What I wore to work this week #42

This week felt like a long week for me, not only because it was my first full week back at work after the Christmas break but also because Little O had a stinking cold and slept very badly, which meant that I too slept very badly and felt like a bit of a zombie all week. Hopefully I don’t look too rough in my pictures!

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TV REVIEW: American Horror Story – Cult

The seventh season of American Horror Story is a very different beast from its predecessors. For the first time the focus is not on humans interacting with supernatural elements but rather the monstrous things we do to each other when we are afraid.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Greatest Showman (2017)

I am a bit late to the party with this one but since everyone I follow on Instagram seems to be obsessed with it, I decided I should give it a go. Prior to this viewing I had absolutely no idea what the film was actually about, apart from the circus (?) based on the poster. I also had no idea that Michelle Williams or Zac Efron were in it. Sometimes being a mum of a small child really is like living under a rock.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Justice League (2017)

I feel like I need to take responsibility that it was my idea to watch this film. Mr O and I don’t get loads of time to watch films and we are offered really exhausted in the evenings and not willing to commit to a whole film. On New Years Eve day (not that that is actually a thing) we actually got a day to ourselves. Little O was at nursery from 10 – 3, I was off work and we had no plans so we decided to sit down to a film. I thought Justice League would be fun. I was very wrong.

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Universal Yums: Holiday Box 2018

As per tradition the December Universal Yums box was focused on food typically eaten at various holidays around the world. There were some pretty tasty items in the box… and some pretty weird ones that I did not love. Check out what we tasted.

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TV REVIEW: American Horror Story – Roanoke

In some ways it is quite hard to describe the fifth season of American Horror Story and it took me a good few episodes to even orientate myself. It starts off as a paranormal documentary portraying the allegedly true experiences of a couple, Shelby (Lily Rabe/Sarah Paulson) and Matt Miller (Andre Holland/Cuba Gooding Jr) who buy a house in a remote farmstead in North Carolina.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Dumplin’ (2018)

Dolly Parton obsessed Willowdean Dixon (Danielle Macdonald) comes from a small pagent obsessed town in Texas. And no one is more obsessed than Willowdean’s mother, Rosie (Jennifer Aniston) a former Miss Bluebonnet and current pagent director. Willowdean and Rosie have never quite gotten each other. Willowdean thinks pageants are pointless and Rosie feels disconnected from her overweight daughter.

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RECIPE: Unicorn fudge

Every year I make different flavours of fudge as gifts for friends and family. This year I decided to jump on the unicorn bandwagon and make some unicorn fudge. It’s essentially white chocolate flavour with lots of decoration but if you have a unicorn lover in your life, this is a quick and easy treat to make for them!

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MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Santa (2003)

Willie (Billy Bob Thornton) and Marcus (Tony Cox) pull off the same scam every year. Willie takes a job as a department store Santa with Marcus as his elf. Marcus uses his stature to hide and bypass the alarm and then Willie cracks the safe and they make off with all the takings on Christmas Eve.

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TV REVIEW: American Horror Story – Hotel

The fifth season of American Horror Story is set in the Hotel Cortez in down town Los Angeles. Having been build in the 1930’s by a property magnate, the once glamourous hotel has become a vintage relic with some rather unusual long term occupants who are mostly on the wrong side of dead.

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BOOK REVIEW: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Attempting a new take on superheroes was never going to be an easy premise for a novel. At the moment popular culture seems bogged down with characters with extraordinary abilities… and I don’t just mean my child’s seemingly extraordinary ability to sing the Spider-Man theme tune for about 10 hours a day when the only bit of the song he knows is the word “Spider-Man”. A fresh take is exactly what V.E. Schwab is attempting with Vicious and to a large extent she is successful.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

The Pierce family loves Christmas and always has done. Dad, Doug (Oliver Hudson) is at the heart of their traditions, including recording them on his old school camcorder. (The fact that a camcorder is old school makes me feel very old). When Doug dies, mum Claire (Kimberley Williams-Paisley) has to pick up the slack at work and kids Teddy (Judah Lewis) and Kate (Darby Camp) are left somewhat at loose ends.

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TV REVIEW: American Horror Story – Freak Show

The formula of American Horror Story is quite unique in that each season uses mostly the same cast but changes the characters and settings and then tells a dark and disturbing tale. Mr O and I watched the first three seasons when they came out but then somehow lost track of the show and stopped watching. A friend recently reminded me of it and as past seasons are on Netflix, I decided to catch up a bit.

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TV REVIEW: Line of Duty – Season 4

After a series of young women are kidnapped and murdered, Chief Superintendent Higgins (Derek Hilton) puts pressure on DI Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton) to make a break in the case. She arrests Michael Farmer (Scott Reid) and ignores the fact that his learning difficulties suggest that he’s unlikely to be capable. Further to this, Forensic Investigator, Tim Ifield (Jason Watkins) also has questions about some of the evidence, ones that Roz dismisses.

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Universal Yums: November 2018 Box – The Netherlands

November’s box came from The Netherlands. The moment I realised where it was coming from I got really excited. My dad is Dutch and I grew up with snacks sent to us from my Oom Coe and Tante Zus (my great aunt and her husband). I have also been to Amsterdam and loved the food. I was not disappointed as this was one of the best boxes we have had so far.

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