I recently got my Amethyst Runes and started getting more into it. It was pretty hard to find some good information online, so I thought I’d share with you guys what I found! I just write down what I have in my book of shadows, and this is just what I found, so there may be things that I wrote wrong or that doesn’t fit your believes. I request you look up on this subject yourself too, but this right here might give you a head start.
Runes are symbols which may be used in divination. They are very old and there are many theories as to how or when they originiated, but it’s well known that they were used in Europe.
The word itself comes from the old norse word “Run”, and the old german word “Runa”, which translates to “whisper” or “secret”. Runes are closely tied to Odin and according to ancient germanic people they were created by him.
The runic alphabets are called “Futhark”, after the first six runes, which are Fehu, Uruz, Thurisaz, Ansuz, Raido and Kenaz. While the elder furthark has 24 characters, just like our alphabet, there are also other versions of the Futhark which range from 16 to 33 characters.
Now to the Meanings!
I have to say, I had a really hard time looking up the meanings of every rune. While some runes have the same meaning everywhere, others seems to have a different meaning every time. I chose what was either mostly named or felt right for me. Feel free to share what you found out about them, or how you use them in the comments below!
Every rune is associated with a letter of our alphabet, so I decided to include them and write them right beside the name. I don’t have the sources to post pictures of every rune (nor the space), but you can easily look them up youself online and get in touch with them.
Fehu - F
The Cattle - Wealth, Prosperty, Financial Matters
Uruz - U
The Aurochs - Strength, Courage, Vitality, for that matter also Health and Recovery
Thurisaz - TH
The Thorn or The Hammer - Destruction, Anger, Violence, sometimes a Warning or Protection
Ansuz - A
The Deity or The Antenna - Wisdom, Communication, Thoughts, Words, Signals, Learning, but also Truth or a Leader
Raido - R
The Wagon - Travels and Journeys, maybe even an inner journey
Kenaz - K
The Torch - Light, Inspiration, Creativity and Knowledge, but for other also Hard Work
Gebo - G
The Gift - A Gift or Generosity, but for another matter also Love, Marriage or Partnership, by seeing the love of another person as a gift
Wunjo - W
Joy - Happiness, Harmony, Comfort, as well as Victory o Productivity
Hagalaz - H
The Hail - Destruction, Force, Disruption, Chaos, Drama, Hazard, Fury, Anger, can be associated with The Tower from the Tarots Major Arcana
Nauthiz - N
Need - Constraint, Neccessities, Distress, Delay, Patience
Isa - I
Ice - Stagnation, Standstill, Frozen, Stuck
Jera - J/Y
Harvest - Rewards, Success, Accomplishments, also associated with Earth
Eihwaz - EI
Yew - Either Reliability, Stability and Trustworthy, or Constricted, Protection, Pain, Perseverence (by looking at it like a bow). The meanings are pretty split with this one.
Perth - P
The Cup - Destiny, Fate, Magic, Mystery, The Unknowable
Algiz - Z
The Elk - Protection, Self Defense, Shield, Standing Up For Something
Sowelu - S
The Sun - Good Fortune, Power, Energy, Health
Teiwaz - T
Týr - Victory, Justice, Honor, Higher Spiritual Power, or Focus and Responsibility
Berkana - B
The Birch - Birth, Beginnings, Fertility, (Personal) Growth, Nurture, Family
Ehwaz - E
The Horse - Transportation, Movement, Travel, maybe also Trust or Loyalty
Mannaz - M
The Self - Person, Human, Man, Identity, Culture, Individual
Laguz - L
The Water - Lake, Sea, Ocean, mostly the Flow, also Intuition, Proohetic Dreams and Feminity
Inguz - NG
Seed or The God, Ing - Common Sense, Internal Growth, Potential, Fertility, Success, Masculinity
Dagaz - D
The Day - Awareness, Breathrough, Transformation, Evolving, Growth, Changes
Othila - O
Ancestral Property or Homeland - Property, Home, Family, Legacy, Possessions, Inheritance
The Blank Rune
No one really knows how or when it came into the set, but at somd point, the blank rune has been occasionally beed added and used in a reading. Using the blank rune or not is personal preference. It can be useless to you or help you, it’s your choice whether you keep it or not. If you do, it should be read and used based on intuition. Consider it’s placement and the relation and connection to other runes. Some runes sets doesn’t even include the blank rune.
It may represent Odin or Fate.
Please note that these are just the names of the runes that I prefer, there are a lot, lot, LOT more other pronounciations or names for each rune, but adding them in here too would be too much.
Runes also have reversed meanings, but that is sonething I haven’t got into by now. Just research for yourself a little bit, learn some more and stick to what feels right to you.
Now to casting them. There are many different ways to cast runes. You may simply pull runes out of a bag with your eyes closed, or you dump some or all of them on the ground. You can do simple Tarot Spreads with your runes or look up different ways to use them.
You can use the runes in magic as well! You may use fitting runes in a spell, or write with then in your book of shadows, or draw them on your altar, wand, etc. There are many things you can do with runes, just take your time and get closer with them!
