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Monday, January 12th, 2015 08:30 pm
I take back what I said about not watching more TV with a DVR in the house. Though that's not particularly motivating me to keep it around...

Anyway. It's time to start new shows to replace those that have been cancelled. I watched Empire's pilot episode, mostly for Taraji P. Henson. It was better than I might have expected, but still not something I'm likely to watch on a regular basis. I like some sci-fi with my sudsy programming. Family dramas also need robots with feelings, or something like that. Heh. Though if you like that kind of drama, Henson was very memorable. Striking, you might say. *snickers*

Agent Carter had a good debut. Apparently they're planning a seven episode run. I don't know if that means that's all, period, or if that's just a trial run for a potential second season. I liked it enough to keep watching, even though period pieces don't often catch my attention.

Galavant is a medieval comedy musical, and thoroughly silly. Thumbs up. Here's one of the songs:

As for books, I'm now on the third book in McGuire's Toby Daye series. They're entertaining and straightforward fairy tale mysteries, which is a cool combination. (Apparently they get compared to the Harry Dresden series quite often. But I've only managed to read two of that series, over a much longer period of time. So take that for what it's worth.)
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Thursday, January 8th, 2015 05:52 pm
I have not-LJ writing to do! But instead I'm here, at least for a brief moment.

So glad that the library system in my town is gradually acquiring more e-books. I have three books on hold right now, and when they're (finally) available, I'll get an e-mail and then download them, all from my comfy couch. It's pretty nifty. I'm currently reading the second book in Seanan McGuire's series with Tobey Daye. I'm wondering if my guesses about two things will be correct... still no guess on the actual murderer yet, but maybe soon?

Oh, hey, one of those books is As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. It's by Cary Elwes, who played Westley. Eeee, can't wait to read this! If I liked audiobooks better, I would consider buying it in that format, since I've read that the voice impressions were really funny. But... I'm not really an audiobook person, unless it's a full BBC radio production with major actors and sound effects and so forth.

Time for TV now. So, Tuesday night's Person of Interest -- spoilers, obviously )

Currently I have a DVR in my home, and TV channels and everything. Giving it a trial run. Pros: big, pretty picture, and the ability to skip commercials. Also, no lag time on the video. Cons: I'm still not watching any more TV than before, and all of those shows are still available on the internet for free. So... dunno if it's gonna stay.
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Thursday, December 4th, 2014 06:53 pm
I've ended up staying late at work every day this week, trying to catch up on everything. I think (fingers crossed) I've finally made enough headway that I'll be able to do some normal not-school things this weekend. Whew.

I would post some TV reactions, but honestly? I haven't had time this week to watch anything but my comedy stand-by, Brooklyn Nine Nine. And since I'm watching for free on hulu, I'm a week behind. (It's one of the shows that requires a paying membership to watch within the first week of a new episode. Same with Sleepy Hollow, and probably a lot of other shows, but I don't watch them.)

Speaking of Sleepy Hollow, I'm going to have to join the consensus I've seen online and say that season two has gone off the rails. And they don't have much time to get it back on track, I'd say, because I'm going to stop watching soon if there's not a substantial improvement. Too bad; I still like the two leads as characters.

So, er, hi. And bye. Time to figure out what's for dinner tonight.
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Sunday, November 16th, 2014 08:14 pm
I'm DONE DONE DONE with this whole cold weather thing. And it's only mid-November. Oops.

Trying to decide whether to splurge on airplane tickets to visit my sister during Christmas break. In spite of low gas prices, airplane ticket prices remain high. So far the sales prices haven't worked for my particular departure and arrival cities.

Has anyone else noticed a lessened capacity for high fantasy as you get older? I started a book by N.K. Jemisen and realized that I was going to have to learn a whole set of made-up names and cultures, and I just... well... I'm still reading it. We'll see if I make it all the way through.

On to TV: Elementary is back from summer break. I never did watch most of season two, but so far that hasn't been a problem. So far I like new character Kitty Winters, and am rooting for Kitty and Joan friendship. They have interacted, and it's slowly heading that direction, so I'm hopeful. Also, Joan has a boyfriend, yay!

