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How I Met Your Mother )

Chuck )

The Big Bang Theory )

I've been slowly making my way through this Life of Birds BBC documentary thing on the BBC and yesterday I got to the episode that deals with baby birds and parenthood and I was like "omg yay adorable baby birdies! This will be so much fun to watch!" And then like half of it was other birds stealing baby birds for food or crocodiles attacking or even the parents killing some of their babies because they do not have enough resources to care for them all. It was like March of the Penguins all over again.

I forgot that a new Sookie Stackhouse book comes out today! I kind of have the urge to reread them all (well, not the first one, since the show followed it so closely, and there's not enough Eric. But like, I mix up what happens in the second book and second season a lot, so it would be valuable to reread the book, right?), but... I don't know. Last year it took me like an entire week to get through them all, and that was with me staying at home and reading the books all day long and really not doing anything else. I don't know if I want to waste a week or two like that again, at least not right now. And I don't know that I'm patient enough to get through all the books before getting to the new one. So it's more likely that I'll just read the new one.

I got an A- on my group presentation I did several weeks ago in Mood and Anxiety, and from what I can tell (it's hard to figure out my grade in a class when I'm only given letter grades), this makes it really hard for me to get an A in the class. I think if I get an A on the final paper and get an A in participation (both of which I think are possible, but definitely not guaranteed), then I can get an A in the class, but I'm not sure. I'm going to try to expect an A-, and if I get an A, then I'll be pleasantly surprised.
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Chuck 3.14 )

10 Things I Hate About You was also adorable as always, but I have nothing really specific to say about it, other than you really should watch it, even if you think it couldn't possibly live up to the movie (which is totally what I thought before I checked the show out, but the show is really different from the movie and totally fun and wonderful in its own right). I think I might actually do a picspam of reasons why you should watch it for this month's [ profile] picspammy challenge once the semester is over, since I should have time.

I made significant progress on my paper yesterday! Finally. I'm 4 1/2 pages in (it's supposed to be 8-10), although including references, it's just about 6 pages. And she's not super strict on page length, so if it's good but 7 1/2 pages, she's not going to mark off for that extra 1/2 a page. I've even worked on it a little today (and plan to try to continue working on it until I have to go to class in 1 1/2 hours), which is ridiculous since I pretty much never get work done on Tuesdays before Mood and Anxiety (even though I have so much time in the morning to get stuff done). I also discovered that the paper is due next Wednesday, 05/05, rather than 05/04 like I originally thought, so I feel a little less stressed out about finishing it today. I mean, I think I still can, but I do have some stuff to do for German as well today, and I wanted to send my professor a draft no less than a week before it was due, so this way I feel less pressured to actually get it done today. I actually probably could have finished it yesterday if I had just worked with no breaks, but I procrastinated a lot, and it's kind of amazing I got as much done as I did.

I mentioned that I talked to my honorary psych adviser (that is what I am calling her from now on because I have no idea how else to refer to her) last week about many things, including starting to apply to grad school (specifically MSW programs) and how I was having trouble figuring out how to select programs and all, and she mentioned things I should look for and that I could give her a list of like 15 programs or so and she could help me narrow it down or point out programs I might have missed. So anyways, I've started doing that as a means to procrastinate from writing this paper as well, and at first it's a lot of fun looking into all this stuff that seems really interesting and exciting, and then it just makes me feel like crap because I feel myself falling in love with these different programs and then I get afraid that I'm going to get too invested and have my heart set on something and not get in. I mean, I suppose I did have my favorites for undergrad as well and I got waitlisted/rejected from several of those and it sucked for a little while and then I got over it, so I know it won't be a huge deal in the long run, but still.

I am sick. It sucks. It's like... just a very slight sore throat and some sneezing and my nose is a little stuffy, so it's all so like... idk, not severe that I feel like it shouldn't be a big deal, but it's still making me feel tired and worn out and like crap. I was in denial about it up until now (like, despite having a sore throat since Sunday, I kept telling myself that I was just dehydrated and thirsty and if I drank some more water, I'd feel fine), but then last night I fell asleep within 20 minutes while my roommate was still up and had her desk light on and was working until like 3 AM and that never happens for me. Seriously, no matter how tired I am, I've never fallen asleep while she's been up and had her desk light on. I'm almost considering not going to Mood and Anxiety this afternoon, especially since it's one of the few classes I can miss and I feel like it won't matter (since in other classes I'm always worried about missing important stuff for the test, but all we have for this class is this paper left, and the stuff we talk about in class isn't as relevant to my grade. I mean, it's super interesting, but the idea of leaving my apartment and bed right now is not so appealing).

