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I could really get used to four day weekends!

Friday night we watched Innerspace, since we didn't manage to see it last weekend.

Saturday we walked around Palmerville, and we watched Airport in the evening.

Sunday we went food shopping at the markets.  In the evening Stu thought we could find something to watch on Netflix, but it took so long we gave up and went to bed without watching anything.

Monday the sweetie and I both took the day off.  I cooked roast beef with an epic veggie bake of zucchini, carrot, cauliflower and broccoli and then we watched Gladiator.

Today I did cheesy hash browns for brunch and made up a batch of Anzac biscuits in the afternoon.  The first batch didn't have a chance to get cold..

And other than that I've been gluing lots of little paper triangles.  And fighting with MovableType.  But I do have a new blog coming soon, stay tuned!

Sun

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It's been an absolutely glorious weekend.  Except I've spent most of it inside sorting holiday photos :/

We did go for a walk together on Saturday.  And go to Bunnings.  And ran into Kit there.  On Saturday night Annie and the family came over for pizza for dinner and Stu showed them some holiday photos from his phone on the tv.

Sunday Stu gardened for a couple of hours while I did holiday photos.  I cooked pork medallion roast for dinner, and it was possibly one of the best pork roasts I've ever done.  Every bit of the crackling was perfect, and the meat was lovely too.  Also cooked a whole heap of veggies.  In the evening we had to watch something Russian-inspired, so we watched The Hunt for Red October.

Today I woke up at 4am with a sore spine, took ages to get back to sleep and ended up sleeping in fairly late.  Stu gardened while I did holiday photos.  Felt like I was wasting the weekend away indoors.  Around lunch time we went to Officeworks to pickup a HDMI cable, had Hungry Cracks for lunch and instantly regretted it, then had a wander around John Knight Park.  And ran into Kit there.  Seriously it's like we're stalking each other heh.  At least I got a bit of vitamin D.

When we got home Stu had a voicemail that Telstra had fixed our line.  The stats on the router aren't much improved, but download speeds and latency sure are a lot better.  We'll see how it goes..

Crazy Week

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Completely crazy week at work.  At least it was a short week.

I've finally finished filing and sorting the holiday photos.  And by that I mean changing exif data and renaming files that had the wrong times for whatever reason.  And fighting with the iphone which for some reason on one of the days decided to make the file names an hour different to the actual times taken.  No idea what that was about.  And filing the videos and correcting their times as well.  I swear, holidays should only ever be in one timezone.  Or I need better records of when I take photos so I can line everything up again later.

Thursday night I went with Kit to a party at Heather's (or one of Heather's friends).  It was fun but I was like twice the age of some of the people there.  So it was a little strange.  I felt old!  Unfortunately it was a pretty late night, and of course I woke up at 6am didn't I, so was tired all day yesterday.

We were watching M*A*S*H over dinner when the little brother called.  What was the name of your ship he asks.  Queen Mary 2 I says.  Watch channel 7 (6) at 8:30 he says.  So we put on Fantasia 2000 at 7:00 and then at 8:30 watched a special on the Queen Mary 2, filmed on a transatlantic crossing not long after she was built.  It was pretty awesome.  Thanks David!

Slept a lot better last night.  Will tackle the todo list today.

Silence

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SilenceLast night the sweetie and I went to see Silence.

It told the story of Portugeuse Jesuit priests in Japan in the 17th century.

It was good, although very long and a little slow.

But I actually found it quite difficult to watch.

Because I don't know what I would have done if that were me.

If I were tortured for my faith.

Could I stand it?

Would I be like Kichijiro?

Or even Rodrigues by the end..

I've been sick this week.  Got a sore throat on Sunday night, felt all fuzzy on Monday (I should have stayed home), worked from home Tuesday to keep my sniffles to myself, and have felt better but coughing a lot the rest of the week.

Last night we took a couple of Dr Octopus pizzas down to Kit's for dinner and had a pretty relaxing evening.  When we came back up there was a huge huntsman in the entrance way, so we caught it and Stu said I should take it and show Kit.  So I did.  And then she fed it to her frogs.  !!  Poor spider..!!

Tonight we watched Oliver Stone's Snowden.  Quite well done and we both enjoyed it. 

Short Weekend

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Well short in that I didn't get as much to myself as I would have liked.

We watched Mockingjay part 1 at some point, I think on Friday night.  

