Thursday, December 29, 2005

Wine Tasting

One thing I like to do when visiting Adelaide, is to do some wine tasting, and as per our last visit in June, we dragged my Father, however willing out into the country side to try some wine from some of the local wineries in and arround the Adelaide Hills.

Unlike last time, there was really no real plan of attack, Dad picked out a few wineries from the Adelaide Yellow Pages and we were off!

We first visited the Nepenthe Cellar Door, located in the Adelaide Hills wine reigon, just outside of Harndorf in Balhannah, and picked up a bottle of "The Fugue 2000".





Next Stop was to the Harndorf Hill Winery and picked up a nice bottle of their 2005 Sauvignon Blanc. Dad had only been there the week before for a catch up with some of his mates and recommended this as we were passing. Lucky we dropped in, because the hospitality we received from the Owner Mark, a nice chap from Cape Town in South Africa, was impeccable and definitely rewarding with my purchase.


Then after lucking out on a couple of other wineries that were CLOSED, we decided to make our way out to Lenswood and popped into the Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard, a nice little winery tucked away on a tight windy road. We picked up their 2001 Old Pump Shed Pinot Noir, and got some valuable advice from the guy there. We were lucky, because the list was getting quite short with only three wineries so far being Open.

Next stop was off to Deviation Road in the old Sumners Bakery Building in Charleston. The girl behind the counter didn't really have much of a clue, and was quite ready to agree with anything that my father had to say about their wine, but we picked up a few wines here, Eva bought the Fruity White and I picked up their 2002 Shiraz & the Reserve Port.

Our last stop for the day was at a place called Bird in Hand in Woodside, a beautiful little winery, and we picked up a 2004 Two in the Bush Merlot Cabernet, and a clean skin Fortified Canbernet which was most yummy! Eva couldn't resist and bought some of their Kalamata Olives, but resisted the urge to buy some Olive oil too.


On the way back home, I managed to catch Eva trying to cool down. It was about 35°c and definitely hotter in the car, this is definitely the photo of the Trip.







And here is the haul, definitely not as much as last time, but something purchased from every place that we visited. Thanks Dad, maybe next time we'll visit the Clare Valley.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Christmas dinner... Turducken

Alas I wasn't able to cook this monstrosity of a bird on Christmas day as we would be out at my Uncle & Aunts place for Christmas lunch, but Christmas eve is the next best thing.

As earlier reported, my father had commissioned a Turducken from the local butcher, and when he picked it up yesterday, it would've been close to 10kg in size, pre-stuffed, with what, I wasn't sure, but still it weighed heaps!

Easily enough, it fitted nicely into the aluminum tray that Dad had bought especially for the occasion.


With past experiences, the oven at my parents place, fails to cut the mustard when it comes to generating any kind of heat, so we used Dad's Birthday/Retirement/Christmas present (there he is with his toy and the guard dog, Mandy), and well, all that I can say, it definitely cooks a whole lot better than the electric convection oven. Within minutes, I managed to get the oven upto a respectable 200°c with 2 burners running on "low". Then in went the turducken!




After about an hour, it was time to baste the turducken, and my, oh my, it not only smelt amazing, but it also looked great to boot!







And here is the end result, mmm... Yummy! I've never really been a big fan of the Turkey, but adding a chicken and a duck, kinda make it all a little more appealing! Can't wait for Christmas Dinner, apparently we've got 15 or so people coming.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Last minute Christmas Shopping!

Today we headed out to get the last of the presents we needed, tracking all over Rundle Mall, and not finding anything that we wanted, such the frustration!

My little sister, Jocy had called earlier in the day to see if we were keen on lunch and had organised to meet her at the Malls' Balls, and then for some lunch. Decided that it would be best to get the car out of the parking station and then making our way down to Gouger Street for some lunch at China Town.

