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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    ( Dec. 21st, 2008 06:15 pm)
    Hello and Happy Hanukkah to anyone reading my friends list who celebrates. The holiday is off to fabulous start. First up, I have thank yous to [ profile] svmadelyn and [ profile] powrhug! Madelyn was my gift giver for [ profile] hohohos and I now have an awesome string theory book as well as Forever on the Mountain by James M. Tabor. I think [ profile] kaelie rec'd this book a few months ago. It's been on my wish list since then and now it's mine! From [ profile] powrhug I have a gorgeous menorah pendant from an esty artist. The base is a scrabble tile and I love it. I'm going to wear it for all eight days of Hanukkah.

    Last night I had a holiday dinner with my friends Anne and Jill. Anne had a menorah set up for me so, even though it was a night early, I was able to light the candles among friends. We had the yummiest dinner. Salad with avocado & crab meat, goat cheese & shrimp stuffed poblano peppers, and chocolate pecan pie for dessert. YUM. For Hanukkah, they had a star named after me!! YAY! I stopped at a frame shop today to have the certificate framed. It was such a perfect, thoughtful gift!

    Today I met a friend (who thinks we're dating) for coffee and "Milk." Milk was fantastic. Sean Penn is so good that I almost don't give him the credit he deserves because I'm so used to see him completely melt into a character. I was supposed to go to a friend's solstice party tonight but his daughter is sick so I expect I'll binge on more of The L Word instead.

    Call me shallow but Carmen is my favorite )

    This clip is the best example of how Carmen combines sexy and adorable. (You'll get a "may not be suitable for minors" warning from Youtube so consider it NWS.)

    Here's a link to video of Viggo on Bloomberg TV promoting "Good" which finally comes out 12/31. Between Milk, Frost/Nixon, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Good, my holiday movie season is set.

    And I see that Sci-fi is running a ST:TNG marathon on Christmas day! I know how I'll be spending my morning. (though, bizarrely, the e-mail from sci-fi announced that there will be four new episodes. What?)

    That's about it. Sundays are so much better when I know I'm off in the middle of the week and I get to see [ profile] carta and [ profile] kiffle when it's through. \o/

    ETA: Apparently I posted this three times while I was writing. Oops.
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    ( Nov. 9th, 2008 06:35 pm)
    Sci-fi is running a ST:TNG marathon this evening. \o/ Right now, I'm watching the episode where Picard & Wesley are trapped on a planet and Picard gets injured.

    I had a great weekend. Friday night I went to happy hour and ended up drinking beer and tequila until 10pm when four of us finally decided to go get dinner. Beer, tequila, and mushroom ravioli in cream sauce = a perfect Friday night out. Saturday morning came quickly, though. I had plans to meet a friend and his daughter for breakfast at Zingermans at 8:45am. TOO EARLY. I came home and napped from 10:30am- 1:30pm and eventually made it to the gym to work off aforementioned beer, tequila, and pasta.

    Today, I sat in a coffee shop and read for three hours and now Picard & Co. are entertaining me.

    The unexpected part of the weekend came on Friday night when I found out a friend from work has been interested in me for a while and he finally got up the nerve to ask me out. I'm cautious about dating someone from work but definitely interested. Our first date is Tuesday night. :)

    It's hard to believe November 10th is here but Chase's surgery is tomorrow. It's a 6 hour surgery scheduled to start at 10am. My sister is nervous and excited and I wish I was there to support her. I'm certain Chase will be fine but any positive vibes you can send his way are appreciated. He's such a little guy.

    ETA: I loved this week's SGA. They were all AWESOME. Especially Ronon. And Teyla. This is officially my favorite Teyla episode.
    Important newsflash courtesy of [ profile] splifford:

    Worried about the Large Hadron Collider and the possibility that it might destroy life, the universe and everything we hold dear? Get live updates on whether or not your fears are realized here.


    "Encounter at Farpoint" is on sci-fi right now. I appreciate season 1 of ST:TNG for what it developed into in later years but I can't actually watch in. UGH. On the other hand, "Lower Decks" was on last night and remains one of my all time favorite episodes. They totally nailed that one.

    I'm sure there's more but, right now, I've got nothing. Wish me luck driving on the other side of the road! As I told kiffle, I promise to drive better than Booth!

    ETA: I sent in my Michigan voter registration today! I mistakenly thought I needed a MI driver's license (or other state issued ID) to vote here but it turns out I just need to be a permanent resident so I don't have to vote in Florida via absentee ballot after all!
    The ST:TNG episode, "Attached," is on Sci-fi right now and, wow, does it bring back memories.

