Fun Stuff: January 2007 Archives

Well this was a bit before the weekend. Jake got this way-cool helicopter off ebay and was flying it around the office.

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Drove down to Canberra on Wednesday night. Whereapon a little too much wine and champagne was consumed. Oops.

Slept in a bit Thursday morning, then wandered into town. Dropped into Stu's work and met a few of his colleagues, and visited Damien and got this very cute pic of him..

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Then we meandered over to the Wig and Pen for beer and lunch with Scotty. Scotty couldn't resist being silly for this pic of the very different beers we ordered.

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Had a little rest at Stu's house after that, then wandered back into town, via kangaroos at Weston Park ..

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.. to where our cruise boat was waiting..

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Damien gave us tickets for this as an engagement present. The whole night was fantabulous. It was such a pleasant atmosphere and the food was great. We even got to see the comet, which I think I was more excited than Stu was hehe. I spotted it first, and everyone else out on deck saw it too.

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After we got back to Stu's, Orion was in such a good position I couldn't resist getting out my tripod and taking pics of it. Sorry to Northern Hemisphere readers, it's not my fault he looks this way to us :)

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This morning we got up at the crack of dawn to go help Scotty move a fridge, but we could have had another hours sleep by they time they all got organised.

We took photos of bugs while we waited...

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And then it was off to help Annie and Stu move house. Except that most stuff had been done when we got there, there was just a few bits and pieces, and all the big furniture stuff, which all the boys did. I mostly just supervised :)

I think this is a good location for their tiger, whatchareckon? :)

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Axolotls!
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My view of the comet on Thursday night - ie, nonexistent
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Mint flake!! I couldn't resist :)
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Chilli Wine
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Leaf bug
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Me doing my Princess Leia impression
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Daniel's sunglass tin
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So the weather looked good. There was nothing on the satellite. There was nothing in the sky. So I powerwalked up to my vantage point on the station car park and waited. And waited. The family, or most part thereof, were there again, this time with the husband instead of the BIL, but this time I was the first to spot the comet!! I was stoked. It was quite faint again, but clear skies meant it was fairly easily visible. I setup the camera and tripod and managed to get lots of nice photos of it! /me a happy girl :) My camera could actually see the comet a whole lot better than I could! Silly really :)

McNaught over sunset
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With a plane crossing its path
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Far left - comet McNaught, far right - Venus
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A long exposure (15 seconds I think) gave a nice trail
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Getting darker, with another plane
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After that it went behind the clouds, just as the dude came back with his telescope. So he missed all but the tail of it, but may return tomorrow to have another go :)

Meme from Neil

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  1. Elaborate on your default icon. Neil referred to his favicon. My favicon for this blog is a small version of the pic of me I have. My friend Gavin took the pic about five years ago when he was practising his portrait photography and needed a guinea pig. Currently it's a renamed gif file, so it works in Firefox but not in IE7. Will convert it to a proper ico file when I get around to it...
  2. What�s your current relationship status? Happily engaged to Stu
  3. Ever have a near-death experience? Does jumping out of an aeroplane count? :)
  4. Name an obvious quality you have. er... I dunno.. I asked Stu and he said "um.. hair?" ... hehe
  5. What�s the name of the song that�s stuck in your head right now? "Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me" (is that the name of it??).. it was on Video Hits this morning
  6. Name a celebrity you would marry. None
  7. Who will cut and paste this first? Maybe Woosang
  8. Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity? No
  9. Do you wear a watch? What kind? Yup, a Citizen I got for my graduation in 1996. It has the day and date on it, which is really rare in a women's watch
  10. Do you have anything pierced? My two ears
  11. Do you have any tattoos? No
  12. Do you like pain? No
  13. Do you like to shop? Sometimes. I like windows shopping. And buying "cool stuff".. not clothes shopping though urgghh
  14. What was the last thing you paid for with cash? The groceries this afternoon
  15. What was the last thing you paid for with your credit card? Some wine and vodka I got at the bottle-o last night
  16. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? Some dude from Freecycle
  17. What is on your desktop background? A picture of Stu taken at my parent's place on my mum's birthday party
  18. What is the background on your cell phone? A greyscale gradient - just a default Blackberry thing
  19. What was the last movie you watched? Casino Royale
  20. What was the last book you read? The last book I completed was Harry Potter and the Half Blood prince. I'm still reading Cordelia's Honor, and Body Clutter

Eraser Birthday

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For Christmas, Stu gave me a way-cool scanner. This week I've been going through my "letter drawer" and scanning the cards and letters and postcards and such things, with the idea to then toss it all. I can look at things on my computer if need be.

The funniest thing I have found so far is a birthday card my friend Sally Miller from high school gave to my eraser.

You see, two years earlier, for my birthday in 1987, she gave me a toiletry (dilly or diddle) bag full of cool stuff like stationery - there included some foil stars, coloured paper clips, an eraser, and some other bits and pieces. (The toiletry bag, paper clips and stars I still have!!) It was a cool present in terms of thoughtfullness. So two years later when I turned 16, and I was still using the eraser, I must have told her about and that the eraser was now two years old. So she made me a birthday card for it.

I really need to find Sally .. and Ann ..

