especially hands and feet

for a lot of us, it seems nearly impossible to find a balance between our grades and our health. i’ve created a list of tips and resources for managing classwork as well as mental illness. i tried to be inclusive of depression and anxiety as well as other disorders like adhd and bipolar. (i’d like to be more inclusive of others, but i couldn’t find a lot of resources and wasn’t sure what would help aaaa)

please let me know if you have anything to add, and i hope this post can help you out in some way c:

while studying

  • create a routine, and do your best to stick to it. having a consistent schedule can be a struggle, especially when dealing with long days of class or difficulties with sleep. try something more open-ended and flexible if you can’t manage specific times. (studying for an hour in the morning and before bed vs studying at 8 am and 10 pm)
  • start with your favourite subject. there are a lot of suggestions on how to start a study session (and they usually conflict it seems), but i’ve found that this works best for me. your favourite subject may be easy or difficult, but by starting with it, you get in the groove of studying and won’t get burnt out as quickly, giving you more energy to do your other work.
  • don’t take on more than what you can handle. if you’re feeling motivated, great! get as much done as you can! but on the bad days, just do what you can. there are times where it seems nearly impossible to get anything done, but still try to make the most out of each day and do what you’re able to so you don’t fall far behind. do what you can, when you can. don’t overwork yourself so much.

during class

  • take notes. for me, the easiest way to lose track during a class is if i don’t write or doodle. even if the material doesn’t seem important, write it down! it may be useful later, and it’ll keep your mind from wandering during lecture. (that being said, don’t always write things exactly as the teacher says; putting it into your own words can make it easier to remember and understand)
  • record lecture audio. if you can’t copy everything down in time, or if for whatever reason you need to know something verbatim, then you’ll have something to listen to again later.
  • take pics of what the instructor writes on the board. similar to the above tip, you can refer back to the pictures you took. just don’t forget about them! write yourself a note or make an alarm on your phone to remind you that there’s more material to review. don’t be the kid who takes pictures during the whole lecture but never writes anything, that kid’s obnoxious and gets bad grades
  • stay focused. i fidget a lot with my hands and feet, especially during a long lecture or study session. i find that keeping my hand on my pen/pencil is the simplest way to keep my mind on track, but fidget toys may help you as well. most teachers and students are fine with it as long as it’s not too disruptive.

at home

  • keep track of medication. ngl i am suuuper forgetful when it comes to medication :’) if you’re forgetful too, leave yourself as many reminders as you can. set alarms, write notes, or have someone else keep you accountable if you’re living with a parent or roommate. having routine helps here as well, especially if you take meds multiple times a day.
  • communicate regularly with your doctor. if you’re living away from home, or just a busy student, it can be particularly difficult to make appointments. but you should still make an effort to email your doctor, therapist, etc. at least once a month, and more often if you’re currently changing or adjusting medications.
  • “catching up” on sleep is a myth. depriving yourself of sleep during the week and then sleeping in on the weekends won’t fix your sleep schedule, sadly. keep it consistent if you can. even if you’re staying up late and sleeping in, try to get at least 7-8 hours. whether it’s 12-8 am or 2-10 am, it’s a reasonable amount for getting through the day. sleeping too little can leave you tired and grumpy in the morning, but sleeping too much can also leave you groggy, sluggish, and unproductive for the rest of the day.
  • eat something healthy. okay, no one can eat healthy all the time, and i don’t expect you to. i certainly don’t expect myself to lol. but we can still find a healthy snack or meal to make a part of our lives. sometimes fruit is the best comfort food tbh. here are a few simple snacks that you could try, for studying or for whatever else. i personally enjoy anything with berries, especially yogurt parfait or oatmeal.
  • have a support system. it helps so much to have someone you can talk to when you’re not feeling well or in need of encouragement. it can be a friend, a parent, a sibling, your significant other, or even other members of the studyblr community! (if you don’t have anyone to talk to, please talk to me!! i am here for you my friendo)

other stuff

  • community college by @universi-tea - if you’re worried about moving into dorms or away from home (or are simply unable to), i strongly encourage you to try out community college. it’s made schooling much more enjoyable and accessible for me and i think everyone should give it a chance. plus it’s waaay cheaper.
    • also, most (if not all) U.S. schools have a disability services department; this applies to both physical and mental illnesses. talking to them for the first time can be nerve-wracking, but in the long run it’s completely worth it. teachers and staff want to help you! but you have to help yourself a lil bit too. accommodations may include leniency about attendance and deadlines, or they may let you take exams on earlier or later dates with fewer students present. the flexibility with deadlines has saved my ass more than once tbh
  • things to do when things don’t feel right by @affectionsuggestions - sometimes it’s okay to just do small things, and sometimes it’s okay to not do anything at all.
  • ways to start feeling again by @urbanthropologie - similar to above, but with a focus on mindfulness (helps with anxiety, dissociation, etc)
  • my mental illness tag - this has many other resources that are otherwise not listed in this post.
  • my printables tag! - printables are great for when you’re too tired or not sure how to write things out completely by hand. there are some planners and calendars as well as gratitude logs, habit trackers, etc.
  • i have tons of other tags listed here if you need anything more specific :>

thank you for reading! i hope you found some of these tips helpful. i believe in you!!

wistfulstudys  asked:

How do roundhouse kicks work? Are they actually combat efficient?

The roundhouse kick is a common kick seen in street fights, and for this reason lots of counters have been developed for it. So, it does work, it is effective, and easy to do compared to other kicks. It’s powerful (though not as powerful as the sidekick or back kick), but is the riskiest because it’s easy to trap.

