Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving Themed Freebie

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme by The Broke and the Bookish where fellow book bloggers, and anyone who wants, can contribute to a themed top ten list. Today we are to pick a Thanksgiving Themed list. “Ten books I’m thankful for, authors I’m thankful for, Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc.” I’m going to go with Ten Fictional Families I’d celebrate Thanksgiving with. Again, these are in no particular order and with no regard to the fact that most of these families would not celebrate Thanksgiving, given that they are not American.

  1. Weasley Family: OK. I think this is obvious. I have red hair and I want to be at a family dinner where there is real magic to be seen. Nobody has to do the dishes!
  2. Azalea and her eleven sisters: Entwined was such a good book and I think I would fit right in with a room full of sisters as I have done that all my life. I may have a thing or two to show Azalea about being the oldest girl and teaching her sisters about creepy strangers.
  3. March Sisters: I always loved Little Women growing up and I think a Thanksgiving meal around their sparse table would be warm day of much laughter and love.
  4. The Cuthberts: I think Marilla’s food would be amazing and Anne’s conversation at the table delightful. Yes, yes I want to go to there.
  5. The Fossils: I’ve always loved the three sisters and their adventures as performance artists. They have a lot going for them and I think a lot of lively conversations must happen around the dinner table.
  6. The Ingallses: They went through some hard times, but they always looked out for each other and supported one another. That is the best kind of family to spend a meal with.
  7. The Bluths: OK. They are totally dysfunctional, but I would just find the situation too entirely bizarre and off the wall to not be highly entertained by their ridiculous antics.
  8. The Mikaelsons: Well, we all know how their Thanksgiving dinners turn out, but did you see that spread, the decorations, the amazing ambiance! Honestly, I would just sit there and let the dysfunction happen around me (and maybe bring some towelettes to clean the blood from my face) just to sit in that gorgeous room.
  9. The New Girl Gang: I mean their Thanksgivings are EPIC! I just, I just want to be a part of just one, one mind you.
  10. The Serenity Crew: I want to go out into outerspace on a spaceship and pretend it’s normal and that the interesting things that happen are Jayne’s off color comments, Shepherd Book trying to pray, and Mal annoyed with everything.

Nodds & Nends: A Harry Potter Crochet Hook, Superhero Boutonniers, and Censored Porn

I know I have several readers who love coffee, and I found this Coffee Cup Necklace just for you guys. 🙂

Head on over to Book Store Book Blogger Connection to enter a giveaway for Generation V, about a new kind of Vampire and Shapeshifter.

My mother is always sending me links to Loast at e minor, which has some really cool articles. Like this one on censored porn. Basically someone cut out the people doing the grown up and left the relief. Still very explicit and NSFW.

Speaking of people getting down to their underwear or taking it off completely. Check out these Superheroes in their underwear. Including Batman and the Flash, not just Wonder Woman. [via] Or how about a gender bender cosplay of Hercules and Hades? I totes ❤ it. [via] While I’ve never seen the entire Disney film, I do love Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, mostly for introducing Xena! OMG, so in love with Xena. And I just love this cosplay of Xena, Ares, and Someone Who Doesn’t Want Their Picture Taken. Cute!

But if the rowdy isn’t for you. Maybe you would enjoy these Superhero wedding boutonnieres in stead? You have to scroll down quite a bit to find the pictures of the boutonnieres, but they are worth it! [via]

But the best find by far this week, were these nerdy crochet hooks!!! She has a lightsaber one and a Harry Potter wand one. I WANT THEM SO BAD, I can’t even tell you. UGH.

Probably you have all seen this, but in case you haven’t Patrick Stewart talks about domestic violence and PTSD. [via]

Buffy v Edward and McIntosh v Lionsgate

This fabulous mash up of Buffy the Vampire Slayer versus Edward the Vegetarian Vampire is quite well done and was also under legal attack at one point. You can read about the creator’s legal battles over copy right and fair use here. Enjoy! I especially like the Cedric Diggory parts.

Nodds & Nends: Melissa McCarthy, The Princess Bride, and Harry Trotter

Check out this illustration of the Princess Bride characters as mini mees. I ❤ them. [via The Mary Sue]

My new favorite author Maggie Stiefvater has her list of 5 young adult novels the she’ll never outgrow. Honestly, they all look wonderful and I really can’t believe I haven’t read any of them. What is the world coming to?

