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The way pop culture suggests an aversion to Courtney Love’s drug-addled mythology while espousing Cobain’s martyrdom, the way some communities shit on Lana Del Rey’s “aesthetic sadness” while simultaneously espousing emo bands fronted by men– it’s not to say that any of these genres, digressions, or affinities necessarily deserve respect, but there is a schism and a definite, unfair gender binary that favors troubled men over troubled women–and their right to be troubled. Men who grapple with issues that coincide with art and fame are canonized in death; women who do the same are made lesser, somehow, by their own unequivocal loss.
10 Things About Love Only Introverts Understand

People assume introverts are not as romantic and affectionate in relationships, but they’d be surprise to find the opposite. Relationships are almost sacred, and our most significant aspect within our heart. We only open up to a select few. We aren’ snobby, but it is important for an introvert to feel safe in their vulnerability. The open up to people they feel they can trust. Everything, especially emotions are magnified exponentially. Some may say we even love more. Since we don’t give ourselves away freely, it’s hard for us to let go of the people we let in our weird little world. The kind of love we get immersed in is different from your usual high school love story, and takes on a more matured and meaningful depth, and here’s the top 10 reason why being in love with an introvert could be the most special thing you’ve experienced :

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How cute it is when I carry your  emotions, sail through the sea of your love for my soul to revive. With your silly but cute mood swings being the storm, however I manage your smile to win over and survive.
—  Insidemyhert

anonymous asked:

Jake and Amy as parents plz

sorry that this has taken so long! credit for maya and benji of course goes to @phil-the-stone whomst created them, we are all so blessed for it

  • no matter how many books amy studies/binders she makes/prenatal classes she goes to, nothing can truly prepare her for the realities of life with a Newborn Baby: the 4am helplessness when maya’s simultaneously screaming and refusing to latch, the endless rocking to try and put her to sleep, the pangs of anxiety when maya finally goes down but then is quiet for Too Long,
    • it’s okay tho because jake’s there and he’s helping however and whenever he can (he is a Pro diaper changer now and a well-practised expert at calming both his wife and baby down),, amy & maya love him so
    • it’s also okay because maya smells like pure love and her big brown eyes are all jake and she curls into amy like she’s the only thing she wants in the entire world 
  • amy and jake have a mini competition as to whether maya’s first word will be “mama” or “dada” - they each try to secretly coach her when they’re alone with her but end up both losing when she cheerfully babbles a sound that somewhat resembles the word “noice”
    • “jake, that’s cheating, it’s not a real word! she clearly said “no”” exclaims amy, but she also can’t stop laughing and can’t help but be immensely proud of 7 and a half month old maya for being above average in reaching such a milestone
  • bedtime stories are jake’s speciality - he does All the silly voices and actions because there is nothing better than the sweet sleepy giggles of his babies (and the soft laughter of amy as she hovers at the doorway before kissing benji goodnight and carrying maya back to her own room to tuck her in)
  • lie ins? maya and benji have never heard of such a concept. sundays are exclusively for bursting into mom and dad’s room and climbing on their bed, and then snuggling with them under the covers when they groan that it’s 5:30am 
  • jake is usually the one to dress the kids in the morning; amy is secretly jealous of his flare for co-ordinating their outfits
    • he buys matching pajamas for the entire peralta-santiago squad “that’s like the entire point of having kids”
  • amy’s method of parenting 2 children under the age of 5 is about 70% stickers
    • jake, too, gets stickers for allowing mommy to have some chill time by taking the kiddos to the park,  and also for helping her to Relax once kiddos are fast asleep ;)
  • even as captain, amy always finds the time to pack the school lunches the night before (partly because she knows jake will sneak chocolate into them otherwise) (he sometimes does anyway, but it’s the super healthy organic, fair trade kind that’s not Chocolate chocolate so she lets it slide) 
  • amy is honored to be the prettiest, smartest, and strongest person maya and benji have ever known (“it’s just a statement of fact, babe. i didn’t tell them to say anything” says jake as he kisses amy’s smile later on)
  • amy and jake are not all that Pushy…but they do both get a thrill out of the knowledge that they’re raising tomorrow’s world leader (maya) / tomorrow’s best doctor-lawyer (benji) when they ace their first kindergarten tests
  • it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of her cooking because maya and benji’s favourite meal of all time is amy’s homemade moros y cristianos and they insist that no one in the whole world makes it perfecter than her (”more perfect, niño” amy corrects, with absolute adoration in her voice)
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Jujhar Khaira, family embraced hockey early
Edmonton Oilers left wing Jujhar Khaira was a Canadian kid who grew up with a love of hockey, on the street and on the ice in Surrey, British Columbia. Thanks to the sacrifices of hard-working parents who went out of their way to foster his devotion to the game, he earned his way to the NHL.

