pretty_cynical: (OFFICE. all the way.)
So the Superbowl was on tonight, and usually I'm really into it, but this year... not so much. I was really indecisive as to who I wanted to win (and had a list of very shallow reasons as to why the Colts should beat the Saints and versa), it went by incredibly fast, and although I ordered pizza shortly before halftime, it didn't arrive until the last few minutes of the game. Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly happy for the Saints and what this victory will bring to the City of New Orleans, but. I don't know. Something was missing. Maybe because it was the first time I'd ever watched the Superbowl absolutely by myself.

However, there was this commercial which I absolutely LOVED:



It's things like this that bring out the hopeless romantic sap in me, and then I get emotional. And speaking of romantic things, I STILL have not talked about Numb3rs - specifically the episode from two weeks ago, but also the show in general, as there are possibly only two episodes left, and they won't come until AFTER the Olympics. I also need to do a real-life update, as there are things going on in my life, such as: I hate my PR professor/class! I am making plans for next year! I am now a big TV producer! But I digress. I'd much rather sleep than update this thing all the time.

gah.

Jan. 28th, 2010 10:18 pm
pretty_cynical: (MISC. no one does it like you.)
HELLO, LIVEJOURNAL! I have had a crazy stressful week, which has gone as follows:

Sunday: sleep until 3pm(!!!), watch AFC & NFC championships
Monday: decidedly not do Scriptwriting assignment (write a short story in screenplay format)
Tuesday: marathon episodes of John Adams for International Relations paper
Wednesday: become frustrated by PR professor's inability to teach, watch State of the Union, begin writing John Adams paper
Today: Shoot first video for Media Production, finish John Adams paper and turn it in

Thankfully, all that's on the agenda tomorrow is a group recording for Audio Production, and then a Loserville shoot. The weekend is also less stressful, as there is a day-long Loserville shoot on Saturday (which I might not end up going to - it depends if they'll need my producer abilities), and then I'm spending Sunday working on my Scriptwriting assignment - we have to take a personal narrative (I wrote about moving to Belgium) and write it in screenplay format - and reading all of Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight posts that I have starred in my Google Reader. And most definitely catch up on some sleep.

There was also this little gem of hilarity to make me feel better, courtesy of Overheard in New York:
I don't even want to look at my art history midterm yet, but if I don't know how I did, I'll go crazy! It's like a Catch-66! Anyway, I'm going to head back to my dorm and put on some pants.
AND THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS PRETTY MUCH THE STORY OF MY LIFE. (It also made me think of Ana Marie Cox - ask her about pants!)
pretty_cynical: (MISC. bffs.)
Air America Radio files for bankruptcy.

So there goes my secret idea for a radio show entitled "Getting Boozy with Rachel and Ana Marie", wherein the two of them discuss politics while drinking cocktails Rachel has made. It would be air during happy hour Monday through Friday, and it would be awesome. Yes, I realize that Rachel's in New York and Ana Marie is in Washington DC, but that was a detail to be worked out at a later point in time. Or never, as it were.

Seriously though: it's a sign of the times, both in terms of the economy and today's media outlets. It really sucks for Ana Marie though, seeing as she only started working for them in January, and just got her own show back in April. On top of that, she just got her official White House Press credentials a few days ago; seriously, the only reason I ever watched a White House press briefing was because she was going to be there and occasionally liveblog it. I seriously doubt she'll get to do that at her next job, whenever and whatever that may be. But hopefully this means she'll appear on The Rachel Maddow Show a lot more? *crosses fingers*

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Has also been a sucky day for me, seeing as I got totally shut out of choosing a partner for my first video project in my Media Production class, and was thus put into a group with two people who don't know how to do anything (and I'm not super confident about the class myself, which doesn't help much); had pancakes for dinner, although cherry pie filling does not work on them (my mistake); and waited nearly 20 minutes in the freezing cold for a bus that obviously wasn't coming, so I had to walk all the way across campus back to my apartment, and while I was doing so, not one but two of the bus that I was waiting for pulled into the main stop on campus. So yeah, I'm going to take a shower and watch The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, The Office and 30 Rock and forget this day existed. (I would totally join in on Ana Marie's drinking, but I am still underage in that regard. Trust me, I'd drink.)

