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Friday Night Highlights

Alaskan cruises, tourists and Alaska Screen names Sick kitty update "Our" music is now on the oldies radio station - how is this possible?! VM vs. texting Tulle Bad relatives, wrongly glorified Wedding dresses Squirrel deaths GOT and teen viewers Duggar oddness.  Or normalcy.   Your choice... Upgrade downtime (seemed earlier than advertised?) Diets/MFP HTML hearts/chat wonkiness Bridge bungie jumping/phobias "Celery comes in this form" Nae. Bae.  WTH AAVE  

MarblesMom

MarblesMom

 

The Phantom Tollbooth Reread: Chapter 11

Chapter 11: Dischord and Dynne Milo wakes up at the prescribed time and chooses not to wake up Chroma for the sunrise. As the musicians have been performing since the dawn of time, he figures they probably know what to do by themselves anyway. A few more excuses and Milo raises his arms up and begins to conduct the symphony. He’s surprised that it goes well, and then decides to stop them and go get Chroma. Unfortunately, they don’t stop, and the sky turns funny colors and he keeps trying harder and harder and it gets worse and worse. Finally, Milo drops his hands to his sides and they stop. It’s been one week and four minutes. The group (minus Chroma) leave and Alec gives Milo a telescope. It’s so that Milo can see things as they really are, not just as they seem to be. So that’s two gifts that this kid has been given for no real reason, but I imagine (spoiler: I know) that they will be useful later in the story. They drive away from where they have been, and come across a carnival wagon belonging to “Kakofonous A Dischord, Doctor of Dissonance.” The A stands for “as loud as possible” (which is printed larger, bold, and in all caps). “Dr.” Discord is a strange man, with ears as large as his head and a raspy voice. He invites them in and they talk about noise. Dr. Dissonance goes on about medicine and sound and healing things that don’t exist. The “Doctor” summons a genie-like creature to give him the “medicine” that our heroes refuse. The creature is called “DYNNE” (all in caps.) and they all discuss noise and the importance of it. Eventually, Milo & Friends leave, driving toward the Valley of Sound. DYNNE and Discord warn Milo to be careful.   Thoughts: Milo learns that conducting a symphony is out of his skill range. Alec teaches him to see things as they are, and Dr. Discord & DYNNE (who are two characters I don’t really like and I sort of skimmed over that part) teach him how most sounds are useful.  Since I’ve read this before, I know that Milo will soon come to the Silent Valley, which is called the Valley of Sound, and there will be no noise.  I liked how they showed the Humbug and Tock as opposites. When they entered the carnival wagon, Tock entered first, ready to fight to protect Milo if needed. The Humbug hung back, ready to flee.

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

 

A Memorable New Year's Eve in Chat

·       Lemons – where to buy them when you need them on a holiday ·       Travel plans ·       Drink plans ·       Artificial cocks ·       Contacts v glasses ·       Neighbors ·       Murder:  she wrote a thread ·       Fireworks ·       Pissed off people of all stripes ·       Leggings and tall leather boots ·       Prez candidates   Highlights of 2015 ·       More sex ·       Marriage = didn’t die in a car accident ·       Better clarity ·       Got a great job! ·       Less miserable ·       Finished master’s ·       Graduated HS ·       Bought a house ·       Discovered sexuality ·       Getting along with fam and friends better ·       Started dating ·       Ran a race ·       New grandson ·       Learned to like myself (and selfies) ·       First nudes   What’s in store for 2016 ·       Sanders for prez ·       Employment ·       Moving out of parents’ house ·       Regaining a social life ·       Better quality of life and health ·       Get back into shape ·       Write a novel ·       Eat more good bread ·       Etsy shop will take off ·       Get a fatter ass   It was fun!   

MarblesMom

MarblesMom

 

Murder Porn For The Win

We need to start a murder/porn thread Various famous murders (and how we follow them) "Solve all the things" Whipped cream.  Eat it.  Eat it good.  Surviving the 90s in a mini skirt, thigh highs, one dollar and a piece of gum between two people (and it wasn't me!!) Dressing gown options Pie Face.  This is a Thing and will be in full force at an FJ meet up near you (or not near you) Irish coffee Grape soda + Fireball = bad things Angry Orchard +  Fireball = not much better things Being pelted with coins is not sexy (if one is a Canadian stripper) Male stripper names: Chocolate and Cola (make your own definitions) Pole dancing lessons - next on the agenda at the FJ meet up! Vakay in Feb - where to go? Too many good ideas!! Cats cannot get staph Scratching when we shouldn't (but OHYES that felt good, only to regret it later) Sequins Knott is the opposit of Sout. Current thinking in Creationism M & Ms Mail delivery differences Evolution again, ala Gran Funk Railroad "C'mon everybody do the evolution!"  Just add evolution to locomotion in this video... start a bit in.... https://youtu.be/sSQOeQakExU Great chat tonight, thanks for being there.... ya'll were fun... now getcher black eyed peas for New Year's!  

