Pretty Little Liars

Day 545 – Where Are Ü Now?

Usually when I’m late to posting, I try to fill up all the extra days with ‘cheat’ entries, trying to recall what I did on those days that I forgot to post. Well, baby, it’s been 484 days so you’ll just have to deal.

The good news is I completed my thesis! One month longer than I originally planned because I had glandular fever or what the cool kids call “mono”. It’s amazing how many people get sick during postgrad and not even realise it. It’s like we expect that deterioration of our health to be just another regular aspect of university. Fun fact: If you read back, you can see my descent into glandular fever. I didn’t even know I was sick but I was always complaining about it. Silly workaholics.

I'm fiiiiiine!

I’m fiiiiiine!

Anyway, here is the thesis in all its shiny, wonkily-bound glory. As my high school history teacher used to say, “There are many like it, but this one is mine”. He was actually talking about why we weren’t allowed to touch his newspaper and I don’t really think many people devoted themselves to analysing the engagement strategy of basic-cable teen channel but nevertheless, I successfully completed something! Yay!

My baby. Except it's better than a baby because it took longer than 9 months. Shhh just let me have this, it might be the only child I ever create.

My baby. Except it’s better than a baby because it took longer than 9 months. Shhh just let me have this, it might be the only child I ever create.

Hopefully finishing my thesis means you can forgive me for failing so hard at blogging. To be fair, I started this blog because I wanted to keep myself accountable for all the things I had been doing instead of working on my thesis. Because I was so hard at work, I didn’t have anything to write about!

…That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…

I will blog a little bit about the grade that I received for my thesis and all the cool things that have happened since then. It doesn’t really make sense to follow the daily blogging pattern anymore but I’ll try anyway so that I have things to do now that I’m unemployed. Yay again….?

Things I did today instead of working:

  • You didn’t read my post, did you? TL;DR I’m done with my masters. I can do whatever the hell I want. BAHAHAHA!
  • Actually, I spent the day marking assignments. What else is new? Seriously this whole blog should have just been entitled “Confessions of an Assignment Marker”. I reread most of my old posts and it’s just me ranting about how busy I am with assignments.
  • I watched Weeds. Such a good show. Here is a photo of Silas to help make your day brighter.
All right, jeez Silas. I already explained why I haven't been blogging!

All right, jeez Silas. I already explained why I haven’t been blogging! Chill.

Random lyrics that might as well have been written about the process of writing Master’s thesis:

I’ve paid my dues
Time after time
I’ve done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand
Kicked in my face
But I’ve come through

And we mean to go on and on and on and on

We are the champions – my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting
Till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
‘Cause we are the champions of the World
– 
Queen

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Day 58 – They’ve Got Me Runnin’ and Hidin’ All Over Town

I feel slightly incompetent today. I wrote the wrong grade in for one of my students and I feel pretty bad about it. Everything worked out fine but BAH I hate screwing up something that I checked over and over and over again. It just means next time I’ll be even more anxious and paranoid about the things that I do for tutorials.

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I still haven’t gotten around to watching Pretty Little Liars. What is this? I wonder if there is reasoning behind my reluctance to keep watching this show even though I always enjoy it when I do. Is this reasoning something that I can incorporate into my thesis?

ANSWERS. I NEED ANSWERS.

Things I did instead of working:

  • Met up with L. It’s so great to meet people that you have a lot in common with. I find it so inspiring to talk to aspiring writers, I wish I had their kind of passion and sense of certainty about what they’re doing.
  • Went to JG’s birthday dinner! Karaoke woooooooooo
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  • Set up meetings with C and A. I’ll allocate second letters once I know, haha.

Seriously though, my weekend is looking so busy now. I have so much thesis stuff I want to do this weekend. THEY MUST BE DONE!

Random lyrics I shamelessly sang at Red Hill. Own it, babes:

You know you love me, I know you care
Just shout whenever, and I’ll be there
You are my love, you are my heart
And we will never ever ever be apart

Are we an item? Girl, quit playing
We’re just friends, what are you saying?
Say there’s another and look right in my eyes
My first love broke my heart for the first time
And I was like…

Baby, baby, baby oooh
Like baby, baby, baby nooo
Like baby, baby, baby oooh
I thought you’d always be mine (mine)

– Justin Bieber

Day 48 – There Ain’t No Party Like A Marking Party

We got the last assignments back today! Woo!!

We spent a few hours eating pizza in silence while we pored over the essays. There’s so many of them!! Tomorrow, I hope to finish all of them because I am pretty freaking tired and I really, really, really want to read stuff for the thesis.

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Also I want to start working out again, my body is getting all lethargic. Why is sitting in front of the computer and eating donuts not enough?! Can’t my calories be burned by excessive Facebooking and hysterical Tumblr-induced laughter?

