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Ugly Betty - 4.19 )

How is there only one more episode of this show left? I can't believe how into it I am right now. It's seriously one of the shows I look most forward to right now. Seasons 2 and 3 were pretty terrible, and even the first half of this season wasn't amazing, but seriously, the second half of this season has gotten so much better, it's ridiculous. I think it's even better than parts, or most, of season 1. I kind of just want to watch this episode over and over again. And I also kind of want to buy the DVDs of this season when it comes, which I never thought I would want to do for this show. Oh man. I'm actually going to be really upset when it's over.

Also, speaking of my reactions back when I was watching season 1, I was reading them over for the nostalgia factor, and in one of them I was like "This is totally my new favorite show of the season!" which is so weird because, well, I guess seasons 2 and 3 really colored my view of the show as a whole, despite the fact that season 1, especially the first half, was a lot of fun. But I did really adore the show back then. It's nice that it's come back to be really awesome for the end. (It's actually kind of funny that in one of the posts I was reading with an old Ugly Betty reaction, I was also talking about The O.C. and how I was still not over how The O.C. was actually good (this was season 4) and back to season 1 levels, and I just kind of find it funny that the same thing is happening for me with Ugly Betty. And then I just got weirded out because season 1 of Ugly Betty seems really long ago, but that was just senior year in high school, and omg in just 4 1/2 weeks I'll be a senior in college and how is that even possible and that's so weird. Was high school really that long ago? Anyways, tangent! But in any case, that's totally why I stick with shows even once they start sucking and it starts feeling like a chore to watch them: because sometimes, if I'm lucky, they'll start getting good again. Of course, it's typically right before they're canceled, but... it's better than nothing, I guess? I'd rather have this excellent season 4 than 5 more seasons like seasons 2-3).

I have my class facilitation thing in Mood and Anxiety in like 30 minutes. I'm... feeling okay about it. I've gone over what I'm going to say about a million times, but I'm sure I'll get nervous and mess up a little anyways since I suck at public speaking. I'll be really happy to have it over with, anyways. And then I get to come back to my apartment and spend several hours working on my part of a group project before we meet tonight. ugh. But at least it's almost Friday! And then I can finally relax!

Also, there are so many TV things I'm super excited for in the next week: new Doctor Who Saturday (I'm so excited to see more of Eleven and Amy!), Glee returns Tuesday, and the series finale of Ugly Betty on Wednesday. Plus there's the normal great TV: I've been really loving Castle recently, HIMYM and TBBT are new on Monday (they haven't had a new episode in a little while, right? I don't know, it feels like it's been awhile), new Lost (I haven't watched this week's yet, actually, but I should have time this afternoon or Friday afternoon, and I've heard it's awesome), new Criminal Minds (this week was kind of eh since they were setting up the spin-off, which I don't really care about, but I still adore the show (speaking of, the picture Matthew Gray Gubler tweeted of a freaking puppy biting his nose was one of the most adorable things I've ever seen. How is he real?)), and other new stuff as well that I'm too lazy to get into now. But still, very excited for TV next week.
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I never talk about Castle (I find it fun most of the time, but I don't really care about it and am not very invested in it), but I actually have a few things to say.

Castle )

Today I had my presentation of my research project to my group. I hate presentations, but this one went... all right. I mean, it was pretty casual, and there were only 5 other students and our professor. And we've been discussing our projects with each other all semester, so it felt more comfortable talking about it with them. Luckily for the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference in the spring, apparently we don't actually have to give a 10-minute talk in front of a bunch of people, like they were making it seem at the beginning of the semester. We can if we want to request to talk, but otherwise we just have to stand by our poster for an hour and give little 1-2 minute talks about what we researched to the people that come by. So that's less stressful than I was originally thinking. And it's not until like... April, anyways.

I have another presentation tomorrow, but that one's a group presentation. We have to present for like 45-60 minutes instead of 10 minutes (like in my presentation this morning), though, so that's not fun. Tonight I have to prepare and practice for that presentation and finish as much of my research project paper as possible so I can have it done by Thursday night so hopefully my adviser will have time to look it over before it's due on Monday. I wish I had gone to talk to her on Monday about it like I planned, because I don't have time today (from 1-2 is my only break in the day until 4:30, and she teaches class from 1:10-2:10 and is leaving before 4:30). I haven't even mentioned giving her a draft of the whole paper beforehand, but she's usually pretty awesome about reading through drafts, so I'm hoping it'll be okay. =/ If she can't do the whole thing, I need her to at least look over the Discussion because I'm totally overhauling that. And I need to remember to meet with the professor in the psych department I talked to about internships before Thanksgiving, since... there's not very much time left to talk to her before winter break, and I wanted to talk to her now so I can start doing stuff over break. And I need to ask my cog psych professor to look over my paper which is due a week from today. And I need to not forget to participate in the psych studies I signed up for on Thursday and Friday. Which I totally will because omg too much stuff to remember. I'm starting to feel overwhelmed again. I wish I hadn't decided to totally take off Sunday and Monday, because now there's just too many things to keep track of. Oh well. Only 10 days left.
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House 5.20 (major spoilers) )

