I hope all my fellow Christmas celebraters enjoyed their festivities. I know I did! And I hope everyone else enjoyed their weekends!

It's done snowing for the season now, right?

Finally I can post some pictures of my recent adventures in the world of knitting. They were Christmas gifts (minus the green hat), so I had to keep it on the DL. photographic evidence )

Next up is learning how to cable. I'm scared!

Finally managed to finish Hotaru no Hikari 2 and I pretty much don't have any feelings about it. For as much as I loved the first season, I have a distinct lack of any reaction for the second. It's not even that I disliked it or was bored. It was cute, there just didn't seem to be any point to it. We got eleven new episodes and what had changed? Hotaru didn't actually change at all until the last 15 minutes when she decided to start vacuuming. So, I ask you, what was the point?

ETA: LOVED the Doctor Who Christmas Special. I thought it was lovely and Matt Smith was excellent. I'm pretty psyched for the new season, which is great. Because, while I enjoyed the last one fine, I wasn't blown away by it by any means.
I made some Christmas cookies recently and took some crappy pictures, and now I'm going to share them! They weren't anything complicated. Far from it, actually. Kind of lazy, white-trash-ish even? I made Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies and Peppermint Bark. The chocolate cookies were made using cake mix, so pretty much the only thing easier is to just go ahead and buy the already made dough and slice (or break off) yourself some cookies. Peppermint Bark is made with white chocolate, which can't really be called chocolate, but I love peppermint. One of my favorite things about Christmas-time is Fannie May Peppermint Ice (and peppermint ice cream. YUM).

It was all edible in the end. Success! )

Things I need to do:
  • Buy something for our extended family grab bag. It's all for laughs, but I'm having a hard time coming up with something. I'm thinking about a giant bouncy ball I saw at Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Finish Hotaru no Hikari 2 so I can make my year end drama list. I haven't watched any dramas since the beginning of November. It's crazy. I have been watching a LOT of Psych and I'm kind of in love with Gus, fyi.

  • Bitch about how Community didn't get a Golden Globe nomination. It's ridiculous.

My car started yelling at me about the air pressure in my tires yesterday , so I went to four different gas stations last night after work. The first one ate my money and didn't work, the second one at least had an "out of order" sign up, the third one didn't have an air pump, and the fourth was having it's parking lot repaved. I finally gave it up as a lost cause and went home.
I haven't been sicksick in years. The last time I was bed-ridden sick was back during my freshman year of college. I got some kind of gastrointestinal bug and had to be hospitalized for a few days. That was the time I went to the ER and they were trying to figure out what was wrong with me so not only did I get a Surprise!Papsmear they also snuck a pregnancy test on me. The doctor was all "You're not pregnant" and I was all "DUH".

And then they made me drink some disgusting iodine beverage that would dye my insides for an MRI. I downed the entire big gulp because I hadn't been able to eat or drink anything up until that point without throwing up. Then I was hooked up to an IV which made things really difficult. And... the story gets super gross from this point on so I'm just going to stop. :x

But that was... *counts fingers*... QUITE SOME TIME AGO. And since then, I haven't missed school or work for illness. But every winter I get some mild-ass cold that just holds on to me for dear life. Doesn't keep me from doing anything, it's just enough to be annoying. But now I've self-diagnosed myself with winter allergies. It explains a lot, the headaches, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose, so I've decided I'm right.

It probably doesn't help that my rental is super old. I just turned on the furnace yesterday to discover it wasn't working. It's been pretty warm here, so in the interest of saving money I sucked it up and just put on some layers. But then it snowed and I decided I should probably go ahead and turn the heater on so my pipes don't burst.

It then proceeded to blow cold air out WHICH DIDN'T HELP. But I'm getting a new one tomorrow. So it's all good.


Oh how I love you, show ♥
I don't think I can put into words how happy I am that winter is coming to an end. I've self-diagnosed myself with S.A.D. as when the sun finally appeared after weeks upon weeks of dreary grey sky I could physically feel my spirits lift. Plus, I only had to wear a jacket to work today! This is awesome! Although now that the snow is melted I can see all the leaves that didn't get raked up :(

This weekend was fairly productive as I got a start on my spring cleaning. I've decided to stay in the place I'm living (I've moved the last three years once my lease is up) so I figured it was time to start unpacking. I first tackled my desk area which had become a resting spot for all the crap I didn't know what to do with. The next think I'll tackle will be the wardrobe I refinished last summer this is currently housing bins of books, crafts, and misc items. It's a mess. Also! I put up curtains!

After watching Fantasy Couple and compiling the subsequent Anna picspam, I've REALLY wanted to try jjajangmyun. So, that was my other mission besides cleaning this weekend. This called for a trip to the international grocery store on the other side of town. I'd only been in there once before just to look around, but this time I had specific needs in mind. In particular, I needed black bean paste, which I learned is not in fact made from black beans, but rather fermented soy beans. I also decided to try my hand at ddukboki while I was at it so I grabbed some red pepper paste and rice cakes.

