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So last Sunday night was epic lasagna night with Lana's recipe.  

Lasagna ingredients

Lasagna ready to bake

So awesome!  Although baking dish doesn't *quite* fit into the new oven! :(  Had to tilt it slightly.

Lasagna cooked

I didn't have the energy for greenery, but we did have greenery with the leftovers ;)

Lasagna

Monday David went home for the week - his knee had been giving him grief for a week.  Maybe gout from all the tomatoes I've been feeding him recently??  hrmmmm.  It was a glorious autumn day and went for a walk at lunch (I've been going for walks most days, and the weather for the most part has been amazing lately).  I've also been getting through the lemon "tea" (just flavoured sugar) I got in Turkey in 2014, having it in our pretty Cunard tea cups we got for Christmas on our last cruise.  

Cunard lemon tea

Last of the chrysanthemums

I also started the next section of the Disney Behemoth jigsaw - The Little Mermaid section, and got stuck into labelling UK 2010 photos.

Thursday morning I finished scanning roll 21 of Dad's slides - that was three boxes in one week!  Epic!  At lunch I cut up some potatoes to dry out for the afternoon, so that we could pretend to be a bit healthy and have potato wedges instead of pizza for dinner.  Then we watched the CGI Lion King.  Gosh CGI is amazing these days.  The movie was *very* similar to the original, some things were shot for shot exactly the same.  It wasn't quite the same without Jeremy Irons and Rowan Atkinson, although John Oliver was ok.

Friday Stu had an appointment so dropped me at work so I could copy and clear everything off my old laptop so I could give it back.  

Cirrus is coming along slowly.  Much *much* slower than Geocon.  I can't help thinking these are likely to be better quality than Geocon, as it seems like they're taking their time to do things properly.  Who knows..
Cirrus Belconnen

In the evening the sweetie had a hankering for Crust.  So much for a pizza free week! ;)  Then we watched the original Lion King because the sweetie had never actually seen it!!  *gasp*   If I'd known that we could have watched the original first.  

Saturday I spent the entire day alternating between the jigsaw and cleaning the house, with a little computer time in the mix as well.  In the evening EffanC came over - first time we've had anyone over for dinner in months!  (good incentive to clean the house!)   We had bubbles and cheese, epic roast pork and potato bake with veggies, Gluhwein and cinnamon scrolls for dessert that F made.  A lovely evening.

Wine and cheese

I didn't get a photo of the pork, whoops!
Gluhwein and potato bake

I'm super lazy with the gluhwein - rather than fussing about with the stove or slow cooker, I just nuke it.  A whole bottle will fit into four glasses, and I microwaved for about three minutes.

Gluhwein microwave

Cinnamon scrolls

Today I pretty much just did the jigsaw all day, and watched stuff on the internet.  Nice lazy day :)

Stumpy says wassup

Lamb shank stew, aka runny poo dinner we had last Sunday :)

Lamb shank stew

Monday I finished the Peter Pan section of the Disney Memorable Moments Behemoth jigsaw.  Took three weeks for that section, which is shorter than other sections, but probably because I tended to spend more time on it.

Tuesday I woke up at 2am and didn't get back to sleep for two or three hours.  Hurrah.

Slept better Tuesday night.  But Wednesday fricken Skype completely froze my home computer in the middle of a meeting.  Hate hate hate Skype.  Drove the sweetie to the doctor because his back has been causing him all sorts of grief.  Picked up my work laptop so I can run meetings from it on my other vm and not my main computer.  David finished a jigsaw we started, 1000 pieces in just a couple of nights hehe.

Got a tin of soup from Chris's and had cabbage bake and tomato bake for dinner.  Yum yum yum.

Cabbage bake and tomato bake

Thursday successfully used Skype from the laptop and other vm.  Although I did have a long Skype screenshare with Connor on my main computer because I really needed the big screen.  Traditional beer and pizza.  Watched Picard, and had a drink with Kit and Pete and a game of Kismet, which Kit won.

How awesome is Canberra, this literally two minutes walk from our house.
Bush capital

Friday we finished Picard (pretty sure it was Friday night we finished it.  Could have been Thursday).  Then watched Peter Pan so I could get a photo of the jigsaw and the movie.  Except the "memorable moment" of the kids flying in front of Big Ben never actually happened!!  It *sort of* did but only as a transtion between two shots.  I call shenanigans!!  (I managed to capture the transtion of shots, but if you watch it you can see they never actually did it).

Peter Pan jigsaw

Saturday I felt like I didn't do anything much, just towels washing, food shopping, cooking dinner at lunch time, and tidied the house a little.  I guess that's *something*.  Last time I was at Coles they didn't have the trolleys chained together so you didn't need coins or a dongle, and it was the same on Saturday.  Had epic beef stew for dinner, watched the first episode of the new season of Lego Masters, some BBT, Brooklyn 99 and Hackers.  Another blogging fail - I never blogged when we watched it last time.  I thought it was relatively recently, Stu thought it was at least five years.  No blog evidence though.  

