How was your day dear?: May 2013 Archives

Unsettled

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Had a pretty unsettling day at work today.  Much like the time a few years ago, where we all disappeared for an "offsite" at the local.

Tonight we watched some Firefly and then The Hunt for Red October, and feel somewhat better now.

In other news, based on the photos from my USA 1983 trip, Stu said that we all obviously look older, except my mum who he thinks really hasn't aged at all :)  I credit my mum's awesome hair which hasn't turned grey, even though she's nearly 67.  How cool is that??

Coast Weekend

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Went to the coast on Friday night for the weekend.

Saturday was lovely.  Walked (ran) the dog, did a jigsaw, went for a swim at Myrtle Beach (swimming in the ocean in late May - unheard of right??) and watched the moonrise.

Ruby running

Ruby running

Ruby

Kittens jigsaw

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

Moonrise

Moonrise

Moonrise

As for the rest of the weekend, probably the less said about that the better.

Bella Vista

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Last night, to try and get my money's worth out of my Entertainment Book (not going to be bother getting one next year - we're not going out as often so it's harder to get the value out of it), we went to Bella Vista for dinner.  One of our favourite restaurants, although we don't there as often as we could, not helped by the fact it's fairly expensive.  But oh so good!

For entree, the sweetie had "Capesante Alla Grilgia - pancetta wrapped canadian scallops grilled, served with a miniature cucumber and tomato salad and lemon butter sauce"

Bella Vista

I had "Gamberi Impanati - parmesan and herb crusted king prawns deep fried to golden crunch, served with roman lettuce, prosciutto crisps and a garlic aioli"

Bella Vista

For mains, the sweetie had "Piato Misto - lamb cutlets, pancetta wrapped chicken tenders and king prawns, served with mash, avocado tower, miniature salad and mustard, lemon and aged balsamic sauces"

Bella Vista

I had "Filetto Di Agnello - grilled lamb back-strap fillet marinated in garlic and rosemary served with fresh pan-fried caponata (ratatouille) and creamy potato puree"

Bella Vista

For dessert, the sweetie had "Creme Caramello - classic cream caramel served with a brandy snap basket and vanilla ice cream"

Bella Vista

And I had "Morello Cheesecake - white cheesecake on a chocolate biscuit base topped with morello cherry compote, toasted marshmallows and a chocolate 'stick'"

Bella Vista

The staff even took a photo of us :)

Bella Vista

A lovely evening with my sweetie :)

Last night we had our work ball, which was Alice in Wonderland themed.  Definitely a lot more people dressed up for this one than the last one.

Seven of our group.  There was a lot of red!  Doc's Mad Hatter was pretty awesome.
Ball

Got to wear the Lego heart necklace Nat got for me a while back
Ball

A cheshire cat and another mad hatter
Ball

The room and tables looked lovely
Ball

For entree I had "wood roasted hot smoked king salmon, cucumber, red radish, dill scented creme fraiche, betroot jelly", which was very nice
Ball

For mains I had "prosciutto wrapped corn fed chicken breast, broccolini with almond broad bean and herb risotto, chervil oil" which was also pretty nice
Ball

Desert was the same for everyone - "chocolate pecan tart, chocolate fudge, clotted cream".  I'm not a fan of pecans so this didn't do it for me.
Ball

Stu hid out in one of the side rooms for a while to escape the noise and crowds, and ended up playing a couple of games of chess (which he won).
Ball

The band was pretty good and not too loud which made for a nice change - didn't have to yell to hear each other.  Only complaint was a tad too much emphasis on seventies music.

Was a great fun night, with good company, food and champagne, singing and dancing.

Today we didn't do much, other than going to visit Noah and Stu and do our food shopping.

Quietness

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Did actually leave the house though.  Yesterday to go to Fortune Box for a shared lunch, then do our food shopping.  And today to Bunnings to pick up some bits and pieces.

Otherwise, we've been pretty boring.

Finlandia

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So after discussing the hottest 100 earlier, and then playing Finlandia by Sibelius on YouTube, I suggested to the sweetie that we should watch Die Hard 2.  He said "whatever you like", so I did :)  And there was much rejoicing :)

Thursdays are usually pretty winning days, on account of beer o'clock at 4:30 and all .. but last Thursday had tangible wins.  Firstly, drinks were partly paid for by a vendor.  So I used a goodly chunk of the saved money to contribute to a charity that was running some events on the night.  One event was a $2 raffle with a $100 prize for the winner.  Which (after they called it as another Karen, but realised their mistake ten minutes later) was me!  Epic win!  And then another event was throwing gold coins at a bottle of booze, closest coin wins the bottle.  After several goes at three bottles, I got the closest coin to the last bottle!  Win!  It was a bottle of Greek brandy, which we sampled.  It's ok but slightly odd.

Socialising

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Friday night saw us heading to North Cooma (aka as far south in Canberra as you can go) to have dinner at Andrew and Jen's.  Richard and Tracey came too so it was quite the party.

And how cool is this - Andrew's building a 747 flight simulator, complete with physical controls and switches and computerised flight systems that plug into Microsoft Flight Simulater.  Extremelly cool!

747 flight simulator

And there was quite the feast of food, including a rather tasty dish of chicken, prawns and bacon .. sounds strange but it was very nice :)

Andrew's feast

After dinner we played p0ker until Tracey's chips ran out (and they had to get kids home to bed). Then we played Cranium which is a mashup of Pictionary, Charades, Trivial Pursuit and Rapidough.  The game play was a bit confusing and odd, but that might have been because we just hadn't read the instructions thoroughly.  It was fun anyway.

  

Saturday night we went to Josh and Ally's for a lovely evening of chatting and a very yummy middle eastern fish dish.

Ally feast

Ally feast

Thursday morning I headed up to Sydney.  Stopped in at Picton and watched David feed all the snakes.

Snake

Then we headed to the parent's place for lunch with Aunty Rhonda.

Sympathy cards

And then across to Rookwood for Nana's funeral.

The whole family was there which was really nice.  The funeral itself was lovely.  My mum and uncles read a beautiful eulogy and Ken had put together a wonderful slide show of Nana's life.

Nana's funeral

Nana's flowers

Lots of people hung around for the wake in the Reflections cafe.

But the shocker of the day for me was finding out I have another cousin.  

!!!

Mum was reading the names of all the grandkids during the eulogy, and it included a name I'd never heard of.  Later I asked mum about it.  Turns out my uncle had had him after he'd separated from his first wife but it was all a bit awkward so he doesn't get talked about in the family.  But how did I not know about this at all??  Sheesh!  Apparently he was at the funeral too.  So that was all very bizarre.

So then we battled peak hour traffic and went with Diana and Graham to the Tradies for dinner.  Every time I've been there in the past few years it's been different.  Seems they've completed their renovations now, and there's a huge front entrance now.  The roast of the day was pork, so five of us except David had it :)  

Tradies

Then back to my parents' to pick up stuff, then back to Picton to pick up my car, and then home.  I was super tired, but made it safely, with Harry to keep me company.  Got home a bit after midnight.

Club Night

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On Saturday night we went out to the club for the afternoon/evening.  J&H did a roast of epic proportions - a heap of pork and lamb as well, and lots of yummy roast veggies.  Played cards with A&J afterwards.  And I might have had some leftover pork the next morning for breakfast :)

Sunset from our caravan

Club roast dinner

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