dating ritual

“I-uh, what?” I stammered.  Relief mixed with embarrassment, and the abrupt change of topic left me struggling to get my thoughts in order.

Oh, I think the embarrassment is only gonna get stronger from here if Rachel should choose to elabradorate.

“It’s what guys want.  Tell him you’re available if he ever wants to fuck.  He’ll accept right away, or he’ll start thinking about you as a possibility and he’ll take you up on it later.”

Ahaha

“That’s-  It’s more complicated than that.”

“It’s complicated because people make it complicated.  Just cut the bullshit and go for it.”

That’s a very Rachel way to look at it, which I suppose is the point.

Hm, I wonder if she and Newter would get along if they got to know each other better.

“I don’t think you’re wrong about there needing to be less expectations and rules and rituals around dating, bullshit, as you put it, but I don’t think I can do what you’re suggesting.”

“Whatever.”

“Eh, your loss.”

But yeah, I think there’s some truth to this too.

I realized, belatedly, that she’d actually offered me advice.  As… I struggled to find the word.  As misdirected as her suggestion might have been, especially with Brian, it was probably the most blatant gesture of goodwill I had seen from her, next to her telling Armsmaster that she thought I could kick his ass.

Yeah, that was a quite friendly gesture.

Heh, we’ve gotten romance advice from both Lisa and Rachel now. I wonder if we’re going to get some from Alec too before Taylor/Brian hopefully becomes a Thing.

anonymous asked:

What are the old Norse/Germanic holidays and when do they fall???Btw beautiful blog.

Here is a simplified wheel of the year.

And here is some more in-depth information from The Asatru Alliance

SnowMoon/January

  • Snowmoon 3,

Charming of the Plow: This is the date of an agricultural ritual performed in Northern Europe from ancient times. Grains and cakes were offered for the soil’s fertility, and the Sky Father and Earth Mother were invoked to that end. Meditate upon your dependence on the soil, and crumble upon the earth a piece of bread as you call upon Odin, Frigga and the Land Spirits to heal the Earth and keep it from harm.

  • Snowmoon 9,

Day of Remembrance for Raud the Strong: Raud was a landowner in Norway who was put to death by (St.) Olaf Tryggvason for his loyalty to Asatru by having a snake forced down his throat. Rauds lands were then confiscated in the name of the king and his monks. Raise a horn in honor of Raud and all of his kinsmen who gave their lives, rather then submit to the enforced love of the kristjan empire.

  • Snowmoon 14,

Thorrablot: This holiday began the Old Norse month of Snorri. It is still observed in Iceland with parties and a mid-winter feast. It is of course sacred to Thorr and the ancient Icelandic Winter Spirit of Thorri. On this day we should perform blot to Thorr and invite the mighty Asaman to the feast.


Horning / February

  • Horning 2,

Barri: This is the day we celebrate the wooing by Ingvi Freyr of the maiden Gerd, a symbolic marriage of the Vanir God of Fertility with the Mother Earth. It is a festival of fertility, the planted seed and the plowed furrow. For those of you who garden, this is the time to plant seeds indoors, to later be transplanted in the summer garden.

  • Horning 9,

Day of Remembrance for Eyvind Kinnrifi: Olaf tortured him to death by placing a bowl of red-hot embers on his stomach until his body burst open. Eyvind’s crime was a steadfast loyalty to the Old Gods. A good day to reflect on kristjan kindness.

  • Horning 14,

Feast of Vali: This feast originally celebrated the death of Hothr at the hands of Vali. This late winter festival relates to the triumphant return of the light of the sun over the dark days of winter. Today it is traditional celebration of the family. A time for the customary exchange of cards and gifts with loved ones. It is also a time for the renewal of marriage vows and an occasion for marriages.


Lenting / March

  • Lenting 9,

Day of Remembrance for Oliver the Martyr: He was an adherent of Asatru who persisted in organizing underground sacrifices to the Gods and Goddesses despite decrees by St Olaf the Lawbreaker forbidding such activities. Betrayed by an informer, he was killed by Olaf’s men while preparing for the Spring sacrifice in the village of Maerin Norway. Many other men whose names are lost to us were also killed, mutilated, or exiled for taking part in such sacrifices.

  • Lenting 20,

High Feast of Ostara: This is the Spring Equinox. The end of Winter and the beginning of the season of rebirth. Today we honor Frigga, Freya and Nerthus with blot and feast. Pour a libation of mead onto the Earth; celebrate the rebirth of nature, Asatru, and the new hopes of our Folk.

  • Lenting 28,

Ragnar Lodbrok Day: Ragnar was one of the legends most famous Vikings. On this day in Runic Year 1145 he raided Paris. It just happened to be Easter Sunday. Today toast Ragnar and read from his Saga.


