Seriously, I have seen two minutes of Sonia and already love her to bits, while the fact that fresh-faced overeager Chloe (Michelle Trachtenberg) is designed to irritate the hell out of the much more seasoned and reality-based nurses instantly makes her that much more appealing.
...I actually enjoy working myself into anticipatory knots about unseen things. This is the first time in like 5 years (notwithstanding The Class) that I've been willing to pick up brand-new fall shows that did not spin off of something. It's exciting!
1.5. In unrelated news, remember the 60/40 mixed feelings I had about Glee's pilot ep? Yeah, highlighting your sexed-up "edgy" routine for the season premiere doesn't really help you in the positive sense. I'd hate to have to develop a relationship of constant friction and frustration with you from the very beginning, but if crap like "Push It" continues, THAT IS WHERE WE WILL BE. *goes off to content self with "Bust Your Windows"* (Heeheehee! See, this brings me glee. Mercedes is awesome.)
2. In other news, biked for ages today. Arms & face sunburned for the bajillionth time; legs continue to remain pasty white because shorts are less conducive to biking than capris and that's the only time I'm in the sun for prolonged periods. Visited 4 or 5 sales; didn't buy anything today, just had a lot of fun exploring - my best estimate is about 12 or 13 miles, all told. Which was 2 or 3 miles too many, but eh.
The best parts were twofold: one, seeing a bald eagle fly over the lake. And two...I stopped at the library, and on my way out I kept hearing this weird sound; I thought maybe the rubber catch on the door was squeaking when people opened it. Was just about to ride off when I heard it again -- and then I realized it belonged to a little Shih Tzu, tethered in the undercarriage storage space of a double stroller parked beside the building.
She was fully in the shade and had a blanket to lie on and everything, she was just lonely, so I waited for a minute or two and then sat down to read my book and pet her. Shih Tzu's are really not very cute dogs - in fact, I find them somewhere between homely and plain ugly, clipped or not, and yet they're insanely common - and this one was no exception, but still, she was a dog and I had free petting access. She never stopped whining for her owners, but she must have liked the attention a little bit, because whenever I stopped she'd whip her head around and give me a look of disapproval.
I stayed there fore about ten minutes before the mom/grandma/two little boys approximately ages 2 and 4 came back. The women were very nice and the older boy was all happy that I was "reading to [the dog]," so it was good all around. :)