family conference

circela  asked:

(ahh and finally, you don't have to answer this one since i've been messaging you quite a lot haha, the botany conference is a really welcoming environment, and really chill too! everyone there's way happy to be around other plont nerds, and it's so easy to visit or even present as an undergrad/student and not feel too overwhelmed by it all. you should definitely go for it next year if you can, it's super fun!)

THE 2018 CONFERENCE IS 3 HOURS AWAY FROM ME AND STARTS ON MY BIRTHDAY NEXT YEAR

Oh Boy it’s General Conference!

Went in the shower and came out and the first thing I hear is “same sex marriage” and I just cringe like oh jeez and walk to my room to get dressed. Afterwards I’m texting my friend this and I joke that just watch. It’s Elder Oaks. (Since I have seen quite a few quotes of him going around hating on LGBT people).

So I go out and the choir is singing and I’m like yo dad! Who just talked?

Elder Oaks!

DUDE I WAS RIGHT??

I watched it later out of curiousities sake and it’s absolutely horrible as I figured.

It’s hard seeing people where last general conference and twenty years worth of it I listened intently as if they were god themselves, speaking such hatred towards innocent people.

I felt anger towards him. Not that he had these beliefs. But that he was proceeding to brainwash millions of people. Millions of people who will abuse and hurt others in the name of God and in “love”.

It was rather sickening to watch and realize that. That his words can hurt and destroy so many people. It makes me more grateful every day that his words means nothing against my self esteem and happiness. That he doesn’t have control over me as he did before.

Ha Sungwoon; vampire au

Member: Sungwoon // Wanna One, Hotshot

Genre: Fluff

Request: I meant Sungwoon but my phone corrected it to sunwoong. I just want a vampire au with him. I can’t believe that happened considering he’s my bias (well tied with Woojin). Sorry that happened!!

A/N: ahhh the classic vampire au,,, they are always so angsty, i tried to make this one more light-hearted :) enjoy!

