Blog of a Stockham Student

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Flat

I promised myself i would not let things get to me, they will not get to me. But am i living with 2 or 4 people? It seems that the world has gone mad and yes i know we are all entitled to have our respective partners but when I'm trying to sleep at goodness knows what time, i do not want to have to hear giggling, loud music (maybe it's being used to cover up some other noises) and when one person realises I'm in, why do they then feel the need to make as much noise as possible. Just because I'm in does not mean I'm actually awake at midnight. Maybe i should just let my alarm go off every morning instead of disabling it. I'm not that vindictive though. On another note, i'm missing Chris like mad, its really affecting me, but i'm trying to stay positive about it, i mean come on i'm going to see him roughly every couple of weeks but i get a very sad feeling in my stomach when i see other couples practically living together when at uni. I'm just jealous thats all i guess.

Oh well better get home and actually do some work, got some cleaning to do as well before the BT engineer comes to fix the internet tomorrow, problem is that i won't have it still because of the crappy landlord haven't contacted me to have a box fitted in my room so i can have a phone line. Hope you all have a happy day.

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Long time no see

Well it's been an awfully long time since i've updated this blog, but now i'm back at uni i suppose i shall be writing it in more to cure the intense boredom that i often feel.

I'm back in Stockton in case you couldn't tell and i'm not enjoying it. Well I went to Prague with Mr Spencer 2 weeks ago and it was the best holiday ever. Not only is it really cheap out there, but it's such a beautiful city. We managed to cram a lot into the 3 days, but we still didn't see all that we wanted to so i think a return trip is on the cards at some point. The most magical part of the trip was probably the last night, we got all dressed up, had dinner in the Cafe Louvre ( a must to visit if you go, it's such a nice traditional cafe restaurant, and it's cheap!) and then walked across Charles Bridge which is probably the most famous part of Prague. It's a medievel bridge with lots of religious statues along it. The way it's lit up is fantastic and there were a couple of guys playing an interesting raw yet tribal beat ona some drums just under the east tower. After walking across there we walked the 3 miles or so back to our hotel in the dark through the back strreets of Prague where we discovered that you can buy Pilsner lager in McDonalds! Another memorable part of the trip was probably visiting the Jewish Quarter. Not only did we find Hoegarden Lager for about £0.90p per half litre but it was so moving. One of the synagogues has been transformed into a memorial for the victims of the holocaust that came from the ghettos in and around Prague. All the names are painted on all the available wall space with the dates of birth and death along side. I was obviously moved but nothing could prepare me for the sight of the number of children that died there. One girl, with the name Ema, wasn't even 3 years old when she was killed. When i saw that, i just burst into tears. I urge everyone to go, because until you see something like that, you don't quite realise just how important an event it was in the history of the human race and nothing like that must ever happen again.

On a lighter note (slightly) I've had about 3 lectures and already have 3 research papers to read and a presentation to write in addition to the compulsory reading for the course. It's all a little disheartening really. Plus the living situation is getting me down because now I'm torn between living with my best friends at uni and the flat. However I am going home on Friday to see Mr Spencer and pick up some books so all is not lost. Then I'm going home on the 17th November as well because Steve and Kat (Chris' friends) are getting married and apparently I have to go to the wedding. Think it will be a lot of fun, just hope I don't get too drunk like Thursday at Dubliners.

Anyway I hope you all have a great weekend and keep smiling everyone!

posted by Em @ 11:10:00 am 0 comments

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I'm H-A-P-P-Y

A lot has happened in the past month and a bit. An awful lot.

I've been to the land of sheep (aka Wales) even though i didn't particularly want to go. The parental units were ok, it pissed it down (we even had a thunder storm directly overhead) and I missed home.

Apart from that my life has revolved around work and seeing Chris. I only have 3 weeks left in Grays before I head back to Stockton (although i may not be staying there) and in those 3 weeks i have so much to do and so many people to catch up with.

