nausicaa83: (<sherlock> best friends)
First, the great news: my aunt called me yesterday to tell me she's coming over here next thursday, and she'll stay for six days! It wasn't planned, but with the panic attack, the ambulance, the bronchitis, I think I did scare her a lot. Anyway, she's coming over! Yessssssss! And I'm feeling better, so I can enjoy her company instead of spending the day sneezing and coughing in bed, double yay!

Yesterday was also the 50th Doctor Who anniversary. I'm probably the only one in the fandom who decided not to watch the episode. I was very, very, VERY disappointed with the last seasons, and I didn't want them to spoil my memories of Ten and Rose with another disappointing episode. Plus I was counting on my friends to write reviews, and the first one I read, by the lovely [livejournal.com profile] tsuki_yagami, confirmed what I feared. Oh well. Gotta wait until the next showrunner, I guess.

After the episode they aired the new Sherlock trailer, which didn't actually tell us anything new, except that the girl playing Rae in My Mad Fat Diary is in it, and that made me shriek in joy, and that John's moustache keeps looking like a dead animal. Sorry, I literally have nothing else to say about it, because it was really too short and about scenes we had already seen. I guess the next one will be more about the actual story. And maybe with an actual date, somewhere. *crosses fingers*

Since my lungs are cooperating again, I sat at my drumkit the other day, for the first time in two weeks. After two songs I had to lie down for a bit, but hey, I still got it! *_____*
nausicaa83: (<doctor who> eleven)
First time watching BBC in ages, but I just had to tune in for the Twelfth Doctor announcement. And even if Steven Moffat managed to annoy me in a two-minute-long clip, it doesn't really matter, because the rest of the program was really cute and funny.

On to the important piece of news, the new Doctor is Peter Capaldi!

Ok, first, I really like him. He's a great actor and in The Hour he was fantastic and he made me sob like a baby.

But it's back to 'old white dude with female companion who's barely legal'. Not that I wasn't expecting it, but come on. Yes, I had zero expectations for a female Doctor, and quite frankly the idea of Moffat writing a female Doctor was the stuff of nightmares, but I had a little place in my heart for 'whatever as long as he's not white'. Of course Moffat had to go and make fun of the idea of a female Doctor as soon as he got on screen, true, but did they have to get someone so much older than Eleven? Who, during the last season, kept sexually harassing his female companions? And it was all played for laughs? I wouldn't have anything against Capaldi if it weren't for the thought that the same guy who made the Doctor smack Clara on the bottom with a towel is going to write his lines. And we don't get an older companion, like Donna, we still have Clara, who even when she's trying not to damsel she gets complimented only for her 'very tight skirt'.

Congratulations to Capaldi, of course, but this confirms it: Doctor Who is definitely over for me until we get a new showrunner. Those of you who'll keep watching, have a lot of fun! ♥
nausicaa83: (<007> a bloody big ship)
This morning I woke up with my right eye hurting like crazy. At first I thought it was pink eye, an old friend of mine, but after an hour of wet towels and eyedrops the pain and photosensitivity went away, so I realized it was just the air. I digged up the humidifier, spent ten minutes trying to remember how to open it, and then spent another embarassing amount of time looking for the perfume drops (because I like perfume in my humid air, I'm sophisticated like that). One hour later, the living room smells of green tea and my eyes don't hurt anymore. Go humidifier.

Time for the obligatory Doctor Who review, obligatory because it was Neil Gaiman's episode. Look under the cut for spoilers, but if you want the short, spoiler-free version, it was the best episode this season, and it had terrible, huge flaws. At least it passed the Bechdel test, so yay. But Gaiman has forgotten how to write children, I can't believe this came from the same man who wrote Coraline and the Graveyard Book. Maybe a kid pissed him off lately?

Some good news, some bad news, and some good news. )

In conclusion, when not even the Gaiman episode can't save a season, it is truly time to put an end to this. Watching Doctor Who has become a chore, so unless they get a new showrunner next season, this is the last I'll watch of it. I'll always have Nine and Ten anyway.
nausicaa83: (<lilo & stitch> annoyed)
I wasn't planning on making an entry for every Doctor Who episode this season, but for me Journey to the Centre of the Tardis was such a brilliant example of all that doesn't work in this Moffat era that I just had to put my thoughts here.