The Flash and Jane the Virgin are still holding strong as TV newcomers. I let Forever slip off my radar; forgetfulness is a clear indicator of disinterest, and there are other shows I'm enjoying more.

I don't really have anything to say about Person of Interest, because my feelings are so mixed that I'll never untangle a comprehensible set of words from the mess of my thoughts. But I will say this: co-writing fic (which is mostly me directing and my co-writer writing) is a lovely refuge. Beloved characters are still alive and will have a happy ending! Eventually! After multiple chapters of angst, of course.
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 08:46 pm
You might know of Sarah Vowell from her many different turns on (US) public radio. I first heard her talk about insomnia; she has an incredibly distinct voice, both in audio quality and in word choice.

Oh, and she also did the voice of Violet in The Incredibles.

Anyway, when I read anything she writes, I hear that voice in my mind. Unfamiliar Fishes is her take on Hawaii's messy history as it ties into the United States. It was an interesting read. I never used to read non-fiction, but lately it's been creeping into my reading diet.

More TV... I know! The first two episodes of The Flash were entertaining enough to keep me interested. So I'll watch it, when I remember to do so. The leading man has that kind of face where you think, "Eh, forgettable" and then you see the character in action. Charm can really alter perceptions of attractiveness.

Person of Interest: this week's guest star had a mustache, which is now American shorthand for a man whose entire life is a joke. The plot was accordingly ridiculous, but it fell on the good side of that line. And no Root this week, which meant I didn't spiral into an existential crisis about implausible character evolutions, so... that was good, I guess? (Short version: I found Root more credible and interesting as the Joker than as a messiah figure. So when the story spends a lot of time on that element, I get antsy.)

And now I'm supposed to grade papers. But I don't wanna. :(
rose_griffes: Crying: acceptable under two circumstances (Ron Swanson's pyramid of awesome) (crying)
Sunday, October 19th, 2014 05:38 pm
So, ABC's Forever is apparently a new version of New Amsterdam, and I'm taking the latter show as a clear indicator of what will happen to the former. I haven't bothered looking up numbers, but I'm betting that Forever doesn't make it past a first season.

Don't get me wrong, I'm enjoying all of it, but the glaring plot holes and over-reliance on Henry's magical everything (knowledge, competence, charm and English accent) are both problems that aren't easily glossed over without something else to pull viewers in. So I'll enjoy it while it lasts, but I don't expect that to be very long.

Brooklyn Nine Nine is back for season two, and full of its usual charm. It's my happy comedy show while Parks and Recreation is on hiatus until Spring. Speaking of P&R, I finally watched the end of season six, now that it's on Netflix. I'm guessing they were told that the show was actually canceled, considering that over-the-top finale.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent has been taken off Netflix livestreaming, which breaks my heart. I still had several seasons to watch... while grading papers, of course. That was the BEST show for that purpose: just interesting enough to keep the whole paper-grading process a bit more upbeat, not so interesting that I got sucked into actually watching the show instead of grading. *sigh* What am I gonna do now?! There's always SVU, but I just got so tired of the parade of victims of sex-crimes.

Maybe I'll try Longmire again. Except that Katee Sackhoff is distracting, what with her awesome acting and deputy badge and so forth.

eta: Ooh, I almost forgot... I watched the pilot episode of Jane the Virgin, which is a US adaptation of a telenovela, and it was a lot of fun. I'm not sure how long I'll be able to handle the love triangle aspect--I really dislike villainizing one character in order to get us to like the other option--but maybe the show won't go that route?

So we'll see.
rose_griffes: Olivia, Walter and Peter from TV's "Fringe." (fringe)
Sunday, September 28th, 2014 08:03 pm
Various TV shows are starting up again, some returning and some new. I watched the pilot episode of Gotham and decided that it was too grim and violent for me. Not to mention that the one shining light among the adult characters thought it was a brilliant idea to consult with a recently orphaned twelve-year-old about taking down crime in the city from the inside. Not a good plan, not-yet-Commissioner Gordon.