I hope you liked this little lesson and that it may help you an your way.
yo yo yo its still spooky night here (although…this halloween was a total bust for me) so i thought i’d put together a lil thing for yall !
usnavi: he was a BIG halloween fan as a kid, ever since he was little (’87, halloween). an older usnavi usually goes as something with not a lot of work put into it, but is still a costume (a skeleton suit, vampire makeup, etc.). he focuses WAY more on the actual giving candy part of halloween.
sonny: okay so he is THAT halloween bitch. as a kid, he and his mom would have cute lil halloween costumes that correlated perfectly (thx mel!), and everyone loved them. as sonny grew older, they did less matching costumes and he did more of the scary theme than anything else. he’ll always stick to his scary theme, unless one year he decides to go as something funny.
vanessa: vanessa’s always been the girl who went as the badass girl characters in movies/tv shows. wonder woman? been there, done that! the bride from kill bill? check! black widow? yepperooni! she’s that gal!
nina: she went as hermione granger one year when she was 14/15. one of her favorite costumes she’s ever done. she also used to go as tv show characters that she liked a lot.
benny: it doesn’t seem like it, but benny gets into the halloween spirit. he LOVES joining sonny in dressing up as something scary. he’s a little goofy with his scary costumes (sometimes they’re not so scary) but you can never break the benny spirit.
daniela: daniela will go as whatever she thinks of the day before halloween. she never really cared about the holiday, just that she had to get candy and have dinner and dress up. she’ll still get into the spirit, but she won’t tolerate any of sonny’s “it’s october 1st! it’s halloween!” crap.
carla: a halloween costume LEGEND. carla goes all fucking out every year. she enjoys dressing up as funny things, scary things, nostalgic things, cute things, and one year, a sexy thing. that didn’t last long, she didn’t really like how degrading it was. nonetheless, nothing you could ever say could change her mind about halloween. it’s the best holiday!
pete: a fucking sheet ghost. every year. for a creative guy, he’s not so good at costumes.
Soft baby by day, sexy mofo by night. Can do everything?? Sing, rap, dance, cook, act, write and produce music, play the guitar (classical, spanish, lead, and rhythm omg) and the piano and the drums, has the body of an elf king. He’s also AMAZING with children as shown [here - skip to 12:17 and WATCH you won’t regret it] and dogs too! All animals really. He’s Korean Snow White. With abs. And if Snow White was extra.
Also the kindest soul ever. He’s always smiling, even when he’s down. He literally said, and I quote; “No matter how difficult something is, I will always be positive and smile like an idiot.” His then-girlfriend nicknamed him “Happy Virus.” Constantly buys his members gifts, is very tall (well over six feet), and he’s the most extroverted and sociable person - actually friends with everyone. 10/10 amazing human.
Don’t let him fool you!!! He looks soft but he will fuck you up with his cheeky lil smile and pelvic sorcery and unearthly vocals and uGH. His wit is unparalleled like omg, so sassy and hilarious and sharp. Also a huge nerd when it comes to anime, manga, and video games. Once gave a picture of himself to another member as a gift, the lil shit.
He’s incredibly passionate about his career and his members, and I think it was Kyungsoo who said that it’s Baek who keeps them all together at times. In summary: Byun Baekhyun is what happens when a demon and an angel do the do.
Do Kyungsoo? More like Do Me, Kyungsoo. I’m sorry I’m so thirsty Ksoo…I don’t even know where to begin with this one. First of all, he single-handedly saved the human race from extinction with his voice. He’s savage af, so much so that he’s affectionately nicknamed “Satansoo” and he will smack a bitch. He’s also so soft and squishy at the same time, you’ll get whiplash. And his acTING. Lord in heaven. And I believe he didn’t even have acting lessons?? The nerve of him. He, too, is sex on legs, and he might be quieter than the others, but y’all best listen when he talks cause boy bout to spill the tea.
He’s also very paternal in that he takes care of the other members a lot, like when Kai, his roommate, isn’t feeling well, he’ll care for him or go out to get food for him. And he can cook really well. I’m gonna stop now before I end up writing an entire dissertation ;’)
ALSO NOT PURE ABORT ABORT THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
Oh my god. Anyway. Zhang Yixing is the perfect contradiction. On the one hand, he’s an actual baby lamb - laugh and all. On the other hand, he’s the human embodiment of the NC-17 rating. Like, hide yo kids. Yixing is also one of the Chinese members of EXO, so he often leaves to promote his solo music which is in Chinese, and he works so incredibly hard and deserves all the success. He also writes the lyrics, and composes and arranges the music!
And…his dancing. Proof that god exists. There is literally no part of his body that Yixing does not have absolute command over - and you can see it because he is so precise, confident, and sexy. :’)
I actually had to cover his face while writing this because holy–
Yup. Moving on.
Actually, back to his face (and the rest of him): Remember when Da Vinci was conceptualizing the Vitruvian Man (lol only 90′s kids will remember…1490′s kids, that is). You know that picture of the guy with another pair of arms and legs superimposed on him, inside a circle? The drawing theorizing the ideal proportions of the human body? Yup, true story: Junmyeon was Da Vinci’s muse. Suho’s face is so symmetrical, it inspired mathematicians to write the golden ratio. He is a genetic miracle, a statistical outlier, a national treasure–
Anyway *sweats*. ALSO. Let’s talk about his personality. Myeon is the mom of EXO, the leader, so he’s naturally very parental. He actually chose the stage name “Suho” because it means guardian. He always does his best to keep his kids the members together and doing what they need to be doing. Always pays for things ($Junmoney$), and is the person a lot of them confide in and go to for comfort or advice, especially Sehun.
He’s such a dad too - like his dad joke ratings are off the charts. 10/10 would build you a tree house and tuck you in at night.
Maknae. Icon. Legend. Used to have a lisp.
People sometimes think he’s cold or reserved because of his face, but as you can see in the gif, he’s literal sunshine. He once cried on stage because he was knocked on the head by a camera - but he wasn’t crying because the injury hurt, he was crying because he wasn’t allowed to perform because of it, and he felt like he was disappointing his fans. He also cried during a radio show when asked about his other members - he said every night before he falls asleep, he prays for them and he prays that they all stay together and are successful and happy. And now I’m crying.
Everyone is in love with him.
His dancing resurrected me from the dead, put my children through college, and ended world hunger because damn we are fed when that boy moves.
Sehun was once invited to Paris for a Louis Vuitton fashion show and became king of France. I’m not kidding. All he did was show up, and there was a huge crowd already there to greet him as if he were royalty, and he was voted best dressed at the show by Vogue. He went to the Louvre, and people were studying and appreciating him, the actual art.