Ostara / April

  • Ostara 9,

Day of Remembrance for Jarl Hakon of Norway: As ruler of the western part of the realm, Hakon restored the worship of the Old Gods and cast out the alien religion. In the process, the common folk regained political liberties which were erased under the kristjan yoke, and the flame of our Troth burned brighter in an era of gathering gloom. It may be that Hakon’s defense of our ancestral ways helped encourage the survival of our traditions in Iceland, where they eventually became the seeds of modern day Asatru. On this day reflect on how the actions of the individual can impact world events and the future of Odinn’s Nation.

  • Ostara 15,

Sigrblot/Sumarsdag: Today we celebrate the first day of Summer in the Old Icelandic calendar. In Iceland it had strong agricultural overtones, but elsewhere in the Nordic world, it was a time to sacrifice to Odinn for victory in the summer voyages and battles.

  • Ostara 22,

Yggdrasil Day: On this day we realize the great significance that the World Tree plays in our culture, heritage, and native spirituality. It is from the World Tree that we came, and it shelters and nurtures the Asatru today, and will offer refuge to the Folk come Ragnarok. Trees are the lungs as well as the soul of Midgard. Plant a tree today, nurture it, and protect it. In this act the Folk must abide.

  • Ostara 30,

Walburg: this is better known as Walpurgisnacht or May Eve. Walberg is a goddess of our folk combining some of the traits of Her better-known peers. Reflect on this day on Freya, Hel, and Frigga as the repository of the glorious dead, and you will have an idea of Wulburg’s nature. On this day pour a horn of mead upon the earth in memory of our heroes.


Merrymoon / May

  • Merrymoon 1,

May Day: The first of May is a time of great celebration all across Europe, as the fields get greener and the flowers decorate the landscape with colorful confusion. Freya turns her kindly face to us after the night of Walburg. Celebrate the birth of Spring and the gifts of Freya on this day.

  • Merrymoon 9,

Day of Remembrance for Guthroth: One of the upland minor kings. Guthroth had to the audacity to make a speech opposing the policies of Olaf Tryggvason, who at the time was busy killing people who did not want to become kristjans. For exercising his Gods given rights to worship his tribal Gods, Guthroth was captured and his tongue was cut out. Use your tongue for the Gods today! Sing their praises and recite some heroic poetry, tell someone of the Gods glory, and call a kinsman to keep in touch.

  • Merrymoon 20,

Frigga Blot: Today we rejoice in the warmth and splendor of Spring. A traditional time for a Kindred campout, perform blot to honor the AllMother and thank Her for the health and vitality of the Family, Kindred and Tribe.


Midyear / June

  • Midyear 8,

Lindisfarne Day: On this day in the year 1043 Runic Era (793 CE) three Viking ships raided the Isle of Lindisfarne, officially opening what is the Viking Age. Toast these brave warriors who began the noble resistance of the alien invasion of the Northlands and sought rightful revenge for the slaughter of the Saxons by Charlamange.

  • Midyear 9,

Day of Remembrance for Sigurd the Volsung: He is the model Germanic hero. His wooing of the Valkyrie Brynhild, the winning of the treasure of the Nibelungs, and the constant theme of Odinic initiation that weaves itself throughout his story are priceless parts of our Asatru heritage, that provide endless material for contemplation and inspiration for action.

  • Midyear 21,

Midsummer: This is the longest day and the shortest night of the year: Now Sunna begins its ling decline, sliding into the darkness which will culminate six months from now at Yule. Identifying the sun with the brightness of Baldur, we celebrate in honor of both. Hold blot to Baldur and High Feast. This was the traditional time for holding the AlThing in ancient times.


Haymoon / July

  • Haymoon 4,

Founder’s Day: On this day we honor the unselfish personal sacrifice and unswerving dedication to our Folk exemplified by the founders of modern era Asatru, H. Rud Mills of Australia, Sveinbjorn Beinteinsson and Thorsteinn Guthjonson of Iceland. On this day reflect on just what YOU can do to promote the growth of our ancestral religion and protect our sacred heritage and traditions.

  • Haymoon 9,

Day of Remembrance for Unn the Deep Minded: Unn was a powerful figure from the Laxdaela Saga who emigrated to Scotland to avoid the hostility of King Harald Finehair. She established dynasties in the Orkney and Faroe Islands by carefully marrying off her grand daughters. As a settler in Iceland she continued to exhibit all those traits which were her hallmark-strong will, a determination to control, dignity, and a noble character. In the last days of her life, she established a mighty line choosing one of her grandsons as her heir. She died during his wedding celebration, presumable accomplishing her goals and worked out her orlog here in Midgard. She received a typical Nordic ship burial, surrounded by her treasure and her reputation for great deeds.

