We made it to the weekend!! Yay! This week was rough. Well, I mean, for workload wise. I've also slept like the dead. I can't decided if I like my new pillows but I seem to be falling asleep as soon as my head hits them so maybe they're magic. They're much firmer than what I'd normally pick in the store...but then again...I was picking cheap pillows that barely lasted.
Honestly, I've had a pretty chill, non-podcast week. I haven't started any new podcasts as of yet, although I have one on the Gardner Art Heist that I am super excited about. I've turned some lighter classical music on at night to read to, mostly Edvard Greig. I usually listen to jazz when I cook (or blues on the odd occasion) but I've been in a full on classical mood. It's chilled me out for creating schedules for work. You've probably heard of Greig and not realised it as he composed, In The Hall of the Mountain King. While nice it's not one of the ones I tend to pick.
I've added some new spotify playlists to try out. The Kitchen Swagger playlist, seems pretty chill and nice mindless music. Really perfect for cooking, not going to lie about that! The Ultimate Happy playlist seems a bit different. It does start off with the overplayed, rage inducing Happy by Pharell Williams but I can get over that. It's not that bad...it's just one of those songs that was everywhere and it turned my ambivalence into hatred.
So I'll try those out pretty soon.
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I was happy that Britbox carred a few episodes of 8 out of 10 cats does Countdown. This is a mashup show where in 8 out of 10 cats and Countdown are smushed together. I think the easiest way to describe this is if Whose Line Is It Anyways did Wheel of Fortune.
Countdown is a game in the UK (and maybe elsewhere) where you try to solve a math problem and try to create a word via anagram. Very inline with Wheel of Fortune type games. While Graham Lineham has gone of the deepend and become a TERF, he has Moss on Countdown in the IT Crowd.
I love when Aisling Bea or Sarah Millican is on personally, but everyone is really delightful.
Sarah Maclean's newest book is part of a series that I uh...haven't even read yet. She's one of those auto-buys for me. It's a historical romance set in the Georgian (or somewhere around theres) era, UK. I have the first, just bought the second, and the third comes out in soon. So I thought I should get on that. The first is Wicked and the Wallflower and the second is Brazen and the Beast. I find her characters to be really fleshed out and enjoyable.
Catie Murphy (or C.E. Murphy) wrote this cute little cozy mystery set it Ireland. I don't normally love cozy mysteries (they usually grate on me) but this one was okay so I'm giving the second book a go. The first book I have yet to review but i did take a photo of it for instagram in March. The series follows an American limo driver who runs into dead bodies at work. It's more interesting than how I've described it of course. The first one was mostly set in Dublin and is titled, Dead in Dublin (with the murder taking place at the foot of the Molly Malone statue). The second book is titled Death on the Green, and takes place on a golf course. I feel like I've damned the series with faint praise, I don't mean for that to be the case. I honestly, truthfully, despise cozy mysteries. So the fact that I liked this one probably means it's excellent. Obviously, don't come to me for recommendations for this category. Well, I mean, this one is good.
Sam Keen is one my favorite authors and is one of my most borrowed (and stolen) authors from my book collection. I'm not being factious at all with this. His books are written in a narrative style and deal with science or history of science type themes. One time I ventured up to a breakfast spot to treat myself to find my dad's friend holding a book club with his friends with the Keen book he borrowed from me! They had a visiting physicist talking to them!
I wasn't even invited.
I let him keep the book and bought another one. I have all his books and now own the newest.
The first book, The Disappearing Spoon is about the history of the periodic table...did I lose you? WRONG. Get ready for murder, affairs, explosions and espionage.
The Violinist's Thumb is about DNA (who gets lucky, who doesn't and sexy times).
The Tale of The Dueling Neurosurgeons is about the history of neuroscience. Since my brain is hella stupid I really enjoyed this book.
Caesar's Last Breath is about air and the atmosphere that we all use. I really thought this was an interesting look at a subject I wouldn't normally care about.
The Bastard Brigade is the newest book (the one I bought). It's about the Alsos Mission (stopping the Nazi atomic bomb). I can't tell you how this is going because as soon as it entered my house...my dad took it to read. So this is my second copy as there is no way I'm getting the first one back anytime soon.