What is the Great British Bake Off?

What is the Great British Bake Off?

Join me in this small obsession of mine!

If you've ever played around on buzzfeed or are a bit of an Anglophile (a person who admires England) you have probably heard about the wonderful show that is "The Great British Bake Off". However, if you haven't, let's talk about it then! "The Great British Bake Off" is a nationwide baking competition where, 12 amateur baker's compete in three challenges each episode, while getting judged for their fantastic designs. One by one they are eliminated until three are left and the winner is then chosen. It's a pretty simple plot.

If you are a lover of all things sweet and have a constant need for baking pastries just for the fun of it this is something that you'll definitely love, as it provides a refreshing/different type of cooking show then you are used to viewing on channels like "The Food Network". Here's why:

First there's the opening credits. It has a good effect of being both calming and pretty while nurturing your inner foodie.

There is actually no cash prize!:

The people who participate in the show do it for their love of baking and in the end win basically bragging rights and a cake plate!

All the players are really polite with each other:

You would think with it being a competition tensions would be high, when in fact the contestants are always willing to help each other out if they have time and constantly encourage one another.

Until an accident like the Baked Alaska Scandal of 2014 happens.

There are some great designs!

Need I say more

So Many Puns

You end up feeling stressed when people start freaking out over their bakes.

Ahhh I just want you all to succeed!

In the end though it's just one of those great shows that holds your interest's and invests you in the skill all these talented people have. Plus, I mean it's about pastries what more do you need?

Where can you watch it: From time to time it is on netflix, you can find full episodes at PBS online and they also air episodes every Sunday evening.

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Dear Shondaland, You Made A Mistake Because April Kepner Deserves Better

"April Kepner... you're not average"

I'll admit from the first time we were introduced to April in Season 6, I didn't like her so much. I mean we hated the "Mercy Westers" in the first place, so how could we see the potential in the annoying, know-it-all resident that was trying to compete with our beloved Lexie Grey.

But then, we saw her come face-to-face with a killer and thought maybe she had potential.

We then saw her surprise everyone when she proved to be the next trauma surgeon in the making and we were intrigued.

Notice how none of these stories had anything to do with Jackson Avery. Not that we didn't love her with Jackson, but for whatever reason you've chosen to end their very popular relationship. Suddenly, you think that April is not worth further exploration but you've forgotten one simple thing. We fell in love with her before "Japril" was ever in the picture.

We love her because her story was unlike the others and she had one of the best character developments on the show. She wasn't damaged like Meredith Grey or Alex Karev who have been on their journey to become all whole and healed, but she still had to fight hard to be taken seriously. Her story has so much potential for future development, but you've decided to throw it all away for "creative reasons."

I'm sorry, but there's nothing creative about doing the exact same thing you've done to all the other characters who have left the show. We've endured the loss of many beloved characters when you chose to write off George, Henry, Mark, and Lexie. We even took it when you did the unthinkable and wrote McDreamy out of the show - killing off one half of the leading couple. (WHO DOES THAT???)

But April Kepner? Are you kidding me?

She may no longer be with Jackson, but she was so much more than half of Japril. While most of us hate that Jackson and April are over, we probably could have dealt with it if April was still on the show. Now they're done and you think there aren't any more stories to tell about her character. Why? Because she'll just get in the way of Jackson and Maggie?

How could you not see that she was way more than Jackson's love interest?

She's so much more than you imagined her to be. April is the headstrong, talented trauma surgeon no one saw coming. The farmer's daughter started off an ugly duckling who became a soldier because she needed to be one and turned into one big beautiful swan who constantly has to fight for her coworkers and family to see her as such.

She's proven to be a soldier and swan on many occasions. Just take giving birth to her daughter in a storm on a kitchen table during an emergency c-section without any numbing or pain medication as an example. If she wasn't a soldier or a swan before, how could she not be after that?

Yet, you - the ones who created her - still see her as the ugly duckling of a character because she always had to take the backseat to everyone else's story and was never allowed to really be seen.

But we see her.

She's the youngest of her sisters who still think of her as the embarrassing little Ducky no matter how much she's grown.

