Finales

15/6/17 10:20
lunabee34: (writer by sukibluefiction)
1. I have a cold. *whines* This is particularly annoying because I can't take any medicine for it. I have yet to find cold medicine that doesn't have citric acid in it. :(

2. Writing on the novel is going really well. I'm really enjoying myself and having fun stretching my writing muscles. I'm hoping to have a rough draft done by August, but we'll see. We're doing a lot of traveling in July.

3. Lucifer finale: SPOILERS )

4. Gotham finale: SPOILERS )
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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. 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.
lunabee34: (spn: crowley by flutterbyicons)
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 )
lunabee34: (spn: john and mary by exp0se)
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!

23/10/16 13:15
lunabee34: (spn: dean ahbl bullet by bittersweet_art)
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.
lunabee34: (are those men kissing? by animekittysama)
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?
lunabee34: (Ouida by ponders_life)
1. I finished To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol Wallace which is about the rush of American heiresses who married into English aristocracy in the late Victorian through Edwardian period. Excellent read. I especially loved the copious photographs of the glitterati of the time, their gowns by Worth, and their homes. What constitutes beauty in any given era is always so interesting to me; more than half the women pictured in this book would probably not be considered beautiful by modern standards (and I'm not talking about weight or figure; I'm talking more facial features although to be fair, those horrific Edwardian hairdos flatter no one's facial features).

That leads me to another question. How did Victorian, aristocratic women keep their figures? Exercise in the way we understand it now was not appropriate for women to engage in, and the aristocratic life was one ball, dinner, and banquet after another. I suspect a fair amount of just not eating was responsible as well as corsets, and women could walk and ride horses. IDK I am just imagining women secretly doing push-ups in their bedrooms at night to work off the breakfast of ortolans and champagne.

2. Lucifer continues to be enjoyable. SPOILERS )

3. Emma and I went to go see Hail Caesar. I was surprised she wanted to see it in the first place, and doubly surprised when she ended up enjoying it rather than being bored. The movie was hit or miss for me. SPOILERS )

4. We started watching Daredevil which I enjoy. SPOILERS )

5. In the past couple years, I've gone for long stretches where I don't read books and only read stuff online, and then binge read like 10 books in two weeks. This has been one of those stretches where I've not been reading much, so I'm resolved to start reading books again. Here's my To Read list:

The Mechanical
Ancillary Justice
Goblin Emperor
Ragnarok
Sugar
The Game
Parasite
Irving book
3 Body Problem
Martian
the final Mortal Instruments book
Stephen King books on Kindle
lunabee34: (btvs: mom by paigegail)
1. Whooooooooooo, Castle. Thank you, baby Jesus in your golden diapers. You have restored my joy in this show with this episode. *happy sigh*

2. Today, Fiona and I had this exchange.

Me, saying goodbye to Emma as I dropped her off at school, "Have a good day, Embalina!"
Fiona, "We say good bye to Emma, Embalina. She Embalina. Embalina. Embalina. You say Embalina. Embalina."
I have stopped typing the number of times she says this.
Me, "I'm Momalina. You're Fionalina. Daddy is Daddalina."
Fiona, "No."
Me, "Okay. Is he Dadders?"
Fiona, "No."
Me, ?
Fiona, "Daddy is a walrus."

3. Lucifer is awesome. Didn't read the comic so I have no adaptation issues. I love sexy and canonically bisexual Lucifer. I love his crazy eyes. I love the freaking music (although this last episode didn't quite deliver). I love how beautiful everyone is. I love that Lucifer is freaking Sookie Stackhouse.

4. Some of Josh's people have money. Like town building money. We're going to a wedding in March. I have been assured by the bride that it's just formal not black tie. Cocktail it is, but eeeeeeeeeeep.

5. Tell me something, y'all.

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