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So I got the Netflix free trial to watch the Gilmore Girls miniseries and ... wish I hadn't. The first episode I kept thinking, "Was everyone on this show always such an asshole?"

And if those were the four words ASP was going to end with years ago, as awful as that was, it would have been even worse back then.

And Christopher is still way hotter than Luke.

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I can't believe I woke up in an America where a megalomaniacal cheesy poof is president. I wanted Hillary to lose, but I didn't want him to win. His whole candidacy seemed like a joke that got out of hand.

Le grand sigh. Good thing I have this job for now, because our portfolio is gonna sink like whoa.

Current Mood: incredulous

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Well, we early voted, so if nothing else, there's two in the can for Johnson/Weld. Britain may have gotten their vote right, but I don't hold out any hope here. Either way, the next four years are going to SUCK.


On a happier note, at Rifftrax Live the other night, there was a Fathom Events ad for a 20th anniversary showing of Space Jam. On November 16th. What? For real. We're going. What better way to spend our 20th anniversary than at a special screening of the movie we saw on our honeymoon?

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished
Current Music: make me like you--gwen stefani

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JMJ, it's October. I hope there's half as many good shows are there were this summer. Arbitrary ranking subject to shuffling:


Cheer Danshi (Winner: Best Ending Sequence)
ReLIFE (Winner: Best Use of a Piano Soundtrack Since Mr. Rogers)
Shokugeki no Souma Ni no Sara
Handa-kun (Winner: Sakamoto Done Right)
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei Bu Love! Love! (Winner: Most Improved Show)
New Game!
Nejimaki Seirei Senki_ Tenkyou no Alderamin
Orange (Winner: Most Depressing Show)
Amaama to Inazuma
Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru! (Winner: Better Than The First Episode Let On)
Battery
Love Live! Sunshine!!
Tales of Zestiria the X
B Project Kodou Ambitious (Winner: Most WTF Ending)


As random as the two episode commercial for the next game was in ToZ, at least Guy and Natalia's son was nice enough to make an AU crossover appearance for us.

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Seriously, you know how Shawn said that Riley is Cory with Topanga's hair? This kid is totally Guy with Natalia's eyes. Forever, this is what I'll picture their kid looking like.


And I got my doujin the other day. It's super adorable! Even D thought so, and said I should find someone to draw a manga version of HF. Dude, I so wish.

I need to get on the next chapter. There's no time! I get home, eat dinner, watch a couple hours of TV, go to bed, get up and leave the next day. How do people work and have lives at the same time???

Current Mood: busy busy
Current Music: smells like teen spirit--nirvana

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Three books for August:


The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel



Hermine is headed straight for us, but we had to run out to Costco to pick up my glasses. While there, we saw lots of people buying water and flashlights and stuff, but one guy had a case of wine. I want to be stranded with that guy! He knows how to hurricane!


On the news the gov is like, have three days worth of food just in case. Um, if nothing else, I'm gonna lose some weight if the power goes out for three days.

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Current Music: darker side--jonny lang

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Well, we're part of history today, early voting in what's apparently Florida's first-ever Libertarian senate primary. Sorry, Marco.


Worked in the yard for two more hours today. D says it looks good, but honestly, I can't tell. He cut the grass, so that looks good, but all the landscaping is still full of weeds and vines no matter how much time I spend. Wish I could rip it all out and replace it with gravel. I swear, if I ever win the lottery, I'm hiring a yard service.



And Costco fixed my glasses, so at least I have these for the next week while I wait for my new ones. I needed new ones anyway, but if I'd known they'd fix them for free, well, I might have waited after all. But D helped me pick out some new frames, and he was all, hey, I really like these. And I looked at the label and said, "Um, Linda Evans? What am I, seventy?" But I must have tried on everything they had, and sure enough, I went with the Linda Evans frames.

Now all I need are some bigass shoulder pads, a glass of wine in one hand, and my other hand free for slapping Joan Collins.

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Current Music: volcano--damien rice

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So I'm doing yard work, which is already my least favorite thing, hunched over on my knees in the blazing sun pulling weeds, when the lens of my glasses falls out. I take them off to see the rim has snapped and is poking out jagged like a broken spring.

