Do you think Steve will ever forgive himself for the fact that when he was the one falling, Bucky jumped?
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Sherlock set details
You know, there’s something that’s never made sense to me: why and how Sherlock has all this… stuff. Like, does he wander antique shops to look for silly obscure drawings? Does he randomly go to IKEA to buy lamps? And then go to more antique stores to buy more lamps? Does he seriously run errands to find just the right place to have carefully selected items properly framed or mounted professionally? Does he take time out of his day spent chasing murders, coming up with insane experiments and lolling about on his sofa in his Mind Palace to… put up curtains properly? With a double curtain rod?
Like, as a highly cerebral and lazy person who nevertheless likes unique and attractive surroundings, I’m here to tell you that this stuff takes both work and attention to keep up. Like, not just cleaning (which, let’s say Mrs. Hudson takes care of, though this is just at Baker Street, and all this stuff existed before he’d moved in, there on the first day). No, there’s fixing stuff, looking for and finding things that match stuff, organizing stuff and throwing out useless stuff, and so on. And some things aren’t even fun to shop for— like curtains, mirrors and rugs, for example. Or even sofas. Can you imagine Sherlock Holmes in a sofa emporium? No?
The thing is, I dunno what I’m supposed to take away from this. Because the traditional Baker Street rooms weren’t really decorated by Holmes in their entirety, and Mrs. Hudson really was their housekeeper. Even then, Holmes was a lot more of a socially adjusted individual than our Sherlock, more in line with conventional behavior (in his own way). Like, this sort of collection of bits and bobs takes years to amass, so it’s not something Sherlock could’ve built up only in the years he was sober. So, I mean, as much as he was Shezza in his twenties, he had to have been that guy who takes time out of his Sunday to shop for curtains and ducks into cute antique shops not just to interrogate the owners, but to snag a weird figurine, or a pair of binoculars, or… a pretty drawing. A pretty drawing he needed to go to a frame shop and find a suitable frame for, maybe a mat. He had to go to and pay people to cut mats for some of those pics; he had to hunt around for some of those frames, too, because they’re unusual sizes. And maybe he needed a new sofa, and he’d heard there was a sale across town.
To be honest, it looks like a professor’s flat, or the flat of a quirky and whimsical but successful adult professional. Certainly an intellectual, a naturalist perhaps, but definitely an adult. It’s… mature.
The tastes are mature, varied, sophisticated, with a sense of humor but also the stuffiness that comes with age, when people have ‘grown up’ and feel they need things like proper curtains and framed pictures instead of just posters stuck to the wall. Here, everything is framed. Let me put it this way: I’ve only started overwhelmingly framing things this year. I’m Sherlock’s age. Is he… more mature than I am?? haha
Contrast this to the way John’s bedsit looks:
It matches what we know of him precisely. He hasn’t added anything. The only thing he does is keep his bed neatly folded. Even if the room didn’t come furnished (which I’m sure it did), I can see John buying these things in one day, and saying ‘good enough’. But when I try to imagine Sherlock Holmes spending a Sunday afternoon carefully putting up those steel picture hangers (I know all about those), my mind draws a blank. However, it’s canon. I’m just saying it says something about Sherlock in a way even his impeccable suits do not. The suits are for show, to make an impression— his flat isn’t. It’s not the modern, streamlined and impeccable thing his suits would suggest: it’s quirky, cozy, eclectic, warm. Why does Sherlock have this flat?That is a puzzle! It’s tempting to think that Mycroft ex machina (via his minions?) is responsible for the larger furnishings, as well as the hanging of the pictures and other items, but then would Sherlock want that interference?
I also wonder about the lack of CDs or vinyl, or a high end stereo system beyond the headphones on the skull (unless there is and I’ve missed them, which is certainly possible since I haven’t done a frame by frame search of 221B scenes looking for these items). I mean Sherlock is an accomplished violinist, trained well enough to play J.S. Bach and compose, so he has almost certainly a Western classical background. Even though he loves his tech, many classical musicians avoid mp3s (compression) and computer audio systems when doing serious listening. Why are there no CDs or records from Sherlock’s childhood and young adulthood? Are they at home? In storage? Were they given away? Does Sherlock only keep recordings on his computer? Or is his musical memory so good that he has placed a library of his favorite recordings in his memory palace? Certainly some very talented musicians like Mozart could remember a piece after hearing it once. Does Sherlock have that capability?
