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Lockdown Life

It's so weird being in lockdown when the store I work in is still open. I go past quiet streets, empty car parks, and closed shops like I'm one of the last people on Earth, only to get to work where everything is pretty much normal and it feels like an average day. Just with new social distancing rules and a billion times more hand sanitiser!

I'm very glad it's Friday cos this week has worn me out. Deliveries have been big and apparently trampolines are essential items now, based on the sheer amount we've sold in just the last two days. Also, dealing with customers feels very much like wrangling small children. They don't bother to read, they can't follow simple instructions, and they look at you like you're speaking French when you ask them to please stay behind the marked line.

I do wonder how long all this is going to last and how long it will take to get back to normal afterwards. How long it will be before it doesn't feel weird and wrong to simply stand next to someone? I already find it so strange to watch TV and films where the characters are sitting close together or hugging or just interacting with each other at a distance of closer than two metres!
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Ships of the 2010s

Previously, in my Livejournal, I gave you my Ships of the Noughties and Twentieth Century Ships lists. Well, a decade has passed since my Noughties list, a decade full of romantic, fun, heartwarming, and occasionally heartbreaking new ships for me to enjoy. So I have a new list to present for your reading pleasure.

As usual I found myself with far more potential couples than I could possibly include and so I may have gone slightly overboard with the honourable mentions list. I just couldn't bear to leave any of them out!

Once again I am not doubling up, so Mulder/Scully, Grissom/Sara, Tony/Ziva, Michael/Sara, Booth/Brennan, Barney/Robin, and Chuck/Sarah are not included because they're already on my Ships of the Noughties list. Although I was tempted to treat Prison Break's return like a new show and include Michael/Sara again, mainly cos when I wrote the first list Michael was supposed to be dead but it turns out he wasn't. (Shocking, I know...)

Anyway, here is my Ships of the 2010s list. Starting with the ones who didn't quite make the final cut:

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And now, the main event:

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Just a Few Things

I saw Hamilton again a couple of weeks ago. I'd say that it wasn't quite as good as the first time I saw it, but still brilliant. Aaron Burr and Angelica Schuyler in particular were excellent. And the advantage of seeing it for a second time is that I already knew the story and the songs, so I was able to enjoy a lot of the little nuances and finishing touches more.

I also watched the Downton Abbey Movie the other day. It was completely predictable and totally free of jeopardy or peril, which is exactly what you want from that kind of film. I know some filmmakers think that all movies need dramatic tension and plot twists and unpredictable endings, but sometimes you don't want any of that. You just want to see the characters you know and love doing their thing and being happy. (Although I do find it funny that Mary's forgettable husband didn't appear until the very end and wasn't missed at all.)

It was Pancake Day on Tuesday but I was a bit busy, so I decided to make them on Wednesday instead. Because why not eat pancakes on a day meant for fasting? It's fine, I'm not religious anyway. I just like pancakes. And they were good pancakes.

The heating at work is still broken and it's still so cold. There's even an area where it actually feels like something is blowing out cold air, which is just what you want in February!

And, finally, I may be nearly ready to post my Ships of the 2010s list. It took a lot longer than I anticipated, partly because I ship way too many pairings, partly because finding screencaps is a lot harder than it used to be, but mostly because I'm terrible at making things look good plus I'm having a really hard time putting my thoughts into words and so it's all a bit rubbish. I just hope the final product will be ok.
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Oscars 2020

Once again I recorded the Oscars and watched it as soon as I got up, making sure not to check my phone or look at anything that might spoil it for me so I went in having no idea who'd won. When I'd been making my predictions I had been tempted to go with Parasite for Best Picture but I decided to play it safe and stick with 1917. Turns out I should have been a bit braver!

I started off so well too, getting all of the first three awards correct, but then it went a bit downhill after that! Things soon picked up again though and I ended up on a pretty decent score.

Emma, Paul and I did our usual predictions game, I used Alexa as the random number generator this year, and Mum even made her own predictions last night to add to the fun. Who was going to win? Drum roll please...

Caroline: 16/24
Emma: 10/24
Paul: 9/24
Mum: 7/24
RNG: 7/24


I'm rather impressed with how well the RNG did this year too. But out of those of us playing for a cocktail, Paul once again came last and has to come up with a new recipe based on the Best Picture Winner. I'm not too sure how nice a Parasite cocktail is going to be though...
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Good Place Thoughts

Ok, first of all I just want to say that I am still working on my Ships of the 2010s list. I've completely missed my self-imposed end of January deadline but I am making progress. I have next week off work so I should have more time for it then, although not the whole week cos Monday will be taken up with watching the Oscars (I've given in to the fact that I'm too old to stay up until 5am to watch it live any more) and then on Tuesday I'm going to London to see Hamilton a second time (Yay!) and am planning to stay for the quiz on Wednesday and come back on Thursday.

I am so ready for this week off cos I feel completely worn out by work. And just in general. I've spent the last few days feeling really tired and heavy and like I just want to curl up and cry for a while.

Also, I've been having thoughts about The Good Place finale and I wanted to put them in writing, so here we go:

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I felt sad enough today because it's Brexit Day and I still think that leaving the EU is one of the stupidest decisions this country has ever made, but then I made the mistake of watching the final episode of The Good Place and now I'm just going to go cry in a corner...
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Guess who's workplace heating is broken? Yep! It's fricking freezing in there. I actually felt warmer when I went outside because at least the sun was shining on me. Apparently someone should be fixing it some time this week but we don't know exactly when so I'm just going to have to layer up and try not to lose feeling in my toes like I did this morning.

Speaking of work, I had assumed that my hours would go right down after Christmas but due to staff shortages I've actually been doing even more recently. The upside to this is that it means more money, especially since any hours I do beyond full time are paid at time and a half, so yay for that.

I have actually gone down a bit this week though, so I'm planning to try and use the free time to finally make my Ships of the 2010s list. I'm still hoping to get it done before the end of January, but the month is quickly getting away from me!

Also, does anyone else have a problem with their Friends Feed? When I try to go on mine it just has a spinning circle and the posts never come up. I thought it was my browser cos when I tried it in a different one it worked, but apparently only once cos I've just gone back and now that one is doing the same thing.
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Hello, 2020!

Happy New Decade!

I don't think I'm going to make any resolutions this year, but this seems like a good time to have a look back at how successful I was with the ones I made last time:

1. Take up running. I did it for a while and I successfully completed the 7k run in May, but after that I just... stopped. Turns out running is actually really boring. I'm proud of myself for completing the 7k though.

2. Do a 365 Project where you take a photo a day for the whole year. I was almost entirely successful with this. I know there were a handful of days I forgot, but for the most part I did take a photo a day. Where I failed was finding time to put them online!

3. Finish reading books. Complete failure here. I still have the terrible habit of starting new books while I'm in the middle of old ones. I do exactly the same thing with fanfiction too.

Actually, you know what? I am going to make resolutions this year. Or not resolutions as such, but specific goals related to last year's resolutions:

1. Find a form of exercise that I don't hate.

2. Post all of my 2019 365 photos before the end of 2020.

3. Finish reading all the books I've got on the go right now (Furiously Happy, Wild Magic, The President is Missing, A Dance With Dragons: Dreams and Dust) before the end of 2020.

4. Post the fanfiction that I'm currently working on.

Ok, so that last one isn't related to last year's resolutions but I wanted to put it down as well to motive myself to keep going and not give up when I find myself thinking that it's completely rubbish and nobody will want to read it.