How was your day dear?: February 2009 Archives

Hump day

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More blahness at work.

Mazaika experiments last night not so great.  More about that in another post one day..

Did a bunch of Japan research tonight.

Decided the filter in the pool probably needs a good backwash.

I'm sure there was more exciting things I wanted to say...
Had a slow morning.  It was cold and grey and didn't feel like doing much. 

After lunch worked on a new lego mosaic design.

Later on we went for a drive, and went down to the lake to go tweeter watching and coot and swan feeding.  The black swans are a lot less agro without cygnets to care for.  There was a pair that we fed and one of them even let us touch it without freaking out or trying to bite us.  It was more interested in getting food than running away! :)

Superb Fairy Wren (male)

Superb Fairy Wren (female)

Mystery lizard

Feeding black swans

Then we popped into Stu's work to print out something and headed home.

This evening cooked roast veggies and worked on the Lego mosaic.  Worried I'm not going to have enough blue, so have been trying to fill up the blue space with *stuff* ....

Another missed post..

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man, I'm getting slack!! ;)

On the go all day today pretty much.  First up headed to Yarralumla to pick a couple of goldfish.  Then went shopping on the way home.  Then my parents came over for lunch on their way back through town.  Then Annie and kids came over to pick up the fish. 

Suddenly it was 2pm .. oops!

Spent a bit of time tidying up the house, then Tom came over and we had several beers while Stu cooked dinner (better than my stir-fries cause he's talented that way ;) ).  Watched (well sort of watched cause we were mostly chatting) Prototype This and Iron Chef, then we settled down and watched Spiderman 2, which Stu and I had not seen before.  It was pretty good as suggested by reviews, although a few very cringe-worthy moments (which got even worse in Spidey 3).

So it made for a very pleasant evening, although I do suspect Stu might regret his overindulgence in alcohol tomorrow ;)

Oops, missed the post!

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Sunrise this morning was very pretty.. Mount Ainslie was covered in cloud..

February sunrise

Slightly less pressure at work today (apart from one deadline that we looked a little too close to missing), so did a bit of catching up with things.

Windy came in with a box set of Roald Dahl books (the Phizz-Whizzing Collection) - 15 books!  For $50!  Was too good value to pass up, so popped down and got myself a copy.  Will probably read these after Star Trek.

Roald Dahl Phizz-Whizzing Collection

Nat and Andrew came over for dinner and a movie tonight.  Natto wanted to read Fantastic Mr Fox, and ended up reading my original copy, the one illustrated before Quentin Blake came along..

Natto reading

We played some Take 2, then ordered pizza and pasta for dinner.  The pasta was pretty fail tho..

Pasta fail

We couldn't find Lost in Translation (it's probably still packed somewhere), so we ended up watching Jurassic Park.

And then finally talked about Japan a bit, got frustrated over syn_sent errors, and looked at some of our honeymoon photos.

And now it's well and truly tomorrow...

Really going...

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Spent 1.75 hours with the travel agent trying to book our flights today.  CrapJetStar's website was epic fail and the dude got all the way through twice before it just dropped him out with errors.  So he called CrapStar and even they were having trouble.  So in a way glad it was them and not me - I'd have been awfully stressed if I had been trying to do it myself online and had the same errors - not knowing if my payment had gone through..

Anyways.  Will go back tomorrow to make sure it's really happening...

Boring Monday

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Just work and not much else. 

Had really tired eyes tonight.  Even though I didn't feel particularly tired, they were just sore and I felt relief when I closed them.  hrmm.

Cooked dinner.  Cleaned kitchen.  Did washing.  Listened to some Japanese.  Did jigsaw.

Boring really :)

Oh and I soooo totally want to do this...!!

What else...

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Not too much else this weekend.  Did a bit of house tidying, unpacking, towel washing, in-tray clearing, ip blocking, kitchen cleaning, Khan special features watching, etc.  Stu cooked another of his fantastic curries after I nagged asked him to use the cauliflower he bought a few weeks ago :)

Didn't get the puddle cleaned - was too cold outside, and it was raining, although did have another go at cleaning the front gutters yesterday.  Have slept in winter pjs that last couple of nights - craziness!!

