Three Things I Did This Week

This week, I will:

  • Reveal my deep and abiding love of P.G. Wodehouse
  • Give you insight into my reading habits
  • Drive you wild with jealousy over the wool I bought
Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

Since I’m still new to this whole blogging thing, I thought I’d share more about myself so you know what you’re getting into.

Three things I did this week that I don’t always do

I thought I’d tell you about what I don’t normally do, rather than what I do normally do, because I assume you don’t really want to read about me putting the washing on or driving to work.

I went for dinner with the girls and saw a local show

I would love to say this was very glamorous but it wasn’t.  It was incredibly fun, though. 

A couple of friends and I went for dinner in town and caught up on each other’s news.  Then we went to see Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the local theatre. 

Poster for the Barn Theatre’s Jeeves and Wooster

It was a dramatization of a few of P.G. Wodehouse’s stories with the premise that Bertie Wooster is staging a one-man show and, typically, it isn’t working out quite the way he wanted.  Luckily, Jeeves is on hand to save the day. 

It was incredibly funny.  Bertie plays himself and narrates the show, often getting carried away with the fun of it all and forgetting to act.  Jeeves and his fellow valet (who Jeeves has conscripted to help his hapless employer) play every other role.  They take their parts much more seriously, making quick costume changes and being everywhere at once.

One of the best things was the set.  Honestly.  One backdrop was brilliantly constructed to represent all the settings and the doorframe was wheeled around to represent every doorway they needed. Sound effects were provided with (almost) perfect timing.

If you want to see it, you can find where they’re touring here.

I actually read my bookclub book

It’s a running joke in my bookclub that I don’t read the books. 

That’s unfair some of the time and completely true at other times.  When I was a teacher, particularly, it was common for me to turn up to bookclub, and ask, “What is it we were reading this month?”  When asked whether I’d read it, I would be forced to say, “No, I read Matilda.”  I would like to point out that I wasn’t reading Matilda for fun, it was for work – you can’t teach it unless you’ve read it.  Of course, I had read Matilda before but 1) it wasn’t always Matilda that I read and 2) who doesn’t love a bit of Roald Dahl?

This month, however, I have read my bookclub book!  It’s Invisible Women: exposing data bias in a world designed for men by Caroline Criado-Perez and you’ll probably hear my thoughts on that soon.

To give you an idea, we ended up with a group of women angry and outraged at the (almost) invisible bias we struggle against day in and day out.  Every one of us had an anecdote to support almost every bias that had been talked about in the book.

I hate to perpetuate gender stereotypes but we did all have to have some chocolate to calm down.

I bought some new wool (exciting)

I had to nip into town this weekend to buy some more wool so I could finish my ongoing crochet project because I severely underestimated how much wool you get through when making what is essentially a very small blanket. 

I may now have the opposite problem but I’m assured there is no such thing as too much wool.

My new sparkly wool and lovingly crocheted squares

You can’t see it properly in this picture but I assure you the wool is sparkly!

Let me know what you’ve been up to

I love hearing from you so let me know what you’ve been doing this week.  If you’ve been buying wool and reading your bookclub book, share that great news in the comments section below (or share the other, possibly more interesting things you’ve been doing).

You can follow me on Twitter @AlisonJanetBro1.  Say hello and brag about your week.

See you next week

I hope you’ll come back and read next week’s post.

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