How was your day dear?: March 2006 Archives

It's Friday!

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Have I ever mentioned that I rather like Fridays?

Spent a decent chunk of this week setting up the new file server.

And worried about my knees. They're hot. Not sore, just warm to the touch. <worried>


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Watching the finale of the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. The event that is going to cause a week of anguish to hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of people in four states. Was it worth it? Ask everyone affected at the end of this week. James suggested it would have been better to delay the change by one day, not one week. Then only Sunday appointments would have been affected.


Got the petunias pruned, and another four hours of Looney Tunes cartoons recorded to dvd. And watched the directors commentary of A Bug's Life....

HAHAHAHAHHAAHAHAHAH John Farnham forgot the words to You're The Voice!!!! HAHAHHAHAHAAH /me ROTFLMAO

... but didn't get the vacuuming done.. oh well ..
oh and cooked up lots of chicken wings. And then spent 40 minutes scraping all the marinade and goop off the baking dishes.

Oh that John Farnham goof cracks me up. I don't know that I've ever ranted about him on this blog. I really like his music, but he comes across as a Melbourne Snob, and charges international-act prices to his Australian concerts. I wanted to see him in ~91 and then again recently, but both times they cost what and international act would, and I thought "well stuff him".

Well I'm off to bed to talk to my boy.. nite!

Is Don. Is Good.

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Don Cheese Kransky

Two words. Cheese Kransky.
I could easily die of such food (other foods would be roast pork and my potato bake).
Was going to cook up several kilos of chicken I rescued from work at the end of last year, but it nowhere near defrosted enough. So will cook that tomorrow and tonight I had a cheese kransky. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Had quite a good day today. And felt like I achieved stuff, even though really I didn't.

Got a load of washing done.
And my computer patched.
And two Harry Potter lego sets built (last one is arriving at work early this week).
And four hours of Looney Tunes cartoons recorded to dvd.
And talked to Stu.

Tomorrow I *need* to vacuum.
And prune the petunias.

And tonight I need to treat the glass catfish for ich.

My Saturday

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Got off to a bit of a slow start. Caught up on some blogs. Talked to Stu for a little bit. Went to the fish shop to trade up for a bigger gravel vac and get the bits of the underwater light that were missing. Came home and did a bit of sorting of stuff to get rid of on Freecycle. Ran out of steam late afternoon and felt a bit flat cause hadn't had a chance to talk to Stu all afternoon. Went to the parents for dinner, then got smsed/called from Ric and Campbell wondering where I was - turned out Campbell was having a farewell after all, but somehow I'd missed out on an invite :(

So wandered along to that, and it turned out to be a really nice night. Met Zara who has gotten herself into an even harder long-distance relationship - with a girl in London - and I thought *I* had it bad! Jess also showed me her extremelly funky handiwork with a GPS, a laptop and Google Earth. The gps outputs a csv to her laptop, and she's written an app that takes that and outputs it into a format that Google Earth can read, and she has a kml file that loads other kml files that have custom refresh rates that load the data from a cut-down web server on her computer so they come into Google earth every few seconds as network locations. But bottom line is, she can do traces of her travelling overlaid on google earth, so accurately you can see roundabouts and even which lane she was in when the data was recorded. And it shows how close google earth pictures are to their correct locations :) Way way way cool :) She's a much better geek than I am :)

I also managed to get Di and Daniel to play lots with my camera, so should have lots of fun photos, which I'll download tomorrow.. er.. later today :)


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Came third in poker tonight - got my money back - woot! And $5 extra which didn't quite cover the cost of food... but still, $5 for a night out isn't bad value :)

Four of us tried to play online carcassonne today too, but the java kept crashing in all our browsers, so we gave up and played with cards. I would have won that with a beautifully constructed set of fields and towns, but then the others saw my lovely handiwork and muscled in on my territory, and I lost a bunch of points. How rude! :)

Daylight savings

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So we just told everyone at work today to use paper and write the time of their appointments in the subject line.

It is going to be a disaster :)

And my boss is taking off for Japan for a week beforehand. I think he's hoping he'll get snowed in and not have to come back until the week is over.. :) (John's not though - would make things a bit awkward starting his new job that day heh)

Survivor is starting up again at the end of March. Fraggle. Too much tv dammit!

Whoops it's late

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Was waiting up for the boy to make sure he made it safely to Canberra.

Bookcrossing meetup in town tonight. Picked up one book at the last minute.

Uninstalled old version of dell open manage off the DC and the sense errors went away. yay.

Ordered a new file server. yay.

Commuted to work from Brisbane.

