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1. Into the Badlands finale! SPOILERS )

2. Gotham was really good this week. SPOILERS )

3. Lucifer was also really good. SPOILERS )
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1. The organization I'm president of had its annual conference yesterday, and Josh and I have done pretty much all the conference planning and coordination for the past three years. I always get so nervous on the day of the conference, but everything went off without a hitch (well, except for the three presenters who didn't bother to show; I am totally starting a blacklist of people who do that shit and not accepting their paper proposals in the future; so unprofessional).

We always struggle with what to do on conference day because it's held on a campus an hour from where we live; we need to be there at 8 and we need to pick the kids up from school before the conference is over, which causes logistics problems. In past years, we've taken separate cars so Josh could drop kids off at school and leave the conference early to pick them up. This year, Emma was out of school because she's exempt from her exams. So a friend graciously volunteered to drop off and pick up Fiona, and Emma volunteered to stay with Fi and put her to bed, etc. I was so impressed with her! We got home and she had fed Fiona, given her a bath, and was starting to put her to bed. Everyone was happy and smiling. Emma had even washed a load of clothes, emptied the dishwasher and started to fill it back up again. I am so grateful for her, I can't even tell ya.

Josh is vice president which means he's supposed to be president next year, but nobody wanted to be vice president, so the board voted to keep me as president and Josh as vice president for one more year. Yay? *sigh* LOL So I've got at least two more years of planning this conference ahead of me.

2. Reviews of last week's Gotham:

spoilers )

3. Reviews of the last two weeks of Lucifer:

spoilers )
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1. Gotham is such a fun show. I am enjoying the hell out of this season. SPOILERS )

2. So glad Lucifer is back! I love this show so hard. SPOILERS )

3. Into the Badlands is almost done for this season. I have to tell you how much I appreciate the color palette of this show. After years of SPN and Angel (the last season of which was so dark that I often couldn't make out what was happening on screen) and shows like Gotham which are shot in blue and slate grey and black, I love watching a show that is saturated with vibrant and rich color. Last night's episode in particular was really pretty. SPOILERS )

4. Downton Abbey watch continues after a bit of a hiatus for us all to travel and conduct concerts and etc. SPOILERS )

5. I got a bathing suit! It's a size 10! It's a little snug under the arms, but bathing suits always stretch out a little if you swim regularly, so I don't think that will last long. I will post a picture soon. :)

6. I am finally done with this semester. Yay! Now I can start getting my class ready for this summer. I'm also going to do the responsible thing and get my classes ready for fall now so that I have nothing to do in that week leading up to fall semester beginning again. *nods decisively*

I have big plans for a productive summer. I want to go to the gym every day, swim most days, and have dedicated time to read books for pleasure, work on my class, and write.

This past semester teaching the senior level class was so wonderful. I've been teaching freshman and sophomore classes for more than a decade now, and while I truly do enjoy teaching those classes, they aren't really challenging anymore. The senior class was challenging; it was overwhelming; I had to be constantly reading, and I was constantly learning new things, and I felt so vital and alive and fucking good at my job. I think finally getting back into reading for pleasure helped with this, too. I'm reading all these Byatt novels which are full of the joy of writing and scholarship and talking with people about ideas and the glory of learning things, and I have felt brimful of intellectual energy, and I don't want to lose this feeling. I want to keep the momentum up. My chair said that I will probably get another senior level class next spring, so I want to try my best to keep this feeling stoked in the interim.
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1. Gotham is back! SPOILERS )

2. Downton Abbey watch continues. SPOILERS )

3. I got the sweetest letter from [personal profile] kaleecat and a sweet card and picture of L. from [personal profile] zulu and [personal profile] bell. L. is the cutest little man ever.

4. Sometimes parenting is awesome. Fiona is having her little graduation from daycare in a couple weeks, and they've taught her the cutest song. "I'm a little graduate. Aren't you proud of me?" Adorable.

5. I had started just riding the bike so I could read the whole time I'm exercising, but I decided I needed to start running again, too. The bike doesn't engage my core much or my arms at all, so I've gone back to running two miles or so and then following that with the bike.
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1. First an update on Josh. He's had another attack this week; he couldn't work yesterday or today. The gastroenterologist couldn't move up his appointment, so he'll be going tomorrow. I'm starting to get really worried that something is seriously wrong. I'm also concerned about how he's going to manage work until the doctors can figure out what's wrong with him and address that. We all know how long that process can take. :(

2. I thought the last episode of Lucifer was completely fantastic. SPOILERS )

3. Gotham remains a delight, and I can't wait until it comes back. Baby!Bruce is legit the best Batman of all time. I love watching him develop his Batman ethos. SPOILERS )

4. Finally, we watched Batman Versus Superman last night, and I will say this outside the cut so that you know what you're getting into ahead of time: this was a good movie. Like surprisingly, really good. SPOILERS )

I didn't expect to like this so well. I think it even makes me like the Superman movie, which I already liked just fine, even more because it deals with the fallout from the events in that movie.
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Review of the Gotham mid-season finale: SPOILERS )

Review of the Lucifer mid-season finale: SPOILERS )

Emma and I are still rewatching SPN, and we just watched the episode where Dean is given the mark of Cain. In addition to the lovely Timothy Omundson, who I could watch all the live long day, I also love how much of a main character Crowley is now, and how sweet and wonderful Castiel is to Sam.

