Results tagged “Christmas” from Kazza the Blank One
Annie gave me another landmark Nanoblock set for Christmas - I've now got three landmarks that I've been to sitting on my desk :)
Saturday we spent the entire day cleaning the house, and then didn't even get anywhere near through the todo list. In the evening we got pizza and Kit came up and I inflicted Love Actually on everyone, and then we had on the end of the carols and made fun of them the whole way through heh.
For the third night in a row I had insomnia for several hours. Hurrah.
So Christmas Day was a very slow start. Then I spent the entire morning cooking and doing food preparation. The sweetie spent the entire morning cleaning the yards and house. Such a good sweetie.
Chris and Zac came up and then mum arrived and we had roast pork for lunch (the crackling barely made it to the table), with home-made apple sauce, also epic potato bake, Jamie Oliver's glazed carrots, mushrooms fried in butter, and baked vegetables.
I ate too much.
And then felt bloated all afternoon. So I wasn't much fun for the rest of the day. Whoops.
Late in the afternoon Annie and the family came over and we had dessert and did the whole present thing which was fun.
And people braved the festy green pool and seemed to have a lot of fun.
Friday was the first of our work Christmas parties which was a lovely afternoon.
Saturday we headed out to the club for a committee meeting, then chilled out in the afternoon and had a Christmas feast put on by Fiona in the evening. She was in the kitchen pretty much solid for nine hours. Craziness.
Today was a quiet day at home, in which I did a bit of house tidying and put up Christmas decorations. Still a lot more tidying I want to do though. Oh and I also filed four months of photos and read four months of blog posts for the annual year in review post.
Christmas eve we got to come home a little early and pretty much just chillaxed - most of the hard work of cleaning the house having been done the weekend before. In the evening Kit and later Ben came up and we watched Life of Brian, and Holy Grail, and the very end of the carols after Kit went home cause she's allergic to carols. We'd missed the Hallelujah chorus, so Ben and I found Christmas carols on YouTube to sing along to hehe.
Christmas day I vacuumed a heap of algae to waste - I felt bad about doing this again this summer, but I suppose Adelaide will thank me (and I needn't have worried - Canberra got something like 16mm of rain yesterday which gave Canberra a thorough soaking).
Then it was a bit of food preparation.
Chris and Zac came up first, then mum arrived, and we had roast pork and epic potato bake and veggies and junk food and bubbly. It was all quite lovely.
A little while later Annie and the family turned up and did some presents stuff for the kids and had dessert - lemon meringue pie that Chris made, and pavlova that Annie made.
In the afternoon we had a swim, and in the evening we watched Die Hard 2.
Quite a lovely day!
Just a few more pics for Christmas..
Still loving the Frozen inspired Christmas tree
The weekend before last I made a big batch of gingerbread cookies using a recipe in this month's Coles magazine. Straight out of the oven they were pretty hard and dry, but they softened up over the week.
I decorated them using the leftover icing and lollies from the gingerbread kits of two years ago
Wednesday night we did a big food shop. And I got some stuff for Friday's BBQ.
Thursday Kit came up for drinks and pizza, and then Chrissie came up with a bag of fish that she'd been carting around for a couple of days. So I filled a small tank and dumped the fish in that. The next morning I moved four of the platies and the catfish in with the krib.
Friday morning it was out to Hawker to pick up 160 sausages - this year a full half of them were the chili ones that everyone loves (except me heh). Also to the mall to pick up bread and salad stuff. Thought we had *heaps* of money, so spent it on things like Tim Tams and ended up using up the entire budget. So that worked out well.
And then it was organising transport for all the food and drinks. So yeah organised and ran a BBQ for fifty people. It all went really smoothly and I think everyone had a good time. There were some drinks leftover, a bunch of the chili sausages (which I sent down the coast with Lachie), and some salad stuff (which I brought home but will need to be a bit careful about as it was sitting in the sun (in cold water) for a while).
Yesterday in the morning we went to the markets to pick up some deli meats and other goodies, then back home to make up about four salads - a caesar salad, a potato salad, a waldorf salad and a prosciutto and mango salad. Annie and Stu came over first and the girls had a swim, then Potty and Kerry as well and we all ate lots of food. Then there was more swimming. And generally chillaxing. A relatively stress-free family Christmas (it helped that I'd lowered my expectations *a lot* this year). In the evening we watched Star Trek VI and the Carols in the Domain.