Glee tonight! I am super excited. Hopefully I will be productive and get enough schoolwork done that I don't feel guilty for watching it (I would say hopefully I get enough done so I have time to watch it, but I know that I'm watching it no matter how much I get done because I tend to prioritize TV over schoolwork. Still, I'd feel better about watching it if I'm productive!).
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Ok, so I was way more worried and nervous about MUPC than I had to be (but then, I tend to worry unreasonable amounts about absolutely everything, so that's not surprising). It was totally fine. I actually didn't end up being very nervous when I was there in front of my poster answering questions. The people who came by were all very nice and interested in my topic, and they said it was an interesting question and all that, so it made me feel more... validated, I guess, because sometimes when I think about that project I just think it was kind of pointless or not as developed or interesting as a lot of other people's.

Also, one girl stopped by who was on my floor freshman year and became like best friends with my roommate and she was friendly to me for a few weeks and then she just kind of ignored me for the rest of the year and I kind of thought she hated me or at least didn't like me. But she was super friendly and asking questions and stuff, not just about my project but about what I was doing and stuff, and it was really weird. Like, good, but... I'm so self-conscious and critical that I couldn't help thinking "Why are you talking to me? What do you want? Is this some elaborate scheme to make fun of me? Are you pitying me? What is going on?" even though the worst thing she ever did to me was ignore me, and that's probably more to blame on my lack of social skills than on her. And I found out she's taking Understand/Confront Racism next semester like me, which should be interesting. I had another class with her sophomore year and she continued to ignore my existence, so I'm curious to see if that happens again or if she talks to me this time.

This morning, on the other hand, was kind of awful. Ok, it wasn't that bad. But, well, normally I volunteer with a couple of people at a homeless shelter with children on Saturday mornings, but we didn't do it Saturday this week because I had MUPC going on. And this is our last chance to volunteer this semester all together so we went today instead and then went out to lunch afterwards. Except I'm not used to waking up this early on a Sunday, and I stupidly stayed up really late Saturday night, so even though my alarm woke me up at 8 AM, I decided to lie in bed for just a few more minutes, and then of course I fell asleep again and didn't wake up until 8:40. Which meant I had to rush to get dressed and ready and all, and I basically had like 5 minutes to each breakfast, but everything I had would have taken too much time to make and eat. However, one of my roommates made cupcakes yesterday, so I remembered that and was like "ugh I need something to eat" so for breakfast I had a cupcake. Which might sound awesome, except it's really not enough to get you energized or moving or coherent or anything. So I pretty much just felt awful the entire time I was volunteering. I have coffee now, though, and it's awesome.

There have been some recent reports about a 4th season of Chuck not being totally hopeless and the writers/producers/creators/whoever feeling good about coming back, and I kind of wish there weren't this news only because I feel like it's making me too optimistic about it coming back. I had started accepting that this would be end and coming to terms with that and all, but now my hopes are starting to go up again, and I'm afraid there'll be this build-up and then NBC will cancel it (because NBC fails at life. They're probably freaking renew Heroes over Chuck even though Chuck does better critically and in the ratings and Heroes sucks) and it'll suck so much worse than if I had just accepted it being canceled now. blah. (Although maybe NBC will surprise me? No no, still trying not to get my hopes up.) Anyways, on a more positive Chuck-related note, Chuck comes back for the final 6 episodes on Monday! I'm so excited. We finally get to see Chuck and Sarah try to be spies while being in a relationship! Chuck's dad is coming back! Anna is coming back!!! It's going to be awesome.

Doctor Who 5.04 )

Anyways, yesterday I had plans for doing a bunch or research for my final Mood and Anxiety paper and having it outlined and a thesis and everything so I'd be ready to write as much of it as possible today. And then I did nothing. Well done, self. So instead I'm going to do a bunch of research today and hopefully get... idk, 4 pages done? That might be feasible. If I actually start working and don't just procrastinate all day, which is much more likely.
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Chuck 3.13 )

I'm still kind of basking in happiness over the Doctor Who premiere. Is that weird? idk, it was just so good and so much fun! I'm super looking forward to the next episode, and I kind of have an urge to rewatch the premiere (which is ridiculous because I so do not have time for that, but still). And I'm really enjoying that nearly every single reaction to it I've seen has been positive. I'm almost always positive about Doctor Who, but I definitely saw loads of reactions last season that weren't as happy with the show and were sick of Ten and David Tennant, and it was kind of sad when watching the show then that most people didn't seem to be enjoying it as much as me. But it's fun now that I don't feel like I'm crazy for whole-heartedly enjoying the show and that everyone's sharing in the joy.

