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holy crap Brittany Murphy died? I think I'm more surprised over this than when Michael Jackson died. I wasn't like a huge fan of hers, but that's really terrible. I haven't seen loads of her movies, but I remember liking her a lot in Girl, Interrupted.

Anyways, I'm home now. I've been back since Saturday night. I don't think it's fully sunk in yet that the semester is over and I'm home for 5 weeks rather than just 4 days and then back to school. I'm a little behind on TV, and I wanted to watch more movies before the end of the year, but I think I'm going to focus on my end of the decade picspam(s).

I watched Fool For Love and Darla back to back with my parents last night. ugh I love everything about the Angelus/Darla/Spike/Dru backstory so much. Which I've said before, but it bears repeating. I'm so excited to get to a lot of the episodes in season 2 of Angel and season 5 of Buffy, but I don't know if we'll get all the way through during break. Particularly since as I mentioned I'm getting season 2 of Dexter for my dad (which I'm still nervous he might end up getting for me; I didn't put it on my Christmas list and I told my mom I got it for him so she could like... dissuade him from getting it for me, but yesterday at lunch he was like "So what did you ask for for Christmas?" and I was listing some things and he was like "Why not Dexter Season 2?" and I was like "lkasjfkj uh... I don't know." I am not good at making stuff up on the fly. Oh well. If he gets it for me, one of us can exchange one of the sets for season 3 instead.

I always suck at posting when I'm home for some reason, so I'm going to try to not fail too much and still post at least 2-3 times a week. We'll see if that actually happens.
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This weekend was really nice. Thursday was pumpkin pie and turkey and mashed potatoes, and Friday and Saturday were continuing my Buffy and Angel rewatch with my parents. Even though I totally just rewatched Angel in August, I'm really eager to keep watching season 2 (where we are now) of Angel. I mean, I'm eager for Buffy, too, but that's more expected since I haven't seen Buffy Season 5 since I was a junior in high school (omg was that really 4 years ago already? Ridiculous). But I just love the season arc of this season of Angel! The next Angel ep we have up is Darla and the next Buffy ep is Fool For Love, so I'm so ridiculously excited to watch those. I also went with my parents this weekend to see A Serious Man, the new Coen brothers movie, which was really amazing and I highly recommend it.

Being Erica )

I have 2 full weeks of school, 2 days of school, 2 days with nothing, and then 2 days of finals and then I'm home. I think the most work I have to do will actually be in the first two weeks rather than the week with finals. I'm really looking forward to this semester being over. I have a draft of a project due tomorrow afternoon in Discrete Math that I've barely started on, and I have to do so much work for my research project this week, including analyzing the results and writing a draft of the discussion. At least I'm done collecting data. That was not fun.
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Okay, so I'm finally at school. I arrived in St. Paul on Wednesday, and I've been actually living in my apartment since Saturday night. I wasn't a huge fan of the room when I looked at it in May (I didn't hate it or anything, but I didn't really care for it), but it's looking so nice now. The walls are a pretty strong blue, and I hated them when I first saw them and wanted to paint them at some point, but over the course of a few days, they've really grown on me. I'm so happy with my room. I think we're going to put some posters up since a few walls are kind of blank and empty, and we might be getting a TV this weekend, so I'll wait till everything's really sorted to post pictures. Of course, I always say I'm going to post pictures and never do. I haven't even uploaded the ones of my dorm last year from the camera to the computer (although that was party because I left my camera cord at home and didn't bring it until the spring semester where I forgot my camera battery recharger in turn), but if I do end up taking pictures of my room and apartment, I'll upload the ones from last year as well.

The girl I'm sharing a room with I was friends with last year, but the other 3 girls I met for the first time this past week. I was a bit nervous at first (I suck at meeting new people), but they're all very nice and welcoming and such. I think it'll be good. In any case, I can stand a year living with them, and if things suck, I'll get my own apartment next year.

While on vacation, my parents and I watched season 4 of Buffy and season 1 of Angel. My parents didn't like season 4 of Buffy as much as the other seasons. They said that they don't think the college stuff works as well. They both adore Spike, but I don't know if they still will after season 5. They were saying before we got to the end of the season that they were sure he would get his chip removed by the end of season 4 because he was too good a villain and it would be too boring for him to stay chipped. I haven't told them anything about Buffy/Spike, so I'm interested to see their reaction. They both really enjoyed Angel, my dad especially, which kind of surprised me. My dad is really looking forward to season 2 what with Darla coming back since he really likes Julie Benz from watching season 1 of Dexter. I don't know when we'll get season 5 of Buffy and season 2 of Angel in. I guess over winter break, although I don't think we'll have enough time to finish them both. We'll see. It was really fun watching season 4 of Buffy for me, anyways. It's been ages since I've seen nearly all those episodes. I actually kind of like Riley before he and Buffy start officially dating; he's pretty sweet. He gets annoying once he gets all angsty over everything and isn't just cute and happy.

