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Tonight the sweetie and I celebrated our anniversary and went to Bella Vista for dinner. We had a lovely evening and talked about life and travel and finances and *stuff*. Love you sweetie :)
Last Saturday morning hung out alternately between Dave and Kat and also Kit/Serena/Ben. In the afternoon Dave and Kat went out for a bit and Kit/Serena/Ben came over for a swim. Even though I stuck to the shady part of the pool I somehow managed to get quite sunburnt :(:( I cooked up some sausages for dinner and David and I did a jigsaw in the evening.
Also, David pruned the pistachio tree, isn't he awesome? :)
Yesterday day was a nice quiet day getting things done around the house. In the evening we met up with Luc and Cynthia and the boys for dinner at the Courtyard Restaurant at Mercure. The scallops I had were lovely, but the pork was a little tough. Was great to catch up with those guys again, last time was September 2013 (which for some reason I never blogged!)
Last Friday night, the little brother and Kat came up. David brought his big ladder and supplies and moved the pool flood light from its annoying position at a low height that just got in your eyes whenever it was on to a position under the eaves facing down on the pool. He got it all installed on the Friday evening before it got dark so we could try it out. It worked really well - much better than the old position. Kit actually had a swim in the pool during the proceedings (rare for her!) and there was pizza involved. Have I ever mentioned that my little brother is awesome? :)
Last night we met up with Chrissie and "the fella" for dinner at Dumpling Inn. I love Dumpling Inn but their service as always been a bit lacklustre. But last night it was just plain awful. Took a full fifteen minutes before I could get someone's attention to get a drinks order (by wildly waving *both* arms) and then it was another half an hour before we even got all our drinks. Food service was relatively slow too and we ended up being the last people in the restaurant at 21:20 (by which time the table next to us *still* hadn't been cleared from when other people left an hour before us). They really need to hire a professional waiter or two to make things a bit more efficient. Chrissie's dude seems nice enough and we had another glass of wine back at her place before calling it an evening.
Last Thursday night we met up with Jenn for dinner at Chong Co. Had a lovely night and some lovely food including an awesome duck salad.
At one point in the conversation Jenn mentioned that new episodes of Sherlock were available on Stan. We don't have Stan but you can get a 30 day free trial. So we did. And watched all three new episodes on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights. Annoying thing about Stan so far - haven't found an easy way to rewind - which we need to do sometimes on account of our crappy internet causing dropouts which means you miss critical words which is super frustrating.
But Sherlock was awesome. I really enjoyed the first episode; I thought the second episode was super trippy; and the third episode was really tense but I didn't really buy the ending.
Would need to check out the titles on Stan before considering keeping it or not .. I wonder if there's any overlap with Netflix or if the different companies have different contracts for content..
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Wednesday we went along with EffanC and Scott to the Hungry Buddha in Belconnen (where Phnom Penh used to be). We shared a lamb dish (lamb was a little dry but nice flavours), a beef dish (also nice), a fish curry (my favourite dish of the night - like butter chicken but with fish), and some vegetables (which I didn't end up trying). As well as various naans and nibbles. A lovely night (aside from hearing the sad news about Cricket) and we were treated to a spectacular light show as the storm rolled through Belconnen.
Nothing much of note to report lately.
Had a weekend at the club for one of the long weekends. Stu worked on his assignment and Heather, Lynn and I cleaned out the office. It looks sooo much better now!
Had a bit of a walk last week to try and get the step count up. Saw cool skies and fairy rings of flowers and swanlings.
Had a dinner with the sweetie at Pappa Rich in town last week which was nice enough.
Popped into Kit's when we got home. Chloe was there with her new iPhone 7 which does take pretty good low light photos
Last weekend had a dinner at EffanC's and Scott came too and we just chatted all evening which was nice.
Other than that, I finished sorting Lego and picking out pieces for all the sets. Now I'm putting them all together. Fun times.
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.
Saturday Chrissie brought up her steam cleaner to attack the bathroom.
I'm too short to see this so never actually knew how bad it had gotten
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
Chrissie finished up in the bathroom later in the afternoon, and Zac mowed the lawn.
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!
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
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.
Stu's Pumpkin Panzerotti. I only got the smallest of mouthfuls and then got distracted by the waiter, shoulda had a bit more.
This spaghetti carbonara was sooo tasty. It's making me hungry just looking at it.
Salted caramel and chocolate sundae
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
Okonomiyaki (Lisa's recipe)
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.
Also yesterday we realised that our sewage pipes were blocked.
