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Well, I'm finally catching up on all the JoA eps that I have Tivoed. Hey, is Tivo really trying to limit the use of Tivo as a verb? That seems sort of silly...

JoA 2x08 Friday Night )

JoA 2x09 No Future )

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Sun, Nov. 28th, 2004 05:08 pm
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And in response to my desperate flailing for kickass female assassin types, [livejournal.com profile] __angela__ points out the Elektra trailer. Gah! Marial arts! Sais! At least two female fighter types! *big grin* This hankering has not been helped out by watching Morgaine's "She Bangs" Faith and Buffy vid about ten times in the past week, because Buffy and Faith fighting! Mmmm.

Had dim sum with [livejournal.com profile] fannishly and one of the boy's friends, and I am now very happily full. After having about three days worth of turkey sandwiches, it was nice to have dim sum as a change of pace. Though the turkey/mashed potato/avocado/brie sandwich is also very good. Mmm. Mashed potatoes... You know you have been somewhat overzealous in your sandwich making when the thing doesn't actually fit in your mouth.

More Incredibles links:
[livejournal.com profile] fannishly has a review with spoilers, with connections to HP as well.
[livejournal.com profile] arethusa2 connects it with fandom (spoilers) and the double-edged swords of competition and expectation.

The five scenes I'm grateful for meme, a la [livejournal.com profile] wisteria_: Read more... )
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Spoilers for JoA )

Alas, I overslept both days this weekend and missed the book/prints/whatnot fair in Oakland. Sigh. I also don't want to go to work tomorrow. Does anyone ever want to go to work on Monday? It's sort of stupid, considering that I just got a new job, but now I'm trying to think of a job that will make me want to go to work on Monday. Probably it's the Job Holy Grail or something.

We went to Andronico's today for lunch, and they had samples of twenty different kinds of cheese, I swear. I read in a book once that places do this because people feel guilty about sampling a lot and end up buying the things. I must have somehow missed this memo, because my first reaction is "Free food! Must take!" and go on shopping without a backward glance. Unless, of course, the sample is so yummy that I go back for another one, in which case I figure it may be worth buying the actual thing. I really love cheese, despite issues with lactose. However, Alton Brown said that the harder, older cheeses have less lactose, yay.

I think I need to set up a book buying budget. I have tons of books that I've bought that are lying about unread in the house... I'm not quite as worried about the fiction, given the rate I go through fiction. Plus, now that I can't borrow books from the bookstore, there will be more chances to read books I own. It's the non-fiction pile that I'm a little worried about, given my last two very large EAS buys. Also, it takes me forever to get through academic non-fiction, mostly because I keep getting distracted by fiction.

I haven't read very much romance of late. It's interesting... I was on a huge romance streak the first half of this year, but it seems to have died down a bit. I blame this entire on Dunnett. It's sort of hard to go back to your average romance after having been immersed in the romance and the history and the overall drama of the Lymond Chronicles. It's not that the romances are bad, it's just that Dunnett had six books to do it in. So my regular genre diet of much fantasy and the occasional SF continues.

I saw the updated Bright Shiny Objects and smacked myself on the head after I realized I have never pimped [livejournal.com profile] minnow1212's Things Left Undone, a series of shorts taking place after "Not Fade Away." It's very, very good. And it makes me cry every single time I read it. It's bizarrely funny, morbid, and heart-breaking at the same time, and some parts have already become a part of my own personal canon. So go and read and praise it better and more articulately than I do.
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Haven't been keeping up with LJ lately, or I've been too lazy to comment mostly. Work is getting better, and slowly but (hopefully) surely, the nervousness is dying down. Although it still sort of freaks me out that there are going to be performance reviews and whatnot. Eep. And then thinking about bonuses and raises and promotions, and it is just horribly strange. I still miss the smallness of the bookstore and how there really wasn't a need for things like performance reviews because I was talking to the boss of the store everyday. Not like one goes around rubbing elbows with CEOs all the time.

And the people really are very nice. I probably sound like I'm damning them with faint praise... all the other people I interviewed with or informational interviewed with liked to emphasize working with brilliant people who were hard-working and incredibly smart, and I'm not saying that the people at the company aren't. But they're nice. The corporate culture feels nice. It's very strange for someone whose only other corporate experience has been ibanking, and I like it very much. People are helpful, and friendly, and don't perpetuate this culture in which you have to work yourself to death to ensure that you'll be kept on after two years of 100-hour weeks. And I'm starting to feel a little better because after I've pestered people to show me how to do things once or twice, I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. Hopefully I will not be too incompetent.

Also, my department issued a Spam award (for excellence in marketing, or some such), which is supremely cool because the award is actually a can of Spam (unopened) glued onto a wooden block with a plaque.

