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The Ultimate Winter Sunday Morning Brunch Guide

Words by Kristina S. // Photography by Juliette Bélanger.

My Sunday mornings are almost always dedicated to relaxing with a good book and preparing brunch for a great group of people – sometimes friends, sometimes family, and sometimes both. Here’s a brief guide to the ultimate winter Sunday morning brunch:

On a cold winter morning, there’s nothing more comforting than a warm cup of tea or coffee and hot food. So always start by serving a round of hot tea or coffee on a tray with various sweeteners, creamers, and milk.

While you’re enjoying your hot beverage, begin mixing the batter for a round of light and fluffy pancakes. It’s Sunday morning and you have all day to relax so get creative: mix some berries, nuts, or spices like cinnamon or nutmeg into the batter. Serve with butter, syrup, honey, and toppings, such as whipped cream, nuts, and fruit.

While you’re cooking the pancakes, fry up a few pieces of bacon, sausage, or both in another pan. Brunch is never complete without breakfast meats!

If pancakes don’t melt away your taste buds, try making a delicious egg scramble instead. You can get just as fancy with egg scrambles by adding various cheeses, veggies, and spices such as salt and pepper! Tip: add a splash of milk to the eggs before scrambling them in a skillet. The milk will increase the egg’s fluffiness, creating a delicious texture to chew on.

The best thing about brunch is that you’ll be full for hours so the mess you make in the kitchen will be well worth it. Enjoy your Sunday morning brunch and company!

Disclaimer: brunch is just as awesome completely on your own. If you don’t have any company to share with, no worries – all the more for you to enjoy.

There’s something that new k-pop fans might not understand about the older generations of idols. Many people like to criticize Super Junior for their past actions, seeing them only as variety idols without any musical value. Some might wonder how they have lasted for so long, thinking that they aren’t even popular anymore, that they are overrated, etc.
It’s a well known fact that one of the secrets to Suju’s successful career is because they treat everyone around them with respect. Numerous hoobaes and sunbaes have said the same thing over & over again : you might not see them as popular or relevant now, but their popularity and impact were grandiose, more than you could ever imagine. SJ has so many connections in the industry, going from actors/singers, to MCs/producers. They spent a decade trying to tie countless of relations here and there, finding many opportunities to spread their talents. What they do might not interest you, but they are really what you call a well-rounded group. There is not one single member who is useless or isn’t talented.

You want a good producer? You have Shindong. Great MCs? Leeteuk, Heechul, Kangin, Eunhyuk, Kyuhyun are doing well. Radio DJs? Ryeowook and Shindong are comfortable doing that. One of the best vocal line, if not the best in kpop? Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, Yesung are here to please your ears. Zhou Mi is super great as well. Kangin & Shindong went on Masked Singers (Still waiting for Heechul to make an appearance). Actors? Yesung, Siwon and Heechul are pretty confident in this field. Dancers and choreographers? Of course we can’t not mention Eunhyuk, Donghae and Shindong. Composers? Not only Donghae is a genius, but a few of them have proven to be talented as well (Did you listen to Don’t Leave Me? If not, you should, and thank Siwon later; also can we talk about Henry? That guy never cease to impress me). Musical actors? Sungmin, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun excel in musicals. And those are just a small part of what each member can do. On top of that, members can play instruments, have a great variety sense, are hilarious, are a genuine and caring group of people, are hard workers, and most importantly : all of them can actually sing, contrary to popular belief. Their voices mixed together blend perfectly and they have a unique sound. Even their sub-units will impress you. Give their discography a listen, because they have proven themselves so many times already. You will not be disappointed.

The thing is that it seems like everyone who’s working in this industry knows how talented Super Junior is and how difficult it was for them to be where they are today, yet the public chooses to ignore this side of the group. They’re veterans in the industry that should be respected. I mean, their name was supposed to be SM Junior when they debuted, but they changed it to “Super” because the members themselves said : 
We have to become first at what we do best, so that when members gather, we’ll be the top of the top. That’s why we are Super Junior.” 

  • France: everyone look! I made a new element, it's amazing, oui?
  • England: what? You created it??
  • France: I was experimenting with a couple of elements a few days ago and discovered an entirely new molecular structure!
  • China: ...can we cook it?
  • America: can we eat it?
  • Russia: can we play with it?
  • England: it's not magic, so it's lame.
  • France: why do I even bother telling you guys anything...