Sixteen different cheeses in the fridge!
Sixteen cheeses

Runny poo beef stew

Today I got a lot more done on the todo list, as well as finished part picking another nine sets (although actually only eight as one duplicate was already done and complete.  Had pancakes for lunch (it was Sunday, it was tradition for a decade when were kids).  Cooked epic lasagna for dinner.  Pics next week ;)

Pancakes

Eight thirty is bed time, right?

Backdating this because I'm a slacker .. again..

As of Tuesday last week I'd slept ok the past couple of nights.  Although I realised I probably shouldn't say such things as I'm likely to jinx myself.  I'd been stressing on the weekend about the neverending housework and how many times a day I cleaned the kitchen and I'd had to run the dishwasher *twice* on the weekend and again that Tuesday night, but then the little brother cleared the floor for me and the sweetie did some washing up and I felt better about life again :)  I cooked a bunch of veggies for dinner (a tomato bake - roasted halved tomatoes topped with basil and melty cheese at the end, asparagus caesar (asparagus, butter, lemon juice, parmesand cheese) and carrots).  And I made a Yum! Delicious! cake because David and found me self-raising flour.  

Veggies

Yum delicious cake

Wednesday I finally finished part picking the six sets I started on the weekend.  Sometimes it really does take all weekend (and then some) which is why I stopped for so long - if we had anything at all on the weekend I didn't commit to starting, because there'd be a good chance I wouldn't finish.  Cooked some pork leftovers up with some broccolini which was quite nice.

Pork leftovers

Thursday turned up to problems with SSO in the morning, and having to fight with router ACLs in the afternoon, so pretty crappy day.  Had some Corona with the sweetie.

Corona beer

We were going to try and get Chong Co delivery but their website wasn't showing up as available, and they didn't answer the phone either.  So had more deep pan pizza (getting a bit thicker) - but the second pizza that week - blerf.

Dominos deep pan pizza

And then watched Prisoner of Azkaban.

Tell me what this reminds you of..

Tiles

Good Friday I started on Vic's Life on Mars part picking.  I thought there were twelve sets.  Turns out there was 22.  He had many copies of some of the smaller sets - eight of one of them!  Spent time on Saturday and Sunday doing that as well.  Also made some good progress on the big jigsaw we've had going since January.  It took us about three months to do half the jigsaw, and we did the second half pretty much over the Easter long weekend.  Helped by Ravensburger very nicely using the same cutter on either side of the jigsaw, so I flipped the top (mostly sky) round, lay it over the bottom, and smashed it out.  

On Friday we went for a walk around the block.  People were actually really friendly, everyone smiled.  I saw happy tree a bit closer up, but it's in someone's back yard, so can't get close.  Cooked sausages for dinner and watched the 1970 Airport movie.

Happy tree close up

Took ages to get to sleep Friday night - super restless.  House stuff, food shopping, jigsaw and Lego.  I went food shopping fairly early on Saturday, but Coles was depleted of different thing.  Like there was hardly any orange juice, frozen food, or bananas.  Still no toilet paper or liquid soap available, but I did manage to get some paper towel, garlic/echinacea/zinc/C tablets, and some brown rice.  And then felt like I was getting a sore throat all day.  Cooked pork leftovers red curry, and watched Airport 75.

Pork red curry

Pork red curry

Sunday, mostly just Lego and jigsaw.  There may have been pizza scrolls for lunch.  

Pizza scrolls

I took a "before" photo of our dungeon room.  It's not before Stu started pulling out books to give away so that's why there's an empty few shelves.

Dungeon April

Crysanthemums

Watched Airport 77 in the evening.

Monday was mostly just house stuff and rearranging shelves.  I put out a fun jigsaw for David to do to have a break between one hard one and the next.

David doing cupcake jigsaw

And then made runny poo for dinner!

Actually beef stew, which looks digusting but tastes amazing

Runny poo beef stew

Runny poo beef stew

Finished up the Airport box set with Airport 79 - the Concorde.  The Concorde they used in the movie was the same one that crashed - so sad!!

Tuesday I woke up at Dentist Time and never got back to sleep :(:(  Started on the next section of the Disney behemoth jigsaw.

Wednesday was cranky day due to Skype sucking donkey balls.  I hate being on the phone at the best of times, but it kept dropping out and at one point left me with a big black square in the middle of the screen and I had to restart my vm to clear it.  Not happy Jan.  I asked the sweetie to cook dinner, so he ordered Chong Co, successfully this time.

I didn't do much of this - it was in the break area at work.  But I did contribute so that counts right? :)

Dolphins jigsaw

Did this one at home.  The blue was pretty tough because all the pieces are the same shape and it was fairly blurry.  I think it might have come from the Green Shed, so was impressive that it was complete.

Kittens jigsaw

Mum brought this down at Christmas and I smashed it out in the first week back at work.  Nice and simple.

Mountain Lake jigsaw

Another complete one from the Green Shed that I did at work.

Sailing jigsaw

A $2 cheapie from Kmart.  These things are pretty flimsy cheap made in China stuff, but for $2 who cares.

