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Afternoon Events

1. I don't know if I've ever had any reason to mention it before, but I have a massive and everlasting love for "What I Like About You," that cute little WB comedy about sisters with Amanda Bynes and Jennie Garth.  I watched it pretty faithfully for as long as it was on (except during that brief and unfortunate stint where they kicked it from its cozy home on Friday nights to a Thursday Slot of Death), and was a little sad when it became a casualty of the WB's collapse (not too sad, though, as it had 4 solid seasons and wrapped with beautiful perfection).

The point is, about a month ago I discovered, to my utter joy, that it now airs twice a day on ABC Family - perfect timing, too; 3-4 PM so I can watch it right after work. Which is now exactly where you can find me parked every afternoon [and then I go outside and read for an hour, honest!  Which is equally lazy but BETTERS MY MIND.  And lightens my hair.]  And honestly, this show lights up my soul.  It's adorable and funny and has absolutely zero unlikable characters.  Plus it went through all kinds of changes, which normally I would hate, except somehow, everything they did only made it better!  And currently they're in season 4, which means my favorite ships are front and center, more-or-less sailing high.  Val & Vic!  Holly and Vince!  *sighs dreamily*  Did anyone else watch this show, or would I be wasting my time to post about it again in the nearish future? 
2. "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." 

I haaaaate this show; my loathing for it knows no bounds and that's at least 80% due to the fact that there is a preview for it at the end of EVERY. SINGLE.  COMMERCIAL.  BREAK while I am watching the above show.  The same preview, over and over and over, and if I hear that "Courage Is" song one more time, I may break the TV.  The other 20% of my loathing is due to, you know, the fact that it appears to be about a pregnant teenager, who OF COURSE is also a band kid and a nice girl, who should have absolutely no cause to be that stupid.  (though I haven't actually watched the show to find out how it happened, so maybe I will pretend she was raped.  Because someone slipped drugs in her non-alcoholic drink.  Ooh, I like my story better already!)

And yet, this week's previews have sort of suckered me into wanting to watch the next episode!  Because her new boyfriend is all adorkable and endearingly awkward, and she's freaking out because he doesn't know she's pregnant, but I'm presuming that she tells him at some point because then there's a shot where he's hugging her in a ridiculously sweet way, and I AM KIND OF SOLD ON THAT.  Because, well, I have a really difficult time shipping teenagers, which is making it increasingly difficult to care about the characters in my books, which is a problem (but not enough to leave YA fiction!  Because I like my literary relationships sex-free. This is not an ironic statement at all).  So when I see one that will remind me love is possible before age 25, I'm kind of eager to hold onto that.   

3. The girls at work decided today that they now hate every radio station in existence for being lame and repetitive (which, you know, maybe stop turning on the Top 40 and the Country Top 40 every day?), even The Mix (...I don't know, except that even my beloved station has this unfortunate habit of playing Lifehouse's new one on a daily basis, and when they heard it right off the bat today, the girls revolted).........and so at 1:30, Queen B declared "OKAY!  EVERYBODY BRING A CD TOMORROW."   At least two people are going with mix CDs over a regular one.  Which means I am now:

a) DEEPLY DREADING Queen B's contribution, because when we're moving around too much to use the radio and she blasts music from her phone, I hear songs with lyrics like "face down, ass up, that's the way I like to fuck," and I so wish I was kidding about that.  I don't even want to contemplate the idea of her getting 70 whole minutes of uncensored music.  Maybe she'll go instead with the Sara Bareilles and Taylor Swift stuff she likes?  *hopes*

b) OVER THE MOON WITH JOY at the prospect of getting to compile a representative collection of my music.  Jewel!  Sarah McLachlan!  Billie Piper!  (shut up, that fits)  Indigo Girls!  Maria Mena!  Or ANYTHING ELSE I WANT (so long as it's not too slow, because they will hit the "skip" button if it's not at least moderately paced in tempo).  ASLDJFASKL;DFJASKL;KAJSDF there are too many things I love!  I am going to spend several more hours than is necessary trying to select the perfect collection and put in perfect order - especially given that I am Meek and Submissive, which may explain why we hardly ever listen to the Mix, and my CD probably won't even get played because I won't have the guts to speak up and ask.  

Still!  I have an opportunity to teach the children what quality music sounds like!  Or at least force them to put up with it for a while whilst I bask in the joy of not having to sing to myself under my breath while concentrating on blocking out what's coming into my ears.  

Edit: So, I'm browsing around my flash drive to see what kind of music I've got with me before I go back to my room where the rest of it is, and wow, I forgot how gloriously enchanted I was with Lindsay Lohan's "Rumors."  In a "haha, this is so awful, I can't believe she's actually singing this, THIS SONG IS KIND OF FUN ANYWAY."  (don't worry, it's not going on my mix.)

Comments

park_ave_pirate
Jul. 9th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
We do that at my office too...bring your own CD day. I also spend way more time that I should trying to make the perfect mix. Hopefully you can open their eyes to a whole new world of music.
rainbowstevie
Jul. 11th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a fun office tradition. I don't know if I opened my coworkers eyes at all, but at least they listened to (most of) it!

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