May 19, 2013

Coming this Fall to a TV near you!

Yesterday I was procrastinating from revision and came across all the fall previews for this year. I'd never watched these previews before, I didn't even know they existed, cause I used to wait for shows to start airing on UK channels. Having no TV at Uni, I've since turned to streaming, I know, naughty Megan, so am in sync with the US. 

Having watched all the previews for the main channels I have to say I think I'll be glued to my laptop in September. It sort of, not really, makes up for the complete lack of TV over the Summer. Seriously, why do literally all the shows stop over Summer?

I thought I'd show you some of the shows that I really like the look of.

Sean Saves the World (NBC)
Jack from Will & Grace has a daughter!

Welcome to the Family (NBC)
Honestly? I'm watching this for Mike O'Malley but it does look ok despite that.

Dads (Fox)
A show that has Seth McFarlane as a producer? Done.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
This just looks like all kinds of hilarious and was one of the few trailers that actually made me laugh out loud.

The 100 (CW)
Again it's the cast that draws me to this, well specifically Eliza Taylor who used to be on the Australian Soap Neighbours.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (ABC)
It's a spin-off of Avengers and apparently Agent Coulson lives so what's not to like?

Intelligence (CBS)
The only drama except for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D that caught my attention. A guy has a chip in his head that basically turns him into Jarvis. 

Us & Them (Fox)
Sheer morbid curiosity is making me add this to the list. This is basically the American version of Gavin & Stacey and I'm intrigued to see how it works. Plus, Alexis Bledel.

There were others that I thought looked watchable too but these are the ones that stood out. Fox looks to have picked up the best shows in my opinion, especially if Us & Them can live up to Gavin & Stacey but we'll have to wait and see which live up to their previews.

Which shows are you gonna check out in September?

May 11, 2013

Summer Reads

In just about a week and a half (!) I'll be on my way to Orlando, Florida! As well as a week in Orlando we're also going to be in Key West for a week so in preparation for the week of sunbathing in the sun and also the loooong flights, I decided to make a few book purchases to make sure my Kindle was nice and full so I don't run out.

As well as the books I bought today, I'll also go through the other books I'll have at my disposal while I'm abroad. The one downside to the Kindle? I can't post pretty pictures of my books. Oh well, stock pictures will have to do. So, let's begin with the 4 I treated myself to today.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Angst by Victoria Sawyer
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Horologicon by Mark Forsyth
Struck by Lightning by Chris Colfer
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond

Clearly I'm not going to make it through all of these but hopefully I'll make a good dent into them. This is not also full extent of books on my to-read list, this is just most of what I have on my Kindle. I'm trying to avoid taking any actual books on holiday with me.

What are your Holiday Reads for this Summer? 

May 10, 2013

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

In recent days I've become re-obsessed with 8 Simple Rules. I used to watch it way back when, when it was on ABC1 or some other random channel in the depths of Freeview but I decided that I'd watch it from the beginning. I'd forgotten how hilarious the show was!

Today, however, I watched a not so funny episode, in fact, it was the saddest episode in the history of episodes. It was Goodbye, the first episode that didn't have John Ritter in it. Ritter played the patriarch of the Hennessy family, Paul, but sadly passed away suddenly while filming Season 2. The writers made the right choice of writing John's death into the show as opposed to re-casting him.

It's not often I cry at TV shows but this, even though it was not my first time watching it, brought serious tears to my eyes. It also got me thinking about something. In the show Bridget is upset because the last thing she ever said to her Dad was "I hate you" but then they read Paul's final article in which he writes about just that, his children's constant jibes towards him. He then goes on to say that despite what his children say, he knows they don't mean it and "for every "I hate you" there's an "I love you" not far behind". 

Words can hurt but it also depends on how you say them. I may find endless things wrong with my family and at times they may annoy the living daylights out of me but I'm pretty sure I've never told any of them that I hate them. However, I've also never told them I love them either. It's just not something that we as a family do. You may find that strange or sad but I like to think that they know the feelings are there even if they are not said.

This quote is more than perfect. While, I'm not saying you should never tell someone how you feel about them or how important they are to you, you should also show them as well. Actions speak lounder than words.

This ended up being a pretty deep post for me and I'm not sure it really has a point but these were my thoughts having watched Goodbye and I decided to write them down. I hope you found this vaguely interesting and at any rate, you should definitely go check out 8 Simple Rules if you haven't already.

R.I.P John Ritter

May 04, 2013

April Playlist 2013

This month was a little slow in terms of new music but the songs that I did discover quickly became firm favourites.

I talked about Ready or Not by Bridgit Mendler in my Guilty Pleasures video and my thoughts on the song still hold true. The lyrics are hilarious in all the wrong ways but that's why I love it and it's as catchy as hell so… Hurricane is another one from her album I've been liking, again hilarious lyrics (floppin' on a bed like a flying squirrel anyone?) but good nonetheless. This isn't groundbreaking music but if you're looking for some fun, lighthearted catchy tunes then give these a listen!

Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato went up against each other this month, both releasing the first single from their respective albums. I really like them both but Heart Attack wins it for me just because it suits Demi so much more than Come & Get It suits Selena, especially in terms of performing it live. Sorry Selena but if you can't sing and dance at the same time, just except it and stick to one or the other.

My housemate Carly is to blame completely for introducing me to The Duck Song. In all honesty I downloaded it purely for the "waddle waddle" line. Warning: if you've never heard this before, proceed with caution as it will get into your head and annoy the crap out of you indefinitely.

In April I read Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion which has a main character called Julie. This led to Julie by Take That popping into my head whenever I was reading so I felt it deserved a mention even though I haven't actually really listened to it this month.

What songs have you been listening to this month? I'd love some recommendations so let me know in the comments below!