  • campus golden boy ong seongwoo’s halloween parties are legendary
  • he throws one every year, reserving his family hotel’s conference center rich bitch
  • it tends to get a little wild
  • girls tend to wear a little less, guys tend to flirt a little more
  • nearly half the school attends, and everyone goes all out with the costumes
  • your costume? a cute lil minion
  • smh i wanna go to a halloween party
  • you’re wading through the crowd when you trip on someone’s foot and topple forward, reaching out and grabbing someone to keep from falling
  • that person happens to be one ha sungwoon, who’s dressed as a vampire if you even knew lmao
  • you’re a bit buzzed yeah ok “buzzed” so instead of apologizing like you would normally, the first thing out of your mouth is “your costume is great!! so convincing!!”
  • he smiles a toothy grin literally
  • “are you okay??” he asks, probably because you’re swaying
  • “are you okay??” you ask, only because his face is suddenly scrunched up
  • you flash a smile and he shies away
  • confused, you lean forward
  • “seriously are you okay?? you look like you’re in pain”
  • “its- it’s nothing- i just-”
  • for a moment, this weird look comes over his face, and then he’s back to normal
  • “i’m fine :)”
  • you squint confused, but accept his not-so-explanation
  • the next morning, you wake up with a headache, an aching neck, and the feeling that you’re forgetting something
  • the headache is from the alcohol
  • the aching neck? there are these two odd little cuts that explain that, although they shouldn’t be hurting as much as they do
  • and the feeling of forgetting something? well you can’t figure that out
  • for the next day and a half, you can’t shake the feeling that you’re forgetting something, but - obviously - you can’t remember what
  • you spend ages thinking hard about the party, but there seems to be a hole in your memory
  • you assume it’s due to the alcohol, but since when did alcohol only make you forget one specific chunk of time??
  • unsettled, you push it out of your mind and completely foget about it until 
  • unTIL
  • ha sungwoon!! walks into your morning class two days after the party
  • and the unexplained little cuts on your neck start burning
  • and suddenly fragments of your memory start returning, like puzzle pieces
  • and the longer you stare, the more you recall
  • by the end of class, you remember everything
  • like when he got you alone and when he dug his teeth into your neck scandalous and even when he wiped your memory
  • and when the bell rings, you can’t even stand up in shock that
  • ha sungwoon is a vampire
  • a real-life vampire who could probably kill you!!
  • as he passes your seat, you grab his arm
  • “i need to talk to you”
  • a couple minutes later, you stand with your arms crossed in an empty classroom across from a very nevous looking sungwoon
  • this one’s not too good at hiding his emotions, is he
  • “i remember everything” you say and his eyes widen
  • “i,, don’t know what you mean”
  • “you’re a vampiRE!! and you sucked the blood of an innocent person - me - and then wiped my memory. unsuccessfully, might i add”
  • he shifts around his seat anxiously
  • “i’m so sorry,,, i couldn’t help it, your blood scent was so overwhelming and i usually don’t do that-”
  • “i have one question” you lean forward, eyes narrowed
  • “what?”
  • “do you sparkle?”
  • the look on his face is, to say the least, priceless
  • “,,, excuse me?”
  • “you know, like edward - do you sparkle?? also i may have lied, i have more than one question. can you run really fast?? what about mirrors? do you show up in mirrors? and garlic!! can you eat garlic? do you have to be invited into houses??”
  • he’s all shook cus he thought he was about to be hashtag exposed to everyone
  • “,,, wait so you aren’t going to blackmail me?”
  • spoiler alert he never answers your damn questions
  • “i never said that,,, buy me a soda from the expensive fountain"
  • and that’s how you become friends with sungwoon
  • you follow him around like a little puppy with the excuse that “it’s just so weird!! you’re a real vampire!!” to which he almost tackles you so people don’t hear
  • one day, at the “expensive fountain” which actually isn’t expensive, you’re just poor he asks you something
  • “why didnt you tell anyone about me? aren’t you scared of me?”
  • and you’re like lmao bitch pls
  • “well firstly that’s rude to do, don’t you think? i mean, you’re a person too. or ,,, are you? and secondly, you couldn’t be scary if you tried”
  • he’s not getting emotional OFC NOT :’)))) ok maybe he is but shh his ego is fragile he must pretend to be manly
  • just when he’s about to say something back, he collapses in your arms
  • and after panicking for a minute, you end up dragging him to the nearby infirmary
  • when he finally wakes up, you’re prepared to scold him, but then decide not to after all
  • “what happened?? are you sleep deprived?” and then it dawns on you “oh wait,,, you haven’t slept in like 4 centuries,,,”
  • he giggles “i can sleep!! i just don’t need to,”
  • “i knew that” you nod “but seriously - what happened?? one minute you were fine and the next i’m dragging your unconscious body down a hallway”
  • he lets out a small sigh, sitting up in the infirmary bed
  • “i don’t know… i think i’m malnourished,,”
  • “but i just saw you eat a– oH,,, like,,, you need blood?”
