one of my absolute favourite quotes to live my life by

  hey guys, just thought i’d whip together a list of some of my favourite authors most motivational   quotes. i especially love using these in bullet journal spreads. hope everyone is having a wonderful new year!            


          oscar wilde 

  “we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” 

  “always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much” 

  “with freedom, books, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy?” 

  “to love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance” 

  “be yourself; everyone else is already taken” 

  “to live is the rarest thing in the world. most people exist, that is all” 

  “it is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it" 

  "you can never be overdressed or overeducated” 

  “yes: i am a dreamer. for a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world”


          fyodor dostoyevsky

   "there is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it" 

  “power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare” 

  “happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it” 

  “the cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month”

  “to live without hope is to cease to live” 


         james joyce 

  “i am tomorrow, or some future day, what i establish today. i am today what i established yesterday or some previous day” 

  “a man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors… are the portals of discovery” 

  “he found in the world without as actual what was in his world within as possible” 

  “life is the great teacher” 


         charles dickens 

  “the sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on” 

  “there are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast”“a loving heart is the truest wisdom” 

  “i ask only to be free. the butterflies are free” 

  “we forge the chains we wear in life” 

  “an idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself” 

  “no one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else” 


         franz kafka 

  “start with what is right, rather than with what is acceptable” 

  “anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old” 

  “logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live” 

  “a book should serve as the axe for the frozen sea within us” 

  “believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made” 

  “my ‘fear’ is my substance, and probably the best part of me” 


         ivan turgenev 

  “we sit in the mud, my friend, and reach for the stars” 

  “if we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin” 

  “time sometimes flies like a bird, and sometimes crawls like a worm, but people may be unusually happy when they do not even notice if time has gone quickly or slowly” 

  “don’t be ruled by others; to belong to oneself- the whole savour of life lies in that” 

  “we’re young, we’re not monsters, no fools: we’ll conquer happiness for ourselves” 


         george orwell 

  “happiness can exist only in finding acceptance" 

  "the essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection” 

  “freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear” 


         victor hugo 

  “laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face” 

  “music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent” 

  “curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery” 

  “to learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark” 

  “to love beauty is to see light” 

  “adversity makes men” 

  “our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds” 

  “there is nothing like a dream to create the future” 

  “all the forces in the world are not as powerful as an idea whose time has come”

  “perseverance, secret of all triumphs”

To the Check Please fandom: I love you, but you guys are missing out on something that I think you’ll love. 

It’s called You Could Make a Life 

The latest Check Please update currently has over 12,000 notes on tumblr and the ycmal chapter with the most likes and comments has less than 1000. Based on how great ycmal is, I can only assume that you guys are unaware of its existence or these numbers would be more similar. 

It’s superficially similar to Check Please in that every story is about a gay, male, hockey player and his life on and off the rink. 

Keep reading for my pitch or just go straight here and treat yourself to some fantastic writing 


Ycmal is a series of stories that exist in the same universe but can each be read independently. There are nine (NINE!) complete stories ranging from less than 4000 words to 158,966 words (trust me, when you read this long one, you’ll be grateful for the length). 

In addition, there are so so many short snippets about the characters. Think Ngozi’s extras but this is where the author’s incredible generosity comes in. Most of these stories are based on direct requests from readers and they range from “everybody’s cats!” to bodyguard AUs. If you’re still not convinced then read on. 

To borrow some quotes from that amazing Check Please primer that went around for a long time:

What’s that you like zany casts? 

Dan Riley: The gateway drug and a true romantic 

Marc Lapointe: Shitty’s social justice in an almost Bitty-sized body but with more pretentiousness, and he’s French! (Canadian)

Ulf Larsson: Swedish sex god who makes bad decisions 

“Vinny” Vincent: His teammates call him Bambi and he’s a goalie

Anton Petrov: Angry bub defence man

David Chapman: Seriously his character development is the most amazing thing. You will LOVE him

Jake Lourdes: We voted on what we thought of him and half of the suggestions were some variant of “golden retriever”

This isn’t anywhere nearly all of the characters. I haven’t even touched on the supporting characters and they’re all delightful

Are main character guy and pupil guy going to kiss? (No, nobody stylistically differs by having pupils but they all have pupils so it still fits)

There is pretty much always kissing ;)

How do I read every [ycmal story] ever? 

Good question, we’ve got you covered. 

This is the author’s Archive of Our Own page, which has all the official plotted stories

This is the author’s tumblr, which has all of the extras and also where you should go when you need to yell at someone once you’re crying

OKAY YOU GOT ME (hopefully). Here are a few hours of my life. What do I need to do to get into this rad universe?

Good question, we’ve got you covered. Again, we voted. 

The number one recommendation as long as you’re up for paying for a novel right now is purchasing You Could Make a Life here. This is the namesake of the whole universe, the epic love story of Dan and Marc and a book that I have read approximately six separate times not including the times I’ve read sections. 

The number two recommendation depends on what you’re feeling right now. 

- between the teeth is my personal favourite. It is absolutely incredible in terms of plot and character development, and it has a lot of my favourite characters. (Hold your breath for Kiro people, then you can use the breath you saved to laugh your ass off) This is the long one though so maybe the next suggestion?

- Vinny gets a life would be an amazing first entrance to this universe. Vinny is a super fun narrator and the story and central relationship are both compelling

- In taking it apart has the tagline “He made his bed and then he fucked a teenager in it.” This one earns an Explicit rating on ao3 more than any of the others

- No expectation of returns is the ultimate friends to lovers so if that’s your jam, start here first

Just please don’t start with throw up your fists, throw out your wits because that one can be emotionally tough to get through. 


You guys, Check Please is an incredible and unique work of art but everyone I know that loves ycmal loves Check Please so I think they cater to similar tastes. Give these stories some love and improve your lives. 

Oh, sleepovers. Nothing is better than spending a night with your bestfriends overdosing on junk food, laying around in your most comfortable and embarrassing pajamas and watching five movies in a row. Sleepovers can either be extremely relaxing or hard to recover from, but they are so funny and irreplaceable that I personally think there should be an international Sleepover Night. 

Movies, obviously, are a must-be according to the Sleepover Bible (made up by me right now), but sometimes it can be hard to choose what to watch. I guess one of the best ways to decide is having a marathon or establishing a theme: you can watch the whole Harry Potter/Pirates of the Caribbean/Star Wars saga, go for a tv series like Friends or Grey’s Anatomy or follow a fil rouge that links together a few films.

What I’m proposing you today is one of my favourite themes: teen movies from 1990 to 2000. Beside being extremely funny and unmissable if you are a movie amateur, they definitely left a mark in the filmmaking history, defining a generation not so far in time from ours. They can also teach you something about style or pop culture, so you have no excuses left not to watch them!

JAWBREAKER (1999)

People worshipped them and cursed them, but everybody wanted to be them .

In Jawbreaker you have all the ingredients for a classic teen movie: a high school, a popular and mean clique of Queen Bees, a kind-hearted girl loved by everyone, a prom, hot guys - with the only exception that this is not a classic teen movie.

Jawbreaker is a dark comedy and (surprise!) it involves a kidnapping, a death and police investigations. Written and directed by David Stein, the movie revolves around the “Flawless Four” of Reagan High School, Los Angeles:  Courtney Shayne, Marcie Fox, Julie Freeman and Elizabeth Purr. They all rule the school with a terror regime, except for Liz. She is not as mean as her friends and makes no differences in relating with others - her beauty and honesty, then, make her the most loved and admired girl. 

Obviously, this generates jealousy in Courtney, Marcie and Julie, who decide to prank their friend on seventeenth birthday, by performing a fake kidnapping. They take her off guard early in the morning, binding her with ropes and pushing a jawbreaker candy into her mouth. The girls lock Elizabeth in the trunk of a car and drive towards the mall to celebrate their friend’s brithday with breakfast. However, once they open the trunk, the sight is definitely not what they expected it to be…

Jawbreaker is worth watching not only for the twisted, surprising plot and the iconic (and definitely realistic) language used by the girls, but also because it explores the dynamics of a group of girls with the voice of an outsider, Fern Mayo, who finds herself involved in the events against her will. This movie is gonna make you laugh, startle and maybe regret not living in 1999.

Cruel Intentions (1999)

In the game of seduction there’s only one rule: never fall in love.

Drugs, sex, a hot step-brother, games of seduction, classy and total black outfits, rich mansions. If you like this list, Cruel Intentions is the perfect movie for you. Beside having an incredibly attractive cast, a young Reese Witherspoon included, its plot twists the usual “mean clique” dynamics.

Set in a wealthy Manhattan, the film is about an oddly assorted couple: Sebastian Valmont and his step-sister Kathryn Merteuil. He’s well known for his countless sexual conquers and seductive manners, which perfectly match Kathryn’s inner wickedness and malice - but they always both manage to get away with it thanks to their fascinating looks and charming attitudes. 

The tight relationship between the two not only sees them accomplices in many misdeeds, but also gives rise to explicit sexual innuendos, as Sebastian’s not-so-secret fantasy is to sleep with Kathryn. Despite wishing the same, the girl likes to play it hard to get, so she decides to set up a bet: if Sebastian will be able to seduce Annette Hargrove, Kathryn will have sex with him - otherwise, she’ll get his vintage Jaguar. It’s not as easy as it seems: Annette is the daughter of their school’s headmaster and has recently written an article on saving her virginity for marriage.

As the time goes by and the relationship with Annette develops, Sebastian will find his controversial morals hardly tested. He’ll also have to manage the seduction of the young and naive Cecile, the new girlfriend of Kathryn’s ex, and he’ll be soon torn between his usual lifestyle and a wager maybe too hard to win, even for his unbeaten ego.

