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Monday we got home a bit late which left me a little stressed because I need to do All The Things on Mondays, in addition to a backup I was meant to run on the weekend but never did.  I thought it was going to talk all night because I'd done a heap of moving files around, which means robocopy would then have to delete/recopy everything.  But in the end I moved them around on the disk first so it was pretty quick.  I ran Spacemonger over the disk and it added up 1.3 million files in 51000 folders.  Freaky.  We also started watching Brooklyn 99.  Stu has actually seen it all through before but suggested watching it anyway.  Not a bad show.  A bit silly but a bit of fun.  But.  KEEP THE DAMNED CAMERA STILL!!  It's got the whole Modern Family can't-keep-the-damned-camera-still thing going on which I HATE.  It's even worse than Discovery's damned lens flare.  

Must be mother's day soon..
Chrysanthemums

Tuesday had the club committee meeting here so I half listened in while labelling photos (1/3 way through w00t!).  Also baked a Yum! Delicious! cake which all got eated.

The neighbour's ducks
Neighbour's ducks

Hey sucker!
Sucking catfish

Wednesday I was surprised to find an actual light meal at the Labor Club, so didn't end up stuffing myself silly.  Because for dinner we went to Dumpling Inn with Hannah to talk Harry Potter.

Labor Club caesar salad
Labor Club Caesar Salad

Dumpling Inn
Dumpling Inn

Thursday night I swear it actually got warmer as the evening progressed.  We made the most of one of the last mild evenings of the season.  At home, Stu ordered extra large pizzas for dinner hrmmm.  Then afterwards had a drink with Kit and Pete and played a game of Kismet (I won, w00t!).  The fact they are 130km away is irrelevant.

Friday we Marie Kondo-ed our clothes.  We actually pulled everything out and put it all out on the bed.  My pile was somewhat bigger than I thought it would be, but nowhere near as big as some of the piles we saw on the show.  Finished watching the Desolation of Smaug, then watched Thor Ragnarok which is a bit of fluff (reviewers either completely loved or completely hated it).  We'd seen Dr Strange so knew who he was, but not sure if there were other references we didn't get, on account of only seeing a few MCU films (it's creeping up - have seen Guardians of the Galaxy 1&2, Dr Strange, now this).

Saturday just bits and pieces.  Did a Bunnings run (no tubs in the size/style I wanted that weren't crap).  Spent some time Marie Kondo-ing the linen cupboard.  Finally sorted out the wine that's been making a mess under the house - consolidated boxes (down to about 7.5 boxes now) so it's all a bit more organised.  Watched the Battle of the Five Armies.  Just as dumb as I remembered it.

Today spent some time in the garage in the morning, but barely made a dent.  Made some cheese and vegemite scrolls for lunch which were pretty awesome.  Marie Kondo-ed three shelves in the pantry in the afternoon.  Roast chicken for dinner, Discovery (finishing up season 2), and Dr No, which I haven't seen in ages.

Time

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I need more of it.  Everything takes longer to do than it should, and there's just not enough hours in the day to get it all done.

Pretty standard week.  Busy in parts, not busy in others.  Fun and games with failed hardware, but did get dual nics working on the mail server in the new environment (well Connor did the hard bit, I fiddled with the server config).

Thursday the return of the vomit pizza!  Well not quite, but it does have a cheesy sauce base.

Vomit pizza redux

Also, as it turns out, I never posted a photo of the original vomit pizza.  This was taken in August 2017.  OMFG it looks disgusting but it was sooo good ;)

Vomit pizza

Saw this Friday morning which made us lol

Poo carters

Friday came home a little early.  Started watching He's Just Not That Into You which was a bit of fluff, kinda reminded me of Love Actually where everyone is connected to everyone else.  When the sweetie got home we had leftovers and started watching The Desolation of Smaug.  Way too long a movie and we ditched it with still a little over an hour to go and went to bed.

Saturday morning catching up on house stuff.  Then headed out to the club.  Where we accidentally bought a new van.  Which is about five times the size of our last van (actually probably even bigger).

New van

New van

New van

New van

New van

Then back home, and straight out again, to EffanC's for drinks and cheese on one of the last warm days of the season.  Had dinner of one of C's amazing salads.  So all very nice.  Except the drama.  Don't like drama.  Dropped in to see Annie and the kids and Daisy for a bit as well.

