It’s been a while since I actually sat down and wrote something original for my blog; the majority of the content I put up consists of images I like, articles of interest and a very brief commentary by me. I find myself quoting people and stating that I have the very same sentiments without bothering to add something of my own. I am a very opinionated person that wishes to write often, so I am taking this opportunity when I should be in a lecture, to discuss that which is on my mind. I feel the main problem with my writing is that I really need to be in the right mood, sometimes the words just flow in coherent and correct sentences, sometimes I struggle to form a single paraphrase. Before I slept my mind was running with things to type, now my mind is blank once again.
I have taken to reading The Times newspaper every morning, I particularly enjoy the commentaries and their future responses in letters to the editor. I am hoping regular reading and comprehension will engage my brain in the skill that is writing for journalism, much in the same vein that watching “The Space Race” on the BBC will provide me with great insights into Rocket Science; making the occupation of rocket scientist oh so much closer.
“I feel, the more programs I watch about rockets and how they work, the less brains I need to become a Rocket Scientist”
University has begun once again, we are all going through the motions one more time, one year on, 3rd year brainiacs. I realised as I passed the half way point of my degree that much of my time here has been spent wallowing in the misery of too much work, the dullness of the work and often the frustration of being around the same people for too long. It was this revelation that led me to a new scholastic year resolution: I shall get involved and have fun. Last year I was pretty miserable; whether it be due to my cold uninsulated Victorian lounge-bedroom, my severe tooth ache that led to me missing the first two weeks and the associated introductory fresher events or the content lacking course, who knows. As part of this resolution I have vowed to eat healthy, get fit and build my stamina. I’m a regular sufferer of headaches and I am trying to find ways to minimise this pain, I have given up caffeinated drinks, I wear my glasses during lectures and I listen to my iPod at a lower volume all in hopes of having a pain free week–it’s probably good to give up caffeine anyway, I hear that I’ll feel more awake within a week or so. To replace my daily onslaught of tea and coffee I have switched to Actimel, Fruit Juice and the occasional decaf tea when I just need something warm. I’ve also given up salty foods such as crisps (chips in the US) which pretty much consist of fat and salt. I can purchase a Fudge, Nutri-grain, Apple, Banana and The Times for £1.
As part of this new year I have joined the Squash sports club and the Poker society. I’m now playing regular squash, 3 games or so, every Tuesday and Thursday night and plan to partake in regular poker tournaments, the most recent one being a welcome back free roll wherein 200 people turned out to play, they expected 40. It was my first time at playing in real life and it was nerve racking yet enjoyable; I didn’t play too badly, suffice to say I went out with a very bad hand having received no good playable cards all night.
In recent years I have also been pretty tight fisted with my money, not through greediness, but in light of student debts and the helpfulness of having money there when you need it. Spending money is something I dread doing and if I can do it electronically so it feels as though cash is not leaving my hands then all the better. This is one of the reasons I didn’t go out much last year, I didn’t want to waste money having fun. Either spend money and have fun or save money and be bored. My philosophy has been severely altered; I repeat that statement to myself in some form or another whenever I consider doing something potentially fun that involves spending money.
Rightyo, I’m leaving now, without having mentioned the drama and great dissatisfaction of not getting to see 2manyDJs and Vitalic live. Here’s a footnote to think about:
“Silent gratitude isn’t very much use to anyone”
Make your thanks heard.