After we'd given up on Adelaide city, we dropped Jocy home in her new digs in St Peters, then made our way down to Westfield Marion, found everything that we wanted in about 30 minutes and were outa there as it was absolute bedlam, 1000's of people in this place, a bit like Sydney almost. Just glad we made it home in one piece!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Fixed it

About 6 weeks ago, my parents machine decided to die, and it was a few frantic phone calls, and much direction from me, they had the local computer guy in Mount Barker to fix it, strangely enough, he admitted that he'd never seen a setup like my parents have in their machine and nearly refused to fix it/look at it, because it was "non standard".

All the same, it cost my father $160 for 1x new HDD, labour to diagnose and install new hard disk, and the recommendation: "Purchase new Operating system".

Small rip off, considering they refused to install the copy of Windows 2000, stating it was "illegal" to install it becasue it was a burnt backup copy of my original back in Sydney. I certainly wouldn't charge nearly $60 to look at the machine and say "oohh... that's bad, it's a Blue Screen of death, what shall we do now?"

All that aside, I've fixed the computer, managed to remount the old hard disk's partitions and get all the apropriate data off it before it fails again.

I just hope my parents hurry up and buy a new computer soon, this 6 year old beast is definitely on her last legs!

We made it!

After booking our flights some 2+ months ago, Eva & I finally landed in Adelaide, my home town.

With only 2-3 hrs of sleep under my belt, and about 20 minutes on the plane where I managed to wake myself up along with scaring the living daylights out of Eva with a full body twitch, I was coherent and awake enough to read my APC Mag, and hold half a conversation with Eva for the remainder of the flight.

Arrived at Adelaide Airport in the old terminal building that's been there since the dawn of time itself, and the new terminal building across the way, STILL inoperable it was back to familiar surroundings. Picked the hire car up from Hertz, and then promptly made our way up the hill to my parents house.

Some photos of our ride up the hill:







Driving through Adelaide city









Entry to the Heysen Tunnels, aka the Heysen Nostrils as the locals like to call it.


When Eva & I eventually made it to my parents place, we were greeted by my parents and the two dogs Pippa & Mandy.

When ever I arrive in Adelaide, I can't leave Sydney without picking up some treats for the dogs, last time it was cowhide bones, this time it was whole beef shin bones, approximately 1kg each. The dogs loved them! Funny thing was, Pippa had trouble carrying hers around the front yard, as it was just too damn heavy. And minutes after handover, Mandy was already contemplating a place to bury hers, and started under the table under the lawn, got about 10cm down, and two paws wide, then lifted the bone over the hole to test for size, definitely too small, and not something my father was going to allow, so poor Mandy had to go find somewhere else to bury it... But as soon as she'd proudly trotted away after burying the bone, Pippa was in there unearthing the thing. Poor Mandy.







Mandy and her prized bone.








Pippa and her bone.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Simon Sez...

Thanks to my colleague Kath for her wacky sense of humor...

Simon Sez Santa
... See if you get on the norti list... I managed to :O)

Ebay - the biggest shopping mall

OMG! im bidding on another tank! Ebay the mother of bargain shopping outlets

This one is a AR-620 :) short one of the other tank! exciting!!!!

Its my birthday present to myself :D

Christmas parties

After a marathon 2 weeks, and four Christmas parties later, I'm somewhat reluctant to say... I've had enough! The fith and final party I've had to reluctantly decline and cry poor, both in pocket and in health.

It's now only a few short days till Eva & I land in Adelaide, definitely looking forward to the break away from Sydney, and to catch up with family and friends, and fixing the mess that the local computer shop made of my parents computer...

But hey! It's going to be a great Christmas, food, wine and fun. What more could you ask for?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Useless Mailouts

Everyday we come home to a pile of junk mail. Nothing worth mentioning, we usually just chuck them out. But today was different...

I found one from Energy Australia, Enclosed was a blank flyer with our address.... (nothing else) and a pamphlet called "Your powerlines: safety and bushfire prevention."

