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Merry in my lounge
Thursday 26th November 2020 7:08 pm

This is Merry telling me he wants to come out and play

Merry on the bars

Theoretically it would allow me to get better photos of him because he's not always in a dark corner, but that does require him to stay still, which doesn't happen a lot. He likes running around very fast and trying to climb things, even if they're unclimbable (like the wall).

Merry with a crocheted cat

He has not yet learnt that if he gets up earlier he can run around for longer. I've tried convincing him, but he really likes his bed in the evenings. He does a very good puppy dog expression when I put him back in his cage so I can go to bed.

Merry sad


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What I am reading Wednesday
Wednesday 18th November 2020 8:14 pm

What I Just Finished Reading
Shopgirls by Pamela Cox and Annabel Hobley. I really enjoyed it. It was interesting to see how things changed over the decades. You can gradually see how we got to where we are today. I was particularly interested in the bit where it talked about people working in the shops dealing with ration cards during the war, because I've only had heard it from the consumer's perspective before.

What I'm Currently Reading
The Bettany Twins and the Chalet School by Helen Barber. Which is mainly about Maeve and Maurice, but also about the Bettany family. It's pretty standard Chalet School stuff, but there's also something nefarious that Dick's involved with and I'm looking forward to finding out what that's all about.

What I'm Reading Next
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenburg. My library did a thing where you can tell them what sort of things you like and they pick out some books for you. I interpreted that as they'll find me things in the genres I like, similar to the authors I like, that is new to me. They interpreted it as they'll give me books by the authors I like. But I ticked the box to get a surprise, so that's this book. From the blurb on the back it looks like a sci-fi murder mystery, which sounds like my sort of thing. So I'm looking forward to reading it (and not looking at any other information about it in case I put myself off the idea of reading something new).


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Cutting my hair
Wednesday 11th November 2020 8:54 pm

I hate going to hairdressers. This is why I have long hair - I only have to get it cut every six months (plus the hairdresser said that in order to get my hair looking good and suiting me while short I'd have to put stuff in it, thus negating the time-saver of having short hair). I hate that I have to sit still for ten minutes and then it costs me the best part of £20 (and I go to the cheap hairdressers where you queue rather than make appointments). And it annoys me that it's cheaper for men, regardless of the length of their hair.

And getting it cut in the summer would have been tricky with a mask on (they can't usually cut my hair with my glasses on). Fortunately, I had mine cut in February, so it didn't get to the point where it was getting too long to deal with until August. At which point I watched a load of videos on YouTube. And then didn't cut it until October.

At first I thought hairdressers were the people to watch, but they're focussed on doing it perfectly, which I'm never going to be able to do (they can always tell I cut my own fringe). And they're less about how to cut your own hair.

But there are people who already cut their own hair and they were the best people to go to for that. And I now understand why you have to have your hair really well combed and why hairdressers do some cutting vertically.

The mistake I made was trying it after I'd washed my hair and showered. By the time I was dressed my hair was too curly to tell if it was straight before I cut it. But on the plus side, I couldn't tell if it wasn't straight after I cut it. The idea is that you cut it, then finesse it. I did the cutting part, it looked just as good as before I cut it, just shorter, so I left it at that.

At least it was easy and free. And definitely something I'm going to do more (I'll need to cut it again before spring, for a start). Maybe I'll have to go to the hairdresser sometime, but I like this cutting it myself lark.


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The OC
Thursday 5th November 2020 9:29 pm

Back when I finished watching all of Whose Line Is it Anyway? and considering what to watch, I came across the OC, thought, "I can't remember how it started", watched the first episode and then all the rest. All 92 (42 minutes) episodes.

I would describe it as being about a teenager from the poor part of California who ends up living with his lawyer in the rich part of California, and becomes part of the lawyer's family. Except it's really about a lot of other things and not enough of that.

I saw it when it was originally on, in the early 2000s. I definitely have a different perspective on it now. I'm now closer to the age of the adults in it, and am much more interested in what's going on with them and a lot less interested in what's going on with the kids.

It also really doesn't require a brain. In fact, removal of brain improves it no end. I ended up watching a lot of it during the heatwave - at that point I had exactly the right amount of brain required.

However, I still had enough brain to catch the glaring continuity errors. Like the main child characters are definitely 16 in season 1 and they're in their junior year at high school. In season 3, two years later, they're in their senior year and one character turns 18. Season 2 has prom. I've watched enough American TV to know how the years are numbered and there isn't a junior and a half.

Another character is stated to be 11 years old, two years previously. And then she turns 15. And drives a car. Also played by a different actor, but not the first character to have more than one actor.

It does have more gay characters than I remember US TV having in that time period (three, one of whom is in more than two episodes). But it does have terrible mental health. Which is probably also how things were in those days.

But season 4 has a rabbit.


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