It’s harder than I expected it to get back into the routine of writing on a regular basis. For lack of a specific topic, and to avoid staring at a blank page for much longer (because it is driving me crazy), here’s a little life update.
All by myself
I’ve been left to fend for myself for the next three weeks while Anish is Stateside for work. It’s tough. Working from home, I’m accustomed to someone else being here for at least half the day. It’s a little tougher this time without any close friends or family. Time will fly by, and I’ll have someone to make my morning coffees, and cook my lunches for me again.
Loving the outside
Winter is coming to Bahrain. The temperatures are dipping. Evenings are wonderful, if still a little humid. But I am so damn excited about winter. We’ve already done a couple of barbecues, and look forward to more as winter rolls in. I say “winter”, and it’s still in the mid 30s (Celsius) during the day. Still waiting for the day when I can turn the AC off.
My current favourite TV show is Atlanta—few TV shows (or films) have ever made me laugh-out-loud, Atlanta now joins those ranks.
Waiting on the cancellation axe on the new network TV shows that have started this fall before I start any of them. Though I’ve started The Exorcist and it’s keeping me mildly entertained four episodes in. Probably wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t for Ben Daniels.
A couple of days ago I started Outcast which shares an awful lot with The Exorcist, only with more violence, swearing, and the odd bit of nudity—thank you cable TV. Outcast is a slow show that I don’t yet love nor hate, but perhaps err on the side of “like”. How’s that for a seal of approval?
Westworld on the other hand, just four episodes in, and I think I’m hooked. Those opening credits! Though it’s a reminder that I’ve still to see Deadwood—must change that soon.
In terms of films, have a peek at my Letterboxd diary. Proud that I’ve managed to somehow watch 88 films this year, so far. Thanks to a handful of long haul flights, I expect. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is gunning for my favourite film of the year.
In the middle of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Enjoying it a lot more than Stardust, and it’s pushing me to explore a few more Gaimans. After American Gods I’ll jump to non-fiction with Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Love his attitude towards food, even if it can come off a little preachy at times.
I broke my squash racket a couple of weeks ago and I’m still ashamed of it. For whatever reason, I get really emotional playing squash. Mostly anger. It can be so frustrating when you just can’t get the shots you’re trying for or you miss a ball for no reason, and then you fling your racket against the wall… and then it breaks. Bugger. Hoping to get that replaced when Anish comes back from the States with a shiny new one, which I promise not to let any anger out on.
It’s been a busy year of travel—Vietnam, Oman (which I’ll blog about eventually), London, Boston, London (again), Lisbon, Algarve. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been at the airport, including drop-ofs and pick-ups. I’ll be staying put until the end of November, when I’ll be off to Boston again for work. It’s a long trek, but it’s worth it. I kinda love my job. After which I’m looking forward to spending a lovely, sunny, warm Christmas in Bahrain.
I’m struggling with my photography. Lacking in motivation and creativity. Toying with starting a photo-a-day Medium blog. Somewhere that’s away from anything else to journal my every day photography of shit that’s around me, and for the next three weeks that’s mostly things at home, to help me get back into the swing of things.
How are things going in your corners of the world?
Boston will be a nice break from the heat, for sure! It’ll be quite chilly there in November. I haven’t heard of the TV show Atlanta but I’m looking it up!
The heat’s dying down nicely–winters here are amazing. 60-75F, gorgeous blue skies–it’s going to be hard to adjust to a proper winter for just a few days!
Hope you like Atlanta. Definitely one of the best things I’m watching right now.
I really like American Gods; can’t wait to see how they pull it together for the TV series. I watched the WestWorld premiere and found it interesting. Now I just need to find time to catch up with the rest. I’ve been diving into Luke Cage and am trying to catch up with films, so that’s been taking the time. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is definitely on my list to see from the library when it comes out on DVD. You should definitely watch Deadwood. I’ve only seen Season 1 so far, but it’s great!
There are so many reasons I need to watch Deadwood. Think while Justified was still on, I made a mental note to catch up on Deadwood when I got the chance.
Heard mixed things about Luke Cage, but I want to give it a shot. Westworld is very interesting. I love that the source material, the original film, was released in the 1970s, the subject matter is still so pertinent to us now. Some things don’t change!
The original Westworld film is very different; the basic concept is pretty different too. Still, it’s interesting to see how they’ve taken a few parts of it and made something new.
Just finished American Gods – really enjoyed it. Intrigued about its transition to TV. Took a peek at some of the casting–Ian McShane, Peter Stormare, Crispin Glover, Gillian Anderson… wow!
Been away from the blogosphere but felt like returning just briefly for Halloween! Hunt for the Wilderpeople sounds like a good time, and it’s coming to a cinema near me in December! I noticed the Aussie book that it’s based on Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump is from the 1980s, and I tend to like the storytelling from back then. Shame about the racket smash. At least you didn’t break 4 like Marcos Baghdatis!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7kS68T6ptA
Haha, I remember seeing Marcos breaking those rackets. I gotta admit, looking at that video now, I can feel his feels!
I like the way you formatted this post. I might have to lift your idea 😀 We’ll see. I’m having an odd relationship with blogging lately which mostly stems from not having enough time to dedicate to it.
Let’s see Westworld…I watched the first 3 episodes and then ‘eh’, but then I saw that it was trending on Twitter, so maybe I gave up on it before it got crazy?
p.s. jealous of all your travels 😛
I’m not convinced it’s entirely original, so feel free to lift away!
Time – tell me about it. When I do, the inclination to sit in front of a laptop screen runs away from me.
Push through those first few episodes of Westworld—it’s worth it. Turning into quite a good TV show. It’s not quite the best thing omgevaaaa on TV, but better than 90% of the shit out there. Do it, dive into the crazy!
Alright. I might try to get into it again! So far, we’ve been re-watching old episdoes of the American version of The Office!
I really need to watch that one day! I’ve seen the odd episode here and there, but not all the way through.
You should. It’s funny and if you’ve ever worked in an office, you’ll feel right at home 😛