Results tagged “Food” from Kazza the Blank One

I could really get used to four day weekends!

Friday night we watched Innerspace, since we didn't manage to see it last weekend.

Saturday we walked around Palmerville, and we watched Airport in the evening.

Sunday we went food shopping at the markets.  In the evening Stu thought we could find something to watch on Netflix, but it took so long we gave up and went to bed without watching anything.

Monday the sweetie and I both took the day off.  I cooked roast beef with an epic veggie bake of zucchini, carrot, cauliflower and broccoli and then we watched Gladiator.

Today I did cheesy hash browns for brunch and made up a batch of Anzac biscuits in the afternoon.  The first batch didn't have a chance to get cold..

And other than that I've been gluing lots of little paper triangles.  And fighting with MovableType.  But I do have a new blog coming soon, stay tuned!

Sun

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It's been an absolutely glorious weekend.  Except I've spent most of it inside sorting holiday photos :/

We did go for a walk together on Saturday.  And go to Bunnings.  And ran into Kit there.  On Saturday night Annie and the family came over for pizza for dinner and Stu showed them some holiday photos from his phone on the tv.

Sunday Stu gardened for a couple of hours while I did holiday photos.  I cooked pork medallion roast for dinner, and it was possibly one of the best pork roasts I've ever done.  Every bit of the crackling was perfect, and the meat was lovely too.  Also cooked a whole heap of veggies.  In the evening we had to watch something Russian-inspired, so we watched The Hunt for Red October.

Today I woke up at 4am with a sore spine, took ages to get back to sleep and ended up sleeping in fairly late.  Stu gardened while I did holiday photos.  Felt like I was wasting the weekend away indoors.  Around lunch time we went to Officeworks to pickup a HDMI cable, had Hungry Cracks for lunch and instantly regretted it, then had a wander around John Knight Park.  And ran into Kit there.  Seriously it's like we're stalking each other heh.  At least I got a bit of vitamin D.

When we got home Stu had a voicemail that Telstra had fixed our line.  The stats on the router aren't much improved, but download speeds and latency sure are a lot better.  We'll see how it goes..

Foody Bits

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I made this random meal in January using up stuff that needed to be used up.  Some little pita pockets I'd gotten off Potty a year ago, some cheese, prosciuotto, tomatoes and possibly Kit's tomato sauce.  Stu wanted me to make more the next day so we got through all the little pita pockets.

Pizza pockets

This was a zucchini and cauliflower bake I made to use up a couple of big zucchinis we'd gotten off Kit or Serena

Zucchini Cauliflower bake

And this was a zucchini, potato and sweet potato bake I made to use up a couple of zucchinis we'd gotten off EffanC

Zucchini potato bake

Weekendy Bits

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The other week we finally finished watching Star Trek: The Original Series.  Last night we started watching Star Trek: Voyager.  I tried getting into Voyager when it was on tv twenty years ago, but after a season and a half I lost interest.  So watching them all again now.

In other news.  Saturday morning was up for a few hours in the middle of the night thanks to hurty.  So had a very late start.  Did house and hobby type stuff in the morning then headed out for lunch and then out to Fyshwick to have another go at going to Material Pleasures.  There was barely anything in the way of evening wear, and the few things that I did try on looked pretty hideous or just didn't fit.  So left in tears, further cementing my hatred of clothes shopping.  Did our food shopping on the way home.  Stu wanted to go to Aldi.  We always spend a lot less there, simply because they just don't have much.  They're ok for meat and cheese and maybe frozen food, but that's about it.  They're absolutely terrible for fruit and veg and anything that's a little bit non-standard.  Like you can't buy a single cucumber, you have to buy a whole tray.  And you can't buy a single brown onion, you have to buy a whole bag.  They don't have rice bran oil, or any of my toiletries.  Really don't like going there.  So I went next door to Coles to pick up all the essentials.  And a cucumber.

