Bringing back an old favourite way to post…basically me wittering on as ever…but letting you know what I’m listening to while I do so…
1. The First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
Oh man, I love this song. I like it so much it’s my ringtone. Just beautiful lyrics, that always make me smile. Who can resist a song that contains the lyric “I’d rather be working for a paycheck / than waiting to win the lottery”? Just beautiful.
2. Time Is Running Out – Muse.
Bit of a different mood to this track… It always makes me smile, because it always seems to come onto my iPod when I’m on the train or the tube and it takes all the grown up power I possess to not break out a little dance routine. I love Muse.
So here I am, typing away in my big cosy dressing gown and my truly hideous penguin pyjamas, tired and happy after a lovely, lovely weekend. Once or twice a term my school lets out at lunchtime on a Friday (and considering on other Fridays I work till six *and* have five hours to teach Saturday morning, that’s a big ol’ chunk of extra time), which always sets the scene for lots of fun. This weekend was no exception, and I must confess I was just as chirpy and full of beans as many of my students when the end of classes rolled around….
3. Don’t Panic – Coldplay
I really do like the album ‘Parachutes’. Reminds me of uni.
So, classes are out, and I zip home to change and pack (stopping en route to buy a pirate hat, for no reason other than to fulfil an in-joke), then get to the station in plenty of time for my train down to London. Isn’t it a delicious feeling to be stood on a train platform in the sunshine, with somewhere to go, with a whole weekend ahead of you?
4. God Only Knows – Beach Boys.
This song always reminds me of my friends, and the many blessings they give to me. Brian Wilson’s such a huge talent. What a star!
Train to London, tube across, and then I’m stood there at Euston with time to spare, stood on the concourse as hundreds if not thousands of people march and mill and mope around, waving goodbye, hugging hello, crying, laughing, waiting, watching. I had a half hour to kill before the boy arrived (I’m uber-punctual wherever I can be!) – what to do? Oh look, a branch of Paperchase….
5. Lithium – Nirvana.
Another university memory here….ah, my rock chick phase! Smileyest rocker ever…
Several postcard purchases later, and I perch outside…within five minutes the boy arrives and we head off to board the train up to Lancaster, in the North-West of England. We spend the journey chatting and catnapping and being our normal silly selves, and before we know if, we are up in the north and whizzing off to our hotel for the weekend (which was b.e.a.utiful). Quick change of clothes, and then we were back out the door.
6. Business Time – Flight of the Conchords.
Love this duo – I must catch some of season two before long!
Out the door to explore the campus at Lancaster University (where the boy went for undergradm fact fans! ;)), hit a few bars, see a few sights. Oh man, going to university bars when you’re twenty-eight is a game of extremes – I seemed to spend part of the time going “OH, man, she’s at uni? She looks about twelve” and another part going “That girl looks my age already. Thank you universe for the awesome powers of moisturiser and an addiction to water,” and a small but significant part thinking “Wow. That’s a small dress. She must be freezing!” Haha, I am getting old!
7. Lucky Man – The Verve.
I do like when The Verve do positive!
We went to a few of the college bars, ending the night at the grad bar, where the clientele was far more normal and the mood a little more subdued. Then, back to the hotel of win. Saturday dawned cold and crisp, with grey clouds scattering the sky. What with both of us being at least part northern, this was no deterrent to a grand day out. We started with a big English breakfast and a daylight look round the uni. It’s lovely to hear the boy talk about Lancaster and the uni – he’s so into the place and has such affection for it, it’s contagious. Then we caught the bus into town for a quick pint before our date with the ‘Dolly Blues’.
8. Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson.
This song makes me want to grab a gospel choir and sing.
The ‘Dolly Blues’, I hear you ponder. That would be the team we also call Lancaster City, who were up against Salford City in their league. Yes, I finally saw my first live football match! I’ve watched a tonne on television, of course, but never soaked up a match day proper. And as sheeting northern rain fell down at the match’s onset, there was plenty of soaking up to do! A good match, lots of banter and controversy, brilliant locals watching (only a hundred or so in the crowd, but a great atmosphere), and a 5-3 scoreline to finish (a very very wet and muddy pitch meant there was lots of sliding and interesting challenges going on). It was brilliant – I am genuinely excited for the next game we’re going to see, next week. A thoroughly entertaining afternoon. And then a drink and some dinner in a lovely warm pub before moving on for the evenings entertainment.
9. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Elton John.
Oh man, this so should have come up as number 9. Would have so worked with the Lancaster City chat!
We spent our evening at the Lancaster Beer Festival (my first beer festival, actually – yesterday was a veritable feast of first!), with Mike, a friend from Matthew’s time at LU, Mike’s fiancé Jen, her friend Claire, and Claire’s friend Rich / Chris / Finch / Mit??? (for the life of me, I didn’t catch his name properly and heard many many variants!). Good evening of beer and chat and banter and music. All things I adore. Then back to the hotel for a well earned soak and then a big, big sleep. The last thing I remember saying was something about watching a movie or somesuch….when I woke up it was early morning. Fresh air + walking + beer + nice warm bath= a sleepy Claire!
10. Karma Police – Radiohead.
Have you heard the mix where they splice this with ‘Paper Planes’ by M.I.A.? As this started I was half expecting her to break in….
And then today, a day of tea and chat and passing time, train journeys and the boy being scared of children on the train, lie ins and delicious breakfasts, and just generally having a lovely chilled time. And now, time for emails and dishes and washing my face and bed, because the next week is going to be, in a word, insane.
Have a lovely week, all!