Crunch It

August has felt like a bit of an odd month, neither here nor there.

I’m starting to lose my willpower now, my motivation to do something new each month is severely lacking.

I decided to try exercise, to crunch, every so often. I had initially thought every other day but then that did not happen.

I walk a lot – living in the City so I made a compromise… on the days where I am home and not walking 3+ miles a day, I will crunch.

Despite watching countless YouTube videos on how to crunch appropriately, I am still unsure if I am actually crunching, or just doing sit ups – either way, it ticks the box.

 

One Day

You always told me, “One day…”
Trying in vain to prepare me for these days.

In the early days, I notice your hat is still there – I make a mental note to ask if I can keep it,
But then in the blink of an eye – it is gone.

I take your collection of ties without waiting for a better time,
Folding them up neatly in a bag.

I think of the sadness in your eyes whenever you spoke of a family who was long since gone,
Always preparing me for, “One day…”

I never expected ‘one day’ would feel like this,
Never imagined I would understand so accurately that sadness I saw within you.

Weeks later, we are standing outside our house,
We are all here, waiting.

Liz announces the arrival of the hearse with a deafening, “He’s here.”
Nic and I lose composure, eyes dropping immediately to our feet.

I sit in the funeral car, with your daughters – the magnitude of that moment hits hard,
I am the only grandchild in the car and I wonder, does that not speak volumes?

The house is empty,
I am showing prospective buyers around.

They want to change everything – strip it bare and start anew,
I want to drag them out but instead, I just remove myself.

“One day, I won’t be here anymore. You’ll be telling your grandchildren about me like I am telling you about mine.”

 

The Favourite

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I was not too late, to this party!

Off to the cinema, I went.

Rachel Weisz – whom I have admired a great deal ever since The Mummy (1999).

Emma Stone – whom I have been a fan of ever since I first saw The Help (2011).

Olivia Coleman – whom I have followed (not literally) since Broadchurch (2013).

Put them together and you have a pretty amazing female cast! What more could you possibly want?

While I am British, I had zero knowledge of Queen Anne, other than she had once been the Queen – as stated in this film.

The trailer ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYb-wkehT1g ) had me gripped and amused from the first second I saw it and has every other time since.

The language within the film was more modern than I had expected and much more colourful! Sitting there watching it, I was glad I had gone alone. (It takes a lot to shock me, however, it takes very little to make my cheeks flush a bright red). I loved it.

I walked away with the thought, “Well, that was very odd.” And I still feel that “odd” is the best word to use, especially in regards to the ending.20190116_151804

I am still undecided on what I think to it. I have seen various videos on YouTube about how amazingly well it has been received and while I agree that the film was impeccably made and the performances top notch… I am not chomping at the bit to see it a second time. Although there are a couple of scenes with Rachel that I shall no doubt be Youtube-ing!

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Bird Box

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I was late to the party, guys. I had such high hopes for this new Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson film that I put off watching it once I heard people’s bad reviews.

However, I finally watched it. As a means of distraction from a terrible day.

I watched it with my mum and fended off questions of “Why are they in a boat? Are they prisoners? Why are they ALL blindfolded?” with the answer, “I don’t know.” While genuinely not knowing why they were in a boat or why they were blindfolded. All I knew was what I had seen in the trailer
( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPWMBITCudM ) and what I had heard other’s speak of.

I had heard people say, “they made it look better than it actually is” and “such and such a film is pretty much the exact same but done better.”

I liked it. I cannot say it is the best Sandra Bullock film ever made but I enjoyed it and the part she played was flawless.

I do feel the trailer was misleading in regards to the role of Sarah Paulson’s character  – I would have liked her to be in it a lot longer than she actually was.

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The general premise for Bird Box is something that I do feel has been done before. The Fog, The Thing and The Mist are what spring to my mind, however, I am sure there are more recent variations.

I found Bird Box to be watchable and enjoyable. I was entertained, I did not get bored and start hoping for the end (which happens a lot with me).

I think some people are maybe a little harsh with their words.

Perhaps my being a huge fan of both Sandra and Sarah makes me biased, but I enjoyed it and I would definitely watch it again.

 

 

 

Because of You

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I will not make
The same mistakes that you did
I will not let myself
Cause my heart so much misery
I will not break
The way you did, you fell so hard
I’ve learned the hard way
To never let it get that far
Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don’t get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust not only me but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid
I lose my way
And it’s not too long before you point it out
I cannot cry
Because I know that’s weakness in your eyes
I’m forced to fake
A smile, a laugh every day of my life
My heart can’t possibly break
When it wasn’t even whole to start with
Because of you
I never stray too far from the sidewalk
Because of you
I learned to play on the safe side so I don’t get hurt
Because of you
I find it hard to trust not only me but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid

Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson

Songwriters: Kelly Brianne Clarkson / Ben Moody / David Hall Hodges
Because of you lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Reservoir One Music, Reservoir Media Management Inc