Cruel Intentions is weird, explicit, somehow shocking. It points out the differences between boys and girls as it comes to sex, providing a few interesting reflections under a chic, witty and dark atmosphere. Kathryn’s outfits are ICONIC and the movie will make you want more - and you’re lucky, because there are a prequel and a sequel.

Clueless (1995)

Dear diary, I’m more fabulous than five minutes ago.

I don’t even know how to start with this and if you’ve never seen Clueless before… oh my gosh, you can’t imagine what you’ve missed. This movie is p-e-r-f-e-c-t! 

Yes, we have a Queen Bee, Cher, with her sidekick Dionne. And yes, she’s vain and superficial. But she is funny, gorgeous, good natured, harmless and extremely relatable. You could easily make any quote from her character yours, really. She’s crazy wealthy and lives in a mansion in Beverly Hills, obviously being the most popular girl at school.

The movie explores Cher’s life and her attempts at making “good deeds”, showing how her attitude is more innocent than biased. She decides to give Tai Frasier, a “tragically unhip” girl, a makeover aimed at initiating her into the popular universe of their high school; she tries to act as cupid and match two professors (also to raise her grades); all of this, just for the sake of “giving back to the community”.

Cher’s hilarious adventures continue as she finds herself facing a new, attractive boy at school, her annoying stepbrother, the driving license exam and other teenage things we’ve all been through. I loved this movie because she’s fierce and self confident in a positive way, for once - and I won’t even mention the outfits of almost every character, which I’ve seen more than once reinterpreted in the latest collections of many fashion brands. And let me add that Alicia Silverstone’s facial expressions are the best thing in the world… In a few words: watch it. You won’t absolutely regret it.

The Craft (1996)

“You girls watch out for those weirdos” - “We are the weirdos, mister”

Everyone loves a bit of magic. Candles, chanting odd words, summoning the supernatural, meeting in the middle of the night - all things you probably don’t do but that still sound fascinating and attractive, especially if you are a young girl with a mysterious past in a new school where you know no one.

This is how it goes for Sarah Bailey once she arrives to the catholic academy of St. Benedict, Los Angeles. A group of outcasts, with difficult, gloomy lives and rumored to be practicing witchcraft, notices that Sarah is not as normal as she seems, thus luring her into joining their coven. The powers of the four girls reach a whole new level as they try to fix their messy lives and make up for any wrong that had been unfairly done to them.

However, nothing is easy when it comes to unearthly powers - the group will face difficult personal struggles and they will soon understand that everything comes with a price. 

This thriller will open your eyes on the hard life of social rejects in a surreal way, making you think twice before exposing someone not as lucky as you - you never know what may be their revenge. I loved The Craft because it explores a different side of the world depicted in the movies listed above - it gives voice to the unheard and shows things from a different point of view.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

But mostly, I hate the way I don’t hate you, not even close.

Sisters can be so different. Take Bianca and Kat Stratford, for example. One is popular, beautiful, admired and elegant, the other is a smart, casual, ironic bookworm. Cameron James (and adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is head over heels for Bianca as soon as he sees her, but he’s warned by a friend that the girl’s father doesn’t allow her to date anyone. This doesn’t only upset Cameron, but Bianca as well - that’s why before the prom she quarrels with her dad until he agrees on letting her go at one condition: Kat has to find a boyfriend and go to the prom, too, causing Bianca to become furious since her sister will never want to be with someone.

Cameron finds out about the new rule and decides to find a boy who will date Kat, so then he’ll be able to go out with Bianca. The mission seems impossible, but of course we have Heath Ledger, in the role of Patrick Verona, who once again becomes the hero and (obviously with a heavy salary) agrees on trying.

Will the mission stay professional? Will Kat resist to Patrick’s charm or will she be trapped by the good-looking outcast as bitter as she is? Will Bianca go to prom with Cameron? You need to watch the movie to find out. This is one of my favourite ones, I’ve seen it at least three times and it’s just great - I always like watching the development of a romantic relationship, because each one is different from the other. And the singing scene on the bleachers? Iconic.

Romeo + Juliet (1996) - trailer

If love be rough with you, be rough with love.

Do I even have to say something?? I mean, Leo DiCaprio, Shakespeare’s most known masterpiece, love and death, Baz Luhrmann. This is enough, isn’t it?

Romeo + Juliet is the modernized and adapted version of the famous, tragic love story. It’s visionary, surreal, heartbreaking and it should be seen at least once a week because it’s just too much. It is set in a imaginary Verona Beach, where the adventures and deeds of two families in war intertwine with the forbidden love affair of a young boy and girl. The plot follows Shakespeare’s script, but you won’t find swords or horses. Guns and sportscars, gas stations and a swimming pool are just a few of the innovative twists Luhrmann has used in this dreamy and loud film.



What about you? What are your favourite 90ies/sleepover movies? Let us know by commenting this post, the Facebook page or sending an ask! x

anonymous asked:

Once again, people are taking BC quotes out of context 🙄 It's actually plain silly tbh (a misogynist, fat-shaming, racist? Where's the proof?) but since we're on the topic of dissecting every single word the man utters, I was wondering what are some of your favorite positive quotes of his? ... see how I took it from a - to a + 😉 because that's how it should be really.

lol. my god the recycling of the archival misquotes on this website *shrugs* 

but YES; let’s look at some favourite Benedict Cumberbatch quotes! so what i did is I asked twitter. And I loved the responses:


BC being… what appears to be BC:

“What Time Does Sean Connery Arrive At Wimbledon ? Tennish…” (sorry. that fave is mine. dusky.)

“Oh shit, I’m at the wrong party”

“"Downton Abbey or some such shit. Not that Downton Abbey is shit" (lol)

“f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck f*ck”

 BC being philosophical:

“"It taught me that you come into this world as you leave it, on your own. It’s made me want to live a life slightly less ordinary.“

“Keep failing better.”

“Enjoy the journey of life and not just the endgame”

“Don’t underestimate the seductive power of a good vocabulary”

“You can’t please everyone, and you’d go mad trying.”

“… I think success is being content with yourself & be happy with what you’ve got rather than wanting what you don’t need.” (Flaunt)

“You can get through anything if you believe you can, and I believe you can.“

“I can feel infinitely alive curled up on a sofa reading a book”

“I mean, we can formulate and explain things in scientific terms but it doesn’t take any of the magic away; revealing the work, or the mechanism behind the beauty doesn’t destroy the beauty…”

“We’re not momentary specks in an indifferent universe. We’re momentary specks within a very caring, loving universe.”

“It’s absolutely fine to be different. Don’t feel that you have to apologize for it”

“"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible’.“

"The further you get away from yourself, the more challenging it is. Not to be in your comfort zone is great fun.”

“Searching for happiness is a sure way to sadness, I think. You have to take each day as it comes.”

“A lot of idle time, wasted rather beautifully.”

 BC being… happy:

“I learned where my home is. I learned where my heart is… [Sophie]”

“I know where my home is, I know where my heart is, where my centre is, where my…now and forever more is. And she’s called Sophie Hunter.”

 And I love these ones from personal encounters with BC;

“Thank you”, said to me, to my face, while looking me in the eye and smiling…”

“I then choose “hiiii hi hi” said to my face…”

“Call me Lord Cumberbatch… and you don’t need to stand during an entire answer. I find that very sweet. Sit, my child” (lol again. Ed.)

And my favourite:

“"You ought to let go.“ - while trying to pry the Hamlet program out of my clutching fingers to sign it properly (over three rows of people)…( I’m tiny so I didn’t know it was him tugging until I heard him say that. So very English. He could have so easily just passed me by.)…”

 And how can I not end with:

“Thank you very good much. See you at the loo.”

xxx

On the train, I read Jane Eyre, for the first time: she’s one of my favourite characters in fiction. I so understand her when she says, “I never in my life have known any medium in my dealings with positive, hard characters, antagonistic to my own, between absolute submission and determined revolt.” I like to feel myself alone in a crowd and yet part of it, more than I ever did: it’s the way a writer should live.
—  Christopher Isherwood, diary entry dated October 9, 1943
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*stretches and gets ready for a long, polite response*

And you missed my points, but that’s fine, online miscommunications happen due to lack of tone and intent. I apologize if I sound defensive about Angela, because I immediately assumed that your problem was with the ship and her assumed (and now canonically proven wrong) involvement with Genji’s cyborg weaponization process. Possibly because of how hostile you sounded. I still get the hostile vibes but for the sake of clarification and explaining things as politely as possible, I will try to keep mine civil in return in hopes we all reach an understanding. 

And because this post is now super long, a readmore is actually required :>

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Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Goodreads rating: 4.12

Oh. My. Gosh. It took me a while to process life again after finishing this book, because everything is a lie, I cannot trust any person ever again and nothing has meaning anymore. Yes, it was that good. If there’s something that I love, it’s books that completely screw up my perception of reality and keep me literally at the edge of my seat. Little Monsters did just that. I already kind of knew I would love it, because I read Kara’s The Darkest Corners last year and absolutely adored it. Little Monsters delivers another well written, page turning tale and I was hooked from page one.

From Goodreads:

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.”

I’m smitten with books that keep me guessing. The more complicated the mystery, the more invested I am in the plot, the characters and especially the ending. I always try to guess the twist. It’s part of why I love murder-mystery books so much. It’s like I’m transported into the story, alongside the main character, trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Bonus points if the story has an unreliable narrator. Taking this into account, it was a given that I would have so much fun reading this book. There was a constant air of mystery surrounding everything, which helped me immerse in the book world.  

