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|Thursday, November 23rd, 2006|
Hello my dears.
I have not forgotten you. Suffice it to say, part-time study leaves little time for internet faff. The first essay was infuriatingly one mark off of a distinction, so I'm keen to do better this time. Kettle's Yard want to see the report I've written on All About Eve, which is good, if somewhat scary.
I'm enjoying my time between modules at the moment with pub trips, films nice food and plotting more exciting pursuits. The house is coming together and now has most mod-cons. Work is a bit mad at the moment and I'm in the awkward position of writing things that have already been sold for large sums of money.
Am trimming the friends list. If I take you off, it isn't that I don't like you and I will probably still read when I have time, but time is an issue at the moment.
|Saturday, September 23rd, 2006|
|Bon siecle Mr. Baloffi
Well, it's been fun, but we're about to leave 233 Victoria Road with its multifarious holes that shouldn't be there, weird smells and ominous puddles. Unperturbed by minor difficulties with transport and the acquisition of food, I had an excellent few days in France with Martin reading, writing, walking, drinking the local wines and sitting on the most comfortable sofa in the world watching The X-Files.
If my life belonged to that genre of television in which many stories are told in an episode, drawn together smugly by a unifying theme at the end, this month would be things. My complete absorbtion in moving, acquiring and studying material posessions at the moment is starting to unnerve me, but soon I shall be settled in a new house and not studying material culture and will be able to take them for granted as normal.
Off to the museum before the furniture arrives!
|Monday, July 31st, 2006|
|A secret known only to women and gay men
The party was great fun. We had bellinis and kir and mojitos and cocktail umbrellas and cake and fruit and houmous and forfeit trousers. Everyone looked great and conversation sparkled like the indian fabric with which I covered the clutter. Even the party debris seemed more glamorous than usual.
It made a fitting climax to my free time. I'm about to start the real work for the next module now, but I'm not stressed. Maybe because we'll have another party soon and we shall book our holiday tonight. Current Mood: refreshed
|Sunday, May 7th, 2006|
? I'm with Abi, we're going to go play computer games and get pissed"
Susie had evidently never heard it called orgasm bridge.
The wedding yesterday was beautiful. The first I've ever been to, so I've no frame of reference, but it was lovley. Thanks and congratulations to the lovely couple. The whole day felt very hectic, and I worry that I didn't have enough time to worry about Martin, who had some dreadful news and a long journey. I hope he is alright.
At least I've managed to be a reasonable hostess- the alliterative one pot roast and gin andd tonic sorbet went down a treat. Now I'm off to Nero for lunch, just like the good old days.
|Saturday, April 15th, 2006|
It seems I have been neglecting the interwebble again. I've barely noticed the giving up IRC for lent thing. Sorry interwebble.
Things are going pretty well at the moment. I've finished the first unit of my course, which was a good introduction. The ideas were very interesting, but there was a really unsubtle bias towards the 'new museology' in the material and its presentation, which left me playing devil's advocate for the latter half, just because I was sure the other side of the debate couldn't be as straighforwardly daft as they were painting it. I guess they're allowed to simplify such a big debate for the first module, so I'm not that annoyed.
Seeing Laura again while she was back from Paris was fun. She did cartwheels in our kitchen and we stuffed ourselves with fajitas, before going into town for some chilled jazz and some dreadful mojitos.The party chez nous also went very well, with gin and skittles and the hat game and a house full of fun people. I am now convinved that there should be more parties.
Sally's hen do (or one of them) was also lovely, with the first punting of the season, lots of beautiful food and the chance to meet or remeet some pretty cool people. I felt at a slight social disadvantage, having never been to a wedding, but there were plenty of people to explain the general principle. When I got home, I discovered that the boys had obtained a playstation and Guitar Hero. We rock.
Work has been mad this week, and there has been general feeling icky, so I'm very glad to be in Clevedon for a while. Granny's been ill, so I'm going to visit her in a while, and Sam is coming over for dinner in the evening.
|Tuesday, March 28th, 2006|
My stuff from Leicester arrived today and one of the first things it suggests I do is start a journal. This one is just sitting here and I've been wanting to do something about this for a while. I don't know how useful I'll find the journal idea and I may need to take a different approach once I see how it works out, but for now:( a starting pointCollapse ) Current Mood: working
|Wednesday, March 15th, 2006|
Today I told my boss that I have a place at Leicester (it went pretty well; he is a great believer in education, after all) and sent off the confirmation form. So I guess I am really doing this thing. It is really real.
The time management implications of doing a full-time job and part-time masters degree are a bit terrifying, but I really really care about this so I'm sure I can make it happen. Current Mood: accomplished
|Saturday, March 11th, 2006|
It's been one of those weeks where I've been pissed off with everything. Cars, shouting people, politicians, mess, feeling ill, being looked down on for not taking certain things seriously, or being told that the things that matter to me are worthless.
On the plus side, my laptop is fixed, I don't have mouth cancer and Leicester are offering me a place on their distance learning MA course. Current Mood: sleepy
|Friday, February 10th, 2006|
It has been a long time since I've written anything in here. I've sort of lacked the inclination. There have been a few half inclinations to write something halfway interesting about my sudden urge for self-improvement, how it is ok that I am stupid or how frustrating the menstruation taboo is, but they have been overcome by lack of self-confidence/being arsed. They might happen. I wouldn't hold your breath.
