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Glee )

Lost )

I managed to finally get started on my social psych research proposal, and I actually got exactly 2 1/2 pages done, and it only has to be 5, and I didn't do barely any of the Method section which is super easy because I'm using the same design as another study that's kind of a basis for what I'm proposing so it won't take a lot of effort to get another page out of that. Then I just have an intro paragraph for the intro section (which I have outline, I was just too lazy to start. I was about to! ...but then I decided I'd rather watch Glee. Which I think was a very good choice as Glee was excellent) and the Results/Discussion which is basically just like "How would you interpret expected and unexpected results? What implications would this have?" and that's kind of where I like... started the proposal when I was thinking about it, so basically it should be fine.

Yay that Mad Men is returning July 25th! I think this is earlier than last year. Although July 25th is still way too far away. I think I'm going to rewatch Mad Men this summer before the new season. Then again, I feel like I have plans to rewatch or start a million shows, so more likely than not, I won't get around to it. I definitely want to do a full series rewatch of Lost after the finale, and that's already going to take up a huge amount of time, and I'm not going to spend the entire summer watching TV. (More like 95%, probably.)
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How I Met Your Mother )

Mad Men )

The Big Bang Theory )

Gossip Girl )

I feel like I really need to make icons. I always want to use an icon matching something I'm talking about, but I keep finding that I have none! Especially for shows like Greek which I'm totally in love with; I really should have at least one. Maybe if I get all my work done early today (yeah, like that'll happen) I'll make some tonight. More likely, it won't be until winter break. Oh well.
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Short random TV reactions (not of everything I've watched in the past few days, but the things I actually have stuff to say about:

How I Met Your Mother 5.02 )

The Big Bang Theory 3.02 )

Greek 3.05 )

I was going to write something about Mad Men, but then I realized my reaction was going to be exactly the same as my reactions for the last 2 weeks, so... if you want to know what I thought, then check those. I'm nothing if not predictable! I liked House (I'm liking that they didn't totally rush into him coming back) and Gossip Girl was fine (like, I can't think of anything I disliked and I enjoyed watching it, but I also don't really care about anything that happens? I don't know. I'm not considering giving it up or anything, I'm just not as into it as I used to be).

The professor I was going to talk to today about post-college stuff wasn't there when I checked her office, and I don't have any more classes today and don't really feel like going on campus again on the off-chance that she'll be there, so I think I'll wait until tomorrow or Thursday afternoon. I mean, it's not like I have to have this all figured out today, but I know I'm going to keep worrying and thinking about it until I talk to someone about it who actually knows the field and can give me advice, so I'd like to do it sooner rather than later. Plus, she's the chair of the psych department and I have a question about a class that was going to be offered this year but isn't anymore which I really need for both the psych major and general ed requirements, so I need to ask her about that. So I might as well talk to her now rather than wait until next semester or even next month or whatever.

My parents are arriving a week from Thursday for parents' weekend. I can't believe that's already here. It feels like they just left and the semester just started. It'll be nice to see them, anyways. I'm looking forward to them coming.

First exam of the semester tomorrow in German. I'm nervous. I hope it goes all right.
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Oh Monday night TV, I have missed you so much. The only way you could be better if Chuck was starting now and had a full season and was not being left until after the Winter Olympics. (SERIOUSLY COME ON, MARCH IS SO FAR AWAY!)

How I Met Your Mother 5.01 )

The Big Bang Theory 3.01 )

House 6.01 )

Gossip Girl 3.02 )

All I have to say about the last episode of Mad Men is Mad Men 3.06 )

Also, FULL SEASON ORDER FOR GLEE! YAY! I wasn't too worried because it's actually doing ridiculously well in the ratings (I have no idea how that's happening, because it seems like it's totally the type of show that would be amazing and be critically loved, but no one would actually watch. Like Wonderfalls or Pushing Daisies or like the million other shows I've watched that have been canceled).
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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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Mad Men 3.05 )

True Blood 2.12 )