MarblesMom

MarblesMom

 

The Phantom Tollbooth Reread: Chapter 10

Chapter 10: A Colorful Symphony The group (Milo, Tock, Humbug, and Alec) run through the forest. The author describes how the sunlight leaps from leaf to leaf, sort of echoing how they are running through the trees. Alec has difficulty, as he is able to see through things and keeps crashing into trees that he’s looking through. Amusing. The humbug asks if they are lost, and Alec says no. They know where they are, they are standing right there. He says some stuff about being lost. It’s hard to recap because it’s kind of confusing. He thinks that being lost is not about knowing where you are, it’s about not knowing where you aren’t. There are a lot of double negatives and the more I read it the more confused I get. Alec doesn’t think they are lost because semantics. I get it. Sort of. He doesn’t care where they aren’t. I actually get that part a lot. Anyway, the point is moot because there is a small house. Milo and Tock decide to go ask “the giant” who lives there where they are. The giant is normal sized. He tells them to walk around back and ask the midget. The same man answers and asks them to go see the fat man around the side. The fat man tells them to go see the thin man. It’s the same guy. The shortest giant, the tallest midget, the thinnest fat man, and the fattest thin man. He offers advice as all four because he’s ordinary and no one wants an ordinary man’s opinion. I suspect if this were written today the fat man and the thin man might be replaced by the rich man and the poor man. But maybe not.  The ordinary man ponders the “are we lost” question and finally tells them that it’s hard to tell if you are lost than if you were lost. There’s more, and it’s pretty good life advice. Milo and Tock return to Alec and the Humbug. Milo asks about people living in the forest, and Alec tells them that they live in a city called Reality. They go look at it. It’s beautiful and shining, with silver paved roads. Only that’s not Reality, that’s Illusions, which is, in fact, an illusion. Because Reality disappeared when no one appreciated it. Everyone walks around as fast as possible with their heads down so they can get where they are going faster. Alec opines that the most important reason for going from place to place is to see what’s in between. Milo realizes that he can’t remember things on his street anymore. Eventually Alec tells them that some people live in Reality and some people live in Illusions, but “It’s just as bad to live in a place where what you see isn’t there as it is to live in one where what you don’t see is.” And guess what? The only way you (I guess they mean Alec) can have one city as easy to see as Illusions and as hard to forget as Reality would be for someone to bring back Rhyme and Reason! More reasons for Milo to work on his hero’s quest! Milo and his group of friends leave Reality (which you can’t see) and enter a different part of the forest. The sun is setting and there is an enormous orchestra. At least a thousand musicians. The conductor is tall and gaunt. There is an illustration of him, which I suppose is helpful. Alec helpfully points out that you don’t listen to the concert (because, even though they are playing, no sound can be heard), you watch it. They are playing the sunset. (They also play all day and night, and weather. All the color in the world comes from them) The conductor’s name is Chroma. He shows Milo that if everyone stops, all the color leaves the world and it looks like a coloring book. Chroma asks Milo to wake him up at 5:23 for the sunrise. Thoughts. This is a longer chapter than the others, or maybe more happened? I haven’t been keeping track of pages so I’ll just say that it seems longer.

Milo’s conversations with Alec is one of the more memorable parts of this book, for me. I remembered as a kind thinking that the world would disappear if no one looked at it, but it never did. Also, the city of Illusions seemed very beautiful. I also remember the ordinary man. But I never really grasped the meaning of it, as a child. Just thought it was amusing that someone could be so average and yet somehow market himself as all four. Pretty funny for a weird 10-12-year-old. Alec’s unchanging perspective seems nice but also created a lot of problems for him. I’m sure the crashing into trees that he can’t see because they are right in front of his face means something more. Also, Alec is the one who points out that other people have different perspectives.

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

 

The Phantom Tollbooth Reread: Chapter 9

I found out about this: http://phantomtollboothdoc.vhx.tv/ today! I was looking for Maurice Sendak's "Appreciation," written as a forward in the 50th Anniversary edition of PT. I couldn't find it.  But this documentary exists so    Chapter 9: It’s All in How You Look at Things Milo, Tock, and the Humbug are on a road trip. The drive along and eventually leave open countryside to enter into a forest. I spent most of last night reading terrifying probably-not-mysterious but kind-of-mysterious exaggerated stories about missing people so I am a little tired of thinking about the woods and all of its secrets. I realize that this won’t be scary, yet, after some of the things I read, it might be awhile before I want to be alone. Anyway, so they drive through this forest and it sounds kind of nice, but kind of scary. The trees are so thick that the sun is blocked out. A sign tells them they are on the scenic route, but it appears that the sign is at least SLIGHTLY misleading, as the trees just keep coming. Until they finally make a turn and they find themselves looking around at the trees below them. Milo remarks that the view is beautiful, and a stranger tells him that “It’s all in the way you look at things.” This stranger is strange, as he is about Milo’s (undisclosed) age, and suspended in the air. His feet are at eye level for Milo. They discuss how not everyone might find the forest view beautiful. Personally, I am not a fan of thinking that because you like deserts that you must find forests ugly, but maybe I’m just a person who likes to look for beauty in everything. Deserts, beaches, fjords, cities, etc. all have their own beauty.   The strange boy’s name is Alec Bings, and in his family, the children are born in the air, with their head at the height it will be as a grown up. I’m not going to get into the logistics of this, as the author also expects us to just go with this. It’s obviously a clever way to discuss how people’s points of view change as they age. Tock wonders how the dogs like this arrangement, and I can’t blame him. I’d be sad if I couldn’t pet my dog until I was fully grown. Dogs also are pack animals and tend to like to look after the children.  Alec says he sees through things, and tells Milo he can see through things. He says his sister can see under things, his brother sees beyond things, and his mother looks after things. His uncle sees the other sides to questions and his father sees to things.  Whatever his sister can’t see under, she overlooks. HA. Milo tries to change his viewpoint, by thinking like an adult. He slowly rises to see the world as Alec sees it, but crashes back to earth quickly.  The discuss points of view a little bit more, and end by talking about how some people grow upside down and walk among the stars. Those people also grow about 10 times as much as the rest of us pleibs. 