I feel like it would be nice to use this thing for a little bit more than 'what I did on my holidays' style posts and that satisfying feeling of reading things with padlocks on. To be honest, although it is most of my job and something I'm told I'm very good at, I don't actually have the confidence to write things. I feel I should do more and build up my confidence. The kitten like state post felt good to write, even if a little contrived and rather heavily influenced by Paperweight
I guess I may just have laid my finger on it. I may be alright at writing, but I'm a born critic and can generally see far too much of the bad in what I write. Bad writing irritates me intensely, whether it be an official document or adolescent poetry, not so much because I know I could do better but because I know I could do much better and it still wouldn't be any good.
I sort of hope that writing things is like singing in public, something you just have to get on with, get used to and get better at in the process and that this might be a safe place to start.
Oh dear me, I'm writing some bollocks. Good job I'm not a perfectionist.( A bog-standard account of things that I have been doing latelyCollapse ) Current Mood: iggly
|Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006|
I used my last day of holiday to finish off Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Zelda Windwaker and The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, in that order. I feel it was well spent even if it has left me feeling somewhat unreal. Kafka on the Shore has renewed my desire to read really weird books. Suggestions are welcome. The Penelopiad has left me pointedly avoiding needlework this evening, lest it become symbolic. Current Mood: faff
|Saturday, December 31st, 2005|
I'm settled back in Cambridge now, following a Christmas which I shall remember as an enjoyable one, with an incongruously Cuban flavour. Holiday photographs may not be much fun, but I'm all for (decent) holiday music and booze. Mum and Dad seem much happier now and I am glad.
It has been a bit of a weird year, and I wouldn't want to go through it again. It included my first experience of death of people close to me and a feeling that there was no clear path to where I want to be. It gave me my first real jobs and a home that isn't with my parents and some great people to share it with. I am happier, healthier, richer and thinner than I was at its start. I still feel uncertain about some things in my life, most worryingly my future and my faith, but I will work on both of those.
I haven't really made any new years resolutions, apart from the general issues mentioned above. If a resolution is worth making, it is worth starting as soon as you think of it, in my experience.
I hope you all have fun tonight, whatever you are doing, and that you will have a happy new year. Current Mood: calm
|Sunday, December 25th, 2005|
I'm skiving kitchen duty to wish you all a very merry Christmas.
Have a lovely day. Love and hugs from me. Current Mood: festive
|Wednesday, November 16th, 2005|
My immune system hates me
|Saturday, November 12th, 2005|
Life goes on, and it's pretty good at the moment. I baked a cake and the bathroom's clean and I have new CDs.
Martin and I have been going out for two years, as of Thursday, which seems like a big landmark. Probably because of all the fuss people made just over two years ago about it being a make or break point and the way the evidence at the time seemed to support this idea. We went out for a nice meal and watched stupid television and it felt more special than that sounds.
Last weekend worked out busy. The funeral went ok, it was a nice service, even if my aunt was pretty rude. People described it as the end of an era, which I guess means we can walk away from the bad bits of that era now. We skipped the drinks afterwards and went to see my godmother, which was a nice reminder of the good bits of family. The next day we had lunch with Granny before driving Ian to Temple Meads and heading for Cambridge. My folks met Martin's and we all went to see the fireworks and had a nice dinner. The next day was pub with Jacob, Singstar 80s and party. Great fun, completely exhausting.
Job is keeping me busy. I feel like a bit of an ingrate for not liking it more, but I do still sit in the office fantasising about being somewhere else. Mostly libraries, tragically enough.
|Thursday, November 3rd, 2005|
This means negotiating public transport on my own in order to face the awful family rift that has just lost the one thing holding it together. I do not feel strong enough or well enough.
|Saturday, August 13th, 2005|
I seem to have slipped into this weird parallel universe where Ian goes to the gym, Dad is clean shaven, fitzbillies chelsea buns are a breakfast food and I have a future as a constuctive grown up.
As I'm sure you've gathered, it turns out it was lucky I didn't go to Wales what with surprise job interview and surprise job and surprise parental visit. I had a lovely time today, ate far too much and did some much needed catching up. Am now enjoying the benefits of being home alone, only with fewer booby traps and with more singing loudly and wearing whatever I feel like. Missing people though. Current Mood: happy
|Friday, August 12th, 2005|
It has been a very long week, what with the two job interviews and the running around trying to find a house. I am running low on money and self esteem right now and really need something to change soon. The more people who treat me like shit in the course of my job and the more people who stride into jobs without struggling horribly for a year, the worse I feel.
I am now on my own for the weekend and will very much need some distracting if anyone's around.
|Thursday, August 4th, 2005|
Perhaps I should jack it all in and become an Existential Detective. Current Mood: pfft
|Tuesday, July 5th, 2005|
Haven't written in ages. Sorry about that.
Mayweek was fun but a bit weird, seeing as I was working for two hours in the middle of each day. There were still some thoroughly lovely experiences, including some quality sitting on the grass with friends, fire and ent-piracy, clubbing, assorted fireworks, singstar fun, the aforementioned sunrise and the utterly beautiful Magdalene ball. All slightly more poigniant since it felt like it might be my last proper mayweek.
Got back from Ireland with Martin on Saturday. It was really nice to see everyone again and I thoroughly enjoyed being mothered and meeting the extended family. I may have started a playground craze for possibly the first time in my life.
Work is going alright. It has been useful to have a job with fairly unobtrusive hours for mayweek and for working on my projects at Arch and Anth. Not sure if I can keep it going long term as it is a bit demoralizing and I desperately need more money if I'm to share a house with Fred and Martin next year.
Today has been an odd combination of not enough sleep and too much work followed by a nice picnic and a bit of an ego boost. Will now go and try to rest a bit before dancing later.
|Tuesday, June 21st, 2005|
On this, the summer solstice, we arose and went to the CMS roof, where we saluted the rising sun with tequila.Update:
and now two slammers, a beer and three dumb movies later, I'm off to work. Current Mood: tequila'd