My Origins exam yesterday went pretty well, I think. I mean, I feel like I had less trouble with it than the last one, and I got a 93 on that one, and there was even an extra credit question on this one, so I think I should do fine. Anyways, at this point I'm done with 3/5 of the major things causing me stress for this week. I still have my social psych exam (but I got 100 on the first one, so I'm not too concerned, as long as I study some) and my class facilitation for Mood and Anxiety. I was feeling more comfortable with that, and then I totally slacked off yesterday afternoon, so now I'm worried about getting enough research and stuff done in time. blah. I'll be so happy when this week is over. Also, I totally meant to get up at 8:30 AM so I could get a bunch of work done before class (which isn't until 1:20) and go grocery shopping and stuff, but then it took forever for me to fall asleep and I also accidentally set my alarm for 8:30 PM instead of AM, so that resulted in me not getting up until a little past 10:00. oops.
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Chuck - 3.12 )

School right now is... okay. This week is fine (I just have that group podcast due tomorrow, and we've already finished recording. We just maybe need to cut it down a little since it's over the time limit and we need to organize our transcript and bibliography, but we're pretty much done, thankfully. I'll be so happy when that project is turned in and done with. Although, to be fair, it didn't turn out to be as bad as I thought it would). But next week, ugh. I have a German essay, short social psych paper, and Origins exam on Monday, Social Psych exam on Wednesday, and I have to lead my Mood and Anxiety class for 45 minutes on Thursday (which involves a lot of research and preparation and I'm already tired of it. I've read so many articles on treating PTSD, you have no idea). Then I have a group project for that class a week from that Thursday, and we've been working on it now which is good so we don't leave it until the last minute, but bad because omg I'm tired of group projects. Both for this one and my Origins podcast group project, the people in my group are great and all, but I just don't enjoy working in groups. I just want to get everything done on my own time, and having to schedule times when 3-4 people can meet can get really difficult.

On the plus side, we have a 3-day weekend for Good Friday this week, which will definitely help with getting everything done. Also, it's been super nice weather-wise for Minnesota at this time, and there are no signs (thus far) that the weather is going to get really cold or start sleeting or whatever anytime soon. Tomorrow it's supposed to be up to 78 degrees! So that's nice. And Li and I are going to start looking for an apartment hopefully this week for next year, which hopefully won't be too difficult.

Anyways, I have to go meet with my Mood and Anxiety professor now about my leading the class next week (which I'm nervous about since I feel like I haven't done enough research or have a good enough idea to meet with her yet, but we made the meeting last week and I didn't realize how long researching for this would take and I'm supposed to have an article for the class to read chosen by Thursday so I can't really put it off any longer. ugh.
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So I went through all the episodes of TV I need to see, and I'm like 44 episodes behind. That's 2 complete seasons of TV! I am going to actually try to catch up on a lot of this stuff this week (although there's no way I'm getting to all of it, especially since right now I'm pretty obsessed with watching as many movies as possible, and I'm half-way through The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and I'm really liking it, so I'll want to spend some time reading that. Also, I probably should spend some time on schoolwork and stuff).

I finally watched the Psych finale, and lakjsf;lkj omg Hitchcock! They even included Frenzy, which while one of my least favorites of Hitchcock is one of his lesser known, so I liked that they didn't just stick to the major obvious ones. And Lifeboat! That's one of his I haven't seen (I've actually only seen half of all his films, but I have seen all his major ones and many of his minor ones). Spoilers for Psych 4.16 )

Chuck 3.11 )

How I Met Your Mother 5.18 )

Greek 3.18-19 )

I'm somehow already at 52 movies this year. This has never happened before for me. Even last year when I got super obsessed with watching movies in February, in March I only watched 3, so I barely got to 50 by the end of June. And of course I didn't even come close to getting 100 by the end of that year. At this rate, I'll be to 100 by the end of June, meaning that I will have reached my goal in half the time I expected. This is mostly due to getting Netflix, because before when I didn't feel like watching movies, I just wouldn't watch any for a month because it's not like it was costing me anything. But since I'm paying money every month for Netflix, I feel like I have to watch stuff (with instant watch, I'm at about 27 cents a movie, which I think is pretty good). Plus, they physically send me movies, so it's not like I have to go to any trouble to see something that I'm interested in. I'm still surprised I've managed to get so many in, though. In April and May it'll probably die down a little, though, since I have a lot of various projects and assignments this month, and in May I'll have finals and then I'll probably be driving from St. Paul to Orange County with my parents like we normally do which takes a week and a half and I'll have spotty internet connection and no permanent location to receive DVDs.

