Results tagged “Birthdays” from Kazza the Blank One

Where were we?

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Friday was a pub lunch, nominally for Lachie's farewell from the team, but really any excuse for a pub lunch.

In the evening was the last swim night of the year which was pleasant enough but did take up all Friday evening.

Saturday we were invited to Serena's birthday bbq, so I was hoping to leave shortly before lunch time.  Except everything blew up and we ended up leaving at about 9:30 to run errands before leaving for the bbq a bit after 10:30.  Sigh.  And then Serena invited herself over after, and we had a swim and got pizza for dinner and watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  It was a nice day don't get me wrong, and Serena had a lovely day, but it took up the Entire. Damned. Day.  Half my weekend gone just like that.   I was stressed about it before and depressed about it after.  Sigh.

Sunday at least I had a pretty productive day, ploughing through a bunch of things on the todo list, alternating that with time on the jigsaw.

Today I got a few things done as well which was super handy, including discovering that Australia Post now has self service counters which get me out of there super quickly instead of waiting forever in the queue.  Pretty cool.

Hence I'm sad we don't get one...

Friday night we were going to go to Chrissie's for dinner cause Aunty Di and Uncle Graham were down.  But Chris was unwell, and AD and UG had gone home, so that got cancelled.

Instead a bunch of us went out to the Capital Brewery at Fyshwick for Simon's 40th, which was a great venue, pretty casual (altho no cash at the bar - only cards) and it was very pleasant evening.  I didn't end up buying any food, as there kept being fries, and when I saw the size of the Brod-meals I decided not to bloat myself by eating too much!  Thanks to the sweetie and Jim for lifts there/back.

Capital Brewery

Capital Brewery

Brod Dog

Saturday was pretty much just houseworky type stuff, and a bit of food shopping.  In the afternoon Serena invited us over for an impromptu barbeque which was very nice, with Kit and Pete and Ben and Sarah and Anita also coming. 

Alby's fish tank

Alby's fish tank

Alby's fish tank

Today was more houseworky stuff.

Oh and chickens.  And ducks.

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Saw a three chickens hatch, missed a duckling and two other chickens.  Super epic awesome. :)

More Socialising

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The sweetie has been feeling a bit off colour the last couple of days, but we did end up going out for his birthday last night - met up with Cath and Scott for dinner at Malaysian Chapter.  Nice food (deep fried anchovies are actually edible! Who knew!) and good friends made for a pleasant evening.

Malaysian Chapter curry

Twenty Two Again

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Saturday morning was just cleaning the house.

The mother type person arrived around lunch time, and the brother type person arrived a little later.  We spent much of the afternoon doing a 3D jigsaw of the Sydney Opera House which was super cool.

Also it was decided that we all needed a cake.

4 cake

In the evening we went to the Labor Club for dinner.

Labor Club birthday

Came home and David dug out the dungeon roof to see what was up with our leaking shower.  We found a mixing bowl full of water with a copper pipe drilled into it draining to who knows where on the other side of the dungeon wall under the house.  

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No idea what that was about.  We poked around and did some testing and we're pretty sure the leaking is actually in the corner where the grout has been breaking away.

Finished off the Opera House jigsaw, and did a 500 piece jigsaw.

Sunday morning we did another 500 piece jigsaw then David went home.  Mum and I went to Bunnings and got some silicone sealant, and then went to the markets to do some food shopping.

In the evening I did epic roast pork and had Chrissie et al over for dinner which was all very nice.

August roast pork

Monday morning mum went home, and at work I tried getting setup in my new desk, but it was all super stressful because stuff wasn't working and I don't have cubicle walls which I find pretty distressing.  I might have had a slight meltdown.

Had lunch with Chrissie - KFC - which is semi-traditional.

In the evening the sweetie took me out to Bella Vista for dinner which was excellent as always.

Birthday selfie

Arrancini con pancetta affumicata
Classic smoked bacon & onion risotto balls with cheese encased in golden panko breadcrumbs served with a creamy tomato sauce and miniature leaf salad.
Bella Vista risotto balls

Capesante e calamari
Pancetta wrapped Canadian scallops with butter poached calamari pieces on seasoned avocado puree, asparagus tips and roasted capsicum puree & pesto sauce.
Bella Vista calamari

Pappardelle alla Bistecca
Thin slices of Angus sirloin steak pan-fried with bacon and mushrooms finished in a caramelised butter, Pecorino Reggiano cheese and wilted baby spinach sauce tossed through Pappardelle pasta.
(note: I wouldn't say "when" to the parmesan cheese, so he gave me the whole lot ;) )
Bella Vista papardelle

Maiale Arrosto
Twice cooked pork belly with a roasted mushroom, red onion, cherry tomato and scallop salsa served with prosciutto crisp and a garlic and thyme jus.
Bella Vista pork

Orange cake (didn't get a photo of the description).
Bella Vista dessert

Tonight I had a go at trying to get the old silicone out of the corner of the shower.  I didn't have much luck, only managing to get silicone out of two tiles before my fingers hurt too much from using the only tool I had which seemed to do any good - an old file.  Sigh.