Carousel jigsaw

And another complete one from the Green Shed (hattrick!!) that I did at work.  This one was a little tricky in the grass and mountains because the cut was so generous and similar that pieces would fit even if they were wrong.

Lake Louise jigsaw

So not a lot this quarter.  We've been working on a horrible 3000 piece one on the dining table that's been going since January.  A guy at work had it and challenged me with it.  I'm only doing it so I can get it out of the house....

He was a dead end

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So last Tuesday after battling for two nights with Apple, and blogging, it got to 21:30 and I still needed to wash my hair.  Le sigh.

The lake was a little fuller after the hail storm.

Fuller lake

Thursday was a bit of a crazy day.  There was a bushfire near the airport, so people were distracted monitoring that (it originally started in trees that I'd noticed on the way to the club just last weekend were dead because of the drought).  And then it took out some good chunks of our network because an Optus location lost power and they didn't have generator backup there.  And there was a water bomber plane crash.  Sadly it was the same C-130 we saw taking off out of HMAS Albatross last year.  Sad times.  And then they closed the airport (well most flights were cancelled), stranding people in (and out) of Canberra for the evening.  I really couldn't concentrate very well on work that afternoon.  In the evening I was going to watch Coco by myself (finally caught up on all the Pixar movies I started watching a year ago, with just Toy Story 4 to go now - which is coming soon!) but the boys were ok for me to watch it on the main tv and they watched it too.  Was pretty good.  Well except for the whole I issue I had that photos have only existed for the past hundred or so years, so what did people do before that?  Paintings?  hrmm

Friday I went over to Chrissie's and we had some champagne for her birthday and had Chinese takeaway and just chatted which was really nice.  Her car was damaged in the hail.

Chrissie birthday

Hi google

Hail damaged bonnet

Hail damaged bonnet

Stampy

Saturday I did a bunch of research into how I was going to morph Ryan's donut photos.  One person said use "face movie" from Picasa.  My version of Picasa was pretty old and didn't seem to have it, so I downloaded the latest off the Wayback Machine.  And it was magic.  Saved me hours and hours and hours of effort.  Well, I still need to get some final photos from Luc to finish it off but I suddenly found myself free for the weekend.  

In the evening was a party for Aquila's 60th.  Stu wasn't feeling up to socialising but he came and stayed anyway which was nice.  And we didn't have a late night.  There was a lot of food.  Food spam to follow ;)  After the jigsaws!! OMFG!!

Oh hai friends

Chris 60th noms

Chris 60th noms

Chris 60th noms

Chris 60th noms

Chris 60th birthday cake

Happy birthday Chris

Sunday.  OMFG I hate Apple.  Ever since I got my XS, it's never synced my Google calendar with the phone.  I've tried all sorts of suggestions but nothing ever worked.  So I gave up and downloaded the Google Calendar app which works just fine.  But it's also stopped syncing my contacts.  Which is more annoying because I often update my phone, but I want Google to be the master.  So I went hunting to see if I could try again to fix Google sycning.  Someone talked about using iCloud.  So I logged into iCloud to find my contacts aren't synced there at all!!!  Even though it's set to backup contacts.  What a retarded piece of crap.  I complained on Twitter, as you do, and they actually responded.  Not with anything useful of course.  I haven't tried the last thing they suggested, because I was completely over it.  I'm going to go back to my old 1999 perl/mysql database as my "master", making sure I have a full backup of everything, then try some more to hack away at it.  

We were originally going to go to the club Sunday afternoon but Stu wasn't feeling up to socialising, so we just stayed home.  Which suited me just fine as I was having fun geotagging my USA 2000 photos, and listening to the Classic 100 Music in the Movies, Rescreened, which I listened to the entire weekend which was awesome.  Did a bit of jigsaw as well.  We watched Quantum of Solace in the evening.  Man, that movie made me dizzy just looking at it.  Such a frenetic pace in the action sequences - editing of shots less than a second each.  Madness.

Monday I woke up at 3:30 and never got back to sleep (well I did for about half an hour at 6:30).  Hurrah.  Spent the day geotagging photos.  It was fun reliving my trip to New York from 2000, with more fresh memories to reinforce it all from a year ago.  I was sad geotagging the World Trade Centre photos though - I found it somewhat strange/disturbing that I could still geotag those photos with complete precision.  I was even able to geotag just about all the photos fairly accurately in Disneyland.  It's amazing how much has stayed the same over the past twenty years.  Managed to manually geotag the entire set of photos in one weekend.  Ok so there were only 727 of them, and about 70 I'd done the other week.  

On Monday afternoon a bushfire started near Orroral, where Stu, Kit and I did the Granite Tors walk a few years ago.  We could see the smoke from our place.

Orroral fire

We watched the first episode of Picard in the evening.  

Got a much better night's sleep on Monday night.   Tuesday the Orroral fire got much much worse.  We could see the pyrocumulus clouds from work.  I got some pretty insane timelapses of it.

