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Tramspotting

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So Monday was a much appreciated day off.  Caught up on all my blogging.  The internet died for three minutes between 13:22 and 13:25.  Didn't get a whole lot done in the afternoon, although did tidy up the plants on the kitchen window sill and plant some more seeds.  Started season four of The Good Place, and watched Oblivion which was a little confusing, but not too bad a movie.  

Tuesday went and got photos for my new passport and submitted the form, although botched my signature and wished I could redo it - I'll be stuck with that for ten years hrmm.  In the evening we were going to go to Raijin in McKellar with EffanC, but they were full so we ended up at Malaysian Chapter.  Which was somewhat disappointing because I was looking forward to Japanese and I really don't like the menu at Malaysian Chapter (I never remember which curries are which, and which are hot or not (and they don't indicate how hot they are on the menu)).  And it was nearly 7:30pm and I was *hangry*.  Grunt.  But did get some food into me and felt a lot better.  For reference I had the Chef's Special Curry with fish, and Stu had the Mamak Mee Goreng which was very nice.

Malaysian Chapter chefs special curry.jpg

Malaysian Chapter mamak me goreng

Wednesday was a Lighthouse farewell for our director, and churning through Hong Kong photo labelling in the evening.

Oh we also finished season 5 of Brooklyn 99 this week, and I watched a couple of episodes of Murder in the Bayou at a recommendation from someone at work, but listening to that much bad english got very grating and I found it hard to sympathise.  Getting through season 2 of Big Bang Theory.

Friday was a Lighthouse farewell for a contractor, two pub lunches in one week, oops.  But did share a pizza with Connor both times to avoid overeating.

Saturday morning I did all the houseworkey stuff then did the design for the invitation for Kit's Hen's.  My ~23 year old copy of Photoshop wouldn't run on this computer (it loaded but just spinning wheels and stopped responding) so I downloaded Gimp.  All the tools are much the same as Photoshop, but I had to dredge up the memory on how to use them (and Google a few too).  Mid afternoon David came to visit, and we started a jigsaw.  A couple of hours later Scott and Kerry and the kids came over (they'd been planning to stay a lot longer but got stuck doing a longer bushwalk than they intended, so only stayed for a short while).  Then we headed out to dinner.  Labor Club, with Chicken Kiev for me yumm.

David at the Labor Club

Labor Club dinners

Then back home to work on the jigsaw for a little while.

We also finished off a couple of liqueurs that had been in the house *forever*.  That bottle of Midori I bought when I first moved out of home.  In the year 2000.  The Creme de menthe I've had for nearly as long.  Silly really.

Green spirits

This morning David and I headed out to Gungahlin for brunch (and was shocked to discover the parking under BigW is now paid parking (first two hours free) even on Sundays - how rude!)  David had a chicken and camembert grill and I had a rosti eggs benedict with chorizo that was quite nice.

Coffee Club breakfast

Coffee Club breakfast

Then we moved the car up to the Coles carpark and went and hopped on a tram!

I'd still never been on the tram, so thought it would be a fun thing to do with David.  Do you think he's having fun? ;)

David on the tram

I remember when this was just a grassy field.  Now there's apartments and a Woolworths..

Woolworths at Franklin

Passing the Mitchell depot.  I was shocked that there wasn't a tram stop at Mitchell.  Why on earth not?

Mitchell depot

Ticket inspectors got on around Dickson.  In twelve years of catching buses I don't think I've ever had my ticket checked, but today they checked it on my first ever tram ride (and indeed my second ride on the way back!)

In the city we got off and took some photos, couldn't think of anything worthwhile to do in the city, so jumped on again for the ride back.

David photographing the tram

Tram in Civic

It was a little less crowded on the way back.  The ticket inspectors gave a warning to the drughead behind us who didn't have a ticket.  We wondered how many "warnings" he'd been given.

Interior of the tram

All up from start to finish it took an hour to go into the city and back on the same tram.

On the way back on the tram we saw a house bedecked for halloween, so went and had a closer look at it.

Halloween spider hosue

Halloween spider house

Halloween spider house

Halloween spider house

While we were there the owner came home and we were chatting and she said we need to come by again at night to see it all lit up.  

And we saw another tram go by :)

Tram in Gungahlin

Then back home, finished the jigsaw, and David went home.

This afternoon mostly finished up the hen's night invitation, but didn't get a whole lot more else done, which was a bit distressing as I've got a *lot* that I *need* to do (like tax).  We did do food shopping though.  And I cooked a lamb roast.

Lamb roast

And so endeth the weekend.

He met his Waterloo

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So Monday.  Sick.  Had a bit of a lie in, but again no extra sleep.  Blobbed around.  Watched New Moon, which was pretty lame, and the start of Eclipse, which was a little better.

Realised I had fifteen different cheeses in the fridge.  Plus powdered parmesan in the pantry and some colby jack in the freezer.  To be fair some of those were nearly empty, or just different brands for the same thing.

Fifteen cheeses

This is not quite as good as with the thick toast, but still pretty darned awesome.

Cheesy toast

Tuesday I worked from home, although I really should have taken an extra day off.  Even though I was just *sitting* so not physically exerting myself, the drain on my brain was a bit much.  Watched the end of Eclipse and Breaking Dawn Part 1 in the evening.

Wednesday was starting to feel better, but worked from home again.  Watched the start of Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Back at work on Thursday.  Watched end of Breaking Dawn Part 2.  After Twilight which was ok, New Moon was pretty lame, and they slowly got better as the series went along.  Also talked to Mum and Chrissie (which was a bit random - she'd gone up to help clear out Diana and Graham's house and pick up a few things she'd given them over the years, and was staying with Mum).

