What a whirlwind of a week. I flew to Vegas for a trade show on Monday night and got back to MI around 10pm on Thursday. Yesterday was a haze of (long) meetings followed by Angels & Demons and a dinner that stretched on well past midnight.

I had every intention of going into the office today but that will have to wait until tomorrow. Today I am lazy. I slept until 10, now I'm going to watch SYTYCD followed by a run and dinner, tonight, at a friend's house.

What can I tell you? I finished Percy Jackson & The Last Olympian. LOVED IT. Someday, when the large stack of books to read gets a little smaller, I'll go back and re-read the whole series. Now I'm reading The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin. The book is fantastic but it's almost overwhelming to learn just how many aspects of my life are in the judges hands once you get that peek behind the curtain at how they operate.

There's a great Star Trek vid to the Glee version of "Don't Stop Believin'" which, more than anything, solidifies the fact that I will never get enough of the Glee version of "Don't Stop Believin.'" :)

What else? Moonshot is updated with 18 recs for May:
8 Star Trek reboot
1 HP
1 West Wing
1 Criminal Minds
1 Big Bang Theory
1 wildly random femslash: Murphy Brown/Rachel Maddow

And, to round out this Saturday morning, here is a new photo of Mary McDonnell glowing as she always does. More photos are here.

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. [ 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. [ 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 [ 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, [ 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 [ 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:

  • [ profile] kiffle, [ profile] carta, and [ 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 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 [ profile] carta, [ profile] kiffle and [ 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.
    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
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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 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 [ profile] carta, [ profile] kiffle, and [ 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.
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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 [ 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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    ( Feb. 28th, 2009 09:52 am)
    My first pass at thoughts on last night's BSG are here and the still stand in the morning light but, as per usual, I have more to say.

    The more I have to say )

    Mo Ryan's post, and interview with writers, is here.

    Alan Sepinwall's post is here.
    People. What the fucking fucking fuck?

    BSG )

    How are there only three episodes left???

    ETA: A Theory )

    ETA 2: I have more to say on this episode here.
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    ( Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:14 pm)
    RENT was so, so good. I don't even have the words. The Detroit Opera House is gorgeous and huge and it's been ages since I've seen the show from an upper level and never in a place as big as this theater and just - GAH. The audience was young and energetic and the cast was on fire. ([ profile] nothinggold - Justin Johnson is in the tour and he was incredible. This might be my favorite of his performances and I thought of you the whole time.) I am unimaginably glad I got tickets and introduced the show to someone who's never seen it. *loves*

    ETA: They changed three parts of the show:
  • "You can take a girl out of Hickville, but you can't take the Hicksville out of the girl" was changed to, "You can take a girl out of Jersey, but you can't take the Jersey out of the girl"
  • "...and then said she'd help them find the Circle Line" was changed to "...and then said she'd help them find the Statue of Liberty."
  • During the bit following Angel's death, there were parts of the memorials where the cast spoke in unison.

  • Also tremendous was Let The Right One In. Do yourselves a favor and see this movie if it's playing near you. (I believe it's also out on DVD soon.) The movie is haunting and beautifully shot. The kids were amazing. It was everything I probably never expected out of a Swedish vampire-horror-coming of age film.

    One spoiler I have to mention )

    [ profile] mickeym posted new photos of Jensen. He's stunning. I can't look away. I'm particularly enamored by the photo of Jensen and Danneel sitting with matching glasses & poses. I hope they have a lot of sex.

    I'm hearing all sorts of rumors about a BSG movie that doesn't involve RDM or David Eick. What is wrong with NBC Universal and Sci-fi? Can someone help me out here?

    We got 3 inches of snow yesterday and it just started up again. I tend to have more tolerance at this time of year, though, because I know we'll be out of the snow zone in 4- 5 weeks.

