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2016 ROUNDUP

So 2016 has been a globally bad year.

Let’s face it. It’s been a SHIT year.

The loss of too much talent to comprehend.
Most notably for me, and I know I’ve missed a lot of names off this list….
David Bowie
Alan Rickman
Prince
Victoria Wood
Muhammad Ali
Anton Yelchin
Kenny Baker
Gene Wilder
Ron Glass
Andrew Sachs
Glen Frey
Frank Finlay
George Kennedy
Guy Hamilton
John Glen

The world in general just seems to be going to pot.
Brexit, Trump, Aleppo, Bombings galore, earthquakes, plane disasters, we are closer to a third world war than we have been in 20 years, Zika virus…… the list goes on.

It’s depressing.
It’s enough to make you want to completely avoid watching or reading the news and keep yourself in a protective bubble away from it all, but that would be impossible.

Personally things have been tough too.
Finances were and still are a struggle after Ian had to take a pay cut to take a position off of shifts. After over 30 years, shifts and night work were taking a toll and he needed to get off of them. The good news is that the position he’s taken is more challenging for him and he has more scope to progress and hopefully earn ‘more’ money than he did on shift.
In the meantime we are still having to deal with being £300 – £400 down on our usual take home pay.

Health in general has been poor all round.
Ian’s Psoriatic Arthritis is really giving him problems at the moment.
He’s finally been diagnosed with a sever vitamin D deficiency which could be causing a lot of his symptoms at the moment, so there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

My knee has never really recovered after a Baker Cyst I didn’t even know I had, ruptured.
I am currently under physios who are giving me a few more weeks of excersises before deciding wheather or not to send me back to Orthos for an arthroscopy.

Dharma had a small surgery on her wrist to release some tendons because she was constantly in pain when holding things like pens and cutlery. She’s still under physios until all the underlying healing is done and hopefully the pain subsides.

Marjorie’s foot is starting to hurt her again! But she just keeps getting on with things. She knows it’s a problem she has for life and has resigned herself to it.

Murron hasn’t done too bad this year. She still struggles with her anxiety at times BUT she deals with it and ploughs on when she can.

Now I’m really feeling depressed.
It’s now a week before Xmas and I just don’t feel Xmassy at all!!
Anyone who knows me will knows that I am usually ‘full on’ at Xmas. Starting with 2 weeks of annual leave at the end of November, beginning of December, so that I can prepare and not have to worry about work. Gift buying, decorations, cards, baking, the works. I did it this year but it felt like I was doing it under duress. I just am NOT FEELING XMASSY.
I haven’t even got a Xmas CD in the car.

The bad year in general, coupled with the fact my kids are all growing up too fast and the knowledge that I am working an early shift on Xmas day, may all be contributing factors to my general mood. I give it another couple of days before I start to feel the tingle!
I did catch myself humming to a Xmas song Dharma was playing yesterday, so there’s hope!

NOW!….THE GOOD STUFF!!

It hasn’t all been doom and gloom.
One family wedding, two new babies and 2 more proposals.

Ian is loving his new job.

Murron got herself an apprenticeship and started earning a full wage for the first time ever.
Unfortunately this has enabled her to go tattoo crazy, get a motor bike and generally partay! Can’t blame her.

Marjorie started her film/media course at college and is LOVING it!! She’s already talking about Universtity and she has expressed an interest in Directing. She also got herself a part time job at MacDonalds which she doesn’t care for too much but she loves the money. So until she finds something else she’s sticking with it.
College and a job has changed Marjorie so much. She has bloomed since the summer and is so much more confident in herself. I’ve been really surprised.

Dharma is doing OK at school. She’s into her GCSE’s now. She’s identified her weaknesses and is working on them. She’s doing her best and that’s all I can ask.
I do feel a little sorry for her at the moment because she’s finding it really hard seeing her sisters earning and spending money. She’s feeling a bit left out.

I am going through a mid-life crisis.

I know this doesn’t sound like ‘good stuff’ but I’m enjoying it so as far as I’m concerned, it’s all ‘good stuff’.

