December 2007 -

Just a place for my old thoughts

Heading home...
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 2:18 am

Well we are sitting at the airport waiing for our flight back to Brisbane. I got Deb an eeePc for Christmas and I am currently sponging off of Internodes free wireless internet.

Unfortunately both Deb and I got a cold in the last few days which really put a damper on our Christmas celebrations.

I really enjoyed Debs Mums hospitality but I am also really looking forward to my own bed. We also have season tickets to the Woodford folk festival which we are now debating how long we will go for given how we both feel. Then again maybe Ill build up some enthusiasm.

Hope you all had a great Christmas!

Santa has been
Monday, 24 December 2007 10:28 pm

Just wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas from us here in Adelaide. Deb is currently fighting the flu which she has now given me. nd they won't let me open my presents!

Best wishes everyone!

A very Furrgus Christmas
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 10:54 pm

Well, Deb has sent out her Christmas email but I still can't pass up using ye olde blog to look back on our first year in Brisbane. And a hell of a year it was.

On the geek front an upgrade to World of Warcraft came out that both excited our interest and ultimately killed our joy of the game. Deb couldn't see the point in grinding her character to level 70 and I just didn't have the time to devote to the game. So we have both suspended our accounts and only occasionally think about the couple of years we spent locked in its embrace.

I got a carputer for my Birthday with GPS and enough features to keep me happy for quite a while. I have to say that in car GPS is an absolute must of everyone. It makes life so much easier than trying to read a map and navigate.

The only event bigger than actually moving to Brisbane was buying the house. After a false start earlier in the year I fell in love with Banya Street and here we are. I'll leave it to you to read back through the archives at all the pain we went through trying to get the F*&king finance approved but in the end it all worked out.

Then came the renovations. It was the first time we had done such extensive changes to a place so it really was a learning curve. I would definitely do it again but with a clearer understanding of what needs to happen. The paint in the bathroom is, unfortunately, starting to crack over the shower so that is a job for me in the New Year. Couldn't be bothered getting the moron back who did it. Would just be a waste of my time.

We have all our wine in storage and have discovered that it is not all cooked as we had first thought. So far most of it has been used to wash down pizza from various establishments around Brisbane. I am hoping to rekindle our dinner parties in the New Year when the weather turns a little cooler.

In the middle of everything happening with the house I was also running a conference for my department at work. It was a massive challenge but one that I look back on with great pride at what was achieved. All up I don't know how I will ever be able to top it. I think I will need to hand on the task anyway to someone else for the next one. Just to keep the event fresh.

The house is now basically done with it's water tank and insulation in the roof. The next phase of upgrades will be focused on the decks and entertainment areas.

One of the best aspects of being in Brisbane has been being able to spend time with my family. From BBQs with everyone, lunches in the city with my sister and popping around to see Dad on a Sunday morning. It was one of the main reasons that I moved to Brisbane in the first place so that fact that it has been so successful just makes it all the more worth while.

On the sad side we lost the Cleo cat last month which was a pretty tough experience. The Vet has given us an expectation of how long she would last but I never really believed it. At that early stage she was still so bouncy. But at the end, and pretty close to the day advised by the vet, Cleo was a shadow of the former Squizzycat. Having known her for a full 12 years she will be sweetly remembered.

Deb did end up getting her House Warming party and by all accounts it was a raging success. It was also a fantastic opportunity to reunite Mark, Jon and myself which we repeated a few weeks later at Mark's place for a BBQ. A very enjoyable day and one that I hope to repeat many times in the future.

At this late stage of the year we are getting ready to fly out tomorrow night to Adelaide for Christmas. I had ordered a number of gifts for Deb over the Internet, none of which have arrived. So I went out to get a couple of additional items yesterday and made a rather impulsive purchase. I have no idea if she will like it so I'll let you know how it goes in the New Year.

It has certainly been one hell of a year for us with so much happening that it really does just seem like yesterday that I was sitting in my bosses office in Melbourne and saying 'I think I would like to move to Brisbane.' With thanks to Antonio at the time who seized the moment and have me the momentum to actually do something about it.