People are shitting on Daehwi’s team choice and his actions and tbh, it is making me a bit disappointed. He’s a kid. He’s in a survival show and I can only imagine how tense it can get, I can only imagine the levels of pressure. Sure Daehwi’s always a ball of fluff, a sunshine but idk if the dude gets super anxious or paranoid about what’s gonna happen to him in the show. He made choices to ensure his position, that’s how I see it. He’s not out there to challenge himself or go against the best. He’s out there to debut (just like all of your faves) and he’s still a kid. I don’t see what he did wrong, I’d have done the exact same thing myself.

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I have a really great group of people around me who I trust 100 percent. They are very honest and let me be who I want to be, and nurture that rather than giving me a personality. It’s easy to let yourself take off, but I am so in love with my life, everyone at home, and the life I used to have that I have no intention of changing.

anonymous asked:

I'm concerned as to whether or not violence actually affects anything positive. I get that it's supposed to scare them into shutting up, but it doesn't seem to be having that effect. It seems to be helping their victimhood act. I get that people should know better than to fall for that act, but the fact is that they apparently don't, so we need to take that into account strategically. It would obviously be to their benefit to pay fake rioters to do violence. Should we then do that for free?

This is a hotly-debated question among anti-fascists and anti-racists.  Here’s the way we believe this question should be approached: if you discovered that there was a gang of fascists was in your community recruiting members and publicly organizing, what could you do about it?  Here are the range of options:

1) Ignore them and hope they just magically go away.

The problem with this, of course, is that it does not work.  History has very clearly shown us that ignoring violent racist extremists doesn’t make them go away; on the contrary, it gives them license to intimidate, attack, and eventually murder the people belonging to groups they’ve targeted - racialized people, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, religious minorities, etc.  This is because fascists take your total disregard of their presence as a sign that you agree with them.  It also lets the people they target know that no one will defend or support them.  As novelist Joy Kogawa put it, “if there’s just one thing that history teaches us, just one thing, it’s that bystanders and perpetrators are both on the same side.“ 

2) Report them to the authorities.
  
People that believe this is the way to address fascists in their communities are often extremely disappointed with the result.  The authorities aren’t going to do anything to stop fascist plans until they have injured or killed somebody.  To our mind, that is far, far too late.

There are other problems with relying on the authorities to solve fascism and racism as well.  The old saying “cops and the Klan go hand-in-hand” doesn’t just come from police going out of their way to protect fascists and racists while viciously attacking those brave enough to confront fascists.

It also comes from decades of evidence of police involvement as members of fascist and racist groups themselves.   Some notorious examples of this include:

- the police in Greensboro, North Carolina colluding with the KKK to allow them to shoot up an anti-racist demonstration, killing five people;

- this asshole:

- this police department/KKK Klavern in Florida;

Then there are things like the time when the Canadian spy agency funneled money and intelligence to one of the main organizers of the neo-nazi Heritage Front, allowing it to grow into the largest white supremacist group in the country.  Or the time when Germany’s intelligence agency, which had been paying money to neo-nazi organizers, became aware of a neo-nazi gang’s serial murder plot and instead of stepping in, actively obstructed and tampered with the police investigation.  The neo-nazi gang would go on to murder nine immigrants and one police officer along with committing two bombings and fifteen bank robberies.  

Finally, there is the fact that in most cities, racialized people are more likely to be killed by police than by any other group of people.  So no, 2) is not a great option.

Which brings us to:

3) Take up some form of passive protest against them.

The favorite choice of liberals everywhere!  But the problem with pacifism is that it only works when the opposing side has a conscience.  Fascists not only lack that, but they actively fetishize and valorize violence as a legitimate political mechanism, a preferred political tactic, and a philosophical principle that builds group cohesion and commitment.  So bravo to liberals for deciding to do something about fascism but they quickly discover that they have to then choose whether or not they wish to be the victims of fascism, because opposing fascists necessitates self-defence.  Liberals that don’t understand this wind up making the same mistakes of people like the White Rose Society.    

So what’s left, then?

4)
Expose, oppose, and confront them whenever they appear and defend yourself and your community as necessary.
 
This is the tactic the majority of antifa choose.  It’s also the one that has, to our mind, the most effective over the last seventy years or so.  There’s abundant evidence of that to be found in examples like The 43 GroupAnti-Fascist Action, The Torch Antifa Network, The Anti-Fascist Network, and dozens more.  

