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Help Me Intarwebz, You're My Only Hope Undoubtedly Probably Apt To Be Possibly Helpful

So here it is, Sunday, and I spent too much of it actually working on a story for work, which I probably won't put on my time card because, hey, target on my back already thenkewverymuch, but, BUT, it ended up quite nicely, for reasons I shall elucidate at the end of this long and tortured sentence, and I have found my way back to Dreamwidth and/or LJ.(Why did it end up nicely? Because BB and I went here, and picked up a number of lovely marmalades and some toffee and liquorice, and had a nice cuppa, and he had a scone with clotted cream and I had a lovely slice of sponge cake, and since they were closing up, they gave us a couple of the last of that day's scones and the last slice of sponge cake to take home. Yes, all in all a quite nice way to get the taste of working out of one's mouth.)

And I have found my way back - yes, I remembered what I was writing about, despite the quite lovely digression into scones and sponge cake - with questions on my mind. And I turn to you, oh Internet friends and acquaintances, because you are all, every last one of you, intelligent and creative and possessed of great ideas and perhaps loads of secret knowledge.


First: I went to Jolly Posh, because it's the last place I knew of in Chicago that sold tins of curried beans, for which I have an inordinate liking. Imagine my horror when the proprietor told us that he'd tried to place an order recently, only to be told that they weren't being made any more. This was a sorrowful discovery indeed. So tell me, friends from across the way; did Heinz really stop making tins of curried beans with those wonderful little currants in them? If so, I shall learn to curry my own beans, but I shall miss opening the little tins. Is there any other company over there that makes curried beans? And will those of you out there who can't stand curried beans stop snickering? I can hear you, you know.

Second: I have a gift card that I still have about $50 or $60 on, and I've finally decided, with BB's urging, to ignore thoughts of spending it on something useful. Or at least, not materially useful. I've decided to spend it on something truly important; something Doctor Who related. But I can't decide what kind of thing I should get. So I'm looking for suggestions. My instinct is (don't hate me) not to go for books, as much as I'd like to track down Virgin Adventures or NAs or any of them; nor to go for copies of the shows themselves because - again, don't hate me, but feel free to judge me - I have what I need thanks to BB and his eyepatch-wearing, parrot-carrying, tricorn hat and gaudy-kerchief wearing-type skills.

Which leaves, of course ... toys and other bagatelles. Action figures. Tee-shirts. Small TARDIS-shaped goodies. Stuffed toys. Green-glowing sonics.

But there are a embarrassment of riches out there. Many of them might be cheap to buy; others might be quite dear. That part of the puzzle I'll figure out once I figure out, well, what really calls to me, but I need some help narrowing it down.


So: A Poll!


As always, give reasons for your answers, and suggestions beyond the buttons.

And thanks for putting up with me tonight. I feel rather as daft as the poll.








This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/269016.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

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time_converges
Sep. 9th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
The stuffed adipose are so squishy - I love mine. :) And the TARDIS cookie jar is very fun - it makes the TARDIS noise when you open the top!
I hope you find something fun!
kaffyr
Sep. 9th, 2013 04:37 am (UTC)
Between those two, the TARDIS cookie jar calls to me - except that I have a cookie jar that's already TARDIS blue. Adipose, hmmm?

(Oh, and since I apparently can' cross-post a poll from DW to here, why not go over and take it via the link - because it's always fun to get answers!)
ladymercury_10
Sep. 9th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
It sounds like a lovely outing! You know, I live in Chicago too and I had no idea there was such a place as Jolly Posh?

I vote for an Amy Pond action figure or a plushie TARDIS. :P

ETA: Or a TARDIS blanket. Or TARDIS string lights.

Edited at 2013-09-09 04:26 am (UTC)
kaffyr
Sep. 9th, 2013 04:39 am (UTC)
Wait, what? You live in Chicago?

Why was I not informed of this before? We must get together! Perhaps for tea at Jolly Posh (my treat)! PM me!

And Amy Pond? That sounds very tempting ....
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eve11
Sep. 9th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
I have the TARDIS Zipperobe and it works very well as a bigger-on-the-inside closet for all the nerdy costume-y things that couldn't fit in my closet and otherwise would just be sitting out in the open in giant plastic bins.

I also have the cookie jar (it was a present) and it makes a great pens-and-other-miscellany catchall for the kitchen counter.

