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Michelle
01 January 2014 @ 10:43 am
2014 Scrapbook - Films, TV, and BooksCollapse )
 
 
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Michelle
08 June 2014 @ 07:00 am
100 Female TV Characters: #61-70Collapse )

I'm trying to keep posting these like once a month so I can be done with this by the end of this summer (especially since I have all the graphics done, so all I have to do is write up the rest, which really doesn't take THAT long, I just procrastinate a lot), but I'm already kind of failing at that. BUT HOPEFULLY I WILL BE DONE WITH THESE SOON (although I'm probably the only person who cares if I ever finish this!). I'm getting closer, anyways!
 
 
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Michelle
06 April 2014 @ 06:30 am
100 Female TV Characters: #51-60Collapse )

I told you, I am getting through this list this year even if it kills me!!!! I'm actually already done with the graphics for the rest of this list, and making the graphics is definitely the most time-consuming part of this project (I can usually only make 2, 3 at most, in one day, assuming that that's almost all I'm doing all day); the write-up these posts take much less time, but I'm often lazy and procrastinate. I'm hoping to make one post a month until I'm done with this list, which I think should be doable, and that would mean I'd finally finish this project later this year. Also, reminder that I made this list back in the summer of 2012 and haven't wanted to alter it to add/remove character since because it would make everything too complicated, but if I were able to add/remove characters, obviously characters like Joan Watson and Amy Santiago and Abbie Mills, etc. would be included.
 
 
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Michelle
30 December 2013 @ 09:07 am
End of the year picspam time! This post ended up way too large, so I'm posting it in two parts! Part 1 was books and movies (plus a fandom/TV meme), and this part is shows and ships.

Part 1: Top Books and Movies of 2013

Top Shows and Ships of 2013Collapse )

I managed to get to 100 books, 75 movies, and a whole lot of TV for the year. My Scrapbook has full lists of everything I watched and read with ratings for the movies and the books.

And that's 2013! I feel like a lot of people have talked about 2013 being awful for them, and I'm really sorry for everyone who had a tough 2013 and hope that 2014 is better. For me, 2013 was actually pretty good overall. I mean, I was pretty unhappy at the beginning of the year since I was still at my old job and it was constantly horrible, and there was also a period during the summer where I was super stressed out about figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. But I quit my job and I figured things out and I took classes again (which I had been missing doing so much when I was working full-time) and I applied to grad school (AND I GOT ACCEPTED!!!!!!!!!). Part of me feels like not a lot happened, but... clearly a lot did! I'm definitely excited for 2014. Grad school and everything that entails (I get to move out and live on my own again!!!) is a big part of that, and I'm also hoping to travel to Europe (definitely London, possibly also France and/or Germany) this summer, although that will depend on when classes/orientation/moving starts. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do for the first half of the year, but it's nice be able to relax a little for the first time in many months, and I'm excited to see where 2014 takes me! Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!!!
 
 
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Michelle
30 December 2013 @ 09:06 am
End of the year picspam time! This post ended up way too large, so I'm posting it in two parts! This part is books and movies (plus a fandom/TV meme), and Part 2 is shows and ships.

Top Books of 2013Collapse )

Top Movies of 2013Collapse )

Part 2: Top Shows and Ships of 2013
 
 
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Michelle
24 September 2013 @ 11:38 am
Sleepy Hollow 1.02Collapse )

The Emmys happened, and were very… bizarre. But actually pretty good overall? EmmysCollapse )

I haven't watched any episodes of Dexter since the beginning of this season, but I spoiled myself for the finale because I had been hearing bad things about how the season was going and wanted to know if it was worth catching up on, and yeah, no, there's no chance I'm getting caught up. What an utterly horrible ending. I haven't talked about Dexter much in recent years, but it used to be one of my favorite shows!!! Season 1 is one of my favorite seasons of TV ever, and I also love season 4, and I have a lot of affection for seasons 2, 3, and 5. And even season 7 was decent! But man, what a completely unsatisfying and stupid way to end the show. [Spoilers]

THEY KILLED OFF DEB IN THE WORST WAY POSSIBLE AND DEXTER GOT TO RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET. Okay, so everyone thinks he's dead and he's isolated from everyone he ever loved (which… at this point is only Hannah and Harrison, I guess?). BUT THAT'S NOT SATISFYING. I didn't want him to CHOOSE his fate, and that's such a bullshit ~sacrifice, like, "Look, he's sacrificing his potential happiness!" thing, but NO, a real punishment would've been DEATH OR IMPRISONMENT. THOSE WERE THE ONLY TWO OPTIONS. ESPECIALLY after killing off Deb, I mean, you don't get to kill off Deb and then let Dexter off scot free. NOT OKAY. And he just left his son with a murderer??????? A murderer who killed her husband because she never wanted kids????????????????? THIS MAKES LOTS OF SENSE. And NO ONE EVER FOUND OUT WHO HE WAS. Laguerta did last season, but this season IT SHOULD'VE COME OUT. THIS WOULD BE THE TIME TO DO IT. Apparently the showrunner was like, "We considered that but thought it would be predictable and redundant!" LIKE YOUR CHOICES FOR THE FINALE WERE ANY BETTER?????????

I've read a bunch of people's ideas for what the finale (and last season overall) SHOULD'VE been and literally EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM was better than what actually happened. Man, what a disappointment. I mean, I wasn't expecting it to be a brilliant ending or anything considering how the show has declined, but I figured they couldn't let Dexter just ride off into the sunset after everything he's done. ugh, it's just completely stupid. I do enjoy how nearly everyone is united in hate for the finale, so at least there's that.


I feel like I should mention Breaking Bad because I've been glued to my screen for every episode this season, but it's just one of those shows that I… can't really talk about it? I'm basically in awe of it every episode, and there's nothing I feel like I can add afterwards. This season has devastated me in so many ways so far, and I am fearful about the finale. (Not that it won't be good, because I trust Vince Gilligan enough to believe it'll be satisfying, but I do doubt my ability to make it through the finale emotionally unscathed.) There also is one thing I wanted to rant about in terms of comments I've seen after this last episode: Breaking Bad 5.15Collapse )

Speaking of shows that used to be my favorite that I gave up, I'm thinking about watching the last season of HIMYM??? Most of you weren't on my flist back when this was my favorite show, but… it was pretty much my favorite show for a little while back when season 4 was airing. I quit sometime during… I don't even remember which season. I want to say that it was the season before last, so… whatever that one was. I have no reason to believe the final season is going to be brilliant, but I do feel kind of nostalgic for the first few seasons which really were great, and I REALLY like their choice of actress for the mother, and from like one interview I saw, it looks like she and Josh Radnor have good chemistry. So I'm kind of curious??? I don't know, we'll see! I'm definitely not planning on getting caught up on the season and a half or so that I missed, though.

I'll save you all from a long thing about how much I'm freaking out about applying to grad school now that I'm starting to actually make progress on that front (I've pretty much narrowed my list down! I'm planning on emailing professors for LORs this week! I wasn't going to be worried about that except there's an unforeseen complication with one of the people I was going to ask that's causing a huge crisis for me!), so I'll just say that I basically flip between thinking there are a lot of strengths to my application and I should be able to get in at least a few places I really want to go, to being convinced I'm going to get in absolutely nowhere. So that's made for a fun week! Fair warning: I'm basically going to be a neurotic mess (more than usual) about grad school apps from now until either I get my first acceptance or until late March when it turns out I haven't gotten in anywhere (and in that case I guess I would continue to be a neurotic mess about what the hell to do next). I'm sorry for everyone who's friends with me during this time. :(
 
 
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Michelle
13 September 2013 @ 10:55 am
The Mindy Project premiered a week early on iTunes/Hulu Plus/possibly other places, and I have feelings!!! The Mindy Project 2.01Collapse )

After I watched the premiere, I ended up doing a season 1 rewatch of The Mindy Project because I had been meaning to since the finale and I was definitely in the mood for more of the show after the premiere. It was fun!!! The development of Mindy and Danny's friendship (and feelings on Danny's part) is really gradual and subtle and just wonderful. The first half of the season is not quite as bad as I remember it being, but it's definitely markedly worse than the 2nd half. I think the Christmas episode (which is probably one of my top 3 episodes) was really the turning point. And I spent the entire 2nd half of the season flailing over Mindy and Danny (AND SANTA FE!!!!!!!!!!!! Favorite episode, still can't handle the plane scene at the end).

When I finished my rewatch of The Mindy Project, I started marathoning season 1 of Elementary because I was in the mood for it. It was good, although it made it clear to me how much I am not watching the show for the procedural stuff. It's not bad, but the procedural stuff in most of the episodes was significantly less interesting the 2nd time around. All the Joan/Sherlock stuff is still wonderful, though, and I had actually forgotten how amazing the episodes related to Irene/Moriarty (like M, for example) are. I also really loved watching Joan's gradual growth throughout the season. By the end of the season, I just feel really proud of her!!! That's probably ridiculous to feel about a fictional character, but still!!! And marathoning Elementary makes me want to pick up The X-Files again. I left off at the very beginning of season 2 a couple months ago, so I might try to watch season 2 over the coming weeks.

I also realized that I saw Blue Jasmine like a month ago and never talked about it. I liked it! It's not my absolute favorite Woody Allen (my list is probably something like, in order: The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and Her Sisters, Midnight in Paris, Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona), but I did really enjoy it. Cate Blanchett is amazing as everyone has said she is. The story definitely did not go how I expected it to, mostly in a good way. I just really appreciated how Jasmine was written, because we don't usually get female characters as protagonists who are such awful humans but also really excellent characters.

