How was your day dear?: April 2014 Archives

Anzac Day Weekend

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Generally had a quiet weekend.  Stu was still sick (yeah two long weekends and three days leave in between and he was sick the entire time :( ).

Friday I did a bit of house cleaning and watched Four Weddings and a Funeral in the afternoon.  I might have also made some Anzac Biscuits.

Anzac Biscuits

Saturday we celebrated our anniversary by going out for brunch at Pulp Kitchen.

Anniversary brunch

Anniversary brunch

The we did some food shopping and came home (via the church where we got married six years ago)

Ainslie leaves

All Saints

I put dinner on to slow cook (beef stew nommm).  Didn't do much at all in the afternoon (that I can remember).  

White eye

White eye

Enjoyed our dinner and watched Twister together in the evening.

Sunday I did a bit of stuff around the house then went to the War Memorial to see the model of Gallipoli, except the whole section is undergoing a big renovation at the moment til the end of the year :(  So had a bit of a wander around and had a play with Dad's camera there.

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

War Memorial

Short Week

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Short but frustrating week last week.  Got chucked in the deep end with a super urgent huge project.. not really sure how we're going to deliver.  There might have been a pub lunch and a couple of after work drinkies to help us survive.

Chrysanthemums

And this is why $2 lightning cables break - they're only held in place by four very thin cables and a little solder.  At least the real ones clamp the cable in place as it comes out of the cord and into the connector..

Fake lightning cable

Easter Weekend

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On Good Friday we headed out to the club.  I left Stu to read stuff for uni, and went off to help hazard reduction.  That is, pulling dead branches into piles to be picked up later for transport to the fire.  Spent a couple of hours on Friday afternoon doing that.

With all the rain a few weeks ago, mushrooms have been sprouting up all over the place!

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

Club mushrooms

John was chainsawing larger logs as well, and he found this bat inside a hollow log!!

Bat

Bat

Bat

Bat

Friday night we played some Phase 10 (a commercialised version of "Frustration" we played in Queensland a couple of years ago) with A&J and had a relatively early night.

Saturday I burnt wood.  Piles and piles and piles of it.  This was at the end of the day.

Bonfire

Afterwards I had a refreshing dip in M&M's spa (I'm even claiming the last dip in the pool for the season after the morning's bonfiring)!

We didn't end up bonfiring at night, but I did make some meringues using some leftover egg whites..

Meringue

Sunday we came home fairly early (Stu's uni work had been a bit of a disaster, as he had a sore throat for two days that turned into a pretty nasty cold).  I didn't do much at home, just pottered around and changed some passwords.

Monday was a pretty fail day.  Did pretty much nothing around the house or on my todo list .. ended up feeling completely blah, and we got pizza for dinner.

6.4.14 - 15.4.14

Sunday night after the Turkey meeting I got super frustrated because I checked the seat allocations we had against the type of aircraft we were getting and found that we were right over the wings on all flights.  After I'd asked specifically for NOT over the wing, and then asked again was she really sure when I first got the seating allocations back and she said the seats were definitely not over the wing.

!@#$%^&@*!!

This is the same woman who gave me this seat on my Sydney to Hong Kong flight ..

Travel agent fail

And this seat on my Cairo to London flight ..

Travel agent fail

And yes, I'd specifically asked for a window seat NOT over the wing for those flights too.

I was absolutely furious.  So I mailed her *again* and said the seats were in fact over the wing and could they please be changed.  (I tried to do it online myself but couldn't, presumably because of the group booking).  She did adjust the allocation a little further back, but not nearly as far as I would have liked.  Might have to ask at the airport when I checkin if there's any option to move further back.

*sigh*

Monday I met up with Luc at the Baxter Inn, but I'll save that for another post.

Also on Monday I *finally* got a game of 2048 out.

Tuesday was lunch with @StuartCRyan at Super Bowl - Peking Duck!!

Peking Duck April

Wednesday was takoyaki day at Sushi and Grill.  I asked them if they make their own, but she said they didn't.. oh well.  Still, they're not too bad for pre-made.

Takoyaki

I also had some potato croquettes that day, but they weren't as nice

Sushi and Grill

After lunch was reading about Heartbleed and getting scared.  If you haven't changed your passwords yet for things like Yahoo and Flickr DO IT NOW!

Also on Wednesday there was a "signal failure" at Mortdale, so trains were "late and out of timetable order".  The announcement at Martin Place was "the next three trains will be terminating at Hurstville and the next Cronulla train will be at 17:22".  This was at 17:10.  So I did what any sane person would do - hopped on a train to Kings Cross and caught it from there.  Window seat :)  I was on the wrong side of the train to see how crowded it was on the platforms at Martin Place and Town Hall, but I think it was pretty insane.  It wasn't meant to stop at Como, so I was just going to walk from Jannali, but they said after Oatley it would be stopping at Como, so I got off along with quite a lot of other people.

