katernater: (house • (ducklings))
I don't know why, but the soundtrack to the first two seasons of House, M.D. really ramps me up for warmer weather and puts me in a good mood. The nearest I can figure, I started watching House while in my penultimate semester of college, during the spring and summer of 2006. I was at a point in my life when I was really discovering who I was and what I stood for; in my experience, those pivotal points in a person's life are more than reflected in the music they listen to. I remember riding my geeky ten speed to campus; sitting out on the back porch of our much-too-expensive rental property, drinking beer and watching a group of long-haired hippies play hackeysack; burning Nag Champa to cover up the smell of my roommate's cigarette smoking. And through it all, a steady soundtrack of House-related music spun on all my mix CDs, my iPod, and my computer. Here are links to some of my favourites:

"Feelin' Alright" - Joe Cocker
"Got To Be More Careful" - Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
"Stranger In A Strange Land" - Leon Russell
"Honky Tonk Women" - Taj Mahal
"Love and Happiness" - Al Green

It's been a very laid-back, uncluttered kind of weekend. Yesterday I went to a baby shower for a co-worker. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous the last couple of days and all of the flowering trees are in full bloom, planting bright shocks of colour in every direction. Today I'm finishing some chores around the apartment, going to a block party, and stopping by the office for a bit to do some lesson planning. I have every hope that this week will be much better than last week. I guess coming at it with a positive attitude is half the fight.
katernater: (house • (bullseye))
→ So, I haven't been an "active" active participant in the House fandom since the end of Season 4 (and I don't know why I felt the compulsion to put the word active in quotation marks -- I guess I qualify active as a period in the show's run when I frequently visited message boards and targeted LJ communities, bought any and all merchandise surrounding the show, and thought seriously about changing my last name to "House" if I ever had to enter the Witness Protection Program), so I feel like I have mostly missed all the drama going on in the fandom. I have not missed an episode of the show yet though and, while I might disagree with the over-stylization of the cases and the soap opera-ization of the main cast, I've got to say that I'm pretty satisfied with the show at large. It's never going to be the same series that I fell in love with when I first watched "Unfaithful" back in college. But, then again, I was doing a lot of stuff in college I don't do now. At this point, there's very little that can get me to stop watching. I'm committed. I fell in love with these characters and every once in a while the writers will throw in a line or a situation that makes me remember why.

→ It's Tuesday and already the term is picking up speed. We finalized class and room assignments this afternoon. I'll be teaching RW 2 again (I've decided on Lemony Snicket for the extended reading) and a split section of CS 3, which will allow me to be a lot more creative as far as activities go. I'm thinking of doing some in-class listening activities with American TV sitcoms -- so far I've got Mad About You and maybe News Radio. At this level they're supposed to be picking up on "natural speech patterns" (there I go again), which is another way of saying "the way that people talk on a daily basis." No slowed, overly enunciated, or simplified speech. I'd love to throw an episode or two of The West Wing at them but, honestly, sometimes that show is too smart for me. Paul Reiser might be a good stepping stone.

→ We're really strapped for instructors this term. In fact, there was a résumé floating around the conference room yesterday afternoon and when I got in this morning, I found out that the guy had been hired full-time. Classes start Thursday. I mean, I feel for this kid, because I was exactly where he is two months ago. They throw so much at you at once that you really have to resist the temptation to curl up in a corner and cry. But hey, I got through it and, while I know for a fact that I don't know everything, I'm a prime example of the "If I can, you can" philosophy.

→ I also wore a fantastic pair of heels to the office today but had to park way far away from my building, so walking was a pain (literally), and I took them off while walking back to my car at the end of the day. Now my feet hurt because of the shoes and because I walked barefoot on uneven asphalt. Go me! Go stupid decisions!

→ Countdown to Danny Boyle's Frankenstein: t-minus 11 days!
katernater: (house • (moving on))
...because I am tired of being heartsick.

1) Comment to this and I will give you 3 people (I will pick only fictional people for you)
2) Post this meme to your LJ with your answers.
3) Provide pictures and the names of the 3 people.
4) Label whom you would shag, marry and cliff.


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[livejournal.com profile] antiquitea gave me :
Dr. Gregory House | Richard Castle | Charlie Crews

These answers are really a study in personal values, you know. )
katernater: (castle • (intrigue))
First. Somebody vidded clips from the first series of Sherlock to the tune of "I'll Make A Man Out of You" from Mulan. Fandom, when not crazy, can be a magical, magical place. ♥

Second. I think that this is quite possibly one of the busiest semesters I've ever had. I begin student teaching on Thursday. I will be collaborative teaching with another student from my program, and we've been assigned a class of seven Chinese undergraduates. Part of last week and this have/will be spent coming up with icebreaker activities and a needs analysis; it makes sense that we find out what they want to learn/are currently struggling with before we plot out any extensive lesson plans. I'm excited and quite a bit nervous. The atmosphere is meant to be relaxed -- these kids are coming in voluntarily; they want to improve their skills -- and my partner and I are not expected to keep formal grades. Still. I'm so fortunate in that my practicum adviser makes herself available to field questions/give suggestions pretty much whenever we need her. I really appreciate having that support system, especially my first time out. I have a follow-up meeting at the VIC on Wednesday. I will prepare a rough strategy for where I think the Center is capable of going, but I have decided not to exhaust myself with preparations. I honestly think that this is going to be a situation where I have to sit down with this guy and tell him that, based on the parameters he's given, his expectations for a new ESL program are just not practical. I'll be happy to suggest ways in which I think the program could be expanded and initialized. Whether or not those plans end up including me remains to be seen.