Now I would like to explain the sheer stupidity of sending it to us:

A: We live in Inner Sydney. i.e. not bushland (Omitted scraggly birch tree outside on pavement) B: We live in a 1 bedroom apartment, in a huge complex. The powerlines are managed by strata
C: We live opposite a fricking Fire Station.

A waste of paper, from a poor tree that some bloke chopped down needlessly.

A cool note tho; we watched the firestation blow up a car yesterday for their trainees :)

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

A Bargain too big to accept.

Last Saturday was last weekend of the Importers Warehouse clearance. Although we had gone the previous weekend we had to go again and pick up a Christmas present that we had chosen the previous weekend but forgotten to grab.

Wandering round we couldn't help but pick up even bigger bargain, and got even more presents for Christmas!

Then just as we approach in the crockery section, we see a lady standing near a stack of dinner and side plates. Just as we get to the plates (we had bought the bowls of that set the previous week) the lady shouts out to her co-worker "Gavin! Can we have deal?"

Gavin walks up and asked her for the number of plates, together we counted... Over 100. We waited for the deal, "$40 bucks for the lot"

I looked at Steph expectantly... (mentally picturing the new plates in our crockery cupboard)

Steph (in typical guy exasperated at female shopping logic): What are we going to do with all those plates?!?!?!
Eva (chirpy voice): Smash them!
Steph (unconvinced): Ha!

Gavin the sales guy pipes in at this point "You can pretend she's Greek and throw them at her..."

Steph (looks at Eva): (pauses) She doesn't look very Greek!

It actually shocked me to think that I had Chinese features. My only excuse, was that the offer was mind blowing, and my mind was still boggling over 40 cent a plate!

We all laugh and Steph (relieved) and I (regretfully) walk away...

Behind us the Lady announces "$30 bucks for 100 plates!" *

Doh!

* At the sound of the Lady's announcement Steph gripped my wrist firmly and continued to walk away... He thinks I have no Will or Resolve when there's a bargain to be found!!!

Telesales calls...

*Sigh*

If calls from Indian call centres trying to sell me cheaper phone calls, the local bank trying to sell me a new credit card wasn't enough, I'm now receiving calls to my home phone number from my Mobile phone provider has decided to recruit a third party research company to survey me on whether I was satisfied with their service.

Really... doesn't nearly 10 years of constant connection and 1000's of dollars spent speak enough of my confidence in their service??

I politely refused to participate, and asked to be removed from future surveys... I really wonder if that will happen.

If I could, I'd do away with the home phone, but alas, ADSL requires me to have an active phone line.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Calpis Water

It's been a while since Eva introduced me to the wonders of Calpis, and this morning Eva appeared with a Calpis Soft Candy bar which looks alot like a stick of bubble gum...

I actually love the stuff and recommend it to anyone. If only you could get the stuff in powdered form!

And then there's Pocari Sweat, but I'm not such a fan, it tastes alot like some of the early energy drinks of the 90's. Just love the advertising on this one...

Saturday, December 03, 2005

New Haircut

Bit the bullet today and had a haircut.

The cut is a bit lulu-pre london look. I was starting to feel a bit like grug as its almost 4 months since my half-asleep hair chopping and 10 since a professional cut. I went to the John Brennan Hair in Westfield EastGardens. John actually cut my hair! (i found out when he answered the phone) He did a pretty good job, but it does beg the question about my hair and kung-fu hairdressers. This guy had my hair flying off in chunks as he thinned it down for me. The other hairdresser was like a samuri scissor man!

Oh well as long as the end product is wearable.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Evazilla!

Eva walks in the door...

BANG! The door bangs up against the fan.

THUMP! Eva turns around and knocks over the christmas tree with her backpack

THUD! Eva puts her handbag down and knocks over Steph's umbrella...

Okay! Okay... I'm a bit of a klutz but after cardio workout in the morning and a Yoga class in the evening im allowed!

Monday, November 28, 2005

Christmas here we come!

