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Bones Baby Update: Yay or nay?

We’re a few episodes into the seventh season of Bones, and last season ended on a huge cliff-hanger and game changer: Bones’ announcement of her pregnancy with Booth’s baby.  Their will-they-or-won’t-they tension has been hotly debated for six seasons, and didn’t actually end when they did finally get together.  there are still a lot of questions, and I don’t think anyone was quite sure how things would go when the season premiered a few weeks ago.

Personally, I’m pleased with how things are going, but I would have liked a bit more context to the situation towards the end of the season.  I feel cheated out of the pleasure of seeing the other characters’ shock and excitement when the news gets out.  I don’t think the chemistry between Booth and Bones has diminished, though, which is (was?) a pretty big fear of many fans.

So, what do you think so far?  Were you disappointed with where the show is going, or happy?  What do you think will happen through the rest of the season, and series as a whole?

The Perils of Craigslisting

As a college student/recent grad in the city, craigslist is pretty much the only way to get furniture.  Buying furniture is pretty easy– you email someone, and if it’s still available you set up a meet and you pick it up.  Selling it, though, is another matter.

It wasn’t until I was trying to sell several pieces of furniture a month ago that I realized how flaky people can be.  More than once, people would just stop emailing me mid-arrangement.  They would cancel meetups half an hour before they were supposed to show up.  They wouldn’t show up at all.  They would show up, and then decide not to buy it.  Or, once, they would bring it home, realize it didn’t fit, and call me asking to return it.

It is frustrating, to be sure.  I used to feel guilty about choosing one person over another, but now I’m ruthless.  If your email isn’t in full sentences or grammatically correct, I’m not responding.  If you are ambivalent about pick up time, I’m offering it to someone else.  If you don’t respond in a timely manner, you’re not getting it.

Do you have any craigslist horror (or success) stories?

Criminal Minds

Two summers ago, it was Bones.  This summer, it’s Criminal Minds.  It seems that when school is out and I have the novel experience of work but no homework, I tend to binge on syndicated crime dramas.  Criminal Minds, like Bones, has been around for a while (5 or 6 years) which means there’s a pretty extensive list of old episodes that run in marathons.

What I like about Criminal Minds is that it’s very psychological.  Rather than look at a crime after the fact, it focuses on crimes of a serial nature; the team profiles the criminal and uses that information to predict their next move and get ahead of them.  Of course, given that the crimes on this show are frequently repeat crimes, often committed by people with serious issues, they tend to be the more terrifying ones: child abduction, pedophilia, serial killing, rape/murder.  It is sometimes really disturbing, but it still fascinating and compelling.

As I’m new to the series, I’m still placing myself in the time line of the series. My favorite characters are Morgan and Garcia (I love their banter and flirting), and I have a soft spot for Dr. Reid too.  Do you watch this show?  What do you think?

Midnight in Paris

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Buzz has quietly been growing for Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen’s latest romantic comedy.  Summer blockbusters don’t tend to appeal to me, so when my friend suggested we see a movie the other night, I chose Midnight in Paris.

The movie stars Owen Wilson as Gil, an American aspiring novelist in Paris with his spoiled fiance and her parents.  He loves it; they do not.  He pines for the artistic inspiration, the intellectual discussions, and the company of the “Golden Age” of 1920s Paris, when F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and other writers and artists gathered.  Little does he expect to actually join them.

If you aren’t familiar with the art and literature of this era, you won’t understand half of this movie.  I caught a fair amount of the jokes and allusions, and my friend (an art history major) got even more.  It’s not particularly accessible, but it is charming and romantic and funny and quirky.  It’s a marvelous cast, with some truly scene stealing cameos by Adrian Brody, Allison Pill, and Carla Bruni (yes, Mrs. Sarkozy herself).  The entire movie is gorgeous (it’s Paris, after all) and the costumes exquisite. In a lot of ways, it’s typical Woody Allen- lots of long shots, dialogue that is at times utterly natural and witty, and at times a bit clunky.