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

 

"I couldn't find it!"

Penii Titty twins Pizza Dogs Freezer space The Micropenis Story  - a holiday favorite! Men do love food.  And boobs. Cookies Scroop Merry Holidays, everyone!  

MarblesMom

MarblesMom

 

The Phantom Tollbooth Reread: Chapters 7 & 8

Chapter 7: The Royal Banquet The King’s advisory council rushes Milo and Tock to the palace. The palace is very strange (but also amazing) It is engineered to look exactly like a book, standing on end. The front door is in the spine. I would totally want to visit it. Actually, I’m a little disappointed that I dropped architecture of my list of possible careers, way back in 2001. (I can’t math quickly, and I don’t own steel toed boots.) There is a party waiting for Milo and Tock in the banquet hall. Everyone seems grumpy about having to wait for lunch. The Humbug, who I believe might be a fedora wearer (both literally and figuratively), shakes Milo’s hand and tells Milo he is guest of honor. As guest of honor, Milo is tasked with choosing the menu. The King seems disappointed in Milo, but invites him to sit next to him at a place of honor. Milo tries to ask for a “light” meal, which the servers believe to mean a meal consisting of a light show. It’s pretty, but not filling. Realizing his mistake, Milo then tries to ask for a square meal, and everyone is served tasteless squares. They have speeches, and Milo learns the hard way that he will have to eat his words. Literally. The cabinet has some cartoonish antics with metaphors. Finally, the half bakery brings out dessert, which consists of half-baked ideas. Milo grabs one that says “THE EARTH IS FLAT” and the Spelling Bee tells Milo that people swallowed that one for years, but it’s not popular these days.” Milo ends the chapter by wrapping “EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR THE BEST” in his napkin for later.   Chapter 8: The Humbug Volunteers Everyone is full. The Humbug is so full he feels ill and is uncomfortable. I know that feeling well. It seems that whenever I forget that lesson, my body/mind/taste buds feel the need to remind me why overeating is bad. And I’m kind of a small person, so it’s VERY easy to overeat. People asking me if I don’t like my food doesn’t help, either. If I can’t finish my food, it doesn’t mean I don’t like it. Take that, Grandma, with your third helpings of mashed potatoes! Anyway, so the Humbug, Milo, and Tock are left alone with the King and his advisors. Everyone in the hall rushed to the exit the second the King stood up for an after dinner speech. The Humbug says that they have all gone to dinner, and he will join them as soon as he can. The King wonders what to do about the fact that everything is confusing and all of the words make things worse. Eventually they all come to the conclusion that  Rhyme and Reason must return. The Humbug describes the journey that our heroes will have to make. Travel through miles of countryside, vividly described as hazardous, harrowing, unknown, etc., until Milo reaches Digitopolis. In Digitopolis they must persuade the Mathemagician to agree to release the princesses. Then they will travel through the Mountains of Ignorance (which is also scary and crawling with Demons), until they reach a two thousand step circular stairway without railings that lead to the Castle in the Air. Azaz gives Milo a box full of all of the words he (Azaz) knows. He tells Milo that with the words, there are no obstacles you can not overcome, if he uses them well and in the right places. The King also volunteers the Humbug to accompany Milo and Tock. The trio is cheered out of the city. Thoughts. The light meal has always been so memorable. Other than that, I’m just glad we finally have all members of our traveling party together and a purpose for the hero’s journey. We are on our way. This seems like a pretty good place to stop for now. There wasn't much in these two chapters that really jumped out at me as being allegorical or important on any level other than just fun writing, and setting up the rest of the story.  Hopefully I can knock out a few more chapters for all three of my readers today, because I don't think I'll be able to get to it again until MAYBE Monday. 

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

 

Cat Pee Wine

Seriously, one notebook and it is already history... and we are less than 2 months into this.   I need a new notebook for Christmas   From last night: Taking the wrong road to NY Kitty vomit Weird neighbors Haikus Anti shoes "Take a cookie, honey" Cat pee on a gooseberry bush And I TOTALLY forgot to wish everyone a Fantastic Festivus!

MarblesMom

MarblesMom

 

