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It's 3:30AM and I just woke up with a roach on my chest. After freaking out and jumping out of bed and turning the lights on and trying to determine whether it was real or part of a dream, I managed to flush the (very much real) bedroom invader out and kill it. But let's guess how much I want to get back in that bed right now. D:

Also, did last night's Chuck just intentionally reference the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie? Yes, I think it did. (Still, though, I think I might be breaking up with this show once this season is over -- and House, too. It's so gloomy... there's so much from both shows that I used to really cherish, and quite a bit that I enjoy even now, but. Ehhh. I don't know. Enough of it feels like a chore that I start to wonder why I bother. Well, that's probably more true for House than anything; I was really dragging my feet catching up with the past month of episodes, so I finally watched three of them over the weekend and... yeah... :/ And then I haven't watched the finale yet, but based on the reaction in my flist I pretty much have no desire to. I'm not 100% at that point with Chuck yet -- a lot of it is adorable and charming! But then a lot of it is me shaking my fists at the TV in impotent rage, so... I don't know! And yet I did buy a ton of $5 footlongs last season and now I feel weirdly responsible for it being on TV.)


I've made this week my unofficial Use Facebook Statuses to Reminisce About Lost Week, and. And. B'AWWWWW. Every time I go on YouTube to pull up clips I basically want to cry. This is giving the end of Harry Potter a run for its money (and remember the ten-gallon jugs of tears that were cried at the end of that, self? And the whole part where I had to make an emergency bathroom run for like twenty tissues at one point because I was literally starting to drown myself in my epic bawling as I lay in bed reading and crying? UUUGGGGHHHH WHY MUST ALL MY FICTION LEAVE ME IN RUIN AND PAIN. Hopefully at least it is satisfying and rewarding ruin, anyway).

Are any of you doing anything for the finale? I need some food ideas (other than 1) stick Dharma labels on a box; or 2) hot pockets; or 3) fried chicken; or 4) I... there was something else really obvious I had already thought of, but now I've already forgotten it.) I'm sure there are going to be some strawberries and fishcuits, but other than that IDK.
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A thousand gestures of gratitude and affection for the warm birthday wishes and commentspam. I think the post has now reached the point where my computer goes into a brief coma while loading it, so... mission accomplished. :D

I can't believe I'm leaving on my Grand Travel Adventure tomorrow. Tomorrow! TO. MORROW. And, true to form, I still haven't packed anything because ahhhh I hate myself. Whatever. (I'm sort of on schedule, anyway; I had some sewing I wanted to finish up this morning [which I still didn't finish, WHOOPS, but hopefully I'll wrap it up tonight], and then break for lunch, and then I was going to devote a solid three hours to packing, then head out to Wal-Mart for all of the stuff I realize I still need while packing, then finish packing, then nap so that way I can stay up for Lost tonight and yet still get up at 3AM tomorrow so I can catch my flight. So! I just finished the lunch part, and I figure I've earned a brief LJ interlude.)

Also, I KNOW THIS IS EXTREMELY LAME AND WHINY OF ME, but I'm being such a big baby about all of the TV I'm going to miss. I mean, it's inevitable that I would be antsy about missing Lost, but HOLY EFF LOOK AT THESE SPOILERY PREVIEW SCENES FOR THE NEXT EPISODES OF PSYCH AND HOUSE. DAMN IT ALL. I... will... survive... but not without many sighs of frustration and disappointment.

TV I am kind of not all that upset about missing: CHUCK. WE ARE ON A SERIOUS OFF-AGAIN PHASE. Everybody is such a farcical version of themselves right now. It's really depressing. I can't even get properly excited about Casey scenes any more. Also, Chuck? You're kind of an asshole. And definitely a bad boyfriend. Like, okay, I get that that's partially the point of this arc, but I feel like the show is really at its most distasteful right now, so whether or not it is arc-reliant I am starting to lack the motivation to see it through. PLEASE RESOLVE AND REFORM BY THE TIME I RETURN, MMKAY.

TV I am thrilled I got to see before leaving: THE LATEST EPISODE OF LEGEND OF THE SEEKER. I MIGHT POSSIBLY HAVE DIED OF GLEE. Spoilers for 2.13 Princess )
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-Kate/Sayid fans come out of the woodwork; BETHANY REJOICES.

