I've introduced the cubs to DS9. :) We've powered through the first season in the past few days and have started the second. I forgot how much I enjoyed it. I'll probly have to get the rest of the seasons now, heh.
I donate blood very occasionally - the last time I managed it was in 2007. Today I actually made it in to the centre for an appointment only to discover that my blood iron was too low so I couldn't donate.
On the plus side, my iron level has risen from the not-quite-anaemic point where it was languishing several months ago to somewhere-at-the-lower-end-of-normal. The supplements and change of diet has worked, just not well enough to enable me to donate yet. Ah, well.
I'm barred from donating for six months so it looks like more 'steak and cabbage' (thank you, Joules!) in the meantime.
I was quite happy to stay home yesterday and avoid the mania of the Boxing Day Sales. Last year was lesson enough! The cubs and I were going up to see Soulsis et al so I thought I'd pop out nice and early and pick up some sushi for her... [eyebrow] Took me 20 minutes to get in to one of the carparks, only to realise there was no way I was going to get a park there or anywhere else, then another 20 minutes to get away from the place! [shudder]
Anyway, quieter today so I nipped off to the supermarket hoping to pick up some post-xmas specials. Pfft. Unlike previous years less than half of the xmas stock had been marked down and only about half again of that had been marked down by 50%. 50c off an item that's $2.50 is not a bargain! Eh, don't really need any of it anyway. :)
Hee, I took a pic of VortexCub's hair today, to show him how long it's getting.
He's impressed! So am I.
He usually wears it pulled back in a pony tail. I think he should leave it out more often... :)
So yes, Kweeznuz. Was quite enjoyable this year, despite being very wet and very stormy. :)
Cubs made me a fabulous card, which I'll scan when I remember to do it, and I received exactly what I asked for!
From Soulsis et al, an itty bitty frying pan:
The cubs' father gave me season 2 and the movie of 'Dead Like Me', while my wonderful cubs gave me this!:
Listened to it today, and it was awsum!
(Heh, xmas eve, the last day for shopping, cubs inform me they need to go out to get my present. They were prepared to go via public transport, but it was icky hot so I offered to drive them. First place we stopped they couldn't get in to cos there was a fire alarm! What had happened was someone with a trailer piled high with stuff had knocked out one of the sprinkler valves in the underground car park, and because that had sent an alarm out the fireies had to show up and the staff couldn't let anyone in until they'd been given the all clear. Bit annoying as it meant we then had to go the shopping center, which was what I'd been trying to avoid. But it wasn't too bad at that. There was still plenty of parking, surprisingly, and I stayed in the car and waited for the cubs...)
Xmas day we loaded up the car and trooped over to the cubs' father's place.
That's not just food in there, but cooking/baking stuff.
One cub cooked gluten-free shortbread, the other cooked hedgehogs. Note the special tusked one down the front. :)
Soulsis et al arrived there with their feasty contributions and then we spent the rest of the afternoon grazing...
Not a lot of food left over either, very satisfying.
There was a fantastic storm, too, thunder and lightning for several hours, including some very close strikes that scared the life out of us! :) We had it lucky though - other parts of Melbourne apparently had dreadful hail.
Today, Boxing Day, was very quiet. Didn't leave the house - didn't need to - so avoided the dreaded Sales, and managed to cross another thing off The List.
Egad, will have to make a new one soon!
Hee, cubs got their end-of-year school reports today. Aside from Food Tech - which we knew they wouldn't rate well in - the rest of their subjects are littered with distinctions and high distinctions, and scores well above their year level. [proud] I'm proud!
For many months I've been mourning the apparent demise of Red Tulip's After Dinner Mints. [mourn] Nothing else was even close. [sigh] Too thick, too dry, just bleurgh...
However, I think I've found a substitute. (Aaaand, I can't find the box so I'm not entirely sure what they are but don't worry, I'll recognise them when I see them again...) They're rectangular rather than square, and the chocolate is coarser, but the filling is about the right taste and consistency. The mints are also individually encased in little dark paper envelopes that, while not shiny like the originals, still rustle and crinkle almost the same way. Happier now. :)
The Hilltop Hoods are an Oztraylian hip-hop outfit that've been on the scene for yonks. Anyway, they've recently released a pretty good single, that has three video clips. (Link goes to the clip page.)
