The nice thing about working somewhere with a professional test kitchen is that Christmas lunch is absolutely top notch.

I am pretty sure at this point the fire is on fire.

At this point climate change denial should be a human rights violation that can see you strung up at the ICC. Burn the entire political and journalistic class that abjectly failed.

Not too bad if I do say so. Prefer the fennel slightly, which I spruced up with ginger and lemon.

Dinner is served. First serious attempt at quick pickles. Radishes in one and fennel in the other.

Finally got the HDMI/ARC to behave by switching various settings off and on again until sounds finally came out of the correct speakers. What fixed it? 🤷‍♀️ But also got the TV/audio shelves tidied up, Apple TV that we don't used unplugged and packed away, and antenna plugged in to the TV. Still needs a dust but I feel accomplished.

So we have been making our way through Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon books on audiobook. Two things: these books are deeply funny, cool, and wise. I love them way more than the animated Dreamworks adaptations (and I did mostly enjoy those films). And I didn't realise David Tennant can do ALL the accents, and his voice acting is a gift to humanity that we all should treasure.

So we got the wifi router working with the NBN modem (eventually), but somehow in the installation process the audio output of the TV stopped going through the receiver into the speakers 🤦‍♀️ Eventually we will get it working again, so we can promptly forget how everything is hooked up and go through the same process all over again when it breaks 4 years from now. At least we finally managed to update the firmware of the Fritz Box.

Factory reset it is! Cue circus music...

So apparently we got our NBN hooked up today but neither $spouse nor I can remember the admin password for the wifi router. He is booting up an old laptop now in the hopes it's in the keychain 😬

Really not keen on breathing air that has colour😣 Can't imagine how bad it must be for regional folks right now. It's definitely feeling more than a little apocalyptic here right now.

Cue The Bangles - Manic Monday. Left my laptop at home and didn't realise until I got to my desk in the office 🤦‍♀️

Woop Woop was a nice place to spend the weekend, but now I'm behind on laundry and I think I overdid it jumping on the trampoline with the kiddos.

Stopped for lunch in Katoomba. It's very windy and it looks like there’s a big wall of smoke blowing up from The Three Sisters 😬

Think I have got the hang of image captions now.

Photo of dirt road, gum trees, and clouds.

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