Ah, little dino bby. He’s iconic for many reasons:
1) His smile. It curls up at the corners like this :}
2) When he laughs, he literally goes HAHAHAHAHA like wow, amazing, I want this as my ringtone
3) He screams a lot. Nickelodeon once made a show about him called Jongdae: The Last Pterodactyl.
4) HIS VOCALS. Un-freaking-believable. He’s the male version of Mariah Carey.
5) Speaks really good Chinese! (He’s Korean)
6) An amazing human?? He donates to charity so often and he doesn’t do it for publicity either. He takes good care of the other members too.
Jongdae, let me put a ring on it.
HERE WE GO. My precious boy :’)
Minseok. The eldest. Also known as the best person to ever exist. Like Kyungsoo, he doesn’t talk much because he’s a shy lil bean, but once he warms up to you, the things that come out of his mouth are so deep and cute and funny and wowow I want ten of him
Is the least likely to cry
Was chubby (and so adorable!!) as a little kid, and now he has a six pack. Because of his weight as a kid though, he has spoken many times about the issue of body shaming and how people’s perceptions of a person shift based on how they look. He once said these words that made my cold, dead heart beat again: “I don’t have an ideal type. If our hearts match well, then she will look pretty to me.”
Has the strongest arms in EXO. They all arm wrestled and he won and it was the funniest thing ever.
Is not only an idol, he’s also getting his Ph.D. Dr. Kim. I can’t believe….
Wants to open his own coffee shop, and I don’t drink coffee, but I would chug any dish-water-coffee-grinds-filth that he would serve me because damn I love him.
The Bias Wrecker. Or just your bias, plain and simple
Kim Jongin is one of nature’s greatest accomplishments. His gams are the eighth wonder of the world - and he puts them to use when he dances, like please kick me in the face with those omfg
His laugh. Astounding. Also don’t stand too close when he laughs because he will hit you. It’s just what he does lmao
He’s basically a hip young old man - so hot but so sleepy. He’ll sleep at any given opportunity.
Very fond of fried chicken. And dogs. But not in terms of eating, for the latter
Learned ballet for ten years and it shows, and I just wANT TO SEE HIM IN A LEOTARD DAMMIT
He has darker skin than the other members which people used to make fun of him for and still do comment on, but he says he loves it and he is proud of his body :’) we are too bby!!
Other random facts:
EXO originally had 12 members but 3 left and we’re not going to talk about it okay? okay
- Chen and Xiumin are married best friends. Xiumin actually said in an interview that Chen is “like my wife”
- Sehun is now officially Lord Oh Sehun of Glencoe, Scotland because his fans are the most Extra and purchased the estate for his birthday :’)
- Chanyeol once folded one hundred paper cranes for his girlfriend as a gift, but in the middle of doing this, she called him and broke up with him
- Baekhyun can’t cook for shit but at least he’s pretty
- Kai dated F(X)’s Krystal
- Kyungsoo once said to the camera that he is “not pure”
- Yixing starred in a gay sci-fi movie where he and this other dude have a baby
- Suho is a health nut. Just like how girls always have pads and tampons on them, Suho has multivitamins
For @the-porcelain-doll-xo because I’m the friend that wants to drag you into hell with me, and I can’t wait for you to get into EXO ahhhhh ily <33
[ENG] 170530 Joshua’s Twitter Interactions With Fans
Opening Tweet: [17’S Joshua] Hello!!!!
Fan: Shua-ya, I love you❣️ All the best for The Show~~~~~>< I will also work hard at work❣️ JS: Thank you :)
Fan: Yo burger king, I’m the rap king, you mAKE ME WANNA SING JS: Yo yo I like your flow, it’s smooth like a sailing boat, cool and refreshing like a root beer float, it’s so cool I need to wear coat. JS: Wear a.^
Fan: Shua, did you agonise over what to eat today last night as well….? Noona agonised over it but ate something different…. *laughs* JS: I have determination in eating meat.
I’ve been using Habitica for a while now and I love it. The reason I love it so much is that I can use it to track pretty much everything, even apart from the normal productivity stuff, if I’m a little creative.
As for setting all of this up, I highly recommend doing that on desktop. The mobile app is great for on the go but I wouldn’t recommend it for putting an entire new system in place (maybe that’s just me, though).
So here are some maybe a little more unconventional ideas for Habitica usage:
My habits are mostly positive with few exceptions because it’s much easier to reward yourself for doing something than to punish yourself for not doing something, in my opinion. Plus, I feel like it works out, too, because after all, you do usually want to feed your pets or buy equipment or buy quests.
Water tracker: Drinking water is important, yo. The way I go about this is I have a positive habit called “1l of water” and I just hit the + for every liter I drink. I’ve set it to reset daily so I can see at how many liters I roughly am at for the day. If you struggle with drinking water more, you can also just put “drink a glass of water” and set the difficulty to hard instead of easy, as I have it set because at this point I’m pretty used to drinking a shit ton of water, I just like to keep an overview in case I’m busy and forget. That’s the beauty of Habitica vs other apps, you can modify it to your needs!
Meet friends: This one I have set to reset every week so that I can see at a glance whether I’m having a social life. Having “high density” fun (as Thomas Frank frequently puts it) is crucial to my mental health, yet I tend to do it too little especially when I’m stressed and instead sit there on my phone wondering where the hours went and feeling generally very blah. I only have this as a positive habit because I don’t want to and need to force myself to do something with friends every single day (what’s up fellow introverts), but I’m aiming for at least once a week of my own accord, so not counting when I see them in a uni context or at fixed activities. I have this set on hard to motivate myself to actually do it, too, since I have to leave the house to fulfill it.
Color: As you may have noticed (X, X) coloring is a bit of a hobby of mine so the habit isn’t really necessary right now while I’m still technically on break and have more time to do it, but I like to keep it in there anyway. I usually color while listening to podcasts because that goes hand in hand, and many podcasts I listen to are also somewhat educational (hmu with your favorites, I’d love to discover some new ones!) while still expanding my horizons beyond what I learn at uni. This one I have set to medium, because while it is a hobby that I like to do, there’s definitely some resistance because you have to be very focused and can’t really do other stuff except listen to podcasts simultaneously. Coloring is very therapeutic to me, and I’m not an artsy person, so maybe give it a shot! You can also replace coloring with any artistic habit, obviously.
