[edit: in fairness, before pursuing this hypothesis, I should probably make sure of my own male-to-female ratio of favorites when I'm limited to one per show. Because as I think about it, for current shows it might only be Glee and CSI where I am All About The Dudes, and I'm just thrown off by the high concentration there]
Specifically, though, the comments made me remember that really fantastic Vote Barney campaign post I made in 2009. Ultimately it was in vain, but y'know, I usually forget that part because I had so much fun embellishing that post.
( and other rambling + warning for people who like Rosa DiazCollapse )
In happier news, while 2013 was a pretty poor year for movies and there were hardly any I was super excited to see, this year I've already found THREE that I am super enthused about.
1. Maleficent -- Mom and I are gonna see this even though it apparently doesn't come out for ages. I don't normally like Angelina Jolie, but Disney does great live action and I think she'll be perfect for the role. That said, I have not actually ever watched the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty. I have only read the illustrated story of the Disney version in my Walt Disney Storybook. Should I do that, or hold off?
2. Noah -- not as a biblical movie, of course, and I definitely am leery about that "by the director of Black Swan" credit that means I'll be researching the hell out of the rating, but as a great disaster movie with bonus historical costumes. And Emma Watson!
3. Pompeii -- Not only does this look like a great action movie, especially on the big screen. JON SNOW IS IN IT SO I DON'T HAVE TO WATCH GAME OF THRONES TO SEE HIS GORGEOUS FACE + PERFECT HAIR. Also he's the actual main character. Also it's not rated R, which is even better. Bonus: Our old AAA Lost buddy, Mr. Eko.
And the real reason I'm posting...
How I Met Your Mother, 9x20, "Daisy"
( I expected it to be good, but I did not expect it to be THAT GOOD.Collapse )
I checked out season 2 of Friends from the library, after having finally made my peace with the early seasons and accepted that they are NOT all weird anomalies that seem like a precursor to the "real" Friends. Mostly because after checking out a few DVDs, I have finally figured out the chronology of this show and which events happened in which season.But the MOST exciting part is: I DISCOVERED MULTIPLE EPISODES I HAVE NEVER SEEN. Like many long-running shows I met in syndication, they have just managed to skirt past me in some kind of blind spot. I never even know I've missed them. Until a miracle happens and I discover them.
( Let's talk!Collapse )
Bonus tiny clip for Survivor talk:
OH MAN. Three boots in, and the three people I dislike are out. I'm pretty sure this has literally never happened before.
Also, it was super heartwarming and wonderful to see the Brains tribe screaming for joy over not losing for the first time ever.
HOWEVER: as of now, I am rallying super hard for Dan Humphrey, because due to my never having watched season 6 and therefore accepting none of it as canon, the series finale was definitely some of the most glorious crack that has ever graced television, and I am basking in/cackling over glorious creations like these:
( Additional feelings, featuring great campaign comments and some praise for people I've never heard of but now love.Collapse )
Lastly, Chris came over for a few minutes to cheer me up tonight, and he brought me Diet Coke to try and make me feel better. (Now, what you need to know for this joke to work is that my mom used to be pretty much addicted to Diet Coke, then read a lot of horror stories online about how bad/addictive it is -- Coke specifically -- and successfully quit, with no desire to ever drink it again. She claims it doesn't bother her that I still drink it, since I don't drink as much). My mom later said, "I saw you put something in the cupboard. What did he bring you?"
Me, very cheerfully: "The devil's brew."
As this is pretty much an accurate assessment of her feelings about it, she understood what I meant right away.
9x19, "Vesuvius": ( finally got good againCollapse )
( 2 Broke Girls, 3x17-18, sucky againCollapse )
Finally, I caught up some on Intelligence.
