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Confab [SOCS]

Fab is a word I associate with the Beatles, but sometimes it’s used to describe the 4 British Royals: William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan. For a short time, I used faboo as an expression of glee, but I quickly grew bored with it. I’m pretty much back to my boring old great! and yay! ๐ŸŽ‰

Last week I stopped in Jo-Ann’s fabrics, but it wasn’t as much fun as I’d remembered. I think my crafting days are kaput ~ except for when my little granddaughter is old enough to make braided lanyard bracelets and paper flowers and beady things. That will be great! ๐Ÿ˜

Fabricate means lie, like prevaricate… though they are subtly different. Fabricate is more about constructing a false body of evidence, while prevaricating is evading the question. But ultimately lying is lying, in my book. I think I forgot to say that in some post or other recently when were gabbing about this topic ~ I was thinking about saying that lies of omission were also lies, but then I omitted it! Oopsy. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Finally, we have fables, which are a great form of storytelling. I’ve always loved fiction, but as an adult I’ve only enjoyed realistic fiction until fairly recently. But in the last couple years, something changed and I became more open minded toward fantasy in fiction. This led me into different genres, such as sci-fi, magical realism, magic in general, shapeshifter romance, time travel, steampunk, dragons… and of course culminating in Game of Thrones.

Have I mentioned that I really really love Game of Thrones??? ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‰โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Ten Days To Go! [Game of Thrones fanfic]

What was once derided as myth and fairy tales of crazy witches has now come to pass: the army of the dead is marching on the living. It won’t much matter who was more prescient in choosing a leader, except there’s a slightly better chance of surviving if the living fight together rather than conspire against one another as they have done until now.

But some say there may be a forgotten factor. Nymeria, the cast-off dire wolf from House Stark has survived all these years in the frigid forests of the North. We caught a glimpse of her when Arya was traveling alone and a wolf pack appeared, led by Nymeria. There were thousands of dire wolves, an army in their own right. Will they fight for the living against the Night King?

As the air turns even colder and a brutal long winter descends once again upon Westeros, it’s fortunate that the remaining Starks have at least reunited in Winterfell. Whether the star-crossed Queen Daenerys and her two fire dragons will ultimately be friend or foe to the Starks, well…

We will just have to wait and watch!

~*~

Elemental Challenge: Air/Frigid

Opposites Attract Challenge April 4

Dragons Are Coming! [1000 words]

Contains Game of Thrones spoilers!

Not that I have to remind my fellow Game of Thrones fans, but it’s only two more weeks until the first show of the grand finale wrap-up! Season 8 is more like six full-length movies than regular shows, but even so… six episodes in any form does not seem nearly enough to deal with tying up all the loose ends of every plot and subplot that’s been woven through this complex drama over the last eight years. I think it’s been eight anyway ~ I only began watching last year. I’ve watched it all three times though! ๐Ÿ˜‚

I confess that I do click on many of the fan theories about what might happen and the little teasers from the cast, etc. I just can’t resist! Haven’t really learned much, except that the last hidden throne was found in Queens, NY, which makes some people believe that a female character will prevail and win the throne. Fans are certain that Cersei will die because of the prophesy from Maggie the Toad, but idk about that. GOT has always been full of surprises.

However, if Cersei does die, I would love if Jaime killed her, whether or not she’s pregnant with another of his babies. It would fulfill the prophesy, since technically she is the older twin. But even better: I would love if Arya killed her wearing Jaime’s face, ooooh! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

Here’s another confession: I don’t love Sansa Stark. Lots of fans are hoping she survives and I truly dgaf. I’ve never felt invested in her just because she’s been so abused. Honestly she was a shit for years, terrible to her family, and her attraction to Joffrey was disgusting. You know which Stark is my favorite? Arya! I adore her. She didn’t keep waiting for a man to save her; she went out there and did the job herself.

The scene where Arya killed all the Freys is one of my favorite things ever. And they so had it coming ever since the Red Wedding. Btw, I felt nothing when Ramsay stabbed his father later ~ remember how Roose Bolton conspired with Walder Frey and the Lannisters to murder Robb Stark, his wife, and his mother, not to mention their dire wolf!? Anyway, it would rock my socks if Arya ended up on the throne! โœจ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘‘

But I doubt she will because of that teaser from the crypt which showed her and Sansa seemingly dead as young women in stone, while Jon Snow’s face in stone was older. I don’t want him to win ~ he’s just another boring man, ughhh. He annoys me and always has. The only thing I like about him is his connection to the dire wolves. ๐Ÿบ

What about Daenerys? Welp, I have mixed feelings about her. On the one hand, she’s strong and exciting and she commands the dragons. She’s decisive and bold. I enjoyed watching her morph from a scared girl into a powerful leader. On the other hand, she irritates me. Don’t know how to explain it. And it’s not because she’s so beautiful cuz I enjoy that. Compare her to Arya… Arya relies completely on her own skills and wits, nothing else. Daenerys has beauty and dragons and immunity to fire. Where would she be without those things? Also, D is very murdery. No compassion there. A has compassion. I don’t believe, forex, that she left the injured Hound out of cruelty ~ he was off her list and I don’t think she thought he would die then. Indeed, he did not.