But before going into spoiler territory, can I just point out that the one time we had three black companions, they were space car-jackers? Not, I don't know, teachers, musicians, botanists, architects, whatever, but car-jackers? And they were also assholes. So, there was that.

Let's see how they take the most annoying trope ever and make it literal. )

Sorry for the long rant, but this has been bugging me a lot. *shakes fist*
nausicaa83: (<007> death)
Updates on the health situation! The fever is finally gone, and my brain is almost back to normal. I had a very weird conversation yesterday with my aunt where she had to repeat everything she was saying before I could understand it. I shall call it the Talisker Talisker Conversation. I've made a nest on my bed, there are rolls of toilet paper, meds, cables, laptop charger, two sets of headphones and a couple of sweaters. Plus Snoopadoop Noblest of Bears is hugging a tube of Pringles that I don't remember even buying. This is weird. I spent the afternoon yesterday watching Cary Grant movies. If I weren't sick, this could actually sound like a crazy weekend. :D

Am I the only one who thinks the Doctor Who episodes this season are incredibly crammed? It feels like they're doing a great episode, then notice they only have ten minutes left, panic, and start throwing everything they can think of at us, logic be damned. I know it's sci-fi, so rules get bent all the time, but internal logic should remain, otherwise the whole thing crumbles. Although they get points for quoting Cole Porter.

My throat is still sore, that means Icecream for Lunch. I do love being a grown-up. :D
nausicaa83: (<ghost protocol> team)
Finally the sun shows its face! I'm sitting by the open window enjoying the warmth and light.

Yesterday I watched the new Doctor Who episode, The Bells of St John, in bed before going to sleep. It'll take me some time to get used to such luxuries! :D

Spoilers under the cut, as usual. )

Tomorrow I'll go back home, hoping the sunny weather will last, since I'll be carrying a suitcase, a backpack, and Sherlock in its new bag. *crossing fingers*
nausicaa83: (<hobbit> hug)
Let's see what happened these last few days, going backwards in time.

Yesterday Tati and I had dinner at her sister's. We had pizza and played the Game of Thrones board game. Last time I was a Lannister, and I won. This time Tati's sister was a Greyjoy, and she won. I was a Stark, but I was tired and sleepy, and got cornered in the North and stayed there pretty much the whole time. I came back home at 2 am, and today my brain feels like it's full of cotton. I'm too old for this shit, man. It was great fun, but next time it'll have to be before dinner.

In the afternoon Tati and I baked cookies, the same ones I made a couple of weeks ago, and this time we used tangerine powder instead of orange. It gives them a much more delicate flavour. This time around we counted them, and we made 100 cookies! Even so, they're not going to last long with me. :D

There was also the Merlin finale. I loved it. Yes, it was heartbreaking, but I think it gave a beautiful closure to a show that I loved but got lost many times during the years - mostly with Morgana and Gwen acting completely OOC because the writers had no idea what to do with them.

I watched the Doctor Who christmas special too. First, the things I loved: Madame Vastra and Jenny, the Sherlock Holmes references, the Tardis in the clouds. I didn't like Clara. Not because I don't like her character per se, just because she's the exact same carbon copy character we already had with River, Amy and Irene. It's getting beyond repetitive into the realm of "boring". Not to mention they do know how to make different female characters, just see what they did with Vastra! At this point I think it's just laziness, so I just shrug my shoulders and enjoy the story.

My aunt is at her parents' place, and sadly there aren't good news there. My grandparents are both getting worse with every new day, which isn't a suprise considering they're 90, but my aunt is obviously pretty affected. They are pretty much strangers to me, but I feel sorry for her.

Mom is doing fine, thankfully, while the rest of the ward is fighting the seasonal bugs. Even if we are having a warm winter, it is still to be expected. Me, I'm going back to the gym on the 3rd, which is the one thing that helps me the most to fight off the stupid viruses. ;)

Man, my circadian rhythm is really shot to hell. I should go and play the drums a while, to fight the sleepiness. I can't go to bed now, it's not even lunch time! So, so glad it's sunday. :D
nausicaa83: (<doctor who> eleven)
Obligatory entry for Doctor Who's season finale, as usual spoiler-free, because River is my spirit animal. Five minutes in I thought "this is going to be scary as hell, I shouldn't have watched it just before going to bed". After that, I cried and sniffled and plain out sobbed the whole way through. I shouldn't have watched it just before bed.