After speaking with my Father at length on Friday night about the woes with their computer, Dad mentioned that he'd ordered the Turducken, from Oak Meat Store, Stirling SA, but I'm not sure whether it's something we have to construct, or it comes ready made... A call to Dad might be in order to clarify, don't want to arrive and find that I have to put the whole thing together.

On a side note, after
reading Kris' epic tale about her Turducken, I'm more and more excited by the prospect of unleashing the bird otherwise known as the "Turducken" upon the family and friends.

I'm also looking forward to taking a look at National Geographic, Maurice Making Turducken that I lifted from one of Kris' comments.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Saturday

Steph was getting shaggy so an early morning wake up for a hair cut at Broadway. 15 mins later... (only 15 mins!!!) we headed home and went out to the Importers Warehouse Sale in Alexandria.

There they were selling all kinds of stuff! homewares, gift, christmas stuff, carpets, rugs, books and handbags/hats. Steph and I walked out with 2 watches and a set of bowls, others were walking out with shopping trolleys full of stuff!!!.

Dinner we went out ot Ramen Genki, i resisted the pull of the katsu curry and chose the shoi noodles, steph had a mix don, (half katsu half prawn) very yummy.
And as per our usual routine we hopped into a japanese store and bought something we didnt know. (This time is some amino drinks in jelly bottles.)

The lady at the counter was very helpful. I love the salad dressing they use at Genki House and She pointed out the dressing so im looking forward to dinner tonight.



Just as we got to the car the thunder storms started. Rather than going home we went out to the cliffs of Maroubra to enjoy the lighting show. Here are a few of the shots that i was able to take with my phone. Cool huh?






I would like to point out that my phone has rapid mult shot and i took a good 10+ attempts to get these photos. But it was worth it. Thunderstorms are exciting to watch!!!

Friday, November 25, 2005

Finally!

After 5 months of knowing, it's finally happened. I've signed my permanent contract at work... I'm now on salary!

Not sure if this is totally what I want, but I now have job security, which is an added bonus!

I suppose that I’ve grown used to the fact that as a contractor, I get paid for every hour that I work, and the more I work, the more I get paid.

The money isn't fantastic, and is almost the same as what I was earning as a contractor, but it's a start.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Stream20 Launches

Good news! after what seems to be the month that he was talking about, My younger brother Serge has launched his company Stream20.

I'm not sure if there was any "fanfare" or anything like that, just a quick message on MSN this morning from Serge asking me to check it out.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Dictator Icecream

Today after a delightful dinner with some of Stephs friends at the East Ocean, we headed out for dessert. Being Chinatown, Passionflower was chosen and with the rain it was an ideal location being undercover and all that.

Steph and I chose the Western Banana Split, which was a waffle basket with fresh bananas, chocolate fudge sauce, and a scoop of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice creams. Sounds yummy yes?

Well almost... Both Steph and I don't like Strawberry Icecream, Kath adores it but she makes up the 1% of the population that likes strawberry icecream.

Oh dear. But no probs!, we can just swap it with another flavour!

Right? "Nooo... Passion flower wont do that, its against their policies." Explained a little waitress in badly broken English (said more like "No. Not allowed. Sorry. Must have Strawberry. I go ask boss")

Eva: "But we don't like strawberry! What if I pay a bit more? I don't mind pay extra for a different flavour."

"Nooo... You cant change it, I did it before and boss yell at me"

For $#%# sake! This place charges $5.50 for one scoop of icecream!!! and adding to the injustice an additional $1 buck surchage if its a premium flavour!! You can buy a tub of Connoisseur Icecream for that price!

In summary, I'm paying a premium for icecream and they won't let me choose what I want!!!

This is the most shoddy level of customer service, Steph and I have received in Sydney. Where's the Passion? Is there a desire to make the experience memorable for return business? Nope. Nada. Nothing.

Steph and I will be boycotting all Passionflower. We are going to go to the place across the road (Toss 'n Turn, a Japanese waffle house) and anyone that sees us heading to PF out of habit, steer us in the right direction.

