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~ TOP 10 ALEX VAUSE FACES ~ Seasons 1 & 2 ~ part one

1. “Look at me” (1x12)

This one gets me Every. Single. Time.

The immense look of hurt on Alex’s face, the guilty look on Piper’s, and–-worse yet—her inability to deny what Alex (who *knows* Piper) has figured out makes this a very tough scene to rewatch. Masterfully acted by Laura….

2. “You broke my fucking heart” (1x03)

A crucial line in a crucial scene, and one that literally made me gasp the first time I heard it, because I had no inkling of Alex’s heartache. What we’d seen and heard up to this point was /all/ from Piper’s POV—-Piper’s misery, Piper’s “good life” stolen by the villanous Alex Vause, Piper being taken advantage of by someone who used her, etc etc. It’s only when Alex tells Piper of the emotional damage *she* did that Piper (and we, as the audience) start to see the whole truth.

3. “Please don’t leave. ” (1x11)

If this list is starting to look like the Alex Vause Parade of Pain, then you’re right. What’s sadder is that the line right after it (“Not now.”) is probably more heartbreaking. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — nobody does “upset” as well as Laura Prepon. Nobody.

4. “No, you don’t. ” (2x13)

I love the way Laura acts with her whole face. In this scene, you just have to look at her eyes to see Alex’s sadness, love and hopelessness. She also looks like she’d hardly slept before this visitation with Piper (probably from all the crying she did). And yet, to me, there is something positive to take from this sad scene, and that is that she and Piper never stopped loving each other. The devastating part is that the purpose of Alex’s visit was to say goodbye to Piper before she fled town forever. Vauseman, why do you do this to my little shipper heart???

5. Sexy Hallway Smirk (2x10)

Ok, some happy times now. The late great acting teacher Constantin Stanislavski said “Acting is reacting”, and Laura’s acting in this scene is a great example of that. The setup to the scene is Piper “accidentally” running into Alex at a bar after their first sex together (very rudely interrupted by GF Slyvie’s fist connecting with Piper’s face). Piper starts rambling about a burlesque show she claims she came to see, Alex apologizes for not being upfront about aforementioned GF, and then Piper makes a bold play for Alex, admitting that “(she’s) never felt….” like what she experienced with Alex that night. Alex is overjoyed to hear these words, and you can see by her smile that she is damned proud of her accomplishment. And those wonderfully expressive eyebrows….Watch how they quirk up in delight, partly at Piper’s adorable embarrassment and partly in, yes, surprise. And she never takes her eyes off Piper. That’s the effect they had (and still have) on each other.

6. “Me, too” (1x08)

What more can I say about this scene that hasn’t already been praised by others? Wonderful acting by both LP and TS, but that look Alex gives Piper after ever-so-gently taking her hand? It’s a mixture of love, hopefulness, and happiness (you can just see the shadow of a smile before it cuts away to Piper’s reaction), and it’s the look of someone who has waited eight years (eight years!) to touch the hand of the love of her life. Laura is the master of the nonverbal, and she positively nailed it here.

7. “You do?” (2X10)

Ok, that’s actually the line (spoken by Piper, after Alex tells her those Three Little Words) that precedes Alex’s reaction here. One of my favourite shots in seasons 1 & 2 is the one of Piper’s beaming face that closes this scene, but Alex’s shy smile here rivals it for what I call “feels-inducing power”. I love how Alex self-consciously rolls her body after Piper says “You do?”. We’re not used to seeing our favourite badass looking so vulnerable, and it is this vulnerability that makes the scene even more poignant. Just lovely acting by both LP and TS here. Why oh why can’t they stay happy like that forever???

8. Library Breakup (1x13)

I don’t even know what to call this expression from the library scene in the S1 ender…. but Laura’s acting is heartbreaking and so good that creator Jenji Kohan specifically mentioned it on the DVD commentary, saying “I love Laura here”. I agree wholeheartedly. The look she has on her face (esp. in those beautiful & oh-so-expressive eyes) as she tries to maintain her composure after hearing Piper’s devastating decision to choose a life with Larry….I think it would break even the hardest heart.

Gif credits to mcbrilliant (#1), dilaurentist (#2), Zap2it.com (#3) shaymittchel (#5), and the awesome alexvaause (#8). Still trying to figure out where I got the rest of them…. Please forgive any oversights–this is my very first non-text post ;) ◆Update◆: I rearranged the photos, so I’m reblogging my post. Still trying to figure this stuff out, lol.

