brilligspoons: (douche!)
Finally talked to Doug about how stressed out and overwhelmed I've been since June, and though this hasn't magically made everything better like I'd hoped it would, it IS nice to know that he's aware of it all. Anyway, I'm trying not to think about this shit too much because it makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry when I do, so here is a list of things in my life that are good these days.

+This weekend I'm going apple-picking with [livejournal.com profile] paper_tzipporah and Kyleigh! Kyleigh has NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE, so I am maybe a little too thrilled about introducing her to the experience. :D

+In related news, I am going to make all the applesauce.

+Also this weekend: [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green and I are going to have fancy s'mores at Max Brenner!

+Have fallen deep into the abyss known as One Direction and it is ruining my life.

+Television! The Sleepy Hollow pilot was decent (have yet to watch the second episode), and I thoroughly enjoy everything Abbie Mills chooses to be. Elementary is back tonight (YAY). The last few weeks of Project Runway have been intense, but it's cool because most of my favorites are still in the competition. The Voice blind auditions started this week and I may have gotten [livejournal.com profile] paper_tzipporah hooked on it COMPLETELY BY ACCIDENT.

I think that's all I'm watching right now. I have to finish Orphan Black and Hell on Wheels and catch up with Almighty Johnsons, but it's hard to make myself do that when I just want to watch Big Fat Quiz Show episodes and 1D vids all the time.

+TWHols assignments went out! Yuletide nominations happened! NaNo is nearly upon us! Maybe one of these days I'll stop feeling like I should never write again and work on something. Anything. Whatever.

+I finally know what my family's holiday plans are. Have literally been asking since May. This shit is usually set in stone at Christmas dinner for the following year.

Alright, back to work with me. Happy Thursday, all. <3
brilligspoons: (coffeecoffeecoffee)
We watched series 2 of The Hour on Saturday, and, uh. Goddamn. I can't believe the BBC just fucking cancelled it after all that ending. [livejournal.com profile] paper_tzipporah and I were very much Not Okay during the whole finale (literally clutching each other, okay, it was INTENSE), much to the amusement of [livejournal.com profile] metonymy and [livejournal.com profile] mcwonthelottery. Anyway, I need to write that story where the news team plus Marnie are in this complicated polyamorous relationship - because Hector realizes not only that Bel and Freddie are a package deal but also he's kind of okay with that, and Bel and Lix have this ~thing together, sometimes with Freddie, and everyone falls more than a little in love with Marnie, and really it takes a village to raise a baby, you know?

In conclusion: The Hour, guys. I was not at all expecting to love it as much as I do, and you should all check it out if you have the chance. Totally worth it, even considering the epic emotional cliffhanger it ends on.

I'm trying to get back into the habit of going for a walk/run (or whatever you'd call that thing where you sprint for 30-60 seconds, walk for 5 minutes, rinse and repeat) every night. I don't remember consciously giving up on it last winter, but it's been almost a year and I'm just now getting the itch to get up and prowl around my neighborhood back. Feels good, but we'll see how long my resolve lasts once the weather starts to turn cold again.

(On the flip side of that: it's almost autumn, which is my favorite season, and that means it's almost time to go apple-picking, which in turns means I should start looking for a better pie dish and more tupperware for when I make applesauce. :D :D :D)

In actual conclusion, here is my fashion tag on tumblr. Uh, for no reason other than I feel like the pretty with you. Happy Tuesday?
brilligspoons: (i hate everyone)
The bad news is, my vacation is over and I'm back at work. The good news is, I've gotten myself addicted to Castle and ship Beckett/Castle like burning, and now I need fic recs. :D?

It was really nice to be home (mostly) for the last week. I slept and watched TV a lot and read a little, and while I didn't get as much writing done as I'd hoped, I feel as though I've recharged my batteries enough to get me through the next couple of weeks. [livejournal.com profile] paper_tzipporah and I hung out on the 4th; Cathy came up Friday afternoon and stayed through Sunday morning, and we went down to Connecticut to visit John, Jen, and Evan for a few hours on Saturday. Other than that I was on my own. I meant to go down to Cape Cod with [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green on Monday, but I started feeling gross and peopled-out over the weekend, so we'll have to go some other time.

