Thursday, December 14, 2017

Day 14: TROCK Thursday

Have you ever wondered what the Doctor Who intro would sound like with words?

Well the imagining is over with Dan Rider's awesome a cappella version. I know I shared it in the past but I love it so much. Below are a few more great fan made versions of the theme:

Crorousseau's A Cappella "I Am The Doctor"

And lastly, I found the Warp Zone's version today

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 12 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 14 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 13: Wednesday Weekly Art #5
Episodes Watched: ...none, tonight was watching Star Wars

Thankful Thursday #226

I am thankful...

1) ...that Susi bought our Star Wars tickets the day they went on sale
2) ...that I've come to a place in my life where driving downtown doesn't make me want to cry
3) ...for the church leaders I have the privilege of working with
4) ...that I could help be an answer to someone's prayers
5) ...that my mom helped me make decorations this week
6) ...that we can go to the store and buy fresh food when we need it
7) ...that while I am sick people are being very considerate and even making me hot lemon and honey drinks.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Day 13: Wednesday Weekly Art #5

It's the second week of The Whovian Christmas Special Countdown - Wednesday Weekly Art mash-up.

All the Wednesday sketches this month are inspired by one of the pages in the Doctor Who: Travels in Time Colouring Book.

To add to the fun (or keep it going) we're also going to continue the "Name that Sketch" game. You are trying to guess the character and the episode/Christmas special depicted in the sketch. To play leave a comment here, in the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group, or any other method of communication. The answers and any "winners" will be announced on Friday.

My apologies for the camera shadow.
The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 12 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 14 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 12: Tuesday Tutorial -Doctor Who Ornaments
Episodes Watched: ...none, instead we finished the last two episodes of Stranger Things.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 12: Tuesday Tutorial -Doctor Who Ornaments

A few years ago I had three Doctor Who POP keychains all break at the same time. The heads were detached when a friend had shut a car door on them. I kept all the pieces thinking that they could be salvaged for something in the future.

Today the future came. I decided it was time to repair the damage figures and with my replacement POPs turn them all into ornaments.

POP Keychains
Superglue (for repairs)
Needle-nose plyers
Ribbon or Ornament hooks

Step One: Gather the pieces

Step Two: Make Repairs and Remove Keychain
When removing the chain, use the plyers to open the large loop that attaches to the POP head but a hook. Leave the eyelet hook to attach ribbon later. 
I was very pleased at how well the superglue worked. It is hard to tell which ones were broken.

Step Three: Add Ribbon
I used ribbon I had. You could also use ornament hooks.

Step Four: Hang on Whovian Tree

After these were done I decided to finish adding ribbon to the rest of the TARDIS ornaments I made in 2014.

If you are looking for a way to keep updated on daily posts join the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group. 

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 13 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 15 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 11: The 12 Doctors of Christmas
Episodes Watched: ...none, instead we finished the last two episodes of Stranger Things.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 11: The 12 Doctors of Christmas

The Adventure Calendar had a great clip today of the 12 Doctors of Christmas. I've got the video down below. It reminded me of other great 12 Days Whovian parodies:

The first being:

The second you can find all twelve images at Dorkly

And the promised video:

If you are looking for a way to keep updated on daily posts join the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group. 

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 14 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 16 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 10: Ranking of Season Seven Clara Episodes
Episodes Watched: ...None, instead we watched Christmas Mingle...Doctor Who is better

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Simple Woman Daybook 191

FOR TODAY: December 10, 2017
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Blog.

Outside my window... fresh snow and Christmas lights.

I am thinking...about Doctor Who, mostly because I just finished writing today's Whovian post. I'm also thinking about mental health and the importance of talking to others, not just peers because a friend can only take you as far as they have gone. They can give support, love, and empathy, which is necessary. But there are things that are beyond friends and helping friends seek that help can be hard.

I am thankful...for kind words

One of my favorite things... Advent and lighting the Advent candles each Sunday

I am creating...Christmas gifts, it's a crochet project that I had to learn how to crochet for to complete. I am very thankful for youtube instructional videos. The socks are still in progress with only a few inches to go but will have to wait till I am done the Christmas presents.

I am Christmas pjs

I am reading...Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.

