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Ben Babcock

I read, write, code, and knit.

October is for thanksgiving, November for anticipation

It’s Halloween, and it’s the half-term, and I realized I haven’t actually updated my blog in over a month.

I’m sitting here with my head feel like a trainwreck for the second time this autumn. Colds are not my friend this year. Stress has run down my immune system to an unacceptable level, and between that and Twitter’s decision to stick large images in my feed, I am not happy.

Having a week off to catch up on my reading and knitting? Now that, I’m happy about. My Australian teacher-friend Sam came over to watch a Star Wars marathon with my roommate and her daughter. Sam had never seen any of the Star Wars movies before! So we made her watch the original trilogy and closed that gap in her cultural education.

Anyone who begrudges teachers these week-long breaks should think twice, if the large, heavy box of marking sitting in my room is anything to go by. I have been chipping away at it all week. Don’t get me started on planning.

Rather than dwell on circumstances I can’t really control, here are some things I’m looking forward to:

  • Desert Bus for Hope, the streaming event that LoadingReadyRun does every year for Child’s Play Charity, is back next month for its seventh year. Last year they raised $443,630 for children in hospitals. It’s about a week of a non-stop entertaining livestream for a good cause. It’s hard to believe it is only a little over two weeks away.
  • After Desert Bus finishes, there is the 50th anniversary special for Doctor Who. It is being simulcast around the world (otherwise, spoilers). I am going to see it in theatres in 3D—I couldn’t care less about the 3D part, but seeing Doctor Who in theatres will be a treat. I’m trying not to get too excited, because lately Moffat’s overhyped arcs have let me down. But Matt Smith and David Tennant in the same TARDIS? That has to be seven shades of awesome right there.
  • I’m going home for Christmas. My flight is “later” this year, so I don’t get home until Christmas Eve Eve. But it will be nice to be back in Canada, if only for a little while, and cuddle my cats. Oh, and see my family, I guess.

I also have several good books I’m anticipating reading over the next few weeks. Hopefully that will see me through.