How was your day dear?: January 2008 Archives

Rainbows and stuff

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Have I ever mentioned how much I hate Vista?  If you take a memory stick out of the card reader while you still have its window open, explorer crashes so completely that new explorer and internet explorer windows simply won't open.  Until a frigging reboot!!

Played pool with the soss guys tonight.  We lost two games and won one.  Lotsa fun, even though I'm crap at it.

Then off to the Dumpling Inn with Damien.  Food was amazing as always.  Especially the shredded beef peking style :)

Then took some cool rainbow photos.

Rainbow and bridge
Then to Scotty's to watch some more Firefly.


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This morning I walked through a big cobweb as I was walking outside.  It was completely and utterly icky :(:(:(

At work I wanted to get two things done at the very least.  I got one done relatively quickly, but the other took the entire day to get done, due to multiple distractions.

Tonight we went to go for a walk, only to discover an incoming thunderstorm.  We walked 800m, cutting the walk short and getting home just before it started raining.

Incoming thunderstorm

Well I had quite a pleasant long weekend.  How about you? :)

Saturday morning I headed down to the lake for the F/A-18 flyby.  Took a photo of cannons while I waited..

Cannons by the lake
Right on time (I think), the F/A-18s flew up from the south east.  They were very fast and very loud.  I didn't trust myself with burst mode, but did get this nice shot of them just as they were separating.

F/A-18 Hornets
Then they fired the cannons.  I could feel the shockwave from them from where I was standing some distance back.

Cannons firing
On the way back to the car snapped this pic of a duck..

Duck swimming through reflection of Carillon
Then I headed off to Cancon, where Stu was competing.  I got there in time to see him finish his first battle.

Stu's first battle at Cancon
Damien requested this photo of an army in the "ancient" section.  I don't know who ended up winning, but the line held remarkably well, and they'd killed three of the four elephants at one point when I looked over..

Ancient army at Cancon
At lunch, Damien and Stu and I headed off to "New Asia" in Dickson.  Damien is a regular there and now is on first name terms with the staff :)   We had some delicious (if slightly *warm*) food there before heading back to Cancon for the afternoon session.

The beginning of Stu's second battle

Start of Stu's second battle
A close up of one of Stu's guns

Artillery closeup
And some more of his guns

Closeup of Stu's dudes
After the games, we came home, and Natalie and Andrew came over for pizza and movies.  I slightly overcooked the pizzas, whoops.  We watched Dr Strangelove, and Shakespeare in Love.  I think they had a nice time.. :)

Sunday morning Stu headed off to Cancon while I painted and built model aeroplanes, washed the sheets, did several days worth of washing up, etc. 

For dinner we went to Mamak Corner in Garran with some of the other war gamers.  More good food there.  I had some fried ice cream for dessert - haven't had that in ages.

Fried Icecream
Stu played both these dudes on his first day

Wargamers Phil and Roger
Today was more of the same for me, and indeed more of the same for Stu.

Stu won this trophy - the Captain-General's trophy for chivalrous behaviour (or something like that) :)

Captain-General trophy
Have to go back to work tomorrow.  Doh!!


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So I was just puttering my way through the Riot Act tonight and saw a link to me!!! And nearly fell off my chair!! eep!! :)  Thanks for the link Fiona :)

Had my first night of overtime tonight.  It had the potential to keep us there for hours, but all went well and we were out of there by 8pm.

Goodbye Planetarium

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Tonight Natalie and some friends invited us along to the Canberra Planetarium and Observatory, which is closing this weekend :(

Although first off, we had dinner at a Turkish place in Dickson that was selling Lezzo.. which amused all of us..

And then on to the Planetarium

Canberra Planetarium exterior
This is the star projector

Planetarium projector
We saw the "Southern Skies" show, which was interesting enough, but really focussed on just the Southern Cross and a few things around it.

After the show he turned the dome lights on, so we could see through it - very cool!

Planetarium interior
Planetarium interior
Then we ummed and ahhed about going to the observatory.  The main telescope they use is actually the same as Michael's (a C-14).  But the dude said they also have a bigger one they use.  So we decided to go get a drink and come back for the 9:30 session (as it wasn't even dark yet at 8:30). 