The pilot episode of How to Get Away With Murder also left me feeling that there was a lack of adults who are trying to, y'know, do any kind of good in the world. Morally ambiguous characters can be fun, but a whole show full of them? It's a bit much. Also, the idea that a law professor is letting her students muck around in a current murder trial where she's serving as the defense attorney just hurts me in the logic.

Both of these shows have some great filmography and fantastic actors and compelling plots, but that doesn't mean they're what I want to watch.

Black-ish isn't on my must-watch list yet--the pilot had some funny moments, but the humor didn't always work for me. I might give another episode a try in a week or two, to see how it's going once things are a bit more established.

As for returning shows, Sleepy Hollow started off with an episode that highlights everything good, bad, and implausible about it. I loved it almost unconditionally, complete with anachronistic Ben Franklin's kite experiment. (Franklin did, in fact, take "air baths", but the kite experiment happened a decade or two too early for our Ichabod Crane to be helping with them. No matter, though!) Still great: Crane and Mills and Mills. Still lacking a plot: vague spoiler )

Person of Interest was in transition mode to start its fourth season, so this episode had more to do with shifting the show's universe than anything else. It felt a bit slow for me at first, but the pace picked up by the end. As for spoilery stuff )

PoI is on my 'watch, but if this goes somewhere I don't like, it's gone' list. We'll always have AU fanfic, whether I'm watching the show or not.

And... hm. I think that's it? Oh, I've also watched four episodes of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, an Australian show on Netflix, set in the 1920s. And I'm almost done with season two of Call the Midwife.
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Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 08:52 pm
I just made this recipe for banana oatmeal "cookies". Please note, the term cookie is used in the sense that they're roundish and sweet-ish. Otherwise there's no flour, hardly any added sugar, and so forth. I only made them because I had two over-ripe bananas and I didn't want to go to the trouble of making banana bread. Too much work; this was easier, and a theoretically healthy snack. (Note: these smell better than they taste. Not that they taste bad to me, but when they were baking, they smelled amazing, but when they were done, they were a pleasant fruity-oaty snack. So take that for what it's worth.

Er, somehow I finished watching season one of Call the Midwife. I'm not sure how that happened, although some of that can be attributed to the fact that there are only six episodes in season one. Okay, that's not so bad, then. Anyway, if you give it a try, have some tissues at hand. I ended up sobbing near the end of episode four. Not just teary-eyed, not just sniffly, but full-on sobs. So. But it's really, really good, I promise!

What else? Hm, I think that's it. I have stuff I should work on, but I just baked! Or 'baked'. So clearly I deserve a bit of a rest now. ;-P
rose_griffes: Leslie Knope loves her pancakes (pancakes)
Monday, September 1st, 2014 03:38 pm
I think it's an appropriate Labor Day (USA) activity: watching a show that includes women in labor. Heh. At any rate, the first episode of Call the Midwife made me cry, and the second one was a close thing, so...

So glad that Nurse Brown (Miranda Hart) is going to be on the show more than just one episode; I really like her. As for Nurse Lee, she has a spectacular wardrobe that I covet, and she's very pretty. I'm sure I'll like her more as time goes by. I don't dislike her; Nurse Lee does a great job in introducing us to this world that's still very new to her, so I appreciate her role. I just like others more. Like the nun who's a bit senile (but not really), and the blonde nurse who gave the speech about how she used to believe that she deserved a medal.

Anyway, yes, the show is lovely so far. All of you who told me that I would probably like it were right. :)

Happy Labor Day to my fellow Americans! I'm enjoying my day off from work.
rose_griffes: Crying: acceptable under two circumstances (Ron Swanson's pyramid of awesome) (Ron Swanson has a plan)
Thursday, August 7th, 2014 08:51 pm
I've been watching more Nikita lately. (The 2010 reboot with Maggie Q, not the 90s version.) So entertaining! I'm about halfway through season two, so Nikita and Alex are friendlies again, yay! How is there not more fanfic for this show? Oh right, because the two leads are women, not white men.