I've seen and enjoyed all three but the one made by AnimalLogic is my favourite. Just a sucker for clever animation, I am.
Go watch, even if you don't like hip-hop.
This appeared on 'Set Phasers to LOL'. It made me giggle so much I even managed to overlook Batman's innaccurate costume colours.
In regards to Lego I guess you just have to work with what you've got.
[g] I make no apologies for loving the '60's series...
We had the front door open this evening to help air out the house, and incidentally got to enjoy a neighbour's music CD. I must say, they have an excellent sound-system. Good and loud with no distortion. I was impressed but would've been more impressed if they hadn't been playing xmas carols...
One episode to go of first season First Blood. (Link is teeming with spoilers, by the way...)
It's been entertaining but I still don't get the sexiness of vampires. (Except for Eric, perhaps, but that's more likely cos of the blond seme thing rather than cos he's a vampire.) At least this lot don't sparkle...
I haven't developed any particular fondness for any of the characters so I'm not in a hurry to get to the second season. Might pick it up if I see it very cheaply somewhere.
I was up and out early this morning so I could tackle the shopping centre before it got crowded. Picked up what I hope is the last of the non-perishable xmassey stuff and left just as the hordes started trickling in...
This afternoon was my work xmas lunch at a local RSL. I had a nommy gnocchi prima verda, which, though delicious, wasn't quite what I was expecting. Eh, doesn't matter: the boss paid for it. :)
Ambled back to work for an hour or so for an informal 'ideas' discussion before I slunk off home. I was the only one there not technically rostered on today!
This evening I cleared my bed and changed the sheets. Then, because I could, I lounged on my bed reading for a couple of hours while the cubs fed themselves. After the big lunch I really wasn't hungry. (Though now, at 10pm, I'm a little peckish...)
In the parcel from Joules, was: pink stuff! CD! Santa tealight! (Which I will take a pic of when I dig up some matches to light the candle.) Boodgie elephant incense holder! Chocolate santas! Postcards & fridge magnet!
Note the variety of hot chocolate sachets, and the vibrating ham-ham! They almost completely obscure the fabulous 'Bristol' calico bag. :)
Double surprise today: a parcel from Joules, and that it was delivered on a Sunday! Yay for xmas delivery schedules. :)
Thank you, Joules! [bounce] Will take pics of mah booty tomorrow!
(And yes that is indeed an awesome playlist! :)
Cats just don't take the spirit of xmas seriously...
Bloody hell! Xmas is a week away! How did that happen? End of the year seemed so remote at the end of September...
Need to take a car load of grass clippings down to the tip - or 'waste transfer station' as they're now called - this weekend. Annoyed about it, but eh...
Several weeks ago my lawn-mowing service's regular break coincided with a lot of rain. Result, a bumper crop of long, wet grass. They filled the bin, which the council couldn't take away cos it was too heavy. Tried to take some of the stuff out but it was still too heavy. In the meantime the mowers have been again and cos the bin's not empty I've now got mounds of grass clippings dotted decoratively about the place. [grump] Plus the original stuff in the bin has been mouldering into something nasty - but still acceptable to the green waste people as compostable, thankfully - so getting that in to plastic bags is going to be a delightful chore this weekend.
Free xmas lunch at work today! The canteen was crowded, as expected, and I had to queue for the noms, but ultimately it was worth it. On offer was beef or pork - I got a look when I asked if I could have a little of both; a cheesey, bacony potato bake; steamed mix veg; bread roll and mince pie.
Meat was particularly nommy, could've had more of that, and yes, I did get both sorts. :) There was also a veg quiche but that was the vegetarian option and you couldn't have any if you already had meat.
Given that I'm really not very with it when I first wake up, I'd forgotten about the free food and packed a lunch. Not to worry though, it didn't go to waste. Most of it went on to the pizza I made myself for dinner. :) I am so full now...
This was quite interesting. A questionnaire to determine your Morningness-Eveningness. That is, it helps define your circadian rhythm type. Are you a morning person, or an evening person? [g]
My result was 'Intermediate'. Of course it was: ever the middle path with me...
I hadn't planned on going in to an op shop today but I'm glad I did.