One clue is the Memory Palace sequence in THoB, in which we briefly hear a bit of Elvis’s cover of “You Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog”. That does suggest Sherlock might have a library of music in the MP, not all of it Western classical/art music. But what isn’t clear is how extensive an MP!music library is. Is it an ad hoc collection of music he’s learned as a violinist plus music he’s needed for cases, something similar to the eclectic collection of items he keeps in his flat? Or does he include any piece he’s ever enjoyed? Or does all music get swept in, whether he likes it or not (poor Sherlock, the earworms could be quite annoying)?
Also: did he enlarge his music collection during the Hiatus, taking in at least some of the music he encountered abroad? It’s no surprise I like this last idea, since I collaborated with emmadelosnardos and a few other fans to create a series of fanmixes of music Sherlock might have heard in AfroGeekGoddess’s version of Sherlock’s hiatus travels.
I’m going to think about this more and do some rewatching, but I welcome additions and thoughts.Oh these are wonderful questions to ask!
To be honest I don’t see Sherlock carefully selecting pieces, whether in IKEA or in antique shops.
I think Mrs Hudson is responsible for the wallpaper, curtains and rugs, either because she put it up herself in a distant past or because they were left by a previous tennant. The same might be the case for the general furnishing (sofa, table and chairs, cupboards). I say that for two reasons: first because the wallpaper in the rest of the house is lighter but in an equally bold style that I can relate to Mrs Hudson, and second because I assumed from ASiP that Sherlock had just moved in and the curtains and rugs blend in with the flat in a way that to me says old and dusty and never moved in a decade.
The furnishing looks sort of spontaneously acquired, if that makes sense; like Sherlock (in his previous lodging) suddenly thought “I need a lamp” and then just did whatever necessary to get a lamp there, whether that’s ordering online from IKEA and having it delived the next day, or visiting the second-hand shop on the street corner. Same with the mirror, the cupboards, possibly the fan.
As for all the knick-knacks, I have the headcanon that he acquired them by either of two different means: Either because they were necessary for a case, and after he just didn’t get rid of it. Or, and I like this one, he has the habit of pilfering things he likes from crime scenes in a sort of running bet with himself that none of the other police officers would notice anything gone. Paintings and statuettes and headphones and one day he even managed to abscond with an entire mounted sword (or epee or whatever it is) without anyone noticing. He had to stop it when Lestrade finally catched on, but stealing the ashtray from Buckingham Palace for John was a last personal victory. I might need to fic this.
Anyway, the music. There is an expensive 6 CD sound system in his bedroom if I’m not mistaken, so I’d wager there is a CD collection somewhere, but we haven’t seen it yet (or the sound system is obtained the same way as above; he needed a CD player and bought the first he saw, never mind that it’s a couple thousand pounds).
I like the idea of an entire mind palace music collection though, and I think the Hound Dog snippet might point to that. Maybe it’s not in a separate mind palace room, but woven in with everything, since he seems to make mental connections through associations. It wouldn’t surprise me if he indeed is able to immediately mentally record and store any music he hears, and a storage system based on associations might be a big factor in doing so.
Besides, he could also be the kind of musician to scoff at any interpretation that isn’t his own (in the case of classical music) and therefore does not have any CDs, but prefers to form his own interpretation by studying the score himself, and keeps that internal sound in his mind palace.After getting a look at the family home, which has the slightly cluttered but very personal, lived-in look of a country home, I can envision a somewhat different scenario. I can see Mummy, happy that Sherlock is going to have a nice central London flat with a friend, loading up the car (or maybe demanding a pick-up from Mycroft and ending up with his minions) and bustling off to town to help him get “settled in” after combing his old room as well as the attics for things that she knows he’ll like or want. Which of course means that she goes around and directs the setting up of the furniture and hanging of pictures, and Sherlock dumps his files and working stuff anyplace they might have space to land. Can’t you hear the back-and-forth as that’s going on? And by the end of the day, it’s in the shape John first sees in SiP.
