jenepel: (Random: book and sky)
Date Revised: January 31, 2011
Books Read: 9
Pages Read: 2788
BPM:
PPM:
Average Pages: 310
Projected Books: 108
Goals: 100 books, at least 12 non-fiction (yet again)

I'm trying something new, so to see my books read this year, check my Goodreads 2011 list.

Monthly Book Stats 2011
January:
9 books / 2788 pages

Fiction: 0
Young Adult: 4
Middle Grade: 5
Non-Fiction: 0
*Re-reads: 4



9 / 100 books. 9% done!

Total Movies: 13
At Home: 5
In Cinemas: 8
*Rewatches: 3

Movie List 2011 )

Previous Book & Movie Lists: 2008 (61B), 2009 (60B), 2010 (56B/60M)
jenepel: (HIMYM: Flight suit up!)
Ah, February. Thank God. The annoyance and horror and general miserableness that was January has finally passed. (I kid. It wasn't really *quite* that bad.) Anyway, now we have February: Valentines Day, my birthday, and two fabulous concerts! (Panic! At the Disco and My Chemical Romance) Plus B is going away for a week. Yay! And hopefully the weather will get better?

I hate to inflict on you all the general rant about me not using my journal anymore and how do I even catch up, etc, so I'm limiting it to this one sentence, but UGH ME. I suck. (Okay, two sentences!)

I can't even tell you what I did in January. Sat around in my room a lot I think? It was nice after the craziness of Nov/Dec to not have many plans, but it kind of made me a slug. I read a few books (the Hunger Games trilogy! OMG!) and watched almost three whole seasons of ABC Family's Greek. (When she first asked me a about it, [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo thought it was about actual Greek people. Evidently "the Greek system" is not known as a phrase over here. Something I hadn't considered.) I also almost completely caught up on all of my other shows from this year, which is kind of amazing, since I was 9-10 episodes (ie the whole fall/winter half season) behind on some. So, yay TV watching?

Oh and also I went to lots of movies (8!) with [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo and [livejournal.com profile] minihannah in a determined bid to make sure we're getting our money's worth on our Cineworld Unlimited Cards. The best of them had to be The King's Speech! If you haven't seen it you're crazy. Go see it. And also Morning Glory, which was ridiculously cute. Cleo and I shelled out real money to see Burlesque on Orange Wednesday b/c we missed it at Cineworld, and it was totally worth that £6. (Which means the full movie price was £12, since O_Wed means 2 for 1. London movies prices, seriously!) I said when we went in that I wanted the movie to be 80% dancing and 20% plot, and it totally did not disappoint. Loved it.

I'm also in the middle of trying to sort out various computer/organisational things out. I got a new macbookpro in December, which may or may not have been a smart move, moneywise. But it is shiny and pretty and has a 500g harddrive just waiting to be filled, so that part is awesome. But I'm kind of using that excuse to transfer and sort all my files, which is...taking a while. Also, I am moving my booklist to Goodreads, after a ridiculous method of site choosing whereby I finally took the Rory route and made some pro/con lists. But, amoung other things, it has an iphone app that reads book barcodes! It's awesome! You can find me here if you want to add me: Jenn. I'm still kind of sorting it all out, but should be up and running better soon.

Work is starting to get busy-ish, which is good. I was so BORED, and it wasn't good for my mood. The tax season, while stressful, is always a lot more fun then sitting around just scanning & filing things. (Or being told by B to go home b/c there isn't enough to do, and thus not getting paid.) Also, still kind of trying to figure out what I'm doing on my own, business wise. I really really need to work on a website, so that's kind of next on my list. I'm hoping this year to do a better job of weighting my holidays to the second half of the year, so that they get timed to the period where I have less work. That way I can feel less guilty about taking the time off! Or something.

This year I had no idea how the contract thing would affect me (ie how little hours B would let me work in Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec) and thus took too much time off early on and ended up losing money. I made less money this year then I have in 4-5 past, which is scary. But, on the bright side, I have just negotiated a 15% raise (going forward from Jan 1st), so hopefully I'll work a bit more in the front half of the year and also earn more, and it will improve. Plus - more of my own clients? We'll see. At the moment I'm trying to decide if I have enough of them to justify moving to the larger tax system that I covet. MUCH more expensive, but infinitely more flexible and accurate and easy to use. Plus, it's what we have at work, so I'm familiar with it. IDK. At the beginning of January/end of December I was miserable at work and saying I needed to quit and it was bad for me, etc. Now that we have work (and he's hired on another girl for secretarial, just for the season) I feel fine. So I don't really know what to do with that.

