doing good for the environment

After work today I bought some plants and put them in my empty flower bed. After a stressful week it felt good to dig and the dirt was so soft, and dark, and there were nice fat worms.

It just felt really good. Plants are awesome and we should all do more to make our environment nicer and to keep it nice.

I planted the following things:

Hearty mini Bright Joy lilies

Patriot hostas

AND because they reminded me of Garak–

Obsidian coral bells.

Anyway, I’m happy about my plants and wanted to share.

loxare  asked:

Ooh, can you imagine? The Ivys, a group of teens who want to do good for the environment so they start rooftop gardens and petition the city for orchard trees in the parks. Or the Riddlers, a group who encourages people to expand their minds. Or the Crazy Quilts, who just yarn bomb stuff in horrendously bright colours.

all of these sound way better than anyone idolizing clown face mcboring pants

I feel like this is a well known headcanon but Caitlin Farmer is majoring in marine biology and is the coolest fucker anyone on SMH team has ever met. Also a bit of chowder because you know they’re soulmates.

  • She went on one of those sleepovers that aquariums do for little kids when she was like seven and fell in love with the ocean.
  • she put her sleeping bag under the shark tunnel and didn’t sleep all night because she just wanted to be friends with them whenver they swam past.
  • she’s been to an aquarium in every city she’s been to.
  • some people’s first port of call in new cities are nice restaurants or art galleries. cait’s are aquairums
  • she only goes to ones that respect their animals and care for them, with programs to rehabilitate sea animals and release them

(i got real excited so this got long the rest is under the cut!)

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sign of the times (a riley matthews fic)

But she swallows the tightness in her throat, forces a small smile on her face and hangs up the graduation picture of her and her friends above her desk. Her heart tugs as she thinks of them all, scattered across the country. All off to find their own destinies. Her fingers ghost over her ribcage, the galaxy etched into her skin burning at the thought of them all. The pride that she often feels when she thinks of her friends comes crashing onto her like an ocean wave.

She ignores the bitter feeling of loneliness that follows it only moments later.


Chapter: 1 (Girl Meets New Beginnings) 
Ships: Riley/Lucas (main romantic pairing), platonic Riley/Clique Six, Riley/Charlie, Riley/Dave & Riley/Asher 
Word Count: 11k+ 

Notes: Well here it is friends, the first chapter of what will hopefully become my best work yet. I’m so excited for this fic and everything I plan to do with it and I hope you guys are excited too. Special shout out, as always to @friarlucas for editing and overall supporting this endeavor. Please enjoy and let me know what you think! Also, this fic takes place in the same canon verse as Maggie’s “Gravity on the Open Road” fic, you don’t need to read that fic to understand this one, although I highly recommend it, because it’s a wonderful fic!


Riley enters college under the complete and total assumption that she’s going to love it. She has no reason to think otherwise, especially after bidding all of her friends goodbye on their road trip across the country, and their wide-eyed and blinding smiles burned in her memory forever. They were all excited for the next chapter in their lives, and she was too. Of course she was nervous, but those nerves were overshadowed by something stronger, an anticipation and excitement of things to come.

So when she drudges across the main lawn of New York University, her backpack on her shoulder and duffle bag in hand, her parents bickering behind her and her younger brother by her side, a smile finds its way across her face. Things are going to be different – no friends, no Lucas, no dad as her teacher, but she has faith that it will be a good different.

Her room is a cramped double in the third floor corner of the largest freshman dorm, and her roommate merely nods at her when she first enters. While this dampens her spirits momentarily, she catches a glimpse of the New York streets below her window and realizes that things aren’t all bad. She’s Riley after all, always finding the good in otherwise unsatisfactory situations.

She won’t lie and say the less than pleasant living arrangements she finds herself in makes the goodbye she bids to her family hurt any less, but she plasters on her ever-present Riley Matthews smile and knows that things will get better in time.

Her roommate, as she learns over the next couple of hours is named Hannah, is a chemistry major and is not in college to make friends. That stings a little and Riley’s childish dream of being best friends (as best of friends as one can be with her true best friend across the country in California) with her college roommate immediately crumbles around her in a cloud of dust.

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Today’s The Day

Request: Could you please write an EXTRA FLUFFY Sirius x reader imagine? Thank you very much! Xx

and

hello! sorry to bother you but I was just thinking if you can write a small imagine if sirius finally having the courage to flirt and ask out his gryffindor crush who is known of being intimidating (just like me lol)

Word Count: 2,041

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“Alright, Prongs, today’s the day,” Sirius declared confidently. “Is it?” James smirked. “Yes,” Sirius replied. “You sound pretty sure of yourself there, Mate,” James pointed out, amused. “I am. I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna go up to her in the library after dinner and sweep her off of her feet and by the time I leave, she’ll be head over heels in love with me,” Sirius tugged on his collar, his boldness almost palpable. “Well good luck, Pads,” he laughed, mumbling under his breath,“You’re going to need it.” “I am not going to need it!” Sirius called as he left the common room for dinner. 

