A Fail & A Pass

Today I learnt my result in Sociology, an assessment I had expected to fail as I really struggled with it. Therefore it wasn’t surprising when I checked my “study desk” and saw an “F”.

Regardless, I wanted to read my feedback, as it’s important. In the feedback I discovered that I’d failed the “understanding” and “analysis” parts but received a distinction in “presentation” – an area I’d really focused on before submitting as I knew I was good at that and there were plenty of marks to be gained in that area.

Thus, in the final comments it was noted that while I’d failed the essay, I still passed the unit. Also, the essay was generally well written.

To say I’m pleased is an understatement as I have now completed 8 units in my first year and been given advanced standing in 2 more. I’m just 6 units away from an Associate Degree of Arts – though will probably continue on next year to attain a Bachelors Degree.

GPA = 5.125.

McLaren Vale

Today was the big event. A wine tour of McLaren Vale with plenty of tastings, fun and prizes to be had by the attendees.


Murray came with me and I think he had a great day, despite there being a lot of frequent flying talk. I had to wake mum and dad up early to ask to use the CC at Kay’s but beyond that it wasn’t needed.



The amount of food we were served at Serafino, and the quality of it was great. We couldn’t finish it all but it was lovely.

Leconfield turned out to be a good final stop, as I bagged two of the last 2008-vintage Cabernet Sauvignon’s. I then also won the main raffle prize.




On the return to Adelaide, I took Murray into the airport for some drinks in the lounge, finally checking out the shoebox that is the VA lounge here, before moving to the Qantas Club, thanks to Danny guesting us in.

Feel completely buggered now though, it’s been a long day!


This weekend I am in Adelaide for an AFF function, but not all of my days are booked out, so today I’ve headed to Hahndorf, a tourist trap German village in the Adelaide Hills.



I was hoping to see more German architecture but it’s essentially just a normal town with an over abundance of German specialty shops. I even bought some “white pudding” for Dee-Anne to try.


Murray has been my host and we went to the Hahndorf Inn for lunch on his recommendation, established in 1863.



The food was great, but a little too much fir just us. Of course we couldn’t just have the 1 beer, so started at one end of town, finished at the other, and also did a tasting and ended up in central Adelaide for a further glass. Lucky we had a designated driver.

Fast4 Tennis

I’d like to go on the record as saying I really dislike tennis. It’s quite a boring sport to me. It doesn’t help that the women seem to also have grunting matches and if you have two very good players you can end up playing deuce – advantage – deuce forever just to win a game (and yes I meant a game, not a set or a match).

So when I saw there was to be an exhibition match between Federer and Hewitt for a new format of the game I was interested. Luckily the players put on a great show, testing out all the new/changed rules and I think it was a great success. Previously a set could take over an hour, but that was drastically reduced to 20 minutes. Tiebreaks also ruled out an endless struggle to be 2 games ahead. I certainly enjoyed the format and will watch again.

Website Stats 2014

Last year my blog was viewed 8026 times, an increase of about 1100 views from last year. Unsurprisingly, the busiest day of the year for me was October 25th, the day after I proposed, when I assume a lot of people were flocking to my site to see a post, but unfortunately found nothing, as I was too busy… though did read about my Platinum One Status.

I posted 98 times, with my longest streak of posts coming between the 13th and 27th June, while I was on holiday in Europe. Friday seemed to be my most popular day for posting.

My post on attaining Qantas Lifetime Silver was also popular, slotting into third place.

Unsurprisingly, AFF accounted for most of my referral traffic. Also unsurprising was that most of my traffic was from Australia, with Hong Kong and the USA following not far behind.

Happy New Year

New year, new blog theme!

I decided to move away from the dark black/green theme for the new year, because I found something better. That said, not sure I’ll be sticking with pink but I do like to wear it a lot with bright blue shorts.

New Years Eve was a long night, with many drinks at Yvonne’s house, where we went through 5 bottles of Champagne and countless other drinks. Dee-Anne had a good time, Shane and Jolene were also there (and drinking), and we even managed to fit some sushi/sashimi into the night! All up, a success, other than not having the fireworks on any channel but crappy Sky News… and then going to bed before QLD even hit midnight, because we’d already seen Sydney and Melbourne ring in the new year.

No resolution for the year as they’re likely to be missed or broken, but I’m looking forward to a productive new year, and I’m still going to say: watch this space!