I loved LOVED the writing! Kara has this ability to make everything sound so poetic, despite the subject matter. I mean, she could probably make a grocery list sound like the next modern mystery. And the way she crafted the whole story is impressive, because she managed to hide everything in plain sight. I had NO clue what the hell was going on! I had to stop several times, with a big “WHAT EVEN” on my face. And everything is unraveled so artfully and, most of all, it makes sense. Once I got to the end, I wanted to slap myself, because “oh my gOD IT WAS THERE WHY DIDN’T I SEE IT”.

The characters were very well fleshed out, and it was fascinating to see how they evolved and to slowly see their motivations take shape. And as a reader, you tended to get sucked into their mind and share their suspicions of other characters. Which made the whole reading experience all the more confusing, yet exciting! I also like books that are centered on friendships and that explore the mindset and relationships of people in close knit groups, and Kacey, Bailey and Jade’s friendship gave me just that. It was fascinating to read about their relationship, but also quite unsettling, because Kara’s characters aren’t morally black or white, they’re shades of grey. You can agree with some of their decisions, and condemn others. Ultimately, they’re people. A little effed up (okay, a little more), but people nonetheless.

Little Monsters will surprise you. It’s a fairly short book, but with a lot of punch-you-in-your-guts action. It honestly left me so conflicted and dumbfounded, which is 100% a good thing. It’s a lesson that people can surprise you, in both a good way and a very, very bad one. That you might never truly know the person next to you. And that appearances can be incredibly deceiving. If you love books that keep you on your edge, this is a must read for you.

Favourite quotes:

“Maybe we were meant to find each other today. Maybe we’re the Not Okay Girls, and we’re supposed to save each other.”

“[…] all the ghost stories got it wrong: evil isn’t a spirit or a monster or a ghost. It lives inside regular people, and it doesn’t know the difference between night and day.”

“[…] that’s the truly incon­venient thing about having a family: even when you don’t owe them anything, you feel like you owe them fucking everything.”

★★★★★

To everyone who got this far, thank you for reading and have a wonderful day! Also, feel free to share your thoughts, comment or tell me anything :)

March 2017 in Numbers

How oh how is it April tomorrow? I still have a very clear moment in my memory from when I was a kid, and my mom saying “in the year 2000,″ and I was all like “no way, that’s the future!” And now here we are, well into the future

March flew by, as has 2017 so far. Here are some of the highlights for me from March 2017. 

16  ⇨ The number of times I worked out this month

Which, considering there were 31 days in March, means I worked out 51% of the days.  Truthfully it feels like way more than that (any day I go to CrossFit and/or a run is still a big, big, BIG deal, ha), but I’m still happy with this number (especially when I hardly worked our a mere few months ago).  I’m also really trying to focus on balance; by this I mean not go to the gym six or seven times a week, but rather something normal and consistent. For example I missed CrossFit last night to hangout with colleagues in town from Toronto, and as I type this I feel sick (cold) so I’m skipping it… balance! 

5 ⇨ The kilometers I ran this month (okay, so I went on one run, but it was a great run through downtown Detroit). 

I definitely had a holy crap I’m running through Detroit!!!!! moment on my run. It’s absolutely amazing the wonderful twists and turns life throws; WHO WOULD HAVE GUESS I’D EVER RUN THROUGH DETROIT?!

Here some bright n’ fun wall graffiti murals I saw on my run. 

6   ⇨The number of white roses I received. 

They’re pretty, eh? Along with this theme, and to throw another number into this post; 8. Eight is the number of dates I had with 1 guy.  I don’t really know what I’m doing or why, but it’s new and fun and for lack of a better way of saying it, a very adult “relationship.” (In quotes because hey oh, it’s not that serious yet.)  

I get dressed up in high heels and red lipstick, and we eat at beautiful restaurants, and walk around the Detroit Institute of Art. He brings me roses(!) and candy and cooks for me. He opens doors and kisses my forehead and holds my hand. It’s all very movie-ish right now; including me taking to my blog to write about it.  He’s a Doctor, which is interesting to hear about; both his everyday and the American health care system. 

I’m currently feeling very Sex and the City like though; dating at 32 and enjoying the city a lot! 

68 ⇨ The percent of income I saved 

68% is a bit misleading; I received a bonus this month for my rotation in Detroit, so my income is inflated this month. And to be transparent I get a lot of perks living in Detroit (car is paid for, allowance, etc.) so I advise to not compare your budget numbers to the ones below!  

Remember when I did that do-not-buy-things challenge for myself for the first month of January 2015? well I still think it was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself; it completely broke my habit of buying clutter and things, and triggered my savings; I’d still highly recommend it.  

0 ⇨ the number of books I finished

Ughhhh. This was a bad reading month. I finished a book last month, and don’t have a new one; suggestions are welcome! 

5 ⇨ the number of Big Little Lies I watched (it’s, so, so good)

Have you watched it yet? Get, on, it.  It’s a short series (5 episodes total) with Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon and oh.my. it’s binge TV heaven. 

2.4 ⇨ the number of pounds I lost

Boooohiss as 2.4 pounds seems very little for a month of eating really relatively well and working out. 

That being said, my clothes are fitting SO MUCH BETTER. So much so, let me add a self indulgent outfit collage below. I really need to start looking at the camera and/or not parting my hair to one side, but let’s ignore those two factors for a hot second, because I am feeling pret-ty good in my own skin lately.  My bum is looking great (for me) if I do say so myself (s.q.u.a.t.s.), and I took a nap in my jeans the other day. I repeat. I TOOK A NAP IN MY JEANS (#youknowyourelosingweightwhen).

3  ⇨ the age Lily turned in March

On March 14th, my beautiful niece, Lily, turned THREE! Obviously I headed back to Toronto to help her celebrate her ladybug themed birthday!  The night before my sister and I put together ladybug loot bags, and prepared everything for her big day.  She played with her friends, blew out her candles, opened presents, and celebrated the milestone with a consistent smile on her face. 

That evening her dad asked her, “Lily, what was your favourite part of today?” and she replied, “Seeing Olivia and Adele and Mason and Audrey and Auntie and Grandpa…” and the list went on! It was so cute. 

1,800 ⇨ the calories I aim to hit each month 

I hit over 55 days on My Fitness Pal counting calories. True, March wasn’t the most perfect month; I’d often start recording breakfast and lunch and then forget / not bother at dinner time, but still, I tried and didn’t drop off. As I type this I hope to stay consistent in the month of April. 

4 ⇨ the number of times I went to the Detroit Institute of Art

I’m not sure why I enjoy the D.I.A. so much or why I put so much effort into heading to their exhibits; but I absolutely love it! I live very close too, so sometimes I walk there and then stroll around for an hour or two, or sit in their cafe and listen to the harp man play.  It’s all very adulty of me, or at least I feel that, and a nudge to embrace the art in Toronto when I’m back, as I hardly ever went to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) downtown, or Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) when I lived really close to them too! 

8 ⇨ The number of new restaurants I went to this month

Okay, I actually have no idea how many new spots I went to in March, but I’ve been exploring the restaurants in Detroit, and have been so impressed.  Here’s the link to my Detroit Google Map (I’ve been to the red restaurants, and still want to go to the brown ones!)

213 ⇨ The days till Courtney’s wedding!

On the day of Lily’s birthday party I was triple booked! In the morning I zoomed to the west end of the city to meet the Bride-to-be Courtney, and her other beautiful bridesmaid to choose dresses!  

Here’s mine:

And with that, that’s a happy summary of my life in Detroit.  I started this post on April 30, and today it’s April 5, which shows how BUSY life has been! 

I’m slowly making friends and settling in and really enjoying the Detroit life. I’m still waiting to hear from work whether my stay here will continue on throughout the summer or not, but I’m really hoping it does; especially as I have so many Northern Michigan to-dos! We shall see :) 

02x08

wow, that episode was intense, wasn’t it? all those hallucinations showing people’s insecurities and also magnus being the biggest badass. i loved it a lot

- i was actually in tears when alec assured magnus that he wants them to be together, he doesn’t want it to go away, he’s serious about this. and magnus? the happiness on his face? that means everything to me

- when alec sees his mother for the first time, he might be different than in the past. but his body still goes to the ‘perfect soldier form’… this breaks my heart. cause when he’s around her, he’s a soldier first and then a son

- i’m done with shadowhunters calling magnus alec’s friend instead of boyfriend and trying to make their relationship invalid. they can all choke

- i’m still so emotional that max called magnus alec’s boyfriend. and alec’s reaction was just so pure? he was like 'yeah, i do have a warlock boyfriend. he’s amazing’

- ‘traditions change. especially those based on ignorance’
YES! preach it. i’m so proud of alec for saying this because it’s so important. shadowhunters think they’re just better than everyone else… they’re really not

- ‘me and magnus. together.’ & ‘thank magnus’
alec being a protective boyfriend is my everything. this was so beautiful and i definitely need more moments like those

- magnus being obsessed with cats and speaking french to them is my new aesthetic

- i was kind of afraid of that talk between magnus and jace because that 'hurt my brother, i’ll hurt you’ to magnus? just no. so i’m glad jace realised very quickly how serious magnus is and that he didn’t try to continue with it
although i am bitter that this is how we got confirmation that malec actually did have sex. because we deserved at least a conversation between magnus and alec, not something like this

- but magnus’ reaction when he thought he might’ve had an accidental three way with jace was kinda hilarious

- alec was so proud of magnus throwing this amazing party, even though magnus was very insecure. not about his skills to throw a party but that he might not be accepted by maryse or max and he wanted it to be perfect because this means so much to alec
and coming up with the theme and trying not to say too much even though maryse was acting like… well, like she always does. this isn’t something that magnus would do for anyone. and seeing both of them falling in love with each other more and more makes me so so happy

- magnus’ cat eyes are so so beautiful. i’m gonna write this every single time we get a chance to see them
and yes, i’d prefer if magnus and alec were alone for this but i still loved it. magnus felt comfortale enough to show his real eyes in front of max. max who is already becoming important to him because of alec.
magnus doesn’t like shadowhunters but he’s giving alec’s family a chance because he loves alec (yes, he does. fight me on this)
and jace calling magnus their friend? this was so important. it’s not just alec defending his boyfriend. it’s also jace being supportive because he knows magnus is an amazing guy and how much he means to his parabatai
i do wish max apologised for his behaviour… but i really do understand why he did that. yes, it was wrong. but he’s a kid who is constantly forced to watch his family hate each other, being forced to watch your family fall apart when you’re still a child… this isn’t good for him. i just love max so much. and i can relate to him so much.

