Welcome to the 7th year of media-list-keeping on LJ! Will this be the year I don't exceed the post limit? I BET NOT. Anyway: Bold means I absolutely loved it, italic means I greatly enjoyed and would recommend it, plain text indicates a wide range from average to mediocre, and
strikethrough is what I want to punch. * = a reread/rewatch. I also maintain a Goodreads account and sometimes have longer reviews there. Friend me!
[ETA: The original post went kablooey and either disappeared entirely or had its content erased WAY TOO MANY TIMES. Gettin' real tired of your ----, LJ.]
( To the moviesCollapse )
( so let's talk about the season while I waitCollapse )
Also...it is possible I have developed a mild obsession with Sheldon/Amy, which is officially the weirdest OTP ever, but oh goodness, it is the sweetest thing every time Sheldon makes itty bitty baby steps toward admitting feelings for her. This feeling largely spurred by the fact that I flipped on reruns to get my fix, ran into the one where Sheldon gets jealous about her going on a date with Stuart, and awwww, that is adorable! Like a very angry baby colt trumpeting his displeasure while stamping up and down a fenceline.
( That's it. Pack your bags, y'all, we're going on a shipping tour.Collapse )
2. So far I have spent my time off on the following pursuits:
a) Getting coffee with Chris, whom I had not seen in 12 days. Which is extra-horrible not only because it's the pretty pre-Christmas season where there should be tons of wonderful date-like things to enjoy, but also because his second (temp) job went on hiatus for the month of December, so he's had nights and weekends free like a normal person. Like I should have. But somehow don't.
b) Watching Sister Act & Sister Act 2 back to back (awesome/highly recommended/have not seen these in 10 or 15 years)
c) Watching Dr. Horrible again + the regular commentary & all the special features except Commentary: The Musical
d) Watching Doctor Who, "The End of Time" again, theoretically to put myself back in the mood in order to watch the 50th Anniversary episode already, but that may have backfired idk.
( Can we talk about how Sister Act is like the perfect movie?Collapse )
( Or perhaps Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog?Collapse )
( Finally, let's have a little Doctor Who nostalgiafestCollapse )
...also, while I'm here, HOW HAVE I NOT RUN ACROSS THIS? It's my two favorite things, parodies and "Somebody That I Used to Know"! Wrapped up in one less-awesome thing, but hey, even that's OK because I am flabbergasted at how well these two manage to resemble a bunch of different characters. I am still not convinced that's not the real actress who plays Arya.
( Game of Thrones: A Character I Used To KnowCollapse )
Goals for second half of day: figure out something else to do with Chris, watch 2 movies, read a pile of books, and oh, I guess I have to go finish off that one assignment for work before I do anything else, probably.
(on the bright side, I also apparently dreamed that we were at Greendale College, because the Study Group Seven got really upset with me when I failed to pull off the Thanksgiving turkey prank I was supposedly signed on to help them with. I was too busy thinking "omigod I'm really talking to these guys!!", not as a fan but as a character who went to Greendale and had seen them around for years and was in awe of their clique, to care)
Now back to mountains of work. Just giant mountains, I can't even with this anymore.
Anyway, what I wanted to talk about today is the fact that I'm pretty sure I'm in love with The Big Bang Theory now.
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Also, I am waaay out of date with this, but apparently November Sweeps was a big ol' Thing on CBS and both Person of Interest and NCIS: LA did Something Shocking!
Person of Interest:
I'm understanding that The Mentalist may also have done Something Shocking re: Red John, but I haven't looked it up yet.
eta: ...never mind. HOLD UP. You're saying you not only Officially Really and For Realsies this time confirmed Who Red John is, you had Smirkypants McGee kill him, you then JUMPED FORWARD TWO YEARS IN TIME and gave that one couple I was only vaguely aware of becoming canon a baby to boot? And Jane/Lisbon did not become canon in the meantime?
I have so many questions! About feelings! Someone who still watches this show should post about it so I can comment at you and we can talk about how you react to it when you've been watching it all along. How much did you know about the giant shakeup that was happening at the most random time of year? Are you feeling cheated out of things? (I would feel cheated out of about two years of OTP marriage + an entire pregnancy, but that's just me) Or is it refreshing? And most importantly, what wicked tidal storm of precedent did CBS unleash upon the landscape of television between this show and Person of Interest?
Except I did. 200 "promotion" messages, which are in fact at least 75% actual valuable coupons to places I have been spending money all fall and REALLY COULD HAVE USED HAD I KNOWN THEY WERE THERE. I am so angry right now. There's a reason I'm on these mailing lists, Google, and it's not because my email was given in bulk to a bunch of companies after I signed up for a random freebie three years ago.
