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Saturday morning I had to go into work for upgrades.  It all went well but took *forever* waiting for things.  So I didn't get home til like 1:30pm or something.  Serena was there, having just gotten back from ObstaSplash with Kit.  Took her home after a while, then went to Casey Supabarn to do our food shopping.  We accidentally bought a $70 bottle of sparkling shiraz, because either someone had mislabelled it, or someone had moved it, but we thought we would be paying $20 for it.  I was *pissed* when I saw the receipt when we got home.  And then I also noticed we'd been charged eight times for six tins of tuna.  The dude had reversed one of them, but it still meant we paid for seven tins of tuna when we only got six.  Won't be shopping there again any time soon.

So got home, and made a caramel slice.  And then it was 6pm.  Time to head over to EffanC's with aforementioned super expensive sparkling shiraz and caramel slice.  R&F were there too so it was quite a pleasant evening.  

But half my weekend was gone and I hadn't had any "home" time.

So Sunday we didn't leave the house.  I did a bit of housework and computer stuff and jigsaw.  Didn't get quite as much done as I would have liked, but better than nothing.  On Sunday afternoon I watched the original Beauty and the Beast, while finishing up part I of the Memorable Moments jigsaw.  In the evening I watched another unopened dvd - Dirty Dancing - which I bought from Big W for $5 - in January 2007!  Whoops.  I also watched First Flight: Secrets of the Dreamliner, about Qantas' purchase of their first 787 Dreamliner.  Very cool :)

Always Monday

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So last Tuesday was a big Kingsley's lunch followed by me taking photos of people watching horses run around in a circle followed by a bunch of us heading back to Lachie's for darts, jigsaw (ok that was just me) and imitation Jenga (I didn't lose!)

Friday night we caught up with Kit and Pete for a while which was nice.

Saturday was pretty quiet.  Just housework and getting things done in the morning, and mostly jigsaw in the afternoon.  For dinner we went to the Dumpling Inn (which has *finally* reopened after being closed for like six months for "renovations" but we could barely notice any difference) with Chris and Mike and Zac.  We got there pretty early which meant we didn't have to wait all night for food which was good (and the place didn't fill up either, people must not realise it's reopened).

Sunday was also quiet, with housework type stuff interspersed with jigsaw.  In the evening we watched Beauty and the Beast - the live action one.  I quite enjoyed it, but not too convinced by Emma Watson as Belle, it felt like I was just watching Hermione.

And then back to it.  I've got my Sadie hat firmly on at the moment which generally makes me pretty happy.  Just puttering through work at my own pace and cleaning up mess.

Friday night we went over to Serena's for a bbq.  Ben and Sarah and Anita came over as well so that was a nice evening.

Saturday was alterating between jigsaw and housework and Getting Things Done.  Later in the afternoon we went over to EffanC's with Scott and that was all very nice.  Stu finally decided we should open the 1972 Grange Hermitage that he'd had forever, inherited off his BIL.  We could tell by looking at it that the cork had died a long time ago and wouldn't be drinkable.  We were right.  Sad times.  F cooked a beef and vegetable roll for dinner which was all very nice, and then we watched Natural Born Killers.  And I'm like W.T.F. the entire way through it.  hrmmm!

Sunday was more jigsaw, fitting other things in as well.  Did some food shopping at Crace in the afternoon.  It's actually quite pleasant to be able to park within 20m of the front entrance, and not have to deal with that nonsense that is coin-release trolleys.  And there's no crowds.  And they have plenty of interesting stuff too, so we may go there more often.  In the evening we watched Black Hat.  It was an enjoyable enough movie (especially for all the Hong Kong been-theres) but it was too high on the "yeah right" scale to make it any kind of believable.  

Tonight I was having my usual Monday night stress of too much to do and not enough time to do it.  Seriously, by the time I do all the things I *have* to do, I have about an hour to an hour and a half per evening to do the things I *want* to do.  I spend my week *hanging* for the weekends when I can actually get more than an hour to do anything fun.

Sigh.

Where were we?

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Friday was a pub lunch, nominally for Lachie's farewell from the team, but really any excuse for a pub lunch.

In the evening was the last swim night of the year which was pleasant enough but did take up all Friday evening.

Saturday we were invited to Serena's birthday bbq, so I was hoping to leave shortly before lunch time.  Except everything blew up and we ended up leaving at about 9:30 to run errands before leaving for the bbq a bit after 10:30.  Sigh.  And then Serena invited herself over after, and we had a swim and got pizza for dinner and watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  It was a nice day don't get me wrong, and Serena had a lovely day, but it took up the Entire. Damned. Day.  Half my weekend gone just like that.   I was stressed about it before and depressed about it after.  Sigh.

