Here’s my submission for the @mlcalendarproject! My month was July. Those bathing suits were sooo fun to draw! Alya’s is nautical themed with the colors of the French flag, and Marinette’s is obviously Chat Noir-themed. ^_~
(I also just realized blue and red are Nino colors, so let’s just pretend Adrien and Nino are standing off to the side staring with their jaws wide open because the girls are just too adorable) X3
(I had kind of a hard time drawing this for some reason– I was going through a weird art block thing)
Their ice cream flavors are my 2 favorites: strawberry and pistachio. ;)
it’s finally back to school time for most of us and, at least for me, it’s also time to start good habits, crack down on the bad ones, and just begin to prepare for the year ahead. i’ve been in school for a couple of weeks now and, so far, i’m doing pretty good. below, i’ve compiled some simple tips that help me in day to day life that i would love to share. so let’s get cracking:
prepare outfits and pack your backpack on sunday instead of in the morning. i know for a fact you have more time on sunday to prepare your outfits and pack your backpack than on monday morning so planning in advance will most definitely benefit you. instead of running around in circles trying to find that shirt, hang them up in the front of your closet or place them in the top of a drawer on sunday. and instead of throwing random pens in a bag, pack your backpack and put it in front of your door. it’ll save you time to do other things such as eating and washing your face.
prepare and eat a breakfast. whether it’s some cherrios in a bag on the way to class or eggs and bacon cooked that morning, eating will definitely benefit you. you’ll have more focus in class and it’ll get your metabolism going. if it’s easier for you, think about preparing your food the night before and packing it in bags or tupperware.
have a tray by the door to put small things in. oh, how many times have i forgotten my earbuds or keys. keep yourself organized and not calling your roommate to get an extra set of keys by just having a tray on which you can put smaller things you don’t put in your backpack. then, just grab them before you leave and voilà! you aren’t locked out.
on sunday, do your meal preps, weekly spread, and clean your room and workspace. i am such a procrastinator during the weekends and there have been so many days that because of that, i am trudging through knee high messes in my room because i just won’t pick up. i also commonly forget to plan the week and prep my meals and then boom, it’s monday and i’m a mess. so don’t be a mess like me, do it all on sunday.
have a letter tray to put class handouts and old assessments so you can put them in binders later. using a letter tray to collect handouts and assessments can be so beneficial to keeping your desk clean. and without it, i tend to throw out old graded assessments i could study instead of putting them in binders. keeping all those papers in one binder is super helpful, so put them in a binder and finals won’t be your doom.
have a bedtime routine. having a bedtime routine can increase your productivity and sleep time because, one, it can help you stay organized and, two, it helps put you to sleep. the more your brain associates doing certain tasks with sleep, the faster you’ll be able to drift off. so be smart and enjoy an extra hour of sleep.
have one journal for in class notes and one to retake and organize your notes at home. in class you do not have time to keep your thoughts organized. with tangents from your teachers and questionable notes, its best to just use a pencil, pen, and highlighter to make scratch notes in class and then come home and organize it into something that you can study from. this idea has kept me afloat time and time again.
talk to your teachers. do yourself a favor, ask and answer questions in class and go to your teachers’ office hours if they have them. if you do this, your teachers are more likely to recognize you and will be more lenient with your grade (since it shows you’re engaged and involved). you don’t necessarily need to like the teacher, just pretend you care. smile and nod along as you ask about their lives, questions about the content, and for advice that you are never going to take. this is a pretty slytherin thing i’ve been doing for years and it has got me so many half points back, especially in math and science.
use quizzes and tests to study for finals. as i stated earlier, it’s important to save your assessments to study, and that is especially true during finals. teachers commonly use similar questions on the final as unit tests and quizzes. think of how many more points you can score on that final if you just study your tests.
make a study group. find friends and people in your classes that you would like to study with and meet up! they’ll definitely be able to help you understand topics and it’ll be more fun than holing yourself up in your room. also, explaining concepts to others will help you better understand them and answer those questions on your tests.
make a weekly to-do list. some of you may already do this in your weekly spreads, but it’s important to make to-do lists of goals and tasks you need to complete. this isn’t necessarily studying and notes but things such as cleaning your room, watering your plants, or going grocery shopping. make lists, organize yourself, don’t be a mess like me.
reward yourself for doing well. whether it’s talking to your teacher or scoring straight a’s, we all work hard. so why not treat yourself to a nice dinner or relaxing bath? have fun, relax, and don’t let yourself get too stressed. remember to unwind.
sit up front in class. i know, i know, you don’t really want to, but think about it. if you’re up front, you are going to be 100% more engaged and paying more attention. and this will make your teacher remember you, which you now know the benefits of. you will also be able to see the board easier, get your questions answered, and hear what is going on.
talk to the people around you in your classes. jeremy from physics sneezes on you and suddenly, you’ve got the flu and can’t make it to your lit lecture. what are you going to do? text that new friend you made from lit that sits next to in the lecture hall of course. simply talking to people on your first day can help you stay on top of class in case you miss or can help you study before the test. never doubt the benefits of knowing people.
if there’s an opportunity for extra credit, take it. i don’t care how good you are in that class or how perfect your grades are, take the extra credit. those few extra points could be the ones that take you from a b to an a. just do it and don’t question it, you may need them.
outline all papers and presentations. you have a draft due for your class in a few hours and you open you computer and prepare to type. but where to begin? what are you writing? how do you want to phrase it? well, you could already know that if you had outlined it. take the time to research, write a thesis, and fully understand your prompt before you write. especially if this is a persuasive essay. do this as well for presentations and visual assignments so you say every fact and point you want to.
