State of Emma
- I slowly returned to functioning this week.
- I had a bad day at work on Wednesday (offered to help someone bypass CircleCI due to delays and ended up taking down their high profile story for 5 minutes), and a good day at work on Thursday (lots of useful conversations, some good dev work on my latest project, wrote documentation to prevent Wednesday from happening again).
- I finished listening to the Hunger Games audiobooks - lots of fun, would recommend, and much to my own amusement started listening to Hilary Clinton’s co-written political thriller State of Terror (written with Louise Penny). I never used to be able to listen to audiobooks as I struggle to focus on them, but when we got Peg and I started walking more I decided to try again. It’s been a bit of a journey discovering what does and doesn’t work for me on audiobook. Successes have usually either been classics that I already know (e.g. Jane Austen), or really exciting books: His Dark Materials trilogy and the first two from The Book of Dust, Hunger Games etc. When reading books on the page I love observing the use of language and I lose a lot of that when listening, plus I think I lose a lot by not being in control of the pace on a line level, so there are plenty of books that I’m excited to read in book form that I would never dream of listening to. But political thriller is a new genre for me, and whilst I can’t imagine many books making my physical TBR pile, I 100% envisage enjoying the audiobook versions, so that’s fun. I’m still less than a quarter of the way through State of Terror, but so far so good. In paper form I finished Life After Life, which I liked but not as much by the end as I did at the start, and I’m onto Songbirds by Christy Lefteri for the FT Embrace book club.
- I’ve been enjoying the Euros and the World Athletics Championships. I have France in a very convoluted Euros sweepstake (I’m currently looking favourite for the “fastest goal” prize). Peg is very good at joining in with goal celebrations, particularly when Georgia Stanway scores a screamer. True to form I cried when Jake Wightman won the 1500m. Show me a middle/long distance runner/triathlete winning a race and I will cry, it’s embarrassing.