Results tagged “Parties” from Kazza the Blank One

Thursday night we went down to Kit's to play Cards Against Humanity which was a bit of fun.

Friday night Neil and I went along to Roz's 60th at the Abbey.  It was quite a nice night, although she asked me to be photographer which I wasn't super happy about - I like taking photos for myself, but doing it officially for someone else is way too stressful!

Saturday morning after waiting for the sweetie to get up and do some stuff for work, it was suddenly a lot later that I wanted it to be.  We went out to do food shopping for the evening - where we cooked a roast dinner for forty people at the club!!  Four kilos of pork, two kilos of turkey, a big potato bake, roast veggies, brussel sprouts with bacon, grilled zucchini, minted peas, and carrots, with my own apple sauce, and gravy using all of the pork drippings :)  It was pretty epic, but for forty people it was *just* enough food.  Still, everyone seemed happy, even though the turkey was a little dry on top because I forgot to put foil over it for the first part.  

We didn't get home til lunch time today.  I was a bit tired this afternoon so didn't get a whole lot done.  I did finally finish watching through Monty Python series four, so I've now half watched all of it, although it really is rather silly.

Tonight we just watched Voyager, and the new Ghost in the Shell, which I could actually follow, on account of it being dumbed down for American audiences, and me.

And just like that the weekend is over.  Sad times.

The theme for Kit's 30th was 80s characters.  Game/tv/movies/whatever.  I couldn't think of what to go as for the longest time, but then while reading an entry on Kevin Apgar's blog I had an epiphany - Classic 80s Space Guy!!  He's been my avatar for years, so I just *had* to do it!!

I did a bit of hunting around the internet for ideas, and in the end decided to mostly copy this one.  The major difference being I didn't start with a balloon.  I really should have to get a nice smooth dome, but I was worried I wouldn't be able to get it big enough without it bursting in my face while inflating.  So I made a cardboard frame instead.  This worked ok, except the weight of the wet paper and glue weighed it down, so I had to sit it on a bowl on top of some containers, but that raised the top of the dome too high, so it's really not quite the right shape.  And it's pretty wonky.  But hey, it had the desired effect, and Kit loved it.

At this point I was really just getting the size and shape right.  I had to make sure it would fit around my head!  I just started with paper, then added cardboard.

Helmet frame

Adding a bit of strength to the frame.  Stapling was very effective and much tougher than gluing or using sticky tape.

Helmet frame

Testing to make sure it would sit right and the face opening was about the right size

Helmet testing

This is the helmet after the first layer of papier mache.  For each layer I was using about 1/3-1/2 a cup of flour, about the same amount of water (possibly a little bit extra water), and maybe half to a full teaspoon of salt to help prevent mould.  You can see the weight of the wet newspaper sagging into the holes.

Paper mache helmet

This is after about five coats done over several days.

Helmet with multiple coats

Once fully dry, I covered it in duct tape (got a nice blue roll from Officeworks for $8.68).  You can see the bubble wrap I put in around the top of the helmet to let it sit in the right position on my head (and it made it quite stable and comfortable as well).

Finished helmet

The finished helmet

Finished helmet

For the tanks I got a couple of softdrink bottles and wrapped some cardboard around them to make them actually cylindrical, with some newspaper shoved in the gap between the cardboard and the bottles at the top.  I added some extra cardboard around the spouts of the bottles to give them the "top" or joiny bit of the tanks.  Then covered the whole lot in duct tape. I wasn't sure how to attach them to the outfit.  In the end I just stuck on some string to go over my head.  But it was very heavy, so added another loop of string to hook onto my belt to hold it in position and not strangle me.  A "backpack" setup might have worked better but I was worried they'd sit too low on my back.

Helmet and tanks

For the logo I found a good quality png online, printed it out and glued it to some cardboard for strength.  I used sticky tape to attach it, but sadly this wasn't really strong enough and at point the thing fell off and got trampled on.  So if I want to wear the costume again I'll have to print out another one.

Space Lego Logo

For my clothes I simply wore my jeans and my royal blue jumper.  I found some gloves in Dollar Pop for $3.50 which worked well, but made it impossible to use my phone!

Here's me in the finished outfit!