What can I say? I didn't like the first episode, but the four episodes after that were great. I was a bit worried about having River back, because as much as I love her I don't really like her recent interactions with the Doctor, but I thought she was brilliant in this episode. She was more her, instead of an appendix, a one-dimensional fangirl, as I fear she was turning to be. And [livejournal.com profile] harriet_yuuko, you must cosplay as her in this episode!

And the Ponds were great. That last scene is going to haunt me and make me start crying in public places for weeks to come, I just know it.
nausicaa83: (<doctor who> eleven)
Obligatory entry for Doctor Who's season finale, as usual spoiler-free, because River is my spirit animal. Five minutes in I thought "this is going to be scary as hell, I shouldn't have watched it just before going to bed". After that, I cried and sniffled and plain out sobbed the whole way through. I shouldn't have watched it just before bed.

What can I say? I didn't like the first episode, but the four episodes after that were great. I was a bit worried about having River back, because as much as I love her I don't really like her recent interactions with the Doctor, but I thought she was brilliant in this episode. She was more her, instead of an appendix, a one-dimensional fangirl, as I fear she was turning to be. And [livejournal.com profile] harriet_yuuko, you must cosplay as her in this episode!

And the Ponds were great. That last scene is going to haunt me and make me start crying in public places for weeks to come, I just know it.
nausicaa83: (<doctor who> whee!)
Just finished watching the latest Doctor Who episode, Dinosaurs On A Spaceship.

THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!

This is what Doctor Who should be! A gang of companions actively working and helping the Doctor, genocide is bad, aliens are great, awesome characters from history, the amazingness of space, and real lessons in gender politics. :D

The one thing I just don't understand is how they can think it's believable that all these people, after being the Doctor's companions on one mission, would just happily go back to their lives on Earth. With so much space and time to see, I'd never leave! Let's face it, in the show about spaceships, it's the one thing that just doesn't make any sense. ;)

This episode left me so cheerful, it's the Doctor Who I fell in love with. ♥
nausicaa83: (<doctor who> whee!)
Just finished watching the latest Doctor Who episode, Dinosaurs On A Spaceship.

THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!

This is what Doctor Who should be! A gang of companions actively working and helping the Doctor, genocide is bad, aliens are great, awesome characters from history, the amazingness of space, and real lessons in gender politics. :D

The one thing I just don't understand is how they can think it's believable that all these people, after being the Doctor's companions on one mission, would just happily go back to their lives on Earth. With so much space and time to see, I'd never leave! Let's face it, in the show about spaceships, it's the one thing that just doesn't make any sense. ;)

This episode left me so cheerful, it's the Doctor Who I fell in love with. ♥
nausicaa83: (<avatar> toph)
My fourth year at the gym officially started tonight, and it was a success! We have a new instructor, she'll stay with us the whole year, and she's adorable. Very sweet, with a wonderful smile, and she kept a nice relaxed pace the whole time, even stopping when a friend of mine got a bit light-headed and had to sit down. I had a bottle of sugary water with me, so I managed to do all the exercises, even the jumps that I usually hate.

In other, wonderful news, Neil Gaiman is writing a new Doctor Who episode! Since The Doctor's Wife is hands down my favourite episode, you can imagine my joy. When I read that article I jumped up from my chair and started singing We Are The Champions out loud, picked up Sakura from the couch, and did a little dance with her. She didn't appreciate it very much. :D

Now, I should be making dinner, but I don't feel like cooking. Breakfast for dinner it is then! \o/
nausicaa83: (<avatar> toph)
My fourth year at the gym officially started tonight, and it was a success! We have a new instructor, she'll stay with us the whole year, and she's adorable. Very sweet, with a wonderful smile, and she kept a nice relaxed pace the whole time, even stopping when a friend of mine got a bit light-headed and had to sit down. I had a bottle of sugary water with me, so I managed to do all the exercises, even the jumps that I usually hate.