Saturday night/Sunday morning woke up around midnight and didn't get back to sleep til after 4am :(  So was a bit of a zombie today.  I thought I'd do a little Lego picking (finish picking the six sets I started this week) til maybe lunch time, then tackle the todo list.  Except I was still going strong on the picking by dinner time and I'd done like ZERO things on my todo list :(  Well other than finish watching He's Just Not That Into You.  And I did pull out some periwinkle and load the green bin.  Kit called just before dinner asking if I'd be a bridesmaid, which is very exciting (Audrey was going to find it too difficult, living in another country and all).  Roasted some potatoes and had those with leftover chicken and watched Discovery.

How do you stop windoze 10 just forcing a patching reboot whenever it damned well feels like it???  HATE Microsoft.  More time taken out of my evening trying to get back into everything it shut down.

Now just need to find some time to breathe....

Flamin

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Tuesday Neil and I had dinner at Pho Hub.  I had flaming chicken with hoisin sauce.  And it really was flaming!  Neil had his usual.

Pho Hub

Pho Hub flaming chicken

Then we went and saw The Lego Movie 2.

Wednesday night was a trivia night.  We won.  Again.  The organisers could have done with a little more practise, or at least have someone like Doc vet it all to save arguments with the crowd hehe.  The first three rounds were pretty tough, but the second three rounds were somewhat easier.  We did well with our Joker (double points) round, but annoyingly, not all rounds were worth the same.  Some were out of 10, others up to 12.5.  hrmmmm.

Thursday we saw the episode of Fuller House where the kids go to the prom.  So then I watched the episode from 1993 where DJ and Steve go to their prom.  Silly really.

Friday Annie had her appendix out.  Must be contagious!  In the evening we watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  After enjoying it at the movies because my expectations had been lowered, this time I felt a lot more like the reviewers that said it was way too long.  It's kinda tedious watching movies that are just massive cgi-fests.

Saturday morning was just house stuff.  At lunch we went out and got a new light for the bedroom fan light.  Had lunch at Yat Bun Tong, but couldn't face shopping at Coles in the mall so went off to Jamo to do food shopping.  When we finally got home it was pretty much time to make dinner.  The other week I'd made up a tomato sauce with a big batch of Kit's tomatoes.  So made a bechamel sauce and made up a big lasagna (from Lana's recipe).  It turned out quite well (looks a little overdone, prolly should have covered with foil for some of the cooking).

Kit lasagna

Kit lasagna

A little while later Kit and Pete came over.  They'd come up to see her brother and family before they went back to Germany, and came back to our place to stay the night.  They had some of the lasagna which seemed kind of appropriate, and we chatted and watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail and went to bed a whole lot later than I wanted to.  But I did manage to sleep in til 8am old time, 7am new time, so that was fine.

Spent way way way too long picking parts for five Lego sets today.  This whole process is going to take *forever* :(

Kit and Pete eventually went home.  Was feeling a little lost this arvo.  Cooked a nice roast dinner though, and we watched Fuller House (bringing us to the end of season 4) and Discovery.  

Also, that light we bought:  didn't work.  So don't know if it's the light or the fitting or a seemingly non-existent starter.  Very upsetting.

Lego Movie 2 posterLast Tuesday night Neil and I went to see The Lego Movie 2.

It was ok.

I mean sure it was a bit of fun.

But it was a bit more disjointed and didn't seem to flow as well.

I did recognise what's his name's hair (won't give any other info because spoilers).

They made fun of the catchy song from the first movie with a new "catchy" song.  That was so catchy I couldn't remember it by the end of the movie.  Definitely not as memorable as the first one.

I think they should have sung Everything is Awful instead of Everything's Not Awesome.  That's what I do hehe.

One Month On

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It was four weeks ago last night I had my appendix out.  Still doing all right.  Still random stabby pains all over my abdomen though.

Meanwhile.

Wednesday a week and a bit ago we met up with EffanC for dinner at Malaysian Chapter.  They have a new menu but didn't put any effort at all into its presentation, it's just bits of paper in dodgy old sheet protectors.

Malaysian Chapter satay chicken

Thursday was the usual pizza.

Friday the sweetie and I had sushi in town and watched the new Ghostbusters.  It's rated quite poorly on IMDB, but I thought it was a bit of nonsensical fun.  Kit and Pete came up for Kit's brother's wedding, so I gave them the keys during the day but we didn't see them at all Friday night.

