alexeia_drae: (caress)
Yesterday I got my kiddos to watch "Beauty and the Beast." My kiddos are very found of Pixar and computer animated stuff, but traditional 2D cartoons have been a hard sell for them for whatever reason, B moreso than G. But the stars aligned yesterday, and G really got into it, saying "uh-oh!" throughout the battle scene in the castle at the end (so cute!)

"Beauty and the Beast" was my favorite Disney movie growing up. I was 10 when it came out, and I identified strongly with Belle. I loved to read and felt estranged and outcast from society. I was also a rather beautiful little girl with the exotic combination of strawberry blonde hair and dark brown eyes that adults could not stop commenting about and I constantly had people telling me "if you would just smile," "if you would just socialize more," "if you would just be more stylish," type stuff. So I identified strongly with Belle.

And like Belle, I wanted more "than this provincial life." Heck, it was practically my catchphrase when I was 10. Real life was boring and no one particularly liked me and I wanted to go on adventures and explore new places. When I was 10 I don't really remember what I thought about the Beast or the romance aspect, or if I thought about it at all. As an adult, I shudder and think about Stockholm Syndrome. Unfortunately, there's just no way around it.

So it was with a mix of feelings that I watched it with my kids. I still love Belle and relate to the opening song. And then I kind of cringe from the time she arrives at the castle till the end of the movie (well, with the exception of the scene where the beast showed Belle the library, that still gives me goosebumps).

Awhile back ago I saw this image of Belle looking towards the TARDIS, from which a hand is outstretched. And it really resonated with me. What a better story for Belle, to go off on adventures in the TARDIS! In my head, Belle and Maurice join the Doctor for adventures.

I will be interested to see how the live action movie they will do handles the whole Stockholm syndrome aspect of the show. Especially with Emma Watson playing Belle.
alexeia_drae: (spoilers)
I was really, really, really tired when I watched this, so I hope these are coherent :-)

Spoilers! )

Anyway, liked it a lot, need to watch it again when I'm more awake, looking forward to the next season, and it was fun seeing the interviews with Smith and Tennant and was weird hearing Tennant's Scottish accent before the show started.

Also, head out to Cake Wrecks to view their Doctor Who themed Sunday Sweets! Seriously, there's a TARDIS cake that's bigger on the inside than it is outside!
alexeia_drae: (caress)
So I have a stomach bug. No idea where I picked it up from, but during work yesterday I started feeling ill, managed to hold it together, and went home feeling miserable and feverish. Woke up with a fever which broke sometime late this morning. Starting to recover, hopefully it's a 24 hour deal. Am feeling all sorts of frustrated at having to stay home especially as I'm feeling better, but then I try to get some housework done and realize I am not up to strength. But hey, getting a little writing done shouldn't hurt?

So my husband was out of town a few nights last week for a conference, and being as I am fed up with the patriarchal mindset of so many people I interact with nowadays, I decided I really needed to watch my 3 favorite Utena episodes. Episode 34, and then the last two. It was my first time watching the remastered versions and watching them on my nice, new 55 inch screen tv, and wow. Just wow. The detail was stunning!

Once again, every time I watch it I pick up on more stuff. Such as... )

Lately I've been thinking a lot about about my Slayers head canon. The first thing I have to start off with because it has been bugging me, but where did the idea that Zel is a coffee addict come from? When I got into the show it was a given that Zel had a coffee addiction that rivaled Captain Janeway's! I bought into it at the time and promulgated the idea. But now that I think of it, does he ever mention drinking coffee in the series or books? He mentions wanting a cup of tea at one point. Do we even ever see him drinking coffee? Where did the idea of coffee being his drink of choice originate from? Was there a fanfic that someone wrote involving him drinking coffee, and people thought it was funny and soon it became accepted truth that he was a coffee addict? I'm really curious about this!

Anyway, moving onto other stuff...And yes, I think about this stuff way too much. )

Recently my husband has gotten into Mauyo and really wanted me to watch it with him, so I did. It's one of those series where it's obvious that they are cramming in so much stuff they are cutting a lot of story out, but it's interesting enough. And then we watched the episode he really wanted me to see. )

And finally, something about Doctor Who. )

I Did It!

Apr. 6th, 2013 01:21 pm
alexeia_drae: (caress)
I finally got Andy into Doctor Who!

We don't have cable. Don't watch enough tv to justify having it. So I purchased The Bells of Saint John off Amazon and after 25 seconds it stopped loading. Refreshed the page, still wouldn't load. That was on my day of hell and I got beyond pissed and decided it was a sign I just needed to end that day and went to bed.

Tried to load it last night, thinking that whatever was the problem was would be resolved and bam, it would not load after the 25 second mark! It was so irritating because, dammit, I'd paid for it!

Andy decided to stop playing his video game to see if it would load on his computer and finally! Got past the 25 second mark, though about halfway through it stopped loading and we had to decrease the resolution to finish it. Not had that problem before but it almost makes me want to pirate it if, when I pay for it I have to watch it in extreme low quality and the like. Hope Amazon resolves that problem by tomorrow...

Anyway, while watching it Andy was interested, laughed, and being the computer geek that he is was pausing to read the code (never watch Serial Experiments Lain with a group of computer geeks by the way. Did that once, NEVER AGAIN!) At then end he looked at me and said, "This makes no sense."

I sighed, and figured it was a miss. Until today when we went to grab lunch he said that he actually enjoyed the episode and that he wants to like Doctor Who but it's so silly. I told him that we'd get the next episode tomorrow and he could watch it with me. He asked if I'd watch Maoyu with him, and I was like deal.

So finall, finally, finally got him into Doctor Who!
alexeia_drae: (river gun)
When I was driving back from lunch to work yesterday I saw the Third Doctor. Or I saw someone who had a damn fine resemblance to him! OK, he wasn't dressed like a dandy, but other than that it was a stunning resemblance. He was walking through the park across from my building, and as I usually have a bit of time to kill to take a walk after lunch I decided to do some TARDIS hunting. Alas, I did not find it, thus ending my hopes of becoming a companion and traveling through time and space.

Um, have I mentioned that I might need a vacation?
alexeia_drae: (Default)
Usually I work evenings and don't get home till 9:00PM. Today we had training, so I got home at 6 instead. B. was so happy to see me! Anyway, since EVERYTHING they served at training had peppers in it, which I have a severe allergy to, I was famished by the time we got home, and we quickly took B. out to eat.

While there, a complete stranger came up, told us we had a cute baby, paid for our meal, and asked us to pay it forward. I've heard of that happening but have never actually been the recipient of it. Nice people exist!

Unfortunately, there have been too many deaths this week. )

Slayers stuff here. )
alexeia_drae: (Default)
Liz Shaw was one of my favorite companions. For whatever reason, I remember being fascinated by her red hair (I was a very small girl when I first watched Doctor Who). Growing up she ranked among my top 5 favorite companions on Doctor Who. She was smart. She was a scientist. She was not afraid to speak her mind, regardless of whether the recipient was the Doctor or Brigadier. She was a good role model for a little girl to look up to.

Another actor portraying a great companion from the Pertwee Era is gone. Part of the magic behind a character is the talent of the actress who portrays her. Caroline John did a fine job of bringing her to life. Rest in peace.
alexeia_drae: (halloween)
Time I took a break from more serious matters and got into that Halloween spirit! So, here's a list of some of the creepiest scenes from movies I've seen through the years.

Spine tingling scenes below the cut! )
alexeia_drae: (pic#)
I have a thing for my favored couples fighting back to back. I'm strange. I just find it incredibly romantic. I loved it when Lina and Gourry did it. And when River and the Doctor did it in Day of the Moon the sexual tension between the two of them was so strong I wanted to tell them to get their own room already.

I think that there's a strong element of reciprocal trust to it as well as mutual protection. The fighter is protecting him/herself and his/her lover. Meanwhile said lover is doing the exact thing. They're literally saying to each other, "Hey I've got your back AND I trust you enough to watch my back as well."

They're showing trust in the other person's competence and abilities. Trust in the other person as a partner. And that is just incredibly sexy.
alexeia_drae: (drrivertardis)
Marriage. The old ball and chain. In America, before a couples gets married it is customary to have a bachelor's party for the groom and a bachelorette one for the bride. This is one last night of drunken debauchery where it is OK to flirt or go to a nudey before being tied to one person for life. And by the time you have a kid, then it's really over. Bye bye to life! You're life is over when you get married and you have a kid. 28 years old. Why didn't I put this off longer?

Wait a minute! I don't feel as though my life is over! Far from it! I feel like I am experiencing it all over again with my son. Everything in this world is new to him, and watching him experience something for the first time makes it novel to me as well. I'm making good strides in my career. And I certainly don't feel like my marriage is a prison sentence. Far from it.

So, may be I'm not traveling across time and space with my husband. We went to Italy though. And plenty of other married couples share exciting careers where they travel the world. Some are scientists, others are writers, others are missionaries. Women in these relationships are making active choices to further their career goals or desires. Marriage doesn't have to be a jail sentence.

And I think that is something that Moffat gets. While other writers and producers might stay away from married couples for fear of boring the audience, Moffat knows that he can create compelling episodes featuring a loving, married couple. Just look at The Girl Who Waited.

Spoilers! )

Doctor Who?

Oct. 2nd, 2011 10:24 am
alexeia_drae: (Default)
Well, a comment from my sis sparked my imaginings. I have a random musing about what The Question might be. This is preliminary and very unpolished, and if you think I'm completely wrong feel free to whack me with a reality hammer. Spoilers. )

Doctor Who!

Oct. 1st, 2011 08:45 pm
alexeia_drae: (spoilers)
Spoilers! )
alexeia_drae: (spoilers)
Spoilers! )

In other news, yesterday morning I was playing with B. on the living room floor while Andy did the dishes. I was still feeling rather crappy, was dressed in my sick clothes, and my hair look horrible. Someone knocked on the door and got Amelia the dog all riled up. Since Andy was busy, I got up to answer the door, causing B. to fuss because I'd left the room. I grab Amelia's collar and hold her back (most people don't appreciate seeing a 65 lb German shepherd flying their way) and open the door.

Some woman and her daughter are there talking about how they want to share a scripture with me.

Well let's see. I'm pissy as hell. I look and feel horrible. I'm holding a strong and healthy 65 lb dog back. And my son is screaming in the back ground. The last thing I wanted to do was to hear a fucking scripture.

So I said, "I'm a Heathen, I'm not interested." and slammed the door in her face.

But not before I got a good look at her face. Oh, I was laughing all of the way back to the living room! She looked so stunned.

Now I hope they don't burn my house down. And I think I should memorize some affirmations from the Humanist Manifesto. "Oh, you want to share a scripture with me? How lovely! First, let me share some affirmations from the Humanist Manifesto with you, and then I'll listen to your scripture."
alexeia_drae: (spoilers)
Spoilers. )
alexeia_drae: (Default)
Well, after seeing A Good Man Goes to War, I can tentatively ship River and the Doctor. Spoilers for A Good Man Goes to War below. )

Also, started watching Beelzebub with my hubby. We saw part of it in the viewing rooms at A-Kon and thought it was hilarious. We are now four episodes into it. Basically it's an anime where a juvenile delinquent finds himself raising a baby, but not just any baby, it's a demon baby! Let's just say, when we've had a bad day with B. it'll be nice to watch Beelzebub and say, "Well, at least he doesn't do that!"

Basically it's cute, funny, and very, very wrong. If you're looking for something feministic, this is one to miss. But for two tired parents who need a break, it's perfect. It's also available on Hulu, though I can't find any info on whether or not it's been licensed by any companies (though if it was being shown at the con the someone must have been interested in licensing it!) The opening is here.
alexeia_drae: (Default)
Well, after seeing A Good Man Goes to War, I can tentatively ship River and the Doctor. Spoilers for A Good Man Goes to War below. )

Also, started watching Beelzebub with my hubby. We saw part of it in the viewing rooms at A-Kon and thought it was hilarious. We are now four episodes into it. Basically it's an anime where a juvenile delinquent finds himself raising a baby, but not just any baby, it's a demon baby! Let's just say, when we've had a bad day with B. it'll be nice to watch Beelzebub and say, "Well, at least he doesn't do that!"

Basically it's cute, funny, and very, very wrong. If you're looking for something feministic, this is one to miss. But for two tired parents who need a break, it's perfect. It's also available on Hulu, though I can't find any info on whether or not it's been licensed by any companies (though if it was being shown at the con the someone must have been interested in licensing it!) The opening is here.
alexeia_drae: (SJS)
Spoilers for The Almost People. )
alexeia_drae: (SJS)
Spoilers for The Almost People. )

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