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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..
Completely crazy week at work. At least it was a short week.
I've finally finished filing and sorting the holiday photos. And by that I mean changing exif data and renaming files that had the wrong times for whatever reason. And fighting with the iphone which for some reason on one of the days decided to make the file names an hour different to the actual times taken. No idea what that was about. And filing the videos and correcting their times as well. I swear, holidays should only ever be in one timezone. Or I need better records of when I take photos so I can line everything up again later.
Thursday night I went with Kit to a party at Heather's (or one of Heather's friends). It was fun but I was like twice the age of some of the people there. So it was a little strange. I felt old! Unfortunately it was a pretty late night, and of course I woke up at 6am didn't I, so was tired all day yesterday.
We were watching M*A*S*H over dinner when the little brother called. What was the name of your ship he asks. Queen Mary 2 I says. Watch channel 7 (6) at 8:30 he says. So we put on Fantasia 2000 at 7:00 and then at 8:30 watched a special on the Queen Mary 2, filmed on a transatlantic crossing not long after she was built. It was pretty awesome. Thanks David!
Slept a lot better last night. Will tackle the todo list today.
So after yesterday's pretty average day, we watched a free-to-air Air Crash Investigations and then we thought we'd watch a movie.
That was a very silly idea.
Our internet is so bad that Netflix is pretty much out of the question.
The DVD part of our PS3 died years ago so we couldn't watch a dvd on that.
My DVD recorder has recently been dropping out the video and it's been getting worse, dropping out all the time and making movies pretty much unwatchable.
So I dug out my old Toshiba DVD player from under the house but then I was looking at the back of the recorder and all the fricken outputs have cables hanging out. So I couldn't even easily tell which outputs it was using to swap them to the other player. So I went and lost it for a while.
Came back a while later and traced through some of the spaghetti. There's standard video/audio out going into the tv, although I don't think we've been using that. But I plugged those into my dvd player and set the tv to av mode and up it came. W00t. So we put Enemy at the Gates on, which I'd seen a long time ago, but could only remember the beginning, and Stu had never seen it.
Half an hour later it degraded so badly that we couldn't watch it. I thought it was the dvd, but (after battling for ages to get it to even play) it played through that part of the disk on my computer. I tried to get a little wifi dongle working in my computer so that I could Chromecast it, but it wouldn't work.
So I went to bed.
Got to sleep ok but woke up when Stu came to bed and stayed awake for ages. And hurty kept me awake for a while too.
So I was still super grumpy today.
So I went into work to use the internet to geotag all my holiday photos. About the only success I had all weekend.
Mostly did a jigsaw in the afternoon. It rained, it even hailed, so didn't do any washing.
Around dinner time (Stu was still cooking and cleaning, bestest sweetie ever), I went down to Kit's to meet the new Ben, and after a glass of wine and a bit of socialising with Kit felt a lot better. I was telling her the sad story of the dvd player, and she pulled an old one out of her cupboard and said, here you go, try that. So we did. And it did actually work for the most part, although it did have similar problems with audio and video a couple of times while we were watching it. So it was a very frustrating experience. But we did finally finish watching the movie.
I feel like I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.
Had a very quiet long weekend. Didn't really do much other than house stuff. Stu went to work and I went with Chris and Kit to Salvos and Vinnies. Not much else really. Did finish up all the fresh food in the house though which was good.
I've been sick this week. Got a sore throat on Sunday night, felt all fuzzy on Monday (I should have stayed home), worked from home Tuesday to keep my sniffles to myself, and have felt better but coughing a lot the rest of the week.
Last night we took a couple of Dr Octopus pizzas down to Kit's for dinner and had a pretty relaxing evening. When we came back up there was a huge huntsman in the entrance way, so we caught it and Stu said I should take it and show Kit. So I did. And then she fed it to her frogs. !! Poor spider..!!
Tonight we watched Oliver Stone's Snowden. Quite well done and we both enjoyed it.
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.