( Does not include the most recent episode.Collapse )
- Current Music:"Rawhide," if you squint
( Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty is kinda fun so far. I'm sure that won't last.Collapse )
And I know these aired weeks ago, but I've only caught up this far on them:
HIMYM, 9x17, "Sunrise"
( Hot streak OVER.Collapse )
2 Broke Girls and the ATM
( 3x16Collapse )
The Mindy Project, 2x14, "The Desert"
( NOOOOOOOCollapse )
My other fave treasure is the 90's Pop & Culture Box, a magnificent 7-CD set that attempts to be a sample of All The Music of the 90s with a mixture of radio hits and indie songs from various genres. While surprisingly heavy on the lesser known (I've never heard of more than half), I checked it out specifically for some radio hits I enjoyed but don't have, and I've really been enjoying this nostalgia kick.
And with that, my post is suddenly going in a whole different direction than it was going to go an hour ago.
( BEHOLD!Collapse )
- Current Music:Right Said Fred - "I'm Too Sexy"
Does that not sound like heaven?
And now, for some loooooong overdue television. I am now watching so little television that I would almost need to watch in reverse to go any slower -- or in my case, now I not only don't have time to stay caught up on even five shows, sometimes I'm watching episodes multiple times because one viewing just isn't enough for thorough grokking.
Criminal Minds, "200"
( a/k/a it's JJ's turn to get kidnappedCollapse )
How I Met Your Mother, 9x15, "Unpause"
( Screw tomorrow - we go big tonight.Collapse )
9x16, "How Your Mother Met Me"
( This 200th episode was so much better than the one on Criminal MindsCollapse )
You know what, we're just gonna keep this train of joy going. Guess which show FINALLY stopped being terrible for a while?
( 2 Broke Girls, 3x14-15Collapse )
i finished work, then had a delightful time taking a walk in the TOTALLY ABOVE FREEZING weather once the snow started falling all thick and soft and wet. After that, I shoveled twice (I didn't know how heavy it would get, so I wanted to get ahead of the game -- fyi, it's been 7+ hours and is still coming down), and made brownies and went back out in the snow to knock the heavy stuff off the branches of bushes that were bent double under its weight. In my vigor, I accidentally scared out one little bird I didn't see in the arborvitae that went shooting past my head with alarmed chirping.
During my walk I had passed one super-happy black lab playing Frisbee with its owner, and that memory inspired me to go play in my own yard. I had to wade through thigh-high snow in the backyard to reach some of the bushes, so with that done I just cut loose and went all out, charging through like a little kid (or a happy lab), and delighting in the fact that the snow was so thick, you could literally do a dead man's fall backwards and have a huge cushion beneath you. In fact, doing a more calculated fall left you with the sense that you were sitting in a very comfy armchair (there are no fewer than three butt prints where I did just that, looking up at the darkened sky and laughing for the sheer joy of it)
Also, I am not sure whether to find it maddening or hilarious that after washing my hair this morning, I have gotten it completely soaked by falling snow three times since then. I'm going with hilarious, along with the hope that natural rainwater/snow makes your hair softer. It certainly doesn't feel any worse for the wear, at any rate.
In conclusion: it was a good day, and now I have a whole free evening (or most of one) to catch up on liek 29037832 TV episodes and a stack of what feels like about 10 books at this point.
Goodwill has made some changes lately.
( Like most change, it's generally negative.Collapse )
But despite all that, I have still gone a couple of times, when the weather isn't murderous and I can actually walk to it.
( Books + board games = FUN!Collapse )
Also, I have a new car now, but I must wait until I have sufficient sunlight so I can take pictures of it before I spill any details.
I still feel weird and out of sorts about everything and how much I've missed. I have literally posted three times in almost a MONTH. I have squillions of Notepad docs filled with random rambling, but I have no idea how to sort it into posts. I think I just need to wipe it clean, pretend a fire burned through the area, and start fresh.