- alec becoming more confident and speaking his mind is the best view. bit by bit he starts believing in himself and he doesn’t allow people to have power over him, it’s a very slow process but he’s getting there

- ‘this is an elegant affair, not an episode of the real housewives of idris’ has got to be my favourite quote from this episode haha

- magnus was in charge of this huge party, yet he still realised that people were hallucinating and that he needed to help them. honestly, who could ever do something like this? only magnus
everyone kept arguing around him but he stayed calmed and saved everyone’s lives. he is too good for this world
and as soon as his spell book was gone, he put his wards up in a sec without breaking a sweat. we got to see how powerful he is and i need more?
also, he figured out so quickly who the actual thief was. we really don’t appreciate him enough. he’s the most powerful and the smartest being and everyone would be dead without him

- magnus hearing the simple 'alec, no’ and running to actually save alec’s life? i’m just so emotional about this.
alec was ready to jump, he DID jump. yes, it was technically because clary said all those things but it’s so clear that he still blames himself for what happened.
if magnus hadn’t been there… or if he hadn’t cared… i don’t even want to think about this

- also, how incredible was magnus fighting? every hit was precise, his defence was flawless. and when he was finally done, he cast such a powerful spell, iris stood exactly no chance at all.

- fraywood moment left me in tears. i love that they’re becoming friends
even if it breaks my heart that no matter how many times clary says she doesn’t blame him, alec still blames himself for it

- alec supporting maryse… even after all she did, how she never supported him, he’s still there for her… telling her that she can count on him. i cried a lot during this scene

- WE NEVER ASKED luke dragging jace and clary is my everything. shadowhunters always think 'they know better’ or 'they’re doing it for the greater good.’ no, just shut up. listen to downworlders for once because they have a right to know such things
and luke was absolutely the best. true alpha. and also very concerned brother.
luke is the purest character on this show. his sister hated him, said horrible things about him. yet he’s still there, worried about her, trying to save her
we seriously don’t deserve luke

- raphael saving izzy was such a good scene. he really didn’t need to help her, last time they met, she was trying to kill him.
and he believed in her, he was really trying to make her get rid of yin fen out of her system

- and can we just stop with that izzy plot line tho… cause i’m done with it. izzy deserves better than almost dying in some alley trying to score. if it wasn’t for raphael…

- and i absolutely hate that izzy forced raphael to feed on her. he didn’t want this. he fought hard to stop feeding on human blood and shadowhunter blood? this is too much. he didn’t consent to this. this was so wrong.

- raphael telling izzy how magnus saved him left me in tears. he’s one of the very few people that actually feels grateful for magnus being there for him and helping him during the worst times.
i actually don’t have good enough words to describe how much i love magnus

- izzy telling maryse all those things is my aesthetic. she always needed her mum and maryse was never there for her. and yeah, you can explain some of those things but this is still not okay. and izzy was absolutely right to say all of those things

- i really loved a scene between maia and jace. yeah, they may not exactly… like each other but they’re clearly on better terms and their interactions are always interesting 

- i can’t even imagine what jace must’ve felt like when he heard that maryse wanted him dead. sure, she never actually said that but he still heard that and thinking of something like this is one thing. but actually hearing it from someone you consider your mother?

- jace and maryse finally having a talk made me cry a lot. they both really needed this. they mean so much to each other but because everything that happened, it was just too hard and complicated

- max’s ceremony and his oath was one of the most perfect moments in this episode. it was so beautiful

- i absolutely despise climon. just get those unnecessery straight couples from me. especially when they’re basically siblings
although simon trying to find courage was adorable 

- valentine needs to stay away from madzie. magnus is basically already her step dad so ughhh he’d better watch out because he really doesn’t want to piss the high warlock of brooklyn off

anonymous asked:

What are some of your favourite quotes in Old Norse and/or Icelandic?

Sæll (eða sæl), vinur,
(Hello, friend,)

Great question! Here are my three particular favorites:


First, the quote that I try my best to live my life by:

Hávamál, stanza 26, line 1 
(from GKS 2365 4to 3v, line 20):

“Ósnotr maðr þykkist allt vita.”
An unwise man thinks he knows all.

I find this quote of advice to be very important, especially for those actively seeking knowledge on a daily basis. Yet, it is important for everyone to understand, because the world is far too complex for a single person to know everything.


Next up is one of the most powerful statements I have read so far in a saga, partly because I feel that the author’s own words are reaching out to the reader through Njáll Þorgeirsson in this moment:

Brennu-Njáls saga, Njáll Þorgeirsson, chapter 70
(from Möðruvallabók, AM 132 fol. 25v, lines 29-30b):

“…með lögum skal land vart byggja en ólögum eyða.”
…with law our land shall rise, but it will be destroyed with lawlessness.


Lastly, there is the very emotional quote from Guðrún Ósvifsdóttir, which I recently posted about:

Laxdæla saga, Guðrún Ósvifsðóttir, chapter 78
(from Möðruvallabók, AM 132 fol. 194v, lines 32-33b):

“Þeim var ek verst er ek unna mest.”
I was the worst to the one whom I loved the most.

Not only do I find it to be deeply emotional and realistic, but I find it to be a glimpse into the genius and richness of the literary tradition seen in Iceland during this time.


I have a few others, but those are my absolute favorites at the moment. This one also comes pretty close, though, but context does help with its impact:

Brennu-Njáls saga, Höskuldur Hvítanesgoði, chapter 111:
(from Möðruvallabók, AM 132 fol. 39v, line 2a):

“Guð hjálpi mér en fyrirgefi yðr.”
May God help me and forgive you.


Anyway, thanks for asking! I quite enjoyed thinking about what my favorite quotes were so far, and I do hope others enjoy some of them as well!

Með vinsemd og virðingu,
(With friendliness and respect,)
Fjörn

hello everyone ! so im going back to school this week (omg) and i thought i’d share some of the things i learned and picked up last year in my first year of high school. i hope you enjoy ! :)

1. do your homework !

this one’s pretty simple. always do your homework so you’re caught up with what’s being taught in your class. i know it’s a lot easier said than done because realistically, im sure most of us won’t really want to do it after a long day of school. but it makes a world of a difference if you do what your teacher assigns you. you’ll understand the concept better and won’t fall behind ! 

2. don’t be afraid to ask questions !

for some odd reason, i was afraid of asking my teachers questions last year. i honestly don’t know why, but i regret it. i asked a lot of questions back in middle school, and i realized i did better those years than i did last year. your teachers are there for a reason, to enhance your learning and understanding. you’ll come out a better student, and it’ll help SO MUCH. also, don’t limit yourself to just your teacher. if they don’t help you as much as you would have liked, ask another teacher !

3. be independent with your learning

don’t be too dependent on your friends in class. aka don’t take all of their answers and/or ideas just to get your work done faster ya feel ? if you’re too dependent on your friends for answers, you won’t know what to do when a quiz or test comes up because your friend won’t be there to help you :( but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with helping each other !

4. studying and study buddies

study. studying is key my dudes. just think of a time you did great on a test, and think of the feeling you had. you know what feeling im talking about. strive for that feeling. because tbh there’s nothing better than being proud of yourself and knowing that all of your hard work payed off ! and if you struggle with staying focused, there are so many helpful studying masterposts here on studyblr ! also get yourself some study buddies ! it makes studying just that much better. it’s so fun. wowowow. 

5. online resources ! 

if your teacher didn’t explain a concept well enough, there are so many online resources. they’ve helped me a boat load my first year and i use them all the time now. my favourites are Khan Academy and CrashCourse, and there are so many masterposts on here specified to one subject ! bless the studyblr community bc y’all have saved me so many times ♡ 

6. goals goals goals

always keep your goals in mind. they’ll help you push through the year and the rough patches. i always think of this grey’s anatomy quote. “how’s the view? do you like what you see? are you living the life you pictured for yourself? or are you dreaming of something even bigger?”. so, think about it. if you don’t accomplish your goal, will you like the view ? so work hard my dudes. s/o the meredith grey for being oh so wise.

7. have a good mindset

im gonna keep this simple and sweet. don’t let yourself settle for anything less than greatness.

8. learn to love the sound of your feet walking away from things not meant for you

i saw that quote somewhere along those lines on here a while ago and man is it true !! if something isn’t meant for you, don’t be afraid of letting it go. it could be a class, or a person, anything. if the class just isn’t your forte, look into something else ! if a person isn’t enhancing your life, don’t be afraid or feel guilty for wanting out. at the end of the day, it’s your life. do what makes you the happiest person on earth ♡

9. sleep omg

i cannot even stress how important getting enough sleep is. your homegirl is working on that herself ya feel lolol. get enough sleep. you’ll be refreshed in the morning and you’ll be ready to go on with your day. your body and brain will thank you for it !!

10. don’t forget to relax

burning out is the last thing you want to do, so don’t forget to give yourself the free time that you deserve. let yourself recharge and destress with the things that you love to do. my personal favourites are colouring, reading, music, and watching grey’s anatomy lolol. after all of your hard work, you deserve it !!

