Well then, here we are at entry number 200. I said at the end of the 100th Entry that I hoped things would change for the good of the mind. Little did I know that life would be so much better now than then.
That entry wasn’t actually the lowest I got to. That was probably New Years Eve, when I drove home from work crying, wondering what the hell was the point in my life. I wasn’t going anywhere, I didn’t have any idea of what to do next and no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t think of Fran as just a friend. So I made the decision that I’d stop talking to her for a while. The 100th entry came when I was making progress in getting better.
So enough of that, what about now? I don’t think things could actually be much better. I know who reads this, so I’ll try not to enthuse too much about Kate, but she’s great to be with. No one has ever made me laugh as much as she does. I can make her laugh. Even my parents have commented that there is a lot of laughter about when we’re together. So yeah. I won’t go into details, but I’m very, very happy.
What about work? It’s ok. It looks like I’m going to get to work on the projects I want to work on, and I’ve just had a glowing appraisal and a surprisingly good pay review. That should help me sort the last thing I want to change – moving out. Don’t get me wrong, living with the parents is nice, but you know, 22 is probably the limit on when it starts becoming a bit odd to live with your parents. I don’t think buying is viable at the moment, simpley because I don’t think I could get the sort place I want to live on my own, and I’ve always planned on buying when I’ve got someone to buy with. So I’ll be seeing what I can rent and save some money to get a house at some point. How grown up. Worryingly I was also thinking about putting some of my new wages in the pension. Eek! So will I have that sorted by 300 entries? Well, it’s taken 9 months to make the next 100 entries, so possibly. We’ll have to see.
In unrelated news, I picked up the new Green Day album, American Idiot. Oh, my, god. The last album, Warning, was awful. It wasn’t Green Day, or at least, not why I like Green Day. I’m sure to some people it was good, but I got into Green Day in 1998 with Nimrod, and Warning just didn’t do anything for me.
American Idiot, though, is something different. I’d already thought of it as a Punk Rock Opera, because themes play out across the whole album, there are characters, highs, lows and a story. 2 songs weigh in at over 9 minutes, and are made up of chapters. I know essentially, this is not a new idea, but as far as I’m aware it’s not been done in Punk before. It’s not something I expected from Green Day. They of the 3 power chord rock. They’ve absolutely blown me away, this is without doubt, the best album I own. I cannot stress enough, even if you don’t like punk, you have to at least listen to this album once, if you don’t, you’re doing a disservice to yourself. My god. I’ve got to go listen again. It’s only like 20 times now since I got it on Monday…