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Standard rules apply: Bold means I loved it, italicized means I really liked it, plain text indicates good to just okay, and strikethrough means it was awful. Titles will eventually be linked to my Goodreads reviews. [UPDATE: I am so, so bad at updating this list. Goodreads is super accurate, though!]

* = reread or rewatch

to the books!Collapse )
to the movies!Collapse )

Other CBS shows I've been watching

Because I haven't time to really talk about TV in like 2 weeks. Though I did just finish & backdate a Criminal Minds post here.

Next 2 rounds of NCIS that should have been behind a cut, oops.Collapse )
I've also been dutifully keeping up with Survivor while being HELLA bored with it, but I think it finally turned on the charm.
musingsCollapse )

*Phoebe Buffay voice* "Oh, no."

Turns out it takes a long time to reread all your Private Practice reviews, even skimming. Long enough to forget about why you started. Turns out you occasionally screencapped the Pete/Violet moments. And that diverts your attention into a different kind of YouTube tour than you planned, spiraling back to where it all began because good lord when this relationship was on, it was on.

Nostalgic reflectionsCollapse )
tl;dr now I'm stuck staying up all night to finish work because I quit at like 8pm to start on TV and just...never stopped.
It has seriously been a decade, and I still watch or at least am amenable to more shows on CBS than any other network. I thought maybe this would be the year I finally lost or dropped more than I replaced, but apparently I just turned around and picked up another one.

Last night, post-NCIS: LA (which is too much for me to talk about coherently yet), I suffered through Madam Secretary for the first time -- and I do mean suffered, like there is a reason my instincts warned me away from this show, because political shows are like nothing on the planet in terms of dryness and boredom -- because the promos were like “who wants some Attractive Husband/Dad Tim Daly + his children being in danger action?" and I was like SIGN ME UP FOR THAT; I’m down with that plotline on literally any show.

Long story short I came out the other side with a new ship.Collapse )--------------
In other news, during my limited Mental Relief Time, I have become obsessed with cockatoos on YouTube, specifically Gotcha and Max. I could watch Max throw fits all day. This a strange life turn. (but also: AMAZING! I have never cared about pet birds before in my life, but I love how versatile they are in using their beaks and claws to climb like tiny feathery monkeys)
*a lyric that could be accurately spoken by Luke Alvez, were he not too humble to say so

the next two episodes of Criminal Minds a.k.a. I am obsessed with new character Luke and you should be too.Collapse )

I request the highest of fives.

Raise your hand if you've worked more than 5.5 hours before 8 AM!  IT'S TERRIBLE.

it"s actually more terrible when you consider that I have a heck of a lot more than 2.5 hours to go before I can stop.Collapse )

It would be more, but at one point I got so frustrated googling & trying to make sense of this person's vague explanation of what their question about some weird side bet rule in Blackjack was that I just started playing free internet Blackjack instead, and got sucked into it for 40 minutes. (If this were real Blackjack, I would be at least $50 richer right now. And clearly there's no difference between computer gambling and real gambling, right?)



I've kind of fallen off the Supergirl wagon with no real plans to catch up, because there is so little time each month to do anything ever other than stress about work, but I happened upon a TV Line article published after the premiere, and may I just say...

hehCollapse )


I'm caught up on the first 3 episodes of NCIS: Original Flavor now, and for the first time ever, it has become the least enticing of the franchise. Terrible new character/casting ideas, guys. Terrible.

Season 14: off to a shambling start.Collapse )
In more positive media news, apparently Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children author) is coming to one of my very local libraries this month! That's pretty neat. I might have to go.

Also I was very well behaved and only bought two more things at the clearance sale today. With CDs at a dollar, my goal was to find some new music to take an educated guess of a chance on, and I think I picked wisely: mystery singer Butterfly Boucher's "Flutterby," based on sufficient visual evidence that she fit my preferred singer-songwriter genre, and Sarah Harmer's "All Of Our Names" -- I have loved the latter's song "Basement Apartment" since college, and though it is not on this CD, there's a good chance I'd like other things she sings.