Monday, November 21, 2005

The beemer is back

Man was it shot!

After 3 years of chugging around on the streets of Sydney it was time for a service. We zipped around to a mechanic around the corner from us, one that Marti recommended. And man are they good! Helio and Matt took great care of us and poor old bemer.

Here are a list of things that it needed. New brake pads, and discs, new brake hoses and fixing the busted mirror that dad broke while swinging his golf clubs. There was more but it got too technical for me.

Anyway poor again - but the beemer is better for it.

31 More sleeps!

Yes, there are 31 more sleeps till I'm on holiday, and 34 more till Christmas.

Eva & I are heading back to Adelaide for Christmas to spend with my parents & little sister. Apparently Christmas day, we've got Christmas lunch at my Uncle & Aunt's place, then for dinner, Back to my parents place where there are 12-14 people for dinner... So much Christmas cheer, so little time!

Thankfully we've got 10 days in Adelaide and heading back New Years Eve to Sydney, I'm not sure which I'm more excited about, the break from Sydney or Christmas.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Margarita back online

After a week without Margarita (our main computer) due to a missadventure with a new Motherboard being DOA, and me blowing up the new power supply (long story), all is working a treat once transferring back to the old Micro ATX board.

A few gains, a new Heatsink that's keeping the CPU cooler than ever, more RAM (an extra 512mb now @ 1gb) and a Power supply that I haven't blown up. And last but not least, Martini to go back to doing what it does best, run TankCam.

Most importantly... Eva's happy

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Shopping Spree!

Today Kathleen and Andrew popped by and together we wandered up to the Christmas Warehouse and Christmas Cave to hunt down a tree.

Now our apartment is pretty cramped with all our stuff, so we not only had a budget but a footprint restriction as well!! But we found our little tree, it was the only one that fitted our criteria, I tried to convince Steph for the bigger one, but he stood firm.

My argument about the fact that if the tree is shorter then it wasn't a Christmas tree, didn't sway his opinion, and then we came up with the idea of sticking it on a stool. It was fake height but that was all it took to settle my sensibitlies. Andrew and Kathleen also bought the same tree! :) But i dont think Kathleen had the same height issues that i had.

We bought some baubles, some tinsel and dragged the whole lot home. I pulled out the santas that i bought last year and hung them up. Here is the photo, of the tree all trussed up.

After that we sent the boys home with the shopping and Kathleen and I headed to the nut shop and then to the Rockmans factory outlet, which happened to be bedlam! Women are mad in a FO shop and they are insane when every piece of clothing was just 10 bucks! Crazy! Mad! But what a bargain. :)

Friday, November 18, 2005

Thursday, November 17, 2005

First day

Today was my first day at the new job...

After 2.5 years of monotonous work at McGrath I had forgotten how daunting learning curves can be. But it was fun, lots to learn and I did heaps today! Bring on tomorrow!!!

However a bad thing was the 3 extra days off... I had settled into holiday mode rather well and today was enough of a shock to run for the nearest extra strong latte!

Homer's view on Uruguay


Courtesy of a collegue here at work... Kinda fitting after the Socceroos victory last night

A victory 31 years in the making!


Congratulations to the Australian Socceroos after beating Uruguay back here in Australia.

Final score was: Australia 1 Uruguay 0 (aggregate score: 1-1; Australia won 4-2 on penalties)

The photo just says it all!

I wouldn't mind going, but don't think Eva & I could save the 10k or so it would take for us to make it just to Germany.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Nokia Traitor

I have always had a nokia and preached the concept of staying with Nokia but after 3 years. BUT Desperate times called for a desperate action.

Steph is still giving me accusing looks, I've gone against all my working and gotten myself a Samsung Z500, its a flip phone and done buckets of stuff. As well as all the bells and whistles that makes Steph's mobile sound monotone.

I would have liked to get the Nokia 6111 or the 6280 but I would have to wait and their release price would be in the thousands anyway....