  • he nods solomnly and after a moment of silence, an idea pops into your head 
  • “why don’t you drink my blood?”
  • and he’s like “wAiT wHaT i cAnT dO tHaT”
  • “yes you can!! think about it: you said my blood scent was like,, really great or something. and it’s not like you have anyone willing to be your personal blood bag,,,”
  • “i don’t know,,,”
  • “i’ll just think of it as a donation for a good cause,” you grin
  • he thinks about it for a while, but eventually (and reluctantly) he agrees
  • “fine - but just this once”
  • well once turns into twice, and two times turns into four times, and soon it’s every week
  • you don’t mind too much, you just feel a bit lightheaded afterward
  • admittedly, having cuts in your wrist that are reopened every week isn’t fun, but you’re glad to help
  • you and sungwoon become closer and closer, and he answers any questions you have about vampires
  • (no, they don’t sparkle)
  • (yes, you can see them in mirrors)
  • (it’s only a mild garlic allergy)
  • but one day, you reach the topic of memory wiping
  • and you find out there’s no way you should be able to remember what happened that night
  • even sungwoon claims he doesn’t know why
  • well, you have a teensy secret
  • and that is that your grandma knows about vampires
  • you didn’t believe what you thought were her crazy ramblings, until now
  • one day when she’s knitting on her front porch, you approach
  • “say grandma,,, you know how you believe in vampires?”
  • “mm,”
  • “well hypothetically, if they were real, would they be able to wipe humans’ memories??”
    “of course!! a human should never dabble in the affairs of the supernatural, since they could wipe any and every memory you have”
  • “so… what would it mean if the human could remember the memories the vampire supposedly wiped?? hypothetically, of course”
  • she looks up from her knitting with a cocked eyebrow
  • “that would mean the human is the vampire’s mate… but why are you asking?”
  • you plaster a smile on your face
  • “no reason!! i was just curious, since you seem so convinced they’re real :)))”
  • “you didn’t, by chance, encounter a vampire, did you?”
  • “whAT nO!! hahaha they aren’t real, how could i encounter one hahaha,,, i’ve got a class i have to get to!! i’ll see you later, grandma!!”
  • grandma sees through your shit, reader
  • you suck at lying
  • it’s only after you escape from grandma’s suspicious gaze that you fucking REALIZE
  • “that would mean the human is the vampire’s mate”
  • “the human is the vampire’s mate”
  • “vampire’s mate”
  • and you’re like “!! wait but i don’t like sungwoon like that!!”
  • … okay maybe you do
  • but only little bit!! it’s more of a budding attraction, barely even a “crush”
  • definitely not a “let’s spend all of eternity together”
  • fast forward to the next time he feeds off of you
  • why is it that when you know about feelings, they get stronger - i??
  • a pink tinge colors your cheeks when his fingers gently take hold of your wrist
  • and when he looks up (thankfully with no blood running down his chin), he frowns
  • “why is your face red?? are you sick?”
  • this only causes you to flame up more
  • “iTS JUST A LITTLE WARM IN HERe”
  • “really?? i didn’t notice,,,,”
  • you’re embarrassingly awkward for the next couple of days, and end up avoiding him more than once
  • and his confused and slightly hurt expression every time you run away sends a pang of guilt through your whole body but
  • can anyone blame you???
  • i mean
  • you’re friends with a vampire one day and the next you’re his “mate”
  • what does that even mean??
  • you’re destined to make his babies??
  • can vampires even have babies??
  • the ones in the vampire diaries can’t
  • maybe you shouldn’t get your vampire info from tv shows though
  • just as your internal ramblings start to get out of hand, a hand on your shoulder rips you out of your trance
  • “y/n!”
  • you jump half a foot
  • “oh! um - hi sungwoon!!”
  • “why’ve you been avoiding me?”
  • “what? i,,, haven’t been avoiding you,,,”
  • “is that why you run away every time you see me?? do i scare you?? did you finally realize that i’m a–”
  • “nO - listen,,, it’s just,,, i found out something,,,”
  • “what did you find out,,,?”
  • “well,,, you know how your memory wipe didn’t work on me??”
  • you go on to explain that your grandmother knows about the existence of vampires, and you never believed her until now
  • and that you asked her about what it means if a vampire unsuccessfully wipes the memory of a human
  • “and,,, she said,,, it would mean,,,,”
  • “it would mean what??”
  • “it would mean,,,, i’m your ,,,,, m a t e”
  • you stare at each other awkwardly for a couple seconds
  • “,,, i know.”
  • your eyes almost fall out of their sockets and you lean against a desk for support
  • “you - you knEW???”
  • “i’m a vampire, of course i knew”
  • “why didn’t you tell me??”
  • “because i knew you’d react like this,,,, you obviously don’t like me, so it wasn’t worth it.”
  • “wait - are you saying you,,,, you have feelings for me?”
  • “,,,, why else do you think the memory wipe didn’t work?? i’ve been in love with you since i first saw you, last year”
  • you are the definition of
  • SHOOK™
  • “sungwoon, i’ve literally never met anyone as stuPID as you,,,, i like you too!! why do you think i’ve been avoiding you!!!”
  • and that’s how you started dating a vampire
  • it doesn’t suck as much as you thought it would
  • ;)
The NASA Village