Read or listen to podcast instead of watching TV: I love doing both of these things yet they start to get infinitely harder when you’re at uni and running around town trying to stay alive during the semester. Reading especially is very beneficial to my mental health and I love doing it, but it’s just so much harder to pick up a book than to hit play on Netflix. I should probably split these two habits up now that I think about it, because I do tend to read much less than I listen to podcasts. Either way, the difficulty setting here is hard with a daily reset although it doesn’t really matter that much as both daily and weekly resets are equally suited for the purpose in my opinion.
One book per week: Ah yes, my reading goal. I am terrible at reading slowly and steadily during the year which leads me to binge read on vacation. Now, while I love doing that and I don’t perceive it as a stressful, I would prefer to also read during the year. This habit is set to hard with a weekly reset, and it is both a positive and a negative (which means I probably have to hit the - today, siiiiigh).
Work out: During the school year, I weirdly don’t struggle with working out a lot because I see it as a study break and I’m one of those people who actually looks forward to working out and hitting some goals. This one also has a weekly reset, hard difficulty and is both a positive and a negative habit, however, I only hit the - when I was supposed to work out and didn’t. This is partly the reason why I don’t want my workout as a daily, I don’t like having fixed days because sometimes you gotta move your schedule around a bit and I simply aim to work out 4-5 times a week. I’m looking into starting an exercise class for swimming next semester, though, so if I do join that one, I will absolutely make it a daily.
Meal not eaten at desk: Kind of a weird one. I started developing this terrible habit of constantly doing everything at my desk last year, especially eating. Now, if you don’t have a ton of space and roommates, it makes sense for your desk to be basically where you spend your entire day, but I want my desk to be as much of a work only, no play space as it can be, even with limited space, and eating at it is a very bad idea to keep that mental separation in place. Also, I want to be focus on what I’m eating as much as possible and not do five things simultaneously. So, in order to motivate myself to eat my food at the dining room table, I’ve made this a simply positive habit with a medium difficulty and a daily reset as I usually eat three meals a day.
Go to bed before midnight: I struggle with this. A lot. However, I do need my sleep - when I don’t sleep at least seven hours, I’m unfocused, cranky and tired. Plus, it’s really bad for athletic recovery. Getting to bed before midnight at least ensures I’ll be getting seven hours (since I try to get up at 7:00), ideally I’d get eight or nine, but I’m trying to stay realistic here. I have this as a positive habit with a weekly reset and at a hard difficulty. I don’t see the point in making it a daily because I know I won’t do it (I could, however, maybe make “get to bed before 1:00 a daily, to get brownie points for getting to bed even earlier than I needed to, I might yet do that).
EDIT: It’s been brought to my attention by the lovely @gold-n-mind that mobile doesn’t show the counter, something I didn’t really think of because I only use Habitica of my phone when I can’t avoid it but mostly use it on desktop. You can still set up everything how I mention it, but you will have to check the count on desktop, as of right now there doesn’t seem to be another way for mobile users. For potential mobile only users, this is what I’m referring to:
These, just like the habits, will be very personal. My dailies tend to change a lot because when I’m back home at my parent’s I don’t really need cleaning dailies for example. But here are some ideas nevertheless:
Get up within 15 minutes of waking up: I suck at this. I tend to waste away time in my bed, staying on my phone for 30 minutes before I even think about getting up. But a quick jumpstart to my day is extremely beneficial for my productivity, so I’m trying to work on it. This is due every day since lounging about in bed makes me tired and cranky and consumes time I could be using to eat breakfast while watching youtube.
Morning skincare/evening skincare: Pretty self-explanatory. Due every day.
Open window: Due every day. I try to always open my window before I start studying, as I don’t really leave it open over night and fresh air is obviously very helpful for da brain. Also, the cold air tends to help me wake up.
Make bed: I never used to do this. But then I read “Unfuck your habitat” and I saw the merit in starting your day on a positive, structured note while making your room seem more tidy. Also, these easy dailies give me something to check off before getting started on my harder to dos, which is a concept known as momentum. Due every day.
Do a 20/10 of cleaning somewhere: Another lesson from UFYH. It means you do 20 minutes of tidying somewhere, then take a 10 minute break. I have found I rarely really need more than 20 minutes, and you can easily integrate one 20/10 somewhere in your daily schedule. It’s not fun, but constantly chipping away at messes means you don’t have to do huge binge-cleans. Due every day, but usually not needed every day.
Take out trash if needed: Tasks like these (this one is exemplary because I have a lot of these when I’m in my apartment during the semester) are great because they get you check if you have to do something every day and if they’re due, you do them right away since you’re already there checking! If they’re not due, you can easily check something off your dailies without actually doing work. Of course, the difficulty setting on these is usually trivial, but taking out the trash is a very trivial task, you just tend to put if off forever. Other ideas for this are put on laundry, check the mail, etc.
Week review/weekly planning: This is dueevery Sunday. I suck at following through and do need to get better at it, but actually looking at your week in advance and knowing what’s gonna happen when as well as getting into the mindset for Monday does help.
Study dailies: These will vary wildly depending on what kind of study system and schedule you have! I have a general study daily with a checklist that says “x pages” and “flashcards”. I also now have a separate flashcard daily with a checklist for every set of flashcards I’m trying to get done. Like I said, it will vary - for some of you having a daily with a certain goal of pomodoros may work (I don’t really utilize the pomodoro method a lot, though), some of you just need a push so “study for 30 minutes” may be enough to set you on a productive course. I change up my study dailies most frequently of all of them because they change a lot depending on what subject I’m focusing on, but most of the time I’ll only have them due during the week, sometimes also on Saturdays.
