07 January 2011

My top albums from the past few years...

The following are the albums that made me hit the play button once the last song finished. Narrowing each year down to 10 albums was quite hard at times.

 Lists such as these are always subjective. Through the eclectic mix of albums, you may notice a trend towards heavy metal, Christian rock, reggae, African musicians, and female singer-songwriters. You would be correct.

05 January 2011

Last post from the US

I've been busy packing for most of last night and this morning. The Tetris-like fitting items into suitcases isn't the hard part. That's pretty easy.

The tricky part is that we have two large suitcases, two small suitcases, and a lot of new winter clothes to take home. So it's figuring out which heavy items are small enough to fit into the small suitcases, so that we can get as close to our baggage allowance as possible.

It's really close - the two small ones are currently weighing in at 40 and 48 pounds, while the two large are at 54 and 52 pounds. We're allowed two items of up to 50 pounds each. In the past, some airlines have disregarded a little extra weight if the 2nd bag is under-weight by the same or more. Hopefully they do so tonight!

We fly out at 7:40 or so from Seattle, and get into Brisbane at 10:35 Thursday. That's almost 21 hours, not counting travel to the airport here, or home from the airport once we get back. Such is the joy of Trans-Pacific travel.

04 January 2011


"What is it with wogs and cash?" - Darryl Kerrigan, The Castle

What is it with Americans and cheques? (Or "checks" as they spell it.)

Now, I know my parents have a chequebook, which they use to pay some bills and so on. But I don't have such an account, and can count the number of times I've needed a cheque on one hand. Getting my British passport was one such occasion.

01 January 2011

Happy New Year!

We've just got back from the NYE party at the Hillerstrom's house.

My brother-in-law Ethan and his girlfriend Andréa just got engaged!

I turn 30 this year. (In 10 months time, but still...)

That's all the news for now.

Nearly a new year...

...in this time zone, at any rate.

I stayed up till 2am last night (30/12/10). There were two reasons.

One was that we were watching "Star Trek: TNG" on late-night TV.

The other was that I was waiting for the clock to tick over to midnight on Kiritimati Island, the first timezone to usher in 2011.

Can't wait to see what this year brings. It can hardly be worse than 2010, can it?


We were woken up at 6:30am on the 29th to see falling snow outside. While it hasn't snowed again since, the snow is still on the ground. It's still very cold outside (35F today at lunchtime).

Front driveway.

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