How was your day dear?: December 2012 Archives

The last of the three brothers of this family to get married, in an Australian-Greek-Chinese wedding.

Brothers

Bridesmaids

Bride

Andy and Crystal

Andy and Crystal

Andy and Crystal

Wedding party

Andy and Crystal

Andy and Crystal

Andy and Crystal

Andy and Crystal

Andy and Crystal

Andy and Crystal

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

Andy and Crystal

Crystal

Andy and Crystal

Montage

Reception

Reception

Reception

Wedding cake

Cake cutting

Andy and Crystal

Andy and Crystal

Andy and Crystal

 

So quite a lovely wedding, and a good time was had by all.

But special mention needs to be made of the "professional" photographers.  I haven't been to many weddings that have had professional photographers, so I don't really know what's normal.

But I didn't think walking down the aisle with the bride was

Annoying professional photographers

Or getting in everyone's faces during the ceremony (at one point the priest waved one of the photographers away)

Annoying professional photographers

Or sharing the dance floor during the bridal waltz

Annoying professional photographers

Or getting *in the middle* of the Greek dancing

Annoying professional photographers

Or sharing the exit limelight with the bride and groom

Annoying professional photographers

Personally, I found their behaviour to be not very professional at all, especially at the church.  My cousins agreed, and they even later made a formal complaint.  So when one of the photographers was overheard complaining that he couldn't get "five minutes" alone to work (when he'd just *had* five minutes alone, *and* the shot he was complaining about wasn't even setup by him), well you're hardly going to get any respect or sympathy.  But hopefully the photos and video they get will make it worth it.

Anyways.  Congratulations Andy and Crystal :)

Sydney Christmas

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Boxing day morning we headed off fairly early, dropping the oncall laptop off at Neil's and stopping at Maccas Watson for breakfast for the sweetie and Maccas Sutton Forest for coffee for the sweetie.

Also stopping at Lake George to see the water

Lake George

The destination: lunch at my parents' place with D&Y and the uncles and aunties.

Christmas table

Christmas lunch

Kookaburra

Dessert included this gingerbread house which we demolished (apparently my lens was all wrong for this photograph #grunt)

Gingerbread house

Took a while in the afternoon to recover.  Didn't need dinner (I stole a bit of Dad's).  Then stayed the night at my parents'.

Christmas 2012

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So after doing a bunch of prep work, we went over to Potty's at 3pm for a Christmas "dessert and drinks" - ie, not a full meal.  So I brought along another cherry pavlova.  But there's a reason they say not to make meringues on humid days - they absorb all the water in the air and go all soggy!  I actually made the meringue layers last night, so they had all day to get soggy.  It wasn't *too* bad, but not as good as the one I made the other week.

Cherry pavlova
Other than that, just hanging out, a fairly stress-free Christmas day.

Christmas
Christmas
Christmas
This house is just around the corner, and has its own radio station you can tune into!

Christmas display

Eve

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Today we went out to Fyshwick after work to do some outdoorsy shopping (directors chairs etc).

Had leftovers for dinner and watched Carols by Candlelight.  Someone might have spiked the eggnog as well.

Bah Humbug

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Today was food shopping day.

Then tonight we had Damien and Amanda over for roast pork (you gotta have roast pork - it's Christmas! ;) ).  Some wine and much noms were enjoyed, as well as heckling of Carols in the Domain.

Bah humbug

DMU BBQ

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Worked from home this morning (couldn't face going to work).  And then wandered down to Tony's for their section's Christmas party (which I'm apparently an honorary member of, go figure).  Was a lovely (if slightly hot) afternoon, where *much* food was consumed, and a keg of Zierholz german ale.

DMU BBQ
DMU BBQ
100 farts in a squeeze!
DMU BBQ

Clan in town

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Wednesday night various members of the clan were in town, so we went to Bella Vista for dinner (it's tradition after all!).  I haven't seen Thomas and Courtney since probably 2009.  Thomas will be old enough to drive next month - how scary is that!  All the kids are looking much more grown up!  

I had bistecca porcini (steak) which was maybe a tad over cooked, but otherwise nice. 

Bella Vista
Then we all went up to Cold Rock for dessert.

