Good Morning Lovely Everlarkers! Hope this week finds you all well and reveling in some Everlark Love this Valentines Day. Can we all say a big thank you to the lovely ladies running the @loveinpanem blog? Because…well, they’re just amazing! Go check them out!
In other news, the blog is getting a new look! Caryn aka @papofglencoe has been busy behind the scenes tweaking and tabbing away. I have absolutely no words for how much I love her and that Caryn Flair! I hope you’ll reach out with a little love for her today too.
Let’s get down to business and check out this weeks updates now, shall we?
As always, just reach out to us if anything has been overlooked, we’ll be sure to get it reblogged and added next week.
That’s it my darlings! I hope each and everyone of you has an amazing week and that we all find something to make our heart smile this Valentines Day. In the meantime, how about some grimy dirt-covered Peeta to get the ole’ heart pumping, huh? Thought so…
Happy Peeta Sunday! Still the best damn day of the week!
Love ya! Mean it!
Your Everlarkficupdate Team
You know this pic is totally when Peeta told Katniss that he didn’t care if she “saw him” and she stomped away all embarrassed and shit!
Well, I’ve just finished Chapters 1 & 2 of The Hunger Games for the reread, and it’s overwhelming how many ideas Suzanne Collins manages to pack into them. I am so full of inspiration and bursting with ideas for discussion topics, it’s hard to contain myself, lol. My book is littered with sticky tabs.
I thought, for this post, I would focus on just one topic, and that is *drumroll* the one and only Peeta Mellark, everyone’s favourite baker’s son.
Of course, Peeta’s name isn’t even mentioned until about halfway through the second chapter - page 30, and I’d just like to draw everybody’s attention to the way he is introduced.
[Effie] zips back to the podium, and I don’t even have time to wish for Gale’s safety when she’s reading the name. “Peeta Mellark.”
Oh no, I think. Not him. Because I recognize this name, although I have never spoken directly to its owner. Peeta Mellark.
The Hunger Games, Chapter 2, pages 30-31
Now, I’m a very detail-oriented person, and the way Peeta’s name is mentioned three times in very quick succession really stands out to me. Some might call the wording coincidental, but I don’t think so. I think that even at this early stage in the plot, she is trying to draw our attention, saying, “Hey, Peeta Mellark is going to be important in this story. Remember his name.”
And haven’t we just, lol.
Moving on, I know Katniss’ story about the first time she encountered Peeta has become legend in Everlark lore - and therefore, has probably had every last drop of analysis squeezed out of it - but I found something curious in there that I don’t know if anyone else has spotted yet.
We know how at the end of Mockingjay, Katniss talks about the reasons she eventually needed Peeta and not Gale to survive, and several people have combed the books for quotes to give clues as to why this is, but I think I just found another.
When I passed the baker’s, the smell of fresh bread was so overwhelming I felt dizzy. The ovens were in the back, and a golden glow spilled out of the open kitchen door. I stood mesmerized by the heat and the luscious scent..
The Hunger Games, Chapter 2, page 35. Bolding is mine :)
Remember how at the end of MJ, Katniss mentions that Peeta, “the dandelion in the spring”, is “the bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction (MJ, Ch 27, p. 453).”
I can’t help feeling that quote from MJ is a call back to the one I’ve highlighted above. That even at this early point in the story, Suzanne is drawing attention to how Katniss will come to think of Peeta in the future.
Thanks for reading, and feel free to continue the discussion in the notes as you so choose.
Also, quick shoutout to @everlarkedalways for so generously giving her time to co-ordinating this project. Your work is very much appreciated!
Hi! First of all, I love your blog x How do you study all your languages? Do you have a specific way of learning a language?
Hey there! Thank you! Okay so I know that a lot of people have difficulties when starting a new language on your own and have trouble at how to proceed, especially when there’s no Duolingo to guide you, so I will tell you how I personally* begin and study my languages.
*this how I personally study languages. This is what I found most comfortable doing. It’s best if you find your own way of learning but I’m happy if I can give you tips on what you can do to help you guys.
How I take notes and write everything down
A lot of people prefer to get notebooks or journals and write whatever they learn down. Now, I do that for the purpose of memory (because writing things down will help you remember them more), but I write and make all of my language notes on my phone. I use my notes app on my iPhone and construct my little language course on it. For me this is helpful because I can revise/check something at any time because my phone is always with me and I found that this is the best way I study languages. I’ll show you an example:
as you can see this is my Polish folder where I have different notes on different themes. I categorize vocab notes by themes and verb notes by number so that I won’t have an excessive amount of verbs in one note. But obviously you can do whatever you like!
Where I start
Obviously after having learned the alphabet and how pronunciation works I always start with greetings and introductions. Learning simple words and beginner expressions is always helpful and will give you a feel of the language itself. Usually I learn the following:
yes and no
hello, good morning, goodbye, welcome etc.
please, thank you, excuse me, sorry
nice to meet you
what’s your name? how are you? where are you from? how old are you? and their replies.
