Sunday, Sunday

It’s Sunday. The day after our 11th Anniversary. Yup, Hubby and I have been married for 11 yrs. And we’re both still alive. Go figure. Oh, there have been plenty of times that I’ve wanted to kill him, and vice versa. It certainly hasn’t been easy, but we’ve had some good times in there. Yesterday was spent with us being quite a bit lazy. We watched movies (Grown Ups and The Bounty Hunter) along with catching up on the third season of Battlestar Galactica. We also blew stuff up together via Halo: Reach. Hubby made a wonderful dinner for us that I wish there was more of! It was very nice, quiet, and relaxing. We don’t often get or take days like that. Even though we didn’t go out anywhere, Hubby said it was just nice spending the time together. We didn’t have to rush, and the only things we HAD to do involved the Zoo we have here. No kids. Nope, not a one. Youngest is with Grandma and Popeye, while the Oldest is getting herself ready to come home tomorrow.

It’s going to be a very busy week, at the start of Yule. It starts officially tomorrow with Mother’s Night, which Youngest and I have a few things in mind already for it. And I wish I could stay up to watch the eclipse of the Moon tomorrow night as well, but it will be hitting the East Coast about 1 AM, and I have things that need to be done on Tuesday, so it’s a no go. Grrrrr. Today will be spent playing catch up with all the chores and projects that have been needed to be done, but I was sick for a little over a week, and not able to keep up with it all. So cards and other things may go out late this year.

Let’s see, Monday we pick up both kids to bring ’em home. Tuesday will be errands and more errands and me getting ready for work for Wednesday. I work full days Wednesday and Thursday, and only open on Friday. We’ll be leaving to go spend the night with Hubby’s family and then back up here Saturday night. Wish we could head up North to be with my family. I keep hoping every year, and every year it’s always something. I think next year I’m putting my foot down. Don’t care what’s happening or going on, etc, I’m going North. If the rest want to follow, fine. But I’m going North. Tired of being so depressed this time of year because I’d like to actually spend Yule with my mother, and my siblings and I can’t be there. I miss them all.

And that is what one of the major things about Yule is: Family. In my little over a decade of being Heathen, one thing that is always attached to Yule, is family. Of course it’s important the rest of the time as well, but this time of year it seems to be more so. I know Mother’s Night is a big night. That is the night that the female ancestor’s and mothers of the family are honored. Youngest and I are making plans to honor them all, but I also like give Mom a call (when work doesn’t interfere) and just talk with her. Most times I get her to tell me more stories about Grandma and her childhood (Mom’s parents passed away not long after I was born and Dad’s before I was born). Youngest likes hearing about stuff like that too, and I’ve encouraged her to talk to Hubby’s Mom, her other Grandma, and hope that she can learn more about that side.

I guess that’s all the spiritual talk I’m gonna go for here, especially since I didn’t add in a warning ahead of time ;).

Anything to update you all up on? Well, our Girl Scout Troop has been doing wonderfully. The Girls had an Outdoor Skills day last weekend and they all had a blast. I have the pictures up on Facebook. There was tent building, rope and knot tieing, fire and knife safety, along with lots of cooking. They had the fire pit all set up for a Dutch Oven Cake  and Dough Boys, and then the girls learned how to make and use Box Ovens, along with using foil and coals. Yeah, we made a lot of sweet stuff, but it was in the afternoon after lunch. Had we done the cooking before lunch we’d have learned how to make a breakfast casserole with the Dutch Oven and a few other brunch items. They all had a blast, and I was really happy when one of the leaders from the camp we went to decided to spend some extra time with our Troop. We’re only about a year old now, and still new to a lot of things, and many of the girls we have this year are new. This leader helped our girls with a Flag Ceremony. The raising and the lowering of the flag. And I’m proud to say they all stepped right up and got into it! We have a very enthusiastic bunch :). I wasn’t able to stay for the raising as one of the girls needed to use the facilities, but I was there for the lowering. The leader was very thorough with everything. She explained every step, and why it was that way and in ways that the girls were paying attention. Of course she was the same one who helped with the tents and ropes too, and the girls loved those! I’m glad and grateful that this woman gave up her time to show them all this. She didn’t have to and wasn’t asked, but she did. I hope the girls noticed that and appreciate it for what it’s worth.

After we get through the Cookie Sales in a few months, I think we may be planning on a camping trip for the girls, one where they can use all these new skills. And that’s what I love about this Troop. The main leader makes sure that the girls are able to get out there and experience a world that they don’t normally get to. Yeah, a lot of them have been camping, but they’ve never had to build a fire, cook their own food, etc. And these are skills that can be very useful to them. Many aren’t really old enough to remember that bad ice storm we had several years that knocked out power for some areas for over a month. Youngest remembers it, as I’ve never let her forget it. We did well enough with no power. I had a small heater, a grill and a few other things to help us out with keeping ourselves warm, entertained, etc. Anyway, it’s something I hope we get to do, and Hubby and I are already make preparations regardless. We’ve talked, and even though he’s a City Indian, I miss doing stuff like that. I didn’t do it all the time growing up, but between my parents, older siblings and various friends, it was something that was normal. And honestly, I miss being able to go for walks in my backyard, which consisted of a huge cow pasture that, yeah, had cows, but deer and other critters, and lots of stuff to explore.

