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Special Post #48: Accommodation Series #18: Imhotep Is Born

part five of the nearly completed accommodation mini-series about my trials and tribulations to find a house for final year…

#9: Imhotep Is Born

We now have 6 people, a house and a contract. Operation house-for-final-year was nearing completion. The last piece of the puzzle for me was to meet the one housemate I didn’t know… Simon.

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Simon, like Katherine and Liz, is a Mathematician going into his final year of study. He seems like a really nice guy and I finally got to meet him just a week after the deposit gubbins when it was Liz’s turn to get a year older.

We all met at a local pub and ended up having a really good evening. if Katherine had been there we’d have had a full house, but it was still a great chance to chill out as a collective for the first time.

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There’s just one small detail left in order to call the mission accomplished: a name. Every good house needs a name. Being a house of geeks, which is what we essentially are, we all love a little show called Look Around You. Produced by the BBC last decade, it’s a spoof educational series that mocks those videos you used to watch in school when you had a substitute teacher. If you haven’t watched any, and you like Monty Python, Blackadder, or Brass Eye, then I highly recommend it.

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Our favourite episode is Maths. And since half the house are studying maths next year, it seems very appropriate. Skip to 2:46 if you just want the reference, but our new house name is IMHOTEP.

#10: Boat Bondage

To get to know everyone a bit better, and get a taster of how easy it was for us to live together, I suggested we go on a boat trip. And that’s exactly what we did at the start of April. A week-long excursion from Swiss life to live up the Birmingham countryside… It seems a bit backwards to take a holiday from Switzerland in Birmingham, but I had a great time!

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We all got on like a house on fire, so to speak. It’s really made me look forward to living with them all! But the trip made me realise that something like that is what was missing from my house this year. I just turned up one day and started living there. No big hello, no trips, no parties… And that’s maybe why our house has never felt, to me, like a home. We all go off and do our own thing, rarely around enough to wear the carpets down. While this year has been great, I’m now itching to move in with my new housemates.

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Coming soon “Mind The Gap”

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Another week, another flight to Switzerland. I’m still having the best year ever and travelling over the Swiss alps every week for work.

I know in my last post I tried to justify how little I’ve been blogging recently by saying what I’ve been up to, but there is another reason. I’m kind of doing the same thing every week… Work in Switzerland Monday to Friday, then try and live my life at the weekends. That usually constitutes more travel and catching up with as many friends as possible.

Now we’re in May it’s beginning to dawn on me how this phase of consistency in my life is coming to an end. In 2 months time I’ll have moved out of my current house and be living with a friend for 2 weeks before moving into my new house. I know I still haven’t got around to that accommodation post yet, but it is brewing. Not only will I be moving out of my current house, but my current housemates and lots of my other friends will finish university and leave Guildford for good. And that smells far too much like growing up for my liking. Friends going out into the big-wide world: travelling, teaching, moving back in with parents… It’s scary to think I’ll be walking through that door in only 12 short months. And if they go half as quick as the last 12, it’ll be coming sooner than I can possibly imagine…

Since I haven’t done a “moments” post for a while let’s get you up to speed.

  • Day in London with Charlotte. Went to a vegan all-you-can-eat restaurant, Covent Garden, met up with Beth, went to Camden market, saw Lifehouse live, went home and saw Becky… it literally couldn’t be any better.

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  • Going to Weymouth town and visiting the cider bar!

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  • Games night playing Cranium and Twister
  • Sat at the bus stop in Lugano in the sunshine after missing our flight…

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  • Getting a Mercedes convertible as our hire car. Driving in the sunshine by the lake with the top down…

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  • Going on a pub crawl in Amsterdam

  • Hiring a bike in Amsterdam and getting royally lost

  • Going to an amazing steak house in Switzerland with the customer and having a horse steak.
  • Getting very drunk on a bottle of port on the boat trip and going on a midnight mission to get McDonalds chips.

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  • Having a BBQ in Birmingham in the glorious sunshine, miraculously meeting up with Adam Hurd and going rowing in the dingy with hundreds of people watching.

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  • Having my first pint of Guinness on the boat trip.
  • Drinking 4 pints of very strong Cider with Katherine on the boat trip, then all staying up until 5am.

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And that’s all for this time, I swear I have actually started writing the Accommodation post, and the first one will be ready very soon!

