Holiday Giving Ideas and Prizes

I had another post planned for today, it included some lovely Doctor Who stuff, which I decided could wait. You would think this was a hard decision but it is not, because every year I try to let people know of some of the wonderful charities I’ve come across on the interwebs. Donations to charities make wonderful gifts, not only to the people themselves who maybe don’t have the funds to create their own holiday magic, but one of my all time favorite gifts was a donation made in my name to a anti-sex slavery organization (yes, I was even happier to get that then the Doctor Who/ Van Gogh mash-up necklace I wear nearly every day and the delicate TARDISes scarf I do wear every day- as all three gifts were by the same person and all three are my top three gifts I know she wont mind that I put the donation gift ahead of the others).

HOW AWESOME IS MY SCARF??!!! Thanks Sara!

HOW AWESOME IS MY SCARF??!!! Thanks Sara!

Don’t know what to get that hard to get a present for person? Want to spread around some holiday cheer? Here are some places to check out:

Geek for Tots

Geek for Tots is all about spreading the geek. For every donation of geekery this season (to a charitable organization) they will enter the donor into a pot to win a prize. All the donor has to do is post a picture on social media of them giving something geeky. Basically you can kill two birds with one stone, or actually three birds, no maybe four. For example, donate a geeky toy to your buildings holiday drive (just remember it has to be a charitable organization), snap a picture, post it and you’ve not only donated but entered to win some cool prizes. Or you could donate a geeky to to Toys for Tots, which in my building is the same drive. Plus we do holiday donations to a women’s shelter and now we have a toiletry drive. Which reminds me, I need to pick up things from CVS this weekend with my coupon for that. Or, if you need ideas for geeky gifts you can check out some of the Geeks for Tots sponsors, such as Luke’s Toy Store, which has some really cool miniatures (if you are really jonsing for something Doctor Who check this out), or Backstage Toy (check out their cool Dalek t-shirt), which has some cool plush toys to bring a smile to the geeky kid who probably is only getting tube socks for a present.

Heifer International

Heifer International is a really cool organization that donates livestock (cows, chickens, goats) and works with parents and grandparents around the world to become self-reliant, so they can give their children the opportunities they never had. The first time I heard about this organization was through my friend Sara who told me about Pat RothfussWorldBuilders team. If you donate on his team you get entered to win some cool signed books from his author friends, and he has many cool friends like Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus), or you could win other cool things. The WorldBuilder’s goal is 500K in donations and so far they have raised $118,105.22. A mere $20 donation gets a family a flock of chickens to raise, sell, harvest eggs, and eat.

By giving families a hand-up, not just a handout, we empower them to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity, but our approach is more than that. By bringing communities together and linking them with markets in their area, we help bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty.

Quote from http://www.heifer.org/ourwork/mission

Project Night Night

Project Night Night donates totebags with a teddy, a blanket, and a book to homeless children so they can sleep better. The Bloggess (this goes to a posting of the several charities she supports and how she worked a Holiday miracle one year) is a supporter of this organization and often when one of her excellent ideas has gone overboard and her readers have generously donated to one of her causes above and beyond what she needs, she gives the extra money to Project Night Night.

There are approximately 298,000 homeless families in the United States.*  Currently, there are more homeless children in the U.S. than at any other time since the Great Depression.  Nonetheless, family homelessness often goes unseen as most homeless families do not live on the street.**   Instead, most homeless families are transient, living in shelters, in cars, in hotels in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, or staying with friends or family members.***    These environmental stresses negatively influence a child’s early experiences  and often lead to an increase in mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, poor sleep habits, and behavioral issues.

To ease the anxiety associated with shelter living, Project Night Night distributes Night Night Packages to homeless children ages 0-10.  Each Night Night Package includes an age-appropriate book, a baby blanket which can be cuddled, and a stuffed animal which can become a cherished friend.  Finding comfort is vitally important for children in order to feel secure, loved, and valued – even in the midst of the upheaval and uncertainty attendant to homelessness.

