December 11, 2005

Christingle

Writing about web page http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/christingle/2005/landing.html

I was meant to be going to church twice today, but circumstances mean that I am now only going once. However, the service I am going to will be great. It is the Christingle service (the one with the oranges and Dolly Mixtures – see web link for further explaination!)

I am playing in the makeshift orchestra which will be a great laugh because most people haven't been playing long and hence it sounds fairly substandard! But, the church will be packed, we are expecting about 250 people. Dad is Churchwarden, Mum is Sidesperson and I'm general dogs body!

Just need to get some more revision done before I go, what a shame.


December 06, 2005

A question

What do you get if you mix 20 Beaver Scouts, a mini log each, gold and silver spray paint, tinsel, glitter and glue?

Supposedly the answer is a Christmas table decoration, however, my experience this evening would lead me to believe that the answer is, A LOT OF MESS!

(And I thought I had done all my heavy lifting work in week 10. No one told me about the tables I had to lift at Beavers!)


Beaver Scouts

I think that our house (in Leicester) must have a flag pole on it, that is invisible to me, but obvious to everyone else. I also think that is is operated as the one on Buckingham Palace is. Let me explain why…

  • I arrive home on Sunday morning, by Sunday afternoon I had been telephoned by my old kindergarten teacher asking me to be the narrator for the Crib Service on Christmas Eve at Church.
  • Monday, I am telephoned by my employer from last summer and asked if I am willing to work more than 1 week at the summer school.
  • Tuesday, I am telephoned by someone else from Church and asked if I will play at the Christingle Service, and go carolling at local retirement/care homes.

I suppose it is nice to be wanted, and it definitely gives me things to do, which is very welcome.

N.B. Reason for title = tonight I am going back to being called Mole as I go and help out at my local Beaver Scout Colony – what fun!


November 12, 2005

What do you get if you tell a workaholic not to work?

After a few hours of discussion last night, I was persuaded to not do any work today. However, I am finding this very challenging, and hence am trying to write a lentghy blog entry to fill up time before Wind Orchestra.

Having made it to bed about 1am, I set the alarm for 11, thinking that when I woke up I would only have time to get ready, and then I could go onto campus and the music would distract me from work. However, I just don't seem to be able to manage a lie-in! Admittedly, I didn't wake up (for the umpteenth time) until 10am which is a new record for me, but it now means I have an hour to kill!

It would be very nice to have a day off from work, but I am not sure my consience will allow me – the problem of being a workaholic!!

I am not going to waffle anymore, so you are all safe; no-one will die of boredom as a result of reading this entry!

Let's see how long I can make breakfast, and making a packed lunch last, chances are it will be less than 1 hour though so I think I may have a quick look at an assignment, but don't tell anyone!!!


October 19, 2005

Well, why not?!

A: The most Audacious thing you’ve ever done
I would say, randomly writing to Alicia, president of Chamber Music Society and asking her if I could conduct the flute and clarinet choirs, given that I had never conducted before!

B: Favourite Badger joke
There are no jokes involving badgers that I know of

C: Favourite Curry
The only Indian item of food I like is Chicken Tikka, if that counts?

D: Number of drinks it takes to get utterly Drunk
No idea, never tried and don't intend to

E: Your most Effeminate characteristic
No idea. I suppose the fact that I have a lot of soft toys, but that is perhaps childish as opposed to effeminate!

F: The last thing that you got for Free
A free dinner (of sorts) last night, thanks to the Music Centre

G: Number of times that you’ve visited a Gym
Once a week for one term in upper sixth, so I suppose that makes it about 12!

H: Where you call Home
Leicester(shire!!!!)

I: Any Instruments that you play
Flutes (of all sizes), and Piano (I don't think conducting counts as an instrument, so I won't mention it!)

J: Favourite Juice
Orange

K: Song that you would sing Karaoke to
I wouldn't sing at Karaoke, it is as simple as that!

L: Number of times you’ve Laminated – and if you’ve achieved your laminating qualifications from the MC Office yet
None, but if the same question was applied to photocopying…

M: (As seen on the BBC News website:) How much Money do you think you’d need to be happy?
I don't believe that you can measure happiness by money. Some who have lots of money are miserable, and some that have no money are very happy.

N: Favourite Naan to have with aforementioned curry
Plain but then you had probably guessed that already.

O: Your Oldest possession
Our family doesn't do old possesions, as soon as something begins to look remotely used, it is sent to a better place!

P: Your worst Phobia
Trivially, snakes, non-trivially, disappointing people (including myself)

Q: Something that makes you feel Queasy
Maelstrom!

R: Recent New Year Resolutions made, and how many still going
Again, I don't do New Year Resolutions because I believe that you should strive to do the best you can everyday, not just say you will one day a year

S: Favourite Season
Autumn, because it is usually cold enough to wear my favourite fleeces!

T: Number of cups of Tea consumed per day (on average)
None, but change that to orange squash and you are looking at 1/5 litre of cordial a day!

