Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I'd Just Really Like to Time Travel and Move to England

Ever since I was little, in the back of my mind I have always wanted to go to boarding school (or possibly an all-girls private school). I'm a bit of a Romantic & I can't help it... I want to be British. Preferably in a different time. I want to travel back in time & be Jane Eyre. Or maybe Mary Crowley... It does not even matter that both of those women are fictional.
If I were the Doctor's companion (because God knows I can't go a whole post without being a SciFi nerd), I would just tell him to drop me off somewhere between the 1700s & the 1980s. & just leave me there. My life would be awesome.
I would get to wear the best clothes, find a husband like Mr. Darcy, and fight for women's intellectual/ voting rights. Right now, I kind of just want the clothes. A lot. & because I have a right to be shallow at times, I'm going to show you some of the awesome clothes throughout British history.
 I mean who doesn't want to wear this corset.

Or this dress.

Or this one.

Also, pocket-watch necklaces are beautiful.

(We all knew that I would bring that back into the blog. I can't deny the power of my obsessions.)

I really like historic fashion. Probably more than is reasonable...
P.S. I'll try to post something intelligent later. Maybe.

Monday, February 6, 2012

I Can't Even Begin to Give Excuses for My Laziness

I suck.
 In general, but also at blogging. So, here's a rundown of what life is like being me.
I'm sitting here trying to do work, because that's what I'm supposed to be doing, but I have suddenly decided to blog instead. I am blogging about nothing, because I'm bored. Because, I'm desperately trying to keep my mind off the work that is piling up around me. &, ultimately, because I'm trying to stop myself from obsessing over and/or buying a pocket watch necklace. I'm trying really hard not to get twitchy about the grammar slaughter I just committed with those last few sentences.
Yes. This is my life.
I worry about school and steampunk-type fashion. I'm exceptionally random. I am constantly freaked out about the unknown. I really love twitter, because it means I know what's going on... I, also, like that I can be a stalker in a non-creepy capacity. I was genuinely on the verge of tears when my dad told me about Dropbox last night.
I'm not very interesting. But just narcissistic enough to occasionally blog, vlog and tweet.
I'm going to make a great librarian someday.
p.s. I would promise to blog more, but we all know that would be a terrible lie.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sooo... Yeah.

It's been awhile. I utterly failed at BEDA/VEDA. My life is a crazy mess. I'm probably dropping out of my school's Honors Program. These are facts. All point to the fact that my internet presence has been way down since the fall semester began. I hate that. I love the internet. I have legitimately missed you. A lot.

I was super enthused about making myself known in social media at the end of this summer, because I didn't foresee the chaos that my Honors Perspectives in Medieval Thought class would visit on my psyche. I'm doing doctoral level work for this class. I'm a sophomore. I can't handle this class without blogging let alone with it.However, I really feel like I let you guys (& myself) down.

I want to make it up to you, though. I am going to begin blogging and vlogging at least once a week starting during Winter Break. I am going to make time for this, because I want to get to know the people of the internet. I want to make friends, do something fun, & writing about something that doesn't involve St. Augustine's City of God!

So it's a date. If I could find a tablet and a chisel, I would set it in stone. I will return to the land of social media... just as soon as I get done with the class that is making my life hell!
I'll see you in December!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

So, I'm a Creeper?

I’m always a little bit worried about how I come off to people when I talk about the people I follow on Twitter and subscribe to on YouTube. I don’t actually know these people, I admire their work, but I’ve never met them. I know tons about their lives, but they know nothing about me. If I think about it too long I get worried people will think I’m some sort of stalker, instead of someone who just really loves the creative energy these people give to the world. While I can’t wait for Natalie to put up a new video on CommunityChannel, I’m not about to go to Australia so I can find her at her house and abduct her.

There are always boundaries. No one is going to tell you everything about their life on YouTube, unless they are: 1. Really open. Or 2. Really stupid. Fans know that even if they feel close to someone they don’t know on the internet, they don’t know everything and don’t expect to know everything. I think that’s what sets fans apart from creepers. I’m not trying in earnest to find out everything I can about these people, but I take what they give me and cherish it, because it’s nice to get to know people you admire so well.

I genuinely cried when 5AG announced that they were disbanding. I loved those videos, because those girls are some of the greatest people I will ever know. If I have the opportunity to become friends with them I won’t hesitate to do so, but I’m not going to force myself into their circle of friends in the name of being a devoted fan.

The people I follow and subscribe to interest me, give me inspiration, and make me want to do amazing things because they’re amazing. I want to make people laugh, and I want to have an impact on people the way they have on me. I just hope I don’t come off as scary creeper girl in the process.

How do you feel about following people on social media sites? Does it concern you that the people you follow may not know who you are? Does it creep you out if people you don’t know on social media act as if they know you? Tell me your thought’s in the comments, find me on Twitter (@glowinthedark7, or check out my YouTube Channel (SheGlowsInTheDark).