Anyways, on my last day at home I watched 12 Angry Men and Stalag 17 with my mom on TCM (both of which were very good, although neither are going to vault into my favorite films of all time or anything), and now I'm desperately wishing I had cable TV here if only so I could watch TCM whenever I wanted. (Not that I didn't know how much awesome stuff TCM played before, but when I was checking to see what they had to watch, I looked past Saturday afternoon and saw a bunch of other stuff they were showing, and I wished I was staying at home longer just so I could watch them.) Having Netflix does help, of course, but there are a good number of films that look really good that I want to watch that aren't on Netflix. I already looked at the schedule for late May (when I'll be back home for sure) and I have a list of stuff I want to watch that's airing on TCM.

I want to rec some more movies, like I did with Memento, sometime this week, but I'm debating whether I should do mini-picspams of them. I want to, but I don't know that I have the time. I mean... I probably could fit it in, and I've mentioned I don't have a lot this week, but I have so much next week and the week after that I should start now (although I do have a 3-day weekend starting April 2nd, so that'll help), and it might be hard to find caps of some of the films I want to talk about. But we'll see.
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I started watching Our Mutual Friend on Netflix Instant Watch and found out after getting through the first two parts that the original version is 360 minutes in all, while the Netflix version is 300 minutes. I wasn't sure if there was a point in continuing to watch since a full hour appears to be cut out, but by the time I figured it out, I was already hooked and wanted to see what happened. It's next on my list of books to read, though, once I finish North and South (I'm about halfway done now! It's slow-going since I'm pretty much only reading 5-10 chapters a day, which isn't a lot when there is something like 52 chapters, but I think I will be through by the end of the week).

Academy Awards today! I'm so excited. Even when they don't honor what I think the best film of the year is, I love it all the same. I mean, I think they're disappointing if you expect them to be the definitive... decision, I guess, as to what the absolute best performances/film/etc. of the year are. Which I guess they are supposed to be, but film taste is obviously subjective, so it would be absolutely impossible to please everyone. So I really love watching it every year, even if the stuff I love doesn't win (with the exception of Crash winning over Brokeback Mountain, which was a travesty and I am still not over it).

Anyways, my goal for my midterm paper yesterday was to be halfway through, and I'm about 2/3 of the way through (although the first third was much simpler than the last third will be). So I only have about 2 pages left to write, which isn't too bad. My goal is to finish by an hour before the Academy Awards start so I have time both to watch the awards and to watch the final part of Our Mutual Friend, which I decided to leave to watch as motivation to get through my paper.

I have super late thoughts on Chuck and TBBT from last week:

Chuck )

The Big Bang Theory )

Only 5 days until Spring Break now! I really can't wait.
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Oh man, I am so enjoying having internet again finally. I am also super enjoying my Netflix account. I've watched one DVD (Gone With the Wind, which I loved, but not as much as I was expecting? I don't know, I might post a review of it and other films I've been watching at some point soon) and 3 with Instant Watch (M, The Lady Eve, and Cool Hand Luke, all of which were very good; Cool Hand Luke was probably my favorite, but I am completely infatuated with Paul Newman, so that's to be expected. It was a great film besides him, as well, though), so I feel like I've been getting pretty good use out of the account considering that brings me to $2.25 a movie and it hasn't even been a full week yet. And I'll probably watch another one or two tonight.

I've pretty much decided not to watch the Olympics. Well, it's been mostly decided for me, as I don't have a TV and am coming off of several weeks without internet so I have loads of TV to catch up on plus I'm (obviously) very focused on watching movies right now plus the fact that I am a full-time college student and things are starting to get busier in the semester as we're close to the half-way point between the start of the semester and Spring Break.

The thing is, I adore the Summer Olympics, more than I can really explain considering I don't follow sports outside of the Olympics. But I adore them so much, and if this was the Summer Olympics, I would do everything in my power to watch as much as I could and ignore everything else. But this is the Winter Olympics, and while I remember enjoying them the last few times they were on, it's not like I can really remember anything that happened or have really fond memories of the 2002 or 2006 games (which is not true for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Games, which I have very fond memories of). Basically, I'm not really going to care about the Olympics in a few weeks, and I have other stuff that's more important to me going on, so I just don't have the time or energy to devote to watching them.

