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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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How I Met Your Mother )

Dexter )

lklajsdf I don't want to have to wait 9 months for the new season! ugh. I need new Dexter now. This is the thing that sucks about HBO/Showtime shows. And for some reason all the shows that I watch on HBO and Showtime (and Mad Men, which has the same length season) air at the same time in the year. The least they could do is spread them out a bit.

I AM DONE WITH DIRECTED RESEARCH FOREVER. (Except for next semester where I have to stand by my poster at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psych Conference and answer people's questions and crap. But whatever, that's not until April.) My paper is finished and turned in and hopefully I'll do well. It's hard to say. I think she likes me and she knows how hard I worked on the project and how much effort I put in, so hopefully that'll win me points.

Anyways, this morning I am going to finish my freaking Discrete Math take-home final (and by finish, I mean start and spend 2 hours on and then be totally done with and never think about again hopefully) and then I'll also be done with that goddamn class forever. And in the afternoon I'll go talk to my favorite psych professor about finding somewhere to volunteer/intern over the summer and then I'll work on my German oral final project thing with my partner. Ugh this semester needs to be over already. But I have so few things left now! At least in comparison to like a week or two ago. And there are only 4 days left in the semester! Not much left to get through.
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My cog psych presentation actually went all right, and my directed research paper got moved back a day which makes me feel just the slightest bit more relaxed. Not enough, though. Tomorrow's my last day of classes (well, technically I have a class on Tuesday, but there's no way I'm going), so that's helping some. But I still have loads to do. This was another weekend of failure to get anything done. Well, I did spend like 3 hours Saturday studying for the cog psych final with one of my roommates and then 3 hours Sunday studying for it with a friend.

I think I'll be okay, though? I don't know. Everything's done for tomorrow. Tuesday my final Directed Research paper is due, so tonight I'm definitely going to revise the intro (which I've discussed with her and am halfway through revising, so it shouldn't be too big of a deal to finish) and the methods (which... I have maybe a footnote to add, but that should be it). I sent her the Results and Discussion on Friday night, so I'm hoping I'll hear back from her soon, but I think it's unlikely it'll be by tonight, so I really don't have to worry about that. Wednesday is my German oral final, but it's a group presentation and my partner is super busy and we agreed to meet on Tuesday afternoon to work on it, so I don't need to do that now. Wednesday is also my cog psych method/results/discussion paper thing, but my professor is going to hand me back my draft with comments tomorrow so there's nothing to do for it now. Then I just have my Discrete Math take-home final due Sunday (lkjasdf I so don't want to do this. I think I'm just going to set 2 hours aside for it Tuesday morning and at the end of the 2 hours, I'll turn in whatever I have. If I get a 50 on this and the project, I'll have an 81 in the class. I need to not waste time getting super frustrated about it and trying to make it perfect. I need to half-ass it and turn something in so I can be done with this class for good finally.) and my Cognitive Psych and German finals on Friday and Saturday. And, I mean, I'll have nearly all of Tuesday, nearly all of Wednesday, and all of Thursday to study for those (plus Friday night for the German final), so I really should be fine. I'm definitely less stressed now than I was last spring. I'll get through it.

I got a replacement school ID on Friday and yesterday the landlord came by and found that my ID had been put... somewhere outside? I don't know. But yeah. So now I have two. I so knew that would end up happening. Oh well. Now I have a spare/extra, I guess. I just feel kind of stupid for spending $20 on a new one. Waste of money.

I gave my cog psych professor a draft of a paper on Friday and he said he wasn't sure he'd have time to look it over but he'd try, and today I got an e-mail back from him which was basically like "I looked over your paper, and wow, are you a good student!" And that's just making me feel really awesome right now. I mean, he said he has some comments to improve it, but that it reads like a professional paper, which is cool. And I know I did well in his class last year and I've done well on the one exam we had this semester, but it's great to know he thinks highly of me. :D

Ok, so I'm going to work on my Directed Research paper and maybe make some more flashcards for Cognitive Psych and finish my German hw which I just remembered I haven't finished yet and take a shower and then watch Dexter. Tonight's the finale! I'm so excited for it, except it'll suck when it's over because it'll be so long until season 5.