And I think I’m digressing. Let me check. Yup, I am. Ok, time to close this, proof it, and post it so I can get the day going and lots of stuff done.

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Where oh where has my SciFi gone?

Where oh where can it be? My SciFi is gone. It’s been replaced by the travesty that is now SyFy.

Waaaaaayyyyy back when, the SciFi Channel was a wonderous thing. It was a geeks one stop place for all kinds of goodies, from SciFi, Anime and Horror. But the key thing was SciFi. That is what made the channel and where it took its name. It spawned great shows like Farscape and gave safe haven to Stargate SG-1 when Showtime abandoned it. It was the place I was able to catch up on Firefly (when I had only been able to catch two episodes when it originally aired), reminisce over Battlestar Galactica (the original) and catch other great shows. Yeah, when they started their movies, it was rare for a good one to creep in, because the rest were crap, but they made up for it with good shows.

Then it started its downhill spiral. Wrestling was introduced, and then it got worse and worse. Less actual Science Fiction was being shown, and I cannot recall the last time I’ve seen anything remotely looking like Anime. The Horror flicks are still hanging around, but even they are beginning to decline. They even turned down shows that were of the Sci Fi/ Fantasy element that needed a new home (ie, Legend of the Seeker).

I do realize that there are “sci-fi” shows on the channel now. BUT a lot of them I don’t care for. Sanctuary is NOT my cup of tea. Eureka I could not get into. Caprica I loved, even though I was behind in the second season. But then again, IF they had left Stargate Universe and Caprica on Friday nights, instead of moving them smack in the middle of my work week (especially when I go in very early in the day). And I doubt I’m the only one who suffered from that problem.

If you haven’t already guessed, I’m a bit upset at SyFy. And perhaps guessed why, too. Yet another show I love and adore has been canceled. And I think what has me more upset than the actual act (which has me pretty peeved), but how the cast and crew found out. Via the internet. A few were alerted ahead of time, or about the same time as the official announcement, through e-mail. The actual announcement itself came to the world thanks to Twitter. Yup, I can see David Blue (Eli on SGU) taking a break from whatever he was doing, an hour after the announcement, to check his Twitter and Facebook accts. Most likely one of the first thing he spotted were the many messages of concern and upset from his fans at the cancellation of Stargate Universe. He probably thought it was a nasty rumor going around and got ahold of his publicist, who then confirmed, no it was real. SyFy’s Twitter account had not been hacked, and it was not a cruel joke from some disgruntled fan (Take note: He did find out on Twitter, but I have no idea exactly how it happened). He and MingNa were some of the first to find out that way. Yup, a great holiday present from SyFy: Thanks for your continued support and defense of our lame asses who can do nothing but insult people’s intelligence, but screw you, you can’t work for us anymore.

They are so brilliant, my brain hurts.

Joe Mallozzi has stated that once he returns from Japan and has a chance to speak with the lead producers of the show, that he will post a blog with as much info as he can about it all, and what happened. He has no clue. I think him and the others when they finally wrapped the second season a few weeks ago were pretty content with the idea that they would be back with a third season. So I will wait and see what he says before I go on being more ranty than I already am. It’s a few days later and I’m still pissed. It’s very similar to how they canned Stargate Atlantis. If memory serves right with SG-1 we knew before the final season aired that it would be the last one, so they had a chance to wrap stuff up. Even if I think the final episode was contrived and didn’t give the fans any kind of closure. I’ll have to do some research into it, but I believe Atlantis was canceled mid-season too.

And don’t get me started on the movies. I know the producers want the movies. They even have scripts ready for Sg-1 and Atlantis. However, MGM is sitting on their rears and won’t give them the green light. They will be direct release DVDs, much cheaper to put out than if they were to hit the theatres first. Not sure why they won’t when they have many fans who will swallow them up. And many of those same fans fall into the half season DVD trap, buying them up (not touching that one, as it’s not only Stargate that is a victim of it). So the likelihood of Stargate Universe getting a movie out of this, uhm, very doubtful. I know I won’t make any plans on that. Nope. If they haven’t given the green light for SG-1 or Atlantis, Universe has no hope.

If I could understand their reason why, then maybe I could give SyFy more credit. I can understand why they wanted to cancel SG-1. The show had 10 great years (intermingled with some crap and travesties) and I know I’d rather them end on a high note than a low one. The movies didn’t do too bad in sales, and frankly I’d see it as a case to produce one or two more to give total closure to some of the ‘important’ storylines that they never went back to, except to bring it up in passing (Furlings are a big one there).

I’m still confused over Atlantis. The ratings may not have been as a high as wrestling (my brain hurts), but they brough in a great audience. And at this time, DVRs and on-demand downloads (iTunes/Amazon) along with Hulu were becoming the norm. So there were a lot of people watching them… Oh wait! I remember now! They don’t count those number when they figure in the final ratings for a show. Yeah, they peak at the DVR numbers, but the rest are totally ignored. Even the hits on their own website to watch the full episodes. We live in an age of technology and they need to figure out how to add up all those different ratings to get a final number. I bet they’d have much larger numbers. Especially when most fans of Sci Fi are geeks that tend to be a bit techno savvy. So that is pretty much what happened to Atlantis.

