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anonymous asked:

i have a gecko who's getting old and when he passes i'd like to keep his bones as a sort of memorial…i don't know shit about vulture culture except that it's cool as fuck. is it even legal to keep a gecko's bones? where do i even start? what do i need? you don't have to write me a guide or anything, but could you direct me to a website or something that would know?

I’m so sorry to hear about your gecko, Anon!

Generally if an animal is sold as a pet then it is fine to keep its remains. As for where to start check out my Bone Collecting for Beginners post and the Bone Cleaning tag here on my blog. Lots of info in both of those places that’ll help get you started!

For cleaning something like the bones of a small specimen like your gecko the optimal option is really dermestid beetles. I’ve used them for lots of small specimens and they can’t be beat, especially if you want to do something like a ligament articulation. The beetles eat all of the tissue except for the ligaments that hold the bones together (provided you remove the specimen from their enclosure before they eat the ligaments of course) leaving you with a lovely little skeleton.

Your other options would be to make a small cage or box out of very fine wire mesh, find an active ant hill, and let them clean the bones for you. Gotta be careful with this method though because it’s very possible that the ants might carry off some of the bones or if the cage/box isn’t secured in place then a passing scavenger might carry the whole thing off. Sans any active ant colonies you can still use this method for “nature cleaning” and let any other passing insects clean the carcass. So long as the specimen is kept slightly damp and the temperature outside is warm (heat and humidity are ideal conditions for the bacteria responsible for decomp) then something that small will likely be down to bones or close to it in a week or two.

You can also macerate the specimen which is done by putting the whole thing in a container of warm water (around 85 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal) and letting the tissue rot off that way. This method is highly and very offensively aromatic so keep that in mind. The skeleton and possibly the skull will very likely fall apart during this process and require some reassembling which can be done with super glue or plain white Elmer’s glue.

Once you have bones that are free of any remaining tissue then I’d give them a quick soak in hydrogen peroxide to sanitize and whiten them. You could also put the peroxide in a spray bottle and spritz the bones with that a few times until they are as white as you want them to be. Keeping them out in direct sunlight during this process helps get them whiter too.

Hope that helps! Best of luck and again, my condolences about your little friend!

I’ve been mentally preparing myself for moving on from writing RL fics, but I keep getting these signs that I should do the third installment of Ser/Amar because I always said I’d name it Elysian. Like…it’s everywhere I go…even when I go out to lunch with friends. My brain just sort of starts plotting things, so now I’m at a loss on what I should do.

Soooooooo, if you have read Serendipity and/or Amaranthine, would you be at all interested in a third installment (Elysian)?

My students and I watched the inauguration today while writing letters to the cheeto in chief asking him to please consider disabled Americans in the next four years

Basically I stood in front of 25 people today and lied to them that everything is going to be okay and that we need to give Tr//ump a chance now to do something right even though I didn’t believe it

While I was talking to them his administration was taking down the page on disability legislation, lgbt legislation, and climate change

it’s been a rough day and I ran out of pep and optimism really quickly

I put ghostbusters on right after to keep everyone’s minds off of things but it was the quietest day this week to be sure

Okay so you know that trope in fics where after Harry comes out, Ron asks him if he ever looked at him that way? Usually his response is relief but like, what if it wasn’t? What if it went like…

Ron: What do you mean you’ve never?
Harry: Well, you’re like my brother. It would be too weird.
Ron: Not even once?
Harry: Nope.
Ron: But you’ve thought about Malfoy?
Harry: Um, recently, yeah.
Ron: I’m gonna need a 20 inch essay on what Malfoy has that i don’t.
Harry: It’s not like that! Hermione, help me out here.
Ron: Is it the hair?
Hermione: I doubt that’s it, he used to like Ginny. Maybe it’s more about posture.
Harry: *hitting his head to the desk and groaning*
Ron: I’m taller than he is Harry and he’s a bit skinny to be honest. I have more bulk, you know? Wait, where are you going? I’m a bloody catch, come back!
Hermione, snickering: There there, Ronald. I know you are.

