next_to_normal: (Cordy WTF)
Rather than do another whole "yes I'm still basically dying" update, I will just let you assume that everything is still terrible (it is) and instead copy and paste the following g-chat exchange between myself and [personal profile] per_aspera_ad_astra :

Kelly: here, watch whine about it
i'm sure you have a co-worker or two like this

god the bathroom thing
which is exponentially worse in my condition

Kelly: i can't even imagine
his rant about reply all was pretty emotional, haha

Me: the worst is when you run into them right outside the door
and you can't like, suddenly change direction like you were going to go somewhere else
so you HAVE to go in with them
and then they start talking to you
and keep talking when you go in the stall
and it's already going to be blatantly obvious that you're taking a lot longer than them because you are clearly sitting there waiting for them to leave so that you can poop
but then it's like, they don't want to leave without you b/c you're ~having a conversation
and it's like JUST GTFO
meanwhile my ass is turning purple from the strain of ~holding it in

Kelly: you have really stupid co-workers

Me: yeah
I mean, I don't mind exchanging a "hey how are you" if you're just there to pee and you run into each other at the sink
but for god's sake, you know I have a digestive condition, go away so I can poop
maybe people don't realize that I am ALWAYS there to poop?
I am never not pooping
actually, i take that back
sometimes I'm there to vomit
once, a coworker stopped me on the way into the bathroom to chat and in the middle of the conversation I literally gagged and clapped my hand over my mouth and ran inside

Kelly: omg
yes, your coworkers have got to learn better bathroom etiquette

Me: to be fair, the same coworker was nice enough to offer to drive me home afterward so I didn't puke on the metro
don't be stopping a girl on her way to puke or you might get puked ON
next_to_normal: (Sarah LOL)
ONE DAY after posting that Sopranos post, I drove home to my parents' house, only to discover that "Tony Soprano's Pizza" is apparently opening up in the space where our old local pizzeria used to be. 
next_to_normal: (nap)
but you're legit not sure you can stay awake the half-hour until it starts.

You guys. YOU GUYS. I have not, in all my bitching and moaning about ~nausea and ~vomit, discussed how INSANELY TIRED I have been lately. I knew (because it was listed as one of the side effects, and also the pharmacist was like, "No, seriously, don't take this and then try to drive a car") that drowsiness was one of the side effects of Compazine, aka anti-nausea medicine number two. And I recognized that I was sleeping a lot, like more than is normal, even for a dehydrated and malnourished person, and that even the nature of my sleep was not normal.

This is a whole post about sleep )
next_to_normal: (VM is smarter than you)
* J. August Richards' Agents of SHIELD character is becoming Marvel character Deathlok. And apparently there is reason to hope the show will get better in the back half of the season.

* David O. Russell is creating an "American Downton Abbey"-ish TV series.

* So, last night was The Vampire Diaries' 100th episode, hence all the articles about it. Here, the creators share the most hotly debated decisions in the writers' room. Then Ian and Nina join in to talk about getting cast, the popularity of the show, and the breakneck pacing of the plot. And finally, 7 things that would've drastically changed the series.

* SNL is promoting one of its writers to join Cecily Strong at the Weekend Update desk once Seth Meyers leaves.

* Mockingjay gets its first poster, and it looks an awful lot like the last two movies' posters, lol.

* This is an interesting comparison of fan service on Sherlock and Community, but I think the most important difference is that Community always makes its meta in-jokes lovingly, while Sherlock seemed like it was mocking the fans for, well, being fans.

* Rob Lowe may be leaving Parks & Recreation, but he's not going far - NBC has ordered up the pilot for his new series.

* The staying power of Veronica Mars.

* BIG BLOCK OF CHEESE DAY IS HAPPENING. For real. This is amazing.

* Cookie dough flavored cookies seem rather redundant, doesn't it?

* Are you still using your 1990s AOL screen name? I still use variations on "Eowyn0315," which was my second AOL screen name, created circa 2002.
next_to_normal: (tardis)
* Anna Gunn is playing the female lead role opposite David Tennant in that American remake of Broadchurch (which, incidentally, is called Gracepoint). It still seems silly to remake the same show over again, but honestly, if someone at Fox watched Broadchurch and was like, "You know what? We should totally remake that, just so Anna Gunn can be in it!" I really can't fault them for their logic.

