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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Once Upon A Time – Season 6, Episode 19 Recap: The Saviors Of Storybrooke

We begin "Many Years Ago" at the moment of Rumple's immaculately clean birth to a still-human Fiona. In a callback to Henry's birth scene, the candles flicker, flame out and revive. Rumple's parents clearly love the hell out of him, and as they're oohing and aahing over their little bundle of joy, in poof Blue and Tiger Lilly - the latter being Rumple's assigned fairy godmother. I'm loving Blue's new outfit. It's about damn time. At least she doesn't look like a poorly-frosted doll cake anymore.

Why does the baby get a fairy godmother, you ask? Because a prophecy told them a boy would be born with great light magic - a child known as The Savior. Apparently, saviors are nearly as common as magic beans, because it's getting to be that you can't swing a dead cat in Storybrooke without hitting one.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Signs Point To Friday - Let's Get Our Weekend On!

It's Friday again, and I can't complain. It was a two-day work week for me since my father is visiting, but I'm guessing the rest of you poor working slugs could use a break. Kick back and enjoy this finely curated selection of signology.

For those slow learners out there:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

My London Diary Day 3: Revenge Of The Jet Lag (And Mummies!)

Day 3 of our London odyssey began with a very frustrated me trying to wake up a very jet-lagged teen. Anna couldn't fall asleep on Friday night, and was up till nearly four a.m. Consequently, she resisted every attempt to get up at nine, nine-thirty, and ten, and finally by 10:30, I gave up and went across the street to King's Cross to do some shopping without her.

Once at King's Cross, I found what I'd been looking for since the night before: The Platform 9 3/4 Harry Potter Shop! We'd wandered in on Friday night briefly (just before they closed) and the place was packed. I saw one of the store workers walking around with the world's most adorable plush Dobby on his shoulder, but alas, they were sold out and he wouldn't sell me that one. Check him out!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

London Diary Day 2: The Royal Observatory Was A Royal Pain

Day 2 in London began with such promise! We didn't get up quite as early as I'd like - Anna was having a serious issue with jet lag and she's never great with morning to begin with, but eventually we made our way to St. Pancras Station for a hearty breakfast at a great little Italian place called Barzetti. They were one of the few places you could get a real, sit-down breakfast (vs a pastry) and Anna wanted eggs. It turns out it was a terrific decision. I had the Uova al Forno Con Pancetta, which was Two eggs baked in a rich tomato sauce with mozzarella, parmesan, vine tomatoes and topped with pancetta. It was served with crusty brown bread and it was amaaaaazing. Take a look!

Monday, April 24, 2017

My London Diary, Day One: High Tea On The Thames

Our first day in London began with an hour and I forget how many minutes long queue for customs and passport control that I would like to never repeat again in my lifetime. We had filled out our landing cards on the plane, but that did nothing to expedite the process. This is the world we live in, I suppose.

The cool thing about the endless queue (and yes, there was one) was that it was truly a melting pot unlike anything I'd ever seen in my melting pot of a country. I think every nation on earth was represented in that queue and the writer in me was fascinated watching them all speak and interact and gripe about the queue. I wanted to know all their stories. But mostly, I wanted out of that line.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Once Upon A Time – Season 6, Episode 18 Recap: Oh Baby, Gimme Some Pancakes

We open tonight on teen Zelena who comes upon a young woodcutter who's trying to rescue a fallen bird's nest. Zelena heals the broken egg with magic and replaces a nest in a tree. The woodcutter's name is Stanum, and he also saves Zelena when some bullies target her. He firmly proclaims that they are friends, since Zelena used her magic for good.

Forward now to Zelena's farmhouse in Storybrooke. The Black Fairy has got baby Robin in her arms, where she coos, "I never grow tired of that new baby smell." She wants Zelena to team up for the final battle, but Zelena's not afraid of her and is now full-on mama bear since the Blackened Bitch dared to touch her baby. She tells her royal Dark Hotness to piss into the wind.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fun On A Friday - Time For "Today In The News"

It's Friday and I'm ready to rock it. But first, let's check in with the local news to see what's on tap. We'll start here.