I really don't know what to write here, i'm so so tired after a long day yesterday, that I really can't think straight today. All I know is that this is the happiest I've ever been and I don't want it to end.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Wow

Well it's been almost a month since i last updated this thing. I apologise for the lack of updates but i have managed to find myself employment in the form of a sales associate in H Samuel. It's a pretty good job, the people are interesting to say the least and it's not too difficult. It's probably the first job where i've actually enjoyed going to work.

My life now revolves around work (for more than one reason) but i did manage to find time to go and see Over the Hedge and Pirates of the Carribean yesterday. The first was good the second was bad, but it was a good day out and away from work for the most part. Now we have an inspection by the area manager tomorrow and i'm shitting myself about it as not only will i get questionned about my job, i could get the sack if i'm not careful about my behaviour at work!

Hope you're all having a good summer!

posted by Em @ 8:21:00 pm 0 comments

Monday, June 26, 2006

What a difference a year makes!

Well I'm now at home in Grays (where it rains all the time it seems), facing the prospect of 3 months of working ahead of me. I have also finished my first year at The University of Durham, and I'm awaiting the results of it with anticipation. So without much further ado, I present my round up of the year 2005-2006:
  • Accommodation: After being informed that I would be sharing a room in Halls, I was quite apprehensive. Although we had a minor disagreement at the very beginning (over what, I can't remember), Sharing with Kat has not been too bad. I thinI i got on the best with Mr Biggs, but also feel that i can talk to Mish about pretty much anything (even though I do snap at him sometimes, sorry!) So all in all living arrangements worked out quite well! Living in the block that doesn't exist does have it's advantages, it means you are less likely to be stalked (plus it adds a sense of mystery to you when your asked about where you live) but it's also rather annoying when you have to go outside and physically drag guests to the Fairbridge Drawbridge (Nat's phrase) because they have no idea where you're talking about on the phone. College dining wasn't too bad, it was still awful though, but I'm going to miss it!

  • The Course: Psychology (Applied) hasn't been too bad. My previous knowledge was put to good use and I feel that I managed to learn an awful lot more. At the beginning I was regretting taking Psychology and felt like switching to something else, but in the end I'm glad I stuck at what I did (even though I am slightly fed up of people asking me to tell then what they're thinking when I first meet them in a bar) All I have to hope is that I've actually managed to pass the year!

  • Friends: Where to start! Well firstly I have to thank Nat for putting up with me all year. Not only in lectures but also I found myself at her flat quite a bit! Her and Vickiiiii are probably my best friends at uni and I love them to bits! The Backhouse Penthouse crew provided much entertainment (usually involving alcohol) and I love Bryan for his ability to get so wrapped up in something and let it control his life (I'm talking about LOST here...) Then of course there's the Rokeby crew, which we met through Mish's attraction to Kwan (but I think we would have met them anyway, Ryan seems to just go out and meet new people all the time) Jess, Emma and Danielle are great girls, that know how to have fun! After that we have to course friends such as JD, Jo, Kirsty, Luke, Laura etc who provide much entertainment in lectures and also at the beloved Rocket. Bring on Year 2 people! Then of course there are the random people, known through friends, who you get to know gradually and make life far more interesting: Henry and Co (also known as the Biomed lot), Ben and his older friends, Daggy and the rest of the Snow football team (I randomly find them standing outside my room waiting for Mr Biggs), Ant and Dav (one of whom tries to kill me most of the time and randomly sleeps on my kitchen floor), Mo, Rob, Nicki, James and Tim who have put up with my drunken ramblings the past few weeks, James Fountain (who I met before we came to uni, but didn't actually talk to him properly till the second term and he was good friends with Vicki by then), Miss Sarah Chape (the Grape, that I am going to miss dearly next year when she's at Butler, which I will of course gatecrash from time to time) and finally, last but not least, you, the reader of this blog, you've really made my year. To all those who are not mentioned by name, you know I love you a lot and want to give you a big thanks for making my year!
This year has been full of lots of new experiences for me: living away from home with people I'd never met before being the main biggie. I've had some laughs and some cries, loved and lost, been annoyed at some people and been annoying myself. Mish asked me not too long ago, if you could go back to the start of the year, would you change it? At the time I didn't answer him, but now, looking back, I can definitely say, I wouldn't change it for anything else.

