December 10, 2006

Happenings in the wonderful world of Dave…

...not a lot.

But as its getting to be a rare occurence when I have access to the internet I thought I’d take the opportunity to tell those who care to read what I’ve been up to. Firstly there was of course the reunion at the uni which was rather cool I must say, enjoyed it for what it was a damn sight more than the first reunion when it was more the memories of the past that occupied me.

On the work front all goes swimmingly, theres a fair bit of stuff to learn and a big ole exam in 2 weeks to decide if I have a future here, but its all good. The guys’n’girls are all pretty awesome and we’ve had a few samples of the delights of Exeter so thats all good. Still don’t know where I will be posted for my training, could be northern Scotland, could be as far South as Salford. Heck theres even one just outside(ish) of Brum, although I’m not entirely sure if sticking to where I know is the best choice, anywho its out of my hands – I get what I’m given (although I have intimated a slight displeasure with the idea of Scotland (great place to visit, but remote Scotland isn’t exactly a great night out on the weekend).

Anyway I shall return to my work, before people start asking me about my ideas for things to do tonight.

Later y’all


November 25, 2006

2 weeks in….

Well it all seems to be going rather well atm, finished the first part of the course and passed the assessment to be basically the assistant of the position I’m eventually training for, now start on the forecasting related subjects, suffice to say it gets a tad harder from now on.

The guys here are all pretty cool, variety of backgrounds. Reading blogs just now has been… interesting, nothing like being out of the collective loop for a while (waaagh I want msn at home – oh well 4 more weeks). Been told a little about what happens to me in Jan and beyond so thats cool, although a lot still depends on where I am to be posted for the out station periods of my training. [there’s absolutely no flow to that paragraph at all is there?]

Besides that I’m all good, had a few slight variations on the home sickness theme, more for uni than home tbh, though I think of there too, but a ramshackle reunion should make things right on that front.

Well the weekends a’wasting so I guess I’ll head off and explore a bit.

Later


November 12, 2006

"Hi–ho, hi–ho….

Yup, it’s finally happend, off to the real (or Ordinary, heh) world, I’ve got a job. Gotta shift all my stuff over there now, so frantic packing of forgotten items starts in a mo.

Not particularly nervous but should be interesting, hope it is, heck I hope I enjoy it lots.

Anyway thats all, might be without internet for a while, but otherwise cool.

Later y’all


October 30, 2006

Ooh, ain't it dark?

Just walked back from the swimming pool and just took in how dark it is now that the clocks have gone back. I’ve got to say I quite like it, feels cosy in a weird way – but then I’m a child of Winter, born a week before Christmas. I understand the arguments to keep on BST throughout Winter, prolonging the sunlight into the evening when people live their lives as opposed to having light in the morning when so many of us merely ‘function’.

Mind you I guess I’m also kinda fine with it as I’m aware I’m spending the first part of my career working shifts and so will always see some sunlight during the working week, that and I’m a big bloke so am confident generally that the scariest thing in the darkness is me.

Thats all I guess, just sticking up for having dark evenings, heck its not like you can’t have fun after sundown anyhow. Besides only 52 days and the evenings start getting shorter again.

Oh yeah and for those that care the swimming went well despite a week off for the Anglesey trip.


October 29, 2006

Well, I'm back

Anglesey was nice, went walking the coast in some very nice areas. Weather was ok, even if it did pee down all wednesday, but it was otherwise good. Saw RAF Valley with jets taking off all the time, bloody noisey – wouldn’t be too surprised if the RAF were a bit unpopular with some. Also climbed the South Stack and another large hill on Anglesey which was fun. I guess I can’t really get over the views in text, and yet again no camera.

Visited Anglesey Sea Zoo (weds) and the Welsh Mountain Zoo (sat), sea zoo was ok, filled a few hours, mountain zoo was awesome – just a shame I was on my own, really a friends/family place to visit. Saw a Golden Eagle fly straight for my face hitting the mesh maybe 3’ from my face – bloody massive bird. Also saw sea lions and penguins (including feeding/tricks) and some very cute animals (I say ‘aw’ rather a lot now), again I must say zoos really aren’t designed for 1 tho.

Camping on my own again, that and driving gives you lots of time to think although sometimes I did just want someone to talk to. Got asked if I wanted to go to the Haloween Ball whilst I was halfway up South stack, bit out of the blue (text on phone), but I did go. Unfortunately not many of us turned up, only the person who organized it (cheers Liz) and my kinda ex (well it was only kinda a relationship tbh) Amelia, which was a nice surprise, nice catching up. Oh yeah also saw a stunning blonde in the Cooler, seemed she replaced Mr Dowdal in Replica X that night (I’m guessing the blame lies with Cat here, so cruel) – but seriously they absolutely rocked last night.

Eventually got to bed at 3:30am last night, before getting up a t 6:30 to go windsurfing at 10am this morning. Of course I actually got up at 5:30 forgetting last night to change my watch, so got home an hour early, which at least meant I could grab breakfast and see my brother who was visiting a week late for his brithday. Thus with 2 packed days and only 3 hours sleep between 7am Sat. and 4pm today I crashed out.

