Allsorts (not the liquorice kind)

A mixed bag of tricks the last few days. First off, work is going ok before you ask… progress is being made on revision and coursework so all is good there (for now…)

Since Wednesday I’ve just been catching up with people as they return to Guildford for the start of term on Monday. On Thursday me and Josh had a fairly epic maths coursework session that turned into quite the chin wag… just like old times. Then in the evening it was the return of Open Mic night, and a good laugh with Charlotte.

Friday evening I went into town with a load of chemistry people, who I’m really glad I’m getting to know a bit more this term. I’m so relaxed with them and really feel like I can be myself, which is really cool considering I really haven’t spent a lot of time with any of them until now, which is a shame.

Then today I worked at Sandown Racecourse for Tote, a long and tiring day, but I had a great guy working next to me called Steve who was good company all day. Unfortunately, odds are I’ll never see him again, but still a really nice and genuine guy.

So that’s it! I know it doesn’t sound amazing, but it’s been a great end to the Easter break! I’m really looking forward to getting lots of work done next week, but also lots more fun. Going to see The King Blues on Tuesday (which is going to be AMAZING!) and then Jake is staying for the weekend, so so much fun to look forward to!

  • Happiness. 8 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 4 out of 5 (tote takes it out of me…)
  • Workload. 10 out of 10
  • Last Meal. Chips, cod and fish fingers (balanced diet :P)
  • Song of the day. Michael Bublé – Haven’t Met You Yet
  • Thought for the day. “Seize the moment, try to freeze it and own it; squeeze it and hold it, cos we consider these minutes golden”
  • What I’m Doing Now. Smiling, but very tired :/

Guilty Pleasures

Why is it that around this time of year, any fun to be had is followed by guilt that the time should have been spent revising and doing work. This is where my outlook on life “we’ve only got one life, lets use it” reaches a paradox between the potential future benefits, or the present losses. Balance and priorities are all words I’ve used to describe this before, and this time is no different.

On Monday my sister Becky paid a visit, and it was amazing to see her. I love my sister so much, and it was great to go to town and have lunch. I love seeing Alastair and Jordan grow up a little bit every time I see them. This time Alastair has started saying “Has it got milk in?” pointing at every bit of food he sees, it’s so cewute :P

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Also on Monday, Geoffrey (AKA Josh) returned to the house! That means all the guys are back! A little  catch up session ensued and it’s great to have people in the house again!

In the evening I went over to Criddle’s for a night of Board Games ^_^

On Tuesday a load of us heading into London for a day out, and to see Russell Howard’s Good News show being filmed live! I’m getting used to all this TV audience malarkey in the last few weeks :D It was absolutely hilarious and a really great day out all around. Keep an eye out for yours truly in the audience on Friday’s show!

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The rest of this week is definitely work, work, and work. It has to be! Stay safe and catch you all soon :)

  • Happiness. 8 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 1 out of 5
  • Workload. 10 out of 10
  • Last Meal. Tesco value coco pops!
  • Song of the day. Scouting For Girls – This Ain’t A Love Song
  • Thought for the day. Never assume unless otherwise stated
  • What I’m Doing Now. About to go onto campus for work-related purposes…

PS Me and Dad at the wedding on Saturday :)

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Ants in my kitchen!

Work has been restored as a verb in my dictionary this week after getting a start on most of my revision and coursework. Still lots and lots to do, but at least progress is being slowly made.

Come Friday afternoon it was time to relax, for the weekend had arrived rather suddenly. I went out to a pub in town with some chemists before eating at Wagamamma’s. That is the second time I’ve ever eaten there and I love the food. It’s got such a rich taste and very filling. Once we we’re all noodled out, it was time to be strudeled out (yes, strudeled has been a verb in my dictionary for some time…). So back to my place for dessert and Monopoly. Had a great evening and it was a great way to start the week.

On Saturday I headed home to go to a wedding. It was the wedding of my old babysitter (as one link goes…) and it was such a lovely afternoon. It was the first church wedding I’ve ever attended and it’s such a great experience, I recommend everyone I know to get married as soon as possible :P

Sunday was back working at Tote. Long day taking bets, but still enjoyable nonetheless. I’m working again next Saturday, so trying to make the most of Easter while I can…

Next week is going to be another week of revision and coursework, but it has to be done…

The video from the boat trip at the end of March has subsequently been finished this week:

  • Happiness. 6 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 3 out of 5 (was sleeping on the train :P)
  • Workload. 10 out of 10
  • Last Meal. Sandwiches while at Ascot
  • Song of the day. Daniel Powter – Bad Day
  • Thought for the day. talk less. say more.
  • What I’m Doing Now. Looking at the 4 poems I wrote on the train yesterday without really thinking, and trying to decide what they mean…

Special Post #32: Accommodation, Part 10 – A New Adventure Awaits

It’s been a long time since I gave an update on the housing situation, so here it is! This is, of course, the very-on-going series about houses and me.

So far this series has focused on my experiences searching, finding, getting, arranging, moving into and subsequently living in my first house. It was a rollercoaster journey, and still is in some ways, although now I’m just living the dream rather than making sure the dream happens.

My current house is great, my housemates are amazing and the landlord is very helpful. It’s been a brilliant home for my second year at university and a completely different experience to living in halls last year. So much so that I think I’ve actually enjoyed living in the house this year more than living in halls, just because there’s such a nice atmosphere here. I might be a bit biased because I also love cycling to university everyday, it’s such a great way to get your head in gear and wake up before the day starts.

