Results tagged “Fish” from Kazza the Blank One

Monday night the sweetie was home so he cooked dinner - salmon with a tartare sauce he made himself.  Very nice and very much appreciated.

Sweetie's salmon

After dinner and photo labelling I wanted to have some *fun* with Vic's Lego (after it all just being work so far).  So I started on the Cinderella Castle, because it was almost complete (likely because girls take better care of their things than boys do).  The palette sure is different to boys Lego too.

Girls Lego palette

Tuesday lunch had lunch with Chrissie which was nice, although fairly brief.

Tuesday the sweetie was home but he didn't cook dinner.  We had leftovers.  

Then I finished the castle.

Cinderella's Romantic Castle

Cinderella's Romantic Castle

Wednesday the sweetie was home but he didn't cook dinner.  We had pizza delivered. 

Instead of photo labelling I spent all evening typing up all the notes from the last chat Kit and I had had about the wedding.  

Thursday we were going to go to Dumpling Inn with Hannah and Rita, but someone had the idea we should try Pizza Artigiana.  So we did that.  We had three very nice (and very thin!) pizzas - Patate e Salciccia - PAOLA - thinly sliced potatoes with mozzarella, Italian pork sausage (I think they forgot that ingredient) and thyme ($20); Quattro Formaggi - SANDRA - mozzarella, provolne, gorgonzola, and shaved pecorino ($20); Prosciutto Crudo - AMBRA - tomato base, prosciutto, mozzarella, rocket, parmesan and balsamic vinegar ($21).

Pizza Artigiana pizzas

And a nice Rocket and parmesan salad - rocket lettuce with shaved parmesan and a balsamic vinegar and virgin olive oil dressing ($10).

Pizza Artigiana rocket salad

And we might have gotten the nutella pizza (which I don't think is on the menu).  

Pizza Artigiana nutella pizza

Friday I took a random day off, so used that do a bit of houseworky stuff, and then get ready to go down to the coast.

It was crazy windy on the drive.  All the wind turbines at Tarago were shut down.  I was a bit nervous about a tree branch falling on the car (and we did have to round a small tree partially blocking the road).  (edit: a father and son died when a tree fell on their car in Victoria on Sunday night :( )

Oallen Ford Road trees

Had dinner and just chatted when we got there. 

Pete has a new fish tank with nine neon tetras (Clone 1-9), six male guppies (red spotty tail 1 and 2, yellow spotty tail 1 and 2, blue and grey 1 and 2) and a sucking catfish (Dyson).

Pete's fish tank

And Petal was very excited to see us.

Excited Petal

Kit has a new snake.  She wants to call it Richard.  Pete wants to call it Monty.

Richard snake

And three of these are still going something like eighteen years later..

Sparky

Saturday morning was more animal stuff.

Vicki excited

Chickingtons

Bacon nose

Then we headed out to have a look at the wedding venue and ask questions and take notes.

Testing the venue

Had lunch at the Australian Hotel in Nowra.  $10 for quite a nice steak (better than the Rashay's $5 ones).

Australian Hotel steak

Then we all went to the zoo.  It was still crazy windy.  I'll save that for another post.

Bridge over the Shoalhaven River at Nowra

Pete made pizzas for dinner (epic thick with toppings heh)

Pete making pizza

Pete's pizzas

Chatted and played a game of Kismet (I won, somehow).

Sunday morning I showed Kit the bridesmaids dress.  We debated the best way to fix the problems with it.

Then I sat down and went through the wedding planning notes with them.  Well I tried to.  I'd been wanting to do it all weekend but getting the two of them to pay attention for more than thirty seconds at a time was like trying to herd cats.  Super frustrating.  So we left a lot later than we'd planned to, and just got chips and snacks at the servo for a very late lunch.

Got home and the house was freezing (10C when we got home, minimum of 6C).  Had chicken kiev for dinner and super stressed out by Apple.

Tonight I caught up on last week's photo labelling, as well as getting a good head start on this week's.  Was in a completely different mental state and was able to process all my photos from the past week.  I was so stressed out last night my brain couldn't *see* what I was doing.  Blinded by rage???  

So no movies at all this week.  Just a lot of feeling cold.  And a lot of pizza.  And a (mostly) nice weekend away.

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.

It's a Girl!

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The only surviving angel from the batch I got at the beginning of 2016 decided to lay some eggs.  Two batches of them since 19 January.  Silly girl.  

Angel eggs

XLV, and so on

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

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

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

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

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

Today I sealed the shower.

FINALLY.

It only took me a year.  

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

Animals

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A wolf spider in our front yard just before we went overseas.

