Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the nation the Christians were having a grand celebration. They left their offices early and closed all the shops, and it seemed almost as though the whole world has just stopped.
But hidden away, tucked far out of sight The Others were having a less silent night. They emerged from their houses in frolicsome fleets, Shouting with glee as they danced through the streets:
“Now Muslim! Now Jain! Now, Buddhist and Hindu! On, Jewish! On, Pagan! On, Bahá’í and Shinto! And all other faiths, and all nonbelievers! Get ready for Dim Sum, get ready for movies!”
And so off they went, the whole ethnic flock to India Palace and Mandarin Wok. They stuffed themselves silly on dumplings and kheer only stopping to watch the movies premier
Then they all stayed out late because none of them had to get home for Santa Clause. And at the end of the day they said with delight: "Merry Christmas to some, but to all a good night!”
Other notes from that Seb podcast interview, aside from what other fabulous people’ve already posted and summarized:
–he drinks almond milk
–he only knew he was actually presenting at the Golden Globes two days in advance (?!) and they didn’t get fed (”there were some, like, cucumber sandwiches on the table all night, but Mary J. Blige didn’t eat any, so I didn’t…”)
–”when Allison Janney won, I let out such a big scream…it was like, here’s the kid from the Eastern European country, sitting over there”
imagine: after their first real kiss, neil was “sure he still felt Andrew’s heartbeat on his skin when he went to bed a few hours later.” so, i present you with this: andrew, sunken into his beanbag in the empty twilit room, replaying the moment in images: a yes traded for shared breath, body heat and quiet hums, an unspoken promise to stay put, a hand looped around a scarred wrist, trust tied around less like a chain than a bracelet. did andrew lay there, conjuring up different scenarios? did he touch his bottom lip, feeling neil’s warmth pressed against him? because, of course, this pipe dream of a boy, an ember out of the ashes, couldn’t be real. everything andrew had ever fought for had burned him, and surely this was no different. but when he took his fingertips away from his lip, there wasn’t any blood. what weighed in on his heart wasn’t destruction but something far worse: a memory. a possibility. a boy who wasn’t a monster and a runaway that was more than just nothing.
attachment was foolish, but andrew slept with the knowledge that tomorrow wasn’t just empty space to fill up. it was a boy who said want so freely, and andrew was completely swept up in his riptide. tomorrow wasn’t empty; it was nothingness in its completion.
right so i’m gonna give you a more detailed account of what went down :
so on sunday taylor liked a photo of me and i was S H O O K because she’d never noticed me before, and the next morning i woke up to a message from rn from the night before, asking me for some details (this was all completely confidential). they rung me back and said that they had a secret event they wanted to invite me to on friday. they were very vague about the details so i guessed it was pretty big. so i spent the whole week getting excited and then the friday came and i was dying inside from not telling you guys! but we went to the meeting place that we’d been told to go to (there was a terrible moment when i thought i wasn’t going to make it on time bc i’d gone to the wrong place that was an hour away but thank god we got there) and after queuing for a while we signed confidentiality agreements and gave up our bags and phones. after a lil while we got on a shuttle bus to another secret location and by this point i was like actually d y i n g. we got in, they did some security checks and we went up to the kitchen to get food (taylor’s spotify playlist was on in the background). there were rep m and m’s, rep iced biscuits, cheese and crackers and ofc my fave chicken nuggets (THEY WERE SO GOOD I ATE LIKE 10). i was talking to @auntbeckyisbae and @lovetaylorsmusic (who are so lovely btw) when i spotted scott swift handing out guitar picks and talking to fans. and then tree paine came thru and that was awesome bc it was like all the iconic people were there, and we also saw andrea coming down the stairs and waved. and then suddenly we all got moved through to the living room with candles burning everywhere and cushions on the floor around a chair and a speaker and that was when i let myself get my hopes up that this was a secret session. and then as i was looking at the door i saw a glimpse of red lipstick and shouted so loud and everyone started shouting and screaming support and my queen @taylorswift came in in the most beautiful camouflage patterned dress, with curly hair and these fucking snake boots that slayed me so hard. she introduced herself (ofc) and talked us through what was gonna happen and what we could and couldn’t say and she shouted out all 13 of the countries represented. and then the secret stuff happened that i can’t talk about but i can promise you reputation is a piece of art ; it’s dark, it’s sexy, it’s sharp, it’s emotional and it’s so her. there were songs that had us screaming bc of how witty they were and then THAT song that we all cried at. at one point during the one that made us all cry tay looked at me and smiled and mouthed some of the most emotional lyrics and i d i e d. then we got to read the rep magazines and they were passed around while tay got ready for photos, and then suddenly i was walking in to meet her and i was so nervous and she smiled really big and said ‘hey honey!’ in the brightest voice and i told her i loved her and she said i love you too! and we talked about the cats and she said mere still hates her but loves her bf and we just talked and it was incredible. we took a picture of me hugging her and then my brother got one too, and all too soon it was over and i was walking away and saying bye and thank you. and then we got our merch bags and got on the bus back.