♡ ♡ ♡

so, those are my ten tips for back to school ! i hope that this was somewhat helpful, i really enjoyed making it ! if you have any questions, my ask box is always available. and if you just want to talk, shoot me a message ! with that being said, i hope you all have an amazing year, and good luck ♡

with love,
lauraliestudies  ♡

Why I Fucking Love Noel Gallagher Masterpost

Okay so this is a post mostly for myself but for all Noel lovers as well and hopefully also for the Noel haters out there who made me create this list in the first place *cough* Lydia and Tris *cough* to convince them to rethink their view on this genius. It’s all my personal and subjective opinions so don’t feel offended if you don’t agree with it. If the links don’t work/the videos got taken down then tell me, I have them all saved.

First of aaaalll Noel gives the funniest interviews, he is quick-witted and you can see that he doesn’t have to try to be funny, it just comes natural and that is something I really appreciate; he can entertain people without showing that he tries to be funny – he just is. Because of that he also got this award from the Rolling Stone:

Noel Gallagher Accepts Rolling Stone Award for ‘Best Rock Interview’

And I added some of the interviews I like the most here:

Oasis, Noel Interview on French TV, 1994

Noel Gallagher on TFI FRIDAY part 1

Noel Gallagher on TFI FRIDAY part 2

Noel Gallagher (Interview on The Jonathan Ross Show - 2011-10-21)

“That jacket’s life has been ruined” Noel Gallagher’s Interview in Seoul, Korea

Noel Gallagher Interview + 'Riverman’ (Alan Carr: Chatty Man) 1st May 2015

A special video that is probably my favourite Noel video ever is this one cause Noel is a grumpy man, yes, but in this vid you can see that he is super relaxed and comfortable and jokes around and laughs a lot and just overall has lots of fun and a happy Noel means a happy me so yeah, this one is a gem:

Noel Gallagher & Matt Morgan Fan Q&A Webcast

And he has the absolute talent of a radio host; I would listen to the Noel Gallagher show all day if it was a regular show:

The Downside Of Smoking Pot

The Noel Gallagher & Matt Morgan Show | Radio 2

The Noel Gallagher Show on Absolute Radio (Ft. Matt Morgan) - Feb 15th 2016

Then this is a must to watch as well cause it is hilarious; Noel commenting on all the Oasis music videos (it also made me check out Pete Doherty cause he mentioned his name in it somewhere during the video of All Around The World and yeah now I’m a huge Pete fan so I kind of owe him):

Noel Gallagher’s Oasis DVD commentary highlights

So and now let’s get to the music for…obvious reasons so first of all Noel did so much for Oasis; I don’t mean only as the main songwriter but also because of his commitment to the music and the band and you can see this well in this interview here, where he argues with Liam and it shows the difference between those two:

Oasis - Wibbling Rivalry (with transcript ½)

Oasis - Wibbling Rivalry (with transcript 2/2)


There are some amazing gigs he did without Liam there and did them brilliantly:

MTV Unplugged (1996) Oasis

OASIS: Noel Gets To The Point Dublin (05/12/1997)
 
Oasis - Live Noel Gallager and Gem Cabaret Sauvage, Paris, Full Concert

Focusing on some songs from the set at the Cabaret Sauvage, I want to say that Noel nailed these songs normally sung by Liam and in my opinion gave them more heart and soul than Liam ever did:

Noel Gallagher - Wonderwall (Acoustic) [Sitting Here in Silence] HD

Noel Gallagher - Slide Away (Live)

He gave them a whole new feeling that, honestly, fits their lyrics better this way than how Liam sang them. His voice carries much more feeling and this applies to other songs normally sung by Liam as well:

Noel Gallagher - Live Forever Acoustic (BEST VER.)

Oasis - Hey Now Demo version

He also always surprises with changing the whole atmosphere of the song by some simple changes (which also applies to Slide Away at the Cabaret Sauvage), my favourite example being this:

Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds Supersonic International Magic Live At The O2 2012 1080p

Noel just is a musical genius and has been for such a long time, I’m also absolutely in love with his early demos and would love to hear them recorded properly nowadays:

COMPLETE Noel Gallagher Solo Demo Tape 1989

Noel may not always smile on pics with his fans or talk much to them (come on, he is 50 now and probably tired of this hustle and bustle and it just isn’t his world to interact with strangers) but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love and appreciate them and he actually did this:

Luckiest Oasis Fan Ever?

And then there are some versions/demos of songs I absolutely adore and choose over the album versions and those are it:

Oasis - Sunday Morning Call (lyrics)

+ the demo version of The Dying Of The Light and I don’t mean this sound check version that has been on Youtube for years, I mean the official demo but that got taken down apparently, I’m so glad I saved it before that happened though I can’t add an audio here so I’ll do that seperately

Noel also definitely doesn’t need Liam or Oasis to make amazing music, just listen to his solo albums that I won’t add links of here, go search for them yourself and better buy them as well, he’ll be thankful for that.

And then there are some absolutely hilarious quotes by the chief (sorry if any of them aren’t actually by him? I saved those years ago and didn’t copy the source so I don’t guarantee for the correctness):

About Liam:
-„He’s rude, arrogant, intimidating and lazy. He’s the angriest man you’ll ever meet. He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup.”
-“Sure I love Liam, but not as much as I love Pot Noodles.”
-“Deep down inside even he is a nice guy. Both of him.”
-“If Liam doesn’t like a song, he doesn’t sing it, it’s as simple as that. Or if something’s more interesting going on, like a pub crawl, then he won’t do it. Bless him. Lager before music.“
-“If I lived in America, I would have blown his head off by now and completely regretted it. Since I live in England, though, I just give him a black eye or something every now and again. I don’t hate him, but fuck me, he pisses me off sometimes.”
-“If I was a teenage girl, I’d think, Fuck me, he’s really good looking. If I was a teenage boy, I’d think, If that cunt can do it, then there’s hope for us all. But I don’t understand why he appeals to me. Because he pisses me off.”
-“I love the geezer. I love him. And I don’t say that just because he’s my brother. He makes me laugh. He’s so surreal.”
-“Liam only has two problems – everything he fucking says and everything he fucking does.”
-„Falls ich vor ihm sterben sollte, werde ich an der Himmelspforte auf ihn warten und dafür sorgen, dass sie ihn nicht reinlassen.“ (if I die before him, I’ll wait outside of heaven for him and make sure he doesn’t get in)
-“I owe my whole career to this guy.”
-“Liam is a songwriting genius. His songs make me cry ’cause they are better than mine.”
-“My whole world came crashing down on me then. If it hadn’t have been for Liam’s support I don’t know what I’d have done. This is my little brother, who I look after, putting his arm around me, saying ‘It’ll be all right man.’ But I don’t think people will ever forgive me for it.”(Noel concerning his comment on Blur and Aids)

About anything else:
-“It’s a human playing a tree. Three chords on a guitar: now write a song. I only know 11! But I tell you what, God help you when I find the 12th!” (on playing guitar)
-“Who wants to be anonymous anyway? I was anonymous for 24 fucking years anyway.”
-“You’re asking if I’m happy? I’ve got 87 million in the bank, I’ve got a Rolls Royce, I’ve got 3 stalkers, I’m about to go on the board at Manchester City, I’m part of the greatest band in the world. Am I happy with that? No, I’m not! I want more!”
-“You pick up your guitar, rip a few people’s tunes off, swap them around a bit, get your brother in the band, punch his head in every now and again, and it sells.”
-„We’re not arrogant, we just think we’re the best band in the world.“
“Americans are crazy. They have this fascination with throwing their shoes on stage. I’ve been to a lot shows in my life, some good and some bad. But I was never moved to take off my shoes and throw it at the lead singer.”
-“Someone was playing a joke when they made me, you know, 'Let’s make this guy a writer and a guitar player, but let’s make him write with his left hand but play with his right, and let’s have him born in the middle of May and give him a Christmas name like Noel, and let’s make him a dodgy, schizophrenic, two-faced Gemini.’ Cheers!”
-“I can run around naked with a toothbrush stuck up my arse - it’s my house”.
-“Don’t lay a finger on my eyebrows or I’ll sue you fuckers.”
-“Shit’ll happen when shit happens, and if shit don’t happen, there’ll be no shit happening.”
-“I’d ban all state laws and just have one law: smoke where you want, drink where you want, whenever you want. Get the age of consent right down, legalize all drugs. Kill all the people who like Grunge music, Kill all the surfboarders. Generally have a good time and anybody who wears a cowboy hat should go to the electric chair.” (if he reigned the USA)
-“I came up with the greatest excuse one day. It was actually my crowning moment as a liar. I used to spend a lot of time in my bedroom, playing guitar. I went to the shops for my mum, and I come back and she’s found a bag of hash in my sock drawer, a big block of draw. So she says, 'I’ve just found this upstairs.’ And right off the top of my head I went, 'Ah, well, you see, what that’s for is wiping the strings on my guitar.’ I said, 'Violin players use them.’ And she said, 'Oh really?’ And I went, 'Yeah, look,’ and I got my guitar and rubbed all my strings with pot: 'It makes them sound better.’ And she says, ’ It does sound right an’ all; it does sound better.’ And I went upstairs and thought, 'You’re a fucking genius.’”
-“Taking drugs is like getting up and having a cup of tea in the morning.”
-Noel: “Ich habe 107 Gitarren, 200 Paar Schuhe, 4 Autos…” Spiegel: “…aber sie haben doch nicht einmal den Führerschein, oder?” Noel: “Na und? Ich habe auch einen Super-Pool und kann nicht schwimmen.” (I have 107 guitars, 200 pairs of shoes, 4 cars… - but you don’t have a license, do you? – no but I also have a super pool and can’t swim)
-“Why would I join facebook? I only have six friends and I’m trying to get rid of one of them.”
-“I don’t want people watching me and thinking “I could do that”. I want them thinking they could never do that.”
-“I do all the work so it’s only right that I should get the most money. Plus I am the most handsome.”
-“Next year I hope to get a stalker or two because I don’t believe you’ve arrived until you get a stalker.”
-“I’m not like John Lennon, who thought he was the great Almighty. I just think I’m John Lennon.”
-“I’m a songwriter because I’m no good at anything else and it pays well”
-“I can’t walk straight, let alone drive a car.”
-“You can’t get bored of 15,000 people shouting for 'Wonderwall’. That’s better than drugs. You get a hard-on when you hear that.”
-"I wasn’t put on this earth to amass money or personal wealth. I was put on this earth to play guitar and write songs.”
-“We like annoying people. It’s a Manchester thing. It’s a trait. We just like pissing people off.”

