mizzmarvel: (chekov frolics - entwashian)
FACT: No Dimestore Dames post from me this week. I decided I needed to take the week off, by which I actually mean that whenever I went to start it, it felt like I was mentally running face-first into a brick wall.

FACT: The level to which I am now enjoying Criminal Minds is disturbing, since until a few weeks ago I only vaguely knew it as that show that starred Greg from Dharma & Greg and terrifying close-ups of Mandy Patinkin's face.

FACT: I shouldn't be allowed to go to Target anymore, because every time I do, I end up spending dozens of dollars. Dozens, I tell you!

FACT: Relatedly, I've pretty much embraced my life of prematurely middle-aged spinsterhood by buying a roomy chemise, not unlike the kinds my great-grandmother liked to wear when I lived with her as a ten-year-old and she made me share the bed with her even though she had a spare room with an empty bed in it. It's livened up with a design of sock monkeys and bananas. I also think I've been experiencing something akin to hot flashes, and considering I did have a grandmother who went through early menopause in her late 20s, I'm mildly alarmed.
mizzmarvel: (mirror mirror on the wall)
I was kind of psyched because I had a super-productive day. I got a lot done at work today -- it's kind of amazing what a difference having a job you actually like can make. Then I came home, cooked an actual dinner on the stove, washed all the dishes, and finished my Dimestore Dames post way in advance.

Of course, now I've ruined any momentum that I had by watching probably the two most depressing episodes of Intervention ever produced. Now I just want to go hide under the blankets forever.

WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF.
mizzmarvel: (MLP Rainbow's 20% cooler - boxofdoomage)
My incredibly vast list of goals for the long weekend:

* Read six books
* Write two stories for work (one done, one to go)
* Write my next Dimestore post
* Paint my nails
* Watch the Netflix disc I've had for like a month (two-thirds done)
* Laundry
* Shower at some point fiiiiiine, done

So far, I've mostly been lounging. Maybe I'll call this "pre-working." In any case, I just discovered that all three seasons of Hoarders are streaming on Netflix, so there goes my weekend.
mizzmarvel: (leslie :/ - lolzipopzz)
I was a couple weeks behind on watching Glee -- I tend to ignore it for months, then binge -- but now I'm all caught up and have things to say!

spoilers for Sexy and Original Songs )
mizzmarvel: (leslie thumbs-up - lolzipopzz)
I made [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory watch the Parks and Recreation pilot tonight, and oh my God, I love this show so much. I love every single character and every single actor. Forever.

I can't believe I love this show so much even before the appearance of Ben Wyatt.
mizzmarvel: (humans are dead - noeffingpostage)
I watched the first fifteen episodes of the second season of Parks and Recreation today, and while it's been a long time since I liked a show well enough to marathon it that extensively, I now feel nauseous from staring at my computer screen for so long.

I make good life decisions.

Also, why is my vacation over already? This means I actually have to leave the apartment tomorrow for more than a McNugget run. :((((

wow

Oct. 28th, 2010 11:59 pm
mizzmarvel: (velvet-y! - art by so_spiffed)
Project Runway )

some tv

Sep. 20th, 2010 11:32 pm
mizzmarvel: (skeleton dance - tropic_icons)
One spin around the dance floor on Dancing with the Stars for Kyle Massey, and suddenly I want to watch Cory in the House. HE WAS SO GOOD.

Curse you, Mark Dacascos, for being in Double Dragon when I was a child and making me permanently fond of you and thus getting me hooked on DWTS during your season!

so close

Aug. 16th, 2010 11:46 pm
mizzmarvel: (harry's manwink - entwashian)
They were filming White Collar in my work neighborhood today -- the crew was clogging up my Subway, in fact -- and I actually followed a sign pointing out the way to the set for like half a block before I came to my senses and went back to work.

Because, I mean, look. I wanted to gaze upon Bryce Larkin.* Is that so wrong?


* I have no idea what his White Collar character name is; I've never actually seen it

P.S. Click below, tell me what fics, characters I write, etc. that you like best! I will smile like this as a result -- :DDD

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mizzmarvel: (skeleton dance - tropic_icons)
I've already mentioned my dislike of the Pied Piper of Hamlin once before, and get ready for some thrills, because I'm about to talk about it some more.