-Completely random vids of amazingness )

-I have also been wasting my life making pointless gifs. This just in: JONAS ARMSTRONG MAKES THE MOST ADORABLE DOOFY FACES EVER. )

OKAY OKAY I'M SEWING NOW. I... I... I really am. (Or maybe I'm going to go watch more Ivanhoe. Hmm. I was kind of slow to warm up to it, but now that I'm a bit over halfway through I'm like OMG OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING?? [I, uh, yeah -- I basically have zero foreknowledge of this text. I didn't even know Robs was actually in it, hahaha HOW UNCULTURED AM I.] Also, ugh, I'm kind of annoyed that the DVD box TOTALLY LIED to me. It says "Runtime: 150 Minutes." So yesterday I put in the first disc over breakfast, watched about 30-40 minutes, went about my day. Before going to bed I was like, hmm, I guess I can finish out the disc -- assuming it's half of the 150 minutes, then I should have less than an hour to watch, right? And yet it went on... and on... and onnnnnn... and ONNNNNNN...! I was determined to at least finish out the disc, but I finally gave up and walked into the kitchen to find that it was 1:30AM or something ridiculous. So, yeah, IMDb says? 270 MINUTES. GO FIGURE. I started on the second disc today so I'd guess that I'm about 65% of the way through.)
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Do they give awards for sheer amount of random stuff browsed online? Because I think I must be subconsciously trying to win one. Of course, this can only mean one thing: LINKSPAM.

- Epic GoFugYourself post is EPICCCCC. This video completes my life:

- Sepinwall and I do not always find ourselves in agreement, but SO MUCH TRUTH RIGHT HERE regarding 3.05: Spoilery for Chuck vs. the First Class )

- [ profile] foto_decadent is one of those places I check on once every year or something, because a lot of it is unremarkable but then there is always a smattering of AWESOME and I prefer to have it in concentrated form. THINGS OF WONDER:
-I've been searching for a new look for my hair, and I think this is totally it.
-Old but fabulous: Claudia Schiffer pin-ups.
-Sorry, I have no other words: LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVEEEEEE.
-Okay, I think a lot of this is too literal but, gosh, gorgeous vintage shoot.

- Why is etsy window shopping so addictive?:
-I'm so used to seeing poorly constructed macaroni-on-construction-paper level stuff on here that, HOLYYYY CRAP, THIS JUST BLEW MY MIND.
-This store sells basically the most superfluous accessories ever and yet now I crave an embroidered ribbon-and-lace collar. :/
-Chuck inspired gifts. Fabulous. I am seriously considering getting the hand grenade soap for my father's birthday.

- Trolling YouTube:
-I always manage to forget that there are a lot of people in RH fandom who are old school Xena fans, too. [ profile] aoxelfrieda's channel is like candy to me right now. XENA/ARES VS. XENA/AUTOLYCUS TO "TWO PRINCES", okay? It doesn't get much better than that.
-Fantastic Ashes to Ashes fan trailer


- Okay, yes, I totally teared up at the De birthday post.

- And because I watched NCIS in the midst of writing this post: ahaaaa, OH TONY. I know sometimes I hate you, but... sometimes? I really, really don't. Those times include when you spend a plane ride making Twilight references and doing William Shatner impressions in the toilet. ♥

ETA: Forgot to post about this, possibly because it does not actually involve a link -- but, no doubt to spite me for writing that last post where I said House's awesome was beginning to wind down, I really enjoyed this week's episode. "That is why Wilson will never mate me." A+++++ Also, House at the computer, going into "work" mode? Please tell me somebody has .gif-ed that already.
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Not watching new White Collar until tomorrow but, after getting caught up with everything yesterday, I felt the need to make a pre-emptive photo post.

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GUYS GUYS GUYS -- okay, so I basically never read Lost fic because, I dunno, there are just some shows that seem to demand fic and some that don't, and Lost has always been one of the latter for me. However! Lately I have been having a huge hankering for Kate/Sayid, AND OH WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT, A TOTALLY PERFECT KATE/SAYID FIC: Ebb by [ profile] cynthia_arrow. Set during early S1, i.e. back when I shipped them for realzies and considered them serious contenders for main show OTP. Gahhh, it is just so gorgeous. (And, seriously, just check out [ profile] cynthia_arrow's entire Lost fic tag, because there is so much wondrous stuff on there. Juliet/Sawyer to die for!)


...My icons at the moment are for all the wrong fandoms.
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Okay, I know that pretty much none of you are Chuck geeks and in general I am flailing into a void, but OMG OMG NEW CHUCK )

ETA: Oh, and also -- I've been working back up on my Lost rewatch, and got through "Enter 77" today. A bunch of them are episodes I haven't actually watched over since they first aired, so it's like WHOOOAAAA, "Stranger in a Strange Land" really is still as lame as I remember it! and WHOOOAAA, "Enter 77" is such a massive boon of Kate/Sayid, I don't know how I managed to forget that!
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New to me TV of 2009. Keep in mind that this is with a self-imposed moratorium on picking up any new TV shows during the fall season, so... this is significantly less unwieldy (significantly more... than it might otherwise have been. Spoilers for: American Idol, Ashes to Ashes, Big Wolf on Campus, Chuck, Crusoe, Dollhouse, Farscape

