I'M SO GLAD YOU READ OUTLANDER. ISN'T IT GOOD?????? I'M SO EXCITED FOR THE SHOW ALDFJHBVAFDLJV The rest of the series has a different feel than the first book, but they are definitely worth it. I still have to read book 7 and book 8 comes out later this year! There's also a 'spin off' book series for a character that comes up in the third book. I haven't read those but I want to soon. <3
It is SO GOOD. I love it so much, in fact I’m just reading it again without the anxiety that comes when I need to finish the book, and finish it NOW.
I’m afraid to get sucked in…I’m going to wait until a holiday to read the next book.
Far be it that I, a white clergyman who is not a lawyer, instruct you as to the illogical nature of your “stand your ground” license to kill but let us note something that is apparent now after two cases where your predominantly white juries could not agree to convict a man who admitted he killed an unarmed teen-ager: if you convict a person for attempting to murder ten teens but fail to convict the killer for actually killing a teen, then you have incentivized killing since, not only on the face of it but in actuality, you have told the person we will not convict you for killing a black, unarmed teen-ager but we will imprison you for attempting it.
The stench from your houses of worship is wafting its way across this country, polluting citizenship, demoralizing parents and families, mocking accountability and blaspheming the Holy God whom you say you love and worship. If that offends you, try reading Amos.
Here is my premise and I dare you to prove me wrong: if white Christians in Florida stood up and cried out for justice, demanding an end to the license-to-kill-stand-your-ground law, it would be rescinded immediately. Where is your conscience? Where is the little light you promised to shine for Christ? You have put it beneath a bushel and suffocated it. You know as well as anyone that teen-agers should not be killed for playing loud music. But then, we all know don’t we, that Jordan Davis was not killed for playing loud music. He was killed for being an uppity black kid who dared to smart off to a drunken white man with a concealed weapon’s permit.
Speak up, for Christ’s sake, for the sake of your conscience and because you know in your heart of hearts that had a black man killed your white son playing music in a car with friends, you probably would not have to be demanding he be tried because a mob of white folks would have administered mob justice. Shame. Shame. Shame!
White Christians of Florida, speak up for justice. Stand up and demand that this license for murder be removed from your books, from your lives. Stop defending it. It is but a few steps removed from lynching. And you recall, do you not, that the center of the Gospels is the story of the passion of our Lord who was lynched by Romans who perceived him as a threat? […]
Speak up for justice. Rescind Stand Your Ground for the blasphemous sham it is. Do it because were the roles reversed, you would want someone to cry out for your murdered child.
If there is one truly constructive thing we’ve learned from this year’s Olympics, it’s that taking old figure skating routines and setting them to sensual music is something that unites all humans in rapture and ecstasy.
“Ron’s anxieties and senses of inadequacy… are the inspiration for some of Rowling’s best writing across the series. Not all of these fears stem from being the rather more ordinary best friend to someone who is Chosen. Ron is ashamed of his family’s financial limitations, which leave him with broken wands, hand-me-down pets, and ragged dress robes, all of which stand up poorly to Harry’s magical tools, his beloved Hedwig, and his sleek party outfit. The moment in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire when Ron discovers that the gold he used to pay Harry back for the Omniculars Harry purchased for him as a treat at the Quidditch World Cup vanished, and that Harry didn’t notice because he has so much money, is one of the sharpest depictions of the awkwardness of financial inequality in a friendship that I can remember. Their gap in Quidditch skills is another area of friction. And the scene in Deathly Hallows in which Ron, having made tremendous efforts to return to the friends he abandoned, confronts his terror that Harry is more desirable than Ron in every area, whether as a son to Mrs. Weasley or a potential lover to Hermione, is a beautiful illustration of how difficult it is to love someone who constantly eclipses you.”—
did you hear that in an interview jk rowling apparently said that she regrets putting ron/hermione together?????
Yeah, I’ve heard. And I’ve gotten a lot of asks about it, so I guess I’ll try and say a little something.
I find it extremely disappointing that JK Rowling decided to make that statement publicly, and it actually made me lose a great deal of respect for her. It reminds me of Faulkner in a way - who was famously known for making huge declarative statements about his work after he had finished it, which made little sense and always contradicted each other. It almost feels to me like she’s been dwelling on Harry Potter for too long and in that time, has started to overanalyze herself. Her reasoning why - that it was “wish-fulfillment” which wasn’t based on literature - makes absolutely no sense; what tradition are you trying to fulfill here, JK? There is absolutely nothing wrong, from a writing standpoint, with putting Ron and Hermione together; in fact, it makes more sense in a greater literary tradition - opposites attract, we like to watch people who bicker fall in love, etc, etc. What would Harry and Hermione even do together? Talk about the weather? There is NO literary reason for the two of them to be together - unless, of course, that was the books that she had written, and the choice she had originally made. Which she didn’t. New information - like facts about Remus growing up, or that Dumbledore is gay - is one thing. But to openly challenge what she has already written, a couple that created such a core storyline throughout the series? I don’t understand why she’d do that.
