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Why? Why? Whyyyyy???

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Had a very frustrating afternoon yesterday.  Literally spent more time arguing with someone about doing doco than it ultimately took them to do it.  Whyyy????  Why do people not listen to me when I say doing things properly the first time saves more time in the long run?  *sigh*

But we watched First Contact last night which was a bit of fun.

Crazy Busy

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Insane week at work this week.  Task after task after task, and no time at all for project work.  Then 3pm Friday I had like five people all wanting things from me AT ONCE which I hate.  Still, it calmed down after an hour and a half or so..

I also finished scanning mum's photos of our trip to the US in 2004.  I was reading my blog of the trip and looking at all my photos as I did so, which was a lot of fun.  Man, dad drove me completely mental on that trip.  Very stressful.  

This week we've also been getting through more Anthony Bourdain as well as Star Trek VI on Thursday night and Generations last night.

Hoping to have some catchup time today, while Stu goes to work, on account of his work being crazy busy as well...

In other news.. green bin!!! green bin!!! green bin!!! green bin!!! green bin!!!  It came a week ago and got collected for the first time this week.  So exciting!!!

Up Your Shaft!

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So where were we?  Oh yes, yet another week has passed..

Wednesday morning we hopped a flight to Melbourne for Kit's graduation.  

!!!

Her parents were overseas so couldn't make it, so we filled in.  

Wait, let me backtrack a minute.  On Tuesday morning the sweetie messaged me to say his ballot for a points upgrade to business class had gone through.  So I'm like.. friggen great.. now I could lose my left-side-of-the-plane window seat.  So I tried to check in online.  I was able to choose seats on the left side of the plane (yayy!!) but the screen hung after the declaration of dangerous goods.  I tried to reload the page but it just said I couldn't check in online.  Thinking it was me stuffing up the webpage loading I tried to call Qantas to reset the error.  None of the options on the phone menu matched anything I wanted so I just ###### in an attempt to talk to a human.  Well it did put me in a queue.  For the next forty five minutes.  In the end I tried the online webchat, and got through to a human pretty quickly.  They said because of our upgrade we couldn't check in online.  Well why didn't you fricken say that on the error on the webpage you buttplugs!!!!  Why make me waste fifty minutes on hold (before I evenutally hung up after talking to webchat person)?!?

Anyway.

So we got to the airport somewhat early, and sure enough did get the seats I requested which was a relief.  Had breakfast in the business lounge which is somewhat nicer than regular Qantas club, and I had bacon, eggs and mushrooms for breakfast and a croissant.

Ok so business class.  Never flown it before.  Ok the service was bit nicer/quicker.  They offered us still or sparkling water before take off.  And we got actual metal cutlery and didn't have to peel a cover off our quiche.  But the seats, while wider and more legroom, were more reclined than usual, and I couldn't actually reach the floor, even with my slight heels.  So somewhat uncomfortable.  I'd much rather business class on a long haul flight so I can lay down flat(ish).  It is somewhat more quieter in front of the engines though.

Qantas 737 business class seating

Qantas business class quiche

So on a Canberra to Melbourne flight you really want the left side of the plane.  You typically take off to the north from Canberra airport, then curl around to the west then south west over north Canberra.  Which means.. I can see my house from here!  Had a great view of Canberra, everything I hoped for.  At least that part of the flight was pretty awesome.

Mt Majura radar station

Gungahlin town centre

Northern Canberra

Gungahlin town centre

Canberra

Belconnen town centre

Lower Molonglo Water Control Plant

Tidbinbilla

Mt Hotham Airport

And then to Melbourne.

We got tickets for the Sky Bus, because it's like half to two thirds the price of taking taxis, and went pretty close to our hotel.  Funnily enough, we booked into Travelodge Docklands, where I've stayed twice in the past year for work.  When booking the hotel I asked for a room on the east end of the building, because it has a much nicer view.  But, like just about every other customer service experience I've had in the past couple of weeks, it was terrible, and they ignored my request, and we ended up on the west end of the building with a lovely view of the Channel 9 building.  Thanks Travelodge.  NOT!

Channel 9 building from Travelodge

We couldn't actually checkin when we arrived at 12pm, so dumped our stuff and headed over to the Convention Centre for the graduation.  We met up with Kit and Pete, and then we went to the pub across the way with Pete while Kit got a gown etc.  She met up with us just before it started and then left again.  We finished our drinks but even though we were only slightly later than the suggested time, the auditorium was almost completely full, and we had to sit way over on the side and couldn't sit with Pete, he was two rows in front.  The graduation ceremony was .. well it was a graduation ceremony.  Hadn't been to one since my own in 1996.  Was somewhat like I remembered.

