sea_thoughts: (Friendship - mars-mellow)
Hello, everyone!

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sea_thoughts: (DWDonna Searching - 04nbod)
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  • Spent the first two days of February sick. Yaaaay. I'm really hoping that I don't have to take any more time off for at least the next two months.

  • Forgot to mention that I went to Sunday lunch at my friend's house in late January. Similar to my previously mentioned friends, this couple moved into their cottage in the Forest of Dean last year but have only just felt able to invite people around. The cottage is mahoosive and Edgar, their toddler, is a cheeky chops. The roast was amazing.

  • Had Mum's birthday at The Suffolk Kitchen in Cheltenham. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed the food. Mum liked it so much we went back a couple of weeks later to take advantage of their early bird offer - £10 for three small plates or £14.95 for a starter and a main. I had leek and potato soup, then fish of the day. Mum had cured mackerel with horseradish creme fraiche and citrus salad (segments of grapefruit and orange), then mussels in white wine & garlic sauce with chicken goujons.

  • I finally ate out with my friend again after she spent January fighting a resurgence of Crohn's disease. We went to the JRool Bistro in Stroud. We were the only customers in there from the time we arrived (just after eight) until we left (just before ten). Slightly worrying. I hope this was because it was a Thursday evening as it's a great place to eat.

  • I have finally decided that I will go to Cornwall for my holiday this year, but ALONE this time. I realise I didn't actually make an entry about what happened when I went to Cornwall with my friends in September 2015, because it ended up being exhausting on both a physical and emotional level. I may write one later just to get it all out. This time I will be going down by myself and staying in a nice B&B in St Austell, five minutes' walk from the train/bus station.

  • I just found out that the Dulwich Picture Gallery is hosting an exhibition of Vanessa Bell's paintings COMBINED WITH Patti Smith's photographs. I have now bought a ticket to London for April Fools' Day on National Express to see this.

sea_thoughts: (Long Day - bellasinfonia)

  • I managed to lose weight over Christmas somehow. I think it's because I eat less processed food at my parents and I do more walking. Must try and up my physical activity in Gloucester.

  • Spent New Year's Eve at my friends' new house in Twickenham. They moved in late last year but New Year's Eve was the first time they'd had people round. My friend invited loads of people but in the end, only seven of us were there. That was fine with me but I felt sad for her. They have a rooftop terrace so at midnight, we went up and watched about 10 different fireworks displays from the terrace in a 360 degree surround experience! Amazing. She said I was always welcome to drop in but I've heard too many horror stories from her twin about going to stay with her and then being told that someone else is staying or that they are away for me to really feel like I can just turn up whenever I want. Plus it's over two hours away and a long drive down the motorway.

  • I watched 13th, which was really eye-opening and saddening. Recommended!

  • I gave blood for the first time in nearly 10 years. Mainly because whenever I've tried to book in an appointment, I can't get it for the time I want (the blood donation centre is always fully booked) or they cancel it because they don't have enough staff. It's a lot more hi-tech now - they have rollercoaster-esque blue chairs that swing back to the correct angle and a machine that rocks the blood bag until it's done. They also give you a card which has exercises for you to do while giving blood to maintain your blood pressure so you don't feel dizzy and weak after giving blood. And the exercises actually worked! Last time I gave blood, I had a horrible attack of dizziness afterwards and I barely made it to the bus station. This time, I was fine and only had a small attack of dizziness hours later, when I was at home and could sit down.

  • I had to take my car to Halford's because the back box came off and it sounded like a motorbike. This wasn't a problem except it took over five hours for them to call me about it. -_- Then I had to get a taxi to Halford's before they closed to pick it up. At least it cost me less than £100.

sea_thoughts: (Working Girl - bellasinfonia)
A list of all the books I read in 2016. Bold means that it was a library book. NF means it was non-fiction.