Oh yeah, the lots of thinking on the road and whilst walking. Well I guess I have some things figured out in some parts of my life – work in a fortnight I’m pretty cool with. As for my feelings for Sarah well I guess I’m just cool with staying friends for now, although I’m sure I could be a better friend than at present. Not really much more I’m comfortable saying in a public forum as its basically her life, only that I never expected her to get over anything, grief doesn’t go. I guess I just resolve to face things with an open heart, remembering the good times wherever my path takes me, don’t consign things to the past – but don’t live in it either.


October 21, 2006

Off to Anglesey!

Well I am, so it’s a good title. Not heck of a lot to say really, just thought I’d put this in as my last blog for the next week. My mum has returned from her holiday in Scotland, she wants to go back already, quite understandable given the alternative is work Monday afternoon (she works the swing shift). The house is in a fair state (had a bit of a clean earlier, but didn’t really need much). Plan for the holiday is pretty much the same as last entry.

Been keeping up with the running, quite nice to get to the end of my run on Friday with a good time, but also knowing I wasn’t going to be running again until I get back from Anglesey. Bought some boots, so my feet will survivve the walk, did Pembrokeshire coast in trainers so feet got wrecked (hence the driving home barefoot mentioned in a prior blog).

Not really a lot to add except that I hope it all goes well and I make it back safe.

Enjoy your week whatever it may entail.


October 15, 2006

Absolutely knackered

I went windsurfing today! Was a 3-hour taster session, where I covered the basics, with an option to book further training to take me up to RYA level 1 in windsurfing (already have 1&2 in dinghies) which I have readily taken up. It’s bloody knackering I’ll say that, and as for falling off – the human nose is not designed to have that much water shoved up it in such a violent fashion, but otherwise muchos fun.

Next lesson is next Sunday, and assuming that I can get the final leson the following Sunday (its weekends only there from October until March, I think) I will try to fit my Anglesey trip in between the two (means I miss a music lesson, but thats not too terrible). At the moment I’m imagining driving up on the Sunday after windsurfing, walking on Mon Tues, relax Weds (maybe visit the Sea Zoo), walking Thurs. Then move to Colwyn Bay area, walk Great Orme(sp?) and touristy things Friday, then prob visit Welsh Mountain Zoo on Saturday before driving home in the afternoon/evening. Thats the ‘plan’.

Painted the kitchen ceiling yesterday (it needed doing) after my Dad suggested it, something nice for Mum when she gets back I guess. Managed 2 runs as well as swimming (and winsurfing) this week, so feel pretty good on that front too. Food has been nice too, pushing my negligable culinary talents, although I think it’ll be cold chicken today as far too tired (and got provided lunch round my Dads which was nice).

So with that I shall return to my dozing/not doing a heck of a lot.


October 13, 2006

Whats happend to me?

I am all alone in the house for all this week and next, so I have been given the opportunity to eat like a student once more. However, I haven’t.

There’re no crisps, chocolate, very few biscuits; I eat healthy meals I actually put some thought into. If I want a snack I stare into the fridge and end up eating a slice of quiche.

I know precisely who to blame for this behavior, it was a small part of the relationship (even if I only twice tried to cook something in return, a mistake I have no doubt) but obviously one my stomache/subconscious misses. If I start making yummy puddings and cakes/biscuits its time to get worried.

Besides that, not done a lot recently. Replaced a headlight bulb on the car, topped up the oil (far too soon since its last top up for my liking) and wondered around Halfords staring at bikes I want (might be able to afford one come Spring, athough also want to upgrade/replace my computer around then). Oh yeah and have finally had a haircut – just never seems a high priority especially if not going out much. Well that was today. Music lessons are going ok, can play Hurt well now, Sunny Afternoon I’m still a way off on. Don’t know if I’m going out this weekend tbh, it just depends if friends remember me now that I’ve said I’m about, oh yeah and looking forward to windsurfing taster session on Sunday, should be cool.


October 12, 2006

Crivens!

Terry Pratchetts latest book is rather good, up until 3am finishing it (I know I like reading TP books all the way through, so why do I start so late in the day?)

“it’s the foldin’ o’ the arms! The foldin’ o’ the arms!
Waily waily!”


October 08, 2006

TCM

Ooh, just saw Casablanca for the first time. Good movie, probably helped by the half bottle of Merlot I’ve drunk this evening (well my mum’s started her Scottish holiday, so I thought I’d start making proper food for a bit, so naturally a good bottle goes with it). Nice to know where some of the famous lines come from. Oh yes and it was Spag-Boll I made, I know it isn’t exactly an acomplished meal, but it’s nice to actually get some results out of cooking (and avoid food poisoning too helps, perhaps why I dosed up on alcohol afterwards? Subconciously?)

Back’s stopped hurting now, can stretch without pain, so went for a run this morning, before breakfast which was a bit foolhardy. I can cycle without breakfast, but I think running is too vigourous to do without some sort of fuel in you. Things don’t hurt so much.

Apart from that, I’ve booked some windsurfing lessons and also got in touch with some friends, which was nice. Was too quiet during the summer, am reaping what I sowed then.


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