January 13, 2005

A Medicine, a Bargain, a few Housewives, and Definately

A Medicine

Is what I need to get a healthy biorhythm. At the moment I fall asleep around 3am which is fine, and I wake up at around 9am which is fine, but I don't get up until say noon. That doesn't have to be a problem, for as a PhD student I mainly need to plan my own time. However, I want to get up in the morning and take a few classes that will actually help me getting my degree in a few years. Basically, what I need is some kind of drink that makes you want to get up, say, the opposite of Horlicks. Any ideas?

A Bargain

Though some people dislike Tesco's, I do feel obliged to tell you about a wonderful deal they have running right now: 18 glasses for less than 4 quid!? 6×3 differently sized glasses for just over 20p a piece. Apologies for blatant advertising but I just had to share this knowledge.

A few Housewives

Wasn't sure whether or not to capitalize few, but anyway... Today I saw the return of Marcia Cross to the world of TV drama in the form of a desperate housewife who resorts to household tasks when trying to avoid discussing her feelings. Anyone who is old enough to have seen her burn down Melrose Place should watch Desperate Housewives Wednesday night on C4. Just continuing my commercial activities here. No I don't get paid. And yes I do work on my PhD.


It took me 10 minutes to type that word: definately. Another ten minutes lost. Why? Why would you write that? A definition is definite and definitely not definate. Seeing most people who write definately are native English speakers you forced me to Google it and at the moment it's 24,000,000 against 2,500,000 definitely vs definately. I'm not claiming there are no accidental spelling errors on this blog or anything, but please stop messing with my head!
P.S. To the linked person - you seem to be easygoing and I needed an example. Hope you don't mind!

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  1. Me

    I hear some people use coffee…

    13 Jan 2005, 00:20

  2. Thank you for your comment, Me! I tried coffee for the first time about a month ago and as a result I was awake all night till 7am. I know it helps you stay awake, but I need the will to actually get up. Help me, please!

    13 Jan 2005, 00:30

  3. Ooh and coffee is evil as someone once told me whatever hours coffee gives you you have to catch up double the amount sleeping…

    13 Jan 2005, 00:31

  4. Hmm.Have you ever watched wallace and gromit : the wrong trousers? Now there's a way to get up!!!

    13 Jan 2005, 09:55

  5. You have raised my opinion of Tescos slightly by bringing this wonderful deal to my attention, however they have still not paid me since Christmas and therefore my opinion has dropped indeterminably lower.

    13 Jan 2005, 14:21

  6. I have long chastised those bastards who dare to corrupt my language with their horrendous spelling and grammar. DefinAtely has been beaten to death on my blog, and I am equally disapproving of dumbasses who write "could of" or "should of" instead of could have or should have.

    13 Jan 2005, 15:35

  7. Ian: Wallace and Gromit never managed to expand their empire to the Netherlands, unfortunately. I think I have seen one episode but I don't remember it being about trousers. On a positive note, I did manage to get up before noon today AND attended my 2nd lecture out of the 9 I wanted to attend so far – thanks to my neighbours who were making a hell of a noise for 3 hours doing God knows what (breaking bricks with a hammer?);
    Natalie: I'm sorry about your paycheck. Are you sure it's Tesco and not the Post Office that causes the delay? I've been supposed to be getting an invoice since some time before Christmas and it's been sent three times already to the right address yet still hasn't reached me… The glasses have not shown any unwanted effects yet, by the way.
    James: Although I agree with you on this second threat to the English language, I'd say it's rather slang than an actual spelling error such as definately or seperate etc. (63,000,000 vs 2,800,000 – still too many errors for that word as well though)

    13 Jan 2005, 16:37

  8. Sorry the coffee kept you up all night! Try it in the morning when you wake up though, it helps get rid of that groggy early morning feeling.

    I can also relate to your 'nearly getting up' at 9 o clock. As a fellow phd-student, I nearly get up at 9 o clock on a regular basis!

    16 Jan 2005, 01:30

  9. I hate getting up, but one thing that does work (it sounds banale, I know), but drink water before going to bed and then you need the loo in the morning… It does work! Problem is getting the amount right so that you do not spend the whole night getting up… Hm… Never mind. I'm a bit mad, I know…

    Sunshine also helps getting me out of bed, but since we are in England, there is not much of a chance of that happening…

    Oh… another idea that my Mum gave me last time I went home. Put the alarm clock so far away from your bed that you have to get up to turn it off. That way you cannot hit the snooze button nor turn it off and sleep on! Mean and horribel, but effective!

    See ya!


    16 Jan 2005, 15:47

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