Canberra Centre Jellyfish

Saturday Stu went off for a war game with Tom and Damien and I had a quiet morning. Kit and Pete surfaced well after lunch, possibly still over the limit, so I drove Kit to pick up her mum and took them to Kingston so Kit could try on wedding dresses.  In the evening Pete and Leisa were having a combined birthday thing at the Old Canberra Inn, so I drove them to that as well.  Kit still wasn't hungry so I suggested splitting a schnitty, as I don't like huge pub sized servings either.  Worked great, although Kit ate so little of it I ended up having most of it anyway hehe.  Inflicted them with our slide show.  Still too big, at 729 photos.  Still needs more culling.

Sunday Kit and Pete went home.  I just had a quiet day doing stuff.  Finished watching the Stepford Wives which I'd last seen in 2006 and started watching the day before.  Kerry and the kids dropped in around lunch.  They'd come down for a flying visit to see the balloons.  We did some food shopping, and watched Fuller House and Discovery in the evening.

Jake is getting tall

Monday I got up a bit early and went and saw the balloons.  Neil was operating the Square this year and not cooking.  Saw the beagle, mostly its butt.  Then came home.  Had a quiet but productive day.  Even pulled a whole heap of crap out of the spare room.  Including a huge pile to take to the Green Shed.  So can move in there again now, but still need to do a lot of organising.

Tuesday I bought some ten litre plastic boxes to store shoes that don't get used very often.  They stack nicely and are to replace cardboard shoeboxes that silverfish eat.  Trying to get rid of as much cardboard in the house as I can.  Had Turkish for dinner and watched Homeland.

Wednesday I got some more plastic tubs for shoes because I didn't have quite enough.  In the evening I prepped a big batch of steak/bacon/onion/garlic/mushrooms for the weekend.

Thursday was just MacGyver, but no pizza because we'd already had takeaway one night this week.

So there we are, all caught up.  Nothing particularly exciting in there.

End of January

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Starting Australia Day.

Saturday: All The Things!  I renamed and resized all six thousand odd photos from the Canon from the holiday.  Watched Julia sans Julie.  Had a lovely lunch with the sweetie at Chong Co.  Did our food shopping.  Geotagged a lot of the Canon photos.  Watched Fuller House and The Usual Suspects.

Sunday: Began processing iPhone photos from the holiday, dealing with random changes in time zones and the fact that APPLE SUX (still raging at Apple randomly changing the date fields on my files).  Had dinner at Chrissie's.  Had Over the Hedge on cause Zac wanted to watch it, but Chris and I chatted and didn't really watch the movie.

Monday:  Had a good nights sleep.  Continued iPhone photo processing.

Tuesday:  Backed up the computer (and all that work on the photos).  Salmon for dinner.

Wednesday:  Zombie day on account of epic insomnia on Tuesday night.  Couldn't get to sleep.  Maybe it was the salmon?  Not the first time I've had salmon then not be able to get to sleep.  Got up to resizing and geotagging the iPhone photos.

Thursday:  Had F over for pizza for dinner, and watched bits and pieces of Stephen Colbert.  Appreciated the cool change!  Couldn't get into my computer before I went to bed.  It was swapping hard and the login screen was unresponsive.  In the end I got impatient with it and rebooted it.  But in the process corrupted the inboxes in Eudora :(  

Some Movies

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25.1.19

Io.  OMFG I want those hours of my life back!!  Nothing happens.  Slow.  Boring.  But mostly "yeah right".  Did not like.

26.1.19

Julia sans Julie.  Someone edited all the Julie Powell bits out of Julie and Julia, leaving just the Julia Child sections.  I enjoyed the original movie, although it seems they made the movie version of Julie nicer than the real life version.  But I never read any of the original blog, so no idea.  Did enjoy the version with just Julia Child.

The Usual Suspects.  I hadn't seen this since I first saw it at Luc and Lizzi's about twenty three years ago.  Even knowing the ending didn't help much.  I'd forgotten just about everything else about it.  And I think if I watched it again now I'd still struggle to keep up with what was going on heh.

2.2.19

Dunkirk.  Ok so I realised there were different time speeds happening.  But it was still a bit confusing to watch.  Otherwise not bad.

That's really not very many for nearly a month..

Pixar Continued

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So this week have managed to complete more of the Pixar series, seeing The Incredibles 2 and The Good Dinosaur, which I've never seen before, and Brave, Finding Dory and Inside Out, which I have.  The Incredibles 2 was pretty good (bits of it reminded me of Mr Mom heh), but The Good Dinosaur was somewhat preposterous (dinosaurs as humans and a human as a dog.. strange stuff).

Still missing Ratatouille and Coco (we watched Monsters University only recently).  

Also, Friyay!

Is the word

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Last night we watched Anthony Bourdain in Cuba. 

