One Direction

Ok guys, lets talk about One Direction.

Well, I guess this isn’t really talking… More like me writing and you reading. But I feel like we are connected… Sort of… Now I’m creeping myself out.

I like One Direction.

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I REALLY like One Direction.

And it’s kind of weird. Because I’ll be honest… Up until about 2 months ago, I could have cared less about them. I knew next to nothing about them. Except that the one, with the hair, dated Taylor Swift. I couldn’t name all of them. I knew they were European and highly attractive. I knew they sang “That’s What Makes You Beautiful” (ironically I don’t like this song – I know, I know, I’m the worst fan ever).

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Honestly, it’s just unfair that there are 5 guys that are that attractive, and talented, and lovely people.

I don’t know how it happened. I had listened to “Best Song Ever” when it came out, and I didn’t think much of it. But then somehow at the end of August/beginning of September something happened. And I just went nuts. I decided to watch EVERY SINGLE video on their YouTube and Vevo channels. I don’t know why. I just did. And I fell hopelessly in love with One Direction. It’s a slippery slope man… I’ll never be the same. I know too much. I follow them all on Twitter. I follow their updates and change the time zones on my iPhone so I know what time it is where they are. I watch old concerts and interviews of them. I know their freaking birthdays now.

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So perfect…

It’s becoming a problem. I’m 24 years old for goodness sake… Who am I kidding. My only regret is that it took me this long to really fall in love with them. They are lovely. Pretty much the rest of this post is gonna be pictures of these gorgeous, wonderful, talented, kind, generous, attractive, hott, lovely boys.

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Niall Horan. Irish. 20 years old. The most attractive person on this earth. Best laugh I’ve ever heard.

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I’m not supposed to have a favorite. But if I did… Niall would be it. I love him. He is perfect. I would willingly have his children – and we all know how I don’t want kids. So that’s saying a lot.

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Look at him, all perfect in his sunglasses.

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I just can’t…

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Harry Styles. British. 19 years old. Apparently is unable to ever actually button his shirt all the way.

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Ridiculously attractive. I can see why Taylor fell for him. But I will always side with my Taylor. I want to touch his hair.

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Seriously though, there are buttons on the shirt for a reason man.

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Louis Tomlinson. British. 21 years old. Notorious prankster. I don’t know how someone can be so handsome yet so immature at the same time.

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He has such great hair. And he’s great at soccer. And his girlfriend is gorgeous.

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Adorable, just adorable.

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Liam Payne. British. 20 years old. Clearly the fittest member of 1D. His biceps… I just… Gosh.

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He also responds the most to fans on Twitter. Which I really appreciate. He goes out of his way to talk to the fans.

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The scruff… He is so incredibly sweet and kind. He’d just be the best friend.

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Zayne Malik. British. 20 years old. The most attractive person of all time ever. Look at him. JUST LOOK AT HIM.

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He’s prettier than most girls. Those cheekbones, his perfect nose, the eyes… Models wish they could look like him.

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He is the quietest and most private member of the band but he is fiercely protective of the 1D fans. He always stands up for them… us… It’s us now. I’m one of them.

Well there ya go. It’s all out there now. I love One Direction. I’m not ashamed. Now to devise a plan of how to meet them and convince at least one of them to date me/marry me/be my best friend…

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I want to move to London.

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So sometimes I get sick of living in the United States of America (like when our silly government shuts down) and I dream about moving to England and possibly living in London. London looks lovely. Granted I am a jaded and irrational American girl…

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So I looked up a few facts. Most of the facts came from Wikipedia, the Daily Mail, US News reports, and the government (yeah that’s right… I know the government… all of it).

The crime rate is pretty so-so compared to the 2 countries. England has a higher amount of fraud crimes (229,000 per year) than the U.S. does. But the U.S. has 3 times the murders (14,827 last year) than England does. So someone may steal my identity in England… But I probably wouldn’t get murdered in my sleep.

When it comes to National Debt… Both countries are pretty much screwed. But, in technical money terms, England is less screwed. The U.S. nation debt is $16.8 TRILLION (jeez trillion…). The national debt of the United Kingdom (not just England) is 1.16 trillion pounds (1 pound = 1.62 dollars).

The average debt of a freshly graduated college student in the U.S. is $35,200 (unless you’re me then it’s $41,000!!!!! yeah!!!!). Most English graduates leave school with 26,000 pounds in debt. The usual English Uni (short for University, keep up with me ‘Mericans) is about 9,000 pounds.

