So, I read Hot Gimmick and have absolutely no one to blame but myself.

I'm going to spare anyone out there who hasn't already read this series the trouble: DON'T DO IT. JUST. DON'T.

Here is the Wikipedia summary of this garbage (highlight for light spoilers regarding the way in which this manga is a blight upon the world)

The story revolves around Hatsumi Narita, a passive sixteen-year-old girl who lives in a company housing complex that is ruled by the tyrannical Mrs. Tachibana, the wife of the company's vice president. How a family behaves in the housing complex can affect an employee's status in the company. When her promiscuous younger sister Akane thinks she might be pregnant, Hatsumi gets talked into buying her a pregnancy test. Unfortunately, things don't go exactly as planned and Hatsumi is blackmailed by Ryoki Tachibana, the arrogant teenage son of the powerful Tachibana family who bullied her as a kid, into being his slave.

The first volume of this series is mostly an introduction for all the characters and plotlines, and any possible readers of this series are warned that things do not stay as they seem for long. The main male characters (Ryoki, Azusa, and Shinogu) all quickly swap places as the story continues on through the series. For this reason, Hot Gimmick is targeted much more at a mature audience, as it addresses several adult themes that are not entirely appropriate for younger readers; most pointedly, the normalization of an abusive relationship. Hot Gimmick delves into a deeper side found in every society, while still maintaining its shōjo roots.

Please note, I read this summary before starting the damn thing. I KNEW WHAT WAS COMING and I read it anyway. My thought process was basically "Oh, it can't be all that bad. SURELY things will get straightened out in the end." WRONG.

It's shoujo I told myself, mistakenly linking shoujo and romance in my mind. See, in romance novels you are guaranteed a happy ending. That's what makes it a romance novel. It can be romantic, but if any of that hero/heroine dies at the end nonsense goes down - BAM! NOT ROMANCE.

Also, I'd just read Sarah MacLean's Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake which was just fantastic. I don't know that I've ever been so emotionally invested in a romance novel before, but I loved the main pair something fierce. The entire story was so fresh and fun, and I totally almost teared up at one point. Even if you're not a fan of romance novels, if you like good love stories, pick it up. It's a delightful read.

How quickly I forgot the garbage a read before that (Potent Pleasures, by Eloisa James) where I wanted to strangle the hero on multiple occasions for being such. a. massive. dick.

Normally, I don't read manga. Or, I'll read a few chapters or volumes and give up. The only series I'm actively following is Kimi ni Todoke. I think the only series I've read in it's entirety is Peach Girl. I never even finished Fruits Basket, which I loved, opting instead to just read summaries because I'm hella lazy.

So, what possessed me to pick this series up in the first place and then proceed to FINISH THE ENTIRE DAMN THING, is something I will never be able to explain (or defend).

Spoilers for all 54 infuriating chapters (possible triggers) )

Excuse me while I go stab myself with a fork.
I'm amazed at how much I'm enjoying Playful Kiss, especially considering I really had no desire to check it out in the beginning. But now I'm super invested. One complaint:

What was going on with the editing in episode 11? I never thought of PK as a drama that would make me question reality.

Also: I need for all the jdramas I'm watching to hurry up and get their subs by the end of the month. I will not be distracted from NaNo, dammit!

ETA: Female Character Flowchart - I figure most everyone has already seen this, but I thought I'd link it just in case. Funny how it seems pretty much every female character is a stereotype/trope/poorly written. Hilarious, really. It reminds me of an essay I read about the term "Mary-Sue" and how we need to stop using it. I wish I could find the link, because I'm really not going to be any good at giving the topic justice. Basically, it just serves to undermine female authors.

ETA Dos: Apparently I can't find the link because it's been locked, which is sad because I think everyone should read it. But [ profile] darkeyedwolf found a snippet of it over at Fanlore. Here's a short quote that I think represents the argument well:

Writing "Mary Sues" is empowering. Writing them being awesome is empowering. Calling Mary Sue, and contributing to an environment such as the above, which encourages the denigration of female awesomeness in fiction, which encourages the bullying and harassment of participants in female awesome, is participating in that culture.

