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( Apr. 18th, 2009 02:11 pm)
Thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes via LJ and facebook and texts and thanks to [personal profile] cranberryink, [personal profile] worldwouldend and [profile] fuskeez for the virtual gifts and [profile] powrhug for the gorgeous flowers!!

I'm having a lovely day. Yesterday, the manager on my team brought in bagels for breakfast and my department gave me a set of giraffe socks. The socks are adorable and I love that my team knows me so well. Later, friend stopped by with a card chock full of photos of Viggo. Clearly I'm not shy about broadcasting my interests. :)

Last night, my friends Mike & Drew, and Mike's wife, cooked dinner for me. There was cake and wine (A LOT OF WINE) and they bought me an authentic original series Star Trek communicator and phaser complete with lights and sound. Thanks to the glasses upon glasses of wine, I crashed on Mike's couch and, this morning, we had mochas a tylenol to ease our hangovers.

I came home to two flower deliveries and, since then, I've been for a long walk and taken an even longer nap. Shortly I'm off to my friend Anne's house for a birthday dinner with Anne and Jill.

The thing about this birthday that's really hitting me in the gut is I've now, forever, outlived my father. It's bitter sweet. For a long time, I never thought I'd hit 33. Despite seeing my mom age, 32 felt like a hard stop. Passing that milestone is a bigger relief than I imagined it would be but it's also sad in a way I can't quite find the words for. All I can say is I'm exceptionally lucky in my life and I'm glad to be here today.

Happy birthdays are the best!
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My welcome back to work was a 13 hour day to be followed, tomorrow, by THIRTEEN meetings back to back between 9am and 5:30pm. I'd say "thirteen" is an unlucky number but, quite frankly, 14 would be worse. And, yes, my response is a mini pity party. *throws confetti*

I want to talk about the last two episodes of House. Cut for spoilers )

Hmmmm. What else before I climb into bed with Eiger Dreams? I saw "Planet of the Dead" and love both David Tennant and Michelle Ryan SO MUCH.
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( Apr. 14th, 2009 07:14 pm)
Well, hello. I'm back in Michigan after nearly a week in NY and I miss my family like burning. It was so much fun spending that much consecutive time with my sister and Chase (and the rest of the gang). On Sunday, my mom, sister and I saw a matinee of Billy Elliot. \o/ I saw the show with my mom and grandmother back in July 2005 when we were in London and my mom's become obsessed with the show since it came to Broadway in late 2009. OBSESSED. It's kind of cute. I'd put this show at the top of your list if you're visiting NY and only have time for one show. There are a bunch of different youtube videos from the show here. They give some of the flavor (THE DANCING OMG) but don't quite capture the humor and incredible, incredible talent of the boy(s) who play Billy.

I'm also now fully indoctrinated into the world of Yo Gabba Gabba. What's Yo Gabba Gabba you ask? Here's a sample.. The show's tag line should be, "Traumatizing to adults. Mesmerizing to kids."

  • [profile] apetslife posted a link to this video of Susan Boyle singing on Britain's Got Talent. It's really quite moving. After you watch, there's more on Boyle and her performance in an article here.

  • Let's Do the Time Loop Again. And again. io9.com has a great list of the best time loops in science fiction spanning tv, movies, and books. SG-1's "Window of Opportunity" and SPN's "Mystery Spot" makes the list along with some other classics (and some I now itching to see/read). Warning - there are some spoilers in the descriptions. Be cautious if you don't what to know if or how the pesky time loop ends.

  • Dirty secret time: I can't wait to see 17 Again. The movie looks adorable! It's like "Big" but in reverse.



    Mmmmmm. I think that's it. Dr. Who awaits. Hopefully it will help keep my mind off the unfortunately reality of work tomorrow.
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    ( Apr. 11th, 2009 04:51 pm)
  • It's going to gnaw at me that I can't see new Who until Tuesday. Waaaaaant (Ten).

