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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.

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.

Two weeks.  Whoops.  

So two weekends ago was our coast trip.  On the Sunday evening, it being March 17 and all, we watched Labyrinth.  I think I may have missed doing this last year.  Whoops.

Wednesday we went to Indian Pantry with Cath.  Had a few different curries which were all very nice.

Indian Pantry curries

Friday we had a farewell at Malaysian Chapter, but their lunch menu doesn't have any sort of chili rating scale.  I don't mind probably "medium" spiciness, but I don't enjoy burning my mouth off.  So stuck with something a bit boring.  In the evening we watched Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which I don't think I enjoyed as much as the first one.

Malaysian Chapter garlic chicken

Saturday was a good weekend day Getting Things Done.  Did some food shopping.  Went over to R&F's with some of the N-Gang for dinner.  Which was nice until the rest of them all talked about tv shows that I'd never seen .. for like half an hour or more straight.  I got boreder and boreder.  But I did get my own back by inflicting them all with our holiday slideshow (which I got down to 600 photos).

R-F noms

R-F noms

Sunday I spent a good couple of hours processing iPhone photos.  The drama of it randomly screwing with my date stamps is still there.  I ended up writing a full page of instructions for processing all the different sorts of files it outputs, and the full six applications I use to process them all.  Also went to the Green Shed and finally got rid of a whole heap of mum and nana's Tupperware.  Made me kinda sad, but I don't use the stuff and it was just taking up space.  Came home with a card table and some jigsaws.  Did a lamb roast for dinner (yummy) and watched Discovery and Fuller House.

Monday we got home early and in the evening continued Homeland.

Tuesday I read a heap of feeds/emails, had dinner, watched an episode of tv on Netflix, burnt some dvds of photos, backed up my computer, labelled 150 photos, and finished a jigsaw.  All by 8pm.  I don't understand how some days I can get so much done, and others I can barely keep my head above water.

Friday had lunch with the Chrises and Neil.  We shared some food, so I only ended up spending $14 (still $4 more than I wanted to spend).  Watched the first episode of season three of Death in Paradise again.  The one we saw last year where Colin Frizzle turns up, but I was in disbelief it was real.  Think it was pretty far fetched as far as murders go.  

Saturday burnt more dvds of photos and brought all Vic's Lego upstairs so I can work on it on my computer (my old computer doesn't have enough grunt to have five word documents open at once, and my laptop probably doesn't really either (that, and it doesn't have Office, only Open Office which sux donkey balls)).  And it's getting too cold to work downstairs now anyway.  Setup the card table next to my computer so I can pick parts and mark them off as I go.  Popped into the shops to get some supplies then headed out to the club.  Helped a bit with setup etc.  Dinner was quite nice.  Supposedly "Swedish" but just as much Finnish.  Came home so the sweetie could have a full day at home to do uni work.

Wallaroo joey

Club Swedish night

Club Swedish night

Club Swedish night

Club Swedish night

Club Swedish night

Today was quiet.  And COLD.  OMFG.  I relented and turned the heater on a month early.  Just for fifteen minutes first thing in the morning to take the edge off the house.  Did some housework.  Spent entirely too much time rechecking the sets I'd picked parts for at the end of last year, because I wasn't sure where I got up to with them.  Read more of Julie Powell's original blog and watched a couple of videos on her.  Filled the green bin.  Roasted some veggies and had them with leftover lamb for dinner.  Watched Discovery.  Download and processed iPhone photos.  Blogged.

So here we are :)

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.

Sydney Weekend

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Back on 8 February I headed up to Sydney to catch up with Mum for Christmas.  Just a few weeks late haha.

Drove up Friday evening (after having a random day off which was nice) and looked at some of Mum's holiday photo slide shows.

On Saturday morning we headed into The Entertainment Quarter for the latest Ryan McNaught Lego exhibition - Lego Cities.  We took the train to Central and a bus down Anzac Parade (where I think it's amusing they're putting light rail back in after it being gone for so long).

