Piper Addison
I don't mind falling down to try again
'Cause when I get back up on my feet,
I make the music stop
So hear me now
Every bridge you cross is burning down
Don't fail me now
Every bridge you cross is burning

Brothers, we waited forever
Sisters, c'mon let's get it together
Brothers, sisters, listen up
Gotta little secret that they're never gonna stop us
Oh, we'll burn them down

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Jun. 17th, 2020

054

[Piper is very, very ready to be done with her pregnancy. The end is in sight, and she knows that, but she's still not quite there. Charles had been a godsend, helping her out when she needed, making her tea and rubbing her feet. But there were still a few things she needed to get sorted, and she was going to get at least one of them done right now.]

[Phone call to Jacob]
I was hoping I could talk to you for a few moments, if you're not busy?

Apr. 27th, 2018

OOC: Application

You're willing, I'm waiting. Turn out the lights. )

Aug. 23rd, 2017

053

[Friends]
So. Uhm. Well. This is a bit strange. But it's good news, before anyone gets anxious.

I'm pregnant! Found out last week.

Aug. 17th, 2017

052

[Charles]
So. Uhm. I'm not sure where you are, but wherever that might be, could you maybe come home soon please? Or call me? We need to talk.

You're not in trouble. I'm not leaving. The house didn't fall apart. No one got attacked. I...think that's most of the usual big anxiety givers. This is just really a chat we should have in person.

Mar. 31st, 2017

051

Charles, whenever we visit London again, we definitely need to stop in here for a bit. It feels like the soul brother of your shop. That, and I want to spend far too long looking at all the things.

Feb. 8th, 2017

050

So Monique and I have been texting back and forth a lot, even more since Trump took office. I made sure to send her a link when the Speaker of the House of Commons said that Trump should not be allowed to address Parliament. And frankly, I couldn't agree more.

But, in the interest of saving my sanity, I've started to spend less time on Facebook. The country is so deeply divided, and no one's going to change their minds any time soon. And all that's going to happen, if I keep scrolling and reading articles, is it's going to raise my blood pressure. So I'm trying to avoid it for a while. Or at least cut my time on it.

[Charles]
Let's go out tonight. Somewhere nice, like a proper date night. I feel like getting pretty and pretending like I'm so classy.

Nov. 21st, 2016

049

I'm a lifelong agnostic, but this is restoring a small amount of my faith (pun alert!) in Catholicism. Abortion is still a sin, which isn't great, but at least no one involved in obtaining one is getting excommunicated anymore.

"While the practical effect of Francis' announcement remains unclear, it draws attention to the prevailing theme of his papacy: That the doors of the Church must remain open, just as God's forgiveness and mercy extend to all those who repent from sin."

Inclusiveness is something I can get behind. I know the Church is a very old institution, and you're not going to get it to change its mind very radically, or any time soon. But in this climate of fear and hate, I'll take the good and the baby steps where I can find them.

Nov. 5th, 2016

048

AMERICA. YOU HAVE LOST YOUR BLOODY MINDS.

In what universe is it even remotely OK to pull a gun on some kids who YOU THOUGHT damaged a yard sign?! Call their parents! Speak to them like people! Pick the damn thing up (and throw it away)! Or if you're hung up on it, get another bloody sign?! I mean, for fuck's sake, I'm pretty sure they're free.

This election cannot be over soon enough.

Oct. 13th, 2016

047

Oftentimes, I look back on people I've dated, and I wonder what I ever saw in them.

[Charles]
My boring, cold, commitmentphobe of an ex messaged me on Facebook yesterday. He asked what I was doing for Halloween, and after my initial reaction of, 'wtf, why do you care?', I told him, 'Probably staying home and watching bad scary movies with my boyfriend. Why?'

His response? 'Oh. Well you want to do something after?'

NO. NO I DO NOT, YOU ARSE. What part of the word 'boyfriend' did you fail to grasp? So I told him as much and blocked him.

Now I'm going to come cuddle with you, because people are dumb and I don't feel like dealing with most of them.

Apr. 26th, 2016

046

So while I was working today, the most adorable little twin girls came into the shop. Their mother seemed like she might be awhile, so I offered to keep an eye on them. (And I'll admit, that was partly because some of our inventory is expensive.) But they were so well-behaved, and they seemed delighted by my accent, so we all sat in a corner and I read them folktales from around the world for about an hour.

