Sometimes you’re 23 and standing in the kitchen of your house making breakfast and brewing coffee and listening to music that for some reason is really getting to your heart. You’re just standing there thinking about going to work and picking up your dry cleaning. And also more exciting things like books you’re reading and trips you plan on taking and relationships that are springing into existence. Or fading from your memory, which is far less exciting. And suddenly you just don’t feel at home in your skin or in your house and you just want home but “Mom’s” probably wouldn’t feel like home anymore either. There used to be the comfort of a number in your phone and ears that listened everyday and arms that were never for anyone else, but just to calm you down when you started feeling trapped in a five-minute period where nostalgia is too much and thoughts of this person you are feel foreign. When you realize that you’ll never be this young again but this is the first time you’ve ever been this old. When you can’t remember how you got from sixteen to here and all the same feel like sixteen is just as much of a stranger to you now. The song is over. The coffee’s done. You’re going to breathe in and out. You’re going to be fine in about five minutes. — The Winter of the Air (via fuckinq)
(Source: kalynroseanne, via hehangs)
Things I learnt today: During WW1, MI5 used Girl Guides to send secret messages. They used Girl Guides because they quickly found that Boy Scouts couldn’t be trusted and were’t efficient enough.
“At the start of the war Boy Scouts were also used. But it quickly became clear that Girl Guides were more efficient because they were less boisterous and talkative.”
the boy scouts were too gossipy, so they used girl guides as spies instead this is probably the best day of my life
I’m no longer watching television in which middle-aged men figure out how to be men. I’d rather watch shows about teenaged girls figuring out what it means to be a monster — Kelly Link, in an interview from last year that has really stuck with me because of this line. (via andrewasalways)
The difference between learning a modern language and an ancient language is that in first year French you learn “Where is the bathroom?” and “How do I get to the train station?” and in first year Attic Greek or Latin you learn “I have judged you worthy of death” and “The tyrant had everyone in the city killed.”
The problem of Slytherin is that JKR has significant authorial bias. She is a Gryffindor, this is a heroic epic, and Gryffindor qualities are favored because those are the qualities she values most in herself. Gryffindor actions are consistently downplayed - Sirius’s prank against Snape, the twins’ near-manslaughter of Montague, Hermione’s scarring of Marietta Edgecombe—have no long-term repercussions and aren’t treated with the weight they deserve (and in Hermione’s case, JKR has defended the action in interviews.) Meanwhile, Slytherin House is generally portrayed negatively: Gryffindor is treated like the hero House and Slytherin like the villain House, when the possibility exists that they could have been so much more. The world, after all, does not exist in terms of pure good and evil—and if the Houses are really meant to be as good and as bad as portrayed, well, there are the problems with world-building and plausibility that I’ve mentioned above. — bronzedragon, “The Problem of Slytherin” (via robbieyoukilledmyunicorn)
(Source: stopcallingmewitch, via hogwartskidsproblems)
Puppy enjoys listening to guitar
I CANT DEAL WITH THIS AMOUNT OF ADORABLE
I THINK MY HEART JUST STOPPED FROM THIS AMOUNT OF CUTENESS
So my school is putting on a production of Macbeth and not enough guys tried out so instead of having a girl play male Macbeth, our direction said, “Fuck it, we’re doing Lesbian Macbeth”
This is the best possible solution.
This is like so simple but so cool…
(Source: getthehelloutofmyroom, via scarfofcumbersaurus)
The binding started to peel off of this 1853 book, revealing some hidden secrets - old newsprint was used in the binding! [Stein PR4809 H3 S7 1853]
I had a weird knitting related dream last night: I was a consulting detective, and I was hired to solve a kidnapping case. During the course of my investigation, I found out that the suspect had kidnapped a child with the sole intention of teaching the child to knit. The child was meant to become the kidnapper’s knitting apprentice. It also turned out that the kidnapper had come up with a new, controversial way of knitting a heel. The events took place in a small village consisting entirely of knitters, and the villagers didn’t like this new type of sock heel.
This is what happens when you knit while marathoning Elementary and Bones.