katernater: (lost Ω what kate does.)
I don't think I quite understand it.

But I am happy with it.

Wow.

Thanks for six amazing years, LOST.
katernater: (lost Ω stranded.)
Random: I took [livejournal.com profile] ontd_lost off my FL and the number of posts went down by, like, thirty percent. I know people are excited about the series finale tomorrow, but all of those Titus Welliver gifs really screw up the time it takes to load, well, basically anything.

I have decided that this is going to be the summer when science/mathematics and I will become friends. Yesterday, I went out and bought two books by Michio Kaku -- Hyperspace and Physics of the Impossible -- because I had seen Kaku on a few Discovery Channel specials about the universe, and his way of talking about physics seemed very accessible to me -- the "layest of laypeople" when it comes to math and science. Seriously. Getting me to engage with mathematics in high school was roughly equivalent to trying to get a dog to play a concertina -- it just wasn't going to happen. Although, I fared better on the science front. I know, for instance, what happens to a bar of soap when you put it in the microwave. I also know what happens when you bet a kid with pica $5 that he cannot eat the entire bar of soap. (Science, it turns out, will quite often get you sent to the principal's office.) So here I am, trying to reconcile the fact that I have never been a mathlete or come up with a really cool way to explain the universe. At the very least, at the end of the summer, I will have a couple of books to balance out the wobbly leg on my coffee table.

I got Daybreakers at the RedBox today. Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill, and Willem Dafoe? In the same movie? With vampires and post-apocalyptic cities and crossbows (oh my)? Sounds like my kind of Saturday night entertainment.
katernater: (laugh ± a good day.)
katernater: (tww ❝ 20 hours in america.)
So, it feels like it took a bajillion hours to finish my History of the English Language take-home exam when, really, it was only, like, six or seven. Still, when your professor tells you that you should spend "no more than two hours" on a test, even when the essay portion is worth seventy percent of the total grade, there's a little anxiety when you pass the five-and-a-half hour mark. Actually writing the thing didn't take very long, but I've never had to create an outline for an exam question before, so this one came with a little supplemental research. I'm also tutoring one of the Saudi students in the class at the request of my professor. I met with her on Sunday, yesterday and today so we could go over the exam together. I want her to do well and, honestly, I think I explained the material in a clear, cohesive way, but when it's all said and done, she's got to sit down on her own and write out her answers. 'Sort of makes me feel like I'm taking the test for two people.

But, really, this is great experience. This is the kind of thing I've been trained to do and it's awesome that I've got a chance to put my ESL teaching skills to the test. I'm grateful that I've been given this opportunity and will do my best to learn through teaching.

I was at the library for about six hours finishing the thing, then I went home and caught the season premiere of LOST. No spoilers but, oh my gosh, we're in for an exciting final season!
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: (lost (j) // Ambitions like ribbons)
Oh my gosh, I love Tee Fury:

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Larger image under the cut )

Is it January yet?
katernater: (lost (j) // Ambitions like ribbons)
→ 40 House, M.D. s2 icons
→ 61 Benjamin Linus/Michael Emerson icons [ LOST s3, 4, 5; photoshoots ]

I had originally intended to use these House icons as part of the [livejournal.com profile] house_100icons challenge, but I realized I was being overly ambitious (or typically lazy) and decided not to participate after all. Anyway, here they are. The Ben Linus icons are icon versions of 400x400 album covers I created for my iTunes queue. Some of them work well in the smaller format, some...not so much.

Please credit [livejournal.com profile] katernater if you use any of these.
Comments and feedback are wonderful.
Textless icons are not bases. Please do not modify them.

House screencaps: [livejournal.com profile] bluebear_74
Ben Linus/Michael Emerson screencaps: MichaelEmerson.net
Textures: [livejournal.com profile] texturize

PREVIEW:
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'What would you prefer - a doctor who holds your hand while you die or one who ignores you while you get better? I suppose it would particularly suck to have a doctor who ignores you while you die.' )
katernater: (wtf? (b) // Explode or capsize)
I finished watching "The Incident" (the s5 finale) about forty-five minutes ago. About ten minutes ago, I regained the ability to do anything else with my hands besides wave them around in the air above my head. It's been a long, strange, numbered-bunny-filled journey, but I have some thoughts about the episode and what mysteries I'd like to see explored in the sixth (and final) season:

Ille qui nos omnes servabit. )
katernater: (movies (im) // Merchant of death)
Money is such a nuisance. That is, not having money is a real pain. I had to borrow against my Simple IRA again, to make sure that Todd and I would make it through to the end of summer. I'm getting no more than 10-16 hours a week at work, I've had to tuck into my "retirement fund." I guess there's not a summer market for greeting cards. That, or there's not a market for "Thanks For Freeing Our Journalists!" cards. And yeah, the whole speech I gave the other day about "struggle makes you stronger" still holds true, but damn, you'd think the Universe could parse out the struggling a little bit. Struggling blows.

