2010?!?

Dec. 31st, 2009 02:48 pm
mydarling: (MISC. self-potrait.)
Hard to believe that this year is almost over - seems like just yesterday we were all waiting for Obama to be inaugurated, and now he's been president for almost a year. And the decade is also coming to a close; those ten years have just flown by. I feel so old.

Quick year end wrap-up:
+ here it goes again, a mix of songs I listened to on repeat in 2009
+ favorite tv shows of the decade, my entry for [livejournal.com profile] picspammy
+ 2009: a year in fandom )
+ Year in review: 2009 )

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Attending a New Year's Eve party at my aunt&uncle&cousins later tonight, something I've never done in all my years of celebrating NYE. Usually we just sit around in front of the TV eating shrimp and watching Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve with Ryan Seacrest - which has become a thing in the past few years, as I always like to see how Dick Clark is looking in the years after he had that terrible stroke. I secretly fear I won't get to see that tonight; although, how will we know it's officially midnight here? And wouldn't everyone like to see the ball drop in Times Square? These are the things I think about.

Probably won't be around LJ much for the rest of the day, though I'll probably be tweeting at the party tonight via my phone. So: HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your 2010 be filled with awesome, happiness and general good things.
mydarling: (HOUSE. memories.)
It's 12:30 AM! And I'm surprisingly really, really exhausted, despite the fact I did absolutely nothing and desperately need to go to bed, but I wanted to very quickly post my reaction to the House season finale so I don't have to do it tomorrow, overshadowing the BIG DAMN UPDATE I've got planned.

thoughts on the last 15-20 minutes of the episode. )

And with that pretentious mess, I need to go to sleep.

!!!!!!!

Mar. 10th, 2009 12:04 pm
mydarling: (TWENTYFOUR. the boss.)
24 & I ARE UNOFFICIALLY DONE. )
mydarling: (TWENTYFOUR. the boss.)
To the members of my flist who got dumped with a foot of snow and subsequently had a snow day: YOU'RE VERY LUCKY DUCKS. The snowstorm totally passed me by. In fact, the ground is absolutely bare. I'm half-thinking that my parents should be pressuring me to go outside and take a walk - it's nice outside, the sun is shining! - but then I realize it's only 22 degrees outside; not the best walking weather. I have this theory that if it's cold outside, I should get some kind of evidence (ie, a foot of snow) to let me know that it's cold out so I don't make the stupid mistake of running outside to get the mail barefoot with no coat on, like I did yesterday. Although to be honest, I'm getting quite sick of this cold weather. It's March, for god's sake. I should be able to wear my tennis shoes/flats instead of my ugly, almost falling apart boots right about now.

Anyway, my break's getting off to a good start. It's so relaxing to not have to worry about getting homework done and just being able to lounge around without dire consequences. All I've done so far is do a huge load of laundry (since I needed to take a shower, but had no clean clothes left) and watch endless amounts of The West Wing, which I'm almost done with. I haven't even looked at any of my homework yet, although the books are sitting on my floor right when I walk in the room, taunting me. I'm gonna try and get some done later in the week. I also have to watch a movie for Film class so I have something to in mind for my journalistic review; I'm planning on getting Bobby from the library, but do you guys have anything else to recommend me? I'm pretty much open to anything, as long as it's not too confusing/scary/violent.

24 last night was pretty interesting. I usually enjoy the yearly two-hour palooza, for the simple fact that it's more exciting than any regular episode. This year, not so much. I thought most of it to be pretty unrealistic, even by 24 standards. And I'm beginning to like Jack less and less, even when I didn't really like him to begin with. But I'll somehow keep watching even though it's sucking, because I don't know how to let go of it; It's a pretty big part of my tv-watching these days. (Although I will say that Agent Walker should get her own show. I'd definitely watch that. She's so badass but shows no signs of turning against the government anytime soon, which is so rare when it comes to characters on this show. So A+ on that front, 24. The rest of it, not so much.)
mydarling: (MISC. read less; more tv.)
At the library right now. I haven't actually stayed here longer than a few minutes - I came in briefly a few weeks ago to pick up The Thumpin'. I really don't like using the computers here (the one at home or the ones at school are a heck of a lot better), but I'm making do. I picked up Anderson Cooper's book Dispatches From the Edge (thus continuing my streak of reading political non-fiction/memoirs) and the sixth season of The West Wing on DVD. Season 7 was already checked out, and I'm nearly done with the 6th (only about 5 eps left, plus I watched the finale this morning when it was on Bravo), but I can watch them on TV instead of the computer, in time to spend spring break marathoning it. That is, if I don't have tons of homework to do then. I've got two weeks to figure something out.

