maybe_amanda101: (adopt a tribble)
I'm being dragged, er, taken to see Spectre at 10:30 pm (and it's 2 and a half hours long because why?? No, really, why?) so I am posting my oh-so-brilliant prose now so all y'all won't be left without.  Give, give, give - that's all I do...

(Wow - 'give' is a weird looking word, esp three times in a row.)


I need one of these:

I might just have to make one.  Or an XFiles version.
For reasons.


I can't recommed this book enough:


Have you read anything good lately? 
maybe_amanda101: (tardis)
One week in, so out of things to say...
It's winter. I know this because the bird bath was a sheet of ice.
Fascinating thing about Canadian meat chickens on Quirks and Quarks today. (No, they don't get growth hormones or antibiotics - it's selective breeding.) I like very much that the interviewee, Dr. Martin Zuidhof, is "an Associate Professor of Poultry Systems at the University of Alberta in Edmonton." Not THE Associate Professor of Poultry Systems at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, just one of them. Food science is endlessly arcane and fascinating; university politics, even more so.
Anyone seen Interstellar? If so, did you like it? The reviews have left me confused. I am not a McConaughey fan, and Anne Hathaway reminds me of a lemur (this is my problem, not hers. I am aware of this. Nonetheless...) I would appreciate any input.
How about Big Hero 6? It looks potentially charming.
Must go watch season finale of Dr Who and drink decaf. My life is so glamourous.
maybe_amanda101: (no_just_no_scully)
I realize we only fell back an hour, but it feels like so much more. I could happily sleep for a week or two. Who the hell decided we needed to save daylight? Or that we even could?

(This reminds me of an "experiment" I conducted in 11th grade physics class. I set an open jar on the window sill and told the teacher - Mrs. Lee-Poy, lovely woman with a remarkable sense of equanimity - that I was attempting to catch photons. (She rolled her eyes. I had that effect on no small number of teachers). I never caught a single particle, nor was the jar knocked over by a massive wave, proving, to my satisfaction, that light was neither a particle nor a wave, but probably involved wizards and/or pixies acting in some as yet unspecified way. BOOM! This is how science gets done, people!)

It was sunny and cold today, which beats gloomy and cold by a long chalk. All the Japanese maples in the neighbourhood are stunning at the moment. Looking at them is an excuse, if not exactly a reason, to leave the house.

All the Halloween stuff is half-price. Consequently, my husband felt compelled to buy one of these hats, for having:


Not my actual husband, just some guy in a stunning foam lobster hat.

They had a bunch of these Chris March foam wigs. They are great.

I also scored a box of 95 Skittles products for $5. Don't judge - I will put them in Christmas crackers (the English kind, not the Ritz/Keebler Elves kind. Yuck.) if I don't need all 95, well, we'll cross that bridge when our expanded hips come to it, won't we?

Dr. Who is lovely and dark right now. I kinda like it that way. But someone needs to feed Peter Capaldi a cookie.

Tomorrow, there will be a topic! A real topic! All hail conformity!


Aug. 24th, 2014 08:36 am
maybe_amanda101: (tardis)
Capaldi is good.  The episode was...okay.  Just. Go away, Clara.  You are boring.
maybe_amanda101: (tardis)


Q: Day of the Doctor?
A: YES!!!!!!!!!


This is so much fun!


Today's prompt:

24. What's a special tradition in your family that makes the holiday season special to you?

(Other than repeating special twice in under 20 words?)

We do all the 'normal' stuff - turkey dinner with many of the fixin's (canned yams and marshmallows? Honestly people, that is just GROSS), lights, presents, arguments about insanely pointless and ultimately meaningless nonsense, driving around in miserable weather because god forbid both families just get together and be civil for a few hours, no, no, can't have that!, me being annoyed because I can't watch the Dr Who Christmas special right damned now, overwhelming anxiety, crushing disappointment, a keen desire for it all to be over.  You know, the usual.

