Hey everybody, CstM here. I hope you’re all doing well. So I’ve had a bit of a panic. I tried to log into my account, like I normally do, and wordpress was like “No, we don’t know you”. So I made a new account. But my new account wasn’t connected to the blog and has some really random password. Well turns out, as far as I can tell, you can’t log into wordpress on the ipad now unless, you have the app. So I think I now have two accounts and I have no clue what the password for the new account is. So yeah, I’ll just pretend like that never happened.
Happy New Year! Did you guys get to celebrate? We had a really quiet night in. I was hit with a cold right up to new year’s, so I slept through most of the 30th and was feeling a bit rough on new year’s eve. I mostly lived on cola and m&m’s that day. We never really do anything too fancy on new year’s so it wasn’t a massive loss.
Did you guys do new year’s resolutions? I kind of did. I’m trying to do 3 months of no cross stitch buying. I swear, I must have been a squirrel in a former life or something. I will tuck away things, hiding it for a rainy day and then slowly hoard way too much, because I’ll be standing in the rain thinking “Nah, I’ll save it for the hurricane!” Quite frankly I’m running out of storage space, so it’s either get bigger storage or use what I’ve already got.
My dad has a big birthday coming up later in the year, so that also ties in. I’ve started saving up for the trip abroad, in case they actually let us leave the country, and not spending money on cross stitch for 3 months will make it a lot easier to save up. And if all goes to hell I guess I can send him a nice gift.
I’ve even made savings plans and everything. I feel like a responsible adult. It’s kind of a weird feeling. I also found this savings tracker. It has three symbols, like pumpkins are 30£, acorns are 20£ and leaves are 10£. Then every time you put money into the savings you get to colour in one of the symbols. Which does make it weirdly fun to save. It’s lockdown, I’m easily amused.
So I for once made notes about the book of the months (Last time we read Carrie) and I somehow managed to lose my notepad. Great! I thought I’d have to come on here and be like “Yeah, so my dog ate my homework!” But thankfully I have Leggy, who weirdly knows where my things are. If I had a penny for every time my dad told me I’d lose my head if it wasn’t attached, I’d not need to save and I’d probably need a second house for all the cross stitch shopping.
I really enjoyed reading Carrie. Although it did remind me of the fact that teenage girls suck. So much so that, that is indeed my first note about the book. Now this is very much a book of what the hell is wrong with people and why are they all such arsehats? (The people in the book, not you reading this.) Carrie is bullied in school for years, with virtually no repercussions for the bullies. Sure they took prom away from that one girl, but surely that was just too little too late. Where are the teachers in all this? I saw a Stephen King quote recently and it does pretty much sum up the book. “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” Yes, Carrie has telekinetic powers, but the real evil is in the people around her. The bullies throwing tampons at her, the teachers who doesn’t protect her, the abusive mother and the neighbours who know about the abuse but does nothing. It’s like the Edmund Burke quote “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Do I condone her murdering spree in the end? No. Do I feel sorry for most of the people who died? Also no. The book started with blood and it ended with blood.
Now this month we are staying in the theme of blood and reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I have not read this before, and I’m quite excited. As someone who grew up reading Anne Rice’s sexy but evil vampires it’ll be fun to read about the old school vampires. Will be interesting to see how far vampires have changed. We’re now in the era of sparkling Twilight vampires and sexy True Blood vampires.
As we missed out on the book of the month last month I figured we’d make it a double feature. So if you feel up to it we’ll also be reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
I found this gem on YouTube whilst looking for the song Ride a white swan by T-rex. It is absolutely hilarious.