• Culture and Entertainment

    More Fun

    Watching a Jess and Gabe video, around 4:17-ish mark “oldest homeschooled kids naivity” yes, I said it’s a thing people.

    Tied in with this subject added to my general lack of musicality/muscial interest/musical tolerance, Mom and I were watching a Hallmark movies, and I think they usually have generic music, but Mom started singing along.

    “You know this?”

    “Uh, yeah, Diana Ross and the Supremes.” As if I should know formerly sheltered and musically deficient being that I was/am . . .

    I mention my lack of musicality.

    “Do you know who the Beatles are?”

    Gee, thanks Mom, yes I know the Beatles, also you had Beatles records in the basement when we were growing up.

    If you haven’t noticed, I’m rather brain dead. I’m also starting three summer classes this week and hopefully returning to 40 hours. Maybe one day I will write real posts, but as my Mom likes to say, “It is not this day!” (the only part she likes from LotR). Edit: well, it will be this day when this posts because I’m in the mood.

    Another find from trending, Honest Friends Trailer. An honest look at the Ross and Rachel relationship. Hilarious. I do like Friends, I think you have to like something to honestly appreciate spoofing, otherwise it is just spite.

    Here is the playlist to peruse.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    More Laughter

    I found another good one on trending, I was just wasting time and thought I’d check out of boredom

    America’s Spelling Searches by State. You have the practicals, lots of “quarantine” searches and “bidet” (lol, Mississippi), you have the abstract/pedantic/whimsical, “eerie,” “sprinkles,” and the whole which gray/grey question, and then you the disturbing “cook” (Kansas, really? How did you think it was spelled) and “traumatized” and Virginia, um, is that egotistical or sad?

    When Our Generation Gets Old and Hears a Throwback Song 4. So many lines. “Unicycle shoes.” I’ll leave you with one I had to delete of the other good ones or I would spoil the whole thing, so just watch.

    Day 60 of Safe at Home 16 Personalities. “Practicing my smeyesing.” I already have a resting kill-at-a-glance face, and since in my recent Walmart trip and the thrice-weekly postal visits, I’m pretty sure I am more actively glowering, I actually thought I should work on smiling, since my eyes really show it, or rather, really squish up. Edit, in my most-recent Walmart trip,  I decided my temper just can’t handle shopping in store right now, I’m pretty sure I was rude to everyone in my path, and I exude bad attitude even with most of my face covered.

    Another Trey Kennedy podcast from awhile back I’d forgotten about. His comments on guys praising their girls on social media for minimal meal efforts in their behalf.

    Stanley Tucci’s quarantine chronicles. Witty and definitely rather more relatable celebrity story (well, maybe not the gourmet meals and wine, lol), particularly for this sister to many. We had a 8-person household for a significant portion of my life, although, I do feel we never ate that much? But then maybe it would seem a ton for the normal family of four. It’s down to 5 now, but my sister’s boyfriend visits often, and there is often the rest plus spouses/children on the weekends (our state never had to have total lockdown). Warnings, quite a few f-bombs/cursing for such polished writing.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    National Theatre is Playing Donmar’s Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston

    I despaired of ever getting to see this. People had been sharing that National Theatre was streaming plays, so I followed their instagram, and I saw a well-remembered photo of this performance in their stories and then checked this post for details. They start showing in on their Youtube on June 4th!!!!!!!!

    I’ve already ordered a copy of No Fear Shakespeare Coriolanus along with Hamlet to prepare!

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    Fun for This Week

    I’m still working but between mandated off days that don’t follow any sort of pattern and everything going on or rather not going on, the days and weeks are blurring together. I have to keep checking to see if it’s a new week from the last time I posted one of these, lol.

    Pocket Princesses (on zoom). I totally forgot about Pocket Princesses, but for some reason they popped up in a search or somewhere shared them or something. So now I follow them on Instagram (or maybe refollow?). They are both cute and hilarious.

    Crow’s Eye Productions Walk with Me videos. The team behind Crow’s Eye production has a model in different period dresses in gorgeous nature videos with music and quotations (regency one is from Emma).

