For the last few days I’ve been immersed in a sea of almost unending paperwork. For just ten students, I’ve reacquainted myself with the printer and I’ve printed, filed, photocopied and generally sweated over nearly two hundred different tasks. At one point, there was so much to do that I went in on my day off just to keep up. It hasn’t been made any easier by the fact that the bloody thing kept breaking just to heighten my growing madness – I’ve been entertaining wild fantasies of re-enacting the scene from Office Space and taking a baseball bat to the thing.
This was for one topic. I have another four to get through with different classes before the end of this year.
Last night, after returning home feeling tired and fed up, The Bloke and I decided that there was only one thing for it.
The Adventures of Priscilla, the Queen of the Desert.
I’ve developed an obsession with all things drag since binge-watching the first six seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race in about three weeks (thanks Netflix), and after scrolling through a selection of films (again, thanks Netflix) it seemed like the perfect choice.
I can’t believe I waited 21 years to watch it. Beautiful, touching and hilarious, it was exactly what I needed. Where else can you see General Zod, Lord Elrond and Mike Young from Neighbours (yes, I know that Guy Pearce is a successful Hollywood movie star now, but I will always remember him as Mike from Neighbours) looking much better in a dress than I do. I now have an urge to don an enormous metallic outfit, stand on the top of a pink bus and mime whilst being driven at speed through the streets of Birmingham – it’s not exactly the Australian outback but it will do. However, instead of opera, it would have to be some sort of epic 80’s rock anthem (can’t beat a bit of Journey!) – I might just ask The Bloke if he’ll let me stand on the roof of the car on the way to work tomorrow morning…
Start your engines… I’ve got less than forty working days to go…
What about you guys? How has your week been?
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I’ve never seen Priscilla Queen of the Desert, will have to try and watch it soon. This week is going fairly well and have made some momentous changes that feel good. Hope your 40 days fly past. 🙂
Thanks – you should really watch it when you’re feeling in need of a cheer up… Ooh what have you been doing?
might have handed in my notice to a job I’ve done for 7 years. Very scary.
Really?! You can’t leave it at that… Details haha!!
I was doing 3-4 days a week there. now doing 3 days at another job and covering sick 1 day a week at old job. means i get my weekends and evenings back 🙂
That’s brilliant – congratulations! It’s a really brave thing to do but its worth it to get part of your life back!
General Zod and Mr. Smith, you mean? LOL Love that movie 🙂
(I couldn’t think of another Guy Pearse role in the moment)
LA Confidential and Iron Man 3… Ooh and I forgot Mr Smith!!!
Great film! I saw it in the cinema when it came out and it still holds up so well – as you say perfect when you need a cheer up 🙂
It’s wonderful isn’t it? It’s one of those where I have always intended on watching it but have never got round to it!
You should tell your people to go paperless! I’ve had the week off work with the intention of decorating the bedroom. Greg asked me to find on youtube instructional videos for laying laminate. He wasn’t impressed when I showed him my findings http://youtu.be/yTsnWIA9y_Q
I’ve suggested it but they aren’t having it at all…
My week has been such that I would join you on the top of that bus!
Aww I’m sorry to hear that… Has it been busy?
Yes, but probably not as busy as yours. At least my printer’s still working!
Everyone in “Priscilla ” is marvelous. Hugo Weaving, as one of the troupe, the married one, was Mr. Smith in “Matrix,” and, of course Terence Stamp has had a wonderful career over the years. The costumes are a kick. I’m so glad you found it.I’m sure you have seen “The Bird Cage.” If not, pick up a copy.
Ooh I love Yhe Birdcage – I know The Bloke hasn’t seen that so I’ll get him to watch it with me!
I love Priscilla. And Guy Pearce. Good reminder.
He’s a bit pretty isn’t he haha! Thanks!
I have never seen the film and I’m not sure the recovering tonsillectomy patient has either! Maybe it’s one to add to his list for when he’s able to laugh without it hurting!
Aww bless him! You should watch it asap – it might make him feel better!
