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Liquid Courage

by Inspector Boxer

Fandom: Supergirl

Pairing: Cat/Kara

Rating: T

Author’s note: I couldn’t resist adding to the “Kara drunk dials Cat” stories after that last episode. Any and all typos are my fault since I’m giving my beta a break on this one. :) And I don’t remember seeing anyone else title their drunk Kara fic with this title so hopefully I’m not copying anyone. Let me know if I am!


Kara stared blearily at her phone. Make that phones. There seemed to be three of them.

Frowning with concentration, she called up her text messages, searching through them until she found the conversation she wanted. Her frown deepened when some part of her rum-muddled mind noted it had been four weeks since she’d last heard from Cat.

A little voice in her head told Kara this was a bad idea, but the alcohol made her brave and she typed anyway.


Strong opening line, Kara thought with a satisfied nod.

A few minutes passed with no response, and Kara thought about calling, frustrated with being ignored. She staggered across the room to her couch, sinking down on it unsteadily, wondering idly how she’d gotten home. The room tilted and spun, reminding her of what it was like to fly out of control, and she closed her eyes only to open them again when her phone dinged.

Do you know what time it is here?

A smile lifted Kara’s lips. She could hear Cat’s voice as she read the words.

Where’s here? Kara asked.

Three dots appeared, indicating Cat was typing wherever she was, and Kara felt a happy ball of warmth bloom in her chest. Cat was talking to her again. She’d missed this. Needed this.

It’s the middle of the night, Keira.

“Awww. She called me Keira.” Suddenly sentimental, Kara got a little choked up. “Thought sleep was for slackers,” she said out loud as she typed the words, giggling.

Her phone rang a moment later, and Kara nearly launched it across the room in surprise. “Hello?”

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DAY 3140

Jalsa, Mumbai             Nov 2/3,  2016             Wed/Thu  12:34 am

Birthday - EF Vishan Lal

Thursday, November 3, 2016

birthday happiness to our Ef Vishan Lal .. love and more to you from us all ..

Just a bit sleep infested .. so a quick recognition of the presence of dear Ef’s and then to rise for travel in the morning ..

Was working the entire day on the Swachh Bharat Mission or commission as you may wish, finishing 7 films and 7 photoshoots in the course of the day .. and ready to do it all over again .. !! hehe .. not really ..

But the satisfaction of working for humanity its dignity and relevance in society is so greatly appreciated .. each word spoken each action captured to drive our people towards what I feel as do many others, the elements of immense importance ..

It is not the number of films that needed to be done, it was the importance of the message that required intense concentration, change and delivery that made the day worthy of mention here …

If we could make change in the drive against polio and make India Polio free, I am certain that with time, all other campaigns shall succeed .. and that shall be the greatest achievement of all ..

When you work for Country and cause, the plausibility is never in question … it is a pride that cannot be explained .. it is that shining armour in the dark which reflects the earnest intent … it is the fluidity of expression and desire that spurs one on to the ultimate mile .. 

I like that and love the presence in front of the machines that shall deliver as a means, this message for the people who justifiably are most affected with grief and sorrow ..

Grief and sorrow can never be universally understood with the same context .. they are individual in nature and cause immense issues that shall need individual attention .. I can empathise or sympathise with each episode of destruction on this planet .. but the cause is we ourselves .. us .. the human factor .. !!

I am no one to advise, but when we shall think in one voice, miracles shall happen .. ALWAYS …!

Amitabh Bachchan

10 Steps to Time Management

We all have the same 24h in a day. Even if you’re a dedicated studier, time can be ‘lost’ in the in-between times without you realizing - leading to the “where did the time go?” revelation. 

1. Blocks of study time and breaks

  • Blocks ideally are around 50 minutes, but perhaps you become restless after only 30 minutes? Some difficult material may require more frequent breaks. Shorten your study blocks if necessary-but don’t forget to return to the task at hand! 
  • What you do during your break should give you an opportunity to have a snack, relax, or otherwise refresh or re-energize yourself. For example, place blocks of time when you are most productive: are you a morning person or a night owl?

2. Dedicated study spaces

  • Determine a place free from distraction (no cell phone or text messaging!) where you can maximize your concentration and be free of the distractions that friends or hobbies can bring! 
  • You should also have a back-up space that you can escape to, like the library, departmental study center, even a coffee shop where you can be anonymous. A change of venue may also bring extra resources.

3. Weekly reviews

  • Weekly reviews and updates are also an important strategy. 
  • Sunday nights can be a good time to review assignments, notes, and your calendar. Be mindful that as deadlines and exams approach, your weekly routine must adapt to them.

