New Music

January 26, 2011

I always like to start off a new semester (or a new year) with some new music. Here’s a sampling of  what I’ve been listening to lately:

“Silvia” by Miike Snow. I bought this song after hearing it on Chuck this week. I’ve discovered a lot of great music from that show. Check it out! (Both the song and the show–you won’t be disappointed)

“Rise” by The Frames. I just finally purchased this song after listening to it on youtube a dozen times. I have Monday night tv to thank for this one as well. It was featured on this week’s incredible episode of Castle. (If you’re not watching Castle, what are you waiting for? Go watch now. After watching “Knockdown,” I dare you not to want to watch more.)

Infinite Arms by Band of Horses. I first discovered Band of Horses thanks to–you guessed it–two tv shows that used their music, Chuck and Psych. Infinite Arms is their third album, which came out last year, and is definitely worth buying. “Dilly” is currently my favorite song on the album. (The video is kind of weird, but the song is good.)

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The More Things Change . . .

October 10, 2010

This afternoon I sat on my couch, writing a paper and watching the Braves playoff game. It gave me pause to reflect on constants. I think throughout life, one always has constants–people, places, things that one keeps coming back to no matter how life might otherwise change.

Though I consider myself a White Sox fan first and foremost, the fact is that I did not grow up a Sox fan. I grew up a Braves fan. It is my dad’s favorite team so thus it was mine as well. Though I know I went to a Sox game as a child, I have no memory of that, but I do have many memories of going to Braves games. Sitting on the couch this afternoon, watching the Braves play had a sort of timelessness to me. Bobby Cox’s retirement once the Braves’ season ends marks the end of an era, but I think Braves games will always conjure up memories of my childhood. In that sense, they will always be a constant in my life.

The afternoon also gave me a sense of deja vu. Though the team is different this time, I couldn’t help but flash back to my freshman year of college, when I spent October writing papers and watching the Sox on their way to becoming World Champions.

In other news, the past week was crazy busy. I worked extra hours on Friday. After nine hours of reading student papers, I was dreading working on my own this weekend. I felt a bit panicked because one of the papers I have due next week is a comparative book review and I hadn’t even finished reading the second book yet.

I came home Friday night from work and felt too exhausted to do homework. I went to bed super early for me–10 pm. That actually worked out really well because I woke up at 6 the next morning. I finished reading the rest of the book (about 100 pages), made pizza crust, went to the gym, had a phone date with Alyssa, and wrote all of my paper that’s due Monday night. All I can say about that is thank goodness for NCIS marathons on USA. I wish there was some way I could wake up at 6 everyday, but my schedule just wouldn’t allow it.

Today has been fairly productive as well, though I didn’t get started until much later. I went to church and the grocery store, made bean & rice burgers and sandwich rolls, went to the gym, and wrote 2/3 of my paper due Wednesday. I likely could have finished it all tonight, but I was starting to get really sick of looking at it so I’ll finish it up in the morning before work, then wait until Tuesday to revise so I can come at it with fresh eyes. I’d like to thank my Mentalist dvds for getting me through another marathon writing session.

I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures from last weekend.

Lincoln’s Home

This house is down the road from Lincoln’s. I really want it!


Weekend Productivity

September 19, 2010

I loooove the weekends. Not only because I don’t have to go to school or work, but also because so far I have been able to be very productive. This weekend, I wrote two essays, finished an exercise for class, and did some reading. The weekends are also my cooking/baking time!

I made pad thai today!

It was a lot easier to make than I expected. Yesterday, I made bean & rice burgers, curried millet, and pizza crust. I made enough of everything to last me at least through the first half of the week (the pizza crusts will last at least a couple of weeks though because I made three).

So I have this thing where if I’m reading for class, I can only listen to instrumental music (usually movie scores, but sometimes classical), but when I’m writing I can listen to music with words or, even better, watch movies/tv as long as it’s something I’ve already seen. So since the weekends have been my writing time, I’ve been having some very fun marathons. Today, I’ve indulged in Bones and Chuck dvds while I finished my essay.