On the bright side, my thesis proposal got officially approved today. Once I get these assignments sorted, there’s no hiding from my chapters anymore. I should probably watch Pretty Little Liars at some point considering I’m, you know, writing 40,000 words on it soon. Rewatching all the high-end serials that led to its creation is so much better though.

Is this why your story is going nowhere?

Is this why your story is going nowhere?

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Watched Twin Peaks. Hooray research!!
  • Listened to Sex with Emily. It’s been a long time, my saucy internet friend.
  • “Celebrated” NW’s birthday. Sorry you had to spend it reading essays 😦

    HB, NW!

    HB, NW!

  • Really reflected upon the sheer awesomeness of an empty 47 bus. It’s a more “scenic” route for those too lazy to walk down to the buses in town. It’s so relaxing… but I’m pretty sure we hit something at some point. Let’s not question it though, let’s just enjoy the ride.
  • Really enjoyed this meme that can work in all aspects of my academic career.

    Thanks, CH.

    Thanks, CH.

Random self love lyrics that makes me think of Cersei and Samantha from SATC:

It’s my life, I’m a do who I want to
Do what I want to, and I don’t want you
Alright, see my times gonna cost you
And all my love don’t cost a thing

You can’t break my heart
You can’t take my pride
Oh no, that love shit, I won’t do it

Iggy Azalea

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It’s my party and I’ll be Cersei if I want to.

Day 22 – What Do You Do With The Leftover You?

Ugh, everything is going so slowly. I’m just typing fragmented sentences into my proposal now. I hope when I look back at all of this, I’ll somehow be able to make sense of my ramblings. It’s not that I’m unaware I’m burnt out. I just have no way of resting because there are deadlines to be met.

I caaaaaaaan't

I caaaaaaaan’t

I can’t wait to hand in this proposal. I really want that feeling of having nothing stopping you from doing research. However, I also have to mark some essays starting tomorrow so I’ll have to find a way to slowly get through those at the same time. On the bright side, I should be getting a lot (if not all) TV essays. I can’t even begin to explain how happy that makes me. I won’t even try because no one needs to hear that nerdsplosion.

Confetti Happy. That’s how happy.

I still really miss fun.  I need to go out and do something other than thinking about media studies. The problem with that is, if you’re all very passionate about a subject (as we obviously all are, considering we’re postgrads), conversations will eventually go back to media stuff, no matter how hard we try. Geeks. Then we’ll get depressed about the world. Best. Night. Ever.

Okay. I need to start packing up. Gotta get out of here before people start thinking I live here (I do).

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Finally got around to watching the last two episodes of Pretty Little Liars. Considering they ended up creeping me out so much that I was too scared to go to the bathroom at uni, I should probably stop talking about how lame the show is. Sorry PLL.
  • Watched two episodes of Friends because JB put the show in my head. No regrets.

    The eternal question

    The eternal question

Random “This song is always in my head because of CH” lyrics:

Baby you light up my world like nobody else,
The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed,
But when you smile at the ground it ain’t hard to tell,
You don’t know,
Oh oh,
You don’t know you’re beautiful

One Direction

 

Day 15 – I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends (and Sav)

I don’t really have time for a long post tonight because I have to wake up for a 9am lecture but I had a relatively good day today. I worked on more readings for the upcoming proposal and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I wish I could tell you more but I don’t really remember much other than the fact that I was very excited to try my new lime green teapot.

#betterworkstories

#betterworkstories

Of course, no day is complete without my daily Googling of ABC Family and Pretty Little Liars. Unfortunately I was little out of it today so I ended up looking at the results for The CW for a few minutes before I realised I was researching a completely different network. Oh dear.

They'll find out in 350 days

They’ll find out in 350 days

On a brighter note, I’ve finally realised the irony that my case study is about a group of teenage girls being stalked and judged by a bully using social media. Considering that a huge part of my thesis is about ‘following’ the moves of these four actresses on Twitter and making claims about their actions, it is obvious that I am in fact “A”. Bet the PLL fans didn’t see that coming.

I also found a lot of posts online about the fact that Ezra is clearly a sex offender. It restored some of my faith in humanity.

Gross

Gross

It’s late so  that is all. Young girls, if you’re ever just randomly in a bar, look out for dodgy English teachers. They’re almost as bad as the Media Studies crowd…

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Went to Hunter Lounge, JJ Murphy and The Library with JB. Let’s make this a regular thing, babes.
  • Stared at the moon. Wish I could dance outside without looking terrifying.
  • Watched *that* ADAM video with JB and CH. Woah.
  • Lay on the floor of the office with a hot water bottle, a blanket and pillow and wondered if that was the end. It wasn’t.
  • Wanted to hug my reading because it talked about HBO and branding. ZOMG industry, I missed you.