please check out this article!! it was really well done and jujhar’s story is a special one

Pray For Others

Praying for others is very important. The Bible says:. We are to pray for all people (1 Timothy 2:1). We are to pray for government leaders (1 Timothy 2:2). We are to pray for the unsaved (1 Timothy 2:3). We are to pray for fellow Christians (Ephesians 6:18). We are to pray for ministers of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19–20). We are to pray for the persecuted church (Hebrews 13:3). When Jesus was praying for others, He prayed for their faith (Luke 22:32), He prayed against temptation in their lives (Luke 22:40), He prayed for their unity (John 17:11), and He prayed for their sanctification (John 17:17). Paul prayed for the salvation of the lost (Romans 10:1); he prayed that the brothers would stay on the right path (2 Corinthians 13:7); he prayed that believers would be strengthened by the Spirit, rooted and grounded in love, able to comprehend God’s love, and filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14–19).   Praying for others gets our focus off of ourselves and onto the needs around us. As we “carry each other’s burdens,” we “will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

BEGIN PRAYING FOR OTHERS TODAY.   

(Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16)

(Please feel free to send your prayer request to me.)

The first time Auston Matthews met Mike Babcock, it was in the Detroit Red Wings’ coaches office at Joe Louis Arena.


Matthews was 17, playing for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program about 45 minutes west in Ann Arbor. His coach was Don Granato, brother of Tony Granato, assistant to Babcock in Detroit.


The morning of a Red Wings game, Matthews and teammate Matthew Tkachuk came with Don Granato to watch practice and preview life in the NHL. Babcock had seen them play against the University of Michigan, and he told Matthews, “You’re a good player, but you can’t let your talent make up for your work ethic.”


“It’s something that I’ve always remembered,” Matthews said.


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Matthews grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz., and didn’t realize how good he was until he tried out for the NTDP and stood out against the best players of his age group in the United States. It gave him top coaching, top teammates, top competition and experiences like meeting Babcock.


It also gave a glimpse of his personality: humble but confident, calm but competitive, unaffected and unafraid, the kind of person who could play pro hockey in Switzerland at 18, play in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 before his NHL debut and star in Toronto without acting much like a star.


“I really enjoyed my time there, thought I learned a lot, really progressed as a player, as a person,” Matthews said. “Some of my closest friends kind of come from those two years.”


Matthews lived in a suburban subdivision with his billet family: Brian and Heidi Daniels, their sons Cole and Camden, and teammate Luke Opilka. He kept his room clean, brought down his own laundry, made his own breakfast and lunch. One day, the family brought home some mulch. He grabbed a shovel and helped spread it out.


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“I’ve never met a more competitive kid,” said Camden Daniels, now 15. “If he lost, you weren’t going to hear the end of it for a couple days.”


But you wouldn’t hear much about ice hockey.


“Whenever we went out to dinner or anything and some of my friends would be with him … Everyone knew how good he was, and he would just play it off like it was nothing basically,” Camden Daniels said. “You would have never thought he was doing what he was doing.

“I was expecting you to be in bed half an hour ago.” You never liked working late, but it couldn’t be helped sometimes. Harry obviously wasn’t a huge fan of you working late either, but he knew you worked more productively when you were alone and in the dark, as creepy as that sounded. Unsurprisingly, you weren’t working, because you were wonderful at procrastinating and Buzzfeed articles were just so damn tempting! 

“I know, but then I started reading this really interesting article about how a blue whale’s tongue weighs about 3 tons and- Well, you get the point.” You waved Harry off, turning back to face the dim glow of your laptop screen. “Just give me five more minutes.” 

“You know I can’t have a good night’s rest if you’re not in the bed with me…” Harry whined, padding over to you before slumping down on you with his arms around you from behind. 

“Cut it out, you big baby. If I can survive ten months without you even being here, you can survive one night sleeping alone.” You clicked your tongue, turning to give Harry a quick kiss on the cheek before reaching up to untangle his limbs around your neck. 

“But- Y/N, you said half an hour ago!” Harry continued to whine, his bottom lip pushed out in a pout. 

“Did you know that both humans and dogs have a stage of sleep known as the REM? No wonder dogs tremble in their sleep.” You hummed, your brows knitting together as you continued reading on an article completely irrelevant to the four thousand word essay you were supposed to be writing. “Wait, what are you-” Not even a second later and Harry was pulling you up off the chair and plopping himself down with a grunt, the chair squeaking underneath his weight. “If you wanna read the article, I’ll send you the link. No need to steal my chair!”

“If you’re not going to come upstairs, I’ll jus’ join you down here. I’m giving you five minutes and then we’re both outta here.” Harry stated, pulling you down so you were sitting on his lap. You let out a heavy sigh before wrapping one arm around his neck while your other reached for the laptop. 

