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07 January 2013 @ 10:19 pm
Did more than I realised.  
What happened to the weekend? How can it be Monday night again already? *sigh* That old saw about time going faster with age has a lot of truth in it.

Didn't feel too well on Saturday so didn't do much at all, mainly packed up the few Christmas decorations I'd bothered to drag out. Didn't do a tree this year as I wasn't going to be here on the day, and I totally didn't trust Ziggy not to destroy anything I tried to put up. Instead I put a large hurricane vase full of brightly-coloured Christmas balls on the dining table, and just a couple of larger objects in high places.

Also on Saturday I tried on this year's uniform issue. It's bloody awful, our uniform; striped shirts reminiscent of 60s nurses, or red plasticy shirts that don't breathe at all, teamed with lined wool-blend grey skirts and trousers. Top these off with bright red jackets that make me think I should be leading a marching band down the main street while singing "76 Trombones" and you get the picture I think. Anyway, all but the trousers fit, they'll have to be returned for another size. Everything else has been ironed and put away.

Yesterday went to see The Hobbit and while I won't give any spoilery details, I'll say two things; firstly it managed to hit my One Big Phobia. Repeatedly. (no, not snakes. My bigger-than-snakes phobia). Secondly, it's a long movie but I was so engrossed that I didn't notice the time passing. I'll definitely front up for parts 2 and 3.

It's funny, I know I've read the book but I can't remember when. I can remember exactly when I read Lord of the Rings for the first and second times, although not the subsequent ones, and I have a crystal clear memory of both readings of The Silmarillon (and no, it didn't get any better or more readable on the second go-through) but haven't a clue when I read The Hobbit, except knowing that it was after reading LOTR.

Interstate friends stayed over last night and we went to the local pasta restaurant for dinner. I had a small Pappardelle Genovese which was heavenly! Much better than cooking at home.

Back to work today and flat-out so at least the day passed quickly enough. Home to find my car registration renewal in the letterbox- $821!! I'm sure that's a lot more than last years'. And here I was, thinking how grand it was that I'd cut my electricity bill by more than half, and I could pay the saved money off my home loan. Nup, 'twill be going to the Dept of Transport and Main Roads instead.
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on January 7th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)

I'm sorry you didn't feel well. Hope you're feeling a lot better.

Good to hear another recommendation for the Hobbit, people either seem to love it or hate it.

That registration cost seems really high to me. If it's a lot more than last year is there anyway to appeal, seeing as your car is now a year older?
miwahni: Random Newcarmiwahni on January 7th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
I'm fine now, thanks, just a 24-hour thing.
Unfortunately registration costs are based on engine size and tare weight of the vehicle, not age. And as our state government is crying "poor" a whole range of charges went up on the 1st January. Public transport fares were increased by 7% as well so it's a double whammy for me as I catch the bus to work.
First thing our state government did when they were elected last March was to start slashing the public service; to date over 15,000 people have lost their jobs so I shouldn't complain. If it's a choice between more redundancies and paying a higher rego, I'll pay up gladly. (well not exactly gladly but you get my drift :-) )
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miwahni: Cats Talk to the pawmiwahni on January 8th, 2013 10:49 am (UTC)
CGI was really well-done I thought. My only complaint was that at times the images seemed a bit blurry, when the camera panned across landscapes quickly. I was wondering if it was something to do with the film being shot in 3D and I was viewing the 2D version, or whether it was my glasses :-).
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miwahni: Pros Doyle banglemiwahni on January 10th, 2013 10:14 am (UTC)
I haven't seen Clash of the Titans, either version, and I'm ashamed to admit that I've yet to watch Golden Voyage of Sinbad although I've had the dvd for a few years now. I do vaguely recall watching it on tv one Saturday afternoon, years and years ago but no distinct memories really.

You're really good at recognising actors from other roles, I'm hopeless at it!