How was your day dear?: March 2009 Archives


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After work Chris came and picked me up and we went for a wander.  First to the Light House for a couple of beers, then onto the Prince Palace for dinner.  Ate and drank and were very merry.  Back here for another beer and a lot of chatting.

But it meant that my carefully prepared night of last-minute planning and organising was suddenly lost .. oops..  but totally worth it :)

Final days

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Really not long to go now.  Spent all of tonight reading Japan travel stuff.  Put a few more things on my map, which is a pain because the maps have already been printed!

Really quite tired too.  Didn't help that Stu had to get up at stoopid o'clock this morning (4:45am) and I only got broken sleep after that.

Really going to have to tackle the remaining items on my todo list tomorrow...

Sedate Sunday

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Well we had plans.  We were going to do food shopping.  We were going to go to the book fair.  We were going to go out to dinner.

In the end we only went out to dinner.  The rest of the day I spent fighting with Google Maps to get our itinerary finalised and maps organised for printing.  Also had a look at the online JR trip finder thingie and got a whole stack of possible train trips organised.  Only to find that JR changed their fares and timetables in March, but the utility said it had data from December.  Doh!  So the trains I've looked up might not be right.

Dinner was nice.  We met up with Helen and Ian at the Asian Cafe in town.  The initial service was a little slow, but once they took our order the food came very fast.  And it was really really good too.  We got five things and they were all excellent.  But then tried to find somewhere to buy ice cream for dessert.  Walked all around Civic but nothing was open (although we probably could have gotten something at Cafe Essen or My Cafe).

And so ends another weekend.  A week of frantic work ahead of me ....

A beautiful day ..

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It was a gorgeous day today.

So I spent most of it inside on or fighting with the computer.


So I actually took 570 photos at Damien's wedding.  Stu took another 267. Will post some tomorrow.

Spent the afternoon alternating between getting insanely frustrated with our net connection that can't connect properly to Google Maps, and cleaning the pool.  With Google Maps, more often than not we just get a SYN_SENT and then nothing else.  So we tried removing the wireless router that was in series with the other router.  So far it seems a bit more reliable.  So spent the evening adding heaps of places into the Tokyo section and sorting it out.  Our Google Map has enough on it to keep us occupied for about six months... not quite sure what we're going to get to see from it in just two weeks...

Tonight I watched Skyfire from the balcony.  Really must go in one year to watch it up close..


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Was Damien's wedding today.  I think I took about six hundred photos, in my role as "official" photographer.  Can't wait to download them all, but not tonight - far too tired! :)  But it was a very pleasant evening.  Had dinner at Bella Vista.  Ate far too much!  Very very full!

Nothing much

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Had a (sort of a) colleague (actually a vendor/consultant) of Stu's over for dinner tonight.  Was a very pleasant evening of wine and Stu's cooking and House.  But does mean I got nothing else done tonight.. oops..

So yeah, with that said, nothing much else to say, which makes this a very boring entry. 

Does anyone know how to backup Google's "My Maps" ..?  We've put so much effort into ours that losing it now would be somewhat devastating...


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Had another only moderately successful Japan planning meeting.  In three and a half hours we spent about two and a half hours giggling, and only the last hour seriously looking for places to stay.  Even then not very successfully.  By the end of the night we'd only managed to book one more place of two nights.

I guess we'll get there in the end... hopefully ...!
Friday I snapped this:
Under the Bridge

Yesterday was quite a busy day.

Went into town to spend lots of money on the Stubie.  He got an Olympus E-420 digital SLR camera.  He actually wanted an E-620, but that's not due out til April - after our Japan trip.  He also got a couple of pairs of jeans and some underwear.  Had lunch in the Canberra Centre - where I had a full roast pork meal for $8 - and it was very nom-worthy!.  And then we tried to spend a DJs gift card we got for our wedding.  Man that was hard work.  Who knew spending money in DJs could be so hard.  Unless you want to spend $300 of course :/ 

Stu with camera

The rain yesterday was very cool, although we still need more of it!  Hint! Hint!
(in the morning Mt Ainslie was gone, in the afternoon it was decorated with a rainbow)

Mt Ainslie missing

Mt Ainslie rainbow

For dinner we went down Northbourne Ave to find some places in the Entertainment Book to use our card for.  The first place we went to (Zipp) claimed to be fully booked at 7:30pm, even though the place was only about 1/3 full.  hrmmm.  So went up to Breeze.  The food was good enough and the service was quite good, however yet again, we came across an Entertainment Book restaurant that didn't give the deal specified in the book.  We were supposed to get "buy one main course get one free", which would have been worth $28, however they only gave us a $17 discount.  I wanted to say something, but Stu is more allergic to confrontation than I am, so we just gave no tip.  Which made me feel a bit sorry for the dude cause he was actually pretty good.  <mails the Entertainment Book people>

Then we toddled off to see The Reader (via dessert at Baskin and Robbins), and got home very late.

Today was a bit quieter.  Got a bit of house tidying and Japan planning done.  Did our food shopping.

And that was it really. 

Less than two weeks to go!  Wheeeee!!

And so on

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Had Damien and Amanda over for dinner tonight.  If not for the overly bitter eggplant (home-grown - none of that de-flavoured store-bought stuff) it was a very pleasant dinner.  Had a game of Fluxx before collating music for their wedding next week.  


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Accidently mucked up the 5x5 cube at work the other day, so brought it home to fix

10 hour day at work today.  Hanging for beer o'clock tomorrow.  If I can get enough work done in time :/


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Nothing much of a day.  Did a bit of tidying and cleaning and Japan planning.
Went shopping for a few bits and pieces for dinner tonight.

Which was freakin awesome!  Stu had these two big squashes he needed to cook, so he split them in half, then put them in ramekins with mushroom, garlic and fetta cheese.. epic nom!! 
I did some roast potato as well and some roast garlic.. it was all delicious.

That and some red wine all helped make this evening very pleasant :)


Goundrey cabernet merlot

Got together again tonight and finalised the itinerary, maximising the time we actually get to spend travelling together.  Decided where we'll be each night, and even booked two of the cities.  But it was getting late by this time, so rest of the accommodation booking will be done next week.
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