Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey — A Whovian Linky Party

Doctor Who TARDIS

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Do you wanna come with me? ‘Cause if you do, then I should warn you — you’re gonna see all sorts of things. Ghosts from the past. Aliens from the future. The day the Earth died in a ball of flame. It won’t be quiet, it won’t be safe, and it won’t be calm. But I’ll tell you what it will be: the trip of a lifetime!

Growing up, I remember sitting at my grandmother’s house, flipping through the channels on Sunday afternoons.  Turning that dial, and feeling the click, adjusting the rabbit ears, and getting upset when the only thing that would come in clearly was PBS.  I was too old for Mister Rogers and Sesame Street, and then there was a show on in the afternoons that I didn’t quite understand, but my aunt seemed to like it.  The guy was a bit eccentric and wore a scarf.  Little did I know, that that eccentric man was really just a mad man with a box.

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Twenty years later, my best friend tells me about a Halloween costume she and her boyfriend are doing — Tennant and Donna from “The Runaway Bride”.  I had no idea what that meant at the time, but I knew that if it was important enough to for them to go over the top on these Halloween costumes, that I should probably look into it more.

Then, out of the wood work, everyone I know started talking about Doctor Who.  

Hadn’t that show gone off the air ages ago?  

Colleen & Josh were the ones who got Steve hooked.  I wanted no part of it.  Steve knew that if I actually sat down and watched an episode, I’d be sucked in.  He made me give it two episodes … “The Girl In The Fireplace” and “Blink”.  

That’s all it took.

I was in love with Ten.  I needed more.  I needed the back story.  So, instead of starting at the very beginning, I started with what is affectionately referred to as the reboot; with the ninth Doctor.

My first Doctor was Christopher Eccleston.  Steve & I watched that first season as a marathon over the course of a weekend.  Twelve episodes in two days.  It was fantastic!  

Bad Wolf … Rose … Captain Jack … the Daleks … Slitheen … TARDIS.

Then came Tennant, and I swore I could never love Tennant’s Doctor the way I loved Eccleston’s, but I did.  With each passing episode, I was being pulled into this world that exists only in the rift between time and space.

Rose … Cybermen … Madame de Pompedour … Martha … Donna … Captain Jack … Weeping Angels … Wilf … Adipose …  River Song … Spoilers … more Weeping Angels …  And then, the radiation … and the regeneration.  

Matt Smith’s Doctor was different, younger, and I swore I would never love him as the Doctor.  It just wouldn’t happen.  But then it did.  He embodied everything I loved about the Doctor, as did Tennant and Eccleston.  And just when he was really hitting his stride, when I felt like I could watch forever, it was once again time to say good bye.

Fish fingers and custard … Amy Pond … Rory … Melody Pond … the crack in the wall …Vincent Van Gogh … Clara … The Snowmen … The Silence … Trenzalore … all leading up to, “I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when The Doctor was me.”

I’ll admit it.  I cried.  The loss of a friend.

And now, with just hours to go before we all get to meet Twelve and see just what kind of Doctor he will be, I swear, I will never love Peter Capaldi’s Doctor as much as I loved the last three.  That is, until he gives us the reason for us to look at him the same way we have looked at all those who have come before, and realize that the face might be different, but we will always love the Doctor.

In honor of Season 8 of Doctor Who premiering on BBC America, I am hosting a Whovian Linky Party!  Share your posts below.



Why I “LET” My Husband Get A Motorcycle

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We are a one car family.  When summer hit, Steve started taking the car because I didn’t have to run the kids to and from school everyday.  I loved just being at home, and only having the car once a week.  But then it happened; Steve needed to be at work in the early morning and I needed the car the same day.  I got agitated and vented that it would be easier if we still had two vehicles.  Steve commented, tongue in cheek, that he should look into getting a Vespa – one of those little scooters that you see people riding all over the Italian country side riding on – Ciao!

That is when the wheels started turning though … My college boyfriend had a motorcycle and I absolutely LOVED it!  In fact, shortly after we bought the house, Steve and I had considered getting motorcycles, but then I found out I was pregnant with David, so we decided to hold off.  Seven years later, it was looking like a motorcycle would be a practical and inexpensive way to solve our family’s transportation problems.

Over the course of 2 weeks, Steve decided to get a motorcycle,  took the written test to get his motorcycle permit, applied for financing through our credit union, researched a bunch of bikes (he already had a really good idea as to what he wanted - a Triumph), registered for the Basic Rider Program, checked out a few bikes at Mt Holly Kawasaki Suzuki, purchased a motorcycle, and had it delivered to our home.  WHEW!  

The bike, a 2013 Triumph Speedmaster, was delivered 2 weeks ago and Steve is enjoying going for short rides around our neighborhood to get used to how it handles, and get comfortable riding before he starts taking it to work.  The Basic Rider Course is the first weekend of September, so he’s being cautious until then.

What surprises me the most in this entire process … People saying that they can’t believe I “LET” him get a motorcycle!  

