Saturday, October 20, 2007

a tiny triumph..


this week i went to paris..on a plane..for those of you that know me, you will understand that this was a pretty big deal for me. i don't like planes. not one bit. i don't trust the fact that something that big and heavy and metal with so many people inside it should stay in the air. it's not right. also, i don't much like being in enclosed spaces, especially not ones from which there is no chance of escape, like a london undergound carriage in between stations, a moving train, a lift in between floors, a boat, and, of course, a plane. but on monday i got on a plane. the reasons for this were twofold. firstly, because it meant i got to go to paris with owlhead, and secondly, because owlhead was paying for the trip, and while the eurostar itself (my preferred mode of to-paris transportation) was not too expensive, the train journeys to and from london and newcastle were extortionate (i will not go into just how angry i am about the ridiculous amounts of money train companies charge in this country, considering that we are supposed to be trying to avoid carbon emissions and all that..).

so, i got on a plane. the journey there..well, i was fine at the airport..probably because 2 hours of sleep and trying to stay upright distracted me from the fact that i was about to face one of my biggest fears. however, as soon as i got on the plane and sat down, things took a turn for the worse. taking off was a nasty fairground ride..and then the ensuing ascent was even made me feel super dizzy and sick (although, after having watched an old episode of 'qi' this evening, i'm beginning to suspect that this might have had more to do with the lack of clean air, and the high amount of co2 in the cabin..but that's beside the point)..anyway, suffice to say i was very glad to be off the plane.

interlude: paris itself was, of course, awesome. we arrived at our hotel only to be told that we couldn't check in until 2pm, which was slightly annoying since all i wanted to do was have a nice lie down..however, it meant that we got to have some lunch and then wander round montmartre..we watched some firemen putting out a fire in someone's apartment - very exciting. once we checked in and had a little sleep, we went and had dinner in a lovely restaurant, and then went to an even lovelier bar called au rendesvous des amis, which i first went to with jonny, dawn and axl when i went to paris with them a few years is a picture of owlhead and myself outside said bar:

it was very nice..tuesday was mostly spent walking around in the sun..i found the bestest gold eyeshadow in the's super shiny and awesome, and makes my eyelids look like they are made of solid gold, which can only be a good thing i think. i also bought some bright red tights. on wednesday we went to the louvre, but my stomach had a bit of a tantrum, and i had to go outside..we did see the mona lisa, though..and the venus de milo..or, as owlhead called it, 'the fallen madonna with the big boobies'..not quite sure where he got that from, but i like it..thursday was time to come home, but unfortunately there was a rail strike across the whole of france, which meant that we had to get a taxi with a driver who was more than slightly insane at seven o'clock in the morning..i think the taxi ride was so nerve-racking that, by the time i got on the plane to come back, i was no longer scared..i don't know if this means i've totally overcome my fear of flying, but i did look out the window pretty much the whole way back (something i refused to do even once on the way over), and i didn't really get freaked out at all..which was weird, but nice..

[note for pc, if you're reading this, this does not mean that i will be getting in a swimming pool any time soon..]

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

excuses for not posting more often..

1. moving house..
..well, 3 weeks ago..i no longer live in jesmond, home of the richest and most obnoxious students in the land (the north east at least)..instead i have relocated to heaton, and i have only seen said student type on my weekly visits to morrisons..and even then there aren't many of them, and the shop is big enough for me to avoid them almost entirely..unlike the tiny overpriced hellhole that is jesmond tesco metro, in which a great many of these students were lucky to escape with their lives from the encounters i had with them....anyway, heaton is quieter, has a better bus service, has better places to drink tea, is nearer to the cumberland arms and the rest of the ouseburn's just better all round, really..

2. trying to sort out my life..
..mainly, trying to get funding for my PhD, registering onto the PhD programme, going to all the induction meetings, freaking out that i don't really know what i'm doing, etc etc etc..

3. having visitors..
..steve came up the other week, and we had a lovely time..we went to see foals on the tuesday, and then this aint vegas on the wednesday [because, as steve so rightly pointed out, no trip up north is complete without a this aint vegas gig] was all very good. paul and axl are coming to see me on thursday, which is going to be totally awesome..i feel quite spoilt..

4. being a bit lazy..
..yeh, ok ok, so i haven't been totally rushed off my feet these last few weeks, but i've been having a bit of a break..i think i'm allowed that, bummers..i don't know why i'm sounding so resentful, by the way, it's not like anyone has complained about my lack of fact, i doubt anyone's even noticed..but to hell with it, i feel like having a strop so i shall..bah..