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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 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.

Well not much really.

Wednesday night we ran the trivia night which was pretty well attended and enjoyed.  Only two questions that noone got right, but twenty-three that *everyone* got right - whoops!

Thursday had a training day which I always find a bit draining, but learnt some things, even if I won't get much exposure to them in real life.

Friday night we had dinner at Hero Sushi and did some clothes shopping.  The girl at City Chic was quite nice and unthreatening which made the whole process of clothes shopping not *completely* stressful.  And only spent nearly $300 on four items.  Hrmmmmmmm!!  (Vinnies was *much* better value!!)

The weekend was pretty much just *getting things done*.  Had dinner at Annie's last night, but really the weekend was just getting things done that hadn't been gotten done on account of trivia nights and stuff...

Tonight we watched some Voyager, and Particle Fever, which was pretty interesting.

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.

Costco

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So after a pretty depressing day at work I met up with Heather to shop for the weekend's club event.  Well really it was for the after party for the actual event.  Except the actual event has been cancelled due to insolvency of a third party and so everyone is pretty devastated.  The after party is still going ahead, but it might feel more like a wake to a lot of people.  And I prolly won't get to see the little brother, who probably had more invested in the whole thing than anyone.

*sigh*

Also.  I'm getting sick. Hurrah.

Spoke too soon ..

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Had to log onto work this morning and ended up having to go in.  So the entire day lost to work, and another weekend lost.

To say I'm annoyed at one particular vendor is an understatement.

Of course now I'm second guessing myself.  Maybe this weekend was salvagable.  I just have no idea cause, well, I have no idea about anything.  

*sigh*

Looper

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In what felt like a loop I was at work for the third weekend out of the last four.  Things went a bit better today though so that was good.

Tonight I watched Looper.  Interesting movie, but has more problems the more you think about it.

Not Home

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So it feels like I haven't been home in days.

Saturday work most of the day, a bit of touristing, and dinner was salmon at Chrissie's.  Today out all day on a massive photo project which involved thirteen locations, 261 photos and 14000+ steps.  So tonight I collapsed with a couple of beers, some chicken kiev, and a bit of Survivor.

Oh, it rained a little bit on Friday night.

This jetty usually has about 15cm of air *under* it
Lake Ginninderra overfull

This duck was enjoying the newly expanded Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra expansion

So were these swans
Lake Ginninderra expansion

Ginninderra creek is usually about a metre wide at this point
Ginninderra Creek flood

Yesterday it was more like twenty
Ginninderra Creek flood

Scrivener had one gate open today
Scrivener Dam one gate open

Blip

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Saturday spent the whole day at work looking at graphs.

In the evening we went to Mishi's for a games night but ended up just chatting all night and not playing any games.

Sunday was pretty much just housework and organising stuff all day.  Tried out the Casey Supabarn for something different.  They have some interesting stuff there.

Today I spent pretty much all day chasing a blip.

Tonight I got through my Monday night routine that included cooking and eating dinner, cleaning up the kitchen, doing a load of washing and watching an episode of Star Trek all before 7:30pm.  So I prepped tomorrow night's dinner which was done by 8pm and spent most of the rest of the evening going through a pile of crap that's been building since last year some time.

What else?

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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.

Christmas in July decorations

This is not even all the food - it doesn't show the epic potato bake or really show the carrots and peas!
Christmas in July food

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.
Christmas in July dessert

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*

Dark

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Another mostly cleaning day today.  And looking at things and finding more things that *need* to be cleaned, cause I can't help myself.

Watched some Homeland tonight and then Zero Dark Thirty.  It's a bit choppy and slow to start with, but picks up towards the end.  Very long.  But we both liked it.

And I've been freaking out about this photo I scanned yesterday, taken almost exactly thirty years ago..

Canberra Times Fountain - 1986

FPD

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FFPD?  Frustrating Proxy Day.  Stoopid things don't log *anything* is a user is denied authorisation to a site.  How fail is that?