Classic 80s Space Guy

Classic 80s Space Guy

Classic 80s Space Guy

Kit's 30th

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Saturday I spent most of the morning getting ready and cooking for Kit's 30th birthday party.  It was family-friendly for the afternoon, including pony rides!!  In the evening after dinner we got picked up by the party bus for a pub crawl, stopping at The Ducks Nuts, The Durham, and PJ O'Reilly's in Tuggeranong.  I had a pretty good time while some of the others got suitably silly hehe.  The 80s music collection on the bus was pretty pitiful though, I struggled to find good stuff to play.  

Pinky Pie pinata. There was meant to be an adults one as well but Kit ran out of time to make it.
Pinky Pie pinata

Kit gave me the ingredients to make up this ambrosia salad.  But there was so much food it never even got brought out.
Ambrosia salad

Stu went as a Rubicks Cube
Stu went as a cube

And I went as Classic 80s Space Guy!!!
Classic 80s Space Guy

Classic 80s Space Guy

Ponies!!

Kit's Pony Party

Kit and the donkey

Me on a pony

The party bus

Party bus

Inside the party bus

Sunday was just housework, jigsaw etc, and I helped clean up a little bit.  Kit had *heaps* of leftover food which various people including us are helping her with heh.

Which reminds me, *last* Thursday night we had Damien and Amanda over for dinner (bolognase) and I inflicted them with our slide show ;)

I spent all of tonight in front of the tv finishing my costume for Kit's party.  Hope she likes it!

In other news, Stu got Splunk working here and gathering our router stats etc.. fun times :)

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 did get out for a walk to Palmerville.

Palmerville

Palmerville

Palmerville

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.

Day 1

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New Year's Eve night we had Ben and EffanC over.  Hung out in the pool for a few hours, ate lots of cheese, then came up and watched Ghost in the Shell (I had no idea what was going on) and then most of the second season of the Katering Show, then watched the Sydney fireworks.  We paced ourselves nicely and had a lovely evening.

Today was just trying to catch up on life (I'm nearly done with the year in review post) then the hoardes descended - all of Stu's family came over and there was much loudness and chaos.  Annie brought a banquet of Turkish food, although I ended up eating very little of it.  

After everyone left we had Ben over for a relaxing swim to destress.

Almost there

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Wednesday I organised a barbeque for nearly forty people.  It went pretty well, and we kicked on at Lachie's for a while afterwards.

Party trolley

Thursday night I was all set to watch Love Actually, but Chrissie wanted us to babysit Zac, so that scuttled that idea.  Had an early night, but then woke up at 3:30am and probably only got another hour's sleep so was a complete zombie on Friday.

Friday I finished off the Christmas shopping and we got home a bit early.  Had a beer in the pool with the sweetie, then the hoardes descended.  First Serena and Ben, then Chris and Zac, then Dave and Kat, then Kit.  Chris brought up some nibbles, Kit brought some cheese, and Ben returned from a Costco run with wings.  So that was dinner heh.  In the end I think I was in the pool for about five hours.  Whoops!  It also got green between Thursday and Friday which was super annoying.  So it's a bit cloudy now for Christmas :(  It was a bit late by the time we got out, too late to watch a movie.

Decorating

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Friday was the first of our work Christmas parties which was a lovely afternoon.

Saturday we headed out to the club for a committee meeting, then chilled out in the afternoon and had a Christmas feast put on by Fiona in the evening.  She was in the kitchen pretty much solid for nine hours.  Craziness.

Today was a quiet day at home, in which I did a bit of house tidying and put up Christmas decorations.  Still a lot more tidying I want to do though.  Oh and I also filed four months of photos and read four months of blog posts for the annual year in review post.

Christmas tree 2016

Tired

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Last night was a birthday party for Ben at Shogun which was nice, except for when the dude missed my mouth and the egg landed on my finger and burnt it :(  Otherwise a nice night.  Then a bunch of us headed back to Kit's for a few drinks which was also a bit of fun.

Ben Shogun

Today I spent most of the day at Christine's helping her paint cupboards and doors, mount doors, move tallboys, wash up etc.  It makes me tired just thinking about how much work she has to do in the next couple of weeks.

Tonight the sweetie cooked dinner and I started dismantling Zac's Lego.