I had to find my old glasses, or at least a pair of old glasses, since we've moved and who knows where my most recent previous pair is, and I guess these are they, which means they're at least seven years old, and I can see okay, but they're heavy and I don't like them and I don't know if this headache I'm suffering is because of that or from being out in the f'ing blazing August sun.

I was trying to wait to get new glasses until after Christmas when we get our cashback rebate check from Costco, but you know, we plan and God chuckles.

I'm over this heat. It hit 100 yesterday. Is it fall yet?

Current Mood: cranky cranky
Current Music: love vigilantes--new order

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Three books read in July:


The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo



Time Traveler's Wife is one I've had on the shelf forever and finally picked up. Man, it's bad, isn't it?

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Current Music: so what--pink

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PATIENCE. REWARDED.




This season has been more miss than hit, and I've been so sad at the lack of Josh. Not only do we get Josh back, but we get SOMEDAY!!!!

I think I read that he was supposed to be around more, but the actor had a (motorcycle?) accident that put him out of commission for a while. And I think I read that had he been able to show up earlier as intended, he was supposed to let Maya down once and for all in service of the f'ing triangle from hell.


THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER!

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Current Music: jingle jangle--the troggs

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Ack and the summer anime is starting now, while we're still trying to wrap up the spring. We're almost done, so here.

Before the season started, I fully expected Bungou Stray Dogs to be my favorite, but dang if it's not a tie between Tanaka-kun and Shounen Maid. Tanaka-kun just had that perfect vibe that I dig, and Shounen Maid was flat adorable (it was like a good parts edition of Fruits Basket meets the shitty grandparenting of CCS).

So we've got:


Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge (Winner: Best Opening Theme)
Shounen Maid
Bungou Stray Dogs (Winner: Best Ending Theme)
Flying Witch
12-sai Chicchana Mune no Tokimeki (Winner: Didn't this show come out 15 years ago?)
Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal (Winner: Worst Opening Theme; Best use of a wet shirt since Colin Firth)
Sakamoto desu ga
Kuma Miko
Endride
Hai-Furi
Joker Game
Sousei no Onmyouji
Mayoiga



Got a huuuuuuge list for the summer. We'll see how many stick.

Current Mood: curious curious
Current Music: dreamlover--mariah carey

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Oh jeez, let's see, three books in May and two books and four manga in June.


How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading too Much by Samantha Ellis
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan


I am Having so Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum
The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax


Maid-Sama! v1 & v2
My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected v1
Everyone's Getting Married v1




Amy and Roger I loved as much as I expected to, crazy west coast kids traipsing around the midsouth. "What's Krystal? omg it's yummy. What's Sonic? omg it's yummy. What's Chick-fil-A? omg it's yummy. What's sweet tea? OMG WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE??"

Royal, on the other hand, is one I wanted to like more than I did. I can't root for two main characters to make it work if I don't care about them. By the end, fricking BEA was pretty much the only one I liked. Freddie was fine until.... well, if you read it, you know. I couldn't even finish the Freddie bonus chapter because of that.

So Much Fun was so much not. Oh goodie, another insecure liberal making sure she gets in lots of Bush-bashing, even though this was published six years after he left. And your war protest art installation sounds stupid.

Bestseller fell into that awful trap of trying to be a book about writing a book. Writing about writing gets to be a bit dancing about architecture. See also The Rewrite, while cute, didn't get as deep as it could have.


Hachiman continues to be my spirit animal.

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Current Music: way down we go--kaleo

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The only thing better than Haagen-Dazs finally bringing back their Mayan Chocolate flavor is Publix having it BOGO.



Oh, I guess the thing better than that is D picking up pizza on his way home so I don't have to cook or do dishes. Pizza and ice cream, and it's not even my birthday!

Current Mood: hot hot
Current Music: reflections--misterwives

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After no rain for five weeks, yesterday it came down allllll day.

So this morning I went out to check the pool.

Like the plagues of Egypt.

I have never seen so many frogs. Some dead, some still barely alive. Some floating on the top, some sunk to the bottom. I took the lid off the skimmer to empty the basket, and the basket was full.

I just.....


EWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

It was a total horror movie.

D's the one who wanted this pool, but I'm the one who has to deal with how f'ing gross it can be sometimes.


I'm going to have to go out again this afternoon to get the rest, because I could only take so much before I thought I was going to be sick.


