childrens fitness

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……..So. This happened and… Yeah, I don’t have an excuse again, I just like drawing memes, okay? Inspired by the “stress is bad for the baby” meme (if that wasn’t obvious lmao).

anonymous asked:

letterboxd is asking its community for their lists of most remarkable feature debuts. so what is your top 10 most remarkable debuts from women directors?

SUPER FUN QUESTION.

Also I feel like I could give like 10 answers from last year alone but I’ll try to contain myself. (J/K I CAN’T CONTAIN MYSELF, GET READY FOR THE NOVEL!)

Clip dir. Maja Milos (2012)
Imagine a more brutal version of Thirteen set in the social media era in Serbia and you have Clip, a brutal movie about a 14 year old girl who engages in a highly sexualized and often violent relationship with one of her classmates. It’s a shocking watch especially because Milos doesn’t try to protect her lead character (played by an actual 14 year old) at all and doesn’t shield her (or the audience) from the sado-masochistic behaviour she engages in in order to get attention and feel love.

My Brilliant Career dir. Gillian Armstrong (1979)
So this is like the stereotypical period piece about a plucky young woman discovering herself only it’s SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT. A really beautiful and quietly subversive period piece that is so visually stunning and self-assured that it doesn’t feel like a first film at all. A must see.

Titus dir. Julie Taymor (1999)
When people say that a movie is like a theatre piece they usually mean it as an insult but Titus applies the “anything goes” spirit of theatre in the most fun and flamboyant way. This is a really bombastic, unforgettable visual adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays. Taymor mixes genres, time periods and references in a way that is intensely fresh and unique.  

Fill the Void dir. Rama Burshstein (2012)
This is a romantic drama about a young Israeli woman who is part of an Orthodox Jewish community who, after her sister dies, is prompted to consider marrying her sister’s widower so that he can remain in the family. Despite the icky sounding premise Burshtein (herself an Orthodox Jew) is intensely sympathetic to her characters and shows a total command of her camera and the tone of the movie which is just beautiful, passionate and romantic.

The Connection dir. Shirley Clarke (1961)
This is a bit of a cheat because Shirley Clarke had directed documentaries before but whatever. The Connection takes place in real time and is about a very square documentarian who is filming a movie about a bunch of jazz musicians waiting around for their drug connection so they can get high. It definitely feels very tame for the current day but considering the film takes place in a single room Clarke packs the movie full of electric energy that makes it incredibly pleasurable to watch.

The Fits dir. Anna Rose Holmer (2015)
This is just an incredible majestic film. Very spare, very artistic, very beautiful. Holmer is a genius and the movie is a gift. She does more on a budget of 150, 000 euros or whatever it was, than most directors do with millions.

Songs My Brothers Taught Me dir. Chloé Zhao (2015)
There is a whole cottage industry of low budget filmmakers who think they can be the next Malick, but I think Zhao is the only one who really gets it right. This film is set in on the Pine Ridge reservation and Zhao shoots everything at the golden hour making it look incredibly lush while never shying away from the roughness and occasional boredom of small town life.

The Governess dir. Sandra Goldbacher (1998)
I have literally no idea why this film isn’t bigger than it is and it’s really due for a critical revival. It’s a neo-victorian original tale about a young Sephardic Jewish woman who hides her identity and goes to work as a governess on the Isle of Skye. Unfortunately the only copies I’ve been able to view are of very poor quality but you can still see how beautiful it must have originally been. Also the story is incredibly rich and textured and deals with power dynamics between men and women, Jews and gentiles, science vs. art etc.  

The Babadook dir. Jennifer Kent (2014)
This is a horror movie for people who aren’t really into horror and as such it’s PERFECT. What it really is more than anything is a dark modern day fairy tale about a recently widowed woman who is having a tough time adjusting to life as a single mother to her child who is genuinely the most annoying child to ever grace the screen (really, kudos to casting, you completely understand why this woman would struggle to raise this kid).

