My favorite tea of all is Celestial Seasoning’s Nutcracker Sweet. I drink at least one cup of it every single morning. It’s only available in stores during late November through December, and it sells out like crazy. I have been known to literally dig through piles of cardboard standees looking for enough boxes of this tea to last me a year.
My brother went out to Colorado last month, visiting Yellowstone. He got pretty thoroughly weathered out, so he took a side trip to Boulder- to the Celestial Seasonings factory.
Sunday after church, he walked up to me with a big box, and said he had something for me. I assumed it was something I loaned him…
but it was full of tea. Boxes and boxes and boxes of Nutcracker Sweet. Enough to last me two years if I only had one cup a day. I shrieked and hugged him and nearly cried.
He said that was why he bought them. Not even really because he wanted to give me the tea itself, but that he wanted to make me that happy.
He got joy from seeing me overjoyed.
He’s a really great brother. :D

My favorite tea of all is Celestial Seasoning’s Nutcracker Sweet. I drink at least one cup of it every single morning. It’s only available in stores during late November through December, and it sells out like crazy. I have been known to literally dig through piles of cardboard standees looking for enough boxes of this tea to last me a year.

My brother went out to Colorado last month, visiting Yellowstone. He got pretty thoroughly weathered out, so he took a side trip to Boulder- to the Celestial Seasonings factory.

Sunday after church, he walked up to me with a big box, and said he had something for me. I assumed it was something I loaned him…

but it was full of tea. Boxes and boxes and boxes of Nutcracker Sweet. Enough to last me two years if I only had one cup a day. I shrieked and hugged him and nearly cried.

He said that was why he bought them. Not even really because he wanted to give me the tea itself, but that he wanted to make me that happy.

He got joy from seeing me overjoyed.

He’s a really great brother. :D

Tags: doctor who

ibmiller:

The Selfie Tag

I really want to see more of these two weirdos.

Everything about this show calls to me.

(Source: youtube.com)

Tags: selfie

passingfaire:

I got an interesting question from thetenthdoctormccoy and my reply was becoming ridiculously long so I turned it into a post. Here’s the question:

Hey! I saw your post about NMTD and I was really interested in it. I wanted to ask you more about Claudio. Personally, I hate Claudio with a passion. I hated him when I first read the play in high school, and every time I’ve watched a version of it since. (Especially in the BBC version with Billie Piper.) I wanted to ask you what you think of how Claudio is portrayed as a very jealous person in NMTD. I don’t remember him being like that as overtly in the play, but it’s been awhile.

Oh, Claudio. I have so many feelings about him. He really gets the short end of the stick. To be honest, I don’t think Claudio is a very jealous person. I think he’s a passionate person and I don’t think he tends to think much before he speaks (mainly because he’s young) but I don’t think he’s jealous. But I think a lot of adaptations have to change that aspect of him to make the story work.

The problem lies in updating the story. Much Ado was (probably) written in 1598 and the sources for the Claudio/Hero plotline all date from the 16th Century. This is a time period still very much obsessed with royalty, honor, and other very important ideas that just don’t quite translate to a modern adaptation. 

During the masked ball in Act II, Scene I, when all the confusion is finally cleared up and Hero and Claudio get together, Leonato tells Claudio, “take of me my daughter and with her, my fortunes” and Claudio, when he finally speaks, tells Hero, “Lady, as you are mine, I am yours. I give away myself for you, and dote upon the exchange.” These lines are easily glossed over by the modern readers as the “awwww, they got together” moment but you know what really happened there? They got married. It’s called a spousal and in Elizabethan times, speaking those words in front of witnesses (and Leonato and Don Pedro are pretty big witnesses) made you as good as married. Although the marriage ceremony would of course still have to take place, a spousal is basically a legally binding engagement so the ceremony was more for show than anything else at this point.

That’s why, when Claudio’s going on his rant at the wedding and Leonato’s all, “Well, if YOU slept with her, it’s cool,” it really would have been okay. Most couples consummated their marriage after their spousal. True fact, it’s estimated less than half of Elizabethan brides were virgins on their wedding nights. But Claudio not only knows that he didn’t sleep with Hero, he (thinks he) saw her with another man WITH HIS COMMANDING OFFICER/PRINCE. Even if Claudio wanted to take back his stupid rant at this point (and I have seen a few productions where it’s clear Claudio is more heartbroken than angry and tries to run to her when she swoons, only to be drug back by Don Pedro,) Don Pedro is upset at what he sees as an affront to his honor by having his best officer “tricked” into marrying someone he thinks isn’t worthy. It’s bigger than just Claudio’s hurt feelings; they’ve pissed off the prince and he isn’t going to let this stand.

It’s interesting to remember that, after Claudio and Don Pedro are tricked, they don’t spend a single scene apart, really, as if they constantly have to remind each other that they’re in the right, despite all these sad and angry people around them.

Of course, when you do an updated version of Much Ado, no matter how you translate the characters, there’s no way you can make Don Pedro have that much sway over Claudio’s relationship with Hero. In the modern world, it just doesn’t work any more. Your boss/coach/friend, no matter how much pull he has over you, doesn’t dictate your love life. The easiest way to compensate for that is to make Claudio jealous. Jealous guys definitely still exist and Claudio’s actions, which before were dictated by breaches in honor, mostly, now become dictated by jealousy. It’s an easy switch but it does make Claudio look like a way bigger dick. NMTD’s Claudio has definitely fallen into this category. But I don’t see a way he couldn’t have.

Also, I’ve never seen an ‘already married’ Hero and Claudio, which, now that I think about it, I would really like to see in an modern adaptation. Like, they could get secretly married before the ceremony and then have everything go down before their big public ceremony. That would be awesome. Someone do that.

Anyway, obviously, I’m in no way exonerating all the stupid nonsense Claudio does. He says a lot of horrible, hateful things. But I also think that a lot of people just go “he’s a douche” and write him off, which isn’t quite right, either.

Basically, Claudio gets dicked over. And he doesn’t always do it to himself. To be honest, I see him less as an actual character and more as a pawn in a game between Don Pedro and Don John. And, unfortunately, Don Pedro doesn’t even know he’s playing half the time.

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beastlyworlds:

Drawing-break: Sophie Hatter, from Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle. I love the film, but I love how she talks to the hats in the book!

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rakiah:

Masquerade !
Every face a different shade … Masquerade !
Look around -
there’s another
mask behind you !

nmtd…idgi.

onceuponawhine:

theoniongirl:

missglinda:

crimsonrambler:

This will probably get me kicked out of tumblr.

But, I can’t get into NMTD. I tried. I might be too old or something. Because the characters are so young it makes me feel uncomfortable. As a rabid LBD/EA/AOJE/NPW/VMD viewer and Shakespeare fangirl, this makes me sad.

And you had to tag the show in this post…why? I mean, you not liking it is a perfectly valid thing, that’s okay, but why did you tag your not liking it?

Because it’s a polite expression of what they didn’t like? They’re not being rude or mean or judging people who do like it. There’s nothing wrong with tagging polite personal disappointment…

It’s a bit like going to a cheese convention and telling people…politely of course…that you don’t like cheese, and you’re not sure why all these people like cheese, and you like other dairy so you just don’t get it.

It’s not wrong to do that and I’m not saying the tags should be policed when it comes to polite disagreement, but I am curious what one hopes to accomplish by tagging it? By going to the place where people gather to discuss something they love (why bother tracking a tag if you don’t like it)? On your own blog, to your followers, sure but….

But they didn’t say that they don’t know why other people don’t get it- they specifically said what it was that made them uncomfortable, and that was reasonable feedback to give. It’s more like going to a cheese convention and trying Limburger and saying “oh, I like a lot of cheeses, but this one is just too stinky for me, thanks.”

nmtd…idgi.

missglinda:

crimsonrambler:

This will probably get me kicked out of tumblr.