What else? I bought books yesterday and it was the cheapest semester for books ever. I only have books for 2 classes (one for one class and a book and a workbook for another), which was nice. We don't have internet in our apartment, wireless or otherwise, but the guys next door have wireless and it's unlocked and it doesn't cost them any extra for us to use it, so everyone here with a laptop has just been stealing their internet. If they lock it at some point, I think we're going to get wireless. I still have a lot to take care of here, unfortunately. But at least the room is almost done. I probably won't be on much in the next week, anyways, since I'll be pretty busy with apartment stuff and classes.
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My parents and I finally got to the Wesley episodes of season 3 of Buffy! We had left off at The Zeppo and then my mom was in Minnesota the weekend after that and then we were finishing up Dexter the weekend after that, but now we're finally back to Buffy. I mean, I don't love Wesley on Buffy at all (although he's pretty amusing, especially when Giles is sniping at him), but he's my absolute favorite character on Angel, so it's exciting to see him. I think he might have the most drastic development of any character on either series. And there's Faith! I mean, she was in the earlier episodes of the season as well, but still. I've rediscovered my Faith love this summer, and this is basically the start of it all going downhill for her.

I wrote up a bunch of thoughts while watching Angel a few weeks ago, but then I was kind of overwhelmed by the end of season 5 (even though I was spoiled and knew what was going to happen; in fact, I had seen quite a few of the episodes from the end of the season) so I wanted to distance myself from the show for a little. And now I've moved on to other obsessions (namely True Blood), so I forgot about it. But here are the random thoughts I had while watching the show: Angel Series Thoughts )

Anyways, I randomly feel like rewatching both seasons of The Big Bang Theory and then picspamming the show. I don't know why. Well, I'm feeling like randomly picspamming everything since I haven't done a picspam in ages and I'm leaving to go back to school on the 23rd and won't have much time during the semester to picspam anything. But there's no real reason for me to want to rewatch TBBT in particular. I haven't had a great urge to rewatch Chuck even though I was planning a rewatch for the second last semester ended and I got home. I don't know. I'm feeling kind of out of sorts having so little time left at home. I feel like I need to get all this different stuff in that I know I won't have time for once I leave.

At some point in the next week, I really need to start going through all my stuff and figuring out what I want to take with me. And I need to search for socks, because I've somehow managed to lose track of like half my socks since I've been home. And I feel like I need to review German ridiculous amounts. I feel like I've forgotten 90% of what I learned of German in the past year. I was trying to remember just the basic pronouns and it took me way longer than it should have. I'm not really sure that I'm going to be able to fit all the stuff I need to do in with all the stuff I'm having random urges to do.
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I am halfway through season 2 of Angel in my rewatch (which I did finally decide to do after planning to for like over a year), and I have random thoughts! Angel thoughts )

I'll probably have more thoughts once I get through the rest, but that's it for now. I'm really glad I finally decided to do this, though. I'm kind of considering doing a favorite moments/episodes picspam of the series once I'm done. I haven't picspammed anything in awhile, so I've kind of gotten the urge now. I've also gotten the urge to do that with Buffy, but the thought of doing that is kind of daunting. I don't know if I'd be able to narrow down moments/episodes for that show into anything reasonable.
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I spent the past week rereading all the Harry Potter books. This plus going through season 3 of Buffy on the weekends with my parents pretty much makes me feel like I'm in middle school again. It was pretty fun rereading HP. The first two books have gotten kind of boring (mostly because of how simplistic they are compared to the later books), but it doesn't take long to get through them, and once I have, there are no books I hate. Originally I remember not liking HBP much, but each time I read it, I like it more. And I've only read DH once, so I had forgotten a lot of stuff in it.

Rewatching Buffy has kind of been the same way. I remember a lot less from season 3 than I do 2, and even 1. Season 1 I think I rewatched most recently (since I got that last, I think. Or maybe I got 4 and 5 last, but I haven't gotten to rewatching 5 yet, and I didn't watch my DVDs of 4 after I bought them for some reason) and 2 is my favorite so I've... thought about it more, maybe? Or rewatched reruns of those eps more, maybe? But for some reason I've forgotten a lot about 3, even though it's my second favorite. It's loads of fun, though. We're going to get to Lover's Walk and The Wish this weekend, which I'm really excited about. I love those episodes.