Central Station

Central Station

Except the Entertainment Quarter is huge and there was literally no information whatsover on the tickets about where to go.  Lucky we were early because we walked around for ages, and had to ask two separate people where it was.  Pathetic event management.

I'll leave the Lego to a separate post.

So we were done by 11am but it was a case of "now what?".  It was such a lovely day I didn't want to just go back to Mum's and do nothing.  We were in Sydney for heavens' sake!  Even if we just took a Manly Ferry and back it'd be *something*.  But then I thought, you know I've never taken the ferry to Parramatta before.  So we hopped on a bus to Circular Quay, topped my Opal Card, and hopped on a River Cat.  I decided not to sit outside in the sun (I came for a Lego show, so no hat, sunscreen or sunglasses, and did get ripped off by the pharmacy at Circular Quay just to get some sunscreen), so got seats on the left, fortunately the windows open!

I'll leave the ferry trip to a separate post.

On the way Mum called Pam and asked if she'd like to catch up for lunch (it was about 13:30 by this point).  So she met us at the ferry terminal.  Parramatta had been hit hard by the storm the previous night, and there were a lot of downed trees.  Pam's place (which is brand new, and they are the first tenants in the place) got heaps of water from leaky windows.  Note to self: don't buy an apartment in any new building until the building industry can get their act together - shoddy work is the norm on anything built since the building deregulation thirty years ago or whenever it was).  

Tree blown down in storm

We wandered up to Church Street to look for some lunch (it's after 14:00 by this point).  I stipulated it needed to be a *light* lunch as I was going out for dinner.  So we ended up at Volcanos Steakhouse, where we thought we'd get a few starters and call it a day.  Except their starters were HUGE.  And then Pam said she doesn't eat cheese, after the things Mum and I ordered had cheese.  I wish she'd said that before.  #grunt.  If I'd known all that I wouldn't have got any more than two dishes, tops.  They were pretty good though!

Volcanos Parramatta Mozarella Sticks

Volcanos Parramatta Wedges

Volcanos Parramatta Cheesy Garlic Bread

After eating way too much, we headed for the station (the ferry is nice and all but it takes like an hour and a half). 

St John's Parramatta
St John's Parramatta

Parramatta Town Hall
Parramatta Town Hall

Caught an inter-urban back to Central, and another train back to Mum's.

I had twenty minutes, which gave me just enough time to have a shower, then head out again.

Met up with Daniel and Fi at Redfern station and we walked down to the Duck Inn Restaurant and Pub.  I started with a delicious Grifter watermelon pilsner (Serpent's Kiss) that was perfect for a humid Sydney summer evening, and had one other that it seems I didn't check in, so don't remember which.  Could have been the Mismatch Lager, but not sure.

Duck Inn Beers

Because I had such a big late lunch, I was happy with just starters again.  And Daniel and Fi had spent the day down at Wollongong with Daniel's parents so didn't feel like too much either so that worked out.  And they all had duck in them!

Starting with confit duck loaded fries with fig, burgundy, thyme mayo, liquid gruyere cheese and scallions, which was amazing

Duck Inn loaded fries

And also steamed bao buns with shredded five spice duck, pickled carrots and daikon, coriander, chili and hoisin sauce, also amazing, and peking duck spring rolls served with micro herbs and soy infusion dripping sauce.

Duck Inn bao rolls and spring rolls

Was a lovely evening catching up with those guys.  I owe them a beer though!

Sunday morning I went to church with Mum, hoping to see the Cartans, as they're in their nineties now and times to see them may be limited..  But they weren't there.

So then headed off to Luc and Lizzi's to do a penultimate donut photo with Ryan, and ended up staying for lunch which was lovely.

Then headed for home.  I took a slight detour to go see Cordeaux Dam.  Again you can drive right up to it which is nice.

I'll leave the dam to a separate post.

And finally home.

