pretty_cynical: (ACT. nothing better.)
I've only been home from the hospital for a week, and already I'm falling back into the old habit of sporadic eljay posting. Lack of energy, I guess. The doctors still don't know what's wrong with me - I had a post-hospitalization follow-up appointment on Wednesday, and since things still weren't back to normal, they ordered a study where I wear an oxygen saturation monitor while I sleep, without being on oxygen. That didn't yield anything, so the next step is to re-do the lung function test (if you recall, I passed out during it the first time around), which is our best hope at getting this whole issue resolved. But other than that, I'm feeling about as well as I should be at this point, which is awesome.

I was totally exhausted from the lack of sleep I got Wednesday night (I couldn't sleep in fear that my O2 sats would drop to 89%, the machine would alarm and jolt me awake) that I woke up in a fit yesterday morning around 9, pissed that I had missed the Emmy nominations. I'VE WATCHED IT EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Usually if I think I might wake up late that morning I'll tape it, but that wasn't an option this year because we no longer have a DVR. So I had to go to the Emmy website to look them up, and let me tell you, it was a painstaking effort - the televised announcement just lists the major categories that people actually care about, but the website lists EVERY SINGLE CATEGORY - and instead of listing them by importance (Outstanding Comedy/Drama, Outstanding Actors/Actress, etc), they're listed in alphabetical order, meaning I had to scroll through the entire list to make sure I got all the important categories. So here are some not-so-brief thoughts on the nominees. )
pretty_cynical: (MISC. read less; more tv.)
At the library right now. I haven't actually stayed here longer than a few minutes - I came in briefly a few weeks ago to pick up The Thumpin'. I really don't like using the computers here (the one at home or the ones at school are a heck of a lot better), but I'm making do. I picked up Anderson Cooper's book Dispatches From the Edge (thus continuing my streak of reading political non-fiction/memoirs) and the sixth season of The West Wing on DVD. Season 7 was already checked out, and I'm nearly done with the 6th (only about 5 eps left, plus I watched the finale this morning when it was on Bravo), but I can watch them on TV instead of the computer, in time to spend spring break marathoning it. That is, if I don't have tons of homework to do then. I've got two weeks to figure something out.

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

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

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


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

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


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


The weather yesterday was my favorite kind: rainy and spring-like. Now it's cold again and I miss it.
pretty_cynical: (SPORTSNIGHT. set you on fire.)
Over the past few days, I...
  1. Finished watching season 2 of Mad Men. It's not as great as the first one, and does get a bit confusing (especially the last few episodes or so), but overall, it was a really worthwhile watch. If we don't get a third season this summer, I'm going to be pretty pissed.

  2. Watched the latest episode of Lost, wherein I silently feared that Ben was hiding in my closet.

  3. Correctly predicted that Liz would stay in Los Angeles instead of going to Denver on Numb3rs, thus being granted my wish for more character development for her this season.

  4. Discovered the awesomeness of SideReel, which perfectly suits my needs once we revert back to basic cable (and will no longer have a DVR) sometime tomorrow.

  5. Had an incredibly awkward conversation with my uncle who is a priest.

  6. Received various pieces of mail from Grand Valley (the college I'm going to in the fall), including a phamplet on why I should transfer there, which was totally pointless, since I've already been accepted, paid a housing deposit, and am attending orientation on Friday.

  7. Cleaned my entire bedroom and bathroom. It looks wonderful now.

  8. Watched two episodes of season 6 of The West Wing online, which reaffirmed my love for CJ and made me all nostalgic.

  9. Became somewhat terrified at the sight of some of my favorite NFL mascots wearing hula skirts during today's Pro Bowl.

  10. Did A LOT of laundry, which is quickly becoming my favorite chore. There's something so relaxing about it.

And now I'm exhausted and really don't want to go to school tomorrow.


Feb. 6th, 2009 12:08 pm
pretty_cynical: (OFFICE. soul mates.)
I somehow lucked out of getting any homework this weekend. AGAIN. I don't understand it at all.

