Sheep! Too cute!

Laughter: the Best Christmas Present

The streak continues!  How long can the “Sunday (& Not-Sunday) Seven last?  Who knows.  Take bets!  Start a pool!  At least now I’ll try to get them posted on Sunday.  Unless, of course, I don’t.  :/

I actually have three Sunday Seven posts started, but with it being Christmas Eve, I thought of something more appropriate to the season.   Every year around November/December, I receive the Signals catalog.  It’s “for Fans & Friends of Public Television,” (that’s what it says on the cover) which I support.  It boasts unusual games, DVD sets, jewelry, pottery, clothing, and more; many items are made in developing countries.  It also has a bevy of T-shirts with silly sayings.  Here are seven my favorites.  They’re in no particular order because I couldn’t determine which ones I liked best.  (See #6 below.)

Seven Silly T-Shirt Sayings (Ha!  Alliteration!)

  1. Hyphenated.  Non-hyphenated.  That’s irony.
  2. The engineer’s motto:  If it ain’t broke, take it apart and fix it.
  3. Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with catsup.
  4. People who wonder if the glass is half full or half empty are missing the point.  The glass is refillable.
  5. I prefer my kale with a silent K.
  6. My decision-making skills resemble those of a squirrel trying to cross the street.
  7. 99 bugs in the code
    99 bugs in the code
    Take one down
    And patch it up
    132 bugs in the code.

And that’s a wrap!

Merry Christmas, all!

Woof!

Woof!

(Photos  and quotes ©2017 Signals catalog)

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Jamie and Claire search for Ian in the jungle.

The End Is Here: Outlander 313

And so season 3 of Outlander goes out with a bang—if you’re me.  Or a whimper, if you’re nearly everyone else.  I actually understand the criticisms and agree with some of them.  The episode was disjointed; there wasn’t a clear narrative; the writers tried to check beloved book scenes off their list; the token sex scene wasn’t that great.  (But then, ever since the reunion episode, Claire and Jamie sex has either bothered me or bored me.)  Yet, at the end, I felt satisfied.  Even a bit energized to possibly read the next book in the series, The Drums of Autumn. Thankfully, that urge has passed.

Much like the episode, this week’s seven thoughts are disjointed, and in most cases, have nothing at all to do with the story.  And here they are:

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The Squick & the Great: Outlander 312

Quite a dichotomy, yes?  Fortunately, the squicks are among the first two scenes, leaving us with a remainder of nothing but great.  (Incidentally, both squicks are taken from Voyager, while much of the great was new.)  It’s also obvious that the dozen or so storylines introduced this season are trying to get wrapped up.  Let’s discuss.

The Bakra, Episode 312

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Claire washes up on shore after a night in the ocean.

Waiting for Next Week: Outlander 311

Yet another “I don’t really care” episode for me.  Which means, I’m not particularly motivated to write about it.  When then means the post will likely be really late.   But let’s get to it.

Uncharted, Episode 311

1.  Run Stumble through the jungle

The first 15 minutes or so was Claire stumbling through the jungle, encountering all sorts of problems; no food, no water, sun, snakes, fire, ants, fire ants.  I hate these kinds of survival storylines. Probably because we know the star of the show isn’t going to die, so it’s just tedium to get through.  Regardless of how terrific the actor is.  And Caitriona Balfe is truly terrific.

(I remember an episode of Magnum, P.I. where Thomas was lost and disoriented in the ocean.  It turned out to be a great episode, mostly because through flashbacks we learned so much about his background.  But it took a long time before I could watch the episode in its entirety.)

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Claire rocks a straw hat.

Seven Lonely Outlander Opinions

It took me two false starts (and many false starts on the blog post) before I could settle in and watch “The Doldrums” in its entirety.  It was jarring; it didn’t feel like Outlander.

People watch Outlander for many reasons.  It pulled me in with its epic love story.  It kept me interested in fabulous secondary characters and the talented actors who portrayed them. But the essence of the show, the Scottish Highlands, is now gone.  I didn’t realize how much I’d come to love it until it was taken away.

So why are these opinions lonely?  Because many of them are most likely unpopular.

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Claire and Jenny talk on the steps of Lallybroch.

Seven Outlander 308 Musings

Apparently, I’m not the only fan that had difficulty discussing last week’s Outlander episode, “Creme de Menthe.”  Shaun, the Scottish guy who vlogs about the series was so uninspired he didn’t even do an entry for the episode.  Thankfully, this week’s episode was near perfect.  And yet, here it is, Saturday, and once again I am scurrying to get my thoughts posted.

Here’s what I learned.

First Wife, Episode 308

1.  Now I get it.

I never cared for Young Ian in Voyager.  Not anymore.  This isn’t a new concept.  Several fans who didn’t care for Lord John Grey in the books finally saw his appeal when David Berry brought him to life.

When I first saw pictures of John Bell as Young Ian, I was unimpressed.  But an actor is so much more than a face, and John Bell is perfection in the role.  I was just beginning to adore this character when his life changes dramatically and his future becomes uncertain.

John Bell plays Young Ian Murray in Outlander.

Young Ian brought to life—adorably

2.  Poster child person for passive-aggressive personality?

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Fergus and Young Ian enjoy a brew after a successful business transaction.

Seven Late-ish Thoughts about Outlander 307

Sorry I’m late.  I had a very lengthy post written about all the action that took place in “Crème de Menthe,” (had a hard time limiting it to just seven!) but you find can synopses of the episode many other places.  I’m just here to express my not-always-popular opinions. So here goes:

Crème de Menthe, Episode 307

1. What’s to dislike?

According to Megan from Loinlander, there were a lot of complaints from book fans that the episode didn’t exactly follow the events portrayed in VoyagerThat’s a good thing.  I actually skipped over the chapters immediately following Claire and Jamie’s reunion, because it felt like a French farce.  So many things happening at once, so much misunderstanding, so many interruptions. So no complaint here.  Except maybe for Jamie.  (See #6 below.)

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Claire and Jamie share a kiss after 20 years apart.

The Not-Sunday Seven for Outlander 306

The long-awaited, highly anticipated “print shop scene” episode has arrived!  You knew there would be disappointment in the crowd.  After all, everyone has a favorite moment they want to see brought to life, and you can’t possibly recreate everyone’s moment, let alone portray it exactly as they had in mind.  Fortunately for me, I didn’t have any particular notions or desires, so I wasn’t terribly disappointed.  I, too, had read Voyager with great anticipation for Jamie and Claire’s reunion, and was thrilled to experience it, but… eh, we’ll get to that later.   So let’s discuss

A. Malcolm, Episode 306

1.   It’s a special episode

Just in case you didn’t realize it was a “special episode,: we got an extra 15 minutes as a reward for waiting two weeks.  Then we got a cold open (the first ever of the series) that depicts a day, or at least a morning, in the life of Jamie Fraser Alexander Malcolm, Printer & Bookseller.  And its title card boasts a special conceit with the writer and director coming hot off the presses.

Outlander's episode 306 title card was printed on an 18th century printer.

Clever or conceit? Or clever conceit? (Photo © Entertainment Weekly)

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Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser begins his journey to the Colonies.

A Sunday Seven of Outlander Podcasts

The problem with being a procrastinator is (obviously) putting things off until the very last minute.  This sometimes leads to skipping things altogether, at least when they’re not essential.  In this last week’s Sunday Seven case, it was a combination of getting sidetracked and not coming up with any ideas.  But I promised to blog throughout the entire Outlander season and finally thought of something Outlander related, so here goes.

Podcasts (and a Vlog) I Enjoy—to Varying Degrees

In reverse order (i.e., from least to most enjoyed):

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