I think I mentioned like a month or so back that I wanted to watch Castle for Nathan Fillion but it looked really terrible. I ended up watching the pilot when it first aired and it was better than I thought, but I wasn't crazy about it. So I didn't watch any more episodes after that, but then on Sunday I wanted something to watch while I was making flashcards for my RIP test and I was all caught up on shows, so I decided to catch up on the episodes since the pilot. I still just think it's decent (granted, much better than I thought it would be), and I don't think I'd watch it if it weren't for Nathan Fillion, but I think I'll keep watching it for awhile. If I get too busy and need to start dropping stuff, it'll probably be the first to go. But yeah, it's pretty good. I thought the last episode was better than the previous episodes, too.

I'm pretty irritated at my Diff Eq professor because for the last quiz he was like "This will be a take-home quiz and I want you to take these three differential equations and go through all the calculations and find a general solution." So I did that and I got all three right, but today he passed them back and was like "I took 2 points off if you didn't explain every step." Which I didn't because HE DIDN'T TELL US TO DO THAT. ugh. Like, I still got a 90, but I really need all the points I can get in this class because of how awfully my group did on the first project and because I don't think we'll do much better on this project that's due on Thursday. And it just irritates me because he said nothing about that, and it's not like there's been a precedence for this before. I feel like I shouldn't be expected to read his mind and know everything he expects from us. gah.

I'm also kind of annoyed because my Multivariate Stats professor pushed our take-home exam back a week. Originally I had that due next Monday and a paper due in Research in Psych on Tuesday, but then my RIP professor pushed back our paper a week so it was like "Oh, good, I have time to work on the test this weekend" but now they're both the same week again and I can't start either of them until next weekend and next weekend is a 2-day weekend and if they had stayed this weekend then at least I would have had a 3-day weekend to work on them. sigh. At least this weekend is now light and I can relax a little.
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Part of me wants to watch Castle when it premieres because NATHAN FILLION, but the previews make it look so, so bad. Has anyone heard anything, good or bad, about it? I'm tempted to check it out, but I'm afraid once I check it out I'll be forced to keep watching just for Nathan Fillion even if it sucks.

My test yesterday in Research in Psych went pretty well, I think. I'm glad I didn't study any more than I did because it wouldn't have helped. It kind of just depends on how harsh he wants to grade the short answer. I think I did decently. Definitely well enough for a B, although of course I'd like better.

I talked to my RIP professor today about the research proposal and my idea looks like it should work, which was good, but apparently the proposal is supposed to be 5-10 pages (although he said 5 is the absolute minimum and people tend to do better if it's more), and I don't know if I've allowed myself enough time to write this in addition to studying for the stats and German tests next week and finishing my stats data set. ugh. At least he said he's go over the finished draft with me on Tuesday or so, so that'll help make me less nervous about my grade. But that also means I have less time to finish it. Can it just be the week before spring break already? I have absolutely nothing to do that week! It'll be awesome.

I had the most ridiculous quiz in German on Wednesday that I'm going to get back today and am not looking forward to. We never have quizzes, and the only reason we had this one was she said that some people did really badly on the adjectives section of the test we had last Friday, so she was going to quiz us. But I got full credit on the adjectives section on the test, so I was a bit irritated that I had to take the quiz. And the quiz was ridiculous. It was taken from an exercise from a textbook that is definitely harder than our level. I mean, I understand the adjectives, but this was just... unfair. Like, for example, there are 4 cases in German (meaning, if you've never had German, the article in front of a noun changes based on if it's the subject, direct object, indirect object, or something else that I don't know yet) and we've learned 3, and the case (in addition to the gender of the noun and the article) affects the ending of the adjective. And on this quiz, there were all 4 cases. How is it fair of her to expect us to be able to know the adjective ending for that when we don't even know how to recognize what case it is? Seriously. And I didn't know the gender of a lot of the nouns (and German has three genders rather than 2 like French, so you don't have a great chance of guessing), and I had never seen a lot of them, but she was just like "You should know that word" and wouldn't tell us the gender. ugh. I guessed on over half of them. I hope everyone fails and she's reasonable and gives us an easier quiz or something. Because I do know the adjective endings, but not when there's a case I don't know and the sentence structure of the paragraph is far above our level so I have no idea what it's saying.

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