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"There's no point in being grownup if you can't be childish sometimes." -the 4th Doctor.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Over a year, but I'm still here!

Well, it was more than 8 months since I last posted!  Ha.

I've been debating about the direction I want to take this blog-I really do want to continue blogging-I'm just not sure what I want to talk about.  Originally when I started this blog back in 2003, I was going to post more about my trading card hobby and my collection.  I never really did that-only a few posts here and there.  Nowadays my collecting of trading cards is limited to free promos-trading cards can be an expensive hobby!

I've been more active in two other hobbies I love: astronomy and photography!  However it would be easier to do the things I would like to do with this blog if I upgraded my blog.  The only problem is the current template I am using is not compatible with the upgraded system, and I'm still rather attached to the way my blog currently looks (yes, I know-it's only the second template update, and it's been this way since near the beginning!  I can't help it...)  So we'll see.

'Til next time!


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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Happy Everything!

Whoa!  Haven't posted here since September!  YIKEs!  I hope everyone (who celebrates these) had a Happy Easter...and Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentines, St. Patrick... :-D

Life's been busy-but I do manage to post to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. ;-)  

Things are going to be busy on the Convention front-I just realized I will be attending at least one convention for the next three months!  It almost was 4 months, but I had to skip Cleveland ConCoction this year. :-(

I'll be heading out to the Artemis Armada One convention this weekend, then Marcon in May, and Origins in June. I'm trying to work on a costume for Marcon-it's going to be a major sewing project for me.  My friend Julie helped me with a mock-up, and now I need to create a new pattern from it.  Wish me luck!

I also am embarking on some major organization projects.  I've been meaning to bring up my trading card boxes from the basement for a while now, but I've had no place to put them-so I finally purchased a new bookcase for them.  And since I also have several piles of books that have no homes yet, I purchased a second, smaller bookcase.  My dvds have been stored on a shelf made of smaller, dvd-sized Amazon shipping boxes from work, so yes, I also have a new dvd/media shelf that needs to be put together.  The dvd shelf will be the easiest to get set up, followed by the smaller bookcase (I've already cleared some space for that).  The biggest challenge will be the bigger bookcase, as I have some reorganization to do which includes moving a typing table from the dining room to the basement. Whee!

That's all for now-hopefully it won't be another 8 months in-before I post again! ;-) 


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Friday, September 05, 2014

International Observe the Moon Night

I am not hear to complain about the media's fascination with the "Super Moon"-I think I've tweeting and posted to Facebook enough about that-instead, I'm hear to put my money where my mouth is (is that the right saying?) and to tell you to go check out the moon tomorrow night! :)

Saturday, September 6th has been designated International Observe the Moon Night!

InOMN is the brainchild of several "Moon Units" (the Lunar Science Institute, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to name a few).  The idea is to generate interest in observing and studying the moon.

How to participate?  It's easy!  Just go out on the night of the 6th and look up! :)  You can also join an event, OR create one for the public for yourself!  (unfortunately the only event close enough to Cleveland is Hiram College.  Perhaps next year we can suggest to the folks at Observatory Park to create an event of their own!) ;)  (update: although they don't have anything planned for InOMN, they do have an event planned for the Harvest Moon-check out the event page from Geauga Park's site.)

For more information about InOMN, check out the article  on Sky and Telescope.

Speaking of Sky and Telescope, be sure to check out This Week's Sky at a Glance for more cool things to look at in the night sky!

(images courteous of Sky and Telescope).

Happy viewing!


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Camelopardalids!

In the wee hours on Saturday, May 24th, a new meteor shower, the Camelopardalids will make it's presence known!

(Image courtesy of Sky and Telescope)

This will be the first known time that Earth will pass through the debris left behind by Comet LINEAR. (I say known because there is very little evidence of that the "Cams" have made an appearance before).   The best part is experts believe that we will be plowing through a relatively dense field of debris, with the potential of the Cams becoming a meteor storm!  

The peak of this shower is predicted to be around 3am, EST.  If you are in Northeast Ohio and are looking for a place to view meteors, Observatory Park in Geauga County will be open all night long for stargazers! 

