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9 Life Lessons from Doctor Who

standard September 7, 2012 11 responses

I do this thing when I’m in a state of flux, when my life is changing or when something big has happened in it, where I get somewhat, tiny bit, ok a lot, addicted to a tv show and spend inordinate amounts of time watching it.

It doesn’t impede my ability to function; I usually watch the show while doing other things, but for a while, the show is where I let myself get lost, forgetting all the other things that are causing me angst. Like, you know, facing the changes in my life.

The first show I lost myself in was Charmed. I know every episode backwards and forwards. I watched it a lot the year I stopped working for someone and started freelancing. The next show I watched religiously was Las Vegas. Equally engrossing and satisfying in completely different ways.

This year, well, this month, the show that has taken over my brain is Doctor Who. The “new” seasons to be precise. Two weeks ago Amazon released their Instant Video app for the iPad and, when I saw that Doctor Who was one of the shows my Prime membership allowed me to watch for free, I decided to see what all the Pinterest hubbub was about.

Didn’t take long for me to be hooked.

To be clear. I am a geek. A proud one at that. And I love the geekiness of the show. But mostly I love the characters. I can’t remember another TV show, ever, that made me feel so strongly, or cry so hard, for its people.

And now I have an Utterly Geeky Pinterest board. Though really it could just be called Utterly Whovy, because who am I kidding really?

I’m almost done watching the series and almost over my thing. I feel ready to face my world again and I have to say, it’s partly because of some things that Doctor Who has taught me.

1) The world is more than you know.
It’s so easy to get caught up in your day to day grind and to forget how many amazing things the world has to offer. Some of it is scary and ugly, but for the most part it’s beautiful and awe inspiring.

2) You never outgrow fairy tales
And they never stop helping you learn and grow, no matter what form they might take.

3) The moral high-ground is always worth taking
It’s tempting to come down to other people’s levels and play their sneaky, evil games. In the end though, it’s always more satisfying to win while staying true to your ethics.

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4) Sometimes people leave… because that’s the way the story has to go.
People leave. It’s a fact of life. It doesn’t mean the story is over. It just means that the story is changing.

5) You always need a friend
It’s tempting to mourn the friends who are gone and close yourself off to everyone else. But you can’t, you have to keep opening yourself to future pain. The need for companionship is just that much stronger than the fear of losing a friend.

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6) Be unapologetically proud of who you are and what you do
There’s only one you. Only you can do what you do. Be proud of yourself and give yourself praise when it’s deserved.

7) Be open to change. See the good in all things. It makes for a better life.
Greet challenges and changes as big fat adventures that need to be faced with gleeful smiles. The situation won’t change, but your attitude affects how you experience it all.

8) Some things don’t need to be said, but that’s no excuse not to say them
Your friends know you love them. Your kids know you’ll be there when you need them. Your husband knows he’s more than just that guy who shares your bed. These things don’t need to be said. And yet? Saying them is worth all the gold in the world and just because they don’t need to be said doesn’t mean you shouldn’t say them, just in case one day you realize it’s too late to say it.

9) The only constant is change
I fight it all the time. I crave normalcy. And yet, I should remember that the only constant is change. It’s always the same. Just when you get comfortable something is going to change. Change is good. It brings excitement and a renewed sense of purpose. Funny it took a TV show to remind me of that.

It’s been said that there’s a Doctor Who quote for everything. And I haven’t even finished watching the series. I’m sure I’ll be learning more lessons along the way. These, however, are the ones that are helping me out of my funk, and for that, I’m very grateful.

Allonzy! The world awaits!


Changed, by Rascal Flatts

standard April 21, 2012 Leave a response

There are songs that I know and love, songs that make me dance in my chair, or want to bust a move when I hear them over a loudspeaker… usually while shopping for the week’s groceries. Most of the time I know the name of the song and even the artist, but once in a while songs haunt me, the artists elude me, the track remains just obscure enough that I can’t quite put my hand on it.

Then, when all the stars align and I’m in the right place at the right time, I finally discover what I was missing and whole new world opens up.

OK, fine, that might be a tad melodramatic. But the day that I happened to be watching CSI (which rarely, if ever, happens) and they happened to be covering a case featuring a country rock band, that’s totally how it felt.

You see, there I was, minding my own business, doing some work on the computer, half listening to the show, when the country rock band burst into song. Life is a highway. And instantly I was dancing around on the couch.

That song always makes me want to dance.

And that’s how I discovered that Rascal Flatts was the band that played that song, and host of others that also made me move.

Who says that TV can’t teach you anything?

The latest Rascal Flatts album, CHANGED, has just been released and it’s been playing in my car pretty much non-stop since I received it last week. This new album is much more country than it is rock, but I’ve really been enjoying the music and getting to know the lyrics.

Hop on over to RascalFlatts.com to see when they’ll be touring in your area or to hear the album for yourself! Or you know, you can do what I did and just wait for the songs to start playing at your local grocery store. Wait, on second thought, I don’t really recommend that. The kids find it really embarrassing when you start dancing and singing in the frozen food aisle.

Rascal Flatts CHANGED album

Please note, I was sent the Rascal Flatts CHANGED album to review and I’m being compensated to write this post. But, as you well know, the opinions and thoughts expressed here are mine and mine alone.

Even Dinosaurs Poop

standard April 1, 2011 3 responses

We have a  rotation of favorite shows that we watch in the morning while I brush the girls’ hair. Sometimes we watch Curious George, but most often we alternate between Word World and Dinosaur Train.

The cat and I prefer Word World (I think he’s trying to learn to read so he can take over the running of the house, or at the very least the cat food purchasing.) the girls are very partial to Dinosaur Train.

Especially one episode.

This past week we have watched that one same episode every single morning. It’s not impossible we did the same last week too.

The topic of that one episode?

Could have been something intellectual, like how dinosaurs evolved into birds, or the life and times of therapods.

But noooooooo, that would be too easy.

The episode we keep watching over and over and over again?

It’s the one about how all dinosaurs poop.

Yes. Poop. All sorts of poop. All dinosaurs eat so all dinosaurs poop. Some even do the potty dance.

Little L is mesmerized.

She’s been potty trained for a few months now, but something about the way the mommy dinosaur (Mrs Pteranodon if you must know.) tells her daughter to listen to her body has really struck a chord.

Last week Little L had a smattering of potty accidents. Once she was too busy playing to go pee, the next day she was just too caught up watching a TV show.

And then we saw the magic episode for the first time.

Since that day there have been no accidents and I haven’t had to beg her to go pee.

So, to recap, everybody eats and everybody poops, it’s important to listen to your body, and PBS rocks my world. The end.

It’s all in the delivery… and the TV

standard March 23, 2011 7 responses

For years I’ve tried to explain to M how women work. We don’t need men to come fix things. We’re smart. We can figure it out for ourselves.

But before the solutions start to pop up, we need to vent. Just vent and be heard.

We want to come home and rant for a while about what happened. We want to analyze, go over the details, and just let it all out. And we want someone to nod, agree, and commiserate.

That’s it.

No, really.

We understand the urge to fix. We feel it too. But first we need to vent.

M says I’ve never explained that to him. It took an episode of Modern Family for him to finally hear it.

I kid you not. We watched the episode together — me cracking up all the way — and at the end he turned to me and said “is that really true?”

Yes. Yes, honey, it’s true, is all I replied. The next day he tried it out for himself.

Angels did not sing… but it sure felt nice to just be heard.