Of the four beginning kicks, the roundhouse is the only kick that comes across the body. The others all strike directly. The roundhouse targets the side of the body or enemies in the fighting stance. This is part of what makes the roundhouse more visible than the other kicks. Your peripheral vision is great for noticing motion coming in on the edge of your vision, and circles are eye-catching. The roundhouse kick is an arc. Like all kicks, it’s one big body movement coming at you in flashing neon lights.

As a general rule, kicks are always riskier than punches. They’re reliant on speed and balance, and they come with obvious tells. Still, kicks are much more powerful than a punch, delivering more force at high speeds directly into the body. After all, with more risks come more rewards.

A single well placed kick can end a fight before it begins… if you can land it.

As for whether the roundhouse is combat efficient, that really depends on the individual and how limber they are. Cold kicks will punish you, pull your hamstrings, and wreck your legs if you’re not stretching on the regular. Your success with using kicks in combat is almost entirely dependent on your flexibility. When jumping into straight into a fight, you don’t get a time out for a five to ten minute warm up.

With that covered, let’s get down to the basics for the roundhouse.

The roundhouse is the second kick you’ll learn in most martial arts systems, after the front kick and before the sidekick. It relies on the rotational power of the hips to bring the leg across the body, striking with either the top or the ball of the foot. The attack comes on a diagonal, with points at either the head, stomach/ribs, or (in some variation) the legs/upper thigh. The structure of the roundhouse is as follows:

1) Beginning Stance:

Unlike the front kick which can be done from any forward facing, standing position, the roundhouse requires you be in a fighting stance.

A stance is a basic part of martial arts, but usually skipped over by Hollywood and beginners for strikes. Strikes are the big flashy moves that get attention because they are flashy. As with everything, the building blocks are often skipped.

Stances are what we call your “base” or how you set your body and your feet. Most martial arts disciplines will have a full set of stances from the front stance to the horse stance, and they will be referred to by different names. The fighting stance is easily recognizable. As it is the stance you’ll see everyone drop into on or off screen when they’re getting ready to fight.

The fighting stance is meant for basic defensive positioning, allowing you to move quickly. In Taekwondo, the fighting stance is one foot forward and the other foot is a step behind (about the width of your shoulders) on a diagonal. The back foot twists sideways roughly to a 45 degree angle, the front foot points forward. Your upper body turns on a diagonal following your back foot. Your hands clench to fists, and rise to your face. The hand over the front foot extends out, the other hand hovers beside your cheek. Your elbows come in, just inside the silhouette of your body. Your knees bend. Weight will adjust in a tilt slightly forward or slightly back depending on attack vector. The bouncing seen in sparring tournaments or boxing is meant to cover these weight shifts. In the fighting stance, you should never stand flat footed.

This is the basic protective stance for sparring.

Body Reader Note: Elbow, hand, upper body, and feet placement are all dead giveaways when someone doesn’t know what they’re doing. Failure begins with your feet. The hands especially, most beginners do not keep their hands far enough apart, their elbows come out too far from the body. Beginners will often leave the front foot flat on the ground with their weight unbalanced, slowing their reaction time.

On Weight Shifts: Leaning back generally means a kick as the upper body tilts backward for balance when the leg extends. Forward for hands. Settled on the back leg can also be a defensive posture, versus weight forward which is more aggressive. You want to be on the balls of your feet because that means quicker response times.

2) Chamber

The chamber is the intermediary step between the fighting stance and the kick. This is when you lift your leg off the ground with knee bent. The transition between chamber and kick is where most of the classic mistakes happen. You chamber with either the front or back leg. For the roundhouse kick, the foot left on the ground twists on a ninety degree angle. Your foot to your body should form a perfect right angle. (This is why the roundhouse kick is easy, you only shift another forty-five degrees rather than the full 180 for the sidekick.) The knee is on a similar forty-five degree, ready to extend across the body.

The upper body doesn’t move that much with the roundhouse, unlike the sidekick where the whole upper body tilts onto a forty-five as the leg extends. It tilts ever so slightly to retain balance as you kick and your hips twist.

3) The Kick

As I said before, the roundhouse strikes horizontally or diagonally across the body. It is true to its name. It comes around in a circular motion. The leg extends and swings across/through the opponent’s body as the hips simultaneously twist. When done in a simultaneous motion, the supporting foot twists to a ninety degree angle at the same moment the hips turn over. The upper body tilts with the hips. The leg swings through.

If the hips don’t turn over, then the kick is what we call a “snap kick”. In the case of the roundhouse, this is a kick than snaps up off the knee on a forty-five degree diagonal. It is fast but without power, and usually performed with the front leg only.

Power comes from the hips. You can lay in as much speed as you like, but without turnover there’s no power. (Snap kicks find their best use as openers in point sparring.)

The second problem with most kicks is visualization. You don’t stop when you reach the enemy, you kick through them. This carries the impact and force further.

The roundhouse strikes with either the top of the foot or the ball of the foot. Ball of the foot requires you pull your toes back, or else you’ll break them. Top is the speed kick (light, fast), ball is the power kick (can break ribs). Top of the foot is generally only seen in sparring exercises when your feet are protected by pads, but it’s a good option when you’re wearing shoes and your toes can’t bend.

4) Recoil

This is the return to the chamber. After extension finishes, the leg snaps back out of danger. If your opponent doesn’t catch your leg in the moment before the full extension, they can still catch it after the fact. Quick recoil is as essential to a kick’s success as the extension. It’s also necessary to keep us from overextending.

After they’ve mastered the chamber and extension, beginners will often have difficulty with this step. It has all the same problems as the chamber, just going in the opposite direction. A good recoil is a sign of strong control over the leg.

