How was your day dear?: August 2009 Archives


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Had a pretty relaxing day today.  A little too relaxing actually heh.  Didn't really get much done around the house.  Did have some yummy chippies for lunch and made a Yum, Delicious cake.

Tonight we met up with Nat and Andrew and went the all you can eat restaurant in Dickson (Dickson Family Food Court).  It wasn't too bad.. for an all you can eat :)
After dinner went back to their place and played a little Sngstar and some random old Gamecube game.. very.. random.. heh

And so endeth Stu's 100111st.

Lamb shanks etc

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Had another peaceful kind of a day at home.  Bit more tidying (sorted out and tidied some crap downstairs), lots of Olympic-ing (I'm soo gonna have wii arm tomorrow), and cooking of dinner.  

Thought I'd give these slow-cooked lamb shanks a try.  Had to make a dash to the bottle-o this morning tho when I realised that we didn't actually have any red wine in the house!!  So marinated a couple of lamb shanks in red wine, garlic and parsley.  Quickly fried/deglazed, and added half an onion, more garlic, paprika (replacing chilli powder), some bay leaves (which I removed ;) ), worscestershire sauce, more red wine, little bit of stock and a tin of chopped tomatoes.  Chucked them in the oven after our lunch (of nommm La Famiglia garlic bread). And waited all afternoon in anticipation!  

The end result was meat that literally disintegrated (yes, there was a warning this might happen! ;) ).  Epic nommm!  For my tastes just slightly too tomato-ey, but Stu said it could have done with some more tomato paste to strengthen it up a bit.  So I guess it worked out just fine :)

(bit of a crap photo)..
Lana's Lamb Shanks

The Canberra Times Fountain

Canberra Times Fountain

Canberra Centre

Canberra Centre by night

APK lasagna last night

APK Lasagna

Dramatic clouds this arvo

Dramatic clouds
So the rest of today was general house cleaning, finishing an evil 1000-piece jigsaw that we started down at the coast in April, reading news feeds, cleaning the house etc.  

Neil's jigsaw

For dinner we went to the Dumpling Inn - one of our favourite restaurants.  Had the shredded beef Peking style like we always do (epic nommm) and shantung chicken (which unfortunately they'd left the bones in, so was pretty fiddly).  Super quick service.  Then we did our shopping, and got home in time to watch Harry Potter with ads :)

Last night we did pasta for dinner, and watched Donnie Darko (director's cut edition).  I saw this movie years ago and have been wanting to watch it again ever since.  And Stu had never seen it, so watch it we did.  I'm pretty sure this director's cut version had a lot more explanation about the time travel stuff than the version I saw did ...

Today was a catch up kinda of a day.  For brekky I had some of Annie's organic free range eggs

Brekky eggs

We did our shopping in the morning and stopped at As Nature Intended for coffee and hot chocolate and puppy watching.

Hot chocolate

Belco puppies

Lunch was some garlic bread we picked up at the markets. 

In the afternoon I fought with Google Earth/Picasa.  Google Earth had lost all my geotagged place markers and I couldn't figure out why (since the first batch had worked beautifully).  In the end I figured you really needed to quit Google Earth and save temporary places, rather than marking the Picasa window as "done".  Got the rest of day 2 saved properly, and day 3 (Space World) geotagged.  I also cleaned the pool, setup a dvd player downstairs, and cooked a beef stew for dinner (epic nommmm!!!).

Is it just me or does this chick look like Helena Bonham-Carter?
Black Wych

A few more days

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So the weekend.  Where was I?

