August 2020 Archives

A pig's gotta fly

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Still backdating ;)

Tuesday.  Slept ok, woke up on time. 

Beans

Beans

Tree guys came in the morning and trimmed our hedge back.  I told them to be brutal.  They complied.

Hedge before

Hedge after

Insanely crazy busy the rest of the day.  Although maybe I wouldn't have felt so bad if I'd been able to do my work in peace without ten different people talking to me non-stop all afternoon.  Sigh.  Watched the very last episode of Fuller House.  It was such a pity they could never get the Olsen twins to put in an appearance, because they had the rest of the cast which was just amazing to have the same group of people still working together for well over thirty years.  I don't know of any other show like it that has done anything remotely like what they did.  Just amazing.  Loved it.  Finished Day 19 of UK photo labelling.

Wednesday.  Slept ok.  Tackled the ticket queue I'd been ignoring yesterday afternoon, and played whack-a-mole with it most of the day.  Super heavy rain a couple of times during the day.  It was like night time, day time, night time, day time.  I watched the last two episodes of The Miraculous Mellops - and I was right about who the new Grand Baby was ;)  We also started on The Simpsons on Disney+.

Floriade site

Thursday.  Rage quit over people hassling me to do stuff.  I have this irrational rage at people that hassle me to do stuff while I'm literally doing stuff for them.  Then there were the people who hassled me in one system, and not five minutes later hassled me with direct messaging as well.  Drives me nuts.  Watched Derren Brown's The Push.  The whole Weekend at Bernie's reference had me cacking myself.  But I can't believe it could all be real.  Those people weren't showing any remorse or trauma at all.  If it was real, there should be arrests.  Seriously.  

Friday.  Up to episode three of The Simpsons.  But getting really annoyed at the cropping they did to get it onto 16:9 screens.  So I Googled that crap.  As of May, Disney+ had set a toggle switch so you can watch it the original aspect ratio.  Much more betterer!  Then watched Porco Rosso which I actually really enjoyed.  It has flying in it, but it's more realistic.  

Saturday.  Housework.  All.  Day.  Stu found a recipe for a vegan lasagna that said something like twenty minutes prep time.  It took him three hours.   !!  Craziness.  Had Nelson and Susan over for dinner.  Had a game of Roborally which Susan won, and a couple of games of Fluxx.

The sweetie making vegan lasagna

Not actually a vegan cake - they used eggs from chickens they knew
Not vegan cake

Roborally

I won this game of Fluxx

Sunday.  Bit of a late night but not too crazy.  But woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep.  Hardly did anything all day.  Roast pork for dinner.  Watched Pom Poko in the evening.  OMFG what a completely bizarre movie.  Really didn't like this one very much.

Daffodils

Epic pork crackling

Charred brussels sprouts

Monday.  Woke up at 5:59 - right on time!  Ok day for a Monday.  Spent all evening trying to sort out accomodation in Tumut for the next weekend.  The problem with small places is their websites are very amateurish.  Sefton House said there were three different queen rooms, but it really wasn't clear which ones had ensuites and which had "exclusive" bathrooms.  And they never answered the query I sent them.  The caravan park looked like they had some lovely cabins by the river, but it was basically impossible to tell which cabin you were trying to book on their online web form.  At least they did respond (eventually) to my query, but the ones we wanted were all booked out.  I actually didn't want to commit to anything too far in advance - I didn't want to be up for a few hundred dollars if one of us got sick and we had to cancel.  So that was all very blah.  And didn't get my quota of photos labelled.

Another couple of shots my Dad took of the Woronora Bridge under construction, taken twenty years ago today.

Woronora Bridge construction

Woronora Bridge construction

Hockey Two

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This one is of me actually playing hockey.  I usually played a half, which was a *lot* of running around.  Taken thirty years ago today.

Hockey game

Backdating, because I'm a slacker... ;)  Also I think there was an entry or two in the July archives you might not have seen if you don't use an rss feed reader.  

Monday.  5am wakeup.  Sore spine, numb hands, full bladder.  Sigh.  Tired all day.  Hid out in do not disturb mode all morning and caught up on all Thursday and Friday's tickets.  Long weekends are never long enough!    Tried to read stuff but too many interruptions in the afternoon.  Got my UK photo labelling done a bit early then went into battle with Apple to get the movie files off my phone.

Tuesday.  3am wakeup.  Didn't get back to sleep til probably 5ish for another hour.  Even tireder than yesterday :(  Stayed in DND all day.  Got a bit more than my quota of UK photos done.  Two episodes of BBT, but far too tired to blog.