The Phantom Tollbooth Reread: Chapters 5 & 6

Chapter 5: Short Shrift I’ll admit it. I had to look up the definition of “Short Shrift.” 1.       Rapid and unsympathetic dismissal; curt treatment. 1.1. Archaic Little time between condemnation and execution or punishment. Also of interest is the definition of “shrift”                 Archaic 1.       Confession, especially to a priest. 1.1   Absolution by a priest. Anyway, so the marketplace that sells physical words is in shambles. Words are all jumbled together and flying everywhere. No one in the area is able to speak properly and the dialogue matches. Eventually, though, the mess is swept up and people start to sort their words. The Spelling Bee flew off and as Milo stood up the entire police of Dictionopolis arrives, blowing his whistle. Yup. The entire police force is one person, “Officer Shrift.” Officer Shrift is short.  Two feet tall and twice as wide, to be exact. He blew his whistle until he was red, and then started shouting at everyone. He informs Milo and Tock that it’s disrespectful to sound your alarm in the presence of a policeman. The Humbug tries to assure Officer Shift that he is not guilty and inadvertently places the blame on Milo. The officer, who is biased against little boys, asks Milo bunch of pointless questions that have nothing to do with anything, and throws Milo and Tock in jail for six million years. I was going to say something about how Milo didn’t even have his Miranda rights read to him, but then I realized that this book predates Miranda vs Arizona. Fortunately, Office Shift doesn’t literally throw them in jail, as the jail appears to have a lot of steps to travel down into a dungeon. Milo and Tock are warned about a witch as the officer leaves them, with a “see you in six million years.” The “witch” turns out to be a “Which” instead of a “witch” and her name is Faintly Macabre. She is the king’s great-aunt. She used to be in charge of choosing which words were to be used for occasions. She worked hard at her job until the power corrupted her and she hoarded words and convinced everyone that “Silence is Golden,” which caused Dictionopolis to fall into an economic recession and destroyed their main industry. The King found out and threw her in jail, and they have not yet replaced that position. Milo offers Faintly help, but she says the only thing that can help is the return of Rhyme and Reason. Thoughts:   I had something here about Puritan culture and Fundamental Christians and the "choose words wisely" proverb morphing into "Silence is Golden." But I'm not really sure what I was getting at, so I'll just throw that half-formed idea out there and let someone else go with it.      Chapter 6: Faintly Macabre’s Story Faintly Macabre tells Milo and Tock the history of Westeros The Lands Beyond. It was a terrible place until one day some prince showed up. There was a battle between goodness and the demons, monsters, and giants. Eventually that was resolved and he had some land to build a city. The city grew and became the kingdom of Wisdom.
The Prince became a King and married and had two boys. He told them to build new cities in the wilderness for some stupid reason, I guess to keep these demons and monsters away. So one brother build Dictionopolis and the other built Digitopolis. Guess which one is the city of words and which is the city of numbers. Go one. Guess. Take a minute. Got it? Digitopolis is the city of numbers! Shocking, I know. It’s located in the Mountains of Ignorance. It turns out the brothers aren’t very good friends and they fought about which is more important, words or numbers. The old king, one day, disappointed that he didn’t have a daughter, found some girls in the garden. While I appreciate the nod to the tale of Romulus and Remus and/or Moses, I find it highly suspect that someone would just leave some twin girls in a basket in some random rich person’s garden.  The girls were blonde, because of course beautiful girls are blonde. (Someday children’s literature will consider dirty blonde/reddish/light brown/frizzy/wavy hair to be beautiful. Someday.) These supposed supermodel orphans were adopted by the king and called “Rhyme” and “Reason.” Because why not? Eventually, the King died and the Kingdom was split between the two sons. Azaz (in Dictionopolis) and Mathemagician (Digitopolis). They provided for their adopted sisters and often called upon them to settle disputes. Azaz the Unabridged and the Mathmagician had a huge fight. They asked R&R once again which is more important – numbers or words? And they were like “um, both, dumbasses.” So the brothers finally agreed on something, and banished Rhyme and Reason to the Castle in the Air. Milo and Tock discuss going to rescue them, and the Which tries to dissuade them, as it will be difficult and there will be demons. She shows them the way out of prison, and as Milo and Tock leave, they are greeted again by the King’s advisors, who say the Royal Banquet is about to begin.   Thoughts: I don’t think this story is just a history of the Lands Beyond. I think it’s more of a discussion of real world discussions in all levels of education. Should we focus on Language or STEM? There are other, smaller cities/towns in the Lands, as well, but we’ll get to them later. How about we teach kids like Milo both math and literature? Having a good vocabulary and the ability to communicate is just as important as being able to calculate the cost of your mortgage. Rhyme and Reason, despite pissing me off with their superhuman good looks and ability to be raised in a castle despite being left for dead by some random peasant, are literal representations of, well, rhyme and reason. Or common sense. So Milo is going to go save the world! (Or at least the Lands Beyond.) How fun!   Also, my spell check HATES me right now. Imaginary words!  

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

 

The Shame and Mr Underwear

Kittens Highways Dishwashers (the machines, not the humans) Junkanoo costumes "Ebil meats" Eggnog dip Drunk meat beating "I see drunk people" Cookies Jerry Lewish and his telethon Christmas movies Have a great night!

MarblesMom

MarblesMom

 

