Today I learned something: Running in the morning is AWESOME. Seriously, you guys. How did I not know this?

I got up at 6:15, was out the door at 6:30am, finished with my run by 7:05, and at the office by 8:10am. I have energy, I'm happy, and, best of all, I don't have to work out after work. My evening hours are for me! (And I can't get out of my run by convincing myself that it's too late or I'm too tired from a long day.)

I feel so refreshed and motivated. I think I'm going to try it again tomorrow morning to see if the feeling holds. Then, I'll try to rejigger my schedule to allow for running two weekday mornings/week.

The only downside is it's 11:20am and I'm starving. Apparently my normal breakfast of one egg white & one slice of cheese on whole wheat toast doesn't cut it following an a.m. run. I'll have to figure that out over time. In the meantime, I plan to bask all day in a post run glow.
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Hello! Happy Saturday! I'm on a roll this weekend. Friends got me an hour session with the trainer who runs our boot camp so I did that last night. This morning I got up early to run and tomorrow is regular Sunday boot camp. I want Michelle Obama arms and Jillian abs. Please and thank you.

I got a hair cut after my run and then spent way too much money at Victoria's Secret. It was an accident! Last night I bought some bras on their website to avoid going in the store itself but the panties lured me in. They're so pretty and lacy and perfect. I even got this hoodie from their Pink Collegiate Collection. Forget that I'm not a U or M graduate. Living in A2 is apparently enough for me to drop $50 on a sweatshirt. Victoria's Secret is like crack. Seriously.

After the shopping splurge I went into work for a couple of hours and headed to Borders to spend my "40% off a book" coupon. I left with "Einstein’s Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe" by Evalyn Gates. Right now, I don't know much about dark matter/dark energy beyond it's abundance and importance. I came home to find a borders.com delivery: "In the Zone: Epic Survival Stories from the Mountaineering World" by Peter Potterfield.

Both of those books have to fall into the queue, though. Today I'm going to start "Star Trek Countdown" - a graphic novel prequel to the Star Trek movie and, after that, Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War Story is on the docket.

So, life is busy lately. I'm working a lot and wish I had just a bit more free time and bit less stress. I've had to walk away from some tv shows. There's just no time. By and large, I'm left with Criminal Minds, House, SPN, and Bones. At this point that's all I can manage and I miss reading fic more than I miss Kings or Dollhouse.

It seems, this week, I'm self medicating with my credit card. In addition to everything I already mentioned, I also bought Amy Ray's three solo albums: Stag, Prom, and her newest, Didn't It Feel Kinder. They're awesome. I can't believe this is the first time I've ever listened to her solo stuff.

There's a fantastic NPR interview with Amy here. It's from February and includes a long interview and three song performances. I wish this was available via podcast so I could take it with me. Even more, I wish that the songs were available to download. I'm sure there's some way to rip the audio but it's well beyond my skill level.

Moonshot is updated with the 7 stories I loved in April:Moonshot is updated for April with 7 recs:
2 SPN
2 Criminal Minds
1 SGA
1 Bones
1 SPN/Watchmen

And there's a finally a release date for The Road! October 16th!! FINALLY!

Now I'm ready to tackle the Star Trek GN before heading to a friend's house for dinner. This is a nice weekend.
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
The weather's been so nice for the past two days that I went running two days in a row. I don't know exactly when I became the kind of person who looks forward to a run but there you have it. (Though I have to say that the going is tough as I adapt to running outside again. Propelling myself forward on my own is more difficult than letting the treadmill do it for me.)

I have a lovely little weekend planned. Tonight is BSG. Tomorrow is dinner/game night with friends. Sometime in between I plan to watch Little Children and I have fitness boot camp on Sunday.

I'm also currently reading the most fantastic book: The Magicians by Lev Grossman. A colleague put it in my hand and I can barely tear myself away. It's a book about a young man and magic but it's so much more than that. The book feels like a tribute to all the fantasy books you've loved through the years and it's clearly written for that adult audience. [livejournal.com profile] praetorianguard - You will LOVE IT.

In a moment I'm going to return to my book but, first, some links:

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson and Billy Crudup on Good Morning America

  • Borders Media exclusive Watchmen content

  • Where in the World is 'The Road'?: The Weinsteins rush 'The Reader' and abandon 'The Road'

  • Rachel Maddow on The View. Even Elisabeth Hasselbeck loves her.
  • My neighbors are, as per usual, awesome. They moved their behemoth truck quickly and let me know they'll won't park in front of my house when they can avoid it.