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night dir. Ana Lily Amirpour (2014)
So good. A surprisingly wistful and romantic vampire film in which “the girl” (the vampire) skateboards in a chador, dances alone in her room, befriends a cat, and drinks the blood of a LOT of people. It’s great.

Honourable mentions: La Pointe Courte, Children of a Lesser God, The Edge of Seventeen, Sugar Cane Alley, Smithereens, Eve’s Bayou, I Like It Like That, Hester Street, A New Leaf, Chocolat.

INKTOBER Day 29

Only two days to Halloween and I had to draw a fanart of something fitting for it. I thought of Coraline and Over the Garden Wall and I just LOVE this last one so much that I HAD TO DRAW IT. Otgw will always have a special place in my heart, when I felt cartoons didn’t fill me at all, this one came to show me how good they can be and heart-warming and and ugh I only have good words towards this show.

If you haven’t, please check it out! :>.

ALSO in March I made a little sketch of otgw to conmemorate it’s airing in Spain but I never put it here, you can check it on my Twitter if you’d like :> 


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All my brujas, light workers, healers, indigos, priestesses, priests, gurus, alla y'all. Please keep me in your prayers as I go for a very beneficial opportunity this June. On the 11th to be exact. I don’t have any substantial support in my life so prayers, well wishes, positive vibes and good intentions sent my way are much needed and greatly appreciated. I’m superstitious so I’m not gonna say what I’m doing until it’s over but please please pray for my success 🙏🏿✨

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The sound of the door slamming doesn’t quite echo, but it sounds enhanced somehow, like the emptiness of the place makes it louder. Nursey knows it’s a big space, but it looks huge without anything in it.

It’s a little scary, at first. It seemed a lot more manageable when it was staged and full of furniture. This, though, this is different. This big, empty house.

Home, he corrects himself. This big, empty home

Their big, empty home.

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fuckign critical role percy jackson au lets fucking go

  • vex and vax: children of hermes who particularly excel in the thievery, traveling, and trade aspects of their father’s power.
    • vex can shoot as well as apollo’s kids and almost joined artemis’s huntresses before she realized she didn’t want to leave all of her friends behind, especially once she realizes she can’t join because her heart belongs to percy and she isn’t willing to give that up
    • vax is somehow the worst and best cabin head (the twins are unique in that they’re both the heads of the hermes cabin) in that he’s awful about pranks but he’s also hyper-protective of every kid that walks in the hermes cabin even if they eventually end up being claimed by a different god. vax also has had some weird encounters with gods of the death aspects, and he has zero idea what to do about it.
  • percy and cass: children of athena who fit her aspects very well - wisdom, war council, and crafts
    • percy stumbled into camp bloodied and half dead while being pursued by monsters - without a satyr to accompany him, even - and doesn’t talk about what happened to him much. he was head of athena house for a few years before he stepped down for cass. he mostly spends his time in the forges with the children of hephaestus. literally nobody understands what vex sees in him, but they can all see how sweet on her he is based on all the arrows he makes her
    • cass was thought dead for a long time but she was actually held captive by lady delilah briarwood - a daughter of hecate - and her husband - a monster who grew fond of the demigod - before finally being saved by vox machina on their quest. it took a long while for her to be accepted into the camp, especially after it was revealed that she was a traitor, although an emotionally manipulated one, but she’s slowly become respected and now is the head of the athena house.
  • grog: son of ares, for obvious reasons.
    • grog is a stereotypical child of ares - up to a point. he’s also incredibly soft and gentle when he needs to be and knows how to balance his bloodlust and rage with his protective instincts.
  • pike: daughter of harmonia
    • pike has a little bit of both of her godly grandparents in her - ares and aphrodite - and is well-known in camp for both calming disputes and also finishing them, one way or another
  • keyleth: daughter of zeus
    • nobody thinks she’s actually zeus’s kid until she touches you and accidentally shocks you with static except she’s the lightning god’s kid so it’s literally like you just got barbecued
  • scanlan: son of apollo
    • an older demigod who somehow survived long enough to act as a camp councilor. despite being the son of an archery god, he has literally no skill with a bow and arrow and vex teases him relentlessly about it. he is extremely proficient in songs and poems though.
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I'll Sail the World to Find You
a platonic playlist dedicated entirely to the friendship between Moana and Maui from Disney's Moana!