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It's the Little Things

How do I begin to explain the strange inner workings of my brain? I guess when it comes to things being in their proper places I’m a bit type A.

Right now, I there’s this nagging thought in the back of my mind telling me that my bookshelf isn’t set up right because The Count of Monte Cristo is next to a The Once and Future King instead of near my Charles Dickens books where it ought to belong. Since I couldn’t fit all of my classic works on one shelf they got a spread out. I only have peace of mind about my books, because I have enough room to fit my C.S. Lewis collection and all of my books pertaining to the Harry Potter series, on the middle shelf where they can be seen.

The remotes to my TV and DVD player are set in exact places when the TV is not on, because otherwise I would go insane with worry that I lost one of them. If you really want to know how nuts I am the TV remote (the taller remote) is always placed to the left of the DVD remote, because I like to organize certain things by height.

I’m not clinically OCD… I just like to find little random quirks about myself and highlight them for the entire world to see, that way I know I’ll end up a bitter, lonely, spinster someday!

Do you have random things that annoy you or little things you do to keep things in order? Tell me about them in the comments, or on Twitter (@glowinthedark7). Also, check out my video about a similar topic, on my YouTube channel (SheGlowsInTheDark).

See you tomorrow!

Monday, August 15, 2011

My British Love (Not Just About the Accent)

There is very little I like better than a British accent. I love British TV & music. I could be content listening to nothing but Arctic Monkeys for the rest of my life… & maybe some Kate Nash. I pray to God that BBC America will eventually start showing something other than Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares, because I can’t stand to watch cooking shows, but that’s another post…

I watch a lot of British TV. I can quote the whole of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, from start to finish. I have a good chunk of the Python skits memorized as well. NO ONE EXPECTS THE SPANISH ENQUISION!!! I love Doctor Who with every fiber of my being. It is my favorite TV show & will never be rivaled in my heart. KERA is the source of my late night Sunday entertainment. I am obsessed with Downton Abbey & am counting the days until it returns for its second season*.

I like British books, plays, and foods. Basically, I’m obsessed to the point that I should just change my nationality & get it over with.

Let me explain why I’m this way… since I know, you’re dying to know. My mom has always been a big part of why I want to know more about British culture. She went to boarding school while my grandparents were on mission in Africa. Her house parents & almost all of the other children in her school were British. She received a classic British education (took her A Levels & everything) & came back to America for University. She retained a lot of the culture she grew up around therefore, I listened to The Beatles in the womb, have eaten Shepard’s pie one more than one occasion, & watched more Britcoms than any other type of TV show during my childhood. I watched classics like Are You Being Served, Allo Allo, Fawlty Towers, & Keeping Up Appearances. In consequence, I have a very British sense of humor, & a rather extensive vocabulary of British slang words.

Speaking of British slang... I watch Skins. &  I can follow what they're saying at all times, I speak fluent Bristol chav...

By the way... Warehouse Thirteen is doing a thing with Beatrix Potter. She is my favorite author from my childhood. & she's British. You gave me a great example, perfect timing, SyFy.

Check out my Twitter (@glowinthedark7) or my YouTube Channel (SheGlowsInTheDark)!
See you tomorrow!

*138 days, if you’re interested.

A Uncharacteristic New Love

There has been a gaping hole in my movie watching experience, & I don’t understand how I managed to avoid this treasure for so long. I am talking of one of the strangest & most gruesome movie series I have ever actually wanted to watch. I am speaking of Final Destination.

I am not a horror movie type person. In fact if you asked my family about my experiences with horror movies they would confirm that I cower in a corner hiding my face behind a pillow every time I watch anything remotely terrifying. I can handle suspense; I just really hate things jumping out at me. Thinking about The Ring still gives me chills, & I watched that 5 or 6 years ago.

Given my track record I shouldn’t like Final Destination. It has too much waiting & wondering when the next person is going to die & worrying how awful it’s going to be. Everything about this movie is suspenseful & horrifying, but for some reason I can’t look away. There isn’t anything jumping out at you, so maybe that’s why I can tolerate it, but surely I’m not so much of a suspense junkie that I want to see how people will die in horrible ways. At least they cut-a-way from the goriest deaths…

This movie is kind of like my gladiator games. This is my football. It’s like a mystery TV show that has seconds left on the clock until someone dies, & you have to figure it out before they do. The person will die that’s unavoidable, but at least you know how it’s going to happen before they do. It’s a test of your mental ability while under pressure & I love it! If you really want to save them you get anxious for the character, which is something that shouldn’t be relaxing or fun, but somehow manages to be both.

Is it amoral for me to like this movie as much as I do? …Probably. Do I plan on watching 2.3.4 & 5 sometime in the near future? Yes.