Archive for September, 2010

Packing, Meet and Great, and Saying Bye

Posted in about the blog, Culture, Food, Friends, Me, Uncategorized, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 30/09/2010 by arabrhizome

So I’m done packing for my trip to Algiers. It’s not like I need to pack a lot, I’m only going for a few days. I also had to clean up my flat a little bit. It’s quite a small flat and so gets cluttered very quickly and very easily. I am quite a weird worker as well, in that I need to have a bit of chaos around me to be able to work well. So I had to clear up the mess, as I wouldn’t like to come back to a messy flat. I have all my papers in order as well and I’m quite sleepy. So hopefully I’ll be able to sleep soon and wake up early tomorrow.

Before all that I went to the Work in Progress (WIP) plenary session and meet some of the new post-grads. It was nice hanging out with A and talking to some of the faculty. Also, it’s quite weird being one of senior post-grads. Me and A will have to act as the fathers to the new crop of students. I am not ready to be a dad! Especially with regards to the PhD. I don’t feel like I can guide them or give them any useful info, which is doubly bad as I have to prepare with A a session on good work habits and writing for next week. It’s okay though, as I had worked on a similar session last year with B. My WIP has also been scheduled for the end of October. I think I will rework the chapter I just finished and make it into a 40 minute talk, more or less.

We had to leave a little early though as we were going to meet up with Cy to say bye to her. She’s moving back to Paris to start a new job and I won’t be able to see her after today. We had fun at the bar/restaurant and enjoyed a few laughs. The food wasn’t great but the company was excellent and that’s what counts. Although it’s not really what counts at a restaurant. What counts is the quality of the food and it was a little sub par. I had the seared tuna which wasn’t very good. It just didn’t do it for me at all. So I’m not very happy with that place as a eatery.

I am looking forward to going down to London tomorrow and sleeping in the same hostel I slept at the night I started this blog. I haven’t decided when I exactly I will go down. I guess I’ll see how tomorrow goes and pay it by ear. I need to pass by Uni and claim one of the desks though. So I might do that tomorrow and get done with it.

I’ve downloaded season one of a series called Sanctuary to have something to do in Algeria when my dad is sleeping, which is very often. I’m hoping to do some work down there as well. I am now slightly regretting that I’m going, but nothing to be done about it. I really feel like hanging out with Z and spending a bit of time with her this weekend. But I guess it’ll have to wait for next weekend, if we have time. I am also regretting the fact that I will miss my tennis lesson on Sunday. I am going to play tennis next week though and try to make up for it.

Well that’s pretty much my day for you. I will be writing tomorrow’s post from its place of rebirth down in London. Now to go to sleep.

No Sleep, House, Work, and Other Stuff

Posted in about the blog, Culture, Food, Me, Uncategorized, Work with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 29/09/2010 by arabrhizome

I almost forgot about this today. You see I’ve been having a lot of trouble with my sleep. In fact, I slept at around 9:00 this morning and woke up around 14:00. I really need to fix this. So I’m thinking of staying up all day and sleeping tomorrow night. That might mean a lot of caffeine all night tonight and all day tomorrow. I will however go to sleep tonight if I get sleepy, which seems highly unlikely given the amount of energy I seem to be bursting with. I am feeling a lot better with regards to my cold, so this might be playing a role in my energy levels as well. I hate this broken sleep pattern that I’ve suffered from for a while now. It just makes everything difficult and annoying. I am irritable, I am in a haze all the time I’m awake, and I don’t have satisfying sleeps. It’s just quite annoying.

In other news, House started two weeks ago and I caught up on the first two episodes today. I really like this series and highly recommend it. Hugh Laurie is brilliant in it, and the writing on the show is pure genius. It’s nice that the new seasons of the series I like are starting again. I also want to watch the new series of Stargate Universe, which starts this week. There are in fact a bunch of series that start now. Yay for procrastination.