    I was (am) such a Picard/Crusher shipper. I loved them together through the series and I still remember seeing the preview for this season 7 episode back in 1994 - my senior year of high school - with Beverly's, "Why didn't you ever tell me you were in love with me?" The anticipation nearly killed me for the week leading up to the episode and I don't think I breathed through most of it. I was sure this episode was my moment. THE TEASE. I'm still in denial over that final scene. They do still feel that way! They do!

    I have an important (and slightly panic inducing) meeting tomorrow from noon to four so I promised myself I wouldn't post about the con until I was through with the prep for tomorrow. I'm as through as I possibly can be from home so con! Yay!

    Saturday was Star Trek day and it completely met my expectations. Marina Sirtis came out first (in a terribly unflattering dress) followed by Jonathan Frakes who looks better than I expected and has more energy than I do even on my best day. He totally charmed me. Marina told a great story about the horrible outfits they made her wear and Jonathan did everything possible to avoid being serious. It's awesome that they're still doing this and still appreciate the fans and the franchise (though I also want to mention that they each have very strong opinions about the franchise and the new film - says Marina, "Star Trek goes forward. A movie that looks back is a bad idea [as proven by Enterprise]." Jonathan says, "Movie is good idea but would be better if JJ Abrams would take my directing notes.")

    My photo op with Jonathan came next. Photo Op! With Commander Riker!! Okay, so this is where I admit I've been thinking about the photo op and what I'd say to him for a very, very long time. I loved Commander Riker in high school. LOVED. 'Life size cardboard cut-out in my bedroom' kind of love. And, to be clear, it wasn't a Jonathan Frakes thing. It was all (Hahaha. MOSTLY.) about Commander Riker and my Mary Sue fantasy of being the girl on the alien planet he decides to keep around for the long haul. So there he was - twenty years older and ready to take a photo with me.

    My turn went like this:
    Saturn: Thank you for being here! I've been waiting for this since I was 16!
    Frakes: And that was what? Two years ago?
    Saturn: Hahaha! No! But thank you! It was 15 years ago. I'm 31.
    Frakes: Get out! You're a fox!

    EEEEEEEEEEEE! I feel like I should be all mature and somewhat blase about the whole thing but seriously? Fuck that. Jonathan Frakes called me a fox. That's going to put a smile on my face for a looooooooong time. I'd be a girl in his Commander Riker's port any day! Even 20 years past his TNG prime.

    After Saturday's events, [ profile] kiffle and I met up with [ profile] carta and then [ profile] anamchara for a fantastic dinner and some downtime at Carta's place. It was such a treat to see Casa de Carta and visit with Chara who opted out of BSG day once Jamie Bamber canceled.

    Which brings me to BSG day! It was packed. Breakfast with Katee and Tahmoh at 10am followed a photo op with Katee, their on stage appearances and the autographs. Originally, I was disappointed that Bamber canceled but I think the pairing we got delivered a better con. Katee and Tahmoh are adorable together. They're like brother and sister too - totally wacky and sweet and 100% fun. In particular, Katee is probably the most likable person across all of the cons I've attended. She's completely down to earth and engaged in conversation and honest (even when you get the sense she knows she should be a bit more PC). She's also STUNNING. On stage, she and Tahmoh laughed and laughed and laughed and so did we. They were careful not to disclose any real spoilers but the day got me all revved up for season four.

    Some non spoilerly specifics - Katie asked everyone to give Bionic Woman a chance. She said the show is still finding it's legs and suffers from the input of 9453957 people at NBC. She also admitted that they had to tame Sarah Corvis a bit because she was overshadowing Jaime Summers. :( (Sort of related, one of the vendors had an autographed Sarah Corvis photo which Katee signed with her name and the phrase, "Time In!" She's so awesome.) What else? Tahmoh couldn't say enough about what it's like to work with EJO. He talked about his professionalism as well as how nervous he was during their first scene together. And again? A lot of laughing.

    Here's a con photo of Katee and Tahmoh taken by starbuck042786.

    That's it! Awesome weekend! Next up, [ profile] kiffle and I return to Chicago for Jensen and Jared!

    ETA: How did I forge this? Creation runs no minimum bid auctions where people bid exponentially more than I'd ever considered bidding on swag (even awesome swag) but, on Sunday, I heard the guy say, "Alan Bean" and "art" and "autographed" and my hand was up like a shot. I'm now the proud owner of an autographed print of this Alan Bean moon art! ([ profile] kiffle & [ profile] carta - This is the print I'm trying to get my hands on.)
    This post is mostly about ST:TNG but, to take my mind off the fast, I mainlined Scarecrow & Mrs. King today and I'm in Amanda/Lee heaven. Favorite het pairing ever. EVER OMG. This clip? *dies*

    Anyway, [ profile] scot_ty posted this link to EW's 'Star Trek: The Next Generation': The Top 10 Episodes and it motivated me to make my own top 10 list. It's actually a top 11 because bonuses are always good. I also wonder how this list would change if the show aired now instead of when I was a teenager. Clearly I had a thing for romance. Listed in order of air date because it's impossible for me to rank these:

    • s4 The Best of Both Worlds - "I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated." Best cliffhanger in the Star Trek franchise.