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 Eating Out

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The sweetie and I tried out Master Hin Dumplings at the mall in January.  They literally do one thing - dumplings.  You can have regular dumplings or cheesy dumplings, pork, prawn or chicken (I think, something like that), or a combo of all three.  We both tried the regular dumplings, mixed.  They were.. well... average.  If you're going to do one thing you better get it right.  This place.. not so much.

Master Hin Dumplings

On 26 January we went to Chong Co and had Thai.  Because this is Australia.  Had the Duck Salad (Sliced roasted duck with coconut shredded, chilli jam, coconut milk, cucumber, mint, shallot, coriander and cherry tomatoes), and Prik Khing crispy pork belly (Stir fried with prik khing curry paste, green beans and kaffir lime leaves).  It was delicious!

Chong Co Duck Salad

Chong Co crispy pork

On 1 February Neil and I were going to go to Red Rooster to avoid the mall because, kids.  But!  It was closed for renovations!  Disaster!  So we went to Zambrero's.  I thought I'd get the kids nachos ($5) to compare against Mad Mex and GYG, and because the full sized nachoes were like $13.90.  They were nice enough, but what I should have done was gotten *two* kids nachos for $10, which would have been the same amount of food as the $13.90 version.  Ridiculous, guys!

Zambrero's Kids Nachos

The next morning the sweetie and I had late brunch at Gus' Place in town.  I had "Fritters" (corn, sweet potato and zucchini fritters, grilled halloumi, rocket, romesco, tzatziki).  The sweetie had "Huevos Sucios (Dirty Eggs)" (fried eggs, chorizo, potato and cheese croquettes, black bean and corn salsa, tortilla, paprika, spicy aioli).  Quite yum.

Gus' Fritters

Gus' Dirty Eggs

Bungendore

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So this was back in July.  Whoops.

Lunch with EffanC at The Lake George Hotel in Bungendore.  I specifically asked if the pork belly came with crackling.  They said yes.  It came with hard soggy skin.  #epicfail   The cheese and bacon dip on the other hand, was awesome.

Lake George cheese and bacon dip

Lake George pork belly

After lunch Stu and I had a little bit of a wander up the street.

Old house in Bungendore

Old house in Bungendore

Church in Bungendore

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

Counts

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So in the past week and a half..

Harry Potter movies watched: 4 - Philosopher's Stone Sunday, Chamber of Secrets Tuesday, Prisoner of Azkaban Thursday/Friday, Goblet of Fire Sunday

Other movies watched: 1 - The Great Gatsby Friday a week and a half ago - a bit over the top.

Pub lunches with EffanC: 2 - At The Lake George Hotel Saturday week ago, which would have been nice except the piece of pork belly, which I asked specifically if it came with crackling, had SOGGY SKIN, not CRACKLING.  Stu's piece was a bit better so had some of his.  And the Lighty yesterday, in the sun which was nice.

TV series finished: 2 - Finally finished Enterprise.  The first two seasons were very episodic, while the second two seasons had longer story arcs.  And tonight finished Back in Time for Dinner.  I especially liked the 80s and 90s episodes for the fun memories but was also pretty cool to see all the stuff they dug up for furnishing and decorating their house for the earlier decades.

TV series continued: 2 - The Layover and David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities

Dinner parties hosted: 1 - had some N-gang people over for beef cheeks on Saturday night.  Cooked 1.8kg but only ended up with one container of leftovers - doh!

Exhibitions attended: 0 - Cath and I tried to see the Cartier exhibition yesterday but being the last day it was a bit crazy.  The queue stretched all the way around the gallery and it wasn't moving.  Decided to screw that.  Wandered around the Aboriginal art section and the James Turrell Skyspace and through the sculpture garden instead.

Nights woke up at 2am and never got back to sleep: 3 - Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights.  Except for maybe about half an hour between 5am and 6am.  

Days spent time crying in a stair well: 2 - Thursday and Friday.

Weeknights spent drinking instead of doing anything useful: At least 3

Tears shed: Many

Things I can do about the situation: 1 - get in at 6am every day.  Anything else would make me look like a selfish bitch.