So yeah, I've always been creeped out majorly by this story, and it's not really diminished as time's gone on. It's probably only gotten worse since I read Salt by Donna Jo Napoli when I was in college. (Which is the single darkest YA book I have ever read. I cannot unrecommend it enough. It's also one of Napoli's several books where the young teen narrator has sex. And I mean middle school age. With an adult. Just stay away.)

Anyway, tonight I warily embarked on watching the Faerie Tale Theatre version of the story (yep, still watching these). And for a while, I had hope that this would be the single instance where the story doesn't upset me. Because it was basically an adaptation of the Robert Browning poem, which is really funny, and Eric Idle was the Piper. And it was framed as a 19th century gentleman telling the story to a young boy, trying to get him to go to sleep so the adults can enjoy the party downstairs. So I thought, hey, maybe they'll tone it down. I mean, this is the show where they retconned the Three Bears into being Goldilocks' BFF.

But no. Crazed-eye children, getting led merrily into a gleaming crack in the mountain, never to be seen again. While the little boy with crutches grows up depressed about missing his big chance at living in the Big Rock Candy Mountain or whatever.

Then, juuuuust to punctuate the horror of this tale, it ends with the narrator (also played by Eric Idle) telling the boy, "I dunno, maybe they came out the other side and populated Transylvania or something" (I don't know why this detail always makes my skin crawl, BUT IT DOES) and then gives him a long, lingering hug. Seriously, this hug goes on for at least a full minute of screen time. AUUGH.

Then, from the distance, as the credits roll, we see the narrator's house. The light in the boy's room goes off...leaving every room in the house in darkness. Wasn't there a party happening downstairs? WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON? IS EVERYONE DEAD? PIPER, YOU'RE JUST SUPPOSED TO KILL CHILDREN.

In conclusion, why do I bother with fairy tales?
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Also, Psych is pretty coolio, even if I haven't finished the second season yet. I'm telling you, buying DVDs is a curse for me -- whenever I spring for one, I almost immediately lose interest in watching it. See also my dust covered Star Trek DVD, my unfinished set of s3 of Veronica Mars, etc.
mizzmarvel: (garth loves food - thepresidentrix)
Sometimes, I watch Best Thing I Ever Ate on Food Network and end up going out and getting some of the food they talk about, since I'm lucky enough to live in New York. Amazing things are all just a subway ride away.

But the best thing I ever ate from Best Thing I Ever Ate is the Peanut Butter and Jam Doughnut from Doughnut Plant OMGGGGG. I have never had a doughnut so soft and delicious. It had the perfect amount of jam, and the peanut butter glaze was deliciously and amazing. I bought one for a friend too, but I seriously considered keeping it for myself.

Luckily, Doughnut Plant is just far enough away that I can't eat there, oh, every day. But they're going to open one near my workplace. RUH ROH.

I also tried a Lavender Doughnut out of curiosity. It was just okay -- a yeast doughnut with a light lavender glaze. There were specks of lavender blossoms in the glaze, so occasionally there'd be a bite that was extra floral-tasting. I don't regret it, but I don't think I'll get it again.
mizzmarvel: (family (tpatf) - icon_teahouse)
I've been thinking about Disney movies today. Not really sure why, other than I was really stressed out most of the day, and Disney is good for making me not want to die in a ball of anxiousness. Random musings:

1. During childhood, my family seems to have really favored the ones starring animals. My older brother liked The Fox and the Hound best (how is this even possible), and my little brother insisted on watching The Jungle Book so often that I haven't had the urge to rewatch it in about 15 years. My childhood fave was Robin Hood.

One time, my grandma took us to Disneyland, but there was something wrong with the tickets, so she told us we were going to Robin Hood Land instead. Being four or so, I was even more ecstatic at the thought of hanging out with Robin, Maid Marion and Little John in the woods than stupid old Disneyland! Turns out Robin Hood Land was the name of the parking lot the car was in.

We went to Disneyland the next day. This is a perk of having grandparents who live within sight of Disneyland.

