Doctor Who Wednesdays #30

“We all change. When you think about it, we are all different people, all through our lives. And that’s okay, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day… I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”

— Eleventh Doctor, The Time of The Doctor

And now we have reached the end of the Eleventh Doctor. And I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the Twelfth Doctor, but Eleven… I wasn’t ready for him to go.

That being said, he had a great final scene. And I liked how they aligned the Doctor’s regenerations, and the fact that he really does become different people, with everyday life and the way that people change throughout their lives. Everyone stays the same, while becoming different, all through their lives.

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Megra12

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ProjectTwentyNine | Vlog # 2 | Regent’s Park and Greenwich

Hello Lovely Readers!

If you read my ProjectTwentyNine update post yesterday, you’ll know I went on two adventures last week – one to Regent’s Park and one to Greenwich. What I didn’t include there was the vlog I made of the adventure.

Have you ever tried vlogging? Do you enjoy watching vlogs? Let me know in the comments!

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ProjectTwentyNine: Week 2 Update

The Prime Meridian

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Week 2 update. I did a bit  of adventuring this week, a good amount of television show watching, and not a whole lot of reading (oops!). So let’s get to the update!

1. Life Experiences/Adventures (Not numbered)
I’m not really sure if I’m going to count either of this week’s adventures as their own entries, or if they will just end up grouped together under the category of “exploring London.” That being said, I thought I’d let you know what I was up to this week.

  • Regent’s Park, London. It was a beautiful day last Sunday (19th July), and it was a perfect day for the park. I was a bit worried that I would need to change my plans for the day, because just as I was getting set to go… it clouded over! I decided to press on with my plans, and am I ever glad that I did as it turned out to be a wonderfully, beautiful day. Regent’s park is a big more difficult to navigate than, say, Hyde Park, but the rose garden is gorgeous!

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  • The Royal Observatory, Greenwich London. (Saturday 25th July). Again, I almost changed my plans for the day because of the threat of rain. It absolutely poured all day Friday, and the weatherman was calling for the same on Saturday. Luckily, when I woke up it was cloudy, but less chance of rain, so I decided to risk it. I had a great time at the observatory (and got my picture taken on the prime meridian line!). One of my favourite parts was definitely seeing all of the clocks, since I am a huge fan of clocks.

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2. Geeky Things (#2 – maybe)
I completed my first vlog this week! (fully edited) I haven’t quite decided yet whether this will be an entry on my Geeky Things list (I know, I am quite the indecisive one today for someone who has so many lists to complete). But here me out. I can’t quite decide if this counts as a “geeky thing.” At one time, vlogging would have definitely fit into a category of geeky things, but my question is whether it’s now more common. I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject! Let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page. For those of you who haven’t seen last week’s vlog yet, you can find it here.

3. TV Shows (No completions)
I watched quite a few shows this week, more than I read for sure. It was just one of those weeks that seemed to lead itself more to watching shows than reading, I guess.

  • Continuation: Buffy. As I mentioned in my previous update post, by the time that went live I had finished watching my allotment for the month, and I watched episodes 11 and 12. I think this also brought me to the end of Season 1. I will definitely look forward to picking this show up again next month.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Chuck. I watched episodes 1-4 of Season 1, which was the allotment I set myself for this month. Chuck is one of the new watch shows on my list, and honestly, the verdict is still out as to whether or not I am enjoying it. I like the concept (Geeky guy suddenly finds himself with a great deal of government intelligence, which subsequently draws him into the spy life), but so far I’m not completely sure about the execution. I’ll definitely give it at least to the end of the season, but we’ll see.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Dexter. I watched episodes 1-6 of Season 1, which was the allotment I set myself for this month. Dexter is one of the new watch shows on my list, and so far I am enjoying it. I really like the concept, and am enjoying the way the writers have executed the concept. The first few episodes are really weird, but I’m enjoying it.
  • New Show: Supernatural. I watched episodes 1-8 of Season 1. Like Buffy last week, this is almost the allotment I set for myself for the month, and by the time you read this update, I’ll have finished for the month. This show is a partial re-watch, but it’s mostly a new watch. Confused? Years ago (around the time when there were only a few season out), I started watching Supernatural, and then for one reason or another, stopped. I’m going to try it out again.

7. Comic Books/Graphic Novels

  • The Lumberjanes Issue 2-3 by Grace Ellis – Still not quite counting this one as a completion, but I have read more and I am definitely enjoying the story and the art. Unfortunately, I’ve come to the end of the issues available from the e-branch of the library, so I’m at a bit of a pause. Yes, yes, I could buy the first trade, and I probably will. But I don’t want to have to cart it home with me in November, so I’ll wait until I’m home to buy it.

I think that is all for this week. Join me next week. Same place. Same time.

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Megra12

Doctor Who Wednesdays #29

“It’s funny. I thought if you could hear me I could hang on somehow. Silly me. Silly old Doctor. When you wake up you will have a mom and a dad and you won’t even remember me. Well, You’ll remember me a little. I’ll be a story in your head. That’s okay. We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one eh?