Pete and Kit

Kit on graduation day

Pete and Stu

Kaz and Stu

Kit's graduation

Kit's graduation

Afterwards there was some pretty average "refreshments".  Kit got her degree framed and bought her stage photo, then we queued for the studio photos.  For like an hour.  We were getting pretty tired by then.  And they were all stoopidly fussy about anyone taking their own photos, which I thought was COMPLETELY ridiculous.  There was no way we were going to queue for an hour and then not buy any of their photos.  STUPIDITY, GFP!! I didn't even bother, but Pete got told off for trying to get a quick snap.  I hate that sort of attitude, GFP, JUST SAYIN!!

Afterwards we walked Kit and Pete back to their apartment and had a couple of quiet drinks (Kit's back was killing her and the sweetie was super exhausted so we didn't go out).  Then walked all the way back to our hotel, where we had thins and aero for dinner and watched the end of War Games.

Yarra River

Reflections in the Yarra River

Flame bursts outside the Convention Centre

In the morning...  well other than breakfast in the hotel which was ok .. but .. 

Second Qantas drama in a row.  I tried to check in to the flight but we had been "upgraded" to exit row seats.  Which are like THE WORST SEATS ON THE PLANE.  Right over the wing, you can't see a damned thing.  This is an epic DOWNGRADE for me.  And I couldn't change the seats online.  Once again, we had to go to the airport to deal with it.  I told the sweetie he could keep the seat if he wanted, but he said he'd sit with me.  So I explained my situation to the checkin dude who was all cool and gave us seats further back.  Although row 22 which is still a bit close to the wing.  Not like the seats I actually reserved when I booked.  Completely pissed off with Qantas over all the drama they caused me.  The flight wasn't even full, and we could have had seats further back.  At least the sweetie didn't have to sit in the middle.

So work, drinks, etc.

Friday morning was optometrist appointment.  Honestly Specsavers are *completely* unorganised.  I first went two years ago and got a full eye check and new glasses.  They said they'd like to get a baseline for potential glaucoma (family history and all), and scheduled me in for a checkup in a year's time.  So last year I got the reminder notice, and booked an appointment.  When I got there the staff were all like.. "why are you here?  You just had a checkup..? and I'm like .. um, because you told me to.  They eventually figured out I was just there for the glaucoma tests.  Again they said come back in a year.  So I got my reminder recently and booked in an appointment, making it quite clear that it was just for the glaucoma tests.  So I get one of the tests, but then the one of the optometrists comes out and he's like "why are you here?" and I then had to explain the situation AGAIN, IN FRONT OF EVERYONE IN THE STORE!!  Don't these guys understand *anything* about patient confidentiality???  I was actually pretty annoyed with the guy.  Specsavers please get your act together!

For lunch Neil and I were planning "grease" at KFC, but the queue was a bit long, so he suggested Grill'd, which usually involves sharing wine.  Then hot chocolate at Max Brennar.  Whoops ;)

Last Sunday night we watched Star Trek Beyond, which I could barely remember anything about it was that.. memorable..  So I decided we should watch all the Star Trek movies from the beginning.  So on Friday night we watched The Motionless, sorry, Motion Picture.  Honestly nothing happens.  They get called on to intercept a thing.  So they do.  And that's all they do for the next two and a quarter hours.  Although I can imagine that trekkies after a ten year break would have wet themselves over seeing the Enterprise on the big screen.

Saturday was out to the club for yet another whole day wasted, this time for the AGM.  

Oh I should mention, since we got back, after Pete's sister left on Friday, I was feeding Kit's animals.  On Saturday morning I went out and collected twenty one eggs!!!  So Saturday night we used nine of them to cook a frittata for dinner.  Fun times.

Then we watched Khaaaaaaan.  

Today was just a quiet day doing all the things, although not all the things, cause I don't have time for all the things.  Did do some food shopping and cooked a lamb roast for dinner. 

And then we watched The Search for Spock.  There's a bunch of funny quotes, but the one that transported me back at least twenty five to thirty years was "Up your shaft" which Scotty mutters to the turbolift.  I first saw this movie in probably about 1990 with Chrissie.  I can't remember anymore if we hired it or if it was on tv, or if we watched it at her place (I think we did) or mine.  But I do remember we both absolutely cacked ourselves over that line.

And so ends another week.

Hot. People.

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This morning we headed out for brunch (the Scottish Restaurant! shhh!!) and then did a small bit of food shopping.

And then it was midday. Hrmmm.

Cleaned out and decluttered a couple of shelves in the kitchen which was all I achieved today.