5) Plant

Return to start or prepare for transition into the next kick. The leg comes down, plants itself on the floor, and the fighter is ready to either continue attacking or begin defending.

A poor plant means that you’ve now messed up your fighting stance. If the foot comes down in the wrong place, the stance becomes unbalanced. A stance that is either too wide or two shallow creates opportunities for your opponent to destabilize you and make it difficult to attack again without over extending.

Those are the steps of the roundhouse. Throw them all together and you’ve got the full kick. The roundhouse has a very specific usage in martial arts that makes it valuable. The purpose of the roundhouse is simple: it’s a kick built for striking an enemy who is also in a fighting stance.

When our bodies are turned on a diagonal our vitals are better protected than they are when we’re forward facing. It becomes difficult, or more risky for a direct forward strike to land. The roundhouse attacks in a circle, coming around from the side and on angle. It creates a new vector attack those protected vitals like the stomach.

This is why the roundhouse is a popular kick. It is simple, and effective at ghosting around the first, opening opposition. (It’s also easily blocked with both hands and legs, but that’s a story for another day.) However, this is not why Chuck Norris’ roundhouse became the stuff of legend.

Perhaps more so than the sidekick, the roundhouse is iconic in popular culture. The roundhouse looks fantastic on film.  It has a beautiful silhouette, it’s eye catching but also easy to follow. It looks more dynamic than most of the other basic kicks, and it’s simple. An actor you’ve only got three months to train before filming can learn the basics of this kick. They won’t look great, but no one can tell. It doesn’t require the same flexibility as the more advanced kicks like the axe kick. Nor does it require the finesse, balance, or control of the sidekick. It’s the sort of kick where general audiences can’t tell if the practitioner is new or their technique sucks, and blends easily with the stunt doubles. Audiences have a difficult time telling the difference between a kick with power and a kick without power.

The roundhouse is the most common kick seen in taekwondo tournaments, and very common in kickboxing for its speed. It is faster and easier than the front kick and the sidekick due to the twist necessary to throw the leg across the body. With the roundhouse, momentum will do most of the work for you. This is why it’s the most common kick to see untrained fighters attempt to mimic, and why it gets used on the streets.

It can be effective without much training, but that person can be totally screwed when paired against someone who knows what they’re doing. Due to it’s vector, the roundhouse is the easiest kick to catch. Whether it’s caught and hooked under the arm for a knee break or the full thing gets caught and lifted into a throw, it doesn’t matter. A poorly performed or unlucky roundhouse can really screw you over. The other problem is that the circular motion of the roundhouse makes it the least camouflaged by the body and the easiest to see coming.

So, yes, the roundhouse can be combat efficient. They’re also dependent on your ability to follow through the steps on rough terrain where friction is not amenable to foot twists. They come with obvious tells for when the kick is about to happen, and there are a lot of counters developed to deal with them.

Whether coming or going, for one side or the other, the roundhouse has the potential to wreck your day.

 -Michi

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Updates Thru 9 Months on Testosterone

Month 1:

  • Hot flashes and sweating increased
  • Fuzzier knees
  • Acne increase
  • Increased libido
  • Voice cracking
  • Hungry literally all the time
  • Mood swings
  • Oiler skin (especially my chest/back)
  • Clitorus growth (this was actually the first thing I noticed)

Month 2:

  • Leg mass/shape changing
  • Increase body hair (happy trail, side burns, eyebrows and chin) and coarser feel–week 8 was when I noticed my first chin hair!
  • Weight gain (approx. 8-10 pounds)
  • Arms getting bigger
  • Breasts getting smaller
  • Voice cracking more noticeably
  • Mood seemed to start leveling out around week 9
  • Face shape noticeably different

Month 3:

  • Voice became noticeably deeper but still cracked occasionally
  • Fuzzy facial hair increasing
  • Increased acne on back/arms/chest
  • Curves around hips lessening
  • Hair on thighs and knees getting thicker

Month 4:

  • Hair creeping onto hands and thicker on arms
  • Smell changing (body odor worse)
  • Finally seem to be settling into my voice
  • Shoulders broader (some shirts that used to fit became too small)
  • First month with no menstruation
  • Many of the same changes as the first 3 months continue to develop

Month 5:

  • Sideburns more noticeable
  • My eyebrows are absurd
  • Jaw line changing (a little soreness)
  • Shoulders and legs are sore
  • Facial hair coming in a little better, but still very patchy and blonde
  • Many of my shirts no longer fit my shoulders

Month 6:

  • Acne seems to be getting better
  • Voice started cracking again
  • First time I cut myself shaving!
  • Hair increasing everywhere, especially happy trail
  • My hands and feet grew, but not noticeably probably to anyone other than myself (I only noticed because I put on shoes I hadn’t worn for 6 months)

Month 7:

  • Need to shave more frequently
  • So much hair–upper thighs/butt and leg hair is now very thick and visible; arm hair is darker and thicker; hair on feet and hands filling in; eyebrows are out of control; nipple and pubic hair is thicker/denser and has spread
  • Somewhere around month 7 was also when I noticed that the hair on my head had a different texture/was thicker
  • Overall, around month 6/7 is when the changes started leveling off and were only noticeable in pictures

Month 8:

  • Veins in hands/feet more pronounced
  • Jaw line/face shape is VERY different
  • Facial hair still patchy, but growing back faster
  • I think my voice is finally okay

Month 9:

  • Thicker hair in general
  • Adam’s apple pretty noticeable (this actually started happening around month 6)
  • Acne on back/chest coming back?
  • Black hairs developing on upper back/shoulders

These are the updates in my journal from my first 9 months on testosterone. These things are different for everyone, but I thought a timeline might be a nice reference. I have some pictures/voice comparison videos on my transition tag as well. Overall, these first 9 months have been outstanding and I’m looking forward to doing my one year reflection post. Stay tuned and, as always, feel free to drop by my ask box if you have any questions!

anonymous asked:

what do you think are bts' rising/ascendant signs?