Thursday night we went down to Kit's to play Cards Against Humanity which was a bit of fun.

Friday night Neil and I went along to Roz's 60th at the Abbey.  It was quite a nice night, although she asked me to be photographer which I wasn't super happy about - I like taking photos for myself, but doing it officially for someone else is way too stressful!

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Saturday morning after waiting for the sweetie to get up and do some stuff for work, it was suddenly a lot later that I wanted it to be.  We went out to do food shopping for the evening - where we cooked a roast dinner for forty people at the club!!  Four kilos of pork, two kilos of turkey, a big potato bake, roast veggies, brussel sprouts with bacon, grilled zucchini, minted peas, and carrots, with my own apple sauce, and gravy using all of the pork drippings :)  It was pretty epic, but for forty people it was *just* enough food.  Still, everyone seemed happy, even though the turkey was a little dry on top because I forgot to put foil over it for the first part. 

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

We didn't get home til lunch time today.  I was a bit tired this afternoon so didn't get a whole lot done.  I did finally finish watching through Monty Python series four, so I've now half watched all of it, although it really is rather silly.

Tonight we just watched Voyager, and the new Ghost in the Shell, which I could actually follow, on account of it being dumbed down for American audiences, and me.

And just like that the weekend is over.  Sad times.

Saturday morning I woke up at 3am and stayed awake for a couple of hours.  After thinking recently that I hadn't had insomnia for a while, I jinxed myself and got it.  Blerf.

In the morning after a late start I did a bit of house tidying.  Then for lunch we went to Chinese Inn at Kippax for lunch for Sarah's 30th birthday.  Wasn't a fan of the place.  The shantung chicken we had was nice enough, but no crispy skin; and the salt and pepper squid was pretty tough with a very thick batter.  But it was a nice enough lunch, even if we barely knew anyone.

Sarah's 30th birthday cake

In the afternoon I went down to Chrissie's to help clean up her house post move.  I scrubbed oven racks to the point of getting a blister - doh!

In the evening the sweetie and I watched Zodiac.  It's a long movie and I was pretty tired so didn't know if I'd be able to last, but it was pretty interesting, even though I was frustrated with the ending, so finished watching the whole thing.

Sunday was more cleaning at Chrissie's.  Came back so we could go to the markets for lunch and food shopping.  Back to Chrissie's in the afternoon.  Then home to prepare dinner - roast pork with lots of roast veggies for @Chrispycon and Anne.  Hadn't seen those guys in ages, so was good to see them again.

Today has just be a nice quiet day at home, catching up on house stuff, blogging etc.

Wednesday night a bunch of us went over to Kit's for her birthday and we got some epic pizzas from Mills and Grills.  I'd never actually heard of them.  Turns out they replaced Encore pizza at some point.  Mills and Grills do a "New York" sized pizza which is *enormous* !!  

Mills and Grills pizza

Friday night was the year's first swim night, and afterwards a bunch of us went back to EffanC's for champagne (including some real champagne!) and cheese and some of C's wonderful soups.

No, not a cicada - a cicada-sized moth!
Epic moth

Yesterday was mainly just tidying the house, jigsaw and working on my cruise blog.  In the evening Kit came up to do some scanning and work on her resume with Stu.  We were going to get pizza but she brought up a bunch of leftovers which more than sufficed for dinner.

Kit's 30th

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Saturday I spent most of the morning getting ready and cooking for Kit's 30th birthday party.  It was family-friendly for the afternoon, including pony rides!!  In the evening after dinner we got picked up by the party bus for a pub crawl, stopping at The Ducks Nuts, The Durham, and PJ O'Reilly's in Tuggeranong.  I had a pretty good time while some of the others got suitably silly hehe.  The 80s music collection on the bus was pretty pitiful though, I struggled to find good stuff to play.  

Pinky Pie pinata. There was meant to be an adults one as well but Kit ran out of time to make it.
Pinky Pie pinata

Kit gave me the ingredients to make up this ambrosia salad.  But there was so much food it never even got brought out.
Ambrosia salad

Stu went as a Rubicks Cube
Stu went as a cube

And I went as Classic 80s Space Guy!!!
Classic 80s Space Guy

Classic 80s Space Guy

Ponies!!

Kit's Pony Party

Kit and the donkey

Me on a pony

The party bus

Party bus

Inside the party bus

Sunday was just housework, jigsaw etc, and I helped clean up a little bit.  Kit had *heaps* of leftover food which various people including us are helping her with heh.