posted by Em @ 4:07:00 pm 0 comments

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Here's a song that sums up something perfectly for me:

Good Day by Angels and Airwaves

We don't need to whisper

I should have turned back
I should have known better
Than to walk away defeated
I'll say it tonight, I'll say it forever
And this time I really swear I mean it

Oh I need you now
The Earth fell fast asleep
This room is safe and sound
Will you lay here with me
And feel it..

I think I like today
I think its good
Its something I can't get my head around

True love is something that comes easy
Just one kiss god I swear I want to...
I heard a pin drop and a nervous heartbeat
Have you ever heard me scream I love you

Oh I need you now
The Earth fell fast asleep
This room is safe and sound
Will you lay here with me
And feel it..

I think I like today
I think it's good
Its something I can't get my head around [x2]

dadah da dah dah dadadah [x8]

I think I like today
I think it's good
Its something I can't get my head around [x6]

posted by Em @ 12:31:00 pm 1 comments

"I think I like today..."

Ok i'm never going to drink alcohol ever again. Monday night, Connie had a lot of fun i hope, in the company of me and my friends, however i only think so as i was rather drunk that night. So much so that i woke up on the kitchen floor and then proceeded to spend the whole day in bed, then walked to Tees Barrage in the rain with Vicki (and still in a drunken state i think as it was chucking it down, absolutely freezing and i didn't have a coat and didn't care about it either!) I'm now covered in bruises and scratches and i don't know why...Oh well!

Yesterday, Nat came back and we decided to go out and celebrate at the Coc-Soc garden party and then on to Lava in 'Boro. All in all it was a very good night. Jess wasn't very well, so i ended up taking her home and putting her to bed. Hope she's feelin better this morning! I'm off into town later, and i have to actually pack today, it's going to be so weird leaving this place, but it's been a lot of fun this year! A proper round up will be posted at a later date.

posted by Em @ 9:11:00 am 0 comments

Sunday, June 18, 2006

"They think it's all over...Well not quite yet!"

Just as i was starting to moan and complain that there is no one around here anymore, cue most of the inhabitants of John Snow returning. You see we have to come back to register for next year, and most people are returning to the land of the north tomorrow. This also includes Connie.

After a very nice trip to Coventry/Warwick, seeing most of it by bus, and walking a fair bit, she decided that she wanted to see what Stockton has to offer her...don't know if that's a wise decision or not! I really enjoyed my time down south with eh Birthday girl, her friends are really nice (cue adding them on facebook!) and they even organised a surprise celebration in honor of her in their common room. It's so weird being in halls that aren't separated into flats like ours, to be honest i can't decide which is best. Anyway, so Connie is coming to stay tomorrow night and I'm trying to drag together a group of people willing to visit The Crown tomorrow night with us, this is an open invitation if you would like to join.

Not much else has been done with my time the past week or so. Applied for an awful lot of jobs and watched an equal amount of football i think! The plan today is to basically clean the flat in preparation of Connie's visit and to try and pack a bit. I can't believe that this time next week i shall be waking up in my own room in my own flat. It's a scary thought that I'm now so independent, but i shall leave the so called slushy end of year round-up till next week and i return home.

I still have no means of monetary gain for the duration of the summer, but i do have an interview on the 27th June, so hopefully if all goes well i shall be selling my soul to Lakeside for 3 months.

Have a happy Sunday everybody!

posted by Em @ 10:14:00 am 1 comments

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