Anyway, if you know any Americans in London (or elsewhere!) who need their taxes done, send them my way. Tis the season.
jenepel: (Random: [quote] money for books)
Date Revised: FINAL NUMBERS
Books Read: 56
Pages Read: 18300
BPM: 5
PPM: 1525
Average Pages: 327
Goals: 100 books, at least 12 non-fiction (some year I will manage this – too bad really long fanfic doesn’t count!).............EPIC FAIL.

Book List 2010 )



52 / 100 books. 52% done!

Previous Book Lists: 2008 (61), 2009 (60)

Total Movies: 60
At Home: 34
In Cinemas: 26
*Rewatches: 30

Movie List 2010 )
jenepel: (Celeb: NPH dancing with Elmo)
THINGS I'VE DONE SINCE I GOT BACK
* watched the last round of the World Cup
* had two picnics (Alex Park & St James Park) & played croquet
* celebrated two friend's bdays
* been in two pub quizzes (one of which we WON!)
* been to book club
* bought tickets for a 2nd Adam Lambert concert in Boston (um..right, well we're there already, so why not?!)
* seen FIVE movies at the cinema! (Wild Target, Eclipse, SATC2, Inception & Toy Story 3)
* trekked out to Heathrow to say goodbye to my parents
* spent hours on Skype sorting out my USA trip
* been to see HAIR with the Lambrits girls
* had dinner/drinks/etc with lots of people to catch up
* read lots of [livejournal.com profile] kradambigbang and commented YAY!
* spent hours bugging everyone I know (online & in RL) about whether I should get an HTC or an iphone (and WHICH iphone, new or old?) - opinions anyone?
* been into two CPW, one phones4u and one Orange shop to ask phone questions (guy in last shop: "Um...you may be taking this a bit too seriously. It is just a phone, you know.")

THINGS I HAVEN'T DONE SINCE I GOT BACK
* uploaded the pictures to FB (yeah...working on this!)
* written up my 12 of 12 post (ditto)
* talked to my brother for more then ten mins at a time (but I'll see him again in August, yay!)
* made a choice about the phone thing
* slept, like, AT ALL

Basically it's been a pretty awesome two weeks. My trip feels a million miles away, but it was awesome too. I doubt I'll manage to get any more of a synopsis up at the rate I'm going, but hopefully I'll manage to put up pics soon. I'm such a bum! Anyway, I'll link it on here once I get to it.

I'm taking a late lunch here, so on the very bright side I now only have a few hours of work left. Then [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire and I are doing dinner at ours as a goodbye before she goes to France for three weeks. Tomorrow I'm off to Devon for the weekend for a final house goodbye & bonding weekend since Nick and Julie are going to the USA FOR GOOD on Monday. :( Next up: figuring out new tenants (currently we have subletters) and sorting out renewing the lease. Fun!
jenepel: (DrWho: Dalek "procrastinate")
So I finally finished updating my books list for this year. I even added movies this time around, just for fun. I figure I'll hopefully be seeing more movies because of the Cineworld Unlimited thing. I actually had the books on my computer already, but I hadn't done the coding and etc to set it up. The movies I kind of had to guess on, so I probably forgot some, but oh well. For the books, you can totally tell that I've been raiding my mom's (school) library for new books - I read a ton of those just when I was home when my dad was sick.

And hey, it's only the end of March, so why not now? When I should be asleep. Or doing taxes. Or something. On the bright side I did manage to put another load of laundry in. Go me! *sarcasm*

Tomorrow is the 2nd kick-off for Script Frenzy. [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire and I just spent about an hour picking out new movie quotes (and we did some TV ones this time too) in case we get repeats. And hey, [livejournal.com profile] silly_cleo, this time you can play! I mean, if you're coming again. Are you?

Argh, I've got to go to bed b/c it's leaning on 3 now, since I've been doing other things while I've had this open. Hopefully tomorrow I'll finish my epic Adam post - I need to get it up before SF and definitely before this weekend!
jenepel: (Buzzcocks: [quote] boring mumbling)
I had a really wonderful weekend. Like, a truly shiny and happy, grinning every time you start thinking about your life kind of weekend. And somehow, now that the week is here (it kinda began late Sunday night) I have been catapulted sideways into this terrible maelstrom of stress, which I truly do not appreciate. Every time I stop and think about the month ahead of me I start to practically hyperventilate and freak out, and that’s with it not having even started yet.