Quoting http://projectnightnight.org/AboutUs.html

I grew up super poor. There were several years where people from our church bought groceries for my family because my parents were struggling to afford nutritious meals for a growing family of five kids. In fact, one Christmas our only presents were bags of groceries under the tree. I think every parent or guardian wants to give the children in their lives something special around the holidays and many of them are not able to, these organizations help children in small and grand ways. Personally, I wish I had more to give this year, however, I do have this blog and the ability to tell people about some wonderful ways to give this season. I may have forgone the awkward gifts this year because of financial reasons, but maybe some of my readers still need a thoughtful gift to give to great aunt Agnes who has everything she wants, including several stuff cats, and empty bird cage, and sits in her overheated apartment knitting animal clothes.

P.S. I spent much time trying to get this to format properly to no avail. WordPress is driving me just a tad nuts right now, and so I’m walking away.

Jimmy Fallon Plays Bubble Soccer With Gerard Butler

Just watch it. This video brought me to tears from laughing so hard.

TARDIS on a Cat, TARDIS on a Travel Mug, and TARDIS in a Liquor Cabinet, TARDIS Everywhere

Ok, so today’s title is a little long winded and I’d apologize except I think it clever. I generally think I’m clever, and I admit to not being very humble. But I bake delicious treats so that makes up for my braggart ways. Also, I find some of the best most fabulous finds on the internet, which is the only reason I have friends on here ’cause you guys can’t taste my pies.

One of the reasons The Bloggess is one of my heroes is her love for Doctor Who. She even painted the nails on her cat in TARDIS blue. What ridiculous awesomeness.

I’ve watched the first three episodes of this season and have my review forthcoming (though I forgot to take a picture of something, so my forgetfulness this morning is delaying that post and I do actually apologize for that), one fun thing about the new episodes is a title change reflecting the story of that particular episode. You can check out the title changes on this website that is collecting them. Someone told me about this and I honestly can’t remember who. Whoever you are thanks!

This cute geeky girl made a Doctor Who Guess Who game, and she tells you how to  make one for yourself. This is awesome, requires a really good printer and a lot of time. [via The Mary Sue]

Check out this TARDIS fully stocked liquor cabinet. Right now I would love a drink and my day has only started. I twisted my knee on Tuesday had to wear a brace on Wednesday, an ace bandage yesterday, and right now I’m sitting with it propped up. It is really frustrating my lack of mobility without a well working knee. Also I haven’t been able to exercise since Monday when I did yoga so I feel like a slob. Plus I just keep eating this pear bread I made. I even took it into work to get rid of it and then secretly ate the last of it at my desk. Is pear bread addiction a thing?

I love this TARDIS travel mug from Think Geek. Though I think the cup inside of a cub look is a little weird. [via]

BUT my most amazing find this week was this TARDIS De Lorean. OMG!!! I am not kidding, it is amazing. Click over. I just wish it was real and not a computer image. Le Sigh. [via]

Enjoy this Doctor Who and the Master phone call with plushies in anime style by potatobuns.

Doctor Who – Sound of Plushies by Potatobuns.deviantart.com

Nodds & Nends: Star Wars, Creepy Daddy Long-Legs, and Cool Geek Parents

Want to have Chewbacca over for dinner? And by that I mean eat him. Check out the Chewbacca Bento Box at the link. [via] But if Chewbacca is not what is for dinner, maybe you would rather have a wooden version of him? It is completely adorable and these custom toys are to die for. Created by Amanda Visell, she also put together some awesomely creative packaging for the toys. Sweet. My current rent-a-kid, while being a big dork in no small part thanks to me, hasn’t gotten into Star Wars, yet. I need to start accumulating some more rent-a-kids. [via]

This creepy Daddy Long-legs mural  on top of the Seattle Center Armory is really disturbing. Honestly, his technique to make these look like they are crawling across this huge building is amazing. And also Ew! Check out the artist’s website to see how he did it. Thanks to RIASS for the tip.

