?

Log in

the darnedest girl
What do I normally do with my hands? 
6th-Mar-2012 10:35 pm
[p&r] leslie pawnee goddess
LJ, I would ask you where the last month has gone, but I know where the last month has gone: into the copyediting void. I took a freelance gig for my old boss, which ate up all my time and brainpower (but paid well, so)--and now that I'm done, I'm all, boooorn freeeee, as free as the wind bloooows. I can do WHATEVER I WANT!

Speaking of which, who (has two thumbs and) is taking a spur-of-the-moment long weekend in LA? THIS GIRL! midtownmandy emailed me yesterday, throwing around talk of the Bones Paley panel (would I like her extra ticket?, she asks all innocent-like) and maybe Disneyland on Saturday, and so I struck a deal with the boss and storyboarded LIKE THE WIND today, so that I can hop on down I-5 on Thursday. It's a mini-break! And, as everybody knows, mini-breaks mean true love.

Now I just need my neighbor to come home, so I can accost her and ask her to feed Sherlock. (My friends have been the very nicest about this sort of thing on past weekends away--they've actually volunteered--but...they shouldn't have to. Except maybe Luke, who wants a cat but is afraid of commitment. For him, it's probably a nice step.)

I went to Joy the Baker's cookbook signing in San Francisco on Sunday, and man, if every twenty- and thirty-something lady in the city wasn't all dolled up and crammed into (slash out the door of, spilling half a block down Cesar Chavez) a cookbook store about the size of my bathroom. I actually ran into somebody I knew from the Internet--but I COULD NOT remember her name despite remembering everything else about her just fine. I guess this is what happens when blogs turn into books. Joy the Baker didn't actually read or speak, which was probably fine since half the audience wouldn't have heard her anyway. The line was forEVer, but I did buy the book and have it signed, so Brown Butter-Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, here I come! And hey, she said she liked my outfit.

(Also, I've had this--not from the cookbook--for lunch the last two days, and decided it may be the world's most perfect lunchbox food. Don't skimp on the jalapeno.)

I just started Mansfield Park after outing myself on Austenacious as an Austen blogger who hasn't read all of Austen's novels (if you want to read along, join us!). Before that, I was reading Of Bees and Mist, by Erick Setiawan, which I borrowed sight unseen from a librarian friend and was enjoying (also Independent People, which is Icelandic and apparently won the Nobel Prize in the 1950s, and a book of Elizabeth Gaskell ghost stories). I never do that anymore--read books I've never heard of. Whatever happened to picking random books off the shelves of the public library? That's how I used to get ALL my books. It's sort of liberating, actually, reading something with no preconceived notions. I feel like my twelve-year-old self would approve.

Late to the party, I've started on the William H. Macy/Showtime Shameless, which I like very very much so far for being the perfect blend of crass and heartfelt. Bones and Fringe are both on hiatuses of doom and I haven't been bothered to watch any of the new stuff. Is it bad that I'm not watching Smash? Should I change my mind? Do my enjoyment of Megan Hilty and Anjelica Huston outweigh my irrational rejection of Katharine McPhee and my lack of caring about the Starlet Overcomes the Odds and Makes It On Broadway (When They Already Told Us She's Going to Make It On Broadway) storyline? Also under the category of Things I Meant To Watch But Don't: Alcatraz, Awake. (At least Alcatraz is a Bad Robot production, which means I'm contractually obligated to pick it up and fall hard for it between the third and fourth seasons. See you in 2015, Sam Neill!)

In conclusion, I spent a significant amount of time the other day looking for an icon of Amy Poehler's Weekend Update "Don't tell me what to do!" outburst but was unsuccessful. (This is how you know I'm LJ Forever: like six people are still on LJ, and I'm all, "Hey maybe there's an icon for that!" Aww, self.)
Comments 
7th-Mar-2012 07:37 am (UTC)
I think "the perfect blend of crass and heartfelt" is the best description of Shameless I've ever seen. Hats off to you, madam!

I've never read Mansfield Park, either. I've started it once or twice and I always come down on the "sorry, Jane, life's too short!" side of the spectrum and end up dropping it.
8th-Mar-2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
I think "the perfect blend of crass and heartfelt" is the best description of Shameless I've ever seen. Hats off to you, madam!