Even if that is genuinely what she believes, it’s unfortunate that she decided to share that with a wider audience. It has the potential to poison some people’s experience of the books, especially because Romione is such a huge thing for so many people. For me, it was a storyline that showed me what true love could be like, what I wanted it to be like for me in the future. And it’s really shitty to hear that the creator of that is now backpedalling, saying that my view of romance since childhood is simply wish fulfillment for her, and not realistically viable. To hear Emma say that people wonder if Ron could make Hermione happy. If you take their opinions seriously, that’s extremely crushing. What’s the point of Ron’s character, if Harry and Hermione were together in the end? If they had been able to function on their own, it might as well be a golden duo instead of a golden trio. But JK Rowling, herself, said that he was the heart, she was the one who wrote “Harry liked Hermione very much, but she just wasn’t the same as Ron.” Those words will live on, whether or not she intends to uphold them.
The truth of it is - the books are written. We’ve read them, we know the story, and we know that Ron and Hermione get together in the end. Those books are decades old now and have taken on a life of their own - creating a theme park, an interactive website, hundreds of parodies, an entire music scene, a particularly hilarious musical. This isn’t really in her hands anymore. We know these characters, no matter what her opinion about them is. And I know, with every certainty and without a single doubt, that Ron and Hermione were meant for each other - and that they were happy. Fuck hindsight.
Last night we were listening to a Mozart mass and the soprano was phenomenal. I was trying to describe to the bf how smooth her vibrato was, how effortless it sounded, how long the phrases were and how light her breaths were…and I’m not even the biggest fan of vocal music!
You Guys! It’s 2014, and my eyebrows have grown back!
Aside from that, it’s turning out to be another year of being unsure of life. I am pretty much at the point that the trusty ol’ silver bullet is going to die - maybe one year left - and I still don’t have the income stability to make student loan payments, insurance, cell phone bill, and car payments! So here’s to 2014, getting a raise, and finding a good deal on a new or pre-owned car!
Ok that, and lose 5lbs. I’ve gone to the gym 3x since the new year. I hope I can keep up some kind of consistency in 2014 that can keep the weight off and start building some more muscle.
I’ve compiled all the things I loved this year and now, drumroll please, here is the completed list:
Sushi Kimagure: my favorite local sushi restaurant
Hydrogen Peroxide: keeping away my colds all year!
Empanadas from Amara
Thai-combo Massage at Arcadia Thai Spa
Midori Traveler’s Notebook
Nars smudge-proof eyeshadow primer
Bobbi Brown Face Blender brush
Bin Bin Konjac matcha and honey konjac drink
Perfume, the j-pop trio
Crabtree and Evelyn drawer liners
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
DHC leave-in hair emulsion treatment
Uniqlo easy legging pants
Everlane reverse denim zip tote
Avene Thermal Spring Water
Everlane Indigo Shirt
Juice Farm organic cold pressed juice
Guerlain pressed powder
It’s a long list of things that I’ve really loved this year. I would say the top five would be Copa Vida, Guerlain Pressed Powder, Avene Thermal Spring Water, Everlane Indigo Shirt, and Uniqlo Easy Leggings
I spent a while looking at photos of Asian pop stars and actresses because the beautician doing my threading made my eyebrows thinner than I’ve ever had in my entire life. I feel kind of naked. I mean, I know it doesn’t look bad, but at the same time, it doesn’t look natural anymore.
Resting bitch face looks much more pronounced, I look a bit high maintenance, and my face feels a bit foreign. I’ve been taking vitamins and trying to figure out how to grow them faster!
Asian celebrities tend to have thin eyebrows too, so I’m trying to look at them to feel better about myself. I don’t look horrible and I have to keep reminding myself of this fact!
And that’s my cautionary tale about letting other people do my eyebrows.
I totally caved in and bought an Ipad. God help us all.
My credit card sent an alert because I haven’t purchased anything so expensive in years.
This weekend we’re going to try bringing home one of my aunt’s dogs. She can’t take care of so many because her fiancé is going to move in when they get married and he also has two dogs.
I’m racking up expenses left and right (because of course I’ll be the one paying for the dog) but I’m going to enjoy life while I can!