I finally, finally watched Dollhouse 1.13, the DVD-only episode. I don't know why I waited so long, but HOLY CRAP THAT WAS AWESOME. I kind of had an idea of what it was about going in and it didn't seem that appealing, but it was just amazing. I'm now so looking forward to seeing what they do this season. I would love if the show could go all the way through and past what is shown in 1.13, but I feel like this will probably be the last season of the show. I mean, it was a miracle that it was renewed even past the first season. And even if it does get renewed again, it's not like it's going to go on 10+ years. Although I suppose they could do flashforwards or speed up time (like have this season take up 3 years, or jump forward in time after the end of this season, or whatever). In any case, I'm super excited for this season (especially with ALEXIS DENISOF guest-starring! He totally hasn't been on TV enough since Angel ended). For some reason, I thought it was premiering this Friday, so I was not very happy to find out that it's not actually premiering until the week after this Friday.

We do not have an air conditioner in the apartment, and it sucks. I'm actually longing for the weather to get cold because we do at least have a heater. And at least with cold weather, you can always put more layers on. At the very least, I'm looking forward to it being October. But right now it's been in the 80s everyday, and while I have two windows that open in my room, they like... open up from the bottom, and they just get cracked like 30 degrees open, so there's essentially no breeze. Stupid Minnesota weather. You're never what I want you to be.

I met with my Directed Research adviser yesterday about my project. It looks like the proposal I did for Research in Psych last semester should work, although it needs some tweaking. I don't know, it was weird because she spent most of the meeting poking holes in the proposal and asking me a bunch of questions I didn't know the answer to, and then at the end she was like "Ok, you're doing well here! This should work for you!" And I was just like "...what?" But I realized afterwards that she was trying to think of criticisms that'll come up when I submit it to the IRB. So... I think I'm doing all right? I don't know. At least I have a topic. That's always the hardest part for me. And if I can do this proposal, I have loads of research and planning already done (...which may have been the main reason I wanted to go ahead with this proposal, since the idea of having to do the proposal I did last semester again for a different subject in much less time was really not appealing). I don't know. I'm at least feeling better about this, even if only just a little bit, because I'm just a little bit closer to being done than I was yesterday, which is nice.
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Heh, so I totally wrote up a whole reaction to post to last Sunday's True Blood and then forgot about posting it. True Blood - 2.08 Time Bomb )

Anyways, this is by far my favorite episode of the season. Possibly of the entire series, actually. Why do I have to be leaving in two weeks? I hate that the finale falls after school starts. I mean, it's the Sunday after only like 3 days of school, but still. I want to have time free to be able to flail about it, but instead I'll be preoccupied by moving in and starting classes and all that.

Have I mentioned how happy I am that Pysch is back? Because it is, and I love it. I always forget how much fun it is until it comes back on, and then it just brings me lots of joy. It's such a fun show. And Mad Men is premiering on Sunday! Man, it feels like it's been so long since the last season. I can't really remember a lot of what's happened. Maybe I'll marathon both seasons tomorrow and Sunday so I'll be caught up.
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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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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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When I woke up this morning, I could hear people protesting about the Republican National Convention. I really don't understand that at all. I mean, I'm 100% a Democrat, but it just doesn't make sense. When it was first announced the RNC would be in the Twin Cities, people at my school were like "OMG BUT THE TWIN CITIES ARE SO LIBERAL AND PROGRESSIVE AND EVERYTHING THE RNC DOESN'T STAND FOR MUST PROTEST." But they have to have the convention SOMEWHERE, and most urban areas tend to be more liberal. And it's not like Minnesota as a whole is known as being a super-liberal state (like California for example. Like, holding the convention in San Francisco would be bizarre. Holding it in the Twin Cities is much more reasonable). But whatever. I think the people at my school just like protesting things, even if it makes no sense and does absolutely nothing.

