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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – October wrap-up
Wednesday 31st October 2018 7:59 pm

This month I watched The Martian. I read the book in February last year, so I thought I'd forgotten enough to watch the film.

I think I timed it just right - I'd forgotten a lot of the details, so I was still entertained, but remembered enough that it explained the bits of the film that didn't get explained. The film was good enough that during the "will he get rescued" ending I was on the edge of my seat, even though I remembered how it ended.

I had no idea that it had Sean Bean in it and he was one of the people explaining why a secret meeting had been called "Project Elrond", which I found amusing.

I liked that the film helped me picture everything, because I am terrible at reading description and some of it I just hadn't got my head round at all. But on the whole I preferred the book - it felt like you were more inside Mark's head and it explained more of what was going on. Although if I hadn't read the book, I might not have spent the film going "but th4ey haven't explained why that happened" or "they missed that bit".

I give it a 7 out of 10.


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Silly things
Sunday 28th October 2018 8:57 pm

1. A few weeks ago I lost the part of my sat nav lead where you plug it into the car charger. I had it on the way and on the way back it wasn't in my bag, wasn't in the car and wasn't in the hotel room. I suspect it's in the same place missing pens go.

When looking up where to buy a new one from I discovered Halfords sell general USB to car adaptors, so I bought one, tried it and it didn't work. So I took it back and bought a branded one for twice the price, which also came with two cables. I assume one of them is for something different and I assume I have one of those in my sat nav box that I've clearly never needed. Well, now I have a spare.

I plugged the sat nav in one morning when I went to work and it charged. I unplugged it, it told me it was switching off, so I put it back in its bag and set off. It waited until I had set off to tell me to turn right (my sat nav not only doesn't know where I live, it doesn't even believe my house exists). I then had to listen to it telling me to turn round at every roundabout until I had the opportunity to stop and turn it off.

What made it all the more annoying is that usually as soon as it finds satellites it forgets the route I have planned. I hadn't used it for a couple of weeks and yet the one time I would have been happy for it to forget, it remembered.

2. On the subject of my sat nav, I discovered it really doesn't understand a big roundabout near me. As I neared it it told me there was a right turn ahead...

3. Gone to the same lost pen place, is my fiddle ring. I had it on when I left the house and then later I didn't. I don't think it helped that it was a bit big and now it's colder my fingers are smaller. I have bought some more (so this time I have spares) half a size smaller, so they still fit on the fourth fingers of both hands.

(I read somewhere that the fingers on your dominant hand are slightly bigger than the fingers on your other hand. For me it's the other way round)

4. I've already written the first draft of my Yuletide fic. I read my assignment on Monday morning and had the basic idea by the time I left for work. But I need to get it done soon as work goes crazy in November, until a week before Christmas, and when it does I won't have the time or energy for writing. Or anything.

5. I accidentally ended up completely happily on GMT today. I overdid things a bit the past few days and stayed up too late. Then at 5:30 this morning I was woken up by my neighbours slamming their back door a few times (not the first time I've heard them do that in the middle of the night, I have no idea why). Having been woken up I was therefore really hot*, so got up to go to the toilet to cool me (and the bed) down a bit.

And then I thought that it was really cold and the heating should be on by now. My heating is set based on when the house is coldest and stopping Sammy from getting too cold, rather than when I might need it. At which point I realised that although my clock said it was 5:30, it was actually 4:30 and my heating knows when we change the clocks. So I ended up having to go downstairs to turn the heating on, because there wasn't much point in it coming on just before dawn on a day that was due to be sunny.

I took a while to get back to sleep after that (not least because I was still hot, despite having gone down to the kitchen, which is the coldest room in the house). When I woke up it was a lot later than I usually wake up, although I usually wake up earlier than I want to.

I tried feeding Sammy an hour earlier, as it might mean he is still on BST and would get up an hour earlier, but I think it's on whatever time zone I am.

*I remember learning in biology at school that when you sleep your temperature goes down. Mine really doesn't.


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Things
Sunday 21st October 2018 2:23 pm

I have totally got out of the habit of posting and commenting. I must try and get back in it. So here are some things I've had going on recently.

1. I had a flu jab at the start of the month. Usually it just makes me feel like I've been punched in the arm. This time my arm swelled up and was hot to the touch and hurt so much that I really didn't want to be using or moving it at all. It also made me feel really ill, so I spent some time catching up on TV. I caught up on Midsomer Murders, which included an episode about a small pet show and was all about the rabbits. Obviously I loved it, aside from the rabbit cages being too small, and for some reason they were kept in a tent on site overnight, which makes no sense. But now I am being stalked by the murderer - he popped up in Doctor Who and then in Johnny English. He's everywhere!

2. I've been watching a lot of hamster videos and got into the crafty DIY side. It's possible to make nearly everything in a cage with wood and lolly sticks - and if you're good with DIY you can even make a cage. I'm not quite that good, but I did make a log cabin (out of 15 toilet roll tubes), a small rainbow bridge (that isn't rainbow because I couldn't be bothered to pain it) and a climbing frame. Now I've got the hang of the glue, and a lot more lolly sticks in three sizes, I might try making more things.

3. Sammy is still cute. He'll happily put two feet on my hand (even if there's no food) but won't put a third on (even for a treat). I've got into the habit of giving him some of my boiled egg at breakfast at weekends (sometimes in bed, sometimes he gets out of bed for it).
Sammy

4. I had the last big thing done on my house (where big means getting workmen in to do things). All(!) I have left is getting rid of stuff and deciding which cross stitches to put on the walls where.

5. Dancing - but I've been meaning to write a whole post about that for the past couple of months, so I will save all of that for its own post.


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Dear Yuletide Writer
Monday 15th October 2018 8:25 pm

Dear Yuletide Writer,

This year this letter is just a copy of my sign up, in case it helps to have it in this format. Fandoms I have requested are:
Belinda Blinked (Any: Belinda Blumenthal, Bella, Giselle)
Daisy Dalrymple (Any: Daisy Dalrymple, Alec Fletcher)
The Avengers (John Steed, Emma Peel)
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (Any: Jeff Randall, Marty Hopkirk, Jeannie Hopkirk)

Read more...


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I’ve Never Seen Star Wars – October
Monday 1st October 2018 7:00 pm

This month I'm going to do something that doesn't take up as much time. I'm going to watch The Martian (film). I read the book last year, for Never Seen Star Wars, happened to notice this was on Film 4 a while back and it's now sitting on my PVR, taking up space. So I will watch it this month.


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