  • Haymoon 29,

Stikklestad Day: Olaf the Lawbreaker (“St. Olaf”) was killed at the battle of Stikklestad on this date in the year 1280 R.E. Olaf acquired a reputation for killing, maiming, and exiling his fellow Norwegians who would not convert to Christianity, and for carrying an army with him in violation of the law to help him accomplish his oppression. Today honor the Asatru martyrs who died rather then submit to gray slavery. Also honor the warriors who brought justice to the Lawbreaker.


Harvest / August

  • Harvest 1,

Freyfaxi: Freyfaxi marked the time of the harvest in ancient Iceland. Today the Asatru observe this date as a celebration of their harvest with blot to Freyr and a grand Feast from the gardens and the fields.

  • Harvest 9,

Day of Remembrance for Radbod: On this date we honor Radbod a king of Frisia what was an early target kristjan missionaries. Just before his baptism ceremony, he asked the clergy what fate his befallen ancestors who died loyal to Asatru. The missionaries replied that Radbod’s Heathen ancestors were burning in Hell-to which the king replied: “Then I will rather live there with my ancestors than go to heaven with a parcel of beggars.” The baptism was cancelled, the aliens expelled, and Frisia remained free. Drink a horn this day in memory of Radbod.


Shedding / September

  • Shedding 9,

Day of Remembrance for Herman of the Cherusci: Few mortals have privileged to serve our Folk as did Herman, a leader of the tribe called the Cherusci. We he defeated Varus’ three Roman Legions in 9 C.E. he blocked our amalgamation into the Mediterranean morass. Herman was very aware of his duties not only as a member of his tribe but also as an Asaman - indeed the two were probably inseparable with him. Shedding is the ideal time to give him praise, because the crucial battle for which he is remembered was fought during this month.

  • Shedding 23,

Winter Finding: The Fall Equinox; Summer and Winter balance for a moment and the cold, old man wins - for now. Brace yourself for longer nights and the onset, eventually, of the cold and darkness of Winter. Do blot to Odin for inspiration to get through your personal lean times, whenever they may strike. This is the traditional time for Fall Fest and the Second Harvest Feast.


Hunting / October

  • Hunting 8,

Day of Remembrance for Erik the Red: Praise the stalwart founder of Greenland, and father of Leif, the founder of Vinland. Erik remained loyal to Thor even when his wife left the Gods and refused to sleep with her Heathen husband. Pause in memory of Erik today; drink a toast to his honor. No doubt he gets enough warmth in Har’s Hall to make up for his wife’s coldness.

  • Hunting 9,

Day of Remembrance for Leif Erikson: this is a day that even the U.S. Government admits who should dedicate to the man who beat Columbus to the shores of Vinland by over 500 years. Don’t let it slide quietly - write your local newspapers and share the word of the Norse colonies with neighbors and friends.

  • Hunting 14,

Winter Nights/Vetrablot: In the Old Icelandic Calendar, winter begins on the Satyrday between Hunting 11th and 17th. Winter Nights celebrates the bounty of the harvest and honors Freya and the fertility and protective spirits called Disir, that She leads (often the Disir are seen as our female ancestors). Give glory to Freya and pour a libation of ale, milk, or mead into the soil an offering to the Disir and the Earth itself.


Fogmoon / November

Fogmoon 9,

Day of Remembrance for Queen Sigrith of Sweden: When Olaf the Lawbreaker had been king of Norway for three years, he asked Queen Sigrith of Sweden to marry him. She agreed, but when he insisted that she give up her ancestral Gods Sigrith replied, “I do not mean to abandon the faith I have led, and my kinsmen before me. Nor shall I object to your belief in the god you prefer.” As usual Heathen tolerance was met with kristjan imprecations and a blow to the face. The wedding was off - depriving Olaf of political power that could have sped the christianization of Scandinavia. As it were, history tells us that the Heathens held on for over 300 more years in the Northlands. Hail Sigrith, defender of Asatru, and women of stubborn virtue!

  • Fogmoon 11,

Feast of the Einherjar: The chosen heroes who sit in Odin’s Hall are the Einherjar. Today we honor those dead kin who gave their lives for Family and Folk. If you have friends or family who died in battle, visit their graves today, if that is not possible, drink a libation in their memory.

  • Fogmoon 23,

Feast of Ullr: The Feast of Ullr is to celebrate the Hunt and to gain personal luck needed for success. Weapons are dedicated on this day to Ullr, God of the Bow. If your hunting arms were blessed by the luck of the God of the Hunt, your family and tribe shared the bounty with a Blot and Feast to Ullr.


Yule / December

  • Yule 9,

Day of Remembrance for Egil Skallagrimsson: Odin was his God, and the blood of berserks and shape-shifters ran in his family. His lust for gold and for fames was insatiable. Yet the same man was passionately moved by the love of his friends and generously opened handed to those who found his favor. The same brain that seethed with war-fury also composed skaldic poetry capable of calming angry kings. Can it be by accident that Egil worshipped Odin, the great solver of paradoxes and riddles? Indeed all Asafolk - but especially those who follow the one-eyed God of battle and magic - can learn much from the life of this amazing man.

