WHAT TO DO?

It’s a day off.
The house is pretty tidy.
I’ve already done my Tesco run.
I’ve got a new film to watch later.
Ian has a playmate round (cousin Lee) playing X-Wing together.

I just can’t get motivated for anything.

My computer needs a good tidy up so I think I may just do that for a while.
Have my music playing and just play around on the computer.

Sounds good.

So, who’s flavour of the month at the moment?
I have to say, it’s still Jake Gyllenhaal.

Yes, my current obsession has truly taken hold.
In the past few weeks I have seen Southpaw twice and caught Everest last Friday.

Southpaw 5

Everest

My DVD and Bluray collection has expanded by another 6 Jake Films, bearing in mind I already had 8 So, all the following films, in alphabetical order, have been watched over the last few weeks.

Accidental Love

Accidental Love
This has so far, been the only disappointing Jake film.
It is truly bad.

Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain
I’ve had this one for a few years.
I wanted to see what all the hype was about and I agree it’s a lovely film and beautifully shot but it’s not on my favourites list.

Brothers

Brothers
Lovely drama with a bit of a flat ending.

Day After Tomorrow

Day after tomorrow
Again, I’ve had this one a couple of years now.
I always enjoy a good disaster movie and baby Jake is a bonus.

Donnie Darko

donnie darko
I can’t believe it took so long for me to see this one.
Brilliant film made extra special by a creepy performance from a very baby Jake aided by big Sis Maggie.

End of Watch

End of Watch
Good film but a little bit too violent for my usual viewing.

Jarhead

Jarhead
Great film seen from one man’s viewpoint going to war.

Love and Other Drugs

Love and other drugs
This film will make you laugh but ultimately make you cry.
Great film. Great acting.

Nightcrawler

nightcrawler
This is the film that kick started the obsession with Jake which is strange considering he looks so thin and creepy in it!
Amazing performance from Jake.

Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia
This is the film that put Jake on my Radar.
I love this film.
I’m not a Gamer but I love the visuals created for games and this was right up my street.
I’m now really looking forward to Assassins Creed!!

Prisoners

Prisoners
Good film if a little depressing.

Rendition

rendition
Very serious Jake.
He doesn’t crack a smile through the entire film but considering the theme of the film it’s not surprising.
It’s a good film and makes you think what our Governments actually get up to without us knowing.

Source Code

Source Code
Rock solid Sci Fi movie. Enough said!

Zodiac

Zodiac
Took a couple of watches to get into but is an amzing film based on actual events.

So now I’m waiting for the Bluray releases of both Southpaw and Everest but I’m also waiting for the cinema release of Demolition.

This film looks like it’s going to be really good.
Another stand alone Jake performance.
It’s set for release in April 2016 in the US but I can’t find a release date for the UK.
Hopefully it will be around the same time.

So, I think that’s enough time wasted on the computer for now.

GOODBYE GRISSLE

Now the family all know, it’s time for a quick post to mark the event on my blog.

OK, here goes……
On Sunday evening we lost an incredible lady.

Grissle 1
Marjorie Jones
1920 – 2015

Mother
Grissle 2

Grandmother
Grissle 3

Great Grandmother
Grissle 4

She was a strong and fiercely independent lady.
She is going to be incredibly missed but never forgotten.

Goodbye Grissle.

DIFFICULT DAY

So, last night was the end of an era.
We had some tough family news that I won’t go into right now.
Needless to say, my whole family needs a huge hug and the next few weeks are going to be incredibly hard on everyone.
I’ll go into more detail when the dust has settled a little.

Anyway, back to today and it’s difficult to say this without sounding incredibly selfish after last night’s news.
Today is Marjorie’s 16th birthday!!
She took last night’s news quite hard but woke up today with optimism and actually went to school to be with her friends.
Thankfully she had her birthday sleepover celebrations on Saturday evening.
We didn’t have much planned for today, in fact I should have been at work but a small meltdown on the phone to work last night put paid to that idea!!

We have decided to keep the day as cheerful as possible and we are going to take the girls out for dinner instead of mooching around the house the whole evening.
Needless to say, Marjorie will not be forgetting her 16th birthday anytime soon.

NOW I’M DEPRESSED

I took some time out this afternoon to go and see The Man From Uncle with Ian.
I’ve been wanting to see this film for weeks and simply haven’t been able to find the right time.
Either I had work commitments, or Ian had work commitments, or there was simply another movie that took priority.
Anyway, today was the day.