Calling "Mary Sue" in this environment is shaming women for empowering themselves.
SO, Community started up again last night!

Which means that The Vampire Diaries is on the back-burner until I can download it. Because obviously, the two network shows I MUST watch are on at the same time. I'm so happy this show is back even though I didn't think this episode was the best ever.

Actually, I thought the "twittersode" was funnier. But that was mainly due to Shirley's tweet:

Shirley_GCC: .@AnnieEdisonGCC No one has heard from Britta? I just saw “Girl Interrupted” and I’m worried about intense white girls. // #NBCCommunity

I guess a spoiler cutis in order...SPOILERS! )

I ended up watching the rest of NBC's comedy line-up, since I couldn't very well just watch the last half of TVD. I'm also currently crocheting a monkey for my cousin's new baby, which means I can't watch dramas. Crocheting and subtitles don't really mix.

30 Rock and The Office were both funny. People on TWOP's The Office message board are such negative nancies. If you're going to whine about how the show sucks and should be canceled EVERY WEEK maybe you should consider stop watching the show. It's annoying. I agree, The Office has fallen off in terms of quality, but it can still be funny. 30 Rock is better (and Community better than that). Both shows make me laugh, but I don't HAVE to watch them. And I'm certainly not going to complain about them unless they are actively UNfunny...

...Like the last show in the line-up: Outsourced. Seriously, how did this show get greenlit? It's mildly offensive to all parties involved, but the main issue I have is it's horrendously unfunny. I didn't laugh once. Mostly I spent the entire 30 minutes marveling at how huge a jackass the main guy was.

He was shocked (SHOCKED!) that his new employees didn't know who the Bad News Bears were. Dude, I didn't know that until the remake came out a few years ago. Isn't it funny how they thought he was talking about real bears? NO.

It would be one thing if we were supposed to see him as the arrogant American, but I don't think we are. I think we're supposed to sympathize with him. I did, for the first 30 seconds when we learned he had some serious student loan issues. Then he spoke and all that goodwill went out the window.

BTW, his love interest is the only white woman in the building, of course.

Every single character of every nationality seemed to be a caricature, from the hick Americans on the phone to the Indian man amazed at the concept of dating without getting married. It was all just so tired.

The only part that made me smile was when the assistant manager talked about how American's eat hamburgers morning, noon, and night. And that was only because it reminded me of j-dramas, namely Hana Kimi and Yamada Taro Monogatari where they talk about American-style hamburgers that are the size of your head. WE AMERICANS LOVE HAMBURGERS.

ETA: Watched the first two episodes of Merlin. And honestly? I'm not sure why I watch this show. I forget everything that's happened 5 minutes after the credits roll. I really have no idea what happened the last two seasons. I watched it and yet, when I search my memory: NOTHING. Two thoughts though:
  1. Arthur is such a tool. We're supposed to believe he's going to be a great kind? Try being a decent human being.

  2. Why don't they just give Morgana a Snidely Whiplash moustache and be done with it?
So, I discovered Animation Shop and it's so much more efficient at making gifs it's not even funny. Plus, it doesn't try and murder my computer the way Photoshop does. I'm just using the trail version right now, but I may go ahead and spring for the real thing. It's not that pricey and gif making is kind of super fun. Unless there is a free version out there that doesn't stamp it's name across everything or infect my computer.

Remade my original gif:

And made a new one:

gif-making... the gateway drug to fan-mvs?

IT YOU COULDN'T TELL, I'm still pretty gung-ho about My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and want episode 5 to be subbed nownownownowNOW. But it's not :( Hopefully the holiday weekend will distract me. Plus, episode 3 of GOLD is apparently subbed, which is awesome news.

What's everyone else watching? Apparently everything else I'm following has hit some sort of subbing wall (Yankee-kun to Megane-chan and Hotaru no Hikari 2).

Note about the LJ/FB/TW Axis of Evil Plot: I find it really unbelievable that LJ didn't see this reaction coming. FB has been getting nothing but crap about their privacy settings recently and LJ is predominantly fandom-related. Some people may be fine with those two worlds mixing, but it is a very tricky line for the majority of us.