The catalyst was ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in December last year.
By the end of January this year I had seen it 10 times in the cinema and had become completely obsessed with Adam Driver and all his work.
He was joined by an obsession with Domhnall Gleeson that kind of crept up on me unexpectedly.

From these two actors alone my film collection has grown by 26 films.
Frances Ha
Gayby
Hungry Hearts

Inside Llewynn Davis
Lincoln
Not Waving But Drowning

Star Wars: The Force awakens

This Where I Leave You

Tracks

What If
While We’re Young
About Time

Anna Karenina
Black Mirror – Series 2
Brooklyn
Dredd
Ex-Machina
Frank
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2
Never Let Me Go
Sensation
Shadow Dancer

Shadow Dancer
Studs
True Grit (2010)
Unbroken
When Harvey Met Bob

Overall I think the collection has gone up by around 150 films and now stands at a a total of 1382!

I recently had the oportunity to see Adam in a Q and A after a preview screening for Paterson in London and that just topped off my year!! He’s amazing.

Curiosity got the better of me around April/May when I started reading fan-fiction and fell completely and hopelessly in love with the Kylux fandom. Stories around the the relationship between Kylo Ren and General Hux from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Both characters played by Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson.

OMG! Hot stuff, fluffy stuff, angsty stuff. It’s got the lot and I can’t get enough.
I even started to write my own fiction which I have thoroughly enjoyed.

Of course, we’ve had the countdown to Star Wars Rogue One. Released on Thursday this week and we’ve already seen it twice!!!
Brilliant, Amazing, Funny, Gritty, So so good. Will definately be going to see it again.
That’s as much as I will say so I don’t spoil it for anyone.

My living room and dining room is a homage to movies and is currently looking a little on the Star Wars heavy side!! My Mum hates it but I don’t care. Me and Ian are Geeks. We’re not ashamed to flaunt our geekyness and embarassing the kids into our retirement is one of our joys in life. We don’t plan to stop anytime soon.

To say that my eyes have been opened to a few things this year is an understatement.
Mid-life crisis sexual awakening is an interesting thing!!

Seeing my eldest on a night out is something I’m debating maybe I shouldn’t have seen.
Having said that, I have loved the times I have spent out with her in recent months and If I hadn’t started going to Esquires I would never have discovered CC Smugglers!!

cc-smugglers-2

I am debating going out on New Years eve with her. Seeing the New Year in at the Barley Mow is quite appealing but I have to be at work at 10am the next day so I would have to be careful.
We’ll see. Watch this space.

Oh yes, how could I forget. I took Murron and Marjorie to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show on stage. AMAZING day.

and also, my discovery of a wonderful young man by the name of Riyadh Kalaf!!

Found him on Youtube and he’s given me some of the best laughs this year.
Look out for him in a new series for BBC three. He is currently filming a series about LGBTQ issues across the UK. No official title as yet so it is currently being called project rainbow.

The film that broke my heart this year has to go to ‘Holding the Man’
I have now watched it several times and I’ve read the book twice!! Something I have NEVER done in my life.

I blogged a review earlier in the year and that can be read HERE.

My favourite series of the year, next to Girls with Adam Driver, has been Queer as Folk.
It’s an old series that I got hooked on and it’s brilliant. I couldn’t get enough of it.
I just fell completely head over heels for Brain and Justin.

When I look back, my year has been quite gay!
And I mean that in the gay sense and not the happy sense. Gay seems to have been my kink this year and I absolutely love it.

So… what about next year…. OOH so much to look forward to.
But that is for another blog…… and it will most definately be including Star Wars!!
I really must get some work done today.
 

“The force is with me, I am one with the force!”

I AM GOING TO BE IMPOSSIBLE!!

So! Last day of annual Xmas preparation leave.
Feeling a little bit Xmassy but there is still one thing to get out of the way before I can fully embrace it.

ROGUE ONE!!

I have my tickets.
Thursday evening in Milton Keynes, because, let’s face it, Bedford Cineworld is crap in comparison.
It must be seen on a big screen with a great sound system.

Just 4 days left of an unbearable wait.
It had it’s world premier last night at Pantages Theatre in LA and is getting unbelievable reviews with some even quoting it as ‘better than The Force Awakens!!” which is saying something.

