On Friday night I met up with Justine and Lucy and others and we had drinks at a nice pub and then went to dinner at a Vietnamese Restaurant. Justine is leaving the country today (I think) and she is going to Vietnam to stay with her friend Mikey who is getting her work on the English-language newspaper he works for. It’s such a shame that Justine has to leave when I feel I have only just arrived but she has used up her one year of work allowed on a working holidaymaker visa and her employer isn’t willing to sponsor her to stay in the job. This could happen to me but I may have an out with my partner being a UK citizen!
The evening was also a farewell of sorts for Lucy who is moving from Brighton (so close to London) to Edinburgh on September 1. I think she is a little worried about having to start up again in a new place. I have faith in her ability to find and become friends with like-minded people. She did ask a few times how soon I was booking a flight to Edinburgh to visit!
I also got to talk to a woman called Natalie who I knew years ago when we were both involved with the University of Queensland Student Union back in 1998-1999.
On Saturday Paul and I went into town and bought books. We really should stop with all the book-buying but we are total book-lovers. I bought a great comic by Julie Doucet called My New York Diary and have finished it already. She is cool. I will have to check out more of her stuff. I also ordered a book (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern Issue 13) that I just can’t wait to get. A hardcover book with a selection of the latest and greatest in American comics, the book jacket is a poster designed by Chris Ware who wrote and illustrated Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth which was an incredibly moving and sad and funny look at the dysfunctional relationships of three men – father, son and grandfather. The McSweeney periodicals were started by and edited by Dave Eggers and they’re a collection of writing he thinks is good and literature-like. But I think Chris Ware and Dave Eggers both edited this edition. I can’t wait to get it. But everytime I buy a new book I think about how I’ll have to ship it back to Australia when I go.
On Sunday I indulged my nesting instinct and went to Ikea for reading lamps and Argos for bed linen. It’s so nice to not have to be sleeping between sleeping bags now!
Monday was a bank holiday in the UK (I’ve no idea what that means but it’s a public holiday). I went back to Ikea as I didn’t realise that my lamps didn’t come with bulbs and my brother Steve and his girlfriend Sophie came to visit, as they had not yet seen our new place in Ealing.
Another thing we did over the long weekend was watching season 2 of Lost. Paul and I only started watching on TV halfway through season 2 and have since watched all of season 1 by getting it from the library. Our new flatmates have season 2 so we got into that from the beginning. It’s such a great soap opera. It sucks you in. The only problem is it can be quite slow-moving which is frustrating at times. But it’s been great to catch up on all the stuff we’ve missed.
Last night I had some upsetting dreams. In one of them I was really depressed and couldn’t do much. I’ve had a number of dreams like that. Because in the past I have been incapacitated from depression, I often worry about getting depressed again. I guess I just gotta do what I know is right for keeping me healthy – mentally and physically. I’m actually thinking of joining a gym. I gotta price them to see if I can afford it.
Anyway, better get going.