    I'm off to a friend's Oscar party in a few minutes. Without doubt, I'm looking forward to the wine and food and company more than the awards show but I am rooting for Kate Winslet and Sean Penn.
    Happy Birthday, [ profile] cranberryink!! You are one in a million. I'm counting down the days to May. So is Kendra.

    So I didn't go into work and I did get everything done remotely. \o/

    Tonight I'm meeting up with friends for dinner and then we're going to see Let The Right One In.

      This award-winning horror film based on the best-selling novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist ably blends genre chills with genuine feeling. Oskar is a 12-year-old outcast who is frequently picked on by his classmates. He dreams of getting his revenge, but he never stands up to the boys. With the arrival of his new next-door neighbor, 12-year-old Eli, Oskar may finally have found a friend, ally, and first love. But Eli is no ordinary girl: she must keep her pale skin out of the sunlight, she can perform inhuman physical feats, and she has a thirst for blood. The bodies begin to pile up, but Oskar can’t stay away from the girl who has finally given him courage. Though there are plenty of scares, this remains moving and intelligent, a rare feat for the genre. Rated R. 114 minutes. Swedish with subtitles.

    [ profile] charlidos - Did you mention this movie?

    I did that meme where someone gives you words/phrases they associate with you and you write about them. [ profile] copracat gave me new york, your lovely family, space!, harry/snape, and professionalism under pressure.

    New York
    I was born and raised in NY and I'll always think of myself as a New Yorker despite the time I've spent living in DC, San Diego, Florida, and, now, Michigan. My family got off their boats, settled in NY, and never left. I grew up on Long Island but we were fortunate to also have an apartment in Manhattan which afforded me the best of both words - suburban and city living. To me, there is still nothing like falling asleep to the sounds of New York City. There's no city that compares.

    your lovely family
    What a wonderful thing to associate with me! That really stopped me in my tracks because, for a long time, I wasn't someone who loved spending time with my family. With the exception of my sister, I wanted AWAY. Somewhere in time I grew up and matured and realized how incredible my family is. My mother would do anything for me. My step-father is as close to me as blood. My sister is the axis of my world. It's really difficult to live away from them - and my extended family - but I also know that I'm too independent to make life choices just to be near them. Choosing not to live my life for them is one of the things that's made us closer. They respect my freedom of choice and I don't feel stifled. I'd love to get back to NY someday but it needs to be on my terms. Until then, I'll visit. Often. (I should also mention that seeing my sister parent is one of the most amazing experiences. She awes me.)

    Oh, my goodness, space. There's this quote I love from Michael Collins: It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative. That's a great summation about how I feel about space. It's the great unknown. It's exploration. It's the human spirit. Our accomplishments in space exploration are an unbelievable testament to human achievement and I'm convinced that, the more we learn about the universe, the more we learn about ourselves. Plus, it's really cool. It's space! I'd totally strap myself into a rocket and give it a go.

    I can still remember reading Harry/Snape fic for the first time. I was a huge HP fan but I had no interest in fic. I was convinced that canon was sufficient to meet my Harry Potter needs. Hahahaha. Someone, maybe [ profile] between_names or [ profile] nothinggold, recommended Telanu's "Tea" series and I stayed up all night reading. I never looked back. It was completely unexpected but I loved (and still love) the dynamic between Harry & Snape and how much they each have to grow and give to develop a relationship.

    professionalism under pressure
    Thank you! I try. What's interesting to me about the timing of this meme & comment is that the period between January 27th and February 19th was one of the most stressful of my career. I learned an awful lot about what I know, what I don't know, the kind of risks I'm willing to take, how I mange up, and how I react under pressure. The whole situation reinforced what I knew in my gut - think about everything you know, ask questions about the things you don't, and have a point of view.

    That was fun. Drop a comment if you want some things that make me think of you!

    Oh, right. These days I can't post without BSG content.
  • Maureen Ryan talks to Jane Espenson about "Deadlock."
  • Alan Sepinwall comments on "Deadlock."
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    Oh, my god, I have to go into work and I'm sitting her procrastinating after watching BSG, Top Chef Crawfish, and Criminal Minds. I think I'm going to go to the gym first. Lesser of two evils, I suppose, and lord knows I need to get on the treadmill.

