Nov. 7th, 2010 08:18 pm
bardic_lady: (ratatouille - tasty)
I have a confession to make. I am hooked on tea. Decaf tea, specifically, mostly herbals. I have TOO MUCH TEA. My tea cabinet, by which I mean that I have an entire kitchen cabinet devoted to tea, is full. And yet... I cannot pass up the opportunity to buy MORE tea if it sounds good. Which I did today and there is now officially no room at the tea inn.

Tea I Have )
bardic_lady: (beartender - listening)
To update, since it's been awhile, I am back in Victoria for two months of no particular time committments. To take the place of my usual busyness, I have lists of other things to do. We'll see what I actually accomplish.

Cut for length )

Another post to come, tomorrow perhaps, about the LMDA conference in Banff.
bardic_lady: (ratatouille - passionate literacy)
My summer reading list, may the world have mercy on me:

Radiant Shadows, Melissa Marr completed 5/25
*Urban Faerie Fantasy

White Cat, Holly Black completed 5/31
*Urban Con Fantasy

Perchance to Dream, Lisa Mantchev
*Theatre Fantasy

The Beastly Bride, Ellen Datlow/Terri Windling, ed. completed 5/28
*Modern Fairy Tale Anthology

Turn the Other Chick, Esther Friesner, ed.
*Warrior Woman Fantasy

Geektastic, Holly Black, ed.
*Nerd Fiction

Cat's Claw, Amber Benson
*Urban Fantasy

The Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan
*Urban Fantasy

The Demon's Covenant, Sarah Rees Brennan
*Urban Fantasy

Wizards at War, Diane Duane
*Urban Fantasy

Wizard of Mars, Diane Duane
*Urban Fantasy

Children of the Storm, Elizabeth Peters
*Historical Mystery

Guardian of the Horizon, Elizabeth Peters
*Historical Mystery

Serpent on the Crown, Elizabeth Peters
*Historical Mystery

Tomb of the Golden Bird, Elizabeth Peters
*Historical Mystery

A River in the Sky, Elizabeth Peters
*Historical Mystery

Still Flying
*Firefly Anthology

Not Yet Acquired (yes, I have all of the preceding)
Tails of Wonder and Imagination, Ellen Datlow, ed.
*Cat Fantasy

Sphinx's Princess, Esther Friesner
*Alternate History

Not Yet Published
Namaah's Curse, Jacqueline Carey (June)
*Alternate Historical Romantic Fantasy

Tongues of Serpents, Naomi Novik (July)
*Historical Fantasy

Naked Heat, Richard Castle (September)

Sphinx's Queen, Esther Friesner (September)
*Alternate History
bardic_lady: (lighting trees in darkness)
There are certain books that I consider necessary Christmastime reading. I try to get all of them every year, though I don't often succeed, there's so much else that goes on.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Perennial favourite, a little silly. My dad has a Grinch shirt that he wears all the time at this season. He wore it to a caroling party this year and the 7 or 8 year old son of the hosts started whapping at it. His mother told him that it's not polite to hit guests and he asked if he was permitted to hit a guest's shirt.

Christmas Memories with Recipes
A collection of stories from famous chefs and cooks about their personal food-related holiday traditions. My favourites are Julia Child's Buche de Noel story and Jacques Pepin's, but there are tons more. My mum reads them out loud in the evenings when we have time.

The Thirteen Days of Christmas
Above all the other Christmas stories, this is the one that I have to read every year. It's a simple little book about the events in a small town in England, probably about 1650, though no year is ever given, or needed. In it, a very wealthy young man is courting a young woman who deems him unromantic and unimaginative. He listens to her love of fairy tales and her definition of romance and begins to send her Christmas gifts for each of the 12 days of Christmas, starting with a tame partridge in a miniature pear tree. It is utterly delightful and charming and unfortunately desperately out of print. But if you ever find it, read it. It makes me smile every time.
bardic_lady: (chessy - who me?)
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Sydney White
The Mighty Ducks
Harry Potter
bardic_lady: (wall-e - robot overlords)
Battlestar Galactica
*season 1
*season 2
*season 2.5
*season 3
*season 4
*season 4.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (complete)
*season 1
*season 2
The Dick Van Dyke Show
*4 episodes
Due South
*season 3 & 4
Feasting on Asphalt
Feasting on Asphalt 2: The River Run
Firefly (complete)
Get Smart
*season 1
Good Eats
*season 1
*season 2
I Love Lucy
*season 1
*season 1
*season 2
Mad Men
*season 1
*season 2
*season 3
The Muppet Show
*Elton John, Julie Andrews, Gene Kelly
Nero Wolfe (complete)
Slings & Arrows
*season 1
*season 2
*season 3
The 10th Kingdom
Warehouse 13
*season 1
West Wing
*season 1
*season 2
*season 3
*season 4
White Collar
*season 1