Friday a bunch of us went over to Doc's for drinks after work which was all very pleasant.  He certainly has a great entertaining space.  I showed Stu an aerial view of the house and he said "that's not a house, it's a complex" hehe.

Doc's complex

Saturday Nat and Andrew came over for hanami lunch, although the petals were mostly all gone from the tree.

Hanami

Hanami

I even beat Nat at Mario Kart!

Mario Kart scores

Oh hai Stumpy

Stumpy

Watched A View to a Kill in the evening.

Sunday was a nice home catchup day, doing All The Things.  Went to the markets in the afternoon to pick up a few things.  Turns out takoyaki man is there on Sunday afternoons (or at least he was yesterday) but Stu wouldn't buy me any booo

Takoyaki at Belconnen Fresh Food Markets

Got frustrated with the George Harcourt trying to book Kit's hen's night.  I'd tried to call on Friday but the first thing they say is they have an online booking system now.  So I had a look but there's only "indoor" or "outdoor" but Kit wants to specifically book the little room at the end of the restaurant.  So I called again on Saturday.  They really really don't want to talk to you though.  They say if you need to book "today or tonight" to press 1.  For all other enquiries press 2 to leave a message.  Or to book a function call a mobile number, which they rattled off really quickly without repeating so I had to call back to get it.  So I called that mobile number.  And had to leave a message.  I fricken HATE the phone so this caused me all kinds of stress.  And I still haven't managed to book the place.  

Watched The Living Daylights in the evening.  During the movie my phone died.  Just wouldn't respond to any touch or key press. Plugged it in for a while but still nothing.  My usual trick of holding the volume down and unlock button didn't work.  Eventually I googled and one thing to try was volume up, volume down, hold unlock button.  I tried that but it didn't work.  Tried it again later and fortunately it did.  Very upsetting though.

And there we are, finally caught up.

Monday came home a bit early and did All The Things.  Spent some time processing photos from our Hong Kong and Singapore trip - which I'd geotagged the originals instead of the resized ones I usually work with.  Also talked to Ric for the first time in well over ten years.

Tuesday we had Cath over for dinner - did lemon chicken and a sweet potato salad - both out of the Coles magazine.

Sweet potato salad

Lemon and broccoli chicken

Wednesday finished fixing up the Hong Kong / Singapore photos, and geotagged all Stu's photos from the trip, which I hadn't done before.  Then finished watching Twilight.

Cherry blossoms

Thursday had quiet drinks and an early night, but didn't sleep very well so was a bit of a zombie on Friday.  At least it was a bit quieter than in recent weeks, and even had time to do decommissioning cleanup.  Had quiet drinks after work and watched cranes moving stuff around.  Watched Never Say Never Again in the evening.

Saturday we went out to the club fairly early, but when we got there most of the gardening work had already been done.  Stu helped a bit with that, and I helped chop vegetables, only slicing open one finger.  Like the Chinese New Year one a few years ago, these guys need a bit more practise getting catering quantities right.  We chopped a whole bunch of food that never even got cooked, and what did get cooked could have feed two to three times as many people as came.  So upsetting.  Anyway, the rain washed out the rest of the working bee.  I even tried to have a snooze but just don't sleep well during the day so never even got to sleep.  Didn't get much done in the afternoon either.  In the end went up to the shed for happy hour and dinner.

Chilean night

Chilean night

Chilean night

Chilean night

Chilean night

Didn't sleep very well, awake at 6am.  Took some containers and filled them up with leftovers.  Filled my esky to the brim and barely even made a dent.  Chucked some money in the honesty box, because basically I took home food for our entire week.

Coppins Crossing

Was really tired today and just couldn't concentrate on anything much.  I did get up to the end of the one year in Julie Powell's blog, and then watched Julie and Julia.  A few differences in the movie to the blog, eg them moving to Queens at the beginning of the story when they actually moved part way into it.  And starting on August 13th instead of the 25th.  Odd thing to do.  Maybe to finish the year before the great blackout of August 14 2003 (funnily enough I remembered that date before I read her entry for that day, and wondered how it played out for her.  Turns out they only lost power overnight).  This is her boeuf bourguignon entry.

Cooked up the potato and pumpkin I brought home, and had it with the last of the chicken from Tuesday, and watched Veronica Mars.

Fill Her Up Please

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This week wasn't as crazy epic busy as the last two weeks which was kinda nice.  I *almost* had time to go back and do some cleaning!

Monday I got home and turned the heater on and nothing happened - it was already warm enough in the house!  Monday's BBT featured the first rock paper scissors lizard spock which was pretty cool :)  I also worked on the trivia night and finished Neil's jigsaw.

It's happy flower season!!
Happy flower'

Tuesday morning I was scanning Mum's slides and found one of her in a bikini on a beach in South Australia.  I sent it to Mum and said I was finding fodder for her funeral slide show ;)  She had a laugh as well and said she wants to see the slide show before she dies :)   Not that she's dying or anything but after the sudden loss of Diana and Graham I kinda felt like it's best to be prepared, just in case and all.  Chrissie's family couldn't do a proper slide show because they didn't have access to the house to even get the photos, so they ended up using quite a lot of Mum's photos at the funeral.  Wow that got dark pretty quick.

Mum in 1969

Anneke helped us complete our Little Shop!

Coles Little Shop 2

Also on Tuesday we tried out Yarralumla Kebab's new store.  I'd never been to their original store but had heard good things about it.  I went with the guys who knew the procedure which was good, because as a newcomer it was very confusing.  Turns out you have to know that you have to "fill out a form" on the kebab wrapper to tell them what you want.  But it was a complete shemozzle and we watched people coming in and standing in the queue from either end because it was so confusing.  We even saw people leave.  They need to have instructions or they will lose business.  Meanwhile the kebab I had was as big as my head, and I didn't have any dinner that night!

