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So when I left you on Sunday night I was frustrated at the whole experience I'd had with Qantas that afternoon.  In the end my booking hadn't gone through properly because of a problem with my credit card (I never use it, in fact I don't think I'd used this one since activating it, so wasn't really surprised).  On Monday I tested the credit card worked (it did) so in the afternoon I called Qantas.  Where I got in a queue that said I would be on hold for THREE HOURS.

!!!!!!!

Are you freaking kidding me?  Most companies have different queues for sales and support.  Sales *want* your business and so put on more staff to handle the calls.  Not so Qantas.  So I complained on twitter.  As you do.  There was a bit of back and forth during the afternoon, and they said they'd call to try again with the credit card.  Which they did - while I was in the other room having dinner and watching Brooklyn 99, so didn't hear the phone.  

While I was waiting again, I got onto Emirates' site. I put through the same itinerary, which 1) actually seemed to let me do (I got all the way up to the payment page), 2) had a much better connection to Singapore, giving us a few extra hours there, and 3) was THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS CHEAPER.  I asked Qantas if we could please cancel.  I was too upset/stressed from the whole thing to concentrate on anything much, so I went and cleaned the kitchen.  Of course as soon as I left the room Qantas called again.  Sigh.  But confirmed my wish to cancel the booking and eventually they did.

On Tuesday I put the whole booking through Emirates.  I still had issues with the credit card (the two-factor code wouldn't come through to my phone), so I just used a different card.  And that was that.  Done.  

Although Emirates do price gouge with seat selection - $20-$30 for regular seats, $120 for the little pair of two at the back of the plain, who even knows how much for exit row seats.  There goes that saving...

So Qantas had three lost opportunities to get my money.  If their multi city flights were actually usable I would have booked on the spot, using whichever credit card had worked.  If their booking management system had actually made a provision to "pay now" and let me pay online, I would have.  If they didn't make me wait THREE HOURS in a phone queue I would have done it over the phone.

Qantas really need to lift their game if they want to stay competitive in 2019.

Sigh.

Monday morning I cleared a massive backlogs of tickets due to me being away on Friday for the funeral.  Started to panic at the sheer volume of work facing me for the week.  And I couldn't get anything done on Monday afternoon due to nonstop interruptions.  Every one of them tore my concentration away so the *one thing* I was trying to do I couldn't get done.  In the end I managed to get it done between 5pm and 6pm when everyone else had gone away.

Cloudy

Tuesday not *quite* so busy, but did get stuff done.

Wednesday I was in race condition mode.  That is, too many high priority tasks competing, which meant I actually didn't get anything meaningful done at all in the morning.  Sigh.  So did some stuff for Henrch, and then Shane saved me by pushing back on the people that haven't done their docos :)

Also on Wednesday I had just stood up and was looking out the window and saw a Tarago back into a car in the car park, bumping it so I saw it move.. and then it drove away.  I grabbed my camera and took some pics.  And then went and left a note :)  I did get a call from the police asking for the photos, but no word of thanks or even acknowledgement from the owner of the car that was hit.

Bumped car

Aldi proved themselves once again to be a bunch of scammers.  Neil saw an ad for some scotch that he thought he'd get for the bar.  So we had a look at lunch.  But not only was there none of that scotch to be seen, but there wasn't even an empty spot on the shelf for it.  There was no price tag at all for that scotch.  Which clearly meant they never had it for sale at all.  SCAMMERS!

And then on Friday Dan's tried to charge me $14.99 for a bottle of Henkell.  I knew when I saw the price tag there was going to be trouble, so I took a photo of it, and got it for the cheaper price ;)  

Dan's Henkell price mismatch

When we got home on Thursday night I was in the family room doing up my hair and talking to the sweetie when I heard something and saw something move out of the corner of my eye.  One of Chrissie's clown loaches was flopping on the top of the book case next to the tank.  It must have been startled when we got home, but it had somehow managed to get out between the loosish lid and the tank wall (might have to weight it down heh).  Grabbed the fish and plonked it back in, and it's been fine ever since.  It was lucky I saw it too, I don't normally linger at that spot for very long, it would have been just as likely for me not to even have noticed til the next day.

I really wanted to have a random day off on Friday but there was just too much work all week.  I think I closed something like 30 tickets which is *huge*.  I did manage to leave at 4pm tho.  Started watching Friends with Benefits until the sweetie got home, then we watched For Your Eyes Only.  I haven't seen most of the early James Bonds in probably twenty years or more - when Dad used to put them on while I was still living at home.  But with the early ones I could still remember bits and pieces and even the odd lines of script and one-liners.  But I have no memories at all of For Your Eyes Only, except for dropping the dude down the chimney at the beginning. 

Saturday morning was the usual house work type stuff.  Not too much in the afternoon.  Finished watching Friends with Benefits.  Silly and predictable, but hey, New York.  Watched Jackie with the sweetie.  It wasn't bad, but had a very disjointed filming style.

