Back to work routine | State of #Origin 3 | #QUEENSLANDER

I’ve been back at work three days and I’m really feeling it. I normally don’t suffer badly from jet lag because of insomnia and lots of hypopnias when I sleep. Two weeks though in a time zone three hours behind Canberra has meant waking up at 4.30 am has been difficult. I’ve been feeling pretty groggy every morning.

Getting back into a food routine has also been challenging. Bron and I grew in a very short time to really love the freshness and flavours of Vietnamese food.

Monday morning I had visions of noodles but went for porridge

#breakfast back to the routine. Porridge and #coffee

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The office coffee routine became more of a necessity. That was all the mail from two weeks being away.

Good morning. Back at work. Lots of mail. Office #coffee

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It wasn’t hard to buy yoghurt for lunch. I wanted something light and not too heavy.

#lunch Back to the routine πŸ˜ƒ yoghurt

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For dinner I was inspired by the holiday flavours and the convenience of Jamie Oliver cooking

#dinner Grilled #salmon with spicy garlic yoghurt #yummy

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Salmon (a routine Monday evening staple) with rice noodles (Vietnam) and a spicy garlic and ginger yoghurt (Jamie Oliver)

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Dessert was yoghurt with chocolate shavings. I hardly ate any chocolate while in Vietnam.

#dessert Yoghurt with shaved chocolate #yummy

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I had left over pΓ’tΓ© so for Tuesday’s breakfast went with toast, pΓ’tΓ©, tomato and fried eggs

#breakfast eggs, tomato and pΓ’tΓ© on toast πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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I love Lauren’s comment on Instagram

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This coffee is representative of about five I needed that day πŸ™‚

Good morning. Office #coffee and work health safety πŸ˜ƒ

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This made me smile. I have a friend at work who attended a Muscle Car show in Melbourne on the weekend and she brought me back this key ring.

I haven’t always been a FORD fan. I switched from Mopar when Chrysler decided to abandon Australia. The good news is that when FORD Australia closes the Ford Falcon line in 2016 they’re going to import Ford Mustangs and they will include the 5 L BOSS V8. I’m going to save my pennies.

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More coffee on Tuesday. This article was quite interesting. Pathology is built on quality improvement science and quality management systems. Australian Pathology has a great reputation when it comes to providing Australian patients with the best diagnostic services available. Not that this article was specifically about pathology, but I just wanted to share that Australian Pathology as a profession and practice is based on quality improvement.

#lunch time reading with Office #coffee | "The science of improvement"

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While I was in Vietnam I was on the look out for a cheap SLR lens. I have wanted a 50 mm prime for some time. It was only in Ho Chi Minh City that we came across any camera stores. They were all wanting about four million dong but I also knew they couldn’t offer warranty. I suppose I could have tried to haggle them down harder but they probably didn’t take credit cards and I didn’t have enough dong or USD. In the end I knew the lens was affordable in Australia so I did a little internet searching and got Ted’s Cameras to do a price match for me. I ended up with a Nikkor 50 mm 1.8G which on my Nikon D90 is effectively a 75 mm fixed prime lens.

New lens Nikkor 50 mm 1.8G πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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New lens Nikkor 50 mm 1.8G πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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What I love about instagram is the friendships and helpfulness. I asked about the new lens and food photography and received a nice reply.

Grateful for the advice @thehighheelgourmet

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Tuesday night dinner was Chicken Schnitzel and more noodles and spicy garlic and ginger yoghurt πŸ™‚

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This morning’s third coffee after two at home with condensed milk πŸ™‚

Good morning. Office #coffee Reading about Sydney markets πŸ˜ƒ

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For lunch today Bron and I went to a local Vietnamese restaurant close to work, viz., Vietnam House in Woden Plaza.

#lunch with Bron. Green pawpaw salad with pork and prawns

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Sorry about the poor iPhone focus. I asked for a green pawpaw salad with pork and prawns

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Tonight was the third and final game of this year’s state of origin series. I’ve blogged after the first and second games. Tonight was the decider. NSW had won the first game and Queensland the second. Prior to the game I went to Jamison Takeaway and got some footy food. I love potato scallops. I wanted them all πŸ™‚

I want all the potato scallops #footyfood #origin #qlder

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I asked for a pizza and three potato scallops. I was given four potato scallops and a container of cheesy pasta. The ladies of the Jamison Takeaway are so friendly and so generous.

The pizza was really good as were the potato scallops. Jamison Takeaway is in the Jamison Plaza in Macquarie.

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Me ready to watch the greatest game on earth. The best competition available. The best form of footy, the best sport after swimming, water polo and life saving ever.

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It was a good tight and tough game. I needed ginger tea to calm my anxiety. I used dried sugared ginger.

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In the end Queensland won a very tight and tough game. It was a great game and the result I wanted. I’m so happy to see Queensland win it’s eighth straight series. There were some interesting refereeing decisions. The television commentary was biased but that’s what you expect.

Earlier in the year prior to the series beginning I’d commented that in many ways I wouldn’t mind a NSW victory this year, not because I wanted to see a Queensland loss but because domination can have a negative effect on the longevity of a sporting event. Rugby League is the greatest form of footy on this earth, we need tight competitions for the benefit of Rugby League.

In the first game, NSW dominated and outplayed Queensland in every respect. It was a good game, Queensland weren’t slack they just didn’t have the passion. In the second game, Queensland had the advantage of playing on their home ground, viz., Lang Park, i.e., The Cauldron. A place I essentially lived next to as a child. Queensland also played like they were stung badly and they won that game convincingly. The third game was back at ANZ Stadium, NSW home soil, it was set up as a decider. It was tough. It was guts and not necessarily skill that won it. It was the character of the Queensland team to withstand a withering NSW attack and make opportunities where they could.

I posted some photos prior to the game. One elicited an interesting response from Christopher who I don’t know. I think he misses the point. The states of Australia are sovereign. I am a proud Queenslander, I’m also a proud Australian. I live in the ACT and work to make a difference for Australia. On the sporting field though, domestically, it’s always going to be Queensland first and foremost.

In my humble opinion, last night’s win isn’t going to ruin State of Origin Rugby League contests. It was a great game and will make next year’s series even more exciting.

I look forward to going to work tomorrow πŸ™‚

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