* James Marsters has written another Spike comic. This interview is confusing, because the interviewer keeps talking about "season 6" when the description of the plot clearly places it after Spike gets his soul. Scott Allie clarifies - it takes place during season 7.

* What to get the Breaking Bad fan in your life for Christmas. And the Marvel fan.

* In related news, there's apparently a Hellmouth in Turkmenistan.

* I am always a sucker for TV credits sequence mashups, but Orphan Black done Parks & Rec style is doubly hilarious because ALL THE ACTORS ARE TATIANA MASLANY.

* Which Doctor Who companion are you? I am Rory Williams. I feel like that's accurate?

* There really are a lot of similarities between Scandal and Game of Thrones in the way men treat women, aren't there?

* IDK guys, the trailer for Muppets Most Wanted doesn't really thrill me. I think it needs musical numbers and Jason Segel.

* How Friends paired up Monica and Chandler.

* I never realized there were so many turtlenecks in Love Actually...

* I don't watch Saturday Night Live regularly, but when I do, Kate McKinnon is always flawless.

* I'm not sure how I feel about Idris Elba playing Luke Cage when he's already playing another role in the Marvel universe. Then again, Chris Evans, but aren't we pretending The Fantastic Four never happened?

* Haha, remember back in, like, early season 3 when Damon/Elena was crowned the 12-year-old idiot ship? (Sigh. Good times.) Well, they've officially been replaced by Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson's ridiculous bromance. Also, Jen continues to be adorably nuts on David Letterman. (Also, girlfriend, you have my sympathies on the GI issues. BEEN THERE. POOPED THAT.)

* Aaron Paul pulls the best pranks ever. I feel like he's told that meteor story before, but the cartoon illustrations really make it.

* Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez are adorable as always answering fan questions. THE INTERSECT IS FOR PORN OMG DYING. Also, you guys, I am going to see First Date at Christmas woooo!

* A cat has been summoned for jury duty in Boston. Your move, Florida.

* Best nutrition facts ever.

* Fun for my linguists: not one but two articles examining the influence of the Internet on the English language. Because reasons.

* The most WTF thing someone did while hooking up. No lie, I laughed outrageously hard at the ninja turtles one.
next_to_normal: (Walt/Jesse)
* Dean Norris talks about Hank Schrader and Breaking Bad.

* Kyle Chandler talks about a couple projects. I'm kind of intrigued about The Vatican, yo.

* What to expect in season 2 of Orange is the New Black.

* 28 Musical Theater Life Ruiners. Buzzfeed knows my jam. Only person missing: my girl Heidi Blickenstaff.

* London, WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH YOUR BUILDINGS. Melting cars is, like, sci-fi shit.

* Throwing this in because I haven't done a cooking post in a while, and these White Chip Chocolate Cookies made me the most popular kid in school when I brought them into work.
next_to_normal: Jesse Pinkman pointing; text: Yeah, science! (yeah science)
* So, Sharknado is a thing that happened and Twitter went absolutely nuts. If anyone needs me today, I will be working on my screenplay, "Octopocalypse."

* In other news, drones are now delivering your dry cleaning. Bless you, Philadelphia.

* In non-crazy news, Kristen Bell will be guest starring on Parks & Recreation next season. \o/

* This dude is my new favorite Congressman for going all high school teacher on House GOP memos.

* That 30 Signs You're Almost 30 Buzzfeed article that's been going around Facebook is terrifyingly accurate.


May. 15th, 2013 08:52 pm
next_to_normal: (Heidi thinky)
* Here's a preview of SMG's new show The Crazy Ones. Am I the only one who thinks it's odd that James Wolk is now in two different shows about advertising agencies? It is my new headcanon that this character is the son of Mad Men's mysteriously chipper Bob Benson.

* You know, I was actually feeling naively hopeful after the HIMYM season finale, but apparently the entire final season will take place during the 56 hours leading up to Barney and Robin's wedding. Because they truly hate us and want us to suffer.

* May this oral history of The Office remind you of a time when The Office was actually a good show.

* CBS announced its fall schedule today.

* The SHIELD cast was out doing interviews at the upfronts, while revealing very little.

* Wondering why Tony Stark didn't have any help from the Avengers in Iron Man 3? This is why. (No spoilers, just funny.)

* You can now see clips from the vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive. And I thought Tom Hiddleston's Loki hair was bad...

* Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhal to play the two princes in the Into the Woods movie? I just... why.