People that like me: about 4 - see aforementioned comment about being a selfish bitch.

Where were we?

Friday night went over to Chrissie's for a roast chicken dinner and lemon delicious for dessert which was lovely.  I can't believe Nathan is four months old already.. I've barely seen him!  I'm such a slack friend...

Nathan four months

Afterwards we were invited over to R&F's for supper which was nice as well.

Scott brought these.  Can't remember what they were called, but they had little syringes of frangelico you injected into them.
Dessert

Saturday I hopped in the car and headed for Sydney.  Made it in time for lunch at the New Golden Emperor Chinese Restaurant in Kirrawee for Mum's birthday lunch.  It was pretty average.  You know you're in a western Chinese restaurant when you don't even get chopsticks.  Still, the $8.30 lunch special which included chicken and corn soup was pretty good value and the serving sizes were huge.

New Golden Emperor chicken and corn soup

The other Karen and I got the $9.30 satay chicken and satay vegetables and mixed the two to get a better mix of meat/vegetables.  This is just the chicken dish.
New Golden Emperor satay chicken

After lunch we went back to Mum's and Aunty Di and Uncle Graham (not my uncle/aunty) and June came over as well and we had a couple of games of Five Crowns which was a bit of fun.  

Mum and her cards

Everyone left around 5pm and we were like "now what?".  So we went to Vivid.  As you do :)  I'll put pics for that in a separate post.  It was pretty crowded and the sweetie would have hated every second of it, but it was good to go be a tourist in Sydney again and get photos of pretty lights.

Sunday morning we went to church, where there were cakes for Mum and Elizabeth's birthdays.

Mum and her cake

Then headed an hour and a quarter across the other side of Sydney to Uncle Ken and Jeanine's place for lunch to celebrate Ken's birthday.  Various members of Ken and Jeanine's extended families were there - over twenty people outside for lunch!  

All the news reports and locals (except Ken) were complaining about how freezing it was, but it was an absolutely glorious day and NOT cold ;)
My cousins

Table

Lunch spread

Ken and Mum cutting their cakes

Then we went back to Mum's and I came home.

Monday I was pretty depressed because I didn't get any down/home time over the weekend.  It's only Wednesday but this week has felt *very* long :(

More of that

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Thursday night I got an alert for a three star passing of the space station, so went out with Lachie, followed by Jim and Connor.  They were all suitably excited to see it fly over :)

Friday night the sweetie had an eye appointment after work so we had dinner at Happy's.  Headed to the swim night after that, followed by nibbles and soup at EffanC's.

Saturday was Junee.

Sunday I tried to get through some of my todo list but didn't make very good progress.  Went to EffanC's for leftover nibbles and soup and we watched Fight Club, which I hadn't seen for a very very long time.

Shaw and Smith

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Last Thursday we went along with EffanC and Scott to Pialligo Estate for a "Meet the Maker" dinner with wines by Shaw and Smith.  This was a much smaller event than the Brokenwood dinners I've been to, but just as good.  Their head chef could do whatever he liked foodwise to showcase the wines.  A lovely evening of great food, wine and friends.

Meet the Maker at Pialligo Estate

Meet the Maker at Pialligo Estate

Poached coconut chicken breast salad, with 2017 sauvignon blanc

Chicken salad

Asian BBQ style prawn, chili, with 2015 M3 chardonnay

Chili prawns

Duck jungle curry, with 2016 pinot noir

Duck jungle curry

Sticky beef ribs, steam rice, Asian crispy brussels sprouts, with 2015 shiraz

Sticky beef ribs

Pecorino, spiced quince, with 2009 shiraz

Pecorino, spiced quince

Deep fried banana

Deep fried banana

Bit of a crazy week.

Thursday after drinks the sweetie and I tried out Yat Bun Tong for dinner.  We got some xiao long bao and other dumplings and shallot cake which were all nice enough.