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.
On Wednesday night Neil and I went to Sage for a super nice dinner hosted by Brokenwood wines. A night of delicious food and a *lot* of wine ensued. All the food was amazing, I'd like to go back again some time. We happened to be seated next to a lovely couple from Nicholls (Vicki and Stuart) who (after it got way past last bus time) gave us a lift home.
This was cured salmon. I typically prefer cooked salmon, but this was *awesome*. And that yellow thing? A slice of lemon that had been baked (or fried?) and was crunchy and sour and delicious. A wonderful opening course.
This was pork belly with cauliflower and some odd prawn-chip style popcorn stuff?? (I really wish we'd had a menu so I could tell you what everything was!) The only problem with this dish for me is that all that pork? It's just a lump of fat :( There was no meat at all :(:( I ended up doing a bit of a swapsie with Neil so I could get some meat.
This was lamb I believe. Lovely and tender.
They also brought out some sides of a creamy mashed potato and salad which were just lovely, but I didn't get photos.
A couple of cheeses to end the night. I loved the creamy one.
To go with the cheeses.
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.
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.
Friday night we had dinner with Damien and Amanda at the Dumpling Inn. That was nice to catch up with them - haven't seen them in ages.
Saturday morning we did a bunch of shopping, then headed out to the club for a Christmas in July. We got there a bit before 1:30pm, I put the pork on at 1:50pm, and spent most of the rest of the afternoon organising and preparing and cooking and stuff. Had some help chopping veggies which was nice, and some people decorated the shed so it was all quite nice. We bought a 4.8kg piece of pork. 1kg chicken roll. Lots of veggies. Made apple sauce from scratch. We came home with a chinese container of pork. People ate a lot I tells ya! Everyone seemed to have a good time so that was nice.
This is not even all the food - it doesn't show the epic potato bake or really show the carrots and peas!
Oh we also made two pavlovas and brought some fruit cake. Came home with three slices of pavlova and a bit of fruit cake. Ok I didn't *make* the pavlova, just topped it with cream and berries.
Sunday was basically just housework.
Today I tried to do my usual morning routine of scanning some photos but my computer refused to talk to the scanner :( Extremelly upsetting. Will probably have to reboot my computer and *hope* I can connect next time.
Then Ingress was a big poo due to the last buggy release which meant needing to reboot the phone, then Optus was being a poo so missed out on glyph hacking a level 8 portal. So I was having a crap day and hadn't even made it to work yet. :(
At work I'm feeling pretty useless. I'm really too dumb to be in the team I'm in. *sigh*
Tonight the sweetie and I went to Chong Co for dinner after work. We had the duck salad which was delicious, and pork pad see ew which was nice enough.
Then just a quiet night watching an episode of Homeland, and an early night.
Friday night mum came down from Sydney. Chrissie and Zac came up and we all went out to the Dumpling Inn for dinner (slightly late on account of mum getting lost on account of road closures on account of accidents). Had shallot cakes, crispy skin duck with pancakes, garlic prawns, xiao long bao and mixed chow mein. All very nice.
Saturday morning we hopped in mum's car and headed down to Junee, arriving around lunch time. The others watched some taped Home and Away while I finished up the holiday finances to figure out how much I owed mum. Then mum, David and I played a game of canasta. I got off to a good start, but David caught up and won. Then we channel surfed Foxtel and ended up watching Under Seige 2.
For dinner we headed out to the Junee Golf Club. Very strange venue. I had to keep reminding myself it's a small country town. Eftpos is that new fandangled thing didn't you know? At least they took credit card when ordering food, if not at the bar. Also had a cake for mum's birthday.
Then back to the house where mum dozed through Arctic Tale and Ice Road Truckers in India. I half watched and half did jigsaws on Kat's ipad.
This morning we headed home. Cloudy morning, but no rain, so actually a very pleasant drive, otherwise we'd have been headed straight into the sun. Got home, then mum continued on home as well.
This afternoon I went food shopping, then came home and cooked all afternoon. Cooked a roast pork for dinner with lots of roast veggies, then a "breakfast lasagna" from a recipe Lachie gave me. Stu's brain has been suffering from processed flour the past couple of days so we really want to try again to cut out the processed sugar and flour. This recipe of Lachie's is about 150% fat though, so it really goes against everything I consider to be "healthy". Maybe just a very small portion with some tomatoes for fibre? I could easily have halved the recipe I think, as it did two baking dishes full of food. The pork roast for dinner was nice too. Watched some Homeland, did a day's worth of photo processing, and suddenly it's 9:45pm. Weekend? What weekend? I think I completely missed out this week :(:(:(
I think it was Thursday night that we watched Star Trek Generations. I can't actually remember. Could have even been Wednesday. Or even Friday. No don't think it was Friday.