Pyrocumulus

Tuesday night I backed up my phone.  It only took 32 minutes and about 8-10 reconnects of the phone to get the photos and the half dozen regular videos, not counting getting two timelapses I got via Google Drive earlier in the day.  Then another 15 minutes to process them (every single video had its timestamp changed), minus the few minutes I ran outside to see the sky on fire..

Sky on fire

Sky on fire

Sky on fire

Sky on fire

Today I worked from home.  Last Friday David had gotten sick enough of our slow internet upload speeds that he called Internode to see if they could fix it.  Today an NBN dude turned up and went off to fix it.  Turns out there was a broken connector, resulting in exactly half the speed we should have had.  So he fixed that and our download speeds are now back up to 20mbit down, 4 up.  Not quite as fast as it was before, but still twice as good as recent times.  Hurrah!  So at least that was a win.  Smoke from the Orroral fire blew north and the sky got a really eerie green/brown/yellow colour for much of the day.  

Tonight was just going back into the photo labels I'd done for the USA 2000 trip, and giving them a bit more detail and tidying it up.  I also redid all the panoramas.  Back in the day I used a program (Panavue?) that you had to manually set linkage points for it to line them up.  It worked pretty well for fairly horizontal panoramas, but not so well if the camera was angled.  So I redid them in Microsoft Image Composite Editor.  Sometimes Microsoft comes up with amazing software, and this is one example.  Works like magic.  

Case in point:

National Mall panorama - old

National Mall panorama - new

In all the crazyness of the world right now I can't help but be inspired by these flowers growing in our front garden.  They've basically had no water all summer, except during the storm last week.  Yet here they are, in full bloom, smiling at the world.

Pretty pink flowers

Stay safe everyone!

David brought this up on one of his visits earlier in the year.  A little tricky because all the pieces are the same shape.

Uluru jigsaw

I did this at work because it was only 750 pieces and fits in the space I work on them in.  Have done it before.

Undersea jigsaw

I think I may have gotten this at Vinnies.  A nice easy little one I did at work.

Portual jigsaw

David brought this one as well and we did it together.  I'll have to do it again myself one day before I can give it away ;)

New York jigsaw

Mum brought this at Christmas, done in a minute or so.

Parrot jigsaw

I got this out so we could do it one year to the day after I actually went to St Lucia :)

St Lucia jigsaw

At the end of June I was so filled with rage at the hypocrisy of our change management team that I took a slightly long lunch and went jigsaw shopping at Vinnies.  This 400 piece one wasn't priced though, so they had to make up a price at the register.  The 1000 piece one I got was $5, so you'd think this would be $2.  No, they charged me $4.  #grunt.  Did it in early July on the window sil.  Complete too, surprisingly.

Kings Reach jigsaw

This was the other jigsaw I got that day.  The California coast line.  At 1000 pieces it's a bit of a struggle to fit on the window sil, and took a lot longer to do.  Also complete.

California coast jigsaw

It was very badly cut though - it'd gotten misaligned in the machine, so the cuts were too close and pieces were broken.

California coast jigsaw pieces

This one was in the break out area.  After a morning tea it was still there with most of the sky and water to be done.  So I finished it.  Whoops.

Sydney jigsaw

Had to dig into my supply of completed jigsaws for another small one to do at work.  Did it without the box, because the box has five jigsaws in it.  I did have photo from last time though. 

Tiger jigsaw

I was with Neil when he bought this.  I might have strongly encouraged him to do so, so that I could do it as well ;)  He never ended up doing it (he started at Christmas with his family but didn't finish it, and hadn't cleared space to do it at home).  So I borrowed it and did it in a weekend.  So much fun.

Movie Pun jigsaw

It has visual puns/clues for one hundred different movies.  I think I got about 3/5ths to begin with.  Then I looked at the location guide which lists the movies in alphabetical order.  From that I was able to guess some more movies, and realise some of my guesses were wrong because they were out of order.  From that I ended up with about 3/4 of the movies.

Spoilers ahead now. 

The problem with the jigsaw was the lack of resolution on some of the pictures.  Like this one.  It looks a bit like a black Admiral Ackbar, but is in fact Iron Lady.  Which maybe I would have had half a chance of getting if I could have seen her face.

Movie Pun jigsaw

Same with this one.  Looks like Airplane! to me, but was in fact Snakes on a Plane.  How am I meant to even see that?

Movie Pun jigsaw

Or this.  Some little kid sitting on a building.  How the heck are you meant to see that's Young Frankenstein?  You can *just* see it once you know.

Movie Pun jigsaw

This I thought was Super Eight until I saw the order was wrong.  Turns out it was The Angry Eight.

Movie Pun jigsaw

Some of them were a lot of fun to guess (like this one, guesses?).

Movie Pun jigsaw

Others even with the answer I was like.. how..?  This one took me *ages* to get even once I knew the answer.

Movie Pun jigsaw

Anyone see it?

And some were a bit of a stretch, like Reservoir Dogs

Movie Pun jigsaw

Definitely a lot of fun though.

And this other small one from the same pack as the tigers.