And now have some cute Noel gifs/pics to end this:

Of course there is much more I could add to that list but I couldn’t find everything on the Internet again so feel free to add something if you can and tell me where I can find certain videos if you have them (for example the video of Noel at some party and he finds everything “rubbish” and at the end of the video he calls the party “mega” and the interviewer concludes “we got from rubbish to mega in the sip of a drink”; I think that got taken down?? Tell me, guys)

This is a Henry x Lizzie modern au fic inspired by @harritudur’s flatmates au. Thank you dear for allowing me to play in your sandbox!

Henry and Lizzie are uni students in London and share a flat. Enjoy!



“Remind me again why we’re here.”

His voice seemed to have come from far, far away. Lizzie almost didn’t hear it, such was her state of mind. The day was splendidly beautiful. The warm light of the late afternoon covered everything in a golden haze, surprisingly making up for the chilliness of the occasional wind blowing in Regent’s Park. Lizzie had her eyes closed, sunbeams played behind her eyelids to produce the most extraordinary colours. Nothing could spoil that day, not even a mildly cranky Henry Tudor.

“It’s your fault, really.” She slowly opened her eyes to look at him squarely. “You wouldn’t stop nagging me about how I should not get the tube in my condition. You left me no option but to drag you along.”

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·         Tag 11 people (or however many you want)


Tagged by the lovely @allionne , thanks for thinking of me honey! I loved your answers :D

1. What’s your favorite movie character?

Oh god.  Practically all my favourite movies are based on books, so those aren’t really MOVIE characters.  Without giving myself too much stress, and trying to stay away from the obvious MADS movies, I’m just going to say the entire cast of The Big Lebowski or basically ANY Wes Anderson movie (particularly The Royal Tenenbaums).

2. What is the most beautiful city you’ve been to?

That would have to be a toss-up between Paris and Arles (both in France).  They each were beautiful in different ways, but both were absolutely STUNNING!

3. What’s your favorite non-fiction book?

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but I loved A Short History of Progress, which is based on a series of lectures and essays by Ronald Wright about societal collapse…a really good read, and not as depressing as it sounds!

4. What’s your favorite cocktail?

Manhattans all the way! I love one made with Canadian Rye or with Bourbon, but I like to make/order it “perfect”, which is a half/half mix of dry and sweet vermouth so it’s not too sweet :)

5. What’s your favorite inspirational quote?

To be honest, I’m not a big fan of inspirational quotes.  But I try to keep the following two thoughts from Stephen King in mind ;P

The road to hell is paved with adverbs. ― Stephen King

Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position. ― Stephen King

6. What’s your favorite show (besides Hannibal :P)?

Haha, good thing you said BESIDES Hannibal ;P I’d have to say either Game of Thrones or The Fall…maybe…Buffy? God, I’m bad at picking favourites!

7. Who’s you’re childhood hero?

Hmmmm.  Probably Anne Rice.  Although I have my issues with her now, when I first read The Vampire Chronicles when I was about 12/13, ALL I wanted to do was write, and I thought it was amazing that she had made her life doing that and that she had taken a genre that people didn’t really respect and filled it so full of history and philosophy etc.  

8. Who is your first celebrity crush?

I was absolutely enamoured with Brad Pitt after watching Interview With The Vampire when I was a kid, but I also loved Johnny Depp after seeing Edward Scissorhands.  Not a huge fan of them now, but as a 13 year old I was love struck ;P Claire Danes was also a big crush after watching My So-called Life and Romeo and Juliette (It’s so funny to me that she’s married to Hugh Dancy now, and I JUST CAN’T EVEN!)

9. What’s your favorite hobby?

Writing.  Hands down. She’s a cruel mistress sometimes, but writing makes life worth living (seconded only by reading) :)

10. What’s the music album that helps you when you’re down?

Ha! All my favourite music isn’t exactly full of the happy :P  I guess I really love Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In The Airplane Over The Sea” and M. Ward’s “Hold Time” but believe it or not, listening to Nine Inch Nails “Downward Spiral” or “The Fragile” always really picks up my mood.

11. Do you need the sun in the summer (as in would fly into warmer areas to get more of it?)?

YES!  I don’t like it to be too hot, but I need sun to feel happy.  I love cloudy rainy days too, but I need some summer sun in there and put my brain back in order.


Ok, here are my questions for you! Because I’m lazy, I’m going to mix in some old questions with the new…

1. Favourite fantasy book? Or favourite book if fantasy it’s not your kind of thing?

2. Where do you most want to travel to?

3. A fic or story that impressed you deeply and why?

4. Favourite show character?

5. If you could only save one book in the apocalypse, what would it be?

6. If you could change one thing about yourself or the world what would it be?

7. What do you do for inspiration if you’re feeling blocked or low?

8. What would be your patronus/ dæmon / spirit animal?

9. What trait to you value in a friend more than any other?

10. A quote you always loved and want to share?

11. What is your favourite thing about yourself (don’t be shy!) XO


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anonymous asked:

What are your favourite things about Tom Hardy?

  • His humanity.
  • Seriously, he’s got one of the biggest hearts I’ve seen from an individual, celebrity or not.
  • His diligence. His work ethic. That man delivers what he says he’s going to deliver and gives every bit of himself to the roles he takes on, and you can see it clear as day through his acting.
  • His humility? I mean…not only does Tom not have an ego about himself or acting, but he completely gives credit where it’s due to those who are owed recognition just as well as himself. Have you seen the video of him accepting the award for Best Actor for Locke from the LA Film Critics Association? Like the guy fucking apologizes for taking too much screentime for an 85 minute film that relies ENTIRELY on Tom Hardy’s performance. And what does he do? He stresses the film crew and Steven Knight’s role in making the film happen and completely downplays his part in it. I mean, a large part of why I really love Tom is that he will give recognition to people beyond himself, who deserve it. Take a look at how Tom insisted on taking Jacob Tomuri, his stunt double with him for press junket interviews for Mad Max and insisting on him getting recognized? I really don’t see many actors do this, who really fight for the people behind-the-scenes, or people who don’t get as much recognition and give them a shoutout as to their success, any success, because Tom realizes he’s a cog in a machine. He’s part of a greater whole and that a film consists of many moving parts and many people slaving themselves day after day to make a film happen, and rarely do those people get recognition and Tom gives it. And I absolutely love him for it. Like truly, I fucking love him.
  • His support, love, and absolute respect for women. I’m not going to sit here and praise Tom for rising to the defense of women in light of the Mad Max film because that’s what anyone should do and goes without saying, but nonetheless I appreciate that again, he gives recognition where it’s due. He doesn’t deny the women in his life their agency or importance, and their significance in shaping who he is today or getting him to where he’s at, and I feel like it’s rare I see any man, celebrity or not, fucking acknowledge what their mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins, girlfriends, wives do, and that’s a damn shame. 
  • Lets also talk about all the numerous animals he finds on set and while working and nurses them back to full health or finds them a home or a means of getting adopted? I mean. There was the incident with him finding a cat, CJ, there are numerous times he’s found dogs and found homes for them or housed dogs himself while filming, and honestly…someone who absolutely cannot leave an animal alone, stray or not, until they find them a secure place to live is telling of the sort of person they are. Also all the causes he supports! I have admiration for his commitment to organizations like Help for Heroes, even though I (personally) take issue with the zealous support of military/police force but, you know. 
  • His honesty. I mean, have you seen the fucking quotes? No? You’re in for a wild ride. Every interview with Tom Hardy both in-person and in an article are absolutely fucking glorious. He’s not only a very, very, intelligent person, but he says the most ludicrous and hilarious things that somehow end up making sense? My personal favorite interviews recently are his Details Interview, Esquire Interview UK & US, his GQ interview, Tom’s interview with Vulture and being a huge fan of dogs, and Tom Hardy Life Lessons for Men’s Health, are some of my favorites just to name a few.
  • His ridiculousness. I mean, have you not seen Tom’s old myspace photos? Allow me to introduce you to the strangest motherfucker on the planet. And even though he no longer has a myspace, his ridiculousness lives on whenever Leila Shirazi gifts Tom with free things. I mean…I’m in love?
  • Tom’s brief love affair with social media. Listen, the week he had a twitter and facebook account was the week I tried not to combust. That week was a roller coaster from start to finish, and since I had subscribed to Tom’s twitter updates I had “fkn Legend” texted to my phone at a rate of 20 fucking tweets in five minutes. It was the best kind of experience tbh. Never forget.
  • Tom’s constant praise of others. I mean it. Like every time there’s been a rumor about Tom getting into a fight with a costar or a colleague, or some rumor of Tom not getting along or being difficult, he gets interviewed and he has nothing but kind, sincere things to say. He’s honest, but Tom being labeled as somebody who gives people a hard time is, I think, all about perspective and context. Ultimately I think Tom has nothing but respect for those he works with and those who have gotten him to where he is today.
  • And lastly? Tom’s response to my reddit AMA question I asked him in April 2014. One of my most favorite things is not only the fact I got a response, but that I asked someone I look up to greatly a question and I got a response better than I could have EVER asked for, and I will never forget it and never stop reading it for days I don’t feel like I’m good enough.

