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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.

* = reread or rewatch

to the books!Collapse )
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Zoo & the 2-hour Season 2 Premiere

"We're two minutes in and it's already ridiculous."


It's gonna be a fun night of flailing, y'all. It's been 45 minutes since it ended and after the detours to talk to boyfriend and make this graph, I'm just getting started. So much to unpack!

Shift! In! To! Tur! Bo!

After the first 5 episodes, I temporarily lost the Zeo set so I switched over to Turbo. And ohhhhh, that's it. That's the fandom time I remember. The heart-pounding anticipation of every new episode, the intense level of emotional investment in the first and last five minutes of each one, everyone's hair the ideal length and style -- I'm sure that started somewhere in the latter half of Zeo, but I don't have those episodes and I do have these, and they are kind of making me faint with giddiness at just how hard I'm being transported back to the feeling of being 11. You have GOT to try this with something you loved as a kid but haven't seen in 15-20 years.

I"ll be over here, babbling to myself in peace. I appreciate your willingness to ignore me.Collapse )
All right. Time to break this spell and...get excited...for Zoo. Where there is a new team member, doomed to earn my wrath for existing because my patience for change on television is now zero. If Mitch and Jamie are not together front and center on my screen to placate me, I am taking all of my wrath out on her. Always good to go into new seasons with a chip on your shoulder, right?
I told you this would happen.

I checked in both library systems I'm officially registered in, but they only have the first volumes of MMPR, Zeo and Turbo. Altogether that leaves me with only 74 out of what it turns out are 214 (!) relevant episodes [hereby defined as "before they changed out 4 kids at once"] that they managed to churn out in 4 years, but it's a more complete set than I expected so I called them all in from all over the metro area and now I'm sitting here with a pile of spoils. I keep waiting for the shame trigger to kick in* for admitting I loved it, but every time I see their beautiful faces, any chance of that happening evaporates, so this post is going public. (*I expect it will occur shortly after I wake up, once it's been up for several hours while I can't edit it)

It"s mostly stream of consciousness rambling and so absolutely not the last post I"m going to make about it.Collapse )
I think Reba's about to take a backseat to my newest nostalgic obsession, and how I am going to wrest myself out of this by Tuesday in order to go back to full-time obsession with Zoo is anyone's guess.

Who I am is who I want to be

Having 3 days off of work with no especial plans to go anywhere...is amazing.

To celebrate, here are some TV thoughts I stayed up way too late cooking.

Reba, season 4.Collapse )

I did pretty much nothing today.

But I got done with work in 90 minutes with zero stress about it, and because I already had Thursday night & Friday morning to run around town getting all the window-shopping out of my system, the doing-nothing part was GLORIOUS. I spent 2 hours formatting The Music List (y'all are not even gonna attempt to read it. It was 3500 words at last count. I still have 5 days to accidentally find new music), watched TV to my heart's content, read most of a book, and...admittedly am not proud of the 90 minutes I spent watching animal videos on YouTube (I don't usually get sucked into something THAT unproductive), but then I rallied and spent forever and a day scrapping about on potential TV posts. I'm in the happiest possible place right now. AND I STILL HAVE A FULL DAY OF WEEKEND!!

I should probably try being productive tomorrow, though, because recent experience has taught me that when I have more than one day off I immediately get used to living like I've won the lottery and never have to work again, and grow very resentful to find this fantasy shattered.
...but on the other hand, I only spent 2.5 hours on work today and now EVERYTHING DUE TOMORROW IS DONE. AS OF 3 PM.


That means I have my entire night free, and I can spend all of tomorrow morning scoping out garage sales, and as long as I start work by 1:00 PM I will STILL only have less than one regular day's worth of assignments to do between now and Monday.

asdjfalsdjfaklsdfjaklsjdflksf!!~ I vaguely planned for a free evening on my first night off, but not THIS much freedom. Now I don't even know what to do with myself. Such a rare, precious quantity of truly free time, no stress of things due next day weighing on my mind. How do cope!

Reba: Seasons 2 & 3

Why am I insisting on writing all of them up, IDK, I just really miss TV talk and I'm still mentally blocked on everything else while binging on this beautiful show at an alarming rate.

Various thoughts on season 2Collapse )
Briefer thoughts on season 3, particularly the end because it"s fresh in my mind.Collapse )

Tumblr being Tumblr

Spoilers for Orange Is The New Black. The fact that I"m using a spoiler warning is relevant to the conversation at hand.Collapse )

I logged out of Tumblr and blocked it, but forgot I decided to let myself have it on Sundays. I guess I should probably remedy that.  Now, if you don't need me, I'm going to go back to my happy life watching Reba, where my biggest problem is that the library's season 3 discs are in such bad shape that I've only been able to play about 10/15 episodes so far straight through.