The End – Ian Kershaw (nf)
A Corner of Paradise – Brian Thompson (nf)
Baba Yaga Laid An Egg - Dubravka Ugrešić
Nightbird – Alice Hoffmann
Blackout – Sarah Hepola (nf)
Lila – Marilynne Robinson
The Shepherd’s Life – James Rebanks (nf)
Home – Marilynne Robinson
The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands – Mary Seacole (nf)
Dragons in the Water – Madeleine L’Engle
Damage – Josephine Hart
The Runaways – Elizabeth Gouge
Thunder on the Right – Mary Stewart
This Rough Magic – Mary Stewart
The Apple Tart of Hope – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
Half Wild – Sally Green
Picture Me Gone – Meg Rosoff
Stormy Petrel – Mary Stewart
The Accursed – Joyce Carol Oates
Needful Things – Stephen King
Beneath a Meth Moon – Jacqueline Woodson
The Night Villa – Carol Goodman
Library of Souls – Ransom Riggs
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls (nf)
Half Lost – Sally Green
An Episode of Sparrows – Rumer Godden
The Secret Rooms – Catherine Bailey (nf)
Deathless – Catherynne M.Valente
The White Road – Edmund de Waal (nf)
Nuclear Time – Oli Smith
Lost & Found: Tales From Battersea (nf)
An Angel at My Table – Janet Frame (nf)
Mythago Wood – Robert Holdstock
Mr Norris Changes Trains – Christopher Isherwood
Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
Wildflower – Drew Barrymore (nf)
Yes Please – Amy Poehler (nf)
A House Like A Lotus – Madeleine L’Engle
Boneland – Alan Garner
A Woman In Berlin – Anonymous (nf)
M Train – Patti Smith (nf)
Ritual – David Pinner (inspired The Wicker Man)
Bedsit Disco Queen – Tracey Thorn (nf)
Spectacles – Sue Perkins (nf)
Towards Another Summer – Jane Frame
Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase – Jonathan Stroud
She’s Not Invisible – Marcus Sedgwick
Delusions of Gender – Cordelia Fine (nf)
The Waking Dark – Robin Wasserman
The Yellow Room – Jess Vance
Christopher and his Kind – Christopher Isherwood (nf)
The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better – Pickett & Wilkinson (nf)
Lockwood & Co: The Whispering Skull – Jonathan Stroud
Naked at the Albert Hall – Tracey Thorn (nf)
Meadowland – John Lewis-Stempel (nf)
Paris – Julian Green (nf)
The Shepherd’s Crown – Terry Pratchett
The Old Man and Me – Elaine Dundy
Slade House – David Mitchell
Joyland – Stephen King
The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith
The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
The Silver Dark Sea – Susan Fletcher
I’m Not With The Band: A Writer’s Life Lost in Music – Sylvia Patterson (nf)
The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith
The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater
The Gap of Time – Jeanette Winterson
The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater
Reef – Romesh Gunesekera
Jane of Lantern Hill – L.M. Montgomery
The Harvest Man – Alex Grecian
Lost and Gone Forever – Alex Grecian
The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater
Doctor Sleep – Stephen King
More Than This – Patrick Ness
An Acceptable Time – Madeleine L’Engle

As you can see, I read a lot of library books this year. They finally relaxed the rule at work that said we couldn't read when nothing was going on. We can now read books/magazines or do craft while we're on calls, to keep our minds going. Kindles aren't allowed as they are electronic devices. This annoys a lot of people but as I don't have one, I don't care. :D

A list of all the films I saw in 2016. Bold means it was rented (either via my cable provider or ITunes), italic means I saw it at the cinema, plain means it was on TV.

Black Mass
Carol
Bridge of Spies
Sunset Song
In The Heart of the Sea
The Hateful Eight
The Danish Girl

Sicario
Deadpool
Creed
Room
Spotlight

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Brooklyn

Trumbo
Dad’s Army
A Bigger Splash

Rams
Johnny English Reborn
The Man Who Knew Infinity
Grandma
High Rise
Eddie the Eagle
Zootropolis

Our Little Sister
Captain America: Civil War
The Jungle Book
I Saw the Light
Miles Ahead
Love & Friendship

Pride & Prejudice and Zombies
The Nice Guys
Learning to Drive
When Marnie Was There
Independence Day: Resurgence
The Secret Life of Pets

Mustang
Ghostbusters 2016
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Jason Bourne
Cemetery of Splendour

Batman vs Superman
Star Trek Beyond
Finding Dory
Valley of Love
Hamlet 1921
Julieta
The Wicker Man
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Magnificent Seven