The other day Chrissie asked if they could come by today for a swim (on account of stoopidly hot weather this weekend).  This morning Ben and Sarah if they could come by this arvo for a swim.  Then Annie asked if they could could come by this arvo for a swim.  

You know me and people.

Sigh.

So I refused to organise anything.  

On account of I HATE organising people.  So I didn't.  Stu organised for Ben and Sarah to come by around dentist time, and Annie from 4pm.  I never did hear from Chrissie.  So it all worked out in the end.  Had a nice swim with Ben and Sarah when they were here, and Annie brought cake for Lily's birthday and we sat around watching stoopid YouTube videos while the storm passed over (and later while all the girls were in the pool).  

Even though this was like the hottest day of the year, the sweetie convinced me to turn the oven on to make these nachos - just corn chips topped with cheese and grilled for about five minutes.  Served with Stu's homemade salsa and sour cream.  Soooo good!

Nachos

Nachos

Nachos

Tonight we watched a new episode of The Good Place, and Discovery.  I'm thinking about going to bed, but I have this awful feeling I'm going to get insomnia tonight.  Of course going to bed early and stressing about it is almost guaranteed to make it happen.. but if I stay up later and then get it I'll just lose all that sleep I could have had.. hrmmm...

Also the cooler has been trying to keep up with the heat and doing a quite reasonable job of it..

ASTRA

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So we finished watching the Homeland episodes available so far, and we've started watching Star Trek: The Original Series.  Prompted me to go hunting ASTRA again (the Australian Star Trek Ratings Analysis).  I posted a few ten years ago that they'd merged into GEOS.tv, but that site appears to have died.

So here's how the episodes rated as of 1 August 1995, from aus.sf.star-trek

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Newsgroups: aus.sf.star-trek
Subject: RESULTS: [TOS] Episode List 95.8
From: astra@gu.uwa.edu.au (ASTRA)
Date: Tue, 01 Aug 1995 10:56:13 +0800

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A * S * T * R * A
Australian Star Trek Ratings Analysis
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STAR TREK: The Original Series
Episode List