Remembering

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January 8.  Always a day I think about three things..

1.. David Bowie's birthday.  Still sad he's not with us anymore..

2.. The 1994 Como bushfires..

3.. My blogiversary.. fourteen years old today!

Here's a couple of photos I scanned a couple of months ago.  It's dad in front of our church as it was burning down in 1994, taken by one of the firies (about the only unit that actually made it to the scene - most were out at Bangor and weren't able to get back across the old Woronora bridge due to congestion).  This photo appeared in the local newspaper in the week after the fires.

Como Presbyterian Church January 1994 bushfires

Another from the series..

Como Presbyterian Church January 1994 bushfires

Tired

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Last night was a birthday party for Ben at Shogun which was nice, except for when the dude missed my mouth and the egg landed on my finger and burnt it :(  Otherwise a nice night.  Then a bunch of us headed back to Kit's for a few drinks which was also a bit of fun.

Ben Shogun

Today I spent most of the day at Christine's helping her paint cupboards and doors, mount doors, move tallboys, wash up etc.  It makes me tired just thinking about how much work she has to do in the next couple of weeks.

Tonight the sweetie cooked dinner and I started dismantling Zac's Lego.

We also watched William Shatner's 2011 documentary "The Captains" which was kinda cool.  And more Star Trek.  We're half way through season two now.  Tonight's episode was *yet another* episode where the mission seems to be "to seek out new life and destroy it".  Honestly at least every second episode (maybe more) they find some new life and destroy it.  Craziness.  

Happy birthday mum!

Mum as a baby

Weekend socialising

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Last Saturday we went over to EffanC's to celebrate C's (ahem) 25th.  So that was a lovely afternoon of drinking bubbly and chatting.  In the evening we watched Juno on the big screen.

Red flowers

Bollinger

Pizza

Last Sunday Chrispycon and Anne were in town from Hong Kong, so we met up with them and a bunch of their friends at Manuka for drinks.

Last night was a BBQ at Kit's, just because.

In between has been working, house cleaning, fish buying, mandarin learning, cooking.

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Yesterday I was feeling completely overwhelmed by the state of the house.  So Stu wisely told me to just work on one pile, which I did.  So that was good.

Dad's photo scanning is coming along.  I'm up to 260 out of the thousand-odd needing to be scanned.  I'm half way through his photos of our Kangaroo Island holiday in 1994.

Stu has bought a heap of plants and some native fish for his four foot tank.  I've gotten some danios for the two foot, and some more danios to start again on the "angel" tank.  Stu has also setup a tiny little tank with some cherry red shrimp which are very cute.

Red Cherry Shrimp

I've pulled apart the Ingress Lego logos.  I'm really wanting to find a new mosaic design to use.  The current big mosaic was made in February 2009!!  And has been hung up in the spare room since November 2009.  That's just insane. 

And tonight I've got a better than average chance of completely bricking my phone by upgrading it from 6.1.4 to 9.1.  I might have spent ages today making sure I have everything that I care about backed up off it.

Zombie Day

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Couldn't get to sleep last night.  Too hot.  Too cold.  Too uncomfortable.  Too *something*.  Then because my brain is retarded, I woke up at 6am.  Yay.

I had a break in the low sodium diet tonight - we celebrated the sweetie's birthday with beer, pizza, and a couple of episodes of House.  Back to it tomorrow though.  Blerf.

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21. Again.

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Twenty One. Again.

Today I turned twenty one again. Supposedly now I should know the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Or some such nonsense.

Last weekend when the little brother was here, he asked me about the photos he'd just sent me - photos he'd just had scanned of my 21st birthday. I did actually have the originals of the prints, which I'd scanned a couple of years ago. But it was still fun, and I said it was actually pretty scary how many of the things in the photo I still had. Then he said I should recreate the photo. I laughed, but then had a think about it, and for the most part decided it wouldn't be too hard to do.

So over the past few days I've collected together all that remains of my 21st birthday presents, as well as some of the other things in my room at the time.

Here they are!

21

21 again

Surviving Along

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Only just barely survived the week at work.  Only two people to do the work of five will do that to you .. hrmmm

Friday night was drinks for Lachie's birthday which was fun.

Saturday the sweetie wasn't feeling so well so had a quiet day at home, and then Mishi's in the evening for nibbles and games.  We played Ticket to Ride (which I won but was soooo close to losing) and a couple of games of Pirate Fluxx that L won both of.

