Tuesday, May 31, 2005


The last of tonight's face analyses:

I uploaded a photo from home from last Christmas and now I'm 92% Chinese, 8% Korean/Japanese. (But back to white collar.)

Then, another photo from home from last Christmas and I'm 100% Chinese, but now a beta academic again.

Uploaded another one and it failed.

But I think it's time to stop for the night because: a) I am almost entirely sure everyone is bored of me just reporting my results and b) I am tired.

So I am going to sleep, sans alarm again. See you in the morning!


Face Analyzer run #10:

I was going to stop after this run. I figured, I've done 9 runs. 2 failed, 1 was Theta Artist, but all the rest were White Collar and about the same characteristics. And they had started consistently coming up 100% Chinese. So, I decided to even out the number at 10 and then call it a night.

The Analyzer had other plans.

Because now, I am a Beta Academic. Or, at least, I was in January when this photo was taken.

Here's the description for Beta Academic:

You are a long-term planner, diligent worker and avoid risk as much as possible. You are of above average intelligence and have the ability to focus on tasks that seem unimportant at present, but can lead to greater things in the foreseeable future. You are not keen to interact with others or make social connections. You would rather gain material wealth before putting yourself in a position to be judged. You are not confrontational unless someone directly opposes your intellectual beliefs. You are highly concerned with your social status. You are keen to avoid risks that could jeopardize your long-term plans. You take a calculated approach to life, working hard to control all aspects of it in order to not leave anything important to chance.

You tend to be a perfectionist and quite self-conscious. You sometimes wish you were less reserved and more like some others you see who are more bold and outspoken in social situations. But as much as you try to be like them, you cannot, because you care too much about the future to ever be comfortable taking risks in social situations.

The description isn't that far off here either, except that I am tired of academics right now. But maybe I wasn't in January, and it shows. ;-)

I'm 100% Chinese again and back into the $50-100,000 bracket. And this time, I have high honor.

Is it bad that this site is amusing me this much?


Further summaries:

Analyzer runs #6 and #7 failed because the picture was unacceptable.

Analyzer runs #8 and #9 (using a photo from the ship cabin the day we went to Paradise Island and a photo from Alvin's birthday dinner) both said I was 100% Chinese with many of the same traits as the other photographs. (I won't post the photos here, because all these pictures from Paradise Island are starting to look repetitive.)

Which leads me to believe that my true personality profile includes traits like average intelligence and ambition, low promiscuity, average sociability, and a very low gay factor. Can you really read all that from my face?

Monday, May 30, 2005


Face Analyzer run #5:

I used my Friendster/Facebook profile picture.

And goodness the results are crazy.

I am 100% Chinese again.

But this time, I have a different archetype altogether - Theta Artist - which is as unlike me as the White Collar one was like me. According to this one, I would have an eccentric personality, not care at all about money or influence, not argue with those I consider barbaric, use drugs to escape reality and might be unemployed... but I do what I love. I would love to do what I love, but the rest of these things just don't fit.

So, along with now being a Theta Artist, I have low intelligence, high risk, low ambition, very low gay factor, very low honor, low politeness, very low sociability, very unpromiscuous and make $30-50,000.

And this is my profile picture!

I think I need to find another picture to see if I went off-track during my time on Paradise Island. :)


Face Analyzer run #4:


I uploaded a photo from about a minute before the one in run #3.

This time, I am 100% Chinese!

But... my intelligence is slightly lower than the photo before and my income is back down to $30-50,000. What is funnier... is that now that I am 100% Chinese in this picture, instead of having a "very low gay factor," it is just low, and instead of having low promiscuity, I am very unpromiscuous.

Very very interesting.


Face Analyzer run #3:

Uploaded a photo that I took on the beach in Paradise Island after 3 hours of tanning. (Similar to my profile picture on Facebook and Friendster.)

This time, I am 10% East Indian, 39% Middle Eastern, 4% SE Asian and 47% Chinese.

My income level has gone up. It's now $50-100,000 instead of $30-50,000. I now have high sociability instead of average. I now have high politeness instead of average or low. All other categories, including archetype, were the same.

These results are very interesting. I wonder... if I use a photo from the same beach time, will it be a different result?


Face Analyzer Run #2:

I uploaded a photo from March before I went to the doctor where I looked absolutely miserable.

Apparently, looking absolutely miserable means that I don't look Chinese anymore. I was 100% Southern European.

And while also of "average intelligence" and "average ambition", the scores were lower. I guess I was either less intelligent in March than February, or I am less intelligent when I am miserable. All the categories were about the same level though, as the first picture. I am still in the $30-50,000 income bracket and have a very low gay factor.

But at least both times it has said I was female. Maybe I should upload a photo of myself in a ponytail...

Edit: While I have uploaded photos to go with the rest of the analyzer runs, I refuse to put up this picture where I look miserable. Just not attractive. :)


Just used Face Analyzer for the first time. I put up a picture from this past February right after I got my hair cut.

According to the site, in that picture, I am 52% Southern European and 48% Chinese.


What's more interesting to me is the personality profile, under the white collar archetype. It's not that far off (for the most part - there's some things in there that aren't right at all, but for the most part, it's not bad):

You particularly enjoy the traditional way of life. Having drinks with your friends, attending parties and relaxing while watching TV are some of the simple pleasures you indulge in. You may also enjoy physical exercise. Your driving force is to retire as early as possible, so that you can do the things you enjoy more often. Your main source of ambition comes from this desire.

You dont particularly like your job but you do it without complaining. You realize that the income that it provides is essential to your lifestyle. You are friendly yet competitive with your co-workers. This competitiveness may lead you to squander your earnings to match other peoples' possessions.

You operate most effectively when there is a set power structure, and the lines of authority are clear. You know your place in the ranks, you play by the rules, and will deliver what is expected of you. You do not care for responsibility; you would rather be care free.

The site also told me that I have average intelligence and ambition, low risk and average honor.

I'm going to try another picture. :)


Day 1 of my return-to-personhood was fun-filled. Last night, I went to sleep without setting an alarm. It was fantastic. I got almost exactly 8 hours of sleep before I woke up naturally. I haven't gotten 8 hours of sleep for the longest time - maybe since spring break! Since I knew I was going to go back to sleep some more just because I could, I took a break first to take some pictures of Bike the Drive.

Bike the Drive took place from about 5:30 am to 10 am. Lake Shore Drive, the main thoroughfare on the east side of Chicago, gets closed down to cars and is only open to bikes. (No pedestrians, either. I'd like it to close down for a day for a "walk/run the drive" but it's not happening.) I've never actually seen it happening (last year Memorial Day weekend I was going to NYC, and the year before I lived on the south side), so I wanted to check it out before going back to sleep. It's pretty different seeing bikes on the drive.

After lunch, it was time to head down to UIC to see Alvin's basketball game. I took the bus and the Red Line down to Roosevelt, and then walked down Roosevelt to UIC. It was nice to spend time outside after being cooped up indoors from all my studying. During the past week, it's no wonder that my short 10 minute walks to Northwestern for Barbri were so refreshing, considering the rest of my time was spent on the living room couch with my laptop.

I passed by Target and wanted to go check out the clearance racks. (It's been so long!) I passed by Maxwell Street market, and since I've still never been, I wanted to browse the stands and take some pictures. But there will be time for all of that another day. I'm free!

My walk on Roosevelt took me over the river and an Amtrak train yard. Here's some of my walk (and yes, it was bright and sunny during Bike the Drive and mostly cloudy by the afternoon - what a shame):

Not sure what that train car was doing among the Amtrak cars, but there it was.

I tried to take action shots of Alvin playing basketball, but they were all blurry. I need to learn how to take action shots, or find a camera that can. Unfortunately, while taking the only clear picture I had, the woman next to me walked by, so there's some blue tinge from her jeans. My only clear picture! And of course, it's blue tinged on the Alvin side of the picture and not the other. Oh well.

After the tournament, the entire group went for a banquet dinner at Furama. We got there at 6, like the ticket said, forgetting that since this was a Chinese event, we were way too early. At least we got parking on the street right outside the restaurant though. Dinner was good, and we have plenty of leftovers.

I'm heading to sleep soon. I would have gone out to the tournament party, but this week has definitely taken its toll. I've been falling asleep for the past hour while watching TV and sending pictures on Hello. But it's better than falling asleep in front of a casebook and computer file! Time for some recuperative sleep. :)

Saturday, May 28, 2005


I'm a real person again! Exams are over!

It's finally hit me. :)

And it feels good.

