Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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So how has your week been? What have you been reading?

I thought I’d had a pretty good week until Saturday. Then work was dreadful and I’ve got the worst case of Sunday night blues. I’m genuinely anxious about going in tomorrow because it’s such a horrible place right now. And it sucks cause my work experience arrangement has made everything so much better. But this is just what happens when you have a group of managers who don’t actually give a shit about how the people in their team feel. I made a comment to one of them that I was feeling stressed about work at the moment and his response was “an absolute lie”. Which is lovely and supportive. But I don’t want to get into this here. It’s already upset me enough. Let’s see what positive things have come out of the last 7 days.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Today is marks the 100th anniversary since the end of World War One. I’ve literally just finished watching Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old. All day I’ve been dismayed by the seeming lack of awareness about this momentous occassion on my social media. So, quite frankly, I’m a little dismayed by humanity right now. So, instead of the usual spiel I’m just going to leave Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen here instead.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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So how has your week been? What have you been reading?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that as soon as one part of your life starts going right that another will immediately fall to pieces. As I mentioned, I’ve been doing work experience with the marketing department at work one a week since September. It’s been fantastic and I love going in to help out. I was actually feeling quite positive about work in general for the first time… I wanna say ever. Then, of course, everything goes to shit. I won’t go into details, as it’s both boring and unnecessary, but suffice it to say that I’m locked in a battle against super petty and unhelpful people. It’s wonderful. Still, it’s not all bad I guess. Once I’m out that building at the end of the day I don’t have to think about it. The great thing about working in a kitchen is that it’s impossible to bring your work home with you I guess! It means I can relax and put off reading without any guilt… well apart from the reading guilt obviously.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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So how has your week been? What have you been reading?

You’ve caught me on a good day. I spent the afternoon with my family where we have a lovely Sunday lunch. There’s nothing to get you ready to face the week than a tasty roast dinner with the people you like most. And I think that extra hour in bed has inspired as I’m even contemplating an early night with a book. I mean I’m even writing this at a vaguely sensible time. What’s happened to me? Just wait til next week when I’m back to madly finishing typing at 11:30pm. It’s inevitable. But, for now, I can pretend I’m a new person. That somehow, in the last 7 days, I’ve experienced some sort of personal growth and am close to becoming a proper adult. Although, that does sound a bit dull if I’m honest.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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So how has your week been? What have you been reading?

I have to be quick getting this out because I’ve let my evening get away from me. I’m starting at 7 tomorrow so, by rights, I should be settling down instead of madly typing away. You can tell it’s late because of the sheer number of typos I’m making. At times like this my fingers seem to go faster than my brain and they do whatever the fuck they want. It was like this when I played the flute. My fingers went faster than the my mouth could when I was nervous. It made doing scales in my exams very difficult. They just need to chill out. Something they’ve now done because they know I’m talking about them. Of course, if I stopped putting myself in this position then they wouldn’t have to try to get ahead of themselves… but that doesn’t sound like me. Nobody expects organisation on this blog. I’m just constantly striving for perfect imperfection.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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So how has your week been? What have you been reading?

Has it felt like a long week to anyone else? It may just be because I’d been off for a bit but I’m sure I’ve worked the equivalent of two weeks in one. And just when you start to get over the first one along comes the second. And the whole sorry cycle continues for the rest of time. Adulthood, eh?! It’s no wonder I try to retain my youth by acting like a child all the time. It doesn’t help that my current read (a book about trying to stay sane in our crazy modern world) keeps giving me panic attacks. Have you ever been sat at a station reading a long list of chronological technological advances and started to feel dizzy? I have. Seriously, when you think about it our world and our recent history is a little terrifying. And it’s not going to end any time soon. I kind of feel like I just need to lie down and let it all just pass me by. I think I may be taking the wrong message from my current read.
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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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So how has your week been? What have you been reading?

Another Sunday has come and gone and, though I do it every week, I confess I nearly forgot to write this post. I’ve started back at work after having a few days holiday and it’s been awful. I’d forgotten how tiring and frustrating that job is. So, I kind of crashed as soon as I got home. It doesn’t help that yesterday, the last day of my holiday, I decided to start playing Skyrim again. Yep, not at the beginning of the week in which I had very little planned but at the end. Smooth move Laura. I’ve been so engrossed in the game that I nearly missed the new Dr Who as well. But I didn’t. And, as I plan on addressing this later in the week, I won’t say too much about it for now. Check back later if you’re really dying to hear what I think… I know everybody is. Read more

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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So how has your week been? What have you been reading?

This week during my work experience I’ve been researching a load of lifestyle bloggers and it’s kind of messed with my head. Looking at the kind of content some of them come out with I was genuinely starting to believe I could do it too. Why not add to my schedule by including content about clothes, beauty, and food? It took much longer than I’d like for me to realise that the only thing stopping me was my lack of knowledge of clothes and beauty. As I work in a kitchen and consider myself to be a pretty good amateur cook, I would have more of a chance with food but I’d actually have to cook proper things. I doubt me writing about every grilled cheese sandwich I make would be very entertaining. I’m super passionate about books and I barely manage to squeeze any excitement out of that one a week. Imagine me trying to convince you all to take my fashion advice when I have the wardrobe of a grandma mixed with a 12-year-old. But, you know, watch this space. Who would have thought, a couple of years ago, that I’d have managed to maintain my fairly meagre schedule for this long? It’s no wonder I’m getting ideas above my station.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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So how has your week been? What have you been reading?

So, turns out life has been quite good lately. It feels like it’s just been a stream of good day in the past few weeks and I’d be stupid not to realise it’s because I’m actually getting to do something I want to do. Getting out of the kitchen, even for an unpaid day once a week, is genuinely great. It means the rest of my time at work is better and I feel happier that I’m making real steps. Of course, I have to prepare myself that it might come to nothing and it’ll not help me stand out for jobs applications. But, as I’m in a positive mood, I refuse to bring myself down. Everything is good and there’s nothing that can ruin that. Well, except for a bad book. I’m so unenthused about my current read that it’s painful. I just hate it. It makes me want to cry… and not in a good way.

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Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

img_4240So how has your week been? What have you been reading?

This week saw the start of my new work experience placement and I had a great day. Obviously, I was super nervous and I felt like a massive idiot all day. I described it to my friend as feeling like a kid on their first day of school. But that kid who got sent up a year and was faced with people who were much better than them in every way. It was weird and I’m not sure I achieved anything useful on my first day but I’m definitely going to do what I can to take advantage of the situation. I’ve lost count of the number of job applications I’ve sent over the years only to hear nothing back at all. Then the super disheartening feeling of getting an interview, feeling really good about it, then losing out to someone with more experience. This is the time I need to prove I can do this. To myself more than anything else. All this rejection has really worn me down. But let’s not start this rundown off on a downer. I’ve had some really good days lately. Not a dark day to be found anywhere.
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