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I've been horribly unproductive over the past 2 weeks (unless you count reading nonstop productive, in which case, I've been super productive! But in terms of actual things I should be doing, not so much). I feel like such a lazy blob. I did finally register for the GRE, which I'll be taking on Oct. 22, so that's a little nerveracking now that it's official. I'm not TOO concerned with how I'll do on it; my baseline seems to be about where I need to be. But I'd like to do really well, at least on the math section, since that'll definitely be the most important for the places I'm applying. I've done a little halfhearted studying, but I feel like I have zero attention span these days. I was also starting to worry because I realized I hadn't checked when the linear algebra class starts (and I'll have to attend it for like 2 weeks before I know whether I can officially register for it or not) and I realized it could very well start next week, but I checked and it doesn't start until Sept. 26th, so I have a couple weeks still, thankfully.

I also feel super boring recently because I've been doing almost nothing but reading for the past few weeks and my real life is basically full of nothing but anxiety over applying to grad school. But at least new TV will be starting next week!!! That should give me a distraction from my anxiety. I haven't been in much of a TV-watching mood for most of the summer, but I'm excited for TV shows to be back!!!
 
 
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Michelle
05 September 2013 @ 10:17 am
I'm back from WorldCon, and it was wonderful, as it always is (or at least as it has been the previous 2 times I've gone)!!! And now I'm super bummed that it's over. But anyways, I'm going to do a very detailed, long recap of my experience mostly just for myself and so I can look back in the future and remember everything, so if you don't want to read through all that, some of the highlights definitely included George R.R. Martin reading a new chapter from The Winds of Winter, Rory McCann (aka the Hound from Game of Thrones) showing up, the Hugos (even if I usually don't agree with most of the stuff that wins, it's such a fun experience getting to vote and then actually be in the audience for the awards), Connie Willis's panels, Seanan McGuire's panels, and… honestly just about every single panel I went to. I don't know if I was just better at choosing panels this year to go to or if the panels in general were actually better than in past years, but there were no panels that really made me angry, and only 1 that I left early from (well, I left several like 5 min or so early just because of being afraid of getting a seat at really popular panels, like the GRRM reading, but that doesn't really count). So yeah, it really was just an excellent experience!

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So that was my WorldCon experience! I think it was definitely the best WorldCon I've been to yet. Oh, and I had one of the weirder (in a good way) taxi rides home on Monday. The driver was asking my mom and I why we had been in San Antonio, and my mom explained, and his eyes just completely lit up, and he was like "OMG, YOU GUYS ARE SO LUCKY," and then he asked who was there, and I mentioned GRRM, and he was like, "OMG!!!!!!" So we spent the 40 min ride home discussing random SF-related things, and normally after a flight, I don't want to talk to anyone, I just want to sit in silence until I can be home, but I actually didn't mind talking to him in this case.

Anyways, somehow it's September???? ugh. Now I have to start attending to real life things. On the plus side, the registration for fall classes at UCI is over for actual enrolled students, and the number of people who are registered for the Linear Algebra class I want to take actually went down from 69 to 67 over the past week, so there are a good 50+ spots still open in the class. So I shouldn't have any reason to believe I won't be able to take the class! Yay! Of course, I'm still going to be nervous and anxious about it until I'm officially registered for it.

Also, I've started actually posting book reactions to GoodReads rather than just doing the star ratings and posting reactions here. So if we're not already friends over there, let me know, because we should be! You can find me here.
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Michelle
30 June 2013 @ 07:00 am
100 Female TV Characters: #41-50Collapse )

I'm finally to the halfway point with my 100 Ladies list! I feel like this is a good time to mention that I first made this list in June of 2012, and I didn't want to make additions and adjustments after the list was set, including female characters introduced to me post-June 2012, which is why this particular post is missing Joan Watson, for example, as she would definitely make my list if I were making it today. But it's just too complicated to try to adjust the list to add new awesome female characters when I'm already halfway through it. Maybe I'll do a sort of addendum to my list after I get through the rest. This is assuming I can pick up the pace a little and get through the rest of the list by the end of the year, though. Anyways, real post to come sometime in the next couple days. Hope everyone is having a good weekend!!!
 
 
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Michelle
25 April 2013 @ 06:57 am
[-] So the past couple weeks have just been crazy. I feel like a lot of things have been going on with me, but then… really not much at all has been happening? But work especially has been crazy and I've been so exhausted (my normal hours are 8-5 with an hour lunch, and this week so far I've worked 7:30-6 with a half hour lunch every single day), so that combined with no new New Girl or Mindy Project eps (as apparently those are the only 2 shows I feel invested enough in right now to talk about in any depth) has resulted in me disappearing a bit, whoops.

Some brief TV stuff first:

Parks and Recreation 5.19-5.20Collapse )

Doctor Who 7.08-7.09Collapse )

The Good Wife 4.12Collapse )

Veep 2.02Collapse )

Also feel like I should mention at this point that (even though I haven't posted about it at all this season yet) I've been enjoying Mad Men this season a lot so far. I mean, the seasons tend to kind of build towards the end, so I'm usually not as into the earlier eps as the later ones, but I've actually enjoyed all these quite a bit, particularly everything always with Peggy, and anything involving Trudy putting Pete in his place.

[-] I've also gotten in a reading mood! It's the first time this year so far I've felt like doing nothing but reading. Several of you noticed on GoodReads that I was making my way through the Julia Quinn FBI/US Attorney series over the weekend, which was a just a huge delight. Some thoughts.Collapse ) I read some other things in addition to that series over the past week (Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer and Written in Red by Anne Bishop) which I don't have any specific thoughts on at the moment, other than I enjoyed them all quite a bit, but feel free to talk to me about them in the comments!!! At some point I also might start posting super brief reactions to stuff when I finish them on GoodReads because I have been wanting to use it more recently.

[-] In my last post, I mentioned about changing my mind about social work and thinking about accounting and teaching. Since then, that hasn't changed, but I've also added thinking about law school to my potential future plans. I mean, it's a weird thing, because my dad's a lawyer, and it's been a running joke in my family for years whenever I get really argumentative that one of them says I'd make a good lawyer, and I'm always like, "No way!!!" and I don't even know when it started, it must've been when I was a kid, but like… despite that, I've actually always been interested in the law. One of my greatest concerns with the idea of being a lawyer was not being interested in litigation, but I was reading into transactional law, and that seems like it would be more suited for me. I am concerned because I know that it can be pretty tough to get a job as a lawyer these days, but the top schools tend to still have good job placement rates, and getting into law school is primarily GPA + LSAT, and my GPA is excellent, and I took a practice LSAT and did well, and I figure with a couple months of studying and doing practice tests, I could bump it up about 5 points, and at that point I would be pretty confident I could get into a good school. I'm not 100% sure yet, I do want to research things a bit more just to make sure I think I would enjoy transactional law, and I'm still planning on taking that accounting class and do some tutoring over the summer. The most likely plan for me in the fall would be that I would apply to law school, accounting programs, and possibly whatever programs I'd need to apply to for teaching, and then give myself more time to think things through and find out where I'd even get accepted, and then go from there.

I did also finally talk to my parents last Friday about my change in plans for grad school, and while they did burst out laughing when I told them I was thinking about law school (mostly just because of what I mentioned above about it being a running joke. And I prefaced telling them with, "Ok, you're going to laugh at this, but…" and afterwards my mom was like, "You're right, that's the only thing you could've said that would have made us laugh at you."), they were totally understanding of the concerns I had with social work and said they had similar concerns, and they think accounting or law school would definitely fit me better. So I feel good having talked it over with them, and I really do feel so much less worried and anxious and nervous about thinking about my future plans (even though they're still up in the air) than I did just a month or two ago. So I do think I'm headed in the right direction right now.

[-] WORK HAS BEEN SO STUPID FOR SO MANY REASONS. Work StuffCollapse )

OH, I almost completely forgot to mention because it happened like a week and a half ago now, but like, MY BOSS HAS BEEN OVERLY NICE TO ME RECENTLY, AND I'M PARANOID ABOUT IT??? Like, a week ago Friday, I was leaving for the day and was saying bye to her, and she was like, "Oh, you like theater, would you be interested in going to see Billy Elliot?" which is going to be playing in Costa Mesa soon-ish, and at first I thought she meant like… all of us go as an office (there's only like 10 of us so that's not as many as it sounds) but then I realized she just meant me, her, and maybe my supervisor, and like… no, actually, I don't want to do that, SUPER AWKWARD, especially because either I'd be giving notice right before we'd go or right after, and either way, I'd feel awkward. But I didn't feel like I could say no, so I told her that sounded fun. I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING SINCE THEN, SO I'M HOPING IT DOESN'T HAPPEN. And then the following Monday, my boss is like, "Can you come here for a second?" and I'm afraid that I'm in trouble for something, but then I go in and she gives me a brand new scarf for no reason at all?????? And it's a really nice scarf, I like it, but like. WHY????????? THERE HAS TO BE AN ULTERIOR MOTIVE. I DON'T KNOW WHAT ULTERIOR MOTIVE THERE CAN BE FOR GIVING ME A SCARF, BUT LIKE. THERE'S SOMETHING GOING ON. WHY WOULD SHE JUST GIVE ME A SCARF OUT OF THE BLUE??????? IT'S REALLY WEIRD, I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.
 
 
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Michelle
02 April 2013 @ 07:14 am
I need to stop going a week and a half plus between posts since I end up having way too much to post about!!!! Mostly TV this time:

New Girl 2.10Collapse )

The Mindy Project 1.18Collapse )

Game of Thrones 3.01Collapse )

Doctor Who 7.07Collapse )

The Lizzie Bennet DiariesCollapse )

I stopped watching Shameless last season around 2.09, mostly because I wasn't into the show as much as I had been during season 1, and because I just had too many shows to watch and a lot of stuff went by the wayside, even stuff I was mostly enjoying. But seeing gifs of Fiona and Evan Chambers made me want to catch up, so I finally did this past week. And now I have a bunch of random stuff to ramble about. ShamelessCollapse )

I finally caught up on The Americans last weekend after having only seen the pilot for, like, months, and I don't have anything specific to say, but ugh!!! So great!!! Spy marrieds!!!!!!! I'm loving so much of what they're doing with the show. And yay to the pick-ups for Cougar Town, Elementary (not that that was really in doubt, but it's always nice to have it confirmed) and The Good Wife (…mostly. Depending on where things go this season and next)!!!

