More British Crime

Luther, starring Idris Elba. One of my favorite shows. I can go back and watch it again and again. It’s intense, but good. Even the “villain” (Ruth Wilson) is one of my favorite characters! It’s just good.

In later seasons (which you can find them all on Amazon Prime Video), one of the characters gets killed off and it just gets to me like no other crime show does. I’ll begrudgingly admit that yes, I did cry when this particular character dies (no spoilers!).

It is intense, a little dark, heavy, but so good. There are a lot of recognizable faces in there. Luther’s friend, DCI Ian Reed, actually plays the cheerful nephew of Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol (which is a Christmas movie my family has watched every year for as long as I can remember). Luther’s boss, Saskia Reeves, has been in many other British crime shows, but just in episodes not any recurring role.

I guarantee, watch the first episode and you’ll be hooked. Make it through the first season and you’ll be begging for more! (I’m currently re-watching this series as I write this.). Watch it! Let me know what you think! Like if you’ve seen it before!

Technology is not my friend

My ASL 1 class has just started. Since it’s online we meet our professor and other “mentors” (other people who also teach ASL who we practice with) via Skype.

I may have mentioned this before, but technology is not my friend. I can do some things, but a lot is over my head. For example, I just rejoined Facebook as a way to be involved in the Deaf community while in quarantine (thank you COVID-19). There is so much about it that I just don’t understand and don’t know how to do things. I try to stay off it because I don’t want to do the wrong thing somehow and post something or something like that and embarrass myself with it.

Needless to say, Skype is also over my head. I just recently received a 0 because I couldn’t get my Skype to work to contact my mentor with whom I had scheduled the weekly meeting as per instructed. I hate making bad grades. I mean, I hate it. With my anxiety over other things, bad grades on top of it just stresses me out. When I get stressed out, I shut down. I sleep a lot. I don’t do things. I avoid, avoid, avoid. So that’s what’s been happening for me.

I’ve got a new appointment with a mentor scheduled for this week and hopefully I’ll have figured it out and don’t miss it again. Other than my issues with technology, I’m loving the class, learning the new signs and everything. So interesting and the nerd in me says fun too!

Movie Friday!

This week, it’s a horror/sci-fi/thriller movie from 2008, Cloverfield.

I’ve never heard about it anywhere. Honestly, I can see why. Maybe it was advertised, I don’t know. It’s one of those recovered footage type films. But I have to admit, I did find it entertaining (but then I’ll watch almost anything).

It’s found footage of a going away party turned into disaster. It takes place in New York City. Some big thing happens (trying to avoid spoilers), people wonder if it’s another terrorist attack on the city, then it might be a wrecked oil tanker. Anyway, the film starts in the going away party and follows the main group as they go searching for a missing friend deeper into the city, where everyone is being evacuated. So naturally, bad things happen. What I remember as I’m rewatching it right now (my posts are queued), I have to admit the guy holding the camera, Hud, I find to be hilarious as he narrates everything that’s happening.

As for the people in the film… there are a lot of recognizable faces, but you might not know them from a specific show/movie. So I’ll throw out some names and links. The “main” guy, Rob, isn’t anyone I’ve seen before. But the guy who plays his brother is someone I’ve seen many times but can’t recall any specifics. His name is Mike Vogel. There’s his girlfriend, Lily, who’s played by Jessica Lucas. And everyone’s friend and the biggest name I think in the movie, Marlena, played by Lizzy Caplan, who has been a star in many things. Then, of course, my favorite character, Hudson ‘Hud’ who isn’t anyone that I know but I think he deserves to be mentioned. Hud is played by T.J. Miller. You may have seen him in something, if you have comment below!

Overall, I’d say the movie is mildly entertaining. I was never on the edge of my seat, but I did laugh a few times. So if there’s nothing else on but Cloverfield is playing, you might want to give it a go (maybe while you’re also doing something else).

Moment By Moment

I heard, or rather read, something recently that hit me. You know sometimes you can hear something a thousand times and it doesn’t sink in, but one day you hear it and it does — whether it’s a different phrasing or you’re ready to hear it. That’s what happened to me.

Being a Christian, I think of all the things I have to do to be a “good” Christian. But what I heard struck me. I can’t remember the exact phrasing, so I’ll paraphrase it. Every day is a decision to follow Jesus. That hit me. Instead of thinking of the whole big picture which overwhelms me and makes me feel like giving up and why even bother when I know I’m going to fail already? But looking at it as a choice every day made all the difference in the world.

Each day in the morning I wake up and open the Bible app. I read a devotional and listen to the audio version of the Bible verses being discussed. Then I tell myself, “Today I’m going to follow Jesus and do what He would do.” Of course, I still fail in small ways if that makes sense.

My mother always says, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time,” to me whenever I get stressed out about something I have to do. That’s what it is. Take each day as it comes. Don’t worry about tomorrow or the day after.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.

