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So I have to be at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference in front of my poster in 2 1/2 hours. Nervous and not looking forward to it. Actually I should kind of be there now - it's strongly encouraged to come to the entire thing, but it started at 8 AM and there was no way that was happening. And right now the poster sessions are taking a break and the Keynote speaker is talking and then there's an hour break for lunch, so there doesn't seem to be any point to going until my session starts.

Yesterday instead of watching more season 4 of Doctor Who, I decided to watch all of Party Down.

Party Down )

Originally I had been planning on rewatching Children of Earth and maybe one or two of the DW specials from this past year, but now I'm not sure. I've hit kind of a block in my rewatch. I think it's a combination of, well... first, I was super excited and looking forward to Torchwood season 2 since I hadn't seen it in ages and season 1 mostly bored me and I remembered loving season 2 and I was really eager for all the Jack/Ianto stuff. And then I got past that, and now I'm back to DW and I already watched most of my favorite season 4 episodes 2 weeks ago, so there's less that I'm eager to get to. And the other major factor is that my obsession has moved on to basically anything involving Jonathan Groff (focusing of course on Glee and Spring Awakening).

I'm halfway through season 4, anyways, and I think I might take a short break from it. Or at least draw it out more. I'll probably just watch an episode or two a day rather than marathoning entire seasons in one day, as I was doing last week. And I should really be working on school stuff. I need to try to finish an 8-10 page paper by Tuesday or Wednesday so I can give my professor enough time to look it over, and I really, really need that to happen since it's for the only class that I'm not really sure how my grade will turn out.

Some TV stuff:
Fringe )

The Vampire Diaries )
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It turns out I have to register for classes on Monday rather than Tuesday, like I originally thought. Doesn't make a huge difference, other than it means I have to talk to my adviser today about what I'm going to take so I can get my pin to register rather than also having Monday. I like my adviser a lot, but I hate that I never am able to find him. My classes always conflict with when he's in his office, and he's in class when I have time, and it seems whenever I go to see him, he's never there. Here's to hoping I can find him after Origins today. (I'm tempted to ask my Origins professor, who happens to be his wife, if she has any idea if he's going to be in his office this afternoon or when he might be around on Monday. But then I just feel stupid, so I'll probably just e-mail him if I can't find him today. He's pretty relaxed, so he'd probably just let me tell him my plans over e-mail and then e-mail me by pin.)

TV reactions:

Lost )

Fringe )

I'm about halfway through my Torchwood rewatch, should be through it by tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, it's the Doctor Who Season 5 premiere on BBC America! My mom watches Doctor Who as it airs on BBC America, so I'm kind of excited to know what she thinks and discuss it with her.
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Greek - 3.20 )

So I was catching up on Brothers and Sisters, and the guy who played Alec last season (he also showed up in 4.15, which is how I realized this), the guy who Kitty almost cheated on Robert with (or did? I don't remember. They kissed, right? Does anyone on my flist even watch this show anymore?) was totally one of the leads in this play I saw with my parents over spring break at South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa. In his bio thing in the program it said he had guested on Brothers and Sisters but I didn't realize it was him until I saw 4.15 and it was like "WAIT A SECOND I SAW HIM IN REAL LIFE A WEEK AND A HALF AGO!" (He was very good in the play, btw.) I love when people on shows I've seen are in plays there. It happens pretty frequently, actually, since Costa Mesa is pretty close to L.A.

Fringe is coming back tomorrow! I'm so excited. The last episode was amazing. During the time when I got super behind on TV and wasn't watching like anything but Chuck and Greek and HIMYM and TBBT and wasn't really looking forward to any new episodes, I was super anxious for Fringe to return because omg the last episode was AMAZING and obviously ended on... kind of a cliffhanger? Not like... really a cliffhanger, but it left me wanting to know what would happen next, I guess. Anyways, it's coming back! And Glee is also only a few weeks away, right? I've been missing it recently. I have the urge to do a rewatch, but I have plenty of schoolwork and still a lot of TV to catch up on and I'm still trying to watch a lot of movies and I haven't read anything for fun in over a week and I want to try to start reading more again, so... I don't really need more things to add to my list of things to do. I have definitely caught up a bunch on TV, though. I now only have like 15 episodes to catch up on (down from 40-something from last week). Of course, the stuff I have left I'm not as eager to watch. But I'll get to it at some point.

