Weeknotes 79 - Sobbed for an hour
- I sobbed for about an hour after finishing The Last of Us Part II. Partly because I’d just experienced a climax to a very powerful and emotional story with no traditional happy ending, but partly because I was overcome with grief that the story had ended. I spent probably more that 30 hours being an active participant in an incredibly realistic world, playing out a story that challenged me, made me question myself and left me uncomfortable. When I was starting the game I wasn’t prepared for spending that much time with a story about pain, loss, grief, brutal struggle for survival and human capacity for growth even under the most extreme circumstances. But here we are. An absolute masterpiece. This article is full of spoilers, but it captures what’s so powerful about this game.
- The last time I was so upset about a story ending was when I finished reading The Wind in the Willows aged about, I dunno, eight?
- On the day I logged two 40min bike rides my Apple Watch is negging me by telling me I’ve done only 25 minutes of exercise. This is obviously bullshit.
- Just before lockdown I bought myself fancy hand wash as a treat (how frivolous!). It comes in a glass bottle which is nice to look at. Separately I bought a 10l refill box. I don’t know who has the time or the presence of mind to take their containers to be refilled in a shop. Refills at home are the only convenient option for me.
- Speaking of refills, I have a new favourite scent and when it runs out I can have the bottle refilled. When I put the perfume on I feel fully dressed and put together.
- Monzo Plus launched and I signed up to get the holographic card. It’s not quite as holographic as I expected, more metallic, although it definitely feels more premium than their default card. Setting it up made me realise that I haven’t used my actual card in several months. I use Apple Pay both online and in physical shops, and had to actually go and look for my wallet which I hadn’t seen since March.
- I made peanut butter brownies. They looked good but ended up quite rubbery. A truly Instagram-only success.