ayrdaomei: ([Comics] Think Fast)
( Dec. 26th, 2008 03:20 pm)
+ I can't quite put my finger on it, but at some point in watching episode 1x09 of The Mentalist, I was struck by the realization that I like and am starting to feel invested in the supporting cast. This makes me happy, since Lord knows I don't really watch this show for the cases.

what's this? supporting cast-induced squee? )

I've also graduated to fic for the show - just Palm, Switch, Steal so far. It's short, but good. Spoilers for 1x10 if you haven't watched that yet.

+ God rest Eartha Kitt. She had a long and brilliant career as an entertainer in several mediums, but I loved her most of all as Yzma in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove. (If you've never seen that, you're missing out. It is hilarious. I haven't seen it in about a year, so it's due for a re-watch.)

+ Saw The Spirit with [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com]. I laughed a lot, mostly at it, but occasionally with it. It was really weird, you know, humor-wise? Like Snakes On A Plane weird, although I'm guessing, since I didn't see that movie. It was...I don't know, just really over the top - most often when Sam Jackson was on screen. It had its moments but I wouldn't recommend it. [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com] liked it, although he agrees it's a weird movie. So, make of that what you will. Before the film, we got several crappy trailers. Two of them were for slasher flicks, and what do you know, Jared was in one (um, Jason 13 or some such) and Jensen in the other (My Bloody Valentine, I think). So that was kinda amusing, and kinda sad.

+ My mom straightened my hair this morning :/ I'm really perfectly fine with people not taking hot irons to my head, but she was very keen to. I don't know why some people are so concerned about how I wear my hair.
ayrdaomei: ([AtS] Birthday)
( Feb. 3rd, 2007 09:17 am)
Oh man, is there anything better than when you try to be on the up and up with your mother about something you KNEW you should have just gone ahead and done behind her back, and she starts ranting and carrying on and won't let you make a point? I love that.

Via [Bad username or site: thewriteratwork / @ livejournal.com]:
1. Grab the nearest book. (N.B. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.)
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.

He pulls into the driveway and switches off the engine, then the headlights. He undoes his seatbelt, guiding it with his hand as it retracts, back behind his left shoulder. "Another reason."

I started The Namesake last night, which is the only reason I had anything nearby to do this with. That leads into kind of a big moment in the story, doesn't it? I recognize the scene from the movie version's trailer.
There's this band, The Hold Steady? They are alllllll over the music blogosphere. They seem to be this year's Killers, or something. I personally don't really see what the big deal is. But every other mention of them involves a comparison to Springsteen that I don't get, since I don't know from Springsteen outside of Streets of Philadelphia, I'm on Fire and The Rising. And maybe Sad Eyes. Is he Sad Eyes? I'm more about the Enrique and Trisha versions of that, anyhoo. And that one song Faith Hill covered, If I Should Fall Behind, which I think he only ever wrote and never sang himself, since no Springsteen fan I know ever recognizes it when I mention it.

Anyway, I was saying, I'm not really getting the big deal. But I did like these two songs - Stuck Between Stations and First Night. If you want to check out more of the band, you can find no shortage of their tracks via the ever-helpful Hype Machine. (And, okay, after a couple listens, I also kinda liked You Can Make Him Like You and How A Resurrection Really Feels. But still.)

Stuff that caught my ear recently:
  • Smokey Robinson's Just My Soul Responding available from The No. 1 Songs In Heaven.
  • Tim Williams' I Am Wearing It available via The Test Pilot.
  • Damien Jurado's What Were The Chances via Black Balloon. If you like covers, that post also has Damien's cover of Pink Moon.
  • The bonus track, Bread and Butter, from the new Roots' cd - available via The Yellow Stereo.
  • Damien Rice's Nine Crimes via Good Weather For Airstrikes. I didn't even know he had a new album on the way!
  • Red Sparowes' Like The Howling Glory Of The Darkest Winds, This Voice Was Thunderous And The Words Holy, Tangling Their Way Around Our Hearts And Clutching Our Innocent Awe which...I found somewhere I can't remember. But it's also available in this post from Largehearted Boy. Who came first - Red Sparowes or Explosions in the Sky? Because someone is biting someone else's sound hardcore.
  • A lot of blogs chose to showcase the epic Crane Wife trilogy off the new Decemberists album, but I also like Summersong. It's available via Both Sides of the Mouth.
  • Lupe Fiasco's What It Do is real fun despite the fact that the song makes little sense to me. It's available via Silence is a rhythm too. Also available in that post is Q-Tip's Breathe & Stop, which is just as great now as it was in 1999. Whatever happened to him?