Saturday morning a bit of house stuff before heading down to babysit Zac.  His neighbour took him swimming for a few hours which freed me up for the afternoon which was nice.  In the evening I cooked pasta for dinner (although noone was interested in it - they wanted chips and ice cream instead :( ).  Then we watched Shaun of Dead which was a bit more gruesome than I remembered it.

Sunday morning was mostly computer stuff, then round two of babysitting Zac at his place.  Got some papercraft done which was good.  In the evening we watched Mockingjay part 2.  Last night was humid and disgusting and it took me *hours* to get to sleep :(

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.

Weekend and stuff

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Thursday night I felt pretty flat on account of me being a retard.  We watched Star Trek and the first episode of the new season of Fuller House.  Then there was a picture of Yosemite on the Chromecast screensaver, so I said we should watch Star Trek V.. so we did.  The chemistry between Kirk/Spock/McCoy is pretty much at its peak in that movie, and that's about its only redeeming feature.

Friday was Star Trek, Fuller House, and Die Hard 2.  Because it's Christmas.  :)

Saturday was house stuff in the morning, then we went over to Aquila and Glenda's for afternoon champagne and cheese.  Nom.  We didn't need dinner.  So much cheese!  A very lovely afternoon.  Although did have a bit of a late night cause we went down to Kit's later in the evening.

Aquila cheese

Porsha

Had a bit of a slow start on Sunday.  After lunch headed out to get some photos from my Canberra photo project which I'd missed because I didn't realise where they were taken (I'd assumed they were taken at the base of Black Mountain Tower, but they were actually taken further down the hill.  And I redid the ones of Black Mountain Peninsula now they've reopened that area.  

Crimson rosella

Black Mountain

And I walked to the top of Parliament House because you can.  But not for much longer.  Hence why I did it.  To get into the middle though you need to go through security.  I'll save that for another day, as the sweetie wanted to go and do our food shopping and go home.

Parliament House

Parliament House

Parliament House

Tonight James and George and Josh and Rachel were passing through so we went to Bella Vista for dinner (definitely a tradition now!) and Cold Rock after (which is now starting to become a tradition).  Can't believe it's been four years since the last time we saw them down here. 

Bella Vista Chicken Kiev

Cold Rock

Rogue One

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Rogue One

Yesterday afternoon we had a vendor-hosted screening of Rogue One, telling the story of the events immediately prior to Episode IV.

Generally I liked it.

It was a bit violent (well not really for Hollywood movies these days, but still a bit more than most of the other Star Wars movies).

And it was a bit choppy to get going, a bit all over the place and no continuity to begin with.

And very little in the way of character development.

CGI Peter Cushing was pretty cool though.  And a few other nods to the rest of the Star Wars universe.

A second watching would help now that I know who is who, and that may happen if I go to see it with the sweetie.

Beans

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I'm sitting here eating the very last of damned white beans from over a year ago.  Finally!  Have been trying to clear some freezer space for a club event.

Yesterday we went out to the club to do some preparation for said club event.  As well as that we had a bit of a swim, and generally had a relaxing afternoon.

Friday night I finally got around to watching It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World which I'd borrowed off David ages ago.  I remember watching it maybe thirty years ago, but all I remember from watching it the first time was them looking for the treasure under the big W.  It was a very silly movie.

The last two Saturday nights we've had nothing planned (or unplanned) which as been bliss.  We've watched the first two Karate Kid movies.  I've been enjoying them.

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.

Catchup

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So aside from a plane blog entry, I haven't blogged in two weeks.  Whoops.

Monday two weeks ago I took a six hour lunch and finished a photo project that I'll get online soon.

The next Wednesday we won another damned trivia night.  Even without DC's help.  So will run the next one, which could very well be the last.

The Friday that week I went to Chrissie's for dinner.  She cooked a really nice pumpkin, gnochhi and sage dish, and for once we actually watched a movie (usually we talk about watching a movie but then just end up chatting all evening).  So watched Independence Day.

Pumpkin gnocchi sage

Saturday Chrissie brought up her steam cleaner to attack the bathroom.  

Bathroom before

Bathroom before

I'm too short to see this so never actually knew how bad it had gotten
Bathroom before

So I made lunch (as you do).  I cooked up a bit of a hanami lunch - teriyaki chicken wings, tuna sushi and okonomiyaki.  There was heaps of food and Serena had been planning to have lunch with Kit so invited both of them up as well.

