All entries for April 2006

April 30, 2006

How to cheer yourself up when you're shattered after an excessively long rehearsal

  • Put on short skirt (N.B. not a belt, as I probably don't have the legs for that and would like rather stay on the safe side!)
  • Head for Students' Union
  • Go to dancefloor
  • Stand in circle of friends
  • Wait till DJ plays "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand.
  • Leap up and down joyously in sync with one of your friends to guitar solo at the beginning. Feel very happy.
  • Be told by another friend that you're actually going to see Franz Ferdinand (fingers crossed) live this summer, and you hadn't realised!
  • Round off night by discovering that there's a longer version of the Ducktales theme tune. Amaze/scare everyone with your knowledge of the words. (I did have Ducktales the Movie on VHS… ah, being a child of the 80s!)

I really didn't think I was going to enjoy Skool Dayz, as I was knackered to say the least. But it really did make me feel a lot better – so much so that I wasn't too bothered by the fact that my house party went on till about 5 am! (Yes, I was asleep by that time, thankfully!)

Apart from the fact that I've still got a couple of essays to do (one of which should hopefully be finished by today – it's Grid time, folks) things are pretty good at the moment. All told, can't really complain! Plus it's actually summer now, yay! Bring on the Piazza drinking/Whit Friday/Drayton Manor/Tour…


April 28, 2006

Wise Words from the World of Disney

"Cheer up, child. It'll turn out all right in the end – you'll see." (Mrs. Potts).

Ah, I do love that film. Think I may have seen it rather too many times now, but I still love it to bits :)

Today's been rather good, as it happens. Managed to not fall over whilst ice–skating and I not only didn't fall over this time, but built up some speed and got better at general skating too! Heck, I even managed to skate backwards! (By sticking my bum out in a comedy style…) And I chose my English modules, too – Russian Narrative (Crime and Punishment and Anna Karenina again, woo! And some more fab Russian classics that I can read whilst listening to great Russian composers!) and Crime Fiction (Sherlock Holmes, Wilkie Collins, Agatha Christie and some other greats that my mum no doubt has, being something of an authority on this genre). I'm rather looking forward to my degree next year! And now I'm watching Beauty and the Beast. And it's sunny. And I'm drinking tea. True contentment.

Neighbours is on in the background, which reminds me: One of my friends from back home is at Nottingham and belongs to some truly excellent Nottingham–based groups on Facebook, including the "Neighbours Plane Crash Special Effects Society", and "The Crystal Maze Made Me the Person I Am Today." I'm thinking we should start something similar at Warwick – Geoff, I look to you as the Facebook guru!


Ach, well

The worst (in a sense, though thinking about it this is a bit of a misnomer as this is hardly the worst thing that could have happened) did happen, kids. But surprisingly I don't feel too bad. I'm not going to say I feel great, but I'm cautiously optimistic that I might get through this. Must be all that practice I put in last year…

2 curries in 2 nights: can this ever be a good thing? And does ice skating count as enough exercise to a) make me feel better about the curries, and b) justify taking a chunk out of essay–writing time?


April 27, 2006

Today, things have gone a lot better.

They could yet get a lot worse, like, but for the moment, I am happy. I am making progress on my article. I've got curry lined up for later on (linked with uber drinking if needs be…). And I'm currently listening to Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and it's at the really beautiful part. This has cheered me up no end. Given that this piece of music used to remind me of someone else, it's also a timely reminder that whatever happens, I'll live. I'll get over it.

Other good things to have happened of late: there are three English modules I really want to take next year. I may only have two slots to fill in, but at least it means I'll probably enjoy them, whichever ones I end up on! Russian Narrative… sounds fab. But then so do Crime Fiction and the 19th Century English Novel… Ach, it's all good! Plus two people complimented me on my playing this week: Laura Baker told me my sight reading was good when we were playing trios for the first time on Saturday (high praise indeed! Made my Monday evening) and Owen said I sounded good in Chorus Line last night, despite my persistent cocking up of one bit! Hurrah. And this week has also shown me that I have some really amazing friends. Thank you all once again! :)

Right, back to essay and Rachmaninov…

Edit: I love being able to construct a fancy–ish sentence ("They could yet get a lot worse") and then stick a very Scouse "like" on the end :)


April 26, 2006

It's all gone Pete Tong

So today I managed to have a bit of a bad day. It wasn't anything major, it was more the fact that things have been going a bit pear–shaped anyway of late, and there were so many things I planned to do today that just didn't turn out the way I'd planned them. Things did start to look up briefly as I had a relatively decent Chorus Line rehearsal. But in spite of what my housemate said ("Look at it this way: if things are that bad now, they've got to get better!") things have gone from bad to worse.