Thankfully, tommorow's Friday, meaning no classes for me. Although I do have to go look for a job on campus. Blergh.
pretty_cynical: (MISC. oh hey it's rachel.)
Hard to believe it's been a year since President Obama's inauguration and this moment:



Let me explain: I was totally jacked up on super sugary peach rings and attempting to write a paper on mise en scene and Dial M for Murder for my Intro to Film class, though pretty much failing. In my defense, it had been a pretty long day for me: I woke up early to finish The Audacity of Hope and after spending all day up at College, I just wanted to go home. Unfortunately, I couldn't until later in the evening.

The TV was on in the computer lab (first time was on since 9/11, natch) with MSNBC. I heard the above exchange - about how she used to be a bike messenger in DC, and a bad one at that. Totally warmed up to her. I didn’t start regularly watching The Rachel Maddow Show until April of 2009, but now she’s one of my favorite people. All because of one little nerdy comment.

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I still need to make a real life update, gosh. And talk about Numb3rs as well, because OH MY GOD YOU GUYS.

true story.

Jan. 6th, 2010 07:45 pm
pretty_cynical: (HIMYM. true story.)
What's been going on in my life (aka, things I'd rather be doing than post):
  1. Playing around with my new webcam, which arrived yesterday afternoon.
  2. Marathoning the entire series of How I Met Your Mother.
  3. Reading up on football and political news via Google Reader.
  4. Deciding what to write for my [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000 story.
Other than that, not much else. I go back to Grand Valley next Sunday, and I'm incredibly anxious to do so - going so far as to get my ridiculous sleep schedule back to something more normal. Some of the drama alums from my high school are having a party Friday night, but I'm probably not going to go because a) I can't get a ride to this person's house; b) Numb3rs returns then (SHUT UP, IT'S IMPORTANT); and c) there's going to be a lot of people there I don't know/weren't really close to while in high school, so it'll probably end up being really clique-y. So.

(See, I told you: Boring.)

2010?!?

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

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

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

Probably won't be around LJ much for the rest of the day, though I'll probably be tweeting at the party tonight via my phone. So: HAPPY NEW YEAR! May your 2010 be filled with awesome, happiness and general good things.
pretty_cynical: (HOUSE. sweetest downfall.)
1. Christmas was great. Very low-key; It took us literally ten minutes to open presents. I got David Plouffe's The Audacity to Win, season 3 of 30 Rock, and a check for $60 from Grandma - which went towards this webcam, Kristin Gore's Sammy's Hill (because I need 60 more cents to qualify for free shipping, and that was the cheapest thing I could find that I actually could have a use for) and this shirt (which is technically free, but with shipping cost me 25 cents), all while also paying of my credit card bill to something more manageable. Dinner with the aunt&uncle&cousins was good as well; I was able to pick up my two little cousins Lucy and John (I had been forbidden to lift anything heavier than 20 pounds before and shortly after my surgery, but now I'm all better), ate some delicious beef tenderloin, and played a super-intense game of Mad Gabs with my older cousins and the adults.

2. Speaking of family get-togethers, one of my uncles and his two kids are coming later tonight! Both are close in age to Graham, Monica and I (cousin Mairead is Graham's age and Austin is right in between Graham and Monica) and they're staying until after New Year's - so we've got all kinds of shenanigans planned; and unlike last time Mairead was here (back in July, right after I got out of the hospital), I won't be too tired or weak to participate. We're getting together with the aunt&uncle&cousins again for a New Year's Eve party (which will definitely include an epic Mad Gabs rematch), and then everyone is coming over here for New Year's Day to watch bowl games on our big TV.

3. Other than the holiday plans, not much else is going on. Graham had ACL surgery last week, so I'm busy tending to his needs. Definitely catching up on my sleep. Marathoning TV - I finished season 3 of 30 Rock in about two days, and I've now moved on to How I Met Your Mother. Ordered my books for next semester (only $200 worth). Gearing up to try and write a lot in the coming weeks.

4. Also busy working on my year-end stuff. My [livejournal.com profile] picspammy entry is almost done - I have one more show to picspam, and then decide how I want to format it. My playlist of songs I listened to in 2009 is finalized, and I'll get that posted ASAP. And of course there's those year-end survey things - I did the fandom one earlier today and I'll probably do the year in review one sometime tomorrow if things aren't too busy.