But, on the bright side...
To compensate for the Too Stupid To Live shopper, I contacted one yesterday who was ridiculously nice and helpful. First she emailed to inform me that she had gotten my email and would work on it when she got home, and profusely apologized for creating more work for me. She asked if I might be available by email if she had any questions, but acknowledged that she knew I was 2 hours ahead in time zones, so she understood if not. Then she asked if she could see her original survey in order to provide the best answers possible. (Incidentally, she was already really good at the writing part, she had just misunderstood the directions and so she needed more detail on certain parts she didn't think were relevant.)
THEN, when all was said and done, she thanked me for my help, said she really wanted to do a good job for the company, and said she hoped I would be her editor again because I was so nice and helpful (and I'm like, aww, no, YOU are! *gush*). She's new, so I made sure to put a glowing note in the report comments so the schedulers will be more motivated to contact her with the good shops. These are the things that make me like my job.
( *except on NeopetsCollapse )
How I Met Your Mother, 9x11, "Bedtime Stories"
( Per AV Club: How I Met Your Mother to do episode entirely in rhyme / to waste more lyrically its fans' precious timeCollapse )
How I Met Your Mother, 9x12, "The Rehearsal Dinner"
( I want to love it but I don't.Collapse )
( 2 weeks' worth of 2 Broke GirlsCollapse )
( 3 episodes of The Mindy ProjectCollapse )
( jumbled together againCollapse )
( Survivor check-inCollapse )
Criminal Minds, 9x09, "Strange Fruit"
( BLECHCollapse )
9x10, "The Caller"
( woohoo!Collapse )
( Road trip for historical delightsCollapse )
( Date DayCollapse )
( I visited 3 thrift stores, it was pretty epic.Collapse )
And...now I guess I have to go back to work tomorrow. Which means I should probably go to bed now and not go back to television, since it is currently 1:24 in the morning and I've been working on this post for something like hours, albeit half distracted by background TV.
( I tore out of here at noon on the dot, and I did ONE THOUSAND MILLION THINGS.Collapse )
I should really, really try to watch Doctor Who soon, before I get spoiled any more...but I'm having such a dandy time reading again, after going 3 weeks without finishing a book this month and only reading a total of 10 books in the past 3 months prior to this week, that I just want to do that all the time.
Also, there are clearly a lot of stories I bookmarked to read later after barely a cursory glance, huh? "my take on Kurt as a gender-questioning kid." NOPE. DELEEEEEETE.
Then, instead of doing the sensible thing like going to bed, I started watching Revolution.
( 3 episodes' worth, but this time I separated themCollapse )
Aw, what the heck, let's take care of the Monday comedies while we're at it:
How I Met Your Mother, 9x10, "Mom and Dad"
( & Detective Mosby makes 3Collapse )
2 Broke Girls and the Pastry Porn
( Your face is pastry porn.Collapse )
The Middle, 5x04, "The 100th"
( self explanatory, but pulling double duty to describe the town's centennialCollapse )
5x05, "Halloween IV: The Ghost Story"
( pretty legit, incidentallyCollapse )
5x06, "The Jump"
( they got a dog they got a dog THEY GOT A DOG! Or at least Frankie did. Please keep the dog.Collapse )
( this post is getting long so NCIS doesn't get individuals headers, but there are 3 episodes behind hereCollapse )
How I Met Your Mother, 9x09, "Platonish"
( No. Stop. Forever stop that story.Collapse )
2 Broke Girls, 3x08
( I'm gonna call this one And The Bad Service.Collapse )
( Whoops, I missed like 3 episodes in there. So I guess I'll just catch up with my current feelings.Collapse )
Criminal Minds, 9x07, "Gatekeeper"
( I think you mean ScrapbookerCollapse )
Criminal Minds, 9x08, "The Return"
( of trained former-child soldiers in AmericaCollapse )
Normally I listen to music while I work. Today, I just opened up this episode and played it in another tab in the background on repeat. All day. I have literally listened to it 7 times (and also watched it straight through once, for the third time in 48 hours) and STILL have not gotten bored with it, or even one iota less delighted by every single second. Favorite episode of 2013, I'm pretty sure. Out of literally all the shows. I'm this close to having every line memorized via osmosis, I swear. So let me write its official love letter:
The Crazy Ones, 1x07, "Sydney, Australia"
Honestly, the only thing that finally weaned me off this episode was switching over to an epic Josh Groban playlist instead. Velvet and dark chocolate, I tell you. Ohhhhh, that's it, that's heavenly. Hey, who wants to have a post where we just talk about our favorite Josh Groban songs? Everyone?