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15.2.2017 4.40 p.m. - Environmental law and coffee with vanilla soy milk! Sorry for the bad quality, it’s been a grey day and the sun is setting soon.
Honestly not enjoying environmental law at all so far :/ Administrative law felt like a good package, this just feels like it’s all over the place. There are so many laws to study, and they are (at least to me) really different from one another. It just doesn’t feel that interesting to me. I wish it did, because I do care about protecting the environment.
Hope you’re having a good day x

theguardian.com
Romania bans trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats
Unexpected move reverses a trend that has seen increasing numbers of large carnivores shot by hunters each year since Romania’s accession to the European Union
By Luke Dale-Harris

Romania doing some good and we love it 🐻!

Things I Learned From Freshman Year at MIT

I don’t believe in blanket statements, because everyone is different. I like details, caveats, and qualifications. I like taking a little bit of this and that and putting it together into what works for me. I hate blanket commands–”Work smarter not harder” “Be more focused” “Be more productive”–because these don’t tell you how to do any of that, and though the sentiments behind those goals are good, they are not very helpful.

Summer is a good time for planning and reflection. I’ve seen a lot of “Things I learned from college” posts on tumblr, and I applaud the studyblrs for being very specific–I once saw a list of sixty-six individual items that were all pretty detailed. But that being said, we’re all a little different–which is why you can never have too many of these posts :) This is my own little contribution. I hope to make a fancier and more final version for the admissions blags, so, look out for that~

Studying/Academic Work

(^from when I was studying at Ames Street Deli near the MIT campus)

I noticed that the following occurs when I am super stressed out/tired/etc., since it is the behavior I exhibited during the end of finals when I was very burnt out but still needed to cram. Some of it is rather odd, but there you have it. Since this is the case at an extreme, I hope that if I take action in accordance with these behaviors even when I am not as worn out, hopefully my productivity levels will increase.

I have had ADHD since I was a child, though I’ve now (presumably) grown out of it, to the point that for a time I wondered if my diagnosis had been false. After a lot of personal reflection and research (and realizing I trusted my doctor immensely) I decided that it was definitely not false, and some of the effects still linger. I have tried, in the past year, to constantly evaluate and re-evaluate my work habits. Instead of fighting against my own strange idiosyncrasies with traditional studying or work techniques, I decided to allow them to exist, work around them, and hopefully take advantage of them. Most importantly, this involves realizing what they are

  • I work best in 2-hour intervals, preferably there is a change of location between each interval (e.g., library→coffee shop→library→home)
  • When I am feeling exceptionally lazy or unproductive, I should just sleep/nap (since usually I’m also feeling tired). This will make me more productive later.
  • I work best in the early morning or the evening, I work worst in the afternoon (~2-6pm)
  • If I have a whole day to work, regardless of when I go to bed I should just get up early and then take a nap in the afternoon, because getting up later than 7:30AM throws me off (in the spring time that is; this is probably a different time interval for the fall/winter when the sun rises later)
  • Although I prefer to listen to music while studying, I work best when I do not listen to music. The best sound environment is the library, or a cafe when quiet, around other people working. Sometimes, music is good to start my work, because it makes me feel less stressed and more comfortable, but as my concentration mounts it’s best to turn it off.
  • Other people working influences me to work. This is why libraries and cafes are good environments.
  • I do not work well in my own room/home.
  • The worst work environments are:
    • by myself in my own room anytime before 10pm (After 10pm, if I have been working the whole evening, the momentum of working helps me still get work done in my room if I need to change locations and come home)
    • around other people not working/only sort of working/talking/etc.
  • Physical movement is the best break (walking from one location to another, stretching, taking a walk, doing ab exercises, etc.) Watching things/writing distracts me for too long a period of time.
  • If I am feeling particularly lazy, it helps to find someone disciplined/equally worried about next test/assignment/etc. to work with. We can explain things to each other without distracting each other.
  • In Hayden library, although I like the window seats, I work best at the long outlet tables, preferably when other people are working there.
  • The best way for me to study/work is to first organize information and then problem solve/do examples. If I try to do this in reverse order I get easily discouraged when a problem is hard. Passive studying first, active studying second, but in short blocks of passive-active, passive-active, passive-active, by subject material.
  • When I feel overwhelmed when studying (all the time) it is best to first make a study plan, whether I follow it or not. A study plan involves writing down all resources, practice exams or problems, available notes and relevant topics. I can organize these into what will help me most and/or what I should do first. Making a plan calms me down and allows me to focus.