Kitten jigsaw

Haven't done a lot of jigsaws this quarter.  Been too busy trying to sort out Lego so I can get it out of the house.  That, and most of the puzzles I have to do are 1500 plus pieces, which stay out for a long time and get quite distracting.  The smaller ones I can knock over and get done and out of the house a lot quicker.

David selected this one from my to-do pile when he came up in April (he'd brought it up on a previous occasion).  1500 pieces and we did it in a couple of days.  It's of a cute little town, Ramsau, in Germany.  When I went trying to find it (so I can go there one day ;) ) I found a live webcam setup in this exact spot.  I watched it for a while and there was a constant stream of people having their photos taken on the bridge :)

Ramsau jigsaw

I left it out for a while then, because I'm trying to declutter and wanted to give the jigsaw away, I pulled out the parts that David had mostly done, so that I could do them myself, so that I felt like I'd actually *done* the jigsaw before I gave it away :)

Ramsau jigsaw

Ramsau jigsaw

Even Stumpy came out to help :)

Ramsau jigsaw

This was a jigsaw I bought new from Kmart for a few dollars (I think).  David, Kat, Kit and I (I think) did it back in 2016.  I thought I'd do it again myself so that I could give it away.

Hot air balloon jigsaw

This one Kore gave to me when she came to visit in late 2011, and it had been sitting unopened downstairs ever since.  So it was good to finally do it.

Winsor Manor jigsaw

This one Lachie started and promptly gave up on.  He brought it in for me to do, and I couldn't resist starting it there and then.  Took quite a while to do at work (because I simply don't have the time; the best progresses I made on it were after work hours, and also I can't sort the pieces the way I would at home because people come along and mess them up).  But it was really nice to have a jigsaw nearby to do - great for when you need a brain break to just do it for a couple of minutes.

Smarties jigsaw

Smarties jigsaw

Smarties jigsaw

I'll do this again at home some time, maybe when David is here haha ;)

Smarties jigsaw

Quite a busy quarter.

I came across this one that had just been started on the Queen Mary 2 at the beginning of the year.  I stayed and finished the whole thing, with another dude for some of it, before lunch on New Years Day.

Ocean Liners jigsaw

And now for a whole series of jigsaws from the club office cleanout.

This one had fourteen pieces missing.  I'm usually willing to put a note in the jigsaw for future users, but fourteen was a bit excessive so threw it out.

Time to Go jigsaw

A tiny little jigsaw (under 200 pieces) I did very quickly one evening.

Traditional Narrowboats jigsaw

Life on the Farm, another single-evening jigsaw.

Life on a Farm jigsaw

1933 Leyland Fire Engine

1933 Leyland Fire Engine jigsaw

This Goosebumps one glowed in the dark.

Goosebumps jigsaw

But the glow faded very very quickly it was so old.

Goosebumps jigsaw

And then I had my appendix out.  Sitting wasn't too uncomfortable so I could do smaller jigsaws where I didn't have to stand up to lean over to reach pieces.  This also glowed in the dark but I forgot and dismantled it before it got dark.

Unicorn jigsaw

Another few fun little ones.

Sporting Dogs jigsaw

Disney jigsaw

Thomas the Tank Engine jigsaw

Ten days after surgery I was able to face bigger jigsaws again.  Of course I started with a very tough jigsaw.  Annoyingly the pieces were badly cut.  Not only had they not all been separated properly, but the cut was so similar you could have the piece be "correct" on two sides, but still be wrong.  Very frustrating, especially with all the very similar green at the bottom and blue at the top.

Neuschwanstein jigsaw

Struggling on..

Neuschwanstein jigsaw

Finally finally finished.  If it hadn't been so horrible I may have kept it, as I'm still vaguely interested in getting a keeper jigsaw for Neuschwanstein.  Here is also where I started using Office Lens to de-keystone the photos.

Neuschwanstein jigsaw

Egeskov Castle, Denmark

Egeskov Castle Denmark jigsaw

This looks small but is actually huge.  It's labelled as a floor puzzle and each piece is about 10cm square.  It glowed in the dark too but the glow lasted for like a second before completely fading.

Trex jigsaw

A couple now my brother brought over at some point.  The first is a fairly horrible one of the Grand Canyon.  The building and sky were easy enough but the whole lower half is just trees and snow.  Tough going.

Grand Canyon jigsaw

Grand Canyon jigsaw

Grand Canyon jigsaw

And this one of Hautefort Castle, France.  That green was pretty tough.

Hautefort Castle France jigsaw

This one has been downstairs forever.  It may have come from when we cleared out Mum's place.  It's 1500 pieces, and there's a *lot* of blue, so it was looking like it'd be quite tough.

Seafarer jigsaw

Seafarer jigsaw

The water and ship were (relatively) easy.

Seafarer jigsaw

But here's where I started cheating.  The jigsaw had been cut in two, then one side was rotated 180 degrees and then both pieces were cut into 750 pieces.  Meaning identical halves.

Seafarer jigsaw

Which you could literally put on top of each other and then it was a hundred times easier to find the next piece of sky you were looking for.

