Well it’s lockdown 4.0 for us Melbournian folks and my heart goes out to all those with weddings-parties-anything that have been postponed. Truth be told, I’m a happy hygge hibernator and coffee-and-a-walk is about as wild as my weekends get anyhoo. At the very least, we have more time for watching, listening and reading and less interest in zooming more than strictly necessary. These are some things I’m enjoying at the mo…
Watching: Friends: The Reunion
I don’t want to try and calculate how many hours of my life I’ve spent watching and re-watching “Friends”. Let’s just say that I can’t remember my bank PIN but I can remember practically every line from every episode Seasons 1-4. Even though I couldn’t have BEEN anymore excited to watch the reunion, I was a bit unsure about how I’d feel about the combination of interviews and random guest stars (Justin Bieber? David Beckham?) I’d heard it involved. I’m happy to say it was wonderfully nostalgic, emotional and funny to see the cast and crew reunited, reminiscing and re-enacting some scenes. Sure, Matt LeBlanc is a bit larger in body and Matthew Perry is bit thinning on top but the chemistry and joy is still there. I cried when Jen A and David S read the script from Ross and Rachel’s first kiss and LOL’d at other celebs favourite scenes like Ross’ leather pants, the ‘routine’, Phoebe’s ‘My eyes!’ and Joey wearing every item of clothing Chandler owns. And that, my friend, is what they call ‘closure’.
Listening: SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo
Back in my day we had Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” album to sing/scream along with to channel our rage, vulnerability and heartbreak (Does she know how you told me
You’d hold me until you died…. ’til you died, BUT YOU’RE STILL ALIVE!!) These days the kids (and the young at heart) have Olivia Rodrigo’s “SOUR” (Good for you, you’re doing’ great out there without me, Baby, LIKE A DAMN SOCIOPATH!!). I’m loving listening to these cathartic songs. We have no choice but to Stan.
Reading: “The Weekend” by Charlotte Wood
Three women in their seventies reunite for one last, life-changing weekend in the beach house of their late friend. This novel by Australian author explores themes of ageing, family, friendship, death and shifts perspective between three women over the course of one weekend. It’s an amazingly moving and funny read.
I’d love to know what you’ve been watching, listening to and reading friend. See you on the other side!
Love and light xoxo Yvette
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