First day of holidays

I spent totally on laundry!!! 4 batches later, we have clean clothes and Eva is too pooped to go to the city and shop!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

We built this Ceeeitttyyyy!!!!

Last night we celebrated the 80's with the SingStar 80's Game

First it was discussed over a roast chook and salad. Reminsicing about old TV programs the A-Team? Knight Rider? Astro-Boy? Get Smart the list went on...

Andrew did a hilarious rendition of the freshgrads of today and their Boost Drinker conversation. We commiserated, and acknowledged that 80's were the best times to grow up in.
While at EB we saw the new Kinetic Game which uses the EyeToy cam along with a Workout program to involve gameplay and fitness. The singstar game is also eyetoy enabled so we plugged it in to record some golden moments.

The golden moments were indeed golden moments! Andrew threw all his emotions into his sining, Kathleen was rolling all over the floor laughing. Steph was a goose in front of the camera. And Eva posed posed and posed some more!

Unfortunately (or fortunately) those golden moments couldnt be saved... but they remain in our heads, for those moments when you need a goofy grin on your face.

"We Built this City" "Come on Eileen" "Heaven is a Place on Earth" "Simply the Best" "Karma Chameleon" "Ice Ice Baby" "Tainted Love" "Uptown Girl" "Wake me up before you Go Go"

The songs just kept getting picked and even the boys joined in! All in all a very fun night in :)

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Cos Im Freeeee!

Today i celebrated my last day as web bitch at McGrath.

3.5 years, I've seen heaps, I've made friends, and more friends. The highs, The lows, The Drama Kings, The Drama Queens, The Headless Chooks, The Tantrum Boys... Honey i have seen the lot!!!
I once described the job as being a mother to 120 kids, with no Mothers day, There are moments when you like them and then there are moments when you would happily strangle the lot of them.

I asked Steph if I could be a kept girlfriend but he's wants alternative options. So I went out and got myself a new job, that im starting next Thursday and I'm very excited!!!

My heart will always be with marketing. The crew totally rock and we know it!!!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Strike Three! - Yet another Funny Clip

After laughing ourselves silly through BSB - I Want it That Way and again through BSB - As Long As You Love Me

Those Chinese boys have done it again!!! This one is in black and white and i have no idea what they are singing but it looks like these 2 boys have a career in front of the webcam!

Another Funny Clip

Tonight Steph and I finally finished watching that Funny Clip of the two chinese boys lip-syncing to Backstreet Boys - "I Want It That Way" (yes we made it without expiring from laughter)

And to our delight the have done another of the BSB songs! This 3.5 min movie is an emotional one called "As Long As You Love Me"

And if you can make your way through that theres the schoolkids who do a dramatic outdoor rendition of "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" which includes the dumping girlfriend declaring that the dumpee boy was "Not Worth It"

Scupltures by the Sea

Today, Andrew and Kathleen joined us for a walk around Bondi to Tamarama for the Sculpture by the Sea Exibition. Below are some of the pictures Steph took.




This one is my favourite - made of curved steele pipes swinging in different directions it was mesmerizing to watch.


The spanner has embossed on it "Made in England" But it has the American flag painted all over it. The artistic meaning???

Eva and Statue pondering the merits of growing cooch grass on the cliffs of Tamarama.

It was hot! But we had some fun, despite the Millions of people who also desended on the scupltures.

The kodak booth was a hit. you could have 3 free print outs and we submitted the sandstone face in hope that it would win the Kodak EasyShareOne and at $899 Steph and I REALLY hope we win it, because theres no chance i would buy it at that price!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Halloween Pic of the year...

A friend kindly sent this one on, very cool :O)

Holes in Sydney

Yesterday a hole appeared under a block of apartments in Lane Cove. The cause was the creation of ventilation hole for the Lane Cove Tunnel which is currently being built.

Thankfully no one was hurt and all tenants evacutated as the RTA and Lane Cove tunnellers frantically poured concrete in the 10m wide, 8 mtre deep hole. Now I'm no builder, but i would have thought it logically to put some sort of beam in the hole to support the corner of the building where the hole sat.