Some random links! In case you're curious about that great deal at the dollar store, here are Things to buy at the Dollar Store...and a few things to avoid. She has a series of dollar store posts linked at the bottom of this one.

I may have to put this into practice soon, considering the age of my car: How to Buy a Car Without Interacting With a Human.

I can't resist putting this link after a link about spending exhorbitant amounts of money: 56 things to do instead of spending money.

McCall pattern company (the parent company of McCall, Vogue, and Butterick patterns) finally has a blog, and I learned that the models in the Vogue Patterns designer patterns are wearing the actual designer garments. Plus a bit more about how those clothes are translated into patterns. (This is one of the few times where I'd advise reading the comments.)

Also sewing related, the blogger of Dress a Day talks about conscious incompetence in her sewing, and it was interesting and reassuring. (She does a hilarious series of posts that show the front art of vintage patterns and creating imagined conversations between the women wearing the clothes. Like this one.
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Thursday, May 29th, 2014 10:55 pm
It's that time of year where I feel like I'm drowning in papers. Grading, forms to fill out, and so forth. This means that I've been watching a lot of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. I didn't know that Jeff Goldblum had a stint on the show. I'm not sure how many episodes he made; guess I'll find out while looking at more papers. Presumably I'll also discover if Jeff Goldblum playing himself is going to annoy me enough to skip his episodes, or if having yet another jerk genius will do me in as well. That's part of why I liked Chris Noth as Det. Logan; he wasn't an unbearable yet brilliant cop, he was just persistent.

Mireille Enos guest-starred on an episode, and it was thoroughly disconcerting to see her with makeup and professionally styled hair. Not the look I'm used to seeing on her, since I recognized her from The Killing (US).

Anyway! I saw Divergent and Captain America: The Winter Soldier in May, both of which were enjoyable. I liked the superhero movie better, maybe because I'd already had my fill of post-war dystopian futures this year with Catching Fire.

I stuck with Person of Interest through the season finale. Season three was brutal for me as a fan: uneven plotting, death of a favorite character, lots of rough elements. I was ready to give it up, but then the last few minutes of the finale changed the setup into something I find almost impossible to resist: survival on the run. So now I have to check out the beginning of next season to see how the show producers deal with a theme that I normally love.

Very much looking forward to the end of school and summer vacation. Wheee, travels! Whee, free time! I have so much stuff I want to do!
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Monday, March 10th, 2014 06:19 pm
Oh, hi there. Still alive!

I just started trying to make my summer vacation plans more definite: I'm looking at ticket prices and places to stay. Best to do all of that now and get everything settled. Woohoo, summer!

Of course, there's close to three months of school left before any vacation traveling can start, but still... it's exciting to think about.

I finished reading Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. As a 'journey' book, I liked it, though I have very mixed feelings about the ultimate destination of the two main characters. But it was interesting and well-written.

Still watching Person of Interest, although that was touch-and-go for a while. The last episode that aired (3.16 "RAM", I believe) was the first one I genuinely enjoyed since the Terrible Thing happened. Also still watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which has been very enjoyable so far during its freshman season. (And I'm still watching Elementary, although I'm behind on it. AGAIN. Somehow that keeps happening this season.)

Depression: trying a second medication, since the first one made no difference. Debating over other options, but waiting to see if the second medication helps first.
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Monday, January 13th, 2014 09:05 pm
Oops, I forgot to watch Sleepy Hollow tonight. I thought I'd try watching it live, since I'm at the point now where I watch everything online... ah well. Guess I'll catch it tomorrow. Online. Like all my other shows. (There really aren't that many. Parks and Recreation, Sleepy Hollow, Elementary, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Person of Interest is still on the list right now, though it's on probation.)

