Through the Grinder

I’m shattered, it was back to work after Half Term today, and I’m absolutely knackered, got up about 6.15am after a not very good night’s sleep, and arrived bleary eyed at work by about 7.30am. Taught all morning until 12.30pm, and was on duty for both breaks, so effectively I did 4 hours straight through without any sort of rest. This happens regularly on a Monday, I’m on duty then I end up on cover for the first half of period 4, by the end of it, all I’m fit for is to sit in the staffroom and eat my dinner.

Then this afternoon I had fun playing games with Year 8s so it was a mildly satisfying day. Tomorrow is the first of my two back to back solid days, both of which finish with bottom 10s, they’re a nightmare on a Tuesday, and only marginally better on a Wednesday. Again by the end of them I’m virtually on my knees. Fed up with my job at the minute, the room definitely doesn’t help, but the whole set up just feels designed to grind me into the ground. At least Stuart’s decided he’s had enough and resigned from his place, I’m staying for at least this year and prbably 10 more to come (at least).

I’ve gotten fed up with my laptop seeming to seize up, and have concluded that since I upgraded KDE to 3.2 last Tuesday, that its not happy with just the 128M of memory. It seems to freeze whilst writing to disk which I can only assume is the swap being over used. Have ordered 512M from these people, for £81 (incl VAT) it should be here soon. Must get around to doing some kernel compile benchmarks to see what difference just memory makes.

I’m going now, I have to cut my hair before tomorrow, or put up with more comments from the kids about my new “afro”, I suppose some of the older ones are only used to seeing me with hair thats a couple of mm long.

Night, night.


Felt dreadful all of yesterday, so was up for very little. Basically, we went drinking all day on Thursday, from about 1pm, and didn’t get home until about 10.30pm. We spent most of the day in Ye Old Man and Scythe, and drank numerous beers. Then we trawled up to The Howcroft, (where the Beer Festival happens every year) and had one in there. (Saw Oliver, he looked old!)

Then at about 8 or 9 we headed back up to Dave and Rachel’s, stopping off at the Co-op for more beers, and Syd’s for Chicken Kebabs. Had one beer and then came home.

We went shopping during the day on Friday first off to a place called Winfields in Haslingden where I bought a new Regatta Jacket called a Reed 3 in 1 for £39. Then we went into Bolton so that Karen could replace her mobile since she’d managed to leave it in her jeans pocket when she washed them. She ended up with a Nokia 6100 which seems good so far.

Then on Friday night Stuart came over and me and him headed up to Dave’s again, for more beers. They seemed to get on quite well, but we got horrendously drunk and finally wandered home about 2am. Had to get up on Saturday fairly early and head off to the Trafford Centre so that we could initially order the suits for the wedding. Unfortunately, they couldn’t see us straight away so we ended up spending about 2 hours wandering round the Trafford Centre, feeling worse and worse. But that’s sorted, and we’ve decided that the weekend of the 27th and 28th of May is going to be my Stag Do in Liverpool, Stuart’s going to phone up The Feathers and try to book us in.

Didn’t do very much more yesterday, except watch “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” on DVD, which was a bit disappointing. Only about 3 stars I’d say.

Then today I’ve been off to Middlebrook to get a new phone and to see if my car was working properly. Anyway I upgraded to a Nokia 6610, which seems alright, and my car was fine.

There’s A Pint Of Guinness With My Name On It In Town!

We’re just getting ready to go out drinking now, we’ve arranged to meet, Paula, Dave and Rachel at Ye Old Man and Scythe for afternoon drinkies. Alex was originally supposed to be coming, but as per usual he’s unobtainable at the moment when we need to reach him.

We went to see Touching The Void last night, what an awesome film, Karen was wincing at various points but overall we left with a sense of “Wow, how did he manage to survive?”. A full five stars I think. Then it was off to Frankie and Benny’s for a slap up tea.

I managed to start looking at QT last night before we went out, and in theory it was making perfect sense, but when it starts to get complicated thats when i’ll be struggling. Having said that I have ordered a book called C++ GUI Programming with QT3″ or some such, but I’m still waiting for it to arrive.

Anyway time for me to go, there’s a pint of Guinness in town with my name on it.

Improved Look To Site

Hope this looks better, as I’ve been playing with html this afternoon.

Karen should be setting off to come home quite soon so hopefully it won’t be too long before we can go to the pictures. We’re going to see Touching The Void, and then for a meal at Frankie and Benny’s.

Tomorrow we’re supposed to be going out in the afternoon drinking with Paula and possibly Alex, I think the Man and Scythe might be getting a visit. Anyway, time to get on with coding the rest of the site.

My First Ever Blog Post

Hi this is my first attempt at a ‘blog, I’m trying to think of a reasonable title for it, something like “A Special type of Aimlessness!”. This is being done to a soundtrack of “The Specials: Free Nelson Mandella”.

Things I’ve done today:

Bought shaving stuff.
Watched the end of Donnie Darko.
Woke up with a hangover.
Went to Dave and Rachel’s.
Listened to lots of ‘Dave’, excellent on the whole.
Ate Chicken Kievs, Waffles & Baked Beans.

I miss KAREN! I’m sat here getting drunker and drunker, playing on the internet.

Things to do this week:

Start learning to program in QT!
Do lots of walking.
Empty the flat.
Book suits.
Phone Florist.
Book car in for a service.