We also watched William Shatner's 2011 documentary "The Captains" which was kinda cool.  And more Star Trek.  We're half way through season two now.  Tonight's episode was *yet another* episode where the mission seems to be "to seek out new life and destroy it".  Honestly at least every second episode (maybe more) they find some new life and destroy it.  Craziness.  

Socialising

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Last Friday night us and Ben went over to Serena's for a bbq which was all very pleasant.

Serena's Kitties

Saturday was election day so we went and got our democracy sausages.  We also voted.  At the Federal elections we went at 5pm, didn't get a sausage, and queued way out the door.  For the local election we went at lunch time and didn't queue at all.  And got a sausage.

Democracy sausage

Last Saturday night Kit had an end-of-uni party, although Stu's last essay was due the following Monday so he had to take it easy.  I had a bit of a late night but it was all fun.

Monday Chris Bell (Ding) was in town, so we caught up for lunch.

Ding

Having a Ball?

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Last Saturday night was our work ball at The Abbey at Gold Creek.  Nice night, although could have had more food...

Work ball

Work ball

Work ball

Work ball

Louise and Lachie won best dressed..

Work ball

Work ball

Work ball

Work ball

Wins and Losses

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Had a fairly decent weekend last weekend.  Got quite a few things done on the todo list, including renewing my domain names (kazza.id.au has been in existence for fourteen years today!), vacuuming and cleaning out the pool, washing the sheets, installing windows 10 on my little laptop (and the GPS software still works hurrah!), cleaning the kitchen, some fish tank work, food shopping and cooking.  Didn't do the house vacuuming though.

In between we had our work ball, which I'll get some photos online for eventually.

This week was a very strange week.  We had several farewell events for the Chrises including a long lunch on Wednesday.  Gonna miss them.  It also seems certain that we will lose literally the best bar in Canberra.  And our carpark.  All very depressing.  Got some work done in between, although wasn't terribly motivated.

I also got grumpy this week at Insight Vacations who have been ignoring my emails.  And at myself for not registering for the last Ingress Anomoly - which means the hundreds of jarvises, adas, cubes, bursters etc that I donated to the cause will have been for nothing :(

Our pool froze over twice during the week.  And yesterday the power tripped early in the morning which means the fish tank heaters didn't work all day, and we lost some fish in the smallest tank :(  

Pool ice

Have been spending mornings scanning mum's photos.  Two weeks to scan each album, give or take.  So one down this morning, four more to go until the next swap-meet when I can get some more.

And I have this odd sort of feeling that I'm coming down with something.

I maintain that I've never danced on a table when I've been drinking.  Ever.

Last night because no work drinks, a bunch of us went over to Lachie's instead to break in his new table that he'd built himself from scratch.

And I did consider changing my whole not dancing on tables stance.

Because look at this thing.  It's SOLID.

Solid table

It was a lovely evening, even if I was the oldest person there *by far*.

And there was indeed dancing on the table.

But not by me :)

Day 1

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So last night we were all set to just have a quiet night at home with just the two of us.  I set out a spread of snack food that was to be our dinner/evening snacks and we sat down to watch an episode of House.

NYE spread

Then Kit messaged us.  Did we want to come down.

Heh.

So we went down, and then she invited Camilla and David over, and we were chatting for a while then invited Grant down as well.  And later on Chris and Zac came up.  So it was a lovely little neighbourhood party :)

Watched the fireworks at midnight, and stayed up chatting (well some of us did heh) for quite a while.

NYE fireworks

Today was fairly quiet.  Hid in the house from the sun most of the day, only going out to feed Annie's cat.  Did a bit of holiday planning, but not much house tidying. 

Had a salad for lunch which was offset by the sweetie wanting pizza for dinner.  Whoops.  So much for a healthy start to the year...

I'm missing one of the four baby angels, and another one is looking very sick.  Super sad-making :(

But did you know potato flowers are quite pretty?

Potato flowers

Partying Continues

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Wednesday night we did a big food shop.  And I got some stuff for Friday's BBQ.

Thursday Kit came up for drinks and pizza, and then Chrissie came up with a bag of fish that she'd been carting around for a couple of days.  So I filled a small tank and dumped the fish in that.  The next morning I moved four of the platies and the catfish in with the krib.

