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Cookie Cat Theory

So I’ve been thinking a lot today about foreshadowing in the early episodes. There’s a lot that happens that I initially dismissed as ‘random’ humor before it became clear that wasn’t really a direction this show was taking. The jokes in SU tend to have a purpose and add to the story. And even from episode one they were very directly referencing things that would happen much later (like connie’s bracelet in the back of the freezer). 

So it seems unwise to dismiss anything as just humor, especially something as unexpectedly dark as cookie cat.

Oohhhh!

He’s a frozen treat with an all new taste!
'cause he came to this planet from outer space!
A refugee of an interstellar war!
But now he’s at your local grocery store!
Cookie Cat!
He’s a pet for your tummy!
Cookie Cat!
He’s super duper yummy!
Cookie Cat!
He left his family behind!
Cookie Caaaaaat! Now available at Gurgens off Rt. 109!

This is the first song Steven sings in the first episode of the show (not counting the pilot) and it and the cookie cat ice cream sandwich itself are directly connected to making his gem glow for the first time. Not because of the sandwich itself as Steven first suspects, but rather because of the contentment and love Steven felt that his friends would go out and buy a pile of his favorite icecream for him before it was discontinued. 

The lyrics of the song are unexpectedly dark for the mascot of an ice cream sandwich. Abandoning your family to escape an interstellar war is not exactly kid friendly. 

It was obviously one of the first hints we received that the gems weren’t just protecting earth for the heck of it. We would later find out how closely cookie cat story paralleled their own. Aliens caught up in a war, now living on earth. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I think the implications of this intelligent alien with a family, being reduced to ‘a pet for your tummy’ might be related to the later reveal about Lapis Lazuli.

The question is, does cookie cat still contain hints about the future? I would have thought no, except cookie cat has continued to show up through out the series. In Space Race, the cookie cat theme is playing on Greg’s tv, suggesting the ice cream might not be as discontinued as we thought. This is also the episode where we see Pearl longing to return to space. Then, in Future Vision, Steven imagines Cookie Cat in a flying saucer, killing him with a laser beam. “I never considered you’d be evil!” Steven shouts.

That’s a heck of a line there, and almost definite foreshadowing.

But is it just foreshadowing that not all gems are good? Or is suggesting that the last person Steven suspects, the Crystal Gems themselves, might not be good. Might, in fact, be a danger to him. Perhaps not even intentionally.

A theme in some of these later episodes has been Steven having to take responsibility and put his own feelings and safety aside for the sake of protecting the adults in his life, the people who are supposed to be taking care of him.

Consider ‘The Test’ and ‘Maximum Capacity.’ In both of these, Steven is forced to confront that the adults in his life don’t know what’s best for him, or even for themselves. The Crystal Gems and his father are all lost. Instead of panicking or getting angry at being lied to, Steven calmly steps into the adult roll, doing what he has to do to keep the family stable and together. This is reflected in the promo art of both episodes, which shows the gems and Greg as students in a class where Steven is the teacher.

As of the end of Season 1, Steven has no reliable adult figure he can turn to for guidance. Connie, a girl his own age, has been the only one he’s been able to rely on. And it doesn’t take a genius to realize two kids trying to take care of themselves as well as a bunch of frantic, directionless superpowered adults is not going to end well.

I believe Cookie Cat foreshadows some increasingly dark revelations about the Crystal Gem’s history, and who they left behind. Weather they turn out to be the evil Steven never considered remains to be seen. Regardless, the innocent days of crying over icecream have been discontinued for Steven, and he’s being forced to grow up weather he’s ready for it or not… 

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England and America are just lounging about on the sofa after a long world meeting and cuddling and having general huggles but then they put on a movie and it’s Miss Congeniality and they’re dying from laughter and singing:

He’s beauty and he’s grace, he’s queen of 50 states, he’s elegance and taste, he’s Miss United States

And America’s posing like, “Yes I am!”

(BONUS: Also, America turns around and goes, “Well I guess that makes you Mister United States then!” and England flushes bright red and slaps him playfully and doesn’t speak for a while)

THE THOUGHT OF AOBA SLOW DANCING WITH THE BOYFRIENDS IS MAKING ME EMOTIONAL LIKE DAMN

Koujaku would hold him hella close and would pat his head as it’s rested in the crook of his neck. They probably started off goofing around until they reached that point. To lighten the mood tho, Koujaku would spin Aoba around a lot and dip him. Aoba will drag him down on the bed because if he falls, the dumb hippo does too.