But we do some fun stuff, too. There's the Sci-Fi/Fandom tree ("It's not really Christmas until there's a Klingon with a bat'leth hangin' on the tree!"), Gingerbread Kryceks, a (possibly wine-soaked) viewing of Clone High Snowflake Day ("Specificity be the enemy of unity!" Lamb tacos! "Oh give me some spices!" "I'm fat!" "I want some parsley!" "Here, we eat our mistakes! Mangez le verre! Man-gez le verre!!!" "Now, let us all join in a traditional All Religions Are Equally Valid Traditional Snowflake Day Celebratory Cabbage Patch!" King Kwanzaa! Dredlestein!) homemade Christmas crackers (Fun! Easy! Also fun!), and of course, breakfast corn (recipe follows):

Breakfast Corn
1 can niblets-style corn
can opener
microwave save bowl big enough for contents of the can

(1) Ten minutes before dinner is ready to be served, remember that you promised one of the more demanding diners that despite cooking fresh and delicious food for the last three days, no, no problem at all, you'd be only too damned happy to heat up a can of corn!

(2) Open can of corn

(3) Pour corn into bowl

(4) Microwave on full power for 3 minutes

(5) Serve dinner

(6) The next morning, open the microwave, only to discover you forgot to serve the corn.  Now it's breakfast corn!

(7) Throw entire contents in food waste recycling bin

(8) Repeat each and every holiday

NOTE: It's harder to make this dish since I now have a microwave that buzzes and buzzes and buzzes after it finishes cooking until you open the door, but, luckily, there is usually someone around who is willing to turn the microwave off without actually taking the food out :D

maybe_amanda101: (tardis)

Happy Who Day 2, and a joyous simulcast to all!
(Plans?  Me?  Not really.  Just unplugging the phone at 2:30 p.m., that's all.)

Today's topic:

23. The holidays are coming. Which means good food. Share a recipe for a dish you love to enjoy during the Merry Thanksmas season. (So we can enjoy it too!)

The holidays are HERE!  Celebrate!

If you like something a little more traditional:

Gingerbread Kryceks
(Yes, I really do make these every year.  The kids would be very disappointed if I did not. It would be like not having a Klingon with a bat'leth on the tree.)

3 cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
½ tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 egg
¾ cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter(s)
parchment paper
(trust me on this one)


Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together in a bowl
with a whisk and set aside.

In a large bowl mix together
butter and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy.

Blend in spices. Blend in the egg, molasses and
vanilla extract.

Gradually blend in the flour mixture.

Wrap the dough and chill for 1 to 2 hours.

Roll chilled dough on a floured surface to approx. 1/8-inch
thickness.  Cut out tough-guy cookie shapes. 
With a dull knife
(for maximum authenticity), remove left arm from each cookie.

Place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in a preheated
350 degree oven for about 12 minutes, or until edges start to brown.

Cool completely. Decorate as desired. (Black icing makes nice oilien eyes)

Have a great day!

maybe_amanda101: (tardis)
Happy WhoDay!

This is gorgeous:

Build your own TARDIS!

Today's question: 

22. Tell us about the obscure fandom/ship you love that you wish there was MOAR fic for. (Or any fic at all.)

The world needs more Martin Crieff/Her Serene Highness Princess Theresa Gustava Buenoventura of Lichtenstein, Countess of Spondheim, and Protector Extraordinary of the Cantons of Nimh. Obviously. Good Martin/Molly is a close second. Cabin Pressure is amazing.

(And I'd love more GOOD  Sherlolly. Most of it is...not awesome.) (There, I said it. Hate me all you want cuz SOOOOOOO not caring.)

maybe_amanda101: (tardis)
An adult Doctor!  A real true grown-up!

And a terrific actor into the deal.  :D

Now if they could just lose the perky little companions for a while...

Well damn.

Jun. 2nd, 2013 07:39 am
maybe_amanda101: (tardis)
I really like Matt Smith as The Doctor.
maybe_amanda101: (things_that)

'Britishisms' Creeping into American English

Who knew?  Oh wait, me.   {And some of those Britishisms have been Canadianism since, like, forever.  And Dr. Who and Sherlock and Being Human (the good one) and Luther and, weirdly, Doc Martin, have messed up my vocab way more than Downton Abbey ever could, yeah?}

And who deliberately reads The Daily Mail? 


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