Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A gloomy and tiring week has passed and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.
With it being the second week of England’s second lockdown, I am afraid that means, other than work, I have not been up to much. Thankfully staff and pupils are starting to settle into a our new, new routine and we had some fun taking part in Children in Need activities on Friday. 🐻 In other news I Facetimed my stepdad in France to wish him a happy birthday and took part in a very amusing murder mystery on Zoom with friends, and I was the only one to correctly guess the murderer! 🕵️♀️
Continuing to suffer with some anxiety and sinus headaches, I have continued my concerted efforts to look after myself with extended times of prayer; relaxing yoga; camomile tea; a Saturday morning jog; using my S.A.D lamp and more hearty, comfort food. However my dad has been plagued with terrible toothache, so my cooking had been reserved mostly for me, so I have been dipping into my frozen portions of veggie chilli, Shepherd’s pie and chorizo soup. Slowly but surely I am starting to feel better. 😌
Unlike the first, this second lockdown is proving very good for my reading, well that and the fact I have thrown myself into taking part in the Nonfiction November and Novellas in November reading events. This week, I have already finished reading two novellas! First, the the short theological non-fiction, Luther and the 9.5 Theses by Kenneth Brownell, a speedy read about Martin Luther and his famous 95 theses.
Next, in one evening, I polished off the classic adventure, The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling, off of my Classics Club list, which transported me to India for this short, eerie tale of two British fortune-seekers and the lost tribes in the Himalayan mountains. I am now reading The Berlin Wall: A Very Brief History by Mark Black. After reading all these I think I need to read more novellas, as they make me feel so accomplished! 😁
With all that reading, I have done a little less viewing. I caught up on this week’s episode of the new American crime-drama, Prodigal Son (2020), and I am now impatiently waiting for the next episode! 😬 I also finished watching the biographical survival film, Jungle (2017), that stars Danial Radcliffe as the Israeli adventurer, Yossi Ghinsberg on his disastrous 1981 journey into the Amazon rainforest.
As well as those new watches, I indulged in some comfort re-watches of favourite adaptations: the classic 90’s romcom, Clueless (1995), inspired by Jane Austen’s witty Emma; and the raucous period adventures, Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s infamous literary sleuth. Just what I needed to help me relax and escape it all! 😊
Finally, being in lockdown again, I sadly won’t be able to go to church or visit my grandad today, so instead I plan to spend a quiet day at home: blogging, reading, watching my church’s online service and cooking a simple lunch of pork chops for just my dad and I.
For now though, that’s all folks! I look forward to catching up with you all next Sunday. Where ever you are in the world, I hope you and your loved ones are well: staying healthy and happy. God bless and bye for now!👋🙏🙂
Now over to you: I’d love to hear how you are? What you have been reading and watching? Anything spooky? What are things like where you live?