What were they thinking allowing for such a huge privacy hole? They sure aren't making it easy for themselves. Just make it opt-in. Problem solved.
This post is kind of all over the place. Please bear with me.


Earl and Zuzu say 'hi' )

ETA: The first Colts preseason football game was this weekend. REAL FOOTBALL IS SO CLOSE I CAN ALMOST TASTE IT. :9
Subs are out for the first Nodame Cantabile movie and I'm pretty psyched to have Nodame and Chiaki back on my screen. This of course made me want to listen to Rhapsody in Blue, so I went over to Youtube to fulfill this desire. I reformatted my computer a while ago and have yet to put my music back on it. One of the clips available was from Fantasia 2000. I then decided to check out some clips from the original.

Now, I know Disney doesn't exactly have the best track record when it comes to racial sensitivity. Many of the problematic examples are representative of the time period in which they were created (Song of the South, the crows in Dumbo, etc) and sometimes they were just in really poor taste (lyrics from the opening song in Aladdin). What I wasn't aware of, was that there is a horrible example of stereotyping in Fantasia. Meet Sunflower, the centaurette:

I'm really pretty speechless. I watched Fantasia a lot when I was younger, and The Pastoral Symphony was one of my favorite parts. I loved horses when I was younger. Where other girls played with Barbies, it was my horses that had all the dramatic storylines. And The Pastoral Symphony had pegasus AND centaurs. Plus, I was a serious girly-girl and thought the centaur ladies were gorgeous. I loved the fluffy, pastel landscape, I loved how everything was just so delicate and perfect.

Now, watching it with a far more cynical eye these days it's hard not to find fault with the clip. And it becomes even more horrific with the knowledge that originally the perfect little centaur princesses were waited on hand and foot by such a blatant and insulting caricature. I just can't wrap my head around how such a character design was worked into the marshmallow landscape and to what purpose? She seems very much at odds with the two elegant and beautiful part-African part-zebra centaur ladies that attend (of course) Dionysus later on. The entire thing is just disgusting and very, very sad.

Of course, the 60's rolled around and the racial climate started to shift considerably. The clips that featured Sunflower were pan and zoomed in to crop her out. And according to a few sources I read, Disney tried to claim that she never existed. Well, she did, and you can see her in this Youtube clip starting at 1:01 - The Pastoral Symphony
I didn't like it when Yahoo announced that they were going to delete all of the Geocities pages last year. It felt like burning down a library: a library full of obnoxious tiled backgrounds, midis, and animated gifs, but a library none the less. Every page that sat on those servers represented the birth of the internet into the mainstream. It's not like we lost the tool with which to use the pages, everyone could still visit those pages using today's internet browsers. It's not like finding a 5 1/2 inch floppy and not having the Apple II on which to read it.

I thought it was terribly cold-hearted that they decided to erase all that history, even if it was abandoned. It made me sad.

But, it didn't make me annoyed until I randomly tried to find an old Fushigi Yuugi fanfic this weekend. It seemed to have vanished from the internet, it's disappearance no doubt assisted by the Geocities massacre. That is what people used back in '98 after all.

It made me very upset that I couldn't find it. I used to read fanfiction quite a bit, but nothing ever stuck with me the way this story did (besides random snippets of X-Files fanfiction my friend and I would read to each other when we were younger), which is kind of awful to say because it's totally a Mary Sue story written for one of the FY Big Name Fans. But, nevertheless, I had to find it.

I get obsessive about the oddest things. For whatever reason it became VITAL that I find it. I don't know why it was so important, maybe just the fact that I couldn't accept that the internet would fail me. But, it seemed like every link I came across was dead. This was before really took off so it wasn't there. And even the old FY fic yahoo group had disappeared. I was beginning to lose hope and started grasping at straws by sending emails to what I knew were defunct emails (who uses juno anymore?). Until there was a breakthrough. I was just searching for the authors name and saw it mentioned in reference to another one of her fics. Mind you, I hadn't found any working links for ANYTHING by her so I didn't have much hope.

But, it was a link to an archived webpage. If you went to the site itself, it was gone, but there was still an archived version. It was an entire library of Fushigi Yuugi fics AND IT WAS THERE. I immediately saved it to my computer so I wouldn't have to go through that nonsense again.