“You are such a brat, you know that?” You murmured, Harry humming contently as he nuzzled into the crook of your neck. You couldn’t help but giggle as you felt his hair tickling your chin while his nose prodded against you. “But you’re not actually going to drag me out of here when my five minutes are up, right?”

“I’m just a simple man looking for some cuddles.” He ignored your statement, his eyes focusing on the little clock behind your laptop. “I’m obviously not going to get it by whining to you to get your bum upstairs, so this is my only option.” Harry sighed dramatically, shifting you so that you were in a more comfortable position. 

“You’re ridiculous, that’s what you are.”

“Don’t pay attention to me, love. Go on and read your article about… ‘The sex life of a duck’…? I don’ see how this is relevant to-” 

“Did you know ducks have corkscrew penises? Here, I’ll read the article.” 

This was going to be a long five minutes. Maybe Harry should’ve gone to bed alone. 

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ROAD TRIP AU (made with the help of @nonbinaryevanhansen, @thisiswhatmylifeamountsto, @dr-evn-hnsn, and other bros from the DEH discord chat)

  • The Gang™ decides to have a road trip–one last big hurrah–before they go their separate ways to their respective jobs/graduate programs. 
  • Alana is in charge of planning because she doesn’t mind phone calls, can be trusted to not spend more than they’ve budgeted, and is generally more responsible than the rest. She has a spreadsheet with every aspect of the trip planned–right down to what rest stops they can stop at for people to stretch their legs or use the restroom. She has a color coded binder containing the menus of the restaurants they’re going to eat at, the brochures for the tourist destinations they’re stopping at, and the receipts for all of their reservations; she also has a copy of the itinerary for everyone. Two copies for Jared because…he’s Jared.
  •  Zoe is the deejay. While she’s procrastinating from studying for finals, because Zoe has senioritis even though she’s not even technically in her last year of college yet, she makes dozens of playlists that are specific for every different road trip mood. One is named “For When Connor Starts Being an Asshole and We Need to Drown Him Out” and another is aptly titled “Weird Tree Noises to Calm Evan Down.” She’s the only one allowed to use the aux chord and she has to keep a close eye on it because Jared’s constantly looking for an opportunity to rick roll the caravan.
  • Connor is the driver. Not because he’s a particularly good driver, but because he’s pulled enough all nighters in his day that he doesn’t mind driving through the night as Alana requires for some parts of the trip. Even when he gets sleepy, he just has to put on Zoe’s “Please Don’t Fall Asleep at the Wheel and Kill Us All” mix and he’s good to go for another six hours. When Jared tries to call shotgun, Connor tells him “if I have to sit beside you all day, I’m going to drive us off a bridge.”
  • Evan gets shotgun. He spends most of the time playing eye spy with Connor– “I spy with my little eye something green” “Evan could you please pick something that isn’t a tree for the love of God”–or reading wikipedia articles on the various trees they come across. He doles out the caprisuns and individual bags of doritos and lays potato chips that they stock up on whenever they find a Wal-Mart that’s reasonably close to the interstate. When they make stops, he’s the one wearing the fanny pack with the tiny fan, travel-sized sunscreen, bug spray wipes, and extra bandaids in it.
  • Jared is…well, Jared. He’s relegated to the back seat with Alana and Zoe and he’s bored as hell. Alana spends their car time going over the itinerary and reading guide books and Zoe alternates between staring out the window while listening to music on her phone and playing Candy Crush on her phone. Jared tries to help her out by telling her what to do, but she mostly ignores him, much to his distress. At one point, he swipes her phone because “Zoe you’ve been at it for an hour this is getting embarrassing” and nearly gets mauled by Zoe in her attempts to get her phone back. Alana is the only thing between him and certain death at that point. He also smuggles a lot of contraband snacks on board in his backpack and suitcase and refuses to share despite having more chips and soda than any single person could/should consume. 

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How To Get A Guy to Like You

@pencilwalla mentioned Viktor using Cosmo magazine tips, so have this comparison of how well Viktor does at “how to get a guy to like you”, taken from Cosmo’s website. Vitya does super great on some, and not so hot on others, but it just goes to show that he definitely read some of these magazines. All ten under the cut.

1. Primp and tap into your inner Kate Upton

Show up naked, hair flawless, abs out. Viktor only read this article twenty times.

2. Get him talking about something he loves

You’re… you’re doing less great, Vitya

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“When I first saw it in the store two years ago, I laughed at it. Then I went back and bought it. It’s as if they tried to make a guitar so no one would have to have an effect pedal ever again. It’s got a repeater effect, a palm wah-wah and a ratty fuzz distortion sound. And when you play it, it sounds like an orchestra from outer space.” 

Alex about his Vox teardrop-shaped 12-string Starstream guitar (Guitar World - December 2013)