Friday, January 26, 2018

36 While 36: January Update

Only 90 days till my birthday. That also means only 90 days to complete the remaining 36 While 36 challenges. The last update was in November and the standing were:
  • 23 Completed
  • 7 Started
  • 6 Unstarted
Hopefully progress has been made. Let's find out

The Key
plain text = not started
green text = started
purple text = completed

1) Choose a 2018 Word
     My word is still in process. I'm leading a "My One Word" small group at my church only the weather has been against us and we've had to reschedule. I hope to have settled on a word by February 10th.
2) Make a 40 Before 40 List
    Here is the whole 40 Before 40 list
3) Send/give Christmas Cards (36 minimum)
    All the cards were made, nine were given. I have this plan to send the rest next week.
4) Marry Someone
     Done; on September 2nd. Congratulations Chris and Becca Gilbert! (Sorry to those who thought it might be a hint at progress in my own relationship status. I am still as single as ever).

5) Be a NaNoWriMo Rebel
     With only four days left of NaNoWriMo I count this as completed. I have participated this year in the writing contest as a rebel regardless of if I cross the 50k word goal or not.
6) Memorize Philippians 4:4-9
    I know the passage! I had it down solid in November. I will need to practice more.

Second (or Third+) Chances
7) Finish Reading New Testament
    I have 10 books left to read
8) Draw Regularly (12 drawings)
    You can find the new art most Wednesdays
 9) Write Down My Children's Stories
    I've written out 3 of the 4 stories
10) A Day of Silence
11) Cosplay a New Character
Petronella Osgood and Zygone Osgood
Or is that Zygone Osgood and Petronella Osgood?
I will never tell!
12) Make a video
    There is a plan to make a video. We keep postponing. Soon....  

Eighteen Items off the NS Trip List

There have already been many post about each of these challenges. You can find links to the NS trip and all the challenges here.
13) Hug all of my people
14) Brunch with The Brunch Club
15) Attend the Wednesday Games Group Games Night
16) Picture with a giant lobster
17) Watch the sunrise over the Bay of Fundy
18) Swim in the Atlantic Ocean
19) Eat Lobster
20) Eat Muscles
21) Eat Scott Skins
22) Eat Chicken Curry Fries
23) Eat at the Korean Place
24) Eat at the Naked Crepe
25) Visit the Look-Off
26) Visit The Wolfville Farmer Market
27) Visit Halls Harbour
28) Visit Port George
29) Visit Luneburg
30) Visit Mahone Bay

Six Items off the 40 Before 40 List
31) Let go of stuff (#23)
    A friend has helped start. I think we'll be continuing the process in January.
32) Exercise (#34)
    I've been working out regularly in tandem with my the keeping a food journal goal. There have been skipped days for both over the holiday. I am actually finding January hard to keep things going.
33) Keep Food Journal (#35)
    I'm on day 74.
34) Make a life time bucket list (#4)
35) Volunteer (#15)
    I helped ring bells this Christmas
36) TBA

The new stats are:
  • 26 Completed (an addition of three)
  • 7 Started
  • 3 Unstarted
I am quiet happy. This might be the first year I complete the whole list. Did I make the list too easy? I didn't think so, I am still very surprised by how much has already been accomplished.

For the regular readers, thank you for your patience during my posting absence. I normally am whipped after a month of posting everyday. This year I also some health issues that wiped me out. They are now under control and my regular-sporadic posting will resume. I took my family to see Paddington 2 tonight. Maybe I'll do a movie review of it soon. I still want to write a review for Jumanji 2 and there is also a Star War that could be written. We shall see.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Thankful Thursday #227

I am thankful...

1) ...for Christmas!
2) ...for posted packages
3) ...for Christmas lights
4) ...for winter hats, and scarves, and mittens
5) ...for found CDs, it has been an ABBA week
6) ...for late night chats
7) ...and for movie nights

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Day 19: Tuesday Tutorial Weeping Angel Tree Topper

Time seems to be a little more wibby-wobby timey-wimey today. I wrote most of this last Tuesday on the actually 19th but it didn't get uploaded till today on the Second Day of Christmas also Boxing Day.