Currently slogging my way through 1Q84. I'm enjoying it, it's just...really dense. Like, ridiculously so. I've taken to playing it out in my head as an anime series, which is helping me get into the rhythm of the dialogue and the characters' thoughts (sometimes I have trouble reading novels in translation. See: every Russian novel and play I have ever attempted to get through. Manga and foreign comic books are easier because there are pictures to go along with the dialogue). Still, I'm probably not going to be able to finish it before it's due on Friday, so I'll just take a break before requesting it again.

Joni and I went to see The Heat on Thursday, and it was AMAZING. I highly recommend it, guys. I basically want to cross-stitch samplers of everything Melissa McCarthy said in the movie. There need to be a million more female-led buddy cop movies.

Teen Wolf )

The Almighty Johnsons )

More on Welcome to Night Vale: [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash linked to where you can find the episodes (they're all available for free!) here, so I'll just reiterate - they're really great! If podcasts aren't your thing, some lovely person is in the process of transcribing the episodes here! There's an emerging fandom that's produced some wonderful fanart and excellent fic already, too. I have some fic recs, if anyone's interested. Knowledge of events from episodes 19a, 19b, and 25 is kind of important, so. Get on that. :D!

*The Rat and the Ruby Slippers (Carlos/Cecil) [Carlos is having the strangest dreams, and the strangest headaches, like there's something he's supposed to be remembering. Not to mention the intern's wedding coming up, and that new chemical StrexCorp wants him to develop. It's going to be a busy week.]

*The Knowable Universe (Carlos/Cecil) [“Let us approach a much more modest question: not whether we can know the universe or the Milky Way Galaxy or a star or a world. Can we know, ultimately and in detail, a grain of salt?” – Carl Sagan // or, Immediately following the events of Episode 25, Carlos realizes he’s been asking the wrong questions.]

*Somewhere a Band is Playing (Carlos/Cecil) [Cecil and Carlos deal with life, sex, pancakes, and possibly being anthropomorphic personifications. Also, Night Vale history as told by Night Vale, and a step-by-step guide to defying Death. Today's weather is by Ray Bradbury.]

*The Voice of Night Vale (Carlos/Cecil) [Cecil is, at worst, not much longer for this world. (And at best, a bit high-maintenance.)]

There's a decent amount of good stories for WTNV on AO3; these are just a few of my favorites.

Alright, I have work to catch up on. Later.
brilligspoons: (lydia)
Officially moved into the new office. Nothing about this situation is truly ideal, but I have my own cubicle (no sharing a double-wide with [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash) and no one can sneak up on me? And there's not much room in the cube for more bodies, so theoretically people won't insert themselves into my space quite as much. So there's that. \o? I have a ton of work-stuff to get done this week that I maybe put off during the packing process, and I need to get on that before the VP has my head. My vacation starts next week, too, so I should probably get all my ducks in a row before then.

The original plan for vacation was a trip down to Jersey, but I'm going to spend it in Boston instead. I'm probably going to sleep a lot, try to finish my big bang, and read some more books. If I can figure out the Cape Flyer thing, I may take a day trip down to the Cape and spend some time on a beach. I feel pretty good about this.

In reading news: I finished Cloud Atlas last night. AMAZING. I had no expectations going into it, just that the movie previews made it sound interesting, and I was utterly floored. I may need to buy a copy to keep forever (I'd borrowed the ebook from BPL). Started Rivers of London (Midnight Riot, whatever) and am pretty in love with Peter Grant so far. It reminds me a lot of the Dresden books (urban fantasy with mystery/detective storytelling), and I've been told that it does certain things better? We'll see.

Hannibal ended, and I can't really deal with that finale. [livejournal.com profile] paper_tzipporah and I started Orphan Black, which is just fantastic, and I'm eagerly awaiting the start of the third Almighty Johnsons series. Teen wolf is...well, it's Teen Wolf. I'm pleased with a lot of things that have been happening, but I've also been severely disappointed with some things. And I need to stay in my corner of the fandom, which is mainly just Joni and me at this point. At least the company is good.

