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Posted on May 27, 2009 @ 11:57 pm
i'm actually obsessed with this song/video. it is....spectacular.
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Posted on May 10, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

1. i'm on twitter. if anyone's interested in what i have to say. (okay, i haven't said much yet. i don't get it yet. but i feel its acceptable to write half-assed sentences which does not a livejournal make.)

2. i have an exam on tuesday and i cannot wait until its over because its making me fucking miserable. not miserable in a justified way, miserable in a pathetic, teenage, loser of a way.

3. i am also going to be glad when it's over so that i can tidy my room. properly. with bin bags and pledge and dusters and stuff. its revolting. i do laundry then throw my clean clothes on a pile of dirty clothes then they get dirty by proxy or creased beyond belief and have to be washed again. and i've been sporting some unusual combinations to work (its good on scrubs days cos i can roll in in a disgusting tshirt and jeans, then get nice laundered scrubs at work).

4. i want trainers. mainly for the potential of doing some sort of exercise that i keep thinking about. (increasingly seriously). but i like brightly coloured ghetto type ones and i fear i maybe too old/white/fat to get away with them. lord, i haven't bought a pair of trainers in YEARS. like, maybe 8 years.

5. christ i'm distractable. now i'm looking at melissa plastic shoes and deciding whether they're the best things ever or really just one step up from crocs. which, by the way, i have taken to wearing at work raaather a lot. not mine though.

6. i'm going to eat some cabbage.
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Posted on April 26, 2009 @ 3:07 pm
. bought tickets for tomorrow, in a year in arhus in november. i'm quite ridiculous.
. i don't think i've announced to livejournal yet that i have a job in north west england (hopefully manchester) for two years starting in august. i'm super excited. core medical training. as i say, hopefully manchester. but it might be in any of these places. eeek! they initially said i'd know where i was going to be by the end of april, but a letter came yesterday saying they'll let me know by the end of june! wtf?! so that would leave me a month to find somewhere to live, get myself sorted etc. nice. at least i have a week off work in july which will help.
. at the moment studying to re-sit the exam i failed in january. i'm royally bad at studying though.
. i keep sleeping for like 12-13 hrs. when i'm not even tired. if i don't set an alarm i will sleep that long. its not entirely normal and it hurts my back.
. i have a poxy cold.
. i signed up for a five week jewellery course at brazen in june. going with my mum which is pretty cute although she's really artsy so will probs kick my ass in the making cool stuff stakes. mum & dad gave me some dosh for my birthday to go to a cookery class or something but the dates for the ones i want to go to don't really work out. i went to the seafood one in february, it was brilliant.
. i've been to nanakusa japanese restaurant twice this week. it's ace. really really good food and not the clinical warehouse feel of all other japanese restaurants i've been to in glasgow. they have a cook school downstairs. that would be quite a cool thing to do at some point. anyway the restaurant is to be recommended to any local folk.
. get your headphones out and visit the virtual barber shop.
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Posted on April 10, 2009 @ 7:13 pm
Good Friday? NOT SO GOOD FRIDAY more like!
i'm at work. 12 hour shift. woke up with cramps. dropped phone down loo, now not working. went to work.
almost fainted in theatre about 2ish because it was hot, i felt lousy, i hadn't eaten/drank anything. bit embarrassing.
busy day. eaten too much multi-grain ryvita. i hate it when i only bring healthy stuff to work. it forces me to only eat healthy stuff. how dull.
i wanted to watch 24 (to fuel my addiction) while i had dinner but it will not work on the computer. nor the dvd player.
le sigh. i shall go heal the sick instead.
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Posted on April 09, 2009 @ 11:55 am
every time i come on livejournal these days i get sidetracked by gofugyourself.com and don't finish reading people's entries or post anything myself.
today, however, i got distracted by omegle.com and after a slightly strained initial conversation with someone in china, i am having a lovely chat right now with a brazilian politics student. its bizarre.
i don't know whether to buy tickets for the darwin/knife opera (http://www.hotelproforma.dk/side.asp?side=2&id=438&ver=uk) and risk not being able to get to denmark at the right dates. i move to manchester in august and don't know my rota for this time so it is a gamble. but a gamble is maybe better than not buying tickets, getting time off and finding it is sold out. right?
new royksopp album is brilliant. karin dreijer andersson obsession is blooming.
i'm having the most boring morning ever. help me.
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Posted on February 12, 2009 @ 10:51 pm
i went to london for five days and had a marvellous time. so exciting to spend more time with creative types. especially ones who can get you free tickets for spectacular shows like la clique which i absolutely recommend to any of you in/going to london. i also saw some marvellously free live stand up and a storytelling evening hosted by josie long.
i went to museums and galleries: tate mod, darwin, hunterian pickled things in jars, john sloan's house. nice walks in the morning frosted sun and the afternoon rain.
and every day perfectly finished with watching masterchef on iplayer in bed. i'm so tragically addicted.

