NMTD Fan Game #2

And since I have time, doing this one now. I’m still Jill from the US.

Favourite colour: Blue

Favourite drink: Water or lemon water

Favourite movie: It depends on my mood. But I will always watch The Princess Bride

Favourite spice (& why): Have never thought about this before. Probably ginger or pepper.

Cats or Dogs: Cats (I have two). Dogs are too needy for me.

Celebrity Crush: I have so many. I’ll say JJ Feild because of the amount of Henry Tilney gifs on my blog.

Favourite actor/actress: I love Amy Poehler and Tina Fey

Biggest pet peeve: Your/you’re and its/it’s misuses. (I’m an editor.)

What do you like most about NMTD? How real it seems.

What do you like most about the NMTD fandom? How nice it is.

Have you ever sneaked into/out of school? Yes. It was a military junior college that I wasn’t attending (this was during my university days).

Do you have a fun story about how you met your best friend(s)? Not really. I met her at work. Though after we met (and I’d met my husband), we discovered that she and my husband are cousins by marriage (her first cousins are his second cousins).

Favourite thing about your best friend(s): She’s great to chill out and relax with. Also, she and I share the same endurance for shopping.

Pedro has “All Around Great Guy”, Obama had “Yes We Can”, what would your tagline be? Always Reading?

Which historical figure would you like to be haunted by? Jane Austen. I imagine she’d be pretty snarky.

What do you want to do after you finish school? (If you’ve already finished school, what is a goal that you want to accomplish?) I really, really want to renovate my kitchen (it has the original 1967 turquoise oven).

Where does your name (and/or URL) come from? Jill was the only name my parents could agree on (and they didn’t pick it until after I was born). Jilby is a nickname from childhood/my teens. It’s the only nickname I’ve actually liked and represents the fangirl side of me that I’ll probably never outgrow (hence, jilbyforever).

How long do you think you could go without your phone? Probably forever. I’m a semi-Luddite without a smart phone, and I’m not much of a texter, so losing my phone wouldn’t be that bad. Losing my computer/the Internet would be a different thing.

Do you like olives?  At what age did you start liking olives? Nope

Favourite type of pizza/favourite pizza toppings? Pepperoni

Ever made a pizza from scratch?  How did it turn out? I do it a lot. They turn out great.

Any embarrassing stories from your childhood that you would like to share with us? When I was 11, I fainted from heat exhaustion while waiting to tour the Hoover Dam. When I came to, there were dozens of people around me. Traffic even stopped on busy U.S. 93. It was mortifying.

What plays/musicals/skits have you seen in theatre? Too many to list (I love going to plays). The last one I saw was South Pacific, at an outdoor amphitheater. 

Have you read Muchado? Yes. I’ve read all of Shakespeare’s plays.

Which versions of Muchado have you seen?  Which is your favourite? I think the only one I haven’t seen is the Shakespeare Retold one (I know, I need to watch it.) I have a soft spot for Kenneth Branagh’s version (it was the first one I ever saw).

NMTD Fan Game #1

Finally getting to this, only a week late!

Name: Jill

Age: In my 30s (yikes, I’m old!)

Country you are currently situated in: USA

Favorite NMTD episode: Probably Single Pringle or One Shot

Favorite NMTD character: Beatrice (though I’m probably most like Ursula)

Favorite Shakespeare Play: Much Ado, though I have a soft spot for Taming of the Shrew (problematic as it is) because I performed it in high school (I was Petruchio).

Favorite web series (outside of NMTD): Probably LBD or AoJE.

Any other information you want to tell us about: I overuse parentheses. My tumblr is probably 90% pretty pictures of nature/food/castles. The rest is occasional meta about web series, gifs of Henry Tilney, and other wackiness.

How did you find out about Nothing Much to Do? I think it was promoted in one of the web series tags…

Favorite band/song/what you’re listening to right now? Favorite band or song can change depending on mood. Currently, “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne keeps getting stuck in my head.

What are you wearing? A black knit dress.

Favorite food? Pizza or chocolate

Favorite chat-up line? I don’t like lines. Just say hi.

What’s your worst fear? Not sure what my worst one is. I have a weird one, though. When snorkeling in Hawaii, I discovered that I have an irrational fear of coral (I can’t swim over it when it seems close to the surface), but I’m not afraid of sharks.