    A perfect weekend of sloth is coming to an end. Aside from a 3 mile run and 1 hour of boot camp, I've done NOTHING. (Though I'm fairly certain my muscles won't feel that way tomorrow.)

    I just recently started watching Merlin and I'm about 5 episodes in. I have three observations:
    1) The show is mediocre.
    2) Merlin/Arthur slash springs from the text.
    3) Katie McGrath, as Morgana, is spectacular.

    Why, oh why, aren't more people talking about Morgana? She's strong willed, independent, and drop dead gorgeous.



    Here's your reason to watch Merlin )
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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 [livejournal.com profile] triniroslin15, I finally have my Tigh icon. Saul Tigh, I love you.
  • scifi.com 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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    ( Feb. 7th, 2009 09:39 pm)
    OMG doesn't anyone want to talk about BSG with me??? I'm dying here. [ETA: BSG spoilers in comments.]

    I had dinner with my friends Jill & Anne tonight. We watched the Michigan/UConn game (WOE) and ate delicious spiced shrimp salads. Jill has been working on a sourdough baguette for a few weeks now, fermenting the dough and doing all that stuff you do, and today was baking day. The end result was amazing homemade bread. Yum, yum, yum!!



    It's so nice out! We've had a SIXTY DEGREE temperature shift from Thursday morning when it was -14 degrees. I have boot camp tomorrow at 2pm but I'm planning to go for a run outside earlier in the day. I'm just itching for an outdoor run. \o/

    Right now, however, I plan to get into bed at 10pm and read. *sigh* It's been a very nice day.

    ETA: I forgot to mention that, yesterday, my friend Mike surprised me with the Appaloosa DVD. Ironically, just yesterday morning I considered buying it on-line. Hooray! I know what I'm doing tomorrow night!
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    ( Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:21 pm)
    My friends Mike, Drew and I are in the process of forming our own superhero league. We spend all sorts of time talking about our powers. The first rule is that we all get to fly. The second rule is that no one is allowed the power of time travel. (That's my rule and Mike hates it but I see no positive outcome to flitting about through time unless you're a Time Lord.) For our ancillary powers, I've chosen shape shifting. I can shift into other animate or inanimate objects but, for the sake of conservation of energy, Mike & Drew ruled that I can not morph into an object grossly smaller or larger than I am. Mike picked telekinesis and Drew picked phase shifting. We're going to be powerful.

    Assuming you can fly, what's your ancillary power?

    So we have our eleventh Doctor. He's 26, kind of funny looking, has a relatively short resume and, most critically, isn't David Tennant so the jury is out until I see him in action. ETA: It will be interesting to see someone so young play a man with so much time behind him.

    Dinner was fun last night but, holy cow, this was a rough morning. My friends left around 11pm after five hours of eating and drinking (OMG DRINKING). I had a 10:30am hair appointment and I forced myself to go to the gym afterward because it's been 12 days and I've been eating and drinking through the holidays like I'm on my regular workout schedule. Somehow I managed to pull a solid run out of my ass. I think it's because I've taken to covering the display with a towel. I seem to do much better when I'm not thinking, "Ack! Another hill in 20 seconds!"

    In the same vein, I do have nutrition and fitness goals for 2009. I need to have a healthier relationship with food this year. That sounds like a pretty broad statement but it's specific and loaded for me and I'm determined. I also have a goal of running 5k 2x/week through March and increasing to 3x/week once I can run outside again in mid to late April. It's about what I'm averaging now but I got lazy in the latter half of December and I need to get back on schedule.

    I have very little planned for the rest of the day: shower, nap, watch Cold Comfort Farm, clear out my DVR. Perfect.
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    While [livejournal.com profile] carta, [livejournal.com profile] lilysaid, and [livejournal.com profile] cranberryink are all cheering for colder weather, I'm trying to find the resolve needed to face another Michigan winter. With this morning's 32 degree weather came the realization that it's officially too cold and too dark at 6:30pm to go for my run so, after 6 1/2 months away, I packed up my gym gear and headed there after work. Please know that, for the entire day, my internal monologue was a rant about the gym: "It's crowded!" The treadmill has a 30 minute limit!" "It's smelly!" "It's NOT OUTSIDE."

