So Here We Are - a life update post.

I suppose quite a lot has happened lately that I haven’t mentioned on here but my memory is pretty awful though so I’ll just see what comes to me.

Ashley and I went down to London for the day a couple of weeks ago, she had a photoshoot thing to go to and I tagged along. We couldn’t afford to stay, or travel in any style so we needed to get a nightbus there and the same again back. That meant more than 16 hours of travel for 14 hours in London which was horrible. Thankfully the weather was good down there, we got to spend a little time in Camden and I got to wander around Spitalfields which was fun. Hopefully we can go back again soon and spend a few days there.

I got an A again this year in college. That means I’m officially going to GSA next year which is exciting but pretty daunting too. It’s a big commitment, I guess I just need to have faith in myself that I can do well and make it a worthwhile experience. It’s probably the best opportunity I’ve ever had to do something truly special so I’m determined to make the most of it. I’ll post my end of year project sometime soon.

Jamie came back from England this weekend for a while so on Saturday a few of us got together and had a pretty decent night out. Started out at Brewdog, had some Sink the Bismarks, thoroughly enjoyed it as always, had a curry, hit Sleazy’s for a bit and then finished at the casino.

On Sunday Ashley and I went swimming with my sister, niece and nephew. It was the first time the kids had been and it was great to see them splashing around and having so much fun in the water. Sunday night I went to Grant's and watched the football with him and Jamie. The game was pretty spectacular really so obviously that was good.

Can’t remember what else has happened lately really so that’ll do for now.

Currently reading: Hemingway - A Farewell to Arms

forever ago.

Well it’s been quite a long time since I’ve written anything on here. I can’t be bothered going into everything so I’ll just see what comes to mind.

Last weekend I went to visit Jamie and Lauren in Rugby (just outside Birmingham). Me, Mikey, Kari, Lyndsey and Iain drove down (about 6 hours) and stayed at his. We travelled on the Friday evening and back on Sunday so only really spent the Saturday with them. Mostly we sat in the local pub, had some great food and chat and drank lots of beer. It was good just to relax and not stress about anything; exactly what I needed.

Up until that weekend I felt like I hadn’t stopped moving in weeks. I don’t know why but I just didn’t get much of a break so I was exhausted. This week has been much better though, just chilled out and I feel a lot better. There are still a lot of things that are swimming around my head but I just dont care all that much, I’ll deal with them when I come to them but for now I’m happy and relaxed for the first time in quite a while.

Two things I would like to resolve soon are; 1. I still haven’t finished 1Q84 and 2. I haven’t shot enough lately, I’ve been too tired to shoot for fun but I miss it.

Tomorrow I’m off to Sleazy’s for a birthday thing and maybe the ABC on Saturday so the weekend is looking alright. I start some new classes next week which will probably be stressful but I’m sure I’ll manage.

This has been a pretty poor update but oh well, it’s my blog.

Deceptapunk.

Tonight is Jamie’s leaving night to say goodbye before he heads off to England for his new job. It’ll be strange not having him around; I know he’ll come up and visit a bit but it’s a permanent move and that’ll just be weird to come to terms with. Jamie is just about the sweetest and most kind-hearted person I’ve ever met. I’m really happy for him that all his hard work has paid off, it’ll just be hard to adjust to a Glasgow without him. Well tonight we’re going to give him the send off that he deserves and show him how much he’ll be missed. Warm night, good friends and the ABC; I can’t think of anything better.

Champagne from a paper cup.

A post about a few friends.

A little while ago my friend Jamie discovered that he’d got a job in England with a pretty big car company (which sadly means he’ll be moving away) and last week he graduated with an honours degree. On Sunday I met Haley to go for a few drinks to celebrate her getting into honours. She’ll be studying for another year and getting closer to doing what she wants to do with her life. Today I sat and watched as Nicole graduated with an honours degree in architecture; now she’s going to move to Italy and pursue a career in fashion.

I feel really proud of these friends. Not necessarily because of what they’ve achieved (though of course that’s something to be very proud of) but because I know how hard they each worked for it. It’s no exaggeration to say that it’s inspiring to see the way they work for something that they want.