I'm hungry, and I can't remember if the microwaves came with us or not, and I forgot to make a sandwich this morning. :\
brilligspoons: (key)
I've been watching Hannibal, and it's really fucking good. If you're into that sort of thing, you should check it out. The first couple episodes were good, and then around, like, episode six it got FANTASTIC and stayed there. Last week's episode was particularly good, and I've re-watched it a bunch of times already.

Spoilers ahoy. )

And now I've made myself sad. :(
brilligspoons: (evolution!)
This week in Television I Devoured: The Almighty Johnsons.

I totally admit I started watching it because my Dean O'Gorman problem reached the level previously occupied mostly by Holland Roden and Dylan O'Brien (so, like, the epically attached to his face level - but I'm trying to play this one cool, hush), but the rest of the characters hooked me by the end of the first episode. Also, I'm deliriously happy that they're filming series three right now, because I watched the series two finale this afternoon, and MAN. There may have been some sniffling and flaily NO NO NO NOT GOOD hands from me, is all I'm saying.

(I'm still processing the whole thing, otherwise I'd have more thoughts for you. I will say one thing: if series three could be all about the goddesses lounging around the apartment above the bar, drinking together and giggling a lot, I would be a very happy Retbot. Dawn can come too, because she's great and I love her the MOST, and she needs a vacation from Anders.)

(No but really, I have a lot of feelings for and about Dawn. She is my favorite.)

Anyway, that's sort of my life right now, besides writing and work and occasionally having epiphanies about Teen Wolf.

Here, have some pictures of my niece and nephews to make up for my boringness. )
brilligspoons: (h50 team)
So I've had a couple months' worth of Elementary and H50 episodes on the DVR for a while now, and since we're snowed in, I decided to use the weekend to get through as many of them as I could. I'm finally up-to-date on Elementary (JOOOOOAAAANNNNN, guys, my emotions), and I started in on H50 this evening. I think I've still got five or six episodes before I'm caught up, but I just need to flail about S3E10, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE EPISODE I MUST HAVE WILLED INTO EXISTENCE.

GUYS. DANNY AND STEVE GO ON A CAMPING TRIP WITH GRACE'S GIRL SCOUT TROOP. STEVE WANTS TO TEACH THE GIRLS ABOUT THE KILL ZONE AND HOW TO THROW KNIVES. DANNY APOLOGIZES TO THE TROOP LEADER FOR STEVE BEING STEVE. AT THE END GRACE GIVES DANNY A WILDERNESS PATCH BECAUSE HE EARNED IT. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS EPISODE IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

Steve: I'm going to teach these girls how to kill and gut a pig tonight, Danny.
Danny: That's actually a horror film.

*screaming* I can't even handle how wonderful this episode was. CANNOT. It's basically all I've ever wanted since I started watching the show - Danny being long-suffering about Steve's special brand of intensity, Steve wanting to make sure the girls could ~survive in the wilderness~, the team being fiercely protective of each other, the girls all being super smart and brave and resourceful. Just. UGH. SO GOOD. I LOVE THEM ALL.

:D :D :D :D :D

Continuing to have lots of feelings about the following: Community (ABED), North and South, The Hobbit, a theoretical fic where Erica asks Lydia out on a date, Dylan O'Brien and those stupid fucking glasses he wears in The Internship, and Richard Armitage (ugh, that recording of him reading T.S. Eliot is TERRIBLE and I listened to it way too many times today).

In other news: tomorrow's surprise party for my brother's 40th was cancelled on account of snow. :\ The T is completely shut down, so it's not like I would've been able to get to South Station for my train anyway, but I was really looking forward to seeing my babies. And celebrating John's birthday, I guess, but mostly the babies. I was able to cancel my tickets and get a voucher for the amount of the round trip to New Haven, so I'll just schedule a weekend to go down there and hang with John, Jen, and Evan.

I think it might be time for hot chocolate. Yes.
brilligspoons: (dying)
I'm alive! Kind of.

Work is an epic shitshow. I honestly can't even begin to explain what's going on. I pretty much come home at night and zone out in front of the TV until it's time for bed because it literally hurts to think. In summary, work is terrible, and I hate people.