Took a (very) long hot shower after handing in the exam. Walked outside to the bus stop to catch a bus to meet Alvin's family for dinner and I was just giddy about having my life back. I took about 20 pictures of the buildings, the clouds, the setting sun... anything. It felt good to know that my photography hobby, dormant for the longest time except at restaurants, hasn't died. It used to be that I could fill an entire 512 mb memory card walking around the city for a day. I miss those days.

Dinner was at Kamehachi, a Japanese restaurant with multiple branches in Chicago. This one was in Old Town; the one we'd been to before is the one within walking distance of our apartment in Streeterville. The sushi at Kamehachi is quite good. And considering my sushi craving (the last 2 food cravings in the "most recent" list were yellowtail & scallion rolls and spicy white tuna crunch rolls), it was the perfect dinner to end a very hard week.

We had a bunch of different appetizers and then a big sushi boat, which came with 2 more plates of rolls. Between 6 people, we finished it all.

Less than 10 minutes after we got back to our apartment, the Navy Pier fireworks show started. They do shows every Wednesday and Saturday night between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with occasional shows some other times. They also do fireworks on the river during the winter. But this is the best fireworks show I've seen in Chicago so far.

It was similar, but a little bit better, than the one I saw last week. I guess last week was the trial run for the summer season. They have some great new fireworks - multicolored shooting star bursts, smiley faces and hearts in circles, exploding stars in circles, fireworks that fizzle into circles afterwards. It's a great show.

I didn't take any pictures this week, but this is a shot of the fireworks from last week's show. I just spent most of tonight's show squealing with glee about how beautiful the shooting stars were. And talking about how much I want to videotape the show in the future. It would be much easier than trying to get clear pictures. I love fireworks. It was the perfect conclusion to a day that can only be characterized by the word "release." I'm a real person again!

All that's left for me to do is a facial mask and then I'm off to bed for a good night's sleep. Happy weekend to all!


I was reading my blog posts and it just looked like the type had shrunk dramatically from the last time I read it. I think it's because I've been staring at 12 pt Courier New off and on for the past 7 hours.

Exam is sent off, notification is received. It's gone. And just like that, the real waiting game begins. Do you think there will be more grades after Memorial Day weekend? Giving the professors a chance to grade exams before the early June deadline? Nah. They probably went on vacation. I wish I could go on vacation!

A few people in Barbri were talking about how they were going away for the weekend. I kept thinking about how nice that would be... and then remembered that these were the same people who had been off for weeks before Barbri and had been talking the day before about the places they had gone then. Spread the vacations around! I want some too! I'm telling you, these people don't know how good they have it. Spoiled with time off. :)

I'm trying to decide whether the fact that I enjoy Barbri comes from: a) the fact that it's not law school and is full of rules and answers, which is a refreshing change; b) the fact that it's not exam time or making case charts to study for exams; c) the fact that it's new and different and this is just a honeymoon period; or d) the fact that I finally feel like I'm doing something useful and productive for the future. Multiple choice, what's your pick?


Maybe it's my lack of sleep that makes me more affected by Neighbor's behavior. He couldn't have waited 1.5 hours until my test was done to send his crappy bass through the walls?

Granted, it's lower than the time when I almost put my fist through the wall and exploded on this blog in a string of expletives. But it's still pretty damn audible in my living room, to the point where Frank Sinatra had to be taken off of my iTunes, and I had to put on other louder music to try to distract my ears from his crap.

I put my ear to the wall and it didn't sound as bad as some of the other days. But it felt worse in the living room than it should have with the bass at that level. And then I realized what the problem probably is. He probably has his windows open. So not only are the vibrations coming through the walls, but they're circling around on the airwaves outside the window and attacking from that direction as well.

I know this is what happens with apartments. If it had always been at this level, I might not have been so angry, and might just think of it as an annoyance to my sensitivities. But playing his bass at those asshole levels for consecutive days (and at obscene hours) in the past eliminated any patience I ever had and would ever have for him again. I imagine this is why I harbor so much ill-will toward that VW commercial.

But now that time's actually winding down on this exam and I really do have to work, I'm going to hope that listening to Aslyn, Astaire and the Backstreet Boys drown out his idiocy.


I saw a little plane flying down by Soldier Field with a banner trailing, and I stood at the window for a few minutes waiting for it to come closer so I could see what the banner was advertising. The Longest Yard. I was disappointed. I waited that long to see a banner, and it was just for a movie I don't really want to see? Oh well.

I guess you can see how well my brain has been faring in exam land. (Not done yet. It's over at 5.)

I have taken many breaks. (Rationalization: Some of my better thoughts come to me when I'm doing other things, e.g. taking a shower, playing mindless games. It's like parts of my brain process things while I'm doing "mindless" things during breaks and it helps me. So I take many breaks.) I have added geography to my Facebook profile. I have browsed tons of high school people on Friendster and looked at pictures. I ate pizza for brunch. I played Minesweeper. I'm going on 4+ hours of streaming smooth jazz radio, and I'm starting to get a little stircrazy.

Don't worry, none of my breaks are remotely related to my exam material. It's part of the reason I won't turn the TV on, in case I find Law & Order or something. That would probably be outside the scope of the open book requirement, and I don't want to chance it.

One more question, 2.5 more hours until it's over. Maybe I'll take a bubble bath afterwards to celebrate. Or maybe just a nap. But in the meantime, I have got to find some other non-intrusive radio station. I love smooth jazz, but right now, my brain can only deal with so much. :)


7:50 am.

Bass-type vibrations (but not sound) coming from unidentifiable source.

Less than 3 hours of sleep.

8:00 am.

Seems like the vibrations have stopped. I really hope they're gone by the time I get back with my exam. How much would it suck to feel the vibrations of other people's bass while taking an exam?

Weird thing was that it sort of felt like when furniture is shoved against a wall or a window is slammed shut. It was that type of intensity, but without the noise. Just the vibration. Maybe I'm just exceptionally sensitive to everything because I got so little sleep.

I wonder if the exam was written to take 8 hours. I sure hope not. Because I was hoping to get a hot shower in, and then if absolutely necessary, take a power nap. And eat pizza, of course.

Well, that's it from me before picking up the exam. Can you guess which language's numbers I'm doing now? (I think I'm going to start doing subject lines like this more often, even after exams are over. It's a really great way to learn vocabulary. And you know me. This type of stuff is fun for me. I want to be able to count to 20 in a multitude of languages!) Here we go!


Being the mathematically capable person that I am, I added 11 + 3 = 15, for 15 credits left to earn before graduation (in the previous post). I didn't catch my mistake until I was re-reading old May blog posts and saw that I had written 14 credits in another post, at which point I had to stop and do the math again in my head.

Here's what I did originally:
3 + 3 = 6 + 2 = 8 + 3 = 11 + 3 = 15.

I'm going to pretend that it's because I need to go to sleep, but clearly, I just have addition problems. (Thinking back to high school math class doing a problem on the board, 49 + 4 = 54, and not noticing any error for a very long time, even after being asked about it...)

Of course, the easier thing would have been to say (4 classes * 3 credits) + (1 class * 2 credits) = 14 credits. But ... I guess I can pretend that I didn't even think of doing it this way until I started analyzing my mistake because I need sleep.

I was a math tutor in high school! I used to be pretty good at math back then. Has that part of my brain really wasted away from lack of use?

Maybe. After all, I am posting this example of my inability to add for all the world to see. :)

Edit: If you caught this post before I edited it, the first line of the post had said that I added 11 + 4 = 15 when I made my mistake. So, not only did I make a mistake the first time I added it, but then I wrote out the correct addition and used it as evidence of a mistake. Sigh. :)


This has been such an incredibly long week.

Sometimes the weeks fly by. Go to school, come home, watch TV, repeat. Before you know it, it's Thursday afternoon and time for the weekend, which goes by as fast or faster. You look back on the week and think it went by quickly, wondering where all the time went.

Then there's the opposite feeling, like this past week of exams and work (which is not yet over). My first final of this exam period was this past Monday at 9 am. Since the start of that exam, it's been almost 5 full days. But it feels more like 3 full weeks.

I was thinking earlier today about how Monday feels like it was so very long ago. Venture capital? I'm supposed to remember that? Even Wednesday, my last exam before tomorrow's, the season finales of a bunch of TV shows - it feels like that was at least a week ago, if not more.

I'm not sure why it feels so slow. Is it because of the constant working? Is it because I feel more worn down from not getting any sleep? Is it just the physical exhaustion that makes the clock seem like it's going in slow motion? This isn't a complaint - goodness knows, I always say things are going too fast - but just contemplation.

Tomorrow's exam will be longer than all of the other exams from this quarter put together. And then, assuming I pass everything (we've been down this road too many times in this blog... but for those keeping track, I still need 5 grades/15 credits), it will all be over. It ends in my living room over email. How... anti-climactic. Then again the end of classes also went out with a whimper instead of a bang, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. But I don't need it to be festive - I've had this day marked on my calendar for a long time.