All this made me think about how people grow up and the ways in which we change. It’s amazing to watch people you’ve known for a long time achieve something that is going to play such a big part in their lives. It makes me feel quite positive about pursuing something that I’m passionate about because my friends are showing me that it’ll work out.

My complete graded unit.

My complete graded unit.

Some portraits of Jamie for use in my graded unit.

Some portraits of Jamie for use in my graded unit.

Went to a barbecue today over on the south side at Alan's; myself, Grant, Haley, Jamie, Scott, Gemma, Mikey, Kari and of course Alan himself who is away to America quite soon. We had beer and burgers and chatted a bit then played some rugby out in the park. I have sunburn and a bit of a sore knee, not to mention dirt all over my clothes but it was more than worth it, an awesome day all round.

Photoshoots, Singapore and Bishop’s Countdown.

A bit of a recap.

On Thursday I met Ellie in the morning to give her a bulb for the studio lights and we sat in the sun for a while until Grant met us and we headed to the studio while Ellie went home to do some shoots of her own. Grant's shoot went fairly smoothly; Haley turned up after a while just to hang out and keep us company and Jamie showed up for his shoot at about half 4. His part of the shoot went by fairly quickly which was good because it was a really nice day outside and I didn’t want to miss it all. I’m happy with the results of both shoots though.

After the studio we picked up some beer and Haley gave us all a lift home and Grant came to my house to sit in the sun and drink beer; Jamie stayed for a couple too but had to head home to get some work done. Was a nice night just relaxing and chatting.

Friday I woke up nice and early, took my time easing into the day and getting ready. At about 1, Andrew and Sam picked me up and we went to Dalmuir park to sit and enjoy the sun. Ellie joined us after a while and it was rather nice until the weather turned a little and ultimately we had to venture inside and rethink our plans. After some deliberation we decided upon Chinese food followed by going to see Thor in the cinema. The chinese food was awesome but I think everyone ate a little too much, leading to some slight feelings of queasiness. Thor was pretty good, thoroughly enjoyable film. It had Idris Elba in it so that sold it for me. After the film, Ellie just managed to catch her bus and Andrew and I got a train home.

Not long after I got home I discussed plans with Grant for going to the cinema that night which left me only about 20 minutes at home, a little less than I would have liked but not a big problem. So we got the train to Scott's and he drove us to the GFT to see Aliens which was wonderful; I haven't seen it in a long time and to see it in the cinema in very high quality was great, I'm astounded by how good a film it is, still the definitive movie in it's genre.

So that brings us pretty much to now. Tomorrow I’m going to a barbecue which should be fun, not been to one in ages. Sunday is my niece’s birthday, she’ll be turning two. I think we’re all going out to dinner for it.

and so it begins

Today I had my first photoshoot for my Graded Unit project. I was really excited about getting it started and the shoot went as well as I could have hoped; really happy with the results. Haley was modelling for me and she did really well; relaxed in front of the camera and always looking for things she could do to get a better photo. Going to get the other shots to go with her portraits soon so that I can get them finished and I’m doing a shoot with Grantand Jamie next week. So far everything is looking good.

A perfect day for..

So last night Nicole asked me to help her with her dissertation which was due to be handed in today. I went to stay with her and Pierre so that I could read drafts and make little corrections. Stayed up until about 4 doing that and talking with Pierre. Woke up about 9ish and got ready to head into the uni building for the final stages. Left Nicole for a while to do her thing and went to Trans-Europe for a coffee and breakfast. Made more corrections, added references and images and all sorts of things like that. Finally got it printed, bound and handed in half an hour before the deadline. Then to Tinderbox for a quick celebratory lunch.

Went home and just had time for a quick shower and a change of clothes before heading back out to meet Kirsty for a wee birthday meal. We ended up at Oko Express where we had udon, rice, tempura and fried gyoza followed by cheesecake. After that we went to Pivo Pivo for a wee drink (double havana 7 and coke) before heading home.

Ran into Grant and Jamie at Partick station so that was cool, wee bit of company for the train and the walk home.

Overall a good night/day/night but by far the best part was Kirsty's birthday gift, probably the best and sweetest present I've ever recieved. I'll post it soon.