Awesome meta is awesome.
there’s something really interesting in this passage that I wanted to point out
Trelawney assumes that Harry was born in midwinter because of his “dark hair” and “mean stature” and “tragic losses so young in life”
Tom Riddle was born in midwinter, is describe in CoS as resembling Harry, and his mother died right after his birth
Harry has a piece of Voldemort’s soul in him
that’s why Trelawney made that assumption
TRELAWNY WAS ACTUALLY A GREAT SEER SHE JUST MESSED UP SOMETIMES AND ACTED A LITTLE GOOFY SO NO ONE TOOK HER SERIOUSLY
BECAUSE CLASSICAL ALLUSIONS
For those of you who don’t know your Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of the King and Queen of Troy. Apollo tried to get in her pants by giving her the gift of prophecy and took nice guy douche-bagging to a godly level by cursing her when she turned him down.
The curse? That she would never be believed.
So all of Cassandra’s warnings to the people of Troy fell on deaf ears.
And in case you don’t remember, Trelawny mentions that her great-great-grandmother’s name was … you guessed it… “Cassandra”
this is what i’m wearing to the gates of hell. I could command armies in this dress.
In honor of Autumn coming soon, here are some happy dogs that love the fall weather are aren’t afraid to show it. Have a great day everyone.
an underrated moment
Look how dramatically the other mantis falls.
Several people have been asking us for cheap meals and tips for eating cheap in our inbox, so I’m going to use this as an opportunity for our followers to share their inexpensive meal recipes. Reblog or message us with recipes that you make on a budget and I will add them to this post.
- Look at the websites of grocery stores near you, and signing up for their mailing list. There’s a store near me called Winco, and they send coupons for discounted and free items. Just yesterday I got some coupons from them and it came with one for a free bag of bagels. -Mod H
- If you work somewhere that has food for sale I would suggest asking what your work does with the leftovers. My friend works at a movie theater and they just throw away the popcorn that doesn’t get eaten by the end of the night so he takes it home. I work at a restaurant and it’s pretty shocking how much food just gets thrown away. Fruit that is slightly bruised won’t get used because it’s ugly. If we don’t sell enough of a pre-made meal, we discount it for a couple days, and if there’s still leftovers they get tossed. Lettuce and veggies constantly get thrown away after a few days. It’s really never ending to what gets unused at restaurants, and if you work somewhere like this it doesn’t hurt to ask for foods that are going to be throw away. -Mod H
- A lot of grocery stores have a shopper’s club card. Sign up for them. They really do help. Watch the weekly flyers. Places like Kroger have a thing where you go on their website and you can load coupons on to your shoppers card. That way you don’t have to pay for a Sunday paper to get coupons. Also, sign up for stores like CVS, they always have good deals and you get rewards, like $5 off your next purchase. -Anonymous
- Dried lentils can be bought in bulk, rich in protein and fiber, and store almost indefinitely without refrigeration and they are easy to cook, just put them in water and let them soak. The hotter the water the faster they soften. From there they can be the bases of many recipes. -moebithinking
- Buy cheap bulk rice and noodles. If you have a freezer and a microwave buy frozen veggies in steam able packs for when you need a quick meal and don’t have a lot of energy to cook. Prepare lots of rice and freeze it and then just make some microwave veggies. Also, keep eggs and bread on hand. And bologna/deli meats if you like that. –Anonymous
- When I’m a bit tight on cash I often get bulk white rice (AUSD about $10-12 for 15 kilo) and canned soups, which you can find on special for AUSD $1.50 a can. They have bit of everything (meat, veggies) and adding a few cheap veggies and seasoning can make them pretty tasty and healthy. Rice lasts for ages and I can get by on about $15 of cans per week. -restwhenyouaredead
- Coupons actually help. 1. Buy dry beans (pinto, black, kidney, etc). Sure it takes longer to prepare, but you can cook a large batch and stick them in the fridge. Reheat on the stove with some water and taco seasoning and add to a tortilla or use chips to dip with. My go-to in college was hamburger helper with ground turkey. Both are incredibly cheap at the store. 4 average size meals with that or 2 large meals. -bytheunbreakablexvx
- The tri colored garden pasta counts as servings of vegetables. For example, Food Lion brand has 1/2 serving of veggies per 4oz of pasta. –Anonymous
- Canned tomatoes are incredibly flexible. I like using a can plus some veggies to basically make my own pasta sauce. Speaking of, pasta can be bought for cheap. Ramen with vegetables and egg is pretty filling. – tehdhole
- One thing that has helped make many foods palatable is spices, best tip I can give, as many spices are cheap if you get them in bulk, even from places like Whole Foods which price gouge. It will make eating the same foods day after day easier. -sentientdessert
- Buying spices: Go to the 99-Cent Store, they have spices in shakers that are cheaper that the shakers at the grocery store. Or go to the grocery stores and look for the spices that come in baggies. They are always either down the aisle with spices, or the Mexican Food aisle. Or go to places that sell it in bulk that you fill up yourself. There’s a store near my house that sells spices by the pound, so it will say $1.27 for a pound of pepper, but you can add more or less depending on your budget.
