Saturday, December 31, 2005
Family duty in London
Went to London to visit a relative, a fucking annoying relative to be honest. Bit of a waste of two days travelling and I missed training on Friday because of it too :-( The journey was a bit of a nightmare as we did 60mph all the way -which I thought was a bit ot of character of my father but I think he'd recently had a fine so is perhaps on best behaviour. Had a really good if stupidly overpriced meal in some deathly expensive pub/dining place with russian waiters, spoilt only by the annoying relatives yapping. After that we left for a travel lodge hotel on a service station were we stayed for the night. I had fuck all to do and no one to hang about with but luckily I'd brought my laptop with me so watched a couple of episodes of family guy before turning in for the night. Only got bout three hours sleep tops thanks to the noise of engines outside. After a shitty evening that didn't set me up nicely for the day ahead. I woke about 05:30 and watched tv for a bit then packed my bag and went in search of breakfast. I left the 'sleeping' sign on my door so the cleaner didn't go in my room, checkout wasn't til 12 anyway. Walked around the restraunts and decided it was all too expensive before getting a tuna salad from a vending machine and heading back to my room. I was surprised to find the cleaner had fucking walke in and started doing stuff despite the sign I left on the door. She explained she'd seen me take my bag and thought I'd left the sign on by mistake. Yeah cos I'm a fucking retard.. and of course I took my fucking stuff cos I didn't trust the hotel staff to stay the fuck out of there -quite rightly so it appears. I got rid of her then used the laptop to play music whilst I read the Economist review of 2005 and waited for my folks to surface from their room so we could get back to real life. Got home late having missed training and too pissed off to go out in the evening. Spent it helping Cat sort out some video files she was editing on her laptop.
Main memories of London? People drive slowly and stuff costs alot.
Went to meadowhell today and replaced my shoes.
Thank fuck this year is nearly over. Anyway I'm going out tonight to a party then a club or to a party then a club then a party depending on how it works out. Happy new years eve bitches!
posted by martin 17:02
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
There's a hole in my shoe, and that rhymes with fuck you
As a fairly shit year draws to a close my smart shoes decided to break finishing the year nicely. Quite amusing I guess especially as we now have proer snow and slush. I wasn't the happiest sould tramping round the city centre looking for new shoes today. Obviously I came away without any. Lots of dozy people out for the sales. It would probably be a good time for a cull. Slept ok lat night but woke up at 6am so still got a deficit to make up. dont think i'll go to Bug tonight (gotta save for some fucking shoes afterall!). Went out with Cat last night for a chinese at Mei Sum, she was impressed by my knowledge of Hotai and the seven luck gods. We discussed religion quite a bit actually and came to the conclusion that Joseph must have been retarded, "Joseph, babe, I'm pregnant. Put down the hammer hon. I know we haven't done it for ages but it was erm God, yeah God. Heavenly body umm.. So er that's ok isn't it? It's not like I did the neighbour on the table you made whilst you were busy at work last Thursday." "Duh yea ok I'll look after you and raise Gods kid then no prob" Then he let the family business go to ruin whilst they dragged a donkey to bethlehem were three strange old guys said "We've come to watch the birth, hurr hurr, we're kings see? Hurr hurr." but that's a whole different story. Later on talked to Colin on the phone and had a text conversation with Christine, she was asking about baby oil Twister. Sounds fun...
This morning I made a few new years resolution type things: get fit(ter) and don't suffer fools. So if anyone doesn't hear from me for a while that's why ;) Had a phone number purge recently too. Off to bloody London tomorrow night, there's other things I'd rather be doing tho.. I had set my mind on going for a run this morning till I saw the snow and wussed out. Have to ask Col about running in snow sometime. The news has stories about snow on it -erm excuse me but is SNOW in DECEMBER in ENGLAND really NEWS? It's not like it's never happened before is it, for fucks sake.
Watched 80's movie Pretty in Pink on DVD recently, mainly on the strength of the title track but it was reccomended by a couple of people. They forgot to mention it's a chick flick to me, hmph, decent soundtrack though. Done a bit of a tidying up today. Found a red rose Julie had dried after we went for a meal last Valentines day. Aw.. how sweet.. well it'll probably go in the wheely bin with the catshit, probaly a metaphor in there if I can be arsed to think about it. Anyway hope te dojo is open tonight althought it's gonna be sub zero in there..
posted by martin 17:05
Monday, December 26, 2005
Well christmas day just finished. Can't really say give a flying fuck (like that expression tho). I don't like xmas and I don't like all the false and forced xmas spirit. Got given a big wallet I'll put with the one Laura got me years ago that I've also never used, a couple of tops I wouldn't be seen dead in and some foodstuff -although my parents seem unaware I haven't had a sweet tooth for about 15 years. My folks' video broke but I couldn't do anything with it as they had no screwdrivers.
