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23 November 2015 @ 07:08 pm
Just have to put it in writing so it's on record. The 11-22-15 episode of The Leftovers is one of the finest hours of television I've seen in quite some time.

Sure, it was all about Kevin's quest for redemption, and that's a story that has been told many times. But this one just blew me away.

Kudos to Justin Theroux for an incredible performance.

This is why I'm so picky about television shows and the 'regular' network shows just don't work for me anymore. Quality storytelling. And I can only seem to find it on cable networks these days.
08 November 2015 @ 02:58 pm
The title of the mini_wrimo I'm working on came to me late last night and I like it. I REALLY like it.

Getting used to writing in first person.

I'm seriously hoping to finish this story in November...then I'll need to decide what to do with it.

Meantime...I'm seriously loving these characters and thankful they are sharing their story with me.

Music as it was meant to be played...with actual musical instruments, not machines.

27 September 2015 @ 12:11 am
Typing this from the mini iPad. I should be asleep but I've been puttering around.

It's been overcast and extremely windy since I got here. But hey, I'm at the beach. It's Sunfest weekend and the town is packed with people. Sunfest is music, crafts and food. Today (okay officially yesterday now), my sister and I went and watched the Heart tribute band and they were brilliant! Then the Elvis impersonator came onstage. He was really good too. I took some short videos, I'll post them when I get back.

And I'll make a more coherent entry when I get back home, too.
24 June 2015 @ 09:33 am

Rachel passed the licensing exam and is now officially a Registered Nurse! So happy and proud of her. She starts her job on July 6. She and her boyfriend Charles are taking a trip to Maine -- they leave on Sunday. Charles's band is playing in Boston on July 4, so it's nice they could take a few days to enjoy while in that part of the country.

I'll be at the beach (in Maryland, not in Maine like Rachel and Charles..) July 2 to the 6th. I grew up going to Ocean City every summer (my parents owned a house there for a long time. My mom had to sell it a few years after my dad passed away, but my siblings and I have wonderful memories of that house). My sister Kathy and her husband Bob bought a condo in Ocean City last summer, so that's where I'll be staying.


Nothing else going on. Work is good. Just busy. I've been so lucky my entire working life that I've worked with wonderful people. They are all thrilled for Rachel, too, they had to listen to me go on and on about her entire nursing school experience! Work friends are a special sort of people.


I don't buy DVD's (although I should say Blu Ray, since that's what I'm buying these days) like I used to. But recently I bought the movies 'Serena' and 'American Sniper.' Yes, because of Bradley Cooper. I have SO MANY of his films (and one tv series) on DVD/blu ray. Serena was one of those 'blink and you'll miss it' films in the cinema. I certainly missed it...it never played anywhere remotely near me. It was good, BC and Jennifer Lawrence play a married couple running a timber company in North Carolina in 1930. The government wants the land to turn into a National Park. I did see 'American Sniper' at the cinema. Funny, Rachel told me she was trying to get Charles to watch it with her but she said he said no because it's "right wing propaganda spinned to tug at our patriotic heartstrings." LOL. Charles DOES have *very* strong political opinions. Plus he just isn't much into tv and movies. Rachel said as much and that it 'sucks because I am definitely a movie and TV buff to say the least!" I replied by saying, "Gee, I wonder where you get that from!"



Ripper Street season three is complete. It sure looks like they sent off Matthew Macfadyen. I don't know if he'll be back for season four or not. But that's okay, his character, while great, was never my favorite. That honor belongs to Jerome Flynn's portrayal of Bennett Drake...

I watched all of the Netflix series "Sense8." Not a bad show at all. I hope it comes back. I want to know more about how these 'clusters' work. How many clusters are there? Why do the Whispers want to destroy them? Is Jonas working on both sides? (It sure seemed that way to me).

There are WAY too many good shows on Sunday nights. I can't possibly watch them all. I don't want to spend all my non working hours watching tv shows!

I did tune into the first episode of Poldark this week. Only for Aiden Turner, but I did really enjoy the show. Poldark is a British soldier who fought in the American Revolution, and comes home to find that his father passed away and left the homestead in shambles; and his sweetheart is now engaged to his cousin. I want Ross to show his uncle he *can* make the ramshackle homestead he inherited come back to life. And I'm sure he'll fall in love again, too.