Try not to worry and get in detail of how some words, verbs are formed. Just try to memorize the phrases for now and they’ll make sense eventually.
After that I learn the basics. What are the basics? For me that’s grammar. I start with learning the Personal Pronouns in Subject Form and the To Be verb and how they interact together. Learn also how to negate sentences by learning any negation grammar and how so say, for example, I am not.
Next step ultimately depends on what kind of language you’re learning. If you’re learning a language that uses articles such as indefinite or definite than learn how to use them and the grammar (if any) behind them. Also if your target language has some kind of feature that is important to your grammar, like for example Vowel Harmony or Consonant Mutation or how to tell which type of gender nouns are and then try to learn how those work. I know that to some people grammar is very boring but I try to get the basics out of the way from the beginning so I don’t have to worry about it later.
I proceed on learning the Object Form of the Personal Pronouns and then also the Possessive forms such as my, your, his, her etc. Again, it depends on the language, so if there are other forms of these pronouns I try to get them out of the way as well. After that, I tackle Interrogative Pronouns which usually consist of:
who? what? where? why? when? how? which? whose? (how much? from where? what kind of? whom)
+ any forms that might change depending on language
and after those, I learn how to use the Demonstrative Pronouns which are:
this, that, these, those + any forms that might change depending on language
For some reason I enjoy learning numbers so those are usually next for me. Okay so now that the most important parts are learned and finished I begin to build up my vocabulary. I usually start with the simple nouns that Duolingo starts you off with like:
man, woman, boy, girl, child, water, apple, milk, bread etc. + plural forms
And also the most important verbs for beginners:
to want, to have, to do, to go, to know, to see, to speak, to eat, to drink, to write, to hear, to read, to like, to love, to think, to need, to sleep, to cook, to buy, to come, can, must, will etc.
For me I prefer if I learn how to use verbs in all tenses or moods (if any) from the beginning. This way I get familiar with the grammar of verbs and I would be able to convey past, present, future orothers early on in my studies. I list down all possibly conjugations in my notes and also imperative form (commands)
So by the time I finish these I already can say a few simple sentences or hold a very basic conversation with someone. From now on I continue learning other vocabulary by themes such:
dates & time
family & relatives
After these or during some of these I start learning how to work case declension out (if any), adjectives + Comparative & Superlative, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and any other aspects that will solidify your sentences.
Okay so this is roughly how I personally study languages, I’m sorry for the long ass post and I hope I could be helpful to someone who’s struggling to know where to begin in learning a language by yourself. Good luck!
- birthday cake
- ben wyatt
- bouncy castles
- bo burnham
- blue raspberry flavored candy
- brendon urie
- boy, fall out
- bread served at restaurants before the food
- burnin’ up by the jonas brothers
Request- “Jeff Atkins imagine where the reader is zach’s sister and they all hang out together in a big group for the first time and the reader is The Mom Friend™ and stops them all from doing crazy shit”
“Yo Justin throw me another beer?” Your brother called across the room at the already slightly wasted teen boy. He nodded and chucked the can in your direction, causing you to duck.
“Watch it, Foley.” You warned, giving him dagger eyes. He chuckled and opened what might be his seventh beer. Jess and Justin had spent the majority of the evening so far partaking in intense PDA, they were as drunk as each other and clearly thirsty.
Deciding it might be best to move, you went to sit next to Jeff, your boyfriend. He smiled as he saw you approach and squeezed your thigh as you sat next to him.
Jeff and you had only been dating for around two months, and this evening was the first you’d spend together with your brother and his friends in one place. You were at Bryce’s. He had the nicest place and had decided to invite the few of you round to chill and have a few drinks. Most everyone was drunk, including Jeff, leaving you to Mother everyone and make sure they did nothing too stupid.
“You look really fucking good.” Slurred Jeff, making you giggle.
“You look really fucking drunk.” You retorted. You placed your hand over his and ruffled his hair with the other.
“Will you come in the pool with me?” He asked, his face that as if he’d had a brilliant idea.
“Bad idea, Jeffy boo.” You mocked.
“Why?” He sounded like a defiant kid.
“You’re drunk and I can’t be doing with you drowning.” You rolled your eyes, and placed your head on his shoulder. He sighed but clumsily dragged his fingers through your hair.
“I’ll get you some bread and water.” You decided, jumping up off the sofa to fetch the supplies.
You met up with Zach out by the pool, offering him some bread and water.
“No thanks, Y/N. Gross.” Your drunk brother made vomiting motions and shook his head violently.
“Please just one sip.” You begged, giving him the puppy dog eyes that always worked so well on him. He rolled his eyes, taking the water from you reluctantly and gulping before handing it back to you.
“Now, im going swimming.” He pointed his finger up sternly.
“No, Zach, you’re not.” You told him.
“Yes!” Countered Zach, before deciding to pull his t shirt over his head.