And Cars 3.  Which was a bit .. meh ..   I think I actually preferred Cars 2.

And because of the racing in both things I was like, we should watch Grease!  The sweetie didn't really want to, but he watched it in spite of himself haha :)

Tuesday we had dinner with Cath at Malaysian Chapter which was nice.  

Thursday had lunch with Chrissie.  Nathan has two teeth!

Nathan teeth

This week I finally finished a project I started shortly after joining my new team a year or so ago.  I said it would take two years.  But it took only a bit over a year.  So we had a team lunch on Friday to celebrate.

Friday evening met up with Chrissie and went back to her place for dinner while Stu did some clothes shopping. 

Didn't get a whole lot done on Saturday.  Had the feeling that there was too much to do so didn't know where to start so nothing much got done.  Le sigh.  We were all set to go out to the club in the afternoon but the sweetie got a migraine.  After an hour he was still feeling very delicate so we didn't go.  Which was a bit disappointing because we'd been going to help with the prep for the Christmas party.  Sorry guys!  Instead we had chicken kiev and potato gems and watched Death in Paradise and Cars 2.  I'd never seen Cars 2 before.  It was, well.. silly..  Although I did laugh out loud quite a few times in spite of myself.  Had a quiet drink with Kit and Pete before bed time.  Less than two weeks before they move :(

Today was just more bits and pieces and not achieving a whole lot.

Except.

We sadly said goodbye to our pool, and have spent the afternoon draining it off.  While I was getting the pool ready for summer a couple of months ago I noticed a patch of rust at the bottom of the steel below the skimmer box.  Seems the skimmer box had been dripping water into the gap between the two layers of the skin of the pool where they overlap at the end.  I tried contacting Swimart but they never even bothered to respond to my query.  So contacted Poolwerx instead and they sent someone out to have a look but couldn't really say how serious the problem was.  I contacted the previous owner of our house.  They bought the place in 1991, and the pool was a few years old at that point.  Which means our pool is around thirty years old!!  It's definitely had a good run, and we had it for ten years.  I was too paranoid to keep it, on account of the club pool splitting a couple of years ago.  Fortunately there was no damage at the club, but I was terrified that ours would split and damage the foundations of ours and/or Kit's house.  We had some great times in that pool and we're both very very sad to see it go.

Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody

I first heard Bohemian Rhapsody in 1986 in year 7 music at high school.  It was one of my favourite songs for years.

In 1991 I met my first boyfriend who was a *huge* Freddie fan, and I got into Queen as well.  He was not impressed.

Shrug.

On 25 November 25 1998, I heard that Brian May was performing in Sydney *that night*, so I rang up and got a ticket.  I was so sick with a heavy cold or a flu but I went anyway (just couldn't sing as well haha).  

On 15 May 2012, I was in London and went to Garden Lodge - Freddie Mercury's old home (and current home of Mary Austin) in Kensington. 

I was kind of expecting the movie to be somewhat "familiar", having seen quite a few documentaries over the years.

And it was, but also plenty of "fresh" stuff.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Funniest bit was Mike Myers as an EMI exec saying "We need a song teenagers can bang their heads to in a car. Bohemian Rhapsody is not that song."   bwahahaha.

Obviously they had to change things around a bit for dramatic effect (Freddie wasn't diagnosed with AIDS til well after Live Aid, and they hadn't broken up before Live Aid either - that sort of thing).  But they finished on the high that was the Live Aid performance, which by many accounts was the best act of the day.

The casting was great.  I reckon Gwilym Lee totally nailed Brian May.  

Worth seeing.

BBQs and Stuff

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Thursday night was BBQ at @CLBradley's which was nice.  Haven't seen them in ages (other than at Frank's funeral).  Chris and Glenda (and Junior) came too which was good but Neil and Doc couldn't make it.  Next time!

Pumpkin light at Chris's

Superlative soap

Champagne at Chris's 59th

Chris's birthday cake

Friday night was BBQ at Kit's for a farewell party.  It was nice too, and chatted about nothing to Tarun for a while too which was good.  The only problem was the drama.  The Kit-Serena drama, the Sarah-Serena drama, the Kit-Pete drama.  Sheesh.  I don't like drama.  

Saturday was just doing All The Things.  Didn't even leave the property all day.  Had a pretty quiet evening, watched Up.

Sunday was just doing All The Things.  Didn't even leave the extended property all day.  Had a pretty quiet evening, watched Toy Story 3.

So a nice quiet weekend.  Got a fair bit done, although not as much as I would have liked.  

