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Occasionally, I really hate this PhD thing. I've spent a lot of time this last week doing the 'thinking thing', as we call it. Which means it doesn't seem like I've gotten much done, but I've gone through and discarded (or kept) a bunch of questions/theories/ideas/stray thoughts regarding my work. Which is what my supervisor told me to do.

Unfortunately, all of those things rather contradict each other or don't at all mesh into a cohesive research project, so now I'm just really annoyed and worried and, mostly, annoyed. This made so much more sense a year ago. And I know that's normal, because everyone who has donea 2nd year of their PhD tells me they had no idea what they were doing until they got to 3rd year. But it makes me no less annoyed that I can't seem to get any ducks in a row. I'm not entirely sure they are even all ducks. They are certainly not all in the same pond. Or, possibly, even the same county.

And it's - FINALLY - raining. I have never been so happy about rain!

On the upshot, Hobbit starts at Phoenix next week, so it's 6.50 for a 3D film (though not 48fps). I shall go alone and not give a care.

Also, in other news, I am desperately hoping the flat I want for July is actually available (waiting to hear back). I've decided that once I turn 30 I really need to be living on my own, as I have never actually lived on my own before, except on rare occasions my parents were away and I was housesitting for them, which doesn't count in my book. I want my own place. It's going to cost a bloody fortune, but I've come to terms with that. I'm not travelling in November like I thought I would, so that's a month's rent available right here! Still, fingers crossed and all that. I need out of this house. It's frakking cold for one and Arvind is going deaf, so I repeat everything I say three times and can hear the telly from any room in the house. Having dealt with this with my parents, I'm really over it. Too bad, since this house is - I MEASURED - the closest a person can live to the main U of L campus. Guess I'll be walking more come July. By which time I will either be incapable of walking or in the best shape of my life. 50/50 chance either way.

I would really like to spend a few days on a beach. And I have never wanted to spend a few days on a beach. You don't realise how soul crushing being cold ALL THE TIME is. The house hasn't been above 15 in 17 days.
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I had a bit of a weird morning. Didn't go to bed until midnight, owing to staying up to watch the Golden Globes (UK broadcast). Very disappointed the Lincoln did not win best picture, but at least Lewis got the award for acting. Very tired of hearing about Django Unchained.

Then at 4am, my phone goes off, except it's not a call it's a 'reminder'. I have no idea why there was a reminder alarm set for 4am on January 15th. I have no memory of setting it. Today has no relevance that I can see. Woke me out of a dead sleep though and it took me a bit to figure out what the hell the noise was since the alarm is set to some new age 'gentle wake up' right now. The buzzer sound was driving me nuts.

Then, at 7ish this morning (I didn't look at the clock until after) I woke up again out of a dead sleep to a noise that might have been in my dream or in real life, I'm still not sure. It sounded like someone knocking on the door, but it wasn't as loud as it should have been if someone was actually knocking on the door.

Decided to turn the morning alarm off and go back to sleep. Woke up just before 9. Feeling pretty good today, but I have a busy afternoon and a really busy day tomorrow, so I imagine I will be tired by Thursday if I don't get more sleep.

Weird start to the week. Apparently, Facebook is making a Very Important Announcement at 1pm (EST, I think?). Can't wait (sarcasm).

Life of Pi 3D tomorrow! It didn't get ANY Golden Globes, which annoys me even though I haven't seen the movie.

Snow still partly around, though melted in many places. Didn't get that much, after all.
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The moral of the story is, always buy a London Pass when it's on sale. It totally pays for itself. We didn't see as much as I was hoping, but we still saw 103 pounds worth of stuff! Had M&D been up to, you know, actually walking like Londoners then I think we could have done more. Also, the Globe was closed due to day performances, so that nixed that one immediately. Rose was open, however, but they weren't interested. Would have been nice to do more around Westminster too. Oh well.

Still:
  • Kensington Palace and Kensington Park
  • Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • HMS Belfast
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • Harrods
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • British Museum (yes, I know this one is free - still, they went to a museum!)

Pretty good for 2.5 days I think. Would have been nice to have the full third day, because then we could have done something more than just Kensington. Like RAH. Tried to get them to do the theatre one evening too, but they didn't want to be out late. And the Eye was overbooked. I wanted to book that ahead, but the weather kept changing everytime I looked and I didn't want to book tickets if it was raining. Not a great view when the rain is pissing down.

