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Happy Anniversary Star Trek!

Hello my lovely readers!!

I know, I know, it has been absolutely AGES since we chatted. I do have good reason though, and I’m sure you can guess what it is! BUSY!! The summer flew by way too fast, and here we are again, September! School has started, dance has started, and I am generally doing my usual running around like a headless chicken. Especially now that DD is attending our local Technical College (going for her AA before transferring to a 4 year), as well as she has a part time job in a local shop! My car and I are becoming close and personal friends, that is for sure.

I will get you all a crafty update soon, but since I have a gift I haven’t given yet that I want to show off, I will wait until the new mama is ready for a visit before I share what crafty things I have done.

I wanted to take the time to update you on a few things going on, and then get to the true reason behind this post.

School is going really well for me, As of today, I have 12 weeks left. Two weeks in my current class, and then two more five week classes after then. Then I can get my certifications, and hopefully go back to being at least somewhat gainfully employed! I am still maintaining that 4.0 GPA, I have been working very hard to keep. I thought Anatomy and Physiology were going to be my downfall, but I still managed to finish both with 4.0s. Let that be a lesson to you all, don’t be scared to go back to school. I’ve managed it, even with everything else going on, so you can too!

I have also become slightly involved with a few other projects, one very Trek related, and one slightly so. I will do a separate post for each of them, but please, check out these websites for me, sign up, etc etc. I will talk more about both of them soon. First is The Circuit, a rather fascinating project coming from the mind of Manu Intiraymi (Icheb on Voyager, as well as many other projects). The other is one of my favorite podcasts Women at Warp, they are a great bunch of women, and talk a lot of great Trek on their podcasts. Sign up on the websites, join the WaW’s patreon, get ready for The Circuit’s kickstarter, and of course, just share, share, share! Social media is such a powerful tool! Like the Facebook pages, follow the Twitter feeds, etc etc.

Okay, I’ve babbled enough. I am writing this a bit ahead of time, but it is scheduled to post on the morning of September 8th. To me, and millions around the world, that is an important date, because on that date, 50 years ago in 1966, our science fiction world was changed, for the better, forever. Yep, I am being THAT geeky, and saying, Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek.

The reason, for me anyway, that I am so happy about this date, is because Star Trek actually means quite a lot to me. To go WAY back (early 80s here people, I’m OLD don’t ya know lol) I remember watching the re-runs of The Original Series, with my dad. I have vivid memories of the movies (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home still my favorite to this day), and I remember being curled up on the couch next to dad when The Next Generation PREMIERED. I remember introducing a friend in middle school to TNG, and well, lol, she’s been to more conventions than I can ever DREAM of going to. Now, for me, especially as a girl in the late 80s and early 90s, you didn’t talk about being a Trek fan unless you wanted a black eye and your lunch money stolen. Especially when I changed from the small private school I attended 7th-9th grades, and started at the (in my perspective at the time) HUGE public high school in 10th grade. I actually worked SO HARD to fit in there, that I gave up Trek. I stopped watching TNG, DS9, and didn’t even SEE an Episode of Voyager or Enterprise, until…

About 5 years ago, I was let go (downsizing, yay -.-) from my part time job. After much discussion with my DH, we decided it was time for me to do what I’d always wanted, and stay home for the kiddos. It was really great, let me tell you. Laundry was caught up for the first time in YEARS. The house was clean, the kids were always at school on time, and picked up on time. But. Especially the first few months (before DS started doing school at home, virtually), I was BORED. Like, I had NO CLUE what to do with myself. I did all these projects, and once I finished, I was like “crap, now what?” Sounds silly, but when you’re as introverted and socially awkward as I am, it’s not like I had a huge circle of friends to go and do “mom stuff” with while the kids are at school. I of course turned to my love of crafting, and you all have watched my progress on that here, but I’ve never been one to just sit and craft. I like to watch TV, or movies, or listen to a book, or something! So, trusty Netflix, here I come. And then I realized, while scrolling through and making my personal watch list, they have ALL. THE. TREK. And so I think to myself, “hmm, might be fun to re-watch the TOS and TNG, and maybe see what these others are about.” I mean I hadn’t even really HEARD of Voyager, and had no CLUE Enterprise even existed at this point. None. Seriously. I had pushed myself away from all things “geeky” so hard, that I didn’t even know about it. So, added them all to my list and dove in.

Now, I’ve kind of danced around it, but I’ll be completely honest here. I was DOWN. You could even say depressed. I’d worked all of my adult life, and I didn’t realize until after I wasn’t working that it was a huge part of my identity. I had not been without a job, (minus 6 weeks, but I was so busy looking for a job, that it felt like a job), ever, since I was 17. I really had no clue what to do with myself. I did stuff. It’s not like I sat around, but I gained 20 pounds, and was somewhat going through the motions of life.