Supersonic
21 Cloverfield Lane

My Scientology Movie
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
I, Daniel Blake

X-Men: Apocalypse
Doctor Strange
Ethel and Ernest

The Curse of Frankenstein
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
Red Tails
A Street Cat Named Bob
Moana
Rogue One

Miracle on 34th Street
sea_thoughts: (Working Girl - bellasinfonia)


and



Referendum

Jun. 24th, 2016 08:02 am
sea_thoughts: (Grief - holo_daxy)
I'm so sad. I feel sick and frustrated that old people have been allowed to vote us out of an organisation when they're not the ones who'll have to deal with the consequences. I don't want to go to work and have to deal with people gloating over leaving when it's the last thing we should be doing. Most of all, I want a recount. Seriously considering leaving this country.
sea_thoughts: (Fly Away - iconomicon)
Just got back from a week in Cyprus with the family, which was lovely but had very limited internet access so will be catching up on entries and commenting today and tomorrow. Aside from a three hour delay on the outward flight(!) due to poor weather conditions and then debris on the runway (caused by an Airbus CRACKING THE TARMAC according to Twitter), we all had a good time. Madeleine behaved so well, honestly could not have asked for more from her, she was so sunny and happy despite the change in time zone and the heat. I don't think my sister will suggest going there in June again, haha.
sea_thoughts: (Spring - luna_ann)
I have been sick on and off since my last entry so I'm sorry to have been absent. D&V, plus fever, plus hot and cold rushes. Joy! This has also interrupted my gym sessions because if I can barely manage going to work, I'm not going to the gym. Back on track now and hoping to stay there. Getting sick so often is frustrating because I couldn't plan for anything. Overtime? Nope. A meal out with friends? Nope. Cinema? Only if I take a whole box of tissues and prayed my throat didn't get too dry (which is how I saw Zootropolis aka Zootopia and The Jungle Book). I loved them both by the way.

I've also seen Civil War, I Saw The Light and Miles Ahead, feel free to ask my opinion.

Recently rediscovered the album Tiger Bay by Saint Etienne. Originally released in 1994 (*sob*), the version I have is the 1996 re-issue, which I bought in 2004. The re-issue includes the band's biggest commercial hit He's On The Phone. The song embedded below perfectly captures springtime for me.

Sick

Mar. 21st, 2016 06:52 pm
sea_thoughts: (Long Day - bellasinfonia)
I started shivering and aching yesterday which meant I had to miss work today. I'm annoyed mainly because I'd signed up for some good overtime which I now won't be able to cover. I'm also missing Deadpool, which is less irritating but still frustrating. If you need me, I'll be huddled under blankets with hot water bottles.
sea_thoughts: (Grief - holo_daxy)
So not only do we lose David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey and Dale Griffin, we've now lost Terry Wogan. Goodbye January 2016, you really sucked and you will not be missed.
sea_thoughts: (Bookworm - smercy)
In Praise of Older Women – Stephen Vinzinczey
Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch
Marina – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
From a Distance – Raffaella Barker
Singled Out – Virginia Nicholson
Findings – Kathleen Jamie (nf)
Half Bad – Sally Green
The Silver Star – Jeannette Walls
A Song for Ella Gray – David Almond
Bone Jack – Sara Crowe
The Year of the Rat – Clare Furniss
We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
Foxglove Summer – Ben Aaronovitch
The Prince’s Boy – Paul Bailey
The Lost Books of the Odyssey – Zachary Mason
Dust’n’Bones – Chris Mould
The Mercy of Thin Air – Romlyn Domingue
The Old Ways – Robert Macfarlane (nf)
Meet the Austins – Madeleine L’Engle
The Moon At Night – Madeleine L’Engle
Twenty-Four Days of Christmas – Madeleine L’Engle
And Both Were Young – Madeleine L’Engle
A Ring of Endless Light – Madeleine L’Engle
The Green Road Into The Trees – Hugh Thompson (nf)
Girl Friday – Jane Green
Summer Falls and Other Stories – Amelia Williams
Five Children on the Western Front – Kate Saunders
The Wolf Princess – Cathryn Constable
H is for Hawk – Helen Macdonald
Twilight – William Gay
Instrumental – James Rhodes (nf)
The Arm of the Starfish – Madeleine L’Engle
Mr Mac and Me – Esther Freud
Lucky Us – Amy Bloom
Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman
Absolute Pandemonium – Brian Blessed (nf)

(bold = book from the library and nf = non-fiction) I read a lot more this year than last year, probably due to the fact it wasn't half as stressful (despite becoming an aunt for the first time).