Bookity books

I went to a book sale on Sunday and while most of my stuff is still out in the car, I feel the need to shout my triumphant joy at finding one of the magnificent books featuring my favorite dog author/illustrator combo of the 1930s, Albert Payson Terhune and Diana Thorne: Real Tales of Real Dogs. The cheapest copy I can find online is $25...I got it for $2.

It's not my favorite such book, since it's all sepia drawings and no color plates, but it is still very excellent. It's in relatively good condition though the spine is a touch delicate, and they didn't even have it in their higher-priced "vintage" section (which is still not THAT high priced -- it's like, secondhand bookstore prices, averaging $6 per book).

Also at the sale was a really pretty dark green 1906 edition of Call of the Wild, with really cool plates and one of those covers where they physically paste a color plate on it, for $6. But the spine was, again, delicate, and as neat as it was, I couldn't justify hardcover space for a story that exists infinite editions when I could use that space for an out-of-print one.

...I'm going to regret this decision, aren't I.
Haven't been caught in a work/anxiety spiral in a while, but I have definitely been on the computer for...16 hours so far today, of which 7 were work and the remainder were panicky wandering, running from the terror of how long and hard and oppressive Work Weekend would be. On the bright side, my brain finally short-circuited in protest and desperation for a satisfying treat, so I have spent the past few hours marathoning the first 10+ episodes of my favorite shows from high school, Reba.

I"m so happy I held out for going in chronological order instead of a random season.Collapse )


CBS Comedies, Good or Bad?

This has been a wonderful weekend. Went to the zoo today, had time to spend an hour thrift shopping for the clothing sale, only found one thing but didn't care; it satisfied my curiosity and allowed me to go home happily and keel over with movies & TV. Am running out of steam, but here are some round-up thoughts I couldn't fit into the last post.

1. Over the course of the past month, I finished season 3 of "Mom." I still have nothing to say about it unless you want to talk at me about some aspect of it, but it has become quite a serviceable little show, particularly when one needs (as I do) a low-impact sitcom to lull them to sleep and now apparently needs it to be something new. I'd say Allison Janney came out ahead in the Duel Of Former Mr. Sunshine Leads.

2. That's right, when I ran out of Mom and had literally nothing else, I returned to The Odd Couple (2015).  My expectations were low, but OH GOD IT'S SO TERRIBLE.Has it gotten worse since season 1? Almost definitely.Collapse )

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

I haven't talked about any TV shows besides Survivor since freaking February and it is finally time to remedy that.

Backstory, Layer One: I was unenthused by the backdoor pilot, but ever since I found out they replaced Anna Gunn with Alana de le Garza, I've been hotly anticipating the proper show's release.

Backstory, Layer Two: The last Criminal Minds episode I saw was the Derek's Torture one, and before I could finish processing it, night work swept me up in its cyclone grasp, and so eventually I threw it in cold storage and took the opportunity to start fresh with its spin-off sibling. It was not just good, it went beyond all expectations -- by halfway through the pilot I was head over heels with joy and it has yet to let me down. I even started chewing through episodes on an actual weekly basis, which for me is basically binge watching, and have now seen the entire 13-episode first season.


Holy crap I made it.

Remember Friday's plans? THEY WORKED.just not quite the way I intendedCollapse )

The moral of the story is, I am a gosh-dang CHAMP. I have accomplished 19 hours of work this weekend between the two jobs, while fighting off Midol-requiring symptoms, and I'm still in a relatively good mood and only a tiny bit behind on my regular work! Six more nights and then I WILL HAVE AN ENTIRE REGULAR-SIZED WEEKEND OFF.

TV & movie check-in

Last Survivor catch-up post before finaleCollapse )
Eight Below is a super wonderful movie omg.
ramblings! non-spoileryCollapse )
The Jungle Book is a....not-bad movie.
the new one, I mean. Non-spoilery reaction here.Collapse )
Upfronts took forever to get here this year so now I'm saving my official check of the renew/cancel info until I'm done with the test-scoring project, but media news has a way of getting to my eyeballs in spite of my checks, so I found out that Castle got canceled. I AM SO HAPPY. That is the saddest thing that May 2015 Me could hear, but May 2015 Me didn't know this show was going to explode in a fireball of suckage and be poised to get worse in the future by firing Stana Katic (????), so thank god they're forced to abort mission and provide the happiest possible ending ASAP. I don't know what said ending is, but I assume it is positive. I heard someone say "time jump," and this is probs the only show where that is a good sound.