So we went in and had a look at Mars, Betelgeuse, the Trapezium of Orion and the moon.  All good and all, but no different to seeing them through Michael's telescope.  Then he took us into the bigger telescope to show us Rigel, but because it was so high in the sky we couldn't use the ladder, and so ended up just using the "finder scope".  So that was all a little disappointing.  Oh well.

IK-6 Telescope
Afterwards we debated the man in the moon, and other possible interpretations of the dark patches..

Almost full moon
Definitely a fun night, and we both approve of Andrew.. :)

Weird day..

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It was such a weird day today.  Haven't really felt quite the same since they announced the mass redundancies a year and a half ago.  Just lots of strange politics and the feeling that some people don't quite *get* what's going on.  When the end of the day came and Chris suggested a beer at the local, I was well and truly up for it.

Our Saturday

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It was very hot today.  We didn't feel up to doing too much.  We went for a bit of a drive to have a look at a potential wedding venue, then headed out to Gold Creek to feed the fishies and have some lunch.  We had lunch at Cafe Injoy, which wasn't as good as last time (dirty glass, a caesar salad that wasn't), but still not bad, including some yummy zucchini balls.  Then we came back here and collapsed.  We really didn't have the energy to deal with my parents, so hid out in the study for a bit, and then they decided to go home.

This arvo just bummed around.. I wrote up my MT4 stuff.  Had some cheese kranskies for dinner and watched the Negotiator because Stu hadn't seen it.

And that was pretty much it.. boring really .. ;)

It's Friday...

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Had had enough of work by about 4pm, but couldn't go home cause my parents had my key :(  So had to hang around another two hours being completely bored (and hungry).

Fortunately when we got home the parents weren't there, which gave us some time to recover and regroup before they did get home.  And gave me some time to have a couple of drinks which helped a lot... !  Then I cooked them some kangaroo steaks and we ordered pizzas.

Didn't do too much tonight.
But had to wait and wait for mum to go away before I could type this..... sigh ....


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We're watching Firefly again, this time with Scotty.  But even though he has a whacky-do home theatre system, something was wrong and there was a bit of flaring of the bright lights.. pretty sure that's not on the dvds.. still, it was a very pleasant evening..

Lamb Roast

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We did a lamb roast tonight, thinking we'd have leftovers for at least another meal. Except Scotty came over and ate all our leftovers.. oops.. hehe :)

Other than that .. mostly a "catchup" kinda weekend.. and even then there were plenty of things that didn't get done... oh well.....

Happy New Year!

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ok so a little late :)

NYE Margie came over and we had a bbq (well an indoor version anyways as it was raining).. David cooked up a storm of a lot of meat .. mmmm meat :) We even finished off the leftover smoked turkey and ham that we brought up. Afterwards we played singstar, but it was insisted we play the new version, with no skips, which meant I got a few songs I've never heard of before.. doh.. And then I got beaten by an eight year old at Toxic.. doh! ;)

Spent a decent chunk of the evening doing my year in review. Then I declared it beer o'clock and had a few drinks while we watched The Fifth Element and I Am Legend. We were all too full from lunch to eat much, and in fact didn't even feel like drinking much, so by 11:30 we were all about ready to go to bed. But we hung in there, said our happy new years and watched the Sydney fireworks (that had been delayed an hour for us peoples in Queensland :) )

Yesterday we took it a bit easy, and then we headed off to the airport to go home. The takeoff was the freakiest I've ever been through. It seriously felt like we were about to get blown sideways off the runway! Distracting us from this was the little girl behind Stu who *screamed* for the entire taxi and takeoff until the seatbelt light was turned off. *yay*. Our flight took us right over the middle of Sydney, which frustrated me no end because I was on the wrong side of the plane for the best photos. But still got some reasonable ones of western Sydney. Since when does a line from Brisbane to Canberra go over Sydney tho? And we came in from the south at Canberra.. so really didn't win picking seats on the right side of the plane.

Today it was back to work. Which was not much fun, especially as I'd had so little time at home this holiday. It was a frustrating day of having to get other teams to fix things so that we could do our thing.

I finished the Millenium Falcon tonight. Well, sort of. I was missing two 2x3 grey plates, and a right wing (but I had a left wing leftover). So this is quite distressing me, and I haven't taken any photos of it "finished" yet until I can fix up the wrong bits that would be visible in photos.

Anyways.. happy new year and all that :)

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