Back to real life

I'm going to be painting my (tiny) kitchen and bedroom. I'm fairly certain I will be painting the (ridiculous small) kitchen the same apple green as the dining room. I love that color and I think it will look great against the dark wood and white cabinets in the (you won't believe how miniscule it is) kitchen. The question that remains is whether I'll paint all of the wall or just above or below the chair rail.

My bedroom is what I am really excited about. Recently I refinished a small dresser I found on craigslist and painted it canary yellow. It's so adorable. I kept meaning to do a post about it, but the pictures are just sitting on my camera at the moment. Having made that color choice, the rest of the room would have to work around it. I think I've decided on the color scheme of yellow, gray, and green. Have a look at some pictures (trolling design websites is my new hobby) to see just how pretty it is:

More photos... )

I want to paint my walls gray and find a new duvet cover for my comforter. Currently it is sage green, which is pretty, but I want a more vibrant green. What I really would like is a white fabric with a bright green print. But that is proving difficult to find. And besides, duvet covers are CRAZY expensive for what amount to two sheet sewn together and some buttonholes. So, I think I'm going to make my own. But that means I still have to find sheets. The closest I've come across are there, but they aren't quite right.

Sometimes I read:

I recently finished Eon: Dragoneye Reborn and really enjoyed it. I kind of adored Eon because she seemed like such a real girl, full of doubts, pride, and amazing inner strength. She may not be the nicest person, but her life never allowed for it. And the Asian-influenced world was pretty awesome. My only quibble is that the entire book was kind of a slow burn when it came to conflict. No highs or lows to speak of, but I am anticipating the second book. I can't wait to see what happens.

I also started Graceling which gives us another excellent heroine in Katsa. Only, where Eon was forced to be withdrawn by her circumstances Katsa is up to her eyeballs in hands-on everything. Plus, Po is a cutie.
rosdrise: (guc - scrabble)
I read the first book of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare: City of Bones. And like [ profile] jennekohan said, it was pretty entertaining. It was an easy read and Clare developed some interesting characters and did a decent job of world-building. But, it's a YA novel she it really wasn't that challenging. I actually got a little distracted by the callouts to anime, manga, and the general goth-aesthetic which I don't find attractive at all. OK, everyone wears black, I get it.

But the one thing that really stuck in my craw was the way the supposed 16-17 year old characters would talk. Especially Clary and Jace who possessed vocabularies of much older individuals. I never knew a 16 year old that used the word 'exsanguinated' even when talking about vampires. Did they ever even say that on Buffy.

If it's one thing that drives me crazy it's when characters are given far more maturity than is merited given their age. One of the things I loved about The Dark Materials trilogy (before it went to hell in a handbasket in the last book) was that Lyra IS 12. Sure, she's a quick little thing, but she isn't fully matured. It's obvious she is still very much a child in her thinking and the way she sees the world. Same with the Harry Potter series.

Clary and Jace are as worldly as someone three times their age and I just couldn't buy it. I can see how the age group it is aimed at would like it. Kind of like how Nickelodeon and Disney shows always have moronic parents. At a certain age it just starts to grate on you.

Still, I inhaled the book and it whetted my appetite for some paranormal romance. I'm not above reading some trash, but it's always nice if there is an engaging plot (like Jean Auel's Earth's Children series... once you get beyond her need to describe everything and repeat over and over how amazing Ayla is). ANYWAY, it's almost summer so it's okay if I just do some beach-type reading. Right? Don't look at me like that...

SO, I headed out to the library since I finally got a card a couple weeks ago. Can I just say how disappointing my library situation is? In my home town (pop: approx 67,000) we had one library, but it was a decent size and, you know, HAD BOOKS IN IT.

Now I live in a city of nearly 800,000 and there are a bunch of libraries scattered around town. At first I thought this was awesome. There are two libraries VERY close to my house so I figured I would never have to go to the central library location downtown (major pain in my ass). The problem? There aren't any FREAKING BOOKS in the libraries.

When I first walked in I couldn't find the fiction section. I am not joking here. I saw the checkout stations, computers, patron holds, dvds and that was it. Finally I spotted about 10 sparsely filled book cases over on the side of the 'library'. It was so sad.