I don't think I mentioned last time this happened, but, well... Major and Minor stuff )
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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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Ugh, my internet has been down since yesterday afternoon. No idea when it'll be working again. I can get internet in the library, but I've been having issues with it, and the library is on-campus and definitely more inconvenient than being able to use the internet in my room, and I feel weird watching TV shows on Hulu (which is where I watch most of my TV) in the library. Plus, as I said, I have issues with the library internet, so I don't know if I'd even be able to watch an entire show in there. I really hope it's not out for too long.

Anyways, I finished Fringe yesterday! I... really didn't do much of any work yesterday. But when I woke up I was tired and I was just going to watch an episode or two before starting studying for my Discrete Math test, and then in the early afternoon, I started feeling sick so I kept lying in bed, watching TV, and then I was done by 6 PM and I STILL felt tired and weak and kind of nauseous. It just got worse as the day went on. So I half-heartedly studied for an hour or two and then I actually went to bed (and managed to fall asleep!) by 10:30 PM. Which... it takes me forever to fall alseep no matter how tired I am normally, and I haven't gone to bed that early since high school (and even then, that was only because I was sick). The fact that I fell asleep that early that quickly means that I was probably pretty sick. And then I slept in this morning and somehow slept through my alarm. Or turned it off in my sleep or something, I don't know. But in any case, I'm feeling better now, I think. A little tired, but not nauseous anymore. But since I finished Fringe yesterday, I have random thoughts:

Fringe )
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One of the few things better about living in the dorms, I must say, is that at least there were more than one washing machine and one dryer. I mean, granted, last year I had 2 washers and 2 dryers on my floor for 40 people, and this year I have 1 washer and 1 dryer for 15-20 people, but I never once had to actually wait to do laundry last year. The day that I get my own washer and dryer will be one of the happiest days of my life, not even exaggerating a little.

I finally got my HIMYM S4 and TBBT S1&2 DVDs! I'm so happy. Of course, I should watch them. HIMYM S4 I have less of an urge to watch. Not that I don't absolutely adore it, because I do, but because I watched all of season 4 (well, all that had aired) in April, and then I watched the entire season again with my parents over the summer. And I have been known to watch random episodes from that season when I'm bored (as you can see from my TV episodes watched list on my listography). I mostly just want to watch the S4 special features, but since my parents are coming this weekend, I can make myself wait so I can watch it with them (since I know they'll want to see them). TBBT is kind of harder to make myself watch since I've only seen all the episodes from each season once (...well, okay, I've rewatched a couple episodes. But not too many. And it was awhile ago) and I've had an urge to rewatch both seasons for a few months now. And I want to see the special features, and my parents won't be interested in those since they have never watched the show before so I have no reason to make myself wait. We'll see. I still haven't even finished Fringe yet. ugh, I really need to be prioritizing school over TV. I always do this. sigh.

Speaking of Fringe, there was more German in episode 1.07! I'm trying to use the fact that this show includes a lot of random German (or at least, more than 99% of other shows I've seen) to justify watching this instead of doing work. I mean, it's helping my German listening comprehension, which can only be beneficial in the long run for my German classes, right? ...of course, I should be doing Directed Research homework, so I don't know that that justification really works; maybe if I was blowing off German homework for it instead. Oh well.