TV's been good to me this season so far, so yaaaay. This week's H50 gave us Danny and Steve stuck in a boat (a dinghy) in the middle of an ocean for most of an episode, which was pretty much everything I could have hoped and dreamed it would be. I'm not all that thrilled with what's happened with Chin since the premiere started - on the one hand, I'm all over these family moments the team is having with each other like white on rice. On the other hand, I didn't want them spoilers )

I started watching Made in Jersey for lack of another Friday night show. It's cute! Not the greatest show out there, but it's lighthearted and fun, and I like the main character a lot. I've a feeling it won't go very far, but we'll see, I guess? Other shows I'm enjoying: Elementary (LEGITIMATELY, too! I was cool with liking it out of spite, but it's not bad! Joan Watson Appreciation Society always), The Voice (CAN'T HELP IT), and Storage Wars. One day I will catch up on Suits and Revenge. I think I DVR'd the first episode of Arrow, though I'm not sure I'll actually watch it.

Project Runway is almost over, and All Stars starts on the 25th. Whatever, this season hasn't been terrible. I think the show has lost of steam since the network change (among other things), but while I've been tempted to give it up more than once in the last couple of seasons, I keep going back to it. /shrug

I have zero interest in Once Upon A Time - wait, scratch that, I had interest in it, but the first few episodes of season one lost me. HOWEVER. I've been hemming and hawing over at least watching the parts of the show that have Jamie Chung as Mulan because I'm intrigued by her? and her really cool-looking armor? And then this morning I saw caps of her alongside Sinqua Walls as Lancelot, and my brain went YES, THIS IS GOOD, VERY GOOD. I'll be watching the Mulan pieces that have already aired, and I've asked [livejournal.com profile] metonymy to alert me to when Lancelot actually appears on the show. For, uh, reasons.

(Look, I want only good things for Sinqua. He was sorely underused on Teen Wolf last season - I'm not sure Jeff Davis realizes that there's a decent number of people who watch the show who don't give a fuck about Hoechlin, Colton, and/or Posey. I'm not saying get rid of them entirely, but come on, Davis. I want at least three episodes next season where Stiles, Lydia, Boyd, Erica, Isaac, and Allison just chill together. Nothing has to happen, except maybe some group cuddling. I don't think I'm asking for too much here.)

(THIS IS AN UNTAPPED GOLDMINE, DAVIS. CALL ME.)

I guess I've been doing other things, too, though fuck if I remember most of them. Went apple-picking and ate cider donuts this weekend. Baked pies. Made applesauce. Have been having really weird dreams (woohoo, work stress). This Friday I'm having dinner with [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green, and Saturday [livejournal.com profile] paper_tzipporah and I are building a blanket fort at her apartment because we are adults and have adult problems now. I'm woefully behind on my big bang and haven't even thought about my exchange fic yet. I really want to see Pitch Perfect and Looper and Alex Cross. THINGS. ETC.

ANYWAY. How's it hanging, friends? Everybody in one piece, more or less? :D?
brilligspoons: (iron man YES)
Completely out of nowhere, I blew my own mind over something in The Reichenbach Fall just now. Someone on tumblr with the username 'i-o-u-a-fall' reblogged a graphic from me this afternoon, and for whatever reason I got to thinking about that scene after Moriarty's trial where he shows up at the flat and has tea with Sherlock - you know, when he carves 'I O U' into the apple? And all of a sudden it hit me: a fucking apple, man. As in, the fruit that Christians generally associate with the fall of mankind from grace in Genesis. Like, Moriarty sits there and says, "I owe you a fall," and it never even occurred to me how utterly perfect the carved apple fits into that scene. It's pretty much the smallest, least important detail in that episode, and I'm just gone over it.

/eight months later

HOW IS THIS SHOW SO GOOD AT THIS STUFF, YOU GUYS? Ugh. UGH, I can't wait to rewatch it at Ret & Becca Con next weekend.
brilligspoons: (iron man YES)
Completely out of nowhere, I blew my own mind over something in The Reichenbach Fall just now. Someone on tumblr with the username 'i-o-u-a-fall' reblogged a graphic from me this afternoon, and for whatever reason I got to thinking about that scene after Moriarty's trial where he shows up at the flat and has tea with Sherlock - you know, when he carves 'I O U' into the apple? And all of a sudden it hit me: a fucking apple, man. As in, the fruit that Christians generally associate with the fall of mankind from grace in Genesis. Like, Moriarty sits there and says, "I owe you a fall," and it never even occurred to me how utterly perfect the carved apple fits into that scene. It's pretty much the smallest, least important detail in that episode, and I'm just gone over it.

