Edith knew that the woman she was writing about was Sybil. It was always Sybil. It helped her connect to her, taking the voice of one woman who never spoke before, and giving it to one who would never speak again. Every once in a great while, she would become so immersed in the words that it was as though they were having a conversation again. And when she would smile to herself at the thought of a particularly Sybil-like phrase, she would unconsciously turn to see her sister’s reaction. Perhaps it hit her hardest of all. Mary had Matthew, Tom had the baby, and her parents could comfort each other. Edith realized that the person who always comforted her was Sybil, and that her absence hurt more than physical pain ever could.
Sometimes alone was the worst place to be.
People are reblogging a lot of my Downton art right now (??) and this one surprised me so much I had to make sure it was me. Dang it, Rob.
Robin, you’ve given us so many gems this weekend!
Only 20 more days until “poor Edith” becomes a frequent, regular tag on my blog — along with “Sassy Sybbie,” “Mary + Bacon Baron 4eva” and “Why do I even ship Banna happiness anymore it’s hopeless”
"In your company, I find I am positively wealthy with insults, and I don’t mind lavishing them upon you."
Cinnamon & Gunpowder, Eli Brown.
(But it sounds like Muchado, right? Doesn’t help that the woman who says this line in the book is a red-headed pirate captain with a fierce tongue and an even fiercer sword. I keep envisioning Catherine Tate)
i have a friend who has been taking birth control since she was 12 because she’s anemic and if she didn’t take it she would bleed out excessively during her period and end up in the hospital
dont fucking tell me that birth control isn’t crucial to people
My sister was born…
I once heard my mother say that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate was just a government conspiracy to control the population….despite the fact that I, her daughter, take birth control to help manage my PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome, a common but very uncomfortable hormonal disorder).
I love my mother, but our politics and beliefs really don’t mesh sometimes.
As if I needed another reason to love the David Tennant version of Muchado, Leo Staar is in it as well.
"Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women for the money. And it made her miserable.
As a young writer, Alcott concentrated on lurid pulp stories of revenge, murder, and adultery–“blood and thunder” literature, as she called i–and enjoyed writing very much. She was in her mid 30s when an editor suggested she try writing a book for girls. Alcott wasn’t very interested, but her father was a complete moron with money and had left the family in terrible financial trouble. Alcott wrote Little Women in hopes of some decent sales and a little breathing room and got way more than she asked for. The money in sequels was too good to turn down (and her father didn’t get any smarter with a dime), but Alcott hated writing what she called “moral pap for the young” and longed to return to the smut and violence of her early endeavors."
"So, I’ve turned them into fantasy-loving pyromaniacs."
Why Allen Leech is the best babysitter ever. (x)
"PBS’s Hoppe believes that the transatlantic momentum will continue – she’s already looking forward to next year’s Emmys. “I’ve been very frustrated that Call the Midwife hasn’t received Emmy nominations – I think it’s because it appeals so female. I’m not sure if the guys who are Emmy voters are watching.” Then she chuckles: “I’m going to personally put a DVD under the door of every man in Hollywood, and try to get some votes for that baby.” Watch out, HBO: as if Sherlock Holmes and the Earl of Grantham weren’t enough, now the midwives of Poplar are coming to get you."
Sherlock, Downton Abbey: what the US can learn from our TV exports - The Guardian
Wasn’t I just saying this?
Despite the heat, I’m attempting sweet rolls today (this is what happens when you watch two series of the Great British Bake-Off in a week. You bake, and you start contemplating GBBO fanfic).
Don’t know how they’ll turn out, but I will say that the slapping dough method they always use on the show is incredibly good stress relief.