  • You can find me on dreamwidth at saturn. I'm still ambivalent about using two journaling services (plus IJ) but I really like a lot of the functionality and the opportunity to drop "92103" from my username was too good to pass up.

  • Somehow my windows login isn't working on my work laptop which means I can't use it until I'm back in the office on Wednesday. Very annoying.

  • Rachel Zoe should have moderated the tanning back when she was in her 20's. She looks like an old hag version of Mary Kate Olsen.

  • Earlier today my sister and Chase took me shopping for a bag for my birthday. It's big and orange and so awesome. I can never have too many bags. Never, ever, ever.

  • I'm off to Queens to meet [profile] stargems for dinner! It has been forever and a day since we've seen each other. Seriously. I can't remember when we saw each other last. Maybe sometime last summer?

  • Tomorrow my mother, sister and I are off to see Billy Elliot. I first saw the show in London 3 years ago with my mother and grandmother and my mother's been obsessed ever since.

    I should stop procrastinating and get my ass in gear. I'm due in Forest Hills in an hour.
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    Hello! I'm alive and smack in the middle of a 6 night visit to NY. Our Passover seders were delightful and this morning my sister had to pry Chase out of my arms for his morning nap. Vacation is fabulous.

    In fannish news, reading my friends list it appears that I need to get caught up on SCC STAT. I did manage to watch Monday's House (WOE) but still have SPN, Criminal Minds, and Dollhouse in my queue. It's not easy to watch TV when your brother in law is obsessed with ESPN.

    I quit CSI when Grissom left but nothing will keep me away from next week's episode. (At least, I think it's next week's. Maybe it was this week.) CSI meets a Sci-fi convention. The only thing missing is Grissom. This is just the kind of episode where he shines. Kate Vernon will have to do.



    Off to my mom's for matzah brei! Yum, yum, yum.

    ETA: For my future reference - Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart on Waiting For Godot
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    ( Apr. 6th, 2009 12:57 pm)
    It's April 6th and I woke up to 4 inches of fresh snow. And, oh look! It's still snowing. TUNDRA, MEET SPRING.

    I was also privvy to a morning brownout. Or that's what I assume it was based on the neighborhood wide dimming of lights and DTE's phone recording about widespread power issues in the metro Detroit area. Better than a blackout, I suppose, but please cross your fingers that all will be restored by the time the sun goes down tonight.

  • In this week's Newsweek, Anna Quindlen writes about DADT - The End Of An Error: There's no need to waste time with further study. The policy on gays in the military must be overturned now.

  • Jensen Ackles/Rachel Bilson manips? Really??? Have they done anything together on screen or been photographed anywhere near each other or is this just the poster's personal wish fulfillment?
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    I don't know if this is out everywhere already but, when I heard Ciara's "Love, Sex, Magic," I recognized the song from a demo Justin did last year. His version is better. :)

    JT - "Love, Sex, Magic." - megaupload link

    ETA: Thanks to prompting from [livejournal.com profile] timberho, I've now seen the video for "Love, Sex, Magic." HOT DAMN. Ciara may have to work for it with her tight outfits and bendy moves but Justin just has to stand there to exude sex. Jesus.

    My friend Jess is leaving Ann Arbor for a new job in Chicago so we had a goodbye dinner in the form of (many) martinis on Friday night. Yesterday I went to work for four or five hours and then made a point to redefine "lazy." This morning, I met my friend and his daughter for breakfast and had every intention of going to 2pm boot camp until I saw a text, at 9:55am, asking where I was. It turns out book camp moved to 10am and I missed the e-mail. :( I went for a run instead but it's not the same. My body misses it's usual Sunday evening ache.

    I just finished Jim Tabor's Forever on the Mountain. The book recounts the 1967 Denali Wilcox expedition disaster - 7 of the 12 climbers died on the mountain. This is the first non-Everest based climbing book I've read and it's definitely got me juiced about Denali. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kaelie for the recommendation! Next up, I'm finally digging into Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon. It's been in my pile for a while but it's so long. An 1100 page book is a commitment. I also have some new climbing books on my "to read" list: Krakauer's Eiger Dreams and Peter Potterfield's In the Zone: Epic Survival Stories from the Mountaineering World.

