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Don’t Quote Me On This

I’m probably a very annoying person to be around. I pull quotes from movies ALL THE TIME! Usually in response to a phrase or word.

Just a very few of the many, many strange things I say, I can’t even think of most of them off the time of my head, they are triggered by events and just happen, but here’s a couple:

When someone says “Nothing”… I’ll reply “Nothing, nothing, nothing tra la la”- Labyrinth 
When I realise the front door has been left unlocked when we’re about to go to bed… “We’ll all be murdered in our beds come what may” – The Pirate Movie
When someone says “Violated”; I’ll exclaim “Violated, you know what I mean, Violated?”- Chicago

Well, for the most part David knows what I’m going on about. He has either seen the movies I reference, or has osmotically absorbed the information by proximity via my repetitive viewing of said sources.

Turns out there is one movie I also quote, and one particular phrase that comes up more often than you may think… sometimes in response to a word being said, sometimes because someone is driving too fast, or sometimes because someone is walking too slow and I have to zoom around them…

“It’s a racing snail”

Teeny Weeny: The NeverEnding Story

I sometimes say… yes I’m weird, but I’m pretty sure most folk will know where that one comes from, but turns out you learn things about your partner all the time. Tonight I found out David has never seen the movie that is the source of that bit of dialogue that springs forth from my lips many times. I probably have not watched it in the last 22 years so unlike the others the has not been exposed to it by me, but seriously, who hasn’t seen the movie!

And there’s some insight into my brain; this little quirk, which I am quite sure is not unique, is certainly something that I do all the time.


Baby Yoda

The baby Yoda in “The Mandalorian” makes it worth the subscription fees for Disney+!

Of course we know he’s not Yoda, The Mandalorian takes place after the fall of the Empire so the Yoda we know has passed and is now one with the Force. But because we don’t know much about the Master Yoda’s race there is no better descriptor for this little guy.

Even referring to him as a “baby” is a bit of a misnomer, the Baby Yoda is 50 years old at the time of the Mandalorian, and he’s not as helpless as his cuteness would imply. The Force is strong with this one!

Sassy Baby Yoda
Sassy baby Yoda
Baby Yoda is so tiny against the Mandalorian
Baby Yoda is so tiny against the Mandalorian
Baby Yoda walking out of the Mandalorian's ship
Baby Yoda walking out of the Mandalorian’s ship
Baby Yoda drinking broth while the Mandalorian and Cara Dune fight it out.
Baby Yoda drinking broth while the Mandalorian and Cara Dune fight it out.
The baby Yoda sitting at a table looking cute as can be.
A seat at the table for Baby Yoda

The saddest news…

No Baby Yoda Merch for Christmas

The Baby Yoda is also a meme machine…

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Snap Shots Podcast

When I started entering competitions 5 years ago, that was when my photography started to improve.

Brett Ferguson, Photographer, as heard on the “Snap Shots” podcast Episode 33.

The importance of entering competitions, hearing, and responding to the critique is important in our growth.

We all have our Instagrams with its easy “tap tap” *likes*… but it is through the critical eye of a judge, or those who would give you honest feedback, that we grow in what we do.

Listen to the episode and see Brett’s work on his website.


Design Work

Here are some flyers that have just come in for a client. I really like how they turned out. The colours are a little off on this quick photo.

The first flyers I have created/designed.
Flyers Created for Melanie Wyatt Family Law

I have already adjusted the original file to give the text at the bottom a little more room to breathe when we need to do a reprint.

The stock selection was made without the aid of a samples card, Mel selected a 350GSM stock with gloss finish and I was worried it was going to be too shiny. But the gloss paper is nowhere near as shiny as the gloss laminate and I think they came up nicely.

Meanwhile, our printer also sent me along a Stock Selector so I can see the types for future prints.

Printer stock selector

Black Friday 2019

I say F*CK OFF to all of these businesses who are having Black Friday sales that read like “15% OFF EVERYTHING*” then have in much smaller letters… “Exclusions apply”

That’s not EVERYTHING numbnuts!

Further it seems that the big camera retailers are doing this, both Teds and Digidirect, and BOTH are excluding the majority of camera lenses and the new camera bodies, which are of course the things most people want to buy.

