Best Pope story yet?
Pope Francis has been sneaking out of the Vatican at night to serve the homeless.
The Pope for people who don’t like popes strikes again.
HE WAS ALSO A BOUNCER AT A NIGHTCLUB
A. What are your favourite smells? I like good, outdoor smells. Campfires/burning leaves, lilacs… and hose water. Something about that metally, watery smell is just so amazing to me.
B. Can you go a whole day without caffeine? Yes, I usually do. I drink a lot of tea but not really for the caffeine.
C. Who knows more about you than anyone else? Hmmm… .it’s a toss between my sisters and my two best friends. Both sets know a lot, but just different stuff.
D. What song did you last listen to? Early Days by Paul McCartney. Just got his new album so I’m listening to it straight through, old-school style.
E. Do you have a crush on anybody? Uhhhaha no. I’m technically an adult and I don’t think the word crush should really be used anytime after high school.
F. Do you like The Beatles? I guess you could infer from question D that the answer is yes. I even have a Beatles themed tattoo that says ‘Let It Be’ on my wrist.
G. If you could choose one color to wear for a whole year, what color would you choose? Teal, probably.
H. Do you cook often? Not like cook cooking. I will make grilled veggies, pasta, anything from a box on a semi regular basis. Every once in a while I’ll look through my recipes and make something random.
I. What was the last film you watched? Did you like it? 12 Years A Slave. And I did really like it, I am a fan of Steve McQueen and I thought it was brilliant. It is a very harsh story and I am glad he did not shy away from the realities of slavery and life during that time in America. It was interesting to see what a British director did with such a terrible part of our history, as a (kind of) outside observer.
J. Can you sew? I can do basic-to-mid level sewing. I took a few costuming courses in college and I can make things that look good from 20 or more feet away. I did make a Louis XVI costume once, to go with my friend Cal’s Marie Antoinette. :)
K. What is your favorite fruit? Blueberries, probably. Or apples.
L. Are you health conscious? Well, I am conscious of the fact that I do not eat healthy….
M. Go do the Kinsey scale test, what number result did you receive? 1
N. Do you curse a lot? No. I work at a toy store right now and have trained myself to say things like “Fudge!”
O. When was the last time you had a pint of beer? Mmmmmm…..it’s been a while. Probably a few months. I drink wine usually. Or Vesper martinis, recently.
P. Are you pro life or pro choice? Pro choice.
Q. Is there a certain food you often crave for no reason? This amazing pizza from a local inn/restaurant. It’s kinda like a Reuben pizza with sauerkraut, mozzarella, corned beef, and a mustard sauce.
R. What was the last book you purchased? Just bought The Prisoner of Brenda by Colin Bateman on Amazon.
S. Where was your last vacation? I had a conference in Keystone, CO, and we did some exploring in that area.
T. Do you shave your pits? Yes.
U. Did you ever play seven minutes in heaven? Nope.
V. Girls, when was the last time you went out without a bra? Hahahahahahaha… probably like 5th grade.
W. Guys, when was the last time you went shirtless in public? ….
X. Have you ever broken a bone? If so, how did it happen? Funny story… I have never broken a bone (knock knock knock) but I have had three casts in my life. Only one was for medical reasons though.
Y. How do you like your eggs? If I had the choice and I don’t have to make it I like omelets. Otherwise scrambled.
Z. What was your last argument about and who with? My brother and how he hasn’t registered for his next semester of college yet.
YOOOOOOO I don’t know if you’ve like, heard yet, but the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special is airing just over a week from now, on November 23rd. And that, to me, is the perfect excuse for a hella rad give away. A tea give away. Oh yeah. Here’s what’s up for grabs:
- First prize: 11 full size bags of my Doctor Who tea blends. (The TARDIS, plus The same teas found in the sampler pack: Eleven, Ten, Nine, Rory, Amy, River Song, Martha, Rose, Donna, and Captain Jack)
- Runner Up: Doctor Who tin sampler pack!
- Bonus: If this post gets over 5,000 notes before the end of the give away, I’ll add in another prize. It’s sort of secret right now, since it’s a product I don’t think Adagio has even announced yet, but it is SO RAD, and I will autograph it for you and everything.
Now there are rules, otherwise this would be chaos. So here’s what you have to do to win one of these things:
- Listen, the way tumblr handles give aways and notes now is weird. No matter how many times you reblog, I’ll only ever see one reblog from you in my notes. So here’s how this is going to work:
- In order to win the first place prize, you HAVE to fill out this form. The winner for the first prize will ONLY be drawn from the form submissions. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO SUBMIT THE FORM ONCE A DAY IF YOU WANT MORE CHANCES TO WIN. If I notice you’ve submitted more than once a day, you will be disqualified.