i read tracey emin's "strangeland" yesterday. it's an engrossing read, and definitely worth it if you're in any way interested in her. i also picked up a beautiful jenny holzer book in the tate, and i'm so excited to read the interviews and essays in it. she's so awesome to me, and i don't even know why. they have some of her inflammatory essays in the tate modern just now (and a lot of other places, i think. she seems to be in most modern art galleries i go to these days) and i shed a tear reading them. discreetly. not like the man in the corner of the room sobbing sobbing hard. i get so moved by men crying. but it's powerful stuff, i suppose.

i have had a craving to sew for the past few days, so today dug out a half-finished (maybe more like a quarter) tapestry of a polar bear that my mum can't finish because of her sore hands. it's so mindless and therapeutic. i'm so mindless just now actually. there are massive, devastating things happening in the world just now. i read headlines but am completely out of touch. it's rude but it is keeping me relatively sane.
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Posted on January 22, 2009 @ 12:05 am
things i keep talking about and don't do, that i must do soon:
.use my pasta maker. i was given it for my birthday in march 2007, was so so so pleased to be given it and haven't used yet, which is frankly rude.
.sew sequins on an old jacket i never wear any more, a la dries van noten.
.keep a list of things i have seen that i want, so that i only buy things i have liked for a week or more, rather than impulse buys all the time.
.get my laptop fixed. using the family pc is starting to drive all of us bonkers.
.buy a paper notebook to write things in so that i remember them better.
.book a massage.

today i am mostly loving the 13 hour sleep i had, how good my skin feels and martin skauen drawings.

i did an exam yesterday for the first time in years and it was almost exciting! the actual six hours of pure exam boredom (especially cos at least 3 of those hours were spent sitting watching the clock after doing all the questions and you weren't allowed to leave early) were not so exciting, but there was a wee buzz of adrenaline and some hefty gin-drinking afterwards. plus the aforementioned 13 hour sleep. mmmmmm.

buy/download/steal the fever ray album. it's dark and delicious.
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i lost myself. [
Posted on January 18, 2009 @ 6:16 pm
.i'm not lonely, just lazy.
.favourite moment of the year so far: in the comfiest bed in the world, with a best friend on either side, one of my dogs at my feet and the other lying on my belly on a sunday afternoon. perfect.
.i cleansed my ipod and firmly believe it is the best music collection in the world.
.speaking of which: i'm downloading the fever ray album. i'm incredibly excited.
.i have an exam on tuesday. i haven't had an exam in years. i'm possibly excited!
.i want to go away for a long weekend over my birthday. possibly berlin. it seems a shame to go back to places i've been when there's so much world to see but sometimes the familiar is comforting.
.flathunting. i have so much desire for my own place right now, with enormous bookshelves and big colourful cushions. i have job applications to do, and hopefully jobs to be offered, before i can do anything about it.
.i watched tideland the other day. the most magical and sinister film i've ever seen. i think i loved it but i'm not entirely sure.
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Posted on January 06, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

If I Had A Heart from Fever Ray on Vimeo.
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Posted on October 29, 2008 @ 9:28 pm
i'm so exhausted i feel kinda ill. my body aches and my guts are all over the place(too much info, i apolosise). i can't even complain about it because i'm constantly surrounded by actually ill people. i guess that's what three nightshifts in a month will do to you. i'm not very good at sleeping on nightshift either - not because i can't sleep in the day time, i'm great at sleeping in the day time, but because i see it as a free day off. until it gets to 10pm and i realise i've had a fun day but then have to go and work for 12.5 hours.

despite that i'm going out for mongolian barbeque and drinks tomorrow! providing i get paid. i have 65p to my name. it's super glamourous. i have made shopping baskets on online shops so i can just hit "buy" when my paycheck comes through. there is some gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous jewellery in urban outfitters just now.