Today went with Chrissie to the Beer and Meat on Stick Festival (aka the Multicultural Festival).  The last time (and first time) I went was the morning after dad died three years ago, which made for a very strange day.  Today we had beer and meat on a stick.  And potato on a stick.  And fetta/spinach pastries.  And gozleme.  And cider.  It was pretty crowded, but there was seemingly a lot more food and drink stalls (including at least three potato on a stick stores) so you could always find one with a short queue (a couple of stalls did have very long queues, we just avoided those). 

Came home and did papercraft and we cooked Scotch eggs for dinner and watched more Voyager.

Social Sundays

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Ok so last Sunday wasn't all that social.  Dave and Kat went home and we just had a quiet day for the rest of the day.

For mum

We did do some food shopping, and I used up one of the pizza bases I'd inherited off Kerry a year ago to make a "six cheese, prosciutto and pepperoni" pizza.  It was pretty good.

Six cheese pizza

Six cheese pizza

In fact the next Monday night after an epic crappy day, I used the other two bases and repeated the process for dinner on Monday night.

Yesterday Rob came over for a while in the morning to talk club stuff, then we went over to EffanC's for lunch.  After lunch we played Cards Against Humanity for a while.  Stu won, I came third.

EffanC Pizza

Didn't really get anything much done yesterday arvo or evening.  Oops.

Chicken Dinner

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But not your average chicken dinner.

Remember those little chickies I posted a while back?

Chickies a week old

Four out of the five of them were roosters.  The hen and one of the roosters had been sold by Kit to someone, but since one of them was a rooster, Kit took him back.  

Saturday night a week and a half ago I got to say goodbye to the one that had gone away and come back.

Chicken dinner

For the next day, all four little roosters met their end.  Kit and Ben dispatched them and processed them, with help from Serena.

Last Wednesday night Stu and I were priliveged to join them to eat two of the roosters (the other two were frozen).

Chicken dinner

You can tell the one that had gone away because he'd been fed a lot more corn at his new home and his skin was a lot yellower.

Chicken dinner

What was even more amazing is that of the entire dinner, only the carrots, prosciutto, and the cheese were from a store.  All the other vegetebles and herbs were from Kit's garden.

Chicken dinner

I had to have some of the one I'd said goodbye to.  He was quite tasty.  Him and his brothers had had a good life, a lot better than most store-bought chickens.

Chicken dinner

There was quite a feast!  Kit had plenty of leftovers for the coming days.

Chicken dinner

A Few Foodie Finishes

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A couple more food things from later this year.

This was a cauliflower pizza I made in October.  It turned out ok, but lacked structural integrity so you couldn't pick up the slices (but it did cut very easily!).  I made two huge pizzas with the recipe, but should have made three smaller ones.  Stu liked it but I found the texture a little odd.

Cauliflower pizza

Cauliflower pizza

This was a "chicken carbonara" I made in December.  Just chicken thighs, with bacon, garlic, mushrooms and cream.  Simple but oh so tasty. 

Chicken carbonara

At lunch at Grill'd the other week, Neil accidentally bought a sharing plate of chips, which had sweet potato, potato and zucchini chips.  Pretty good, although I still like the potato chips the best.  I nearly got the hiccoughs from that hot sauce though!

Grill'd chips

Quiet Weekend

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Friday night we finally did a big food shop, then we went down to Kit's for hamburgers for dinner.

Saturday was just getting stuff done around the house.  In the evening we watched a documenatory on Leonard Nimoy and then Die Hard.

Sunday was more house stuff.  Went out for lunch and did a Bunnings run.  Did more house stuff and repotted plants in the afternoon.  In the evening did a three cheese and bacon roast chicken and Kit came up for that, then we went over to Annie's to give Noah his birthday present.

All in all a nice weekend.

Catchup

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So aside from a plane blog entry, I haven't blogged in two weeks.  Whoops.

Monday two weeks ago I took a six hour lunch and finished a photo project that I'll get online soon.

The next Wednesday we won another damned trivia night.  Even without DC's help.  So will run the next one, which could very well be the last.