Favorite TV show? Probably Parks & Rec

Favorite quote (bonus: favorite quote from NMTD so far)? "The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)

For NMTD: “Oh, look Hero. It’s Darcy on a horse.”

What place would you like to visit? Everywhere, though I’d especially like to visit most of Europe.

What instrument do you play? None. I am musically inept.

What is the last book you read? The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. Currently reading Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Do you eat mangoes with or without the skin? Without

Would you rather fight a hundred duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck? One horse-sized duck. But why are we fighting?

Would you rather be blind or deaf? I feel weird about answering this because I know people who don’t have a choice.

A magician tells you that you can be granted the power of invisibility, but you will never again be able to drink tea.  Do you accept the power? If I can choose when to be invisible, then yes. I’m caffeine-sensitive, so I don’t drink regular tea or coffee, just herbal tea (and only rarely at that). I could easily give it up.

The Candle Wasters have mentioned that the flamingo thing was something that started at Jake and Harriett’s audition (although it may not have been an argument at the time).  What is your headcanon backstory for the flamingo argument? I have no idea.


Purple Sea by jhmiao


Purple Sea by jhmiao

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Tripodded by Five Alive on Flickr.


Tripodded by Five Alive on Flickr.


Mullaghmore, Ireland (by Lukas Larsed)


Mullaghmore, Ireland (by Lukas Larsed)



Life is good ! by Sergei Kokinskiy




Life is good ! by Sergei Kokinskiy



Kilkenny Castle, Ireland (by Maria_Globetrotter)


Kilkenny Castle, Ireland (by Maria_Globetrotter)


ouhusker7 asked: I've been thinking the same, that there has to be more to the Box(x) Hill incident than Maddy's jams. Even the harshest conceivable insult to the jams is mild compared to "you're so boring that you can't possibly say *only* three boring things."

I know. I’m waiting see what happens via transmedia and Thursday’s episode before I pass final judgement, but I needed to write down my thoughts before then. I hope there’s more to it. Because insulting something someone does as a hobby is not nearly as bad as insulting their personality and behavior.

And I’d hate for Emma’s downfall to come because she’s making a GOOD decision for her business. That she’d be told that, out of loyalty, she should include friends’ and relatives’ badly made products in gifts that she’s giving out on a client’s behalf, regardless of how unprofessional it is (or possibly illegal—I’m not sure how giving away homemade jams at a restaurant’s opening falls in California’s food laws and regulations but it strikes me as something the health department might look into).

So I’m hoping that this all a setup to the actual Box(x) Hill incident. It definitely has me wondering what all is going to go down on Thursday. 

For the first time in a long while I’ve feel the need to post about an Emma Approved episode. No, it’s not to squee about a jealous Knightley appearing or to complain about how unhygienic it is to use your fingers as a tasting spoon for jam (though, seriously, Emma, at the time you stuck your fingers in it you were still planning on putting that jam in somebody’s gift bag).

It’s to talk about how while this episode may seem like a good adaptation of Emma insulting Miss Bates at the Box Hill picnic, it’s not really. Because, in this case, while I don’t agree with Frank’s motivations for pulling the jam, I do agree with him. Because I don’t think ANYONE (not Jane, not Emma, definitely not Alex) should have thought it was a good idea to include the jam in the gift baskets in the first place.

Let’s say you’re running a company that’s trying to plan events for people who want to use their celebrity to do good in this world. You’re planning an event that could connect you with more people who want to do good, or where the word of mouth could bring you more of this type of business.

Now, would you really include in the gift bags some (by all accounts) nasty-tasting weird jam, even (actually, especially) if it was made by a close friend of your father’s who is also the aunt of one of your employees? Would it be professional/good for your company? Do you really think including it is in the best interests of your client? (Also, since I don’t know if Maddy has the necessary food handling qualifications necessary in California, I don’t know if it’s even legal for them to hand out her jam to people who aren’t friends or family members.)

Loyalty and friendship are great, but imagine that Alex likes to knit bizarrely colored, lumpy scarves. Should Emma try to include those in the gift bags just because they’re friends?

It’s horrible that Emma couldn’t have let Jane and Maddy know this at the beginning of the gift bag discussions. But not including jam in the gift bags when the jam didn’t belong there in the first place is not the same as publicly humiliating a long-time friend in front of almost everyone that knows her. Unless Emma says some horrible things about Maddy and her jam at the Boxx opening, I don’t see this having the same weight as the Box Hill incident in the book.