I picked up Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon because I heard good things about her and it was the ONLY book by her on the shelf. It's pretty interesting so far (though at 700 pages is a lot longer than it should be) but not anything great. Supposedly her other books are funnier, which I would hope so, because this one is kind of tragic. It also doesn't help that I shipped the hero with his mortal 'sister' (he was a child of two gods who was put into a human woman's womb) who met a tragic end. At some point he'll meet his real OTP and I don't know if I'm going to be able to get on board that train.

Maybe I'll check out more after I'm done here. Though, I'll need to request them from other branches, because, as I mentioned before, they don't actually keep books in libraries anymore.
First, the bad news. I parked on the street in front of my house Friday night. Saturday morning I go out and discover some jackass has sideswiped my car in the early hours, busted my driver-side mirror, and ran. No note, nothing. So now I am out $450 for brand new mirror and the labor needed to reinstall it. Plus, I won’t get it until after the weekend due to the holiday. Until then I have to drive around like some redneck with a broken mirror. It’s a little scary driving sans mirror. I enjoy being able to see. I should count my blessings that it wasn’t worse. I can’t imagine what it would have cost if they had damaged more of my car.

Cut for picture of damage )

I really hope karma comes back and bites them in the ASS.

Good news: I’m done with Christmas shopping! Now I just need to wrap everything. Christmas is rather small this year given I have no money, which is sad because I really do enjoy getting people things. I had also meant to make a rag quilt for my mom, but never got around to it. I’m finally in the Christmas spirit, though! I’m even listening to Christmas music at my desk (thanks, Pandora). We got a little dusting of snow, which almost ended with me on my ass because ice and heels don’t mix. But, I survived.

What I watched this weekend, jdramas, kdramas, and regular-type tv! )
rosdrise: (deerman - mirror)
I think I'm going ahead and drop out of Nano. I broke 30k words, but it's just so infinitely frustrating for me. The plan was to have an outline before November, but that never happened and now I'm paying the price. If I'm not enjoying the writing process at all, what's the point? Plus, with the holiday weekend coming up, there is no way I'm going to get this done.

I'm bummed, but glad I was able to get anything down. After such a long dry spell it was good to be writing again. Those writing muscles still need to be stretched a bit more, but I'm enthusiastic about the future.

Smile, You got extended by 16 episodes, giving it a whopping total of 46. UGH. I've been enjoying it for the most part. Jung-In and Hyun-Soo are by far and away the best thing about it, but Sung-Joon and Ji-Soo are a pretty awesome maybe secondary couple. The parent drama is boring and Jung-In's father is pretty much unbearable. I thought the plot was moving along at a nice pace for 30 episodes. I'm concerned about the extension. We'll see.

Sometime this weekend I'm going to go see New Moon with [ profile] sailorgaia, [ profile] flutegirl, and possibly some others... and hopefully not get kicked out of the theater for laughing non-stop.
Current NaNo word count:

21294 / 50000 words. 43% done!

So I made some awesome progress on my NaNo novel, and now I'm stuck. I kind of hate my story. I know that you're just supposed to keep writing, but I'm lost. I never really had a full plot figured out in my head, just a few scenes floating around. Those are written now and I feel kind of screwed.

I think part of my problem is the tone of the story. It's very serious. I don't really do serious. I've written a few things that can be classified as straight-up drama, but I feel far more comfortable in the world of comedy. When I started this, I think I fancied myself capable of keeping on my serious hat for the extent of it. That's not possible. I enjoy reading and watching drama, but I just don't think I have the chops to write a legitimate dramatic novel.

There can be dramatic moments, but I'm much more comfortable with characters cracking wise. That may mean I'm limited as a writer, but I do like to think I can do comedy fairly well. I think I just need to work on finding that happy balance where there is enough drama to make the story matter, but not enough that I just feel stuck in the mud.

All my characters have the capacity to be in a story with a different tone. There are just some plot elements that need to be modified. That's not going to happen now. You never ERASE when it comes to NaNo. I'll just have to bust myself out of this funk.