This was my first ever attempt at sushi!  It turned out pretty well
Sushi attempt 1

Hanami lunch

Chrissie finished up in the bathroom later in the afternoon, and Zac mowed the lawn.

Bathroom after

Bathroom after

Bathroom after

On Sunday I went to pick up the sweetie from the airport.  And sorted Zac's Lego which Chrissie had brought up.

Monday I wore new jeans to work.  But backing up a little.  I am thoroughly sick and tired of paying a fortune for Jeanswest jeans that only last a year.  And I hate that you can't get decent quality demin in girls jeans anymore.  Why don't they make girls jeans in *real* demin and not that thin crappy stuff that is the only thing you can get now??  #hate  Even at 40% off, Jeanswest jeans are still pretty expensive.  So I thought screw this, and tried somewhere cheaper.  I tried Target first, but there was only like one style of jeans there that weren't already ripped to shreds.  wtf??  What idiot fashion designer thought that would ever be fashionable??  At least the idiots that wear jeans like that will look back at photos of themselves and wonder what in the world they were thinking.  Suckers.  So nothing at Target so tried Kmart.  Found some clearance jeans that were $7.  Each.  And they were more comfortable that the Jeanswest jeans as they have a slightly higher cut.  The next day I took them to get tailored and they were having a special - $10 jeans hemming.  So for $68 I got four pairs of jeans in the right size.  Normally that would be the cost of *one* pair of jeans.  So even if these cheap ones only last a quarter as long, I'll still be ahead.

Thursday we went down to see the two day old chickies!

Chickies

Chickies

Chickies

Friday the sweetie and I went into town for dinner.  We ended up at Jamie's Italian, which I'd never actually been to before.  The service was pretty slow but the food was delicious.

This crispy squid was crunchy and delicious
Jamies Italian

These polenta chips weren't bad, but quite heavy.  Nothing like the awesomeness of the polenta chips we had at Pandanus on Lord Howe Island in 2007.
Jamie's Italian

Stu's Pumpkin Panzerotti.  I only got the smallest of mouthfuls and then got distracted by the waiter, shoulda had a bit more.
Jamie's Italian

This spaghetti carbonara was sooo tasty.  It's making me hungry just looking at it.
Jamie's Italian

Salted caramel and chocolate sundae
Jamie's Italian

After dinner (it was getting a bit late), Stu took me around to finish off the night shots for my photo project.

Saturday we had Nat and Andrew over for hanami lunch take two.  Same menu basically, although sushi options modified slightly for the fussy eaters :P

Sushi attempt 2

Okonomiyaki (Lisa's recipe)
Okonomiyaki

We chatted all afternoon and then put on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade which was fun.

In the evening the sweetie and I watched The Silence of the Lambs, which I hadn't seen in years and Stu had never seen.

Sunday was more food shopping, and more Lego sorting, with a roast dinner thrown in as well.

Lego Palette

Lego angles

Sunday roast

Also yesterday we realised that our sewage pipes were blocked.

Oh crap.

Literally.

Oh crap

So called Six Star Hot Water this morning and the same dude who replaced our hot water system came out and brought an eel.  He dug through a big clump of roots and everything started flowing again.  He said we could spend $5-10k getting it all dug up and fixed, or just spend the few hundred dollars every couple of years to get it cleared with an eel.  So we'll probably end up doing that.

Other than that, today was just Lego sorting.  In fact I only left the house to go hack a portal.  Step count will be a bit sad today.

Oh, and I blogged.  Finally.

Looper

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In what felt like a loop I was at work for the third weekend out of the last four.  Things went a bit better today though so that was good.

Tonight I watched Looper.  Interesting movie, but has more problems the more you think about it.

Beyond

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Star Trek BeyondOn Saturday night we went to see Star Trek: Beyond.

A massive CGI-fest followed.

It was all very pretty and all, but the whole thing felt a bit ..

Silly..

Stu thought the bad guy's motives were a little weak.

I just kept seeing other movies.

Like Star Trek Generations.

And Star Trek IV.

And that scene from Mars Attacks.  You know the one I mean.

Jaylah was pretty cool though.  And they were pretty brave giving Sulu a husband.  Obviously a nod to George Takei, although he apparently wasn't happy about the idea.  And they paid homage to Leonard Nimoy's passing as well which was nice.

43

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Friday night after a completely blah week Chrissie suggested drinks and takeaway.  We said so long as no drama then ok.  So we did that and it was quite nice.  