No to Low Stress College Study Strategy

I started using this study method my 2nd month of college, when I realized that it was better for study-life balance and my emotional wellbeing. It makes me feel productive and alert all day, and gives me plenty of free time to pursue hobbies, clubs, and personal interests. It sounds kind of hardcore at first, but it’s seriously wonderful if you give it a try! Here’s the game plan:

  • After the first few days of the semester, I sit down with all of the syllabi from all of my classes and write down every single assignment for the rest of the semester into my planner. Include exams, readings, lab report due dates, worksheets, essays, etc. Everything.
  • Every weekend, I set aside however much time I need to knock out every single assignment for the upcoming week that is possible to do in advance. I do my textbook readings, textbook practice problems, my humanities readings, short essays or write-ups to accompany those humanities readings, etc.
  • Even though I’m doing more work, I generally spend the same amount of time in the library as my friends who only do their work for Monday over the weekend. This is because if you don’t commit to doing a large number of assignments, you tend to spend a lot more time on minor assignments than is truly necessary - do I really need to spend 3 hours on this 1-page essay for my English class if it’s only graded on a 10 point scale? Couldn’t I finish this in 1 hour and then devote more time to the rest of the readings I need to do for that class this week?
  • I still have enough time to sleep in, have long lunch breaks, go the gym, go to parties in the evening, etc.
  • You can do this, no matter your workload. I am a pre-med science major taking 20 credits (max course load) a semester, with two labs, and I can get it done. My roommate is an English major with heavy novel reading assignments and she can get it done. (Disclaimer: this mostly applies to undergraduates.)
  • Research papers and midterm exam studying generally get their own day separate from homework assignments. I like writing essays in 1 or 2 sittings, but if you like to spread it out just break up the essay into manageable pieces and do it over multiple weekends, or do the pieces between classes (see next bullet point).
  • After blasting through most of my assignments over the weekend, during the week I generally only have to do busy-work that is assigned at the end of classes and continue studying for midterms that week. I easily finish these assignments in the breaks between classes during the day.
  • With this strategy, I always complete all of my homework well before dinnertime, and often have days when I don’t have any assignments to do. I use this free time for club meetings, hanging out with friends, going to the gym, marathoning Netflix, pursuing hobbies, working a job, whatever.
  • I also use this extra time to be able to study for exams much more effectively - when you don’t have busywork assignments floating in the back of your mind, it is much easier to focus. You will study more productively and effectively, and with much less stress. Exams are worth way more of your grade than the homework assignments you blast through each weekend, so it’s best to be able to focus exclusively on them Monday - Friday.
  • The best part about this strategy is that your workload is heavy on Sunday and sometimes Saturday, but you get to relax Monday - Friday. You basically have a 5 day weekend every week, assuming you enjoy going to class.

If anyone also uses this method, I’d love to hear from you or hear your variants/study suggestions! If anyone tries out this method for 1 or 2 weeks and finds that it works for them, I’d love to hear about it! If you try it and hate it with a fiery burning passion and loathe me for even suggesting it, I’d love to hear about it!

I believe in you!<3 No matter what study method you choose to use, just do your best and exceed your own expectations.

i’ve been getting quite a bit of asks and messages about bullet journaling, so i figured that it would be better to make a helpful post about an intro to bullet journaling. i’ve compiled the basics + terminology around bullet journaling as well as some brief explanations and advice.

this got long, so i decided to put it under the cut! click “read more” to learn more about the basics of bullet journaling :)

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I just want you to know I’ve realized things. I loved you. Really loved you. But you can’t keep doing the same thing over and over until you hurt me, even if you don’t mean to. And I’m tired. I’m tired of having to forgive you all the time. I hope you learn from this. You can’t just love someone and leave them hanging. You need to prioritize them, love them, give them time. You did those, but they didn’t last. It turned out all that was left of you was a shadow. I was loving a shadow of a man I used to know.
—  The Girl Who Writes In Ink
Thanks, Charlie

Word Count: 1184

Pairing: Dean x Reader

Warnings: None

A/N: Written for @jessica-bones-winchester ‘s Dating Dean Challenge. My prompts were Wearing only one of his plaid shirts to bed  and Nights cuddled together watching DVD’s. 