    I'm watching "The Day After Tomorrow" and Jake is wearing a Michigan shirt. *g* Somewhat related, at least in state spirit, Michigan State made it to the NCAA Finals! There are going to be a lot of happy people at work tomorrow. Hopefully their mood is even more elated on Tuesday!

    What else? Moonshot is updated with 6 little recs for March:
    2 SPN
    2 SGA
    1 Criminal Minds
    1 Numb3rs
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    ( Mar. 30th, 2009 08:49 pm)
    Viggo Mortensen just won the Icon award at the Empire Magazine Jameson Awards. He needs a shower and a haircut and he needs to put down the bottle of Jameson.

    Scroll down here past the photo of Viggo and Sean Bean and past the text of his rambling, drunken acceptance speech to the video clip. WOW.

    And yet? Still hot. Dirty and drunk - but hot. It's magic.

    PS. I love Penny.
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    Today was a shit day. You?

    Let's pretend I refused to wallow or self-indulge (publicly) and I'm just going to talk about things that are making me happy(er).

  • GREECE! Oh, my god, you guys. [livejournal.com profile] kiffle and I are going to Greece! We're in the final stages of trip planning* but I need to talk about it now. [*When I say "we" are in the final stages of trip planning what I really mean to say is, "this trip wouldn't happen if not for kiffle and her expert trip planning skills. I mostly nod my head and say, 'okay.'"] We're going for a week around Labor Day and I CAN'T WAIT. \o/ Fuck the economy. Fuck two mortgages. I am going to spend some savings on myself and have one hell of a Grecian time!

  • Alan Sepinwall made a list of his favorite episodes of BSG. I really need to rewatch the entire series to make my list. I know for certain, though, that my list will never be complete without "Unfinished Business" right near the top.

  • New Big Bang Theory tonight! And then, at 8:30, I'm getting into bed with a glass of wine and Forever On The Mountain by James M. Tabor. [livejournal.com profile] kaelie recommended the book ages ago and I'm finally getting around to reading it. It's the perfect fix tonight. No matter how cranky I am, I am not stranded in a storm on Denali.

    ETA: Totally unrelated to any of the above, or my mood, my sister and I were talking this morning and she mentioned that today my step-father has to start taking his blood for his diabetes. WHAT DIABETES??? Ooops. That's what happens when you live in Michigan. People leave out pertinent details. Somehow, though, they never forget to send new photos of Chase. ;)
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    After a week of running around like a crazy person, I stayed in bed yesterday until FIVE PM. It was glorious. I watched the first to episodes of Kings, and the last two episodes of Supernatural and Dollhouse. I also read Sheppard's Law and took a 2 hour nap. It was GLORIOUS. When I finally got out of bed, I continued to laze about reading the entirety of Shiver and finally watching Little Children. (My goodness, Patrick Wilson is handsome when he's out of Dan Dreiberg's glasses.

  • SPN: I loved "On the Head of a Pin" but, reading comments here and there, am I the only one? more on 04x16 and 04x17 )

  • Kings: I watched the first two episodes on the recommendation of [livejournal.com profile] carta and other and, for now, it's a keeper. I love the premise, Ian McShane is deliciously terrifying, and I'm compelled to see where the story goes.

  • Dollhouse: I was one or two episodes away from ditching Dollhouse but the last two episodes were enough to keep me for a little while. )

  • The entire cast of ST:TNG is reuniting on Family Guy tonight! (Clip here.) AWESOME.

  • I can't believe I haven't mentioned this yet. The new Indigo Girls CD was released on Tuesday! Oh, I love, love, love them and this CD. The 2 disc edition has a 2nd CD of all acoustic versions. Just 24 days until they're here in Ann Arbor!

