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Friday, October 08, 2004

'I missed the good part then I realised...'

C. is away on business in China for a week from Saturday, and I've been trying to work out what to do with the gaping hole that this will leave in my downtime at home. It's amazing how much time (in a good way) being in a relationship sucks up - when C. is away I always seem to be almost entirely at a loose end.

I'm not very good at sitting still when I'm on my own - no sooner do I sit down to do something, than I start getting restless and thinking about what I'm going to do next, and then before I know it, I've got up to start to do it. Watching a football match is out of the question - I won't be able to concentrate on it as my brain will be racing (and generally what I will do instead is stick the radio on, so I can do something else whilst listening to the game at the same time.

Ok - sure it'll give me a load of time to Play Tiger Woods 2005, pootle about the internet, read my book, go and see my friends etc. etc. - but I'll miss her for sure.
One of the things that I will definitely do is try and catch up on my DVD watching and CD listening. It's been a little while since I've rambled on here about what's flicking my switch musically at the minute (yeah - okay, so I know I've rambled *elsewhere* about it, but that doesn't count, ok?)

Bonus discs are generally a waste of time, but one that I can happily endorse is the one that came with the most recent Greatest Hits by the Cure - it contains acoustic versions of all 18 tracks, recorded specially for the album, and it's brilliant. Actually, it's probably worth buying the album for. I had it on last night when I was cooking the sausages, and it reminded me what a fantastic band The Cure are.

Other CDs/songs that have floated across my stereo/IPod this week are:
- The Futureheads - The Futureheads
- Interpol - Antics
- The Smiths - Meat is Murder (it's all to do with Rusholme Ruffians and the Goose Fair)
- The Hives - Tyrannosaurus Hives (in the gym - it ROCKS!)
- Led Zeppelin - 'The Immigrant Song' (my favourite Zep song by absolutely miles - and I still love this link!)
- Snow Patrol - 'Wow' (which I heard in the background on "Six Feet Under" unless I am very much mistaken)
- The Vines - 'Get Free' (again, because it ROCKS)
- Johnny Cash - 'One' (yes the U2 one - because of something Serena Wombat said on her blog)

I also plan to make the time to sit and watch:
- The Star Wars Trilogy
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- Shaun of the Dead
- Donnie Darko
- Black Books series 3

It'll be weird to be in an empty house for a whole week though.


  • At 2:52 pm, Blogger John said…

    No house with a Black Books DVD in it was ever empty.

    Love the Zep kittens - particularly the one claiming to be my overlord.

  • At 3:56 pm, Blogger Bee said…

    "Tyrannosaurus Hives" - thanks for reminding me, that's one of the many (many many many) albums I've been wanting to get recently.

    "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" - fantastic film. Michel Gondry is one of my heroes. There's a DVD of all the pop videos/adverts etc that he's done - have you seen it?


    I saw it in the (local arthouse) cinema and thought it was brilliant. He's a very, very clever and creative man ... if slightly loopy.

  • At 4:38 pm, Blogger Soaring said…

    As well as turning on every electrical appliance in the house, one other tactic might be to make cardboard cut-outs of all your friends and put them on display in the window a la Bugsy Malone and other daft movies. Then turn of all the lights except for lava lamps, fairy lights, mirrorball and disco spinners. It may make you feel less at home. Otherwise, you could always invite actual friends around to inhabit your living room, eat the entire contents of your refrigerator, including condiments and generally stumble around trying not to pee in the pot plants after sliding down the bannisters into a pyramid of beercans. Unless, of course, living in coupledome has stripped you of all those as well.

    BTW - thanks for adding me to your links. If I could figure out how to do that, I would have added you by now too, but I'm not quite sure where in my template I should post the urls. I tried it and it didn't work. Shame.

  • At 5:41 pm, Blogger SwissToni said…

    Yeah - I've seen all of those films & things before. As I said somewhere below, I'm something of a hoarder... I've loads of DVDs I've never watched, but I don't think I have many that I've never seen at all.

    I loved "Eternal Sunshine....". I realise this remark won't sell it to anyone who hasn't seen it before, but at it's core, it's really very romantic, and gave me quite a warm feeling.

    And as for inviting my mates around to inhabit my living room - I do have a few of them who haven't abandoned me as lost to couple-dom (I went to Athens with them in August actually - without g'f). The only time I have them actually inhabiting my house is the weekend of the Trent Bridge test match... and yes, your description of what they do is pretty near the mark, including eating the condiments.

  • At 6:12 pm, Blogger Mike said…

    Hi Swiss - watched "Eternal Sunshine" on plane over here and it was brilliant. Hope your week goes well. Sounds like you'll be royally entertained.


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