4. Prioritize your assignments

  • When studying, get in the habit of beginning with the most difficult subject or task. You’ll be fresh, and have more energy to take them on when you are at your best. 
  • For more difficult courses of study, try to be flexible: for example, build in reaction time when you can get feedback on assignments before they are due.

5. Achieve “stage one”–get something done!

  • Details of an assignment are not always evident until you begin the assignment.
  • Perfection is the enemy of good", especially when it prevents you from starting! Given that you build in review, roughly draft your idea and get going! You will have time to edit and develop later.

6. Postpone unnecessary activities until the work is done!

  • Postpone tasks or routines that can be put off until your school work is finished! 
  • Distracting activities will be more enjoyable later without the pressure of the test, assignment, etc. hanging over your head. 
  • Think in terms of pride of accomplishment. Instead of saying “no” learn to say “later”.

7. Identify resources to help you

  • Are there tutors? An expert friend? Have you tried a keyword search on the Internet to get better explanations? Are there specialists in the library that can point you to resources? What about professionals and professional organizations. 
  • Using outside resources can save you time and energy, and solve problems.

8. Use your free time wisely

  • Think of times when you can study “bits” as when walking, riding the bus, etc. 
  • The bottom line is to put your time to good use.

9. Review notes and readings just before class

  • This may prompt a question or two about something you don’t quite understand, to ask about in class, or after. 
  • It also demonstrates to your teacher that you are interested and have prepared.

10. Review lecture notes just after class

  • Then review lecture material immediately after class.
  • The first 24 hours are critical. Forgetting is greatest within 24 hours without review!
love notes;

Per request from @larkistin in my messages- Johnny from Tick Tick Boom!

Originally posted by ruuuzek

My Sweetest Steffi,

I’m a writer, a playwright. I should be writing. I’m trying to write.

Well, I always should be writing, should be playing my piano, should be placing that call, should be casting a role, should be jotting down ideas-
actually, I suppose I am writing.  

Yet, I’m finding it much easier to find words for you instead of for this tune. You’re my muse even from afar, how do you manage that? I hear your voice in the same haunting sense as some hear a song that had stuck itself in their heads (I win out in this scenario, your melody is so very much lovelier than any tune on the radio or verse I could create). You’re much better than I am, you know; at concentrating, focusing, finishing your art- I can picture your knitted brows better than I can fathom notes on my page, the end of your pen dancing in the air, oh- I could watch you drawing forever. I’d be envious of your ability if I wasn’t already so entranced by your existence; you’re a better play than I could ever create, much more interesting, so very much more endearing…

It’s late. I should be getting ready to sleep but your visage appears whenever my eyes (finally) shut; you’ve been painted on the inside of my lids as precisely as you’ve been painted on my heart. You, when I blink; You, when the thud inside my chest is louder than the thunderous boom of living; You, when I try instead to dream, though I’d rather deja-vu of you than anything else.

You, Keeping me awake as the hours fade into the evening-time twilight- only thoughts of you… well, and this sugar rush I’ve been riding on for the last thirty minutes…

I’m getting somewhere with this play, you’ll see. You’ll love it. It’s simple, it’s catchy, it’ll be great whenever I finally… write it… I’ll play it for you. It’ll make you tap your toes, dance like your art tools, and I can only pray it’ll make you smile- that’s the only true way to tell if I’ve created a masterpiece, after all. 

Standing ovations are brilliant, but your approval trumps all.

I hope you like it. I really, really hope you like it.

Notebooks are silly when they’re empty, aren’t they? Crisp, clean, new, ready- all things I don’t really see within myself. Lately, it’s been harder, to wrap my mind around life itself, I don’t quite feel all too ready for anything, especially the passing of time.

It’s easier, though. With you.
As long as we can travel through time together, I’m fairly convinced I can make something out of this slate. I don’t feel so rushed when I walk alongside you, I can pace myself; I walk with you when we stroll through the park, it no longer feels like a race against time when I can plan my steps with yours.

Life in general is less reminiscent of impending doom when I spend it with you, Steffi. I can hear the music of life with you holding my hand, you silence the scary sounds and leave only the melody of love; I’m so lucky to have you there to help me muffle the madness.

Speaking of, well, you- when can I see you again? Soon? Tomorrow? Will you call, won’t you please? I have to work on Sunday, but I’ll be done by dinner time; could you come by, or I can come to you?

