September 2019 Archives

I'm backdating this entry to a week ago.  I was sick last weekend so didn't feel like blogging, then it all got too hard.  I'm also using a View to a Kill quote even though I didn't watch it last week, because otherwise I would have had two to use this week ;)

Monday I got home and put on my washing and sat down at my computer only to find the internet wasn't working.  Rebooted the router but it didn't come back.  Messaged a few people around - turns NBN were doing work all day Monday resulting in various outages.  Damien's internet came back but ours didn't.  And there was *nothing* on Internode, iinet, Aussie Broadband, Telstra or TPG's websites about the planned (or, as it turns out, unplanned) outages.  Fricken useless ISPs.  Stu got home and logged a fault with Internode.  It ruined my plans for the evening (labelling photos) because you need the internet to see geo location of photos.  I did do a whole heap of filing of photos from the past few months though.  But even then I got frustrated because I couldn't check geo locations of photos I was filing, or Foursquare history to confirm locations. 

Also on Monday I had to drop the rent on my place in Sydney by $40/week.  Turns out there's a surplus of unit rental accommodation in Sydney and prices are dropping.  Hurrah.

Tuesday there was still no internet.  So no photo labelling, just more filing of photos.  Internode messaged Stu to say they wanted someone on site all Thursday morning.  #grunt.  

Wednesday someone accidentally broke everything, so stayed back til 21:30 helping fix everything.  The equinox sunset shone all the way down the floor which was pretty cool.

Equinox sunset

Thursday I flexed off to wait around for the internet to be fixed.  At about 10:20 a dude turns up and barges into the house wanting to see the modem.  I mean literally - he didn't wait to be invited in.  I was pretty cranky about this because this outage WAS NOT OUR PROBLEM.  NBN caused the outage, they should be able to fix it without even needing to come anywhere near our property.  So he looks at the modem and of course gets sad by the fact we have our connection patched into a patch panel and not a direct connection from outside.  Then he wanted to see where the connection came into the house and I showed him the corner of the roof and said way up there.  Anyway he had a bit of a sad and got on his phone and said he was going to go check the node.  Yeah you do that buddy.  I did a bunch of gardening out the front while I waited for him to come back.  About an hour later he came back.  He checked the line and plugged the modem back in.  Checked on my computer and all good!   Yayyy!  Yes, NBN had disconnected us on Monday and hadn't bothered to reconnect us.  Happened to a house three doors down too apparently.  Retards.

But.  Flowers!

Weeping cherry

Hanami

Hanami

Freesias

Irises

Hopped straight on a bus to work (even got a free ride!).  Had quiet drinks and pizza leftover from Wednesday night for dinner.  Had a chat to Kit about her hen's night.

Friday met up with EffanC for drinks and pizza at the Pot Belly (pizza three nights in a row hrmm) then adjourned to their place for a while.

Pot Belly pizza redux

Pot Belly pizza redux

Saturday I woke up with a sore throat.  So a slow start and didn't get too much done.  Then it was hurty which stuffed up the afternoon.  Did food shopping quite late.  Realised that at some point recently, Microsoft FINALLY enabled control-backspace in Notepad!!  I've only been waiting for that for twenty years!!  Still not enabled in our work SOE though.  Watched The Crimes of Grindelwald in the evening which was a confusing mess of a movie.  

Sunday still sick.  Had a long lie in although very little actual sleep.  Played through a whole heap of escape room games.  The first few I found were really good, but after that the ones I played were pretty lame - incessant ads (even *in the middle* of doing puzzles) or would lose progess if you got out of the game you were in.  We had to cancel the hanami lunch with Nat and Andrew because Nat was worried about getting sick.  We did have a beer and some honey soy chicken chips anyway.

Hanami

Tried to sleep in the afternoon but failed.  Stu cooked salt and pepper squid for dinner.  Watched the last episode of Veronica Mars season four.  I could see the ending coming like an invetible train wreck and I was NOT impressed.  It was a total slap in the face which ruined the whole last season.  Everyone on IMDB was *pissed* and I don't blame them.  

Early night Sunday, and decided I wouldn't be going to work Monday.