It would also help if I had a plot. =_=
On the news this morning they interviewed a little girl whose cat had four ears. FOUR EARS.

Note: That's not the same cat I saw. But when I googled "four eared cat" there are about a billion pictures of this guy. The one of the news was a big old Maine Coon looking feline

Now, I've heard of, and seen, cats with extra toes. It's awesome because their paws are super huge. I've never come across this phenomenon before. The lady on the news says that the majority of the cats with this trait die before they are born, which is sad. But if they do live, it doesn't seem to bother them, or their hearing in the least.

I made soup last night (zuchini, celery, spinach, bok choy, broccoli, black beans, and chicken) and while it may not look that pretty it's very tasty. I of course, managed to destroy the inside of my mouth when I tried to eat it before it cooled properly. This, of course, made me think of Jim Gaffigan's comedy routine about Hot Pockets and how you'll be tasting rubber for a week.

Caliente Pockets~
I finished A Sleeping Forest last night. If anyone is looking for a suspenseful murder-mystery jdrama with some crazy-ass twists, I really suggest it. Use the torrent off of d-addicts though, the version on [ profile] jdramas is awful and doesn't do Kimura's hair justice.

That's all I'm going to say about it for fear of spoiling something.

Now I just need to decide if I'm going to continue with Love Revolution or Long Vacation. I also have Painter of the Wind sitting on my hard drive. We'll see.

Finally got to see last week's Leverage. It was pretty adorable. It's a show I really can't take too seriously though. They gloss over a LOT of things that if you think about don't really make a lot of sense. The plot is really thin, so just hang on for the ride and enjoy the characters and their lines. It's harmless fun.

When I was at my parent's last weekend painting, we picked up said paint from Sherwin-Williams. The guy behind the counter was perfectly nice, my only problem was he had a rotten tooth. Seriously, it was BLACK. SO GROSS.

This reminded me that I need to set up a dentist appointment as I'm already way past due. I also picked up some whitening strips, because I've been thinking about doing it for a while, but didn't want to bite the $30 bullet. I couldn't help myself this time around. It's a little difficult for me though, because for whatever reason I have a LOT of saliva. It's always been an issue.

I played trumpet in 4th grade and got really good use out of the spit valve. I don't think I was meant to play any instruments besides percussion and strings. It was gross. And when I had my braces put on (the first time) they gave me a pill to take beforehand to decrease my saliva flow.

So now I have these whitening trays sitting in my mouth and I can't swallow so I feel like a rabid dog. Beauty isn't pain, beauty is REALLY GROSS.

HAHA. Hope that wasn't TMI!
I came in this morning with every intention of moving all my stuff back to the office. I think that will have to wait.


Why, yes. That IS a giant hole outside of my door.

Triple finale: here be spoilers )
rosdrise: (deerman - mirror)
So, my office flooded... AGAIN.


Note: this was taken before it got really bad.  Use that as your frame of reference.  It was too chaotic to get a picture after this point.

This happened last year around April when we got a big rain. It rained all morning, but we didn't think much of it. Then a coworker spotted a tiny little damp spot on the carpet. Then we saw the newly sprung RIVER flowing out of another corner. My side of our department is apparently downhill because it all started towards me. Pretty much the entire marketing department showed up to start moving boxes out of the various storage rooms.

Maintenance is trying to dry it out with some giant machine. It's my opinion that after having been flooded twice we might deserve some new carpet squares. AND A NEW FOUNDATION.

I like how this only happens in our department, in a recently renovated part of the building. I'm told it smells lovely. Sometimes not having a sense of smell is a blessing.

I'm currently in a spare storage room/department because half of my office is underwater. I'm connected to the network via the VPN which apparently doesn't have the webfilter on it so HUZZAH!

I'll further sooth myself by looking at Kimura's face:


AHHH. Nice. I hope to have a Million Stars Falling From the Sky picspam of episodes 2&3 put together shortly.

ETA:  Looks like there is another HUGE cell headed towards us.  Awesome.
Previously, on Exhibition of Fireworks, people didn't act their age. They acted their shoe size. Click on the EoF tag if you want to know more, I don't want to talk about. The only really important thing is that In Jae FINALLY manned up and told Na Ra that he loved her. 