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History Meme (not really): MY FAVORITE - Alexander the Great

Alexander was born in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia on July 20th, 356 BC. His parents were Philip II of Macedon and his wife Olympias. Alexander was educated by the philosopher Aristotle. Philip was assassinated in 336 BC and Alexander inherited a powerful yet volatile kingdom. He quickly dealt with his enemies at home and reasserted Macedonian power within Greece. He then set out to conquer the massive Persian Empire.

Against overwhelming odds, he led his army to victories across the Persian territories of Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt without suffering a single defeat. His greatest victory was at the Battle of Gaugamela, in what is now northern Iraq, in 331 BC. The young king of Macedonia, leader of the Greeks, overlord of Asia Minor and pharaoh of Egypt became ‘great king’ of Persia at the age of 25.

Over the next eight years, in his capacity as king, commander, politician, scholar and explorer, Alexander led his army a further 11,000 miles, founding over 70 cities and creating an empire that stretched across three continents and covered around two million square miles. The entire area from Greece in the west, north to the Danube, south into Egypt and as far to the east as the Indian Punjab, was linked together in a vast international network of trade and commerce. This was united by a common Greek language and culture, while the king himself adopted foreign customs in order to rule his millions of ethnically diverse subjects.

Alexander was acknowledged as a military genius who always led by example, although his belief in his own indestructibility meant he was often reckless with his own life and those of his soldiers. The fact that his army only refused to follow him once in 13 years of a reign during which there was constant fighting, indicates the loyalty he inspired.

He died of a fever in Babylon in June 323 BC.

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gravity falls season 2 episodes update

Season 2 Episodes:

1. Dipper may have just killed two military officials but aT LEASE MABEL GOT TO PARTY HARD! YOU GO, GURL

2. NOOOPE, NONONONO THIS SHOW IS NOT FOR KIDS WHAT THE FUCK WHATTHEACTUALFUCK

3. Mabel, Dipper, and a bunch of living golf balls vs. the stereotypical rich bitch

4. MABEL NO THIS MAN WHO GETS TURNED ON BY SOCK PUPPETS IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS THE FACT THAT YOUR BROTHER WAS POSSESSED BY A DEMON AND PROBABLY STILL IS

5. Anime Dating Simulators meets Five Nights at Freddy’s

6. Three more cute little shorts that weren’t interesting enough to become their own episode. Also, Stan may have just killed a guy and Mabel and Dipper are totally okay with it.

7. oH MY GOD MCGUCKET WHAT THE FUCK

8. This episode made me want to cry. Also, fat time-traveling Lemongrab now wants to kill Mabel and Dipper.

9. MABEL STOP IT YOU’RE NOT A GOOD MATCHMAKER

10. IIIIIIT’S OFFICIAL: THIS SHOW IS NOT FOR KIDS I MEAN WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU SHOW THIS NOT OKAY IWANTTOCRYRIGHTNOW
Also, stereotypical rich bitch has been living under an abusive home and has magically transformed from a stereotypical rich bitch to an absolute sweetheart, and she is great, and I love her.

11. *UPDATED* HOLY SHIT ON A STICK ALEX IS THE REAL DEMON HERE THAT SADIST IS STTING ON HIS ASS SOMEWHERE LAUGHING RN AT MY PAIN I MEAN HOW THE FUCK DO YOU GIVE US AN ANSWER TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST MYSTERIES ON THIS SHOW ANDSTILLLEAVEUSWITHASHITLOADOFQUESTIONSANDEMOTIONS

AND WHY THE ACTUAL HELL DID YOU THINK IT WAS OK TO JUST LEAVE US THERE UNTIL SUMMER

Ladies and gentlemen, and Alex, if I ever get the chance to meet Hirsch in person, I’m gonna fucking fight him.

*UPDATED* 12. no it’s fine everythign is okay
the pines family is okay stan and ford are best friends again and mabel and dipper won’t have a fallout
gideon is still in jail and bill has been defeated
no one we love will die everyone is fine the world is not gonna end
there is no war in ba sing se

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Why my boyfriend is so amazing.

While I was sitting in a dentist’s chair in Richmond, KY, getting the ever loving shit drilled out of my teeth, he artfully acquired this for me:

It’s a limited Muppets makeup palette. There were only 1,000 made.

He had to try to get on a waiting list to buy it, and it all happened very quickly.

But he did it!

And he called me while I was still all numb-ified and told me the good news.

If you know me at all, I don’t have to tell you how excited I am about having this palette.

Alex is literally the best friend and boyfriend ever.