How was your day dear?: July 2008 Archives

Monday pain

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Except it's Tuesday .. sigh...

Had a pretty crap day at work.  Had too much to do, so naturally, didn't know where to start so nothing got done.  Hate that. 

I did, however, have a much better evening when I got home, getting a bunch of housework and stuff done.

Finally got around to photographing the cointreau bottles we have.  The middle one we've had for a while.  The little one was part of a wedding present from work.  The big one we got duty free on the way home from our honeymoon.  The two smaller ones are empty .. whoops.. :)


And this is what we had for dinner - propellors!


Nice Sunday

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This morning we headed out into the freezing morning to go to Satis in Watson with DAB, Jo and Mandy.

Stu raved about how good the coffee was, but having to sit outside in the freezing cold wasn't much fun, even under the heater.

The others arrived and we moved to a table (still outside but at least not perched on little stools) and ordered brunch. I had a cheese and tomato toasted sandwich which was excellent..

Breakfast at Satis

and a side of "hash browns" that was somewhat unusual, but not too bad..

Hash browns at Satis

Stu had the granola, which he thought was very nice

Granola at Satis

The discussion was mostly political which I didn't find that interesting, but after I warmed up it was still a very pleasant outing.

Then we just did the food shopping and came home and pottered around the house for the rest of the afternoon. We're up to "I, Borg" in Star Trek.

oh, and I took these pics of some flowering jonquils yesterday..



oh, and this is how the sparrows get in.. they must slip on the smooth metal and fall in...


Nice Saturday

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Didn't really get a whole lot done, but still was a nice day.

This morning our fireplace caught another sparrow (three died in there while we were on our honeymoon :( ).  Spent ages chasing it round the living room.  In fact I even had it pinned by the tail feathers at one point, only to have all the tail feathers come adrift and it get away :(

Sparrow tail feathers

But I did manage to catch it eventually, and off it flew into the trees.

Then we went over to Damien's for lunch and games.

Started the afternoon off with Guillotine, which was quite fun, and Stu won. Then a game of Carcassonne which Stu also won, but it was very close. And finally Killer Bunnies, which wasn't a whole lot better than last time, although much less complamicated without all the extra expansion sets. It really is a rather pointless game. Damien won that one in the end.

Finally home for home-made pizzas and some Star Trek.

The last three mornings have had the coolest frosts here in Canberra.  I dug out my camera this morning and took a couple of snaps, before hastily hiding the camera from fellow commuters :)


This morning we decided to have a big-bang morning tea, which consisted of two kilos of bacon, two dozen eggs, 18 bread rolls, a packet of frozen hash browns and six litres of orange juice.

For nine people :)

Actually we did pretty well, having just a few eggs, three rolls and not much bacon left over.  And three litres of orange juice :) So we had that between 10:30 and 11:00.  And I didn't need to eat another thing.  All day.  In fact when Stu got home around 9:30pm I still hadn't eaten anything!

Big breakfast
Tonight after catching up on some Amazing Race episodes, we watched Love Actually til rather late.  I remember this was Fifi Box's favourite movie for a while and she'd seen it like ten times.  The first time I saw it I enjoyed it but didn't think *that* highly of it.  Then saw it again and appreciated it more.  And now I think it's rather a lovely movie, and tempted to get it on dvd...


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Feeling very meh tonight.

Got home a bit late.  Had leftovers for dinner.  Something in them left an icky sour taste in my mouth, even after milk and jelly bellys :(
And haven't really gotten anything done.

But did notice a spider setting up residence next to the Untersberg cam (which I still check regularly to see how often the thing really is covered in cloud - that being an awful lot!)

It amused me...

Untersberg spider

Hydrant Days

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So yesterday was pretty much a hydrant day. Certainly the afternoon anyway. People at work annoyed me to the point where I just couldn't work any longer. So went down for drinks and got appropriately sozzled.

Today was a lot better, although feeling rather overloaded. But one of the people that was annoying me yesterday acknowledged some of what he was doing and even said some nice things about me, so felt a lot better after that.

And then after much suffering and anguish, managed to get the wings of the cube done. So now can solve it like a regular 3x3 cube.

Rubik's Cube 5x5x5

Update: finished!!

With a flying visit to Sydney and Newcastle and probably eleven or twelve hours driving.  eep!

So set off mid morning yesterday and went straight to my Nana's 80th birthday celebrations.  It was.. .er... well it was interesting.. hrmm... kinda...
Nah it was good to see some of my aunties and uncles and cousins that I don't see very often.  But remind me never to get old.. :(

Nana 80th
My dad looked liked he actually belonged in the nursing home.. whatchathink? ;)
Dad asleep
First cousin with first cousin once removed :)
Lauren and Emma
So then we toddled off to George's brother's place for a good old-fashioned bonfire!  Was fantastic!




Underneath some of the logs were *glowing*!
And then back to J&G's where we did a slide show of 750 hastily assembled photos of our honeymoon (as in choosing only began around 10pm Friday night, and selections were made from thumbnails, so some were forgotten and a few not-so-good ones were included .. oh well...)

This morning we headed north, getting to Newcastle around lunch time.  Jan came over and we had lunch, and then did the slide show, take two. 

Aunties and Grandma
So a bit after three we headed for home.

What a very long weekend.. hrmm...

So this week had me on a six day SANS security course.  It was pretty good.  Although it did vary too much between really technical stuff and more management-level stuff.

We saw this dude on the first day and asked him where he got his t-shirt from.. :) (apparently it was a one-off limited run - doh!)
I'm a photographer not a terrorist
We had the biggest room at the Convention Centre which gave us a nice walk up to get our food at breaks
Lights at the Convention Centre
So since I was going to be out most of Saturday, Stu invited Damien over for a war game.  I came home part way through it. Wargame middle

Wargame battle
So after the game Damien stayed for dinner (mmmm pizza) and we watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Today we attacked the weeds in the garden, and went to Scotty's for a lunch.  Whole family came long so that was all very nice.  Kerry did a spectacular roast, was yummmm.

Various kids, big and small
This afternoon I battled with Vista and mrtg and our router to try and get some pretty graphs of our networking.  Discovered that our router doesn't support snmp booooo :(  But did get vista working, so that was a start heh.  Of course this is with mrtg running on my old computer, so at some point will need to get it installed somewhere more useful..

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