"Are you engaged?" My student asked, interrupting my explanation of indefinite or nonexistent antecedents in the subjunctive. "No," I answered, and continued my explanation almost without skipping a beat. I hoped that my expression was as neutral as my voice, but I suspected not. To be engaged would imply that I had experienced some notion… Continue reading Are you engaged?
Chapter 12: Ana attempts to clear her head by going for a run, but she ends up just wanting to run to Christian’s hotel and demand sex. She wants him, but doesn’t know if she can accept him on his terms. Get your head straight, lady. And do your thinking with the right part of… Continue reading Fifty Vanilla Sex Encounters
While procrastinating on real work, I read a blog post on the storyline blog (http://storylineblog.com/2012/09/19/bread-crumbs/) last week, and it got me to thinking about what my Edenic memory is. Blog author Al Andrews put it best when he described those memories as “moments of beauty and of innocence” that are so sweet, but at the… Continue reading Pancakes and Nate the Great
I was thinking about pain the other day. My roommate and I are doing the Insanity workout and I’m not sure if I’d recommend it. I enjoy it, most of the time, but that’s because I like to push my body and challenge my stamina and all that jazz. So to me, it’s fun, but… Continue reading Tea and Comfort
Chapter 11: Contains the contract in full. From what I have learned, the contract is pretty standard for this kind of arrangement, which is fortunate, considering the fact that this book has popularized the S&M lifestyle for many people who may otherwise not have been interested or knowledgeable. The contract includes an appendix with the… Continue reading Fifty Second Thoughts about the Hard Limits
Chapter 10: He wants her to meet his mother. I wonder what kind of messed up relationship one would have to have with one’s offspring to create the kind of guy Christian Grey seems to be. He’s introducing his sex toy to his mother. And she has “sexy”—her words—ligature marks on her wrists. She’s reasonably… Continue reading Fifty Awkward Conversations with Your Parents
Chapter 9: So he’s uncomfortable sharing a bed with someone, is he? I think not. We find that he’s still in bed with Ana when she wakes up. Sleeping peacefully as a child he is. Her subconscious has woken. Why was it asleep in the first place, and where was it last night? Because now… Continue reading Fifty Pirate Role-play Scenarios
Chapter 8: He’s out of control, pacing like a madman in his study, angry, all because Ana told him that she’s a virgin. And then she blushes like crazy when he tells her she’s beautiful. Has she forgotten how suddenly and wildly angry he just became not 10 seconds ago? Is her self-esteem that fragile?… Continue reading Fifty Improbable Orgasms on Command
Chapter 7: Ana gets thrown unceremoniously into S&M! She tells herself that this is Christian’s version of soft and romantic, but has she already forgotten that he told her just minutes ago that he doesn’t “make love” he “fucks hard”? Apparently so. He’s dominant and he wants Ana to please him. Notice the terminology. He… Continue reading Fifty Reasons to Get a Restraining Order
Finally, the cake emerges! It is the moment of truth-- has our labor paid off? Cheesecake recipe (adapted from allrecipes.com user Muffy Nasner) 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs ½ cup white sugar ¼ cup butter, melted 5 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened 5 eggs 2 egg yolks 1-3/4 cups white sugar 1/8 cup all-purpose… Continue reading At long last! The cheesecake recipe!