ethnobotany moment of the day: native peoples in Southeast Asia using wild carnivorous pitcher plant traps to cook rice in bc honestly why not??? apparently it’s a totally chill and normal food and it’s sold in farmers markets and stuff. heres the recipe thats most popular to use too (transcribed in the left photo) in case you can’t read it:
“1. Take 24 large pitchers. Wash carefully, then soak in several changes of water, preferably overnight. Soak 1kg of glutinous rice overnight.
2. Cut off pitcher trendils.
3. Boil the rice with coconut milk and salt.
4. Wash and cut up two cupfuls of fresh prawns. Finely slice half a cup of red onions. Pound a knob of shrimp paste, 4 or 5 chilled, a few spring onions and a few celery leaves. Combine the pounded ingredients with the prawns and fry in a small amount of oil until fragrant.
5. When the rice is half cooked, remove pan from fire. Cool water slightly. Half full the pitchers with rice, add one tablespoon of the fried mixture. Fill up the pitcher with rice.
6. Stand the pitchers in a steamer, cover, steam over boiling water for half an hour. Serve hot or cold.”
(from “Pitcher Plants of the Old World Volume 1 by Stewart McPherson, pages 204+205)
How LE tries to act like a badass when in reality she is the softest and the shyest member of the whole band
Back before Up & Down took off, they were so broke that Hyerin got a job at a restaurant and didn’t tell the other girls, and would bring food home for them (years later, when Solji found this out, she cried)
How they all make heart-eyes at Hyerin when she sings
Todak Todak, Without U, 1M, I Know
Drunk acoustic performances
How they’re somehow ALWAYS eating?? They ate like 14 meals in the first episode of Showtime??
How LE writes every damn song that they sing
That Hani cut her hair into an iconic bisexual bob after burning half her hair off with a straightener she bought online
How LE’s Instagram comments are almost always in English for some reason?? Like…thank you but why??
How they all relentlessly make fun of each other
Solji competing on and WINNING the first ever episode of Masked Singer
Their karaoke contest in Showtime that resulted in a three-way tie for first and LE as the inexplicable loser
That time Hani woke up, noticed there were snacks in her bed from the night before, ate one, then went back to sleep
Hyerin plays violin and Junghwa plays piano WOW what talent
How they split their earnings with Solji even when she was unable to record or promote with them
“Butterflies in my mi-i-iii-nd.”
Up & Down’s original choreography being banned from KBS for being too racy (WAIT TIL YOU HEAR ABOUT CREAM AND VELVET, KBS)
That time they unanimously voted Hyerin as the prettiest member and she cried
THE BOREDOM SONG
How Hani is a brilliant multilingual genius with an IQ of like 145
How LE can mess with Junghwa but if anyone else messes with Junghwa, she’ll rip ‘em in half
Hani’s gay goggles every time she sees a hot girl
Solji’s aegyo (I actually don’t love this but I do love how much the other girls hate it)
SOLJI SURPRISING THE GIRLS AT THEIR FIRST HEADLINING SHOW EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS STILL ON HIATUS AND JUNGHWA COULDN’T STOP CRYING AND HYERIN WAS SO EMOTIONAL THAT SHE JUST RAN AWAY
How hard LE worked composing STREET and how hard she cried when L.I.E got its first win
Are You Hungry
How close the maknae line is, how close the Ahn Sisters are, how close LE and Solji are, how close LE and Hyerin are, HOW CLOSE LE AND JUNGHWA ARE, HOW CLOSE HYERIN AND SOLJI ARE, HOW CLOSE THIS WHOLE BAND IS!! They genuinely love each other and go on friendship vacations together and they’d even be friends if EXID wasn’t a thing, they invented friendship
How Solji used her time away from the band to take online classes and learn ballet, bettering herself while she couldn’t work
Whoz That Girl
How EXID literally started from the bottom, almost disbanded twice, dealt with lineup changes and promotional issues but still stuck together and continued to work hard and love each other and love the music and love LEGGOs and how they’re still so humble and still cry when they win and still remain so grateful and so genuine and it doesn’t fucking matter if they’re not one of the “big bands” that gets lots of wins or gets MAMA nominations because this fandom is small but it’s devoted and we fucking love these girls and want them to be healthy and happy and fulfilled creatively and I CAN’T BELIEVE THE RETURN OF OT5 IS UPON US, I LOVE EXID SO MUCH