snowystingray: (kdrama - the vineyard man)
Ugh. Post-drama depression. In case you missed the flailing betwixt [ profile] lalumena and yours truly, I finally managed to watch all of "Dream High." AND EVEN THOUGH I JUST WENT THROUGH BASICALLY AN ENTIRE ROLL OF TOILET PAPER TO MOP UP MY ENDLESS TEARS, IT WAS ALL SO GOOD! ...Except that I am, as usual, an utter failure when it comes to ships. It's downright pathological. Also, one day I will get used to how lackluster and unsatisfying kdrama kisses are -- BUT TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY. UGH, GUYS, WHAT IS THIS LIPS-BARELY-TOUCH-WITH-ZERO-EMOTION THING? AND WHY DID I HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH IT TWICE IN ONE DRAMA? Brb off to rewatch old bits of "Secret Garden" for some proper make-outs.

Double ugh (this time directed solely at myself): I'm so far behind on e-mails/comments/letters that my goal for today was "do nothing except for write to people," and yet the only part of that I managed to accomplished was "do nothing."
snowystingray: (TARDIS)

Okay, sleep time now.
snowystingray: (marian - running up that hill)
So Iljimae, that show that was pimped to me as "kdrama Robin Hood"? Yeah, I'm three episodes in AND IT'S TOTALLY GREAT.


I'm three episodes in and it also totally has its own Guy/Marian brewing.






Please expect all of my posts for the next week or two to be anguished tears.

(And, oh man, it's so devastating because so far the rest of the drama is super delightful! There's a Robin-esque lead who is rascally and impudent but also super cute and rakish and loveable and great! And a female Alan a Dale peddler of adult entertainments! And parenting angst and daddy issues out the wazoo! ...And yet all I will be able to do is focus on the never-meant-to-be, dark-side, anti-OTP. WHAT IS MY LIFE.)

(Oh, and in other emotional turmoil news, I'm also almost done with Mockingjay auuuugggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. GUYS, PLEASE REC ME SOMETHING CUTE AND HAPPY AND ADORABLE TO READ/WATCH.)
snowystingray: (kdrama - the vineyard man)
Hello, livejournal! How is life going? I am trying to keep up with my resolution to be more communicative... which should involve posting at least once a week... so! Things!

-I know that in my last post I mentioned starting The Vineyard Man, and... uhhh... I already finished it? Like three days ago? BUT IT WAS SO GOOD. Okay, so I do love kdramas for all of their excessive cliches and overused tropes, but sometimes it is nice to take a break from genderswap/chaebols/etc. and just have a cute, simple, refreshing character piece. Also, it's basically just about a bunch of rednecks and old people so it made me homesick like whoa. But in a good way? I've adjusted to city life much more than I thought I would be able to, but b'awwww I miss living in the (sort of) country and getting stuck behind tractors on the way to work and eating fruit straight from the trees (my first year missing peak citrus season since I was in elementary school, boohoooooo). I even miss pulling weeds, and just having a patch of dirt to stick my hands into. Anyway, I am now more determined than ever to make a Korean countryside excursion as soon as it warms up a bit (so... like two months from now, fml. GO AWAY, WINTERRRR). ANYWAY. A++++ drama, would highly recommend even to those not fully indoctrinated into kdrama shenanigans (so far I think that makes only The Vineyard Man and Sungkyunkwan Scandal that I would place into that category. BUT GO FORTH AND WATCH!! I am determined to convert at least one person out of all y'all, gosh darn it).

-Okay, I guess this is just going to turn into a "b'awww homesick" post because, uhhh, other things that I am super mega missing right now -- MY SEWING MACHINE. Realistically speaking, I guess it doesn't make much sense to want one here because it's not like I have a ton of time to use it, but I just miss making stuff, and doing work that involves tangible production. Also, as usual, FFFFFFFFFF KOREA EVERY TIME I SEE THE WORDS "FREE SIZE" MY RAGE IS JUST INSTANT AND ALL-ENCOMPASSING, IT IS DOWNRIGHT PAVLOVIAN. Well, this has come about in kind of a round-about way, so let me back up for a moment.