Films
The Theory of Everything
The Imitation Game

All This Mayhem
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
No

My Old Lady
Big Eyes
Kon-Tiki

The Eichmann Show
Big Hero 6
Shaun the Sheep Movie

The Book of Life
Birdman
Foxcatcher
Penguins of Madagascar
Whiplash
Wild
Jupiter Ascending
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Maxine Peake as Hamlet

Paddington
Selma
Argo
Love Is Strange
Still Alice

Lost River
Interstellar

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Burlesque
Cinderella
The Legend of Princess Kaguya
Far From The Madding Crowd

Cobain: Montage of Heck
Prometheus
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Mad Max: Fury Road

Testament of Youth
Pitch Perfect
Jurassic World
Annie
Mr Holmes
Cake
Terminator Genisys
Amy
Inside Out
Tomorrowland
Song of the Sea
The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

Woman in Gold
Ant-Man
The Water Diviner
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
The Man from UNCLE
45 Years

John Wick
Mud
The Martian
Danny Collins
Marshlands

Macbeth
SPECTRE
Suffragette
Crimson Peak
The Lobster
Mockingjay Part II
The Lady in the Van
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

(bold = rented from TV or ITunes, italic = seen in cinema, no style means I saw it on the TV)
sea_thoughts: (Summer - eowyngiulia)
Sorry for going quiet. Thank you all for your kind words about my niece. She is growing all the time and becoming interested in the world around her and the people in it. Unfortunately, it turns out she is a little bit like me and doesn't sleep very much. When I was a baby, someone told my mum that this meant I was going to be very smart. My mother, suffering from undiagnosed post-natal depression and sleep deprivation, was not amused and said she would rather I be a little stupid and sleep more!

I went to see Elton John with my dad in June and we had a great time. Elton clearly loves putting on a show, which means you enjoy it even more. He lost his temper with a steward for telling people to stop waving their hands and ranted about it, but then changed his mind and apologised after the next song, saying that she wasn't in charge and he shouldn't have insulted her. He invited her up on stage so he could apologise personally. She arrived on stage and he hugged her and apologised. It's always nice to see someone admit they're wrong, doesn't happen very often.

I have recently discovered a new cinema in Gloucester, the Sherborne (which only opened this year so I didn't feel like I'd been missing out). It is independent, decorated in Art Deco style, with its own small free car park. Afternoon showings are £3.50, late afternoon showings are £4.50, evening showings are £5.50. Tea and coffee are £1. To give you a comparison, going to see a film at the chain cinema here costs just under £10 unless it's the cheap day, and that's with an online discount. This place is so cheap that I am determined to patronise it as much as possible so that it doesn't close down by next year. I have also told all my friends about it, especially those with children.

I have just signed up for the new Gym at the Quays, which is open 24 hours and costs only £12.99 a month. A whole group of girls from my office go there so I think I will be motivated to go because they'll expect to see me there, haha! I used to attend a Legs, Bums & Tums class on Wednesday evenings but that was cancelled as the owner of the venue was messing our instructor around with times and would put up the price for hiring it without even telling her. Unfortunately, the only options left were Monday evening, with the time often too early for me to make it, and Thursday evening, which is in a totally different location. I might try going to the Thursday evening one, anyway.

My Windows laptop has been fixed and I am going to try writing on it.

Much love to all of you who read this. <33
sea_thoughts: (Bookworm - smercy)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronvitch
Holloway – Robert MacFarlane
Between the Lines – Tammara Webber
Black Diamonds – Catherine Bailey
The Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
Tinder – Sally Gardner
When To Walk – Rebecca Gower
Fortunately, The Milk… - Neil Gaiman
The Fault In Our Stars – John Green
The Arrivals – Melissa Marr
Otter Country – Miriam Darlington
Through The Woods – Emily Carroll
Red as Blood – Tanith Lee
Scarlet – Melissa Meyer
The Silent Stars Go By – Dan Abnett
First Aid – Janet Davey
Hollow City – Ransom Riggs
You Say Potato – Ben Crystal and David Crystal

(bold = book from the library)

Unfortunately I didn't read as many books as I did in 2013. I will try to read more books in 2015.