My Directed Research adviser sent back my draft of my Introduction with comments, and even though were some things I needed to fix, overall she said she was very impressed, the writing was clear and persuasive, and that I did a great job. So, yay! The thing is, in this class we have a bunch of assignments throughout the semester (Annotated Bibliography, draft of Intro, draft of Methods, IRB form, draft of Results, etc) that are basically just pass/fail (as long as she sees we spent time and effort on the assignments and that we've taken her comments and the comments of our group of DR students into consideration, then we get credit), but our final grade in the class is essentially determined by our final paper. So if the final paper isn't perfect, then... that's our ultimate grade in the class. Which... kind of sucks and is kind of good? It's good because I don't need to stress out as much throughout the semester. I just need to make sure I put in the effort, and then I'll get a bunch of criticism and ways to improve my work. However, that puts a lot of weight on the final paper, and so I'll need to make sure that the paper is absolutely an A paper for me to get an A in the class. But in any case, it's a good sign that she was impressed with the draft and my writing; if she didn't like my writing style, then I would probably have some issues with the final paper. What I'll probably try to do is have everything done at least a week before the due date for the final paper and then go over it with her to see what criticisms she has so that my final draft has absolutely nothing wrong with it. Since, I mean, now that I'm taking Discrete Math pass/fail, I really need to be putting every effort into my other classes.
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Oh hey, it's totally October. In September, I watched 1 movie, read 5 books, and watched 101 episodes of TV. Not too bad considering the first week of September I spent moving into my apartment and the rest I was busy with school.

Yesterday was such a nice end to the week. I mean, most of this past week was just horrible and stressful, but something I was worried about for Directed Research went just fine, and when I got back to my apartment after German, I found an e-mail from my Cog Psych professor saying that he wasn't feeling well, so class in the afternoon was canceled. So I got the rest of the afternoon free, which was awesome. I got to catch up on all the TV I had missed over the week. And then I decided it would be a good idea to add to the ridiculous amount of work I already have for next week by watching all of season 1 and 2 of Fringe. I'm smart. I enjoyed the pilot more this time solely because there's German at the beginning! When I first watched the pilot, I hadn't taken any German classes, but now I've had over a year, so I actually could understand what they were saying! The most amusing thing about it was that in my listening comprehension homework in German this past week, there was a dialogue between a man and a woman who were on a flight and it was the woman's first flight, and the man mentioned a plane accident in Hamburg! And on the show, the woman was like "This is my first flight" (in German) and the flight was from Hamburg to somewhere (or maybe to Hamburg? I don't remember) and they were in an accident! Really random coincidence.

Anyways, I'm through episode 4 of the show, and last time I think I watched up through the first scene of episode 4 and then I was like "I'm bored, I really don't care about this show, I'm not going to watch anymore." It's better when marathoned (and when you're bored and want something to entertain yourself with). I'm still not in love with it, but I'm interested in The Pattern and where this is all leading to. And whatever, I can suffer through the more boring stuff for Joshua Jackson. It's a good think I'm not too hooked, though, because I do have a lot to do this week. I have to revise my Discrete Math HW #1, I have a Discrete Math exam on Tuesday, I need to revise my Introduction for my research project, write up a draft of my Methods section, and fill out my IRB form so I can get my research approved. So mostly the work is just in Directed Research, and my other major stuff is in Discrete Math, and since I'm now taking that class pass/fail, I really don't need to focus too much on it. And my parents are coming for Family Weekend next Thursday! That'll be fun. Although it means I need to get the Directed Research stuff due Friday (the IRB form and Methods section draft) done with much sooner. Oh well. I should be able to get it all done.

My volunteering got moved from Saturday to Sunday, so I got to sleep in this morning! It's been awhile since that's happened. But now I don't want to get up and actually get anything done. blah.
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omg school is getting ridiculous. Here is what I have in just the next week: Cut because it's long )

I had my first volunteer thing today. Basically what I'm doing is going over to Family Place, which is a day-shelter for families (the criteria for staying there are that you are either a parent or a legal guardian of a child). The leader of the group plans an art project for the kids, and then the other volunteers help the kids with the project and afterwards eat lunch with the families. It was pretty good, although there were more volunteers than kids, so there were several periods of time where I was just kind of sitting there watching everyone. But I think it'll be good. Unfortunately I need to fill out an application now, and I need to figure out 2 personal references. It only says no family members, nothing about friends, so I could just have two friends act as personal references, but I'm afraid that won't look very... professional, I guess? I don't know. I'm not even sure how closely he's going to look at the application, since I already volunteered there today, and it's more a... formality? Since we're all helping with this other girl's art projects. Whatever. I'm going to try not to stress about it too much, since I always get stressed out over pointless stuff, and this really isn't that big of a deal in the long run.

