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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes...

There's a haze of smoke covering the city right now. It's from forest fires in Northern Quebec, and the wind is carrying it all the way down to Quebec City. It's moving on to Trois Rivières, and will probably hit Montreal soon. The sky looks yellowish and weird, and the sun is all red. I kind of feel like I'm in some post-apocalyptic epic à la Stephen King. (The smoke does explain why my sinuses have been acting up all day, though.)


In Moff We Trust


Doctor Who has been so great this season. I haven't written much here, but I have been squeeing all over LJ since the beginning of April. I am loving what Steven Moffat has been doing, I love Matt Smith as Eleven, and Karen Gillan is adorable. But yesterday's episode? It surpassed everything, and if possible I am even more squeeful than ever. It makes me this happy:




I Think I Promised Pictures, Yes?


Our never-ending bathroom reno has actually been finished for a while (Mostly-- there's still a medicine cabinet to hang up). Here are the pictures I kept saying I would post.

Here it is Before:



And After:

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From [livejournal.com profile] shaxophile, the "Resistance is futile" meme: You leave a comment saying, "Resistance is futile."
  • I respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
  • You update your journal with the answers to my questions.
  • You include this explanation in your post, and offer to ask other people questions.
What's your Halloween costume this year?

Well, that one's easy:



I'm the one in blue who isn't Spock.

We were so awesome, we were finalists in the costume contest! (Alas, we did not win-- a haunted tree from The Wizard of Oz did.)

Describe your ideal Doctor Who companion.

Donna Noble. Donna had it all. She was fun, funny and smart. She had the Doctor's back, and was a true friend. She was brave, and was capable of making good decisions. She didn't take the Doctor too seriously, and knew when to take him down a peg or two. She loved him, but wasn't in love with him. She showed true character growth-- she went from screechy and ignorant to curious about the world, and she became the most important woman in the universe. She overcame many of her insecurities, and became a better person. The Doctor was her catalyst for change, but the potential was always there. I like to think that even without her memories, she's living up to that potential.

Donna is a tough act to follow. Amy Pond has her work cut out for her.

What's your favourite fandom, and why?

I love Doctor Who fandom, but I was born a Trekkie, and it will always be my first love.

I got involved in fandom when I was 17 because of Star Trek, and I love how the new movie has created a whole new generation of Trekkies. I'm a member of [livejournal.com profile] ontd_startrek , and I think most of the members of that comm came into the fandom because of the film. But the movie was a gateway for them-- through it, they're discovering and loving TOS, the delightful 80s-ocity of The Next Generation, Sisko's awesomeness on DS9 and even Voyager and Enterprise. They love Shatner, and think 60s Nimoy was sex on legs. I love that Star Trek is cool again. Take that, bitches from high school! You thought Trek was just for losers? The President of the United States is one of us!

Last night, when my friends and I were at the bar in our groovy 60s Trek costumes, we had people giving us the Vulcan salute all over the place. People loved our little landing party!

Desert island. One book. (And it's not The Inflatable Book of Edible Plants.)

Oh damn, because that was first on my list.

I guess it would have to be my giant copy of The Yale Shakespeare. It contains the complete works of Shakespeare, plus a bunch of essays. I'm not just saying "Shakespeare" to sound smart. The book will have practical uses. I could spend years reading it, and never finish. Plus, it's really big. I could use it as a lean-to, as a weapon to fend of ferocious animals, or even a raft to get off the desert island.

What's your favourite part of living in Quebec?

Quebec City has an undefinable quality I've never experienced in Montreal or Winnipeg or Edmonton. When we first moved here, we lived in a 350-year-old house, in the heart of the old city. Every day, I walked through an area steeped in history. You couldn't turn a corner without coming across some historical site. This city is also full of nature. I currently live off of Grande Allée, one of the main streets in my part of town. It runs from the walls of the old city along the Plains of Abraham, and it's lined with big old trees. This city is full of trees and nature, more so than any other place I've ever lived in. The pace of life is slower here-- traffic is minimal, unlike in Montreal where gridlock could last hours. Crime is low, and it's just a nice place to live.


Your turn. Post "Resistance is Futile" in the comments, and I'll ask you questions!


2009

Jan. 1st, 2009 02:17 am
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I'm sitting in my husband's workplace writing this, since he had to work. We all went down to the National Assembly to ring in the new year, put a cap on the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, and freeze our asses off. DAMN it's cold outside! You would not believe it.

Anyway, John had to get tape for the national newscasts, so a couple of friends and I waited for him here at his office, drinking champers out of whatever random glasses we could find, and taking turns wearing the News Crown. That's a plastic dollar store tiara that mysteriously appeared on John's desk one day. John's about done filing, so we're going to head home soon. Later today, we're heading to another friend's house for Wii Year's Day. This involves us hooking our Wii up to our friend's 64-inch flat-screen TV * and playing videogames until our eyeballs fall out. 