Australia. Of course.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Saturday, I March For Science - And Here's Why

I had planned to start my London Diary today, but I'm holding off to next week because I think this is too important. On Saturday, I join thousands of others all around the world who will be marching for science.

Those of you who follow me know I'm a theatre girl. And a writer. I'm as far from a scientist/engineer/mathematician as you can get. I was raised by a fundamentalist evangelical mother and an engine mechanic father in a small town in the southwest, surrounded by a lot of camouflage wearing, gun-toting people.

And while I am a meat-eating, kale-despising girl who really has no use for homemade granola or Birkenstock sandals, I can see that we're on a planet in crisis, one that's at a turning point. Legislation has paved the way to reversing the damage we did to the ozone layer, many of our wild and free places have been sheltered, our water and soil has been tested and in some places, purified - but not at the levels we need to have any sort of legacy to pass on to our kids. The current administration has already peeled back many of those protections and is targeting more.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: In The Place Of The Silent Stones

Five thousand years is a long time
Some say, they're just rocks after all
But you can't help but feel the history
The majesty and awe
The wonder that repeats through generations
The commonality that unites us
The feeling of the sacred
No matter who or what you worship
Ancient things carry great power
And we are all a part of it
I stood among the giants
In the silence
Breathing it in
Just content to be

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Flight Got Bumped By A Day - And I Am Incredibly Grateful

We were supposed to have gotten in from London yesterday afternoon, but things did not go as planned. Instead, we were deplaned, sat in an airport for hours, then shuttled to a hotel, given food and room vouchers, and stuck in London for another night. It was quite the frazzling experience, and I am sincerely tired of airports. I don't need to see one again anytime soon, thanks.

Monday, April 17, 2017

I'm Not Looking To Cure My Son's Autism, Thanks

A few years ago, I sent out a Facebook blast to my family and friends to let them know I was taking part in an autism fundraiser - one that I participate in every year. This particular event raises money for autism research, which I think is a very worthwhile cause. Every bit we learn about autism gets us valuable therapies and innovations that help people live their lives to their fullest potential, and I'm all for that.

One of my family members shared the post and added this tidbit:

Please support Ellie and help us find a cure! Autism is a terrible curse and we need to help these children!

I didn't lash out at my family member, even though I really wanted to. There is so much wrong with that sentence.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Once Upon A Time – Season 6, Episode 17 Recap: Plot Points, Pixie Petals & Placeholder People

We open tonight's episode with Hook and Blackbeard fleeing the Lost Boys in Neverland. It seems they are determined to make him pay for unseating Pan. Suddenly, a tranquilizer dart takes down a Lost Boy and it's Tiger Lilly to the rescue! Except she's not rescuing at all - she defies proper Hook-concussing protocols and smacks Killian with a tranquilizing dart before she drags him off. Blackbeard is - well, he's just gone after that. Poof.

Meanwhile, in Storybrooke, it turns out Henry's glassy-eyed scribblings refer somehow to "The Final Battle" - which Rumple foretold back in season one. David thought that phrase referenced the curse (as did we) but apparently it was a breadcrumb trail the writer's seeded for when we get to this point. Or so they would have us believe.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: London, Here We Come!

Today's the day
Our first official Mother-Daughter birthday trip
And I hope, the first of many
For a long, long string of years
Seeing the world 
Through my eyes, and through hers
Touching hands to stones that were laid centuries ago
Walking streets that have known
Millenia of blood and triumph and tears
Laughing and eating and shopping
And remembering
Always remembering our time
With just us

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Orchids Are Fascinating - And Wait Till You Hear Why

I love words. I love all the various languages that feed into the words we use here in America, and all the origins and offshoots that go with those words. One of the things I've done with both of my kids when teaching them how to read is to look at the root word of something with a prefix or a suffix and see how many ways you can use it - this can help you determine a word's meaning or the general gist of it if you're unfamiliar. Like aquatic and aqueduct both deal with water, so an aquanaut is someone who explores the water.

