.

Pizza scrolls

Add more cheese.  You can never have too much cheese.  Again just tasty this time.

Pizza scrolls

Bake at ~175C for fifteen minutes.

Pizza scrolls

Soooo good!!

Pizza scrolls

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