  • Yule 21,

Mother Night: As the night before the Winter Solstice, this is the time when the New Year is born. We honor the beginning of Sunnas return and the breaking of Winter’s spell. This is a time to honor Thor and Freyr, celebrate by Blot, Sumbel, and High Feast. Burn a Yule Log and jump the flames for luck and purification.

  • Yule 22,

High Feast of Yule - Beginning of Runic Year - Sacred to Thorr and Freyr

  • Yule 31,

Twelfth Night: This culminates the traditional twelve days of Yule. Each day of which is a month of the preceding year in miniature. Reflect on the past year. Take stock and lay a course for the future. Make New Years resolutions in the old way by swearing your oath on Freyr’s boar or on your Hammer.

iacomusthebadger  asked:

So I'm having dinner with the girlfriend's family this evening... Any advice?

Well you see, I don’t have very much experience in that way, myself.  I suspect that tidiness is called for- a good grooming beforehand.  Perhaps bring a gift, and don’t make eye contact with her father.  Unless you are looking to establish dominance and territory, which I wouldn’t recommend if you aren’t prepared to duel.  

Oh, and do wear lots of colors.  The brighter the better, I believe.  Learning the steps to your preferred mating dance may impress her, too.  

I keep seeing these posts about how sad or upsetting it is to see CHILDREN who identify as ace. So this is a friendly reminder to all my ace minors who may need to hear it today.

1. You are NOT sad, and no one has a right to be upset by your identity.
2. You do not need to explain, to an adult person or anyone else, what you consider sexual attraction, or why you think you are not experiencing it. No one has the right to ask you to question your own identity.
3. You do not need to listen to anyone trying to convince you you are probably more gay or more straight, or anyone trying to change the way you identify in any other way.
4. Asexuality is not about whether you have had or are having sex. If you self-identify as asexual, that is not you sexualizing yourself, and you are not harming yourself by taking on a label that MIGHT change in the future. and don’t ever let anyone convince you otherwise. 
5. You are not required to keep an open mind that your orientation may change. It MIGHT change, and if it does, i hope you can welcome and enjoy whatever you are feeling when it arrives. But you aren’t required to participate in the rituals of dating, crushes, or experimenting just to prove that it’s really NOT what you want. 

I am a firm believer in self-exploration, and obtaining self-knowledge through questioning what we know about ourselves, and the world. But the way ace kids are constantly expected to provide answers for how we are the way we are, and what it means, and how we’re really really open to being something else, is just disgusting. It does more to turn kids AWAY from relabeling or reexamining themselves.

If you’re a minor, and you ID as ace, then you’re ace. You’re not broken, or alone, you’re not wrong, and you don’t need to answer for it.

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A Hero in a Suit

Summary: You attend as a guest to a company party your best friend works for and you get more out of it than you thought. 

Pairing: Steve Rogers x Reader

A/N: Friends! I’m really sorry about not posting as much this week. It’s been really busy and I wasn’t able to write as much as I would’ve have liked. Anywho, I hope this little imagine makes up for it. Happy reading!


The nightclub was packed with people and you couldn’t help but feel a little claustrophobic when you entered the room. The atmosphere was hot and sweaty, and you could see people you didn’t know engaging in conversation. Natasha Romanoff, decided it would be a good idea for the both of you to get out on the town. You had met her through a mutual friend about a month ago and just clicked. She worked for Steve Rogers, one of the richest men in the world. 

You knew who he was. The media made him out to be smart and handsome, yet cold and shut off. They labelled him as a player, despite any photographs of him with women. People often described him as hard-to-get, but you knew better than to believe what people say online. You hadn’t met Steve formally, but you had briefly met him the time when Natasha forgot her files for an important meeting, and you rushed to her office only to give her the notes before the meeting began. What you didn’t know was that Steve asked about you. Natasha was surprised that he had shown any interest, but she answered all of his questions in fear he would be scared away if she teased him about it. 

But here you were, surrounded by Natasha’s coworkers. Steve had rented out the nightclub for his New York employees. The club wasn’t a nightclub where people could hook up, per say, and it looked more expensive that any apartment you could afford. 

The only reason why you didn’t want to come tonight was because your ex-boyfriend, Jacob, worked for Steve and he was pretty high up in the corporate world. Jacob was manipulative and you hadn’t realised how toxic he was until he threatened to “beat the shit out of you” while his hand was raised. You dashed out of his apartment and feared for your life every time you stepped out of your apartment complex. He was pretty powerful and rich, but not so much as Steve. You didn’t think you’d see your ex at a get together like this. He was never one to mingle with coworkers very often and you relaxed a little bit.