I am watching... so many things. I found my one of my favourite Christmas specials from the early 90s on YouTube. We watched it the other night. It is called the Boy Who Dreamed Christmas. Mom, Sister and I have started season three of the Librarian, Preception with Mom (Season 3), only two episodes left of Stranger Things, season 7 of Doctor Who. And I am working through Arrowverse: Arrow (Season 4), Flash (Season 2). Supergirl (Season 2 but waiting till I am caught up on the other two and started Leaguens of Tomorrow so I can enjoy the big crossover).

I am listening to...beyond hours of Christmas music:

I am hoping... to make Christmas cards this week and get a head on a few blog posts I want to write while still making time for friends and family, it is Christmas after all.

In the Kitchen:...About a month ago I began a major dietary change. I've found a term that fits it best "pegan" which is defined as a cross between paleo and vegan (weird mix I know). Much of what I am eating is big leafy green salads with tons of protein. I have surprised myself with how much I am enjoying the change. I am also working on how to make sure I still enjoy foods and treats aren't seen as failures or cheating. I would like to continue to eat well to because it makes me feel well and still allow myself to enjoy life, celebrations including Christmas cookies, and have a healthy relationship with food.

Closing Notes: I've been tired but in the best of ways. Today I preached a message I've been excited to share. I should listen to it sometime this week and process where I can improve. For now I am just content with the goodness of God and the peace He's given me. And with that it is time for bed.

Day 10: Ranking of Season Seven Clara Episodes

I've been working through series seven of Doctor Who, the last days of the Ponds and the mystery of the Impossible Girl. This is my first rewatch since they originally aired in 2012-2013, which is a little strange, I've seen the pervious seasons multiple times. I realize this is my opinion, maybe you share it maybe you don't, but it was a lackluster.

The great Moffett mystery of the series was "who is Clara?" I remember having a fan-theory that I loved, Clara was River Song post CAL trying to reconnect with the Doctor. Each episode I waited for evidence that I was right or wrong. I read fan articles for other Clara possibilities. I was disappointed with what the show gave us. It felt very much like when Dorothy and her friends discovering who was behind the curtain. And without that tension (knowing the reveal) makes the individual episodes less. And there isn't really anything to Clara's character. There is little character growth and her best episodes were the ones she died.

Here is my ranking of the first 10 Clara episodes. The order might change slightly in the future. I haven't rewatched yet are The Name of the Doctor and Nightmare in Silver, my thoughts on the episodes might change.

10) The Name of the Doctor
This was a let down. After the hype of season, the tension of visiting Trenzalore, the promise of the greatest mystery of Whovian history being answered. Nothing really happened. I didn't even find the problem of getting out of the time-scare was answered. There were cool moments, I love any episode with River Song or Vastra, Penny, and Stax, seeing all the past doctors was great, the reveal on the War Doctor was awesome. But ultimately disappointing, especially the Great Intelligence after the earlier encounters in The Snowmen and The Bells of Saint John.

9) Nightmare in Silver
The adding of the children felt bizarre and out of place. My memory was that it seemed to set up for a story arch that got cut at the last minute. Again, there were neat moments but it wasn't as good as past encounters with the Cybermen.

8) Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
I watched this episode this week with friends. As the credits started, the group reaction was, "what was the point of that?" The solution was "big friendly button" how does that even work? Beyond that it got some messy plot hole moments. I think my favourite moments were the TARDIS not getting along with Clara and seeing the pool.

7) The Rings of Akhaten
I've rearranged the order of these next four a few times. They each have shining moments, elements that are interesting and I wished the writers had explored. For the Rings I loved exploring a new planet, meeting the Queen of Ages, and that song. The trouble was all these episodes feel like a bate and switch, or they had two story concepts and mashed them together hoping they would fit.

6) The Bells of Saint John
I loved the set up. I loved the book Easter egg. I wanted to love this episode. As I said in point seven, felt like two different stories being told together.

5) Cold War
I liked the professor. I think that is the reason this episode is at the half way point on the list.

4) The Crimson Horror
The best point of the episode was it had Vastra, Penny, and Stax. There were also fun moments. Though none jump to my mind. That is something each of these episodes have in common, there are good moments but nothing truly stands out. There is no, "Don't Blink" or even "always bring a banana to a party."