I wish my thirteen-year-old nephew was here. I'd pay him two bucks a frog to get them out for me. And totally on the honor system. As long as I don't see any left in the pool, I'd give him however much he said. That's how nasty it is.

Current Mood: nauseated nauseated
Current Music: kill em with kindness--selena gomez

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WTH is LJ doing? I don't know if I hit a wrong button or what, but one of my entries was completely reformatted, and now I can't seem to get it back the way I wanted to save my life.

Didn't this site used to be user-friendly?

I have been here 15 years, you stupid site. Do not turn into ff.net and just start fucking with formatting just because you can.

Current Mood: pissed off pissed off
Current Music: lost in your eyes--debbie gibson

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Cartoon from Hax's column:

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Current Mood: listless listless
Current Music: ophelia--the lumineers

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Oh, so three books and three manga for April:


The Vacationers by Emma Straub
You've Got Male by Elizabeth Bevarly
Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Say I Love You v9
Say I Love You v10
Barakamon v1




I need to get back to writing at some point. I don't know where this year is going already. I did get Tales of Zestiria for my birthday and finished it this weekend (meh, I don't know if it was the writing or the translation or what, but I didn't get it, although it was still better than Xillia 2). I've got some job applications to work on this week, too, but it's starting to feel like a waste of time. The three colleges in town had graduation a week ago, so now I'm competing with a bunch of fresh grads for jobs.

Or maybe I'll see if Steam is having a sale.

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Current Music: beer-reel big fish

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Three books in March. That's a little better.


The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking by Jeff Gordinier

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Current Music: brazil--declan mckenna

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After the wasteland that was the fall, this was a pretty good anime season. We haven't quite finished everything yet, but we're getting there, and I feel safe about calling it. And even the ones near the bottom of the list aren't "bad" but for whatever reason didn't pull me in like the ones at the top. So, ranking best to middling, and based on how I'm thinking at the moment with all but number one subject to shuffling, we've got.....



Boku dake ga Inai Machi (Winner: Best show about child abuse/abduction/murder)
Gate--Jietai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri (Winner: Best ending sequence, best inappropriate ship)
Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (Winner: Most depressing show (Yes, more than the show about child abuse))
Haruchika--Haruta to Chika wa Seishun Suru (Winner: Show KyoAni should have made instead of Hibike Euphonium)
Nijiiro Days (Winner: Best palette cleanser)
Dimension W (Winner: Best opening theme, best throwback)
Utawarerunmono--Itsuwari no Kamen
Prince of Stride Alternative (Winner: Show that most made me miss Free!)
Musaigen no Phantom World
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
Shoujo-tachi wa Kouya wo Mezasu
Dagashi Kashi
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Norn 9 (Winner: Pretty but forgettable)
Bubuki Buranki




Meanwhile D is so glad I got him watching Jane the Virgin. We were both skeptical when we heard about it before it premiered, but I heard good things and comparisons to Ugly Betty, so I watched the first season without him. By the time I realized he would like it, it was too late to try to get him caught up, so I made him watch it over the summer. Now we're watching season two on demand as we can. Rogelio and Louis from Fresh off the Boat are my two favorite TV dads right now (when Louis stopped to buy eggs and also picked up an Archie digest "for the bathroom", I was like, he is my people.)

Archer's coming back soon, or has already, right? So more stuff we're going to have to find time for.

Current Mood: busy busy
Current Music: candy everybody wants--10000 maniacs

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I logged into my ff.net page to reply to a review, and I noticed that on my profile page, most of my hyperlinks were gone, and the one that somehow remained just linked back to my ff.net profile page instead of going to my fic journal like it was supposed to. Um.... I'm pretty sure I checked them way back when to make sure they worked properly, so is this just another way ff.net is stripping away functionality?


(Yeah, I took waaaaaay too long to get HF updated. It never had many readers, but I've lost more than half of them. By the end, it will be just me and D reading it. Oh, well, that's why I'm writing it anyway.)

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed
Current Music: time will tell--holly golightly

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DAMMIT FLORIDA


And I'm out. Time to start looking at third party candidates.

I don't know WTF is wrong with this country, that the two choices are going to be a lying narcissistic asshole or a lying narcissistic asshole.


I'm reminded of the season of Food Network Star when Alton Brown looked at the remaining contestants and said, "Can't we just send them all home and start over?"

Current Mood: cynical cynical
Current Music: what I am--edie brickell and new bohemians

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