16 January 2006

Travel Plans

Just call me crazy or whatever, because I have made The Decision...
Just to backtrack a second, I've had a lot on my mind about what 2006 will bring, or more what I could make happen in 2006.

So, The Decision entails this:

+ I am travelling to London for ONE MONTH; June - July 2006.
+ I am moving back HOME in a few weeks until my trip.
+ I will have to take some leave without pay.
+ When I return in early July I will be starting at least ONE new Masters paper.

By August I will hopefully be back on my feet and will have found a NEW place to live, either by myself or with others (I can't really plan this far ahead, cos who knows what will happen!).
Anyways, that is the general idea.

So far I have looked at airfares, tours in and around London, as well as a few over to Paris etc...

Excited much??!!

11 January 2006

Movie Wish List #6

The Jacket
Thumbsucker
Casanova
Mad Hot Ballroom
Night Watch
Brokeback Mountain
Walk The Line
Nanny McPhee
Just Like Heaven
Jarhead
A History of Violence
Aeon Flux
Syriana

The Producers
Capote
Proof

01 January 2006

2005... Noooo, 2006!!



Another year over! I can't believe it. 5 concerts, 51 books, and 56 movies later...2005 was an eventful year for sure. 2 more Masters papers complete. My first year in my new job. My best friend leaving for the UK... It's been a hard year.
Now, New Years Eve... drinks and gourmet nibbles at my Aunty's party - fully catered, complete with barman! I tell ya, he was one handy guy to have around - my glass never seemed empty!! The highlights of the evening included: vodka cranberry shots, tiny mushrooms stuffed with spinach, all the fairy lights decorated around the outdoor area, and my Uncle who was a hoot and a half (and a little drunk)!
Melissa, Richard and I left there and headed to the apartment of one of his friends. We spent the countdown there - mainly low key, but lots of fun. I think we ended up having about 3 or 4 separate countdowns!
From there we hit the town, checking out the waterfront, which was jumping... but all the clubs/bars seemed lame (or expensive to get into!). After a wander around, the munches struck! One mince pie later, plus some McDs and I was tucked up alone in bed (around 4am).
I did however get some interesting text messages from a certain someone, which urged me to join him at a club... then at a house... then at MY house. I did not see him though, and he did not turn up at my place... Nor have I heard from him since aforementioned text messages *sigh*
Anyway, I've not made any New Years resolutions yet... well, I tend to try and make goals as opposed to resolutions. I certainly have a lot to think about.
Happy New Year!!

Books Read [2006]

50 books read, 2006

06 Jan: Elegance, by Kathleen Tessaro
17 Jan: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, by J R R Tolkien
30 Jan: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, by J R R Tolkien
07 Feb: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, by J R R Tolkien
09 Feb: Dead to the World, by Charlaine Harris
14 Feb: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, by Kim Harrison
22 Feb: Every Which Way But Dead, by Kim Harrison
26 Feb: The Pact, by Jodi Picoult
07 March: Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
19 March: The Magician's Nephew. by C.S. Lewis
25 March: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
25 March: The Horse and his Boy, by C.S. Lewis
26 March: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J K Rowling
03 April: Love in Shades of Grey, by Glynne MacLean
05 April: The Wire in the Blood, by Val McDermid
10 April: The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
11 April: The Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsella
14 April: City of Masks, by Daniel Hecht
19 April: The Burning Girl, by Mark Billingham
01 May: The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
20 June: Vroom with a View, by Peter Moore
25 June: Sleepy-head, by Mark Billingham
26 June: The Lost Art of Keeping Secret, by Eva Rice
02 July: Deception Point, by Dan Brown
03 July: Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown
03 July: Digital Fortress, by Dan Brown
09 July: Be Careful for what you wish for, by Alexandra Potter
09 July: Micah, by Laurell K Hamilton
15 July: Vince and Joy, by Lisa Jewell
22 July: We Need to Talk ABout Kevin, by Lionel Shriver
28 July: The Tenth Circle, by Jodi Picoult
06 Aug: American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
13 Aug: The Vanishing Man, by Jeffery Deaver
15 Aug: After the Quake, by Haruki Murakami
02 Sep: Indiana Gothic, by Pope Brock
03 Sep: The Virgin Suicides, by Eugene Jeffries
04 Sep: Danse Macabre, by Laurell K Hamilton
25 Sep: Howl's Moving Castle, by Dianna Wynne Jones
26 Sep: Weekend in Paris, by Robyn Sisman
01 Oct: Behind the Scenes at the Museum, by Kate Atkinson
03 Oct: Odd One Out, by Lissa Evans
06 Oct: Eleven Hours, by Paullina Simons
07 Oct: Derailed, by James Siegel
09 Oct: Friend of the Family, by Lisa Jewell

And in no particular order:
How to Breathe Under Water, by Julie Orringer
Turning Angel, by Greg Isles
Where the Heart Is, by Billie Letts
Gangster, by Lorenzo Carcatera

Concerts Rocked [2006]

20 Jan: The Big Day Out @ Ericsson Stadium [ link ]
Artists include: The White Stripes, Iggy & The Stooges, Franz Ferdinand, Kings of Leon, Henry Rollins, The Magic Numbers, Shihad...

23 Jun: O2 Wireless Festival presents: Massive Attack @ Hyde park [ link ]
Artists include: Metric, Gnarls Barkley, Pharrell, The Flaming Lips, and MASSIVE ATTACK

28 Jun: Death Cab For Cutie @ Brixton Academy [ link ]

12 Jul: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ St James [ link ]
(Could I ask for a cooler birthday present than tickets to see The YYYs?!)

24 Nov: U2 @ Ericsson Stadium [ link ]

Movies Seen [2006]

23 movies seen, 2006

04 Jan: Rumour Has It
09 Jan: The Family Stone
10 Jan: Happy Endings
23 Jan: Nanny McPhee
09 Feb: Thumbsucker
17 Feb: Night Watch
01 Mar: Walk the Line
10 Mar: Yes
16 Mar: Underworld: Evolution
24 April: The Sentinel
27 April: A History of Violence
03 May: Look Both Ways
10 May: Sione's Wedding
17 May: Mission Impossible III
09 Aug: Confetti
04 Sep: Pirates of the Carribbean 2
05 Sep: As It Is In Heaven
06 Oct: Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont
09 Oct: Thank you for Smoking
31 Oct: Friends with Money
08 Nov: Little Miss Sunshine
10 Dec: Flushed Away
23 Dec: The Holiday