Monday, 22 August 2011

A weekend enjoyed. Mostly

Monday, nasty Monday.  I really could have done with a longer weekend this weekend.  No real reason - I just think we all could do with it every week.

I stayed local for this one and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Friday night and Saturday at least.  Sunday was a wee bit mundane.

Here is it in pictures:

Friday night
Get in my belly.Rodenbach Original; get in my belly #2Monteith's Radler (fav NZ beer)Dogfish Head Festina Peche (tasty fruit wheat beer)Paul Kwak (unique Belgium taste)

Beers for a mate's 30th.  We went for "quality not quantity" this time (Budapest was very much "quantity not quality"), heading to a beer pub, The Draft House.  They were:
  • Little Creatues Pale Ale - one of my favourite beers.  It's Aussie and not widely available over here (although it does seem to be popping up more and more).  It's not super special anything, just a really tasty everyday beer (if you were to have a beer every day!).  I'd drink this again (and again)
  •  Rodenbach Original - a vintage blend Beligum red.  Heavy, would have probably enjoyed it later in the evening (I don't think I've had a Belgian red before but would again).
  • Monteith's Radler- A NZ beer I drank plenty of and enjoyed back in NZ for my bro's wedding.  It's lemony and refreshing and lovely (it somehow manages to avoid tasting like dishwashing liquid, which many lemon drinks can in my mind)
  • Dogfish Head Festina Peche - A peach flavoured wheat beer and quite the lovely one at that.  Not as sweet as the usualy peach beers (which I always stake out in Belgium, or Belgian beer bars) but yum.
  • Paul Kwak - strong beer that if served in the true glass, would have looked super awesome.  Label told it would taste unique and it certainly did.  It grew on me but it's probably not something I'd chose again.

Saturday was a change of pace, spending the day with my Aunty, playing tourist of sorts.  Meeting at the V&A (as always), checking out the Wallace Collection, some afternoon tea (no photos, too hungry to wait) and some shopping at Liberty London.
Annual V&A day w auntyWhat do you think? Too big for my bedroom?Shopping time, this time at Liberty London

Sunday...filing, culling, packing, cleaning etc.  I move this coming weekend.  I've saved you the task of having to look at photos of that!

How were your weekends?

Thursday, 18 August 2011

My life


This pic best sums up my weekend, and probably the last month.  A little bit crazy but a lot of fun.  It was taken late (late late late) in the day at Sziget Festival on Saturday with a school mate.

I had a last minute weekend trip to Budapest over the weekend just gone.  By last minute, I mean I booked it Thursday arvo and flew out Friday after work.  It came on the back of a few other weekends away, flat hunting, working busy season and life.  Things are starting to calm down and I can’t wait to share the pics with you from some of these trips.

A prettier view of my last month might be this:

L-R, Aguille du Midi (Chamonix, France), Riomaggiore (Cinque Terre, Italy), Parliament House (Budapest, Hungary)  

(Oh, and that Budapest pic on the right is from my trip there in 2009 – I mostly used a film camera in Budapest this weekend so waiting for those pics back before I have anything to share.  Even then. they're likely to mainly be of the festival and not really of anything pretty like this.)

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Ten on Tuesday - 92

London is burning. I can't begin to understand what is going on (or more so, why) in this great city I have chosen to call home. It is a great city and it's desperately sad to see it go this way. Whilst the nearest rioting has been about 1.5miles from my home, I've not been directly impacted.

Here's what I saw in London last night. Nothing riot related, just a beautiful rainbow over the Tower of London. The sky had a eerie ethereal quality to it (which I suspect was in part to do with the smoke from the fires as well as rain clouds, fluffy clouds and a sunset). I was busy looking west (sunset) but stopped to glance back a the Tower and was faced with this. From this viewpoint, the rainbow is coming out of Tower Bridge (that you can barely see in the background).

I can see a rainbow
London, it seems not everyone does, but I love you.

Ok, on to the scheduled programming - 10 on a Tuesday. Thanks Chelsea (& Kara)

1. Mac or Windows? (Or Linux for you super geeks!)

2. What drew you to that operating system?
My Dad? It's what I grew up using at home and mostly in school (aside from Apple 2Es).

3. Mice – Wireless or Wired? Mouse pad or none?
I'd love a wireless one but I'm wired for now. Mouse pad at work, not at home.

4. Other than the Internet – What do you use your computer most for?
Photos and music.

5. What’s one computer-related thing you wish you were best at? (CSS, Photoshop, Excel, etc.)
Photoshop would be cool but I need another time suck like I need a hole in my head. CSS would be more useful. I think I'm pretty dandy at Excel (good enough for my role).

6. Describe the first time you ever used a computer.
Very first time? NFI. I remember playing with Logo writer in the study in my first home. And we had them at school from Grade 1 (1988) but I can't pinpoint the very first time.

7. How often do you upgrade to a new operating system?
When I get a new computer (at home) and then I have no choice (work).

8. Are you a short-cutter (CTRL+C) or a right-clicker?
I'm keyboard queen. Short cuts all the way - I find them so much quicker and easier than the mouse. The mouse is way to far away (like 5 - 10 inches away from my hand when I type.

9. Is computer-use a constant thing in your life (such as using it both at work and home) or do you get a break (because you don’t use them at work)?
Both. Although I don't actually turn my laptop on at home each night, so that might be considered my break? (I read blogs etc on my phone)

10. Where do you think the world would be if personal computers did not exist?
Outside? Checking mail boxes, stargazing, wander lusting? Being happy with our lot because we don't know what the Jones' have? I love computers like the next person but I do think they're taking over just a wee bit much. That, I'm in a bit of a "what is the world coming to" frame of mind.