So, I decided to watch ALL of the series (I mean all, even the Animated), as well as the movies, in kind of chronological order of release. Yes, I know that’s not the “best” way to do it, because it’s not chronological according to the Star Trek timeline, but it worked. So, I dove in. I went, to the best of my recollection anyway (see “translation” of abbreviations below) TOS, TAS, Movies 1-6, TNG, Moves 7-10, DS9, VOY, ENT. Now, I started all of this when I was first home. It was great to have in the background as I cleaned out closets, and de-cluttered kids’ rooms, and things like that. By the time I got to VOY, most of that was done, and I was pretty much at my lowest. Feeling lost, and down, and lonely. Don’t get me wrong here folks, I had purpose in life, but it was at this point my initial excitement of being a stay at home mom was wearing thin. I still loved it, I still do to this day, but once I tackled all the big projects, I was lost. It was around this time that I started really sitting and crafting a lot all day. Crochet and cross stitch mostly, although I dabbled in jewelry and a few other things. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is since VOY was completely new to me (I had seen bits and pieces of DS9 over the years) it was the one that I really sat and WATCHED. Not just “have on in the background” but really paid attention to it. It gave me… I don’t even know, but it unlocked something for me. That is where I really regained my love of all things Trek. To this day VOY is still my all time favorite, as a whole series.

BUT

You know even as a 30 something year old woman, I was still almost ashamed of my love of Trek? I didn’t go to websites, I didn’t talk about it in public, I didn’t really tell anyone what I was so into and loving so much. It really wasn’t until this past year or so, as I re-watch again (this time in kind of chronological order, and I’ve skipped some of the movies, and the animated, at the time of this writing, I’m in Season 6 of DS9), I’ve really dove in. I am listening to podcasts (mostly the aforementioned WaW, and EngagePod, but some of the Trek.fm stuff too), I am following just about everybody I can think of on Twitter, and some on Facebook. I read articles, I post stuff, I “talk back” to the podcasts (no I’m not insane, I’m just weird), I get weirdly excited when I get a reply or like on Twitter from these actors and actresses. I am planning to (once school is done, and work is happening again) on saving up to actually GO to conventions, things like that.

I’ve talked about it before, but Wil Wheaton’s “nerd speech” from Denver Comic Con a few years ago is STILL something I watch regularly. That speech, has helped me more than I can even begin to explain. Trek has helped me even more than I can explain. Yes, my wonderful husband and awesome kids were there when I was down, but Trek has become my “comfy” place. I read an article a few months ago about how re-watching TV shows or movies, or re-reading books is actually healthy because of the familiarity can be calming. That is a great explanation. Trek for me has become that comfy chair, with your favorite blanket, and softest pajamas.

So, thanks for reading, my lovely readers. Happy Anniversary, Star Trek. Thank you for all you’ve done, and will continue to do, for at least another 50 years.

*EDIT* Forgot about the abbreviations!
TOS: The Original Series
TAS: The Animated Series
TNG: Star Trek: The Next Generation
DS9: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
VOY: Star Trek: Voyager
ENT: Star Trek: Enterprise


Being okay with being me

I sit here tonight, rather content. Is my life perfect? Oh hellll no. lol I have a new class starting tomorrow for school (anatomy and physiology I, and yes I’m scared), there’s laundry in the dryer, a barely started afghan on my hook, a cross stitch that hasn’t been touched in weeks, I should probably vacuum, and I really need to sort my closet.

But…

What’s had this post on my brain for a while now, has been this video. I will admit to being a huge Wil Wheaton fan. Ever since I was a little girl, not quite nine years old, curled up on the couch against my daddy’s side, watching “Encounter at Farpoint” for the first time, I thought Mr. Wheaton was the COOLEST person ever. He was a TEENAGER (which at not-quite-nine is a big deal) and he was ON STAR TREK. The NEW Star Trek. The first NEW Star Trek series in AGES (my earliest ST memories are of IV: The Voyage Home, yes I’d seen most of them, but for whatever reason IV is the one that sticks in my brain as the first movie I remember). So, all of that being said, when I was that not quite nine year old little girl, Mr. Wheaton was very, very cool. (by the way if you want to find out how cool of a person he still is, go here, he does podcasts and blogging things and just cool stuffs. Speaking of podcasts, can someone explain these to me? I have an iPhone and obviously internet, but I’m not quite sure what I do to listen/watch to these things… so help an “old lady” out here).

