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The Things We Give Welsh Learners: y Babi Sinsir

So I was going through our bookshelf yesterday, because we’re fast approaching the point where we need a clear-out, and I came across one of my all-time favourite creations ever, probably even beating shit like the wheel and penicillin. Years back, before leaving The Man to pursue his dreams of being a sort of professional clown-thing, my husband used to be a translator for Neath Port Talbot Council; as is often the way with Welsh councils, though, owing to a lack of money and also everywhere is really close to each other (this country is 150 miles wide at its widest point, and about 47 miles at the thin bit. Ver ver small), NPT Council’s translating department was shared by Swansea Council. Thus it was that, in the halcyon days of circa 2009, the two decided to team up and produce a new Welsh language book for learners between them, and thus it got sent through to Steffan to proof read it.

A Thing You May Not Know: Welsh is one of ten indigenous languages to Britain, arguably the oldest, and has been viciously oppressed over the last millennium and a half as part of England’s big If You Destroy Their Culture They’ll Be Glad To Be Ruled By You policy. These days, it’s nonetheless still spoken by approximately a fifth of the Welsh population; a hell of a feat, considering, but the suppression of it continues to this day (just in cleverer, sneakier ways now than whipping people’s children if they’re heard.) But it is classified as Endangered. Thanks to Welsh-language schools now being a thing (though supply is much lower than demand), transmission rates to the younger generation are pretty good; but, Welsh is peculiarly dependent on adult learners.

This means that learner books might have to appeal to both children and adults while using very simple language, which I explain in case it in some way justifies the bewildering weirdness of what I’m about to show you; because at first glance, this book is simply for children. But it’s… Well. 

Well.

I present to you, with translations in bold and commentary by me, Y Babi Sinsir.

Literally, “the Ginger Baby”, but they mean ‘ginger’ as in ‘gingerbread’. Literal ginger. Not the colour.

This is Mr Jones. This is Mrs Jones.

What’s wrong, Mrs Jones? I want a baby.

Note: there will be some confusion in this book about whether the narrator is speaking, or anyone else. It might seem cut and dried here, but there are no speech marks around “Dw i eisiau babi”, whereas later speech marks are used, and also in two pages’ time the narrator will actively pass a value judgement using first person, so… Well.

But, so far so good.

Mrs Jones is making a Babi Sinsir.

… okay, so I like this page because of the capitalisation of Babi Sinsir and the lack of definite article. She’s just making a Babi Sinsir. You know, a Babi Sinsir? Magical baby made of gingerbread that you make if you can’t conceive but can’t afford IVF? Yeah. A Babi Sinsir. That’s right.

Let it be known that this is Not A Thing in Welsh folklore or mythology. What the fuck. How does this work. Where does the magic come from? Do you need a faerie ingredient? Will the next page tell us?

This is the Babi Sinsir. I like the Babi Sinsir.

Nope.

But it is apparently shit-capable and needs a nappy. It’s good that the narrator likes it anyway.

The Babi Sinsir is bad. He’s running.

Uh oh.

“Come back, Babi Sinsir.”

Look how Worried the Joneses are. Funny how they don’t seem to be calling that enthusiastically, though. I’d have expected an exclamation mark at least. Did Mrs Jones always have a massive left arm? I can’t remember.

“Run, run, catch me. I’m the Babi Sinsir.”

Yeah, okay, so that’s the Welsh for “Run! Run! As fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!”, but once again, I’m going to have to draw attention to the lack of expressive punctuation here. It really feels like this naughty Babi Sinsir’s heart is just not in this.

“Come and help, Mr Horse.” “Run, run, catch me. I’m the Babi Sinsir.”

Cool, look, a floating horse has come to help.

The pen there, incidentally, was an attempt by the translators to work out who was talking. I can’t imagine why. This dialogue is on fire, everyone can tell.

“Come and help, Mrs Cow.” “Run, run, catch me. I’m the Babi Sinsir.”

