Home Again: A catch-up

Home Again: A catch-up

So today marks one week since I got home from Jordan. Where has the week gone? And when did it get so cold? To be honest it’s a relief – I can finally sleep comfortably at night again. And layers are my friend.

After an über lie in today, I’ve been pretty productive after jumping straight back into work this week. Stuff has been cleaned, clothes have been organised and plans have been made. So here’s what’s happening.

 

A shopping trip was needed

I realised that I had no office appropriate winter gear so headed to Primark yesterday with a budget. I was doing so well until I wasn’t. Damn you homeware section. It all started with a halloween pumpkin LED light and escalated quickly from there. Topher was pretty annoyed until he saw the Winnie The Pooh Honey Pot (mug) I brought home for him. Bit sneaky of me but #noregrets. To be honest I think I did pretty well over all and came out with pretty much everything I need including some new ankle boots and some tops to go with my black cord pinafore.

I’m also pleased I managed to hold it in when I popped into the Disney Store that same day. Hot damn I know where my pennies are going this winter! Fellow Disney fans will know the usual pain of heading into a Disney Store and it all being stuff for little kids. Well, not any more. There is a ridiculous amount of merchandise for adults now. The buying team at Disney are killing it. If I hadn’t have been struggling under the weight of my giant Primark bag I might have caved and bought everything.

Oh and in other news I got my hair chopped off again. My head feels so much lighter and it’s awesome.

Routines are coming back

Earlier this week Topher and I signed back up for the gym and he’s been twice. I haven’t been yet but have full plans to head back tomorrow. Wish me luck! As for our weight loss, I was super pleased to find out that I’d lost half a pound at Slimming World since before the holiday. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever lost weight on holiday! It’s definitely all down to having a dress that I needed to still fit into for my cousin’s wedding. Otherwise I would have been left with a black tie event to go to and nothing to wear. So now I have the motivation to keep going as we’re home again and I can eat when and what I want. Target here I come.

Topher and I also want to get back into the routine of going to the cinema as we barely used our Cineworld passes over the summer. Money down the drain so that needs to change. Any suggestions of what to see? I like the look of Searching.

 

Holiday dreams are becoming reality

So officially our next holiday is Japan in Easter. I’m so excited I can’t even. While in Jordan I was doing so much “Japlanning” (thank Topher for that one!) and I’m pretty sure everyone in my family has gotten an earful of our plans.

This week we were discussing holiday allowance for 2019 at work and for the first time in a while I realised we could also go somewhere else. So I mentioned to Topher that if we were able to save enough and I could get the reward flight I’ve been saving miles for, maybe we could even do Hong Kong next October. It’s safe so say that he’s totally up for that as we want to complete all 6 Disney resorts in the world so watch this space!

 

What I’ve been reading and watching

I read three books in Jordan as well as another since I got back. My favourite was Happiness for Humans by P.Z.Reizin* so definitely recommend that one! It’s about an AI called Aiden that is chatting to a human called Jen and decides to help her find a boyfriend unbeknown to her.

I went to the cinema once in Jordan too and saw The Meg. I can best describe it as something along the lines of Deep Blue Sea (remember that film?). It’s a B movie but takes itself a little too seriously. I think it would have gone down a little better if it was a little sillier because that’s what I was expecting from it.

I watched the last episode of Season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale and totally screamed at June at the end. Pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who did too.

I’ve gotten Topher into watching Brooklyn 99 too so we’ve been watching that together. I started from the beginning for him so can’t wait to catch up to where I got to.

Also on Netflix I was able to watch To all the boys I loved before which was really sweet. It’s exactly the type of film I would have loved when I was a teenager. Plus it was so refreshing to have a minority lead in a teen film where the story isn’t about the fact that she’s a minority. More of this please. And last night I watched Sierra Burgess is a Loser. So cool to see Barb from Stranger Things be the star and my teenage self also loved this film. What are you reading and watching at the moment.

 

Upcoming posts

So you may have noticed that up until recently I completely lost my blogging mojo for a bit there. Well it’s not totally back but it’s on the way I think. I got a burst of motivation during Jordan and I have a whole bunch of posts planned for the season ahead so we’ll see how it goes. I need to write about Jordan (as well as make the video) as well as a few other bits and pieces so I’m just trying to ease my way back in and not put too much pressure on myself. Fingers crossed!

 

How was your summer?

