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'stee 2:20pm, 1 January 2007
i start this year with: no fixed plans, some uncertainty and crossed fingers.

let's see how we go, shall we?

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quick links:

april 1, 2 + 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

march 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.

february 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.

january 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.
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dolloi PRO 11 years ago
Let's cross!!
alert chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
yep, keeping fingers tightly crossed. happy new year!
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
mon 01 jan

01 jan

these are the lips that kissed mine into the new year.
Samrag 11 years ago
That is a great idea for a first photo of the year. Hope that kiss will bring you a lot of joy in the new year. Happy New Year !
'stee 11 years ago
thanks, guys, for your best wishes. i hope this year brings you all much joy too.
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
tue 02 jan

02 jan

we took nels's nephews and niece to scitech today. i'd never been and was amused to see that they had a science walk of fame embedded in the foyer carpet. appropriately, this one was located right outside the restrooms. john harrington, modern sanitation salutes thee.
glucozze 11 years ago
lol :) it's not holywood blvrd...but it's funny :)
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
wed 03 jan

03 jan

this is only my 2nd time in perth, so i was quite tickled to spot this as we drove along the mitchell hwy last week. nels gave me the heads up as we neared it today and i managed to get a photo of it. it's not great, but not bad for a 80km/h point and shoot!
Samrag 11 years ago
And this is ... what?
durhamyankee 11 years ago
They're invading! Run Away!
Glow* 11 years ago
how did you do that?That's cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!
'stee 11 years ago
sorry samrag - it's a space invader - i edited the above so it links to the website.
ebilflindas Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ebilflindas (member) 11 years ago
I love that guy's project!

Not a bad shot at all!
Good thing you shot it before it got you!
Samrag 11 years ago
Ok... sounds like pretty cool stuff :-)

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
thu 04 jan

04 jan

have i mentioned how gastronomically spoilt we have been by the boy's family in perth? i have never eaten so well in a 3 week period in all my life.

yesterday we were treated to dinner at the old swan brewery, which boasts a fantastic view of the river and cool interiors made awesome by all the bits that used to perform beer-making functions. like these vats! which sit, appropriately, behind the bar.
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
fri 05 jan

05 jan

are you on last fm? if you're not, you should be. thanks to it, i've found some great music i would've never come across otherwise.

what i love about being a subscriber (apart from supporting a great little online space) is the 'loved radio' function. it plays all the songs you've heard and marked as having liked. essentially what this means is that anytime you are in a crushingly bad mood - the kind that makes your gut hurt and your whole body chilled and shaky - as long as you have access to the interweb, you can apply musical remedy.

which, at times like these, is the only remedy.

(the track i above is, as i'm sure you've worked out, called 'painkiller'. it worked, too.)
PutYourFlareOn PRO 11 years ago
I love Last FM. Like you said, I've been turned on to a lot of great music!

--
Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
don't you find "my 2007 daily Photo D" quite healing too ?
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LBT

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
'stee 11 years ago
indeed i do! here's hoping i have the discipline to keep this up..!
Nick McCarthy 11 years ago
Last.fm is fun, though certain times I prefer Pandora
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
sat 06 jan

06 jan

the boy and i went back to somerville to use up the rest of the tickets we got for zmas. saw this hilarious little film, which i thought was quite well done indeed.

this is our picnic basket, filled with delicious morsels, bathed beatifically in twilight. if you look very closely you'll see a box of brie peeking out from under the lid slightly ajar.
Loca.... 11 years ago
I love brie.... the photo as some great colors. Very nice.
:))

(Loca-Bandoca's 2007 in pics)
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
sun 07 jan

07 jan

nelson's niece had her 8th birthday party today. after lunch, cake and present-opening, nels and the kids and their dads jumped into the pool, which was a welcoming 31 degrees without the help of a pool heater - it's still pretty hot in perth. being lazy, i elected to lounge on a deck chair and read my book instead.

i stopped to take this picture of nels as he got out of the pool. he's making what i call his muppet face. i love this face, in all its configurations, silly and serious.
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
mon 08 jan

