31 July 2009

Holiday Blues

I know, I know, long time no blog, and I'm sorry! But you may -- or may not -- be pleased to know, I'm back.

I had so much to do before my holiday that I didn't have time to blog. Similar is true about when I got back, although I was mostly too busy forcing myself to get over my post-holiday blues just enough to get out of bed in the morning, let alone blog.

But I finally unpacked (after 4days of my luggage sitting there) and I really feel 'back'. And I've missed jabbering on about absolute nonsense.

The holiday was fab! I decided to extend by an extra day, which cost me at least another £120 (!), but it was well worth it. First was Benicassim Festival which involved 5 days camping. Just like last year, the music and beaches were fab, the camping not so much but it's all part of the fun! The only downside with the festival was the massive windstorm that occurred on the 2nd night which saw the stages and campsite areas getting ripped apart, tents blowing away and campers being evacuated in the middle of the night to the town's local leisure centre. Check out one of the YouTube videos of the winds;

We'd already fled the campsite by this point and 5 of us spent the night in one of the fellas rented cars. It was so sereal, and uncomfortable. It resulted in Kings of Leon -- the main band I went to see -- not playing! Gutted. But the show must go on and it was still so much fun.

Then onto Barcelona for 5 days. I love the city and whilst I initially would've preferred to go somewhere I'd not been before, this time we went with a different group of people, spent doing different things in different places. So it was still great; a whole new world of discovery.

The final downside is that on the 26th July, I flew back without R, and he's still in Espania touring the country with 2 of his housemates. I miss him too much! He's not back until the 8th August, at which point I will have left Manchester and be at my cousins wedding, so won't be here when he gets back. Big girls don't cry. I'm being so mellodramatic, I'm not gonna friggin' cry! lol.

What else is new? Not a fat lot. Things are being readied for me to visit Edinburgh and perform some measurements. I say that as if I am not the one (supposed to be) organising it. I still need to email the guy back about exactly when I'm going. I also still need to make some more samples, and really should be doing that right now. Tut tut Jen!

Well, this is getting rather long so I shall leave it there. My apologies for all the boringness. I shall be back with more later.


07 July 2009

I fell off the wagon...

So I was either going to go with that analogy or the 'get back on the horse' one. But wagon is a pretty cool word. Not to mention, I really love wagon wheels;

Wait, you still don't know what I'm talking about? Well, I'm not an alcoholic so it wasn't the sober wagon I fell off. It was the blogging wagon. I'd gotten into a good routine and then my PhD had to get all involved and zap my time. And then I just kept putting off my blog posts...

But I'm back my luvlies! And I have lots to update you on but I will try and keep it brief.
  • Poster
    The poster (big file!) went absolutely fine! I didn't manage to get it laminated as they'd run out of laminate at the printers. Super spotted the one (non-technical) mistake on the poster straight away. I was going to correct it before sharing my poster with you lot but I changed my mind, so feel free to peruse it for the mistake yourself. Here's a little preview:

  • Moving house
    The move to my new house, with 3 previously unknown ladies, also went well. I am loving the house; it's so homely, and although I had initially thought the room would be small, I love it! If you're lucky, I'll provide photographic evidence of my new room. I need to get rid of quite a lot of clothes, either ebay or charity shops. That just reminded me, I moved out of my old place nearly a week ago and still haven't heard from the old landlord about my deposit. Tut tut. Shall text him now.
  • Holidays
    I can't wait! I am going to the festival Benicassim in Spain, again this year. I fly there, from Birmingham, next Wednesday. I'll spend a few days in Barcelona afterwards before flying back to (probably rainy) Manchester. Sadly, I shall be returning alone though as R has a big Spanish tour planned with 2 or 3 of his mates. He might come back without a liver... eek!
  • PhD news
    Due to me having to do some rather in-depth data analysis for my poster, I actually made a breakthrough. A similar breakthrough came in the form of using digital calibration techniques as suggested, to Super, by an expert in the field. Within 2 weeks that has evolved into Super buying me (well, not really me, but my project) a Macbook Pro (£900!) and a new high speed Firewire camera (£800!). Both should arrive within a week. Super considers me to be worthy of such investment?! I'm in shock. The next step will be taking the new laptop and camera up to the experts in Glasgow and spending time with them getting to grips with it. I'm excited about that!
  • Brotherly love
    One of my brothers has just finished his degree in Physics (yup, he copied me, and at the same university too) and found out he got a 2:1. :D I'm gutted I'll miss his graduation on the 16th though, as I'll be in Spain!!). His girlfriend also got a 2:1 in Accounting and Law, and I watched her graduate yesterday. A massive congrats to them both!

Well that's your lot and I know I didn't keep it very brief but, you know as well as I do, I can type for England!

I really need to do some photography so please bug me about it!