Friday, December 30, 2011

Virtual Jamie Fraser

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

I hope you are all thoroughly enjoying the season!  I am a bit behind and finally getting a chance to post a link to Blue Moon Magnolia's awesome blog post about Virtual Jamie Fraser!  If you havena already seen it, you must go check it out right now!

Thanks to Julia for alerting me to this Jamie fabulousness!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hayley Atwell IS Claire

Spoiler Alert:  Dinna read unless you have read "An Echo in the Bone".

I just watched "Captain America" and couldn't stop texting Tracey because Hayley Atwell IS Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser Grey.  She is Claire perfection on a plate!  It's uncanny!!




(My apologies if anyone suffered any kind of faintness of heart whilst watching Eddie Redmayne at work. He is positively scrumptious.)

Monday, December 26, 2011

It's a braw bricht moonlit nicht the nicht!

Outlander Chat

Just wanted to say I am SO SORRY - I completely forgot to blog about chat today!  I was at Tracey's all day, celebrating Christmas with our families and the fact that it was Monday never entered our minds!

Thanks to all who came to chat;  we had a lot of fun!  (I hope you guys got some good Scottish Prisoner chat in while I was putting my kids to bed!)

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and we'll see you next Monday at 9PM Eastern!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy!


Why post on this lovely Christmas Eve when I can just show you my TEXT with Tracey from last night!

Spoiler alert: Dinna read unless ye are 25% through The Scottish Prisoner!



Carol:  Do u see what I see? Tom is reading DinA!!!!!

Tracey:  IT'S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!

Carol:  ROFLMAO! Hello you beautiful Savings and Loan!!!!


Carol:  I just suffered through gay sex with lord John. Blooorrtttttt!!!!

Tracey:  STEPHAN!!!!!!!

Carol:  Blech. I dinna need to hear about bending over pillows or lubing it up with the oil from the dish.  He's like Claire with her bedside lotion!


Carol:  Having one's member in one's hand seems to be a central theme in his book.

Tracey:  You r so homophobic lolol  

Carol:   BULLSHIT!! I just don't want to read about the sex!  Look at Dave O!  He's gay and the mere mention of vajayjay throws him into a tailspin!!  Can you imagine his reaction to lesbian sex?!

Author's Note:  Tracey's and I are self-proclaimed fag hags.  She knows I love the gays. :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

BookTrib Chat with Diana Gabaldon


Watch live streaming video from booktribtv at livestream.com

Outlander Chat

Thanks to all of you who came out for MOP Chat last night.  We got in a good hour before the chat company crapped out on us!  (99Chats.com - steer clear.)

The reason we haven't used a new chat company is quite simple; the good ones cost money!  And who needs a lot of ads, scrolling text and pop-ups getting in our way while we're lamenting about Jamie and Claire?!  (And Fergus Lamaze!)

But...I've found one that seems decent and lets me pay monthly...so we'll test it out and see how it goes for the next few weeks, mkayyyy?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Outlander Chat Tonight

Outlander Chat Tonight - 9PM Eastern!

I am about 20% in (and looking forward to a bit of free time between Christmas and New Year's to READ).   I'll fill you guys in on what's happening when chat starts...and then maybe I'll scoot early if y'all want to discuss future chapters.

**Please no spoilers!!  Thanks! :)

A Wee Giftie for Herself!

With the help of an incredibly talented MOP friend, Susan ("Sooz")...we are going to send something cute and crafty to Herself for her birthday on January 11th - and it will be from the "MOP Community".

If you want to be involved, it doesn't take too much work.  Just a few minutes (in front of the TV, etc)...and mailing your portion to Sooz by  1/3/12.

Interested in taking part in something fun and having Diana read your name on the list of participants?

Email me for details!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Santa Jamie

It's that time of year again...

Lads and Lassies...it's my pleasure to reintroduce to you...

Santa Jamie

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Chat is Canceled Tonight

Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties (ie - the damned chat won't work!)  we will have to cancel chat this evening.  We will hopefully reschedule and host chat another night this week.  

Our utmost apologies for the inconvenience!!

Still Working on Chat!

I am waiting to hear back from the chat hosting company and looking frantically for a solution.

This is pretty much me right now:

MOP Chat is Having Technical Difficulties!

MOP Chat is having technical difficulties and will be working ASAP!

I apologize for the inconvenience!

Life Gets in the Way

Lest anyone wonder why I haven't read more...

Let's just say that in addition to wanting to "make it last", I'm also up to my eyeballs in First Grade Christmas Projects.  This week:  Finish the calendars we've been working on since September.  Next week:  Make and decorate 25 gingerbread houses.

If this sounds familiar to anyone: Class Mom Wonder Twin Powers...ACTIVATE!


Outlander Chat Tonight

Outlander Chat Tonight - 9PM Eastern!  (I will be doing the same thing I did last week; I'll be there at 9 to discuss what I've read...then I'll scoot so y'all can discuss the rest.  :)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Scottish Prisoner: Post Numero Uno

SPOILER ALERT: Dinna read unless ye have read 13% of The Scottish Prisoner.  (I think I'm halfway through Chapter 5 but dinna quote me on that.  eReader Confusion can sometimes mess with the brain.)