TV of 2009 )

Aaaand I decided to cut this off because I'm cold and hungry and lazy and will probably never ever never get through the whole thing if I decide to do it as one behemoth of a post (...I am only about a quarter of the way through my shows -- and then you know I'm going to blab like twice as long over Lost and twenty times as long over Robin Hood). So expect future installments soon, picking up with... House! Which I literally never write about any more! And yet somehow I still watch every episode because it is impossible for me to drop a fandom. (PLUS WHAT WHAT WHAT MONDAY'S EPISODE WHAAAAT.)
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Brief things worth noting:


- I volunteer in the membership department for a local tourist-y place, usually doing computer filing and such, and I always manage to find some nerdy joy in a name/address/etc. Today I worked on a file for one Mr. Robert Hood, and last week I handled a change of address form for a couple who were moving from Locksley Lane to Sherwood Lane (I actually had to get slightly stalkery over this one to find out where the streets were, because maybe we have a secret Robin Hood themed community nearby that I have never heard of...??!? But in fact the streets are in two different parts of the county about a thirty minute drive away from each other. Haaaa.)

- ...Okay, that's really all I have to write about. Oh my God my life is so pointless. Off to watch more episodes of The Prisoner so my brain can explode at least once before going to bed...
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Swiped from [ profile] sistergrimm36:

Pick your five favorite TV shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions.
Don't cheat!

(I HATE NARROWING DOWN FAVORITES. This is too hard. I decided to leave off Merlin and Star Trek because I included them in the last meme I did, but it still hurts. And Psych! I thought of it too late!)

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2. Lost
3. Chuck
4. Stargate (I was just going to do Atlantis, but I've been on an SG-1 kick lately so I'll go ahead and smoosh them together)
5. Robin Hood

The questions... Also, um spoilers for all of the shows listed. )
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Spent the day trying to teach myself some embroidery. So far I have learned that 1) I think I need glasses and 2) I'm not very good at embroidery. :/

I'm also catching up on all the greatness currently coalescing at [ profile] rh_drabblefest. God, I love this fandom.

In light of my current Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes phase, I've had the soundtracks for both on constant rotation for the last week or so. You might think it'd be possible to outlisten "Vienna," buuut you would be wrong. At any rate, I feel suddenly moved to compose a semi-tribute to television series that make excellent use of music. (There are some mild spoilers behind the cut, but I've marked what episode each is from in case you're not caught up, and then clips with overly spoilery preview frames are linked instead of embedded.)

The music is weaving... Haunting notes, pizzicato strings... )

And now I have officially spent way too much time on this! This is by no means comprehensive (if so we'd probably be here all week), so please do feel free to contribute your own picks in the comments.
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Continued massive TV catch-up: Chuck! )
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You know, I initially picked up Chuck as my fun happy weekly giggles show, and now somehow it has turned into "that show where I sit curled up in front of the TV in a giant anxious jittery ball of nerves wondering what the hell is going on with all my characters arrrrghhhhh" (which, between this and Robin Hood, I have noticed is starting to become something of a pattern with me. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?)

2.21 Chuck vs. the Colonel; sorry in advance for the extreme capslocking contained within )
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Considering that about 99% of my journal content consists of me fretting over fictional characters, I hope you will appreciate the direness of my situation when I say that right now I am honestly truly disturbed by just how deeply emotionally invested I am in the fate of Chuck. First of all, THIS SHOW CANNOT BE CANCELED. PERIOD. Just. What. I have a hard time accepting that the show is even in this position -- aside from maybe House, I feel like it's the most mainstream/viewer-friendly of all my fandoms. In fact, I mostly got invested because I felt like it was safe, consistent, goofy fun that I could rely on week after week while all the rest of my shows were dropping like flies. (SERIOUSLY GUYS WHAT IS WITH THIS PAST YEAR? Atlantis, The Middleman, Crusoe, Pushing Daisies -- um, just, no. The last thing I need is more cancellation heartbreak.) The only thing I can come up with is that it has a killer timeslot; I'll admit that I don't even watch it live, because I'm watching House instead (but then of course I catch up with Chuck on Hulu which I suppose is a more effective demonstration of my viewership, so...). But if House kills Chuck? UGHHHHHHH.