keep your test dates by you at all times. no matter who you are, you need to know when tests are coming up. and, as someone who tends to leave things at home sometimes, i may not have my planner with those tests dates next to me when i need them. but what do i have? my phone. i use the app My Study Life to keep track of those dates. i explain that beautiful app in this post.
have a ‘school survival kit.’ by now i think you’ve caught on to the fact i can be a bit forgetful. so i like to have a little bag with me that has things i may need that i could have forgotten. this includes a pen, pencil, highlighter, a few pads, some mints, pain medicine, allergy medicine, tissues, band-aids, hand sanitizer, tide-to-go (stain remover), and other such items. i may make a list of these items at another time.
if you have a question, ask. i’ve already gone over the benefits of talking in class but it’s also extremely important to understand your content. it’s better to ask than not know, even if you think the question is dumb. there’s a good chance someone else has that exact question. it’s also better to look stupid than have that count against you during assessments.
if your university, college, or high school has a writing center, use it. i work in a writing center and we are here to help. we do nothing so much of the time and you coming in makes our day. contrary to the popular opinion, we aren’t going to judge your writing or insult you (unless you ask for it). but we also aren’t going to correct your entire paper, we want to help you learn how to edit your papers and make sure you’re fitting the requirements. and this goes for all tutoring centers; if they’re an option, use them.
She literally became a vigilante to keep batman from destroying her villainous dad
Her dad is an asshole
Her mom tried her best
But not good enough that she turns to a man who dresses like a bat nightly for a parental figure
Imagine the batfam having a movie night
Literally her and babs being the only ones who aren’t adopted
Anyways so they’re watching some 90s live action Disney movie her and Dick picked out
And she starts talking about how she always wanted like a bedazzler hair gun or a Barbie dream house or a bike
And babs is shook
Steph tells them she made her own paper dolls out of cardboard and paper
Bitch made her own suit she is crafty
Dick is trying not to cry
Jason and Cass are sympathetic they had very little until they were adopted
Damian is just confused because he’s a murder cult prince and has had more than most successful adults his entire life
Bruce is litterLY HEARTBROKEN
The next day they all haul ass to the mall
Babs in the lead getting all the 90s inspired fashion stuff from Clair’s and JP and Macies like Barbie sweaters and printed leggings and 90s cartoon print everything and fucking leg warmers and scrunchies.
Dick in the lead with 90 to early 2000 toys getting her all the Barbie shit and like a hair braiding and bedazzling gun and like orbez spa foot bath and fun little outside toys like a bubble machine and those hotch skotch balls that you put on one foot and spin the ball as you jump. Too many water and nerf guns. Some of those are for the whole family.
A PURPLE BIKE WITH STREAMERS A BASKET AND A BELL
They put a batman sticker on it
They also buy a twister mat and box sets of the Amanda show, Drake and josh, rugrats, catdog, pinky and the brain, ducktales, Kim possible, Hannah Montana, zoey 101, fresh prince of bel air, friends, honey they get it all
They also get damian some batman toys because he was looking at them
He says he doesn’t want them
But they all mysteriously disappear anyways
Into his room
Cass and Tim drag Bruce for not giving Steph attention
Especially bc she I dunno gee DIED FOR HIM
Anyways Jason and Alfred are distracting her by making cute little batfam themed sugar cookies together
Then they come home with like two car fulls of 90s kids stuff
Jason takes her to Starbucks and they sit outside and talk shit about people passing by so they can set up her surprise party
Now Bruce is an emotionally constipated dad, but he’s still a dad. He still sees Steph as one of his children.
He feels really bad for not paying more attention to her living situation, especially when she was kid.
He pulls out all the stops. Her favorite food, her favorite movies.
Now, mama brown didn’t raise no bitch
But when she walks in and sees that Barbie dream house and that bike
She looses it
She’s crying and hugging everybody
Like she’s grown and doesn’t need any of that
But she makes it some aesthetic artsy deco shit
Except the clothes and nerf guns and box sets that’s becomes her everything
The bike is her new love she might’ve rode it inside the manor until Alfred was like ok stop
She’s so shook
Everybody is crying
Damian is just confused in his little batman target pajamas
Which also makes her extremely happy
She plays with her toys with everybody
They end up cuddling on the couch with Steph in Barbie sweater and those weird multiple shapes neon leggings and leg warmer and her hair in scrunchies
“Brown, you look disgraceful. I don’t understand any of this.”
“Shut up, demon. You’re not supposed to understand, it’s the 90s.”
Tim just silently pulls him into a cuddle and he’s too shook from the day to pull away
Steph is still crying and thanking everybody constantly
She’s snuggled into Bruce’s side.
D C G I V E S T E P H T H E L O V E S H E D E S E R V E S
How do a cat and dog hybrid get along?
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The sun was already going to bed and the moon was beginning
to rise for her job. You got out of your
afternoon class later than normal, your professor was one of those who was very
passionate about their subject so you were kept almost 15 minutes past the cut
off time. You had just finished making a
few purchases from the grocery store that was right next to the campus and with
your bags in hand you start the relatively short walk to your apartment.
Rotisserie chicken acquired, you head down the sidewalk, but
as you are passing by a small alleyway you see movement coming from somewhere
inside, causing you to freeze in place.
You turn towards the general direction of the shadow, but don’t want to
move any closer, not with your imagination running wild inside your head.
Cautiously taking a step into the darkness, you slowly take
a peek, and then there’s a loud crash.