How was your day dear?: January 2013 Archives

Australia Day morning we went to Black Pepper for breakfast, and then did some shopping.

In the afternoon we went out to the club with new tent in tow.  Even though there were storms forecast.  Hrmm.

So we got there and assembled the tent.  It took quite a while because we'd never done it before, and the instructions were pretty crappy.  Got a bit hot and bothered.  So had a little break in the middle to have a drink and a chat with some of the people there.

Continued on. 

Made it in the end.

Our tent!

Inflated the air mattress, and filled the tent with all our crap, then went up for a swim.  And it being nearly 5pm, we declared it beer o'clock.

The swim was really nice .. until they setup the water volleyball net.  Hrmm.

Dinner was a lamb broth for entree, then another lamb stew, and haggis! and tatties and salads.  Lamb for Australia Day, haggis for Burns night.  The haggis wasn't quite as good as I remember from Scotland, but not too bad.

Lamb broth

Lamb stew and salads


Desert was a cranachan made by Chris


Did I mention the storm?  It *poured*.  And continued to rain for hours.  Apparently not as bad as back in Canberra though.

So we got back down to the tent to assess the damage.  The tarp on the vestibule had been covered in water/mud/leaves, but the interior of the tent was ok.  Just the end of the mattress/sheets were a bit wet from being pressed up against the edge of the tent.  Unfortunately neither of us could get to sleep.  The air mattress is quite sensitive, so each little movement rocks the other person around.  So I think we kept each other awake.  For hours.  Plus I was stressing about my bladder.  And of course the more you worry about needing to go, the more you think you need to go, even if you don't really need to go.  Blah.  I think I got to sleep around 2am.  Woke up at 4am for at least another hour.  Then another couple of hours sleep til 7am.  Yeah four hours sleep is probably not enough.

So we got up and had leftover haggis and tatties for breakfast.  Stu fried it, so it turned out more like the haggis we'd had in Scotland.

Leftover haggis and tatties

Then back down to disassemble the tent.  After removing spiders.


I wiped the tent down with a towel and we didn't try to properly fold it up, would do that at home after properly drying it all.  Just a quick fold and put it in the back of the car, with all the rest of our crap on the back seat.

And then home.

To find the power had been out since 7:10pm the night before :(  Fortunately the seals on the fridge are pretty good, so everything was still cold to touch, and stuff in the freezer was still frozen (a bit of meltage on the ice cubes but still mostly frozen).  

Rest of the weekend was pretty quiet.  We did go over to Potty's so he could build a Cornetto stand for the sweetie.  Because he's a manly man.  And has power tools. :)

Manly men

So there's this system at work that's been annoying me for literally *years*.  I've begged various people to fix it over the years, but to no avail.  So this week I thought screw it, I'll just do it myself.  I started to write my own script, but very quickly realised that was a silly idea, when chances are there'd be plenty of scripts out there on the internet to do what I wanted to do.  And sure enough there were.  So downloaded one, hacked it a bit, and by this afternoon had something that will work.  It's possibly not the most elegant solution, but it's certainly better than what we have, and that's got to be a win!

Semi Social Sunday

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So a relatively quiet Sunday.

Well sort of!

This morning Doc came by to play with his Christmas present - a hedge trimmer!  He hacked away at the side hedge, and only tried to electrocute himself once (the house decided it didn't want to comply).  And he took me out to show me the free greenwaste recycling centre out at Holt - who knew!

Lunch of salad, then Doc and the family came by for a swim which was very pleasant.

Stir fry for dinner, to use up the last of the vegies, then Tristan came over to drop off some guppies before he moves to Brisbane.  And there was much chattage and story telling for an hour or two.

And there's been rain! So much wonderful rain!! :)

And sadly the weekend comes to an end...

So one of my cousins has lived in Canberra for something like three years, yet we've still only managed to catch up with them once. Definitely something that needed to be rectified!

So today we went over for lunch - some thoroughly delicious pizzas (that were also so filling I didn't need dinner!)

Pizza Pizza

Pizza Pizza

Pizza Pizza

Pizza Pizza

Yum yum yum!

And there were Magnums!


After lunch we played a game of Alhambra


So yeah, a nice relaxing lunch/afternoon. 

