February 21st, 2020

me: ooh!

Day 28/183: Three things + some 366 meme questions

  • My kids watched Castle in the Sky whilst a friend was looking after them for me over half term this week. Apparently, Humuhumu fell in love with the story and was glued to it for the length of the film. She has been watching it again in “episodes” over the past few nights. Keiki adores the robot who looks after all the creatures in Laputa. I am very happy that they’re so fond of it, because it’s rather a slow burn and the animation looks quite dated now, but clearly the story is timeless. I can’t wait to watch more Studio Ghibli films with them.

  • Sweet Christmas, it’s tedious to wash clothes in a bathtub. The automated washing machine has got to be one of the greatest inventions of the modern age. We are two weeks into the (allegedly) ten-week house extension project and I have already cracked and gone to a friend’s house to borrow her washing machine just to do the laundry. There was a paragraph in Bobby Freeman’s First Catch Your Peacock, about the history of Welsh cookery, which resonated powerfully with me when I read it at the cottage last weekend. She said that when she consulted with older Welsh folk on the old methods of cooking, on open fires and hot stones, the men would wax lyrical about the taste and quality of the food produced thereby, which is hard to replicate using a cooker. The women were pointedly silent. Because it took forever to cook stuff properly in the old ways.

  • The one thing that is harshing my enjoyment of Good Omens: Jack Whitehall is in it. Casting directors: one demerit point.

    On the other hand, David Tennant and Michael Sheen are absolute perfection. Casting directors: seven million merit points. I forgive you.


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