Fall TV Season 2015-16

Oh my friends! Fall/Winter TV is about to start up again and isn’t it glorious?!

Let’s go through what I shall be watching.

CSI: Cyber. Maybe. I wasn’t all that enthused by the first season, but there’s really nothing else that I want to watch on Sundays.
Quantico. You know me, I love a good police procedural with a twist. We’ll see how long I stick with it.

Dancing With The Stars. Every year, I wonder who half the folks are that are competing. I think this is going to be a show where I wait until the weekend to watch it.
Castle. I’m glad this is back for another season, but it’s starting to wear thin. Still, I’ve stuck with it this long, and I love the characters, so I’m there until the end.
The Big Bang Theory (only until November when it moves back to Thursdays).
Scorpion. I’m not a fan of the Walter/Paige/Drew love triangle, but otherwise, it’s an entertaining show (if a bit stretchy with the science/tech).
NCIS: Los Angeles. Every year, I ask myself why I watch this show and yet, I continue to do so.
Minority Report. Look, I freely admit I really enjoyed the movie (despite Crazy Tom Cruise) and so I am interested in seeing how this show works without the Pre-Crime division and just one of the pre-Cogs.
Blindspot. I feel this is going to be my version of Lost or Prison Break. I’m intrigued by the premise but will get pissed off about 4 episodes in when questions don’t start getting answered.
Supergirl. I saw the pilot. Not all that impressed and with 6 other shows already on the docket, this one might go the way of Gotham where I stop watching after a few episodes (or possibly a watch on Saturday/Sunday, when there’s nothing else).

NCIS. I feel like the cliffhangers/season openers are all starting to be the same: something happens to Gibbs where he’s out of commission for a while, forcing Tony to take over the team, only to release control back to Gibbs when Gibbs is recovered. I mean, I guess you don’t have a show if Tony is leading his own team, but damn, he’s been a Senior Agent for a long time!
NCIS: New Orleans. I like this version better than the LA version. Of course, that could have something to do with my crush on Lucas Black.
Fresh Off The Boat. One of the few sitcoms I have on my list.
S.H.I.E.L.D.. I’m going to need a refresher to remember what happened last season though. I vaguely recall people dying, the other SHIELD, and there’s a possible spin-off.
The Flash. Again, will need a refresher.
Best Time Ever. I’m going try it but I suspect I won’t stick with it.
The Muppets. No explanation needed.
Limitless. Never saw the movie but will see if this keeps my attention.

Criminal Minds. Jennifer Love-Hewitt is out, who’s in?
Arrow. I suspect that Oliver and Felicity will make their way back to Starling City eventually.

Longmire. God bless Netflix for picking this up after A&E dropped it!
Bones. It’ll be interesting to see how they bring the Jeffersonian back into the fold. I also heard there’s going to be a crossover with Sleepy Hollow, which I’m not all that enthused about.
The Blacklist. Again, gonna need a refresher.
Elementary. Comes back in November. Will we finally get to meet Sherlock’s father?
Heroes Reborn. I’m cautiously optimistic about this show.
The Player. Why not.

Last Man Standing. Really enjoying this show.
Hawaii Five-0. McGarrett’s still an ass, but I love all the other folks.
Continuum. I thought this show had gotten cancelled but I’m glad it got brought back for at least one more season.
The Man In The High Castle. I did like the pilot and I’m interested in seeing where they go with it.

Doctor Who.
Ash vs. Evil Dead. Right, like I’m not gonna watch this.

Waxing Nostalgic

A few weeks ago, my Facebook feed was a-clutter with news that the high school I attended in Alabama was closing its doors for good. I have quite a few FB friends from high school so the majority of the posts were all about how sad everyone was, how grateful they were to have gone to school there, their love for the teachers, what great memories they had, etc. All I could think was “meh.” I did share an article about the school closing but I didn’t wax nostalgic about anything high school related. I’ll tell you why. I didn’t particularly care for that school.

