Hello everyone! Wow, it’s been a while.
If you follow/ed me on Twitter in July, you’ll know that my house got burgled, and my laptop, games consoles and video games got taken, basically limiting anything I wanted to do or could do. I can quite honestly say that coming downstairs one morning and finding my things gone was one of the most surreal and humiliating experiences of my life. To be fair, I was in dire, dire need of a new laptop (I’d had my old Vaio since 2010 and I’m frankly impressed it’d lasted so long!) but it was enough to make me feel paranoid within my own home for quite a while. It’s not a pleasant experience to live through, and sadly law enforcement couldn’t really help us very much, so my housemate Daryl, the Boyfriend-Wonder Iain and I just carried on with our lives, albeit a hell of a lot more concerned about our security.
So, what else have I been doing without my laptop and Xbox 360, my two main sources of activity? A bit of everything! There was still one 360 left in our house (thank god for Daryl having a messy desk!) and he bought us Diablo 3, one of the most addictive games I have ever played in my life. Throughout the summer I have played it a whole lot. Daryl, Iain and I managed a 19-hour marathon one day, which looking back, is frankly impressive and worrying! As well as Diablo 3, we got the expansion Reaper of Souls, and then eventually upgraded to Xbox One, which is my current console of choice! I don’t have many games at current (I share Titanfall and Destiny with Iain currently) but I am looking forward to getting The Evil Within, the new release from Bethesda.
As well as playing video games, I’ve had varying temp jobs at university. It’s nothing permanent, but hey- at least it’s experience. Throughout September, I’ve been helping new students that come to university and handing out lollies! However, I did get to do some promotion work for Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, the monthly vintage fair that comes to Sheffield. It was exhausting work (holding a sign up for five hours in baking July heat was not fun) but I got to dress up in my best vintage dress, and despite the fact that I was boiling and had the worst sunburn I’ve ever experienced in my life (I couldn’t even lay on my back, it was so bad) I got a lot of compliments. I’d do it again, but I’d definitely consult the weather forecast first!
Iain and I also invested in Netflix, and have subsequently lost many an evening thanks to the autoplay function. We’ve almost finished watching the first season of Orange is the New Black, I watched all of Archer, and we’ve recently started watching Bones. When I was younger, I used to watch a lot of crime dramas. CSI, CSI: NY and even CSI: Miami were some of my favourite shows, but I pretty much overdosed on them, and got very, very bored with the formulaic cop show. However, after chatting to Iain one evening about cop shows, we ended up putting Bones on and it rekindled my love for it. It’s such an easy show to pick up and watch and the cases and the science behind the show are always super interesting.
I made my usual trip to Lincoln Steampunk Asylum and had a wonderful time! However, my dumb camera decided to break that weekend, and I didn’t like to use my phone camera, so I took a teeny tiny amount of pictures. I went with my best friend Gina, but we didn’t end up spending much time together as she was seeing other friends. We weren’t in that many pictures either (compared to previous years, where we’d been approached by the same photographers) so I wasn’t able to show off my cool outfit, which Gina described as ‘part engineer, part bodyguard’ which is more or less what I was going for! However, I did get basically the best selfie ever (which is adorning all my social networks) which I’m pretty happy with. It can be so hard to get a good selfie!
Now, classes have started back at university. I’m studying American Contemporary Horror Film this semester (basically my main cinematic love) and I got to watch Night of the Living Dead on a 35mm print today and apart from some technical problems, it was incredible. I can’t wait to watch the rest of the films that are being shown! I have a shiny new laptop now too (it’s purple!) so I’ll be back to blogging. I’m working out a schedule to fit in and around my classes and social life in the foreseeable future and will hopefully be averaging 3-4 posts a week. I can afford to get comics again now too, so I have some catching up to do! What decent comics have I missed? What do you want me to review? Let me know in the comments section or on Twitter.
This week I have a post planned for Dredd Day on October 1st, and one covering Nottingham Comic Con, which I’m hitting up this weekend. Hope to see you there!
In the meantime, you can always catch me on Twitter, nerding out over something or being confused by men’s hairstyles.