- Current Music:"Barely Knew You" - Danny Chase
Right now, though, still dealing with work. The good news is it's the weekend so I am FINALLY at the point where no more shops are assigned to instantly replace the ones I finish. The bad news is I had like a million overdue shops today and now it's like I have some kind of giant research project to put together, between the actual research and the contacting people and the writing/rewriting all the words. It's certainly less terrifying (and also better paying) than any research project I've ever had, but wow, there are just so many parts to it.
( Yeah, I'm just gonna go ahead and ignore most of this for now so I can flail about the last scene.Collapse )
2 Broke Girls and the Girlfriend Experience:( was mehCollapse )
Mike and Molly, season 4 premiere
( I just want to talk about it a little bit because Melissa McCarthy is so adorable and also I'm confused by what just happened.Collapse )
New Girl, 3x07, "Coach"
Hark! I have finally watched my first full episode of this show, because it turns out that if you dangle a hot naked Taye Diggs in front of me I will watch anything. That man is literally made of sex appeal; science should study this phenomenon.
( Shut your face.Collapse )
Mindy Project, 2x07, "Sk8er Man"
This show's guest star of the day is Timothy Olyphant (as a grungy 40-year-old skateboarder, no less). Let me just think about how he compares to Sex God/Coffee Shop Owner Taye Diggs...
( HAHAHAHAHAHAHACollapse )
P.S. The Crazy Ones will be entering this week's round of Hot Male Guest Star Wars with a contender named Josh Groban. akl;sjfaskl;djfklasjdlkasjdfl;jasldfjakl;s
P.P.S. OH MY GOD SHELDON COOPER IS SITTING ON A COUCH AND SURROUNDED BY PRECIOUS FURRY KITTIES, HELP, I AM DYING. Show me the sassy one again.
P.P.P.S. Unrelated to anything, we just got our first snow. Will update tomorrow to tell you if it stuck. [edit: it did. some melted and you can see grass again, but it's not entirely gone even after a whole day of sun.]
Especially don't do that and then whine at me "but I diiiiiiid visit the right site!" when I deduct your payment. One site has a hyphen and one doesn't. You didn't enter the hyphen on your original form, which is why I'm asking you to give me your answer again. If you forget the hyphen again, that says "I went to the wrong site," because guess what? They both work, but they are different websites maintained by different people.
[edit: oh man! shopper went full blown fisticuffs and apparently contacted the office threatening to report us to the BBB for shady business practices to scam people out of money ($3 of money, to be clear). Supervisor emailed me to clarify what happened, I sent back my documentation, and supervisor agreed shopper was being ridiculous. I love it when my nose-swatting is super justified like that.
Also on the bright side, is there anything better than a heaping bowl of mixed vegetables topped with just a tiny amount of melted cheese and a dash of pepper? Maybe when you pair them with a side of delicious imitation crab! #perfect lunchtime fixings #also I got Nescafe Memento on sale at the grocery store and I am very excited]
*bounces back out to the workpit, bypassing new comments for now*
HIMYM: "What the damn hell" (any version) and Robin going "you say things!" in 2x12
The Mindy Project: Danny's "I hate it so much" about Mindy's hair in the finale
Scrubs: Probably much harder to find, but...
"You have no lines in this play." - Jordan in 6x05
"Nobody cares, Sean." - J.D.
The amount of times I have wanted to use these three is legitimately heartbreaking.
*my boyfriend pronounced it my way (jif) out loud and I am SO HAPPY with this kindred spirit-ness
2. Things I found after spending all of Monday cleaning:
-3 pairs of earrings
-Various little pieces of hard candy (I scatter and cache them like a squirrel whenever I buy a bag, to prevent eating them all right away, and much like a squirrel, I soon forget where they are and am regularly surprised to run across them)
3. Watching Friends pilot again. I've adjusted to how crazy young they are, but what is going on with Joey's hair? He's so catalog-model handsome, I'm kind of goggling at it. Why did they not have him keep this hair? Why would you go for the generic guy cut worsened by gel spikes when you had that?? This hair actually makes me believe he could get women.