Go to class: I don’t really struggle with this because I literally cannot skip more often than once or they fail me, but why not reward yourself for leaving your comfy flat and braving the real world? These are also easy to set up because classes generally take place on a weekly basis, just set them as due on the weekday when the class is, and if you don’t struggle with going to class like me, you can always set the difficulty to trivial.
I won’t really go in depth on the to dos, because I feel like they’re pretty self-explanatory. I will explain a couple, but apart from that it’s pretty personal and whatever you have going on, just throw it on there.
Grocery list: This is the only more “unconventional” use I have for to dos. I like to make one to do that says “grocery shop” and then put everything I need as a separate sub-point. This works really well and I like to do it this way mainly so I don’t have my shit spread out over five list apps. The only drawback is that you can’t share that list with friends (unless you shell out €€ and get a group plan), so if you have a joint shopping list with a roommate, you might not be able to use this.
University readings: I like to make huge tasks of my required reading with tons of sub-points so that the reward is proportional to the pain (lol). The drawback to this method is that you don’t get the instant gratification of being able to check off a task at the end of the day, but I use dailies to work like this so my to dos are kind of a more long-term overview of where I want to be by what date. You can be as detailed with this as you want, but I just kind of use the big chapter headings. You could also divide it by pages, though. Whatever floats your boat.
Because there is a big difference between the two, no matter how similar they may seem on the surface. And whether you’re earning six figures or a student’s stipend, you can still live by certain (often unspoken) rules that make you savvy, instead of that person that no one wants to go out with because you’ll start a fight over the bill.
These are those rules.
1. Don’t agree to things you can’t afford. It’s really tempting to say “yes” to things your friends really want you to go to, even if you know you don’t have the money for it. But the primary source of financial stress when a check comes — or lingering resentment after the day is over — is agreeing to things you could not afford in the first place. You have to be open about what you can and cannot do, and if everyone is trying to go to a hip new restaurant that will put you out $75 for dinner and that’s not an option for you, you have to say no. You can’t say yes and then agonize every time someone orders and appetizer for the table, because that’s what makes you look like a cheap asshole.
2. Don’t be a penny pincher with friends. When it comes to good friends, you should not be venmo-ing each other every time someone buys you a two-dollar tea. While people are perfectly allowed to pay you back for whatever they want, it’s just generally a bad vibe to constantly demand every penny from someone you’re close to. Good friends should have a relationship of “your treat, my treat” when it comes to little things, and should honestly find joy in the act of buying one another a round or a coffee or a little gift. And obviously if someone is abusing this, you can stop it, but being afraid of not tracking every cent with a friend just makes you kind of a Scrooge.
3. Invest up-front in the important things (when you can afford it). When it comes to things that you’re going to want to have for more than a season — boots, winter coats, certain furniture, etc — it’s important to not be cheap with yourself if you have the option. For things that are going to cost a lot up-front (but be worth it), following the strategies of “wait for things to go on sale or go to a discount store, and buy high-quality” leads to saving a lot of money over time. We all go from “replacing our shitty everyday bag at least twice a year because the straps break,” to “putting a couple hundred dollars into an actually-quality bag that changes our lives.” And it’s an important life change to go through.
4. Don’t be afraid of turning down an invitation. Part of being frugal, socially, is doing your best to get rid of FOMO. Even if you can technically afford something, saying “yes” to everything generally leads to having little money, or wasting it on things you wish you hadn’t. Even if you can afford to be the belle of the ball four nights a week, no checking account needs to suffer that damage.
5. Start upping your at-home entertaining game. Hand-in-hand with not saying “yes” to everything social is making your house somewhere you actually enjoy spending time. This means investing a little in things like nice drink ingredients, learning to cook some of your favorite take-out or restaurant recipes, and generally accepting that a night in (by oneself or with friends) can feel just as ~special~ as a night on the town. Those people who use their oven as storage and have to run to the liquor store every time they want to have a drink are probably spending about 15x as much as they need to on takeout, social events they don’t even enjoy that much, and “last-minute” runs they pay out the nose for. Domestic Goddesses (and Gods) are frugal in the best way.
6. Don’t squabble over a couple dollars. When it comes to things like dinners out with friends, squabbling over four dollars on a bill because you didn’t share a full 50% of the queso, and you also ordered two drinks instead of three, is just ugly. Don’t be the guy that insists on making the server split the check 18 ways, or gets huffy and passive-aggressive over a couple dollars. Let it roll, and if you are really getting the feeling that a friend is taking advantage of the bill-splitting, have that conversation separately. If it’s really egregious, stop going out with that person. But you and your friends should generally be in a place where you’re able to cover for one another by a few dollars without it getting weird.
7. Wait for sales, and shop discount. Basically a golden rule of frugality is never paying full price for things. Whether that means you live like me, and basically exclusively shop at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s, or you are religious about buying off-season and waiting for things to go on clearance, it’s all effective. It’s just important that you never be the person who gets so caught up in a ~must have~ item that you waste 100 more dollars on it than you would need to if you had a little patience. (And this goes hand-in-hand with not buying ultra-trendy crap, because if something is unwearable after the season in which it was popular, you don’t need to be buying it).
8. Be honest about what you actually need. You’re never going to get ahead of your own finances if you are convinced that you need four of the same jacket, or a blender you never use, or a fur vest that you are way too ashamed to put on in polite society but looked so cool on the Nasty Gal website. Learning to prune your life down into things you actually want, need, and will use — and be honest about what is just a waste of money — means saving your precious money for the things that actually merit it. (I know myself, and that means I will never again buy a bright-purple designer bag. I am not that girl, and never will be.)