On Sunday morning we went down to say goodbye to Kit.  She went down the coast after that to start a new job.  We'll see her a couple more times before they're down there for good.  Gonna miss those guys.  Gonna miss George.  Gonna miss feeding all our kitchen scraps to the chickens.  David will not miss Fonzie!

Friday David and Kat came to stay which was nice.  We couldn't decide what to have for dinner, so went to the shop for inspiration.  While staring at the fridge some random came in so David asked "what's for dinner?", to which she said, pasta with chicken, cream, sundried tomatoes, and D&K were like "can we come to your place?" haha.  Did pick up some stuff and made creamy bacony porky pasta.  After dinner we finished the jigsaw I'd been working on for the week (all that was left was sky that took a third of the jigsaw).  And we put on Flying High because Kat needed to see it.  Except she wouldn't watch it.  Oh well.

Saturday morning we started a new jigsaw before they wandered off.  Didn't have a particularly efficient day.  Did some food shopping but that was about all.  Thought we'd have a nice quiet evening.  Watched Wall-E (because we don't have Ratatouille).  After the movie I tried to use David's G7X in stars mode, but I couldn't get it to focus.  I completely lost it.  My brother can get the most amazing photos out of that camera, but I can't even operate it in point and shoot mode.  Such a failure at life.  Which was sad because the sweetie had come out to sit with my while I was doing stuff, which was really nice, but I couldn't deal and went to bed.  And then woke up at about 1:45am and stayed awake for the next three or four hours.  Hurrah.

Sunday I was pretty much a zombie, so again, nothing got done.  Such a waste of a weekend.  I shoulda gone petanquing.  

David and Kat came back in the afternoon, complete with broken ankle.  Kat had rolled it on uneven ground on Saturday night.  They got it treated at Goulburn Base Hospital on Sunday on the way back here.  We finished the jigsaw we started on Saturday and watched some Good Place and had roast pork for dinner, and I slept a whole lot better.

Monday evening I think I managed to achieve more in an hour than I did all weekend.  Silly really.

Tuesday evening was hurty, which was remedied with wine and pizza, and a drink with Kit and Pete, one of our last ever at their place.  Sad times.

Turned on the cooler tonight for the first time this season.  I think it's going to be a hot one....

Thursday night we started up watching through the next series of movies - the Pixar movies.  Except I only have ten out of the twenty of them on dvd/bluray.  I haven't even seen a few of the more recent ones.

So Thursday was Toy Story, Friday was A Bug's Life, Saturday was Toy Story 2 and Sunday was Monsters Inc.

Saturday I had a *super* productive day doing All The Things.  Sunday wasn't quite as productive but still got a lot done.

Sunday evening we had the leftover chocolate and cream with chocolate fondue for dessert.

Chocolate fondue for two

The last three nights I've had the *worst* insomnia.  Saturday at least I was able to get back to sleep for a little while in the morning.  But Sunday night I woke up at 2:20am and only got about three quarters of an hour more sleep.  Last night I woke up at 2:30am but *never* got back to sleep.  I was very tired on Monday and a complete zombie today.  Fun times.  Not.

Oh and yesterday I got swooped by a magpie for like the first time ever (except that one time I was with DC but I blame that on him cause he always gets swooped heh).  

Not as Good as the Last

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Went over to Chrissie's for dinner on Friday.  It's been too long since I've seen them.  Didn't help that they were sick for like a month.  Aunty Di is coming down in the school holidays - mum you should get a slideshow together and come down.

Nathan seven months

Saturday was pretty much just house stuff all day.  I did make a lemon cheesecake that generally turned out well but needs a tweak or two on the recipe.  Just need to practise til I get it right ;)

Saturday evening we went over to Scott's so he could get a bit of practise with the pizza oven.  It turned out to be a slow process and by the time we got through three pizzas (two of them gluten free) we were quite full.  And there wasn't even enough cheese ;)

Pizza at Scott's (gluten free base)

Smoked duck pizza

Sunday just more house type stuff.  Did some food shopping and cooked pork belly for dinner.  Still not convinced by the recipe I've used twice now.  Tastes good but the crackling goes bubbly (and takes effort not to burn) and just isn't as good (and doesn't keep as well) as my normal method.  Watched Snatch because the guys at work said it was good, but I wasn't convinced.  I even struggled to stay awake through some of it..

Tonight I finished labelling day 16 of our East Asia trip, only three days to go.  And then I did a 500 piece jigsaw.  In an hour.  Whoops.

