Wednesday, March 05, 2008

What's Up Wednesday - March 5, 2008

I'm full of enchiladas and I'm ready to go, people! What was new with ME in the last seven days? I'm glad you asked.

The TV Show: I finished up Dead Like Me, Season Two this past week and, unsurprisingly based on my impressions of Season One, I really liked it. Until the last episode, which was weak overall, and dreadful in the last few minutes. Seriously, I felt bad after watching the last episode. I think the second-last episode would have been a really good one to end on, as it tied up plot threads and just felt like an ending. The last episode felt like a middle-of-the-road episode that they tried to make into a season-ender and failed. So it was worth watching, but I'm going to try and forget the last episode. Sort of like I try to forget most of Season Seven of Buffy, and most of Season Four of Angel.

The Comic: This one was Powers, Volume 1: Who Killed Retro Girl? Which I really should have read much much earlier than this, considering I've read every other collected volume and have the first 25 issues of the new series. I really liked this book: Mike Avon Oeming's art style's not quite as solid as it has become over the years, but it was good to see him taking risks, and it was really good to see the introductions of the characters that I've come to know over the years. And for those of you out there who don't read comics, I have my one line pitch of this book to you: It's Law & Order, Special Superpowers Unit, heavy on the Law & Order. You should read it.

The Book: I've always felt good about myself because I've never bought a single book from the "For Dummies" series book. Until this week, when I bought Knitting for Dummies. I took it out of the library a few times and found it really helpful to a long-time beginner, and since it was 30% off I had no problem bringing it home. Hopefully this will lead to a regrowth in my knitting career, something I need because of...

The Real Life: The Peach and I set out a budget. It was nerve-wracking and I hated it, but it got done. We laid out plans for paying down our student loans, my car, and our credit bills, and for saving up for a down payment on a house. Sure, that all sounds good. But it's at the cost of my good times NOW, dammit! I'm losing the good times! "The good times are over. A bug flew in my mouth." * It's not that bad, really, but for a guy who's used to instant gratification, it's a big change. But maybe knitting will be my salvation. Instead of going to movies, renting DVDs, and watching cable TV, I could knit. Wool's cheaper than Hollywood.

* - I'm thinking about starting up the Geek Points tally again. Any takers on where this is from?


Ryan Ro said...

I had a lot of the same problems when I first got married and really tried to set a budget. It's only in the last six months I've started to get good at it.

It's funny. It's not like "I got married so fun is over." It's, when I was single I delayed paying off debts and doing anything unproductive with my money in favor of NOW NOW NOW. But I will tell you, in a couple months my mastercard debt will be paid off and it's going to feel really good. It's just silly, I could have easily paid it off pre-marriage with even a little bit of money smarts. =)

I like early Powers. I fell off it somewhere around issue 20 something, but it was good stuff. I think that's also about the time I stopped buying monthlies in general though. Though I really wasn't a fan of that issue where the dude pisses on the naked girl to get his rocks off.

Anonymous said...

Ooh! I know! That's a Homestar Runner quote, isn't it?

Cara said...

We can be poor together! Well together in spirit since you'll be in Edmonton and I'll be in Calgary and there will be no money on either side to meet in the middle. Le sigh. Who thought fiscal responsibility could BE this much fun.

Gina Damberger said...

Hooray for fiscal responsibility!

Also, don't you watch most of your TV on DVD anyway? The lack of cable would be less painful if you're surrounded in DVDness that you borrowed from, say, Jago.

The Doc said...

Ro, I am looking forward to paying off debts, that's sure. Well, not paying them per se, but having them paid off. That'll be nice. For a while.

Dan, indeed! 3 points!

Cara, it's okay. I'm sure I have to head down to Calgary a few times in the next little while. We have other breakfast nooks to check out.

Gina, yes, I watch most of my tv on DVD and through *cough*other avenues*cough*, but there's no DVD of the Food Network, sadly...