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. 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.
pretty_cynical: (NUMB3RS. working girl.)
Things I need to talk about:

+ Tonight's episode of Mad Men (HOW COULD I NOT?)
- The fact that I'm pissed that my New York Giants haven't won a game lately
+ The past three episodes of House
- Why I gave up on Glee

Unfortunately, none of this will be attempted until at least Wednesday, since I have an exam in eight hours that I've barely studied for and a paper due Tuesday that I haven't started and really don't want to write - and of course, I'm the girl who doesn't pull all-nighters and overstresses herself out more often than she should. GAH.

GIVE ME SOMETHING - ANYTHING - TO LOOK FORWARD TO THAT WILL HELP ME GET THROUGH THE WEEK.
pretty_cynical: (STUDIOSIXTY. hannah harriet.)
This meme in no way makes up for the fact that I haven't done a real-life update in quite some time. )

Other things I need to post about besides real life things: the past three episodes of House and general thoughts on this season of Mad Men - which, sadly, is almost over. Where did the time go, you guys?
pretty_cynical: (HOUSE. memories.)
It's 12:30 AM! And I'm surprisingly really, really exhausted, despite the fact I did absolutely nothing and desperately need to go to bed, but I wanted to very quickly post my reaction to the House season finale so I don't have to do it tomorrow, overshadowing the BIG DAMN UPDATE I've got planned.

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

And with that pretentious mess, I need to go to sleep.
pretty_cynical: (HOUSE. sweetest downfall.)
SO. I was going to do a vlog (a "video blog", if you will) about my thoughts re: House and ultimately decided against it, because not only did I look really weird - I had my hair in a mid ponytail and was wearing an off-the-shoulder top, giving me the illusion of very round, fat face (double chin, the horror!) - I think I came off sounding really, really pretentious. It also occurred to me that before I give you my thoughts on various things, wouldn't it be a good idea to sort of "introduce myself" to the flist, assuming that you haven't seen this picture (which is a few months old)? Which is why this meme, stolen from [livejournal.com profile] fated_addiction and [livejournal.com profile] falseeeyelashes, is absolutely perfect at the moment:


ASK ME ANYTHING.


REALLY, ANYTHING. Fandom-related, real life stuff, political things, anything super-serious to really random. I AM AN OPEN BOOK AT THIS POINT. And where applicable, I will answer questions in vlog form! Because I can think of nothing better to kill Summer vacation time with.

(Oh, and House? Three words: WHAT. THE. FRAK.)
pretty_cynical: (MISC. college.)
I'M DONE!


REALLY. At least, I'm pretty sure I'm done with that college for good, barring any failing grades (which might actually happen, given all the English 102 drama I had this semester.) I can't find out my grades until tomorrow, which has made me all nervous and tense over the past few days. But I'm just going to put myself in the mindset that I did pass all my classes, because I'M DONE, AND I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. I'm so ready to start things at Grand Valley in August.

Honestly, I can't tell you how I survived this week. I made a to-do list everyday, and (mostly) stuck to it. I looked for something to get excited over each day, whether it was The Rachel Maddow Show every night, an ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC lunch at the on-campus restaurant with Dad on Tuesday, American Idol's Big Band week on Tuesday&Wednesday, President Obama's "100 Days" press conference (and by extension, THESE PHOTOS ZOMG) or 30 Rock on Thursday. I de-stressed the weekend before by watching the NFL Draft with the family. And even with that, I still was moved to tears after I sold my books back on Thursday afternoon because it was storming outside and the phrase "I made it through the rain" couldn't have been more fitting at that moment.