a few television related thoughts - House has sort of redeemed itself! American Idol continues to be lame! a fave character returns to 24! Lost! Plus, I think I could be a better scheduler that the NBC guys. )

It's Conan O'Brien's last show tonight :(((( I'm buying this and this to remember it by.
mydarling: (WESTWING. white house barbie.)
My English class can seriously go DIAF. Like, we haven't really done anything for the first few weeks (or discussed things that I already knew, given that I went to high school and took four years of English), and then this week, BAM! Research proposal due today, rough draft due next Wednesday, final draft due a week after that. On what, you ask? WHATEVER THE FRAK WE WANT. Which, in someways may seem like a good thing, but when you have to do a research assignment that requires numerous (and varied) sources, it sucks. I planned on doing something television related, but I can't think of anything substantial. I couldn't even come up with a decent sounding research proposal, so I didn't even do it and skipped class. I'm just upset that the professor doesn't even give us any guidance as to where to go with the paper. Seriously, how I am I going to learn how to write a good research paper if the professor doesn't teach me?

And I still have to do my Film paper on Mystic River this weekend. Great.

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I have lots of TV to catch up on - I chose watching American Idol/taking a shower over Criminal Minds, CSI:NY wasn't really worth it (despite reading a spoiler earlier yesterday afternoon saying there would be something major) and 24 hasn't gotten any better. I still have last weeks House and yesterdays Lost to watch as well. This whole "basic cable with no DVR and being forced to watch most stuff online" really sucks. I wish I had my laptop so I could watch these things in bed.

However, I am working on marathoning season 6 of The West Wing - I watched the first two episodes on TV and the rest (six so far) online, usually one a day, more if I have the time. Although I'm about 3 episodes behind Bravo, so I'm trying to catch up as best I can so I can watch episodes on TV on Fridays since I'm home. I've forgotten how much joy this show brought me, even if it does suck at times.

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I think I'm going to have to miss The Office and 30 Rock tonight, as much as I don't want to. I'm going to Grand Valley tomorrow morning for a transfer orientation and since it takes three hours to get from my house to there, I have to get up way earlier than usual, so I have to go to bed earlier. Also, it is Mommy's birthday today (the big 5-0!), so we might be doing stuff for that as well. At least I can watch them online, and it'll give my something to look forward to when I get home.

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The weather yesterday was my favorite kind: rainy and spring-like. Now it's cold again and I miss it.
mydarling: (TWENTYFOUR. the boss.)
Turns out we get to keep our deluxe cable package until the weekend; after that, we're switching over to WOW Basic Cable. We'll eventually get HD and DVR service from them, once we get back on track. I'm sad to leave Comcast behind. For all it's problems, it did have some pretty nice features. We also gave back our leased Flex today. I'm going to miss its high tech navigation system (which I so fondly named Julie) and it's Japanese-sounding beeps. But now we have a Honda and a Toyota, which are adorably named Ernie and Bert.

Hi, my name is Maureen and I don't adapt well to change.

Thoughts on House, 24 and American Idol. )

There are some recent spoilers for The Office that I'd really like to discuss, but I think I'll wait until tomorrow when I have thoughts on tonight's episode as well. And I have yesterday's episode of Lost yet to watch and talk about, so that'll come sometime tomorrow as well.
mydarling: (HOUSE. tiny baby!)
Good morning, flist! I'm skipping Human Relations this morning because it's Inauguration Day, and I AM PUMPED. I FINALLY finished The Audacity of Hope earlier this morning (now Mommy and Dad can fight over who gets to read it next; I'm banking on Dad), I'm proudly wearing my Obama t-shirt, and there's a inauguration watch party in the student center from 10 to 1 that I've decided to attend; I originally planned to watch by myself in the computer lab, but you can't eat in there, and I could get hungry. There will be free popcorn at the party, and the cafeteria's upstairs if I want anything else. Plus it's a chance to meet people. PUMPED, I TELL YOU.