Seafarer jigsaw

The pieces all had "twins", so once I was done with all the pieces that I could by laying them atop each other, I paired up the pieces, and then only had to "half" the jigsaw.  You'd put the piece in one side, and put its twin in the same place on the other side.

Seafarer jigsaw

And presumably a previous owner had decided all that sky was way too hard and drew blue and red lines all over the sky with pens.  That sure did make pieces easier to find!

Seafarer jigsaw

But they didn't know about the pieces having "twins".  And a couple of times they got it wrong.  See the pieces and far left and right just below and above centre.  They're darker blue here.

Seafarer jigsaw

But lighter blue here.  So they had it wrong before drawing lines all over it.

Seafarer jigsaw

Finally finshed.

Seafarer jigsaw

This one I got from the Green Shed last time I was there.  The box said it had 6 missing pieces.  It actually had 9 missing pieces.

Fairyland jigsaw

And another one from the Green Shed.  The pieces of this were very small, so the whole jigsaw was quite small too.

Playful pandas jigsaw

And that's that for first quarter!

I've finally posted my 2018 year in review.. probably the latest I've ever done it.  I'd taken notes for everything up til the end of November, thinking I'd write it up on the trip, even if I couldn't post it.  Yeah right.  Anyways, done now.

Fourth Quarter Jigsaws also went up late, which includes some of the ones I did or helped with on the Queen Mary 2, in case anyone cares.

This was a fun one that came second hand from somewhere, possibly from the club cleanout, or from David.  There were a couple of pieces missing sadly.

Sydney jigsaw

Another from either the club cleanout or David, of Kinderdijk in the Netherlands.  I saw a bunch of windmills when I was there in 2012, but not sure which ones.  I did see that little tower on the very right.  I did most of this jigsaw myself, then we finished the sky when Dave and Kat were up in October.

Kinderdijk jigsaw

We started this the Saturday morning David and Kat were here, then they went off to River Island.  Given the waste of a weekend I had at home, I shoulda gone with them.  We finished it Sunday afternoon.

Fully Monty jigsaw

I got this from Kmart for $2 because I had a $10 voucher and had spent $8 on five pairs of socks and needed to spend the rest on something.  A fun little jigsaw I think I did in about an hour.

Chalk box jigsaw

This was from the club cleanout.  Had a repeating pattern so the left half was the same as the right half.

Civilisation jigsaw

This jigsaw we started in Southampton on the Queen Mary 2.  Did it in a couple of days.

Comic Jigsaw - Crazy Golf

This second comic jigsaw came straight after the one above on the port side of the ship.  Did this in two days.

Comic Jigsaw - Farm Visit

I truly hate people.  I hate evil disgusting people.  One morning after finishing the comic jigsaw above, we started this jigsaw of Polperro and got the sky and the boats and water done.  Later I came back to it and someone had put their hands on both sides of the jigsaw and pushed the whole lot together, destroying it.  I just walked away, I couldn't face redoing it all.  Then we had our shore day in New York.  Came back to it the next day and someone had restored it to about where I'd left it.  So I finished it.  Later I walked past and someone had pulled out all the dark bits of the water.  I mean seriously what the F#$* is wrong with people??  Some dude was putting it in and I showed him the photo of the finished jigsaw from just that morning.  I let him finish it.  The next day it had started all over again.  Le sigh.

Polperro jigsaw

I don't actually know what this is, as I didn't get a photo of the box (edit: it's Two Sisters (On the Terrace) (1881), by Renoir).  This was started in Southampton as well on the starboard side of the ship, and this was the progress after three days.  I didn't do much of it at all by this stage, just a couple of pieces.  It was pretty tough going, very dark and not much definition on the pieces.  Really didn't like it at all.

Art jigsaw

This was the progress by Christmas day.  I'd done a bit more on it, and I'd sorted all the pieces by shape, and partly by colour as someone else had sorted by colour.

Art jigsaw

And did I mention how much I HATE PEOPLE??  Look at what some feral turd of a human being did to it!

Art jigsaw

I'd originally thought with a bit of persistence we could get it done by the time we got off in New York, but I couldn't face it after this.  I actually considered boxing it all up and telling them to throw it out (there were pieces missing anyway) and put out a new one.  But I just walked away.

This had been going on the port side of the ship during our Caribbean days, so was just about finished when I saw it.  I helped with all the greenery at the top and we finished it before lunch on New Years Eve (technically New Years Day in Australia haha)

The Thatcher's Cottage jigsaw

Friday David and Kat came to stay which was nice.  We couldn't decide what to have for dinner, so went to the shop for inspiration.  While staring at the fridge some random came in so David asked "what's for dinner?", to which she said, pasta with chicken, cream, sundried tomatoes, and D&K were like "can we come to your place?" haha.  Did pick up some stuff and made creamy bacony porky pasta.  After dinner we finished the jigsaw I'd been working on for the week (all that was left was sky that took a third of the jigsaw).  And we put on Flying High because Kat needed to see it.  Except she wouldn't watch it.  Oh well.