Speaking of that, I wrote a fic! First one finished in months and months. It was a pinch-hit fic for a gift exchange--for which I didn't actually sign up, heh. I just filled in when someone else couldn't finish their assignment.

title: Meal Plan
characters: John Reese, Harold Finch, Lionel Fusco, Joss Carter, Leon Tao, Sameen Shaw
rating/contents: G or PG at most (mild language)
summary: Five times Reese provided a meal (to someone who didn't ask).
spoilers through early season three
word count: around 2800
Thanks to [ profile] sabaceanbabe for beta-reading.

On or on AO3
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Thursday, November 21st, 2013 07:21 pm
So I watched Person of Interest 3.09 "The Crossing" and had a plethora of feelings.

spoilers, obviously )

In other TV news: still watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine--I like comedies that don't make me hate humanity. Way behind on Elementary, which seems to happen now and then. I'll catch up next week. I decided to skip Parks and Recreations's recall vote episodes, because the whole "Bad things happen to Leslie" is NOT why I watch that show. Wake me up when that part is over? Sleepy Hollow continues to be ridiculous and awesome, though I haven't watched this week's episode yet (no spoilers, please!).
rose_griffes: Detective Joss Carter, from Person of Interest (carter)
Sunday, October 13th, 2013 03:42 pm
Okay, all of those exciting Yuletide letters pulled me in, so I went to look at the list of available fandoms, and I found a dozen that I could probably write.

Oops. I didn't mean for that to happen. And I do, in fact, have enough ideas for requests in different fandoms to meet the minimum requirement for that, which leaves me wondering: YULETIDE YES OR NO? (Sign-up deadline is tomorrow. Wow, that's really early compared to previous years.)

Unrelated, since Person of Interest isn't available for Yuletide this year, but I watched a spoilery clip from an upcoming episode--the clip was screened at New York Comic Con--and now I am all agog and impatiently waiting for episode five. And we haven't even gotten episode four yet. It's all over Tumblr, so if you want to avoid rather than embrace the spoilery nature of the clip, stay away from the Person of Interest tag. And the Joss Carter tag. And anything else related, as well.

It's good to be excited about upcoming stuff, since spoilers for Person of Interest 3.03 )
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Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 07:51 pm
Ack, I've already entered the "can't ever catch up on grading papers" zone! Nooooo! *sigh*

I was at the thrift store a few weeks ago--a place I visit regularly, because I like clothes and I like cheap and I like reusing stuff that still has some usefulness--and found a copy of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones. It was two dollars, so I bought it. I finished a week ago and I've already forgotten the names of most of the characters, and my smidge of interest in what happened next was completely extinguished by peeking at an online description of book two and realizing that I just didn't care about any of these characters. Not even enough to read a short and spoilery summary.

I started a book by Sophie Kinsella, Twenties Girl, and couldn't even make it past the first quarter without terminal disinterest.

Time to find a new book.

TV: I've watched the first three episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It's a sitcom set in a police station, with an ensemble cast. Andre Braugher is the new precinct captain; he's always fun to watch. The element that concerns me the most is Andy Samberg, who's young and theoretically funny, and who hasn't been very interesting for me. In spite of that, I'm still enjoying it enough to watch when I have a moment. Not a ringing endorsement, I know, but I'm not much of a sitcom fan, so consider this a recommendation if you want a sitcom to watch.

Interesting link about TV and other media: I'm always sad, I guess, when people feel jilted by creative works that show age or have flaws. Good things burn through their periods of greatest creativity and go down blind alleys now and then, while less complex things often don't, for the same reason real plants die and plastic ones don't. You know what never lets me down? Judge Judy, because it's a plastic plant. It doesn't change, and it's nobody's baby. It's there to decorate and specifically to require no upkeep and no attention.

belated addition: Person of Interest has for season three. The show is clearly evolving, with two new cast members for this season and Carter's change in work status. That means it feels different, but that's not necessarily bad. non-spoilery thoughts for season three so far )
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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 08:43 pm
I finished season two of Scandal. Somewhere midway through the second season I started comparing Olivia Pope and Fitz Grant to Cathy and Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights; they're semi-tolerable facsimiles of humans on their own, but together they're toxic. The AV Club's profane review puts things into perspective really well: Characters in Scandal don’t have relationships so much as play two-person improv scenes based on interactions they have seen other, healthier humans have. Heh.

