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Monday, 31 August 2009


I spoke to Joerg last night, which was a great relief in and of itself. He's going to be fine, it'll just take a fair while for him to fully heal. It doesn't look like they'll need to operate on his face after all, though he still has the drain in his lung that was damaged in the accident.

Kathy was sounding much, much better last night. She's got a friend who is visiting the hospital each day for her mother's dialysis, and our friend is also visiting to take Kathy shopping. So that support network has been wonderful for them all.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Saturday roundabout

Just an update from Thursday first. My mate Joerg is being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle today. He'll be ok, it's just that the hospital has specialist cranial teams available, as he has a facial fracture from ear to ear, across the bridge of his nose. His punctured lung isn't so great either, but he will get better.

We've gotten through the morning soccer roundabout, which is a good trick as I was running solo today. Ang is at a conference at Chapel all day, so I've got the three until just after 2 when I drop them off there before I head to Uralla for my game. They've survived so far, so that's a win!

Thursday, 27 August 2009


Thoughts and prayers needed for a good mate who I've just heard had a motorbike accident this evening. He's in hospital, cracked ribs and the docs are checking for any internal injuries. His wife didn't sound too bad, obviously pretty shaken, but it didn't sound like it was life threatening. Never a good thing though.

Take care everyone.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Half-way day

As a wanna-be writer, the most difficult thing I find at the moment is finding time to write. There are a few ideas lurking around, but to actually sit down and commit something to a concrete form is proving easier said than done. Even this blog has been evidence of that, as I conscientiously avoided adding anything to it for months previously.

Even now it is tricky to come up with something that isn't just trite "lol, I ated a donut!" kind of entries. To articulate oneself when it sounds like there is nothing more than blowflies buzzing between my ears is an effort.

NanoWriMo is rapidly approaching, and I am determined to give it another go. Last year I made it over the 50k word target, though the novel still lurks unfinished on the computer. I know how I want to end it, but getting it there has been beyond me for a while. And I have no real ideas for this one, either.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

What's worse than a whinging Pom?

A manically grinning one, one that will be dining out on the Ashes victory for months to come. Thanks heavens I've moved out of the office next to him :-)

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Does 7:15am count as a sleep in?

I'm sure it doesn't, somewhere around 8 to 8:30 would have been much preferable, but alas that was not to be. At least we had no definite plans for the day so it was a nice, unrushed kind of Sunday, a far cry from last weekend's soccer carnival. Plus the weather was lovely again. It looks like we are in for a long hot summer.

It looks like we're going to lose the Ashes again. Clarke and Ponting were just run out within an over of each other, both to very good and somewhat lucky fielding efforts. Craig, one of our resident Poms and a cricket tragic, is going to be insufferable at work for months.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Since when were they so fast?

Or perhaps, more pertinently, since when was I so slow and unfit? We had to play against a bunch of teenagers and uni students in soccer today, and considering our youngest player logged in at around 34 or so, we were somewhat overmatched. All things considered we did all right, holding them to 0-0 in the first have before going down 0-4 in the end. We had a few chances, including myself, but couldn't finish any of them. My legs *ache*.

With any luck the munchkins will sleep in tomorrow. We had some friends over tonight so they didn't get into bed until 9:30. The odds are that Marcus will happily sleep in but the girls will wake us up far too early. Oh well.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Late Friday

It's Friday, the kids are in bed, Ang is out having a girls' karaoke night, so I've got the house pretty much to myself. A rare event indeed. While I have been watching the cricket I've also had to read the next chapter in my Civil Procedure law text, which is rather dry. Lots of pieces of legislation and not a lot of juicy cases, unfortunately.

Ah well, the things we do to ourselves. Lunch (in England) is nearly over, so it's back to the Ashes for me.


It looks like I hit the hump on Wednesday so fast that I completely overshot Thursday and landed here on Friday. Must have been an exciting day yesterday, eh wot?

Admittedly, yesterday did mark my return to my old office. Mostly I was transferring all my junk back in and working out where everything was going to go, but the locksmiths reverted the lock back to my key so I was able to lock up and come straight on in. As I speak workmen are attaching the last of the new tin to the outside of the wall, which will just leave a new set of downpipes to finish the job. It's nice to be back in, if a little daunting considering the reason I had to move out in the first place. I'm a little nervous, which surprised me a bit. Knowing the odds of it happening again are fairly microscopic is not much good against an active imagination.

