Wednesday, February 29, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 29

Big Brother is watching you

Well, that's the end of FotoFeb.  I only missed one day, for which I am extremely proud.  I still have a blog project about reading on hiatus which I definitely plan on finishing at some point.  I've really enjoyed this project, and sharing my every day life.  I'm also a little sad that it's over, because I have some very exciting stuff happening just in the next week alone - a trip to Byron Bay for our 2nd wedding anniversary, and then my new tattoos.  But I suppose I can always blog and share photos of those events too!  Thanks for reading and I hope you've enjoyed this window into my life :)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 26

How I spent my morning: working on a secret craft project for Dave's 2nd wedding anniversary present.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 22

Four photos for the price of one today!  When I went out for my lunchtime walk there was an aerial dancing troupe doing a little exhibition in the courtyard of our office building complex.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 21

Got to the end of the day and realised I hadn't taken a photo, so here is tonight's dinner

Monday, February 20, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 20

Check-up and vaccination day for Jeddah

This morning we took Jeddah to the vet for her check-up and shots.  It took us a few tries to get her in the carrier and she was not impressed with us at all - she meowed all the way to the vet and then was perfectly quiet and well-behaved once we got there!  I'd been a bit concerned about an intermittent limp she's developed recently so the vet checked that while we were there.  She said Jeddah's muscle tone and weight are both fine, her teeth are good, and she seems generally healthy, which was good.  With the limp, she said one of her kneecaps is a bit loose and probably has been her whole life, which probably contributed to arthritis setting in a bit earlier than you'd expect (she's nearly 7).  So at least the limp is just arthritis and nothing else.  She said because everything else is good, we should just make sure Jeddah doesn't have to jump very high, so we put a stepladder next to the washing machine to make it easier for her to get up to her food (food can't go on the floor or Phoebe would eat it!).  All in all a fairly routine visit, which is always a relief.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 19

Tonight's Dinner

(Yes, I know I missed a day.  I still had a migraine and hadn't left the house for 2 days and had nothing to share.  I'm sure you all coped)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 16

Stairway to Tattoo

I've been talking about getting a new tattoo for ages.  Yonks.  Forever.  A really, really long time.  And over the past couple of months I'd gradually formed in my mind what I wanted - a twin pair of tattoos reflecting my New Zealand and Australian heritage.  I decided on a stylised, All Blacks-style silver fern for the NZ one, but couldn't settle on anything equivalent for the Oz one.  I tossed around a few different ideas but got stuck, until the always-fabulous Kath suggested gum leaves and I realised it was exactly what I wanted.  I tossed out the All Blacks silver fern and settled on a still fairly stylised but slightly more realistic koru and fern leaf for the NZ tattoo, and gum leaves, nuts, and flowers for the Oz one.  Then I booked a consultation with Victoria at Wild at Heart (also on Kath's recommendation) to settle on the basic design, size, placement, and price.

So today I got an early mark from work, and Dave and I trained up to Brisbane for the evening.  I met Victoria, who distilled the essence of what I wanted from my vague description and a few photos into a pair of little sketches in about 30 seconds.  So I'll be getting a pair of simple, sketch-style tattoos on my inside wrists.  She said it would be better and cheaper if we did both tattoos at the same time, and would only take 1-1.5 hours total, and that way it would be easier to get them to be a matched set, and I readily agreed!  So on the 7th of March (the day we get back from our long weekend at Byron Bay for our wedding anniversary) we are making another trek up to Brisbane for me to get inked.  I am super-excited and so happy its finally happening!  It's been years since I got tattooed and I'm really looking forward to it.

After my tattoo consult we met up with Kath and had a pub dinner in the city which was delicious, then we had the long train journey back home.  It's been a long, busy, exciting day and now I'm happy and sleepy and feeling very content!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 13

This afternoon's reading

We're currently in the process or organising quotes for paving, because the yard of the little home unit we rent from Dave's parents is basically just rocks and mud and impossible to maintain.  There's significantly more work involved than I thought, and way more options to consider too!  So far we've received two quotes, had two more guys come and measure and are waiting on their quotes, and have two more guys booked to measure, bringing out quotes total to six, which seems like overload but at least gives us plenty of options.  Some tradies have been cowboys and some have been professionals, and I think we'll end up with a good range of prices and options.  The front runner for me is Fernando from Doctor Paver because come on, just his name is awesome.  But he was very professional also and gave us a few options and explained how he would deal with each little issue which I thought was good.

This morning we also visited the Carrara Sandstone Works and ABC Landscape Supplies to take a look at paver options, and we had the Paver Trader come to us with his truck full of samples.  We've determined the size and style of paver we think will look best and it's really just a matter of choosing the type - my preference is a limestone paver but that's also fairly pricey so we may end up with a mid-range concrete paver which I think will also look quite nice.  We got plenty of brochures to browse through so that's how I spent my afternoon while I sat around waiting for tradies to turn up.

