Oh my!

Yes, this is everything I hoped it would be!

Let’s focus on Richard specifically…

Looking at him as Father Quart during two hours or so in this movie will be pure joy!

Good kind of Friday

Last week I realised that fall break is upon us and that I will be having a week off next week! I had already blocked the week off months ago and it couldn’t come at a better time.

I had a frank and open conversation with my boss this morning about all the shit that’s been happening, including feedback on how what she says affects me negatively. It’s out there now and we’ll see if she will again use this against me or not or if it will even change anything. In any case, I feel much lighter now that it’s been discussed and I’m ready for my break now.

To add to the ‘it’s a good Friday’ feeling – I was able to secure a good financial victory for my young man refugee this week, which had me really stoked. And then there is also the fact that I have bagged a job interview to be held via Zoom next week. Fingers crossed, people! When I get back to work in a week I want to say to my boss that I’ll be outta there.

Today (work) life is looking not so gloomy. Even the weather has cleared a bit and there’s some sun shining in through our dining room window where I sit as I work.

I’m all caught up with everything now, so I can finish early, which is a good thing before heading into a holiday. Time to quickly blog this, shut my work laptop and start my free week off. 🙂


OK, a little soap box time. Just saw Richard Armitage retweet a ‘Hello’ clickbait article with really virtually no content whatsoever…

“Richard Armitage shocks fans with transformation for new Netflix drama Stay Close“. Seriously? I am not in the least bit shocked by this look!

I’d rather call myself delighted! This look reminds me of his scruffy look in Urban and the Shed Crew (with even the same kind of red-black flannel shirt!) which I quite loved…

I don’t think Richard Armitage fans shock that easily, but then, I can’t speak for all RA fans. I just know that I, as a fan, have not felt shocked, not even for a nano-second. What is journalism coming to? Then again, I wouldn’t call this piece journalism, from ‘Hello’ I would have expected a little better. I mean, it was never a hard-hitting magazine or anything but this kind of cheap ‘journalism’ should be beneath them… Sheesh. A pity Richard felt the need to retweet that and give it even more attention. Oh well, at least it inspired another blog post (and I now too have drawn attention to it – maybe not so smart from me either).

Lunch break

Very late lunch break today as I had three meetings and was working a deadline but finally a moment to unwind now. Sat outside for about 15 minutes…

… but a few raindrops are starting to fall, so back inside to write this. I have a very boring work task to do next, so am delaying a bit getting back to it. Meanwhile, I had to clear bird feathers from the couch which I only saw when I wanted to plonk down there at the beginning of my break (and everyone has left the house, so no one else saw either). Apparently our black cat has been hunting again in the night and has snatched a bird. I can’t find the body, so I hope she took it outside again and didn’t hide it somewhere in the house. It’s not like we don’t feed her! Her dry food has barely been touched which is unlike her. I now understand why. How innocent does she really look while sitting in our armchair?

Time to make a sandwich now (wasn’t hungry earlier but now starting to feel a little peckish) and then back to work again in about 15 minutes. I’m so glad I’ll have my day off tomorrow.

Job search and All Creatures

Had a very disillusioning talk with my boss on Friday who, under the guise of being ‘supportive’ is turning into one of the least supportive bosses I have known and I feel betrayed. It makes me want to leave my current job more than ever, so I’m feverishly searching for other work. I just sent out two applications this evening. Fingers crossed something good will happen because where I’m at now is turning more and more sour. The mental stress I am feeling, especially after Friday, makes me wonder whether I should just call in sick and never go back again…

The cat has been supportive while I sent out my applications…

She’s always desperate to lie on us or, if that’s not possible, to lie against us. Yes, annoying sometimes but also very good for calming nerves when I can just turn my head and nuzzle her soft fur.

I’ve been needing some comfort watching so have finally watched the first season of the new All Creatures Great and Small

… and it sure is a lovely series! I used to watch the old one of the end 1970s and 1980s and I have read the books once a long, long time ago but I’m not that clear anymore on the particulars, it’s been too long. So, no idea whether this is true to the books but I’m really enjoying it, particularly Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley) and Sebastian Farnon (Samuel West), even though he’s a little less jolly here than I remember him from the old series. Of course, also James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) is good, as is Tristan (Callum Woodhouse), who really has some growing up to do, and I don’t remember Helen Alderson being a farming woman but I do like this Helen (Rachel Shenton) too. The second series is airing now as we speak. It’s lovely to disappear into a different world like that. Yorkshire sure is gorgeous and I also think back fondly of our travels there a few summers ago. Looking forward to season two!