fork & the road

it sounded romantic when I heard it the first time. it was before we were married, and he told us to not forget it. seriously, he said, keep this one with you because when it gets hard, you’re going to need it–okay here it is. the purpose of marriage is not happiness, but growth.

ugh, I love that, I said.

no you don’t, he said. you’re happy right now, so you feel up for it. growth usually happens when you’re not up for it. you love the idea of it, but you’re not going to like it. that’s okay, but it’s important to expect it.

he was right. it’s not romantic, it’s hard. it’s not that warm feeling i like. sometimes it feels a lot more like a limb is about to be pulled out of its socket. you reach a fork in the road, and it’s time to grow again, but God I just rather not today. you made me grow last week. resisting the growth is more painful than the growth.

he was right. it’s not romantic. it’s actually annoying how much growing is going on right now. I am tired of growing.

you know that scene in miss congeniality where she is forced to eat healthy food, so she has hidden junk food under her pageant gown? and her coach makes her give them all up? but there’s more. so he takes those too. no choice. no exceptions. that is how I feel. give me your pride, and now your greed–no, all of it. and jealousy–i’ll be taking that. ok, fine, here. is that enough? no, hand me your resentment. oh! and the comparison. i almost forgot that one–hand it over.

that fork in the road I mentioned with one way being growth–don’t mistake the other road as happiness. like I said, to not walk into the growth is more painful. that’s because resisting it means walking into avoidance, into denial, into defensiveness, into stagnancy, it is anything but happiness.

marriage is a mirror. by design, God created us to reflect back to each other what isn’t resembling him. you can get angry, and defensive, refusing to look in the mirror. you can punish your spouse for functioning as they’re intended to. or you can acknowledge what’s coming up, thank them for showing you, ask them to love you, and choose to grow.

L, marriage // year one

Libra:

As a Libra, you find both peace and chaos in fairness. On one hand, you want to always have a carefree, stress free, loving environment. However, on the road to such carefree loving environment, wars will happen. You have to fight to get to that level of stress-free life. It’s a big fork on the road to cross every time and it can block you from happiness if you let the fear of fighting for what you seek get in the way.

For NTs: Manic Impulse Explained

It’s not what it looks like. It’s not wilful self destruction. It’s not a cry for help.

Imagine the most important moment of your life, the pivotal decision, the fork in the road that changes everything 

- accelerated.

So I want to instantly (this very hour) do a thing… this very, VERY important thing.

This is the thing that I have only realised RIGHT NOW is so incredibly imperative. I know it’s impulsive but it’s utterly, utterly brilliant. This is what I need to do. It’s such a great idea. Besides I’m young, this is supposed to be my time, I am allowed to be spontaneous! I can’t believe I’ve only just realised how much I really, really need to do This thing. This is absolutely what I was supposed to be doing all along!! I’m going to do it right now, no point waiting, I’m more sure of This than any decision I’ve ever made before! I have absolute freedom, I am without restriction, I will accelerate to euphoria and success.

Possibilities for ‘This’:

◻️ Drop out of college to pursue something I’ve never even heard of before.

◼️ Resign from a good job I actually enjoy.

◻️ Classic ‘Sex, Drugs and Psychosis’ brand of mania.

◼️ Viciously abandon every friend I have because ‘they’re holding me back’.

◻️ Literally run away to live with someone I’ve only just met.

◼️ Buy business supplies in bulk, for an idea I’m bound to have later.

◻️ Dump my boyfriend/girlfriend on a complete and utter whim, to revel in the turmoil.

◼️ Abandon life, buy a one way ticket to a country I have nothing to do with, have nowhere to stay, no way to get back and no money or safety when I get there.

◻️ Tattoo of something so profound I can’t even articulate why I want it.

◼️ Drink all the spirits in the house alone for literary ‘inspiration’.

◻️ Play with knives to feel the power of taunting mortality.

◼️ Seduce this romantically committed person, chronic boredom likes challenges.