I GOT MY NEW CAR LAST WEEK!!!!!! Picture under the cutCollapse ) It's the Hyundai Elantra and I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!!! I mean, tbh, I was kind of freaking out a little like right in the middle of when I was signing the papers (WHICH TOOK OVER 3 HOURS, GOD), mostly because, I mean… this is a huge purchase!!! By far the biggest purchase I've ever made, and I'm going to be paying it off for the next 6 years, and I probably paid more than I should of (meaning that I got a lot of comfort features that I don't really NEED but still really wanted), and I kept doubting my choice, like maybe I really would enjoy the Ford Focus more or whatever. But after having it a week (actually, after just a day, really), I am completely in love with it and so happy!!!! And I was able to trade in my 12 year old car that has ignition problems and heating problems for $1700 which was way more than I was expecting to get, so that was also awesome. Although it was sad to say goodbye to it. It was my first car ever!!!

I FINALLY have moved my hours from 8-5 (nearly 7 months after I was first told I could!!!) and it's awesome!!!! It feels so early when I get to go home!!! I also… can't remember if I mentioned this in my last post, but I'm thinking of sticking around until the end of May now at my job just to get save up a little extra, especially after having to get the new car, and because I'm still trying to figure out exactly what I need to be doing between now and applying to grad schools. Which I'm starting to freak out a huge amount about. I have my next career counseling session on Wednesday, and I was researching a bunch of schools that he gave me to look into last time, and I was looking through applications and requirements and stuff, and I FEEL SO UNPREPARED. Hopefully Wednesday will help, and hopefully after that I'll be able to really figure out when I need to quit. But it will be soon!!! Especially since my supervisor was talking to me the other day about how they're going to give some more of my responsibilities over to someone else, which are also some of the only things I actually don't mind/enjoy, leaving me basically only with the stuff I hate. I would be paranoid about my job security, actually, if I didn't know how much they need me. But that shouldn't go into effect for another couple months, so staying until the end of May should be ok. And the new people are… ugh. The guy is really argumentative and thinks he knows better when he really doesn't, and he's condescending and has an opinion about EVERYTHING, even when no one freaking asked for an opinion an they're just making idle small talk. The girl is better, I mean, I like her as a person at least, but she's still making a lot of REALLY basic mistakes, which is causing more work for everyone. ugh. BUT IT WILL BE OVER SOON.
 
 
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Michelle
06 March 2013 @ 08:00 am
ugh, so I'm sorry I pretty much disappeared the past week and a half. Nothing particularly special happened, I have just been so tired and emotionally drained and lacked all motivation to do anything for a multitude of reasons. And there are too many things I need to talk about, so whenever I go to make a post, I'm like, "No this is going to take so long!!!" so I just do other stuff instead because procrastination is my solution to all things because I am an adult. I will try to make this briefer (well, brief for me) than normal so I can finally get something posted already.

TV stuff first:

New Girl 2.18Collapse )

The Mindy Project 1.16Collapse )

The Lizzie Bennet DiariesCollapse )

Hart of DixieCollapse )

Most of what I have been doing for the past week instead of being around here or doing anything productive with my life has been watching movies. The Oscars always put me in a movie-watching mood, and I so rarely get into movie-watching moods these days that I've been capitalizing on it while it lasts. In the past week, I've watched: The Graduate, Ordinary People, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Midnight Cowboy, The Pianist, The Navigator, Stagecoach, Scarlet Street, Rashomon, and The Virgin Spring. Super, super brief reactions to them all.Collapse )

Work/real life stuff.Collapse )

Other stuff:

[-] FMM is a thing that's happening! I feel like I have finally gotten to the point where I realize that FMM is always going to be disappointing and it's best just to enjoy the ride while I can but not get even remotely invested. Plus, I just don't feel like I care as much who wins since I got Leslie winning last year. But I am super happy about the rule changes so none of the old shows are in anymore. I'm just hoping against all hope that no movie/book fandoms make it in even though I know it's futile. SORRY, I JUST CARE ABOUT TV CHARACTERS MORE THAN BOOK/MOVIE CHARACTERS LIKE 99.9% OF THE TIME. Actually that's not entirely true of books, but the book characters who have the potential to actually make it in are not the book characters I care about, so. But really the best part is the resulting fandom wank. Already entertained by people complaining about old shows not being eligible and HIMYM not already being on the bracket. Anyways, someone tell me what to vote for in the sci fi and teen categories. My only sci fi vote is for Lost Girl and I don't even watch that show, it's basically just an anti-Merlin/Avengers/BSG/The Hobbit/etc. vote. And for teen I have one spot open (already voting for FNL and Bunheads).

[-] A little obsessed with Jeremy Jordan and Jonathan Groff singing Let Me Be Your Star. WHY WON'T YOU BE IN MORE THINGS WHERE YOU CAN SING, JGROFF??? I'm excited for your HBO show and all whenever that starts, but still. THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME SINGING. Also don't know how I hadn't heard of Jeremy Jordan until he joined Smash, but I have been obsessed with his voice since the song he sang in the premiere. Also don't ask me why I'm still watching Smash because I honestly can't tell you other than my Christian Borle situation, my love for Ivy/Megan Hilty, and my inability to let go of any show involving musical numbers despite how much I dislike the rest of the actual show (see also: Glee). But yeah, Jeremy Jordan, where have I been??? He is excellent.

I AM THE MOST BEHIND ON COMMENTING, I AM SO SORRY. I will try to get caught up on the past like week of entries tonight, but I probably won't get to everything, so I'M VERY SORRY, but I do promise I will read through everything even if I can't comment.
 
 
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Michelle
26 February 2013 @ 07:44 am
Oscars ReactionsCollapse )

New Girl 2.17Collapse )

Parks and Recreation 4.14 & 4.15Collapse )

Elementary 1.17Collapse )

I took a bit of a break from my TWW rewatch this past week because of there being so much new TV/work being busy and me working overtime, and then over the weekend I continued that break to try to get caught up on the BP noms in time for the Oscars, since I had only seen 4 of the 9 nominated. I didn't manage to get all of them in time for the awards, but I did get to 4/5 that I hadn't seen, so that's not too bad! And I have some brief thoughts on those films: Les Miserables, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, & AmourCollapse )

I saw a play on Friday night at South Coast Rep with my parents, Chinglish, which I probably shouldn't have gone to just because I was exhausted and could barely stay awake, and I had wanted to see it because I heard it had gotten good reviews, but after having seen it, I definitely could have lived without going It wasn't bad or anything, it just… idk, I've seen a lot of other things that addressed the same issues/topics it addressed but better and more in-depth, and it was entertaining enough, but not so entertaining that I would've rather seen it than gone home and crashed. But the main reason I'm even mentioning it is that one of the actresses in it was Michelle Krusiec, who played Exquisite Woo on Popular, and she was also on Community in season 2 in that wine tasting ep as Wu Mei, who was dating Pierce, so it was fun to recognize her there.

I found out that the woman I mentioned in my last post who was going to be starting at some point and taking over some of my responsibilities (the stuff I actually somewhat enjoy) so I can move my hours up to 8-5 is going to be starting today, officially, which. ugh. I mean, it turns out she'll be working from 4-7, which is at least a little better than 3-6, because that means she'll only be taking over for me from 4-5 once I do move the hours up (although I'm not going to be moving the hours up until she's trained enough that she can do the stuff on her own, so who knows when that will be), unless they just let me keep doing that stuff from 4-5 (which they should) and she can do it from 5-7. But even though that's a little better than expected, the whole thing still just makes me feel… weird? I mean, when my supervisor was telling me yesterday she'd be starting today for sure, I felt like she expected me to be grateful or happy that I will finally be moving my hours up (because this is something they asked me if I'd be interested in LAST SEPTEMBER), and I was having a hard time not telling her not to even bother with it because I'm not going to be here much longer, and it just doesn't seem at all worth it to mess with my schedule at this point. I also still have a lot of anxiety about quitting and am not really sure when that's going to happen. I think I want to stop working here sometime in April, but I'm just not sure if it makes more sense to have my last day be at the beginning of April or the end. Really I'd just like to fast forward a couple months. Or maybe a year.
 
 
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Michelle
10 February 2013 @ 01:36 pm
In case you've forgotten or you're a new friend, when that 100 Things LJ meme thing was going around last summer, I decided to do 100 Female TV Characters, which I've been verrrrrry slowly making my way through. I definitely want to get through the rest of the 100 by the end of the year (which sounds like plenty of time, but considering I'm only through 40 and I've been working on it since last June, that might be difficult), and I finally have the next 10 to post! (Previous posts: 1-10, 11-20, 21-30.)

100 Female TV Characters: #31-40Collapse )

Anyways, I am a million days behind on comments, so I am going to spend the rest of my day catching up on them, and then catching up on TV. Hope everyone's having a nice weekend!
 
 
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Michelle
02 February 2013 @ 10:19 am
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I am still behind on most TV, but I did manage to catch up on Bunheads, which was a great choice because that is a super delightful show, and I forgot how much I enjoyed it! I think it might be even better so far since it's come back than it was over the summer. I also really enjoyed seeing Paris Gellar again on my screen, and the Breaking Bad reference ("So he's a Better Call Saul?") had me cracking up a ridiculous amount.