Sunday at least I had a pretty productive day, ploughing through a bunch of things on the todo list, alternating that with time on the jigsaw.

Today I got a few things done as well which was super handy, including discovering that Australia Post now has self service counters which get me out of there super quickly instead of waiting forever in the queue.  Pretty cool.

Friday morning got to go with Chrissie to her diagnostic ultrasound.  Quite long - about forty minutes.  Very very cool :)  

In the evening we were both just getting ourselves organised for the weekend.

Saturday I did a day trip to Sydney to see the flat which is nearly finished being renovated.  On the way up I passed this accident, which apparently had happened some six hours earlier.  Sadly someone in a car in the oncoming traffic died.  I'd like to know what happened - did the truck driver have a heart attack or just fall asleep?  Got some lunch and had it at Luc and Lizzi's, then came home, diverting via Mittagong and Berrima, although I probably could have followed the diversion that had going off at Medway Road and probably wouldn't have been too held up.

Well actually I went via the club in both directions to drop off and pick up Stu.  Listened to six hours of "Criminal" podcast.  We watched Monsters University in the evening.

Sunday was just housework in the morning, then back out to the club again as we needed to show some newcomers around.  Had a swim before coming home.  Chicken dinner and Moulin Rouge! in the evening.

Today I found out before I left for work that I had a small package coming, so I worked from home so I could take delivery.  Just a small package - only contains 40320 pieces..

Hence I'm sad we don't get one...

Friday night we were going to go to Chrissie's for dinner cause Aunty Di and Uncle Graham were down.  But Chris was unwell, and AD and UG had gone home, so that got cancelled.

Instead a bunch of us went out to the Capital Brewery at Fyshwick for Simon's 40th, which was a great venue, pretty casual (altho no cash at the bar - only cards) and it was very pleasant evening.  I didn't end up buying any food, as there kept being fries, and when I saw the size of the Brod-meals I decided not to bloat myself by eating too much!  Thanks to the sweetie and Jim for lifts there/back.

Capital Brewery

Capital Brewery

Brod Dog

Saturday was pretty much just houseworky type stuff, and a bit of food shopping.  In the afternoon Serena invited us over for an impromptu barbeque which was very nice, with Kit and Pete and Ben and Sarah and Anita also coming. 

Alby's fish tank

Alby's fish tank

Alby's fish tank

Today was more houseworky stuff.

Oh and chickens.  And ducks.

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Saw a three chickens hatch, missed a duckling and two other chickens.  Super epic awesome. :)

Hanami Take 2

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Saturday we had Nat and Andrew over for our second hanami lunch.  It was so warm we could sit outside, which was the first time since 2009 that we'd gone outside, on account of it usually being too cold.  In fact we didn't stay out for very long because it was too hot!!  Came inside and had on various holiday slideshows just because.

Hanami

Hanami Take 1

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Friday night the sweetie went off to a swim night, but I stayed at home and settled in and watched The Right Stuff.

Saturday morning we headed into town and had brunch at Gus's Place.  This was the first time I'd been since they reoopened.  It was pretty busy, and in fact the wait staff were clearing our tables practically before we'd finished eating.  I had eggs benedict, which was quite nice, altho the fibre or hair I found at the bottom was a bit of a put-off.

Gus's Shakshuka

Gus's Eggs Benedict

Gus's hair

Then we picked up Stu's trousers which had been altered.  Then off to Bunnings to get another grout scraping blade.  Then to the markets for food shopping.  Then to Jem Aquatics so Stu could get some fish to cycle his new little tank.

By which time it's already early afternoon.  Didn't get too much useful done in the afternoon.

In the evening we went to EffanC's for dinner of lasagna which was very nice.  We watched Team America: World Police.  What.  The.  !!   Then we half watched The Princess Bride while chatting.  Unfortunately that meant for a *very* late night :(

Lasagna

Daffodil

This morning was just cleaning and doing food prep for lunch - our first hanami lunch of the year.  Chris and Mike and Zac came over for teriyaki chicken wings, tuna sushi that I made, and okonomiyaki.  It seemed to be well enjoyed.

Hanami

Sushi

Hanami

In the afternoon I was so tired I couldn't sit still because my legs were so restless, so I actually had an afternoon siesta, which I almost never do.  It did help, but it left me feeling a little unsettled this evening.  I cooked some salmon for dinner and we watched Voyager (start of season six) and Survivor.

