Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Midweek mumblings. . .

Well, I suppose technically it is not Midweek just yet, but it feels like tomorrow should be Friday! I thought I would just post a little blurb on here so you all know I am still alive and well. I have been posting on Myspace a bit but it is nothing worth full public viewing, hence the reason I posted it there. It usually involves boredom and or drinking. Anyways. . . Things have been fairly quiet on the UK homefront since I returned from the trip to North America at the beginning of the month. Following that trip and some much needed car repairs and renewed road tax, I was pretty much flat broke. So, I have not been out and about much at all. I managed to walk down our road to Baggeridge, a park and wooded area, and hiked there a bit. That may be the most exciting thing that has happened this month! Oh yeah, and we carved some pumpkins last weekend. . . But from that little hike and a few other meditative moments I jumped out of my homesick funk and got back into the happy-go-lucky boots I more often have on. I have reinvested into the gym (literally and figuratively) and have been getting in there at least a few times a week. I figure since I have no money I may as well take advantage of what's already paid for and try to work off some of this English beer I've been drinking. I think instead of putting how much alcohol there is by volume they should put how much fat it will add to you by volume!
I still have managed to get my drink in on the weekends, but it's been in the controlled environment of my own home where the only damage I can do is a few drunken emails (oops!). Otherwise. . . work has kept me very busy during the week. I have gotten a few new cases- one with some weird sexual crime history involved and recently just got a case involving adoption so I am definitely learning a lot. I had one child I work with get into some pretty big trouble this week which has kept me on my toes (hence, the need for it to be Friday!). . .But payday is Thursday and I will have some money to get out again. Hopefully I will have my replacement camera in the next couple weeks, too, and can post pics again soon. Have some fun weekends and roadtrips planned in November and December, so stay tuned. . .

Thursday, October 13, 2005

A few random pics

Here are a couple pics of the High Street in Sedgley I took to finish off those damn disposables. . .and a random Mini pic.

The high street

"Bull Ring" at the High Street. Brianna and I often go to the Clifton (to the left there- used to be a movie theatre but now converted into a Wetherspoons chain restaurant) to start off our nights out. Very cheap drinks!

A mini Mini- I think at least a few people were asking me about car sizes, so here is about the smallest for ya!
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Fall sets in with a bit of nostalgia

Well, they call it Autumn here, but it is still Fall to me. I hit my snooze so many times this morning the alarm went completely off. I woke up to Bri talking through my door, asking if I was going to get up and you know how I can be in the morning. . ."Yeah, yeah, I have a training right near home, I'm sleeping in!" But then I looked at the clock and it was about 8:45! I thought it was about 8AM. As this late morning and early evening darkness sets in, I better get used to it- it's only just beginning. Before I know it, it'll be dark at 4:30p. Fortunately, I showered after the gym last night so I stumbled into the bathroom and refreshed and headed off to learn about "Equality and Diversity." As I was driving to work with my window down, I breathed in the cool crisp air that comes with the early days of Fall and became nostalgic for my Broadripple home. I was remembering leaving my lovely little apartment on the Monon, the courtyard filled with leaves and making a stop at my friendly Starbucks- saying hi to my buddy Pete and getting my coffee before making the short drive to work. I also thought of those lovely evening walks on the Monon, hanging out on Ryan's porch and pulling out the dark beers for the cool weather. . .among other great Fall memories. This afternoon, I took a nice drive and enjoyed the weather that way as I went to check out a restaurant for Christmas dinner. I then headed to Wolverhampton and proceeded to drive in and out of the ring road for an hour- trying to figure out the one ways in order to get to Waterstone's and maybe find and buy Dharma Punx. By the time I made it- Waterstone's was closed. I do not think Noah Levine and I were meant to be! But, I did not let that or the bus that tried to run me over ruin my great Fall mood! Sounds like you Indy folk are enjoying the weather setting in there too from a chat today with Julia. Have a nice evening walk and a stout on the porch for me!