I think I'll take some leave during the next set of exams.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Hump Day

Middle of the week, so it's all down hill to the weekend. My office is indeed finished so I've started to move stuff back in. I figured that this would be a good time to weed out some of the redundant paperwork I've had filed away for the last few years and so start somewhat afresh. Apart from the six year old code printouts, Y2K preparation documentation and installation instructions for Red Hat 6, I also found a number of old Dell bits and pieces (booklets on machines, drivers for old 17'' CRTs) and even some NT software on 3.5'' floppies. Virtually all of the machines they referred to failed and were thrown out years ago. So now all the other crud has followed suit.

In another major win, I've talked my boss into finally allowing me to get a new office machine. I'll be able, at last, to retire the 6 year old desktop that I inherited from someone who left a few years ago. In fact, as far as I can remember, all of the machines I've used at work have been hand-me-downs. This will be my first new machine. Very nice.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Blue Moon

Yup, that rare creature known as a second daily update. The carpet in my office is in, the outside has just about been re-tinned and the blinds should go up tomorrow. A bit of dusting and I'll be right to move back in. Excellent.

Slacker, slacker, slacker

Yup, missed another one. Perhaps if you are all extra good I'll update you again tonight on the wonderful goings-on in my universe. No promises, you've got to be sooo good to deserve a second update...

And now, for something completely different. HERRINGS!

No, sorry, wrong channel.

We won our B-grade darts grand final last night, beating the random 6-5. It was close all the way to the second last singles match, where we 5-4 up. I won my match, giving us a 6-4 lead. The boys were pretty chuffed to win the comp.

In other news, I should be back in my old office either this afternoon or tomorrow. The carpet is going down now, as is the last of the metal siding on the outside. That just leaves the blinds which are being supplied by the same people that are doing the carpet, so should go in today as well. Excellent. Now all I need to do is build the tank traps and anti-vehicle mortar launchers and I'll be all ready to move back in.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

So I lied. Sue me.

About updating twice yesterday, that is. We didn't get back from the wedding reception until 11:30 so there was no way I was going to turn on the computer just to post a blog update. Crashed out instead.

The wedding was, as they generally are, pretty special. Michael and Vernie obviously dote on each other completely, and they have great support from their families and their friends. Good luck and best wishes to them both.

Today was a rampant soccer-fest. Both Marcus and Heather were playing in the carnival today, and of course they were scheduled to be on two fields as far apart as possible. Five games each later and all of us were worn out and slightly sunburnt. They all had a great time and played some really great soccer even though they didn't win. They were all asleep in record time tonight!

Saturday, 15 August 2009


Well, as it's now midday on Saturday I won't even pretend that I wrote this entry yesterday. So I'll have to update twice today. Aren't you all in for a treat?

I managed to spend the entirety of work yesterday without editing or writing a single line of code. Instead I was installing and updating some nice shiny new computers that I unfortunately have to hand off to their new owners once I'm done. My poor 6 year old desktop is feeling a little inadequate of late.

Marcus and Heather both won their soccer games this morning. Marcus's win was particularly impressive as they played the team at the top of the ladder and came away with a 5-2 victory. Well done boys, you played a fine example of the beautiful game. Great sportsmanship at the end, too, you made all the parents proud.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

A blog a day... harder than it looks, without descending into complete inanity. I've had to back date a couple of entries that I've made the morning after they were supposed to go up, but at least they are only a couple of hours behind. Not that I've had any great revelations on life, the universe an everything.

There are even groups out there that are dedicated to those who fill blogs and more recently facebook and twitter updates with minute details of their family, relationships, etc. These are the "STFU" groups. Of course, not all blogs can be filled with revelations on the human condition, and with sites such as these offering free access to anyone you are bound to get the odd "hey, my dog did this today!" kind of entries. That's the joy of this mess known as the internet.

No other great revelations from me today, so I guess this entry gets filed under the "STFU" category. Too bad, not gonna!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009


We had a great men's fellowship last night, the past few weeks have been very encouraging. Looking at 1 Peter and the hope we have.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Rainy storm

Strange aqueous matter fell from the skies today, a phenomenon not really seen often enough of late. Not a lot during the day, though a bit of thunder and lightning tonight holds some promise of a decent amount of rain. As long as it clears up for Saturday, when we will be at Michael and Vernie's wedding. It can bucket down all it likes after than.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Another week under way

Another week, another round of getting two out of three off to school. Despite them being incredibly tired last night the two girls still managed to wander into our bed at some unknown but definitely dark hour of the night/morning. I think we need to put a time lock on our door so we can manage a night of uninterrupted sleep. With a cat door as well so the furry ones don't wake us up wanting to leave in the middle of the night as well. I can dream, I guess.

Our darts team won tonight, so we are in to the b-grade final next Monday. Go us!