Then that nine year old little girl grew up into a rather shy, introverted, awkward, teenager… I tried really, REALLY, hard to fit in. I was in marching band, I changed that to JROTC (which actually was a great idea because I don’t know if I would have graduated if I hadn’t), I had friends here and there, but no one I was ever really close to. Yes, even today I have some people I knew in high school on Facebook and such, but, I was never really super close with anyone, and I’m still not. After being laughed at, or worse, bullied (at times rather severely), for being smart, liking to read, liking all the things I like (the list is long, but I’ll get to that), I tried to hide it. I tried to “give up” the things I liked. Seriously. I stopped watching ST:TNG, never watched an episode of DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise, when they first were on air. Never saw another movie in the theater. I gave it all up. (and Star Trek isn’t all of it, never watched Stargate, or Eureka, or Warehouse 13, or ANYTHING sci-fi related at all, more on that in a bit)

I hid how smart I was (and really, I’m not THAT smart). I wouldn’t read in public. Missed a lot of really cool stuff. Never went to a DragonCon in Atlanta (usually that’s the closest Con of any interest to me here in SC) or any other Con for that matter. (Still on my bucket list, but I’ll get there). I hid the fact that I loved Animaniacs, and Batman:The Animated Series (that IS where I found Harley after all, WAY before she was “cool” and Suicide Squad was a thing). I didn’t talk about growing up on Star Wars (my R2D2 underoos ROCKED thank-you-very-much), Star Trek (TOS and the movies, and TNG until I got “too cool”), Buckaroo Bonzai (still John Lithgow’s best role if I do say so)… I didn’t talk about how much I loved Stephen King, and Dean Koontz, and Robin Cook (they made you THINK), as well as Anne McCaffrey (dragons, DUH). Instead I tried to dislike all of that stuff, and like all the “cool” stuff. I tried. I failed. I liked rock and alternative and metal (I also have a deep love of classical, and was a trained pianist at one point in my life). I couldn’t get into pop and country (hey I am in the south, that was the “thing”).

So, I kind of wandered and did my own thing, and kept who I was to myself. I didn’t talk about what I liked, and would just smile and nod when my friends would get excited about what they were into. I would watch the popular movies, listen to the Top 40 stations, and just kind of exist.

So… anyway… onward…

I play it off well, but I am severely introverted. I could literally go days without ever leaving the house and be perfectly content. I struggle with reaching out to people, I struggle with making plans, and if I do make them, I struggle with following through with them. I am really good at excuses. That sounds horrible I know. It’s not always excuses either, I do have things that come up, life happens! I will admit that sometimes though, it is an excuse. Thankfully I have a couple of wonderful friends, and a great husband, that don’t give me too much shit about it either.

I really do have a point, bear with me, I’m getting there, I promise…

Within the last five years or so ago, I slowly started realizing that I can like what I like. Netflix has been the BEST thing ever. Really. That’s sounds crazy, but I’m quite serious. With the digital streaming service, I have been able to watch every single Star Trek episode and movie I’ve wanted. (okay, almost, the newest reboot of the Star Trek movies aren’t all available on Netflix yet, but I’ll get to it eventually). Not just all the ST series either, (and sorry to everybody, as much as TNG has a very special place in my heart, Voyager is my hands down favorite), but Charmed, Buffy, Angel, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Firefly, Haven, Eureka, Warehouse 13, and I’m sure more that I’ve lost track of.

Not long after I started binge watching (Hi, my name is Becca, and I binge watch on Netflix and Amazon), I found the video I mentioned at the beginning of this. I am woman enough to admit that the first time I watched it, I cried. Here was Mr. Wheaton, a man I’d hero-worshiped as an 8 year old girl (and sorry Anne, had a bit of a crush on, too), telling me that I AM OKAY. So… silly little fan girl that I am, loaded up my twitter again, and started following all kinds of my favorite people. Too many to name, but I’ve had some “follow backs” myself that have made me grin like a crazy person, as well as replies and likes from several of my favorite people. I’ve had brief Facebook chats with some truly awesome people (more on that in the future, maybe 😉 ).

I tweet and Facebook about new projects coming up, sharing memes and seeing fun stuff. I laugh, I smile, I read blogs and articles, sign up for newsletters and generally enjoy myself and all the geekness I can handle. I look at pictures from conventions, I smile at Mr. Auberjonois’ bucket pictures. I giggle when Jeri Ryan and Robert Picardo tease each other. I try not to swoon too much when I get a like, or a reply.

And then, as I’m writing, Jeri Ryan posts this meme:

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And well, it’s kind of my whole point. I’m letting my weird light shine bright. I’m here. I’m shy. I’m socially awkward. I may stutter, shake, giggle in weird places, or smile way too much, but I’m a weirdo. And I’m okay with that.

So, to Mr. Wheaton (and his lovely wife, Anne), Jeri Ryan, Terry Farrell, Gates McFadden, Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Rene Auberjonois, Manu Intiraymi, Robert Picardo, Brent Spiner, Eddie McClintock, Connor Trineer, Jolene Blalock, and so many many many more, THANK YOU. You all have been massively patient with us crazy fans. I know there are “bad eggs” out there, but you still continue to be patient with us, even if we are annoying. ❤

(P.S. I will get back to my crafty updates soon, I promise, I do have things to show off there)


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