It’s always difficult to come back after a small break. I took a two week break from blogging, because I was unable to sit down long enough to concentrate on writing. And it felt wrong, yet, I couldn’t push myself through that rut and here we are. Two weeks later, with almost no posts, no lists, no reviews and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Trying to catch up with everything before 2017 arrives is going to be a challenge, but I will try my best. So this Commercial Break will be quite short, since I want to get to that long list of other posts as soon as possible!
Tired. That’s pretty much the key word I would use to describe my state of mind these past couple of weeks. I haven’t been getting enough sleep, my free time has been stolen away by going for my treatments each week and doing some extra things for work as well. I don’t mind any of these things though, I want to get healthy and I wanted to do those extra things for work. I just over thought everything and didn’t get enough sleep, so I just felt a little down at the beginning of this month.
That being said, I do hope for a really good second half of the month! I have a lot more free time, I’m spending my Christmas back at home, and I plan to binge watch so many great shows, that it’s going to melt my brain! Also, I’m definitely going to read at least one or two more books this month, even though I’ve already succeeded with my reading challenge. And one of my biggest plans for this month, is to plan out my blog posts in January. Now, I know this might sound a little crazy, but I do want to get freakily organised with my blog. I feel like I can do it, I might fail a little every now and then, but I think planning ahead and being organised, is something I need to be consistent and productive.
That’s also like my biggest goal for 2017, to just keep track of everything, money, expenses, word counts, posts, thoughts.. I even have a really beautiful Daily Planner I got ages ago, and I’m eager to start using it. So if anyone has like good recommendations or reading materials on how to be more organised and more prepared, let me know because the more I know the better.
Not much has happened in my life in terms of movies or at least nothing good. I saw Office Christmas Party last week and it was horrible. There were some good jokes, and I actually enjoyed some aspects of it, but overall, totally pointless. The premise and the main plot were ridiculous, and the final act of the movie was completely stupid. I didn’t like it at all, and I’m not really surprised, because comedies aren’t my thing anymore.
The movie that I need to see soon is Moonlight. Not because it got a lot of nominations at the Golden Globes but because I have been wanting to see it for so long! The sad thing though, I don’t think they will show it at my local movie theater, which means I have no idea, how long I have to wait for it.
Now, I’ve been not so good with shows as well. I’m caught up with No Tomorrow, which got cancelled!!! And I’m pretty much caught up with Conviction, which got cancelled!! So, I have nothing new left to be excited about, except This Is Us, which got renewed (duh). Though, actually, Timeless got renewed the last time checked, so yes, a show with Matt Lanter in the lead is doing better than Hayley Atwell with her shows. At this point, I think Atwell is TV-cursed because she gets these pretty decent roles, and then she gets cancelled.
So I watched Westworld a lot in the beginning of the month and I’m happy with it. I’m not loving it on a high level, like I did with Stranger Things, but I like it, and I will watch it while rooting for the hosts! I think, since I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago in my Thursday Movie Picks post, I’m not a western person. I like sci-fi, I love it actually, but the western part of Westworld is not my favourite thing in the world. That’s just me, and I’m okay with it.
This week I do plan to finish watching The Night Of.. which I have been putting off for so long! Now that Riz Ahmed is a Golden Globe nominated actor for his role in that said series, and he plays in Rogue One, I feel like I’ve put off watching The Night Of… too long. I started, and then for some reason stopped, and I don’t know why because I love crime shows and Ahmed’s performance was exciting from scene one. And don’t even get me started on Atlanta.. like, I’m such a bad fangirl right now, it’s not even funny.
BOOKS & MUSIC
Took my time with picking up a big chunky high fantasy book but now I’m reading one, and it’s The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s his debut novel and it has a sequel, and I’m a little over 100 pages in, and I like it a lot! I’m waiting for that moment when I just can snuggle into my blankets, drink tea and read it while I have no obligations what so ever! I hope to finish it before Christmas, but I’m not sure. BUT if I get my hands on Crooked Kingdom, I will put The Name of the Wind down for a while, but I don’t see that happening either because my local bookstores seem to hate me and there’s no Crooked Kingdom!
Took my time to listen the entire albums by The Weekend and Childish Gambino, but Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book has been on replay for a week! I know I’m pretty late to the game but I’m glad I finally arrived! For me, at the moment, the stand out song is All Night because with such an emotionally and physically exhausting beginning of the month, the tempo of that song gives me energy!
Cinematic Corner’s review of the Westworld season finale
Nocturnal Animals review by Rambling Film
Dan the Man’s take on Christmas Office Party
What to anticipate book wise in the beginning of 2017? Big City Bookworm shares a total of 10 must reads
FlixChatter shares her musings on this year’s Golden Globe nominations