A year in the life 2016 #249: appropriate dress

Andrew is wearing the correct tt-hirt for a night playing Eldritch Horror.

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A year in the life 2016 #219: games night

Good to be back in the routine of regular gaming. Tonight – new games Between Two Cities and Mysterium. Lots of laughs in Mysterium as we try (and sometimes fail) to understand how each other thinks.

A year in the life 2016 #194: Test Match

Back from the coast and with no internet, the boys took the opportunity to try out one of Zac’s birthday presents from a friend from Adelaide – Test Match. It seemed a lot of fun, but also super competitive. And the boys managed to put their own modern spin on it – they filmed it on their iPad to enable a third umpire to make decisions.

2015 weeks! #41: games of all types and bits of life in between

2015-10-19 12.36.15Monday involved another view from a plane as I flew to Sydney to meet with a delegation from Korea.

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After two hours of talking to the Koreans, they presented me this beautiful scroll – which says “strongly but smoothly” which is a perfect motto. They then told me it was worth about $1000 so any hopes of hanging it in our new house once built were dashed because I have to declare it and hand it over to the Department as an asset. But at least I can hang it in my office.

Tuesday morning was walking to school with Jude and Zac.

2015-10-20 14.43.52An interesting presentation on the workforce of the future and the impact of technology. There are some gaps that robots and software can’t fill – or it will remain economically sensible for humans continue to do those jobs for some time to come.

2015-10-20 20.28.14A slightly failed pavlova by Jude became Eton Mess with lemon curd, mango and blueberries.

2015-10-21 12.08.27Here I am early in the Senate Estimates day. Waiting in the waiting room.

2015-10-21 15.04.53Here I am, six hours later.

2015-10-21 12.46.38At least it gave me time to admire the Parliament House light fittings.

2015-10-21 19.20.54Sun beginning to set.

2015-10-21 20.31.52Off to training again. Three weeks in a row is probably a record for this year. Oh well, next year perhaps there won’t be so much travel and injury. I managed 22 laps in 5 minutes, which wasn’t entirely terrible given the year of injury and lack of training – but given Sebastian and Jude are both 27+ I think I need to lift my game.

2015-10-21 21.59.48Post derby beer with James is very pleasant. We do like our quiet beers together at Bentspoke.

Thursday night was my first cricket outing for the season – watching Jude’s first game. He batted well and did a solid wicket keeping job as his team won comprehensively so all good. And I got to chat to a friendly magpie.

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Some more Arkham Horror – it was a horrible night of slaughter.

2015-10-23 17.27.10Friday night Happy Hour at work. Subho, our Deputy Secretary, was exceedingly pleased with himself for winning the AFL footy competition, while Peter from my branch took out the NRL competition. I did not participate as that would require me to pay attention to either AFL or NRL.

2015-10-23 18.41.11G&T with my Sinkonah tonic syrup. Yummy.

2015-10-23 19.00.49Sebastian received his black cthulhu in the mail – it was particularly evil.

2015-10-24 13.08.41Jude and Zac filled in some spare weekend with some old school game playing: fighting it out with Risk.

2015-10-24 16.56.27The boys were back at derby training on Saturday.

2015-10-25 12.08.34Sunday morning was Zac’s first cricket game for the season. I scored which required a fair bit of concentration – there are a lot of extras. And there is the weird multiplier etc. I managed to get myself sunburnt in the process also.

2015-10-25 18.21.21Finished off the week with a touch of D&D.

2015 weeks! #36: grand finals and other stuff

2015-09-14 08.33.43My Monday morning walk-to-school companion. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to school and then it takes me about 20 minutes to walk to work, which makes a decent morning walk. And much more pleasant now the spring is here.

2015-09-14 08.58.16And the Turner Parklands were looking especially magical.

2015-09-14 18.14.41Long day in the office. This week was to be super stressful at work as suddenly all the incoming Minister briefs had to be updated and somehow coordinating the whole thing fell to me for skills.

2015-09-15 08.43.00It was raining a bit Tuesday morning, so umbrellas for everyone.

Some time out of the office to take Sebastian for his final mould for his braces to go on the following week. He’s been very stoic about it all.

2015-09-15 20.30.06On the couch, watching the tv.