“You going swimming Zach!?” Monty came out of nowhere, ran towards you, pulling his shirt off as well.
“No he isn’t.” You said sternly.
“Yes he is.” Sulked Zach.
You placed the water and bread on the floor by you.
You grabbed each boys wrist, turning them to face you.
“You’re not stepping foot in that water boys, you hear me?”
Monty and Zach nodded fearfully. Your stern mothering attitude always worked a treat on them, especially when they were drunk.
“Good. Now let’s get you inside and clothed. And then you can have some of this.” You took charge, motioning towards the bread and water on the floor beside you.
Both boys looked disgusted, but abided anyway.
About an hour later, after making it round all the boys with bread and water, and then dancing with Jess for what felt like hours, you sat with Monty playing video games.
“I’m going to get myself a drink, do you want anything?” You turned to him.
“No thanks, Y/N.” Monty’s eyes were focused on the screen.
You wandered toward the kitchen, but stopped in your tracks when you heard voices. There was nothing like a bit of eavesdropping.
“Nah man, I gotta tell you something.” Your brother Zach’s voice drifted out of the room.
“Yeah, go ahead.” The respondent was Jeff.
“Y/N, my sister, you two, I’m so happy.” Zach fumbled.
“You are?” Jeff was trying to hide the surprise in his voice.
“Yeah, man. Y/N has been hurt really fucking bad before, but you’re different- I can tell.” He breathed, you could tell he was nervous. “You make her so happy, and seeing her happy, makes me happy, I’m so thankful you’re in her life.”
“Trust me, man, I’d never hurt Y/N. she doesn’t really like to go into detail but I know previous guys have caused her shit, and I couldn’t ever do that to her.” Jeff admitted. Your heart fluttered at the conversation between your two favourite boys.
“I know, that’s why I’m so glad it’s you. She means so much to me and I know you’ll treat her right.” Zach continued.
“I haven’t told her yet because I still feel like it’s early days, and I’m afraid she won’t feel the same, but I’m so fucking in love with her, Zach. Y/N is the best thing that’s happened to me in such a long time.” Jeff’s words melted your heart. You had to let him know you felt the same way soon. Damn that boy had you good.
You could almost see Zach grinning at Jeff.
“I’m so glad you’re happy too, dude. You mean a lot to me as well.”
“Thank you, man. Back at you. I thought to begin with dating your sister might be a bit weird.”
But you couldn’t stand there any longer, so you made a loud entrance into the room.
“Hey guys, just getting a drink.” You explained, pretending you hadn’t just heard their entire conversation.
“You want the rest of this, Y/N?” Jeff asked, holding out his beer.
You smiled warmly. “Sure.” As you took the can from his hand, you placed your other hand on his waist and leaned in to peck a kiss on his lips.
“Oooooh Kay,” Zach coughed. “I’m going to remove myself from this PDA.” He said, moving backwards out of the room, and you could’ve sworn as you turned, you saw him wink at Jeff out of the corner of his eye.
“Poor Zach. Must be weird.”
You laughed internally at the irony, given you’d just heard the whole thing, but brushed it off. Jeff had sobered considerably since earlier, and you were glad, since it gave you an excuse to make out with him profusely.
You leaned in for another peck, and decided to place the beer on the counter behind Jeff, so you could use both hands to cup his face.
“Jeff Atkins.” You smiled up at him.
“Y/N L/N.” he smiled back.
“I love you.” This was the first time either of you had really said it, but after hearing Jeff’s confession, you weren’t afraid anymore. Jeff was taken aback, but then, you thought maybe his face would crack from the beaming grin that lit up his beautiful features.
“I love you too!” He nearly shouted, drawing circles with his hands on your waist.
You giggled at the idiot in front of you, and went in for a full kiss.
His lips enveloped yours hungrily, both very slightly buzzed from alcohol. You caressed his neck with your hands and he squeezed your waist tightly, making your entire body tingle and causing a gasp to come from your mouth. Jeff chuckled against you, realising he was doing to you exactly what you were doing to him, and finding joy that you had that effect over each other.
Jeff moved his hands lower, cupping your ass before lifting you so that you were straddling his waist. He swung round quickly so that he could almost throw you onto the counter behind, you gasped again, neither of you caring that you’d knocked over the beer can. He roughly put his hands behind your knees to pull you closer to him and devour you even more. Your legs either side of him, he stood right up against the counter as close to you as humanly possible and tasted every inch of your mouth. This was something you could never get tired of.
“Jeff,” you pushed his mouth off you. “I think we’re going to have to move this elsewhere.” You panted.
His chuckles lit up your heart like fairy lights, and the love in his eyes wasn’t going to go away anytime soon.
“That’s probably a good idea, I can’t take much longer.”
He lifted you down off the counter, and you took his hand and led him out into the summerhouse, hoping for some privacy.
Your brothers blessing had really made your day, and you could tell it had made Jeff’s too.