I failed…

24 06 2009

Unfortunately, I failed the 8-hour case study component of my exam.

I passed the 2-hour exam, but that was the easy part.

Will have to have another go next semester.


I might be going away for a while…

23 06 2009

…if I don’t blog for a while – this is why.

Sucks to be Simon Guthrie.

The Stig

22 06 2009

Michael Schumacher unveiled as Top Gear’s ‘Stig’

I guess that explains why he is an awesome driver.

Sunday Roast – Coffee News

21 06 2009

Not much to say about coffee this weekend. Have been drinking it. Have been enjoying it. Threebeansroasters did their biggest ever roast last week – woohoo!

Here are the top 5 stories I got when I googled “coffee” on the google news website.

1. Starbucks fan travels the globe in a quest to visit every outlet

2. Starbucks will refresh coffee containers every 24mins in a bid to enmphasise freshness

3. Angola will harvest 12,000 tonnes of coffee in 2009 compared to only 5,000 in 2008

4. J.M. Smucker Co. fourth quarter earnings more than doubled this year. The growth of the company’s coffee segment hints that consumers could be making a frugal switch from buying their daily cup of java at leading stores to brewing a pick-me-up at home.

5. India’s coffee output will increase 17% to a new record this year as summer rains over the growing region boosted crop prospects.

Awesome…. Starbucks, instant and a market flooded with cheap coffee.

Thursday Thought – exam results

18 06 2009

I think I am freaking out about exam results day next Wednesday.
I am waiting to hear back about the Commercial Actuarial Practise course (the one with the 8 hour exam).
If I pass; relief, happiness, certainty, no more actuarial exams.
If I fail: uncertainty, stress, at least 6 more months of study.
Would appreciate your prayers if you can spare em.

3.5 years at the 3 weeds

16 06 2009

Adri and I had been married for 3.5 years last Wednesday. Had is only in the past tense because it happened last Wednesday. We’re still married, but for slightly longer than 3.5 years now.

Now I know that 3.5 years isn’t a traditionally significant milestone. But I think it still justified our trip to dinner at the 3 Weeds in Rozelle.

I love the 3 Weeds, and it really comes into its own in winter, with its dark timber and leather furniture and its huge fireplace. We both had the chicken pie and enjoyed some of their fine beverages. Adri had the Bulmers Cider on tap (where else can you find good cider on tap in Sydney?) and I had the Old Speckled Hen on tap.

The beverage highlights were after dinner though. I had the Sinha Stout which surprised me. Having had the lager I didn’t hold a great deal of hope for the Stout, but it was thick, chocolatey and delicious. Everything I hoped for in a warming after-dinner ale. Adri had the cocktail of the week – a Hot Toddy = brandy, lemon, cloves, cinnamon, hot water. It was so tasty and warming we made some at home over the weekend!

Can strongly recommend the 3 weeds. It’s fantastic.
Can also strongly recommend 3.5 years of marriage!

(Speaking of hot drinks and ciders – where do you reckon you can you get a hot cider in Sydney?)

Sunday Roast – Allpress

14 06 2009

I don’t know much about Allpress Espresso. I have been there once or twice a long time ago, but Alexandria is a bit out of the way for me.

I have always heard good things though and when I went there with a friend yesterday, I wasn’t disappointed.

The place was full on a Saturday morning, mostly with people getting takeaways. My mate DK and I got a Clover with an Indian single origin that I didn’t catch the name of. It was delicious! It was the first time I had tried a Clover, but I will certainly give it a go again!

Long Weekend – Long Week

14 06 2009

As you know, I love a long weekend.

But the problem with a long weekend is that, by comparison, even a four-day week can seem endless. We have been trying to relax a bit this weekend to compensate for what was a fairly frustrating work week.

Last weekend was a cracker. We went up to Forster with my family and played a bit of golf, did a lot of reading and spent plenty of time sleeping.

We went for a drive north to a little town called Wingham. We checked out the thousands of grey-headed flying foxes they have living there. At the Anglican Op shop I managed to pick up six second-hand books for under five bucks! Some great titles and authors in there too: The Crucible, Tale of Two Cities, Joseph Conrad, GK Chesterton. What a bargain!

Ready for another 3-day weekend. Next one’s not til October… 😦

West Ryde Woolies

5 06 2009

Just felt compelled to tell the world that West Ryde Woolies has THE BEST selection of ice-cream I have come across.

At least half an aisle devoted to tubs and individual cones or sticks.

Far superior to Gladesville Coles.

(How good is Goody Goody Gum Drops?)

Thursday Thought – Chaser

4 06 2009

Thursday Thought lives on!

I think there is a very fine line between witty satire and inappropriate, offensive humour.

And I think that line is all about your audiences understanding and view of the target of your satire.

I think the Chaser boys had the wrong target with this stunt AND misread their audiences view of organisations like the Make a Wish Foundation.

Making fun of world leaders is probably a lot safer.

Have they shot their new season to pieces? Can the come back from this? Will all be forgiven?