I have no idea where the first month of my sabbatical has gone! I have been doing many things such as Cake Decorating (see separate post tomorrow); Card Making; going out for lunches; dabbling in cooking and gardening; and of course working out the best way to set up my blog/website (including edits photos!).
One thing ‘constructive’ I have been doing is playing with LEGO! (Any guesses what the below 6+ bags of LEGO is?)
I have always loved fantasy and Sci-Fi / Fantasy. I guess it started at an early age – with Sesame Street and The Muppets. Don’t laugh, they are very much fantasy with all sorts of different creatures/puppets who can talk! This love for puppets expanded when Fraggle Rock graced our screens. My sisters and I would always make sure we were back inside (from playing outside on our hobby farm) to ensure we heard the beginning of the Fraggle Rock song. We would put the TV up loud, run to the end of the corridor near the toilet and as soon as the song started “Dance your cares away; Worries for another day… Down at Fraggle Rock” we would sprint to the TV room, just as Gobo would run through the tunnels to meet his friends.
Much to my delight, that when I was older I realised that some of my favourite movies growing up, The Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, were directed by Jim Hensen.
Of course this is just the infancy of my Sci-Fi adoration. Do you remember Monkey -“born from an egg on a mountain top” and Lost in Space – “Warning! Warning! Alien approaching!”? They definitely expanded our imaginations of other cultures/religons and what could be out there (in space)!!
The other favourites growing up were Dr Who and Star Trek. Originally we were forced to watch Dr Who. It used to be on at 6:30pm on ABC and Dad would get home just after 6pm so he could watch it. Of course we wanted to see our Dad, so we watched it too. I think it scared us a little to begin with, but as the years went on, Dad didn’t always make it home in time (or it was showed earlier), yet we seemed to keep watching it!! (Could be considered brain washing, since I think Mum brained washed us with the Rolling Stones!)
Then comes Star Wars. I was in love! In love with the whole idea, in love with Han Solo and in love with Luke Skywalker. I wanted to be Princess Leia and I didn’t care if it meant I was Luke Skywalker’s sister!! So this is where LEGO comes in.
I was at my sisters the first week of my sabbatical and my nephew was playing with her Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb LEGO. I thought AWESOME. So I went to Toys R Us to buy my niece and nephew their birthday pressies, and convenitently added some LEGO for me to the pile!
My first project, after opening the box with the 6+ bags as shown above, was a small Ewok™ Attack.
I have to end my post here. As with the past month I have found myself Lost in Time (not Lost in Space this time ).