NOTE: since there’s no confirmed record of their birth times, this is purely my personal guesses based on their personalities :)

for those who don’t know: your rising, or ascendant sign, is how you appear and behave in public. it’s how you are persevered by others; your first impression. it’s also said to influence one’s physical appearance.

Jin - Leo Rising

  • strong character
  • always the center of attention
  • flamboyant
  • very confidant
  • large egos
  • a vibrate aura
  • creative
  • have talents in the arts 
  • excel at drama/acting
  • can be quite stubborn at times
  • ambitious
  • sunny disposition
  • always enthusiastic 
  • common physical characteristics: large upper body, broad shoulders, playful features, good skin, lively animated movements

Yoongi - Scorpio Rising

  • possess a strong, mysterious aura
  • intimidating
  • slow moving
  • calm and patient
  • observant 
  • private people
  • don’t reveal much about themselves
  • very passionate about their interests
  • a strong will to succeed
  • poker face
  • don’t trust others easily
  • soft spoken and quiet around strangers
  • but loud and animated with friends
  • often their stoic mask hides their inner soft and friendly nature
  • common physical characteristics: an intense and piercing look, small eyes, a deep, raspy, sultry voice, pale complexion, below average height

Hoseok - Gemini Rising

  • very talkative and conversational
  • have a “go with the flow” attitude
  • restless and struggle with staying still
  • constantly moving
  • fast learners
  • have a wide variety of interests
  • often excel in many different areas
  • a “jack of all trades”
  • have an inner nervous energy
  • a bit worrisome
  • charming and sociable
  • common physical characteristics: an expressive face, high pitched voice that can become shrill when excited, youthful looks, straight long nose, high forehead

Namjoon Aquarius Rising

  • quirky, distinct personality 
  • like to express their individuality
  • eccentric
  • stands out from the crowd
  • very unique fashion sense and overall aesthetic
  • free spirited
  • good at working in groups
  • tolerant and progressive beliefs
  • have a thirst for learning 
  • philosophical
  • often show interests in science or psychology
  • common physical characteristics: tall height, thin frame, nice legs, clear voice, long fingers, disjointed or awkward movement/gait

Jimin - Pisces Rising

  • a dreamy romantic aura
  • gentle and passive
  • peace loving
  • dislike confrontation
  • friendly and accepting of everyone they meet
  • good at sensing other’s moods
  • sentimental
  • very attached to friends and family 
  • humble, even a bit shy
  • usually don’t like to attract attention or be boisterous
  • one day they can be quiet and reserved  and another day passionate and outgoing
  • personality adapts to their surroundings
  • artistically gifted
  • excel at fine arts such as art, dancing, music, etc
  • natural sense of rhythm and tempo
  • common physical characteristics: below average height, small hands and feet, especially soulful and beautiful eyes, general roundness/fullness to the face, dainty features

Taehyung - Sagittarius Rising

  • enthusiastic explorers
  • always optimistic 
  • often have a really large circle of friends
  • very opinionated
  • outspoken
  • strong willed
  • good sense of humor
  • a child like, playful personality
  • love to travel 
  • sees life as journey
  • a need for freedom and independence
  • hates routine 
  • prefers casual relationships over deep ones
  • interests in spirituality and philosophy
  • charismatic and outgoing
  • common physical characteristics: usually very tall, long limbs, broad forehead, cheerful expression, thick bushy eyebrows, a confident almost arrogant look, large bony hands, slow and deliberate manner of speech

Jungkook - Libra Rising

  • a naturally pleasant and gentle aura
  • charming, calm attitude that attracts many admirers
  • have refined tastes
  • like to dress neatly and look presentable at all times
  • polite and well mannered
  • know how to engage a crowd
  • can come of as a bit emotionally detached or aloof
  • prefers to stay distant
  • sometimes struggle with insecurities
  • put a lot of importance on their physical appearance
  • avid fans of the arts
  • music, literature, photography, etc.
  • being under the sign of beauty, they often have very attractive features
  • common physical characteristics: effortlessly graceful movement, above average height, well proportioned body, symmetrical face, defined nose, dimples, a cleft chin, soft melodious speaking voice, many are gifted at singing

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feel free to check out my masterlist for more!

[all] quirks my muse habitually has.

Writers, bold all of your character’s regular truths.