Best Weekend

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Had the best weekend on account of it being a quiet weekend.

Friday night we watched Insurrection, which was a bit of fun but really just a long episode of Next Generation. Last night we watched Nemesis.  I guess we'd watched it at some point because I thought we'd watched throught movies I-X at some point, but I couldn't remember anything about it other than Data dying (although not remembering how).  Apparently I saw it at the movies fifteen years ago with Campbell and Striker etc.  Really need to be more diligent about logging random crap like that.

Yesterday we just did some food shopping then house stuff.  Today was just house stuff.  There might have been jigsaw time in amongst that.  Oops.

Yesterday I watched Oversimplified's take on the American Revolution, so tonight we watched The Patriot, like one of my favourite Jason Isaacs movies ever.  Except.  The music is by John Williams.  I've seen this movie like ten times.  How the F*&$ did I not know this already?????  Of course then I could hear it all the way through.  Mostly Harry Potter.  Basically, yes, I'm RETARDED.

Crazy Busy

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Insane week at work this week.  Task after task after task, and no time at all for project work.  Then 3pm Friday I had like five people all wanting things from me AT ONCE which I hate.  Still, it calmed down after an hour and a half or so..

I also finished scanning mum's photos of our trip to the US in 2004.  I was reading my blog of the trip and looking at all my photos as I did so, which was a lot of fun.  Man, dad drove me completely mental on that trip.  Very stressful.  

This week we've also been getting through more Anthony Bourdain as well as Star Trek VI on Thursday night and Generations last night.

Hoping to have some catchup time today, while Stu goes to work, on account of his work being crazy busy as well...

In other news.. green bin!!! green bin!!! green bin!!! green bin!!! green bin!!!  It came a week ago and got collected for the first time this week.  So exciting!!!

Monday to Sunday

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Crap.  I've done it again.  Sorry.

Mostly same ole same ole.

Did lunch with DC at the Labor Club on Wednesday to use up my birthday vouchers.

Thursday we watched Star Trek IV which made me all kinds of happy.

Friday we went to the Tipsy Bull for dinner, which was actually pretty cool, some very nice gins and very nice tapas style food.  Then we came home and watched Star Trek V.  It has some great moments, and the chemistry between Kirk/Spock/McCoy is at its peak, but the whole rest of the movie is .. well.. silly..

Saturday I completed the fourth part of the Disney behemoth (Saturday afternoon I put on The Jungle Book while I was finishing off the jigsaw - it was .. well.. silly..  I think I liked the "real-life" version better (ok so it's mostly cgi not real life)).  Then went to EffanC's for dinner, and Scott came too which was nice, but it was a very late night, and of course I woke up at 7am anyway, didn't I.  So was pretty much a zombie today.  Had brunch, then linner, and "dinner" was chips and ice cream while watching the first episode of Secret City, which was distracting on account of been-theres. heh

Up Your Shaft!

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So where were we?  Oh yes, yet another week has passed..

Wednesday morning we hopped a flight to Melbourne for Kit's graduation.  

!!!

Her parents were overseas so couldn't make it, so we filled in.  

Wait, let me backtrack a minute.  On Tuesday morning the sweetie messaged me to say his ballot for a points upgrade to business class had gone through.  So I'm like.. friggen great.. now I could lose my left-side-of-the-plane window seat.  So I tried to check in online.  I was able to choose seats on the left side of the plane (yayy!!) but the screen hung after the declaration of dangerous goods.  I tried to reload the page but it just said I couldn't check in online.  Thinking it was me stuffing up the webpage loading I tried to call Qantas to reset the error.  None of the options on the phone menu matched anything I wanted so I just ###### in an attempt to talk to a human.  Well it did put me in a queue.  For the next forty five minutes.  In the end I tried the online webchat, and got through to a human pretty quickly.  They said because of our upgrade we couldn't check in online.  Well why didn't you fricken say that on the error on the webpage you buttplugs!!!!  Why make me waste fifty minutes on hold (before I evenutally hung up after talking to webchat person)?!?

Anyway.

So we got to the airport somewhat early, and sure enough did get the seats I requested which was a relief.  Had breakfast in the business lounge which is somewhat nicer than regular Qantas club, and I had bacon, eggs and mushrooms for breakfast and a croissant.

Ok so business class.  Never flown it before.  Ok the service was bit nicer/quicker.  They offered us still or sparkling water before take off.  And we got actual metal cutlery and didn't have to peel a cover off our quiche.  But the seats, while wider and more legroom, were more reclined than usual, and I couldn't actually reach the floor, even with my slight heels.  So somewhat uncomfortable.  I'd much rather business class on a long haul flight so I can lay down flat(ish).  It is somewhat more quieter in front of the engines though.