I finally read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, which I feel like everyone in the world has already read, and… I liked it, but not nearly as much as most people seem to? I should mention that I was spoiled for how everything turned out like months and months ago, which was part of why I put off reading it for so long, so that might've lessened the emotional impact some. But I was expecting to cry a lot, and… I almost teared up like once or twice, but that was it. I honestly just never got incredibly emotionally invested in the characters or the relationship or… anything. The characters never really felt like real people to me. idk. I did really enjoy quite a lot about it! I gave it like 4/5 stars on GoodReads, so it's not like I hated it or anything. It just didn't seem to affect me like it did most people, which is kind of disappointing.

Nothing particularly exceptional about my job to complain about this week. I mean, there were plenty of frustrating things, but nothing remarkable enough to get into. I was just so exhausted by Wednesday that I just felt like a truck had run over me, and I was kind of emotionally on edge all Wednesday and Thursday, not for any particular reason, but just like… a lot of small things catching up with me? And I think I was still a little exhausted from last week. BUT IT'S THE WEEKEND NOW, YAY!!!!! Going to catch up on commenting because I'm days behind (for the aforementioned reasons of being emotionally on edge and exhausted the past couple days), and then I will embark upon my New Girl rewatch!!!!!
 
 
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Michelle
29 January 2013 @ 07:56 am
The Lizzie Bennet DiariesCollapse )

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I'd been slacking pretty hard in the reading department for most of January, but I went from having read only 1 book for the month to 6 by the end of this weekend! And one of the books I read was HDU by India Lee, which I only heard about because it's literally based on ONTD. But, more importantly than that, it features pretend dating, which is legitimately one of my favorite tropes ever, so I had to read it for that reason alone. AND IT ACTUALLY WAS KIND OF DELIGHTFUL!!! HDU by India LeeCollapse )

Another one of the books I read was The Diviners by Libba Bray which I've been meaning to read since September, and I finally got to it, and I just… there's something about Libba Bray's writing that I just can't get into her books. I don't know what it is! I definitely liked this more than the first book of her Gemma Doyle trilogy, but I really couldn't get into that at all, so that's not saying much. I liked the ideas and plot a lot more in this book, but for whatever reason, I just never can get invested in her characters. I don't understand why! But I might end up reading the sequel regardless just because I did enjoy the plot/worldbuilding, and I can see a couple characters where there's the potential for me to get invested. Still, I was hoping to like it a lot more than I did, so that was disappointing.

I am so behind on all the TV, ugh! Every time I go to finally watch something, I'm like, "Well, I could catch up on Castle, ...or I could watch this 5 min video of Lizzie and Darcy flirting with each other for the 800th time." You can guess which option I've been choosing. I'M SORRY, BUT THIS WEBSERIES MAY HAVE TAKEN OVER MY LIFE A LITTLE BIT. At least there's new Hart of Dixie and New Girl (!!!!! THE PROMOS, I AM DYING ALREADY) tonight!!! I should be able to divert my attention from LBD long enough to watch those episodes, at least!
 
 
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Michelle
27 January 2013 @ 03:21 pm
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Super bummed about both Ben and Kate and Don't Trust the B being effectively cancelled. I mean, I've been expecting it for both shows for awhile now, so I had pretty much prepared myself for it, but it's still a disappointment. At least I'm several episodes behind on both shows, so I can drag out their seasons a bit longer.

Work this week was crappy as usual! Work StuffCollapse )

So yeah, anyways, needless to say that pissed me off, and I was also annoyed about having to stay until 8 PM on Thursday and Friday at all, although it had died down so much that they did realize there was no point in keeping us all the way until 8 PM on Friday, so I did get to leave at like 7:15 that night, thankfully. I had also totally planned on getting caught up on comments on Thursday evening, but that was before I knew I would have to stay until 8 PM, and even though I did have a little time after work that evening, I was so completely and utterly drained that I could barely keep my eyes open, so that didn't happen. So sorry about all the late comments on everyone's entries this weekend! Better late than never, right? I hope? I was just so exhausted both Thursday and Friday that I felt like crying, which is always how it gets at the end of the month with this job, and I hate it. But hopefully I will not have to deal with all this for much longer.

Anyways, SAG AWARDS TONIGHT!!!!!!! I should mention for new people that I have an unhealthy love for awards shows. It's not like I actually think the things that are awarded are always the best things or are worthy of awards, but... idk what it is, I just love awards shows, there's no rational explanation for it. (Except the Grammys; I never care about those.) I definitely need to start picking up with watching the nominated films, though, since normally this is the time of year I watch most of the major nominated things, but I've actually only seen 1 film in the past month, and I still have like half the things nominated for Best Picture to watch. Maybe that'll be my goal for next weekend (which will somehow be February, how did that happen????).
 
 
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Michelle
18 January 2013 @ 07:55 am
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So I ended up marathoning Girls over the past couple days and I have some thoughts: Girls Season 1 & 2.01Collapse )

So it feels like it was a million years ago now, but my birthday was Monday, and it was… fine? It was pretty low key, not that I wanted it to be a huge thing. I was supposed to go shopping with my mom on Saturday, but I woke up with a cold out of nowhere and didn't feel up to it. I did see Zero Dark Thirty on Sunday, though, which I really enjoyed. I don't have a lot to say about it, but I just wanted to say briefly that like… I don't entirely know how I feel about the torture stuff because, I mean, a large part of me feels like we can't really know how true that is because it's too close to the event now, so there are people who would have a vested interest in trying to downplay it. But out of context of all the controversy, it was just an amazingly well-made film that was perfectly paced, and just… gripping from start to end. And of course you can't remove the film entirely from context, which is what's preventing me from giving the film like 5 stars, 10/10, etc., but… yeah, idk, I thought it was very good overall, and it's ridiculous that Kathryn Bigelow wasn't nominated.

The Golden Globes also happened a million years ago, so I feel way too late to really discuss them in depth, but I do have to say that I love that I haven't seen a single negative review of Tina and Amy's hosting job. Which is good, because they really were just wonderful. I'm sure someone somewhere didn't like them because there's nothing that's actually universally loved, but I can't remember any award hosts in recent years who have been this widely praised. Hopefully this means they can host all the things in the future!!!

So I know I mentioned I was going to rewatch Friday Night Lights S3-5, but… that hasn't happened. This is why I shouldn't say I'm going to do things because I never actually do what I say I'm going to. First I watched Girls, and now I've moved on to Hart of Dixie based on Tumblr and a couple people on my flist convincing me that I would ship Zoe/Wade ridiculous amounts. I'm only like 4 episodes in, but I'm already so far gone for them. HE MADE THE GUMBO FOR HER THAT WON 2ND PLACE AND HE DIDN'T EVEN TAKE CREDIT FOR IT. Except more flailing and feelings when I finish marathoning the show!
 
 
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Michelle
11 January 2013 @ 07:53 am
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Cougar Town 4.01Collapse )

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Oscar noms!!!!!!!! One of my favorite days of the year, no lie. I… still haven't seen enough things to have real opinions, but a few various thoughts: Brief Oscar Nomination ReactionsCollapse )

I had my 3rd career counseling session on Wednesday, which was… fine? idk, it's hard to really describe them since I just took another assessment and we talked briefly about some stuff. Right now it looks like I'm kind of heading into getting a Master's in Social Work and becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, which… was exactly what I was planning back when I was a sophomore in college before I changed my mind because I decided I wasn't sure enough and wanted to explore other stuff first, and I'll feel a little silly if I end up going that route just because I'll feel like I wasted these past few years unnecessarily. But we'll see, I still have some doubts (but there's no career that I feel like 100% about, and idk, I'M JUST A REALLY INDECISIVE PERSON AND I HAVE WAY TOO MANY INTERESTS). My last career counseling session is mid-February, so hopefully at that point I can make some sort of decision and figure out a battle plan and go from there.

Work has been annoying, as usual. But it just gets worse, like, I feel myself getting irritated with people I used to get along with really well. I'm just so done with everything there. And I was also annoyed this week because it's been crazy slow and they've actually been letting people leave early, but I never am the one who gets to leave early. And my supervisor every single day will be like "Maybe we'll get to leave early today!" to me, and then SHE NEVER LETS ME GO EARLY, SHE ONLY LETS OTHER PEOPLE GO, OR NO ONE. I just feel like I'm being jerked around, like I wouldn't care as much if she didn't say anything, but then she gets my hopes up and I become anxious all day to get to go home, and then I have to stay the whole time!!!! And yesterday she had us all take half hour breaks in case we were slow so we could be let home early, and she told me, "At the very least, you could go half an hour early," so I took a half hour lunch which I hate doing because things are not close enough to my office to really have time to get something and eat lunch during that time, and I also wanted to watch the new LBD episode and flail over it, and that didn't really give proper time to do all that. But I really wanted to be let home half an hour early, so I took only a half hour and scarfed down some food quickly, and then we got busier in the afternoon and I worked until my normal time anyways, so I actually ended up working half an hour of overtime even though we're not actually busy enough to be doing OT right now!!!! UGH IT ANNOYED ME SO MUCH. sigh.

Anyways, in conclusion, I can't stop watching the last LBD video on a loop, SEND HELP.
 
 
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Michelle
07 January 2013 @ 07:51 am
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I finally finished catching up with Parenthood, and now I have assorted feelings! ParenthoodCollapse )

So I was going to say my birthday's in 2 weeks and I'm not ready, and then I realized my birthday is actually exactly one week away, so… clearly I'm really, REALLY not ready, whoops. I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW I CAN BE TURNING 24. That has to be wrong, I'm pretty sure I'm only like 21. But anyways, I have no exciting plans, and it's annoying to me that it's on a Monday because Mondays are the worst, but oh well. On the plus side, it being a Monday means a new Lizzie Bennet Diaries episode, and it'll still be the Pemberley arc, so that almost makes it worth it. Anyways, my mom is going to take me shopping Saturday probably, which will be nice, and I'm going to try to see a movie on Sunday, and that's pretty much the extent of my birthday plans.

