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Friday, September 29, 2006

This week in Who

D.W.Q.M. Sgt. Benton: "What are we going to do now?"
the Second Doctor: "Keep it confused, feed it with useless information. I wonder if I have a television set handy?"

(author's note: this post can also be found at the Idiot's Lantern.)

I've decided to change the title of these posts, because I'm not sure how much actual news I'll be able to write about from week to week-hope you all don't mind. :)

Series 2 (season 28) in the USA:
Fridays, 8pm EDT on the SciFi Channel <-note the new time!!!

Current episodes:
The Christmas Invasion (8:00pm EDT)
New Earth (9:30pm EDT)

Check out the episode pages for the new season-they have slideshows with images from the episodes. Pretty cool. :)

Doctor Who on BBC7:
Check out
BBC7's Listen Again page to hear the 8th Doctor audios from Big Finish. Current epsiodes are available for one week after it originally airs.

Sunday, September 24th: Swords of Orion, part 1
Sunday, October 1st: Swords of Orion, part 2

from the SciFi Wire

SciFi Wire has an article about the
Sarah Jane Adventures (which impressed me). There are quite a few details about it, like why K-9 won't be a feature in the regular series. However, I do question a couple of things in the article-it mentions that Yasmin Page will be playing Sarah's 13 year-old neice, Maria-I thought she was Sarah's next door neighbor. Also, the have the day that School Reunion airs wrong-it's October 13th (Friday), not the 11th (Wednesday). (well, that complaint is just me being picky. ;))

There is also an article with David Tennant
discussing his role in Doctor Who. I think it's cool that while filming the Christmas Invasion he got notes from both Tom Baker and Peter Davidson (the Doctors he grew up watching) wishing him well.

I'm sure many of you have heard by now the controversy over the Guinness Book of World Records
longest running science fiction series. While Doctor Who gets the record for the longest running science fiction series (over 600 episodes with 22 seasons between 1963-1984) Stargate SG:1 gets the record for longest running science fiction series (consecutive) (10 seasons, 203 episodes). According to the article linked above, the people at Guinness explained that SG:1 has had the most consecutive back-to-back episodes without a break since 1997.

I'm sure we all have our own opinions about this matter. See if you can guess mine from this: My question to Guinness is this-how long must a break be before the episodes are no longer considered consecutive and back-to-back? I mean, I really enjoy SG:1 and all, but they have breaks too. Sure there were long breaks between seasons 22, 23, and 24-but I've already taken that into account. Is the gap between the earlier seasons really that big? Oh, well-it's still the longest in terms of years-and Stargate has quite a few more to go before it catches up! LOL. ;)

Happy Who Watching!!!
posted by Romana1 on 1:59 PM | *

Thursday, September 28, 2006

baseball, kiddies, and Who

D.W.Q.M.: "One must always accept the unexpected." -the Fourth Doctor

Oooh, I knew I should have posted about the Twins yesterday before they played. Once again, the Royals prevented us from tieing (or overtaking) the Tigers for first place in the division. Grrr... That's ok-miracles can still happen. After all, many thought the Twins were finished before the All-Star break. For those who doubted, I have this to say to you: HA! Last time the Twins were in town, I went to the one game that the Indians won in that series. Several Tribe fans started to make fun of me (and the handfull of other Twins fans in our section) and I stood up and bravely (or foolishly, depending on your point of view) shouted, "That's okay, 'cause come October, we'll still be playing." *heehee* It was a fun game though-pretty intense. I liked the fact that the other Twins fans around me were quite vocal-my cheering didn't echo quite so much. ;) When Joe Mauer first stepped up to the plate, me and another girl behind us, both screamed VERY loudly, causing several startled turned heads. ;) I'm pretty sure I confused the little boy who was sitting next to me-cheering when others were booing, and booing when others were cheering. Eventually he said hi, and after discovering that I don't bite, started chatting about all kinds of things-the kinds of things that are important to children his age, like Santa Claus coming in 3 months. :) LOL-he was a sweet kid.

The Twins are not going to let Santana pitch again until the playoffs. Hmmm...lets see-given the choice between possibly winning the division or possibly winning 3 in a best of 5 playoff series(with Santana pitching 2 instead of 1 of those games)...I know what my choice would be. Kudos to the ones who made that decision!!!