I have to say, though, I've got one major quibble, and it's not a new one. SPOILERS )
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Reviews of the last two weeks of Gotham: spoilers )

Reviews of the last two episodes of Lucifer: spoilers )

Reviews of the past two weeks of NCIS and NCIS:NOLA: spoilers )


Review of Dirk Gently: spoilers )
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1. Episode reviews for the last two weeks of Gotham: SPOILERS )

2. Reviews of the last two weeks of Lucifer: SPOILERS )
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1. Emma and I watched the premiere of Dirk Gently which we both enjoyed. SPOILERS )

2. OMG, SPN, this is why I can't truly quit you. Emma and I just watched "Bad Boys," and it was such a perfect episode. SPOILERS )

3. Gotham was brilliant. SPOILERS )

4. Lucifer was also fantastic. SPOILERS )

TV!

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1. cut for talk of weight loss ) :D

2. Gotham )

3. Best episode of Lucifer ever or bestest episode of Lucifer ever?! Lucifer )

4. Downton )

4. Emma and I watched some more SPN last night, and I was really annoyed by Dean. It was the episode where Cas is working at the gas station, and Dean is a dick about Cas working there, like he thinks it's demeaning or only about him trying to sleep with a girl. No, Dean, Cas is working at a gas station because he has no money and nowhere to sleep or live and nothing to eat, and you threw him out of a safe refuge and left him to fend for himself when he has very few real world skills, and you're going to scoff at him for working so he can eat and for taking pride in that work? Oh, fuck you very much Dean Winchester. You have been a very tone deaf asshole this episode. Wow.
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1. I mean, I think his influence on American music (and global music, probably) is undeniable although I cannot offer any compelling supporting evidence as I know virtually nothing about music. But the Nobel for literature? Don't we have enough awesome writers writing what is indisputably literature to go through before we start expanding the definition of literature? I expected to see everybody posting about this, and no one has yet. I want to know what you think, my friends (especially [personal profile] likeadeuce who does have music knowledge).

2. I went to MS this weekend to see Dad. He was doing really well, having his best weekend since he started treatment. He had some tests done today; if the treatments aren't working well enough, he'll go out to Dallas to have a stem cell transplant. Obviously, we'd like for the treatment to be working well enough that he can finish up at home without having to spend a month in the hospital two states away, but how awesome that he has more options if this first one isn't working as well as they'd like. They have a good support network; somebody called or came over every few hours like clockwork while I was there to do or bring them stuff. I feel really good about how he's doing and how they're being supported. I'm tired as shit because it's about 15 hours round trip if you don't stop for lunch, but it was good to visit with them.

3. So much TV to review:

Gotham )

Lucifer )

NCIS )

Blue Bloods )
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1. In an effort to win the title of Pettiest Person Ever to Live, I got my feelings hurt when my mom's weekly update on Dad's condition mentioned everyone in their community who had brought them food or done things for them plus my brother who visited once this week but did not mention the cards I've sent or the calls I've made.

*sigh*

I have a great ambivalence over not being present. On the one hand, I hate that I'm not there to help (and I know I would be visiting them more often, taking over the shopping, running errands, etc., cooking, in a way that my brother is not); on the other hand, I'm glad I don't have to figure out how I am going to handle my Dad hollering at me disrespectfully when he's not just my dad but My Dad Who Has Cancer.

2. In much less selfish and petty news, Downton Abbey was great this weekend. We are going to watch two episodes the next two Sundays and so finish season two before Walking Dead starts up again. SPOILERS )

3. SPOILERS FOR GOTHAM )

4. SPOILERS FOR LUCIFER )

5. My google-fu is failing me. Can anybody point me to icons of Hillary Clinton and icons for the show Lucifer?
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1. Thanks for your well wishes, everyone. The procedure went fine, even if I still feel like I'm recovering from strep throat. LOL In a completely shocking turn of events, the doc saw no sign of celiac during the visual examination of my stomach; he's sending the biopsies off for further examination, but usually celiac damage is visible to the eye. So, I might not have celiac after all.