Camelopardalis is a very faint constellation.  Chris Mentrek, Astronomy Naturalist at Observatory Park suggests looking just to the right of the Big Dipper and just below Polaris, the North Star. 

Even more good news-the weather looks like it might actually cooperate for us here in Ohio!
(Image courtesy of AccuWeather.com)
After being disappointed with cloudy weather for all the major meteor showers in the past year, AND cloudy weather for the Total Lunar Eclipse last month, I am really looking forward to this shower!! :)  I plan on taking my camera along to try to photograph some meteors.  Unfortunately I don't have a wide-angle lens, but I'm still hoping to capture something!

And now, some linkage! :
Ready for May's Surprise Meteor Shower? (Sky and Telescope) 

How to Photograph a Meteor (Sky and Telescope)

New Meteor "Storm" Predicted (Geauga Park District)

Never Before Meteor Shower to Ignite Across the Skies: Where to See It (AccuWeather)

Clear skies and happy viewing!!!


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Friday, May 02, 2014

Free Comic Book Day!!!! (and other fun stuff!)

Yes, I am still around! ;)

Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day!!! To see if there is a participating store near you, check out their store locator .

In addition to grabbing some free comics, I'm also on the hunt for a few older ones.  I recently started reading the Farscape comics-set at the end of The PeaceKeeper Wars, these comics follow the story line of the cancelled season 5, and are considered canon by the Jim Henson Company!  There were 24 issues over a 2 year run, and the first 16 were compiled into 7 paperback volumes.  Unfortunately it doesn't appear that the last 8 were ever made into single volumes-so I am on a search for issues 17-24. (I own the first volume containing the first 4 issues, and the library has the next 6 ). I'm really enjoying the comics-they remain true to the tv show, and are written by Rockne S. O'Bannon.  :)

I'm also on the hunt for some trading card supplies-I need more 4-card protector sheets for my promo cards! :)  I also purchased my first base set in quite a long while-I'm not sure I have enough 9-card page protectors! 

In other news-I'm finally returning to Marcon after a 2 year hiatus! I'm so exicted!!!  When Marcon moved to Easter weekend, I was really bummed because I couldn't attend.  They recently moved it back to May (Mother's Day weekend), which is a lot more doable than Easter! (I can call my mom from anywhere!) :)

Last but not least-the Wild push past the Avalanche to make it to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs!!!!  Tonight they are playing the Chicago Blackhawks.   GO WILD!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Monday, December 30, 2013

DWFO #8: The 50th Anniversary Suite

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy 50th Doctor Who!!!!!!

It's here!!  It's here!!!!   The 50th Anniversary of my most favorite television program on Earth!  Happy 50th Doctor Who!!!

I've been watching Doctor Who since I've been a tiny little thing.  My first episode was The Time Warrior.  Since I was so young, I didn't remember much of the story until almost two decades later when I finally got my hands on a VHS copy. (Yes you youngin's, BEFORE dvd/blu-ray players!) ;) The thing I remembered most from the episode was when the Third Doctor first met Sarah Jane. She had just walked into the room she was sharing with the Doctor and Prof. Rubish and tried to pull off pretending to be her Aunt Lavinia. (of course the Doctor saw right through that!) ;) 

Doctor Who was a family affair in our household.  Our local PBS station in Minneapolis, KTCA (now TPT, I think...) aired Doctor Who on Friday and Saturday nights-although they did try a little bit of everything, it seemed. Friday and Saturday were "newer" episodes-starting with Tom Baker's first episode, Robot. (before Doctor Who was syndicated by PBS and Lionheart Entertainment, different networks attempted to air Doctor Who at different times-in Minneapolis, Jon Pertwee's last season was shown on ABC (channel 5.)) We'd gather around the television at 10 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.  Sometimes my Dad would bring home A&W Rootbeer and Tostinos pizza as a special treat during Doctor Who.  When Trial of a Timelord aired during pledge season, I remember we had several family friends over to watch, and I think we made tacos! 

By the mid-eighties, KTCA started airing William Hartnell's episodes Saturday mornings.   While most children were watching Saturday morning cartoons, I was watching Doctor Who! 

