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Tea for Fangirls June 8, 2014

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You know when a friend keeps talking about something so much that you have to say fine and try it for yourself? This has recently occurred with me and Adagio Tea. My friend, Lisa, kept posting these reviews of this tea with the most interesting blends. Finally after what felt like her millionth post I decided to see what all the fuss was about….needless to say, I am glad that I did.

What initially caught my eye were their fandom tea blends.  They have a blend of tea for every fandom under the sun. The two that I picked were “Loki’d” and “Bad Wolf”

Adagio Tea

Bad Wolf is this delicious blend of rose hips, apple bits and hibiscus, amongst other goodies. It has this great fruit flavor to it that makes this tea perfect for after dinner. I have plans on making this an iced tea soon.

Bad Wolf Blend

Then there is the Loki’d tea. I personally swoon for all things Loki in general but this tea is absolutely delicious! It’s this blend of chocolate and mint that is perfect for any time of day or night (just like Loki, if I do say so myself). This has become my go to tea for accompanying deserts.

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(The Loki tea paired with a butter rum cake)

So it’s not like you can top tea blends based on Doctor Who, the Marvel Universe or even Firefly but you can if you make your own blend. They give you the option to make your own blends! In the spirit of this I have made my first blend called Strahbary’s Fields, which is available for everyone to purchase. It’s a blend of strawberries (of course), a mix of forest berry and summer rose.

So come join my obsession and pick up some tea or show your creative side and make one of your own blends.

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A to Z Blog Challenge: {D}octor Who…Duh… April 4, 2014

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What would a favorite things theme be without Doctor Who? For those people who aren’t familiar with Doctor Who or why those of us who love the show, really love the show. Here are few things to consider (and some of the argument points I used to get my friends into the show)

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  • It’s part science fiction part fantasy. Yeah you have the wibbly wobbly timey wimey space science stuff the show is about a guy who shows up and whisks people away on an adventure. However, instead of a horse he has a Blue Phone Booth…well sometimes there’s a horse ….
  • British Humor…need I say more?

Rose Tyler

  • Rose Tyler

River Song

  • River Song

Clara

  • Clara Oswald

Amy Pond

  • Amy Pond
  • Epicness. The show has been on for 50 years. The originals are very different from the new series. You can almost say that he is like the science fiction version of James Bond, except he doesn’t like martini’s and he has a sonic screw driver.

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  • As much as there are adult elements to the stories, this is very much a family show. On a Saturday night you can sit down with your kids, a bowl of popcorn and have an hour of family time. There aren’t many shows out there that have this element anymore.
  • If I had to pick a central theme to the show I would say hope and friendship.
  • And did I mention the Tardis which stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space? It can go anywhere in time and space, which just sparks the imagination of history nerds and space geeks alike.
  • If you love B Movies, Doctor Who has some of the best B Movie Villains and I know my B movie Villains, case in point:Ace and the Dalek

So what are you still doing reading this? Get on Netflix, Amazon or Hulu and start watching….

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For those of you out there who are Doctor Who fans, what are some of your favorite things about the show?

 

Recap of Gallifrey One 2014 February 16, 2014

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As I sit here sipping my tea looking over my pictures from the weekend I can’t help but think of how great of a weekend it truly was.

Yup, that’s my name in the top center column! It was the first of my two panels (my second one was on crafting).  Being on the panel was a fun experience. I think I may do it again next year.

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So as I mentioned I was planning on doing some cosplaying. Here is my Captain Jackie Harkness:

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I am really proud of how it turned out. I think I was a unique Jack.

Of course I wasn’t the only one cosplaying this weekend. Here are some photos of some other great cosplayers from this weekend:

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Because of course Mary Poppins is a Time Lady!

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Jackie and the Doctor

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The Doctor and his Daughter (my friends Angel and Becky)

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My friend (and Author) Robin Burks as Rose

Of course you never know who you will run into in the dealer room:

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Yes that is THE Chris Hardwick, my favorite Nerdist Podcast Host. I also got to meet Chloe in person and let me just say she is just as nice and adorable in person as I thought she would be.

In between shopping, plays, interviews and panels I got to meet some pretty awesome people that have had a hand in making Doctor Who the awesome show that it is today. Gallifrey One had a special brunch where I got to have eat with members from the original show. How could I turn that down brunch AND Doctor Who, two of my favorite things all rolled into one delicious event.  Here are a few pictures of some of the people I got to have brunch with:

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This is Frazer Hines, better know as Jaimie from the highlands during the Patrick Troughton years (the Second Doctor).