  • On 3/25, [livejournal.com profile] carta did, "one year ago today, two years ago today, etc." memes and "two years ago today" was the reveal of four of the final five cylons. I remember that like it was yesterday. I missed the original airing of both parts of Crossroads arriving home from a week in London just after part II aired. I woke up at 5:30am Monday morning to watch both parts before work. Good grief. Crossroads BLEW MY MIND like few episodes of TV before or since. My original reaction from 3/26/07 is here. Also? Always and forever a Roslin/Adama shipper.

  • More on BSG: Here's a roundup on Daybreak Part II reviews

  • More on het OTPs: I love me some Rossi/Prentiss on Criminal Minds. I wish more people would write this (obviously perfect) pairing instead of the more conventional, "prettier" Hotch/Prentiss.

  • A friend took a trip to Tanzania and sent these 44957349579 photos of giraffes! After my late summer trip to Greece with [livejournal.com profile] kiffle (!!!), I need to get myself on an African safari.

    I have limited plans for today. I'm trying to decide whether or not I'll actually get employee appraisals completed if I do them at home rather than at the office. I'd also like to get in a run before fitness boot camp. THAT'S IT. Lazy weekend for the win.
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    ( Mar. 21st, 2009 09:20 am)
    Anamchara and Kiffle are asleep. Carta is in the shower. I spent half the night dreaming about BSG and might implode if I don't get some of this down. Not that I know where to start.

    The finale was infinitely more satisfying and, remarkably, even more emotional that I expected. I loved it. I loved it. On to the spoilery stuff )

    I'm sure I'll have more to say in the near future but that's what I've got for now.

    As per usual, here's Maureen Ryan's commentary.
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    ( Mar. 20th, 2009 02:32 pm)
    A list of (mostly) good things:

  • [livejournal.com profile] kiffle, [livejournal.com profile] carta, and [livejournal.com profile] anamchara tonight!! Mexican Food! Margaritas! And tomorrow we're having brunch at my very favorite place with two of my very favorite friends in A2. \o/

  • I hear that my adorable little Chelsie [see icon] from SYTYCD is on this season of Dancing with the Stars. It's not quite enough to get me to watch but I'm going to have to search youtube for her videos. *loves on Chelsie*

  • I have my car back. The repair shop dropped it off at my office yesterday along with a gift card to Outback for my trouble. They get an A+ on customer retention.

  • Michigan won their game last night! I think I was the good luck charm. (Quite frankly, I have little invested in Michigan's sports program but this is a happier town when they win and that's a very good thing.)

  • OMG TONIGHT IS THE FOREVER FINALE OF BSG. I have not been this worked up about a series finale since ST:TNG ended in 1994 and I sequestered myself in my room to watch through tears. Thank goodness I have the excitement of weekend guests to distract me from the utter WOE that comes with the end of my favorite show.

  • io9 pulled together a list of 10 Greatest Science Fiction TV Show Endings Ever. Oh, Babylon 5. To date, the B5 finale tops my list. SO GOOD. I also followed the link and re-watched the Quantum Leap finale whi, sadly, didn't seem to hold up. I think you need the context of continued viewing which I don't have all these years later.

  • I met someone on-line via curvepersonals.com and I think we're about ready to meet in person. She lives in Ann Arbor and is cute and I am so ready to be dating again.

  • I haven't watched last night's SPN yet but, judging from cut tags, I apparently need to get on that. Resisting spoilers is NOT EASY.

  • And on Sunday I'm off to Miami and Naples for a three night business trip. It's all work but with great people I only see once a year and it's been a very, very long time since I've been to Naples. It will be fun to visit my old office for a meeting on Wednesday.
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    I can't say I entirely understand the validity behind a UN panel on Battlestar Galactica but I'll take any opportunity to see Mary McDonnell and Edward James Olmos. You can, too, here.

    I have a very long and involved story involving the first day of the year I put the top down on my car, a fabulous run in a park, and a tow truck. I'll spare you and leave it at this: despite paying for repairs on my car, I currently have a 1982 loaner BMW in my driveway instead of my car. Quite frankly, between this and the basement ceiling collapse/leak, I am quite the trooper these days.