    This youtube channel. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before. The “You know you’re dating a person from insert country, when” videos as well as the cultural stereotype videos are hilarious. They have a lot of countries I don’t know much about or don’t see many videos about.

    Basic Bro’s During Safe at Home.  The gym withdrawal, lol.

    Day 1 vs Day 50 Staying at Home. “It’s stuck to me at this point, so.”

    16 Personalities as Youtubers

    16 Personalities Reacting to 16 Personality videos. ISTJ “Myers-Briggs is pseudoscience.” Yeah, that is me this one.

    I also decided to rewatch A Very Potter Musical  . . . because I’m classy. Oh, my stars, it’s hilarious. Someone else commented (I think I thought this before or someone mentioned it before), but um, this Ron is FAR better than the movie Ron. Actually, he’s better than book Ron (oh, sacrilege). Oh, my word, that chocolate bar scene! Ron’s emotional eating is something else. Another blogger mentioned something that triggered the memory train of naive homeschooler moments . . . yah, I learned some things from this musical. I

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    What I Want to Do Once the Safe at Home Period is Over

    I mentioned this was supposed to be my year of not living at home all the time. So yeah, that worked out SO well.

    I was listening to a podcast and people were talking about what they wanted to do when this is all over. It looks like we’ll open up a bit, but I’m guessing we’ll have to shut down in the fall. And even if we don’t, I don’t think interstate travel much less international travel, is a good a idea (actually to me those are the LAST things to reopen, we can manage our less densely populated state if everyone stays in their own state) until we get a widely available vaccine. End mini-rant.

    So for the slight opening:

    • The library!!!!!!!!!!! And I’ll be making sure I’m super stocked up! Although I’m afraid they might change the limit or something.
    • Haircut and perm (sounds crazy, I remember my grandmother and great-aunts giving my great-grandmother perms in the kitchen, but they are doing modern ones now) and manicures and pedicures.
    • Maybe I’ll get to see the local broadway show, it’s been rescheduled for summer, but I just can’t see it happening.
      Attend JA fest online.
    • Do my local art festival. It’s been pushed back almost two months and moved to a larger venue, but again, I just don’t know. This will be safer than the broadway show though.
      Maybe state parks.

    What I want after we have a widely-available vaccine:

    • Art and handicrafts classes
    • Exercise/sports classes
    • Art festivals
    • Local broadway shows and other cultural events
    • National Parks. Ireland. Blue Ridge road trip. Florida. PEI. The west. All the trips

    What does everyone want to do? Do you have one thing in particular (it’s the library and my local art fair that are my main things I think).

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Shakespeare Tag

    So PioneerGirl from Tearoom Time blog tagged me with this awesome Shakespeare tag. Now, I feel like I’ve done a lot of the same or similar themed tags or ones where I gave them same answers, but this one, like the fairytale tag is like a breath of fresh air, and the last question is the BEST!

    I’m usually too lazy to tag/everyone’s already been tagged, but I will tag others because its so fun.

    1. What was the first exposure you ever had to Shakespeare?

    Some of the histories in high school as well as some versions made into stories to understand.

    2. How many of Shakespeare’s plays have you seen?

    In play form: Two, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at our local Shakespeare in the Park, and The Tempest at my college for my college Shakespeare class.

    In movie form: The Hollow Crown Henry IV parts one and two and Henry V (still need to watch the rest of the Hollow Crown). Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing. I got part of the way (not very far) through the 60’s Romeo and Juliet years ago, still need to go back to that.

    3. What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

    Much Ado About Nothing.

    4. What is your favorite non-Shakespearean play? {musicals are permissible}

    The Importance of Being Earnest. Of course.

    5. What is an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays that you like? Why?

    Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing because it’s my Shakespeare play and it’s hilarious.

    6. Who is your favorite Shakespearean character?

    Benedick and Prince Hal.