Belconnen Yarralumla Kebabs

Yarralumla Kebabs kebab

Got home and the house was 20C so there was no point turning the heater on.  Finished the first draft of the trivia night and sent it to Doc for vetting.  BBT had the first mention of coitus.

Wednesday I went over to Chrissie's for dinner and we had wine and toasted Aunty Di with some merlot and had a lovely evening.  Got home and Stu hadn't bothered to turn on the heater because it was so warm.

Thursday was tv dinners instead of pizza (man-sized chicken kiev's, but not super exciting).  Again, no heater.  Watched the first half of Twilight, which I last saw on the plane to Japan in 2009.

Friday was hurty overnight so zombie day due to lack of sleep.  Met up with EffanC (who had to put down dear little Celeste due to old age) and R&F for beer and pizza.  A few tears were shed over the sweet little cat, and then a very pleasant evening.  

Pot Belly pizza

Saturday I spent all freakin day on the trivia night - doing a whole lot of reworks and edits after Doc's vetting.  Didn't even set foot out of the house all day.  Finished the second draft by dinner time, had pizza (we were thinking of going out for dinner but it was cold and the sweetie just wanted pizza (let's not even go into how much pizza we've had in our "no pizza week" week - pizza last Thursday, leftovers Friday, club on Saturday, leftovers Sunday, Tuesday with C, Friday at potbelly, then Saturday with leftovers on Sunday.  That's pizza eight days out of the last eleven.  hrmmmmm!) ).  Watched Brooklyn 99 and Octopussy (seriously what insane father calls their daughter "Octopussy" as a nickname??  Thanks Ian Fleming for that weirdness).

This morning I went mountain climbing then spent all day doing the slideshow and table rounds for the trivia night.

Wattle

Wattle

Brindabellas from Mt Rogers

Brindabellas from Mt Rogers

Mt Rogers trig station

Crace from Mt Rogers

Belco from Mt Rogers

Belco from Mt Rogers

And there might have been pizza scrolls for lunch.

Pizza scrolls

After getting the first pass of the slide show done and the filler rounds done, we went to Crace for food shopping, then came home and I spent the next hour or so prepping a lasagna with the last of Kit's frozen tomatoes.  It turned out pretty well though.

Epic lasagna

With Brooklyn 99 and Veronica Mars.

Then blogging.

Is it bed time now?

Monday was crazy stoopid busy again.  I thought I'd repeat my effort of last Monday and get some work done between 5pm and 6pm but that plan failed because I *still* got interrupted :(  In the evening planned out my todo list for the next couple of weeks, and worked on the trivia night, pretty much finishing the music round and deciding on filler rounds.

Tuesday was Big Bang Theory and trivia night.

Wednesday was a bit of trivia night but ended up down the rabbit hole of Sporcle.  Whoops.

Clown loaches

The roommate agreement came up on BBT this week - part way into season 2.

Friday I finally got my random day off, and Stu took leave as well.  Couldn't sleep in though could I?  Spent the morning doing houseworky bits, finished off some Lego picking, started Neil's jigsaw, and did some work on the trivia night.

Stumpy found a warm spot!
Stumpy found a warm spot

Then got ready to head out to the club.

Anyone know what's going on on the hill at Barton Highway and Gundaroo Drive?

What's going on here?

What's going on here?

Did some shopping in Gungahlin then headed out to the club.

Got the fire going which was nice.

Fire

Had a couple of beers at happy hour, then had leftovers for dinner.  Stu talked to his dad for a while, then we went to bed.

Saturday I cooked bacon and eggs for breakfast, then I made three fires - one in our van, one in the shed, and the pizza oven.  Lunch was sausage sizzle, then the AGM.  Hung around for a while, and had pizza for dinner (which sadly wasn't cooked quite enough, so was pretty doughy).  Didn't have too late a night.

Today had leftover sausages for breakfast in the sunroom, then cleaned up and came home.

Sun room breakfast

Did a bit of work on the trivia night, and some of Neil's jigsaw.

Then Annie and the whole family came over with a pretty spectacular birthday cake for afternoon tea.  Only problem was I got such a huge piece I felt full for hours.  

Caramel birthday cake

Haven't done any food shopping, so just roasted some potatoes, and a zucchini and a capsicum that were in the fridge for dinner.  There may have been mayo ;)

Roast veggies.

Dinner was too late to watch Veronica Mars this week, so just Brooklyn 99.

Gnocchi Carbonara

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Some time ago I obtained a copy of "Women's Weekly Gratins and Bakes" but I'd never made anything from it.  A couple of weeks ago I thought I'd start at the beginning and work through it (that idea may change as some of the recipes want fiddly amounts of things (like fish or prawns) or want me to bake things in dish sizes I don't have).  The first recipe in the book was "Gnocchi Carbonara".

Gnocchi, bacon, cream, cheese, egg yolks (#grunt), breadcrumbs, garlic and onion.

Gnocchi Carbonara

You fry the bacon, onion and garlic, add cream and simmer till thicker.

Gnocchi Carbonara

Then mix with cooked gnocchi, the egg yolks and some cheese.

Gnocchi Carbonara

Top with cheese/breadcrumbs.

Gnocchi Carbonara

Then bake.

Gnocchi Carbonara

It turned out nicely enough.  I'm not the hugest fan of gnocchi.  Annoyingly it wanted two egg yolks, which meant having to do something with the whites.  Since the oven was on anyway I made meringues.  It also wanted a slightly odd amount of cream (a bit over half a carton).  

Is the juice worth the squeeze?
Me: maybe
Stu: definitely (he asked me to make it again a week or two later)

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.

Monday doctor; Hero Sushi for dinner (it met expectations - it disappointed).

