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I may have finally reached that age where birthdays are to be dreaded rather than celebrated; but thankfully the internet is an ageless wonder, an anomaly of time and space, and a perfect venue for a "Things That Make Me Happy!" post! AND YOU CAN PLAY ALONG! (Seriously, please do.)

I'll stick with you baby for a thousand years, nothing's gonna touch you in these golden yeeeeeeeaaaaaars!! )

I'd like to keep this open until I leave on Wednesday, so please! Spam away! Picspams, gifs, fanvids, basically anything in the history of ever that you feel like linking to or flailing over... all expressions of joy and happiness are welcome.
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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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In doing my Year in Fiction recap last time, I had the most fun -- and blew the most time! -- doing my TV post; and, as 2008 began drawing to a close, I sincerely looked forward to going through the same process again in putting together a TV of 2008 retrospective. Yet once work actually began... I. Wow. Holy balls, guys. I WATCH SO MUCH FRIGGEN TV. When exactly did that happen? Looking over my post from last year I felt a bit ridiculous about how many new fandoms I had picked up, but between now and then my list has just about tripled. Um. Err. Yeah. Oops? I apologize in advance for the rather epic nature of this post, then. Definitely not dial-up friendly. Spoilers for the most recent seasons of: American Idol, Big Wolf on Campus, Chuck, Crusoe, House M.D., Legend of the Seeker, Life on Mars, Lost, M*A*S*H, Mad Men, Merlin, The Middleman, Psych, Pushing Daisies, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, Star Trek: DS9, Star Trek: TOS.

Television of 2008 )
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From [ profile] dollsome:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you 5 questions.
3. You should then update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You should include this and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed you should ask them 5 questions.

My questions! )
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Generally speaking, I enjoy having my computer area in the more remote reaches of our home. A garage in its early days before being converted to a rec room back in, err, the 70s or so, this room is where I spend about 90% of my waking hours when I'm at home. In addition to playing host to my desk, it also has the laundry area, the only chore in which I take true delight (I actually had a lengthy conversation with my boss over lunch yesterday about the therapeutic qualities of folding bedsheets); the exercise equipment, which I not-so-secretly haaaate and resent but still try to utilize on a regular basis; the second TiVo, which I usually dominate as to not get reprimanded for recording oodles of ridiculous programming on the living room television. Because it's on the other side of the house from everyone else, I don't have to worry about waking anybody up when I stay up late watching TV/movies. I've managed to create quite a comfortable little niche for myself. Until... NOW! (Oh, come on, you knew this story couldn't have a happy ending!)

I came home from work yesterday to discover that the ancient relic of an air conditioner out here (separate from the rest of the house back from its garage period) has ceased to function. In the middle of summer. In the middle of Florida. In the middle of Swampy Sticky Humidity Land. Joy.

I mean, okay. I know life without air conditioning is possible. Theoretically, anyway. Maybe. So I've heard. Sigh.

I feel like this is some sort of karmic payback for my antisocial tendencies or something. "Oh ho, Bethany! So you think you can avoid all human contact? Even from your own family in your own home? I will soon have you crawling back for the sweet, sweet release of cool, refreshing air flow."

However, I am not so easily had. To compensate, I've got an area fan running full blast about a foot from my face (already have both ceiling fans on). It's been working pretty well, as long as I don't move to far away from my computer (which, ha, who am I kidding -- why would I ever be tempted to do that?); except because it's positioned around the side of my desk right next to the CPU, every time I walk back into the room I just hear this loud, whirring WHOOOOSHING sound coming from my computer and have a split second panic where I think my computer fan is going to explode before I remember that, oh yeah. It's coming from the fan that I want to be running on high.