U: The most Useful lesson you’ve ever learnt:
University has taught me so much that I can't condense it into one lesson

V: Number of Valentines cards received (either in your life or in the last year – depending on how popular you are!)
None

W: A film that can make you Weep
Anything where someone dies, eg Titanic

X: Have you ever dyed your hair to become Xanthocomic (Blonde: link)
No

Y: Your Youngest memory (removed the yeti question now I’m afraid!)
First fire drill at school, I grabbed onto the teacher's skirt and wouldn't let go until all the noise had stopped

Z: Favourite animal you could see in a Zoo
Seal (no idea why, just because their swimming always impresses me.)


October 09, 2005

Fab friends

Obviously all my complaining about Liberty Park and living on my own has paid off because over the weekend I had 4 invitations to go out. Thank you to those who offered, I enjoyed last night and apologise to those who I couldn't meet.

It makes a good break from work which is always good. Anyway, I had better get back to it (I wouldn't want to break the habit of doing excessive amounts of work!)

See most of you tomorrow,

Night


October 02, 2005

Blogging is proportional to Boredom

I have Sarah Nicholson (and Owen Lloyd) to thank for the title of this entry. On Friday afternoon, whilst in the MC office, Sarah made the comment with Owen's help and I thought it was an appropriate title!

Wind Orchestra was very good on Friday night. We had lots of freshers, mainly flautists which bodes well for flute choir (2.30–3.30 on Wednesday in the Band Room) All the music we are playing is very good. There is a healthy range of genres from cheese, through the mildly ridiculous (Windows of the World) to nearly classical! All in all a very good rehearsal.

Last night I was Honor My-Owne (spot the pun) who was a wealthy widow at a murder mystery party. Despite moments of mild confusion when I was married to the captain who had been killed who had a brother who was a composer who I was actually married to before he died! (Confused? So was I!) Anyway, despite a couple of people's accusations, I was not the murderer which was a good job as I was finding it hard to tell the truth, let alone lie consistently!

Before I bore you all to death I will get back to my assignments. Analysis 3 or Algebra 1 this is the question!


September 29, 2005

Update

Apologies to Liberty Park – you didn't eat my TV licence. It just took you 6 days to get it from the post bag into my letter box.

However, for all budding mathematicians, here is a sum that doesn't work:

500 students, 8 washing machines, 2 out of order does not equal happy Laura who wants to wash her clothes!

Oh, and any ideas of a flat warming are out – maximum of 2 guests at any time of the week or weekend. And the security guard stands at the door to check – sorry


September 28, 2005

Here we go again

This is probably going to be rather a long entry as I have been home alone since 2pm this afternoon and have done all the work I can. Also, my computer won't allow me to watch the Tour DVD and so I am sitting here listening to The Soundtrack waiting for a sensible time to go to bed!

Update on Liberty Park = o.k. Commuting is a pain, but it is for all 2nd years upwards so not really grounds for complaint. I have a new computer chair on order (good job really as it fell to pieces on me this morning!) I have also been issued a post box key, but am yet to receive the illusive TV licence. Beyond that, I haven't met any neighbours but there again I didn't think I would as the four rooms on this floor in this block are all the same as mine – inclusive kitchen and bathroom.

Update on course = what did I really expect?! Analysis 3 lived up to expectations in the first lecture, so the other 29 will be fun. I have a busy term what with 20 hours a week currently. But it will all be worth it in the end. And it also means that I can see people and prove that the world hasn't ended without telling me!

Update on music = Symphony Orchestra last night was very good. The Hoe-Down by Copland is excellent as is the Can-Can. I liked all the pieces really despite the fact that they are really a challenge to play! When will composers learn that flutes have real issues with quick notes in the top octave?

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOLLOWS:

  • Friday evening @ 6pm in the Butterworth Hall (within Warwick Arts Centre) = First Wind Orchestra rehearsal of the term. We shall be playing a range of pieces including Music from Chicago, Irish Tune from County Derry, Music from the Incredibles…

  • Monday/Tuesday of week 2 = Societies Fair where you can sign up to be in any of the many musical societies (and many other societies as well, just show I don't too much bias towards music!)

  • Tuesday of week 2 (4th October) = FREE Concert in the Butterworth Hall at 7pm. Performances by the University of Warwick's Symphony Orchestra, Chorus and Wind Orchestra

  • Wednesday of week 2 = first flute (2.30–3.30) and clarinet (3.30–4.30) choir rehearsals of the term in the Band Room. All standards welcome.

(Well, surely I can do a small amount of advertising, I am on the exec for Wind Orchestra when all said and done!)

Right, enough of my waffle. Can I just say that if you have made it this far, you deserve a pat on the back!

More to follow – probably on Sunday when again I will find myself in my newly decorated room with only my friends Babe and Patch to talk to. It's just a shame that they can't talk back!


September 22, 2005

Liberty Park, take 2

Follow-up to A minor whinge from Laura's blog

I went to my room again yesterday and despite the fact that the management team haven't done any of the jobs on the list that I gave them, it looks quite good.

They have agreed to give me a new office chair and have allowed me to paint the walls of the bathroom. They have also given me some 1001 to allow me to clean the chairs in the room.

In responce to the comments made the other day, pins go into the notice board just fine. The walls may be thin, but there is no bedroom on one side of me and there is no floor above me, so the noise from other people will be managable. As to hot water availability, we shall wait and see once more.

I move in officially on Saturday and I have a free Sunday as my parents are no longer coming to see me after church.

See you all soon.


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