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All I've done since getting home is gone to see the chickies, cooked and eaten dinner, done a load of washing, and watched Survivor.  

And now it's bed time.

Sigh.

Plumbing Dramas

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So you know how we had our hot water tank replaced last year?  Well they say you need to test the relief valve every six months.  So I've been testing it every three months for good measure.  But the other day when I went to test it, hot water started spurting everywhere.  Apparently it's coming out of the snifter valve.  So now I need to call up Aquamax for a warranty repair (and hope warranty doesn't expire after 12 months, cause now it's a little over).  Hurrah.

Valve spurt

And also the other day I was in the dungeon and happened to notice a spot on the roof in the corner.  Had a closer look and it looks like there's water damage.  It's right under the shower drain, and the pattern of damage looks like that little bit of roof has been replaced before, which means the shower has likely leaked before.  It seems to only leak when there's a lot of water draining (ie, when Stu is having a shower, as he showers with higher water pressure).  I've got a bucket under there at the moment catching the drips, but now we'll need to get someone to dig a hole in the roof and have a look.  Hurrah.

Shower leak

Android Dramas

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On Thursday morning Ingress complained that the scanner was out of date and needed to be updated.  The problem is, the Google Play Store crashes whenever you try to run it (has done for a few weeks now).  So I couldn't upgrade Ingress.  Yesterday I had a look at it.  Stu's old HTC One X is on 4.2.2, which is the latest OS it will run.  I had an old version of the Play Store as well, so I upgraded it.  But it still won't run.  So basically that little Android is now a brick.  I'll have to install Ingress on my five year old iPhone.  Blerf.

Surviving

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A new series of Survivor started this week.  Except I didn't see it on Sunday night, so had to watch it online on Monday night.  Which meant I had to watch Monday's on Tuesday and Tuesday's on Wednesday.  Which would have been fine except watching the episodes on TenPlay is absolutely horrendous experience.  Internet Explorer will start to pixelate the picture after a while, requiring a browser restart.  Chrome does a slightly better job but it still freezes up or drops out.  Mostly a browser restart will take you back to the same position, but other times it forgets and you have to guess the time you were up to.  But the worst part is every time it drops out you have to watch all the ads all over again.  And if you slide the time position *at all* it plays all the ads all over again.  It takes much longer to watch it online than it would live to air.  And the worst part about the ads?  Not only you do you see the same ads at each break, but you often see the same ad two or three times in the same ad break!  Absolutely horrific experience.  

We're nearly through season four of Voyager, and I've been watching more Air Crash Investigations as well.

Last night we watched Tim Burton's Batman which I hadn't seen in years.  I still think Michael Keaton is super cute in that movie.  And I annoyed the sweetie by quoting the script here and there ;)

Woke up at 3am and didn't get back to sleep til 6am.  Epic fricken sigh.  Stoopid brain.  Stoopid spine.  So a very late start today.

Today we went out to Fyshwick because Stu needed some stuff for work.  I tried to get more ram for my old netbook but they didn't have any small enough.  May need to consider getting a new one (it's like five years old).  Or just getting some ram off ebay.

Then did a big shop at Coles to pick up all the stuff that we can't get at the markets.  Jamison still hasn't fixed their abysmal trolley situation.  They still only have two trolley bays at the very top of the car park and none anywhere around the bottom.  And even the ones they do have are broken.  We are only going to Jamison now as a last resort.  The silly thing is, it's not even a cost issue.  Given that Coles is generally cheaper for most things, we could afford a dollar to just dump the trolley wherever.  But for me it's the principle of the thing.  The ACT government needs to wake up to itself and realise forcing supermarkets to force trolley locks is not actually doing anything.  Because I still see trolleys dumped all over Belconnen with no coins in them!  Clearly this idea is just plain stoopid and is having absolutely no positive effect whatsoever.

/rant

Tonight I did a cauliflower bake and an evil chicken with three cheese and bacon stuffing.  Sooo good ;)

Tired

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Tired of never ending housework.  Tired of cooking.  Tired of a todo list that never gets done.  Tired of mess.

So after yesterday's pretty average day, we watched a free-to-air Air Crash Investigations and then we thought we'd watch a movie.

That was a very silly idea.

Our internet is so bad that Netflix is pretty much out of the question.

The DVD part of our PS3 died years ago so we couldn't watch a dvd on that.

My DVD recorder has recently been dropping out the video and it's been getting worse, dropping out all the time and making movies pretty much unwatchable.

So I dug out my old Toshiba DVD player from under the house but then I was looking at the back of the recorder and all the fricken outputs have cables hanging out.  So I couldn't even easily tell which outputs it was using to swap them to the other player.  So I went and lost it for a while.