It’s a combination of things, but mostly just that Script Frenzy is about to start and [livejournal.com profile] lazyclaire and I are the MLs for London. It’s silly, because I did sign up for it, and I do want to do it, but it’s APRIL. And I know what Nano feels like, how much time I give to it in November, and I’m just suddenly freaking out because I don’t know if I can give that amount of time during this month (one of our busiest at work) and add on the fact that I am supposed to organise stuff TOO. I’m looking at Script Frenzy + MLing + craziness at work + freelance work at home = Jenn goes INSANE. So we’ll see how that goes.

But this WEEKEND! Oh man, I cannot even start! It was just one of those times when things just come together and everything is fun. Adam Lambert, Cookies, Script Frenzy, awesome chats with friends and two movies! )

Um yeah, so I should stop and get home. I’m writing this on my work computer b/c I needed a bit of a break before I jumped on my commute to go home. I hate that it takes me an hour now!

Oh and also if you're even slightly interested in Kradam, you should all be reading this - or be drowned in blissful confusion - which is a totally amazing HS AU that I am in love with. Beware though, WIP. (I'm sure all three of you who are Kradam-inclined on my flist are already reading it, but I feel the need to rec anyway, so there.)
jenepel: (Piz "I want to die")
Trying to organise for Harry Potter is eating my brain. It's like, there is NO organisation to be had. This is what's happening:

1. Premiere is tomorrow night in Leicester square but of course we need to be there super early, which doesn't really work when some of us have jobs. So that problem has been there for a while but isn't any closer to solution. And now my boss wants me to go to the Embassy tomorrow afternoon, which may or may not help me out, I can't decide. I may end up queueing for hours. Blech.

2. Supposedly it wasn't showing at the IMAX (which I checked decades ago) until the 29th because of some sort of mix-up with Terminator and double booking and the moved HP premiere date from November. And yet...now it's showing there, as Claire pointed out today. But (of course) since IMAX showings sell out in like, seconds, it's full for a solid week and a half. So that will still have to wait a few weeks. Which is okay but not great.

3. Midnight showings (This is the one making me pull my hair out.) THERE ARE NO FRAKKING MIDNIGHT SHOWINGS. SERIOUSLY LONDON WTF?!? We thought for a while they hadn't posted them, but now that we've called some theatres it appears that is not the case. Oh no. They just aren't doing them. For Harry Potter 6. I repeat, WTF? So yeah, pretty much no way to make this any kind of "event" - we're just gonna have to wait until the next day after work and go to the movies.

I accept this isn't an exciting entry. But I needed to vent. :)
jenepel: (HIMYM: Flight suit up!)
Well I'm still at work but while I'm sitting at my computer I thought I better toss an entry off, seeing as I'm in the mood. I am woefully behind in anything approaching a real post. It has literally been almost a month - shocking! And I'm to the point where (to cheekily quote [livejournal.com profile] apotropaios: I have realised that the main reason I have not been updating is that it has been so long since my last proper update that I Do Not Have Enough Time Right Now To Update Properly. However, today of the 12th, which means I am taking pictures and should post tomorrow, and I can't stand doing that without some sort of actual entry in the way. Ah summer, see what you do to me?!

And so. Things from the last month (!!) that deserve a mention...

As per the title, inordinate amounts of money have been spent. I finally got two holidays sorted out - Norway and Serbia - and have paid for the flights, etc etc. Of course everything turned out to be more expensive than it was supposed to, due to procrastination, exchange rates, whatever. But now the money has been spent and all that remains is to go. So yay! I also made it to the opticians, which sorely needed doing, and of course was stratospherically expensive. My current glasses are almost two years old, and the prescription turned out to be scarily out of date (to the tune of -2 diopters more) so new glasses ahoy! After a scary conversation with one optician where he said the lenses alone would be £450, I was quite happy to come back the next week and speak to a less dramatic doctor, who talked it down to £300. Which is a lot, but sounded less in comparison - maybe they were playing good cop, bad cop? Anyway, evidently negative 13 diopters (GOOD LORD) is eyes that are just bad enough for special ordering to commence. So after picking the cheapest pair of "cool" frames I could find, I am now almost £400 lighter, but the proud owner of shiny new glasses that help me see wonderfully. Ah well. Needs must. New contacts were also ordered, but that is far less exciting.