Yesterday in front of the couple who resided in the now suspended aparment their main bedroom collapsed in, revealing all their decor and furnishings. The couple obviously in shock, watched in horror and disbelief as their bed tipped over and down, the study desk chair, hung on for a while before wheeling down after the bed.

The brighter side of things were brought to everyone's attention by Huxley's article in the SMH

But now all north shore residents are up in arms as the state govement and private enterprises dig underneath them. Some of the tenants have commented about the whole project and overall they arent pleased.

Adding to this, the last tunnel debacle is the Cross City Tunnel who have resorted to giving the tunnel 2 weeks of free rides, hoping that sydneysiders will try it and be one over by the speed to get from A to B. However some drivers are still resisting. As Dave Hughes from the Glasshouse goes "Sydney people wont use the tunnel because they are afraid theyll get addicted! Its not heroin! its just a road!"

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

A Milestone

Strange as it may seem, it's been 12 months to the day since Eva & Steph - Eating our way through Sydney came to be.

My my haven't we grown!

Here's to our 1st Blog anniversary!

Serge Launches...

My younger brother Serge dropped me a rare email to announce the birth of his new company Stream:20, with the tag "..an update in one month"

I wish him all the best with the new venture!

Winners are Grinners!

After not actually getting to the TAB to put some hard earnt money on Makybe Diva for the Melbourne Cup yesterday and not winning the office sweep, I actually won the office Silly Hat day.

Much to my delight, my wonderful boss, Nicole, appeared with a bottle of Yellowglen Vintage Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonay this morning.

I think there's a photo of me & the hat circling the office, I might post it, if it's not that bad.

More free stuff

On my way home this afternoon I couldn't help but notice that there was more free stuff being handed out by this time Neco, so, without knowing what was in the box, I lined up, and low and behold, I've got myself another 6 Energy saving light globes.

Count so far is 15 Energy saving globes, all bayonet, and none that I can use :O(

What am I going to do with so many? I think my parents in Adelaide wouldn't mind some and anyone else that asks nicely :O)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

A Funny Clip

Marti and Nige passed this hilarious clip on to both Steph and Myself.

In light of the Singstar Party to be held at my place. Girls be grateful I dont have an eyetoy cam... yet...

The funny thing is the guy in the background, either hes surfing for porn or hes got headphones on fullblast.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Creative teckernology!

Just when you thought they'd managed to digitize everything, they've taken it to the paint brush, the Smarty pantses at MIT, have kindly produced the I/O Brush.

From the promo video it looks like this brush can do anything, from take colour from any object, and then use that as your paint, then paint onto a digital screen, it can reproduce the colour, and if you desire, it can do animation over and over again... Waaah!

I just wish I could have one!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

I just can't help myself...

Sometimes atleast.

But not today

More freebies at town hall, and the guys from Origin Energy were back with their free light globes, and really, I just douldn't help myself and we now have 6 more power saving globes.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

I can see clearly now...

I have finally bitten the bullet, spent the money and got some new eyeballs to help me read, sit infront of computer for 8 - 15 hrs a day, and when required, watch TV too!

Strangely enough, this was the first pair that I'd tried on the week before. I've taken a couple of shots with the webcam, check out our Flickr to see them all!

Before you ask... I'm not mad, just Crazy!

Monday, October 24, 2005

You know its getting warmer...


... when the bloody mozzies come out!!!

I already have 4 - one on shoulder, 2 on my upper arm and one on my cheek! And steph has blessedly none!!! The worse news is that there is no reason why the prefer to chomp on me. Research hasnt come up with anything definitive

Its time to stock up on Calamine Lotion the Mopiko Cream (pronounced "Moe Bei Goh") and the Aeroguard.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Get ready to Trill!!!

Hooray!!! Girls Practise your gargling singing in the bathroom Boys pull out those neon t-shirts and canvas sneakers... Because Its On!