Duckling (really!)

Friday morning it was out to Hawker to pick up 160 sausages - this year a full half of them were the chili ones that everyone loves (except me heh).  Also to the mall to pick up bread and salad stuff.  Thought we had *heaps* of money, so spent it on things like Tim Tams and ended up using up the entire budget.  So that worked out well.

And then it was organising transport for all the food and drinks.  So yeah organised and ran a BBQ for fifty people.  It all went really smoothly and I think everyone had a good time.  There were some drinks leftover, a bunch of the chili sausages (which I sent down the coast with Lachie), and some salad stuff (which I brought home but will need to be a bit careful about as it was sitting in the sun (in cold water) for a while).

Christmas party

Yesterday in the morning we went to the markets to pick up some deli meats and other goodies, then back home to make up about four salads - a caesar salad, a potato salad, a waldorf salad and a prosciutto and mango salad.  Annie and Stu came over first and the girls had a swim, then Potty and Kerry as well and we all ate lots of food.  Then there was more swimming.  And generally chillaxing.  A relatively stress-free family Christmas (it helped that I'd lowered my expectations *a lot* this year).  In the evening we watched Star Trek VI and the Carols in the Domain.

Christmas salads

Christmas meat platter

Family lunch

Also last night I moved the five danios from the two foot downstairs with the krib.  It's a lot cooler down there, and danios really don't like the heat.  I've left the five danios in the angel tank for now, and have been dumping ice in there as fast as I can make it.  I'd be making more, except our freezer (and fridge) are completely chock-a-block full.  We have enough leftovers from yesterday to last the entire week.  W00t!

Friday was the first of our work Christmas parties.  It was at the Lighthouse, but it was a little pricey - $35 for a two course meal (platter of entrees and a choice of three dishes for mains).  The problem with that being we have lunches at the Lighthouse all the time, and for $35 I could normally get a large meal *and* a few beers.  Also they were super super slow bringing food out - we didn't get entrees til 1pm, the fish mains at 1:30pm, and the steak mains at 2pm.  But it was a lovely day and there was plenty of time to have a bit of bubbly and they compensated us with a free drink voucher each so that was nice of them.  Had a great afternoon.

Lighthouse party - entrees

Lighthouse party - barramundi

Lighthouse party - steak

Lighthouse currawong

Lighthouse honeyeater

In the evening we watched Mockingjay Part 1.

Teeny praying mantis

Saturday we got ready and headed out to the club for the "official" opening of the pool.

Club pool

Then we (I) cooked the roast pork (in a brand new oven!!) for a Christmas dinner.  The oven had never been used before so that was quite fun (although it was a bit sad to ruin its pristine condition!).  It works a lot better than the old one too and is much much much easier to light the oven and the cooktops - no more fiddling with a lighter and hoping you don't take the hairs off when you finally manage to light the oven.  The crackling turned out really well and I think the whole lot got demolished.  I also made up some apple sauce from scratch, and some gravy (which I'd forgotten to bring - so I was glad that we found a packet there). Other people brought other food so it was quite the feast.

Roast pork

Sauces

Club Christmas tree

Just before we were about to serve dinner, we got a call from Kit - she was getting water all through her yard.  I realised I'd left the hose disconnected from when I'd been watering the potplants that morning and it must have dropped down and started siphoning off the pool.  Kit jumped the back fence and saved the situation.  It was a little horrifying to think what could have happened if she hadn't noticed - another fifteen hours before we had planned to be home and it could have drained a *lot* of water.  Honestly, bestest neighbour *ever*!

After dinner was the compulsory fun.  Aka the Kris Kringle where you can open something new or steal something that's already been opened.  I'd completely forgotten about it til that morning, and then we were running late, so we didn't have time to do anything more imaginative that a couple of bottles of wine.  I'd used wine before and it's never popular, so was a bit reluctant to do it again, but didn't have time for anything else.  And guess which two things were the *very last* things to be picked up?  Yup, my two bottles of wine.  And to add insult to injury, the people that got them were all like "oh yay, wine".  I lost it.  I actually went up to both of them and said I'd buy them back off them, but they were all "oh, it's ok, it'll get drunk".  Yay.  I was feeling pretty miserable, and the sweetie had been feeling physically unwell all night, so we just went home.