Definitely don't see enough of those guys :(

Quiet Sunday

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After the busyness of the past week or fifty, we had a quiet day today.  Didn't even leave the house.  Did some of what I wanted to do (including ten blog posts) but didn't get other things done.

Definitely needed a total day off.

Club Christmas Party

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The club had a small Christmas party last night, so we went along to it.  It was a little too cold to swim, so just sat around drinking and talking before dinner, which was a pot luck dinner (we brought a potato bake), and then a spectacular dessert.

Followed by presents and a trivia quiz, which the sweetie won, and to his dismay the guy running it also started calling him sweetie ;)

Hall
Corny cracker jokes
Dessert
Tree

Ardeche

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Went along with various family members to have Noah's birthday party at Ardeche.  Us grownups enjoyed it, and we think Noah did too, but I have a feeling his expectations were a little different to reality.  He did make a pretty good effort with his food though.

This dude walked past the restaurant and posed when I went to take a picture :)
Dude in costume outside Ardeche
Noah's entree.  He made a pretty good effort at this, then we helped him finish it :)
Noah's party
Snails!  My entree, quite nice, couldn't convince Noah to try one ;)
Noah's party
Noah's duck.  He wasn't so keen on this.  So we helped :)
Noah's party
My main - a "goat" dish that I thought would be goat, but was actually goat's cheese - oops! :)
Noah's party
Amazing croquembousche they did
Noah's party
Scary sculpture in Garema Place
Noah's party

After party drinks

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After the last Christmas party, volunteers on the day were all invited out for drinks.  I took great delight in saying I was at my boss' boss' boss' boss' boss' place for drinks and pizza :)

They were super awesome hosts, keeping our drinks topped up, and then cooking some amazing home-made pizzas in their outdoor pizza oven.  

So even though we were all hot and sweaty and dirty, it was a thoroughly lovely evening!

Beer in the garden
Pizza oven
Home-made pizza
Home-made pizza
Home-made pizza
Home-made pizza
Cockie
Dessert

Party #4

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Last official work Christmas party of the year.  This was the most time-consuming - 7:15am til 5:30pm essentially, with a couple of hours break in the middle.

The empty truck - fill 'er up!
Empty truck
Neil and Windy loading drinks.  Seconds later half a dozen cases fell off and scattered all over the back of the truck - oops!
Drinks pallet
Chippies!  Because it was so hot, a lot of these didn't get eaten
Chippies
Santa in the calm before the storm
Santa
Drinks fridge
Cool room
Dodgem cars - all lined up before the first run of the day (I got on the second)
Dodgem cars
Carnival
Showground
Disco show.  This ride was surprisingly fun!
Disco show
View from the top of the Disco Show
Disco show view
Babe!
Babe
Moo!
Calf
One of the horse and carriage rides
Horse and carriage
The other
Horse and carriage
Another wedding this year - although this one arrived as we were leaving - not double booked!
Wedding

Party #3

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Another Friday another Christmas party :)

This one has been done to death though - same venue three years running.  Numbers (at least from our branch) were significantly down, and a bunch of people from our floor snubbed the party to have their own (which really annoyed me for some reason).

This joke is just *dumb* - bulls are *boys* sheesh ;)
Silly christmas cracker joke
Keira and me in matching tshirts
Keira and me in matching tshirts
Numbers were so down that we only had four people to our branch team.  So I subbed in on the soccer game.  As goalie to avoid having to run around.  I still got super hot.
Goalie
Hi!
Hey
A bunch of us hung around for some more drinkies (until the sweetie picked me up).
Champers

Not a good day

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The little brother arrived in town fairly late last night.  

But then I couldn't get to sleep.  And there was the whole not being able to sleep thing.  And the uncomfortable spine thing.

So today was zombie day.  And guess what I had to do all day?  Yes, fight with my favourite proxies in the whole world.  uuurggghhhhhh.  Nightmare of a day.  These things just aren't logical.  And they're crap and don't work properly.  

Le sigh.

I did however feel slightly better after a couple of free drinks courtesy of exec, and a nice chat to Lyn and the others.

Also got a chance to catch up with the little brother tonight which was nice.
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