I made a playlist! 

go on over and have a listen if you love songs about these two being dorky best friends

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So I’m not saying we need a “soft spoken boy from an RPG Maker Game with Creepy Elements who has blue eyes and shaggy blond hair from Probably Europe^tm who is barely a (fancily dressed) teenager, whose tragic past has led to misfortune for not only him but several people around him (because of death and forces beyond his control), and it falls to him to deal with its consequences in the present” support group…

…….but.

3 Yoga Poses for a Strong Core

Many would agree that having a strong core not only looks great but feels great. On a physical level, the core is typically known to include the area of the abdominals, diaphragm, and pelvic floor, along with other deeper muscles and organs. In addition to providing stability and balance for the entire body, having a healthy core will help keep our digestive system in check. On an emotional and spiritual level, the core is associated with the third Chakra, representing will power and transformative fire. To receive maximum benefit from the following 3 yoga poses, try and hold each of them for the length of at least 5 to 6 rounds of breaths, inhaling and exhaling through the nose at a slow even pace. Happy core strengthening! 

Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose)

Level: Intermediate

Chaturanga Dandasana or Four-Limbed Staff Pose, is frequently performed as part of a Sun Salutation flow. To achieve this pose, begin from a plank position and slowly lower down while bending the elbows until the body is hovering parallel to the ground. For proper alignment, make sure elbows stay tucked against the body and bent at a 90 degree angle.

Dandayamna Bharmanasana (Balancing Table Pose)

Level: Beginner

Dandayamna Bharmanasana is a great pose to easily improve both balance and core strength. To achieve, begin on your hands and knees in Table Top position. As you inhale, lift the right leg up and straight back behind you. On the next inhale, lift the left arm up towards the front, keeping it parallel to the ground. Hold and repeat with left leg and right arm. For proper alignment and stability, keep belly tucked in and fingers splayed wide on both hands. Imagine two strings pulling your lifted leg and arm backward and forward at the same time to get a nice stretch.

Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana (Dolphin Plank Pose)


Level: Intermediate

Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana, or Dolphin Plank, is a great alternative to the traditional high plank pose, providing many of the same benefits. To achieve, begin in a high plank position. Then one at a time, lower each elbow to the ground. Body should be hovering in a straight line with arms parallel to each other and elbows bent at a 90 degree angle. Keep core engaged for maximum benefit. 

a friday shakeout

friday

the road to new york

Breezier and more bearable than yesterday, a good 10 miler through the neighborhood and park trails.  Still feeling some nicks from Tuesday’s race, decided to cancel the track workout I’d planned for tomorrow, instead will go for another easy/recovery run with my son and head down to the Taste of Buffalo food fest, moving the track work to probably Monday.  Really looking forward to the ‘Taste’, every type of food to sample, from restaurants to food trucks, a foodie’s delight.

DEAF AWARENESS
  •  if someone is not responding to you, they may not be just acting rude. They may actually not be able to hear you
  •  when you find out out someone is deaf, please try not to let the first words that come out of your mouth be “I’m sorry.” or “I could never live like that.” Deafness is not some terminal illness that we suffer through everyday.
  •  If you see someone struggling to communicate, please do not make them the center of attention. Trust me. The last thing I want when I can’t understand is someone pointing out that I can’t understand.
  •  if someone is struggling to communicate, and you know sign language, please ASK before you start interpreting. Yes, we appreciate the kind offer, but not everyone is comfortable with some stranger intervening. Also, not all deaf people know sign. 
  • -When you see someone with hearing loss jamming to their music in public, and you can hear it, please do not ask them to turn it down. It’s really ruse, considering it may just be loud enough for them to hear it or feel the vibrations.
  •  NEVER cover your mouth and ask if we can hear/understand you.It’s really insensitive. Most of the time, reading lips is very important for people who are deaf to communicate.
  •  Obviously, never ask how they get and keep their jobs. I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain this one.
  • Do not, DO NOT, under any circumstances, encourage or promote the use of technical devices such as hearing aids or cochlears to ANY deaf person. Many of us struggled with these devices as children. As we get older, we start to decide for ourselves if we want to use them. I respect people who their devices, but i do not respect hearing people who know nothing about them suggesting them.
  •  do not ask “if you’re deaf, how can you speak so well?” It’s basically the same kind of thing as above. many deaf children are fitted for hearing aids/cochlears and sent to speech therapy the minute their hearing parents find out. Some deaf people can speak, some people can sign and speak, and some can sign. It’s honestly their choice, and sometimes it’s not a choice.
  • if there’s anything else that you want to know, but just for a slight moment you think “I don’t want to come across as rude,” DO NOT ASK.
  • Thank you for reading. The Deaf Community would love it if these were actually followed. :)