Garema Place in colour

Garema Place in colour

Tuesday continued photo culling.  I managed two days all week.  It's fricken hard work.

Misty lake

Wednesday was KFC for lunch (tradition).  Ate it while listening to an AWS guy deep dive into some stuff, so most of it went over my head, and I was stuck there for two hours which my legs really didn't appreciate.  Then had to deal with people blaming the firewall for blocking stuff.  Sure it's blocking stuff, but only because they upgraded their application, not because we changed the rules.  Went and shared some bubbles with Neil which was nice.

Birthday bubbles

Then to Bella Vista with the sweetie.

Had Assagini for entree - a mixed seafood platter consisting of calamari, scallops, prawns, San Danielle prosciutto and an avaocado and tomato salsa

Bella Vista assagini

Stu had Gnocchi with gorgonzola dolce cheese

Bella Vista gnocchi

I had bistecca: wagyu sirloin, creamy mash, prawns, spinach, green beans, pancetta, garlic butter sauce.

Bella Vista bistecca

All very nice.

Birthday selfie

Saw this on Thursday.  Driven by quality.

Driven by quality

Friday morning I drove myself up to Sydney.  Had lunch with Mum at the village - lamb roast.

Village roast lamb

Then off to the funeral.  Actually the thanksgiving memorial - the private funeral was in the morning.  It actually went for quite a long time - an hour and a half.  They used a whole heap of photos of Mum's that I'd scanned in recent years and sent them all through to Chrissie to pass on (they didn't have access to the house to get any of their own photos).  Saw quite a few people that I knew from years past, even Kristen from school and Joe W and Michael S so that was nice.  

Funeral flowers

Schoolies

Chrissie and I completely geeked out and went and stood in the hall of the church where we met thirty years and a couple of weeks ago.

Where Chrissie and I met

Hung around til almost the end before Joe gave us a lift back to Mum's (we took the train earlier because we figured we'd have to walk about the same distance as if we drove).  Stopped in at South Village to have a look.

South Village

South Village

Back at Mum's I had a quiet toast to Diana and Graham.

Cheers Aunty Di

Then we played Rummy Tiles, which Mum and Diana played every Friday night for years.

Rummy tiles

Saturday morning Mum and I looked at dates and travel options for our trip next year.  Then I headed off.

Met up with Kit in Dapto so she could look at a horse she was interested in buying.  She had a decent long ride and I took a whole heap of video for her to get an idea of whether she wants to buy or not (by today she'd decided not to - the horse was an old pacer so wouldn't canter).  I even had a little ride (my phone went a bit spastic so it was very dark and unsaturated, no idea what that was about, fixed up somewhat but not ideal).

Kit on Walter

Me on Walter

Stu wanted gnocchi bake for dinner, so went to Chris's for supplies and did it.  Then we watched Moonraker.

Today I spent most of the morning trying to catch up housework.  Did some food shopping and finally got to go see takoyaki man!  The guy makes actual takoyaki, although he'd run out of octopus by the time we got there late morning, so we just had pork.  Next time we go earlier!

Takoyaki at Jamison

Takoyaki at Jamison

Takoyaki at Jamison

This afternoon I thought I'd book flights.  Sounds simple.  Four legs, which I put into Qantas' site.  But every time I got to a certain point (confirming passenger details) it gave this friendly error:

Generic error

WHICH IS COMPLETELY F#$^ING USELESS QANTAS!!

So I got onto their chat line (took about thirty five minutes to talk to someone) and they spent a good twenty minutes trying to reproduce the problem ("I'm also having the same error in the website. Let me check this in our system").  Eventually he says "I have checked and the reason why you're unable to proceed online is that there is no combinable fares for a Multi City trip."  Which really doesn't help me much.  After a few repeats of "I don't understand" it seems that the cities don't actually link up in the middle.  Because it's Europe.  Who goes back to where they came from anyway?  So I wasn't going to be able to book it via the website.  Qantas is completely pathetic.  If this sort of itinerary is going to cause an error, why don't they say that before I move off the very first page?  Why lead me through another couple of pages before throwing up a Generic Error that doesn't actually tell me what's wrong?  Sigh.  So anyway, for an extra $200 he put it through manually, although after all was said and done, I got an email saying there was a problem with payment and I have to call them anyway.  Fricken great.  Maybe tomorrow.

Anyway so dinner was an hour later than I wanted because I spent so long dealing with Qantas.  Watched Brooklyn 99 and Veronica Mars (they keep bringing back characters that I've forgotten about so have to go look them up, and other characters that I *do* remember, like Leo and Vinnie and Weevil :) ).

Crazy week.  And two weeks in a row without a proper weekend.  Really must take another random day off..

Still in Shock

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Tuesday got the shock news that Aunty Di and Uncle Graham had been murdered, apparently by their son.  I went over to Chrissie's Tuesday night and we shared some wine and just tried to process.

Wednesday night I got off the bus where Tony gets off and we walked up the hill.  I finally had a look inside the little library, which turns out to be in an old dishwasher!  Picked up three James Bond books.  Cooked tacos for dinner, which turned out quite well, but we ended up eating too much.

Taco Wednesday

Thursday and Friday I had training which was pretty intense.

Thursday I was sick of pizza (we had it on Tuesday night at Chrissie's).  We ended up having leftovers.  Hurrah.  I watched You've Got Mail.

Kettle Greek style chips

Friday had pizza (hey, it was a different sort) at Pizza Artigiana, and did some food shopping.

Pizza Artigiana puttanesca and quattro formaggio pizzas

Saturday morning it snowed.

!!

Then we headed out to the club.  I did jigsaw while the meeting was on, then we had lunch with EffanC at the Lake George Hotel.  We didn't tempt fate (they wouldn't let me) to see if they could get the crackling on the pork belly right this time.  Instead we got a meal each, but could have easily done just two meals and shared.  The servings were huge.  Most of us conceded defeat and I took all the leftovers away in containers.