I just realized I haven't posted since before the New Year, so… happy 2013, I guess! I had a pretty decent New Year's Eve. I did have to work, but luckily got let home at 3:15 (which is almost 3 hours early), so that was nice. And then I ended up going to a friend's house and playing board games and stuff, so it was quiet but nice. (Although work had me so exhausted that I could barely stay awake, which was annoying.) Speaking of work, it still sucks, and they're adjusting like… idk, responsibilities and procedures and stuff in a way that I think is going to make everything worse. They've also chastised everyone for using IM for things other than work because apparently we're all using it too much to talk about non-work related stuff (although, if I'm complaining about how much work sucks, isn't that still technically work-related? I'm just saying), so I can't even complain to one of my coworkers who I normally complain with, but we have taken to occasionally getting lunch together and spending that time to complain, which helps marginally. I have my 3rd career counseling session this week, though, so hopefully that'll help me get closer to figuring out what I want to do next so I can quit already.

I wanted to mention that I made a bunch of icons from the end of the year picspams I did. They're all in my userpics, and if anyone wants to use any, feel free! I used to make big icon posts like a million years ago when I was first getting into using LJ, and I'm too lazy for that anymore, but whenever I make graphics for stuff like my end of the year picspam or the 100 ladies picspam (which I am totally still doing, btw!!! I got behind on it at the end of the year since I was focusing on getting to 100 books/50 movies and then obviously my end of the year picspam took precedence, but I definitely want to finish the rest of my 100 ladies list before the end of the year, so that will be happening), I make icons from the graphics I make from the picspams and upload my favorites for my own use, and I'm totally cool with other people taking them from there, you don't have to ask. And I tend to only make them from the shows I know I post about regularly and know I will actually use, but if there are graphics I've done that you'd like icons from that I haven't made any for, let me know and I can make some easily, it's zero trouble. I mean, I don't know that anyone's actually interested, but I figured I'd just put it out there in case anyone was.

Normally this time of year with all the awards season stuff, I'm in a major movie-watching mood, and I also expected to want to be reading a lot considering how much I was reading towards the end of the year, but for some reason at the moment all I want to do is watch TV??? I don't even know where to start because there are too many things I want to watch right now, so I've kind of just been staring at the wall instead so I don't have to make any decisions because this is how I handle things (I am totally an adult). I think I'm going to do a season 3-5 rewatch of Friday Night Lights first because Parenthood put me in the mood for that, and I'd do a full series rewatch except I rewatched season 1 on its own like… okay, it was 2 years ago, but it feels like yesterday (and also that rewatch highlighted for me how much more I enjoy the gen 2 kids on FNL more than the gen 1 kids overall, whoops), and I don't really have any inclination to rewatch season 2 (pretty much all I can remember from it is the awful Landry/Tyra storyline and Matt and Julie breaking up and Matt sleeping with his grandma's caretaker, and… yeah, none of that makes me want to rewatch that season). So I'm thinking I'll just do seasons 3-5, but we'll see.

And now I have to go to work, but I know I'm going to be unable to focus on anything except for the fact that in just a few hours, THERE WILL BE PEMBERLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I have no idea how this webseries has taken over my life like this.)
 
 
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Michelle
03 January 2013 @ 09:24 pm
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Michelle
31 December 2012 @ 07:58 am
End of the year picspam time!

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I managed to get to 100 books, 50 movies, and a whole lot of TV for the year. My Scrapbook has full lists of everything I watched and read with ratings for the movies and the books.

And now I'm off to work (and hopefully will get to leave early)! Hope everyone has a nice New Year's Eve!!!
 
 
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Michelle
29 December 2012 @ 01:55 pm
So I definitely did not mean to go 3 weeks without posting, but apparently I have! Basically all I've been doing for the past few weeks in my spare time has been working on my end of the year post, which I'm almost done with finally!!!! I probably won't be posting it until Monday since I want to try to get to 50 movies for the year before I finish it (I'm at 45 right now, so I think I should be able to get through 5 this weekend?), but I'm excited that it's just about done, since I wasn't even sure if I'd have time to do one this year. Anyways, the stuff I have to talk about doesn't feel incredibly relevant anymore since it's been weeks since they happened, but oh well:

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I don't have anything specific to say about it, but SUPER EXCITED MIRANDA'S BACK!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE IT'S BEEN ON AND I'M SO HAPPY IT'S FINALLY HERE, AND THE PREMIERE WAS JUST WONDERFUL!!!!

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I finally saw Silver Linings Playbook a couple weeks ago and really loved it! Silver Linings Playbook (2012)Collapse )

I stopped watching Parenthood around episode 3.02 just because when I started working last fall, I couldn't keep up with all the shows I was watching, and a lot of shows I dropped intentionally, but others I just got behind on and never caught up, but always planned on picking up again eventually. I finally decided to start catching up on Parenthood this past week, and it was a super great decision. I forgot how much I loved this show!!! Anyways, I'll hold off until after I finish getting caught up to make a post about all my feelings (I just finished season 3). Also it's making me want to do a Friday Night Lights rewatch, so that might happen after I finish (probably only seasons 3-5, though).

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Anyways, I hope everyone has been having a nice holiday season! I know I've been the worst LJ friend, but I'm really going to resolve to do better in 2013 because I miss being active around here and talking to everyone about things. And once I finally quit my job (which will definitely be happening in 2013), I should hopefully have a little extra time to be around here, so that'll be good.
 
 
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Michelle
30 November 2012 @ 07:55 am
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So I'm behind on basically all TV right now except for Parks and New Girl because I have been in a crazy reading mood. In the past 12 days, I've somehow read 16 books???? I don't know how this is possible what with work, and even with having Thanksgiving off, I spent most of that day with family and not reading. I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, IT'S CRAZY. My original goal for the year was 50 books, and I got to that back in like August so I upped it to 75, but after getting there last week and still being in the mood to read all the time, I decided I might as well just try for 100. I mean, I'm at 82 for the year right now, so that's 18 books in a little less than 5 weeks, which sounds like a lot, but… at this rate I will be getting there by mid-December at the latest, with plenty of time to spare.

Anyways, I wanted to talk about some of the stuff I've been reading (mostly just the stuff I've enjoyed, I don't feel the need to talk about the mediocre to bad stuff, although luckily there hasn't been too much of that), but then I became completely consumed with this YA contemporary romance, The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, so much so that I stayed up until 2 AM on Tuesday to finish it and I can't stop thinking about it and it's destroyed me and I need people to know about this book!!! I'll talk a little about some of the other stuff I'm reading next time I post, but I don't think I can get my brain to focus on anything else for long enough at the moment to form coherent thoughts on anything else right now. So please read my flailing under the cut about this book and then read it and talk to me about it!!!! The Sea of Tranquility by Katja MillayCollapse )

Work has been utterly exhausting and irritating, but I will give you a break from me complaining about it until my next post because I'm tired and have already babbled on enough here! Also my Nook spontaneously broke (like there's a strip on the right side of a screen that's just like… a blur? I can't even describe it, I'll turn it on and it'll be dark and then fade and be completely blurred and you can't read anything under it) and it's definitely not convenient since all I want to do at the moment is read. I was tempted to just buy a new one for myself but I guess I'm asking for a new one for Christmas. I suppose I can last a month without it and just read stuff on my computer. But ughhhh annoyed. And now for some reason both my parents keep trying to convince me that I want an iPad instead of a Nook, and I'm like "What? No! I just want an ereader! I won't use an iPad!!!" and they're like "Are you sure???" If I didn't know my parents I would think they had already gotten me one for Christmas as a surprise, but that's not what this is, they're just really big Apple fans. Which I am, too! But I don't need an iPad so it seems silly to pay more for something that suits my purposes less.
 
 
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Michelle
13 November 2012 @ 08:02 am
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I saw Argo on Sunday, and I also saw The Master like a month ago but never talked about it, so I guess I should discuss that a little as well: Argo & The MasterCollapse )

Real life stuff/work has felt especially busy this past week. Work/Real LifeCollapse )
 
 
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Michelle
04 November 2012 @ 02:50 pm
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So for the past week I've been kind of obsessed with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and unable to think about or focus on anything else. I mean, I mentioned back in August that I had started watching the series and that I really enjoyed it, and I've been keeping up with it since then, but this week the combination of… well, what happened this week in the 2 episodes (trying to keep it vague for people who haven't watched it yet, because if you haven't, you really should, it is the greatest!!!!!! I mean, obviously if you already like the source material I would suggest you check it out, but also if you're into awesome ladies and female friendships because this series has that in spades!!!! Obviously Lizzie is great, but they've also managed to develop Lydia, Jane, and Charlotte in such wonderful ways, and ughhh seriously you need to watch!!!!), but also because suddenly everyone on my dash and quite a few people here have started watching, and now I finally have people to flail with!!!! Yay!!!!! I ended up actually rewatching the entire series on Thursday because I was watching Thursday's episode on pretty much a continuous loop and I needed to break the cycle but had no interest in watching anything else. And now I have a bunch of random musings about the series to talk about since I never really went in depth about my feelings/thoughts on the show when I first started watching, and since I can't think about anything else right now, I might as well take the time to talk about them! The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (spoilers for whole series so far!)Collapse )

Anyways, even if you didn't make it through all that (I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS), please come flail with me about the series if you've been watching it, or if you haven't, go start watching it and then come back and flail with me please!!!!!!!

In terms of real life stuff, the past week was kind of both better and worse than the hell week the week before? Work StuffCollapse )
 
 
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Michelle
21 October 2012 @ 11:39 am
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I haven't even watched last week's Downton Abbey, but I still feel the need to comment on something after finding out what happened: Downton Abbey 3.05Collapse )

I also watched two movies yesterday! Attack the Block (2011) & Anastasia (1997)Collapse )

Work/real life stuff has been a little crazy recently. Work/Real Life StuffCollapse )
 
 
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Michelle
15 October 2012 @ 07:58 am
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After the past week or so of picking up Dexter again and now Once Upon a Time, my Sunday night TV is weirdly packed; I have Downton Abbey, Dexter, Once Upon a Time, Homeland, Revenge, and The Good Wife, which is more dramas than I think any other night of TV for me??? Although it doesn't quite rival the Tuesday night comedies, which is another story entirely.

