early lessons

Please don’t diminish your accomplishments!

I see so many posts that start off with “It may not seem like much to you” or “I know this isn’t impressive but…”

The only person you are competing with is you. 

If this is your first time lifting and you lifted 10 lbs, then celebrate! You just set a record! If this is your first time walking and you walked a mile - that is freaking amazing!!! 

Learning this lesson early will make your journey more enjoyable and more successful. 

I look forward to cheering you along the way!

When lesson planning genius strikes at 5am

Wake up like:

Working like:

Running into period 1 late like:

Feeling at the end of the day like:

You know what I think would be fun to see?

Hiccup learning to use Inferno. Somewhere between the first movie and second, Hiccup developed amazing swordsmanship skills. Some of it is probably from experience, given how many people like attacking him. But I bet he also had training.

Something I want to see in RTTE season 4 is that training. Hiccup finishes Inferno and, while a flaming sword is awesome, he needs to learn how to use it well. Being so far from Berk, I don’t see Stoick and Hiccup having the time to travel to see each other and train.

But you know who doesn’t have to travel?

Astrid.

I want to see (or at least hear about) her training him. I want to see her and Hiccup discussing techniques and how to hold onto their weapon. I want to see them spar, axe against sword. I want early morning lessons that happen when everyone else is still waking up. I want to see Astrid’s grin when Hiccup starts getting the hang of it. I want to see Hiccup using a move in a fight against dragon hunters that Astrid told him about.

I would love it.

One day the class finished our lesson early so our whole class (including the teacher) is just sitting here messing around and suddenly the teacher jumps up and yells “rap battle!!!!” And Everyone gets super excited so my teacher chose two people to rap about a person in the room. So the first two people chosen were my friend and some guy I never talk to. Anyways, my friend went first and (my names Cynthia) goes “my friend named Cynthia she has…” she totally goes blank and then suddenly yells “chlamydia!!”
Everyone lost their shit and was laughing (including myself) and the kid beside me (who’s a total germaphobe) gives me a freaked out look and slowly scoots his chair away from me, it made the whole thing even better.

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He will need it, he thinks, for a great many things.

- From the Spirit/Spirit AU by @feynites

I can’t express all my feelings… I had to keep looking away from the words to clutch my heart. I love this plot so much, it’s just wonderful. ;_; I must know what happens next. Does he ever have to make polite small talk with Elgar’nan?

In the last ten years that I’ve been putting out albums, touring, travelling the world, would you like to know the most important lesson? The most important lesson I have learned is to be able to diagnose when you are happy and to cherish it, and to really live it, and to fully be there, in that moment when you are happy. And looking at you, I just need you to know I am so happy in this moment. Because here’s the thing about happiness, it’s not a given, it’s not permanent, and it’s fleeting. So sometimes when we learn that lesson really early on in life, that happiness is fleeting and that you have it for a minute and it could be gone the next minute, sometimes the second thing that happens to us after that lesson is that we become afraid every time we’re happy, of losing it. And I used to do that. I would look at a crowd that was beautiful, and loud, and gorgeous, and singing every word to my songs, and I would be so scared because of how happy I was. I was so scared of when it would go away. And I think that we all do that. When we fall in love, we think ‘Oh, cool. How long until this ends, and I’m having to patch up my bruised bleeding heart again?’ ‘How soon until these friends that I love decide that I’m not cool after all, and stop hanging out with me?’ ‘How long ‘til I’m at this party before people find me out that I’m more insecure than anyone else here?’ ‘How long will I be dancing before someone points at me and thinks that I look stupid?’ These are the things that ruin our happiness. And I don’t want anyone, including your own mind, and your own fears, to ruin your happiness. So if you’re happy tonight, allow yourself that, and treat yourself to that. And sometimes we’re not happy for days on end, weeks on end, months on end. Sometimes we don’t just have a bad week, sometimes we have a bad year. And sometimes you go through something so hard that you feel like any of your mistakes are like marks against your record or something. Like those are gonna stain you forever. But that’s not the way that it works. And the cool thing about happiness being fleeting is it can go away really quickly, but it can come back really quickly and surprise you when you least expect it. And when I wrote this song, I was really fighting to find happiness and instead of finding permanent happiness, I found the lesson that I sing about in this song and I went to London and I met a woman named Imogen Heap and I told her a little idea and I played her this idea I had. And I ended up writing a song with her, and if you know the words to it please sing along with me. This one is the last song on the album, it’s called Clean.
—  Taylor Swift
Santa Clara, August 14

Thinking about de-aged Derek/Scott again and how much I wish it was a thing.