Sleep

  • Ideally, I would average ~7 hours of sleep a night
    • as a matter of fact, slightly less than 7 is preferred. For some reason, when I sleep too much or don’t have enough to do, I start getting insomnia. This always happens in the summertime…
  • I usually average a little over 6 hours of sleep a night. This is doable for the week, but I have to rest well on weekends.
  • If there is a test the next day, I have to get at least 6 hours of sleep the night before.  
  • If I get 5 or fewer hours of sleep, I have to get 7 hours the next night.
  • I have to wake up before 8:00AM at the latest in the springtime, or else I am significantly less productive the rest of the day. Wintertime may be a little later, since the sun rises later.
  • Classes after 3pm are hard to sit through; it is preferable to start early and end early.
  • I usually cannot work efficiently after 2AM if I am problem solving or studying
  • If I am writing a paper, I cannot work efficiently after 4AM.
  • Naps are great. Take them, but not for more than an hour.

Food

(^my roommate and I were the cooking dream team during IAP)

  • Breakfast should be light and late. Eating too early makes me hungrier the rest of the day, and there’s no point in forcing my metabolism to start up before it’s ready.
  • Lunch or dinner should also be light, and potentially split into twice a day or interspersed throughout the day. Eating less food but more frequently is most effective; I usually feel awfully tired or uncomfortable after a full meal.
  • It’s important not to drink coffee too regularly. When there’s a less stressful week of work, take a detox (no coffee or even tea the whole week). This will also keep smaller amounts of caffeine more effective when you do drink coffee. 
  • If you’re hungry late at night, go ahead and eat to maintain your energy, but try to eat (dried or fresh) fruit or nuts or yogurt or something healthier. Drink lots of water with it.

Next year, I’m cooking for myself, so I’m trying to get a really good idea of exactly what my needs are–both for my own health and the health of my bank account :P I’m going to try to fully feed myself. Literally, I’m going off the meal plan and paying for all my own food instead of my parents, using what I earn from my internship this summer…here goes nothing O__O” I hope to get on a road toward more self sustainability.

A note: college students (and definitely MIT students) usually have a less regular schedule, and often longer days. We don’t wake up at 8 and sleep at 8 every day–if you do, you’re very on top of things, but it’s my belief that you don’t have to do that to be on top of things, especially if, like me, you know that’s never gonna happen. People say this irregular schedule contributes to the Freshman 15, but I don’t think it has to.

Rather, pay close attention to when you get hungry. Throw away social norms, and just plan to eat whenever and how often you get hungry–frequently, but in smaller amounts of healthier food. If you always get hungry at midnight, consider splitting your dinner into two parts, or just eat later, or plan for healthy late-night snacks. If you are always hungry every four hours, bring granola bars or whatever to class. Drink lots of water, especially late at night and whenever you’re tired.  

Alec Request

Hey! (: Would you mind doing an alec volturi imagine where Bella’s sister is Alec’s mate & they’re gonna take her and Bella panics bc her sister has health problems like asthma, anxiety, etc but alec sort of tells her she’s his & they take her anyway


You were staying with your sister, Bella, and the Cullens at their large home in Forks. It was a normal day; you were reading with Nessie. Edward and Bella were sitting lovingly together on the couch; everything was peaceful. Until the doorbell rang. Edward’s head snapped up and he stood up quickly. “Emmett, Rosalie, Jasper” Edward called out to his siblings who ran quickly to meet him, “stay with Nessie and Y/N.” You could barely hear Edward talking but you could tell the others were eavesdropping. “Of course. Right this way,” you heard Edward say followed by footsteps approaching the living room. He came through the door and you saw how stressed he looked. “As you can see, Alec, Renesmee has fully grown since you’ve last saw her.”

A darked haired man came in the room and took in the sight of  everyone in it. “It seems so. The Volturi will be happy to hear everything is going well.” He gazed from Nessie to you. The moment your eyes met you were entranced; you couldn’t look away.

“This is my sister,” Bella spoke up. “She just recently found out about us.”

“Interesting. I’d very much like to stay and talk with you; especially you, Y/N.”

By the end of the day you and Alec had talked a lot, you found yourself unusually drawn to him. He stayed around the area and checked in with the Cullens, and you, for the next three days. Each day you two would spend hours talking about whatever came to mind. On the fourth day he came in looking upset. “My fight out leaves today in 7 hours,” he announced right off the bat. “I would like to Y/N with me.” Before you could smile Bella shouted out “No, absolutely not.”

“Why not,” you turned and asked her.

“You have asthma! You can’t live underground in that environment; it’ll do you no good.”

“I have my inhaler. Alec will be there to help me. I’ll be fine.”

“No, Y/N,” she almost growled.

“Well, that’s unfortunate,” Alec spoke up. You slumped in defeat thinking that he had given that easily up on you. “Because I’m taking her anyway. She’s my mate,” he proclaimed. “There’s nothing you can do to stop me from taking my other half. You have a good 5 hours to talk and say your goodbyes. But, you can’t stop her from leaving with me.”