Wolf spider

Bacon!  To go with the alliteration of Buttons and Blobby

Bacon

The bristlenose I got for the angel tank

Bristlenose

Just me and a chicken - at @CLBradley's

Just me and a chicken

Just the sweetie and George

Just the sweetie and George

Just the sweetie and George

Just Kit and a donkey

Just Kit and a donkey

George was excited by this possum in our cherry tree

Possum up a cherry tree

Stu caught this gecko in our ensuite bathroom

Gecko

Dither Fish

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I lost some danios in the two foot a while back, leaving only some rummy nose tetras.  Except they're scardey-cat fish and will hide if there's no other fish around, not even coming out for food.  I wasn't even sure how many I had, as I never saw more than two at a time.

So on the weekend I got some more danios, and it seems that I still have four out of five rummy nose tetras.  Because the danios swim all over the tank the tetras realise that it must be safe to come out.

Silly fish.

I also got a bristlenose for that tank and it's already doing a great job of cleaning the algae.

Stu got some more rainbow fish for his tank, and he did a big cleanout today, so it looks all sparkly.

Shiny tank

10

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So a pretty good weekend.  In that I got to spend most of it at home doing *stuff*.

Yesterday I installed Windows 10 on my puta.  After one false start I tried again and it installed.  Took most of the day to download, install, fail, try again and install.

Some notes so far:

* video adapter was not found straight away so had to download an updated driver for it
* ugly window frames.  seriously.  ugly.
* it kept all my task bar settings which was nice of it
* gadgets are gone - but logitech motion sensor still works
* images defaulted back to opening with microsoft, had to change back to acdsee
* geosetter had a spaz about Internet Explorer, but I'm not sure it was that - could just have been our internet which has been mostly dead all weekend, or the file on the site just wasn't there anymore.  Coincidence?

Other than that yesterday was fish tank stuff, housework and food shopping.  Chrissie came up in the evening for a roast pork dinner, and we just chatted for ages after dinner which was nice.

Today was some food cooking, holiday photo processing, a walk with Chris, pool maintenance, more food cooking etc.  I'm sure there was more but it escapes me right now.

Our internet has been epic fubar this weekend.  Usually it's bad when it's windy/rainy, but it's been especially fail this weekend.  

Oh we also bought some danios to be dither fish in my upstairs two foot, which they did splendidly for.  The rummy nosed tetras coloured up beautifully and have been swimming around not just hiding.  The danios I have in my big tank look *huge* in comparison - I think they're all girls!  Stu bought some worms which I've fed to all the fish.  The angel knew exactly what to do, but the danios took a while to figure out they were food!

Wins and Losses

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Had a fairly decent weekend last weekend.  Got quite a few things done on the todo list, including renewing my domain names (kazza.id.au has been in existence for fourteen years today!), vacuuming and cleaning out the pool, washing the sheets, installing windows 10 on my little laptop (and the GPS software still works hurrah!), cleaning the kitchen, some fish tank work, food shopping and cooking.  Didn't do the house vacuuming though.

In between we had our work ball, which I'll get some photos online for eventually.

This week was a very strange week.  We had several farewell events for the Chrises including a long lunch on Wednesday.  Gonna miss them.  It also seems certain that we will lose literally the best bar in Canberra.  And our carpark.  All very depressing.  Got some work done in between, although wasn't terribly motivated.

I also got grumpy this week at Insight Vacations who have been ignoring my emails.  And at myself for not registering for the last Ingress Anomoly - which means the hundreds of jarvises, adas, cubes, bursters etc that I donated to the cause will have been for nothing :(

Our pool froze over twice during the week.  And yesterday the power tripped early in the morning which means the fish tank heaters didn't work all day, and we lost some fish in the smallest tank :(  

Pool ice

Have been spending mornings scanning mum's photos.  Two weeks to scan each album, give or take.  So one down this morning, four more to go until the next swap-meet when I can get some more.

And I have this odd sort of feeling that I'm coming down with something.

Fishcapades

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Chrissie came and picked up all her platies and the catfish today.  Well all but four of the platies, which I kept in the krib tank.  Platies are super skittish fish and run away whenever you go near them (let alone try to catch them).

Then I caught the two black neon tetras and the five rummy nose tetras and took them downstairs.  So far they still look quite miserable in their new tank.  I put a plant in but maybe they need some more.  Then I took all the plants out of the two foot and tossed them, scrubbed clean all the filter and heater equipment, cleaned the glass and fully drained the tank.  Will let it dry out completely before giving the gravel a thorough cleaning.  With any luck the scourge of the black algae will be gone after all that.

I also pulled out the dead baby angel :(  No idea what happened to the other one.

So in my AR-620T I have five danios, two angels and a cory.

In the krib tank is the old krib, five danios and four platties.

In a small tank downstairs I have the two black neon tetras and five rummy nose tetras.

Dinner tonight was chicken thighs and frozen cauliflower and broccoli.  Cooked up some rice as well and have three lunches prepped, as well as several containers of *stuff* cleared out of the freezer.

Partying Continues

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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.

Duckling (really!)

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).

Christmas party

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.

Christmas salads

Christmas meat platter

Family lunch

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!

