snowystingray: (psych quote)
In typical lazy me fashion, I'm waiting until the first week of the new year is almost over to usher out 2007 properly. The majority of the memes circling about seemed to be more focused on real life events, which. Blah. I'm guessing you probably don't want to read about mine (I don't even want to read about them), so here instead is my Fictional 2007: A Year of Books, Movies, and TV Shows.

Part One: Books )

...And you know, it would probably make things a lot easier if I just posted about these things as I read them, instead of waiting until the last minute to throw all my thoughts together. At this rate, I think I'm just going to split movies and television into separate posts, because otherwise this could go on for quite some time. So look for parts two and three in the near future!
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OH MY GOSH IT IS TIME FOR SOME FLAILING OVER A FANDOM THAT I'M PRETTY SURE NOBODY ELSE ON MY FLIST SHARES BUT I DON'T REALLY CARE BECAUSE I JUST HAVE TO SQUEE ABOUT IT!!!

Despite my frequent gushing over many shows, for the most part the only TV I watch on any given day is Jeopardy! It's a nice break because I can watch TV while still convincing myself that I'm doing something productive ;) Also, my future career plan is to take the Ken Jennings route in life and suffer through some boring job for a few years before hitting it rich on Jeopardy! so I can afford to sit at home on the computer all day and maintain an awesome blog. And maybe write a book or two if I feel like it. So anyway, every night at 7:30, I plop down on my bed for some quality time with Alex Trebek.

Tonight I turned on the TV a few seconds late, so I missed the intro and jumped right into Alex's opening few sentences. When he started talking about what an exciting special few shows were coming up, my first thought was, "Ugggghhh not another Kids/Teen/College Tournament!!" because seriously those weeks are the hardest for me to deal with when all the life is sucked out of my reliable old show and replaced with inane categories about all the "hip" stuff kids are into these days. LAME. My groans soon turned into squeals of delight, however, when I realized that it was actually time for THE TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS!! YESSS!!!!

Way back in May I very very quickly fell for an adorable Jeopardy! contestant. I even added him to my list of TV boyfriends, but alas! it was not meant to be, because he lost that same week. I consoled myself with the thought that he would probably make it to this year's ToC, though, so as soon as I realized it started tonight I couldn't help but go, "OMG MEHRUN ETEBARI HAD BETTER BE ON THIS WEEK!!!!" AND THEN THEY PANNED TO THE CONTESTANTS AND IT GOT EVEN BETTER, BECAUSE HE WAS TOTALLY ON TONIGHT!

...aaand then once again I jinxed him and he lost :( Sadness. Oh well he is still SO TOTALLY FANTASTIC AND OMG HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT HE HAD SO MANY CUTE MOMENTS IN A TWENTY MINUTE PROGRAM?? MY TWO FAVOURITE BITS:

-During the interview, they asked the contestants about how their previous Jeopardy! winnings affected their lives. He mentioned the internet reaction, and how a lot of old friends/classmates/teachers e-mailed him after they saw him on the show. And then... and then... OMG. He was like, "Yeah, and some of them were a little bit weirder. A random schoolteacher e-mailed me that she had a dream in which we were teaching class together in the middle of a tornado." LOLOLWTF BUT IT GETS BETTER! "And then some girl wrote in her blog--" AND I AM LIKE "OMG IT WAS TOTALLY ME AHAHAHAHA!!!" (Because I posted about him in this journal, as well as [livejournal.com profile] kenjennings) But it wasn't. Oh well, it was still funny: "Some girl wrote in her blog that I replaced her celebrity crush of Ben Affleck because of my awesome unibrow."
-Edited for accuracy, thanks to the wonderful J! Archive: One of the clues in the Double Jeopardy category "'Think' About It" was "Title question in a 1979 No. 1 hit by Rod Stewart, & the answer ahead of time is 'Yes'" AND OH MAN THERE IS A GOD BECAUSE MEHRUN TOTALLY ANSWERED IT!!
Mehrun: What is... "Do You Think I'm Sexy?"
Alex: Yes!
Mehrun: I know you do, Alex.
Me: OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE!!!!

Since I know I'm probably the only one who watched and fangirled the show tonight, I provide pictoral evidence of his super hot eyebrows, courtesy the Jeopardy! website. They also have a fairly adorable video interview up. Oh man it gets even lamer as I begin to stalk him on facebook... I am so tempted to ask to be his friend!
snowystingray: (star trek)
I've had some odd synchronicity going on in my life lately. For starters, I unconsciously coordinated the past week around Venice: we just finished reading The Merchant of Venice in class, and I watched the film with Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino on Saturday; last week I also watched Summertime, the David Lean film with Katharine Hepburn; and I've been rereading Brideshead lately, and am almost at their trip to Venice. The next movie on my list of things to get from the library is Venus, which almost kind of sounds like Venice (okay, now I am stretching it).