    7. What is your favorite Shakespeare quote?

    Totally forgot to answer this one. I don’t think I had my quote book started when I read Shakespeare, but I might have some on my Pinterest, yes I do! But just tried to verify two good ones . . . and they were wrongly attributed to Shakespeare (figures, the English was too modern).

    So I’ll find an Beatrice and Benedick exchange and make sure to verify it (Sparknotes has original and modern side by side, I think I know how I’m reading Hamlet now).

    BEATRICE I wonder that you will still be talking, Signor Benedick.
    Nobody marks you.

    BENEDICK What, my dear Lady Disdain! Are you yet living?

    8. If you were in a Shakespearean production which play would you want to be in and which character?

    I can’t act and won’t act.

    9. Have you read any of Shakespeare’s sonnets, and if so, which is your favorite?

    Not a poem person, I’ve read them, had to for school, but didn’t get them.

    10. Have you ever written/tried to write a play?

    Can’t write and won’t write.

    11. Cast one of the big five {Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Richard III, or Much Ado About Nothing} with modern actors from either the stage or the screen.

    Much Ado About Nothing. Proceeds to forget every actor and actress ever. Why?!

    Ok, as far as I can figure: Don Pedro is older then it goes something like Benedick and then Beatrice, Claudio, and Hero. I feel like I watch a lot of movies that the actors were perfect at their age then, but now they are too old, and then other people are the right age now, so this was hard. I also feel like Don Pedro is hard to cast, all the guys of the proper age have a “type” like the bad guy or the good guy. While honest, open-hearted soldier seems a younger type, but that is him from my memory.

    Tom Hiddleston as Benedick. He’s a bit too old, BUT! I want to see him in this role.

    Saoirse Ronan or Daisy Ridley as Beatrice. This is a hard pick, I think they’d both be great, and I want to see either with Tom Hiddleston, not just a whole other cast, I’d want to see how they play against him.

    Felicity Jones as Hero. I was leaning Lily James, but since I picked Richard Madden, I didn’t want to have Lily, too much matching, too lazy. I also feel like Hero and Claudio are fairly easy to cast, pretty, meek, gullible. Claudio, the boy version pretty boy handsome and easily manipulated.

    Claudio. Richard Madden.

    Don Pedro. Richard Armitage.

    Don Juan. Luke Evans.

    I’m tagging



    Ivy Miranda


    And anyone else who wants to join. I tried to pick people I thought perhaps liked Shakespeare AND tags. So, if that means you, you’re tagged.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Fun and Humor for This Week

    Dude Perfect’s Stereotypes. You’ve probably seen this since it’s trending on YouTube, but just in case, it’s awesome. I think my favorite part was the noodle six feet safety distance get up. Like seriously, I’ve wondered if I could wear a 6 foot inflated bubble just so I won’t violate it. Of course, it would be nice to have smaller one so people don’t get in my personal space later too.

    Enneagram Types Working from Home. I think, I think I prefer the enneagram type videos because there are fewer, more distinct personalities.

    If Social Media Platforms were a Family. Oh, my the Vine part. Some commenters also had hilarious suggestions about tumblr, reddit, etc.

    Don’t Rush the Janeite’s. I don’t know what these videos are called, where it looks like one whole, but it’s a bunch of people together (I think a stunt double one was trending at on point). I follow at lot of historical costumers and with at least two Jane austen festivals in the US (the main one was moved to online) plus the one in Bath, regency fashion features a lot.

    Why News Anchors Sound Alike. This was on another person’s list, and it’s so funny, because I was listening to a podcast by Trey Kennedy when he was wondering the same thing. I probably say something like dubbayoo.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Humor for This Week

    16 Personalities Bored

    Introverts vs. Extroverts During Safe at Home

    Girls During Safe at Home be Like

    Trey Kennedy podcast, love it (could do without the fart one, or a least those parts of that episode, roasting more Brag Reports was still good) and my favorite bits.

    23 and Me jokes from Trey Kennedy (near end of episode), I just love how he’s just rambling on about goofy things people do and randomly has laugh out loud jokes.