Came back a while later and traced through some of the spaghetti.  There's standard video/audio out going into the tv, although I don't think we've been using that.  But I plugged those into my dvd player and set the tv to av mode and up it came.   W00t.  So we put Enemy at the Gates on, which I'd seen a long time ago, but could only remember the beginning, and Stu had never seen it.

Half an hour later it degraded so badly that we couldn't watch it.  I thought it was the dvd, but (after battling for ages to get it to even play) it played through that part of the disk on my computer.  I tried to get a little wifi dongle working in my computer so that I could Chromecast it, but it wouldn't work.

So I went to bed.

Sigh.

Got to sleep ok but woke up when Stu came to bed and stayed awake for ages.  And hurty kept me awake for a while too.

So I was still super grumpy today.

So I went into work to use the internet to geotag all my holiday photos.  About the only success I had all weekend.

Mostly did a jigsaw in the afternoon.  It rained, it even hailed, so didn't do any washing.

Around dinner time (Stu was still cooking and cleaning, bestest sweetie ever), I went down to Kit's to meet the new Ben, and after a glass of wine and a bit of socialising with Kit felt a lot better.  I was telling her the sad story of the dvd player, and she pulled an old one out of her cupboard and said, here you go, try that.  So we did.  And it did actually work for the most part, although it did have similar problems with audio and video a couple of times while we were watching it.  So it was a very frustrating experience.  But we did finally finish watching the movie.

I feel like I need a weekend to recover from my weekend.

Insomnia Sux

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Twice this week I've woken up in the middle of the night and not gotten back to sleep for *hours* - brain just would. not. shut. up.  Even meditation techniques - concentrating on breathing and chanting Go. The f@!%.  To sleep - didn't help.  Not only are you a complete zombie at work, but then evenings are wasted because you're too tired to do anything, and end up having to go to bed early.  Such a waste of time.

In other news, I went to the dentist this week after one year instead of twenty.  Yay me.

Pool Dramas

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Last summer (or possibly the end of the summer before) I was getting frustrated with the chlorine we had taking forever to dissolve, so I thought I'd pay a bit more for a different variety (which did seem to dissolve a bit better).  Last summer I had issues with algae, but I attributed this to me being a slacker.  Towards the end of the season I think we added too much chlorine at one point, and the pool got very acidic.  It was so bad that the test kits didn't work at all - all the colours were comletely wrong - off the scale!  So at the beginning of summer I added some pH up and things returned mostly to normal, although I did notice the buffer was a bit high.  I wasn't sure why that was, as I hadn't added any buffer this summer.  But given that the pH changed the colour of everything I wasn't sure what to believe.  Anyway, at Christmas the pool had gotten a bit green, but again I attributed that to being a slacker and letting the chlorine get a bit too low for a couple of days.  So treated with flocculent and vaccuumed to waste and it cleared up.  From Christmas on I've been super diligent with the chlorine, and kept it within range the whole time.

But the pool just got greener and greener :(:(

So this morning we took a sample in to get tested.  Turns out the buffer is actually *super* high and even though the test strips say there's chlorine, there was actually very little.  Hence greenery.  Turns out the chlorine we bought has buffer built into it, and so it's been building up higher and higher.  Fricken great.  Pay more for something that actually makes the whole situation worse :(:(

So basically we have to vacuum to waste all over again to try and get the buffer levels down.  

*sigh*

Blue

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Why does everything take so long?  Or why does time seem to be moving so quickly?

Last night I did one thing - download and process photos.  And it took all night.  Tonight I did one thing - blog my Queensland trip.  And it took all night. 

Although we did put a solar blanket on the pool earlier this evening.

Pool cover

And a shelf collapsed on my white desk downstairs (reminscent of the time my brother's one did the same thing thirty-odd years ago when we camped out in his room), sending old fish tank chemicals (set aside for disposal) all over the floor.  Of course a bottle of methylene blue went everywhere didn't it, and that stuff is nasty.  All over the white desk (even on the laminate I didn't fully get it off) and all over the garage floor (that stuff's *never* coming off :( ).

Here I was trying to do the right thing and save them for a safe disposal (if I could find such a thing) when if I'd just thrown them out years ago this wouldn't have happened :(

Costco

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So after a pretty depressing day at work I met up with Heather to shop for the weekend's club event.  Well really it was for the after party for the actual event.  Except the actual event has been cancelled due to insolvency of a third party and so everyone is pretty devastated.  The after party is still going ahead, but it might feel more like a wake to a lot of people.  And I prolly won't get to see the little brother, who probably had more invested in the whole thing than anyone.

*sigh*

Also.  I'm getting sick. Hurrah.

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IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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