Next month -- birthday month! Next month -- also Big Bang Big Show month! HMMMMM. Perhaps you can guess where this is headed. Yes, that's right, once again I am blowing my hard-earned money on a kpop concert, celebrating my continued journey into adulthood by rocking out like a tween girl. The timing is just too perfect, though! How could I say no? Anyway, last time I kind of wanted to dress the part but didn't really have time to pull anything together. This time I'm going with one of my friends from here in Daegu and we are both determined to come up with awesome outfits. I have already picked mine out! But, alas, NO SEWING MACHINE GODDAMMIT. Anyway, I have a super mega longing to go as the Alice in Wonderland girl from Seungri's new music video (whhhhyyyyyy is it that I'm always like, "lol Seungri you are so ridiculous/annoying/the little brother I want to punch in the mouth" and yet whenever his solos come out I'm like, "ummm just kidding this is totally my jam." STOP TROLLING ME, KPOP).

It'd be super easy to make, right? Mannnnn. Life sucks. So anyway, I was looking into maybe buying individual pieces... or, alternately, Teacher Friend and I were thinking about going as the black-and-white harlequin girls (with wigs??? Maybe???? ...Probably not). Doing some online window shopping for individual pieces, though, is like arrrrrrgggghhhhh WHY IS EVERYTHING FREE SIZE. I go through the measurements and it's like, hmmm, I guess the bust is okay... I guess the waist is okay... I guess the hips are -- wait -- the hips -- --- is that number for real -- WHY ARE THE HIPS SO MUCH SMALLER THAN THE BUST?? WHY IS EVERYTHING FREE SIZE WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY??????????

-Still working on Mockingjay. It's not quite gripping me in the way that Catching Fire did? I don't know, I'm only about a third of the way through, though.

-So... yeah... starting a new kdrama. Iljimae! It's like Korean Robin Hood! YESSSSSSS.
snowystingray: (kpop - g-dragon)

(Seriously, I've never ever never had a problem with this, and now for the last two or three weeks it is like SLEEP WILL NEVER COME ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH HOW IS IT ALMOST 5AM AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. And before you advise me that, well, getting off the internet is a great first step towards going to sleep -- dudes, I only turned to the internet as a last resort after pointlessly lying in bed for almost three hours, and yet now it has failed me in my hour of need anyway. FML.)
snowystingray: (amy - sent a dream to you last night)
Sitting in sweatpants and a Star Trek t-shirt, eating ramen from a giant metal mixing bowl, drinking an apple juice box, and watching old episodes of We Got Married... is this what adulthood feels like?

(Hopefully a proper update later this evening when I'm not being a total bum. BUT OMFG KHUNTORIAAAAAA. I swear I was only going to watch one episode and yet somehow I'm already on episode six. I think I started getting into the show around maybe... episode nine or ten? So I'm almost caught up? But I will probably just end up rewatching stuff anyway, THEY ARE SO F'ING CUTE.


snowystingray: (Default)
I think I've finally decided to catch up with S4 Mad Men. This is basically just a forewarning to expect the flood of "DON FUCKING DRAAAAAAPER!!!!!!!!"s to return. (And through some grand cosmic irony, his current paramour is named Bethany ahahahaaaahaaaaaa WHY NO YOU ARE TAINTING MY NAME.)

ETA: Oh, but I finally finished Sungkyunkwan Scandal (I put off the last episode for over a week because I just didn't want it to enddddd, b'awww) and THIS SHOW IS SO GOSH DARNED PERFECT. Most of my quibbles just have to do with wishing that it was longer so certain storylines could have gotten more resolution, but overall EEEEEE AMAZING EEEEEEEE. :D :D :D

ETA2: PETEPETEPETEPETE how I have missed that little bitch. (But, omg, so glad -- in so many ways -- that I am not watching this show along with fandom.)