Saturday was mostly housework and trying to sort out paperwork.  Cause that's all I seem to do on weekends.

Saturday night was going to be a p0ker night but Serena was very sick and we had to cancel, so we decided to go to the movies.  Went and saw Star Trek Beyond.

Sunday I mostly spent doing puzzles - nonograms and jigsaws.  Went to lunch at Casey Jones with Annie and the family (food was pretty good - I had pork belly (no crackling tho) - but the service was pretty slow - they've only just opened so still finding their feet), then went back to their place for dessert and mostly did a jigsaw they'd had out for ages not getting done.  

Casey Jones pork belly

Birthday dessert

Then the little brother and Kat arrived.  Had KFC for dinner (somewhat of a tradition).  We finished the 1500 piece jigsaw I had out, then smashed out a 1000 piece jigsaw in the evening.

Tonight David and Kat came back cause their day at the museum finished a lot later than they'd hoped.  So we did a 500 piece jigsaw.  As you do.

Argo and Stuff

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Friday night we watched Argo.  I liked it, aside from constantly thinking "did this *actually* happen?".  Well the plane chase apparently didn't.  heh.

Had a pretty quiet weekend.  Did a lot of housework and stuff.  Geotagged a few days worth of photos.  Did food shopping yesterday.  Watched several episodes of TOS.  This afternoon I pretty much just cooked all afternoon.  First up a raspberry crumble from a packet of frozen raspberries that had been in the freezer probably since I inherited them off Potty at the end of last year.  Then a breakfast lasagna.  Then a real lasagna (prepared but not baked yet).  Had a break to have a walk at the very muddy Palmerville.  Then finished up with a small roast for dinner.

Palmerville parrots

Palmerville parrots

Palmerville parrots

The sweetie made good progress on his essay until he got a migraine tonight :(

Now we're both going to have an early night.

Dory

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Finding Dory

Tonight we went to see Finding Dory.

A sequel to Finding Nemo, that filled in Dory's backstory.

It was a lot of fun.

And the CGI is spectacular these days.

But it was pretty silly.

Didn't quite have the same heart and soul of the first one.

So they cross the ocean.  In about about two minutes of screen time.  The rest of the story is at the other end.  Which is fine, it was just a bit jarring.

Stay to the end of the credits.  And then wonder how they managed to survive like that for that long.

Dark

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Another mostly cleaning day today.  And looking at things and finding more things that *need* to be cleaned, cause I can't help myself.

Watched some Homeland tonight and then Zero Dark Thirty.  It's a bit choppy and slow to start with, but picks up towards the end.  Very long.  But we both liked it.

And I've been freaking out about this photo I scanned yesterday, taken almost exactly thirty years ago..

Canberra Times Fountain - 1986

Resurgence

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Independence DayTonight went with Neil to see Independence Day: Resurgence (we would have seen it on Monday but Neil had a Lion's club meeting).

Yeup.

It's basically a massive CGI-fest with a lot going on but nothing ever very complicated.

It was set in present day, but a futurised version because mankind had unified and made huge advances in technology.  That was a little odd.

No real *substance*.  Just a lot of fluff really.

Sure it was a bit of silly popcorn fun, just nowhere near as good as the original.

The worst bit was the whole "it's got it's own gravity" scene.  Yeup.

We also had one of Hoyts' new recliner seat cinemas.  Not convinced.  Those chairs are really not designed for short people like me.  I couldn't sit up straight because my legs hung uncomfortably off the chair.  And reclining was uncomfortable on my spine.  In the end I partly reclined to give my legs support and leaned on the arm rest to give my back some support and then it wasn't too bad.

WTF

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Whiskey Tango FoxtrotThe sweetie took me to the movies tonight.

He didn't tell me what we were going to see, and I didn't even look at our tickets to find out what we were going to see.

(even if I had, it wouldn't have meant much, as I'd not even heard of the movie!)

So I had literally no idea what the movie was about.

In fact, I didn't know what it was called until we were leaving and I looked at the tickets - as the credits at the beginning were very brief and didn't even list the stars.

I quite enjoyed it.  So did Stu.  We thought it was quite well done.

So I get home and look it up on IMDB, and it's labelled as Comedy, War.

Well ok, there was funny bits in it, but I would *not* have called it a comedy.  Stu was worried that it was going to be silly, but it wasn't really.

Afterwards we had dinner/dessert at Max Brenner - we had chocolate fondue with fruit and marshmallows - yum!

Max Brennar Fondue

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