when does Game of Thrones return?

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answer: in about 96 days

emotional answer: not soon enough!

while closing up shop tonight, one of my favorite coworkers asked me when our rather geeky guilty pleasure comes back on air. i answered “some time in march?” and went on to detail the horrible events of the Red Wedding (which of course, he had already seen) and the disappointment of the season finale (platinum-blonde Khaleesi supported on the shoulders of a thousand brown people that she had quasi-pseudo “liberated”).

having not read the books (besides the first, which convinced me that the HBO show is in fact a better production than the books) i do not know what to expect from Season 4, and i’m very curious to see how the show will move on without Catelyn and Robb Stark, and with the other principals wandering ever farther apart. To think that Jon was so close to Bran, just outside the mill, without there being a reconciliation!

the outfit of this post is a medieval costume that got a lot of use while i was interested in SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) reenactments. it’s a dense cotton velvet in alternating panes of burgundy and midnight, with braided gold trim. it is lined, but does not have a label, which leads me to believe that it was a much-beloved home-sewn costume.

i could not find my old torque, so i accessorized with a vintage brass and pearl medallion. the closest thing i had to appropriate shoes were Marc Jacobs driving mocs, which suggest something of a Saracen influence — i’m alluding to the European presence in the Arab world during the various Crusades. (a lot was improved in european culture based on what they learned about during the crusades, e.g. cotton, paper, chess, coffee, and lemons, spices, medicine, and math.)

the other accessories are my sword, which is a Spanish steel Excalibur replica, and my hooded velvet cape. my grandma Helen made the cape for me when i was 12. i was wild to have one, and i still love capes — the longer the better. (she had been a seamstress for the Russian Army during the second world war.) the fur shoulder piece is a vintage, rabbit, and removable. braids, because that is the one thing that every female character of GoT has in common.

Shua’s illustration is great because if you imagine the background is forest green, stone gray, or frigid white, it could easily be a character sketch for the show.


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very simple, summery dress that i never wear.


probably for the same reason i bought it, which is:

one sunny afternoon when i was about five, i was sitting at the dining room table coloring. the dress i had on was sky-blue tiers; my grandmother had brought back from mexico. cotton crocheted lace edged each hem of the dress, succeeding to my knees, making me look like an flower belling toward the earth. oh, nostalgia.

a bee entered the sunlight, investigating my child-scent and my frock’s sky hue. i found this alarming, and held very still, but to my horror, he buzzed under the shoulder-layer of my dress. i could feel him against my armpit, and though i ought to have known better, i slammed close my arm against my ribs.

the resulting pain was horrific as the (dying) bee jabbed me — i think it was my first bee sting — and i screamed. it is unlikely that i wore the sundress with any pleasure ever again, if at all.

since that incident, i’ve been able to endure a bee alighting momentarily on my face, but i don’t really go in for tiers, whether they be on a dress, blouse, or skirt, even if they are in my favorite colors — gray, blue, green…..