1. Smoking: the action or habit of inhaling and exhaling the smoke of tobacco or a drug.
2. Binge drinking: the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time.
3. Drug abuse: the habitual taking of illegal drugs.
4. Nail biting: a common body language sign of anxiety/tension.
5. Lip biting: a common body language sign of anxiety/tension.
6. Night Owl: a person who is habitually active or wakeful at night.
7. Early bird: a person who rises, arrives, or acts before the usual or expected time.
8. Negative attitudes: a philosophy of approaching life with criticism and pessimism.
9. Positive attitudes: a philosophy of approaching life with optimism and confidence.
10. Swearing: the use of offensive language.
11. Superstitious: an irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.
12. Inspecting fingernails: a common body language sign of boredom.
13. Scratching your neck: a common body language sign of uncertainty.
14. Foot and finger tapping: a common body language sign of stress/impatience.
15. Nose touch: a subtle body language sign of deceit.
16. Flipping hair: a common body language sign of craving attention.
17. Twirling hair: a common body language sign of flirtation.
18. Cracking knuckles: a common body language sign of readiness.
19. Hands behind back: a common body language sign of confidence.
20. Finger pointing: a common body language sign of authority.
21. Hands on hips: a common body language sign of readiness.
22: Hands in pockets: a common body language sign of mistrust/reluctance.
23. Frequent touch: a common body language sign of warmth/familiarity.
24. Throat-clearing: a common body language sign of rejection/doubt.
25: Jaw-clenching: a common body language sign of hostility.
26: Eye-rolling: a common body language sign of irritation.
27: Head-tilt: a common body language sign of interest.
28. Whistling: to emit high-pitched sound by forcing breath through a small hole between one’s lips or teeth; usually to a tune.
29. Humming: make a low, steady continuous sound like that of a bee; usually to a tune.
30. Perfectionism: refusal to accept any standard short of perfection.
31. Photographic memory: the ability to remember information or visual images in great detail.
32. Paranoia: a mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance, typically worked into an organized system.
33. Exaggeration: a statement that represents something as better or worse than it really is.
34: Intuitive: using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive.
35: Quick-witted: showing or characterized by an ability to think or respond quickly and effectively.
36: Interrupting: breaking the continuity of a conversation with one’s own statements.
37: Doodling: to scribble or make rough drawings, absent-mindedly.
38: Irritable: having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed.
39: Gambling: to play games of chance for money; bet.
40: Travel-sick: suffering from nausea caused by the motion of a moving vehicle, boat, or aircraft.
41: Sensitive: having or displaying a quick and delicate appreciation of others’ feelings.
42: Melancholy: a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.
43: Chewing gum: the exercise of chewing flavoured gum which is not intended for swallowing.
44: Fidgeting: to make small movements, especially of the hands and feet, through nervousness or impatience.
45: Sceptical: not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations.
46: Neat-freak: compulsively obsessed with cleanliness.
47: Gossiping: divulging personal information about others.
48: Prim: feeling or showing disapproval of anything regarded as improper; stiffly correct.
49: Abbreviating: Giving others nicknames/shortening names/giving pet names.
50: Having a catchphrase: having a sentence or phrase typically associated with a specific person.

Imagine Dark!Ivar Part 2

Originally posted by hanginggardenstories

@lupy22 @synnersaint @persephone-is-here-omg @kirah34

Part 1

To say you were terrified would be an understatement. You were currently sat on a strange boat, filled with equally strange and dangerous heathens, hands and feet bound with rope

The blue-eyed leader was not at all gentle, tying your hands and ankles so tight, you feared your hands and feet would fall off. You couldn’t see yourself, but you knew you did not look like yourself. A slight burning indicated scratches on your arms, legs, and cheek. Your sore legs were only outdone by the bruises that were doubtlessly set on your abdomen. Your dress skirt was torn and your hair was a mess. You felt almost as dirty as these vikings looked

You fearfully glanced at the biggest brother, who sat beside you. He payed you little attention and only glared every so often. The other two kept glancing at you. Even though you had no idea what they were saying, you knew they were making fun of you.

Suddenly, you saw the leader crawling over to you. You had been thoroughly shocked when you saw him crawling down from his chariot to board the boat. However, you made absolutely sure to not look as if you had noticed.

You pressed your back harder against the mast pole, if it were even possible. You looked away and started to shake. He seemed amused with your fear of him. He reached out and jerked your chin, making you whimper. He forced you to look at him. He stared at you with a morbid air of enjoyment. “We are almost home slave.” He roughly pushed your chin away and you wished you could rub it because his grip had been painful.

“Please…” You started, but did not know what to beg for. They would not take you home. Even if they did, everything you had ever known was destroyed. They would not kill you either, unfortunately. So what could you beg for?

All four pairs of eyes of the brothers shifted to you as you spoke for the first time since arriving on board. There was little other entertainment, you supposed. The leader tilted his head at you with mock concern. “Poor little thing.” He goaded and you squeezed your eyes shut while clenching your jaw. “Remember what I said…” His voice went dark again and it filled you with dread. “It would be better to get used to your new station now, little one.”

You sat like that for several moments; him, inches from your face and staring; you, your face turned away and silent tears falling down your cheeks; and the other brothers, waiting for something more interesting to happen.

Finally, one of them said something and the leader sighed. “What is your name?” you could tell he really couldn’t care less, but one of his brothers wanted to know. It was not Hvitserk or the big one, but a much more tortuous-looking one. You ignored him and hoped he would leave you be. Of course, you should have known better by that point. He growled dangerously, suddenly wrapping a fist around your throat. “Answer me slave!” He roared.

Your wide eyes focused on him once more and you tried to push at him with your tied hands. He tightened his grip and you made a strangled noise. “Y-Y/N!” You finally croaked and he let you go. You gasped in heavy breaths.

“That was not so hard now, was it?” He drawled. He looked to the brother who had asked for your name, making sure he had understood. Hvitserk spoke up and said something else, waving at you. The leader was obviously getting annoyed with translating and asking questions, because he snapped at them However, you noticed that they did not fear him. They just laughed. “I am Ivar. This is Ubbe, HVitserk, and Sigurd.” He lamely gestured to each of them.

They all stared at you until you got the courage to speak to Ivar. “Can you untie my feet, please?” You asked pathetically. He sniffed at you with a scoff.

“Of course not. Do not be stupid.” He snapped. You bit your lip, deciding to continue.

