How was your day dear?: October 2013 Archives

Club Halloween Night

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Last Saturday night was a halloween night at the club.

In the afternoon some of us went out bird watching.

Bird watching at the club

We heard more birds than we saw, but did see some kangaroos.


Lots of cool decorations ..

Club halloween night

Club halloween night

Some cool costumes ..

Club halloween night

And some yummy food ..

Club halloween night

Club halloween night

Went to Sydney again on Sunday.  Went over to the home, and took dad out.  We went up to the local shops and bought him hot chips and a milkshake.  He liked them a lot, and liked the chance to get out of the home.  Still didn't stop him ranting about stuff like the other home residents and politicians.  Sigh.

Dad day out

During the week Mum and I tackled the work shop - clearing the foor and chairs and some of the work bench.  We're starting to see a difference in there.  We also threw out a *lot* of 3 1/2" disks.  Legitimate copies of things like dos, windows, office etc.  But so old *noone* would ever want them.  So they all got turfed.

Software chuck

Disks chuck

The drive up was pretty eerie - sections of the Hume Highway had bushfire damage either side and there was very heavy smoke around.  But got to Sydney ok.  Had no troubles getting home last night, as the major fires are up in the Blue Mountains and the southern ones were nowhere near where I needed to go.  The skies on Sunday and Monday were full of smoke and very eerie. 

Sunrise on Monday morning:
Eerie sunrise

Video Night

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Last Saturday night we had a couple of Davids and a Chris and a Neil over for a video night.

It was a good fun night and there was lots of nibbles and wine and pizza and beer.

We watched Ghost World which was ok, and Dogma which was completely ridiculous.

Video night pizza

Another Sydney Week

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Sunday morning I headed up to Sydney again.

But instead of visiting Dad straight away we ended up getting invited to Andy R's engagement party.  Which was basically just a family thing that mum got invited to as a good friend of "Aunty" Di's (not my aunty, but that's how my friend Crust (Chris) referred to her as).  Anyways, I've seen Graham and Di many times over the years, but I hadn't seen Andy and Dave (and Suzannah and Robert) in probably close to twenty years.  So it was a little odd (I felt like such a ring-in at a family event), but good to see everyone again.  


Milly and Andy

Then we went off to see Dad.  The butthead he shares a room with got grumpy when we made him turn his tv volume down.  Whatever.  Stayed a little while then went to Aldi to buy mum her first ever sim card, to go with her first ever (brand-new-second-hand) mobile phone.

Mum's phone

Evenings were spent clearing crap out of the garage.  I continue to be astounded by dad's box fetish.  It seemed any box that passed his way he'd keep "for storing things".  So we found boxes and boxes and boxes hidden away and in alcoves.  Not only that, but he used to make little boxes to go in bigger boxes for storing little bits and pieces.  So there's was piles and piles of cardboard, some of it already cut up and ready to be folded into little boxes.

Boxes of boxes

We are starting to feel somewhat overwhelmed by it all.  We've been at it for weeks but it seems we've barely made a dent :/

Monday morning I dropped my car off at Bargwanna's and said *please* fix it!  It turns out that the alternator was just wired incorrectly.  They fixed that up and made sure it wasn't drawing any current.  They also fixed a few other things that probably should have been done ages ago but just *weren't*.  I'm still undecided whether I'll ever go back to Melba Motors.

In the city, there's snails everywhere at the moment.  Although when I researched it I found out the display is finishing today, so alas I won't be able to go find any of the others.

Orange snail

Blue snails

Yellow snails

Martin Place has a stack of plants in front of the fountain, making it feel somewhat tropical.

Martin Place tropics

The monorail is almost completely gone too.  This is pretty much all that's left - stumps.

Monorail stump

Wednesday I had lunch with @StuartCRyan again, and we had Peking Duck again.  It was pretty awesome.

Peking Duck again

Came home Wednesday night, with Harry to keep me company again.

Cactus flower

Filling in

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Wednesday saw us at Windy's for dinner.  Nanette cooked a pretty awesome butterfly lamb, and an equally awesome almond praline cheesecake.  The lamb was demolished in short order (the remaining pieces below were also finished off) and the cheesecake made a great morning tea the next day.

Windy Dinner


Thursday I started feeling a bit off colour and by the afternoon was definitely feeling wrong.  Struggled through the two beers of the week then went home feeling pretty miserable.  Watched Annie on dvd before collapsing into bed but being very uncomfortable.  Friday was also a bit blah - the bowels still weren't happy with me.  

Friday night after work I met Stu out at the club.  We had the place to ourselves which was pretty nice.  I started reading a book and finished it Saturday morning.  Also started a jigsaw and had a swim before we came home.

Last night we got pizza and watched Star Trek and played Diablo and did jigsaws while I generally stressed about having to go to Sydney.

Tom Weekend

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Friday night we went and picked up Stu's old school friend Tom from the station.

Saturday morning they headed into town to see some anime at the Dendy.  I took the opportunity to get the house in order.  In the afternoon Damien picked me up and we went to the Wig & Pen for drinks, and then Stu, Tom and I went to Happy's for dinner.  Came home and watched Star Wars.

Sunday morning we went to Black Pepper for breakfast.  Afterwards, David came by to look at my car (see here for more on that).  Then we took Stu to the airport and Tom and I went to see Garden of Words and Ghost in the Shell: Arise with Gaelian and Steph.  I thought The Garden of Words was lovely, stunningly beautiful and detailed, and the "been-there's" were pretty cool too.  Ghost in the Shell was a lot harder to follow who was on who's side, so didn't get into that one as much.

Garden of Words Ghost in the Shell

We had a late lunch/early dinner at Ali Baba, then came home with drinks and nibbles and proceeded to watch Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

This morning got up at stoopid o'clock to drop Tom off at the station, then came home to get more sleep.

With only 1100 steps on the pedometer by 5pm and it being such a beautiful day and all, I also went for a walk, although only put another 4000 steps on the pedometer in forty minutes.

Mount Rogers walk

Mount Rogers walk

And some cool clouds and rainbows out the back

Ainslie Double Rainbow

Groundhog Day

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I want to do today over again please.  Today was an Epic Fail on just about every level.  Everything was my fault and I want to change everything.



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Friday morning Fiona went home.  I went to drive to work but my battery was dead.  But I'll leave that for another post.

Saturday morning I went to work for a big upgrade, that all went very smoothly, so was finished by midday, even though we'd negotiated an outage for the entire day.

Saturday afternoon I met Stu out at the club.  I helped with dinner prep while Stu worked on his assignment.

Oktoberfest at the club

Stu had brought some German biers, so we had them with the sausages for dinner.

Sausages and sauerkraut

It had been blowing a gale all afternoon but had died down a little by the evening.

Sunday morning we checked with the firies and then did some hazard reduction.  Got through a pretty big pile of dead branches.

Club bonfire

I might have jumped in the pool afterwards as I was pretty hot, but didn't stay in long - my feet were starting to go numb after about twenty seconds!

Saw an echidna


In the afternoon I did a small jigsaw, then we came home.

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