I've really been a lazy one about updating this journal in recent weeks. It's not a bad thing. You simply miss out on more waffling. I halfheartedly began a long post on the 27th. It was a post, several paragraphs long, about the time spent around Jamie, when all that needs to be said is that I have been spending a lot of time with her. The Rivers family has become a surrogate family to her and this flat is her home from home. Staying here seems one of the few things she appreciates about Middlesex at the moment. The friendship we have has grown rapidly over the last few weeks, and I've been trying to keep her entertained while she pulls her hair out from her discomfort with her dorm and her general malaise.
That was easier to write than the garbage I had written days ago...
But with that discomfort, I've been out and about and also trying out new games and enjoying new films.
Films watched since the last post, with a small burst of opinion subsequently:
Shaun of the Dead. Always entertaining. I keep recommending this to Americans.
Battle Royale II. A slight disappointment, but only due to how much of a statement the film tried to make.
Collateral. Very entertaining, though a disappointingly obvious ending.
Super Size Me. Very interesting to view. Engrossing, even. Hoho.
Hero. So slow-paced it made me feel sleepy... it'd be to do with the excessive fight sequences.
Ring. It didn't entertain in the slightest. It followed only Onside Soccer in going out of my bedroom window.
Games played, with a short review again:
G-Surfers, PS2. Cost ten pounds, and plays like it.
Outrun 2. Played it to death in an evening. Fun while it lasted, mind.
Typing of the Dead. Absolute genius. And downloadable these days.
Football Manager Beta Demo. Downloadable via here. Looks like it'll be a solid release next month.
Mum and Cliff leave to go to Greece this morning. This will leave me two weeks of free house fun. Except: little has been planned, so I'll probably just laze around and play games without needing to walk the dog or eat healthily or bathe, and so on.
A friend of mine who works in a chemist popped into the games shop today with a box, which contained a few Viagra tablets, that someone in the back of the shop had given him for some reason. As he had no use for them, I was allowed to take them on the proviso they are wrapped up and given to my grandfather as a Christmas present, and pictures are taken of him unwrapping the present.
I might buy Eternal Sunshine... online soon. I liked its stylised madness and its reverse love-story. Years back, I'd be patient enough to leave that as a good idea for a Christmas present to the family. But now, it's easier to just get it and ask for money. Hardly the spirit of Christmas, but it means they're not wasting my money by paying over the odds for items.
I stole Jamie's glasses and a picture or two was taken of me like this. I have uploaded these pictures only because when I was younger I always wished my vision would become useless so I could wear glasses, thinking they looked good on such great people as Egon Spengler and... well, pretty much anyone looked more attractive with them to my younger persona. Egon without glasses would have looked so mundane, for example. For years I tried on any glasses anyone would let me try on and alas looked awful. However, those glasses, in their light-hearted red-framed manner, have made me notice glasses can suit my face. It surprised me and made me excited again, in a strange way.
I've been to London twice in recent days. Once with Jamie, once with Louise and both times were fun and revolved around the Trocadero area, with brief browses around Tottenham Court Road thrown in. London doesn't strike me as somewhere exciting to go to in the near future - maybe more late night travelling will make me realise what the city has to offer, and subsequently scare me with. Maybe travelling to new sectors and being surprised at what London offers sounds a good idea too.
I need to arrange a trip to Bristol. I also need to sleep.
I lastly need to work out how many hours I feel comfortable working in the week. There's a lot of new staff there, fighting for very limited hours. I'd like to know what's going on there and how I can turn things so I don't lose out on more hours, or even my job.
Yeah, now seems a good time to end this.