but this one is 4x better than my last and and and and and

The post no-one was waiting for (but that I’m doing anyway) pt.2

Dearly Beloved,

here we are gathered here today to get through this thing called Men’s Free Program – last group.

Usual warnings apply, this post may become quite long. If you feel offended by anything I write, asks box is there for you.

ISU Feed was horrible, but sadly that’s all we got since fancams are few and far between. For reference (and also because Uncle Kurt says some very interesting things about jumps) CBC broadcast here:

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my supervisor is out most of this week.

which in my brain means YAY LET’S LEAVE FIFTEEN MINUTES EARLY FOR GYM AND OTHER THINGS. (Radical ik but I’m not trying to be insane here..my hours are way better than my last job.)

On my way out, I started talking to one of the girls in marketing..which, idk usually is a 1-5 minute convo. 30 MINUTES LATER, i have learned about her fitness regime, what she eats late at night, her future ambitions, her dinner plans with friends/dates? each night

1. super like her, but damnit why
2. hearing other people’s schedules always makes me tired. mostly because for about 2 seconds i forget to stop comparing myself. then i remember i do what i do because i do what i can and that doesn’t mean my 2x at the gym is any less than 4x at hot yoga for someone else.

Since Zestiria’s Equipment Fusion System Is About As Clear As Mud . . .

I decided to make my own guide for you guys.  I mean, it’s cute that the game decided to give you all that info inside of a skit with Lailah and Edna, but the problem is that they go kinda fast (since skits auto-proceed) so it might be hard to absorb everything all at once.  I know it took me 1 and a half play throughs to really get the hang of it, and even then, it took playing on a ridiculously high difficulty to get the gear drops I needed to fiddle with it enough for the rules to start making sense.  I’ll include some tips at the end too for how to get drops, but first, let’s talk about the basics, and the possibilities just from the rules the game (very quickly) throws your way, because figuring out the equipment fusion system in Zestiria is pretty important to surviving those ridiculously high difficulty levels you read about me playing on.  The rest is going behind a cut because length and screen shots galore (because it always helps to have pictures!).

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Tips for my upcoming college freshman followers.

Last year, around this time I was preparing myself for the next chapter of my life, college. It was certainly an exciting time in my life because of all the possibilities that college had in store for me – the moving in process, finding out who my roommates were, getting weekly emails talking about frosh week/ orientation, dorm shopping, classes, and all that fun stuff. At that time, I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t care. I was ready to take everything on head strong and just take on whatever life threw at me. 

Looking back at it now, the one year I spent as a freshman was no cake walk. It was one of the most difficult (yet rewarding) years of my 19 years of living. I’ve had to go through so much learning curve that I wasn’t even prepared for half of what I had to go through. I had to learn how to adapt at a quick pace just so I wouldn’t fall behind. In the end, it did make me stronger, it made me smarter, and it made me prepared for the real world. However, I do wish that I had known some of these things that I know now before I went to college last year. So I thought I should at least share these to my followers who are off to college this upcoming fall and just eager to get started and get the dice rolling.

1.) Don’t worry about the past. The beauty of college is that you can start off with a blank slate once again. It doesn’t mean that you just completely forget who you are , where you came from, and the people that got you there. it just simply means that the past doesn’t defy who you’re going to turn out to be in college.

Seeing yourself evolve and grow is an inevitable process that will happen in college. You might not wholeheartedly embrace the change right away, but trust me you will come to terms with it, because that change is for the better. College is the time where you find yourself and grow into that person that you are meant to become. Just remember, being a freshman gives you a brand new opportunity to start over again. To do things you wish you had done back in high school, to be who you truly are to be accepted by those around you. The change is scary because you’re accustomed to this certain norm you had back in high school, but trust me, once the path seems a little clearer, you’ll see that you’re better off. Never stop searching for yourself and embrace the process of change in your life.

2.) If it doesn’t click right away, it doesn’t mean it won’t ever click. The most exciting part of my freshman experience was meeting new friends. The day I settled in college, I was so excited to make new friends and find people who were like me that I just put myself out there hoping that it leads to me finding new friends… Then reality hit me. Three weeks of school had gone by and I still haven’t made friends. It turns out I had nothing in common with any of my roommates, the people I met at frosh (and got drunk with) were nothing more than just “drinking buddies” that I only ever talk to at parties. The first three weeks of school was the loneliest I’ve ever felt in my life. To add salt in the wound, I would go on Facebook and see all of my old friends tagged on photos with their new friends. I was so down on myself that I just ended up spending weekends alone in my bed and watching Netflix. It wasn’t until October that it had finally click and I found my people. After saying “fuck it, why not?!?” after one of the guys from my intramural team invited me to a party. That’s when I met who would become my closest friend in university. We just ended up clicking from our shared interests in dancing, FIFA, beer pong, and all that. After that I’ve spent every weekend going to the coolest parties with, kicking ass in beer pong with, ending up at Denny’s at 3 a.m. hammered drunk with. He became almost like a family member to me, like someone that I’ve known my whole life. My point is: You’ll eventually find your spot in university with the people you like. It might be something that happens because you’ve made it happen, or it might be like my case where it happened out of nowhere, unexpected. Go out and take a risk; go to that party! Join that club! Who knows who you might meet? Hang in there, you’ll be alright!

