Hello. Did anyone see April? I hardly saw it coming, and I certainly didn’t see it go!
Having two weeks of holidays always makes the month appear shorter. Of course, when you’re having fun, you don’t notice the clock ticking away. Well, my holidays were far from exciting, but it was still nice to be away from campus.
Here’s what I did this month.
- Holidays, duh!
- Lunch with my parents on Easter Sunday
- Sleeping late and waking up late during the holidays 😴
- Starting my studying right from the first day of holidays and being overall more productive than usual 👊
- Discovering lots of new Italian authors, poets and novels while researching a subject for my thesis (I compiled a long TBR list, yay!) 📚
- More cancelled lectures right after the holidays 😄
- Attending a talk by a guest professor about Dante’s influence on the English Romantic poets ❤️💜
- Afternoon and evening walks and ice-cream🍦
- Feeling like I haven’t done enough despite my good study rhythm during the holidays
- A 3500-word assignment 😭
- Still waiting to receive the questions for two other assignments, one month before the end of the semester 😡
- The stress of finding a subject for my thesis or deciding which option to choose – I want to cry 😭
What I’ve been watching
- Movies: I watched 15 movies this month, and several of them were part of a franchise.
- Best and worst: Matt and I were looking forward to seeing two significant releases from last December. One of them was Rogue One, the first Anthology film from the Star Wars franchise, and we loved it. It doesn’t rank as high as the original episodes, and it’s more like a war movie, but it’s worthy. The other December release we were eager to watch, despite the negative reviews, was Assassin’s Creed. Alas, the reviews were right: it’s awful. Matt, as a fan of the game, was extremely disappointed. I am not a gamer, so I was completely lost, I could hardly understand a thing as the story was all over the place.
- Life of Brian: There’s a lot of talk about Christmas films, but how about Easter ones? This time, I wanted to watch Life of Brian. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve hardly watched Monty Python, but I often see this film quoted here and there. Nothing to say, it’s hilarious! I want this movie to become an Easter tradition in our house, and I hope to make up for my lack of Monty Python ASAP.
- Ip Man: After seeing Donnie Yen in Rogue One, we watched the Hong Kong film series Ip Man, with Yen interpreting the titular character. Ip Man was a famous Wing Chun master who taught Bruce Lee, among others. The films are loosely based on his life but contain lots of alterations. They’re fun and emotional to watch, and the fights are incredibly cool. We also watched the prequel The Legend is Born: Ip Man and the sequel Ip Man: The Final Fight, both without Donnie Yen. They were good, but I still prefer the three films with Yen.
- Swedish: One of the best movies I watched this month is the Scandinavian Jerusalem from 1996. I liked everything about it: story, themes, actors, cinematography. I also watched the 3-part thriller series Easy Money (Snabba Cash). Surprisingly, I liked it (not a big fan of films where criminals are shooting in every other scene), although Easy Money III was a let-down compared to the other two.
- Italian: I watched Loose Cannons (Mine Vaganti) and Saturn in Opposition (Saturno Contro) by Ferzan Ozpetek. Both of them are LGBT-themed, but the first one is a comedy and the other one more sentimental and dramatic. I preferred the first one over the second, but I wasn’t overly impressed by either. I don’t know; I always seemed to find a problem, either with the plot or with some character. At least, they’re contemporary and easy to watch. On the other hand, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema is a tough nut to crack because it’s entirely symbolic. However, once I tried to understand it, I appreciated it.
- Swedish: We watched the mini-series Arn: The Knight Templar. We had seen the movie last year, but the mini-series is much better because it leaves nothing out. Before that, we watched Anno 1790, a Swedish noir series set in the late 18th century. Despite some faults, it was interesting to see a historical Stockholm, and I liked how the protagonist – a Sherlock-like physician turned to crime inspector – was atheist and republican.
- Jesus of Nazareth: Yesterday we finished watching this 1977 mini-series. During one of my classes, I learned that this is a British-Italian co-production directed by Franco Zeffirelli. I remember seeing this series, with Robert Powell’s iconic face, on TV as a kid, yet I had no idea that it was partially Italian. I was sceptical, but I ended up appreciating it.
What I’ve been reading
- Read: I thought I would catch up with my fiction-reading during the holidays, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! I felt more comfortable with reading literary crit and other manuals. At least, I finished Henry James’s novella The Aspern Papers. During the holidays, I also read a biographical book with Matt, The Court Jester: My Story by Mansour Bahrami, one of the most entertaining tennis players ever.
- Currently reading: I’m still reading Henry James, but this time it’s Italian Hours, one of his travel essay collections. I also started Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own for an assignment.
- Anniversary: During the first week of April, Scrabbled Rambles turned two years old. It’s also a year since I moved to WordPress. Yay! I didn’t make any celebratory post because I wasn’t prepared and because I didn’t feel like celebrating, not when I have reduced my publishing routine down to once a fortnight. Besides, I’m tired of writing about blogging. I have written exhaustively on the subject and about my experience, and I have nothing to add for now.
- April: Although I’m publishing less right now, I’m quite happy with the routine. On one week I always feel too stressed or unmotivated to blog, but thankfully I manage to bounce back the week after. I’m also happy with the posts I published this month and the feedback received, although it was disappointing to give up on an Easter post I had in mind. The best highlight this month was attending the Spring blog party hosted by Stephanie on Scale It Simple. It was fun, I discovered new bloggers and received some positive feedback on two of my favourite posts.
- Tweaking: I spent more time fixing my blog here and there. I updated my About page once again, I fixed broken images, and I also created new featured images for some old posts. My cover photos may not be great or eye-catching; however, I’m proud of them because I’ve learned to create them on my own, without any formal training on Photoshop. 😊