ETA3: Okay, so certain aspects of my work life have been kind of crap lately, but today was nice and I feel the need to record that for Future Me to look upon the next time I have a moment of COMPLETELY DESPAIRING OF EVERY CHILD EVER, AUUUGGGGGHHHHH. Anyway. In my elementary class, we were finishing up a story where the two leads get paired off by the end, and the closing lines are an exchange of "I love you"s. The kids all squabbled over who would have to read that page, because -- "No, Teacher! NO! NO!!! Ew! I can't read!" Bahaaaaaaha they were all so embarrassed and scandalized, it was beautiful. ("Dirty! Very dirty!" one of my students declared.) Then I had them brainstorm ideas for what might happen after the story ends, and every single one somehow ends with a killer/killing/everyone dies. I asked them to come up with at least one happy ending, so somebody suggested that maybe they got married and had one hundred babies. Umm...? Probably not happy for her uterus, but close enough -- and then of course somebody chimed in with, "And then, they are die!" OMG, I FINALLY UNDERSTAND KDRAMAS NOW. Expressions of love = bad, lots of dead bodies = good. Right. And then because it was Pepero Day, I got some boxes of candy from a couple of my middle schools boys and, ahahaha, they were so hilariously awkward and embarrassed about it, like it physically pained them to do something sweet for me (and I'm guessing that most of them only did it because their moms made them). Also, Tuesday, I got the best excuse ever for a missing homework assignment: "I AM DO! But... my book ran away."
snowystingray: (star trek - spock/mccoy)
Last night, I finally finished every episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series. I MISS STAR TREK SO MUCH, WORDS CANNOT EVEN CONVEY THE MAGNITUDE OF THE ENTERPRISE-SHAPED HOLE IN MY LIFE.

I made chocolate chip pancakes for dinner tonight. So glad that I am capable of making reasonable, adult decisions on my own. (BUT, OMG, I ACTUALLY KNOW HOW TO -- AND LIKE TO -- COOK THINGS ON MY OWN. For all who know me, this is a day that most thought would never come. Well, errr, better twenty-two years late than never? At least this justifies all of those conversations I used to have with my mom, where she would say, "Here, why don't you come learn how to cook something?" and I'd say, "Uggghhhhh, no, do I have to???" "Well, what are you going to do when you're all by yourself and nobody is there to make food for you?" "Whatever, I'll just learn how to do it then." "...CHILD...!!!" Pssht, Mom, whatever, I WAS TOTALLY RIGHT.)

I think I'm in the midst of another Merlin catch-up dump. I'm watching the one with Professor Sprout and showwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, I... just... how... REMEMBER WHEN YOU USED TO BE GOOD? REMEMBER THOSE DAYS? Actually, woo, I had cause to show Merlin to one of my classes this week (it's exam week, they had some free time at the end of the period), and we just watched the pilot together AND THAT IS SUCH A PERFECT HOUR OF TELEVISION (this is my "aloof and totally way too cool to like anything" middle school class, and they were so getting into it). Where did it all go wrong. Sigh. And yet somehow Bradley's Ridiculous Face of Ridiculousness is enough to bring joy to my life. I don't even know.

This is going to sound like the most obvious statement in the world, but, wow. Going to work suuuuuuucks. Not the work itself, even, just the routine of going there. Being a grown up is boring. I am slightly frightened by how quickly the days are slipping away through repetition.
snowystingray: (boys before flowers - jan di/ji hoo)
Do you ever have those moments when you're watching something and you have to pause it because it is just too cute -- TOO. IMPOSSIBLY. CUTE!!! -- for you to digest all at once? This is me with Sungkyunkwan Scandal right now, episode seventeen.



Why is this show almost over though, augh, noooo. D:

Seriously, though, I am on my hands and knees here, flist, YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING. I NEED SOMEONE TO FLAIL WITH. Do I need to convince you with eyecandy? I'll do it! I swear!

Joseon F4 )

Seriously, you have no idea how excited I am right now to be watching a drama that is actually adorable and gorgeous and funny but, most importantly, SMART AND WELL-WRITTEN. In a fit of nostalgia (what, yes, I can have nostalgia after two months), I was rewatching some BBF the other day and was just like... ... WHAT IS THIS STUPID SHOW. WHY. WHY IS IT SO STUPID. (And I still love it and it still made me cry. And it was only like the second episode, where hardly anything tearworthy happens. JUST SEEING JI HOO'S FACE MAKES ME CRYYYYYY, AUGHHHHH.)