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Cicada Moth

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Saw this moth on the big stage curtain at church today. I actually thought it looked like a cicada from a distance.. can you understand why? :)

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Alphabet Soup

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Stolen from Neil:

A is for Age: 33
B is for Beer of choice: Maybe Heineken
C is for Career: I'm an IT geek from way back
D is for favourite Drink: Orange juice
E is for Essential item you use everyday: As Neil said, computer (and Blackberry). Probably followed closely by my digital camera, although I don't use that every day)
F is for Favourite song at the moment: Don't really have one
G is for favourite Game: Currently probably poker on the blackberry
H is for Home town: Syd-a-ney
I is for Instruments you play: Recorder badly, keyboard even more badly
J is for favourite Juice: Orange
K is for Kids: No thanks....
L is for Last kiss: Kissing Stu goodbye when he went home on Monday
M is for Marriage: Hopefully this year :)
N is for full Name: Kazza the Blank One
O is for Overnight hospital stays: None
P is for Phobias: Don't really have any clinical phobias
Q is for Quote: Live long and prosper
R is for biggest Regret: prolly shouldn't mention it here heh
S is for Sports: No thanks....
T is for Time you wake up: 6:30 on weekdays
U is for colour of Underwear: Whatever's going, currently a fair amount of purple shades
V is for Vegetable you love: Potato
W is for Worst Habit: um, no comment :)
X is for X-rays you�ve had: One of my chest when I had pneumonia, one of my foot when I broke a metatarsal, one of my teeth when they were looking at my wisdom teeth
Y is for Yummy food you make: My milk/cheese/sour cream potato bake
Z is for Zodiac sign: Leo

2007 Quiz

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From Bren:

1. Will you be looking for a new job?
More than likely - in Canberra
2. Will you be looking for a new relationship?
Nope :)
3. New house?
Perhaps. We'll see how we go with job stuff first
4. What will you do different in 07?
Try to remain calm, especially on the roads
5.New Years Resolution?
Haven't made any
6. What will you not be doing in 07?
Being so slack about stuff
7. Any trips planned?
There was thoughts of a Europe trip, but job uncertainty makes that a bit hard. Maybe a small one somewhere
8. Wedding plans?
Yup!
9. Major thing on your calendar?
Nothing has been defined with a date for putting on any calendar..
10. What can�t you wait for?
Living with Stu
11. What would you like to see happen different?
Not sure..
12. What about yourself will you be changing?
Trying to be calmer and more organised
13. What happend in �06 that you didn�t think would ever happen?
I'd ever actually want to leave my job
14. Will you be nicer to the people you care about?
I will try
15. Will you dress differently this year than you did in 06?
Nope
16. Will you start or quit drinking?
Nah
17. Will you better your relationship with your family?
Maybe
18. Will you do charity work?
Probably not
19. Will you go to bars?
Not often
20. Will you be nice to people you dont know?
I try
21. Do you expect 07 to be a good year for you?
Hope so :)
22. How much did you change from this time last year til now?
Not a lot?
23. Do you plan on having a child?
No
24. Will you still be friends with the same people you are friends with now?
Probably
25. Major lifestyle changes?
Only ones associated with moving
26. Will you be moving?
Probably, to Canberra
27. What will you make sure doesn�t happen in 07 that happened in 06?
Dunno..
28. What are your New Years Eve plans?
Games with J&G
29. Will you have someone to kiss at midnight?
Yup yup :):):)

2006 Quiz

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From Woosang:

1. What did you do in 2006 that you'd never done before?
Walked outside at the top of Sydney Tower, went to Floriade, played poker for money
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't make much in the way of new years resolutions. But I did keep the one I made three years ago to completely read the Bible in three years
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No
5. What countries did you visit?
Australia only
6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
A husband :)
7. What dates from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
14th Feb - little brother got married (family tradition, soon to be a broken tradition tho heh)
14th April - went live with new file server (it was Good Friday and James' birthday)
24th/25th December - got engaged (a week early from family tradition)
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
er.. getting engaged? is that an achievement? :)
9. What was your biggest failure?
er.. some of my fish keeping?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just the usual colds and flu, and an episode with flat feet hurting
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Probably Stu's Christmas present (a camera)
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Stu's ..? :)
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My neighbours
14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably on the mortgage. After that, travelling to see Stu
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Getting engaged :)
16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
Dunno..
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier - yeah I think so
Fitter - possibly
Thinner - about the same
Smilier - yeah
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Spend time with Stu
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Stressing
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Lunch with the parents, dinner with the in-laws
21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
Was already in love
22. How many one-night stands?
None
23. What was your favorite TV program?
The Amazing Race
24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nah
25. What was the best book you read?
Well the *only* book that I completed was The Half Blood Prince
26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
er..
27. What did you want and get?
A proposal :)
28. What did you want and not get?
New taps
29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Cars (of the ones I saw at the cinema).
30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to work. Turned 33.
31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Living with Stu
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Jeans and a t-shirt
33. What kept you sane?
um.. it's not possible for me to be sane :)
34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
n/a
35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Political issues don't stir me..
36. Who did you miss?
Stu most of the time
37. Who was the best new person you met?
Diana!
38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
Know when to hold em .. know when to fold em .. know when to walk away .. know when to run ..
*shrug* hehe
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
hrm, see above?? :) I dunno ...

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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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