In other, wonderful news, Neil Gaiman is writing a new Doctor Who episode! Since The Doctor's Wife is hands down my favourite episode, you can imagine my joy. When I read that article I jumped up from my chair and started singing We Are The Champions out loud, picked up Sakura from the couch, and did a little dance with her. She didn't appreciate it very much. :D

Now, I should be making dinner, but I don't feel like cooking. Breakfast for dinner it is then! \o/
nausicaa83: (<doctor who> eleven)
I'm back! Spent three lovely days with Tati, enjoyed the first days of Autumn immensely, wore my Erik Lehnsherr jacket for the first time in months. Other highlights of the last few days include cutting my thumb while peeling a potato, while on the phone with a friend of mine who was telling me about what her gynecologist told her last week. She was very scared (she has to take some meds, nothing serious, but she never had any health problems in 30 years so she was freaking out), and I couldn't interrupt her, so I managed to keep reassuring her in a calm, soothing voice, while rushing to the bathroom and trying to stop the bleeding with toilet paper. It was quite a lot of bleeding, because when I do something, I do it properly. Thinking about it, it must have looked quite funny. :D

I came home a couple of hours ago, and downloaded the latest Doctor Who episode, Asylum of the Daleks. Don't know what I was expecting - after loving the first episodes of the last season, I hated the ending, so I was very conflicted. I'm not sure whether I liked it or not. Spoilery review under the cut, I'll just leave this here, why on earth every freaking a time a girl talks about liking another girl, it is always called "a phase"? It pisses me off so much. So offensive.

We had a moment/That felt like summer/Now in slumber/I can see your smile. )

Forgot to post a picture here, but last week I got a new haircut (shorter and shorter), and died the bangs Tardis blue! I love it! *_____________*
nausicaa83: (<doctor who> eleven)
I'm back! Spent three lovely days with Tati, enjoyed the first days of Autumn immensely, wore my Erik Lehnsherr jacket for the first time in months. Other highlights of the last few days include cutting my thumb while peeling a potato, while on the phone with a friend of mine who was telling me about what her gynecologist told her last week. She was very scared (she has to take some meds, nothing serious, but she never had any health problems in 30 years so she was freaking out), and I couldn't interrupt her, so I managed to keep reassuring her in a calm, soothing voice, while rushing to the bathroom and trying to stop the bleeding with toilet paper. It was quite a lot of bleeding, because when I do something, I do it properly. Thinking about it, it must have looked quite funny. :D

I came home a couple of hours ago, and downloaded the latest Doctor Who episode, Asylum of the Daleks. Don't know what I was expecting - after loving the first episodes of the last season, I hated the ending, so I was very conflicted. I'm not sure whether I liked it or not. Spoilery review under the cut, I'll just leave this here, why on earth every freaking a time a girl talks about liking another girl, it is always called "a phase"? It pisses me off so much. So offensive.

We had a moment/That felt like summer/Now in slumber/I can see your smile. )

Forgot to post a picture here, but last week I got a new haircut (shorter and shorter), and died the bangs Tardis blue! I love it! *_____________*
nausicaa83: (<leverage> mom and dad)
Crap, it's hot. Unbearably hot. This summer can't be over soon enough, it's been crazy, I'm sick and tired of being constantly sticky with sweat, ugh. And it's not like I can take three showers a day, that would be the end for my skin. Double ugh. And there's the issue of my blood pressure dropping when it's hot. So I'm spending most of my free time reclined on the couch, close to the air conditioning but not too close because I enjoy my lungs pneumonia-free, thank you very much.

I have another meme today, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] space_oddity_75. It was a great excuse to clean up my bag, it was a mess.