Ticket to Ride

Boundless merriment with friends getting together.
Please enjoy special delicious taste which brings you fantastic feeling.
Please enjoy special delicious taste which brings you fantastic feeling

Today we went out for breakfast and did some food shopping.  The sweetie cooked dinner of beans and ham hock, and I made dessert of white chocolate caramel slice - nommm!  We watched The Fifth Element, and then, needing more Bruce, we watched Surrogates, which was sort of like Avatar meets I, Robot.  

And there goes a week ..

Clocked

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I clocked my phone last night.

Ten thousand photos taken on my phone in two and a half years (although a number of those were on my last phone that were ported over to the new one).

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Work has been super stressful the last little while.  On Friday night stayed back a little trying to resolve a problem for someone, which I did, so that was a relief leading into the weekend.  In fact I was just packing up to go when EffanC called to see if we wanted to go out for dinner.  Sounded great!  So we went into Mezzalira.  I'd never actually been there before.  At C's suggestion we had the five course degustation menu with matched wines.  On my!  So delicious.  A really great meal.

Pan seared scallops with smoked eel and jerusalem artichoke
Mezzalira

Tortellini in sage butter
Mezzalira

Mushroom risotto with truffle oil
Mezzalira

Steak!
Mezzalira

Lemon tart
Mezzalira

Saturday was a nice quiet day at home.

Ice burst

In the evening we went to the Ha Ha Bar for drinks for Kit's birthday.  It's not the sort of place that's really designed for that sort of gathering though - it's more a restaurant than a bar, so they say they do table service, but if we'd waited for table service we never would have gotten drinks.  And when I went to order some nibbles they said they'd come over and take food orders, but they never did so didn't end up getting food.  Anyway things settled down a bit when we all just went to the bar for drinks, and several platters of fries were ordered.  Pool at the Lighthouse afterwards.  A good fun evening.

Ha Ha drinks

Today was another quiet day of getting things done around the house.  In the afternoon we went for a walk to hack some portals and do some missions, then did a little food shopping.  Cooked honey mustard chicken for dinner.  Yum!

Honey mustard chicken

So nothing of any particular significance for May 16 this year.

So Friday night saw us leaving straight after work for EffanC's for F's birthday party.  This was a very pleasant evening (if a little hot - I really shouldn't have worn jeans) and we stayed outside chatting and stargazing for several hours.

Saturday morning we packed and headed out to the club.  Had a very relaxing afternoon in the pool, meat pies for dinner, and a reasonably early night.

Sunday I spent a good chunk of the morning on my jigsaw, and a good chunk of the afternoon on my longstitch - finished it, yayy!!  Then some more time in the pool, cooked a big potato bake for dinner (which everyone else helped share - so much for leftovers hehe) and then back in the pool because it was *warm* there - much warmer than outside after the change came through.  A lovely evening.

Today we cooked up bacon and eggs and tomatoes for breakfast, then came home.  I went downstairs to hide from the TripleJ Hottest 100, which was quite awful.  Did some jigsaw and watched documentaries.  One of the documentaries was Raging Planet and an episode on cyclones.  They were talking about Andrew and how it had spared New Orleans, but how much trouble it would be in if it got hit head on by a hurricane.  The doco was from 1997, and it was a little unsettling knowing that Katrina did just that a few years later... Did a couple of loads of washing, which was pretty much the only useful thing I did at home today.  Then headed out again to Stu's Japanese class for dinner.  

I still haven't done the vaccuuming.

Filed

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So I achieved something tonight.  I finally finished the first pass of sorting my digital photos from year/month folders to folders by subject, finishing off photos from 2003 tonight.  I still have a good chunk of the last two or three years to file yet, so still a bit of work in that space.  Also did a bit of painting and watching dad's weather documentaries.

Today was yet another day of stress, problems and interruptions.

But we did have rather a nice lunch for Aquila's birthday at Black Pepper.  I had some satay chicken skewers which were delicious.

Twelve

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So today is my twelfth blogiversary.  

12 years.

Holy crap.

Other than that, happy birthday David Bowie and Elvis.

And here's to another twelve years and then some of blogging ...  while we remember the bushfires in Como of January 1994

yup.

XLI

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Birthday breakfast was Maccas.  So sue me.

Birthday breakfast

Lunch was a couple of KFC drumsticks.  KFC is somewhat of a birthday tradition.

Then there was whiskey.  So much whiskey!

Whiskey night

Including one that smelt like toast to me, and rocket fuel to everyone else

Poitin

Even the sweetie came in for a while :)

Then we headed off to Bella Vista.

The sweetie had veal in a parmesan cup

Bella Vista

And I had scallops

Bella Vista

Then the sweetie had fettucini with sundried tomatoes

Bella Vista

And I had salmon, prawns, prosciutto wrapped asparagus and a lot of garlic :)

Bella Vista

A thoroughly delicious dinner and a wonderful birthday :)

Some of my pressies :)

Birthday presents

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