Sassenach’s no maid: Outlander Readalong Take 2


June 25, 2012 by Heidi

Scottish Wedding clip artWe’ve completed Week 2 of this EPIC CHUNKSTER!  Everybody pat yourselves on the back, and throw back a shot of Scotch in celebration.  It is a wedding after all!  I’ll admit to having been a huge slacker this week, and doing most of my reading on Sunday, but that just means I get to feel all superior in that I didn’t cave and read ahead like MOST OF YOU. *Shameful glare*.  Not really, I can hardly blame you guys, and thank goodness I can read Chapter 15 tomorrow!

Here’s my take on Carrie’s questions from Stalking the Shelves:

1.  Claire has been given the task of healer at the castle. She must adapt her nursing 
skills for the time and learn what herbs and etc will cure each particular ailment that is presented to her. Do you have any home remedies that were passed down to you (cure for a cold, bee sting or what have you)?

Ooooh, I like this question, though I’ll probably learn more from reading others’ posts than anyone will learn from mine.  It kind of reminds me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding where her father puts Windex on everything.  The only real herbal remedie I make regular use of is peppermint for upset stomach–I drink peppermint tea a lot, often because it’s one of my favorites, and not just when I don’t feel well.

2. What do you think would be the biggest challenge of living in the past? (Clothing, hygiene, food, etiquette or etc.)

Hehe, I’ve thought about this one a lot being as I’ve been slightly obsessed with time travel forever.  For me, it’s largely the fact that I am flat out BLIND without my glasses.  Were I to lose them, or anything to happen to them, I would be screwed.  Then I always think about my horribly curly hair, which would be a terror without proper hair care products (and is half the time anyway).  It’s the etiquette that would probably get me most.  I consider myself very polite, but I’m not much of a lady, and I’d probably get in big trouble for mouthing off whenever a man tried to treat me as ‘the weaker sex’.

3. Do you have a favorite character, scene or quote so far? If so, share it with us. 

I suppose I have to say Claire as we really still don’t know Jamie all that well.  I like that she’s strong, level headed, and doesn’t take anything lying down.  I particularly like her pluck when facing Randall; considering he just about raped her during their first meeting, I was impressed.  So far my favorite scene would have to be when Jamie’s tending to her after the wedding, and he explains the Gaelic vows…though as I said, I enjoyed Claire pointing out Randall’s crooked wig as well.  I completely understand why just about everyone was reading ahead to the bridal chamber scene, but I was honestly so happy and content after the wedding itself that I’m more than happy to sit on it for a bit.

4. What did you think about the addition of the blood bond in the wedding ceremony? Is this something you would do with the one you love?

Well, given my answer to Question 3, I feel my answer to this one is pretty obvious.  I’ve seen ceremonies before where wrists were bound together, but hadn’t realized it was at one point done as a blood bond.  I thought it was pretty unique and special, and a perfect way of welcoming Claire into the culture.  I personally wouldn’t do this as it’s not in any of my traditions, and I always feel like a hack stealing from others for things that are supposed to mean so much.

5. Are you reading along closely with the scheduled chapters or are you ahead or behind? Outlander Readalong

I’m right on track!  This is a good pace for me since I have quite a bit of other reading I’ve been doing simultaneously.  I’m so grateful the chapter-a-day pace was set.  Only week 2 and we’ve already read about 1/3 of the book!

That’s it for me this week, excited to hear how everyone else is doing thus far!  Don’t forget to link up your posts and check out next week’s questions with Jess over at Tangled Up In Blue!


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  1. VeganYANerds says:

    I really like the idea of a read-a-long, especially for a large book as it would help keep you motivated! Keep it up, hun!

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Mandee! It’s a lot of fun so far, they paced it really well, and reading along is keeping me motivated. Otherwise I’m not sure I’d ever have wanted to read this blunt object. 😛

  2. You are a miss judgy-pants this morning! If you had started reading this week’s chapters last Sunday you totally would have folded as well! KILT DANGLING!! HELLOOOO!! If I time traveled the “weaker sex” would totally be the thing that would get me in trouble, I have to say that for someone so smart, Claire should really think about carrying some sort of weapon around. She’s almost been raped how many times now..? I loved the wedding scene as well, I definitely went back and read my answer for this week and realized I had added a quote from next week!! That’s what I get for being a cheater! I just love how sweet Jamie is and how unsure he seems of it all. Swoon!

    • Heidi says:

      Way to go SPOILER. That’s what you get. 😛 Seriously though, zero blame in having read ahead. I kid. Bwahaha, I need to emphasize that rape is my biggest rational fear, but I can’t help but giggle at the thought of keeping a ‘rape tally’. You’re right, she really does need to start toting some steel! I’m going on…3-5 times so far, which is in 20-33% of the chapters read so far.

  3. You reminded me that my dad eats Vicks for everything that ails him. YUCK! Crazy old Man. I’d get some big trouble when the “little lady” treatment starts.

    Thanks for reminding me about Claire handling Randall. She’ll rock your socks off in future chapters dealing with that turd. She does hold up and gets a few verbal jabs in though physically she is in big trouble.