Monday came home a bit early and did All The Things.  Spent some time processing photos from our Hong Kong and Singapore trip - which I'd geotagged the originals instead of the resized ones I usually work with.  Also talked to Ric for the first time in well over ten years.

Tuesday we had Cath over for dinner - did lemon chicken and a sweet potato salad - both out of the Coles magazine.

Sweet potato salad

Lemon and broccoli chicken

Wednesday finished fixing up the Hong Kong / Singapore photos, and geotagged all Stu's photos from the trip, which I hadn't done before.  Then finished watching Twilight.

Cherry blossoms

Thursday had quiet drinks and an early night, but didn't sleep very well so was a bit of a zombie on Friday.  At least it was a bit quieter than in recent weeks, and even had time to do decommissioning cleanup.  Had quiet drinks after work and watched cranes moving stuff around.  Watched Never Say Never Again in the evening.

Saturday we went out to the club fairly early, but when we got there most of the gardening work had already been done.  Stu helped a bit with that, and I helped chop vegetables, only slicing open one finger.  Like the Chinese New Year one a few years ago, these guys need a bit more practise getting catering quantities right.  We chopped a whole bunch of food that never even got cooked, and what did get cooked could have feed two to three times as many people as came.  So upsetting.  Anyway, the rain washed out the rest of the working bee.  I even tried to have a snooze but just don't sleep well during the day so never even got to sleep.  Didn't get much done in the afternoon either.  In the end went up to the shed for happy hour and dinner.

Chilean night

Chilean night

Chilean night

Chilean night

Chilean night

Didn't sleep very well, awake at 6am.  Took some containers and filled them up with leftovers.  Filled my esky to the brim and barely even made a dent.  Chucked some money in the honesty box, because basically I took home food for our entire week.

Coppins Crossing

Was really tired today and just couldn't concentrate on anything much.  I did get up to the end of the one year in Julie Powell's blog, and then watched Julie and Julia.  A few differences in the movie to the blog, eg them moving to Queens at the beginning of the story when they actually moved part way into it.  And starting on August 13th instead of the 25th.  Odd thing to do.  Maybe to finish the year before the great blackout of August 14 2003 (funnily enough I remembered that date before I read her entry for that day, and wondered how it played out for her.  Turns out they only lost power overnight).  This is her boeuf bourguignon entry.

Cooked up the potato and pumpkin I brought home, and had it with the last of the chicken from Tuesday, and watched Veronica Mars.

No Trivial Matter

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Monday.  Spent all night working on the trivia night.

Tuesday.  Spent all night working on the trivia night.

OMFG Open Office sux donkey balls.  I'm sooo converting to Power Point next time.

Wednesday.  More fighting with Open Office, which decided to "link" a lot of my images instead of properly pasting them in.  So had to repaste a whole lot of them after I copied them to the laptop.  Hate Open Office.  Hate.

But.

The night went really well.  Had about seventy people which filled the rooms nicely.  If anything the questions were a tad easy (only one that noone got, but nearly a quarter that everyone got right).  

Thursday got *extremely* upset after dealing with property, who never updated my request so setup the room to the original old request, and who had told us to come to assist with the setup, but then did it an hour early and never let us know.  It was just a disaster of miscommunication all round.  I'd say lesson learned for next time, but not sure I could ever deal with a next time.  Dealing with property upsets me too much.  I'd rather just never go to a trivia night again, so no chance of winning, so no chance of having to do it again.

I also didn't sleep very well Wednesday night, so Thursday was zombie day.  Had a couple of quiet beers then came home and had home-made pizza for dinner.

No pizza week pizza

Slept really well on Thursday night, then took a random day off on Friday which was *bliss*.  Got caught up on All The Things that had fallen by the wayside while prepping the trivia night.  Put on some music and churned through a hugely long todo list.

Then we headed out to the club.  Chilled in front of the fire and had a tv dinner for dinner.

Fire September

Didn't sleep very well unfortunately.  The bed is bigger than the one in the last van, but not by much.  And I always wake up trying to decide if I *really* need to go to the toilet or not.  Which keeps me awake.  hrmm.