Weekly Checkin

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Not too much happening this past week.

Friday night Chris and Zac came down, and on Saturday we went house hunting for them.  As of Monday she's already been offered a place but still wants to find out about her favourite.

Saturday night was a bit of a party at Mishi's to celebrate her birthday/retirement/Christmas etc.

We did buy some new fish yesterday - four baby angels.  They haven't died yet.  And Stu bought some Endler guppies which are pretty cute (three out of four of his shrimps died for no good reason).

I've been busy doing my year in review post (getting in early this year and not leaving it all to the last minute), filing photos (one month a night, should have them all filed by the end of the year), planning for the next trivia night (omfg it's a lot of work), but not doing nearly enough house tidying...

Rooster and hens

George perched

George being Maru

Buttons

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.

Animals

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A huge moth that was doing a really terrible job of camouflaging itself on our brickwork

Big moth

Miss M and her little mop

Miss M and her mop

Some of Kit's duck eggs, possibly containing two, one and zero yolks

Duck eggs

Sleeping buddies

Sleeping buddies

This is the rooster that wakes David up when he comes to stay

Rooster

My three black neon tetras, and some of the rummy nose tetras.  Those little black neon tetras are nine years old.  What a spinout!

Little fishies

George came by the other week and found a nice place in the sun to warm up

Geroge

George

George

George

The last of my angels died a week or so ago.  But I'm a slacker and hadn't pulled it out of the tank.

Then yesterday the sweetie decided to move the last duboisi and the sucking catfish into the angel tank.

Which hadn't been cleaned.

His fish were dead by today.

I might have had a moment.

We totally don't deserve to keep animals.  Part of me wants to get rid of every fricken tank we have.

Also.  Gravity sucks.

Also.  I broke both my middle fingernails today reaching into things.

I suck.

Have seen balloons (and frost) a few times this week.

Frost and balloons

On Monday morning it was *cold*.  Freezing in fact.  The ice was so thick on the tub of water out the back that I have no idea how thick it actually was.  It held up a potplant with no effort.

Freezage

There was slight freezage of the pool that morning, but just a few crystals.  Same with this morning.

George came by yesterday and said hi to the fish.

George and the fish

Rummy

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1.3.14

The upstairs two foot tank has only had three black neon tetras in it for the longest time.  I thought it was time to repopulate the tank.  So I got five rummy nosed tetras.  I've never had these before, but Luc had some at CIA and they were very sweet little fish - they school better than a lot of fish.  They've also proved to be great dither fish, and the black neons which always used to hide up the back now come out.

Rummy nose tetras

Hot

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It's very hot.  So hot the fish tanks have been overheating.  The lights are off, the lids are off, but the four foot is over 30C in the water - too hot for little fishies!  I've been adding ice as fast as I can make it but the weekend could be problematic, since there's no letup for at least two days.  Stressed ..

Half Way Through

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Yesterday we had a pretty quiet morning.  But it was such a lovely day we decided to go out to the club and try out our new caravan.  So went out and enjoyed the sunshine, and had drinks and dinner with some of the other people there, then played some cards then went to bed.  Turns out sleeping in a caravan is a lot more comfortable than sleeping in a tent!  Who knew?  We also managed to lock ourselves out of it within ten minutes of arriving.  Thank goodness John was there with a spare key! 

Our caravan

Our caravan

Our caravan

Stu's rissoles

This morning after quite a long lie-in (it was freezing!) we got ready then helped out with some hazard reduction, as well as having some sausages for lunch.

Hazard reduction

Came home and called the parents, only to hear the bad news that the prognosis is not very good for Dad.  So that made me pretty sad.

Did our food shopping then came home and found my betta, that I've only had for six weeks, had died.  More sadness.

Then spent *ages* making up some lasagnas, only to have the sweetie eat a good chunk of my leftovers (mine had white sauce and lactose containing cheese).  Blah.

Then lost it cause the house was a pigsty.

It's only 9:30pm, but it feels a lot later.  Not sure how I'm going to be able to stay up..

Multies

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Stu setup a tank for the multis today.  Four of the seven are now in their own tank.  Hopefully they'll breed without the duboisis terrorising them ..

Multi tank setup

Finally got to have a random day off today.  The first attempt I got sick and the second attempt I forgot I had a farewell lunch to go to.

So today I stayed at home and we reorganised all the fish tank stuff.  I've been wanting to do this in forever because things were all over the place and a big mess.  

This is before I started..

Fish stuff before

I pulled everything out of the cupboards and off the shelves and sorted it all out..

Fish stuff

Then chucked a small pile of things out, and put it all back together..

Fish stuff after

It doesn't look hugely different, but it is definitely neater.  Well worth the effort, and a nice break up to the week.

Tonight's dinner was leftover chicken and potato, cut up and pan-fried, with a couple of big handfuls of baby spinach and some kewpie mayonnaise - omigosh it was delicious!

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