So what am I going to do in the interim five months between now and then? Take it easy, I guess. Finding a job is priority one, but I'm a little wary because a) Michigan's economy is in the toilet and b) I am not the ideal "job" candidate, as I still do not drive despite being 18 - though I did apply to a bunch of places, so I'm just going to wait that out. I plan on reading lots (and not just political stuff!), as well as writing - I have a new [livejournal.com profile] inrevelations assignment that I'm anxious to start, even though I don't know what I'm going to write yet. I want to go to the gym more, and go swimming - I have all kinds of time now! I'll keep obsessing over TV - from season finales that are coming up in the next few weeks (CSI:NY! Numb3rs! The Office! And House, for some reason!) to stuff I get excited about watching over the summer: In Plain Sight, which has become exponentially wonderful now that Joshua Malina has joined the cast; Eureka, for which I've been anxiously waiting months for - JULY 14TH CANNOT COME SOON ENOUGH; and Mad Men, which won't return until August, but I'm just thankful we're getting a third season after how the last season ended. There are no plans for big vacations this summer (we're not going to Camp this year due to financial circumstances, and I highly doubt we're going to Omaha for the College World Series), but my cousin Claire (who goes to Notre Dame) is staying in South Bend for the summer and will be coming to visit! And I've made it my goal to go to a Tigers game this year (my wish is to go to one of the Red Sox/Tigers games in June), but I highly doubt that's going to happen. But I can always hope, right?
pretty_cynical: (HOUSE. all smiles.)
Some awesome things have happened as of late:
  1. I know I mentioned this yesterday, but you could all benefit from seeing new First Dog Bo Obama. He's absolutely adorable! And the Obama family is going to officially introduce him to the country (as well as the rest of the world, I guess) tomorrow in a press confrence, which caused me to muse aloud how he would communicate with the public. Would he have his own webcam, a la Barney? A fan club, like with Socks the cat? Or will he write a book, like Bush 41's dog Millie? (A fact which always makes me laugh, as a) she is the namesake of my beloved babydoll, so it always comes up when I talk about my doll; and b) IT'S A DOG WHO ALSO HAPPENS TO BE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR. THINK ABOUT IT.) Either way, I am very, very excited about Bo's official introduction.

  2. EASTER! Easter was good. Went to Mass 8:30 Sunday morning, as Monica had to altar serve. Would've loved to attend the Easter Vigil the night before, as I have always wanted to ever since I learned what takes place in one during my junior year religion class in high school, but couldn't because it usually goes late, and then I'd have a hard time getting up the next morning for actual Easter Mass. Although this year was reportatedly shorter than usual because they weren't bringing anyone new into the church, just recognizing those who converted in past years. But the Mass was good.

    Dinner was nice as well; my aunt&uncle invited their neighbors over to have dinner with us, which was a lot of fun. They have two teenage girls (both fit right in between Monica and I, age-wise), so we did all kinds of weird activities with my younger cousins - playing Blurt! while eating all the appetizers (with me teaching them how to "blow for luck" with the dice), participating in a game similar to the "name game" we played in Drama class, except with aliases and corresponding hand-motions (I was "Dork" "Chop Choppin' The Ice" and "Pregnant"), and a mock-Olympics, where everyone else jumped on the trampoline and I played judge, giving out pretend scores and fake medals. I ate the most delicious lamb with the adults, and found out the neighbors also attend our Camp (although during a different week), so we traded various Camp stories. Although I was disappointed that I didn't get to see my cousin Luke; he's in college down at Dallas and couldn't get home for the weekend. I sent him a message saying we all missed him there, and he echoed the sentiment, which was sweet.

  3. House! )

  4. I spent some time switching up my schedule for Grand Valley; I'm now taking more classes towards my major, although they're one day a week for three hours in the evening, which makes me a little nervous. But now I'm actually taking classes that will count towards my major, instead of classes that fulfill my Political Science minor, take up credits, and fill holes in my school schedule. And it frees up more time for me to have an on campus job (free Wednesday and Friday afternoons in the Fall, all day Friday in the Winter) and have enough credit hours to make Dad happy. Now it's making me more anxious to go there already.
pretty_cynical: (HOUSE. fading away.)
Parents are back, safe and sound; Graham and I picked them up at the airport on Sunday. They had an absolutely fabulous trip, especially Mommy, who couldn't stop gushing at how awesome great-aunt Mary was. Their only complaint was that the Air France people were incredibly rude on their return flight back home, and that they missed us too much. What they didn't miss: all the stress that comes with returning from a vacation when no one else was on vacation. It was so nice and relaxing with them gone, but now that they're back, my stress level is going up again. Just what I need when I'm already stressed over school stuff. Although Grandma left earlier this morning, so I can finally get my own room back after spending a week and a half in Monica's and a week in my parents bedroom, and that is an absolute relief.

I watched House last night for the first time in months, because they were running constantly running promos on FOX all weekend and I had nothing better to do, and now I know why I stopped watching there for awhile. )

Oh, and Miley Cyrus is on the cover of my new issue of Glamour magazine. I plan on sending them a strongly worded letter on how it is not okay that such a poor role model for young girls is gracing the cover of a classy women's magazine, talking about how grown-up she is at sixteen with a 20-year-old boyfriend and how if children want to be famous, they should just do it. GO TAKE YOUR IMMATURITY TO TRASHY COSMO, MILEY.
pretty_cynical: (MISC. fake newsman.)