    I love Criminal Minds and I really need to get myself a David Rossi icon. I was angry and bitter when Mandy Patenkin jumped ship but Joe Mantenga as Rossi is all sorts of awesome. I'm also happy to read fic that pairs almost any two characters on the show. The flavor of the week, though, is Hotch/Rossi.

    I won't spoil anyone for Top Chef. I just have to say that I LOVE CARLA. This dorothysurrenders blog post captures all the reasons why. Carla is joy.

    Oh, BSG. I know it can't be all fast paced action in these last few episodes but I'd put this week's ep in with the 2nd episode of the season - a slightly slower pace than I was looking for. There were things I loved a lot and things I didn't love at all )

    Gym now! Really.

    ETA: Fuck it. I am going to try to get my work done from home and then I'm going to blow up my balance ball and work out at home. I need a break.
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    ( Feb. 19th, 2009 01:03 pm)
    Hello! I flew to NY on Friday night and was with family & at Toy Fair for the past few days. All the while, I've been ITCHING to talk about this week's BSG which my mother kindly DVR'd for me but I haven't had much time on-line and, quite frankly, I think Maureen Ryan sums up all of the things I need to (urgently, desperately) mention.

  • Maureen Ryan's episode review. Be sure to read the comments, too.
  • Maureen Ryan brings questions to the writers.


    More... )

    I will leave discussion about the mythos to Mo Ryan and her commenters. They've cover it all in spades. WOW.

    More links:
  • EW recap
  • Alan Sepinwall's recap
  • IGN recap

    Also, everyone should be listening to the Galactica Watercooler podcasts (but not Ron Moore's episode commentary if you're wary of spoilers).

    Come talk to me!

    Moving on...many thanks to [ profile] withdiamonds for the virtual gift and the kind person who left such thoughtful words in [ profile] svmadelyn's annual valentine's day project.

    ETA: I haven't said anything about me. Hi! My plane landed at midnight last night so I'm tired and it's a crappy day at work but I'm having drinks with friends afterward which is enough to push me through my exhaustion. I have a busy weekend including RENT on Sunday and an Oscar party Sunday night but, most of all, I'm looking forward to clearing out two weeks worth House, Top Chef, and Criminial Minds from my DVR.
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    ( Feb. 10th, 2009 09:22 pm)
    Caps of my favorite new Six from 'Blood on the Scale' )

    And, while I'm at it, here's an interview with Tricia Helfer on the set of Chuck.

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    ( Feb. 8th, 2009 06:59 pm)
    Oh, today. This morning I was all riled up over some work stuff but then I threw on my running clothes, and my awesome cold weather running hat, and hit the road. BLISS. My shoes were soaked through by the time I got home but the inconvenience of melting snow was nothing compared to the heaven of running outdoors. After my run, I met up with my friends for boot camp at their gym. It's unlikely I'll be able to walk tomorrow and I'm vowing now to love it.

    Then I found Amy's No Chicken Noodle soup. I'm pretty sure this doesn't taste quite like real chicken noodle soup but it's been at least 12 years since I've had the real thing and this stuff hit the spot. My perfect lunch was the soup and Morningstar Farms buffalo wings. What a happy little vegetarian meal!

    Some BSG stuff:
  • With thanks to [ profile] triniroslin15, I finally have my Tigh icon. Saul Tigh, I love you.
  • has an interview with Richard Hatch here.
  • And this week's Galactica Watercooler podcast has an awesome interview with Kate Vernon.

    Hello, Kate Vernon, you coy little thing.

    Now I'm watching Apollo 13, reading a bit of Is God a Mathematician and trying to figure out why my digital copy of Appaloosa isn't working. I have hopes of crawling into bed with my laptop and Viggo tonight.
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