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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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  • I'm very much in the mood to read a long, meaty McKay/Dex story and I can't find one to dig into. Clearly I'm doing something wrong because people must be writing the pairing more than I'm noticing. Does anyone have recs?

  • The Guardian reviews Hamlet. ([ profile] kiffle - it looks like that's the costume after all!)

      "The big news from Stratford is that Gregory Doran's production is one of the most richly textured, best-acted versions of the play we have seen in years. And Tennant, as anyone familiar with his earlier work with the RSC would expect, has no difficulty in making the transition from the BBC's Time Lord to a man who could be bounded in a nutshell and count himself a king of infinite space. He is a fine Hamlet whose virtues, and occasional vices, are inseparable from the production itself."

  • Sides from Dollhouse leaked and io9 takes us through the pilot. I love Joss Whedon but I'm a bit cautious about this show. I'm reserving judgment until I see the pilot (and how the male "agents" operate).

  • It's storming like crazy and I love it. Even aside from the fact that my lawn is a dying mess and needs the rain, I love a good summer storm. A downpour plus thunder plus warm weather = joy.

  • SYTYCD finale tonight and my tour tickets arrived in the mail today! 4th row!! I didn't expect it but my votes went to Katee last night. Without Chelsie to focus on, I decided I've enjoyed Katee the most of the final four. The girl can do anything. I probably won't watch the finale until the weekend, though, because I'm going to want to ff through all of the usual bs that accompanies reality show finales.

  • Oh, right! Hi. I'm not in Chicago at Terminus. I had more issues with my basement so here I am still in Ann Arbor. [ profile] aleciamasters was kind enough to step in as my proxy for my presentation and I'm reevaluating my weekend plans which, sadly, won't involve [ profile] carta or an introduction to Farscape. (They will, however, include an Olympics opening night party!)

  • I finished The Black Hole War last night and, on the recommendation of a friend, started Candace Bushnell's new book, One Fifth Avenue. I got about 5 pages in and literally threw the book across my room. WOW. BAD. I'm not a fiction snob. In fact, I'm the opposite of a fiction snob. I hate reading fiction that makes me search for metaphor and symbolism. I just want a good story. But I also have standards and One Fifth Avenue is about 8 bars below those standards. WOW. I have The Quantum Ten in front of me but I'm itching for fiction so I think I'm going to dive into The Fall of Hyperion. I read Hyperion for the first time in February and I've been meaning to get to the sequel for months.
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    A local radio station loves to play "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" every few days on my commute to work. I don't know why they're so attached to the song but I do know that for the rest of my life I'll hear John Barrowman's voice drowning out Sting's. It's Pavlovian at this point. This line here: It's a big enough umbrella, but it's always me that ends up getting wet... is just about the worst of it. Then I start picturing the dance moves at 2:44. John Barrowman seems like a lovely man but OH, MY GOD he's butchered Sting.

    This isn't the first time I've linked the video and I'm sure it won't be the last. I refuse to suffer alone and, god help me, I keep watching it over and over and over again.

    Final eliminations on SYTYCD tonight! My votes went to Joshua and Chelsie last night. *crosses fingers*

    I'm surprised more people haven't mentioned Beedle the Bard! Have all of my HP LJ friends fled to IJ?
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    ( Jun. 11th, 2008 08:13 pm)
  • 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 [ 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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    Last night's Supernatural a.k.a. LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE! )

    I love this show. Really, a lot. And I'm going to see Jared and Jensen this weekend holy fuck. This episode was the perfect lead in to Seedy Hotel Room v. SPN. I have to go back and read other episode reactions. Tell me how much you loved it, too!!

    A bit on last night's CSI and next week's CSI preview )

    What's up with James Potter and the Hall of Elders??? Is it official? Is there gossip or scoop I'm missing? ETA: From HPANA, it sounds like it's not connected to JKR or WB.

    For anyone who wants it: Borders Friends & Family coupon. 20% off good November 12- 14.
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    ( Oct. 19th, 2007 12:11 am)
    • There's a posting frenzy about this but I need it here, too. Dumbledore was gay. And AD/GG is canon, even if unrequited. I honestly never saw this coming. Not now, for certain, and not with the kind of casual revelation JKR delivered but there you have it and I say AWESOME.