Now they have been joined in their high-speed zombie shuffle by a married floating cow who is, if I’m not much mistaken, high as shit.

“Come and help, Mr Goat.”  “Run, run, catch me. I’m the Babi Sinsir.”

I’m starting to suspect the artist only knew how to draw the legs on animals in one way.

“Come and help, Mr Dog.”  “Run, run, Catch me. I’m the Babi Sinsir.”

Yes, that dog is definitely here to ‘help’. Also… the Babi Sinsir is literally within reach of Mrs Jones’ massive left arm now. Why is she not just picking him up?

“Come and help, Miss Cat.” “Run, run, Catch me. I’m the Babi Sinsir.”

You may be wondering at this point if this is just… the whole book. An ever-increasing flock of floating zombie creatures shuffling after a naughty gingerbread baby in a nappy who is committing the cardinal sin of running. I mean… where can they go from here, amirite? A sheep? A squirrel? A chicken? We can hit a hundred pages this way, easy. The concern is the artist, whom I think was stretched a bit beyond their means on this project anyway.

BUT WORRY NOT! Shit’s about to go down, guys.

Oh no! Here comes Mr Wolf. Mr Wolf runs and catches the Babi Sinsir.

THAT IS A FOX

THAT IS A GODDAMN FOX YOU HEATHEN FUCK

WHAT THE FUCK

AND WHY THE FUCK IS IT WEARING CLOTHES WHEN NONE OF THE OTHER ANIMALS WERE

WHY IS IT DRESSED IN DUNGAREES LIKE A LAZY FARMHAND ON AN AMERICAN RANCH IN THE 1800S

This doesn’t bode well for the -

Half of the Babi Sinsir is left.

WHAT THE

Quarter of the Babi Sinsir is left.

WHY DOES IT STILL LOOK SAD AND HORRIFIED WHY IS IT STILL ALIVE OH MY GOD

The Babi Sinsir has gone! There’s tasty.

What the

Wha

It

I realise this is not the main point to make here, but two pages ago it had eaten half of that nappy, and now it’s whole again and delicately discarded to one side, I just want

I mean

It’s okay, right? This happens in fairytales? Little Red Riding Hood? Someone will eviscerate the fox and out will come the Babi Sinsir…’s pieces, and they can be baked back together…?

No one cares!

Mrs Jones is making another Babi Sinsir.

The new Babi Sinsir loves Mrs Jones.

… 

…okay, so there’s a lot for us all to take in right now, and we’re all going to get through it at different speeds. But I’m just going to draw attention to the fact that Mr Jones is now merely depicted as a picture on the wall, and the new Babi Sinsir apparently only loves Mrs Jones, and…

Okay so they just lost their beloved baby gingerbread son because he got eaten alive by a fox in dungarees calling itself a wolf, right? Mrs Jones apparently couldn’t give less of a fuck if she tried, as long as she has some flour and ginger left over to make another. This one she made to love her.

Mr Jones, I presume, had a total mental breakdown and drank himself to death. At the very least, he’s left her, look. All she has left is the photo.

But does dim ots! Mae’r Babi Sinsir newydd yn caru Mrs Jones.

And that is the story of Y Babi Sinsir, aka the greatest work of literature ever written.

Sleeping baby surrounded by IVF syringes shows how deep a mother’s love is

42-year-old mom Angela Nicole struggled to conceive a child for years, trying intrauterine inseminations and later in vitro fertilization (IVF), collecting all the syringes and vials of medicine from her shots as she went through the journey. She finally gave birth to a daughter, Sophia, four months ago and so she decided to commemorate the experience by arranging the vials and syringes in a heart to show just how badly she wanted to give Sophia life.

FET is Scheduled

Last week was huge for me. It was my first time going back to my fertility clinic since my second retrieval in September…and I was NOT excited. I was terrified. I was scared to go back in to that office and see the same nurses…walk down the same halls…it’s been a full year since we’ve started going to the clinic and we are still patients. This whole process has taken so much longer than I ever thought possible.

