Okay, enough of that rant on the top of my page.  It's time for some joy! I've just found a bunch of random things that have brought a smile to my face and I wish to share them with you. There's nothing really specific and no set theme.  Just something to enjoy on this chilly Saturday -

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This. Is. GOLD!  There are not one, but TWO videos floating around in celebration of the RTD/David Tennant years of Doctor Who (at least, that's what I think they are).  Honestly, I have no idea why these were just found now, but it brought a little tear to my eye as I laughed by butt off at the sheer awesomeness of it.

First, the cast and crew of... well, all of the 2009 Specials singing to "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers (no spoilers, really. Unless you can somehow divine what the hell is even going on here. Um... no - you really can't. Random Graeme Harper spotting!)



And this is David Tennant, Catherine Tate and John Barrowman singing "The Ballad of Russell and Julie." Just - enjoy.



*sniff*... I miss those guys.

I know my updating has been sparse of late. I blame it on the fact that I can't post from work (a combination of being too busy and I would feel bad about doing that stuff while I'm on the clock). But I have a few things to write about and here they are in no particular order -

- Radio Free Skaro (though Traveling the Vortex scooped them on this) announced that The Caves of Androzani Special Edition will be released in North America on February 14!!  As a HUGE 5th Doctor fan, this is very exciting news to me.  I've been chomping at the bit for this one and Resurrection of the Daleks to be released over here, as those Revisitation sets have already been available in the UK for quite some time.

- I recently started back in to The Wheel of Time series that I gave up on back in high school.  I read the first seven of those books and enjoyed them quite a bit back then, but I had no idea where he was going with this and it just seemed to go on and on and on with no resolution in sight.  So, I resolved to set them aside and  and come back to them when the series was finished (or at least close to being done).  Well, since Robert Jordan passed away in 2007 and Brandon Sanderson took over to round out the series, i figured it was time to get back into it.  Though I'm going to audiobook route on this go-round.  Thanks to an hour-long commute to work (which I don't compain about since I actually don't mind the drive so much), it's a good way to go.  Plus, the library has all of them on audiobook and I've pretty much stopped buying all my books because Ican get them for free at work, so I can burn them onto my iPod and listen to them that way.  I think it's great!

- Work is... work.  I shouldn't say it that way - it's one of the best jobs I've ever had!  Probably another reason I haven't been posting on LJ - I don't have anything that's annoying me (wow - that's pretty sad when the only things worth blogging about are things that piss me off.  I ought to blog about good things too!)  I work in a freaking library, for goodness sake!  I get to see all the new books coming in and preview them (briefly) as I'm checking them in!  The other day I had a morning shift at one library and an evening shift at another one, so I just hung around reading at yet another library in the branch during the interim hours before I had to go back to work again.  You know you have a great job when you like spending your off-time there hanging out.  Plus, I get to know where everything is and I know the staff and they know me.  Of course, it'll be great when I'm working full-time at one branch (preferably as a librarian rather than a clerk), but I'll take what I can get for now.  The Salt Lake City system has a few job openings for library assistant (which has the duties of a librarian and a clerk rolled into one - pretty decent entry-level job that isn't a substitute), so I've applied there.  Even though I love working at Salt Lake County, I'll happily go work for the City if they'll take me (a great job, plus higher pay and benefits.  Sure, why not?)

- I am thisclose to being done with school.  And, boy howdy, do they make you earn it!  I have to put together a portfolio website (which is much better than writing a thesis that no one will ever read other than me and my professors) and I have to outline theories of library services.  Which is pretty stupid because library services is all about practicality.  I have a patron with a question, I help them with their question, we find what the patron is looking for and all is well.  I'm not going to sit back and contemplate the theory behind the service I'm rendering while I'm rendering it.  Maybe other, more intellectually snobby people do but that's a pain in the butt as far as I'm concerned.  And I highly doubt the public gives a flying ant fart about the theory of library services.  Sheesh... this is why I've had it with academia.  Anyway...

