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Game of Thrones: Oathkeeper review (spoilers)

April 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Ser Pounce! We’ve been waiting for you.

There are a lot of differences in what happens in the books compared to the series. This is pretty much a given. This episode in particular however, took that concept and ran a marathon with it. If you haven’t read ASOIAF, you’re probably better off at this point because nothing is as it seems. Bran is getting into trouble, the White Walkers don’t prove to be very good nannies, Dany’s got her own sigil up and running finally, and Jaime is getting pimp slapped with his own hand.

I was disappointed that the show had Olenna (Queen of Thorns) directly admit to Margery that she had Joffrey killed, with Littlefinger telling Sansa that he had the necklace of death made for this purpose.The books make allusions to this, but Martin makes the reader work to get to that conclusion. The series doesn’t feel the need to do this, and that’s kind of a bummer for me personally. But oh well, now you know the queen of Thorns and Baelish did it. Hurray.

In his view, Baelish’s relationship with the Lannisters is no longer profitable, but the Tyrells suit his ambition quite nicely. He wants it all, and he’ll jump from side to side to get it. I get it, but it also makes me detest him more. If loyalty can be bought, then the concept is moot.

Tommen is still young, but Margaery and Olenna know that if she doesn’t work some mojo with him, Cersei is going to turn him against her and she needs to be married to the King. He’s young still so she keeps her clandestine visit to him G rated, and I’m glad. He’s nothing like Joffrey, and so with him on the Iron Throne things won’t be so bloody as per the Lannisters for a bit.

Maybe.

Still pretty ticked off at the rape scene from last week. Jaime didn’t rape Cersei in the books, and I don’t know why the creators felt the need to go there. So unnecessary.

That’s not to say Jaime doesn’t redeem himself a bit in this episode. He gives Brienne all sorts of gifts including the sword his father had forged out of Ned Stark’s greatsword Ice. She promptly renames it Oathkeeper and swears to use it in her quest to find Sansa and protect her. Brienne made that promise to Catelynn Stark and intents to keep it no matter what. Jaime’s promise as head of the Kingsguard is to protect the King, so it’s fitting that the episode is called “Oathkeeper”; everyone’s got oaths to uphold.

As yet another going away present Jaime also give her Podrick as her squire. This gets him out of Kings Landing and away from Cersei’s increasingly paranoid and maniacal quest to find out who killed Joffrey, and her need to pin it on Tyrion to finally get her chance to have him killed. Podrick’s association with Tyrion puts him in danger’s way, so it’s right that he leaves. Brienne doesn’t want him at first, but she can’t refuse Jaime. That last look she shoots him as she rides away says it all I think.

Huge spoiler here: you the viewer also find out how little Whitewalkers are made directly. Their Whitewalker nannies take Craster’s daughters’ newborn boys and give them a little tap on the head (actually, it was the Night’s King). Easy peasy. I reveal this because it is another event hinted at the in the books but is laid flat out here. Now everyone knows.

What the hell is Bran doing by Craster’s Keep anyway? Ugh, I can’t with all changes and reveals in this episode. Excuse me while I go take a walk and simmah down nao.

 

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How to give yourself a little spa day on the cheap

April 20, 2014 Leave a comment

We’ve all been there. Stress from work, stress from other things; a little spa day would sound like heaven, yes? It can get pretty pricy, and sometimes painful. When I think of the last time I mistakenly agreed to a little microdermabrasion therapy… still have nightmares about it.

So here are a few suggestions on how to do a little spa session that won’t break the bank, and isn’t painful.

Here are a few items I used:

Mask and Foot Soap found for about 5 bucks each; Tea Tree Oil was part of a Body Shop set I bought, but can be found at health food stores for about 5 bucks also. Tea was ordered online but you can use your favorite.

Mask and Foot Soap found for about 5 bucks each; Tea Tree Oil was part of a Body Shop set I bought, but can be found at health food stores for about 5 bucks also. Tea was ordered online but you can use your favorite.

 

So the first thing I did was make a Facial Steamer. I boiled water on the stove (about 4-6 cups I guess), and added a few drops of my favorite essential oil, Tea Tree. You can use any essential oil you like for this. For Camomille’s astringent properties, I added one tea bag to the boiling water also and let the whole thing steep for 5 minutes (cover with a lid):

1 teabag + a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil, and let boil for a few minutes.

1 teabag + a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil, and let boil for a few minutes.

 

I then took the pot of water over to the kitchen table, grabbed a towel, and draped it over my head with my face several inches away from the water. The next six minutes was aromatherapy bliss with an added bonus of open, detoxed pores. Follow the treatment up with a mild astringent of your choice and your face will feel clean as a whistle.

Since I had some time, I followed this up with the clay mask. In addition, as I still had the water from the steam treatment, I added it to a package of the Johnson’s foot soap to my foot soak tray, a few ice cubes to cool the water some, and then let my poor feet soak for 10 minutes.

Johnson's Foot Soap + water from the facial steam bath. Bonus: Buy a standard litter box (obviously never used) for foot baths. It's just the right size for this. Price: 4-6 bucks.

Johnson’s Foot Soap + water from the facial steam bath. Bonus: Buy a standard litter box (obviously never used) for foot baths. It’s just the right size for this. Price: 4-6 bucks.

The whole house now smells like a spa, and that’s not such a bad thing.

So there you have it; a whole spa treatment for about 10 bucks, and you can get multiple sessions to enjoy. Doesn’t hurt your wallet or your face, and that’s all to the good.

Video: Great True Detective Parody by AT&T (what???)

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment

This guy has Rust Cohle down pat:

 

Great interview with the creators of Game of Thrones (spoilers possible) and Season 4 premiere – “Two Swords”

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment

My favorite part: GRRM asking them straight up who Jon Snow’s parents are before allowing them to adapt the books to television. I’m so glad they got the answer right, y’all.

That being said, the Season 4 premiere was on the money, in my most humblest of opinions. Arya gets a little revenge, chickens are consumed, and Jamie is like “What’s the deal?” with Cersei. Tywin is especially evil regarding Ice, Ned’s greatsword. Next week: there’s a wedding and The Hound may eat more chickens. Plus, the Red Viper has some things to say to the Lannisters.

This should totally be the House of Clegane’s sigil:

Stay tuned.

Editor’s note: with all the issues surrounding HBO Go crashing on Sunday nights, my thought is that HBO should hook up with some of the major movie theatre chains and screen it. I could see that being profitable on both sides.

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