Fun Stuff: October 2006 Archives

Tomorrow is World Vegan Day.

Needless to say I won't be celebrating it. ;)

I did however go vegetarian tonight, attempting to replicate something Stu and I made on the weekend (I was feeling fooded out after Jake's party and wanted something "healthy").

Ingredients:
* bag of mushrooms, sliced
* a couple of capsicums, preferrably different colours, diced into small pieces
* bit of butter and a big dolloup of mashed garlic
* herbs/spices/salt/pepper to taste
* Bertolli pasta sauce of your choice
* few cups of wholegrain pasta
* handful of shredded tasty (or parmesan) cheese

Fry the mushrooms in butter (or oil), then add the capsicum and garlic. I added a Bull's Horn capsicum to my mix tonight. Cook until it softens a little. Looks good already hey? :)

Mushrooms and capsicum frying

Bertolli make these lovely pasta sauces which appear to be preservative free. We had Sun Dried Tomato and Sweet Basil on the weekend. Tonight I had Tomato, Parmesan, Parsely and Cracked Pepper.

Bertolli pasta sauce

Add the sauce to the veggies and simmer gently for a while.. looking even better!

Veggies in sauce

While that's happening, cook up some wholegrain pasta (supposed to be better for you heh!). Once that's done, put the pasta in a bowl, topped with the capsicum/mushroom sauce, and a sprinkling of your favourite cheese.

Yum!

Stu added some chicken stock to his version, which I didn't do. But they both tasted superb :)

Hallowe'en

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I can fairly safely say that this is my first ever Jack-o'-lantern. Literally. As seen at Gary's the other week.

Jackolantern

Create your own!

Awaken

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Stolen from Dave

  • Explain what ended your last relationship? Essentially I wasn't ready for a relationship. Sometimes I think I'm still not ready for a relationship
  • When was the last time you shaved? Wednesday night
  • What were you doing this morning at 8 a.m.? Driving through a school zone, wondering if 8am meant I should be slowing down to 40
  • What were you doing 15 minutes ago? Both when I first read this meme and when I'm answering it - was lying in bed, although two different beds
  • Are you any good at math? Depends on what level. I loved 3 unit maths in high school and was very good at it. I really didn't like 4 unit maths, and I blame Coroneus for his textbooks. All his books should be burned dammit!!
  • Your prom night? what about? er, yeah what about it. I went to my year 12 formal with my first boyfriend and it was a painful experience because he refused to dance and the music was too loud to talk, so we just sat there
  • Do you have any famous ancestors? My ancestors were First Fleeters. Anthony Rope and Elizabeth Pulley (yes Ropes and Pulleys!) Ropes Creek in Sydney (and presumably the new housing estate "Ropes Crossing") are named after him.
  • Have you had to take a loan out for school? No. My parents paid my HECS, aren't they wonderful? heh
  • Do you know the words to the song on your MySpace profile? I don't have a myspace profile. Myspace is evil
  • Last thing received in the mail? Dunno, junk mail probably
  • How many different beverages have you had today? Orange juice, water, beer
  • Do you ever leave messages on people�s answering machine? Yeah, but I don't like them
  • Who did you lose your CONCERT virginity to? The Choirboys, at high school in 1988
  • Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach? Not usually, although I did write Kazza & Stu in the sand at the beach the other day....
  • What�s the most painful dental procedure you�ve had? I don't remember any painful dental procedures. I had my top two wisdom teeth taken out, but that wasn't painful..
  • What is out your back door? I don't have a back door. Out my balcony door is a balcony and a pool
  • Any plans for Friday night? That would be tonight. Spending it with my sweetie
  • Do you like what the ocean does to your hair? Not really
  • Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorns? er.. no... what is that?
  • Have you ever been to a planetarium? Once in primary school, an inflatable one in the school library, it was very cool
  • Do you re-use towels after you shower? Sure
  • Some things you are excited about? My boy.. er.. not much else I'm on an alcohol crash at the moment.. ask me again tomorrow...
  • What is your favorite flavor of JELLO? We don't have Jello in Australia, we have jelly. I like lots of different kinds, especially I suppose the citrussy ones
  • Describe your keychain(s)? Which one? My work keys are on a leather one Luc gave me years ago for a birthday. It used to have a Swiss Army Knife in it, but the original got lost and I took it out during the Olympics for security reasons. My car keys are on an electronic beeper thing that has dodgy battery connections that I should fix one day. My home keys are on a 1m tape measure.
  • Where do you keep your change? In my purse. I try to pay exact change for things, so it never accumulates
  • When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people? Don't really remember.. it's been a long time.. I'm allergic...
  • What kind of winter coat do you own? I have this cool jacket I got in Go-Lo for $18. It's soft and warm and it doesn't matter if I lose it cause it was so cheap, although I'm somewhat sentimentally attached to it now
  • What was the weather like on your graduation day? Sunny
  • Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed? Open