anonymous asked:

I love your Natsume fics! If you are still taking requests could you do something with some sort of father/son bonding between Shigeru and Natsume?

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Takashi doesn’t know Shigeru is home early when he comes in – which is probably the only reason he slams the door closed behind him hard enough that the panes rattle, and kicks off his shoes with more force than necessary.

Shigeru blinks, and sets his book aside as the boy storms around the corner like a small hurricane.

“ – can’t believe him, how many times do I have to say it?” he’s muttering fiercely to the fat cat trotting by his ankles. “Sometimes he makes me want to just – oh.”

Shigeru very barely manages to bite back a smile at the way Takashi stops dead in the doorway of the kitchen. Nyangoro crosses the room at a saunter, hopping up to settle on the seat of Touko’s empty chair and tucking his paws in comfortably.

“Nyangoro has the right idea,” Shigeru says, nodding towards Takashi’s chair. “Come and sit. I’ll lend a better ear than your cat probably will.”

There’s an obvious war going on in Takashi’s golden eyes, but teenage temper wins in the end. He shrugs off his school bag and sits with a thump, simmering with a very rarely shown irritation.

Intrigued despite himself, Shigeru watches as the usually mild-mannered Takashi struggles visibly with what he wants to say and what he thinks he shouldn’t. He’s frowning deeply, the closest he’s over come to scowling at his foster father and Shigeru shouldn’t be delighted by it, he knows he shouldn’t. Most parents probably don’t yearn to see their children throw fits and act out, but he has long since accepted that he and Touko aren’t most parents.

“Friend troubles?” Shigeru offers after a moment. Takashi flicks a quick look at him through his fringe.

Tanuma.”

“Ah,” Shigeru says mildly. Boy troubles, then.

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saturday

on the road to new york

Decided to sleep in a little this morning and skip the 5k, the legs and the rest of the body feeling the effects of this week getting back into training.  Instead, went for an afternoon 9 miler in the park.  The legs were a little sore but can tell they’re getting stronger.  A pleasant afternoon, getting warmer but the breeze cooled things off.

Excited for tomorrow, my son’s coming home for the summer after completing freshman year at NYU, can’t believe it’s already 8 months since dropping him off in New York.  Happy.

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Fitness progress is slow, but I’m not gonna let it bother me, because I know that regardless, one day I’m gonna look back and be happy with the changes I’ve achieved.

If there’s any advice I could give anyone regarding fitness or any other aspect of life for that matter, it’s not to sweat the day to day incremental changes, not to sweat the bicep measurements or the waist size, no matter how difficult.

I’ve been working out for 5 years, combine that with the way I’ve been eating for the last year, and by any normal gym-goer’s standards I should be the hulk by now, but I’ve been very physically resistant to mass increase my entire life, I’ve watched friends under the same exercise and dietary circumstances increase their muscle mass at what seems like 3 times my rate, and that’s fine!

I know that one day, I’m going to be so confident in my abilities, my strength, and my appearance, that slow progress won’t be an issue anymore, because I’ll be where I want to be; I know that to those who will matter most, to whom my only purpose will be to care and to set an example of how to be a truly happy human being, I’ll be superman, and that will never happen over night.