*sigh* miss the boy terribly :(

The day was mostly a write-off anyway - had various meetings and so really only managed to get my inbox under some sort of control.

Then came home and babysat Marc & Ryan, for the first time in like seven years. At least they're well trained now, no real attention required heh :)


Hawkesbury River

Nice Weekend

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Well I don't know about anyone else but I've had a thoroughly wonderful weekend.

We were going to go the beach today, but we both had unrelated abdominal issues so decided to just potter around at home. We watched some more Star Trek (getting quite a way through the first season now). Had a nice healthy salad for lunch. Watched some more Star Trek and Stu read to me. Then we went for a little drive - via Smith's aquarium and onto Sandgate, where we took our shoes off and walked across the sand flats to Moreton Bay. The water was beautiful and warm and the breeze blowing in off the water was the perfect temperature - not too hot and not too cold. It was really really nice. Stu cooked a pot-luck dinner of stuff he'd had in his freezer for a very long time (2004 for the pork :) ) and we watched some more Star Trek and Stu read to me some more.

Feeling quite happy and relaxed, although really not looking forward to going home. Not unless I can take Stu with me and keep him as my pet...

Found this tiny gecko in the clutter behind Stu's phone table - how cute is he!!

Apparently that's what we are - ugly bags of mostly water :)

Got up relatively early (stu time) and wandered down to New Farm for breakfast. Stu got himself a haircut to match his beard trim, which was a lot shorter than he'd planned. oops. Then wandered into town to find a shirt and tie for his interview. The silly thing is he paid more for the tie than the shirt. heh :) Managed to watch the St Patrick's Day parade in the city in the process. Wandered back here and did a bit of cleaning, then watched an episode of Star Trek, then just talked for a bit, and had a bit of a siesta, before heading out to Chay and David's for some puff pastry pizza - yumm! Several beers and udls later.. mmm heh.. played Buzz and Singstar 80s - lost first game of Buzz, third in second, and won with David on SingStar. And then it was late so wandered back here.

Very sleepie.....

Irish Dancers

Ate too much

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Too much for lunch, too much for dinner... even though it didn't actually feel like too much most of the time I think it was ... er ...

So got a lift to the airport which was nice cause I was thinking I'd have to catch the bus (thanks George/Luc!). Except the plane was 40 minutes late. Oops. But got window seat on the back row of the plane and took a big bunch of photos. So all good.

Met my boy at the airport yayyyyyyyy.
Went home and snuggled for a bit, then headed out and got some lunch at Ascot Provisions. I even resisted the urge to have a cheese kranski and just had a warm chicken salad. Then we wandered over to Chermside to do some shopping. Got back but weren't here for long before being called up to go into Stu's work for drinks. Which was good with a few beers and some really bad karaoke. Then dinner at Pepe's.

And now it's 9pm but it feels much later. Can't possibly be the 6am start or the fact that it's really 10pm .. could it..?

We're going to get an early night.

My Virgin Blue plane

Cause if there are I won't be around to fix em. Can't login to the file server at the moment. Sits on loading your personal settings. This was after a reboot after just dropping off the network for no good reason today. Hope when they kick it again it comes back....

All in all a pretty crappy seven days. I'm hoping the next three will be significantly better.

Hungarian Horntail

Short fuse. Users annoying.
George roast good. Walk good.

Well Saturday. The array finished rebuilding around 5pm. Spent a little while preparing for the failback. Nervous moment as after a remote reboot the machine didn't come back - turned out the network interface just didn't come up - a common problem on 2650s. Met up with Jim and we began the failback and restore procedures. Files finished copying back in the middle of the night on Sunday. So Sunday morning checked all the files and reenabled the server service. And that was the end of that little drama.

Then this morning I got paged because the server room temperature was rising. I was running in slow motion after quite a lot of wine last night (dinner at Alan and Marylon's, needed to unwind of the stress of the weekend), but eventually dragged myself into work. Dead aircon. Yay. Opened up the server room door and mounted a couple of fans in the doorway. Waited for people to turn up to come and fix. Turned out other circuits were dead too. The sparkies switched back on the other circuits but wouldn't touch the aircon circuit. So had to wait for the aircon contractors to turn up. They flicked the aircon curcuit back on but it died a minute or so later, taking the other circuits with them. Yay. So they left it off, brought up a portable aircon, and decided there was a faulty compressor, which will take a few days minimum to have replaced.

So I was a zombie for most of today. Went home early and had a bit of a sleep, only interrupted by occasional calls from telemarketers etc.

No more disasters allowed for at least another week. It's the rules.

Kazza's "Boring Life Of a Geek" aka BLOG

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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