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Why are we here?

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I've been watching the BBC series The Human Body hosted by Robert Winston for the past little while while doing jigsaws.  Tonight (while sorting the Beauty and the Beast section of my new jigsaw) was the death episode.  Which had me thinking about death.  And why are we here?  And what is the point of my life?  And I don't have time to do all the things I want to do.  

Sigh.

Survived

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So Survivor finished last night.

It was interesting this season.  There was obviously a lot of fans of the show playing this season as most of the survivors played *hard*.  But the problem with that is most of the people weren't actually all that nice (or at least weren't portrayed that way) and to be honest there wasn't all that many of them that I hoped would win.  Jericho's final speech made him sound like a complete jerk, and yet he still won it.

Oh well.

Long Weekend Take 1

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Last week I finally found The Little Mermaid on BluRay for $15, so got it and watched it with the sweetie on Friday night.

Saturday was a hanami lunch.  Just watched some tv in the evening.

Sunday we had a super productive day at home Getting Things Done.  In the evening we watched The Kung Fu Karate Kid.

Monday morning wasn't quite as productive as Sunday.  And then we went out to the club to take out some networking equipment, so that wrote off the whole afternoon.  

Did I mention Fuller House is back on Netflix? :)

Grizzly Adams

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The other day I was doing a FunTrivia quiz that reminded me of Grizzly Adams - a late 70s tv show about a guy who went bush and teamed up with a bear cub.  I remember watching it as a little kid although the only thing I remember about it in any detail was the opening credits and him standing on a spectacular rocky ridge (right at the end of the video).

Surviving

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A new series of Survivor started this week.  Except I didn't see it on Sunday night, so had to watch it online on Monday night.  Which meant I had to watch Monday's on Tuesday and Tuesday's on Wednesday.  Which would have been fine except watching the episodes on TenPlay is absolutely horrendous experience.  Internet Explorer will start to pixelate the picture after a while, requiring a browser restart.  Chrome does a slightly better job but it still freezes up or drops out.  Mostly a browser restart will take you back to the same position, but other times it forgets and you have to guess the time you were up to.  But the worst part is every time it drops out you have to watch all the ads all over again.  And if you slide the time position *at all* it plays all the ads all over again.  It takes much longer to watch it online than it would live to air.  And the worst part about the ads?  Not only you do you see the same ads at each break, but you often see the same ad two or three times in the same ad break!  Absolutely horrific experience.  

We're nearly through season four of Voyager, and I've been watching more Air Crash Investigations as well.

Last night we watched Tim Burton's Batman which I hadn't seen in years.  I still think Michael Keaton is super cute in that movie.  And I annoyed the sweetie by quoting the script here and there ;)

Woke up at 3am and didn't get back to sleep til 6am.  Epic fricken sigh.  Stoopid brain.  Stoopid spine.  So a very late start today.

Today we went out to Fyshwick because Stu needed some stuff for work.  I tried to get more ram for my old netbook but they didn't have any small enough.  May need to consider getting a new one (it's like five years old).  Or just getting some ram off ebay.

Then did a big shop at Coles to pick up all the stuff that we can't get at the markets.  Jamison still hasn't fixed their abysmal trolley situation.  They still only have two trolley bays at the very top of the car park and none anywhere around the bottom.  And even the ones they do have are broken.  We are only going to Jamison now as a last resort.  The silly thing is, it's not even a cost issue.  Given that Coles is generally cheaper for most things, we could afford a dollar to just dump the trolley wherever.  But for me it's the principle of the thing.  The ACT government needs to wake up to itself and realise forcing supermarkets to force trolley locks is not actually doing anything.  Because I still see trolleys dumped all over Belconnen with no coins in them!  Clearly this idea is just plain stoopid and is having absolutely no positive effect whatsoever.

/rant

Tonight I did a cauliflower bake and an evil chicken with three cheese and bacon stuffing.  Sooo good ;)

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!

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

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. 

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

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.

Goes Forth

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Friday night was a swim night, and then a bunch of us went back to EffanR's which was all very pleasant.  Soups and bubbly and cheese FTW!

Much of the weekend was just catching up and cleaning and organising paperwork and watching Air Crash Investigations and Monty Python (and I also watched Black Adder Goes Forth last week as well, don't think I mentioned it).  I finished one jigsaw of Kit's and started another one.  

Saturday night we watched Master and Commander: Far Side of the World, which to be honest I struggled with.  Even though there wasn't much plot for some reason I just found it *difficult*.  

Tonight I did a lamb roast, and we watched some Anthony Bourdain in Panang, and another one in Kansas City.  And for the first bit I'm like "I've just eaten dinner but I'm *hungry*" .. but after watching all the meat and bbq ribs in the second episode I was like I'm totally full just *looking* at that.. and then I started getting vegetable cravings.  Cause that's what you do in America after eating non-stop American food, which is pretty much just meat and deep-fried anything, it's just GIVE ME THE VEGETABLES.  Oh hai @stuartcryan !! :)

Weekends are too damned short.