Yours, always yours, forever yours; Jon.

i can’t believe taylor isn’t jumping at the opportunity to kill my academic career this year. this time last year she was liking my posts while i was in the middle of a test which caused me to fail it and tell my professor that my test was disrupted by “a personal message that affected my concentration” and attacking me with reblogs and keeping me up til 4 am. WHY DOES SHE SUDDENLY WANT ME TO SUCCEED? IT’S UNFAIR. COME BACK BE HERE™

Danai Gurira is an empowered black woman supporting and empowering all women.  It is especially important because she is spreading the word about a group of people who aren’t recognized as they should be. Let this be an example and not what she wears or what her hair looks like.  At this point, that’s irrelevant.  It’s a sad day when she is spreading such an important message and all some can concentrate on is her outward appearance.  Danai is beautiful inside and out and I feel honored to be a fan of a woman who is so passionate about her career and advocacy to help others. This black woman most certainly supports other black women and I wish we were all of the same mind.
Art Museum (TOP Scenario) - Part 3

So, there were so many things I wanted to write for part two and decided that I might as well extend this series further ^^ Here you have the third part of this scenario that suddenly turned into a series :)

Hope you like it and enjoy~!

Summary: Meeting him in an art museum was all it took for you to fall for him. What could a future with him in it possibly hold?

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Inability to concentrate before exams

“I have exams in less than 2 weeks and I’m unable to concentrate. Thought of sending you a message.”

At times, our concentration does begin to taper right before exams. Maybe it’s because exams are pressurizing and we don’t want to learn while we are stressed.
Here’s what you can do, with varying success -

Read out loud: It’s just a way of making sure you are studying something. If your mind starts wandering, you’ll won’t understand what you are reading out and you’ll alert yourself.

Write: Fill up pages with words that are important. It helps you stay on topic and concentrate. Whenever I am unable to concentrate, I make mini notes on what I will write in the exams. (I also write extra points that others are not likely to write in the exam, pretend my answer is going to be the best - Just to boost my spirit and make myself feel better!)

Use timers: They help me study when I’m able to concentrate. I tell myself, “Girl, you have to finish this topic in 15 minutes and your time starts now!” Once the timer beeps, I add 5-10 minutes if I haven’t finished it. If I have, I restart timer for the next topic. The best part about timers is that you can’t be idle for too long. the timer will beep in a few minutes and if you are off, you’ll come back to studying.

Remove distractions: Keep your phone in another room. Switch off the internet. Make sure everything you need while studying is with you so you don’t need to go get water or a pencil and then come back two hours later chewing bubble gum.

Take breaks: They help you concentrate better. Avoid internet during breaks and make sure the timer is running when you take a break so you can get back to it later.

I recommend you keep trying, trying and trying till you’re done with exams.

Good luck!

[Image description: two white ginger-haired sisters, in their teen or early adult years, sit at a table using facilitated communication. The sister wearing green has short curly hair and many freckles, and she supports the arm of the sister in blue with a small smile on her face. The sister in blue has long wavy hair in a ponytail, and there is a look of peaceful concentration on her face as she types her message. The words “I” and “love” are visible on the screen.]

15 Mind-Blowing Facts That You Should Read (Part 174)

1. In North America, Europe and Central America, you can buy your own island for just $100,000 USD!

2. Nikola Tesla, towards the end of his life, became extremely attached to a white female pigeon. The bird had a broken leg and wing, and Tesla spent over $2000 USD to fix it, including building a device that could comfortably support the bird to allow its bones to heal.

3. Armenian finswimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan was not only a 17-time world champion, was finishing a 12-mile run when he heard a bus crash into the water. He dove down 33 ft, and rescued 20 people, 1 at a time. Oh, and 10 years later he ran into a burning hospital to save more people.

4. during prohibition, solid grape concentrate was sold with the warning message, “After dissolving the brick in a gallon of water, do not place the liquid in a jug away in the cupboard for twenty days, because then it would turn into wine.”

5 .Masturbating more than 21 times a month can actually decrease your chance for…

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Cast Iron: Part 21

I know this took me forever and I’m sorry.  But yes.  Charlie cheese man.  He is here.  

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Technically, it’s spring.  As in, it’s spring according to the calendar, but nothing about the wintry, frigid planes of ice hanging from Astrid’s eaves like sugar art remind her of the season of warming growth.  She wraps her blanket more tightly around her shoulders, staring between the shut bathroom door and the TV.  Hiccup is doing better but still acting strange.  He’s stopped checking his phone every five minutes like a nervous tick, flicking through calls, texts, and emails in that order, his eyebrows knit together in concentration like he could miss a new message.  They filmed the past weekend for the first time since…since the whole Eret fiasco and it went fine.  Reserved, but fine.  She actually finished a dish for the first time in a while without having to bring a different plate from the warmer in the last two minutes.  He waxed poetic on the bad rap cheese has gotten in the seafood oriented circles of the culinary world.  

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