Third. I'm so happy with how my first scarf is turning out. You can't tell from the picture, but the read-out on that tape measure is a little more than two-and-a-half feet. It's not the prettiest thing, sure, but it's mine and I made it and I'm for sure going to wear it.

Fourth. MY SHOWS ARE BACK TONIGHT. Todd and I are going out for reuben sandwiches when he gets back from class. He also suggested we try to write a murder-mystery novel while we're at it. I told him that, while I'd love to write a novel, handcuffing him to the car would probably be more feasible. (Gah. Just look at how gorgeous they are. I can't even deal.)
katernater: (cuddy ☤ a different species.)
I can't begin to say how glad I am that I no longer affiliate myself with fandom (though, by saying that, I realize that I am admitting that I continue to follow fandom, at least in an ancillary capacity) because now, when stuff like [livejournal.com profile] house_cuddy goes down, at least I'm not down in my fallout shelter stocking up on canned goods.
katernater: (yum ☤ little slices of heaven.)
Oi. I'm stuffed. Todd and I just got back from dinner with my parents. My brother's going to Spain for a couple of weeks and my folks stopped by after dropping him off at O'Hare. In addition to dinner, they bought us a ton of groceries -- and a space heater! 'Think we're all set until financial aid refunds come in on the 22nd.

I wasn't floored by last night's House (though the House/Wilson stuff was terrific!), but it's lovely to have the show back -- even if we're plunging into another hiatus. I've learned to keep my nose out of fandom so I don't go crazy (I didn't even see a preview for this week's episode, that's how out of touch I was) and it's been nice to experience the natural course of the show, without all the hype. Our local public television affiliate has started running Life On Mars (the John Simm series) and I'm already caught up in it. And, with LOST coming back in a matter of weeks, my TiVo dance card is pretty full. I can't wait for LOST. [livejournal.com profile] luuser works for ABC and she's seen a bunch of the scripts. She tells me that it's going to be pretty epic -- "You won't be disappointed," were her exact words. :DDDDDD

[ETA:] Jesse Spencer's expression in this picture is just perfect.

(More here.)
katernater: (lame ☤ whipping boy.)
Mark: Hey, Lucas. I've decided I'm going to start a band.
Lucas: The first thing you need is a name. Then you'll know what kind of band you've got.
Mark: Right, right. I was thinking about, um, Marc. How does that sound?
Lucas: Is that with a C or with a K?
Mark: Well, my name is with a K, so I was thinking my band's name could be with a C. That way it's kind of that psychedelic, you know, trip thing.
Lucas: Always play with their minds.

Also: TiVo cut off the last minute or so. Does anyone know if we've got an episode next week -- or where I can get my hands on the promo?
katernater: (bored (h) // Friends with benefits)
Ugh. It's a wintery nightmare out there today. I'm so, so grateful that I don't have to drive twenty minutes to get to class anymore, especially when the road is chock full of eight inches of snow. Worst of all, it's blowing and drifting, which means that every time I walk out of a building I get smacked in the face by a wall of snow. I was committed to doing a load of laundry today, but I don't think I even want to leave the bedroom at this point, for fear of being snowed under.

My classes are pretty awesome so far. I've got The History of the English Language (with this guy), which is going to be interesting, especially when we start talking about Old and Middle English. We worked on a page of rebuses today, which I find equally fun and frustrating to figure out. (For instance: JOBINJOB..."In Between Jobs".) I worked on them with a kid with whom I've had a couple of other classes. Nice kid. Straight shooter. We both had to buy books today, though, and the text for History is reputedly expensive if you don't buy it used. So I got to the bookstore, like, ten seconds behind this kid and he's already grabbed the last copy. He was like, "You're going to hate me, but..." And I was like, WELL, FARTS. Because the least the kid could have done was superficially offer to give me the last copy, even if he wasn't really serious and even if I would have totally told him to hang on to it, because that's the nice, genteel thing to do. But he didn't even offer to do that. I found one of the bookstore employees and asked if they had any copies in the back, but they didn't. They told me that they could order me another copy, but I wasn't about to pay the price of a new copy plus shipping. So I came home and found a used copy on Half.com for, like, thirty bucks cheaper than the bookstore. Which is great, because I think they scalp you at university bookstores anyway, but not so great because I have to wait 2 - 9 days for the thing to come in. I'll have to bum a copy off somebody else for the next week or so.