    [Miracle interlude: Six and half months later I still remembered the combination to my lock. *bows*]

    About 20 minutes into my run my attitude changed. Sure the treadmill has a 30 minute limit and I have to wait in line and it's crowded (and smelly) but I can still run up hill and I'm forced to maintain my pace. PLUS, it's probably a healthier workout to run 5k three times a week and follow it up with 15 minutes of alternating weight training rather than running 4 miles without any weight training. MY GLASS IS HALF FULL. THANK YOU.

    Dinner time! And House!
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    ( Oct. 11th, 2008 12:01 pm)
    Note to self: Never run your normal route the morning of a Michigan home game EVER AGAIN.

    My route takes me right past the stadium which means I had to navigate what felt like a good portion of the 110,000 game attendees. It was a decent run, though. I managed a 10:15 pace despite some moments of slow going as I tried not to get trampled.

    Have some morning links:

  • Friedman: Palin's kind of patriotism By Thomas L. Friedman
      I only wish she had been asked: "Governor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Who is going to pay for the bailout you endorsed? If it isn't from tax revenues, there are only two ways to pay for those big projects - printing more money or borrowing more money. Do you think borrowing money from China is more patriotic than raising it in taxes from Americans?" That is not putting America first. That is selling America first.


  • Zellweger’s unattractiveness makes way for manly love. The Yale Daily News offers the best review of Appaloosa I've read yet. (Best in terms of "accurate" not "glowing.")
      The true love story of Appaloosa is between Cole and Hitch. Their relationship has all the chemistry that the romance with Zellweger’s character so evidently lacks. Their easy public rapport is only half the story; behind the classic tough-guy banter hides rare tenderness and affection, revealed as Mortensen gently supplies the multisyllabic word that the less educated Harris struggles to come up with, or in Mortensen’s lingering embrace after pulling Harris out of a brawl.


  • Britney's new video for “Womanizer.” So, the truth is that I first heard "Womanizer" last weekend on my drive home from Chicago and thought the song sucked. I actually still think it sucks but more in "the song sucks and I'm going to listen to it over and over again" sort of way. The video is icing on the cake.

  • The Office lampoons BSG. I imagine, if I watched the show, I'd appreciate Dwight.

    I'm off to see "Burn After Reading." With winter looming, I feel like I should spend the day outside but the movies it is. I'm definitely going to make the most of these last few days when I can drive around with my top down, though.
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    ( Sep. 28th, 2008 07:13 pm)
    My first 5k? OWNED AND CONQUERED.

    I didn't check my time on the scoreboard but, at the 2 mile mark, my pace was a 10 min 15 sec mile and I think we actually stepped it up on that last stretch.

    The race was the Big House Big Heart 5k to support ALS. It starts at Michigan Stadium and ends on the 50 yard line. Runners enter the stadium through the players' tunnel and, yes, I imagined I was about to win an Olympic marathon as I raced through.

    Times will eventually post to the website and I'm sitting here refreshing constantly.

    ETA: Time: 31:37.63 Pace: 10:11 Whoo hoo!

    This afternoon, during Chase's 4pm feeding, my sister and I finally tried out the webcams. So much fun!! Chase was totally fascinated by me the movement on the computer screen and I had a blast watching him. We're going to try to do this once a week from now on.

    I can't believe it's 7pm, though. Where did the day go!?!

    It's going to be a lazy night. Yesterday I started reading The Alchemy of Air by Thomas Hager and I think that will occupy me for the rest of the evening. The book is about the two scientists who developed the process of creating fixed nitrogen from air and the impact to the world (more food, more weapons) and to their own lives. It's actually pretty fascinating.
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    4 miles!

    I was finally pressured into upping my run to 4 miles so I adjusted my route on mapmyrun.com and off I went. I wasn't sure I could do it but I actually managed to stay on a 10 minute mile pace and it's the first time I ran for 40 minutes straight. \o/

    This morning was my book club with Gregory McGuire. *loves* No question, it was my favorite of the book clubs I've done. He's smart, funny and engaging and all of the book club members were wildly enthusiastic to be there. So much fun! I think the book club will be up on borders.com 10/14 when A Lion Among Men streets.

    Tomorrow I'm going to see the filmed version of RENT! Thankfully, my friend Anne bought the tickets when I was in the UK because all of the A2 shows are now sold out. After the show (movie?), we're going back to her place to watch the Michigan game and cook dinner. A perfect Saturday if you ask me.