3) Hide
This is another one of those two stories in one, only it felt intentional and real. The twist fit the story. The only complaint from the friends I watched it with was that it felt like it was trying too hard to be Blink.

2) The Snowmen
I really like this Christmas Special, again it is partly because of Vastra, Penny, and Stax. It felt like a true reaction for the Doctor after the loss of the Ponds (which outside their contract was up the Doctor not being able to rescue them still annoys me especially with the lengths 12 goes to in series 9). There are rememberable moments: the using the umbrella to pull down the ladder, Clara saying "it's smaller on the outside," and the one word answer of Pond. It was knit together well. Also killer snow was great, I love how every Christmas this show makes me afraid of something I love about the season.

1) Asylum of the Daleks
I think this is my favourite Jenna Coleman episode. I loved her introduction, her spunk, her resilience, and her intelligence. Oswin had so much promise and her sacrifice made her all the more endearing. I will rewatch.

I feel like I've been too harsh, I really love this show, this was a weak season. Do you agree with my list? Do you have a different take on the season as a whole or an individual episode? Leave a comment. Also in my adventures I found this prelude to The Bells of Saint John and the Name of the Doctor. It actually improves my opinion of Clara:

If you are looking for a way to keep updated on daily posts join the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group. 

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 15 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 17 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 8: A Mini and Christmas Greetings
Episodes Watched: ...Hide

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Day 9: Who Comedy

It's been one of those days. I needed to keep up with real life things. I have actual topic ideas and things for tomorrow's post. Right now I must focus on sermon (and stop watching Doctor Who sketches and minis). While I get life things done enjoy this. It is back from series two, and it is fun:

If you are looking for a way to keep updated on daily posts join the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group. 

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 16 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 18 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 8: A Mini and Christmas Greetings
Episodes Watched: ...none

Friday, December 08, 2017

Day 8: A Mini and Christmas Greetings

I was writing up a ranking of Clara's episodes of series seven, when I found minis I had never seen before. It is exciting, I love finding older clips that add to the series arches.

I'm going to spread the clips out over the next few days. I often wonder where these clips are first shown. I have never seen them before the episodes they prequel air. I probably need to spend more time on the BBC sight.

This first one is called Clara and the TARDIS.

And my favourite weekly tradition, another Christmas bumper from 2009,

If you are looking for a way to keep updated on daily posts join the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group. 
The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 17 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 19 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 7: Colouring, Clara, and TROCK
Episodes Watched: ...None

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Day 7: Colouring, Clara, and TROCK

Congratulations to Ami, who successful guessed both the character (The 11th Doctor) and the Christmas Special (The Snowmen) yesterday's Wednesday Weekly Art. You win the satisfaction that you were right.

The inspiration for the sketch came from this page of the Doctor Who: Travels in Time Colouring Book.
I picked up the Doctor Who colouring book specifically for the countdown. My intention was that I would share one completed colouring page each week. So far the plan isn't going so well. The pictures are beautifully detailed and I haven't even started one. I think my new goal is to finish one picture before the end of the countdown.

I enjoy the Travel in Time as a colouring book. On the back of each picture there is a quote, who said it, the episode, and the point in time being visited. My only complaint is that the journey through time only goes to 2012. There are colouring pages for future visits. I wonder if that will be the third volume of the Doctor Who colouring books.

While I wasn't colouring I did watch three episodes of Clara's adventures with Eleven. We skipped Hide because we watched it this summer and it was still fairly fresh in our minds. I was hoping the revisit would make me enjoy these episodes hasn't. I like parts of each episode, just not the whole thing. And without the mystery of who is the impossible girl there is less tension or interest in Clara. Instead of more thoughts on Clara, here is something I do like, a little TROCK:

If you are looking for a way to keep updated on daily posts join the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group. 

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 18 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 20 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 6: Wednesday Weekly Art #4
Episodes Watched: ...Cold War, Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, and The Crimson Horror

Thankful Thursday #225

I am thankful for...

1) ...the start Advent
2) ...the generosity of the community especially seeing the results of Fill-A-Bag food drive
3) ...all the talks I have with my Sister
4) jobs
5) ...Christmas lights
6) ...hugs
7) ...found parking spots

Day 6: Wednesday Weekly Art #4

The Whovian Christmas Special Countdown meets the Wednesday Weekly Art.

