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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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to the movies!Collapse )
February 2016: The number of mental blocks I have on TV right now is RIDICULOUS. I need to undam some of them if it kills me. I AM STRONGER THAN HEART-HURTY TELEVISION.

Except I'm not, because after getting through several more episodes, #9 took me out on March 11th. Back up the heart-dam went and stayed there, until I finally gathered the strength to tear down another section of it. Thus, having sat on this title and cut text for far too long, I present an incomplete and emotional commentary on 13x09, "Day in Court," after which I'll have a follow-up post to discuss the other details of the ones I skipped over.

Maybe we got lost in translation, maybe I asked for too much.Collapse )

This has been a successful unblocking.

If you would like my thoughts on episodes 16-18 of this past season of Criminal Minds, they are here. Otherwise, I was physically and mentally exhausted but completely unable to sleep last night, so I ended up watching the rest of the season.

That"s a wrap on year 11. Good work!Collapse )
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The best part is that I've successfully reduced my summer hiatus/cliffhanger anxiety wait time by over 50%. Always the one upside to being weeks behind on good shows. Now...off to see if I can unblock NCIS. That requires more writing before watching, though. Darn.
Me 2 days ago: there is zero complaining about racism or misogyny or homophobia to be found [in the Zoo fandom on Tumblr].
Question: would it be OK if I was the one who started yelling about misogyny

WRATHCollapse )
(because why use lyrics from this show in a post about its music when I could promote Olivia Lane instead)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Song Impressions: Part II
(in case you missed the earlier one here it is)

20 more! That must be almost all of them, right?Collapse )
About a thousand years ago (or literally 3 months), I watched a ton of clips from this show and wrote like six starter drafts but never had any time to post about it because I was working 24/7. Today I remembered I still hadn't gotten around to it, so today is where we record my Dive Into A Brand New Fandom, so that I may review it later, when I'm one year older and can't remember anything that happened in this era without it.

Semi-boring background info to orient us in how I came to be aware of this show and why this post is not an episode review.Collapse )

Or you can just skip to the part where I flail about songs.Collapse )

And the walls came tumbling down

Zoo, 2x04, "The Walls of Jericho"
There was so much packed into this episode that by the point I was sure it must be almost over, I checked the clock and...it had been twenty minutes.

ZOO WHAT R U DOING 2 MY EMOTIONZ.Collapse )

Eternal Obsession Love

New episode of Zoo in under two hours! And yes, I have pretty much reached the point where all of my anticipation revolves around Zoo and I have countdown clocks on Tuesday and everything; my TV obsession needs an outlet. It actually needs 10-12 outlets for max. stability, so when I concentrate all of that energy in one spot, I get a little frenzied.
Further rambling over here.Collapse )
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Speaking of diversifying my TV portfolio, I tried to rouse some interest in the new American Gothic, which I didn't know existed until week 2, by watching the last 10 minutes of episode 3. My impression was pretty much, "That seems like a lot of sex and boredom," and it has been soundly dropped. The murder mystery intrigue does not look like enough to overcome the soapy trysts and/or the Rich People Scandal aspects I generally dislike. In conclusion, y'all should watch Zoo.
Bad: I have spent 8 hours and 15 minutes on the computer today and it's not even 2:30pm.
Good: 5 hours and 38 minutes of it have been actively spent on work.
Bad: I have not yet begun to review what was assigned to me today.
Bad: I still have 20% of yesterday's work that I have not begun to edit because people haven't replied to me w/ the info I need.
Bad: I woke up at 6 yet did not use my time efficiently enough at the beginning to let me go to the estate sale I wanted that ran 9-3.

Conclusion: today doesn't seem to be a very good day.

But it's not over! I will buckle down. I am not yet mentally exhausted and am in fact ready to tackle some new Piles O' Problems.

[edit: okay, I have made no actual editing progress and now I have a screen + intense concentration + not enough sleep headache, but I finished the reviewing/contacting part and that makes 7 hours 50 minutes of active work time over the past 11.5 hours so TIME TO GIVE UP.]
Are you going for giving me a second work weekend? Because that's how behind I'm going to be if you don't pull yourselves together. (it always goes down when we have severe thunderstorms...they just usually fix it by the middle of the following day) [edit: not 20 minutes later, it's back up!]

Oh well, I guess they wanted me to spend extra time watching TV & writing about it.

Zoo 2x03, "Collision Point"
I heart having a #1 show again.Collapse )

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I also ended up blazing through season 5 of Reba this past week, despite suspicions I would abandon it where it lay (and perhaps I should have given my waning attention on account of it being more thoroughly diverted to PR & Zoo). My thoughts are minimal, even though it's the last full season, but nevertheless:
here they areCollapse )

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And we're back on this.

Important things of note: I found the second PR movie on eBay for a grand total of $3.94 incl. shipping, so that is winging its way toward me as we speak, and then I tripped over the original on YT so that's the one we're going to talk about today.

Why is something so silly so satisfying?Collapse )

The Music of 2016: Q2 [queued post]

If you thought my pace was going to slow down, you're right...to the extent that I have fewer than 50 new tracks to throw at you this time. But more than 40. And that's not counting the unspecified number you'd hear if you played all my CD recs, so you should probably consider reading this post over the course of 3-4 visits. I'd break it up into multiple posts for you, but that would distrupt my organization.

Just know that it's a few thousand words of text, because I'm pretty much my favorite blogger.

Part one: the long-winded CD recsCollapse )
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Part 2: the wildly variant individual track selectionsCollapse )

Zoo & the 2-hour Season 2 Premiere

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

OH, YOU SWEET, SWEET BONKERS SHOW.Collapse )

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 )
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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 )
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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.

AND MY NIGHT JOB IS DONE.

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 )
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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 )

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