Natasha took you by the hand and took you to the bar. 

“Please,” she begged, referring to getting you a drink. You shook your head. 

“You know why I stopped drinking,” you said. Natasha sighed and nodded, ordering a martini for herself. 

“So, do you have your eye on anyone?” she asked, teasingly. You rolled your eyes. It was sort of an inside joke - you both would ask each other if you found anyone cute because you both weren’t in the headspace to start dating. It was a ritual, of some sort, asking one another if they thought anyone was cute. 

You let out a short laugh and nudged your shoulder with hers. 

“It’s too dark for me to see anyone, Nat.” 

“Yeah, you’re right.” 

Meanwhile, Steve stood not too far from you, talking to Tony Stark, one of his old business partners. 

“Go get any woman you want,” Tony urged. “It’s your night.” Steve laughed and sipped his drink.

“You always say that whenever I invite you somewhere.” Tony shrugged. 

“You need to get out there, Steve.” Steve looked at Tony. 

“I don’t need to go anywhere. I don’t need a girl to satisfy me.” Tony looked at Steve dumbfounded and Steve laughed uncomfortably. “That’s not what I meant.” 

Tony scoffed. “Sure, kid, sure. 

“I’m serious, Tony. I’m not rushing in any way. I’m focused on work and if the right person happens to come along, then I’ll jump on board.” 

“That’s what they all say, Steve.” 

“Well that’s what I’m saying too.” Tony got pulled away by someone far too drunk to even walk and Steve laughed as Tony protested. 

You watched as a girl pulled Natasha away from you, almost making her loose her balance. She mouth a “sorry” in your direction and you laughed, waving her off. She was allowed you have fun too. 

But your troubles just began. 

“Hey, Y/N. It’s been a long time.” You turned around and stared at Jacob, astonished. 

“What are you doing here?” You cursed yourself. One, that was a dumb question because he worked for Steve, and two, you didn’t want to talk to him anymore that you needed to. 

“I work for Steve,” he said with a laugh. “What are you doing here?”

“Accompanying someone,” you said curtly. 

“Now, is that any way to talk to an old friend?” 

Steve had turned around and walked over towards you to flag down the bartender for another drink. Once he completed his mission, he overheard you struggling to keep your composure. 

“Jacob, we’ve been broken up for almost a year -”

“And it was a mistake,” he said, cooing. 

“You threatened to hit me,” you retorted, trying to walk past him. He blocked your pathway and grabbed your arm, roughly tugging you to his body. 

“You’re not going anywhere, princess.” Abruptly, Steve intervened and pushed you both apart. He pulled you towards him and you clung to his suit jacket, feeling as helpless as you did the day you left your ex. 

“What do you think you’re doing?” Steve yelled. His face was red and you could practically see steam coming out of his ears. 

“We’re just having a little chat. I don’t appreciate that you got in the middle of it,” said Jacob. “She and I were getting acquainted.”

“Yeah, well grabbing her by the arm didn’t look like ‘getting acquainted,’” Steve retorted. You calmed yourself down and let go of Steve, smoothing your dress before telling Jacob to leave. 

“I don’t want to be around you anymore,” you said. “I was doing just fine on my own. I don’t need anyone threatening to hit me.” Steve’s eyes turned to you and were filled with concern. 

“You hit her?” Steve said when he forced himself to look at Jacob. 

“No, I -”

“Once upon a time,” you said, seething. Jacob tried to defend himself and stuttered over his words.

“You’re fired. I want you out of this party and out of my building by nine A.M. Monday morning.” 

“But Steve -”

“That’s an order.” Steve stared him down until Jacob slammed his drink on the wooden table and walked out the door. Your back was already resting on the table and Steve turned to face you. 

“Did he hurt you?” he asked. You shook your head.

“No, not today.” 

“Has he in the past?” You looked away. 

“Not physically. It hadn’t gotten to that point,” you mumbled. You didn’t feel in the mood to party after what had just happened. Steve sensed this when you avoided his gaze and avoided looking at the scene around the both you.

“Would you like to step outside for some fresh air? We can just go to the balcony if you’d like.” You nodded and Steve took your hand in his and led you to the balcony. The breeze was especially cold that night and you cursed yourself for forgetting your jacket in Natasha’s car. 

“Cold?” he asked. You barely had time to answer as he was sliding his suit jacket across your shoulders. You smiled gratefully and sat in silence. 

Steve was the first one to speak. “Y/N, I’m really sorry about what happened in there.” You quirked an eyebrow. 

“How do you know my name?” Steve blushed and looked down. 

“I, uh, you came in one day and gave something to Natasha. I may or may not have asked about you.” You grinned and Steve mentally kicked himself for over sharing.

