Saturday, 29 October 2011

Oh Please, Take Even MORE Time Why Don't You


Where to begin with my apologies. How about wiiiith, oh yeah, I started working over the summer but had to leave after a few days to take some resits... So that was fun. Well, revise for the resits.

And a little while later (after passing, PHEW), university started! And we didn't have internet for a while and....blah blah, "all that matters is we're here now, safe and healthy" etc. Ahem. So glad I've been able to explain this absence of mine in such an articulate manner.

So HELLO! Reclaimed my blog, and here we are. University. Stage 2. What's so interesting about this year is that I HAVE A HUGE NUMBER OF BOOKS IN MY ROOM. And only TWO are fiction! Damn this. Anyone want to share their uni book bill? Last year all my chemistry books were given for free and all I needed to spend was £52. But THIS year? £140-ish. Woo!

Oh come on Emad, you can start off your first blog post in over 2 months with something more interesting than your reading list bill!

Fine, what else...

I made this pizza ages ago! Yay!

And I saw this HUGE snail in my garden, also ages ago! (Seriously, the picture doesn't do justice to how disgustingly big this thing was...)

Good 2011 films I have seen since my last post...hmm, Drive! Twice! AWESOME. Just superb. Crazy Stupid Love! Contagion! Ides of March soon I think... Maybe I saw a "summer blockbuster" but it was so good I have forgotten. Oh, Bridesmaids. Aaand...yep.

Summary time: Drive is sensational, no questions. From the opening scene and credits all the way to the final moments, this stylish and violent film is a new favourite. Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks are brilliant. Crazy Stupid Love is hilarious, especially with that excellent cast. Contagion was great, with tense moments throughout, especially as it didn't feel dumbed down at any point. And Bridesmaids was good but considering the raves it was receiving at its time of release... It's still good! Just not as good as The 40-Year-Old Virgin or Knocked Up.

So, university. Stage 2. Of 3. So far, good! Chemistry labs, despite seemingly to take the world to complete each one, have been 80+% so far, so woo to that. But the work load is just enormous. Which is why I have been continuously updating my podcast playlist. How about that. And my current library loan count is...11. I think. Just pfft! But the enjoyment is still there. As is the case with the "Developing Graduate Skills" module where we were assigned to write a job description of the profession we intended to get into after we graduate, along with a covering letter and a CV. Totally didn't sleep at around 3:45am the other day with a 9am start. So fun! Medicine thoughts. Also fun. But you know, postgraduate biology (not the chemistry...!) looks fun too!

Steve Jobs passed away. Hmm, sadness. I've been looking forward to reading the biography ever since it was announced, this makes it even more interesting to read. But new life emerged in technology in the form of Nokia! Totally into getting a Windows phone, finally.

Oh, there was an Eid about two months ago! And there is one next week. Ah, time flies...

So once again, my apologies but I am definitely alive and all the rest of it. To the bloggers whose blogs I read: I have been reading them! Along with fascinating textbooks. And I promise to have interestingness updated here on a more regular basis, ahem.

If there were other interesting stories to share, I apologise but I have forgotten about them. Meaning you shouldn't know I have/had them to share. Creepy!

Oh, and a final note: I made an attempt at kidney beans and rice last week! Because I am indeed a fan of kidney beans. However, there was a tiiiiiny problem with the end result. How can I say this... It tasted un-nice? So yeah... I did take a picture but...just no!

I leave you with this great song. It was going to be a Westlife one but what can I say, I'm just too upset to talk about it. Instead I am listening to them as I post this. With tears streaming down my face. Further sadness.


Rosie said...

1. YUM @ that pizza. I want it.
2. EW @ that slug. If this was France you could've stuck a shell on and exchanged it for the price of your uni books.
3. WOO @ that song. Takes me back to the good ol' days when we'd all sit around being apathetically depressed about how no one understood us and making our eyes look Egyptian...

Well done for passing resits! Sorry about your massive uni books bill, but I guess they will help you with life. Hopefully.

Welcome back to the blogging world!

itscomplicated said...

Hello stranger!! You know I very nearly posted a comment on your (and Humaira's) blogs asking if you were ok!

