Too Much Information

Oct 21

"Notoriously, at some time, every faction in the kingdom had tried to buy Lymond’s services. Nor was the bidding restricted to Scotland, or to statesmen, or to men. Europe, whenever he wished, could provide him - and probably did - with either a workshop or a playground."





Oh dear, now I’m wondering what on EARTH Lymond got up to in the, what, three months? between the end of Game of Kings and the start of Queens’ Play, to give Tom Erskine such a panic at the idea of employing him.


Competitive brawling

Indiscreetly serenading inauspiciously-chosen women

Meddling with the Danish succession


Following Richard around his estates for an entire week saying nothing but “mmHMM”


Annoying the Spanish


Teasing ambassadors at dinner parties with anti-religious theories

Industrial espionage

Attempting to tune Kate’s harpsichord to her geese, in order to improvise duets

Carrying on a suggestive, anonymous correspondence with half the crowned heads of Europe

To add to these I have a lot of headcanons about Lymond and Mary Queen of Scots

Lymond buying little Mary a lot of pet mice and helping her train them

Releasing the mice into the castle kitchens

Placing mice in the rooms of all the higher-ups

Teaching her how to manipulate her way out of trouble

Showing her the best hiding places

Teaching her heretic and controversial political theories for her to repeat to her mother

Consider also:

Annoying the Italians

Donning increasingly ridiculous disguises and demanding audiences with various heads of state.

Teaching Mariotta to gamble

Sheep rustling just for kicks

Creating new technologies in whisky distilling.


Further possibilities:

Stealing English cattle then locking said cattle in English fortifications, castles, parlours etc while everyone’s out looking for them

Teaching Sybilla, at her insistence, the words to every dirty song he’s learnt since he left

Confusing the Erskines

Accidentally learning to cook while following Kate around her house, bickering, for five days

Fucking with George Douglas in any number of ways, up to and including bribing all the kitchen staff to smuggle him into dinner in a giant silver salver.

"Accidentally learning to cook while following Kate around her house, bickering, for five days" made me snort.

Oct 20

Aaron came running with me tonight.

Aaron came running with me tonight.



She had to interview me about being pregnant with her and she had to interview Aaron about his experience of my pregnancy.

It was all very hysterical. I hope to God I get to read this report when it is done.



Oct 19


Oct 18


Sylvia called and said, “I’d like to read you a story,” then proceeded to read me the entirety of Mo Willems’ The Pigeon Needs a Bath, which she had checked out of the library.

She went to the thrift store, walmart, and a coffee shop where she got a cinnamon roll.

She thinks Fall of the House of Usher is very hard to read.

We talked and skyped today, but I can’t really remember many details. We mostly just chatted and joked around. It was nice.


I got three calls from Sylvia yesterday.

The first one was around 4:30 and I was in a meeting (because yesterday was an excruciatingly long day full of (helpful) but difficult meetings), so I answered and told her I couldn’t talk. She was cheerful and we decided she would call back after dinner.

She called back about 6:45 as I was driving home from work and she was upset. I think it was triggered by the fact that they were watching a movie that she thought sounded stupid AND one of the boys was making bread that smelled delicious, but didn’t turn out. Sylvia still wanted to try it, but she thought he was going to throw it all away. What can I say, the girl really loves fresh baked bread.

So, she was sad and feeling homesick. She also mentioned that she had gotten the card I sent where all the teachers had written to her. She loved it, but it also made her miss school. :-(

She told me how much she loved me and how awesome I am. LOL. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Not that we didn’t get along while she was here, but she only rarely made bold declarations of my awesomeness.

Then she asked me through her tears, “Do you think I should go w-w-watch the movie?”

I told her it might be a good distraction and she could always excuse herself and call me later if she wasn’t enjoying it.

She ended up calling me back after the movie, which “wasn’t as bad” as she thought it would be, which I think translates to her really liking it, because she told me all about it, especially the parts that were “soooo sweet.”

She was feeling much better, though she did say she missed me. Bedtime is later for them on Friday and Saturday, so she didn’t have to get off the phone at 9 like she usually does, but at about 9:15 I was so tired I had to get off the phone. All in all a much better phone call to end on.

Oct 16


The internet at work is a little slow.

The internet at work is a little slow.

Oct 15


I made a list of things I need to do to take better care of myself and I accomplished 3 of the things on the list today.


I made a list of things I need to do to take better care of myself and I accomplished 3 of the things on the list today.

Oct 14

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kalamazu replied to your post:10/14/14
I just really love these updates.

That is very nice to hear, considering I’m turning into an all FarmNews blog.