It's fiiiinally cooling off here, which I'm happy about. For one thing, I'm running out of short-sleeved shirts (I need to do laundry, but I don't want to), so it's nice to be able to wear my long-sleeved stuff. And besides that, it was just too warm. It's fine if you're just sitting outside, but I kept getting really sweaty walking all the way from my apartment to class. It also finally rained yesterday, which turned out not to be so good since I forgot that I still haven't bought an umbrella (last year mine broke). I need to get on that. I still enjoy rain, though, in any case.

I have random thoughts about Glee! Mostly about the show so far, but some specific 1.04 stuff. Glee! )

I'm having urges to catch up on Fringe. This is soooo not a good idea, especially with this week coming up. And the week after that. And pretty much the entire semester. Can anyone who watches tell me if it's worth it? I quit watching around the... 4th or 5th episode last season, I think, because I found it pretty boring and had zero emotional connection to the lead character/actress. But I heard it got better as the season went on, and that it's better when marathoned? So, should I start watching the show again? I probably don't need to add yet another show to my lineup. I'm watching enough as it is. Which reminds me, here's my Fall 2009 TV Lineup (this totally isn't ridiculously late or anything). )

Ok, maybe I should get a start on the ridiculous amount of homework I have.
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So after Multivariable Calculus today a girl came up to me and asked me to tutor her. I'm not really sure why she's asking me since I've never talked to her before in my life (I actually don't even know her name, although she knew mine), but whatever. I guess maybe because of when I explained the answers on that quiz a week or two ago? But yeah, I was going to say yes just to that, but then she was like "I'll pay you, like $10 or $15 an hour" so at that point there was no way I could say no. And she wants to meet like 4 hours a week, so yeah, that's a very good deal. I don't think she wants me to tutor her all semester, she just needs to get caught up in class, especially since we have a midterm on Tuesday. I'm just kind of worried because I get most of what's going on in class, but I'm afraid she'll ask stuff I don't know or understand. And also because most of the time I have no idea what's going on in class until like Friday before class when I have an hour or so to study.

I'm kind of amazed that I'm doing as well as I am this semester, so far. I got a 47/50 on that project/paper I had for Developmental Psych last week that I procrastinated all week on which is kind of amazing. I mean, I'm doing much better than I was last semester at this point, and my study habits are way worse. I'm probably also doing better than first semester last year, too, and my study habits were so good that semester. But whatever, not complaining! I just find it bizarre.

Tomorrow I'm going to walk over to this pre-school near campus and observe a class for my child observation project. I'm kind of nervous, I guess? There's no reason to be nervous since I'm just supposed to sit there and, well, observe. But I am a little nervous anyways. I'm also excited, though. It should be kind of fun.

I'm mostly caught up with TV after getting super behind last week. I'm 3 episodes behind on Mad Men, though. I'm kind of thinking I'm just going to wait until the finale and then marathon them all. I don't know why I always get so behind on that show. The thing is, I really enjoy it when I'm watching it, but I don't really care about it when I'm not. blah. I also still haven't watched last week's Fringe, but I'm kind of thinking I'm just going to drop it. I really just don't like that show. Joshua Jackson was really the only reason I was watching it, and he's not even enough at this point. My main problem with the show isn't even the crappy plots and the major suspension of disbelief you have to have, but that I really just don't relate to any of the characters, especially the main character. She's just so bland, and I really don't care about anything that happens to her. And it's really hard to get latched onto a show when you don't give a crap about the main character. Oh, and I also haven't watched last night's TV, but I'm going to do that now while I do homework and start writing a reaction paper for Developmental Psych. We have to do three in the semester, one before Fall Break (which is next Thursday), and so far I've done none and there are only two more opportunities to do them this semester. So, I should probably get that done if I want to continue not to fail that class.


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