3.) Make sure you get your proper nutrition! You’ve heard of the freshman 15. I know you have. Well, it’s true. Freshman 15 scared me to the point that I dedicated time and effort to be at the gym working out at least 4x a week on top of intramural basketball. Staying active is good, but eating healthy and making sure you have all the necessary nutrition is important. Luckily I didn’t gain any weight, but what happened was my nutritionist said that my diet was poor that had I eaten properly on top of my workout regimen, I would probably have abs now. My diet lacked fiber and contained high amounts of red meat. I barely ate vegetables, drank a lot of soda and vodka, and had an inconsistent routine with my eating habits. Most freshman who are living in dorms will have a meal plan, which means pizza bars, burgers, and shitty greasy food. Moderate yourself. Sure, it’s okay to have pizza once in awhile, but don’t do it everyday. Eat some veggies, some fruits. It’s okay to go HAM with that ciroq bottle once in awhile, but make sure you’re hydrated with water everyday. Your colon and liver will thank you. Trust me! Moderation, self-control, and planning ahead with meals is crucial to a healthy bowel movement and a function digestive system (this is coming from a finance and accounting major, fam)

4.) Schedule and plan ahead as much as possible. This isn’t high school anymore where you can roll by with last-minute crunch time motivation. Remember, in college there aren’t very much opportunities to get graded on things. It’s usually a midterm, participation, and a final. That’s 3 - 5 things to get graded on. Do your best the first time. 

In college you will face a lot of opportunity cost (I took 1st year econ and now I think I’m an expert bc I got an A-) in which you have to prioritize certain things over the others. While some things are unavoidable and just have to decide how you’re going to split your time over it and compromise, most things are avoidable by planning ahead and doing things that are assigned ASAP (regardless of how distant in the future until the due date is up). Most of the opportunity costs due to poor planning and scheduling are usually silly things like “Should I keep studying or should I do the laundry?” things that you can usually avoid with proper planning. Avoid those situations, do things ahead of time so you can later edit and review them to improve what you have, always expect the unexpected.

5.) Your mental health and your well being is above all else… Even school. Say it with me again “Your mental health and your well being is above all else… Even school!” There will be times where everything about college is overwhelming and you just don’t know what to do. Things will pile up: due dates, midterms, social life, etc. Just know that what you are feeling is completely normal and it happens to the best of us. It’s okay to breakdown because of it. I’ve had my fair share of breaking down at the library after 12+ hours of studying because even then I still couldn’t fully grasp a concept and that I’ve felt fucked for a midterm/final. Give yourself time to breathe – go out for a walk and clear your mind for a little while, go pet some puppies, treat yourself and buy a shirt that makes you feel good about yourself when you wear it. If self-helping doesn’t feel like enough, your school offers the resources to help you cope and deal with what you’re feeling, and there’s nothing wrong with asking for help. It’s okay to breakdown from feeling like the world is crashing down on you, what isn’t okay is staying feeling like shit. You got this, homie! I believe in you! :)

Another thing is failure. Failure is not a sign that you’re inadequate or stupid. Certain things can factor in with life that we can’t control. There is nothing wrong with failing. Don’t let it discourage you from getting where you need to be, because like I said it happens to the best of us. It’s okay to do bad on a test, to drop out of a course, and to fail in a course. There are opportunities to take the class once again. Don’t let failure define you and ruin your ambitions of succeeding. I met this girl in my Marketing class because we got grouped together by random. It was her second time taking the class because she failed the first time. By the end of it, she got an A as her class mark and she helped me a lot to understand concepts that I was unfamiliar with. Like I said, it happens to the best of us. Don’t let failure define your ambitions to succeed.

Well, in the end of day, we’ll all experience college differently, these are just some tips that I think are important for my college freshman followers to know before they head off to school and experience one of the most exciting part of their life. Take what you need from my tips, and remember to just keep keeping on and never be afraid to take risks! You’ll get to where you’re meant to go sooner in life. If you have any personal questions or want to talk to me more about my experiences in college, just hit me up with a message and I’ll gladly share some more insights to you! Good luck Class of 2019 :)



Using your hands, washcloths, and toothbrush work well enough when running through your daily routine. But if you want to up the ante and really get at those impurities, utilizing a high-tech tool is the way to go. These space age-looking gadgets are all proven to be super effective when it comes to cleansing and grooming—not to mention easy to use. BECKY PEDERSON

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Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X: An at-home, handheld laser for removing unwanted dark hairs from pale skin on the face and body.
stella2531: “I purchased Tria to help with terrible chin and upper lip hair. 100% worth the money!”
corfiela: “The sensation is deep and uncomfortable, but only lasts for a second. I haven’t experienced any negative side effects. It’s convenient to use it at home rather than go to an appointment.”

Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing System: A professional-grade, sonic action skincare brush designed to remove impurities more effectively than cleansing with just a washcloth or hands.
lauren44: “The sensation is a bit weird at first… like, vibrating brush on your face? Hello! But at the end of the first week, I was beginning to see a change. By week two, my skin was feeling (and looking) much better.”

Foreo Luna: A vibrating silicone facial brush built for deeper precision cleaning with antiaging benefits on sensitive to normal skin.
April281: “My skin looks as good as it did when I was a kid. I also have always been plagued with tension headaches and haven’t had one in a month since using it! It def works and clearly for more than just skincare!”
Dyannabright: “A skincare consultant that I have known for years saw me the other day. She was amazed when she looked at me. She said it looked like I had a facelift! The last time I saw her prior to this encounter was a week before I started using the Luna.”

Nu Face Trinity Toning Device: An ergonomically engineered facial toning device that uses microcurrent technology to gently combat signs of aging.
cocro: “Yesterday my husband told me that my complexion was great. He is the type of husband who doesn’t see it when I get a new haircut… so I think it is working!!!”

Glo Glo Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device: A wearable teeth-whitening system that lightens up to eight shades with patented Guided Light Optic technology.
heathermc: “I purchased this device for my husband and myself so we could have brilliant smiles on our wedding day. It’s easy to use and provides natural results with very minimal sensitivity. I especially love that now that I own the system, I can touch up my whitening any time for special occasions.”
Pufflet: “Be aware that when the Glo Brilliant appliance is in your mouth and your cat sees you smiling at her, it will scare the bajeezus out of her… LOL.”


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Tria / Hair Removal Laser 4X

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Clarisonic / Aria™ Sonic Skin Cleansing System

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NuFace / Trinity + Eye and Lip Enhancer

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GLO / GLO Brilliant™ Personal Teeth Whitening Device

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Foreo / LUNA™ for Sensitive/Normal Skin

Hello. My name is Jenn and I am a processed foodaholic and sugar addict.

Hello. My name is Jenn and I am a processed foodaholic and sugar addict. 

I wasn’t always a foodaholic. It’s a combination of life, poor choices and ignorance that made me the way I am today.

This is what I used to look like:


This is what I look like now:

What I’m about to tell you is a BIG deal. No one likes to talk about their weight but I’m going to put it all out there in this blog. 

Right now, My weight is 238 pounds. I’m about 100 more than I was 5 years ago. 

These next few days are the last time you will see me this way. Over the next year, I am going to transform my life and my body…and not through diet and exercise. In order for this to be a permanent thing, I need to make a lifestyle change myself. To me, that means eating a clean, paleo diet. Little to no processed foods and no processed sugar. This also includes getting back to the active lifestyle I used to have. I want to start running again and doing CrossFit on a consistent basis.  I want to start living the life I left 5 years ago when my dad died. 

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a day in december: words of good cheer

on ao3

this is ~technically~ part of the “seasonal fucking cheer 2016 ficathon” @msdisdain and @roquentine19​ are running, buuuuut i didn’t want to use all of the prompts so i’m just goING FOR IT

basically, i’ll be posting every single day in december. or i will die trying.

since i had finals today (and am supposed to be answering questions for a lit mem final rn whOOPS) i didn’t really get a chance to google much about holidays in france. so this one might be p americanized. i’ll try to either be better or be more focused on the wintery stuff. most aren’t going to be too christmas-y, but this is where inspiration struck

based off this one thomas sanders vine


“You have a ‘4x + 12yx’, right?” Adrien asks.

Marinette hums in response.

“Ok so I pulled out a ‘4x’—”

“Disgusting,” Alya mutters.

Adrien rolls his eyes. “Just factor out the ‘4x’.”

“Factor out the ‘4x’,” Marinette murmurs. “Okay. Sure. This looks worse than before.”

“I promise it’ll look less gross in about ten seconds.”

“Don’t make promises you can’t keep,” Alya says.

Adrien scoffs. “I’m just trying to teach math.”

“Math is a sin,” she deadpans.

He raises his eyebrows and is very glad that they’re just in a voice call, because Marinette would find a way to punch him through the screen if she saw the expression on his face right now.

