Figured that I’d go with a bit of a personal update to my blog, as it’s been a while since I’ve done one.
Recently, life has been hurtling by at an absolutely manic place, and at the moment I feel thoroughly exhausted and a little depressed. Not the best of ways to be.
Work wise, we’re in the process of implementing a brand new financial system called SAP into the company, which basically involves gutting a lot and putting it all back together with the new system integrated into it. Unfortunately, this has meant that I’ve been doing 60+ hour weeks, and I’m not getting a bank holiday at the start of May, as that’s our ‘go live’ date.
I’ve been being terribly social recently too; meeting several new people in the last week alone (mainly thanks to twitter and the lovely folk that I chat to on there).
In the past week, I’ve been to see the musical ‘HAIR’ twice (click here for my review), and have also had some very early mornings getting up in time to get to Wimbledon (as I am going to be working there on behalf of my department during the Championships this summer, and we had some inventory work to get done).
On top of all this activity, I also found time to squeeze in a quick trip (April 21 – 22) back home to Manchester with my Aussie pal Ryan, something I’d been looking forward to for months.
To give you a bit of background (though I am sure I’ve discussed this before), Ryan and I have been chatting online for eons (around 10 years) and were probably pioneers for global friend making via the internet back in the day. Anyway, skip forward 10 years, and after 18 months in England, Ryan announces that he needs to go back home as his work visa is about to run out – boo!! Thus, I decided that I definitely wanted to drag him around my hometown before he went back!
Hotel wasn’t too bad (we Travelodge’d it, meaning the entire trip, including train, was only £36.50 each – bargain!), and the weather was gorgeous, if not deceptively chilly! (I think we spent more time complaining about the chill than anything else heh).
Actually, I lie… Ryan saw a stunning (but expensive) coat in a shop called Intro on Deansgate, which he bought, and didn’t stop chatting about ALL THE FREAKIN TIME heh. Pleased he was so excited about it; was a really nice coat and a fab momento of the trip. I’ve tried to search for a picture of the coat online so that you can all see how awesome it was, but alas no joy.
Of course, in the evening, we made the obligatory forage into the Village for drinks, and started off with several nice shooters in a deserted Baa Bar (at £1 each, it’d be cheeky not to, right?!).
As pictured above, we had a couple of Bakewell Tarts, a Brain Damage thing for me (complete with icky lumps!) and we got something that looked rather potent for Ryan (lots of bright colours went in, but it still came out clear – erk!), called an Assassin. I also had a cheeky Traffic Lights too (they’ve always been my fave).
Afterwards, I took him across to Via, as all Mancunians know that this is the best way to get those non-Mancunians to gasp in amazement heh. Lovely venue and it had the desired effect! After a few cheap rounds (£6.30 for Strongbow and a pint of beer) we decided to head back early to try to catch up on some sleep as we were both shattered (and thus avoiding the need to humiliate myself with my lack of dance skills at Cruz heh!!).
Thursday was a nice chilled out day, we wandered around the shops after a much appreciated late lie in, and also went to see Alice In Wonderland as we’d both missed seeing it back when it was released – a good film, but not worth the wait. As always, AMC Cinemas were deserted, hurrah.
Ate so well whilst I was away that I felt like a right piggy! I’m not used to eating so well – so many restaurants and the eating of ‘proper’ cooked food!
Alas, as I was feeling so tired, I fear that I may not have been the best of company, however I hope that Ryan enjoyed himself and seeing the City. I know that I had a marvellous time, and it was awesome to get to spend some time with him before he has to go back (*mumbles about stupid immigration policy and Commonwealth citizens etc etc*)
(and yes eagle-eyed viewers, this picture was taken in the exact same spot as the photo that I use for my blog header was taken! These glass blue circles have become infamous, with everyone I go to Manchester with insisting they get pictures by them too heh.)
One of the funniest moments of the trip came right at the end, as we were leaving the train at London Euston (on which, incidentally, I discovered that I’m pants at playing Checkers). Literally, as I was stepping off, a lady whizzed past with a baby in a push-chair. The baby had this really weird grin on its face, and it’s hair had been done up in what I can only describe as ‘twiglets’ (or something out of In The Night Garden!!) I know it was rather rude, but it was late, and I couldn’t help myself – I pointed and guffawed very loudly!!
Laughed could be a bit of an understatement…. shall we agree on I had uncontrolled hysterics? 😛 I’d best come clean about this now, as I know that Ryan has part of my hysterics on camera, so I can’t fib! It must have taken me about ten-to-fifteen minutes to regain my composure and to be able to walk properly!!
I’ve come away from the trip feeling very confused, which is how I always tend to feel. I miss Manchester immensely now that I live in London, and a large part of me is already ready to move back there. Of course, life is never that simple.
Looking ahead to the next week or so, all I have in my diary is work, work, work, so I’m struggling to remain positive if I am honest. Tired, depressed and glum (booo), but I’ve also had some really fab moments mixed in along the way too, which have really helped.
Feel free to leave me nice comments below / nice emails via ‘Contact Me’ to help cheer me up 😉
PS – this post was written whilst listening to La Ritournelle by Sebastien Tellier- a fabulous song that was also featured in Ugly Betty Series 3 (Ep11) . It’s a song that I am really liking at the moment, I love the instrumental bit, especially with the prominent piano sound… it’s become my ‘thinking’ music.