One day, young, fresh-faced Derek turning up at Scott’s doorstep, saying he woke up near the nemeton, didn’t know where else to go. 

Scott helping Derek deal with his trauma as Derek helps Scott deal with his. Scott being the person Derek can trust, who manages to get him to be more open. Derek being fiercely loyal, even sometimes when he maybe doesn’t need to be. Them learning how to do the full wolf shift together through hours of study, attempts and failure. 

Late night discussions about what they understand about the history of being a werewolf. It turns out, Derek is a complete history nerd. Midday chats about what they understand about the modern complications of being a young man. It turns out, it’s something Scott considers a lot when he has time to think. Early morning Spanish lessons, where Derek helps Scott with his vocab and Scott helps Derek with his pronunciation. Lying tangled up on the couch together, because they both fall sleepy and decide on an afternoon nap.

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INTERMISSION - Concluding the First Half of the “Course.”

Komiði sæl og blessud, vinir,

I am amazed at home far this informal “course” has come. We have covered A LOT of material this year - 20 lessons with a total of 30 posts. So, let’s take a moment to recap all of the lessons that have been posted up until now, before we move to the next half of this “course.”


FIRST HALF: Culture and Society.

Introductory Segment
Lesson 1The Viking Age and Our Sources.
Lesson 2The Geography and People of Early Medieval Scandinavia.
Lesson 3The Origins of the Viking Age.

Mythological Segment
Lesson 4Introduction to Norse Mythology: Our Sources.
Lesson 5Intro to Norse Mythology: The Story of Creation and the Worlds.
Lesson 6aIntro to Norse Mythology: The Major Gods and Races (Part 1).
Lesson 6bIntro to Norse Mythology: The Major Gods and Races (Part 2).
Lesson 6cIntro to Norse Mythology: The Major Gods and Races (Part 3).
Lesson 7Viking Spirituality.

Literary Segment
Lesson 8Runes
Lesson 9aLiterature and the Sagas, Part 1: The Nature of Our Sources.
Lesson 9bLiterature and the Sagas, Part 2: Snorri Sturluson and the Edda.
Lesson 9cLiterature and the Sagas, Part 3: The Skalds and Their Poetry.
Lesson 9dLiterature and the Sagas, Part 4: Kingly and Heroic Saga Literature.
Lesson 9eLiterature and the Sagas, Part 5: The Icelandic Sagas and Saga Style.

Society and Law Segment
Lesson 10Viking Age Society.
Lesson 11Law in the Viking Age.
Lesson 12Blood, Feud, and Honor.
Lesson 13aWomen in the Viking Age, Part 1: Overview and Social Roles.
Lesson 13bWomen in the Viking Age, Part 2: In the Eyes of the Law.
Lesson 13cWomen in the Viking Age, Part 3: Were Women “Vikings?”

Ship Segment
Lesson 14aViking Ships and Seafaring, Part 1: Development, Construction, and Navigation.
Lesson 14bViking Ships and Seafaring, Part 2: Primary Examples.

Native Settlement and Trade Segment
Lesson 15aThe Settlements at Home, Part 1: The Longhouse and the Village.
Lesson 15bThe Settlements at Home, Part 2: Early Towns.
Lesson 16Viking Money: Commerce, Coins, and Cuerdale.

Art and Weaponry Segment
Lesson 17Viking Crafts.
Lesson 18Viking Art: Decorating Useful Objects.
Lesson 19Viking Weaponry.
Lesson 20Viking Warfare.