And there goes another weekend :/

More Socialising

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Tuesday lunch I met up with Chrissie for lunch which was nice.

In the evening met up with Luc in town.  Had a couple of beers at Marble and Grain, then looked for somewhere to get "winter" food for dinner, on account of it being 5C.  We thought we'd try Black Fire, which I'd never even heard of.  We had variations of wagyu steak and vegetables and it was all very nice and I even came home with a doggy bag of leftovers :)  A lovely catchup.

Black Fire Oysters

Black Fire Scallops

Black Fire Mussels

Black Fire wagyu steak

Luc at Black Fire

Weekendy Bits

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Friday night we got pizza to celebrate the sweetie's birthday and watched the new Total Recall.  Putting aside the ridiculous issue of a transport system that can traverse the earth's core in 17 minutes, it was basically just a massive CGI fest that had a lot of nods to the original but never quite achieved the same level of awesomeness.  I liked the "two weeks" scene, that was pretty funny.  Otherwise it was pretty average.

Saturday morning hurty kept me awake for an hour or so in the early morning so had a lazy start.  Other than cleaning, we went to Bunnings to get a grout saw and more grout, and the markets to top up our food supplies.  In the afternoon I had a couple of goes at scraping grout, but it's pretty tedious.  

Saturday evening were all set for a quiet night of watching videos, but then Serena invited herself over, then Kit came up, and Pete came over as well.  So went and bought some cheese and crackers and cooked some sausages and had a mini party.

Today I did more grout scraping in little bursts.  I also started actually labelling holiday photos.  Maybe I'll get all my photos labelled before I cark it..  hmm yeah right!

Tonight the sweetie cooked pork larb for dinner, and we watched Voyager (we're over half way through season five), and Survivor.  Also it seems that Chromecast will keep on casting, even when everything it's attached to is off.  Hurrah.  It had been going all night and all day, and we didn't notice til we went to play Voyager.  Whoops.

The weather was a bit crazy today.  At one point it was actually quite a bit warmer outside than in, so opened up the house for a while.

More Socialising

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The sweetie has been feeling a bit off colour the last couple of days, but we did end up going out for his birthday last night - met up with Cath and Scott for dinner at Malaysian Chapter.  Nice food (deep fried anchovies are actually edible! Who knew!) and good friends made for a pleasant evening.

Malaysian Chapter curry

Drowning

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Friday night we watched Arrival.  Stu enjoyed it but I found it rather .. boring .. People on IMDB either loved it or hated it, there was no middle ground.  

Saturday first thing we headed out to the club.  I did some jigsaw while the committee meeting was on, then there was a bbq lunch, then the AGM.  So by the time we got home it was dinner time and *blip* there goes half my weekend.  Went down to Kit's after dinner for a couple of drinks and caught up with Katie before she disappeared off to Queensland to live.

Potbelly Fire

Sunday was just house and computer stuff in the morning, food shopping and lunch, then cooking and cleaning.  Cath came over for dinner (epic roast pork) which was lovely.  (and it hailed and later *snowed* on Sunday!!)

Queanbeyan snow

Monday morning I was stressed at the state of the house and the state of All The Things going on and literally thought "I don't have time to go to work".  Seriously I can't cope at the moment.  I'm just not getting enough time at home to get everything done.  Self inflicted though.  We keep socialising.  cf next paragraph.

Monday night we were going to meet Damien at the Pot Belly for drinks, but turns out it's not open on Mondays.  So we ended up at the Labor Club instead.  Was good catching up, but it meant all I managed to do all evening was run the dishwasher and do my clothes washing.

Last night I was awake in the middle of the night stressing about everything (mostly about the flat in Sydney as well as our bathroom) so I was a zombie today.  I did sneak out to go to Chrissie's ultrasound which was pretty cool though.

Tonight Pete had a bit of a look at our shower as well and thought that no we probably aren't going to need to rip out the shower just yet (when were chatting on Saturday night he was thinking that we might have to).  Especially if there's no evidence of leaking after regrouting and sealing.  So that was a bit of a relief.  But by then it was already nearly seven o'clock, and I still had to get through Sunday's Survivor and eat dinner, download all my photos, backup my phone and backup my computer.  But our domain controller died overnight so I couldn't get onto the NAS to back it up.  So that was all a drama and everyone ended up grumpy.  I cleaned the kitchen while Stu tried to get a monitor plugged in to see what was up.  It eventually came back by itself, looks like it had some bad blocks, and was probably running a checkdisk which is why it took so long. 

And now it's 9:50 and I'm completely wasted.  Stop the world, I want to get off.