A little more chart-making and then it's time for bed. I'll be in the car, driving to pick up my exam, in less than 6 hours, so I should probably try to get some sleep. All those people who are free this weekend, I hope you're having a very enjoyable start to your Memorial Day weekend! :)

Friday, May 27, 2005


You Were Actually Born Under:
Full of spunk, you are the original party animal.
You bring fun, activity, and stimulation to any event.
Self-control is not one of your strong points; you have been known to over indulge.
Cheerful and energetic, you can turn the most boring thing into something fun.

You are most compatible with a Rat or Dragon.
You Should Have Been Born Under:

Resourceful and practical, you are a quick thinker.
You are very observant - and it's hard to get anything past you!
A total perfectionist, you are especially picky about looking your best.
You're a big dreamer - such a big dreamer that reality can disappoint you.

You are most compatible with an Ox or Snake.


Darn. A number with a hyphen. The reason I stopped at twenty with the English numbers is because I was trying not to use hyphenated numbers. But I can't very well count to 20 in English and not French. Trying to decide what language's numbers I want to learn next... suggestions?

I really want the keyboard with unlabeled keys. I think it would be awesome.

Photo of the keyboard from NY Times:

Tired. Need sleep. It's late. :(

Thursday, May 26, 2005


Boo! I'm trying to watch Law & Order so I can put my new knowledge to work - but they showed this episode yesterday! I wanted new episodes! Oh well. Typing lecture notes now while eating pizza. Yum.

Edit: Actually, this might be a perfect episode to start with, because it deals a lot with conspiracy. Well, attorney-client privilege, duty of confidentiality (memories of this past Tuesday's ethics exam) and conspiracy, but conspiracy definitely plays a big role. So I keep watching. :)


I liked bar review class. Is that abnormal? Is it odd that I enjoyed it more than regular school?

I have more observations from bar class, but I have to: a) eat lunch; b) type out my lecture notes; and c) start studying for my exam, so they will have to come later.

But do you remember way back when I said I used Law & Order to help me study for evidence? (That was back in Jan-Mar 2004, so before this blog's existence.) Having now taken Barbri's criminal law class, I am so much better equipped to watch Law & Order. Before, my legal knowledge when watching wasn't much more than the average viewer and what they took away from the show. But now? Now I can look at all the charges the DA files, see whether I think they're right, and even try to guess the charges based on the facts! This is going to be fun!

Just wait until tomorrow... with criminal law and criminal procedure under my belt, I can be an L&O whiz! And then with evidence, I can deconstruct the whole show. And just in time, guess what TNT is airing over Memorial Day weekend like they always do? That's right, an L&O marathon. Perfect for putting my new criminal law skills to the test. :) I can study my 5-9 hours quite easily. :)


I can't believe May 25th has already come and gone. I remember back when they first announced that American Idol and Lost were going to go head-to-head with their season finales on the last day of May sweeps. It seemed so far away. But now, it's already past. Time goes fast when you're consumed by other things.

Bar review starts tomorrow (the class one, not the drinking one). It just feels a little surreal that it's already time to study for the bar exam, considering that final exams aren't done yet. We're supposed to put in 5-9 hours of study time outside of the actual 4 hours of class time every day, but I don't think I'll be able to do that (or any extra hours, for that matter) until my last exam is over. After all, bar review means nothing if you don't graduate.

I can hardly believe that I'm starting on the next chapter of life already. I guess it's hard for me to fully embrace that fact because there hasn't been closure on the one before it. One more exam, 5 grades, the uncertainty of graduation, graduation itself and all the things leading up to it... that chapter won't be closed for a few weeks at the very least. Yet we're flying straight into the next one without any pit stops. Should be an adventure.

Tomorrow's going to be like the first day of a new school all over again. New people, new places, new topics (for the most part). I'll be off to bed soon to get a decent night's rest before the first day (well, 6 hours, not great). But right now I've been sucked into Jimmy Kimmel, because he has Hurley, Michael and JJ on. And after the 3 hour JJ spectacle that was tonight, I can't tear myself away. :)

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


OMG. I screamed so loud at the end of Alias.

Since it's only aired on the East Coast and there is a chance that maybe some Alias viewer from some other part of the country will stumble on this site, I will not spoil it now by saying why I screamed. (If you have ever watched Alias, you already know that all the other seasons ended with a cliffhanger. That wouldn't be a spoiler for a fan, so I feel okay saying it.)

What's odd about the scream is that it was just a reflex! Usually if something bad/crazy/scary is happening, I'll either audibly gasp... or scream "oh no"... but I know I'm doing it. This time, I screamed aloud and didn't even realize I had screamed until afterwards.

I'm so glad I don't have an exam tomorrow. (Last one is Saturday.) Because these 3 hours of JJ dramas were absolutely amazing. I'm sad we're going to lose the Lost-Alias synergy next season, and that they're leading into Lost with comedies. But I'm going to stop complaining, and will just enjoy the moment. Damn, that was some good TV.


Oww, I just opened the dishwasher door into my hip. I am such a klutz.

Marriage exam in a little over 3 hours. Time to read!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


I really need to do more studying for tomorrow's exam. I don't know anything about it, because it's the first time the class is being taught, and it could really just be anything. Which makes it hard to study for, but that's okay. I'll just keep reading. :)

I just hope I get a grade soon after the exam. I found out today that the professor whose exam I am taking tomorrow hasn't given out grades for her class last quarter yet. *cringes* I really hope all my grades are in before graduation (and that they're all passing)!

I'm so out of it. I just keep zoning out, and I'm utterly exhausted. Considering I was about to get out of my car in the garage without parking it, not realizing what I was doing... yeah, I think I need to get some sleep.

But now that I'm done crying with Rob and Amber's wedding (I'm a sap, I know), I'll get back to common law marriage stuff. Post more later.


My exam starts in less than 2 hours. I'll be on my way to school in less than an hour. I haven't finished reading all the cases yet... and I probably won't, but I've read all the rules and my MPRE outline. It was strange how easily all the rules flooded back into my head from November... I didn't expect that. Now, I'm not claiming that I know everything on the topic or am 100% ready, but I'm familiar with it. :)

But back to the point... the exam is in less than 2 hours... and I am watching boxing on the internet.

Yeah, you read right. I'm watching boxing on Yahoo TV.

Not just any boxing, but the fan favorites matches from the Contender. Unfortunately the match-ups I really want to see come after I'm driving to school or taking the exam (Ishe and Anthony - thank goodness for the switch - are while I'm driving; Tarick and Jimmy are when the exam starts). But I'm getting to watch part of the Jeff-Brent match.

And I don't even like boxing when it's normally on TV. I think it's just knowing the backstories, seeing the people on TV, having some investment in them... it just makes the matches so much more interesting. Even without the music, the slo-mo shots, the instant replays.... this isn't bad to watch. Maybe I just don't like heavyweight boxing which is what I always seem to see on TV.

Not really rooting for anyone specific in these matches, except for Ishe over Anthony. And then when it comes to the 3d place undercard and the finals... I loved all 4 guys who made it to the last round. I just hope they fight well and no one gets seriously injured, that's all. How rare is it to find a final round on a reality show where you actually like everyone?

Time to dry my hair, finish watching the match and pack up. Without the on-screen subtitling, I don't have any idea what round they're up to or how much time has gone by. I still have a lot to learn about boxing. :) It's just sad that there won't be a Contender 2.

Oh, funny, they're putting little insets, like PIP, of the relatives/girlfriends of the boxers. Nice. :)

I still can't believe I'm watching boxing on the internet... mere hours before an exam. I hadn't even planned to... I just went to the Yahoo Contender site to see if there was info on the 3d place match-up and found out just how early the fights were starting. What can I say? I love the show. :)


See, the only problem with dozing on and off for 2 hours in the middle of the afternoon is that you find yourself awake close to 3 am, not doing much of anything, wanting to go to sleep, but just sort of here. I should get about 5-6 hours of sleep tonight. Vast improvement on the past couple of nights which have averaged 3-4.5. I can't wait until I get a good night's sleep...

After the massive information attack on my brain this past weekend, it was so hard to study for tomorrow's exam. It was also difficult because this is the same material I studied for an exam back in November, so my lazy side was rationalizing that all the rules are still in the back of my mind somewhere. (Say what you will about cramming and memorization, but I think MC questions really do drill concepts into your head. Maybe that's just me.) So I didn't start studying until after Medium (10 pm CST). The good thing is that it's an afternoon test, which means that at least I can get some last minute cramming in tomorrow morning.