If you are feeling a little hungry and want to take your geek out on some food check out these Planet looking suckers. I’m not really sure I’d want t actually devour one so much as set it on my desk to look cool. Or if that doesn’t fill your food cravings, how about one of these ten cakes inspired by comic books? Ugh, now I’m hungry. Thanks Stephanie (note my sarcasm).  My favorite is the Spider-Man Groom’s cake. Chocolate. Yummmmm.

Clint’s Grooms Cake By MissRobin on CakeCentral.com

Where better to eat your geeky goodies than on this dining table that also serves as a marble run toy. I WANT IT!! Even though I don’t have room for it. I WANT IT!!

Some parents have all the cool kids. I mean who wouldn’t want to build a kids bedroom based on the Legend of Zelda? Honestly this kids bedroom is the best, she has the coolest parents who have put a lot of thought and effort into the design of the room which will eventually house two little munchkins. It is also interactive and a play room. So super cool. You can read all about how the parents did this on their blog, Dork on Dime. They’ve also redecorated their nursery in a Mario Bros. theme. So head on over to their site for some awesomeness. [via The Mary Sue]

And if the wasn’t enough cute kids for you, then may I present this bit of Halloween goodness. This mother made her son into Toy Army Guy and she did an awesome job! For a few seconds I wondered if the kid was a life size toy. LOL Her baby lion was quite a adorable too.

Doctor Who Companions, Campfires, and Cooking

Just a quick reminder that I appreciate open and honest discussion from a place of respect. I have no problem delete comments I find particularly offensive to the general population or resort to name calling. Let’s keep this little corner of the blogosphere a safe and happy place to come to every day, the rest of the world may crap on us (and generally it does), but here is my haven and I mean to keep it that way, for myself and for you guys. :)

Read The Mary Sue’s interesting piece on how the Doctor changes with each companion and what that means for the story. I know a lot of people have trouble when a new actor takes over the part of The Doctor or a new companion is introduced, but that is the show- and life really, constantly changing. I find embracing the change with Doctor-like glee and wonderment particularly more effective way of dealing with the constant change in the Doctor Who line up. But I’m a Sagittarius, so I get bored easily.

Quick question, why are the weeping angels attacking the pretty people in Vampire Diaries? Leave the pretty people alone!

Somewhere in Brooklyn is a mural with the promo scene from this season of Doctor Who. My mother has said that if she comes across the wall she’ll take an updated picture and I can run it on the blog. I hope she finds it, because that would be awesome. :D

A teaser trailer for this week’s episode. The Doctor and Sherlock’s LeStrade sit in front of a campfire. Still, it made me smile. Great way to start the day, with The Doctor. :) [via io9]

I don’t know how I haven’t heard about, or seen these TARDIS string lights. The packaging looks familiar, but I don’t think I’ve seen them strung around a room before. Now I want a Doctor Who themed party with these lights, where we eat a dessert version of Fish Stick Cookies with Custard that I made while wearing this awesome 11th Doctor-Styled apron, after which we play Yahtzee Doctor Who style.

This needs to happen, and then I can die happy.

 

Kids Cosplay

Mario and Lugi

unable to locate original source

More Mario Bros kids (that little boy’s face is priceless!)


Tangled

 
Monster Inc. 

While there are several images of this cute kid in costume, I can’t seem to find the original source on any of them.

Nodds & Nends

X-men as jaded teenagers by one of my favorite artists, Aaron of Dresden Codak. [via The Mary Sue]

Lego USB ports since I seem to be on a Lego kick lately. :D You can buy them here (honestly I can’t understand the site, but supposedly that is where they are available for purchase) here for $10. [via]


Check out this Train Cake, isn’t it awesome? Basically no one ever shows up for my birthday or it is thrown in with Christmas celebrations, so I was lucky to just get a cake. Never had a train cake though. ::sadface:: Once I had an UnBirthday (ala Alice in Wonderland) which was a tea party, and it was awesome. ::happyface::