How was your day dear?: May 2011 Archives

In yet another attempt to get our step count up, and to do a walk I've wanted to do for several years, today did the Mount Majura to Mount Ainslie walk.  Not that there's actually a defined trail.  In fact between the mountains there's tracks criss-crossing all over the place.  Definitely a two-car job (unless you really want to walk all the way back again as well!)

You can't drive very far up Majura Road before the road is blocked
Gate blocking the road up to the top of Mt Majura
They didn't have enough chains so used lots of padlocks instead
Chains (locks) on the gate
Pretty cool view of the airport, but not many planes, it being a Sunday and all
Canberra Airport
Looking toward Dickson and Black Mountain
Looking toward Dickson
Looking toward Belconnen
Aircraft radar at the top of Mount Majura
Radar on Mount Majura
Obligatory spider shot for Tony ;)
It was quite crowded around Mount Majura, lots of walkers out and about
Top of Mount Majura
We just need to go straight over there - no need to go down first, right?
Mount Ainslie from Mount Majura
Spikey flowers
Spikey flowers
Spikey flowers
Virgin Blue 737 taking off
Virgin Blue 737
Now here's something you don't see every day (anymore)!  There were a whole heap of them near the top of the trail on Mount Ainslie
Old-fashioned ring-pull
Made it!!
Mount Ainslie sign
Aircraft beacon on Mount Ainslie
Aircraft beacon on Mount Ainslie
Canberra airport from Mount Ainslie
Canberra Airport
Obligatory Black Mountain Tower photo
Black Mountain Tower
Houses of Parliament, so to speak
The fountain was fountaining
James Cook fountain
Canberra Centre and part of Civic
Canberra city
Magpie portraits
So this was the whole trip around the mountains, showing where you have to park on the north side of Mount Majura as the red waypoint at the top.

Majura to Ainslie GPS track
Here's a close up of the walking part itself from the top of Mount Majura (top) and Mount Ainslie (bottom)
Majura to Ainslie GPS track
The GPS track of the walk itself is here if you want to look at it any closer.

8.4km, ~13000 steps, nearly three hours of walking (with lots of stops for photos).


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Whoops... my "Whoops" blog entry the other night was my 3000th blog entry.


Who knew eight and a half years ago that I'd still be blogging now?? :)

Well after spending a week and a half doing the edge and fish in the jigsaw, last night I did all the balloons.  In just one night.

Life Jigsaw - hot air balloons
Progress today was much slower - just sorting all the blue pieces and starting on the water.

Life jigsaw progress
We also did our food shopping, and have some lamb shanks in the slow cooker :)

Had a true dog-followed-me-home story today .. 

This was after the crappiest day at work I've had in a long time.  Tired, unbelievably crappy software (which I'd rant and rave about, but I'd probably get fired), got on people's nerves, got depressed.  So left at 3:30 and walked home with Tony.

A couple of k's from home, this dog came up to us, and ended up hovering around us as we walked to rest of the way to Tony's place.  No collar (although evidence of one) and just running all over the place, including the road :(  When we got to Tony's place we got him through the gate - but he just jumped right out!!  But got him back in again and Tony kept him entertained so he stayed.  I continued on home.  Good news is, the owner found him cause Tony posted some details online.  Apparently the owners had taken off the collar that morning because he had a bit of a rash, but he jumps fences - doh!  


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Yet another evening staying up far too late doing the jigsaw and not getting anything useful done.  Although we did go out for dinner (the Dumpling Inn has shiny new menus) and do our shopping and watch the end of Masterchef.

Actually I can blame the proxies for keeping me up late... think the new patch is going to cause more problems than it's meant to have solved.. friggen friggen >:(   Hoping they come back otherwise I'm gonna have an awfully late night :(


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So we thought we'd do a cleanup at work.  Just a simple one.  Tidy up a few configs.  Easy. 


It's gonna take me days and days just to even document what we have (because a lot of it has simply never been documented before).  And *then* when we know what we have we can do the tidying.

At least I know what I'm doing for the next few days.  And a few days in the week after that.  And a few days in the week after that ...

