Linette

Linette

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996 comments posted · 15 followers · following 6

150 weeks ago @ The Toast - An Open Thread, and Se... · 0 replies · +4 points

Helllllooooo! Thank you so much for all those kind words. It has been a difficult three years but Toasties always made it better. I'm on toastieslack as Astrid (my actual name) and Twitter as @astridoverthere, come find me if you would like!

150 weeks ago @ The Toast - An Open Thread, and Se... · 1 reply · +4 points

May I commission calligraphy from you?

150 weeks ago @ The Toast - An Open Thread, and Se... · 0 replies · +8 points

If you do, I highly recommend the Lightfoot Guides and cannot countenance the Cicerone Guides by Alison Raju. The latter had five-star reviews and so I bought them and they got me horribly lost at least a dozen times in the first week.

150 weeks ago @ The Toast - An Open Thread, and Se... · 2 replies · +23 points

You are lovely too, RoseCamelia! Here are other trees I had that were not trees:

A little triangle place under the stairs that had a bookcase shoved up against it. I piled a ton of blankets in there and hung one over the opening and read books by flashlight.

The bushes in Montclair park, which I think were junipers and definitely had little child-sized pockets all over the place that were ideal for hidings.

Those circular clothing racks they used to have (still have?) at Nordstrom's and Macy's and Mervyn's, in the center of which was a nice empty child-sized space. My mother hated this; she lost me in department stores all the time.

Closet. It had a light.

150 weeks ago @ The Toast - Go On, Get Out Of Here · 0 replies · +121 points

I'm just going to be grateful you didn't do anything sincere and heartfelt because I know you could destroy us all and it is only because you didn't take up the One Ring that we're all still standing.

150 weeks ago @ The Toast - An Open Thread, and Se... · 5 replies · +70 points

I finally admitted my abusive mother was never going to give me any support, and cut off contact with her.

It got me through the aftermath of an abortion and a friend who stopped being my friend because she couldn't handle my choice.

It got me through months of depression, being on antidepressants for the first time in my life.

It got me through the fears and anxieties of my first long-term relationship, which has lasted as long as the Toast has, and is the joy of my life.

And Toasties came with me on a pilgrimage from Canterbury to Rome, which I will always remember as one of the best adventures of my life.

150 weeks ago @ The Toast - An Open Thread, and Se... · 1 reply · +58 points

150 weeks ago @ The Toast - An Open Thread, and Se... · 41 replies · +531 points

I don't know what to say.

When I was small I used to sit under the lemon tree in our backyard, which was very low to the ground and made a canopy overhead, and I'd read books and look up through the leaves pretend there were fairies. That under the lemon tree was a magic land where everyone understood me and we all laughed at the same things and agreed that mean people were mean and should be made to go away forever.

I wanted a place like this all my life. And for three years, I had it.

Thank you, Nicole and Mallory and Nicole and every single Toastie. It was magnificent.

150 weeks ago @ The Toast - The Negro Motorist Gre... · 0 replies · +12 points

Carvell I'm crying at my desk. I grew up in West Oakland, in the 80s and 90s, just three blocks from 580. This piece matters so much to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

150 weeks ago @ The Toast - Hey Ladies: Take it to... · 4 replies · +66 points

What hold up so Harvard Business School is a B-School and Wharton is ALSO a B-school and each of their curricula takes like two years but he went four years apart and ...

Matt is either lying his face off OR totally got kicked out of Wharton, is what I'm saying.

Thank you, Hey Ladies, for all the baffling riddles you have given us. You will be missed.