Also got a nice view of the city coming back from Kings Cross.

Sydney from the train

Thursday was sad cause there was no 4:51.

Friday was social club drinks so stayed for a couple of beers.  I came home and wanted to watch To Kill a Mockingbird that mum taped for me last year, but mum wanted to sort through stuff in the study, so we did that, and by the time we were done, it was too late to start watching a movie.

This is a box full of clip art that dad had compiled and printed out.. he had an obsession with clip art..

Clip art

On Saturday, mum and I went and visited dad's little spot in the cemetery, where he had been buried that week.  He's there next to his grandmother and parents.  We also went and found Chrissie's mum.

Graves

Saturday night I went Chrissie's and we went to Rhodes.  We had dinner at the Phoenix Chinese restaurant.  We had some duck noodles which were nice enough

Duck noodles

.. but we also had these slow cooked pork ribs .. oh my they were delicious!  The meat was fall off the bone tender and the sauce was really yummy.  Loved this.

Pork ribs

Then we went and saw The Lego Movie.. because Everything is Awesome .. even a second time :)

On Sunday I went to church with mum.  In the afternoon we tried to figure out dad's photo filing system.  He made so many fricken backups of things, there's up to ten copies of some files, on multiple disks, with copies made for "slide shows", some with labels, others without, some full sized originals, others resized.  Some files don't have full sized originals, he only has "enhanced" or labelled copies.  Which is a bit of a poo.  So I backed everything up onto one little portable disk and brought it all home, and if I ever get time (yeah right) I'll try and sort it so there's a minimal number of copies in one organised location.

On Monday Uncle Colin and Sandra and Uncle Ian and Aunty Janet came over for dinner.  At the beginning of the evening I was freaking out about how similar my uncles are in some ways to dad.. just their attitudes to a lot of things and even some of their mannerisms.  It was a good fun night (it was Ian's birthday).

Ian's birthday

Family gathering

On Tuesday night I came home and cuddled my sweetie for a long time.

Metal Recycling

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6.4.14 - 15.4.14

After the Airport Open Day I headed up to Sydney.  Got to mum's and headed straight out to the Turkey planning meetup/group get together thingie.

Mum and I spent the rest of Sunday and then the evenings and most of the next weekend sorting out the piles and piles of metal that dad had collected over the years.  There were *many* boxes worth of cabling, which if you chop the ends off will give about $2/kilo for the copper (and $6/kilo for some of the really good bits).  There were several boxes worth of small (and a few large) transformers, which got about 70c each.  There was 38 kilos of lead at $1/kilo - dad brought home some lead pipes in the eighties (I remember bending them and thinking it was super cool that I could bend metal pipes like that).  He then melted them all down and cooled them into nine tuna tin sized ingots which he then stored under the house never to be touched again.  And lots of boxes worth of aluminium at 70c/kilo.  There was even a little bit (4kg) of brass at $4/kilo.  And then the boxes and boxes of steel and electronics bits and pieces that aren't actually worth anything, but we could dump in a skip that gets sent off to South East Asia where the whole lot is melted down and separated.  All up we made about $300 from metal recycling over the course of the week.  Which paid for approximately three of my trips to Sydney.  Given how many trips I've done now I'm definitely economically still behind, but at least I know it's not all just ending up in landfill.

Metal recycling

A small fraction of the cabling we got rid of

Metal recycling

Metal recycling

Transformers are super heavy.  We couldn't move them in this box, this was just temporary dumping

Metal recycling

Led ingots!

Metal recycling

This line feed module was tested ok in 1974 - forty years almost to the day ago.  I doubt that it's ever been used in the past forty years.

Metal recycling

Neil recognised these switches off a Datto

Datsun switch

Starting to see progress - clean shelves!

Empty shelves

Rainy Club Weekend

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4.4.14-6.4.14

After the Lego movie I went home to get my car and *stuff* then headed out to the club to meet up with the sweetie who went out earlier in the day.

We had the place to ourselves for most of it which was nice.  Saturday afternoon I went for a wander around the perimeter.

Club corner

Club bug

It rained most of the weekend too, so the planned hazard reduction bonfire never went ahead.  I cut and folded and glued little bits of paper.

Geodesic octahedron

Geodesic dodecahedron

Geodesic dodecahedron

I left Sunday morning to get a quick visit in to the Airport Open Day.

Violin

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3.4.14

Got talked into bbq at @CLBradley's place.

Miss M is learning the violin and I did something I'd never done before - actually played a violin!  Not very well obviously, but recognisable version of Hot Cross Buns!

2.4.14

Yeah so we accidentally won the social club trivia night, no thanks to DC, Doc and Aquila.  Sheesh. Now we need to organise the next one!  Bah!   ;)

Before the tables were ready, Aquila and I went for a wander to hack some portals, and document this spider (sorry Tony!)

Belconnen spider

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