They actually ended up falling asleep, and their mum, bless her, tried to pay me for watching them, but it was honestly no trouble. Children love a good story just as much as adults, and when I was a kid, sometimes the only way my own mum could get me to sleep, was to read me some of Grimm's fairy tales. And so the cycle continues.

Apr. 11th, 2016

045

It appears I'm not ready to shut up about women's rights (and if you don't like it, quite frankly, you can fuck off), and today's culprit is the state of Indiana.

I just. I don't even have words. When members of the Republican party say your bill is too extreme, that is a sign that you have officially lost your mind, and you need to go stand in a corner and let someone more level-headed run the state.

I do love the way some women are reacting, though. If he's going to be this idiotic, I think it's only right that he get their 'updates'.

Although Rep. Sean Eberhart gives me some hope: '"Today is a perfect example a bunch of middle-aged guys sitting in this room making decisions about what we think is best for women," Eberhart said. "We need to quit pretending we know what’s best for women and their health care needs."' You can read the article I quoted here, if you're so inclined.

There's a lot of issues in play, obviously, and the whole situation is very polarizing. But if you want to boil it down to brass tacks, I feel like things could be aptly summed up by the Jennifer Aniston gif from Friends, where she says 'No uterus, no opinion'.

Mar. 11th, 2016

044

Right, so I'm never setting foot in the state of Texas. Women should be able to go out and have drinks with friends, without worrying about whether or not someone is going to assault them while they're intoxicated.

I need to go kick something, I think.

Feb. 22nd, 2016

043

I don't think I've seen...well, anything pertaining to a Valentine's Day fallout, like there has been in the past. Don't get me wrong, I'm pleased that it looks like no one was forced into an encounter that wasn't their choice, but I thought it was that winged brat's tradition. Maybe he's finally wised up, then.

In other news, I'm still wondering what, exactly, is a career path one could start on with a Master's in World Literature. Sigh. I'm sure I'll figure it out someday.

Dec. 30th, 2015

042

So the year is coming to an end. I'm... mostly pretty happy with how it turned out. Obviously nothing is perfect all the time, but at least I wasn't bitten by a bloody vampire this year. So it's got that going for it.

Actually, if we could just continue on this path of 'mostly good things' happening, I'd be really OK with that. Bring on 2016.

Dec. 2nd, 2015

041

Now that it is officially December, it's perfectly fine to let Christmas spirit throw up all over the apartment. That's my logic, and I'm sticking to it.

It also means that I get to go shopping for tiny baby things for my friends' children. To the mall!

Mar. 7th, 2015

040

Oldest known footage of NYC surfaces

OK, now this is pretty wonderful. Being able to look at New York from over 100 years ago, it's the kind of thing you always hope to see, but rarely get to. I loved how it pointed out where everything was on the map overlay.

In other news, Mum's doing well. Or at least it seemed that way, when I called her yesterday. She's pretty thrilled that Charles and I are coming to visit for her birthday, she kept asking if there were things we wanted to do/see/eat. So if you have ideas, Charles, run them by me.

Feb. 27th, 2015

039

Mum's birthday is coming up in May. I really want to go back and see her, and maybe run around London for a week like I did during uni. Well. As much as I really ever 'ran around', you know. We'll have to see if that's in the financial cards.

This post mostly brought to you by this song, and a healthy dollop of nostalgia.

Dec. 8th, 2014

038

Holy mother of god, I just made three batches of this, and it's bloody amazing. I took a big bowl of it to the shop, and it was gone by 1 in the afternoon.

Note to self: just make eight batches of this for the holidays. ALL THE SPRINKLES.

Sep. 24th, 2014

037

Right, I'm so making this, once I lay hands on a vast quantity of gummy bears. And then I'll eat vodka-infused gummy bears while I try and apply for jobs, now that I have my degree. Or do I want to go for my PhD? I honestly don't know at this point.

Is this what being an adult is like? I don't like it much.

Sep. 3rd, 2014

036

AUTUMN IS COMING.

You know what this means? Fireplace using, and tea, and all things pumpkin! And I switch from cold to hot tea, and I get to drag all my cute coats and boots out of storage.

I rather adore autumn. In case that wasn't clear...

And now I want to take pictures of the trees in Central Park, once the leaves start to change.