what i’ve been up to
Hi friends! 👋🏻 Can you believe that it’s the end of August? I’m glad because it’s almost autumn and I have some big changes in my life but there is always the existential dread that comes with time. Anyway, August started as a regular meh month for me but it has ended so much better
I finally got my ear vacuumed! If you’ve been following me on Twitter for a while, you’ll probably know that I got some shampoo in my left ear back in October and ended up with a blocked ear. After many different types of ear drops and phone appointments (for my ear which needed to be looked at), I eventually got referred to the ENT department in the hospital and after a couple of months of waiting, finally had the appointment to get the wax removed. I’m usually a relatively healthy person so I’ve never needed to go to the hospital for anything more than a blood test but this was easily the strangest feeling thing I’ve had done. But I can hear out of both ears again so I’m not going to complain much.
In even better news than my ear being clear, I finally got a job! I haven’t had a job since 2014 when I quit to focus on my studies and finding work has been unbelievably difficult since I finished my Master’s degree in 2017. I’m technically still studying since I’m taking on an apprentice position, but I’m glad to have finally wedged my foot in the door after almost four years of being unsuccessful. And as a huge bonus, I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do and working in a library! I don’t start until September but I expect my posting schedule to slow down since I’ll be focused on that instead of blogging.
It was my birthday on Monday, and we went to the recently opened House of Frankenstein in Bath! I have the same birthday as Mary Shelley so going there for my birthday made perfect sense. This is a new interactive attraction that opened in May of this year, and it is so cool. I already knew most of the stuff about Shelley and Frankenstein, but it was still interesting to fill in any gaps in my knowledge.
The best part is the 8 ft tall Monster in the Laboratory, which is a functional animatronic made to be accurate to the book.
My photos don’t do this justice because it makes such subtle movements that they’re barely noticeable. This isn’t like a clunky old Disneyland animatronic, this one breathes and blinks and looks like it’s alive.
Today I’m going to do a “safari” at Longleat and then venture into the zoo itself before heading home for some well-deserved sleep. I always sleep terribly in hotels and I just want my own bed at this point.
what I posted
- 10 Books I Bought Just for the Cover
- Books I Want to Read (but don’t want to read) Tag
- Genres I Just Can’t Get Into
what I read
- Soldier by Julie Kagawa – Currently reading!
what I watched
- Fear Street Part 1: 1994 – I wanted to like this movie so much but all of the romantic plotlines ruined it for me. Deena’s a biphobic mess, Sam’s a wet blanket, Kate and Josh’s relationship comes out of complete nowhere, and all of the characters were annoying. I went in expecting something akin to Scream but got a teen melodrama instead. Also, I know that this is based on books made for teens, but they could have done better than just one single instance of gore.
- Fear Street Part 2: 1978 – This one was better than the first part but I still switched off a lot.
- Fear Street Part 3: 1666 – The pilgrims from the 17th century were English but for some reason everyone here is Irish??? And one guy does such a bad job it comes out as Jamaican???
- The Suicide Squad – This was really entertaining but James Gunn’s sense of humour is so crass that it becomes juvenile after ten minutes. I can only take so many dick jokes.
- Frankenhooker – I wanted to like this so much because I love Frankenstein parodies but the main character is so annoying that I just couldn’t do it. Also, I’m convinced that one scene only exists because the director wanted to film a ton of gratuitous shots of naked women.
- The Fourth Kind – Trying to pass off fake “found” footage as real is one thing, but I really draw the line at an alien movie that doesn’t have any aliens in it. Tsk tsk.
- Censor – I feel like this hits different when you’re British, or if you’re British and was alive when the video nasty list was a thing.
- Ju-On: The Curse – I watched this on YouTube thanks to a few kind souls who uploaded the whole series and the low-quality footage adds to the creepiness.
- The Night House – Rebecca Hall breathes heavily for 110 minutes and I enjoyed it.
- Ju-On: The Curse 2 – There were only 45 minutes of new footage. Why 🙃
- Ju-On: The Grudge – Charlie decided to jump on me while I was watching this and that makes it the scariest one so far.
- Ju-On: The Grudge 2 – I’m even more terrified of pregnancy and childbirth now.
- Candyman (2021) – I think I enjoyed this one more than the first Candyman, but that’s probably because I could hear this one while I watched the original at home with no captions.
- Ju-On: Black Ghost – The fashion and hairstyles in these movies are so late 2000s, I love it.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars – TEAM 👏🏻 KYLIE 👏🏻
- Twin Peaks – Yes hello, I’m soft for Dale Cooper 🥺
- My Name is Earl – Why do I find Jason Lee hotter when he looks a mess compared to how he looks when he’s clean-shaven and not dressed like a slob? 🤭
- Jersey Shore: Family Vacation – I’ve watched this show since the very first episode back in the late 2000s so I have no shame in enjoying it.
- Botched – Again, I like trash TV.
books I got
- A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
- Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
- Mirror’s Edge by Scott Westerfeld
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How was your August? Did you get up to anything exciting?