Since Joshua Lyman sadly got his ass kicked by House in the previous round (it was an unfair match, in my opinion) and thus messing up my entire bracket, I have decided to through my support behind everyone's favorite fake newsman, Jon Stewart. Because he's awesome! There's also this, which is not only my favorite moment from The Daily Show, but possibly the funniest thing I've ever seen. And despite watching The War Room twice and absolutely loving it, my opinion of James Carville can always be summed up by Jon's impression in that video. REALLY.
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.

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

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

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

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The weather yesterday was my favorite kind: rainy and spring-like. Now it's cold again and I miss it.
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: (ACT. nothing better.)



and the actor goes to... MAD MEN!


Other things I liked: Olivia Wilde's & January Jones' dresses; Jon Hamm's long hair; Will Arnett's "I'm an actor"; Tina Fey's acceptance speech; Jane Krakowski making the acceptance speech for 30 Rock because the Arizona Cardinals made it to the Superbowl; Hugh Laurie's acceptance speech; John Krasinski and Amy Poehler presenting for Best Actress in a drama series; Elizabeth Moss and Fred Armisen looking totally adorable together; ADORABLE DRAPER CHILDREN; James Earl Jones shout-out to Paul Newman; The "In Memoriam" tribute; Laura Linney; Meryl Streep; and the cast of Slumdog Millionaire's acceptance speech. By far, my favorite Screen Actors Guild ceremony!

My Anthro class got canceled for today (so my first exam isn't for another week and a half), and "Big Baby" is on tonight. Absolutely ACE.
pretty_cynical: (HOUSE. tiny baby!)
Good morning, flist! I'm skipping Human Relations this morning because it's Inauguration Day, and I AM PUMPED. I FINALLY finished The Audacity of Hope earlier this morning (now Mommy and Dad can fight over who gets to read it next; I'm banking on Dad), I'm proudly wearing my Obama t-shirt, and there's a inauguration watch party in the student center from 10 to 1 that I've decided to attend; I originally planned to watch by myself in the computer lab, but you can't eat in there, and I could get hungry. There will be free popcorn at the party, and the cafeteria's upstairs if I want anything else. Plus it's a chance to meet people. PUMPED, I TELL YOU.

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

I have a paper on Dial M For Murder due tomorrow, which I plan on doing after I'm done with classes, since I have to stay here for a few hours until Mommy can pick me up. I'm also going to try and find the finale of The West Wing online, even though it's on TV later. Big day.
pretty_cynical: (HOUSE. fading away.)
Instead of following the orders of my soon-to-be commander in chief and participate in a service project headed up by some people with the local Obama campaign (which I had to politely decline, saying that the College I attend is lame enough to NOT give students the day off), I watched this PBS documentary called Farmville about a bunch of racist people in a Long Island town who try to force illegal immigrants out. And I still have over 100 pages to read in The Audacity of Hope!

BUT. House comes back tonight! I'M VERY EXCITED.
pretty_cynical: (HOUSE. tiny baby!)
OMG THIS IS FRAKKING ADORABLE.

I'm just upset that it doesn't happen for another two weeks. Why isn't it Monday yet?

Unrelatedly, it's going to be super super cold tonight and tomorrow - the absolute worst weather to walk around campus in. But tonight's dinner is homemade chicken noodle soup! And I'll be staying warm inside with a toasty fireplace while doing various school readings and watching American Idol. Also: COZY BLANKETS.

things.

Dec. 30th, 2008 06:21 pm
pretty_cynical: (OFFICE. i wish you were home.)
  1. My sleep schedule is totally shot these days. For example, I went to bed at 1 AM because I just had to watch two episodes of Mad Men before bed instead of one. Then I woke up at 9:30 AM because Monica, Mommy & I went shopping. After we got home at 1 PM, I took a nearly 5 hour nap. So as much as I want to deny it, the majority of my break is spent sleeping. That's probably the reason I haven't been feeling well these past few days.

  2. I bought a really cute navy&white striped sweater that makes me feel very Parisian and a pair of adorable flats with butterflies on them at Old Navy with my giftcard. Together they cost about $15, so I still have a lot left. I may buy a few things online that I couldn't get in the store, or wait until new things come in and buy something then. We'll see.

