We make “That’s Normal” official, sorta.

Dear LTT-ers,

You know how we’re always saying, “That’s Normal” to stuff that probably isn’t normal to most people OR Twilight fans? The other day I was actually interviewed as a “Twilight Expert” I KNOW I KNOW, heaven help them all and as I was explaining the intricacies of a TwilightMom, a Krisbian and how special Twifans are I couldn’t help but wonder if I sounded as crazy as I felt. I was explaining “Robsten” to another ADULT. True, this whole fandom is beyond intriguing and who doesn’t love diving head first into something?

So I was thinking it was time we quizzed our amount of normal so I made this handy dandy quiz so that we can all find out after 9 questions if we are normal or not… the answer may surprised you…

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something wonky has happened with the embed code please click HERE to take the quiz whilst I figure out what the HALE is up.

I’ll report back more on this interview in the coming days/weeks/months but until then… keep on keeping on.

Totally not Normal!
Themoonisdown

PS WHAT THE HALE is going on with Breaking Dawn?!!! COME ON SUMMIT!

Did you get your score? Were you shocked or saddened? Or both? Share your score in the comments!

http://www.quizrevolution.com/ch/a131750/go

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That’s (Not) Normal

UC & Moon

Is this normal?

Dear Normal LTTers,

Writing down our LTT history part 1 the other day got me thinking about what I deemed the “LTT mantra” and the “LTT lifestyle” That’s Normal. And I started thinking…. but is it really? I mean, is any of this normal? I like to think that Moon & I have an excuse for blogging about vampires (almost!) every day- we have an audience now & the pressure (much loved!) to entertain. But…. is that really the only reason we do this day after day? I love you all, I really do, but I’m not sure that’s enough. I might have to admit that we still do this day in & day out because we love Twilight just as much as we did on December 8, 2008. Sure, the love has changed slightly, but it’s still there. And is that, well, normal?

Do you remember when my friend UrbanGirl went into a storage closet at work to read Breaking Dawn? And how about when I went with my friends Italian Girl, Tex, PregPants & UrbanGirl to see Twilight? They were FANATICS- but I’m pretty sure UrbanGirl saw only half of Eclipse on a plane ride and the others haven’t even watched it once. What happened? Are they the normal fans? Loved & obsessed over the books & first movie(s), but then the love faded? Or am I normal? Still going strong- 2 or 3+ years later?

I’m not sure. I know Moon still texts or calls me whenever something great/good/awesome/funny/NOT NORMAL happens in the fandom. We’re definitely the same level of normal or not normal-ness- whatever that is. And just the other week a bunch of the original LTTers ended up talking about Twi in an email chain- so even they still think about it occasionally. But Mr. Choice
seems to think that my continuing love for Twi is not normal. Then again, can he really judge? He never thought it was normal.

About 3 things I am absolutely positive. First, that joke never gets old. Second, there is a part of me, and I don’t know how dominant that part might be, that doesn’t care if anyone thinks I’m “Not Normal.” And third, I am unconditionally and irrevocably grateful for the “That’s Normal” Mantra & lifestyle.

But just in case you’re now questioning your normalness like I am, here’s quick check list to test where you’re at:

-It’s still totally normal to swoon whenever a new pic of Rob Pattinson surfaces

-It’s no longer normal to show up to a 100 monkeys concert just because you know you’ll be in the presence of tons of Twilight fans who “get you.” You should only risk your life at one of those if you’re an actual fan. (And let’s be honest, no one is one of those.)

-Liking Kristen is totally normal. It’s also quite normal to like Rob. And if it’s your cup of tea, you can EVEN like them gasp together! But spending your free time hating on those with different opinions? NOT NORMAL

-Having a day go by where you actually forget about Twilight: Normal
(This also applies when you forget you have a blog about Twilight)

-Looking at a new popsugar or Just Jared post & immediately emailing us that “THE MEDIA WROTE ABOUT BIG DADDY LAUTNER” before realizing that the post & corresponding pictures actually have Taylor Lautner in them: Quite Normal.