◻️ Buy 14 pairs of these same shoes: it’s an investment.

◼️ Stop taking my meds because they’re stealing my potential. Manic me is the true me, they’ll take her away . After all, what if the Doctor’s are wrong? Maybe I function in a higher plane, all great innovators do, and there must be a misunderstanding.

◻️ Open water swimming, alone, at night, in a very angry sea.

◼️ Start collecting reptiles… I think I’ll start with five… I’ll be going to the shop now.

At the time these decisions don’t appear reckless, ridiculous, risky or wrong. They seem like the most sensible and obvious thing in the world. We are not attention seeking. We don’t have a death wish. Our ability to judge risk is just monumentally impaired and the urgency of these actions becomes overpowering. This is why unintentional death is so notably high in rapid cycling bipolars.

We are brave and inspired and running on double time to the people around us. We are the glorious and the invincible… and sometimes we are running into traffic for the joy of the adrenaline hit.

We’re hitting the ground running… hard… and usually in the face.

If you’re able to help us, please do, but know what you’re looking it. Stare the ugliness of mania in the face but know, with doubtless certainty, that for us, it is most beauteous thing, the most precious place we’ll ever be.

And it’s going to be heartbreaking to leave.

When my players get smarmy...

DM: “The road before you takes a fork–”

Player A OOC: “I want to arrest the road for silverware theft!”

DM: “…”

DM: “The fork comes alive and stabs you in the eyes, laughing at you before the road beats it into submission. You take (rolls) 14 points piercing damage and are blind until your next long rest.”

Me: “No puns tonight then?”

DM: “Not shitty ones, no.”

Random Writing Asks
  1. What is your favorite punctuation mark?
  2. What writing taboos do you break consistently?
  3. What POV do you prefer and why?
  4. What tense do you prefer and why?
  5. Adverbs: for against?
  6. Do you outline or not?
  7. Do you prefer writing dialogue or narration?
  8. What punctuation/grammar/spelling errors do you make consistently?
  9. Do you write characters based off of real people or make them up?
  10. Do you write more guy or girl characters?
  11. Which is easier to write: guys or girls?
  12. Which is easier to write: original fiction or fanfiction?
  13. Which of your characters would you want to be stuck in an elevator with?
  14. What do you include in character descriptions?
  15. Do you let people read your rough drafts?
  16. What do you do with your rough drafts once you write a new draft?
  17. How do you handle writer’s block?
  18. How many stories do you work on at one time?
  19. Do you write from beginning to end, or jump around in your story.
  20. What is one thing you would never do in a story or to a character?
  21. What do you do if you come to a fork in the road (where your story could go one of two different ways)?
  22. Do you “write what you know” or not?
  23. Do you research things in your story? If so, how?
  24. How do you figure out your characters looks, personalities, and speech patterns?
  25. How do you figure out character motivation and backstory?
Prophecies for the Signs

ARIES: skinned knees and second chances// determination like a blade between your teeth// the summer sun; a sea of grass// the truth coming to be in groups of three

TAURUS: an upwards slope; a shedding of skin// success dangling like a medallion around your neck// the color blue// wistfulness welling up in you like a tsunami// every choice a precipice

GEMINI: selfishness or self-preservation?// your future a flash of headlights, a car veering onto your part of the sidewalk// a red string looped around your pinkie finger// the sun splitting the clouds in two

CANCER: heavy is the head that wears the crown// homesickness for someplace you haven’t been yet// a deep breath in; a straightening of your shoulders// a string of small victories// changes and compromise

LEO: a murder of crows// brown eyes// a fork in the road// an ache for something you thought you’d forgotten// holding a rose in your hand and letting it decay with indecision

VIRGO: metamorphosis// regret tucked under your tongue// a splash of watercolour// the importance of family// the slow chime of the clock, and the realization of lost time

LIBRA: isolation creeping over you like a shadow// each decision heavy in your hands// a horizon bleeding red into the sea// the promise of a better tomorrow, if you’re determined to make tomorrow a better day than today