But, I can’t get into NMTD. I tried. I might be too old or something. Because the characters are so young it makes me feel uncomfortable. As a rabid LBD/EA/AOJE/NPW/VMD viewer and Shakespeare fangirl, this makes me sad.

And you had to tag the show in this post…why? I mean, you not liking it is a perfectly valid thing, that’s okay, but why did you tag your not liking it?

Because it’s a polite expression of what they didn’t like? They’re not being rude or mean or judging people who do like it. There’s nothing wrong with tagging polite personal disappointment…

I don’t think that last paragraph is going to make anyone want to win her book… 

I don’t think that last paragraph is going to make anyone want to win her book… 

flutish:

theoniongirl:

allinablur:

I’m not sure how unpopular this might be, but there is something in part of the NMTD fandom that is making me feel uncomfortable.

Why do I have the feeling that most people are putting ALL the fault of what happened to Hero on Claudio and Leo (and Pedro to a lesser extent)?! I am not excusing them for their attitudes towards Hero, but they are not the only ones to blame.

Why are people forgetting about John and Robbie?? This actually started with them concocting this perverse scheme. What are John’s motivations for doing that? Envy? Of what? Towards whom? Something that also bugs me is that Ben wasn’t among the party that “saw” what happened at the Dukes’ house. Didn’t the boys tell him to go with them? Was he left out on purpose? And if he indeed was, what were the reasons behind that? Why did Robbie indulge in such disgusting behaviour? Was he only in it purely for the money or was there something else? Why are they being frequently omitted from people’s criticisms?

I feel like a lot of people are focusing so much on the KILL CLAUDIO! thing and they are actually overlooking the root of the issue. Sure, Claudio’s behaviour is very worrying and I don’t condone it at all, and Leo is being a terrible brother, and Pedro needs to wake the fuck up. But in the first place I would like to punch John and Robbie in the face.

Edit: Thank you all who are commenting on my post and expressing your points of view. This was also written to spark a little debating, I suppose. It’s natural we might focus more on Claudio, Pedro and Leo (especially heightened by the contrast with Ben’s attitude) because we see more of them and they are more related to other characters we care about, but I just don’t want people to forget about other important aspects of this issue.

I agree with basically all of this. I’ve seen next to zero discussion of how much blame lies at John and Robbie’s feet.

Claudio, Pedro, and Leo’s attitudes have been gross and cruel, but with at least the first two, they were deliberately and carefully led into “proof” of what they were being fed. They expressed it awfully, and didn’t bother to talk to Hero about it before accusing her…

but it is gross to cheat on your boyfriend when you’ve agreed to be exclusive, and they honest to god thought they’d witnessed Hero actively cheating. I can’t blame them for being hurt. I can’t blame them for applying Occam’s Razor (really, in the general scheme of things, what’s more likely? Hero cheating or a deep and elaborate plot to lie, deceive, and manipulate them out of nothing more than contrariness and spite?).

The way it went down was obviously bad, horrible, cruel, monsterous, and it would be good and healthy for Hero to refuse to take Claudio back because of the way he treated her. It wouldn’t be an overreaction for Bea to tell Pedro that their friendship was irrevocably broken. Bea should tell her aunts about Leo’s horrific response so they can school him parental-style. There need to be consequences for the way they acted on the misinformation they’d been spoonfed.

But none of that changes the fact that Claudio and Pedro are victims of John and Robbie’s manipulations.

And none of that makes it okay for audience members to threaten violence on Claudio.

I strongly agree with most of this, but with a serious caveat: I don’t believe the threats of violence on Claudio are anything more than a callback to “Kill Claudio”, or simply frustrated exclamations of “ughhh Claudio why did you do it like that? *punch*”. It’s hard to tell sometimes (because many fans get very passionate), but I don’t think anyone truly wishes violence on anyone, fictional or otherwise.

Well, when the pictures devolved into kitchen knives and knitting needles specifically stated to be used for stabbing him, those threats crossed a line. Sonics and flower crowns and fierce faces? All well and good. Threaten a manipulated teenager with a knife? Totally uncool, reference to “Kill Claudio” or not.