I think I'm going to start rewatching Angel on my own, too. Mostly because I've been planning to for over a year, now, and everytime I watch Buffy or Leverage (because of Christian Kane) I get the urge to rewatch it. Plus, I've only ever seen seasons 1 and 2 all the way through. I've seen nearly all and know what happens in the episodes I haven't seen of season 3, but I've only seen a couple episodes from seasons 4 and 5, and it feels weird to call myself a fan of the show when I haven't seen so many episodes. Actually, I've still only seen like half of season 7 of Buffy, so I should probably get around to doing that too at some point. But I'll get to that in my Buffy rewatch with my parents, and I'm not as excited for that season anyways.

I only have about a month before I have to leave for school. While there are definitely things I miss about school, I'm starting to feel nervous and apprehensive and such about next year. I don't know. I wasn't very optimistic about last semester and that turned out a lot better than I expected, so maybe it won't be as bad as I think.
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...so I totally got a 100 on my research proposal for Research in Psych. Which basically means I'm guaranteed an A in the class, provided I didn't fail the last homework assignment (which... I'm sure I didn't). I'm pretty shocked by this, since I can point out a whole bunch of flaws in the final paper, and I was trying to finish it quickly so I could go back and meet my parents and start moving out and be done with the semester and all that. But whatever, happy. Just really, really surprised. I also got an e-mail from my stats professor asking for an electronic copy of my stats paper, and she mentioned in the e-mail that me and Li did very well on it, which is good.

We're in Wall, South Dakota now. We visited Wall Drug Store, which... if you've traveled like at all in South Dakota or anywhere near it, you've probably seen it advertised. There are signs EVERYWHERE for it. Seriously, the first sign I remember seeing on this trip was in Minnesota where it said "Wall Drug Store... only 355 miles!" It's nothing that special, but I did manage to get two posters there: one of Paul Newman and one of The Birds. I've been wanting old Hollywood movie/actor posters forever, so I'm happy to have a few now. I still need more, though!

Still making my way through season 2 of Buffy. We only have 3 episodes left, which is sad. We probably won't get to season 3 of Buffy until the trip back to school in August/early September since I didn't bring it with me. But I'm probably going to make my parents watch How I Met Your Mother for the remaining days of the trip since I have those with me and I feel like they would really love the show. Plus, I can always use an excuse to rewatch How I Met Your Mother!
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I finished my paper! The last section is total crap, but whatever! It's done! When I was finishing it up, the professor for the class updated our grades, and I found out I got a 94 on the final! I was expecting lower, so I'm very pleased with that. That means that I have a 97 in the class, so it was really hard to motivate myself to work on the paper. Hopefully I did well enough on the paper for a B, because I think that's all I need to keep an A in the class.

I mentioned sometime last week about living with Li and some people next year. Originally I was leaning towards getting my own place and using that as a back-up plan because I do like having my own room, but in the past few days, I've changed my mind. Part of it is that I just want to have a place and am tired of searching and all that. Another large part is that this apartment is so close to school, unlike the other one I looked at in April. Plus, it would be much cheaper to live with them. So I ended up deciding to just go with that. I saw the place today, and it's pretty good. It has two floors and a basement. The room I'm sharing with Li is pretty big, definitely bigger than the double I had last year. The kitchen is also really big. I'm kind of excited about it, really. And I'm super happy to officially have somewhere to live. Hopefully it'll work out.

I've started Buffy Season 2 with my parents. We just finished Halloween. Oh man, I love season 2. I know most people on LJ in Buffy fandom love Spike and Buffy/Spike and seasons 5 and 6, but I'm all about Buffy/Angel. And I just really adore season 2; it's by far my favorite (although season 3 is pretty spectacular as well. And season 1 is my third favorite; I totally don't get why so many people think it sucks or hate it). It's so much fun to watch it again, since it's been ages since the last time I watched it. There's so much I've forgotten, too! Right before we saw Reptile Boy, I saw the title of the episode, and I was like "...I recognize the title of the episode, but I have absolutely no clue what happens in it!" And then I remembered like 5-10 minutes in, but still. And Oz! We got to his first episodes! Oh Oz. I adore Oz and Willow/Oz so much. And Willow season 2 is pretty kick-ass. I'm remembering now why she was my favorite character for so long. (Actually, she might still be. I just haven't thought about Buffy recently enough to know for sure or whatever.)

I've moved out most of my stuff from my dorm room, I just need to move some boxes and check out and all that. I thought I was going to try to stay caught up with my flist, but I'm realizing now that that's just not going to happen. I'm going to try to still update, but I probably won't have internet access (or at least not good internet access) everywhere we stay.
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I'm back at school now. Today and yesterday have sucked. Yesterday I opened my season 2 Buffy DVDs because I was planning to take them with me to school, and the fourth disc is missing. I looked everywhere I could think of, but I couldn't find it. I have no idea where it is. I haven't watched those DVDs since I was like 14 or 15. My mom said she'd look for it, but I'm not optimistic, and I really don't want to have to spend $60 on a DVD set I already paid for.