Tonight was continued Eat What's In the House week.  Tonight's random dinner was some of those damned white beans from like a year ago.  Then more fish tank maintenance, this time downstairs.  Got to do a day of geotagging tonight, but by then it was pretty late and didn't have the energy to attack the pile of crap next to my computer.

Nothing's tripped the RCD in the past 24 hours.  Wondering if maybe it was the USB charger device that's fairly new and I turned off after both power incidents.  Guess I'll plug the RCD in front of that next ..

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.

Whisky July

Whisky July

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.

Coast breakfast

Myrtle Beach walk

Myrtle Beach

Steveo's Pizza

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.

Blue coast view

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*).

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.

Work wasn't too stressful today.  Spent all morning going through my emails.  Spent the afternoon catching up bits and pieces.  So that was nice.

Tonight I began the long slow process of looking at all my photos, resizing a copy of them and geotagging them.  Then I can start culling to select some for blogging.  Also before too much longer I'll need to sort out the "people" photos before I forget who's who.

And here's a photo of a spider at Kit's at the end of last year..

Spider at Kit's

Friday morning I was actually excited to go to work.  I really wanted to test the thing I'd be doing on Thursday.  Except I couldn't get it to work.  So went back to feeling demoralised.

Friday night I woke up some time after denist time, and probably only got another hour or two's sleep.  So I was a zombie for Saturday.

Which of course we had to go to Sydney for.  My cousin's wedding in Dee Why.  Which was actually a lovely afternoon/evening.  Will post some photos soon.  We decided to stay in a quiet place in Oxford Falls for the night rather than going back to mum's.  We went to bed at something like 9:30 and apart from needing to go to the toiley in the middle of the night, I slept pretty solidly til about 6am.  So Sunday morning I felt great heh.  Had a simple breakfast at the motel then dropped by Dan and Emma's to see their crazy big old house in Gordon.  Then headed home.

Yesterday afternoon was just getting things done.  I have so much to do in the next week it's ridiculous.  Need to remember to breathe.

Old 100th

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I heard the Old 100th today.  In the most incongruous of places - in an episode of Homeland.

I miss the old Presbyterian hymns.

In other news.  I completely ignored my todo list (which I spent a morning compiling a couple of days ago) and got some actual work done today.  Think I made quite a bit of progress although I won't actually know until we go to test it....

Drained

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Thursday and Friday were better days.  Still not great.

The weekend was primarily *getting things done*.  Relatively successfully.  Saturday night I cooked some roast pork, and Stu invited Kit up to have some.  

Sunday cleaned up the upstairs two foot tank.

Two foot April

Sunday night was bubbly and cheese followed by beef bourguignon at Scott's.

Beef bourguignon

Today was back to the drama that is one of our vendors.  Something crashed on the weekend which led to lots of drama today and not getting anything useful done.  The ongoing dramas with their stuff is just killing me.  Especially since I really need to be working on other stuff.

*sigh*

Had a thoroughly awful day today :(

Mostly because of crappy proxies.  I take it personally when they don't work.  Which is a problem when they're just plain buggy and I don't understand how they work anyway and everyone expects me to be the expert when I'm damned well not.

Also, if you want me to freak out completely, just put me on the spot about aforementioned proxies in front of a room full of people from other organisations who want to know why our proxies are so bad.  Yeup.

And I also spent hours fixing another team's problem because I thought originally it was my problem.  But it wasn't.  *sigh*

Spent tonight geotagging photos.  Did all the random camera photos except for Disneyland, where I took over five hundred photos but didn't take the GPS with me.

Doubly Blerf

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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.

Chatterbox risotto

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.  

Dumpling Inn Shallot Cake

Dumpling Inn Three Cup Wine Chicken

Dumpling Inn Pork ribs

Dumpling Inn Xiao Long Bao

Dumpling Inn Shredded Beef

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.

I'm tired.

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