1. pay off the mortgage on the house & any other debt my parents have
2. set aside enough for my brother's college education
[2.5. hey, does "paying off my student loans" count as giving it away? Because I mean, technically...]
3. dear flist: you would find your lives suddenly enhanced by a check.
4. donations to:
-a local animal shelter or two
-my high school band program
New Show Deliberations, Round 2:
-Mercy's back out! I just watched the extended NBC promo, and...apparently Our Plucky Hero is married, but in love with some other doctor, recklessly making out with him and such. I believe the phrase "Me and Mike have been together so long he's like a part of me" was introduced, which means this marriage is dissolving out of boredom rather than halfway explicable reasons like "he's cheating on me" or "he's an abusive asshole." I WANT NO PART OF THIS.
(Which sucks, because the rest of the promo was super-extra-appealing and I love everything else about the show even more now. Sigh. Maybe I'll see how well it performs and it'll earn a second chance later.)
-By contrast, the harder I try to resist The Good Wife, thinking it will surely be boring as sin even with Julianna Margulies, the more it inexplicably grows on me. Being on CBS gives it an automatic edge, I think.
-Speaking of which, Three Rivers: not even initially on my radar, but CBS's "look at our awesome procedural lineup" commercials keep throwing Alex O'Loughlin with decent hair and no vampire teeth at me. I am helpless. Checking out the behind-the-scenes clip has only reinforced my positive feelings, albeit tempered with another feeling that it might be a pleasant-but-bland viewing choice, much like the Cold Case it'll be paired with. For right now, this is the only new one (besides Glee) I've definitely secured on the lineup.
Feel free to continue giving me Fannish 5 topics, by the way. These are turning out more fun than expected.