    Tonight's agenda: nothing. I was out last night and missed SPN so there's that and it's also Daniel Jackson's return to SGA. (!!!) I'm going to dvr the debates so I can pick and choose the parts I want to watch. As a bonus, there's new Jack/Daniel fic from [livejournal.com profile] paian in an open tab waiting for me.

    ETA: OH! Bruce Boxleitner is on the first two episodes of Heroes so I have that to catch up on, too!!
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  • Does anyone else get the Very Short List? Or the VSL: Science? They're random little surprises in my inbox every day. *loves*

  • I forwarded my mom the [livejournal.com profile] crack_van link to "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." tags. She loved "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." back in the day and she loves to read so I figured I'd give it a shot. Most of the fic is gen or PG and it may actually be fun for her to revisit the show.

  • Everyone is talking about running today! I'm running 5.5k consistently in 9.5 to 10.5 minute miles. I'd like to get that time to a consistent 9.5 minute mile and, maybe, work my way up to 5 miles.

    A colleague is pressuring me into training for a half marathon and, honestly, I think I could train for it but I just plain don't want to. First of all, my current run takes 30- 35 minutes which is a digestible chunk of time to schedule. 13 miles? Not so much. I also worry that training for 13 miles will condition my body to expect that level of exercise and, when I pull back, will have a corresponding slow down in my metabolism. Besides all of that, if I do anything else fitness related, I really need to get weight training back into my routine. I've lost muscle mass over the past five months which translates into tricep arm waddle.

  • I started A Lion Among Men by Gregory McGuire on the flight back from England and finished the book last night. I'm participating in a book club with McGuire on Friday and I'm SO EXCITED. I have a ton of questions to ask him about transformative fiction and his motivation to dive into the world of Oz. The book itself was a quick, layered read. I'm impressed with McGuire's ability to bring such depth and ambiguity to his characters. It is the Cowardly Lion, after all.

  • I took that political barometer quiz. Apparently I'm a socialist. No real surprise there. )
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    ( Sep. 8th, 2008 07:38 pm)
    Lazy weekend! I was sad to see it end! I woke up Saturday with a dutifully earned hangover and lazed about for most of the day. My evening included "A History of Violence" which remains one of my favorite movies. Sunday was equally lazy. I slept until after 10am, canceled dinner plans, and then napped from 2- 4:30pm. My big ambition was making it out for a run.

    So, running...my favorite part is when I pass by other runners and we do that little hand wave, head title acknowledgment. Runner solidarity! I love it! I'm averaging about 10 minute miles on the road and 9.5 minute miles on the treadmill. I'm still at 3.5 miles/run and that's about where I plan to stay for the foreseeable future. It's long/far enough to be a substantial workout but not so far that I need to carve out an unreasonable amount of time to fit it in. What I really do need to do is get weight training back on my schedule.

    I'm not through talking about RENT. Actually, I'm pretty surprised at the intensity of my reaction to the show's closing. Here are two more videos:

    minni0612 pointed me this video of the final curtain call. Give it to about one minute in and then cast members, old and new, come out for one last emotional performance of Seasons of Love )

    And timberho directed me to this video of RENT fans performing La Vie Boheme at the real Life Cafe the night before the show closed )

    I'm sure everyone has seen the J2 pictures from the Red Bull Soap Box Derby but here they are, in my journal, too, so I can come back to see them again and again and again. Quite honestly, I rarely find Jared good looking but he totally does it for me in these pictures. I think it's the sunglasses.

    Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lilysaid, [livejournal.com profile] carta, and [livejournal.com profile] beatpropx for putting a smile on my face today. The power of memes!

    It's two days until my England/Wales extravaganza with [livejournal.com profile] kiffle! I'm so ready!! Now it's just a matter of packing. (Kiffle - I'm bringing a casual dress for one night of the show and I plan to wear pants and a top the other. I'll be very casual when we go to Wales. And please tell me you'll want to nap when we get to Stratford!)

    This post is getting longer than intended but I have to rec a fic I read last night: Kissing Lessons by [livejournal.com profile] dotfic It's a Supernatural/Some Kind of Wonderful crossover and it's Watts/Dean and it's spot on perfect. I'm flailing over this fic.