While mum was here over Christmas, we didn't spend a whole lot of time with her, on account of that's my only week off at home like ever, and so my only chance to really get things done around the house. I still miss uni holidays. Sigh.
Anyways, I said at the time she should come again for a weekend in say February, so she did. She came down Friday night and we all had a swim to cool off (Friday was *stoopidly* hot). Cooked sausages for dinner and we watched Shrek Forever After.
Saturday morning I woke up at 4am and never got back to sleep - spine hurty and brain that wouldn't shut up. Got ready and we all headed out to the club. Were we sat in the pool and hid from the sun. And then had lunch. Then sat in the pool. Then went home. And sat in the pool. Saturday was *stoopidly* hot as well. I cooked honey mustard chicken for dinner and then mum and I did some photo labelling. Well, all her photos are labelled, but there's plenty of photos where there's people's names, but I don't actually know the people or how they fit everything in. I really need to do family trees for all that side of the family. Mum's father's side is well documented, on account of us being First Fleeters, but mum's mother's side, and all of dad's side is a bit lacking in who's who. Not that anyone will care after I die. Heck I barely even care ;)
Sunday was a bit cooler. Mum went to church in the morning so I finished scanning the last album I wanted to return. Then we did more labelling. Then off to Scott's with EffanC for drinks and nibbles and music and pizza. Quite a pleasant afternoon. Mum wanted to watch MKR when we got home so I stayed til the end of that, then had an early night.
And then mum went home this morning.
Well short in that I didn't get as much to myself as I would have liked.
We watched Mockingjay part 1 at some point, I think on Friday night.
Saturday morning a bit of house stuff before heading down to babysit Zac. His neighbour took him swimming for a few hours which freed me up for the afternoon which was nice. In the evening I cooked pasta for dinner (although noone was interested in it - they wanted chips and ice cream instead :( ). Then we watched Shaun of Dead which was a bit more gruesome than I remembered it.
Sunday morning was mostly computer stuff, then round two of babysitting Zac at his place. Got some papercraft done which was good. In the evening we watched Mockingjay part 2. Last night was humid and disgusting and it took me *hours* to get to sleep :(
Had a pretty quiet Australia Day. I had hurty that kept me awake for a couple of hours in the middle of the night. Did a little bit of house stuff. More hurty for a couple of hours in the afternoon. For dinner we took some sausages and salad down to Kit's and had a bbq with her.
Friday I took a Random Day Off and Got Stuff Done. Piled up a bunch of stuff and took it out to the Green Shed. Only came home with a jigsaw, four small candles and some cookie cutters. Did a bunch of errands and shopping all over the place, and final stop was food shopping. Coles have now introduced coin trolleys which is a pain in the @$$. They've always needed trolley return bays at that carpark, but now they REALLY need them. Painful. Cooked roast beef for dinner and watched Z for Zachariah in the evening. Ok, but introduced a whole new thread that the book didn't have (I read the book in high school so don't remember a huge amount about it, but the things I did remember weren't in the movie.
Saturday was another quiet day doing mostly house stuff. Chris and Zac came over for a swim in the afternoon. Cooked lemon ginger chicken for dinner from a recipe I got out of the Coles magazine. Watched the first Hunger Games in the evening.
Sunday yet another quiet day (although two quiet days I didn't really get that much done :( ). Ben came over for a swim in the afternoon. The sweetie cooked Scotch eggs for dinner which were pretty good. Watched the second Hunger Games.
Last night I just couldn't get to sleep - too hot and uncomfortable, so was a bit of a zombie today :(
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.
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.
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.
Didn't really get anything much done yesterday arvo or evening. Oops.
Last Saturday morning hung out alternately between Dave and Kat and also Kit/Serena/Ben. In the afternoon Dave and Kat went out for a bit and Kit/Serena/Ben came over for a swim. Even though I stuck to the shady part of the pool I somehow managed to get quite sunburnt :(:( I cooked up some sausages for dinner and David and I did a jigsaw in the evening.