Saturday morning we started a new jigsaw before they wandered off.  Didn't have a particularly efficient day.  Did some food shopping but that was about all.  Thought we'd have a nice quiet evening.  Watched Wall-E (because we don't have Ratatouille).  After the movie I tried to use David's G7X in stars mode, but I couldn't get it to focus.  I completely lost it.  My brother can get the most amazing photos out of that camera, but I can't even operate it in point and shoot mode.  Such a failure at life.  Which was sad because the sweetie had come out to sit with my while I was doing stuff, which was really nice, but I couldn't deal and went to bed.  And then woke up at about 1:45am and stayed awake for the next three or four hours.  Hurrah.

Sunday I was pretty much a zombie, so again, nothing got done.  Such a waste of a weekend.  I shoulda gone petanquing.  

David and Kat came back in the afternoon, complete with broken ankle.  Kat had rolled it on uneven ground on Saturday night.  They got it treated at Goulburn Base Hospital on Sunday on the way back here.  We finished the jigsaw we started on Saturday and watched some Good Place and had roast pork for dinner, and I slept a whole lot better.

Monday evening I think I managed to achieve more in an hour than I did all weekend.  Silly really.

Tuesday evening was hurty, which was remedied with wine and pizza, and a drink with Kit and Pete, one of our last ever at their place.  Sad times.

Turned on the cooler tonight for the first time this season.  I think it's going to be a hot one....

This is a Wasgij jigsaw David brought over at one point.  As always these are a lot of fun.

Wasgij jigsaw

Jim bought me this as a parting gift when he left the team.  The birds were a lot of fun and I did those quite quickly.  The blue on the other hand was HARD.  Completely flat colour.  Fortunately there was a good variety in piece shapes so took ages but was at least doable.  The other thing I liked about this jigsaw was the packaging.  The jigsaw came in a sealed snap-lock bag, so once opened, the jigsaw could be placed back in a snap-lock bag - no losing pieces!  So good.

Birds jigsaw

I finished the fourth installment of the Disney 40320 piece behemoth jigsaw at the beginning of September.  I knew as soon as picked out the bag (at random) that it would be this because it was so green.  As always, the picture is not *quite* reality from the movie.  

Jungle Book jigsaw

Jungle Book jigsaw and movie

Jungle book movie still

David and I spent an entire day just doing this 1500 piece jigsaw a couple of weeks ago.  This was a club jigsaw I brought home because they were clearing out the office.  I got two boxes of jigsaws - win!

Cockpit simulator jigsaw

Another from the club office cleanout.  Only three hundred pieces, so just a bit of fun.  Sadly a few pieces missing because the box was not sealed and bits had gone everywhere.  Found some but not all.

Creatures of the Deep jigsaw

This was a fun 1000 piece jigsaw, also from the club cleanout.  The art is by Royce, who did the art for the 24000 piece Life jigsaw.  So I've done some of those planets before!  David and Kat and I did it again together the other day.

Royce Dolphin World jigsaw

This 500 piece one of St Lucia I started last Monday night with the intent I'd get a couple of nights on it.  Except I finished it in an hour.  Whoops.  Also from the club cleanout.

St Lucia jigsaw

Not as Good as the Last

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Went over to Chrissie's for dinner on Friday.  It's been too long since I've seen them.  Didn't help that they were sick for like a month.  Aunty Di is coming down in the school holidays - mum you should get a slideshow together and come down.

Nathan seven months

Saturday was pretty much just house stuff all day.  I did make a lemon cheesecake that generally turned out well but needs a tweak or two on the recipe.  Just need to practise til I get it right ;)

Saturday evening we went over to Scott's so he could get a bit of practise with the pizza oven.  It turned out to be a slow process and by the time we got through three pizzas (two of them gluten free) we were quite full.  And there wasn't even enough cheese ;)

Pizza at Scott's (gluten free base)

Smoked duck pizza

Sunday just more house type stuff.  Did some food shopping and cooked pork belly for dinner.  Still not convinced by the recipe I've used twice now.  Tastes good but the crackling goes bubbly (and takes effort not to burn) and just isn't as good (and doesn't keep as well) as my normal method.  Watched Snatch because the guys at work said it was good, but I wasn't convinced.  I even struggled to stay awake through some of it..

Tonight I finished labelling day 16 of our East Asia trip, only three days to go.  And then I did a 500 piece jigsaw.  In an hour.  Whoops.

Monday to Sunday

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Crap.  I've done it again.  Sorry.

Mostly same ole same ole.

Did lunch with DC at the Labor Club on Wednesday to use up my birthday vouchers.

Thursday we watched Star Trek IV which made me all kinds of happy.

Friday we went to the Tipsy Bull for dinner, which was actually pretty cool, some very nice gins and very nice tapas style food.  Then we came home and watched Star Trek V.  It has some great moments, and the chemistry between Kirk/Spock/McCoy is at its peak, but the whole rest of the movie is .. well.. silly..

