Doctor Who Wednesdays #34

Clara: You’re going to help me?

The Doctor: Well, why wouldn’t I help you?

Clara: Because of what I just did. I just…

The Doctor: You betrayed me. Betrayed my trust, you betrayed our friendship, you betrayed everything that I’ve ever stood for. You let me down!

Clara: Then why are you helping me?

The Doctor: Why? Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?

— The Twelfth Doctor, Death in Heaven

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ProjectTwentyNine: Week 6 |Paradise Bay, The Secret Garden and Garlic Shrimp Zucchini

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Week 6 Update.

1. TV Shows (No completions)

  • Supernatural – I finished watching season 1 this week. I’m not going to comment on my thoughts here, because I am thinking of starting to writing posts about my thoughts on shows at the end of each season. So stay tuned!
  • Dexter – I finished watching season 1 of this show this week, and will share more of my thoughts in a season 1 thoughts post in the upcoming weeks.
  • Chuck – I am not yet at the end season 1 for Chuck, but this second set of episodes has left me more positive about the show, and I am enjoying it more with each episode.
  • Golden Girls – As is the theme for this week, I finished watching season 1 of Golden Girls. I will attempt to write a post about my thoughts on the first season for this one as well.

2. Children’s Reads (#3)

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This was a re-read of a book that I really love. This is not one that I read as a child, and though I have known the story through the movie, I only read it for the first time in University. I really enjoy the writing of this story (and obviously the story itself). One of my favourite things about this story is the vivid description and the way the author is able to capture the process and the feel of spring and of a growing garden and the way that it parallels the development of two cranky and spoiled children who learn how to smile and do things for themselves.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction  Verdict: Highly Recommend.

3. Video Games (#1)

  • Paradise Bay (Ipad) – I started playing this on Saturday, and I am currently hooked on it. I know in a lot of ways it’s not a typical “video game” but I really like simulation games, and so I’m counting it. Even though this one is similar to games such as Farmville, it has enough of a twist, and a small story line to keep it interesting and keep it moving along. It also has the cutest little island animals that can help you out with your tasks.

4. Unique Meals (#2)

  • Garlic Shrimp and Zucchini Bowl

5. Impulse Movies (#1)

  • Rewatch: Star Trek: Into Darkness. 

I think that is all for this week. I know I have mentioned this before, but I am thinking of ways that I can switch this post up a bit and make it unique. I considered switching to a monthly update, but I find that this weekly setup helps keep me motivated, so I don’t think that’s the best option. But I might start just listing some items (such as books and movies) and making separate posts throughout the week to talk about them in more detail. Thoughts? I’d love to hear them down in the comments!

Join me next week. Same place. Same time.

Keep Smiling!

Megra12

 

ProjectTwentyNine Week 5 | New Girl, The Secret History and Doctor Who Comics

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Week 5 Update. For those of you who are just now tuning in, I am one month into ProjectTwentyNine, which is a year long challenge I set for myself when I turned 29. I am attempting to complete 29 lists of 29 things, and I am sharing my progress with you here weekly. If you’d like to read a bit more about ProjectTwentyNine, you can check out the introduction post here. 

3. TV Shows (No completions)
I actually did not watch many of the shows on my list this week. I had a bit of a cold all week, so I ended up watching a lot of crime show re-runs (NCIS, CSI:NY) on the actual television while I was working on other things and relaxing. I am on my second month of show allotments, and I am completely on track so far.

  • New Girl. This week (let’s be real, Saturday), I watched a lot of New Girl. I have been really enjoying this show, and I’ve found it good when I want a bit of a pick me up, so I’ve been “binge watching it” to a certain extent. This week I watched S1 Episode 19 – S2 Episode 11. This, of course, is way more than my allotted number for this month, and I suspect this show will end up finished before earlier than I set out in my planning. Though there are some shows that I’m intending to spread out over the whole year, this isn’t one where that’s necessary, so I’m not concerned with my pace.

4. Children’s Reads (#2)

  • The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. I absolutely loved this book. This is one that I found months ago while browsing my elibrary shelves, and I am so glad that I added it to my wish list. Basically this story is about two girls who are kidnapped from their village and taken to a school where children learn how to be fairy tale characters – either good ones or bad ones. I loved the concept, and I loved how it was executed. I also really appreciated the way the author dealt with the questions around good and evil, and what defines a character in that way. This is the first book in a series, and I am looking forward to reading the sequels.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction. Verdict: Highly Recommend

5. New Reads (#4)

  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I’m not really sure what I thought of this book. I know, I know, that is extremely unhelpful. Overall I think I liked it? But I also found it very strange and very long. I did not hang on every word, and I did not really have a sense of satisfaction when I finished it. In many ways I had to force my way through the audiobook on a faster speed. There were elements of the story that I enjoyed, and I liked how it was set up, in that the main plot point around which the rest of the story hinges is outlined at the very beginning. I also liked how the focus was more on the reaction of the other characters, and the effect the event had on their lives, instead of the event itself. Overall, I feel like it was a book I should have enjoyed, and I’m glad that I read it, but it’s not a favourite and I’m glad I listened to it sped up, because it is long.
    Genre: Adult Fiction Verdict: Recommend if you’re a fan of long, drawn out reads. Not recommended if you get stuck on meandering stories.