Qantas 737 business class seating

Qantas business class quiche

So on a Canberra to Melbourne flight you really want the left side of the plane.  You typically take off to the north from Canberra airport, then curl around to the west then south west over north Canberra.  Which means.. I can see my house from here!  Had a great view of Canberra, everything I hoped for.  At least that part of the flight was pretty awesome.

Mt Majura radar station

Gungahlin town centre

Northern Canberra

Gungahlin town centre

Canberra

Belconnen town centre

Lower Molonglo Water Control Plant

Tidbinbilla

Mt Hotham Airport

And then to Melbourne.

We got tickets for the Sky Bus, because it's like half to two thirds the price of taking taxis, and went pretty close to our hotel.  Funnily enough, we booked into Travelodge Docklands, where I've stayed twice in the past year for work.  When booking the hotel I asked for a room on the east end of the building, because it has a much nicer view.  But, like just about every other customer service experience I've had in the past couple of weeks, it was terrible, and they ignored my request, and we ended up on the west end of the building with a lovely view of the Channel 9 building.  Thanks Travelodge.  NOT!

Channel 9 building from Travelodge

We couldn't actually checkin when we arrived at 12pm, so dumped our stuff and headed over to the Convention Centre for the graduation.  We met up with Kit and Pete, and then we went to the pub across the way with Pete while Kit got a gown etc.  She met up with us just before it started and then left again.  We finished our drinks but even though we were only slightly later than the suggested time, the auditorium was almost completely full, and we had to sit way over on the side and couldn't sit with Pete, he was two rows in front.  The graduation ceremony was .. well it was a graduation ceremony.  Hadn't been to one since my own in 1996.  Was somewhat like I remembered.

Pete and Kit

Kit on graduation day

Pete and Stu

Kaz and Stu

Kit's graduation

Kit's graduation

Afterwards there was some pretty average "refreshments".  Kit got her degree framed and bought her stage photo, then we queued for the studio photos.  For like an hour.  We were getting pretty tired by then.  And they were all stoopidly fussy about anyone taking their own photos, which I thought was COMPLETELY ridiculous.  There was no way we were going to queue for an hour and then not buy any of their photos.  STUPIDITY, GFP!! I didn't even bother, but Pete got told off for trying to get a quick snap.  I hate that sort of attitude, GFP, JUST SAYIN!!

Afterwards we walked Kit and Pete back to their apartment and had a couple of quiet drinks (Kit's back was killing her and the sweetie was super exhausted so we didn't go out).  Then walked all the way back to our hotel, where we had thins and aero for dinner and watched the end of War Games.

Yarra River

Reflections in the Yarra River

Flame bursts outside the Convention Centre

In the morning...  well other than breakfast in the hotel which was ok .. but .. 

Second Qantas drama in a row.  I tried to check in to the flight but we had been "upgraded" to exit row seats.  Which are like THE WORST SEATS ON THE PLANE.  Right over the wing, you can't see a damned thing.  This is an epic DOWNGRADE for me.  And I couldn't change the seats online.  Once again, we had to go to the airport to deal with it.  I told the sweetie he could keep the seat if he wanted, but he said he'd sit with me.  So I explained my situation to the checkin dude who was all cool and gave us seats further back.  Although row 22 which is still a bit close to the wing.  Not like the seats I actually reserved when I booked.  Completely pissed off with Qantas over all the drama they caused me.  The flight wasn't even full, and we could have had seats further back.  At least the sweetie didn't have to sit in the middle.

So work, drinks, etc.

Friday morning was optometrist appointment.  Honestly Specsavers are *completely* unorganised.  I first went two years ago and got a full eye check and new glasses.  They said they'd like to get a baseline for potential glaucoma (family history and all), and scheduled me in for a checkup in a year's time.  So last year I got the reminder notice, and booked an appointment.  When I got there the staff were all like.. "why are you here?  You just had a checkup..? and I'm like .. um, because you told me to.  They eventually figured out I was just there for the glaucoma tests.  Again they said come back in a year.  So I got my reminder recently and booked in an appointment, making it quite clear that it was just for the glaucoma tests.  So I get one of the tests, but then the one of the optometrists comes out and he's like "why are you here?" and I then had to explain the situation AGAIN, IN FRONT OF EVERYONE IN THE STORE!!  Don't these guys understand *anything* about patient confidentiality???  I was actually pretty annoyed with the guy.  Specsavers please get your act together!

