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Saturday morning I woke up at 3am and stayed awake for a couple of hours.  After thinking recently that I hadn't had insomnia for a while, I jinxed myself and got it.  Blerf.

In the morning after a late start I did a bit of house tidying.  Then for lunch we went to Chinese Inn at Kippax for lunch for Sarah's 30th birthday.  Wasn't a fan of the place.  The shantung chicken we had was nice enough, but no crispy skin; and the salt and pepper squid was pretty tough with a very thick batter.  But it was a nice enough lunch, even if we barely knew anyone.

In the afternoon I went down to Chrissie's to help clean up her house post move.  I scrubbed oven racks to the point of getting a blister - doh!

In the evening the sweetie and I watched Zodiac.  It's a long movie and I was pretty tired so didn't know if I'd be able to last, but it was pretty interesting, even though I was frustrated with the ending, so finished watching the whole thing.

Sunday was more cleaning at Chrissie's.  Came back so we could go to the markets for lunch and food shopping.  Back to Chrissie's in the afternoon.  Then home to prepare dinner - roast pork with lots of roast veggies for @Chrispycon and Anne.  Hadn't seen those guys in ages, so was good to see them again.

Today has just be a nice quiet day at home, catching up on house stuff, blogging etc.

Is it just me, or are most of Voyager's season 2 episodes *out there* ???  At least three or four of them recently I've gotten to the end of the episode and I'm like "what the hell" ... Weird stuff.

Thursday night I spent half the evening making up a vegetarian lasagna sauce (mushrooms, onion, cauliflower, tomatoes, tomato paste and passata sauce, forgot the garlic though), and a big batch of bechamel sauce, and assembled an epic lasagna.  Note to self: two packs of Latina fresh gluten free pasta sheets will overflow the lasagna dish.  

Epic lasagna

Last night we had Jenn and Nick over to enjoy said lasagna.  It wasn't too bad.  And there's lots of leftovers!  Win!  We also played a couple of games of Carcassonne and inflicted our cruise slide show on them ;)

Oh yes, a week ago!

Last Sunday we went for a walk with Kit.  We went out to Shepherd's lookout, then walked all the way down to the river.

Shepherd's Lookout

Kit and Stu at Shepherd's Lookout

Kit taking a selfie at Shepherd's Lookout

Lower Molonglo Water Control Plant overflow dam

Crossing the Molonglo River

Royal Bluebell

Looking up to Shepherd's lookout

Work was pretty busy this week.

Wednesday morning I woke up with a cold sore.  Yay.  Thursday Stu was sick with a cold, went to work for the last half day of training, but took Friday off.  

Thursday Neil and I did 7ks of walking at lunch.  His knees were not thanking him afterwards for that!

Friday had lunch with the Chrises which was nice.  In the evening just watched some Voyager with the sweetie and got some very nice Mills and Grills pizzas.

Wednesday night a bunch of us went over to Kit's for her birthday and we got some epic pizzas from Mills and Grills.  I'd never actually heard of them.  Turns out they replaced Encore pizza at some point.  Mills and Grills do a "New York" sized pizza which is *enormous* !!  

Mills and Grills pizza

Friday night was the year's first swim night, and afterwards a bunch of us went back to EffanC's for champagne (including some real champagne!) and cheese and some of C's wonderful soups.

No, not a cicada - a cicada-sized moth!
Epic moth

Yesterday was mainly just tidying the house, jigsaw and working on my cruise blog.  In the evening Kit came up to do some scanning and work on her resume with Stu.  We were going to get pizza but she brought up a bunch of leftovers which more than sufficed for dinner.

Which reminds me, *last* Thursday night we had Damien and Amanda over for dinner (bolognase) and I inflicted them with our slide show ;)

I spent all of tonight in front of the tv finishing my costume for Kit's party.  Hope she likes it!

In other news, Stu got Splunk working here and gathering our router stats etc.. fun times :)

Flowers

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James and Rachel were down on the weekend to make flowers.  No really.  Icing sugar flowers that Rachel is going to put on Marc's wedding cake.  :)

So they came down Friday night and did their two day course.  I cooked chicken fettuccini boscaiola on Saturday night and inflicted them with our slide show ;)

This week has been crazy busy both at work and at home.  Is it Thursday yet?

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.

Epic veggies

Epic awesome pork

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.

Lake Ginninderra

Water rat

Water rat

Lake Ginninderra

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..

Crazy Week

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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 did get out for a walk to Palmerville.

Palmerville

Palmerville

Palmerville

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.

Sigh.

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.

Long Weekend

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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. 

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). 

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

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

Mother type weekend

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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.  

Short Weekend

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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 :(

Loonnnnggg Weekend

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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.

Scotch eggs

Last night I just couldn't get to sleep - too hot and uncomfortable, so was a bit of a zombie today :(

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.

Social Saturdays

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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? :)

David up a ladder

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!)

Courtyard Scallops

Courtyard Pork Belly

Courtyard Dessert

Social Fridays

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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? :)

David up a ladder

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.

Chong Co 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..

A few days

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Late Thursday afternoon Ben invited us over for dinner (lamb roast, with Serena's awesome gravy) so that was nice.

Cheese at Ben's

Ben dinner

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).

Sigh.

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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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