My week was going so well until I had to go back to work today. Ugh!
Aww I’m sorry to hear that – had you taken a few days holiday?
I had a very nice day off on Tuesday with the TV show taping and lots of writing. Then it was back to work. UGH!
Priscilla is a gorgeous movie, can’t believe it took you so long to watch it! And yes I think of Guy as Mike all the time, my bloody Care Bear is named Mike after him! (I was a very impressionable 7 year old LOL!)
That’s the best thing I’ve heard all day haha!
That is a brutal week. I’m dragging myself through this week, knowing the weekend will bring absolutely no relief. But most of the torture is self-imposed so I suppose I can’t really complain. Sigh.
How come? What is it that you’re up to?
We host a big fundraiser every year this time. And it seems we always, on top of event prep, decide to do a bunch of home improvement projects right before. Add to that all the kids’ end of the school year stuff and I’m freaking out! Lol
Oh no – that sounds like something that makes people want to eat lots of cookies while rocking backwards and forwards in a corner… Hope it all goes well!
Cookies, or wine. Wine works. And the rocking, yes! And thanks!
I MUST watch this film – thanks for the reminder. This week is flying by – it’s already Thursday afternoon here in Adelaide – yay!
You should – it’s made my week! It’s 6.30am Thursday morning here… Almost at the weekend!
Such a great Aussie movie! Still a classic down under too. Glad it cheered you up.
Thanks Debbie! it was certainly needed haha!
And I love the soundtrack – play it every 6 months or so. 🙂
That’s a really great idea – I’ll go check it out!
One of my all time favourite movies. If you are going to stand on the roof of a car going through the streets of Birmingham, can you do a UK tour and come to Brighton as well please? I may even join you (if you allow me that is).
Any time Hugh! Although, have you not done this in Brighton? I went on a hen do to Brighton once and ended up on an open top bus once…
Haha! No, not in Brighton anyway. Oh and I know all about those hen parties on those double decker buses. I’ve often been startled by a pair of bosoms being flashed at me from one those buses whilst quietly walking along Brighton seafront with a Mr Whipey in my hand.
Haha! I certainly wasn’t flashing anything. Shouting a lot maybe…
Are you joining in Steve’s blog party?
Just you try stopping me. Just as soon as I get out of this flannelette nightie and taken the heated curlers out, I’ll be there. 🙂
Bahahah! Hughlda Ogden!
I’m more of an Ena Sharples – hairnet always jammed up against vestry wall!
Favourite line from Ena
“Where’s Elise Tanner? Probably out back polishing her horns.”
I was always more of a Bet Lynch girl myself…
One of the best movies to watch when you need a bit of cheer! LOVE it.
Haha! I may just watch it again tonight just for the fun of it!
Lovely post! I enjoyed reading it. Ah teaching and paperwork…hard work!! Nothing in the world like the rewards of teaching either…
Could I ask you as an experienced blogger, I saw you have categorised this under ‘teaching’ and another post under ‘coffee’. How did you do that and what, apart from your page looking tidy, is the advantage of doing it?
Thanks very much!
Tagging puts a post into a subject – you can find the tagging option in your dashboard when you are writing a post under ‘tags.’ Type in things that are relevant to the content of your post, so for this post I have used things like ‘teaching’ (make sure you add a comma after the word. I often use tags like ‘blogging,’ ‘life,’ ‘inspiration’ etc to allow others writing about similar subjects to you…
No probs – feel free to ask anything at any time if I can be of help…
I’m assuming you’ve also seen “To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar?” 😀
I have – Patrick Swayze looked surprisingly good in a dress! It didn’t quite have the same impact on me as Priscilla did though. Please forgive my late reply!
Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.
Thanks for the reblog – please forgive my late reply!
Miami vice…oooh -Mr and mrs smith
I love Mr and Mrs Smith!
Great post. I love Priscilla too – one of my favourite films.
Thanks Michelle! I can’t believe I haven’t watched it earlier!