February 2018 check-in

Thursday, February 22, 2018 Permalink

All of my best-laid plans have gone awry this week. I’ve gone from one town to another for work and never seemed to be where I needed to be. And there have been some early starts. I keep thinking I’ll get into a routine at some point, though it occurs to me that may be a pipe dream. Perhaps I need to be less ambitious on that front… and just be thankful to be putting one foot in front of the other day in and day out and not alienating tooooo many people.

And I’ve been…

By work. Which is why this post is late. I vowed I wouldn’t let work get to me in the way it used to and I’m not doing a very good job of that at the moment. Plus I need to be less of a perfectionist control freak. #justsayin

Nowhere near as much as I should. The last few weeks I’ve received quite a few books and my to-be-read (TBR) pile is overwhelming.

New arrivals in the last three weeks

My lack of reading is related to my work-induced frazzlement as I’ve not even been in the mood to watch television – which is why it took me two weeks to get through this latest binge-watch…

Altered Carbon on Netflix based on the book by Richard K Morgan. It was convoluted in some ways, though easy to follow in others and not quite as addictive as I would have liked. There was A LOT of gratuitous nudity which could offend some viewers. To me it seemed a bit salacious more than anything. I’m not sure if there’s as much nudity in the book or if it’s meant to be shocking in a superficial and hedonistic kind of way.

The basic premise of Altered Carbon is that there’s a future in which our consciousness can be downloaded and backed up into a ‘stack’ and replanted into new bodies (called ‘sleeves’). It’s a bit of a mindf*ck and reminds me of a post I wrote ages ago (about cryogenic freezing and) the surprising extent of my mind / body connectedness.

What astounded me as much as anything was how amazing Joel Kinnaman looked. I hadn’t seen him in anything other than The Killing and OMG, it was like the difference between the nerdy and annoying William McInnes in Blue Heelers vs his appearance as the dreamy, sexy and beach-babe Max in SeaChange. (And I realise only Australian readers will know who I mean!)

About a trip to Brisbane this weekend. Well, I’m not excited about: 1. The trip (the drive); or 2. Brisbane. But… I’m taking my mum and we’ll stay with my brother and SIL and I’ll catch up with my old girl-gang AND there will be a blogging catch up with some of my fellow ‘Lovin Life Linky’ blogging buddies and I’m really looking forward to meeting most of that group for the first time.

At the idea of online dating. I’ve half-signed up to an online dating site – in reality just adding my details without being visible as yet. And I have to say it’s incredibly depressing. I can’t decide if I’m being incredibly arrogant when looking at local (ahem) talent or completely out of touch with reality. I think it’s kinda like this….

february 2018 check-in

Anyway, let’s just say I’ve basically decided to shelve the whole idea. (And I should clarify that I’m not opposed to the idea of online dating as I did it in my late 30s and early 40s. Not to mention speed dating and the like. Obviously to no avail!) 😉

Any Netflix suggestions? Do any of my new book arrivals appeal?

The Lovin’ Life team includes:

  • Kate W
    February 22, 2018

    My sense is that online dating is best pursued with a very good friend looking over your shoulder – firstly so that they can say “Give them a go!” to all the people that you skim over but might actually be very suitable, and secondly so that they can back you up on the firm ‘no’ choices. I did this for a friend (successfully I might add) because she kept picking the same types (which obviously hadn’t worked in the past!) and bypassing some decent guys because they didn’t tick all of her one hundred boxes – I got her to compromise and go for 95 ticks 😉

    • Debbish
      February 23, 2018

      Oh yes, I must admit it’s hard to work out what / how much to compromise on. And of course the challenge (now) is that I’m in a smaller community and one that’s in a low socio-economic area, so….

  • Amy Andrews
    February 22, 2018

    100% agree re Altered carbon, Deb. I’ve been trying to articulate how I feel about it and I think you pretty much summed it up. I only got through 2 and half eps and stopped. But I do really want to see whodunit so I’ll probably pick it up in a bit.

    • Debbish
      February 23, 2018

      There were a few loose threads for me Amy. In the early scenes we see how / when Takeshi was captured by the Protectorate (and his colleague shot in the stack) but in the series we don’t see how he came to be there. I won’t give up any spoilers but he was with Quell (leader of the ‘rebels’) when something catastrophic happens but I wasn’t sure what takes place between then and when he’s later captured (who he’s fighting with them etc).

      And some of the who survives (or whose stack survives) and who doesn’t is a bit random!

  • Jodie
    February 22, 2018

    I’m not sure if you mean to, but somehow you always make me giggle!!
    Your life is quite crazy right now, and yet you keep adding to it!! That’s a good thing, because you might as well, right??
    How fun you get to meet up with the blogging gals!!
    As for speed dating, it’s not all bad…that’s how I met my hubby. But like everything, it’s a crap shoot!!

    • Debbish
      February 23, 2018

      I’m sure we’ll share some pics of the blogging catch up on Sunday. I’m looking forward to it. I suspect there’ll be loud and excited chatter!!!

  • Jo
    February 24, 2018

    Say hi to the lovely bloggy ladies for me…and as for the online dating? I reckon give it a go. You’re looking fab, you are fab…

    • Debbish
      February 25, 2018

      I’ll certainly say hello to everyone for you. Am looking forward to the catch up! (And we’ll have to do the same soon!)

  • Kathy Marris
    February 25, 2018

    I think I would be with you on the online dating scene. My sister-in-law got very badly burned by a guy she met on an online dating site and it has turned me off it completely. Luckily I’m married. Ha ha. You’ve had a hectic month, whilst I’m swanning around South Australia on a holiday. Sorry I missed meeting you for lunch today. Hopefully another time.

    • Debbish
      February 26, 2018

      I’m enjoying the pics of your holiday and living vicariously through you Kathy!

  • Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders
    February 26, 2018

    You’ve been so busy! That’s how I feel every week moving from this house to that house, back and forth on the road. Do I have the right clothes? Do I have enough clothes? I’m just living out of my suitcase! I tried several different online dating sites. There were definitely some that had no regard for the true purpose of dating to lead to a relationship, but rather salacious relationships. I tried Match.com and I was always matched with men from Alaska or other far-away places and they’d never respond back to the five questions. Overall, my online dating experience was also a major let down and I got burned by a few. I definitely should have had a friend sitting with me looking over my shoulder.

    • Debbish
      February 26, 2018

      I’ve tried online dating before and went on a few dates as a result but struggled with the lack of spontaneity of it all! Many of my close friends though, met their partners and husbands online. I sometimes wonder if – after 50 years of being single – I should just stay that way! 😉

      And yes, re the toing and froing. I can’t complain too much as I’m in a bit of a routine… I just hate having to plan ahead and wondering what I’ll wear when. Also, I occasionally go onto construction sites for my job which means I need to wear boots. (Which means I need to wear long pants!) I leave my boots in my car but it’s summer here so I sometimes am wearing 3/4 pants which wouldn’t ‘match’. Winter will probably make life easier!

  • Lou Lou Loves
    March 1, 2018

    Loved reading this… XXX

    • Debbish
      March 8, 2018

      Thanks! And nice to ‘virtually’ connect again!

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