This is yet another crapfest of epic proportions which I feel the need to apologize for. I had plans for this when I signed up but I lost ‘em and ran out of time and forgot how to write if I even ever knew how in the first place and this is what came out of it. 

Thanks to @bringmesomepie56 for the beta. 

Reader’s POV

“We should’ve gone with Sam.” I sighed, pulling the blanket tighter around myself. “He could use the backup.”

“No can do, sweetheart. Sam has Garth for backup.” Dean sat down on the couch next to me with his arms full of snacks and drinks. “You heard the doctor. You’re lucky you didn’t break your back in that last hunt. No hunting for you for awhile.” He opened up the snacks and laid everything out on the coffee table he’d set up in the living area for me then leaned back, opening his arms up and motioning for me to lay against him. I rolled my eyes and shook my head, crawling between his legs and wrapping my arms around him, resting against his chest.

“Technically, he never said no hunting.” I reminded Dean who scoffed.

“Semantics, Y/N.” Dean growled. “He said no strenuous activity. If we told him you were a hunter, you’d be in the psych ward. We all would be.”

“Fine.” I sighed in exasperation. “What movies did you pick?”

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I wish for you

1. I wish you all the laughs in the world,
because it’s important to laugh.
Even when it’s at yourself.
And sometimes, it really is the best medicine.
2. I wish you warm tea and good coffee,
because everyone needs a pick me up.
When life seems to have you in a whirlwind
of things to do, and people to see.
For the days that getting out of bed seems like the hardest thing to do in the world.
Yes, in times like these I wish you warm tea and good coffee.

3. I wish you good company,
because those you surround yourself with
are a reflection of who you are.
You are so lovely,
make sure the rest of the world knows it.

4. I wish you success,
because your talent is breathtaking.
The world should know that too.

5. I wish you good music,
because we both know the power that exists is in its lyrics and melodies.
I hope it lightens you when you feel heavy,
and grounds you when you feel lost.
I wish to you, music that hits you when you need it to.

6. I wish you great books.
Novels with a world you can escape to.
With characters you feel like you know,
places you feel you have been.

7. I wish you a good nights sleep
because it’s easy to forget its importance.
Keep moving,
but always remember to rest.

8. I wish you to be healthy always.
In every sense of the word.
Body, mind and spirit

9. I wish you a good cry,
Please don’t ever hold it back.
For ignoring the storm will only create a larger flood later.

10. Most of all,
I wish you happiness,
In all that you do,
in all that you are

—  so-effortless 
Last Night

Bucky x Reader

Summary: Who knew going to one of Tony’s parties could have a better outcome the following day.

Word Count: 2,443

Warnings: Explicit smut, NSFW, praise kink, slight metal arm kink

A/N: Holy crap guys, this came out better than I expected. This is my first time writing something this explicit to feedback would be great!!

(GIFs are not mine, credit to owners)

Originally posted by sebmarshmallowstan

Originally posted by jamiebarnes

“It was that good? I always had a feeling he was a boob guy, but wow.” Nat asked needing to know the details.

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Yuuri and Viktor’s relationship is just so healthy in so many different aspects. Not only has Viktor proven time and time again to motivate Yuuri to do his best and not give up on skating, but even in the little things, which are sometimes the ones that matter most. If it hadn’t been for Viktor’s comment to Yuuri before Minami’s performance, the poor kid wouldn’t have been able to get over his nerves. He would have been just like Yuuri was in the past. It cost Yuuri nothing to motivate him but a simple statement and this meant so much to Minami, with Yuuri’s support he was able to skate at his best. This anime is just so amazing because it shows us how one simple gesture, (or in the many cases with Viktor) one simple touch can encourage a person to do wonderful things and to be the best version of themselves they’ve ever been. 


CS AU: Reality Bites

You think you’re supposed to have your life figured out by the time you hit 25. But chances are, you have no idea what to do, where to go or how to even function in society. In the end, nothing matters as long as the one by your side is exactly the person you want to figue out your shit with. 

“You, me, five bucks, Swan. That is all it takes.”

