LW1: I have been there. In a HP post from 2012 called "Love Letters Sent and Responses Received, Without Commentary," there is a letter written that rang so true that it made me mad that I had not written it. I printed it out at my desk and read it every day until my painful, hopeless, unrequited love faded. It took me 7 years but I am better for it.
"How easily you now live without me; how awkwardly and clumsily and foolishly I live without you. I hope this does not embarrass you to read; it does not embarrass me to say. The pain, anyhow, is past. To love you without hope or expectation feels expansive. There is nothing that I need from you, nothing you can say or do in response to it – only know that there is nothing about you that I find unlovely. That I cherish you, deeply and profoundly and without reservation. That you should exist in this world – that I should have been with you – that I have been able to know both suffering and joy at your hands – seems like an extravagant gift, one for which I am forever and unutterably grateful.
I am not sad; I am not lonely. I have found myself capable of love that is unaffected and unassailable by circumstances and I am forever better for it. If this seems overwhelming or simply odd – well, I have unquiet thoughts, a disordered heart and an anxious spirit and I can only apologize for them.
If there is anything coherent or sane to be taken from this it may be that whatever hurts I have felt are all passing, and cannot outweigh or contaminate the hugeness of my happiness. You are a remarkable man. I love you unrestrainedly. I will still have to guard myself with you, practically speaking. But I have nothing left to fear; I have gone through the worst of it now and you were worth all of it."
@supernintendochalmers RIGHT? "We're not letting you take her off life support, AND you have to pay out the nose for the life support that you don't want her to be on!" Fan-fucking-tastic.
HOW DARE YOU question Tom Hiddleston's viability as a collectible? He is a GOD!
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@ru_ri I am re-reading A Song of Ice and Fire, slowly, and just downloaded The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (on a friend's recommendation) and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling because I've been dying to read it for months. I finished How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran in about 48 hours because I am obsessed with it, and memoirs in general.
I also read a tremendous amount of YA, most recently Eleanor and Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
I went through my Amazon wishlist today and bought a bunch of physical books (gasp!) because I just bought a new bookshelf - which is already half-full from the overflow from my first one BUT ANYWAY - and there are so many books you can buy for $0.01 plus shipping. Mostly religious stuff but a few other interesting things too, I think.
Mostly I justify my excessive Netflix/DVR habits by devouring books at an even more rapid pace.
On Ask Santa
Dear Santa, Will you please put someone who would love me and who I would love under the Christmas tree? I will make sure to open it right away!! Eunice C., Boston
Yes, I will. We have done this in the past. It is a little disruptive to the life of the person who ends up under the Christmas tree. Imagine waking up in wrapping paper in someone else's house on Christmas morning! Someone you might love almost instantly! It's a fine story to someday tell the grandchildren. We also might just nudge someone your way, if we think that might be a better option. Maybe you will accidentally receive a package for them. Perhaps their car will be stuck in a snowbank and you will happen by and help push them out. There is so much love all around us, so many people who are good and who just want to love and be loved! But this year, you will find this love! You've been very good and you really deserve it. Please, be good to each other! For your future grandchildren's sake!
This is just. perfect.
@rallisaurus My friends have challenged me to write a fanfic about how Smaug needed all that gold so he could put down a deposit on his flat in Baker Street. London is EXPENSIVE! Especially for fire-breathing dragons who shoot holes in walls.
@rebecca the brave Nope that was me too. Amazing.
@beezus. THANK YOU. I flipped the hell out!
@Jen@twitter Right? I mean, usually people who want to rob/maim/rape/kill me are not going to be ringing my doorbell. I would either ignore it and make sure I know where my sharp scissors are, or I'd veeeeeery carefully try to figure out what the deal is by opening my window a crack and yelling out of my 2nd-story apartment to figure out what's happening. I don't own a gun but I probably will when I eventually leave NYC.
@tuntastica Her responses in this thread have sucked, but her partner died 2 months ago and I'm inclined to cut her some slack. Grief makes us do things we regret.