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I did a comparison of the average living costs. I used London and NYC as my two cities to compare. They really weren’t too different. In London the food was more expensive than NYC but the actual living situation of NYC (and most of the U.S.) was more expensive. To live comfortably (very comfortably if you ask me…. like super comfortably without a worry or a care) in NYC you would need $6,400 a month and 3,947 pounds (I actually figured this one out to be $6,399) in London.

So I would definitely need a good job!!!! The unemployment rate of England is 7.7% (this is their lowest rate in a long time). The U.S. unemployment rate is at 7.30% (also a low rate for the U.S.). Might be hard to find a job… Especially since I am a Librarian. Currently in the U.S. there are around 2,000 librarian job openings… And only around 300 in England. Sad face.

But at least the history geek in me would have fun in London. Look at all the fun things I could do (never mind… I’d have NO money to do these things!).

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And I’ve always been fascinated by the royal family.

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Honestly… I’d finally be able to watch Dr. Who without people spoiling it for me on Twitter… And that’s pretty much the main reason.

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8 Out of 10 Cats

Ok guys, time to talk about my love for this show (which is not in any way actually about cats).

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Wikipedia describes the show as: “8 Out of 10 Cats is a British television comedy panel game produced by Zeppotron (a subsidiary of Endemol UK) forChannel 4.”

My description: “A freaking hilarious British panel show, where I don’t understand at least 50% of the jokes because I don’t live in the UK, but the other 50% that I do understand usually make me laugh so hard that I cry and I love Jon Richardson so it makes it all better.”

The host of the show is Jimmy Carr and the 2 team captains are Sean Lock and Jon Richardson.

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These 3 guys are like the gods of funny to me.

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So basically on the show the 2 teams have their captain and then 2 other people on the teams. The guests are usually comedians, B-list actors, TV personalities, or reality stars (sometimes they have sports players on as well). There are 3 parts of the show. The first part, “What Are You Talking About?”, the teams have to guess the most popular talking points in Britain. The second part, “Pick of the Polls”, is when the teams are shown 4 pictures and they pick one and answer the statistic or question that goes with the picture. The third part, “And the Winner Is”, is when the teams have kind of a free for all answer/guess part. At the end of the show the team with the most points wins.

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Some of my favorite European comedians are on the show.

David O’Doherty is an Irish comedian. My best friend and I will have entire conversations just quoting his material.

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Joe Wilkinson is about the creepiest looking comedian in the world. He looks like a pedo… But he is hilarious.

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Sarah Millican is who I want to be when I grow up. She is the funniest woman on the planet.

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But Jon Richardson is still my favorite.

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8 Out of 10 Cats is now doing Countdown shows. I’m American… So I had absolutely no idea what Countdown was. And I still haven’t even watched a regular episode of Countdown.

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I’ve only watched 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and I love it.

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They are given a set of letters and have to come up with words, whichever team has the longest word gets the points. They also have certain sets of numbers and have to used basic math skills to get to a designated number. I am terrible at doing the letters and the numbers. But it is a delight to watch these comedians try.

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Several of the same comedians guest star on it. And it is almost funnier than the actually 8 Out of 10 Cats show.

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This show is just one of the reasons that I would want to move to the UK. To watch it I have to rely on the kindness of strangers. And by kindness I mean them illegally uploading it onto YouTube. So thank-you guys! Keep ’em coming!

If you’ve never watched this show… Well, you just need to watch it.

Jon Richardson is funny.

This is Jon Richardson.

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He is a British comedian and he is hilarious!

He is currently my 2nd favorite comedian behind Eddie Izzard (Eddie is literally the funniest person on earth. Don’t argue with me about it. You can’t change my mind!)

How I first learned about Jon Richardson is a winding story of how YouTube can really mess with your head. It all innocently started as a search for “Funny Doctor Who Clips” because I love Doctor Who. Then to the side I saw an interview with David Tennant, than another and another, and then suddenly I’m watching a British chat show called “The Graham Norton Show” and David Tennant and Catherine Tate are guest with Josh Groban and…. Jon Richardson!

Jon was hilarious on the show so I clicked the next video on YouTube which was for a show called “8 out of 10 cats” and then all hell broke loose. I am now addicted to British TV shows in the worst way. I pretty much hate American TV now.