Also last night I moved the five danios from the two foot downstairs with the krib. It's a lot cooler down there, and danios really don't like the heat. I've left the five danios in the angel tank for now, and have been dumping ice in there as fast as I can make it. I'd be making more, except our freezer (and fridge) are completely chock-a-block full. We have enough leftovers from yesterday to last the entire week. W00t!
I have a document at work titled "drowning" with a chunk of my todo list, cause that's what it feels like. Eep! So much to do it's not funny. I did configure all the network interfaces on all the new firewalls today though which was good.
And I've been drowning at home too, trying to get the house respectable for the weekend, as well as the Christmas shopping and planning for a big family lunch. Felt a lot better after getting the washing up done tonight though. And pretty much all the family Christmas shopping is done.
The biggest stress left is probably figuring out what we're going to cook and go shopping for it. We were originally planning a roast pork lunch, but given that they're predicting temperatures of 36C we're thinking that might be a little silly, and maybe a cold buffet might work better - but would need to decide what to do. hrmm.
Oh and I'm also organising a party for about fifty people on Friday.
Friday was the first of our work Christmas parties. It was at the Lighthouse, but it was a little pricey - $35 for a two course meal (platter of entrees and a choice of three dishes for mains). The problem with that being we have lunches at the Lighthouse all the time, and for $35 I could normally get a large meal *and* a few beers. Also they were super super slow bringing food out - we didn't get entrees til 1pm, the fish mains at 1:30pm, and the steak mains at 2pm. But it was a lovely day and there was plenty of time to have a bit of bubbly and they compensated us with a free drink voucher each so that was nice of them. Had a great afternoon.
In the evening we watched Mockingjay Part 1.
Saturday we got ready and headed out to the club for the "official" opening of the pool.
Then we (I) cooked the roast pork (in a brand new oven!!) for a Christmas dinner. The oven had never been used before so that was quite fun (although it was a bit sad to ruin its pristine condition!). It works a lot better than the old one too and is much much much easier to light the oven and the cooktops - no more fiddling with a lighter and hoping you don't take the hairs off when you finally manage to light the oven. The crackling turned out really well and I think the whole lot got demolished. I also made up some apple sauce from scratch, and some gravy (which I'd forgotten to bring - so I was glad that we found a packet there). Other people brought other food so it was quite the feast.
Just before we were about to serve dinner, we got a call from Kit - she was getting water all through her yard. I realised I'd left the hose disconnected from when I'd been watering the potplants that morning and it must have dropped down and started siphoning off the pool. Kit jumped the back fence and saved the situation. It was a little horrifying to think what could have happened if she hadn't noticed - another fifteen hours before we had planned to be home and it could have drained a *lot* of water. Honestly, bestest neighbour *ever*!
After dinner was the compulsory fun. Aka the Kris Kringle where you can open something new or steal something that's already been opened. I'd completely forgotten about it til that morning, and then we were running late, so we didn't have time to do anything more imaginative that a couple of bottles of wine. I'd used wine before and it's never popular, so was a bit reluctant to do it again, but didn't have time for anything else. And guess which two things were the *very last* things to be picked up? Yup, my two bottles of wine. And to add insult to injury, the people that got them were all like "oh yay, wine". I lost it. I actually went up to both of them and said I'd buy them back off them, but they were all "oh, it's ok, it'll get drunk". Yay. I was feeling pretty miserable, and the sweetie had been feeling physically unwell all night, so we just went home.
Today was a cleaning and organising type day.
We also went over to Potty's cause he wanted to get rid of a bit of fridge stuff and some cleaning products that couldn't go in the truck. I ended up with five full Coles bags of stuff, and a huge box full of cleaning products. hrmmmm!! I had to fire up the little fridge in the garage, and Tetris what I could into the freezer. But got it all in.
For dinner I picked some of the wombok that's been growing like crazy, and cooked up some duck we'd gotten off potty.
Saw some pretty cool storm clouds from a big storm out past Captains Flat
Also cooked up a batch of honey mustard chicken for lunches/dinners during the week.
And have been trying to get on top of my photos.
And I might have put the Christmas tree this afternoon. Last year I had the idea to do a "Frozen" inspired theme - so I've only put on blue and silver stuff, with blue and white lights. It's very blue!
So I've had a great Christmas break so far. Mostly.