Basically – for those in the know, or those that can guess – the thing that's been worrying me since this weekend has finally come to a head. As of tomorrow (hopefully, as this not knowing is currently killing me, to paraphrase Kelly Jones) I'll have resolved things one way or the other. This is not a good thing, as I've a feeling things aren't going to go the way I want them to go. So although I'm feeling bad at the moment, as of tomorrow night I'm well aware that I'm likely to be feeling horrendous.

This does not bode well.

The sooner this week's over and done with, the better. Yes, there's stuff to look forward to but there's also essays and other stuff stressing me out. I just want stuff to be out the way and over and dealt with.

Just once, could things work out for me? That'd be nice… What is it I'm doing wrong? Answers on a postcard, please…


April 24, 2006

Thank you…

… to everyone who wrote nice blog comments or has asked me if I'm OK/feeling better. There was a bit of a dodgy moment on Saturday when I felt really down and didn't have anyone to talk to about it, but after speaking to people on Saturday night and Sunday I've realised that I've got some really good friends who are willing to provide a shoulder to cry on. So thanks to you all :)

As it happens I'm in a much better mood today for various reasons. Roll on WO tonight, and all the rest of the week! I'm even almost looking forward to doing my creative writing…

Edit: A huge, massive thank you to Raquel for emailing from South Africa to check that I was OK! Raquel, you are fab and your email really cheered me up, so thanks for that! :-) xx


April 23, 2006

My kind of blog timewaster :)

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

I've just found this on someone's blog. Excellent – a literary timewaster!

Procrastination book meme
Book Meme!
1. Copy & paste.
2. Bold the ones you’ve read.
3. Add four recent reads to the end.
4. Tag!

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

*The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger*
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Douglas Adams

*The Great Gatsby – F.Scott Fitzgerald*

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

*The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger*
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

*Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) – J.K. Rowling*

Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story – George Orwell
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

*The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon*
Lord of the Flies – William Golding

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

*1984 – George Orwell*

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) – J.K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) – J.K. Rowling
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

*Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5) – J.K. Rowling*
Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons – Dan Brown
Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Book 1) - J.K. Rowling
Neuromancer – William Gibson
Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
The Secret History – Donna Tartt

*A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess*

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) – J.K. Rowling

*Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte*
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
Ender’s Game (The Ender Saga) – Orson Scott Card
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman – I can't remember whether I've read this or not…
Atonement – Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
Dune – Frank Herbert
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
Hey Nostradamus! – Douglas Coupland
The Nature of Blood – Caryl Phillips
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules -Ed. David Sedaris
Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr
Are you Dave Gorman? – Dave Gorman & Danny Wallace
Earthsea Trilogy – Ursula Le Guin (surely Earthsea quartet?)
The Secret Life of Nuns- Pietro Aretino
Une Fille d'Eve – Balzac
Candide- Voltaire
Evelina- Frances Burney

Recently read:
Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Germinal – Zola
Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of B.S. Johnson – Jonathan Coe
The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams (well, reading rather than read, but felt I had to put something on there that wasn't for my degree…)

Ah, you can tell it's been a productive work day when I've managed to blog twice. On the plus side, I was starting to do research…

And I don't know why it's not bolding them properly. Ones with stars next to them, I've read!


Oh, the irony!

Just gone onto Excite to check my email.

"Today's fortune: You are caught up in trivia."

Given that I won £2 on the quiz machine in the pub today and I'm going to the RAG quiz tonight, that seems fairly accurate!


April 22, 2006

Good cop, bad cop

Good: last night, a man came back to Lucy and Stu's house, gave me a flower and a peck on the cheek, and told me I was attractive.

Bad: This man was not my boyfriend.

On the plus side, though, we did have a top night. We went to the fair and got scared (slightly) and injured (muchly) on some of the rides; had a really nice home cooked healthy meal (with chips); attempted to watch a DVD whilst drinking a girly drink (me) and an old ladies' drink (Lucy); and when the telly broke, amused ourselves with dominoes and potato spirals! I leave Juicy to put up the photos of our creativity…

Currently feeling tired and a bit light headed – too much tenor sax overblowing in the "sun" with no lunch may be to blame. Food might be an idea. Work might be even more of an idea. Instead, I choose blogging, for despite the fact that it is sunny, I'm not in the best of moods.

Still, exec social tonight – mmm, Zizi's…

Ooh, and I still have two essays to write. How exciting.


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