NYE 2010!

Well it’s been an interesting year to say the least. Not wanting to bore you with too many details, lets see what happened this year:

  • Had another bout anxiety which took up most part of the first quarter
  • Started a family by buying two gorgeous little kitties
  • Bought a whole swagger of gadgets including new laptop, new camera, a stack of kitchen appliances
  • Had 3 guys hand in their resignation at work!
  • We lost the ashes!
  • Skaife and Lowndes won Bathurst!
  • Mark Webber came this –>| |< -- close to winning the World Drivers Championship
  • Went to the Crowded House concert
  • Missed Russell Peters due to my panic 🙁
  • Completed 2 uni subjects, currently on my third
  • Last but not least, we got ENGAGED!! 😀 😀
  • I’m tired of listing bullet points so I’ll just randomly write some more stuff down 🙂

    I received many many lovely gifts for Christmas, spent a lovely day with my fiances family. Had her uncle and his missus stay over for a few days over Christmas which was nice. Purchased a PS3 with a Logitech Driving Force GT after hunting around the whole of Chatswood looking for someone who had a steering wheel! Ended up getting it from Artarmon JB HiFi who then was sold out of GT5, and with a last ditched attempt had a peak in The Good Guys and thank goodness they had it!

    4 More hours and it’s the end of 2010! Just a few things I want to achieve next year, cook more, maybe spend some time food blogging and checking out new eateries, some exercise including learning to swim, drink less and most importantly going away for 2 months on a holiday without having a panic attack! Thankfully I’ve developed some new techniques to tackle the panic when it occurs, however I do realise I need to focus on work less and find another outlet such as a hobby or just plain exercise!

    Two Fruits and a Fly?

    Woke up after getting some well earned rest after yesterdays 18ish hour stint, woke up hot, went to the fridge to grab a Goulburn Valley snack pack. Had a spoonful and went looking for my next piece of fruit and surprise surprise. Look what I found.

    I have emailed SPC Ardmona asking for a please explain and expressing my shock and disappointment at their QA process. With so much technology including such things as full body scanners, it’s not exactly rocket science to sort something along those lines to scan for anything that is not fruit or fruit syrup!

    Antares Baptism!

    Had Antares’ baptism today which meant a trip out west to Lidcombe. On all accounts it should have been fairly straight forward but unfortunately it was one of those drives where the nerves got the better of me and made it a somewhat uncomfortable drive to the event. Not sure what the deal was but the nerves were there all the way to Lidcombe (yes I know a massive 40 minute drive), which on the big plus side gave me a chance to practise my breathing techniques and what not. Got past the nerves and got to the event in one piece although I must admit there were plenty of moments when I thought about either pulling over or swapping drivers. Must remember to keep the mental note that I pushed past the barrier and survived at to come out unscathed at the other end if I’m to start catching planes. Planning a 2 month trip around Europe so gotta be strong.

    On the plus side got to test out the LX5 in dim lighting (inside a church!). Not exactly what I’d call stellar results, but I’m not going to always blame the equipment. I should have realised that babies are always going to be squirming and 1/25 second shutter speed even at ISO 400 isn’t going to cut it. Should have brought the D300S but I thought hey, I bought this camera for a reason so lets give it a test spin. Also didn’t realise the main photographers were all busy at the baptism! Ooopsies!

    Notes to take out of todays session.

  • Babies move, so need fast shutter speed
  • With the LX5, set it to take multiple shots just incase one of them is sharp 😛
  • Having 2.0 Aperture doesn’t mean you should use it all the time, group shots means some people are going to be (OOF) Out of Focus!
  • Next time just bring the D300S with the SB800, you bought it for a reason!
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    Green Finger!

    It’s that time of the year where we all get very excited by gardening projects and this year is no different. Off to Bunnings on the weekend to buy some pots, some plants and some potting mix. It’s alot smaller this year with only some tomatoes, parsley and basil being grown. There’s an internal competition to see who’s will last the longest and bear the most fruit. Since I picked the tomatoes I’m the only one that can win the fruit competition. Providing I’m not too lazy I’ll be taking daily and then probably weekly photos of their progress.

    So far the tomatoes are going strong and it helps theres been a bit of rain over the past few days. Mind you today is only day 2, but I’ll get some pics up shortly. Go go tomatoes!!!

    Still clean and Grill’d Burgers

    Still off the meds, and the light headedness still slowly subsiding. Its interesting because there are some days where I don’t feel it, or maybe I’m not noticing it at all. However yesterday I was fine for most part of the day I was fine and then in the afternoon I felt very woozy. Don’t really want to start on the next set of meds until it completely goes away. Maybe I won’t start at all?

    On the plus side received my second assignment results and scored a nice 95%, coupled with the 97% in the first assignment sitting pretty sweet for the subject. I am somewhat disappointed in the exam where I completely missed 10 marks. I just couldn’t get my head around the law section of IT ethics and skipped over it hoping I wouldn’t receive a question on Law, which of course I did. Oh well!

    Oh and I bought a Panasonic Lumix LX5 a week ago. Awesome camera 🙂 Definitely a league ahead of the standard point and shoot camera’s! I haven’t done much with my D300s, but I can see why the DSLR’s actually exist. The LX5 is mobile and has an awesome F2.0 lens, but there are many features that it doesn’t have. The obvious one is wildlife or sports photography which requires a huge telephoto and a fast camera. Having said that planning on a trip away next year so definitely the LX5 will be the one to bring with me. I lugged the D80 around last time and didn’t really use it that much.

    Went out to Grill’d at Crows Nest today after reading numerous food blogs about how good it was. I’ve taken to reading alot of food blogs and even toyed with the idea of starting my own Food Blog.. another reason why I really wanted to get the LX5. Lugging a D300s with the 28-70 beast and popping that out in a restaurant or cafe might look a bit ostentatious. Anyway the burgers were really filling, however they seemed almost to be too flavoursome. After eating the burgers, I attempted to munch on the chips which had alot of salt, herbs and it was all too much. I mean don’t get me wrong, the burgers were huge, had lots of fresh salads and sauce but you felt like you just wanted to down at least 2 litres of water to wash away all that flavour stuck in your mouth. Maybe I’m just being picky? I’ve attached a few pics of the burgers, the first is the Mustard and Pickled! and the second the Almighty burger! The last pic is the chips. Oh and taken with the LX5 at ISO400! I know gorgeous ain’t it?

    Withdraw symptoms…

    So it’s now been 6 days off the meds and I’m still walking around with a permanent sense of light headedness. From as little as looking left to right with my eyes and not evening moving sends me into a spin, it’s not too bad although sometimes when out and about I have to stop walking and close my eyes for the sensation to pass. It’s not as bad as other peoples withdraw symptoms which I have read on the Interweb, however it’s enough to be a nuisance. It makes things very difficult to concentrate on such as work tasks. Other things I’ve noticed is that I have somewhat more doubt in my mind, but having said that it’s probably because I have convinced myself the meds were doing something. I had a mild panic attack leaving work on Tuesday evening, which I used my breathing techniques and eventually putting myself to sleep whilst stuck in traffic on the bridge home. I’ve started to catch a cold or something because my throat feels like there’s something stuck in there causing me to continually cough, and during sleep I have a really bad sore-throat.

    Just wish the stupid head spins would go away, it’s really beginning to annoy me now.