Anyways, I've caught up on some TV, so here are some random thoughts on what I've been watching:

Chuck 3.07 )

Greek 3.13 )

Fringe 2.15 )

How I Met Your Mother 5.15 )

The Big Bang Theory 3.15 )

Bones 5.14 )

I'm also caught up now on Castle, Psych, House, White Collar (I think I haven't mentioned it before, but last semester I said that I'd stop watching because I wasn't that interested/invested and had too much stuff going on, but I caught up on it at the very end of winter break and now all of a sudden I'm in love with it. It's so much fun, and Peter and Neal are excellent. Plus, the more Matthew Bomer on my TV, the better), Community and Lost. I haven't seen a single episode of Skins this season yet, and I'm like 4-5 episodes behind on both Friday Night Lights and Legend of the Seeker and 3-4 episodes behind on Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries. In addition to other shows that I haven't bothered to remember or check how far behind I am. I will slowly get back on track. I actually don't have much work this weekend (I have an exam in Origins on Friday which I'm a little nervous about, but I already made flashcards, and we're going to have more lecture and probably some review on Monday and Wednesday, so I feel like it makes more sense to start preparing on Wednesday), and I got done with most of the stuff I needed to get done. So I'm going to research possible project topics/ideas for Origins for a group project that we need to have an idea for by Wednesday and research the genetics of depression for Mood and Anxiety for a group discussion on Tuesday, neither of which should take me very long since there's nothing I actually need to turn in for either, and then maybe I'll get more caught up on TV and tonight I might watch another movie or two. I'm enjoying how much more relaxing this semester has been than last semester (up until now, at least; it may get worse in the next few weeks. Although I don't know that anything could be worse than the combination of my Capstone and Discrete Math, or even the semester before with Multivariate Stats and RIP II and Differential Equations, all of which were loads of work).
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Today is Academy Awards Nominations Day! I adore the Academy Awards. I can't even explain why. A lot of the time they make stupid choices (well, in my opinion; film taste is, of course, subjective), and most of the time several of the films I consider best of the year get little or no attention. But, I don't know. It's just so much fun! I can't really describe it. I like award shows in general, but I greatly prefer movie award shows because for TV award shows, even fewer TV shows I love get any attention, and they nominate the same crap year after year and the same stuff wins and it's just horribly boring. But at least with movies, if there's something I hate, it's gone the next year. And for the past 3 years, the movie that won Best Picture at the Oscars I've really loved, even if it wasn't my favorite of the year (let's not mention 2005, which was one of the greatest movie award injustices in history, in my opinion).

Anyways, enough about that. Here are my opinions on the nominations, and what my ideal nominations would have been (for the 8 major categories: picture, director, the writing categories, and all the acting categories; despite taking a film class and looking online, I still don't know the difference between sound editing and sound mixing, I barely understand Art Direction, and I don't have much of an opinion about the other categories most of the time. Although I do enjoy score and cinematography typically. But I didn't feel like discussing them).

Academy Awards Nominations Thoughts )

Ideal Academy Awards Nominations )

(omg I spent way too much time in Dunn Brothers putting this together. At least there are some open tables so I don't feel like too much of a douche.)

I didn't mention in my last post because I had so many things to complain about, but hey, it's February! January always goes by so quickly. Probably because most of the month I don't have school. Anyways, in January I watched 261 episodes of TV (which is crazy because that's way more than I usually watch in a month, 30 more than last January, and I'm like 1 1/2-2 weeks behind on TV due to not having internet), 11 movies (more than I expected considering I only watched 2 from 01/01-01/14), and read 2 books (! crazy! I don't know if I said this before, but my goal this year is to read at least one book a month. I hope to actually read more than 12 books in the whole year, but I tend to go in phases where I'll read like 7 books in a few weeks and then nothing the rest of the year, so reading at least one book a month should actually boost the number of books I read all year. Actually, I already finished one book in February, and I'll probably get to a few more what with the stupid internet not working for another few days, so that's good. I love reading, but it's too hard to work in while I have classes because even if I have time to read, I get too sucked in to whatever I'm reading and then neglect everything else so I can finish the book, and it's just easier not to read anything).

Not being able to watch the most recent episode of Chuck is physically hurting me. Okay, not really, but it does suck. Most stuff I can deal with having to wait 1-2 weeks to watch, but not Chuck. The same is true for Greek, actually, but it just came back so I'm more used to it not being around and so it doesn't seem as tragic that I haven't seen the last episode. Also, the fact that I'm going to miss the Lost premiere sucks. Although I suppose it's easier to delay watching that when I've already been waiting months and months than to delay watching something I'm used to seeing every week. I really hope I don't get spoiled for Lost, though. =/ I suppose the fact that I'm being more productive than normal (especially at this point in the term) doesn't suck. It is weird though. And I don't have enough work to take up my whole night, so I still end up with time left over with nothing to do.