ANYWAY. Remember when Monday nights consisted of House and New Amsterdam? ME TOO. )

I have a paper on Dial M For Murder due tomorrow, which I plan on doing after I'm done with classes, since I have to stay here for a few hours until Mommy can pick me up. I'm also going to try and find the finale of The West Wing online, even though it's on TV later. Big day.
mydarling: (WESTWING. five am.)
Something from last night's 24 that I forgot to mention earlier which caused major flailing. )

I'm finding the American Idol auditions to be a bit boring this time around; I can't believe I put off my school-related readings to watch. Although Kara DioGuardi does bear a striking resemblance to Katharine McPhee. And despite my earlier assumptions that bringing her on would totally ruin the dynamic of the show for me, she's turning out to be my favorite. But things may change as the show progresses. We'll see.
mydarling: (TWENTYFOUR. superman.)
Last night's 24 was a little bit better than Sunday night's, only because two very important people showed up (without having their names in the opening credits), which was an exciting surprise. The plot, not so much. I'm hoping that it lives up to the promise that the writers took advantage of the 20 month break to plan out the entire season, and they think it's their best yet. Right now, it's in definite need of some help. I'll have to keep holding out.

first day of second semester. )

I'm listening to the Clinton confirmation hearings on MSNBC. I have no idea why.
mydarling: (MISC. quarterback.)
FRAK. THE GIANTS LOST. BADLY.

There goes my well thought out plan for a super awesome Superbowl. I need a new team to support.

However, 24 is back tonight! I AM EPICALLY EXCITED. THIS 20-MONTH WAIT BETTER BE WORTH IT.
mydarling: (ACT. heartbreaker.)
Year end things:
- over and over and over, a mix of songs I had on repeat throughout 2008
- top five events in sports & politics, my super lame entry for [livejournal.com profile] picspammy
- 2008 in review meme. )

Tonight's plans include eating excellent shrimp and Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Since my Internet connection shuts off at 10 PM, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Oh, and I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000 again because I'm insane I'd like to get back into writing things, and this is my assignment. I'm literally weeping right now. How do I make a good story out of that?
mydarling: (PRISON BREAK. my heart's still beating.)
  1. It's official: I'M GOING TO CHICAGO ON THURSDAY! Mommy&Dad were very willing to let me go, provided I talked with my aunt to see if it was okay with her, and I pay for my train ticket and everything. I bought my ticket this morning (I'm taking Amtrak - the Joe Biden way to travel!), and I'm very excited because this is my first "adult" trip that I've done myself. I leave Thursday afternoon a few hours after my Stats final, and my cousin Claire is meeting me at the train station and we'll spend a little time in the city before heading to my aunt's house in Lake Forest. (At least, that's the plan. I left a message with her earlier this afternoon but she hasn't called me back yet. She leaves for Chicago tomorrow, so I hope to confirm things with her before then.) And I come back to Michigan on Monday afternoon. It's going to be a wonderful vacation.

  2. I took three tests today: last Stats test of the semester, Government final, and Speech final. The hardest one, suprisingly, was the Government one, but those tests are always hard. I finished all three early, which I didn't think was possible for Stats - I was really nervous about that one. But it was pretty easy, and I think I did well. I'm really sad I'm done with Speech class because that was my favorite. Only two more, and then I'm done for three weeks! It can't come soon enough.

  3. Prison Break was absolutely wonderful last night. I'm nervous for next week's "Fall Finale" because I fear it'll end in a cliffhanger that we'll never get the conclusion to. I don't know when this show will be back because House and 24 are going to be Mondays in January, and I don't want to wait until Spring for the conclusion. I just want this show to end with everyone happy, and I'm sure that's what other viewers want as well.

  4. I'm not excited for the post-Superbowl episode of The Office as I used to be. Stupid lame spoilers.

  5. Downloading/converting a bunch of videos to put on my iPod for the Chicago trip - this week's Prison Break, the Mad Men pilot, various episodes of 30 Rock from season 2, Eureka, and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Plus, new music from various indie bands via iTunes and its awesome "studying/school-related" playlist. Now the 5-hour train ride won't be so unbareable.

