This is me checking in and letting you know that I am still around. Even if it seems I don't often get a chance to say hello or comment, I come and check the new deviations in my inbox nearly everyday to see what wonderful creations people have posted. I will comment when I can and give out some
's too. This also means I have an internet connection which works about 80% of the time
So I am basically writing a list of things I need to update you all about when I have time to write a full journal.
- popping to London/ home:
Ok so I went down to London to meet up with ~twistedthreads
for a day of exploring, shopping and culinary delights. We went to Walthamstow markets so she could look at materials for textile inspired things and also so we could go to this cake shop. It was a nice little cafe in which they sold really wonderfully decorated and appealing cake for a really cheap price. The taste was excellent too. The we went to Camden and had ice cream which was made with liquid nitrogen that was pretty tasty as well. Also popped into an old favourite which is the vegan cafe for potato wedges. Onwards to Oxford street to look in the shops and also a quick trip on the tube over to Harrods just to have a look. A long day and lots of travelling but well worth it. I also went home for a weekend and went shopping in one of the local shopping centres. We were going to play crazy gold but it was far too cold so instead had some cookies and cupcakes.
-London Comic Con:
-I also went to London Comic con. Let me tell you now getting up at half 5 to get to London at a reasonable hour is not that much fun. Especially when you are getting on the bus in a costume at 6 ish and everyone on there is giving you some weird old looks. So I must say I had quite a lot of fun travelling around being odd. I went with one of my housemates and we met up with her brother in London before heading to the convention. So we had to queue for ages and it as rather disorganised and there were sooooo many people there it was a little uncomfortable. I enjoyed seeing everyone in costume and receiving some free hugs. People thought they recognised me from other conventions even though I've never been before. One girl really liked my scarf which was nice of her to say. Again a good day but a long one. I happened to feel rather conspicuous when we were in London waiting for the train so my housemates brother could get home, sat in costume eating a Mcdonalds. Not only that some small children were staring at me quite a bit, so I just smiled back at them.
- The good and the bad points about student housing (including highlights such as: should bathrooms really grow mushrooms?, how does this *bleeping* boiler work and other fun filled adventures):
Well I've been in the house since September and we seem to be having a lot of problems. These include the fact we at one point had a little colony of mushrooms growing beside the shower. The downstairs toilet has a light fitting hanging from a few wires and furry black patch of mould on the wall. The boiler has to be manually turned on and off as the timer for it has broken so it is either warm or freezing in the house. Lightbulbs keep blowing. There is a mysterious leak in the bathroom upstairs which basically floods the floor once or twice a day. At one point the shower here leaked down to through two floors to the kitchen, so when we had 11 people in the house we only has 1 working shower whilst contractor came in to re-tile. I guess that is just the way student living works. Turns out the walk to and from uni isn't that bad now we have gotten used to it, except for the hill on the way home which always seems to try its best to kill me everyday. I may add here that my workload this year has increased substantially which means I have little time for much else and weekends away eat into this time quiet considerably, however it is always good to have a work/life balance. Oh I nearly forgot, our house has a cupboard on the wall as you go down the stairs to the kitchen (the kitchen is in the basement). So one night 8 of us decided to go exploring in there, it turns out to be some little underground catacombs with about three rooms down there, however you have to basically crawl to have head clearance. We emerged from the expedition with a 1960's Tv we found stored away in one of the corners.
-Cardiff in the rain: - So I got back from Comic Con and the next day was heading over the bridge to Wales. I love the journey it takes about an hour and goes quite a nice route. It also seems exciting as I'm technically going to another country. I was going to a gig at the student union to see HIM, who I must say were excellent. It was my second time seeing them and this time in a small venue I enjoyed myself even more. I got to Cardiff about midday and the gig started about 7.30pm well that meant killing time. I had grand ideas to head down to the waterfront but as soon as I crossed the bridge it started to rain and didn't stop. It was still raining when I caught the coach back to Bristol at 1:20am the following morning. It was the night that the country was battered by storms and about 30 minutes after I got back across the bridge they shut it due to high winds. However I met two lovely women from the Czech Republic and Romania who had been to the same gig as I had so we spoke about that whilst at the coach stop. We were then joined by an Asian gentleman who told us he was going to Gatwick airport and then onto Mumbai and two hilarious drunken Welsh men. They thought I too was from Europe and on the coach one lent over to me and very seriously stated he was going to teach me the english song 'wheels on the bus'. When I replied I knew it and was english his mate was cracking up. All in all a good but cold and rainy day.
-Hallowe'en: Household headed to a house part hosted by some of our friends. there were varying levels of dressing up. I recycled the costume from comic con and made it a bit more creepy to fit with Hallowe'en. Some of my house then went on to a club whilst others of us went to the pub. It was rather interesting to hear the stories afterwards as some weird things occurred at the club, which resulted in it being shut down by the riot police.
-Other random things I can think of.
-volunteering: I have signed up to volunteer at one of the local hospitals on my day off, I may be helping patients with dementia or working within the A&E department. This all depends on what fits with the timetable and also my paperwork coming back ok. I am also part of a dog walking group and have signed up to teach children to swim, some of whom have disabilities, which will be rewarding. recently I have also been part of an anti-bullying group who are targeting homophobia and sexist bullying. I got to go away free of charge for the weekend to make two short films about the issue. It was long, hard but good fun. I shall be staring as a horrible girl in one film and as a creepy 'scream' mask wearing person in the other which looked at the physiological effects that bullying can have. We slept in bunk bed which was pretty cool and worked with a professional film crew and a director who used to work for one of the big soap operas over here in the UK. So yeah life is good, rewarding but rather busy at the moment.
-oh I have red hair again
The deadlines for today have been completed and therefore I have a little bit of time to breath before the next ones come along and therefore may have a little bit more of a presence on here in the next couple of days.