All entries for January 2007
January 30, 2007
Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/webcam/
I love the Warwick webcam…
When I am sat at my computer doing work in University House, I can look out onto the piazza and see what everyone is doing…
It’s great when something like One World Week or Graduation is on as there are always people milling around, and its lovely at about 5pm just as dusk sets in. It’s a nice reminder that we all work on an active campus and when you don’t have much of a window view in your office, it’s nice to have a window onto the piazza.
Next time you’re passing – give me a wave!
January 24, 2007
I am frowning too much today… some days things just seem a little more tricky than others… and it’s not big important things, just little hurdles that you normally hop over quite quickly that some days seem to all mount up and make slightly bigger hurdles that you try and step over, then try and jump up, and then just look at puzzled and annoyed.
I must stop frowning…
EDIT: And then a little something goes right and seems to make the day so much better : ) Although the frown lines won’t be erased so easily when I am older…
P.S. I hate those whiny blogs where people complain about how everything is so bad in the world so please don’t think any less of me for having a little whine! And don’t look back at past blog posts to see if you can find another example of me whining – I am sure there probably is one somewhere!
January 15, 2007
On Saturday night, my cousin Kat came round for dinner (more about that later if I get chance).
We decided to watch a DVD after dinner and we sat through half an hour of deleted scenes until we realised we weren’t watching the actual film! No wonder I couldn’t follow the plot very well!
January 08, 2007
Ok, so it’s a week late…
I shan’t call these my new year’s resolutions because to be fair, I don’t resolve to keep them all – they are more like hopes and intentions… I am so non-committal.
So in 2007, I hope/plan to…
Take advantage of the fact that the ‘Best Midlands’ is currently a great place for live music and new/unsigned bands. I plan to see more live music (at the end of 2006 I saw The Twang, The Gravity Crisis, The Ripps, Untitled Musical Project, Murdoch, Deluka) and I reckon if you haven’t heard of any of these bands yet – you might in 2007. The Twang were recently named one of the sounds of 2007 in a poll published on the BBC website.
I also plan to improve my knowledge of the arts (and also theatre). When I was younger, I considered myself to be fairly artistic. I wasn’t bad at art and I enjoyed taking trips to galleries in Birmingham but recently I have stopped doing these things so I need to start again… As a first step towards improving my knowledge of the arts, I have enrolled in an history of art module with the Centre for Lifelong Learning ‘Artists in context’ which starts tomorrow evening.
Along a similar line to above – I intend to watch more documentaries and less reality TV. I watched a great programme the other night about the drug/gang culture in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro which was fascniating. Also, I saw a great programme advertised that is on tonight about the California music scene during the 60s and 70s so I will be tuning in to that. And I hardly watched any of the mind-numbingly rubbish Soapstar Superstar or Just the Two of Us.
I also intend to make better use of this blog. I have trained as a journalist and I work in Communications so I hope that I can produce more interesting reading matter on here instead of just general chit-chat about my flat and stuff! Expect more reviews…
I should probably make note of a resoultion suggested by my Mom. She told me I should ‘make a concerted effort to find a boyfriend’. Now, I am not sure exactly how you are meant to ‘make a concerted effort’. It’s not like I’m not keeping my eyes/options open – the right one just isn’t coming my way… plus the fact that I am committment-phobic is a slight hindrance here. Which brings me to my next resolution…
‘Say yes and worry less’. By say ‘yes’ – I just mean, take advantage of the opportunities that come my way instead of fretting about them and worrying ‘what if?’ all the time. I think I will go and buy ‘Yes Man’ by Danny Wallace and see if that helps… although I am not going to say ‘yes’ to everything – so don’t ask!
Another thing I need to remember this year is that I am only 24 years old – not 44!! Since I got my flat and my mortgage I have been staying in more (which is fine since it will help me to fulfill the aims above) but to fulfill my other aims such as find a boyfriend and enjoy the Birmingham music-scene a bit more, I need to remember that it is ok to go out on a work night, a large proportion of my weekend should not be taken up with hoovering and tidying up, and I have the rest of my life to save money. But then when you have a nice cosy flat to go home to it is tempting to become a hermit!
So there we go – my ‘hopes’ for 2007 – we’ll see how it goes…
January 03, 2007
...I need a new laptop! It died on Christmas Day!
I took it to a local repairs place and they said something about the platinum discs that make up the hard drive being knocked and damaged? I had the hard drive on the damn thing replaced in October 05 and I think that this second ‘breakdown’ signals the end for my little laptop.
I suppose one good thing is that I should be able to take advantage of the January Sales to find a decent offer. Anyone want to recommend where I should start looking?
Another good thing is that I never actaully got around to sorting out a broadband connection when I said I needed one – good job I was too lazy… I mean, busy!
The annoying thing is that if my hard drive is not retrieveable all of my iTunes and a lot of photos have gone. Lesson learnt – upload photos to Ringo or Truprint!