Speaking of tv, happy premiere week! I’m so excited for all of my shows to return this week even though I will be in class during most of them. Thank goodness my computer doubles as a dvr. When I get back from class tomorrow night I will be watching Chuck and Castle. Thankfully, I have Tuesdays off from work, so I feel like I can indulge a bit and watch both Monday night.


One More Show

August 21, 2010

So if you know me at all, you know that I enjoy my tv shows. I just think tv is where it is at right now. Some people like movies. I used to be one of them. There are still movies that I enjoy, of course, but I feel with movies one has to look a lot harder to find something really great. I have high standards for tv too, but I think, right now, it is a lot easier to find something really worth watching on tv than it is to find a movie of similar quality in writing, acting, directing, etc. I’m not the only one who feels that way either. Check out the hilarious video at this site: Is This What Hollywood Blockbusters Have Come To? (NSFW)

Anyway, so because the quality of tv is so good right now, there are a lot of shows I like. And when I decide to like a show, there is nothing casual about that. I watch religiously every week or I don’t watch at all. So I really don’t need another show. I really don’t. I don’t even know how I am going to have time to watch my absolute favorites this year with grad school and work. But I couldn’t help myself. I started watching another new show. And I am hooked.

Rizzoli & Isles is a new crime drama from TNT. It features two female leads, which is pretty uncommon. I was intrigued from the first episode, which I thought did a good job of letting the audience know exactly who these characters are. Not many shows can accomplish that in the first episode. I didn’t like the pilots for some of my top shows until I went back and watched them later after knowing the characters. Rizzoli & Isles I found to be enjoyable from the start and I am now caught up through the five episodes that TNT has up for online viewing. I guess that means I have officially started watching this show.


Covert Affairs

July 13, 2010

USA’s new show Covert Affairs looks poised to be another hit for the cable network. Filled with action and intrigue, the pilot certainly lived up to its exciting commercials.

Check out what USA has to say about their new show:

New jobs are tough — especially when your new employer is the CIAAnnie Walker (Piper Perabo) is fluent in six languages, has traveled the world and is besting her fellow CIA trainees in every test. But that doesn’t explain why she’s suddenly summoned by CIA headquarters to report for active duty as a field operative one month before her training is over. She doesn’t know there may be something — or someone — from her past that her CIA bosses are really after.

If you’ve ever been a fan of any other spy show, check this one out because it’s probably right up your alley! It airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on USA. I am sure they will put the pilot online so get caught up before next week.


In Which It’s An Exciting Day

April 1, 2010

Tonight Bones returns with its first new episode in nearly two months and I couldn’t be more excited. The wait has been too long.

Fringe also returns tonight after an almost two month hiatus.

Besides Bones, I am also highly anticipating this evening’s new episode of The Mentalist. It’s been ages since my two favorites were on the same night so I am glad to have this combo back again.

So those are some of the reasons why I love Thursdays, but today is even more special because it is eceldridge‘s birthday. Happy Birthday, roomie!


In Plain Sight Back Tonight!

March 31, 2010

I think In Plain Sight has got to be one of the best shows that never gets talked about. Certainly, even within the little USA Network universe it gets less buzz than their other shows.

Thanks to a combination of DVDs, Amazon Video on Demand, and Hulu, I am caught up on the first two seasons of IPS and ready for tonight’s season 3 premiere. This show quickly became one of my favorites and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us tonight. Check out what USA has to say about tonight’s episode:

After being discharged from the hospital with a fresh bullet wound scar, Mary gets right back to work, investigating the possibility that one of her witnesses has resumed his life of crime. Meanwhile, Marshall is determined to discover the identity of Mary’s shooter.

Donnie Wahlberg guest-stars in “Father Goes West,” premiering Wednesday, March 31 at 10/9C!

IPS is darker than any other show I watch (except for The Mentalist), but it has the right amount of humor–most of it bitingly sarcastic–to keep it from getting totally bogged down in unrelieved drama.