I retired early with a probably-exhaustion-based headache last night and I fell asleep between 8 and 8:30. Slept until 7 this morning, went out for a 90-minute walk, and generally feel a lot better today. Let's see if I can keep the positivity going for more than a day.

Next goal: pretend all the stuff assigned today is actually due today, and work until my usual deadline, then shower, and hopefully all the time between being done with that and 5pm is free time.


It was going to be "work whirlwind, activate!" but that sounded way less cool. That's my fancy way of saying HOLY COW I NEED TO WORK SO MUCH RIGHT NOW.
a proposed schedule of eventsCollapse )

p.s. I looked up my subject line to make sure it was right, tripped over this, and the amount I now need to watch the Power Rangers movies again is unreal. I will never not love the hell out of every last Turbo Ranger, even more than the original ones. (exception: Kimberly is exactly as beloved as Kat in my heart)

Take over the street, that's how we roll

I don't think I can wait for The Music List to publicly shame myself, I have to tell you about how this song sense-memory attached itself onto my brain and has now been played 20 times today. I got the Furious 7 soundtrack solely for "See You Again," but before I could skip to that, the music of track 1 burst forth, I recognized it as -- I hope -- the song they used for the series recap montage at the beginning of the movie, and now I'm so awash in happy associations that I apparently can't recognize it for the curse-inclusive garbage it is because it has a catchy hook.

It's OK, though, I can tie it to into talking about driving. I'm developing quite a collection of animal world metaphors for freeway driving. Today's observation is that seeing a car pulled over by a cop is kind of like being an antelope seeing a big cat chonking down on a fresh kill. You tense on sight, because it's a predator, but then you realize that they hunt alone within their territory and if this one is newly occupied, it means you are safe for the immediate future and can relax your guard for at least a few minutes.

In completely unrelated news, Eight Below will be the death of me. It has moved into the I WILL NEVER BE HAPPY AGAIN phase of sobbing. The worst part is over and there's a happy ending within the next 40 minutes, but I don't know if I'm gonna make it. TOO MUCH SAD.

May. 10th, 2016

I am 27 minutes into "Eight Below" and I feel the need to inform you that
a) Paul Walker playing kissyface with 8 huskies is making my heart explode. (also, his hair is excellent)
b) I do not know how I am going to make it through the rest of this movie without a fluffy husky to cuddle myself, or even a tiny dog to pet
c) I have been introduced to every dog by name how am I going to handle this movie given that at least one of them dies
d) The only flaw so far is that Jason Biggs is in this movie, and completely intolerable. Can we leave him stranded with the dogs?

Furious 7

Mini review: So we not even gonna try and be slightly believable anymore, huh?

I"ll be serious at the end. But first, we laugh.Collapse )
Oh no. I might have to buy a ticket to Furious 8 when it comes out next year? I thought for sure I'd peace out with Brian, but apparently if Dom's in so am I. I'm just not ready to let go.

In the meantime, I could go back and watch the first movie with renewed appreciation of how all the characters fit together when nobody knew how big it would become. Look at them finding their way! Look at their little baby faces! Wait, this series used to be about underground street racing and maybe some black market/theft rings? Haha. What quaint crimes.

I am now very tired.

To celebrate night #1 without a night job, I...sat around being incredibly ineffectual all day, even worse than a normal Monday, because I gave myself foolish permission to work on Goodreads reviews without a time limit. Then at 5 I shrugged, declared FREE TIME, and spent 4 hours happily exhausting myself.
stuff I didCollapse )----------------

If there is such a thing as reading soulmates, I have found mine.Collapse )
And now...oh god so much work.


I WANT A FANDOM TO PLAY IN. I mean, if I had a fandom it would probably somehow be at least 80% slash, because fandom creates the same number of ships:characters ratio regardless of how imbalanced the genders are, but at least there would be more gifsets. In lieu of that, I will have to create my own playground to revisit later.

Extremely Unwieldy Thoughts on Fast & Furious 6Collapse )

My problem is...

...I keep biting off more than I can chew, post-wise, and then I find myself mired in a mess of text -- surely I do not need all this text?! I could be more succinct! I could stop writing this aside right now -- even though I haven't said half of what I want to say yet, and then I get frustrated or run out of time and just go, "screw it, this is not good enough for public consumption," give up halfway through and mark it private (i.e. saved draft), but never get aroudn to finishing it. 7 out of my last 25 updates are private right now.

I am hoping to rectify that tonight, as I am all done with work & social obligations and about to have two nights off the night job before the next project starts, but in case I don't...this post has been your warning.

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