SCORPIO: disappointment like a wasp’s sting//  silk against sun-burnt skin// warm hands sliding up the slope of your arms// suspicion sinking you six feet under

SAGITTARIUS: self-loathing and self-reflection// hope tucked into your back pocket// a bout of determination// the night air knife-sharp in your throat 

CAPRICORN: the hand pulling you out of the water is yours// trust like a sword between your shaking fingers// a reward when you least expect it// and to hold onto anger for too long is to guarantee a burn 

AQUARIUS: life is a series of falling down, only to pick yourself back up again// wishing wells and north stars// shining a light on loneliness; watching it dissipate// success and self-worth

PISCES: choices and consequences// glitter streaked across your skin like scales// true friends making themselves clear// always two steps forwards, one step back

Turning the bike lane into a second car lane during rush hour? Let me make your life a little more difficult

So I live in a very large metropolitan city, and I try to get out and bike after work and during the weekend. I’m able to get my ride started early enough in the evening, that by the time I am returning home, it’s between 5-6pm; aka rush hour traffic. There is this one road I take that connects my neighborhood with the major bike path out of the city. This particular road has a fork that I take to the right. Unfortunately, this direction gets really jammed up at rush hour, so there is this habit that people have to use the bicycle lane as a second lane to snake other drivers on the inside. So tonight, after bobbing and weaving my way through aggressive and annoyed drivers, I found myself between two drivers trying to merge in to the two lane road. To my left, the lady who had patiently waited her turn to merge, and to my right, the leader of the douche-parade. A blacked out Dodge Dart blasting loud music with his windows down, with a vanity license plate that read something akin to “douche tool”. As I weaseled my way in front of his super sweet 4-cylinder pussy magnet, my bike suddenly had “issues”, which required me to immediately dismount, and fiddle with my stem. I didn’t do it long, because I value my life, but seeing three cars who had waited patiently get the drop on all the cheaters made me feel a little better. When I finally did get back on my bike, I made sure to ride extra slow to keep the parade riding their brakes.

TL;DR use the bike lane to snake traffic, I’ll stop my bike infront of you so that people who follow the rules can snake you back ;)

List of episodes focusing on the team rocket TRio (Jessie, James, Meowth and... wobbuffet too)

Battle aboard  the St Annes

Pokémon Shipwreck

The island of giants pokemon

Who Gets to Keep Togepi?

The ultimate test

The stun spore detourn

The breeding center secret

The battle of the badge

Bad to the bone

A scare in the air

Pikachu re-volt

Dues and don’t

A poached ego

The bicker the better

We are no angel

Training daze

A scare to remember

A hole lotta trouble

The ole berate and switch!

Claydol big and tal

Gymbaliar

Sleight of sand

A learn mean team rocket machine

Noodles roaming off

Beating the bustle and the hustle

The worst togépi ever

Capacia Island UFO

Seeking Shelter From the Storm!

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(EPISODES FOCUSING ON JESSIE)

Princess vs Princess

Holiday Hi-Jinx

 Snow way out

Tracey gets bugged

Ignorance is Blissey

Forest Grump

Control Freak

A Tail with a Twist*(about Seviper*)

Wich wurmples wich?

Zig Zag Zangoose* (about Seviper*)

Three Jynx and a baby

New plot, odd lot

Going for choke

Borrowing of bad faith

Team Socker!

Crossing path

 A Fork in the Road! A Parting of the Ways!

A Festival Trade! A Festival Farewell?

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(EPISODES FOCUSING ON JAMES)

The ghost of maiden peak

 Holly matrimony

The fortune hunters

 All that glitters

The heartbreak of Brock

Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?

Here’s Lookin’ at You, Elekid!

That’s just swellow

Who’s Flying Now?

Off the Unbeaten Path

Sweet baby James

Once There Were Greenfields

Dressed at Jess for success

A faux oak finish

The treasure is all mine

Facing the grand design!