The Friday that week I went to Chrissie's for dinner.  She cooked a really nice pumpkin, gnochhi and sage dish, and for once we actually watched a movie (usually we talk about watching a movie but then just end up chatting all evening).  So watched Independence Day.

Pumpkin gnocchi sage

Saturday Chrissie brought up her steam cleaner to attack the bathroom.  

Bathroom before

Bathroom before

I'm too short to see this so never actually knew how bad it had gotten
Bathroom before

So I made lunch (as you do).  I cooked up a bit of a hanami lunch - teriyaki chicken wings, tuna sushi and okonomiyaki.  There was heaps of food and Serena had been planning to have lunch with Kit so invited both of them up as well.

This was my first ever attempt at sushi!  It turned out pretty well
Sushi attempt 1

Hanami lunch

Chrissie finished up in the bathroom later in the afternoon, and Zac mowed the lawn.

Bathroom after

Bathroom after

Bathroom after

On Sunday I went to pick up the sweetie from the airport.  And sorted Zac's Lego which Chrissie had brought up.

Monday I wore new jeans to work.  But backing up a little.  I am thoroughly sick and tired of paying a fortune for Jeanswest jeans that only last a year.  And I hate that you can't get decent quality demin in girls jeans anymore.  Why don't they make girls jeans in *real* demin and not that thin crappy stuff that is the only thing you can get now??  #hate  Even at 40% off, Jeanswest jeans are still pretty expensive.  So I thought screw this, and tried somewhere cheaper.  I tried Target first, but there was only like one style of jeans there that weren't already ripped to shreds.  wtf??  What idiot fashion designer thought that would ever be fashionable??  At least the idiots that wear jeans like that will look back at photos of themselves and wonder what in the world they were thinking.  Suckers.  So nothing at Target so tried Kmart.  Found some clearance jeans that were $7.  Each.  And they were more comfortable that the Jeanswest jeans as they have a slightly higher cut.  The next day I took them to get tailored and they were having a special - $10 jeans hemming.  So for $68 I got four pairs of jeans in the right size.  Normally that would be the cost of *one* pair of jeans.  So even if these cheap ones only last a quarter as long, I'll still be ahead.

Thursday we went down to see the two day old chickies!

Chickies

Chickies

Chickies

Friday the sweetie and I went into town for dinner.  We ended up at Jamie's Italian, which I'd never actually been to before.  The service was pretty slow but the food was delicious.

This crispy squid was crunchy and delicious
Jamies Italian

These polenta chips weren't bad, but quite heavy.  Nothing like the awesomeness of the polenta chips we had at Pandanus on Lord Howe Island in 2007.
Jamie's Italian

Stu's Pumpkin Panzerotti.  I only got the smallest of mouthfuls and then got distracted by the waiter, shoulda had a bit more.
Jamie's Italian

This spaghetti carbonara was sooo tasty.  It's making me hungry just looking at it.
Jamie's Italian

Salted caramel and chocolate sundae
Jamie's Italian

After dinner (it was getting a bit late), Stu took me around to finish off the night shots for my photo project.

Saturday we had Nat and Andrew over for hanami lunch take two.  Same menu basically, although sushi options modified slightly for the fussy eaters :P

Sushi attempt 2

Okonomiyaki (Lisa's recipe)
Okonomiyaki

We chatted all afternoon and then put on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade which was fun.

In the evening the sweetie and I watched The Silence of the Lambs, which I hadn't seen in years and Stu had never seen.

Sunday was more food shopping, and more Lego sorting, with a roast dinner thrown in as well.

Lego Palette

Lego angles

Sunday roast

Also yesterday we realised that our sewage pipes were blocked.

Oh crap.

Literally.

Oh crap

So called Six Star Hot Water this morning and the same dude who replaced our hot water system came out and brought an eel.  He dug through a big clump of roots and everything started flowing again.  He said we could spend $5-10k getting it all dug up and fixed, or just spend the few hundred dollars every couple of years to get it cleared with an eel.  So we'll probably end up doing that.