Half Price Books Clearance Event, Day 1

Did not get out anywhere near as early as I would have liked -- I worked 6.75 hours yesterday, took a break for a 2-mile walk, exhausted myself and ended up lying in bed for 2 hours before falling asleep for the night at 6:30pm. Didn't get up until 5:30, and then I wasn't efficient enough so even though I spent the same amount of time working as I did yesterday, I didn't reach the point at which I could stop until 2:30pm -- but I managed to get to the sale 2.5 hours before closing. I debated just staying home and powering through work in hopes of leaving earlier tomorrow, but I suspected if I did that my motivation would just die for the night within a couple of hours and I wouldn't get out before 1:30 at best on Saturday anyway, and this way I got better selection.

With that being said: here are some boring words about the pleasantly minimal number of things I bought. Today.Collapse )


Magical Media

I am presently reading Don't Fail Me Now, and 100 pages in it is so fantastic I need to make a post about it.

I am getting that heart-exploding-for-joy feeling.Collapse )
Meanwhile, I saw Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children last night, and it was SO WONDERFUL. I decided not to reread the book first, after I heard there were some major changes of some kind, and just trust my gut, and that gut was right. Going in, there were gaps in my memory where plot should be and I couldn't really remember why I'd given the book 5 stars -- but I walked out of the theater like "DAMN, SON, THAT IS WHY." It's still hard to pinpoint exactly why -- I just know all the brilliant pieces added up into a masterpiece and blew me away.

but you know I"m gonna try to pinpint some reasons anywayCollapse )

I came home nearly bouncing off the walls with excitement, my mind swimming with happy memories. And then, in a truly rare moment of being able to immediately satisfy a media craving, I remembered I own the book. So I snatched it up and dove right back into the world I had just left, soaking up the more detailed translation of the story, until I nodded off to sleep happy as a clam, about 60 pages in.
Lastly, we should talk about all the previews before this movie. Starting with: hey, you. Would you like to be forced to randomly burst into tears out of the blue? Watch the trailer for A Dog's Purpose.

The immediate effect that it had on me is frankly alarming.Collapse )

The Music of 2016: Q3

Better late than never? I had this done a week ago except for YouTube links. I knew I should have buckled down and finished it / put it in the queue that night.

I completely burned out on the overstimulation of Spotify's "Discover Weekly" feature in late July and have yet to go back to it, which is reflected here in a sudden drop in quantity, alongside more of a shift back to full CDs. And, of course, the miniature artist revival that happened in August, which I'll leave as a surprise for people who don't remember. Anyway, have fun with this, as always!

a very manageable 25 or so today, plus 3 CD recsCollapse )

A problematic realization

Apparently my supernova of a reignited obsession with NCIS: LA/Deeks/Eric Christian Olsen* has batted this year's Billy Burke phase out of sight. I'm over here all NO, STOP, COME BACK, I WASN'T DONE, but my brain is just like "nope. Recalibrating sensors for interest in 30-something dudes with no existing kids who are currently thinking about babies and loaded with feelings."
Brain: Yes, under duress, but most of the time he is a grumpy badger. You know you want to let him go hibernate and embrace the world of easy, optimistic, non-snarky banter for a while.
Me: *assorted grumbles of compliance*

and now for a tangent on the wavy-haired darlings who star on NCIS: LA.Collapse )


I had to work 17+ hours between Thursday & Friday with another 3 on Saturday morning to make it happen, but I got my work squared away for the day by noon on Friday and was completely done by 12:30pm on Saturday, giving me the equivalent of one regular person weekend.  It was amazing and I celebrated by, between the 2 days...

short version: going to ALL OF THE PLACES TO BUY OLD STUFFCollapse )
Now can I pleeeeeease talk about TV while I wait for my NCIS: LA ship to roll in? (I haven't been actually excited for a TV show to air live for almost a month. Probably a bad sign.)
Survivor, first 2 weeks of MILLENIALS vs. GEN X and oh my god I am so excited for those terms to disappear forever.Collapse )
Criminal Minds season 12 premiereCollapse )
In "shows that are dumb" news, why can't I stop seeing The Good Place. Every time I turn the TV on, it's there. I'm not exaggerating.except for that one night I found Kevin Can Wait instead, which was not really an improvementCollapse )
My ship content has rolled in, by the way, so let's dissect it. In more words than I've probably written about this show in my entire blog tenture.

NCIS: LA, 8x03, "The Queen's Gambit"The NELLVERINE IS AWESOME hour. Also there is some Densi I guess.Collapse )
Watching the promo for NCIS: LA 8x03 again, because apparently F all the shows I claimed I was going to watch I'm just gonna commit myself full time to a ship that is literally sailing away toward hiatus, when my eye is caught by two recommended videos for NCIS: New Orleans featuring Percy and LaSalle and some very unexpected wording.

