Gosh, May feels like it went on forever. I’m not complaining – 2016 flew by so I’m hoping every other month follows the slow pace of May!
It felt like summer had arrived early, with the weather being glorious – sometimes it felt as though I was back in Spain! Matt was able to come home for just over a week, and we worked out where and when we can meet up for the next (and last) four months of his tour, which gives me something to look forward to over this break. I didn’t get as much done on here as I’d have liked. Earlier in the month while clearing space, I deleted a database which said it hadn’t been accessed since 2011. It turned out that it was my WordPress database, and it wasn’t able to be restored so I got to start my website with a clean slate! Despite it being very stressful, in hindsight I’m very grateful for this fresh start! It’s one of my favourite things about May, alongside a few other things I thought I’d mention!
Rick and Morty
As usual, I’m late to the party with this one. I’m not a huge TV watcher, but I’ve taken to leaving it on in the background just for some ambient noise, and my brother recommended Rick and Morty. The cartoon series is based around the odd, out of this world adventures of genius scientist Rick Sanchez, and his grandson Morty. It is very odd, but it’s really funny and so easy to binge watch. It also has some fantastic music throughout the episodes, particularly Season 2, episode 3. If you’re looking for something to watch that is fun, quirky and not too deep I’d suggest Rick and Morty – but don’t be put off by Rick’s burping. It’s disgusting, but you get used to it.
A Court of Thorns and Roses Series
While scrolling through Instagram, I saw a post from someone (I wish I could remember who!) showing the three books currently in the Court of Thorns and Roses series, with a caption saying they haven’t enjoyed a series so much since Harry Potter. Having recently said the same thing about Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles, and being desperate for something to read, I bought the series on my Kindle, not really sure what I was going into – as I’d bought them solely off the recommendation of an Instagram post.
The story follows Feyre, taken the other side of the wall to the Fae worlds to repay a debt, and the chaos that follows – and it is chaos. The cover’s tagline lead me to believe the story would be a twee romance, and while romance plays a big part in the series (and sometimes, in my opinion, too…graphic a part) you’re getting so much more. There’s politics, sacrifice, subterfuge and lots of magic. The stories twist and turn so much, you can’t truly predict what will happen next. Though they weren’t particularly challenging reads, they are throughly enjoyable if you’re a fantasy fan – and they’ve also made me desperate to play Kingdoms of Amalur again.
Scott Cornwall Colour Restore
Because of months of mistreatment and continuous colouring, the ends of my hair had an attractive green tinge to it. I got bored with at-home methods of removing green tinges, and coloured over it using a permanent box dye. This successfully covered the dye for about two months, but a few weeks ago the green came back. I really didn’t want to dye it again, so my friend recommended using a Scott Cornwall Colour Restore Toner. I’d used a Scott Cornwall product in the past and really loved it, so I was more than happy to give it a try. I chose the shade ‘chocolate’ in an attempt to add some redness to my hair (which I’d been told counteracts green), shampoo and towel dried my hair, and then left the toner on for half an hour before washing it away. Not only had the green tinge been covered, my hair was left looking extremely healthy and shiny. After the initial treatment, there was enough toner left in the bottle for me to use it instead of conditioner the next three times I washed my hair – just to keep the brown topped up. It is only a temporary effect, and you do have to follow the instructions to the letter, but I personally think it’s worth it!
Horizon Zero Dawn
If you have a PS4, and you haven’t played this game, play it. It’s amazing. Horizon Zero Dawn is the story of Earth, destroyed by technology and allowed to flourish without an electricity dependant human race. Instead, humans return to nature and live in tribes, and monstrous dinosaur machines roam freely. You play as Aloy, an outcast who finds an old technological ruin with a special device that allows her to focus on the machines and other things around her – giving her an advantage in the epic adventure that follows. I won’t go into more detail, because I’d hate to ruin it – but imagine combining Skyrim, with Fallout, and The Witcher, and all the other good RPGs in the world and add robot dinosaurs and you have Zero Dawn. Get ready to cheer and cry and rage quit many times, but do play this game if you can because it’s an absolute joy and stunningly beautiful.
What did you enjoy during May? Have you watched Rick and Morty – what did you think?
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