- My fantasy football team hasn't done so great this year, but I should be improving now that I have much of my fall semester behind me and I can turn my attention to more fun things.  I'm just in a league with my family and some friends - it's not like any of us has money in this thing.  I mean, I follow the NFL fairly well (better than most people I know), but I sometimes don't know which players I should put in.  My brother finally had to tell me I had one of the best running backs in the NFL on my bench and I could have been winning more if I'd put him in my starting lineup.  Well, of course I would figure it out the week the Bills have a bye.  Oh well - I don't think I have to play my obnoxious little cousin again.  He gloats so bad when he wins - it's miserable (and he's only thirteen - but he's been insufferable since he could talk.  He cheers for the Patriots, if that gives you any idea how big of a turd he can be).

All in all - I've been doing quite well.  Can't complain too much.  I feel like my life is coming together and I really don't have anything to be worried about.  I mean, I love what I'm doing, I don't have to deal with anybody I don't want to and I pretty much keep to myself and I'm happy about it.

(and hopefully I'll post again soon.  I have been check my flist on a regular basis - I just don't post stuff here very much.  And that's kind of sad).

For the past week, I've been using someone else's really shoddy internet connection until I could get professionally installed wireless in the place where I'm living now.  And it is soooo stinking worth it.

These are my priorities.

So.... I've been working all day (more or less) on this project and the fact that I am thisclose to having it done fills me full of squee.  May I present -

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::My posting on LiveJournal has been slim of late - and I realize that I never posted my review of last week's Doctor Who here.  But I posted it at my other blog and I don't feel like reposting it here.  So, have a handy link and enjoy (fair warning - SPOILERS for "The Almost People")

::I've moved up to Salt Lake now (we'll... in the Salt Lake area, anyway) and hopefully will be started my practicum tomorrow *fingers crossed*  I wish it would have started sooner because I've spent the past few days moping around the house because I don't have anything else to do and I don't have a job.
   :::Oh, here's a great story - one of the jobs that I applied for was to be a substitute for the Salt Lake County Library system.  On the application, I put my address as where I'm living (which is not quite in Salt Lake, but it's close enough as far as I'm concerned).  I got an email from the County yesterday morning saying (quote) "It appears, with your past work experience, that you are qualified for the position, but because of the volume of applications, we are not considering anyone who lives and works in a distant location." (emphasis mine).
      Well, I came uncorked at that because 1) I've been driving 70 miles round trip every day for the past ten months ON DIRT ROADS to work at the high school.  To me, twenty minutes on the freeway is like running to the corner market for bread and milk. 2) I fully intend to move into Salt Lake City proper when I get an actual job - I just have to live where I do because I don't have the money to get a place in SLC yet.  PLUS - I'm doing a practicum in West Jordan, which means I'll be driving into the Salt Lake Valley nearly every day anyway.  I called the County up and told them as much (I was a lot nicer than if I'd picked up the phone the minute I got the email) and they said they'd consider my application.  Sooo... yeah... *more crossing fingers*

::I finally got out of the house today, though.  I went to the Jordan River Temple, which was nice.  I hadn't been to the temple for a long time and I hadn't realized how much I missed it (also how much better I feel after being there).  It was a good feeling, that's all.

::What else? My cousin is getting baptized on Saturday and my aunts are giving my sister a baby shower afterward, so that's going to be fun (I threw a shower for my sister a few weeks ago).  And my other cousin had her baby last night, which is great.  Yup... it's great.

That's it for today.  I'm working on a baby quilt for my sister, so I want to get that finished before the baby's born.  I'm about halfway done.
Spoilers for "The Rebel Flesh" beneath the video (this makes a point later)




I Have a Point! I Promise! )
I had to work today and most of my family had to go into town for a funeral, so I was most or less on my own for my birthday (however, since today was also my dad's birthday and my mom's is next Sunday, we're going to do something to celebrate later).  I got tons of birthday wishes via Facebook and Twitter (Thanks y'all!) and one of my dearest friends left me the sweetest voicemail.  Plus, I stretched out my birthday gift opening so I basically opened presents all day.  I wound up with Incarceron and Sapphique by Catherine Fisher (I've heard nothing but good things about those and I'm eager to read them) plus the "Trial of a Time Lord" DVD boxed set (*gleeful cackle*) (Don't ask me why I'm gleefully cackling over "Trial" - I haven't even seen it yet).  And my boss left me a gourmet frozen pizza from Schwan's with a really nice note wishing me happy birthday.  All in all, a pretty good birthday.

