Monthly Archives: August 2012

Summer is flying by

Three weeks of August have already flown by, I’m well into getting my stuff ready for Bangor (in just over a months time!) and I’m still cracking on with my getting healthy plans I’ve had for the last few months.

I started at around 105kg at the end of April and I’ve just weighed myself at 98kg. Awesome, just under half way! I honestly haven’t been trying as hard the last few weeks and I know that I really should get back on it as soon as possible.

Bangor is getting closer and closer by the day, and I swear each week is going by even quicker than the last did. I’ve finally got everything sorted: my course, halls, and a transfer for work. Now I just need to get there, and enjoy Fresher’s week (which I skipped last time.. maybe that’s why I felt I was still at college rather than at uni completing a HND… aside from still living at home, etc)

In other news, I bought yet another gadget. A blue 3DS XL, and it is amazing. I can actually play Mario Kart 7 without getting instant hand cramp. The unit just feels better. The original 3DS felt heavy for its size, but the extra bulk of the XL means the extra weight feels more natural. I haven’t tested out the battery life properly yet, but I can tell you that DS games are much easier to play than they were on the 3DS. Yes they do look a bit pixelated; but at least I can read them now.

I found GTA China Town wars pretty much unplayable but now it’s actually quite good. The Pokemon games were a tad small and blurry (I thought, anyway) even when you had them fill the screen. Heart Gold looks great on the XL’s massive screens.

If anyone actually reads this who has a 3DS leave a comment with your friend code and I’ll add you!
So yeah, 32 days to go!


Officially going to Bangor!

This has been a good week! I got my place at Bangor confirmed/approved and this morning I got confirmation of my halls (and now am considerably more poor than I already was… having to pay £300 deposit!)

Only 45 days to go now (I’m not counting, honestly…) and after this week everything feels that much closer. I’ve been on the phone about a transfer for work, and that’s almost sorted too.

Seriously cannot wait!

Productive Day!

I’ve already done loads today, and it’s only 4pm!
1. Cancelled my Three mobile broadband (after convincing the rep that no I did not want a new laptop, and that no my friends do not wish to take over my account)
– Sent my results transcript to Bangor so they can update my application
– Took my iPad to CeX so I can get some cash for it (Nexus 7, baby!)
– Bought some clear plastic storage boxes so I can start organising the crap that I’m taking to uni
– Ate both a banana and an apple!
– Oh, and I bought Pokemon Conquest because I’m weak willed when it comes to new games. (Arghhh Pokemon BW2 and New Super Mario Bros 2 are coming out soon….. Noooooooo)

Yeah, today has been pretty awesome. I guess because I got up early (well, earlier than I normally would on a day off) and gave myself a list of goals that I was definitely going to achieve. I should do this more often, tbh. The great weather is helping too.

Even though I got OpenTTD working again, and I thought I was going to play it all day… Somehow I didn’t. I think that was the weather… it’s just not right to sit in all day when it’s like this… because it doesn’t last long!

Time for a bike ride in a bit when Dad gets home, around 10 miles tonight I think. Felt bad because I didn’t go after I got in from work yesterday but my legs just screamed “NO” at me every time I thought about going…

Shit bike is no longer shit! Yayyyy.

Took the bike into the store this morning, turns out they’d miss-adjusted it when it was serviced because it apparently has a strange mechanism on it. Whatever it worked! And it was free (rightfully so, I guess!)

I know it’s fixed because I just went on a 25 mile ride with it! And it’s never felt better than it does now! I think the gears were misadjusted from the start because they used to make funky crunchy sounds whenever I changed. No more!


We rode through to Higham and onto Gravesend (via a lovely completely flat cycle path!) where we had the awesome idea to get on the ferry to Tilbury! Which was pretty cool. Not only did we see trains next to the cycle path, we got to see some pretty large ships too. (I can’t help it…) Oh and some really old technology too! Sadly no photos of the trains… I forgot my rugged camera with a neck strap like a moron.

Retro Cash Register

+Laurence Andrews about to be hit in the head by a tanker…
Laurence Andrews  about to be hit in the head by a tanker..

Runkeeper died about an hour before we finished, and I am reminded as to why I shouldn’t listen whilst using the GPS on my phone. Bam. Dead battery.

On the way out we went down a footpath that initially looked pretty cool. It was. Until we picked up some speed. And then the thorns appeared from the trees! My arm looks like it’s been mauled by an army of kittens…. That footpath was a bad idea… At least we avoided a puncture.

Anyway, I just smashed my first cycling goal to have one ride of at least 20 miles between now and the end of August and I’m 25 miles into my 75 mile goal already! Woo. Now I just need to keep it up before I head off to Wales in September.