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Where'd I get up to?
Thursday night we had a whiskey tasting night. Nothing really stood out for me. Mostly because Neil didn't get any peaty whiskeys heh. The four Scottish ones were much the same (one was slightly rougher than the others). The Nikka was probably my favourite, just because of the hint of smoke. Early night and slept reasonably well.
Friday I got a bunch of cleanup work done, then left early and headed with the sweetie down to the coast. Stopped in Batemans Bay for dinner at KFC (bad move - they're even more inefficient than Belconnen and we took fifteen minutes to get our food!). Chilled out at the house, and I started a jigsaw.
Saturday I finished the first jigsaw and moved onto a second. Went to Myrtle Beach and even had a swim (well a wade really, I hadn't taken my glasses off and didn't want to lose them). It was cold, but not freezing. Couple of weirdos though - one meerkat and his wandering mate. Yeup. Saturday night we got pizzas from Steveo's. We got three, but really only needed one. Two tops - having some for breakfast we *still* brought home a full pizza! Then watched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to see if it was as bad as we remembered. It was. And then some.
Today I finished the second jigsaw and decided to squeeze in a third while the sweetie did reading for uni. Then cleaned up and came home.
Almost hit two kangaroos - one on the way down on Friday night, and one on the way out to Myrtle Beach. The second one was panicking and actually slipped over on the road in front of us. We'd slowed right down though so it was all fine. The first one just bounced gently across the road in front of us but didn't do anything stoopid.
Tried to doze on the way home but didn't succeed.
I'm still sick with this damned cold. Stuffed up nose so haven't been able to breathe in days. I didn't feel like doing *anything* when I got home. So *blip* there goes another weekend with nothing achieved at home :( (I did manage to look at and geotag day 22 of the holiday though, so I guess that's *something*).
ok well I wasn't really. But I did realise I'd never blogged that we went to a SMWS tasting evening on June 30. Five different whiskies to try, as well as food (sort of) matched with it. Lovely evening.
Monday morning last week I moved desks. I moved into the team I've joined, but I'm still doing the work we brought over with us, but now I'm separated from Neil so I felt even more alone. Not being able to see the sky and being in the dark certainly doesn't help.
Tuesday morning the pool had started to freeze over. So there were small (and huge) snowflakes growing all over the surface!
Tuesday and Wednesday nights I made good progress on the "winter hobby room" - sticking plastic sheeting on the bookshelves to protect all my models from dust, vacuuming, organising, purging, tidying.
Thursday night was whisky night at work. My favourite was the Glenmorangie. Such a lovely sweet smell, and very smooth.
Then we picked up C and all went back to their place for a nice dinner of fish and green stuff - real food I called it.
Driving home Thursday night was super beautiful because of all the fog.
Friday night we were back at EffanC's for another nice dinner, and then we watched Life of Pi in 3D. Such a beautifully filmed movie, and probably the first 3D movie where I've actually appreciated the 3D.
Saturday morning we did a shopping run to pick up a Christmas in July feast - which we prepared at the club for Saturday night. We cooked four kilos of pork, two kilos of turkey, there was a ham that someone else brought, and we did potato bake, potato, sweet potato, parsnips, brussel sprouts, jerusalem artichokes, eggplant, minted peas and honeyed carrots. And there was almost no leftovers. Pretty amazing.
And there were real live lambs! Two and three week old lambs rescued from the abbatoir. Apparently some dodgy farmers will sell pregnant ewes which is illegal. These lambs were at full term and actually born there and now they're being raised by a couple of members of the club. They were so adorable. And happy to be picked up and cuddled. I even had one start to fall asleep in my arms, until he became to heavy to hold heh.
Sunday we came home and had a pretty quiet day. Went and saw Annie and Stu's new car. Made pepperoni pizzas for dinner and watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Last Wednesday night we went along to the Library to go to an "author talk" - they had Nick Davies (investigative journalist who exposed the News of the World phone hacking scandal) there for an interview and question time. Quite an interesting night and the sweetie got his book (signed) for us to read.