Merry Christmas

Since I started the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown in 2014, I have wanted to made a weeping angle tree topper. The inspiration and first tutorial I found was The Creative Crossings from 2010. That was how I had planned to make my angel until I found Candy Girl's blog Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Stuff and Nonsense, where she creates a Weeping Angel with a different technique. It is her work that my attempt/tutorial is based on.

Supplies:
  • A tree topper angel
  • Stone spray paint. I used Natural Stone by Krylon
  • Scissors
  • Thread (needed to sew up the dress
  • Drop cloth/newspaper and a space to spray paint
Step 1: Research and Gathering Supplies
I read both of the linked tutorials before I started. It helped me plan out my own project and know what I would need. My Whovian tree is small and fits on my dresser. I knew I'd want a smaller angel then most stores...nine shops later I found the angel I used at Michaels. Actually that was the first place I looked and thought it was over priced. I then visited every store I could think of only to go back to Michaels.

 
I also started with Natural Stone in Charcoal, at the time that was the only option. Right before I was going to paint I decided see if I could return the can for a different colour (at a different Michaels). This time there was a larger selection. I was torn between limestone and granite. Depending on the reference material both could have worked but I ultimately decided upon the granite.

Step 2: Preparing the Angel
My angel had ribbons, embellishments, and that troublesome open flap.
 
With some work I was able to cut off the ribbons, Christmas bits, and the extra glue stuck to her hands. I then tried to close the opening of the dress. It worked but left a noticeable seam that bothers me.

Step 3: Set Up Painting Area
I had access to a great drop cloth and a work room I could use for a few days. Ventilation in important. Also, read the instructions on your can of spray paint for any specific directions and drying times.

Step 4: Paint and Wait and Repeat
Using the can's recommended sweeping motion to avoid drips I applied the first coat and let it sit 20 minutes. I probably should have waited 24 hours.
 
The second coat applied better. The wings, head, and hands which took the paint best and the velvet skit was a pain. I think that was to be expected.
 


Step 4: Position the Hands
I did this step before paint the third coat.

The third coat was applied just before I went to bed Monday. It probably needs another coat or two...maybe even primer or gesso before another coat. I don't like how the fabric looks with the paint. However, I really wanted the angel up for Tuesday so I could finish the tutorial. I might revisit the options this summer.

Step 5: Place Your Weeping Angel
Once the paint is completely dry, I waited 24 hours, it is time for your Weeping Angel to be placed on top of your tree.
Then sit back and enjoy who Whovian Christmas tree.

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 6 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 8 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 18: Top Ten Moffat Monsters
Episodes Watched: ... Last Christmas, The Husbands of River Song, and The Return of Doctor Mysterio

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Day 24: Top Ten Adventure Calendar Treats

Time is getting a little wibbly wobbly this week. Thanks to the blogger "scheduled" post feature I am writing "back into time".

For the last day of the countdown I thought to do a Top Ten of all Capaldi's episodes. I then reconsidered because I would be missing his final season. It will be in next year's countdown. Instead I'm going to give you my ten favourite days on the BBC's Adventure Calendar and also my very favourite Tennet Christmas Bumper from 2009.

Merry Christmas Eve


10) Day 14: Time Vortex for VR
This was cool, maybe the coolest of the gifts. Only without a VR system it was meaningless to me bumping it to last place on the list.

9) Day 23: Introduction to the First Doctor
I have a friend who has sought to watch all available episodes. When it comes to classic Doctor facts she is the one I seek out. Most people are as knowledgeable so this quick snippet gives a very quick overview about the First to help fill out Twice Upon a Time.

8) Day 6: Virtual Tour of the First TARDIS
It was fun, but I was trying to avoid all trailers, teasers and hints of any kind about the new special, which made exploring limited

7) Day 1: Virtual Tour of the Twelfth's TARDIS
There were more things to find so it is a little higher on the list.

6) Day 7: Capaldi Era Quiz
My first time playing I got 2/10. I'd blame missing this past season....or I don't pay attention to details. They do warn it is almost impossible.

5) Day 2: Twelve Doctor Quiz
I got 8/10 on this one. They only say it is "tough"

4) Day 15: Regeneration Quiz
I guessed on some and got an 8/10 the first time. How did you do?

3) Day 9: The gifts of the Doctor
I loved this article and am sad they wrote it before I thought of it.

