Fun Stuff: September 2015 Archives

Third Quarter Jigsaws

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Not that many jigsaws this quarter.  Although I'm trying to work through ones I took from David's place a while back so can do them and get them out of the house.

This one is by a brand which I've done several jigsaws of.  This is one that has a repeating pattern of 4x4, so sixteen shapes of pieces that repeat.  So I spent a lot of time sorting all the pieces out into the sixteen piles.

Colour jigsaw 4x4

Colosseum jigsaw

Because just look at this thing.  It's all brown and black.  Sorting the pieces takes ages, but then putting them in is very quick.

Colosseum jigsaw

Colosseum jigsaw

Colosseum jigsaw

Colosseum jigsaw

This is one of my birthday presents from the sweetie.  I've always said that gradients make jigsaws easy.  I could do a whole jigsaw of just sky if there was a good enough gradient on it.  So when I saw this a while back I wanted it.  There's actually no two pieces the same colour (although some of the greens are very similar!).  This was a super fun jigsaw and I finished it the morning after my birthday.

Colour jigsaw

Colour jigsaw

Then there's the three I did in Queensland

Osaka Castle jigsaw

Lions jigsaw

Fish jigsaw

And this is another birthday present from the sweetie.  A jigsaw of a jigsaw, by Mensa.

Mensa jigsaw

Again, luckily, a repeating pattern.  So I spent forever sorting out all the pieces in to the sixteen kinds of pieces (different brand to the Colosseum, so the pieces a bit different, but similar idea).

Mensa jigsaw

These are the edges

Mensa jigsaw

Once sorted, and the middle was done, it meant that I could work in rows (or columns) and only had about fifty pieces to search through, rather than nine hundred or so.  Worked well and went relatively quickly after that.

Mensa jigsaw

Mensa jigsaw

Mensa jigsaw

Mensa jigsaw

Mensa jigsaw

Mensa jigsaw

The fun thing about the Mensa jigsaw is that the other side of the jigsaw had a bunch of puzzles on it.  This was super easy to do because each puzzle had a different colour ink.  So it was simply a matter of sorting by colours, and putting together twelve small puzzles.  And then solve the puzzles :)

Mensa jigsaw

Mensa jigsaw

This one of the Britannia had some funky shaped pieces

Britannia Jigsaw

Britannia Jigsaw

This jigsaw was pretty awful.  The whole thing was out of focus, just blurry masses of white and grey and brown.  And every piece is the same (default) shape so my heart sank somewhat when I opened the box.  Fortunately though, you could pretty much tell which way up each piece went, which made it tolerable.

Polar bear jigsaw

Quotes from 1997

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So I decided today to export all the blood pressure readings (and heart rate and weight) from the app I've been using for the past four years (iBP Tracker by Finger Taps).  Turns out the export to email function doesn't actually work.  Neither does the online backup option.

So I was forced to go through each day's entry and manually record it elsewhere.

#grunt

I got through the past month, which is what I want to take to the doctor.

What a piece of crap.  Guess what application I *won't* be using anymore.

Another thing I realised tonight is how much crap I have on my computer.  At least twenty year's worth.

I did find this list of quotes (file was last saved 16.10.97) which I remember well..

Life is short and DNA is long
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all the evidence
An optimist: someone who hasn't been given all the facts yet
Friction is a drag
Very funny Scotty. Now beam up the clothes!
Recycle!! Today's garbage is tommorrow's world!
Marriage is grand. Divorce? 20 grand.
Marriage - it's not just a word, it's a sentence!
Hello? Constipation Hotline? Yes, I can hold...
Support mental health... or I'll *KILL* you
If you're 1 in a million, there's a thousand Chinese just like you.
No matter where you go, there you are.
Psychic midget escapes from prison... Small Medium at Large!
World to end at 10pm! Film at 11
Floggings will continue until morale improves.
Who tested Preperations A through G, and why??
9 out of 10 men who try CAMELs prefer women.
8 out of 10 people suffer from hemmorhoids. The other 2 enjoy them.
Who is All, and why does he get so much mail??
Who is General Failure, and why is he reading my drive??
Who is General Protection, and why does he always find fault??
Who is Joy, and why does everyone jump for her??
Who is Will, and why should I fire at him??
Warning : Breathing may be hazardous to your health!
Shin : device for finding furniture in the dark
Stick : A boomerang that doesn't work
No trespassing... prosecutors will be violated!
Warning : research causes cancer
Ok, I pulled the pin, now what? Hey, where are you going??
When I get bored, I beam myself back and forth - Worf
The only way to avoid temptation is to yield to it.
Today's subliminal message sponsered by : Ben Dover
Today's subliminal message sponsered by : Justin Hale
Today's subliminal message sponsered by : Mike Rotch
Despite the high cost of living, it still remains popular.
The world is like a kleenex.. you use it, then you throw it away.
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... no, it's a bird.
2 wrongs don't make a right, but 3 lefts do.
Tonight's forecast : darkness, followed by light.
In God we trust. All others require a credit check.
If practice makes perfect and noone's perfect, then why practice?

Hanami

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I really wanted to have a hanami party this year.  Or at the very least have Nat and Andrew over.  But with Stu's dad in town, uncertainty about when we'd be expected to do family stuff, and Stu having an assignment to work on, it was all just too hard.  

But the tree was calling me.  Really.  It was actually humming.

Cherry tree

So I got some beer and the sweetie and I had a couple late yesterday afternoon.

Hanami

Finished

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OK not really.

I've only finished scanning three of mum's photo albums.  She has dozens more.  But I've finished until she can come down with more for me to scan.

In the meantime, I'll start scanning the thousand photos of dad's that got lost somewhere along the line (which, considering how obsessed he was with backups, is very surprising).

Lord Howe Island

More backlog clearing

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Just some more photos gathering dust that need blogging.

These were all the dried up paint-by-numbers paints I threw out.  In February.

Paint by numbers paints

This was taken during a walk around Lake Ginninderra. In May.

Belconnen peninsula

Italian thick white hot chocolate in a Hug Mug.  OMFG soooo good!

Hug mug

After a very long lunch to farewell our team as it was, I built this.

Everything is Awesome!

We brought this box of Cadbury Creme Eggs home from Junee with us (they'd been sitting in David's pantry for about five years).  We're still getting through them.

Cadbury Creme Eggs

Stu got kitty snuggles with George

Kitty snuggles

This was my lemon meringue mush a while back.  It tasted great but the recipe needs work.

Lemon meringue mush

Lemon meringue mush

This time I got George (and Petal) snuggles

Me and the menagerie

Holy beer it's your birthday!

Holy Beer

We had a bourbon night a few weeks ago.  They all had fairly unique smells but tasted relatively similar.

Bourbon night

Cute little flowers we saw on the walk up the Owl to complete a mission

Flowers

Awww

Pals

I totally love daffodils

Daffodil

Daffodil

Winter Weather

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Just some of the weather-related pictures that have been accumulating for the past few months..

Some morning fog in June

Morning fog

Morning fog

This winter *felt* very cold, although the pool only froze over a few times - and only once or twice thick enough to hold things

Pool ice

Snow out past Queanbeyan

Queanbeyan snow

Queanbeyan snow

And snow in Belconnen for TJ's farewell (didn't get any good photos of it - taking photos through a rain-soaked window is difficult - who knew?)

Belconnen snow

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