Ok so this is a bit of a long blog post as it has been a while (again!) since my last one, but I’ve broken it down in chunks to make it easier to read. Apart from getting used to the school run, having a cold and losing my voice, work, family & friend time, this is what I’ve been up to:
I seem to have been watching a lot of TV even though I barely have the time. I happened upon American Gothic last weekend on Amazon Prime and am now half way through the series. It’s just so good and addictive. Don’t get confused with a series of the same name from back in the 90s. In a nutshell it’s about a very wealthy family, the Hawthornes, in Boston who may or may not have ties with a famous serial killer; the Silver Bells Killer (SBK) who stopped his killing spree 14 years earlier and was never caught. It has the usual sibling drama, politics, a freaky death obsessed kid, drugs, stalking, affairs, money, a son in law who happens to be a cop involved in the case….you name it. There are lots of twists and turns and I’m still not sure where it’s headed. I don’t know if there will be a season 2 yet as it’s a fairly new series, but I hope it carries on to be as good. It’s fairly light given the subject matter (not as intense as Wolf Creek or American Horror Story below) and very entertaining. I highly recommend.
I mentioned watching the first episode of Wolf Creek a few weeks ago and I wait with trepidation every week to see what happens. I just finished episode 4 and am sad there are only 2 more left of the series. The music and visuals of the titles at the beginning are so haunting and somewhat reminiscent of True Blood’s titles. It just fits perfectly with the theme anyway. Eve, is a 19 year old American college student hell bent on revenge in the Australian outback. I really don’t want to say any more than that, but rest assured you will get shocks, (moderate) gore – more is left to the imagination which works well for me, and a host of very strange characters. The setting is very beautiful despite being bleak at times and there is much more to the plot than a pretty girl chasing this whack job called Mick Taylor across Australia….I have no idea how it’s going to play out. Also, will he get to her first? Mick is a very interesting character despite being a complete nutter and in some episodes he’s barely in it at all, but you can’t help but be intrigued. He’s a paunchy, rugged man who seems to kill just for kicks and makes lame jokes to himself rather like James Bond (but polar opposite in every other way). After seeing a girl who is crying having been in a car accident he tells her to shut up then hits her in the face with a hammer and says “That’s better” afterwards in his deep Australian drawl which if it wasn’t so brutal, dare I say it, would be bordering on funny.
And now coming to a show that has had a ridiculous amount of hype; American Horror Story season 6. As it’s been out in the States and the UK and we now know the theme which was kept under wraps until it premiered last week in the US. It’s called My Roanoke Nightmare and I’ve just finished the 2nd episode and not quite sure how I feel about it yet. I’m not crazy about the way it’s been presented like a docu-series with re-enactments and different actors playing the same characters, but there’s no doubt the writers know what they’re doing and I’m sure it will all come together and with a hell of a twist at some point. It is f*cking scary though, I’ll give it that and I do like the fact it’s very different from the last few seasons which seemed more about the gore and shocks; it feels like what AHS should be like and there are parts which remind me of the first 3 series which, to me, were the best. Oh and it’s also based on a true story which makes it super creepy. The actors, as always, are amazing. It’s a different type of show for Cuba Gooding Jr, but he’s great and Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are spot on. Another show I will be interested to see how it pans out. In the meantime, I highly recommend Den of Geek for more in depth episode reviews. For anyone who is watching it, have you noticed Sarah Paulson’s eye colour keeps changing from brown to blue? I wonder whether that means anything? With AHS it probably does. They seem to think of every detail.
It is so lovely when you’re kids can speak properly and you can have proper conversations with them, but when they start asking ‘why?’ a million times a day and lots of other questions it can be a bit frustrating (and daunting as I feel like a complete idiot for not knowing the answer half the time! Most of them seem to be science based questions.) Also when you’ve lost your voice and you are being asked “why have you lost your voice mummy” and “has it come back yet” all day, screaming “NO BECAUSE I AM NOT ABLE TO REST IT” really does not help…
Also hearing yourself in their tone is quite amusing. I got called a “very naughty girl” last week and told I have a “cheeky face”. I’ve also been told to “stop mucking about” and just earlier he waved his finger at me and said in a very stern voice, “don’t do that again” when he was the one who had been naughty. I tried to keep a straight face, but my husband laughing from the other room after hearing him made me burst into giggles. Thank God he doesn’t pick up on my swearing which is weird as I do swear a lot (but obviously try to curb it as much as possible. Very hard when you drive and there are absolute nutcase on the road.)
I went to the park with my son earlier and we had a lovely time sitting on a bench eating our lunch and basking in the warm Autumn sun. There were quite a few teenage girls out and about wearing a lot of make up, super skinny jeans and cropped tops (must have got them in TopShop or New Look where I feel like I might as well be 50.) I was thinking back to that age of late teens/early twenties and would l like to be there again with my whole life ahead of me, but contemplating it, I don’t. I was sitting with my son who was being incredibly well behaved and quiet and really enjoying the time with him. I feel really settled and weirdly my career is finally on the right track even at this age and while being a mum. I’m doing much more writing which is what I’ve always wanted to do. And I finally passed my driving test at the beginning of the year so feel properly grown up now! I don’t think I’ve aged that much in mind and thankfully looks so, no, I’m not envious and god I just imagine the pressure of being a young girl today with all the social media that I didn’t have to go through and god knows what else. Anyway I still wear skinny jeans, just might forego showing off my midriff as no one really wants to see that…Ask me the same question when I hit my 40s and I might give you a different answer.
This week I can only really recommend this Garnier SkinActive Oil-Infused Micellar Cleansing Water which is £3.99 at Boots at the moment. I’ve used a few other Garnier Micellar cleaning waters (the original and the pure active) and they are all good and do what they say on the bottle. This one is fairly new and is for dry and sensitive skin. It cleanses and nourishes the skin, removes waterproof make-up and can be used on eyelids and lips. It says not greasy on the description but it obviously has oil in it so skin has a nice sheen after use and sometimes I haven’t even needed to use moisturiser afterwards. I have only used this at night and when removing make up so can’t say what it’s like before applying make up. It smells divine though and skin feels really cleansed and nourished after use. It says you don’t need to rinse and micellar water is meant to be used on its own, but I still like to use a gel or foam cleaner beforehand and use this rather like a toner. If I took my make up with it I would need rather a lot of cotton pads and I don’t even wear that much make up!
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