-Thinking that Ashley Greene has a chance at a legitimate career in non-fluff movies: Not normal

-Having a Twitter Profile that looks something like this is quite normal:

This is Moon’s profile (it’s also true)

-Publicly declaring THIS (and obviously never being told that tweets are PUBLIC and INDEXED by search engines & seen by OTHERS outside of your circle where saying stuff like that is considered normal)

NOT NORMAL

-Driving by an Olive Garden without immediately thinking of UC & Moon: Not Normal

-Thinking that Kellan actually likes it when you hump him at a Twicon after you pay your $156 bill to get 1 picture and the chance to grab his pecs: Not normal

-Laughing hysterically when you’re in the mall & hear the Taylor Swift song “Back to December” after the line “How’s your family” because you insert a quick “What I’m really saying is I miss your dad” as you sing along: Normal.

-Starting to line up for the Water for Elephants premiere next week: Not normal.

-Remembering a Twilight quote (like the one I used above) enough that you want to use it in a blog post (Normal) but not knowing it EXACTLY so you have to grab the book and/or google: also normal

So am I alone in wondering if I (minus you all and Moon!) am the only “normal” one left? And if I am alone, does that make me NOT normal? What else is normal or not normal these days!?

Yours in normalcy (or not),
UnintendedChoice

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LTT history: Part 1

Dear fine LTT readers,

A few weeks ago we received this email in our LTT inbox:

Hi,
Love the site but am relatively new to it, so I’ve got to ask; What’s the deal with the Olive Garden? I tried searching the site but… FAIL. I give, what’s it about?
Best,
Laurel

Olive Garden Taylor Lautner LTT Twilight Big DaddyAh- I LOVE newbies! Because it reminds me #1 that not everyone has been around for 2 years so it’s good to stop and explain and #2 reminds me of why we started jokes in the first place. Because when I thought about it, I couldn’t even remember why the Olive Garden joke got started. Was it that we assumed that the Lautner family would frequent the walls of Tuscan deliciousness before family game night every Friday when Taylor was in town? It’s not a hard guess- I mean, who doesn’t love their unlimited breadsticks & choice of salad or minestrone soup? Or did we run with that joke after Taylor admitted to falling prey to the suburban chain of deliciousness? Perhaps we’ll never know. Most likely we ran with it after Taylor mentioned loving the chain in like 2-3 interviews, but I like to think that a love for overly-buttered, 2000-calorie pasta meals is just something we share with the entire Lautner family.

Then just a few days ago, we got another request for clarification:

Dear LTTers,

I was just reading your FAQ, and I wanted to ask you something: why do you refer to Big Daddy Lautner’s obsession as with the Fish-o-Filet? As someone who’s mom works at McD’s, I know it’s Filet-o-Fish.  Is this some inside joke that I don’t get?

Best,
Tammy (not TammyO)

Big Daddy Fish-o-FiletWell, Tammy who isn’t TammyO (more on her later!), I have no idea. I don’t know what I call it. Somedays I think I write that Big Daddy likes a Big Mac. Is that not the same thing? I have no idea. I avoid McDonald‘s at all costs except on road trips. Cuz sometimes at 6 am you just really need a egg & biscuit sammy so that 30 minutes down the interstate you have to pull over in a panic, grab a roll of toilet paper & find some bushes to go do your business. It’s just clear to everyone who knows him who gazes at pictures of Taylor in hopes to see glimpses of him that Big Daddy loves him some McDs. Apologize to your mom & Ronald McDonald for my mistake. And for using the egg & biscuit sammy as a colon cleanser.

Speaking of TammyO- we might as well fill in you newbies (and remember those infamous days together) on who SHE was. Or is. She very well could be trying to comment on this post. We’ll never know because she was the only commenter ever blacklisted. Yes- that’s right- it’s impossible for TammyO to ever make contact with LTT again. It’s kinda sad. I mean, what if after all this time she is a believer in Swiftner & wants to join the campaign on reaching out to Taylor Lautner to let him know that Tay Swift is DTF? I forget the details, but TammyO came out as one of the biggest Robstener-Krisbians of all time. Like if Robsten had a mother, it would be TammyO. And we’re all for people who bring varied conversation & differing opinions, but TammyO went one step further & started attacking our beloved commenters.  We’ll allow (and dish out) celeb attacks. We’ll take personal attacks, but we won’t let you attack each other (well, we try not to!) Unless you’re JanetRigs, of course.

