Results tagged “Insomnia” from Kazza the Blank One

Surviving

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A new series of Survivor started this week.  Except I didn't see it on Sunday night, so had to watch it online on Monday night.  Which meant I had to watch Monday's on Tuesday and Tuesday's on Wednesday.  Which would have been fine except watching the episodes on TenPlay is absolutely horrendous experience.  Internet Explorer will start to pixelate the picture after a while, requiring a browser restart.  Chrome does a slightly better job but it still freezes up or drops out.  Mostly a browser restart will take you back to the same position, but other times it forgets and you have to guess the time you were up to.  But the worst part is every time it drops out you have to watch all the ads all over again.  And if you slide the time position *at all* it plays all the ads all over again.  It takes much longer to watch it online than it would live to air.  And the worst part about the ads?  Not only you do you see the same ads at each break, but you often see the same ad two or three times in the same ad break!  Absolutely horrific experience.  

We're nearly through season four of Voyager, and I've been watching more Air Crash Investigations as well.

Last night we watched Tim Burton's Batman which I hadn't seen in years.  I still think Michael Keaton is super cute in that movie.  And I annoyed the sweetie by quoting the script here and there ;)

Woke up at 3am and didn't get back to sleep til 6am.  Epic fricken sigh.  Stoopid brain.  Stoopid spine.  So a very late start today.

Today we went out to Fyshwick because Stu needed some stuff for work.  I tried to get more ram for my old netbook but they didn't have any small enough.  May need to consider getting a new one (it's like five years old).  Or just getting some ram off ebay.

Then did a big shop at Coles to pick up all the stuff that we can't get at the markets.  Jamison still hasn't fixed their abysmal trolley situation.  They still only have two trolley bays at the very top of the car park and none anywhere around the bottom.  And even the ones they do have are broken.  We are only going to Jamison now as a last resort.  The silly thing is, it's not even a cost issue.  Given that Coles is generally cheaper for most things, we could afford a dollar to just dump the trolley wherever.  But for me it's the principle of the thing.  The ACT government needs to wake up to itself and realise forcing supermarkets to force trolley locks is not actually doing anything.  Because I still see trolleys dumped all over Belconnen with no coins in them!  Clearly this idea is just plain stoopid and is having absolutely no positive effect whatsoever.

/rant

Tonight I did a cauliflower bake and an evil chicken with three cheese and bacon stuffing.  Sooo good ;)

So now that the internet is working again, we've been able to start watching tv again.

On Monday night we watched Jobs.  Was Steve Jobs really that much of an asshole?

We're back into season one of Voyager.

And we've just started up season five of Homeland.

I tried to cook fondue last night.  But I didn't follow a recipe and failed.  

Tonight I ate a bunch of the veggies from last night, but with a bechamel sauce with *lots* of cheese.  Almost as good I guess.

I'm so tired...

Insomnia Sux

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Twice this week I've woken up in the middle of the night and not gotten back to sleep for *hours* - brain just would. not. shut. up.  Even meditation techniques - concentrating on breathing and chanting Go. The f@!%.  To sleep - didn't help.  Not only are you a complete zombie at work, but then evenings are wasted because you're too tired to do anything, and end up having to go to bed early.  Such a waste of time.

In other news, I went to the dentist this week after one year instead of twenty.  Yay me.

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.

So this was the breakfast lasagna I was talking about the other day.  Here's all the ingredients.  Eggs, pork mince, ham, and cheeeeeese!

Breakfast lasagna

18 eggs!  Count them!  Just scrambled lightly.

Breakfast lasagna

500g pork mince cooked through, then add 500g cream cheese and a cup and a half of stock (next time: plain water)

Breakfast lasagna

Cook until the cheese has melted.

Breakfast lasagna

Everything ready to layer

Breakfast lasagna

Layering.  Pretty much just ham, eggs, "gravy", cheese .. times two

Breakfast lasagna

Breakfast lasagna

Ready to bake for about forty minutes or so

Breakfast lasagna

Done!

Breakfast lasagna

This morning I actually got to try some of it.  It was pretty awesome.  Although very salty :(  Too much ham and cheese I guess.