Only 6 days left this semester! In exactly one week I will be home! This week just needs to be over already.
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Dexter )

I hate that there's only one episode of Dexter left this season! I really want to rewatch the series (at least seasons 2-4, since I did rewatch season 1 over the summer. But then again, season 1 is so amazing and one of my favorite seasons of TV ever, so it wouldn't be much of a hardship to go through it again either). And I am getting my dad season 2 for Christmas, so that's making me even more anxious for break, since I bet we'll watch it sometime during the break. Stupid school. (Only 12 days left!)

Oh I forgot to mention in my last post, we had an apartment meeting on Saturday and, well, there are 5 of us living here right now, which apparently is illegal? I don't know, it might have something to do with fire codes or I don't know what. Anyways, the landlord we have now was okay with just ignoring it, but he sold the complex to someone else who's taking over next semester and this guy is apparently a huge stickler for the rules. And next semester is fine because 2 people are studying abroad but only 1 is getting a subletter (because the other person shares a room with the girl she's in a relationship with so... there's only one bed, and it doesn't really work to get a subletter, obviously) so there will only be 4 of us. But apparently in the fall, 1 of us will have to move out. More Apartment Stuff! )

I got zero done yesterday. I'm ok with that, though. I didn't really need to do anything yesterday, and I needed the break. After classes today, I'll work hard on my research project and presentation so I can talk to my adviser about it tomorrow morning, and then I'll spend Tuesday afternoon working on my cognitive presentation before we meet that night, and then after that I'll do last minute prep for my research presentation. It'll all work out. And in one week exactly my research project will be done and turned in! ugh I can't wait. Only one full week of classes left!
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Gossip Girl )

Ugh I really want to watch last night's episode of Being Erica. But I have so much crap to do today that I told myself I wouldn't watch it until I finished everything. I don't know when exactly I became more excited for Being Erica than for any other show, but... yeah, I'm really loving it. This is what happens when you introduce a ship in a show I can get behind. And I just love how they've been changing up the episodes this season. Plus, Greek is off until February, I've been bitter towards HIMYM since Barney/Robin broke up, I still am really liking TBBT but Leonard/Penny prevents me from being as eager to watch it as last year, and Chuck won't be on until January. And those were all the shows I was obsessive over last semester, so... Being Erica is my new show to obsess over. For like, what, 2 episodes, and then the season's over? Same for Dexter, which is my other favorite show right now. Boo.

The head of the math department sent out an e-mail for people who are interested in being a preceptor (like a T.A.) for Multivariable Calc next semester with my favorite math professor (who was my professor for Multivariable last fall), so I e-mailed her to say I was interested. Unfortunately they give priority to people on financial aid, and I'm not on financial aid, so I probably won't get it, but I figured I'd e-mail her just in case. I'd totally do it for free/no credit/etc.; I just think it would be fun. And will probably make my life way busier than it needs to be next semester, but whatever. As I said, I probably won't get it.

I'm feeling so overwhelmed right now. I just keep remembering stuff I have to do and it just feels like way too much. Unfortunately a lot of stuff I need to do I can't start until Thursday or this weekend, so I feel kind of stuck. On the one hand, I'm so happy that this week has been flying by and there are only 10 days of classes left and 17 total days until I leave for winter break, but on the other hand, I know I have so much stuff left to do and so little time to do it all in. So I'm kind of a mess right now. I'm hoping to get loads done this weekend (I will pretty much live in the library on Saturday and Sunday, I think) so next week isn't quite so overwhelming.
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So, November's over! In November I read 0 books, watched 3 movies, and 110 episodes of TV. I'm currently at 65 movies, so my revised goal (since I really doubt I'll be getting to 100, especially since finals aren't over until the 19th) is 75 movies for this year. This will be pretty tough to do, actually, but I'll try. I'm currently at 1745 episodes of TV, and my goal is 2000. I think I should be able to do it. I'll probably start marathoning stuff once school gets out and once I'm home for winter break I'll go back to watching Buffy and Angel with my parents on the weekend. Plus, I'm sure I'll get DVDs of TV shows for Christmas. It doesn't really matter either way if I reach these goals or not, I just... enjoy having frivolous goals in my life that don't cause me stress if I don't reach them.