Also, David pruned the pistachio tree, isn't he awesome? :)
Yesterday day was a nice quiet day getting things done around the house. In the evening we met up with Luc and Cynthia and the boys for dinner at the Courtyard Restaurant at Mercure. The scallops I had were lovely, but the pork was a little tough. Was great to catch up with those guys again, last time was September 2013 (which for some reason I never blogged!)
Last Friday night, the little brother and Kat came up. David brought his big ladder and supplies and moved the pool flood light from its annoying position at a low height that just got in your eyes whenever it was on to a position under the eaves facing down on the pool. He got it all installed on the Friday evening before it got dark so we could try it out. It worked really well - much better than the old position. Kit actually had a swim in the pool during the proceedings (rare for her!) and there was pizza involved. Have I ever mentioned that my little brother is awesome? :)
Last night we met up with Chrissie and "the fella" for dinner at Dumpling Inn. I love Dumpling Inn but their service as always been a bit lacklustre. But last night it was just plain awful. Took a full fifteen minutes before I could get someone's attention to get a drinks order (by wildly waving *both* arms) and then it was another half an hour before we even got all our drinks. Food service was relatively slow too and we ended up being the last people in the restaurant at 21:20 (by which time the table next to us *still* hadn't been cleared from when other people left an hour before us). They really need to hire a professional waiter or two to make things a bit more efficient. Chrissie's dude seems nice enough and we had another glass of wine back at her place before calling it an evening.
Last Thursday night we met up with Jenn for dinner at Chong Co. Had a lovely night and some lovely food including an awesome duck salad.
At one point in the conversation Jenn mentioned that new episodes of Sherlock were available on Stan. We don't have Stan but you can get a 30 day free trial. So we did. And watched all three new episodes on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights. Annoying thing about Stan so far - haven't found an easy way to rewind - which we need to do sometimes on account of our crappy internet causing dropouts which means you miss critical words which is super frustrating.
But Sherlock was awesome. I really enjoyed the first episode; I thought the second episode was super trippy; and the third episode was really tense but I didn't really buy the ending.
Would need to check out the titles on Stan before considering keeping it or not .. I wonder if there's any overlap with Netflix or if the different companies have different contracts for content..
Late Thursday afternoon Ben invited us over for dinner (lamb roast, with Serena's awesome gravy) so that was nice.
Friday night we watched a German movie - Look Who's Back - about what might happen if Hitler existed in modern day Germany. It's labelled a comedy, and yes there are some funny moments, but it was all just a bit *scary* for me about the possibility of history repeating itself.
Saturday morning we headed out to Fyshwick to go to Material Pleasures to see if I could get some clothes for this boat trip we're going on. Except the place was shut down until Monday for Christmas. So that was a waste of a trip. So we went to Hardly Normal to look at vacuum cleaners. Except every fricken cordless vacuum cleaner comes with a roller brush head that would get tangled up instantly with my hair. So that was all very frustrating.
Came home and just did a bit of house stuff. Not much, just taking down Christmas decorations.
This morning I woke up at around 3am and I've been awake ever since. Stressing about vacuum cleaners (the one Stu is looking at is basically a glorified dustbuster, which I can't see how would be any improvement on the vacuum cleaner we already have, aside from easing the hurdle of actually *starting*), and that my bowels hurt (I think I'm dying).
Saturday we spent the entire day cleaning the house, and then didn't even get anywhere near through the todo list. In the evening we got pizza and Kit came up and I inflicted Love Actually on everyone, and then we had on the end of the carols and made fun of them the whole way through heh.
For the third night in a row I had insomnia for several hours. Hurrah.
So Christmas Day was a very slow start. Then I spent the entire morning cooking and doing food preparation. The sweetie spent the entire morning cleaning the yards and house. Such a good sweetie.
Chris and Zac came up and then mum arrived and we had roast pork for lunch (the crackling barely made it to the table), with home-made apple sauce, also epic potato bake, Jamie Oliver's glazed carrots, mushrooms fried in butter, and baked vegetables.