Yat Bun Tong - Shallot cake I think

Yat Bun Tong - Xiao Long Bao

Yat Bun Tong - Dumplings

Friday we met up with Damien and Amanda at the Dickson Dumpling House, for more xiao long bao, more dumplings and a shredded duck and noodle dish and a tofu dish (where I bit into a piece of chili and it *hurt*).  

Dickson Dumpling House - Tofu

Dickson Dumpling House - Shredded Duck Noodles

Dickson Dumpling House - Xiao Long Bao

Dickson Dumpling House - Dumplings

Dickson Dumpling House - Pork Buns

Dickson Dumpling House - Fried Ice Cream

Friday night I could. not. get. to. sleep.  Lay in bed for three hours before finally falling into a restless sleep.

So Saturday I was a complete zombie.  Couldn't concentrate on anything and my eyes were aching all day.  So I did what any sensible person would do - had a couple of glasses of wine and went to bed early.  Got nearly nine hours sleep and feel a *lot* better today!

Gathering

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Rather than Mum coming down to visit over Christmas (which would have added to the chaos around here), I went up to Sydney on the weekend to catch up with her and Ken/Jeanine and Graham/Pam.

I drove up (in Stu's car) on Friday night and pretty much just crashed.

In the morning we headed out - first to drop off some church books to the auditor, then onto Ken and Jeanine's.  From there we headed to Pandora's Restaurant in Rouse Hill for lunch.  I had steak which was quite nice and we sat and chatted for a few hours.

Family gathering

Pandora's Steak

Pandora's Creme Brulee Martini

After lunch Mum and I headed back to Ken and Jeanine's for some relaxing in the spa and nibbles later on.

Ken and Jeanine's spa

Nibbles

How awesome is their outdoor entertaining space?!

Ken and Jeanine's outdoor space

We were pretty amused that Mum matched Jeanine's chair!

Mum blue chair

Got back to Mum's super late and just crashed.

This morning I headed home again, via Cataract Dam.

Didn't get a whole lot done this afternoon, was pretty tired..  But more Good Place!

Iori

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

Iori banquet

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

Oh and saw this at KingOs beforehand - a Furphy!  Ok so just the front of one, but pretty cool.

Furphy

Always Monday

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So last Tuesday was a big Kingsley's lunch followed by me taking photos of people watching horses run around in a circle followed by a bunch of us heading back to Lachie's for darts, jigsaw (ok that was just me) and imitation Jenga (I didn't lose!)

Friday night we caught up with Kit and Pete for a while which was nice.

Saturday was pretty quiet.  Just housework and getting things done in the morning, and mostly jigsaw in the afternoon.  For dinner we went to the Dumpling Inn (which has *finally* reopened after being closed for like six months for "renovations" but we could barely notice any difference) with Chris and Mike and Zac.  We got there pretty early which meant we didn't have to wait all night for food which was good (and the place didn't fill up either, people must not realise it's reopened).

Sunday was also quiet, with housework type stuff interspersed with jigsaw.  In the evening we watched Beauty and the Beast - the live action one.  I quite enjoyed it, but not too convinced by Emma Watson as Belle, it felt like I was just watching Hermione.

And then back to it.  I've got my Sadie hat firmly on at the moment which generally makes me pretty happy.  Just puttering through work at my own pace and cleaning up mess.

Melbourne

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The majority of my new team is in Melbourne, and this week we had a couple of day catchup with the whole team.

It was a pretty productive session but somewhat tiring.

The highlight of the whole thing was the flight down.  The back of our 737 was almost empty.  Connor and I were on the right side of the plane, and we took off to the north, and then banked around to the left.  So as soon as the seatbelt sign turned off, we jumped up and over to the other side of the plane.  We had the most spectacular view of Canberra I've ever seen!  Just amazing.  

Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-VXB
Qantas Boeing 737-800 VH-VXB

Canberra from the air
Canberra

Canberra from the air
Northern Canberra from the air

Canberra from the air
Canberra from the air

Belconnen from the air
Belconnen from the air

Belconnen Town Centre from the air
Belconnen Town Centre from the air

Canberra from the air
Canberra from the air

Canberra from the air

Canberra from the air

Tidbinbilla
Tidbinbilla

Tuggeranong
Tuggeranong from the air

After passing out of Canberra I went back to my seat and Connor went to the seat behind.  But we got up again to see the SNOW!