oh my god i go to dubai in two and a half weeks. i'm excited. (that's why i have no money). i need sunshine. this cold is making me wheezy. lying on a beach with my backlog of novels to read....

i can't decide whether to go to a halloween party on saturday or not, but the company will be good. i'm feeling uncreative though. i wanted to make a knife-style beak mask to wear with a normal outfit but i'm not sure i have the time or energy for so much paper mache. i have been saying for ages i need a creative outlet though....hmm. so many thoughts.
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Posted on September 29, 2008 @ 4:41 pm
1. new antony and the johnsons is yay.
2. today's object of desire.
4. bank holiday monday. it's rubbish. car's in for an expensive mot and service. no savings towards my flat this month i suspect. most relaxing weekend for a while though, and i'm almost finished the wind up bird chronicle which i feel like i've been reading forever. one chapter and sleep. one chapter and sleep. today i've managed to stay awake.
5. i'm trying to book flights to dubai and klm have surprised me with £300 tax. is that even possible? however, it makes the direct emirates flight the better deal in every way so i will book that. when my stupid credit card clears. oh why is everything so complicated today?
6. pak choi.
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Posted on September 24, 2008 @ 9:34 pm
i just found myself looking at the clarks and laura ashley online stores.
i think i'm getting more average but people (my mother in particular) say i'm becoming more bizarre. my mother uses the word "perverse" on a daily basis, which i should probably be more concerned about.
is anyone else watching the restaurant on bbc2? i'm becoming somewhat addicted.
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Posted on September 20, 2008 @ 5:12 pm
it's 1712 and i am a little tipsy. gin and tonic in the afternoon is brilliant, and the sun has just come out and i'm pretty fucking happy. been slaving over a hot stove to make dinner for 10 tonight. home made salmon pate and houmous, then a thai green chicken curry and a keralan fish curry, followed by waffles with berries and maple syrup. yum. i have enough booze to sink a small army and clean beds made up for all to fall into. you can't complain really.
this week i caught up with two old friends i lost contact with. that was nice. people do come and go a little, i am fairly terrible at making time for people. also saw a scottish ballet performance which was really three mini performances. they first part they danced to radiohead tunes, the second was semi-rubbish "performance art" type stuff, and the third was these brilliant 1930s tunes and outfits.
there's a few not so good things happening just now but i don't feel i can write about them here. which is not the point of a journal, i know. in fact, i've been debating deleting this journal. i probably wouldn't make a new one. i still enjoying reading everyone's entries, but once or twice a week, rather than daily as i did previously. people are changing and re-adjusting. i'm being left behind but i'm not sure that bothers me.
anyway. i have visitors. and my glass is empty.
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Posted on September 16, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

and i am HOW excited?!

that's when i was planning to be in dubai, but i think i might bring my trip forward a few days just so i can go and dance like a crazy! yipppeee.

i have asparagus wee.
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Posted on September 15, 2008 @ 10:20 pm
what am i like? so balls at updating anyway.
connect was ace. so many good people to see live. santogold truly rocked although only played for 20 mins, crazy times with crystal castles, team blubbing to sigur ros, dancing in the rain to the faint, lying on the grass in the dark listening to gomez. lots and lots of mud. good times, good people apart from a raging argument with jamie in the middle of the night where he woke me up and i tried my damndest to break his leg. thankfully i failed.
the following weekend i went to newcastle to see friends who've moved there. it was a nice time. i did some excessive shopping (grey knits = love) and we had a fun night out. the sunday we went for fish and chips in tynemouth and went to an aquarium which was super fun. pretty fishies.
other than that, been trying to make the most of current "career mode". i was feeling quite motivated about the oncology option but tonight watched "desperately seeking doctors" about a scottish gp who went to work in rural western australia. after i did my elective in port hedland i was really keen to do gp training (which is only 3 years), get my exams and qualifications quickly then go out to australia for a while, fully qualified, so as not to jeopardise my uk training. watching this program has reminded me of that which means i need to re-evaluate what i want to do. although i still have the option of applying for both (or more!) training programmes and see what i get.
i downloaded a great knife remix, on amanda's recommendation - rune lindbaek's remix of heartbeats. it's worth checking out. in fact i should probably get back onto some mp3 blogging as i have discovered some fun tunes of late.
on thursday i'm going to see scottish ballet dancing to radiohead in fancy clothes which sounds FUN.
i'm going to bed as i feel a little weird having been on nightshift over the weekend. topsyturvy.
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Posted on August 23, 2008 @ 8:58 pm
i just sent out a dozen applications for random evening classes across glasgow because i am BORED. and have a lot of free midweek evenings that can probably be spent a little more constructively than they are currently. ross and i are going to do a spanish class, i hope, and danielle and i have talked about doing some sort of arty one although i suspect i might end up doing that alone.
i'm working nightshift this weekend and feel so bewildered. instead of working for 12 hours and getting a good solid sleep before going to work again i'm having fractured and fragmented sleeps of 3-4 hours at a time. which is starting to make me feel pretty weird. i should have had a good long sleep yesterday (adjusting from day to night) but i was so drunk/hungover i kept having to get up for water/teethbrushing/boaking. which was my own silly fault i do suppose. and i got about 4 hours sleep in the middle of my shift (which i am NOT complaining about because it was awesome!) but then i felt all wobby.
first nightshift alone was actually pretty fine. i think i admitted some people i probably shouldn't have but i didn't quite have the confidence to send them home. i'll be more ruthless tonight.
oh god. tonight. i should probably go shower and drink red bull.
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Posted on August 19, 2008 @ 10:07 pm