Ok, time to go back to my apartment since I've been in here for like an hour and a half now.
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Today I just had one class, Mood and Anxiety. My favorite professor ever teaches it. She's so awesome. One example of her awesomeness is in the syllabus, she was talking about the student-led component of the course and she said "Some students might love the idea of leading a class, while others consider it an unforgivable curse (to borrow from J. K. Rowling)" and any professor that can reference Harry Potter in their syllabus is A+ with me. Anyways, the class looks absolutely fascinating and totally terrifying. This is basically like the Distress, Dysfunction, and Disorder class I took 2 years ago with the same professor but much narrower in scope, and I love the subject matter in that class so much; in fact, it's my favorite class I've ever taken. But unlike that course, which was a level... 252 I believe (so, intermediate), this is an advanced course (375) and it counts towards the major requirement of having a course with a significant student-led component, meaning we have to run one session. Also, it's seminar-style, so she expects a lot of discussion. I'm way better and participating in class than I was in high school (when I literally never spoke up in class), but I still don't typically do it often. I've had to discuss for other classes, though, so I think I've gotten better about it over the past few years. It's still not a highlight, though. And I'm so bad at public speaking, I know I'm going to get so nervous when it's my turn to lead the class. But at least it's in a subject I adore, and with a professor who's awesome and I'm sure will help me prepare for it if I feel like I'm struggling.

Oh I totally forgot yesterday to mention that my Origins professor told us that if we got a tattoo related to evolution, she would give us bonus points. As I have a severe phobia of needles, this is not happening, but I found it really amusing. Apparently our T.A. has a tattoo of Darwin's finches on her shoulder.

Also, I managed to fall down on the ice/snow twice yesterday. ugh. That combined with the fact that my suitcases were abnormally heavy on Sunday and I had to lug them up a flight of stairs and I am weak plus going grocery shopping on Monday afternoon and having 3 heavy bags and having to wait outside in the snow for the bus (which was late) to arrive and not wanting to set the bags on the ground because I was afraid of them getting wet and falling apart resulted in me feeling super sore on Monday night. Seriously, lifting my glass at dinner to drink was ridiculously difficult/painful.

I have very, very brief thoughts on Chuck from last night: Chuck 3.05 )

We're having internet issues at my apartment, and this entry is long enough so I won't get into it, but because of that I've only been able to watch last night's Chuck since I've been back. I was already super behind on TV since I spent a bunch of time marathoning TV shows and watching movies over break, and now I can't even catch up even though I have so much time to. We are supposed to have full internet back by tonight or Wednesday at the latest, so I'm hoping that happens. =/
brokenrecord: (Default) apparently it's been over a week since I last posted. Time passes really quickly when you're marathoning TV shows, I must say. Anyways, since my last post, I had my birthday and got 4 DVDs from my parents: Buffy Season 6, Angel Season 4, Chuck Season 2, and Dexter Season 3. So last Friday I started marathoning Chuck. Oh man, I love that show so much. Random Chuck Series Thoughts )

On Saturday I saw The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus with some friends. It was... not great. Not really good, even. I'd recommend it only if you're a huge fan of Heath Ledger and absolutely have to see his last film. Otherwise, it's not worth it. The acting is good, but that's about it. I'll probably post a longer review soon, along with reviews for the other movies I've seen this month. For the first 2 weeks of the month, I only saw like 2 movies, but all of a sudden I'm at 9 movies this month. I guess I've been watching a lot of movies the past few days.

Today I'm going to see A Single Man with my mom. It's my last day here; tomorrow I'm flying back to St. Paul, and classes begin on Monday. I can't believe I have class on Monday. I don't feel like I'm going back tomorrow. ugh, I still have to start packing. I was kind of dreading going back to school most of winter break because last semester was so busy and stressful and obviously being at home and being able to do what I want without having other obligations is much preferable. But I realized that if I act so negative towards it, I'm going to be miserable for at least a week before I get back into the hang of things, and that's not fun. So I'm trying to be more positive about it. I mean, for one thing, I'm way more excited about my classes this semester. The semester shouldn't be quite as stressful as the last two, and I have no 8 AM classes this time, thank god. I also don't have Wind Ensemble, which will definitely help me feel less stressed since I'll have more time to do schoolwork. I'm going to try to be on top of things this semester and go to the library for at least an hour or so a day so I will actually have time to read and watch TV and movies on the weekends or even on weeknights. I also shouldn't have as many homework assignments theoretically (definitely nothing as bad as the Discrete Math homework assignments that took over 5 hours each), so that should hopefully free up some time. And I'm taking a class with my favorite psych professor and one with my favorite German professor. I don't know, I think it should be fine. So I'll be positive and hope for the best for this semester.
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Chuck 3.01-3.03 )

How I Met Your Mother )

The Big Bang Theory )

