Happy New Year and all that.
Back at work now but was fortunate enough to have two weeks off. First week with all of the extended family in Noosa, second week at home to do all those jobs that you just don't get done unless you have a week put aside.... But it was too hot (what jobs??) So I set up a pillow fort and bunked down in the lounge room where the air con is. And the television and my limitless wifi....
First up - two documentaries you can hit up on ABC iview. Been around for a while but first time I've seen and still so fabulous.
Mademoiselle C - a doco on Carine Rotfield's solo venture after leaving French Vogue and the development and launch of her first 'fashion book' - CR. Loved it all. The glitz, glamour, fashion, vision, hard work, the fashion shoots, and her! Whether or not it was the angle the doco was taking - I really warmed to her. Passionate, hard working, love for her family, collaborative and oh so flipping stylish. Had pigeon holed her in the 'devil wears prada' mould but was pleasantly surprised. To me she is the ultimate, and that hair! pleaseeeeee. Karl Lagerfeld is a crack up, and Tom Ford kills me. Available on iview until 16 January. Click for link
Mission to Lars - 2012 doco about English siblings who attempt to arrange for their brother Tom to fulfill a long term passion of his, to meet the drummer of Metallica, Lars Ulrich. Tom has Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic condition causing intellectual disability, behavioural and learning challenges. It's a beautiful story and with a brilliant ending (I won't spoil the story!...bet you can't guess,,,) - certainly a great 'feel good' given some of the 'not so good feeling' stuff that is going on with the world at the moment. WATCH IT! - its on iview (which is free by the way!) until 22 January. Click for link.
I've been known to lose whole weekends to 'the netflix' (or Stan, Presto etc. I don't discriminate) - When 'Please Like Me' first aired on ABC I was traveling a lot overseas for work so I was unable to string consecutive episodes together. I'd caught them here and there and loved it and understood enough to follow it loosely, but on a good tip from Kate after talking about our mutual love of Rosehaven (click here to start if you are stoooopid and haven't seen it yet - available til Feb!), I sat down and watched all four seasons from start to finish (3 seasons on Netflix, last season on iview).
Bloody frickin' heck Josh Thomas, you are the bomb. You and the people you collaborated with to write, direct, produce and act in this series. Laugh out loud, cringe behind your hands knowingly, weeping openly - feel all of the emotions. So brilliant on so many levels. As someone who has lived with and managed (not always well!!) mental illness since last year uni (i'm not doing the numbers but its been a while) - the accuracy to which this shitful condition is dealt with across all four season is incredible. In the clinic? oh my lordy lord, its been some time since I have had to spend time there but gosh it was done well. Put it on your list people and watchhhh ittttt. Not sure how long netflix keeps series available, but if you want to ensure you see all of season 4 on iview, the first episode of the season finishes on 13 January, so hurry up peeps! x For first episode, start here.
Speaking of all things netflix and stan - what are you watching? what should I be watching?? - Loved 'Younger', can't wait for the next season of 'Designated Survivor', devoured 'The Crown' (love all things Royal despite being a Republican. Because I can...
Started Billions - still warming to it.
oh oh oh - LOVED Minimalism. Must watch.
One thing I always wanted in my home was a wall of book cases/shelving. And it had to cover the whole wall, over the door way. I spent a fortune and my little SFC (single fronted cottage) now includes said wall. Happy days.
I already had mountains of books and magazines and 'stuff' - so the cabinetry was easy to fill. But I've tried to cut down my spending (don't laugh) - so magazines are few and far between, mainly because I never found time to read.... and books - I only ever read once. So from a cost point of view and a 'stuff' point of view (see reference to 'minimalism' doco above!) - I finally succumbed over the Christmas break to 'Kindle-ing' , or as I succinctly refer to it - the electric book thingy.
Well, it's fair to say I've taken to it like a duck to water :) - reminds me a bit of netty flix etc.
First up - a book I had heard about through another book I read. Well, well, well. Ding, ding, ding. A bloody brilliant read. Apparently, statistically there are a lot of us - but amongst my dear friends now, we are few and far between - 30 something (fucking brilliant) single women.
If you are one of these women and feeling a bit fragile about not being loved up and married with kids like the majority - stop what you are doing and read this god damn book. Hard copy, electric book thingy copy - I don't care, just do it. If you need me to buy it for you I will. It just mad me feel good (not that I was feeling super shitty to begin with, btw), and I'm about to read it again ( I know, I know). Thank you Sara Eckel. You are the business. Oops, almost forgot to tell you the name of the book, but I think that is because I don't believe it does it justice. Its so much more. READ IT LADIES!!! - It's Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You're Single.
Currently reading Jessi Klein's 'You'll Grow Out Of It" - LOVE. get it in your kindle here
Ok- that was some serious old school blogging. Yay.
Don't forget the little brown button trading shop has a stupid sale on - Sunnylife Inflatables 50% off, Ban.do 2017 agendas more than 50% off with free shipping. And all the bling is shipped free of charge.