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One Step Closer

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So on the weekend I tried to tape either side of the joins in the shower that I want to reseal.  Except our masking tape was ancient, and kept ripping and sticking to the next layer.  So gave up on that idea and bought a new roll today.  Taped up the shower ready for silicone..

Got some photo labelling done tonight as well, and then just some time on the jigsaw.

So Saturday for lunch I had some leftover honey mustard chicken that I'd cooked during the week.  And forgotten to put in the fridge that night.  The kitchen stays pretty cold in this house, but I still tempted fate and had it for lunch on Saturday.  Sunday morning about 1am my bowels weren't too happy with me, and it was *probably* that.  And other than not being about to get back to sleep for HOURS, I was fine.

Stu went to work (again!) and I grouted the other half of the shower.

Then some photo stuff and started a new Wasgij jigsaw.  

Late in the afternoon Kit and Pete invited me down for a drink and to soak in the last of the afternoon sun.  Then played a few games, then came home for an early night.

Tonight I continued labelling the first day in Shanghai from our trip last year.  Made super difficult because China offsets its street maps from its satellite maps for "security" reasons by several hundred metres or so.  Silly really.

Where were we?  A week and a half ago..

Friday afternoon I took an early mark from work and came home and watched The Lion King while finishing off that section of the jigsaw.

Saturday was alternating between housework, photo labelling and photo filing.  Stu went to Damien's for a war game.  In the evening we went to Laziza House for dinner, which was ok.  Went back to Damien's to finish the game.

Laziza House food

Stu and Damien war game

Sunday Stu went to work; Chrissie came over and we grouted one of the walls in the shower.  Also photo labelling.

Chrissie grouting

Early this week I finished labelling my New Zealand photos - only took two months! (normally it takes years).  I also calculated that if I label 500 photos a week it'll take me about five years to label all my holiday photos.  Doable I think..

Wednesday I had to come home so Rheem could look at the broken valve on the hot water tank (remember I noticed it was broken one year and twelve days after the tank was installed).  The guy took one look and asked "is that all that's wrong?" heh.  Two minute job to put a new valve on (and he left me a spare in case it happens again).  *Hopefully* they don't charge me for the callout, on account of it's the second thing to go wrong with that heater in its first year.

Had dinner with the whole N Gang at Malaysian Chapter which was pretty cool.

Friday I went over to Chrissie's for gozleme for dinner.  We were going to watch a Lego movie but it got too late.

And yesterday was pretty must just cleaning and tidying the house all day, on account of having all of Stu's family over for dinner.  It was all very nice, except for Violet being super stressful jumping all over everything and everyone and touching and poking everything. Had lots of pizza and watched Austen Powers.

And so ends the first half of the year.

Friday I did a bit of cleaning up in the back yard.  Did some Lego sorting and watched Clerks.  OMFG such a dumb movie.  Labelled a comedy but I didn't find a single thing to even smile at, let alone laugh at.  What a waste of time.  Had leftovers for dinner and we watched The Two Towers (started just after 6pm, finished nearly 10:30pm).

Saturday spent quite a bit of time helping Pete redo our awning out the back (whoever mounted the sheeting had the edge finish over the top of the edge piece of wood, so whenever it rained water would seep into the wood and it had gone rotten).  Did a Bunnings run and I painted all the bits (Mission Brown FTW!  - as an aside, not happy with the Bunnings guy who decided he could try and sell me something I didn't need when just plain old mission brown would be just fine thankyouverymuch).  Watched Chasing Amy in the afternoon, which was significantly better than Clerks.  At least it had a story.  In the evening we watched Enterprise and Homeland.

Sunday morning was just house bits and pieces.  Finished scanning another album of mum's.  After lunch we headed out to the club to chillax.  Well kinda.  For a non-event weekend there were *heaps* of people there.  Had a bit of a swim, but mostly just sat around and chatting.  Word got out that we were going to fire up the pizza oven, so pretty much everyone brought their own pizzas to cook which was a bit of fun.  Eventually cleared the room when I started singing Queen.  Whoops.

Monday was a quiet day, mostly just sorting Lego and watching Dad's WWII documentaries.  In the afternoon watched Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which was actually quite fun, mainly because of all the self references with the whole series, many of which I got, many of which I'm sure I didn't.  Also did some food shopping and cooked roast beef for dinner and watched some Enterprise.

NBN. CLR.

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I was hoping NBN would rock my world.  I think it did.

I was hoping CLR would rock my world.  It didn't.

Ahem.

