Day 114 – Highly Entertaining

I had to bail on my gym class tonight. My head was pounding about three tracks in despite the Panadol that Peter kindly donated to my cause around 4pm. I did a little cool-down on the treadmill to get some steps in, but I still didn’t feel quite right about it all.

Got a coffee on the way home.

Forgot the shopping.

You know, the usual.

Upon arriving home it becomes clear quickly that I’ll have to fend for myself tonight, so I decide to kill about three birds with one stone.

But What to Buy?!
But What to Buy?!

I have to get dinner anyway, so I may as well go window-shopping along the way. Whenever I am near a JB Hi-Fi, I just have to go in to see if there are any cheap BluRay movies/series that I must have. Nothing there tonight.

But I’ve also been looking to replace my entertainment solution in the living room. Currently I have a PC running the TV, and a Pioneer amplifier that I’ve had for about forever*.

I’ve settled on a solution where a QNAP NAS becomes my media server somewhere on the network, and I’ll get something-DLNA in the living room to stream all the movies/shows/music. As well as a dedicated BluRay player for sheer convenience.

Harman Kardon, with All The Connectors!
Harman Kardon, with All The Connectors!

I had looked at a Harman Kardon amplifier with a network port that can stream media. I decided to have a look at it In Real Life. I almost waved over staff to find out whether there was a deal to be had. But instead I walked away without it. I’m sure had I decided to ask for a deal, I’d probably have walked out with an amp.

But I kinda decided that I really should first find some form of Region-Free BluRay player. None of the JB models claimed this spec. I’ll probably buy a cheapie from Kogan online, and if it breaks I can re-evaluate then.

After all that, I wandered around a bit longer. The evening temperature was actually very nice out there, and there were a lot of people out and about enjoying it. I should have dragged someone along for an excuse to stay out longer, but alas… next time.

I also tried another few stores for the dark double-coat Cherry Ripe.

I have no idea what has happened to them, but nowhere seems to stock them anymore.

I hope they haven’t been discontinued.

Slightly dismayed I drove off forgetting my shopping and dinner. Which I fixed by swinging by Stanhope on the way home. I had a healthy** burger, and some kitty litter***, and headed home.

And now I’m contemplating more Panadol and an early night.
It’ll probably be another few hours before I actually do though.

* – Forever = <10 years
** – Okay, maybe health-ish … I mean, it had lettuce and a bun, right? And whatever that Oprego sauce is, bound to be dairy**** in that
*** – Not for the eats… I have very demanding owners that send me out shopping for their toilet
**** – I’m just wildly guessing here

Day 46 – The Farm Down the Road

I was out for my coffee today, and the turn into the parking lot was abnormally congested. The traffic backed up from the lights all the way to the roundabout before it and nothing was moving. I decided to try my luck on a side-street, wondering what might be going on.

It looks like it was just an unfortunate confluence of events.

There were signs all over the place for the local politicians doing their last-minute campaigning. The ALDI store had just opened last weekend and was trying to draw a crowd. And as a result of one of these a little petting zoo appeared in the little courtyard off the shops.

Cross between a chicken and a rabbit?
Cross between a chicken and a rabbit?

There were goats and kids intermingling in the pen, and cups of food selling for $1. Not sure what the fund-raising was for, but it was definitely drawing a crowd.

I didn’t see the ducks roam free at any point, and Abbey made the hopeful plea for me retrieving any excess ducks on her behalf. I didn’t actually ask though. Hope she doesn’t read this.

Caged ducks, non-excess stock
Caged ducks, non-excess stock

I have to assume this had something to do with ALDI, because they had a sign on the road suggestion that families might want to visit their new store and make a fun outing out of it. Inside there was another play area set up for kids with some unsafe looking obstacles and a lot of supervision.

All ALDIs look alike, so I didn’t go in, but I did have a browse to see what else new might have appeared in the extension to the shops.

Indian Grocery?
Indian Grocery?

The Post Office moved to a newer (larger?) location. There is now a Hot Dollar as well, because we all need ready access to a 2-dollar-store 😉 [I know where we will be able to find any and all future “treasure” if we have need].

And an Indian Grocery, Which is something I had never seen before myself. I’ll have to have an extended browse sometime to mentally catalogue their inventory, but I definitely like the shop front. It speaks to the design-nerd in me.