imaginary circus

Writer, fangirl, bon vivant. My interests are all over the map. I love good stories however they come packaged.

Liker of coffee and words. Occasionally cranky. tumblr elderly. I apologize in advance for my tags.

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wtf is with America.. get me out..

americans joke on here about being the most amazing country to exist, but it’s all code. please save us. holy shit please get us out of here

There are good things about the US, but I think there are so many extremes it means many of us are only comfortable saying WE’RE THE BEST—or HIT EJECT. We have super rich people and many incredibly poor ones. We have brilliant, educated people—and many people our education system has failed.

We’re the 3rd most populous country after China and India. While we’re nowhere near as big—we are almost 320 million people. We have the highest GDP, but not per capita. We’re like 9th for that.

This is not a zero sum game. There’s a lot our country needs to be better about and I hope we learn and improve. But I think change happens slowly. If we continue to think of the US as only good OR bad? We’re making it a lot harder to change. Because it seems impossible.

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100 episodes wasn’t enough.

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Chris Evans’ Ice Bucket Challenge 

My only complaint is that the image is so small. (Also pretty sure this is here. CA doesn’t usually look like Massachusetts. And that looks like MA.)

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Jesus christ. GET ON MY BLOG. GET ON IT. This is beautiful

Everytime I see this, it must go back on my blog.

My mom was a punk rocker…she’s the most amazing person I’ll ever know.

People used to move their children away from me in grocery stores sometimes. Once a little girl looked up at me with big eyes and whispered, “Mommy. Can I have pink hair?” (This was like 1988 and it was considered super weeeeeird then.) And the mother said, “No. Those people are freaks.” Or something like that. And I looked at the mom and said, “I’m an honors student and I write letters for Amnesty International in my spare time. I volunteer to teach people how to read. You’d be lucky if your kid turned out like me.” And I stomped away in my combat boots.

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"Otters have a skin flap that forms a pocket so they can keep their favorite rock with them. They use this rock to break open mollusks when eating. Some otters go their entire lives carrying the same rock!” source


If you need/want to see something adorable—go look at the whole list. I squeaked like 300 times.


ramannoodles20 tagged me in this. You can tell a lot about someone by the type of music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your ipod, phone, itunes, media player etc and write down the first 10 songs. Then pass this on to 10 people. One rule: no skipping.

  1. Tant Par Tacher - The Atholl…

Sally said it would cheer her up, so I will do it. I did it from my 250 song writing mix because I don’t listen to my library. My father insisted I load every Beatles song ever on my laptop when he got that little Apple USB with everything on it.

The first ten songs on my shuffled thing right now:

  1. Afterlife - Arcade Fire (2013)
  2. Eighties - Killing Joke (1984)
  3. Electric Feel - MGMT (2008)
  4. Dead Souls - Nine Inch Nails (cover of Joy Division) (1994)
  5. My Villain - The Mess Hall (2009)
  6. Never Stop - Echo & The Bunnymen (1983)
  7. Wolf - Now, Now (2013)
  8. Waiting Room - Fugazi (1989)
  9. Boys Better - The Dandy Warhols (1997)
  10. Everything Counts - Depeche Mode (1983)

Huh. 1983-2013 - that’s a pretty good spread. I’ve bought 30-40 songs that came out in the last six months though none of them popped up.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Could you defend your eating meat? Not in any way trying to start and argument even as a vegetarian, just think it would be interesting.
imaginarycircus imaginarycircus Said:


I totally can’t. Eating meat is bad for your health, for the environment, and it’s cruel. The only defense I have is that it can be pretty difficult to not eat meat in American culture…that I was raised as a meat eater, and I really really like it. 

Somehow this seems worse than coming up with some BS defense of my meat-eating about how humans having evolved as omnivores (we also evolved as hunter gatherers). But this is the truth…meat is bad and I eat it because it is often the best-tasting, simplest option.

I do not judge people by their diet. I sometimes worry about them and I sure as hell worry about the animals. Animal cruelty makes me despondent, but so do children and adults who are starving. (And Hank doesn’t seem to be poor or live in a food desert, but it’s none of my business what he eats.)

I live in Boston. Obviously getting fish and tons of fresh produce almost any kind of food here is not hard. But it can be expensive. Eating a healthful vegetarian diet is either going to take you a fair amount of time and planning (and still not be totally cheap if you’re eating a variety of foods in healthful combinations) or is going to cost you A LOT of money to buy prepared foods. Many people don’t have the time or the money to do this.