5. NFL playoff scenarios give me major headaches.
pretty_cynical: (STUDIOSIXTY. santa baby.)


MERRY CHRISTMAS, FLIST!

Had a very delicious Christmas Eve dinner with the family, now relaxing and watching a CSI:NY re-run on CBS - the one where Lindsay has her baby (I really do not want to watch A Christmas Story by myself.) I have, however, watched every holiday-themed television episode I could think of within the past week, I still have 30 Rock's "Ludachristmas" to watch, as I totally forgot about until a few minutes ago; I'll watch it online after my shower and before I go to sleep later tonight. Tomorrow morning will be pretty low-key: church (we always go Christmas morning because my father is a traditionalist and it's always a lot less crowded than the Christmas Eve masses), present opening with the family, and then over to aunt&uncle&cousins in Ann Arbor for the rest of the day, including Christmas dinner.

I'll probably be so busy with everything that I won't be able to make a update for a few days, so until then, have my Christmas mix from last year (I know, very late notice, but most of you still have a few more hours.) And enjoy your holidays, guys! I love you all.

(PS: [livejournal.com profile] sarken and [livejournal.com profile] yearinla, I got both of your cards this week; they're wonderful. Thank you so much!)
pretty_cynical: (OFFICE. i missed you.)
So NBC's official site for The Office has this little thing called "The 12 Days of Christmas" wherein each of the characters reveal what they'll be doing for the holidays. Andy and Creed's are spot-on in terms of characterization and Erin's is absolutely adorable, but I've really been waiting for the Jim and Pam one - they only reveal one each day. Sure enough, today was their day:

I'm pregnant this year, so this will be Jim and my last Christmas where it's just the two of us. Even though the baby hasn't been born, we couldn't resist getting a stocking and filling it with goodies. We don't know the sex, so it's filled with unisex toys: a ball, Big Bird raddle, and Raggedy Ann Doll (Jim's idea of unisex). We got a baby bulb too. It says, “Baby’s first Christmas”, and I added, “In my belly” with a sharpie. We’ve also taken a photo of our baby with Santa - we went to the mall and asked Santa to hold our ultrasound photo up while we snapped a picture - it’s going on the Christmas card.


At 6 months pregnant it isn't easy for me to move around, so Jim will have to do most of the cooking, cleaning and shopping. And he's taller, so it's easier for him to put up the Christmas decorations too. I'm still doing my share; I'm making the shopping list and writing the Christmas cards to my side of the family (featuring a photo of the ultra sound). It's going to be hard on me, but I'll make the most of it ;)


Adorable, right? Between this and the scene in the Producer's Cut of "Secret Santa", we are getting such great stuff - although I am disappointed it's not actually on television. COME ON, SHOW. (Also, I am perfectly at peace with Jim and Pam not knowing the sex, both from a character perspective and a show perspective. It provides an element of surprise for both them and the viewers of the show; gives the writers more time to come to a conclusion - helpful if the team of writers are in disagreement; and there's less of a chance that people will come out hating the chosen sex until the baby's already here. Though still very, very annoyed by the fact that the birth won't be shown until March because of the Olympics. That was a bad decision on all fronts.)
pretty_cynical: (WESTWING. oh my darling.)
I totally didn't forget about yesterday (December 16th) being John Spencer Day; in fact, my first tweet of the day was on that particular subject. However, I did not participate in the annual obligation to quote Leo McGarry here on LJ, as I was too busy getting finals finished up and cleaning/packing/getting ready to go home. I planned on making a post once I got back home, but I ended up not getting here until after 1 AM, even though I left Grand Valley around 7 and it takes roughly 2 and a half hours to get here - there was a really bad accident on the freeway just outside of Grand Rapids that left traffic backed up for miles, so instead of waiting we took a detour to the local Target for a little bit, then ended up sitting in traffic for roughly an hour AFTER the accident was getting cleared. This is not the first time getting home from somewhere has gone badly: you'll remember it was this time last year that I had a hard time getting home from Chicago via Amtrak, since my train was canceled as the tracks had frozen and a another train (oddly enough, from Grand Rapids) was stuck on the tracks, and ended up having to take a bus home and arriving around 7:30 PM, nearly five hours later than my original arrival time of 2:30 PM.)