All those surveys that I have done for all the past Singstar Games have paid off!!! I am delighted to be a pre ordered freak of SingStar 80's!

And the music! Oh My! Does it bring back memories. From Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth" to Starship's "We built this city" and wait for it... That all boy classic "Eye Of The Tiger"

Its releasing in Australia on the 10th of November so expect a party at our house very soon :)

Click here for the the offical tracklist The Annoucement on Playstation Australia

Friday, October 21, 2005

You ask the question...

You get an answer...

Courtesy of a colleague at work got this gem of a photo taken on Port Wakefield Road in South Australia.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

On Hold

After a little debate, Eva & I have decided to stay put for the time being and save some moolah. Rent here is probably the best in the entire block. This in its entirety doesn't mean we won't look, just not that seriously.

I think this means another delay in our trip to Hong Kong, China (and maybe Thailand) but, delays mean more time for saving money, something I'm doing in earnest!

So the formula goes...
More time + Saving Money = More spending money
Simple, but Works for me!

Mussels in... and Totally Musseled out

A few weeks ago we went to the night noodle markets and I happened on a plate of Bungalow8's delicious mussels... I think Steph got 3 or 4 of them down before I scoffed the lot!!! they were so yum!

Anyway as they handed over the goodies they gave me a flyer and it turns out that Tuesday is All-you-can-eat-Mussels and chunky chips for $18 bucks!!! BARGAIN!

So we booked a table and invited a few friends to join us. And the place isn't half bad!!! I always thought Bungalow8 was a pretentious meat market but we were delighted by our high back crushed leather U-shaped couch, the bamboo ceiling and the groovy paper lanterns. It was quite dark, lit only by candles, outdoor heaters and TV screens (so you couldn't see the mess you made on the front of your shirt) gave the place a intimate atmosphere so you could be a slob, eat with your fingers and be happy that there would be no offended looks.

We all ploughed through 2 pots of mussels each, the choices of flavours were Vegetable (no one ordered that), White Wine (clear favourite), Laksa (Steph ordered - very yum - not hot) Provencale (Second Favourite) and Tom Yum (clean flavours and Stephs 2nd favourite)

We accidentally ordered 2 pots of Provencale when Di's didn't arrive, but don't worry! Someone will eat it! (and Di did ;) Then Ange, Steph and myself even shared the third pot!

Recommend it to anyone who loves mussels but be warned!!! after 2.5 pots you will be all musseled out!

Post: On the way back Di questioned the use of a little fan that didnt spin properly, "Huh?" Ii think was the collective response, so we look at what she was pointing at... and it took us a bit. We thought maybe there was a Magic Mussel in the pot with hallucinogenic properties, but indeed there was a little fan on the vertical wall between the 1st and 2nd floor! and it did spin then not spin! Steph said it was to measure wind, i was too full of mussels to use my brain!!!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Airport line costs taxpayers $800m - National - smh.com.au

Airport line costs taxpayers $800m - National - smh.com.au

I wonder if this will mean cheaper tickets on the airport line... One can only hope! $35.50 a week for a Green Square to City bites. In comparison, a weekly ticket from Redfern to City is around the $18 mark!

This is all a bit of a worry especially when you learn that the airport line has been in receivership since 2000. Worse still, 2 months after the line opened.

After a little more research, it appears that this has been in consideration for nearly 12 months
Airport rail link settlement may run over $100m - National - www.smh.com.au

On a side note, it's such a shame really, Green Square at least, has so much potential, but it's spoiled because of the train being so damned expensive and the buses that run through the area are quite unreliable.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Shelves


Finally, nearly a month later after purchasing the shelves, I've got them painted and up. Mind you, they smell a little, but this should pass in time.

Finally I'll be able to get some of Eva's crap and other things off the computer desk into an organised fashion.

I think Eva wants to do the same upstairs, but I think she'll be painting them this time, or we'll do it "together".