I've only been to one other class so far (the term started on Wednesday, and I've got a Monday night lecture), which was Music and Psychology. That class is going to be epic. We talk about cognitive functions of music, as well as the emotional and psychological aspects related to the listening experience. I haven't had to pass Intro Psych for a few years, but I like that kind of thing and I'm excited about learning more. Plus, the professor is young and seems pretty laid back. I'm looking forward to some intelligent discussion.

Speaking of -- House is back on Monday! Hooray! I saw the promo for the new episode and I am practically spinning in gleeful circles over all the House/Wilson stuff.

Also! My brother is going to Spain next week and my parents will be stopping by the new apartment after dropping him off at O'Hare. Yay for family!
katernater: (arrrms! (h) // More tight t-shirts plz)
Okay, I admit it.

I'm a giant sap.

Because this was the best thing in the history of best things, ever. )

And yes, I am including that in the category of "the one time the vending machine gave me two Snickers bars when I only paid for one."

Can I also just say that, for me personally, attending an '80s party would rank pretty low on a list of things I would want to do at a medical conference? Or at any conference. At any time, actually. I lived through having my teeth drilled last year, but that doesn't mean I want to don a smock and revisit the feeling.
katernater: (grin (h) // He makes it look so easy)


HOW ON EARTH DID THIS SHOW KNOW ABOUT MY FETISHISTIC LOVE FOR MEN IN PANTALOONS?
katernater: (hbic (c) // Does not have time for you)
One exam down, one to go. The exam for New Media took a little longer than I expected because I broke it up into sections and completed them over a couple of days. But it's done, which is a significant load off my shoulders. It's not due until Friday but, you know, I didn't want to have to worry about doing anything while I was home on break this week. Like, it's been almost three months since I've seen my family. I don't want to be sitting with them, thinking that I should be doing something else.

The other take-home exam -- for TESOL -- shouldn't pose that much of a problem. I'm comfortable with material and I think I can knock it out tomorrow afternoon. That exam isn't due until next Tuesday but, again, preparedness.

And even though my professor cut back the amount of reading we had to do with My Antonia, I still can't bring myself to pick up that damned book. And the reading is due tomorrow. Thhhbbbpppt.

And this picture has no context, other than to serve to make me really, really happy. )
katernater: (loved // To the top of my stairs)
EPIC.

I'm so glad my show is back.


[ ETA: ]
Song from the end of the episode: "Seven Day Mile" - The Frames
katernater: (awkward (h) // Whistles and bells)
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'Too bad it's not true.' )
katernater: (star (dd) // Debrief and debug me)
Todd and I saw "Gamer" tonight. Honestly? Not. that. bad. The science in the movie was actually easier to believe than the science in "The Time Traveler's Wife." It was fun, it was gritty and -- if you ever wondered whatever happened to the big musical numbers they used to put in the middle of action flicks? They're right here. Prepare to be amazed by Michael C. Hall's spirit fingers.

-- I mean that euphemistically.

(I think.)

Also? I caught the pilot for Glee earlier this week. I liked it. And I watched the House marathon on USA yesterday, too. I still cry at the end of "Wilson's Heart." I can't wait for the new season to start. Did anyone else catch the FOX Fall Preview tonight? There was a really great clip from the season premiere. I think my feelings about the show are starting to thaw -- this always happens. I just can't say "no" to that show.

Mostly because of things like this )
katernater: (house (s6) // Grounds for divorce)
I just got back from my Sino-American Dialogue class, which means that I've been to the first of all of my new classes for the semester. The verdict? it's going to be a pretty intense semester. I don't think I'm enrolled in anything that's too intellectually challenging, and by that I mean all of the concepts we're going to be covering over the course of the semester are pretty accessible to me and have real, practical applications in everyday life. What will be a challenge, I think, are the philosophical and artistic lessons. My Sino-American Dialogue class, for instance, is a blend of Chinese and American cultures, with attention to the cultural origins, global presence and evolution between the two. We're going to be doing a lot of exploration into the various mythologies that exist between Chinese and Native American cultures, which means that -- hooray! -- my undergraduate work in Classical Mythology is finally going to have a practical application! Thanks, mom and dad, for footing the bill for fifteen credit hours of heretofore useless academic study!

The only thing I'll have to get used to is getting up earlier than I did during the summer. With only a retail job to keep me busy, I was getting up at ten o'clock or later every morning. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays this semester, I have a class at nine o'clock in the morning. It takes me approximately twenty-five minutes to get to campus, which means that I've got to get myself out of bed pretty early. Comparatively speaking, that is. My English Composition course is going to be pretty neat, too. That's the nine AM class. The professor is a pretty permanent fixture in the department, and he seems to be a wordphile, like me, which is great, because we'll always have something to talk about. Our first assignment was a "fill-in-the-blank" freewriting exercise. We were given the prompt "The day I became ____________ was the day I discovered ___________." I must have been channeling Adams when I wrote, "The day I became president of the galaxy was the day I discovered that not all aliens are created equal." I'm so hip, I have difficulty seeing over my pelvis.

In completely unrelated news, I used one of the promo pictures from [livejournal.com profile] house_daily and made a desktop wallpaper. Gotta' use those other undergraduate skills somewhere, I suppose.

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