Hold the Door

<Game of Thrones spoilers below, you’ve been warned>

Ahead of tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones, let’s briefly review what happened last time:

  • Sansa tells off Little Finger (yay!  Queen of the North!)
  • Sansa and Jon are leaving Castle Black, with new threads Sansa made (you work that needle point, girl)
  • Tormund Giantsbane is smitten like a kitten (and we love it)
  • Arya gets an assignment from the faceless men
  • Renaissance ice zombies are on the move
  • Bran’s direwolf dies
  • We find out Bran-muffin and his time travel are the reason Hodor says Hodor😦

Speaking of which, we also add to our GoT life lessons:  always try to hold the door, it is after all, the polite thing to do.

Theories and questions for the next few episodes:

  • 2 direwolves (Ghost and Nymeria) are still alive.  Please George R.R., no more direwolf deaths
  • Will Arya be able to complete her mission?  I say 50-50 odds.  But wouldn’t it be neat if Nymeria shows up and her appearance helps Arya decide if she really wants to be a faceless man?  If not now, I’m hoping Nymeria shows up at some point, it would make Arya’s story arc even more interesting.
  • Bri-mund amusement to continue.  And why not?  It’s our much needed glimmer of giggles and comic relief in the stark landscape of GoT (points to me on the pun).
  • Bran-muffin will discover the truth of Jon’s parentage (though I’m guessing this won’t happen until close to the end of the season)
  • Sansa and Jon aim to unite houses of the North under their banner – I think Little Finger and the Knights of the Vale will meet them at Riverrun to join forces.
  • Oh and King’s landing – are we going to see the takedown of the barefoot creeper known as the High Sparrow?  I certainly hope so.

Just a few more hours to go until the next installment of Game of Thrones.  Are you ready?

The Unburnt

Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 4 Review


Before we get a new episode of Game of Thrones today, let’s review the top lesson learned from last week’s episode – 

Pay attention to how people introduce themselves. 

If someone’s name is Holly the plumber or Steve the vet, I feel like you know what’s in their wheelhouse. So, if someone’s name is long and has in it “….the Unburnt” maybe don’t be rude to them in a small, flammable room filled with little pots of fire. 

Just a thought:)

Also, how amused am I with Tormund Giantsbane trying to seduce Brienne of Tarth during dinner? So amused. Looking forward to more amusing bits on this season’s Game of Thrones (as I attempt to watch while on vacation in Europe). 

The Alchemist

Book Review of “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho

After years of meaning to (and buying a few copies), I’ve finally read The Alchemist.  It’s been said that you often come across things when you’re ready or when you need it most.  At any time in my life, I probably would have enjoyed the story and the words of wisdom found within these pages. But the timing of reading this couldn’t have been better, as I continue to rebuild my life and pursue my dreams. 

Brief summary 

After having the same dream twice, a shepherd boy (who loves to travel), sets out on a journey to realize his “personal legend,” or his life’s goal. 

Review

I love good stories, quotes, and words of wisdom and this book has all of these things. But it’s also a book that reaches the reader on a deeper level, stirring you and reminding you to always listen to your heart and to search out your own personal legend.   Five out of five stars and if you haven’t picked up this book, I strongly recommend you to do so.:)

Some of my favorite quotes from the novel

“Tell your heart that the feared suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams…”

“Every search beings with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.”

“…when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

“…at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

“To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation.”

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

There you have it….it’s never too late or too early to chase your dreams. So, go do it.😉

Two tickets to paradise

For the first time in over two years, I’m going on a real vacation.  I’m excited, but I’m also really nervous…


Excited because, well, who isn’t excited to have a vacation from the every day grind of work (and school, for me) and responsibility?

Nervous because…I’m not traveling alone.  It’s the first time in over two years that I’m traveling with a guy…since well, a messy divorce and trust issues.

Yeah.

So I came up with tip of how to travel when you’re in a new relationship:

  1. Don’t be afraid to poo.  So, for whatever reason in new relationships, there’s this thing where people are afraid to poo in the other person’s place.  Don’t worry, everyone poops and your boyfriend/girlfriend/friend/crush/wolverine knows that you poop, even if you don’t do it at their place.
  2. Pack as you normally would. Don’t try to pack light, if you don’t normally. And don’t pack super heavy if you’re a carryon only type traveler. Just do you. 
  3. Tell them what you want or don’t want to see. Be honest. There’s nothing wrong with being agreeable, but don’t be a doormat to make someone else happy, make sure you see/do what you want too. 
  4. Bring your own stuff. This includes credit cards, cash, phone chargers, etc.  It’s always better to have backups in case someone forgets or loses something. Also, if you’re slightly morbid like me…you never want to be completely dependent on someone should stuff go wrong.
  5. Have fun and oh, sign up for frequent flier and rewards points for places you go, because it’s never too early to start saving/amassing points for your next journey. 