I am going to apologise now to all my work colleagues for the next four days, I’m going to be an itsy bitsy bit excited about thursday evening, I’m not gonna lie!

I have an early shift on Thursday and I am going to be absolutely impossible to work with that day. There will be a stupid ear to ear grin on my face and butterflies in my tummy. My mind will be in a Galaxy far far away so try not to give me anything too important to work on!

Right now, I’m going to enjoy the last few hours of my freedom before setting my alarm clock for the first time in two weeks.

MMM, POSSIBILITY?

OK, so less than a week to go before Rogue One!!

There is a lot of speculation that we might…. just might… get our first glimpse of a trailer or teaser for Star Wars EpVIII at Rogue One screenings.
This would mean a reveal of the actual title which is still under wraps.

However….

It would appear that Lucasfilm has submitted a sneeky trademark filing this week.
The filing includes a multitude of items like the usual toys and clothing but also for things like Christmas ornaments and motion picture films and considering the next Episode is due for release Christmas 2017, this is a very promising clue.

The filing is for “Star Wars Forces of Destiny”

Now this is quite possibly a movie title but it also sounds like the title for a new game.
Could go either way.

It also begs the question, with Rogue One less than a week away, is this filing just a little too close to give us a trailer for EpVIII?

God I love being a Geek!!!

ONLY 4 MORE WEEKS!

That’s it then, 2 weeks of annual leave over with.

Good news though, it’s only 4 weeks until I have 2 more. Frightening thing is that that will be for Xmas preparations and that in turn means it’s not long until Rogue One!!

As I write this post the counter to the left informs me that it’s only 47 days.
I’m an itsy bitsy bit excited.

I’m sorry, but why do the bad guys always look soooo good!!

So what have I done in the last 2 weeks?

I went out for a meal and a movie for my birthday.

I’ve seen three films in total.
Miss Perigrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which was nothing special.
Inferno which was just as good as it’s predecessors and showcases Florence amazingly.
And Dr Strange which was surprisingly better than I thought it was going to be. I’d actually go and see it again.

The house has been given a bit of a deeper clean than normal and the gardens have had a tidy up.

I went out with Murron again!
Halloween night at Esquires.

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As she worked on one of the gig doors, I went to the main stage, on my own, and saw CC Smugglers!! AMAZING!! Even if I did feel like a bit of a loner.

Apart from all that, I have spent an unhealthy amount of time on my computer, Tumbling, Tweeting, Youtubing and reading fan-fiction and I have managed to write another short piece of my own.
No, I will not be posting a link here as I will admit, it’s an extremely naughty piece of writing but anyone who’s desperate enough to want to give it a go should be able to figure out where I post if they get a bit creative!! or if you message me nicely I may just let you know.

So, back to work bright and early tomorrow. Up before 6am but I’ll be home by 4pm as I’m still on short shifts for a while due to my knee problem.
That’s good news because my 3D Star Wars Force Awakens with more extras should be arriving tomorrow!
So 3D glasses and wine glasses will be out tomorrow night!

I seriously need to think about more Dish and Dishettes of the week. It’s been a while since I blogged about any as I have been totally smitten by my evil space boyfriends down in the Kylux trash can!

SOD 47!!!

Sod 47 years old.

Hubby just bought me lots of Rogue One Topps Trading Cards and I feel like a 10 year old!

Going to spend tomorrow morning sorting through them and placing them maticulously into their collecting display pouch.

Oh yes, went to see Inferno at the cinema tonight and one of the trailers before the movie was Rogue One!!
I got goose bumps. It looks so good on the big screen.
54 days and counting!!

REALLY?!

I can’t believe that it will be October tomorrow.
Seriously…. where did September go?

On the up side…. only 77 days till Rogue One!
But that means only 85 days until Xmas!

October will be off to a difficult start.
Dharma is having surgery on her right wrist on Monday to try correct a tight tendon issue that is causing her pain when she holds anything.
She finds it difficult to hold a pen for very long and occasionally it spasms. She’s lost a phone because of that one.

Anyway, I’ve just had two weeks signed off by the GP because of my continuing knee issue. I had my MRI on Weds and I’m just waiting for the results now.
I’m going back to work this coming Weds but I will be doing short shifts and not long days for a while. Just have to see how it goes.