TV was really good tonight. I really enjoyed the 2 hour finale of 24. One especially good part about this finale is that all of my favorites have made it through another traumatic day, and with their freedom, no less. I can't wait to see what they do with S5 in January. (Especially now that they've got David Fury writing for them too.) Medium was one of the best episodes they've done, although I'm annoyed with Joe (it's not her fault that she gets these visions!) and thoroughly creeped out by the cliffhanger/crime. Even though I had a feeling Push was going to do what he did, it still makes me sad. Oh well. 3 solid hours of TV. Tomorrow will be 3 hours, just not as solid, and lots of overlapping programs. But that's okay... it will be good to have a break before the mega-3 hour-JJ Abrams block on Wednesday night again. (See, ABC, Lost and Alias have this sort of synergy - you shouldn't split them up!)

I should finish getting ready for bed so I can go to sleep under my nice cranberry colored sheet. I forgot my earplugs for the exam today (luckily, turned out not too bad, except for this guy at the beginning who pounded on his keys with the pressure you would apply to an old typewriter), but tomorrow I'll be fine. My iPod and I will be ready to go.

14 more credits!

Monday, May 23, 2005


These banners went up on our block sometime last week - is it bad that I roll my eyes every time I see them?

I have nothing against trade fairs, really. But "NeoCon"? Ick.


It's done. 1 down, 3 more to go. I can't wait until Saturday night when I get to go to bed without an alarm. It's going to be great.

The exam was okay, I suppose. I hope I passed. It was significantly less scary than it could have been. That doesn't mean I did well though. After all, I did essentially leave one question blank because I just couldn't think of an answer. But hopefully what I did know (thank you, previous securities classes) will be enough to pass.

What I didn't expect was how long my internet browser would take to open when I tried to email my exam after it was over. People were lining up to check out and my browser still wasn't open! I ended up clicking on it about 5 times, and finally, about 3 minutes later, they all opened. I'm not sure what caused the hiccup that made it take so long to open. But I felt so conspicuous holding up the line. Last thing I expected this morning was for a computer problem like that.

Professional responsibility exam tomorrow. I'll probably study my MPRE outline, flip through the book, read the rules. Significantly less pressure than today's exam since we've already been through the fire during the MPRE.

But right now, I'm watching L&O after watching an episode of Buffy where I had no idea what was going on. I love afternoon TV. Now that's one thing I'll miss about going to school.


I'm so sleepy. My eyes are resisting being forced to stay open, which should make for interesting driving (sigh) and test-taking. Less than 4 hours sleep is really just not acceptable. I'm looking forward to an early afternoon nap with glee.

As for the exam... in a few hours, this too shall pass. The next time I sit in front of my screen typing on Blogger I will be one exam further along on my journey toward the end of law school, and hopefully relieved, a little bit lighter and happier. Of course, I'll probably still be anxious about whether or not I passed, but we all know that comes from the fact that I have a wonderful inability to predict how I've done on an exam. I just hope this grade comes more swiftly than the one I'm currently waiting on... that one's been over 2 months. And I hope the grade is passing! (Well, all of them, really!)

Alright, it's time for the last minute push.... and time for me to say adieu until this afternoon. I hope you have a wonderful Monday morning!


I'm so tired. That's good, because it's 1 am and I need to sleep. (Unlike last night, when I slept at 5!) But I'm going back over my outline for venture capital, and all I can think is, I remember these concepts from when I was reading and typing them... but right now, they just seem so... foreign.

At least the details do. I can see the big picture transactions and what the goals are. But all the little (important!) details have sort of buried themselves under a very dense fog. And I think details will be really important for passing the (professor-proclaimed) extremely difficult exam.

I really hope that I've crammed enough into my brain to pass. Please, please, please let me pass all my exams. I'm seriously scared. I haven't let myself embrace anything related to graduation because there's this tremendous fear inside me that I might not graduate. (This is what happens when the school tells you that every year, 2-5 people don't end up graduating. And you don't find out for sure until that week whether or not you will be! Unless of course you get all your grades and can determine from that that you will be allowed to graduate.)

With one grade still missing from last quarter, and four remaining from this quarter, with 2 of the 5 being fear-inducing courses ... I'm anxious. (Coming from someone who was never that intense about grades/exams in law school, I think that's saying something.) I'm kind of glad this exam is first because otherwise it would consume everything else. But I'm really really scared. Sigh. Sleep. By this time tomorrow, I'll have (hopefully) finished studying for a different exam. And hopefully all went well.

Sunday, May 22, 2005


You Are A Chestnut Tree

You are a born diplomat with a well developed sense of justice.
And even though you're impressive and intimidating, you're also fun to be around.
You can be irritated easily, and you sometimes act superior.
Nevertheless, you are sensitive of others feelings and very loyal.
Sometimes you feel misunderstood and are fiercely close to those who know you best.


Clearly, this quarter has been consumed by constitutional law (First Amendment), because my mind was saying "speed" (in reference to bankruptcy proceedings) and my fingers typed "speech." Excellent.

Less than 10 pages to the end of Chapter 8 ... plug away!


Funny. My horoscope sign fits with this element, and I didn't even try to make my answers fit. Nice.

Your Element Is Water

A bit of a contradiction, you can seem both lighthearted and serious. That's because you're good at going with the flow - but you also are deep. Highly intuitive, you tune in to people's emotions and moods easily. You are able to tap into deep emotional connections and connect with others. You prefer a smooth, harmonious life - but you can navigate your way around waves. You have a knack for getting people to get along and making life a little more peaceful.


There's a very narrow bug on my window. (This time, the one without the screen, the one I do open when it gets sauna-like in here, despite my allergies and phobias.) It has a long black thing sticking out its end, and it looks like it has yellow-like stripes - does this mean it's a bee? If so, what's up with all the bees over the past 2 days? I don't recall seeing a lot of bees over here before. And I'm terrified of bees. So this would make me freak out if there were suddenly a lot of bees over here. Eww! I mean, they couldn't have built a hive on a brick building, could they? And if they did, wouldn't the window washers have found it and reported it to be cleaned out?

It's still on the window. And I just saw a few other things flying around outside. Why are bugs flying so high up in the air? They don't need to be 30 flights up. There are no flowers growing in the dirt 30 floors up. Go away! Ewwwwwwwww. Hate bugs... Anxiety producing things!

Okay, must try to forget about bees. Hate bees. Freaked out at the killer bees on Alias that day. I'm putting them out of my mind... back to shareholder contribution exceptions..


Set alarm for 9:30 am? Check.

Wake up with alarm? Check.

Wake up with alarm thinking it had just gone off but it had been going off for at least an hour? Check.

Oh well. At least I was done with Chapter 6 by 1:30. Onto troubled companies!


Not sure who I was hoping to get ... maybe Jenn or Steph, but I knew I wouldn't get Steph because I'm not as tough physically as she is. I can live with Caryn. ;-) At least it wasn't Katie! :)

Your Survivor Palau Twin is Caryn

Sullen and serious, people don't see you as a threat.

Little do they know how underhanded you can be!


It's strange. I was sitting here tackling §163 and all of a sudden started thinking about the robbers in the movie Home Alone. And then started wondering why 2 things didn't happen in the movie (that I can remember): (a) the police weren't called even after he knew there would be a robbery; and (b) the parents didn't realize he was missing even after they had an outstanding airline ticket in their possession (they must have had it, right?). Anyway, completely irrelevant to interest deductions. And I don't know how that movie popped into my head so randomly either. Oh well.

Time to bop around to Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" on Club 977 while typing about preferred stock.


I guarantee that if I took this blog quiz 3 years ago before going to law school, I would have gotten a different answer on my dominant thinking style. Because when I was answering the questions I just kept thinking about how I would solve the problems in the context of work or school, and those problems are a lot more specific and methodical than problems in the real world. In any event, this is my brain on law school... look what it's done to me! It's drained me!

Your Dominant Thinking Style:


Super logical and rational, you consider every fact available to you.
You don't make rash decisions and are rarely moved by emotion.

You prefer what's known and proven - to the new and untested.
You tend to ground those around you and add stability.

Your Secondary Thinking Style:


You're all about looking at the facts, and you could always use more of them.
You see life as your lab - and you're always trying out new things, people, and ideas.

The master of mix and match, you're always coming up with unique combinations.
You are good at getting a group to reach consensus.