2. I am living in Bizarro State. After Governor Deal vetoed Georgia's version of the Religious Liberties Bill, we were all certain that he would sign the Campus Carry Bill into law. This would have been the most permissive campus carry law in the country. Somewhere between 6-8 other states have campus carry laws in place but they are very restrictive (you can't have them in the dorms or professor's offices or at sporting events or in daycares and a handful of other places). The Georgia law would have allowed concealed weapons on every part of all the USG campuses except dorms (which we all know is bullshit; on a residential campus, the students would have to bring the guns into the dorm; if they left them in their cars, cars would be broken into every five minutes and guns stolen). The only ray of light was that you have to be 21 to carry a concealed weapon, meaning that the majority of our students would not have been old enough to obtain a permit. Well, lo and behold, Governor Deal vetoed this bill, too, and wrote a lengthy and wonderful explanation of his decision that includes quotations from the Founding Fathers about why guns don't belong at schools. I am delightedly shocked. Naturally, as soon as he vetoed the bill, someone introduced another bill to permit tasers to be carried on campus. *headdesk*

3. I am really enjoying Gotham this season. SPOILERS )

4. Wow am I bored with Castle. I think I'll actually truly watch next week's episode with my whole attention rather than reading fanfic and occasionally glancing up as I've been doing this semester since it will be Beckett's last, but on the whole, I am not interested in this show anymore.

5. SPOILERS FOR GAME OF THRONES )

6. SPOILERS FOR PENNY DREADFUL )
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1. I am so grateful to finally be diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease. I’ve been doing some research since my diagnosis, and it explains so much about the way I’ve been feeling since Fiona was born. (Although the autoimmune disorder pre-dated my pregnancy with Feefers, many women start to notice thyroid symptoms after a pregnancy because the baby eats up what little thyroid you have left LOL) My exceedingly dry skin? That two month period when my hair kept falling out in clumps? The way I am cold all the time now after having spent thirty three years as a hot, sweaty mess? The way I constantly cycle between diarrhea and constipation? The insomnia, the night sweats? The way I’ve had trouble concentrating and felt mentally foggy (I actually told Josh I thought I’d gotten stupider over the past couple years)? The up-tick in anxiety and anger? Check, check, and check. I can’t tell you what it means to have confirmation that something is wrong with me, a mechanism that ties most of the symptoms that bother me together under one roof, and validation that it’s not just all in my head.

2. My arthritis is killing me. I have always called it being double-jointed, but I’m sure there’s an actual term for what happens when my knee cap dislocates and slides to the side of my leg before popping back into place. That happened enough when I was a kid/teen that I had an MRI after a particularly painful episode. All that popping in and out of place had already worn each meniscus down to nothing, and that was at 15. The doctor diagnosed me at that point with degenerative arthritis, and beginning in my early twenties when we moved to Oxford, my knees have bothered me off and on. Usually, it’s a constant, low level of pain that I don’t even notice anymore, but in the past couple weeks, I have been in almost unremitting agony while sitting or lying down. The only time my knees have ever hurt this bad was when I was pregnant with Emma; your joints soften in pregnancy so your hips can be pushed farther apart, which translated into me being on crutches and/or Josh having to carry me down stairs for a couple months of the first trimester. I kinda don’t know what to do. I am really resistant to the idea of just taking painkillers all day every day. But I’m rapidly losing patience with this level of pain.

3. Fiona has formally been diagnosed with asthma. At her follow-up chest X-Ray, the pneumonia was gone, but her lungs were still very congested. We now are doing two breathing treatments per day until she’s old enough to operate an inhaler successfully. This started on Sunday, and it’s been a mixed bag. It’s an inhaled steroid, and the first day, it made her wild. She’s calmed down and is getting used to it, I think, but she’s not quite herself. On the plus side, she’s sleeping so much better. She’s quit coughing at night since we started this regimen.

4. I have questions/concerns about where The Walking Dead is going to go from here. SPOILERS )

5. Gotham was sooooo good last night. SPOILERS )

6. I realize this may be an unpopular opinion, but I very unironically enjoy The Big Bang Theory, and I’ve been thinking about where the show will go next. I’ve decided it’s babies! I think the show is going to have either Penny or Bernadette get pregnant. *rubs hands together gleefully*
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1. Not to be a prescriptive grammarian, but I'm sorry, Project Runway. I do not think the meaning of chic has shifted so far as to mean "might actually show vagina." I realize that I have grown ever more prudish in my dotage, but damn those are some short skirts.

2. Try to say Rowen Ravenclaw out loud five times fast. *waits* Wavenclaw, indeed.

3. I am loving Gotham. SPOILERS )

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