But I had to go back into my clinic and get my blood drawn (measuring my Vitamin D and TSH) and also get a hysteroscopy. I’ve got to be honest…it was kind of nice being back! All my favorite nurses were there and came and gave me big hugs! The lab techs (who are both gay men) were also so nice and all “Hey, hun!” Plus my uterus looked just as beautiful as it did before. It was also nice to just touch base with my doctor post-surgery and catch up. It all really put me at ease and remembered to trust this team.

That said, I was still nervous about getting my test results back, in particular my TSH levels. I the thyroid is near the trachea, where I was operated on so i didn’t know if that would affect my hormone levels. I kept getting scared that it would delay our first FET…

A few days later my blood work came back and everything was totally normal! Great TSH levels and Vitamin D levels. Just goes to show you, there’s no reason to worry until there’s actually a reason to worry. 

So my FET is all scheduled for June 23…which both feels like forever away and freakishly soon, if that’s possible. I start birth control in a few days when AF arrives and then start Lupron the week of May 22…it’s all happening!

Now it’s time to cut out alcohol and caffeine again…and I realllllllllllly am sad about that………

BTS GIF Reactions Mobile Masterlist

#51 ~ more

1. When you’re being moody because of your period

2. When you’re choking on your food

3. How BTS reacts when they find out you’re an artist.

4. How BTS reacts when you’re in the middle of an argument and you rekt/snap at them in your foreign language.

5. When BTS meets your parents for the first time as your boyfriend.

6.  When you beat BTS at arm wrestling.

7. When you’re normally shy around BTS but suddenly make the first move, pulling their collars to kiss them.

8. BTS’ reaction after finding out you speak 8 languages.

9. BTS’ reaction when you tell them you haven’t eaten since breakfast.

10. BTS’ reaction when you randomly say “Jungkook is cute.”

11. BTS’ reaction when you have an allergic reaction and can’t open your eyes and have to wear gloves.

12. BTS’ reaction when you’re usually mature, but sees you playing in the rain.

13. BTS’ reaction when you two are out on a date and you suddenly have trouble breathing when a group of smokers are nearby.

14. BTS’ reaction when you get a concussion and amnesia after falling down the stairs and can’t remember them.

15. BTS’ reaction when you perform a lap dance for them.

16. BTS’ reaction when you suddenly hug them and tell them you love them.

17. BTS’ reaction when you have to return to your home country to celebrate Christmas.

18. BTS’ reaction when you’re really close with Jungkook.

19. BTS reaction to you tugging their hair while making out.

20. BTS’ reaction when you tell them you’re pregnant.

21. BTS’ reaction during New Years Eve, right before the ball drop.

22. BTS’ reaction when you’re taller than them.

23. BTS’ reaction to you in tradition Chuseok wear.

24. BTS’ reaction when they find out you have a thigh tattoo and double belly piercing.

25. BTS’ reaction when you ignore their texts/calls, because you’re having a bad day, crying in your apartment all day until they finally find out about it.

26. BTS’ reaction when you’re shorter than them.

27. BTS’ reaction when he breaks up with you because he’s too busy.

28. BTS’ reaction when you fall asleep on another member.

29. BTS’ reaction when you wink at them sexily while eating food and licking your fingers.

30. BTS’ reaction after finding out that you can sing amazingly.

31. BTS’ reaction when you’re a huge fan of Taehyung.

32. BTS reaction when they Wake up and see you binge watching their videos (Bangtan bombs, performances, interviews, V app).

33. BTS’ reaction when you have a bad day at work/school.

34. BTS reaction when you buy them chocolate and confess to them on Valentine’s Day.

35. BTS reaction when he comes to pick you up for your date, and you look really stunning but end up tripping down the stairs and they catch you at the foot of the stairs.

