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19th January 2007

Life and its meaningless diversions

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I love days off. More than that, I love call nights where I get almost 8 hours of (uninterrupted, but still restful) sleep and then have 2 days off back to back after that. That’s virtually 3 days off people. 3!

I spent most of yesterday trying to figure out how to do Laura’s wedding and Ireland in 1 week. I have a feeling that Ireland isn’t going to happen. 🙁 It’ll be okay. I’ve been fretting about the cost anyhow–while the tickets are supercheap (as in $500 dollars. Yes, you read that right.) and never will be so again, I’m in tons of debt still from moving and all of my travels last year. So being a little more frugal isn’t a bad thing. A boring thing, when I was so yearning to be a world traveler again and see the Cliffs of Moor and the Blarney stone and practice my grotesque Irish accent.

I’m still mulling over her engagement. I’ve always known that Laura would be the first of the D****** sisters to get married. She’s always been the athletic, pretty, popular one, whereas Karin and I have been much more plain. In high school, where I struggled to make friends (and fared a little better than Karin did, which is saying something), Laura was the queen as she was funny, smart and friendly. She’s had dozen of boyfriends (not that she’s introduced any of them to the family) and I figured she’s be married by the time she was 21, so I’m really happy that Laura’s undergone a few more years of maturity.

I just wish I wasn’t such a failure, a nonstarter in the relationship department. I think it comes down to jealousy. That even though I knew that Laura’s much more dateable and marriageable, I still had hoped that somehow it would be me first.

Enough with that.

When I was tired of manipulating days and http://www.sidestep.com (the best website for travel. It looks at every site and you can find really good deals), I found myself on YouTube watching episodes of Dr. Who. Yay! Finally! I’ve wanted to watch this show for absolutely forever, ever since eponine119 started posting about it on her LJ and wrote this awesome Sawyer/Dr. Who crossover which I adored even though I had never seen the show. Then all of my flist seemed to be going Dr. Who fanatic and David Tennant was that nerdy cute that makes my heart go thud, but I didn’t have cable to watch it and the Blockbusters down the road didn’t carry it, so I thought I was never going to get to watch it.

And then, behold the power of YouTube.

So far I’ve seen The Girl in the Fireplace, Christmas Invasion, Doomsday, The Impossible Planet, The Satan Pit, The Idiot’s Lantern, part of The Parting of the Ways, and The Runaway Bride. It’s cheesy, but a good cheesy. 🙂 And David Tennant is just lovely. Which others do you recommend and which should I stay away from?

Other browsing squees of the day:

I haven’t been the biggest fan of the Harry Potter movies as they always seem to let me down, but I do like the previews and the behind the scenes look and the next one at least looks amazing so far. Helen Bonham Carter looks absolutely perfect for Bellatrix, as does the young Evanna Lynch as Luna. I’m so so on Umbridge.

Anyway, behind the scenes clips of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix .

Two Phillip Pullman books are being made into movies. One, The Ruby in the Smoke, is a BBC production and stars Billie Piper for the Dr. Who fans (see, everything comes back to that show!), and will be playing on Masterpiece Theater on Feb. 4. Between that and Jane Erye playing this weekend, it’s almost enough to entice me to get cable again.

The Golden Compass is also coming to the big screen and it looks fabulous. So excited and can’t wait for the trailer!

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  • “Golden Compass” really looks good! *squees* with you!

    • admin says:

      It does, doesn’t it? I always worry about book to movie translations because they can be sooooo bad (ie Ella Enchanted), but this one looks like it will be faithful to the book.

      BUt you know, I never worried about LOTR. I remember seeing a vid on the internet, right after they had announced that they were making it into a movie and seeing the black and white sketches, I knew it was going to be just right.

  • Yay, you tried Doctor Who! It sounds like you haven’t seen anything from the Eccleston season, which was also fab. I suck at titles, though. Umm, “New Earth” “The Empty Child” “Doctor Dances” and “Dalek” are don’t miss, I’d say.