Many fun social things have happened that are not worth going into in detail. The most notable probably being that we had our annual fantastic picnic on Hampsted Heath. I don't say annual in that we only plan to do it once, but rather that we managed to do it on near the exact same day as going last year. Weird. It's probably just the time of year that it starts to get warm. Anyway, many and varied people came, much yummy food was eaten, and we once again failed to fly the kite. Oh! And we also brought the croquet set - Phil's suggestion I believe - which was awesome. Croquet is always good. It's like Scottish dancing or karaoke - people aren't sure if they'll like it, they feel a bit silly about it, but once they get going everyone is all in.

Other miscellany? We had a whole bunch of visitors, including Claire and Amy's cat for a few days. We went to a party at C&A's house and were involved in ~much drama~. I reread Half Blood Prince in preparation for the movie and then promptly fell headfirst back into the world of Harry Potter fanfic (Draco/Harry if you must know - shut up). In TV news I watched seasons 1-3 of Weeds and am now working on 4. Seb and I saw Star Trek at the IMAX. I really want to see it again, so hopefully Rach and I are going to use an orange wednesday once I get back from holiday.

Yes! Holiday! I leave for Norway in ONE DAY!!!!! I am beyond excited. It's where my parents were living when they met (Oslo), and two of my best friends grew up there (Bergen) and yet I've never been. One of said friends (living in the UK now) has just bought a hitta there and is spending most of the summer there with her two little boys. So I'm off on a bit of a working holiday - painting, decorating and such - but also to just hang out and play with the kids and relax. I CANNOT WAIT.

Hmmm, yeah that seems good enough. :) I will endeavour to be better in June/July. (Two thirds of June will be gone once I get back.)
jenepel: (Hercules: Meg Damsel)
We saw Milk last night, and it's really stuck with me. I walked to the vet this morning (Nimbus is getting neutered!) and I had scenes from the movie running in my head the whole time. It was a great film - essentially a biopic, but really as much about the movement as the man. It was kind of heart-warming and inspiring and also depressing, all at the same time. It's impossible not to see the obvious comparisons with what's going on today, particularly at the end when they were fighting proposition 6 (regarding firing teachers for being gay). I couldn't help but think about this past election and prop 8, also in CA, also regarding gay rights, also brought forward by a religious group. It's the whole step-forward, step-back thing: prop 8 deals with marriage, which is obviously progress from prop 6, but on the other hand, it passed and the earlier one didn't.

I think overall the movie did a great job of giving you a vision of all these people (mostly men, not many lesbians represented in this) who were working towards this common goal that had them just so completely fired up. Every person on his team was interesting in some way. I don't know if all the little stories were true, but it felt like many of the things that happened could have been told to the screenwriter (or whoever) by the men themselves. Like "you know the first time I went to see Harvey at City Hall I had borrowed a suit from a friend and he joked with me, told me never to wear it again, said that I should wear the tightest jeans I owned when I came in there" - that feels like a jokey anecdote you would tell about a friend, and whether true or not, it was the kind of thing that made Milk (the film and the person) very accessible. At the end they did that thing that they so often do on "true" films, where they tell you what all the people are doing now. And most of them were activists still, or involved in various projects relating to the cause.

Anyway, I really enjoyed it, and would recommend it to everyone. If nothing else, it's always interesting to get a picture of an era that isn't your own and see how social issues stood then. The late 70's isn't that long ago, and yet attitudes are already vastly different. Of course, I live in London, so my vision is screwed! (Although the film is set mostly in SF, so that's obviously not a picture of middle America either.) I've had discussions about this generational thing with my parents - who are in their early 60's - because the changes that have come about in their lifetime are profound. And for someone born in the 80's (that's me!) there are some things that seem very obvious, and yet weren't even in place 20-30 years ago. That which was once marginalized is becoming more mainstream, but there's still a long long way to go.

In conclusion, go see Milk! DO IT NOW!

