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Films

When lockdown started I wrote a list of films that I was finally going to get round to watch. I managed one and that was because it was on TV. This week I finally got through the list!

Channel 4 showed Star Wars episodes VII,VIII and IX, one a week. I'd already seen VII, but was intending to get Disney+ for the free week at some point to watch VIII and IX. And then I didn't need to. The reason I hadn't got round to them is that the only parts of Star Wars I really like are lightsabers, Lego and Ewan McGregor. I mostly just like the prequels and Jedi Apprentice books. And the Lego games. So I did find these films a bit dull. The most exciting bit was unexpected Richard E Grant!

Then I watched the latest Bond film, No Time to Die, which I knew had Hugh Dennis in it, briefly. So that was fun. I couldn't get on with Q though, because he was Adam Kay in This is Going to Hurt and I just found a bit surreal. Other than that I didn't think much of the film - nor do I think much of Daniel Craig. And it turned out you had to remember something that happened in a previous film, which I didn't. I thought all Bond films stood alone and didn't require knowledge of any other films.

Not on my lockdown list was the latest Fantastic Beasts film. I saw the first two with my sister, but this came out while things were very Covidy, so the cinema wasn't a good place to go. I was very confused at the beginning, until I read a summary of what happened in the first two films. And then I enjoyed it. Although I thought Theseus looked like a young Andy Murray, which was weird.

They were all very long films, but after that I was only the animated, shorter ones. Lego Batman and Lego Movie 2 were fun. And funny. They were pretty much what I expected after watching the Lego Movie.

Toy Story 3 & 4 were good. I really only have vague memories of the first two films, but I remember liking them. I also liked these - they were both pretty similar really, but still fun.

Now I'm all filmed out for a bit. Although tonight's Doctor Who is going to be almost as long!

Rabbits, rabbits, everywhere - downstairs

Recently a rabbit vlogger I follow showed all the rabbit things in her house. She turned out to have 56. So I thought I'd count up the number I had and all I can say is that 56 is amateur level (although she does have an actual rabbit). Since I took photos of everything and putting everything in one post would be really big, this is going to be a series of posts. This one is the downstairs, minus what's hanging on the walls. Continue reading

Things

I am finally feeling properly better after being dizzy at the start of the Commmonwealth Games (which was at the end of July). Although this means from easily sleeping for 9 hours a night to waking up annoyingly early after about 6 or 7 hours (or 4.5 on Thursday night). I ended up falling asleep for a game and a half during the women's final on Saturday night. So I ended up only watching two sets of the men's last night and finished it off this morning. I had taken today off so I could sleep in after staying up late for the match (although it was only on Sunday that it occurred to me it could go on until 2am), so it was handy to use that time this morning (and I actually slept nearly 8 hours).

I also spent this weekend cleaning the house. I had cleaned just before I got dizzy and although I've been feeling well enough to attempt cleaning before now, I've had things going on at the weekends that I didn't want to be ill for. But now it's autumn my weekends are freer (and my evenings busier) so I had time and energy to clean. I am so happy not to be living in a disgusting house.

Since this was a free weekend and I have to clean in bits with rests in between, I did a Flash exchange ficathon! I never thought I'd do one and this one had just the weekend to write in, but it was a 100 word minimum. So I wrote 3300 words... It was fun, and it's making me feel like I can do Yuletide, Star Trek Holidays and a Doctor Who Secret Santa this autumn.

I saw the new Quantum Leap trailer on Thursday (and Friday and Saturday...) I loved it. So I am excited about it. I am hoping it will be up somewhere on Monday, since I have a day off for Lizzie's funeral, although I am expecting it will be Tuesday and I'll have to wait to see it unil after choir.

What I am reading Wednesday

What I Just Finished Reading
[book_data title="Contacts" author="Mark Watson"]
I was browsing Kobo and this was 99p, so I thought why not. I knew nothing about it, but I do know that Mark Watson is funny. This book was not funny. It starts with a man sending a text to all his contacts saying he's going to kill himself. The book has flashbacks to his life so you can see how he got to that point, and also his family and friends trying to work out where he is so they can stop him. It was well written, but more depressing than I wanted to read at that moment.

[book_data title="Stories to Make You Smile" author="The Reading Agency"]
Kobo offered up this for free, so I though why not. I did need cheering up after reading Contacts. And this was just the thing. It was a few short stories that were just generally happy. I felt uplifted reading this.