- The runner up prize will be chosen from the notes, i.e. the likes and reblogs. When the give away ends, I’ll copy/paste all the notes into a list, and use a random number generator to choose a winner. Reblog as often as you like, I really don’t care, though your followers might.
- For the bonus prize, I’ll compile BOTH the form submissions and notes, and chose from that giant list.
- oh lord I hope that’s not super confusing
- Give away only blogs are not eligible. If you’re randomly chosen and I go to your blog and it’s nothing but reblogged give aways, I will disqualify you and chose someone else. Don’t be greedy.
- You do NOT have to be following me. I’m pretty neat sometimes though, I guess, so maybe consider it? And if you follow me just for the giveaway for some reason, I won’t be butt hurt if you unfollow me when you don’t win, I’ll just gently kiss your cheek and wish you well.
- There are some places in the world where we literally, legally, can NOT ship the tea. Places like Australia and New Zealand and other places. I don’t know all of the places off the top of my head, and I’m really sorry, but there really isn’t anything I can do about that Q_Q Please check out Adagio’s shipping info if you’re not sure if your country is eligible. Please don’t yell at me or Adagio if we can’t ship to your country. I love you.
- YOU MUST BE 18 OR OVER or have a parents/guardians explicit permission to let us send you stuff
- The Give Away will end at 11:59 pm EST on November 23, so technically I’ll choose/announce a winner on November 24! Have your entries in before then! I wont count any form submissions or notes after that point! Winner will be contacted on tumblr and by email :D
- Please let me know if you have any other questions!
- And remember, the more notes this gets, the more chance for prizes! So signal boost!
I just love these teas. (And Cara.) :)
The Amazing Medieval “Hobbit” Stone Houses of Staffordshire
Welcome to Holy Austin Rock in Staffordshire, England. These medieval cave houses carved from sandstone were abandoned by the last residents in the 1960s, but people were living happily inside them for over three centuries before that, possibly even earlier. Today the National Trust has faithfully restored the houses belonging to the last near dozen families that lived in the community, using early photographs, postcards and records to re-create what the houses would have been like in the late Victorian era.
The first official records of the Rock Houses appear in an 18th century book, Letters on the Beauties of Hagley, Envil and the Leasowes with Critical Remarks and Observations on the Modern Taste in Gardening by Joseph Healey. In the book, Healey gets caught in a thunderstorm when he finds the cave homes and asks to take shelter. He describes the homes as well-furnished, ”curious, warm and commodious and the garden extremely pretty”. Healey also notes that the residents had access to water and were extremely welcoming and proud of their homes, delighted even to recount the stories of their ancestors who had built them.
With stunning views over the woodland from the rosy sandstone ridge, these white-washed houses are something out of a storybook. In fact, many people believe that they are featured in a very well-known book published in 1937, The Hobbit. The opening line of J. R. R. Tolkien’s book states, “The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with paneled walls and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats – the hobbit was fond of visitors.” Tolkien was famously reluctant to name the places that inspired his stories. In fact, there are so many similarities between the 18th century Holy Austin Rock Houses and Tolkien’s description of the Hobbit holes that it becomes an obvious assumption that he must have seen or read about these remarkable dwellings.
Being the last occupied troglodyte dwellings in Britain, Holy Austin Rock has been an off-beat tourist attraction since Edwardian times. Residents would welcome visitors and serve refreshments right in their living room or in their front gardens taking in the views of the English countryside. Sadly, there are no cave dwellers to welcome tourists today. A single cafe remained open until 1967, by which time all other families had moved away and their homes had already begun to decay. The majority of residents left their homes between 1900 and 1935 to find work in cities following an economic crises in the area which halted the local ironworks production.
Graffiti taggers and local teens made their mark on the empty caves until 1968. At this point they were sealed off, deemed a safety hazard and seemingly forgotten by England. Over 20 years later funds were made available by the National Trust to embark on an ambitious restoration project, as the caves were declared a national treasure.
I would like to live here please.
This actually makes sense
“In Event of Moon Disaster”, July 18, 1969.
White House speechwriter, William Safire, was asked to write a speech that President Nixon would make in case the Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the Moon.
It was never delivered, and this speech was quietly tucked away into Nixon’s records.
Source: Nixon Library
I found this speech a few years ago, and it still haunts me sometimes. These men knew that there was every possibility that they would not come back, that for all of their efforts they may have to spend their last moments in silence, on the moon, just the two of them.
And Michael Collins had to have special training, in secret, on how to return home alone if necessary. And it’s such a sobering thought.
The phrase “widow-to-be” really gets to me.
I’m really glad this was never needed.