I was so glad to get back to my bed last night. Today is all grey and cool outside, but that's okay. It's a bank holiday and I'm not doing anything except getting all the 'non-work things' finished so that I can get to the work things tomorrow. Well, as well as run into the centre to shop.
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I watched gymnastics covereage. I went to the library for books. I skimmed a book. Then I ate sugar and watched Iron Man.

Yeah, that's been my day thus far. Now I am watching it sun shower and contemplating dinner.
windemere: (there yet?)
Right, I'm going to the gym. Right now. This very second. Yes I am. I'm dressed and have shoes on and everything.

(It's 50km/h winds outside and raining).

I WANT SUMMER. I promise to not complain about the hot weather again! I swear!!

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May. 24th, 2012 09:20 pm
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Having lived on this island for nearly three years, I'm considered an honourary Brit, at least in this instance. Which means I have the God-given right to complain about the weather. The Brits are never happy with the weather. It doesn't matter what the weather is, they complain about it anyways.

Take this week, for example. It's been five weeks of cold, wet, miserable spring weather. This week, it's 25* and sunny. And I'm complaining. It's too bloody hot. This is a country that has no air conditioning. I have no fan. This is Britain, though, so any amount of temperature over 20* means humidex. It's muggy and sticky and I'm as far from water as you can get on this island. So I reserve the right to bitch about it! I want it to go back down to 18* and partly cloudy and little wind. That is my ideal weather forecast. But since Britain hasn't seen that in about five years, and the forecast for the summer is (surprise, surprise) dry and hot, I won't get that. Sleep isn't pleasant. I have been walking around in skippy little sundresses for three days and I'm still hot. I just want to stand in a cold shower or be in the pool all the time, but I have work to do! Being physically uncomfortable is not condusive to work.

So yes, it's perfect summer weather outside and I want it to go away.

windemere: (there yet?)
Just watched 'The Descendants' with George Clooney. Truly lovely movie. It's nice to see him in a well-written and well-acted drama. A sad, but still feel-good movie. Definitely recommend!

Also, Mummy went to the 70th Anniversary celebrations of 'my' museum and saved me a cupcake. It's in the freezer a la a wedding cake and being saved for December. This makes me stupidly happy for no apparent reason other than CAKE.

I sort of did work today. And I went to a meeting (one meeting; I should have gone to two) and I actually made dinner. Like, cheesy chicken bake, potato and apple salad and properly cooking (non-frozen) veggies. And then I had fresh berries and custard for dessert (and yes, the custard may have been the leftovers from last night's fish fingers and custard - it's damn well growing on me!). And then there might have been candy again because I have no will power anymore. I should really, really stop. This much sugar definitely makes me feel ill fairly consistantly.

I really need to go to the gym tomorrow. Today I just didn't have the energy after yesterday's swim. Tomorrow I will do better. With work too. And then I am going to Dark Shadows, because Johnny Depp a la the Adams Family? Just what I need.

I used 'a la' twice in this post. I don't think I've ever used it in a blog before.

Yeah, I've totally been reading Jane Eyre too.

And I have my name down for tickets for the torch relay in July here in Leicester. I missed it in Toronto (and it was bloody cold that day anyways) so I hope I get to see it this time! There's a whole big ceremony, because there are lighting 3 torches in Leicester that will burn through the Olympics.

Also, in honour of June 3rd, I have the following day planned: brunch at Mrs. Bridges Tea Rooms, Food Festival in Stoneygate, afternoon 'tea' in the park (tbd) and then probably a nice long leisurely evening at a beer garden. This is how you celebrate the Jubilee people, take notes!
windemere: (winter is coming)
April 4th = snow. Mother Nature missed by a few days, I think. At least it's too mild and wet to actually stick around.
windemere: (Easter eggs)
It's sunny outside. I was out in t-shirt and skirt for the second day running. It's been a quiet Sunday and I slept really well. Gone are the days when such little things were enough to make everything alright!

I managed to get nothing done this morning, partly because (with the clock change) I slept until 10am, which rather destroys the vast part of the morning. And then I watch telly and ate a begal. After that I forced myself to go to the library instead of eat lunch (2 hours after breakfast). I was doing great, until Anita (one of my flatmates) presented me with Easter chocolate eggs. So there went that idea out the window. However, I never ate lunch, and only snacked at 3pm on crackers and cheese and a plum, so on the whole I'm doing not badly. So long as I can go the rest of tonight without more snacking, but the fajitas were rather filling, so there's hope.

