Looking back over March during this first week of April, and I can pretty much say that it was up to standards.
Work has been pretty much up to standard. Some good days, some bad. My contract had got extended to the end of April, rumours are in the air that might be till June but I don’t want to risk it. I have an interview with Sainsbury’s on Friday just in case M&S don’t keep me on for a few months more. Yet I have to wear the new uniform (which looks like the Asda uniform?!) two weeks before my contract’s up?! Surely that’s a sign that they’re keeping me on?
Things with Already Heard are going superbly as usual! I’ve reviewed some great releases and shows, but the biggest step up would have to be interviews. I’ve done three e-mail interviews for the site; one has been published (Let’s Talk Daggers), another about to be published (Propagandhi), and one which I’m still waiting for in terms of answers (Rat Attack). Considering I’m talking about March, I’ll focus on Let’s Talk Daggers as that went really well; it felt great to be providing coverage on a great new British band plus questions were pretty straight forward. I think I’ve got the hang of e-mail interviews, now all I need is to attempt a face to face one.
With most of my fellow writers bailing out due to lack of funds, it looks like I’ll be doing the rounds at Groezrock this year. It’s not a problem as I like working on my own, besides I was probably the one who saw the most bands at Hevy Fest last year providing plenty of coverage for the live review. So yeh I’ll be on my tod but it’ll be a great experience seeing some great bands but if you’re going, let me know and we can chill; I won’t bite.
On to personal things, it was my 21st last month. It’s weird because at this age I should be identifying myself as an ‘adult’ but it doesn’t register with me. I still feel like a ‘kid’; sure I’m making ‘adult’ decisions but the actual tag just doesn’t feel right with me.
Anyway, I went for a simple approach in terms of celebration; went for a nice meal with my family, and went out to town with a few mates. It was nice; short, sweet, simple, and that’s how I like it.
I didn’t get hammered or trashed which is the norm for most 21st birthdays but I just like being sober. Despite pressure from one person, I just used the normal excuse of “I don’t feel like drinking/I’ve got work” which was true as I did have work but in general, I just feel like I’ve gotten to a point of stopping drinking altogether. Having Asperger’s and an illness like diabetes just really causes havoc on my mood, and it’s exhausting. I might have the odd drink every now and then to take the edge off or boredom away, but I’m certainly close to the above statement.
Overall I’m happy and content despite one or two issues that need ironing out.
Also managed to see some great bands including Make Do and Mend, The Bouncing Souls, Daylight, Luther, Cancer Bats, Nai Harvest, The Sinking Feeling, Elk Blood, Cheap Girls, Brutality Will Prevail, Gnarwolves, Great Cynics, Broadway Calls, Chain of Flowers, and more.
Let’s see what April brings!
PS I need to start reading more, listening to my vinyl more and playing guitar more!