    I didn’t realize Ruby in the Smoke would be on Masterpiece Theater…I thought it was going to be a theatrical release. Interesting nonetheless. Do you need cable for that, though? I thought it was on PBS.

    • admin says:

      It has been so much fun. I had seen some of the old old episodes on late night PBS, so I knew it was cheesy, but I wasn’t expecting the depth and the angst, such as the Doctor being the last of his species and the decisions he has to make about sacrificing people or species for the greater good. Made me think. Wasn’t expecting that.

      I started with the second season because I had heard the most about it, and because those were the episodes most easily obtained on YouTube. But I’ve watched “Rose” now, and really am intrigued by the differences in the two Docs and plan on watching them all now.

      Ruby in the Smoke is on PBS. My tv is in the basement, where not even bunny ears work. So all I get is fuzz. 🙂 Getting PBS would require getting some kind of basic cable.

  • I can’t believe you didn’t even know the name of Laura’s fiancee until now! Did your parents at least know him? I met the family of any guy I dated more than three times and my family certainly at least knew his name! Takes all kinds, I guess. In any case, I wish her all the best. I don’t know if she’d remember me or not, but congratulate her for me.

    • admin says:

      My parents met him over Christmas at least, so they were somewhat aware of his presence, but she never mentioned him to me. Not one word. 🙂

      But then, this is my sister who states on her myspace page that who she wants to meet is her biological family. We did meet one of her boyfriends last May, but that relationship was over by about 2 weeks later.

      I’ll pass on your congratulations though!

      And that is sure a cute baby you have there!

  • I still had hoped that somehow it would be me first.

    This is not at all a reflection on your sister, since this is the first I’ve heard of her – but in the end, who found a relationship that’ll last will mean a lot more than who entered one first. Sorry to hear your Ireland trip won’t work out though! I do love Ireland.

    David Tennant was that nerdy cute that makes my heart go thud

    Hee! Couldn’t agree more. I’m almost done with S1 of Dr. Who and can’t wait (though I quite like Eccleston too) to see Tennant in action. Which is why I am now SO EXCITED that there are episodes on Youtube! Who knew there was more on there than four-minute clips of 80s music videos and home recordings of singing cats??!?

    Jane Eyre and Ruby in the Smoke are on PBS, not cable. They’ll be airing the next three Sundays!

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the gentle reminder. Every once in a while, I get caught in the “woe is me, nobody likes me” pity party, and need a boost out. 🙂

      YouTube is amazing stuff–I think it was you who introduced me into the world of X-Files music videos Of course, most of the eppies tend to come and go, as they are pulled for copyright violations, but if you manage to catch them at the right time, it’s magic. 🙂 I saw all of season 2 in the last three days (I guess that’s one way to spend a few days off) and will be catching up with the 1st season now.

      As I was telling [info]eponine199 above, I have no tv signal. None. So getting even PBS would require basic cable. I think I need to find someone to mooch off of and convince them to tape it for me.

      • No signal! Woes. But if you’ve got a good internet connection, I’d recommend looking into *coughtorrentscough* Anything that’s been on TV in the past month or two you can get that way, and it’s nicer than cuddling up to a 1″x2″ youtube window.

        Speaking of youtube, that was a timely mention you made, since a friend gave me a disc of the first Dr. Who season but missed two eps, including the 2nd part of a 2-parter! So I watched that on youtube last night and was very happy.

        I actually have high-quality windows media files of the new Jane Eyre on my computer. If you don’t mind waiting a few days, I could mail you a disc, no problem. Email my username @livejournal if the idea appeals to you.

  • Jealousy when it comes to your sisters and marriage is hard. I’m certain of this even if it’s never crossed my path. My sisters and I are all so dysfunctional that I don’t think we’ll ever get married. But I know you will someday. Doesn’t matter how the date matches up to that of any of your siblings. Yeah?

    I know it’s hard. I just wish it didn’t have to be.

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