Idle Thoughts

My Friday night porch party! September sunset in the back yard (with the wine my darling husband brought me)

I was tagged by the lovely rumaan

Name: Darla
Nickname: Don’t really have one, although I’m frequently called Dar for short.
Birthday: January
Gender: Female
Sexuality:  Heterosexual
Height: 5’4” 
Time Zone:  Eastern Daylight Savings currently (back to EST on November 2)
What time and date is it there: 7:10pm, 9/19/2014. (the month is first, Rumaan, because I’m American, LOL!)
Average hours of sleep I get each night: Usually between 6/7

Last thing I googled was: The Triangle Trade, believe it or not—I was helping Number 3 with social studies homework.

My most used phrase(s): I’m not really sure? I have a lot of phrases I tend to repeat a lot, I think—mostly to my kids!
First word that comes to mind: sunset, because we have a very nice one here now.
What I last said to a family member: ”Love you” because I just hung up the phone with my husband who called to ask if I needed anything from the store right before I started doing this and no one is home to speak to at the moment.
One place that makes me happy & why: Our back deck, because it is where I go to find peace.
How many blankets I sleep under: One when my husband is in town, two when he is not because I get cold.

Favorite beverage(s): water or wine, depending on the situation. :)
The last movie I watched in the cinema: How terribly sad is it that I honestly don’t remember?
Three things I can’t live without: Okay, I’m going to have to count my sons as one thing or else I’d have too many things on this list, so I’ll say my husband, my sons, time outdoors
Something I plan on learning: how to drive a stick shift. I have been saying this since I was sixteen, but, honestly, I think it’s ridiculous that I can’t do this, and I WILL learn to do it!
A piece of advice for all my followers: Don’t focus so much on the future or wish so much for the past that you miss out on the present. Life NEVER slows down, so you have to slow down sometimes, and take a moment to appreciate all the wonderful things that exist around you RIGHT NOW.

I tag any followers that want to do this (because I’m being asked very nicely to get off the computer by this man who just walked in holding a bottle of wine and I don’t have time to think about who hasn’t been tagged yet! :D )

So this week is apparently all about indulging my inner little kid—first I got to act like a toddler with a new toy over the new predictive text on my iPhone proving that I’ve apparently taught this inanimate object to love the Starks as much as I do, and now it’s “talk like a pirate” day—which means I’m annoying all my coworkers by calling them “matey”, answering any questions in the affirmative with “aye”, and growling “Arrrr” at anything I’m not happy about!

I really am five years old!

liebeliebes said: Oh my gosh, I loved your chapter! You did a great job with Rickon, and I loved the Shireen and Cat parts. Basically a perfect chapter.

Thank you, my dear! And now I find myself at work itching to get to the next one!! I think I’m going to do more L&H before updating anything else.

Thanks so much for the sweet words!

runningatadifferentspeed said: Your latest chapter of L&H gave me so many bb!Rickon feels. Canon now seems twice as devastating now that I've read that chapter. Great work with Shireen too - she's one of my favourite Baratheons!! :)

Oh, thank you! I have SO MANY baby Rickon feels!! Having 3 baby boys (okay, okay, they’re not really babies any more) of my own probably has a lot to do with that. The child breaks my heart, and my heart breaks for Catelyn in canon every time she thinks of a child she cannot reach out and touch. Glad you enjoyed the baby boy here!

And ah, Shireen!! I just want her to get some love and affection and GOOD THINGS!! I loved writing her here, and it was super important to me to do her justice. The story’s winding down, of course, but she does have a bit more of a part to play in it! :D

Thank you, my dear!

liebeliebes said: I finished my bottle of wine and I have no more open wine. Help!

Oh dear! That would be a problem! Hopefully, you found assistance as I was determinedly writing away to get that L&H chapter finished and didn’t see this message last night!

(Not that I’m close enough to provide wine in any event, lol)

Love and Honor—New Chapter Posted

Finally!!  Chapter 73 of Love and Honor—“Voices of Children” has been posted on AO3 HERE.

POVs in this one are Rickon, Catelyn, and Ned.

rumaan said: Thank you for my bb goat reblog :D

You are very welcome! What are friends for if not to help supply fixes for their friends’ baby goat addictions!! After all, you keep me stocked up on pretty Outlander pictures! :D

Anonymous said: I'm suuuper curious about the bed incident now lolllll

Nope! Very old story. Not going there. Sorry, Anon.

"I said ‘Lord, if I’ve never had courage in my life before, let me have it now. Let me be brave enough not to fall on my knees and beg her to stay.’ "

He pulled his eyes away from the cottage and smiled briefly at me.

"Hardest thing I ever did, Sassanech."

(Outlander - Diana Gabaldon)

(Source: heart-knows-no-shame, via rumaan)