Double Squee

I’m planning a The Hobbit binge-watch as my Christmas celebration.  And with the fourth season of BBC’s Sherlock starting on January 1, my fan-girl is quite happy.

♥May your holidays be filled with squee.

Snapping Out of It

Downton MaryEveryone I know is a little discombobulated.  The holidays, the bitter cold—they’ve taken the normal way of things and dumped them, head first, in a snow bank.  It helps knowing others are slip-sliding, too, even though my befuddlement includes coming back from bronchitis and depression.  Misery loves company, as they say, but it’s not helping me find my footing any easier.

I tried streaming the first episode of Downton Abbey’s fourth season last night and found it echoed my spastic and burpy fits and starts.  Oh, this will never do!  I’m counting on the PBS online site to watch the new BBC Sherlock episodes starting on the 19th.  Since I don’t have a TV anymore and don’t subscribe to Netflix or Hulu, my options are limited.  So, as I write this, I’ve got Downton streaming on another screen, hoping that a good night’s sleep will give it the strength to play past the niggles.

Why should I care so much?  It’s just a TV show.  But it has more to do with control and expectation.  I’m at a total loss to get my eating under control, and the cold has kept me away from the gym.  My routine is hibernating, and I can’t wake it up.  The least I should be able to do is watch Downton!

I haven’t spiked a fever in almost a week and seem to be hacking less, so in spite of the -8F temp outside this morning, I’m determined to get to the Y and my swim class.  Then, I’m crossing the street to HyVee, snagging a Vanilla Latte, and camping out do get some writing done on Technical Consultant.

As for my binge eating, well, it’s back to mindfulness and pushing against the compulsion.  My therapist told me about Pandora yesterday, a site where you can program your own “radio station.”  I set up a mindfulness “station” with lots of lovely meditative music.  My intention is to go there before I eat, sit for 7 minutes listening to something soothing and breathing into the agitation that is my compulsion.  It sounds lovely, but in the throes of compulsion the idea of pausing seems impossible.  We’ll see.  It’s a new tool, and I’ll try anything.

I’ve been at the mercy of my health and the environment for too long.  I need to use this break in my internal weather to get back on track.  And I see on the other screen that Downton is unfolding without a hitch.  I’ll take that as a good omen.

“The Case of the Fire Door” is Closed

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, BBC SherlockThis is the final bit in Dr. John Watson and Mary Morsten’s initial encounter.  There are a lot more bits that might become stories later, but I’m feeling drawn to get back to Carrie Severide and Robert Bierce.  Still, it’s always a good feeling to bring characters to a resting place.  Thanks for joining me.

To read Part Five:  The Apologetic Suitor, click here.

To Read Part Four:  An Evening’s Embarrassment, click here.

To Read Part Three: A Propitious Return, click here.

To Read Part Two: The Gentleman Caller, click here.

Or to start from the beginning with An Unfortunate Meeting, click here.

It Was a Dark and Stormy… Wait…

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, BBC SherlockA longer part of John and Mary’s story this time.  Hopefully, the plot thickens.

To Read Part Four:  An Evening’s Embarrassment, click here.

To Read Part Three: A Propitious Return, click here.

To Read Part Two: The Gentleman Caller, click here.

Or to start from the beginning with An Unfortunate Meeting, click here.

A Smidgen of John & Mary

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, BBC SherlockWell, it’s clear these little snippets of story will get combined into a larger piece.  But for now, here is a fruity apéritif to wet your mouth for the feast to follow.

To Read Part Three: A Propitious Return, click here.

To Read Part Two: The Gentleman Caller, click here.

Or to start from the beginning with An Unfortunate Meeting, click here.

More with John and Mary

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, BBC SherlockThis is the next little piece in my self-soothing tale about Dr. John Watson and Mary Morston.

For any members of the Sherlock fandom, there really is a bed and breakfast in Keswick called Hedgehog Hill.  Life is very, very good, sometimes.

To Read The Gentleman Caller, click here.

Or to start from the beginning with An Unfortunate Meeting, click here.

Martin Freeman, hedgehog

A New Short, Short

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Watson, Sherlock Holmes, BBC SherlockIn case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been sick.  And when I get sick, I get whiney and start looking for comfort.  Sometimes I have to comfort myself by writing stories about deserving people who comfort each other.  Hey, it works for me.

I started a whole slew of bits about Dr. John Watson (of the BBC Sherlock variety) and Mary Morstan (who Watson marries in the Conan Doyle stories).  I know Martin Freeman’s real-life partner, Amanda Abbingdon, will play Mary in season three of Sherlock.  I know it won’t even slightly resemble these snatches of story, but I’m not worried about canon here.  I’m only soothing my sick self and sighing.

To read Part One of The Case of the Fire Door, click here.

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