It’s Murron’s 19th birthday on the 8th Oct and she’s decided to drag me out on the town.
Looks like we’ll be starting the night at Esquires, her favourite haunt in town and then we will be ending the night at The Barley Mow. The local gay bar in town where Drag Queen comedian ‘Charlie Hides’ will be performing. Should be fun and an eye opener. Although I really have nothing to wear to go clubbing!! I’m going to stick out like a sore thumb.

I’m only back at work for two weeks before I have two weeks of annual leave during which I have my birthday. Getting depressingly closer to the dreaded 50!

Right, back to today.
Got a haircut at 12 and then I’ll be trying to add to an ongoing fan-fiction I’m writing.
Not sure how I feel it’s going at the moment. It’s tackling a bit of a difficult subject and I want to get it right so I may be working on it for a lot longer than previous fics.

Of course, a couple of episodes of Queer as Folk won’t go amiss!! If only to get a bit of sunshine!!

He’s an absolute cupcake!!

THREE DOWN…..

OK, so I’ve just completed 37.5 hours in 3 days. A normal working week for some and I’m going to do it all again on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday!!

What am I going to do with my day off tomorrow?
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!! That’s what.

My diet has got off to a good start but I will be treating myself to a bottle of wine. I think I’ve earnt it. I’ve had nothing but salad for three bloody days now.

Anyway, I woke up this morning to this!!………

A new Rogue One trailer.
It still looks awesome. Still not enough Krennic info. Can’t wait till Xmas.

I had a delivery while I was at work and my husband took great delight in sending me a text photo of it.

Ian Hux t

I think he knows my current obsession very well!

I am currently running on adrenaline. I’m not tired yet and all I want to do is write!!
I just need a new story idea.
My Tumblr colleagues are always coming up with great ideas and little drabbles.
My ideas are few and far between.

No doubt I will blog a little more tomorrow, but for now that’s it.
I think that once I settle down for the night, I will simply crash.

I think the hubby deserves to be punished a little first though!!!!!

NOTHING!!

So, Star Wars Celebration was a huge success, surprise, surprise.
I enjoyed what I could live streaming.
I loved the Rogue One Panel and the appearance of Director Krennic.

Krennic 4

Yes, the bad boy is definately making an impact again!! Forget the rebels, I’m definateley @TeamEmpire!!!  Roll on December!

Anyway, aside from the first look at the glorious new poster for Rogue One and the 3 minute sizzle reel, we did not get the new trailer we were hoping for which is a little dissapointing.

We also didn’t get much in the way of news about Episode VIII, aside from Rian Johnson confirming that Ep VIII carries on directly from where Force Awakens ends, we didn’t even get an official title!!
What that does confirm though is that they are breaking with tradition by directly continuing a story and it also means that the wounds Kylo suffered at the end of Force Awakens are still going to be pretty raw!

My chest infection seems to have eased off quite a bit today. I actually feel a lot better than I thought I would after yesterday.
Hopefully on the mend so I won’t be coughing a lung up during Star Trek Beyond next weekend!!

I have just comitted a cardinal sin. I’ve mentioned Star Trek in the same blog as I’ve mentioned Star Wars!!  Oooops!

ALWAYS, ALWAYS THE BAD BOYS!

I’ve just finished watching the live stream of the Rogue One panel at Star Wars Celebration.
OMG! I didn’t think I could get any more excited for a film.

The first official post was revealed and is absolutely stunning!

Rogue One Poster

But for me, the star of the panel was Ben Mendelsohn who absolutely owned his entrance onto the stage dressed in full movie costume flanked by his Death Troopers!!

Krennic 04

Krennic 05

Unfortunately as Krennic doesn’t appear in New Hope, Empire or Jedi, I think there could only be one ending for him in Rogue One.

Anyway, a wonderful short film was shown of scenes during filming along with a beautiful shot of the Cardington Sheds.
I had no idea any filming for this had been done there!!
These Sheds are virtually within walking distance and I grew up with them as a major part of my landscape. Totally unmissable and dominating.

Sheds

Now I’m going to go and have a little melt down as I wait for the new trailer!!