Then on Monday night, the final Jeopardy! clue included something about Emile Zola, and I thought, "Doesn't Paul Muni play him in a movie that I keep meaning to watch? I wonder when it is going to be on." The very next morning I checked my e-mail: "TCM Reminder:Life Of Emile Zola, The 1937 playing on Tue. October 23." That same morning I was down at breakfast eating with a friend, who randomly mentioned something about A Midsummer Night's Dream. "Oh!" I said. "That's the next thing we're reading in class, actually." Then I went upstairs and changed the day on my Forgotten English calendar, only to have the vocabulary word and historical tidbit both be about A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Weird, right? Maybe life is trying to tell me something.... Oh well; I will ignore the urgings of fate (whatever they may be) and instead steal a meme from [livejournal.com profile] foolshavepride.

New, fresh to death meme )
snowystingray: (shawn spencer)
Perpetuating the meme isn't really necessary, but if you would like for me to choose some of your interests, just ask!

Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post your this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

My seven interests; no pictures, but a bunch of YouTube videos )

Now back to being productive. And by "being productive" I mean "sitting in front of my computer eating ramen and watching House/Wilson videos on YouTube."
snowystingray: (detective carlton lassiter)
Any other Jeopardy! nerds lurking around here? I'm quite disappointed that Mehrun lost today -- and I was all ready for him to fill one of my rapidly thinning TV boyfriend positions. Le sigh. It's probably all my fault, too, because I have a tendency to jinx every contestant that I want to win.
snowystingray: (this is my well)
2004, a year in review (stolen from lots and lots of people):

1. What did you do in 2004 that you'd never done before?
I started driving by myself.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don't recall making a New Year's resolution. If so, I'm sure it was "Stop playing Solitaire all the time!" And, yes, I kept it, because now I'm playing *Free Cell* all the time (it's different, I swear!). I suppose my new resolution should be "Stop playing Free Cell all the time." Of course, I am playing Free Cell right now...

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousin had her baby in January, I believe.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope.

5. What countries did you visit?
I haven't left America in ages.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?
A plan for the future would be nice.

7. What dates from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
November 30: OMG no more KenJen!! ::dies::

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Passing my driving test and managing to avoid major accidents thus far.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Um...? I'm not sure. I don't think I had any giant failures this year.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Well, at the beginning of the year I was still recovering from my terrible leg infection of unknown origin. Other than that, I've only had normal colds every so often.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Er? I can't recall any major purchases I made this year... Just DVDs, CDs, and books. Oh! Probably "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower," because it FINALLY got me started on the series.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My brother, for behaving himself in the car.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
A few of the people on A-Team.

14. Where did most of your money go?
See 11)... DVDs, CDs, and books.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Not much, actually. I guess I was excited about PoA. Oh, and of course I was excited about meeting [livejournal.com profile] katwm80 (ack, I still need to buy her present!). Currently, I am very very excited about the RotK extended edition.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?
I am drawing a blank... I really cannot think of one.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? About the same.
b) thinner or fatter? I think I am a little bit fatter.
c) richer or poorer? I never have any money.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I wish I had talked to people more.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Less sitting around and doing nothing.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
At home, with everybody except for my sister who will be...? I'm not sure. I think she was going to spend Christmas with her boyfriend.

21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
I never talk on the phone. Like, ever.

22. Did you fall in love in 2004?
No, I can't say that I did.

23. How many one-night stands?
None.

24. What was your favourite TV program?
"Lost," of course.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Well, there are some people that I don't like as much this year as I did last year. I can't say that there is anybody that I hate, though.

26. What was the best book you read?
Probably "Lieutenant Hornblower." I also read a lot of Dumas this year, which was of course excellent.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Maurice Jarre. Okay, that definitely doesn't count as a "discovery," but this year was when I first bought a CD with his music on it.

28. What did you want and get?
A ton of books.

29. What did you want and not get?
Horatio Hornblower DVD set. Hopefully, that will change on Christmas... ::crosses fingers::

30. What was your favourite film of this year?
My favourite film that I saw in theatres this year? RotK. However, it didn't actually come out this year, so I know it doesn't count. I'm not sure if I really have a favourite film this year. I did enjoy "Napoleon Dynamite" a lot. Actually, I'm surprised that I don't seem to have any Napoleon fans on my f-list...

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I had a party and forced people to watch TTT because I am evil. Oh, and I made them watch the ABC special where Dom rips of Billy's chest hair. My friends love me. I turned sixteen.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More KenJen? More LotR? I don't know, really... All good things have to come to and end, right?

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?
A few more colours (expanding beyond blue), way too many shopping sprees at the Disney store. Which reminds me! I bought the most fantastic shirt ever yesterday. It's a Camp Wanahakaloogi shirt. I love it. I am wearing it tomorrow.