Noiz and Aoba are dancing at some event his parents are hosting. Noiz dancing with a man is damaging to their “reputation” but he doesn’t care at all and when they dance, it feels like they’re the only ones in the room. As they dance, Noiz, as he holds Aoba has the smuggest grin on his face because damn did those dancing lessons from Theo really paid off.

Clear would sing to Aoba as they dance under the night sky on a rooftop or by the house Clear and his grandpa used to live. Aoba would offer to put on a song on his coil, but Clear insists on singing to him. At some point, it starts to rain and they splash around the puddles as Clear swings Aoba around.

Mink would tap Aoba on the shoulder out of the blue one day and tell him he’s gonna teach him how to dance. In reality, it’s not really out of the blue. A few days ago, while they were walking around town, Mink caught Aoba fixated on a couple dancers on the street. While they dance, Aoba stumbles sometimes but Mink would remain patient with him. When Aoba starts to get the hang of it, he gets proud, and Mink is too.

Ren, one day, when the music’s playing while he and Aoba are lounging around, asks Aoba if he would dance with him. Aoba is a bit confused, since he’s never learned how to dance— but he agrees anyway. He would apologize to Ren saying that he can only teach him what he’s seen a couple times, but Ren doesn’t mind. They move slowly, careful not to step on each other’s feet. All the while, Ren is just really happy that he can hold Aoba like this.

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WELL, since I know a bunch of people would like to know the answer to this, let’s go ahead and make the reply public (and don’t worry, I’ve already ok’d this with ro-zap). 

The obvious preface is that this is what worked for me, it may not work for you, blah blah blah, and I wouldn’t say “cured” - but if to go from getting recurrent thrush so often that it was almost permanent, to getting it once a year or so if I’m (un)lucky is as close to a cure as I can get, I’ll take it. 

There are lots of things that I believe contributed to getting to a more healthful state: I cut way back on crap food, but particularly stress. I started doing yoga regularly and spending much more time, if not specifically meditating, then in a meditative state (walking in the forest and so on). 

I took/take a combination of garlic and pau d’arco (v v important), plus the usual suspects like echinacea and vitamin c to keep general immunity up. A slack immune system - I was “immunocompromised” according to the doctor - doesn’t help you. 

If you’ve actually got thrush currently, then you can try a garlic suppository (yep just whack a garlic clove, peeled, up the moot), or, my preferred treatment, a small/mini tampon soaked in tea-tree water. Now, in Australia you can get ‘water soluble’ tea tree oil (it looks like when you put Dettol in water, it becomes milky) but if you can’t get your hands on that, a drop or two of normal tea-tree in a cup of warm (filtered if possible) water will do. Soak the tampon in that and then insert it for a while and just chill (you can’t do much else, really). I never tried the plain yoghurt tampon/suppository technique but I have heard mixed results from those who did. 

Additionally, if you’re out and about, I found a thin pantyliner (less chance of sweating than a normal pad/napkin) with a few drops of tea tree oil and lavender oil on it was soothing and helpful. 

Shallow warm baths with one, a combination of a few, or all of the following are also great: Aveeno (etc) colloidal oatmeal, Epsom salts, bicarb soda, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, lavender oil, sandalwood oil, rose geranium oil. 

The jury’s out on the anti-candida diet but there’s nothing particularly wrong, either way, with eating a lot of garlic, olive oil, and dark green vegetables, and toning down the refined sugars and flours in general (also avoid stonefruits with ‘bloom’ on them like grapes, plums; you may know that these fruits help “draw down” yeasts from the air to make sourdough mothers, and some schools of thought think it’s best to avoid them if prone to candidiasis). 

The obvious boring stuff is: avoid tights and leggings, only wear cotton underwear, wash your sheets and towels as often as you can/can afford, try not to itch too much, and never ever ever use lubes that have sugars in them, which a surprising amount do! I recommend UberLube; you can get it from Amazon or their website and it comes in a cool bottle made out of space glass. 

And while we’re talking about vagina issues, if you get UTIs hand-in-hand with thrush, or just plain old fashioned UTIs by themselves, I’ve found this remedy almost foolproof: boil a cup of pearl barley in about five cups of water, strain it, let it cool, and then drink as much as you like. (You can add a bit of lemon and/or honey if it tastes too weird.) Much better than cranberry juice and a lot cheaper!

Finally, if any But Science bros feel like making any snide remarks about “old wive’s tales” or “lack of double-blind studies”, I would like to cordially tell them to 1. go fuck themselves, and also that 2. the fact that five years of recurrent thrush was NOT helped by Canestan/Monistat/etc and the aforementioned methods were the only thing that stopped me having a cunt full of cottage cheese is “proof” enough for me.