For the lack of a better word, I am exhausted. Mostly because I worked a pretty long week so I could have an easier second half of the month. But also because I’m constantly thinking how I’m going to send this blog to 2017 and how I will continue with its year 7. The thing is, 7 is my favourite number, and I feel like year 7 for Mettel Ray should be special somehow. The problem is, I have been blogging for six consecutive years and the last couple of years have felt like the blog has been on a standstill. Which is a good thing in a way but I want more, and I think, in the wee hours of last night, I realised what more is, and constructed a game-plan! So, without getting your hopes up too much, stay tuned for 2017, I’m might shake things up…
It’s been almost 6 months since I woke up with swollen eyes and it has been now almost 3 months since I started taking medication for my hyperactive thyroid. It’s now safe to say I’ better. I think I even surprised my doctor by responding to the medication so well and so fast. I have also been going for my eye-treatment once a week, which is a pretty time consuming process of traveling 30 minutes back and worth, and then waiting at the hospital anywhere from 30 minutes to 1,5 hours. But most of it is done, I have two treatments left, and I feel a lot better because I’m going to start 2017 with a healthier body. Now if I could only manage to stop dropping bar stools on my toe, which is now all shades of purple – ouch.
This week I’m heading back home for couple of days which is nice because the last time I went home was in October?.. which is the longest time I’ve stayed away from my hometown. I definitely miss going back home but sometimes I feel like I have made my tiny apartment room a very cosy home I don’t necessarily want to leave. But Christmas feast by my mother is something one does not want to miss out on! Plus, I’m visiting my grandparents as well, which means food and presents, and more food. That’s pretty much one of the biggest reasons I’m going home, the food and not doing anything else except reading and eating all day. Dream weekend!
Do not expect anything from this segment this week because I worked the entire week and saw no movies. I’m itching to see La La Land and Rogue One but I’m not sure when or if that’s going to happen. I feel like both movies are not movies that one would enjoy alone, so I’m looking for some victims to drag along. Those two are the most likely movies to end up in my Best Movies of 2016 list as well (since Moonlight is still not screening in Estonia), but looking back at 2016, I missed so many great movies! I saw under a hundred movies this year and it feels like I mostly saw mediocre ones.
My lack of interest in watching movies at home these past few months has really tampered with my mood. Plus, I haven’t been able to write reviews in a long time, which is frustrating because I want to but every time I sit down, I just have this mental block. But as a promise to myself, I will publish at least one review this week, which is going to be Nocturnal Animals. The others, well, either they will slowly dry up in the drafts folder, or I will post them next year in a collective post review which I actually hate and don’t really want to do. But who knows.
Where I fail at movies, I’m sort of succeeding with TV shows, though far from perfect in that front as well. Still haven’t been able to catch up with Atlanta, Scream Queens and The Night Of.. which is frustrating. But I have been watching Nashville again because the fifth season 2 hour premier has aired and I discovered I had stopped somewhere in the middle of season 4. I wasn’t sure why but a few new episodes and I remembered – Maddie is so annoying! I can’t stand her character development which I know is part of growing up but it’s just so horrible to witness.
If not this year, then at the beginning of the next, I will post a list of upcoming shows on my blog as well. I already saw a great list over at Little White Lies, which has 30 shows listed which is so much! This year has truly launched TV shows into a new level, there are so many big names going to television now, and they are doing exceptional work. So I’m thrilled for TV shows in 2017, and excited to see what we will see and who will appear on our small television screens next year!
BOOKS & MUSIC
Still reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss which is completely normal because the book is huge. But I have been enjoying it immensely which is why I already bought the second book in the series which is even bigger… My god, I don’t know how I will completely my reading challenge in 2017 because I pumped it to 70 books and I’m still hesitant to include comic books as books read. Though, if I start reading poetry collections, I might be able to read big fantasy books all year around and still meet my challenge!? That’s a great plan because seriously, I have so many hunky high fantasy novels, such as Black Prism, The Words of Radiance, The Mistborn Trilogy waiting for my attention. Can’t wait!
This year has introduced me to listening to entire albums instead of singles here and there. I’ve collected quite a few now and the latest being Kid Cudi’s Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin’. One thing I have to say about this album, and this year in music in general, is the fact that it has been pretty high in terms of standards! So many great new albums, so many new discoveries for me personally and I feel like I’m a little bit of more aware of the music scene thanks to 2016. Still can’t hold a single note myself but at least I know how to appreciate music more.
Rambling Film reviews Hacksaw Ridge
Dan the Man’s take on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Boo’s and Yay’s for The Nice Guys by Two Dollar Cinema
Big City Bookworm participated in The Jingle Bell Book Tag
Feeling Fuzzier loved La La Land