Work has been going steadily. I can’t say I’ve been working very efficiently, but I have been making some progress, which is good. I hope that I am able to do some work in Algiers when I go, because I have a lot of catching up to do. 4 or 5 days without doing anything isn’t really an option anymore. At least not until I hit the 4th chapter before christmas. If I’m able to do that, then I think I’ll be fine. It’s just that I’ve finding it very difficult to develop a routine with my irregular sleep. If I don’t get better by the time I get back from Algiers I will ask for sleeping pills, although I really hate the Idea of taking them. But I am getting a little desperate so we’ll see in a week.

I am getting ready to go to Algiers. I have booked my hostel in London and will go down sometime on Friday. I’m exited to see my dad, I haven’t seen him in a few months now. He was supposed to come this summer but I think his trip was doomed by the family motto. You see our family strongly believes that if you can do something tomorrow then start on it in about a week. I myself follow this motto quite regularly. Anyway, I will have some nice food there, although I am going to try not to gain any weight while I’m there. The sickness, and my switching to mainly soup as a foodstuff while I was ill, meant that I lost about 1.5 kilos, which is a nice development. I am hoping to hit my target weight in 6 months at the latest. I think that a slow sustainable loss of weight should be my goal, rather then a quick loss. So I’m playing the long game, although it is good to see some results on that front.

Well that’s about it from me for today. Not much has happened to me for me to write a monster post. So A regular length one is all you will get from me. Deal with it! Now to go back to work and hopefully not get sleepy at 9:00. Wish me luck.

Last Short One

Posted in about the blog, Food, Friends, Me, Uncategorized, Work with tags , , , , , , , on 28/09/2010 by arabrhizome

Right so this is the last short post I will be writing. I was supposed to go to London today but decided not to as I am still quite ill. I am leaving for Algiers at the end of the week though. I wasn’t able to say bye to B. as I slept through her and A trying to get in touch with me. I am a little bit sad that I didn’t get to say good bye, but at least I got to hang out with her again. Anyway, I spent my day working and relaxing. I am able to function, though I’m a little wary about doing too much. I therefore didn’t go to the gym or do any kind of exercise. On that front though, I have finally started losing some weight. All it needed was for me to switch to soup. I am not interested in losing too much in one go though. I want my loss to be sustainable, and eating only soup isn’t.

So I need to make myself some kind of food program I think. I need to have some treats in as well, otherwise I’d go insane, even more than right now. In other news, I need to start going to uni to work, but my illness made it impossible this week. I’m hoping that if I feel better tomorrow, I might go in the afternoon, we’ll see about that. Well, that’s pretty much it from me. I will hopefully start writing full posts starting tomorrow. Bye for now.

Bad Time to Be Ill

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , on 27/09/2010 by arabrhizome

I had trouble going to sleep last night. In fact, I slept around 8:00 this morning and woke up around 12:30 feeling very ill. I’m coughing and sneezing like I have the plague. My temperature isn’t up, which is a good thing I think. So I’m ill again but I’m not sure how virulent it is. Because while I’m certainly coughing and having a sore throat and a blocked nose, I’m able to function a little bit. Indeed, I made myself food and I worked a little bit. I rested for most of the day though because I don’t want to make it worse.

I’m taking medicine and drinking a lot of liquid. This sickness does feel a little different to the other ones I’ve had this year. I haven’t had this much coughing in a while. It’s like I smoked 10 packs of cigarettes last night and I’m coughing them all out.  Anyway, that’s all from me today. I have to go to bed where it’s warm and keep drinking until I sleep. And then wake up in the middle of the night to pee about a million times because I’ve done nothing but drink all day long. So hopefully I’ll start blogging properly tomorrow or the day after. Good night.

Fondue Night

Posted in about the blog, Food, Friends, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 26/09/2010 by arabrhizome

So we had a another lovely evening tonight. I made fondue for everyone. It was nice because it’s been so cold today. I’m still refusing to put m heater on. I will put it on in October but not anytime sooner than that. I just don’t think it’s right to have the heating on before then. Anyway, the evening was a lot of fun. We had a lot of laughs. As I said yesterday, my posts will be short for the next few days, I hope you all understand.