Phantom Tollbooth Reread: Chapters 3-4

Chapter 3: Welcome to Dictionopolis I think I forgot to mention that Tock isn’t just a dog. He’s a watchdog, emphasis on watch. His body is a clock. There are illustrations, which are amusing and cute. As we start chapter three, this watchdog, Tock, apologizes to Milo for being gruff, as it is traditional for watchdogs to be ferocious. Milo holds no grudge and is happy to have left the Doldrums. They discuss the fact that Tock only goes ticktickticktick, and it is just a weird mix up. Tock has a brother that only goes tocktocktocktock, and because of this, the dog parents have given up having more dog children. It’s just another little story that has nothing really to do with anything but makes this book so interesting and amusing. Tock discusses why he is a watchdog, and how it is a family tradition. He claims that there once was no time at all, gives a little monologue about time, and how and why watchdogs need to preserve it.  While he does this, he bounces around the car a bit and his alarm goes off. Eventually, Milo and his new friend Tock arrive at Dictionopolis. The gateman of Dictionopolis calls it a “happy kingdom” that is “advantageously located in the Foothills of Confusion.” He continues to say that it is “caressed by gentle breezes from the Sea of Knowledge,” and it is market day. Milo and the gateman discuss Milo’s reason for going to Dictionopolis, as he needs one to get in. Eventually they arrive at “WHY NOT,” and Milo enters the city. The cabinet of Azaz the Unabridged, who is King/Monarch/Emperor of Dictionopolis, greets Milo. It’s a little confusing, as each advisor needs to offer up a different word that means the same thing. They eventually explain that all of the words in the kingdom are grown in the orchards. Things in Dictionopolis are very literal, as one of the advisors uses a cliché and literally falls off a log. Milo and Tock end the chapter with Tock giving Milo a little advice about using a lot of words to say very little.   Chapter 4: Confusion in the Market Place Milo and Tock go to the Market Place, where stalls and carts are selling words. Milo thinks all of the words are wonderful. Tock is still a dog and is bored and wants a bone. He also mentions that it’s nice, if you have something to say. It appears that “ten-dollar words” are very expensive in Dictionopolis. Which is very amusing to me. Milo realizes that he has no money, so he moves on to a section that sells letters, and gets to taste a few. A’s are delicious, X’s not so much. They meet a creature called the Spelling Bee, who spells every few words.  Milo has him spell vegetable, which is a word that Milo struggled to spell at school. Milo is enchanted by the Spelling Bee, until the Humbug shows up. The Humbug states that “A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect.” Milo doesn’t understand, but the Spelling Bee does. Spelling Bee and Humbug sort of fight, cartoonishly with the Humbug swinging his cane about. , and carts get tipped. Words fly everywhere and end up all mixed up.   Thoughts: Things that intangible in Milo’s world – reasons and words – are suddenly physical objects. Milo never cared much about what words meant before, but now they look interesting. Introduction to the Humbug. He’s all “Bah Humbug!” but he has a point about Spelling Bees, which always seemed kind of terrifying and pointless to me. I’m so happy I don’t live in a world without spellcheck. (Although it’s not perfect, and plenty of people refuse to use it. (Erica Shupe, I’m looking at you.) ) I hated getting up in front of the classroom only to have my inability to spell showcased for my peers. I actually think if someone asked me to spell vegetable right now, in front of a room, I’d probably fail. Milo is no longer the bored kid from the first chapter. He’s interested in the words, which are also food.
Dictionopolis is very literal. I wonder what some of our fundies would think of Dictionopolis.  

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

 

Someone has a case of the Mondays...

Kinda an off night for us. Movie remakes/actors: pros and cons Learning new languages Jewelry making What we are watching on TV .... Long weekend coming up!  (cue up "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly") Night!

MarblesMom

MarblesMom

 

Phantom Tollbooth Reread Chapters 1-2

Phantom Tollbooth Reread   Chapter 1: Milo Milo is a boy who is bored all of the time. There is always something else he’d rather do. He thinks everything is a waste of time, especially school. He always wandered about quickly, despite never wanting to go wherever he is going. In short, Milo, despite being created in 1961, is somehow a perfect character for today’s world. One day, he goes home and looks at all of his stuff. He notices that there is an enormous package in his room that he hasn’t seen before. The description of this package is just so perfect. For, while it was not quite square, it was definitely not round, and for its size it was larger than almost any other big package of smaller dimension that he’d ever seen. Inside this box is a small purple tollbooth and a map of places that he’s never heard of before. He chooses to go to a place called Dictionopolis. He gets into an electric toy car that he happened to have, and drive through the tollbooth, depositing his coin.     Chapter 2: Beyond Expectations Milo found himself speeding along an unfamiliar highway in the country. He comes across a house with a sign that says “Welcome to Expectations.”  A man comes from the house and introduces himself as “The Whether Man.” Milo asks if this is the right road to Dictionopolis, and is told that if it isn’t, it must be the right road to somewhere. They talk a little about Expectations and how you need to have expectations before you get to where you are going. It’s a lovely bit of prose. Milo thinks that he could spend more time in Expectations, except the whether man is very strange. And as he drives away, he sees a rain cloud that is only raining on the Whether man. He drives along and starts daydreaming. He stops paying attention to where he is going and goes right instead of left, ending up in a place called “The Doldrums, which are where nothing ever happens and nothing ever changes.” He meets the Lethargarians, who are creatures who daydream, sleep, and loiter all day. Laughing and thinking are against the law in the doldrums.  Eventually, Tock the Watchdog comes along and reminds him that to escape the Doldrums, one must think. Tock asks to come along. He’s a dog, so he loves automobile rides.   Thoughts: I love this book so much. It’s difficult to recap, I really just want to copy all the text and make everyone read it again. I always forget how relevant it is. I read it as a child, and I loved the adventure story. As an adult, I just love the wordplay and the message/theme. In these first few chapters, it’s obvious that this isn’t any book. Milo has no real description. Just a boy. No age, no race, no social class or defining features. He’s just a bored kid. The box the tollbooth came in is non-descript, but described so nicely. It’s such fun language. Tock is first and foremost, a dog. He wants to ride in the car and put his nose in the wind. LOVE IT. Milo isn’t frightened or anything when he is transported to this magical land. He doesn’t try to turn around or anything, he just goes with it and enjoys the scenery.  