But anyway, I've been doing the whole "Quote Leo McGarry on LJ" since it started back in 2006, so to compensate for missing this year's, have Leo's Big Block of Cheese Day speech and Leo asking Josh how that bullet didn't kill him. If we're going off the comparison that the Obama administration is exactly like season 7 of The West Wing, that makes Leo Joe Biden, which I absolutely love because Joey is adorable.

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Obviously all finished with finals, which went off without a hitch. I only had finals Monday through Wednesday, and they were well spaced enough that I didn't have to go through my usual self-exile from the internet that usually happens during this week. In addition, all of them seemed pretty easy; even my World Politics one - the midterm was brutal and it was my hardest class overall - went over smoothly, which I chalked up to the fact that the five free response questions on the exam were all ones I knew really well and could properly answer (although I struggled with the multiple choice portion, simply because I didn't study at all for that portion, focusing more on the free response questions because that's where the majority of the points were.) Comm Research was open-note/open-book and Mass Media&American Politics was just a simple four-page paper, so high marks are guaranteed; not sure how Comm, Social Problems and World Politics are going to shake out. Grades are available on Christmas Eve, so depending on what they are, it'll be a great Christmas present or a not-so-great Christmas present.

And now that the semester's done and I've got nothing important to do over my nice long three week break, I'm just going to relax. I've got all kinds of Christmas-themed TV to watch, from episodes of The West Wing/Studio 60/Sports Night/The Office/CSI:NY (there are also Christmas episodes of The Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons, but I've watched them already), as well as the holiday standard fare of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, both of which I had to download due to inconvenient scheduling on television. After the holidays are over, my TV viewing will basically consist of various Bowl games and watching the first wave of television come back for the new year - including Numb3rs, which I'm obviously really excited about because, hello, shiny HD! And I'll have to say goodbye to Jon and Stephen for a few weeks, which is totally okay with me because Stephen gave this really cute little send-off at the end of his show last night.

I'm going to try and get back into writing again while I've got all this time to do so; I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000 totally on a whim, hoping that might start something, and I'd also like to get this fic I've had swirling around in my head for a few weeks down on paper at some point. Decided to do a [livejournal.com profile] picspammy challenge after a long, long break; thinking about doing their "end of the decade" challenge and have already come up with a preliminary list of the events I want to spotlight (hopefully one or two for each year, but possibly more) and am definitely taking suggestions, as long as they're not too obscure. And as usual, I'll have my end-of-the-year playlist of songs I listened to throughout 2009 - a task which is proving very difficult, as my tastes are constantly changing and I'm trying to keep the list down to about 12 songs.

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And finally, for all of you: my thread at the Holiday Love Meme (to those of you who have replied, a hearty thanks; I'll get around to those flisters who have it sometime tomorrow); and my Formspring, where you are allowed to ask me questions on literally anything - should you be so inclined.

no, really.

Dec. 9th, 2009 09:28 pm
pretty_cynical: (MISC. oh hey it's rachel.)
I did absolutely nothing today. Nope, didn't even go to class. I just slept until 1:30 PM, made French Toast, and then spent the rest of the day laying in bed watching various things online - Scrubs, last night's TRMS, the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships. I'm wide awake now (as well as showered and clean), and desperately hoping that all classes are canceled tomorrow, since we're under a blizzard warning and it's supposed to be insanely cold all day. I plan on watching Charlie Wilson's War later tonight, since I'll still probably be wide awake, and I have to write a film review on it for World Politics - which is due tomorrow afternoon. I'm really excited to see it (Tom Hanks! Aaron Sorkin's writing!), plus I bought some Ben & Jerry's Half-Baked yesterday to ride out the snowstorm with, so tonight's going to be pretty fun.

Other school related things: My Mass Media&American Politics professor canceled class this week, as well as the presentations on our Content Analysis projects, which are now due on Monday. Totally awesome, as I haven't even started on it - despite having it for a few weeks. Also awesome is the fact that I got a 92% on my Comm Research final project, and our final exam is open note/open book. Just one more thing to not worry about for next week!