Friday morning I woke up at 3am and never got back to sleep. Damned insomnia. Annoying too because I had a *lot* of work to do on Friday. Didn't really get it all done either. Had lunch with Doc and Neil at Chatterbox though because I had a voucher I won last year. On Friday evening the little brother and Kat came to stay. We worked on a jigsaw and I had an early night.
Saturday I was at work all morning replacing firewalls. It actually all went fairly smoothly.
In the afternoon I was all set to settle down and *get things done* when EffanC called us up and invited us over. Which was lovely. But it did mean I was out all afternoon.
Went home before dinner. Had pizza for dinner. Watched Footloose on tv (because I'd never actually seen it!)
Sunday morning was the Airport Open Day. Spent all morning there.
In the afternoon Dave and Kat left, replaced by Graham and Pam. We chatted for the afternoon (Pam has grand plans for our garden. I'd rather not have a garden at all). Then because we hadn't had any time to ourselves all weekend, and therefore no time to do any shopping, we went out to Dumpling Inn for dinner.
Today I just felt like I needed a weekend to recover from my weekend. At least Stu got a bit of down time.
Today started off ok at work. No dramas from the firewalls. Just the proxies. *sigh* Got quite depressed about the whole thing actually.
Came home exhausted, hungry, tired and grumpy. Had dinner, then helped move Kit's lizard (and associated large tank) down to Chris's. Then just trying to catch up on life. Have now finished geotagging all my Canon and iPhone photos from the last trip.
A Schnitz outlet opened up earlier in the year. We avoided it for the first few weeks on account of crazy crowds. But one day I saw it with not much queue so went and tried it.
I decided to try their very basic chicken schnitzel to start with. It wasn't too bad. Maybe a little bland. And definitely expensive ($9.90).
A few months later when the stars aligned and there wasn't much queue, I tried another one - this time their parmagana chicken schnitzel. This was even more expensive ($13.90), and messy. Just look at the mess! It was also soggy. I don't think parmagana works on a roll.
The biggest problem with Schnitz (other than it's very high prices for a food court lunch) is that noone knows how to GET THE F@!# OUT OF THE WAY! Seriously people, once you've ordered, move up to the other end of the counter where you pick up the burger! The number of times in that few months I simply kept walking past because I couldn't tell if people were actually in the queue, or had ordered and were waiting for pickup.. Even that second time I went, there were a couple in front of me that had ordered but kept hanging around on the fricken *wrong side*. Idiots!
So yeah lots of idiots, high prices, and so far uninspiring food have put me off the place. It does still seem popular with other people though, so maybe it'll survive.
Friday night we had dinner at home then headed down to Junee.
Played Cards Against Humanity for a while (it was dead even the whole game, and we had a couple of tiebreaker rounds before Stu finally won) before going to bed.
Saturday morning we started a jigsaw. Had some Aldi lasagna for breakfast.
Went into town (hacking portals). Saw the Explorer arrive, then went and had lunch in the Railway Cafe. Saw the XPT leave. Jigsaw most of the afternoon.
Then we thought we'd celebrate Independence Day by watching Independence Day. That was a lot of fun.
D cooked us up some curried lamb for dinner, and we did a Naked Gun marathon (I've never actually seen any of them).
This morning we finished the jigsaw, then packed it up to leave. Silly really.
Stopped for some lunch at the Scottish Restaurant in Gundagai, and dropped in to visit Annie and co on the way home.
The house was 7C when we got home. There was still ice on the pool. The heater has been running since we got home this afternoon and now at 8pm it's only finally 19C. Craziness.
Cooked a thoroughly evil cauliflower bake for dinner.
Saturday morning we packed up and joined the rest of Canberra in heading down the coast for the long weekend.
I started a jigsaw and other people just chilled and read and programmed etc.
For dinner we went to the Little Restaurant and Bar again for more delicious food. We couldn't get a seat inside because they were all booked out, but were able to book the outside bench. But that's cool, cause you know we're Canberrans and all and we're used to the cold.
Then spa til about 1am.
Sunday we'd been intending to go to the beach, but the sun never came out, so we didn't bother. Went for two separate walks to the shops (one to hack portals and another get some stuff to make pikelets (C had a craving)). In between I did jigsaw.