Films
The Heat
Troll Hunter
Deliver Us From Evil (documentary)
Saving Mr Banks
Blue Jasmine

White Elephant
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Frozen

Any Day Now
12 Years A Slave
August: Osage County

Frankenweenie
Philomena
Promised Land
The Client
The Butler
Captain Phillips

Blancanieves
The Selfish Giant
Inside Llewyn Davies

In A World…
The Lego Movie
Ginger and Rosa
Monuments Men
Looper
Le Week-End

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
How I Live Now
The Invisible War
Stories We Tell

American Hustle
The Invisible Woman

Enough Said
Bridesmaids
Blue is the Warmest Colour
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Sea
Hot Coffee
Lovelace

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
All Is Lost

Weekend
Godzilla
Muppets Most Wanted
The Lunchbox

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
The Angels’ Share
Dallas Buyers’ Club
Nebraska

Frank
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Two Faces of January

Beautiful Creatures
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Maleficent
Cuban Fury
Belle
Her
The Past
20 Feet From Stardom
The Wolf of Wall Street

Guardians of the Galaxy
The Fault In Our Stars
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Begin Again
Jersey Boys
Boyhood

Chico & Rita
Chaplin

The Hundred-Foot Journey
Cycling with Moliere
Thank You For Sharing

Before I Go To Sleep
Pride
What We Did On Our Holiday
The Night of the Demon

Shame
Mr Turner
Gone Girl
The Boxtrolls
Effie Gray
St Vincent
The Possibilities Are Endless
Mockingjay Part I
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies


(bold = rented from TV or ITunes, italic = seen in cinema, no style means I saw it on the TV)
sea_thoughts: (Turning Point)
Sorry that I haven't updated the journal in a while. I have finally moved back to my old department (after being kept in the 'temporary' one for the first two weeks of January) and I'm able to take part in team activities, actually rely on my shifts, swap the times and book holiday knowing that there'll be space on the calendar for me.

My sister is going to have her baby on May 6th (well, that's the due date). We still don't know if it's a boy or a girl. Her husband's family haven't had a girl born into the family in a century, so if it is a girl, I will be suggesting Ginny for a middle name. ;)

I'll be posting the list of books I read and films I saw last year this week. I didn't read many books last year, which is a shame. I'll try and read more this year.
sea_thoughts: (Christmas - ibroughtuflours)
All USA/New Zealand/European Christmas cards posted. I just need [livejournal.com profile] kit_the_brave's address and I'm posting [livejournal.com profile] flourhurricane's parcel on Monday. :)

[livejournal.com profile] rumpelsnorcack, your card may not arrive before Christmas as according to Royal Mail's website, I should have posted it on Wednesday! Hopefully it'll arrive before New Year. I had to post it in a big brown envelope as I ripped the white card envelope, sorry. :(
sea_thoughts: (London - sunlitdays)
I'll post about the rest of my Cheltenham Literary Festival later. I went to London this weekend to see the poppies at the Tower of London or Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red as it's officially called. While I am happy I was able to see them in person, the actual experience of seeing them was deeply unpleasant. They don't really have a system in place to let everyone see them so you're basically shoving your way to the front and crushed on all sides. This is even more unpleasant if you're under 5'7" or 170cm, like me. I was glad when we left (still haven't managed to eat at The Kitchen @ Tower, next time). I discovered that my father has never actually visited the Tower of London (despite the fact he studied in London in the 1970s) and I promised to take him next time we're there.

We then went to the Constable exhibition at the V&A. It was great to see his big works right there with all the details I usually miss: The Hay wain, Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Ground, Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, as well as many of his studies and full scale sketches, including his watercolour of Stonehenge. The exhibit was really good in that they'd managed to gather paintings from the Old Masters (primarily Dutch) who had influenced and inspired Constable so you could see from where he drew his influence. In some cases, he'd just copied the painting and had to add something to make sure they knew it was a copy and not the original!

