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Dublin trip

I can't believe it's taken me over a week to get this written up, I'm such a lazy article!

Anyway, I was really happy to be going back to Dublin, it's one of my favourite cities after Brighton. Mish and I stayed at my parent's on Wednesday night and got up early Thursday to get to the airport. The flight was relatively uneventful, apart from the child that screamed solidly for half an hour before we'd even taken off (remind me not to have kids, ok?). We met some friends of Mish's at the airport, who had been at the Feeder gig in Belfast the night before and travelled down on the bus, so we split a cab into the city. Rach was already at the hotel which was quite nice for a basic chain hotel.

Continued under the cut with some photosCollapse )

What else? Work is blah, as usual. The parentals came down on Saturday and we went out for tea and cake. Yesterday I met my friend Caro in Brighton for lunch and a catch up. I hadn't seen her in about 3 months because we're both crap and useless at calling each other. Her boyfriend is going to walk the South Downs Way in September so he'll be away for a bit, so I'm going to go over to hers and we're going to bake loads of stuff and watch horror films (which he hates). Today is a bank holiday (no school, hoorah!) and I've had the lazy day I promised myself, watching ER and listening to music. Back to work tomorrow, boo! Off to the cinema on Thursday with Carole to see The Girl Who Played with Fire which should be good.

Oh, and my parent's announced the other day that they want to go to Boston, which was rather random. They're planning on going in 2012 as it'll be my Dad's 70th birthday and their 40th anniversary within 2 weeks of each other. I did ask if I could tag along, but I don't think they were too keen!

Right, time for cupcakes and more ER.
Peace, love & jelly babies.


For samthrax

(And anyone else who may be interested)

As promised, I've put together a playlist of Feeder songs for you. I've picked some of their most popular songs, and a couple of tracks from each of their albums over the years. The files are m4a. files, hope that's ok!
For some reason they didn't upload in the order I wanted them, this was how I intended it to run.
Feeder playlistCollapse )

Wifi on the bus.....

Got home from Dublin this afternoon; leaving Ireland is always sad. I'm ridiculously tired (which probably means I won't sleep tonight) so I'll post properly tomorrow, and catch up on everyone's posts.

It's true, I do!

Irish 'zoo'venirs



I'm finally off to Dublin tomorrow with Mish and Rach, yay! It feels like ages since we booked it all. I'm going to my parent's tonight, meeting Mish at the train station and we're staying at theirs tonight as they're only 10 minutes from Gatwick. I'm dreading flying Ryanair as I'm always hearing bad things about them; as long as they don't try to charge me for anything extra and get me there (and back) in one piece, I'll be happy.

Rach flew to Dublin from Newcastle this morning, so we'll meet up with her at the hotel. Tomorrow night we're going to see Feeder at the Dublin Academy, although I have no idea where the venue is, so that should be fun! Friday is Mish's birthday and we're planning on going to the zoo, although the weather forecast isn't looking too great at the moment. As it's Rach's 40th on Monday, the day after we get back, Saturday will be her 'honorary' birthday, and she'll get to choose what we do that day. I haven't been to Dublin in about 5 years, so I'm really looking forward to going back.

In other news, Grandad is still hanging in there; it appears that the one aspect of his personality that the Alzheimer's hasn't claimed is his stubbornness. He's currently being assessed so they can decide whether he needs a care home, nursing home or a hospice.

I also joined the gym a couple of weeks ago and have been going religiously 3 times a week. I haven't lost any weight yet but I'm hoping that'll come eventually.

See you on the other side!

Opiate of the masses

Man, I watch way too much television. It's quite sad when the most important decision you have to make in life is which tv series to watch next.

I've just finished watching the last episode of the first series of White Collar (thanks docrock06 !) - HOLY CRAP didn't see THAT ending coming! I'm now dowloading the first 5 episodes of series 2 so I can start watching asap. I had been debating watching Series 3 of The Wire, or Series 10 of ER next, but I must know what happens next! I still need to watch The Pacific and I really want to watch Band of Brothers again at some point.

Rizolli & Isles is continuing to be entertaining and amusing, and there are loads of new series starting in September; The Good Wife, Cougar Town, and Nikita which I'm way too excited about for it to be healthy. Shane West in a suit? Ding dong.


Are there any sentimental objects that you've kept for many years? Are there any that you bring with you wherever you go?

Can tickets be sentimental objects?

I have a scrapbook of tickets, mainly from gigs but also from comedy shows, exhibitions and a couple of sporting events I've been to, dating back to 2003. I write a little bit about each gig or event to remind myself of who I went with and why it was special. I realised whilst I was at the OK Go gig the other week that live music is one of the only things that makes me truly happy, so my scrapbook brings back a lot of good memories.

In a similar vein, I've just found out that Russell Howard is doing some 'work in progress' shows at the Komedia in Brighton in January, so promptly booked tickets! The Komedia is a tiny comedy club where he did several shows at the beginning of his career, and at £15 a ticket it's gotta be better than paying through the nose for the O2 and not being able to see squat. Result.

Family stuff

I knew this was going to happen. My Mum just called to say that my Grandad was taken to hospital yesterday from his nursing home, as he's not eating or drinking, not talking and just doesn't want to do anything. He's got a chest infection, and my Uncle has said it's not looking good.

For some reason, I had a feeling this would happen soon after he was moved. My Mum says she's ok, she sounded a little sad on the phone but she's told me before that her Dad is already gone as far as she's concerned, as he doesn't even know who she is anymore (ironically, the one person he does recognise is my Dad, who he's never liked). I kind of hope he'll just slip away peacefully in his sleep, and then our tiny family will become even smaller.


DDub does it again

How does this man manage to have chemistry with every single one of his leading ladies? They can't set up something potentially that hot between 2 characters, then only have him in 2 episodes?!?! Bring Lt Grant back! Wet Donnie is kinda hot.

Oh, and watch Rizzoli & Isles, it's great!

Writer's Block: Good Morning Heartache

What is something you worry about everyday? How long has it been plaguing you? Do you think you'll ever overcome it?

1. Money
2. Whether I'm always going to be alone.

Things for my week off next week.

Things I'm doing
Going to see Toy Story 3 with Carole
Going to London and meeting Mish for dinner, and seeing Ok Go!

Things I should do
Watch The Pacific
Watch The Elder Son
Check out the gym at the end of my road (not making any promises)
Go and see my tattooist
Sort out what I need for Dublin
Sleep (hopefully)

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