Japan planning went backwards this week after people changed their minds.  Still hoping to have flights booked by Tuesday though....


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Fun night as always at drinks.

Now to deal with crap at work.... hrm.....

Stupidly Hot

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Another stupidly hot day.  I even bit the bullet and chucked a bit of water on some of the plants in the front garden, even though that goes against my belief that plants in Canberra should be able to survive the summer or they don't belong in Canberra.

Did absolutely nothing all morning and most of the afternoon.  Was just too hot to move. 

Matt and Helen came over mid afternoon and we hung out downstairs for a bit then went for a nice long swim.  Chatted them for a while longer before they went home.  If the weather hadn't been so silly we'd have asked them if they wanted to stay for dinner, but I was just too exhausted.

The poor little fishies (well mainly just the julies, but the multies as well) suffered badly today, with the tank temperature getting up to about 34C.  Quite a few of them have died :(  Chucked in quite a bit of ice, but it didn't really help much, maybe dropping it half a degree or so.

Had a late dinner of pizza and sides, but I really wasn't hungry so didn't each much.

The change that finally came through was just about the most magical thing in the universe...

Fish tank temperature:

Fish tank temperature

Study temperature peaked at about 39C

Study temperature

Sick of the heat

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Feeling very tired of the constant heat.  Worse today because we were home for most of it, as opposed to being in a nice air conditioned office.

Grocery shopping was painful because it was hot, and very crowded, and screaming kids and annoying parents.

Scott and Kerry and Jake came over later in the afternoon for a swim.  Then Melita came over for a swim and a few drinks and dinner of various salads.  Watched Iron Chef (an early one - 1993 - sooo different - they went so slowly and only did one or two dishes - but shocking because the challenger actually won!), and Rockwiz and played a couple of games of Fluxx.

Wonder if I could sleep in the pool .... :/


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I mean seriously, how hot was it today??

Met up with Tom tonight (who Stu met on the interwebs) at King O'Malley's after work.. and he met his friend Matt and it was all very pleasant after a couple of drinks :) Will probably see him again.. he's kinda quiet and is studying forensics and works with autistic kids, and yet is not much into computers heh :)

Came home and got straight into the pool... :)


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It's still friggen hot!!  Monkey Magic for dinner.  Still a bit generic but not as bad as Prince Palace.  Was lovely to see Aaron again too. 

Definitely too hot for sleep.  But last night was a tragedy cause Stu basically psyched himself into a crap night sleep, which meant I ended up with one too.  So all this morning was epic zombie :(

Speaking of which.... should probably go to bed soon....


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Oh what a beautiful breeze that is blowing through Canberra...!!!  Bom reports latest temperature as 21.5C - yayyy!!

So this morning got out mah buckit, the ladder and a latex glove and attacked the worst of the clogged gutters.  It was extremely dry, and mostly red dust from the roof tiles.  Left matter was actually at a minimum.  Filled two bucket-loads doing a quarter of the guttering of the house.  It was very hot and dusty and made my boogers turn red :/  (Stu couldn't find our dust masks).  The top bit of the downpipe, a 30-cm or so section, was actually filled solid with soil.  No wonder the gutters overflowed during rain :(  So dug all that out and tested that water could flow down the downpipe now - it could - yayy!!

Spent the rest of the morning recovering from that.  And didn't get much else done in the early afternoon either.. oops..

Around 3pm, the hoardes descended upon us.  Just about everyone went for a swim and it was very pleasant.  There was critical mass of guests so they could basically entertain each other, without need for us :)

For dinner I attempted my first ever turkey roast.  It was a 1.6kg leg roast.  Although surprisingly little meat, given the size of the bones in it.  I think it turned out fairly well, and even Stu had some of it (although he's sure to regret it later!).  That and our usual roast veggies.

Tonight I made a concerted effort to get my non-personal news feeds to under 1000 unread... now up to only being two weeks behind on those feeds...

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