It was rather satisfying to see the look on the face of the Englishman in the office next to mine this morning, he was most distraught at the effort put in by the English cricketers. We'll see how well he goes through the next 10 days before the fifth test. We're a cruel lot, we are...

In other office news my original office has finally got its new heater. Now all it needs is some window glass, blinds and carpet before I can move back in. Hopefully they've put some titanium reinforcing into the rebuilt wall to keep errant cars out in the future.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

There and back again

We got back from Inverell this evening with a bunch of rather overtired and asleep children in the back. Heather decided to have an emotional tizz over dinner, at which point we figured she was just worn out from a whole day of play with Riley and Skye. Much tears preceeded falling asleep in the back of the car about 10 minutes down the road.

Joerg and I had a really good talk Saturday night around the fire bucket in their back yard. Ang had gone up to see Kathy so I made some pizzas for us and we got the kids into bed at a decent hour before we retired outside to a beautiful clear night and a warm fire. It was just the sort of thing he needed to get himself unwound.

Kathy came home Sunday. She and Ang had had a good talk together as well so here's hoping and praying for them that they've started to turn the corner.

Saturday, 8 August 2009


We're off to Inverell this afternoon to catch up with some friends. We'd planned the trip before K got sick, but the kids have all been looking forwards to catching up. I'll update everyone when we get back.

Friday, 7 August 2009


Thoughts go out to friends in Inverell. Kath just got out of hospital and is suddenly back in again. Thinking and praying for her, hubby and the kids.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Thursday already

And just about the end of it, too. This is a bit of a recap in a way of yesterday as I really don't know where today disappeared to, it was gone in a flash. Though I did manage to get some stuff achieved, which is always nice. Even solved a couple of problems as well, which turned out to be both a bit of our fault along with some cruddy data. Here's hoping tomorrow the last of the current crop of problems can be solved so we can get on with v6 of the software. Here's hoping...

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

As the days go by

Far to fast, most of the time. You'd think that with the Earth gradually orbiting the sun slower and slower you'd find that there was more time in the day to get things done, but that's never the case, is it? There always seems to be something not done, or done in a hurry, by the time that your mind shuts down for the night and demands sleep. Of course, it's all a furphy, I just need to stop wasting time and get into what needs to be done. The trick is to stop said procrastination and get moving.

Perhaps tomorrow.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009


You know it's going to be a good day when the first thing you see at work is a sign on your door that says "the network is broke". Turns out most of the western campus was off the air which made doing anything somewhat difficult. Fortunately things were back live by 10:30am, but that still meant that some servers didn't reconnect so I had to get in and do them manually.

That wasn't a problem. The problem for the day was a certain user who, thinking that they could restart certain services on their linux box to get the network going again, managed to completely disable their mouse and keyboard once their machine had finished booting. They would work in BIOS, would work at the boot screen, but when the X server came up, nothing.

He eventually reinstalled is OS.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Another day, another dollar (plus GST)

Mondays around here aren't too bad. Since the uni put in a new spam filter I no longer have to spend a chunk of time teaching Thunderbird about the dozen new variants that it has to remember to filter out. Now there is usually only one or two, which is a rather pleasant change. There was even a general lack of annoying questions/problems to be solved, which meant I managed to get something positive achieved for the day. A win all around.

Darts tonight, assuming something doesn't come up between now and around 7:30pm. It's the semis, so I really should have done some practice over the weekend, but I didn't even think of it. The weather was far too nice to be inside anyway, and there was plenty of other things to keep me occupied.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Sunday, day of rest?

That depends, of course, on your definition of "rest". A relatively lazy start to the day eventually turned into a "let's clean out the car" middle of the day, with a trip to Kids Zone in the afternoon for Phoebe's party. With any luck tonight will involve kicking back with a glass of wine, the second Ashes test and a copy of my Civil Procedure textbook. Thrilling times ahead!

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Saturday, it's a Saturday

A busy sporting Saturday as per usual. Marcus and Heather both played this morning and both had a win. Mind you, there are no official scores kept in Heather's division, but you can guarantee that the players keep a running total.

Unfortunately my team in the afternoon couldn't finish the trifecta and lost 3-1 to the KD Dads. A couple of our blokes need to work out when to keep their traps shut and that ragging on the 15 year old in our team really doesn't do any good at all, particularly when you make plenty of mistakes yourself. The rest of the blokes are pretty good about it all though.

And I just about wore Nathan out as he had to chase me down for most of the match, so it wasn't all bad :-)

Chapel tonight was good, I was rostered on for kid's club so got to help out teaching a pretty large group of primary aged kids. I'd forgotten how my energy and volume a bunch of boys can have when all put together!