Other than that, today was just Lego sorting.  In fact I only left the house to go hack a portal.  Step count will be a bit sad today.

Oh, and I blogged.  Finally.

Broken

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On Wednesday night Neil and I went to Sage for a super nice dinner hosted by Brokenwood wines.  A night of delicious food and a *lot* of wine ensued.  All the food was amazing, I'd like to go back again some time.  We happened to be seated next to a lovely couple from Nicholls (Vicki and Stuart) who (after it got way past last bus time) gave us a lift home.

This was cured salmon.  I typically prefer cooked salmon, but this was *awesome*.  And that yellow thing?  A slice of lemon that had been baked (or fried?) and was crunchy and sour and delicious.  A wonderful opening course.
Sage dinner

This was pork belly with cauliflower and some odd prawn-chip style popcorn stuff??  (I really wish we'd had a menu so I could tell you what everything was!)  The only problem with this dish for me is that all that pork?  It's just a lump of fat :(  There was no meat at all :(:(  I ended up doing a bit of a swapsie with Neil so I could get some meat.
Sage dinner

This was lamb I believe.  Lovely and tender.
Sage dinner

They also brought out some sides of a creamy mashed potato and salad which were just lovely, but I didn't get photos.

A couple of cheeses to end the night.  I loved the creamy one.
Sage dinner

To go with the cheeses.
Sage dinner

Busy weekend

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So this weekend consisted of:

* photographing Cotter and Stromlo
* driving to Sydney and a dinner with mum for our birthdays (had pork ribs - yum!)
* awake at stoopid o'clock
* finally getting to see the Sea Cliff Bridge up close
* driving home
* house tidying, bed changing, sheet washing, Survivor watching, tuna bake cooking.

Tradies Ribs

I'm still trying to get through old food in the house.  I dug out four tins of tuna that had gotten mouldy from being out at the club (the labels, not the tuna) and two small tins of creamed corn that had been in the pantry forever.  Mixed them with a small thing of cream from across the road, a sachet of cream of mushroom soup, and a clove of pickled black garlic, then over half a pack of pasta, topped with cheese then baked for forty minutes.  For something so random it was quite delicious, and there's a bunch less things in the pantry now.

Argo and Stuff

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Friday night we watched Argo.  I liked it, aside from constantly thinking "did this *actually* happen?".  Well the plane chase apparently didn't.  heh.

Had a pretty quiet weekend.  Did a lot of housework and stuff.  Geotagged a few days worth of photos.  Did food shopping yesterday.  Watched several episodes of TOS.  This afternoon I pretty much just cooked all afternoon.  First up a raspberry crumble from a packet of frozen raspberries that had been in the freezer probably since I inherited them off Potty at the end of last year.  Then a breakfast lasagna.  Then a real lasagna (prepared but not baked yet).  Had a break to have a walk at the very muddy Palmerville.  Then finished up with a small roast for dinner.

Palmerville parrots

Palmerville parrots

Palmerville parrots

The sweetie made good progress on his essay until he got a migraine tonight :(

Now we're both going to have an early night.

So this was the breakfast lasagna I was talking about the other day.  Here's all the ingredients.  Eggs, pork mince, ham, and cheeeeeese!

Breakfast lasagna

18 eggs!  Count them!  Just scrambled lightly.

Breakfast lasagna

500g pork mince cooked through, then add 500g cream cheese and a cup and a half of stock (next time: plain water)

Breakfast lasagna

Cook until the cheese has melted.

Breakfast lasagna

Everything ready to layer

Breakfast lasagna

Layering.  Pretty much just ham, eggs, "gravy", cheese .. times two

Breakfast lasagna

Breakfast lasagna

Ready to bake for about forty minutes or so

Breakfast lasagna

Done!

Breakfast lasagna

This morning I actually got to try some of it.  It was pretty awesome.  Although very salty :(  Too much ham and cheese I guess.