Mending a broken spirit

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(EPISODES FOCUSING ON MEOWTH)

The problem with paras

The Purr-fect Hero

Go west, young Meowth

Meowth rules

Bound of trouble

Time-Warp Heals All Wounds

For the love of Meowth

Off Meowth and Pokémon (part 1)

Off Meowth and Pokémon (part 2)

Jumping Rocket Ship

Meowth’s Scrafty Tactics!

Purrloin: Sweet or Sneaky?

The Beartic Mountain Feud!

Meowth, Colress and Team Rivalry!

So you’re having a bad day

A frenzied factory fiasco

Pikachu dream of Squishy

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(EPISODES FOCUSING ON WOBBUFFET)

Tricks of the trade

The wayward wobbuffet

Wobbu-palooza

 A Fork in the Road! A Parting of the Ways!

A Woman - The Hobbit

“Could you do Thorin’s company reacting to a female 14th member who has a boy cut?”

The company of Thorin Oakenshield had departed Hobbiton early that morning. Bilbo had come sprinting up the trail shortly after their departure and the company now found themselves, a few hours later, at a fork in the road where the Great East Road was intersected by the smaller Green Way.

“We continue East on the Great Road!” Thorin called out.

“We do not!” called Gandalf, riding up to the leader.

“Surely one as travelled as yourself, old man, knows our path lies to the east along the great road.” Thorin said.

“Yes yes. And we will continue east….tomorrow.” Gandalf said.

“We can make it four more hours before nightfall.” Thorin said, raising a questioning eyebrow.

“Perhaps. But we must wait here for the 14th member of our party.” Replied.

“Another stray?”

“An associate and a close friend. She has been collecting information for me in the far north that I hope will aid in our quest.” Gandalf said, dismounting his horse.

“A woman?” Both of Thorin’s eyebrows shot up.

“A very capable woman.”

Thorin shook his head, but said nothing. He called for the others to begin setting up camp, several yards from the road itself. A fire was started and a few hunted rabbits were set to cook. For another few hours the company relaxes, smoked their pipes, and had low conversations. The sun had just dipped below the horizon when the muted sound of hooves made everyone look up.

A rider in a dull blue cloak, hood raised, trotted into camp and Gandalf stood.

“Y/N” he called up to you. “Your punctuality never ceases to amaze me.”

You swung off your horse.

“And here I was expecting to have to wait several days for your arrival.” You teased. You raised a hand to pull off your hood, not noticing several of the dwarves’ eyes going wide at the sight of your hair cropped closely to your head. As you entered conversation with Gandalf and Thorin, the other whispered about you in hushed voices.

“A woman?”

“Can she even lift that sword? It’s huge!”

“She has less hair than Bilbo.”

“Maybe she’s sick.”

“Women do not belong on these sort of quests. They are weak.” Dwalin mumbled as he went to bite from an apple. He jolted when a small dagger flew through the air and buried itself in the apple. He turned to see you standing with your hand twirling an identical dagger. You grinned and winked.

“Women also have great hearing.” You said, turning back to your conversation with Gandalf.

2 Tunnels, 1 room

DM (me): Alright so as you guys are wandering through the tunnel, you manage to reach a fork in the road. There is one tunnel going left, and one tunnel going right. Choose wisely

Sorcerer: ROLL FOR PERCEPTION *rolls an 18*

DM: You sense that both tunnels are exactly the same

Paladin: I use detect evil

DM: Both tunnels have nothing, as if they were e x a c t l y the same

*Group starts to decide which tunnel to go through, taking approximately 26 minutes*

Rogue: OKAY, so with our perfect team composition, us 5 go into the left tunnel, and the other 5 go into the right.

DM: Are you sure?

Monk: Yes, positive.

DM: Both groups say their farewells, and go through the dark and mysterious tunnels…… just for them to join up again in a different room

Everyone: OHMYGODD, I HATE YOU SO MUCH

I the DM, dealing with a group of 10: Hey, that’s my line,