Random Stuff

It’s Friday night, and I’m on the train down from Liverpool to Nottingham. It’s been busy at work again, so this is the first time I’ve been able to take some time and write about what’s been going on in my life.
The project we are working on is moving from the Site Survey and Design Phase to the Implementation Phase, which means big changes in the way we are currently doing things. Everyone is rushing to get ready and so things are very hectic.
I don’t want to talk about work though. I always talk about work.
I’m passing through Manchester at the moment. It’s such a beautiful city. The train is elevated and the view of the cityscape from its windows is wonderful. We pass through some truly gorgeous English countryside between Manchester and Sheffield. Sometimes I can pass hours simply staring out the window and watching it all fly by.
It’s getting cold. The clocks switched back an hour last Saturday night, it gets less sunny every day. I’m constantly wearing coats and jackets. It’s almost time to pull my gloves and scarf out. I read in the paper that this year we are going to have one of the coldest winters in history. Crap. The only bright side is that it may snow heavily over Christmas. I would love to have a truly white Christmas, to build snowmen and have snow ball fights. To cuddle up in front of the fire and eat brandy covered cakes. Ok so maybe it being cold this winter isn’t such a bad thing after all.
I got paid today! My nice fat payslip is sitting in my pocket. Money is a strange thing. I’ve got more of it now than I’ve ever had before, and it’s changing my perception of things. It is to be expected I guess. My standards are rising. I can afford better clothes now, better food, and better wine. My tastes are becoming more refined. I can afford better quality things, and so now I’m beginning to not settle for lesser quality things anymore. I guess ignorance really is bliss, because before I wouldn’t have dreamed on spending lots of money of a good bottle of wine, but then before I didn’t know any better.
God I must sound like such a snob. That’s really not the case though. I’m saving my money; I put almost all of it away. I think long term when it comes to money. The only debt I have is my student loan. I’ve got no overdraft, no credit card bill. I am not spending lots of money now on assets that will only depreciate with time, I’d rather put that money away so it increases with time instead of decreases. My standard of living may have increased a since I started earning a decent wage, but I’m still essentially living a student lifestyle.
I don’t know why I decided to write about that. I’m all over the place at the moment. I’ve got so many things running around my head I’m struggling to keep track of them all.
I had a big meeting down in Telford on Wednesday. Once the day was over we all went out for dinner and then got very drunk. Thankfully we were crashing in the hotel that night and didn’t have to return to Liverpool until the next day. The Regional Project Managers are all based in Telford, and they have been living in that hotel for almost four months now. The go home for the weekends to see their wives and children, but during the week they camp out in the hotel and do their work. It must be a very strange life. They have all gotten to know the hotel staff very well, particularly the bar staff.
My mind is wandering again. I’m almost at Nottingham. I’ve been writing this on and off for more than two hours now. I can’t want to see Nikkie. I miss her so much. I had to work last weekend and so didn’t get a chance to see her. I can’t remember us being apart for this long since last Christmas!! I’m staying down in Nottingham through till Monday, so I’ll have plenty of time to spend with her this weekend. We haven’t got anything in particular planned. Most of all I just want to sit with her, to talk with her, to look at her. It’s really scary how much I love this girl.
I’ve got a spare battery now for my laptop, so I can get about 4 hours of usage out of it now. Half way through I just shut down, whip out the dead battery and replace it with the spare charged one. It makes a really big difference being able to work for that long. I’m almost lost without my laptop now.
Well we are almost there, so I had better wind this up. I’ve got to pack up all my stuff and get ready to jump off the train and into the arms of my beloved. Take care everyone, I’m thinking of you.
M

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Quick Update

It’s Sunday night and I’m on the train from Nottingham back up to Liverpool.
I haven’t got much battery left on my laptop so I’ll have to make this a quick update.
It’s been a busy week. I’ve been down to Nottingham and back three times in the last 9 days! Work is going well. Nikkie and I are great. The weather is getting colder. It’s my mum’s birthday tomorrow; Happy Birthday Mum!! I’ve got a bit of a cold. I’ve just opened a new bank account. I bought a new winter coat. We had lunch out with the old Church Avenue gang yesterday plus their new housemate Kirsty. I was supposed to go into the office today but didn’t. I’m going to take some time off over Christmas to spend with Nikkie and her family.
Opps powering down!!