I'm always fascinated by the origin of words and my trivia-loving brain is always on the lookout for little word tidbits. This weekend, I came across a couple of live ones.

Take orchids, for example.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Check Out This Great Point-Of-View Video About Autism

The National Autistic Society of the United Kingdom has a load of great YouTube videos that you should watch. I wanted to shout out one of their videos today because I think it really gives a great perspective into the world that people with autism have to navigate every day:

In addition to their Youtube channel, their website is full of great resources and support. Check them out and give the videos a view - and don't forget to pass them along!

Once Upon A Time – Season 6, Episode 16 Recap: One Book To Rule Them All

We open tonight on the Black Fairy, gleefully flying Gideon to her dark cavernous lair, where the children she's stolen mine her dark fairy dust in eternal, miserable servitude.

She find the copy of Her Handsome Hero that Belle tucked in with the baby and tosses it aside after ascertaining his name from the inscription.

A decade or so later, we see young Gideon reading Her Handsome Hero in his cell to an excited boy named Roderick who shares the neighboring cell. The Black Fairy shows up and finds the book he'd stolen back. Gideon tells her that he thinks his real mother gave the book to him so he'll remember to be a hero.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Fun On A Friday - Help Yourself To A Big Ol' Serving Of NOPE

Welcome to Friday and another fun-filled edition of the world of NOPE. Let's get right to it, shall we? We'll start with a bit of advice: Never irritate a Huntsman spider:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

What Are Your "Small Pleasures?"

It rained last weekend, and I also happened to be kid-free. I woke up Saturday morning, heard the rain coming down, and I burrowed down under my comforter as the cat snuggled in next to me. Oh, it was just cozy. So nice.

Then I went downstairs, made a mug of good Irish tea, lit a spiced-apple candle, opened up a book and read for awhile, with the rain pattering softly in the background.

It's the simple stuff that just fills you up, doesn't it?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mostly Wordless Wednesday: There's Always Time For Belly Scratches

Yes, I'm supposed to be
But you see, there's this kitty
That needs a belly scratch
And that takes priority
If I value the flesh on my hand
So you'll excuse me
As I pay court
And give the kitty his due
Until he bites me
To tell me we're done with this
For now

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sex Education - Or Lack Thereof

When I was in eighth grade, we were going to get sex education in our PE class for eight weeks. The school sent a paper home with the details, including the detailing of the course, which contained discussion about teen pregnancy, STD's and birth control.

My mother was not happy.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Just A Reminder About A Great Autism Resource: Sesame Street!

Saturday was World Autism Awareness Day (as my Facebook and Twitter accounts screamed all day) and April is Autism Support Month. I'm going to be using Mondays throughout the month to try to highlight some terrific resources, and I'm going to kick it off with the grandaddy of all educational resources - Sesame Street!

Did you know that in addition to their autistic character, Julia, they also have an entire website filled with resources for parents and children alike, teaching inclusiveness, acceptance, and diversity. In addition, they have these amazing Daily Routine Cards for parents of children on the spectrum, since the use of "storyboarding" is such a helpful tool for children with autism.

Here's a sample of one of the many terrific videos you can find there:

There's a lot to see and do and learn on the site - give it a look!

Once Upon A Time – Season 6, Episode 15 Recap: Give Snow Another Beer, Please

We begin tonight with a fuming David, who has apparently just learned that Hook killed his father. Emma (the tattletale) is bummed that Hook left, and Daddy David is there to hug her heartache away.

And now we splash into the Natilus as it's being sucked into a portal. Oh, look, there's Liam! You know, there's not much of a resemblance on these Jones brothers, but they do have the same prominent forehead veins. So there's that.

Killian demands that they turn the ship around but their portal-jumping device is damaged and they need Kraken's blood to recharge it. Killian is, of course, now determined to find a Kraken.

List of things that make a portal:
  1. Magic Beans
  2. Mad Hatter's Hat
  3. Wishing Star
  4. Black Fairy's Wand
  5. Ruby Slippers
  6. Genie's Wish
  7. Kraken Blood
And of all those things, Rumplestiltskin couldn't get his hands on one?