So I'm reading out a stack of movies that I'd be happy to watch with the sweetie tonight .. and it included the likes of Gladiator, The Hunt for Red October and Terminator 2 (amongst a bunch of others).  So initially the sweetie picked Gladiator.  But after we watched an episode of House, he said we could watch Gladiator or Terminator 2.  And I'm like.. holy crap, you'd watch a James Cameron movie?? But you're allergic! It says so on the label!  (him and DC think alike on this one).  So as soon as he said he'd watch it I put it on before he changed his mind ..! heh

Yeah so survived the week.. spent two days fighting with documentation in a new system that's html-based and not nearly as friendly as doing doco in Notes (give me notes any day **please** !! ) and only achieved four documents out of a possible twenty or so.  Guess what I'll be doing in the next couple of weeks (until other projects fire up again for the year) ...

The rest of Sunday

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Quiet morning, not as hot as yesterday.

Went over to Annie's to drop off a jigsaw I forgot to give them the other night.

Then food shopping and back home to watch the clouds roll in.

Annie and the kids came over for a swim, and while they were here the change came through.  But no rain here sadly (well a few drops, but that was it).


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Yeah so most of today was me sitting around feeling miserable in the heat, and playing games on Addicting Games (mostly escape games) in front of a fan.

And doing a snapshot backup of my blog.  Which took like all day (it's still going, after the thunderstorm).  #grunt

Only after the change and a beer did I finally start to feel better again.

So the sweetie and I watched some House, and Flash Gordon, which I saw about twenty years ago, but had not seen since then.  Completely ridiculous, but hey, it had a Queen soundtrack :)

Sugar Sugar

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The other day someone linked to a game called Sugar Sugar 2 on the RiotACT and I proceeded to play through all thirty levels.  Tonight I went and found the original Sugar Sugar.  Sadly now that's over, maybe there'll be a third? :)  (looks like there's a Christmas version, will have to have a play of that).

So work today wasn't toooo bad.  Afternoon wasn't that productive though, on account of our director wandering out a bit before lunch to say lunch at the pub?  The walk back in the heat was a little painful though!
Tonight Annie and the kids came by for a swim.  Why do kids get so excitable/noisy when put anywhere near water? Just wondering :)
Watched some House with the sweetie, played a game of dominoes, a game of cribbage, and did some of a very evil jigsaw from work.
Just look at this thing.  One thousand pieces of white and grey and black - and all the same shape!  No odd pieces and no differentiation between horizontal and vertical.  I suspect this one will take me a while...  (anyone wanna guess what it is?)
Evil jigsaw
Have a stack of water freezing in the freezer for use in cooling down fish tanks in the next few days ...

So apparently

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So apparently depression is not good for the waistline or the budget (our solution: beer and pizza).  So much for ever getting healthy.

Back to it

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Yeah so back to work.  I guess it wasn't toooo bad... 
This morning I woke up at 5am, and had to think for a moment where I was.  Got up to go to the loo and noticed the power was out.  Had been since about 3:30am.  I'm suspecting another faulty fish tank heater.  So outside to reset the circuit breaker, and then back to bed for a bit.

Had a very slow day.  I still never want to leave the house again.  Which could make going to work tomorrow challenging.  *Especially* because it's work and all the dramas going on there is stressing me out.

So we just stayed inside all day.  I did a bit of house cleaning in the morning, but lost interest in that after a while.  

I did a small jigsaw (one of the $1 jigsaws I picked up at KMart a couple of weeks ago).
Buttons jigsaw

The sweetie enjoyed coffee in his Christmas present from Yvonne.  They're pretty funky little glasses.
Coffee glasses

And he also built our Christmas present from the parents - a little coffee table (called "Lack") for the study 

This is the sweetie's space in the study now

Other than that I just caught up on news feeds, and fought off depression about having to go back to work.
Last night Nat and Andrew (and Steve for a while) came over for a small pool party.  We put the spa bar to good use, and nibbled on cheese and crackers and chips and dip and carrots, all while enjoying our respective drinks.  

NYE pool party

Then after a while we came in and had dinner - pasta bake with a couple of salads and some garlic bread made at the last minute by Nat.

Steve then went off to another party, and we played a few games of Buzz and watched my episode of Catchphrase.

Watched the Sydney fireworks at midnight (and saw the Canberra ones out the window at 9pm) and off to bed fairly late.

All in all a nice end to the year :)

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