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

 

Game of Thrones Reread: Eddard II

Chapter 12: Eddard II Lord Eddard Stark and King Robert Baratheon ride horses and reminisce. Eddard receives a letter.   Location: South of Winterfell   Characters Present: Alyn: I have no idea who this is. I’m guessing a member of Eddard’s household guard. Lord Eddard Stark: Lord of Winterfell. Married to Catelyn. Father to five or six Stark children, Tony Stark not included at this time. Robert Baratheon: King of Westeros. Some in the Seven Kingdoms still call him Usurper. Being a King is doing the opposite of wonders to his overall health and fitness. Ser Boros Ser Meryn Dozen unnamed guardsmen.   Recap: Alyn wakes Ned. King Robert wants to go horse riding, and talk about “matters of state.” They take off and leave the Kingsroad and the Kingsguard. Once the sun rises, Robert stops and Ned stops next to him. Robert complains about the wheelhouse and threatens to burn it and make Cersei walk. Ned offers to light the torch. Robert talks some more about leaving his family (and entourage) behind and going off to live as vagabond knights. Ned reminds him about duties to their wives and the realm.  Robert grumbles and complains. Robert talks about women he’s banged and enquires about Jon Snow’s mother. They discuss it for a bit, Ned would rather not speak of it, Robert calls him prickly but doesn’t press any further. Ned points out the Barrows of the First Men. Robert give Ned a letter that came from King’s Landing. The letter is from Lord Varys, and says that Daenerys Targaryen has wed a Dothraki horselord. The information comes from Ser Jorah, and Ned does not think highly of Ser Jorah. We find out some of Jorah’s history – tried to sell poachers as slaves and ran away when Eddard came for his head. King Robert wants to kill Daenerys. Eddard reflects upon Robert’s hatred of the Targaryens, remembering how Tywin Lannister presented Robert with the bodies of Rhaegar’s wife and children. Eddard left Robert and rode south to fight the last battles of the war alone. They did not reconcile until after Lyanna’s death. King Robert rants about killing Targs. Eddard tries to calm him. They discuss the likelihood of the Dothraki coming to Westeros to take the Throne back. Robert is concerned that many in the Seven Kingdoms still call him Usurper. Ned redirects the conversation back to choosing a Warden of the East. After some discussion, Robert reluctantly tells Ned that he has already promised the title to Jaime Lannister. This is a bad idea. Eddard tells Robert why he does not trust Jaime, and it’s (IMO) kind of stupid. Jaime Lannister sat on the throne after the throne was won for Robert. Also the fact that the Lannisters took the city by treachery is not cool with Eddard. Ned worries some more and they ride off, leaving the reader with this quote.   Characters Named but not actually present: Cersei: Queen. Twin to Jaime Lannister. Likes Jaime Lannister a lot. Becca: One of Robert’s “women.” Black hair and big sweet eyes. Wylla: Ned tells Robert that she is Jon Snow’s mother and would rather not speak of it. Baelor the Blessed Lord Varys: In Kings Landing, king’s master of whisperers. Serves Robert but also served King Aerys Targaryen. Eunuch. Lysa Arryn Ser Jorah Mormont: Of Bear Island, in the North. Fled to Pentos to escape the king’s justice after selling poachers as slaves. Tywin Lannister: Father of Jaime and Cersei. Presented the bodies of the dead Targaryen prince and princess to Robert. Jon Arryn: Fostered Robert and Eddard at the Eeryie. Dead. Lyanna: Eddard’s sister. Robert’s betrothed. Dead. Rhaegar: Prince of Westeros, married with two children. Dead. Aerys Targaryen: Previous king of Westeros. Dead Brandon Stark: Eddard’s brother. Dead.   Other Locations Mentioned: Pentos Bear Island Tyrosh King’s Landing The Trident   Thoughts: On the show, Eddard and Robert have the conversation about Jon Snow’s mother over breakfast. In this chapter, they stay on their bikes horses the entire time. I get why they changed it, working with animals is difficult and tricky to film, etc. But it was still nice to realize that Robert CAN still ride a horse. Jaime sitting in the throne with his sword across his lap! I never noticed that before. In Eddard I, we learned that the statues in the crypts of Winterfell have swords across the laps. It’s also a “guest rights” thing, I don’t remember where we learned that. So Jaime was denying Eddard guest right to the throne room. Or something. Varys worked for Aerys! Why is he still alive? He had lived his lies for 14 years. Eddard is really not okay with killing kids. Eddard is an OK guy. I mean, yeah, there was that beheading in the first chapter. But he’s not okay with killing children. So he’s got that going for him. I wonder if Wylla knows that she’s Jon’s mother. This is the second Eddard Stark chapter. His first chapter was also just him talking to Robert and giving the reader some backstory. I don’t really know how Jaime Lannister can be Warden of the East, when he’s also Kingsguard. I thought Kingsguard had to hold no lands or titles, never marrying or producing heirs. Am I wrong?  

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

 

Just another Sunday night

Hmmmmmmmmm an interesting but uneventful night. Bra talk Eye prescriptions Sugar (raw v white v I don't know what) J and J Counting On... on which, Anna was looking great and seeming sincere in her lines Career advice Poodle skirts - do/did they exist? Birthday celebrations or non celebrations Welcome to the new people who dropped in - please feel free to come back and visit!  