- In Canada I’ve noticed that a lot of East Asian grocery stores sell produce for very, very cheap, often 50-70% of what you’d pay even at a relatively cheap grocer’s. Also, I’ve found replacing rice with grated cauliflower microwaved for five minutes or so to be a cost-effective substitution. -zou-2
- Never throw scraps away! If your recipe calls for the broccoli stems to be chopped off, don’t throw the stems away, keep them for another meal. If you have leftover bones from meat, I’d suggest keeping them and making a broth with the bone. If there’s leftover anything, or anything edible that is about to be throw away I’d suggest stop and google a recipe with that item before you do. -Mod H
- I know that cooking supplies can be expensive, but thrift stores have loads of crock pots, pans, pots, and other cooking supplies for much cheaper. Most thrift stores have an electronic section with plug-ins, so go check to see if your item works or ask an employee to test it. -Mod H
- I like to make cheap stews with whatever is on sale at the grocery store. For example, a 2-pound bag of baby carrots is always about $1, a 5-pound bag of potatoes is always about $3, and then I just look around for things I can add to it. Canned beans and canned veggies are usually cheap. Then I pick up some inexpensive tomato sauce 50ish cents for a small can, 70ish cents for a large can. Then I get home and drain the canned foods and put all this together in a pot, fill the remaining room in the pot with water and let it simmer for hours. I like to add a ton of pepper too. Depending how much you make, this can last quite a few days. And the bag of potatoes is always too much, so you can make baked potatoes or mashed potatoes or homemade chips. -Mod H
- I do Mac attack; basically Mac-and-cheese and you put whatever you want in it. I like to put bacon, green onions, tomatoes, green peppers in it. You can always change what you put in it and it’s pretty cheap, especially if you buy your food from the right place. Another thing that I like to make that’s fairly cheap is mashed potatoes with tomato sauce and cheese. Like all three mixed together. -depressingegocentric
- I like to chop up some veggies, throw them in a pot with water, wait for the water to boil, throw in the ramen. Wait for the ramen to start to break apart and then put in an egg. Cover the pot and turn off the heat, wait ~five minutes and serve. -tehdhole
- Homemade veggie burgers! Lettuce, onions, carrots, little pieces of toasted bread, all in a blender, then mix it with eggs in a bowl to form the patties and fry them in a pan. It makes a ton of meals. -breakingladd
- My favorite has been white rice with tuna fish or egg. This is good for carbs and protein. Cook rice to your desired consistency, stir in a raw egg or canned tuna while rice is still hot. Hot rice cooks the egg. For drinks, re-use tea bags (recently used not sitting for a few hours or more.) The second or third cup will not be as strong as the first, but it stretches the tea out. -sentientdessert
- Bean salad: full of protein. Cans of mixed beans or chickpeas are usually cheap. Add a bit of white vinegar, oil if you want (I like olive - also generally cheap) salt, pepper, chopped celery, whatever other spices you like. Maybe add tomatoes. Stir it together! It’s quick and easy. -dream-residue
- I like to get a can of crushed or diced tomatoes (normally ~50 cents), a can of black beans (about a dollar) and a bag of white rice (depends on the size; bulk bags are cheaper in the long run, but I don’t always have the initial cash for a huge amount. I normally buy just a pound that still lasts forever and doesn’t go bad). I mix and heat the beans and tomatoes together and serve over rice. A mixture of 1 can of tomatoes and 1 can of beans lasts me about 4-5 meals with rice included (about 1/2 -3/4 cup cooked rice for each meal). The beans help me feel full for a while and the tomatoes help it not be too bland. :) I’ve also found that corn tortillas are cheaper in my area compared to wheat bread and make just as good sandwiches for 1/2 the price. -sweetironiclife
- My go-to cheap (vegan) meal: Get a big tub of red or green curry paste. It’s usually about $6, but it lasts forever. Add a few spoonfuls to a pot with an equal amount of heated oil. Fry with garlic and ginger if you have it. Then add a can of coconut milk (usually $1.50) and whatever protein and veggies you have on hand. Bean and lentils work well. Boil some rice, leaving the curry mix on simmer. This works really well for using up broccoli stalks and such that you would otherwise toss away. -caltwentynine