36. BTS’ reaction when you accidentally call them daddy with the other members around.

37. BTS’ reaction to you getting really sick after a date.

38. BTS’ reaction to you fainting on stage during a live performance.

39. BTS’ reaction when your colleague bullies you for rejecting him and dating the BTS member.

40. BTS’ reaction when you (an idol) go on a variety show with them and confess that you have a crush on them.

41. BTS’ reaction when you tell them you’re going to a haunted house with your friends.

42. BTS’ reaction to you playing football with them shirtless.

43. BTS’ reaction when you suddenly start to ignore them.

44. BTS’ reaction when you tell them you have a two-year old baby by IVF.

45. BTS’ reaction when you overwork yourself.

46. BTS’ reaction when they haven’t seen you in forever due to touring and you surprise them at one of their concerts.

47. BTS’ reaction to you (an idol) doing a rap duet with Jay Park at MAMAs.

48. BTS’ reaction when you’re shy and can’t look at them in the eye as they make love to you.

49. BTS’ reaction when they find out you’ve been dieting because you felt insecure after seeing all the beautiful girls in their MVs.

50. BTS’ reaction when they asked you to kiss them, but to their disappointment, you only kiss them on the nose/cheek.

#51 ~ more

In looking back to the way in which childbirth was wrested out of the hands of women as midwives, and medicalised and institutionalised, to become firmly located in the control of men (as male doctors), some of the current fear that the new reproductive technologies are a way of completing the same process of male control and medicalisation one step earlier - at conception itself - can be understood.
—  Marion Brown, Kay Fielden & Jocelynne A. Scutt, “New frontiers or Old Recycled? New Reproductive Technologies as Primary Industry” in The Baby Machine: Commercialisation of Motherhood, ed. Jocelynne A. Scutt (1988), p.88.
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Crimson Hearts

Summary: It’s year 2124, and falling in love with Jeon Jungkook is now a deadly crime. 

Characters: Jungkook x Reader (you)

Genre: smut/angst/fluff, just a little bit of everything

A/N: The pilot fic to “Colors”, a compilation of BTS in dystopian worlds. i hope you guys enjoy it, and pls give it lots of love~ thank you to @taehxyung for taking the time to read this and giving me feedback (: ILYSM

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THE PAST: THE GIRL WHO COULD LOVE

At age six, you learned that boys and girls were different.

It was the first day of entering the academy, and you clenched the straps of your backpack so firmly that your knuckles strained white, your palms slick with anticipation and periodic surges of anxiousness. You shuffled nervously amongst the group of other children, lifting your head up at the creak of the door hinges as a tall, willowy woman emerged behind the entrance. Her shadow created a dark canopy on a few boys’ faces, appearing almost menacing. She peered out over the edges of her spectacles, the lens and frames polished to a spotless shine, at the small bodies who stared back at her with wonder and curiosity. Clearing her throat, she plastered a mannequin like smile across her cheeks as she made her announcement.

“Welcome children, I am your teacher for the year. You can call me Miss K. Now, if you will please come inside and take a seat at a desk, boys on the left of the room and girls on the right.”

The children streamed into the brightly illuminated classroom obediently, small fingers tugging lightly at their clothes and pulling on their backpacks as they carefully settled into seats.

“Why are the boys and girls separated?” A slightly chubby boy asked, his puzzled gaze guiding Miss K’s eyes right to his head of chocolate brown curls, her stare judging enough to nearly sear a hole in his skin. But the heated gaze soon melted away into a stomach churning grin, bright lipstick contrasting prominently against her olive colored skin.

“Because, sweetie, boys and girls are different, and different things are not to be mixed together.”

She swiveled on her heels and quickly strode to the front of the room, a piece of ivory colored chalk balanced between two fingers. Long, cursive print appeared on the board with the flicks of her wrist, spelling out the single, clear state motto that was then too incomprehensible for your young mind, but would eventually trace you even to the ends of hell.

“LOVE IS A TOXIN. IT WILL KILL YOU.”