Friday night we watched Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which was all a bit silly, and completely predictable, but a bit of fun.

Saturday night we watched The Sixth Sense, which I hadn't seen since I saw it at the movies when it first came out.  

In between was a very quiet weekend at home, only going out to do some food shopping today.  I spent most of the rest of the time scanning and organising paperwork and watching Air Crash Investigations videos and Blackadder Goes Forth.

I've just spent two hours cooking some coq au vin, as well as a spinach, turnip, feta and sage bake, and a cauliflower, zucchini, garlic, herbs, cream and cheeeeese bake.  Not that they'll necessarily go together, but the idea is to have plenty of food cooked for the week.

Oh and we're into season 4 of Voyager now.

At some point in the past week, probably Monday night, we watched A View to a Kill.  Decided NOT to watch Batman: The Movie tonight though.

We're nearly half way through season three of Voyager and nearly through season five of Homeland.

Tonight we watched Sicario.  Interesting music and very interesting camera work.  Good movie, quite well done, but very frustrated by our crappy internet and Stan's inability to buffer.

War on Waste

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I've been watching ABC's War on Waste over the past week.  Some of the waste depicted is pretty staggering.

The thing that upset me most was seeing the huge waste of food right on farms because supermarket cosmetic policies. Banana a few millimetres too long?  Goes to waste before it even gets to stores.  Just heartbreaking.

Then there was the disturbing news that Woolworths don't necessarily recycle the soft plastics people put in the store bins in good faith that it will be recycled.

And in the What The..? files: the girls in the third episode who don't wear the same outfit twice!!  What the actual f@#%??

"Fast fashion" completely pisses me off because I buy clothes and wear them until they wear out.  Except these days things wear out after just a couple of wears in some cases.  T-shirts and even jumpers that can't be worn after not very long because the collar buckles and looks ridiculous.  Years ago Millers did plain-dyed t-shirts that I'm still wearing twenty years later!  But they stopped selling them, and now, practically any t-shirt you buy will wear out very quickly.  With jeans, I got sick of paying $100 EVERY YEAR for Jeans from JeansWest because the "denim" is so thin and flimsy that it simply wears through.  So last time I paid $7 per pair in KMart.  The material is just as thin and crappy, but it's only a fraction of the price.  I'd be happy to pay more for quality, but it simply doesn't exist anymore!

Since discovering relatively recently that Coles do soft plastic recycling, our waste has been reduced dramatically.  Most of our food scraps go over the fence to the chickens, soft plastics go to Coles, and the majority of the rest of our rubbish is recycling.  We typically only put about a bag of rubbish *or less* a week out in the bin, and so the bin doesn't go out for collection most weeks. 

* Fast food restaurants (Subway I'm looking at you) stop giving out more than one serviette. I keep mine and use them at home as paper towels but I'm sure most people just thrown them straight out unused
* McDonalds do you really need to give me my burger in a huge paper bag?  No, if there's one item, I can carry it - save the paper!
* The huge rolls of junk mail we get are such a waste - please stop!
* Canberra needs green waste bins for garden waste.  Drop rubbish collection to fortnightly and use the savings to collect green waste fortnightly instead.
* Supermarket shopping online needs to stop using plastic bags.  We did a shop a few weeks ago and got enough plastic bags to last us six months!  At one point they were loading things into crates and then just emptying the crates once delivered.  Much better option.
* If they really want to stop people wasting plastic bags, put a significant tax on them.  Instead of free or even 15c, give them a real cost - like $1.  People would definitely think twice about getting a bag if it became a significant cost.
* People still need bags for bin liners.  I've got several years stocked up because I never throw away shopping bags that we do end up getting from time to time, but with a complete bag ban we'd have to buy bin liners. 
* Use a keep cup
* *Please* can we get decent quality clothing back?
* Coles you need to empty your plastic recycling bins more often.  I've never once been able to easily get my bag in the bin, and often I've had to leave my bag next to the bin.
* Tom's Super Fruits (and every other grocer) please stop packing a couple of things on a polysterene tray covered with glad wrap.  So wasteful!

I'm sure I'll think of more..

In the meantime, I'm going to start using up my stash of plastic bags for fruit and veg - they've been building up for a while and there's no good reason not to reuse them.

Ok so I didn't actually say that, but I did think it at one point today .. (cf: Love Actually quote)

After two insanely crazy days at work, and after Stu's team got scattered to the wind, I said we should have booze and pizza, which he totally agreed to.  At least the pizza part.  We did share a bottle of some very nice Margaret River Cab Sav and have Crust pizza, and watch some Voyager and Homeland.  