49 Ways To Save Money
  1. Talk to your bank. Are you receiving the lowest possible interest rate on loans? What about your mortgage? Are you carrying extra insurance, or does your current policy fit your needs? If you have credit card debt, does your bank know your plans to pay off that debt? When was the last time you talked to the free financial advisor your bank likely has on staff? Proactive clients with long-term relationships with a particular institution can often negotiate better deals and rates. Some banks offer incentives for “house holding,” or consolidating assets, insurance, and other services with them. You won’t know what’s possible until you talk to them, so pick up the phone regularly. 

  2. Cultivate friendships for free. Literally. Skip weekends with your pals at the movies, expensive brunches, or out-of-town trips. Instead, link up for a day at a beach or park, or a drive to explore a nearby town that no one has actually spent time in. Local fairs and festivals are fun choices for groups with varying financial considerations–those who want to spend more, can, but those on a strict budget can still enjoy the day, environment, and perhaps a well-chosen treat. 

  3. Reign in your family. Already stressed about holiday gift-giving and the associated price tag? Make a pact with your family that no gift will exceed a certain monetary limit, and encourage homemade items or gifts of service. Those will small children would likely appreciate a free day or two of babysitting, for instance, while those with pets might value a guaranteed pet sitter during their next out-of-town trip. I’d bet anyone would enjoy having cleaning or chores done around their home. 

  4. Court the old fashioned way. Our most romantic moments rarely have anything to do with money. So, why is your dating life centered around how much money you spend on your partner? Picnics, walks, and surprise gestures don’t take a lot of cash–they take thought, time, and effort, which are worth so much more.

  5. Talk to your friends and family. Be upfront about the fact that you are on a budget, and that you are committed to making it work. While you don’t have to get specific, making them aware of your ambition will save feelings when you decline invitations that don’t fit your budget. Better yet, they may think of creative and cheaper ways to spend time together. 

  6. Take pet care into your own hands. No more trips to the fancy doggy spa. Now, you bathe and groom your pooch yourself. Invest in a pair of clippers, soap, and other minimal tools, then prepare to lather, rinse, repeat. 

  7. Make gifts yourself. Homemade gifts show a thoughtfulness that store-bought items simply can’t equal. Mature adults recognize that the gift of time is truly the most precious of all, and will appreciate your gift even more. You will appreciate the fact that assembling your own goods will save a great deal of money, come the holiday season.

  8. Read. Not only is a book cheaper than a movie, reading also boosts brain power, productivity, and can infuse you with creative ideas. Consider forming a book club with friends for another low-cost social option. Bonus points for choosing reading material that enhances professional skills, potentially leading to new or increased sources of income. 

  9. Better yet, read books from the library. Remember the library? That place where you spent time as a child is still there, and it’s still free. You already pay for it when you paid your taxes, so why not enjoy it? Modern libraries also offer DVDs, internet access, popular magazines, and family events. 

  10. Ditch the cable subscription. How many of those channels do you actually watch? Likely only a handful. Get the shows you love from Netlix or a similar vendor and cut both costs and time wasted by commercials. If it’s new and you have to see it, get it from RedBox for a dollar and some change. 

  11. Turn off the television entirely. Doing so cuts your electric bill, removes commercial temptation to spend, and frees you up to pursue other activities. It may take a few days to find other ways to unwind, but the rewards are worth it.

  12. Only go grocery shopping with a list. Bonus tip: never go grocery shopping while you’re hungry. Numerous studies show that shopping sans plan, while hungry, is the fastest way to break the bank with unintended purchases. 

  13. Embrace your inner Iron Chef. We waste hundreds of dollars each year when we throw out spoiled, rotten food. Make a habit of regularly scouring your pantry and fridge, and actually using all that stuff that’s about to expire. If the same items keep making their way to your “use or lose” dinners, stop buying them. 

  14. Get excited about leftovers. Wasteful cooking is wasteful spending. Plus, cooking in bulk saves money. Get accustomed to preparing leftovers, and stock up on items like spices, cheeses, and other disguises that freshen them up that second time around…and the third. 

  15. Pay attention to expiration dates. Households waste hundreds of dollars each year on food that is thrown out. If you’re going out of town in a few days, skip the milk at the store so it doesn’t go to waste. When you do buy perishables, reach to the back to get your hands on items that expire later. 

  16. Stash snacks in your car. Doing so will free you from the temptation of a drive-thru window when rush hour keeps you on the road, or when that lunch you skipped makes your blood sugar crash at the end of a long day. You’re also more likely to eat a healthy, budget-friendly meal in the evening if you don’t walk in the door starving. 

  17. Forego alcohol, cigarettes, and other expensive habits. Your health will thank you, and so will your wallet. Even occasional indulgences add up over time. 

  18. Compare grocery stores. Consider not only the store’s standard selection, but also the frequency of sales and sale items, and gas and time to get to the store. Shopping at several stores may result in the lowest possible grocery bill. 