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Today is mini me’s gotcha day aka the day we “got” her. This one is kind of bittersweet because I’m at work for the first time in 9 years. Feels weird not being with her, but the show must go on. This is like our family birthday. Don’t read on unless you want to read a wall of text.

I share the story every year because of what it means to us.

I always start from the beginning so bear with the wall of text. Sandy and I struggled with infertility and the feelings of inadequacy that come with it for the first 5 years of our marriage. We went to many doctors, prayed and prayed. Cried and cried and then it happened. Sandy became pregnant with six (through IVF) babies. From the beginning we knew that carrying them to term was probably a long shot, but this was still a blessing. Well after two months Sandy suffered a miscarriage and our world seemingly came to an end. After a few years of us both battling the anger,sadness and depression that comes along with that we decided to adopt.

We drove to the Cradle in Evanston for months, prepared our home with a fully furnished nursery, jumped through all the necessary legal hurdles, took all the classes and workshops, did the fingerprinting and physicals and soon we were to be put on the list.

As we waited another development happened. Sandy’s sister had a baby but was struggling. We decided to give her a break and watched mini me for a weekend. Well we fell in love with mini me and it was hard to give her back but of course we did. After about a month and a half Sandy’s sister was still struggling so it was arranged for her and mini me to come down from Chicago and stay with family.

When Sandy got up there (I was at work) mini me was the only one packed. The question was asked “do you want to take her?” And the answer was easy. I received a frantic phone call from Sandy at work informing me that I was a father. So of course I left work early that night and came home to find Sandy on the floor of the nursery. She was in shock, crying and in disbelief while I was in awe. Seeing mini me in that crib for the first time has to be one of the greatest things in my life. We initiated adoption proceedings and gave the birth mother three months to truly decide, but in the end we always knew this was our baby.

You see God had a plan. Sometimes our plans and Gods plans do not meet up, but in the end your well being and in this case the well being of mini me was already ordained. The struggles we had went through prepared us for the challenges that laid ahead and in the process made us better people and I think better parents. This is our story any questions and I will gladly answer them.

are we not going to talk about Bill Nye's ableism?

with all this talk of his new show, Bill Nye Saves the World, im surprised theres not more discussion surrounding the fact that he seems to fully support genetic testing in IVF clinics and “designer babies” so that the birth of disabled people can be prevented

also i think he supports A$

anonymous asked:

Seriously i don't even know what to say about chiam. Now we have liam's legal actions about the baby. Can at least someone remind them and simon that they're not brangeline, beyonce. Sorry but that kid won't bring any hype out of uk no matter what they'll do. Melly in your opinion even if chiam break up (which i doubt a wedding more possible i expect their statement to say something about their relationship too) we won't get a paternity denial, right? Damn those babygates😠

There’s a few things happening with this, and to be honest this was my face as I read through it:

I’m actually pretty grossed out by what’s happening here (when haven’t I been through this whole thing, let’s be real). They basically issued out a press release  to create an illusion of faux privacy, while simultaneously drumming up artificially high media interest and saying to the paps “THIS BABY HAS A BOUNTY ON ITS HEAD, GET THE PHOTOS”.  Its important to remind folks that Cheryl has a super injunction. She’s had it since 2011. Basically, Cheryl is ensuring that she gets papped every time she steps out of the house with a tram (and she had pap photos taken of the delivery of the tram to her house that she had already moved out of by that point MIGHT I ADD, so paps even know what sort of pram she bought). That statement isn’t about making sure they have privacy - privacy is the exact opposite of what’s wanted here. 

I’ve said it (lots) before, but I definitely do not think there will be any kind of paternity denial. What happened here, combined with how Liam fucked off to LA for pretty much her entire pregnancy,  looks pretty cut and dry to me: Cheryl got a famous father’s name for her IVF comeback baby. Judging by how they’ve seeded for months that Liam is leaving the UK shortly after the birth of the baby that’s been born already I would bet my boobs on it  and will be gone for a “long time” for “promotional obligations”, I’m guessing after this Liam will be seen rarely, if ever with this baby. 

