Category Archives: TV

My TV Series From A – Z

I updated the „I’ve watched” page on this blog on Friday and thought I’d do a short review of all the TV series I’ve so far watched this year. [I also for a short moment considered writing a „this and that happened in my life recently” post, but it’s all so ordinary and boring and … well, I’ve watched a lot of TV series recently, so mayb that’s why nothing extraordinary happened.] Anyway, a short review in alphabetical order.

Brothers & Sisters: Up until this last season (which turned out to actually be the last season of the show) I really liked this show. I had fun following the Walkers through their lives and I overlooked a lot of far-fetched storylines. But in 2010/11 the writing really went down the drain. Seriously, I was convinced that there was crack being handed around the writer’s room, because the writing was sooooo bad. I stopped watching after the first few episodes but friends told me the show got less bad later on, so I joined in again. There was still a lot of crap, but there also were nice and cute stories, and I didn’t want to abandon the Walkers after all these years. I think ABC was right to not bring the show back for another season though.

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Just a Few Thoughts…

I had planned writing two posts this weekend. One about what I’m giving up (or not giving up) for Lent this year and one about my status of health and future medical treatment and all. The one which I wanted to write ever since I made up my mind to start this treatment as making up my mind took me long enough.

But then the earthquake hit Japan and all the terrible things that happened, are happening and will happen keep my mind too occupied to sit down and write long and detailed posts about my ordinary life. It feels so insignificant. The magnitude of the events in Japan is almost impossbile to grasp. It seems impossible to fully understand what happened there and how the Japanese people must feel right now. It seems too unreal even though we see the footage of the wave tearing down everything and even though we see the explosion at the nuclear plant over and over again, because every news station is showing it over and over again. As if running it on repeat would make it even more real. I don’t know… I’m at loss for words.

I’m in this weird state of mind where on the one hand I want to stay up-to-date with the latest news all day long and on the other hand feel the need to escape the grim reality by reading a novel or watching a DVD. That worked pretty well for a couple of hours last night, when my friend came over and we watched the  “Same Same, But Different” and “The Jane Austen Book Club”. The latter almost makes me want to grab my “Pride & Prejudice” DVD and watch that movie again. I’ve decided to give “Downton Abbey” a try first though.

My inner tv/movie junkie seems to be drawn to stories from those centuries, where machines were powered by steam or coal or oil at the most. No wonder, is it?

Just for the record: I used to give up choclate for Lent since 2004, but this year I need all the chocolate I can get to keep me sane. Not because of recent events in Japan, but because of stress at work and other crap and big stuff on my mind (health, treatment and all). There is no way I can give up chocolate this year.
I will try to cut back on my internet time in the late evenings during the week instead. I tend to spend too much time online being unproductive, just passing time with rather random and useless stuff. I don’t have a distinct rule like which hour I want to turn off the computer, but I’m determined to turn it off earlier than usual. It’s not like the blogs, news sites, mails, tweets will all have disappeared the next day, because they won’t. The internet will still be here in the morning… but sometimes I know I act like it wouldn’t be.

Grey’s Anatomy 7.12 – “Start Me Up”

After spending the morning at the ER for my 2nd IV of the recent corticoidsteoroids cycle, finishing Stephen Fry’s “Moab Is My Washpot” and doing some laundry I finally found the time to write my Grey’s review. [I’m doing ok with the meds by the way, got six hours of sleep last night, in intervals, but still and didn’t feel too agitated the rest of the day (yet). If it stays this way I’ll be happy].

When I watched the episode last morning I thought it really sucked. I quickly fast forwarded through it last night and found a few bits I liked, but my opinion all in all didn’t change much. But maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood for Grey’s? I don’t know…

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Watching TV…

By now I watch most of my TV series in the original English version (unless it’s a German TV series of course). If it is not in English, it’s marked with a [G] for German. The numbers are the season/episodes details…

Being Human (UK) (1.01)
Brothers & Sisters (5.11 – 5.22)
Camelot (1.01 – 1.05)
Downton Abbey (1.01)
Gilmore Girls (1.01 – 7.22)
Grey’s Anatomy (7.11 – 7.23)
Hawaii Five-0 (1.13 – 1.20)
Mr. Sunshine (1.01 – 1.02)
Parenthood (2.11- 2.22)
Raising Hope (1.01 – 1.03)
Sherlock (1.01 – 1.03)
Switched at Birth (1.01 – 1.09)
The Big Bang Theory (4.12 – 4.24)
The Golden Hour (1.01)
The Good Wife (1.01 – 2.23)
White Collar (2.10 – 3.09)

Movies/TV List of 2010

Movies/TV List of 2009

Movies/TV List of 2008

Movies and TV Series of 2010

Basically just for my own reference. The movies are listed chronologically, the TV series alphabetically. [G/E] indicates the movies/series language.