 

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The lovely Deborah Watling, also known as Victoria another companion of the Second Doctor.

In addition to getting to meet Deborah and Frazer, I got to meet Colin Baker (the 6th Doctor), Matthew Waterhouse (Adric), and Terrance Dicks (sp?), a script editor for the show.

Here are a few other pictures from my adventures this weekend:

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All in all it was a great weekend. Needless to say I am exhausted. So if you will excuse me, I am going to go get some more hot water for my tea and cuddle with one of my pups.

 

How to Live with Someone of Another Fandom January 6, 2014

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Not everyone enjoys the same fandom.  It’s understandable; some people just prefer the world of Star Wars to Star Trek. But what do you do when someone not in your fandom lives with you?

The husband and I have a mutual love of Star Wars, Firefly and Stargate.  However, there are a few fandoms we don’t quite see eye to eye on.  Often having two televisions is helpful. On many a night I would watch Doctor Who in the bedroom while he watched something else in the living room. Until finally one day he proclaimed that he was going to start watching Doctor Who on his own without me around because as he said it “The Doctor stole my wife, I have to get her back.” To get him to the point where he could say that he likes Doctor Who meant that he had to watch it several thousand miles away from me (quite literally, he started watching it in Afghanistan) so that I couldn’t interfere with his viewing.

Fast forward to Dinner this evening. While chatting over a shared plate of Pad Thai the subject of Outlander came up. I have been in major Outlander fan girl mode, we are in the process of getting Starz just so that I can watch the show when it finally premieres and am in the midst of reading the 4th book. So when it comes to discussing nerdy things this is number 2 on the list (because let’s face it, there is not a day that goes by where the topic of Doctor Who doesn’t come out of my mouth).

The long short of it is that he is not so very fond of the premise of the book. So our conversation didn’t really go so well, it was me defending the books and him criticizing them. Needless to say, I made sure to hit every bump on the way home and when that didn’t faze him too much I turned on the country music.

After we had a good laugh I started to wonder. How do people with different fandom interests learn to live together?

It’s not like he and I have always shared the same geeky interests he is way more into kung fu movies and World of WarCraft than I am. I do have to admit that I have not always been the most understanding of spouses when it comes World of Warcraft.

Not all of us have two televisions but in today’s day in age we have enough electronics to be able to have one person on the computer doing their thing another on the television. Or sometimes it’s just learning to tolerate and appreciate something about our significant others fandoms. Because like their quirks their fandoms are a part of who they are.

 

A Look at “The Hand of Omega” January 4, 2014

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“The heavier the decision, the higher the waves, the more uncertain the consequences .”

I have to admit, this is one my favorite Doctor Who episodes of all time and it is not just because this happens:

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Ace is by far one of my favorite companions.

It is one of the episodes that I recommend a new Doctor Who fan watching because it ties back to the original series and is very much a bridge between the classics and the modern era Doctor. It is in Sylvester McCoy’s incarnation of the Doctor that we start to see the first glimpses of what the modern era Doctor has become.

For me this is my favorite of the Sylvester Mccoy episodes. He is the kind of Doctor that speaks softly and carries a big umbrella. He didn’t need to boast that he was the Doctor (one could argue he is one of the more humbler Doctors) and when he did get angry there was just the right amount of sarcasm thrown in as is evident when yelling at Davros (yes, that Davros) “Powerful, Crush the lesser races, conquer the galaxies, unimaginable power, unlimited rice pudding etcetera, etcetera.”

However, back to the episode. The episode takes the Doctor full circle. In the 1960’s the Doctor hid The Hand of Omega in England. Now in present day London two factions of Daleks are trying to get their hands on it.

Why is The Hand of Omega so important you ask? (good question)

Omega, first seen during Pertwee’s time as the Doctor in “The Three Doctors,” Omega was the Time Lord that enabled time travel to happen (see  “The Three Doctors” for more details as well as some serious karate chopping by the third Doctor).

Needless to say, this is definitely one of the Classics to add to your viewing list.

 

A Geek Girl’s Thanksgiving November 26, 2013

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So this is a Top Ten Tuesday about all the wonderful things that make my geeky girl heart swell three sizes on thanksgiving day.