What the damn hell?Collapse )


Eh, I'll ghost tomorrow.

eMusic.com just sent me their best offer yet -- $100 in bonus credit for rejoining at the $11.99/month membership price -- so HELL YEAH time to drown myself in a deluge of song downloads. Did I mention that songs at membership price are only 49 to 89 cents? And that I can easily cancel in the next month to avoid any additional charges? (but my music credit disappears when I do, so I gotta spend it quick)

Real life shopping spree!Collapse )
Speaking of thrifty buys, I found "Life Partners" at the dollar store. I don't often love indie movies small and low budget enough to become Dollar Tree fodder, but when I do...

Self Reminders/Motivation To Get To Work:
a) there is a YMCA fundraiser garage sale at the fairgrounds this weekend, starting Thursday. It's open until 7pm the first two nights. I want to go to there.
b) my deadline for purging some books is Sunday, because next weekend is Half Price Books Clearance Event. I am very, very excited. And more importantly, I need to remember to TAKE PHOTOS OF THE HAUL / WRITE ABOUT IT, because I'm really sad at how few and far between my posts about my collecting excursions have become and I want to be able to relive the rush of acquisition.
Due to life commitments blowing up, I've missed 3 episodes of Supergirl, but I figured the odds of me watching them on my own before next week, or even taking a Youtube tour, were lower than my odds of developing a block about it and never watching it again, so I just jumped in where I was when I got home at 7:55.

Today"s episode focus is the one where The Flash comes to visit.Collapse )

It's that time of year. Densi Time.

Last week, when work was being particularly insane and unmanageable, my self control snapped and I decided to randomly find out everything that happened with Kensi & Deeks in season 7. All at once. Despite my original plan to actually watch some of the episodes from last year so as maximize my exposure to their shared screen footage.

Wading through the tag was slow at first, and I was starting to worry that I had gone unspoiled because it was a dry year, but then I landed on this post and it gave me a pretty solid launching pad of their most important moments in gif form, which led to YouTube clips.

Now departing the harbor: the 2015-2016 shipping tour.Collapse )
Today, I decided to rewatch some of the clips only to be informed that the new season has started. I clicked on one clip just to try it and WHAT IS THIS 2-EPISODE FESTIVAL OF SHIPPING GLORY.

Unrelated: my comedy-syndication channels have made some changes to their pre/post-primetime evening lineups and for my own sake, I need to record them because this is more relevant than primetime scheduling at this point.
stupid CWCollapse )
Finally: the only new show I've managed to watch so far this season is The Good Place. Not intentionally, I was just really desperate for some TV that was on the actual TV, and I missed Superstore's premiere (which I have since watched and adored) but happened to catch this nonsense two nights in a row.thoughts, not very spoilery or longCollapse )
I basically vanished off the internet for a week because I was so busy either working or trying to get ready for this weekend. I did it, and everythng went according to plan or better so I had a completely perfect weekend, but now it's Monday and I didn't have time to catch up on anything online-related so I'm hiding out from both Tumblr and my email in order to concentrate on the only thing I actually finished, albeit not in time to catch up with the show.

Season 13 finale of NCIS, "Family First"
lie down try not to cry
But in that really good, beautiful, wonderful way.Collapse )

Coolest title, coolest CD art, and songs I 100% love. It also somehow feels the most Celtic, even though fully half of it is heavily Mediterranean/Middle East influenced.

album art and track by track analysis hereCollapse )
(queued post because otherwise I'll forget like I forgot my 10th(!) anniversary of joining LJ)

It's the one year anniversary of the day my swift descent into Twilight Trash became inevitable. To celebrate, here is the Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 review that I wrote in its entirety but never got around to posting in January because I wanted to watch the film one more time to make sure I hadn't forgotten anything from the notes. Only I didn't get around to checking it out again before work and fandom took over so eventually I just shrugged and left it unfinished. And we all know that until I process a thing in writing, I can't move on to its sequel.

So now here I sit, the canon territory 88% explored and then abruptly abandoned without a backward glance, leaving me somehow perfectly content with one last movie on the line that I may never see.


Oh right, almost forgot to post the actual review.

