Plodding Along

I’ve been noticeably silent the last few days, it’s been hectic for me, lots to do, or rather not enough to do but the days seemed to speed by nevertheless.

I finally got back into AFF (link somewhere on the right), having taken a month off to give myself a break and sort some things out. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

We took a trip up to Brisbane to see the Matisse exhibition in GOMA. Naturally no trip up the Pacific Motorway is complete without stopping off at IKEA on the way, so we had lunch there and I tried the meatballs with mash, gravy and lingonberry sauce – very nice. We also stopped off at the German Club on the way home to renew our memberships for the year.

The Matisse exhibition turned out to be quite interesting, though my attention in art can be somewhat limited. Luckily they had QR Codes to scan at various points, which when combined with their free wifi allowed you to view short videos explain certain pieces. It certainly helped keep me focused, as there was a little too much text.

At the end of the exhibition was a small area to draw and basically create art as he did. Naturally the attempt I made was awful, while Sze Sze excelled, especially on the digital easels. An example of what she created is here.

I had some things to do in Southport today, you know the drill. Went quite well, and I came home with a box of Mi Goreng… you can never have enough noodles.

Got my Medicare rebate from my last session with Dr Barling too, so I should be able to pay him next week, and managed to book a doctors appointment to sign myself up for another mental health plan (so I can get Medicare rebates) and get my eye looked at seeing as everyone thinks it’s a big deal. I can still see can’t I…

I was also watching when Australian cricketer Michael Clarke made his 300 runs and beat quite a few records, really cementing his place as a good captain.

If I could remember what happened on Friday I’d write about it here… but my memory is just shocking right now. Look out for a future update to this post.

Took some photos at the seaway, but haven’t looked at any yet as I was too lazy and tired when I got home.

A number of home improvement type tasks went on, such as slinging a hose pipe over the roof to water the garden, or more easily water the front garden I should say. The garage door had a little fix but I have to now keep my eye on it a bit more… I really hope it doesn’t fall on the car!

And basically, that’s my week!

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2012!

I thought I’d wrap my New Years Eve and New Years Day entries into one, seeing as it all happened on New Years Eve, and nothings has changed on New Years Day.

Where to start? Well I guess yesterday evening was the start of the festivities. Yvonne and Ada were invited over for some drinks and nibbles and to see the 400+ photos of our outback holiday. At the same time as I was inviting them over, Adam stopped by, so we had a full table. Later, Peter and Leone would also show up.

The photo slideshow went reasonably well, and drinks and nibbles were good while catching up and sharing a few stories.

Eventually all but Peter and Leone left, and after some more drinks we headed up to Colin’s house for dinner and to see in the new year.

Earlier this afternoon I’d made a start on cataloguing Colin’s wine cellar with the same app I’d used on dads and my iPad’s. The app is called Vinoteka and despite a few bugs and limitations, I think it’s the best app out there for managing wines in multiple fridges and cellars. That being said, I’m hoping a major update with iCloud support among other things is around the corner.

So when we came round for dinner, I continued the process, and before midnight had managed to sort the whole cellar. Now all he has to do is remember to use it and he’ll have no troubles keeping it organised.

Dinner was nice, Peggy steamed a rather large fish, and made some chicken curry. Dad also made a curry, beef rendang, but added a few too many chillies so it burnt a few mouths. There was another Christmas pudding for dessert, and some sort of gelatinous mango concoction too.

Throughout the evening a few bottles were opened and consumed. Mainly red wines such as from Penfolds or d’Arenburg, but also some sparkling such as Vivant (my cheap choice that I reckon tastes a little like Veuve Cliquot) and the Champagne was Moët. A little closer to midnight I successfully saved a bottle of Grange from being prematurely drunk, so I hope I’m rewarded somehow for that at some stage.

As each hour passed more fireworks were spotted on TV, first in Auckland, next in Sydney and Melbourne and when Brisbane finally rolled around, they seemed to show more highlights of Sydney than Brisbane ‘live’.

Alas, all good parties have to come to an end and this one did. Out of the house at 1:00, in bed by 3:00. No hangover this morning either thanks to a preoccupation with cataloguing wines rather tan drinking them, a choice of Champagne that I didn’t like the taste of much (so didn’t drink a lot of it), and plenty of water before bed.

All that said, today has been exceptionally lazy. I was out of bed before lunchtime, only just, and then proceeded to watch TV… which was strange as FOX Classics was screening The Big Lebowski back-to-back for 24-hours. It’s a good movie, but seeing it 12 times in a row I’m not so sure about? Am I missing something? I could understand doing the same with Groundhog Day!