I missed Doctor Who when it went off the air, and was excited about the 1996 tv movie (even though I was disappointed in it, I did grow to love Paul McGann's Doctor through his Big Finish audios.)  When it was announced that Doctor Who would be returning to television in 2005, I was really excited (even though it took over a year to come back to the U.S.).  And, I have to admit it, I was more excited that Elisabeth Sladen was returning as Sarah Jane Smith in School Reunion than I was that it was coming back to television. (can you blame me?  I had a huge grin on my face for days after I saw her episode.)  :-D 

I laugh at newbies who swear up and down that they'll never watch the show again when they learn the Doctor will be regenerating into someone new.  They'll get over it.  I was sad when Three became Four, and cried like a baby when Four became Five, but I eventually recovered each time. :)  I've enjoyed all the Doctors-I have my favorites, like some more than others-but I love 'em all-quirkiness and all!

Doctor Who's been around for 50 years-and I've been watching for well over half that time-I hope to be watching it for many more!! Allons-y! 



There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish, sometimes.



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Friday, November 22, 2013

Celebrating 50 years!

Thursday I was sitting at work, when my coworker Nora, herself a Whovian, came up to me and asked me if I knew about the Art Bites tour at the Cleveland Museum of Art (Art Bites are 30 minute gallery tours during the lunch hour) This week's topic? Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who by taking a tour of galleries of places that the Doctor and his companions visited. Well, duh!  Of course I was in!  Fellow Whovian Elanor joined us, too!  The woman giving the tour was obviously a big Whovian herself (well, of course she was-she came up with the idea for this Art Bite. ;) ). 

The stories represented were The Romans, The Wedding of River Song, A Good Man Goes to War, The Girl in the Fireplace (the museum has the most beautiful rug on display-hard to believe it's from Louis XV's dining room!), and Vincent and the Doctor. It was a really awesome tour that went by really fast (and reminded me that I really should take advantage of the fact that I work right next to one of the few art museums in the country that offer free admission!) At the end of the tour they had a drawing for two tickets to the 3D showing of The Day of the Doctor on Monday in Valley View-and Nora won them!  Congrats, Nora!

Art Bites: Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey

 Check out celeb Whovians wishing Doctor Who a Happy 50th!  Love that Edward James Olmos was one of the celebs! ;)

Happy 50th from Celeb Whovians

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society ran a favorites poll, and Tom Baker was voted favorite Doctor, and Elisabeth Sladen favorite companion. (Something I agree with wholeheartedly!) It's awesome to see that Sarah Jane Smith is still topping the favorite companion polls, and it's all due to the awesomeness that was Elisabeth Sladen.  Check out the other favorites:

Faves from DWAS 

A new prequel mini-sode was released!  Check out The Last Day: 

Less than 24 hours until The Day of the Doctor!!!!!!! :-D  

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Top 10 Favorite Doctor Who Companions

Three days until the 50th Anniversary!!!!  Fun fact-Three was my first Doctor!  The first episode I remember watching as a child was The Time Warrior with Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen's first appearance as Sarah Jane Smith. They say your first companion is always your favorite-not sure how true it is, but in my case, it certainly is!!!!  She was like the older sister I never had.

Speaking of favorite companions, the folks at BBC America's Anglophenia blog have come up with top favorite lists to celebrate the 50th Anniversary.  Check out their companion list!
10 Favorite Companions

...obviously, I totally agree with No. 1 on their list. ;) 

 I also have to agree with No. 2-I love Donna Noble-I felt as though she was the Sarah Jane Smith of the "New Who" era. :)

I pretty much agree with the entire list- (yes, even though Rose is on the list-I had no problem with her during her tenure with 9-I just felt that with 10 she got to whiny and needed.  However, she was the perfect companion to bring in the new era)  I might rearrange the order a bit (the Brig certainly would be higher up on my list!) and I would try to find a way to squeeze in Jo Grant, Liz Shaw, Barbara Wright, and Rory Williams.  But then it would no longer be a top 10 list would it? ;) 

#SaveTheDay #DW50


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

4 Days and counting!!!!

4 days until the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who!!!!!  Here is a great post from BBC America's Anglophenia blog filled with all sorts of video clips and information about the 50th anniversary, including the pre-show before The Day of the Doctor!!! :-D

Countdown to the Day of the Doctor




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