“One day we’re going to need more than five bucks.”

“Perhaps, but I’m never going to really need anything but you, love.

Happy birthday @blessed-but-distressed​. Whenever I think about what your writing inspires me, it’s exactly this. It reminds me of  kevin smith movies and blur songs. It’s Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke smoking cigarettes and drinking bad coffee in Reality Bites. Is not knowing what the fuck to do with your life and all the sarcasm that you bring to convey that. It’s figuring out that is ok not to figure out, as long as you have people in the same boat as you. And I wanted to show that with a little picset. This is what I think of when I think of your writing, I hope you like it.

Thank for you for being such a talented writer and a wonderful person to chat with. 

Since @fangsmagicandinspiration made me a fic for one of my sketches, I made a sketch for a different scene in their fic! Maybe were just gonna have an endless cycle of making stuff inspired by the other and end up with a weird game of art/writing telephone lol

Check out their awesome fic here:

Seeking Arrangement

Ok so we all know this site is trash but I wanted to maybe let some new girls or people who just didn’t know, in on some info.

****don’t bother messaging an “SD” with a standard account


He needs to have a *premium* account to view your message. I know you may be slaving away all day copying and pasting messages to guys on SA or writing well thought out messages, but you’ll probably cut your time in half when you realize all these men can do is gawk at your profile. Don’t even bother sharing private photos. He won’t be able to get in touch. (Unless you have faith that your Prince Charming will purchase a premium account and come back to you, then by all means, shoot your shot.)

******Do SDs profiles seem a little less racist???

When I started on the site, so many profiles said “no black girls please” or “white girls only”

SA now has a premium feature that will filter out “unwanted” characteristics from profiles that message you. For instance, all premium account members can alter their settings to only include messages from certain races, ages, heights, “lifestyle budget”, location, etc. Basically any info that you would provide in your profile. Now there’s no need for them to even describe their preferences. If he doesn’t want a message from someone like you, it won’t even pop up in his inbox.

Given, I’m sure not every profile utilizes this because we all know old ass men love ~attention~ from women.

It is useful for SBs too though, you can filter out men with lower income, dudes who are in their teens and 20s, etc.

A lot of SB tip posts are repetitive and I hate making this kind of stuff but figured the info should be out there, before your hands fall off from messaging so many dudes with so little results.

So I was wondering how Credence will turn out after what happened in Fantastic Beasts, and my personal conclusion : Soft!Credence Barebone.

  • Credence who wears lots of knitted jumpers and socks cause he’s been cold for so long he needs the heavy clothes
  • Credence who lets nifflers and kneazles and even occamies sleep in his bed even though they shouldn’t be allowed there and excuses them by saying he was cold and they brought warmth
  • Credence who gets all smiles and soft voice around children and Newt’s creatures and gets lots of respect for that
  • Credence who learns about Obscurus and helps fellow Obscurials to control their powers
  • Credence who can’t bake or brew potions cause it requires too much precision and the risks of messing it up give him anxiety, but who excels in charms and at decorating cakes cause you can re-try taht as many times as you need
  • Credence who learns all sorts of spells, but is best at the most practical ones
  • Credence who falls alseep in front of the fireplace and who gets levitated to his bed
  • Credence who talks through his sleepless nights with Queenie or Newt, or who just goes out and help Jacob at the bakery since he starts working at 4 am
  • Credence who likes to hold hands with his friends and steal their clothes

Just, soft!Credence who is given all the space and freedom and love he needs and who heals at his own pace and who definitely never becomes a villain overcome with anger and betrayal

Mass Effect: Loyalty Missions

Shepard: Are we all ready to go guys?

Legion: Geth consensus…beep boop.. please save us.

Kasumi: I need to dress you up, break into a mansion and steal something for me.

Shepard: ….Okay, oddly specific but okay.

Jacob: I have daddy issues.

Tali: Don’t we all?

Shepard: Okay, so Tali, you’re daddy issues too? *scribbles on notepad*

Tali: Oh yeah and can we reclaim my homeworld too?

Shepard: *facepalms, writes it down*

Wrex: Cure my people’s thousand year old disease.