And wow, the dirty laundry certainly is a-airing about Macha, my goodness.

My mom apparently told the whole world I went to St. Louis, cause I got quasi-lectured by my cousin's husband about how there is a limit to all things and time is money and some other stuff that I don't remember because I stopped listening. THANKS, MA.

The Cubs went with Piniella, and I read somewhere that if Joe doesn't land the Nats job (pleasepleasepleaseplease), Torre's got a spot for him in New York. Aw. Except, you know, it's back with the Yankees! And that's not fun for me. So help me out, Nats.

I heard on ESPN Radio that Pujols is a Just Shut Up award nominee. Heh. His luck to be nominated the same week as Steve Lyons, I imagine.
+ I rather like the idea of this tracking feature thing. Because you know there are those people whose posts on a particular topic are of interest to you, but not the other 732 things they post about way too frequently for your tastes? (I'm sure people have felt the same way about me ^_~) I end up removing people like that from my f-list after a while, and I just check in on them periodically. But now with the neato tracking feature letting me know when they've posted under a certain tag, I can keep up with them a little better without having to put them back on my regular reading list. Nifty. In fact, how awesome that you can now track people's posts for a while without adding them to your f-list before you've really gotten a feel for them? I'm a fan.

+ ETA on the laptop is Monday morning! more for those who have any interest in the saga to date. )

+ Question for the California people; those in the OAK/SF area, especially )

+ More generally, A's fans: Ebay being the wallet-suck that it is, I bought a set of the A's player magnets that were given away at the ballpark earlier this year and split them with [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com]. I put my 8 on my fridge and they made me very happy. I figured if 8 made me happy, how much happier would I be with the complete set of 16? So I bought a second set of the player magnets. Which means I have duplicates of a handful of players, if anyone wants at. )

+ The cover of next week's People magazine has Jessica Simpson on it, with quotes from her people about how head over heels she allegedly is for John Mayer. How embarassing that Mayer and his people have been falling all over themselves to emphatically state that next to nothing went on between him and Jessica and they are not an item. Awwwwkward.
ayrdaomei: ([24] It's funny cause it's true)
( Mar. 6th, 2006 06:43 pm)
[Poll #686006]

I started Memoirs of a Geisha today! I was very proud of me. I'm gonna go read until 24 comes on, ignoring my mother, who is bitching that I am no daughter of hers because I am not in the mood to go social visiting this evening. I hate, hate, hate when she just drops shit like that on me. You can't just announce to me that we're gonna go see somebody. I have to mentally prepare myself for a couple hours of bullshitting about school and my future and how at peace I am with everything. Okay? I'll fucking go tomorrow.
+ [Bad username or site: natural_center / @ livejournal.com], have you dl'd any of the Firefly dvd extras? I was poking about my hard drive, and I still have most of them. I could upload them to Sendspace if you're interested - just lemme know.

+ My mom called me at 7:44 this morning. She wanted to know how I was doing and if I had enough money in the bank for food and gas. She called me yesterday at 7:00 to ask me the same thing. She wrote me a check for a hundred dollars at the beginning of the semester that is still taped to my tv. I don't know why she thinks that if I needed money I wouldn't ask her in a heartbeat. I mean, yes, I joke about being broke but I mean that with respect to spending money on stuff I don't really need. Calm down, Mama. Please.

On the other hand, I meant to wake up around 6:00 am and get back to working on my appeal, so I suppose it's good she called.

+ I haven't talked about BPAL in a while. I've kind of gotten away from it what with the being broke thing, and since it seems to me that unwanted stuff is much harder to unload now, I didn't want the temptation of buying bottles of stuff I'd be stuck with if I didn't like 'em. That said, I was bad and got bottles of Smut1, Red Lantern2 and Budding Moon3 last week, and I really like all three. I can't remember the last time that happened! Well, Red Lantern and Budding Moon I really like. Smut I like but it smells enough like The Cracked Bell4 to me that I'll probably swap it or sell it. I had to try Red Lantern because one of the girls recommended it to anyone with a thing for red velvet cake. There's definitely something to that :-P Budding Moon I like because it's a really "freshening" scent for me, along the lines of Shanghai5. I was a little worried when some of the reviews talked about how strong the lotus note is, because I'm not much of a floral person really. But it's light enough on me, and so refreshing, that I'm swapping for an extra bottle.