Movies

[G] Avatar 3D (Cinema)
[G] Friendship (Cinema)
[E] Sherlock Holmes (Cinema)
[E] My Best Friend’s Wedding (DVD)
[E] An Ideal Husband (DVD)
[G] New York, I Love You (Cinema)
[G] The Blind Side (Cinema)
[E] Inspector Lynley Mysteries 3.01 – In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (DVD)
[G] Scheidung für Fortgeschrittene (TV)
[G] Remember Me (Cinema)
[G] Vincent will meer (Cinema)
[E] Inspector Lynley Mysteries 3.02 – A Traitor To Memory (DVD)
[G] Der Kommissar und das Meer – Schwarzer Engel (TV)
[G] Kiss & Kill (Cinema)
[E] Invictus (DVD)
[G] Goethe! (Cinema)
[G] Red (Cinema)
[E] Love Actually (DVD)
[E] Enchanted (DVD)
[E] It’s A Wonderful Life (DVD)
[G] Weihnachten im Morgenland (TV)
[E] Inspector Lynley Mysteries 3.03 – A Cry For Justice (DVD)

TV Series (episodes)
[E] Brothers & Sisters: 4.11 – 5.10
[E] Covert Affairs: 1.01. – 1.02
[E] Flash Forward: 1.11 – 1.12
[E] Grey’s Anatomy: 6.11 – 7.10
[E] Hawaii 5-0: 1.01 – 1.11
[E] How To Make It In America: 1.01 – 1.02
[E] Life Unexpected: 1.01 – 2.07
[E] LOST: 6.01 – 6.16
[E] North & South (mini-series, 4 parts)
[E] Parenthood: 1.01 – 2.10
[E] Raising The Bar: 2.03 – 2.11
[E] Sherlock: 1.01 – 1.03
[E] The Big Bang Therory: 1.01 – 4.10
[E] White Collar: 1.01 – 2.09

Feeling Old and Rusty…

Of course my vacation didn’t start as relaxing as I had planned it. At least not in every regard. This week I’m on snow duty, which means I have to get up early and clear the sidewalk in front of the house. Of course I could just go to bed early so that I get enough sleep, but where is the fun in a vacation if you go to bed early ;-)? I went back to bed yesterday and this morning but I never fell asleep again so that didn’t really help. I’m so so tired already and it’s just 4 PM.

Besides the lack of sleep I have som problems with my left shoulder. At first I thought I somehow had cricked it in my sleep on the weekend, but the pain and the resulting restricted movabilty of the shoulder didn’t get any better. I went to see my GP this morning i was afraid it might be an inflamation of some sort, similar to the hip problems I had in May. My GP doesn’t think it is, but that it’s “only” (hahaha) an irriation, but not yet inflamation of the tendon of the biceps muscle. The tendon is attached at the back of the shoulder and that’s where the pain occurs. Treatment? Ibuprofen, heat and rest. I’ll do my best. I even just build my own sling to put the arm in, so that I don’t automatically use this arm for everything. I’m lefthanded so I naturally tend to do things with the left hand and thus move the left arm and shoulder into all directions and it really sucks, when the most common movement results in a soaring pain at the back of the shoulder.

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My Winter Wonderland

I’m most probably in the minority with saying this, but… I don’t mind the amount of snow we are getting this year. At least not yet *g*. But honestly, I don’t feel overly troubled by it. I guess, most probably because I’m used to not having to use a car, as I don’t own one. I cover most of my distances on foot or by train, sometimes by bus, but that not necessarily. I definitely get through my days and weeks without a car. Train services in the metro region haven’t been too messed up in the last few days, at least not on the lines I use.
The second reason, why the snow doesn’t bother me that much: I’m off work till January 4th. I haven’t planned a trip to anywhere during this time, I’m staying home and if the snow keeps up I’ll also be staying in and I don’t mind. I’ve got enough books and DVDs to keep me busy. Having two relaxing weeks was the plan in the first place. As long as electricity and the internet are working I’ll be fine :-)

On Friday I wrote down all the various things I want to take care of during my vacation, but I haven’t really started working on any item of that list. I might have to start with making a list with the things I want to get done tomorrow. Baby steps *g*
I started catching up with my TV shows, which I neglected over the last few weeks. I watched episode 8 of “Life Unexpected” and I’m not very much inclined to continue watching. I thought Kate was annoying for a long time now and now Lux is really pissing me off as well. She is such a selfish little bitch. Well, that was my thought at the end of the episode at least. Baze and Emma? Mmmh, not so sure what to think of this couple yet. I haven’t really gotten a big fan of Emma so far. I don’t mind her, but… well, I’ll put this show on the backburner for now.

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