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Let's start with a rare and unique beast - TV talk!

Law & Order: UK, 6x01, "Survivor's Guilt"

Oh, rude. Well, I'm glad I replayed the final moments of the finale as many times as I did and that I spoiled it and didn't hold out any hope he might have lived, because they sure dashed that possibility fast. As a whole...did not love this conclusion. I mean, I liked the focus on Ronnie and story-wise it was probably better than the preceding episode, but there was not nearly enough Alesha reaction for my tastes. I did love the scene where Ronnie goes to feed Matt's adorable cat, though I don't know whether to be enraptured or cry foul at this unexpected added pain.

As for our new cop...EH. Big fat "meh." He's certainly serviceable and not objectionable in any way, and def. better than Jake, but he's so boring. It was a startlingly stark reminder of just what a shining gem we had in Jamie Bamber, and how very ordinary and run-of-the-mill our acting pool can get.

I am going to make it to the end of this season, somehow, out of defiant stubbornness, but I don't think I can carry beyond that, even if the show is still on. (it has been 9 months, and still they have not decided if it's over or if it's just going to hang out in suspended animation with a pickup option forever) Not even for the four basically-magic stars we have left. This is just too big a hole to bear. The fact that it took me a month to make myself get to it and watch this episode should tell you something about my level of reluctance.


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Next, my slightly-smaller-than-anticipated book/media haul of the week:


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I always forget that Half Price Books costs the same as what a new bookstore costs in my head. It can be good for spotting specific treasures, but it is not a place for spending sprees.

Glee: The Music, Volume 7: $4.20. I made a split second choice between this and the Warblers -- I should note that someone apparently dumped their entire collection, because they had every CD except Christmas and graduation there -- figuring that one was older and therefore more likely to turn up again if I didn't make it back in time to use the coupon again. I didn't make it back. I am still sad and still fighting with myself not to go back and pay full price. The Half Price Books Clearance Sale gets one more year to deliver on Glee music before I give in. And frankly, I still bet I could find a cheaper copy than regular price, even with shipping, online.

The Dogs Who Came to Stay: $3. Literally the night before, I was browsing the Half Price Books tag on Tumblr, jealous of how happy people were, and perusing my book list and thinking, "Of all the books, wouldn't it be so cool if I could find this one?" AND THEN THERE IT WAS. Paperback rather than hardcover, but it's the cover I wanted, so I'm good.

The Daily Coyote, $4: This was, honest to God, the other book I was thinking "wouldn't it be cool if I could find this?" When I saw them both I nearly fainted dead away.

(Sidebar: Guess which things showed up on Sunday, which were not there earlier in the week, when I had already committed to buying Daily Coyote with my 50%-off-one-item-but-only-good-on-Sunday coupon? The Tales of Beedle the Bard. (at crazy $7 pricing, though, so no). ALSO: Off The Map. I so wish I was kidding. I would have bought that today, with its originally-$15-sticker-I-could-have-cut-in-half, but I didn't see it until I'd bought my book and was waiting for Dad. Fighting with self not to spend 60% of my gift card in one blow, because GRABBY HANDS. If you think my love for those characters has lessened over the 15 months it has been off the air, you are dead wrong. This show is LEGEND IN MY HEART.)

Hitty: Her First Hundred Years: $1. And then, right after I'd left Half Price while complaining about how sucky their children's vintage section has gotten lately, I wandered over to the library sale room and BAM, 1950s ex-library copy of this beloved children's classic, in very nice shape.

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P.S. Roseville Middle School, you seem to be doing quite the collection purge this year. I don't know whether to love or hate your choices right now.
P.P.S. Self, you just spent roughly the cost of The Land of Stories on other things. Can we just buy it now, please?
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Speaking of old library books - these next two are merely on loan, but can we chuckle at the extreme discrepancy in shape? The one on the left is from 1967; the one on the right is early 1940s. The one on the left is still in amazing shape for a library book, with only some minor rubbing on the edges and one slightly loose segment of pages. The one on the right is literally falling apart. Besides a rattled and semi-slanted spine, you can see that its cover is partially torn and held together with heavy-duty tape. I don't understand how this book is still in circulation, much less that they are willing to ship it through the mail and back. I'm very grateful, though!
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On a final note: my mom is sending a buch of books to Half Price, including many things that have been on the shelves for yeeeeeears. I am letting them all go without a fuss, but not without pointing out that there will be mental holes on the shelf whenever I look at them because I have laser burned all the bookshelves in this house into my brain, and I know where absolutely everything goes. Move a book and I will notice (and re-catalogue in my head accordingly). Name a title, and I will tell you where to find it. It'll be super weird not having them there. I'm torn between writing the list down for memory's sake, and just trying to forget them ASAP.


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I'm bored (or I was before I wrote the top half of this post). Ergo, I did parts of a survey. You can find the full version here, if you want all 100.


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1) Put your iTunes on shuffle. Give me the first 6 songs that pop up.
-"I'm Not That Girl" - Wicked
-"Need You Now" - Glee Cast
-"Virginia" - Tori Amos
-"The Lobster Quadrille" - Franz Ferdinand
-"Hold On" - Sarah McLachlan
-"Martha Triumphant" - Doctor Who soundtrack (it seems to be literally impossible to do a shuffle meme and not get something from one of these soundtracks. Slowly driving me barmy)

3) Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, give me line 17.

Taking this obnoxiously literally: "out on the far side of the woods and saw through the dusk"
From Silver Birch, as shown in the photo above.

4) What do you think about most?
Whatever OTP I've got going on at the moment. They take up residence & hang out in my brain all day the second I'm done with work.

10) When is the last time you played the air guitar?
Never. That is stupid.