    Tonight we celebrated my friend's daughter's adoption day and, afterward, I stocked up on wine and some food for this weekend with [livejournal.com profile] carta, [livejournal.com profile] kiffle and [livejournal.com profile] anamchara!!! (I hope you're all feeling well SOON!) Now I'm settled in with Sally and Criminal Minds.

    Oh! And today, at work, I went to a money school session on budgeting. It was an awesome reminder of things I know but aren't currently doing. I should, for example, put money away monthly for regular expenses like car insurance & home owners insurance. I also want to add money to my savings in the amount of four months tenant rent so, if my tenants leave, I don't have to dip into my current savings to cover the float until I find new tenants. It's a bunch of little things that add up to a slightly better sense of control over my finances in this crazy uncontrollable economy.

    ETA: I at an unthinkable amount of food today. SO. FULL.
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    Rachel Maddow was on Letterman last night and is a smart as ever. Video is here.

    And, after last night's Big Bang Theory, I spent some time looking for Jim Parson's media. My favorite is his appearance on Craig Ferguson from 10/1/08. Part I and Part II

    ETA: Oh, look!! He was just on again on March 12th! HAHAHAHA! *loves*

    I need a Sheldon icon. Or a Jim Parsons icon. If it's possible, think I'm even more enamored with Parsons. You must watch both of these Craig Ferguson appearances.

    ETA 2: Portia DeRossi on Ellen! Be sure to catch all of the clips posted on the blog.

    [livejournal.com profile] _lolapalooza said we should post an image of our phone wallpaper. Since she taught me how to capture my wallpaper image, I feel compelled to comply.*



    I'm over the moon for my nephew but it's Sally I want to see on my phone every day. This photo was taken in late December (as evidenced by the Menorah sitting on the side table). Sally was enamored by my friend's boyfriend and spent half the night sprawled on his lap.

    *Hold the home button and press the power button. You'll see a flash. You now have an image of your wallpaper saved with your photos.
    A perfect launch of Discovery! \o/

    PS. Jay Barbree's coverage of manned missions is awesome. He's such a knowledgeable,, enthusiastic space junkie.

    ETA: Kate Vernon Q&A at scifi.com.
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    ( Mar. 14th, 2009 11:15 am)
    I'm at my sister's, about to go to my mother's, so any detail on BSG will have to wait beyond saying: I loved the episode so much, particularly as part 1 of three hour finale, and I can't believe there's only one more left. I haven't been this sad about the end of a series since ST:TNG sended in 1994.

    Actually, I do have to say a one quick thing. )

    You loved Daybreak Part I, too? y/y?

    For my later reference:
  • Maureen Ryan's commentary
  • From ew.com: The Beginning of the End: A 'Battlestar Galactica' Oral History
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    ( Mar. 13th, 2009 10:01 am)
    Oh, life. Despite assurances from the plumber who came on 2/28, there is something wrong with my master bathroom pipes and now half of the ceiling to my basement guest room has collapsed in under a wash of water. After an 8am meeting I came back home to meet the plumber in the hopes that he can do something before my 1- 4pm non-negotiable meeting and my 7pm flight to NY.

    It's been a rough week but there's also some great stuff going on:

  • My new icon! BSG on the cover of TV Guide is fantastic and so is this Behind the Scenes photo gallery. As you can imagine, given my BSG posting velocity, I'm kind of worked up about the series finale but all of this media and the total awesomeness of Mary and EJO and Katee and Tricia (and even Callis) is the perfect balm.

  • Criminal Minds. I love Criminal Minds. I also love Prentiss & Rossi and this week's episode pleased my little shipper's heart. Great Prentiss/Rossi fic isn't easy to find but I searched high and low last night and discovered this gem. *basks*

  • Live music. Wednesday night my friend Jessica and I went to see Shemekia Copeland at The Ark. She was amazing. I don't know why I haven't gone to a show there before but I'll definitely be back for more.

