Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Dinner Table Desk

Made myself a little make-shift desk space on the kitchen table. I'm trying to discipline myself a little more with my work focus and I'm dedicating that space to a limited internet zone so I don't procrastinate while I'm sat there. Think its working a little too, I was a bit more on the ball today and I got a fair bit done on my applications again but I still have a ways to go when it comes to keeping my mind on track.

I guess another way to do that is to start the day right with a hearty breakfast. I'm back on the overnight oats train after I discovered Asda sell chia seeds for peanuts. I'm gonna be in heaven first thing tomorrow.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

On a bit of a whim, Rebecca and I went to Bristol's lovely Watershed cinema to see Martin McDonagh's take on bleak Southern Americana with Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. 

Hands down, best thing here is Frances McDormand, who feels like she was born to play this role. The plot follows her plight for justice, (the eponymous billboards play a central role in that) as she calls out the local police for not conducting a thorough investigation on her daughter's murder. It's a quick and easy set-up that quickly gets your attention and serves as a good excuse to explore the lives of the townsfolk over the coming days.

It some cases though, McDonagh feels a little bit too pleased with his writing, the jokes especially since some of them are begging to be cut out, 'cus on the one hand, the film wants to be a understated drama but on the other wants to be a sharply written character comedy. Sometimes these tonal jigsaw pieces fit together well, but other times they smoosh violently and you just wish they never tried.

Underneath all the gags and swearing however, the film was about developing compassion. There's a remarkable amount of humanity within each of the characters, they are all deeply flawed individuals but in some case, you can see them trying to shed their personalities and hope to become someone better by the stories end. Speaking of endings, it was almost, almost seven minutes too long. It clawed it back just barely but it nearly lost me in it's closing moments. If you were interested in seeing this then go do yourself a favour and go make you own opinion of it, you'll see a pretty good movie while your at it.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Veg Out to Stranger Things 2

Felt stiff and a bit naff for most of the day and I'm not totally sure why. Just had a bit of a 'veg out day' as a result, taking it easy and finishing off Stranger Things 2. I stand by my thoughts of it not being as strong as season , but the final pair of episodes were quite strong, most likely because they were both written and directed by The Duffer Brothers. It's their baby, and when they are at the helm things come together a bit tighter and that 80's magic starts to shine through the cracks a bit more, which is what the show is all about.

Think I got the hang of cooking roast potatoes now though too, out them to good use next to Rebecca's mustard chicken recipe from Jamie Oliver's latest cookbook which went down a real treat. I think I should also have a quick paw through that book and see what I wanna make in the future... 

Badminton and Movies

Hung out with Mark and had a second session of badminton, and it turns out my muscle memory from playing it back in secondary school has returned with it. Really got back into the swing of it and ended up having a few really good games with him - last time we went I was embarrassingly bad, but now we can have actual matches which is great!

This evening Mark, Lucy and Louis came over to watch Get Out, a horror film we have all been meaning to watch for quite some time now, but it was well worth the wait. I ain't good with horror, but this one was on just the right level and was tense, funny and entertaining throughout. I always think horror is at its best when it doesn't take itself too seriously and when watching with friends, it ended up being hugely enjoyable.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Clean, Clean Loo

Feel like the requirements for driving tests is in a state of flux. Last week I was bemused by the fact I was suddenly expected to learn how to bay park and reverse bay park (not challenging having to know these things, they're important, but it's the way my instructor just grumpily dumped me down and asked me to do it). Because now I apparently don't need to know how to do reverse bay parking, but instead I may be asked to reverse the lengths of two parked cars and then pull off. I just wanna know what I need to know for my test now, should probably do some googleing and see for myself.

My week long project of giving our toilet a long term scrub is finally paying off too. Been spraying it down with chemicals to dissolve all the limescale that's been sitting down there since we moved it. It's really gratifying to finally get all that stuff off, on the one hand I'm a bit gutted I didn't take a before and after picture, but on the other I don't think anyone reading this really want to see pictures of my toilet, no matter how clean it is.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Eureka Script Moment

Spotted another really hopeful sounding job to apply for today, front of house for a well known production company in Bristol. Would be a dream job actually, so I'm making sure a lot of passion goes into my application. Finally cracked my next video concept too, after writing up a fair amount yesterday I looked back on it and thought 'Boy, this makes me sound really grumpy' so I've changed direction slightly again and now I'm really enthusiastic about my next project which is what you always wanna be.

Gonna get a fairly early night in so I can wake up fresh for an early driving lesson tomorrow. At least I get it out of the way though.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Healthy, Healthy Me

Having a bit of a mare structuring the script for my next video. Again, I'm trying a slightly different style that I haven't attempted before since it'll likely be a critique video rather than a review. While I can write up the analysis just fine, it's piecing it all together in a coherent manner that's proving to be a little tricky, but I think I'll get there in the end.

I'm also still amazed that I haven't been ill for the entire of this Winter. Rebecca is gradually coming down with a boring ol' cold, but it hasn't touched me one bit. Guess that Berocca I got for Christmas is working its magic?