First off - please forgive me - and please dinna judge me too harshly - for only having read 5 chapters.  I have not pushed myself in the slightest...because I want to make this book last.  Think about how the blog has been for the past 6 months or so.  It's full of the usual "Monday Chat" posts and commentary about various Scottish coolness.  Or Scots-loving Canadian bands in Disney World!  Now...that's all well and good...but it's not so great, right?

I have decided to make this last so I'll have some decent material while waiting for MOHB (or is it MHOB?  I can never remember).

Either that, or I can always go back to talking about Fergus Lamaze.  Heh heh, Christie.  I can hear you laughing all the way from New Jersey.

OK - so let's get to it:

It would be an understatement to say I was more than a little surprised when Jamie woke up in his bed in the stable and was ready to spank one out.  (Sorry - but there is just no ladylike way to say that.)  When he headed to the other stable to finish the job, I was totally worrit for him, thinking someone would see him.  Well - HELLO?  Did Betty see him?  Did Quinn?  I still dinna know...and I find the not-knowing absolutely delicious.

Speaking of Quinn, is it me or is he a larger-than-life character, right out of the gate?  Even if he doesna have much of a part, he still seems like such a presence.  To the point where I'm already casting him in my head.  (Colin Farrell, much?)

"Kings have their destiny about them- but so do those who serve them.  This is yours."  Love love LOVE that quote.  I've always held a grudge that Jamie was robbed of his birthright in Scotland.  But he has helped/supported/fought for so many people of stature over the years...that his accomplishments dwarf those of a King or a higher member of government.

If you've ever seen the film, "Ever After"...Danielle makes the most amazing speech to Prince Henry, based on quotes she took from "Utopia" by Sir Thomas More:  "A country's character is defined by its "everyday rustics" as you call them.  They are the legs you stand on and that position demands respect."  Again - this is how I feel about Jamie.  If it weren't for him, so many people would be up the proverbial creek in Scotland...England...America...take your pick.  So even though he didna get to be the BMOC for long in Scotland - and had to leave his position as Laird O' the Ridge in America - he has done more in a support role of Kings and Government officials that he might ever have done as Laird.

This is a topic I've pondered in my own life; the question of whether the large amounts of work are worth small amounts of recognition, if big things are happening in the process.  I think we can take a lot away from JAMMF's sometimes-unrecognized but always-heroic actions.  We don't have to be the boss - or be in the spotlight - to get major things accomplished in this life.  Sometimes we're meant to be the man behind the curtain.

OK moving on - Lord John.  Tracey is a bit concerned that I won't be thrilled with the Lord John storyline.  But so far, so good...because he's always with Hal.  And I've already mentioned how I feel about Hal.  I think Hal reminds me of a few people I know in life who make me laugh and get me through my day...and that's why I love his smartass, dry sense of humor so much.  I also LOVE the fact that Minnie was a spy, oh yes I do.  How COOL is that?  Yet another strong woman in Gabaldonland.  I look forward to finding out much more about her.

More quotes I loved:

"Fumbling in the box that held his possessions, he found his rosary..."  That reminds me of the Voyager montage in my head and my vision of Jamie walking with Lord John onto the Helwater estate for the first time.  He's carrying his meager belongings to the sound of "Amazing Grace" which is being sung by Susan Boyle in my mind.  (Don't cringe, y'all.  She's Scottish.  I dig her.)

"nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."  DAMN STRAIGHT.  Cheese alert:  I'm about to mention Duran Duran.  Some of you may want to go get a cold beverage and come back.  I've always loved Simon le Bon's bastardization of that line: "Hell hath no fury like a young girl's ego" from Duran Duran's "Meet El Presidente".  I could do a whole blog post on instances of women being scorned from books, tv, film...but suffice to say I just love that line.

"wonderful pungent scent of the horse's warm hide."  Does it get any better than this in a DG novel?  No, no it does not.  Something tells me Hildy, Cari and Jennifer J  will read that with unflagging joy.  :)

OK I'm getting punchy...so off to read.

Stay tuned...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Free Shipping for Orders over $30 in the MOP Shop 12/27/11 - 1/2/12

From December 27th to January 2nd, all MOP Shop orders over $30 will receive free standard shipping.  The coupon code is FREEDELIVERY. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jamie and the Ridge

Got this from Belinda.  It is SO cool!

"Here is Jamie on The Ridge before he knew there was a Ridge with Claire.  We're in the NC mountains with the family on our annual Christmas tree trip and of course the book came with me.  You can see why he picked this spot."

Monday, December 5, 2011

Outlander Chat Tonight

Outlander Chat Tonight - 9PM Eastern!  There will be LOTS of Scottish Prisoner discussion.  We plan to discuss the first three chapters at first...so no one has any spoiler issues.  Then we'll see how it's going and how far everyone is - and take it from there.

Please remember to be careful NOT to post spoilers.  Some people have not been able to read that much yet!  THANKS!  :)

Scottish Prisoner Chat

Trying to plan for chat this evening lads and lassies.  Please comment and let us know what chapter you are on in The Scottish Prisoner.  (If you have an eReader, just give us the percentage.)  Thanks!

Note:  PLEASE!! No Spoilers!!! Thanks!  :)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tracy Has HER Scottish Prisoner!

Tracy's car broke down after work on Tuesday when the book came out...so she and her daughter walked a distance to her parents' house to borrow their car.  It never occurred to her to WAIT for the book!  And she has already finished it.

Now THAT'S devotion!!!