- Potatoes! I like to cut them into smallish pieces so they all still have a little piece of skin, and fry them with butter or oil until the skin is crispy. -halfofanelephant
- Cheap meal idea: well, around my town, spaghetti noodles and butter/margarine are two of the cheapest things you can buy. And some pepper lasts a lifetime. So I basically live off of buttered, peppered spaghetti noodles. Sounds awful, but if you add enough butter and pepper, it’s surprisingly delicious. - Anonymous
Roasting a whole chicken with whatever veggies are on sale is the best cheapest thing. If you’re feeding two people you eat the drumstick/thigh area one night, turn the breast meat into chicken salad for lunch and tomorrow’s dinner, and boil the carcass and make chicken soup which can be stretched over an extra day if you make matzoh balls/dumplings/noodles/rice. If you do it right you can get 4-5 days of meals out of that thing and it costs about $20 for a chicken and veggies. Also Goya beans are a gift, you can make beans and rice, black bean soup, and black bean burgers for two people from one big pot of beans that costs less than $10 to make. -ceceliaisgray
- Also cheap but filling is a casserole made of red potatoes and sausage. You grill the potatoes in a pan until brown, then add the sausage (can be squeezed from casings, already loose, or plain ground beef depending on what you have on hand.) Once that’s browned put all of it into a casserole dish and add a cup of broth on top (I use chicken bouillon cubes which are like $1 for a whole jar.) If you have cheese sprinkle it on top, and add a vegetable you like or mushrooms if you have any/can get them cheap. Cook that in the oven for 45 min or until potatoes are soft. This lasts me like three days and I always have a ton of potatoes left for other things. -wafflability
- Something really easy is to buy egg noodles (generally cost under $2 for a big bag that will last several meals.) When I boil the noodles I throw in a veggie like broccoli at the same time, then drain and add olive oil and salt for taste. You can stir in whatever protein you have on hand to add more flavor/nutrition. I usually chop up a chicken thigh and season it since those are cheap to buy frozen in bulk. -wafflability
- Tofu is a fairly cheap protein around where I live ($1.25 for a 6 serving package) and fairly quick to cook, so I mix some with frozen spinach and other frozen veggies (usually $1-2 a package, but they last a while), and then mix them with rice. Eggs could probably also be used instead of tofu if they’re cheaper, but either way it’s a cheap meal with a good amount of nutritional value. -roesbynoothername
- Cucumber salad: 1 sliced red onion, thinly sliced cucumber(s), salt, pepper, and whatever seasonings you have/want to add, oil or rice vinegar. Makes about 8 servings depending how much cucumber you add. I’d suggest 3. -Mod H
- Corn tortillas are usually pretty cheap, and they come in giant packs. Frying them or just warming them up is delicious, and you can add beans, tomatoes, salsa, cheese, or whatever you have and it makes them even better. -Mod H
- Http://www.leannebrown.com/cookbooks has a free downloadable cookbook for people on a budget. -vampirepumpkins
- Another good resource for everyone and anyone is the website Recipe Key. If you’re close to payday and just need to know what you can make with whatever’s on hand, you can input whatever ingredients you have available and it will tell you what you can make with what you have, or it will suggest one or two ingredients you can buy in order to make a meal. -bittergrapes
- Low cost meal tips. -saraneth-midwifery
- There’s a good site for eating on a budget called Budget Bytes. it calculates how much every meal would cost, and tends to have good recipes. -Anonymous
- Choose My Plate is budget recipes offered by the USDA. -sab-cat
My therapist told me instead of hurting myself I should draw something pretty were I want to cut. This is the result. And it works, honestly. If you’re struggling with self harm I really recommend this. (Make sure you use a marker and not a pen cause pens can hurt you! )
I’m reblogging this again because this technique really did help me stop self harming. Sure, I had some slip ups at the beginning but I’m 92 days clean now. All of the love I got from y’all certainly helped too! I hope this helped at least one other person recover or at least helped someone along the road to recovery. I would love to hear other techniques you guys have or your recovery stories! I love you all so much. Stay strong!
Just putting this on the blog because I know some of you are wanting to recover