* This is probably of interest to no one but me, but my girl-crush Heidi Blickenstaff is playing the lead role in Next to Normal! YES THAT IS THE SHOW I NAMED MY JOURNAL AFTER. GOING TO VERMONT NOW, KTHXBAI.


* Someone at Google Maps is a Lord of the Rings nerd. Heh.
next_to_normal: (internet addict)


* Yes, another Iron Man 3 link. This one's got some behind-the-scenes stuff as well as film clips. Also O HAI THERE PEPPER.

* Unconfirmed rumors of the Black Panther character popping up in Avengers 2 and/or his own movie.

* Really interesting piece on teenage daughter characters and how they introduce a YA fiction element into your favorite anti-hero dramas.

* John Barrowman will be making an appearance on Scandal.

* Yvonne Strahovski will be returning to Dexter this season. Not a surprise, but I'll be glad to see her again.

* An actual person has been cast as Silas in The Vampire Diaries. FINALLY.

* Okay, 'fess up. Which one of you posted the Game of Thrones-themed Craigslist sex ad?

* The Veronica Mars Kickstarter has passed the $5 million mark, with two days left to go.

* Best headline ever: Mali to give France new camel after first one is eaten. (Though the Craigslist one might be a close second.)

* That is one seriously awesome sandcastle.
next_to_normal: (Downton)
* "This will be the last season of Dexter, we promise."

* Lots of casting announcements for Downton Abbey. Also, who ELSE is leaving the show. This cast is dropping like flies, aren't they?

* New Catching Fire poster featuring Effie Trinket, and one with Caesar Flickerman.

 * The Mindy Project and several other Fox shows have been renewed. Mindy seems to be still trying to figure itself out, but I think there's a good show in there once the kinks are worked out.

* The American Gavin and Stacey remake (which is apparently called Friends and Family) will star Alexis Bledel and Jason Ritter.

* Relevant only to me, really, but if you're in DC, you should check it out: If/Then starring Idina Menzel is doing an out of town tryout at the National Theater! \o/

* Awesome nature gifs.

* What is with the UK and people dressing up like Batman? At least this one apprehended a criminal instead of trying to scale Buckingham Palace.

* What to name your kid to help them get into Yale. (Also: kids born in 1994 are in college now? OMG I FEEL OLD.)

ETA: And Amanda Seyfried wants to play Glinda in Wicked. Unlike most Hollywood actors, though, she seems to have a realistic sense of her limitations.

ETA 2: And a new Iron Man 3 trailer! SO EXCITE.

next_to_normal: (sad Tony)
Today is Tuesday, right? Sometimes I lose track.

* B.J. Novak talks about his appearance on tonight's Mindy Project, a show that I think continues to improve, and Mindy continues to be freakishly reminiscent of my friend from college who is now a doctor.

* Amy Poehler is writing a book. I want it.

* Good news: Allison Janney is coming back to TV. Bad news: it's on a Chuck Lorre sitcom.

* RDJ talks about Iron Man 3. ETA: Part 2 of the interview is now up.

* Barbara Walters has the chicken pox. And you thought it was just for kids. (Fun fact: I never had the chicken pox. I got the vaccine when it first came out - I was a teenager by then - because supposedly it's a lot worse when you get the chicken pox as an adult.)

* That Boy Meets World sequel/spinoff series is actually happening. Cory and Topanga's daughter has been cast.

* This is an incredible story: a Russian family lived in Siberia for 40 years completely cut off from the outside world.
next_to_normal: Katniss in her flame costume; text: girl on fire (girl on fire)
Check them out: Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and Finnick plus Plutarch Heavensbee, Haymitch, Snow, Prim, and Katniss' mother. I was kind of iffy on Sam Claflin as Finnick, and he looks kind of weird on the EW cover, but the production stills of him seem quite a bit better. Still antsy to see Jena Malone as Johanna.

Also, here's who's not going to be in the movie. I'm not surprised, though. Just like they cut Madge out of the first one, there really isn't room for so many minor characters.

Semi-related: You can watch a preview of Community's Hunger Games parody episode. Remember, the show comes back February 7th!

On a completely unrelated note: "100 duck-sized horses or a horse-sized duck?" appears to be the new cavemen vs. astronauts hypothetical. I love the hilariously detailed analysis from the biology experts. Also good to see that White House staffers are really focusing on the issues that matter.