Today in the NASA Village… Space Station to Ground.

Working aboard the Space Station for long duration is definitely a challenge, but being connected with my family keeps me motivated. Psychological and emotional support is extremely important in space. When crew members go from the Earth’s surface to a new environment, it’s not a surprise that we still need to communicate with our loved ones. After all, we are still Earth creatures.

So who takes on this huge responsibility to keep me connected to my family? Meet Gabrielle Cole, one of the Operational Psychology Coordinators at Behavioral Health & Performance (BHP). She is constantly in touch with my husband in Houston and my parents in Iowa in order to arrange Private Family Conferences (PFCs) with me on the Space Station. Every week she goes through my schedule and my family’s in order to find the best time that suits both parties. Typically, weekends works out the best, but in some cases we do change it around. There’s a hard scheduled video-conference once a week, and also on special occasions such as holidays, anniversaries and birthdays. Essentially, Gabrielle always has to be prepared to take on any task necessary to help me maintain life as normal as possible here on the Space Station. 

In addition, Gabrielle also packs my care packages, which are very important for us on the Space Station. She inventories the items given by my family and friends, and submits them to the Materials and Process team. The Materials and Process team makes sure the items are not flammable and are safe for the Space Station. After the items get approved, Gabrielle packs them for transport. When I receive my care packages, usually it is filled with items such as cards, letters, photos, and snacks. Thanks to Gabrielle, I am always pleased with everything that’s in my goodie bag!

While on the Space Station, we are required to exercise 2 hours daily. What do you usually do when you are working out? Well, Gabrielle makes sure that I have a variety of good music to listen to while I am on my daily routine. Using my personal interests profile that I filled out when I was on ground, Gabrielle uploads music, TV Shows, news, movies, magazines, web articles, and even personal videos from family and friends to the ISS Crew Webpage. The ISS Crew Webpage serves as a gateway to up-to-date content that I am able to get in touch with as soon as she uploads it.

Of course, all of this is a lot of responsibility for one person, but when you ask Gabrielle, she says that, “I don’t feel like my job is always work. I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute to space exploration and help the crew members feel at home even when they are so far away.”

Do you want more stories?  Find our NASA Villagers here!

washingtonpost.com
Opinion | Margarita Zavala: Will Americans let Trump destroy U.S.-Mexico relations?
Frankly, the United States is fortunate to have Mexico as a neighbor and partner.

Almost two months into the Trump Administration, the United States has a choice. Does it want to continue a strong partnership with Mexico? Or will it throw away years of a successful, peaceful, and mutually beneficial relationship due to the ignorance of its President? Normally this would not even be a question. But these are not normal times. When the American President can undo with a tweet what has taken us decades to build, Mexicans have to wonder whether the United States is a reliable partner and what the future of our relationship will look like.

President Trump insists on framing U.S.-Mexico relations in simplistic and disrespectful terms. In his view, it is a zero-sum game, with Mexicans “taking advantage” of their northern neighbors…Frankly, the United States is fortunate to have Mexico as a neighbor and partner. We are a peaceful, democratic, cooperative country with one of the largest economies in the world. We are eternally bound together by geography, by trade, by family, by culture, and by affinity.

We collaborate with the U.S. on everything from commerce to combating drug trafficking to the environment to counterterrorism. Just a few examples: Mexican engineers in Querétaro design jet engines for General Electric that are then built by workers in Ohio. Mexican officials helped thwart a plot by Iranian agents to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States. The largest attendance for an NFL game ever was in Mexico (Cowboys vs. Oilers), home to 23 million NFL fans, myself included. Nearly 2 million U.S. citizens live in Mexico (the largest community of U.S. expats in the world). We work together in every area imaginable, and we are both the richer for it.

The U.S. and Mexican economies are complementary. We do not compete with each other; we make each other more competitive in the global market. Mexico is the second-largest destination for U.S. exports and the single largest destination for exports from California, Arizona, and Texas. We buy more American goods than Japan, Germany, and the U.K. do combined. Fourteen million Mexican tourists came to the United States in 2015 and spent around $10 billion…Our bilateral partnership is not predicated on one side losing and the other side winning: Our economies are so integrated that each is weaker without the other.