    • s4 Future Imperfect - One of my favorite Riker episodes.

    • s4 The Host - Romance, take 1. Beverly tried so hard to resist Odan. Silly woman. (Though I still think she should have given that final host a chance.)

    • s5 The Outcast - Romance, take 2. I love a smitten Riker.

    • s5 The Inner Light - Seeing Picard living another lifetime, a completely different life from the one he chose, struck me and stayed with me.

    • s6 Chain of Command - There! Are! Four! Lights! Gun to my head, this is my favorite episode of the series.

    • s6 Tapestry - Young Picard, the implications of our choices, Q...perfect.

    • s6 Lessons - Romance, take 3. My favorite part of this ep, aside from the Picard romance and the tension with Beverly, was the continuity from "The Inner Light."

    • s6 Second Chances - Two Rikers! I was 16 and in heaven.

    • s7 Attached - I still remember seeing the preview for this episode and exploding in anticipation. The end of the ep broke my heart a bit but it's still a favorite.

    • s7 Lower Decks - Lower decks wasn't even about the primary crew but it remains a favorite. I love the glimpse into the lives of these young officers and seeing the senior officers from their perspective.

    I have plans to head into the office for a while tomorrow (out of pure necessity rather than even an iota of desire) and I have to get my lazy ass to the gym.
    The Creation Con? The one with Katee Sackhoff and Jamie Bamber and Jonathan Frakes? MINE!!

    I believe the official Seedy Hotel Room motto should be: Those who enable together, stay together. [ profile] kiffle and I are set with day passes for Saturday (COMMANDER RIKER!) and the BSG package for Sunday which includes the breakfast with Jamie and Katee. Plus, of course, photo ops with the three of them. Wheeeee!

    Back in high school, when I went to ST:TNG Creation cons, I didn't even consider spending money on pricey packages or photo ops. It makes the Frakes photo op that much sweeter.

    It's the August Stargate con with [ profile] kiffle, [ profile] alittleblue, and [ profile] carta and then BSG/TNG in October! ([ profile] cranberryink - If anything changes, the seedy hotel room has a quarter slot vibrating bed with your name on it.)

    This morning's breast cancer walk was early but I was home by 11:15am and napped from about 12:30- 2pm. Date tonight - we're going downtown to an outdoor music festival. It's the perfect day for it.
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    ( Jun. 15th, 2007 07:19 pm)
    Creation Con! October. Jamie Bamber. Katee Sackhoff. Jonathan Frakes. Marina Sirtis. Oh, my god, you guys. I have to go. BSG plus the 20th anniversary of ST:TNG!?!? And a bonus - I can drive there. Does anyone else want to go? I could have my photo taken with Starbuck, Apollo, and Commander Riker all in one weekend. BSG + TNG = LOVE!

    Seriously. Anyone? [ profile] carta? Is the Gold Package calling your name?

    While you're considering, here's a meme:

    1. My username is _____ because ____.
    [ profile] saturn92103 - Saturn because of the whole space thing and I have a tattoo of Saturn. 92103 because it was my zip code back in the days of the board where this all started and I didn't realize how annoying it would be to have 5 numbers in my username.

    2. My journal is titled ____ because ____.
    "We choose to go to the moon..." My favorite period in NASA history are the Apollo missions and this quote gets right to the heart of it. "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade... not because they are easy but because they are hard;" - John F. Kennedy, 1962

    3. My subtitle is ____ because ____.
    "Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative" Also in keeping with Apollo and my feelings on space exploration - manned or otherwise, "It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative." - Michael Collins, Gemini and Apollo astronaut.

    4. My friends page is called ____ because ____.
    Crewmates. It's a thematic thing.

    5. My default userpic is ____ because ____.

    Green grapes are tasty. (And I'm too mutli-fandom to feel comfortable with a fandom-centric default.)

    Detroit Metro-Area Breast Cancer walk tomorrow. The good? I raised $425 and my company has 57 people on the team. The ugly? We're meeting at 6:30am tomorrow morning.
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    ( Jan. 3rd, 2007 09:58 pm)
    This has bugged me for a decade.

    The people on the planet in "The Inner Light" can't find a way to save themselves (and don't even have advanced technology) but they're able to create a probe that enters the mind of someone and allows him to live an entire life among them within the space of a few minutes? And do they know the entire time? Is that why the friend and the wife show up at the end? Or what??? And how the heck did they build such an advanced piece of technology given that they don't even have basic computers?

    The one thing I do like is that Picard's flute playing carries over into "Lessons." (And I do like the premise. It just seems completely improbable and flawed.)


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