Yet, I would rather see D on the throne than Jaime Lannister, handsome as he is, or Jon effing Snow, noble as he is. You know, I feel bad saying that about Jaime because he’s been trying to do the right things lately, and he’s sort of nice to Tyrion mostly, but ffs he threw Bran Stark off the tower! You really can’t recover from that.

There are two men I might be okay with on the throne. One is Tyrion Lannister. Even though T was born to wealth and privilege, he’s been mocked and mistreated for much of his life for being a dwarf. And he hasn’t merely endured, or grown cold and bitter, but his experiences have infused him with empathy and humanity. He’s kind and funny and brilliant and loving. The other is Samwell Tarly, for pretty much the same reasons. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

I just read yesterday that in S5 one of the Maesters jabbered about a prophesy where a drowned god ~ that would be Euron Greyjoy ~ rose up to kill Aegon Targaryen. That would be Jon Snow. You know Euron is coming back from Essos to help Cersei, right? Even without the prophesy, with Euron’s return things are going to be in a pickle for sure!

Speaking of theories, I hung on to the “Bran = the Night King” for a long time, but I guess I need to let that go. It wouldn’t make sense that just because the NK touched Bran when he warged that time, then all the creatures were able to penetrate the magic barrier and kill Bran’s group. If B and the NK share a mind, why would he be trying to commit suicide? It makes more sense that maybe B will be able to warg into the NK or Viserion (the dragon the NK turned to ice).

Goodness, I hope I haven’t jinxed any of my favorite characters, like Arya (please not Arya!) by going on about them favorably. And if they kill Tyrion off, ooh, I’ll be so angry! They wouldn’t do that, would they? Take Jon or Dany over Arya or Tyrion, or take Sansa! God, that would piss people off, lol. There are also a bunch of other choices to eliminate: Bronn, Gilly, Varys, etc. I don’t care overmuch about any of them. And “Clegane Bowl” is coming too. Of course I’ll root for the Hound, but he was an awful person at first, just like Jaime.

CANNOT WAIT!!!!!

Dโ€™oh! [SOCS]

(Sing to “Do Re Mi” ๐ŸŽถ)

D’oh, my dear,

Don’t eat raw dough–

You might get poisoned,

Don’t you know?

Eggs are bad;

New studies just came in–

Toss them all into the bin!

So, about that pyramid?

We’ll keep it for the TV show;

I win, I’m going off the grid…

And that brings us back to dough!

3-2-1 Quote Me Truth

Rory tagged me in the 3-2-1 Quote Me game with a truth theme. Thanks Rory!

One thank you. โœ…

Two quotes. Coming up!

Three tags. Eh okay. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s see how these bloggers interpret the theme:

Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel

Ruth of Ruth Scribbles

Suze of Suziland Too

Over to you. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Liarโ€™s Poker

The Haunted Wordsmith can’t handle the truth…

1. You wanted to book a trip to Athens, but the agent misunderstood youโ€ฆwhere did they send you?

The California Department of Motor Vehicles.

2. What will customs agents find in your luggage?

Everything but a CERTIFIED copy of my divorce document.

3. What do you sneak aboard the flight, and what do you sneak it in?

A comfort skunk in my backpack.

4. The plane crashes โ€” everyone survives โ€” where did you crash?

Starbucks.

5. What are three things you find at your crash site?

My birth certificate, my Social Security card, and an uncertified copy of my divorce decree.

6. Survivors see a rescue opportunity but donโ€™t take itโ€ฆwhy?

Everyone is giving me advice on how to get a passport and other documents to prove I am me so I can get a Real ID.

7. What are you finally rescued by?

The Valium truck.

8. What is the first thing you do when you get back home?

Switch to the Republican party.

9. The airline offers you money, but you turn it downโ€ฆwhat do you get instead?

A regular driver’s license.

10. You decide that a cruise is safer, where do you go?

The Island of Rage.

11. You get marooned on a deserted island but find huts and scientific equipment made out of coconutsโ€ฆwhat happened to Gilligan and the Skipper?

They obviously didn’t have the correct paperwork and were stuffed into jail.