Then, my cousin calls and says she's making a nice dinner and chocolate cake for my birthday (WHEE!). So I go over and visit while she's making dinner when her eight-year-old daughter comes up the stairs with the distinct look that she is Up To Something.  The eight-year-old tells me she has a birthday present for me, but I have to guess a riddle in order to get it.  Something to do with where birds build their nests (she's eight - it's cute).  Evidently, I guessed correctly because she leaves for a minute and comes back with this:

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(And suddenly, the fact that she had been staring at my TARDIS t-shirt at intermittent intervals makes so much more sense!)

I don't care who you are - that is so stinking adorable.

WARNING! WARNING!


SPOILERS FOR "THE DOCTOR'S WIFE" BENEATH THE NEIL GAIMAN QUOTE GIF!


WARNING! WARNING!


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So. Much. Validation! )
Here is my reaction post to "The Curse of the Black Spot." SPOILERS AHOY! (and it actually makes sense to say that in this case!)

First - a nice little song (which should always be played and sang to at the highest volume possible)




Spoilers, Matey! )
It took me two viewings to fully digest "Day of the Moon," but now I'm ready to pontificate about it. Spoiler Warning... and away we go!

Still More Questions Than Answers... )
Just rewatched "The Impossible Astronaut" - now that my brain has had time to process everything, I've come up with a list of things I want answered in this season.  This isn't a demand or anything - just a way for me to keep track and refer back to later.  Spoilers intended and implied:

Remember that one thing that one time? )
WARNING - THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR "THE IMPOSSIBLE ASTRONAUT!" PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

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Spoilers Within )
Guess what day it is???

IT'S APRIL 23!!

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Pardon me whilst I spam the everliving crap out of my excitement!

Crazy Bunny Rabbit OMG!

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Matt Smith Finger Gun

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Heck Yes!

The UK premiere is in about an hour, so I'm going to have stay off the internet after that to avoid spoilers. I've done a good job staying unspoiled so far and it would suck to screw it up now.  However, I will be back afterward with a suitable Review/SQUEE Post.

But for now - we DANCE!

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I didn't want to do this today ever!



Well, I guess everyone's heard by now - and it's been confirmed by official sources - that Elisabeth Sladen has passed away.

The first time I saw Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith was in "School Reunion" during Series 2 of "Doctor Who."  I knew this was a special moment in spite of the fact that I hadn't seen any of the Classic series at that point.  I saw how special Sarah Jane was to the Doctor - indeed, how special she was to all Doctor Who fans (as I am writing this, "Elisabeth Sladen" and "Sarah Jane" are both trending worldwide on Twitter).  When Sarah Jane appeared in "The Stolen Earth," I was so thrilled because I'd enjoyed her in "School Reunion" and I wanted to find stories that featured her from Classic Who - and that turned into watching some of "The Sarah Jane Adventures" as well.  I also listened to some BBC radio documentaries about the start of new Doctor Who where she had provided linking narration.  She just always seemed like a very personable and kind lady - happy to be part of this beloved franchise and very receptive to the fans.  I also loved that she would take on the role again in a spin-off show meant for kids all these years later.  Sarah Jane's such a wonderful role model and that's due in no small part to Elisabeth Sladen's talent.

I haven't been watching "Doctor Who" or involved in the fandom as long as most people, but Elisabeth Sladen made a great impression on me and I'm going to miss her terribly.  I can only imagine how people who grew up watching her are feeling right now - if it's anything like what I'm feeling right now.  My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

Goodbye - my Sarah Jane.
I've just been made aware (thanks to the Whoniversaries feature at Doctor Who LJ comm) that today is Peter Davison's birthday!

I can't let this go unnoticed, can I?

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Awesome Fivey fan vid #1 -



Awesome Fivey fan vid #2 -



Video from Gallifrey 22. Just because.