Saturday Memeing

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Stolen from Dave

  • DO YOU SNORE? Apparently, when I'm lying on my back
  • ARE YOU A LOVER OR A FIGHTER? Probably a lover. Hate fighting.
  • WHAT�S YOUR WORST FEAR? Having my house burn down
  • AS A KID, WERE YOU A LEGO MANIAC? Don't know about maniac, but had a bit of space lego. I turned into a maniac when I grew up and discovered ebay
  • WHAT DO YOU THINK OF �REALITY� TV? Some is good, some is crap
  • DO YOU CHEW ON YOUR STRAWS? No
  • WERE YOU A CUTE BABY? Somewhat I suppose.. you be the judge:
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  • IS THE SINGLE LIFE FOR YOU? No. Well I'm not single now, and that is a good thing, and when I was single it was a bad thing
  • WHAT COLOR IS YOUR KEYBOARD? Black. But only because my old keyboard is ps2 and woulnd't work on my new computer
  • DO YOU SING IN THE SHOWER? No
  • HAVE YOU EVER BUNGEE JUMPED? No.. maybe one day
  • ANY SECRET TALENTS? I give fairly good massages, but that's not really a secret
  • WHAT�S YOUR IDEAL VACATION SPOT? Lord Howe Island
  • CAN YOU SWIM? Yep
  • HAVE YOU SEEN THE MOVIE DONNIE DARKO? Yes
  • DO YOU GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE OZONE? Yes
  • HOW MANY LICKS DOES IT TAKE TO GET TO THE CENTER OF A TOOTSIE POP? er.. dunno...
  • CAN YOU SING THE ALPHABET BACKWARDS? Probably not.. never tried it
  • DO YOU PREFER ELECTRIC OR MANUAL PENCIL SHARPENER? Don't think I've ever used an electric pencil sharpener..
  • WHAT�S YOUR STAND ON HUNTING? Against it
  • IS MARRIAGE IN YOUR FUTURE? Hopefully :)
  • DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Not really
  • WHAT ARE YOU ALLERGIC TO? The sun
  • WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAID, �I LOVE YOU� ? The other night I think
  • DO YOU CRY AT WEDDINGS? Not usually
  • HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS? Fried
  • ARE BLONDES DUMB? Well I'm a blonde and I'm dumb..
  • WHERE DOES THE OTHER SOCK END UP? With the other one. I don't lose socks..
  • WHAT TIME IS IT? 10:49am
  • DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME? Kazza
  • IS MCDONALD�S DISGUSTING? No
  • WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WERE IN A CAR? Last night
  • DO YOU PREFER BATHS OR SHOWERS? Showers
  • IS SANTA CLAUS REAL? pfft :)
  • DO YOU LIKE TO HAVE YOUR NECK KISSED? er.. a bit ..
  • ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? No, I'm only afraid of what might be hiding in the dark
  • WHAT ARE YOU ADDICTED TO? Potato chips, so I don't buy them very often
  • CRUNCHY OR CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER? Neither, never really liked peanut butter
  • CAN YOU CRACK YOUR NECK? Not my neck, but my lower spine
  • HAVE YOU EVER RIDDEN IN AN AMBULANCE? No
  • IS DRUG FREE THE WAY TO BE? shrug
  • ARE YOU A HEAVY SLEEPER? No
  • WHAT COLOR ARE YOUR EYES? Sort of green, with a bit of brown and grey
  • DO YOU LIKE YOUR LIFE? For the most part
  • ARE YOU PSYCHIC? No
  • HAVE YOU READ CATCHER IN THE RYE? Yes, wondered what all the fuss was about
  • DO YOU PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? I play the recorder badly and the piano even more badly (ie, one note a time)
  • HAVE YOU EVER STOLEN MONEY? Sometimes coins from people's coin piles, but I always ask if I can steal them (or pay them for them)
  • CAN YOU SNOWBOARD? No
  • DO YOU LIKE CAMPING? Not really
  • DO YOU SNORT WHEN YOU LAUGH? Don't think so..
  • DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC? Wingardium Leviosa!
  • ARE DOGS A MAN�S BEST FRIEND? Like Dave said, to some people
  • YOU BELIEVE IN DIVORCE? Only as a last resort in abusive or otherwise extreme circumstances
  • CAN YOU DO THE MOONWALK? Don't think so
  • DO YOU MAKE A LOT OF MISTAKES? I guess so
  • IS IT COLD OUTSIDE TODAY? Actually yes - 15.8C
  • WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Sultana bran with milk
  • DO YOU WEAR NAIL POLISH? Sometimes. I like glittery nail polish in funny colours (like blue)
  • HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU LIKE RIGHT NOW? Umm....
  • WHAT�S THE MOST ANNOYING TV COMMERCIAL? Those closing down sale ads.. there's a particularly annoying set in Australia with this dude with a horrible voice screaming out everything in a hurry
  • DO YOU SHOP AT AMERICAN EAGLE? No (what is that anyway? :) )
  • FAVORITE SONG AT THE MOMENT? At the moment..? dunno... don't really have one