Saturday I did the jigsaw during the committee meeting, had a late lunch, gathered some firewood, worked on a tapestry.  Chilled in front of the fire for a while before it got a bit too hot, so no chillin involved there.  Ended up just having snackages for dinner.  Slept somewhat better.

Came home Sunday then got stuck back into the todo list. 

Stumpy chillin

Stumpy not chillin

In the evening we went over to EffanC's, where we mostly just talked about our surgeries.  Had pizzas for dinner.

EffanC daffodil

EffanC pizza

And then back to reality today.  

Also.  Rain!!!

Also wik.  Got a few more days of the North Atlantic blog online.

Some Books

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Some books in my recent readings..

The Cult of LEGO, by John Baichtal and Joe Meno.  This was a birthday (or Christmas?) present some years ago that I'd read a fair bit of but never finished.  Finished it reading in bed a couple of months ago.  Interesting look at all sorts of aspects of the Lego universe.

You Always Remember the First Time, edited by B.S. Johnson.  I picked this up at a Bookcrossing meetup years and years ago.  This might have been more interesting if I'd actually heard of any of the authors.  But a 1975 British book isn't going to have anyone much I know in.  Some of the stories were really good and well written.  Some of them were practically unreadable.  One even sounded made up (sex slave to a maharaja? really?).  Meh.

The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink.  Stu must have had this book since it came out, and we went to see it at the movies back in 2009.  I remember enjoying the movie.  The book was pretty good too.  Might have to see the movie again at some point.

On the Road, by Jack Kerouac.  This was recommended in Little Brother along with Cryptonomicon.  But Cryptonomicron weighs about three kilos, so wasn't going to cart that around on the bus.  So took On the Road instead.  OMFG this has to be one of the most boring books in history.  Nothing happens.  It's a rambling, at times manic, drivel of words, about thoroughly unlikeable characters who criss-cross the country multiple times by various means.  Urgghh.  So boring.  I'm half way through it.  Unless someone can give me a pretty compelling reason, I doubt I'll ever finish it.  (I stopped at the beginning of Part 3 - where there was a bookmark, likely from Stu who also probably never finished it)

Fill Her Up Please

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This week wasn't as crazy epic busy as the last two weeks which was kinda nice.  I *almost* had time to go back and do some cleaning!

Monday I got home and turned the heater on and nothing happened - it was already warm enough in the house!  Monday's BBT featured the first rock paper scissors lizard spock which was pretty cool :)  I also worked on the trivia night and finished Neil's jigsaw.

It's happy flower season!!
Happy flower'

Tuesday morning I was scanning Mum's slides and found one of her in a bikini on a beach in South Australia.  I sent it to Mum and said I was finding fodder for her funeral slide show ;)  She had a laugh as well and said she wants to see the slide show before she dies :)   Not that she's dying or anything but after the sudden loss of Diana and Graham I kinda felt like it's best to be prepared, just in case and all.  Chrissie's family couldn't do a proper slide show because they didn't have access to the house to even get the photos, so they ended up using quite a lot of Mum's photos at the funeral.  Wow that got dark pretty quick.

Mum in 1969

Anneke helped us complete our Little Shop!

Coles Little Shop 2

Also on Tuesday we tried out Yarralumla Kebab's new store.  I'd never been to their original store but had heard good things about it.  I went with the guys who knew the procedure which was good, because as a newcomer it was very confusing.  Turns out you have to know that you have to "fill out a form" on the kebab wrapper to tell them what you want.  But it was a complete shemozzle and we watched people coming in and standing in the queue from either end because it was so confusing.  We even saw people leave.  They need to have instructions or they will lose business.  Meanwhile the kebab I had was as big as my head, and I didn't have any dinner that night!

Belconnen Yarralumla Kebabs

Yarralumla Kebabs kebab

Got home and the house was 20C so there was no point turning the heater on.  Finished the first draft of the trivia night and sent it to Doc for vetting.  BBT had the first mention of coitus.