Snowy Mountains from the air

Snowy Mountains from the air

Snowy Mountains from the air

Mt Kosciuzsko is centre of frame
Mt Kosciuszko is centre of frame

Khancoban
Khancoban from the air

I stayed in my seat for the rest of the flight.  Usually when I fly into Melbourne it's on runway 27, which is a completely boring approach.  But this flight flew in over the Melbourne CBD before swinging north into 34.  I didn't realise how far south we'd come until I saw the Exhibition Building!  So awesome!

Exhibition Building, Melbourne

Docklands

Melbourne

And what flight would be complete without going to say hi to the flight crew at the end :)

737 flight deck

Another highlight of the trip was catching up with David not once but twice!  Firstly for dinner on Monday night, and then again for breakfast on Wednesday morning.  That was super cool.

Pasta dinner

On the Tuesday night a bunch of us went out for dinner.  We ended up at Kollabo Kitchen for *lots* of fried chicken.  All this plus two bimimbaps for three people?  hrmmmm!!  Similar amounts of chicken were ordered by others.

Kollabo Kitchen chicken

We didn't finish it.

So I took all the leftovers back to the hotel.  Some of it David and I ate in the morning, and most of the rest of it we had for lunch later on.

Oh and also, had my first Uber rides.  They were pretty good.  The drivers were certainly a lot less aggressive on the road that taxi drivers!

It was nice to sleep in my own bed again at the end!

Hanami Take 1

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Friday night the sweetie went off to a swim night, but I stayed at home and settled in and watched The Right Stuff.

Saturday morning we headed into town and had brunch at Gus's Place.  This was the first time I'd been since they reoopened.  It was pretty busy, and in fact the wait staff were clearing our tables practically before we'd finished eating.  I had eggs benedict, which was quite nice, altho the fibre or hair I found at the bottom was a bit of a put-off.

Gus's Shakshuka

Gus's Eggs Benedict

Gus's hair

Then we picked up Stu's trousers which had been altered.  Then off to Bunnings to get another grout scraping blade.  Then to the markets for food shopping.  Then to Jem Aquatics so Stu could get some fish to cycle his new little tank.

By which time it's already early afternoon.  Didn't get too much useful done in the afternoon.

In the evening we went to EffanC's for dinner of lasagna which was very nice.  We watched Team America: World Police.  What.  The.  !!   Then we half watched The Princess Bride while chatting.  Unfortunately that meant for a *very* late night :(

Lasagna

Daffodil

This morning was just cleaning and doing food prep for lunch - our first hanami lunch of the year.  Chris and Mike and Zac came over for teriyaki chicken wings, tuna sushi that I made, and okonomiyaki.  It seemed to be well enjoyed.

Hanami

Sushi

Hanami

In the afternoon I was so tired I couldn't sit still because my legs were so restless, so I actually had an afternoon siesta, which I almost never do.  It did help, but it left me feeling a little unsettled this evening.  I cooked some salmon for dinner and we watched Voyager (start of season six) and Survivor.

And there goes another weekend :/

The Rest of the Weekend

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Friday night we watched Rogue One, because the sweetie hadn't seen it.  I actually enjoyed it more the second time round.

Saturday Stu went off for a committee meeting, so I stayed home and cleaned and tidied.  And started a jigsaw.  Didn't get any photo labelling done or do much grout scraping.  I did however manage to backup and upgrade my phone without incident.  In the evening we got tv dinners and watched The Green Mile.

Sunday was a bit more relaxed.  Didn't do any grout scraping or photo labelling.  We went out for brunch to the new Market St Eats cafe at the markets.  It was decent enough but a little pricey.  And then did our food shopping.  Did a lamb roast for dinner and watched Voyager and Survivor.

Market St Eats

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