Success? )

Spoilers for Dal Ja's Spring )

Randomly watched the end of the Oscars last night since I couldn't sleep. SO happy The Hurt Locker won for Best Movie. Avatar looked spectacular but there really wasn't any meat there. After watching The Hurt Locker... let's just say I don't remember feeling quite so tense after finishing a movie in quite some time. It really pulled you into the landscape and the emotions and didn't even need 3-D to do it.

Finally got around to watching The Hangover this weekend and it was pretty funny. Not the be all and end of al comedic movies as other people were proclaiming, but enjoyable. Watched 17 Again and that was a goofy time. That Efron kid is actually pretty funny.
First, if you haven't voted here, go now! I need help classifying all our great drama boyfriends.

I saw the new Sherlock Holmes movie this weekend and it was very fun. Granted, the extent of what I know about Holmes canon can be summed up here. But I did see it with [livejournal.com profile] csense_ilinmn who has been reading the stories since we were in diapers and she loved it too. There are hints of the original, she told me, but it is very much a Hollywood take on the whole thing.

The actual 'mystery' was pretty lacking, but the effects were great. I'm really glad I saw it on the big screen. Having said all that, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law were fantastic. They MADE the movie.

Finally had some time to clean the house today. I feel a lot better. One of the many things I hate about winter is not being able to open the windows. Everything feels so stale. Yuck.

Up through episode 8 of What Happened in Bali and am really enjoying it (and dreading what is to come, of course). But really, Korea, isn't it a little early to start busting about the flashbacks? Especially for stuff that happened about two scenes ago.

Also, none of So Ji Sub's suits are tailored properly and it's driving me crazy. He constantly looks like a little kid trying on daddy's clothes.
rosdrise: (deerman - mirror)
We are getting some crazy ass weather in my parts today. For anyone that has lived in an area that experiences tornadoes, you know exactly what I'm talking about when I mention the way the sky looks during tornado weather. It's bright and cloudy all at the same time. It's very eery. The sky looked just like that this morning, the only difference is that when conditions are right for a tornado you don't get any wind. This morning, the clouds were churning something fierce. I got into the office having only to drive through a few sprinkles. According to anyone that has gone out since 8:30 this morning we have some sideways blowing SNOW.

Note: I hate winter. Snow and ice are some of my least favorite aspects of it. They may be pretty but they are more of a hassle than anything. Give me 50-80 degree weather everyday and I'm as happy as a clam. No White Christmas for me, THANK YOU.

All of these year-end drama rankings and polls my flist (and dramabeans) are putting up have really made me think about the way I approach dramas. I always pick up these idol dramas thinking that they are going to be fun and I ALWAYS end up disappointed when they are so hollow (Mei-chan, Atashinchi no Danshi, ETC). I need to stop devoting time to them, because I always regret it. And even the ones that seem promising, like Buzzer Beat was in the early days, lose steam by the end and I just don't care.

Case and point: You Are Beautiful and IRIS started airing around the same time. I watched the first episodes and made the choice to follow YAB and hold off on IRIS. I finish YAB and it was... fine. I know a lot of people are going ape-shit crazy for it at the moment, and it was a very nice romantic comedy. But it wasn't the be all and end all of dramas. I've seen better. And I could have been watching something better if I'd kept up with IRIS. A fact I discovered upon watching the second episode and really enjoying it.

To make good on this new promise to myself to watch some quality shows, I've picked Bara no nai Hanaya back up. I watched the first episode back when it first aired at the beginning of 2008. It got shelved because my jdrama plate was FULL at that time. I am proud to say that it didn't get pushed aside in favor of crap. Two of the dramas I watched instead (Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi and One Pound Gospel - though that one was a JE vehicle) are two of my favorite dramas. Though the other one, Hachimitsu to Clover was a disappointment. But after rewatching the first episode and TEARING through the next two last night I am SO SAD that I dropped it. Because Bara no nai Hanaya is making a very strong play for a top spot on my drama rankings.

Bara no nai Hanaya is the story of a single father, Eiji, raising his daughter and running a flower shop. One day he meets a blind woman, Mio, who has just moved into the neighborhood and they begin a lovely journey of friendship and blossoming romance. The only problem is she ISN'T BLIND and has been hired by his dead girlfriend's father so he can get his revenge for something Eiji did. Mio almost instantly regrets getting involved because Eiji appears to be the perfect man: sweet, loving, and an excellent father. But we are starting to get glimpses of what must be a darker past.

IT'S JUST SO GOOD. After finishing YAB and it's 2-D characters it's infinitely fulfilling watch characters that could be real people. Mio is a wonderful example of this. She is in turn joking and dead serious, nervous and forthright. It's fantastic. And Eiji's daughter Shizuku is not only adorable but is played by possibly the best child actress I've seen in a LONG TIME. It definitely helps that she is written so well, because often children are written as too precocious to believe (or stand). But Shizuku along with the rest of the cast could easily live in our world. I'm very excited to watch more.

ETA: I am VERY UPSET at the issues viikii is having at the moment. I really want to see episode 21 of Smile, You. I've seen screencaps and I'm dying to see for myself what goes down between my secondary OTP.

ETA AS WELL: I recently read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and all I can say is... how happy am I not to be a woman in 19th century China!?



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