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Regarding the latest news on The Office: FRAKKING HILARIOUS. I'm beginning to think that this isn't so much a network decision as a writer decision, as they possibly haven't figured out that plot yet - even though Pam is technically supposed to give birth in January, based on continuity. Don't get me wrong - I do think it's sad, as you've got three episodes before the Olympics; couldn't you devote an episode to the birth then? No? Instead we've got to wait through almost two weeks of Winter Olympics for something we've all been waiting the entire season for. Honestly, I'd be excited if it was coming after the Summer Games, because yay! Gymnastics! Swimming! But with the Winter Games, there's no sport I'm really excited about. Which makes this whole waiting thing really suck that much more.
pretty_cynical: (NUMB3RS. working girl.)
I HAVE TO WAIT ALL THE WAY UNTIL JANUARY FOR NEW EPISODES OF NUMB3RS.

GAH. I get another new episode of everything else before the end of the year, but I have to wait an entire month for Numb3rs to come back? (Although on second thought, with only potentially five episodes left, it might make more sense to have them run consecutively than break them up. But still, we just had a rerun last week! And now to have two more weeks of reruns? UNFAIR.)

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In other news, I did absolutely nothing school related after class today - even though I totally planned to at least start my literature review for Communication Research. Instead, I did laundry, straightened up my room, colored in this picture of Rachel Maddow, and hung up these photos over my bed. I even contemplated taking a nap before watching my usual Friday night TV, but that didn't even happen. Which means I've got some hardcore work to do both tomorrow and Sunday. Because these papers obviously won't write themselves, as much as I'd really like them to.
pretty_cynical: (WESTWING. cold outside.)
So as I was heading out to lunch and World Politics class earlier this afternoon, it starts snowing. Except it was the kind of snow that immediately melts as soon as it hits the ground, making everything wet. I ended up taking the bus over to class (it's a minute long ride as opposed to a 10 minute walk; I took the bus on the way back as well), and even with the short walk from the bus stop to the lunch place, then from the lunch place to class and back to the bus stop after class, my pants were soaked. I went to dinner a few hours later, and the snow was just starting to stick. Here's what it looks like now:



YEAH. And we're supposed to get more through tonight into tomorrow - so much so that they've issued a severe weather advisory. It's definitely pretty to look at, but it's going to be a bitch to walk around campus in. And thus begins the part where I start constantly wishing for snow days, even though they're extremely rare at college, Grand Valley especially.

ETA: I just found out high school's Christmas concert is December 10th - aka next Thursday, right smack drab in the middle of studying for finals. Grr. Second year in a row I will not able to go back and see all of my choir people and sing the Hallelujah Chorus as an alum. Just another reason to hate finals.
pretty_cynical: (WESTWING. oh my darling.)
Ugh, I wanted to do a "Woo-hoo, I'm home, Happy Thanksgiving!" post while I was actually back home, but I was feeling so incredibly lazy during my vacation that I'm doing a post now - right at a time when I have to be anything BUT lazy.

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Thanksgiving break was good, incredibly low key. Watched all the football games on Thursday - although I had to give up on watching the Giants/Broncos game because a) I was getting frustrated watching it online and b) they were losing, and losing badly. I ended up watching The Office's "Niagra" on NBC in HD with Dad - it was a lot better the second time around, especially having someone else watch it with me. Dinner was great as well, being with just Mommy, Dad, Graham and Monica. Spent both Wednesday and Friday lounging around the house and getting nothing done - we didn't end up spending Friday with my aunt&uncle&cousins, but we'll see them for Christmas, which gives me something to look forward to after school finishes up.

And then on Saturday, I went with the rest of the fam (along with my uncle and my cousins Luke, Mark and Paul) to Graham's football game at Ford Field! They were playing in the State Championships, and even though I had never been to any of his football games, I figured I should go and support him and his teammates - he's a senior this year, so it's his last chance. Plus, it would probably the only chance I would have to visit Ford Field - I don't plan on going to a Lions game anytime soon - and even better that we watched the game from a suite right on the 50-yard line. What made the experience even better is that they won! We were all excited, because it's his school's first football championship in six years - and Graham being a senior, this was made even more special for him. We all got very emotional at the afterparty.

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Now that Thanksgiving break is over and I'm back at school, it's full speed ahead to the White House to the end of the semester in two weeks - which means all kinds of projects are due. I have my final project in Comm Research due Monday (Which I just realized this past Monday, and now I'm rushing to get it done even though I've had several weeks) and my content analysis project for Mass Media&American Politics due next Thursday. And then there's final exams the week after that, two each on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday. So yeah, I've got a lot of work to do in the next couple of days - I'm surprised that I haven't had a total breakdown yet. And also disappointed that I won't be able to go to the football game this weekend - Grand Valley is on track to win another National Championship (they last won in 2006) and I'd really like to be there to experience it - although it'll be nationally televised on ESPN, so win-win-win? Ugh, I just hate the final weeks of the semester. So much stress before getting a vacation.