WHY THANK YOU. It just...it's really kind of a lot of both. In a good way! It actually reminds me of something Amy Sherman-Palladino might come up with, were ASP writing for cable and trying to be gritty yet heartwarming.

I've never read Mansfield Park, either. I've started it once or twice and I always come down on the "sorry, Jane, life's too short!" side of the spectrum and end up dropping it.

Ha! This has basically been the consensus among Austenacious readers, as well--a LOT of people were all, "Of course you haven't read it! Nobody's read it! We totally don't like that book!"

So far so good, though.
7th-Mar-2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
Alcatraz is... entertaining, but not great. I give it a solid B- at this point. It's on FOX, though, so it'll probably be canceled by the time you read this sentence. :P Cory wants to check out Awake, and we've seen a few random scenes from Shameless here and there, so we want to catch up on that too. Is it in its second season?

Have a great mini break this weekend!
8th-Mar-2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reality check on Alcatraz. I just can't decide, which probably means I'm not watching it anytime soon.

It's on FOX, though, so it'll probably be canceled by the time you read this sentence. :P

Heh! I think it's doing okay--and hey, if Terra Nova can get as far as it did, I feel like this has a chance?

Is it in its second season?

UH? I'm not sure. But I haven't seen any online chatter about it, so I'm going to guess not yet.

8th-Mar-2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
I looked it up out of curiosity, and yes, it's in Season 2 right now.

Terra Nova is canceled, lol. So maybe hold off on Alcatraz for a while and see what happens. I have a feeling it's going to get canned before they answer any questions.
7th-Mar-2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
I just watched the first two episodes of Alcatraz, and it's pretty good. I'm intrigued by the premise, the actors are engaging, Sam Neill is really rather scary, so check it out when you have the time.

I'm honestly thrilled that Bones is coming back soon!
8th-Mar-2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Sam Neill is really rather scary

Ooh, really? Is he the bad guy? (Realization: I have NO IDEA what this show is about.)

I'm honestly thrilled that Bones is coming back soon!

You know, my Bones squee has been a little broken this season, but I (as always and for no legit reason) have high hopes for the second half. We get a sneak preview tonight, so....I may be reporting back on that. Will also be attempting to make TJ Thyne or Michael Grant Terry fall in love with me. Fingers crossed. (Kidding! Kidding! Sort of!)

8th-Mar-2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
I don't know if he's the bad guy or not. I've only watched the first two episodes, but he certainly seems a little morally gray. I may watch more eps this weekend, since Tyson's gone all day Saturday.

See, I've loved this season of Bones, so my squee is in full flame. *g*
7th-Mar-2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
I think you would love Smash. It's really not as much about the Megan Hilty vs. Katharine McPhee thing as they would have you believe. I mean, it is, but I really find Debra Messing and Christian Borle's characters (the writer/composer team) to be the heart of the show.

It's totally silly and soapy and dramatic, as you would expect a show about theater to be, but I unabashedly love it. And they do these musical numbers where it starts out in the rehearsal space and then switches over to what it would look like onstage that I think are just magical.

There's not enough Anjelica Huston, but twas ever thus.

ETA: Mansfield Park is my least favorite Austen. I haven't read Persuasion. I keep starting it and never finish it and I know so many people love it, but I just can't slog through it.

Edited at 2012-03-07 06:35 pm (UTC)
8th-Mar-2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
I think you would love Smash. It's really not as much about the Megan Hilty vs. Katharine McPhee thing as they would have you believe. I mean, it is, but I really find Debra Messing and Christian Borle's characters (the writer/composer team) to be the heart of the show.

So...this actually helps a lot. sarita_m also had some good things to say that eased my fears. Maybe I'll try it out? I like silly soapy dramatic fun.

ETA: Mansfield Park is my least favorite Austen. I haven't read Persuasion. I keep starting it and never finish it and I know so many people love it, but I just can't slog through it.

Persuasion is sad and great, but not necessarily something to read when you're feeling old and single (except for the happy ending, of course). My mom tried to read it as her first Austen and was all, "...who is this Jane Austen person? This is SUPER BORING." I told her to try again with one of the more entertaining/less melancholy ones.
This page was loaded Feb 20th 2017, 8:01 pm GMT.