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Friday, 19 September 2008

It's all go now...

Latest happenings:

1. My PhD has started!

I've been in Anglesey at the beginning of the month, looking at the rocks I'm going to be studying for the next three years. Being Wales and the time of year...yes it was very wet. It was very interesting even if I found it rather difficuly to unterstand what was going on most of the time.

Paul is away in Assynt for this week and melanges, but it hasn't been going toooo well. Google and the Web of Science have been letting me down! Also, it's VERY annoying when you find what looks like a vital journal only for it to have been published in a journal that you don't have access to.

Next week I will probably spend looking at carbonates in the teaching collections to get up to speed with textures, terminology and basically what they look like. Will be very useful when it comes to looking at my own samples.

2. I have a car!

A friend of mine is going into The Salvation Training College and was selling her car, so I am now the proud owner of a Peurgot 206. And I have named her...Fi Fi La Ren. Very french sounding, hehe. I think it suits her quite well. I'm sure I have heard the name beofre, so if anyone reading this knows the origin, or someone of the same name let me know. Otherwise I'm going to take the credit for it, heh.

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Other than that, everything else is pretty much normal. Been playing on the PC, 360 and PS3 a lot lately. Also, been working on my Oblivion section of my website quite a bit, so quite pleased with that. Still needs lots of pictures and work, but am happy with how it is coming along.

I'm thinking I might have a section devoted to my PhD (sad I know) so people can stay updated, (see how depressed I've got!) and just basically a log so I can look back on it too. I've already uploaded references and work onto my FTP server to I can access it pretty much anywhere. Yes, I'm that sad, lol.

Oh, I may scout out the local gyms for costs and stuff. Went round the uni gym which is dirt cheap (only £16/month) but it isn't the nicest, and rather cramped and hot. Some friends go to a local one, so would be nice to have a variety of people to go with.

Anyway, think that's enough for now.


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Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Car stuff...

Most of you reading this will have realised/read/heard the happy news...I passed my driving test on Monday, whoohoo! *party*

I was so relieved, I made a right muck-up of my parallel park but got away with it so it's all good. 8 minors. All good! I was double-y realieved seeing as if I had failed I would not have been able to retake my test until October at the earliest due to being away on fieldtrips and stuff for the whole of September, as well as the generally long waiting time to get a test anyway.

~ ~ ~ The remainder of this blog entry is a copy + paste job from a forum post, so you may have read this already. Also, it's kind of a rant/randomness typed directly from my brain, so it might not make too much sense!! There, fair warning to ya! ~ ~ ~

So I passed my test, and now I need a car. I want to be driving as soon as possible otherwise the first time I drive by myself I'm going to be a nervous wreck.

I bought my lessons in blocks of 10 hours to save money and had one owing, so rather than refund it I'm using to get practice on motorways with my instructor, and how to bay park (WHY you don't learn how to do possibly the most important manoeuvre is beyond me) - so that's next week, so not so bad.

So car. My brother passed 1st and is the second driver of my mom's car. He works as a croupier in a casino and works nights, my mom works days, so using the car is going to be pretty much impossible.

My mom's partner has a (to me) massive, vauxhall astra, and driving that would scare the shit out of me. I drove it as a provisional driver, but no way do I want to drive it by myself. Plus, insurance would be insane.

So I need my own really. I want a smart car. I don't care what anyone says, I love them, though I would need to take it on a test drive. I've requested a brochure, but new, it would cost around £7000. I have £3000. Fuck. Unless I find a 4 year interest free deal, )and that is more vauxhall than smart) I'm stuffed there.

So I'm stuck waiting for enough money to buy a new car, or I buy second hand. Now, I know the benefits of a used car, particularly where depreciation of value is concerned, but I don't want to have a string of cars like most of my mates. I want MY car, I want it new and shiny and have it in 20 years time when it breaks on me or something.

So I'm at a bit of a dilemma. A mate is selling her 04 Pergeot 206 (she is going into the church to put it in a very simple way). It was new when she bought it. She is asking £4500 for it, which is slighty beyond my budget. Mom and fi says it's awkward, because if she wasn't a friend she would ask for £1000 off the price. I mean, as a friend she might cut me a deal anyway, but still. It's an option. Even full price my mom would be able to loan me just enough to pay it back.

It's just, gah. Who would have thought getting a car was so much bother?!

Also - insurance. It's probably going to be around £800. If I'm lucky. My age and gender helps, but it's no good getting a car if you can't pay the insurance and upkeep.

Once my money from uni starts coming through it wont be so bad, can easily afford petrol and stuff then, especially while I'm still at home. But I also need a new laptop, and field gear, new office furniture etc.

Bah, this turned into a bit of a real rant after all.

Basically, I'm pissed off that I don't have enough money for what I want. laugh.gif

I'm definitely not alone in the world there. *Sigh*

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