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Sun, Jan. 15th, 2017 02:18 pm

In the middle of my holiday weekend and enjoying it so far. Been streaming some Netflix things and need to go through my DVDs as well. Also, the temperatures are up and down, but at least we're not suffering through an ice storm like some of the country.

Also, I just made a really good deal, thanks to a Best Buy sale. They sent out a $10 gift certificate to email subscribers and I've been debating what to get. I was thinking of picking up another wifi outlet for downstairs, since I love the one I have upstairs on my bedside lamp. However, the ones I like aren't in stock or on sale right now (plus, I don't have a lamp for downstairs yet), so that's a buy for another day. But, I was alerted to the fact that they put their $40 Insignia™ - Portable Wireless Speaker on sale for $9.99. Score! I've been watching bluetooth speakers ever since I got my Dot because I wanted to extend it to listening in the home office or the shower if I'm not in my bedroom, but hadn't yet pulled the trigger on buying anything. Thanks to the gift certificate and sale, though, now I have one for free! I just tested it out and streamed Tragically Hip without a problem. SO GREAT!

PS: While TuneIn has failed to fix their CBC Radio 2 feed, so I can no longer listen to that on the Echo / Dot (listening to Indie 88 instead), CBC Radio has integrated their news broadcast into the flash briefing, so now I have a wonderful stream of weather, CBC News, local news, and CNN when I get ready in the morning. I love that they're constantly adding skills and making improvements. [They also just added "Computer" as a wake word, which should make some fell ST:TNG fans happy....I'm sticking with Alexa myself.]

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Tragically Hip


Sat, Jan. 7th, 2017 09:14 pm

The snow came to North Carolina and we got around 8 inches in Mebane. It's very pretty and peaceful, especially since our state virtually shuts down for winter weather (or, the governor advises us to stay put...some don't take the warning). I'm not going ANYWHERE!

[More pretty snow pictures!]

Thankfully we did not get any freezing rain or much sleet, so the trees aren't iced over and I don't have to worry about trees falling on me / cutting off my power for more than five days like the last bad storm. [My parents, on the NC coast, have been without power since this morning, however, so it's getting really cold in their house.]

But the main problem for me, at this time, is the night-time lows that are coming. Tonight's low is 6 degrees and tomorrow night's low is 0 degrees. My kitchen water line is the only one that goes along an exposed wall, which means it's got a tendency to freeze when the temperatures drop. I keep the water dripping to try to head it off, or at least cut down on the pressure should a freeze-up happen, but there are some temperature levels that are just unavoidable for a freeze. After every time it freezes, I have it wrapped again and try to insulate it more. Last time I managed to make it to 12 degrees before it froze, so here's hoping it can hold out for lower this time around :( I fear a burst pipe every time it freezes.

Because of the frigid temperatures and no thaw in sight, the National Weather Service has advised everyone to stay off the roads until mid-day on Tuesday, so there's that. I've watched all my Netflix movies (Born To Be Blue is really good for some Callum Keith Rennie screen-time!), read Kindle books, done an academic journal review, and watched the snow fall. Tomorrow I'll likely do a repeat if weather-releated issues don't arise.

Current Mood: worried worried
Current Music: Justice Channel


Fri, Dec. 30th, 2016 08:51 pm

It's turn very frigid around here, though no snow (as I often wish for). I got two new additions to the house, though.

"Collegiate Colors" by Patsy Gullett (UNC-Chapel Hill)

She actually specializes in college work, and I luckily found a UNC-Chapel Hill piece in the thrift store today. It's a 3D piece, though you can't see it well in the picture. Here's her process, from her website:

The first task at hand is to visit the places I want to draw. I create a pen and ink drawing from photos that I take on site. Watercolor is then added to the drawing and it is now ready to print. An x-acto knife is used to hand cut thee layers of my prints to create the unique three-dimensional look of my work. The technique allows me to portray the buildings as they actually exist. Porches stand away from the buildings; steeples and turrets bend to their actual shapes. The buildings come alive.

And I also had to replace / reincarnate my Sam fish :( Those who have seen my old Sam knows he was HUGE - grew from 1 inch to over 8 inches in only a year and a half. He perhaps also overate, gobbling up food from both his brother Dean and the bottom feeder Impala. He died on Christmas Eve. Now I've reincarnated him with a new fish of the same name, who looks tiny against his brother now.

Pretend he's college Sammy :) He's the same size as what original Dean and Sam were, so I expect him to grow into a comparable size over the next year.

