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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( Oct. 6th, 2008 06:51 am)
In practice, I hate the Electoral process but I admit I love watching/reading about Electoral math. Winning a US Presidential election is such an absurd, wacky numbers game (as we, of course, learned in 2000) and I love watching those CNN anchors shift states between McCain & Obama (mostly from McCain to Obama) to show where and why candidates are campaigning and how it's all shaking out.

Here's some fun stuff for a Monday morning:

  • Patrick Stewart may appear in Dr. Who!! \o/
  • Want some PDFs of season 4 Dr. Who scripys?
  • The Mystery of Dan Simmons. I'm currently reading Simmons' Endymion and just stumbled on this io9 post about the author.

    And a quick poll inspired by my morning tweezing:

    [Poll #1273299]

    I'm about 20 minutes late getting into the shower. Off I go.
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    ( Sep. 14th, 2008 08:11 pm)
    I'm home from my spectacular, spectacular trip to England & Wales with [livejournal.com profile] kiffle. It was So. Much. Fun. So much fun!

    We arrived on Thursday morning and met up at Gatwick. After an hour on the customs line, E was waiting with mini-muffins and we were off to pick up our rental car and drive the two hours to Stratford. Okay, driving on the other side of the road from the other side of the car? NOT EASY. That first day I had a terrible tendency to drift to the left and, wow, the roundabouts intimidated me. By the end of the trip? Saturn: BRITISH ROAD MASTER. Kiffle will back me up. I drove in the rain and the fog and in populated areas and not only did everyone come through unscathed but the car did as well. \o/

    Back at it. We arrived at The Stratford Hotel around 2pm after a quick stop at a Welcome Break for lunch and some cautious driving. After a nap, we went out for a quick, but yummy dinner, and then headed over to the theater for night one of Hamlet. More on Hamlet shortly.

    On Friday morning we headed out around 10am for Cardiff with noble plans of arriving shortly after noon. I'm going to blame the roundabout signs for this but, partway into the drive, we ended up driving about 25 miles in the wrong direction. Ooops! We did, however, get to stop at the Chateau Impney Hotel for directions. Forget the stunning chateau, there were goats.

    We made it to Cardiff shortly after 1pm and, by the grace of travel luck, parked around the corner from the Hub Millennium Center. Cardiff! The Hub!! We were the biggest dorks with our photos and I don't care because it was so much fun to visit Cardiff Bay! We have all sorts of photos of the bay and the Millennium Center and the Hub and the Dr. Who exhibition. David Tennant's tiny suit! Daleks! AN OOD (born with it's brain in its hand)!!

    Because it couldn't be easy, we had a bit of a downpour part of the drive home from Cardiff but, as noted above, there were no casualties. We were back in Stratford by 6pm or so, napped again, and had a delicious dinner at The Oppo. The photo of the restaurant doesn't do it justice. YUM. After drinks at the hotel bar, it was off to bed for our final day.

    Saturday! Saturday was FANTASTIC. We started the morning walking around town because we hadn't had a chance while shops were open. By 12:15pm, we were at Warwick Castle. My first castle!! There were dungeons and towers and everything you'd expect of a castle built hundreds and hundreds of years ago and continually updated through the 1800's. I could totally live like that.

    Back to the hotel by 3:30pm for, yes, another nap. :) Early dinner at The White Swan (greasy fish & chips) and then off to night two of Hamlet.

    Oh, my god, this show! It was so good. I expected it to be great but it was better than great. Patrick Stewart is a master and David Tennant played the part like he was born for it. He brought a ton to the dramatic moments but it was Hamlet's frenetic madness where Tennant really stood out. His pacing was perfect and he brought so much humor to the role.

    It's a small theater that was made all the better by our kick ass seats. (Thanks E!!) The first night, we were in the 5th row facing the front of the stage. The 2nd night, we were in front row of the next section back. From those fifth row seats the actors were right there.

    Um, also? I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how hot David Tennant is. Holy shit. There's this one scene where he's barefoot wearing a red t-shirt & jeans and every now and then he'd lift his arms up showing a stripe of belly and just, shit, my own belly did flips. He was cute and handsome and charming and I adore him more than ever.

    On Saturday night, since we'd already seen the show, we snuck out of our aisle seats at the start of the final duel to head for the stage door. We'd popped by Thursday night but Tennant was already gone and we wanted a chance for autographs and pictures. Score!