It’s far from a blockbuster film, but if all of the sequels and action flicks aren’t doing it for you, check out this one.

Nationals

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Glee’s season 2 is coming to an end tonight.  Will they win Nationals? I honestly don’t know.  They lost last year in the Season finale, so it’s not a shoo-in for national dominance. They’ll be singing original songs again, including the one above.  Apparently Charice, the singer who played Sunshine Corazon in two episodes (the girl Rachel sent to a crack house), will be back.

After last week’s episode (during which I cried, by the way — in Starbucks, where I watched it online. Awk.) I’m interested in how Sue will figure into it.  I hope they don’t just backtrack and revert to her sabotaging them.  It’s been funny, but it’s been 2 seasons– let’s see something new.

What did you think about this season? What are your predictions for tonight’s episode?

Did They or Didn’t They?

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For those of you who are current with this season of Bones, you know what I’m asking.  After last week’s episode (RIP Vincent Nigel-Murray) things are a bit ambiguous as to the current state of Booth and Bones’s relationship.  Yes, they spent a night in bed together– but was it platonic?   Tonight is the season finale; hopefully the question will be answered.

What do you expect from tonight’s finale? Will Booth and Bones finally become “official?” Will Hodgins’ and Angela’s baby be a boy or girl? Will it be blind? What will we have “never saw coming?”

An Internet-less Life

It’s been almost a week since I lost wireless in my apartment.  The contract was in my roommate’s name, and she has moved out and taken the internet with her.  It’s only until the end of May, when I’ll be moving out, but for the next three weeks I have no TV, no internet, and no roommates.

I’ve noticed a few things.  One, I’ve been sleeping and reading even more than usual.  There’s not a whole lot else to do.  Two, the things that I need to do, but don’t want to, still aren’t necessarily getting done.  The fact is, I have little motivation to take out the recycling, or organize the kitchen.  Even without the distractions of facebook or mindless TV, it still isn’t happening.  Three, with limited time on the internet when I’m visiting friends or at the library (as I am now), I do a lot less of the time-wasting browsing- no PerezHilton.com, no yahoo headlines, less Twitter.  I feel less informed, but at the same time I recognize that most of the things I learned by reading random articles was fairly useless.

What do you do when you don’t have the internet? Do you notice your habits changing?

Fascinating Fascinators

Let’s be perfectly honest: the best part of the Royal Wedding fashion are the hats.  Sometimes I truly wish hats were fashionable in the US.  If I could pull it off, I would totally wear hats as statement pieces.  My friends always mock me because whenever we went out shopping in London, I would be irresistibly drawn to the headbands and headbands with a half-veil, a la Chelsy Davies’ hat:

(Alas, this is an awful picture of her.  Cute hat, though.)

“What, are you trying to be Lady GaGa?” my friends asked.  No— clearly, I was just trying to be British.

Anyway, some of my favorites from yesterday’s festivities:

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April is National Poetry Month!

Okay, so we’re a little late in the game — almost 2/3 of the way through April — but I couldn’t resist doing a poetry shout-out.  I tend to be particular about poems.  I’m usually somewhat ambivalent, but the ones I like, I love.  So here is one of those poems that I love: Daddy, by Sylvia Plath.  It has an incredible rhythm and rhyme to it.  It’s a dark poem, but in my opinion the best poems make you want to read them out loud, and this one certainly does.

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The Microwaveless Life

My kitchen is pretty well stocked of small appliances.  We have a toaster, a water heater, and a Magic Bullet.  We even have a mini-fridge, a left-over of dormitory living.  What we don’t have is a microwave.

When we first moved in to our new apartment about a month and a half ago, it was on our list of “Things to Get.”  As time passed, though, it slipped further and further down our to-do list.  While we wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to get one, it has slid so far down our priority list, we have no plans to get one.

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