Yesterday I bought the Hunger Games (1st book) with firm intention to wait until I saw the movie on Thursday to read it. Wow, I suck at best laid plans. I have promised to only read Part 1, however, because I pretty much know what happens from the trailer and hype anyways. But the rest...I'll hide it if I have to. And I have no time the next 3 days anyways, really.

Speaking of the next three days...tomorrow is an 8 hour day. Tuesday is a 13 hour day. Wednesday is another 8 hour day. Normally, that means lots of actually free time, but I have research that I need to do when I'm not at the conference presentations, other grunt work and I want to go to the Brown Bag Wednesday, so I won't even get lunch off that day. Thursday I will either pass out or be really productive. Could go either way. Could be both, in fact. But then there will be Hunger Games if it kills me (it may just).

Saturday, I plan to take the day off. I don't have high hopes of that actually happening, because I will probably realise how much work I have to do and only a week left to do it and panic. And panic is a really good motivator for working.

I did, however, pack for Canada today, because I'm not taking back anything I need, just some stuff I haven't worn and lots of presents and such. That was relatively painless, as packing goes. The return trip will not be.

Two weeks of hunched over a desk reading and typing has led to a permanent ache between my shoulder blades that no amount of stretching or pilates has cured. It's not painful, but it is damn annoying and does twinge if I twist the wrong way. As the next three days I really need to be in decent shape, this is a bad thing. Amazingly, it hasn't led to a headache yet. I'm just waiting now...

I am watching a BBC version of the love story of poet John Keats. God is it boring. It's not a good weekend on BBC, apparently. I might have to try ITV!

I really need it to be April 7th, because then my work will be done, for better or worse and I will be about to go to London and the V&A and then on a plane! And even though it's Canada, travel gets me excited. And the first 5 days will be really good...
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That paper is done! [It's totally not done. There is definitely something I forgot/will have to correct/fix/rewrite.] I sent it to M to edit, to which she replied with a long rambling email that had something to do with a microwave, the desolution of my parents' marriage, and my aunt's flight schedule. To be honest, I didn't really read it very closely. There's really no point these days, as she will regale me with it all the next time we Skype. I only want to hear a story once. At least stories that are completely unentertaining.

I seem to have become the person people ask about for advice on doing an MS PhD at Leicester. How do these things happen? Two people in two days! [Both Canadians.]

I am watching Being Human again. I have no clue what is going on, having missed a season and a half, but the vampire is sort of cute, the accents are nice, and it's British. Also, it's entertaining, even if I don't understand most of the current backstory or who the hell the villain is.

I am taking tomorrow off. By which I mean, I have laundry and cleaning to catch up on, a whole host of movies lined up to watch (and a bit of telly), an Irish trip to plan and, you know, relaxing to do. Maybe I'll walk too, as I haven't all weekend due to weather/paper writing. Might try to do more than 5km too.

Apparently I agreed to be up at 6:30am on Wednesday before I realised that was what I agreed to. That is going to be a very long day (though not as long as I thought at 2pm this afternoon, thankfully). I am hopeful there is good research to be had and that someone else comes with, because the MAs are going to be so busy with things they don't even get a tea break (though they do get lunch). Also, I will have to spend the day avoiding my former supervisor as well as my current supervisor. God, why do I do these things to myself?

I am watching yet another BBC documentary. God, I love BBC documentaries. Doesn't even matter what they're on! Though this one is all about the rotation of the Earth and the impact that has had on climate, civilization and nature. I know most of it already, but the scenery shots are nice. And they went to the Bay of Fundy. Of course, the are ending on Britain and how much the rotation screws the weather up there. Which is sort of the last twenty-four hours summed up in an hour long documentary. The best part is the fact that it's new, so it's all about the horrific weather we've had here of late! Damn windstorms are really starting to bug me.

Anyways, that's...it? Oh, I got one last one: Bella Italia, which is an international chain btw, is advertising the Breaking Dawn Part I DVD which comes out next week here. I am greatly amused, can I just say? Who knew that a little restaurant in Port Angeles, Washington would spawn an international marketing campaign for a movie about vampires? Oh, it's the little things in life that keep me going. [I entered the contest they are running too, but that's because it's for a weekend shopping trip to London, with a nice hotel and train tickets included, and I could use one of those.]
windemere: (winter rose)
I have VERY IMPORTANT NEWS!