However, Todd and I have had some pretty good times lately.

For instance, I made muffins the other day.

And provided helpful instructions:
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And on Monday, Todd and I sat down and watched thirteen hours of LOST. We started with the S3 opener and worked our way through to the end of the fourth disc. It's been fun to watch with Todd, especially because he's seeing it all for the first time. I get to be all mysterious and unhelpful with the clues. "Yeah, why does the statue only have four toes?" and "Hmm. Where did Juliet learn Kung-fu?" etc. etc. Thirteen hours may seem like a lot and, yeah, it probably is. But this is what we do best. We're watchers. Our second or third date was watching eight episodes of House in a row. It's terrific to have someone to share something this exciting with. And Todd can be just as obsessive-minded as me, which is fantastic because I think I'd go crazy if I couldn't go crazy with somebody else.

Plus, hey! It's Shark Week!
katernater: (crap (b) // See an Other man lying)
katernater: (whee! (h) // So let your love flow)
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EPIC BOBBLE!
katernater: (silly (c) // I don't feel like dancin')
Todd and I are really feeling the pinch of the End Of Summer. See, we're both working retail part-time for the season, trying to make ends meet between May and when school starts in August. That's when our financial aid checks come in. We've been doing all right so far. We've been able to make rent and pay bills, and we've made a couple of pounds of chicken last two months. Now we're getting down to the bare bones of our cabinets. We were talking about what we're going to make for dinner tomorrow night -- spaghetti with Mom's Meatloaf Meatballs -- when we realized that we only have about half the necessary ingredients. But, from famine comes strength: we've been saving up spare change in an old Altoids tin, and, all figured, we've probably got about ten bucks crammed in there. Enough to buy an onion and a box of Ritz, anyway.

I bring all of this up because. honestly, I'm kind of proud of the both of us. This is the first time we've both been out on our own -- really out, with only ourselves for support -- and we're actually doing okay. Sure, there are plenty of things that we'd like to buy, and if we had kept our salaried jobs, we probably could have had them by now. But I don't think we'd be as happy.

I'm this close to being done with S5 of LOST. I got through "Dead Is Dead" today, which added another five kablillion points to my "Reasons Why Benjamin Linus Is Awesome" tally. I don't even care that retro!Ben looks exactly like an English cricket commentator -- or what I imagine an English cricket commentator to look like, having never met one. "I say, very bad ballywags indeed, wot?"

Yes. I am culturally aware.
katernater: (dorky (hl) // The beat of his own drum)
Todd: [watching the first season of LOST] See, this is what I was waiting for. All of these connections between characters.
Me: Yeah, it's pretty cool. [Matthew Fox appears on screen] There's another thing about Jack, too. In the fandom. It's "Jack's crying. Must be Wednesday."
Todd: I've noticed that he cries a lot.
Me: At least once an episode he gets hurt and makes a wibbly face.
Todd: It must be all of those LOST thought cookies.
Me: [as Jack] "Your thought cookies gave me wibbly face!"
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"I think you are a very bad man," said Dorothy.
"Oh, no, my dear; I am really a very good man; but I'm a very bad Wizard, I must admit."

- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

A Very Bad Wizard : A Benjamin Linus EP )
katernater: (hyper (me) // Sometimes socially awkward)
QUICKLY.

I won some money at the casino on Thursday (not a lot, but I pretty much doubled what I went in there with), but the best part of the whole day was seeing my eightysomething-year-old grandmother practically body check one of my cousins in an effort to get to another slot machine. EPIC GERIATRICS.

And I've been rewatching a lot of LOST (right before I woke up this morning I had a Benry dream; it was like a pleasant fondle from my subconscious) and I totally overestimated the awesome power of the sun when I laid out yesterday, so now my chest and shoulders are pretty raw. BUT. I got to go on a bike ride, and my family has been totally awesome the entire time I've been home. Today, my mom and I are going shopping together and then I will be back for more LOST, patiently waiting for [livejournal.com profile] another_myself to get through Season 2 so I can flail with her about Benry, the Great and Terrible.

