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I’m a very lazy person. I know my characters well, but every time I try to fill out a proper character sheet, I either get distracted or simply never finish them.

SO!

I made this! A silly, simple character sheet in which you only have to check boxes to get to know your dear puppet character. Use to your heart’s content, and if you’re going to repost, please credit! Enjoy~

PDF/Printable version on Google Drive

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Meet Hijarbie, The Mini Hijab-Wearing Fashionista

24-year-old Haneefah Adam of Nigeria, wasn’t seeing any Barbies dressed in the same way she did — wearing modest clothing that covers the body. So she started an Instagram  account, called Hijarbie where she showcases Barbie in a variety of hand-sewn modest outfits and hijabs.

“I want to inspire the Muslim girl. It’s about having a doll that looks like her, that represents her own cultural and religious background” 

“It’s important to create a sense of value in the Muslim child, especially the girl child,” Adam told Mic. “They become more confident, more driven, they believe more in themselves, which leads to an appreciation of herself and her modest lifestyle and upbringing. Instead of dressing up her dolls in clothes she wouldn’t wear, hijabifying it will create a sense of belonging and hopefully make a positive impact." 

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Lazy days are not laundry days, I’ve recently learnt. Living in a dorm and having to do most things, I relied on my mother to do, has taught me that. Cooking and cleaning is not as easy as 50s housewives and home makers (as my English Language students like to call their mothers) make it seem, definitely got a new found respect for them.During my first month here I became a regular at the local konbini (convenient store) and Kura Sushi (100yen per plate, sushi restaurant/dinner-placey). I soon learnt that being lazy is expensive when my bank account had just enough money to stay open, but not enough for me to draw any. The number on the screen taunted me as my mother’s words ran through my head, “remember to budget, don’t spend it all on snacks and clothing.” Well, I’ve learnt my lesson and am proud to say it’s just over my second month here and I have not starved to death yet and my bank statements are at a healthy number. I’ve learnt how to NOT burn onions while frying them and that you have to let an egg that has been in the fridge get to about room temperature before frying it. It is now safe-ish to be around me in the kitchen. Wowuuuu! for a post that has the word “laundry” in it’s title, I haven’t talked much about my laundry skills…which are Ace if i do say so myself, I haven’t changed the colours of any of my clothes or shrunk anything yet. So I’m pretty sure I can get my adult badge around about now.
With love, M

‪#‎BBMovesToNYC‬ 🗽

Hello, friends!!! Here’s my exciting news: I’ll be starting my career in publishing and working for Penguin Random House in 2016!!! 🎉

Check out my latest blog post for all the details on my move to the city – direct link below 😁

Thank you to P.S. Literary Agency for LOSING THE LIGHT by Andrea Dunlop (a very much anticipated read that releases in February 2016!) and Viking Books for WHY WE CAME TO THE CITY by Kristopher Jansma📖

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thanks to the amazing Lin-Manuel Miranda and his masterpiece that is Hamilton, more people are taking an interest in colonial american history. I think I should share some of the historical anecdotes and fun facts I’ve picked up over the years because of my history obsession… 

