There hasn't been much going on besides new job, new job and oh yeah, new job. I'm settling in a bit better now. This week, although I still had tons of meetings to go to, I had snatches of time where I could start making lists and writing up notes to help me start breaking down the big task into manageable bits. That made me feel more in control. There's still going to be a lot to do though... I think I'm just really worried that having moved from a job where I could coast because no one really cared about Marketing I may now have stepped into a role that's beyond me where I'm sure to fail.
I saw "Fences" (starring Lenny Henry) a few weeks ago. The construction of the story was kind of odd (I felt like it started out really subtle but then suddenly went into soap opera over drive) but Henry and a lot of the actors were great. I hope he keeps going with his stage career because I'd love to see him in lots of other roles. I also can't get this song the characters sing about a dog called Blue out of my head.
This weekend I saw "All's Well That Ends Well" - I highly contest whether that title is appropriate (not really, in historical context it's appropriate but as a modern lady I really wish it had never been). Ugh, Betram, ugh. If you thought Claudio from "Much Ado About Nothing" was Shakespeare's worst possible romantic hero then prepare to be amazed. Bertram doesn't even have the saving grace of being tricked into his awful, but historically understandable, attitude and the eventual 'explanation' for his disdain for Helen was flimsy even by the bard's standards. One thing I do enjoy about Shakespeare's comedies is that the women are forever winning the hand of the man they want with clever tricks - go get your morally detestable, but historically necessary, dream-boats ladies. Also Jonathan Slinger was in this production who I have a massive, weird crush on since seeing him in "The Tempest" so it wasn't a total waste.
I finished "The Queen of Attolia" by Meghan Whalen Turner and was a little bit destroyed by it. Recommended.
I have no idea what to read to follow this. Halp please?
The autumn TV schedule is starting up :) I watched the first two episodes of "Orphan Black" and loved it. I'm also enjoying "Peaky Blinders", which is sort of like a deep historical drama crossed with "The Hustle" - is anyone else watching this? And tonight I'm going into S4 of "Downton Abbey". Do you ever start disliking a TV show, but you're so invested in some of the characters reaching a happy ending that you just have to keep going? That's why I'm still watching. There are lots of new US dramas about to begin - "Agents of SHIELD" for one which I am so excited about. And I might be able to watch "Sleepy Hollow". Hopeful! I also need to find a way to watch "Dracula" when it starts. "Homeland" will be back soon and I've managed to get at least two people into that program (yes!). And will "Atlantis" be the new terrible-good program to replace "Merlin" or will it just be wretched? Oh and yes I'm still too into " GB Bake Off" and loving it.
Speaking of TV I just posted some thoughts on the first series of "The Returned"
, this odd French language series about the undead.
Next week's plans involve watching sporting finals, a trip to see "Rush", moar new job and a weekend of drinks. See you on the other side.