Quick thoughts on The Office. Plus, Grey's Anatomy! )

I'm working on finishing up season 2 of Mad Men - I have the last three episodes yet to watch, which I'm converting now. And I still have the new Lost yet to watch.
pretty_cynical: (TWENTYFOUR. the boss.)
Turns out we get to keep our deluxe cable package until the weekend; after that, we're switching over to WOW Basic Cable. We'll eventually get HD and DVR service from them, once we get back on track. I'm sad to leave Comcast behind. For all it's problems, it did have some pretty nice features. We also gave back our leased Flex today. I'm going to miss its high tech navigation system (which I so fondly named Julie) and it's Japanese-sounding beeps. But now we have a Honda and a Toyota, which are adorably named Ernie and Bert.

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

Thoughts on House, 24 and American Idol. )

There are some recent spoilers for The Office that I'd really like to discuss, but I think I'll wait until tomorrow when I have thoughts on tonight's episode as well. And I have yesterday's episode of Lost yet to watch and talk about, so that'll come sometime tomorrow as well.
pretty_cynical: (MISC.  coops!)
  1. I ate way too much at the inauguration party on Tuesday. In addition to the popcorn and sub sammich provided to me, I had a chocolate chip cookie and two whole packages of peach rings. This caused me to be super-hyper the rest of the day, so much so that I could barely work on the paper I had to write for Intro to Film. But by the time the balls rolled around on Tuesday night, I was definitely ready to go to sleep, and I was so tired that I almost fell asleep in Film Wednesday morning. I still haven't caught up on sleep; thank God it's the weekend!

  2. Speaking of the balls, the Obamas were absolutely adorable. I loved how genuine their love for each other came across as they were dancing - and that it didn't wear them down with each ball they went to. I didn't really like Michelle's dress; I thought she could do a lot better (although like Kelly Kapoor, she looks really good in white.) However, Jill Biden was A++ in that red dress! And she and Joe were looking adorable dancing together as well. Basically the entire night was wonderful and flail-inducing. I'm really excited about having them as our First and Second families, yo.

  3. I'm seriously considering printing out this photo on nice photo paper and framing it. SERIOUSLY.

  4. My Film professor admitted yesterday that on occasion she likes to watch movies with the commentary. I could definitely relate. True Story: I only watch "The Dundies" with commentary. I've only watched it without the commentary once, and that was when I watched with my cousins. I like all the on-the-set stories the cast&crew tell about filming an entire episode at Chili's.

  5. I thought about my high school during and after the inauguration - we drove by on our way to college that morning, since there only about two miles away from each other. I'm wondering if they got to watch it. My school was all girls and catholic and really conservative, so I don't even know how they reacted to Obama being elected. I remember having Bush's second inauguration on TV in 2005, but we didn't really watch it, just had it as background noise while we were in class. But I think Obama's inauguration is definitely more history-making, so I would assume they did. I'm pretty sure my Government teacher would've made his class watch it the entire hour and half they have class - he's really big into that kind of stuff.

  6. I was really disappointed to read some spoilers for upcoming Jim/Pam moments on The Office that were so blantantly put out there. However, I am excited there is a new episode tonight, and I'm assuming there's going to be some good Jim/Pam stuff, since the Dwight/Andy/Angela storyline is now (thankfully) dead. I am really glad my OTP is coming back to the forefront in these upcoming episodes.

  7. I'm upset that Criminal Minds is repeats for the next two weeks. I want Emily Prentiss' big secret revealed soon so I can find out if my hunch is correct - I almost thought they were going to reveal it in last night's ep, since my theory totally fit in with the case. CSI:NY and Numb3rs have repeats in the next few weeks as well. WTF, CBS?

  8. I haven't watched Lost yet (although I did read a few flist reactions - "CRAZY!" is basically the concensus), but ABC is re-airing it on Saturday night, so I think I'll watch it then. It currently conflicts with Criminal Minds, so I haven't decided how I'm going to watch future episodes yet. I don't know.
pretty_cynical: (p; better times)
All the family's gone (I have my bed back!), Eureka is back and awesome-ing up my summer, and I got an 83% on my exam. (Truly, a relief.)


I made the stupid mistake of joining [ profile] ontd_twilight, read cracktastic spoilers for Breaking Dawn, and have possibly scarred myself for life. Sadly, I kind of want to read the book now. But I am not one of those people who read too much into it/obsess over it. I'm only doing this for the LOL factor.