  19. Go generic. Many retailers offer store brands that are significantly discounted from the name brand items. Get in the habit of purchasing these product lines whenever possible. The quality is comparable but the savings can be huge. 

  20. Plan by sales. Grocery stores often post weekly specials. A quick scan of your store’s weekly flyer will tell you what is in season and, therefore, lower in price, as well as clue you in to sales, discounts, and promotional offers. Plan your meals around the sale items and what you have on hand, and watch your food bill decrease. 

  21. Stock up immediately following a holiday. Everything from cards to wrapping materials and decorative items is cheaper immediately following the holiday. Think beyond Christmas and Thanksgiving, and head for the stores in the days following any holiday for which you send a card (Mother’s Day, Valentines Day, and so on) for deep discounts.

  22. Set up an “offers only” email account. Use it to sign up for every rewards program you can, from that coffee shop you frequent weekly to the specialty grocer across town you only see occasionally. Over time, those perks and rewards will add up. 

  23. Sewing machines are cool. Why? Because they save you money! Every time a button pops off, a strap pulls loose, or a hem tears, you simply set it up and go to town. No more tailoring or alterations bills, or ditching of clothing due to damage. Now, you can make your wardrobe last. 

  24. Install a programmable thermostat. Some models even allow you to set different temperatures during the day and night, meaning you’ll be comfortable when you’re home but not paying to cool or heat a space that no one is in during the day. If you’re not sure what the ideal temperature is for your abode, call the manufacturer of your heating and cooling units and pose the question to them. 

  25. Take banking online. You’ll save a stamp and gas to get to the post office if you have to. You can also pay bills in the middle of the cycle and keep careful watch over every transaction, which means no more late or overdraft fees.

  26. Unplug. Turn lights off before you leave. Keep doors and windows closed while the air conditioning is running, and turn it up a few degrees if you won’t be home. Unplug chargers and other devices that suck energy when not in use. Better yet, do all of these things and watch your energy bill hit rock bottom. 

  27. Run ceiling fans. Running ceiling fans counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter can lower both your cooling and heating bills. The rotation disperses cooled or heated air, meaning less energy is required to establish and maintain the desired temperature in the space. Don’t know how to change the direction on your fan? Get up on a ladder and take a look–most have a switch on the side–or call the manufacturer directly. 

  28. Give your dryer a rest. Your dryer requires electricity, which can raise your utility bill sky high. Keep the bill in check by doing a bit o’ good for the environment by drying your clothes on a rack or line. Folding drying racks can be found at any home goods or superstore. Or, hang a rod and line with materials readily found at hardware stores. 

  29. Invest in “smart” power strips.  If you use a computer at home, or run multiple devices like a laptop, printer, stereo, and so on from your desk, this item is a must have. The power strip focuses power usage on the devices you’re actually using, reducing the energy sent to the others and negating “phantom charge.” While some consider unplugging energy from gadgets you’re not actually using to be a waste of time, consider that the charges aren’t so “phantom” when they show up on your bill. 

  30. Get fit for free. Paying each month for a gym membership or classes at a local club? Say good-bye to the bill and start walking or running in your neighborhood. Or, spend one month’s membership on a few free weights, exercise ball, bands, or an ab roller from a superstore, and purchase benefits that last beyond 30 days. 

  31. Shop used items first. Clothing, sporting goods, furniture, household goods, and a host of other items can often be found in good condition on community boards, newspaper classifieds, or through online hubs such as Craigslist. Get in the habit of looking for gently used items before you shell out full price for a new one. 

  32. Brown bag it. Bringing your lunch to work each day will save you hundreds each month, not to mention you’ll be able to spend that precious break in a manner you actually enjoy, with food that nourishes and you can afford–sounds like a pretty good break! 

  33. Streamline your wardrobe. Pay a reasonable price for quality, sturdy classics, then mix and match them. You may not be sporting the shirt on the cover of this month’s fashion magazines, but you will be classy, tasteful, and dressed in a way you can afford, which is always in style. 

  34. Drive by the rules. Tickets can cost a small fortune in some states, so avoid them by driving within the speed limit and obeying other regulations. Your gas mileage will thank you, too. 

  35. Garden. Whether it’s a single planter with basic herbs on a windowsill, pots of tomatoes on your porch, or an extensive in-ground plot, gardening will cut your produce bill. Having plants around may also reduce stress and improve the overall quality of your living environment, cutting doctor’s bills and the need for that stress-busters class you pay for each week.

  36. Save grocery bags. They’re the perfect size for small trash cans in a guest room or bathroom, or to pick up pet poop or collect diapers in a nursery. You paid for them, might as well use them. 

  37. Buy rechargeable batteries. They will save you money, especially for families with kids’ toys, or people with power tools. Remember to unplug your charger when not in use. 

