πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 13th June 2021: Work, Bad News & TV πŸ‘©β€πŸ«πŸ˜ŸπŸ“Ί

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.

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Life πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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! πŸ™

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! πŸ•πŸ˜‰

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Books πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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. βš” Both of which are part of my 10 Books of Summer 2021 reading challenge. β˜€ As well as these, I have continued my HolyΒ Bible readings from the intimidating book of Revelation, to catch-up with The Bible Course I was taking part in, earlier this year.

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ TV & Films πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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. πŸ§™β€β™‚οΈ 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. πŸ––

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Blog πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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! πŸ‘‹

(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!

27 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 13th June 2021: Work, Bad News & TV πŸ‘©β€πŸ«πŸ˜ŸπŸ“Ί

  1. Oh no Jessica. So sorry about the job – I think something lovely will come along for you though and I have my fingers crossed.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

  2. sorry to hear the ugh news about your job and yes, in the circumstances, pizza is definitely OK. How did the interview with the other school go – hopeful?

    1. Thank you, Karen – My interview went well. I’m afraid I didn’t get the permanent position, but was offered a cover role, which will be a good back-up if I don’t get one of the positions at my own school. πŸ™‚

  3. So sorry about the job, but I hope the interview went well, or that something else comes along that you’ll enjoy just as much. Pizza was a good choice, but don’t forget to have some medicinal chocolate too!

  4. I’m so sorry to read about your job. That is really rough! I hope your interview today went well! I’ll keep my fingerscrossed. πŸ˜‰
    Have a great week and happy reading.

  5. I’m sorry to hear your news. What a disappointment… definitely cause for pizza! Thinking of you during the interview process and keeping my fingers crossed. Good luck πŸ™‚

  6. Good luck on the interview! I hope you find a job quickly! We watched Things Heard & Seen and I was kinda disappointed. It had a strong start but then I just got bored lol It was way too long. I hope you have a great week!

  7. I am sorry to hear your contract wasn’t renewed. I am glad you had a good with the boys despite the bad news though. And, I agree, the pizza was necessary. Good luck with the interview tomorrow. I hope it goes well and that they offer you the position!

    I need to talk my husband into a re-watch of the Star Trek films. That sounds fun.

    I hope your week is better this time around and you get some much needed good news!

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about your contract. Good luck with your interview. I hope that turns out well for you. I hope this is a better week for you.

  9. I’m sorry to hear your bad news, Jessica. I hope the interview goes well and you find a new position soon. Under the circumstances, I think you deserved the pizza!

  10. I’m truly sorry about your stressful week. Yes, the pizza was medicinal… so no guilt should be involved. I’ll say a prayer for you that all goes well with the interview this week. God always has a plan, so trust Him.

    C.S. Lewis is awfully weighty even in the best of circumstances, so I can understand why you switched to comforting TV/film.

  11. I’m sure you will find your β€œopen window,” and it will be a rewarding position just as this one is. And your cheeky pizza was well deserved. There are no calories, fat, cholesterol, etc… in food when you really need it β€οΈπŸ€—β€οΈ

  12. Oh no sorry to hear that! But good luck with your interview, and I hope you land a position that you are very happy with! And yes I think a pizza is warranted in a time like that… πŸ™‚

    I’m a big fan of Star Trek IV. πŸ™‚

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