I love Tom. He’s human, he’s sweet, he’s goofy and a giant dork, he’s soft, he loves people, he gives and he gives and he gives, and I am just truly like…I’m truly a fan of how sincerely good of a person he is. I really do not care about celebrities, or care about many people, really, on this level of infatuation. But Tom? He’s really won my heart.

I absolutely adore the man that is Tom Hardy and everything he is. 

He’s one of the good ones.

The signs as my favourite movie quotes

Aries: ‘’Revenge is never a straight line, it’s a forest’’ - Kill Bill

Taurus: ‘’I guess every lonely girl would hope she’s a princess’’ - Anastasia

Gemini: ‘’You’re entirely bonkers but I’ll tell you a secret, the best people are’’ - Alice in Wonderland

Cancer: ‘’They say when you meet the love of your life time stops. And that’s true’’ - Big Fish

Leo: ’You’ve always been crazy, this is just the first chance you’ve had to express yourself’’ - Thelma & Louise

Virgo: ‘’No day but today’’ - RENT

Libra: ‘’Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss’’ - The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Scorpio: ‘’Give yourself over to absolute pleasure’’ - The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Sagittarius: ‘’Keep Moving Forward’’ - Meet The Robinsons

Capricorn: ‘’The only way to get what you want in this world is hard work’’ - The Princess and The Frog 

Aquarius: ‘’You do what you love, and fuck the rest’’ -Little Miss Sunshine 

Pisces: ‘’People are afraid of me because I am different’’ - Edward Scissorhands

Fred Astaire’s favourite partner

I’ve had no less than 13 anonymous queries from followers asking me to address the rumour that Fred Astaire ever named someone as his favourite dance partner.

Disclaimer Number One: I am a huge Rita Hayworth fan. I love her, and I think she is one of the purest technical dancers in the history of dance. I also adore her exquisite, sheer joy as a dancer. I am only addressing this for those who – like me – might feel uncertain about the idea that Fred Astaire would ever be “disrespectful” to his other dance partners, or, indeed, hurtful to them in any way by naming a favourite.

Disclaimer Number Two: I am only an “expert” on Astaire, Ginger Rogers and other dancers throughout history insofar as my life’s training and work has been as a professional dancer and then as a student of dance history and art history, and insofar as I am now writing two academic essays for a university and for a book on the history of dance on film.

So, in the context of those two disclaimers, here is where the rumour of Mr Astaire naming a favourite dance partner came from.

In 2009 a biography of Astaire was published by author Peter Levinson, entitled Puttin’ On the Ritz: Fred Astaire and the Fine Art of Panache, A Biography.   Levinson had already passed away when the book was published, as it was one of his final publications.

In that biography – as has been noted by several reviewers, including The New York Times – Levinson makes grave spelling, grammatical and historical errors. For example, in the area of historical errors, he mixes up the directors of Top Hat and Swing Time several times throughout the book. He names Mark Sandrich as the director of Swing Time more than once, and George Stevens as the director of Top Hat. These are just two small examples of the many odd factual errors threaded throughout Levinson’s book.

If you read reviews of this book on Amazon, or indeed in national newspapers, you can see more detailed accounts of this.

In other paragraphs he actually quotes – with no citation or annotation to prove where he amassed this information – people from Fred Astaire’s life who claim that Astaire and Rogers had a long affair behind their spouses’ backs. This seems so odd and so fragmented, and downright slanderous for both Astaire and Rogers, and yet Levinson was allowed to print this information with no indication as to where he sourced it. What makes this even more odd, is that Levinson will then turn around and claim – moments after he’s alleged that they had a tumultuous, multi-decade affair – that Astaire and Rogers hated each other.

And, again, with no citation, he was allowed to print that Fred Astaire – through unfounded, unproven, and again with no citation – told a “friend of a friend of a brother of so-and-so, who told another friend of a friend of a friend” that Rita Hayworth was his favourite dance partner.

I must reiterate that I am not out to “disprove” this as a slight against Rita Hayworth. I love her and think she was a genius and deserved more credit as an artist than she ever received. I am only answering the queries sent to me in the context of how unfair and somewhat hurtful it might be to the many fine dance partners Astaire had who shaped and contributed to his career. I also would love to direct people away from this disgusting idea that incredible female dancers from great periods in dance history were just sitting around like sex-crazed children waiting for “daddy” to tell them which one of them was his favourite. This is a misogynistic idea that has plagued female dancers for centuries, and it has been most prominent among biographers in describing Astaire’s and Gene Kelly’s partners.

I have quoted the paragraphs at the bottom of this post. You can google the paragraphs and see them for yourself via Google Reader in the original book that Levinson published.

I hope this answers any queries or questions. And I hope this will restore the idea that both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly wanted to maintain – which was that neither of them would be so crude or vulgar as to name a favourite partner, because all of the women they danced with had something special and incredible to offer. Both men stated this in their AFI tributes, and both men have repeated it until their dying days in interviews with the BBC, national newspapers, radio broadcasts, etc., etc., etc.

Here is the source of the rumour, which has since gone gangbusters as “factual” information all over the internet over several years. I have included any spelling errors made by Levinson, so those are not mine, and the information is on pages 123 and 124 of his book:

The dancing combination of Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth was absolute magnetism on the screen. The erotic quality that Ginger Rogers brought to her association with Fred in their ten films together was surpassed by Rita’s innate Latin sensuality. With the nineteen-year difference in their ages, as dancers Rita’s youthful exuberance meshed perfectly with Fred’s maturity and elegance […] Over the years, Astaire was asked, ‘Who was your favorite dance partner?’ countless times in interviews in the press […] Alan Johnson was the choreographer of the 1971 NBC special ’S Wonderful, ’S Marvelous, ’S Gershwin, in which Astaire appeared. According to Johnson, Martin Charin, the producer, writer and codirector of the show, while having dinner with Astaire in New York, asked Astaire who was his favorite dance partner. He answered, ‘All right, I’ll give you a name, but if you ever let it out, I’ll swear I lied. It was Rita Hayworth.’

There you have it. A rumour. No citation, no public or printed “proof”. Levinson literally says that a producer told a choreographer who told someone else that Fred Astaire may have stated this. Maybe he did. Maybe he didn’t. But that’s what a rumour is.

There is no citation, no annotation, and no further information. Also worth noting, in the subsequent paragraph, which I have not quoted but you can read anytime, Levinson claims that Rita Hayworth used to come home to Orson Welles after rehearsals for You Were Never Lovelier, in tears because Astaire was so exacting. This suggests that Hayworth was having a terrible time in rehearsals with Astaire, and also suggests that she was living with Orson Welles during the 1942 production months of You Were Never Lovelier, when she was actually in the process of leaving her first husband, and she and Welles were not married until a year and a half later, in 1943.

The book is full of insulting non-facts which slander Astaire, Rogers, Hayworth, and many other people in their lives. I hope this is useful in some way. If it hurts or frustrates anyone, it is certainly not my intention to do so, and I only offer it up as part of my endless research into the dance world that I love.

Squad Sing Along Headcanons

I love musical movies and sing alongs and karaoke with all my heart and soul, and @kurtwxgners and I were talking about squad and movie musicals so this happened. This is Modern AU so there are more movies to choose from.