I bought my parents' Christmas presents this past weekend! I never figure out what to get them this early, so this is kind of awesome. I'm getting my dad season 2 of Dexter because everytime I'm home he's like "So why don't you have season 2 of Dexter?" because he really loved the show after I showed him season 1 over the summer. And it's unlikely that he'll buy it for myself or himself. For my mom, I bought her The Hunger Games (since I think she'd really like it) and a Neal Stephenson book she said she wanted but doesn't have.

I think I've completely given up on Discrete Math. Last night I was working on a draft of a project for the class and was so stressed out because I had absolutely no idea what to do or how to explain anything because I didn't understand it and I didn't care, and I pretty much just wrote some BS which he'll give back to me and will say "You basically need to explain everything. And maybe actually prove some of the claims you make" and then I'll still have no idea how to do it and I won't revise much of anything and I'll fail the project. BUT THEN I ONLY NEED LESS THAN A 50 ON EVERYTHING HERE ON OUT TO PASS THE COURSE. So this is my state of mind right now and why I gave up around 8 PM even though I have until 5 PM today to finish it. I just hate this class so much. I few weeks ago I was kind of going "...I don't know if I should have changed my grading option because I'm getting an A and I'm pretty much putting the same effort in as I would if I wasn't taking it pass/fail."

Although I did end up getting a 74 on the midterm we took last Tuesday that I thought went horribly. Which, I mean, not that a 74 is spectacular, but considering there were only 2 grades above an 80 (and only 4 between 60 to 79), and how terribly I thought I had done, I'm pretty happy with that. And he changed it so we can earn up to 2/3 of the points back on the test rather than 1/2 since everyone did so badly, so I can revise my grade up to a 91. I'm really, really happy I didn't bother studying for this test.

Dexter )I adore this show so much, seriously. If you don't watch it, you're totally missing out.
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Oh man this morning sucked. My midterm in Discrete Math was at 8 AM, so I set my alarm clock for 7 AM, as I always do, because I like to have some time to have breakfast and check my flist and everything before going to class. This morning I woke up (on my own, without the alarm clock) and looked at the time and saw it was 7:45 AM, and my first reaction was "Ugh, I don't want to get up in 15 minutes." I think I was just focused on the 45 part and not the hour. But then I was like "...wait... IT'S PAST 7?" And, I mean, it takes 10 minutes to get from my apartment to class, so I like shot out of bed, took my retainer out, got dressed (and didn't have time to check the temperature outside, so I hoped that a long-sleeved t-shirt and sweatshirt was enough for whatever weather it was), and went to class. I did not enjoy that. I've never like... slept in late and had to rush off to class immediately. And I believe strongly in never skipping breakfast (well, I try never to skip any meal, but I hate lunch, so I tend to forget about it pretty often), so I hated having to go straight to the midterm without breakfast. ugh.

I have no idea how it happened, either! My alarm clock was set! There was no power outage or anything during the night! I need to check that, because... do not want that happening again. On the plus side, no 8 AM classes next semester! And there are only like 4 more classes this semester of Discrete Math, so only a couple more times I have to wake up that early.

The midterm was... not good. But I don't really care. I know I at least got a 50 on it, which I can raise up to a 75 with revision. And I calculated last night that I need an average on the remaining assignments/tests/projects/etc. of less than a 50 to get a C- in the class. So I'm not really worried about my grade. But... I feel bad/guilty kind of because I feel like I'm letting my professor down? If that makes sense? I know that logically he probably doesn't really care, but I've been doing so well and I think he likes me, so I'm sure he knows I could do better on the midterm if I put more effort into it, so clearly I just blew it off. I also really hope that we don't have to talk to him if we get less than an 80 on the test like people had to for the first midterm. I don't want to have to explain to him why I did so poorly (I'm assuming). There's pretty much nothing to say other than "I'm taking the class pass/fail so I didn't study."

TV time!