Mostly though, the way this baby is going to be monetized in such a calculated way really bums me out in my heart boob. 

anonymous asked:

So I recently became a fan of catfish and the bottlemen. I was wondering if you could link me some vids of interviews and stuff and maybe tell me details about them? Really love and I'd like to know about them more

Hello and welcome!!!!! You’re at a really exciting time of your potential Catfish obsession. Ahhhhh I feel honoured you’ve come to me for this! Okay so I will link you to some videos that just made me fall dead in love with them.

1. WATCH THE TOUR DIARIES!!!!! They’ll help you get to know each of the boy’s personalities. Here is the first of the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlpZGhWMhsM

2. So I first fell in love with them through their music, like I didn’t even know what they looked like and I didn’t really care. But then one day I watched this video and I was like ummmmmmmmmm they’re all babes. And the game was changed forever. This is the video that made me realise I was gonna fall painfully in love with Van McCann: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrnASJHdcRA (the bit from about 1:53 where he raises his eye brows, shakes his head then does a little dance is what absolutely did me in tbh).

3. This video is important and good because Van talks about each track on The Balcony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj9OCY1wvYA

4. This interview is one of the first I watched. It is a very young Van who is cringe and messy but you can see he’s so full of love and it’s inspiring. After this watch the part 2 of it!! Worth it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOGTKGhhS4g

5. Also this (and it’s part 2). Very good content especially about his creative process!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7et8bKmn_AY

6. This one is good if you wanna get to know Van and Bondy’s music taste https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQsSrlYO5AI

7. Their old stuff is good. Like weirdly good. They think it’s shit but it’s not. Anyway here’s one of their old songs, I recommend listening to their old demos!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQKu_6-rrMg

Okay, that’s probably enough videos for the moment. I could go on forever. 

As for details about them….I could literally never run out of things. But I guess I’ll tell you some stuff that to me, is important. 

1. Van doesn’t always write songs about himself; sometimes he steals peoples words and experiences but sings from his POV so it feels more personal for listeners. He has a little notebook he carries around and writes stuff down that he hears or he’s always jotting notes into his phone etc.

2. So Larry is Van’s best friend and their friendship is so pure and good and they love each other so much. Best part is that there are never any gay jokes made or anything??? Like I am SO here for positive, loving male friendships. None of that ‘no home’ shit! You go boys. You’re doing great. 

3. Van was an IVF baby - hence all the sperm logos and talk about being a test tube baby. Just in case you were confused (I know I was at the start).

4. Bondy joined the band after the first album was released and it was probably the best thing that could have ever happened to this band. As you’ll see from the tour diaries, he’s a weird fucking guy, but in the best way. He is fantastic and I love his quirks. 

5. Van McCann is obsessed with marriage, babies and being a dad.

6. The band are obsessed with Ewan McGregor, Austin Powers, Fifa and Yorkshire Tea.

7. Van has a dog called ‘Little Mary’ which is weird because his mum’s name is ‘Mary’ also. 

8.  The boys have very distinctive personalities and they aren’t really similar at all but they get on well and they’re this weird collection of unusual characters and it’s wonderful! I love that they’re all true to themselves and haven’t tried to change for anybody. 


Okay, there’s some simple stuff to start. I hope this is okay! And sorry it’s mostly about Van lmao. If you want to talk more, feel free to private message me!! That’s probably easier tbh. I’m always around for a chat, especially about these lads!!

Love you and good luck with adventuring into the world of Catfish!! XX

717 recap and thoughts.

3. MORE. EPISODES. TO. GO! We’re almost at the finish line. Such mixed emotions. BUT, this week’s episode gave us some more answers about Jessica’s death, so can we finally put that mystery to bed? And also, Mrs. Marin looked stunning this episode! But ANYWAY, let’s talk about the episode!

