the monday update

A good Monday morning to you.

Now that the holidays have come and gone and things are relatively back to normal, I thought I would continue on with my Monday tradition of offering an Aberdeen update.

– Our weekend began with a touch of home. We had recently found a local Domino’s, so we were all over that on Friday evening. While not as good as my first pizza love, sometimes there is just nothing better than a good slice and a coke.

– Speaking of food, on Saturday morning I woke up with a sense that something great was happening in the kitchen. My nose proved me right as Lauren was preparing some banana and nutella pancakes. Amazing. 9 out of 10 doctors recommend this breakfast, by the way.

– After an entirely sunny week, the weather on Saturday was rubbish, with high winds and a constant chance of rain. We decided to relax a bit in the morning. I read a chunk of A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon, which I am really enjoying. After lunch, we walked over to the Aberdeen Beach Leisure Centre for a swim. It was nice to be in the warm pool [made extra warm by all the kiddies, no doubt] and we even hit the slide a few times. We came home and prepared a lasagna for supper, which was also very tasty. Good weekend for food around here apparently.

– That evening we went and saw Slumdog Millionaire. I had been hearing good things about this movie for weeks, and was not at all disappointed. Directed by Danny Boyle [also directed Millions], is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year old boy from the slums of Mumbai. He is just one question away from winning 20 million rupees on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, and when accused of cheating, he reflects back on his life and the true reason why he is on the show in the first place. It can be funny and heart breaking all at the same time, and ultimately strikes just the right balance between being plausible enough to be believed and fantastical enough to capture your imagination to believe that anything truly is possible. And apparently it won big at the Golden Globes last night. 100% worth going to see.

– I was wishing I could have been home to watch the NFL action from this weekend. Am I to believe that the Eagles and Cardinals will be facing off in the NFC Championship? Wild. Of the four teams left, I will be rooting for the Eagles, not only because my old roommate is a huge fan, but also because I do like Donovan McNabb and would love to see him finally win the big game. Either way, I’ll be rooting for the NFC team. Now I just have to find a way to watch the Superbowl.

– I actually did spent part of yesterday evening watching football. I hit up our local pub to take in the second half of the Chelsea / Manchester United match. Disappointing result, and the topic of European football and my new found affinity for it will be addressed in a post sometime this week.

– Other than Saturday, the weather over here has been quite pleasant lately. I had been preparing myself for constant gloom and rain throughout the winter, but the next few days are meant to be sunny [high of 9 today], and already you can tell that the days are getting longer. Cannot and will not complain about Scottish winters so far.

Well, that’s the kind of weekend it was here in Aberdeen. It was a nice little break from studies and work for Lauren and I. And now it’s Monday. I will be writing my first exam on the 19th, and one other on the 21st, so this week will be jammed with studying. I am a person who would much rather write a paper than study for exams, but that’s how they roll over here, unfortunately. Last week I studied in about five different spots to make it all a bit less mundane, so maybe I’ll try that again this week.

Time to hit the books.



    • JT
    • January 12th, 2009


    Eagles – They didn’t just win, they absolutely trounced the Giants. Completely shut down their offence, wow.

    Slumdog – Good flick and yes, I saw them win a couple awards last night.

    (Real) Football – Glad to hear your growing to appreciate it.

    Hope the exams go well…praying for you guys.


    • j
    • January 14th, 2009

    I knew you were a Eagle fan deep down inside. I guess it just goes to show you, spend enough time with someone and you will pick up their bad habits.

    hope things are going great for and the Mrs.
    peace Edogg

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