    “I’m Elegant and You are Twirly Swirly” I’ve been listening to his podcasts hours on end a work (find a podcast I like and am in the mood for, binge until I’m caught up and now have nothing to listen to although haven’t gotten there yet with this one, give it 2 days, maybe 3).

    Trey’s cluelessness and news achor’s obnoxious intonation.

    “Cook it until it’s jerky” Definitely guilty of this.

    More roasting of celebrities and their singing. Because he can clearly sing well, he can mock singing well. In other episodes he pokes fun at his own earlier too “extra” singing, and all of it is just hilarious.

    16 Personalities and the Avengers. This clip that starts around 7:07 with the argument (from Civil War I believe) is the best.



  • Culture and Entertainment

    Humor Post for this Week

    I swear I feel like each of these get funnier and funnier. And then, I go back, and watch them again, and they are just all genius.

    16 Personalities Social Distancing

    Enneagram Types as Roommates.

    Celebrities During Safe at Home. Basically, BURRNNNN!!!! “That was like 8 burns in one sentence.” “An octoburn.”

    God Keep the Grizzlies Away.” I’ve been listening to Trey Kennedy’s podcast, and he was talking about how many things having a higher probability of fatalities than flying, such as Grizzlies, but yet people give prayer requests for flying, and you know, not meeting with Grizzly bears.

    Spark Notes Instagram is awesome

    16 Personalities Washing Their Hands. Not Frank James this time, hope he does one though.


  • Culture and Entertainment

    More Sheltering in Place and Safe at Home Humor

    Yeah, so with all the misinformation going around, I thought should stop using quarantine as if it was actually a synonym for sheltering in place, it’s not, its far more serious, even than that.

    Anyway, more lightheartedness to brighten your days.

    16 Personalities on a Video Conference Call

    16 Personalities as Moms Sheltering in Place

    Enneagram Types Spring Cleaning

    Enneagram Types Working Out at Home

    Couples During Sheltering in Place

    Working at Home

    16 Personalities and the Avengers

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Things to During Social Distancing and Sheltering in Place

    Obviously there is reading, watching movies, podcasts, Audible, Audible Escape, I assume many people know Jennifer Ehle has been narrating Pride and Prejudice on her Instagram (I still need to check that out, but I might just want to read it myself), puzzles, sewing, learning a craft, etc. I also want to try building some models and miniatures. One of my sisters mentioned learning to be ambidextrous. Two sisters want to use several of my dad’s old dress shirts to refashion in to skirts (one has done this with my mom’s help before, it was super cute).

    Lauren Johnson has lovely simple as well as more complex sewing and crafting tutorials on her channel, including this one which includes a darling scrunchie tutorial.

    Hamlette has a lovely post full of ideas, with plenty adults and for kids if you have kids. I’ve bought this fairytale coloring book from the artist she linked.

    On the subject of coloring, Amanda Kastner has free Jane Austen greeting cards to color (you could color and send these to nursing homes or hospitals or something too).

    Digitally Reconstructed Castle Ruins. Stop and watch them be digitally rebuilt, absolutely fascinating to history nerds.

    A Trip Through 1911 New York. I didn’t realize that video was that old, this is unbelievably fascinating!

    Jenny at Sense and Sensibility Patterns has shared lovely walks on her stories, and set up virtual parties, including watching and chatting about vintage movies with other period fashion experts, I want to see if I can somehow join (not sure how it works yet) for Charade.

    ND Wilson is offering the first draft of his next (last?) book of Ashtown Burials in serial form as a newspaper if enough people signup. I’ll be signing up asap.

    He also produced a nature film or something called The Riot and the Dance which is available on vidangel, which is currently free for a bit (this is one of those services that can block objectionable content for sensitive viewers).

    You could always find a way to use snail mail such as subscribing to this happy mail. I don’t remember where I first found this, but what a lovely concept.

    Our library has an ancestry.com account that they used to require patrons to come in to use, now we can use it online (for a limited time, but I’m guessing it will be extended as long as this goes on).

    See if some of your local arts and theatre programs are offering online concerts and such, I discovered at least one of ours is, I should see if there are any for ballet as well.