Mr Jones Watches – A Perfectly Useless Morning

As I struggled through my 11th year of start-of-semester chaos at work, I made myself a promise – just get through Registration and I will treat myself to a new Mr Jones watch. I had my next purchase picked out – A Perfectly Useless Afternoon designed by Belgian artist, Kristof Devos. I had missed out on buying one of the limited editions, but a slightly modified version has since made it to the permanent collection. I set time aside to buy my latest watch the first weekend of October to mark the end of an insane two weeks.

And then – surprise! – a new design was released before I could make my purchase. Called A Perfectly Useless Morning and also designed by Devos, it has a beautifully autumnal layered design which is so charming to look at.

The hours are marked by the trees, with the yellow leaf acting as the hour hand and the bird soaring around as the minute hand.

And I got my lucky number once again.

By the way, I’m not ruling out buying A Perfectly Useless Afternoon as well – I couldn’t possibly leave my Kristof Devos collection incomplete.

This is watch number 18 for me – take a look at the rest of my collection.

May 2018 Things

Most of May was consumed by Miami – planning, doing, and commiserating.  What else though?

Cats
I have always been a dog person, but over the last few months, I’ve been trying to become friends with our neighbours’ cats.  The two ginger cats appeared in our garden a couple of months ago when they were just tiny kittens, but haven’t seemed that interested in me.  After taking some advice from some cat fans, I persevered and was finally rewarded with some cuddles.

I knew he’d love me in the end!

Weekend of Culture
A couple of weeks before our holiday, Husband and I had an overnight in London where we managed to fit in theatre, art, and shopping.  Every so often, London can be a fun place to visit.

Bron/Broen season 4
It feels like I have been waiting decades for the final season of The Bridge (I just checked – it’s been 3 years!) but it’s finally started broadcasting on BBC2.  I’ve missed Saga Norén – there isn’t anyone like her.  And whilst he’s not Martin, Henrik has grown on me.  I can’t wait to see how they end the series.

Miami
Of course.  The longer I’m away, the more I want to go back.

Sephora
Even though this was part of my Miami trip, I think it deserves a separate mention.  I ended up visiting three Sephora’s on my trip – the first one in Aventura Mall didn’t have any Beauty Insider rewards, but did have most of the stuff I wanted to try; the second was actually in JC Penney in Aventura Mall and had a lot of exclusive gift sets which surprised me; and the third was at Brickell and I managed to finally spend my points.

Favourites from my haul so far have been the Peter Thomas Roth Cloud Cream and the SuperGoop kit (I love Supergoop!) and will happily buy these again.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – live taping!

When I was in New York a couple of months ago, I scored tickets to the live taping of Samantha Bee and it was awesome.  I would have loved to have seen John Oliver as well, but I was only there from Wednesday to Saturday and he films on Sunday so it was not meant to be.

For our July trip, we would be there on a Sunday but I was convinced there wouldn’t be a show as it was 4th July weekend.  But hooray – there was!  It was the same CBS Broadcast Center as Sam Bee, same booking, same waiting process but with a couple of crucial differences.

The first difference – Last Week Tonight tickets ‘sell’ out almost immediately (Sam’s didn’t) so plan in advance.  They make the tickets available at 3pm EST on a specific date, so for me, it meant I had the laptop ready at 8pm London time 3 weeks before the show I wanted to see.  You have to enter postcode and phone number, and for those not in the US, they suggest entering zeros (ten 0’s for the phone number 000-000-0000 and five 0’s for the zip code 00000).  I was worried this would be problematic, but it didn’t cause me any issues.  Only enter your details once as they say they’ll disqualify you if you try more.

10 minutes after they’d been released they were entirely sold out, so you need to be ready to book exactly on 3pm EST.  There apparently is a standby line on a Sunday but they “frequently do not have space” so I wouldn’t want to risk it.

They advise that they’ll get back to you within 5-7 days but I didn’t hear at all so assumed we didn’t get the tickets (fooled again!).  Just as with Sam Bee, I got the email confirming I had tickets at about 11pm the night before the taping – YES!  I had to reply that I still wanted them, and got into a little email conversation with them on Sunday morning about whether I’d been before – I can understand wanting to see it again, but it’s so great that they discourage this so more people have the opportunity to go.

Anyway, after my 6am email chat, I throughly read the email which I recommend doing as there are a lot of instructions.  They suggest getting there no later than 6.15pm, but if you get there at that time, I very much doubt you’ll get in.  I was being smug and decided to get there for 5.30 but the queue was already halfway down the block so I did have a little bit of anxiety (I walked straight in for Sam Bee).Our names were checked off the list and we followed the queue of people through security and into the waiting room where the same woman as before told us the rules – no photos of John, switch your phones off, use the bathroom now, no leaving the studio once you get in – and after a short wait, we were led into the studio.  I got a bit disorientated going through the Center, but according to Wikipedia, they’re both filmed in the same studio.  We sat over on the left side, 4/5 rows back and had a great view.

After a quick warm up from the excellent Craig Baldo, John came out and answered a few questions.  He was brilliantly funny from the outset, and although he’s obviously still very British, he definitely has more of an American vibe in his confidence (if that makes sense?).  I wish I’d asked him if it was difficult to pronounce words in the American way – he said “math” at once point, and pronounced “aluminium” wrong. Surely painful for a Cambridge alum.

Just as with Sam Bee, everything was filmed in one take (other than one segment where he stumbled a bit over the script) and the clips were all shown as they are on TV, except for one additional clip which we saw in the TV version later.

As you can see in the top photo, a third of the set was curtained off and we didn’t know what was behind it but everyone in the studio hyped us up for it.  And when the curtain came down, everyone in the audience just lost their minds – this was the episode where John revealed they’d bought 5 presidential waxworks at an auction, and we were then shown the ‘trailer’ for his Warren G. Harding film.  I was torn between watching the video and watching John who was almost in tears from laughing so hard.

And then it was done – it felt super quick, and we were soon filing out past the terrifying waxworks.  Seriously, the Bill Clinton was the most freakish thing up close.

I can’t believe I’ve been lucky enough to get tickets for the two best talk shows on TV.  I love New York!