Shepard: that might be hard but okkkayyyy.

Garrus: Help me wipe out three gangs and one lone guy.

Shepard: Do you think he’s even alive in this reaper shit show?

Garrus: Yes.

Shepard: Okay, do you know where he is?

Garrus: Idk, my heart will guide me

Shepard: Ugh! Okay. *writes it down*

Shepard: Ashley?

Ashley: I’m dead.

Shepard: Oh! Oops sorry about that!

Ashley: It’s cool.

Shepard: Liara?

Liara: I need to become the shadow broker!

Shepard: Liara, do you NEED to become the shadow broker or do you just WANT to become the shadow broker?

Liara: NEED!

Shepard: Okay, fine.

Mordin: Help me find my student? Also seashells?

Vega: Help me think of a sweet N7 tattoo design?


Grunt: I just hit puberty.

Shepard:……………………….oookkkkaaayyy not sure I can help with that.

Miranda: Help me hide my kidnapped sister?

Shepard: Wait ……What?!

Joker: Get rid of this ship cancer.

*EDI walks in a game later with her sexy robot body*

Joker: Nevermind. I’m good!

Jack: I want to go blow some shit up.

Shepard: What kind of shit?

Thane: Help me stop my son from making the mistakes I did.

Shepard: Thane, teens are teens, they gotta make there own mistakes.

Thane: At his age I became an assassin.

Shepard: *writing rapidly* Oh, yep, nope, might wanna stop that.

Samara: Help me kill my daughters?

Shepard: WHAT? OMG THIS IS TOO MUCH! I SWEAR if one more person asks me to do something I will light the citadel on FIRE!

*Kaidan walks in*


Kaidan: *In small scared voice.* I made you cookies shaped like hearts.

Shepard: *hugs him* THANK YOU GOD!

Everything We Need (1/1)

To celebrate Christmas (and @fergus80 returning to the states from her holiday trip), here’s a little something I whipped up for this extra naughty gutter flower! You, my dear, are so much fun. I can’t even express the joy I get from hanging out with you and the gutterflowers. 

Here’s a bit of beanstalk divergent smut, because you mentioned you love season 2 and there’s not so much fic out there from that time. And (let’s be real here) I’ve always thought that Anton would’ve been knocked out for longer than that, so I’ve created an extra scene in there to make up for some of what I considered to be missing time. I also know that you love season 3, and that you have a bit of a size kink, so I’ve got some of that going on as well. Hope it *ahem* hits the right spots ;)  Also on FF/AO3

Emma rolled her eyes. This guy was unbelievable. She knew he was lying from the moment he opened his mouth. Something just wasn’t right. To be be fair, he was a decent actor but her superpower told her there was more to this man than he was letting on.

At first she was struck by the vibrant color in his eyes. To the others, they likely shone with fear and panic - but she saw a hint of mischief behind those forget-me-not blues. He was quite handsome. A bit roguish and rough around the edges, despite his story of cowardice he seemed to be the kind of man who wouldn’t run from a fight so easily. Mulan had mentioned something about him being a blacksmith, which might have been true - he had the hallmarks of a man who knew a bit about hard work - but there was also something dignified about the way he carried himself that belied his stated humble profession.

He was a knotted mystery that Emma desperately wanted to untangle, but they had more important things to do. Learning of Cora was certainly a problem. She thought Regina was bad, and by the sound of it, the apple hadn’t fallen far from the tree. But they had to get back to Henry, and quickly. They didn’t have time to mess around with his lies.

He’d offered to guide them on their quest for a portal back to Storybrooke, and that’s when Emma made her move. She stood behind him while he was still seated, and moved to forcefully grab a fistful of his dark hair, yanking backward to expose his throat as she moved her knife to the delicate skin there, pressed tight enough to let him know she wasn’t kidding, but not so hard as to cut just yet.

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In fearful day, in raging night
With strong hearts full, our souls ignite
When all seems lost in the war of light
Look to the stars – Hope burns bright!

I needed to do this for myself. Art is therapy and I needed to do something. I couldn’t even keep it together while writing that oath.