JanetrigsWell, look at that! A transition into Janetrigs & all the HATE we have for her here at LTT. That’s just perfect. Jane is an LTT original who lives in DC & does not shy away from controversy. She is prone to late night drunken tweets to the LOD (more on them later), @Twilight and D list celebrities like Brody Jenner. She often takes a theme or title from an LTT post and creates a whole other persona based on it. She copied entire LTR letters and posted them on her “Letters 2 Alex” blog about Alex Skarsgard under the pen-name “VeryMuchIntendedChoice.” And just the other week when Moon talked about Wyck Godfrey (Twilight producer), Jane started the twitter account Letters2Wyck. The thing is….. we don’t actually hate Janetrigs. In fact, we love her and consider her a dear friend. One time I went to DC for work & she picked me up in her old car & took me to get drunker than I already was from my work dinner. And I talked about gentrification- something she will remind me of for the rest of my life. It’s okay though. I found out about her immense fear for Historical re-enactors and promised to make Benjamin Franklin pop up in odd places for the rest of her life. This will be the last time you hear me mention how we actually like Janetrigs. That’s too weird. We hate her. (Oh, why do we hate her? I can’t remember- perhaps Letters2Wyck will explain it in the comments today. She started hating us, therefore we starting hating her, and the rest is history)

That’s Normal: I remember the first time Moon said it like it was yesterday. I don’t remember the story exactly, but I do know that I was sitting on her bed, explaining a story a reader had sent to us about when she met Rob. It had something to do with Rob’s reaction to our reader that was not normal. But Moon heard the story, misunderstood me, got mad or jealous of this reader and said sarcastically, “What? That’s Normal” And once she finally understood what I was saying, we died of laughter- because it wasn’t normal. And the rest is history. “That’s Normal” became the mantra of all LTTers. When something isn’t normal but is done enough by us to become normal, well, then That’s Normal. It’s a lifestyle- do you live it?

The MagicnessMagic by the fireplace- Ah- one of my favorite things to talk about. It’s so warm & fuzzy & cuddly- especially if you’re sitting on a bear skin rug. But honestly, I can’t remember where it came from. I know that “magicness” was a term used to describe Robsten by someone who desperately needs a boyfriend. And we just thought it was such a beautiful & perfect description of a relationship that absolutely no one but the couple has any insight into, that we decided to run with it. We added the fireplace where they make love, the bearskin rug upon which the love is made, and the rest is history. I hope & pray that things will continue to be added. For example, let’s come up with something right now- I bet after all the sweet, sweaty love making in front of the burning embers, Robsten is quite thirsty. I’m sure they keep a few bottles of Don Pérignon on hand for such an occasion, don’t you? Or maybe to get in the holiday spirit they actually just warm a kettle of spiked cider over the fire. Burning sparks, bear skin, sex, champy & cider- you see the magicness too now, don’t you?!

Kellan True Love WaitsSomeone who shouldn’t be participating in any sort of magic by the fireplace until there’s a wedding band on his finger is Kellan Lutz. Early on in our LTT career (like the day before we started) we noticed through interviews & videos that Kellan, despite his good looks, chiseled body & hairless frame, seemed less like the frat boy one would assume & more like that hot guy in youth group who was nice to even the slow girls. This was further proven when he mentioned his favorite book was “The Purpose Driven Life”- #1 Best selling book by Christian powerhouse author Rick Warren. We just knew we were right about Kellan’s past- he was a good ol’ Christian boy, lost in the big, wide world of “sinful” Los Angeles. Since we first hypothesized of Kellan’s past & the #1 item on his prayer list (Stay pure today (aka Stay away from Anna-Lynn McCord)), Kellan has delighted us by talking about missions trips, signing on to speak at Christian conferences (that were sadly canceled. Probably after co-speaker Ashley Greene’s naked photo-shoot came out) and giving us just enough information to google-stalk his family & find out which church his parents attend (oh, did we never mention that part?)

Well, newbies- THAT should get you started! There’s plenty more that we talk about here on LTT that would make no sense to someone new, but we’ll play this game again. Oh, and our FAQs are always a nice place to find out our history too!

Love,
UnintenedChoice

Have any LTT questions? What’s a joke that was started & you’ve been too embarrassed to admit you don’t get? It’s LTT History day today in the comments!