Wednesday.  Yayyy 9.5 hours sleep!!!  Tried a pulled beef recipe - which was ~1tbs brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder; ~1tsp salt, pepper.  Rubbed some mustard on the meat, covered with the dry rub, then chucked in the slow cooker (with some leftover lamb jelly and some liquid smoke in the bottom) and left it on high all afternoon.  Possibly could have been done a bit longer, it wasn't quite pull apart.  Also should have used a fattier cut of meat.  But it was still pretty good.

Pulled beef

Pulled beef

Thursday.  Ok sleep.  Work ok.  Caught a bus into work in the afternoon, went and picked up a new pass (the old one had expired), went and said hi to the team, then headed up to Pot Belly.  First drinks with work peeps in five months!  So that was nice.  Picked up pizza on the way home then watched the last four episodes of Big Bang Theory.  Took us a bit over a year to watch through all twelve seasons.

Friday.  Wouldn't be my birthday if I didn't end up in tears over *something*.  In this case trying to understand our crazy networking.  David took me to KFC for lunch (it's tradition!) but we couldn't eat in so had to bring it home. 

KFC lights

KFC birthday lunch

Blerfy afternoon fighting with stoopid firewall which is doing stoopid things that noone can explain.  The plan was to catch a bus into town and have dinner somewhere with the sweetie, but I was so late getting away he just came home and picked me up and we went to Chong Co, which was lovely as always.  

47 selfie

Thai fish cakes - famous spicy Thai fish cackes, served with sweet chilli sauce ($12.00)
Crispy crab net rolls - crab meat, shrimp, fish mixed with water chestnuts, and taro delicately wrapped in crispy net roll ($9.50)
Chong Co entrees

Prk Pao Moo Grob - stir fried mild chilli yam sauce with capsicum, onion, shallot, mushrooms, corn and basil leaves ($25.00)
Chong Co prik pao moo grob

Duck salad - sliced roasted duck with coconut shredded, chilli jam, coconut milk, cucumber, mint, shallot, coriander and cherry tomatoes ($23.00)
Chong Co duck salad

Came home and watched Shakespeare in Love.

Saturday.  Awake from 2-5am, then broken sleep til 8am.  So a bit of a zombie day.  Went to Michelle's in the evening for her birthday party.  They have a karaoke machine and a subscription to an online karaoke website, which is pretty good - it has all the original audio - but it doesn't have the original videos like Singstar had.  Not that anyone really needed the karaoke machine, everyone was just singing.  I only joined in for a few, was elsewhere chatting to people and standing in front of the fire for a fair bit of it.  I did get to sing Let it Go right at the end of the night which was fun though ;)  Too late a night though for me.

Funky cheese board

Hamburger station

Michelle's birthday cake

Sunday.  Slept ok, including a bit of a sleepin.  Mostly housework in the morning.  Had lunch then cooked dinner (beef cheeks).  Need moar slow cooker recipes so we don't sick of things.  Watched penultimate episode Fuller House.

Monday.  Slept ok, and slept in til nearly 7am - whoops!  Super productive morning getting things done while scanning slides.  Went and took some photos of the daffodils out the front, and saw a cold wild blue tongue lizard.  So caught it (it wasn't happy haha) and had it pose for photos.  And its little claws are *sharp* - so much sharper than Stumpy's!

Daffodils

Daffodils

Wild blue tongue lizard

Wild blue tongue lizard

Had a two hour long demo from Sharpie which was quite useful, but I need to see something like ten times before it will sink in....  And stoopid firewall is still being stoopid. 

Birthdays Past

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My 7th birthday in 1980.  I actually hated yellow.  But I was in yellow house at school (Cremona?) and it was the day of the school sports carnival so I had to wear yellow that day.  I got this birdcage, and later a budgie, for my birthday.  I still have that little arm chair.  At the party other kids were in the different colours for their houses.

Kazza 7

Kazza 7

Kazza 7

My 17th birthday in 1990

Kazza 17

Kazza 17

For my 27th birthday in 2000 we went to Fox Studios.

For my 37th birthday in 2010 we went down the coast with DC.

For my 47th birthday in 2020 we went to Chong Co.  I'll append a link when I get around to posting it ;)  ** done!

Fox Studios

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Twenty years ago today the parents took me to Fox Studios, which had fairly recently opened as a movie studio and associated backlot theme park.  They were filming Star Wars Episode II at the time, but while there was a tiny peek into one of the sound studios, it was all behind curtains so you couldn't really see anything. I liked the Titanic stuff the best.