“8 out of 10 cats” is a hilarious panel show and most of the time I don’t understand what news stories they are talking about but I still laugh. The host is Jimmy Carr and Richardson is in charge of one team and Sean Locke is in charge of the other. Most of the guests are comedians or TV personalities. I watch it whenever I can. (I just re-watched the last season for the 3rd time.)

Back to Jon though… On the show he is a 30 year old single man (although I think recently he has gotten himself a girlfriend) who struggles with OCD, pessimism, and the fact that, in his eyes, the rest of humankind are pretty much idiots. This is why he is hilarious.

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See what I mean? It’s sad… but funny. And he’s so adorable that it makes it even funnier.

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I feel the same way buddy… Sad, yet still funny. (If you don’t believe me watch an episode on YouTube.)

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Maybe I just like him because he seems to be the male version of myself (except I am not 30 yet and my job isn’t as fun as his is).

I’ll probably end up writing an entire entry on “8 out of 10 cats” because I love it so much. They recently have been doing “Countdown” episodes (another British TV show) and those are even funnier.

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They have to take a random bunch of letters and make them into words… They rarely actually do that though.

Richardson also has a book out.

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I just recently got my hands on it and it is ridiculously funny. It talks about his struggle with OCD and being single, but not in a sad pathetic way, but in a rather funny way. He’s not shy of making fun of himself and pointing out that most of the problems in his life are because of himself.

So if you get a chance, get on YouTube and watch him at the Apollo, or on 8 out of 10 cats, or on anything really.

He is quite funny.

Why I Love Gingers

Seriously though, I love ginger people. And I’ve just started calling them “gingers” because I’ve always used the term “redhead” but I’m not sure which one is politically correct…

Let’s start with reason #1: I have always had a soft spot in my heart for ginger boys. Honest. For some weird reason, I’ve always loved ginger boys. When I was little and I would color in a coloring book, 9 times out of 10, I would color the boys hair bright red or orange. It’s just been ingrained in me since the beginning.

Reason #2: Most ginger people have amazing hair! Now, I don’t see ginger people very often, but all of them seem to have great hair. And I’m not just talking about the luscious color that radiates sunshine, light, happiness, and joy.

Reason #3: Famous gingers are ridiculously attractive. Like ridiculous. Let’s take Prince Harry as an example. Or Jessica Chastain. Or the lovely Rupert Grint. (I am guilty of writing Mrs. Alyssa Grint on a lot of notebooks in highschool… and college… and yesterday.) And we can’t forget Emma Stone. (Yes I know she is sometimes blonde… but she is a gorgeous ginger!)

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(I think she is one of the prettiest people on earth so she gets a super big picture…. Also I don’t know how to resize pictures yet…. I’ll work on it, I promise.)

Reason #4: Ginger people are super talented! Ok, this one may be a stretch, but I’m gonna try to stand by it. For example, Ed Sheeran is an amazing singer and songwriter and guitarist and Seth Green is one of the funniest people on earth.

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Reason #5: There are some pretty fierce and powerful ginger Royals. Like Prince Harry pictured before, King Henry VIII (Looks like a fun guy right!), and of course his daughter Queen Elizabeth I (I see she got her looks from her father…).

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Reason #6: All of my ginger friends are awesome! I have lots of ginger friends (More than I even was aware of when I started this post). I can’t list all of my ginger friends so I just picked the 3 most awesome of them all!

This is my friend Lyzi. Isn’t she just adorable? I know right, just too cute.

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She doesn’t qualify for #1, but she does qualify for #2, I mean look at that ponytail!

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We can add #3, even though she isn’t famous, she is so pretty! She is also super talented!

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Who else can make a rainbow land right behind them??? Sheer talent.

This is my friend Kayla. I know, I know, she’s gorgeous!

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So she already qualifies for #3. And while we are at is here is #2, I mean look at that lovely hair!

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And as for #4, well I had the honor of playing basketball with this beauty and let me tell you she is very talented. And also she has a dash of #5. Look at that fierce pose as Tyra Banks would say!

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This is my friend Dave. Calm down ladies, I know I know… #3 is kind of obvious.

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#2 is applicable… Even though I’ve seen him have some pretty bad hair days… Usually is it lovely like it is pictured above and below. As for #4, he is an amazing soccer player and probably has the best personality of all of my friends (no offense to the rest of you… and I do count personality as a talent because most people don’t have one at all).

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Reason #7: Just because she is a ginger/has super red hair.

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