    • SGA - Doppleganger (In brief) )

    • I was a skeptic about Carter on SGA but I'm sold. More than anything, I like the continuity she brings from 10 seasons of SG-1. SGA is still it's own show but having Carter there bridges a gap I didn't know was missing for me while, at the same time, still lets the show move forward. I approve.

    • Fantastic date tonight. It was a second date and this one was even better than the first. I think that means it's time to end the lingering bits of the relationship with J who I started dating back in May. It feels like it's been ending for a while but tonight sealed the deal. I don't know where it will go with tonight's date but I know I want to figure it out without this other relationship hanging over my head.

    • ETA: Tomorrow morning the refrigerator repairman comes! FINALLY!
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    ( Jul. 22nd, 2007 08:54 pm)
    Do I even need to mention that, for a short while, my journal will be exceedingly Harry Potter heavy?

    I took a sabbatical from fic after HBP but, post-DH, I'm reading almost everything I can get my hands on. [ profile] r_becca has a round up of all of the Deathly Hallows fic she can find over here. My recs are below.

    Eight fic recs set during or post Deathly Hallows. SPOILERS ahoy )

    I'm trying to figure out how long I should wait before posting these recs to Moonshot. There's no cutting for spoilers so, for the time being, I have them all saved in drafts. A week? Two? A month?

    ETA:A few more recs added.
    No spoilers. Just some of my favorite photos from the midnight party my sister and I attended. Click for a larger version.

    This little Luna was ADORABLE. She had a handmade Quibbler with her and a note taped to her back that said, "My name is Looney." Adorable.

    Some more... )

    • My mother, sister, and grandmother were supposed to arrive in town tonight at 6:30pm but their flight was canceled due to bad weather somewhere between NYC ad Detroit. They're booked on a 6am flight tomorrow but we lost one of our three nights together. I'm sad.

    • I finished Deathly Hallows last night (the scans) and I'm not sure how to absorb and accept that it's over. Canon is closed. I feel the same way I did when I boarded a plane to fly home from college graduation knowing that an amazing, irreplaceable experience was over i.e. heaving sobs.

    • I have a lot more to say about the book itself (OBVIOUSLY) but will save it for a post specific to one HP cut tag.

    • My company had an Officer off-site all day today and the Directors in my functional area were invited to present and then stay for the day. I was nervous - I never know what the CEO will ask - but it all went fine. (Thanks, I imagine, to hours of prep.)
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    ( Jul. 15th, 2007 03:31 pm)
    I'm feeling nostalgic - almost painfully so - about next weekend's release of Deathly Hallows. I want the book RIGHT NOW and also NEVER. I read Chamber of Secrets in 1999 just prior to the release of PoA and that was it. Love. It took me another five years to succumb to HP fandom. On April 1, 2004, I wrote this: I've started reading HP fic specifically, and only, Harry/Snape. There are enablers of the evil sort lurking around here. For years I swore that I would never read HP fic. I even had a soapbox. But, Harry/Snape. There's something there. Hahaha! All these years and pairings later, I'm still a Harry/Snape girl at heart.

    Deathly Hallows will joss fic the same way every book always has but, before that happens, I've been reading some of my favorite stories - post HBP and otherwise. The end result is a list of my favorite 22 pre-Deathly Hallows stories. With the exception of Harry/Snape fic, I tried to limit it to my favorite story for each of the pairings I read. (And, by "pairings I read", I mean you're not going to find much Sirius or MWPP fic.) I think the strain of picking favorites burst a few blood vessels in my head. After all this time, my favorites haven't changed much. Maybe it's nostalgia but almost all of these are stories I've loved for years.

    Saturn's Definitive Harry Potter Fic Recs

    Harry/Ron #1: Close Enough by [ profile] helenish (NC-17) We've got some dysfunctional boys here, folks, but it's breathtaking watching them try to get their act together. Post-war.

    Harry/Ron #2: Credulous Hearts by [ profile] callmesandy (PG) Ron's wife is dead and he's a mess. But then he's not. Their friendship is real and tangible and underneath everything. Post-war.

    Ron/Draco: A Soft Spot for Lost Causes by [ profile] helenish (NC-17) Ron struggles to give Draco what he needs but only because it's something he wants, too. Post Hogwarts.

    Ron/Snape: The Tao of Diogenes by [ profile] thetreacletart (R) The war is finally over and two veterans meet again...for the very first time. This is one of my all time favorite Ron/Snape stories.