+ I saw 'Garth Brooks plans a comeback' and I was all excited. And then they were like "when his kids go to college." IN TEN YEARS. Boo! Rubbish! Filth! Slime! Muck! Boo taking off time to be with your children and get married! SING FOR ME, DAMN IT. Also, I haven't forgotten about that duets album you and Trisha owe me.

+ I've been feeling lately like I'd love to get into The X-Files all over again. I blame [Bad username or site: foxestacado / @ livejournal.com] and her mission to icon every single episode. But it's been long enough since I've seen many eps of the show that I think it would almost be like getting into a new fandom. Maybe this summer.

Scent descriptions, for the curious )
You know, I like fall and winter, for the most part. But I am feeling rather done with overcast, dreary days and wet ground that has no snow on it. I could really use a couple of hours of good sun. Someone hook me up.

Robertson suggests God smote Sharon. I will confess, part of me takes small comfort in major Christian leaders saying stupid things, because it makes me feel like Islamic extremists don't have the monopoly on embarassing their professed religion. Hey, Robertson, what was God smiting those 12 miners for? Jackass. (You know, he and my mother had the same idea. Only she thought God smote Prime Minister Sharon for being a "murdering bastard". So, there you go. I should hook them up.)

In other news; my brother is getting dragged to FanFest tomorrow, because his friend doesn't want to go alone. Mwahaha. The last time I bothered with FanFest, Brady and Bordy still played for the Orioles. Do they still charge for it? They ought to open the gates to the public and JUST BE GLAD IF ANYONE SHOWS UP.

Anyway. LJ as a messageboard time: Chrissy, I'm back in the 'burg, dude. Are you here? Wanna do something later? I'm not feeling up to much talking (I know, when am I ever?) but if you want to catch a movie or something, I'd be game. Or we could get coffee and I could listen to you talk. Whichever.

ETA:

Anyone who has (or could find for me) Harry Belafonte's We Make Love would have my undying gratitude. For a live version, I'd raise your children.
Alright, chances of that whole pedicure thing happening look slim. Because I can't be bothered to go outside, really. There's like...still snow on the ground. From DAYS AGO.

On the plus side, I've done three loads of laundry and counting. It was getting drastic. I had to raid my mom's underwear drawer this morning. And I'm wearing my brother's old snap-up athletic pants and my sleeveless red NOMAH tee. The NOMAH tee hadn't even seen the light of day in, like, three years. I feel all vintage and retro and shit.

Just FYI for those who haven't heard (and honestly, it's just an FYI, I'm personally good to go on both icons and paid account time), but if anyone's thinking of gifting someone on their f-list with paid account time for the holidays, you should know that LJ's running a special where they'll match your gift of paid time with the 100 userpics add-on, at no extra charge. However, the special offer ends on December 21st (at 12pm PST), so if you were planning on doing it, it makes all the sense in the world to do it by then. Because everyone loves extra iconnage, yeah?

In baseball news, the Orioles are allegedly in the chase to sign Damon. How's his fastball? >.> Also, the day Johnny Damon ever seriously considers signing with the Orioles is the day I lay off Alex Rodriguez and tell you guys you were all right about that crush on Jeter. That is to say, it'll never happen.

"I don't really see a need to sell New York to somebody," Jeter said. "You pretty much know what you're going to get." -- Yanks' inactivity doesn't concern Jeter. He cracks me up.

And AJ Polish landed himself a three year deal in Chicago. I really don't care, actually, so I'm not sure why I'm mentioning it.

This morning, I went to make breakfast, and I saw that my dad had written little messages on all the eggs. DON'T EAT ME and HI MOM! and the like. Wtf. My dad is so random.
My Jacobs Stories cd was also here! It had kinda slid under my bed. Love it. I'm glad they keep making music, though I'd love them to get signed to a label that will let them put out a full length cd instead of these three song eps every few years. Anyhoo. Nothing as good as Unfinished Idea No. 208 on this one, but I rather like A Ghost Amongst Us. (And if you like that one, here's The Incentive)

Also - I saw [Bad username or site: jchalo / @ livejournal.com]'s post about [Bad username or site: ysi_leftovers / @ livejournal.com] like...an hour ago? And my computer is already protesting how much I've downloaded. What a fabulous idea for a community! Sure, I did see three posts in a row with Anna Nalick's Breathe, but yay for the scroll function. Such good pickings! And yay for not wasting things that take time to upload. If you're a music fiend, I heartily rec this community. I also saw some videos linked (The pilots of Fraggle Rock, and ALF - LOL. I love people.) but it seems mostly used for music.

Lastly, this Mega Holiday Mix post over in [Bad username or site: muruch / @ livejournal.com]'s music blog is awesome. Neat variety of holiday stuff.