And in other news, I woke up at dentist time this morning and probably only got about another hours worth of sleep all night :(:(:(

Busy, Insomnia

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Last night was get home, cook dinner, eat dinner, watch an episode of Homeland, go for a walk with Chris and Ben, and by then it's a quarter to nine, and I still wanted to process a day of photos and needed to wash my hair.  So only just made it to bed by 11pm.

Veggie baking

And then woke up at something like 4:30 with a brain that wouldn't SHUT UP! and only a bit of broken sleep after than.

Tonight was get home, cook dinner, eat dinner, watch an episode of Homeland - and that's in between drama of people with broken down cars and freecycle people all competing for my time as well!  Gaaahhhh!!!  Drama.

Not as bad as Chrissie's dramas of course, with aforementioned broken down car (which isn't even her car).  Petrol gauge was broken and after having been assured that the car had plenty of petrol, it didn't, and she ran out of fuel.  Fun times.  Not.  Especially in peak hour traffic.  Fortunately her neighbour was able to rescue her.

And now it's nearly 8pm.

Better get stuck into the photos I guess...

At least it's Thursday tomorrow!

And here's a photo of a cockatoo, taken way back in February..

Cockatoo

YCDTOTV

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Well that was fun.  NOT.

Wait, that was a few nights ago.

hrmm

So Friday night after getting home I slept really well.  Fine all day Saturday.  Saturday night I woke up in the middle of the night for hours and was a zombie on Sunday.  Sunday night I had a few drinks and slept pretty well so was fine on Monday.  Monday night I slept quite well.  Tuesday was also good, but Tuesday night I woke up in the middle of the night for hours and was a zombie on Wednesday.  Can't. Fricken. Win.

Wednesday night we (read: DC and Duncan and Doc and Chris and even Jai, but not me) won the fricken trivia night.  A-fricken-gain!  

But at least I slept well.

Today the second-place-getters at trivia took us up on our begging offer to run the next trivia night so that was a huge relief!  

Tonight Ben was going to come up but then didn't.  hrmmm

So instead I watched the video that came with one of my installs of Windows - Windows ME I think - which had Alanis Morissette cutting off her hair - which suits her sooooooo much better than the long hair around her face.  And that got me onto watching one of her episodes of You Can't do that on Television which I can't believe I've never actually referenced on this blog!  (sorry: scratch that, I did mention it once, two years ago).

Yeup.

"You Learn"

I recommend getting your heart trampled on to anyone
I recommend walking around naked in your living room
Swallow it down (what a jagged little pill)
It feels so good (swimming in your stomach)
Wait until the dust settles

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

I recommend biting off more then you can chew to anyone
I certainly do
I recommend sticking your foot in your mouth at any time
Feel free
Throw it down (the caution blocks you from the wind)
Hold it up (to the rays)
You wait and see when the smoke clears

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

Wear it out (the way a three-year-old would do)
Melt it down (you're gonna have to eventually anyway)
The fire trucks are coming up around the bend

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

You grieve you learn
You choke you learn
You laugh you learn
You choose you learn
You pray you learn
You ask you learn
You live you learn

Hi Luc!

Sleep

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So I got home at midnight on Friday night and slept til about 8am.

Saturday we went out to the club for a committee meeting, so I downloaded the last of the photos and wrote up the last day's blog entry.  Had a late lunch in Bungendore so didn't get home til after 3pm.  Cooked a roast chicken dinner and watched some Homeland and Inside Out.  I was expecting Inside Out to be a lot darker and more depressing than it was so was pleasantly surprised.  Then had an early night.

Of course I woke up at 2am and couldn't get back to sleep.  For four hours.  And then it was broken sleep.  Woke up around 9am but my spine wouldn't let me get back to sleep so got up around 10am and was a zombie for the rest of the day.  Really didn't get anything done at all.  Although we did go out and do our food shopping.

Went down to Kit and Ben's after dinner for some wine, which made me sufficiently sleepie and managed a pretty good night's sleep last night.

Now for the fun part.. going back to work..

Friday morning I was actually excited to go to work.  I really wanted to test the thing I'd be doing on Thursday.  Except I couldn't get it to work.  So went back to feeling demoralised.

Friday night I woke up some time after denist time, and probably only got another hour or two's sleep.  So I was a zombie for Saturday.