2)  Day 21: The Horror of Coal Hill
Something to read!

1) Day 11: The Twelve Doctors of Christmas
I shared the video as part of my own countdown on Day 11. It's sweet and makes me happy.


The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 1 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 2 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 23: Top Ten Moffat Episodes
Episodes Watched: ... The Next Doctor

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Day 23: Top Ten Moffat Episodes

Congratulations to Ami, you were correct yet again with Wednesday's sketch.

With the Christmas special being Steven Moffat's last story as show runner (and I expect last time writing for Doctor Who, but who knows), I thought it would be a good time to look back on his run. I'm expanding on a post earlier this month about his best monsters. Today it is his best episodes. I am defining "best" as episodes I enjoyed the most. I'm also combining any two parters as one story. There have been a number of sites and vloggers making similar lists. I haven't always agreed with their order. If you have a different option leave a comment.

10) Last Christmas or The Doctor, The Widow, and the Wardrobe
It's just been a few days since I watched both these Christmas specials. I find them interesting in different ways. I like Father Christmas in the Last Christmas and there is a charm and humour in the Wardrobe episode that I did not appreciate the first time I saw it.

9) Heaven Sent
I don't really have much to say about the episode beyond it was one of my favourites from the season. I like the mystery and the lead up to Hell Bent, even if Hell Bent frustrated me.

8) Time Heist
I think Moffat does great stand alone episodes. I like the heist and mystery of the episode

7) The Zygon Invasion
I love this because of Osgood but there is so much good in the episode. The conclusion with the two boxes makes it great and worthy to be on this list.

6) The Day of the Doctor
Where to begin? The reunion of so many key actors, the nods to the past, having the John Hurt as the War Doctor, all wonderful. I think it was more than clever. It was a good balance of past and present. At the time I was wanting something else but the episode has become a favourite.

5) The Girl in the Fireplace
The Doctor is just fantastic in this and there is a horse on a space ship :) It is also the interactions between Madame de Pompadour and the Doctor that made this episode plus a heartbreaking conclusion.

4) The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
So good, if I could have three answers for number two this and everything after would tie.

3) A Christmas Carol
My very favourite Christmas special.

2)  Silence in the Library/The Forest of the Dead
It is often the next episodes I suggest when introducing friends to the Doctor

1) Blink
This should surprise no one.

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 2 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 3 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 22: A Rant and Songs
Episodes Watched: ... The Next Doctor

Friday, December 22, 2017

Day 22: Rant and Songs

I helped a friend buy a gift for a Whovian today. It made me smile. I like that you can find main stream stores selling officially licensed Doctor Who items. Two of my favourite gifts were my 10th Doctor sonic screwdriver and my sonic screwdriver earrings.

At the same time, there is something frustrating. Last Friday, Sister and I were in a large mall. I found three different licensed items that were priced more that the items quality and the only reason it was official Doctor Who merchandise. That made me sad, it feels like its taking advantage of Whovians. It's why I love the DIY ideas you can find across the interwebs. There are some great gift options out there.

On a happier note here are two fun songs I found today:


The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 4 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 5 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 21: TROCK Thursday with Parodies
Episodes Watched: ... A Christmas Carol

Thankful Thursday #227

I am thankful...

1) ...for long drives
2) ...grace
3) ...extra hands on projects
4) ...new possibilities
5) ...gifts
6) ...finding the right item
7) ...tuna

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Day 21: TROCK Thursday with Parody's

For this week's TROCK Thursday I wanted to find songs I hadn't used in pervious years. I found two gems.

The first is a Ke$ha parody of Tick Tock by Batman 755. I liked the lyrics, the vocals aren't perfect, but still fun.



The second is a Hamilton parody and it is the bestest! The user is Bod Mitch. The write up says,"If "Hamilton: An American Musical" was about Doctor Who instead, it would open with this musical number titled "The Doctor". This music video mashes a fan written song to the tune of "Alexander Hamilton" with clips from the entire history of Doctor Who on screen so far. Sit back, pretend you're on Broadway, and learn about our favorite Time Lord." Enjoy the history of the Doctor:


The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 4 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 5 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 20: Wednesday Weekly Art #6
Episodes Watched: ... A Christmas Carol