Anyways, all this news about Sarah Palin has me half cracking up and half terrified. I mostly find it hilarious, but then I think about what if McCain actually wins the election... and there's the terrified part. One of the really scary things was reading my friends' friends page and seeing a couple people actually saying that made them more likely to go McCain and they were now really excited to vote for her. Just... what? She is incredibly inexperienced (way moreso than Obama), no foreign policy experience at all (the fact that Alaska is close to Russia is NOT FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE, no matter what the Republicans/FOX News says), she's against abortion even in the case of rape or incest, and, I mean, McCain is 72 and has a history of cancer and it's not out of the realm of possibility (not that I'm hoping for it or anything, just being realistic) that she could have to step up and become president. gah. I really hope it doesn't come to that.

Anyways, enough about politics. Tonight is super-exciting-new-TV night! Two-hour Prison Break premiere (I feel like I should be ashamed for looking forward to it, but whatever. SARA'S BACK!), Gossip Girl premiere, Middleman finale (I really hope this isn't the last episode ever), and I still have last night's Mad Men to watch. I am very excited for it all even though I'll probably only watch Prison Break tonight. The other stuff will have to wait for tomorrow (but since I don't have class until 1:20 tomorrow and it's only an hour long, that should be fine).
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blah. For some reason yesterday I was just in a really bad mood all day, except maybe in German. I feel like I'm really going to love that class. My other classes I definitely do like, but they weren't enough to pull me out of the funk. So I spent yesterday and today so far catching up on summer TV I started neglecting when the Olympics started (and even a little before then). I had Psych 3.04-06 to finish which I did, Mad Men 2.02-2.05 which I haven't yet, and The Middleman 1.08-11 which I just finished.

I'm surprised about how in love I am with the Middleman right now. I think it's mostly because of Tyler, honestly. Nothing gets me hooked better than a ship, and I absolutely loved Tyler in his first episode. I remembered when that episode was over I was like "It figures that the first thing to make me fall in love with this show is only going to last one episode and never be seen again." But then he came back! He also helps because at the start of the show I was set on shipping The Middleman and Wendy, so when it was clear the show was focusing on Lacey and The Middleman instead, I was disappointed and didn't really like seeing them together. And I'm still not a huge fan of them, but I'm warming up to them much more now. Of course, now that I kind of love the show, there's only one episode left this season and I don't think it's been picked up for a second yet and I don't think the ratings are very good and I don't know that it will come back which really sucks. I hope the finale doesn't end on a cliffhanger. =/

Hope everyone enjoys the three-day weekend. I kind of like coming back to school before Labor Day. My school usually starts the Wednesday after Labor Day, but since the Republican National Convention starts next week in the Twin Cities, the school was like "Oh we need to move school up a week because all the hotels in the Twin Cities will be super crowded and it'll be tough with everyone trying to move in and families wanting to stay in hotels" and so on. It was annoying at first, but I like it now. We only have three days of school before we get a three-day weekend (and I only have a lab on Tuesdays for one hour, and all I have to do for that is a page or two of German homework and I honestly kind of love doing German homework, like I have to convince myself to wait to do it until my other homework is done so I get through the other stuff first because I actually enjoy doing the German stuff, so anyways, really I have a four-day weekend) and we get out of school one week earlier and have a 6 1/2 week long winter break which is awesome. I'm kind of in favor of starting a week earlier next year too, but I think we go back to the normal schedule. Oh well.
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Oh man, we totally just had an earthquake here. It was centered kind of far away so it really wasn't that bad here, but I totally felt it and all my birds freaked out. I actually haven't felt many earthquakes despite living in California all my life. There was one huge one when I was like 3 or 4 which I slept through, and then there were one or two more when I was younger. But yeah, anyways, that's my excitement for the day.

I watched the entire first season of Mad Men last week. I think I like it. I don't know. It's like, I recognize that it's a very intelligent, well-done show, but at the same time, I didn't really connect to any of the characters, and if I didn't see any more episodes, I wouldn't really be upset or anything. I'll probably continue watching the current season, though. At least until other shows start up again.

I can't believe how quickly the rest of the summer has been going. I'm putting in my 2 weeks notice at work on Thursday, and I'm leaving on August 18th, just 2 1/2 more weeks. blah. I'm not really ready for summer to be over. I feel like I've been back a long time, but I also feel like this time has gone by really quickly. Oh well.

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