On a similar note, I ran into this story earlier today through several links. It concerns my old stomping grounds, San Antonio, and a gay couple (women) who are in trouble with the law for kissing (and then resisting arrest? refusing to leave?) at a mall. So that's interesting on several levels, the most immediate one being the authorities’ very obvious defence, which is that it was the PDA in general that was objected to, and not the same-sexiness of it. We had a discussion at a recent party of ours regarding American opinions on PDA versus European or UK ones. (One of our many MILLION discussion regarding “courtship” in difference countries and cultures – we’re gonna write a book, really.) The general opinion seemed to be that in the US, PDA is less acceptable. However, that opinion was coming mostly from foreigners, so it could be the old idea of Americans as prudes (quite common over here) which I'm not positive is true. (The leftover Puritan ethic and all that.) So what do you guys think? Do people kiss in malls out in the open? Or is that so shocking that you could be arrested for it? I'm sure at least part of it is the lesbian aspect; I kind of refuse to believe that didn't escalate the problem. But is there any chance that a straight couple would have been asked to stop as well? I'm very curious about this, and I don't really feel I have enough of a grasp on current American culture to answer it. I'm trying to think about PDA in America, or even think about TV shows (which is where I get way too much of my “American” info) and I can't seem to get a good picture. So enlighten me please...
jenepel: (GG: [quote] hate early)
Once again proving I am not actually an adult person, I got very little sleep last night. We had a chat for the Virtual Season that went from 2AM-5:30AM (my time) and then I was afraid to properly go to sleep, so I alternately napped and read, lights blazing. On the positive side, it was a very productive chat, so at least my sleep was donated to a good cause. Either way, I'm now at work, trying very hard to be productive here as well. I've already had a cup of coffee - and I DO NOT drink coffee. The energy of that and of staying up all night will last for a while, but I know I'll be fading around mid-day. Hopefully I can leave early since I got in early.

Hmmm. So this entry is mostly just because writing it is keeping me more awake then working on taxes. I would regale you all with stories of my weekend, but really there isn't much to say except that I didn't get as much done as I meant to (shocker!) so that's annoying. [Ha! I said I didn't have much to say and then blathered on for many paragraphs. Oh well.]

Travel plans and movies and even some pictures! )Okay, I should actually get some work done. This turned out to be a more marathon entry then I expected. But I'm SO TIRED and taxes are not helping! Also, I must have pulled a muscle or something this weekend, because I've had this pain in the lower left side of my back for like two days now. It hurts the most when I sit a long time - when I got out of the movies yesterday it was throbbing - and so sitting here at my desk is not feeling so good. I don't think there's much to be done though, other than hope it goes away soon. Ah well, just one more thing! Happy Monday everyone.

ETA: Wow, I have a tag for sleep. I did not remember that. It should be a tag for lack of sleep! Maybe I'll make one - or change it.

Miscellany

Jul. 18th, 2008 12:15 pm
jenepel: (Hairspray: Can't stop the beat)
Wow, I’ve been like, completely absent from the internet lately. I need to get on that! Actually, part of it is that I’ve been using every spare moment to watch Dr Who. I made it through all three season’s of Jessie’s DVDs (plus 4 old Who mini-series) before she left, which I actually think is really impressive. And I’m just now (about four days later) getting out of the Who frame of mind. Seriously, I knew I had been watching too much Who when I was walking home from work the other day and I saw this slovenly stumbling guy (who in retrospect was obviously drunk) and thought “wow, he looks like something has taken over his body – is he big enough for a Sliveen? Or maybe he’s a zombie? Or auton? ” before I shook myself and reconsidered how crazy I sounded.

It’s also affecting my sleep patterns. I’m currently living alone, which I completely hate. I think it might be better if I wasn’t in the middle of Seven Sisters – I lived alone in Japan and was pretty much fine with it. But of course my flat there was tiny; I could see the entire thing at once as long as I kept the rice screens open. Here I’m in this huge creaky house and it just freaks me out. I’m usually fine as long as I’m up, working on stuff, whatever the hour. But as soon as I’m lying down with only my thoughts I manage to get scared. So I spend a lot of time trying to sleep, giving up and reading for a while, trying to sleep, giving up and watching something, trying to sleep, etc. It is not helpful. Mostly, I’m sure a real person is going to break in and kill me. (Knife me perhaps!? Damn you London youth!) But I have slightly more silly ones too - as far as Who monsters that I actually think about when lying there, the stupid statues from Blink come to mind the most. Yuck.