And in other news, I woke up at dentist time this morning and probably only got about another hours worth of sleep all night :(:(:(

Celebrating

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Friday night mum came down from Sydney.  Chrissie and Zac came up and we all went out to the Dumpling Inn for dinner (slightly late on account of mum getting lost on account of road closures on account of accidents).  Had shallot cakes, crispy skin duck with pancakes, garlic prawns, xiao long bao and mixed chow mein.  All very nice.

Saturday morning we hopped in mum's car and headed down to Junee, arriving around lunch time.  The others watched some taped Home and Away while I finished up the holiday finances to figure out how much I owed mum.  Then mum, David and I played a game of canasta.  I got off to a good start, but David caught up and won.  Then we channel surfed Foxtel and ended up watching Under Seige 2.

For dinner we headed out to the Junee Golf Club.  Very strange venue.  I had to keep reminding myself it's a small country town.  Eftpos is that new fandangled thing didn't you know?  At least they took credit card when ordering food, if not at the bar.  Also had a cake for mum's birthday. 

Cheesy goodness

Mum

Then back to the house where mum dozed through Arctic Tale and Ice Road Truckers in India.  I half watched and half did jigsaws on Kat's ipad.

This morning we headed home.  Cloudy morning, but no rain, so actually a very pleasant drive, otherwise we'd have been headed straight into the sun.  Got home, then mum continued on home as well.

This afternoon I went food shopping, then came home and cooked all afternoon.  Cooked a roast pork for dinner with lots of roast veggies, then a "breakfast lasagna" from a recipe Lachie gave me.  Stu's brain has been suffering from processed flour the past couple of days so we really want to try again to cut out the processed sugar and flour.  This recipe of Lachie's is about 150% fat though, so it really goes against everything I consider to be "healthy".  Maybe just a very small portion with some tomatoes for fibre?  I could easily have halved the recipe I think, as it did two baking dishes full of food.  The pork roast for dinner was nice too.  Watched some Homeland, did a day's worth of photo processing, and suddenly it's 9:45pm.  Weekend?  What weekend?  I think I completely missed out this week :(:(:( 

Pretending to be healthy

Pork roast ingredients

Busy Weekend

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Saturday I was at work for six hours trying to get some work done before next weekend.  I was hoping to do it all.  I did maybe a third :(

In the evening we watched a documentary "My Beautiful Broken Brain" on Netflix, and the Bourne Ultimatum.

Sunday we headed out to Namagi with Kit to do the Granite Tors walk.  Took an hour twenty to get up (my heart was *not* thanking me for it) and an hour and ten back down.  Kit very nicely supplied some sausages and we had a bit of a bbq at the end.

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

This snake was *right next to me* on the path.  I only heard it after I'd passed it.  Scary!

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

We was up there

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Nice spot for a picnic lunch

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

The remains of the tracking station

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

Granite Tors walk, Namadgi

In the evening we watched Star Trek Generations and had a relatively early night.

Today I did houseworkey stuff, cooked dinner before lunch, spent the afternoon blogging my USA 2000 trip and geotagging my Hong Kong photos.

In the evening we enjoyed deviled lamb shanks and watched the Bourne Legacy.

Trivial

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So I spent pretty much the entire weekend doing trivia night stuff.  Saturday was researching all the questions to make sure they were right.  This morning was gathering pictures to make it look pretty.  This afternoon and tonight was *fighting* with Open Office.  It kept crashing and corrupting my file.  Very upsetting.  So it took about ten times longer to do than it should have :(  Worried the thing will crash during the presentation.  

Other than that, cooked epic lasanga (with epic zucchini instead of pasta sheets) - a bit better than the last attempt, watched Thirteen Days and The Bourne Identity with the sweetie, and went for a little walk with Chris.

Zucchini lasagna

I'm tired.

GTD

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After Friday's success I am *itching* to get my other firewall done sooner rather than later.  Except risk-averse people have scuttled the idea until later in the week.  Doh!!  Oh well, got some other stuff done today which is helping my confidence somewhat.

