Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Journal entry

Listening to: 'Rain On Me' by Cheryl Cole [3 Words]

In exactly 4 weeks' time (pretty much down to the hour) I will be touching down at Bandaranaike International Airport. Can I get a wooooooooo hooooooooo?! Thank you. One or two of you will know that I was rather apprehensive about telling my supervisor. This was partly due to my own guilt of taking a break so close to the end of my PhD, and partly due to the fact that the last time I was faced with this situation, the response I got was...
Well I'm not going to tell you not to go, but you know how much work needs to be done...
See why I was scared? Well today's conversation went rather differently...
Me: Could you have a look at my experimental plan for the next few weeks? I'm going home for Christmas and I'd like to make sure I'm on track to finish soon...
Sup: Hmm yup that looks ok...when are you leaving?
Me: Erm...*gulp*...the 8th
Sup: OK let's meet on the 7th morning then
Huh? That's it? Just like that? No disappointed face? No guilt trip? Are you sure you're feeling ok?! Hmm maybe I should just smile and leave before he changes his mind. That was a lot easier than I'd planned.

So anyway, now I'm letting myself get slightly excited about the trip. Two weddings (one family, one friend), one school reunion, a few days out of Colombo (I'm pushing for Galle, need to work on Daddy Dearest), some sari shopping, SS and her sis visiting, fish curry! And of course time to spend with friends and family. I'm sure as hell not gonna let this tiny issue of a wisdom tooth extraction get in the way of my enjoyment. Although I am wondering when I'm actually gonna get a chance to sleep, get cuddles from my parents and watch TV! Hmm...

Now the flipside of all this is, I have a ton of work to get done before I go home. But I'm lazy. It's grey, wet and cold, and I'm sneezing. Not a good combination, I tell you. But I have to motivate myself somehow. The sooner I get this done, the sooner I can finish my PhD. I'll get through this! I can do thi...*achchooooo*!!! Sigh.

In the meantime, I've got Cheryl Cole's album on repeat. Now all you self-appointed music connoisseurs can pipe down: this is manufactured pop at its best. Cheryl is the Nation's Sweetheart, and no matter what the cynics say about it all being a PR stunt, I'm well and truly under the spell of those dimples, and I'm happier for it. In fact, with the absolute disaster that is JEdward, Cheryl's becoming the only reason to watch X Factor on the weekend (although Joe is incredibly sweet and Olly is quite charming...surprisingly sexy even, in an unassuming way...it's those moves, man *swoon*). Danyl and Jamie just get on my nerves. Lloyd is fit (he's 16 so it's not illegal to say that) but he can't sing well enough. And Stacey can sing, and she's decent-looking...but OMG is she ditzy or what?! Last year we had Alexandra, JLS (I swear Marvin is hawwwt), Diana, Laura...this year is such a disappointment in comparison.

But back to Cheryl's album. I didn't really like 'Fight For This Love' when it first came out, but now I adore it. As for the rest of the album...well the stand-out track for me is '3 Words'. I can just picture it being played (remixed by someone like Calvin Harris, probably) in some sweaty club in Ibiza. The bass line is so heavy...just perfect. Will.i.am's thumbprint is all over the album, but that's not such a bad thing. The lyrics are cringeworthy, and yeah there's a fair bit of autotune, but who cares? The songs make me feel good. That's what matters to me.

Right I better get ready for bed if I wanna wake up on time tomorrow.


  1. But I'm lazy. It's grey, wet and cold, and I'm sneezing. Not a good combination, I tell you.

    LOL.. dont worry, the sunshine of home will fix that :D

  2. Chee, she is as pop as pop gets. Bad, PR! BAD!

    *closes window to download album*
    I laike Rain on me!

    And here, why aren't we included in this itinerary of yours while in SL?!
    *looks miffed*

  3. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa hooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!
    Have a good time!
    Me going at the end of the year too!

  4. WOOOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!! :D and I'm pretty sure your supervisor reads this blog btw! ;) lol

    get better soon and good luck with the work! :)

  5. LOL. Now then, who is not coming home for Christmas? Well, hope everything goes well and you’d be able to finish all the stuff.

  6. its awesome that you're coming for christmas. all of my friends are coming as well, needless to say, i can't wait for december. :)
    anyhoo, try not to let the weather get to you. hope you get your work done. good luck!

  7. Another blogger meet up seems inevitable and I won't be there! But meh!

    Cheryl Cole is BAD! (as in good bad!). I love her choon! Yes I am the epitome of pop but sometimes it's so bad (as in bad bad), that you have to love it!

  8. Fish Curry? Ur excited abt Fish curry???

    Lol finish up and enjoy the holidays! Saree shopping ftw! *Cant believe I actually used tht acronym

  9. Gehan - I hope you're right! :-)

    Sabby - :D See...'tis catchy no? :D And you're not included 'cos we haven't finalised anything yet! But yes, I'm scheduled to kick Jerry's ass at karaoke no? ;-)

    Sach - thanks! You too! :-)

    Chavie - Hahaha I seriously doubt it :-). Thanks!

    Serendib_Isle - hehe :-) Thanks!

    gutterflower - :-) Yeah December tends to be the month of choice for trips home...it gets so busy though! And thanks, I'll try! :-)

    Scrumpy - well if you get your ass on a train up to Cambridge, we can have a blogger meet up of our own, missy! :P Although not now, the weather is dire.
    I love your distinction between 'good' bad and 'bad' bad :D And yeah, gotta love the cheese!

    Cadence - yes!!! I haven't had fish curry in almost a year! And I used to hate fish when I was at home. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, I guess.
    And as for the use of the acronym...OMGWTFBBQ!!! :D


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