Many happy returns, Peter - and thanks for being such a fantastic Doctor!  And just plain awesome in general :)
Yesterday the school went to the Pioneer Theatre Company's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" as part of their English class and since I'm their on-site teacher-type-person, I went with them.  I got to see a fantastic play, hung out with my awesome students and the school district said it'd be okay if I was paid for the full day instead of just my usual half (since I didn't get home until 11:30, I'd say that's more than fair).

However, while I was on the bus with everyone, I checked Facebook on my phone and found this little gem waiting to send me into a fangirl spiral of OMG-ness:



And through the magic of technology, I captured and now share my priceless reaction with you now:

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Well.  Something like that.

Like I said before, I got home at, basically the crack of midnight. I had enough composure to let the dog in the house (she was waiting so patiently for me too - it was adorable), get into my PJs and flop into bed.

This morning, I left for work and I took the dog outside. When I came home, the poor thing could hardly move. She was shaking really bad and she just wasn't as peppy as she usually is (you should see how crazy she was when I came home last night. Like I said - adorable). She drank some milk (which I later found out is not really good for dogs - hey, I'm not a vet!), but she just wouldn't move very much and I started to get scared. I called my dad and told him what was going on and he said I should bring her in to the vet (a friendly reminder: I live 90 miles away from town. Getting anywhere substantial involves at least an hour and a half drive in the car). So, I call work in a frenzy telling them what's going on - my boss is uber-understanding and tells me that he'll take care of getting me a sub for tomorrow (that's the nice thing about everyone out here being ranchers - when you have a sick animal, you get that creature the help it needs ASAP), I pack up my stuff for the weekend since I was planning a small vacation anyway, load up the car and head out.

The good news is that my dog perked up a bit by the time we got to the vet's office. He checked her out anyway and said she had a pancreatic inflammation and he could take care of it. He gave her a couple shots (poor girl is still mad at me, I think) and some medicine for later. She does look tons better now, so I'm glad that I brought her in.

However, this little side-trip threw a monster of a monkey wrench into my life.  I have a HUGE research paper due on Sunday that I *cough* haven't really started... *cough, cough* and I'd planned on really getting going on it today.  Friday and Saturday I'm going to spend at K's house - I got tickets for the Saturday Morning Session of General Conference for us both to go - I'm still going, but I'll just be spending the Afternoon Session doing homework and not really paying attention like I usually do.  AND I have a class weekend next week that I have to prepare for (and this is for my other class - not the one I'm writing the paper for).

Oh, did I mention we have Region Drama competition next week and I'm the drama coach? (How, how, how did I - of all people - become a high school drama coach?  Not that I don't enjoy it - I'm just wondering out loud to myself).  Plus, I'm getting my sister's baby shower all arranged for next month AND I'm getting ready for the ULA conference in May AND I'm meeting with the librarian I'm doing my practicum with next week?

Umm... so, yeah... if you need me, call on April 11.  I might have time to squeeze you in.
Um... put under a cut because I don't know who is avoiding spoilers and who isn't.  But they've released the title of the Neil Gaiman episode from the upcoming season of "Doctor Who." (But yay for getting some use out of my River Song icon!)

Read more... )
Well, this'll keep me happy until Easter - the two Red Nose Day clips the "Doctor Who" team put out for Comic Relief this year.  If you're the sort of person that care about this stuff, you've probably seen them elsewhere already, but never mind that.  Just enjoy.

Part 1 - Space:



Part 2 - Time:



(I love Steven Moffat eternally for his use of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey. He pulls it off marvelously and I can't get enough of it!)

One more thing - if you get a chance, donate to Comic Relief. Personally, I think it's a wonderful concept - having funny and entertaining TV while raising money for charity.  Much better than the mushy sob-parade telethons I've seen broadcast in the US.  Of course, Red Nose Day does feature some appeals meant to tug at your heartstrings, but it isn't one long marathon of misery - besides, shouldn't you feel good about helping people out, even if it's in the smallest ways?
After the less-than-stellar day at work I had, this makes it all worth it:

"Doctor Who" Series 6 premiere will air on BBC America on April 23 at 9:00 Eastern Time (7:00 Mountain Time).