I thank everyone who reads these lessons and supports my blog. I hope that everyone is benefitting from these lessons, although they are definitely not the best. As I have said, they are mainly based off my experiences in one class, taught by Dr. Jennifer Dukes-Knight, and various books I have read with her and on my own after taking that course. Regardless, I am vey glad to provide these lessons to give people a place to begin their exploration of Viking history.

Next week, things will return to normal with…

SECOND HALF: Raids, Settlements, and Kings.

I look forward to the second half of the course, and I am sure many others are as well. So, we shall return next Friday with Lesson 21 - Viking Raids: Francia. (Lesson may be split into parts).

Skál og ferð vel.

The most important lesson I have learned is to be able to diagnose when you are happy and to cherish it and to really live it and to fully be there in that moment when you are happy. And looking at you I just need you to know I am so happy in this moment. Because here is the thing about happiness: It’s not given, it’s not permanent and it’s fleeting. So sometimes when we learn that lesson really early on in life that happiness is fleeting and that you have it for a minute and it could be gone the next minute. Sometimes the second thing that happens to us after that lesson is we become afraid every time we’re happy, of losing it and I used to do that. I would look at a crowd. It was beautiful and loud and gorgeous and singing every word to my song and I’d be so scared because of how happy I was. I was so scared of when it would go away. And I think that we all do that. When we fall in love we think how cool, how long until this ends and having to patch up my bruised, bleeding heart again? How soon until these friends that I love decide that I am not cool after all and stop hanging out with me? How long until I’m at this party before people find out that I am more insecure than anyone else here? How long will I be dancing before someone points at me and thinks that I look stupid? These are the things that ruin our happiness and I don’t want anyone including your own mind and your own fears to ruin your happiness. So if you’re happy tonight allow yourself that and treat yourself to that. And sometimes we’re not happy for days on end, weeks on end, months on end, sometimes we don’t just have a bad week, sometimes we have a bad year and sometimes you go through something so hard that you feel like any of your mistakes are the marks against your record or something like those are going to stain you forever but that’s not the way that it works and the cool thing about happiness being fleeting is that it can go away really quickly but it can come back really quickly and surprise you when you least expect it. And when I wrote this song I was really fighting to find happiness and instead of finding permanent happiness I found a lesson that I sing about in this song and I went to London and I met a woman named Imogen Heap and I told her what I went through and I played her this idea I had and I ended up writing a song with her and if you know the words to it please sing along with me. This one is the last song on the album and it’s called “Clean”.
—  Taylor Swift’s Clean Speech (08/14/15)
STAR WARS FIC RECS - PART 2

STAR WARS - OBI-WAN, ANAKIN, AHSOKA, LUKE, LEIA, PADME, (& OBIKIN) FIC RECS - PART 2:

Fic Recs Part 1. There are so many fics in this fandom that make me happy that I’m going to have trouble flailing about all of them–but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try! ♥

IF THINGS HAD JUST BEEN A LITTLE DIFFERENT:
the comfort of this house by FoxGlade, obi-wan/anakin/padme & luke & leia & cast, 3.9k
Sign and Signifier by cadesama, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, 2.9k
Convergence by TheFreakWithTheWings, obi-wan/anakin, a/b/o, 1k
Lessons Learned Early Are Lessons Well Remembered by Rambutans, obi-wan & anakin & shmi & cliegg & cast, 4.3k
Chase Away The Storm + Sunny Days and Warm Nights by Tatsumaki_sama, obi-wan & anakin & luke, 3.3k total
Into the Breach by Melody_Jade, obi-wan & anakin & the council, 4.9k