  • One of John Adams’ sons, Charles Adams, once ran naked across Harvard Yard.
  • We all know Hercules Mulligan, but did you know he owned slaves? (your opinion of him just changed a little didn’t it?) Anyway… he had a slave named Cato who worked with Mulligan for the patriot cause. Cato was a double agent and he gave vital information to Lafayette that would eventually lead to the victory at Yorktown. 
  • When Thomas Jefferson’s wife died in 1782 he locked himself away in their room at Monticello and refused to leave for weeks. He burned all her letters and some of her belongings and rarely spoke of her for the rest of his life. 
  • Benjamin Franklin liked to take what he called “air baths” in which he sat naked in an empty bathtub with a window open for a couple hours a day
  • Abigail Adams was amazing. She taught herself to read (even though women were not allowed/afforded a proper education back then), she was active in the patriot cause, spoke openly against slavery and was for equal rights for women and people of color. 
  • Abigail and John Adams were strongly against slavery and refused to live in the white house because it was built by slaves. 
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4th 1826 (the 50th anniversary of the declaration of independence)… only FIVE hours apart from each other. 
  •  When Lafayette went back to France he took soil from Bunker Hill with him and was buried in it when he died. So even though his grave is in France, he’s buried in American soil and to this day he always has an American flag waving next to him :’) 
  • Lafayette’s ship was called the Hermione. Sadly, the original no longer exists but an exact replica was built and spent this past summer travelling all over the United States and Canada 
  • Many historians believe (myself included) that George Washington was probably not straight (along with many other founding fathers) 
  • John Adams was actually a pretty cool guy but Alexander Hamilton was salty that Adams fired him and that’s why he made fun of him all the time (Which I don’t blame Alex for, it was a pretty jerk move of Adams to fire him, but keep in mind that Adams WAS a cool guy and maybe the fandom shouldn’t make fun of him so much…) 

there are so many more but I wanted to focus on some that most people probably don’t know already… feel free to add to my list if you think of any more

(I could cite all these to prove their accuracy but I’m lazy and hopefully you people know how to google)

[EDIT: I realized that I wasn’t clear enough on a few of these. 

  • Abigail Adams did not have any formal education. She worked very hard to develop her reading skills and taught herself in many areas. She read avidly and became a very well educated and accomplished woman. 
  • Yes Adams is credited as being the first president to live in the White House, but he didn’t live there. While in office his primary residence was his home in Quincy, Massachusetts and he only stayed at the White House while he was in DC. Combined with the fact that slaves built the White House, DC was also a swampy and not-so-fun place to be back then. As a result, no, John Adams did not technically live in the White House. ]  
"She's ruined her body," my dad says.

My dad couldn’t sleep last night. He was too anxiety-ridden, he says. 

How could such a smart girl make such a stupid decision? 

He doesn’t understand. 

What did I do? I got a tattoo. Actually, I got several, but let’s just focus on the visible one on my left shoulder blade. It’s black script. It says, 

“Now I feel your name, coursing through my veins, you shine so bright it’s insane, you put the sun to shame”. 

It’s the song they played at my best friend’s funeral. It’s the song that reminds me of her. It’s the one thing that I can associate so strongly with her that when I listen to five years later I still have to pause and reflect. On the five year anniversary of her death, I got it tattooed. For her. 

I love my tattoo. It’s a piece of art on my shoulder. And yeah, I’m very aware that this is going to be on my body for the rest of my life. I get it. But you know what else I know? I know that this body of mine is just a shell. It means nothing. So why not decorate it? My skin is covered in scars and freckles and birthmarks and each one of them tells a story about me. This isn’t any different. My body is a shell and it can’t possibly portray everything that is inside my head and my heart and all of those things going on inside are so overwhelming that for me it makes sense that my personality would pour out of my veins and onto my skin through scars and piercings and tattoos and lots of clothes and sometimes makeup and sometimes no makeup and sometimes a different hair color. 

This is my shell and it’s the only thing I have that’s all mine to portray the great big world inside of my head and my heart. 

but you’re so young, you’ll regret it when your older” 

I can’t tell the future. I can’t tell you what I’m going to feel 20 years from now. But neither can you. You can’t tell me that when I’m an adult (more of an adult) I’m going to think I was stupid for loving a song lyric so much I wanted to make it a part of my very body. Because the most qualified person to make that assumption is myself and I clearly already made my decision. And if my body tells my stories then maybe I won’t have to. I won’t have to look back and remember my teen self and feel nostalgic because I’ll have never left her behind. 

My shoulder still works just fine. I haven’t “ruined” anything. I spent so long disgusted by my own body but now that I appreciate it so much that I want to cover it in art and show myself through it you want to tell me that I’m making a mistake. I don’t believe you for a second.