This morning I managed to finish scraping old sealant off the shower.  So now it's ready to be regrouted and resealed.  I also had a go at CLRing the shower screen glass.  It did nothing to clear off the lime scale.  Seriously nothing.  I tried the recommended CLR and water.  I tried straight CLR wiping it off after not long.  I tried CLR and scrubbing hard.  I tried straight CLR just leaving it to sit there for hours.  Nothing. Zip.  I'm convinced *nothing* is going to move the built up calcium deposits on the glass.  *sigh*.

In other news.

After lunch our NBN cut in!  Ok so it's just fibre to the node and the node is probably 500m away, but 25Mbps!!!!   That may not sound exciting for many of you, but given that our top speed currently is 2Mbps we're stoopidly excited!  Tonight we watched a movie on Stan (Bridesmaids - not bad)  - since Stan is a lot worse than Netflix.  For the most part it was awesome.  The whole internet did drop out at one point.  But then again, it's been doing that in the past few months anyway.  Could be Internode/iiNet/TPG/Whoever bought them out.  But if I can watch YouTube videos without having to pause to let them buffer, or watch videos that don't drop down to the lowest possible resolution, I'll be happy.

NBN

The only other thing I did today was translate the instructions for my model of Wartburg Castle, which I bought there nearly two years ago..

Fifteen

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This blog is fifteen years old today.  Fifteen!!  I've been blogging for a third of my life!

Quiet day today.  Mostly alternating between scraping grout in the shower and trying to get email inboxes under control. 

Also, the kitchen is probably the cleanest its been since we moved in.  All the cupboards under the bench have been cleaned out and decluttered, and the entire benchtop cleaned.

Kitchen panorama

The sweetie cooked barbeque pork for dinner (with a nice chinese bbq marinade), roast beetroots (from Serena's garden) and a peach crumble (also from Serena's garden).  Then we watched Discovery, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Twenty-four years since the Como bushfires; David Bowie would have turned seventy-one.

So most of this morning was going through the year's receipts and cross checking them with bank statements to make sure things tallied up (they pretty much did).  I did find the Jem Aquatics receipt from October for the second LED light, so if that goes pffft at least I've got a receipt for it. 

After lunch went with Chrissie for a doctors appointment at the hospital.  Sadly it looks like I won't be allowed to be present at the birth.  Sad times.  

In the afternoon Stu did some tidying up of the fish stuff in the garage, so I did some cleaning up in the garage as well which was good.

Headed out to Bunnings so Stu could pick up some tubing to redo some of his little fish tanks.

Then I cooked a mostly vegetarian feast of roasted vegetables.  First course was mushrooms stuffed with mushroom, bacon, tomato and cheese.  Then there was potato bake (would you like some potato with your cream and cheese?), brussels sprouts and parsnip with bacon, and roast sweet potato and potato.  Pretty yummy.

In the evening we watched Star Trek Discovery (still not convinced - most of the episode was Klingons just rambling on), and Snowpiercer, which was like 1984 meets The Cube meets The Hunger Games meets Brave New World.  I just didn't *get* it (there were far too many issues with the messy plot to distract me - just go read some of the reviews on IMDB which list the issues I also had with it), but Stu was like "it's an allegory" and I'm like .. hrmm

Dramas in Bathrooms

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Ten years ago this month I was scraping yellowed silicone sealant off my shower walls in Sydney.

This month I'm scraping back grout off my shower walls in Canberra.

Le sigh.

Oh did I mention that the ensuite shower doesn't have any sealant at all around its corners, and is leaking under the house as well?

Le sigh.

On a lighter note, the sweetie cooked dinner tonight (pork larb), and I backed up my computer and did some more holiday photo labelling.  I'm 8% of the way through our last trip.  Not too bad an effort I guess, considering the effort I'm going to be specific about locations (thanks geotags!).

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.

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.

Plumbing Dramas

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So you know how we had our hot water tank replaced last year?  Well they say you need to test the relief valve every six months.  So I've been testing it every three months for good measure.  But the other day when I went to test it, hot water started spurting everywhere.  Apparently it's coming out of the snifter valve.  So now I need to call up Aquamax for a warranty repair (and hope warranty doesn't expire after 12 months, cause now it's a little over).  Hurrah.

Valve spurt

And also the other day I was in the dungeon and happened to notice a spot on the roof in the corner.  Had a closer look and it looks like there's water damage.  It's right under the shower drain, and the pattern of damage looks like that little bit of roof has been replaced before, which means the shower has likely leaked before.  It seems to only leak when there's a lot of water draining (ie, when Stu is having a shower, as he showers with higher water pressure).  I've got a bucket under there at the moment catching the drips, but now we'll need to get someone to dig a hole in the roof and have a look.  Hurrah.