Saturday (as usual) was mostly a cleaning/tidying/organising/shopping day.  
Cooked a nomm roast pork and potato bake and had Julia and Paul over to enjoy it.  They brought their PS3 and Queen Singstar over, but their PS3 wouldn't talk to our TV, so most disheartened about that.  So watched Rockwiz instead.  Dessert was a chocolate fondue with strawberries, banana, rockmelon, and biscuits to dip. 
Fondue night
We were very full by the end of the night :)
Sunday was fairly quiet.  Stu went out for a bit, which left me alone to tidy up, and then feel a bit down.  Not really sure why.  Maybe all the rain.  
Sunday arvo I got NRMA to jump start my car.  Really need to drive it more often.  Every three or four weeks is just not enough.  Took it for a drive out to Mitchell to dump some speakers, a (working) CRT monitor and a few bits and pieces.  I decided it would be better to go late in the day rather than early. WISE DECISION!  We were in and out of the place in about two minutes (whereas people who went early Saturday were waiting in traffic for an hour or more).  The piles of CRTs (monitors, tvs) and computers were amazing.  Would have been good to take some photos, but we were in and out so fast and I was driving so didn't have the chance.  The guys were having fun throwing things around on the piles to smash them heh.
Geotagged just about all my Japan Day 2 photos, most of them to within a few metres of where they were taken.  
And then it was Monday.  It really felt like a Monday too :/  Got home, had dinner and watched a special on the Lockerbie bombing, and suddenly it's nearly 9:30 .. how??
And the interwebs is broked.  So think will just go to bed and read some more of The Daily Coyote.  .. Edit, internet is back.  Posting, but then going to bed anyway.


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Had a great day yesterday.  Fiddly bits of work in the morning, then went to lunch - all you can eat Yum Cha for $16.80 (plus a dollar for a glass (corkage?)).  Wasn't too bad.  But did have a generous glass of champagne, followed by a generous glass of red.  So didn't really feel like doing much work in the arvo :)  

Ditched work a bit after four, and met up with Nat, who was also waiting for Andrew, and then we made Stu join us.  Wandered around Civic, and had a slightly embarrassing ride on the merry-go-round :)


Went up to an arcade so we could play air hockey, but it was closed - doh!

So headed out to Bella Vista for dinner.  As per usual (when it's available), we got the Mount Majura Pinot Gris - delish!

Mount Majura - Savour the Moment

I got a special - Pollo Saltimbocco - it was amazing!  Really delicious.

Bella Vista Pollo Saltimbocco

After dinner we went up to Rubee's for frozen custard, which I had trouble getting through, on account of being full from dinner and all :)

Then it was back to our place.  We watched Cars, then played some Wii Carnival (not enough Wiimotes for three of to play most things).  And then it was after midnight.  So all up an excellent day :)


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Had the entire family over today for lunch.

We did mexican..

It was a fair amount of work, but was pretty good, and not much in the way of leftovers (mostly just lettuce!)

Ok that was all out of order.  

First up this morning as I stumbled out of bed I saw this... (I soooo need to do this!!)

Questacon balloon in front of Mt Ainslie
The rest of the day was generally catching up, shopping and cleaning.  

Tonight I made another bechamel sauce and used up the rest of the "meat" sauce and pasta sheets and made another lasagna.  This one was a bit moister (added a bit of passata sauce to the mix first, and had a lot more bechamel sauce and cheese) and not cooked for as long.  It was fan-fricken-tastic!! :)

Tonight we watched Meet the Robinsons, which I'd never even heard of before.  Wasn't too bad, aside from all the time-paradox stuff and other such impossibilities :)  And then we watched The Birds which I'd seen once years ago.  King Kong (the original) is on now, but don't think we'll be staying up for it :)

Which way is up?

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Nice drinks tonight with a couple of other on-call officers :)  Go team!! :)

Explosion Day

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Had an explosion day today.  You know, the days where you're happily plodding along doing your thing, and then suddenly all hell breaks loose, and that's what you spend your entire day on?  Yeah, well that was my day.  All because of one malformed email.  Fun.

But we did end the day on a nicer sort of bang.. winning for our second straight time at work Trivia Night.  Mostly the same table as last time, with a couple of replacements.  Was very cool :):)  go team Blank!! :)
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