This show really didn't do what season one (which, as a mid-season replacement, was only seven episodes long) established. These people are not the good guys. They may not be the worst guys, but they're not in the right, they're not heroes, and when they "save the day" people get damaged. Ultimately, the season ends in a sudsy (non-literal), gory (literal) mess. It was weirdly compelling, but I don't know if the writers can compete with themselves for a third season. Will I watch just for the "what are they going to pull out of that hat now?" effect? Will I watch because Scott Foley has pretty eyes and I want to know if he makes it out alive from that underground cell? Will I watch to see how Olivia lies to herself in new ways to renew an affair with Fitz? I don't know.

And speaking of Fitz, NPR's Linda Holmes says that Fitz is the most dumpable man on television. Haha, so true.

I also watched the first two episodes of Sleepy Hollow, which is just as ludicrous as Scandal, but with far more sympathetic characters. Scary only if you're really good at suspending your disbelief. Entertaining as long as you don't expect it to make any sense. I liked it enough that I'll go for episode three.

And lastly, Person of Interest comes back tonight for its third season, so... catch you later, I'm gonna go watch my show.
rose_griffes: Leslie Knope loves her pancakes (pancakes)
Thursday, September 12th, 2013 05:58 pm
Hi! *waves* I've been feeling a bit swamped with the new school year, but my brain has been nicer about it than last year, so that's a plus. In other words, some of the depression-related stuff is not so bad right now, in spite of stressful situations. Which is good.

At some point last spring I declared that I was going to alter at least five items of clothing in May. Pretty sure I missed doing that before the end of May, but I did do several sewing-related things over the summer: sliding elastic inside the waistband of a few jeans and trousers, fixing some tears and hems, etc. I even sewed a couple of new shirts, using a really simple pattern. The second one turned out quite cute, if I say so myself. (And it was made from a curtain panel and men's XL tee-shirt, whic makes it weird unique.) I haven't done any pics yet because my current camera doesn't take good pics when I use the timer. Maybe I should dig out the older camera and try that instead.

Anyway. Media stuff now:

Finished reading The Gift of Asher Lev, and I'm not sure what I think. I sort of knew how the end was going to work out, and I don't know if I like it or not. Potok's writing style is catchy, which makes me want to take my current stuck-on-this-and-can't-finish fic idea and rewrite the whole thing in first person present tense.

Maybe that's why I'm so stuck on the fic, come to think of it. Heh. (I really don't plan to rewrite it in first person present tense.)

Reading Potok's work so soon after The Poisonwood Bible was an exercise in frustration at times, because PB had the voices of four women alternating throughout the story. Asher Lev only had Asher's voice. I wanted to know what the other characters were thinking and feeling, especially Asher's wife and mother.

I've started watching Scandal--through episode 2.03 so far--and I'm certain that the way I appreciate it is NOT what the show creators intended. It's a soap opera/procedural, and Olivia Pope is the center of the show. She's been labeled (by herself and others) as a white hat, but I don't believe it. She's trying to do the right thing (I think? by her definition of it, anyway), but at this point I find myself rooting for (former) district attorney dude to find out all the laws she's broken and bring her to justice.

Also, the show's favorite couple is my anti-couple, the pair I find completely ridiculous to the point of actually yelling at my TV screen when they're together. Hee!

It really is fun in a sudsy, over the top way. What makes it perfect, though, is that enough of the information is verbal that I can grade papers while 'watching'. Which is why I'm moving forward with it instead of deleting it from my Netflix queue.

Scandal has edged out Longmire and Nikita in recent viewing for the simple reason that I actually like the other two enough to watch, and I haven't had time lately.
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Thursday, August 15th, 2013 08:20 pm
My summer travels are really over, instead of mostly over. So you know what happens next. (Work. That's what happens next.)