Wednesday I went over to Chrissie's for dinner and we had wine and toasted Aunty Di with some merlot and had a lovely evening.  Got home and Stu hadn't bothered to turn on the heater because it was so warm.

Thursday was tv dinners instead of pizza (man-sized chicken kiev's, but not super exciting).  Again, no heater.  Watched the first half of Twilight, which I last saw on the plane to Japan in 2009.

Friday was hurty overnight so zombie day due to lack of sleep.  Met up with EffanC (who had to put down dear little Celeste due to old age) and R&F for beer and pizza.  A few tears were shed over the sweet little cat, and then a very pleasant evening.  

Pot Belly pizza

Saturday I spent all freakin day on the trivia night - doing a whole lot of reworks and edits after Doc's vetting.  Didn't even set foot out of the house all day.  Finished the second draft by dinner time, had pizza (we were thinking of going out for dinner but it was cold and the sweetie just wanted pizza (let's not even go into how much pizza we've had in our "no pizza week" week - pizza last Thursday, leftovers Friday, club on Saturday, leftovers Sunday, Tuesday with C, Friday at potbelly, then Saturday with leftovers on Sunday.  That's pizza eight days out of the last eleven.  hrmmmmm!) ).  Watched Brooklyn 99 and Octopussy (seriously what insane father calls their daughter "Octopussy" as a nickname??  Thanks Ian Fleming for that weirdness).

This morning I went mountain climbing then spent all day doing the slideshow and table rounds for the trivia night.

Wattle

Wattle

Brindabellas from Mt Rogers

Brindabellas from Mt Rogers

Mt Rogers trig station

Crace from Mt Rogers

Belco from Mt Rogers

Belco from Mt Rogers

And there might have been pizza scrolls for lunch.

Pizza scrolls

After getting the first pass of the slide show done and the filler rounds done, we went to Crace for food shopping, then came home and I spent the next hour or so prepping a lasagna with the last of Kit's frozen tomatoes.  It turned out pretty well though.

Epic lasagna

With Brooklyn 99 and Veronica Mars.

Then blogging.

Is it bed time now?

Monday was crazy stoopid busy again.  I thought I'd repeat my effort of last Monday and get some work done between 5pm and 6pm but that plan failed because I *still* got interrupted :(  In the evening planned out my todo list for the next couple of weeks, and worked on the trivia night, pretty much finishing the music round and deciding on filler rounds.

Tuesday was Big Bang Theory and trivia night.

Wednesday was a bit of trivia night but ended up down the rabbit hole of Sporcle.  Whoops.

Clown loaches

The roommate agreement came up on BBT this week - part way into season 2.

Friday I finally got my random day off, and Stu took leave as well.  Couldn't sleep in though could I?  Spent the morning doing houseworky bits, finished off some Lego picking, started Neil's jigsaw, and did some work on the trivia night.

Stumpy found a warm spot!
Stumpy found a warm spot

Then got ready to head out to the club.

Anyone know what's going on on the hill at Barton Highway and Gundaroo Drive?

What's going on here?

What's going on here?

Did some shopping in Gungahlin then headed out to the club.

Got the fire going which was nice.

Fire

Had a couple of beers at happy hour, then had leftovers for dinner.  Stu talked to his dad for a while, then we went to bed.

Saturday I cooked bacon and eggs for breakfast, then I made three fires - one in our van, one in the shed, and the pizza oven.  Lunch was sausage sizzle, then the AGM.  Hung around for a while, and had pizza for dinner (which sadly wasn't cooked quite enough, so was pretty doughy).  Didn't have too late a night.

Today had leftover sausages for breakfast in the sunroom, then cleaned up and came home.

Sun room breakfast

Did a bit of work on the trivia night, and some of Neil's jigsaw.

Then Annie and the whole family came over with a pretty spectacular birthday cake for afternoon tea.  Only problem was I got such a huge piece I felt full for hours.  

Caramel birthday cake

Haven't done any food shopping, so just roasted some potatoes, and a zucchini and a capsicum that were in the fridge for dinner.  There may have been mayo ;)

Roast veggies.

Dinner was too late to watch Veronica Mars this week, so just Brooklyn 99.

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