I found a copy of the Illustrated Family Doctor, 1935! (Site is a blog that has pics from the book.) I used to have my Mum's copy of this book but it got badly damaged in the last house. Very happy to have another copy.
I also picked up a Modern Illustrated Home Dictionary, which Amazon tells me is also 1935. There's no publishing date inside - not uncommon with old dictionaries.
Ran in to Bart, our next door neighbour from the old place today. He told me that the house has finally been demolished and there's plans for 2 units to go up on the site. Wow, that took a year to do. The owner would've been losing money on the property all this time.
I'm trying hard not to think of the things we left behind. Not that there was anything we really wanted or needed. They were left because we ran out of time - and paid for the cost of clearing it all - but it's all gone now and I'm feeling a little melancholy.
I'm taking comfort in my sparkly tree and the new additions to my library... :)
The beautiful dancing girls Joules sent me a couple of years ago. The closest things to angels I'll have.
And yes, our tree-topper this year, is another tree. One of the cubs made it at some point in primary school.
Special finds from the Oxfam Shop post-xmas sales year before last. A gorgeous peacock, and one of three embroidered stars. (I think they're s'posed to be snowflakes but as I'm not going to have snowflakes they are stars.)
The kweeznaz slug!
Heh, I've managed to decorate the tree with no reference to either the xtian or santa myths. (Please don't get pernickety with me about the meaning of the tree itself cos I'll likely just throw something at you.)
Conversing with one of the cubs while decorating the tree, we both professed a nostalgia for the Advent Calendars I used to do for them when they were (much) smaller. Might think about reinstating it next year, with grown-up goodies this time. The cubs will be, after all, seventeen.
And after dinner I badgered the cubs in to sorting out two more boxes/bags of stuff from their rooms. Progress is being forced on them made. :)
Was just starting a post last night but had to stop cos of a thunderstorm. It was a cracking one, too! Lasted for a couple of hours, rolling over us with intense flashes of light and a couple of thunder peals that shook the house! Not 'fun', precisely, but certainly enlivening. :)
I've checked recently to see if it's still best practice to switch off the computer during storms. It's still recommended, by my isp among others, especially if your modem is connected to the wiring - wireless is fine, apparently - or the wiring in your house is not recent. Check and check. So, better safe than wailing that I have to get a new computer.
One of my nephews goes to a hirology club down this way on weekends. I offered to pick him up yesterday and get him home cos it's a sod of a long way for Soulsis to come all the time.
Had the address but wasn't quite sure where it was. Bit of a clue, however, were the men carting clocks around. I just followed them... :)
Buddahs at a gardening centre.
I really want to post this pic but blogger's upload thing keeps posting it on its side. This is the only pic I've had so far that's done this so I'm wondering if there was a problem with the way my camera phone initially saved the file. Eh well, it displays normally on the 'puter and will print out fine.
I remember the old days, when photocopiers didn't have helpful graphics to show you where the jam was and you had to take the thing apart piece by piece until you found the problem.
And there were none of these modular slip-in-slip-out components. If you removed something from the copier you had to make damn sure you knew how it went back or the result was a machine out of commission until the tech got there.
... I didn't like the old days much. :)
Heh, a week after the event and it looks as though the camera in my phone is working again.
It's still a rubbish camera but is ok for emergencies.
Big Things. I like Big Things.
I haven't seen that many, alas, but of the ones I have seen I like the Big Merino (Goulburn, NSW) the best.
(And I like Google Maps, too.)
It's been a while years since I've visited Rambo, not since he was moved across the highway.
The move came about to increase Rambo's visibility. When the bypass was built you couldn't see him from the road anymore.
This is the Big Koala at Dadswells Bridge, Victoria.
Road-tripped past him a few times but never stopped in. Sometimes cos we're zooming past in the dead of night and it's closed but sometimes (okay, once) because the person I was travelling with refused to indulge me because we were 'running late already'. Humph.
One day I will get to the Koala, oh yes I will, and the tacky souvenirs will be mine, mine!
This is the Big Watermelon Slice, just down the road - sort of - from me.
Technically it's a Big Thing cos, well, it's big, but I think a Big Thing only really qualifies if it's big enough, or potentially big enough, to walk in to. The Slice is only a couple of metres tall.
Last but not least, I saw a big Ned Kelly in Marysborough, QLD, in 2007.