Also-also, dibs on "Terror Duck" as the name of my rock band.
next_to_normal: (Sarah LOL)
Parents came to visit again this weekend (is it just me, or does it seem like they're ALWAYS here? I'm starting to think I run a B&B...). Fortunately, they can be exceptionally entertaining, which makes up for it:

Mom [talking about the epic project of cleaning out my grandmother's house]: You wouldn't believe the nice suits I found. There's this one, it's tweed-ish -
Me [giggling]: Tweedish?
Mom: Yeah... What? Tweed-ish. It's tweed.
Dad [also laughing]: Do you have a lisp?
Mom [incredibly confused]: No...
Me: Tweed is fabric. Tweedish are people from Twee- [laughing too hard to finish]
Dad: From Tweeden!
[Dad and I break down in uncontrollable laughter.]

(I think my favorite part is that my dad caught on without my even having to say it. Of course, once we explained it to my mom, she found it funny, too, and then all three of us laughed so hard we cried.)
next_to_normal: (Erica pensive)
[personal profile] next_to_normal: meh, I was pondering whether to try the dating sites again
[personal profile] per_aspera_ad_astra: the up side is, it gives you something to do when you are bored at work
[personal profile] next_to_normal: well, so does tumblr
and the guys are way hotter
unfortunately, I have approximately 0% chance of dating them...

[personal profile] per_aspera_ad_astra: i just messaged someone bc of the tv shows they said they like
i'm grasping at straws, haha
[personal profile] next_to_normal: not at all
I find that tv shows are my number one requirement in a relationship

Am kind of in a "booo everything sucks and I fail at being human" place right now, for various reasons, which means I am being antisocial and unproductive and making icons/picspams all the time because I like people better when I can edit them.

In other news, 20-minute Homeland preview! Also, an interview with Mandy Patinkin, in which I am pleased to learn that he shares my opinion of crime procedurals, lol.

In other other news, why am I not at TIFF? Basically every actor I've ever liked had a movie there this year and everybody keeps tweeting about it and making me jealous.
next_to_normal: (tardis)
From the "things that need to be in my life" file: CAT TARDIS.

In other news, why is it not Friday yet? It's felt like Friday all day...
next_to_normal: (Katherine)
I don't know if it was too many Christmas cookies before bedtime or what, but for some reason, over Christmas break, I started dreaming in crossover fic. And I am so bummed that I didn't write it down because it was awesome, but now I can't remember it. I do, however, remember my weird TVD dream...

Read more... )


Dec. 5th, 2011 08:55 pm
next_to_normal: (Fred happy)
Hope everyone had a nice weekend. One of my friends from college came to visit, so we had lots of wacky adventures, including:
  • mocking the pathetic White House Christmas Tree (seriously, I didn't think it was possible to be worse than last year, but congratulations, Obamas, you have now presided over the Charlie Browniest White House tree ever),
  • visiting the Old Post Office (which is apparently becoming my go-to place to take visitors),
  • coveting the First Ladies' clothes at the American History Museum,
  • going to see a fun Broadway-parody musical version of A Christmas Carol,
  • eating excessive amounts of French food,
  • bathing in the nostalgia of the Muppets movie, and
  • going to Baltimore to see Noel Coward's Private Lives.
All of which was extremely excellent. Except that tree. God, that awful tree. Even the tourists were making fun of it.

ETA: Recorded here for posterity, the National Christmas Tree:

In other news, I am now officially graduated. (I know I've said that, like, twice now, but this time it's totally over.) I got the results back and I passed my exams, which means I can finally recycle the gigantic stack of papers from all my classes that I've been saving. I thought about tossing them as soon as I handed in my exam, but I figured that would be tempting fate, you know?


* How drunk can you get at your office Christmas party? This handy guide will tell you!
* Facebook History of the World
next_to_normal: (future husband)
You guys! Something just occurred to me!

So, we all know Ben Wyatt, aka my future husband/government employee extraordinaire, right? (If not, there is a helpfully labeled icon right there to jog your memory.)

Who else do we know with the last name Wyatt who has a connection to government/politics? Toby Zieger's ex-wife/baby mama, Andrea Wyatt, U.S. Senator from the great state of Maryland!


(Can you imagine the confusion when Leslie and Ben meet Sam? Hee!)
next_to_normal: (working)
When I got to work this morning, one of the things I did was look over my notes from a conference call on Friday. And, you know... when I was in college, thinking about my future, I can honestly say that never in my wildest dreams did I expect to have a career in which "get info re: Justin Bieber issue" would be an item on my to-do list.
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