Oh, and please participate in this poll:

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Postcards from Bea’s Twilight-less vacation

(Bea writes to Twilight about her well…Twilight-less vacation! Enjoy! XO-moon)

Greetings from Vacation!

Dear Twilight,

I’m nearing the end of a two week vacation, and I miss you.  Less than the husband… but more than the cat.  Is that normal?

“Vacation,” of course, means camping out in my parents’ basement while also visiting the grandparents and in-laws.  The first week was busy busy busy: wedding shower,  family reunion, asking an old friend to be responsible for the baby if the husband and I drop dead, adapting said baby to the three hour time change, convincing grandma that baby does still need a nap at nine months old, shopping for family picture attire, etc.  Even survived said family pictures without being paralyzed by second-hand embarassment (Everybody in solid blue with khakis this time!  Except the redneck wing of the family who will come in green, gray, black, plaid and Hawaiian print! If you’ve visited AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com you have the basic idea).  In any case, I was much to busy to send a postcard to a series of YA books and movies or even miss you unless I saw a particularly fine pair of jorts.

But then week two hit.  Hubby went home, the round of visits to relatives got mundane, baby stopped sleeping like she was hungover and started teething, shopping turned into returns, and the second old friend I saw is in the middle of a very sad divorce.  Altogether less fun.

Bea's trendy baby

I did have a Twi-versation when my sad friend checked out my child’s fangs (top middle teeth aren’t in yet, but side teeth are):

Me: She’s a vampire baby.  Very trendy.
Sad Friend: [snarky snort] Have you read Twilight?
Me: [Guilty pause]  Yeah, I gave in and read them when all my students and their moms were.
SF: I just can’t do it.

Like I said, not terribly fun.  I was shooting for Jacob-esque sunshine but only managed Mike Newton-ish semi-distraction.  At least I didn’t puke on her.

Fold into the equation the fact that at the end of week one I finally got to see Eclipse.  Free babysitting meant that I even got to go with the husband, Unicorn-In-Denial that he is.  So for the first week of vacation, when I did miss you, I got to anticipate seeing you.  When we finally managed to slip away from everything I was near giddy (this was the 19th… was I the very last loyal LTTer to see it?).  We had a great conversation with my mother-in-law on the way out the door:

MIL: What are you going to see?
Unicorn-In-Denial Husband: I can’t tell you, it’s too embarassing.
MIL: Is it “The Last Airbender”?
Me: Nope. [Internal monologue: No, but one of the actors is in both films.  Evidently Jackson's specialty is embarassing movies.]
UIDH: It involves vampires.
MIL: Ah… “the saga continues…”

The movie was fun.  I mocked the wigs, cried at Renee’s scene, fell in love with Charlie again, gagged at the ring and swooned in the meadow (Moon, you were so right about Rob finally becoming Edward in this one!  He almost never looked constipated!).

The kind of postcards I would purchase on vacay

But then tragedy struck.  Husband was in a cranky mood due to work thing unfolding at home and would not rehash the film on the way home despite my prodding.  I had to virtually do the Heimlich Maneuver to get, “It was only mildly entertaining.”  The next day I tried my best friend from college, but she left me hanging with only brief wig commentary.  What fun is a Twi-movie without people to discuss it with???  Must start planning for #pillowbite2011 and what I’m calling #NeedToKnow2012.

In short, vacation has become more like real life here in week two and I didn’t even bring a good book to read.  Instead I brought the baby book to fill in… yeah, like that’s going to happen!  My mom “finished” the one she made about me on her way down to meet the grandbaby this fall.  Like I’m going to do my child’s in real time.

And so, I miss my escape from real life: you, my dear, ridiculous Twilight.   But there is a substantial problem.  No Wi-Fi at the parents’ house.  Which means all internet usage goes through the family computer.  In the middle of the living room.  I snuck in once when the baby had me up but everybody else was sleeping and read the week’s LTT but couldn’t watch videos of Jackson side-talking or listen to Stephenie Meyer sound clips.  And then I had to figure out how to delete items from the browsing history.  Because my little Twi-closet door has opened too far already this trip.  Witness the denial conversation:

Mom: How was the movie?
Me: Pretty lousy.  We went to see this one because everybody said it was way better than the others, but it would still make no sense if you hadn’t read the book. [She's also heard the 'my students wanted me to read it' excuse.]