Suspending GET MY LOST ON for a little while, possibly permanently. I'm 3 or 4 episodes behind, and I just don't have the time; I won't have any come Fall. Instead of Lost, I'll be catching up on Prison Break! I'm preparing for Sara's return (ICON!). And by preparing, I mean "reading a recap of Season 3", because I can't remember at what episode I stopped watching, and Hulu doesn't have the entire season, so I can't just start from the beginning. It really has been too long.
pretty_cynical: (office / BEST. CAST. EVER.)
Happy 60th Birthday, Emmys! )


I'm going to watch Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Act 2 when I get home from school, and possibly get my Lost on as well. It's a pretty good day!
pretty_cynical: (studiosixty / network president)
I got out of class 10 minutes early, because the instructor finished teaching what needed to be taught. If this had happened in HS (and it frequently did, believe me), the teacher would've been all, "I'm done teaching, feel free to start your homework, keep socializing to a minimum!" So College > High School, yes?

Also, who knew that the schedule for homework was so confusing? I missed yesterday, and now have to do two days worth of homework (because I only did one assignment last night instead of two) this weekend, plus study/review for my first test, which is Tuesday. UGH.


11Q meme. )


Now off to GET MY LOST ON, take a nap, and do my homework. But not necessarily in that order.
pretty_cynical: (himym / brotp)
I decided to keep my new layout ([ profile] pretty_cynical), and even changed it a bit! It's something different than layouts I've had it the past, but change is good, right?


The past few days have been relatively exciting, because:

1) I started my college class yesterday! It's actually pretty good: not easypeasy or hardcore, which is good, because I haven't had some of this stuff since freshman year. It last until August, which seems like such a long time, but I think I can get through it.
2) I had to miss today's class (it goes Monday through Thursday, 11-1:15) because I went to the ER. Don't worry, I'm fine. My lower right leg has been hurting since I got back from Camp, and my parents were concerned that it may have been a blood clot, so we headed to the hospital. No blood clot, just a calf strain. I've been advised to keep it elevated, use a heating pad, take pain meds, and see the doctor in a week if it doesn't get better. Hopefully it will.


I've got Phil Collins' "Separate Lives" and Mariah Carey's "When You Believe" stuck in my head. I have idea why.


Tomorrow: will GET MY LOST ON (and possibly post previous episode thoughts/reactions?) and watch HIMYM eps from the past two weeks. The only question is when I'm going to do this; I've gotten so busy lately!
pretty_cynical: (random / skyline)
Finally home from camp; I've been back since Saturday, but things have been so crazy over this weekend that I'm just getting around to updating now. So.

Relatedly, I just changed my layout, and I'm not sure how I feel about it; I'm on the computer at the library and it looks really weird because the monitors are smaller than the one at home. It's something different, and I've seen it on other people's eljay's and like it. It's so different from what I'm used to in terms of a layout, and it will take some getting used to if I decide to keep it. What do you guys think?


Camp was... wonderful. Very relaxing, with good weather and lots of fun. It's really hard to describe what the camp is like for someone who doesn't know much about it, but I can say that it's with my family, it's not "traditional" camping (we stay in cabins, food is provided for us), and there's something for everyone.

I've had so much fun over the years, but this year may have been our last year. It gets incredibly expensive to bring 5 people (three of whom are now considered adults, and two teenagers) to a camp that's 5 hours away, especially with gas prices so high. All of us really want to come back, but we may do something else for the 4th next year. The question is, what will that "something else" will be?

I have the opportunity to work at Camp next year, but I'm pretty sure that I won't do it next year. It's a whole summer away from home, the pay isn't great ($2100 for the summer), and the transition from camper to staffer is pretty difficult to make. The job is more suited for someone who lived on their own in college (i.e., a dorm) during their freshman year. I'm going to community college as a freshman, and living at home, and I've never been on my own for an extended amount of time. Maybe the following summer, because I will have lived in the dorms for a year. I just really don't know at this point.


I finished Twilight, which I neither like or hated. I'm about to start F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon while waiting to get my hands on New Moon from the library, although I may go out and by it, along with the other books in the series, so I don't have to wait.


To do: finish/post that Muxtape mix and post my thoughts on Lost. The first four episodes have been AMAZING. I can't wait to watch more.

Oh, and I wrote something last night! for the first time in months (or at least, since the writer's strike.) It needs a bit of tweaking, but still, I WROTE SOMETHING THAT WASN'T COMPLETE CRAP.