2015-09-16 12.16.09A crazy busy day at work. my new unicorn shoes helped me to get through it. Sebastian had made fun of my shoes, and told me that he was “sure your friends in kindy will like them.” Teenage sass.

 

Quick escape from the office Thursday for Chinese National Day celebrations. Got to hear the speeches, say hello to the appropriate people, but didn’t have time to stay for lunch.

Thursday night with most of the incoming Minister briefs done and dusted it was off to Adelaide where I caught up with the folks and then had a senior officials meeting before heading home less than 24 hours later.

2015-09-19 09.38.33Here are the boys. Serious business time as we headed to Jude’s grand final. He had already played, and won, the semi final that morning.

It was a close game and ended in a tie. Hockey ACT declared Joint Premiers, though we think Jude’s team should have taken the honours because they were higher on the ladder. But Joint Premiers is better than no premiers!

2015-09-19 10.58.40The medal presentation was after the match.

Jude was pretty pleased with the results of his first year back in hockey!

2015-09-19 11.16.302015-09-19 11.17.39When then had celebratory morning tea at LSR.

2015-09-19 11.31.39Meanwhile, the cthulhus were gathering. Who knows what plans for world domination they were hatching.

2015-09-19 12.41.45I got introduced to the household’s newest board game, Colt Express, which is rather fun, even if I appear to be somewhat hopeless at it.

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Jude and I then headed off to the CRDL derby so Jude could participate in a half time juniors demonstration match. Sebastian would have played too, but his ankle was playing up and he had a grand final of his own the next day.

2015-09-19 19.08.19Then it was home to watch some tv with George.

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Grand final number two for the weekend. Nick was there on godfather-equivalent duties to watch.

2015-09-20 10.02.10-1It was nailbitingly close for much of the game, but in the end Sebastian’s team took it out.

2015-09-20 10.10.002015-09-20 11.13.39Again, the presentation followed on quickly.

2015-09-20 11.33.04 2015-09-20 11.43.22And so both brothers came away Premiers!

2015-09-20 11.45.20After taking derby training for Carnage, it was back to end the week with some D&D.

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2015 weeks #15: holidays! coast! rain!

2015-04-20 13.41.39It wasn’t an auspicious start to a week at the beach – rain and gloom and more rain. But we hoped for the best as we headed to Seven Mile Beach for our holiday.

The weather continued wet so we were pleased that our large cabin was a good spot for games and sitting by the fire.

The rain wasn’t much better the next morning, but we took advantage of a small break in the weather for a walk along the windy, raining beach.

2015-04-21 11.24.24Zac managed to fall in while playing in the shallows.

2015-04-21 11.38.28Jude took to collecting rubbish and was disappointed by how much there was to find.

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The boys tried swimming in the pool in the afternoon, but sadly as its heating was solar only, it wasn’t very warm…

2015-04-21 12.26.33They decided a bubble bath in the spa was rather more enjoyable.

2015-04-21 15.38.17More rain = more game playing opportunities.

2015-04-21 18.40.24We did escape the cabin to head into Kiama for some wonderful Japanese food.

2015-04-22 11.51.38With the weather still against us, we headed into Gerringong for brunch and for some browsing of the local surf shop.

The boys tried out their new wetsuits in the pool.

2015-04-22 17.03.46But Sebastian couldn’t wait to get into the sea, no matter how bleak it was.

We walked along the beach and discovered some of the things that had been washed in by the storm.

The next morning we woke to beautiful sunshine and a lovely day so it was, naturally, back to the beach for lots of boogie boarding.

2015-04-23 13.23.27A walk along the beach let me find the fragments I so love.

2015-04-23 15.52.06Sebastian and I also took advantage of the calm and sunny weather for a kayak…

2015-04-23 16.34.08…and a late afternoon swim in the waves. Despite all the rain and onset of autumn, the water was actually quite lovely.

The people at the surf shop in Gerringong had recommended the new Mexican place in Kiama, and we discovered that it was an excellent recommendation. It came with its own special shelf of hot sauces which got more deadly the higher you went.

Another beautiful day lead to more time on the beach and more discoveries.

2015-04-24 13.18.08We had burgers from the beach takeaway for lunch.

2015-04-24 14.47.10And Zac and I took to the river.

2015-04-24 16.31.59The pool was still a bit cold.

Jude and Sebastian and I went for a sunset walk to explore the rockpools and the strange foam left by the churning seas.

