I mean, sure, it’s cold and drizzly and dark, but the colours.
I mean, sure, it’s cold and drizzly and dark, but the colours.
I’m gonna get right to it – this week I had to make the choice between Imagine Dragons and Muse. HARD. In the end, despite knowing that I’d love the Imagine Dragons album, I figured I should go for something a little bit more outside my comfort zone.
And so, Mr C’s choice has to be something a little bit different. It didn’t take long for us to settle on Joan Jett – kick-ass rockstar. I wanted to listen to Bad Reputation but unfortunately that’s not available on Apple Music. So, instead, it’s all about rock ‘n roll.
It’s gonna be a pretty rocking week I think!
When we watched the new Tomb Raider film back in July, I was quite inspired by some of the behind the scenes footage that showed Alicia Vikander getting super fit to play the role. I wanted to be super fit like that too! Get to the gym, lady, and sort it out!
It worked, for a bit. But how funny, then, that it’s also the fault of Lara Croft that my workout schedule has been interrupted in recent weeks.
I wrote some initial impressions of Shadow of the Tomb Raider and I’m glad to say that getting to the end of the game has only increased my satisfaction – obsessed is a word I would use, particularly getting through those last few levels.
To reiterate and expand on my thoughts:
This time out, we went a bit nerdy, and kept a track of everything we could think of. In previous years, we’ve taken the route of getting as far as we can through a game and then resorting to a walkthrough of some kind (recommended) to get the coveted 100%.
For this game, with our increased enjoyment, enhanced concentration, and a Bear app full of #tombraider notes, we got to about 97% without any assistance at all. We were missing a revisit of one whole level (who knew you could go back to Cozumel?), a couple of base camps and documents, plus a challenge that I would genuinely never have found without help.
The relief at getting to the end was clear but equally, what a ride it was. And we opted for a season pass purchase so will be looking at new stuff very soon. This game really was the gift that kept on giving.
I mentioned before how the household is looking to make healthier choices, and that involves me spending a bit more time in the kitchen than I have been doing over the last few years. I’m not the best cook, but I do quite enjoy the process and whilst my presentation skills are essentially non-existent, I can occasionally whip something together that tastes nice.
At the moment, my mealtime focus has turned to using fresh ingredients wherever possible, and avoiding ready meals. It takes a bit more effort, but is worth it. Meanwhile, my baking focus has turned towards sugar-free. I was a bit sceptical of the sugar-free movement when it first arrived (and by that I mean when Davina first started banging on about it), but now I’m intrigued.
I don’t think I have a particular problem with sugar but I quite like the idea of replacing it where possible, and that means I have now actually bought both of Davina’s books and tried a few recipes.
The digestive biscuits were nice but not quite what I was hoping for. The flapjacks were delicious but crumbly as anything. And last weekend, I tried my hand at the Victoria sponge cake.
If I thought the flapjacks were crumbly, the cake… it was on another level. I took one picture which I had to significantly crop to try and make it as presentable as possible. This doesn’t quite capture the carnage as soon as we tried to slice the cake. Nor the clean up efforts required once it was demolished.
My immediate tweeting was thus:
It really did taste amazing. The spelt flour added a nutty flavour, the maple syrup replacing the sugar and bringing its own unique taste. Although the presentation wasn’t the best (crumbled up cake in a bowl with a spoon – enjoy!) the taste made up for it.
Now my mission is to figure out sugar-free mince pies in time for the festive season. There’s no way they can be as crumbly too, right? RIGHT?
This week, I’ve opted for an album that probably would have passed me by any other time, but I’ve heard the main single from it so many times on Julie’s Beats1 show that it’s lodged in my brain. EL MAL QUERER by ROSALÍA. There’s also a Beats1 special where she goes through the album track by track, which I’ll also have to listen to. It makes a big difference when you can put these things in context.
Mr C’s pick this week is in the completely opposite direction. We realised I had only listened to a more recent Red Hot Chilli Peppers album, and that needed to be rectified quite quickly. So: Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Which I am spending quite a lot of time calling Love Angel Music Baby because I am weird. Looks like quite a long album, but should be interesting.
Oh, Mr C is also hoping this will rectify my “mistaken” belief that the All Saints version of Under the Bridge is better than the original.
We’ve seen four episodes of the new series of Doctor Who and that’s long enough for me to cast my opinion on the whole thing. Heck, it only took a couple of episodes to know I wasn’t keen on Capaldi, but where do I stand on the Whittaker era?
Good news: I love it! It’s fresh, fast, funny, approachable, likeable, different and new. Here are five slightly more specific thoughts:
So to sum up, I’m on board. It’s not perfect but I’ve enjoyed each episode so far and look forward to the next, and that’s pretty much all I ask from my Doctor.
We’re really getting towards the sharp end of the year now and album releases are picking up. I’ve got seven weeks of this year’s album adventure left and at least ten albums that I had hoped to fit in. Some hard decisions are going to be made about who makes the cut this year and who gets relegated to next year.
I’ve also noticed a significant number of albums left on my 2017 list that are soon going to drop out of my reach. (For those new to the game, my choices have to be current year or prior year.)
I do move my leftover albums to Mr C’s list (he gets the pick of the rest of musical history, so unfair) but I don’t know how many ever make it to my ears. Oh well. It’s no bad thing for there to be too much music in the world.
Anyway, this week:
Empress, by RAY BLK. I love, love, love Run Run, and Empress is pretty good, so hopefully the album stacks up. It’s only short but I’m hoping it’s brilliant.
And Mr C’s choice this week is OK Computer by Radiohead. Which Apple Music previews with the following: “The greatest album of all time? Plenty of polls suggest that, with Radiohead’s third set of songs frequently vying for that almighty accolade.” So , no pressure then.