Went to the rock nite on wednesday didn't sleep thursday night. On Friday I went to meet Christine and her sister in the Zoo, then we went to the Piper. Talked to a girl for a bit which rattled her boyfriend, he especially didn't seem too happy when ,as they left early, she popped back to say g'night. Christine found it quite amusing too. Wound up ratted and got no sleep that night either. Went to bed at 11am on Saturday and managed 4 hours. Headed into ott to meet a few people for drinks on xmas eve, Billy, Mel, Col and Mike (no Emma). There were people queueing to get into the Halgate so we went to the fairmaid which was ok once the kids cleared off. However after a coupe of drinks Col wanted to go to a pub with more ladies. We headed to some other pub whose name I forget. It was packed and there were indeed more lades although Col didn't actually speak to any.. hmm. My ex Leanne was out with her current bloke (he didn't say hi tho) talked to her for a bit, updated phone numbers. She said she'd been by to drop off a card but got the wong street, not to worry. She looked really great -but then to be honest she did. Exchange pecks then I fnd the others and had more lagers.
Got home to find Sam, Andy and Rob watching films with Cat. I got a vodka and we then set about ripping the piss out of Carrie on the TV. Rob was seriously scared of Dante, my hyper aggressive pussy cat haha. He nearly bricked it when the cat leapt from my shoulder onto him. Hit the sack in the early morning after Andy and Rob left. Woke up to the gentle sound of Sam yelling at me to wake up from the kitchen. She'll make an annoying mum someday. didn't think such a small person could make quite that much noise. Her and Cat made xmas dinner which was really good, nice to have waitress service too :) They'ed even got me a pressie, a really smart framed photographic print Cat had made to go in the dining room. After dinner they went to visit their respective parents and I span poi outside for a bit. Eventually I went to visit my folks and swap gifts.
Anyway that's it for another year, wonder if the guy across the street will take down his lights this year.
posted by martin 02:19
Monday, December 19, 2005
Christmas is nearly here, I know this cos Cat has decorated a tree in the living room. Very smart it looks too, all colour coordinated and stuff. Aside from that I'm not really a very christmassy person. I'm not religious for one thing and the birth of the christians' son of god, a muslim prophet and a hebrew messiah doesn't do anything for me, I don't believe in fairy tales. Anyway in honour of that fact, rumour, legend, or bedtime story, depending on your point of view, I've been out trying to xmas shop for people. Funny how religious events always cost money, Easter egg or Valentines card anyone?. Call me a tad sceptic if you like. Tired of wandering through shops looking at shelves of shite and and circumnavigating those slow moving wide people that seem to get wheeled out every xmas for the sole purpose of clogging up shops and streets.
Went to a village pub the other night to say hi to a handfull of people who've made the parental pilgrimage from the places they choose to live to visit the parents they choose to live away from. See if people have changed and stuff -well other than everyone being pregnant or driving anyway. Christmas just pisses me off generally really. It's a time for famlies and couples, great. Just a shame it gets inflicted on the rest of us too..
Anyway went o the pub and heard the usual xmas musical fare and was quite surprised by a cheery greeting from the barmaid. It was great to see people again seems to take a wedding or an xmas to get us lot to meet up, unfortunately some faces were absent what with being on the wrong side of the country or the equator and all.
Saw Dom for the first time in his singledom, he seems same as ever, sarcastic and cutting as everyone else hehe. 75% of the girls out were pregnant which was wierd and most of the lads were driving so rounds included coffees and stuff. Saw an ultra sound of Rob and Claires baby, at nearly two months old it's head was huge so i obviously pointed this out to the father :) I got given a few cards and felt slightly guilty at not giving them out myself this year -but only slightly. A couple of people gave me their email adddresses so they can enjoy my dodgy mass emails.. Met Nick's girlfriend for the first time ever theyre lookng at moving into a new place together -expecting the sounds of tiny feet in 2006. It's like everyone suddenly decided to grow up.
When people started leaving I went to Spiders, talked to some girl in the queue then met Cat and Mel inside. Later met Lee and Mark. No Kelly, she was apparently in Manchester (lucky be-atch!), Christine was in Liverpool watching Echo and the Bunnymen (lucky be-atch!). Cat and Mel left early on.. got a cab with Lee and Mark, although I live in the totally opposite direction to them.