Completed the registration transfer for Mum's car this morning. Took longer than I expected - cos I'm an eternal optimist and forgot how long you can spend waiting in government departments - but it was relatively straight forward, and I had all the paperwork needed. Phew.
I haz a car... :)
I always read through the local community newsletter, it's nice to know what's going on. This edition however, I've taken issue with. There were a couple of articles/editorials that had pictures of the authors, I assumed, but no by-lines. That niggled, not entirely sure why.
Also in this edition was an announcement that the refurbishment of one of the reserves in the area had been completed. 'Awesome!' quoth I, 'I'd like to pop along and see what's been done...!' The reserve was named but no address was given. [grump] I wondered if the editors thought that everyone who lived in the area would of course know where this park was. To compound matters, some of the details of the design blueprints were displayed in impossibly tiny detail. Even in good light with glasses I could barely read it. Crikey, people, don't try and cram so much in! Less details, or expand the print area!
Am I being too picky with what is essentially a volunteer-run publication...?
Crafternoon with Penny! Got stuff done, had yummy sammiches and was also given a couple of tomato plants! Excellent afternoon...
Detail of the hand-sized fossilized nautilus shell I found in an op-shop last year.
It's one of my favourite things. The pattern looks like fabric. I spend a lot of time fondling it. :)
So, the phone. I didn't see about getting it fixed/exchanged today cos it was working this morning. Well, nearly everything is back to normal. The camera/camcorder won't start up, which is annoying but ultimately not omfg-end-of-the-world. I can phone and text, use the alarm, play solitaire and listen to radio/music. [shrugs] That'll do. I have my little fuji digital camera for pics.
(As it happens, I'm not near the end of the contract so I'd still have to pay off this phone even if I did get a new one.)
I did manage to salvage the bald muppet pic though!
Can you see it...?
Bum. My phone's died a watery death (don't ask). Lucky I archived all those pics last week, eh? The only thing I didn't d/l was the bald muppet pic. Oh well...
(I just tried switching the phone on now, having left it to dry out for about 24 hours after the dunking. It seemed to switch on and behave as normal for a minute or so before freezing and shutting down. Now it's flipping out with occasional flashes of the screen. Bit disconcerting. I might have to put it out of its misery and take the battery out again.)
I think I'm close to the end of the 2 year contract thingy anyway, so getting a replacement shouldn't be a problem. Will see about it tomorrow.
Heh, forced the cubs to drag a couple of boxes of stuff out of their rooms this evening and sort through it. They see now it's not that awful a thing to do but no doubt I'll still have to remind them to do it regularly.
Ham? Really? I thought it was just a really large potato... [eyebrow]
Yes, the xmas indulgence ham arrived today! 5 kilos of nom, now spread between the 'fridge, freezer and our tummys. :)
Yay, car is clean and happy and serviced, and passed the roadworthy check! Next I'll find all the necessary paperwork to transfer the registration to me. :)
I think I know where most of it is...
Yay, I've finally got the set of original Planet of the Apes movies! When the set was first released - 10 years ago now? - it was $100 and I just couldn't afford it. Today I picked it up for $26. Happy now.
Yay, I worked out why my fracking spreadsheet wasn't summing. Or rather, I blundered through the various 'explanations' online and managed to translate the white noise of jargon in to understandable words.
Oh yes, the tutorials are very useful once you know what they're talking about. [grump].
(In summary, don't be sloppy about where you put the sodding formulas. [head desk] Goddamn, M$Excel is written by and for anal retentives...)
Hm. I think I might need to eat more meat.
And/or follow my doctor's suggestion about iron supplements...
Woohoo, long weekend! Dagnabbit, I feel like I've earned it. All being well I won't be needed 'til Wednesday. Which is just as well cos there's a sod of a lot to do before xmas, followed as it is by a rental inspection.
Presentation night at the cubs' school! BadgerCub received the Science award for his level. Very chuffed! So's he :)
Plus, bonus, the thing went for 30 minutes less than last year! Woohoo!
([snerk] There was a bald guy two rows ahead of me. The contours of his skull and the dips and folds of flesh looked uncannily like a Muppet blank. You know, the basic form, before they get eyes and stuff. Once I'd noticed that I couldn't look away. Was quite distracting. I have a picture of it but I'm not sure how well it'll work.)