I watched a couple movies over the weekend:

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I had to work this past Saturday and I'm going to have to work this coming Saturday and it sucks. Plus, it's starting to get near the end of the month, which means things are going to get a lot busier at work, which means having to work at least an hour of overtime every day, which also sucks. But in less than 2 weeks now, I will be seeing The Book of Mormon in LA, so there's that at least!
 
 
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Michelle
09 October 2012 @ 07:58 am
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I also don't have anything really specific to say about them, but I'm loving Elementary, Go On has really grown on me more than I ever expected (I'm in it mostly for Anne and Owen and John Cho, but the rest has been pretty enjoyable too!), and Ben and Kate is pretty cute and I'm also enjoying it more than expected.

So I ended up spending the past week catching up and watching season 6 of Dexter (and then the 2 eps from this season), and now I have thoughts! Dexter Season 6 & 7.01-7.02Collapse )

I decided to start watching Once Upon a Time. I had resisted watching it for awhile, but enough people whose taste I trust seem to be enjoying it overall and I do love fairytales and idk, I was bored and wanted something new to watch, and the first season is up on Netflix Instant Watch, and I'm like 80% more likely to watch something if it's up on Netflix. I expected just to be entertained by it while being irritated by some aspects, and there is some stuff I don't love, but overall I actually am enjoying it a lot more than I expected (I'm a little less than halfway through the first season), and it's given me feelings a couple times unexpectedly, so yeah! I think I'll be adding it to what I'm watching this season! I'll post more in depth thoughts once I've gotten all caught up, anyways.

I've been trying to post more than just once a week but this past week kind of got away from me! And I have some real life stuff to talk about, both work and otherwise, and for once I'm not going to be complaining about the new coworker because things have improved with her, yay! Work and Real Life StuffCollapse )
 
 
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Michelle
02 October 2012 @ 07:58 am
Doctor Who 7.05Collapse )

Haven 3.02Collapse )

Downton Abbey 3.03Collapse )

The Good Wife 4.01Collapse )

I have nothing specific to say about the episode, but SO HAPPY HOMELAND IS BACK!!!!!!!!!! I was planning to do a season 1 rewatch which hasn't happened yet, but possibly this weekend because the premiere reminded me of how much I adore this show.

I saw Looper on Sunday, and I have thoughts! (Any spoilers for the movie will be under spoiler-cuts.) LooperCollapse )

I also ended up doing a rewatch of Miranda on Saturday because I was just kind of in the mood for the show like that, and season 3 is FINALLY going to be airing somewhat soon, and it was definitely an excellent choice. I don't really have much to say specifically about it, just that it always take me like 10-15 min through the pilot to get used to the style and then I just get sucked in and laugh out loud more than I do during almost any other comedy I've watched. AND MIRANDA/GARY, UGH. Anyways, it got me in the mood to do a Green Wing rewatch mostly just because it's also a quirky British comedy, and I haven't watched it since I first marathoned it the summer before my senior year of high school (so that was definitely awhile ago), and it's all on Netflix, so I might do that soon.

Although, if you hadn't noticed, I'm kind of in the mood to rewatch just about everything right now. It's weird because I spent all summer pretty disinterested in TV, and even back in like April/May when there was still new stuff, idk, I just wasn't really in the mood for TV overall? But now I'm definitely in a TV mood, and I'm not used to all the shows having new stuff right now, so it's still exciting to have new eps to watch every night!!! And, as I said, I just want to marathon show after show right now. Homeland and Green Wing are on my list, along with Parks and Rec S2-3 (I'm rewatching season 4 with my parents right now since I got the DVDs and my dad hasn't seen it, and it's made me remember how much I adore this show and it's been over a year since I last watched any eps from those seasons which is FAR too long), and Dexter season 6 (after being spoiled for the season, I was pretty disinterested in catching up, but from all accounts, season 7 is a vast improvement, and it did used to be one of my absolute favorite shows, and I adore Deb always, so I might have to catch up).

In terms of real life stuff quickly, the end of this week is going to be a bit busy for me. My parents and I have season tickets to the local theater, South Coast Rep (which is close enough to L.A. that it often has recognizable actors in its productions, like Michael Urie and Donna from Suits and Billy from last season of Scandal and the headmaster from Gilmore Girls and so on, which is really fun, and most of its productions are pretty good, if not great, although there is the occasional awful one), and we were supposed to go to one last Friday, but my dad had a really awful cough, so we ended up trading the tickets for this Thursday instead (which sucks because THERE'S SO MUCH TV THURSDAY, WHY DON'T MY PARENTS UNDERSTAND THIS???? I can probably squeeze in Parks, but I doubt I'll be able to get to Scandal or Elementary, and I do not approve), and we're actually seeing a different play at the second stage there on Friday night, and I have a dentist appointment Saturday morning, so I probably won't be able to catch up on TV and the internet until like Saturday afternoon. Oh, and Sunday I'm hopefully going to finally see The Master (I was supposed to see it 2 weekends ago, and then I was supposed to see it this past weekend but we ended up seeing Looper instead, but I was promised that this weekend I will finally actually see The Master), so that'll be nice.

Also, I promise to stop complaining about the new coworker, but I did have to mention a few things quickly (and then I won't talk about her for awhile, I swear!!!). Work StuffCollapse )

Also, work-related, but it deserves to go outside the cut: this one girl I work with yesterday was like, "Ohhh, I need to check if Gossip Girl is starting tonight!!!!" and then she checked and was like "Oh no, it's not starting until next week!" And now I'm terrified that she might be a Chuck/Blair shipper. I NORMALLY DON'T JUDGE PEOPLE BASED ON SHIPS, BUT I DO WITH CHUCK/BLAIR, OK. I mean, she didn't say anything specific, just that she was excited for it to come back, but… who is still excited for this show and doesn't ship Chuck/Blair??? Is there anyone else left actually still watching? Anyways, I didn't mention anything about having watched (slash being obsessed with) the show because I feared her removing any doubt and confirming she ships them. I like her, I get along with her really well, I don't want to get into shipping wars with her!!!! So for now I will live in my delusion that she might not ship anyone and just enjoy the ridiculousness of the show.
 
 
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Michelle
28 September 2012 @ 08:00 am
Parks and Recreation 5.02Collapse )

New Girl 2.01-2.02Collapse )

Glee 4.03Collapse )

Scandal 2.01Collapse )

I haven't watched any of this season of Up All Night so far, but from what I've heard… I'm not really eager to? Maybe I'll wait a few weeks and then marathon some eps to see how I feel, but just… the idea of the Ava show being gone and Reagan being a stay-at-home mom and Chris working takes away so much of what I really enjoyed about the show when it first started and what I found really refreshing about it. Now it just feels a lot more… idk, standard or like other family comedies I've already seen a million times before? But I guess I haven't actually watched the episodes yet so I shouldn't judge it. I just have enough TV to watch that it's hard to get motivated to find the time to watch a show that I feel disappointed in.

I got really behind on 30 Rock last week and hadn't watched the last like 8 episodes of the season, but I finally caught up a few days ago, and ahhhhh so many feelings!!!!! 30 Rock is a show that I've always liked but never really gotten invested in in the past, and part of it is just because I feel like Liz has never been allowed to have a functional, good relationship or be really happy. BUT THEN LIZ/CRISS!!!!! AND IT IS HITTING ME WITH ALL THE FEELINGS!!!!!!!! LIFE IS HAPPENING!!!!!!! If they don't end the series together, I'm going to be devastated.

I don't understand how it's already almost October!!! IT BARELY FEELS LIKE IT SHOULD BE SEPTEMBER!!!!! And the new girl at work is still driving me crazy. Work StuffCollapse )
 
 
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Michelle
24 September 2012 @ 07:58 am
First off, Emmys reactions! EmmysCollapse )

So yeah, overall… mixed bag, as always, but I guess it could've been worse! And now I'm in the mood to rewatch Homeland before it premieres on Sunday. I mean, I was already kind of in the mood to rewatch the show in preparation for its premiere, but the Emmys reminded me of how much I love the show, too, so I might do that later in the week or over the weekend.

And now for some TV reactions:

Parks and Recreation 5.01Collapse )

Doctor Who 7.04Collapse )

Haven 3.01Collapse )

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Glee 4.02Collapse )

I've been rewatching Mad Men with my parents and we just finished season 3 (that season 3 finale is my 2nd favorite ep of the series, second only to The Suitcase; it's just so great!!!!) and I'm regretting not putting Betty in my top 100 ladies list. She was right on the border, but now that I've gone through season 3, I've realized that I really do love her more than quite a few ladies who did make the list. But oh well, I decided not to make anymore changes because I don't want it to be all out of order and if I keep second-guessing myself, I'll never finish it. But just know that she is a special honorary member of the list!!! (Also, I found myself shipping Betty/Henry so much more than I ever remember shipping them before and I don't know how that happened, but they gave me a lot of feelings!!!)

I interrupted my Downton Abbey rewatch to do a rewatch of New Girl (well, starting from 1.03 because I don't think I could take the pilot again, and 1.02 was pretty painful as well as far as I can remember) because I had been in the mood to do a rewatch of the show since I first marathoned it last spring, and now that the show is finally going to be back on Tuesday (!!!!!!), it seemed like an apt time to do a rewatch! And ugh, it's ridiculous how much I love that show. If you had told me after I watched the pilot last fall that it would end up being my favorite new show of last season, I would've thought you were crazy, but idk, it is just such an utter delight, I love all the characters and every combination of characters interacting, and there are certain episodes that make me tear up (like the Christmas ep, and the one where Nick thinks he has cancer and they all pitch in for his scan). And Secrets is just the actual perfect episode, I can't even, I want to watch it on a loop forever, every single moment is just pitch perfect, I can't handle it. ugh I can't wait for season 2 to start!!!!!!!!