Road Trip

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So last week the real estate agent for my Sydney flat called up:  The current tenants were leaving.  But the flat is pretty much a disaster.  

I knew the vanity needed replacing but I hadn't been up in a couple of years, and the estate agent said I pretty much need to renovate the entire place.

Sigh.

So yesterday Chrissie accompanied me on a road trip to Sydney to have a look.

We left before eight, had a pitstop at Goulburn maccas for loo and snackages.  

Drove on through to Sydney, and had lunch at Rockdale Plaza.  I was thinking I could get something *other* than maccas, but ended up having it anyway.  Oops.

Then to the flat.

The tenants had mostly moved out, but still had some stuff left, and the place hadn't been cleaned at all yet.  But it was pretty sad.  The walls were covered in grime.  There were holes in doors (which tenants will have to pay for).  The blinds had been destroyed, with dodgy curtains in their place.  Several light fittings were broken.  Several windows were broken (one with broken glass, another couple just wouldn't even close properly - how did they even manage that????).  As I already knew, the vanity is pretty much completely destroyed.  The shower, which was perfect when I rented it, was covered in mould.  The cistern was leaking quite a lot and the plastic had yellowed and scarred.  But the worst was the kitchen.  Pretty much all the cupboard doors and draws had water damage and all the chipboard had swelled up.  So the whole kitchen (minus the stove and oven which are fairly new) is going to need to be replaced).  And I've still not decided about the carpet which is somewhat worn, but not completely destroyed.

Destroyed vanity

Shower mould

Kitchen cupboard doors

Fricken hurrah.

The estate agent is happy to organise it all, but it's going to cost a fortune.  The good news is I could probably get $100 more a week with fresh everything, so would probably get my money back after about four years or so.  

After seeing the flat, we popped down the road and Chrissie did her tax with her accountant.

Then we dropped in to visit Aunty Di (her aunt, not mine ;) ) and Uncle Graham.

Then we dropped in to Ansto to visit Chrissie's dad, who I hadn't seen except very briefly at Dad's funeral, for over twenty years.

Then we came home.  Via a pitstop at Maccas at Sutton Forest for loo and snackages.  Three visits to maccas in one day.  Whoops.

Got home around 7 and collapsed with some wine.

So I realised recently we haven't had a video night in *forever*, so invitations went out for the return of the DAIS video nights.

Had Doc, Neil, and @CLBradley over for epic pizza for dinner (the sweetie decided we needed *three* NY sized pizzas from Mills and Grills!!), and then watched War Games first up, followed by Passengers.  Quite a pleasant evening, and will need to do them more often.

For the rest of the weekend..

Friday night we watched Doctor Strange which we quite enjoyed.  Is Benedict Cumberbatch ever NOT awesome at anything he does?

Saturday morning was mostly just house tidying/organising, then I accidently spent a good chunk of the afternoon building a roller coaster out of plastic.  It's pretty cool :)

Today I watched Monday's survivor, and had a very productive day going through piles and piles of paper clutter that never seems to stop building up.  Was pretty happy with that.  But I didn't finish removing silicon sealant from the base of the shower like I wanted to.  Oh well.

Twenty Two Again

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Saturday morning was just cleaning the house.

The mother type person arrived around lunch time, and the brother type person arrived a little later.  We spent much of the afternoon doing a 3D jigsaw of the Sydney Opera House which was super cool.

Also it was decided that we all needed a cake.

4 cake

In the evening we went to the Labor Club for dinner.

Labor Club birthday

Came home and David dug out the dungeon roof to see what was up with our leaking shower.  We found a mixing bowl full of water with a copper pipe drilled into it draining to who knows where on the other side of the dungeon wall under the house.  

!!!

No idea what that was about.  We poked around and did some testing and we're pretty sure the leaking is actually in the corner where the grout has been breaking away.

Finished off the Opera House jigsaw, and did a 500 piece jigsaw.

Sunday morning we did another 500 piece jigsaw then David went home.  Mum and I went to Bunnings and got some silicone sealant, and then went to the markets to do some food shopping.

In the evening I did epic roast pork and had Chrissie et al over for dinner which was all very nice.

August roast pork

Monday morning mum went home, and at work I tried getting setup in my new desk, but it was all super stressful because stuff wasn't working and I don't have cubicle walls which I find pretty distressing.  I might have had a slight meltdown.

Had lunch with Chrissie - KFC - which is semi-traditional.

In the evening the sweetie took me out to Bella Vista for dinner which was excellent as always.