I also got TARDIS thigh-high socks from my sister. I don't have many outfits that they go with BUT they are great for wearing with my ice hockey gear, under my shinpads.

This is my favorite of the DW t-shirts I own. I may also have sent one to ladymercury_10 as well ;)
masakochan
Sep. 9th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
Neat! I have Doctor Hoo, and Space Time Impressionism t-shirts. Although I've also been eyeing the 'Pikawho', 'Doctor WHO-ville', and the 'Time Job' (firefly/DW crossover) shirts.
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a_phoenixdragon
Sep. 9th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
I adores you!!

Dammit...hope there is another purveyor of the adored beans. Sucks when something you love is discontinued. UGH.

I went with the awesomeness. I also went crazy and suggested a TARDIS teapot (I haz one) or something like a t-shirt. I felt pedestrian dammit!!

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Sep. 9th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you my dear! I'm still hoping for word from across the Atlantic on tinned curried beans, but I'm fully prepared to make them myself, sultanas and all.

I'm liking the action figure idea more and more. Perhaps a quartet of my fave TARDIS team of all time (at least to date): Eleventy, Amy, Rory and River?

I can dream, can't I?
minnehaha
Sep. 9th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
I don't know beans about Dr. Who, *and* I have never heard of curried beans. I am no good to you at all on these important matters.

Love anyway, to both of yez,

K.
kaffyr
Sep. 9th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
What? Never heard of curried beans? They're spectacular on toast! You really must try them. If you can find any. *sad face*

And thanks for the love, some of which I shall take for myself, some of which I shall forward to BB and all of which I shall reflect back at you.
masakochan
Sep. 9th, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
I suggested either a Doctor plush toy, or a t-shirt because there are lots of awesome DW-themed t-shirts to find online. :D
kaffyr
Sep. 9th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
Tee-shirts are sort of calling to me, too, because some of them are pretty darned brilliant. Thumbs up!
lost_spook
Sep. 9th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
Heh, I would always go for actual content - books, audios, DVDs (with commentaries) in everything, not just DW, so i'm a bit useless here. The rest is just stuff that winds up needing dusting and doesn't do anything. That said, I have a very cute set of mini Doctors. Maybe you could get some of those? If you position them carefully you can re-enact famous serials and they're very cheering to have around. But a bit in the way when dusting. :-)

Daleks are good, too. Mini-ones. They move about, so fun can be had with them.

kaffyr
Sep. 9th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
I would always go for actual content - books, audios, DVDs

I know, right? My problem is that there is an entire universe of books and DVDs out there; hundreds of them. I legally own most of Nu Who and trying to decide what to get from Classic would drive me mad. And the books ... even more of them to choose from, which I simply can't do because I've become horrible at making decisions. So the solution is to go for toys, which I often play with.

And dusting? What is this thing of which you speak? :p
maruad
Sep. 10th, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
What ever you buy should be garish, have an inordinate number of knobs on it and make you snort with laughter the first time you see it turned on.
kaffyr
Sep. 10th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
*hands you The Internetz for answer that made me snort with laughter even before I decide what to buy*
heatherbelles
Sep. 10th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'll let the others advise on the Who-related emphemera. (Do you bake? The Cookie cutters in the shape of Dalek, Weeping Angel and the Tardis are suprisingly effective once you've got the hang off it).

Curried beans - I don't know if they've stopped, as tbh our family has always made their own.

No real recipied. Soften onion in a sauce pan, add curry powder to taste at this stage. Alternatively a bit of curry paste can also be used.

Then add a tin of baked beans (Heinz, Branston, use whatever your normal choice for uncurried baked beans would be).

Add a handful or two of sultanas, as your heart desires. Stir it all together and heat gently. You may need to add a little water, depending on how much the sultanas absorb during the process. Taste and add more curry powder/paste if needed, again stirring through till all mixed.

Spoon over toast/jacket potato and serve...
kaffyr
Sep. 10th, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks - you've provided an excellent suggestion, and it's what I think I shall do over the next little while. I may even just do some of the beans from scratch, since I have some dried navy beans around here somewhere. I have a number of different curry powders, and a couple of recipes for curry paste (although the latter tend to be Thai, Korean or Japanese, and I want something more Indian flavored.
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