[book_data title="Patience" author="Victoria Scott"]
I was looking around on the library ebooks website for something to read, but I didn't know what. I think I found this in a featured section. It's about a family of two parents and two adult daughters, but one of them has a disability. It's about their lives and their secrets. It was an interesting, easy read. And no surprise that the author has a sister with the same rare genetic condition as the character Patience in the book.

What I'm Currently Reading
[book_data title="The Importance of Being Interested" author="Robin Ince"]
I saw this as I was browsing the library books website and decided to try it. I'd tell you what it was about, but I can't. I am finding it a bit hard going. But then so far I've only read the introduction and half the first chapter, so I'll see if it improves.

What I'm Reading Next
[book_data title="Grace" author="Victoria Scott"]
Turns out this author has another book out. This one wasn't in the library ebooks (of course) but it was on Kobo for 99p. This is all about adoption and while it doesn't sound as interesting as the previous book, I did enjoy her writing, so hopefully I'll enjoy this book too.

[book_data title="Quantum Leap: Search and Rescue" author="Melissa Crandall"]
This is the next book The Quantum Leap Podcast are doing and I can't remember it, so I need a re-read before I can listen to the podcast (which isn't up yet).

Cruel Summer

I didn't mean to not post for so long, but we had Wimbledon then a heatwave, then I just about caught up on cleaning the house and I got dizzy (from cleaning and watching swimming at the Commonwealth Games), then another heatwave. Which finished on Monday, but I'm still not doing anything too much in case I get dizzy again.

I did, however, go to the Commonwealth Games. Where I sat in the sun for two hours and watched beach volleyball. England won the bronze and then Australia and Canada had such a close match that it was never possible to tell who was going to win until someone won.

I also went to a Coldplay concert. Which would have been better if it hadn't been too hot & humid to enjoy anything. And their water provision, which was a joke. You weren't allowed to take any in, then the queue was 20 minutes long to get water - not because it was a massive queue, but because there were so few water dispensers and they were so slow to dispense water. The Commonwealth Games had a better water to people ratio (where you also weren't allowed to take water in).

What I am reading Wednesday

I thought last post it could do with some tarting up, so I wrote a WordPress plugin that adds a link to the book on OpenLibrary and a cover, if it finds the book.

What I Just Finished Reading
[book_data title="Fiddler Fair" author="Mercedes Lackey"]
This is another book of short stories, but a lot thinner. I've struggled with Mercedes Lackey books in the past, not enjoying them until I'm halfway through. But the short stories were (mostly) better. Of the ones I disliked, two are in the Valdemar universe, which is what the books I've read before are set in. Which makes me think that one of my problems with her books is that universe, rather than her as a writer.

What I'm Currently Reading
[book_data title="Star Trek: The Price of the Phoenix" author="Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath"]
A friend got me this for my 16th birthday on the basis it had Spock on the cover. Which is a great idea, but the first time I read it I got halfway through before giving up. The second time I read it I got a quarter of the way through before giving up. This time I've watched the episode which one of the characters features in (The Enterprise Incident). But I'm still struggling. I am determined to finish it this time, but I don't like any of the characters and they spend most of their time talking about things that I can't make sense of.

What I'm Reading Next
[book_data title="The Fire Rose" author="Mercedes Lackey"]
Given my experience with her short story collection, I thought this one was worth a try.

What I am reading Wednesday

Because I've been tracking how many books I've read and acquired this year I can see that I've read 19 so far. Which seems like a small number. I've just taken it as read that reading a book a week on average is easy. But I got out of the habit of reading (and everything else) while I was spending all my free time coding. Since then the only thing I've got back into is writing. I need to do better at the reading. (Although not listed is all the fanfic I've read and that I spend an hour a week reading The Week.)

What I Just Finished Reading
Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell. I pre-ordered this, so it was a nice surprise when it turned up. At the beginning of the book I was struggling to remember what happened in the last book and was wondering if I should re-read it. But after a couple of days of reading I couldn't remember what happened earlier in the book, so concluded there was no point in reading the previous one. Generally I enjoyed it, but the problem with the trilogy is that I think it should have stopped after the first book.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars. I bought this when we went on a book-buying trip to Hay-on-Wye. I don't remember how many years ago but it was definitely counted in years. I looked at more recently and wondered why I'd bought a book of SF wars, no matter how cheap it was, given that I'm not really into wars. But I have been enjoying it. The good thing about short stories is that if you don't like them then there'll be another one along soon. But most of them I have enjoyed, and there have been some interesting themes and not all necessarily just about battles. I only have two stories to go!

What I'm Reading Next
Something from my to read pile that's much less thick (the SF wars book is nearly 500 pages).