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My Doctor Who and car nightmares

About a month ago, I had a dream that the brakes failed on the (borrowed) car I'd been driving for several months, and I died in a fiery crash. When I woke up, it took me a few seconds to realize that I was actually still alive.

The following night, I dreamed that when I went to the Chicago TARDIS Doctor Who convention, a suitcase containing all of my hand-knit Who scarves was stolen. All I could think about was how long it took me to make them and how it would be incredibly difficult to even come close to recreating all of that work.

Dream 2 bothered me more than dream 1 did. But I still went back to sleep promptly after waking from both of them.

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LJ 18th anniversary




#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday




I made my first post to this journal on April 28, 2004. I actually had another LJ for a while as well, mostly for Buffy fandom. I was beta reading for an author over there who often sent me fic that she wrote while drunk and apologized for the day after. Anyway, one day I heard from an acquaintance that the author had been struck by a car and died. Someone in our online social circle had the author's address, which she shared so we could send cards to the bereaved family. Not long after, the "late" author returned under another LJ name and confessed that she had made up the whole story. I suspect that when her family started to receive sympathy cards, they wormed the truth out of her and made her confess. I don't know what happened to her after this business. Her new LJ account also vanished. Maybe she started over under a different name.

I don't remember why I deleted my other LJ account, but I started this one in order to participate in a Bad Buffy Fic Mockathon. Participants wrote deliberately bad stories, which were then mocked by the requesters. My contribution was the horrid Willow's Special Spell, which was mocked here. That was fun. And also a long time ago.

New Doctor Who scarf

This is the latest Doctor Who scarf I've knit. I finished it on Thursday, April 13. It took what felt like forever to finish, but I'm happy with it.

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The "after David"

The other day, a friend who had recently been in major trouble at work said to me, "I'm so glad I didn't sign that after David when the manager wanted me to."

Thinking I must have heard her wrong, I asked, "Sign the what?"

"The after David," she repeated clearly.

I am totally going to call an affidavit an "after David" from now on.

(BTW, my friend is a native English speaker.)

Snow, ice, and cold still suck.

I really hate winter. I rarely complain about even unpleasantly hot summer weather because it's so much better than this current wave of crap. It's so cold and icy here, three of the four doors on my car froze shut the other day. Just since winter began, I've gotten stuck in snow twice, hydroplaned, skidded numerous times, and stayed home several days when I would have preferred to go out but didn't think the car could make it safely.

Anytime it's summer and I start to whine about the heat, I stop myself with this thought: "It's not winter!" I have never felt that I endanger myself or others by going anywhere in summer, and I do feel that way all too often in winter.

Today is one of those days. It's absolutely disgusting outside, with piles of filthy snow, big patches of nasty ice, horrible roads, and bone-chilling cold. Wish I could hibernate until March or April.

I'm going to watch Netflix and try to knit a hat today. No more shoveling!
Is anyone reading this going to Chicago TARDIS this weekend? I'll be there for the eighth (I think) straight year along with a bunch of scarves I've knit. In a final desperate surge of work, I finished two more scarves recently. They're the ones on the left in the photo below.

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Those two are based on the scarf on the right. That baby took so long to make that I decided to experiment with larger needles and thicker yarn, which means that the pair on the left took considerably less time to complete--though they weren't quick work, by any means.

I wonder how many scarves I can cram into my luggage. Let's put it this way, they'll probably take up more space than everything else I'm bringing combined.

Halloween

Passed out Halloween candy last night. Ran out for the first time ever.

The trick-or-treating window in my area is just an hour and a half, from 5:30 until 7:00 on Halloween. I started out giving two pieces of chocolate candy, two pieces non-chocolate candy (lollipops, taffy, etc.), and one little game or toy to each trick-or-treater. This is more than I usually hand out, but I loved Halloween as a child and decided to be especially generous this year. After about 35 minutes, I ran out of games and toys. After around 45 minutes, I realized that I was going to run out of candy too at the pace I was going. I cut back to handing out three pieces per kid, then two.

Still not good enough. I wanted to make it until the ending time of 7:00, so I dug through the cupboards in search of anything else I could give out and came up with packs of gum and individually wrapped snack bars. So for the final half hour, each child received one piece of chocolate and a pack of gum or a snack bar.