Lake George rib stack

In the afternoon I measured all the windows for curtains, and did a little photo culling.  Had the fire going which made the cabin all nice and toasty warm.  Talked to the mother type person and the brother type person in the evening and had leftovers from lunch for dinner.

Cabin fire heater

Anyone care to guess what this is?

Abstract art

There was more snow overnight, still visible this morning.

Canberra snow

Canberra snow

The house was cold when we got home and my feet never warmed up.  At all.  All day.  They are still cold.

Started going through a book Doc gave me a while ago, gathering questions for our next trivia night.  Other than doing some washing, that's all I managed to achieve all day.  Watched The Terminal in the afteroon/evening.  Stu cooked a dal for dinner and we watched a Veronica Mars.

Bit of a crazy intense week.  

Monday we worked through my firewall issue from Friday and figured out it was a bug in their (second) latest code.  Do vendors not *test* their $#!+ anymore???  (this is in addition to our proxy vendors admitting to a bug in *their* latest code this week as well.  Completely hopeless).  In the evening there was a massive white tail spider in the middle of the hall.  And then when I opened the door next to it to see if there were any more, the handle fell off.  I might have actually screamed at that.  My heart couldn't take two shocks like that!

Tuesday we had a lovely dinner at EffanC's - beef stroganoff.  Great to catch up with them after their holiday.

EffanC stroganoff

Celeste

And I finished Candy Crush.

!!

Well, until they released 30 more new levels later in the week.

Wednesday I was going to split up my backups, so brought home the two 2T drives.  But one of them hadn't been used in a while, so there was a lot of copying to do so it took all evening.  Didn't get to do the other disk, but it was done fairly recently.  Now have to rework the schedule.  

Thursday I watched some of Hans Zimmer in Prague which was kinda cool.  Except for the I whip my hair back and forth cellist, she was pretty annoying.  A lot of his soundtracks sound quite similar.  But he actually talked to audience and played multiple instruments and seemed like he was having a great time.  Cool stuff.  Later had a drink with Kit and Pete and lost a game of Kismet.

Friday I got stitched up at 54 Benjamin.  They kindly split our bill, but unfortunately charged me for someone else's lunch (either Dave or Connor's) which meant I paid $5 more than I should have :(  (Connor gave me some money just in case it was him which was nice of him).  Two expensive Friday lunches in a row.  I think I've done my dash there for the time being.

54 Benjamin pork soup

54 Benjamin Korean Fried Chicken

I got home tired and cranky from a crazy exhausting afternoon.  Had leftovers for dinner and watched Sixteen Candles, which I think I saw when I was in high school and not again since.

Winter flowers

Saturday I was at work all day doing upgrades.  In the evening we watched the start of the newest season of Veronica Mars (!!!!) and The Spy Who Loved Me.

Today I chugged my way through my todo list, achieving quite a lot.  Also did some food shopping.  And created my first S3 Bucket.  Cooked a carbonara gnocchi from the Women's Weekly Gratins and Bakes book I've had for years but never used.  And made some meringues with the leftover egg whites.  And more Veronica Mars.

Meringues

Meringues

A long time ago, we used to be friends..

Not from where I'm standing...

Last Tuesday I had lunch with Chrissie (second week in a row actually).  Zac came along this time as well - omfg his voice broke since I last saw him.  Got down to 383 photos left to label.

Wednesday was Doc's farewell.  Sad that he's leaving.  Nice afternoon with all the boys though.

Thursday I wanted vomit pizza, so the sweetie made one up.

Vomit pizza

Friday had a drink with the sweetie then walked past Wintervention.

Wintervention

Wintervention

Wintervention

Do I look like I have a crown of lights?

Golden crown

Saturday morning we did our food shopping in the morning so the sweetie could get the slow cooker on at lunch time.  I did housey stuff and picked Death Star Lego. 

Stumpy closeup

The roganjosh the sweetie cooked turned out quite nicely.

Lamb roganjosh

In the evening we watched The Man with the Golden Gun.  So sad seeing the wreck of the Queen Elizabeth (the only Cunard Queen I've never actually seen, and never will see).

Queen Elizabeth wreck

Queen Elizabeth wreck

Queen Elizabeth wreck

Sunday was nice and quiet.  Didn't really get a whole lot done though.  In the evening went over to R&F's for lamb roast and chatting which was lovely.

Lamb roast

Monday I cooked honey mustard chicken for dinner.  Continued on the photo labelling but forgot to blog.

Tuesday I cooked okonomiyaki for dinner, and did a trial run of some turkey, cranberry and camembert scrolls.  Ok but a little bland.

Okonomiyaki

Turkey cranberry scrolls

And then. Then!  I finished labelling our last holiday photos!!!!  All 10522 of them.  It took me six months.

hrmmmmm

Next the mission will be to finish selecting some for the blog.  And then figure out the best way to get them online.  At this stage I'm thinking an Amazon bucket with the html on this site.

I was too exhausted to blog last night.

Tonight I had another go at the turkey scrolls (the recipe made a batch that did four sheets of puff pastry, but I only used a quarter of the mix and one sheet last night).  To the next quarter of the mixture I added some salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a little bit of shredded cheese.  They were somewhat better but still not like the awesomeness of the vegemite and cheese or pizza scrolls.

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.

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.

Monday morning I was cranky at the STOOPID, so spent way more than my usual lunch budget on crackling pork, which was good, but *huge*!

Yum cha noodle house crispy pork

I was so full from lunch I didn't feel like dinner, but did eventually fry up some cabbage with cheese and pepperoni.  A little weird..