I haven't heard from any official sources if that's the same day it airs on BBC One in the UK, but from what I've gathered, it's pretty traditional that the new series of Doctor Who premieres over Easter weekend - so does this mean that we in the US get a same-day release with our friends across the pond?  (I'm only speculating this because I would think this kind of news would have blown up the blogosphere and I haven't seen that happen... yet).

But - yay!  We have a date!!!

Heck Yes!


That video makes me squee so happily. I don't even know why.

It's been a busy weekend, to be sure. So, I'll just hit the highlights and move on with my life.

- My extended family is nuts. Not in the literal committed-and-on-meds way - just a little odder than most people are. I had to drive my (much older) cousin home to Salt Lake over the weekend - the poor guy is so shy. He doesn't say "Boo!" without apologizing profusely, which is okay, I guess, until you've heard it fifty times. But he wanted relationship advice from me (he's 15 years older than me) and in asking for my help, we ventured into the mystical land of TMI and Brain Bleach... do I want to deal with this? Heavens no! Sheesh - I've never had a relationship of my own (nor do I want on). Why am I being asked to fix someone else's problems? -_-'

'kay, that's over - NEXT!

- I. LOVE. STUDYING. LIBRARY. SCIENCE. Laugh if you must, but this weekend I went up to Salt Lake to meet up with my MLS Cohort buddies and enjoy a full weekend of discussing collection development. Beyond getting all this new information so I can be a good librarian when I get to that point, I just love being around my classmates and colleagues. Maybe it's because I had a real downer week (the kids at school were being little twerps and I'll just leave it at that), but it felt good to get away and do something that makes me feel good.  I honestly can't wait to do my practicum this summer.

- While I was up north, my dad had me move some of my stuff that's been in storage since we moved nine years ago. We'd had it stored at this old house my parents own but are now selling (which, why we didn't sell it years ago is beyond me, but I'm not the one calling the shots). But since I don't have my own place to move all my stuff to, it just moved into another storage area (into a friend of mine's garage - I'm going to be living with her this summer anyway). Most of my stuff ended up getting thrown out because I didn't need it or because of mice (yeah...), so I actually have less stuff than I thought I did.

- Here's a funny story - for my class weekends, we meet in a small-ish library in Salt Lake City down the road from the University of Utah. It's right next to a Barnes and Noble, which does not help my finances at all. I'd arrived at the library early on Friday night, so I thought I'd go browse B&N to see if they had anything good. I ended up in the DVD section, perusing their Doctor Who DVDs to see if there was something I really wanted that 2Entertain wasn't planning a Revisitation version of later. Turned out they had the Black Guardian Trilogy at a decent enough price, so I bought that. The guy at the counter noticed what I was buying and actually seemed impressed that I was buying a Doctor Who boxed set and he started asked me who my favorite Doctor was - I replied that I really didn't have a favorite yet (well, I do, but I haven't seen them all yet, so I'm reserving judgment), but I'd been on a Peter Davison kick lately (hence, my purchase) and I really liked both David Tennant and Matt Smith. I think the guy thought it was cool that there was a 20-something girl in Utah that actually knew what Doctor Who was - even enough to buy some of the Classic series on DVD (or maybe I'm just giving myself gratuitous pats on the back).

As I left the store, I had to get on the escalator down and I noticed a guy walk in with either his wife or girlfriend. This guy had a black t-shirt on with white lettering in the shape of a TARDIS that said "Bow Ties are Cool" and a white image of a bow tie above that. I wanted to yell out "Nice shirt!" to the guy, but he'd passed by the time I got to the bottom of the escalator (plus, I'm a little shy about yelling out in a crowded store - and I try not to get too over-zealous about my love of all things Who, especially in public. I don't do well with awkwardness). But seriously - how cool is it that I encountered not just one, but TWO people who seemed to know what Doctor Who was and even were fans of it? 'Course, I was in Barnes and Noble, which I lovingly refer to as "The Geek Store" but it just made my heart happy ^_^

Cheers!

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