Monthly Archives: July 2011

Get er done

This weekend is the weekend where the dissertation gets pretty much completed.  It’s about time too.  But not before I post on my blog.  Actually I’m just stalling as I really just want my iTunes adventure to end before I start writing.  That way I can choose my music while I write and not be restricted to whatever is next alphabetically.
Current iTunes track:   Unknown artist – “Track 02” song 4708 out of 4715.  Yeah, I’m on songs which have no artist nor name.  I think this might be some of Robby’s music as it’s all old timey sounding.  We’ll see if that holds.  Ok, next song is definitely Robby singing.  I guess I could at least label it as “Robby.”

Been a good week here.  Just working and surviving at the moment.   Oh actually, I spent sometime with Tera and Ben Sunday night.  Not enough time, so I hope they come back for a visit soon.  I’m gettin super fucking pumped to have a social life and free time again in just a few weeks.  I have Jimmy and Elizabeth to meet up with in a few weeks and I will be happy to go out with them and not be fretting about said dissertation.  I haven’t known life over here without having to worry about an essay to write. Part of me thinks I won’t know what to do with myself.  Sure I’ll come up with something.

Actually, I have come up with some things.  Going to plan some good expedition bike rides.  If I can save a few pennies, I will get a tent so I can maybe ride my bike some where (south coast?) for the weekend, camp and then ride back.  Basically anything that is totally free is the only thing in my price range at the moment.  Times are real tough.

Blackfriars flashride

Speaking of bike rides, I went to a flashride (my first) yesterday for a protest against raising the speed limit on Blackfriars bridge.  It had to have about 400 cyclists participating from what I could guess.  Some say more, some say less.  It all lasted about 30-40 minutes where we shut down the bridge to all motorized traffic except for a few impatient motorcyclists, a scooter and a po-po on a motorcycle.  It was quiet an achievement that I even made it on time.  I have to drop my work van off in Raynes Park and then cycle straight to Blackfriars.  It took about 1 hour 15 minutes including a 5 minute stop when my chain fell off (must remember to tighten this weekend).  I arrived just a few minutes before it began.   Then pedaled home right after.  Got in a couple good hours of cycle time because of it!  A good thing too as haven’t been able to ride my bike very much this week as I’ve had the work van.

I’ve been considering starting up a cycle powered gardening business here.  This may be a bit of a pipe dream at the moment because it would require some serious investment in a really expensive utility bike (or 2 as I need one person to haul debris and another to haul tools).  Plus, I need to live closer to wherever I would be working.  I think it’s a possibility for me in maybe 5 years.  When I will not be scraping by a living I hope!   And another 5 years could mean substantial upgrades to the cycling infrastructure here.  We’ll see.  I think it’s pretty cool and will look forward to trying to put it together more in the next few years.  What could be more eco-friendly than a cycle run gardening business?  Not much!

Well, good news everyone.  After 4 months and 10 days, my iTunes library has been listened to from beginning to end*.  Wow, that was a long time, much longer than the 2 months I anticipated.  Now I can get back to normal listening habits.  Time to get to writing.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

*I have loaded one CD which hasn’t been listened to yet, a couple random downloaded mp3s as well and all my Christmas music.  I couldn’t do Christmas music in Spring and Summer.

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alive

Still going here in London.   Just insanely busy and stressed out of my goard.  I remember July of last year feeling the same about getting everything ready to come over here.  I’m beginning to already look forward to July 2012 where, with any luck, I won’t have stress coursing through my veins.  It’s going to be a real sprint to August 18th.  Watch out.

And on that note, I must get back to the research and craziness that is my real desktop and metaphysical desktop of my computer.

Here’s a picture of a rose from my garden.

 

Current iTunes song:  Twista feat Kanye West – “Slow Jamz”

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new hobbies

Hi.  Have you missed me?  I bet you have.  I don’t blame you.

A pretty afternoon to be in Kensington Gardens

But here’s a rando post.  I’ve decided on my new hobbies.  But these hobbies seem like someone in their 30s would do.  And by the time I really get around to doing them, I probably will be 30.  But any who.

So I want to start collecting seeds.  And then growing plants from them.  Or alternatively, use them for guerrilla gardening. The guerrilla gardening might be the more realistic option as I don’t have much space to put new plants at my current residence.  This will go along nicely with my desire to learn more botany/dendrology/sciencey stuff about plants.  That will kick in most likely in the new year.  After I’ve had a few months to recover from dissertation writing.  God, I can’t wait for that to be done with.

My second hobby I decided on as of tonight is bike refurbishment.  Like old pashley’s or schwinns.  Cool bikes. I don’t know much about refurbishing anything nor do I know much about bikes.  But I’ll learn.

That’s all I’ve got for newly proposed hobbies.  Comments?  Anything else I should take up?

 

For a life update, I have no life.  I go to work, come home and fret about my dissertation and go to bed.  But work is cool.  And I’m getting pretty good driving around London in a white van.  I don’t drive everyday during work (mostly because I don’t really want to drive, I want to bike!) but a couple days a week for sure.  My knowledge of the roads of Kensington is pretty good now.

My cycling is getting pretty efficient as.  I don’t even get winded that much anymore when I ride 8 or so miles into work.  I must be in pretty good cardiovascular shape.  Last weekend I went for a run mid day when it was in the 80s.  It was at a pretty good clip and I noticed that I was only breathing through my nose pretty casually, when normally I’d be huffing and puffing through my mouth.  Hooray for expanded lung capacity!  This weekend I’ll go out for another run and see how I fair again.

That’s it.  I need to get to work on some sort of dissertation nonsense in some form.  I’ll leave you with a picture of part of my weekly commute.  I ride through here two days a week in the mornings.   A few years ago I even wrote about it as a place to see in London for a magazine.  Now I get to see it a couple days a week.  LTD baby.  LTD.  Peace.

Nice and quiet morning commute. At least for 5 minutes of it.

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