Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. Another gloriously sunny week has passed and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.
💜💜💜 Life 💜💜💜
This was my first week back at work, after a lovely week off, but it didn’t start well… I had the sad news that my contract is not to be renewed. This means I either need to reapply for another temporary position with them or to move on to find a permanent place somewhere else, which is of course a very hard and upsetting choice to make. 😟 However, I do have an interview at another lovely school tomorrow and all I can do it pray that everything will turn out for the best! 🙏
Otherwise my week with my colleagues and ‘my boys’ was a good one, with lots of time outside in the sunshine, including our first trip ‘out out’ into the local community, since the pandemic began over a year and half ago! I have also mostly stuck to my healthy food plan, except for a cheeky pizza on the day I had my bad news, that I think you will all agree I really needed! 🍕😉
💜💜💜 Books 💜💜💜
With all that going on and the ensuing fatigue and anxiety, my reading, understandably, took a significant dip this week. Sunday night, I had started reading the Christian non-fiction The Four Loves by the celebrated C.S. Lewis, but I have made little progress on it this week. Now that things have sunk in and settled down though, I hope to take comfort in Lewis’ exploration of the nature of love from a Christian perspective. ❤
Also, now and again I have been able to dip into the swashbuckling revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. ⚔ Both of which are part of my 10 Books of Summer 2021 reading challenge. ☀ As well as these, I have continued my Holy Bible readings from the intimidating book of Revelation, to catch-up with The Bible Course I was taking part in, earlier this year.
💜💜💜 TV & Films 💜💜💜
On the other hand my viewing has increased, especially of easy, comforting, no-effort-required sort of watching. My main go-to during the week has been a re-watch of series 2 of the BBC’s fun, fantasy-adventure, Merlin (2008-2012), which is loosely based on the Arthurian legends and is currently available on Netflix. 🧙♂️ I did manage one new view, which was the recently released Netflix horror-thriller, Things Heard & Seen (2021), starring Amanda Seyfried and James Norton, and based on Elizabeth Brundage’s novel All Things Cease to Appear. A creepy, interesting watch, but a bit of anti-climatic end.
And of course, at the moment, this section wouldn’t be complete without my continuing re-journey through the classic Star Trek films – This time I enjoyed a re-watch of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), possibly the most fun instalment in the franchise, with time-travel, hilarious faux pas and whales! Still loving revisiting the original, hopeful Utopian vision of Star Trek, unlike the dystopian and identity-politics-filled modern offering, which has been needed more than ever this week. 🖖
💜💜💜 Blog 💜💜💜
Finally, here on the blog has been quieter than I hoped due to my fatigue and anxiety, however thankfully I used my time off wisely to get two reviews scheduled for this week; which were for the classic adventure, The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, the first Professor Challenger book, and the historical-fiction, Anna of Kleve: The Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir, the 4th book in Weir’s ambitious Six Tudor Queens series. Please check them out, if you haven’t already! 😊
For now, that’s all folks! Today, I am looking forward to attending an in-person Morning Praise service at my church; lunch at my granddad’s; and watching the England v Croatia Euros match. I hope to catch 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! 👋
(I have linked this post into the weekly meme, The Sunday Post)
Now in the comments let me know: How you are? What you have been reading and watching? Or please leave a link to your own Sunday post. I love to chat with you all!