Birthday selfie

Arrancini con pancetta affumicata
Classic smoked bacon & onion risotto balls with cheese encased in golden panko breadcrumbs served with a creamy tomato sauce and miniature leaf salad.
Bella Vista risotto balls

Capesante e calamari
Pancetta wrapped Canadian scallops with butter poached calamari pieces on seasoned avocado puree, asparagus tips and roasted capsicum puree & pesto sauce.
Bella Vista calamari

Pappardelle alla Bistecca
Thin slices of Angus sirloin steak pan-fried with bacon and mushrooms finished in a caramelised butter, Pecorino Reggiano cheese and wilted baby spinach sauce tossed through Pappardelle pasta.
(note: I wouldn't say "when" to the parmesan cheese, so he gave me the whole lot ;) )
Bella Vista papardelle

Maiale Arrosto
Twice cooked pork belly with a roasted mushroom, red onion, cherry tomato and scallop salsa served with prosciutto crisp and a garlic and thyme jus.
Bella Vista pork

Orange cake (didn't get a photo of the description).
Bella Vista dessert

Tonight I had a go at trying to get the old silicone out of the corner of the shower.  I didn't have much luck, only managing to get silicone out of two tiles before my fingers hurt too much from using the only tool I had which seemed to do any good - an old file.  Sigh.

Olive

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Last night we met up with Damien and Amanda for dinner at Olive at Hawker.  I'd never even heard of it before, but a quick Google sorted that out.  They even have an online reservation form which is very civilised.  We were the first ones in at 6pm, but it did fill up pretty much completely.  

Olive at Hawker

The bread was amazing - fresh and warm and crusty.  And those little battered and fried stuffed olives were also great.
Olive at Hawker

I quite enjoyed my duck, but needed the sweetie's assitance to finish
Olive at Hawker

Stu enjoyed his octopus (he had two entrees instead of a main)
Olive at Hawker

Lovely creme brulee, but again, needed the sweetie's assistance to finish
Olive at Hawker

We had a lovely meal but both came home moaning - me from eating too much food, and Stu from eating too much bread.  Oops :)

Goes Forth

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Friday night was a swim night, and then a bunch of us went back to EffanR's which was all very pleasant.  Soups and bubbly and cheese FTW!

Much of the weekend was just catching up and cleaning and organising paperwork and watching Air Crash Investigations and Monty Python (and I also watched Black Adder Goes Forth last week as well, don't think I mentioned it).  I finished one jigsaw of Kit's and started another one.  

Saturday night we watched Master and Commander: Far Side of the World, which to be honest I struggled with.  Even though there wasn't much plot for some reason I just found it *difficult*.  

Tonight I did a lamb roast, and we watched some Anthony Bourdain in Panang, and another one in Kansas City.  And for the first bit I'm like "I've just eaten dinner but I'm *hungry*" .. but after watching all the meat and bbq ribs in the second episode I was like I'm totally full just *looking* at that.. and then I started getting vegetable cravings.  Cause that's what you do in America after eating non-stop American food, which is pretty much just meat and deep-fried anything, it's just GIVE ME THE VEGETABLES.  Oh hai @stuartcryan !! :)

Weekends are too damned short.

So where were we?

Friday night we had an early mark, had snossages for dinner and watched tv.

Saturday morning I went into work first thing and was home by 9am which was nice. 

Mostly just sorted out our finances all weekend .. hurrah .. 

Saturday night we tried to go to Dumpling Inn for dinner with Chris and Mike and Zac, but it was closed for renovations, so we headed into Dickson and ended up at The Scholar Chinese restaurant.  The food there was nice enough but the service was SLOW - it took *forever* to get food.  At least that's what it seemed like for the hungry people.  In reality it was probably an hour before mains arrived.  And we could have sworn that people that got there after us got food before us.  hrmmm.

Today I remembered we had beef cheeks in the fridge that I'd bought last weekend, so I stuck em in the slow cooker with various Chinese flavouring as per Lorraine's recipe.  They were pretty good, although I'd added a lot more water to keep them covered, so the sauce was pretty watery.  Next time I'll add corn flour, or do it on the stove, or cut up the meat a bit to submerge it better.

Then we watched The Truman Show, which I hadn't seen since I saw it at the movies with Luc and Cynthia in 1998.

Rinse, Repeat

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The last two Fridays I've had lunch with the Chrises, which has been nice.

The last two Sundays I've spent all day at work, which hasn't been so nice. 

In between there's been another evening at work, a lunch at Gozleme King, a club night, and a BBQ at @CLBradley's which was great.

I've also brought home one of my tapestries from the club so I can work on it while watching tv with the sweetie.

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.

Sarah's 30th birthday cake

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.

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