I'm almost done with Criminal Minds! I'm finally to the 5th season, so I will probably finish today. I'm behind on other TV, though, so tomorrow I'll probably be catching up on everything else. I have less than 2 weeks left here, which kind of sucks. I'm not ready to go back to school yet.
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Most of my friends have gone back to school now (I don't go back for another 2 weeks), so I've been watching a lot of TV. I started with Sons of Anarchy and al;ksfj omg I love it. Sons of Anarchy )

After I finished Sons of Anarchy, I immediately dove into Criminal Minds. I wasn't expecting to get into it very much, and after the first few episodes I thought I would be watching primarily for Reid, but somewhere during the first season I got seriously hooked. Right now I'm in the 3rd season. I'm hoping to be done with the series by Sunday night, but I don't know if I'll be able to. Speaking of Sunday night, kal;dfjs CHUCK SEASON 3 PREMIERE IS SUNDAY NIGHT. I'm so excited. It's been way too long since last season.

My 21st birthday is this coming Thursday. I keep forgetting. I don't drink and have no interest in starting, so I'm not excited about it for that. I mean, I'm not like... dreading it, I'm just kind of apathetic about it.
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Ok, so I managed to finish one picspam I wanted to get done before the end of the year! There were several others I really wanted to do, but there's no way I have time for them all. I'm doing best TV shows of the decade now (I have 7 left to finish out of 30, which is kind of a lot, but I can definitely finish it by tonight/tomorrow morning), and that'll probably be it. I was thinking originally of still doing a few others and just posting them when I'm done in January, but oh man I'm so burnt out from picspamming now. I have literally been doing it all day, and I'm just so tired. I love making picspams, but I think I'm remembering why I only make them once every like 3-6 months.

I did Secret Santa with my friends Sunday night and I had put a couple different DVDs on my list (expecting only 1; I just wanted to give a variety of choices), and I ended up getting Chuck Season 1, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and Supernatural Season 3! I wasn't expecting that much, so that was super awesome. And now I may actually do my Chuck and Supernatural rewatches I was planning. Well, the Chuck rewatch definitely. I don't know if I want to go through all of Supernatural; I might save that for the summer. Right now I'm deciding if I want to rewatch Chuck so I finish right before season 3 premieres (JANUARY 10TH! THAT'S SO CLOSE NOW!) or if I want to wait until my birthday (January 14th) to see if I get season 2 from my parents. I was going to wait until the 14th, but then I did the Chuck part of my picspam that I'm working on, and now I desperately want to watch it. I think I'll try to wait anyways, though.

I went with a few friends to see Sherlock Holmes last night. It was... decent, I guess? I don't know. Calling it average seems too negative, but calling it good seems too positive. I guess I was expecting or hoping to enjoy it more than I did. It wasn't bad, but I have no urge to see it again anytime soon. Robert Downey Jr. was excellent, and Sherlock Holmes and Watson were awesome characters. I liked Irene's character, but I didn't like Rachel McAdams playing her for some reason. Oh well.
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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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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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I was feeling pretty good Wednesday, Thursday, and this morning, and then I went to Directed Research and realized how much crap I have to do the next few weeks. So now I'm ridiculously stressed. I mean, I have a draft of my discussion due the Friday we get back from Thanksgiving, but I'm not going to close my survey until next week, which basically only gives me a few days to analyze my results. And then the week after that, I have to present the project to the class, and a few days later the final paper is due. This is crazy. It feels like the end of the semester is far away, but it really isn't. I have 3 days of school next week, Thanksgiving break, then 2 full weeks of school, 2 days, and then finals start. I'm coming home for winter break the afternoon of Dec. 19th, which... really isn't too far away. Less than a month! And after Thanksgiving break, it's only 3 weeks. Oh man I'm so stressed out. And I still need more participants! ugh.

At this point, I pretty much just need to put no work at all into Discrete Math. Even with taking it pass/fail, I've been putting effort into it (not as much as if I were getting a grade, but still more than I need to), but I got an A on the last project (I HAVE NO IDEA HOW. I mean, I understood it better than the first project, which I got a B+ on, but based on the criteria he handed out for A, B, and C projects, I definitely didn't think the project was anywhere close to that) and I have an A in the class, and with everything coming up, something needs to go. So it will be this class. Besides, I'm going to feel so ridiculous if I get an A in the class when I'm taking it pass/fail.

I've been feeling pretty crappy about this cognitive psych group project I have to do, but I was talking to one of my roommates about it who's in the class but not in my group, and she made me feel so much better about it. My roommates are awesome. Two of them are studying abroad next semester, and I'm actually going to miss them a lot, which is kind of weird since I've only known them since September. But they are very awesome people.