Today was a cleaning and organising type day.

We also went over to Potty's cause he wanted to get rid of a bit of fridge stuff and some cleaning products that couldn't go in the truck.  I ended up with five full Coles bags of stuff, and a huge box full of cleaning products.  hrmmmm!!  I had to fire up the little fridge in the garage, and Tetris what I could into the freezer.  But got it all in.

For dinner I picked some of the wombok that's been growing like crazy, and cooked up some duck we'd gotten off potty.  

Wombok leaves

Duck dinner

Saw some pretty cool storm clouds from a big storm out past Captains Flat

Storm clouds

Also cooked up a batch of honey mustard chicken for lunches/dinners during the week.

And have been trying to get on top of my photos.

And I might have put the Christmas tree this afternoon.  Last year I had the idea to do a "Frozen" inspired theme - so I've only put on blue and silver stuff, with blue and white lights.  It's very blue!

Frozen tree

End of week socialising

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Last night after drinks Kit and Ben came up and we all stayed up a little too late.  But it was fun anyway.  Never mind the fact that I didn't get nearly enough sleep.

Today I broke firewalls.

Tonight was drinks and pizza at Scott's for his birthday which was lovely.  And I played a theremin.  Badly.

Theremin

Bulb

One year ago yesterday we left Hong Kong and flew to Taipei.

One year ago today we went to the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

Party Week

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Tuesday - Melbourne Cup day.  Helped run a big party at work and made sure all the food got eaten there or taken as leftovers.

Wednesday - Celebration of Neil and Dave5's respective 40ths

Thursday - work drinks, then BBQ at @CLBradley's

Friday - quiet night to myself

Saturday - went to the Ingress First Saturday at Gold Creek, then over to Mishi's for games in the evening.  We played a game of Roborally first up, which proved to be difficult, even on a "starter" board.  We also played The Logo Game which I won (really must give that back to DC - after scouring for good trivia night questions).

Ingress First Saturday

Today was just housework and food shopping.  But after my enthusiasm was deflated the whole day became a chore to get through.  But we did do a thorough clean of the bedroom - vacuumed about five years' worth of dust from behind the bed, as well as wiped down most horizontal surfaces.  And Stu did some gardening.  And I did some pool stuff.  Cooked a stack of veggies for dinner, to go with some leftover pork.  And no washing up.  Just wiped out the frying pan, and chucked the baking paper.  Easiest cleanup from a roast ever.

Bedroom dust before

Bedroom dust after

Feeling like it's bed time at 8pm though :/

Cories

Or .. once what was lost.. was found .. or some such nonsense..

Today I took a cake to work.

(Neil 40 years at work.  Really.  I know right.)

But after the cleanup I couldn't find the Tupperware lid anywhere.  So thought maybe it had been thrown out.  So went down to the dumpsters and found it!!  I was so excited.

Then we kicked on, and I accidentally knocked off one of my Batman earrings.  I *knew* it had to be *around* but couldn't find it.  But after ages of searching found it.  It was basically the same colour as the ground which made it a bit tricky.

So was a great day, and the boss' boss' boss' boss' boss did a thing cause I arranged it and totally made Neil hate me and it was all good :)

Surviving Along

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Only just barely survived the week at work.  Only two people to do the work of five will do that to you .. hrmmm

Friday night was drinks for Lachie's birthday which was fun.

Saturday the sweetie wasn't feeling so well so had a quiet day at home, and then Mishi's in the evening for nibbles and games.  We played Ticket to Ride (which I won but was soooo close to losing) and a couple of games of Pirate Fluxx that L won both of.

Ticket to Ride

Boundless merriment with friends getting together.
Please enjoy special delicious taste which brings you fantastic feeling.
Please enjoy special delicious taste which brings you fantastic feeling

Today we went out for breakfast and did some food shopping.  The sweetie cooked dinner of beans and ham hock, and I made dessert of white chocolate caramel slice - nommm!  We watched The Fifth Element, and then, needing more Bruce, we watched Surrogates, which was sort of like Avatar meets I, Robot.  

And there goes a week ..

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