  38. Barter. Have a sweater you’re over but that babysitting neighbor always compliments? Do you cook, but the handy man down the street doesn’t? Talk to service providers about bartering; with taxes continuing to soar, many are open to the idea. Make a short list of items you would be willing to barter and negotiate them out of your home to clear clutter for a good cause.

  39. Avoid cards with annual or usage fees. If you have to pay to play, that card isn’t that good of a deal. These days, there are a number of cards that offer no annual fee. Attracted to a particular card but they do charge an annual fee? Call them, and ask for it to be waived. If you threaten to go with a competing lender who doesn’t charge, they just may be open to helping you out. 

  40. Get your coupon on. Coupons are, quite literally, free money. It’s worth it to sit with a circular for a few minutes each week and clip those you think you’ll use. For extra savings, combine coupons with regular store sales. 

  41. Remove your card from any stored shopping accounts. Entering your card number every time you shop online forces to think about your purchase. Taking the time to type it in means you will have to decide the purchase is worth it, reducing the chances of spending unnecessarily. Not storing cards also keeps them more secure. 

  42. Ride share. Always drive yourself? Consider teaming up with a friend during weekend outings, or better yet, find a coworker who can help your commute. You’ll save money in gas, mileage-based insurance and, over time, vehicle maintenance. 

  43. Keep a piggy bank. Every penny you lose is a penny that could be spent reducing debt, contributed to an emergency fund, or otherwise constructively employed. Keep track of them and give yourself a visually encouraging boost with a loose change jar in an easily accessible location. Decide how you’ll use the money before you toss in the coins, and delight at how quickly it adds up. 

  44. Save automatically. Divert part of your paycheck directly into your savings account. Some employers allow paychecks to be deposited into multiple accounts. If yours does, designate a sustainable percentage to go to savings. Not sure what you can reasonably put aside? Start with a set amount, such as $50 (the minimum to open an account at many banks) or even $100. At the end of your pay period, evaluate how much, if at all, you miss that amount. Dedicate raises and bonuses directly to savings.

  45. Accept that a car is only a piece of sheet metal. You don’t need one with bat wings and 10 speeds. You need one with a good safety rating and good fuel economy, one that your insurance company won’t charge a fortune to insure. You don’t need a truck unless you need to haul things; you don’t need a sports car unless you are a street racing driver. Take emotions out of the car buying equation, and make practical choices you can afford. 

  46. Take advantage of the stuff your taxes paid for. Public transportation, community events and educational classes, and public parks are in existence because your taxpayer dollars funded them. Enjoy the places, people, and opportunities you’ve already funded. 

  47. Live where you can afford to. This doesn’t just mean a part of town. To make your budget work, perhaps you should consider a new town, state, or even region. “Fun” places are only fun to live in if you can afford to do fun stuff there. You might be surprised by how relaxing you find any location, once you’re free of money woes. 

  48. Do the required maintenance on your home, car, and anything else you own. While it’s a pain at the time, adhering to the recommended maintenance schedule will drastically increase the lifespan of cars, lawnmowers, tractors, anything with an engine. In some cases, such as your vehicle, regular maintenance can prevent costly problems and keep you safe. When it comes to assets such as your home, regular maintenance preserves their value. 

  49. Stay focused. Saving for something specific? Keep your eye on the prize, literally, by placing photos of the items or notes with a keyword on your wallet and near your computer. Tempted to peruse the world wide web for some spontaneous, pajama-clad retail therapy? Halt! Take a look at the picture–what you’re saving for is much more satisfying than any spontaneous purchase. 

As a male who works towards feminist goals in the computer science industry i get harassed a lot and just kind of lost it with this one dude who was all like “ i went on one programming industry course and you are wrong, there is no misogyny women just are notbinterested, the lecturer said so”

“ The course will have been partly designed to get you to take a job in the industry because it lacks talent, so he is hardly gonna say "yeah we are a really misogynistic industry” its hardly good advertising xD

I do work full time in a programming environment xD im a programmer for a company, i work in the office 9-5:15 every weekday and i do see how women are treated in the industry, you dont have to believe me, i dont care what you believe, i have better things to do with my time than try and convince fuckboys with nothing better to do than moan about feminism, that there is a genuine issue in the computer science industry, you may not believe because like every other ignorant guy you hate to acknowledge that you are priviliged and women are worse off than you in certain industries, i have to deal day in day out with people bashing me just because i want to help get rid of the misogyny that is present in my industry, i will send you my 20 page dissertation on it at some point, along with the studies into the industry and the eyewitness accounts from males and females in the industry, but right now im watching netflix, i dont have to cater to pricks who feel burnt by feminism as and when they want me too"

anonymous asked:

It's Earth day! Make sure to do something good for the environment today, okay sweetie? The environment is very important and we don't have a back up planet. The stupid president is already trying to cut out the EPA (which I will set myself on fire to protest) so let's do our best as individuals to take care of Mother Earth! She is letting us live here, after all ~ Your nature loving TMM

i will, don’t worry!

love you tumblr mama

rainbowdovelove  asked:

Can you do something about fevers? Like their progression, causes, and symptoms as they get worse?