Matthew 6:34 NIV

Facebook and ASL

My new ASL (American Sign Language) class just started yesterday. Since it’s online, the coronavirus has no effect on the class.

Part of the requirements of the class is getting involved in the deaf community. That part is kind of ruled out for now, so I thought about it and how I could get my hours involved in the deaf community. This is what was suggested to me: Facebook.

Ah, the dreaded Facebook. I haven’t had a Facebook account in 10 years. I don’t like Facebook. But it had to be done. So I now have a Facebook account. People I haven’t spoken to in years are friend requesting me. Parents of friends I had when I was growing up are friend requesting me. I don’t know what to do about that, so the requests are being ignored for now. I found some groups and joined, or pages – whatever.

I don’t like having a Facebook but if it’s the only/best way to get involved with the deaf community at the moment, I’ll suck it up and do it.

I guess my point with this post is to say I’m putting myself out there on Facebook and that it makes me extremely uncomfortable. Next, that my ASL class has started and I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to learn the language.

Anyone else out there learning ASL? or interested in ASL?

For those in need of comfort

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley.

I will fear no evil, for You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23

Coronavirus!

So schools were just announced to be shut down in Alabama recently. I thought maybe I should say a little something about it. I’m not all that concerned at the moment about it. Because I will be washing my hands all the time and thanks to my agoraphobia, I won’t be exposed to it too often. I’ve got lots of groceries so I don’t need to go out for a while. I could probably stay here for two weeks if I needed to. But don’t worry, I wasn’t one of those people who stockpiled toilet paper and fought to buy the last of everything. I did not go overboard about it. Partly because I’m younger and healthier than the older people who are more at risk of having serious problems if they get it (like dying). I left groceries for other people.

Why?

BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO STAY CLEAN AND HEALTHY SO THE VIRUS DOESN’T SPREAD!!!!

People seem to have forgotten that little nugget of truth. It’s not all just so you won’t get sick, it’s also so that others don’t spread it. Remember that. Clean everything you touch. Avoid touching your face as much as possible. Wash your hands ALL the time with soap and water because soap is actually more effective than the Clorox hand wipes and hand sanitizer.

(That’s a link to where I learned that information.)

So y’all stay safe! Stay clean! Remember others out there and take care of each other!!

British Crime Show

Vera

Vera is a show about a slightly frumpy woman, Brenda Blethyn, who is very good at her job. She’s a Detective Chief Inspector in Northumberland. So you might need subtitles at first, but your ears adjust to the accents pretty quickly. It’s a slower paced show. Something to watch while you’re doing something else that requires a little concentration if that makes sense. Each episode is about an hour and a half long, which explains the pacing. There are lots of characters and side stories you get to know in every episode. Vera is witty and emotional sometimes-just a good show. You can find it on Amazon Prime and a couple seasons on Acorn TV.

Overall, would I recommend the show? Yes. I rewatch it every now and then. Give it a shot. Let me know if you do in the comments and what you think!

Praying for Prisoners

This may not be a popular post, but I think it needs to be said. And so does my church, apparently. It’s been something that’s been on my mind for a while.

I watched the show 60 Days In, and if you’ve ever seen that show you get an inside look at what it’s like for prisoners of all types — capital murders to misdemeanors. You hear their stories. It gives prisoners a face and story instead of just thinking of them as a lawbreaker and getting what they deserve. “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”

I’m not saying what they’re doing is right or wrong or saying it’s what they deserve or don’t deserve, but what I am saying is that we can’t decide that. As far as we’re concerned, they’re fellow children of God. They are people that we need to pray for.

My pastor said something that stuck with me enough that it’s been weeks later and it still is rattling around in my head. To paraphrase it, he said something like how we treat prisoners reflects our love for Jesus Christ. Now, if you’ve seen 60 Days In, you’ve seen some of the horrible conditions of the prisons and the inhumane treatment of prisoners.

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Hebrews 13:1-3

May the groans of the prisoners come before you;

with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.

Psalm 79:11

So pray for prisoners. I always hear people saying to pray for the world leaders, the leaders of our country, the leaders of our churches, etc., but I can’t recall a time when I’ve heard pray for the prisoners. Pray for them. Pray for everyone, but the Bible seems to especially say the widows, orphans, and those in prison.

TV Friday!

So what’s next on my recommendation list? Don’t worry, it’s American this time. Now, it isn’t for everybody and I understand that.

At first, I didn’t find it that funny. For some reason, I stuck with it and I’m glad I did. There were hilarious episodes, times that even made me laugh out loud (which is not often).

It’s filmed like it’s a documentary of this office where they sell paper, and they interview the cast like they’re real people in a documentary. In the very end, they air the documentary and we see their reactions. But it’s worth it. It’s worth the time to watch.

I would put it on during study breaks because the episodes were about 20 minutes long. That’s just the right amount of time for a study break. Doing online school, it feels almost like I’m constantly studying for something. The breaks were exactly what I needed.

Give it a shot! Watch a few episodes before you make you a decision on it.