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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!

Poll #14179 What Should kaffyr Get With Her Gift Card?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12

Action Figure

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A Doctor
1 (11.1%)

A Companion
5 (55.6%)

An Opponent
0 (0.0%)

A Villain
3 (33.3%)

Kickass Acquaintance
0 (0.0%)

A plush toy

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3 (27.3%)

6 (54.5%)

Silurian (surely there's a Silurian)
1 (9.1%)

1 (9.1%)

Something quite daft

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.

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 05:32 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
I have a sonic pen, and I have never regretted it. I know nobody will steal it, and if they do, they will be easily identifiable as it's the only sonic pen in town. Also I wave it at the hospital doors when they conk out in summer.

I wish it lit up, though. That would be TRULY awesome.

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
mishalak: A fantasy version of myself drawn by Sue Mason (Nice)
From: [personal profile] mishalak
You clearly need a Master action figure. Preferably one that sez, "Obey me!"

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor, smiling: Fantastic! (Doc9-fantastic)
From: [personal profile] kerravonsen
But but but but you MUST get a sonic screwdriver! I have two, and they both light up and make noise and have a secret pen at one end.

Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
cygnia: (Smug Rarity is Smug)
From: [personal profile] cygnia

Date: Thursday, 12 September 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
cygnia: (Vodka!)
From: [personal profile] cygnia
I got one a couple of years ago (an Adipose, not a Totoro). He's so cuddly and squishy... :)

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] time-converges.livejournal.com
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!

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
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 Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 04:26 am (UTC)

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 04:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
I think we maybe talked about it once but it was a long time ago? Or maybe I am remembering wrong. :P

Getting together would be fun! My schedule is slightly crazy right now because school has just started, but meeting for tea or something sounds cool. :)

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladymercury-10.livejournal.com
Yeah, it should start to settle into a pattern pretty soon. I will PM you when I know more! :)

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eve11.livejournal.com
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 [livejournal.com profile] ladymercury_10 as well ;)

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] masakochan.livejournal.com
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.

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] masakochan.livejournal.com
Yup- it was 'Doctor Mew'. :D (There's also a newer shirt called 'Dogster Who' which has all of the current Doctors as dogs. I might ask for this one as a Christmas gift.)

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] masakochan.livejournal.com
heh. Speaking of that- that duo cosplay I was supposed to do at the convention- with me as Rukia, and DS2 as Ichigo- ended up being a total bust after months of planning all because one of his friends forgot to bring the 'Ichigo' wig. :\

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-phoenixdragon.livejournal.com
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!!


Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnehaha.livejournal.com
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,


Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] masakochan.livejournal.com
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

Date: Monday, 9 September 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
thisbluespirit: (dw - individual daleks)
From: [personal profile] thisbluespirit
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.

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maruad.livejournal.com
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.

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heatherbelles.livejournal.com
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...

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heatherbelles.livejournal.com
Always happy to be of service!

Yeah, Dad always used to use whatever powder/paste we had that was indian spices, rather than the thai paste we have too.

Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heatherbelles.livejournal.com
And inspired by that, guess what I had for dinner tonight?


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