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“I expect a better grade from you, Shawn” Our math teacher said. She plopped Shawn’s paper on his desk. “Great, another F” he muttered. Shawn was popular, but not so popular. I was really shy of talking to him. Seeing that he had a girlfriend already, I knew I didn’t have a chance. I got up after the bell rang. “Y/N? Shawn? Could you stay a minute?” our teacher asked. I walked up to the teachers desk along side Shawn. “Y/N, you’re passing my class. I was going to set you into an advanced class, but I see that Shawn has been struggling with math. I was wondering if you could take the time to tutor Shawn by any chance?” She asked. My heart started to pound. “Sure” I replied plainly. Is this really happening? Shawn looked over at me and smiled a fake smile. I sighed. ‘Why even try…..’

Our tutoring session was starting today. Shawn and I were walking home. It was silent the whole walk……that was until my guy friend, y/g/f/n (or Alex if you can’t think of one), interupted our walk. “Aye! When you wanna hang out?” He asked. “Can’t, I have a tutoring session” I said. Shawn gave a small wave to y/g/f/n (Alex) and looked down at the ground clenching his fists. Alex nodded and walked off.
We arrived at Shawn’s house. We walked in, greeted by a tall lady and a girl. “Hi Shawn! Who’s your friend?” The lady asked. “She’s my tutor….” Shawn said, handing her the test paper. “Well, thank you for tutoring my son, I’m Karen and this is Aaliyah, Shawn’s little sister” His mom said. I smiled. “I’m Y/N” I replied. She smiled. “Well, just make yourself at home hun!” She said. “Just head on up to my room, Third door on the right” He said. I took off my shoes and headed up the stairs. “Is she gonna be your GIRLFRIEND Shawn?” I heard his little sister ask. I smiled and walked up to his room.
He came in a few minutes later with some muffins. He handed me one. “Thanks” I said while getting my math books out. Shawn did the same. I took a small bite out of the muffin and grabbed some pencils.

“Okay……4x-8=12…….” Shawn said, finishing off his muffin. “So, four multiplied by what, minus eight gets you twelve, what’s the unknown value or x?” I asked him. “Easy, x=5” He answered. “Great!” I said. We were reviewing easy math. “Last question, -|-35|+10-2x=-29” I said(Okay, I just don’t care if these math equations are even high school level, it’s an imagine, right?). “Uhm………x=2?” He said. I smiled. “Shawn! You did it!” I said. He smiled. He got up from his chair and started stretching. I found this attractive. “I-I should get going. My parents said to be home by dark and it’s obviously dark!” I said. He smiled. “Thanks for working with me today, Y/N” He said while I gathered my things. “No problem! Every weekday, got it?” I said. He chuckled. “Every weekday, go it” I smiled. He led me out to the front door. “Are you sure your don’t want a ride home?” He asked. I shivered violently at the feeling of the cold air. “Actually, I’ll take the ride home if it’s still available” I said while shivering. “Awh!” He said while coming over to give me a warm hug. I laughed. We got in his car and drove off.

~| Shawn |~

Y/N has been tutoring me for a few months now. I was getting better grades in math class. I’m getting an A average. I had developed some feelings for her too. But her friend is always in the way. He’s so annoying. I think Y/N thinks the same. She hangs out with me more than she does with Alex (y/g/f/n) it’s great! I love Y/N to pieces. She’s so cute and adorable! She also doesn’t mind that I call her My Lil Muffin. I’m hoping I’ll call her mine soon….

A longer imagine this time! Requested by Anon and yeah! Request more imagines for me to do! I also have some future ideas too, and yeah!

No Mans Sky | Patch 1.03 (Minor Spoilers ahead)

No Man’s Sky is still just a few days from launch, and while you might expect the team have had a nice holiday you would be wrong. The team at Hello Games have been hard at work for the last 5/6 weeks since going gold to make No Man’s Sky even better. Studio head Sean Murray announced patch 1.03 today for the release of the game on Wednesday, and here are the changes the team have made: 