Anyways, I'm back to my Downton rewatch now, and I'm at the end of season 1, and ughhhh the angst, I didn't expect it to affect me as much this time just because I'm not as invested in the show as I once was, and at least now I know how everything turns out, but it still kills me when Matthew thinks there might be a chance for him and Mary but then she starts paying attention to the other guy, and then of course absolutely everything in 1.07, oh god!!! But it's been nice remember what I once loved about the show.

I've still just been in a TV-watching mood for the past week, it's a little ridiculous. I keep wanting to rewatch everything. As I mentioned, I will probably rewatch Homeland sometime this week. I'm also thinking I might need to do a Haven rewatch, but we'll see; it seems a little silly to embark on more rewatches of stuff when everything is finally coming back this week and next! I'm most excited for New Girl, as I already mentioned, and Scandal (it's crazy how addicted I got to that show after only 7 eps!!!), but also for Elementary (although I've seen the pilot already, so there's an extra week wait there), The Good Wife, and (of course) Homeland. And I've never been able to get really invested in Castle, but I am excited for what the show's going to do with Castle/Beckett, so that'll be fun to see tonight! Really, I'm just so excited all my shows are finally almost back!!!!!!
 
 
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Michelle
23 September 2012 @ 11:38 am
100 Female TV Characters: #21-30Collapse )

I finally made more progress on this list, yay! Now I'm a little under a third of the way through! I do think this is going to end up taking me like a year to get through, although I am in a picspamming mood right now, so maybe it won't take 1-2 months for the next set. Anyways, I have lots of TV and stuff to talk about, but I think I'll wait until tomorrow to get to that stuff. Hope everyone's having a nice weekend!
 
 
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Michelle
14 September 2012 @ 07:59 am
Go On 1.01-1.02Collapse )

The New Normal 1.02Collapse )

I finally got to see Moonrise Kingdom on Sunday! And then spent the rest of the day watching 3 other films: Head-On/Gegen die Wand (2004), Castaway to the Moon (2009), and The Hunger Games (2012), all of which were at least good if not great: Movie ReactionsCollapse )

I've also been eagerly devouring all the reviews I can for everything that's been showing at Toronto (and Telluride and Venice before it) and ugh there are so many films I want to watch right now but it feels like forever before I'm going to be able to see them!!! I have a super long list of everything with their release dates for the rest of the year: [List of Upcoming Movies]

Movies I'm most excited for: Imogene (Darren Criss on the big screen!!!!!!! Also Kristen Wiig, and it's supposed to be pretty good, so there's that. But I read an interview that stated it wouldn't be out until 2013, which NOOOOOO, I was so hoping for a limited release at the very end of this year!!! ughhhh I feel like I've been waiting for this movie forever!!!), Silver Linings Playbook (I wasn't super excited for this before, but the reviews coming out of Toronto were so great, and I do love Jennifer Lawrence. I'm a little nervous about how the movie is going to treat mental illness because I am usually pretty picky about portrayals of mental illness in the media, but I'm pretty hopeful and optimistic!), The Master, Pitch Perfect (okay this has nothing to do with film festivals or Oscar potential, it just looks very entertaining and relevant to my interests), Amour, Rust and Bone.

Movies I'm moderately excited for: Smashed (Aaron Paul!!!!!!!!!!!!!), Looper, Seven Psychopaths (I loved In Bruges, but I've read more mixed reviews about this one), Cloud Atlas (this is either going to be awesome or a trainwreck), The Sessions, Lincoln (I don't care much for biopics or Spielberg tbh, but I do love DDL, and it has a good cast), Anna Karenina (I do like Joe Wright and Keira Knightley and period stuff, but this looks like it could be iffy? I've never read Anna Karenina, either, so I don't know how that'll affect my enjoyment of the film one way or the other), Life of Pi (this is also kind of like Cloud Atlas, in that I think I'm either going to love it or hate it), Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, This is 40, Promised Land, Barbara.

Movies I don't think I'll care for but will have to watch anyways: Argo (I mean, the reviews have been amazing, and I normally would be interested in this kind of film, but I can't get over my rage at the fact that Ben Affleck cast himself as the main character who happens to be Hispanic considering Ben Affleck cannot seriously be hurting for work, and how many leading man roles are there for Hispanic actors right now? ugh), The Impossible (same kind of issue here as with Argo: out of every possible family they could have chosen to focus on who was affected by the tsunami in Southeast Asia, they choose a white family. Of course. Also it looks possibly too melodramatic and emotionally manipulative for my tastes. Though I do like Ewan McGregor).

I am quite possibly missing stuff, and there's pretty much no chance that I will end up seeing every single film listed here, and I'm sure I'll add stuff and take stuff away after more reviews come in for various things.


I've also been reading quite a bit! (I'm usually awful at balancing watching movies, TV, and reading; I tend to get very focused on just one thing, like watching movies, and won't watch TV or read a book for like a month, and vice versa.) And there's one book in particular I just read that I wanted to talk about (non-spoilery reaction except for spoilery stuff under spoiler cuts): Unspoken by Sarah Rees BrennanCollapse )

Work has been… fine. idk, nothing terrible has happened, I'm just so tired of it and the idea of spending more than 1 more year working there is horribly depressing, but I also have made absolutely no progress in figuring out what the hell I want to do next and what grad schools I need to apply to, so that's not great, but I think I'll save that stuff for a later post because I don't feel like thinking about that right now. But there is some other work stuff I wanted to talk about: Work StuffCollapse )
 
 
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Michelle
09 September 2012 @ 10:36 am
Fall TV is somehow starting up really soon, so I guess it's time to post my fall TV schedule! Fall TV ScheduleCollapse )

I wasn't able to watch the Doctor Who premiere when it aired because of WorldCon, but I did finally get to it last night, so here are some thoughts even though everyone's probably already discussed it at this point: Doctor Who 7.01Collapse )

I also watched the pilot of Elementary, which I really enjoyed! Elementary 1.01Collapse )

WorldCon definitely got me out of my movie-watching mood and into a book-reading mood, but I'm going to hopefully see Moonrise Kingdom today! And then probably spend the rest of the day just reading some more.
 
 
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Michelle
05 September 2012 @ 07:59 am
So, I'm back from Chicago and Worldcon! Well, I've been back since Monday night, but I didn't get home until late, around 9 PM (and I hadn't eaten in like 10 hours due to various factors so I pretty much just came home, ate dinner, and crashed), and then yesterday was work, and I felt fine in the morning, but by the afternoon I had a horrible sore throat and was sneezing and sniffling, and it's only gotten worse, so forgive me if this post isn't terribly coherent.

But anyways, Worldcon was super great!!!! I sadly did not have internet access except on my phone, and I also didn't end up having a huge amount of free time, so I was unable to keep up with my flist. Some of the highlights (before I go into more detail) included getting books signed by 2 of my favorite authors of all time, Seanan McGuire and Connie Willis, attending an interview with George R. R. Martin and then a reading (sadly not of a chapter from Winds of Winter, but some really interesting backstory stuff that's going into some sort of… tie-in background compilation book thing (I am not describing this well)), the Hugo Awards, and… idk, there was just lots of awesome stuff. And I managed to avoid Doctor Who panels of any sort (well, there was only 1 this year compared to the 4 last year, but still), which was good considering all the horrible awful opinions at the ones I went to last year. WorldconCollapse )

So yeah, overall, super fun, and I'm really sad it's already over. I need it to be next summer already (and I need to be able to go next summer! I guess that's the most important thing). I didn't have time to do any sightseeing in Chicago, but we were right downtown in a really nice area, and we had an amazing view down the river, so that was nice at least.

Anyways, as I mentioned in my WorldCon report, Ashes of Honor, the 6th book in the Toby Daye series by Seanan McGuire, was released on 9/4, but I managed to get a copy at WorldCon and rush through it all on 8/31, and even though no one has read this series and won't understand what I'm talking about, I need to flail for a little. [Ashes of Honor Flailing and Spoilers]

Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire
I don't even know what to say about this book!!!!!! This isn't meant to be a review of any kind because really I just need a place to flail about Toby/Tybalt, because seriously, THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED AND MORE FOR TOBY/TYBALT!!!!!!!! I mean, I knew they would get together someday and was mostly just enjoying the ride and their slow development, but oh god I was not prepared for how perfect they would be in this book!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN'T EVEN HANDLE IT. I HAVE READ THIS BOOK TWICE SINCE I BOUGHT IT AND IT'S ONLY BEEN LIKE 4 DAYS. AND ALL I WANT TO DO RIGHT NOW IS READ IT AGAIN. I JUST WANT TO SOAK IN THEIR PERFECTION UNTIL THE END OF TIME.