It's a bag meme, so here's my summer bag! Well, one of them. I'm currently using the blue one I bought in Rhodes, the little Sherlocked one, and a Beatles one too, because I love using different ones everyday. This one I bought on Etsy last year, and decorated with a bunch of Sherlock pins and a little witch I bought with some friends, because I love witches. ^^



Let's see what's inside, starting from the top left corner. A denim hat, very cute and obligatory in this blasted sun. A shopping bag that I got free at the perfumery. My meds bag, which was originally for lipstick and the likes, and that I use to carry emergency meds, as my motion sickness wristbands (bless them!), bandaids for blisters, eyedrops. Tissues and more tissues, keys to the garbage can (yes, we do have those in Venice now, we're paranoid rays of sunshine here). A little sugar packet my therapist gave me when I fainted last week. Lipgloss, a pen, sunglasses, the kind that get on top of my regular glasses, very comfy. A little umbrella I bought at the British Museum last spring, panty-liner, hand sanitizer. Wow, I'm coming across as a hygiene freak. Oops. My Tardis wallet, for money, and my Rosetta Stone wallet (again, British Museum) for papers and cards. My beloved Sherlocked iPod, with the greek bag I keep it in when I'm not using it (it also contains a usb driver that I carry everywhere). Cellphone with its case (the phone has a Sherlock sticker on the back too). Last but not least, the Kindle in its bag. I only carry it outside the house when I know I'll have to wait somewhere: post office, bus station, my doctor's waiting room.

This way for the Tardis and the Reichenbach Recovery teas! )

Tomorrow will be a day with Tati, we're going to do some amazing shopping, so there will be more pictures. *____*
nausicaa83: (<leverage> mom and dad)
Crap, it's hot. Unbearably hot. This summer can't be over soon enough, it's been crazy, I'm sick and tired of being constantly sticky with sweat, ugh. And it's not like I can take three showers a day, that would be the end for my skin. Double ugh. And there's the issue of my blood pressure dropping when it's hot. So I'm spending most of my free time reclined on the couch, close to the air conditioning but not too close because I enjoy my lungs pneumonia-free, thank you very much.

I have another meme today, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] space_oddity_75. It was a great excuse to clean up my bag, it was a mess.



It's a bag meme, so here's my summer bag! Well, one of them. I'm currently using the blue one I bought in Rhodes, the little Sherlocked one, and a Beatles one too, because I love using different ones everyday. This one I bought on Etsy last year, and decorated with a bunch of Sherlock pins and a little witch I bought with some friends, because I love witches. ^^



Let's see what's inside, starting from the top left corner. A denim hat, very cute and obligatory in this blasted sun. A shopping bag that I got free at the perfumery. My meds bag, which was originally for lipstick and the likes, and that I use to carry emergency meds, as my motion sickness wristbands (bless them!), bandaids for blisters, eyedrops. Tissues and more tissues, keys to the garbage can (yes, we do have those in Venice now, we're paranoid rays of sunshine here). A little sugar packet my therapist gave me when I fainted last week. Lipgloss, a pen, sunglasses, the kind that get on top of my regular glasses, very comfy. A little umbrella I bought at the British Museum last spring, panty-liner, hand sanitizer. Wow, I'm coming across as a hygiene freak. Oops. My Tardis wallet, for money, and my Rosetta Stone wallet (again, British Museum) for papers and cards. My beloved Sherlocked iPod, with the greek bag I keep it in when I'm not using it (it also contains a usb driver that I carry everywhere). Cellphone with its case (the phone has a Sherlock sticker on the back too). Last but not least, the Kindle in its bag. I only carry it outside the house when I know I'll have to wait somewhere: post office, bus station, my doctor's waiting room.

This way for the Tardis and the Reichenbach Recovery teas! )

Tomorrow will be a day with Tati, we're going to do some amazing shopping, so there will be more pictures. *____*
nausicaa83: (<colbert report> tea time)
I just received my latest order from Adagio Teas! It got here way faster than the last time. They're all from the same seller, the one who did the Sherlock and John teas. I can't wait to serve all these new teas to my aunt! \o/ This time I ordered teas giving more importance to how they would taste (among those with characters I love, obviously). ^^



From left to right:

Reichenbach Recovery - "Only time will heal your broken heart. Maybe this tea will at least bring a little comfort until Sherlock reappears. This is purely indulgent. My favorite tea for a while has been Earl Grey bravo, with a dash of hazelnut syrup (it's what I order at coffee shops when I go with my friends, since I don't drink coffee). It's a very comforting taste to me, and the flavors all go surprisingly well together. It's a bit like fresh baked cookies."

Tardis - "Tastes bigger inside the cup [Ethereal earl grey and enchanting black berry with notes of vanilla]"

Clint Barton - "A slightly playful blend that may be hard to take very seriously, but will prove to be strictly business when under fire."