  • The Three Paths – there are now new, unique “paths” you can follow throughout the game. You must start the game on a fresh save, with the patch, as early choices have significant impact on what you see later in the game, and the overall experience.
  • The Universe – we changed the rules of the universe generation algorithm. Planets have moved. Environments have changed biomes. Galaxies have altered shape. All to create greater variety earlier. Galaxies are now up to 10x larger.
  • Diversity – Creatures are now more diverse in terms of ecology and densities on planets.
  • Planets – we’ve added dead moons, low atmosphere and extreme hazardous planets. Extreme hazards include blizzards and dust storms.
  • Atmosphere – space, night time and day skies are now 4x more varied due to new atmospheric system, which refracts light more accurately to allow for more intense sunsets.
  • Planet rotation – play testing has made it obvious people are struggling to adjust to this during play so it’s effects have been reduced further…
  • Terrain generation – caves up to 128m tall are now possible. Geometric anomalies have been added. Underwater erosion now leads to more interesting sea beds.
  • Ship diversity – a wider variety of ships appear per star system, and are available to purchase. Cargo and installed technology now vary more, and ships have more unique attributes.
  • Inventory – ship inventories now store 5 times more resources per slot. Suit inventories now store 2.5 times more per slot. This encourages exploration and gives freedom from the beginning. We’re probably going to increase this even further in the next update, for people in the latter game phases, and will allow greater trading potential.
  • Trading – trading is deeper. Star systems and planets each have their own wants and needs, based off a galactic economy. Observing these is the key to successful trading. We still working on adjusting this based on how everyone plays, but all trading values have been rebalanced across the galaxy, giving a greater depth. A bunch of trade exploits were uncovered and have been removed
  • Feeding – creatures now have their own diet, based on planet and climate. Feeding them correctly will yield different results per species, such as mining for you, protecting the player, becoming pets, alerting you to rare loot or pooping valuable resources.
  • Survival – recharging hazard protection requires rare resources, making shielding shards useful again. Storms can be deadly. Hazard protection and suit upgrades have been added. Liquids are often more dangerous
  • Graphical effects – Lighting and texture resolution have been improved. Shadow quality has doubled. Temporal AA didn’t make it in time, but it’s so close
  • Balancing – several hundred upgrades have had stat changes (mainly exo-suit and ship, but also weapon), new upgrades have been added.
  • Combat – Auto Aim and weapon aim has been completely rewritten to feel more gentle in general, but stickier when you need it. Sentinels now alert each other, if they haven’t been dealt with quickly. Quad and Walker AI is now much more challenging, even I struggle with them without a powered up weapon.
  • Space Combat – advanced techniques have been introduced, like brake drifting and critical hits. Bounty missions and larger battles now occur. Pirate frequency has been increased, as well as difficulty depending on your cargo.
  • Exploits – infinite warp cell exploit and rare goods trading exploit among other removed. People using these cheats were ruining the game for themselves, but people are weird and can’t stop themselves ¯\_(シ)_/¯
  • Stability – foundations for buildings on super large planets. Resolved several low repro crashes, in particular when player warped further than 256 light years in one session (was only possible due to warp cell exploit above).
  • Space Stations – interiors are now more varied, bars, trade rooms and hydroponic labs have been added
  • Networking – Ability to scan star systems other players have discovered on the Galactic Map, increasing the chance of collision. Star systems discovered by other players appear during Galactic Map flight
  • Ship scanning – scanning for points of interest from your ship is now possible. Buildings generate earlier and show up in ship scans
  • Flying over terrain – pop-in and shadow artefacts have been reduced. Generation speed has been increased two fold (planets with large bodies of water will be targeted in next update)
  • Writing – The Atlas path has been rewritten by James Swallow (writer on Deus Ex) and me.  I think it speaks to the over-arching theme of player freedom more clearly now. Early mission text has been rewritten to allow for multiple endings. 
  • Next up we’re adding the ability to build bases and own giant space freighters. Temporal AA and my new cloud rendering tech should be coming soon too. It will really change the game again, and enhance it visually.

anonymous asked:

What are the best sort of razors to buy for shaving your legs etc? I've always bought the cheapest but I tend to need one per leg so I get through them really fast. Is a more expensive one a better investment? Can you recommend any?

Okay, I try not to make any personal endorsements on this blog, but I’ve actually been thinking about mentioning this one and now that there’s a question about it, I’m going to go for it. 

I personally use the Dollar Shave Club for my razors. They make an excellent product (the 4x is great for legs) and make it easy to get new razors because they ship them to you directly. Even if you went for their most expensive model, you’re only paying $9 a month, which is a lot less than if you bought in stores, and you’ll need to change your razor less often. There’s even an option to get a shipment every other month for those of us who don’t shave daily or maybe don’t want to shave in winter. Plus, their advertising campaigns amuse me and this is a great way to avoid the pink tax (I can’t stress that last part enough). I can totally vouch for their excellent customer service as well. You can get more info here.

If you don’t want to use DSC, I do recommend buying an actual razor and not just the disposable ones. You’ll save money in the long run and get a better shave. Don’t feel like you need to get anything top of the line, though.


Awhile back, I was taking requests for post ideas. This topic was astronomically requested, and I’ve been working on this for the past two weeks trying to make a suitable guide for you guys! I tried my best toi thoroughly cover the above topics. Before you delve into this post, I do go over types of clothing that flatter different body shapes. If one of the clothing types I mention and are your absolute favorite, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! You should continue wearing what you love and what makes you happy! The ideas presented here are meant to me taken as loose suggestions in a guide format. I did my best to make an absolute masterpost of everywhere I could think of that sold plus size items.

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anonymous asked:

What's your dance story?