TrainBlog

I am on the train once more.
Perhaps I should rename this blog from Genesisdreams to TrainLog, or RailJournal or something like that because that’s what it is becoming.
I’ve got Star Guitar blazing from my earphones as I type this. The quaint English country side whizzing by in time with the beats. I’m hyped up on one too many train trolley lattes and am in the mood to write!
I had the most wonderful weekend. On Friday night Nikkie and I met up with all of our friends at bar BZR. After one too many triple vodka and oranges we made our way down to Ocean, our usual Friday night clubbing haunt, and managed to get in without tickets and without too much queuing! They had redone the place somewhat, but they still played the same old cheesey music. It was great! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed clubbing, both Nikkie and I really needed a good long dance.
Saturday we did some more stuff, went out for dinner, watched the OC season 3 and the first two episodes of Lost season 2. Sunday we did more stuff, then I got on the train home.
I don’t really feel like writing a full account of that stuff now. It was such a wonderful weekend I don’t really want to write about it in detail. I’d like to keep a lot of it for just Nikkie and I.
Still I am in the mood to write. I’ve talked about work, university, travel, friends, books, music, and movies in my blog before. I’ve talked about my love life. I’ve talked about my hopes and fears. I’ve talked about my dreams.
This blog is called Genesisdreams. I started it more than two years ago now with the intention of providing a link to my family and friends back home. At that that point I was only planning on coming to the UK for a year, on exchange for University. This blog was designed to help me keep in touch with those I left behind back home. Over the years though its purpose has changed somewhat. It now represents to me a record of a new beginning. It’s a history of the beginning of my dreams. I didn’t really know where my place was until recently, I was unsure about my future, about what I wanted to do, where I wanted to be, who I wanted to spend it with. I had ambitions, I had hopes, and I had plans. I had dreams. Dreams about where I wanted my life to go, about what I wanted to achieve with it. Through this blog I hope I’ve allowed you to witness the genesis of these dreams. Reading back over my entries I think you can follow a definite sense of purpose, of direction, leading me to a turning point. We all have a road to walk down, and we face forks in that road every day of our lives. Occasionally though we come to a junction from which there is no turning back. If you take the wrong path you can’t simple retrace your steps and take the other once. Our decisions shape our lives, and I think that looking back over this blog you can see what the major decisions were that I faced, and what helped lead my to my final choices.
Go down the wrong path and your dream ends, how down the right one, and it’s only the beginning.
Written while listening to Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!
I almost forgot it was happening this year. In fact I haven’t had any chocolate at all so far today! We will remedy that tonight! ^_^
The clocks also went forward an hour today, which I had no idea about either. That’s an extra hour of sleep that was robbed from me!
I’ve been forgetting a lot of things recently. Too caught up in other stuff I guess.
I hope everyone, all my family and friends around the world, have a fantastic holiday.

Abandoned, Alone, Happy!

So one by one my friends are abandoning me.
Graeme left to go back up to Liverpool a couple of weeks ago. He is changing courses and so is repeating his second year. That being the case he didn’t see much point in showing up to the rest of the lectured he had this term.
Nikkie moved out more than a week ago now, and the last of her stuff is finally gone. The house seems really cold and empty without her.
Bruce got the train up to Edinburgh on Friday. It’s Easter holidays and he is going home, first to Scotland, and then over to Dubai. He wont be back till the 17th of April, when he will be down “taking part” (or watching as I prefer to call it) in the London Marathon.
Viki left on Saturday. She was getting the train all the way over to Cardiff, where she was going to spend the night (and celebrate Wales’ Six Nations Grand Slam Victory!!) before heading home for a couple of weeks.
Ben left on Saturday as well, up to Liverpool to party and sit off at home for a whole month before having to come back here for the start of next term.
Ads leaves tomorrow. He is flying up to Edinburgh to meet up with Bruce for a bit and then travel around Scotland. He’s been here for three and a half weeks now, and it has been great seeing him again and hanging out. I must admit I’ve been a bit of a poor host. I’ve been spending almost every free moment with Nikkie lately, and so Ads has had lots of days and nights sitting off with the rest of my housemates watching DVDs or reading books. Sorry about that mate.
So that leaves me. Alone. Abandoned. In this big old house, all by myself.
The good new is that Nikkie has another week of lectures before her Easter holidays start, and isn’t planning on going home until April anyway (and she has invited me down then as well!) so that means that I probably wont be so alone in this big old house. In fact I doubt I’ll be by myself very much at all for the next couple of weeks. We are going to make the most of this time together, while I’m down here, before I have to move away. We are going to have some quality time coming up, totally for each other, without having to worry about other friends, or work, or study, or anything else at all.
I can’t wait.
Written while listening to Alex Lloyd – Amazing.

Absence Explained

Well I realised that because I haven’t posted in so long, all my other entries have been removed from my front page, and now it looks ugly, so I need to add some filler. Feel lucky people because all I can think of to fill the gaps is to write a post… filling in the gaps of the last couple of weeks.
So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are some exciting, and not so exciting things that have happened:

  • I’ve been drunk multiple times (well duh!).
  • I’ve been ill with a sort throat.
  • I still haven’t started looking for a job, but I’ve been offered two.
  • Nikkie has found another house and is moving out.
  • I’ve been ill with flu like symptoms.
  • Ads showed up!
  • Valentines Day was actually pretty good this year.
  • I went out to Ocean while still ill, but had a great time.
  • I didn’t go out to Tantra while still ill, but still had a good time.
  • I’ve given up unhealthy food for Lent (Nikkie forced me).
  • I got my Uni results back and absolutely owned everything.
  • I topped my Computer Security subject even having done the exam drunk.
  • I took the legs off my bed and am now effectively sleeping on the floor.
  • I’ve read more books that I care to recall.
  • I’ve watched more TV that I care to recall. The OC and 24 still rock.
  • I ran out of shaving cream and so had a scruffy beard for a while.

Ok that’s all I can think of right now. Be content with it ^_^