Now with Universe, no clue. The ratings for the most part were consistent. Even without the DVR info. And if you were  on Twitter at all during either season, it was not surprising to see the actors live tweeting during the show with the fans, and everyone was watching. So I don’t think it’s ratings. At least if they claim it is, I call bullshit. Even people who claimed they weren’t going to watch the show, watched. Why? So they’d have something to complain about.

As I’ve stated in the past on this blog, I didn’t want to like Universe. I was bitter and upset over the loss of Atlantis. I didn’t want more Stargate shows, I wanted Atlantis. Well, while I bashed the show, they managed to sign Lou Diamond Phillips and MingNa to the cast. The rest of the people I didn’t really know and at the time, I didn’t want to know. These two made me start to rethink that. I’ve always enjoyed their performances (even if the movie/show was utter crap). So I started doing some research, and was sucked in. I decided that I would give it a chance, especially after the first trailers started to come out. They didn’t look like the Stargate I remembered. Then Air premiered and it was love at first sight. As the season went on, I started becoming attached to the characters, Telford (LDP) being front and center. I made some new friends through Twitter who were also watching it, and reconnected with some old ones who gave in like I did. I also got to speak with several of the cast & crew members through Twitter, who helped to alleviate fears and concerns, or just to have a bit of fun. I got to know Brian Jacob Smith (Lt. Scott) a bit better to come to respect him a great deal, and then to discover his mother and find out that’s where he got a lot of it from. Unlike all the previous incarnations of Stagate, this was the first time I felt like I had a vested interest in the show. The first time I felt any kind of connection with the people behind the show, and wanted them to really succeed because they became REAL people to me. Not the characters, but the people who played them. So yeah, this all sucks.

I don’t know if I could do a proper closing on this one. I know I will finish watching the second season when the second half starts up in April. After that, I highly doubt I will continue on with SyFy. It’s not the channel I remember and loved. It’s become something else that I don’t really want much to do with. No longer do I spend most of the day with that channel on the TV. Instead I opt for the DVDs I have or Netflix to have my genres of choice playing on the TV. Thank you to all the cast and crew and their families of not just Startgate Universe, but the entire franchise. You all rock, and here’s a little hope that they allow you all to continue your story somewhere, somehow down the road.

I’m going to load up Halo now and blow stuff up.

I moved to the South…

Mainly because of the Hubby, but also to get away from the COLD. As a kid I loved it. Especially the snow. As I’ve gotten older and developed some health issues, the cold is no longer my friend. And they are threatening some snow here in the next week. Not cool. I know the Youngest wants snow and has been asking and asking for snow. I’d like to see some for her and for Vader (aka Snow Puppy!). Just hope there isn’t any ice involved, because of the hill we live on (if you recall from past posts), or rather the bottom of the hill we live on, makes it very difficult to make it up it. If my Intrepid was still working, no problem. Big ass car with a killer engine, VS the KIA (which is a good car) that can race like the wind, but as far as making it up the hill, nope, it does not do well. So we shall see. Worse comes to worse, with Hubby home this year for Winter, then I can get him to drive the car to the top of the hill, while I get a sleigh hitched up to Vader to take me up after it. Or I could just use him to get to work ;).

In other news, plans are still going for the topic a day. But it’s been slowed due to the hands and computer and in some cases a genuine lack in time. Have a lot planned, just need the time and the hands for it. And time will be short this weekend. We have a lot of Girl Scout stuff planned and I can’t wait! Neither can the Youngest. Saturday we’re going to do Outdoor Cooking with the Troop. And of course we’re looking at rain and cold temps. But, the girls will be learning how to cook meals outside, with something other than a grill. And something other than s’mores :). Sunday afternoon, the Troop will be helping out a local charity, Country Santa. This was started by a local man who wanted to help those families with children to ensure the kids were able to enjoy the holidays. He takes donations and collects toys and other things all year round and then hands them out to needy families. The Troop leader and a few of us parents wanted the girls to do something to help the community but something that didn’t involve them collecting money. Too many times schools, troops (Boy and Girl Scouts, etc) and many other well-meaning people, rely on money collection to help others. But that’s not really teaching anybody anything, other than money will help. So the girls will be doing something there to really have it hit home that they are really doing something good. Most likely they will be wrapping and/or organizing the presents. No money involved and they will still be helping others.

Not feeling too well tonight. I think the cold that has been threatening over the last few weeks is finally creeping in and winning. So I’ve bathed myself in Vicks, getting ready to take some meds and I may just pass on Fringe tonight so I can get a little bit more sleep. It’s gonna be a long few days and I can’t really bow out of any of it. And I don’ t want to, either, which really makes me hope this is just a little thing and I’ll be fine in the AM. But, I have that certain kind of luck :(. Oh well. Night all and hope to have another update on Sunday, or sooner.