Just installed a downloaded copy of Quick Office onto my Palm z22. Been playing with that. It means I can edit Word documents on it which should be usefull -erm well which should be usefull in the in the event I haven't got my laptop with me anyway hehe. Toys..
The usual problem sleeping tonight. Haven't been asleep yet grr.
posted by martin 08:17
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Been busy with coursework lately. had to bang out 4 essays and had them in on the Monday just gone. Managed it ok. The first two weren't too difficult but the second two were really dull so I couldn't get into them. After many failed attempts to get into them I did as all nighters. All handed in now, phew.
Working all night and not having to go to uni I've slipped into being nocturnal again it jst happens so easily. Last night I decided not to go to bed untill this evening. So I've been up since yesterday and I've just been out running to make sure I'm good and tired tonight. See if I can quick fix my circadian rhythm.
Spoke to Julie recently, actually I saw her a couple of weeks ago. She had a meeting at her old workplace and came to visit. The jobs not going at al well. The unit she was given a job at now doesn't open for about 18 months (!) on top of the time she's already been waiting around. I thought they sounded like a disorganised set of wankers before she even decided to apply for the job when a relative of hers was ringing her up for advice on what they needed to do. Anyway you can't tell some peple and no doubt it's all in someone elses hands and so on.. anyway she's currently not liking the job she's doing to fiill in and can't afford to move anywhere else for another job for the forseeable future. It's a bitch..
I on the other hand have been pretty busy socially, hitting spiders twice a week, even managed the wednesday rock night last week after finishing my essays. Met a few new people. Got a couple of new close female friends in the past few weeks. That's always cool -although alotta people still think I'm on the pull wheever I speak to young lady when the reality is I don't feel the need. Things are going ok with Christine I think, she texts alot when she's drunk tho -but then who doesn't hehe. Helped an acquaintance on msn with relationship worries. Her fella was soon texting her back.
What else? All being well Laura, my diminutive ex, will have given birth last Sunday (11th December). That's a strange thing to think about so I er shan't. Another mate who gave birth last month is having trouble with the shithead father, from what i can gather tho I don't know how she failed to see the signs.. like limited supervised weekly acces to existing kids, not being allowed near his ex, applying for credit cards using her address after a week of knowing her.. well those things would start bells ringing in my head anyway. Other stuff.. everyone is pregnant apprantly. Well ok not quite everyne but alotta a female friends in long term relationships are pregnant. Strange. Guess any xmas do's or BBQs next summer will be rather quiet affairs -people are growing up that's a bit scary. However I still don't feel the need. Last month taling to a girl I didn't know at Spiders she asked how long I'd been going. I told her about 15 years. She looked at me like I was an idiot and said what three times before I confided I was probably older than she thought. Haha.
Finally got the money from my Disabled Students Allowance -not sure if dylexia etc should come under that as it's officially a learning difficulty not a learning disability. You say you're getting a disabled student allowance and people expect you to be in a wheelchair or have Down or something not to be an able bodied articulate kinda person. Anyway the NHS Pensons peple payed the money straight to my bank account. I figured the official supplier had stupidly high markups on some of the kit I needed to get so checked if I had to use them. Luckily I didn't so I sen the supplier a shotened list of stuff I wasn't going to shop around for then went out and bought a far better laptop than the one reccomended for much less money. This morning I bought an extended warranty for it -only ecause I'm not allowed to save any of the cash and a new printer -an HP 3310 which is an all in one jobbie with built in wireless networking so I can set it up on my PC, Laptop and Cats laptop. Cat's rather pleased cos it scans negatives and slides which I'm sure she'll make use of. The Laptop I got is a widescreen Sony Vaio VGN-FS315M, I wouldn't normally spend so much on a laptop as I'm not a fan of them but it was free and I need it to do work on placement with. For the first time ever I have some properly licensed Microsoft products. The software I needed was soe mnd mapping software to help order the chaos in my head, some dictaion software and some oration software. There was a rather smart solid state dictaphone and a Palm z22 organiser too. And thats christmas come early for me :)
My bonsai trees are still alive, the one I thought had died might still be hanging on -finger crossed. I've moved them all outside as they're pines and a confier and all need to weather the freezing of winter as part of their growth cycle. Also decided to try for some indoor trees and planted a few banyan tree seeds in pots and some guava seeds that I got given.
Dante's had more teeth removed a few weeks back. He's now got 5 left: one upper canine, three premolars and one molar. He seems to be far more friendly now that before for some reason although he still bites and scratches like hell -his bites are less painfull but quite gross and wet. Last Thursday he decided to wake me up and put three big red scratches on my face. I looked a bit of a gimp.
Hmm long entry that :)
posted by martin 12:32