Cheesy pepperoni cabbage

As of Monday was 80% of the way through holiday photo labelling.

Tuesday was a somewhat better day, still too much stoopid.  Had my dinner and quota of photo labelling done by 19:30, so watched The Secret Garden.  I have a feeling I may have read the book in school.  Certainly don't remember though.  Movie was all right, but not amazing.  Filed club photos while watching.

Wednesday was filled with utter rage at the sheer hypocrisy of our change management team.  I was so angry at one point I nearly punched something.  Went to Vinnies and got a couple of (expensive) second hand jigsaws (Green Shed is better value).  Finished up to day 27 of holiday photo labelling. 

Thursday we were going to be good and not get pizza for dinner.  We got pizza for dinner.

Friday the sweetie cooked a pork larb, which was nice but needs more vegetation.  Watched a couple of episodes of Homeland.

I like this picture I saw on a website on the weekend.  What does it look like to you?

City circuit

Did usual Saturday morning stuff, then we headed out to the club for Chris and Ian's anniversary dinner.  I helped setup; they went red this year.

Chris and Ian anniversary

Chris and Ian anniversary

Chris and Ian anniversary

Chris and Ian anniversary

Had a lovely evening.  Rob put on a heap of Queen.  I may have sung along.  Ended up back at Ian's for a very late night.

This morning we came home (I slept relatively well, just didn't get enough of it).  Just did Lego inventorying and had a nap.

Stu cooked a sweet potato and leek soup in the slow cooker which turned out quite nicely, and I finished off some lasagna sheets and made a vego lasagna (left it in the oven a bit too long though).  I just made up a bechamel sauce, and for the tomato layers just had a can of crushed tomatoes, a tub of tomato paste and some garlic and herbs.  It was only four layers (two of tomato and two of white sauce) but was pretty quick to make and used up a few things out of the pantry and fridge which was good.

Sweet potato and leek soup

Vegetarian lasagna

Then the usual Sunday night photo processing and blogging.

Over Saturday/Sunday last weekened I watched The Breakup.  To start with I don't know why on earth she ever got together with him when clearly he was never going to listen to her anyway.  And I'd be just as ticked off as her at his behaviour at the beginning.  But then it all got a little childish and silly.

Monday night I got up to three quarters of the way through holiday photo labelling.  I finished sorting Death Star Lego into types of pieces.  Pretty insane.  

Death Star Lego 10188 sorted

Tuesday I dug out my phone microscope lens to take a photo of the spelling mistake on our $50 note.  

Responsibilty

I also thought I'd been sorting Lego Death Star 75159, when in fact the set I have is 10188.  They're almost identical.  Dumb Lego, dumb.  Also started watching Bridget Jones' Diary which I haven't seen in forever.

Wednesday morning it was a little frosty.  In the evening I finished labelling day 26 of the last trip and finished watching Bridget Jones.

Frosty clover

Thursday was whiskey night!  I was sensible and only had half nips of them all ;)

Whiskey night 2019

Whiskey night 2019

Friday I had a lot of fun playing with a new monitoring tool we have.  And we finished the jigsaw Lachie left for us.  Had a nightmare ride on the bus sitting in front of a youth smacking gum the entire way.  Smack smack smack smack smack smack smack smack.  Urgh.  I hate people.

Had a drink with the sweetie at Shorty's.  Which was quite loud and the table next to us was full of drunk people.  hrmmm.

Shorty's

Then we went to Kimchi.  Or Chez Kimchi actually.  What's with that?  They trying to do fusion French/Korean or something?  What *was* a fusion, or rather a hot stinking mess was the menu.  It was all different styles as you went through it which doesn't work well with my brain. 

Kimchi mess of a menu

Kimchi mess of a menu

Kimchi mess of a menu

And a bunch of things were labelled "spicy" but no indication of *how* spicy.  I don't mind some spice, but not really hot spice, but trying to get that information off a menu is problematic in most places (I like menus that have a chili rating on each dish).  

Anyways, the condiments came out and we were hungry so scoffed these, they were pretty good.

Kimchi condiments

Next up were "Modeum-Gunmandu" - Assorted pan-fried dumplings.  Ok, but two of the ones I had were cold in the middle.

Kimchi dumplings

Then "Dolsot-kimchi bokkeum bap" - Kimchi fried rice in a hot stone bowl.  This was pretty good.

Kimchi fried rice

And finally "Snow cheese chicken" - Snow on the branches of the fried chicken! (Cheese).  This was pretty good too although I was getting too full to enjoy it as much as I would normally have ;)

Kimchi snow chicken

We loled at the Engrish on the door on the way out

Kimchi Engrish

Saw this in the Canberra Centre and thought it looked pretty cool.

Coloured pots

Then we had a look in Muji - kinda like Japanese Ikea.

Didn't turn the heater on when we got home because there seemed little point when we were going to bed soon anyway.  But it did mean the house was *cold* overnight.  6C in the study according to the min/max thermometer!!  Yikes.

Saturday was at work all day watching graphs.  Nothing particularly exciting happened, although we did have a couple of complete mysteries we'll need to solve.  

Stu made up a vegetable stock in the slow cooker, and cooked cheesy polenta for dinner.  The polenta would have been nice enough as a side, but as the only dish I was practically gagging by the end of it :(  Watched Live and Let Die in the evening.

Today was a nice quiet day.  Did a bit of housework, a bit of Lego inventorying, and food shopping.  

Lego pinks and blues

Watched Bridget Jones Edge of Reason, which I didn't think I'd seen since seeing it at the movies with George in 2004, but according to the blog I watched it in 2007 as well. 

Bread before dinner

Stu cooked a mushroom risotto in the slow cooker for dinner, which actually turned out pretty good.

Mushroom risotto

Watched Brooklyn 99 (first episode of season 3), then cleaned the kitchen and blogged.