SO: to begin with, I backdated my one and only TV post of the year, so you probably missed it. Which is too bad! Because there's a lot of stuff in it. Now, spoilers are a risk if you just looked at the post URL, so I have v. helpfully taken a screenshot -- because the cut text is important too -- and provided you with links to each section below, because that's how important I think my words are to you:
I have watched a few more episodes of shows beyond that, but for the most part, my existence is pretty Spartan and instead of good TV, I'm watching sitcom reruns. I also have not been reading -- I miss books so much. It's like I've literally forgotten how to read, and I wish I hadn't put a reading challenge on Goodreads because every time I visit the site it just mocks me how far behind I am. I've never been behind before! I've always been many books ahead! I just have no TIME to do anything except WORK, because it takes me days just to scrape up enough consecutive time to escape and go on a walk or meet Chris, both of which take priority, and both of which also exhaust me so that when I'm done, I just collapse.
BUT: one thing I have done is start to marathon season 4 of Community with Chris. Not in time to catch up and watch season 5 live, sadly, but at least I'm kinda less behind than before. I'm also pleased (or is it saddened?) to discover that I can't tell a difference between Harmon-less variety of Community vs. the original, but I'm not sure if that's just a by product of marathon watching, which I've never done before, and I know that marathon viewing always makes shows seem better.
SHORTHAND SPOILERY VERSION --
1. Taylor Swift singing "All Too Well." Beautiful song (brings the tears), beautiful dress, and by far the best she's ever sounded live.
2. Katy Perry's dark magic/possibly devil-summoning performance (minus the rapper). The actual performance and staging, not the song or the singing or anything. But for the first time ever, she legitimately impressed me and I could not stop thinking "this is the greatest thing that has ever happened."
3. Pink's jaw-dropping aerial/acrobatic performance of "Try."
4. "Royals" winning multiple things
5. The Pharell/Daft Punk/Stevie Wonder performance. Dance party time!
6. Blurred Lines not winning anything
7. Kacey Musgrave's fabulously gaudy 4-H/county fair outfit
8. Yoko Ono gettin' her groove on
9. Sara Bareilles singing with Carole King. Sara sounded beautiful, and they both just seemed so happy to be performing together. The only thing better than one classy/musically wholesome lady singing on stage at the Grammys is two!
10. Everything the two people formerly known as Beatles did. What fun performances, even if they weren't the kind that will stick with me.
In no particular order:
-Robin Thicke performing "Blurred Lines," which is just gross in principle. 100% skipped it.
-Beyonce's grimy-looking mating dance of a performance. I skipped it live but did a quick skip-through of it on YouTube after seeing .gifs/hearing everyone praise it to kingdom come, and yeah, there is a very good reason I did not subject myself to that in real time.
-The screaming "Radioactive" performance; serious headache trigger
-Whatever nonsense Macklemore's 10 minutes were devoted to; I'm moving on without comment.
-Lorde performing "Royals." Its awfulness was mesmerizing. Between the terrible arrangement, her weak voice, her corpse-like appearance and her spastic, jerking not-quite-dance movements in place, I am hard pressed to decide what the worst factor was.
-Taylor Swift, Lana del Rey, and Sara Bareilles losing out everywhere. >:(
//END SPOILERY PREVIEW SECTION
( Some of the performances were amazing, and some of them were the worst things on earth. Preview: Taylor Swift and Katy Perry were on on side; Beyonce and Lorde were on the other.Collapse )
( BLARGHY WHINING ABOUT THAT.Collapse )
Anyway. The point is, despite the van throwing a fit, I was able to hit up Savers today to take advantage of their pre-sale for MLK day, 50% off clothing/non-jewelry accessories/shoes/bed & bath. I spent roughly 3 hours there, and after much agonizing, managed to come in under my budget.
