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Have a Holly Jolly…Whatever

The holiday season is here.  Not fast approaching.  Not on its way. Brace yourself, it has arrived.  Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza or Festivus, this time of year becomes a hectic mesh of holiday gatherings with family, friends and co-workers.  For all the frivolity, to be honest, it stresses me out.  All the cooking, baking, gift buying, wrapping, parties…when are you supposed to get a chance to relax and actually enjoy it?

My favorite part of the season is the decorating bit.  Not necessarily because it puts me in a celebratory frame of mind, but because my decorations are filled with memories.  Places I’ve been, people I love, and even mistakes I’ve made, are all hung on an evergreen with warm lights, twinkling in the dark. Here are a few of my favorite memories from my parents tree.

I hope you enjoy them.

‘Til next time,


LEGOs…It’s the Little Things that Make Me Happy

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Get it?  Little things?  LEGOs are…okay, I’ll stop.  Sorry, the over caffeinated, sugar high got to me.  Hint: If you haven’t had soda in approximately two years, you should probably moderate that…because otherwise…you get this.

Have I mentioned that I like LEGOs?  LEGOs make me happy.  As a matter of fact, I had a conversation with a friend of mine about them during the holidays.  He was telling me about how he bought LEGOs by the pound online. (I think he said Ebay…maybe.  I’ve slept since then.)  His boys love them, and I have a sneaking suspicion they don’t always play alone.  There was a definitely interest in a pirate ship.  Because, I have a pirate ship now…and I got a castle for Christmas.  Yeah, I know.  I’m in my 30’s and getting LEGOs for Christmas, but who cares.  They make me happy!

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A couple of months ago, I came across a great deal on the Lord of the Rings ship from the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.  Because, if LEGOs make me happy in general, then LEGOs based on my favorite books, movies, or television shows make me incredibly happy.  Okay, it isn’t actually a pirate, pirate ship…but it could be.  I have no self-control.  Could you?

photo (14)Because I get a childlike thrill out of these toys, of course, my family, who loves me, wanted to give me LEGOs for Christmas.  Woo-hoo!  They got me another Lord of the Rings set.  I now have the Battle of Helm’s Deep…in LEGOs.

So, now you have an idea of how I spent my Christmas night.  Watching the Doctor regenerate in the Doctor Who Christmas Special with some friends, and putting together my castle…there may have also been some mulled wine.  No, I didn’t let my friends help me with the castle.  Sorry!

photo (20)LEGOs have gotten more advanced than they were when I was a kid.  I don’t remember being able to shoot stuff or a catapult to take into battle.  Now, I have catapults, and built-in levers to help me blow up my creations.  The wall the orcs blow up at Helm’s Deep…it really blows up.  I tested it…a lot.  There’s even a side door for Aragorn and Gimli to sneak out and a catapult perfect for dwarf tossing.

Now, I’m in need of some LEGOs with Smaug.  Every good castle needs a dragon, right?  What better dragon to attack my castle than the mighty Smaug?  Is this a thing?  I need it to be a thing.


That isn’t to say that the holiday LEGO battles were without casualties.  Unfortunately, poor Frodo died.  Did he die at the hands of Sauron?  Nope.  The poor lad was felled by the worst beast of all.  After surviving  the Nazgul, Moria, Shelob, Mordor, and the fires of Mt. Doom, Frodo met his match in the deadliest of all creatures, the Lord of the Great Toy Wars…..Dexter, a Labrador.

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Alas, he looks like such a loving innocent beast.  With the perky ears, and the tail wagging so quickly it is a mere blur.  However, looks can be deceiving.  Dexter is the bane of all toys, large and small.  He just chews them up and spits them out, spreading destruction far and wide. Fortunately, Dex, of the Great Toy Wars doesn’t wreak havoc too often, but when the beast unleashes his fury…beware!  No toys are safe from the Lord of the Great Toy Wars.

‘Til next time,

Jessica (and Dexter)

P.S. Just count yourself fortunate that your screen doesn’t have the Dexter nose art that mine currently does.  Apparently, he likes you guys too!

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Eleven’s Hour Is At An End


The Doctor’s influence is everywhere.  Have you discovered this?  I’m running into fans all over the place!