34. What kept you sane?
Not much.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
So many to choose from...! My favourite new public figure this year was probably Ken Jennings. I also developed a fascinated with Omar Sharif, I suppose he could be included on the list...

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Gay marriage, probably.

37. Who did you miss?
I miss talking to Lisa. She is always busy with school these days...

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I don't think I really met any new people this year, come to think of it.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004.
It's okay to be a geek.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"Maybe in you I'll believe, maybe I'll believe in you." Just kidding. That doesn't have anything to do with my year. I've just been listening to it repeatedly over the past three weeks.
snowystingray: (this is my well)
Nobody noticed my hair cut. I'm disappointed. Actually, I shouldn't be surprised, because when I was in ninth grade I got my hair cut more than a foot and nobody noticed that either. My hair is rather unremarkable.

I don't know how I'm going to be able to watch "Jeopardy!" tonight without turning into a blubbering freak. TV will just never be the same, I tell you! I'm going to wear black tomorrow and be in mourning.
snowystingray: (sun god)
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Things I have to be thankful for:

-My parents bought me the PoA DVD on Tuesday
-I bought "Want Two" yesterday
-Everybody else is out at a 5K this morning, so I can look at "Lost" screencaps instead of doing my homework
-My homework isn't due until Monday, so I don't feel bad about putting it off
-Ken Jennings is back on "Jeopardy!"
-The library is closed until Saturday, so I have an extra day to watch my movies
-It's almost Christmas, aka the Best Holiday Ever
-I just won a game of FreeCell (finally!)
snowystingray: (this is my well)
Mm. I love TV. Where else can you watch Ken Jennings, Michael Rosenbaum, and Laurence Oliver, all at the same time? Oh, and I also happen to love Ken Jennings, Michael Rosenbaum, and Laurence Oliver. No Ken tonight, though. I do actually like the college tournament because it makes me feel smart. I doubt if there is any Laurence to be found on tonight, but Lex is definitely on my viewing schedule for the evening. Plus, "Lost" with leik omg tons of that totally hott redneck guy yaaay!!1!

Actually, I should really be reading "A Tale of Two Cities" right now. I'm not reading it for anything other than my own pleasure, but I think we are starting a new book in English next week and I would like to finish this one before I start on something else. So far I've only read to the first trial, which means it is almost time for one of my favourite parts--the Sydney/Charles dinner scene. And what a coincidence; that's another thing that I love!

Not having homework puts me in such a fantastic mood. So much time, so few productive activities to engage in...!
snowystingray: (pouting is hot (if you're horatio))
Apparently Conan O'Brien is gone from Comedy Central forever. Needless to say, this blows. People such as myself who have to get up rather early and can't afford to stay up all night to watch television are getting screwed out of their daily dose of the Cone Zone. There is a petition if any of you are interested in signing, but it doesn't matter. TV is dead. Wah, boo, his, etc. etc.

At least the new season of Jeopardy! starts tonight ::waves her "I [heart] KenJen" banner:: I'm glad we got power back this morning (it was out all last night) so I can be sure to watch it this evening.

Since school is canceled for tomorrow, "Xena" is also back in my viewing schedule. Yes, I am sad. Such is life.

I want some soup.
snowystingray: (the prisoner of azkaban)
I feel bad. I really haven't had that much to post about... Random things that I feel like sharing:

Does anybody here watch Jeopardy regularly? If so, did you watch it on Monday? Man, that was the funniest. The category was about dolls, and the clue was something about a person who made doll version of celebrities, "including the pop culture icon seen here." The picture that they had was very clearly of an Andy Warhol doll; he had the hair, the glasses, and even a Campbell's soup can T-shirt on. One of the guys rings in and asks, "Who is Harry Potter?" Ah, you poor man. You have no idea how much you just made my day.

I also finished reading "Princess in Love" today in class. Man. It is scary how much Lilly is like my sister. I am more of a Mia myself, aside from the whole freaked out about the way she looks (while I wouldn't say I am exactly thrilled about my figure flaws, I am more or less used to them by this point in my life). Also, there isn't any perfect guy in my life for me to fall head over heels in love with and other such nonsense. Poor me. One of the things I liked the most about this book (and all of them, actually) is Mia's silly poetry. It's so great. My personal favourite: "Roses are red/Cherries are redder/She may clone fruit flies/But I like you better." That is the sort of stuff that should be in our literary magazine (I am typing it up right now in class and almost everything in there is really... sort of... bad...).

I was going to complain about how everybody thinks I have psychological problems, but I won't... Argh! New thing to complain about! I just remembered. We were supposed to have review sessions for the AP Psychology test, and our teacher said that they would make announcements for when they were. However, today during announcements they said something about the last review session being next week and only lasting thirty minutes...? Say what? I mean, I still have my book and notes and stuff, but I kind of wanted to go anyway. Oh well. Everybody says that it is the easiest AP test.

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