So here I am on LJ after a long absence. I genuinely can't remember much about using this whole business, so really, be patient. For a start off, I don't have to write any html anymore? Woo! I never was good with all the computer fanciness!
Anyways, since it's been so long, I don't really know what to start writing. Obviously I'm not gonna mention everything that's happened since I was last properly on LJ. So what big things? Well I think last time I gave a rant which included my current living situation. Anyways, I'm living in a four-bed house, though there's a room empty at the moment, so I live with two others. The thing is that I barely see either of them. When they arrive home, they go straight to their rooms. As a result, I ended up feeling a bit of a dick sat in the living room on my own, so I've ended up in the same pattern living out of my bedroom. I'm hoping that when someone new moves in, I can adopt them and make sure they stay social and I can have a house in which I'm not just incredibly bored.
Other things? Well I don't know if I mentioned, but I lost 3.5 stones last year (Woooo!!! That's 50lbs to Americans or about 22kg to Europeans) after doing some dieting. I'm determined to keep the weight off and thought I might as well get fit as well. To make sure I can still pig out, I've started going to the gym. I've always thought gyms would be terrible places to go. I thought I'd just feel incredibly self-conscious and unfit by comparison. As it happens, I can just send my mind elsewhere and go into auto-pilot. Furthermore, it's something to do instead of going home to where I don't talk to anybody anyways.
I have to say, I do feel noticeably better, especially mentally. To be honest, I think that's more to do with keeping my mind occupied than anything else, but the fact I actually look better makes it slightly easier not to sink into a self-loathing depression. Don't get me wrong, I still do (and I still don't look good, just better), but it's one less thing to hate myself for. I've also recently started going to Yoga. The woman who takes the class doesn't half talk some bollocks. It's hard sometimes, as a science geek, to keep my mouth buttoned when she's telling huge untruths, but somehow I manage. Physically, the class is great. I feel properly stretched and excercised.
Another thing I've started (My my! I didn't realise I'd gotten so busy) is Portuguese lessons. I don't know if I mentioned this to you guys, but I'm still thinking of perhaps going to live in Brazil for a few years after I've finished my PhD. Obviously it'd be helpful to speak Portuguese! I'm getting the lessons free too! There's a guy who works at the Portuguese consulate who's taking some English exams soon and has agreed to teach me Portuguese 1-on-1 if I help him when he needs it. It depends on where jobs are available when I'm finished with my PhD, but I really want to live somewhere completely different for a few years (maybe more if I like it) and South America seems like fun!
So what's been going on recently? Well this last weekend I ended up going to a leaving do for this girl and her husband, who I've met a few times. We went and did kareoke! Wooo! It turns out that once I've got drunk and once I've got up there, I fecking love kareoke! It was in one of those booth-type things, so that may have helped, but I was properly getting into it! This picture may give you some sort of clue as to both how much I was enjoying it and how much I drank:
And news of future events! I'm going to Glastonbury on Thursday! Since Leonard Cohen's playing, I figured I'd go. Going to see him alone in Manchester was about £80 anyway, so I thought I'd go the whole hog and pay the £160 for Glasto. Also, there's obviously the atmosphere and some other great acts to look forward to. A few people I can't wait to see:
King Solomon Burke
And I always thought Glastonbury was just full of shit! I mean look at some of the classics on that list! It's gonna be fucking awesome! Admittedly, I don't actually know Martha Wainwright's music, but all the people that do seem to have some semblance of good taste (yeah I'm looking at you elusive!), plus I like her brother's and her dad's stuff so I wanna see her.
Then in August, I'm gonna take a long weekend and go to Prague with my Mum and in September I'm off to Wood's Hole in Massachusetts for a conference (molecular parasitology meeting in case anybody's even vaguely interested. I know I am!) and am going to take full advantage of the paid flights by taking two weeks extra holiday in the North East US. The plan is to go to hostels and, if I can fit it in, I'm gonna try to do New York, Washington, DC and maybe Philadelphia. Anybody know anywhere I should definitely go to? I'm hopefully gonna stay in a couple of smaller places along the way too.
Sorry! That was mighty long. I was gonna start ranting about some other stuff that pissed me off (some religious stuff), but I should think you've already had enough for today. So there we go. Hope all is supertastic with you folks!
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