O HAI MY IMPROBABLE LEADERSHIP, LET ME SHOW YOU IT.
katernater: (evil (b) // All these things I've done)
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SERIOUSLY. IS ANYONE GOING TO COMICON?

Found here.
katernater: (omg! (m) // Laid traps for troubadours)
I have a new favourite reason to watch LOST:

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WARNING: Spoilers for those of you who have not seen seasons 3, 4.

So much for all your highbrow, Marxist ways )
katernater: (lost (j) // Suffer a little with me)
Nobody on Lost says "whom." It's always "Medication? Designed by who?" and "Who can we rely on when the store of bananas run out?" I've been sitting here, interjecting the "Mmm" sound. It's like a reflex.

I think I have too much brain.

The first time I met one of my coworkers, she told me she was a vegan. I told her that I thought that was impressive, and probably a good decision. Because nearly twenty percent of the adult population is lactose intolerant anyway.



You see? This is why I don't go to cocktail parties.

Well, it's one of the reasons.
katernater: (dorky (hl) // The beat of his own drum)
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D'awwwh.
More at [livejournal.com profile] hughbunnies


Going home for a couple of days was the best thing possible for my mood of late. I've been worrying a lot about money issues and the whole job scene, and it was great to be able to remove myself from that environment for a while. Not that I was running away from anything; I got some really fantastic support and advice from my parents while I was home, which I'm going to implement immediately. I got home at about four o'clock local time on Tuesday night. My mom and dad were both still at work, so I hung out with my little brother for a while and watched TV in the family room (my family has twice as many cable channels as I do, but there still isn't anything worthwhile on television) while waiting for my mom to get back. My dad had church, so my mom, my brother and I went out to the brewhouse down the street for burgers and fries. Afterward, we went to Target (I got Todd's birthday present -- talk about coming in under the wire) and then we went home. My mom and I made a rhubarb pie. I love cooking and baking with my mother. She's very patient and explains things in such a way that I can understand there. It was a cool, cloudless night. My mom and I stooped over a patch of rhubarb in the dark, chasing small spiders away with the backs of our fingers as we cut the stalks away and carried them inside the house. I was charged with chopping the rhubarb while my mom gathered the rest of the ingredients. We had homemade ice cream, too! Dad came home and we all ate pie together. It was one of those rare, perfect moments in my life.

On Wednesday, I ah, really didn't do much of anything. I woke up late and watched my dad's copy of The Da Vinci Code because I really liked Angels & Demons and thought that -- maybe -- the first movie had been given a bad rap. Deservedly, it turns out. I watched a few episodes of Supernatural and then went out to dinner with the family again. We came home and had more pie. More episodes of Supernatural. I gave my dad his Father's Day present a few days early and I was so happy that he liked it. Overall? Lazy, lazy, lazy.

Yesterday, I went with my mom to a doctor's appointment, then went out to lunch. We had a really fantastic conversation about what was going on in my life, and I realized that I'm more like my mom that I give myself credit for. It's times like that when I realize how fortunate I am to have the parents that I have. My mom took me grocery shopping and then cleaned out half of her pantry with things to send back with me. Todd and I are stocked up on full until the next solar eclipse.

I've got to work over the next few days, but I'm ready for it. Going home was the psychological and emotional boost that I needed.

PLUS. My brother let me borrow all of his LOST DVDs after all -- Season 1 through 4. 'Looks like I've got some serious watching to do.
katernater: (house (13) // I get what I want)
I wanted to thank everyone who commented on my last entry to give their care, concern and support. I was struck with an unbelievable melancholy the other night and I realized that a lot of it was because I hadn't been home to see my family in a little over a month and a half. I'm a pretty independent person and I pride myself on being able to make it on my own, but I love my family dearly and I get antsy when I go a while without seeing them. I don't work again until Friday, so I'll be going home for a couple of days, starting tomorrow. I'm already feeling much better.

I'm also hopeful that my brother will let me borrow his LOST DVDs. I keep catching parts of season one on the Sci-Fi channel and remembering how I totally got into the show when it first aired. We'll see. I'm still powering through the first season of Supernatural, and I really like it so far. It's nice to have things to watch through the long summer hiatus. Although House's season premiere has been moved up a week, to September 21. Yay!

I'll also pick up some more recipes from my mom. Growing up, we didn't have a lot of family meals together (my mom and dad's work schedules were staggered, so my brother and I subsisted on a lot of Stouffer's ready-made) but my mom's got some nuggets of culinary awesome stashed away in her recipe box, and Todd and I are always looking for things to make on the cheap.

See you guys in a couple of days!

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