JUST MAKE OUT ALREADY:
Monks by universalgleam, obi-wan/anakin, nsfw, 2.1k
Don’t Apologize For Your Pleasure by KeeperofSeeds, obi-wan/anakin,NSFW, 1.5k
Walking the Fine Line by cupiscent, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, bdsm, 9.4k
Fallen (chapter 14) by crazyundeadfairy, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, 3.4k for this part
Seed (chapter 2) by bell (bellaboo), obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, fuck or die, 3.4k for this part / 6.9k wip overall
w a l l s by alittleone, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, ~1k
Division of Forces by crazyundeadfairy, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, 2.3k for this part
Knights and Lace by Vee017, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, crossdressing, 1.5k

POST-REVENGE OF THE SITH TIMELINE HIJINKS:
who cares about your lonely heart by Elenothar, anakin/padme + obi-wan/anakin/padme + cast, wingfic, ace!obi-wan, 28.2k
Take Me Away From Myself by dirkygoodness, obi-wan/anakin, 14.3k wip

CLONE WARS ERA:
Twilight of the Apprentice: Coda by crowleyshouseplant, anakin & ahsoka, 2k
Favor Well Won by cadesama, obi-wan & anakin & padme & ahsoka & rex, 1.5k
Apologies by lauramariadavis, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, 1.2k
Anakin Skywalker and the Stray Droid by protos_metazu_ison, obi-wan/anakin + anakin/padme + ocs, 5.6k for this part / 12.7k wip overall
Jedi Octopus by Vee017, obi-wan/anakin, ~1k
i need to get my story straight by lealila, obi-wan & ahsoka & anakin, 4.5k
Hypothetically Speaking by skygawker, obi-wan & anakin + mentions of ahsoka, 1.9k
Trying to Connect by skygawker, obi-wan & anakin + mentions of obi-wan/satine, 2.7k

PADAWAN ANAKIN ERA:
Of Questions, Dishes, and Pathetic Life Forms by Yesac, obi-wan & anakin, 3.1k
A Secret Charm by bioticbootyshaker, obi-wan/anakin, ~1k
progression by blazeofglory, obi-wan/anakin, nsfw, 1.4k
The Consequences of a Crash by SkywalkerShenanigans (HedgehogJawn), obi-wan/anakin, 7.6k wip
Come On, Get Up, Let Me See Your Bruises by Imadra Blue, obi-wan & anakin, 5.8k
Promise by Aridette, obi-wan & anakin, 1.2k
Finding the Words by freedomfry, obi-wan & anakin, 2.2k

MAYBE THEY CAN BE HAPPY IN A MODERN AU:
Baker’s Dozen by DarthAbby, obi-wan/anakin, 1.1k wip
the floor under our feet by FoxGlade, obi-wan & anakin & ahsoka & qui-gon & dooku + background pairings, 4.5k wip

SITH!OBI-WAN IS MY WEAKNESS:
Start of the Line by dogmatix, norcumi, obi-wan & qui-gon, sith!qui-gon + (eventual) sith!obi-wan, 4.2k
Shields by dogmatix, norcumi, obi-wan & qui-gon, sith!qui-gon + sith!obi-wan, 4.9k
Sharp and Bright and Vicious by TheFreakWithTheWings, obi-wan/anakin/padme + palpatine, sith!padme, ~1k

GENDER/SEX SWAP THROWS A ROCK INTO EVERYTHING:
Girl Power by patientalien, anakin/padme + obi-wan/anakin + ahsoka,nsfw, sex swap!anakin, 8.1k
here at the end of all things by bedlamsbard, obi-wan/anakin, fem!anakin, ~1k
Distant Fire by dogmatix, norcumi, obi-wan & anakin & ocs, sex swap, 5.2k
Sister Mine by dogmatix, norcumi, anakin & feral & savage opress & ocsc, sex swap, 6k
Waking Up by dogmatix, norcumi, obi-wan & anakin & feral & savage & shmi & cast, sex swap, 17.2k

CROSS GENERATIONAL:
Hide Yourself for Me by victoria_p (musesfool), ahsoka & leia + bail, 2.2k
just call my name (if you’ve got a broken heart, you’re just like me) by driedupwishes, rey & finn & luke & obi-wan & anakin + mildly implied finn/rey + even more mildly implied obi-wan/anakin, 4.5k
lights will guide you home by Flora_Obsidia, rey & anakin + cast, 6.4k for this part/13.2k overall
Hold Onto Western Fools by lealila, obi-wan & qui-gon & anakin & siri tachi & satine kryze & oc, 2.6k
Answers by Selena, obi-wan & anakin, 1.9k