familjen are a band we saw playing in a bar in berlin as part of a swedish showcase thing. i think i went onto the website when we got home, but then basically forgot about them. (i say them, i think it's mainly one guy but he played with someone else on stage). anyway i saw the album on the urban outfitters website and bought it (alongside some marvellous sale bargains!) and am loving it! but its swedish electro so there's probably not much that's very exciting about that.

new job at the vale of leven is great. i'm having a lot of fun, despite it making the scottish headlines almost every day for killing people or being dirty or being closed down. i'm learning a lot fairly quickly which is really exciting. in fact, i'm learning something new literally every day. i did my first clinic today which felt awfully grown up. i thought it was general medical, but it turns out it was just a thyroid clinic. wish someone had told me that, and i'd have done some reading up! quite worrying that people wait months to see a specialist and can turn up and see me who knows rather little on the subject (although i was mainly seeing return patients, not new ones). yesterday i got to stick an ENORMOUS needle in someone's chest to drain a pneumothorax which was pretty damn fun. i am still a bit scared about nights by myself this weekend though.

i really need to sort out evening classes and learn me a new hobby. this sitting around on the internet all night is not healthy.
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Posted on August 17, 2008 @ 11:35 am
just found out asobi seksu isn't playing connect any more. that is SAD.
i'm super excited about connect now. the line up was mediocre but is now getting better again. i'm excited about:
sigur ros, guillemots, joan as police woman, santogold, goldfrapp, the faint, sparks, kasabian, spiritualized, grinderman, camera obscura, crystal castles, ladytron, mercury rev, turin brakes, gossip, gomez, conor oberst, pretty inverary, good local food, jamie possibly coming, champagne tent!

my room is so pleasantly clean. i have a sense of achievement now.
i'm going to try and make my laptop function next so i can be super smug! then spend the rest of the afternoon reading magazines ( i have them piled up because i keep buying them but then not having time to read them!) and the wind up bird chronicle which i just started. yay.

happy sunday.
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Posted on August 16, 2008 @ 10:24 pm
second saturday night in in a row.
oh dear.
bender didn't happen.
although wine + curry + gin last night was good.
hendrick's + cucumber. yum.
i've tidied for the first time in literally months.
i might even hoover!
arab strap + tidying makes for a melancholy saturday.
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Posted on August 14, 2008 @ 11:16 pm
bad things: my laptop totally died and i lost all my music and photos and documents and stuff. i'm not actually as gutted as i could be. i tried to make brownies tonight, using my old faithful delia recipe and they didn't work. i can't work out what i've done but i'm very disappointed in myself and i had no eggs to try a second attempt.
good things: tomorrow is friday. connect festival tickets arrived today. i am considering going to the iceland airwaves festival. i'm fairly tempted to go alone, although i am worried it might be too expensive in reykjavik not to share a room and i'm not sure who else is free or would want to go. i also think i am going to try and arrange a trip to dubai to see lynn in november. which would be quite a diverse pair of holidays. new job is going well so far.
good > bad.
i am craving a bender this weekend.
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