MarblesMom

MarblesMom

 

Elephants and boobs

You should visit chat.......... you missed some awesome stuff. Identity theft Mr Potato Head (and his bucket of parts) AND his origins Democratic debate "Are nipples supposed to leak?" "Why are people so mean to bisexuals?" "I have very lumpy boobs" Star Wars Organ harvesting Bowing down to FS' singing ability "Do elephants eat ass?"   Yes, yes they do. Caffeine Favorite vacation locales Cruises - pros and cons The OG Wiggle Feliz Navidad Flip flop driving Stomach boobs Sheepdog bras A Destiny sighting "I was in a one way ticket to another country with no luggage" Flying pros and cons Homemade Butterfingers C'mon in, the chat waters are warm.  We even have arm floaties if you are timid   

MarblesMom

MarblesMom

 

Yeah, we typed that

Christmas jammies "Crunchy panties sound awful" "I'm about to punch some motherfucker in the throat" "Where will I put my chickens?" Tiny House Hunters (the houses, not the hunters) Our personal WWYD moments - heartbreaking "My boobs don't even get wet" The condom scenarios "What kind of gross food?" "I don't mean up the butt!" Olympic village sexcapades "TBH I just need some dick" Nudes in chat?        

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MarblesMom

 

Are we ready for a weekend?!

"The rod is bowing and I know it is going to snap" "I still pronate a lot" Workout preferences Aquabike is not what you think it is "Gimme a ray gun" Animal quarantines Dry heat v humidity Wood stoves: pros and cons Fabric See you soon!

MarblesMom

MarblesMom

 

Game of Thrones Reread: Daenerys II

Chapter 11: Daenerys   Daenerys is wed to Khal Drogo.       Characters Present:   Daenerys Targaryen: a princess, sold to Khal Drogo for who knows what. Thirteen.   Khal Drogo: Drogo is his name, Khal is his title. People naming their children forget this.   Illyrio: a Magister.   Ser Jorah Mormont: An exiled knight. He offered his sword to Viserys the night Dany had been sold to Khal Drogo.   Viserys: Daenerys’ older brother. Lilac eyes. Very prideful and arrogant, despite the fact that he is nicknamed “Beggar King.”   Irri: One of Dany’s handmaids, gifted by Illyrio/Viserys. Dothraki. Selected to teach Daenerys riding.   Jhiqui: One of Dany’s handmaids, gifted by Illyrio/Viserys. Dothraki. Selected to teach Dany how to speak Dothraki.   Doreah: One of Dany’s handmaids, gifted by Illyrio/Viserys. Fair-haired, blue-eyed, from Lysene. Selected to teach Daenerys “the womanly arts of love.”       Location: Outside of Pentos       Recap:   I think the first sentence of this chapter sums it up.   Forty thousand Dothraki warriors and their women, children, and slaves are camped outside of Pentos for this wedding. Khal Drogo gave his manse to Daenerys and Viserys to use until the wedding. Ser Jorah has sworn his sword to Viserys. Viserys is still a jerk.   Illyrio reminds Viserys that the Dothraki do things in their own time, and to be patient. Viserys reminds everyone that HE is the rightful Lord of the Seven Kingdoms (if this is true, why is he not, you know, sitting on the throne? Oh, yeah, because he sucks.)   Sometime before her wedding, Dany has a dream about waking the dragon. It’s prophetic. She’s pregnant (though not described as such, just ungainly.) in the dream, and her brother disappears and a dragon appears.   Dany’s wedding is described in excruciating detail. The Dothraki are drinking and killing and fornicating everywhere. She’s lonely and scared. Viserys is pissed off because he’s a useless git. Dany is presented with gifts, including three slaves and three dragon’s eggs. One of the slaves is supposed to teacher her about sex, and Viserys is quick to point out that he knows she is good. Gross, Viserys. The dragon eggs are beautiful. Ser Jorah gives her some books in the Common Tongue. Khal Drogo gives her a horse, which she has to ride in front of everyone. She isn’t afraid of riding and enjoys it. She gets taken off the horse and has to go with the Khal for their wedding night. She’s scared. Viserys threatens her. Dany is 13, so the last few paragraphs of this chapter is a rape scene.              Other locations mentioned:   Vaes Dothrak: somewhere in the far east.   Lysene.   Shadow Lands beyond Asshai     Thoughts:   Way too descriptive on how Illyrio eats. Did people in the middle ages really get food all over their face constantly?   Viserys wears a black tunic with a red dragon.   The dream is obviously prophetic. I wonder if that means most/all dreams are? Probably not.   Dany jumps her horse over the fire “as if she had wings.” Like a dragon. Born for the very first time. Like a dragon.   How annoying that the Dothroki wear bells in their hair. Where do they get the bells? Is there a slave that has to make them? Why would you want to jingle everywhere you go, like my cat?   I wonder what Illyrio’s end game is here. He’s smiling “enigmatically” when Viserys threatens Jorah.   Speaking of Jorah, obviously, he’s already sending messages back to Bobby B, but we don’t know that yet. Viserys is quick to trust him.   Watch the wedding here: https://youtu.be/c0IhEYId-rQ   I can’t wait to get back to Westeros. These chapters always seem to out of place.        