08 jan

on our way to lunch we spotted this fellow grooming along the swan river. i stood watching him for a while, envying the flexibility of his neck.
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
tue 09 jan

09jan

my holiday has finally ended. here i am on the red-eye home. departs 12.15am perth time, arrives 6.05am sydney time.

it's been a lovely 3 weeks that have ambled along at a lovely pace, and i think i've been away long enough to start being homesick for sydney.
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
wed 10 jan

10jan

when i took this picture i:
1) wasn't wearing my glasses
2) had just woken up

i had the boy asleep on my left and sunrise on my right. not bad sights to wake up to.

now i'm back in sydney and back to work tomorrow. i'm happy to be the former but not particularly looking forward to the latter. work is not a happy place for me at the moment - that's all i'm going to say about that. hopefully this state of anxiety and discontent is going to be a short-lived one. my fingers are crossed crossed crossed for some good news in march/april. if you can spare it, please send good vibes into the universe for me.
Samrag 11 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

WOW WOW... thanx... just came by... and got lost in last.fm, which I hadn't seen before (sometimes sooooo behind)... and my good how was I able to live without it... Now I'm listening to SoulJazz
So quick comment on the photos I've missed:
4.jan: Like this photo.. and just realised that you are down under (miss Melbourne)
5.jan: Hey just... I'm in love
6.jan: Nice photo, and just fantastic picnic basket.. I mean: Do people still have such things... wow (say I looking out at the white snow falling)
7.jan: No mustach? Eh, it is such wonderful thing, when we don't take ourselves too seriously :)
8.jan: Really cool photo - and the colours and the clarity of it. So envious when people get photo opportunities like this.
9.jan: This is soo - damn, have to take a photo today.. Love it. Yeh, it is also nice to be back home at work etc... specially if one has had a nice time off.
10.jan: ...aaah just read about your work... hhmm sorry to hear. Sending lots of good vibes.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
'stee 11 years ago
thanks sam, for the sudden slew of comments :)

ps: the moustache is, i think, a special holiday treat from the boy to me. he only ever grows it at the end of every year, and keeps it until it starts to invade his peripheral vision. then he decides it's too much trouble to keep neat and shaves it all off :D
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
thu 11 jan

11 jan

tonight is the first night i've been at home for almost a month now! guess what i missed the most?

on the screen, my nikeplus account is loading up. more on that at a later stage.
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
fri 12 jan

12 jan

mac one day, pc the next.

after having used nothing but macs at uni, home and work since the turn of this century, having to use a pc at my current job came as a bit of a culture shock. i had to relearn all the body techniques that had become second nature to me. i never realised that mac keyboard shortcuts are reflexes for me now and having to curb them felt very odd indeed.

to keep me happy i decided i could at least have decent wallpaper on it. tulips are my favourite flower and these are pretty gorgeous.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
.... wow I am drooling over your mac!!! I don't know much about them but they always look so sexy... I have a friend who is obsessed and will only ever touch mac, he refuses windows LOL so I hear al the good about them all the time...

I also really love the pic you took from the plane but especially love the picture of the factory.... very cool indeed!

Well... welcome home, hope you have a good week end!
~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
sat 13 jan

13 jan

pictured above is one of the sweetest presents i've ever received.

it was from nelson's friends who we saw in december, at a pre-zmas dinner they had at their place. the photo was taken at a similar gathering the year previous (2005), which nels and i hadn't seen since it was taken, and had both completely forgotten about. francis and viv hadn't, though, because they printed it out, put it in a frame, and gave it to us for zmas. it was such a thoughtful gift, especially since i had only ever met them the once. it's always gratifying to find that your partner's friends like you, too.

it now sits on the boy's computer desk in his apartment, where i am spending the weekend. hope you are all enjoying yours!
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
sun 14 jan

14 jan

this is what i had for breakfast this morning! woohoo!

if you're wondering why i'm getting so excited about an ordinary fruit, it's because they're finally affordable again! some of you may know that queensland was hit by a cyclone in march last year, which destroyed lots of banana crops, thus sending the price of bananas sky high. what used to be a couple of dollars per kilo suddenly cost as much $13/kilo!! (damn you, economic principles of demand and supply!)

after 9 months, though, the prices have finally gone back to normal. nels found these in the shops yesterday for $2.99/kilo - yay! this means i can make banana bread again, too.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
that's such a cute gesture!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
'stee 11 years ago
it's the banana-eating fist of happiness! :D
msspider66 11 years ago
Once I worked for someone who always had a bananna on his desk. It was an office joke. He left they company, and eventually so did I.