    So, my nephew has this tape that holds the NAM in place. You can see it in this picture. Anyway, the hospital doesn't provide the tape in a ready to use form. My sister and brother in law have to create the tape strips with steri-strips and rubber bands and it's a long, involved process. They taught me how to make the tapes when I was visiting over Labor Day weekend so, when I got back to MI, I called the hospital and had them send me materials for 100 of these strips. I spent a good part of last week making them and the finished product arrived at my sister's house today. Surprise! \o/
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    ( Aug. 14th, 2008 08:30 pm)
  • I can not believe Kwame Kilpatrick is still in office. The mayor of Detroit is walking around with an electronic ankle tether and he thinks he's going to be able to "move Detroit forward."

  • I'm signed up for the Big House Big Heart 5k on 9/28. It's my first official 5k and it ends on the goal line of Michigan Stadium! I can pretend I'm an athletic champion when I cross the finish line (and see myself on the jumbotron)!

  • Work has been stressful this week and I've responded by eating EVERYTHING IN SIGHT. I can't stop myself. I went for a run tonight after work but I feel like I'm going to be full forever.

  • About my runs...I've long thought the middle portion of my run was the worst and, looking at the elevation, IT SO IS.



    I feel most vindicated.

  • Half Blood Prince was postponed until July. At least The Road is still on track.
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    ( Jul. 22nd, 2008 09:47 pm)
    My runs have been a bitch this week. I've made it the 5.5k both times but I'm really forcing it - especially at the beginning. Right now, I can't imagine adding an additional 0.5k to my run. I'm running, though, which I guess is the point. ([livejournal.com profile] carta - I've chosen to blame Audra, Chuck, & Sean. I've grown accustomed to running to the Galactica Watercooler podcasts and this Star Wars arc just isn't cutting it for me.)

    After falling head over heels for Ten and Rose and Donna and Martha, I've gone back to watch season 1 of Dr. Who. I knew, from a s4 reference, that Eve Myles was in an early episode but there's Naoko Mori, too! Beyond random Torchwood cast appearances, I'm enjoying the season. Nine is no Ten but it's fun seeing everything new from Rose's eyes.

    I bought a few Babylon 5 novels last night. I got the Psi Corps/Bester trilogy and the first two in the Centauri trilogy. I really need to stop buying books until I make a dent in the ones I've got queued up but I can't help myself.
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    ( Jul. 8th, 2008 05:42 pm)
    I spoke to my insurance company first thing this morning and the clean up team spent the afternoon at my house. The good news? Well, I suppose the good news is that the clean up is under way. They removed the carpet pad and are drying the carpet with super fans and an industrial dehumidifier. They'll come back in three days to ensure the carpet is dry and then set up an appointment to clean the carpet. If one or two cleanings do the job, they'll then reinstall a new carpet pad. If the cleanings don't take, I'll have to get new carpet.

    The bad news is a) there are many more cleaning visits in my future, b) the problem was caused by gutter overflow that could have been prevented and c) my insurance deductible is $1,000. ALJSFJSLFJRGG!!

    I doubt I'll have the new carpet pad (or new carpet) by the time my family comes to visit but I'll be satisfied if the carpet is clean and the furniture is back where it belongs by then. I'm so annoyed at myself.

    I also screwed up with the Tony Lucca/Joe Firstman tickets. I bought the tickets only to realize afterward that my family is in town the night of the show and I can't go. :/

    The bright spot in the colossal failure that is the start to this week was my morning run. Last night's run was called due to rain but I got up and ran at 6:15am and I did my 5.5k and it was great. And one of the guys on the clean up team was really cute.

    PS. Jensen doesn't look annoyed in this mood icon. He looks like a baby porn star.
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  • Let me show you my upcoming humiliation: Last night three friends and I cooked dinner and drank wine and, after much wine, one friend revealed that a SVP at our company, her boss, is a secret artist with an even more secretive website for his landscape art. Nosy, intrepid and voyeuristic as we are, we were able to find his website and, in a fit of giggles, I bought a painting. I was drunk and I just had to click the "buy now" button and sign in via paypal and OMG this guy is going to see that I bought one of his paintings when he has to SHIP IT TO MY HOUSE. I'm mortified. Not only will he know I found his secret website but I BOUGHT A PAINTING. It's so wildly inappropriate I can't even begin to tell you and I hope he never, ever speaks of it.