Harry Trotter, i.e. a horse dressed up as Harry Potter. Not kidding. Way awesome. [via Pinterest]

From the director of Bridesmaids, comes a cop buddy movie staring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. The official trailer for The Heat is below, which I recommend you watch, but then head over here to watch the Red Band trailer which includes all the swear words and inappropriate comments so you can laugh some more. I think I may have to own this movie just for the scene where they flip over the chain link fence. Actually, no, for the  spanx moment, purely for that. Excuse me while I go and watch this for the third time.

Nodds & Nends: Jurassic Park Styled heels, YA Books For Boys, and Be All The Avengers

Are YA books really female centric, or do they have something for boys too? This author/blogger makes the case that there are plenty of YA books that teach boys excellent lessons for becoming good men. She also has some excellent words on raising boys to be good men. Personally, I’m just avoiding that whole worry by not having children of my own, and messing up everyone else’s kids. And by messing them up I mean encouraging them to be uberdorks.

These DIY dinosaur heels are awesome. Although I can’t weld, so I actually wont be doing this for myself. The whole deconstructing the shoe is a little painful to watch as a shoe lover, but thankfully he puts the heels back together and adding the dinosaur means I’ll forgive him for his destruction. I just wonder if there is a better way. Maybe deconstructing the dinosaur? Maybe some how molding them together like this. [via The Mary Sue]

Did you have a hard time with a Halloween costume this year? Maybe it is because you can’t decide which Avenger you want to be? Why not be all of them? This guy was. He even added an eye patch for Nick Fury.

This Harry Potter Griffindor cake looks wonderful. And as I just ate a Boston Creme donut, I’m not even envious of the people who get to eat it.

By Two Kings Confections via Wikimedia Commons

Nodds & Nends: Harry Potter, Rings, and Cake

Sometimes I love Pinterest. For example, when someone pulls together all the geeky rings out there on the internets. And sometimes I hate Pinterest. For example, when someone pulls together all the geeky rings out there on the internets and fails to cite their source. But enjoy the rings. Because they are cool.

This Star Wars cake is awesome. I’ve been watching a lot of Cake Boss and now I really want to try to work with fondant. And this Star Wars cake may just be the inspiration that I need. But first I’m gonna try my hand at chocolate covered apples and yogurt. There is only so much time, unfortunately!

I love all of this chalk/street art from Street Art Utopia. It is unbearably cute and awesome at the same time. The perspective in these illustrations is just superb! [via]

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Please check out Abigail Larson’s Harry Potter gallery on deviantArt. It is just awesomely creepy and wonderful!

Television Review: Doctor Who Season Seven

Just a forewarning if this is your first time to my blog, but I’m a huge Doctor Who fan and therefore, my review is going to be fairly biased. I’m not overly critical of things that I love for the sake of loving them as they are in context. For example, I quite enjoy Xena: Warrior Princess even though I’m aware of the campy issues and historical inaccuracies. To me Doctor Who will always be fantastic, and I will enjoy every single episode for some reason or another, even if that particular episode isn’t the greatest piece of television history. I have hereby disclaimed my biases and if you want to point them out to me later, such wording will be redundant as to possibly receive a return comment of “Pshaw.” You are hereby notified.

Asylum of the Daleks

A lot happens in the season opening of Doctor Who, in such a grand and epic way that it felt more like watching a television special or movie. Of course it is very special television to me. ::happyface:: The show opens with each of the three main characters discovering the Daleks have made human hybrids whereby a normal looking human suddenly has a Dalek eye stalk thing coming out of his or her forehead. Rory and Amy have just signed divorce papers when this happens to them and they are transported to a spaceship where the Doctor also arrives after having been caught in a trap, on purpose, by a woman who was weeping about her daughter’s disappearance. Below the Dalek spaceship is a floating Dalek Asylum where the worst of the Daleks are kept and the Dalek Prime Minister wants the Doctor to release the force field, but if he does other space travelers will blow it up. Then the Dalek computer system is hacked by Oswin (played by Jenna-Louise Coleman) a scientific and technology genius. She crashed onto the asylum planet a year earlier and has been holed up unable to escape making horrible looking souffles to pass the time, and she asks the Doctor for help. Whereupon many adventures begin and you can read a more detailed review here, but I’m keeping this spoiler free.