A few years later I was on an interview. The HR person said someone there knew me and wanted to say hello. She walked me to his office and it was bananna man! I could barely control the giggles.

I never found out if they were going to make me an offer. I had called my headhunter after the interview to say I was not interested (for un-bananna related reasons).

[Ms Spider66]
'stee 11 years ago
i would love for someone to take or reject a job for banana-related reasons.

"i'm sorry - it all sounds great. but...the bananas!"
*leaves*
sunshinecity 11 years ago
hahahah, you make me laugh!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
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Ladybadtiming PRO 11 years ago
Loca.... 11 years ago
Give us the recipe for the bread, please.
:))

Loca
'stee 11 years ago
i will do! once i find it.. (that's how long it's been since i've been able to make it!)
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
mon 15 jan

15 jan

i share a cosy little 2 bedroom apartment with a friend. we've known each for about 5 years now and we were housemates once before, a few years ago, so he's really more family than friend. he's an artist, and more often than not i'll come home at night and he'll have set his easel up in the middle of our living room and be working on one of his paintings. usually he's next to the tv so he can watch snatches of things while he works. he likes to paint to movies, particularly b grade horror films, asian cinema preferred. don't ask me why - there is a method to his madness and besides, genius cannot be questioned.

our living room walls are always covered with canvases in various stages of done. most of them are perpetually in progress, because they may sit on the wall for months, looking complete, then one day he'll decide a particular section needs to modified and it'll be back on the easel again.

he's gone back to singapore to spend time with his family over the holidays, and likely won't be back till the end of february after chinese new year. seeing all his art on the walls tonight made me really feel his absence. come home soon, ian! i'm not used to being able to walk to the kitchen without having to negotiate my way round your easel!

(if you'd like to see more of his work, he's got some up on flickr, and he also has a blog.)
sunshinecity 11 years ago

wow, his work is beautiful!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
francophony 11 years ago
These paintings are absolutely fabulous! Such talent!

Kim
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
tue 16 jan

16 jan

this is me after a 4km run. i still look relatively shevelled. anything upwards from 8km and i would be decidedly dishelleved.

the little doodad stuck into the bottom of my ipod is one half of the nike+ipod majigamy that was a zmas present from the boy. the other half is in the sole of my left shoe. crazy generous being that he is, he bought me the shoes too.

it is one of the most loving gifts i've ever received, and i was incredibly touched, although it took me a while to work out exactly why. i think it is this: running, for me, in an entirely selfish pleasure. it is a space that consists only of me - me and my body machine; my ragged breath, my aching lungs, the sour stitches under my ribs. when i run it is raw and rough and painful and pure.

nels doesn't run - he teases me about this masochistic indulgence of mine sometimes - but he understands what it does for me; what it means to me. and the zmas present was a lovely, tech-geeky way of showing me that he is supportive of my being happy this way.
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
wed 17 jan

17 jan

this came at the end of an already trying day. i am not a happy chappie.
Loca.... 11 years ago
Just came to say hi.
:))

Loca
ILIGHT 11 years ago
Car trouble is always a downer when you've got things to do. Hope it turns out to be an easy (and cheap fix).~images& words: 2007
humorous cats [deleted] 11 years ago
geat pics. lovely shot of the banana and the text along with it. one of the things i enjoy about this group is its worldy makeup, so when i learned about the cyclone i was fascinated. i don't recall hearing about it here in ny but clearly it had a major impact. you show the impact in a kind of witty and clever way.


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Samrag 11 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

...ok ... guess who ;)

11.jan - Of course the computer. I take my laptop with me on holidays, so it really is the internet that I miss most. Have not been away from my laptop for more then few days for many years!!!

12.jan - lol, this is the reason I haven]t changed over to mac. I fully realise it is better, smarter, easier etc... but for me to learn how to use ti.... aarrgg... Like this photo.

13.jan - so cute :)

14.jan - looks sooooo professional. Right light and everything. Very cool photo.

15.jan - Great paintings by your friend - looked at his photostream as well and liked them!!

16.jan - It doesn't look like you were running at all. Did some running myself couple of years ago. I was at 7 km in 38 min...lol - but at least I was able to finish.

17.jan - What do you expect.. it's a masda! lol

Take care...
I'll be back..

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
PutYourFlareOn PRO 11 years ago
Thank goodness we don't have a car for car troubles.... I have no idea what to do when something goes wrong. Hope you got it taken care of!

--
Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
thu 18 jan

18 jan

so this is the story of the car trouble:

i'm on my way home from work. traffic is horrendous as always - what should take a half hour turns into an hour and a half of stop-start hell. as i'm about to go into the tunnel i suddenly realise the temperature of my car is sky-high. then i see smoke coming out from under my bonnet.

OH. GOD.

if my car breaks down in the tunnel (where there are only 2 lanes and no shoulder, might i add) i will be the most sworn at human being in sydney city.

fortunately i make it out of the tunnel and to a petrol station, and i ring for roadside service. when the NRMA guy arrives i swear up and down that the coolant was full on sunday and i just got the car serviced a few months ago. he investigates and tells me the radiator is overheating because my cooling fan is not working. this is for 2 reasons: 1) the fuse is plugged into the wrong spot, and 2) the switch is broken. what's more it is broken and just DANGLING THERE.

"if your mechanics didn't spot this they're idiots," he pronounces. that'll learn me to get my car serviced at K-Mart Tyre and Auto - i should've known better. it's like going to mcdonalds and expecting to be served good food. you do NOT entrust a machine as delicate as your automobile to would-you-like-fries-with-that mechanics. take it from me before your car suffers too.

so anyway, he rigged it so that the fan would go, but told me to get it fixed because letting the fan run non-stop like that would wear out my fan belt. so the next day, first thing in the morning, i took myself to a mechanic that my uncle used to go to for years, and i did too, until recently. he's a lovely older italian gentleman - the kind of guy who's worked hard all his life and is just starting to learn to take time off from the business to play golf and spend more time with his grandkids, who he adores and shows me pictures of every time i'm there. when i was shopping for a secondhand car (the mazda you see is what i ended up getting) i rang him for advice and he happily gave me some really useful tips. when i was in an accident a couple of years ago and totalled my car, he was nice enough to come with me to where it had been towed to assess whether it was worth trying to fix (it wasn't - we scrapped it). so lesson number 2: when you find a good mechanic, for the love of your car, stick to him.

he runs a very successful service, so it took me the better part of the day to get my car fixed, but it was worth the wait. i was a bit stressed about having to miss work (i'm casually employed, so if i don't work i don't get paid!) but i got to drink a giant mochacaramellatte and eat raisin toast and read dawkins, so i can't complain, really. and the part and labour turned out to cost less than i'd expected, so all is well!
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
fri 19 jan

19 jan

TGIF! TFGIF*! to celebrate the start of the weekend i met up with my good friend (and one time housemate) elliott for some mexican food. i haven't had mexican in ages and boy, was it good. elliott had some tortilla soup and i had corn chips and dips.

i am so looking forward to my weekend, starting with sleeping in tomorrow! woo!

as we say here, avagoodweegend!


*ThankFrikkinGoodnessIt'sFriday
francophony 11 years ago
Mmmm guacamole! Two thumbs up!
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
sat 20 jan

20 jan

i guess the good thing about work sucking at the moment is that it makes you appreciate your weekends more..!

i slept till noon, had a leisurely sushi train lunch, and then spent the afternoon reading the paper and eating wagon wheels.

went to a friend's birthday party, drank cocktails, had a bit of a dance, and ended the night with 3 of my best friends at mcdonald's eating fries. then they all came back to mine, had cups of tea, and now it's 3am and we're ready for bed.

can't ask for a better saturday, really.
dda1605 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by dda1605 (member) 11 years ago
Love the chocolate cookies.
And by the way : cocktails, fries, chocolate cookies, mexican food....... Tell me your secret to stay so slim (not only the 4 Km I believe).
(Didier 2007 )
humorous cats [deleted] 11 years ago
love those days when you have time to actually read the paper. and thanks for thge whole wagon wheels link, i had never heard of them. clueless in ny i guess.


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sunshinecity 11 years ago
sounds like you had a good day!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
the running helps keep the metabolism up, but i reckon mainly it's a matter of all things in moderation. that being said i think i demolished half of those biscuits that afternoon..!

this is probably a better site for the wagon wheels - i was lazy when posting and used the other link because it was the first one that came up..!

i did, thank you! 'twas a very indulgent day :)
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
sun 21 jan

21 jan

the theatre where i used to work is moving to a new venue called carriageworks, and they had open days this weekend. i meant to go yesterday, but after getting up so late in the day, decided to go today instead.

it's an incredible space, and very exciting as a hub for contemporary arts and performance. my friend and former colleague richard (who is the tech manager) gave me the grand tour, so i took quite a few photos. you can see them here.

part 2 of the weekend started with brunch at coogee beach with my sleepover gang, and ended with an aborted drive up to terrigal to spend the evening with the boy. story and smoky photo here.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
I don't know how I missed your diary, but I really like it and will make it a regular stop.
--
Allan's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
sunshinecity 11 years ago
wow... I forget where you are again... but its summer over there I take it? So, you're "down undah"??

love the last shot here!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
durhamyankee 11 years ago
Glad everyone in Sydney is not swearing at you. How's the Dawkins? And you really like your nikeplus?

-DWM
s everyday
'stee 11 years ago
thanks, allan! i look forward to your return :)

i am, indeed. australia - the arse end of the universe!

dawkins is excellent. it's the first of his work i've read and i'm looking forward to exploring more. the god delusion is probably next on my list. the nikeplus is awesome - i'm getting a real kick out of tracking my training in such a comprehensive way.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
lol at you! my parents are flying to melbourne in feb to visit some friends.... I was lucky to have visited Oz when I was 8. Loved it!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
mon 22 jan

22 jan

the boy and i bought tickets to the open air cinema almost as soon as they went on sale - we knew they would be sold out very quickly. we saw amadeus there last year - the first time either of us had been to the open air cinema at mrs macquarie's chair - and had a brilliant evening. this year, i had really been looking forward to seeing stranger than fiction, as i'd been told by a couple of friends who'd seen it in the states and in singapore that it was very good.

we'd made plans for nels to come down from terrigal and meet me in the late afternoon so we could get there early in the evening, reserve good seats, and have a leisurely picnic dinner before the film started.

ah, the best laid plans...

little did we expect that the bushfire that started yesterday had gotten worse, and by late morning the sections near the national park of the highway and the freeway connecting the city and the central coast were closed, and all trains cancelled. this basically meant nels had no way of getting from terrigal into sydney. the dismay i felt when he told me was palpable, i think because i was so surprised. it seemed so strange - we were only an hour and a half apart, and yet that distance was impenetrable. there was no way for us to get to each other.

not wanting to waste the tickets, nels insisted i find someone to go with me, so elliott gallantly stepped in. i quite enjoy going to the movies on my own, but it wouldn't have been much fun picnicking alone!

anyway, for today's picture i leave you with a sample of the view we got with our movie. not a bad backdrop eh?
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AliThinks 11 years ago
Thanks for stopping by my diary. As Allan said, I don't know how i missed yours, but I will definitely be back!

Alison
AllanThinks 11 years ago
We have something similar here in the summer. It is sponsored by the local government and the films are free. But they are all family films.

And half of the time, they are canceled due to rain.

