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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

rainbowstevie
Jul. 11th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
*high-fives* YES. I love the fact that Vince is set up to be this very typical hot guy, kind of a player, definitely not someone you'd (or at least I'd) seek for a long-term boyfriend, and then he turns into a total romantic around Holly. An occasionally whipped romantic.

You're going to have to explain the Luke Perry thing to me...I'm guessing it has something to do with 90210?
eleigh
Jul. 11th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
God, yes, Vince with Holly was so hot.

Yes, yes, Luke Perry has something to do with 90210. First he (Dylan) dated Brenda and then Dylan cheated on Brenda with Kelly (Jenny Garth) while Brenda was in Paris, I think, it's been at least a decade since I saw it. And then after Brenda left (because Shannen Doherty can't play well with others) Dylan and Kelly hooked up some more and were basically on again off again throughout the run of the show between marriages (his), engagements (hers. to several people), mysterious hiatuses (Luke Perry trying to make it as a serious actor), and other ridiculous plots.

I for one preferred Brandon and Kelly to Kelly and Dylan but I appreciated the *wink wink nudge nudge* of WILAY having Luke Perry guest on the show as her Vegas husband.
rainbowstevie
Jul. 13th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
*squints at paragraph* I...think I can almost make sense of that, but it's still not all connecting in my head. I thought Luke Perry guest-starred as the plumber. Where did Vegas come in?
eleigh
Jul. 13th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
He was the plumber but do you not remember that in the season 3 finale Val ended up drunk with Luke Perry the plumber in, I don't think it was Vegas actually I think they ended up in Atlantic City, and she woke up in bed with him with a ring on her finger. Then in the season 4 premiere Luke Perry's plumber turned into Vic.
rainbowstevie
Jul. 13th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
...wait, REALLY? So you meant they LITERALLY turned him into Vic, wow, I assumed you were just speaking figuratively, like they were similar characters or something. Man, I do not remember that at all! I must have only seen it once. Why do I feel like I suddenly know nothing about this show? Oh, days before fandom...

This is bugging me, wondering how they could recast the part with a character from season 1, so after kicking Google until it gave me answers, it says that last bit with Luke Perry was explained away as a dream. OK, now it's finally coming back to me. I have to say I'm beyond pleased with the change. Vic is far more attractive.
eleigh
Jul. 13th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
See, now I don't remember it being explained away as a dream. Hmm.
rainbowstevie
Jul. 13th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Yikes, this is getting really complex for a half-hour sitcom. WHO KNEW?

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