BUT. Numb3rs is a new episode on Friday, and that's always something for me to look forward to.
pretty_cynical: (MISC. bffs.)

Questions for me?


If you're following me on tumblr (which, oddly enough, most of you are) you've probably already seen this, but I have jumped on the FormSpring bandwagon! Which now gives you all the right to ask me literally anything. (Seriously: do it, please? I like answering questions! And then posting my answers to those questions!)

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This week pretty much sucked for me in a variety of ways. But it was totally made up for this weekend through an EPIC The Rachel Maddow Show and a hilarious Numb3rs on Friday, Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream to celebrate cloture in the Senate on Saturday, and wins by both the Giants and the Pats earlier today. Plus, it's Thanksgiving this week, meaning only two days of classes and then three days back home - with eating, watching football, family get-togethers and just generally lounging around, not getting anything school-related done! I'm excited.
pretty_cynical: (HOUSE. memories.)
A few very brief thoughts on tonight's House. )

In short: really not what I needed after last night's Pats/Colts game. Not only was I having terrible flashbacks to Superbowl XLII, but now the MIGHTY BENGALS OF CINCINNATI of all teams are actually really being considered as contenders for this season's Superbowl! SERIOUSLY.

playoffs?!?

Nov. 9th, 2009 07:44 pm
pretty_cynical: (MISC. quarterback.)
Since I haven't had enough heartbreak over the past two weeks, let's talk about the New York Giants.

It's not that I'm mad at them. From what I understand, it's more about who they're playing than how they're playing (although I do think might have something to do with it - I mean, how do you win four straight and then lose four straight? INCLUDING TO THE CARDINALS? COME ON.) I just don't think they've been well matched-up in terms of opponents - but that isn't anything the team themselves can control. In a way, I wish the Giants and Patriots fates were reversed: Eli's team could've won three, had a bye, and then won again; the Pats could've won four and then lost four, which we could have attributed to Tom Brady's delayed reaction on returning to football after taking last season off. All I'm saying is that I'm thankful the Giants have a bye this upcoming week, as it'll give them a chance to regroup and get back on track, as I heard a really upsetting anecdote on ESPN during dinner (my TV choices then are either ESPN or CNN Headline News, so shut up.) that no team has ever made it to the Superbowl with four straight losses. Which sucks, as I would really like the Giants to at least have a chance of making it this time around.

In short: San Diego Superchargers, I know you have a cool theme song and all, but would it have killed you to let the Giants win the game on Sunday? Especially since they were at home, and hadn't won a game in three weeks? The team needed it. the fans needed it. I NEEDED IT.
pretty_cynical: (MADMEN. grace kelly.)
*attempts to get this posted before tonight's season finale*

Mad Men 3x12: The Grownups. )
pretty_cynical: (ACT. perfection.)
I'M HOOOOOOOOOOOOOME.

It's great to be back. I haven't seen them since before I left for Grand Valley at the end of August, and even though I talk to my parents on the phone every Sunday night, it's just not the same as seeing them in person. I was near tears when I walked in the door, and both my parents gave me huge hugs when they saw me (Dad was home when I arrived, but Mommy came in a little bit later.) That good mood was quickly crushed when I went upstairs to my room to put my stuff away and saw that Monica, who has been using my bedroom for its better WiFi connection and my bathroom in general (since she normally shares a bathroom with Graham and well... EW), had completely trashed the place. She knew I'd be coming home this weekend, so she could at least make the effort to clean it up to almost how she found it.

My parents were being their adorable selves last night while watching Law & Order with me - Mommy especially, in the way she gets so wrapped up in watching these crime procedurals. I was really excited that even with a stop at Meijer and Wendy's for dinner, I was able to make it home in time to see it; how could I not, as it was two hours in HD on our big-screen TV! SO SHINY. Except it ended up being two completely different episodes instead of one big long one (which I would've preferred, seeing as the first episode sort-of ended in a cliffhanger.) [livejournal.com profile] daygloparker's right: tres disappointing. And Numb3rs wasn't much better, partially because our CBS HD feed was faulty, and this is still on my mind.