The inspiration for the sketch came from Doctor Who: Travels in Time Colouring Book. It is a bit of a departure for me, or maybe more of a return. I have not attempted a portrait since high school art class.

I am not sure it turned out. I asked my mom and Sister if they could tell who I was attempting to draw. They couldn't. That might be because the picture isn't close enough to the character or it might be because they wouldn't be able to name if it was a photo. I will through it to you, who is this? Harder question can you name(guess) what Christmas special it is from? Leave your answers in the guess:
It is one of my best portraits ever. Portraits scare me so I normally avoid them. There will probably be two more this month. I always worry that even if the picture is good the sketch doesn't depict the original subject. Looking at the photo of the sketch I am annoyed with how the eyes turned out. But overall I am happy with it.

If you are looking for a way to keep updated on daily posts join the Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group. 

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 19 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 21 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 5: Tuesday Tutorial -Starry Night TARDIS Mug
Episodes Watched: ...none today

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Day 5: Tuesday Tutorial -Starry Night TARDIS Mug

Today's project is a paint-it-yourself ceramic mug that I worked on between September 2015 and May 2016 at the Wolfville Clayground. It was fired after my move so a friend picked it up and held on to it till I could visit.

The Clayground is fantastic. You go in pick out the project you want to work. You buy it up front, the prices are on the unpainted ceramics. The cost includes the piece, all the paints you use even if it takes multiple visits to finish, and the firing process. I found it a way to paint without having to buy all the supplies or clean up. It was also enjoyable having something practical I could use or give as a gift.

A Paint-Your-Own Ceramic Studio
Reference Material

Step 1:
Research if there is a paint your own ceramics studio in your area. I was fortunate to have discovered the Clayground years before this project. Hopefully there is one in your area. I know for Ottawa people there is Colour Me Mine at the Bayshore. I only have experience at the Clayground. They have storage space for large projects that took multiple painting sessions. Other stores might have different policies.

Step 2:
Choose your project. There are so many options available at these studios, plates, tea pots, mugs, figures, piggy banks, jewelry boxes, and more. The best advice I was given was, "choose something practical that you could actually use." After almost a dozen project, I completely agree.

Step 3:
With the aid of your reference choose your paints. Having a plan isn't necessary. My friend who I would paint with would come up with these vibrant colourful designs of pots or stripes. Her pieces were always cheerful and beautiful.  I would often just stare at the white ceramic hoping for inspiration.
Having an idea and reference material can be useful. I knew going in that I wanted to recreate the TARDIS in the Starry Night. I wasted no time at the shop considering my creative options, and it made choosing the paints easier.

Step 4:
Paint. Listen to the workers. I would imagine the process is similar but maybe not. The Clayground paints needed three coats and to be completely dried between each coat or the paint would bubble or crack in the kiln. We used hairdryers.
I used a basecoat of blue before penciling in the design.
Next I worked on the stars and moon. I found using dots and dashes helped me to recreated Van Gogh's style (somewhat).
I think the hardest part is guessing if the colours are going to work. There were sample tiles of each colour glazed and fired but it wasn't always clear if I was making the right choice.

Step 5:
Eventually you will be finished painting. Then you give the piece to the shop to be dipped in glaze and fired. At this point it is waiting for the studio to call you and let you know your piece is ready.
Don't forget to sign and date the bottom (I did).

Step 6:
Enjoy the finished project.

Try not to be too critical. I love how it turned out but there are small things that bother me. The background is darker than I expected. If I did it again I would choose a lighter blue to build on. Related to that the town and especially the church were made from similar colours and seem to disappear in the painting. All that aside, I really enjoyed the process and now I have a Doctor Who travel mug.

Let me know any creations you've made, either in the comments or over at Whovian Christmas Special Countdown facebook group. 

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 20 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 22 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 4: Gift Guide for a Whovian
Episodes Watched: ...none today

Monday, December 04, 2017

Day 4: Gift Guide for a Whovian

The gift shopping season is upon us. Thankfully, with the growing popularity of geek culture it is easier to find than ever. And, according to the Ottawa Comic Con survey 1/3 of geeks are Whovians. Even with the growing selection the question is remains "where do I look?" and "what do I get?"

