Monthly Archives: January 2015

My Top 5 British TV Shows


I don’t have the most sophisticated taste in TV.  I always feel vaguely guilty that I don’t like gritty dramas like Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead.  But there is one thing I absolutely love: British comedy.  I still have a lot to learn, but these are my top 5 picks for anyone interested in British TV comedy.

  1. A Bit of Fry and Laurie: I still contend that this show makes everything better.  I mean, Australian Soap Opera.  That’s really all you need to know.
  2. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace: Smart, ridiculous, made like a cheesy 80’s show.  Everything you need in a TV show.  Oh, and blood.  And Richard Ayoade as a hard-ass hospital administrator.
  3. QI: I want to watch something vaguely smart but I also want to see David Mitchell get angry about things and have Stephen Fry there as well.  That’s QI.
  4. Sherlock: There’s not much to say about Sherlock that hasn’t already been said, aside from the fact that it was gateway drug to Cabin Pressure, and therefore almost everything else on this list.  Here’s a mashup of Sherlock and Cabin Pressure for, er, science.
  5. Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Any list of this kind would be incomplete without the first sketch show I truly loved.  I once performed the Spam scene for my entire drama class (solo).

Shows that are great but didn’t make the cut: That Mitchell and Webb Look, Bruiser, The IT Crowd, Call the Midwife, Spaced, Jeeves and Wooster, Miranda, The Vicar of Dibley, Blackadder

A great resource for discovering new shows is the British Comedy Guide, specifically their list of the Top 50 British Sitcoms.  It’s a good jumping-off point if you’re not sure where to start.  I can’t wait to discover even more when I move!


The plot thickens (and becomes difficult to stir)

If you read my New Year’s post, you’ll know I filled out my 2015-2016 FAFSA as soon as possible, i.e. Jan 1.  I figured I would send an e-mail to the school just to get an idea of how long it would take to process the information and get back to me about how much I could ask for in loans and such.  I received an e-mail back from them saying they don’t usually process those requests until April.

This makes me anxious for 2 reasons: firstly, I like to get things done ASAP.  I know on their end they have a lot more to deal with than one girl’s financial aid information.  In fact, they might not be able to do anything about my financial aid until April because the US student loan office might not process them until then.  The timeline just worries me a little because they won’t get back to me until right before I apply for my visa – will that give me enough time to hear back from the US loans office and get my information in order for the visa application?  They’ve done this before and know what they’re doing.  I just need to have faith in the process and the people carrying it out.

Secondly, on a pettier level, I really just hate waiting.  I keep reminding myself that 2 months have already passed and things ARE getting done.  Yeah, it’s a long time to wait, but having 9 months to prepare means I will be as ready as I can be when I actually go.  I’m grateful to have this time with my friends and family, so that I can appreciate their company while I still have the chance.

Hopefully as the time draws closer I will have more helpful information to share and confirm that there is nothing to worry about time-wise.  For now, though, I just have the worry.  Thankfully I’ve started doing yoga.



A Fine Romance

Recently, a coworker and I got on the subject of how long it took the Disney princess took to “fall in love” with their princes.  Because it has been INCREDIBLY slow at the library (seriously, please check out a book, I don’t even care if you live in Florida) I decided to make a list of the actual amount of time between the couples meeting and the princess falling in love.


Not an Anna in sight

Snow White: sees him at the well – so almost instantly (does she actually fall in love with him at this point?  He certainly falls in love with her.  She just seems to be a little creeped out by his sudden appearance, which opens up all kinds of new questions into her willing consent in the relationship.)

Cinderella: dances with him – 3 hours (I’m being generous here)

Aurora: he sees her when she’s a baby, they meet in the woods – it takes her about the length of the song, so a whole 3 minutes

Jasmine: meets Aladdin but falls in love with him as Prince Ali – benefit of the doubt, 3 days

Belle: spends unspecified amount of time with Beast – at least a week (which is pretty good considering she hated him initially)

Ariel: sees Eric on the ship and rescues him – 30 minutes (okay, he also represents her idolization of the human world, but you shouldn’t need a man to push you to pursue your dreams)

Pocahontas: they hang out, she accuses him of cultural insensitivity, he repents (sorta) – 1 day

Mulan: they get to know each other for a while (but he thinks she’s a boy) – 1 month (could be more – how long does it take to get strong enough to pull yourself up a wooden pole?  Wait – is that some kind of gender metaphor?)

Tiana: they look for Mama Odie – 3 days

Rapunzel: he takes her to see the lights – 3 days

Anna: they look for her sister – 3 days

It’s interesting that a lot of the recent Disney princess movies seem to follow a very similar formula – some sort of journey in which the prince tags along and they fall in love along the way – usually after initial distaste for one another, whereas a lot of the earlier movies employ different methods of establishing the relationship.

Go ahead, tell me I have too much time on my hands.

2014 In Review

At this time last year, I said 2014 was going to be a very interesting year.  Boy, was I right, but not in the way I suspected.  And I’m thankful for that.

The past year opened doors for me that I never thought I would see, let alone venture towards.  I stepped outside of my comfort zone, took a chance on something – and it WORKED.  For the first time in my life, I leapt and found myself on the other side of a chasm of disappointment, unscathed.  I feel like I’m heading in the right direction, even though the path I’m on is still foggy and confusing.

Blah, blah, blah, metaphors and similes.  Basically, life is good.

And now… FAFSA party!