This swan of a resident got fired for one mistake but came back fighting to prove she belongs. Not only did April Kepner belong there, but it was her talent, her kindness, her strength that made her Chief Resident. This simply wasn't enough for Dr. Bailey or her other residents so she fought harder.

She endured the pressure but always ended up being a joke to the others. When she was fired yet again, your girl came back a little shaken. She doubted herself, but how could she not when everyone was against her.

Despite everyone telling her she couldn't, she did rise and no one saw her coming because she remained in the background. She went off to Jordan broken and came back a pretty risky trauma surgeon.

We've watched for years as she was handed promising stories that we never got to see fully develop because she was in the background. We never got to see her rise. We get the beginning and the end, but hardly ever the middle.

I thought we were finally going to have an amazing story arc in season 11 when she loses Samuel, but what did we really get? Two or three episodes of her coming to terms with the loss of her baby and then April's disappearance from the show while she's grieving off screen so that Dr. Amelia Shepherd can shine her first season on the show. Where is April's life-changing surgeries? What does April get? She's background music.

Now what?

It's season 14 and we finally get the story we've been waiting 9 years for! We get Dark April and her crisis of faith. A story arc all Christians can appreciate. Here's the chance for real character development in the foreground, but wait...

Before her story is even wrapped up, you announce that this season will be her last. So we're forced to realize that the only reason we're getting this story now is that you're writing her off.

No matter how you end it, it's not going to do her story justice. If you kill her off to end her crisis of faith story, you're not reaching the many Christians who watch the show. If you have her leaving Seattle and taking Harriet with her, you didn't know April. If you have her leaving Seattle and abandoning Harriet, you really didn't know April. So anyway you choose to end her story, you lost out on one great character.

You messed up.

Both April Kepner and Sarah Drew deserved better.

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The Time Somebody Tried To Steal My Backpack In The Dorm Bathroom

Yes, you read the headline correctly.

Throughout my first year of college, I've had some very weird experiences, but nothing has been as crazy as this. I've told this story to all of my friends but I think it's time I share this with the world. I'm going to tell you the story of how my backpack was almost stolen while I was using the bathroom in my college dorm.

This happened around last September, when I was still adjusting to the whole college thing. It was late on a Thursday night and I just gotten back from my friend's dorm room. Her dorm is all the way across campus, so whenever I come over, it takes about ten minutes to walk back to my room. During the ten minutes on this particular night, I realized that I needed to use the bathroom, like I very much NEEDED to if you understand what I'm saying. So instead of dropping my backpack off in my room, like I normally do, I went straight to the bathroom, into one of the stalls, and started completing my business.

Things were going great for a good three or four minutes, I was feeling much better and in my head, I was reminiscing about my first month of college and how great things were going!

Here's where things take a turn for the worse. Two guys walk in and it is very apparent that they were drunk. They were talking about their day and enjoying their time, then one of the guys starts screaming his friend's name at the top of his lungs. "BAILEY, BAILEY," he screamed repeatedly. Need I remind you, I'm still sitting in the stall, very confused and concerned.

Then suddenly, I see a hand reach under the stall and start pulling the straps of my backpack. I am very scared and concerned now because that's my backpack! I had expensive books in there I wasn't about to have this be stolen from me. So I grabbed it back as fast as I could and held it in my arms. The one who tried to steal the backpack explained to his friend "dude i'm trying to steal it," to which his friend replied "man you're so drunk". The two laughed and then left.

At this point i was very scared and ready to go back to my room, but my stomach was not. So I continued to sit there, thinking about what just happened.

Now you might think that was the end of this story, and believe me, I wish it was, but no. There's more.

About five minutes later. The same two guys walked back into the bathroom! I hear one of the guys say "Oh my god he's still taking a s*** in there" and once again screams his friend's named "BAILEY" just for fun.

Then they left, and I ran out of that bathroom like a scared little kid. And that was the end.

That was by far the strangest experience of my life and every time I use the bathroom I think about that night.

Looking back at that event I laugh about it because it is such a great story I can tell. Like, who else can tell a story about how their backpack was almost stolen from them in a dorm bathroom at almost one in the morning?

I hope you enjoyed reading this story and I will leave you with one piece of advice: if you ever go to the bathroom, DO NOT bring your backpack in there with you, because you never know what crazy people you will encounter in there.

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