It's already been a bit stressful for me, dealing with all these tradies and having them in my space, and it's going to get worse before it get's better, but it will definitely be worth it in the end.  It will open up the whole area and make it feel much more spacious, and give us a lovely area to have barbecues and put down a little potted herb and vege garden.  So hopefully we can finalise the decision-making process soon and get it started!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 11

What I listened to at work today, and my Sennheiser noise-cancelling headphones, AKA my Cone of Silence

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 9

Today was my husband Dave's 38th birthday.  We went out for dinner at our favourite restaurant, The Lake.  It's about 20 minutes drive from us and is in a lovely location on the edge of the lake at Varsity Lakes.  They do really good brunch too (in fact I'll be having brunch there on Sunday, but that's a whole other blog post!).  We've never been disappointed there: the food and service are excellent.  Highly recommended if you're on the Gold Coast.  One photo doesn't do it justice, and so today you get three photos for the price of one!

The birthday boy

Really deliciously tender steak and yummy onion rings

Crème brûlée for dessert, which I highly enjoyed cracking open with the back of my spoon

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 8

Balloon Aloft hot air balloon landing in the park behind our house.  I've never been ballooning but would love to go one day.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 7

New City Chic skinny jeans and bright yellow thongs/jandals/flipflops/whatever.  Also me pulling a face that looks rather aggressive for some reason.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

FotoFeb: Day 5

This is how I killed time this morning after dropping Dave at work and before heading to Robina to get his wedding anniversary present.  Also it's always sensible to do computer upgrades while Dave is miles away - he seems to radiate some kind of force field which means his electronic stuff is forever playing up.

In mid-2009 we both got new PCs.  I designed custom-specced ones and bought them from TechBuy (Dave chose his case and provided moral support).  I was originally planning on building them myself too, but after seeing that TechBuy only charge $40 for assembly (and that includes checking all your parts are compatible) I went with that option.  I chose the best processor available at the time (AMD Phenom II X4 955 Quad Core 3.2GHz for me, 965 3.4 GHz for Dave a couple months later), and a motherboard and case with plenty of room for expansion, so that they would last a while, and this is the first upgrade I've done (other than replacing my hard drive, which failed within a month or so of purchase).

We both had 4GB of RAM, which was low even at the time we bought them, and we had always been planning on upgrading that when RAM prices came down...But we really didn't have too many memory issues, so we kept putting it off.  But recently RAM prices have dropped a lot, so we decided it was time to upgrade.  I spent a couple of hours going through the available RAM on the TechBuy site, trying to find compatible modules for our motherboards, and getting more and more frustrated, before giving up and going to crucial on a friend's recommendation.  You give them your motherboard info (or they do a scan) and they recommend RAM modules and guarantee compatibility.  I had to ship from the US but knowing it was good quality and compatible made it worth it.  In the end I spent about $120 getting 2x4GB packs for both of us, including shipping, which I thought was pretty good.

So this morning I opened up our cases and put in the new RAM modules.  You can see the empty yellow vertical slots to the right of the fan in the picture above.  I kept the old ones so we now have 12GB each, which is overkill really, but we are set for a while now, memory-wise!  (On a side note, the inside of my PC case is much, MUCH dustier than Dave's, and I can't figure out why - perhaps his is sealed better).

Next on the list to upgrade is probably the graphics cards.  We have crossfired Radeon 512MB 4770s, which are excellent, but I'm not sure I'd go with crossfired cards again - not every game supports them so you often end up only using half of your graphics processing power.  Even on their own these cards are still really good, and I think will cope fine with any game around at the moment, but probably in the next 6-12 months we will upgrade to single-unit graphics and get rid of the CrossFireX.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Foto Feb: Day 2

My coworker Annie recently went to Thailand and came back with these on her fingers...Took 3 hours apparently!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Foto Feb: Day 1

I've done a few blogging challenges here now: 30 Days of Me, Big50, and 30 Days of Books (which is currently on hiatus but will return!).  I've recently lost my blogging mojo a little bit and have been really struggling to write even though I enjoy it and find it really relaxing.  So when a few of my friends (including Diane) announced they were doing a Foto Feb challenge, I decided to shamelessly pinch the idea and do the same thing myself.  If all I have to do is post a photo a day, that can't be that hard, right? Right?  I may blog about some photos, or just post a photo with a caption, depending on the photo and my mood.  This was something I decided to do on the way home from work so I didn't have much time to organise today's photo.  Also, I don't have much planned for February.  Still, I thought it would be interesting to just post mundane stuff too, and document a whole month in photos.  So without further ado...

An empty bowl is a tragedy to behold.