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

Fox Studios

I got my licence thirty years ago today.  The title of this entry is Mum's caption on the photo she took.

Got my licence

Rapunzel?

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Took this twenty years ago today..

Rapunzel

Backdating.. cause I'm a slacker!!

Monday.  Definitely not enough hours in the day.  Had the tree people out.  The pistachio is slowly splitting at the base and one part of it is leaning on the fence to Kit's place.  The dude was like, this has to go sooner rather than later.  Took more time off work when David got home to help him sort out the fence.  We cut away more vines and weeds, and he was able to get the panel pulled back up and held in place with string until we could get some screws.  Cooked (not) Dinner Winner (Coles don't sell Dinner Winner) for dinner.  Was quite nice, although I could probably do something pretty similar myself.  

Not Dinner Winner

Not Dinner Winner

In the evening passed half way in my UK 2010 photo labelling.  Still on track to have everything done by the end of the year.  Next year I want to label my Eurasia 2012 photos.  Twenty three and a half thousand photos.  At five hundred photos per week that'll take forty eight weeks to do!!  Craziness.  But the idea is to have all the work on in complete by the time it's ten years since we went in 2022.

Tuesday.  Had the ACT Government tree inspector out (I put a form in on the weekend).  He also took one look at the tree and said it had to go sooner rather than later.  Got verbal approval to remove it straight away.  So talked to the tree peeps and they rearranged some customers so they could come out the next day.  Later, David and I went round to the neighbour's side to pull away more vines and weeds, and he was able to strap up the fence to pull it back into position to be screwed.  Poor neighbours, we keep hassling them!  But did I mention I have the bestest brother ever? :)  Cooked beef cheeks for dinner.  Not as dark this time for some reason.  David really liked this version.

Beef cheeks

Wednesday.  Tree guys came first thing.  Such a shame to see such a beautiful tree taken down, but the thing was in danger of falling down so had to go :(  Kit was sad as well, although I think she'd have been sadder if it had fallen on her garage!

Pistachio tree

Pistachio tree

Pistachio tree

Pistachio tree

Pistachio tree

They came back later in the afternoon to grind out the stump.

Pistachio tree

Had our pizza night a night early, then played Kismet with Kit and Pete.  I got not one but *two* kismets - the first with 1s, the second with 6s.  I ended up winning.

Kismets

Thursday morning.  Emirates refunded our Europe flights (although not the extra we paid for seat allocations hmmm).  Still, can't complain too much, we're lucky to have gotten anything back at all.  Packed up to go out to the club.  Lit the fire and collected more firewood before the predicted rain.  

Club fire

Hey look!  I saw a 747 in flight!
Atlas 747

This is what we came out for so early - to seal this sawdust board MDF

Cabinetry

They'd put this cabinetry in but hadn't sealed it, so a single drop of water would make the whole thing swell up.  Which is really great right next to the kitchen sink.

Cabinetry

I sanded and sanded it, but it didn't get smooth, just all fluffy.

Cabinetry

Club trees

Club trees

Had drinks and leftover roast pork by the fire.  Listened to a podcast on the possible CIA origins of Winds of Change (part 1 of 8).  

Friday morning.  Got stuck into the first coat of primer.  Things were going well until the fumes made Stu sick :(  So stopped after an hour and a half and washed out the brush.  In the afternoon did some tidying and organising of the "tool shed" in the van.  Also did some work on the tapestry.  Stu had some pretty chilled out music going so it was a nice pleasant afternoon just chillin.  I also sanded the cabinetry again.  This time got things somewhat smoother.  Cooked curried sausages for dinner.  I don't think I'd really want to cook much from scratch out there in future.  I mean I can, but there's no range hood, so steam from cooking just goes everywhere.  Think we'll just stick to leftovers, or bbq.  Listened to another episode of Winds of Change and had an early night.

Priming

Priming

Saturday.  Stoopid fricken insomnia.  Lit the fire again, had a bit of a sleepin.  Did another coat of primer while Stu was at the committee meeting.  I think another sanding and another coat of primer (just on the horizontal surfaces that had been damaged) and it'll be as smooth as I can get it. 

New deck

We were meant to meet up with EffanC after for lunch, but we went to the wrong hotel, 20km away.  This is what happens when you use the PHONE, people, instead of MESSAGING!!!  If I'd seen it in writing would have been less likely to get it so wrong.  #grunt !  Anyway, Stu and I had a nice enough lunch at the Lake George Hotel.