A Knight's Tale
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Alice in Wonderland
America's Sweethearts
The American President
An Ideal Husband
Anastasia/Bartok the Magnificent
Arsenic and Old Lace
Atlantis: the Lost Empire
The Aviator
Back to the Future
Back to the Future II
Back to the Future III
Beauty and the Beast
Bend It Like Beckham
Big Business
The Birdcage
Bottle Shock
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Brother Bear
Bye-bye Birdie
The Cat from Outer Space
Center Stage
A Chorus Line
The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
City Slickers
Cool Runnings
The Court Jester
The Cutting Edge
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
The Devil Wears Prada
Dick Tracy & Nancy Drew
*Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome
*Nancy Drew... Reporter
*The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg
Dirty Dancing
Ella Enchanted
Everyone Says I Love You
Father Goose
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Fiddler on the Roof
Finding Nemo
Flight of the Navigator
Flower Drum Song
Frankie & Annette Collection
*Beach Party
*Bikini Beach
*Beach Blanket Bingo
*How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
*Fireball 500
*Thunder Alley
*Muscle Beach Party
*Ski Party
Friends & Family
Funny Face
Going My Way/Holiday Inn
Gone with the Wind
Gosford Park
The Great Race
Guys and Dolls
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Hello, Dolly!
Henry V
The Incredibles
The Inspector General
Iron Man
Julie & Julia
Kate & Leopold
King Arthur
Kingdom of Heaven
The Little Mermaid
Little Shop of Horrors
Lover Come Back
Love's Labour's Lost
The Majestic
The Maltese Falcon
Mamma Mia!
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
March of the Penguins
Mary Poppins
Miss Congeniality
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Mr. Holland's Opus
Much Ado About Nothing
The Mummy
Mummy Returns
Muppets Take Manhattan
The Music Man
My Fair Lady
National Treasure
9 to 5
Ocean's 11
Operation Petticoat
The Other Side of Heaven
The Parent Trap (1998)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Peter Pan (2005)
The Philadelphia Story
Pillow Talk
The Pink Panther
*The Pink Panther
*A Shot in the Dark
*The Pink Panther Strikes Again
*Revenge of the Pink Panther
*Trail of the Pink Panther
Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirate Radio
The Politician's Wife
The Prince and Me
The Prince of Egypt
The Princess Bride
The Princess Diaries
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Pulse 2
Regarding Henry
The Road to Bali
The Santa Clause
Send Me No Flowers
Sense & Sensibility
The Seven Little Foys
Sherlock Holmes
The Snow Queen
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
The Sound of Music
Star Trek
Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home
10 Things I Hate About You
That Darn Cat!
Two Weeks' Notice
Van Helsing
Veggie Tales: the Ultimate Silly Song Countdown
West Side Story
When Harry Met Sally...
While You Were Sleeping
Whip It
White Christmas
White Noise 2: the Light
Young Frankenstein
You've Got Mail

A Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart)
Cirque du Soleil: Corteo
Broadway: the American Musical
Broadway: the Golden Age
Broadway's Lost Treasures I
Broadway's Lost Treasures II
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Echoes (UPS 2006)
Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now
From Page to Stage (UPS 2006)
Into the Woods
LACHSA Graduation 2003
Oklahoma! (Hugh Jackman)
Peter Allen: the Boy from Oz
Putting It Together

January 2015



I Cannot Hide What I Am

I must be sad when I have cause and smile
at no man's jests, eat when I have stomach and wait
for no man's leisure, sleep when I am drowsy and
tend on no man's business, laugh when I am merry and
claw no man in his humour...
I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in
his grace, and it better fits my blood to be
disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob
love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to
be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied
but I am a plain-dealing villain. I am trusted with
a muzzle and enfranchised with a clog; therefore I
have decreed not to sing in my cage. If I had my
mouth, I would bite; if I had my liberty, I would do
my liking: in the meantime let me be that I am and
seek not to alter me.

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