Shower leak

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.

Cool

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Oh did I mention we got evaporative cooling installed during the week?  Should make summers here a *lot* more bearable.

Tonight I finally finished building all Zac's Lego sets.  Fun times.  Now to document it all..

Other weekend stuff included watching Top Gun on Friday night and Star Trek First Contact on Saturday night (we'd just watched Metamorphosis with Zefram Cochrane so were inspired), as well as repotting some of my plants that needed some love.

FPD

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FFPD?  Frustrating Proxy Day.  Stoopid things don't log *anything* is a user is denied authorisation to a site.  How fail is that?

Tonight was continued Eat What's In the House week.  Tonight's random dinner was some of those damned white beans from like a year ago.  Then more fish tank maintenance, this time downstairs.  Got to do a day of geotagging tonight, but by then it was pretty late and didn't have the energy to attack the pile of crap next to my computer.

Nothing's tripped the RCD in the past 24 hours.  Wondering if maybe it was the USB charger device that's fairly new and I turned off after both power incidents.  Guess I'll plug the RCD in front of that next ..

In Hot Water

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Last week the power tripped just after we left for work, resulting in cold fish tanks and dead fish.  The hot water circuit had tripped that day as well.

Then on Friday morning, my shower water was just barely warm.  Had a look, and the hot water circuit had tripped again.  Turned it back on, but about ten minutes later the whole house as well as the hot water tripped.  

Uh oh.

So I went and had a look at the tank.  The thing was bulging and there were ants crawling around the electrical bit.  

Definitely uh oh.

Dead hot water

Dead hot water

Called Rheem and told them all about it, and they said yup, she be dead.  The thing is 25 years old, so to be expected I guess.  Very likely the pressure relief valve had gotten stuck at some point.

Anyways, then had to try a replacement.  In a hurry.

Called someone at random from the Yellow Pages - 6 Star Hot Water and Plumbing.  The dude said he'd had a cancellation that morning and could do it right then!  Hurrah!!  So he came out an hour later and spent a couple of hours pulling out the old one and installing the new one.  We're going to have to nuke all the ants that have taken up residence though.

New hot water tank

After he was done, we went into work (via The Scottish Restaurant - it was nearly lunch time after all).

Got home.  No hot water.

Gahhh!!!

Called the dude again.  He wanted me to check it had power (I'd already done that - second rule of tech support after all).  And I'd seen him test it before he left.  So he said he'd drop by on his way home.  Half an hour later he comes by and tests all the connections.  It was definitely getting power, and the thermostat was definitely telling the element to heat up.  So he replaced the element, and we all crossed our fingers that it would work.

An hour later we checked it - hot water!!!! Yayyyy!!!  That was a relief!

Pretty bad that the thing was DOA.  The dude said they basically never have any problems with those tanks though.  So we were just unlucky.

The rest of the week

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Wednesday Kit came over briefly after work for a bit of a cool off (not that she actually went *in* the pool - just her feet!).

Thursday the little brother and Kat came up with the tv and stayed.  Kit and Ben came up as well.  Stu was a little anxious about *stuff*, Kit had decided to quit her job, and all the extra people in the house made for a very strange night.

Friday the sweetie and I had a random day off.  Stu went to the doctor, then we had brunch in town.  Came home and started pulling out stuff to give away and throw out.  Took a whole heap of fluoro lights and old magazines to Revolve and had a walk through the Big Green Shed which was fun.  Also took several boxes of books to Lifeline.  But didn't get too much else done.  Watched Back to the Future II in the evening.

This morning went along to the Mint Open Day.  I'll leave that for a separate post, but their event management and crowd control was just plain awful.

So mum was here overnight Christmas night.  So didn't really get anything much done Boxing Day morning (we did beat the rain on a walk down to Chris' and raced back up during a brief lull - it pretty much rained solidly all day which was *awesome* for Canberra).  Around midday she headed down to visit the little brother in Junee.  I built SPACESHIP!! as well as started a jigsaw mum brought down for me.

In the evening Kit and later Ben came up for a while.

Yesterday morning I completely tided up the fish tank corner of the garage.  Things had been dumped there for months and you had to climb over things just to feed the fish.  Felt so much better to be able to go up to the fish tank without tripping over anything.