  • Happiness. 9 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 2 out of 5 (my special power is sleeping on public transport) 
  • Free Time. 1.5 out of 5
  • Last Meal. Steak :P
  • Song of the day. Creed – One Last Breath
  • Thought for the day. May the fourth be with you…
  • What I’m Doing Now. In Switzerland until the 12th May…

Another Fail…

Hi. I know I promised an accommodation post and an explanation of what I’ve been up to recently, but, as usual these days, I found my weekend being spent catching up with friends and getting odd jobs done (or at least started).

I can explain why I’ve been so busy recently with the aide of a bullet list:

  • Monday 21st March: Off to Switzerland for another week of work.

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^ We got a convertible :O

  • Friday 25th March: Off to Amsterdam from Switzerland for a weekend with some mates

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^ We went to all the intellectually challenging sights…

  • Monday 28th March: Straight back to Switzerland from Amsterdam

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^ Eating an Italian pizza while watching the sun set over the Swiss alps

  • Friday 1st April: Back in Guildford
  • Saturday 2nd April: Busy weekend catching up with laundry and seeing a few friends
  • Monday 4th April: Switzerland
  • Friday 8th April: In the office in Basingstoke for a day before going off to Birmingham for a boat trip with my new housemates!

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^ Ginger on board

  • Thursday 14th April: End of the boat trip, a night in Guildford
  • Friday 15th April: Off to Weymouth to spend a weekend with Charlotte

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  • Monday 18th April: Switzerland
  • Friday 22nd April: More laundry, and going to London
  • Saturday 23rd April: Day with Sophie planning the inter-rail trip!
  • Sunday 24th April: Easter Sunday at the Mitchells
  • Monday 25th April: Back to Switzerland tomorrow…

And then there’s what’s coming up:

  • Friday 29th April: Got the day off work for Charlotte’s birthday party in Guildford
  • Sunday 1st May: Day in London with Sophie and Julie
  • Tuesday 3rd May: Back to Switzerland, for 2 weeks this time
  • Friday 13th May: In Basingstoke office for a day
  • Saturday 14th May: Dad’s birthday in London
  • Monday 16th May: Back in Switzerland until the weekend…

So my life’s a bit WOAH at the moment. Can’t wait to have enough time to tell you about some of the great things like housing next year and inter-railing!

But for now, keep it real and smell you later :) x

  • Happiness. 9 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 3 out of 5 (another early start for the flight tomorrow)
  • Free Time. 1 out of 5
  • Last Meal. Pasta courtesy of brother James
  • Song of the day. Hellogoodbye – Baby, It’s Fact
  • Thought for the day. Lots to do, and lots more to do after that…
  • What I’m Doing Now. Should be sleeping. tut tut tut.

What’s 2011 All About?

This post was written on Tuesday 4th January

2010 was a fantastic year. And as always I’m going to maintain that live is not about where you go, or things you see, but the people and the experiences you have along the way. Every single one of my top 40 moments of last year was great because of people, and that’s what will make 2011 too. But you can’t just sit inside and wait for people to turn up! Here’s the vague plan in my head of how 2011 is shaping up:

  • January. More working in Switzerland
  • February. Going to KoKo club in London to see Mr Scruff, and Becky comes to London
  • March. Giving up chocolate for lent (well, trying). Grand Prix season starts :)
  • April. Seeing The King Blues at KoKo. Another boat trip?
  • May. Nothing yet
  • June. End of tenancy at my current abode
  • July. Contracted to finish at Sony
  • August. Start of Inter-rail trip
  • September. End of inter-rail trip
  • October. Back at university
  • November. Nothing yet
  • December. Christmas (because some things don’t change)

I’ll talk about the inter-rail trip in another post, but that’s the chorus in a nutshell. I’ve never meant what I’m about to say with such passion: “BRING IT ON!”

  • Happiness. 9 out of 10
  • Tiredness. 0 out of 5
  • Free Time. 3 out of 5
  • Last Meal. Chicken Tikka Masala from the pub
  • Song of the day. Ellie Goulding – Your Song 
  • Thought for the day. 2010 was good, but 2011 will be better
  • What I’m Doing Now. Looking at the amazing curtains now in my room to block out the noise from the living room next door. Thank you dad!

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…

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 :)