    • Heidi says:

      Wait, he EATS Vicks vapor rub?! Yuck indeed! o.O

      Does it work? 😛

      I’m glad that Claire has a mouth on her, and good to hear it keeps running, but yeah…that girl needs to start carrying a knife in those skirts, seriously!

  4. creativityscorner says:

    I am also right on track! Well week wise, I’ve been tending to read all of the chapters on Sundays instead of one a day – I’m just no good at stopping every couple of pages!

    I totally didn’t even think of the being blind thing! Luckily I wear contacts most of the time, so as long as I didn’t have problems with them, I’d be okay, but if I happened to be wearing my glasses… Man that would suck! lol

    • Heidi says:

      Do you not ever take them out though? Just remember: no contact solution, and contacts do go bad after a while! Look at me, portending everyone’s blind fate in the most doomful way possible…

  5. Catie says:

    So…did you wake up this morning and immediately read chapter 15? 😀 I admire your restraint Heidi. I couldn’t have held back.

    I would be completely snookered without my glasses too. And I’d really miss indoor plumbing, daily showers, dental floss, zippers, velcro, computers…. Basically I don’t ever want to go back into the past. I feel very content just reading about it. Haha. I’m loving your updates for this readalong! And once again, the title for this update made me laugh forever. Happy reading, Outlanders gang!

    • Heidi says:

      Yay, thank Catie! And yeah, have you seen Midnight in Paris? I kind of loved that the message of the movie was that everyone thinks another time was the perfect time, when really things are probably best in the time they’re in. I love historical fiction and time travel and what not, but I think I’m just best in the here and now as I would miss ALL THE THINGS. Carbonation? Pasteurization? Modern medicine? Yes please.

      I have still NOT read Chapter 15. I thought about it, but got distracted by a nap since I was INSANE and got up at 6:30 and went running.

  6. I think I’m the only one that doesn’t really love Claire. I think Jamie is to good for her. lol Oh and my MIL suggests mint tea for upset tummies too.

  7. Book Nympho says:

    Yes, the “weaker sex” thing would definitely be a problem for me. Plus I’m not that domestic and wouldn’t want to just be allowed to cook and clean. I’d rather work in the stables, for example. Plus not as many good books to read back then! :-)

    • Heidi says:

      Hahaha, so true! I’d be one of those chicks who dressed up like a dude to do something more fun than housework. And YES, at least Clair’s back when there’s already a printing press, go back too much further and the chance of finding a book at all would be slim.

  8. I have never tasted Scotch… and yes, I have finished Outlander :) You can all hate me, haha.

    My mother-in-law always recommends mints (the red and white ones) when I have an upset stomach :)

    I didn’t think about my curly hair. I don’t wear glasses or contacts so that’s something I’m lucky enough to not have to worry about dealing with if I get transported back in time.

    • Heidi says:

      But in your profile pic, you’re wearing glasses! Are they just for reading? I don’t really hate you, I’m actually glad that the readalon has a good mix of rereaders and first timers-can hardly blame anyone for being too engrossed not to read ahead!

  9. Marianne says:

    I’m definitely in the same boat with the eye sight, that six inches ain’t getting me nowhere!

    • Heidi says:

      Lol…it also just now occured to me that I’d be like gargantuan. I’m about 5’11” which isn’t ridiculous, but if Claire tops a lot of the men at 5’6″…I’d be like Briene of Tarth!

  10. High five for staying on track! I’m really impressed with your ability to resist. 😉 I love that part where Jamie is being all gentle with Claire after the wedding. As you know, it’s the chapter where I fell in love with him. 😀

  11. HAHA –> “I consider myself very polite, but I’m not much of a lady…” THIS IS THE BEST.

    The wedding scene was very lovely. I read ahead to chapter 15 and VERY MUCH ENJOYED IT but I didn’t discount the wedding scene. I loved the nervy-ness of it, the way Jamie wanted to wear his own kilt, the pearls, THE NAME (swoons forever), just everything. It was really a beautifully written chapter. Chapter 15 is an entirely different type of chapter. I think I enjoyed them much the same, although I would say to call the wedding the GOOD STUFF would be almost to disgrace it. Does that make sense? Those vows in Gaelic and his explanation, and the way he tended to her – oh, be still my heart. Seriously. Can I have this man that isn’t real?

    This two events in one month thing is just about the end of me. I’ve loved contemporary month. Well, I’ve enjoyed it tremendously, but this week is the hardest with it being me trying to cram the last of everything in AND my week to read ahead in the readalong. I’m a bit stressed about all of this and feel awful about being behind in commenting. Next week will (hopefully) be better and I’ll be better about pacing myself.

    • Heidi says:

      No worries, Ash! I’m behind in commenting as well. I got to about 5 posts the first day, and haven’t had the chance to get to the rest of them yet! Hopefully today! I cannot blame you for being overwhelmed, I know I have been this week, and I’m just trying to get ready for one book tour, not an entire month event!

      Ch. 14 is where I really fell in love with Jamie, and where we really get to know him. Favorite!

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