/eight months later

HOW IS THIS SHOW SO GOOD AT THIS STUFF, YOU GUYS? Ugh. UGH, I can't wait to rewatch it at Ret & Becca Con next weekend.
brilligspoons: (red riding)
So my love/hate relationship with Teen Wolf is spinning wildly out of control. I find this odd (and a little distressing) considering I a) hate the main character, and b) have only watched 3 episodes. Whatever, I totally have plans to watch the rest. Eventually. I've already read episode summaries for them, so I know what happens. I just get really terrible secondhand embarrassment from some of the things that happen in the show, so it's hard for me to make myself actually sit and watch.

...okay, maybe hate is too strong a word. Scott McCall is dumb as a stick, but there have been a few moments where I've wanted to pinch his cheeks, not punch them. Perhaps he gets less annoying at some point? IDK. Regardless, this is a situation where I think the fandom is a million times better than the show itself. Of course, I might be biased, seeing as it is a fandom that consists almost entirely of werewolf fic and that is one of My Favorite Things Ever. Also about 90% of the stories are about the characters who aren't Scott McCall, which is only right and proper, imo.

Luckily for my sanity, I'm not, like, tempted to write all the fic. There are stories I want, but for the most part I'm satisfied by what I've found already. Basically, Teen Wolf fandom = candy for Margaret's brain. \o/

In conclusion, you should all read Sarah Rees Brennan's liveblog of season 1. It's MAGICAL.
brilligspoons: (that just happened)
Can I...can I just talk about Steve McGarrett for a few minutes? Is that okay? It better be, because OH MY FUCKING GOD.

I just watched the North Korea episode, so, uh, spoilers if you haven't watched it yet. )

I hope you all realize that when I started watching this show, I had zero intention of being this flaily, and not just in relation to Steve. I didn't even like him that much for the first half of season one, for christ's sake. SO WHATEVER, HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY, WORLD.
brilligspoons: (cuddlebot needs love)
An explanation of sorts. )

I have one episode of Hawaii Five-O season 1 left. Kind of scared to watch it, BUT. I'll do that tonight and let you guys know if I die or not. The last few episodes have made me clutch my heart all the way through - just. CHIN HO KELLY, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING. KONO, YOU ARE INSANELY BADASS (and also you are Steve Junior and adorable and I love you). DANNY AND RACHEL AND GRACE. STEVE IN SEAL-MODE MAKING A BATTERING RAM IN THE FOREST AND HOLDING IT STEADY WHILE HE TAKES A CALL FROM DANNY.

lskefnlsknfslknf CAN'T. In fact, I can't so much that I bought the DVDs for myself. They, uh, showed up yesterday. \o/ WHAT EVEN IS THIS SHOW, YOU GUYS. :D :D :D :D :D

Okay, so. In honor of Valentine's Day, let's do a commentfic/meme of sorts. Comment with a pairing, and I will write you a few sentences of fic about their ~romantic excursion. Go go go!
brilligspoons: (thanks for taking it all in stride)
Guys, I'm sorry, I tried, but I cannot stop bopping around to LMFAO's Sexy and I Know It. That shit is fucking catchy, and nothing else I listen to has replaced it in my brain thus far.

I haven't talked about my TV shows in a while, and that's mostly because I'm behind on almost all of them. I did, however, manage to catch up on Revenge this week, which was probably the best decision I made. This show has its weak points and all that (I'm...SO confused by the timeline of past events, for one), but holy christ, I love every second of it. It's dark and twisty and intriguing! And yes, you know the endgame the whole time, but the actual getting there is FASCINATING.

On the other hand, I don't really like anyone other than Emily/Amanda and Nolan? And, man, do I love Nolan. Like, a lot. Even though spoilers for this week's episode )

So anyway, I watched the first episode of Grimm last night. I will never get that hour back, will I? :( I'll try Once Upon a Time out sometime this weekend, but I suspect neither of these shows will make it to my list.

Alright. I have nothing better to do with my day, so I guess I'll back to editing this person's fic. I should probably work on my Emma fic eventually. :\

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