I mean, god, I was thrilled with the kiss in Late Eclipses and the one in One Salt Sea even though one was definitely just a ruse (well ok Tybalt definitely was into her by that point, but it was more clearly just a ruse to Toby and everyone) and the other was also pretty much a trick to get Toby into the Shadow Roads. BUT THEN THIS BOOK. ALL 5 KISSES!!!!! THE FIRST KISS INITIATED BY TOBY!!!!!!!!!!! (AND HE'S DAZED BY HER KISSING HIM UGHHH I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I mean he's the King of Cats, but it's like in One Salt Sea when Raj is teaching him to make coffee and he's nervous about Toby liking it and she has to reassure him it's good even though it's terrible and he looks relieved!!!! IT'S JUST ADORABLE WHEN THE KING OF CATS IS LIKE AN AWKWARD TEENAGER.) AND THE END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CANNOT HANDLE ALL OF THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But it wasn't just the physical progression!!! I loved that Tybalt had been giving her space to grieve Connor, but he (and not just him, but also May and Quentin and everyone) was concerned that she wasn't taking care of herself, but like… at the same time, I didn't feel like he was ever taking away her agency? He let her know he thought she was risking her life unnecessarily and should be asking for help and got frustrated, but he never like… tried to force her to stop??? He respects her and her choices. And she does come to realize she needs to be more careful and she has just been reckless and moves on from Connor. AND THEN KISSING!!!!!!! But also major Tybalt backstory!!!!!!!!! Which makes SO many things make sense and wasn't quite what I was predicting, but also wasn't shocking? Although on my reread, I did notice a line that Toby was the first from the Divided Courts to come to the real Court of Cats, the only other non-Cait Sidhe was a mortal woman, and it's just a throwaway line almost, but he also mentions that he's the only one who could bring someone else in, anyone else it would be treason, so of course it would've had to be him who brought in the mortal woman, but it never connected, and now that line just seems like glaring, of COURSE he fell in love with a mortal woman and then she died. But Seanan McGuire is so excellent at that, leaving a throwaway line that you don't fully understand until books later, and then it just seems so glaringly obvious. AND THEN TYBALT'S CONFESSION THAT WHAT MADE HIM STOP HATING HER AND ALL CHANGELINGS WAS THAT HE FELL IN LOVE. AND THAT SHE GAVE HIM A HOPE CHEST AND TOOK HIS HEART AS COLLATERAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! DEAD.

Also, one of my favorite things for no apparent reason it like… charting exactly where feelings develop and change and progress, so everytime I reread this series, I try to pinpoint exactly how and when both Toby and Tybalt's feelings change towards another, and I love that I was pretty much validated in my thoughts on that in this book? I mean, I did think he didn't fully hate her as much as it appeared at the beginning of Rosemary and Rue, and I guess he was supposed to still be antagonistic to her then, but I did see the Hope Chest thing as opening Tybalt's eyes to her being different and him kind of… seeing her in a different light. And I still love that line in that book that's about Julie and her boyfriend that the Cait Sidhe don't usually fall in love frequently, but when they do, it's hard and for life, and that makes everything with Tybalt/Anne make so much sense for how he'd treat Toby, but also that once he realizes he's fallen for her (I'm guessing around An Artificial Night is when he comes to terms with that), he's just gone all the way, and that that point he's just waiting for her to realize he's waiting for her (DIED SO HARD AT THAT LINE I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU).

And there were a couple other super-validating lines as well. The first was when Tybalt mentioned waiting for Toby to realize that Connor had fallen in love with the girl she was rather than the woman she is, and OMG YES THANK YOU. I was afraid that the books were actually trying to say Connor was perfect for Toby and they would've been perfect and happy forever if he hadn't died, and like, ok, it's Tybalt, he is a bit biased when it comes to Toby, but still, I felt like that was a validation of what I had felt, that they were clinging on to these past feelings and romance but weren't really right for each other now, and if he hadn't died, they would've realized that and broken up. And I do think that would've happened, and there are some things in One Salt Sea that kind of point to that, with Toby not being 100% happy about Connor choosing her over his family or whatever and remembering the kiss with Tybalt again and stuff. And then the other awesome validating line was at the very end, when Toby was saying she had told herself he wasn't an option so she'd just chalk the stuff he did up to him being a cat or owing her, and I was like "OMG YES YOU ADMITTED IT!!!!!" because I would totally roll my eyes at Toby when she would be surprised at Tybalt hating basically anyone who was ever remotely awful to her and then she'd be like "Well, he's a cat, who knows what cat's think?" and I would just be like "COULD YOU BE ANY FURTHER IN DENIAL." But I was right!!!!!

ugh I can't even with this book, it was just the perfect resolution to all this build-up that had been happening for ages and there was so much time spent on them and the main plot was good as well (I liked that it was one where things just kept escalating in terms of the stakes rather than lots of twists and turns. It was a bit different from previous books in that way) and I just need the next book here already, and I'm super sad that I have to wait a full year for the next one. I NEED TO SEE HOW TOBY AND TYBALT NAVIGATE BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP!!!!! Although part of me is a little nervous that I won't like them quite as much once they're actually together??? I don't think I've ever been as crazy obsessed/invested in a couple after they've gotten together than in their build-up, so it's pretty much a guarantee I will squee over them less in the next book, but I'm hoping maybe this will be the first time I feel the same towards them after they get together? We'll see. Having to wait an entire YEAR for the next book will probably help in that, I guess. But still, ugh, I just love them and this series so much and I already want to read Ashes of Honor for a 3rd time which is ridiculous and I won't because I don't want to read it so much that the squee wears off, but I also am having trouble trying to start anything else because I just want to read more about Toby and Tybalt. It's a dilemma.


Basically, ALL OF YOU NEED TO READ THE TOBY DAYE SERIES. ONE OF THE GREATEST OTPS EVER CAN BE FOUND IN THIS SERIES. Seriously, if I were to make a list of my top 10 OTPs in any medium of all time, THIS OTP WOULD MAKE THIS LIST. I should mention that I read through the series twice last year, reread the entire series again right before the Olympics, and then reread the series just this past weekend in any bit of free time I could find after reading Ashes of Honor because I just wanted to read through all their development again EVEN THOUGH I JUST DID IT A MONTH AGO. You can read my feelings about the series when I first read the first 4 books here. Read the books and then come flail with me please!!!!!!!!!

Anyways, I am definitely more in a book-reading mood than anything else at the moment (the reasons for which should be pretty apparent), but I did watch the pilots of The New Normal, The Mindy Project, and Ben and Kate, and I have super brief thoughts:

The New NormalCollapse )

The Mindy ProjectCollapse )

Ben and KateCollapse )

I still have the pilot of Go On to watch, and I think the pilot of Elementary must be up somewhere too, right? I've seen gifsets and reactions to it, so I'll definitely be watching that soon if I can figure out where it is. And I think there's at least 1 or 2 other pilots that have been put up that I need to check out. I'll probably post about my tentative fall TV schedule in my next post, but this one is already way too long. Oh, and I haven't watched Breaking Bad or Doctor Who yet due to being in Chicago, so I'm doing my best to avoid spoilers until I can get caught up, which probably won't be until this weekend.

Anyways, hope everyone's had a nice week! I won't be able to catch up with everything from when I went to Chicago, so let me know if there's anything I missed! I'm going to try to start being a lot more active around here, so we'll see how that goes!
 
 
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Michelle
29 August 2012 @ 08:37 am
My life is still super boring, so despite it being a week since I last posted, all I have to talk about is work and how I've spent the past week basically only watching movies!

Work UpdateCollapse )

I hadn't seen a single movie since March, but on Friday I suddenly got in a movie-watching mood, and I've been watching movies practically non-stop since then. I'm at 30 for the year right now, which is great since it's more than I got last year, which was my main goal in movie-watching for the year (my secondary goal being to get to 50, which isn't impossible, but who knows since I could suddenly stop feeling like watching movies and then not see anything for months again). Anyways, in the past week, I've watched: Seven Chances; How to Steal a Million; 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days; In the Mood for Love; Beasts of the Southern Wild; Lady for a Day; Blue Valentine; and Forbidden Games. Super Short Movie Reactions!Collapse )

Also, everytime I get in a movie mood, I get tempted to make a top 100 films picspam, but I'm already doing the 100 female tv characters one and I'm not even a quarter of the way through that, so I don't see me starting anything else anytime soon. But still, super tempted. I JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT MOVIES ALL THE TIME RIGHT NOW. At least I'm in a movie mood at the right time, when awards season movies are finally starting to come out, so hopefully I shouldn't have as much catch-up to do this year in terms of award season movies as I did last year.

Anyways, tomorrow is the first day of WorldCon, which means I'm flying to Chicago tomorrow morning!!!!!!!!! So excited, both for WorldCon and for getting 5 days in a row without having to go to work!!! I haven't had that many days of work since I started this job (the most I've had at a time is 3 days), so this is definitely much needed. As I mentioned last week, I will try to keep posting while I'm there about the stuff I see, but I'm not sure how often I'll be able to, and I don't know if I'll be able to keep up with my flist, and I definitely won't have time to comment. But I will be back on Monday, and hopefully I'll start being better about being around here then what with fall TV season starting soon and all that.
 
 
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Michelle
22 July 2012 @ 11:05 am
100 Female TV Characters: #11-20Collapse )

I've been horrible at being active around here, and it's going to get worse before it gets better what with the Olympics starting at the end of the week because I am going to get completely wrapped up in that, but I am going to try to make a real post sometime this week and do at least some commenting so I can feel like less of an awful LJ friend than I am. Hope everyone is doing well!!!
 
 
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Michelle
10 July 2012 @ 08:13 am
So I ended up watching all of Teen Wolf last week, and now I have feelings. Teen WolfCollapse )

We finally made the move to the new office building! There are… good and bad things about it. Work StuffCollapse )

That is basically all that is going on in my life right now. I feel super boring. I'm still working on my 100 TV Ladies thing, and i'm actually further than I expected to be, so I should be able to post the next set sometime this weekend hopefully. Doing this is really making me want to rewatch all the shows, though, which is unfortunate since I definitely don't have time to do so, ugh. But Breaking Bad is returning Sunday!!!!!!!!!!! ugh so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
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Michelle
05 July 2012 @ 07:55 am
100 Female TV Characters: #1-10Collapse )

I was going to try to have more in-depth thoughts on each lady, but ugh so tired and I'm recovering from feeling kind of sick earlier in the week and I know it'll end up taking me an extra week to post this if I try to do that, so quick thoughts are all I can give. Anyways, I'm happy to finally have this posted, and I'm going to try to keep working on this steadily so it won't take a year to get through all these, but I'll probably take a break for a couple days because this kind of project is a lot of work, especially when I only have a few hours of free time every day.
 
 
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