Note to self for next year: Buy at least ten medium bags of candy and a hundred small toys/games. Anything I don't hand out, I will happily eat or give away at Christmas.

New TV shows

Every fall, I try to watch the first episode (or more) of each new TV show on the major networks (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox, NBC). IMO, this season has been a good one overall, certainly better than the last few.


I'm enjoying this first batch enough to keep watching, at least for now.
LIKE: Designated Survivor, The Good Place, No Tomorrow, Pitch, This Is Us, Timeless
Frequency is borderline. I liked the pilot but lost some interest during episode #2.

I actively dislike this next group of shows because I feel that they're lazy and boring.
DISLIKE: Bull, MacGyver, Notorious

The last group has not grabbed my attention. The Exorcist is probably good enough, just not my kind of show. Kevin Can Wait falls into the "lazy" category, but it doesn't stir enough of a reaction in me to make me place it in the "dislike" column.
INDIFFERENT: Conviction, The Exorcist, Kevin Can Wait, Lethal Weapon, Son of Zorn, Speechless

I guess I'll post full reviews one of these days. I have a fair amount to say about some of these shows.

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Two Doctor Who scarves

Ugh, I haven't posted here since March? Not good. I'm going to get more active again, starting with this post that features a couple of my newer Doctor Who scarves. One was knit in January, and the other was finished on July 23.

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Chicago TARDIS 2015 recap

So it was my seventh straight year attending Chicago TARDIS over Thanksgiving weekend (November 27-29, with a reception on the 26th). I planned to post this recap sooner, but better late than never. Last year I did NOT post a recap, and I regret skipping it.

Anyway, this year's con again saw a nice mix of Classic and New Who guests with Big Finish, Torchwood, and Sarah Jane Adventures also represented. Unfortunately, Jenna Coleman (Clara) had to cancel her appearance about two weeks prior to the con, and Eve Myles (Gwen) pulled out several days after that. That was disappointing, but obviously they hadn't wanted to cancel and it was just something that couldn't be helped. The con organizers then obtained Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) as a replacement guest. She was a very popular choice with fans.

The other guests were Alex Kingston (River Song), Samuel Anderson (Danny), Burn Gorman (Owen), Richard Franklin (Yates), Paul McGann (Eighth Doctor), Dan Starkey (Strax), John Levene (Benton), Christopher Jones (comic books), Tom Spilsbury (editor, Doctor Who magazine), Ross Mullan (the Silence and the Teller), Ian McNeice (Churchill), Katy Manning (Jo and Iris Wildthyme), Finn Jones (Santiago Jones), Sarah Louise Madison (Weeping Angel), Andrew Cartmel (script editor), Jason Haigh-Ellery (Big Finish), Nicholas Briggs (Big Finish), Sean Carlsen (Big Finish), Chase Masterson (Big Finish), and writers Tony Lee, David J. Howe, Sam Stone, Robert Smith?, and Graeme Burk. Hope I didn't leave anyone out.

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Chicago TARDIS

Well, I'm at the hotel now for Chicago TARDIS. Seeing that it's barely 1pm local time, no con activities have started yet. I hope that next year I come up with a reasonable way of getting here that does not involve arriving so early and also leaving so late--I don't catch my train home until Monday evening, and the con ends on Sunday. Last year I never wrote up a con recap post, but I'll do one this year.

Torchwood and Big Finish scarves

I posted photos of my Torchwood scarves on Nov. 1, but I forgot until now to link from here to who_at_50, where the post is, in case anyone wants to go look.

Bonus: Two of the scarves are also Big Finish. I knit a Torchwood design on one side and a Big Finish design on the other. I got this idea from Lars Pearson, a guest at Chicago TARDIS last year who saw me wearing a Torchwood scarf and then about ten minutes saw me wearing a Big Finish scarf. Both had red backgrounds in the same shade, and he thought the Big Finish scarf might have a Torchwood design on the other side rather being a different scarf. Well, it wasn't, but it gave me the idea to create one like that. I ended up making two. They were interesting experiments.

Any questions, let me know. I don't pretend to be an expert at any of this, but I can provide notes or some sort of pattern/advice if anyone wants to try knitting one of these babies or whatever.

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