I also cleaned the kitchen and then almost completely cleared out the fridge.  I pulled everything out except the condiment shelf, cleaned the shelves, threw out some yukky stuff (including something of Potty's that had rotted in sealed plastic cups that once they were out of the fridge expanded and went off with a BANG - it was soooo loud it made my ears ring and I screamed.. Stu put ear plugs in and took the other cup outside and popped it out there), and then rearranged everything back into the fridge in an orderly fashion.  Felt so much better to have a clean fridge and be able to find everything again!

Then mum arrived back from Junee so didn't get anything much done after that.  Leftover roast pork for dinner.

Today while mum was out and about I spent probably six hours tidying the "workshop" corner of the garage in front of my car.  Mostly just organising all the crap that had just been dumped there over the past year or so.  Felt so much better to be able to walk around that area of the garage without tripping over anything, and be able to find stuff again.

Also did a wander to feed Doc's cat, and pickup a key to feed Annie's cat.

Monday morning last week I moved desks.  I moved into the team I've joined, but I'm still doing the work we brought over with us, but now I'm separated from Neil so I felt even more alone.  Not being able to see the sky and being in the dark certainly doesn't help.

Tuesday morning the pool had started to freeze over.  So there were small (and huge) snowflakes growing all over the surface!

Ice flakes

Ice flakes

Ice flakes

Ice flakes

Tuesday and Wednesday nights I made good progress on the "winter hobby room" - sticking plastic sheeting on the bookshelves to protect all my models from dust, vacuuming, organising, purging, tidying.

Stationery desk

Thursday night was whisky night at work.  My favourite was the Glenmorangie.  Such a lovely sweet smell, and very smooth.

2015 whiskies

Whiskey

Then we picked up C and all went back to their place for a nice dinner of fish and green stuff - real food I called it.

Fish dinner

Driving home Thursday night was super beautiful because of all the fog.

Night fog

Friday night we were back at EffanC's for another nice dinner, and then we watched Life of Pi in 3D.  Such a beautifully filmed movie, and probably the first 3D movie where I've actually appreciated the 3D.

Beef roll

Saturday morning we did a shopping run to pick up a Christmas in July feast - which we prepared at the club for Saturday night.  We cooked four kilos of pork, two kilos of turkey, there was a ham that someone else brought, and we did potato bake, potato, sweet potato, parsnips, brussel sprouts, jerusalem artichokes, eggplant, minted peas and honeyed carrots.  And there was almost no leftovers.  Pretty amazing.

Christmas in July

Christmas in July feast

Christmas in July feast

Christmas in July feast

Christmas in July feast

Christmas in July feast

Christmas in July feast

Christmas in July feast

Christmas in July feast

And there were real live lambs!  Two and three week old lambs rescued from the abbatoir.  Apparently some dodgy farmers will sell pregnant ewes which is illegal.  These lambs were at full term and actually born there and now they're being raised by a couple of members of the club.  They were so adorable.  And happy to be picked up and cuddled.  I even had one start to fall asleep in my arms, until he became to heavy to hold heh.

Lamb

Sunday we came home and had a pretty quiet day.  Went and saw Annie and Stu's new car.  Made pepperoni pizzas for dinner and watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Weekly Checkin

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So fairly busy week this week.

Monday night the little brother came to stay.

Tuesday they finished off the white chocolate caramel slice.  David also replaced the light in our study which had blown on the weekend so that was nice.

Wednesday we went to the movies to see Jurassic World.

Thursday the little brother couldn't help himself and replaced half the lights in the house with LEDs :)  I also made another white chocolate caramel slice.

Friday was a swim night.

Saturday was a club night which turned out to be a bit of a wedding reception.  The shed was done up nicely and we had a lovely evening.

Club wedding

Club wedding

Club wedding

Sunday was just food shopping and not much else.

Quail

Pork belly roast

And so there goes another week.  We did two jigsaws over the course of the week as well which was cool.

And now back to it again ...

Who needs sleep?

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Woke up around 3:30 this morning and never really got back to sleep, except for a little while between six and seven.  Blerf.  Stoopid spine and stoopid brain that wouldn't shut up.

Sigh.

Had a fairly cruisy morning getting things done, then everyone wanted everything at once.  I hate that.  Super stressful.

And I forgot to do my clothes washing tonight.

And my feet are *freezing* which will probably mean it'll take me forever to get to sleep.  

Blerf.

On a lighter note, we thought our hot water system had died because we ran out of hot water this morning.  But it was ok tonight.  So maybe the sweetie just needs to take shorter showers....

Three years ago today we explored Bethsaida, went up Mount Bental, went to Caesarea Philippi, and explored Tel Dan.

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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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