This is not an exhaustive list; there is just too much out there. Instead it has a few suggestions a long with places to look.

My first suggestion, start local; I was surprised at my last Christmas craft fair how many Doctor Who things were available. There were handmade ornaments, magnets, bookmarks, and art. If that doesn't work out and you are looking for something unique with a personal touch try Etsy. There are over 23,000 results just searching "Doctor Who." Here are just three items that I loved right away:

Reference T-Shirt by Frist Choice Apparel
This shirt feels like it was made just for me. So few people get my references these days.

"We're All Stories" Print by InkistPrints

Mini Fez by Pretty Turkish Things

If that isn't what you are looking for than Amazon, the BBC Canada shop, ThinkGeek, or Chapters probably has it.

Bedding. This is one of three designs available at Think Geeks

A good book. It is available in both Hard copy and for the Kindle.

I discovered these Paper Dolls while compiling this list, now I want them :)
 Dalek Earrings

 Gingerbread TARDIS ornament

I have no pictures for the last suggestions: Doctor Who Lego, TARDIS umbrellaK-9 Slippers, Time Warp Throw Blanket, and Double Heart Cushion.

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 21 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 23 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: Day 3: A Whovian Carol and Something Fun
Episodes Watched: ...none today

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Day 3: A Whovian Carol and Something Fun

I don't know what I was thinking yesterday with my original post plan, which was "Colouring Though Time." I knew today I was participating in a community wide food drive. I knew from last year that even though my part is finished as early as 3:00 pm I would help in other ways. Which means I should have known I wouldn't have time to start let alone finish the required colouring to make the post were. It will happen, maybe tomorrow, hopefully this week at some point. I am not making any claims cause I am not sure what tomorrow holds.

Instead of the delayed "Colouring Through Time" here is a fun TROCK Christmas Carol by the group Not Literally. Seems fitting since 12 is also regenerating during a Christmas special.

And for something fun, I found this year's official BBC Doctor Who Adventure Calendar. I enjoyed the exploring the TARDIS, got 8/10 on the 12 quiz, and skimmed the article. I was really surprised by how well I did on the quiz, I guessed most of the answers. How did you do? Leave a comment.

The BBC's official  Doctor Who 2017 Adventure Calendar
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 22 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 24 sleeps
Yesterday's Countdown Post: My Top Ten Favourite Whovian Posts (from past countdowns)
Episodes Watched: The Rings of Akhaten

Day 2: My Top Ten Favourite Whovian Posts

Today, Sister and I went to see a Santa Clause parade. Besides the sole fun of that, a special moment presented itself when a girl stopped me to admire my 4th Doctor scarf, the one I used for my Osgood cosplay. We had a wonderfully geeky conversation about the Doctor, the upcoming special, and, of course, cosplay.  This has nothing to do with today's top ten list, I just thought you, my fellow Whovian's, are probably the only ones who would appreciate the story and my joy.

While preparing for this year's countdown I have been looking over the previous years for ideas. One of the outcomes is today's list. Here are my top ten favourite posts from the previous three Christmas Special Countdowns:

10) Merry Christmas and Ten Merriest Moments
9) Top Ten Who-Crosses
8) Top Ten Doctor Who Spin Off Ideas
7) Nine Reasons I Love the 9th Doctor
6) Eleven Reasons I Love The 11th Doctor
5) Top Ten Doctor Who Speeches
4) Top Ten Fictional Character Who Are Secretly Time Lords
3) Top Ten Saddest Doctor Who Moments
2) Ten Reason I Love the 10th Doctor
1) Tutorial Tuesday: Gingerbread Tardis

I realized, as I complied the list above, that most of these ideas are from the first year and the remaining are from the second year. I hope I haven't used up all the good ones! I also apologize for any dead links or deleted pictures or videos, and always my poor spelling and grammar. I am sorry.

Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 23 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 25 sleeps
Tomorrow's Countdown Post: Colouring Through Time (working title)
Episodes Watched: None today :(

Friday, December 01, 2017

Day 1: The 2017 Doctor Who Christmas Countdown Begins

Happy December First and welcome to the fourth annual Whovian Christmas Special Countdown. Over the next few weeks there will be a new Doctor Who related posted daily from now till the Christmas special airs on December 25.