Finished Chapter 5 (hallelujah!) and am on page 3 of Chapter 6. I could do more, but I really think this body of mine could use some sleep. After all, tomorrow is the last day before the exam. I have to push really hard to try to get through all 4 remaining chapters during the day, read the old exams and articles, and browse the Powerpoint presentations. My goal (I have serious doubts about it, but I must try as hard as I can... of course, this is all contingent on waking up on time and I am seriously worried) is to be done with all of this by 7 so I can watch Contender and the finales of Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy. And then I'll read over some more studying stuff while taking a warm bubble bath. It's an old exam ritual and I think the apartment will still be cool enough for it, and goodness knows, my upper back desperately needs it.

(And yes, the boring subject lines are because I can't be bothered to think of anything better while studying, and I am rationalizing that, since I am "wasting time" by posting, at least I am not wasting time thinking of titles. Hopefully, "real" blog posts and/or titles coming soon.)

Going to head to bed... and hopefully gear up for a packed day tomorrow. I wonder if I'll end up dreaming about tax ramifications. But with the amount of sleep I'll probably get, I probably wouldn't even remember if I did. Good night!


Aww! There's a cute baby elephant running around in this fenced in area playing with other medium sized elephants and big family elephants on Animal Planet right now. I love baby elephants. (I love most baby animals, but there's nothing wrong with that.) I think they're absolutely adorable. And aww! It's holding on to its Momma's tail with its trunk as they're walking. What a cutie. :)

[Page 119... almost there, almost there!]


Uh oh... I'm getting sucked into the infomercial for the Ultimate Love Songs collection. This happens every time I watch this infomercial. But it's the 8 cd set that's good, not the 2 cd set I saw somewhere. It's not a bad deal... 150 songs for $120... I guess... but I'd still like it for cheaper. :)

Here and now, I promise to love faithfully... you are so beautiful to me... I want to know what love is, I want you to show me... somewhere out there, if love can see us through... wherever you go, whatever you do, I will be right here waiting for you...

What a great set. :)

I wonder... since I'm watching Channel 70 (Food Network), if I flip one channel up (E!), will it be the infomercial for Girls Gone Wild like it always is? That would be some contrast... the romantic melody of "Have I told you lately that I love you" v. girls pulling up their shirts. I like this one better.

Page 112. 9 more pages. I can do this. (Of course, that's just this chapter, but it's a huge hurdle. Granted, I am now skimming and not reading as thoroughly as I was a few days ago, but who has the time?) Must keep repeating to myself, "I can do this."

I want chicken tacos. 3:30 am is not the time to be wanting chicken tacos. Sigh.


It hit 109 degrees in Phoenix? As I'm sitting in my living room under a down blanket doing my reading, quite comfortably... it just sounds odd that it could possibly be that hot outside. :)

Tax is still the worst, but accounting is coming in second, it seems. Sigh.


Yeah, so about that breakdown point...

Please, please, please... if you let me pass this exam for Monday, I will not complain about all the studying yet to do for the other 3 exams. (Not the bar though, that's just... different.) I won't. I'll make that promise. Just please please please... somehow let this stuff sink into my brain and let it show during the exam. Because it's really not right now... and I don't know what to do with myself.



Ha. Funny. I went from watching (the very skinny) Lindsay Lohan on SNL (she totally looked better in Mean Girls), to watching Hilary Duff on Lizzie McGuire.

And I'm only on page 55 of the same friggin' chapter I've been on all day. This is absolutely ridiculous. I wish there were a pill I could take that would implant all of this knowledge into my brain. I really really really really really really really really really hope I pass this class. *bites nails*

Saturday, May 21, 2005


There's a little baby bee in-between the window and the screen in the living room. It has the little yellow stripes and everything. And its front tweezer things were snipping - is it a bee? It has a 2 part body - is it a bee? It looks like a bee. I stared at it for a while. It was freaking me out. I hate bees. I hate bugs. It's inside the screen! And it's big! So how did it get there? If it could get in the screen, could it get in the window? Argh, phobia...


It's primetime on a Saturday and all I can think is, "so many TV choices!"

Granted, none of them are first-run programming, but they're still compelling nonetheless. I'm still going to work, but my brain is having trouble listening to one channel/program for too long. (QVC, then Food Network, then TV Guide Channel, then Telemundo...)

So what's on?

NBC is showing an episode of Crossing Jordan that I've already seen.

ABC is showing the Lost clip show.

CBS is showing a rerun of Without a Trace.

Telemundo is showing the last episode of the Contender dubbed in Spanish.

TNT is showing Drumline.

And USA is showing SVU.

So many choices! :) But I must find something I can work to... something I can watch while learning about reverse subsidiary cash mergers. (I'm okay with this too - it's not tax, and my brain feels less muddled as a result. I'm so not meant to be a tax lawyer.)

Pizza will be here in an hour. It will be yummy and good, and the leftovers I need for exam lunches... but it's definitely not helping my waistline. Haha.

I think right now, the Lost clip show is winning. Since networks have dispensed with the idea of first-run Saturday programming (understandable), I wish they'd just use the night to show reruns of shows, or encores of that week's shows, instead of movie nights. It would make my task of trying to catch all the shows so much easier. Because it's all about my TV viewing. :)

Right. Back to reverse subsidiary cash mergers.


Oh. Maybe it's back yard. Because they were talking about patios. But still... why would you want your yard to look dark and fiery like tribal council? I just don't get it... even if I'm so excited about this Mayan ruins thing this season.

Whoa. Promo for Monday's 24 (that's my reward for surviving this exam on Monday... but it's not really a reward, because regardless of how I do, I'm watching it... I can only hope that I know enough to pass by the time the exam starts and that I don't freeze). It looks so good.

No more watching promos... sales tax, title insurance, antitrust... that's what I'm supposed to be doing.


I was channel surfing (Rachael Ray's Inside Dish + antitrust don't mix), and on the TV Guide channel (the program guide channel), they're talking about making over people's places to look like TV shows. This woman on now wants her bedroom to look like Sex and the City, but when I switched over, they were talking about Survivor, and this guy said, "Make my front yard look like tribal council."

Are you serious? You want your front yard to look like tribal council? Why?


Your Extroversion Profile:

Sociability: High
Activity Level: Medium
Assertiveness: Medium
Cheerfulness: Medium
Friendliness: Medium
Excitement Seeking: Low

Dammit, Marissa. Purchase Price. Representations and warranties. NOW.


I had to stop watching QVC. I can only take so much Bob Mackie wearable art. Yes, they've moved on to the electronics hour, but I've seen these products too much, so it's time to find something else to use as background noise. So now Alton Brown is making yummy looking food and yelling "oh yeah" at papayas.

I haven't done much:.
  • Chapter 1: 21 pages
  • Chapter 2: 57 pages
  • Chapter 3: 43 pages
  • Chapter 4: 83 pages - except pgs 61-79 (which is a lot!)
  • Chapter 5: 121 pages - on page 12
  • Chapter 6: 27 pages
  • Chapter 8: 36 pages
  • Chapter 9: 36 pages
  • Chapter 10: 41 pages
Help, I want to take down the recyclable bottles instead of read... but at least it's not about tax stuff right now... that makes it a little more palatable. But this Lowe's ad makes me want to paint my apartment... which is ludicrous since I'm moving in August. But yeah, I want pink walls... or light blue...

Must resist urge to go to Bath & Body Works... must learn about acquisitions...


I haven't done much so far today. At this point yesterday, I was finishing Chapter 3 as my stomach growled and begged for food in the library. Today, I've had a stomachache, read to page 61 (went to sleep on 59), skipped to page 79, read a paragraph there, had hot dogs for lunch, sorted and washed out recycling, washed a load of laundry and cleaned out old airline boarding passes.

But must get back to work. Must finish this chapter! Since I've skipped a bunch of pages, I'm almost there, and almost on to the next one. Must make progress! Rah rah rah! Right...


I was trying not to make another list for awhile (like a few days), but since I'm brushing my teeth, I think I'm allowed a brief reprieve from tax.

I'm going through the book for Monday's exam, with breaks to stretch and constantly trying to work a few knots out of my upper back to the point where I think I may have rubbed the skin down significantly. But I'm floundering in long sentences, long paragraphs, long chapters... and I need to figure out just how much I have left to do (and just how much trouble I am in! Short answer: a lot!).
  • Chapter 1: 21 pages
  • Chapter 2: 57 pages
  • Chapter 3: 43 pages
  • Chapter 4: 83 pages - on page 52
  • Chapter 5: 121 pages (oh goodness...)
  • Chapter 6: 27 pages
  • Chapter 8: 36 pages
  • Chapter 9: 36 pages
  • Chapter 10: 41 pages
I don't know how much more of this I can take. The bar/bri schedule scares me, as does their suggestion that you must study 5-9 hours a day outside of the 4 hours of class time. My brain can't handle this without a vacation! Or sleep...

Back to the exciting world of accounting now... and then I'm putting myself to bed. Do you think I'll finish in time without having a mental breakdown?


