Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Mission: Accomplished!

While I've been away from the blog, I have tried numerous T-shirt muslins, contemplated making pants, been busy with two jobs, trying to build an actual social life, and oh, by the way, this happened...

B.A.- Art History 2012
Virginia Commonwealth University


I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders but then the next day and then the next week happened. The combination of all that work, the anticipation, the fear of failure, and all the money spent is over in the time it takes you to walk across a stage in the Richmond Convention Center to receive a rolled-up sheet of blank paper.

Now, of course, I DO NOT regret the experience but I do regret the time and expense that went into this protracted 20+ year journey. If there is anything I can impart to college-age teenagers thinking about college is to finish it when you first get that chance. It only becomes harder to accomplish and more expensive to afford the longer you take. Take the opportunity before 1) you have to pay rent, 2) you parents are no longer willing to pay, and 3) you have to hold down a full-time job at the same time. Trust me.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

What's New, Mr. Holmes?

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Lara Pulver (Irene Adler)

If you didn’t get to check out the BBC’s Sherlock series last year, then try to catch it this year. It is just as meaty, clever, and witty as before plus more sexual innuendo. News Flash: Sherlock likes a girl!

The first episode, Scandal in Belgravia is fabulous, tricky, and bears repeat viewings so as not to miss any of the fun. I’ve just discovered, being an American, that during it’s original airing in England there was a bit of controversy about some perceived sexism in this episode. However, I didn’t see it that way at all.

While loving this episode and getting downright swoony over Mr. Cumberbatch (and I thought I had eyes only for Martin Freeman's John HAMISH Watson!) I realized that this episode would be a great first episode for someone who didn’t see the last series. Every one of the main and secondary characters are present and the dynamics of those relationships are in evidence too. So if you get the chance and have the inclination, check out PBS Masterpiece Mystery!, where you can view Series Two’s first episode online there until June 5.

And here's something for the Watson fans!

Hell-lo, Hamish!
Image: BBC Gif: Sherlock BBC