October 06, 2007

I'm absolutely shattered…

Since Thursday, I've had Neill, a friend from college, staying with me, which has been really good.  Thursday night, soon after he arrived, we went to Kym Moy on Mill Road for a brief bite to eat, and then met one of his University friends, Daisy, for a drink.  We got back about 11.30pm and I got to sleep soon after midnight. 

Last night, we went to Daisy's for a few drinks and a couple of rounds of a variant of Mille Bornes (both of which I won :), then later moved on to the student bar at Churchill College where we played a couple of games of pool and a game of table football.  We did the traditional late-night kebab van run at Market Square, and got back to Daisy's house at about 2.30am.  I crashed on her couch, and after a a few fitful bouts of sleep, left at 8.30am to get the bus home.

So given that my sleeping patterns are still a bit disrupted (I'm waking up at 6am every day now, and not really falling back to sleep properly, just dozing lightly), these two late nights are now taking their toll on me.  I'm shattered: my legs are aching, my feet are caning, I have a tiredness headache (that kind of dull, thick, ache at the back of your head), and I'm wondering how I'm still awake.  

My Mum told me the other day that I was born middle-aged, albeit in a very different context, and I'm starting to think she's right :)  I had a lovely bath earlier, with some jazz (Diana Krall, mainly; she's got a lovely smooth, rich voice) on in the background, and found myself thinking that the only way it could be improved would be with the addition of a nice glass of red and a good "cultural" book!  Also, however much I enjoyed last night (which was a lot, don't get me wrong; it was my first good night out in quite a long time...), I'm starting to wonder if I'm maybe getting a bit old for these late nights.  I certainly didn't find myself missing the kebab van, and the best bit of the night for me was when we were sat in Daisy's lounge drinking, chatting, and playing cards.  

I also found out last night that my bladder is made from steel. 


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  1. TIm Wardle

    Hi Alastair,

    Glad things are getting back on track for you. Don’t worry you’re not alone on the whole feeling middle aged front. I think it’s a side-effect of real work! You sound like you know a bit about jazz. I’m interested in getting into it properly – particularly jazz piano – can you point me in the direction of some artists or albums good for beginners like me?

    How’s the job going? Been doing anything interesting at work? Mine’s going well although it’s getting tough now (SQL queries with about 5 joins all of different types – argh!! – and sooo many classes I can’t keep track of them all). Anyway, it’s all good fun! Keep up the good blogging!

    08 Oct 2007, 08:24

  2. Hi Tim

    I’m glad I’m not the only one :) I’m not quite as good with jazz as I’d like, I’m afriad, and I’m a bit better on vocals than any particular instrument. As far as piano is concerned, though, you might want to check out Jacques Loussier (his reinterpretations of Bach are really quite good if you’re not a Bach purist), and Dave Brubeck, although he’s not so much piano as band. He does some crazy stuff with rhythms and time signatures though that are a lot of fun. If you want to go back a bit further, you might find something in Ray Charles, but again, that’s more vocal than piano. If you’re interested in vocals, I can recommend Diana Krall and Clare Teal; they have very different styles, but both have fabulous voices.

    The job’s going quite well, thanks. I’ve had a couple of really meaty tasks to work on (the one that I currently have in particular) that involve modifying the code base on just about every level of the system, so I’m really starting to get to know what’s what, and how it works. I’m glad yours is going well too; the tough bits of the job are when it starts getting good (if annoying and stressful at the same time :)!

    11 Oct 2007, 08:10


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