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4. Oh crap it's already November. I have a bunch of Glee-related stuff to comment on at some point, but for the moment I would just like to state that their next episode is apparently 100% Lady Gaga/Katy Perry songs, and my brain is pretty much like WHAT THE DAMN HELL, could you even create a more perfect cocktail of musical hatred? Granted, Glee has fixed a fair few of their songs, but they haven't always succeeded. They're allowed to fix "Roar," because that thing is hella catchy on the radio and I have been eagerly anticipating a version that doesn't gross out the moral part of my soul, but everything else is an absolute no.
5. What should I spend the rest of my evening doing: trying to get a head start on work for tomorrow, organizing the 40 or so "liked" posts into my queue in the order I want to post them on Tumblr, or watching the Glee premiere again so I can finish writing my review? (it's actually 90% done
Man, when I'm trying to avoid thinking about a thing, I can be really productive. I managed to get ahead of work before the family birthday dinner*, and then I had a whole 24 hours of time to relax and relish in my freedom. Naturally, I opted to spend the cold and chilly Halloween holiday curled up inside, watching & writing about TV. I feel I chose wisely.
*Despite my worrying, I think the dinner went well. Plus his parents treated (which I was not expecting), and invited me back to the house for birthday pie. I went to the latter mostly because I did want to spend more time with everyone, but also largely because DOG DOG DOG THERE IS A TINY BUT STURDY-BODIED DOG IN MY LAP oh hey boyfriend kinda forgot about you there um OMG LOOK ITS TINY LITTLE NOSE IS PEERING INTO MY FACE.
(crap, I am falling for the dog. And it's a foster dog and it's available for adoption and we don't have a dog so what if we just got a tiny dog and NO! The tiny dog is only 90% housebroken, not as intelligent as Kym, yaps, and screeches in fear if you try to pick it up due to past abuse; we can't take on a dog with any obvious problems and once she's adopted they'll just get a cuter foster dog. But she's so nice and she likes me now! no)
How I Met Your Mother, 9x06, "Knight Vision"
This is the one they bounced to 1:32 am in favor of letting a random Vikings game have primetime instead.
( You chose...poorly.Collapse )
HIMYM, 9x07, "No Questions Asked"
( totally weird yet v. entertainingCollapse )
2 Broke Girls and the...
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NCIS, 11x06, "Once A Crook"
( well that was an exercise in enduranceCollapse )
Criminal Minds, 9x06, "In The Blood"
( finally, a GOOD episode!Collapse )
The Mindy Project: When will I learn that if Ultimate Fighting is featured in a show, there will never be any part of the episode that is worth it?
( General feelings on CBS Thursday comedies, specifically: The Big Bang Theory, The Middle, and The Crazy OnesCollapse )
P.S. last night I saw my first commercial about holiday shopping. -.- Which reminds me how sad I am that I will no longer get to see/hear the Savers Halloween commercial, which is my favorite non-animal-inclusive commercial in the history of ever. You could be a duck / you could be a ref / you could be a duck that's also a ref.)
Also the Friends series finale aired last night, and even though far too much of it is about setting an official precedent for THE LEAST SATISFYING ENDGAME SHIP IN THE WORLD, that last scene - and that last shot of the closed door - made me sob like a baby. And I wasn't even around when the show ended, so this isn't nostalgia at play. It's just that moving.
My Sunday so far: work for 4 more hours, meet Chris, spend 4 hours running time-sensitive errands, sit dully on computer playing Neopets because now that I finally have time to clean, I'm too tired to do so. Also I need to find my stupid empty CD cases because I haven't been organizing my found treasures lately so much as shoving them wherever they fit, but I need one by tomorrow. My room has a lot of nooks and crannies and shelves and drawers where a stack of jewel cases might hide.
Total amount of TV I have watched in the past week: this much.
( SurvivorCollapse )
( Criminal MindsCollapse )
I also went ahead and watched the pilot of Reign. I mean, I promptly missed the second episode while trying to beat work, so I am ALREADY behind, but here are my impressions from that first episode:
( pretty darn good, actuallyCollapse )
2. Crap. I think I might watch the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode after all, after seeing the trailer. I cannot explain why.
3. While I was out and about yesterday, I went to a church school sale that's never had such a sale before, so there was lots of stuff and it was a lot of fun to browse. I ended up buying 3 books (I SWEAR I WAS HOPING NOT TO FIND ANY, but c'mon --
1. Little Chief of the Mountains, a picture book withdrawn from this exact school's library, and more importantly a wonderfully advanced/wordy picture book from a naturalist's perspective, c. 1970.
