Yes, I do. As soon as the little was born I opened an account that can only be touched by him when he turns 18. We put in a small sum every month and also half of what he gets as gifts for B'day and Christmas. It won't be a stupendous amount of money (unless our fortunes change and we're able to significantly increase the amount we put aside every month) but it will hopefully help set him on his path no matter what he chooses.
One of the reasons I hate the summer is I can't wear pyjamas to bed. In the summer depending on the heat it's anything from one Ser Sean's t-shirts to underwear (if it's particularly warm) - never fully naked it's just uncomfortable.
In the winter (because I'm not allowed an electric blanket or a winter heavy quilt and I don't like the heating on in the bedroom) I wear pyjamas and fluffy socks and I sometimes have a hot water bottle or a hot bag and then I cocoon myself in my quilt - this is bliss and anyone who says otherwise is wrong in the head.
Oooh, all of this talk of pyjamas makes me want to go home to bed and read a book.
Thank you for the link. I've just read the essays. I like what the author has to say on the various aspects of the world that Briggs has built and I like the hope at the end that perhaps the werewolf society is changing for the better. However, the author's own biases has still mean that six books in (I've not read anything after River Marked) Mercy still does not have a close female confidante and is still in power plays with the other women in the pack.
Lyanna: I've not read the final book of the series after hearing of the egregiously large elf-love retconn that was going to happen. I have my own headcannon for the book:
In the first book Trent says something to Rachel along the lines of "in the end I will have your loyalty and subservience so completely that you won't even know that I've done it to you. And you will beg to give me more". That's what I am telling myself has happened. Trent has run a long con and done exactly what he said they would do when they were mortal enemies.
I'm on a real UF kick at the moment and because I don't have unlimited funds I'm doing a lot of re-reading. The one glaring thing that most UF does (and even some stuff I like does) is not have any close relationships for the female protagonist of the same gender. I also find the lack of any kind of family structure for the protagonists jarring. Maybe this is just to fit in with the exceptionlist trope that seems to sell well but it strikes a nerve with me.
I used to rave about Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series but the thing about Mercy is at the start of the series she is surrounded by male acquaintances in her work and personal life but not one female acquaintance. And, it doesn't get any better for Mercy Thompson - every woman she meets (apart from the Alpha's daughter) dislikes or hates her on sight and that just rubs me completely the wrong way. I can not now re-read them. I find that lack just plays into the "Exceptional Woman" persona. "I don't like other women. Other women are jealous of me. I'm not like other women. Please accept me". Ain't no-one got time for that shit anymore.
At the weekend I watched the worst movie I think I've ever seen. Green Street (Hooligans). A Harvard student is expelled from uni and goes to the UK to visit his sister. He somehow gets involved with a West Ham firm (the fictitious Green Street Elite). It was so bad. From Charlie Hunam's shitty cockerney accent to Elijah Wood being woefully miscast. There is literally no way you could see EW becoming some sort of hardman at the end of it all.