Nerd Block!

This past weekend I subscribed to Nerd Block. I signed up for a 3-month subscription to try it out, as I have been seeing it all over the interwebs. Nerd Block is a monthly subscription box containing collectibles with various themes ranging from the classic Nerd Block: “comic con in a box”, to a gaming-themed box, and even one for kids. I subscribed to the Nerd Block Classic.

With your first subscription you automatically receive a free “Welcome Block.” I received mine on Tuesday. It was super exciting to find it sitting outside my door when I returned from grocery shopping that afternoon. I was very impressed with what I received in it, considering it was free. I received: a Groot magnet, a 10th Doctor vinyl figure, a joystick keychain, a nifty little clicky toy (which I wore as a bracelet and played with all day on Wednesday…), and another little packaged toy.  

 It has me even more excited for my first actual Nerd Block which ships later this month. I can’t wait! 

Geeking Out About Dice

I have recently come into possession of the most beautiful dice I have ever seen. I love them, and I can’t seem to stop looking at them. I haven’t been able to play with them yet but I am impatiently waiting. An added perk is they match my Dragon Shields!

My New Chessex Cirrus dice.

They are a set of 36 12mm six-sided dice in aqua and white with silver markings for the numbers, called pips. I love the colour of the dice, and I love the white swirls. The silver pips are pretty great too. I think it is a perfect combination. I could look at them and play with them for hours and never get sick of  them. The other great thing about these dice is the bag I store them in, which was a bit of an unexpected but totally awesome purchase.

The dice are from a company called Chessex, a leader in making dice for gaming. They have many designs, and it’s hard to choose just one set. I was torn between two when I bought these, though I don’t regret my decision one bit. Matching my Dragon Shields was definitely a factor in the decision-making process though.

wpid-img_20150705_180623-01.jpegThe dice bag is Doctor Who themed, the exploding TARDIS to be exact. It’s a perfect match to the scarf I received for my birthday and fits in quite nicely with my ever-growing collection of Doctor Who memorabilia. It’s a rather small thing to get excited over, this dice bag and set of dice, but if we can’t get excited over the little things what is the point of getting excited over anything at all?

I am totally geeking out over these!

 

Interesting Stuff on the Interwebs

I spend a lot of time on the internet in my down time; probably more than I should. I browse a lot of different sites thanks to my Facebook news feed and my Twitter feed. Sometimes I find the most interesting things simply by googling a topic. The things I find affect me in a number of different ways. They can have deeper inner meaning, make me laugh, teach me something , or even make me think more critically about something I hadn’t thought much about before. My life is often enriched by it. Usually the things that stick with me are pretty eclectic, just like the collection I’m sharing in this post. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

I receive a daily email from Medium.com. I receive links to articles and short stories written by people from all walks of life and all levels of experience each morning in my inbox. These pieces range from funny to a little geeky, to being strong critiques and discussions about current events or cultural issues. It has become an interesting way to end my morning commute and settle in to work at my desk. One of the articles I read recently stuck with me a little longer than most. “What China Gets Right About Relationships” got me thinking about the significant differences between cultures in general, not just the differences between Western and Chinese cultural concepts surrounding relationships. It was a very interesting article to read, and though I read it weeks ago, it still provokes new though about cultural differences as I go about my daily life.

Sometimes we need a good laugh or even just a chuckle. Oft times Bustle helps me to achieve this. Bustle is one of the sites I go to when I don’t feel like thinking and need to be entertained, usually while I am waiting for something. Recently I came across “15 Anna Kendrick Twitter Reactions to Pop Culture Events that are So Relatable It Hurts” and it entertained me thoroughly. I remember seeing Anna Kendrick for the first time in a supporting role in Twilight. She has come a long way since then. This article just showed that she is human and is managing to keep both feet on the ground even though her career has been taking off. I have to admit I like her. She was hilarious in Pitch Perfect, a guilty pleasure of mine. And I respect her. I respect her mostly because she can make me laugh.

There are odd times when we come across something in our movements through day-to-day life that will make us think “Yup, that’s me. I do that.” It has been happening to me a lot more recently. This has been a tough time for me as I have spent the better part of the past year coming to terms with a lot of things, accepting certain facts about myself and learning to live while recognizing that these things about myself affect everything and everyone else around me. “10 Signs Fear is Running Your Life and How to Get Back on Track” was one of those things for me. It really resonated with me. Fear does run my life, and it’s not a rational fear. It never is. I struggle with depression and anxiety on a daily basis, and fear is a part of my life as a result. It isn’t fun. Some days are easier than others; much easier now that the days are getting longer again. This article hit home when I read it and it has inspired me to work harder to get closer to and eventually back on the path I want to be on.

