You don't get what you deserve.
You get what you take.

-Nemi

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

I ain't down here for your love or money, I'm down here for your soul.

It would probably be easier to have another short story compilation, but I'll just try to tie them up somehow.

UK architecture. Looks amazing to a new-comer and I do get nostalgic when looking at it at times. When the sun is out, it's actually even beautiful. Even Aberdeen. BUT. Living in here is another thing. I can't stress enough how much I hate these houses and the non-existing insulation. The windows that let the wind, rain and snow inside. The fact that I have to keep my curtains closed all the time to minimise the draft. Floor-to-floor carpets EVERYWHERE. Luckily in my house there's no carpet in the bathroom but I've seen it. It's disgusting. Leaking roof. The amount of humidity inside the flats. But before a bit over a week ago, I had never experienced the worst so far, the heating breaking down. For over 4 days we had absolutely no heating in our house. 4 DAYS. IN FEBRUARY. UK doesn't hit minus degrees often, but as all Finns know, no matter how cold it is outside, it's always warm inside. But when the house leaks like a Swiss cheese and it's actually occasionally warmer outside than inside, it starts to be a problem. After finishing my Master's, I'm definitely out of Aberdeen. The housing here is absolutely ridiculous. I had to escape the coldness to library and I blame it also to my mild hangover on one morning because I had to go out to in order to go somewhere warm :P At least I got to wear in my new Icebreakers, as it was unthinkable to go to sleep without wearing a base- and mid layer.

Okay, I'm still wearing two layers of merino wool though the heating has been fixed.
Last week I also had another "first", as I went to the MRI-scan for the first time ever. It was surprisingly relaxing. It's odd to say, but I actually enjoyed it. 40 mins of staying as still as possible, listening to music. Needless to say, 5 mins in, I was borderline conscious for the rest of the time.  I had to stay awake after a while because I started to get those annoying falling-asleep-twitches. Now just waiting for the results, whether I have to have another operation or not. But nothing serious should be there.

Despite how much I hate my house, I have to say that the people I live with really make up for it. I love the fact that if I'm feeling really sluggish and sloth-y, no one hardly ever has objections to watching Spongebob or Futurama from tv. (There seems to be ALWAYS at least one channel that shows Spongebob and as some may know, I'm obsessed with Futurama so when ever it's on tv, I'm recording it) In general, I guess it's quite typical for Finns to spend the whole evening in the same room, minding their own business/watching something together, hardly speak at all and at the end everyone thinks that they've had a great night. You can always take the piss out of each other, and everyone just finds it hilarious. Though sometimes it's painfully spot-on but oh well :P

And of course there's our semi-adopted cat, Hitler. You gotta love Hitler.


Hitler doesn't give a fuck.
Next weekend in London again! I might or might not make a post about it, depending on what I'll get up to there. I'd quite like to just chill now between my deadlines.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Moments in Life.

I thought that instead of another descriptive post about my week/month/year, I'll just write down few moments from my recent past.

- Wearing my old Nokia Wellies (<3 a="" and="" bottom="" class="goog-spellcheck-word" old="" rob="" s="" span="" style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% yellow;" tracksuit="">hoodie
to go to the corner shop to buy some crisps and the cashier recognises me from a party few weeks ago, where I didn't maybe behave in the manner expected (or rather, behaved exactly as my, lovely, decadent, self).
- I hurt my wrist when I fell from my chair as I was trying to cuddle the radiator like a cat (my room is like a freezer).

- I am extremely nervous traveller so when I got extremely nervous when my train was badly delayed on Sunday while coming back up from Coventry, especially because it meant that I wouldn't make it to my connecting train in Glasgow, I obviously nearly panicked. Especially since it's UK, I wasn't sure what the procedures here on such occasions are, I got to Glasgow Central station not knowing what was going on (my connection had left 5 mins prior from the Queen Street Station). Luckily the system was same as in Finland, which meant that I got a private TAXI ride from GLASGOW to Aberdeen (for people not knowing much about the Scottish geography, it's 160 miles and about 3 hours ride). But I'm sure Sir Richard Branson can afford it. It was actually quite funny as in the beginning of the ride the driver was really excited but after we made it to my front door at 1:30 am, he was not too excited anymore. I did give him a chocolate bar for the ride home. The total of the ride?
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed, I hoped it would have been more.

- I ordered new running shoes through work, but they might be a bit too large for me. This wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't also the smallest size the company makes... Inov8, if you read this, MAKE SMALLER SHOES. I have quite ridiculously small feet compared to my height. It's kind of my party trick, I take off my shoes and 10 minutes later someone yells "Who has such a tiny shoes here in the lobby?!"

- My Icebreakers have now arrived at work! I might have to show them off in a fashion blog style, just because Icebreaker is cool brand. Though I didn't get my first choices but oh well. It's still free so I can't really complain.

- Having yet another awakening to realise myself after a mixture of great night with friends, overdose of Patti Smith and Bill Hicks and remembering that in the end "it's just a ride". I might have been repressing myself for who knows why and I think it's time to start embracing my natural depraved essence. Not that I've been unhappy or depressed in the same sense like before, Ive actually been very happy with my life recently but it's just shocking what doing the things you actually enjoy of doing do to your mood. Like playing cards against humanity with people who share the same dark sense of humour while drinking red wine.

-LEGO-MOVIE COMES OUT THIS WEEK!!!  I just saw The Wolf Of Wall Street and it was amazing! I dare anyone to point me one bad movie made by Scorsese. But LEGO MOVIE COMES OUT THIS WEEK.

- I had my first class as a Teaching Assistant and I survived! It's quite odd being there in front of the room judged by little people. It was especially weird to realise that I was being taken seriously and the students were actually listening to me. People who know me know that I'm quite ridiculous and like to joke a lot so when I tried to break the ice and only got blank stares from the students, it was really weird feeling.

Cool, now that I got the writing going on again, it feels weird to stop! But I guess I should save something for the next post. Which might even happen within this month! Who knows...