I also watched the season two premiere of True Detective. I liked it right away due to the use of the legendary Leonard Cohen's song "Nevermind" as the theme during the opening credits. I was truly impressed with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughan's performances. It got a little draggy in the middle of the episode but at the end when they tied all the characters together (including Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch) I was sold.

And Penny Dreadful has been AMAZING this season. I am in awe of Rory Kinnear's performance as John Clare aka "The Creature." He commands every scene he is in. Although the scene with him and Billie Piper this week? Totally blew me away!! She was incredible. We knew what was going to happen with her character at the end of last season, but 'Lily' has certainly evolved to a degree I didn't expect as season two has progressed. And so sad about Angelique!! And we finally saw the portrait of Dorian Grey. Oh, can't forget about Sir Malcolm! Poor guy! He needs to get released from Evelyn's clutches!

And that's all the tv I'll watch this week. I LOVE having a tv break! Been doing more reading instead... Although the writing thing has been ignored. I wish I could stay focused on that!!


Better get back to work right now. Have a good week everyone.

31 May 2015 @ 10:11 pm
Enough superlatives to describe how EPIC tonight's episode of Game of Thrones was.

That battle sequence? Amazing. This tv show is like an hour long movie each week.

Definitely IS one of the best shows on television right now.
SPN parody of season 10: (I'm kind of glad I don't know the Shake it Up song...(If a song isn't played on rock radio stations, I don't know it)).

It's so funny, and even the cast gets involved...

01 May 2015 @ 09:02 am
I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!!!

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15 April 2015 @ 08:50 pm
The series finale of Justified was AMAZING!!!! Gotta love a show with a satisfying ending..

and this show certainly had a brilliant sendoff!Collapse )

Shows to look forward to:

*sigh* Arrow is currently on, but I'm hardly watching it. I'm really losing interest in this show and I'm a little bit sad about it. The show just isn't doing it for me anymore.

But I'll have it on simply because it's on right before Supernatural.

12 April 2015 @ 01:38 pm
YAY! Tonight Season 5 of Game of Thrones begins. Everything you hear about this show is true...it's simply amazing, and one of the best television shows ever produced.

The new Netflix show, Daredevil, was released on Friday, April 10. I've watched 6 of he 13 episodes so far and really like it. I recommend it!!

(There are so few shows on the 'regular' networks that interest me these days. I guess those shows are all too 'tame' for me... LOL!).

as for the rest of my viewing this week..Collapse )

24 March 2015 @ 01:55 pm
...for a six week event.

I loved this show beyond reason, so I need to let this digest before I comment further.

Source: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/the-x-files-to-return-for-six-episode-limited-series/?_r=0

15 March 2015 @ 08:09 pm
More shows on my schedule! (I guess it's good some of my shows are nearing the end of their seasons. I really prefer watching shows with 10 - 16 episodes per season these days...).

Can't wait for the final episodes of Mad Men, but will be sad to have this absolutely brilliant show end. Begins April 5.

And on April 4, the second half of season one of Outlander! Total Squee!

And FINALLY! Season five of Game of Thrones begins April 12. SO.CAN'T.WAIT.

09 March 2015 @ 10:57 am
Wow! I opened this Livejournal ten years ago today!

And my, how things have changed. Personally, professionally and I've been through a lot of fandom related things. Some have been good, some have been not so good, but it's been an interesting journey nonetheless.

Livejournal certainly isn't the same as it was ten years ago, but I'll still never leave this place.
04 February 2015 @ 10:16 am
What is the difference between just *really* loving a tv show versus being obsessed with a tv show?

02 February 2015 @ 09:15 pm
After work today, I went to the movies...to see Game of Thrones in IMAX.

Yep, went to the movies to watch a tv show that I've already seen.


For one week only, the final two episodes of season 4 are being screened in IMAX. (and a preview of season 5, which begins on April 12).

It was FABULOUS. Episode 9, with the battle at the wall...on the HUGE screen...*that* is how it was truly meant to be seen. Definitely a movie quality tv show...