“That’s awfully sweet.” Steve looked at you.

“Do you want to tell me what happened back there? I mean, you don’t have to if you don’t want to.” 

“Long story short,” you said, facing Steve, “I broke up with him because he was controlling and abusive. He never likes to come to these things and I thought I was safe, but apparently, I was wrong.” 

Steve didn’t know what to say. It wasn’t often that he found himself speechless, but he did when he was around you. He was so nervous standing in your presence that he kept shifting from one foot to the other, desperately trying to find comfort. You seemed to be unaware of his attempts to play it cool. 

During the next few moments, you both got to know each other. He got to know more about your life and you got to know more about his company and how he was trying to find new ways to have fun without work. 

“You know,” you began, “Natasha always did say I had a knack for finding fun things to do. Why don’t you give me a call whenever you feel like doing something fun?” You handed your phone to Steve and he laughed, typing his number in and saving his contact. 

“I’ll be sure to do that, Y/N. Thank you for not making me feel like Steve Rogers and more like, well, Steve.” You grinned and looked at his expression. He wore a gigantic smile and his lips looked plump and luscious. You wanted nothing more than to press your lips on his, but you held yourself back. 

Steve felt the same way too. He didn’t want to make you uncomfortable, but he desperately wanted to know what your lips tasted like. 

“May I kiss you?” Steve blurted out before he could think. You nodded quickly and he leaned in, capturing your lips in his. His hand snaked its way to your neck to pull you closer to his him and the palms of your hand rested against his chest. You shut your eyes and sighed against his lips, feeling extremely happy and satisfied. Steve smiled throughout the kiss and tried not to throw his fist in the air in victory. Eventually, you both pulled apart when Natasha opened the door. 

“Y/N, I think - oh, hi Steve. I’ll leave you two alone.” Natasha smirked and closed the door, leaving you and Steve in fits of laughter. 

“She never had the best timing,” you said. 

“Tell me about it. She came into my office ranting about her girl problems as I was in a conference call with Japan.” You laughed and leaned your head against his shoulder. 

Steve relaxed and sighed in happiness. “This won’t be the las time I see you, right? I like to think of myself as a strong man, but it’s hard being a lone wolf.” You nodded. 

“I’m not going anywhere.” 

Inner Psycho | Jared Leto + Reader

Note: This is a story inspired by a request I saw the wonderfully talented penelopewhisp do, but not an exact copy. This one is lighter and more sexual, rather than angsty/heartbreaking. Also, while I don’t say when this is, apart from being after Suicide Squad, there are some things I’ve changed from the real world, such as him still having neon hair. 
Description: Jared and Y/N have been dating for a while, and one night, she decides she wants some bed time with her boyfriend’s darker alter ego. 
Warning: Smut, BDSM
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I am here for autistic lesbians.

for the autistic lesbians who constantly feel neglected and invalidated by mental health professionals who dismiss their symptoms because they don’t fit the narrow image of a nonverbal white boy. 

here for nonwhite autistic lesbians, here for the ones who always felt confused by gender stereotypes and had sensory issues with cosmetics and tight clothes. 

for the autistic lesbians who get their sexualities invalidated in a condescending manner, who are constantly infantilized and not seen as being in charge of their life and sexual orientation.

for autistic lesbians who self-diagnose, for those who in addition to homophobia and the journey to recognize one’s identity have a difficult time talking to other women and understand the dating rituals. here for those who never had girlfriends.

for nonverbal lesbians, for those who struggle with speech and use scripting, for autistic lesbians who have trouble with sarcasm and interpret everything literally.

your experiences and sexuality are valid, you look wonderful while stimming and you are worthy of love and respect.

Timkon #6

Question: How did Clark knew about Kon’s relationship with Tim? And how did Kon knew about Clark’s relationship with Bruce?

In the wee early morning, Kon was about to fly out from Tim’s bedroom window after spending a night in with Tim from which they had a lovely date last night before ritually, giving one last kiss to a barely awake Tim. Just before his whole body passes the window, he saw it. There was also someone else climbing out of the window from the top level of the manor where Kon knew that that is certainly Bruce’s room. Kon has a sense of familiarity just from looking at their body shape. And just as that unknown person turns their head, wait isn’t that?

“CLARK?!”

“CONNER?!!”


And that’s how father and son knows of each others destined infatuation with the Bats.

Easter traditions in Germany are similar to those in other Christian countries, from the religious commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ to the Easter bunny. They include: 

Das Osterfeuer. Many Germans, especially in the North, gather around large bonfires on the eve of Easter Sunday. The wood of old Christmas trees and garden debris from the long winter is used for this occasion and collected in one place to be lit. This tradition actually is an old Pagan ritual dating back to before Christ to symbolize the coming of spring, driving out the evil spirits of winter, etc. Back then it was believed that any home or field shone upon by the light of the fire would be protected from sickness and misfortune.