  6. I was watching Season 3 of The West Wing this morning, and then I realized it was December 16, so as a West Wing fan I'm obligated to quote Leo McGarry. Instead of using the "Big Block of Cheese Day" quote like I did the past two years (it's here if anyone cares), I decided to do this one instead, because it reminds me of my Astronomy class:

    Josh: Hey, Leo. You know, there's something called the Super String Theory. Which at its most basic level says that the universe consists of these tiny loops of string that vibrate at different frequencies.
    Leo: How did that bullet not kill you?
    Josh: Just lucky, I guess.



    I like to think that Leo would've liked Obama, don't you?

*squee*

Dec. 9th, 2008 09:46 pm
mydarling: (HOUSE. this is the moment.)
House's Christmas Episode = AMAZING. )

I have my English final tomorrow (still totally clueless on what it entails), and I came to the realization that I can't attend my former high school's Christmas concert on Thursday because of my CT scan. So what's new with you?

EDIT: NEW TAG. SHUT UP.
mydarling: (a {jk} ; ipod)
  1. I did absolutely nothing of importance this weekend.
  2. Stayed up until 11:30 doing Stats homework last night because I procrastinated.
  3. Didn't fall asleep until almost 2:30 AM because I made the stupid decision to take a 4-hour nap yesterday afternoon.
  4. Death Cab For Cutie's Transatlanticism is frakking amazing.
  5. Saw commericals for the 24 prequel (which I've decided not to watch), but makes me excited that January is almost here.
  6. My room is a mess.
  7. One of my aunts (the one who most recently had a baby) and her five children are coming to MI in a few weeks.
  8. I'm excited for Thursday night TV: new episode of The Office (FINALLY) and special Thursday night SNL! (with Tina Fey!)
  9. I wish the stuff I ordered online would get here soon.
  10. Project Runway is my new guilty pleasure. I love Jerell's personality and Leanne's designs.
  11. I have a Speech test and a Government exam tomorrow, and I haven't studied for either of them.
  12. I'm bored.
mydarling: (a {kw} ; glamourous)


My only gripe from the Red Carpet portion is that there are no pics of John and Jenna together. But Jenna looked amazing (I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS DRESS, IT WAS MY FAVORITE FROM THE NIGHT) and John looked hot as always.

Emmy's 60th Birthday Train Wreck of Awfulness! )

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"Shake It" = my new crack. I was singing that and the theme from The Simpsons during commercial breaks to stay positive. Now they're stuck in my head.
mydarling: (a; starlight)
I silently fear for Jenna Fischer's life.

In other news, Eureka is going to be AWESOME next week, Michael Phelps is now the greatest Olympic athlete EVER, and the US women's gymnastic team failed to capture gold in the team finals last night. JUST ANOTHER REASON WHY CHINA IS ON NOTICE.

FAIL.

Aug. 8th, 2008 07:31 pm
mydarling: (24; superman)
HEY CHINA, YOU'RE STILL ON NOTICE.

baby!

Jul. 28th, 2008 09:37 pm
mydarling: (a; touch the sky)
Mary Lynn had a baby boy!

I was totally sure that she would be having a girl, so finding out it's a boy was kind of a shock. But she named her son Valentine Anthony, and "Valentine" sounds pretty girly to me. (I do, however, absolutely love the name Anthony, so that's nice.)

24 CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH! (And no, I'm not watching that prequel in November. Sorry, poor African children. I'm waiting until January.)
mydarling: (d; hearts)
Yesterday, I was in a horrible mood. I didn't do as well as I thought I would on my math exam (only an 84% this time), and Mommy, Graham and Monica were all being incredibly obnoxious and loud while I attempted to clean our downstairs bathroom.

The situation, however, was rectified later that night with The Big Bang Theory and mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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I did not know that Marisol Nichols (Nadia from 24) and Anne Dudek (Amber/CTB from House) are pregnant! I check Celebrity Baby Blog everyday and I am still out of the loop. Le sigh.

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My great-aunt is coming from Scotland this afternoon (like, in an hour, she'll be at our house), and I didn't have a chance to vacuum or clean my bathroom yesterday (because I was so busy cleaning the rest of the house), and planned to do it today, because I thought she wasn't coming until later. Apparently that's not the case.

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