“My feet are turning purple.” You explained. “And I can not possibly fight any of you, especially with my hands still bound.” He glanced at your feet, seeing that they were, indeed, turning an unhealthy shade.

He grumbled something to the others quickly. “You are of no use if you do not have your feet.” He finally said and you couldn’t help but smile. He roughly but effectively untied you feet. You sighed at the feeling. Ivar suddenly got close to you again and you held your breath. “What do we say?” He smirked and you swallowed hard.

“T-thank you.”

He laughed coldly making you shudder. “Thank you, my king.” He directed you to repeat. Your eyebrows furrowed for a moment. King? This was viking king? But he was a cripple! How could he be a king?

“Thank you m-my king.” You repeated to his instruction. He demeaningly ruffled your hair with a chuckle. Suddenly, he pushed you overboard and into the cold water. You screamed, frantically trying to get back to the surface. You could hear all of their muffled laughs. 

It was difficult with your hands tied, but you finally managed to reach to surface. Th boat stopped beside you and you coughed. “Since I have so kindly released you feet, you can swim to shore. I wouldn’t try going anywhere else, Kattegat is the only place on shore for miles. He saw your horrified face and laughed. “Oh, don’t worry. I won’t let you drown yourself. If you try anything, my brother Sigurd will come in and get you himself.”

The meaner looking brother called Sigurd said something, and his tone made your skin crawl. “But my hands!” You cried out and Ivar spared you a glance. After a moment, he casually tossed a knife into the water. You desperately reached for it, driving under slightly to grasp it. After working hard to get back to the top, they were all watching you like a performing dog. You went to work quickly, trying to cut the rope while also trying to keep your head above the water.

“I will see you on shore, christian!” Ivar called out as the boat started to row away once more, leaving you behind.

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FUSED GLASS (jasper/amethyst)

[please do not use my art without my permission and without crediting me. do not use my art and designs for monetary gain. feel free to make fanart tho, but please credit and @ me when you post it!]

together they are a hot mess.

LOOK AT THIS BOMB-ASS ANIMATION WITH HER @spitcastle​ MADE

under cut there’s 3 things: 1. the reasons they fuse into glass rather than quartz 2. predictions on the relationship between jasper and ame and what’s going to happen with it (the possible amethyst arc?) and 3. just some stuff on the design itself + bonus old versions

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Laundry day

Taken from this prompt list

Prompt: Give me a Tony who gets a laundry machine just so the baby can sit on it and laugh when the thing vibrates as it works.

“Alright, the last connection”

Tony announced after a few minutes of being, quite literally, inside the machine, or at least half of his torso was. He sighed as he finally got out and stretched, the bones of his back cracking slightly after being crammed in the same position for a bit too long. Tony looked up at the machine and smiled softly, quite satisfied with the results.

“Now all we have to do is load it” Tony said as he faced at the little person sitting nearby on the floor “Wanna help me?” he asked, smiling when the little boy nodded, giving him a gummy smile that showed only two tiny bunny teeth, the little one watched him with those big brown eyes that had anyone who looked at him wrapped around his little finger.

The little one pushed himself up, still a little wobbly on his feet but Tony didn’t reach to help him, knowing he could do it himself but Tony remained alert in case he fell or tripped with his own feet, all chubby and adorable, and damn, he did make cute babies.

“Here, you can start with this”

Tony pushed a little pile of rumpled white clothes to the kid and watched with a smile how delighted he seemed to be given a little task; chubby hands were quick to start picking each item and shove it inside the machine, sometimes his aim was a bit off but Tony reached to help him a bit until the pile was gone, the child clapped his little hands when Tony praised him for his help and Tony smiled at his little giggles.

“And for the great ending” Tony picked a bright red sock, showing it to the baby and smiling when little hands tried to reach for it “Oh, no, this for uncle Clint’s surprise” Tony crooned as he tossed the sock inside the laundry machine and closed the door “Now he’ll learn how not to break stuff around the house and not to eat your teddy cookies” Tony said as he kissed the baby’s cheek and picked him up easily “Would you do us the honors?” Tony asked to the little one and pointed to the button on top of the machine as he helped him closer, knowing how much the kid likes to press buttons, or anything really, as long as he could reach them, more so if Tony asked him to.

Soon enough the machine started to fill up with water along the soap Tony had previously put inside. The brunet crouched with the kid in tow to let him see inside the machine and how it was slowly filling up with water, smiling as the kid seemed hypnotized by the movement and soon enough the machine started to work, moving slightly, vibrating.

“Oh, this is gonna be so much fun” Tony said, getting back up and setting the kid on top of the laundry machine.

At first the kid seemed taken by surprise but soon enough he started to smile and shriek and laugh with that contagious sound that had anyone who heard him laughing or at least smiling with him. Tony loved to see him happy so he got around to know all the little things that made the kid laugh and, upon discovering them, he’d store the new ones in his memory for later. They were usually silly little things easily achievable, but not for that Tony ignored them; silly cartoons on the tv that Tony would program for the kid to watch whenever he wanted, his dad making silly voices while reading him a bedtime story, Natasha slapping Clint’s arm, anyone kissing his little hands or feet, especially when Tony pretended to munch on his little toes.

Clint wasn’t exactly happy that he had to wear pink underwear for the next month, but he accepted his fate for eating Petey’s cookies.


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captainmorgansalvador  asked:

Any advices on anatomy ?