( Pretty much all shirtsCollapse )
The Middle, Sleepless in Orson + War of the Hecks
( tonight's episode made me so angry I'm considering breaking up with the showCollapse )
The Mindy Project
( The training one was super cute, and then the next episode happened.Collapse )
NCIS, 11x12-13, Kill Chain/Double Back
( Part 1 was super great! Part 2 was like 'I will burn Utica to the ground.'Collapse )
Criminal Minds, 9x12, "The Black Queen"
( Penelope gets backstory. Canon rejected.Collapse )
( DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE.Collapse )-
How I Met Your Mother, 9x14, "Slappointment in Slapmarra"
( this one I actually found ULTRA MEGA DELIGHTFUL, but apparently it offended The InternetCollapse )
Also 2 Broke Girls continued its routine of sucky boredom, as illustrated by the following plot summary: Max finds herself wanting to be more than just friends with her pastry school partner, Deke. Meanwhile, Caroline is "hot for teacher" - the married Chef Nicholas.
( Finally, the Glee showrunners have unveiled their plan for the rest of the year and somehow it's worse than the split season.Collapse )
Coming in the next post: shows that have not made me angry yet, a/k/a "Revolution, assuming tonight's episode that I haven't watched yet didn't do something stupid."
P.S. Today was a really nice day. Chris used some vacation time to take today off, so despite the fact that it was all of about 10 degrees, we went on a short walk -- between half a mile and a mile on the bike path that goes behind the restored barn/farmhouse, ending at the coffee shop for hot drinks. We talked for a while, then stopped at Half Price Books to look around (and I bought nothing! SUCCESS), on account of how I have been going crazy not being able to get out of the house all month, and went back to my place for a little while. I loaded him down with his choice of books from my cull pile, from which he actually took something like ten for either himself or family members; I was surprised but pleased. Kind of an unexpected way to repay the Christmas gift.
( The Books of 2013: Survey Says!Collapse )
Total books read: 120
Month w/ most books: Janaury (16)
Month w/ fewest books: June & September (3)
Shortest book admissible to list: Riff, Remember - 107 pages.
Longest: Either Fangirl, at 438, or Tschiffely's Ride, at 328 but really small font; one Goodreads edition pins it at 532 pages.
Books by male authors vs. female authors: shrank to a 1 : 4 ratio (25 vs. 101).
Most common publication decade: 2010s (45%, with 4% from 2013)
A List of Half Hour Comedies I Have Loved And Would Watch In Reruns Forever
( So, what sort of humor does RS like? Let's find out.Collapse )
P.S. I just heard an owl outside my window, so clearly staying up all night was worth it.
P.S. CBS is choosing to roll a full hour of 2 Broke Girls reruns out before the show starts. A+. I forgot how much I like the one where they (almost) go the Grammys -- even Caroline's rapping doesn't seem so awful now, since they escape the diner setting so early and it's basically just them & the guest stars the whole time.
People's Choice Awards 2014
( that was at least 90% mega delightful and I am coming back here every year from now onCollapse )
( in bullet pointsCollapse )
I haven't been outside in 3 days because of my mountains of work, so I haven't experienced it firsthand, but I did accidentally stay up all night on Sunday to catch up, so I got to watch the newscasters shiver and feel very, very happy that I don't work outside the house. Speaking of staying up all night, here are some of the random thoughts I came up with:
( mostly about sitcomsCollapse )
Also, I accidentally watched the pilot of "Intelligence" because in the middle of NCIS, they played an extended promo and there was some kind of missing-wife angst mentioned, at which point they zoomed in on a picture and I yelped, "Wait, is that Zu -- IS THAT ZULEIKHA ROBINSON." Well, yup. CBS is playing all the dirty tricks to roll me in, on top of the fact that it normally airs Mondays at 9 so I have zero timeslot conflicts, and they got me.
Things I enjoy so far:( no spoilers beyond what you see in the extended promoCollapse )
Still too hard to do the book survey. (why do I read so much, again?) I caught up on some Sleepy Hollow instead.
( 3 episodes' worth, so now I'm only two behindCollapse )
Request: can anyone link me to some SH icons that are either Death's horse (preferably alone, but acceptable with rider) or Ichabod & Katrina in the same icon? I've got one of the horseman but I'm jonesing for at least one alternate. I'd sell my soul if there was one of the horse rearing in the background while the Horseman rises from the river. Or the horse rearing alone in that scene. That's my favorite spooky moment to date.