Hello dear readers! 😃
Thank you for stopping by for another (no bi-monthly) journal post. Hope you’re all doing well.
Now that summer is over and the weather is already improving, I feel like I’m starting to recover some of my energy levels, both physically and mentally. I sure need a boost as I’ve entered a critical phase in my studies.
See what else I’ve been up to after the jump!
- Celebrating my birthday (not that I enjoy becoming old!) and the 6th anniversary with Matt 🎂
- Starting my dissertation (later than planned, though) 📚
- Sports goodness – Laver Cup (Team Europe won again!), Daniil Medvedev reaching finals and winning titles, Charles Leclerc’s first wins in F1 🎾🏁
- Apartment problems and maintenance 🏠
- All the stresssss 😱
Doggie Diaries 🐶
- Life’s been calm with the doggies, trying to avoid the sun and the heat as much as we could. Dash got his new harness and he likes it better, but he’s still fussy about letting us put it on him. Well, he’s just fussy in all situations, he really loves causing some drama just to get our attention! On the other hand, Rowley still loves to please us by doing tricks and toppling us over with kisses!
- We recently took them to the groomer for their first fall/winter cut. I have to say that we missed that cut. We look forward to letting their ears grow long again. We took some photos of them once out of the salon – and of course, it’s just the last pic that came out good. They’re too excited to pose when they’re outside, hence our lack of outdoor photos of them. Anyway, I hope we get the chance to go for longer walks now that the weather has started to change.
- Follow us on Instagram at @dashandrowley.
What I’ve been watching
- Movies: We watched two recent animated films from popular franchises. The first one was The Secret Life of Pets 2, which didn’t add anything to the already mediocre first film, and the other was Toy Story 4, which took a while to grow on me, but I still liked it in the end (though I rank it as the least favourite of the four). We also watched A Dog’s Journey (sequel to A Dog’s Purpose), which was okay. Matt also found a ’70s Swedish film, Jack, that wasn’t that great, but it was good for me to see something different from Sweden. We also watched Jackass 3D (a random Netflix choice on a boring night) and a more recent comedy, Between Two Ferns: The Movie (based on Zach Galifianakis’ chat show with the same name).
- TV: These two months, it was mostly documentaries and comedies, but first…
- A Very English Scandal: I enjoyed watching this miniseries based on true events that came out last year. It had the right balance of drama and comic relief.
- Harlots season 3: The last episode was released at the end of August and, boy oh boy, that finale was mind-blowing. I don’t think there will be a continuation because the story seems to have reached a closure, but I will surely miss it!
- Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace: Sometime last year I received the suggestion from someone to watch this comedy, but we didn’t watch it until August. It turned out to be one of the best British comedies we ever watched! It’s part-mockumentary, part-parody of 80s low-quality paranormal shows and it has Richard Ayoade and Matt Berry from The IT Crowd (read my review here) as part of the cast. Its spin-off, Man to Man with Dean Learner, with Ayoade in the main part, parodies late-night chat shows; not as funny as Darkplace, but still worth a look.
- Toast of London: Another comedy I’ve been eyeing for a while with Matt Berry in the main part and it was good as well. It somehow reminded me of Extras, but the humour is wackier and naughtier.
- Derry Girls: I happened to see the trailer of season 2 on Netflix and thought we could give it a try. No regrets: it’s hilarious! I especially liked the way they portrayed the Roman Catholic nuns and priests (in a way it reminds of Father Ted).
- American Vandal: I had seen the trailer of Netflix a while ago and then forgot about it until Matt mentioned it again. It’s a mockumentary parodying true crime shows such as Making a Murderer and it had me in stitches. Such a pity that it got cancelled!
- Key & Peele: We watched this comedy sketch show by Michael Keegan-Key and Jordan Peele after seeing some random sketches by chance on Comedy Central. Some sketches are truly memorable!
- Rewatches: After seeing Ayoade and Berry in Darkplace and Toast of London, we felt like rewatching The IT Crowd because we can never get enough of it! We also rewatched all episodes of Big Mouth ahead of the new season which came out a couple of days ago.
- Documentaries: The only recently released docu we watched from start to finish was Diagnosis, one of those that increase my health-related paranoia (it was good, though, and there were positive outcomes for some of the stories). Others worth mentioning are Time: The Kalief Browder Story, How TV Ruined Your Life (from Charlie Brooker, creator of Black Mirror), and Regretters (an old Swedish docu about ex-trans persons). There were other docs we tried out but failed to finish because they were boring. 😬
What I’ve been reading
- For my birthday, Matt gave me The Little Book of Sloth Philosophy, one of those small gift books with cute graphics. I read it twice in a row, once by myself and then out loud to Matt. The sloth is my spirit animal and this book helps me accept the fact that it’s ok to take things easy. Loved it!
- I am also reading the book Matt gave me for our anniversary, The Atheist Bible. It’s just a list of themed quotes by famous persons, so I can browse through it slowly whenever I need a break.