Let's be like fireworks )

To be honest, the only way I got to force myself to watch this episode again to recap it was because I promised myself I'd do recaps for Vineyard Man. That way, rewatching it won't be a complete waste of time :D
rosdrise: (deerman - mirror)
While putting together that picspam for [ profile] drama_hunt yesterday I ended up going through all of the caps I had initially taken of Vineyard Man (I want to make a mood theme at some point). I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up rewatching parts of the series this weekend during any down time (minus the first two episodes, which are pretty boring. they have some good points but it only really gets good when she gets to the vineyard). There are just so many funny scenes on this show, I thought I would share one with you. It has to be on my journal because the topic doesn't really match any of the tags on [ profile] drama_hunt.


It's fertilizer. )... Hope I didn't gross anyone out too much. XD

LOVED the first two new episodes of Torchwood. The kids really creeped me out, but it's easy to make kids creepy to me (Like "The Empty Child"? FREAKED ME OUT) and Gwen didn't even annoy me that much. Yay!

ETA: Also, a lightning bug attacked me in the shower this morning. I didn't have my glasses on so all I saw was a giant fuzzy black blob flying menacingly over the curtain towards my face. Unappreciated!

So, I guess I am easily frightened of fireflies and children.

wtf lj, wtf

Jul. 7th, 2009 09:12 am
rosdrise: (mad men - betty is PISSED)
My journal looks like garbage. It doesn't appear to be loading the css which I know is still up and available, so what is the deal? I don't have time to try and fix this, but checking my friends page this morning was a bummer because it was so ugly.

ETA: And now it's fine. Whatever Livejournal. Be bipolar, I don't care.

If anyone is interested, I recently did two picspams for [ profile] drama_hunt which is just like [ profile] picspammy but for drama cliches. It's fantastic.


Jun. 18th, 2009 09:12 am
It's come to my attention that I need to get a library card. It's been years since I had one (since I moved) and that is unacceptable. There is no need for me to be spending money on books when I can just borrow them for FREE. I need to start reading again, my brain is turning into goo just like they talk about on the hulu commercials.  The DMV is also on my to-do list this weekend.  I need to change the address on my license, then I will find the nearest library branch and start trying to reclaim some brain cells


Yesterday I started Being Human a short BBC series about a vampire, werewolf, and ghost living together. I'm only an episode and a half in, but I think I'll probably love it. I've enjoyed it up to this point - all the characters are interesting and have distinct personalities. Plus, the vampire? SUPER ATTRACTIVE:


Double plus? IRISH.

I also watched the first episode of Who Are You? because ever since I read the description I've wanted to watch it, though I'm not sure why.  I had been determined not to put more than three dramas on my plate at a time but this kept pushing its way back into my brain.  It just sounded so cute, so of course the first episode made me cry BUCKETS.  I supposed the had to kill they dad if the whole premise of the show (he takes over some kid's body to communicate with his daughter) was going to work, but did we really need that super extended grieving sequence?  I almost made it all the way through but ended up breaking down finally.  The preview for episode 2 looks far more fun and enjoyable, which is what I had been expecting.
First - what the hell is with the Japanese and Colonel Sanders?!


Second - A handful of random caps from Atashinchi no Danshi 8 & 9 and MR BRAIN 3 - No spoilers )

Other completely random news
1. I guess NEWS isn't going to do the theme for Pi's new drama Buzzer Beat. Instead it will be B'z, so it'll actually be good! I hope this drama will be decent or at least super cheesy. Anything but boring, PLEASE. And can Yamapi have an actual personality? That's be GREAT.
2. Tamaki Hiroshi is dating is co-star from Love Shuffle - THAT'S ADORABLE. Maybe she'll get him to eat a sandwich.
3. Some alley cat was screaming all last night, that combined with the fact I have all this drainage down the back of my throat I got ZERO sleep. Then when I went through the drivethru at Starbuck's this morning I asked for a pepperNUT latte, the employee made fun of me, and threatened to give me a pepperCORN latte. He was cute though, so it's all good.
4. IRAN.

ETA: Lavender looks like a total creeper in the new HBP posters.



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