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    [livejournal.com profile] kiffle has all of our trip photos on her camera including the photos (and video!) of David Tennant but, when they're posted, you'll see that he was right. there. He's so skinny! And cute! And E has photos of his freckles! It was the perfect end to our fantastic trip.

    This morning we were up at 6am for the two hour drive back to Gatwick and now, sadly, we're home. All good things...

    What's next!?!

    PS to Kiffle: Thank you for a) enabling and b) being a fantastic traveling partner/navigator. Wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff!
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    ( Jul. 24th, 2008 04:52 pm)
    It's only 48 days until [livejournal.com profile] kiffle and I head to the UK for our Stratford Upon Avon/RSC/Patrick Stewart/David Tennant/Cardiff extravaganza and, apparently, the press is getting as excited as we are.

    Rehearsal photos!



    There are more at [livejournal.com profile] stewart_daily here and the original BBC article is here.

    Then there's this: Doctor Who signing ban at Hamlet - Doctor Who and Star Trek fans have been banned from having sci-fi merchandise signed by David Tennant and Patrick Stewart while they star in Hamlet.

    So Kiffle and I shouldn't dress up as a Dalek and a Borg for the show?

    I was COMPLETELY ENTHRALLED by last night's SYTYCD. Barring that Fox Trot, it was one hell of a night. I voted for Will and Chelsie but I'd actually be happy if any of my top 6 win (which means Mark and Comfort have to go tonight).

    I've loved Will for a while but last night sealed the deal. Even beyond his killer James Brown solo, any man who's inspired to dance by Patrick Swayze in the final scene of Dirty Dancing is a keeper.

    Tonight I'm doing laundry and going for a run and packing for tomorrow night's trip to NY! I get into JFK at 11pm on Friday and I leave NY at noon on Sunday but, all day Saturday, my sister, nephew and I are going to bask in each other!
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    ( May. 6th, 2008 08:57 pm)
    I started watching Brothers & Sisters for Rob Lowe but, OMG, I stayed for the CRACK. I can't get enough of the crazy, dysfunctional Walkers. It's just one thing after another but what's so great about the show is that nothing drags on. They resolve the problems quickly to make room for newer, bigger, better problems.

    My favorite, though, is "Justin & Rebecca: A Tale of Modern Incest." Come with me on a journey )

    PS. They're so in love. I can't wait until they finally have sex.

    And, while we're at it, have some Rob Lowe screen caps. He looked good this week.

    Rob... )

    Does anyone else watch this show?

    For my own future reference, here's Patrick Stewart appearing on Charlie Rose )
  • Here: Have a fantastic Patrick Stewart interview! I really, really want to see him in Hamlet with David Tennant. Why must I be responsible? WOE. Must I be responsible? Really?

  • I finished week three of the C25K program and it looks like week four really steps up the pace. I can't believe how much I'm enjoying this. I feel like I'm actually training my body to sustain a running regimen and I love working out outside. I'm probably not getting the same workout I do at the gym but it's so relaxing to spend that time outside after work.

  • SGA fic rec: Hero For A New Age by [livejournal.com profile] smittywing Written for the prompt, "books, stories and legends," this story is all about the superheroes Ronon reads about in Earth comics and the heroes he lives with on Atlantis. I absolutely love stories that explore Ronon’s perceptions of Atlantis, Earth, and his team.

  • Torchwood fic rec: Make a Beginning by [livejournal.com profile] dsudis Summary: Gwen couldn’t go on like that much longer. Neither could Torchwood. A wonderful story with a post-”Exit Wounds” direction that could easily be canon.

  • Ron Moore finally posted the podcast for the season four premiere (after posting the podcasts for the 2nd and 3rd episodes) and confirmed what's been obvious: season four is one long act, one long story vs. past seasons which allowed for stand alone episodes. I think it's the right approach for long term payoff but has the potential to create some less satisfying individual episodes.

  • Some commentary on unity among the cylon models )

  • The Things That Carried Him: Four thousand American soldiers have died in Iraq. This is the true story of how one of them came home. I almost feel like I should make a separate post for this link. This is an article from Esquire, originally linked by synecdochic, that reminded me what it really means when we hear another soldier died overseas. It was tough to read - particularly when put in the context of just 1 of 4,000 other stories like it.
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