July favourites

Another month has flown by. I realised the other day that I’ve been telling people I’ve been living in my new city for about a month for so long that it’s suddenly turned into two.

I am not reading enough – but I think that’s standard during transitional phases of life.

(please say it’s not just me)

I just haven’t chunked out the time lately. I’ve been prioritising other things. But I’m going to get back to it. I’m about half way through The Book Thief right now, a tome of a novel I’ve been meaning to read for years but finally am now due to one of my housemates, who pretty much holds it up as the standard that all books should meet.

I’m liking it, so far. It’s one of those where the narrator (literally Death) tells you the worst before it happens, but it makes it no less painful when it arrives, despite all the warnings.

Anyway: some favourites

To watch: Jessica Jones, the final season

I will be bitter about the abrupt and unfair killing of these Marvel shows maybe forever (I hold an excellent grudge.) Netflix has a lot to answer for! After a season two that I had some mixed feelings about, season three was so STRONG. From crazy psychopaths to sisters on the edge and “I know you don’t want to die alone, but you’re going to”, this show packed a serious emotional punch as it hurtled toward a cathartic, if slightly hurried, finish.

Jessica Jones has always been a show that feels a lot like Veronica Mars, and with Benjamin Walker as Erik who reminded me SO MUCH of a hangdog Logan Echolls it was ridiculous – basically I had everything I wanted. And I felt somewhat justified in my feelings about Trish, which even in the best of times have never been especially warm.

Low key I am in love with this man.

While it’s great that JJ and Daredevil got to go out on such a high note, what I really want is a fourth season.

Grumble grumble grumble.

Also, potentially unpopular opinion, but I feel like as much as we all want cameos to happen they only ever feel awkward and unnecessary and afterwards you wonder if maybe it would be better if none of the superheroes of New York knew each other, even though that doesn’t quite make sense either because while it’s big, it’s not that big.

Also also, how do they choose who gets to fight which evil? I’ve always wondered about that.

To wear: jumpsuits

Okay, clearly we’re a little thin on the ground for favourites this month. But I just want everyone to know that I purchased a jumpsuit and now I honestly don’t know how I lived before it was in my wardrobe. Just saying.

To do: Museums!

As I have mentioned around 10,000 times, I recently moved to a new city. It’s a big tourist spot in the UK, and while that comes with many annoying things (tourists. Dear god tourists are annoying and why do they all walk so slowly and why do they not realise that people live here and sometimes just need to get from A to B without having to practically parkour over them so they don’t ruin their selfies?!), what it does mean is that we’re totally spoilt for choice when it comes to museums and I have to say I love it. I don’t really know anything about art, there are huge swathes of history I’m utterly clueless about and I don’t usually pay for the audio guides that explain it because ANOTHER £5? Are you kidding me? But going in and just allowing myself the time and space to respond to what I’m seeing, read the free information they have and try to resist the urge to Instagram it engages a totally different part of my brain. It’s difficult to feel stress inside a museum. It’s another world where all that’s required from you is your attention and whatever intellectual engagement you have to offer, and I have concluded that wandering around them is good for my soul. I highly recommend it.

To do: the gym

I became an exercise person a few years ago when, as I was coming out of a truly horrifying time in my personal life, a friend asked me whether I wanted to do a sponsored run with her for charity. For the first time in my life, I approached exercise not as some all-or-nothing event that I had to be amazing at right away or what’s the point, but as something I could build up little by little, and in the five-or-so years since it has become a really central part of how I try and keep myself mentally healthy. In the past few weeks as my life has changed in ways big and small it’s the one ritual I have managed to keep up pretty consistently, and it’s honestly keeping me sane.

How is your summer? I hope you didn’t melt in the heat. Me and the family of baby seagulls currently living directly outside my window (who are causing me equal levels of irritation and anxiety) struggled up here in the attic, but we just about made it through.

Author: Lydia Tewkesbury

27. Loves a good story.

8 thoughts on “July favourites”

  1. I think you mentioned elsewhere that you’ve moved to Bath, right? That’s one of my favourite cities!! I spent a summer working at the American Museum, and basically lived at Mr B’s Emporium. I totally get what you mean about the tourists, though.

