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( Oct. 12th, 2008 12:25 pm)

Taking my morning tea break in the middle of mowing the lawns. I had let them overgrow significantly over the last couple of months, so they kinda need mowing. Then there's the weeds in other parts of the garden... Dad suggested just mowing the lot, but the spot he was suggesting that for has nothing like even ground to run the mower over, and my knee is still bunged.

Oh yeah, my knee. I bunged it up in classical 'me' manner.

Last weekend me and Not A Redhead and his girlfriend and kid went up to his shack in Port Broughton with his boat. The forecast rain did not eventuate until we didn't care if it rained anymore. There was fishing, crabbing, attempts at waterskiing (I think my feet need padding to stay in the skis, my ankles aren't strong enough to hold them at the angle to not rip themselves off), scrabble, dominoes, and no internets. Multiple mysterious battery failure, none of it fatal or dangerous, but certainly annoying. One of those batteries was the car battery as we were preparing to leave on Monday to go home.

So we pushstarted the car. I lost traction when it started rolling properly, and I chose to bung my knee up instead of my face. Fortunately I was wearing jeans so there was no gravel in there, but there was one hole several millimetres deep. My knee is still swollen and purple in some spots, but most of the bruising has gone to yellow, and the holes are filling in - I may not even scar, knowing me. I'm supposed to keep off it. I managed until yesterday - before the dance workshops I was definitely showing signs of withdrawal :P

Excess crabs from the crabbing went to various people. Apparently I'm the only person on that expedition who actively likes crabs, and we caught ~30 of legal size. Not A Redhead killed them and cut them in half, and I did the rest of the cleaning. There was a BBQ before class on Monday, so we donated crabs to that, I pinched some for my parents, Dance Teacher One grabbed a few, as did the gentleman cooking the BBQ. My Dad had this to say about the crabs (and the fillet and a half of snook that was left over from the fishes I caught and Not A Redhead cooked on Sunday), in a message titled 'Crabby Dad':

"Thanks for the crabs.  They were terrific.

 Dollop of butter.  Chopped up onion.  Glug of white wine for the cook and one for the pot.  Three egg tomatoes.  Leftover tomatoes from yesterday’s salad.  Leftover cherry tomatoes and capsicum from yesterday’s hors d’oeuvre.  Dash of chilli sauce.  Rats:  it was a new bottle and the dash was a dollop – c’est la guerre.  Pepper.  Why not some of this fish sauce stuff?  This is dry work:  glug of wine for the cook and one for the pot.  Simmer.  Glug of wine for the cook.  Throw the crabs into the pot and heat them with steam.  At last minute, throw in some tarragon, chopped oregano and parsley, then pour into our big candle heated dish (dish and its lid pre-heated in oven) and throw in some more parsley and oregano to garnish.

Serve with bread, butter and a towel draped down one’s front.

Still some sauce left?  Throw the snook in and steam on hot plate for a bit.

Clean up after Mum!

Love, Dad"

Must go do more mowing before Bastard gets home. His Dad is taking him to some home improvement show or something at the Showgrounds. I just hope that they check this time that stuff is OK with me first before Bastard's Dad goes ahead and does whatever Bastard said 'yeah whatever' to.

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( Sep. 30th, 2008 09:10 am)
I achieved a freestyled Halfway Round The World after class last night (together with Not-A-Redhead). I am INVINCIBLE!!

Also, Teacher One and Teacher Two competed in a competition held by a company in Sydney and came second in their Freestyle category. They stated that they were very very happy with second, as coming first would have meant being shoved up into the next higher category to compete against all their idols.
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( Sep. 15th, 2008 12:19 pm)
We can has hail. Fortunately, I moved all the washing further in under the verandah this morning before I left for work, as it was pouring with rain (went out to check nothing had fallen over as it was quite windy overnight, at intervals). Failed to spray (yay home made spray! It can sit and stew and become more potent while I wait for a dry day) the aphids that have started to camp on my roses before I left for work since spraying in the rain is an exercise in futility.
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( Aug. 18th, 2008 05:15 pm)
Finished off [livejournal.com profile] mabraham's birthday present last night. There will be pics of teh craftyness when he's got it. I don't actually expect him to read this before he gets it, but just in case, I shan't say any more except to say that it looks a lot better than I expected, it is larger than I anticipated when planning it (but should have figured that, given that it's really hard to do the embroidery I planned in the layout I planned on the fabric I planned with the thickness of embroidery thread I used (three strands, could have done fewer, but I like the thick lines) any smaller), and the seam at the top is uneven, but it's fur so you can't tell unless you're looking.

Dancing continues apace. We're working heavily on the over-rotation issue I have coming out of all the spins in the routine. Also, I have too much momentum getting up into the Supergirl aerial, and I need to fix that because it feels like I'll overbalance down Baby Giant's back. Getting the kicks at the right angle, though, and fixed most of the hand placement issues that didn't involve over-rotation. Which is good. We're at performance standard, although not perfect.
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( Aug. 2nd, 2008 03:36 pm)
In the airport waiting for my flight. The original flight was cancelled for some reason, and my replacement flight (via Sydney instead of direct) is running late. I'm not happy, in fact I'm darn upset. I'd arranged to meet my sister for dinner, since I haven't seen her since Christmas, and the original flight would have got me into Brisbane about an hour from now. I think. Anyway, the replacement flight gets me there at 8:25pm (or it's scheduled to, anyway), which is a bit too late for dinner.