I loved the feel of this episode. The Doctor is very clever and witty and I feel I need to go back and rewatch this episode to really catch everything now that I know the ending. Which took me very much by surprise even though in retrospect it should not have. I wasn’t too happy with the Rory and Amy are getting divorced, and lo, the Doctor fixes everything. Because come on, that isn’t even a spoiler, we all knew that would happen the minute the got in the same gravitational pull as the Doctor. Honestly, if I had not watched the minisodes I would have been even more annoyed because it would have come out of no where and gone no where. It seemed an added bit of emotional tugging that was unnecessary. I really enjoyed Jenna-Louise Coleman’s part, she played it all very perfectly. It was a brilliant piece of writing that made everyone love the actor, and with her set as the new companion next year and also set to hate her, this was no small feat. The question of course is whether or not she plays the same character as a companion, and I think there is room for argument on both sides and we’ll just have to wait and see. (I don’t expect comments to be spoiler free, but please indicate if you are going into detail about spoilery events regarding this episode). All in all a very satisfactory and epic beginning to the season.

Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

The show opens with Queen Nefertiti trying to get her mac on with the Doctor and it only gets crazier and funnier as the show progresses. The Doctor recruits a gang on this next mission, because he’s never had a posse before. And they are cool now of course. Other than Queen Nefertiti he also enlists the help of a big-game hunter John Riddell (played by Rupert Graves from Sherlock), Rory and Amy, and incidentally Rory’s father who happens to be in their home when the Doctor swoops in and sweeps them off their feet and the ladder Rory’s dad is standing on to change a light bulb. As both Amy and Rory and holding the ladder there is definitely a joke in there somewhere about how many Ponds does it take to change a light bulb, but I’m just not that clever. Rory’s dad’s, Brian, played by Mark Williams (of Harry Potter fame), was a great character to add to the mix and I really loved his little bits.  The Doctor requires a gang because the ISA (Indian Space Agency) is concerned about an object hurtling towards earth (in our very distant future) and they want to blow it to pieces. Of course the Doctor wants to explore it before and make sure nobody would get hurt if they did send missiles to destroy it, so he takes off with his gang with only six hours to figure out what is what. The gang gets separated because someone else is controlling the ship and teleporting people around.

As mentioned before I’m a huge fan of campy shows and so I quite enjoyed this little romp from The Doctor and his friends. The ticking tock ploy has gotten a little over used on Doctor Who, but unfortunately it is still quite effective and I know it will be used in future episodes, so I try not to get overly annoyed by it as a ploy. I liked all the teleporting around and had things figured out quite before The Doctor did in fact, or maybe at the same time, that dude is quite clever. I’d liked to believe that in the future earthlings are more prone to exploration and excitement for new things than just destroying something because it is new and unreachable via normal communications, but I also believe people are basically evil and selfish and I want to punch people all the time as I try to walk around Chicago and get tussled about by the stupids. So my warring beliefs make accepting that people will still want to blow up anything they doing understand in the future easy enough. You can read a longer (with spoilers) review here.

A Town Called Mercy

It is just Rory and Amy this time who aid the Doctor as he embarks on a new adventure this time in a Stetson in a town that has electricity a decade ahead of its time. A bounty hunter is killing off specific people and his next one called The Doctor. The bounty hunter is stalking a town waiting for the alien doctor to step across the boundary lines so he can kill the doctor. Our Doctor becomes the sheriff in a mean twist of fate and sets about figuring out what really happened, and who was in the right or the wrong and who showed be showed mercy. Much is made about redemption and right past wrongs and the episode is definitely heavier than its predecessor. The Doctor contemplates what it means to be imprisoned by the weight of past souls that he was unable to help or indirectly harmed. Will the Doctor be too empathetic to make a wise decision?

This episode seemed more classic Doctor Who to me than the previous one. The Doctor arrives with his companions  teaches a lesson, learns a lesson, and leaves with everything pretty OK, but not perfect. I was pleased to see Ben Browder on screen again, I’ve seen him pop up in different geeky shows over the last couple of years, and as I sorely wish Farscape was still around I’m happy to see him again. Maybe I need to rewatch that show! Amy and Rory seem to have outgrown the Doctor and I think the writers are doing this on purpose to show that the Ponds leaving the show/Doctor adventures behind is a good thing for them. Plus, new companions can be exciting! I say lets learn from the Doctors inevitable curiosity and just be happy to see great story lines played out in the future. Read a longer and spoilery review here.

This was the episode I decided to do my Doctor Who workout, which seemed like a brilliant plan at the time. I discovered, however, that it was a very uneven evening of exercise with some of the commands committed several times and some none at all. In fact I had to reduce the number on several of the items just to get through the episode. In the end I looked over what I had done and filled in on some of the items I missed out on because I felt it wasn’t the most thorough of movements. But it was a fun idea even if it did make watching the show a tad hard. I think I’d rather saving exercise time for a time I’m not trying to watch Doctor Who.