FORCE GHOSTS MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER:
The Art of Letting Go by Selena, yoda & dooku & qui-gon & obi-wan & anakin & ahsoka, 2.9k
untitled by phosphorescent-naidheachd, obi-wan & anakin, ~1k
To Enter the Force by ForgottenMoonbeam92, obi-wan & anakin & padme & qui-gon & cast, 8.3k

LUKE & LEIA:
Blue by sparklight, luke & leia, 1.6k
Weathering the Calm After the Storm by Amilyn, luke & leia, 4.3k
Dreams by mosymoseys, bail & leia, 1k

full details + recs under the cut! 

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(Very) Beginner’s Japanese...

…and why you can never jump the gun. Just trust your teacher.

e.g.: です≠ to be

Japanese is such fun to speak and easily interchangeable; it makes for great improvisation once one has a firm grasp of essential grammar despite its superficial difficulties (hello kanji). The issue? It’s Japanese! 日本語!Not some Reverso-Englissu!

わたし/の/名前/は/ジョジョ/です。(Watashi/no/namae/wa/JoJo/desu.) = My name is Jojo.

Many of us are convinced to believe in early lessons that です is a literal, simple translation of to be (or am, are, is etc.) Nope. Hold on there Baba Looey.

彼女/は/きれい/でした。(Kanojo/wa/kirei/deshita) = She was beautiful

“Okay. So because でした is the past for です, I assume that I can use that whenever?” Assume not, arsehole! Lol! Just be patient with your textbook/tutor. Look, look!(見て見て!) You cannot say….

*犬/は/かわいい/でした。(*Inu/wa/kawaii/deshita)  The dog was cute. This is a common trip-up students make. It is in fact 犬はかわいかったです。(Inu wa kawaikatta desu.) “What? Why? But です is still in the present tense!” It’s actually the -かった form, having replaced the last -い , that signifies the past tense. The です? Well it’s just there to make it polite!

This is one of the sexiest things in Japanese syntax and morphology: the two adjective groups of   and . I will write about these in a later post as I digress.

This mistake is of course not exclusive to Westerners learning Japanese.

Have you ever noticed how many far and south-east Asians, even with a decent grasp of English, excessively use the word please, even when not asking a favour? Well…it’s because of oddities like the Japanese です or the Thai ครับ/ค่ะ, instant markers affixed to the end of a sentence to emphasise humility or respect. Please is often assumed by learners of English to be applicable likewise. Haha!

Any experience with this? Please share your thoughts!

Every Clean Speech - Santa Clara, California

“Looking at you right now, I think that you should know that looking at you reminds me of the most important lesson that I’ve learned in the last 10 years that I’ve been putting out albums, touring, travelling the world. Would you like to know what the most important lesson is? The most important lesson I have learned is to be able to diagnose when you are happy, and to cherish it, and to really live it, and to fully be there in that moment when you are happy. And looking at you, I just need you to know I’m so happy in this moment, because here’s the thing about happiness – it’s not a given, it’s not permanent, and it’s fleeting. So, sometimes when we learn that lesson very early on in life – that happiness is fleeting, and that you have it for a minute, and it could be gone the next minute – sometimes the second thing that happens to us after that lesson is that we become afraid, every time we’re happy, of losing it. And I used to do that. I would look at a crowd who is as beautiful, and loud, and gorgeous, and singing every word to my songs, and I’d be so scared because of how happy I was. I was so scared of when it would go away. And I think that we all do that… when we fall in love, we think, “oh, cool, how long until this ends and having to patch up my bruised, bleeding heart again?”; “how soon until these friends that I love decide that I’m not cool after all and stop hanging out with me?”; “how long until I’m at this party before people find me out that I’m more insecure than anyone else here?”; “how long will I be dancing before someone points at me and thinks that I look stupid?”. These are the things that ruin our happiness, and I don’t want anyone, including your own mind and your own fears to ruin your happiness. So if you’re happy tonight, allow yourself that, and treat yourself that. Sometimes we’re not happy for days on end, weeks on end, months on end. Sometimes you don’t just have a bad week – sometimes you have a bad year. And, sometimes, you go through something so hard that you feel that any of your mistakes are like marks against your record or something, like those are going to stain you forever. But that’s not the way that it works. And the cool thing about happiness being fleeting is that it can go away really quickly, but it can come back really quickly and surprise you when you least expect it. And, when I wrote this song, I was really fighting to find happiness, and, instead of finding permanent happiness, I found a lesson that I sing about in this song. And I went to London, and I met a woman named Imogen Heap, and I told her what I’d been through, and I played her this idea I had. And I ended up writing a song with her – and if you know the words to it, please sing along with me. This one’s the last song on the album, and it’s called Clean.” (x)