It should be illegal for them to say “EVERYTHING” in a headline of a sale when it is clearly not most things… just look at Ted’s exclusion list:

“*Excludes Canon lenses, Fujifilm GFX and GF lenses, Instax Mini 9 Moments Kit, ProFoto, Panasonic Lumix GH5, S1H and S Lenses, Nikon Coolpix, D850, D3500, D5600, Z50 and Z 85mm, 24mm lenses, Olympus EM5 MK3, Sony A7 MKIV, A9 MKII, A6600, RX100M7 and Sony lenses, GoPro cameras, DJI, Blackmagic, Giftcards, Total Care Packages, and Tamron 28-75mm.”

I can’t share Digidirects because being the dodgy buggers they are they don’t seem to list them anywhere I can easily find.


Poor Porter

A consult room at the Bacchus Marsh Veterinary Clinic
A consult room at the Bacchus Marsh Veterinary Clinic

A visit to the vet for Porter. She’s a sick little kitty, the vet has taken her away to ultrasound her bladder.

She has been peeing a lot and sometimes containing blood, so we took her up right away.

She ended up staying overnight. Her urine sample was sent off to check for infection and while none was found a diagnosis of Cystitis was given. It’s essentially inflammation of the bladder, a kind of catch-all.

Our cat Porter

All up it cost us $580 to fix the cat, she is on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. And you can likely imagine how much she doesn’t like having tablets shoved down her throat.

The advice was that she should lose some weight, advice we all hear in this house, well except Edie, our other cat. The cats share a food bowl and it would seem that Porter is eating the lion’s share. Edie on the other hand is super skinny, but she likes it that way, it lets her easily bound over our seven foot high fences.

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Buyers’ Remorse Remorse & a new iPad

David packed us in the car this morning and was taking us on a mystery adventure. I didn’t know where we were going and he told me it was a surprise.

Turns out that surprise was to head to the Apple Store to get new Apple Watches.

You may remember we returned our Ceramic Series 5 Apple Watches within the two weeks of buying them. We just couldn’t justify the cost of the units, until we could!

The plan was apparently to go to the Apple Store and for David to replace his Series 3 with a Series 5, he was looking the stainless steel or the titanium but wasn’t sure which one he wanted. He revealed this to me as we were on the way, which turned out to be a good thing. Upon getting into the car and opening my iPad, which I’d brought along for the adventure, I noticed the corner had a crack in the screen. I was a little devastated, until I remembered I have AppleCare+ on my iPad Pro.

Knowing I had to book in with the Genius Bar for an assessment of my device I looked up Chadstone and checked the next available appointment, it wasn’t until 3pm, then I checked Doncaster and they had an appointment at 11am, just over an hour’s time, and it would have been about 15 minutes after we arrived at Doncaster if we changed our direction. Doncaster also had the watches David was looking at in stock so the redirection was a no-brainer. I was also not-so-secretly excited for this change because there is also an official Lego Store at Doncaster, in fact it’s right across from Apple!

And there’s the Lego Store!

Well we got there, checked in with the Genius Bar and after a 20 minute wait was on my way to having my iPad Pro replaced, no questions asked, just had to pay the $85 service fee and AppleCare+ took care of the rest. The Apple staff was quite surprised I wasn’t really worried about the content of my device. I wasn’t sure when the last backup was, and she was like “well do you want to do one now before we wipe it and replace it?” and I was like, “nah, I’m not wedded to anything on the device, plus most of it is actually in iCloud.”

I also got to go to the Lego store… while David was thinking about which Apple Watch he wanted to get. I didn’t buy anything because while in there we kind of admitted what we’d known pretty much since we handed back our ceramic watches: We had buyers’ remorse remorse. We really liked the ceramic Apple Watch Series 5, and we decided we’d get them back again.

So off to Chadstone where they had them in stock. They aren’t stocked at any other store in Victoria.

We get to Chaddy and pulled the pin on our bank account and now have two new shiny Apple Watch Series 5 Ceramics. They are so lovely. I don’t love the cost of them ($2,088 each), but I do love them.

My Apple Watch Edition Ceramic configuration
My Apple Watch Edition Ceramic configuration
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Who wants to buy a dodgy house?

House next door is finally up for sale, no mention of the slab heave or the more than 2 years of work that’s been done on the house to mitigate the issue of all the cracked pipes and sewage leakage. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Of course according to the guy who used to live there, before he was silenced by his settlement with the building company, the official independent building report said the only correct way to deal with the issues of the house was to tear it down. I pity the poor folks who buy the turkey of a house.

He fought with them for 7 years, they moved him out a few times in over the years to do more extensive work and still they needed to do 2 more year’s work AFTER they finally settled with him.