So now I’m sitting on the back deck, with a glass of wine, watching the sunset and writing you a postcard that has somehow become an epistle.  And my vacation is feeling better again.  Tomorrow morning I’ll sneak back to the family computer and send it off to UC and Moon to do what I can to make their vacations more restful.  I plan to have the New York Times open in another window as my alibi.  If there’s extra time before my dad starts looking over my shoulder I might even get to read LTT.  And then delete it from the history.  Because that’s what normal adults do.

Wish you were here!
Bea

We wish we were there too because then we could talk about Eclipse with you and maybe sneak out to see it again once we trick the MIL to watching the kid again. So how about everyone else do you clear your browsing history every time you leave the computer? Are you still really in the Twilight closet?

While Moon was Gone: DO IT!

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What LTT has meant to me: From the mouths of our 'fanbase'

2nd- post of the day alert! We asked a select few people to write a few words about what LTT/LTR has meant to them over the past year. Today we hear from two of our first 3 commenters! Staring with Christa- who we still lovingly refer to as “our fanbase” (anyone know what that is from!?)

Dear UC and Themoonisdown,

I can’t thank you enough for the last year. I’ve been laughing with you ever since I found you a year ago. Real Life has been calling lately and I haven’t been around as much, but I sneak back whenever I can to catch up on my TwiLOLz. You really are the best!

I wanted to write something funny and really hit one out of the park for you, but I find myself feeling a bit sentimental as I write this, so I’m going to tell you what I love about you. How do I love LTT? Let me count the ways.
  1. I love that when I am down, all I have to do is go to LTT or LTR for a laugh. You have never let me down.
  2. I love that when I found you I thought, “These girls are a riot. I hope they keep writing.” Not only have you kept it up, but I have gotten to watch your site grow beyond my wildest expectations.
  3. I love that after a year you’re still posting all things Twilight and keeping it fresh. That’s talent!
  4. I love that you’re so dang funny. You may think this is the same as #1 but it’s not. Lots of people make me laugh on a daily basis. You’re particular brand of humor is special. It’s witty, intelligent, and snarky, yet you will stoop to just plain silly when it’s called for. I dig that.
  5. I love that you are bringing people together online and in real life.
  6. I love that you not only have fun contests but that the fake prizes are often better than winning a real prize. I’ve caught myself thinking, “Oh man, I wish I had that fake prize.”
  7. I love that you work so well together, trade off writing for both sites, and often give two different perspectives.
  8. I love you for creating a venue where “sicknast”, “lamespice”, “AmanDUH”, and “Unicorns” can be used without explanation.
  9. I love that you go to crazy Twilight events and post about your experiences, so that I don’t have to.
  10. I love that we can count on you to Break It Down Vanity Fair Style.
I was going to stop at 10 but I think I’ll turn it up to 11.
11.   Most of all I love that we can give you our crazy and you tell us That’s Normal.
Love,

Your #1 Fan ‘86 Rabbit

And from VickyB
, who found us soon after Christa did. We have both been blessed to meet Vicky many times in real life and can call her a real-life friend!!

Pocket Edward welcomes UC to San Diego

This is how I met VickyB for the first time!

Dear LTR/LTT,

I was honored to receive an email inviting me to share what you mean to me on your special day. I can’t believe it’s been a year. A whole year of my life…and Rob’s. You have done so many things for me I don’t know where to start. You’ve taught me how to laugh (at myself and others) again. You’ve taught me that it is indeed completely #normal to play with dolls. I think my first letter was of my paper Rob doll (that was before I realized they sold actual dolls…like REAL dolls). You have made it possible for me to meet some amazing people *coughnotrobcough* but I know this one will take time.

Being a part of this little family, because seriously, I love two (Moon and UC) more than the sisters I never had, means so much to me. Without it I would actually have to do work…at work and we know how much that blows. I have come to fully appreciate the plaid. When I wore it the first time back in 1991, ugh, I didn’t fully appreciate it’s awesomeness. Now? I do. It’s hard to put this all into words. So I think I will close with a simple Haiku:

Before there was you
I knew not of the sex hair
Now I have come close

Love always and Happy effin’ Birthday LTR/LTT,

vickyb

This is our 2nd post of the day- Yes. We’re serious. Like Tweed. Read the first post here

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