I am getting ready as well to go to Algeria to visit my dad. I will be blogging from another country soon. That’ll be another first for this stupid experiment. I am quite proud of myself though, because I am finding something to write about almost everyday. I realise that some of the posts I made are quite inane and uninteresting. But on the whole I have been able to keep this up.

Also, today was my third tennis lesson. I am getting better at it as time goes by. I am able to control my back hand and forehand strikes, more or less. Now I just need to control my serve, which is still all over the place unfortunately. I am going to have to miss next week’s one though, as I’ll be out of the country. I need to pay attention to that next time I decide to travel. I think that I will start establishing my routine next week for the rest of the term. Hopefully I’ll be able to produce a couple of chapters in that term, or at least a chapter and a half. These are my goals, starting tomorrow.

Well that’s about all I have to say today. I have to do a few things before I go to sleep. Soon I will begin blogging properly again. Thank you all for reading this, it does mean a lot to me, and I am enjoying it a lot. Anyway, bye for now.

Quick Post to Make the Deadline

Posted in about the blog, Food, Friends, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 25/09/2010 by arabrhizome

Well I have to write this post in hurry if I am to make the deadline. I had a very nice evening and just got back home. We went out for dinner in town to French Living, a lovely French restaurant in Nottingham. I had my usual snails for starter, venison for main, and I went a bit crazy and had crepe suzette for desert. I also had about two glasses of wine with the food and a beer before that at the pub. I enjoy having friends visit because it means nice food. French Living is really a very good restaurant and I highly recommend it for anyone who visits Nottingham. Here’s their website.

My day was quite uneventful, I mainly did some work. It was just a bunch of small things that needed to be done. So I’m glad I got that done with. I hate the tiny admin things that creep up on you. But I managed to get them done today. Now I just have one small thing to finish and then I am back on thesis duty.

I am looking forward to a nice alcohol fuelled sleep now. It’s been two nights in a row of me getting slightly drunk, which is unusual, as I am not a very heavy drinker. I mean you just need to look at the amount of alcohol I had tonight to realise how low my tolerance for alcohol actually is. I know I have written about this before, and about how much of a cheap date I am.

Anyway, I can’t really think of anything else to add to this. My head is quite heavy with alcohol, sleep, and lots of good rich food. So I think sleepy time is coming quickly. I know I’ve written very little yesterday, and again today, but I hope you all understand. I also want to note that my posts for the next few days might also be very short, as I have quite busy evenings planned. Maybe I should try to write in the morning. I’ll see about that. Anyway, good night and sweet dreams.

A Little Bit On the Drunk Side

Posted in about the blog, Food, Friends, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 24/09/2010 by arabrhizome

Right so I’m a little bit on the drunk side, as the title of this post suggests. I went to A’s house to hang out with him, B, A, Cy, and C. It was a lot of fun, as usual. We had some excellent food, including some lovely confit de canard. We also had a lot to drink. Special mention goes to A’s aunt’s peach wine. It was nice hanging out with my friends. I really like them all.

One of the things we did was watch this fantastic video. It is one of the funniest things I’ve seen. It is perfect for so many reasons. C is the person who pointed it to us. I love everything about it. The rubbish music, the bad child acting, the awful dialogue, and finally the actual funny thing. You see the woman who plays the fairy, who’s probably in her twenties or thirties, must hate the fact that she has to do it. She is hanging by a thread and having to deliver the awful dialogue. Also, I love the laughter from the audience when she falls, and her wand bouncing up. It’s just a perfect comedic moment.

Anyway, that’s pretty much all I can bring myself to write. I need to rehydrate myself and get ready to sleep. I am quite tired but I probably wont be able to sleep too soon because I’m still quite drunk. So I will leave you with this short and unsatisfying post. Good night.