Most Americans know that Mexican immigrants are not violent criminals. They know that they are brave and hard-working and make enormous contributions to the U.S. economy…Mexicans know that our differences are not with the American people, but with an American President who began his campaign with racist attacks against Mexican immigrants, whose cruel policies have entire communities living in fear, and who seems intent on making an enemy out of a friend.

I have met U.S. Presidents from both political parties, and I know that the American dream has much in common with the Mexican one. Mexicans believe in the strength of the family, the dignity conferred by hard work, and the worth inherent in every human being. Mexico would much rather be a partner to the United States than an adversary. We would rather tend bridges than build walls. But our alliance must be based on mutual respect. We will not accept a relationship based on threats and insults, contempt for our country, and cruelty toward our citizens. The United States is more prosperous, more secure, and more competitive for having Mexico as its partner. It is up to the United States to decide whether it wants to continue a strong partnership, or whether it will let one bad hombre destroy it.

Washington Post editorial by Margarita Zavala, a former Mexican congresswoman, former First Lady of Mexico, and the leading contender for the 2018 Mexican Presidential election.

A Knight for a Swan - Chapter 10 & Epilogue

Chapter Summary: Sir David and Lady Snow have reclaimed Misthaven from King Arthur. Can Camelot’s king negotiate a peace treaty that protects himself and his kingdom? What consequences await Sir Killian for his actions against Baelfire? Can Lady Emma convince her parents that her and Sir Killian’s love is true? Is a happy beginning possible after all they’ve been through?

Notes: This chapter gets a rating upgrade for sexual content. If mature scenes of that nature aren’t your thing, don’t worry, I have marked the section for you so that you’re able to skip over it. When you get there (you’ll know by the heading), just scroll down until you see the Epilogue heading. You will not miss anything even remotely resembling plot, so don’t worry about scrolling past if that’s what you’re more comfortable with. Should probably also mention that it’s the first scene of that type I have ever written, so please, be kind. Seriously, you should see me blushing just typing this…

Much love to @juliakaze for the amazing artwork!

~8000 word count / Also available on ao3 and ff.net / Previous chapters can be found here

Ch 1 / Ch 2 / Ch 3 / Ch 4 / Ch 5 / Ch 6 / Ch 7 / Ch 8 / Ch 9 


 Chapter 10

Killian could not meet his king’s gaze. He and Arthur had been led to the war council room by the duke and his family, only to be instructed to remain there as the family conferred elsewhere. Men who had been under Killian’s own authority that very morning, as per his alliance with Lady Emma, were now stationed as guards outside the door.

Killian glanced over at Arthur to assess his sovereign’s temperament, and found him withdrawn and pensive. Drumming his fingers lightly atop the table at which he sat, Arthur seemed to take no notice of his Captain and Killian wondered if, perhaps, the king would feel more comfortable having a knight he could fully trust with him during the negotiations.

“When the duke returns, I can request for Sir Robin to be summoned in my place,” Killian offered.

Arthur looked up at his knight, confusion lining his features. “Why would I wish Sir Robin over my Captain?” Arthur inquired.

Killian shuffled on his feet, unaccustomed to feeling so unsure in his sovereign’s presence. With a fortifying breath Killian met Arthur’s gaze as he took ownership of his actions with Baelfire, and then silently awaited the king’s judgment of his betrayal.

“Killian,” Arthur began. “That alliance was a farce from the outset. You know that better than anyone,” he declared. “We had already been defeated, and you were protecting the father of the woman you love. I do not fault you for that, Killian.”

“But others will, Your Majesty,” Killian protested. “I murdered an allied lord of our realm in full view of dozens of witnesses.”

“Fortunately,” Arthur countered. “It is only how I choose to view the incident that matters. And I choose to view your actions as a necessity of your duty, not a betrayal.”

“How so?” Killian asked incredulously.

“If Baelfire had succeeded in killing Sir David, and we had somehow been able to push back the duke’s men and allies, I would have owed Baelfire my life,” Arthur reminded. “And what do you think he would have required from such a debt?”