And then secondly, even assuming the show does get renewed (pleasepleasepleeeeease), I AM SO ANXIOUS ABOUT MONDAY'S EPISODE. Speculation based on the NBC promo )

So. Ahem. Freak-out aside -- I don't know, this is kind of a thing I do every year at this time! A redirection of term project/finals/end-of-school anxieties, I suppose... probably exacerbated this year because I have even more going on in that department! Well, previously it had been jumping into totally new shows (last year SGA, and then the year before Robin Hood), but this time around I think it's just going to be me getting completely reinvested in a super huge way in Chuck. At this point in time any sort of pimp post/Why You Should Watch/10 Awesome Things probably would not make much of a dent in any viewership deficits, but you know what? WHO CARES. I feel inspired to share my love with the wooorld! Also, I know I tend to spend a bit too much time complaining/worrying/angsting over the show, so it feels appropriate to pause and celebrate what I do enjoy about being a fan.

So like I said, I know it's late in the game and there's no obligation to feel pressured to go out and buy the first season and catch up on all of the second season and get invested in everybody and pore over every single episode in the few days between now in the finale -- but if you feel inspired to head over to Hulu and watch an episode or two (although there is some running backstory, the show is fairly episodic), that would make me beyond happy. Or if you just want to scroll through this post and ogle Adam Baldwin, that's cool with me, too.

'If you say pilot of the Millennium Falcon, I will hit you.' 'Why would I say that, that's absurd! I'm going to be a ninja assassin.' )
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Predictable Chuck reaction post is predictable: 2.19 Chuck vs. the Dream Job )
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So I didn't post about Chuck last week because, to be honest, I've been a bit annoyed with the whole "get the Intersect out of my brain" storyline as of late, mostly just because it's phrased in terms of, " I can go back to my old life and learn to loooove again!" Um. Hi. Memo to Chuck: YOUR OLD LIFE SUCKED ASS. PRE-INTERSECT YOU WERE GOING TO BE STUCK WORKING AT BUYMORE UNTIL DEATH. ALSO I'M PRETTY SURE DOMESTICALLY HOOKING UP WITH SARAH POST-INTERSECT IS PROBABLY NOT REALLY A VIABLE OPTION. PSST -- SHE IS STILL A FRIGGEN SPY! I mean, not that I don't think it's an appropriate growth angle for the character to have Chuck learning to appreciate the things he used to take for granted even when he was suffering in miserable mediocrity -- friends, family, being young and carefree -- but I think it needs to be appropriately balanced by the fact that getting a glimpse of this totally different lifestyle has motivated him to move forward with himself and acknowledge all of this unrealized potential, not simply slink back to "the way things were." (I mean, hey, didn't we try to clear this up back in episode one of the season?: Chuck: "Your new Intersect is almost done, and when it is I'm free, I'm cool, I'm clear, I'm outta here, I have a future and a life that I wanna live." Casey: "Future's a dangerous thing, Chuck, doesn't always work out like you want it to.")

But, well, this is all griping to clear the way for the fact that I did actually enjoy this week's quite a lot. Spoilers for 2.18 Chuck vs. the Broken Heart )
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Okay. I know I have been barely posting about House lately. But.

BEST EPISODE EVER. OR NOT EVER, BUT AT LEAST IN A LONG, LONG, POST-AMBER WHILE. OMG. Maybe it's because I've been angsting over so much of my fiction as of late, but this was a beyond perfect example of angst that ends in heartwarming d'awwww and seriously COULD I LOVE WILSON ANY MORE?? NOT. IF. I. TRIED. (And believe you me, I certainly have.) Oh, House/Wilson. Sometimes you are frustrating as hell and sometimes you make me want to EXPLODE WITH GLEE. And sometimes you do both just to get me even more emotional about everything.

...No squee about Chuck because I have to wait and watch it in the morning. :( :( Well, I can go ahead and pre-summarize it for you: CAAAAASEEEEEYYYYYYY!!!!!
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Not having classes on Fridays? Both a bless and a curse. Blessing: HELLO, NO CLASS. Curse: I can't be arsed to get anything done. I even forgot to set an alarm for this morning and didn't get up until almost 8:00. At the very least I'll be trekking over to the library later today to pick up some movies on reserve (Forbidden Planet and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, what up! I also have plans this weekend to rewatch Repo! The Genetic Opera with one of my friends and then watch the recent Byron TV movie with another. Don't worry, it's perfectly natural to be jealous of my clearly awesome taste in viewing materials).

I just rediscovered a rather embarrassingly large stash of American Idol miscellany on my computer, oh dear. Season six... those were the good days... *is in no way rocking out to Blake Lewis right now, of course not*

GUUUUYSSSS CHUCK IS BACK ON MONDAY!!!! FINALLY MORE CASEY! And, you know, Sarah and Chuck and Ellie and Awesome and Lester and Anna and Morgan and Big Mike and Jeff and awesome guest stars and EVERYBODY...! But mostly Casey. Lamely, though, I think I'll have to start watching it online (why why whhhhhhy did House have to move to Mondays?).

And to close, Lost! Spoilers for 5.03 Jughead )


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