Saturday, 25 July 2015

Sunday Post - number one

Hosted here at the Sunday Post is a chance to share our news from the week, and to chat about what's coming up.

Since I moved from to here, my blogging space has been pretty quiet, so I've been looking for some memes or regular posts to - hopefully - start chatting with bloggers again. :)

This is my first Sunday Post. :D

The only thing I've posted on my blog this week is this short review of A Knight's Tale:

Coming up this week, hopefully a review of Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. And by "review" I mean ... well. I talk about it a bit further down. :)

On to the post ...

The week that was ... it was something, actually. Work - I'm a copyeditor (for now, I'm a very endangered species but more on that in another post) has rolled out new designs and templates and anything new always courts stress. Hopefully it will have settled down somewhat in the coming week, now that we're more used to the new looks.

I have Salem backed up on my hard drive, so I started watching that. I'm only a few episodes in and I'm torn. It's kind of great but also 100 per cent whackadoodle. But Lucy Lawless turns up in season 2 so I'm in for that.  Masterchef NZ starts (or started because I live in the future) tonight, and I have a deep and shameless love for all things Masterchef, My Kitchen Rules, etc. Give me a reality cooking show, and I'm in my happy place.

I've been re-reading Station Eleven, which I finished yesterday and it remains the book of my soul. I can't describe why I love it so much, but I love it so. much. For this week, I picked up The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, which has been on my radar for a while, so we'll see how that goes.

Went out to a quiz night on Friday with friends, which was a lot of fun, though I tend to get hyper-competitive. I tried to mitigate that tendency though, and we came sixth, which is respectable.

I've spent more of my weekend than I should on my second playthrough of Dragon Age: Origins. It's the first video game I have ever played and good gosh, I love it. It's like an old-school fantasy novel and for me, an uncritical shiny-eyed new player, everything about it is great. I'm also playing Dragon Age 2 concurrently, but I realised today that I'm going to have to over-write it with a new game because I just don't have enough lyrium/stamina potions to get through the final boss fights. Bah.

I also started poking at Star Wars the Old Republic, which a friend recommended to me, and it was free on so I thought hey, fate. I just need to get used to the gameplay and not feel guilty if I turn down invites to play with other people. It's not you random players, it's me. Probably. I'm very new and therefore very kind of terrible.

What else.  I have a plan for Thursday nights for reading. It probably sounds terrible, but there's nothing good on TV on a Thursday so I went "hmmm ... reading night." There's built-in shelves in the living room, and so I'm going to clear one and fill it with enormous, fat chunkster books and Thursday night from now on will be reading night. Friday night is movie night, and I have Watchmen on Netflix to watch this coming Friday.

On Saturday, I assume I'll be going to my friend's for our regular stitch-and-watch night, which is always fun, although I'm a terrible hermit and hate leaving my house if I don't have to.

How's your week been? What's coming up? :)


  1. I am talking the day to rest, but wanted to stop by to welcome you to the Sunday Post. I look forward to chatting with you. I love your Thursday night idea. I try to read 3 hours a day (not all in one sitting ). Enjoy your week and I look forward to reading your review; )

  2. I am talking the day to rest, but wanted to stop by to welcome you to the Sunday Post. I look forward to chatting with you. I love your Thursday night idea. I try to read 3 hours a day (not all in one sitting ). Enjoy your week and I look forward to reading your review; )

  3. Welcome to the Sunday Post! I've thought about Statio Eleven since it's set in the state I live in (or so I've heard- that intrigued me). and of course the positive reviews!

    Have a great week.

  4. Kim: Thank you! I just need to set up the shelf and browse around for some doorstopper books.I know I've got a few ... enjoy your day!

  5. Greg: Thanks! Oh, cool! I hope you give it a shot, I genuinely love it :)

  6. I'm really keen to read Station Eleven. So many people enjoyed it I can't wait. I just need to find the time to add it to my TBR pile!

  7. Deborah: I hear you on the TBR, mine seems to grow every week! But Station Eleven is definitely worth the time :)

  8. Welcome to the sunday post! :D It's always good to meet some new people. It sounds like you've had a really busy week!
    I like it when you're watching MasterChef or something like and right at the beginning you say "right, s/he'll win" and they end up getting runner up or something, lol. It's all part of the excitement isn't it?
    You say you do a stitch-and-watch night with your friends, is it cross stitching you do? :D I cross stitch too, I love my crafts. I'm *cough* ok, I have good intentions to learn how to use a sewing machine, I have the machine and everything... I know how to hand sew, so I'm good if I'm ever stranded on a desert island with a sewing kit ;)
    As for gaming, I love gaming :D At the moment I'm playing Guild Wars 2, it's an online fantasy game you play with other people, it has guilds and all that too.
    It's lovely to meet you!
    Have a great week,
    Amy x

  9. I just love Station Eleven, when I got my copy last year I just looked at it for ages as it looks gorgeous thankfully inside was incredible too!

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

  10. I love the Thursday night idea, sounds good! Have a great week!

  11. I'm right with you on the foodie reality shows. I don't think there's one I haven't watched at some point! I really want to read Station Eleven. Totally not my genre but I've heard such great things about it I can't pass it up. Have a great week!

  12. A stitch-and-watch night sounds amazing! I wonder if I have any friends I can rope into doing this with me.

  13. Amy: Thank you! :D Yes, I have picks already, it'll be interesting to see how they go! Yes, cross-stitching, it's the only kind of crafty thing I'm any good at - lol. Oh, that does sound fun!

    Heather: I love Station Eleven so. very. much.

    Cindy: Thanks! Hopefully I can make it work - lol

    Katherine: Same! I love them an awful lot. Oh, it's amazing, I hope you give it a shot!

    Jenny: It's great and sometimes it's the only stitching I get done in a week - lol.

  14. Welcome to The Sunday Post! I don't play all that much, but when I do I play Diablo III with the hubby and the boys (14 & 16). I'm terrible. The boys have been playing video games since they came out of my womb, so I'm really really bad compared to them. But they don't give me much shit. lol Have a great week!

  15. Thank you!! :D :D Oh that does sound like fun though! My kid is a gamer kid too :)

  16. Dragon Age is amazing! I'm glad you're enjoying it! I went back to play the first one over and I ran into the same problem as you had on the second potions at all and it's a boss fight. Old Republic is a ton of fun too, and I have several characters on it. And don't feel bad about turning down random people, I do all the time and I'm completely use to the game. I normally play solo though, and the only time I group is when someone I know personally is online.

  17. Michelle: I love it sooooo much! It's so immersive and great. And yeah, I'm frustrated with myself with 2 but I want to play it over again and import my Origin save this time, which I didn't do last time, so that's some consolation. Thanks! :D