7. Impulse Reads (#3)

  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. This is the second book in a series I came across and began a couple months ago. And, unlike the traditional pattern of “second books,” I found that this book was better than the first book. The characters were more well developed, and the story just read better. The main twist at the end was a bit predictable for the genre, but it was well done, and I am looking forward to reading book 3. (If you want to read a bit of an extended version of this review, and see what else I’m reading, come visit me on goodreads)

8. Comic Books/Graphic Novels (#2?)
Why the question mark? I still haven’t figured out how to classify when a comic book read entry is completed. For trades, and graphic novels it’s obvious, but not so much when you’re reading single issues. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments!

  • Doctor Who (10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors). A few months ago I came across a monthly magazine that includes a single issue comic of each of the 10th, 11th, and 12th Doctors, and I have managed to pick up each months issue. I’ve been reading it gradually, and was mostly up to date for awhile until I wasn’t. So this week I’ve been working on catching up on these issues. Unfortunately this magazine is only available in the UK, so when I go back to Canada I won’t have access to these. There’s a chance these are issues which have already been previously released in North America, though, so I will need to look into that.

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

Keep Smiling!

Megra12

 

ProjectTwentyNine: Week 4 Update

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Week 4 Update. Can you believe we’re already at Week 4? I certainly can’t. It always amazes me how the weeks can go by so quickly and so slowly at the same time. Wibbley Wobbley, Timey Wimey. At least that’s what I’m going with.

I have a little additional update for this week that’s related to ProjectTwentyNine, but not something that will be included in any of the following categories. This week was the 2 year anniversary of me blogging here, and it just so happened that I have been working on clarifying the focus for my blog and the direction I want to take for the next year. I have many new ideas I have been thinking about this week, so stay tuned for a more detailed update and a few changes coming in the next few months. Don’t worry, though, I’m not talking about a complete overhaul here! Anyways, to the update!

1. TV Shows (No completions)
This week I finished the allotted shows and episodes I set for this month (yay for being right on schedule!). My next allotment technically does not start until August 12th, so I am now trying to catch up on reading, but I might end up starting next months shows a bit early.

  • Continuation: Gilmore Girls. This week I finished watching Season 1 Episodes 9-13, which completed the set # I had laid out for the month. Can I just say that watching Gilmore Girls, especially the first couple seasons, always makes me want to eat junk food. All the time. It was good that I finished my allotted episodes early in the week because I am trying to get a hold of my junk food eating (which has got a bit out of control while travelling and living in London).
  • Continuation: Cheers. I only had a few more episodes to watch this week to complete the allotment for the month. I watched Season 1 episodes 19-22, which also concluded Season 1. I really do enjoy this show.
  • New Show: This week I started watching New Girl, which is almost completely a new watch for me. I did start watching the show when it first started, but only managed to watch a few episodes because the night really didn’t work for me, and we did not yet have a PVR and what not. I actually went over my allotted number of episodes for the month, I am enjoying it that much. I watched Season 1 episodes 1 – 18. Have I mentioned that I love the Deschanel sisters?

2. Impulse Reads (#2)

  • Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz. As much as this is in the “Impulse Reads” category, this book has been on my personal reading list for a few months. I enjoyed this book, and I would like to read more books from this author, but at the same time, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a “page turner,” because I didn’t have any trouble putting it down after reading sessions. If you want to read a little bit of a longer excerpt about this book, come visit me on Goodreads here.
    Genre: Adult Mystery Fiction. Verdict: Recommend.

3. Childhood Movies (#1 and #2)
I managed to watch both of the Childhood movies I set out for myself to watch this month. Which is more than I can say about my regular moving watching list…

  • Disney’s 101 Dalmations. Just for clarification, I watched the cartoon version of this, not the real life version, though both are good. I tend to forget how much I like this movie in between watches, and my favourite part is definitely when Roger first writes the Cruella DeVil song. This movie also has an opening credit sequence that I love to watch. Spots all around!
  • Disney’s Aladdin. This is one of my Top 5 favourite Disney movies (I think. Top 10 for sure). I have not watched it as much recently as I used to (yes. I frequently re-watch movies that I like), because we somehow misplaced the DVD and are waiting for it to be re-released. While in London, however, I discovered that this is available on Netflix. Yay! Despite having watched Aladdin close to a million times, I found the part at the end where Aladdin tells Genie he is going to miss him, super-duper sad. It just has such a different subtext now.