  • It’s an accident, really.
  • Kurt and Peter watch Dirty Dancing together one night because it was already set up and neither of them could be bothered to go and find a different movie
    • They both get really, really into it
    • Peter quotes ‘No body puts baby in a corner’ at every opportunity
    • He gets payed out for it big time, but that doesn’t stop him
    • Kurt can be heard singing in the shower, but no one has the heart to tell him because it’s really adorable
  • The next musical movie they watch is with Scott and Warren
    • It was a movie night and no one could decide what to watch
    • They flipped a coin to see who got to choose and Scott and Warren lost
    • So Peter and Kurt get to pick the movie and they watch Grease
    • Scott and Warren are skeptical at the beginning
    • ‘Musicals are really lame, and you’re both the worst for making us watch this’
    • But by the time ‘Greased Lightning’ comes on, they are s o l d (and everyone is going all in on the pelvic thrusts)
    • Warren basically busts every nut over Sandy in ‘You’re The One That I Want
  • The girls find out the boys have been watching movie musicals on the dl when they decide to crash a boys movie night and discover them all watching Mama Mia
    • Ororo and Jean lose their shit when they walk in in the middle of ‘Honey, Honey’ and Peter is all but standing on the couch as all of the boys are singing along 
    • Jubilee basically flings herself onto the couch beside Kurt and immediately joins in
    • Scott and Warren are super embarrassed about it at first
      • ‘We’re just watching. It was their idea’
      • ‘Don’t lie to me, Summers. I saw you singing along.’
    • Jean and Ororo pay them out endlessly about it, but they still join in, because musicals are really fun
  • The movie nights turn into movie-musical-sing-along nights and everyone loves it
    • They put on the subtitles and sing along and divide up parts for the big songs
    • Some group favourites are Chicago, RENT, and Hairspray
    • When they’re watching A Chorus Line, Jean practically falls off her chair laughing at Kurt’s reaction to ‘Dance 10, Looks 3
    • Peter almost breaks his ankle trying to imitate the tap dancing in Singing in the Rain
    • Jukebox musicals like Rock of Ages are super fun because they already know a lot of the songs
    • Everyone cries when they watch RENT, but no one brings it up and they’re all trying to be super lowkey about it
      • Warren also busts every nut over Mimi, for obvious reasons
    • There are a celebratory round of high fives whevever someone nails a particularly impressive high note 
    • They all get really hyped up for ‘One Day More’ because it is THE sing along song
    • With some of the favourite movies, there’s an unspoken agreement about who gets to sing which parts
      • Warren always takes Roger in RENT
      • Peter does an astonishingly good Amber in Hairspray (no seriously, it’s kind of creepy how good his version is)
      • Jubilee is always Joanna when they watch Sweeney Todd and it’s adorable even though Kurt is lowkey scared of that particular musical
    • When they watch West Side Story, they all literally clear the furniture to the sides and split up to do ‘America
    • Scott once sang Maria’s part in ‘I Feel Pretty’ and everyone was utterly flabbergasted because it was fucking hilarious and he was actually??? Really good??? Like??? His vocal range was kind of astounding???
    • Jubilee is the undisputed queen of mimicking the choreography from the film
      • She always takes the lead in big dance numbers
      • When they were watching Cabaret, she actually managed to do a pretty good version of the dance from ‘Mein Herr’ and everyone loses their damn minds
    • Ororo is the reigning champion of fast talking/patter songs and her belting is astounding
      • Out Tonight’ is her song and she always nails it and everyone always gets suuuper hyped listening to her sing it
    • They all discover that Jean has a talent for Liza Minelli impressions when they watch Cabaret and she gets the voice exactly right
    • Kurt always tears up listening to ‘Edelweiss’ and no one calls him on it, because he’s just such a sweetheart
    • Jean once decided she was gonna take on Sweeney’s part and everyone was scared of her for the next week
    • Warren rolls his eyes through watching the entire High School Musical series but he secretly loves it
    • Disney musicals are Kurt and Jubilee’s favourites
    • Everyone loves Robin Hood: Men In Tights even though it’s less a movie musical and more a spoof, because that movie is a gift
  • Eventually they decide to do an actual karaoke night
    • Someone (probably Peter) manages to source (steal) a karaoke machine and they set it up in the mansion
    • It’s a long, long night and everyone is more than a little drunk at the end of it
    • There are overhauls of everyone’s favourite songs from everyone’s favourite musicals as well as favourite songs in general
    •  ‘La Vie Boheme’, ‘One Day More’ and ‘You Can’t Stop The Beat’ all get pulled out early in the evening and there is absolutely a lot of standing on chairs and wild, uncoordinated dancing involved on all parts
    • Warren gets up and absolutely nails ‘It’s My Life’ and the entire group is lowkey turned on by it
    • All three girls and Peter do a tipsy, giggly version of ‘It’s Raining Men’ that they can’t finish because they’re all laughing too hard
    •  After some pushing, Scott does ‘One Song Glory’ and it’s so good that Warren doesn’t even resent him moving in on his turf by singing one of Roger’s songs
    • A very, very shy Kurt does a version of ‘Hallelujah’ and everyone gets emotional about it
    • Peter does ‘Ballroom Blitz’ complete with terrible excellent dancing and everyone is HYPED
    • The night closes with drunk emotional, shouted, enthusiastic versions of ‘Piano Man’ and ‘Living on a Prayer
Rory/Jess Recs #3

Fic:

- Old Friends by Moonrays and fridays:
No-one really thought much of it when Jess Mariano finally moved on. He’d given it his best shot, really he had.
Some pieces of fic evoke a very visceral reaction in me. This is one of them. Songfic done exactly right.

- immortal stars awry by TrappedInPast: She looks up at him, her eyes like bedroom eyes, dazed, confused, lethally beautiful. He tells her to forget about the car. Everyone has a car. They’re nothing. Just pay attention to me. Just gorgeous.

- Burn by Andra-ggfan: Jess and Rory don’t get in a car crash that night. Instead, they go back to the diner and start talking about a book. The rest just rolls from there. Garcia Marquez and Neruda inspired two-parter. Intense and with a great use of poetry.

- Crazy Random Happenstance by Meghanna: Jess goes to a wedding and runs into an “old friend.” What will be seven chapters that follow three times Jess and Rory are thrusted together. It doesn’t always have to be hard and dark. This is a lighter version of the post-series reunion, but it still rings true.

- Final Boarding Call on Track Twentytwo by fulfilled: Jess, a book tour, and a latenight train ride. Funny and extremely cute.

- The End Of The Road by open hearts catch dreams: “you were right; it is what it is, you- me. What it is, is never over.” - Post Series One-shot: Three years since Jess last saw Rory. How much could things have really changed? Not that much, if they still always come back to each other. Emotional with gorgeous imagery.

helaluvE’s Future Fic Quartet:
# Ridiculous: The effect they still have on each other. An original writing style, which makes the story feel immediate.
# Pulling Out A Mondler: Sequel to ‘Ridiculous’. Escapades and gossips.
# Red Shirt And Apple Pie: She wants something, he’s reluctant to give it to her. Their lives together. I love the sense of family between RJ and LL here. Even though I have no inkling to read pure LL fic, I need a LL backdrop in my RJ fic. Other pairings involving Lorelai or Luke feel wrong. I love the sense of togetherness when both couples are involved in a story. They feel like an extended family.
# A Good Man: When they’re not careful, the past creeps back in. Angsty!

- The Kid by dirao: Jess comes back to Stars Hollow with a kid in tow. Will the town be able to deal with it? What happens when your past comes back to bite you… dirao describes this as fluffy angst and it’s a fitting description. The premise is a painful scenario, but I love how mature Jess steps up to the plate here. The emotional and hot reunion with Rory is great bonus.

- Absolution by Andra-ggfan: Rory can’t let him leave without saying something so she leaves with him. But can they really change anything in just one night? Rory gets in Jess’ car after his ILY. Emotional and beautiful.

- Kitchen Rendezvous by Great Clone: “You know, my third husband had a fetish for doing it in kitchens. Maybe Jess, too…he does work in a diner.” Hilarious!

- Your Cologne by Sharon Bible: He wear’s your cologne now… Very short but very poignant.

- Building Bridges by LiteratiAngel: Silence is golden? Ha! That’s what they tell you but it’s not true. It’s a big, fat elephant of pressure in a room…but the worst silences are the ones that last over long distances. I wanted to quote the entire first chapter. Two examples: “Ever since that Dodger came into my life, my soul has been slowly tearing itself apart. Little frayed pieces that could only be stitched together by a smirk. A crooked, knowing smile.” and “Did I… do something? He always thought it was his fault. He was always waiting, thinking he was on the brink of screwing up because he’d done that with everyone else, so why not me, right?” The story has a lovely circular form and a great immediate writing style. P.S.: Feel free to “huh” now. ;)

- Because Nature Favors Disorder by Molly Larch: He thought apologizing was supposed to make things easier. Neither one of them expected this. A slow road to reunion over the course of Rory’s time at Yale. A good plot, painful at times and nice characterizations. I loved Jess’ relationship with Lily, Jimmy and Sasha here.

- The Machine In The Ghost Within by missgoalie75: He wishes that his life could be a little less pathetic and not resemble a popular classic rock song that was briefly resurrected by a Scorsese film. I finally found my fic dealing with Jess’ transformation between 4x21 and 6x08. And it’s a great one! Bleak but believable and ultimately uplifting.

- Lady.of.Victory.Rising’s Episode Rewrites, especially:
# Turn The Car Around: Last Week Fights, This Week Tights. Rory finds that she can’t bear to watch him walk away again… I’ve always had the feeling that Jess would have said something more rational to Rory, had he not been spooked by Dean’s presence at her dorm. This fic shows his thought patterns before panicking. And of course the outcome is a bit different as well…
# Breathing In Tandem: Balalaikas. Jess and Rory’s shouting match outside the pub takes an unexpected turn… “Of course I’m not the same! How could I be?” “How can I be Rory if there’s no Jess?” *cries*
# Freefall: The Real Paul Anka. Before she goes, Jess has a question. And Rory’s answer isn’t one he’d ever expect. One question by Jess leads to a torrent of emotions.

X.Hardys and Horcruxes.X’ Series of connected Oneshots. Together they form a great future fic. My favourites:
# Apology: Jess never apologised to her. So it was time. Jess and Lorelai, at the end of S7. I loved the way this went down.
# It’s Not The Champagne Talking: “I mean seriously, six or so years of unresolved sexual tension and we’re only missing for an hour or two? That definitely seems like a weekend long journey full of room service and long showers.” One fabulous and really hot Literati hook up at Lorelai and Luke’s wedding!
# And a bonus mention for No Fights, It’s The Firelight because the idea of Jess writing bedtime stories for his little sister is just too adorable for words.

- The Orange Soda Will Get You Every Time by Wonderlandleighleigh: Jess and Rory reconnect under some interesting circumstances… If only because I’m totally in love with little Dan.

- Passing The Torch by Wonderlandleighleigh: Jess passes on a little something to the next generation. Too cute.

- House Hunting by Wonderlandleighleigh: Jess and Rory look for greener pastures… A very funny piece of meta-fic.

Video:

- What’s A Soulmate? by UnicaNumb

- Gotten by mccann16fan

Both these videos show why these two are so suited for each other.

- Just A Little Girl by Luvtheheaven I always love Luvtheheaven’s videos. This one is painful to watch, but it really packs a punch and it shows why both of them needed time to develop before they were ready to embark on a mature relationship with each other.

- The Right Move: Jess Mariano and Luke Danes. “And I want to thank you for everything you did for him.” “Well, it never hurts to take a shot. At least you know you tried.” “Sometimes things take a while before they sink in.” Perhaps it’s blasphemy to say so, but I think I may be more invested in the relationship between these two than in the one between Lorelai and Rory. This video made me tear up a bit.

Recs #1 / Recs #2