Draw from life, do studies of specific body parts, especially hands and feet! Just be sure to pay attention to overlaps and proportions. Grab any book by Andrew Loomis or Bridgeman’s guide to anatomy. They’ll do you wonders.

title: seven minutes

prompt: seven minutes in heaven, college au

a/n: I’m screaming. This is a good prompt. Lmfao. Based off this ask @crybabytime gotten a week or so ago?

warning(s): kisses, fluff and travis is done w/ vylad tbqh

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If he had to describe himself, it would be careful.

He didn’t have the aloofness of Zane or the charisma of Garroth, a weird in between both and to some, this was a boring option but to Vylad, it was safe. He preferred being safe.

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anonymous asked:

Do you think Bedelia likes to cuddle to Hannibal more than usual when it's autumn?

Let me turn the first ask into a separate headcanon, so we have more autumn-y goodness for @electric-couple prompt.

This is my favourite thing and I talked about it a lot (and wrote a fic Equipoise): Bedelia tends to get cold, especially her hands and feet, but it is more prominent when the temperature drops. She learned to live with it in the past, relying on extra cover and heating to a mix result. She was never the cuddling type. Until she left for Europe with Hannibal. They learned how to share their life and bed together, and Bedelia discovered how much she enjoyed the warmth of his body. For the first time in her life, she experienced comfort, and a peaceful sleep, during the cold months. It is not something she is willing to admit out loud, of course, and Hannibal knows better than to ask her, but they have settled into an unspoken routine.

Hannibal rests on his back, an inviting gesture and waits for her to settle herself next to him. She nuzzles his shoulder, her cheek finding her favourite spot, her head tucked under his chin. Her hand rests on his chest, fingers brushing through his chest hair, a habit they both take pleasure in. Her feet slide between his until they are flush. Only when she is comfortable, he wraps his arms around her and pulls her closer. They nestle together in a warm embrace.

Happy Birthday Armin!

Since it has been the year of the headcanons, please enjoy some headcanons for our sweet baby coconut! (Note: I’m going to try to make them applicable to any universe, but some will end up strictly canon or modern au.)

  • Armin is the friend who will remember every embarrassing thing you’ve ever said or done, but will only use it to joke around with you, not hurt you. (However, he could hurt you if he wanted, and that will hang over your head even if you know he’d never do that.)
  • He always wins at game night. No matter the game.
  • He’s laugh is contagious. 
  • He loves to plan really elaborate pranks, and execute them. He also gets really anxious/angry when they don’t go as planned.
  • Armin can be super sarcastic when he wants to. He’s most sarcastic at night and in the morning, or when he’s been studying/working for too long. 
  • He is very self-conscious about the fact that he isn’t very athletic, and is often seen as physically weak. He would often put in extra hours during cadet training to try to build more endurance or muscle. He’d go to Reiner for strength training, Bertholdt for stamina, Marco for physical combat, Jean for 3DMG mastery. Armin hates being seen as weak or a burden, and worked really hard to try to be more athletic. And while he was no Hercules by the end of training, he had made significant progress he could be proud of.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Fic: I Would

6.1k words, G rated 

Fic by @torestoreamends, and art by @plati-arts.

Draco and Astoria visit the Manor for Boxing Day, and things don’t go very well. 

In Cursed Child, Scorpius talks about the moment when Draco defied Lucius and chose Astoria. For the longest time I’ve been wanting to write my version of that, and here it finally is, along with a beautiful illustration of one of the scenes by the amazing @platinasi, who inspired me to finally write this fic. 

Thanks to @bounding-heart for being my chief advisor on all things to do with the Malfoys, and thanks to @abradystrix for betaing. 

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mo0nlit  asked:

I bought a few crystals a while ago, but I was wondering, how can you tell that they're balancing your chakras?

As the healing energies are working in various chakra centers, you are likely to experience a lot of old repressed memories, sensations and feelings… all part of your “Process”. These experiences are signposts indicating areas the work is affecting, and the stages of your unfoldment. Do not get attached to any one feeling or sensation - as they are all part of the phenomenal reality, they will all shift and change from moment to moment. Remember - you are not your process - underneath it all, you are perfection. The purpose of the healing work is to release all that prevent your human self from fully realizing this.

Depending on the chakras being stimulated, the signs and symptoms of this releasing or “processing” vary.

CROWN - 7TH CHAKRA

When this chakra is stimulated and opens up, you may feel like your head is being operated on - like someone is sticking needles or rods in your skull (or pulling them out). You might have migraines headaches - signs that energy blocks are being worked on. When stuck energies are released, you may have tingling sensations and or heat in your body (especially in your spine, head, hands and feet). There may be shooting sensations of electricity running through your spinal cord, and bursts and explosions of inner lights. Intuitions may come easily without having to think - you just know what’s “True”.

BROW - 6TH CHAKRA

When this chakra - also known as the “3rd Eye” - is stimulated and opens up, you may have a tingling electrical sensation on your brow (or just sense a presure). You may see colors, shadows, images, sparkling lights, auras, or spirits (and ghosts). Past life scenarios may play out within your inner vision, and your dreams may become vivid and seem quite real.

THROAT - 5TH CHAKRA

When this chakra is stimulated and opens up, you may feel like speaking copiously and quickly, or singing spontaneously and energetically. You may hear inner sounds, songs, voices or noise. Your telepathy opens up and you can sense people’s hidden thoughts and intentions. Words and sounds start to have more power and meaning, and you can feel the vibrations of people just by their words.

HEART - 4TH CHAKRA

When this chakra is stimulated and opens up, you may feel it flutter or ache - this indicates that your heart is going through “growing pains”, expanding in its capacity to love. When sadness is being released, you may cry or weep profusely over the slightest things, or for no reason at all. The heart is a very sensitive center - it feels everything very deeply. You may have periods where you love everyone.. and everything is beautiful and lovely.