Wine and Sparkles

And I keep predicting when people are going to wind up dead in those shows...

Saturday I started gluing things into my holiday scrapbook.  Until I ran out of glue.

So then I started trying to organise my tax paperwork but decided it was all too hard, so thought I'd start with an easier job - digitising my tax paperwork starting from 1996.  Hrmm.  Did about seven years worth before the scanner needed a rest.

In the evening we watched some Voyager and then we watched The Third Man, which had been mentioned in an episode we saw the other night of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations set in Vienna (Viennese people sure love their pork!).  And it went on the Riesenrad, which we'd been on, so we had to watch it :)  Interesting movie, a little slow to get going but picked up at the end, and who killed the porter??

Today I wanted to do more paperwork sorting and work on my new blog, but didn't end up doing any of that.  Instead I cleaned the oven.  Hurrah.  And did some fish tank stuff and did some food shopping and cleaned and cooked and cleaned.  And my hands aren't very happy with me.

And in the What The files.. I was feeding Stu's fish and they got so excited that the smaller siamensis rocketed out of the tank and went flying over and out and landed under Stu's comfy chair.  Had to rescue it and put it back in the tank!  Silly fish!

Peas and Ham

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Contrails

Saturday morning I put on dinner to cook - Stu's Pea and Ham soup - a huge smoked ham hock, a kilo of yellow split peas, an onion, bay leaves, stock and water.  Except I had to take out many of the peas to simmer in a saucepan on account of it not all fitting in the slow cooker after they started to expand.  Whoops.  After 3pm I shredded the ham and put it back into the slow cooker with all the other peas then headed out to the club where it became part of dinner.  There were five soups, and all of mine disappeared! W00t!  

Stayed up way too late chatting in the evening but slept relatively well in the van - seems it's a lot more comfortable when there's only one person in the bed.. hrmm!

Sunday was just doing stuff around the house.  In the evening we saw the episode of Voyager that has the King of Jordan in it (well he was "only" a prince at the time!) 

Veggie bake

I've also been working on a new blog to be revealed soon!

So now that the internet is working again, we've been able to start watching tv again.

On Monday night we watched Jobs.  Was Steve Jobs really that much of an asshole?

We're back into season one of Voyager.

And we've just started up season five of Homeland.

I tried to cook fondue last night.  But I didn't follow a recipe and failed.  

Tonight I ate a bunch of the veggies from last night, but with a bechamel sauce with *lots* of cheese.  Almost as good I guess.

I'm so tired...

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.

Weekendy Bits

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The other week we finally finished watching Star Trek: The Original Series.  Last night we started watching Star Trek: Voyager.  I tried getting into Voyager when it was on tv twenty years ago, but after a season and a half I lost interest.  So watching them all again now.

In other news.  Saturday morning was up for a few hours in the middle of the night thanks to hurty.  So had a very late start.  Did house and hobby type stuff in the morning then headed out for lunch and then out to Fyshwick to have another go at going to Material Pleasures.  There was barely anything in the way of evening wear, and the few things that I did try on looked pretty hideous or just didn't fit.  So left in tears, further cementing my hatred of clothes shopping.  Did our food shopping on the way home.  Stu wanted to go to Aldi.  We always spend a lot less there, simply because they just don't have much.  They're ok for meat and cheese and maybe frozen food, but that's about it.  They're absolutely terrible for fruit and veg and anything that's a little bit non-standard.  Like you can't buy a single cucumber, you have to buy a whole tray.  And you can't buy a single brown onion, you have to buy a whole bag.  They don't have rice bran oil, or any of my toiletries.  Really don't like going there.  So I went next door to Coles to pick up all the essentials.  And a cucumber.

Today went with Chrissie to the Beer and Meat on Stick Festival (aka the Multicultural Festival).  The last time (and first time) I went was the morning after dad died three years ago, which made for a very strange day.  Today we had beer and meat on a stick.  And potato on a stick.  And fetta/spinach pastries.  And gozleme.  And cider.  It was pretty crowded, but there was seemingly a lot more food and drink stalls (including at least three potato on a stick stores) so you could always find one with a short queue (a couple of stalls did have very long queues, we just avoided those). 

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Multicultural festival

Came home and did papercraft and we cooked Scotch eggs for dinner and watched more Voyager.

The Right Stuff

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The other day Doc hummed a couple of notes of You Got It (The Right Stuff) and it's been floating around my head ever since.

Then tonight we watched the episode of Fuller House with the New Kids on the Block in it.  Gah now it'll never get out of my head!! hehe

And I was never even a fan of their music!

But if anyone has an mp3 or wav of the first few notes can they send it to me, I'll use it in my next trivia night in a few weeks :)

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.

Chong Co 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..

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

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.  

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IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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