I don't even want to think about how much I've spent on uni books over the past 3 years. Each medicine book is around £40...Probably in the region of £500 in 3 years...gulp...

That pizza looks amazing.

Yey to passing resits :) Yey to getting uber amazing marks in your chem labs :)

I haven't seen any of the films you mentioned...

Good to have you back :D

Aunty Em said...

Hey Emad! Great to have you back. Well done on passing exams but i feel for you going back to more chemistry... I get the feeling you are not a fan. Good to look ahead though and think Medicine! Humaira is well but is drowning in cannulas, text books and lecture notes. Im tempted to threaten her in writing her blog for her! That will bring her back. Hope you dont mind me posting a comment, but its been far too long. Love the pizza, not the slug, songs great, watch it! im a devastated westlife fan...

Purple Pyro said...

Yeah, alright, I'm right here! No need to threaten me, it's written dammit! :P

Well Emad, your apology is noted. You're forgiven, but will I ever forget @_@

YOU PASSED :D Wooooooo!

Your textbook bill is ridiculous. Pfft. Though I've probably spent that amount on textbooks too, and haven't used any of them except the anatomy one.
Awwesome pizza :D And horrendous slug. Seriously. What the hell. Don't snails have shells? :S
Glad the enjoyment is still there! And glad to hear you did that CV etc all by yourself. With no help. Pffft. ¬_¬
Steve Jobs...yes. Oh, I read the eulogy by his sister. It was sad :(
Obviously also cut up about Westlife (memories of them constantly playing in Aunty Em's car etc). And obviously, great song there. :D


Emad said...

@Rosie: Come and have the pizza lol. And oh dear, please don't remind me that people eat the things. Every time it rains, my house is usually surrounded by 50 of them in the driveways. Eww!
And that song is great! Who said looking like an Egyptian was a bad thing =P And thanks, glad to be back online and back at uni under happy circumstances!

@ItsComplicated: Oh yeah, books are stupidly expensive. Last year's most expensive was about £50 and this year (so far) it's £46 or something around that. DAMN BOOKS!
And watch those films damnit =P

@Aunty Em: HELLO! Woo to finally commenting here - we now have two locations to make new forums lol. Oh yeah, SOME people find chemsitry easy don't they - you should tutor uni students! =P Oh Humaira's always banging on about something or other, we'll laugh about her in full some time in the future I hope lol. And of course, feel free to comment any time! =) But is the pizza up to your very high standards?? =P

@Hummus: HELLO. Oh the number of apologies you owe ME Hummothy, let's not even go there...ahem.
Snails/slugs, who cares. They're all ewwy, especially the shelled variety as you know you've stood on one after hearing a loud crunch. Just eww!
And what can I say, I did a great job on my CV and covering letter with no help at all... =P
Oh ja, I read the eulogy this morning too, very sad.
Which Westlife songs? =P

Aunty Em said...

Awww that is very sweet, I would love to comment again. i am extremely busy with things at the moment hence the late reply. You have far too much confidence in moi, I love chemistry but teach it? Hmmm not sure about that one, especially integration and differentiation... jeez. Have you done that as part of the applied maths part yet? I fluked that entire module. :P Pizza looks delish, seriously! But I did once make a pizza with proper pizza dough, like with yeast and everything and it was amazing. Did you use mozzarella cheese for the topping? A must! But you and Humaira seem to be budding cooks so its cule. Have a great week and Eid Mubarak!

Emad said...

@Aunty Em: Oh that's okay! Whenever/if you get a chance to comment I will be super happy so do not worry! Oh, teach chemistry! And the maths... Well, we just flew past vectors as part of Fourier transformations in the crystal structure determination part of structural chemistry module...? Yeah, we can avoid talking about heavy chemistry if it scares you to think back lol, scares me all the time!
Oh I've never tried making pizza with real dough et all! Oh, mozzarella of COURSE! =P
Oh nein, Humaira can of course actually cook. And she should. Because she is a woman! I am joking of course, just said that to annoy her =P
And thank you, Eid Mubarak to you too! =)