Remind me to email the mother type person ..

Wednesday I snapped this.

V

Thursday I watched Paddington.  Quite a sweet movie.  Very British heh.

Friday after MacGyver I watched Paddington 2.  If anything I think I enjoyed it more than the first one.

Saturday did a bit of housework in the morning, then mostly did Lego picking all day, getting through another seven sets.  Made some pizza subs out of some ancient hot dog bread rolls in the freezer that were pretty good.  Went to bring in the washing in the afternoon but it was all still wet - didn't help that the fog didn't clear until after lunch.  Got some chicken kievs for dinner (Chris hasn't been able to get Inghams ones for a while, but he was able to get some Steggels ones.  They're not as good as the Inghams ones but did the job).  Watched Diamonds are Forever in the evening.

Pizza subs

Pizza subs

Today had a lovely leisurely lie-in with the sweetie, getting through a heap of levels in Candy Crush (they did revert that "bug" from the other week).  Plodded through stuff on my todo list, along with Lego checking.  Then we got the devastating news about George.  Even Stumpy came out, which he rarely does in winter.

Stumpy

Made more pizza subs again for lunch so the sweetie could try them.

Pizza subs

Cooked up some potatoes and had some leftover pork for dinner and watched some Homeland and might have shed a few tears over George.

Road Trippin

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Tuesday I did my quota of photo labelling and thought I'd watch something on Netflix.  I started watching Contagion thinking I'd start it and finish it later, but ended up watching the whole thing.  Netflix was broken though - they forgot to add the day count subtitle - super annoying.  And if you hadn't seen it before you might be a little confused about the whole Day 0 bit at the end.  Stoopid, Netflix, stoopid.

Had pizza on Wednesday because Stu had gotten a migraine at work but didn't have painkillers and his prescription for more was too old (the codeine prescriptions only last six months instead of the usual twelve months, who knew - not that it would have mattered, they were nearly two years old anyway).

Thursday after MacGyver I watched the start of Clueless, which I've also seen before but thought it would be a bit of fun.

Friday morning we had the sewage pipes eeled.  It was October 2016 that we had them done last, so thought it would be about time.  He came across roots in the place we were expecting, so told him I'd see him again in a couple of years time.  I flexed off Friday because otherwise I wouldn't have gotten any weekend to myself which would have been stressful.  So had a nice day mostly doing houseworky bits and watched the end of Clueless.  The mother type person arrived at dinner time so we had some frozen chicken wings and potato gems.

Saturday morning Mum and I went food shopping while Stu monitored the upgrade he was doing at work (that he got stuck staying up til 3am waiting for a backup to finish).  So he slept through lunch.  Chrissie and Goo came over for roast pork, and Chris made lemon meringue pie.  Yum yum yum.

Chris and Goo

Chris's lemon meringue pie

I was exhausted from *people* after lunch so let Mum read a book while I listened to the classic 100 composer and checked off Lego.  Had leftovers for dinner and watched Grace of Monaco which I enjoyed although no idea how true any of it was.  Some odd cinematography and direction choices though - like bright yellow scenes, and very long extreme closeups.  Strange.

Sunday morning Mum and I hit the road and drove to Junee.

Foggy Barton Highway

Hume Highway

Foggy Hume Highway

Lichen covered sign in Gundagai

Pretty trees at Gundagai

Hume Highway over the Murrumbidgee

Hume Highway over the Murrumbidgee

Cows on Nangus Road

Cows on Nangus Road

When we got to Junee David helped Mum transfer her contacts off her old dying phone onto her new one, and set it up with her car's bluetooth.  Then we went to the pub for lunch.  As you do.

Junee Hotel chicken kiev

David epic rose

In the afternoon we listened to the classic 100 composer (missed John Williams while were out though - only 15th - ripped off!) and did puzzles.  We might have cranked the volume on the 1812 overture and Beethoven's 5th. 

Went and got pizza from Pizza on Main for dinner.

Junee Pizza on Main pizza

Half watched Wreck it Ralph while half-heartedly playing some hands of Canasta and 500.

Took ages to get to sleep because I was *cold*, and forgetting my pyjamas certainly didn't help.

In the morning we headed over to Peter Neve's to say hi.  Had a look at the work he's doing on an inspection pit in the back yard.

Inspection pit

Training

Training

Training

Then we did some food shopping for David.  Had some chicken for lunch, then Mum and I headed home.  I saw the coat of arms on the way home - an emu off Nangus Road, and kangaroos off the Barton Highway.  Didn't get photos of them though.  Just a couple of shots around Gundagai.

Sheahan Drive

Sunbeams over Gundagai

At home I de-peopled for a bit then cooked dinner - a herb and apricot chicken (Coles doesn't have the three cheese and bacon ones anymore *gasp* just the apricot one and dumb mac and cheese).  Watched a couple of episodes of Death in Paradise, finishing season three.

This morning Mum went home and we went to work.  Did have lunch with the sweetie today too which was nice.  Did a bunch of photo labelling, then blogging, and here we are.

Tuesday I snapped this.  Just pointed my phone at the ground and snapped.  Autumn sure is pretty in Canberra.

Autumn snap shot

In the evening I managed to catch up with all of Monday's photo labelling as well as Tuesday's so that was a pretty good effort.

Wednesday evening I finished labelling St Maarten.  Three nights to do one day.  Five hundred photos.  hrmm. 

In bed I usually play some Candy Crush til I run out of lives - usually about ten minutes worth, sometimes longer if the "bot" boosters get me on a roll.  But I reached a point at level 4602 where suddenly you couldn't restart the game to get a better starting board.  This is critical to game progression, even more so with boosters.  If you don't get the right combo of boosters to begin with they're actually often pretty useless.  And the single most effective start in most levels is a two colour-bomb combo.  So this change of game play destroyed my will to play it.  I'm still logging on every day to get the daily boosters, but if this change isn't reverted at the next update I probably won't play it anymore.