2. Cinderella is my least favorite of the princesses. I find her very boring, and I have an early memory of fantasizing that the prince chose the dark-haired stepsister instead. I do, however, remember having a huge fight with a friend over whether or not Cinderella has bangs. I happened to have bangs, and my friend did not.

...and now I'm exhausted and running out of steam. Interestingly, when I needed to take my mind off stuff, I bypassed the Disney DVDs and went for the second season of 3rd Rock from the Sun.
mizzmarvel: (bd wong i love you - iconzicons)
I'm still working my way through Shelley Duvall's Faeries Tale Theatre, for some reason. In fact, I'm about halfway through the entire series. I had a good pace for a while, watching several episodes a week, but the Thumblina episode (staring Carrie Fisher, Burgess Meredith, the maid from Two and a Half Men and the guy from The Greatest American Hero as a flower "angel," apparently because "fairy" would be too gay) was so wretched that I had to take a break.

I don't know if I started losing my mind or what, but I actually started perceiving some episodes as good. Usually, this was because a celebrity cast member decided to not look embarrassed to be there and just started chewing the scenery like crazy. Like, Sleeping Beauty, starring Christopher Reeve and Bernadette Peters in dual roles? Actually funny. Malcolm McDowell as the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood? Hilarious! Vincent Price in a magic mirror costume? Brilliant casting!

The casting of the Nightingale episode? Not so great.

Caps ahoy )
mizzmarvel: (sokka/suki omg)
I bought new sneakers today! This is a momentous occasion, since I don't like spending money, but I desperately needed new ones, and my eyes turned into hearts when I saw these. Here, I found a picture of them. HOORAY FOR YELLOW. They make me smile to look at.

Also, I finished Avatar: The Last Airbender today and was very sad. I cried actual tears in the third to last episode, when, um, one character was reunited with another? I don't want to spoil! But it was so good! I just want like twenty more seasons, all of the same quality, with the same voice actors. Is that so much to ask?

My new icon pretty much encapsulates how I feel about the pairing it pictures, the show, and my shoes.
mizzmarvel: (tortoise wins and don't you forget it)
I've been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender for a while now, and I'm down to only having one disc left to finish up the series. And of course, OMG SO GOOD.

But now I have a dilemma. Do I finish out the series by watching it on Netflix, where it's streaming for free, or wait for the last disc to be mailed to me so I can stretch it out a tiny bit more?

I just don't want it to end. :(
mizzmarvel: (fairy/jellyfish)
When I was a kid in the good old late '80s, my family was very big on renting movies, and whenever we went to the video store, I was allowed to pick out something from the children's section. Nine times out of ten, I'd get either a Shirley Temple movie or a tape of Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre.

Faerie Tale Theatre was totally my jam -- I watched it obsessively. But eventually, that video store went out of business, along with the precious supply of fairy tale crack. It's probably been twenty years since I saw an episode, and I didn't really remember why I loved it so much. But now Netflix is streaming it for free, and after watching a few episodes, it's all coming back to me!

How do I love Faerie Tale Theatre? Let me count the ways (with screencaps) )

It's so freaking bad. Like, in The Frog Prince (the first episode), Michael Richards walks around in a fake nose, then the princess is horrible and never actually redeemed, and the frog has like a five minute awful standup routine. And this isn't even the worst one yet -- the first season finale is The Nightingale, a fairy tale set in China. Guess who plays the Emperor? Mick Jagger, obviously!

Don't worry, I capped it.
mizzmarvel: (mizzmarvel = hot stuff)
big old spoilers )
mizzmarvel: (home)
It's never good news from my family in Arizona, so I can't imagine why I'm ever surprised. The latest: my grandparents are losing their house. They just can't hack it on social security alone. Grandma seems genuinely optimistic about moving on to a new phase in her life, but I also remember how proud she was to finally own a home of her own for the first time in her life.

Anyway.

DWTS )

dwts

Apr. 6th, 2010 11:11 pm
mizzmarvel: (skeleton dance - tropic_icons)
I didn't actually watch tonight's episode, but I have opinions about the outcome. Here, let me share them with you.

spoilers, obvs )

And after voting last night, I went on YouTube and watched Aaron Carter's jive from last season again. Twice.

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