Tonight was just pool stuff, washing, cooking and watching House and Fuller House.  9:20 before I could finally relax.  But we cooked one of Serena's *epic* zucchinis, as well as a couple of old zucchinis, some old garlic, some old mushrooms, a pepper from Kit's, parsley from Kit's, and some meat we got at the markets yesterday.  

Epic zucchini

Epic zucchini

And so on

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Weekend was a bit of a blur.  Friday Kit was celebrating finishing exams, so we helped.  Finally met Grant's wife Louise which was lovely.  

Saturday I did housey stuff and jigsaw etc.  Chrissie came up for a swim in the afternoon and brought up a corned beef which we stewed for a couple of hours, and we made some mashed potatoes and white sauce to go with it.

Today was mostly jigsawing etc, with our first trip to Ikea to get some bits and pieces, then food shopping.  Cooked epic low-carb lasagna for dinner (replacing pasta with sliced squash) - although it ended up mostly just smooshy nommness.

Noone wants to go back to work tomorrow.

Balls

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I made cheesy-bacon and chives balls on the weekend for Stu to have as snackages during the week.  I'd made these before, but kept it simple this time.

* two 250g packs cream cheese (I got the spreadable stuff but you could soften the blocks)
* one 250g pack streaky bacon
* most of a packet of Coles chives

Chop the bacon into little teeny pieces and fry.

Mix with the cheese.

Chop up the chives.

Roll the cheese balls around in the chives.

Very simple and super tasty!

Cheesey bacon and chives balls

The Sydney Trip

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On Friday night I left work a bit early and drove up to Sydney.  I drove past a fire at the airfield at Marulan, which turned out to be not from natural causes, but because of a plane crash!  (the dude walked away - must have been a good landing!).  We went and fed the Macaulay's cat, visited Aunty Di and Graham, then had an early night.

On Saturday we spent the morning looking at photos (we played Dad's funeral slide show which was a bit emotional) and food preparation.  We did a big roast pork and my epic potato bake as well as some other veggies and lots of nibblies.  We also whipped some cream and decorated a pavlova.  Graham and Pam and Ken and Jeanine came over and we had a lovely afternoon.

Mum and the table

Nibblies

Epic pork roast

Epic potato bake

Christmas cake

Pavlova

Family photo

In the evening we went and fed Macaulay's cat again, and watched The Princess Diaries (which Chris and I had been talking about only just the other day).

On Sunday I caught a train into the city to go see a couple of Lego exhibitions (which I'll save for separate posts).

At Central I was all set to walk around to Harris Street when I noticed the end of the Devonshire Street tunnel didn't *end* anymore - it kept on going - with a sign to the Powerhouse Museum.  So I walked down through it.  They've converted that whole little area between Central and the museum from the old goods lines into a park called The Goods Line.  Totally spun me out because that area of the city has always been a dead zone and it was a real pain trying to get around because you couldn't just walk across town because of all the railway lines in the way.

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Powerhouse Museum (bottom entrance).

Powerhouse Museum

After seeing Art of the Brick, I headed back to Central to catch the train to Circular Quay (it was super hot and I didn't want to get hot and sweaty walking all the way, and as it turned out, Sunday is currently $2.50 all day on the trains so it didn't cost anything).

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

The Goods Line

Then there was the second Lego exhibition of the day - the Sydney Harbour Icons at the Museum of Sydney.

Museum of Sydney

Then up to Martin Place to train it back to mum's.  I walked straight onto a train which was pretty cool.

Picked up all my stuff, then a flying visit to Luc and Lizzi's to do a donut photo of Ryan, then drove home.

I was expecting when I got home to have a quiet night of getting myself organised, but instead I came home to a pool full of people, in varying states of intoxication.  Which was rather unexpected (and made me feel somewhat left out! heh).  So didn't get anything done at home that night.  Oh well.  

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