Then this morning I was putting on my favorite sweatshirt and the zipper came off. I mean, I can still wear it, but I like wearing it zipped up. It's not even old! It's one of my newest sweatshirts; I got it last August. blah. I also remembered this morning that I have a German test on Friday that I need to start studying for, especially since I forgot everything we were doing over Spring Break.

I was also upset because I got an e-mail from Amazon saying they were unable to deliver my How I Met Your Mother DVDs to school and I would have to go to the nearest Post Office to pick it up, which would have been incredibly inconvenient, but on the tracking information it said it had been delivered, so I went to check this morning and it was there. So at least I don't have that to deal with.

Anyways, I have to go to class in about an hour, so I should probably finish my German homework and then maybe start making flashcards for the test. I really can't wait for this semester to be over.
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Well, I've been on Spring Break for the past week. I got home Friday night and then my parents and I went skiing in Mammoth from Sunday to Thursday. It was a lot of fun, and it sucks to be back now because I only have two days before I have to go back to school, which I'm not looking forward to. I didn't check my flist at all when I was in Mammoth and there's absolutely no way I can get through everything I missed, so let me know if anything huge happened while I was gone.

I watched season 1 of Buffy with my parents while we were in Mammoth, and they really loved it (they had never seen any of it before). It was so bizarre, though, because they had absolutely no idea about anything about the show. After the first episode, my mom asked me if Angel was really an angel, and I was so confused for a second because I thought it was just common knowledge that he was a vampire. And when we got through the episode Angel, both my parents were absolutely shocked when it was revealed. I have no idea what my reaction was. I saw the episodes out of order and it was so long ago that I just feel like I've always known that.

I've also been watching Bones. I like it more than I did the first time I watched the first few episodes. I'm up to around episode 17 of the first season. It's too bad I don't have time to finish it before going back. I guess I'll just try to watch episodes when I can (and hopefully not be idiotic enough to put watching TV before doing homework and studying and all that). But after watching season 1 of Buffy and Bones, I've gotten the urge to watch all of Angel. I own the first two seasons and have watched all those episodes, and I'm pretty sure I've watched all of season 3, but I've only seen a few episodes from seasons 4 and 5. I think I'll try to watch the entire series once the semester is over (only like 7 more weeks!) if I still have the urge.
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I finished reading Watchmen over the weekend. I definitely liked it more than I did when I was starting it in January. I feel like I need to read it again, though, before I can fully appreciate it. And I know I missed loads of little details. Not sure when I'll see the movie, but hopefully soon.

Some of the choices for the Fandom Steel Cage Match are making me cry a little inside. Booth is beating Dexter right now? Really? I mean, granted, I haven't been following Bones, but I did watch the first 5 or so episodes, and based on the first five episodes of Bones versus the first five episodes of Dexter, Dexter wins in a landslide. But beyond that, Dexter is one of my favorite characters EVER. There are few characters I would vote over him. Also, House beating Chuck? I can find that one slightly more understandable, at least. I was also happy for awhile because Ned was beating Dean, but Dean's now back in the lead. It's not that I don't like Dean, but... I don't know. I don't love him nearly as much as everyone else seems to, and I definitely like Ned more.

Actually, I think I have a problem with all the current results except for Barney beating Liz and Ten beating Mal. Besides what I already mentioned, I would really, really love Lorelai to beat Spike, but I don't see that happening seeing as pretty much everyone in Buffy fandom adores Spike. blah. Ok, I probably shouldn't care so much about this. But it still feels kind of frustrating.

Anyway, this week is thankfully not too busy compared to the last few weeks. I got my German test from Friday back that I didn't think I did very well on, and I got an A/A-. She must have curved it because there's no way I did better on this test than the first one. I'm still stressing out over the Multivariate Stats test from last week that she hasn't returned yet. I really just can't wait until Friday. Only 4 days left!
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Wheeee, I just spent all afternoon watching season 1 Buffy.

Random Season 1 Ramblings )

Guess that's it for now. I forget how much I love Buffy until I, you know, start watching the episodes again.

Edit: Did someone link one or two of my icon posts somewhere, or something? I've been getting several comments a day on these two entries for the past few days, and it just seems... odd. Like, people will come to icon posts I've made and comment for an icon occasionally, but not one or two for several days. Not that it's a bad thing at all, it just seems really random to me and I'm curious as to why it's happening. Maybe I'm just crazy and totally imagining it, I don't know.

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