...Anyway. Ugh, seriously, last week was like hell week at school so I am fully content with doing absolutely nothing productive at all today in compensation. Well, we have exams today so I am trying to bring in some activities for the kids to do if they finish early. For younger students I'm just going to give them coloring sheets, but for the older kids I thought I would bring in some logic puzzles. I've been looking them up this morning, though, and OH MAN I LOVE LOGIC PUZZLES SO MUCH, THEY'RE SUPER ADDICTIVE, I WASTED LIKE AN HOUR PLAYING WITH THEM MYSELF. I hope my students actually like them and aren't just like, "...What. No," because I'm totally excited about this, hahaha.
snowystingray: (OM NOM NOM)
I was trying to think of good Halloween viewing to show my kids when I remembered that I have a catalogue of every. single. episode. of Big Wolf on Campus. HaaaaaaHAHAHAAAAAHAHAAAAA.


I want to entertain and enlighten them, not traumatize them.


(Honestly, it's such a failure every time I pick out a video clip because so much of it fails to translate, and usually only a tiny percentage of that is due to the language barrier. Pop culture is hard.)
snowystingray: (merlin - arthur)
Oh, Merlin. I remember why I sometimes love you.

Goblin's Gold spoilers )
snowystingray: (merlin - arthur)
Wait, what? Merlin is starting, like, now?

...Where the hell have I been???
snowystingray: (Default)
My new shirt just came out of the wash with a stain on it! AND I CAN'T GET IT TO COME OUT. UGGGHHHH. Sorry, but this is the exact opposite of how it's supposed to work, clothes should be cleaner AFTER visiting the washing machine, argh argh argh. Look, I know it's just a $6 t-shirt from the Gap but I LIKE IT AND IT'S THE PERFECT COLOR I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR MY WHOLE LIFE, AND NOW THAT THEY CLOSED THE GAP AT MY MALL THE NEAREST ONE IS LIKE 40M AWAY AND I DON'T WANT TO DRIVE THAT FAR TO GET A NEW ONE. PLUS IT PROBABLY ISN'T $6 ANY MORE BECAUSE IT WAS A SALE.

:( :( :(

Rewatching Mad Men S3 in preparation for Sunday! Okay, okay, I know I said I would avoid fandom talk for this season -- and I have! No discussion threads for me! But that doesn't mean I can't post about it, right...? Anyway, it's the same thing I always do -- the show goes off and I get annoyed at the culture surrounding it and then start to think that I hate the show, too, and it's an overrated piece of media out to RUIN MY LIFE -- and then I watch it again and remember that, right, it's gorgeous and amazing. And quippy! Hahaha, I forgot how much I loved cranky bitchtastic early S3 Don, before I went back to wanting to cook him in coconut breading and feed him to the monkeys.

Don confronts Sally about his broken suitcase
Don: Figure out how much it is to get it repaired, and it'll come out of your allowance.
Sally: I don't get an allowance.
Don: Then don't break things!

And also:

Ken: [admiring his new watch] What time is it? What time isn't it?

Anyway, I'm halfway through "The Fog," and haven't yet started to fret about how much I hate everybody (except Paul. Fuck that guy).

Further chronicles of how much I need to do something with my hair: I was outside with my dogs the other afternoon, and when I came into the house for a drink I thought I heard something moving around the kitchen. There was this weird rustling noise, and as I walked around to investigate I realized that the noise was coming from behind me, and only happened every time I moved my head. Hmmm...! So, yeah, I had an eight-inch twig with like five leaves attached to it STUCK IN THE BACK OF MY HAIR and I didn't even feel or notice it. Who knows what else is going on back there??

It's weird to think of Comic-Con going on without Lost this year. I'm suddenly completely uninvested!

Okay, time for that fabric store run that I have been putting off all week...
snowystingray: (white heat)
Okay, the Sons of Anarchy post I MEANT to make last night... Herein lie spoilers for the first two seasons. )


Jul. 8th, 2010 06:26 pm
snowystingray: (your friendly neighborhood vigilante)
Photo meme, day twenty-seven )

Attention BBC America: please do not sneak attack me with Robin Hood marathons, mmkay? ESPECIALLY WHEN IT'S THE FINALE OF DOOM. I can only switch off the TV so quickly.


Jul. 2nd, 2010 06:42 pm
snowystingray: (marian - running up that hill)
Photo meme, day twenty-one )

Urgh, pretty exhausted by life right now. :/ Will attempt to catch up on commenting soon!
snowystingray: (TARDIS)



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