This is my body and it has no effect on you whatsoever, and if my skin offends you then maybe you need to take a better look at your life instead of mine. 

WEAVE

I fucking hate weave. Weave represents everything that is wrong with the black woman and the black community in general. Fucking hate it. I don’t even know where to start oh I hate it so much. For all my non-black homies reading this, weave is basically taking horse hair or other human hair, braiding the black woman’s hair, and then sewing that shit onto your fucking head. And walking around like that shit is normal. HOW? How have black people gone down so low that sewing horse hair in their goddamn head is normal? It’s even the standard. You rarely see black girls with natural hair anymore. Some of them say it’s more manageable and easier to deal with. BULLSHIT. Braid it, dread it, leave it out. You have fucking options. Stop acting like you’re gonna get up in the morning and your natural is going to kill you. I’m not even going to elaborate on why that’s straight bullshit I’m not a fucking hairstylist. But I’ve had long natural hair before too.

 I’m just going to keep ranting about weave. Like do ya’ll understand black women are out there putting Brazilian women’s hair in their goddamn head? Paying up to a thousand dollars for that shit? Just to not NOT look like black women? Shit is disgusting. So disgusting I can’t even put down my thoughts in an orderly manner. The thing is, we as a race aren’t even making money off that shit. The Asians are. So basically the white man convinced us that our natural hair is ugly and terrible and then started selling us products to straighten it. And then the Asian folks were like “Oh shit, we can make money off these fools” and then started just selling us hair altogether (more or less that’s what happened). At least if we were making some type of money off that shit I could understand a little more. But no. NADA. ZILCH. The Chinese are putting our money in their pockets and building up their cities with it. While we’re still in the hood struggling to pay rent but hey guess what, your weave is laid right? And some of these black women love complaining “blah blah blah Black males don’t like us blah blah blah”. Well if you started loving yourself first and foremost maybe the world will follow. Do you understand that black females still out there bleaching their skin? I don’t even know why I’m so worked up over this. I’m just tired of seeing black women ditch their beautiful bushy hair to go pay 600 dollars to get that ugly, nasty, non-natural looking weave shit in their head. I embrace their natural hair and I want them to open their goddamn eyes and see it too. Stop giving the Chinese your money just to look like a goddamn idiot. And also, stop putting that goddamn relaxer shit in you fucking hair. Scalp damn near all burnt up and shit. Sometimes ya’ll don’t even do it right or I don’t know what in the fuck happens but your hair ends up looking stiff as shit and it sticks out. Just stupid. You just out there looking stupid and embarrassing your genes. Embarrassing your own DNA. Man Imagine if our African ancestors saw this bullshit that was going on. I don’t even want to get started on that bullshit.

And I already some black females are gonna read this and go “Other races wear weave too”. Don’t even try me.

  1. Yes other races wear weave too but definitely not as often. That is not even debatable
  2. And even if they wear weave it is not the STANDARD for them. For black girls the standard is weave or whatever that thing you call “braids” or whatever is.
  3. When they wear weave it actually goes with their natural hair texture. They’re just looking for a style change or whatever
  4. And why are you worried about them anyways? Stop being childish and trying to diffuse the issue to another race. YOUR race is the one with the problem.
  5. Their problem doesn’t deal with the inner self, they just want to have a different hairstyle.
  6. (some of/A WHOLE DAMN LOT)Ya’ll black girls do it because to be real, you hate your nappy hair and other really deeply engrained ideas.
  7. Either way, we’re not talking about them we’re talking about YOU. Focus on YOU.

And I don’t want none of you commenting dumb shit under my post. This is my fucking opinion and it ain’t changing. Don’t feed me none of that “it’s my choice bullshit” keep it to yourself. And if you wanna say “It’s not your business” shut the fuck up and just forget any urge to reply to this. All other dumb replies from hurt females that have weave in their head right now, don’t reply either. Because I won’t even read it past the second word. I’m out.