‘Cause it was you know. It was the best. The daft old man who stole a magic box and ran away. Did I ever tell you that I stole it? Well, I borrowed it. I was always going to take it back. Oh that box. Amy, you’ll dream about that box. It’ll never leave you. Big and little at the same time. Brand new and ancient and the bluest blue ever. And the times we had, eh? Would of had. Never…had. In your dreams they’ll still be there. The Doctor and Amy Pond. And the days that never came.”

— Eleventh Doctor, The Big Bang

This is one of my favourite quotes from the Eleventh Doctor. And possibly one of my favourite quotes from all of Doctor Who (though don’t hold me to that since there are so many good ones). But I love the use of and reference to story. I like the notion of thinking of life as a story and working towards making that story a good one. Even if you’re the only one who ever really reads it.

I also love how the Doctor weaves this short story for Amy to help her remember him during her Wedding. He couldn’t know for sure if it would work, but he told a story banking on the possibility that Amy remembering him would be enough to bring him back. And it worked.

Something Old. Something New. Something Borrowed. Something Blue.

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Megra12

ProjectTwentyNine: Week 1 Update

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Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to the very first ProjectTwentyNine update post. You can expect to see one of these every week, every Monday, for the duration of the project. Here you will find a summary of the all the things I have been doing that relate to my ProjectTwentyNine lists. I’m still playing with the format of these posts, so if you have any suggestions, let me known in the comments down below.

1. Life Experiences/Adventures (#1)

My week started out with the completion of an adventure, and yes it was planned that way. For my birthday I went on an adventure to Cardiff, Wales and I explored Cardiff Castle, the city centre, Bute Park, and Cardiff Bay. I also went to the Doctor Who Experience (umm, amazing) but you can read more about that one a little bit later in this post.

2. Geeky Things (#1)

The Doctor Who Experience. Basically, I went on an adventure with The Doctor in the TARDIS, helped land the TARDIS, was attacked by Daleks and Weeping Angels (among other dangers), and helped save the universe. Not bragging or anything – but it was Fantastic. I also saw lots of props, including multiple incarnations of the TARDIS and a few different interiors. Hopefully there will be a post dedicated to the Doctor Who Experience coming in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned for that!

Check out my Cardiff Vlog: Here

3. TV Shows (No completions)

The show section of this update will probably be in every weekly update, but most weeks I’ll be talking about progress on shows, and not actually completions. Because most of the shows will take multiple weeks, and potentially months the way I’ve organized things, to complete. Anyways.

  • New Show: This week I started watching Friends. I watched Episodes 1 – 20 of Season 1, which completed the allotment I set for myself to watch over the first month of ProjectTwentyNine. Friends is one of the re-watch shows on my list.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Buffy. I watched Episodes 1 – 1o of Season 1, which almost completed the allotment I set for myself to watch over the first month of ProjectTwentyNine. By the time you read this, I will have finished the allotment, but that will be for next weeks update! Buffy is one of the new watch shows on my list.

4. Children’s Reads (#1)

  • The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows by Jacqueline West – This was a new read, and I really enjoyed it. It was a children’s book that I think can be enjoyed by children of all ages. I’ve had a few disappointing children’s read experiences lately (more in that in an upcoming post), and this one was not disappointing. I look forward to reading other books in this series.
    Verdict: Recommended.

5. New Reads (#1)

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – Wow. This book was very good, but quite a roller coaster. Like others who have discussed this book online, I’m not going to say much more about the book or it will ruin the effect.
    Genre: Young Adult. Verdict: Highly Recommended

6. Impulse Reads (#1 – maybe)
Wait, wait wait. Why is this a maybe? The thing is that this was an audio book that I started listening to the night before ProjectTwentyNine officially started. I only listened to about 20 minutes of it, but I can’t decide if I can actually count it on the list. I’ve decided that if I can, I’ll read 29 other books and not count this one, but if I don’t manage this, then I’ll count this book. Deal?

  • Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee (Audio book) – This was  a book that I found while browing the e-shelves of my local library. And I really enjoyed it. I am really glad that my slump of disappointing children’s fiction seems to be at an end. I would love to read more about Ophelia, though I don’t think this is part of a series.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction Verdict: Recommended

7. Comic Books/Graphic Novels
I have decided not to count this one as a completion yet since I’ve only read the first issue, but I thought I’d mention it anyways.

  • The Lumberjanes Issue 1 by Grace Ellis – As I said, I’ve only read issue 1 so far, but so far so good. I really like the art style, and I enjoy the concept. I’m looking forward to reading more episodes and getting further into the story.

I think that is all for this week. Join me next time. Same place. Same time.