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

 

Rump : EoW wins the internets

Surrogacy "Pools, drinky poos and thighs" - sounds like Destiny is in vacation mode already MM1 has an awesome title - ask her about the story that goes with it "A plushy with a battery operated vibrator and a squeeker" Dog kazoos MM1 is training for an Olympic trialathon in Hawaii Some families know how to put the fun back in dysfuntional "I happen to like my bajinga flapping in the wind" Manspreading Whether we shave - or not "It doesn't itch if you laser it" "I saw a lot of female hairy underarms" "Donald Rump" -  EoW wins Makeup Watergasms and advice on them "Washing my hale" "Try the bath faucet" "Greasy and gay" needs to be a post count title "Did I just call your Dad a hottie?" RL pic sharing - turns out, we are a good looking bunch "Fucking bastard juice" And with that, I am out.  Have a good night    

MarblesMom

MarblesMom

 

Game of Thrones Reread: Jon II

Chapter 10: Jon II Jon says “good bye” to Winterfell, and gives Arya a gift. Characters Present: Jon Snow: “Son” of Lord Stark. Lady Catelyn is not his mother. Ghost: Jon’s direwolf. Not exactly a pet. Bran: Jon’s younger ½ brother. Has been in a coma since his fall. Has lost a lot of weight. Lady Stark (Catelyn Tully Stark): Ned Stark’s wife. She has long auburn hair, which is dull and tangled. “Looked as though she had aged twenty years.” She has not left Bran’s bedside. Robb Stark: Jon’s ½ brother, Ned’s eldest trueborn son. Grey Wind: Robb’s direwolf Arya Stark: Jon’s ½ sister. Nymeria: Arya’s direwolf.   Location: Winterfell   Recap: Jon climbs the stairs to Bran’s room, to be greeted by Lady Stark. She has not left Bran’s bed in a “fortnight.” Jon is leaving for the Wall, and wants to say good-bye to Bran. Lady Catelyn, supposedly in her grief, is rude and mean to Jon. Catelyn confesses that she prayed that Bran would stay with her as he was her “special boy.” (WTF?) Jon tries to tell her that it isn’t her fault and in return Catelyn tells Jon is should have been him (Jon.) Bitch. Sorry. I really hate Cat. Sidebar on my dislike of Cat: I know some people think it’s misogyny to dislike her, but her character is not someone I would get along well with in real life. All about the appearance and doing things the way she is “supposed” to, and living her life through her children. She literally has no other interests or hobbies than “having children.” And those children aren’t even really parented by her, they are mostly taught by Septas. Which also seems weird to me, because Winterfell is in the North. They must have brought Septa Mordane up just for Catelyn. What does she DO all day? What did she do when it was just her and Robb while Eddard went to war? What about when he left again to take care of Balon Greyjoy and bring back Theon? Back to the recap: Jon goes to say good-bye to Robb. Robb has snowflakes melting in his hair. Jon says that Starks are hard to kill. They hug. Jon leaves and goes to the armory to pick up a package, which he takes to Arya. They chat and say good-bye. Jon gives her a sword, which she names Needle.   Other Locations Mentioned: Pentos, Myr   Other Characters Mentioned: Uncle Benjen Ned Mikken Septa Mordane Sansa   Thoughts: Jon is afraid to enter Bran’s room. Ghost helped him gain the courage to enter. Was he scared of Cat? What Bran might look like? Just saying good-bye? All of the above? I know GRRM SAID that Catelyn didn’t always act like this towards Jon, and I can understand grief. I still do not like her behavior in this chapter. I also think that this chapter shows that it isn’t a one time deal with Cat taking out her frustrations about Eddard’s “cheating” on Jon, who is not the guilty party in this situation. Lots of bird/tree imagery in regards to Bran. He is described as “half a leaf,” “his skin stretched tight over bones like sticks,” “frail cage of those shattered ribs,” “Fingers like the bones of birds.”   “I better go. I’ll spend my first year on the Wall emptying chamber pots if I keep Uncle Ben waiting any longer.” And he becomes a steward. Jon says black was always his color. Aren't Black & Red the colors of the Targs?    Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.   Jon & Arya are going to meet again.    Only one of these scenes was willing to embed. The first is Jon & Arya, the last is Jon & Cat.  https://youtu.be/Edb6jkimyuA?t=12s https://youtu.be/K5RYL0AvkC0  

Maggie Mae

Maggie Mae

 

I can't be your taxi, because I am in the Mafia now

Fabric Weather What's on your TV? (And... a brief recap from Monday night... didn't post a gem... "snowmen with a box"  "anaconda" and "pork sword") Chat is now upgraded to Mafia status.  Sans frequent flier miles or random horse heads in your bed Delicious neighbors "I had no idea you swing that way" Debate groaning Soap making Secret Mafia code: clishmaclaver "The headless shepherd is not cute" Reddit Green salsa "Trump in 3 Game" : *Blowhard/ bad hair *Egotistical, entitled asshole *Rich, racist idiot *Extremely excited Bozo *Villain, rug horrible Tryndee Glitter bombs for exes "Guess who's cookies got burnt" More to come this week!

MarblesMom

MarblesMom

 

36 at the climax

Homeschooling #duggarpullout2k16 ps starts a new career as a stand up comic Dog hips All Hail The Amazing Buzzard for the awesome recap!!! Political chat Derp = knowledge Math Star Wars

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MarblesMom

 

Crampons ....sherpas...

Fabric overlaod Mary Poppins or Pary Moppins (cue Perry Mason theme here) Wu-Tang Petticoats with red ruffles Inappropriate Xmas displays  - something about a six foot weiner? Kimchi: stew, tacos, burritos Silver Bells w Steve Martin FOE= do you know what is is?  Chat Clique™ does! Political stuff Health ins stuff Crampons Sherpas So much other awesomeness, please add what I missed!
 

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