I went into it with some trepidation as I was never a huge fan of the original series.
I was, however, a fan of Henry Cavill. I’ve loved him ever since he was King Henry’s right hand man in the Tudors, Charles Brandon and I am so happy he is the new Superman.

Henry Cavill

At 6 foot 1 inches, he is tall and smouldering and has beautiful eyes and a wicked smile and knows how to pile on the muscle when needed.

However, watching The Man From Uncle, I found my attention being pulled away from the smouldering Henry by Armie Hammer.
I’ve never really seen him in anything.
The Lone Ranger just looked so bad I’ve never gone near it.
I may rectify that.
Armie hammer stands a clear 4 inches taller than Superman himself and this kept steeling my attention.
He’s quite a handsome man.

Armie Hammer

On closer inspection of his IMDB profile however, it turns out that I’m old enough to be his mother!!!
HOW DEPRESSING IS THAT!!

I’ll end this blog by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed The Man From Uncle.
I would like to see a sequel but I don’t think it’s been doing very well and may not make it to another outing.
Time will tell.

3 WEEKS!

So it’s been three weeks since my last blog.
I’m seeing a trend.
It happens every year.
I start the year with all good intentions to blog virtually daily and by August I slow down and by Christmas it virtually comes to a stop.
I get Christmas out of my system and it starts all over again.
Every year I promise to get fit and lose weight and every year it fails.
Maybe next year will be different, who knows.

Anyway, back to the last three weeks.

Two weeks ago Marjorie finally had a surgery on her foot.
For nearly four years she has been dealing with Freiburgs disease that has destroyed the joint in the third toe on her right foot.
The cartilage had crumbled to nothing and the bones had rubbed together and chipped little pieces into the joint and created a ridge on one of the bones.
Needless to say she has had constant pain for nearly 4 years now.
The surgery simply cleared out all the debris and smoothed off the bone ends to try and make her more comfortable.
The good news is that just two weeks post surgery and still very fresh and bruised, she is in less pain than she’s been in for a long while and is basically not taking much pain relief at all any more.
She even went for a walk the other night and came skipping back through the door with a huge smile on her face.
Only time will tell how effective the surgery has been.
It’s a permanent condition and the chances are she’ll need more surgery in the future, but for now, she’s happy and virtually pain free.

A couple of weeks ago, I handed in the last of the required units for my college course.
My assessor has signed it off and my portfolio is now reading 100% complete….. however….. I am now waiting for an internal Quality checker to give it all the once over and sign it off completely.
I have, what is hopefully, my last college review on Wednesday where I an hoping to be told that I am signed off and finished.
Then that’s it, diploma done!
It’s been so nice over the last couple of weeks to be able to just relax at home and not worry about what college work needs doing on my days off!

Next year ‘may’ be a challenge financially.
I say ‘maybe’ because nothing is confirmed yet and it’s a long story.
Ian is currently working on shifts with a company and is at his limit for progression.
He’s also at his limit for health.
He’s done shift work for over thirty years and it is now taking it’s toll on him physically.
He’s had three doctors telling him to get off shift which he has been trying to do for the last couple of years.
A few weeks ago he had the opportunity to apply for a job with the company he’s already working for, with a team he did a secondment with last year that would get him off shift.
However, a day before the close of the advertisement for the job and after he’s already been interviewed, all new jobs were placed on hold by the company.
He has recently found out, that if the job is opened up again in January, it’s his but it will mean a cut in pay until he comes up to spec with the training required.
As he trains, he should see increments at 6 months and again at 12 months which will bring him back to where he is now but in the mean time we are going to be £350 out of pocket when it comes to paying bills every month.

NOT GOOD!!

However, it’s doable but we are relying on his bonus in March to help us cover the difference.
It’s a gamble. He’s never not got a bonus since he started working for the company but the bonus is not guaranteed.
The job also gives him more chance to progress with the company and reach more financially.

So as you can see, we have a lot of soul searching to do and a big decision to make over the next few months.

Today is a day off between 4 long days.
I’ve just done 3 x 12.5 hour shifts and I’m doing another tomorrow.
I actually slept until 09:30 this morning which is very unlike me. I must have needed it.
I have another shift on Wednesday and then I have 3 days off.
I am really looking forward to them.
The house is tidy so will just need a quick spruce up.
The washing and ironing are on top of and again will just need a spruce up.
There’s no college work to worry about.
The garden can now wait until my annual leave in October.
I plan to do a lot of movie catchups with Ian and generally relax for a change.

Today?
I am just recovering from three really tough shifts and putting my feet up for the afternoon.
Roll on Thursday.