  • So, it turns out I gave my adultering asshole of a friend even more credit than he deserved. After passing along his hellos to a colleague, she mentioned that she never actually like him all that much because he's a player who cheated on his wife with a colleague while all three of them worked at the office together. What an asshole.

  • I'm off to see "Wanted" in a few minutes and then I have plans with different friends tonight to see "Wall-E." I can't remember the last time I went to two movies in one day but I can't pass up either. Wall-E! It's the first animated movie I'm paying to see in the theaters since "The Lion King."

  • 5k today was tough but I did it which, I suppose, is most of the battle.

  • [livejournal.com profile] carta and I finished season four of B5. One season to go! :/ I love Sheridan. And Ivanova. And Delenn. And Marcus. OH, MARCUS. Can anyone tell me what movies we should watch when we're through with season 5? I know there were a bunch but I'm not sure if all of them tie to the series or some are spin-offs or what.

  • Also, [livejournal.com profile] carta, I got the sweetest card from you which you must have written a year ago based on what's inside. How about I keep it a mystery? ;) PS. We need "Sheridan with beard" icons.
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  • After two weeks of running 2.5 miles/25 minutes, I decided to suck it up and push myself to 3 miles in 30 minutes. I used my new favorite site, Google Maps Pedometer, (thanks [livejournal.com profile] carta!) to plot my three miles and here I am on the other side of a three mile run! \o/ I'm going to run the three miles for a few weeks but try to get myself to 9 minute miles. Once I'm there, I'll add another 1/2 mile to my run. My long term goal is 5 miles in 40 minutes.

  • Calling podcast recs! I run to Galactica Watercooler podcasts. They're about 2 hrs long which is just the right amount of time to get me through three weekly runs. Unfortunately, they're coming up with plans for the hiatus that aren't going to get me through my runs. A 6 week arc discussing Star Wars just isn't going to cut it. I love running to podcasts, though. Does anyone have podcasts recs? (In addition to Galactica Watercooler, I currently subscribe to Dr. Who: The Commentaries, Science Talk, and RDM's BSG podcast [which has had technical difficulties all season but RDM promises it's coming].)

  • There's so much fic to read! I'm making my way through the [livejournal.com profile] spn_bigbang fic but now I see there's a [livejournal.com profile] tardis_bigbang, too! New Who, Torchwood, Crossovers! Plus, there's [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match and, soon, [livejournal.com profile] sga_bigbang.

  • Tomorrow two friends and I are going to see Allison Krauss and Robert Plant at the Fox Theater. I absolutely love Raising Sand - it's one of my favorite albums of the last few years. I'm so excited to see Krauss and Plant live!

  • I think the Tony Awards are beyond help at this point and I worry that it's also a reflection Broadway in general. The plays looked great but that Xanadu number was painful. The Little Mermaid number was painful. So was Grease. In fact, there was very little worth watching beyond Patti LuPone and flashes of Mountain Man Mandy Patinkin. (Oddly enough, this is exactly how I imagine Jason Gideon looks post BAU.)

  • Chase is home from the hospital and I'm flying to NY on Thursday for a Friday date with my nephew. I already have grabby hands!

  • Would this be my journal without BSG content? Here's an excellent review of 'Revelations' from Maureen Ryan at the Chicago Tribune. And here is a letter to TV Squad from Jane Espenson (co-exec producer/writer) on Revelations.
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  • From the LA Times, "Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff rev up their motorcycles." They're such beautiful, strong, charming women. *loves*



  • EJO and Mary McDonnell will both be at Jump Con in Detroit at the end of August. Ticketing looks unnecessarily complicated and I can't figure out exactly which day they'll be there but it's a 45 minute drive and a no brainer if I can decode the website.

  • The HP 800 word prequel is out and mmichelle was kind enough to transcribe it here. It's a fun, if short, little visit back into HP canon.

  • I've been so immersed in Babylon 5 that my "to read" list is piling up compounded by the start of [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang. I love Sheridan and Delenn and Ivanova and G'Kar but I need some fic! It's on my to do list for the weekend. (And isn't that the best kind of to do list?)

  • Another 25 minute run tonight and it was easier than last time! \o/ It was also night 2 of my new favorite salad: 1 chopped tomato, 1/2 chopped avocado, 1/4 cup part skim mozzarella, 1 tsp seasoned salt all heated together until the cheese melts. So good.
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