Dexter )

How I Met Your Mother )

The Big Bang Theory )

I was totally avoiding all the promotional stuff coming out for Chuck because I don't want to be spoiled in the slightest for the new season, but I ended up watching 3 really short promos for it and OMG I CAN'T WAIT HOLY CRAP THIS SEASON LOOK AMAAAAAAZING. And I desperately want to rewatch seasons 1 and 2 now to tide me over, but I so don't have time, so it'll have to wait until winter break, if I still feel like it. But seriously, if you've never watched Chuck before, you totally need to catch up and watch seasons 1 and 2 before season 3 premieres because it is such a great show. Ah I'm so excited!
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Emmys Reactions )

I'm trying to pick up my mood by focusing on the fact that TBBT and HIMYM premiere tomorrow night (kl;j;lasf I AM SO EXCITED YOU HAVE NO IDEA! I'm totally unspoiled for HIMYM and... kind of spoiled for TBBT, but whatever, so excited!) and Kris Allen's new single drops tomorrow morning. Oh, but watching the Emmys has motivated me to finally pre-order season 4 of HIMYM (well, I would have done that anyways, but I had forgotten about it) and buy both seasons of TBBT (which I had been debating over, but whatever, I adore that show. And I have gift cards!). Let's just hope I have time to actually watch them when they arrive!

We have a mouse in our apartment, and it's made its way up to my room. We have a mouse trap (a capture-and-release type trap, not a killing trap) in the room, but it's evaded all the traps that around the apartment, and it's been all over the place and managed to climb up and down two flights of stairs, so I think it's too smart to be fooled into being trapped. ...it's kind of ridiculously adorable and a little part of me wants to keep it for a pet, but it's probably disease-ridden and pooping all over our closets and such, so that's probably not the best idea.
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Ok, so I did end up reading all the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) books the past week, which was a lot of fun. And then I was bored, so I rewatched season 1 and season 2 of True Blood. Random thoughts (spoilers for the books and show) )

Also, going through the books and the show made me realize that I always seem to go for the vampires over werewolves/shifters in this kind of stuff. I don't know why. If you asked me if I had a thing for vampires over other sorts of supernatural creatures, I would totally say no, but... apparently I kind of do? The only werewolf character I've really adored and shipped with anyone was Oz. But besides him, I always seem to go for the vampires.

Anyways, now I'm super excited for the episode tonight and for the rest of the episodes in the season (especially based on the little bits I've heard of them and on the parts of book 2 that we haven't gotten to yet). My parents and I are also going to finish season 1 of Dexter tonight. My mom enjoys it a lot, too, now that she's caught up. And my dad even said last night that he likes it more than Buffy (which I don't agree with for the shows overall, but season 1 of Dexter is pretty much perfection). Also, I realized that we're leaving to drive back to school in exactly 2 weeks. Weird. I didn't realize it was so close. These 2 weeks are probably going to go by really quickly.
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Well, July's over. In July I watched 181 episodes of TV, 7 movies, and read 0 books (well, 0 books for the first time, which is what I count for books. I did reread the entire Harry Potter series). I'm surprised I watched that many movies; it didn't feel like I saw that many. It feels like I watched a lot more TV than that, though.

I finished all 5 seasons of Angel. I will probably write up my random thoughts about the show and post them, but I had to take a step back after the finale. The last half of season 5 hit me really hard, even though I was spoiled for everything that happened. I'm probably going to do a picspam of my favorite episodes and/or moments, too. I just wanted to take a break and detach myself a little from the show; I got a bit overinvested at the end.

My mom was in Minnesota over the weekend for the science fiction/fantasy writers' convention she goes to every year (since she is a sci fi/fantasy writer). Normally on the weekend I watch stuff with my parents (right now we're on Buffy Season 3; before that we were getting through HIMYM), but my dad and I didn't want to get further in Buffy without my mom, and my dad has been really wanting to see Dexter after hearing that it was really great from me and someone else, so we started season 1 of that instead. Spoilery for Dexter Season 1 )

We've only gotten through episode 8, so I'm really looking forward to watching the last 4 episodes again. And I'm curious as to what my mom will think about the show. I think I'll try to catch her up during the week so we can finish the season over the weekend with my dad.