In TV news, CHUCK IS COMING BACK JAN. 10 OMG. It's like an early present for my birthday (which is the 14th)! And that's so much sooner than in March after the Olympics, which was what was first reported. omg I'm so excited! Jan. 10 isn't even that far away!

Anyways, I'm now going to shower, watch some TV (I'm so behind! But I probably only have time for 1-2 episodes), eat a fast dinner, do a little homework, perform in the Wind Ensemble concert, and then come back and start doing more schoolwork (yes, on a Friday night. ugh.). I have so much to do this weekend. Moreso for the week after Thanksgiving than next week, but I really, really don't want to have to do any work over Thanksgiving break (even though I probably will end up having to). I think I need to like post a picture of the grad school I want to get into on my wall for motivation, because it's going to be really hard getting through this weekend (and, really, the rest of the semester).
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Merlin )

Doctor Who )

I started looking at movies/TV shows/episodes/etc. of this decade so I'll have lists ready for when I actually have time to make picspams, and... haha. This is ridiculous. I think best movies and TV shows of the decade I could probably do, but episodes? This picspam would be like a thousand images large and would not be ready until like the next decade is over. I'm probably going to limit the number of episodes per show that can make it, but even with that... Oh well. It's just for fun, so who cares, right? Even if I won't be done with it by the time the year is done. And who knows if I'll ever end up posting this; I plan so many picspams that never even get started.

I have a huge urge to rewatch Chuck. I had this same urge at the end of last semester, but things were so busy so I was like "Once this semester is over, I will!" And then... I never did. But now I feel like rewatching it again. I'm so anxious for the new season. Now is not the best time to be trying to watch more TV, though. But I'm afraid that by the time I finally do have time, I won't feel like it anymore. I don't know. In October I did manage to get through 3 seasons of Greek and 1 season plus a handful of episodes of Fringe. And all of TBBT. So maybe I can manage.

I totally got nothing productive done this weekend. I did my German homework, which really isn't a hassle since it's just grammar, and I don't know. I enjoy learning German, so even if there are other things I'd rather be doing, I'd definitely rather do German homework than any of my other homework. I've just been kind of in a funk the past few days. Wednesday and Thursday I was actually feeling just really positive and amazing, and then Friday was just... not a good day at all. And my mood from that day seeped into Saturday and has seeped into today. I'll be fine in a few days, but I'm still kind of obsessing over something that upset me on Friday, and when I'm in this kind of mood, I just want to do absolutely nothing. I mean, really, I'm not even caught up on all new TV from last week despite having plenty of time to watch stuff.

On the plus side, I barely have anything major this week. School Update )

I had a meeting with everyone in my apartment earlier tonight and the subject of getting a cat came up and apparently the landlord is against cats because he thinks it would pee all over the carpet and ruin it, but one of my roommates is going to argue with him and see if we can like put a deposit down for the carpet and get a cat. I'm really, really hoping this works because I would love having a pet here. It would seriously make my life less stressful. The rest of the meeting was really great, actually. As I said, I haven't been in the best mood this weekend, but it was fun meeting with everyone (since everyone's so busy and so we're rarely all at home at the same time). My roommates are really awesome, I must say.
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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 just saw that Chuck is not scheduled to come back until after the Winter Olympics next year. That's next March! I mean, some Chuck is better than no Chuck, but I don't know if I can wait 10 months for the follow-up to that finale! Also, why has Scrubs been renewed? Don't get me wrong, I love that show, but it's been going on for 8 seasons now, and the finale was the absolute perfect series finale for the show. How do they follow that up? Is Zach Braff not coming back next season? What about the other regulars? If it's just the interns, I don't know that I'll be very interested in it.

I spent Wednesday and Thursday catching up on TV I was behind on and I'm STILL not done. To be fair, I did spend all afternoon yesterday hanging out with friends, but still. I had time at night to catch up on stuff. The problem now is that I got through the stuff I really wanted to watch first, and now I'm left with stuff I don't care as much about. Of course, if it's this much of a pain to watch the shows, I probably should just stop watching them entirely, but I have trouble letting go of shows, especially if I've been watching them for awhile. Anyway, here are some random thoughts on some of the stuff I've been watching.

The Big Bang Theory 2.23 - The Monopolar Expedition )

Bones 4.26 - The End in the Beginning )

The Office 5.26 - Company Picnic )

I have many pictures of my trip and of bobcat kittens that are living in my backyard, so I'll post those at some point in the next few days! And I suppose I need to start looking for a job or something to do this summer, because my mom will keep bugging me if all I do is sit around the house.


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