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July 26, 2013

Royal Craze

Wow! Posting again after only 11 days! Look at me!

Oh, you're too kind, celebrities. You people out there, you're the stars!

I was compelled to blog in honor of His Royal Highness George Alexander Louis, Prince of Cambridge!


Although I have an affinity for sarcasm, I am being completely sincere when I say that I am really excited about the birth of Prince William and Kate's baby boy!

I'm sure some of you share my excitement, but I'm sure that many of you are wondering what the big deal is. Cool, she had a baby. Millions of women do it every day.

Firstly, let's not get complacent about the miracle that is child birth. When one considers all of the possibilities for error in the entire baby-making process, it's pretty mind-boggling.

In all honesty, though, I'm sure that a few years ago I would have shared the opinion of "what's the big deal". That is, until I did what I consider to be the most hilarious school project of my life.

It was during my second year in the Captioning and Court Reporting program at NAIT. We were split into groups and assigned the task of selecting a current events topic to research and then report on to the rest of the class.

We typically never had to do group work in our program. This project is one of the few instances I can recall where we were required to do group work. If you are anti-social, preferring little to no interactions, and you think you would enjoy sitting in a cone of concentration while moving nothing but your fingers, this is the career for you! It suits me pretty perfectly.

I honestly cannot remember what the nonsensical reasoning was behind how this particular project applied to our program and further development in any way. I think there was some far-fetched claim that, in regards to the captioning component of our program, we needed to be up to date on current events. Which I suppose is true considering a certain captioner only recently discovered that he or she had been typing Anthony "Wiener" when it is actually spelled "Weiner". Ahem. Personally, I think that particular captioner just has a very witty sense of humor and thought "Wiener" was more apropo.

Side note: For whoever is following the Anthony Weiner news: "Carlos Danger" as a pseudonym? One of the funniest things I've ever captioned. I couldn't help but think of the scene from Freaks and Geeks where Daniel bestows his Dungeons and Dragons Dwarf with the name "Carlos".

Back to the project: All of the groups seemed to be picking morose, depressing news events for their projects, things like The War in Afghanistan, the Mayerthorpe tragedy, or the man who killed a police officer with a stolen snowplow. But during this time, we were only a few months away from Will and Kate's big day! So my group decided to think out of the box and report on something happy! The Royal wedding was to be that happy topic!

We were encouraged to come up with original ways to present our topics to the class. Given that the wedding was just around the corner, we figured that a wedding slideshow would be very fitting, and ridiculously hilarious. You know, the cheesy kind that have lovey-dovey music playing, they start out with the girl's baby pictures, moving up through her childhood to adolescence, then doing the same with the boy until the slideshow converges where both the girl and boy have met and now we see pictures of them being all mushy together. Very lovely.

My group and I became the biggest creepers.

We were creepier than the real Royal wedding creepers. We looked at countless pictures to pick the perfect ones for our slideshow. We scoured the internet for every bit of information we could find on Kate and Will.

I was also tasked with researching the British Royals in general to explain their purpose. It's essentially to be delightful and make us all feel better. So to those naysayers who ask why there needs to be a British monarchy, my response would be:

Because it's fun!

Well, to make a long story short...

Our project was amazing, the slideshow was spectacular, we presented it to the class and received much praise and boisterous ovations (probably), we got an excellent mark, and now I love the British Royal family. Also, whenever I hear the song "Rhythm of Love" by the Plain White T's, our chosen song for the slideshow, I now, and will forever more, think of Will and Kate.

And that is the most hilarious, random project I've ever done for school. If I had a copy of the slideshow, I'd post it for you, but alas, I do not have it. Perhaps I can scrounge it up from a group member.

So the reason I'm so excited about Prince George is because I became very close with the Royal family, especially Will and Kate, and after making them a slideshow for their wedding, I'm essentially family now. Anytime you want to invite me over to live in one of your palaces will be fine, Royal family. Thanks.

And now I'm on a Royals-themed movie kick. I watched a Princess Diana documentary a couple nights ago, I watched The King's Speech yesterday, and some of the other movies I'm considering are The Queen, Young Victoria, Elizabeth (1 and 2), Lady Jane, Mrs. Brown, The Other Boleyn Girl ... just to name a few. Because, you know, I have oodles of time on my hands.

I love my themed movie phases. For example, I usually do a Celtic one around St. Patrick's day (Darby O'Gill and the Little People, Waking Ned Devine, Far and Away, etc...), Disney-themed phases happen all the time, different period dramas, certain actors or directors, etc... Sometimes these themed movie phases can have a darker side to them, though, like the time Eric and I had a horror-themed movie phase around Halloween a few years ago and scared ourselves senseless. The horror.

But, as always, I digress, and that's another story for another time anyway.

So in closing, congratulations to Will and Kate on the arrival of their little prince. And yes, I was one of those crazies that got up early to watch the Royal Wedding coverage.

Much love,

Essentially One of the Family


  1. Hahahahahahaha! Oh how I love your posts! They make me so happy :D When you get invited to stay in one of their palaces, if you need someone to go with, I would be happy to accompany you ... just sayin'. If you find a copy of said slideshow, please post it! I would give you a standing ovation also.

    1. Oh, you flatter me, cousin. When I'm in my palace, I'll most definitely invite you. We'll watch "Ever After". It will be very fitting.