Current Mood: relaxed relaxed
Current Music: PBS


Sun, Dec. 25th, 2016 09:49 am

I hope everyone's having a lovely Christmas morning. We just finished opening presents, so I took a picture of my collection. Lots of clothes, a few DVDs, and some odds and ends. Gonna set up the Dot upstairs later today to pair with my Echo downstairs :)

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Alexa Piping Out Christmas Carols


Thu, Dec. 8th, 2016 10:46 pm

Interesting way to end the mid-season of SPN. I am hoping two certain someones help out with resolving the mess the Winchesters have gotten themselves into.

[They should have run.]
I would have actually spread this episode out into two, just to give us more time to focus on specific possessions. I wanted to see more of the possessed archbishop. I found his control of the church, how he was able to turn the crosses upside down and cause such devastation to the priests and nuns, to be interesting. They could have followed him for a lot longer before hopping over to the President. Oh well, that's what fanfic is for.

Interesting that Lucifer's trying to hop from one powerful figure to the next. Rock star, business guru, archbishop, and finally the President. He's moving up in the world. Though, again, the power he gained from possessing the President was lost in the quickness of the event, along with the confined nature of the setting. Sure, he was able to procreate, and that might cause a lot more destruction than any political acts, but we had to potential to see him cause tremendous damage before the vessel was used up or released. Instead, though, it was a one-episode event and we're done.

Though, we were left with some loose ends. What will become of Kelly and the baby? If it's allowed to be born, there will be danger to the world and everyone in it. But Kelly doesn't want to kill it. How is that going to be resolved? And Rick's going to be a problem, too, with his control of the Winchesters' fate. They're completely off the grid, locked up so no one can find them. It's up to Mary and perhaps Mr. Ketch to get them out. [I really like Mr. Ketch. He's got style and interesting gadgets. Use him for good!]

So, overall, I felt like we rushed through a lot of events that could have gotten a more in-depth look. And we know the boys will get out of jail somehow. The only real cliffhanger is the baby, but even that doesn't seem immediately pressing. It's a wait and see game for everything. Somehow, the month and a half hiatus won't seem so daunting.

Current Mood: mellow mellow
Current Music: Comedy Central


Thu, Dec. 1st, 2016 10:52 pm

Loving the special effects of Lucifer this season. Plus, Rick Springfield. Cannot go wrong.

[Rock Never Dies]
The devil worshipers and their broken-down rituals sure were in for a surprise. Lucifer is in a bad situation, looking horrible after Rowena's curse. Interesting that the fossilized feather from Lucifer's wing helped bring him back to full health, though. I wonder if there are other such artifacts around the world, ready to be brought out when needed. That is, if vessels are in short supply.

Meanwhile, the Fearsome Four are on the hunt for him. Of course we got the obligatory check-in with Mary (even if it's Dean playing Words with Friends with her :) And the duo of Cas and Crowley are just an odd couple that's bound for confusing adventures. Bringing the angel, the demon, and the brothers to LA sounds like a set-up to a bad joke, and we got a few of those as well. Though I didn't mind the snarky brotherly banter on the drive. And Cas had some great snarky lines in the episode, too. “At least I don’t look like a lumberjack.” Oh, Cas, don't make me like you :P

I actually don't know what Kadeem Hardison's character name was, but I don't care because...Dwayne Wayne! Also liked that he and Crowley have an arrangement over the acquisition of souls. I've played alot within that framework in my books. And of course it makes perfect sense. Kadeem gets riches, Crowley gets souls, and the world gets musicians...both bad and good. Vince fulfills that role perfectly. All those old fans want to see their favorite band back, so ride that nostalgia wave for all its worth.

Lucifer in the vessel of a rock star, especially in the age of social media, holds much potential. He can bend and manipulate his followers, playing up the hype without actually doing what he is supposed to be famous for - singing. It’s not about the music. It’s about being talked about, put on a pedestal. And he holds very much control over those who seek to follow him. Poor Roseleen Greenfield found that out the hard way. First a tooth, then she marked herself forever by carving Vince's name into her chest. He's just got a way about him, you know?

One by one, everyone around him dies or leaves. Kadeem stabs himself in the neck, all the band members are killed at Lucifer's hands. He wants to be adored, but he also doesn't want to be left behind. And it once again comes down to family issues. Lucifer’s bitter that God used him, then abandoned him yet again. And his bitterness is destroying him from the inside out, literally. Goodbye, Rick Springfield. You were a good vessel while we had you around.

When the group was gathering at the end, recalling the events, Crowley was looking horrible. Great make-up, though. He's not gonna be seeing out of that eye for a while. But the group cannot rest for long, as Sam points out. All the deaths at Lucifer's hands are on them. They let Lucifer out, so it’s their responsibility. Fight on!