Christmas day was a fairly lazy start after staying up a little too late with Kit on Christmas Eve (I forced them to watch the carols hehe and then we half watched Frozen, oops). Didn't get to Potty's til a bit later than I wanted to, which meant the pork didn't get on til a bit late, which meant it was going to be a late lunch. But we brought heaps of nibbles so ordinarily that would have been fine. But just as we were sitting down to eat lunch everything happened at once. While serving ourselves lunch Annie and the family turned up (it was 2pm and they were meant to arrive after lunch, but lunch was late hrmm), and miss V took that as her cue to open her presents. Next year I'm not putting labels on presents. That'll learn em. Anyway, so instead of a nice relaxing Christmas lunch it was all super rushed and stressful. Grunt. The rest of the afternoon was a bit better though.
George really didn't like his Christmas collar and was so depressed he almost got run over because he wouldn't get out of the way when we came home.
Friday morning I got stuck into my holiday break. Friday and Saturday I had really productive days, getting stuff done around the house, as well as some sorting out of *stuff* and sorting my photos and lots of sorting of Dad's photos.
Annie got me this for Christmas - super cute, goes with the little Neuschwanstein Castle she got me last year.
Cherries at Damien's
Sunday morning was more of dad's photo sorting, then we went over to Damien's for a Thermomix feast lunch. Not a demo as such (he wasn't trying to sell us one), just a fun little banquet of dishes from it.
First he made up some pizza dough.
Then he made a very nice dip of cream cheese, garlic, green onions and parsely.
Then a leek and potato soup
The leftovers of the soup made the base for a sauce that went with this steamed chicken and vegetables
And here's that pizza
And finally a sorbet to finish
So quite a feast in the end!
Afterwards we played a round of the Logo Game, which I won, then came home and did more photo sorting.
Monday and today was primarily photo sorting and a bit of house stuff. And shaking my head over dad's "system" of backups. So much waste.
Here's the "before" pile. The offsite backups, the archives, the working copies, backups of mum's photos, unsorted cds, copies of other people's photos, and an entire large spindle of unfiled duplicates.
And this is everything I'm chucking out. Over four hundred cds :( Such a waste. They would never even have been used either. He would have just burnt them, filed them, and that was the end of that. And I swear about fifty of those cds were from their Gulf Savannah trip in 2007. Sooo many copies of everything. Sigh.
Last night we went to EffanC's for dinner, and after dinner we watched Labyrinth on the big screen (aka their lounge room wall). It was super awesome.
So I've gotten a lot done this break, although not nearly as much as I wanted to. There's still so many things on the todo list. Life is too short. Holidays are too short. Sigh.
I really haven't had the time for Christmas up until about yesterday. Yesterday was awesome, just pottered around the house cleaning and tidying. Managed 11000 steps without even leaving the house (other than to go across the road for supplies).
Last night EffanC came over for roast pork, and Kit came up as well. Sooo much pork and the crackling was super awesome.
After dinner we sat around chatting and I put on the Carols in the background. A good fun night.
Today I've finally had the time to go through my photos from the past two months and get a lot of them online in older blog posts. Check em out.
In the meantime, here's some Christmas trees! And Lego!
I left home today for the last time ever. The family home. Mum had lived there for forty two years. I lived there for twenty six and a half years.
Although was too busy to feel much sadness during the process of removal, but did have a sad walk through at the end.
The end of an era. The family home that noone else has lived in. Now sold and to be rented out.
But David and I did amuse ourselves by poking fun at mum .. "you've never moved have you?" .. because really she hadn't - not with a whole house of furniture and *stuff*. Little things like rubbish bags and cleaning equipment she kept wanting to pack and send away and we're like, no you need to save those because you *will* need them. heh.
Final council cleanup of everything left over
She got the dining table and chairs restored and reupholstered to match the new lounge. It actually looks really good.
This is the sofa bed part of the new lounge
The china cabinet we built the other night, now filled up
So got mum moved in at the other end, and stayed til about 3pm unpacking boxes with Aunty Di. Then I came home. I never want to leave the house again.
Then I got depressed again at deadbeat ebayers who *still* haven't made any sort of contact with me. I hate people.
I did finish decorating the Christmas tree though which made me feel a bit better. It sparkles.
More Sydney. More sorting. More stuff.
Mum purges tupperware
This pigeon was on the first floor of the George St KFC. It made quite a mess.