I was writing a post (and am in the middle of it), but I just wanted to say that I hate how I am conditioned to press ctrl+S at the end of every sentence and/or phrase because of school, because that makes your posts publish before you finish them.

Friday, May 20, 2005


"I have watched every single episode this week."

QVC has "episodes"? I thought they just had themed hours, like gold jewelry hour or cooking hour. It's too bad I don't have ShopNBC to switch back and forth. There are so many home shopping networks on NY TV.

It's not like I order anything... the only thing I've seriously contemplated ordering was that Apprentice panini grill. I just watch for... my own amusement.

I'm only page 15 of this chapter... and I was on page 8 when I went in and out of naps for 2 hours a few hours ago. But it's been a few hours and I'm only on page 14. This is really not a good thing, seeing as how the next chapter is even longer than the one I'm currently "reading." It's the tax stuff that kills me. I just start drowning in the long paragraphs and incomprehensible sentences. It's like reading an entirely different language - with no glossary or dictionary to help (that's the part I can't stand the most! Am I just supposed to know what these things are by myself? That wasn't a prerequisite).

Part of me really regrets taking this. I'm sure I'll really regret it if it keeps me from graduating (you don't understand, this isn't just talk, it's a real present fear). But right now? I have to finish this friggin' chapter so I can move on. Sigh.


I hate hammering.

But actually, I hate subwoofers more. I'll take this intermittent hammering if it means Neighbor won't turn up the bass on Eminem.

Today really doesn't feel like a Friday.


I love this line from TV Guide Online's The Biz column:

"If you watch every grim crime show in prime time next season, by this point of the week you're going to want to kill yourself."

It's so true. The majority of the new shows are either supernatural shows (Lost-copycats) or crime dramas (and there's so many of them). At least there's some soaps on the schedule.

So here's what I need to do to complete my TV obsession (and create my own record for the fall): Comment on Fox. Go through the grid by time slot to figure out what shows I am interested in. Figure out what new shows I like most. Then, your torture (if you're actually reading, which I doubt anyone is) is over. :)


My head feels like it's going to explode. I really want to go to sleep. I feel sick and ragged. And it's almost 2 am which will do wonders for my "sleep a decent amount" prescription. Friggin' school. Damn flow-through entities. I want to throw the book across the room, but that would hit the TV and make me very sad, which would precipitate a mental breakdown. Wheee.

Dammit. Stop complaining and read more tax crap. Friggin' tax. Argh.


Damn. The second half of this season of Alias, and especially yesterday's episodes, were definitely enough to help me forget the horror that was S3 and Lauren Reed. Thank you JJ for finally bringing back our beloved Irina.

The week's not over yet (well, for all intents and purposes, it is - Numb3rs isn't on tomorrow), but it's been a great week for the couples on prime time TV. At least the ones I love. It's not that great things are happening to them all the time on their shows, but the emotion leaping off the screen - they've done a fantastic job. There's a reason I end up drenched in tears...

Tony & Michelle, Sun & Jin, Syd & Vaughn, Jack & Irina... it's been a good week. I know finales and sweeps always bring the best episodes of the season, but why can't every week be this good?

Thursday, May 19, 2005


The upfronts for Fox and UPN were both today, but I'll do UPN first because it's faster.

What do I watch on UPN? Not much. I prefer the WB. :) I catch America's Next Top Model on occasion (usually when it's rerun on Fridays) and wanted to watch Veronica Mars, but there was always too much on during that time slot.

One on One: Don't know what that is.
All of Us: I guess I really don't watch much UPN because otherwise I might see promos and know what these shows are.
Girlfriends: See above.
Half and Half: See above.

(My neighbor just turned his subwoofer on. Jerk.)

America's Next Top Model repeats: I like repeats. Although there's more stuff on Tuesdays than Fridays (where they are this season).
Sex Lies & Secrets: Some new drama with Denise Richards. No idea.

America's Next Top Model: This show is such a guilty pleasure.
Veronica Mars: I still want to watch this show and I keep hearing how great it is... But UPN scheduled it against Lost? Are they really trying to kill it more than it already was?

Everybody Hates Chris: Comedy inspired by Chris Rock's childhood experiences. Supposedly it's hilarious. I'd check it out... but this time slot is way too crowded. (Alias, OC, Survivor)
Eve: Don't watch.
Cuts: No idea.
Love Inc.: Some new Shannen Doherty as matchmaker sitcom. Probably won't watch.

I'm just realizing that I really watch NOTHING on UPN except ANTM! I pay so little attention to UPN that I've never even heard of these shows!

WWE Smackdown: Nope.

Yeah... I'm not a UPN person. Clearly. :) But ANTM is fun. :)


I'm behind on my upfronts opinions. Oops. That's what happens when I read the schedule but people can see my screen, so I don't blog. CBS looks like it has a solid schedule, full of crime dramas. Will the TV audiences ever get sick of procedurals? I do like crime shows though... just don't watch CSI.

What do I watch on CBS?
  • Amazing Race
  • Numb3rs
  • Survivor
  • Without a Trace
  • Two and a Half Men (sometimes)
Last year, I only watched Amazing Race and Survivor. Luckily, Numb3rs came along. :)

The King of Queens: Don't watch.
How I Met Your Mother: I've heard it's supposed to be really funny.
Two and a Half Men: I like this show, just never get to see it because of 24.
Out of Practice: No opinion.

NCIS: Don't watch.
Amazing Race: Yippee! It has a permanent time slot!
Close to Home: Female prosecutor show... how exactly is this supposed to differ from Judging Amy?

Still Standing: Don't watch.
Yes Dear: Don't watch.
Criminal Minds: Elite squad of FBI profilers. I could go for that. If Lost didn't have this time slot...
CSI:NY: Don't watch.

Survivor: Guatemala: I am so excited about seeing the Mayan ruins. Poor Alias. (But it's not like I'm going to give it up for Survivor...)
CSI: Kind of bores me now...
Without a Trace: Hit-or-miss, but usually good.

Ghost Whisperer: Jennifer Love Hewitt talks to ghosts? Medium without crime?
Threshold: Extraterrestrials and alien invasions. I could watch that. (After all, I usually watch Stargate, which repeats during the night, so it's okay.)
Numb3rs: Yay for the Eppes family!

60 Minutes: Don't watch.
Cold Case: Not bad, but just like CSI, I don't watch.
CBS Sunday Movie: I have other stuff to watch. :)

I was never a big CBS watcher, so I wonder if I'll be adding more to my schedule next season. We'll see. :) I'm excited that the full TV grid is up now that the upfronts are over. Going through that once I'm done with the networks will be fun.

(And I bet this is extremely boring for everyone reading, so sorry!) :)


I had to delay my Lost and Alias watching last night because of the school's graduation dinner, so I feel off-kilter. (I watched Lost before sleeping - something I try not to do because it makes me think a lot! - and still haven't seen Alias yet. Grrr.) I'll catch up tonight.

But I have to say: Lost delivered. Not many shows can make me go from nailbiting anticipation to tears streaming down my face within a matter of minutes. And I was a total crybaby with the episode. The craziest part? There's two more hours of the finale left! The quality of "Exodus, Part One" was up to par with most shows' season finales - but this isn't even the end!

Some people complain about there being so much backstory on Lost, so many flashbacks. But that's one of the best parts of the show. Would we be so invested in these characters, in their future, in their relationships if we didn't know so much about their backstories? Would we tear up as much at their present events if we didn't know their pasts, if we hadn't accompanied them on their journeys from who they were to who they are now? I think that would have to be answered in the negative. The show is about storytelling; that's its strength. Of course, some episodes are stronger than others, but the show isn't without a plan. And the storytelling is amazing.

I know Desperate Housewives gets all the attention, but I think Lost far surpasses it as the best new show of this TV season. (And I'm a big DH fan too, but honestly? Lost is a step above.) If you haven't been able to watch it this season, don't worry - ABC is re-airing the entire show over the summer before the DVDs come out in September. I highly recommend it.

I can't wait until next Wednesday to find out what else happens! Although perhaps I shouldn't want Wednesday to come too soon, because that would mean I've already taken 3 exams - none of which I'm close to prepared for (especially the first one!). But next Wednesday will be a great TV watching night. I'm so excited. And it's not about finding out whether Carrie or Bo is the ultimate chosen one. I've got to know what happens to the castaways.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

More of the Same

I guess I should remind myself that things change, so maybe there's hope for Alias. After all, this year it was scheduled to come back in its familiar Sunday slot, and we were able to get it on Wednesdays with Lost (when the Bachelor bombed and DH was a hit). But all those moves were made because Alias was a midseason show. There's less maneuvering room now, but maybe it will all still work out. Sigh. I don't want next season to be the last one!