Dad and I wanted to eat at our favourite South Kensington Italian, Pierino, but it was full when we stopped by, even though it was half past two in the afternoon. I spotted another restaurant around the corner and we were able to get a table there. This restaurant is called Daquise: Daquise happens to be one of the oldest Polish restaurants in the UK, dating back to 1947, and unbeknownst to us was a key location in the Profumo affair of the 1960s! Dad had tomato soup to start and venison meatballs for main, while I had bigos (hunter's stew) to start and veal schnitzel to follow (topped with a fried egg), but the bigos was so filling that I had to leave some of the mashed potato and carrots behind. A little expensive but very, very nice food.

After that, we went back to Waterloo to catch the train home and I bought a couple of things from Lush. We drove through the rain that had been lashing the west of the country on our way back home and I decided that I was too tired and it was too wet to go and do some more standing, even for fireworks.

And then I had my heart broken by Doctor Who. All in all, a great weekend.
sea_thoughts: (Autumn - sunlitdays)
September kind of sucked until the end. The third weekend I went to stay with Grace in her new townhouse in Bristol so we could see First Aid Kit. The date change from Sunday to Friday led to a lot of grief with my shifts being changed without me being told but the concert was worth it. They went off mic two times and sang by themselves, which was so intimate that it brought tears to my eyes. The second time was when they did Emmylou and invited the audience to sing along. Magic! Grace's townhouse is smart but the parking is terrible. I like it but I am not sure if it's worth the rent they ask, which they only ask because it's in Clifton, the posh part of Bristol.

I went on holiday to Canterbury with the family for my birthday. It was wonderful being back in Kent again. We stayed in a house in Whitstable which had three double bedrooms (one of which had a dormer roof so that was mine) and an enormous kitchen. Mum, Dad and I ate fish and chips on Friday evening (since sister and brother-in-law weren't going to arrive until 9pm) after happily wandering around Canterbury for the afternoon. Then we all wandered around Canterbury again on Saturday and actually found a restaurant in Whitstable that could seat us that evening. H and D had been recommended a restaurant by someone who came from Whitstable but they had not informed us of this until we were actually there, so of course, we didn't end up eating there as the restaurant was fully booked. And then we went to The Sportsman on Sunday, of course. I had been especially looking forward to D's reaction and he was very pleased (if D had enough money and capital, he would be a chef).

Cheltenham Literary Festival Part One )

Monday, I didn't have anything so I just relaxed and went into Gloucester to sell some DVDs and donate some books to charity. I'm trying to declutter. It's not easy as I get very attached to possessions but I did make nearly £20 off the DVDs so that's something.

Cheltenham Literary Festival Day Two )

Days three and four coming soon!
sea_thoughts: (Summer - eowyngiulia)
Currently looking for new jobs. I've applied for one in Buckinghamshire, so I'd have to move if I get it. I'm nervous about moving but the job sounds ideal - translation checker and proof-reader, with potential to become a junior translator. I should also apply to translation companies here and see if I can get in, to stop me having to move. Still exercising and trying to lose weight.

Watching: Sailor Moon Crystal and the new Doctor Who (soon).
sea_thoughts: (Happy - ajcher)
The mechanic dropped my car around on Thursday evening! I was so happy to see it that I went to the cinema to see Frank (film with Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Dominic Gleeson). Tragicomic film about music, inspiration and the music industry today, plus social media. I'd recommend it, it's fascinating to watch.

Just saw X-Men: Days of Future Past last night with my friends and had a blast (even though I think Ellen Page was wasted). It was fun to see Logan having to be the calm, rational one and actually talking to people and helping them, talk about out of his comfort zone. Best scene was definitely the one between the two Xaviers, it moved me deeply to hear the discussion of how we are afraid of other people's pain when empathy is what really makes us strong. What a wonderful message. And I got the end of credits scene, thanks to avid watching of the 90s X-men cartoon, so I could explain to everyone else who didn't (I'm not surprised a lot of people thought it sucked because it's pretty fricking obscure, especially when you compare it to the others).

Off to see The Two Faces of January this evening and then Maleficent next Friday (because my sister's desperate to see it).

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