Fandom stuff that I've been valiantly keeping up with despite the heat:
-New Middleman! My usual viewing buddy, my sister, is on vacation for the next few weeks, so I instead wrangled my mom and brother into watching with me. And, well, word to the wise: never watch TV with my family.
Mom: Ooh, look, it's Chrissy!
Brother: Who?
Me: You know... spawn of the Seavers!
Brother: Uhhh??
Me and Mom: *harmonizing* Show me that smile again [ooooh show me that smiiiile!!]... Don't waste another MIIIINUTE on your cryin'!
Also, gosh, I can't even measure how many warm fuzzies I got from this episode. Guuuys they make me so happy that it almost makes me sad (don't get canceled, show!). Also? Best line ever? "Muscle memory, BITCH!" (Mom: Is this show on ABC Family??! Me: Ohhh yeah. Can ya dig it?)
-SG-1! Which... I have somehow started watching. Er. Yeah, I know. I think I blame the fact that there's no new SGA this week, coupled with the S1 marathon of SG-1 on SciFi tomorrow. What better time to catch up, I ask myself? Really, though, I feel like this is the sort of show that I'd rather watch in random, out-of-order spurts because I think if I sat down and tried to watch it all straight through from start to finish I'd get too bogged down by 214 episodes sweet Mary mother of God. Plus, even from my smattering of episodes viewed over the past few months, I already lovelovelove Jonas Quinn and have adopted him as my Official Gay Boyfriend and I don't think I could sit through five whole seasons waiting for him to show up. That said, I feel like I need at least some foundation of show mythology so I can vaguely puzzle out what's happening in any given episode I happen to flip through. I've already gotten pretty good at properly placing them in the show's chronology based on opening credits, Amanda Tapping's hair, etc., but I still do a lot of bzzuhwuhhuh? over Goa'uld/Ori/Anubis/whaaat I have no idea. So backstory first, Jonas Quinn later!

ETA: Oh, and the beautiful irony about being stuck in the sweltering heat? I think I'm starting to get a cold. *cough cough*

HoYay Week!

Feb. 8th, 2008 02:14 am
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So, after my last post, I have decided that it is indeed official: thanks first to watching Psych's "Dis-Lodged" and then to House's "Frozen" and "Don't Ever Change," I declare this past week of television to be the pinnacle of slashiness. Maybe it's something in the air...? Who knows? I'm not one to question my blessings; the Lord works in mysterious ways. Of course this has to be commemorated in picspam form, though.

Psych 2.14, House 4.11-12 )
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Lassiter. Oh, Lassiter. ♥ Welcome back to the fold of my top TV boyfriends. Yes, chicks certainly do dig the sternum bush.

And Psych on Telemundo in ten minutes! The sad thing is that I think I might actually stay up to watch it... ETA: Dammit! I get Univision, not Telemundo. Well, I guess I can't complain because it's not like I'm paying for it anyway, but still. DOWWWNER!

TV of 2007

Jan. 9th, 2008 09:56 pm
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For the third and final part of my Fictional 2007 review, I bring you my year in television shows. This post has been an embarrassingly long time in the making (as evidenced by the fact that I did the first two within the same day and yet have been adding onto this one for the better part of the week), because, wow. I don't think I quite realized just how many new TV shows I've picked up on the wayside. I remember a few years ago making an agreement with myself to limit my major TV fandoms to only House and Lost, because I was HUGELY invested in both of those and didn't think I could make room for another obsession of a similar caliber. And then somehow I justified watching a few summer shows, some reality TV, maybe some educational programming... and holy bejeebies where did all these fandoms come from? I also blame the fact that, through some installation mix-up or something, I've been getting full cable (70+ channels) at school for the past semester despite the fact that I only pay for basic (about 15 channels); and being the terrible person that I am, I've decided to milk the mistake for as long as I can (and, ooh, spooky coincidence -- my Comcast bill literally just popped up in my inbox as I typed this. Weirdly enough, this is one bill I don't get annoyed at paying; instead, I get excited about having another month of TV!!! :D Yes, I am in desperate need of a life).

Caution: contains lots of large-ish images, as well as spoilery discussion of the most recent seasons of Lost, House, Robin Hood, Psych, Star Trek: TOS, Star Trek: DS9, American Idol, and Pushing Daisies

Part Three: Television )
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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!


-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 [ 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.

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!
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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."
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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.
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As of late, I've become way too invested in way too many TV shows. Even if it's something that I'm recording, I still drop everything when it comes on, because it would be impossible to wait a moment longer to watch it (okay, lie! Sometimes I'll let it record for about fifteen minutes so I can fast forward through the commercials. But you get the idea). And now I'm trying to deal with my ever expanding list of TV boyfriends. My TV boyfriend was initially open to only one person at a time, but it has become too difficult to juggle back and forth between which one is cooler each week. I've settled on having one TV boyfriend from each show that I'm currently following, which seems reasonable enough. Some were harder to narrow down than others, but I managed to come up with my final list -- complete with lovely visual aids!

This list is longer than is probably healthy, but I just can't help it! )
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Stolen from [ profile] crumpeteer: List ten fictional characters you would have sex with are attracted to in a family-friendly fashion (in no particular order) and tag 5 people to do the same. You don't have to include pictures but it'd be nice because looking at hot people is fun. For the purpose of eye candy, I'll only include people that I can share pictures of.

Much loveliness behind the cut )


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