JoA 2x01-2x03 )
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JoA 1x22 The Gift )

JoA 1x23 Silence )

Also, in other news, Connie Brockway's new book is out!

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Fri, Sep. 24th, 2004 12:24 am
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I ended up watching a lot of JoA today because the boy was watching the latest episode of the Apprentice, which basically makes me want to run around, hit Donald Trump on the head with a giant stick, hit all the contestants on the head with a giant stick, and then bash my head into a wall.

This is why I don't watch reality TV -- I can't stand all the people on the shows, because it's like they're all there to win (duh), and so everyone is back-stabby and passes the blame around, and there's all this conflict, and it drives me absolutely up the wall. I am very conflict-avoidant. I don't like reading through kerfuffles, I don't like even being in the same vicinity of flame wars, none of it. It just makes me really nervous and tense, and I can't stand it. This is probably a very good reason as to why I suck at interviewing.

Anyhow, so after an hour watching all the people on the Apprentice be stupid and mean and petty, I needed to watch something happier with people who were essentially good at heart and tried to do the right thing instead of save their own skins.
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Not the best icon because apparently I forgot to reinstall Photoshop when my computer crashed. But it's the Girardis!

Just for fun: [personal profile] oyceter

I've been really lazy about writing up the Italy trip... I sort of kept a little travel diary that now sounds a bit stupid, and I'm lazy, and I'd rather sit around and watch JoA instead of writing anything that even remotely requires thought. Maybe will just make a little trip webpage and stick in some photos too.

In other news, mailed off assorted packages today, so [livejournal.com profile] yhlee and [livejournal.com profile] knullabulla, your books should be arriving soon!

Also, guy from work who me and the boy have been going to occasional movies with says his friends have game nights every Thursday! I think I shall drag the boy there tomorrow and check it out. But, joy, other people who like board games! I live for dork companionship ^_^. And friend from college has moved to East Bay and is going to be working in Menlo Park, so I will get to see him more too! Yay, I might have a social life!

And I am thoroughly enjoying today, a free day in which I do not have to worry about job hunting or stress about my resume or worry that I will never get a job. *dances* Wow this feels good.

JoA 1x06 Bringeth It On )

JoA 1x07 Death Be Not Whatever )
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Wah, want to watch more, but I should go to bed now. Hrm, need Joan icon for posts now.

Er. Am in the throes of a new show, don't mind me.

Joan of Arcadia 1x04 The Boat )

Joan of Arcadia 1x05 Just Say No )
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I really do love this show. Oh dear.

"And I have a pimple growing in my ear!"


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My first two episodes of Joan of Arcadia...

Well, actually, I watched some random one that Tivo recorded before I left for Italy, on Joan going to some school dance with this scary guy or something, which made me sniffle. These two made me sniffle as well. And they made me laugh out loud multiple times, so the outlook is currently good on what may be my new show.

I really like Joan and just how teenagery and snarky she is. She reminds me a little of Buffy actually, minus the kick-ass Slayer powers. I like her whole family actually, and Grace and especially Kevin. I sniffled a lot when Joan asked God why he couldn't just make Kevin walk again. There's something about the religion in the show that I do like, because Joan asks a lot of the questions that I do about Christianity. I do sort of wonder how long they're going to avoid the question of One True Religion though. But I also enjoy it as a sort of exploration of a faith that I don't have, and how it's about putting faith in something outside of yourself and trusting. I've always thought that that was a really powerful concept.

And I like how everyone in her family talks to each other, because it feels real. And I adore Joan in all her eye-rolling and her "whatever"'s and her hair-flippiness.

I'm a little baffled by the percentage of her dad that's in the show -- I sort of had the impression from LJ that it was mostly about Joan. It's very strange seeing all this police procedure stuff in the midst of Joan's adolescent angst, and I can't quite connect it with the Joan-God conversations that really seem to be the heart of the show.

But looking forward to more episodes ^_^.

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Fri, Aug. 20th, 2004 09:14 pm
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So, I've had that Big Red Boat vid everyone has been talking about playing over and over and over because I like the song so much. And Joan is cute. Plus, she gets her leg stuck in a washing machine ^_^.

Er. Does anyone on the FL watch Joan of Arcadia? Where could I get S1 episodes? And when does S2 start (and at what time, and on what station)?

Some legitimate company actually found my resume off Monster.com and called me for an interview. I feel extremely intimidated and nervous now... blech.

Buying today went fairly well -- no bugs found, at least! And I got some nice orders with pretty things, and ended up taking in a lot of books for the store. There was even one order for which we gave 40%-60% for nearly everything, which is very rare... usually it's around 20% (of what we'll sell it for). So that made me happy, because hopefully the person who brought the books in was pleased and will bring back more nice stuff, and hey, nice books in the store!


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