Allan
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Being in the land of movie making, in the summer, there are usually several open air theaters here, but none with a view as magnificent as that! That is spectacular. and ditto..... can't figure out how i didn't see u before, but i'm sure glad i found u.

BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia)
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
p.s. i like last.fm, but i haven't gotten as attached to it as i have to pandora
msspider66 11 years ago
lovely backdrop for a movie.

[Ms Spider66]
humorous cats [deleted] 11 years ago
we have somethimg like that in ny at bryant park. it happens in the summer. the view from yours is gorgeous.


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'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
if any of you are ever in sydney, don't forget to let me know so i can play tour guide. living in this city drives me insane sometimes but it is gorgeous and fun to share with visitors.
'stee 11 years ago
tue 23 jan

23 jan

on saturday morning i got an email from one of nelson's brothers in perth, saying he was going to be in sydney on tuesday and wednesday for work and wanted my help in plotting to surprise nelson. i talked nels into coming into sydney tonight to have dinner with me, and planned for vince to sneak up on him at the restaurant, possibly with menus pretending to be a waiter.

as soon as we got to the restaurant, nels went to the bathroom, so i quickly rang vince (who was hiding round the corner) and he came and sat in nelson's seat across from me. when nels came back from the bathroom he could see someone at the table with me, but only the back of his head. the perplexed look on his face as he tried to work out who had crashed our dinner was priceless. i was pretending to hold a serious conversation with vince whilst sneaking looks at nelson and trying not to laugh.

after dinner we went back to the hotel where vince was staying and indulged in a little room service dessert. there was much admiring of the design of the hotel and the room, particularly the see-through bathroom.

for today's photo i present to you nels reading the paper. in the bath. fully clothed. as you do.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Of course. As one does. :D

Love the photo. Covet that bathroom.

Allan
francophony 11 years ago
I was a bit perturbed by the see-through bathroom, but then I noticed there was a non-transparent wall surrounding the toilet, which made it far more acceptable (sexier, even). Because looking in on someone in the bath is hot. Watching someone do number two, uh...

Kim
Loca.... Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Loca.... (member) 11 years ago
Love this last story of your day. Nels face should have made a very nice shot. Will be back to catch up on the previous days.
:))

Loca
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
...would be very wrong indeed!

it is a beautiful bathroom. the shower head is the size of a dinner plate and (according to vince) dispenses fat drops of water that feel like rain. a bit indulgent given we're in the midst of a drought at the moment!

thanks for stopping by! i know you're a very busy woman at the moment..!
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
wed 24 jan

24 jan

i am, as they say, absolutely knackered.

i've been starting work at 8 all this week, which in itself is not a terrible thing, but i am decidedly not a morning person and having to negotiate early morning traffic has worn me out. it's been a busy week socially as well, and although i'm always tempted to take a nap in the hour between coming home from work and going out again, i make myself run instead.

i settled in to read just now and realised i hadn't taken my photo for the day. so from where i was i snapped a few things - the view of my room from where i lay on the bed, an arms-length self portrait of my face covered by the book i was trying to read but kept falling asleep in, and then, almost as an afterthought, turned to where nels was surfing the net in bed next to me and took one of him too.

it's rare that i get a shot of him where he's not making a face - i like this photo for that reason alone.
humorous cats [deleted] 11 years ago
i like this photo....he seems surprised...slightly concerned that you keep snapping away. cool composition. i like it in black and white too.

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AllanThinks 11 years ago
That's a great portrait. The black and white treatment is perfect.

Allan
'stee 11 years ago
thanks, guys!
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
thu 25 jan

25 jan

it was just one of those days at work today. i was so busy that i didn't want to spend the 15 minutes it would take to walk to the cafeteria, buy lunch and walk back to the office. instead i rummaged around in my drawers to see what food i had. i had a plastic container of peanut m&m's. the arrow indicates the original height of the m&ms in the box.

so let's work out the number of m&ms i ate.