Caught up with Jo and Marc again at Jet at the QVB for drinks and pizza on the Tuesday which was great, but a bit of a disaster getting home as the trains were all stuffed up. Took me an hour and a half to get home :(
Also had a lovely lunch with @StuartCRyan.
Came home Wednesday night with a car filled up with stuff to give away or sort through (including all Dad's slides and physical photos).
Thursday after dinner and washing we went over to Kit's for a few drinks which was fun. Friday I watched Air Crash Investigations and much of Gladiator while tidying up the dungeon for the car load of stuff.
Saturday I'd originally been going to help out with the big Christmas party, but I decided a few days out that I really needed a day at home for my sanity's sake. I have just had so little time at home in the past two months that I think I might have died if I hadn't stayed home. So I was up early and spent the morning tidying up the dungeon, then emptying my car. In the afternoon I did more sorting, cleaning and put up the Christmas tree. I got nearly 10000 steps without even leaving the house.
In the evening we went to Mishi's for lots of eating and chatting and a bit of Pirate Fluxx, which I won two games of, and Mishi won a game.
Today I'm back in Sydney. We went to Ikea to pick up a china cabinet, and she bought a mirror as well. Then back to Taren Point to pick up her tv unit. Squeezed the whole lot into my car. Hatchbacks are pretty awesome really.
Tonight was Carols Under the Stars at Como church, but it was all thunderbolts and lightning, so it was inside under fairy lights which was pretty cool.
Listed more stuff on Freecycle.
Not that bad really in the grand scheme of things ;)
This was my "travelling tech" for our last trip, as well as other travel bits and pieces:
Friday was first big Christmas party. Had dinner at Sanur's afterwards, followed by tv at Justin C's (Snog, Marry, Avoid and The Hobbit).
Saturday we did food shopping for the club Christmas party, which we catered the mains for. We did lamb, pork and turkey roasts, with roast veggies, a potato bake, and frozen carrots and peas/corn/beans. Pretty sure everything turned out ok (certainly it got demolished in short order). We've never cooked for so many people, so that was all a bit scary. And we realised the oven isn't as big as we thought it was.
Lamb, turkey and pork roasts
Veggie roast, roast veggies, baby carrots, a huge potato bake
Today I came up to Sydney. Kept Mum on track as she went through all the kitchen cupboards pulling out stuff she doesn't want. Documented it all and got it all up on freecycle (take stuff please!!).
Also, I really hate Sydney humidity. Give me Canberra climate any day.
Oh, also, idiots should be shot to put the rest of the world out of its misery. I was getting petrol at the BP at Marulan today. This service station has heaps of room between the bowsers, so you can easily pull into the front slot if it's free, and the person in the back slot can easily get around them afterwards. I love service stations like this, they rock, and make for much more efficient use of the pumps. But this butthead pulled in behind me while I was in paying, he didn't take the front slot. He just was there waiting behind me. And I'm like - take the front slot you idiot. But he didn't. He just sat there getting angry. In fact I hadn't even sorted myself out when he beeped me to get going. Like how stupid can a person be? I was tempted to just sit there and take even longer. Because if you're too stupid to use the pumps properly, then you deserve all the pain you get. I hate stupid people.
I was completely tempted by the ginger bread kits they were selling in Coles this year. I bought a train one to have for Christmas, but I ended up with the village one as well after the club Christmas party. They took *ages* to build because you had to wait for things to set before moving on. I also bought a heap of extra lollies to put on them.
Most of the village got taken to work before Christmas and it was demolished and eaten in fairly short order. The gingerbread is more biscuity than bready.
The train was the centrepiece for Christmas lunch. Some of it got eaten on the day, but there's still quite a bit left.
I somehow ended up with quite a few photos of various Christmas trees over November/December
At the club
In the QVB
Also in the QVB
Martin Place, still under construction
Mum's - by day
Mum's - by night
Our Christmas tree
One at work
Christmas Eve was a nice morning tea at work, followed by an early mark. Went to Potty's to do a water change and bring home some lego. Had lunch at KFC then came home and had a small siesta.
In the evening we got the Dominos wagyu three ways pizza and watched carols (or half watched really, I was playing on my phone).
