Doctor Who?

“Duh-duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh-duh, duh-duh-duh-duh….”
“Doo-wee-oooooo, doo, doo-doo!!!!”
The movie theater bursts out in cheers and laughter, audience members high-fiving and bouncing in their seats with anticipation after joining together to “sing” the Doctor Who theme. Squeals of excitement can be heard as the lights dim and I sit back to enjoy the long awaited 50th anniversary episode of my favorite sci-fi show.

You may have heard me mention a few times that I’m a bit of a Doctor Who fan. I mean, you’ve seen my wall with the giant TARDIS poster on it, and if you’ve ever hung out with me I’ve probably worn at least one of my Whovian shirts in your presence. To say that I was excited to see the live simulcast of The Day of the Doctor with my friends would be a huge understatement.

I was thrilled. Jubilant. Ecstatic.The list of adjectives goes on. It also didn’t help that the week before Erin, two other friends and I went to Cardiff to see the Doctor Who Experience.

Yeah, that’s right. An entire exhibit exists to showcase the wonders of the longest running sci-fi show in the world (yes, it even beats Star Trek).

If you’re a Whovian (or nerdy/geeky in general), you totally understand how exciting it is to step foot onto the sets used by the BBC and see the costumes, props, and planning material used for the show. But for those of you who aren’t of that leaning, think of it like this:

Imagine you’ve just met your favorite author, poet, musician, or role model. You start up a witty conversation and they invite you to have coffee at their studio or place where they make what you love. As you step over the threshold, you become part of their world. You see what makes them tick, what brings inspiration, who they are, how they identify with themselves; you get it.

Being part of any fandom and seeing materials used in shows is like that. It’s no longer on a screen. You’re within touching distance and suddenly everything takes on a whole new meaning. Whatever memories and feelings you have of watching the show with others, or yourself, become amplified.

Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but I hope you understand a little more why I was so excited and happy at these two events.

Now, for Whovians and non-Whovians alike, here are some of the highlights of my day in Cardiff, which also include some beautiful twilight photos of the Christmas Market!

Time And Relative Dimension In Space - Looks like the Doctor could have parked better!

 

A beautiful bay!

 

A lego Dalek!!! (Daleks are bad guys)

 

Oh man, I wish I could operate this thing!

 

All of the Doctors!

 

My friends are (so convincingly) scared of the monsters!

 

Daleks through the years

 

Rory Williams (and me!)

 

Time Lord apparel - very fashionable

 

Model of a previous TARDIS interior.

 

The 3rd Doctor's car

 

I really love how Cardiff is a wonderful mix of old and new architecture.

 

Christmas Market by the church

 

Erin perusing the market

 

Beautiful, beautiful view to end the adventure :)

 

Photographic Evidence

Wow! I haven’t written in a month and it feels … weird. At first it was nice not to stress about writing a post during finals, and then it was also nice to enjoy my Christmas peacefully, but afterwards I kind of missed it. Really missed it, actually.

By the end of break I was itching to write about my adventures and, oddly enough, get back to my hectic life on campus. Sometimes the schoolwork can be overwhelming (It’s only been two days and I have so much homework!), but I think if I wasn’t as busy as I am, I wouldn’t be happy. I need activity in my life; whether it’s mental, physical, or emotional, I need something to be invested in.

I think that’s why I was so busy over break, and let me tell you, this was no resort in the Bahamas or skiing in the Alps!

But I’m not going to give you a blow-by-blow. That would be immensely boring and I have enough pictures to make this much more interesting. However, I will explain a few events because not all pictures tell an accurate story!

Christmas at Grandpas

The Annual Ugly Sock Contest

My aunt started a crazy tradition of having an “ugly sock contest” and I usually got stuck with all the horrible socks. This year I got my revenge!

James

I think this was one of my favorite parts of break. My cousin who lives in New York City asked me to cat sit for her during New Year's weekend so I brought my friend Phoebe & Stacey along on the journey into the city and spent five glorious days exploring together.