On a domestic front we have been completing Catcatraz ready for the new cat to arrive. Mr Furrgus has, over the year, developed a strange preference to hop into laundry baskets if they are left unattended. This started out as him climbing in just after you dropped it on the ground ready for dry cloths. It has now culminated in us having to take out two baskets so that he sleeps in one while we fill the other.

And I now have an office at work so I don't work from home nearly as much as I used to at the beginning of the year. It is good actually because I am developing friendships within the office and building a sense of community with the Brisbane office. But when I do work from home there is always this little furry helper there to ensure that I stay focused NOT. Give me your suggestions on what this should be captioned!

And finally I just wanted to wish everyone that has crossed our path this year the very happiest of holidays and the best wishes for the New Year.

Love Daniel & Deb

Movember results
Monday, 10 December 2007 1:23 am

Well, I personally could not wait for the 1st of December so that I could shave off my moustache (Which didn't look very good!)

I heard today that with the Firm matching the donations for Movember we raised over $260,000 dollars for Beyond Blue, which is a pretty awesome effort.

I couldn't help but post this picture of Aaron who I used to work with in Melbourne. Seriously, check out that Mo!!!

Catcatraz continutes...
Sunday, 9 December 2007 8:16 am

Well I am exhusted. Some would say stuffed and I could possibly go so far as saying rooted. We have been constructing Catcatraz all weekend and have made some outstanding progress thanks to the assistance of Serena who foolishly hung around and helped out.

Take a look at the Catcatraz gallery where I have put up a few pictures of the progress so far. We used powder-coated self brackets, galvanised screws and wire, fishing line and bird netting to complete the work. Down the side yard we increased the height by using gardening stakes. All up I think it will cost less than one cat. So that has to be worth it.

I do have to mention our dinner last night. As a way to celebrate Serena's naming day today and thank her for her hard work we went to a restaurant off Oxford Street called David's off Oxford. I have to say the food was truely outstanding and one of the stand-out meals I have had in quite a long time. That could have been helped by the three bottles of wine we had (including a perfect Pinot and an outstanding Ice Riesling) but my oh my what a meal!

The Cam is back!
Thursday, 6 December 2007 11:02 pm

I am working from home today while we get insulation installed in the roof. I thought it may have been very noisey and whatever but frankly the distraction is less than the possums fighting on the roof at night.

I had Furrg sitting beside me all morning looking very cute so I thought I would fire up ye'olde webcam again and let it run for a bit.

For any of our long term readers you will remember that originally we had it hooked up back in Melbourne, then later over to Brisbane Street. Well as I think to turn it on you can get great photos of just working. Exciting huh!

For our interstate & overseas readers I'll point it out the window (If I remember) so that you can bask in a little 320x240 image of beautiful Queensland.

Welcome to Catcatraz
Sunday, 2 December 2007 5:33 am
(The Warden)

Back home but no rest for the behaviorally challenged. Friday night Deb & I headed up to Oxford Street to Chill for dinner. I have decided that the other alacarte places charge nearly as much and never deliver anywhere near the experience. For the first time Deb didn't have the duck so I felt honour bound to try it. With a pinot grigio it went down an absolute treat. A very pleasant way to get back into Brisbane.

Saturday morning we headed out to Bunnings to try and figure out how we are going to cat-proof the backyard so that Furrg and Olivia (aka Rover) can sun themselves but not escape. With a headful of ideas we then headed home to measure and have a think.

Saturday night JT came over (Jason is in Japan at a Toyota athletics event. I'll leave her to tell you about that) and we went to see Tripod.

It was great fun and pretty outstanding value. I had seen they were touring when I was coming home from work a few weeks ago and Deb picked that up and said she would grab tickets. We were pretty late so we got a row of three seats second to the back. As luck would have it an usher came over and offered us upgraded seats upstairs. Sweet!!! So we had a great view of the whole show.

Today Deb has been filling our new dresser with glasses, plates and stuff we have had stored downstairs. Occationally I hear a stream of profanity that would make a wharfy blush as Deb discovers that the big QLD flying cockroaches just LOVE living in cardboard boxes under old queenslanders.

The preparations for Catcatraz are progressing well and we should be ready to start installing netting by next weekend.

Welcome to Catcatraz!