9. Treat yo self (within reason). Obviously there are few things more satisfying than TrEaTiNg YoSeLf when you’re having a bad day or worked really hard or whatever. But it’s also really easy to slip from “treating oneself as a form of self-care” and “emotional spending that ultimately damages your finances and doesn’t make you any happier.” Being able to know the difference, and not being cheap with yourself while also prioritizing your financial health — i.e., treating yourself once in a great while for the right reasons, such as celebrating accomplishments — is the right way to go about it. You can be cheap with yourself, too, and while you shouldn’t, you also shouldn’t spend money wildly because it makes you feel good. Spending on “fun things” is like fast food. Everyone’s soul is lifted by those once-in-a-while french fries dipped in a chocolate shake. But made into a habit, and suddenly your whole body feels like poured cement and you’re wondering why you’re tired all the time. In the end, it’s all about balance.
aka “i wanna impress my dorky crush bc he’s rly cute and im awkward.”
alright taking off my usual bold for authors notes because i gotta so:
here’s some notes about some shit that’ll be relevant:
squipped!reader has “The SQUIP’s text, which is all in bold only,” but sometimes will have “Regular quotes surrounding it” - which stands for something the SQUIP is making the reader say (but that will always be accompanied by some sort of clarification to avoid confusion, i promise)
there’s also “Regular speech” from the reader, but also “their thoughts directed toward the SQUIP” which are in both bold and italics
there u go.
quick reminder: if anything bothers you, absolutely just come to me and talk to me about it. if i need to fix anything, tag anything, do anything - just tell me.
warning: considering reader is squipped, there’s a bit of abuse from said SQUIP. shocks, manipulation - stuff like that (similar to what jeremy faced in the musical)
Jeremy Heere was in four of your classes. Four. In two of them he sat a few desks in front of you by some random seating order, in one he sat right next to you, and in one he was cross the room. It was bad enough having one class with him, since you’d grow flustered and your palms would get sweaty and you would immediately become tongue-tied the moment you had to say anything to him - but four classes? Someone was out to get you, and you were pretty positive about it. It was pretty difficult to not glance his way in hopes that maybe he was looking at you during math - where he sat right next to you and sometimes asked if he could borrow your calculator because wow he forgot it againand you either stuttered out your apology or shove it in his direction and pray you knew how to do math good enough with a calculator. In english he sat desks away, and sometimes would whisper shit to Michael Mell and sometimes he’d get detention for it, and you heard him in chemistry talk about Christine Canigula a few times to Michael whenever they were away from prying ears - and you never intended on listening, it just sort if happened but you refused to say anything to anyone because wow what a creep listening to other people’s conversations wow.
So you kept your head down and prayed that maybe you could work up the courage to talk to Jeremy - or maybe Michael, because maybe if you talked to Michael you could talk to Jeremy and it wouldn’t be so awkward right, because then you’d know Michael and Michael wouldn’t be a third wheel or something - not that he’d ever be a third wheel because you and Jeremy were just a dream and it would never happen, even if you kinda wondered what it would feel like to be in his arms sometimes but that was just thoughts that happened sometimes and only sometimes and you totally didn’t miss a couple of notes in your history class because you were thinking about Jeremy and how he was kind of cute because he fell asleep.
Fuck, you were kind of creepy weren’t you. Sixteen years old and a complete weirdo, yep, totally - no wonder Jeremy never really talked to you. You picked at your nails and you retreated into oversized shirts and into your hoodies and pretended that you weren’t there because school is hell. Hell, you were used to not really being the cool, popular kid - you’d always been a bit of a loner, really, and luckily enough, rumors didn’t really fly about you and you weren’t even a blip on the radar. Meanwhile, Jeremy was… different. He was a bit of a geek and kind of tall so he stood out a bit more than you tended to.
You weren’t complaining. You saw the shit people gave Jeremy - a certain short bully calling him ‘tall-ass’ for one - and you wished you could find it in you to stand up and tell them all to fuck off. But you weren’t a blip on the radar. You were unseen and you didn’t have much of a problem with it, so you kept your mouth shut and let the regrets stew in your mind.
On this day, a blessing was born. Thank you for always making us, and the members, happy. Thank you for all of your efforts and hard work, rest assured , these did not go to waste. Happiest birthday to one of the most extra boys in town, YAWAWOO!!
-butts -cats -dogs -mainly cute animals -some cool dang fantasy like places -great movies -great books -amazing/catchy music -anime -tv shows -nice and warm baths in the winter -pools in the summer -ice cream -coffee with vanilla icecream -boba tea -cakes -mainly sweets -some good food/favorite foods -people that actually care about you and love you for you -holidays -nice people in this world that help others out by being amazing -cute old people that tell you some wise stuff -babies that are actually calm and fall asleep on you and just not cry after being woken up -baby animals -memes -the internet -cartoons -comfortable clothes -sleep -nice warm drinks in the winter -GAMES -big blankets that are extra soft -peace and quiet -childhood nostalgia -birthdays -being loved -accepting yourself and actually being so comfortable with yourself that you don’t care what others say about you -memes- -watching rain on a peaceful day while drinking your favorite hot beverage and eating some snacks -good jokes -horrible jokes that still make you laugh like crazy -vacations -NEW GAMES -cosplay -cuddling -farting jokingly -annoying siblings -caring for someone and seeing them appreciate that -making someones day/making them smile on accident/on purpose -giving gifts -earning your own money and buying stuff for yourself and others -100 plushes in your room that