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What I’ve Been Watching on Netflix Recently

Since I’ve been ill a lot this winter, Netflix has been a good friend of mine. So I thought I’d tell you about some of the things I’ve been watching.

 

The Good Place

Seasons: 2

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I first discovered this on a plane on our honeymoon and was immediately hooked. When we got home, the whole thing was on Netflix so I binged the rest. They’ve actually been on a winter break and are back now posting one episode a week.

Kirsten Bell plays Eleanor, a women who dies and ends up in heaven. The only problem is, she’s been mistaken for someone else and should actually be in hell because she was a terrible person.

It’s been a while since I found a comedy that just clicked with me. The Good Place literally makes me laugh out loud and the cast is awesome. I would definitely recommend watching.

 

Glow

Seasons: 1

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So I may have binged the whole thing in a day #sorrynotsorry. Glow is about Glamorous Ladies Of Wrestling. In the 80s in LA a casting call was made for women that turned out to be for a women’s wrestling show.

The series follows the ladies journey from women off the street to wrestlers and stars Alison Brie (I know her best from Mad Men). I loved getting to know all the different characters and found the whole show uplifting. It certainly deserves the hype.

If you’re interested, there’s also a documentary on Netflix called Glow which is actually about the real Glow ladies. It was released back in 2012 and it’s so cool to see the parallels between real life and TV.

 

Jack Whitehall – Travels With My Father

Seasons: 1

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Always having been a fan of Jack Whitehall and travel shows, this programme ticked both boxes. Jack decides to go on a gap year style holiday and bring along his seventy something, super conservative dad along for the ride. Hilarity ensues.

I haven’t finished the whole season yet as it’s something I prefer to dip in and out of but so far I’ve loved it. If you’re a fan of this comedian then I definitely recommend giving it a go.

 

The Sinner

Seasons: 1

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Starring Jessica Biel, The Sinner is a story about a seemingly normal housewife who stabs a random man to death on a crowded beach one day. The series explores why she did it. I saw people raving about this on Twitter so I added it to my list.

When I did come to watch it I finished the whole series in about 2 days. There’s more to it then you would think and I enjoyed going along for the ride. There were plenty of twists and the ending was satisfying.

Recommend if you like dramas, crimes and mysteries.

 

Zumbo’s Just Desserts

Seasons: 1

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I was a bit behind the rest of the UK and I only started watching GBBO in 2016. Then it all changed and I refused to watch the new one – disappointing as I really loved the series.

I wasn’t intentionally looking for something to fill the GBBO shaped hole in my life but I found it with Zumbo’s Just Desserts. It’s a similar style to GBBO but it’s Australian and focused on desserts. Adriano Zumbo is a dessert king in Australia (seriously google some of his work, it’s astounding!) and is the main judge.

These are extraordinary desserts! Each episode, the dessert makers create a dessert based on a theme and then the two weakest battle it out in the Zumbo test. They have to make one of Zumbo’s masterpieces and they are damn hard! The lowest scorer leaves the game.

If you love GBBO (new or old) then this is a must watch. Though don’t watch when hungry!

 

Glitch

Seasons: 2 

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I’m a big fan of the zombie genre and Glitch is an interesting take on it. It is wildly similar to Netflix show, The Returned (and the original French version) but the difference here is that the returnees literally climb out of their graves.

Set in Australia, 7 people return from the dead in perfect health and it’s up to a local policeman and doctor to figure out why and also protect them.

I loved the concept of this show but at times it was frustrating to watch. 2 seasons in and I have more questions than answers. They are apparently working on getting renewed for a third season but as it stands, I’m in a bit of a limbo.

I did enjoy the back stories of the returnees as some of them died over 100 years ago. But in terms of learning the how and why of the situation, I’m just a bit confused.

Watch at your own peril – maybe wait until a third season is announced?

 

The Mist

Seasons: 1

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Based on a Stephen king book, a town get’s suddenly overcome by mist which is full of terrifying things. I’ll start with a disclaimer: don’t get too invested in this as it’s already cancelled and ends on a cliffhanger.

This show had similar problems to Glitch in that I have more questions than answers at the end of it. The series was pretty much about the reactions to the mist and people trying to stay alive. You didn’t get much explanation as to how and why and it looks like you never will. Maybe I’ll have to pick up the book to find out…

Once again, watch at your own peril. But even more so!

 

What have you watched on Netflix recently?

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