I'm still waiting on those Emmy consideration pins, which I doubt I'll get, what with the nominations being announced next week. Stupid NBC.
pretty_cynical: (random / that doesn't mean you shouldn't)
Today at VBS (last day!), I learned that religious fanatics can also get into the viral internet craze via GodTube. I'm dead serious; it's just like YouTube, except that it only has religious videos.


Earlier this afternoon, Dad took me to get a state ID (basically a driver's license without the driving privileges), wherein I also registered to vote and became an organ donor. And then I finally put all those uncashed checks from graduation into my first checking account. Lookit me, becoming an adult!


Leaving for camp tomorrow, and have been so busy/exhausted because of VBS that I haven't really packed/prepared, so I'm rushing to do that now. I need to keep up with Lost, so I have the next two episodes to watch, plus a few eps of HIMYM. The torrents for an episode of each show were being really temperamental and taking a really long time to download, so I had to buy them off of of iTunes. I really wanted to watch them, but I'm probably only going to watch them once (I know that's the case with Lost), so it's a waste of money. But I couldn't wait for the torrents because I'm a) impatient and b) strapped for time.


Off to finish packing/clean my room/take a shower, so see you all in a week! Look for my Muxtape mix when I get back.
pretty_cynical: (thirtyrock / liz lemon)
Today at VBS, while were were outside in our small groups, with dark clouds hanging over us and the threat of a storm beginning at any moment, I taught the girls "Singing In The Rain", the camp song with all the ridiculous hand motions. Then were upstaged by several other groups. (And yes, it did start raining shortly after.)

Speaking of which, Mommy&Monica are currently at the movies seeing The Ultimate Gift with the rest of VBS, as we did last year with Evan Almighty. I decided not to go this time around because the trailer didn't interest me, and frankly, the plot was kind of confusing. The movie stars Abigail Breslin, and as much as I love her, Evan Almighty had Steve Carell, Ed Helms AND John Stewart. So mini-The Daily Show reunion trumps young Academy Award nominees, I suppose.


I desperately, desperately need to start GETTING MY LOST ON. I decided to watch episodes two at a time (it works out well starting out, because the pilot episode is in two parts), just so it takes less time to watch 4 seasons worth and to make it easier on my self. I was smart in downloading the episodes and converting them to watch on my iPod, but I haven't gotten around to actually watching them. My time right now is consumed by VBS and when I get home from that I'm so exhausted and really don't have enough energy to watch/understand/be interested in such a complex TV show. And I have to watch them soon, because I don't have enough room on my iPod, and am leaving for Camp on Saturday and want to be caught up. So, tomorrow, because it's Thursday (and that's when Lost is on), I WILL WATCH LOST.


Still working on my Muxtape mix - I have the songs, I just need to come up with explanations for each song. (Not really necessary when making a mix, but because it doesn't really have a theme to it, I kind of have to explain my picks.) It is incredibly difficult to write explanations for each song that a) are unique to each one, and b) not cheesy. It's like I'm doing a school assignment, which is weird, because I thought I've been done with that for a month and would never have to do it again.
pretty_cynical: (a: lc / the hills)
I leave for Omaha early tomorrow morning. And I haven't even packed yet.

Well, the stuff I want to take to occupy myself during the 12-hour drive is all packed, but my clothes aren't. They're sitting on my floor, waiting to be packed. I've been too busy trying to get as many videos on my iPod as I can. I have most of The Office Season 4, HIMYM, Enchanted, and The Little Mermaid. Attempting to download the Lost pilot (to play along with [ profile] lost_redux) and Leatherheads, but they won't go on the iPod because a) the iPod converter doesn't work, and b) there's no room on my iPod. It's kind of ironic; this time last year I really wanted an iPod, and this year, I want a bigger one! (That's what she said!)

So. This is probably my last entry until I come home. I highly doubt I'll have internet access or even access to a computer while I'm in Omaha, so see you in a week!
pretty_cynical: (lost / just like heaven)
Thanks to Lost, I may or may not be able to answer Dwight K. Shrute's question of "What is the Dharma Initiative?" Because Octagon Global Recruiting totally explained it to me.

So, Finale Season 08 is offically OVER. See you in 09, Lost! And I have made a new tag just for you!




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