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Apr. 2nd, 2010 | 10:51 pm
feeling...: accomplishedaccomplished
listening to...: Tori Amos - Liquid Diamonds | Powered by Last.fm

So I got onto the doctorate course. I've spent so many anguished words here discussing my failures and now I've made it I'm not really sure what to say. It's at Oxford. I had interviews for three others but this was the one I would have taken out of choice. There seemed little point putting myself through any more so I canceled the remaining dates and accepted the offer. It means I don't have to move to another city, maybe ever if I don't want to. It means that I get to keep going to good yoga and keep on building a life around here. I'll be able to be here for Katherine's baby and be around for the rest of the family if they need me. It has also made my Dad more happy than I think I've ever seen him. A picture of me graduating outside the Sheldonian without bright red hair and a nose ring is something he will cling to till the end of days. I feel like I've given him a bit of payoff for all the endless support (and coughmoneycough) he's given me over the years.

Being somewhere for more than a year is going to be incredible. I've just started getting sorted. I've found a climbing partner who's good and keen. She is taking no shit and making me endlessly lead things, which is just what I need. There's a follow up to that date from a few weeks ago, and if not, hey, who cares? I'm at least around long enough now to actually just get to know some people, which is always the best way of doing romantic things. The house prices are ludicrous, but I will just have to rent until I win the lottery or invent the hoverboard.

I'll be leaving my job a bit early and will have a proper break before starting. Now the challenge is to think of somewhere affordable and wonderful to go for a few weeks before I start. I was thinking maybe Tibet or Nepal. Maybe Thailand but it's the peak of their rainy season. I'd rather go when it's nice and I'm leading a bit better (or am with someone who is leading) so I can do a lovely warm yoga/climbing retreat holiday. *Sigh* How beautiful will that be? Somebody else suggested going  to Iran. I like that idea too, but I think my family would have a mass coronary. I'm taking suggestions from all social networking sites, and while this board is not frequented by very many (and is posted on by even less), it would be lovely to hear any ideas people have.

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Something different

Mar. 12th, 2010 | 10:47 pm
feeling...: mellowmellow
listening to...: John Smith - Matchbox Man | Powered by Last.fm

Anything but that quiz as my main headline. It's too depressing. And negatively biased. There is so much good stuff going on it seems a shame to have my blog sitting here in a corner, wallowing in self indulgent misery. So here's some news with an unrelated pretty picture at the top.

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Mar. 3rd, 2010 | 08:44 pm
feeling...: sillysilly

A perfect depiction of being single.

This Is My Life, Rated
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

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Desert Island Discs

Jan. 2nd, 2010 | 09:31 am
feeling...: creativecreative
listening to...: Moondog as played by Joannah MacGregor

Based on the Radio 4 show, this is about picking 8 records I'd take with me if I were castaway and the stories behind each. It's also a way to direct my procrastination breaks during the study day.

I was a character in Lost don't you know...Collapse )

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New Year Wishes

Dec. 31st, 2009 | 07:14 pm
feeling...: contentcontent
listening to...: Bon Iver - Lump Sum | Powered by Last.fm

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

Neil Gaiman

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Top 5 Geek Crushes

Dec. 28th, 2009 | 11:06 am
feeling...: dorkydorky

5. Colin Meloy

Lead singer of The Decemberists. He seems like a nice man. So maybe it's the running theme of kidnapping and murdering women. Sadly it seems likely.

If you actually know me, please go and read the Guardian or something...Collapse )

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Annual Stocktake

Dec. 23rd, 2009 | 03:48 pm
feeling...: nostalgicnostalgic
listening to...: Bon Iver - Skinny Love | Powered by Last.fm

Amanda fucking Palmer - Queen of Influence 2009

Nobody feels noughty anymore - a 2009 reviewCollapse )
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DVD Suggestions please

Dec. 18th, 2009 | 06:51 am
feeling...: awakeawake

I have an old friend I am seeing in a couple of days. She has been quite seriously ill for the past 12 months. She had to leave work, have operations and has been pretty much housebound the whole time. She spends most of her time watching DVDs and I want to get her a good box set. Question is, which one? She loves Buffy/Angel/Firefly, hasn't been too keen on Dollhouse, adores Supernatural, loved The Wire... Any ideas?

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The Future Is Now, Nearly Now, Well I Can See It From My House...

Dec. 13th, 2009 | 10:56 pm
feeling...: workingworking

Recently I got a notification informing me that I was "now following the Dalai Lama on Twitter!" Soon after, even more weirdly, was "The Dalai Lama is now following you on Twitter!" And so, like someone repeatedly prodding you on the arm when you're stoned and trying to make a cup of tea, it finally hit me. We totally live in the future.

Where's Molly when you need her?Collapse )

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The Best Christmas Song Ever

Dec. 8th, 2009 | 10:09 pm
feeling...: tiredtired

John Smith is great. You should all hunt him down declare your love for him. He's probably in Devon somewhere.

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