Which of course we had to go to Sydney for.  My cousin's wedding in Dee Why.  Which was actually a lovely afternoon/evening.  Will post some photos soon.  We decided to stay in a quiet place in Oxford Falls for the night rather than going back to mum's.  We went to bed at something like 9:30 and apart from needing to go to the toiley in the middle of the night, I slept pretty solidly til about 6am.  So Sunday morning I felt great heh.  Had a simple breakfast at the motel then dropped by Dan and Emma's to see their crazy big old house in Gordon.  Then headed home.

Yesterday afternoon was just getting things done.  I have so much to do in the next week it's ridiculous.  Need to remember to breathe.

Doubly Blerf

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I think it was Thursday night that we watched Star Trek Generations.  I can't actually remember.  Could have even been Wednesday.  Or even Friday.  No don't think it was Friday.

Friday morning I woke up at 3am and never got back to sleep.  Damned insomnia.  Annoying too because I had a *lot* of work to do on Friday.  Didn't really get it all done either.  Had lunch with Doc and Neil at Chatterbox though because I had a voucher I won last year.  On Friday evening the little brother and Kat came to stay.  We worked on a jigsaw and I had an early night.

Chatterbox risotto

Saturday I was at work all morning replacing firewalls.  It actually all went fairly smoothly.

In the afternoon I was all set to settle down and *get things done* when EffanC called us up and invited us over.  Which was lovely.  But it did mean I was out all afternoon.

Went home before dinner.  Had pizza for dinner.  Watched Footloose on tv (because I'd never actually seen it!)

Sunday morning was the Airport Open Day.  Spent all morning there.

In the afternoon Dave and Kat left, replaced by Graham and Pam.  We chatted for the afternoon (Pam has grand plans for our garden.  I'd rather not have a garden at all).  Then because we hadn't had any time to ourselves all weekend, and therefore no time to do any shopping, we went out to Dumpling Inn for dinner.  

Dumpling Inn Shallot Cake

Dumpling Inn Three Cup Wine Chicken

Dumpling Inn Pork ribs

Dumpling Inn Xiao Long Bao

Dumpling Inn Shredded Beef

Today I just felt like I needed a weekend to recover from my weekend.  At least Stu got a bit of down time.  

Today started off ok at work.  No dramas from the firewalls.  Just the proxies.  *sigh*  Got quite depressed about the whole thing actually.

Came home exhausted, hungry, tired and grumpy.  Had dinner, then helped move Kit's lizard (and associated large tank) down to Chris's.  Then just trying to catch up on life.  Have now finished geotagging all my Canon and iPhone photos from the last trip.

I'm tired.

Half the week

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Wednesday Luc was in town, so we went for a drink after work, then back to our place for dinner (duck stir fry) and chatting.  Mostly chatting about travel.

Woke up at about 3am Thursday morning.  And never got back to sleep.  Stoopid brain just would. not. shut. up.  Super frustrating.  Took Luc to the airport then went and saw the balloons again (sadly no sun again).  Although the sun was out for the drive home, which made for a super pretty drive under all the balloons (which of course I couldn't document - doh!).

So Thursday was zombie day.  Good thing Lachie was busy doing other stuff, I don't think I would have been able to concentrate on the other stuff we're doing.

Also finished drafting the trivia night questions so the weekend will be spent researching, prettyifying and copying and pasting.

Last night slept for around nine hours, so feel a lot better today.

Spine

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My lower back has been hurting a lot today :(  Meant today I hardly achieved anything, other than a bit of work on the trivia night.

But stepping back a bit.

Thursday I *finally* got another one of my firewalls in and working.  Not really any dramas to sort out afterwards which was good.

Friday the sweetie took me to Smoque for dinner, and then we had a quiet night and went to bed at 10:30.  But was too hot and uncomfortable to get to sleep.  Until 4am :(:(:(:(  I'm thoroughly sick of all this hot weather :(:(

Smoque wings

Smoque platter

Saturday Stu had to go to the club for a committee meeting, and we spent much of the afternoon in the pool which was nice.  EffanC came over for a while last night and we watched random things on YouTube.

Club dragon

Today was just discomfort from my spine.  Watched an interesting documentary on the Last Days in Vietnam tonight which was really good.