Other than that, my life has consisted entirely of jigsaw.  I can't help it.. it calls to me!!
So spent the better part of the weekend doing fifteen minute chunks of various activities.

Mainly: the jigsaw, reading news feeds and tidying.

All you do is set a timer for fifteen minutes, go do the activity, then when it goes off, reset it and go do another one of the activities.  Actually achieved quite a lot in the end.  Although from the completion state of the jigsaw, the tidiness of the house and the number of unread news items I still have, you'd never know.  hrmmm.

So it seems the rapture didn't happen yesterday.  Which is hardly surprising, given the Bible is quite clear that noone will be able to predict an actual date.  It'll come like a "thief in the night" so best be prepared anyway.  Just sayin' :)

Feeling quite anxious tonight, stoopid tax crap I have to deal with :(

Last night we went out to Yass for dinner - Annie did a lovely slow-cooked lamb casserole.

Kids photobomb

Today was an attempt to get our step count up by climbing Black Mountain.  Takes pretty much exactly 10000 steps to walk up and back (and around a bit at the top) - who knew?

Black Mountain Tower
Black Mountain Tower
Canberra from Black Mountain Tower
Yarralumla burnoff
Gridlock Interchange

Black Mountain Walk by GPS

Canberra from Black Mountain Tower
Canberra from Black Mountain Tower
Canberra from Black Mountain Tower
Canberra from Black Mountain Tower
Canberra from Black Mountain Tower

Had a late lunch in Civic afterwards, and found Life for $385.  I soooo want to get it, even though we don't actually have any walls in the house big enough to mount it on :(  (and the sweetie doesn't want it mounted in the house anyway :( ).

Hate Sunday nights.  Hate being a girl.  Hate dealing with accounting/financial nonsense.  Can I go home now?


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Didn't have a particularly productive day today :(

Had more success at home.  Got a quote for lots of tree work around the house ($1600 worth though - ouch!).  Finished a 1000 piece jigsaw.  Filed over a thousand photos.  Still a thousand to go.  Finished Monty Python season one.

Some chrysanthemums in the garden on Mother's Day.  They're doing better this year than previous years.
Mother's Day chrysanthemums

One of my danios
All the Toy Story Lego out together, before I put the majority of it away
Toy Story Lego
I like the look Buzz is giving Zurg.  Pity you can't really see it at that size..
Buzz vs Zurg

Picked up three preowned Singstar disks today for $22 each at EB Games.  Except it was buy 3 pay for 2, so the three of them only cost me $44, and then I used a gift card from work, so really they didn't cost me anything! Win!  Came home and played through about a third of Singstar 90s.
Other than previously mentioned jigsaws and cooking, didn't do a whole lot extra this weekend (except for breakfast at Black Pepper and shopping yesterday).  Put away most of my Toy Story Lego until I ran out baggies.  And tetrised all the boxes into two Acer boxes.  So a nice quiet weekend at home.  Didn't do much walking though, on account of being sick and all.  

Been looking at more origami .. there's *soo* much I want to make :)
And looking at recipes too.. wanting to try more things.. 
Quite a pleasant weekend.

Yesterday was just pottering around the house.  Didn't do much in the way of housework though.  Don't actually know what I really did all day .. hrmmm...

Today was a sleep-in, then out for breakfast/lunch at Black Pepper, then our shopping, and suddenly it's 3pm?  Put on dinner for tonight and read news feeds and didn't do much else.

New Masterchef tonight.  And kicking myself that I didn't go watch all the rest of the Junior Masterchef episodes that I didn't see - because now the only episodes online are from the two main series and the celebrity one, but not the kids :(

I've been working on my own sort of recipe book (at the moment a series of word documents).  Trying to standardise the format and start to actually collect some of the things that we cook to make it easier for menu planning.

And now, just for fun, a few pics from recent weeks...

Some "fairy" bugs flitting around a tree on my walk home.  I saw them the first day and thought that would make a good photo.  The next day I actually stopped and pulled out my camera.  Didn't get any very good pics, this was the best of them.
Fairy bugs
A cockatoo in flight
Cockatoo in flight
A Balloons Aloft balloon - the EU balloon
EU Balloon
EU Balloon

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