2015-04-24 17.27.06The sunset was truly stunning.

2015-04-24 18.17.56I tried out the excellent Bath gin as it was in an ideal travel size bottle.

Another glorious day, more time on the beach and the boogie boards. I am, still, a complete failure at boogie boarding it must be said.

I am, however, much better at kayaking and Jude and I kept a sharp eye out for pelicans during our paddle together.

2015-04-25 14.42.11It was icecreams in the afternoon.

2015-04-25 14.52.42 HDRAnd then we spotted a snake friend in the tree right next to our verandah. After much rapid internet research, we discovered he was completely harmless, so were happy for him to stay and keep us company.

2015-04-25 16.26.04Then the rain started again and so did the board games.

2015-04-25 18.19.45Nothing like a bit of pizza for dinner though.

Weather was bleak again in the morning, so we took another walk on the bleak beach.

After that, we headed to Berry for some lunch where we discovered interesting shops and strange gin.

2015-04-26 14.53.04-2And then the road trip home.

2015-04-26 18.05.24I was very excited to find my new skates had arrived.

2015-04-26 18.50.15And to drink some gin and soda and tonic syrup.

2015-04-26 21.48.45And George was very happy to welcome us home.

2015 weeks #13: birthdays, derby, Melbourne and more!

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A quiet Easter Monday + board games with friends and family…2015-04-06 18.39.49-1…a delicious dinner of ribs…

2015-04-06 19.38.25…and hanging out with George.

2015-04-07 06.56.47The latest addition to my range of fitness activities has been resistance interval training at F45. I really enjoy it (except when there is push ups) and it does make me work super hard. Generally I try and go once a week – I have been avoiding the cardio sessions since I bunged my back skipping and sadly there is only resistance training on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I have to find time to fit it in around the rest of life. But I have taken some of it home to do with the small boys in the comfort of our lounge.

2015-04-07 14.49.14 HDRBack at work and continuing to benefit from the whole new interest in beading. This is a creation that Jude whipped up while staying with Jackie on the weekend.

2015-04-07 08.43.32And here is the happy birthday boy!

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To celebrate the auspiciousness of Jude’s birthday, it was dinner at the regular favourite – the Elk & Pea. The boys couldn’t go past the donuts for dessert.

2015-04-08 08.20.36Jude’s new knitted cap from Rachel was a major success (just don’t try to tell the boys it is a viking helmet because they will expend a lot of emphatic energy explaining that in reality vikings didn’t have horns on their helmets and that is all a myth).

2015-04-08 22.07.00-1Managed to get some D&D in. Someone tried to burn us all in a inn.

2015-04-09 10.06.17 HDR-1Off to Melbourne. Here is me looking disgruntled about having to ride in a maxi-taxi. I hate those things (though obviously very important for accessibility – why do I always get them in line. This was the second time for the week).

Disgruntlement didn’t last long as, in between meetings, I got to catch up with Victoria and then I was staying at one of my favourite Melbourne hotels, the Crown Metropole. The 27th floor pool is spectacular as the sun starts to dip.

I was attending the Transport and Logistics Skills Council annual awards dinner. As I have mentioned before, I really do enjoy seeing the outstanding work some training providers and employers do in the training space, and hearing the wonderful stories of many of the people who have gained training and the impact on their lives – it does make it all feel real and worthwhile. I also learnt that while trains are easy to drive, there is an enormous amount of skill in getting them to stop!

2015-04-10 20.22.20Friday included attending Nick’s Dad’s funeral, and then going out for drinks with Nick and family to appropriately say goodbye. I was ready for two drinks at that stage.

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Autumn has been looking its usual beautiful self in Canberra this year.

Saturday was bout day and with Capital Carnage playing the Dishonour Rollers I was left with very mixed loyalties. This time though, the boys won out and I ended up benching my first game for Carnage. Lots of fun and the boys won, though the Dishonour Rollers certainly made them work for it.

2015-04-12 15.09.31Sunday was Jude’s birthday party – George and I were hiding in the kitchen from all the noise of an afternoon D$D campaign conducted by a horde of small boys under James’ supervision.

2015-04-12 14.36.16-1The adventure called for fighting a dragon-turtle. Rachel delivered a fabulous chocolate version for the boys to slay.

And a happy birthday was enjoyed by all adventurers.