I'm considering reading the Sookie Stackhouse books, but I'm afraid that the rest of the season of True Blood wouldn't be as fun being spoiled for whatever happens. =/ I read the first one after finishing the first season, but I don't know if I want to go any further. Has anyone who watches the show also read the books? Did reading the books detract from your enjoyment of the show? I wish I could know how closely the True Blood writers were planning on following stuff in the books for future seasons. I know they've already changed stuff, but I believe the major season plotlines are the same.
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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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I got done with my last final yesterday morning. I think it went well? Like, I was expecting it to be harder than it was, but it was harder in different ways that I didn't expect, if that makes sense. In any case, I think I did well, provided I didn't make loads of stupid mistakes, which... I do pretty often. I checked most of my answers, but I developed a really terrible headache about 10 minutes into the final and it had already been 2 hours and I just wanted to get out of there and get lunch and finish packing and leave. So we'll see.

Anyways, I'm home now, which I'm happy about. I'm not really sure what to do with myself now, though. Like, there are loads of things I've been planning on doing that I haven't had time to because of school, but now I'm like "Well I can't read a book, I have to do... something." I feel like I still have finals to study for and papers to write and such.

I woke up to the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations for TV on the radio and there were actually loads more I liked than I thought I would. First of all, though, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS! YES. Also, MICHAEL C. HALL and Dexter and Mad Men and True Blood (there are probably shows that deserve it more, but I don't care because I love this show ridiculous amounts) and Anna Paquin and Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths and John Hamm and Hugh Laurie and The Office and Steve Carell and 30 Rock and Tina Fey and that was about it. HIMYM should have been nominated, but I can forgive them for nominating NPH. I'll actually probably care more about the movie noms and wins than the TV ones, but I've barely seen any of the stuff nominated at this point, so right now I'm focused more on the TV. (I am very happy about Heath Ledger's nom, though). I'm hopefully going to see Milk within the next week and I also want to see Frost/Nixon as soon as it gets here, but it isn't playing anywhere here yet.

Ok, I think I'm going to maybe read a book today for fun (oh god I don't know when the last time I did that was).
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All right, so I'm done with my first day of classes! Babbling about classes! )

Anyways, pretty good first day, overall. On Thursdays I only have my Research in Psych lab, but there are no labs the first week of classes, so I had no classes today. It was really weird for some reason. I mean, it shouldn't feel any different than a Saturday or Sunday, but I guess it was the fact that everyone else was walking around going to classes and I got to just hang out and do nothing. Well, I didn't do nothing. My room was pretty much a mess (I basically just dumped my boxes that were in storage and suitcases on the floor and everything was kind of in disarray), and now it's much better. Not done, though. I'll work on it more this afternoon after I finish calc homework. I mentioned it in my short post yesterday, but it bears repeating: my room is ridiculously small. I have pictures, but I don't know if they can really convey how tiny it is. It is really nice not having a roommate, though, even though I lucked out and got a good roommate last year. I need to decorate so it looks less depressing, though. Allposters.com was having a 4.98 sale (plus a 20% off coupon code for no reason) so I bought 6 posters: 2 from The Office, one from Dexter, and 3 black and white of Paris, Central Park in 1961, and the Golden Gate Bridge. I already have a few other posters so hopefully it'll make the room look better. I'm going to post pictures of the room after everything's set up. Also, I have pictures of a duck and her baby ducklings randomly from the trip so I will probably also post those because they are adorable.

Lastly, I went to Barnes and Noble with my parents on Tuesday and I was looking at the DVDs and they had Dexter Season 1 for 40% off plus 10% off because my dad's a member and it was only $40 to begin with, so I got it since... yeah. Dexter for only $20! Good deal. I also got a book bag with Stephen Colbert on it which is awesome.