you can jump into and swim around in -THE SPACE -graduating and flipping your teachers off -the win dance -jokes about harry potter- honestly have you seen the jokes about wizards shitting their pants and just making them disappear because they apparently dont have toilets- poopikus disapearikus- -the old memes -hardworking bees (aahhh the hardworking lil fellas that keep me going) -mythical creatures -mythical stories -nature -weird natural phenomenons -THE SHY LIL OCTOPUS -my brother saying octopussy instead of octopus -also goes for platypus which he calls platypussy -scientists discovering new animals deep in the ocean and loosing their shiz- -watching someone fight for their life against a disease and them actually winning the battle and getting better -BIG DOGGIES -lanterns -playing horror games with friends and shizzing your pants- -slides -WATER SLIDES -good soups,man -birbs -accidentally predicting the future -seeing some peoples weird talents -booping small shark noses -lady bug flying on your shoulder and declaring you as the chosen one -luck charms -water guns -DEEZ N UT S -shia lebeouf -the WWE watch out watch out meme -old vines -seeing your favorite person after a long time -unexpected gifts -soft skin yo- -contact lenses to fool people into thinking that you have been taken over by a demon -undertale -inspiring people -working hard and actually being proud of yourself -vintage stuff -feeling dead after a full nighter but it was still worth it- -slapping a lil shi- -people actually caring for nature -thinking about pluto because the sweet lil planet has a heart on it and i love it -pluto also loves you -puns -awful soap operas -favorite fruits -trying something new and actually loving it -taking care of yourself -feeling good in the breeze -road trip song or games -mustaches -future technology -imagine hugging a robot -the feeling of being healthy -acing your tests and exams -compliments -encouragement -beating depression in the face with a crowbar -break anxietys knees with a crowbar -CROWS THAT LOVE YOU AND PROTECT YOU FROM BAD PEOPLE -giant teddy bears -sand castles -making sculptures -drawing -watching the whole show in a day -mahoshojo yo -a black woman has created something that cures cancer with lasers -everyone that cares about every kind of life and cherishes them no matter where you are from or what your appearance is -parades -carnivals -cotton candy -10 bathbombs -naps -tickling babies -playing in snow and not actually getting sick after that -canceled plans that you didnt want to go to -making a strangers baby smile/laugh by making a silly face -enjoyable talks -being allowed to not hug or shake hands with anyone who you dont want to shake/hug with. -achieving your dreams by working hard for them -the feeling of getting 2 bucks in childhood and you thought you got rich or something. -seeing your family happy and not argue with each other for a long long time -secret santas -THE PIES -the friends who will miss you if you ever disappeared -comfortable sleeping positions -great dreams -lucid dreams
Osomatsu-san PS Vita game translation - Choromatsu-08 - Does Choromatsu dream of electric sheep?
Choromatsu: Hello. Dekapan.
Dekapan: They’re finally complete!! The sextuplet androids who
will save the world!!
Choromatsu: (Sextuplet androids…!? …Huh? Why am I hiding?
Well, whatever. I’ll wait for the right time and show my face.)
Dekapan: With these we’ll be fine even if the trend towards an
ageing population continues. And we’ve secured a supply of young labourers too.
This is the greatest invention of the century. Winning the Noble Prize is no
longer just a dream. I must keep these androids a secret until then.
Choromatsu: (Hmm hmm… In other words, those aren’t cleaning
robots, but earning robots… ) No way, I could get a lot of use out of those!!
(edit: there’s now a part 2 :-). Please read it here)
It makes no sense,
he thinks lying in bed for another sleepless night. I just met her two weeks ago. She’s Joshua’s best friend, since forever!
They’re practically siblings. Joshua wouldn’t be happy if I thought of her in
any other way besides acquaintances. Besides I don’t know her that well. That’s
always an easy fix. Wait no, no fixing, no nothing. She’s Joshua’s best friend. That’s
He huffs and turns to see the alarm clock on his nightstand. 2 AM.
I better sleep or else Woozi and Hoshi won’t be happy if I arrive late
His eyes flutter open to a bright red alarm clock that reads
9:32 and suddenly the adrenaline in his body kicks in.
“Isn’t this supposed to alarm me?!”, Vernon snapped at the
alarm clock while throwing it to the floor.
Woozi and Hoshi were nice enough to
allow weekend practices to start at 10:00 and not at 9 o’ clock sharp as usual.
worked up a sweat running all over the dorms, seeing if anyone was there, while
trying to brush his teeth, while trying to get dressed, while trying to find
I’ve never moved this fast, and
Hoshi can be really mean to us with his choreography.
when everything was done Vernon walked out the door and pulled out his phone
checking the time, 9:50.
Okay so that
gives me 10 minutes to run to the studio. Dammit.
only 7 minutes late, Vernon runs in sweaty and out of breath. All the members were
already there. Most sitting on the floor except for Hoshi who was reviewing the
choreography he was planning to teach with Minghao behind him attempting to mimic
the moves. In the corner of the room a fit of giggles erupted. Except the weren’t
any of the guys’ laughter. This was more soft and melodic. It was hers. Wearing
a regular tee shirt and jeans but somehow, she was able to make it look amazing.
He didn’t realize how much he was staring at her until a voice thundered at
late. Again.”, Woozi yelled in very noticeably angry voice that caused everyone
to stare. “We even moved practice an hour late for you. We were all waiting this
morning. How can you sleep so…”
noticing his voice started zoning out as he began to pan around the room while
Woozi continued to lecture him. Most of the members looking sorry for him because he wasn’t
that late, but there still was a smile on her face, and it was because of Mingyu.
Mingyu took away her phone and was holding it above her so she wasn’t able to
reach. She was jumping to try to reach but he just kept pulling it up higher.
YOU EVEN LISTENING HANSOL???”, screamed the same voice which he had zoned out
causing everyone to stare, even her. Seungcheol began rubbing Woozi’s shoulders
to calm him down.
Of course. I’m sorry. I promise it won’t happen again.”