*sighs* you know you’re a nursing major when the index directs you to page 1,941 to answer a question…. anyway….

Also this is a super ass-long post that I’m ridiculously happy about. Be prepared.

And if anyone can find a good picture for this post, I’m coming up empty.

There, I’m done, enjoy!


Introduction:

The human body is basically a protein, fat, and mineral vessel made up of symbiotic chemical processes that have come together for the purpose of… well, as far as we can figure, continuing to run those chemical processes. Meaning of life. You’re welcome. Now, somewhere along the line, evolution figured out that the best temperature for the majority of those particular human chemical processes to take place was between 36.5C and 37.5C, because those within that parameter tended to live and reproduce more often than those who didn’t. Most of the rest of the gene pool died off.

Nature likes efficiency.

Somewhere along the same line, evolution also figured out that  the ability to temporarily raise that temperature in response to certain stimuli (pyrogens) gave us a better chance of fighting bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that might seek to do us harm (called pathogens), thus also allowing us to live longer and make more little chemical reaction vessels.

Current thought is that the increased survival is because some of those human chemical processes (like the kind necessary to fight infections) actually work better at slightly higher temperatures, and at those same temperatures, toxins produced by those pathogens aren’t as effective at causing us problems.

Still with me?

Fever occurs when the body detects something called a pyrogen. Pyrogens are chemical messengers that, when present, tell the body that something is wrong that might be helped by turning up the heat. Sometimes this is purposeful (we evolved to recognize the coatings on some pathogens as pyrogens) and sometimes accidental (medications and poisons can also act as pyrogens by coincidence (turning up the heat probably won’t help, but worth a shot)).

Other pyrogens come from inside the body as a result of inflammation. This can be because of tumors, a prolonged diet of white sugar/flour, damage to blood vessels, bad sunburn or other tissue damage.

Whatever the trigger, the part of the brain that sets temperature (the hypothalamus) reacts to the pyrogen by “setting” that temperature higher.

Now, with that temperature set higher, your body goes “oh $#*%, I’m too cold!” And promptly does everything it would do if you were actually hypothermic (see this post for info on hypothermia). First, it makes the blood vessels near the surface of your skin smaller so they lose less heat (and make you feel really cold so you pile on clothes/blankets and curl up). If that doesn’t work, and you’re still “too cold,” you begin to shiver, which further raises the temperature. Between these two processes, the body can pretty efficiently reach the new “set point.”

That’s a fever.

Now, only in super duper limited circumstances are true fevers actually dangerous. Uncomfortable, maybe, and the body ends up burning more calories and using more water to maintain them, so hunger and dehydration become a problem more quickly, but because they’re entirely controlled by the “set point,” they’re typically not going to get so high on their own that they start being detrimental to life

Hyperthermia, on the other hand, is pretty awful and definitely needs treated ASAP. Hyperthermia is not a fever. Where a fever is a higher temperature because the brain’s temperature set point is higher (brain is in control), Hyperthermia is where the body’s cooling systems have failed and body temperature gets too high despite a “normal” set point (external forces (hot tubs, dehydration on a really hot day, stroke, certain medications different from those above) are in control).

Now, The Part That Might Actually Help You Write About Fevers:

How fevers present:

Fevers come in cycles. A body develops a fever, has the fever, gets rid of the fever. One “fever cycle” is known as a febrile episode. Certain fever-inducing problems may have one long febrile episode, several febrile episodes, or may have a specific pattern of febrile episodes (different disease processes have different fever patterns).

One Febrile Episode:

  • The Chill Phase: The first phase of a fever is called the “Chill Phase.” In the chill phase, the person feels very cold, their skin is pale and they may or may not be shivering (baseline temperature –> peak temperature)
  • The Fever Phase: The fever phase is when the person’s temperature has reached the new set point. At this point, the person feels neither hot nor cold, but may feel thirsty, weak, achy and generally sick. Their skin is hot and flushed (peak temperature –> peak temperature).
    If the fever hits about 40C during the fever phase, neurological symptoms start to occur- most commonly because of dehydration and electrolyte imbalances (this is seriously the main reason. Not kidding. Drink fluids when you’re sick). These include drowsiness, restlessness, delirium (difficulty concentrating, mood swings, anxiety, euphoria, behavioral changes like becoming combative or particularly withdrawn, irritability, nightmares, hallucinations). Seizures may also occur, especially in children. Cerebral nerve cell irritation due to temperature can cause similar problems, but not as commonly.
  • The Crisis Phase: During this phase, the person feels warm and flushed and becomes extremely diaphoretic (sweaty). This is another period where the person may experience severe dehydration (peak temperature –> baseline temperature).