I’ve eaten a mainly vegetarian diet since I was a little kid. I eat fish now, but I try to be somewhat aware of what’s over-fished, and etc. There’s a pocket guide here.

There are vast parts of the US (and the rest of the world—go read about Nanavut right now.) where it is very difficult to get produce and food is outrageously expensive. You eat whatever you can afford to. I am incredibly privileged in this and I try not to judge other people for their food choices. My father’s neighbor and good friend is stupidly wealthy now and cellars all this incredible wine. But he will NOT eat any kind of cheese. He hates cheese. Turns out he grew up really poor and the government cheese is revolting and he can’t get past that. You just don’t know why people eat things or why they won’t. But we all eat for survival.

I personally find the meat industry so disturbing I can’t ever eat meat. I eat chicken now every once in a while if I know where it came from and I still feel guilty about it. Farms are largely run by large corporations and the conditions are shocking. The problem is that we all have to eat to keep living. And no matter how careful you are you can’t know where every mouthful of your food comes from unless you grow and raise it all yourself.




if you keep reblogging celebs dumping water all over themselves, even if you’re not, please watch this. please please please watch this.

Get some kleenex. Some chocolate. Some vodka. Whatever is going to help you get through this video. And then get your wallet (if you can donate) and donate. THIS. THIS was the video that got me to remember to actually donate money.

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Wooster cat photos for Sally.

Hi! Are you still doing the ask meme follower thing? Hope so, but if not feel free to delete this I won't be offended :) My name is Madeleine, my favorite color is red, my favorite ice cream flavor is probably Cherry Garcia, but I'm the kind of person who orders something different every time. Favorite musical is either West Side Story or Once, and fun fact is I'm a triplet (two sisters)!
imaginarycircus imaginarycircus Said:

Hi, Madeleine. Sorry it took me so long to get to yours. I still have a few more of these, but am spacing them out as I go. UGH. Now I want Cherry Garcia. I used to love that so much. I haven’t had it in years. You have inspired me.

I have never met a triplet. How cool. I have one brother and he is 12 years younger than I am.

And oh! Your user name must be a “Bringing Up Baby” reference! Not only one of my favorite movies, but also partly the reason I was called Katherine. (Also named after my great aunt so not spelled Katharine. But my mother was in the hospital and the movie was on and she decided it was a good name.)

This is not where we had dinner. But the Mayflower Poultry Company is kind of infamous around here.

This is what I had for dinner at Puritan and Co.

Dear David,

9 years down. 81 more until our granite wedding anniversary. We’ve got this. My great grandmother lived to be 108. I can make 120. No prob. You, my lovely child bride, only have to make it to 115 years old.

There is no one I would rather buy a tombstone for less than you. I have once again failed to write a properly romantic letter, but the beautiful things about our lives can’t be tied up in pretty words. The best moments are when you’ve got me crying with laughter because you know I’m stressed out and laughing will help burn some of it off. Or when you let me tell you long complicated stories about what I’ve worked on and you listen to it all carefully. I don’t know what I give you, but whatever it is I give it to you completely. I accept who you are and I love you so damn much. Also I laugh at the majority of your jokes. That has to be a plus. And I read you LotR aloud.

When the cat was sick last night you told me not to worry and that you’d take care of it. Because you are the care taker. Bertie and I are just here to shed all over and look adoringly at you. And to look sad when we’re hungry. (Some day I will do the magic thing again where food comes from the grocery store into our house and I cook it.) 



p.s. You are my proverbial partner in crime. We have committed no actual crimes.

Asker anonsally Asks:
You know me, but hey, my favorite color is yellow (you probably knew that. My second-favorite is purple.), my favorite musical is probably Singin' in the Rain, ice cream, generally speaking: mint chip, but only if the chocolate chips are more like abundant little flecks. (In fact, I'll take just about any base flavor with that kind of chocolate chips.) I wish I could have a cat. Today I received a package from my cousin containing letters I wrote 20yrs ago.
imaginarycircus imaginarycircus Said:

I am fascinated by your written correspondence thing with your cousin. It always sounds so cool. You are one of the few tumblr people I know who I’ve seen in person. Who knew mint chip ice cream was so popular? I mean, it’s my fav (actually mint oreo is my fav, but mint chip is a close second.) And the entire time we’ve been doing this meme I haven’t had any ice cream. This is a travesty.