Dinner was pizza's from Stevo's (the Sandy Foot cafe had run out of dough! *gasp*). Oh my, Stevo's pizzas were insane! Huge, and *heaps* of cheese. Completely decadent and we mostly all stuffed ourselves silly. I had one and a half pieces and that was *plenty*! We ordered three large pizzas, but only ate two of them. Had a full pizza's worth leftover.
Then spa til after midnight.
This morning was just eating and packing up and cleaning, then came home.
Battled Sunday night depression, and then lost it when I dropped one of my corningware dishes onto the kitchen floor and it *smashed* :(:( But then watched a very moving docudrama on Hiroshima on Netflix. Did my washing, now time for bed.
I clocked my phone last night.
Ten thousand photos taken on my phone in two and a half years (although a number of those were on my last phone that were ported over to the new one).
Work has been super stressful the last little while. On Friday night stayed back a little trying to resolve a problem for someone, which I did, so that was a relief leading into the weekend. In fact I was just packing up to go when EffanC called to see if we wanted to go out for dinner. Sounded great! So we went into Mezzalira. I'd never actually been there before. At C's suggestion we had the five course degustation menu with matched wines. On my! So delicious. A really great meal.
Pan seared scallops with smoked eel and jerusalem artichoke
Tortellini in sage butter
Mushroom risotto with truffle oil
Saturday was a nice quiet day at home.
In the evening we went to the Ha Ha Bar for drinks for Kit's birthday. It's not the sort of place that's really designed for that sort of gathering though - it's more a restaurant than a bar, so they say they do table service, but if we'd waited for table service we never would have gotten drinks. And when I went to order some nibbles they said they'd come over and take food orders, but they never did so didn't end up getting food. Anyway things settled down a bit when we all just went to the bar for drinks, and several platters of fries were ordered. Pool at the Lighthouse afterwards. A good fun evening.
Today was another quiet day of getting things done around the house. In the afternoon we went for a walk to hack some portals and do some missions, then did a little food shopping. Cooked honey mustard chicken for dinner. Yum!
So nothing of any particular significance for May 16 this year.
Ate something *wrong* today - in my Subway sub. Very wrong flavour, although it was swallowed pretty quickly, so I have no idea what it was. But whatever it was I think did something funky to my bowels tonight...
Thursday night: after Wednesday night's insomnia I got to sleep quite quickly. But then I woke up at around 3am on Friday morning and never got back to sleep. Actually I lie. I got up at 6:15 and made up a potato bake, and went back to bed while it cooked, and got about half an hour more sleep.
Friday: got home, spent three quarters of an hour packing the car up, then headed down the coast. Arrived a bit after eight, fired up the spa, then realised the Sandy Foot pizza place closes at 8pm :( So had potato bake for dinner. Then went in the spa and stayed up entirely too late.
Saturday: had a very slow start. We might have all been a bit seedy. Well ok not all of us. D and F were suitably restrained and were only a bit tired heh. I cooked some bacon and eggs for brunch, then we headed up to Myrtle Beach for a swim. The water was nice and it was all very pleasant until we all got a bit out of our depth and then struggled to get back. I managed ok, but I could see how easy it would be to panic. Stu and C got a lot more stuck but were ok in the end. Had some bubbly and some fruit on the beach, then had another quick dip before heading back.
Went into Bateman's Bay for dinner - to the Little Restaurant and Bar. We'd been there before, and the food was just as good this time. I had a very nice wagyu steak. Went for a bit of a walk to walk off dinner, but ended up getting some ice cream for dessert. Went in the spa again, but didn't stay up as late.
Sunday: fairly early start. Headed out around 9:15 and headed down to Armand's Beach. But the weather closed in, so after a bit of a swim, we adjourned to shelter to have some bubbly and cheese (too cold for fruit). Headed back to the beach a bit later for another quick swim. Got some ice cream in Bermagui at the Gelati Clinic. Then headed back to the house. Chillaxed for a while, then ordered some pizzas for dinner. Then we danced for a while to C's music before getting in the spa. But after a long day we were pretty tired and were all in bed by 10pm. Silly really.
Monday: had a biggish breakfast of bacon, eggs, mushrooms and zucchini hash browns, then cleaned up the house then headed home. I got part way through unpacking and doing some washing, before heading up to Mount Rogers to kill a layered blue field (good for the step count though). Then a quiet evening just gathering ourselves.
Tuesday: back to reality. Downloaded all my photos, but haven't chosen any for the blog yet. This will probably get updated at some point in the future :)