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Megra12

“Olive owned six pairs of slippers, but none of them were ever where they belonged. This was because Olive’s body often did things without consulting Olive’s brain, which was usually busy with something much more interesting than putting things away in the right place.” — Jacqueline West, The Books of Elsewhere: The Shadows

Doctor Who Wednesdays #28

The Doctor: Okay then. That’s what I’ll do. I’ll tell you a story. Can you hear them? All these people who lived in terror of you and your judgment. All these people whose ancestors devoted themselves, sacrificed themselves to you. Can you hear them singing? Oh you like to think you’re a god. But you’re not a god. You’re just a parasite. Eat now with jealousy and envy and longing for the lives of others. You feed on them. On the memory of love and loss and birth and death and joy and sorrow, so… so come on then. Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you’re got a big a big appetite. Because I’ve lived a long life. And I’ve seen a few things. I walked away from the last great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time, no space. Just me! I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a madman! And I watched universes freeze and creation burn! I have seen things you wouldn’t believe! I have lost things you will never understand! And I know things, secrets that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken! Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze! So come on then! Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!

— The Eleventh Doctor, The Rings of Akhaten

Okay, so this week’s quote has been giving me a bit of trouble, because I don’t really know how to describe why I love this quote so much. And I feel that the quote loses something when it’s just words on the page because you don’t see the emotion behind the words as the Doctor attempts to save a world from a sun creature that feeds on memories. You don’t see the pain and the loss as he speaks of the experiences he has had in the span of his long life.

And so, as a change, this week I am including a link to a clip of this scene as my reason for why I love this quote.

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Megra12

Introducing: ProjectTwentyNine

**I know this is a bit of a long post. I really hope you’ll read it. But if you’re just here to find the link to the main ProjectTwentyNine list page you can find that right here: ProjectTwentyNine. You can also get there by clicking the link on the side menu.**

Hello Lovely Readers!

After much planning and preparation over these last couple months, the day has finally arrived! Today I turned 29 years old! What?! Okay, Okay, so I didn’t actually have to plan and prepare to turn 29, the planning and preparation into the challenge that I am officially announcing the start of in this post! But let me get to that in a minute.

“Megra12” <I hear you asking> “how does it feel to be 29? You are officially in the last year of your 20’s after all.” <To which I respond> It feels… uh… it feels… Okay, so I don’t actually know how I’m feeling now that I’m officially 29. “What?” <You ask, incredulous> “How can you not know how you feel?” Well… <I begin> I suppose I can tell you: This is actually Megra12 from the past speaking to you write now! Yes, that is correct, this post is not, in fact, being written by 29 year old me. This post is being written by “the final days of 28” me.

The truth of the matter is that this post is part of the planning and preparation previously mentioned. This post is so important that I couldn’t risk not having time to write it closer to the actual date. Also, newly 29 me is in Cardiff today, so… there is that. Anyways… enough rambling, and on to the good stuff!

As I mentioned earlier, today is the beginning of the (potentially crazy) challenge I have set for myself to help me make the most of the 366 days that I get to spend at, what I have decided is, will be an awesome age! (Yes, 366 days, 2016 is a leap year. Meaning February has 29 days. Coincidence? I think not.) What is the challenge, you ask?

I have challenged myself to complete 29 lists of 29 things/items while at the age of 29. Hence the name of the project: ProjectTwentyNine. I have tried to set myself a wide variety of lists that encompass my interests and that will allow me to stretch myself and challenge myself to accomplish some of the things I’ve always wanted to do or try. And some of the lists are basically more of the things that I already love to do.

I am going to do my best to keep you all updated on my progress, with weekly update posts, as well as other posts that might relate to the lists. One side goal for this project is to continue to become a better, and more consistent, blogger. Some of my lists and challenges may directly involve posting on various topics, so stay tuned for those!

I have gathered all the links to the individual list pages onto one page, which you can find under the “ProjectTwentyNine” link in the side menu. You can also get there by clicking Here. I will be updating all of these pages frequently throughout the year, and my weekly updates will let you know which pages saw progress that week. On each individual challenge page, you will find a bit of a description unique to that list (ie/ some lists have a set of stipulations/restrictions that accompany them). You’ll also find that some lists have preset entries (some flexible, some set in stone) for me to accomplish and some are blank, to be revealed or decided as the year progresses.

As you will also notice, there are a few spots on my main list that are still blank, or that are still “To be Confirmed.” I have a few ideas for these lists, but since I need to have 29 lists to complete the challenge, I would love to hear your list suggestions, and any items you would put on those new lists, or that you would add to the lists I already have.

As I’m sure you’ll quickly notice, 29 lists is… well… a lot. But I’m ready. Wish me luck!

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Megra12

P.S. As a side part of ProjectTwentyNine, I am also attempting a 366 Day photo challenge. You can find more information about that 366 Days.

ProjectTwentyNine: Announcement

What? that’s right lovely readers, I am trying my hand at YouTube. Let me know what you think of my first effort, and make sure to share, like, subscribe and follow and all that good stuff so that you won’t miss out on the details of ProjectTwentyNine coming next week.

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Megra12