Sunday, December 29, 2002

Mooching through the 'net, I found the "how British are you?" quiz. Guess what...

Jolly good, wot! Anyone for tennis? That'll be ten ponies, guv. You're the epitome of everything that is english. Yey :) Hoist that Union Jack!

How British are you?

this quiz was made by alanna

Saturday, December 28, 2002

Have just spent 5 days at the Olds', doing little more than eating, drinking and generally making merry!! Hurrah for Christmas!!

Christmas Eve was spent in the pub (after the family visits were completed!) in what is frighteningly becoming Groundhog Day... everyone from school congregates in one particular pubin the village, and the conversation follows the same lines each year - "So, what are you doing?" "Where are you living?" "Still not going out with anyone?" - it's scary!! However, it was lovely to catch up with people, and to note the damage that passing years inflict upon one's contemporaries!! Also, had random snog incident with the lovely Chris, who I used to walk to school with when aged 15. In fact, 2 repeat performances after Christmas suggest that this may not be just a random snog thing, but am determined not to count chickens until they are happily cheeping!! :-)

Monday, December 23, 2002

It starts again... here is the first of the Two Towers: Very Secret Diaries. Read and wet yerself laffing!! :-)

Have spent the entire day lounging in bed, reading, listening to music and generally achieving very little. Have eaten nothing but Kettle Chips. Holidays are great!!

The weekend was spent back in the north east - I miss it a lot: Derby's just not the same. Friday was the staff Christmas party at my old school in Barnard Castle, County Durham. It was lovely to see people again, especially the Boy Kirkland (who left when I did and is now teaching in Newcastle) and Peter (who's still looking quite fine). The Head was there, and although tempted to through sprouts at the back of his head, I resisted and the evening passsed in blissful drunkeness!! Saturday was the wedding of K, a friend from SSAGO. It was a grand day: the service was short and sweet (highlight: the priest starting the homily with the words, "I think it's ironic that you ask a celibate male to talk about marriage!!"), the food was good and the barndance was spectacular (a Rannygazoo classic). Even though the photos took forever - hopefully links from here soon - it was good to see K in a dress, and at least there's evidence of it!! However, there was a No Doc Shock, as the lovely K was discovered to be wearing high heels under her frock... most uncommon!! K had thoughtfully provided two bottles of port for the reception (and very nice they were too) and Pinky and I soon saw them off, with a bit of help from Caz. Unfortunately, this left me in a bit of a predicament, and I paid for it big time the following day! To be fair, the cigar I smoked probably didn't help matters. Dear blog, I was a wreck on the Sunday!! It was spent staggering gently through the old stomping grounds of the north east - I even got up to Durham and had lunch in Vennel's Cafe - their chicken, tarragon and grape sandwich is the best hangover cure in the world.

It was lovely to be at K's wedding, and she looked radiant. It was much the same at Charlotte and Dave's wedding in June. I think them very lucky to have found such happiness, and I wish them all the joy in the world. It seemed that everyone has babies/small children at the moment, and I found myself quite wanting one. I'm obviously going to have to wait for one of the couples to have sprogs (even though K baulked at the "bring forth children" part of the marriage service!!) as chances of me having children are currently zilch (unlessI get visited by an angel called Gabriel, I suppose!!) :-)

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Just been to see Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.... very good. almost as good as this. On a more sober point, just spoke to the ex-bloke about liberating my furniture (he has my sofa) and he was really stand-off-ish. I wish people had the maturity to get over it. Ho hum. Going to spend the evening cruising the web and catching up on some sleep!!

Friday, December 13, 2002

Phew - just got home, having travelled (without pause or delay for once!) on Virgin Trains and then braved the rush-hour in Derby. Last night was V entertaining: the Dundee Cricket club are FAR more fun than the horsey club. We started off with drinking games - one where you have to flick a coin and the way it lands determines how much your neighbour drinks...very evil! - and then drifted/staggered/stumbled down to drink more at Mono (their union's nightclub-type-place). All in all, a top night, although my body didn't think so when faced with an early-ish traon journey back!! :o) I'm off to Guides in an hour, so have even got time for a power nap now!! ;-) Off to Liverpool tomorrow to watch a pantomime, which should be good too. Enjoy yourself.

Thursday, December 12, 2002

Am in Dundee, visiting Amy who's a student at Dundee University. Last night we went out with the Equestrian Club (entertaining, but some were a bit horsey-horsey!), while tonight we're out with the cricket club (Amy is the sole female member!!) I've been shopping this afternoon and bought The Great Rock Discography - hours of endless pop trivia... did you know that one of Abba is not Swedish?!? I also bought a Groove Armada CD... very exciting! Better go now - off to cook some food.

Sunday, December 08, 2002

Just got in from K's hen night/weekend down in London. Despite being stuck on a train in East Croydon (where else?!) before hitting Clapham, we had a lovely meal at Buena Sera - Italian restaurant with lovely chocolate/amaretto pudding!! - then moving back to Crawley's Ikon/Diva club... a bit of boogying, a shout-out for K, and then complementary champagne. Hurrah!! Even more exciting (if such a thing is possible!) were the episode of Button Moon!

Tomorrow's my burfdy, so am going to spend the day tidying up, and people are hopefully descending on my flat in the evening to drink lots of wine. At least, I seem to remember inviting them through an alocholic haze on Friday night!! Yippeee!! :-)

Saturday, December 07, 2002

Oh dear. Very drunk. Managed not to pull. Ready to collapse ready for this weekend.

Tuesday, December 03, 2002

Well - only three more days of school left this term: time to crack open the videos, methinks!! :-) Doesn't alter the fact that I've got minging toothache though :-(

Sunday, December 01, 2002

Have been at meeting for GaSCiT 2003 today: far more productive than usual and lots shorter than expected (the meetings usually take HOURS!). Have now got form tutor reports to write, then can spend some time catching up with people on the phone.

Have just remembered that a few of us were talking last night about doing a wine tasting course in Nottingham next term...better do some research into that. Should be a good laugh, especially as Nottingham has some good restaurants etc so we can go out afterwards! "Break out of Repton" opportunities ahoy!!

Have just got in - was at Kate's party all evening making mulled wine and then came back to the House about 1.00am - wandered round and found a girl in tears... story as follows...

X was hit by a local boy about 1 month ago, and her mother phoned up today to say that they'd found a suspect and wanted X to do an identity parade. At the same time, her best friend (who has been with her since prep school) is due to move to another boarding house next academic year. X's also worried that she's not answering enough questions in class and is therefore thick. I spent the best part of an hout with her, convincing her to do the ID parade, and telling her that re-sitting her GCSEs/A levels is not a great problem.

Although drunk and knackered from Kate's party (mulled wine is my undoing!) I still felt a real buzz when X said she was going to go to bed and sort it out in the morning, and then said she'd talk to me whenever she needed... If I can be here for her when she needs, then that's a real bonus. If I was still with the bloke then none of this would have happened, and she would still have been crying upstairs. Being single has its advantages.