There. I said it. Don’t get me wrong; I did have some good memories of my time at that high school. I had friends, I belonged to various clubs, it wasn’t a horrible experience, but it certainly wasn’t the best time of my life. I think the biggest reason was that I had a person in school who didn’t make my life easy. I won’t say s/he was a bully per se but s/he certainly didn’t go out of his/her way to be nice to me and s/he spent a lot of time trying to make me feel insecure about myself, not just physically, but also academically. I have an Asian mother so getting a B or even an A- was never good enough. I suffer from Impostor’s Syndrome as well so outwardly I project confidence, while inside, I’m shaking in my boots, thinking that I’m not good enough. I spent my entire high school years, trying not to let anything this person said or did rattle me but when it’s a constant barrage and no one else around thinks that this person was doing anything other than “lighthearted teasing,” it got to be a bit much. Even when I got accepted to USC, this person did everything to belittle that accomplishment. From telling me that s/he was surprised that I got accepted because my SAT scores were so low (which, I never knew how s/he knew about the scores but s/he did) to commenting about how I’d never fit in at USC because California was all about tan, skinny, beautiful people. Needless to say, when I left Alabama, I was happy to leave this person behind.

(As an aside, I am friends with this person on Facebook. This person friended me, not the other way around, and at first I wasn’t going to accept, but the nosy part of me wanted to see how s/he turned out.)

This was also the first time in my life where I was subjected to rampant and blatant racism. Not only in general, but also directed straight at me. I had just moved from 2 previous locations in which the student bodies were pretty mixed and all of a sudden, I’m living in a place where one race was clearly dominant and race relations were not the best. It was the first time I had ever been looked down on for being not just not white but being mixed race. I was lucky enough to have friends who didn’t care but there were a lot of people who did make comments about it (oddly enough, not my nemesis. S/he never crossed that line.).

While I can empathize with others that it’s sad that the school is closing, I myself am pretty apathetic about it. I can also recognize that a lot of my apathy comes from the fact that I didn’t grow up in that town. I was only there for 2 ½ years of school and I was counting down the days until I could leave for college. A lot of the folks who are sad about it all had much stronger ties to the town/school/people than I did.

I don’t want to bring anyone down about loving their high school experience. I’m glad that people enjoyed their time there. I’m not really sure what I’m trying to accomplish with this blog post. Maybe just to provide a contrasting point of view? Maybe to give a voice to all the folks who didn’t have the great experience everyone else seemed to have? I don’t know.

Trailers I Saw #7

You guys, it’s been TWO YEARS since I’ve seen a movie in a theater.  Holy cow.
Anyways, these are the trailers that I saw.


I am such a bad blogger. I haven’t updated this blog in a while. And I tried to do a blog entry at least 3 days a week and that went nowhere.

But I’ve got some good news.

I’ve got a job. Right now, it’s just temporary but it has the possibility of going permanent. *knock wood*

I’ll go into more detail later.

That Was Then, This Is Now

I was having a conversation the other day with a friend and we got onto the topic of books. I had rated a book on Goodreads recently and she was curious as to why I did so now even though I had read the book in my youth. I wasn’t sure what she was getting at so she explained. She didn’t think I should rate a book now that I’d read a while ago because I wasn’t in the same place now that I was in at the time I read the book. She didn’t think the rating would be accurately reflected. Her feeling is that your life experiences color your perception so a book you read when you were a teenager might not still hold the same resonance with you now since you’ve lived more life in between the times. I understood her position but I didn’t agree.

For me, if I read a book and don’t like it, I won’t read it again. If I like a book, I’ll re-read it again, but I’ll still have the same feelings towards it that I had initially. The only difference is that if enough time has passed, I might pick up on something that I didn’t before or I’ll have a new appreciation for the themes and characters. I honestly have never liked a book, re-read it, and disliked the book.

So, I ask you all, have you ever read a book you liked then re-read it and disliked it?

Rubber Ducky, You’re The One

1. Do you shave every day?
No. I don’t think I need to go into detail with this one.

2. What brands (shampoos, conditioners, soap, etc.) do you use? or do you stick to one certain brand?
I generally use Suave for shampoo and Irish Spring for soap, but I’m not really picky. As long as the smell of whatever isn’t too perfume-y, then I’m ok.

3. Do you brush your teeth in the shower?
Not as a general rule but I have been known to do so if I’m in a hurry or if a sink isn’t available.

4. Shower at night or the morning?
If I’m adhering to a schedule (like a work schedule), then I shower at night because I like to sleep as long as possible in the mornings.
If I don’t have a schedule to keep, then I usually shower whenever I feel like it.
If I’m going out into the public, I will shower before doing so.

5. Do you listen to the radio while in the shower?
Not unless I’m doing some serious pampering. Otherwise, I’m not in the shower long enough to warrant bringing a radio into the bathroom.