ALRIGHT rewind back to ‘97 when I was 7, I did ballet (for a couple weeks until I got bored of listening to classical music all day) gymnastics for a week until I fell on my head and said I never wanted to go back, couldn’t make it through any sport that had a ball come at you without running away so tennis, baseball, volleyball etc we’re all out. so basically I was 7 with my extra curricular activity cause I sucked at everything. my mom was a star athlete in high school so to my family’s dismay, I let them down :/

a couple months later, I went to milwaukee irish fest, saw trinity perform (so cliche, I know) said to my mom that I never wanted to do anything more in my life, and she said no way. :( sad megan. she said she didn’t know of any schools near us and didn’t know anything about it or where to start… BUT a couple months later we got a letter in the mail from the foy school of traditional irish dance who was hosting a new session of lessons at a church in my town. I begged my mom to go for days and she finally took me. we walked in the door, I saw and heard the teacher yelling at the kids at the top of her lungs over the music and I immediately turned around and walked out the door.

so fast forward to 5 years later I was almost 11, and I still hadn’t forgot about irish dance and how much I wanted to do it.. so I sucked it up and went back to the church. (much quieter and less yelling this time) I learned the first step of the jig in less than 5 minutes and I was hooked immediately. I practiced that jig step from the moment I got home til I went to sleep… every single day. we only had class once a week, all levels so I had to practice a lot at home. it got so bad I would even sneak out of my bed at night to practice and watch myself in front of the mirror so much that I got in trouble and the mirror was taken away from my room. haha

my first feis was in september of that same year and I got a 5th in jig and a 4th in reel or something like that. and then I told my mom that competing was what I liked better than any show I have ever done and I wanted to be the best in my level. (little did I know what more there was in the competitive world of irish dance haha) my teacher made me stay in each level a whole year no exceptions even though I would always place out the first couple feises of the year. so then at 12 I was in advanced beginner (when it was still called that) and september rolled around. my teacher told my mom she wanted to send me to the regional championships… as an advanced beginner who just learned the fast hornpipe… (obviously way before we had the rules we do now.. I even had a solo dress at this time haha) so I went and got second to last. I had no idea what any of it meant so I wasn’t upset.

next year at 13 I was in novice, went to the O and got 5th from the bottom. now i was older and knew more about irish dancing so I understood my placement was bad. I watched my awards and cried. went to dinner and cried. went back to my hotel room and cried myself to sleep. I didn’t wanna feel like that again. my sister also started dance at this time, she was 9.

next year I’m 14 and in open prizewinner. i went to a dance workshop at another school - which I won’t name. (this was way before association rules obviously) and the teacher told me that everything I learned in irish dance was wrong and that I would never be successful. i wanted to quit immediately. i was so heartbroken. my mom convinced me to stay so when I came back home, I asked my teacher if I could learn harder steps as I noticed at the O my steps were way easier than everyone else’s and the other school ripped me to shreds. I asked her to teach me a bicycle. she looked at me and said I don’t know how to do those. this was the moment everything changed in me. I say at competitions for hours on end talking to no one just watching the champs at feises. I watched their every move and then I would go home on YouTube and watch every dance video I could. I started to teach myself all the moves I wanted to do. I would come back to class and show my teacher and then she would let me put them in my steps. I went to the O this year and was 30 places from the bottom. I then realized that I could move up the more I worked. I started making up my sisters steps now too and she moved from advanced beginner to open prizewinner in less than a year. she was much better than I was so my teacher moved her up quicker.

the next year, 2006, I was 15 and in PC. I was in PC for almost two years. I was now officially making up all my own steps and my sisters steps as well with no help from my teacher. we went to the oireachtas and I got 50 from the bottom and she was 15 from the bottom. I asked my mom if we could transfer schools after I found out that was a thing. she said absolutely not as we were so close with my teacher now it would be not loyal to do so.

in 2008, I started making up steps for the entire school. my teacher said that I could do a lot of things she couldn’t, and she thought I could help the other kids. I also moved up to open championships and was the first dancer in my school to ever do so. my sister and i went to the all-Ireland’s just for fun and got all zeros obviously. then I went to my first nationals and had to withdraw receiving my first ever ankle injury. it was so bad I almost broke it according to the doctor. I was out for two weeks and went back to dance because I couldn’t wait for it to fully heal cause I’m a brat and impatient. I went to the O and was 30 away from the recall. my sister had moved up to PC and got her two firsts within two weeks of each other so she was now in OC. she was 40 away from recalling.

in 2009, my sister and I attended our first nationals together and we both recalled and got 54th - all with my own material, practicing once a week - twice if we drove all the way to chicago where the school was originally located. I was ecstatic. I couldn’t believe it. we then went to the O and I recalled for the first time and got 34th and my sister recalled and got 34th as well. haha after my awards, andee goldberg (drew lovejoy’s mom whom we met when we did the workshop with the other school, way before drew even won an oireachtas title haha) talked to my mom and asked her if she ever consider switching schools. my mom said no but that I had wanted to for the past three years. andee proceeded to yell at my mom, making her cry haha telling her she was wasting our talents and that I could be a champion if I went somewhere else. I didn’t believe that part, but I knew I could thrive with an actual teacher.