Thursday we watched the first episode of MacGyver that had Jack Dalton in it.  Love that guy haha.

Friday was the last day of May so the last of Rashay's $5 lunches.  I went back to the calamari which they can get right, I wasn't going to give them a third chance to fail on the steak.

Rashays $5 calamari

Friday evening we watched On Her Majesty's Secret Service.  They filmed a Christmas festival in Switzerland and there was Raclette!  And Gluhwein!  Sooo need to do Christmas in Switzerland one year.  I also totally need to go to Piz Gloria, which was the fictional name of the building, under construction at the time of the filming of the movie.  The film production contributed to the completion of the building, and they kept the name forevermore (there's even a James Bond exhibition there!)

Saturday morning I woke up at 5:44.  Gave up trying to get anymore sleep around 6:30 and got up.  Had a busy early morning getting all the housework done.  The rest of the day was just photo filing and Lego picking.  I might have used up the last of the puff pastry to cook more cheese and vegemite scrolls for lunch.

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

In the evening I didn't feel like cooking so the sweetie ordered Chong Co delivery.  Not too bad delivered.  Then we watched The Incredibles 2, which I last (and first) saw on the plane between Tokyo and Hong Kong at the end of last year.

Today was pretty much just Lego picking all day.  All weekend I managed just six sets.  Surprisingly a couple of them were actually complete, which has been super rare for this collection.

Alternative to beer or wine

We haven't been food shopping so dinner was a case of what could we find left to cook.  I went and got some cream and cooked bacon, garlic, onion and mushrooms with cream and cheese and pasta.  The sweetie went back for seconds so it must have been ok.

Boscaiola

Boscaiola

I think I had a bit too much salt this evening though.  Whoops.

Akiba

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Last Friday night the sweetie took me to Akiba for dinner.  It was a bit of jostling just to get through the door which was crowded with people trying to actually get in, people trying to pay and get out, as well as the only thoroughfare for wait staff to get to the tables outside.  That could all do with a redesign.  Got in and got a bench facing the street which was nice.  Not this view of the bar from the entrance hehe.

Akiba bar

We ordered some drinks and the waiter said that in addition to any food we ordered they'd bring around tasty treats "chef specials" that we could also take.  No sooner had they said that then someone came around offering "eggplant chips" ($5).  These were an awesome start.

Akiba eggplant chips

We dropped one of the things we were going to order, and ordered some food.  Straight after they came around offering chef special chicken wings ($7).  Since we'd ordered food we were a bit worried it'd be too much, but they looked so awesome, so we took them, and they were!  These were probably my favourite.

Akiba chefs special chicken wings

Salt and sichuan pepper squid, onsen egg ($21), delicious, probably Stu's favourite.

Akiba salt and pepper squid

Agadashi fried tofu, nori, daikon, togarashi ($12) which was quite nice

Akiba agadashi tofu

Japanese fried chicken, lemon braised onions, parmesan, kewpie, sriracha ($19).  The kewpie and sriracher were in little bottles on the side.  Yummy.

Akiba karaage chicken

We ended up quite full by the end of it, and I think we probably should have gotten some more vegetation, but quite a delicious meal.

Tuesday I spent all day thinking it was Wednesday.  So annoying.  Did catch up on my photo labelling, doing both Monday and Tuesday nights.

Pretty sunset

Tuesday and Wednesday when we came home and turned the heater on, nothing happened.  The house was already so warm.

Friday was another $5 lunch at Rashays.  I thought I'd give them another chance to redeem themselves with their steaks.  I asked for rare.  I got medium-well.  This steak was a lot thinner than previous ones, so I guess that makes it kinda hard.  We aren't likely to go back once the May special is over.  Won't wanting to be paying triple the price or more.

Rashays $5 steak fail

Rashays $5 steak fail

In the evening I met up with the sweetie and he took me to Akiba for dinner.  Had a lovely dinner which I'll put in a separate post.  After dinner we did some food shopping.  I finally got to use the shopping trolley tool I found!  (I found a little trolley tool on the ground outside work and grabbed it.  So that if when all the trolley bays are broken or filled with the wrong sized trolleys I won't have to take my trolley all the way back inside.  Such a cool device).

Saturday morning was a quick bit of housework but mostly just getting organised to go out to the club.  We were only staying overnight but we had enough *stuff* in the car you'd think we'd be going for a week.  I spent a couple of hours trying to sort out and clean the old van so we can sell it.  Stu sat by the fire and did lots of reading for uni.

Van fire

We had the pizza oven going in the afternoon and cooked quite a nice pizza for dinner (we cheated and used a store-bought flatbread base).  The sweetie and I struggled to rememeber the rules of Cribbage, and I won a game of that with him.  Then there were several games of Epic Jenga.  I lost the first two games.  I *never* lose that game.  Sad times!

Cribbage game I won

Sunday morning we came home.  I just had a nice quiet day, mostly just checking off Vic's Lego.  Cooked Not Quite Nigella's Asian Style Beef Cheeks for dinner.  Is it possible for something to have *too much* flavour?  It's so intense!  I'm half tempted to use a little coconut milk or cream in it next time to lighten it up a little.  Watched You Only Live Twice in the evening.

Asian style beef cheeks

Today I had a quiet but productive day, getting through quite a few annoying items on the todo list.  Cooked a bunch of veggies and the other pizza base for dinner.  Not *quite* as good as in the pizza oven, but not too bad.

Leftover pizza base pizza

I didn't get to do any photo labelling tonight.  Too much catching up to do.  And backing up my blog.

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IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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