- Hmm… how convenient. Ezra literally leaves at the perfect moment for Aria to get another FaceTime call from Uber A. But seriously, we’ve already said it but #Avataria is literally so cringeworthy. There is a major creep factor missing, and I feel as though there is a more comedic factor to it. Also, can someone enlighten me on how Aria filed and then retracted a POLICE REPORT about her teacher taking advantage of her. Wouldn’t the police, having that knowledge, be able to do something whether or not Aria retracted the report? I am hella confused, at the least. 

- Not so innocent after all… or is he? Peter really didn’t kill Jessica (we sorta doubted everything he had said to Spencer a couple episodes back) , but had plans to kill Mary, which means he isn’t so innocent after all, right? Jessica and Peter had a plan to kill Mary with Peter’s pills, as Jessica and Mary shared the same medical condition and the mix of Peter’s pills with Jessica/Mary’s would ultimately kill them. Mary caught onto the plan and intercepted, giving Jessica Peter’s pills which stopped her heart and killed her. 

- Loves me a little Jailhouse Rock featuring bitchy Veronica Hastings!!! Never in my life did I think I would hear Veronica HASTINGS call Aria Montgomery a “selfish little bitch” like what?! This show is all sorts of crazy, I freaking loved it! And Janel is so cute, I loved her singing in the episode, but I hate to feel the musical sequence lacked a little and had more potential! Considering the cast’s major buildup, I do feel a little underwhelmed. They should have at the least had Lucy Hale sing! BUT, it was a good laugh and I’m glad the show attempted a musical sequence before it ended. 

- And… nothing. Quite disappointing, really. I loved the fact that they had Emily and Mona team up this episode, a very unlikely duo. But it was a major letdown, as we’re 3 episodes away from the finale and their visit to the doctors office gave them no crucial evidence onto who organised the IVF or who the baby daddy’s father is, only a donor ID number. Hmm.

- MonA’s lair. Nice try, PLL. They’re trying to fool EVERYONE into thinking Mona is like, helping AD or something but c’mon. She is taking redemption round seriously and trying to help these girls. Everything that was in that lair was to help those girls. That wall full of evidence, she’s trying to piece together herself who A.D. She even pretended to be the police, or stole from the police to get the shovels that were used to bury Archer Dunhill! She even has the photos of the board game she had taken in previous episodes because she is HELPING THE GIRLS! We’ve seen her be A for way too long now, I think it’s finally time she showed how much she wants to earn the girls trust, and by exposing AD, that would be it! 

- Congrats to OTP of the week HALEB on getting engaged! That proposal was seriously so cute, and even cuter because Caleb did it in front of Hanna AND her mother. Naww. And don’t even get me started on that tent scene. I love full circle moments! Another thing, Marco is onto these liars like never before! It’s only a matter of time before there all spending time behind bars. It’s about time Rosewood got a cop who isn’t corrupt and who knows how to do their job. 

- Is Spencer onto Aria? She found her earring on the floor in last weeks episode, and seriously, nice try Aria your earring would not drop so far and I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t hear your earring drop. And then, oh, how convenient, the phone call through the speakers is played after Aria leaves and drops off the burner phone that played the phone call between Peter and Mary. THEN, Spencer calls Aria and tells her she wants to tell Veronica about the board game, and Aria insists on Spencer waiting it out. Is Spencer testing Aria? Besides, Spencer’s already been there and joined the A team before, maybe she’s holding out on questioning Aria cause she knows what it’s like? 

- We had Lucas give Aria a little look last week (which Brendan Robinson had said was on purpose and in the script) and we also had Mona this week give Aria a weird glare when Aria finds the prize puzzle piece. They both clearly now something about Aria working with A.D, right?!

- The Hastings/DiLaurentis/Drake family is so messed up and intertwined. I think this mystery has so much to do with the bigger mystery of Rosewood and who AD is, and I find myself truly believing that AD is going to be a member of either of these families, please be Melissa Hastings!!

- Another decent episode, I think I’m going to be generous and give this one an 8/10 considering we FINALLY got to see Mary Drake and got some answers.