 

Misty misty morning

At the Lego Store

The Intrepid Explorer!

Bethesda Terrace

Beware the Weeping Angels!

Our walk in Central Park turned into Let’s-Find-All-The-Places-Where-They-Filmed-Doctor-Who. Which was brilliant! I think we climbed on every boulder in the southern half of the park until we found the right one.

Superman Alex
While I visited my sister in chilly Massachusetts, I finished up this hat for my friend Alex.
Off to Sherlock...

You'll never believe where we went next!

At the ballThe Daintiest Thing Under A Bonnet Charity Ball hosted by the Baker Street Babes. A Sherlockian dinner and auction whose total proceeds went to the Wounded Warrior Project. (Photo Cred – Melinda Caric)

Silent Auction

Photo cred Melinda Caric

I got to spend a few days at home reading, doing laundry, and curling up with my cat, but it’s safe to say I had more fun running around with my friends than sleeping!

Somewhere in there I played Cards Against Humanity, saw Les Mis and Django Unchained (I can’t believe I got carded to buy my ticket), and almost made it to The Hobbit.

And that, my dear readers, pretty much wraps up my winter break! I hope you all had a wonderful time with your family, or away from work, or enjoying yourself in some small way. Here’s to a new year and a new semester!

See ya around guys!

You’ve Got (Snail) Mail!

There’s something about getting mail that makes you feel like you actually exist.

Whether it’s a mailbox or mail stop, you have a physical location on this earth that is assigned to you and no one else. It sounds so simple, so “old timey,” now that most people use email and social networking sites to connect with each other, but there’s just something about reaching into a little box, grasping an envelope, and waiting with baited breath to see who sent it.

This is especially true in college, when every contact we make with our friends and family from home is virtual and on a screen. If you ever wonder why students get so excited to find out they have a package, this is why. It’s something physical and concrete they can hold. if it’s a care package from mom, then mom held it, too. Or if it’s a letter from a friend, then that notebook paper has been on another campus in another state.

Last year I received a surprise package from my friend Alisa (pronounced “Alice”) with a small note attached. I wrote her a page and a half of my excited ramblings and mailed it. A few weeks letter, a four-page letter was in my mail stop. And thus began our written correspondence for the next year.

Side by Side

As you can see, she decorates her letters with doodles.

Doodles

 

And I decorate my envelopes.

To AlisaTo Alisa2

I always look forward to her letters. I’ll rip open the envelope and start reading as I walk home, laughing at all the shenanigans she gets into (she’s in Princeton’s marching band so she has some pretty awesome stories), exclaiming in jealousy at the Lit course she’s in, or feeling lucky I don’t have to take another Comp-Sci class. No matter how long they are, they’re a wonderful read and lift my spirits (even if the topic isn’t “happy” it’s still good to hear from her). And yes, I keep all the letters!

I know, I know, writing letters by hand, who does that anymore?!? Getting me to write a thank-you note is like pulling teeth (I’d rather say thank-you in person) and sometimes I really don’t feel like replying to emails. Maybe it’s because I know I’ll get a relatively quick response, but with snail-mail there’s anywhere from a week to a month waiting time, giving me a chance to experience new things to write about. And come up with new ideas for envelope decoration!

Based off my own iPodPlace your hand here...

No matter how you do it, keeping in touch with friends and family is crucial to your well-being in college. I may not talk to my parents daily, or even weekly, but I still want to know how they’re doing. The same applies to friends. Just as I have friends on campus I see daily (my roommates) or weekly (Ben, Alex, Mary, the list is very long), there are people from back home I still keep in touch with (Stacey, Phoebe, Alisa).

Even though writing a letter can be time consuming, or I don’t always know what I want to say, it’s still worth while. It’s like writing in a journal, but there aren’t more empty pages that stare up at you when you’re done. You know something will be returned.

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