Dude. I love the internets, I do.

In other news, I may perhaps venture outside of the house today for a pedicure. Yeah, I know. This is the same pedicure I've been debating getting since like...JULY. Only now, I might actually do it, because I won't think "But I could go to a ballgame this weekend with that money!"

My mother has, in the 40-odd hours I've been home, noted about 20 times that I lost a little weight again this semester. She is pleased, having been after me to lose weight/keep my weight down since, like, 7th grade. My father took one look at me and remarked that I looked like I had AIDS. o.O This is what happens every time I come home. My mom like "Good job, keep it off." (Whatever, Mom. I didn't do that shit on purpose. It's not like I get a kick out of being too anxious about school and my life to EAT.) My Dad like "you look sickly." Parents. And I'm supposed to be blaming the media for my self-image problems? ("You think I've got three guns in my house because the media's outside?")

...okay, I tried, but I can't resist:

The Dominican Team would rather see A-Rod play for the US than sit out the World Baseball Classic altogether.

Aw, see, Alex? People like you. They really really like you. So play in the damn games already.

ETA: Wait, so we get gay cowboys, and guys get...this? I'm amused by how, even with the lesbian angle, it still looks very much like your quintessential run of the mill chick flick. I do so love that Lifehouse song, though. And English accents. And Piper Perabo. I'm probably there.
ayrdaomei: ([Books] AiW  - A Girl+A Turtle+A Gryphon)
( Nov. 16th, 2005 08:09 pm)
It's November.

I'm drinking eggnog.

It's 8pm.

AND IT'S STILL LIKE 80 DEGREES OUTSIDE.

Someone please explain to me why it's so hot in my dorm room. Honestly. I had to break out my fan.

just a bit of silliness, really )

My parents called. My mother declared I can never go downtown again, because the son of my dad's boss was just murdered in the city :-/ But seeing as downtown is where the ballpark is, and no one gets shot coming into or leaving Camden Yards, I think she's gonna have to budge on that.

My dad, meanwhile, was all "Ninety days to spring training!" Poser. This is the same guy who started marking off the days until the start of Training Camp the second the Orioles stumbled after the All Star Break.

(Also, if you gave me your address, you may see more postcards from me. Try not to be alarmed. I'm thinking about getting rid of all the cards I have on my walls right now and decorating with new ones when we come back from Winter Break.)

ETA:
Okay, and now it's pouring rain and the temperature has dropped like 20 degrees. Awesome. I am no longer cranky, but I like this shot of Jack Davenport, so he can stay.
ayrdaomei: ([MLB] Deep Thought)
( Oct. 23rd, 2005 08:14 am)
What happens in my head when I try to do work on a Saturday afternoon so as to avoid stressing the fuck out on Sunday )

So, yes. Today is gonna suck BIG TIME. My cite check is laughing its ass off right now, because it knows I'm so its bitch.

On the plus side, my mother - in a STUNNING display of self-control - didn't call me at the asscrack of dawn this morning, to tell me that my brother had overdrawn his bank account or that my dad likes Campbell's Selects Clam Chowder. So, you know, small favors.

PS. The Astros last night? Stranding runners left and right in Oriolesque fashion? That was hot. Oh boys, no wonder I've taken a shine to you. You remind me of home.
Red Lights )

So, the 'Jeff Gannon' thing. Or the 'PropaGannon Affair', as it's been called, which I prefer leaps over 'Gannongate'. The day soon approaches when I turn on the news, *face-palm*, and find myself stuck that way. Ah, Jeff/James. If only you'd gotten yourself a tv show on Comedy Central and just been open about operating under a pseudonym and not being a real newsman. You might have gotten a couple Emmys for your trouble. Or you know, you could've started a website, got yourself a stupid hat and delivered 'The Gannon Report'.

I don't watch TDS anymore, have they talked about this? I think Stephen Colbert needs to apply for White House credentials. Since they're not all that hard to get, apparently.

My mom called to say she's leaving for Morocco next Saturday, for a month. I'm thinking about driving home tomorrow morning, since I don't have class until late on Monday. I want to see her before she leaves. Btw, I mentioned to my brother over IM that Mom was leaving and he was all "Why's she going to Morocco?" Turns out my mom has called him every night this week and never mentioned my uncle's stroke. My dad, on the other hand, dropped it on me in the middle of causal conversation. Parents.

BSG spoilers )

Tonight is the Flash episode of Justice League: Unlimited. **happy dances** It had better. not. suck.
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