Natasha Romanoff - "A worldly blend, based off of Russian tea culture. A strong, smokey tea perfect for a busy spy."

Loki - "Cool, refreshing, but just a bit dark, with a hint of floral undertones. This blend truly shines when iced."

My therapist made me promise I wouldn't overdose on caffeine, so we decided I could only drink one cup a day. And I already had my Countess Grey one today. It'll be so hard to wait until tomorrow!
nausicaa83: (<colbert report> tea time)
I just received my latest order from Adagio Teas! It got here way faster than the last time. They're all from the same seller, the one who did the Sherlock and John teas. I can't wait to serve all these new teas to my aunt! \o/ This time I ordered teas giving more importance to how they would taste (among those with characters I love, obviously). ^^



From left to right:

Reichenbach Recovery - "Only time will heal your broken heart. Maybe this tea will at least bring a little comfort until Sherlock reappears. This is purely indulgent. My favorite tea for a while has been Earl Grey bravo, with a dash of hazelnut syrup (it's what I order at coffee shops when I go with my friends, since I don't drink coffee). It's a very comforting taste to me, and the flavors all go surprisingly well together. It's a bit like fresh baked cookies."

Tardis - "Tastes bigger inside the cup [Ethereal earl grey and enchanting black berry with notes of vanilla]"

Clint Barton - "A slightly playful blend that may be hard to take very seriously, but will prove to be strictly business when under fire."

Natasha Romanoff - "A worldly blend, based off of Russian tea culture. A strong, smokey tea perfect for a busy spy."

Loki - "Cool, refreshing, but just a bit dark, with a hint of floral undertones. This blend truly shines when iced."

My therapist made me promise I wouldn't overdose on caffeine, so we decided I could only drink one cup a day. And I already had my Countess Grey one today. It'll be so hard to wait until tomorrow!
nausicaa83: (<doctor who> eleven)
Super short therapy session today, as there was an emergency back in the hospital and my therapist had to run away. We mainly talked about what "respect" means to me. It was a short, but very interesting talk. I have to write down a couple of things I'd like to discuss next week, so that I won't forget.

I came back home by 6 pm, and I had just undressed when the bell rang. It was the postman, who told me they're now doing 8-20 shifts, and they will deliver mail even in the afternoon. That's very useful! I just need to get used to the bell ringing in the afternoon, the mail only comes in the morning since the day I was born. It's going to be so weird.



The package was from Forbidden Planet, and it was my new Sonic Screwdriver! And holy crap, it looks like a sex toy even more than in the show. And it already looked like the less subtle phallic object in sci-fi history. The first time it appeared I laughed a good hour. But I needed it for my cosplay, as I only had the Tenth Doctor's one, so there. It looks like a very uncomfortable dildo. And it comes with batteries, but it's a bit too complicated to open, and I don't want to break it since it's all plastic, and let's face it, the only thing that would make it more embarassing would be giving it lights and sounds.


I stopped at GameStop while going to the hospital, and bought the new Kingdom Hearts game. Kingdom Hearts is and will always be my favourite game, and one of the stories that I love most in general, and this is the first sequel we got in years (Re:Coded does so not count), I'm so excited about it my heart is racing!


Just so you know, I have very long fingers, the kind that are usually called "pianist fingers", and this thing still looks huge in my hand.


And it's going to sit there and guard the little Soras until November. Well, I'm going to do a few test pictures as soon as the bowtie gets here, but that's going to be its place.

Yesterday I started watching Grimm. I had it on my to-see list since last year, but then I gave priority to Once Upon A Time and decided to wait and see if they gave Grimm a new season (I'm not sure my heart could stand another cancellation). So far I've seen three episodes, and loved what I saw. The plot is exactly my kind of plot: magic realism, detectives, gruesome fairytales, the whole Dresden Files song-and-dance. Let's add a main character with a serious case of Puppy Eyes, and a fierce, beautiful character as Aunt Marie. And also bees that are all guys except for the Queen, who looked like an extra from Pushing Daisies, and I love it when the details make sense and are bound to reality. Can't wait to see what else they have in store. But if they managed to make an entire episode about bees that didn't send me running up the walls in horror, it is definitely the beginning of a great friendship. ;)

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