Even though I’m not getting much sleep, I haven’t been late for work since Boss has been gone. So that bodes well for the future I hope. We’ll see. I’ve been helped along by my loving brother, who I called in panic on the day I got in trouble. He decided to start calling me, and he’s pretty much called me 90% of the mornings since then. He works closing, so he calls me around 3AM his time, and it works for both of us. I don’t know how long he plans to keep it up, but it’s really lovely. Usually I’m already up (although it is helpful) since I don’t know for sure if he’ll call, but it’s still a great way to wake up and it’s nice to have that simple little conversation in the morning as if we still live in the same country. Stupid boy! MOVE BACK!

ANYWAY, enough about my complete irrationality. The other weird thing about living alone is that I have no one to tell those silly little things you think of or see during the day. I also am at work alone these two weeks (Boss gets back next Wed) and so there’s really no one to talk to. (Not that I’m complaining about him being gone!)

Random things I’ve seen/thought about lately. )

Evil!Landlord finally gave our deposit back. Well, kind of. Out of £2100 he gave us back £1668. So pretty much he shaved almost $1000 off, for things like “cleaning” “jetwashing the back patio” and etc. Also, he bought a new bed (£120) since the one in Nicola’s room had a loose screw in the back. And charged about £80 for a stain on Juliet’s floor that she says was there when she moved in. Bastard. Seriously, I really really hate him. Technically it is still in dispute, but I don’t know if we are going to get any more money back then that. I doubt it. None of the listed extra problems were my room but I split it 3 ways even since the charged didn’t seem fair at all – might as well even out the jerkitude. Needless to say, the two newer tenants did not offer any money to cover the difference. In fact, they both ignored my email. Classy. Blech, at least it’s DONE. Next up? Finding new tenants for the extra rooms in the house I’m in. And then in Sept looking for a new place. Man I move a lot. Even just within this house, I have now lived in all three bedrooms. I started in the tiny one, then when Rach left I took hers, and now that Jessie’s gone I’ve transferred to hers since it is much bigger and has a double bed. As I moved I left stuff in all three rooms though, so I was in the whole house. The job this week has been condensing it all into the largest room so that I can start showing the house to prospective tenants.

Okay, I’m out. This turned out much longer then planned. I gotta eat some lunch.
jenepel: (Buffy: Willow "bored now")
I'm still at work, and very annoyed. I got her at 8AM this morning, so I should have been able to leave early, however I’m still here, waiting for Virgin Media. We closed the flat account, so they were supposed to pick up our router and TV box today between 8 and 12. Well I called around 2 since they hadn’t come and the guy was all “oh, they have until 6 to come by” which totally isn’t true because they had given me the option of 8-12 or 12-6. But whatever. So here I am, still waiting. But it’s 20 to 6, so I kinda think they aren’t coming. And I’m supposed to meet people in the city at 6:30 for dinner – SO not happening. And now what happens? I call Virgin once it hits 6 and they give me a different day they can come by? What a complete and total pain. And how nice of my flatmates to be helping me deal with all this crap. Anyways, I’m totally bored and need to kill some more time so I think I'll bore you all in turn with the contents of my week.

And this is the way of it... )

Not too much else. On the TV front I finally got around to downloading the end of the season of Gossip Girl. I forgot how fabulous that show is! And I’m totally addicted to Jacob’s TWoP recaps of it too. He takes this show that so many people just look at as a guilty pleasure, and makes it into this thesis like examination of social attitudes and manages to find something important in every single choice the producers/directors/writers/actors have made. Now THAT is the way to watch television!
jenepel: (Juno: guitars and stairs)
(Sorry - I couldn't resist.)

So this is me jumping on the Juno bandwagon with a great big leap.  A little bit of time after the party here, but I don't even care.  After much delay, [profile] basilm (Rach) and I went today to see it.  I have a whole lotta love for this movie, which I pretty much expected.  But oh how I wish I had seen it knowing nothing.  It definitely took away from it to be so aware.  This is the kind of movie that would be so great if it snuck up on you from behind - you having no idea where it was going or why.  Instead I have four plus months of anticipation and plot spoilers.  Ah well.  Also, I watched the final pretty pretty scene with the lovely pan-out, and I was like "oh, I need an icon of that".  And behold (*points to icon*) the magic.