Treating Fevers:

The interesting thing about fevers is that the general population assumes that they are super dangerous and need to be treated super aggressively. This is great for you as a writer, because it is yet another way you can freak your characters (and audience) out without putting them in serious medical danger. Honestly, if the fever is under 39C, it doesn’t need treated. If its over that, the goal is to get it under that. Completely eliminating a fever isn’t going to do much good, and if your story is in a lower resource environment, it will just deplete supplies much faster.

That being said…

The first thing a character needs is comfort/prevention of further symptoms. If the fever is below 39C, give them lots of water. It will make them more comfortable and reduce their chances of having worse neuro symptoms if their fever gets higher. If they’re hungry give them food, and if they’re not, get some kind of drink with calories and electrolytes (sports drinks or clear supplement drink (especially if the fever has been going on for a few days and they still haven’t eaten)).

But say the fever gets higher than that? Here’s what your supporting characters can give/do:

Antipyretic medications: These medications help move the set point back down. They work for fever, but not for hyperthermia. They also may make a person more comfortable, because they’re painkillers (aspirin and ibuprofen will reduce inflammation as well). Examples:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen

Acetaminophen and ibuprofen can be given at the same time.

Mechanical cooling: These are more effective for hyperthermia, but are only very temporary measures for fever.

  • Bathing a character in slightly warm or tepid water
  • Dressing a character only in very light clothing/blankets
  • Placing a fan in or cooling the character’s room

Cold or ice water baths will actually make things worse, because while they lower external temperature, they encourage shivering, which raises core temperature and is just really, horribly uncomfortable for someone with a fever (Winchester the Younger can’t get a break, can he?).

Antipyretics are a good starting point because they are treating the biological cause of the fever. Mechanical methods will only work for very short periods of time, and like I said, they’re usually uncomfortable for the character (unless this is what you’re going for, then be my guest). 

R E F E R E N C E S

Craven, R. (2009). Fundamentals of nursing: Human health and function (6th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Lippincott, W. (2013). Brunner and suddarth’s textbook of medical-surgical nursing (12th ed.). Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Spiders

I was watching my little niece today. She’s seven and the definition of spoiled brat. She knows I don’t take much of it though, and is pretty good when her parents aren’t around. Unfortunately, she’s been taught to respond to the unknown or ‘scary’ with fear instead of curiosity.

So this morning she runs up to me, shrieking about a spider in the basement and wants me to go kill it.

Firstly, there are lots of spiders in the basement. Secondly, I like spiders. They do good things for the environment and cut down on the bugs-I-don’t-like population. Thirdly, I’m hella lazy. My kiddo had just fallen asleep and I wasn’t getting off the couch for anything less than armageddon. A spider wasn’t going to cut it.

So I ask her what kind of spider. When she looks confused, I briefly describe the local wolf spider, jumping spider, and orb weavers. She doesn’t look like she cares, but I say I won’t go down there unless I know what I’m dealing with. She runs off and comes back telling me it’s a wolf spider.

So I ask her how big it is. She fetches a ruler, I show her how to use it, and she runs off. Comes back with her finger on the ruler to show where the spider made it to. You can guess how close she got to the ‘scary spider’.

So I ask her what it looks like. Colors and patterns and whatever. She goes downstairs, comes back and tries to badly explain. Then she borrows my phone to go take a picture. This transitions into a quick lesson on how to take a photo when all she gets is blurriness.

So we end up on the internet after she gets her picture, finding out exactly what kind of spider it is and what it eats and why it’s okay to not kill the spider. She decides to name it Leggy. Then she runs downstairs and proceeds to take pictures of all the other spiders and various bugs she can find.

So I get her a jar. We poke holes in the lid and she carefully collects the best of the bugs, although she’s a bit heartbroken when she can’t find Leggy anymore. 

By the time her mother comes to pick her up, she’s got a dozen spiders, a centipede, and a silverfish for pets. All have names, many have been drawn on the paper next to it, along with a plan for how to feed them and keep them alive. 

The look on my sister-in-law’s face at the sight of the jar of ‘pets’ will delight me forever. :)

anonymous asked:

I just wanna know how you do it sis. How do you stay motivated through it all. I know you have it rough but you still stay positive and and put on the bravest face. How.

well if you want me to keep it 1 hunna I actually think about dying a lot but like I’m too scared to actually ever do anything to myself (again…) and I know deep down I do want to live just not like this

idk. it’s like I don’t want all the abusive people in my life to win. I don’t want them to get the best of me. I know I have so much potential and I know I’ll do good things and I know what’s hindering me is the toxic environment I’m wrapped up in. I know once I get out I’ll flourish. I know I have a lot of life to live and I know there’s positivity in my future and I’m happy that I’ve gotten well enough to realize that this part of my life is only temporary.