GoT Oathbreaker Review

<Spoilers below GoT fans – you’ve been warned>

Game of Thrones is all about giving the fans what we want this season:

1. Jon Snow alive again

2. Promise of answers on the genesis of Jon (R + L = J??)

3. Arya’s eyes back

4. And… #JonSnowButt

Thanks HBO and hello #JonSnowButt.  Which brings me to an update for life lessons from Game of Thrones, squats…squats do a body good.

I digress (#JonSnowButt is a worthy topic though) but back to the GoT writers giving us what we want:

#5. Jon Snow leaves the Night’s Watch

Why do we want this?

Because plot!

Sorry, that was my writer side coming out.

We want it because for the past several seasons, our main characters have drifted apart (some to the far reaches of the world) to have their own adventures.  Jon leaving Castle Black is the beginning of another trend – main characters beginning to meet again and converge around a main area (or begin to make their way there).  Which is a good thing and a bad thing.

Good – because we’ll start seeing big questions answered (the genesis of Jon) and comeuppances for super evil characters (I’m looking at you, Ramsay), but also…

Bad – because it’s the beginning of the end.  Even though we have two more seasons after this one, I’d imagine we’ll have some payoffs coming soon:

1) Revealing Jon’s parents (though, goodness…how long is the three-eyed raven going to drag this out?)…is it too late to hold out hope that the R in R+L = J is Robert?  I’m still hoping, I like that idea but I don’t think I’m right anymore.

2) Bran-muffin’s time traveling and possible past/time interactions (oooooooh maybe we can change something?!)

3) Ramsay’s death at Winterfell.

Then season 7 will be mostly setting up for the last season and hopefully not being a slogging mess.

Now, go ahead and scroll back up to see more #JonSnowButt…you know you want to.

Office worker confessions – toilets

 

Monday means back to work and today, my friends, we discuss something of the utmost importance in the office world – office toilets…and etiquette.

Basic rules of engagement for office toilets-

  1. Try not to engage with people who are trying to poo – You’d think this would be a given, but no, not really.  Nothing more awkward than trying to drop a deuce while someone wants to talk Game of Thrones.  Girl, we can talk about Jon Snow’s sweet bottom after I’m done wiping mine.
  2. If you must talk while you tinkle, pick talking points wisely.  Gossiping about Sally in accounting while in the office toilet is an excellent way of summoning her or one of her friends.  Also, asking me if I have children while I’m trying to pee is a terrible idea (I don’t. Long, terrible story actually…do you want to talk about that time someone pulled down my pants in middle school as well?).  Just ask me about the weather or how you wish it were Friday (or that yay! it’s Friday..but only if it is, in fact, Friday).
  3. Don’t comment that the seat is warm or the place is smelly.  We all know what goes on here, no need to highlight the obvious or poop-shame people.
  4. Don’t talk on the cell phone. I get confused if you’re talking to me (or yourself) and then self-conscious about all those sounds one makes while going to the bathroom….in the one place where it’s socially acceptable to make them.
  5. Don’t ask “who is over there” unless you want sarcastic and/or gross responses.
  6. Clean up.  I feel like your parents should have probably taught you this lesson, but if not – clean yourself, clean up after yourself, and then wash your hands.

Boom, done.  Now go potty like a professional.

The Genesis of Jon

You’ve been warned, spoilers and theories below.

Season 6 Episode 2 gave fans (are there fans that didn’t want it to happen?!) what we’ve wanted since leaving us with Jon Snow bleeding in the snow at the end of Season 5.  Finally! They also gave us an update for our life lessons by Game of Thrones – no one loves you like your dog.  Everyone left that room, except for Ghost.  He never gave up.

Aww.  Dogs are great.:)

But back to our topic of today – the Genesis of Jon and why the writers behind Game of Thrones are ready to reveal it.