ABC didn't present a terrible schedule. It looks like they want to try to be competitive every night of the week (except Saturday, but who watches on Saturdays anymore?). But I can't help but wonder if they're screwing themselves over by playing around with all the time slots and days. I guess this will all be a lot clearer once all the other networks present their upfronts and everyone can look at the overall grid... but I'm still upset about the loss of the JJ combo.

What did I watch on ABC this year?
  • Lost
  • Alias
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Boston Legal
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Eyes
Except for Eyes (sigh), they're all coming back (but that was known long long ago). ABC is doing well, but they didn't even give Eyes a chance in another time slot. It was a creative show, but they just didn't care. Oh well. (Personally, I'm more upset about the Contender and Jack & Bobby, but this isn't great either.)

Monday (2005)
Wife Swap: Is this the Nanny 911/Trading Spouses slot? It's like the dysfunctional family hour. I like this show though, but I'm not sure the ratings will be as good on Mondays because of the MNF problem. (See: The Benefactor - in some regions, it's played after MNF which seems problematic.)
MNF: It'll do fine. :)

Monday (2006)
The Bachelor: Why hasn't this been cancelled yet?? Please.
Emily's Reasons Why Not: Sounds okay, but not overly compelled by the description.
Jake in Progress: Never really wanted to watch this based on the promos, and don't really care that it's coming back.
What About Brian: I'll check this out for a couple of reasons. It's a JJ show, and it sounds like it could be an interesting show. And it's different from its time slot competition - doesn't sound like there's very much crime. :)

According to Jim: Don't really watch it. It's amusing, but other stuff is on then (for me).
Rodney: Don't watch.
Commander-in-Chief: Female president drama... could be interesting, could be boring, could be good drama, could be preachy. Who knows.
Boston Legal: Against SVU... hmm. But we were all hoping Blind Justice would get cancelled and it would get this time slot this season, so I suppose this is good.

George Lopez: Why is comedy a lead-in for Lost?
Freddie: Again, why is comedy a lead-in for Lost? Not compelled by this new comedy.
Lost: Why couldn't you leave Wednesdays alone, ABC? What's your problem?? But I'll be there for Lost. Can't skip it.
Invasion: Another of the Lost copycats. But it sounds like it could be interesting - aliens living among us. I'll wait for a promo/the first episode. It's not like I watch anything else here (except for Eyes... grr.) I want my Wednesday drama night back! Bitter.

Alias: I love Alias, and this makes me scared. On the one hand, it's good, a vote of confidence. On the other hand, it could get slaughtered by Survivor and that could doom another season of the show. (And that would be horrible.) This really makes me nervous. But I'll be watching.
The Night Stalker: Eh, I know they're going for "spooky" but unless the promo or reviews draw me, it doesn't sound like it's all that different from a lot of movies out there.
Primetime Live: Don't watch.

Supernanny: Don't watch.
Hope & Faith: Amusing, but usually don't watch it. (I'm sorry, I watch the Sci-Fi channel on Fridays, except for Numb3rs.)
Hot Properties: Trying too hard to be the new Sex and the City. And honestly, I bet a lot of the people who want to live the SATC life aren't home on Friday nights.
20/20: Don't watch.

Sunday (the only thing that stayed the same!)
Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Cute, but stopped watching for Contender.
Desperate Housewives: Will own this time slot again.
Grey's Anatomy: Will probably own this time slot again too.

That's it from me about ABC. I think NBC has a much worse schedule than ABC (like this year), but ABC is mixing things up a lot. We'll see how it goes. I want my Alias!


More thoughts on the ABC schedule later once I've processed it, but right now, I'm just a ball of fury (in class) about ABC splitting up Lost & Alias, and moving Alias to Thursdays for next season. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!!!

Is there any network that is screwing around with their schedule as much as ABC? Almost every single show is in a new night and/or time, except for Sunday nights. Argh, this is horrible. I think next season might really end up being Alias's last, especially with this time slot, which sucks if Sydney can't do any fighting scenes. (Rambaldi prophecy??) Arrrrrrgh.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Right After 24

Is it normal for me to be this distressed over Tony and Michelle's situation? (On 24, if you have no idea what I'm talking about.) It's half an hour later and inside my head, I'm still screaming, "No! Tony! No!" And I was crying and screaming through the whole end of the episode and the previews. Is this normal? I was practically throwing a temper tantrum through the whole end of the episode because I was so distressed. Next Monday night can't come soon enough!!


I fell asleep. My eyes just wouldn't stay open as I read, so I figured setting my alarms for a nap would be better than accidentally dozing off. (And I'd be less mad with myself.) But although my phone alarm doesn't have a snooze button, I just kept resetting the alarm! Oops. So I napped on and off for about half an hour. Oops.

I do feel a little better though. I feel like I could go back to sleep, but I also feel like I can get some work done now. I guess that's a good thing, although I'm still so tired.

Going to go try to read and stop searching the web for analyses of the 2005 upfronts. I don't think they're going to be all that surprising; NBC's list surely was what all the TV critics predicted. Okay, reading time.


The more I think about it, the more I'm going to miss the Contender. NBC said the key was getting a female audience to watch boxing and they don't think they were able to do that. But except for Alvin who watches it with me, everyone else I know who watches the Contender is female! I think more people watch than the ratings show. It's a shame that there won't be a C2. And I don't even like regular boxing! But the show's good, I tell you.

QVC is trying to sell "yoga" attire. It's making me laugh because these models are trying to do yoga while modeling the clothing, and it's just too funny. I've never done yoga like they are. Hahahahahaha.

Okay, time to do work. At least until Angel's on. I may have to turn off QVC if I laugh too much because of the "yoga." Hahaha.


Okay, I've read the press release.

My first thought: "NBC couldn't possibly have used the word 'upscale' in their release any more times than they did. I get it, they want to characterize themselves as the 'upscale' viewer network."

My second thought: "I don't think they're going to be #1 with the schedule they've got." Maybe they won't end up #4 again, but I don't think this line-up is going to push them to #1. They've kept a lot of their old shows, which isn't a terrible thing, but I'm not seeing the breath of fresh air that they keep saying they're bringing to the table. Of course, I'm not a TV expert or insider, and I haven't seen any of the new shows and they could be amazing. But this is just my first take.

Here's their released schedule:

Fathom: "A new form of sea life begins to appear in locales all over the earth." That doesn't really tell me too much about the show, so I'm interested in seeing a promo for it, but I'm not compelled to watch the show based on the idea alone.
Las Vegas: Pretty pretty decoration. I used to watch this back when it first started, but not anymore. (Especially since 24 has this time slot this season!)
Medium: Yay! I love this show.

Biggest Loser: I watched this whenever I had time this past season. Good show, had some issues with some of the weighing concepts & obsession with numbers, but it's so much better than those makeover shows. Not a surprise return though, since they were casting over the winter (was it winter?).
My Name is Earl: I don't watch many comedies on TV anymore, but if it gets good buzz, I might check it out.
The Office: Never seen the BBC version, the first episode of the US version was okay, but Amazing Race was on and I got bored..
Law & Order: SVU: Yay, my favorite L&O.

Apprentice Martha Stewart: This should be fun.
E-Ring: New show that I am compelled by. Good producer (Bruckheimer), stars (Benjamin Bratt & Dennis Hopper), takes place in the Pentagon. Looks like it could be a good drama. Although if Wednesdays are anything like they are now, they're way overcrowded. But that's what taping is for.
L&O: I watch it if it's on. Although thanks to Medium & Numb3rs (and even SVU), the original L&O just seems so ... slow, nowadays.

Joey: Don't watch.
Will & Grace: I liked the show in the past, but I can't believe it's still going.
Apprentice 4: I heard there's some pretty people in the TA4 cast. :)
ER: Don't watch.

Three Wishes: Could be a nice "wish come true" reality show. Better than a makeover show.
Dateline NBC: Don't watch.
Inconceivable: Sounds like Grey's Anatomy in a fertility clinic. We'll see. If Numb3rs still has this time slot, I'm loyal to them instead. (Hmm, no TBJ... oh well.)

Dateline NBC: Again?
West Wing: New time slot? Wonder if it will make any difference. (Boo, this was Contender's time slot.) Still don't watch.
Law & Order: CI: Mr. Big!! I mean, Detective Logan!! :) But Desperate Housewives (if it's in the same place...)
Crossing Jordan: Yay, that's back too. Even though I usually catch reruns.

Not too dissatisfied with this list of shows. But like I said, I don't see the new shows (not that many of them either) propelling them to the top of the charts (especially if AI is as strong as it is now). Scrubs, Fear Factor and 2 other comedies come back "at some point" in the year. I guess that's good news for Scrubs fans (don't really watch).