SOLAR PLEXUS - 3RD CHAKRA

When this chakra is stimulated and opens up, fears may be released in the form of body shakes, or as a loosening of the bowels (diarrhea). When anger is being released, you may feel like yelling and screaming, and all of a sudden feel nauseous and throw up. You may project a more powerful presence you did not have before, as your words are imbued with authority and intensity.

ASTRAL - 2ND CHAKRA

When this chakra is stimulated and opens up, you may have all sorts of sexual thoughts and feelings. Over many lifetimes, you have had many intimate relationships with many souls. If there are any suppressed and unfulfilled sexual energies and attachments with any of them, this will make itself known, or will be processed astrally in your dreams (which helps conveniently avoid the awkwardness of societal constraints). When the energies (and karmas) of these connections are complete, these relationships may shift into a more unconditional form of love, or they will totally release and fall away.

ROOT - 1ST CHAKRA

When this chakra is stimulated and opens up, you may feel warmth or intense heat in different parts of your body, especially at the base of your spine. Your body may feel very heavy and grounded into the earth, and you may start to gain weight. Your feet may become very sensitive, and you may feel spiraling (vortex) energies going up and down. Your physical connection to nature, the planet, growing and nurturing things (and people) becomes very important.

1. Smoking: the action or habit of inhaling and exhaling the smoke of tobacco or a drug.
2. Binge drinking: the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time.
3. Drug abuse: the habitual taking of illegal drugs.
4. Nail biting: a common body language sign of anxiety/tension.
5. Lip biting: a common body language sign of anxiety/tension.
6. Night Owl: a person who is habitually active or wakeful at night.
7. Early bird: a person who rises, arrives, or acts before the usual or expected time.
8. Negative attitudes: a philosophy of approaching life with criticism and pessimism.

9. Positive attitudes: a philosophy of approaching life with optimism and confidence.
10. Swearing: the use of offensive language.
11. Superstitious: an irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.
12. Inspecting fingernails: a common body language sign of boredom.
13. Scratching your neck: a common body language sign of uncertainty.
14. Foot and finger tapping: a common body language sign of stress/impatience.
15. Nose touch: a subtle body language sign of deceit.
16. Flipping hair: a common body language sign of craving attention.
17. Twirling hair: a common body language sign of flirtation.
18. Cracking knuckles: a common body language sign of readiness.
19. Hands behind back: a common body language sign of confidence.
20. Finger pointing: a common body language sign of authority.
21. Hands on hips: a common body language sign of readiness.
22. Hands in pockets: a common body language sign of mistrust/reluctance.
23. Frequent touch: a common body language sign of warmth/familiarity.
24. Throat-clearing: a common body language sign of rejection/doubt.
25. Jaw-clenching: a common body language sign of hostility.
26. Eye-rolling: a common body language sign of irritation.
27. Head-tilt: a common body language sign of interest.
28. Whistling: to emit high-pitched sound by forcing breakthrough a small hole between one’s lips or teeth; usually to a tune.
29. Humming: make a low, steady continuous sound like that of a bee; usually to a tune.
30. Perfectionism: refusal to accept any standard short of perfection.

31. Photographic memory: the ability to remember information or visual images in great detail.
32. Paranoia: a mental condition characterized by delusions of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance, typically worked into an organized system.
33. Exaggeration: a statement that represents something as better or worse than it really is.
34. Intuitive: using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive.
35. Quick-witted: showing or characterized by an ability to think or respond quickly and effectively.
36. Interrupting: breaking the continuity of a conversation with one’s own statements.
37. Doodling: to scribble or make rough drawings, absentmindedly.
38. Irritable: having or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed.
39. Gambling: to play games of chance for money; bet.
40. Travel-sick: suffering from nausea caused by the motion of a moving vehicle, boat, or aircraft.
41. Sensitive: having or displaying a quick and delicate appreciation of others’ feelings.
42. Melancholy: a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.
43. Chewing gum: the exercise of chewing flavored gum which is not intended for swallowing.
44. Fidgeting: to make small movements, especially of the hands and feet, through nervousness or impatience.
45. Skeptical: not easily convinced; having doubts or reservations.
46. Neat-freak: compulsively obsessed with cleanliness.
47. Gossiping: divulging personal information about others.
48. Prim: feeling or showing disapproval of anything regarded as improper; stiffly correct.
49. Abbreviating: Giving others nicknames/shortening names/giving pet names.
50. Having a catchphrase: having a sentence or phrase typically associated with a specific person.

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Traditional Embellishments

Alta - 
         
Alta, also known as Mahawar and Rose Bengal, is a red         coloured dye applied by women in India and Bangladesh. Unlike its popular counterpart Henna, Alta originated in India and was obtained from lac. Before the prevalence of Henna, Hindu women in India applied Alta on their hands and feet especially before auspicious occasions such as marriages, elaborate prayer ceremonies, religious festivals and during classical dance performances. In the present day, the use of Alta is typically limited to east Indian states such as Bengal, Orissa and Bihar as well as in certain South Indian communities. 
In certain areas and communities, it is a custom for women to apply Alta on their feet on particular religious occasions such as Durga Puja, Teej, Jitiya etc. Classical Indian dancers, ranging from the Bharatnatyam performers of the south to the Kathak dancers in the north, adorn their hands and the borders of their feet with Alta before any major performance.
The design patterns of Alta are simple contrary to the elaborate Mehendi designs, and although it has lost its popularity in day to day life with the masses, some women still opt to use this dye over henna for its simple yet bright look.