I've been reading The Gift of Asher Lev, the sequel to Chaim Potok's well-known My Name Is Asher Lev. Someone should tally up how many times the author switches from past to present tense. It doesn't really bother me, and when I do notice, I can almost always pinpoint a reason for the switch (it's deliberate, not random), but it's definitely weird.

In addition to watching occasional episodes of Nikita (2010), I've started watching Longmire on Netflix. I'd call it a cowboy procedural. :) It's set in Wyoming, and the crime-fighters are a sheriff and his deputies. Katee Sackhoff is one of those deputies, which was part of the initial draw, but it's proven to be enjoyable as its own thing so far. I've watched maybe nine episodes?

As for Nikita, I'm about halfway through season two, and I'm not in a hurry to finish that, because season three isn't available on Netflix yet. Which probably means I won't be watching season four 'live' anytime soon. Hm. (Live usually means online within a week or so after it airs. That's how I watched Elementary, at any rate.)

One last TV note: I watched the first two episodes of The Bridge. It's a summer show on FX, a remake of a Swedish/Danish production. I actually used my blu-ray player to watch through Amazon's instant video service, which was way easier than watching on the FX website. (I did have to pay, however.) Anyway, I just couldn't keep watching: too much suspense waiting for another woman to get murdered, too much of Ciudad Juarez as "that place where the murders happen" and nothing else to the town. Too bad, though, because I really liked the possibilities of the show.

Seriously tempted to use Amazon's instant video thingy to watch Jim Caviezel's movie Savannah. Chiwetel Ejiofor is in it! And so is the woman who plays Sif in Thor and Thor 2. Anyway, maybe this weekend.

Any interest out there in a post filled with pictures of France? If yes, one big post or split into three or four?
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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 03:18 pm
I've been traveling--visiting family in the US for most of it, though I did take a trip to France as well. It's been almost a decade since I went to Europe, so I took one of those organized tours, just to France. It was great, but far too short. I want to go back and just stay for a few weeks in one area.

Anyway, I'm not quite done with summer trips, even though mentally? I'M SO VERY DONE TRAVELING.

Media consumed recently: this is not a complete list, but oh well.

I saw Pacific Rim, which was thoroughly entertaining. Yes, giant robots punched dinosaurs with huge ships. No, it wasn't deep. But it was nicely plotted and characterized for a B movie, so if you think you'd enjoy it, you probably would.

During airplane trips I watched Populaire, which was a very silly French rom-com. Enjoyable fluff, but the best part was the clothes, since it was set in the late 1950s. The women's outfits were just fantastic. I want to own all of the dresses.

The other airplane movie was Blancanieves, a black and white Spanish tribute to silent movies. Made last year but set in 1920s Seville, it was a work of art, and I'd love to see it again on the big screen. Or just on a bigger screen than the back of the seat in front of me, at any rate. As for the title, it means Snow White... and this version of the fairy tale has a decidely Grimm/grim twist throughout. (DB, there's a section early on with a little girl, and I think you'd enjoy it.)

I finally finished reading the memoirs of Queen Noor. Leap of Faith: An Unexpected Life was primarily a straightfoward chronology of the woman formerly known as Lisa Halaby, leading up to the death of her husband, King Hussein of Jordan, in 1999. Personally, I'd love to know her perspective on she's done since then as well; she's only 61 now. Anyway, it was interesting, reading about the politic maneuvering juxtaposed with the efforts to raise a family. Lots and lots of politics here, although that's to be expected. Very readable, even with all of that.

The Poisonwood Bible was my most recent book. Most of the story happens in what would now be the Democractic Republic of Congo. Narrated by a (white) woman and her four daughters, their lives are permanently altered when the husband/father takes them from the still-segregated South (USA) to Africa in the late 1950s so that he can do missionary work there. I'm still not certain whether I liked the book, but it's definitely one of the most memorable stories I've read.

Right now I'm dithering over which sewing project to do, so... back to that, I guess.