(length of box) x (width of box) x (original height of m&ms - remaining height of m&ms) = omigod woman are you insane? how much chocolate can one person eat in one sitting??

i paid for it afterwords, of course. it may have just been guilt, but after work that evening, halfway through my run i got the worst stitch i have ever felt. it felt as if someone had taken needle and thread, done a running stitch in my right side from just above my hip to just below my rib, and YANKED it HARD. i could barely breathe, and i had to slow down to a walk.

never again, my friends. lesson learnt: i don't care how goddamn busy you think you are - m&ms are not lunch, mmkay?
'stee 11 years ago
fri 26 jan

26 jan

it was australia day today. we spent it picnicking with friends at mrs macquarie's chair, which was the ideal vantage point for watching all the different boats go by. there were all sorts - from recreations of the first fleet ships to the 'fun boat' above.

a few more pictures of the day are here.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Peanuts are health food, aren't they?

I would have done the same thing.

Allan
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
sat 27 jan

27 jan

banana bread! recipe as promised:

ingredients:
115g softened butter
110g castor sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
115g wholewheat flour
55g plain flour (you can use all wholewheat flour if you like)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda (omit if using self-raising flour)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 large ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 teaspoon maple syrup
55g chopped pecans

1. preheat a 180 C/350 F/Gas 4 oven. line the bottom and sides of a 23 x 13 cm (9 x 5 in) loaf tin with greaseproof paper and grease the paper (or better yet, use a silicone loaf pan like i do - no need to oil and pops out perfect loaves every time).

2. with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

3. add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

4. sift the plain flour, salt, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda (if using) over the butter mixture and stir to blend.

5. stir in wholewheat flour.

6. with a fork, mash the bananas to a puree, then stir into the mixture. stir in vanilla, maple syrup and nuts.

7. pour mixture into the loaf tin and spread level.

8. bake 50-60 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. let stand 10 minutes in tin before transferring to a rack to cool.
AllanThinks 11 years ago
A slice of that bread would go so well with my morning cup of coffee.

Allan
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
were we neighbours, i would bring you some! alas, banana bread does not post so well.
i think i will have tomorrow's breakfast slice with coffee :)
Tom Hall (tommune) 11 years ago
YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

Tom Tommune's 2007 in Austin
msspider66 11 years ago
I agree with Tom. YUMMMMMMMMMMM

[Ms Spider66]
AliThinks 11 years ago
Gord, what a lovely photo of the banana bread. I have some ripe bananas in the freezer. I bet you could incorporate some peanut M&M's into the batter to make a delicious, nutritious concoction. :-)

Alison
msspider66 11 years ago
what about peanut butter m&m's? Peanut butter ands banannas are meant for each other.

[Ms Spider66]
durhamyankee 11 years ago
Mmmm food. I love peanut m&m's. So much better than the other ones.

Dwm's everyday
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
mmm..you guys have given me ideas for some banana and peanut butter m&m muffins....
i'll keep you posted..
'stee Posted 11 years ago. Edited by 'stee (member) 11 years ago
sun 28 jan

28 jan

we had friends spend the weekend with us in terrigal, and this morning we were sitting round the breakfast table eating apple pancakes (as you do, on a sunday morning) and suddenly out the window i spot this blimp, cruising across the bright blue sky! how's that for random?

anyway, this photo is for samrag and sunshinecity because i said i'd like to send them some aussie sunshine and this is the closest i can get to capturing it in a conveyable format!
AllanThinks 11 years ago
Wow. That is a very blue sky. The blimp really stands out against it.

Pancakes sound like a wonderful Sunday breakfast. To bad I am lazy. Otherwise I might make some. ;)

Allan
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Apple pancakes! mmmm....

Haven't stopped in here yet, nice journal! I love your description of running - I don't run (my hips don't like it. well, my hips do but the joint itself doesn't LOL) but have tried in the past and completely know what you mean. Biking and hiking makes me feel this way too.

I'll be back!

Erica Day by Day 2007
francophony 11 years ago
The banana bread pic made my mouth water. I need to make some again soon!

Kim
humorous cats [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by humorous cats (member) 11 years ago
just a gorgeous blue...to have breakfast and just look up and see that. i can't wait till spring.


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