Current Mood: mellow mellow
Current Music: Carl Perkins


Tue, Nov. 22nd, 2016 09:57 pm

It's really great when your defense turns into a conversation about fandom and my experiences within it :) I have some edits to do within the next week, but nothing major. Tonight, per my chair, I am celebrating and not thinking about the thesis.

Post-Defense Celebratory Cupcakes

Ending The Night With Celebratory Wine

Onward to Thanksgiving!

Current Mood: happy happy
Current Music: Christmas Music


Mon, Nov. 21st, 2016 05:16 pm

My thesis defense is tomorrow afternoon. I've been practicing my slideshow multiple times, but I always tend to speak too fast. Public speaking is not my thing - I'd much rather write a long paper to describe my thoughts (hence the reason my thesis is over 100 pages long). I'll be doing more practice runs again tonight in hopes I can convince myself to SLOW DOWN and ENUNCIATE better.

Also been trying to think of possible questions they may ask, so that I can be ready for them. But still, I'm nervous and worried, despite the fact that my entire research is around fandom and I should know this inside and out. Did I do something horribly wrong and they'll point out my entire process was a failure? I wouldn't think so, but that's where my mind's at right now.

Crossed fingers that come tomorrow night all I'll have to think about is how much food I'll be eating at Thanksgiving :) Also, since it's been 2 1/2 years in the making (and I have never gotten to do it), if the defense goes well and I can celebrate I shall be going to Sugarland and getting a cupcake.

Good thoughts are welcome. Positive vibes are, too.

Current Mood: nervous nervous
Current Music: Fire Truck


Thu, Nov. 17th, 2016 11:01 pm

Hunters gather to mourn and get in trouble all at once. It's an interesting wake, to be sure.

[Celebrating The Life of Asa Fox]
Interesting reveal of Mary's life post-marriage. We always assumed she gave up hunting to settle down with John, when in actuality she kept getting drawn back in even after Dean was born. I wonder what she told John, to be able to leave him with their son and she could go on a hunt up in Canada. Things to ponder.

Also, we have to consider the effects hunting has on others. Asa Fox was shown what was lurking in the shadows and dedicated his life to saving people, hunting things. Had Mary not saved him, he would have been dead, but had she tried to cover up what actually hurt him, maybe he would have lived on being oblivious and had a semi-normal life. There's no way to know which way it could have gone.

I really loved seeing Jody again, and her interactions with the boys are always a treat. We got a bunch more depth into her life away from the Winchesters in this one, including how she's integrated herself into the hunter community. Interesting, since the Winchesters have never been able to do the same, based on how they were raised. But the hunting community certainly knows about them. They are legends, for better or worse.

Jody's attempts to bridge the gap between Mary and Dean was very nice, and she is one that could well understand what they're going through. And while Mary's not yet ready to come home, they did leave on good terms. Hopefully, when she does finally come back to the bunker, they will be able to have a solid relationship for however long she stays alive. Billie's always there, willing to take her back to Heaven whenever she wants to go. At least she's not ready yet, which I was relieved for. There were doubts in my mind, if only temporarily. Keep Mary alive!

Now we're on Thanksgiving break and will pick up again in December.

Current Mood: relaxed relaxed
Current Music: Speechless


Thu, Nov. 10th, 2016 11:41 pm

Revisiting old friends and old enemies tonight. And having a wrap-up that Dean is never going to let anyone forget.

[Short Thoughts]
Good to see them returning to the Thules again, since that storyline isn't dead (and still isn't by the end of this episode). I will admit that, any other show saying "yeah, we're going to try to resurrect Hitler" would be seen as a joke. On SPN, we just accept it as something that could possibly happen in the world of the Winchesters. Because crazy things like this happen to them ALL THE TIME.

I kept getting confused by the family connections (grandfather, father, son) on the watch, but I did like that Ellie was connected through the blood ties and that they only wanted to use her for that purpose. Plus, I really liked the embodiment of Hitler, with his crazy insanity just shining through. And the fact that we checked in with Adam Rose again, still carrying on his grandfather's legacy over in Germany. Go him!

At least the case gave Dean something to focus on, pushing aside his still-evolving acceptance of Mary's decision. And while he didn't get to use the grenade launcher (yet), he did get to kill Hitler. Earns him bragging rights for the rest of his life! And he's sure to pull it out and remind Sam at the most inopportune moments, too :) And with the continuance of the Thule storyline, along with the fact Christoph is still out there somewhere, we might get another return to the organization in the future.

Next week looks exciting, with the guest stars lined up! One more big one before Thanksgiving hiatus.

Current Mood: determined determined
Current Music: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen