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Methinks mine offspring hath too much spare time

Good Greetings, gentlereaders.  Prithee, mark thee this, by decree of the honorable Governor of the State of Nebraska, this day, April the 23rd, is Talk Like Shakespeare Day across the land.  By my troth, ’tis the truth. I do beseech thee, joineth me and bid thine honor to the great bard, himself, upon this, the 449th anniversary of his birth.  Perchance thou shalt discovereth thy new form of speech.  Or mayhap ‘twould be folly.


Whew, I am apparently not as up on my “Shakespeare-ese” as I used to be.  If thou wouldst like to join in the fun, here’s a few hints to add a Shakesperean flair to your speech today.  (borrowed from the Nebraska Shakespeare website)

  • Instead of you, say thou or thee (and instead of y�all, say ye). 
  • Men are Master, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin
  • Don�t waste time saying “it,” just use the letter “t” (�tis, t�will, I�ll do�t). 
  • When in doubt, add the letters “eth” to the end of verbs (he runneth, he trippeth, he falleth). 
  • To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps, in sooth or wherefore
  • When wooing ladies: try comparing her to a summer�s day. If that fails, say “Get thee to a nunnery!” 
  • When wooing lads: try dressing up like a man. If that fails, throw him in the Tower, banish his friends and claim the throne.
  • Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back�d toads.

 Many thanks to The Author for sharing this fun day with me.

But that’s not all — (do I sound like an infomercial?)  Today is also a big day in the Doctor Who fandom.  For weeks we have seen this on our calendar, courtesy of The Artist:

That’s right folks, today is Tally Mark Day, honoring the 2nd anniversary of the debut of The Silence in “The Impossible Astronaut” episode.  What are The Silence, you ask? They’re freaky creatures that cause you to forget them as soon as you look away:

from the Silence Tally Mark Facebook page

What was I saying?  Oh yes, I was going to explain The Silence.  They’re freaky creatures that cause you to forget them.

What was that?  Oh yes, I was explaining The Silence.  They’re freaky creatures . . .

Anyway, in the episodes the characters devise a system of making tally marks on their arms and faces to remind themselves that they have seen a Silence.  The Artist dutifully marked her arms this morning before school and The Author planned to mark her arms once she got to school.  I think I’ll pass and let them have the fun today.

Tuesday 10 – Channeling my inner geek


Today’s Tuesday 10 theme is “10 Geeky Facts About Yourself”.  When I first started thinking about it, I thought I’d have to change the theme to “10 reasons I’m not a geek” or something like that.


The only geek-related fact I could think of was that I was an adult before I realized Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, and The Empire Strikes Back had anything to do with each other.  I more or less knew that Star Wars had Luke and Leia and Darth Vader.  I knew that The Empire Strikes Back had Ewoks and I thought they were pretty cute.  Yes, I was a child of the 80s, but I had only seen bits and pieces of them, so I didn’t realize any of the characters were the same.  My now-husband was mortified and couldn’t believe it.  I guess that could be another fact:  I married a complete geek.  Only that’s a geeky fact, so it doesn’t work for a non-geek fact.  Anyway, moving on now.

Fact number 2 in my non-geek repertoire . . .
It was like I hit a brick wall.

Time for a change of theme, let’s go back to the geek-related facts since I already have two that sort-of fit.

Number 3: (after days and days of thought) Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television was best friends with my grandfather’s oldest brother.

Number 4: (This is getting a little easier.)  I once won a game of Star Wars Trivial Pursuit with a friend against our husbands.  That should be permanent membership into the geek club right there.

Number 5: My oldest daughter takes after her dad and has completely embraced geek-dom. I’ve been pulled along into that world whether I wanted to or not. She introduced me to the Doctor Who series.  We recently found out that the Doctor Who universe is just a few steps away from us.  My sister-in-law went to a year of elementary school with Jenna-Louise Coleman (this season’s new companion).

Number 6: Because of my love for Doctor Who, I was just as excited as the kids were to find the TARDIS parked in a nearby back yard.

Number 7: Somehow my husband and I started watching the Firefly series.  I immediately fell in love and am still sorely disappointed that they only had one season and a movie.  There is so much more just dying to be told.

Number 8:  This one is more of another non-geek fact.  I tried to dissuade The Artist from getting an Avengers lunch box, thinking it was too juvenile.  She disagreed and I figured she was the one that was carrying it around the high school every day.  Apparently she’s had many people comment on how cool it is.  I guess I’m out of touch when it comes to geeky coolness.

Number 9: I learned just the other day that not all Bat-symbols are the same.  Who knew?

Number 10: Finally, the last and possibly most important geeky fact about me: even my last name is geeky.  It’s Batman with an “e” in the middle.

Halloween costumes — Doctor Who, Perry & Doofenshmirtz, Harry Potter

We tend to get some creative Halloween costume ideas around our house.  This year The Artist decided to be Doctor Who.  Surprisingly, this was much easier to pull off than I had expected.
Take a white dress shirt and black pants, add a thrifted tweed jacket, bow tie, crocheted fez and of course, a sonic screwdriver.  (We didn’t get around to the faux-suspenders out of wide, grosgrain ribbon.) 
We tried some sock-bun curls.  (There are tutorials all over Pinterest.)  I think it’s a learned art, but they didn’t turn out too bad.

Oh, can’t forget the “Trust Me, I’m the Doctor” earrings!

Shirt: JCPenney, Pants: ??, Jacket: Goodwill, 
Bowtie: Etsy, Fez: made by me, Earrings: Etsy, Sonic Screwdriver: ThinkGeek
Mr. Adventure and Buddy teamed up with a Doofenshmirtz/Perry the Platypus combination. 

 The Doofenshmirtz ensemble is based off of a Phineas & Ferb episode where Perry gets hold of a remote control and controls Doof’s every move.  A hilarious rap song ensues — “There’s a platypus controlling me . . .”  Mostly this costume was thrown together with bits and pieces.  We found the records at Goodwill.

The cute Perry outfit was made by my SIL.  It’s a simple fleece hooded jumpsuit with a foam tail sewn on the back.  We added a foam visor and drew the nostrils with black Sharpie.

Our Harry Potter robe is now in its fifth or sixth year of use!  Little Miss Sunshine wore it this year. 

I made the robe out of two black pillowcases:  a king-size for the robe itself, and a standard size for the sleeves.  (Hand-sewn when my sewing machine was on the fritz.)
Unpick the seams of the standard pillowcase and cut on the fold for two equal panels.  Resew the side seam on each to form the sleeve. (The finished edge is the bottom of the sleeves.)  Unpick part of the bottom seam on the king pillowcase for a neck opening.  Unpick the side seams near the bottom for a sleeve-sized hole.  Sew the raw edges of the sleeve and robe together being careful not to sew the opening closed.  And there you have a Hogwarts-style robe.  Add a house badge and a wand.