Next year is going to be completely different again, with my placement at Sony in Basingstoke lined up for 12 months. Since the start of 2010, when placement hunting really kicked in full time, I started to wonder where I’d live next year. It was a very hard question to answer at the time since I had no way of knowing where I would be working, and until that was set in stone, looking for houses would be like looking for a shoe without knowing the wearer.

I didn’t want to get a house in Guildford if it would be easier to live at home, and Josh was in the same position. We talked about it often and one day came to the conclusion that doing something was going to be more productive than doing nothing. At the time Josh knew two other housemates looking for a house in Guildford who needed two more housemates to get a 4-bedroom house. Josh was good friends with them both, so we agreed to be a four for the time being.

Josh’s friends then started looking at 4-bedroom houses. All the while Josh and I were still looking for placements. Occasionally Josh was told that they’d looked at a house, but they didn’t want it; and this continued for weeks.

Then I got the Sony placement. A week and a half later, Josh’s friends found a house they wanted to live in. Josh went to have a look and said it was amazing, so the following day all four of us met up for the first time and viewed the house together.

It was the first time I’d met my housemates, and the first time I’d gone to view a house this year. Believe me this house is amazing. The rooms are much bigger than the ones in our house at the moment, and it’s getting a new kitchen for when we move in. It’s closer to uni than we are at the moment (and closer to the railway station). I was blown away.

As for Josh’s friends, Chris and Chris (who I will now refer to as Nash and Chris to avoid confusion), I’d met Nash before and we get on really well, and Chris and I had an interesting talk and got on immediately. So it was a done deal.

That evening Josh and I went to their house for dinner and I got to know them both a bit more. Nash is a second year Maths student, and has just stepped down as president of the Christian Union. Josh and Nash lived in halls together last year and are pretty much best friends. Chris is a first year PHD student working at the Surrey Satellite Centre and currently lives with Nash.

Chris is going to be our lead tenant and he is very kindly organising all the paperwork at the moment so we can sign the tenancy for the house ASAP.

We are going to move into the house mid-August, so I’ll be living at home for a few months when I start work at Sony.

Overall, the decision to live in Guildford again next year, instead of living at home, was tough. But in the end, being close to my friends who aren’t going on placement, and being able to live with Josh for another year is going to be incredible, and made it a no-brainer!

Home is where the weekend is

Went to see The IT Crowd being filmed on Friday with Ben and Criddle. We actually had tickets to go the week before, but we got there a little bit too late to get seats. If we hadn’t taking a wrong turn that cost us 15 minutes we’d have probably been alright, but there you go. This week we left plenty of time even though we’d been given priority tickets for missing last week we weren’t taking any chances…

It’s filmed at Pinewood Studios, approximately 20 minutes from anywhere. Seriously, it felt like Devon as we approached. And to add to the drama, on the way back the car headlights weren’t working, which made for some interesting physic driving skills until we reached the M25.

But it was a really great show and I’m really looking forward to the new series starting soon :)

On Saturday I had a great time at home just lounging around the house and spending some time with my mother which was wonderful :)

In the evening my cousin Beth and I went to my brother’s birthday party in town. Lots of drinking and got to see lots of James’ friends who I haven’t seen in a while. It was cool how a lot of them knew me from the On A Boat video, made for a good ice-breaker :D

Back to the hard graft this week. Just spent my whole afternoon in the programming labs making lots of progress on coursework. Still, a mountain to do and already half way through the Easter break :S

  • Happiness. 6 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 3 out of 5
  • Workload. 10 out of 10
  • Last Meal. Chicken pie, and more potatoes than YOUR BODY HAS ROOM FOR!
  • Song of the day. Free Peace – Rock Around The Globe (in fact, the whole album!)
  • Thought for the day. oh no, not again…
  • What I’m Doing Now. Listening to Free Peace

PS coming soon: more about next years house and housemates!

March: The Best Moment

March went so quickly I’ve only just realised it’s April! March was an odd month for me. It brought an end to a few things that had been bothering me for months, such as finding a house for next year!

A few other good times helped make March a memorable month, namely the MAD TV flash mob and April fools shows which were great fun to film and edit. But with all that, March also brought a few niggles with it that liked to get in the way. Work started getting on top of me, but towards the end of the month the boat trip brought a much needed respite.

So after 31 days, my favourite moment of March had to be…

The 12th of March when I finally found out I’d got the Sony placement. The placement I really really wanted! I couldn’t be happier. That freed my mind of a lot of bother that had been following me for months. With my placement sorted, and the house in tow, next year is all set, done and dusted. Just got to get there now…

  • Happiness. 5 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 1.5 out of 5
  • Workload. 10 out of 10
  • Last Meal. Sandwiches :o)
  • Song of the day. Levellers – What a Beautiful Day
  • Thought for the day. every sixty seconds you spend upset, is a minute of happiness you can’t get back.
  • What I’m Doing Now. Enjoying the sunshine :)

Fill My Memories

As promised, here is a post full of pictures, a picture post if you will.

First off, more wonderful memories from this year at university. One of my favourites from our trip to Pizza Express:

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Followed by THE BOAT TRIP! Wassup! Favourite:

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And a few pics from The Boat Race in Putney with my parents:

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Fill you in on my goings on when I actually have something going on :D

  • Happiness. 4 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 3 out of 5
  • Workload. 10 out of 10
  • Last Meal. Pizza!
  • Song of the day. John Mayer – Say
  • Thought for the day. The worst, I think, is when a secret stays locked within not for the want of a teller, but for the want of an understanding ear.
  • What I’m Doing Now. Looking forward to starting all this work tomorrow. No, I actually am.