  3. I got an email this morning notifying me that my Mad Men DVD's have shipped, so they'll be here on the 5th. I'm very excited to get them! I considered buying them at Target today, they were $40 and not on sale; Mine were only $27 and already on their way here, so things would've gotten complicated re: returns. I've decided to hold off watching the show until my DVDs get here because I've got books to read. I finished Sammy's Hill earlier today, so next up is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which I want to read before I see the movie, and The Audacity of Hope, which I'd like to finish (or at least make a dent in) before the inauguration. Plus I've got a whole week to week to watch the DVDs, which is plenty of time.

  4. I watched Baby Mama last night with the fam. Despite the fact that I am incredibly baby-crazy, I wouldn't have watched it had it not been for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, or Steve Martin as a wacky hippie. But it was pretty enjoyable.

  5. Things I like after watching four more eps of Mad Men: Betty Draper. CTB from House as a pregnant brunette and acting just as bitchy. Trudy Campbell. Rich Sommer (Alex from The Office)'s character. The fact that Mr. Sterling randomly shows up in an episode. JOAN AND HER BOOBS, OMG.

  6. Tomorrow is New Year's Eve, which means it's the last day I can do end of the year posts. I must get on that.
pretty_cynical: (PRISON BREAK. my heart's still beating.)
  1. It's official: I'M GOING TO CHICAGO ON THURSDAY! Mommy&Dad were very willing to let me go, provided I talked with my aunt to see if it was okay with her, and I pay for my train ticket and everything. I bought my ticket this morning (I'm taking Amtrak - the Joe Biden way to travel!), and I'm very excited because this is my first "adult" trip that I've done myself. I leave Thursday afternoon a few hours after my Stats final, and my cousin Claire is meeting me at the train station and we'll spend a little time in the city before heading to my aunt's house in Lake Forest. (At least, that's the plan. I left a message with her earlier this afternoon but she hasn't called me back yet. She leaves for Chicago tomorrow, so I hope to confirm things with her before then.) And I come back to Michigan on Monday afternoon. It's going to be a wonderful vacation.

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

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

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

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

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

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



    I like to think that Leo would've liked Obama, don't you?
pretty_cynical: (CRIMINALMINDS. beautifully broken.)
Apparently there was no review session this morning; It was just a tutor available to answer any questions we had, and I was the only one who showed up. So I got up at 7:30 this morning (after falling asleep at midnight) for nothing. Dad was pissed at me because I wanted to come home instead of wait around at the library for someone to show up, and neither Mommy or Dad answered their phones when I tried to call them to say that there wasn't one. So I was stuck at the library for longer than I wanted to be. I'd really wanted to attend, but since it was with a bunch of other math classes, it was going to be a general overview, and I can do that at home. I don't even know what this final is going to be on; I won't find out until Wednesday, and the final's on Thursday. I've got homework from other classes that's due Monday&Tuesday (plus finals and my last Stats test those days), that I need to do that's more important, and I don't want to waste time by spending all day at the library just so I can boost my grade in one class. I NEVER SHOULD HAVE MENTIONED IT.

My English final was super easy. I wish I could say the same for the rest of them, but I know that's not true. I did decide to take my Government final on Thursday, because that evenly splits the tests (2 on both Tuesday&Thursday, instead of 3 on Tuesday and 1 on Thursday.) Then I can use that break on Tuesday as extra study time. Or something.

The only good TV this week (besides House, of course) was CSI:NY, and even then the very end was the best part. The other shows (The Office, Criminal Minds, 30 Rock) were either lacking or very standard fare. I know for a fact I won't be able to contain myself during this hiatus. I WANT IT TO BE JANUARY NOW, PLZ.

Speaking of that excellent episode of House, [livejournal.com profile] fated_addiction wrote me Cuddy/tinybaby!Cuddy fic because I stumped her in one her writing memes. I've never had fic written for me before! It's one of the best fics I've ever read, and I love it so.

I'm making a "songs to study/do homework to" mix instead of typing out my Speech study guide. I might hand-write it instead. I finished another set of Astronomy review questions before my CT scan, so I only have one left, plus a lab project that won't take very long. And then there's Stats homework and subsequent studying for the test on Tuesday. I probably won't study for Astronomy&Stats finals until the day before because I still don't know what they're on. I just want to get this over with so I can relax.

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