I ate too much.
And then felt bloated all afternoon. So I wasn't much fun for the rest of the day. Whoops.
Late in the afternoon Annie and the family came over and we had dessert and did the whole present thing which was fun.
And people braved the festy green pool and seemed to have a lot of fun.
Wednesday I organised a barbeque for nearly forty people. It went pretty well, and we kicked on at Lachie's for a while afterwards.
Thursday night I was all set to watch Love Actually, but Chrissie wanted us to babysit Zac, so that scuttled that idea. Had an early night, but then woke up at 3:30am and probably only got another hour's sleep so was a complete zombie on Friday.
Friday I finished off the Christmas shopping and we got home a bit early. Had a beer in the pool with the sweetie, then the hoardes descended. First Serena and Ben, then Chris and Zac, then Dave and Kat, then Kit. Chris brought up some nibbles, Kit brought some cheese, and Ben returned from a Costco run with wings. So that was dinner heh. In the end I think I was in the pool for about five hours. Whoops! It also got green between Thursday and Friday which was super annoying. So it's a bit cloudy now for Christmas :( It was a bit late by the time we got out, too late to watch a movie.
Thursday night I felt pretty flat on account of me being a retard. We watched Star Trek and the first episode of the new season of Fuller House. Then there was a picture of Yosemite on the Chromecast screensaver, so I said we should watch Star Trek V.. so we did. The chemistry between Kirk/Spock/McCoy is pretty much at its peak in that movie, and that's about its only redeeming feature.
Friday was Star Trek, Fuller House, and Die Hard 2. Because it's Christmas. :)
Saturday was house stuff in the morning, then we went over to Aquila and Glenda's for afternoon champagne and cheese. Nom. We didn't need dinner. So much cheese! A very lovely afternoon. Although did have a bit of a late night cause we went down to Kit's later in the evening.
Had a bit of a slow start on Sunday. After lunch headed out to get some photos from my Canberra photo project which I'd missed because I didn't realise where they were taken (I'd assumed they were taken at the base of Black Mountain Tower, but they were actually taken further down the hill. And I redid the ones of Black Mountain Peninsula now they've reopened that area.
And I walked to the top of Parliament House because you can. But not for much longer. Hence why I did it. To get into the middle though you need to go through security. I'll save that for another day, as the sweetie wanted to go and do our food shopping and go home.
Tonight James and George and Josh and Rachel were passing through so we went to Bella Vista for dinner (definitely a tradition now!) and Cold Rock after (which is now starting to become a tradition). Can't believe it's been four years since the last time we saw them down here.
Three years ago I got all of Jake's Lego and spent a couple of months sorting it all out. I had a blast.
In September I got all of Zac's Lego to do the same thing. Zac had fewer sets (only about fifty five of them) but on average they were bigger sets. One had something like 1500 pieces! So all up I think there was quite a bit more Lego to work with.
As with Jake's Lego, I first spent a lot of time sorting out the pieces into the different types (probably at least two weeks), then spent another few weeks assembling all the pieces for each set so that I could build them in front of the tv or at the club or whatever.
When it was all assembled it took over the entire dining room table (I could only just squeeze it all on), and then I took photos of it all.
And then I spent another few weeks pulling it all apart again :) It all takes up two big tubs but I haven't returned it all yet. I figured I could give it all back to him at Christmas and say "there, all your Christmases have come at once!"
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.
On Wednesday we went along with EffanC and Scott to the Hungry Buddha in Belconnen (where Phnom Penh used to be). We shared a lamb dish (lamb was a little dry but nice flavours), a beef dish (also nice), a fish curry (my favourite dish of the night - like butter chicken but with fish), and some vegetables (which I didn't end up trying). As well as various naans and nibbles. A lovely night (aside from hearing the sad news about Cricket) and we were treated to a spectacular light show as the storm rolled through Belconnen.