I had no idea “The Dragon Riders of Pern” had been optioned for the big screen. I read a few of the books as a teen, and I remember enjoying them. I forgot about their existence until I read this article. It makes me want to add some Anne McCaffrey to my reading list again. She was my first foray into fantasy years ago, it’s neat that her work is making a comeback in a new way.

There was a milestone anniversary that took place on the March 26th. Doctor Who has been on the air again for ten years. 2005 certainly doesn’t feel like it was ten years ago. Whovians and others involved with the show celebrated in their own special ways, and it made for some fun reading. I came across a link to the actors, writers and others involved with Doctor Who wishing the show a happy birthday from Radio Times. It was a fun and sentimental article. Something anyone familiar with Doctor Who Should check out, even if you don’t consider yourself a Whovian.

It is apparent that I look at  a lot of different things from day to day. It has become even more clear to me. I think I need to compile this stuff more often because I think it could make for some interesting conversations both with friends and on the blog. It already has me formulating some new thoughts for the future.

A Birthday Fangirl Moment

I’ve been 29 for almost a month now, and my birthday this year just keeps on giving. Around two years ago I wrote a blog post about some very specific things on my Doctor Who wish list. You can read it here. A few weeks after my birthday something showed up on my desk:

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TARDIS!

We found a single TARDIS teapot in our wanderings around the local downtown shops. Little did we know that it would be the only one we would encounter; possibly ever again. We originally saw the teapots on ThinkGeek, and recently we discovered that they were no longer available. Jay remembered that we saw one at a downtown shop called Über Cool Stuff. He went out and got it for me so I didn’t lose a chance of actually getting one. I’m super happy that I finally have a TARDIS teapot! I love it. I really love it. It looks as though it has always belonged on my bookshelf. I love that it goes with my coffee mug! My bookshelf is now complete. 🙂

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Catching Up: Doctor Who

This past week I finally started watching season 8 of Doctor Who. I know it started in August and it has been done for a while, but for some reason I have a tendency to wait until the season is over. I then start to binge watch it at a minimum of 2-3 episodes at a time.  This has happened again with this latest season of Doctor Who. I am five episodes in and I think Peter Capaldi is brilliant as the twelfth doctor. He is very different, but at the same time he is most definitely still the Doctor. I don’t know that they could have cast a better Twelve.

In the spirit of catching up on Doctor Who, I also caught up with my comic collecting. Back in October during the first Forest City Comicon I purchased the first issue of the Twelfth Doctor’s adventures by Titan Comics. I actually posted about it here as I was very excited about it. I didn’t think much of it after that, but a couple of weekends ago we were in a local comic book shop (L.A. Mood) and found more.  When I bought the first one for some reason I didn’t stop to think that there would be more to follow. Anyways, we found two of the four that were released there and then found the last at Heroes, another local comics shop. They are two great places to spend some time on a Saturday, by the way!

I now have all four current issues, and the plan is to go out and buy the latest one this weekend and continue on with my collection, not having to spend time catching up like this again.

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Who’s Up For Some Doctor Who?

Recently I went on a huge Doctor Who kick. And I mean HUGE. In fact, it is still going. It started with getting Netflix and starting to watch the reboot of the series (circa 2005) with Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor and it just continued from there. I’m only on season 3 but I am so pumped up for the 50th anniversary special on November 23rd it is quite ridiculous. With the trailers and mini-sodes leading up to it?! (Yes, I know that was quite a real sentence.) Oh man I am so excited. I would be even more excited if my hometown was one of the cities where they are showing the anniversary special in theaters, but alas it is not the case. I will be settling for a commercial-free showing on the Space channel, which is still fine by me as long as I get to see it.

I had hoped to be caught up to the end of season 7 before the special, but I have now resigned myself to the fact that it’s not going to happen especially with only a week left.
I don’t think I will be able to manage getting through three and a half seasons before next Saturday… At least not unless I take time off work and everything else I need to get done each day! Unfortunately I can’t do that but I sure can dream! I will continue on with catching up after the special. So far though, I think the 10th Doctor is my favourite..

I have a feeling this kick isn’t just a temporary thing. I think it is here to stay. I have taken to looking at Doctor Who collectibles as well. And being the tea lover I am also I found the perfect one. A TARDIS teapot exists! I MUST have it! I have a hope that there may be one under the Christmas tree for me this year… My fingers are crossed!

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Do any of you like Doctor Who? Who is your favourite doctor?