Chapter 34: Working

Today? Today is my birthday! 32 years old! Anyway, let’s move on.

I’ve been at my new job for 3 days now (had to work today). Let’s discuss the job as vaguely as I can, I’m working in a similar job that I previously had. The hours are longer (10 hours a day, 5 days a week) but the money is better. The people are incredibly nice and welcoming, random people come up and ask how I’m finding it or just general chit chatting.

But, it’s hard not to compare it to my old job. And unfortunately, they aren’t the same. I miss the people I spent 10+ years together with. I miss the sense of closeness to bosses, how many bosses shake their employee’s hands every morning and evening when you leave? I get it, I’m just whining about a time in my life I won’t get back. And yes I know that things like that will occur at a new place, everything takes time blah blah.

There’s also the time I’m missing with my family now, I’m no longer able to take my daughter to school because of the early start time. It’s so early that I can’t even wake her up to get ready like I used to. I miss spending that time with her, I loved walking her to school and running around after her. Now? I get about an hour and a half with her when I get home, then its off to bed for her.

I’m hoping things improve or…? Another job? Getting used to it all? I guess I’ll just see what happens.

Chapter 27: New Anime

So, first of all, I’m annoyed for missing a day, it was just too late by the time I remembered, sorry to anyone reading this… Which is probably just future me.

I’ve been binge watching anime on crunchy roll and stumbled across one that’s quickly become one of my favourites. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World. It’s a great anime that started in 2016, but being the slowpoke I am, in only just discovering it now.

We follow a character called Kazuma after he dies and is resurrected by a goddess called Aqua. Kazuma gets to pick something to take with him to a parallel world and decides to take the Goddess with him. He quickly realised she pretty Incompetent and recruits Megumi, a sorceress obsessed with explosions and Darkness, a masochist crusader.

In having a ton of fun following the four along with their adventures and find myself laughing much more than I have done at other recent anime. I’d highly recommend this, even more so as it digs fun at its characters.

Until next time!

Chapter 24: Listening

I’m a fan of audio, not that I know a lot about editing audio or anything but I mean listening. I’m very lucky that I get to listen to a lot of Podcasts and audiobooks where I work, and so I thought I’d talk about some audio books I like.

When I was 19? One of my front teeth just flat out died and while laying in bed from the pain, I started listening to audiobooks, more specifically anything by Terry Pratchett, often read by the talented Nigel Planer. The first audiobook I started with was Mort, an amazing tale about Deaths apprentice. Still, one of my favourite audiobooks although I am a huge fan of the Going Postal book.

I’m currently re-listening to an audiobook series called Critical Failures by Robert Bevan, read by Jonathan Sleep. Amazing books about roleplayers becoming stuck in a fantasy world. Filled with tons of vulgar language but equally as many laughs, another audiobook I’d love for people to get.

There’s also the Magic 2.0 series of books by Scott Meyer, narrated by Luke Daniels. Luke is honestly a very talented voice actor and really brings the characters to life in these amazing books. In these books, we follow Martin along as he discovers that the world is a computer program. Incredibly funny writing, so much so that I’ve listened to these multiple times.

That’s all for now, I’ll talk about more audiobooks on another day.

Until next time!

Chapter 22: Old Heroes

So, I remember being about 8 years old, sitting in my nan and grandads living room as they hand me a VHS tape of Spider-man the 1967 animated TV show, and getting so excited to get to watch it. I don’t remember what episodes were on it, although I do remember getting to watch the Spider-woman animated show, and I remember a house with a bunch of traps in it.

Anyway, I’ll always remember those times fondly and they’ve influenced my life. Granted, I’m not doing anything particularly heroic but I’m now a huge comic book /superhero fan. Even with other games I play I generally prefer playing as the hero, like in Dungeons & Dragons or Marvel Legendary.

Does anyone remember the TV show Monkey Magic? Based on the book Journey to the West? I loved staying up late at night and joining in on Monkeys adventures. I loved the character Monkey, almost every movie I’ve stumbled across based on that story I’ve watched. I even have the audiobook of the original book. I actually ended up getting a Monkey King tattoo last year. I should probably get a Spider-man tattoo too at some point.

Oh man, what about the 1960s Batman with the late great Adam West? One of the greatest (personally) depictions of Batman. Okay, yeah it was campy and silly but that’s great as a kid, even more so with the WHAM! and BAM! signs that appear. That show actually leads me onto finding out who Ralph Garmen is and now I listen to him talk on a weekly basis on Hollywood Babble-On.

I know this might seem like a word file kind of post but these shows, these actors playing my childhood heroes meant and still mean a lot to me. I’ll absolutely be showing these shows to my daughter when she’s slightly older and if recommend you giving them a viewing too.

Until next time!