Lake George Hotel pork ribs

This time they got the pork belly right - with crackling!  

Lake George Hotel pork belly

Finished watching the end of Herbie the Love Bug in the evening.

Sunday was housework all fricken morning.  After lunch went and visited Annie, but we were running a bit early, so Stu drove me around to look at the flooded Ginninderra Creek.

Ginninderra Creek in flood

Ginninderra Creek in flood

Ginninderra Creek in flood

Ginninderra Creek in flood

So seeing Annie and Immy, and later Noah and Stu, was nice.  Haven't seen them in forever.  Did our shopping at Casey Supabarn, I think for the first time since 2017 when they ripped us off.  This time they wouldn't do any bagging, which is a massive pain when you're trying to wrangle a large trolley load full of shopping at either end.  At least I had Stu's help this time, it would not have worked *at all* if I'd been by myself.  I swear if they try and do that sort of crap again I would send one bag and what I wanted to go in it through, go to the other end and load it, before coming back to pass the next bagful of stuff through.  Got home and cooked for hours.  Roast chicken and veggies, chicken to make up some honey mustard chicken during the week, and mince for tacos.  Dinner and BBT.  I went to go clean up after dinner and Stu put YouTube videos of various BBT stuff.  While I'm fricken working and everyone is just sitting around watching videos without me.  Might have had a meltdown.  There is no way I could be a mother, I'd lose my $#!+ every fricken day.

Chicken dinner

So contrary what the date on this entry says, I didn't blog that night, in fact like three weeks behind in blogging by that point.  *sigh*

Patch Adams

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Twenty years ago today Patch Adams - the real Patch Adams - came to work to talk to medical students.  They made a whole carnival out of it.

Patch Adams

Patch Adams

Patch Adams

The movie had only come out a couple of years earlier, and I saw it and enjoyed it, although I thought Robin Williams was a little too old to be playing a medical student, I'm like, was Patch Adams a mature age student?  hrmm

Backdating.. cause I'm a slacker ;)

Monday.  Scanned photos of our house being built in the morning.  Usual Monday stuff, and caught up on some blogging.

Naughty Stumpy

Naughty Stumpy

Tuesday.  Scanned baby photos in the morning.  Usual Tuesday stuff, including Taco Tuesday.  More blogging catchup, and labelling York photos in the evening.

Sky on fire

Wednesday.  Yayyy - good sleep!  More baby photo scanning in the morning.  Crazy day at work with dumb meetings and people wanting dumb things.  Got a message from Kit that a panel in the fence had been knocked out in the wind.  Was too busy with work to go look at it so finally saw it after work.  Vines had been getting in and pushing things loose, but also the hedge branches had gotten so big they were also pushing on it.  Then the strong wind on Tuesday night it was enough to dislodge it.  Hurrah.

I can't even see that corner with all the shrubbery
Fence disaster

Hacked and hacked to be able to get this far
Fence disaster

Fence disaster

Hurrah
Fence disaster

In the evening continued York photo labelling, including the National Railway Museum and Hogwarts Express!!

Thursday.  Another crazy busy day at work.  Watched the first half of Herbie - The Love Bug.  I was a bit disturbed about Herbie murdering another car tho.  Seemed excessively violent.

Friday.  Watched Kiki's Delivery Service, which I didn't think I'd seen, but in fact had, and only five years ago too.  Hurrah for dementia.  I put out some snackages which ended up being dinner.  Whoops.

Healthy dinner

Saturday.  Passed 2700 of Dad's slides scanned.  Into New Zealand 1975 photos.  Started to get house stuff organised - emailed tree, plumber and roof restoration people.  In the evening Stu said we could watch whatever I wanted.  So I suggested a few things, and then he put on Mortal Engines.  So much for my choice ;)  Still, it wasn't too bad.

Sunday I got stuck into tidying the dungeon so I could move all the Lego boxes so the plumber would be able to get easy access to look up into the cavity.  The damp is so bad there was a big patch of mould under where I had a plastic tub near the wall.  

Rearranging the dungeon

Rearranging the dungeon

Rearranging the dungeon

Rearranging the dungeon

Rearranging the dungeon

Mouldy floor

Mouldy floor

I also tidied up under the house for access from the other side.

Rearranging the dungeon

Rearranging the dungeon

Cooked roast lamb for dinner, and had C over for dinner and Pictionary.  D and I won one, and Stu and D won another.

Lamb roast

M&Ms vs Pictionary

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