Sleepie Stumpy

Bacon pizza scrolls

Today was Lego picking, trivia night planning, photo culling, lunch out and food shopping, more of the same in the afternoon.  Watched Parenthood before dinner and finished after. Roasted a stack of veggies for dinner and watched some Veronica Mars.

And blogged.

Such a busy week this week.

Monday was crazy epic busy.  Had leftover lasagna for dinner, finished day 28 of holiday photo labelling, although was too exhausted to do the full quota for the day.

Tuesday I had my quota of photos done by 19:30, so started watching Big Bang Theory from the beginning now that it's on Netflix.  Then I watched Kramer vs Kramer which I'd never seen, while fighting with my backups (my 2T external hard drive is really full, need to rework the backup schedule a little).

Wednesday was mostly fighting with the proxies.  I had it good for a year and a half when I didn't have to touch them, but now I'm back it's mostly my responsibility.  Was exhausted and sick of cooking and sick of leftovers so relented and let the sweetie order pizza.  Which of course made me feel like a big fat blob.  I did get over 9000 photos labelled (86% done), but we forgot to get milk.

Thursday I put on It Takes Two, because I don't think I've ever seen any of the Olsen Twins movies.  It was all a bit of fluff, much like Parent Trap only they weren't sisters.  I was all squee about the New York been-theres though.  One of the shots was of the Metlife building (this was a 1995 movie) and I was like, it was the Pan-Am building in 1979 in Kramer vs Kramer hehe.

Sailed under this six months and one day before seeing the movie
It Takes Two New York

Went up there in 2000
It Takes Two New York

And there
It Takes Two New York

Walked past this statue of William Sherman in Central Park exactly six months before seeing this movie
It Takes Two New York

Was there in 2000 too
It Takes Two New York

Fun times.

Friday had a drink with the sweetie at the Waldorf.  Took photos of the pretty arch.

Magic Arch

Magic Arch

Magic Arch

Magic Arch

We went to Hero Sushi for dinner, but as always it was disappointing.  They did have plenty of takoyaki out this time, but it was just barely warm :(  No other interesting hot food to speak of.  Did our food shopping on the way home.

Saturday was pretty quiet.  Didn't do much in the morning.  Had the second last ancient hot dog roll out of the freezer and made pizza subs with it (slowwwwly getting through all the ancient food in there).

Second last pizza sub

Stumpy even came out for a while in the afternoon and stayed til the heat turned off.

Stumpy

Saw these wispy clouds when I was bringing in the washing.

Wispy clouds

Mostly just Lego picking in the afternoon.  Watched Made of Honor in the afternoon/evening.  Again, fluff, but I really didn't like the title.  If he was *actually* "made of honor" he wouldn't try to break up the wedding.  Lame.  And get this, the opening shot in the movie was filmed BACKWARDS!  Completely retarded.  Here's a screen grab vs reality.

Made of Honor

Made of Honor

Made of Honor

Made of Honor

Watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show after dinner, need to try and brush up on the songs for the club night in a couple of months.

Today I did a bunch of housework in the morning and achieved quite a lot.  Just nothing on my todo list :(  Stumpy was out the entire time the heat was on.  Maybe he thinks winter is over.  Lego picking all afternoon - finished picking for another six sets.  Had slow cooked lamb shanks for dinner as per this recipe.  The recipe is nice enough, it's just lacking .. *something* .. Not sure what.  I had heaps of corn flour so it wasn't as watery as it's been in the past.  Just lacks a certain mouth feel.  hrmm.

Lamb shanks

Lamb shanks

Continued Brooklyn 99 and Homeland.

Then fought with Apple again.  After several weeks of it not screwing around with my files, this week it trashed most of my PNGs

Apple still sux

Hate Apple.  Hate.

And there we are for another week.

No news is.. no news?

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Nothing much of note to report lately.  

Had a weekend at the club for one of the long weekends.  Stu worked on his assignment and Heather, Lynn and I cleaned out the office.  It looks sooo much better now!

Club office

Had a bit of a walk last week to try and get the step count up.  Saw cool skies and fairy rings of flowers and swanlings.

Fairy ring of flowers

Ominous clouds

Swanlings

Had a dinner with the sweetie at Pappa Rich in town last week which was nice enough.

Pappa Rich

Pappa Rich

Popped into Kit's when we got home.  Chloe was there with her new iPhone 7 which does take pretty good low light photos

iPhone 7 photo

Last weekend had a dinner at EffanC's and Scott came too and we just chatted all evening which was nice.

Other than that, I finished sorting Lego and picking out pieces for all the sets.  Now I'm putting them all together.  Fun times.

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.

Lighthouse party - entrees

Lighthouse party - barramundi

Lighthouse party - steak

Lighthouse currawong

Lighthouse honeyeater

In the evening we watched Mockingjay Part 1.

Teeny praying mantis

Saturday we got ready and headed out to the club for the "official" opening of the pool.

Club 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.

Roast pork

Sauces

Club Christmas tree

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.  

Wombok leaves

Duck dinner

Saw some pretty cool storm clouds from a big storm out past Captains Flat

Storm clouds

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!

