fun night out.

Last night was fun.

Good food (Thai, Bankok House), good company. What more can you ask for?

Jenn and Paul’s birthday bash was all that any night out should be.. a very pleasant social occasion. The number of people was really the top limit for such an event, 11, as any more and the party fragments into groups. All but three of the people were from the Earth Sciences department. Of those I really only got to talk to one of them, Paul’s cousin who works as a physiotherapist in a local hospital and has just found out that she’s got the higher paid “senior” position there.. a very nice lass.

After taking Paul and Jenn home, I finally arrived home just after midnight and went straight to bed. It’s a pitty I couldn’t sleep. I never can sleep well with a full stomach, so sort of tossed and turned all night leaving be a bit on the tired side today.

It’s just nice to be sociable, you know? 🙂

One more day.

Only one (and a bit) more day at work ’til I’m off for a fortnight. Yippee!

Tonight I’m out celebrating a couple of friends’ birthdays.. they happen to be partners too, separated by one year of existance precisely. Jenn is a year older than Paul.

As it turns out, the boyfriends of two of the other attendees for tonight’s festivities also have their birthday on the same day (25th March).. I wonder what exciting day is precisely 9 months before the that day? It must be something global seeing as the people involved are American, English, Dutch and German.

The weekend looks like it’s going to be fun, visiting Alec along with a number of the BTG crowd to eat, make merry, watch video and maybe even do a little star gazing if the skies clear.

After that, it’s off down to my parents’ place in Cornwall. Actually, it’s a little more complex than that as I’m giving a lift to one of the 4th year undergrads and her boyfriend. She’s from a litel village just outside Redruth, so it’s only a little diversion, and it’s always nice to have company on a long journey.

Two weeks of doing very little actually sounds really good at the moment.. 2 weeks away from work.

Life, the Universe and… nothing in particular.

Those fans of bodily secretions will be disappointed with this posting as I’m not going to say anything about them whatsoever. Iknow, I know, it was fun whilst it lasted, but it seems the novelty has worn off and we just have to move on.

Life? What of it? Take one second at a time and see how things pan out. That’s my philosophy. Plan ahead, make contingencies but don’t worry if things don’t go to plan as that’s just the way of the Universe.

Work? Wassat? It’s something you do to get the main societal tool, money. That’s right, money is merely a tool, like a spanner or screwdriver. Without it you can’t do a great deal, however, have too much and it wieghs you down and you find that you can nolonger carry your toolbox.

The other purpose of work, which will surprise a lot of people, is to allow you to have more of a social life than you’d otherwise have. After all, you spend a lot of time at work, you spend that time with people with whom you have to interact socially, all be it in a strange setting.

So, what has this to do with me? Well, not a lot actually. I just thought I’d write something different this time rather than a list of things I’ve done or not done. A change is as good as a rest, they say.. well, unless you’re a couch potatoe who’s been forced to do commando training.

The comments I got from my previous post via Bullet (‘cos only Alec seems to comment on here) were of the form “Don’t expect people to read your cooking tips when you have things about mucus in the same post.” Well, I would agree.. if the mucus stuff was explicit.. oh well.

Anyway, yesterday was reasonably fun, doing some shopping, getting another jumper, finding that “The Fifth Element” was in a “buy 2 for £25” DVD sale in HMV.. The only problem being that I had to find another film I actually wanted. I chose “X-Men” as it was the least horrid on offer.

After lunch I zoomed off to the UCI High Wycombe cinema multiplex to see Monsters Inc. though I think I missed the starting credits. Still, that was fun.

The evening was spent watching the two DVDs.

Today, I got up what was early for me, 10am, and managed to get the washing done and the car washed before lunch and hence the Grand Prix on the telly.

Cold end?

Other than a bit of mucus filling my sinuses and the coughing up the old ball of slime (only after exercise, so don’t worry) the cold seems to have been well and truely beaten! Yippee!

Basically, from slight sore throat to the endgame that’s 7 days.

Life can start again.

Seeing as other people are giving their cooking tips on their journals, I’ll do one and see if I get as many comments. 🙂

How to cook pork steaks nicely:-

  1. Put a small amount of corn oil in a frying pan.
  2. Add a copious amount of dried mixed herbs and pour on about 2 tablespoons of water.
  3. Mix well and add a pinch or two of salt.
  4. Heat at on a medium flame ’til the whole lot stops sizzling. The cooking oil will now be bright green with all the goodness from the herbs infused.
  5. Turn the heat down and put the steaks into the pan. Keep it hot enough so that they sizzle but not spit.
  6. Turn occasionally, cook for about 15 minutes. Serve with new potatoes and peas.

Cold comfort?

Well, it’s Saturday.

Thankfully, I got a better night’s sleep last night, though at one point I did wake up totally soaked in sweat and had to change the bed linen. (How can anyone sweat THAT much?)

My nose tap has started to slow down now, but it’s going to the slightly gooey stage. Now, of course, I’m getting to the coughing time 🙁

As for things I did today. Tom (xencat) phoned asking if I was feeling well enough to meet up at Gloucester Green for a day out. Although at the time I was feeling a great deal better than I had been.. I actually had some working brain cells and didn’t feel as though I was high as a kite, I decided that I wasn’t really up to a whole day out and also didn’t want to risk giving this awful cold to Tom, Shona or either of the Tanaqui’s so declined the offer. This was probably a good thing as later on during my shopping I started feeling iffy again.

Anyway, I popped into the All Formats Computer Fair to see if there was anything useful in their second hand stalls.. there wasn’t, and I was disappointed to discover that the £1 off tickets are only valid until the next fair, which means that it doesn’t give the dates for the following months, which I really wanted all along.

I then popped into town, bought a new jumper, diverted into the Virgin Megastore and saw that they were selling 2 DVD’s for £11, 5 for £50 or £15.99 each.. if you work this out it means that if you buy two then they are £11 each or £10 each if you buy 5.. Seeing as (a) it’s not much better buying 5 v 2 and (b) there weren’t 5 DVDs in the offer which I wanted, I managed to find 2 and buy them: Stargate (Director’s Cut) and In The Line of Fire (Collector’s Edition).

Neither of the DVDs have wonderful extras.. I dunno why the Clint Eastwood film is the collector’s edition as it’s not got mant special features at all and the one thing it does have which isn’t a trailer has marginal connection to the film.

Anyway, After this I trundled off home played with the DVD’s a bit and waited ’til 1pm so as to allow the crouds to subside from Sainsbury’s. Thence, it was Sainsbury’s shopping, where I forgot the milk, so after watching Stargate with the comentary popped down to Tesco’s for the milk.

The evening has been spent watching In The Line of Fire followed by Galaxy Quest on Sky Premier Widescreen and the last half of Charmed.

Hmm.. it seems like the actors from the BBC comedy “Coupling” are doing supernatural drama now.. “Strange”

(That’s all I can describe seeing the actor who played the sex crazed welsh lout in Coupling looking the same and playing an ex-priest fighting evil, whilst the woman who played one main love interest in Coupling trying to defend her son from an electricity demon. And I’m sure the demon was played by an actor who had a bit part in Coupling too.)

Anyway, it’s now 10:30 and I thing I shall try to go to bed and sleep after a mug of Lemsip.