12. A fishing boat rescues you, but you have to pay Poseidon for safe passageโ€ฆwhat do you pay?

The very valuable and rare black and white mink in my backpack.

13. He rejects your fare and throws you across the worldโ€ฆyou land safely, but where do you end up?

Israel.

14. How does your story end?

Deliciously.

Honestly Cosmopolitan FU

So, I’m reading about one of those scandal idiots, as you do, something something the dad is a major Trump supporter according to Tom Arnold… geez let’s dig him up out of the trash heap for a quote ๐Ÿคฎ… clicking along mindlessly like a good robot when whoa I see a link to the worst movie from the year I was born.

Now, here’s some news I can use! I flip out of that site and over to Cosmopolitan and guess what? The list starts at 1983.

Nineteen fricken eighty three! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Granted, that was a pretty shitty year. First, I was fat, not gonna lie. Maybe not fat by current standards or some chart, but by my standards, for me. Second, there was that whole thing with Mark. Gahhh. After that, I thought why not move to California? Who wants to face another Chicago winter, this time with a broken heart? But third, as soon as I moved here my migraines got worse. ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Back to Cosmo, a magazine I religiously supported for decades, but now it can’t be bothered with women my age. Nope. We’re stuck with Good Housekeeping and AARP. Anyway, Cosmo says the worst movie of 1983 is Jaws 3-D, which is not hard to believe, since it sounds stupid on its face.

Confession: I only very recently saw the original Jaws, like in the last year, because my friends kept teasing me for having not seen it. Meh.

Okay, so now let’s go waaaaaay back (cue caveman music ๐ŸŽถ) to find the worst movie of my birth year, 1961.

Psych! I haven’t seen most of the movies from that year, so I can’t judge. I do note however that there are some gems: The Hustler, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, West Side Story, 101 Dalmatians, etc.

Game of Thrones returns in less than 30 days! ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ”ฅโ„๏ธ๐Ÿ’ซ

Opposites Attract: Challenges 4 & 5

These two challenges are perfect for International Women’s Day! ๐ŸŒ

So many things have been forbidden to women over the centuries, depending upon the society. Certain professions were not deemed permissible for “the fairer sex.” Only in the last hundred years have women demanded and received the right to vote and manage their own money, here in the USA! It some cultures, it’s not allowable for women to drive or choose their own spouses. ๐Ÿ˜ก

On social media, wherever a woman may be physically located, it’s likely that in cyberspace she has experienced misogynistic bullying and trolling, if not worse. But she is still expected to be pleasant and have a smiling selfie as well as an emotionally generous and forgiving “tone,” lest she be accused of not being feminine. The horror! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Speaking of looks, in the dating arena (yes, we are back to that, pffft), a woman is expected to be fashionable. Men are always jabbering on about women’s looks, even when they say stupid things like they prefer “Mary Ann to Ginger,” as if Mary Ann’s pigtails and non-makeup makeup look didn’t take just as long to style as Ginger’s glam. But supposedly it’s okay for men to obsess about looks because they’re “visual” and can’t help it, but if a woman cares about comfort and security due to her DNA, then she’s a gold-digger, right guys? ๐Ÿ™„

Whatever! I’m just happy to be done with all that, and now I can schlump around in uncool corduroy pants, cozy unstylish sweaters, and all manner of comfy dowdy shoes that aren’t sexy in the least.๐Ÿ˜œ

Lucky ๐Ÿ€ 7

My Inner Mishmash tagged me in the 7 faves. Since a picture paints 1000 words, I’ll use photos. These aren’t necessarily in order of favoritism, some should be taken conceptually rather than specifically, and a couple are cheats because they include more than one thing. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ’–

Lauraโ€™s Eleven

Laura nominated me for a Liebster Award and presented 11 questions. As a finale to my lazy 3-day weekend of doing nothing much, I’ll answer them while watching yet another episode of Game of Thrones.

1. Tell me an event that changed your life.

– All of them.

2. Favorite color?

– Turquoise.

3. What is one of your favorite quotes?

– Life is short; eat dessert first.

4. Tell me your favorite post that you wrote on your blog?

– The Duke vs the Secretary.

5. What can bring a smile to your face daily?

– See the photo.

6. What movie scared you as a child?

Candyman.

7. Favorite game? Board, online, gaming system.

– Board games, variety of.

8. How did you pick your blogโ€™s name?

– From leitmotif.

9. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your 13 year old self?

– Buy tech stocks.

10. If you had to give up one which do you think you could live without? Cell phone, television, computer

– Television.

11. What is your guiltiest pleasure?

– Watching TV all day and not working on my writing.

Thanks for the nom, Laura! I’m not going to nom anyone, as is my way. ๐Ÿ™‚