All right, off to do homework and straighten up my room more and then watch the last night of the Democratic National Convention!
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I officially have tickets to the Panic! at the Disco/Motion City Soundtrack (and others, but those are the two I'm going for) concert in Anaheim in June. I can't believe I've only seen Panic! (I know there's no exclamation point anymore, but it's hard to break the habit!) once. And it was so long ago! I think... October of my junior year of high school, so that would be... 2005! Fever had been out for only a month! There was no Jon Walker! (...well, he still existed. But you know what I mean) Actually, that's the last time I saw MCS, too (although I've seen them more times. I think three total?). I'm assuming I'm going alone which will kind of suck when waiting in line, but it's near impossible to stick together in the pit anyways, so that won't really matter. And I hate that it's a huge venue (why couldn't they play at Bren Events Center? Or House of Blues Anaheim?). But at least it's on a Saturday night, so if I do get a job over the summer, like I'm planning, I'll still be able to go.

Meme time! List 5 TV Credits you love, which you don't fast-forward. The credits. )

Time to start making flashcards for my test on Friday and maybe do the other assignment I have to do for Friday.
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So I'm feeling a little better about getting my essentially last choice first year course since I found the book required for the class on amazon.com for $3.00 (well it was a little more plus shipping and handling, but still very cheap). But other people are now starting to see their choices for other classes pop up on their account at the school website and mine aren't and I'm afraid I'm going to get my last choice for all my classes, which really sucks. As long as I get the Intro to Psych class I want, I'll be happy, but if I don't get it... blah. Oh well, there's not anything I can do to change it now. All I can do is hope for the best.

My mom's considering getting a Macbook too now because her computer is so outdated and slow and awful and she's a writer so it'd be nice to be able to take her computer around the house or outside or whatever and work on her short stories. So I went with her this week to check them out at the Apple store and then she took me shopping and I got a pair of Rainbows, two pairs of flats (which I've wanted for awhile because I think they'd go well with some of my skirts and I don't really have any other shoes that go with them that aren't super dressy), and a tote bag for school. Yay new things!

I've watched a bunch of pilots and I don't really feel like typing up longer reviews, so I'll just say I loved Pushing Daisies (although I'm really afraid that a lot of people are going to hate it and it'll be canceled as quickly as Wonderfalls), I loved Chuck (way more than I expected, and it is kind of a Jake 2.0 rip-off, but at least it's a good rip-off, so I'll definitely be watching it), I liked Reaper (although I'm kind of unsure, so I don't know how long I'll last with it. I'm really surprised about how much good buzz it's getting, because I didn't hate it, but I didn't think it was brilliant or amazing either), I... am kind of unsure about Bionic Woman (I want to like it, I really do, but it was pretty boring for most of it until the end, and a lot of the dialogue was really stilted and yeah, I don't know. I may give it a chance), and I liked Aliens in America a lot more than I expected (but it's on at the same time as too many other things I want to watch, so I don't see there being a good chance of me continuing to watch it). I guess that's it.

I also broke down and watched the first two episodes of season 2 of Dexter. I promised myself I wouldn't, but then I just got a huge urge to watch the show again and I decided that I'll have enough to do in the fall without having more TV to watch, so I might as well watch them now when I have time and am pretty bored and really want to. I really loved the episodes and now I want more, which was the reason why I didn't want to watch them in the first place, but oh well.
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Ok, so now for stuff not related to Harry Potter. (Ok, mostly.)

I got my Macalester e-mail and found out my first year course. Unfortunately I got my third choice FYC, The History and Evolution of the Earth. It's kind of more my fourth choice just because my fourth was Intro to Psych and only reason I put it fourth was because I wanted the other section of it more that wasn't a FYC. I don't know, the class sounds interesting, and it's a residential course like I wanted, but... it's geology. And the professor is my advisor and I don't really have a great interest in the field. I really, really wanted that film analysis class. sigh. And the history class I put for second would be fine too, because history is actually something I would major in. Oh well. I hope the rest of my schedule is more what I wanted. If I didn't get into that intro to psych class I'm going to be really upset.

On a happier note, I got my Macbook on Thursday! I love it so far. It's been hardest to adjust to the smaller text sizes, but I think I'm ok with it now. And it always sucks to find out that programs I took for granted before only work with Windows and not Mac. I obviously had heard that before, but I didn't realize how many it was really true of. I bought Paintshop Pro for $70ish just 6 months ago, and it doesn't work on Macs! gah. So my choices are to either buy Photoshop for $700 or buy Parallels (and I guess I would have to buy Windows XP as well?) for $80. Yeah, pretty obvious which route I'm going to go. Besides, Parallels will be useful for a lot more than using PSP, so I think it'll be worth it.