2. A LOOK OF EAGLES!! Horse book I've been specifically trying to find both to read and to own for a while.
3. PHANTOM VALLEY!! There were 3 other books in this series I used to check out from the library as a kid and they terrified me so much I still have nightmares about them sometimes. This one I have not read, so it may not have the same effect, but I am just tickled pink to see it. Plus, this way, I will never forget the name of the series like I have three times before.
The books cost me $1.25. Then I turned around and splurged $5 on this pair of amazing earrings:
Because I was wearing this shirt (old pic, or I would be wearing the earrings to show off), and I like, fell over backwards at how perfectly matched they were; it was like they were sold as a set with that shirt.
Which I guess is hard to communicate with the things the camera does to colors so they don't look like it here, but trust me, they are amazing when worn. Yes, it is really that much of a hassle for me to go change my shirt just to take a picture. Besides, I already unplugged the camera and did the whole endlessly slow transferring/uploading thing; I'm not doing that again until I have to.
). ANYWAY, the point is, while I was there they had a radio playing a station I don't normally listen to, and they kept playing all these fantastic songs I'd never heard but instantly liked, so it finally broke me out of my Glee Sings the Beatles kick and now that station is what I'm listening to in the car. I also felt like they had kind of a weird sad theme going on when they played the following 3 in a row: If I Loved You, Let Her Go, and Gone, Gone, Gone.
Anybody else know and like these songs? (by Delta Rae, Passenger and Phillip Phillips, respectively) Because I love 'em and I can't wait until December to talk about them. My only problem with the first song is that I'm suddenly way more addicted to this live version and I need to...not get attached to live things over CD versions I can actually play away from the computer.
4. Lastly, I WAS working on Glee, but then I took a teensy lil' detour to watch
Revolution, 2x04, "Patriot Games"
( Patriots are frickin' terrifying, yo. As someone is generally proud of her country in real life, it's very confusing.Collapse )
1. How do you like my Poogle's Halloween costume? He's supposed to be a wizard, currently in a trance as he communes with other realms.
( Random quick thoughts on NCIS: LA, Criminal Minds, Survivor, and HIMYM reruns, nothing spoilery.Collapse )-
The other pets* are in costumes too (click each one to see their lookup w/ explanation), but he's my fave.
*Don't mind Jezziica's name/gender disparity; that's my pound foster/lab pet.
( Glee is obviously the only thing important enough to get its own cut. The tldr version is I am obsessed with my Current MusicCollapse )
- Current Music:"Glee Sings The Beatles"
( What it is and why I'm excited! Hint: SMASH.Collapse )
Second, I increased the amount of New Girl I suffered through this week to the last six minutes. It's horrible. I hate it so much*. Like, I kept checking my facial expression when I realized it wasn't totally stone-faced, afraid I might be accidentally smiling, but no -- it was just an unconscious grimace frozen in place.
*I have found Danny Castellano's turn of phrase in the Mindy Project finale increasingly useful in my life. Speaking of which...
The Mindy Project, 2x05, "Weiner Night"
( Despite the title, BWA HA HA HA HA THAT WAS SO GREAT.Collapse )
NCIS, 11x04, "Anonymous Was A Woman"
( The one where Gibbs gets personally involved with something in Afghanistan because Mike Franks.Collapse )
Sleepy Hollow, 1x05, "John Doe"
( oh hey, new favorite episodeCollapse )
How I Met Your Mother, 9x05, "The Poker Game"
( Also great!Collapse )
( 2 Broke Girls in 2 bored lines.Collapse )
First of all, I did actually manage to watch Sleepy Hollow within a week of its premiere -- I fell behind before I could mention it, but now I'm all caught up!
( like everyone else, I'm lovin' itCollapse )
Up next, I finally found time for Revolution. I had three episodes waiting for me, and I'm so glad I did, because the first two ended on crazy wild cliffhangers. And also,
( SEASON TWO IS ON FIRE AND I AM BOTH AMAZED AND VERY PLEASED SO FAR.Collapse )
Turns out I haven't watched Hawaii Five-0 since the end of 2012, but the previews for episode 2 this season showed me Tim Daly in a cowboy hat and full Texas drawl, to which I said YEE-HAW, I will absolutely watch Wild West Pete Wilder bring some Don't Mess With Texas attitude to this joint.
( It was so great.Collapse )
Lastly, I've also been dragging my heels on writing about Survivor, because there was so much I wanted to say, but I never had the time. I am now 4 episodes into "Blood vs. Water," and it's pretty awesome.
( I am happy when Survivor is enjoyable early on!Collapse )