New this year, I've created a Facebook group to share daily post links. If you want to join you can find it here: Whovian Christmas Special Countdown (please someone let me know if the link works). The schedule of post topics has not been completely finalized. There will be art, craft tutorials, reviews, and hopefully some fun surprises. In the past I have had many good suggestions from fellow Whovians. Sadly this year we're not able to brainstorm ideas over a cup of coco (distance is a pain). If you are one of those people or have a suggestion for Whovian topic, please leave a comment and let me know!

I am looking forward to the Christmas Special. But I know nothing about it. I am avoiding all trailers, articles, and preview clips. The only thing I have seen in the poster. It looks good! I find I enjoy the Doctor the less I know and the less assumptions or fan-theories I have. I'm also completely ignorant about what has been happening to the 12th Doctor currently. The site I relied on in the past only made the first episode of season ten available for free. My hope is that the events of the Special stand alone. If not, it won't be the first time I watched the show out of order, and time is wibbly wobby after all.

While waiting for the special and in the midst of daily blogging, Christmas preparations, and mundane life responsibilities I two goals. The first is to watch all the Christmas Specials and Nine's holiday adventure with Charles Dickens. The second goal is to watch all of Clara's episodes. Okay not all, over the last year I've been going through Matt Smith's run. So, three less than "all." We ended Tuesday on the Bells of Saint John. I think my real hope is to get to the end of series nine and figure out what I think of Twelve, just in time to say good-bye.

To close today one of the great BBC bumper videos from 2009:
Countdown Till Christmas Special Airs: 24 sleeps
Countdown Till This Whovian (probably) sees the Christmas Special: 26 sleeps
Tomorrow's Countdown Post: My Top Ten Favourite Past Whovian Posts
Episodes Recently Watched: The Bells of Saint John (watched Tuesday)

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thankful Thursday #224

I am thankful for...

1) ...fresh vegetables
2) ...yummy cheese
3) ...finding a parking spot downtown
4) ...celebrations
5) ...reasons to dance
6) ...a new phone
7) ...the ministry team I have the privilege of being on and the church we serve.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday Weekly Art #3

With the break last week I forgot about drawing. This is a simple sketch because I started and completed it tonight after three earlier attempts. As a sketch it's okay. I'm most happy with the rocks on the left. However I don't think I like my style. I think it is just an issue of time and practice.

I'm trying to decide about next week's art topic. With it being December it will be right in the middle of my annual Whovian Christmas Special Countdown. I could do Doctor Who inspired drawings. Or I could keep doing the subjects similar to what I've been working on and have an additional countdown post. Both have there merits. Does anyone have a thought?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

36 While 36: Novemeber Update

Time does fly. Yesterday I said, "a few months ago..." starting a story. My friend stopped and said, "really a few months ago?" I paused and thought, "no I guess not, it's closer to a year ago I was still living in NS." When I shared this the friend responded, "you've almost been living here two years. That is not a few months." He was right, it wasn't a few months ago, but I've only been here a year and a half. Either way time seems to be flying by. In fact it is time for another 36 While 36 challenge update.

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

1) Choose a 2018 Word
     Will happen end of December first part of January. The process normally takes me three weeks.
2) Make a 40 Before 40 List
    Here is the whole 40 Before 40 list
3) Send/give Christmas Cards (36 minimum)
    I haven't started but there is a plan to start next Saturday.
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
    There are a few spots I still slip up on but as of the end of October I know this passage!

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. I was hoping to have made the video last week but there were personal reasons that have set back the filming schedule. I think it might wait till January now. Christmas season is busy. 

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'm on day 13.
33) Keep Food Journal (#35)
    Also on day 13.
34) TBA
35) TBA
36) TBA

As as it stands, of the 36 Challenges:

  • 23 Completed
  • 7 Started
  • 6 Unstarted

Not bad, not bad at all, especially when I remind myself there are still five months to go. In the past at this point in the year are writing off a few challenges as unrealistic. This year I think I can finish them all. I don't know if I made the challenges too easy this year but this year is has the best midpoint success rate. All the NS challenges really helped and made me very happy. So does thinking that I might actually complete everything.