Happy New Year, everyone!


*Seriously, it takes up AN ENTIRE WALL. It's going to be awesome. 

 
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Things making me happy these days:

  • My husband, who is a newscaster on a certain Canadian public broadcasting radio station, recently managed to hide a Doctor Who reference in a story about wolves stealing calves from farms. "Farmers in the Abitibi have a Bad Wolf problem..." He waited until he was sure I would hear it. He's the best.
  • I bought this Muppet Show lunch box in Old Quebec. It's pretty much the awesomest thing ever. And yes, I take my lunch to work in it. All the other kids my co-workers are so jealous.
  • The weather here has been pretty fantastic, which has meant a lot of sitting around drinking sangria on the patio.
  • I go on two weeks' vacation as of Sunday. Even more sangria/patio action.
  • Strawberries. Mmmm.
Things making me not so happy these days:

  • I made the mistake of wearing a top with an empire waist to work today, and a customer said, "Oh, you have a bun in the oven!" My oven is currently bun-free. But thanks for making me feel bad about my weight, lady. I'm never wearing that shirt to work again.
  • I had a follow-up doctor's appointment for my ongoing sinus problem. I am having surgery on Sept 25th to correct my slightly deviated septum.
  • My mother wants to come up and visit this September for our birthday (She and I have birthdays two days apart). She plans to bring my dad with her. That'll be fun.
The good things outweigh the bad things, so I'm calling it a win.
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^^^ See that guy there in the left corner? That's Sir Paul!

It's this way, baby, yeah! )
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Over the summer, I was planning our store's Harry Potter party. I did most of the work from home, and went into the store very occasionally. I usually rode my bike in if I had to go to the store at all.

On June 6th, I had to go in on short notice to fax some stuff, so I hopped on a bus, flashed my pass, and went to sit down. The bus driver grabbed my arm, and demanded to see my pass again. Confused, I showed it to him. It turns out, my pass had expired, and I had forgotten to buy a new one. Silly me.

In Montreal, had this happened, the bus driver would have kicked me off the bus and told me to get a new pass. But this is Quebec City, where everything has to be twice as complicated. So instead of letting me go buy a new pass, the driver closed the door. He confiscated my pass and my transit ID card (because in QC, you have to get a photo ID, even if you use a general pass). He gave me a lecture about proper bus fare and trying to scam the bus company, took my name, address and phone number, and told me I could call the city to get my pass back. He then gave me a gave me a piece of paper with the transit company's rules, a transfer that was good until the end of the day (so I could get home) and told me to go sit down.

When I got to the store, I verbally abused the bus driver with my co-workers, and later I went out and bought a bunch of bus tickets. I figured it was all over, save the inconvenience of trying to get my transit ID back. In the end, I never bothered, since the other one was about to expire anyway. I just got myself a new one and forgot the whole thing.

Until today, when a registered letter came for me in the mail. Nothing good ever comes by registered mail.

It turns out that for this little infraction (which in Montreal, as I said before, would amount to a bus driver telling me to get off the bus and get a new buss pass) I now owe the city $166.00.

I'm contesting it, of course. When this happened back in June, I tried to explain and offered to get off the bus and buy a new pass, but the driver wouldn't let me. I think he was a little overzealous about the whole thing, since I think it was obvious that I wasn't trying to pull a fast one. I honestly forgot, and while he was in his rights to fine me, I think it's a little harsh, seeing as he could have just refused me access to the bus.

Given that it's April Fools' Day, I wanted to believe it was all an elaborate prank, like the time my best friend called me up pretending to be from the library and told me that I owed $200.00 in late fees. If this is a joke, it's NOT FUNNY.
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As I may have mentioned elsewhere, Doctor Who geekdom in this city is limited to, say, about 10 people. And I know five of them. Hell, I converted three. So the local Toys-BackwardR-US doesn't stock the toys, and at the comic/collectible stores, Doctor Who merchandise is special order only. There is a bigger market for SAW toys than Doctor Who, if you go by what is on their shelves.

At the local comic shop, I have a standing order for Doctor Who magazine and the new Buffy comics, and they left a message on my voice mail asking if I wanted to pre-order the new Doctor Who comic. I went in today to confirm that yes, I wanted it, duh, and to pick up the latest Buffy. When what did I spy out of the corner of my eye?

Doctor Who figures! Squee!

It's about time, is all I have to say! I was feeling a little isolated in my geekdom, but apparently, there are enough of us here to warrant ordering a few of the figures! Or maybe they finally got sick of me asking!

So now I am a proud owner of my very own Martha Jones 5' figure! Is it too pathetic for me to admit that this totally made my day? Or that I immediately called home to tell my husband?

Yay, Martha! Now my Tiny Ten will have someone to keep him company other than his tin dog and the Face of Boe!!
 

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