Frozen tree

Spring

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Yeah so spring is nearly over.  And I've been accumulating photos to post for months, because I'm a slacker.  Here's a bunch of photos celebrating spring.

Pelicans come inland to breed.  I couldn't see this one's partner though.
Pelican on Lake Ginninderra

Dad always called these things swanlings.  Because he was weird.  And I call them that too.  Because I'm weird.
Swanlings

Cherry blossoms!
Cherry blossoms

Dad always called these things ducklets.  Because he was weird.  And I call them that too.  Because I'm weird.
Ducklets

More ducklets

After our Queensland trip I started bringing my lunch into work most days so I could control my sodium intake.  But that left me with the problem of not getting out and about for a bit of a walk.  So for quite a while, Aquila and I were doing Ingress missions to get some exercise.  We ran out of local missions though, so that's fallen by the wayside a little (and me being off sick for a week certainly didn't help).
This was taken on one of the mission days.
Reflections

Same day, different spot
Belconnen panorama

Pictures of daffodils never get old
Daffodil

Saw these mystery flowers on a walk one morning.  No idea what they are.  Cause I'm dumb.
Purple flowers

More mystery flowers.  These things are from bulbs and pop up in our yard every spring.  No idea what they are.  Cause I'm dumb.
More purple flowers

Usually we associate storms with summer, but we've had more than our fair share of thunderstorms this spring
Storm clouds

Sunflower seedling.  It's quite a bit bigger than that now. 
Sunflower seedling

Wisteria flowers
Wisteria

Poppies!
Poppies

These things only flower for like a *day*, but the plant keeps on pumping out new flowers for several weeks.  They're weeds around our yard, but I can't bring myself to pull them out.
Poppies

Can you believe these photos are taken on a *phone* ???
Poppies

I'm pretty sure I've never seen these flowers in our yard before this year, so no idea where they came from.  Or what they are.  Cause I'm dumb.
Mystery flowers

I do like azaleas but I think they take too much water and as such have no place in Canberra.
Azaleas

Irises in our yard
Irises

Mini wombok grown from seed.  Hoping I get to eat it before the bugs do.
Wombok

The poppies are still coming
Poppies

Oh, there you go.  Done.

Apart from doing some shopping/errands yesterday morning and going to Annie's last night after dinner, didn't really do much this weekend (other than a heap of stuff that needed doing around the place at home).

And just cause I've got nothing else interesting, here's some clouds from the other week..

Cool clouds

Nearly missed my bus the other morning taking photos of cobwebs covered in fog...

Foggy cobweb
Foggy cobweb

And the moon behind the clouds tonight was pretty cool

Cloudy moonrise

Storm clouds

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Part 3 of the Coppins Crossing series.  Here's some of the clouds from the incoming storm...

All but the very last one are just regular photos, no HDR.  The last one is HDR on the iPhone.

The storm brought some pretty impressive hail to Canberra's southern suburbs, although only rain to the northern suburbs.

January storm
January storm
January storm
January storm
January storm
January storm
January storm HDR

Had an ok Friday today.  Got some stuff done and may have even had a win (will find out next week if we did or not).

More betterer

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Not quite so many problems at work today, but I was pretty much a zombie (Sunday night's lack of sleep really catching up with me).  So don't think I was terribly productive.  So helped Neil stock the beer fridges heh.

A small storm blew over Canberra this afternoon.  It was around just long enough to get some photos on Belconnen Way and over the Southern Cross Club.

Storm cloud
Ray of light
Better night tonight too.  Have spent some time sorting photos.  I really do take too many photos...

Canberra Clouds

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Just a few pictures of the storm clouds taken before and after rollerblading on Saturday (iPhone crappy camera)

Canberra clouds
Canberra clouds
Canberra clouds
Canberra clouds
Canberra clouds
Canberra clouds
Canberra clouds
Canberra clouds
Canberra clouds

Ominous

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Had a crap afternoon today.  Had to talk for an hour straight which was incredibly draining, then got depressed about having my partition lowered and the log transfer situation.  Henrch made my day though (in a good way) which saved the day from being a complete disaster.  

Then the storms rolled in.  I thought I'd try and beat it on an early bus.  Only got wet a little bit.

Ominous clouds
Two years ago today we continued to explore Cologne - having mass in the cathedral, then wandering down the Rhine and visiting the Chocolate Museum, before more wandering around, then out for dinner at Osho's Place.

Mostly ups

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Had a much better day today.  Released to prod for 2/3 users without any dramas.  So actually had some of the day to catch up on stuff that's being neglected.

Had a big lunch at Wok It Up, so was thinking I'd have a smaller dinner.  Except James was in town so we went to Bella Vista for dinner (had the lasagna tonight) so ate too much - oops!  We've decided it's a conspiracy - whenever James comes to town Stu is almost always feeling sick :(  After dinner James came back here and we played a couple of games of Monty Python Fluxx and then the boys did some boring computer stuff :)

Check out this cloud we saw today..

Cloudy cloud

Crazy Clouds

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Some very cool clouds hanging over Canberra when we arrived home from the coast..

Crazy Clouds
Crazy Clouds
Crazy Clouds

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