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  2. I have been meaning to try The Book Thief as well someday but since I saw the movie first, I’ve been waiting to “forget” the story a bit more but it’s… a long process. 😛 Then again, I also hear that the book is waaaaay better. Hope you’re enjoying it!
    Hahahah I too find the cameos awkward but I think that’s more because of the actors and how they’re being used, in my honest opinion. As for which evil they fight, most of the time it’s the evil that shows up in their life and they face it because they’re heroes at heart. 😛 Otherwise, in the “comic book world” most heroes run into all kinds of villains, even if they’re associated to other heroes, e.g. While Kingpin seems like Daredevil’s #1 enemy, he’s also Spider-Man’s! 😛
    Hope you’re getting used to that new life of yours quickly and that all your plans for August will go smoothly, Lydia. Best of luck with everything! 😀

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    1. Oh I can totally get why you would want to forget that ending! I want to! It is a really good book, despite the trauma.

      That’s an interesting perspective on the cameos thing. I suppose it is because most of the time all they’re really doing is passing along necessary advice. If you’ve watched JJ season 3, I think the cameo in that one was probably the worst of the lot. So totally pointless!
      Okay, I do see where you’re coming from with the evils. I guess there are just so many they don’t have the time to constantly be helping each other out (and I as I have established that is not something I ever enjoy anyway)/ arguing about who gets which one.

      I’m doing okay, thank you. I feel like I’m starting to settle into the rhythms of things a bit more now 🙂

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  3. Ugh summer… I didn’t melt per se, but I got pretty close! I’m glad we’re back to milder days. I mean, I love sunshine and all but I don’t really care much for excessive heat xD
    You’re so right about Netflix. It keeps cancelling some pretty awesome shows! Though to be fair I don’t usually watch them, I just know from people complaining about it on Twitter LOL But yeah, I’m sure if I were to start enjoying a new show there, it would eventually go away. Nowadays, I’m loving Schitt’s Creek though. It’s a hilarious show with Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara about a rich family who lost everything and had to move to a small town (which they own) in order to rebuild their lives. It’s seriously one of the funniest shows I’ve watched and even my boyfriend, who’s a really picky fanboy, loves it. So I highly recommend!
    Nothing else, I’m afraid… I just bought a pair of Birkenstocks the other day after suffering terribly with a bad back and sore feet/legs for years. Apparently due to using awful shoes with no arch support. These should be super comfy, especially now that it’s warmer. But we’ll see. I’m not really okay with leather, usually, but I might make an exception this time if they really are as great as everyone says.
    And that’s it for me! I hope you get to visit tons of museums (and get to side-eye lots of tourists in the process hahaha). Also, good luck with the gym! I tried for a month and then realised I might not be cut out for it but… I might sign up again? Or I’ll just exercise at home *shrugs*

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  4. Oooh I hope you’re enjoying your Birkenstocks. My friend recently got a pair and she is obsessed with them. I hope they help with the back pain too! Don’t be too hard on yourself about the leather. I’m veggie but I still wear leather shoes and I have complicated feelings about it too. It’s tricky because from an environmental perspective a lot of the synthetic shoes are actually worse cause they’re kind of plasticky. As I think we’ve talked about before, making good decisions is hard!!

    I will take that Schitt’s Creek rec! Since Love Island ended (I know, I know), I don’t really know what to do with my evenings. At the moment I’m only really watching the new seasons of GLOW and Dear White People (both great, btw).

    Gym isn’t for everyone – I think it’s all about finding the thing that you actually enjoy otherwise there’s no way you’re going to stick to it. I got really into running a few years ago and since then I’ve found generally cardio-type activities are pretty good for my general mental wellbeing, but as much as I probably ‘should’, I cannot make myself stick to any kind of strength training. I just don’t like it!


  5. Ahh, I get the living in a very touristic spot, it can get very, very annoying with all of the tourists everywhere, haha. I’m so glad you have discovered so many amazing new spots and museums there, too. I went to visit your city, I think, a couple of years ago and I loveed it there so, so much ❤
    I hope August has been treating you well so far ❤


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