The one HP-related thing, I did finish all 6 books by Friday night. It was a good thing I reread the sixth book, because I forgot everything that happened in it, except I guess the stuff that I was spoiled for before I read it, which would be the Snape stuff and all the relationship stuff. But I forgot about Scrimgeour and Slughorn and even the Horcruxes. Seriously. And some stuff like that I would read and be like "Oh, yeah, I remember that," but there was plenty of stuff I would read and wouldn't remember at all. It was kind of cool, like reading it for the first time again.

I saw that the first two episodes of Dexter season 2 have leaked online, and I'm trying to resist. I guess it's easier for me than those who watched it when it aired since I only finished season 1 a few weeks ago. I probably wouldn't be resisting if I had been waiting for months for the new season. But yeah, I think I'll leave it until it airs. And Dexter reminds me of the Emmy nominations, in which I'm slightly happy about some of them (Jenna Fischer! I wasn't expecting her to get nominated, and I'm so happy she did. She really deserves it), but that's mostly overshadowed by the fact that Friday Night Lights and Dexter got no major nominations. I was sure that if they both wouldn't be nominated, at least one would be for something. I mean, I watch House and Heroes (I can't comment on other shows nominated instead like Boston Legal and Grey's Anatomy because I don't watch them), and I enjoy them, but no way are either of them better than FNL or Dexter in just about any respect. Hugh Laurie, maybe, but the show as a whole, not so much. And I love Masi Oka and Hiro to bits, but I don't really feel he deserves his nom. Oh well. It's not like I expected to be thrilled with all the nominations.

Um, what else? I've watched a couple of leaked pilots so far (Reaper, Chuck, and Pushing Daisies), but I think I'll comment on them in a separate post later. Or I'll get lazy and forget. Haven't really been doing much today. It's like I have no idea what to do now that I'm done with Harry Potter. I'll have to figure something else out.
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AP scores came in the mail. I got a 5 in Calculus BC and 4s in English Lit, French, Physics B, and Chemistry. I'm slightly disappointed that I got a 4 in English just because I thought I had done better than that but I did think the multiple choice was pretty tough. I'm very happy about the rest though, especially French (since that means if I do send my scores, even though I said I wasn't going to, I've tested out of the language requirement), considering I didn't study at all for any of them. I'm very surprised about Physics and Chem since I skipped several free response questions for both and BS-ed answers and such. But whatever, not complaining. Now I just need to decide if I'm going to send in my scores or not, because the main reason I decided not to was because I didn't think I could get a 3 or higher in French and it was the only requirement I could actually test out of. But I did, so. Yeah. I'll think about it.

I watched Dexter and Skins over the weekend and I loved them both. I'm not going to make huge posts about them like I did about Friday Night Lights, 30 Rock, and The West Wing, but I thought they were both great. Dexter was just so well put together and I'm afraid a second season won't be able to live up to the first one, but I'm hoping I'll be proved wrong. And Skins I didn't think I'd really like much after the first episode because it didn't really seem like my type of show, but I ended up falling in love with a lot of the characters (particularly Cassie and Sid and Maxxie) and it was just a lot of fun to watch, so I'm looking forward to the second season of that as well.

Tomorrow I'm going to the midnight showing of Harry Potter with some people. It should be fun. It'll also probably be good for me to get out of the house, since I haven't been outside for more than like 5 minutes at a time since Warped Tour, and that was over a week ago.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do next. What I really feel like doing is rereading all the Harry Potter books, but I want to do that closer to when the 7th book starts and I can finish books 1-3 in one day and 4 and 5 in like... 3 days I think and 6 only took me one day I remember, so I'd want to wait at least until this weekend. Plus, Jackie still has my fourth book (I should ask her to bring it tomorrow night. And I should remember to bring the $95.06 I owe her.) so I kind of want to wait until I have that back for sure.

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