Last week my dishwasher sprung a leak.  I know, really fun stuff.  The guys that came in to dry out the flooding were pretty cool.  One of them commented that I had the best coffee mug ever.  I didn’t even have to peek around the corner to know which mug had caught his eye.  It was the disappearing TARDIS mug I got for my birthday.  Like I said, Doctor Who fans are everywhere.  For 20 minutes we discussed the show, Peter Capaldi, and the 50th anniversary episode that he hadn’t seen.  (Don’t worry, no spoilers.)  The only spoiler-y bit I disclosed was that an older Doctor in Peter Capaldi makes perfect sense after seeing The Day of the Doctor.  I know it was a little cruel to whet his appetite with that tidbit, but…how could I resist?  We finally had to explain what we were talking about to the other gentleman working with him.

In the airport’s Starbucks, my barista had a “Police Call Box” lanyard around her neck. Again, speculation about the Christmas episode swirled through the air along with the sounds from the espresso machine.  Our conversation did more to wake me up for the flight and meetings ahead than the caffeine in my chai latte.

During my Random Acts of Kindness last month, I gave “awesome” cards to everyone I came across in Doctor Who apparel.  There were more than a couple out and about.  It is like belonging to a not -so-secret club or something.  Every time you hear the whooshing groan of the TARDIS, you look around, just in case a blue police box really does show up somewhere, and if anyone else’s head pops up at the unique sound, you can’t help but share a smile.

Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor

Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a new Doctor Who Christmas special trailer for The Time of the Doctor.  Matt Smith is facing all of those villains? It took me a while to warm up to the 11th Doctor, but now I am not ready to see him go.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Peter Capaldi will be amazing, but Eleven stormed his way into fans’ hearts.  Of course, Steven Moffat is an expert at tugging on those same heartstrings, so I expect a thrilling, emotional roller coaster for Christmas from him.  This trailer is all the confirmation necessary for me to stock up on tissues, straighten my metaphorical bow tie, and make sure the shock blanket will be freshly laundered for the occasion. Oh it makes me giddy…and fills me with dread…so, here it is.  

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What do you think about the trailer?  Have you run into fellow Whovians in unexpected places?


#SherlockLives, It’s Christmas!

Thanksgiving has officially ended.  Now I am perfectly prepared to begin looking toward Christmas…bring on the carols, decorations, shopping mall Santas, and, of course, the BBC Christmas lineup. (Okay, so maybe not the shopping mall Santas.  They can be a little creepy.)  This year, other than the usual festivities, there are a couple of long awaited television episodes airing.

The BBC finally announced last week that Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, will return over the Christmas holiday.  January 1, 2014 to be exact.  (So, I don’t get to yell “It’s Christmas!” Well, I do but it will be New Year’s…right, stopping now.)  Are you as excited as I am?  That’s definitely one way to ring in the new year.  I would say it comes close to Sherlock’s elation over a locked room murder!  A new trailer preceded the announcement by the BBC.  It features….the mustache.

Okay, so the mustache isn’t the only thing in the trailer, but it does make a rather impressive appearance, as does a bearded Anderson.  (It took me a while to figure out who was sporting all the facial hair.) Finally, the reunion fans have been looking forward to since a tragic John Watson stood at his best friend’s grave!  Sherlockians have waited a very long time to see the affect the reemergence of the world’s only consulting detective would have on the army doctor who watched him fall.  I’m looking forward to the reunion more than I am the answers Moftiss promised us. Don’t get me wrong…I’ve developed/read a few dozen theories on how Sherlock survives.  (The internet can be a black hole sometimes.)  The reunion is what fascinates me though.  How mad is John really going to be?  How soon will Sherlock be forgiven?  What’s with the ‘stash?!?


The trailer also features #SherlockLives.  After Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary broke 400,000 Tweets with #SaveTheDay, #DoctorWho, #TheDayoftheDoctor, etc.,  Radio Times  announced that it had taken over their top spot, previously held by the Broadchurch season finale with 260,709 tweets.  Can #SherlockLives bring in equally impressive numbers? The new trailer aired just after The Day of the Doctor, 50th Anniversary episode, and Sherlockians immediately took to social media.  #SherlockLives was trending.

The Sherlock trailer wasn’t the only thing sending WhoLock fans into the stratosphere.  The teaser for the Christmas episode of Doctor Who, The Time of the Doctor, also gave us a glimpse of things to come.

Have you ever seen so many villains in one trailer?  The Day of the Doctor wasn’t quite the emotional ringer I feared.  Apparently they’re saving that for the Whovian’s Christmas present when the Doctor regenerates.  Well, it is Christmas at the BBC…and although this will be my first experience with the holiday season with the network, I have heard stories.  Lots of stories, sometimes accompanied by tears.  Break out the tissues and your shock blanket.  I have a feeling we’re going to need them before all is said and done.