Today I spent most of the day watching C-SPAN coverage of the Health Care Reform debate in Congress - something I'd never thought I'd do, plus I planned to spend at least part of the day doing more research for my World Politics memo essay (Due Thursday, have not started it yet. I forsee a lot of late nights in my future.) Obviously, that did not get done, and it probably won't happen tomorrow either - I plan on watching Rachel Maddow do Meet the Press and then watch the Patriots/Dolphins game before I have to go back to campus in the late afternoon. I could attempt to start it tomorrow night, but who knows how tired I'll be. Plus I still haven't re-watched last weeks' Mad Men, and I'd really like to talk about it before the finale.

In conclusion, Taylor Swift is adorable.
pretty_cynical: (NUMB3RS. pretty.)
It has been a very stressful week for me. I got offered a chance to job shadow at the local ABC affiliate on Tuesday evening, an as much as I'd really like to go, I don't drive and getting there by bus on time would be damn near impossible. I found out on Tuesday that my Memo Essay for World Politics is due next Thursday - I definitely knew that, seeing as it was given to me at the beginning of the semester, but since it wasn't due for a couple of weeks and I had other more urgent things to work on, it got pushed to the back burner. So obviously, I haven't started working on it - and it's worth 20% of my grade, so if I do poorly on it, I'm pretty much guaranteed to fail the class. Commence freaking out.

I'd been trying to relax a little bit, as I haven't been sleeping well as of late and have been getting some pretty bad headaches - including the one earlier today, which required a heavy dose of Tylenol and a three-hour nap - by watching the World Series. I'm not a huge baseball person, but it's nice to have some sort of distraction, even if I'm too distracted by it to actually do my homework. Anyway, I had finished everything I needed to do last night, so I watched Game Six. Thrilled by the Yankees win (PHILLY CAN SERIOUSLY SUCK IT NOW), I stayed up on the internets for a little bit. That may have been a bad idea, since I came across this:

CBS Reduces the Number of Numb3rs episodes this season from 22 to 16. Which I figured would be the next step after CBS has to make the decision to continue with either your show or Without a Trace (just barely escaped that one) and one of your main actors, Peter MacNicol is forced to take a temporary leave of absence from the show as a cost-cutting measure. What irks me about this is that the most recent episode brought in about 7 million viewers - which is impressive for any average television show, let alone on a Friday night. It handedly wins the 10 PM Friday timeslot almost every week. The fact that CBS increase episode orders for all the CSI's is also pretty upsetting - I always though that with the big name casts and what goes into making a seemingly "formulaic" show that it actually be more expensive to produce than Numb3rs. To see CBS go the way of NBC - eschewing popular, good quality programming over something more mediocre simply because it costs less to make - is pretty depressing. Isn't CBS supposed to be doing really well? I can understand why NBC is doing this, but CBS? SAD.

On a slightly less serious note, this cutting back of episodes better not mean that I don't get to see Charlie and Amita's wedding on-screen. I WAS PROMISED AN ON-SCREEN WEDDING, YOU GUYS. IF I DON'T GET IT SIMPLY BECAUSE CBS ARE IDIOTS, I'M REALLY NOT GOING TO BE VERY HAPPY. (And don't say "If you don't get it, I'm sure people will write fic about it!" HAHAHAHA, like that's going to happen. No one cares about this fandom, so there is no good fic. I'd write some myself, but I am not the best writer. But I'm not complaining about that. I WANT MY WEDDING I'VE BEEN WAITING A VERY, VERY LONG TIME FOR.)

However, I do have some great things to look forward to in the next few days: I'm job shadowing at the local PBS affiliate tomorrow afternoon, which is actually on Grand Valley's downtown campus - super convenient, as it is just one half-hour bus ride away; I AM GOING BACK HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE I MOVED OUT TO GRAND VALLEY AT THE END OF AUGUST, which I'm obviously beyond excited for - I really miss my family a lot, you guys - and I'll be back home by tomorrow evening, meaning it's entirely possible I will get to watch the two-hour Law & Order extravaganza in HD on our big-screen TV. And I found out last night via a promo that Rachel Maddow will be on Meet the Press on Sunday, which is always exciting. And even with all this excitement, I'd really like to squeeze some doing of homework in - but that's highly unlikely. I'll be so thrilled to be home that I won't want to do anything.

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