So I have been begging and begging my sister to send me some new pictures of the kiddies. And what does she do? She sends me over a hundred pics-in about 10 emails. Since there were so many pictures in the emails, her email program compressed the images, and I got thumbnail-sized pics. Ha. Guess that's what I get. LOL. They all look really cute...but now I have to ask her to just send a few at a time. She's gonna love that. :p *heehee* There are some really cute ones-first day of school pics, when the kids are getting ready for school-and there's a shot of them all lined up at the bus stop, waiting for the bus. I don't know if she posed them or not, but they are lined up according to height, with the smallest being first in line. Boo started first grade this year-I can't believe it!! Seems like only yesterday we were waiting for her to be born. She loves the first grade-she loves her classes, her teacher, the lunches. It's awesome-yeah, first grade is pretty cool. ;)

Tomorrow the second season of Doctor Who premieres on SciFi!! Yay!!!

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That also means my weekly Doctor Who posts will start up again. :) I'm not sure how much extra stuff they'll contain, but they'll at least have the current and previous episodes listed. Hey, dont' forget! SciFi is having a marathon of the first season tomorrow starting at 8am, EDT with Dalek and ending with the season finale, the Parting of the Ways.
posted by Romana1 on 8:52 AM | *

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Ahoy, Matey!

In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day,

Arrr, har's t' lookin' good and feelin' fantastic, shiver me timbers!
posted by Romana1 on 1:22 PM | *

Ro and Shar's Look and Feel Fantastic Plan

D.W.Q.M.: "Carrot juice, carrot juice, carrot juice..." -the Sixth Doctor

Okay! Labor Day has come and gone-it's the end of summer. Time to turn over a new leaf!
Shar and I have decided to try to loose some weight together. (I for one, would be much happier if my jeans were a little 'not-so-tight')

So we have a weekly weigh in-last Tuesday we both started at X. Unfortunately, due to carelessness and an evening of stadium food (mmmm....garlic fries...) I gained a little. Shar did great though-yay, Shar!!

Anyhoo, the idea is, we'll keep track of what we eat, try to exercise more (which includes more lunchtime walks), and just basically give each other some moral support. Workplace weightloss programs seem to be the new thing-there's Weight Watchers at Work next door-it meets every Wednesday, and apparently there's a 'biggest loser' type contest going on here at work (although I'm not taking part in that.) I really need to start walking more again-last fall (before the holidays), I lost close to 20 pounds from walking and playing disc golf on a regular basis (lots of walking around in disc golf, lots.) I certainly felt better, and I noticed I wasn't eating as much junk food when I was more active.

I haven't decided if I'm going to use this blog to keep track of my progress, though-maybe...we'll see. ;)

Speaking of walks-Shar and I have noticed a fair amount of 'unusual' wildlife when we've been out. It started when she was still teaching me how to drive-we were driving around Lakewood Cemetary, and we managed to see a rabbit, a deer, a fox (we were quite surprised at that one), and some geese-all in the same day! Last Friday we went to the botanical gardens at lunch and came accross a small possum. Today, while walking around the lagoon, we saw a heron! Shar said there's just something about me and wildlife. (It must run in the family-my sister has had a bear in her neighborhood. A bear!!!) ;)

Here's to looking good and feeling fantastic! Woo!
posted by Romana1 on 12:12 PM | *

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Thoughts on the past...

It's hard to believe it's been 5 years.

I try to keep this blog light-can't say I'm always 100% successful. Especially today as I write this, because there's nothing "light" about what happened. I was even debating about posting, because I'm not sure I have the strength, or the words, to acturately express how I feel.

As I watched the memorial ceremonies, and personal accounts of what happened, my eyes welled up with tears, and my chest tightened, just like it had done 5 years ago as I watched the coverage all night for several nights because I couldn't sleep. I had to stop watching after about an hour (actually, I'm amazed I was able to last that long.)

Then, those first few days five years ago, I saw something amazing-for once, there were no Democrats, no Republicans, no blacks, no whites, reds, yellows, no Jews, Muslims, Christians... It didn't matter if you were from this country or not-we were all one-pulling together to help and comfort our families, friends, and complete strangers-trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy.