so after the O, I told my teacher in person that I was leaving. she cried and I cried. it was a sad day. we were so close she was like a second mom, but I loved irish dance enough where I wanted to be the best I could be and I knew it couldn’t be at her school. so we went school hunting. I looked into a school and they rejected us, telling me at 18 I was too old and should go out and do something else. they sent a very nasty email to my mother and now I’m thrilled we didn’t go there as the dancers aren’t the nicest either. we then looked into a second school but when we looked up class prices it was 4x what we paid at my old school !! so then we found mayer. a lot of my friends went there so I decided to give it a try.

my first class was rough. the steps were a lot more rhythm oriented which I didn’t know much about because I taught myself so I struggled at first. they ended up giving me open prizewinner steps because I couldn’t handle the champ steps !! I was really embarrassed but I trusted the teachers judgement.

fast forward six months and my ban was up a couple weeks before nationals. I did two feises and placed in the top five so I was feeling good. went to nationals in Orlando and my goal was to recall and do better than 54th. I ended up 11th and qualifying for the worlds in Dublin !! I. was. a. mess. I was sobbing, hysterical on the floor. haha my goal never in my dance career was to go to worlds. I never thought I was capable so I never thought about it. this was also the first time my mom ever cried at a dance competition. it was a great day. my sister got 57th. she was upset. then the O rolls around and I placed 11th and was the last world qualifier. I had a bad trip in my light round so I was disappointed since everyone expected me to do so much better. but my sister got 15th and qualified for worlds too !!!! she didn’t like dance that much now after the transfer and especially after nationals so she had only been going to class once a week and still qualified. it was a great day for her.

next year 2011 worlds rolls around and I was just thrilled to even be there. I was so nervous you could see my legs shaking from the audience when I was on stage haha I had two clean rounds and my teachers were happy. recalls came around and I was the last number. “253 and 254….. and 256”. I had recalled at my first world championships !!!!!!! I ended up placing 27th. my sister didn’t recall but she didn’t expect too. she quit after worlds was over. at nationals I placed 11th WQ again and at the O this year I got 3rd, my first podium placement !

2012 Belfast worlds I was 3 away from the recall. nationals was in Chicago this year and we got new steps from our workshop teacher. they didn’t suit me AT ALL. I told my teachers that but our workshop teacher got pissed if we even changed a part of the steps so we didn’t make changes. I went to nationals and placed 27th and didn’t world qualify. this was my first disappointment since I transferred and it hurt. a lot. I wanted to make a comeback at the O. I worked my butt off and wanted to do better than I had the year before. I went to the O and got 2nd, I was over the moon ! my teacher then told me that my scores got mixed up and I actually won. they did everything they could to change the results but once the judge signs off on them, they can’t change them apparently. I was devastated. this was the first time I saw my mom cry sad tears over irish dance. she felt so bad for me. it was a tough year for me.

2013 I promised myself I would dance better than last year. worlds were in Boston and I was happy they were in the states. everything was going great that day. I got on stage and froze. my legs wouldn’t move and I walked through my hornpipe. my teachers didn’t know what to say. my sister cried. haha it was a fixed panel so they didn’t even watch me in the second round. I ended up getting 50th. so then I said I was really going to redeem myself for nationals. I wanted to finally break the top ten. I danced three clean rounds and ended up 9th !!! I was so pleased. onto oireachtas I wanted to win but I ended up 5th. I danced well so no one knows what happened. haha

so then 2014 is here. I told myself I would practice more, practice harder and have a better mindset. onto london I go and I got 10th. basically peed my pants everywhere. still don’t know how that happened but I danced the absolute best I ever have in my entire dance career. I was thrilled beyond belief. I also got a 1st in the set round and a 4th overall. I will never get over it. then I wanted to break top five at nationals and I danced the second best I ever have and ended up third, 11 points from second !!! it was insanity. and my teacher allowed me to choreograph my own material for the worlds and nationals so I made up 100% of my material and some of the other girls in the school so i’m proud of that too :p so here we are at present day and I’m off to the O ! just want to dance my best and stay on the podium :)

I left a lot of stuff out that’s all drama and politics and useless info to try and keep it as short as possible. bless you if you actually read this entire thing !! haha but anything can happen when you don’t give up. :)

theoriginalfangirlprincess  asked:

James and Lily visiting each other in the hospital wing?