Cullen rambles.docCollapse )
What has technically six parts and abruptly disappeared in February after I forgot to queue the last third of it? THIS PROJECT. You can click this link if you forgot what the series is about (other parts are under the Loreena tag).

I am not as familiar with this album as others because it doesn't have as many standout favorites, and nearly all of the songs are supersized at 6-8 minutes. I do know that with the notable exception of Bonny Swans and perhaps Santiago, this is by and large a very slow and peaceful collection of ballads, lots of high vocals and fewer easily identified lyrics. According to The Internet, she "drew her inspiration for this album from 15th century Spain, where the cultures of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam coexisted uneasily, tied together by a common tradition of religious mysticism."

album art and track by track analysis hereCollapse )

News Items, Personal and Pop Culture

1. Despite actively working for 6 hours today, I still have 85% of an entire day's worth of work overdue because it is so hard and/or full of problems that rely on responses from other people to fix, and also stupid hard. Plus no editing progress on the stuff due tomorrow.

2. I guess Naya Rivera wrote a memoir? and I am gonna read it as soon as I can get it through a library, because Glee alum, even though nothing the media has gleefully reported about its content is doing anything to elevate my impression of her as a not-that-great person.

apparently singing a snappy duet does not fix conflicts IRLCollapse )

3. I haven't checked out what Rachelle LeFevre's been up to in a while, so imagine my shock today when I saw the newest entry on her IMDB is AN AWESOME-SOUNDING MOVIE STARRING DIANNA AGRON WHERE SHE HAS 2ND BILLING, "Hollow in the Land." Unite ALL the pretty ladies! *fist pump*

4. Oh and also: Billy Burke to Guest Star On Chicago P.D.

Lemme just double check my reaction to tripping over that headline...
Now to investigate if he's taking the evil route or picking up the badge & shield again:
[vagueish role details]character gets caught up in a murder case ... playing a legendary retired baseball player

I'm gonna go with evil, but I'm okay with it, because everybody's got a dark side. Should he ever stop managing to star in movies on an annual basis during the off season, he should feel free to make the crime show circuit his bread and butter a la Michael Welch..


Maybe I'm not the worst thing ever!

I have only a week left to finish out NCIS before the new year starts, and I don't think that's enough time to process the finale given the spoilers I know about it, but I'm going to try. Just as soon as I bundle all my thoughts on the trilogy before it in case the finale shatters all coherent thought about what came before.

NCIS, 13x21-23
this snowball just kinda kept spiraling. like a mixed metaphorCollapse )
Speaking of Malibu Country, I finished it. I'm not sad it's over, but it remained a pleasant ride to the end.
a bit more in the way of ramblesCollapse )
Lastly, for no reason at all except paranoia, I continue to put off finishing my remaining R&I books.Having a book fandom is weird. All the rules change.Collapse )
Supergirl, 1x13-14 + a sneak peek at 15, a.k.a. MY EMOTIONS. My non-shippy emotions!

I took great notes but then I accidentally deleted them while I was editing and shuffling the 20 other documents tonight, so please enjoy this recreation that is way longer than it needs to be.Collapse )
On a completely different and worse note: I've been accidentally watching Two and a Half Men reruns again, mostly due to being too lazy to change the channel after Community, but also because they're currently running season 1 and it's BLOWING MY MIND.

how is it so...not completely horrible?Collapse )

Random Stuff Collection

I'm busy organizing and condensing my frillion documents that contain Zoo thoughts, so to start with, here's another edition of a classic ship meme, last filled out here.

I. Choose 5 OTPs without looking at the questions:
1. Mitch/Jamie [Zoo]
2. Jackson/Chloe [Zoo]
3. Deeks/Kensi [NCIS: LA]
4. Amy/Jonah [Superstore]
5. Miles/Rachel [Revolution]

20 questions ahoyCollapse )
II. Also, I wrote up a thing in July that I really should have posted then, because the best answer is "Supergirl, literally Supergirl herself," but I'm going to post it now anyway. For discussion purposes! Because I could still use more examples. And because I like my phrasing too much to let it die in a recycling bin without seeing the light of day.

Talk at me about shows that focus on female characters pining after men instead of the other way around, and it is portrayed as the beginning of an epic romance.Collapse )
III. So the Rizzoli & Isles series finale aired last Monday, and hanging out in the Tumblr tag was a good way to repress my anxiety about Zoo.

spoilers for how it ends...are referenced even though this is actually about a specific exit interviewCollapse )

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