kindkit: Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson almost kissing (DAAS: Kiss me you fool)
Tonight I watched the Jesus Christ Superstar performance that NBC aired on Sunday; I did this mostly because The Exorcist's Ben Daniels was in it, though also because I'd heard that Brandon Victor Dixon was great as Judas, and to me Judas is the most interesting character in any iteration of the Jesus story.

(I was extra inspired to watch it because Ben Daniels posted this tweet with a clip of his sassy little coat-flip that, alas, did not make the broadcast. I wish the critic who dismissed Daniels' Pontius Pilate as too macho and action-hero-y had seen it.)

Anyway, Daniels was great, Dixon was super great, Andrew Lloyd Weber can't write even passable lyrics most of the time, and I was pleasantly surprised, having never seen JCS before, when Judas got to sing a reprise of "I Don't Know How To Love Him." I had spent the entirety of Mary Magdalene's version thinking that Judas should be singing it instead.

I haven't been a believing Christian in many years, but I'm always ridiculously moved by the gospel story. Perhaps especially when it's a troubled, doubting version like this or, far more so, The Last Temptation of Christ, which came closer to making me a Christian again than even my own deliberate attempts to believe ever managed.

Also, and not as unrelatedly as it might seem, I now need to read all the Jesus/Judas slash, and all the Jesus/Pontius Pilate slash.

And to rewatch DAAS's glorious "Jesus Christ Superstar in 5 Minutes":

kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
1) This is my eighth Christmas working retail (*sigh*) and the first one in which I've hardly gotten any extra hours. The company is disappointed with sales levels, it seems.

2) Not unrelated to point 1, I've started selling blood plasma to help make ends meet. The process is less seedy and degrading than I had feared it would be. Still not the most fun I've ever had in my life, but money is useful.

3) I'm having one of those spells of feeling generally tired and unwell while not actually being sick. I don't think it's related to point 2, since it was already happening before I started selling plasma and hasn't gotten worse since I started. But it's a serious motivation killer and part of the reason I haven't been around much.

3b) I will have health insurance starting in the new year. Hooray for Obamacare while it lasts! (This is definitely a thing I should have done earlier, although it would have been more complicated at my old job, where employees were offered health insurance but it was expensive and terrible, than at my current job where part-timers aren't offered insurance at all.)

4) Definitely related to point 3, I haven't been doing much cooking and probably won't do much for Christmas. The limit of my ambition is to maybe buy a nice steak or pork chop and accompany it with some easy pre-made sides from Trader Joe's.

5) I did, however, cook a nice lentil and sausage stew yesterday. Browned some garlicky sausage plus three cloves of garlic, took it out of the pan and cooked an onion and an orange bell pepper in the remaining fat, added Puy lentils, chicken stock, bay leaf, and water to pan, simmered until lentils were about half done, added chopped mustard greens and radish tops, simmered until everything was almost done, put sausage and garlic back into the pan and simmered another 5 minutes or so. Oh, and at various cooking stages I reinforced the flavor with a few drops of Worcestershire sauce, a few drops of soy sauce, and a bit of ham dripping from my Thanksgiving ham, which has since resided in the freezer. (Seriously, if you cook a ham, pour out all the cooking juices into a shallow pan, refrigerate overnight so that you can skim off the fat, and then cut the lovely flavorful gelatinous dripping into bits and freeze it. It adds tons of flavor to soup stocks and even to vegetable dishes that would benefit from hamminess and saltiness.)

Variations of beans + sausage + greens are some of my favorite things in the world to eat.

6) The two shows I was currently watching, The Exorcist and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, both had their season finales this weekend (and both were very good). There's no word yet on whether either will get another season, and The Exorcist's situation is now even more fraught because of Disney buying Fox. Though The Exorcist's executive producer has said he'll try to take the show to Hulu or Amazon if Disney doesn't renew it.

Anyway, I feel like I've got OMG nothing to watch until The Good Place comes back from hiatus. It isn't actually true, because there's tons of stuff on Netflix, but I'm attached to those two shows and want to see more of them. There doesn't seem to be any good fanfic for The Exorcist and I can only find one good Dirk Gently writer on AO3 (it's Lavellington and I've already read all their fics).

Am I just nostalgically imagining that there used to be tons of great fanfic and now there isn't anymore? Or am I unlucky in my recent--by which I mean the last ten years or so--fandoms? My first two fandoms were Buffy and then due South, both of which had a high proportion of excellent writers, so maybe my experience since then has been regression to the mean.

7) I should go to the laundromat but I really really don't want to. I may end up hand-washing something and trying again tomorrow.
kindkit: Sailing ship at sea. (Fandomless: Blue ship)
I'm caught up on The Exorcist, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and Bojack Horseman. I don't feel like watching S3 of Broadchurch right now (especially after binge-watching S3 and S4 of Bojack Horseman over the weekend, because while BH is nominally a comedy, both it and Broadchurch are mostly about the terrible things, large and small, that people can do). And I'll probably save The Dark for a weekend binge, especially since I'm planning to get a flu shot on Friday and will be tired all weekend as a result.

Therefore, I think it is time for my second attempt at Black Sails.

*contemplates with some trepidation*

I'll fortify myself with a cup of tea first.
kindkit: Two cups of green tea. (Fandomless: Green tea)
Happy Thanksgiving to US folks who are celebrating. I decided to go for the easiest meal I could think of that was still adequately festive--ham, a potato gratin, creamed peas and onions, and Pumpkin Marble Mousse Bars from Trader Joe's for dessert. I'll have enormous amounts of leftover ham, which suits me fine.

Besides food, I've dedicated today to resting up for Black Friday. I'm actually starting work tomorrow later than I normally would, but it'll still be a ridiculously busy day.

There may be napping today, and there will definitely be the most recent three episodes of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. I started watching this last week and I'm loving it. A little bit more under the cut, but no spoilers )

No new episode of The Exorcist this week, alas. But I can understand them not wanting to air a struggling show on Black Friday. Plus, I fear that I may not be happy with the direction this episode goes, which makes waiting another week easier.
kindkit: Text: Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than to curse than darkness. (Discworld: light a flamethrower)
I had a terrible day at work, and then I got home to discover that character-related spoiler for The Exorcist )

At least the Australian postal vote on same-sex marriage is turning out strongly in favor, so the day isn't totally awful.
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
I'm now caught up with all the aired episodes of "The Exorcist" (through tonight's 2x06).

Some thoughts under the cut )
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
I've now finished S1 of The Exorcist.

In the hopes of luring more people into the fandom, I've put in a couple of images under this cut; no spoilers )

Okay, now comes the spoilery bits under this cut )


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