    Trio: Bed and Board by [ profile] resonant8 (NC-17) The war's over and others think they know best. Maybe Ron and Hermione really do.

    Snape/Draco: Reveillon by [ profile] femmequixotic (NC-17) Plot driven and well paced with excellent characterizations, this is an excellent post-HBP story. You can't help but root for Draco, Snape, and even Narcissa all along knowing where their loyalties lie.

    Hermione/Snape: Body of Knowledge by [ profile] arsenicjade (NC-17) Prequel to Origins of Myth. Hermione loses Draco. She finds Severus. This is one of my favorite Hermione/Snape stories. Really, though, Arsenic writes all the best Hermione/Snape. She respects Hermione tremendously and I love here Snape. You can find all of her fic here. After – or before - reading Body of Knowledge, you're also going to want to be sure you've read Origins of Myth (Ron/Draco).

    Harry/Draco #1: Tissue of Silver by Fearless Diva (R) Harry is the auror sent to protect Draco from a mysterious assailant.

    Harry/Draco #2: Transfigurations by [ profile] resonant8 (NC-17) The war is over and it’s time to rebuild Hogwarts. Stunning story.

    Black/Snape: Rat's Alley by [ profile] fabularasa (NC-17) Snape’s a vampire. In six parts. This is one of the best Black/Snape stories I’ve read. Certainly required reading for anyone interested in the best of the pairing.

    Lupin/Snape: The Way of the World by [ profile] scribbulus_ink (NC-17) This is the story that introduced me to the pairing and it remains a favorite.

    Harry/Snape: A Choriambic Progression by Mairead Triste and Aristide (NC-17) One of my all time favorite Harry/Snape stories. This is gorgeous. Just go read.

    Eleven more of my favorite Harry/Snape stories )

    As always, all 275+ of my Harry Potter recs can be found over at Moonshot. You'll see I shamelessly nicked these reviews from what I said over there. :)

    Anyone have favorites of their own to share?
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    ( Jul. 13th, 2007 05:43 pm)
    Order of the Phoenix!! )

    Off to see Oceans 13 tonight.
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    ( Jul. 12th, 2007 10:13 pm)
    I really have to post about the movie and there are all sorts of other things going on but it's bedtime and I can't go to sleep until post this video of Dan, Emma, and Rupert on Moviefone Unscripted. It's super. It's just them answering viewer questions and being all together adorable. My favorite bit is the discussion about US state abbreviations.

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    ( Jul. 8th, 2007 05:50 pm)

    • My Deathly Hallows spoiler policy: I will be off-line from Friday morning, 7/20 until I finish the book. My sister, mother, and grandmother are visiting that weekend so I expect it will be sometime on Monday. After that, I'll post all DH spoilers behind a cut for a month. After that, it's fair game in my journal. (I'll post a reminder before I post anything outside of a cut so you can filter me out of your reading list if you still haven't finished the book.)

    • I am currently spoiler free and plan to stay that way. Things I expect will happen in Deathly Hallows )

      What are your predictions?

    • And on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning?), a few colleagues and I are going to see the 12:10am showing of OotP!! I have a long work day on Wednesday followed by a dinner but I'm so looking forward to this. Things I hope for/am looking forward to in the film )
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    ( Jul. 2nd, 2007 05:48 pm)
    What will I post about when Borders stops releasing HP on-line content? Upon further thought, I imagine I'll move on to Deathly Hallows OMG SO SOON WANT.

    Just now up is Borders' footage of Quidditch, Wizard Rock, and Bourbon St. Harry Potter Interviews from Phoenix Rising. All of it's awesome but I'm partial to the Quidditch and the Man on the Street interviews. Bourbon St. was the perfect backdrop. So much so, that the Beaubuxton girls fit right in on the street!

    6pm conference call with Australia and then it's a sushi date. Mmmmmm. Sushi.
    Yay!! At Phoenix Rising, Borders and Pottercast co-sponsored a Harry Potter book club discussion and the video is up! It's so awesome. I love it! We're so close to July 21st!!

    What else? Peter Petrelli/Sam Winchester love. It's even prettier in photo form.

    After work today I stopped at the eye doctor to pick up the contacts I ordered in January. (Yes, I'm lucky my eyes haven't fallen out.) And I went by the Mac counter to turn in my 6 empties for a free lipstick and some new face powder and lip liner. Cosmetic purchases make me particularly happy.

    That's all I've got.


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