It's an auspicious start to what I fully expect to be a clusterfuck of a bridge week. We're in a tea of five and we've been informed that the pair who have never played an entire week-long event, AFAIK, will be doing so. Every session. Which, while it means I get 1/3 sessions off, is going to be very bad for them and their play.
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( Mar. 20th, 2008 12:21 pm)
I've just booked my driver's license test... Fortunately I already have many calming teas in stock.

I shan't be telling my family until it is all over, except if m'sister checks my status indicator. They are not too good at the encouraging thing, nor the calming thing, and don't as yet understand that I won't magically have my license the moment I pass.
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( Feb. 15th, 2008 03:05 pm)
Driving lesson finished. The instructor convinced me to go for the test as opposed to logbook, since he assessed my basic driving skills as good enough to pass, with some practice at proper procedure (getting procedure consistent). Of course, he hasn't seen my parking yet.

It's interesting, though. He asked me how many lessons he thought I would take to get my license, and I said 10-20, because I suck (or at least I believe I suck), and everyone keeps telling me What I'm Doing Wrong. But no. I don't suck. I don't suck.
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( Jan. 18th, 2008 08:09 pm)
Greengage are in the markets. Mwaaaahahahahahahahaaaa!

Also blackcurrants (loose) for $5.99/kg; I am having a bunch for dinner.
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( Sep. 29th, 2007 12:39 am)
Got home from work-trip, having detoured at one point to visit my grandfather in hospital.

Spent less than 24 hours at home.

Now in Perth to play bridge.

Having fun.

Very tired. It's currently after three in the morning at home - and 3:45am where I spent the last four or five days or whatever it was.
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( Sep. 7th, 2007 01:59 pm)
My sternum has popped twice so far today. I got up two hours ago or thereabouts. Seems like the tight muscles from Dancemania are finally releasing.
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( Jul. 23rd, 2007 01:30 pm)
As of Friday morning, my roses are bare sticks, a third the size, and I have a vaseful of rosebuds in the kitchen. There is also a wheelie bin of prunings to go out tomorrow for the greens bin pickup. And a decent sized pile of prunings (dead bits, non-productive bits, and shaping) from the apricot tree to go out next fortnight. Dad was very helpful.

As of Friday afternoon, we also have a new reverse cycle aircon/heater with remote control. We have not yet lost said remote control. This is a record of some kind.

This week at dancing we have Trampy visiting and taking classes. Next weekend will be workshops out the wazoo. Trampy is an itinerant dancer from Scotland, who travels the world winning things, teaching people, and getting people to pay him money to DJ at Ceroc events (and classes in larger places). It is teh yay.
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( Feb. 13th, 2007 06:33 pm)
  • Canberra bridge festival was fun. So was going to as many dance classes as possible while I was there. So was inducing people to swindle themselves out of tricks *grin* So was hot tub lounging.
  • Got home. Had cold. Urgh.
  • Bid like a maniac at bridge last Wednesday. It worked, we scored quite a lot better than everyone else, and most of it is unjustifiably cretinous bidding, and swindling-type play from me *grin* When the scores on a board are, like, +110, -110, -140, -140, -140, -110, -790 (the -790 was our opponents) you know there's something wrong. When the entire evening's scores are like that, you end up with wacky scores.
  • She-Boss was unavailable for work purposes on Wednesday and Thursday. He-Boss mentioned that he believes he has never seen me angry, at which I went 'Bwuh?'
  • This weekend was Women's Bridge 'Goodness'. Mum and I qualified first in our section, and have received lovely glassware prizes that I doubt either of us would ever use. Me because I just wouldn't, Mum because she already has a cupboard full. Well, maybe I might use the sugar bowl for sweets or dried fruit or something. It was very much Women's Bridge, with all the frustration that that entails. But Mum and I only lost two matches of nine, neither of which was against the top seeds (who weren't well, but still...!)
  • I have replaced a four-day migraine of sparkliness with PMS Of Doom as of last night. Fortunately, the freezer is well-stocked with Valentine's Day-themed TimTams for me to be virtuous about not eating
  • My right tricep has been twitching all day. All bloody day. I don't know what I've done to deserve this. Twitch twitch twitch twitch.
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( Jan. 13th, 2007 11:53 am)
Yay Canberra! Boiling hot to burning hot! Yay!
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( Dec. 19th, 2006 05:06 pm)
I must have been playing too much Kingdom Of Loathing. I dreamed, earlier this week, that I was wearing a Filthy Dread Sack and it was a perfect disguise.
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( Nov. 6th, 2006 09:44 am)
The one memory that stands out in my mind from the party I went to on Saturday is the lively debate as to what tasted better when used as a sauce on chilli/cheese sausages in finger buns - plain chocolate sauce or choc/mint. Conclusion: Apparently they're both quite nice. Too much sugar for me to try them myself.
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( Oct. 21st, 2006 04:39 pm)
First cherries of the season were in the Markets last night. They didn't have the full cherry flavour, and they were deformed (cherry and a half attached to the one stalk, usually) but they were fresh, and at $12/kg for early cherries OMG were they good.

Spiral tonight. Yay!
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