Der Osterhase. The concept of the Easter bunny is believed to have originated in Germany. The first known account of it is found in the 1684 notes of a Heidelberg professor of medicine, where he discusses the ill effects of eating too many Easter eggs. German and Dutch settlers brought the tradition with them to other parts of the world. 

Der Osterfuchs and others. In some parts of Germany, children wait for the Osterfuchs instead of the bunny. They’ll hunt for his yellow eggs on Easter morning which are dyed with onion skins. Other Easter egg deliverers include roosters (Saxony), storks (Thuringia), and chicks. In the past few decades they have become less popular as the bunny has taken over most of the country. 

Der Osterbaum. Beautifully painted Easter eggs are hung on tree branches in a vase in the house or on a tree in the garden. 

Das Osterlamm. There are cakes in the shape of a lamb. Some families might eat actual lamb as well, even though this is not a popular meat in Germany.

Das Osterrad. This custom is practiced in some regions of Northern Germany. Hay is stuffed into a large wooden wheel, then lighted and rolled down a hill at nighttime. A long wooden pole pulled through the wheel’s axle helps it keep its balance. If the wheel reaches all the way to the bottom intact, a good harvest is predicted. The city of Lügde in the Weserbergland prides itself as being the Osterradstadt, since it has followed this tradition yearly for over a 1000 years.

Die Osterspiele. Rolling eggs down a hill and the traditional egg hunts for kids are German customs.

Der Ostermarkt. Similar to Germany’s Weihnachtsmärkte for Christmas, there also are some Ostermärkte with special foods, artisian eggs, and other decor.

anonymous asked:

How do you balance a check book? How do you organize anything?! Like, what even is this ancient art of organization? How might one go about with the ritual of dating? Sorry to bombard you with all these questions, I'm just freaking out as I hurtle towards adulthood.

Sorry it took so long to respond! I just want to say to everyone who has sent me an ask that I will respond by the end of today. I try to write out long, detailed responses so it takes me a while to write out my thoughts. So hang on- I’m coming!

Balancing A Checkbook

First off, it’s definition time! There’s a huge difference between managing/budgeting your money and balancing your checkbook. Balancing your checkbook literally means saving your expense receipts and checking them against your bank account for discrepancies. This is most useful for people who own their own business or are looking for tax write-offs. I’m going to level with you, I don’t balance my checkbook and I don’t know anybody my age who does. If you’re a young person living on your own for the first time, you’ll quickly realize then there are hundreds of finance-related things to do, all of which are more important that balancing a checkbook. I think what you should really be concerned about is budgeting/managing your money. Check out Budgeting guide and How to Budget.

Disregarding that, here’s the real answer to your question. My parents have a gardening business, so I balance their business checkbook every couple of months for them, and this is what I do.

1. Expenses. Get yourself a folder/binder/plastic bag and write on it “expense receipts”. This is where, if you haven’t guessed, you will start keeping your expense receipts. Many stores will ask if you want a copy of your receipt- start saying yes. Go home and immediately take them out of your wallet and put them into their new home. If you make any online payments, print out the confirmation page and/or email. If you don’t have a printer, get a piece of scrap paper and write down the expense name, date, and amount.

2. Income. Get yourself a folder/binder/plastic bag and write on it “income receipts”. If you deposit a check or cash at a bank, keep the deposit slip they give you. If you deposit a check using your phone keep the voided check with your paperwork. Lots of us have direct deposit now, so make sure to write the amount and day you were paid on a piece of paper. 

3. Bank Statement. At the end of the month, find your bank statement. Most banks either mail you a paper statement or email you an electronic one at the end of every month. However, you can always go online and it will be listed on your account. I find it easier to work with hard copies as opposed to electronic copies, they make my eyes hurt less.

4. Get comfortable. Sit down with your bank statement, expenses, and incomes. Go through each receipt and make sure that there is a corresponding expense or income on your bank statement. Make note of any excess ones. Hopefully you just forgot to ask for a receipt, if you didn’t you may have been charged for something you didn’t purchase. I would allot yourself a good hour of time to do this. Put on NPR, get a good cup of tea, put on a TV show- whatever you need to get through the tedium. 

5. Reconcile. After every expense and income on your actual bank statement has been accounted for, you can either choose to save your receipts or dispose of them. And voila! You have balanced your checkbook. 

6. Alternatively. There are lots of websites and apps that do this in a paperless way. Check it

Organization 

There are lots of different ways to organize things, but the most important part of organization is that it makes sense to you. It really doesn’t matter how neat or pretty something looks, if you can’t find what you need in a timely manner then what’s the point? 

Can you be more specific about what you want to organize? Is it a new home, important papers, old socks…? If you tell me exactly what you’re looking to organize than I can give you a specific response instead of a general one.