It's February 23rd and, ladies, it is 16*C outside, sunny, and the wind feels warm.

It's like, almost summer.  By which I mean, it's like proper English weather, finally.  I was beginning to worry that the next ice age was going to arrive while I was living this far north of the 39th Parallel.  Which would have made me very angry and complain about the weather a lot more than the average Brit already does.

In other news, ;D, there will be N. Ireland in May for sure!  And the Giant's Causeway, of course.
windemere: (Carlisle)
OMG people, the weather today! I didn't sleep at all last night, because of the noise and it's still going. It's absolutely wretched out and I am so glad I don't have to leave my flat today. But it's driving me nuts!

In other news, I've figured out the Twilight fandom. At least insofar as what they like to read and review. As this has only taken me 8 months, I think it's a win. It took me 2 years to figure out Who and I never did figure out LOTR.

As such, I have 29 messages in my inbox this morning.
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I have a kink in my back. It is the size of a penny and right behind my right shoulder blade in a place I can't possibly reach. Ever movement makes it pinch. I have tried hot and cold and stretching and cannot work it out! Mum even gave me a half assed massage and that did nothing. I am sure sleep tonight will cure it - it's not the first time it's happened to my back - but until then it's bugging the heck out of me!

Not to mention the heat, which has just left me tired and completely unable to care or do anything. It's 20* in England and I miss TEMPERATE CLIMATES.

And this chapter is just NOT WRITING PROPERLY. Stupid thing. Figures I'd get to 17,000 words and suddenly hate it all.
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1. I ate a chocolate bar last night. And 6 Timbits this morning. And coffee.

2. I saw my first S55 today and may have squeed aloud. Unfortunately it was dirty, so not as pretty as it should be.

3. I wasn't going to leave the house today, but Dad tempted me with Tims. I didn't get dressed though.

4. It's hot and cold and humid outside, all in the same go. It's also cloudy, but bright.

5. Spent 4 hours last night debating the tragic state of the world with a 17-year-old who is definitely better informed than I was 11 years ago. It made me feel old. And then we talked about getting drunk.

6. I am at 37,000 words in 3 weeks and a sick twisted part of me is disappointed I won't be able to do 50,000 in 4 weeks because the story is almost over. Sick masochistic moron that I am.

7. I have not practiced my golf swing in 3 days.

8. There was a Twilight joke in last week's episode of Nurse Jackie and I am almost positive it was unscripted. Since it was Peter Facinelli and it's not the first time it's happened. But it was good. I am SO Team O'Hara!

9. I am not enjoying The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. That probably means there's something wrong with me. But Daniel Craig is going to make the movie pretty.

10. I am delaying watching Game of Thrones for this week because I know what happens and it's going to kill me.

Bonus: Am still considering Carentan. And A Good Man Goes to War.

Futility

Mar. 11th, 2011 08:56 am
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This is a bit pointless. It's not like, as individuals, we have any affect on the weather, even as a world population we do.

But in the last 12 months I think most people, at least who own a tv or radio and get anything resembling international news, are starting to wonder. I don't go in for apocalypse theories and I really don't believe the Mayan's are going to be the ones that get it right. But you have to start to wonder, what with the freak weather *and* the severe earthquakes within the last year, if the world is trying to tell us something. I'm not thinking 'THE END HAS COME' or anything so dramatic, but it's one event after another and in so short a time those add up.

The question on everyone's mind is 'is this going to permanent?' Is this the state of the world now? 8.9 mag earthquakes that cause tsunamis that impact and entire ocean. Freak snowstorms that hit Athens and New Mexico. Flooding across areas of land so large they impact the future of entire countries. Destruction of crops on such a massive level the affect exports and demand. Floods and snow and winds and drought and fires. If it's not one it's another every single day. And that's on top of humans causing destruction.

And if there's one thing on this entire planet that we cannot control, beyond the damage we have already done, it's the weather. We are utterly at the mercy of that part of life. And I think that should terrify the average person, if they stop to think about it. Because there's not many places left in this world that you can go and not expect destructive weather to catch you.

And South-western Ontario will argue today that not even this area is safe.

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