“Emma,” Killian answered in revelation.

“Indeed,” Arthur responded with a nod. “And if we’d lost the battle? With her father dead, who would have been able to stop him from attempting to abduct her again? And whose mercy would our kingdom be under with Sir David dead?” Arthur posed. “As far as I am concerned, you positioned yourself to barter the best possible outcome of our surrender, while also protecting your betrothed.”

“But she wasn’t my betrothed at the time,” Killian countered.

“Sure she was, Killian,” Arthur smirked. “I never had any doubts that she’d choose you in the end,” his admission pulling a smile from Killian’s lips for the first time since they’d been left to stew in the room on their own. “You’re a good man, Killian,” Arthur declared, “and one hell of a knight. One day, I have no doubt, you will make a fine king, as well.”

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Umineko When They Cry - Question Arc Receives Physical Copy Release

Developer: 07th Expansion
Publishers: MangaGamer
Release Date: August 18, 2017
Platforms: Windows & Mac
Age Rating: All-Ages
Price: $24.95  

Umineko When They Cry - Question Arc is now available in physical copy format on MangaGamer!

This release contains the following:

  • Game disc containing episodes 1 through 4 of the Umineko series.
  • Reversible cover
  • Steam key card

MangaGamer’s release of Umineko also includes the option to switch between new character art and the original character art. In addition, players can switch between English and Japanese text during gameplay.

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Synopsis:

Welcome to the world of Umineko When They Cry (When Seagulls Cry).
Welcome to the Rokkenjima of October 4, 1986.

You have been given a chance to catch a glimpse of the family conference held annually by the Ushiromiya family.

The remaining life in the old family head
who has built up a vast fortune is very slim.

To his children, the greatest point of contention at this family conference
is the distribution of his inheritance.
Everyone desires all that money, no one relents, and no one believes.

Who will gain the old head’s vast inheritance?

Where is the 10 tons of gold that the old head is said to have hidden?

Can the unnerving riddle of the epitaph which is said to point to
the location of that gold be solved?

In the midst of this, a suspicious letter is sent from one claiming to be a witch.

The presence of a 19th person on this island,
which should only have 18, begins to hang in the air.

Brutal murders repeat, and unsolvable riddles are left at the scene.

How many will die? How many will live? Or will everyone die?

Is the culprit one of the 18, or not?

Is the culprit a “human”, or a “witch”?

Please, enjoy this isolated island, western mansion,
mystery-suspense gadget of the good old days to the fullest.

anonymous asked:

Can u do a little introduction of yourself?

Of course I can!!!!

My name is Aero and very few people call me by my full name, Aerosin. I’m a prolific writer of original works, I’m very young, I maintain my studies even with everything else going on, and I write fanfiction every now and then as a hobby. I love to travel and I always save up and make time for it! 

I’ve traveled all over the world already! Be it by comped conferences, invitationals, family reunions, or vacations – I will travel any way that I can. My next travel destination is likely going to be Norway, which isn’t very far away from me at all, but I’ll be going there to swim with killer whales. Even typing that out sounds crazy because if you follow my main blog, you’d know they’re one of my favorite animals and I’m always inherently terrified of them. I hate knowing something is beneath me and I can’t see it, that’s like a phobia of mine, but I want to have the experience of seeing them in their natural habitat, so I’m just going to suck it up, swallow my fear, and go for it. After that, I’ll be returning to Japan for an extended stay to be with my babe @hijikata-han again because I miss her so much it hurts. I also want to visit a super inspiring and incredible person ((@agakv // @kvei)) someday because I just ???? I don’t even know how to explain it. I have so much love for this person oh my god. So, yeah, anyway, I travel all the time and can’t get enough of it.

I’m a really laid back kind of person and I’ve overcome a lot of stuff to get to where I am. My motto is: Be kind, but take no shit. I love to make people laugh and smile, it’s one of my favorite things! That’s one of the reasons I love being a writer so much – not only do I get to share my characters and worlds, but I can make people happy with my work and I can’t ask for much more than that! 

So, there’s a little intro! If there’s anything you’d like to know, feel free to ask