Hello blog watchers, and welcome back. Seeing as I’ve not blogged for yonks (not actually true – I’ve done loads of blog entries, you just can’t see them :-P) I thought I’d best give you all – that’s right, all two of you! – a brief, coherent update. And I’m going to start on a happy note, too. I am in pain. This is partly my own fault. I’ve played pool for 4 days running this week and whilst this has noticeably improved my game (I think – I’ve even managed a couple of plants!) it’s done nothing for my back. Was leaning over the table today to make a tricky shot when I thought, “Ah. That’s not pleasant,” and it seems to have got worse as the evening’s gone on, which is a bit poo, really. Added to this is the fact that I’ve come down with a “gastric infection” (nurse’s words, not mine) which severely buggered up yesterday by leaving me unable to go to my lecture or do any work. I know, I know, I’m hardly going to get any pity for being unable to spend the afternoon on Richard III but it would’ve been nice to get it out the way. Haven’t been feeling 100% today either so I went to see the nurse about it, but she reassured me that it’ll go away of its own accord fairly soon as long as I rest.
The problem with that, of course, is that I can’t rest. Albeit some of the work I’ve got to do (reading “The Quiet American” and “The Comedians”, and to a lesser extent, typing WO minutes) can be done in bed, but I really need to get this commentary done either tomorrow or Saturday and I’m really worried I won’t have the energy to do it. I got in from 1025 this evening, looked at the clock, and realised it was only quarter to ten and I was already shattered. I plan to have a loooooooong lie-in tomorrow. I might aim for Ed’s record…
There’s so much to do over the next week or so as well that I’m getting that I’m getting that feeling I always get towards the end of term, a feeling of just hanging in there and doing enough work to keep your head above water and surviving through till the holidays. But I don’t want to get behind on work, and I’ve got MA applications to think of. And I’ve not got the thought of going home to look forward to for at least a week after the end of the holidays, partly because I think I’ll have a Christmas party to go to on the Saturday, and partly because I have three essays due in next term and I should probably get started! But on the plus side, I’ve got several concerts, a curry (yay!), and at least two other parties (a housewarming followed by a soiree no less) coming up to look forward to. I’ve no doubt the next week (and a bit)’ll be a good one, I just would like the mental capacity to fully appreciate it!
And as you may have guessed by the fact that I’m typing this (or by the wonder that is Facebook), we’ve got the internet back at last! This has made me very happy, even though, naturally, as soon as I’ve got the internet all the things I wanted to use it for have magically disappeared and I’m once again resorting to the old “email, blogs, Facebook” cycle. It’s also had the side-effect that socialising in the house has been severely reduced as everyone scuttles back to their respective rooms to do whatever it is they were doing when the net was broken, as opposed to sitting in the front room moaning about the lack of internet and watching Arrested Development, our sole form of entertainment. Good times (sniff). Still, it means that everyone in the house has been wandering around with a smile on their face on the few occasions they’ve been out of their rooms. Hurrah! (N.B. This may be a slight exaggeration. We’re not all that anti-social. Honest.)
And also on the plus side, my short story got workshopped in our Practice of Fiction seminar today, and although there are quite a few things I need to change about it (understandable really, it was a first draft) people were, on the whole, positive about it, and there’s definitely the beginnings of something there. This has made me feel a lot better and more positive about my writing generally. Hurrah! And good luck to those being workshopped next week :)
I’m trying to think of what else there is to say, can’t help feeling that I’m missing something really obvious that someone’ll point out later… Ah well, all that remains for me to say is:
Symphony Orch. and Chorus Concert, Sunday 4pm
Wind Orch and Revelation Christmas Concert, Monday 7.30pm
Be there! (No other alternative, I’m afraid, you’ll all just have to turn up!)