Oh, interesting! Is it good?
I like it, yeah!
It’s a bit more watery than I prefer for hot chocolate (my usual process involves no water, I just microwave milk and add the chocolate powder), but it’s still tasty. If I had some half and half or something to add at the end, rather than just milk, that’d probably make it even better.
It’s probably important to note that the tea I used is herbal tea, so just peppermint and no actual tea, because personally I find tea and chocolate to not be a tasty combination. I’m not sure if non-herbal peppermint tea is a thing, but just in case.
Today I discovered that I can mix hot chocolate powder into peppermint tea with some milk and get peppermint hot chocolate.
Last night I had a dream in which I saw a large shelf full of soda bottles with what appeared to be, like, fantasy novel cover art on them instead of regular soda labels. And I understood—instantly, in that way that things just make sense in dreams—that each bottle had a story to go with it, and further, that the story was something you listened to, not just like some text on the bottle or something. I think they were my brother’s, and I remember thinking that he had read the books in whatever series this was, but hadn’t listened to the stories on the bottles because he didn’t want to listen to something that long (these particular stories were, of course, only available in this format).
I didn’t wonder until I woke up about how exactly one would put an audio book in a bottle of soda. I guess it would have to be like a code on the cap or something and you put it into a website where it plays the story for you. I mean, leaving aside the question of why someone would market stories (or soda) in this manner.
Fluttershy would make a great mom. I firmly believe this, mostly based on how she is with the CMC.
More seriously, yeah. I’d actually probably have more confidence in her as a mom than any of the others.
She’d probably be very scared of it but when problems came up she’d be the one who’d know what to do and she’d help her partner through it. But she wouldn’t even realize it and then when they talk about parenting with other ponies she’d go on about how she just wouldn’t know what to do without her partner and they’d just stare at her in disbelief.
Thinking today about Fluttershy as a mom. She’s spent so much time taking care of animals that she mixes things up a little sometimes. But she doesn’t understand why it’s so bad to leave out a food dish for the baby it just seems convenient for everyone.
One thing I did find interesting in Equestria Girls is that Sunset Shimmer went to the trouble of breaking up the mane five’s friendships. She clearly knew about them and how they could potentially mess up her plans with the magic of friendship, and so she plotted to drive them apart so that they wouldn’t be a threat.
This could mean that she pops back into Equestria from time to time and she found out about them that way. It’s plausible, since obviously she does come back at least to get the crown. But I don’t find it as interesting as either of the alternatives.
It could also mean that the mane five’s friendships are fundamentally magical in some way, no matter what world they’re in, and she could feel that they were a threat even without knowing anything about their pony versions. I like this because I like things that let the mane five be powerful and important even without Twilight. But…
If neither of those things were the case, it would mean that Sunset Shimmer already knew about them before she ever left Equestria the first time. They were part of the plan from the very beginning. And she hates seeing Twilight make friends with them all over again. Because they were never supposed to be Twilight’s friends. They were supposed to be hers.
As everyone on my dash just saw the second Equestria Girls I finally just watched the first one the other day so I’m gonna listen to Helping Twilight Win the Crown for the 85th time today
I really like “You’ll Play Your Part” for how it makes me think about Twilight’s relationship to Luna.
Where Celestia’s singing about destiny and trying to still be Twilight’s teacher as usual, and Cadance is being sweet and encouraging and making Twilight blush in an adorable manner, Luna’s lyrics are primarily about empathizing with Twilight. She understands how Twilight feels.
Earlier on, when Twilight had first become a princess, I remember seeing people speculate that Luna might be jealous at the attention Twilight was getting from Celestia and the nation in general, while Luna is still so often forgotten. But actually it seems like the reverse is true, that Luna accepts and relates to Twilight as a peer more readily than any of them.
But “I understand how you feel” might be a scary thing to hear from Princess Luna. I like that she doesn’t spell out why she understands, but it’s still pretty clear what she’s talking about. She had this talk with somepony a long time ago, too. “You’re a princess. You’ll play your part.” I don’t imagine she found that very comforting.
Basically I think Luna could have a really interesting relationship to Twilight and I’d love to (but almost certainly will not) see that in the show in the future.
Sugarcube Corner was humming when Twilight approached the door, but the moment she entered everything was silent except for the light beat of her hooves on the floor. She stopped, and after a pause the crowd resumed its chatter, louder than before, and Twilight pretended not to hear her name in that chorus as she pulled her wings against her sides. They’d get used to it, she thought. She’d get used to it.
The bakery was full, and Twilight could feel the tips of her feathers brushing against other ponies as she walked to the counter. The rhythm of her hooves on the floor was uneven, still unaccustomed to the extra weight on her sides. But she didn’t need to think about her wings, or the other ponies in the bakery, or anything but the pink pony smiling behind the counter, rushing out the latest batch of tarts for her numerous customers. Just seeing Pinkie was enough to lift her chin and soothe her nerves, and she already knew braving the crowd to come see her was worth it. She could hear Pinkie humming a little tune, and Twilight almost started doing the same without even trying.
When Pinkie noticed Twilight, she turned and smiled even wider, and she wiggled from head to tail as though her whole body joined in on that smile.
"Hey, Twilight!" Pinkie said. "What can I get you?"
"Actually, I just came to see you," Twilight said. She glanced to her sides at the crowded bakery and blushed, wondering how she never questioned the idea of trying to relax with Pinkie on a Sunday morning until then. "But… I guess you’re probably pretty busy."