Dating

I have been in a relationship for four and a half years at this point, so I haven’t been in the dating game in a long while. Three of my close friends have been in and out of love over the past couple years, and this is my takeaway.

1. Identify. Before you can even consider going on dates with people, you need to figure out what YOU want. Not what romantic comedies say you should want, not what Cosmo says you should want, not what your friends or family say you should want. Take some time to get to know yourself. Decide whether you want a strong commitment or to have a good time. In my opinion, there is no middle ground. You either want a committed relationship or you want to explore different relationships. No judgment either way, but be decisive. This will help weed out doomed relationships. You need to stick to your guns and not compromise. If you see someone who looks gorgeous and they tell you that they just want to mess around, take them seriously. Don’t engage with them hoping to eventually change their mind because it won’t happen. It will just hurt you in the long run.

2. Your perfect date. Plan your perfect date ahead of time. It doesn’t need to be set in stone (I would definitely have at least three alternative restaurants), but a plan is always helpful. No more making out in the back of a car for lack of better plans, this confidence and decisiveness will look sexy to your prospective partner. 

The typical date outline: Activity + Meal + Activity:

Activity: The first activity should be something public. Maybe this is a hike, a museum visit, going to a theater, etc. This allows you both time to focus on the activity at hand and get some one on one experience with one another. Conversations don’t need to be too deep or meaningful at this time, just worry about having fun!

Meal: Definitely consult with your date about their food choices before choosing a restaurant. Always tell you date about the expected attire beforehand so that they don’t feel overly or under dressed, I would recommend casual attire to start with. This first date meal should not be overly expensive, try to stay around or under $40 for both of you.

Activity: This second activity should be more private, mostly so that the two of you can talk talk talk. If the date has gone well hopefully this means going over to their home or them coming to yours. If that’s not possible, try a more secluded public activity. Maybe go for a romantic stroll at night, get dessert together, sit on a park bench and stare at the stars.

3. Get off Tinder. If you’re looking for a serious relationship, Tinder is not the answer. True, a friend of mine recently started dating someone she met on Tinder, but this was after talking to ten other guys who didn’t work out. Honestly, it doesn’t seem worth the effort to me.

4. Be social. If you see a cute person, go and talk to them! We are all so afraid of what other people think of us that we get in our heads and run around in circles instead of being direct. The worst thing that can happen is that you get friendzoned, but at least then you have someone you can get bubble tea with who might have cute friends that they can set you up with. I was actually best friends with my boyfriend for three years before we started dating (crushing on him the whole time), and I was too afraid to say anything to him. Thank goodness I finally did!

Wedding Possession

Jim and Scott had a very peculiar Saturday date night ritual. Every Saturday night since they were 25, they would possess another gay couple and go out on dates. They would especially explore their new bodies in bed, but only for a night before they returned to their own bodies. 

It was their 75th wedding anniversary and it just so happened that it fell on one of their Saturday date nights. They wanted to make extra special so they decided to possess a young couple who were getting married. 

“Hold still, Scott. After all these years you would have thought that you could keep your collar proper.”

“Well it’s because of this new body and how shirts fit so snug these days. Don’t forget to call me ‘Noah’ during the ceremony.” Scott turned around. “How do I look?”

“The snug fit is definitely flattering. You look hot as fuck, but when I look into your eyes I still see the same old Scott I’ve loved all these years.” Jim said with a huge grin. 

“The same goes for you Jake. You look amazing and you will always be the same as when I first met you. I love you so much.“

Both smiled each other with a goofy and loving smile. 

“Those pants on you though…” Scott bit his lip. “I can’t wait to get a piece of that tonight.” 

“This ass is itching for the cock to be inside.” Jim winked. 

Reliving this special day and knowing that the guys the possessed would remember this day as if it were there own was priceless. 

Art by Nacho Nass

Peyote Experience
Peyote and San Pedro are New World psychedelics. In ancient times their use was concentrated in the regions to which they are native. Peyote was used throughout Mexico to as far north as Texas, San Pedro in the Andes mountain region of South America. The earliest known depiction of San Pedro cactus is on a stone tablet found in Peru dating to 1300 B.C. Ritual objects containing images of Peyote have been found dating back to 500 B.C. The introduction of Peyote into the U.S. and Canada, and its use by North American Indian tribes, occurred much more recently, beginning sometime in the late 1800s.
Mescaline was the first psychedelic compound to be extracted and isolated, which occurred in 1896. In 1919 it became the first psychedelic to be synthesized. For the next 35 years it remained a somewhat obscure compound known primarily to the psychiatric community. In 1953 the popular novelist Aldous Huxley read about mescaline. Soon thereafter Huxley tried mescaline, and brought it to the attention of the public by writing The Doors of Perception.