Saturday was Whisky Live. I don't think they had as many stalls as last year. Tried quite a few different things this year - things I wouldn't normally have tried. Then back to EffanC's place and we watched Thelma and Louise and Pulp Fiction.
Today was just about of stuff around the house and food shopping. We watched the unaired pilot of Sherlock, and also Emperor.
Also this week I lost my longest guardian portal in Longreach. 245 days. Super sad times.
Friday: Scotch Malt Whiskey Society tasting. A lovely evening of nice whiskeys and great friends.
Saturday: went out to the club. Chilled out, had a nice dinner by C&G, a bit of fun with cards (I might have won the plastic spoons - not the wooden spoons that the loser got :) ) and a lazy Sunday morning.
Sunday: not a lot.
We've watched three episodes so far of Rake on Netflix. Netflix does seem to be working well, despite our crappy internet. And I think the sweetie likes Rake heh.
Busy couple of days at work.
The housework is sliding a bit.
But I did also finish re-geotagging my Hong Kong and Taipei photos. I can't actually remember even doing it last year. But I must have. Surely?? I think I'm getting dementia. :(
Birthday breakfast was Maccas. So sue me.
Lunch was a couple of KFC drumsticks. KFC is somewhat of a birthday tradition.
Then there was whiskey. So much whiskey!
Including one that smelt like toast to me, and rocket fuel to everyone else
Even the sweetie came in for a while :)
Then we headed off to Bella Vista.
The sweetie had veal in a parmesan cup
And I had scallops
Then the sweetie had fettucini with sundried tomatoes
And I had salmon, prawns, prosciutto wrapped asparagus and a lot of garlic :)
A thoroughly delicious dinner and a wonderful birthday :)
Some of my pressies :)
Been a bit of a boozy few days.
On Thursday, and dude from McLaren Vale came up to offer a wine tasting, mainly for the bar, but for others as well. So a small group of us partook. There were five whites, a muscato, a rose, four reds, a dessert wine, a tawny "port" and a "Delight" - which is much like a Baileys. It was a fun night, had a taste of some lovely boutique wines, and I bought a mixed case of things.
Yesterday we went along to Whisky Live. $99 for 100 whiskys in three and a half hours. Stu and I shared tastes to start with, so we could try more things. But then it got a bit complicated trying to have any working method of working the room, so I ended up wandering around by myself towards the end. There was an ample supply of hot food (cheesy risotto balls!) as well which was great. A fantastic event, I'd be interested in going again next year.
Afterwards we went over to F&C's (who were also at Whisky Live) for a yummy moussaka. And I ate blue cheese for the first time since 1987 (I've had it a couple of times on pizza, but it's a bit different cooked). Then we watched Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. But I just didn't *get* it. It was funny reading reviews on IMDB as well - people either loved it or hated it. I'm on the hated it side heh.
Today was fairly quiet. I finished geotagging my holiday photos, and have started culling them down.
Kit bought three more chickens and two ducks today ..
This afternoon I was craving a roast dinner, but we had nothing to roast, so I popped over to the markets to get something.
Met up with Luc after work for drinkies at the Baxter Inn. We split four different whiskies so we could try some different kinds, although we mostly stuck with the Islays.
First up a Longrow Campbelltown limited edition ($19). Only 9000 bottles made in small casks. Very smooth. Strong smell, but not peaty. This was Luc's favourite of the night.
Then a Laphroaig Triple Wood ($13). Not a strong smell to start with, although released more vapour after being warmed up a little. This was nicely smokey, but a bit bitey. Luc wasn't as much a fan of this one.
Askaig ($20?). A bit smokier and smoother than the one above, I liked this one as well.
Bowmore ($17). This one had some very interesting flavours. Luc said honey and herbs and sweet - would go well with dessert or Christmas cake. Kinda like burnt ginger snap. I found it a little bitey and quite interesting.
We also shared a cheese and nibbles platter, which became my dinner.
Then I had their signature drink, which is half a shot of this drink, mixed with the juice of one apple.
Look at the bottle of Monkey Shoulder!
I finished off with a Big Peat ($11), a blend
And Luc had The Peat Monster ($16)
Fun times :)