I’m glad I was able to make it clear to you.”
knowing he began breathing again. Not noticing that he actually stopped
breathing while being confronted.
that everyone is here I’m going to need a little time to polish the dance, then
we’ll begin,” announced an already tired Hoshi.
some break time to catch his breath, Vernon walked to the corner. There was no
longer just her and Mingyu, but Joshua there too. All three sitting on a table
that was always in the corner. She was sitting in between them talking to
Mingyu. Sneaking into the conversation, he began listening to what Mingyu was
new comeback is about a heartbroken guy who lost the love of his life and he’s
trying to stay strong. Sooo have you ever been in love?”, Mingyu questioned randomly
making Vernon involuntarily glare at him.
she began thinking on what to say, “yes and no.”
do you mean yes and no?”, Joshua began, now fully listening to the
conversation, “It’s yes or no.”
never been in love with a male that I’m attracted to, you know, like that, but
I am in love with people who are close with me. Like my unnies, and even you
Jisoo oppa.” She finshed her words with a smile and linked her arms with
be an oppa too [Y/N]?”, said sultrily to her.
immediately pushed Mingyu away from her. “Don’t talk to her like that, ever.”
dude. Just a joke.” Said Mingyu while he walked away a little smirk.
talk to him. I don’t know what has gotten into him lately.”, Joshua apologized.
for starters, he hasn’t talked to a girl in a very long time”, said Vernon finally
talking and replacing Mingyu’s seat next to her. She laughed a bit making
correct?”, [Y/N] asked, now slightly turned towards him.
her response, a small silence occurred as they both looked away.
have a question for you Vernon.” Hearing her say his name made his entire day.
Vernon said with a smile, still happy she said his name.
did Woozi call you Hansol?”
my real name. I go by my middle name, Vernon. Hansol Vernon Choi, nice to meet
you.” He said while extending his hand with a smile.
laughed before taking his hand. “[Your/Full/Name], the pleasure is mine.” Their
laughter filled the corner.
where did you grow up, [Y/N]?”
L.A. with Jisoo.”
You idiot. They’ve been friends
practically since birth.
um, you’re the same age?”, Vernon said breaking from his thoughts.
he’s the same age as my sister, I’m 1998. He took care of me and was a
lot nicer to me than my sister was back then. He’s basically a brother to us.”
“I am a ‘98 baby too too!”, Vernon said excitedly.
told me you were also born in the states?”
but I identify more with-”
so nice to have another person from states around. Maybe we can all hang out
together?”, she said interrupting him. Vernon hates being interrupted, but he’ll do
anything be closer to her in a heartbeat.
course.”, he said practically standing up of excitement. “So, um, I should
leave you my number, in case you want to talk, or something.” Vernon was now
looking at the floor noticeably blushing waiting for her response.
Pabo pabo pabo. I probably seem
desperate. She’s not going to except she’s not she’s not she’s not-
and I’ll give you mine,” she said while taking out her phone and pulling up her
was the happiest boy on the planet. He couldn’t believe how smooth he was
being, almost as if he was being controlled by someone else. In a hurry Vernon
pulled out his phone and did the same. He was just so lucky that he recently
bought a new iphone; his own phone was completely embarrassing that he never
used it in public.
typing her number in his phone and he was doing the same to hers. Vernon
returned the phone to her making sure to save it and handed it back. She took
the phone and opened up the Snow app.
it’s not too much to ask…can we take a picture? I like to have pictures to my
don’t mind.” He said smiling even more than he already was.
opened up to filter less screen of both their faces.
Sorry I need a cute filter. I look ugly today”, she said seeming embarrassed.
beautiful. You don’t need it.”
noticed a slight blush appear on her face, making him blush as well.
oh, thanks, heh, so the picture.”
took multiple pictures, making different faces in each one, and laughing after
each one was taken.
one is my favorite,” she said opening a picture of him holding peace signs
while she frames her face. She opens up his contact information again and adds
presses save then frowns at the information. Vernon’s heart sinks.
Did I do something wrong? Did
she think I was joking??
Joshua appears in front of them. Neither one of them noticing when he walked
away. “Yo, Vernon, Hoshi wants to start soon so start stretching. Also, [Y/N]
you wanted to make food for us?”
yeah. I almost forgot. I wanted to make food for you guys because you have been
working so hard for this comeback and Seungcheol said it’s been a long time
since you guys had a home cooked meal?”
the best,” Joshua exclaimed while hugging her. “Vernon and I have to go
practice now. You can stay for as long as you like.”
no. I have to get the food ready. I’ll go in a bit.”
C’mon Vernon,” Joshua said while walking away.
pulls up Vernon’s contact again, presses edit, and begins erasing his name.
If she didn’t want my number she
could have told me.
she begins typing again.
Hansol better.” [Y/N] squeezes his hand and runs out the practice room.
heart flutters. This time, he is fully accepting of his crush, [Y/N]. He has the
urge to chase after her, but his mind is again interrupted.
you in this practice or not?”, Hoshi says loudly with his hands on his hips.
Vernon runs towards the guys.
stared at him quizzically, knowing something was up, but scared to know if it
was about [Y/N]. He promised [Y/N]’s sister to keep her safe, but from Vernon?
Might continue. Like and reblog if wanted. Requests open as well.
@pixlpit-protection-squad I had another idea for a dark persona name. i know robin liked crow but I just thought about this and i gotta get it out
pitch is a sticky resinous black or dark brown substance that is semiliquid when hot, hard when cold. It is obtained by distilling tar or petroleum and is used for waterproofing.
so you know how sometimes dark personas are drawn with black eyes and sometimes black tears? That would definitely work. (itd also work for sound, like in vids sound might be super high pitched and grating, who knows) and it’d help to make Robin’s dark persona a bit different than Jack’s.
Yo, I know everyone should find what works for them but you guys should learn to properly configure your mice. In every quicklook it looks like you and Brad have a hard time controlling your oversensitive mice. Listen, just because your fancy RaZ0r (which will break when you look at it the wrong way) can do up to 12.000 DPI und manages a signalrate up to 1000 (signal/seconds) doesn't mean you have to use it... no wonder you prefer the controller setup. Also, all acceleration off. That's all. Ta.
It’s almost as if the shared computer in the office is shared by multiple people who tend to use different settings in different games, so it’s never quite dialed in to any one person’s particular preference. Thank you for making a handful of incorrect assumptions about our setup and presenting your personal mousing preferences in a snide fashion along the way. Huge help, you’re a real saint.