01 August 1995


Figures are: <Rating> <Voters> <Std Dev> <Title> <Season>

8.4 (35) 1.74 The City on the Edge of Forever <S1>
8.3 (31) 0.96 Mirror, Mirror <S2>
7.9 (32) 1.42 The Trouble with Tribbles <S2>
7.6 (28) 1.48 Amok Time <S2>
7.6 (30) 1.34 The Devil in the Dark <S1>
7.4 (18) 1.24 Balance of Terror <S1>
7.2 (23) 1.88 The Doomsday Machine <S2>
7.2 (3) 0.85 All Our Yesterdays <S3>
7.2 (3) 2.25 A Piece of the Action <S2>
7.0 (2) 2.00 Is There in Truth No Beauty? <S3>
7.0 (26) 1.79 Operation: Annihilate <S1>
6.9 (30) 1.85 Space Seed <S1>
6.8 (27) 1.78 Tomorrow Is Yesterday <S1>
6.8 (30) 1.36 A Taste of Armageddon <S1>
6.8 (23) 1.41 Bread and Circuses <S2>
6.7 (21) 1.54 The Changeling <S2>
6.7 (30) 1.04 Errand of Mercy <S1>
6.6 (16) 1.90 Court-Martial <S1>
6.6 (25) 1.43 Metamorphosis <S2>
6.6 (24) 1.56 The Galileo Seven <S1>
6.5 (31) 1.45 This Side of Paradise <S1>
6.5 (21) 1.63 The Menagerie I <S1>
6.5 (24) 1.26 The Deadly Years <S2>
6.5 (3) 3.34 The Enterprise Incident <S3>
6.2 (24) 1.81 Arena <S1>
6.2 (23) 1.83 I, Mudd <S2>
6.2 (17) 1.84 The Menagerie II <S1>
6.2 (19) 1.49 The Conscience of the King <S1>
6.2 (31) 1.72 Shore Leave <S1>
6.1 (19) 1.30 The Naked Time <S1>
6.0 (3) 2.16 Journey to Babel <S2>
6.0 (3) 0.00 Assignment: Earth <S2>
6.0 (2) 0.00 Let That Be Your Last Battlefield <S3>
6.0 (26) 1.61 The Return of the Archons <S1>
6.0 (23) 1.86 Wolf in the Fold <S2>
6.0 (11) 1.42 The Cage <S1>
5.9 (27) 1.81 Who Mourns for Adonais <S2>
5.9 (27) 1.33 Friday's Child <S2>
5.9 (18) 1.91 Dagger of the Mind <S1>
5.8 (3) 1.43 Return to Tomorrow <S2>
5.8 (19) 2.50 The Squire of Gothos <S1>
5.8 (19) 1.88 Miri <S1>
5.7 (16) 1.29 Where No Man Has Gone Before <S1>
5.7 (3) 2.62 The Ultimate Computer <S2>
5.7 (3) 1.70 The Immunity Syndrome <S2>
5.7 (3) 2.62 By Any Other Name <S2>
5.5 (26) 2.18 The Apple <S2>
5.3 (3) 1.70 Elaan of Troyius <S3>
5.3 (3) 1.70 Obsession <S2>
5.3 (29) 2.03 Catspaw <S2>
5.3 (4) 2.38 The Tholian Web <S3>
5.2 (19) 1.46 The Man Trap <S1>
5.2 (20) 1.41 Charlie X <S1>
5.2 (3) 0.24 The Empath <S3>
4.9 (19) 1.90 The Corbomite Maneuver <S1>
4.9 (21) 1.83 Mudd's Women <S1>
4.9 (23) 2.07 The Enemy Within <S1>
4.9 (23) 2.22 The Alternative Factor <S1>
4.9 (19) 1.68 What Are Little Girls Made Of? <S1>
4.7 (3) 1.25 Whom Gods Destroy <S3>
4.7 (3) 1.25 The Savage Curtain <S3>
4.7 (3) 1.89 The Paradise Syndrome <S3>
4.5 (3) 1.47 Specter of the Gun <S3>
4.5 (3) 1.47 A Private Little War <S2>
4.5 (2) 0.50 Wink of an Eye <S3>
4.5 (2) 2.50 That Which Survives <S3>
4.5 (2) 1.50 Requiem for Methuselah <S3>
4.5 (2) 2.50 For the World Is Hollow.... <S3>
4.5 (2) 2.50 The Mark of Gideon <S3>
4.3 (3) 2.05 The Gamesters of Triskelion <S2>
4.2 (3) 1.65 Turnabout Intruder <S3>
3.8 (3) 2.09 Plato's Stepchildren <S3>
3.5 (2) 0.50 Day of the Dove <S3>
3.5 (2) 1.50 The Lights of Zetar <S3>
3.3 (3) 1.25 Patterns of Force <S2>
3.0 (3) 1.41 The Omega Glory <S2>
2.7 (3) 1.25 And the Children Shall Lead <S3>
2.5 (2) 0.50 The Cloud Minders <S3>
2.5 (2) 0.50 The Way to Eden <S3>
1.5 (2) 0.50 Spock's Brain <S3>

I finished STVI a couple of weeks ago and would have watched the movie last Friday night except we had the Japan catchup night.

So we watched it tonight.

Star Trek VI by J.M. Dillard is one of my favouritest ever books.  I've read it like four times, even more than the Harry Potter books.  I'm not entirely sure why I like it so much.  Probably because I can picture the movie (which is maybe my second favourite Star Trek movie after The Voyage Home (or even equal to)), but also because of the wonderful character development.  In fact it wasn't until reading this book that I really understood what character development really was.  (High school English essays might have benefited from this knowledge! ;) ). 

I was always so surprised in the movie how hostile they were to the Klingons, especially after the end of STV where they're all chummy and drinking with them at the end of the movie.  In the book of STVI they continue with the Carol Marcus thread (which hadn't been seen in the movies since STIII).  Carol is injured in a Klingon attack and Kirk doesn't know if she'll survive.  All the media about the event also influences the others' opinions too.  So this stuff in the book made the story make much more sense.

So anyway.  Great movie, great Friday night :)

Star Trek

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Star Trek
Went and saw Star Trek tonight.

Fricken awesome!

Really enjoyed it.  Well, most of it .. :)

(potential spoilers in extended entry)
Had a relatively relaxing day at work.  Which was weird considering I got dumped with a big project that *had* to get done today.  I wasn't meant to be looking after it, but the person who was had to go home to look after a sick child.  In the end it all went relatively smoothly and so one more thing gets ticked off the big todo list.

Tonight we watched Star Trek V.  I remember quite enjoying this when I saw it at the movies, simply because of the chemistry between Spock/Kirk/McCoy.  The movie itself, especially the end, is quite lame of course.  The book had more character development, some extra stuff with the Klingons, but not too much extra.

Electric blankie goes on the bed tomorrow!

The Search for Spock

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Finished reading The Search for Spock this week, so watched the movie tonight.  Again, quite a lot of stuff in the book that was left out of the movie.  Liked how the gave Grace Lee Whitney a nod, if not a speaking role.
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