But E-Ring intrigues me. (Like the only thing on the list of new shows I'm really into.) I wonder if it will be more like West Wing or more action, like 24 and Alias. We shall see. :)

Edit: Oh that's right! After reading Zap2it, I realized that American Dreams is also gone. (Like many had predicted.) How sad... I didn't really watch the show, but I thought it was good. Oh well.

Another Monday

I woke up today and the first thing I asked was, "What day is it?"

I think Alvin must have thought I was crazy as he answered, "Monday..."

Me: "I thought it was Saturday!"

Don't ask me why I thought it was Saturday. The radio station I wake up to always plays Desperate Housewives stuff on Monday morning, so I should have known it was Monday. I knew yesterday was Sunday. But I think in my dream, my family and a whole bunch of people were supposed to go visit a museum later in the day and I woke up so excited about going on a trip that finding out it was Monday was just such a bummer.

And I was so excited about having a whole free day ahead of me once I realized I was awake but before I knew it was Monday... what a letdown.

But the good news about it being Monday is that it's upfronts week and NBC just released next year's schedule. :) NBC is sort of my back-up network - usually I have shows I like to watch first, but if they're not on, I'll be able to find something on NBC. (I'm sure they'd love to hear that...) I haven't read the press release yet, but here's what I'm looking for from NBC.

What I watched on NBC this year:
  • Crossing Jordan (sometimes)
  • L&O: all (mostly watch SVU, catch the original & CI whenever, not much invested in TBJ)
  • Medium
  • Apprentice
  • Contender
  • Revelations (occasionally)
That's it. I'd like them all to come back (well, Revelations, if it comes back, should come back as a real mini-series and not this 6 week thing), but I only watch 3 shows on NBC on a regular basis. Medium should be back since it's doing well, I already know they're taping TA4, but the Contender, I'm not sure about. It's like J&B - a good show no one's watching.

Off to read the press release. :) ABC and WB are tomorrow - now those I'm really looking forward to reading.


I just checked my blog stats. Funny how every Sunday night, the number of searchers coming here looking for the theme songs to the Contender and Grey's Anatomy skyrockets. Look what I've done to this blog by constantly talking about how I don't have them... sigh.

With my curiosity piqued by these searches, I ran a search on Google to see if my site comes up, and after 3 pages of results (or thereabouts), it doesn't. Well, that's comforting. (I only searched for Grey's Anatomy, not the Contender, since I know I went on and on about loving the theme song for Contender when it first came out.)

Then I went to Yahoo. Are you serious? First page of results? No friggin' way... But what I find interesting is that the snippets of the site that come up on the search results talk about how I don't know the song for GA. Yet it still leads people here. Oh well, I can't do anything about it. (Damn, I just searched for Contender and I'm really high up there. Yikes.)

But I'm not putting these 2 topics on those "searched but not here" lists anymore. I think the point's been made. I knew it would end up drawing more incorrect traffic, but who knew just how much. Oh well. At least I like both shows, so I'm not saying anything negative here!

Now, I'm really going to sleep. Let's see if I learn any Contracts overnight. :)

End of the Day

Going to bed (yay before 12:30 am, I hope)... how did I do today?
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Finish venture capital chapter 2
  • Marriage packet 3 - first half, second half
  • Monday's Con Law reading
  • Kickboxing break
  • Yoga break
  • Pilates break
  • Ballet break
  • Dance break
  • Watch Jack & Bobby season finale on EasyView
  • Tape Survivor 3 hour finale
  • Watch Contender
  • Watch Desperate Housewives
  • Watch Grey's Anatomy
  • Sleep early
Can you learn things by playing audio CDs while you're sleeping? Does that really work? I hope so, as I have been listening to bar review CDs while I'm asleep for the past couple of days as an experiment. I suppose if listening while sleeping doesn't help, it certainly doesn't hurt. I wonder if anything has soaked in. I hear about 2 minutes before I go to sleep, since I fall asleep as soon as or while my head is hitting the pillow. Kind of sad how tired I am these days. :)

I'm really going to miss Jack & Bobby as there is a strong probability that it won't be renewed for next season. It was a fantastic finale; they did a good job wrapping up the show as both a season finale and/or a series finale. I cried. As I figured I would. It's the only show I cried with today though. I suppose that's an accomplishment. ;-)

Tomorrow: class, class, lunch, studying, TV, gym, dinner, 24, TV, studying, sleep. Another Monday.

Hope you had a good weekend! (And let me know about that learning while asleep thing - will it work?)

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Midday Baguettes

Let's see how I've done with my to-do list after a few hours of QVC.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Finish venture capital chapter 2
  • Marriage packet 3 - first half, second half
  • Monday's Con Law reading
  • Kickboxing break
  • Yoga break
  • Pilates break
  • Ballet break
  • Dance break
  • Watch Jack & Bobby season finale on EasyView
  • Tape Survivor 3 hour finale
  • Watch Contender
  • Watch Desperate Housewives
  • Watch Grey's Anatomy
  • Sleep early
I guess I've gotten some stuff done. I crossed off the first half of the packet, but I haven't finished typing my notes to it yet, so I guess it's not quite done. But I'm off to do that now that I had a 5 minute nap and about 10 minutes of yoga. I think I can try to get it done before J&B starts on the WB.

I have this horrible pain on the left side of my neck and right on the point of my left shoulderblade. I think one reason I got so little done last night is that all I was doing was trying to massage it out. That takes a lot of time! I think I need a chiropractic adjustment and a therapeutic massage. Mmm.

Bags of Laughs

"I'm tired of having bags and bags of paper piled up because I have no way to get rid of them. And I have to bring them to my son's house because I have no room for them."
- Caller on QVC about the paper shredder

Are you kidding me? Paper shredders have been around for so long, and they're not that expensive. There are sales all the time (even cheaper than QVC!). I'm sure QVC has had paper shredders before. You're seriously telling me that this woman has piled up bags of papers she wants to get rid of, but has just never known that there was a shredder before? Goodness.

I couldn't stop laughing. It's sad, but true. I laugh at other people's comments. That's part of my joy at watching QVC. Laughing at callers on occasion, and also laughing at some of the rings from the last hour's showcase. They would take up half of my finger and there was this turquoise one that was especially laugh-worthy.

Sorry if I've offended anyone who liked the turquoise ring or who didn't know paper shredders existed. Not personal, but I do need a laugh when I'm reading about the right to marry. And reading on no sleep makes me slightly delusional.

Eh, not so interested in floor restorer and protectant (except for the fact that they're banging black shoes against pieces of wood, which looks like fun), so it's back to reading for me. Only a couple more hours until Jack & Bobby.

Today's To-Do's

Well, didn't quite finish everything on yesterday's list. Oh well. It was quite an idealistic list anyway. I especially didn't do the sleeping early thing. But at least I'm awake at a decent time! And I woke up all on my own with no alarms! Good for me! :)

Here's my to-do list for today, a little more realistic than yesterday (at least I think so):
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Finish venture capital chapter 2
  • Marriage packet 3
  • Monday's Con Law reading
  • Kickboxing break
  • Yoga break
  • Pilates break
  • Ballet break
  • Dance break
  • Watch Jack & Bobby season finale on EasyView
  • Tape Survivor 3 hour finale
  • Watch Contender
  • Watch Desperate Housewives
  • Watch Grey's Anatomy
  • Sleep early
The good thing about this list is that if I somehow finish all the work listed, I'll feel better about myself when I move onto the next thing. :) That could be very motivating. Hehe. :)

Delling II

HAHA. One of the guys who called up assumed the machine had Firewire and was like, "it has it, right?"

And the sales rep was forced to say, "Actually, this machine doesn't have Firewire."

That amused me. I think they hate to say on TV when their product doesn't have a specific feature. The guy did a pretty good job of spinning it though, talking about how you could implement Firewire and blah blah blah. Much better job than Tana did in the boardroom on the last Apprentice, that's for sure.

But I do laugh about how they are currently promoting Dell customer service. They're conveniently leaving out that if you call the Dell home PC user line, it's outsourced and the people don't understand you. Apparently they have a dedicated service line for QVC. I wonder if that one's outsourced too. Nothing against the people working them, it's just awfully hard to communicate sometimes when you're trying to get a problem fixed and neither one of you understands what the other is saying.

And now a guy from Philly is talking about how he planted himself on the couch because he saw the Dell show come on. He wants to give a testimonial to help viewers understand "what a product Dell is." Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. These testimonials make me laugh. Even more when people call up during other shows and are like, "these are the greatest capri pants ever!" Not convincing me. :)