But I needed to remind myself it’s not all lost and Blue Lantern Kyle was the only way I could think of to get that out. I’m scared. I’m stunned. I’m horrified. But drawing this has helped me feel a little better. I hope Kyle helps others too.

Please don’t give up. I know the future is terrifying right now. I know that people both in and out of the US are confused, frightened, and anxious. I’m one of them. But please don’t give up. We can’t let this stand. 

In fearful day, in raging night
With strong hearts full, our souls ignite
When all seems lost in the war of light
Look to the stars – Hope burns bright!

cupcakesandtv  asked:

BRIANNA MY NEW PLAN IS TO ASK EVERYONE FOR THIS PROMPT BECAUSE WE ALL WIN OKAY LISTEN JUST LISTEN: write me a missing scene from the film where jyn and cassian kiss. please and thanks. you're a peach.

Okay listen I’m slightly intimidated writing for one of the best writers I know but I will give it my best shot. Also I know it’s fairly late in the day but when I finally figured out how I wanted to write it I got so excited so here you go!

Jyn took a deep breath, closing her eyes for just a moment as she let it out slowly. They were really about to do this. Everything leading up to this point seemed easy in comparison. Now it really seemed like they were tempting fate. As Cassian secured his blaster on his belt, she leaned forward and peered out the now glassless window.

It wasn’t a good idea but part of her just needed to know. She couldn’t even see the bottom beneath all of the darkness. Who knows how far they would fall if one of them slipped? She’d certainly taken bigger risks than this but the stakes were never quite this high. They couldn’t fail. If they did, millions upon millions of people would most certainly die.

Turning towards Cassian, she saw him staring back at her with a heavy look in his eyes. He was as wary as her about this climb but they had no choice. K2 got them this far and sacrificed himself to keep them safe for a little while longer. They owed it to him, if nothing else. Jyn didn’t know all of Cassian’s history with the droid but she could read the utter loss in his eyes when it became clear what K2 had done.

As she stepped towards him, Jyn really didn’t know what she was going to do. Reaffirm how important it was to get to the top as if he didn’t already know? Comfort him over the loss of his best friend? As she reached out towards him and he met her halfway with a steady hand, all uncertainty faded away and she laced her fingers with his. If things went badly, this might be their last chance to say something. Yet all words died in her throat and she chose to do something else instead.

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Happiness/Healing Love Spell

I made this spell for my datemate who was feeling down. I put this together really quickly for them (aka like a half hour to an hour). Anything in this spell can be easily substituted for something else so feel free to change it for your needs but still credit me if you tell anyone or write it in your grimoire/BoS. You can even do this spell for yourself rather than someone else. I hope you enjoy. ^^ 



  • Strawberries & Cream - pink for love, strawberry for childlike happiness 
  • Two scentless yellow* - optimism and happiness 


  • Obsidian - take in bad energy, promote strength
  • Howlite - reduce anxiety and stress, soothe emotions 
  • Rose quartz - healing and promote love
  • Amethyst - calm
  •  Hematite - protective 


  • Rosemary - promote love
  • Basil - bring happiness, love, and peace 


  • Happy, calming, love songs**
  • Ask any deity you worship to help out 

*I used LED light changing candles. You may use regular candles if you please.

**I made my own playlist which I won’t share because it is personal to me. If you make one, it should be person to you too.


(While doing each step, say what each material is used for) 

  1. Place the three candles in a V-shape with the pink one at the bottom and the yellow ones at the top.
  2. Arrange your crystals in another V-shape around the bottom candle. This should create a heart shape. 
  3. Place your herbs in a heart shape around all the other objects.
  4. Light all the candles and repeat this chant: “the fire from the candle represents your happiness. It is growing and warm. When I blow it out it doesn’t mean it’s going away but rather going your way.” (You may change the words for your liking/ to include any deities.)
  5. Blow out the candle and focus on the happy energy going to the recipient. If you played music, blow them out at the end of all the songs.
  6. If you used any deities help, thank them.

Extra emoji spell to send to the recipient:


Good wishes, ☀️️Suni☀️️