Saturday I completed the fourth part of the Disney behemoth (Saturday afternoon I put on The Jungle Book while I was finishing off the jigsaw - it was .. well.. silly..  I think I liked the "real-life" version better (ok so it's mostly cgi not real life)).  Then went to EffanC's for dinner, and Scott came too which was nice, but it was a very late night, and of course I woke up at 7am anyway, didn't I.  So was pretty much a zombie today.  Had brunch, then linner, and "dinner" was chips and ice cream while watching the first episode of Secret City, which was distracting on account of been-theres. heh

This is one of Kit's jigsaws.  I was down there one Thursday night and Pete and I started it, although Pete lost interest pretty quickly and Kit helped me finish it.  Fun little jigsaw.

Optical Illusion Jigsaw

David did pretty much all of this on one of his visits in April.  In fact he stayed up til 3am!  So an entire 1000 piece jigsaw in one night.  I will do this one again myself one day :)

Amalfi jigsaw

We did this at David's place when I went to visit in May.  It glows in the dark!

Glow in the dark tiger jigsaw

Glow in the dark tiger jigsaw

Glow in the dark tiger jigsaw

Stu let me work on the next section of the Disney 40320 piece Memorable Moments behemoth upstairs.  I started it in late May and finished by 22 June (I came home early one Friday afternoon to watch the movie while finishing the jigsaw).  The only problem with doing it upstairs is it's harder to photograph the jigsaw "in front" of the movie.

Lion King Disney Memorable Moments Jigsaw

Lion King Disney Memorable Moments Jigsaw

I got this with a Games Capital voucher I'd been given.  I couldn't decide what to get for ages, so in the end got this Krypt spiral jigsaw.  More interesting that the plain coloured version of the same thing.  I quite enjoyed this, and reckon the plain coloured one would be easy enough because they print the pattern on the box so you'd know what shaped piece you were looking for.

Spiral Krypt 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.

Thursday night Hao was in town so we caught up for dinner.  Went to Alice's for dinner, and Koko Black for dessert.  Good to see him again, this time only six years since I saw him last.

Alice's crying duck salad

Alice's black pepper beef

Alice's pad thai

Hao

Friday night was Enterprise (we're into season three now) followed by Flying High.  Love that movie hehe.  Then a bit of Cards Against Humanity with Kit and Pete.  Because there was only three of us, after a few rounds we introduced a "dummy hand" - putting cards at random into the mix to give more options to choose from.  For a while the dummy hand was doing better than me!  Silly really!

Saturday Stu had an appointment in town in the morning so I went in with him.  Dropped off a huge bag of used coffee pods, and got a bit annoyed because they'd moved and I had to carry the heavy bag further.  Then did a few Ingress missions.  Then bought a new jigsaw with the gift voucher Ben S had given me a while back.  Came home and organised some stuff then started the next section of the Disney Behemoth jigsaw.  The bag I pulled out at random was The Lion King.  Dinner was a complete mashup of pretty much all the leftovers left in the house.  A very random meal but it least it got rid of most stuff in the fridge.  In the evening watched Enterprise, Homeland and Trumbo, a movie about a Hollywood screenwriter who was a member of the Communist Party and had to work under false names due to being blacklisted.  We quite enjoyed it.

Today I woke up with a bit of a sore throat.  Hope I'm not getting sick.  Have been alternating between computer stuff, house stuff and jigsaw.

Yeah I know it's nearly half way through the year and I could probably do a six month update heh.

David and I did this MC Escher jigsaw in early January when he came to visit.  It used to belong to Marylon back in the day.

MC Escher jigsaw

I picked up this 3D Eiffel Tower jigsaw at Vinnies for $5.  It is pretty cool, but not really a challenge of a jigsaw.  All the pieces are numbered and you're meant to build it in numerical order, which is kinda boring.  I did sort the pieces into their groups of four and did the four identical sections at the same time.  Gave it to Noah cause he like Paris.

Eiffel Tower jigsaw

Another "World's Most Difficult" jigsaw that David found in an op-shop and he and I did together in January.

Skiing jigsaw

Another op-shop find of David's.  He did most of this when he came to visit in early February

Rustic Kitchen jigsaw

And one more op-shop find from David.  He did a bit more of this than me.  It's a picture of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, but took a while in Google image search to find it, because the box labelled it something like "Paradise" which is hardly helpful.  I think I found it looking for pink mansion, or something like that.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild jigsaw

This one I think I brought home from Mum and Dad's when we were clearing the place out.  Fairly large at 1500 pieces, I did it to have a break from the Disney behemoth.  It's of a castle and lake in Switzerland.

Switzerland jigsaw

This I did out at the club, so took quite a long time to finish because opportunities to do it are fairly limited.  It's a painting "The Captain and the Mate" by James Jacques Joseph Tissot.

The Captain and the Mate jigsaw

And another op-shop one from David.  This was a lot of fun, I might even keep it.  I finished this the same day Vic delivered a boot-load of Lego, so the table downstairs has been covered in Lego ever since.

Cupcakes jigsaw

Whoops

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The little brother came over tonight (he came up for a meeting at the railway museum where they discussed if would be viable to resurrect the place) and I've stayed up wayyyy past my bed time doing a jigsaw with him.  Whoops.

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