  • House. More specifically, House & Wilson. Their sum is greater than the parts.

  • It's Friday which means it's BSG night and, if all goes well when the plumber shows, I'm going to see my family this weekend. \o/

  • I get [livejournal.com profile] carta, [livejournal.com profile] kiffle, and [livejournal.com profile] anamchara next weekend for the BSG finale!! And then a business trip to warm, warm Florida.
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    ( Mar. 9th, 2009 08:07 pm)
    Oh, once there was a wicked, wicked man
    And Haman was his name-o
    He would have murdered all the Jews
    Though they were not to blame-o
    Oh, today we'll merry, merry be
    Oh, today we'll merry, merry be
    Oh, today we'll merry, merry be
    And nosh some hamantashen.


    That's a song. Imagine I'm singing it to something near the tune of BINGO.

    ETA: Reading that song over, it doesn't sound quite so merry does it? End of story? Haman loses.

    Happy Purim! If only I had hamantashen. YUM. I'll have to stick to the wine portion of the program, instead.

    If I have my days right, both Summer Glau and George Smoot are on Big Bang Theory tonight. I'll find out momentarily. Is there anything with more amusement potential than the Big Bang Theory crew on a train with Summer Glau as herself? I didn't think so.

    So, today was a rough day at work but, when I left at 7pm, it was light out! That makes everything better!! It's so motivating to leave work while it's light out. I'll totally trade that for the dark drive to work. I &hearts daylight savings time.

    Also in the plus column - this issue of TV Guide:



    I'm a happy camper and I haven't even had my first glass of wine yet. Remarkable for a Monday.
    Boot camp kicked my ass which, I suppose, was the intention. Hopefully I don't hurt through to Thursday the same way I did last week.

    I had to run to the mall to restock some M.A.C. products and decided to pop into the Apple store for a 1GB Shuffle. I love the Apple store. It's one of the most aesthetically pleasing shopping experiences. I'm now the proud owner of a blue Shuffle named Ike. I don't know why I didn't think of getting a Shuffle sooner. I can't wait to run hands free.

    Somehow, I managed to stay away from Ann Taylor while I was in the mall. A FEAT. Seriously.

    Watchmen is poised to take in $55.6M this weekend. I have no idea where that falls in terms of expectations and I have no idea of the movie has legs but I sure did love it. A colleague was disappointed that it was such a literal interpretation of the graphic novel but that served me well since I haven't read Watchmen yet.

    [Poll #1362064]

    That's all I've got. I'm lazy and content today and also a bit woeful that I can't live as a full time lady of leisure.
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    ( Mar. 7th, 2009 12:48 pm)
    I'm through the first 8 episodes of Merlin, watching the 9th, and I don't think I'm going to end up fannish about this show. The show is fine. It holds my attention well enough but I'm mostly watching because I started, not because I'm all that compelled to find out what happens next. I have little to no interest in Arthur/Merlin fic. I sure to do love Morgana and Uthor, though.

    I feel somewhat the same way about Dollhouse. The show holds my attention and elements are compelling but I could easily walk away. Quite frankly, I'm not all that impressed with Eliza Dushku. Dichen Lachman, as Sierra, is much stronger.

    What else? I have an SGA fic rec: Until Love Can Find Me by [livejournal.com profile] isagel McKay/Sheppard; NC-17. Summary: When you don't die in the desert, life goes on. Just the post "Vegas" story I've been waiting for.

    I also have some BSG links:
  • EW review: It felt more like a collage of moments, rather than a cohesive piece of penultimate storytelling. He said what I said but much more eloquently.

  • Maureen Ryan's review. I needed her perspective.

  • And Alan Sepinwall's commentary

    It's a lazy, rainy day. I finished The Magicians this morning and now I'm basking in as much nothing as possible. With dinner plans at 6pm, I at least another 3 hours until have to start moving. *bliss*
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