#1. Jon coming back to life makes his background relevant to the story again.  It’s true.  If he were actually gone, while some of those mysteries would continue to tickle many fan brains, they wouldn’t necessary be solved (which is the worst).  Now we can find out if Jon has a real claim to the Iron Throne, as so many fans believe…

#2. Bran Stark, Three-Eyed Raven, and time travel = GoT mystery wagon.  Yep.  While Bran is supposed to learning about how to defeat the white walkers, the three-eyed raven lets him see his father, uncle, and  Hodor as children as well as Lyanna…And if Bran can control where they go, why wouldn’t he watch as much as he could?

R + L = J …..but which R?

<Sigh> Jon…Lyanna makes you a Stark. As for your father, who knows?  But I hope we find out this season.

And now for more Season 6 forecasts:

  1. Awkward reunion at the Wall…  Jon to Olly: Remember that time you tried to kill me?  lols.  Now go clean my chamber pot.
  2. Arya gets new eyes…but how?
  3. Sansa shows up at Castle Black slightly ahead of Ramsay’s men and convinces him to help her retake Winterfell.  Side note: Does being murdered mean that Jon’s life dedication to the night’s watch has been served?
  4. Amusing anecdotes when Brienne of Tarth meets Tormund Giantsbane (pleeeeease?)
  5. Jaime and Cersei versus the High Sparrow…and maybe Jaime’s death.
  6. And where the f*ck is Baelish?  I don’t want to say I’m missing him…but I’m missing him.
  7. Hodor’s background solved, but what will it be? Kicked in the head by a horse?  Hurt by someone named Hodor?  Something happened to him that caused Benjen to become a crow?

Just a few days left until the next episode.  Are you ready?

 

Of blood and snow – GoT Season 6.1 revisit

Because I’m an active reader (and viewer), I like to ponder what will happen next with characters. This happens all the time, if there’s a plot mystery, I will sit and puzzle it out as though I were the writer. It’s something I’ve always done and will probably always do.

But on to what this post is really about –  Game of Thrones (and what I really hope they’ll cover in episode 2…or, come on HBO, episode 3 at the latest?!) –

SPOILERS AND THEORIES (some half-baked) below:

Jon and the blood in the snow –

1. Is he dead or not?

The show’s writers seem to be teasing us. The good guys have his body, so it hasn’t been burned. The Red Woman is at Castle Black and we know the Lord of Light has brought people back before….

I feel like most fans are leaning toward the theory that Jon will be brought back. Either that, or George R. R. Martin likes to torture us more than we thought possible.

2.  Blood in the snow and ink blot tests

There are some fans who think the show’s creators are trying to give us a clue about who Jon’s parents really are by hiding a dragon in his blood  –


This is an interesting theory and certainly not an old one in the fandom. In order to protect his nephew, Ned Stark takes the baby of his sister (Lyanna) and Rhaeagar Targaryen, after his sister dies in childbirth.

It’s a plausible theory.  It’s also possible that people would try to kill a baby Targaryen because that’s what happened to most of them.

But…if he were a Targaryen, wouldn’t Jon have those long, flowing, white locks?

Methinks so. Which brings me to a perhaps more plausible theory –

Jon is the son of Robert and Lyanna, taken by Ned Stark to protect his friend from being executed for getting in the way of Rhaeagar Targaryen (or perhaps, allow protect the baby during Robert’s war).

Jon’s got the dark hair of House Stark and House Baratheon. And what’s more, the Red Woman was very much interested in seducing him (perhaps to make another smoke baby?).

But who knows, the mystery of his origins may not be solved until the very end of the series and maybe not even then. Alas, some mysteries are never truly solved and as time goes by…the answers may not even prove relevant.

In the meantime, let’s hope for a Castle Black episode tonight with the Wildlings and the Red Woman to coming to the rescue…and, if we can be greedy – an answer to if Jon is coming back to life or not.

Take a chance

I’ve always loved music, sayings, and quotes.  They have that unique ability to impart thoughts and feelings with a memorable punch.

This week’s quote is one I’ve come across recently –

“So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.” – Sylvia Plath

There are many things I’ve learned over the last year or so and one of the most important is simply this – give people a chance and appreciate others.  There are hidden depths to people – granted some of it can be bad, but some of it can be really good and friendships can spring in the most unlikely of places.

I’ve always been an open person, and since my divorce, I’ve really pushed myself to give people a chance (alas, sometimes divorces can give you trust and self-worth issues).  There are two people in particular who I’ve come across since my divorce and my initial feelings were to stay away…that nothing good would come out of knowing them.  But – in both cases – I’ve been surprised by these new relationships, and definitely for the better.

So , don’t be afraid to get out there and give people a chance…you never know who you’ll meet and what new things you’ll discover.  :)