Hot Zombie Day

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Didn't get to sleep til quite late.  Woke up at 5am.  Got maybe half an hour more sleep after that.  Was a zombie most of the morning.

Did a whole heap of data entry today - putting a stack of device information into my whizz-bang database.

Tonight just suffered in the heat.

Dear summer: it's autumn now.  Go away!!!

Coming back slowly

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So after several nights of reasonable sleep, last night I went to bed at 10pm and didn't get to sleep til 3am.

#grunt

So took another sick day today.  Even actually managed a little more sleep which is rare.

And this afternoon and this evening the cough is starting to lessen.. finally!

Zombie Day

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Couldn't get to sleep last night.  Too hot.  Too cold.  Too uncomfortable.  Too *something*.  Then because my brain is retarded, I woke up at 6am.  Yay.

I had a break in the low sodium diet tonight - we celebrated the sweetie's birthday with beer, pizza, and a couple of episodes of House.  Back to it tomorrow though.  Blerf.

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Last night, went to bed around 10ish, lights off 10:30ish.  Asleep midnightish.  Awake from hurty for a couple of hours from 1:30ish.  Awake again around 6:30ish.

I was a complete zombie today.  Really couldn't function at all.  I couldn't even enjoy drinks tonight.

Collapsed onto bed, but even then I couldn't pass out - too many itchies - damn my cursed skin/nerves.  

Do we want to take bets on how much sleep I'll get tonight?

Thursday night: after Wednesday night's insomnia I got to sleep quite quickly.  But then I woke up at around 3am on Friday morning and never got back to sleep.  Actually I lie.  I got up at 6:15 and made up a potato bake, and went back to bed while it cooked, and got about half an hour more sleep.

Friday: got home, spent three quarters of an hour packing the car up, then headed down the coast.  Arrived a bit after eight, fired up the spa, then realised the Sandy Foot pizza place closes at 8pm :(  So had potato bake for dinner.  Then went in the spa and stayed up entirely too late.  

Saturday: had a very slow start.  We might have all been a bit seedy.  Well ok not all of us.  D and F were suitably restrained and were only a bit tired heh.  I cooked some bacon and eggs for brunch, then we headed up to Myrtle Beach for a swim.  The water was nice and it was all very pleasant until we all got a bit out of our depth and then struggled to get back.  I managed ok, but I could see how easy it would be to panic.  Stu and C got a lot more stuck but were ok in the end.  Had some bubbly and some fruit on the beach, then had another quick dip before heading back.  

Beach bubbly

Stu at Myrtle Beach

Went into Bateman's Bay for dinner - to the Little Restaurant and Bar.  We'd been there before, and the food was just as good this time.  I had a very nice wagyu steak.  Went for a bit of a walk to walk off dinner, but ended up getting some ice cream for dessert.  Went in the spa again, but didn't stay up as late.

Little Restaurant and Bar flatbread

Little Restaurant and Bar sourdough

Little Restaurant and Bar wagyu steak

Bateman's Bay

Sunday: fairly early start.  Headed out around 9:15 and headed down to Armand's Beach.  But the weather closed in, so after a bit of a swim, we adjourned to shelter to have some bubbly and cheese (too cold for fruit).  Headed back to the beach a bit later for another quick swim.  Got some ice cream in Bermagui at the Gelati Clinic.  Then headed back to the house.  Chillaxed for a while, then ordered some pizzas for dinner.  Then we danced for a while to C's music before getting in the spa.  But after a long day we were pretty tired and were all in bed by 10pm.  Silly really.

Coast sunrise

Wallaga Lake bridge

Armands Beach

Monday: had a biggish breakfast of bacon, eggs, mushrooms and zucchini hash browns, then cleaned up the house then headed home.  I got part way through unpacking and doing some washing, before heading up to Mount Rogers to kill a layered blue field (good for the step count though).  Then a quiet evening just gathering ourselves.

Coast sunrise

Tuesday: back to reality.  Downloaded all my photos, but haven't chosen any for the blog yet.  This will probably get updated at some point in the future :)

It certainly feels like it.  Stoopid insomnia kept me awake til like 1am (after lights out at 10:30pm).  Blerf.

Maybe I should have a nightcap to assure some sleep...

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