- Well friends, things are looking up. My shoulder is finally starting to improve and touch wood I haven’t had any other injuries or acute illnesses for a couple of weeks. (Cue scream).
- At work released a project that I was tech leading. It’s a ransomware negotiation simulation and it’s fun. I’d definitely recommend reading the end page article - it’s fascinating and ransomware attacks are such power trips! Due to the news cycle this year, something which should have taken a month or two ended up taking much, much longer as we worked on it in the background in between other higher priority news stories, so I’m really happy to see it finally come out.
- I got a call saying that I needed to go to the GP for a blood test, I asked what for and was told they didn’t know. I turned up on Friday and the nurse also didn’t know what she was taking blood for, and the doctors were all “busy” so she just took one of each of the most common coloured vials in the hope that that covered it… It was sort of like a very low stakes version of The Trial.
- I also found out that if you have a diagnosis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome you can never again give blood. Which makes sense, but is also pretty rich given that, you know, there are no approved treatments and we’re consistently treated by doctors as though we’re making the whole thing up.
- I started a bookstagram and am very embarrassed about it but also really enjoying having a place to talk about books more. Although please, if you know of any other great bookstagrammers who are not 20-something-white-women-who-happen-to-be-reading-the-Booker-longlist then please do share because the landscape is all looking a bit homogeneous (says this 30-something white woman whose next read is shortlisted for the Booker prize).
- I was loving Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell but recently took a quick break to read Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid for book club. I loved SAFA - a real page turner, although something happens in it which is so absurd and unbelievable that it really is a testament to the rest of the book that I can still say I loved it. Excited to get back to the final third of Jonathan Strange. I’ve been listening to Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell which I have been enjoying so much - it’s incredibly comforting and I want to give Molly Gibson a big hug.
- Luke and I watched Everything Everywhere All At Once and thought it was incredible. I had a big cry at the mother daughter scene and generally agree with Natasha Hodgson about the embarrassment that every other film ever made must feel about their own existence. We also watched a quite good documentary about women climbers trying to make it to the Olympics (also cried, obvs). One of the women, Janja Garnbret, had a home video from when she was a young girl climbing up her doorframe, and I swear she is a different species to the rest of us - such an incredible natural climber, it was amazing to see.