10. Friends that I can obsess with over fandoms.  Whether it is a book, a movie or a TV show, I love that I have at least one friend that I can discuss things with. Just today, when I found out that a friend had started catching up on How I Met Your Mother, it was like the flood gates opened and I started analyzing all the past episodes of the season with her whether she liked it or not…After which I said “Oh crap did I just give away some spoilers?”

9.  Loki, because who needs a Mr. Goodie Two shoes that spends more time infront of the mirror than you do? Plus he is always up for mischief, trouble makers are always more interesting .

8. Tea. There is nothing that gets the synapses firing properly like a good cuppa tea. Since I write in the evenings primarily I prefer the herbal non caffeinated variety. But seriously, I can’t read or write with a nice cup of this elixir of the gods while I read or write.

7.  Steven Moffat. Ok so over the past year there have been a number of people who have been calling for him to resign. I for one, have not been one of them. I love his writing. Sherlock and Doctor Who are amazing shows, he has brought these shows to a whole new level of popularity that has never been seen.  And after Day of the Doctor, it was like all my faith has been rewarded. Likewise, who else could make me scared to death of seemingly normal things?? (Weeping Angels I’m looking at you!)

6. Discovering New Books from Authors you Love. About a month ago I was checking out M.K. Hobson’s profile on Goodreads and discovered that she has since written not one but two books since she wrote “Hidden Goddess” AND the two books are within as series in that same world. It was like Christmas came early…

5.  Wonderfully Evil Villains. How can you like the hero when the villain has the personality of a wet noodle? I love me some good old fashion villains that you just love to hate i.e.: Rumplestiltskin, Regina and the Governor.

4.  Yarn. Doesn’t matter the color, the size or the texture. I am like Jeremy  from the Secret of NIMH.  I always say I am going to destash. I honestly try but then I come across a yarn that would be perfect for a project.

3. Puppy Cuddles, old or young puppy cuddles doesn’t matter. Like tea, I don’t feel the same with out having one cuddling with me while I read.

2. Did I mention Loki? If not see point 9.

1. My Geeky husband that totally gets my all my geeky quotes (and in some cases quote a full movie with me), puts up with my yarn stash, and shares my desire to have a home chuck full of movies and books. Oh, and to make things even better, as of today we are looking at 15 days, 1 hour, 14 minutes and approximately 16 seconds until he is home for good.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and The Bookish. Want to play along? Check out their blog for more details.

 

What to Watch to get Ready for the 50th Doctor Who Anniversary Special November 21, 2013

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Whenever the subject of classic Doctor Who comes up with someone who joined the fandom during the new series I am told “I don’t know where to begin, it’s so overwhelming.” It’s understandable, the Doctor Who Universe is very expansive.

So with that in mind, I have compiled a list of classic Doctor Who episodes to help get ready for the 50th Anniversary.

An Unearthly Child

    • An Unearthly Child:  Start at the beginning….and when you get to the end stop. This is the very first ever Doctor Who episode. It’s where all of the magic begins. The first Tardis, the first companions that fell down the rabbit hole. See where the show started 50 years ago.
    • Genesis of the Daleks:  In this episode the 4th Doctor is left with the ultimate choice of a time traveler: by stopping the a great evil before it begins will history be changed for the better or worse.  The Doctor can kill the Daleks once and for all keeping millions of planets from dying but yet also stopping all the good that will happen.
    • The Five Doctors:  Specials where past and present Doctors share episodes is nothing really new. For the 25th anniversary the Five Doctors were taken out of time and placed in the dead zone of Gallifrey where they team up to protect the most ancient and powerful secrets of the Time Lords

Ace and the Dalek

  • Remembrance of the Daleks: If for no other reason than Ace taking a baseball bat to a Dalek, this is great episode. In this    episode our 7th Doctor gets caught in the middle of two warring factions of Daleks seeking the “Hand of Omega” which was hid on earth by the 1st Doctor in an unearthly child.
  • Doctor Who the Movie: Prerequisite watch at least 2 to 3 other Classic Doctor Who episodes before watching this move because it gets everything wrong (for more details click here). It does sadden me, that Paul Mcgann didn’t get more time as the Doctor. As you can see from the prequel he would have been goofy and charming Doctor. After seeing the movie and watching the prequel I can totally buy it that he spent his time just going around helping people and not taking a side. Also, he is the last regeneration before the “War Doctor.”

So what are you waiting for? Go Watch some Doctor Who!