Random “Get out of my head!” Lyrics:


Say something, I’m giving up on you
I’ll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere I would’ve followed you
Say something, I’m giving up on you

And I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

– A Great Big World

Day 10 – I Walk This Empty Street on the Boulevard of Broken Sleep

Can’t really write too much today, I have reached the want-to-cry-and/or-vomit level of exhaustion so I have to sleep as soon as possible. I will say this though, I managed to finish the final comments for a whole class today. I’m about a quarter of the way through the second class and I am hopeful that I will finish most, if not all, the comments tomorrow. I can’t wait to hand back these assignments because ABC Family is calling out to me.

Not long now, my love.

Not long now, my love.

I managed to access some of the readings from the television class I tutored last year so I printed off more readings for me to get through once I’ve gotten through my current workload. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am to see the names Lotz and Gripsrud. It’s like the mothership calling me home… or maybe it’s the flagship 😉

Lame TV studies jokes aside, I really am still excited to get this thesis started. Getting all my resources together feels kind of amazing. I’ll try to hold on to that feeling when I’m crying over badly written chapters in the coming months.

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Brought two apples to uni before ultimately abandoning them to eat pizza with CH. We also watched the finale of New Girl. Dinner break at its finest.
  • Admired a photo of Caleb Rivers because he apparently got a haircut. Technically this was research because he is coming back to Pretty Little Liars now that Ravenswood is cancelled.
  • Looked at cats on Tumblr
  • Ran home from the bus stop because everyone is scary at night
  • Sang ‘You’re Having My Baby’ wholeheartedly while getting ready for uni and thinking of Cory Monteith
  • Thought about Elle Woods and how I should watch Legally Blonde again to pump myself up. Ironically this movie inspired me to drop out of law school so I should probably watch with caution.

    Basically me right now

Random Lyrics From the Mostly Forgotten But Awesome Legally Blonde Musical

Seeing my name up on that list
That beats the first time that we kissed
You thought I was dumb
But I think that somebody’s judgment was poor

Seeing my name in black and white
It’s like making love with you all night
No wait, it feel so much better, hello, much better
It’s oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, much better
‘Cause I am so much better than before

– Elle Woods

Day 8 – I’m So Excited (to Start Writing)

I had my first MA meeting today. Earlier, I was a little nervous about meeting with my supervisor because I was feeling a little ‘over’ Pretty Little Liars. It seems as though I am no longer in their target demographic because I barely give a shit what’s happening in Rosewood these days. Luckily the meeting reminded me that I’m not actually interested in the programme as such but rather, the significance of the young-adult audience. So much better. So really, they can have all the problematic love stories they want and as long as they’re still pulling in an audience, my thesis will remain interesting to me. You go, 12 – 21 year olds. Do your social media thang. I’ll just sit here with my academic theories, making claims about your behaviour and significance to ABC Family. You just keep doing you.

:-/

Aria, no. Just no. :-/

In fact, I was so excited today that I started working on my ‘A’ wall, which will hopefully help me keep track of the hierarchy I am looking at. From ABC Family, to the show, to the fans and to the tweets. I really need to get BL’s noticeboard soon so that I can have a full on serial killer wall. My notice board will look like it’s investigating an intense conspiracy theory with the occasional Jennifer Lawrence quote.

This is their board.

This is what my board wants to be when it grows up.

 

The start of something beautiful

The start of something beautiful

My notice board also has photos of my old friends and my 2012 Honours class. It took me awhile to get everyone because for some reason we were never all in the same place. After getting BL’s Don Brash photo up on the wall, I knew my job was done. I will be looking up at them during my darkest postgrad hours and hopefully they will inspire me to keep going. You are all with me even when you’re far away 😥

Just like Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts.

Just like Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts.

Things I did today instead of working:

  • Spent about 30 minutes panicking that I “broke” my computer. Turns out the plug fell out… Thanks for rescuing me from my stupidity, KT.
  • Got so entranced by an old photo that CH had to ask me if I was all right before I snapped out of it.
  • Had a long discussion with FS and CH about the sexual charisma of Alex Turner and his ‘dad-dancing‘.
  • Thought long and hard about The Gos. No context. Just thought about him in general.

    I don't know, R-Go!! Stop pressuring me!!

    I don’t know, R-Go! Stop pressuring me!

Random “Ruh-Roh” lyrics:

It was late last night
I was feeling something wasn’t right
There was not another soul in sight
Only you, only you
So we walked along,
though I knew there was something wrong
And the feeling hit me oh so strong about you
Then you gazed up at me and the answer was plain to see
‘Cause I saw the light in your eyes

– Todd Rundgren