For lunch Neil and I were planning "grease" at KFC, but the queue was a bit long, so he suggested Grill'd, which usually involves sharing wine.  Then hot chocolate at Max Brennar.  Whoops ;)

Last Sunday night we watched Star Trek Beyond, which I could barely remember anything about it was that.. memorable..  So I decided we should watch all the Star Trek movies from the beginning.  So on Friday night we watched The Motionless, sorry, Motion Picture.  Honestly nothing happens.  They get called on to intercept a thing.  So they do.  And that's all they do for the next two and a quarter hours.  Although I can imagine that trekkies after a ten year break would have wet themselves over seeing the Enterprise on the big screen.

Saturday was out to the club for yet another whole day wasted, this time for the AGM.  

Oh I should mention, since we got back, after Pete's sister left on Friday, I was feeding Kit's animals.  On Saturday morning I went out and collected twenty one eggs!!!  So Saturday night we used nine of them to cook a frittata for dinner.  Fun times.

Then we watched Khaaaaaaan.  

Today was just a quiet day doing all the things, although not all the things, cause I don't have time for all the things.  Did do some food shopping and cooked a lamb roast for dinner. 

And then we watched The Search for Spock.  There's a bunch of funny quotes, but the one that transported me back at least twenty five to thirty years was "Up your shaft" which Scotty mutters to the turbolift.  I first saw this movie in probably about 1990 with Chrissie.  I can't remember anymore if we hired it or if it was on tv, or if we watched it at her place (I think we did) or mine.  But I do remember we both absolutely cacked ourselves over that line.

And so ends another week.

XLV, and so on

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Sunday night I woke up at 2:30 and didn't get back to sleep til about 5:30.  Hurrah.

Tuesday was fairly quiet.  A small group of us went to Kingsley's.  Not KFC, which is more traditional, but Kingsley's is easier for a group.  In the afternoon went with Doc and Neil to Frank Bradley's funeral.  Lovely guy, had met him several times at bbqs at @CLBradley's, he made great salads, and stayed at his house at Kangaroo Valley for Chris' 50th.  He was 87 (and had only stopped working a year or so ago!)  In the evening we were going to go to Stanley's for dinner, except the place is closed on Tuesdays :(  Ended up at the George.  Had lamb shanks which were nice enough, but too much food and ended up feeling full and bloated which wasn't much fun, not to mention not sleeping well.

Wednesday was a pub lunch with comms.  Had nachos which were nice enough, but too much food and ended up feeling full and bloated which wasn't much fun, not to mention not really feeling like working in the afternoon.  Almost escaped early, and even made it to the car, but the sweetie got stuck at work, so went back inside for an hour.  Went to bed really early and actually had a pretty good nights' sleep.

Friday another early morning wake up, this time with hurty.  Had another pub lunch, this time with the Chrises, but this time I wisely shared some wings with @CLBradley, which meant didn't get overfull or bloated.  Much more pleasant.  In the evening watched I Kill Giants which was ok but I actually found it a bit disappointing because (spoiler alert!) she doesn't actually kill giants.  I mean I assumed that's where they were going with it, but it was still a bit of a let down.

Had a pretty quiet Saturday morning.  I probably should have labelled photos or scanned photos or sealed the shower, but instead spent the entire morning doing the jigsaw.  In the afternoon I went over to Chris's and picked up ingredients to make a lemon cheesecake slice.  It turned out ok, but a bit too smooshy, really could have done with a smidgen of gelatin.  We've been watching more Parts Unknown, getting through Tangiers, Peru, Congo (dug out my copy of Heart of Darkness I might read again some time) this week and Jerusalem last night.  I had the idea we should watch The Black Stallion Returns (I'd seen The Black Stallion recently although I didn't blog it which didn't help, and the sweetie wasn't with me.  The last time I saw them before that was when I bought them in 2004).

Today I sealed the shower.

FINALLY.

It only took me a year.  

Then we went to Serkan's for a Killifish group meeting, then to Jem Aquatics to revisit the lights situation.  I'd told them I wanted to go back to fluoros for now, so they refunded me for all three failed LEDs and I got some NEC (not Aqua One yayyyy!!) fluoros.  I was super happy and relieved, thanks Jem Aquatics!  I really am going to avoid Aqua One products wherever possible, and certainly avoid them for anything electronic.  Maybe in a couple of years time another manufacturer will get it right and I'll get lights that should last a lot longer...

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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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