to everyone prepping for finals:

i think we all need to take a step back
just for a little bit

and i know this sounds cliche
but
this midterm literally does not mean much
not even in terms of your grades !!!

don’t give me that “high achiever” crap ok and dont tell me you’re going to die bc of an A- or even a B-
you’re not. seriously.
don’t even joke with me.

care for urself and don’t stress too much

https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/self-care-masterpost

it’s going to be ok
listen to some music
lay in the hot tub for an hr and get finger prunes
go to sleep early!!!!! (learned my lesson omg)

ofc we all want good grades
we all want to do well
and pushing yourself to achieve is GREAT!!
i support you 100%

BUT.

u gotta understand that this literally isn’t everything!
ok now realize that colleges do NOT care about one B-.

just because you failed doesnt mean you’re a failure!
^^^^ that was the most important thing someone told me this month

take study breaks. use the pomodoro technique (30 minutes of working, 5 minute break, then 30 minutes work)!!
draw, run, take a bath, go make some tea, light a candle, take a power nap, and then get back to work.
don’t forget to take these breaks!!!!


i love u and i promise one failure won’t be the end of u. take care of yourself!

anonymous asked:

I enjoyed reading your metas on love, hope, and letting go. I think the writers must be aware of the contradictions. They are professionals, if we can see it, surely they can too. Are they really trying to say that Regina should never be upset about any loss and just accept it is what she deserves? I can't understand how they can say this is a show about hope and then punish Regina every time she chooses to have hope.

They really try to say that Regina cannot really be upset about her losses, because her character was built on the premise that a loss that she could not let go caused her slide to the darkness. 

It made sense that time. I intend to write another meta, how her early lessons in “letting go” were actually really good stories, that helped developing her character. 

But she proved over the seasons that she has learned the lesson. Despite this, the writers continue to throw a lot of shit on her. Even if it is not necessary from the character’s development, even if it goes against the themes the others have, even if it is repetitive and boring and even if it simply does not make sense. 

I don’t even see what is the point anymore. As much as it is sad to admit, nowdays I see it as an example that the writers are rehashing their old themes instead of building coherent characters with believable character-interactions and this repetitiveness is more because of laziness than intention. 

But how they don’t seem to notice how the two themes are clashing and how it is strange that Hook is getting a completely different treatment than Regina when it comes to redemption and “letting go”, I just can’t imagine. They are the writers. They should notice such things. 

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Adorbs.

@storybrookeisms

The sound of footsteps startled Regina from her work, the brush falling from her hand as she whirled around to greet her visitor. This was a common occurrence; Princess Emma always seemed a little early for their lessons, and as a result, she often came upon the stable girl while she was readying the horses for their ride. She really shouldn’t be surprised, given how many times this had happened. and yet, she was still startled.

“Y-Your Highness!” she stammered, bowing hastily while also picking up her brush, “Forgive me, I did not see you enter. Her Majesty has requested another lesson for you this week, it seems?”