I look at our world today and wonder, what happened? Our country seems more divided than ever. I look at other countries on the news and wonder, 'do they really despise us as much as I think they do?' I hear something from the right that makes me lean just a little bit more to the left...I hear something from the left that makes me lean a little bit more to the right. Then I hear something from both sides that makes me just want to sit them down and scream, 'STOP ACTING LIKE SQUABBLING CHILDREN!!!' It's almost impossible to be considered a moderate these days-no one believes you-they think if you're not on their side, your on the other. Democrats blame Republicans for allowing the attack to occur on their watch. Republicans blame Democrats for allowing this to be plotted on their watch. We need to quit trying to play the blame game and continue to work together SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.

My heart and prayers go out to all of the friends and families, and the victims of 9-11. You will not be forgotten.
posted by Romana1 on 1:49 PM | *

Friday, September 08, 2006

Bats, Pots, Tots, & Pucks

D.W.Q.M.: Brigadier: "Do you know what you're doing?"
the Third Doctor: "My dear chap, I can't wait to find out."

Okay, so I didn't do very well with the August blog challenge this year-the last half of the month was kind of crazy, so I didn't post much-I'll do better next year!

So I shouldn't have looked at the baseball scores yesterday-I had no idea that the Twins were only 4 games behind the Tigers-what happened to that 9 game lead Detroit had? Woo! Unfortunately the Twins lost to them last night (in the Metrodome!), so they are now 5 games behind. :( They are still ahead in the Wild Card race...by one half game (thanks to the Indians for beating the White Sox) Seriously, you can't discount the Tigers, the Twins, or the White Sox yet-it's going to be a loonnnngggg road to October. The Wild Card race is giving me some serious heart burn-one day they are half a game ahead of the White Sox, the next, they are half a game behind! Ahhhh!!!!! GO TWINS!

Speaking of Minnesota-my sister called me Wednesday night and screamed, "MELLON WENT PEE-PEE IN THE POTTY!" Oooh! My big girl! I'm so proud of you!! ;) It's funny, because
Perseph and I had been talking about kiddies in potty training at lunch-and wondering how many of the little ones in the great baby wave (starting with Sarah's son in April of '04 and ending with Steph's son in December '04-hey Jerm, did we ever get a final count of how many people I knew were having babies at that time?) were in potty training. Speaking of potty-training-congrats are in order for Dale! Twinmomma, you must be so proud!!

Speaking of tots-I have a new babysitting charge! One of Tina's teammates (Amy) needed a sitter for her baby boy during practices. He is such a cutie!!!!! He was all smiles when we met. Even though we had a rough patch in the middle (he started to cry because he was hungry), I think we got along great-it's a new challenge for me, since it's been awhile since I've cared for a baby under the age of 1-but we survived, and I'm looking forward to watching him again! Also, it turns out I may have another 2-year old to watch during the hockey games. Two 2-year olds? Yikes! They'll be "terrible!" LOL-just kidding-I'm up for the challenge. Jesse was there when I met Amy, and I said that I should get a tshirt that says 'Hockey Babysitter', or 'Official Hockey Babysitter' (thinking of Perseph's Mom, since she does wonders with a plain tshirt and a box of Sharpies). Amy laughed and said I should get a jersey with that on it. Then Jesse mentioned that they had plenty of old jerseys at home, and Tina would know who to contact to get lettering on them. LOL. AWESOME. If I do it, I'll post pictures.

Speaking of Hockey babies, my friend Laurie gave me a new toy-called it a 'bribe to watch the hockey-baby' (like I need one! ;) ) You know what it is? A
Sonic Screwdriver!!!! Laurie totally rocks!!!! It has a pen, a UV ink nub for the pen, and it lights up! You can right secret messages to your friends and they can read them with the sonic screwdriver. It's so cool-I've already had entirely too much fun with it. :-D

This weekend I'm heading down to Cincinatti-must remember to empty the memory card in my camera! PAR-TY!
posted by Romana1 on 12:02 PM | *

Atlantis launch postposed again...

D.W.Q.M.: Cornish: "Control to capsule: do you have visual contact?"
the Third Doctor: "Do you mean 'Can I see it'?"

NASA has postponed Atlantis' launch again, due to the fuel tank sensor problem.
Check out the latest news here.

The launch has been rescheduled for 11:15am, EDT, tomorrow.
posted by Romana1 on 11:54 AM | *

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