And episode 10, which essentially sets everything up for season five...well...just awesome.

Totally worth skipping the gym and going to the movies on a Monday...when practically no one else was there...

Now to curl up in bed...because...brrr...it's COLD out there!!!...with my latest read.

20 January 2015 @ 10:34 am

9:00 Shameless (watch live)
Girls (watch on demand later)
I will have a problem when The Walking Dead begins again on February 8.
10:00 Looking

No shows


9:00 Supernatural (moves to Wednesday in March)
10:00 Justified


8:00 Arrow
9:00 Modern Family (will have to watch on demand when SPN moves)

I know Broadchurch will start on Wednesdays...sometime in March I think.

No shows
I forget when How to Get Away with Murder begins again.

No shows

No shows


I kind of like not watching many shows.

This schedule will change in April. On Sundays Shameless, Girls, Looking and The Walking Dead end and Game of Thrones and Mad Men begin. And Outlander begins again on Saturdays.

Oh, and sometime in February (I think) The Amazing Race begins again -- hopefully on Fridays like it did last time.

19 January 2015 @ 09:00 pm
I had today off work for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and I spent part of my day at the movies. I went to see American Sniper (because of Bradley Cooper). The theatre was PACKED (I guess everyone who had off work or school today went to the movies!). Anyway, the movie was good, BC was amazing. So was Sienna Miller. The woman sitting next to me kept covering her eyes and I heard her whisper "ohmygod" several times. Made me wonder why she actually came to see the movie. I knew going in that the brutality and horrors of war would be documented. The only negative thing about the film was that I wish we got to see more of Chris Kyle the man instead of Chris Kyle the soldier. But then perhaps when you are a soldier that *is* who you are. The footage of his actual memorial service in Dallas at the end of the film had me tearing up. Then there was absolutely no music at all during the closing credits. And there was some applause in the audience. Love when people applaud at a movie. I can see why the film is nominated for six Academy Awards. (but I'll be surprised if it wins any).

I haven't made an entry about what I've watched from Netflix in ages! So this list will be long.

maybe I should put it under a cutCollapse )

That's all for now!!!

19 January 2015 @ 07:08 pm
Over the past 44 days, I have watched ALL 204 episodes of Supernatural that have aired.

It seems once I started I couldn't stop! Even through the not so good episodes, I still muddled through. (even Eric Kripke, who created the show has admitted that some of the episodes were really bad).

This show is SO not what I thought it was. It's so much better. I totally misjudged it. The overall narrative of the show is well thought out, it's not a monster of the week show. It's obvious everyone involved with the show loves working on it.

There are so many things I love about this show, I couldn't possibly list them all. So, I'll just point out a few.

It all boils down to the brotherly dynamic between San and Dean, and how they'd do anything for each other.

I totally ADORE Castiel.

I love how Crowley calls Sam and Dean Moose and Squirrel. (yes, I know what that refers to)

I love the musical aliases Sam and Dean use when they pose as law enforcement. (especially the classic rock artists).

I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the classic rock songs used in the show.

I love that so many of the characters introduced get their own arc and are not forgotten, their storylines get wrapped up one way or another.

The humor in the show is absolutely brilliant. "The French Mistake" episode? No other show on tv would do an episode like that. I also love the episodes with the fans...the books, the convention...

Charlie is one of my favorite recurring characters.

I love all the nerd shout outs. I love even more that I know what they all are.

I think Jensen Ackles should work on a comedy of some sort.

I know there are more...but I'll shut up for now.

And finally, I'm SO EXCITED that I will be able to watch the new episode live tomorrow night.

Shameless...season five begins January 11 and I CAN'T WAIT!!

29 December 2014 @ 06:07 pm
Rachel's boyfriend's band was on the news! Very cool! They are playing downtown at the Inner Harbor on New Years Eve...so one of the local tv stations did a story on them. Charles isn't really in the video....you only see his arm (he's got the tattoo on his inner left wrist -- he's playing guitar) at the end of the story.

But it's cool to get the publicity. No, I won't be there... not with 50,000 other crazies...and assorted drunken fools...

I couldn't embed the video (no idea why), so here's the link: