How was your day dear?: June 2013 Archives

A few things

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  • Being stressed about having your blood taken makes your veins tense up and makes it that much harder to have your blood taken (three holes later .. )
  • There's a Chilean flag flying outside our building
  • There was a Mars Rover in the mall
  • Took a couple of hundred photos of colleagues playing touch footy.  Clocked my camera in the process
  • Had a lovely bbq at @CLBradley's tonight

Mars Rover in Belconnen Mall

Sorted out my tax, tidied the house (a bit), had dinner, watched some Masterchef (which made me hungry again), bought some stuff online, backed up my computer, did some jigsaw, continued trialling feed readers (The Old Reader is winning by quite a bit).

And Ren solved the maths formula from the other day.  Well done (I didn't think anyone would bother).  Solution posted in the extended entry.

And just for fun, here's a little log cabin that I got in Canada in 2004 - in pieces, had to glue it together.

Log Cabin

And I suppose congrats?? to this guy - photo taken just after he lost the job in 2010 as the last photo of our UK trip.

Kevin Rudd


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Nothing much happening.

Did a rather nice massaman curry on Sunday night, that was in the slow cooker all afternoon.

Tonight had dinner with the sweetie at Happy's.

Pretty sure the pool will be overflowing from all the rain we've had.

Yesterday afternoon (after doing our food shopping) we headed out to the club.  Chris did some rather nice soup, and some amazing jacket potatoes with a whole slew of wonderful toppings.

Chris' soup

Chris' soup

Chris' potato fillings

Oh and Peter may have done a nice salad :)

Peter's salad

We .. well we did desserts :)

Our desserts

The caramel slice was from a recipe I saw in the newsagent last week.  Snapped a photo of it and attempted to make it on Friday night.  But after taking it out of the oven it was completely solid on top and I thought it was an epic disaster.  Saturday morning I topped it with chocolate anyway, thinking if it was a complete failure I'd make a Violet Crumble Cheesecake Slice.  But as I cut it up I realised it wasn't such a complete disaster after all!  And in fact people liked it!

Caramel slice

I also made an apple crumble from an untested recipe I found online.  Actually I only used the topping from that recipe, I used another recipe for the apples.  But it was untested so I had no idea if it would work.  But it did!  Hurrah!

Apple crumble

After dinner we played Geoff's version of "Crazy Whist" which was very silly but a lot of fun.

Crazy Whist

Didn't sleep too well in the caravan.  Not really sure why, I was warm enough even though it was freezing*.  I disturbed some kangaroos at 6:30 going to pee .. hrmm.

J&H did bacon and eggs from breakfast and we used the leftover potatoes as well so that was pretty nice.

We were going to do some stuff with the caravan, but in the end just came home.

* I mean freezing in the figurative sense as it wasn't freezing *inside* the caravan.  Apparently people aren't clear on the difference between my figurative and literal speech.  However it did in fact freeze outside overnight, and there was plenty of frost on the ground to prove it.

Memory Lane

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I was looking at some work I did for my last job tonight.  Talk about a trip down memory lane.  Some of it I'm doing again in my current job.  It's funny to see the differences, and the similarities.  Talked to Jake for a while tonight too (I was reminded of the server we had called "kazza" that was our utility and software repository, which was later moved to a share on the main file server when the servers got virtualised.  Asked him about it - sadly, the share has gone now - oh well!).  I was talking about the cleaning I'm doing at work at the moment, and he said "I still envy your cleaning/documenting powers"  .. wonder if I could put that in my next performance review?? :)

24 hours

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Had a full (and exactly) 24 hours at the club overnight.  Relaxed a bit in the caravan in the afternoon (it was *freezing* outside with a cold wind blowing).  Then had some wine and cheese in the freezing club house (we could see our breath) while watching penguins before raiding the cabin where A&J were staying.  Well they had a fire.  Had dinner with them then played a couple of games of Fluxx.

Club wine and cheese

Club possum

Today we had a bit of a sleep in (I even slept later than my usual 7am wakeup time!).  My brain/bladder training paid off and didn't need to go all night :)  I had bacon and eggs for breakfast but Stu was suffering from all the apples he ate last night (part of our trial run dessert for next weekend) so he spent pretty much the whole day in bed feeling miserable :( .  Cleaned up from last night, then played some more Fluxx while the kids ran around the place.

So poor Stu didn't really get the relaxing weekend that he was hoping for - too much socialising and discomfort :(

Domino Designer

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So I had some fun today.  Playing with Domino Designer.  Working on a documentation database.

Yeah there's a couple of sentences people probably wouldn't put together too often ;)

Things have changed a bit from 7 to 8.5, but then plenty of things have stayed the same.  Plus I wasn't doing anything too complicated.  So achieved most of what I wanted.  Now to populate the database with some data ..

Fun times :)

Da plane!

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How cute is this Lego sea plane Fiona gave me on the weekend? :):)

Lego sea plane

Not as sick today as I was yesterday.  Tried to work from home, but the VPN or something kept freezing up, making it completely unworkable, so I gave up and went into work.

I've been doing heaps of photo filing.  It's awfully hard work.  Well some of it is easy, but a lot is hard.  The sheer numbers don't help.  I've filed a lot of my digital photos because I don't have to scan them.  But even so, there's still seven and a half thousand photos left to sort from 1999, 2003 and 2007 (I've been jumping around a bit to keep interested).  After that there's just the analog photos.  But will need to rescan a heap of those, as they were only scanned at 150 dpi the first time.  That'll get merged with the scanning of mum's photos I'm doing.

It's kinda freaky having blogged for ten years.  Because now I can go back and see what I was doing "ten years ago today".  Like being contacted by my best friend from Year 7 (sadly that didn't go any further :( ).  And tomorrow will have been ten years since ice skating at Fox Studios with Jim and John and a group of others.

John and Jim ice skating

Phonakins weekend

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On Friday night Fiona arrived in town.  We had some muscat and chatted for a while before bed.

Saturday morning we went into Braddon and met up with @chrispycon at Sweet Bones for brunch.  They had some nice cupcakes and Fiona got us some nachos as well.  Was good to see Chris again, it's been too long.

Sweet Bones cupcake

Sweet Bones nachos

We left Fiona to her own devices for a while and came home and listened to the #Classic100 and did some housework.  Got some takeaway Dumpling Inn for dinner.  We started watching Dark City but we kept talking and missing stuff, so decided to put on Labyrinth because then it wouldn't matter if we talked over the top of it.  That, and we could admire Jareth's bulge ;)

Sunday morning we chilled out and listened to the #Classic100 while Fiona went off to the markets.  In the afternoon/evening we went to the Roller Derby which was a lot of fun.  

This morning we went to Black Pepper for brunch.  Then home for a while before Fiona left for home.

Tonight (after being inspired by the #Classic100) we watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

So quite a lovely weekend, with a nice mix of socialising and down time (letting me do lots of photo sorting!), and it was great to catch up with Fiona again.


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So my fate at work changed not only from day to day but from hour to hour, and in fact within the same meeting apparently.  So still waiting to find out what will happen.

Other than that, the usual busyness.  Although there was one day where I was trying to find something to do.  Not for want of having anything to do, just not having anything not boring to do ;)  But that resolved itself and by this afternoon I was working to the Bolero, which was entirely surreal.

Tonight we watched some Firefly, and then put on Dragonheart.  I love that movie.

Fiona should be here shortly.  Hope she has a nice weekend here.

Spent pretty much my entire evening filing photos.  It's hard work!  Only 13000-odd to go .. 

Cheesy Saturday

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Today I had to go into work for an upgrade.  I was there for a couple of hours, but it all went relatively smoothly.

Tonight we went over to Chris and Geoff's for raclette.  Oh my!  So much cheesy goodness!  I might have eaten a little too much.  But it was so delicious!


And a pretty awesome blackberry dessert as well

Blackberry dessert

But then I got a sms from Tony who was having some trouble with an application that we'd apparently broken today.  So that stressed me out for the rest of our time there :(

But got onto Windy and it looks as if he's been able to fix it, so probably won't have to go back in tomorrow after all. Phew!

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