14) If you are outside, what are you most likely doing?
Walking

15) Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
I inherently prefer to be in front of it, but then I see myself, realize with great distress that I am not the size 6 I always envision myself to be thanks to the general skinniness of people around me*, and retreat behind it instead.
*see also: reasons I do not believe "the media" contributes to "unhealthy body image." When everyone I see is thin, I just assume I am the same! Being surrounded by heavy people, that is what worries me and drives me to look better than them.

23) How do you vent your anger?
Only the internet makes me angry lately; thus, I type angry responsorial rants into Notepad. Most of the time I manage to delete them. Sometimes they make it to LJ, though.

24) Do you have a collection of anything?
Almost everything I own is part of some kind of collection, let's put it that way. "Vintage children's books" and "animal stories" could be considered the largest components of my extra-giant book collection (never mind the CDs and tapes and DVDs). Then there are the stuffed animals, beanie babies, Breyer horses (the only collection I've seriously considered liquidating), micro-mini horses, Littlest Pet Shops and similar-scaled rubber/plastic animals - which I am DYING to photograph; remind me about that sometimes - a small selection of breakable animal figurines, original My Little Ponies, stickers, earrings, board games...Horse Illustrated/pop culture magazines...notebooks full of writing...

25) Do you prefer talking on the phone or video chatting online?
I've never video chatted. Skyping is a mystery to me. I've seen it on TV, but it still seems like space-age technology.

27) What’s a sound you hate and a sound you love?
I hate the sound of motorcycles. I love the sound of chimes. (the musical instrument kind. not wind chimes. Wind chimes are the worst)

28) What’s your biggest “what if”?
What if I hadn't had a single room sophomore year of college that allowed me to indulge in my isolation and get suckered back into fandom?

30) Stick your right arm out; what do you touch first? Do the same with your left arm.
Right: phone
Left: computer tower

31) Smell the air. What do you smell?
The faint, lingering scent of tuna

34) Most attractive singer?
I'm going to let Josh Groban keep this title a while longer, despite how I regularly forget about his existence.

35) To you, what is the meaning of life?
Well, if I found that out I might have more interest in living it.

36) Define Art.
Something creative to look at or listen to that inspires an emotional reaction

38) What’s the weather like right now?
Calm. Dark.

39) What time is it?
2 AM. Oops.

40) Do you drive? If so, have you ever crashed?
Yes, and no

41) What was the last book you read?
Are U 4 Real? (no, that is the actual title) Ask me in 2 days and there will be a new answer.

42) Do you like the smell of gasoline?
I weirdly love it.

44) What was the last movie you saw?
Red Riding Hood

45) What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?
Dislocated shoulder

46) Have you ever caught a butterfly?
I have

47) Do you have any obsessions right now?
Glee in general, Chris Colfer's book tour ("read ALL the experience posts! *fist pump*"), and researching/tracking down awesome new books to read. Reading has temporarily surpassed buying in the "exciting things to do with books" department.

51) Do you tend to hold grudges against people who have done you wrong?
Like a boss

59) Where were you yesterday?
I went to the library and Half Price and the dollar store and on a bike ride to the park. Also I walked the dog (although now that she no longer trots more than a block and we don't go nearly as far, it's not real exciting). Sundays are Activity Days!

60) Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
A shirt

61) Are you wearing socks right now?
Nope. I am incorrigibly barefoot in summer. I only put them on when I go on walks where I need tennis shoes, and then they are usually mismatched because I can't be bothered to keep track of the pairs.

62) What’s your favorite animal?
It might be dogs by default now, since they're the only kind I am around anymore.

63) What is your secret weapon to get someone to like you?
I NEED ACCESS TO THIS SECRET.

67) What were you doing last night at 12 AM?
Watching the Olympics.

72) You are at the doctor’s office and she has just informed you that you have approximately one month to live. a) Do you tell anyone/everyone you are going to die? b) What do you do with your remaining days? c) Would you be afraid?

a) I tell everyone (via LJ and Facebook) to see who reacts, b) splurge on intangible activities/experiences like horseback riding and museums and zoos (petting or otherwise) as long as I can handle them, c) only of the pain

73) What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," Cyndi Lauper

78) What is the single best decision you have made in your life so far? 
Taking a semester off college. It was a pain in the butt to negotiate, but I really think that did wonders for my ability to come back and finish strong instead of trying to keep blundering my way through after the Disastrous Semester of Failing.

On a related note: joining Livejournal, even if this seems at odds with my "what if."

80) What size shoes do you wear?

9, these days. I never think my feet are that big until I am shoe-shopping, and then I feel like a giant.

82) What is your favorite word?
twinkle

83) Give me the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word "heart."
The beating muscle

84) What is a saying you say a lot?
Awesome

85) What’s the last song you listened to?
"Love Story," Katharine McPhee. I forgot this existed.

87) What is your current desktop picture?
The background on this page - a/k/a the background picture of Kathy Reichs' Devil Bones. (I put in effort to remember where I'd found the wallpaper separately, by the way. You're welcome.)

92) You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again?
The first thing that came to mind was actually one of the pep band games where the hockey team went to the state tournament.

93) You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?
I've already mentally erased those.

95) You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?
I see no need to go anywhere.

96) Do you have any relatives in jail?
not to my knowledge

100) Give me your top 5 favorite blogs on Tumblr.
wake-up-kid
andersquirt (who just wrote a Kurt/Blaine oneshot in which they fight about Blaine's obsessive used-book-collecting. WHAT IS PERFECTION.)
klaine-edits
amongtheglee
....and thingsonhazelshead, just to break up the monotony

p.s. sorry that all my surveys come from Tumblr now and thus include Tumblr-specific questions. But not that sorry, because I like peppering my LJ with Tumblr talk. I have succumbed to the devil's playground after all.

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