Christmas morning I finished off some last-minute cleaning of the house, then prepped lunch. Annie and family came over and we sat around and nibbled and chatted while the Stus played Diablo. Then had a roast pork and potato (and other things) feast. Sadly the crackling wasn't as good as last time I did a roast pork. Oh well. Several food comas were had by people during Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and we also watched the beginning of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (keeping with the theme). The others went home and we finished watching it. It was a lovely afternoon, pretty much stress free which was good. Hurrah! :)
Didn't get any photos of all the food except for these cheese and bacon balls - cheese, bacon, more cheese, more cheese, sweet chili sauce and chives. They could have done with more bacon.. next time.. :)
In the evening we watched the 7pm Project, and then Shrek the Third.
Today, Boxing Day, I got stuck into some holiday projects I'd been hanging out to do. Tidied the shelves in the spare room cupboard, got half way through dismantling the Millennium Falcon, downloaded some bank statements and organised things there a bit, downloaded all the photos off all my cameras, started preparing my year in review post, built my nanoblock Schloss Neuschwanstein, and watched Storm Boy in the evening (I haven't seen that movie in probably thirty years).
So since I last blogged I've been to four parties.
Last Friday was our division party. It was at the Novotel, so it was a little pricey, but most of the food was really good. Had some silly but fun activities afterwards, then kicked onto the Wig & Pen. Went to Zierholz as well after that, but didn't stay long there.
My Christmas cracker joke
We didn't get this. Turns out "penguins" are like Freddo Frogs - chocolates with individual wrappings
Space Invaders school!
Saturday I did house organising type stuff in the morning then went out to the club. Had a swim and after dinner we played some cards (Fluxx and Uno) with A&J.
Sunday morning I headed up to Sydney.
Signs burnt by the bushfires in October
Fog on Appin Road - really weird considering how hot it was
Went to the home to take dad out for chips, but we got a retarded wheel chair and had an extremelly frustrating time trying to get him to the shops.
In the evening we went to mum's church for a sausage sizzle and carols which was quite nice.
The last time I saw Ruth she was about six years old.. now she's 22!
Monday night I went over to Luc and Lizzi's for dinner. Lizzi cooked us scotch fillet steaks - yum yum :) Was great to catch up with them.
On Tuesday it was the nursing home's Christmas party. David and Yvonne and Uncle Ian came along too, and we had our own table too. A friend of Ian's was the entertainment - she sang lots of Christmas songs. So was a pretty good afternoon. Did a bit of workshop tidying afterwards.
Yvonne being a goofball
Uncle Ian being a goofball
Possibly our last ever family photo
Wednesday mum did a great roast pork before I came home.
The car behaved itself too. The water seems to have gone down a *little* bit but not too much.
Friday was our section party at the lake. It was super hot and Neil and I were suckers and walked the whole way there. Dranks lots of beer and bubbly, but also lots of water so had an early night and was totally fine the next day :)
Henrch won the race to the top of the rope pyramid
I would love to have joined the boys in a dip in the lake :)
Yesterday the sweetie and I went out for brunch at As Nature Intended, then did our food shopping. It was miserably hot and I barely achieved anything all afternoon.
In the evening I went over to Kit's for another party so she could christen her new bbq. Around 10pm I snuck into the lounge room to watch the end of Carols in the Domain. Even the anti-carols people ended up watching with me :) *and* they played the Hallelujah chorus which the Sydney one never does, so that was super awesome :)
This morning the house was ten degrees cooler so got stuck into tidying up the house. Was at it most of the day. But of course it got hotter and hotter and by later in the afternoon I was pretty much spent. Had a swim, then went to Potty's to feed the fish.
And so I'm finally caught up. Well sort of. There's still more house tidying to be done. And photos from the last two months to upload to the blog. But might get it done by the end of the year. Maybe ....
Yesterday we went out to the club for a Christmas in July lunch. As usual there was a feast of food thanks to R&T and A&J.
Lunch included, but was not limited to, lots of potatoes, turkey rolls, corn, salad
Dessert included, but was not limited to, rum balls, chocolate mud cake, trifles
And then.. it snowed!!
That was pretty exciting :)
Afterwards we debated staying the night, but the sweetie had some work to do for uni, so we came home, as he thought it'd be easier to do at home. That, and it was *freezing* out there.*
This morning there was still snow on the mountains out past Queanbeyan.
There probably would have been snow on the Brindabellas too, but we didn't leave the house all day, so we didn't see.
Bit of house tidying today, and then my tax man came to sort out my tax.
And so endeth the weekend.
* Freezing in the both literal (snow) and figurative (feels like) senses of the word, for people that want to complain.