In other news, I seem to keep getting birthday presents, weeks after the real day.  It's so great; it's like we're going to stretch my celebration out forever!  Today Rach brought me this awesome journal that she had made - with quotes and cutouts.  Oh, and also a mix CD.  And yesterday [profile] teaatsix brought me Hello Kitty ice cube makers, which we squeed over, and also a marshmallow candy thing that I ate today.  (Yum!)  And a few days ago, Juliet (flatmate #2) randomly gave me Benefit lip gloss.  Just a mini surprise gift.  I love it! 

PLUS, there are two things coming in the mail - from [profile] adinarj and my bro.  Yay for continuing bdays!  Also coming in the mail?  The COMPLETE GG seasons!  I finally broke down and ordered it, since it didn't look like amazon was lowering the price anymore.  It drives me crazy b/c I could order the separate season sets for $20 each, but I've waited this long so that I could have the complete package, so I'm having it, darn it!  It needs to get here before River visits though, because otherwise what will we watch?!

Meh, I don't know what else for now.  I guess I should go to bed.  I'm going to the Embassy tomorrow to turn in some paperwork, so it will be cool to see everyone.
jenepel: (Buzzcocks: Simon with sign)
It's 2AM.  What am I doing?  I'm watching Never Mind the Buzzcocks on YouTube.  What should I be doing?  I don't know - one of the many millions of things I need to do before Cat and Jared get here Thursday and my life kicks into overdrive.  Oh Christmas, I do love you, but you make life insane.  Oh yes, I suppose (since I have to work tomorrow at 8:30) that technically what I should be doing is sleeping.  But I just got my computer back today, so actual work or sleep is difficult as I find it hard to tear myself away.  I've pretty much been on since I got home, including a two hour conversation with Trev.  (Never mind that he'll be here in 6 days.  I love Skype.)


Hmmm..what else?  Have I mentioned how much I HEART Never Mind the Buzzcocks?  It is the win.  I don't think I laugh at anything else quite as much as I do during that show.  (Not so much during the Mark Lamar years, but now that Simon is on.)  Also, Ryan Jarman from the Cribs came back and was a guest again a few weeks ago.  BEST GUEST EVER.  I don't even know why, but he has me in fits every time he opens his mouth.  At least my brother agrees with me on this point.

Oh yes, and MY BROTHER GETS HERE IN SIX DAYS!  Sorry for all the caps but it merits them.

Here's the plan:
Mon night (heh - now) - make bed, pack up presents, sleep
Tues - work, meet with new boss, pack for parents house, clear side floor
Wed - work, spend night with [profile] teaatsix (nearer airport)
Thur - pick up C&J at airport, half day work
Fri - work party (last one)
Sat - Choral service at Albert Hall
Sun - TREVOR ARRIVES!, Terracotta Warriers exhibit, go to my parents (evening)
Mon - Christmas Eve (start of week off)
jenepel: (Kaylee Shiny)
Just dropping in for a mini movie review.

I just finished watching High School Musical 2 (total guilty pleasure viewing!) and it was pretty cute, although not as good as the original.  Of course when I finished the first one I was like "oh that was pretty cute"; it wasn't until a week later, when I had listened to it like crazy on my ipod and then re-watched it, that I was all "oh, it's this generation's Grease, it's awesome!" so let's give this one a week or so and then we'll see.

I think this second one made me think a lot more of Dirty Dancing, and I wonder if that was intentional.  I mean if they are trying to give nods to old "classic" musicals then it's pretty obvious the first one relates to Grease.  It's set at a HS, a new girl comes in to the school and starts to almost-date a guy from another clique, which leads to fighting between the cliques and them not being sure if they should be together, only to culminate in a final dance scene where everyone is a big happy group.  And this new one is totally Dirty Dancing.  It's got the summer country club, fighting between guests and staff, people almost getting fired through sabotage because they are dating someone a guest is interested in, and a big talent show at the end that ends with the staff coming from the back of the room and dancing up to join the show.

The only other comment I have is that after watching it I really think that Kelsi doesn't get enough credit.  I mean I'm glad they were happy that Ryan put the show together and all, but Kelsi wrote all those songs.  She's like 17 and technically (between the two movies) she's had like 10 hits.  She's totally a genius (pop) composer.  Girl needs an album writing deal!  :)

p.s. I switched out a few userpics.  There are so many others I want to use - I need a bigger account!  See this pretty (shiny) Kaylee one?

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