4. Video Games  (No completions)

  • Final Fantasy Record Keeper (For Ipad). I haven’t played enough of this to actually count it on my video game list yet, but I thought I would mention that I started playing it. I haven’t even really played enough to comment on whether I like it or not, so stay tuned for more information in the next few weeks (probably).

5. Drinks (#1)
I still haven’t completely decided what types of drinks can be included in this section, but for the moment I’m going with “Hot Drinks,” with a focus on tea.

  • Twinings Vanilla Chai Latte. This is one of the new teas I got last week during my Twinings adventure, and it is so yummy. It would be even better if I had a foaming device for my milk, but it is still yummy with just regular milk.

I think that is all for this week. I’d love to hear what you are thinking of these updates and if you have any suggestions for future weeks.

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Megra12

 

ProjectTwentyNine: Week 3 Update

Hello Lovely Readers! And welcome to my Week 3 Update.

Overall this was a pretty low key week, but I watched a lot of television, read a bit, started a knitting project, and just generally did life in London. I didn’t really go on any adventures, though I did go on a walk in the City of London, which included a stop at Twinings. I did vlog this adventure, but since I didn’t go on any other adventures, I’m not sure I have enough footage for an actual vlog. Anyways, rambling over, onto the list!

1. TV Shows (No completions)

  • Continuation: Supernatural. 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 9-11. So far I’m enjoying watching this show, though all the episodes I’ve watched recently I’ve seen before.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Golden Girls. I watched episodes 1 – 12 of Season 1, which completed the allotment set for this month. This show is mostly a new watch, but like Supernatural, that’s a complicated statement. I first watched it with my Grandma when I was little, though not in any order, or with any real recollection of the substance of episodes. Anyways – enjoying it so far.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Boy Meets World. I watched episodes 1 – 14 of season 1, which completed the allotment set for the month. Now obviously I watched this show when it was initially on, but it was sporadic and inconsistent. Now I am enjoying watching it in order, all the way through. This really is a fantastic show.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Gilmore Girls. This is mostly a re-watch, though again, only partially. I’ve seen the first few seasons all the way through, and then the rest of the seasons I’ve seen sporadic episodes.
  • New Show: This week I started watching Cheers. Because this seems to be the theme for this week, I’ll state that Cheers is mostly a new watch, but I used to watch it with my Dad, so I am familiar with the show and have vague remembrance of the episodes. And I love the theme song.

5. New Reads (#2 )

  • Emma by Jane Austen – Prior to starting this book, I already new the story from watching the YouTube adaptation series Emma Approved (which is really good and I highly recommend you check it out). In some ways I feel that in this case that made the read more difficult. I really like Mr Knightley, and there are parts of the story I enjoyed, but Emma is definitely not my favourite Austen book. Even though I know that it is the point, Emma really got on my nerves, and I think that was enhanced since I knew what was coming and how badly she was misjudging situations.
    Genre: Adult Fiction/Romance. Verdict: Don’t start with this one. Or, if you’re having a difficult time with it (and I never say this), watch the YouTube adaptation.
  • Is Everyone Hanging out without Me (And other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. When I first started reading this, I thought that I was really going to enjoy it. I liked the style of the introduction/first few pages, and I thought that it had good voice and good flow. But as I continued reading, I found myself getting more and more frustrated. It kept the good flow and voice throughout, but I was constantly wondering what her point was and where she was going with her points. Turns out she was never going anywhere with it. All her stories just stood alone, with very little tying them together. By the time I finished reading this book, I was even reconsidering my decision to watch The Mindy Project this year. I know they’re not connected, but I was that annoyed with the book.
    Genre: Autobiography. Verdict: Don’t Recommend.

7. Impulse Reads (#1)

  • Nightmares! By Jason Segel and Kristen Miller. (Audiobook – narrated by Jason Segel). This was another book that I stumbled upon while browsing the shelves of the elibrary, and I really enjoyed it. It took me awhile to get through, but that’s only because I wasn’t really listening to books for a bit. I really enjoyed the way the book explored topics of nightmares and fear.
    Genre: Children’s Fiction. Verdict: Recommended.

14. Unique Meals (#1)

  • Fajitas – No, it’s not an overly exciting meal, but it is more of a “meal” than some of the other ones I’ve made lately, so I’m going to count it.

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

Keep Smiling!

Megra12