  • lwell James is in there quite a bit, due to quidditch or dueling or typical marauder business
  • Especially that one time during third year where he got hit in the head with the bludger by stupid Rudolphus in the match against Slytherin and was out for 2 weeks
  • and Professor McGonagall asked her most reliable student, one of James best friends Remus to take notes,
  • except then the full moon comes around and Remus is in the hospital and normally James takes notes for him but he is otherwise disposed 
  • So she asks the quieter student, who while she doesn’t associate much with the two, is certainly just as good of a note-taker
  • and thus it begins
  • Lily brings Remus and James her notes, James wakes up two days after she starts bringing them
  • “my my Remus your handwriting has improved quite a bit!”
  • “Prongs you great prat, they’re from Lily”
  • “Lily who?”
  • “Evans, oh for Merlin’s sake, the girl you asked out last week!”
  • “ green eyes?” and suddenly his face got a bit serious, which wasn’t common for this particular 13 year old boy
  • but Remus didn’t pay much attention, James was weird sometimes
  • and Remus saw James messing with his hair early the next morning which lead Madame Pomfrey to say “Oh silly boy, you’ll unwrap your bandages! Stop that! Stop that this instant.”
  • James didn’t pay much attention but then again when did he ever pay attention? 
  • When Lily visited that day, she explained the notes to both of them because this was the first time James was awake as well
  • except James paid attention to that
  • and every day after
  • huh

  • and after that, whenever James suffered from another quidditch or dueling injury or some horrible prank gone wrong a neat stack of Lily-smelling notes appeared
  • and to be quite clear, she didn’t smell like lilies, she smelt like old books and summer breezes with a hint of vanilla

  • Lily is known as being quiet and nice but Lily and Sev are friends and at some point Lily explodes
  • “Oi green eyes, didn’t know you cared so much” he had said with a wink 
  • he ended up in the hospital wing with that winking eye swelled up to 4x it’s size, and turning an odd shade of green 
  • the next morning a pile of notes are left on the nightstand but they are messier and theres a scrawled note on top reading “only because McGonagall asked” 

  • Except then things take a darker turn, during 5th year before the well known snape incident
  • tensions were running high, following the trend of the missing person count in The Daily Prophet 
  • and the muggleborns get threats, attacked, and many have left the school, or are just finishing out the year
  • and Avery and Mulciber catch Lily during her rounds with a few more of their friends and Lily is only found when Peter sees it on the map and notifies James
  • She’s in the hospital for 4 days, but Mulciber’s been sent to Mungo’s for the mixture of hexes she sent and Remus Lupin’s wand might’ve slipped, Remus Lupin who has never once hexed anyone, and Avery’s left arm it seems will always be a bit larger than his left.
  • and when she wakes up, theres a pile of notes left with a small note
  • on the small note is a doodle of glasses

  • The Snape incident occurs, and its messy and horrible and James tries his best not to let it affect him
  • but man he tries SO hard and why does everything seem to go wrong with her
  • and he’s stressing because of OWL’s and quidditch and his Dad’s been gone on a mission for far too long and oh hell
  • and he starts to not eat as much, and his sleeping is restless and soon he’s found his way in the hospital wing yet again, because this is the 3rd time he’s fallen asleep in Slughorns class and the ingredients weren’t too kind
  • although its a debate whether he was asleep before or after his head rested on the diced sleepy tendrils 
  • and when he wakes, there are two days of notes and a plateful of treacle tart, his favorite

  • on the third day, he’s awake and she walks in with the notes
  • and he feels himself smiling, and the feeling is a bit unfamiliar
  • “you’ve looked better Potter” she starts, sitting down on the edge of the bed. 
  • “right back at ya Evans, though I suspect you’ll look a right side better once I’ve got my glasses on”
  • and she hands him his glasses and pulls out the parchment and starts to explain
  • “did you write down everything Flitwick said?” he marveled at the pages and pages.
  • “hah, your just mad because it’s more reading for you”
  • “precisely. you’ve managed to hit it straight on the nose yet again!” he says as he jabs her nose

  • and the thing about all this note sharing, is that one gets used to a certain style of learning, so it only makes sense they begin to study together, in the common room, in the library, in the great hall . . 

  • and in the hospital wing when a prank from Sirius goes very very wrong
  • “PROngs for the LAST TIME i’m sorry I could’ve sworn I added the right amount of powdered dragon heart!”
  • and while Sirius’s ever so funny intentions may have been pure, instead of uncontrollable legs, the two ended up with entirely immobile legs
  • as well as half of the other 5th years
  • and it’s mighty lucky their classes are cancelled so they don’t miss their notes
  • but for some reason Lily still finds herself talking to James
  • and he looks at her as though she’s the most captivating quidditch match
  • which is weird because James doesn’t pay much attention to anything
  • and Lily looks at him as though he was a book and she wanted nothing more than to read him
  • which is weird because she normally only pays this much attention to her studies 
  • and so it goes