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Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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

It feels like ages since I last wrote a rundown… almost like it was last year. Badum tish! Be aware that I do hate myself for that. But it does feel like a really long time since my last rundown. Last week was just a nightmare and then I ended up planning so many posts for New Year’s Eve that it seemed stupid writing a rundown anyway. I don’t think you missed out on much. I was still reading Normal People at the time and probably hadn’t watched anything fun on Netflix. So it would have been a waste of time anyway… just like this week’s.

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Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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

You know that feeling when you’re pretty sure that you’ve bought all of your Christmas presents and then you remember you still have a lot to buy? That happened to me the other day. I was so smug but I’ve still got a few biggies to sort out. I’ll get it done but it’s a kick in the teeth considering how great I felt. I got my work secret Santa present sorted the day I picked the name out and I’m so happy with it. So happy, in fact, that I’ve been finding presents for other people to give to their picks too. I’m a bloody present buying machine! And, considering how many presents I’ve bought for myself this year, I should know how good I am at picking gifts out.

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Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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

This week’s kind of passed me by in a bit of a blur. I genuinely don’t know where the time has gone. Although, I guess this week I’ve sort of been distracted by my anger about The Crimes of Grindelwald. Sometimes, after I post things here, I suddenly remember that I’m 30 and should probably not give as much of a shit. I have moments of intense self-awareness that I’m getting super angry about a kid’s film all about magical creatures and stuff. There’s definitely better things I can spend my time worrying about. That, maybe, if I spent the time I’d wasted on that doing something with purpose I wouldn’t now be in a job I hate, single, and living with my parents. But, on the other hand, it was a really annoying film.

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Sunday Rundown – That’s What She Read

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

Tonight I watched my first Netflix original Christmas film of 2018 so I guess that means it’s officially Christmas now, right? It was no A Christmas Prince but it was still everything I’ve come to expect from the streaming service’s own brand movies. I want to try to write a review at some point but I’m a week ahead of myself. So it might take a while but we’ll get there. This week is all about Fantastic Beasts 2. A film that I have a lot of thoughts about so I’m wondering how it’s best to put them out into the world. I feel like a normal review could go on and on and on and on and on. So, we’ll see what happens there.

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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

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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

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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

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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. Continue reading

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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

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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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