I have a few things to say about that:

  1. He’s my husband, not a child; I don’t “LET” him do anything.
  2. When we make a decision for a large purchase whether it be a new TV or a motorcycle, we discuss all of the details together
  3. The monthly payment on the motorcycle will be less than the cost of a monthly train pass
  4. The 150 miles I was putting on the car each week taking Steve to work was costing us about $19.50/wk (25mpg at $3.25/gal).  On the motorcycle, it will cost us about $9.50/wk.  Total savings of $40/mo = $480/yr 
  5. It is cheaper to insure a motorcycle than a second car
  6. The cost of insurance is less than the annual fuel savings so we still come out ahead.
  7. I get my time back!  Over 1.5 hours per day, 5 days a week is mine!  In the afternoons, I no longer have to wake the baby to put him in the car to pick Steve up from the train.  In the course of a year, I get back 390 hours or 16 1/4 days just by not driving!
  8. When dressed for the weather, you can ride a bike during all 12 months, meaning the only time Steve may need the car is in torrential downpours as well as snow & ice.

As you can see, there is a whole lot for me to be happy with in this motorcycle arrangement.  But in all of this discussion, I did put a few request on the table:

  • always wear a helmet even though there are no helmet laws in PA – he agreed
  • get a bike that I am comfortable ridding on – he did
  • no one gets to be a passenger on the bike, until I’ve had my ride – he also agreed

So I “LET” my husband get a motorcycle because it is helping out our family.  According to his friends, that makes me wife of the year, and I’m okay with that.

Pre-Order the Keurig 2.0

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We gave up our regular coffee pot years ago, and only have the Keurig. Since my husband is the only coffee drinker in the house, it made sense to have a single cup brewer because he only drank one cup of coffee in the morning. However, when we have company, it would be nice to not have to stand at the Keurig making cup after cup for each of our guests.

Enter the Keurig 2.0 – the first Keurig brewing system where you can make your coffee by the cup or by the 4-cup carafe!

The Keurig 2.0 is currently available for pre-order from these retailers:

What do you think of the new Keurig 2.0 brewing system?

 

 

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Review: Me, You, Us

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*Sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

At the beginning of the summer, I was offered a copy of Lisa Currie’s book Me, You, Us.  The book sounded like a cool concept – fill out the different activities with a friend or loved one filling in whatever silly thoughts or sweet memories come to mind, so I decided I’d give it a go.

When the book arrived, and I finally had it in my hands to look at, I realized just how special this book really is.  You see, for all 113 pages, there are different questions to fill out about yourself, your loved one, or the two of you as a pair.  

Questions include:

  • the perfect theme song for us
  • what people must think when they see us together
  • our greatest ever midnight snack
  • how we celebrate the little things

Each page has a spot for you to fill out who you are with when you are answering the activity, where you are, and when.  Truly capturing a moment in time.

For some of the pages, I’ve filled them out with my older children (who, by the way, loved coming up with new nicknames for each other), and other pages I’ve completed with my husband.  It has given us things to talk about, even on days where we don’t feel like there is anything left for us to say (14 years together, 3 kids, work, house, you get the idea.  We are usually exhausted!).

Going through Me, You, Us has been a lot of fun, and our family highly recommends this book as a way to unplug and get the family and friends talking!

Me, You, Us is currently for sale on Amazon for just $10.

 

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{Back-to-School} Why We Chose PA Cyber Charter School

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Prior to having children, I was an elementary school teacher. Last year, my son attended Grandview Elementary School in Morrisville, and was in the PM Kindergarten class. I have been disappointed with the lack of communication coming from the public school through out the year, the lack of resources for our students, and the lack of support for our teachers. Our family has decided, after much thought and research, to enroll our children in PA Cyber Charter School for the 2014-15 academic year.

For those who don’t know, PA Cyber Charter School is one of several public charter schools that are an option for our students when you live in Pennsylvania. In this program, we will receive a laptop for each child, as well as ALL books, materials, & resources that will be needed to implement the curriculum. From what I’ve researched, both online as well as from talking with friends who are enrolled in PA Cyber, cyber charter schools offer a good blend of the best of homeschooling with the best of traditional schooling.

Cyber Schooling & Home Schooling are not the same thing. Here are the different terms and what they mean:

  • Cyber School – an institution that teaches courses entirely or primarily through online methods. It has been suggested that a virtual school is an online learning platform offered by an educational organization whereby individuals can earn credits in the particular area of interest which can be counted toward graduation or advancement to the next grade.
  • Home School – a nonpublic school conducted primarily by the parent, guardian or other person who has custody of the child or nonpublic instruction provided in the child’s home. A homeschooler retains complete control of their child’s primary level education.
  • Unschooling – an educational method and philosophy that rejects compulsory school as a primary means for learning. Unschoolers learn through their natural life experiences including play, household responsibilities, personal interests and curiosity, internships and work experience, travel, books, elective classes, family, mentors, and social interaction.

In fact, children still have the benefit of a classroom teacher in the virtual classrooms; still have the opportunity for social interaction with their peers through the virtual classrooms, clubs, and field trips; and will graduate with a high school diploma, and not a GED. You can even participate if your child has an IEP/GIEP or 504 plan.

The out of pocket cost for this program – FREE. Just like brick & mortar charter schools, the cost of a public cyber charter school education is covered by our tax dollars.

Steve & I went to PA Cyber Charter School‘s Philadelphia Office in early July to register the children for the upcoming school year. We were there about an hour, had our questions about the programs answered, and received a course catalog. Then, last week we were assigned an academic adviser, and she helped us to schedule the children’s classes. We are now awaiting all of the materials – books, laptops, printer, etc – which should be here by the end of this week.  The first day of school is September 2.

I can’t wait to share our new adventure with all of you!

 

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