Train Wreck

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What happens when you get the guts to turn your electric train set up to full speed?

Hogwarts Express train wreck

Much like the little green patch here - caused by a similarly disastrous train disaster in 1989.

I finally got all my Harry Potter lego put away today. The study floor is clear again, and feels quite strange ..

White House

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When I first discovered Google earth/maps, mostly only the USA was in high resolution. So naturally I went looking at places I'd been - NY, DC etc. And discovered to my amusement that they'd greyed out the top of the White House. Well not anymore it seems :)

White House from space

sigh

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For want of something better to blog about, on a day when it all just seems too hard... saw this at Gary's a while back and thought it was kinda cool for some reason. Dunno why..?

Oh yeah.. White and Nerdy is pretty cool too....

As mentioned earlier tonight, I've been rather enjoying the 20 to 1 series on Channel 9. Tonight's countdown was Australian Movies.

20 - Muriel's Wedding
Love this movie. Stu was almost going to sell his copy of it (it came with his dvd player), but I said I'd take it :)
19 - Wolf Creek
Don't know that I want to see this. It's supposed to be very scary/violent.
18 - Babe
Love love love this movie too. Have it on dvd. Have the soundtrack too.
17 - Chopper
Haven't seen this
16 - Romper Stomper
Haven't seen this either
15 - Storm Boy
Saw this a long long time ago, haven't seen it since. I seem to remember it being pretty bleak...
14 - Strictly Ballroom
Have this on dvd too.. love it
13 - Young Einstein
Gosh this list is full of movies I've either never seen or totally love.. hehe. Been hanging out for this one to come out on dvd.
12 - Shine
Haven't seen this one
11 - Puberty Blues
Saw this a long time ago I think. Haven't read the book, would be interested in reading it. It was about Shire girls.
10 - Sunday Too Far Away
Haven't seen this
9 - The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Reminded me of Muriel's Wedding strangely enough. Must have been the music :)
8 - My Brilliant Career
Haven't seen it
7 - The Man From Snowy River
Great film. Went to Craig's Hut on Mt Stirling a few years ago.
6 - Breaker Morant
Haven't seen it
5 - Mad Max
Or this (so shoot me!! heh)
4 - Picnic at Hanging Rock
You kinda *want* Miranda to disappear.. heh. Went to Hanging Rock and had a picnic there on the same trip as Craig's Hut
3 - The Castle
Cool film, although I don't know how it'd go after repeated viewings. Apparently it only took 12 days to shoot (!!)
2 - Crocodile Dundee
A lot of fun
1 - Gallipoli
Haven't seen this... I probably should hey? :)

This in Stu's local shopping centre.. I wonder how long they'll leave it there...

Crikey!

A Julidochromis transcriptus baby in Stu's tank..

Juli baby

My World Series Poker win .. if only playing real life people were so easy :)

World Series

Some mystery flower buds in Stu's garden

Mystery flower buds

The colourful and tasty fish dinner Stu cooked on Sunday night

Fish dinner

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