Finally:

5) Hunting down and killing fascists.  

Which, to our knowledge, is very illegal in most places.

So Anon, which do you think is the right option to choose when fascists are publicly organizing and recruiting in your town?



Kingdom of  "The Fairy King"

“Dame,” said this Pluto, “be no longer wroth;
I give it up; but since I swore my oath
That I would give to him his sight again,
My word shall stand, I warn you that’s certain.
I am a king, it suits me not to lie.”

The Merchant’s Tale


Pluto in the 1st House: The Dais of Shadows. When positioned in the house of the Self, he designs powerful, magnetic individuals. While they are more of the loner type, they come as very intimidating and knowledgeable. Persons with Pluto in this house have a domineering, almost unbearable stare that mirrors perfectly their strong will power.

Pluto in the 2nd House: The Key Tower. These persons feel comfortable with using resources or talents that other might consider taboo or odd. They have a terrific dislike for helplessness, and even if they have a pathological desire to gather as many belongings as possible, second house Plutonian natives are willing to sacrifice anything needed to keep something or someone dear to them safe from harm.

Pluto in the 3rd House: Garden of Words and Swords. These individuals have something especially tremendous about their speech, even from a young age. They can be very persuasive, and know how and when to use their self-taught and dangerous knowledge to be in advantage. These persons might despise authority or any form of academical education, but they are at the same time in an endless hunt for information.

Pluto in the 4th House: Chamber of Memories. Even if their childhood was peaceful and stress-free, the fourth house Pluto natives have a hard time exposing their past. The mother will play a major and influential role in their lives, even becoming a little bit too controlling. They might go through patriotic or identity crisis as a member of their family. However, if they know how to embrace their dark side in a beneficial way, they have great potential to become inspiring public figures.

Pluto in the 5th House: The Royal Amphitheatre. Although these individuals can overindulge themselves in obsessive behaviors, they are very likely to get bored of their current interest and start searching for a new one. They usually get what they want, but not without encountering some obstacles on the way. They are passionate and intense, never scared to enter a new power game or something that can keep them entertained.

Pluto in the 6th House: The Hidden Sanctum. Despite the activities associated to this house, Pluto makes these natives to be generally repulsed by any kind of servitude acts towards others. They get involved in all kind of unconventional or obscure jobs. Therefore, they tend to keep their activities a secret and share them only if it’s completely necessary. 

Pluto in the 7th House: The Masquerade Ballroom. Seventh house Plutonian natives get easily suspicious or jealous regarding their relationships. They want to have their partnership under control, and when feeling threatened, they will do their best to prevent the attack. Good aspects will help them have a fulfilling and long lasting marriage or relationship with their loved ones.

Pluto in the 8th House: The Dormitory Arena. These individuals have a remarkable affinity for occult and energy manipulation. They emanate high sex drive, and are also very attractive in this regard. They obsessively desire intimacy, and are driven to manifest it through unusual and unorthodox ways. However, they seem to attract the same kind, and the outcome of this impact is paranoia or violent reactions (not necessarily physical).

Pluto in the 9th House: The Upstairs Catacombs. These native must be very careful when expressing their beliefs, so that they do not become religious fanatics, determined to impose their truths on others. This placement is an ego boost, and it gives the individual the required self-confidence to share their discoveries with the rest of the world.

Pluto in the 10th House: The Knife-Edged Throne. Severe, respected and intense, these individuals are usually weighty figures in their entourage, and have lots of expectations to live up to. They climb their way to the top by allying themselves with other influential people even from the day they were born. But one must be aware that all this power can easily turn someone into a corrupt individual. They shouldn’t forget those that helped them to rise and accomplish all they have.

Pluto in the 11th House: Strategy Room. This placement tends to offer their owners great partnership skills and mighty positions in their group. They attract powerful people that can help them reach their goals behind the scenes, just like they prefer things to be done. One bad effect is the possibility to abuse of their ability to manipulate the masses, and use it just for personal gain.

Pluto in the 12th House: The King’s Mind. Having Pluto’s secretive nature fused with the discretion and cryptic waves of the twelfth house makes one be very reluctant to show their real feelings and intentions. They have several fantasies since their childhood, which can influence them in a bad or good way. It’s nearly impossible to tell on which side they do stand, as just a few people know their true faith.

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Wait so now Mary Lambert also released a song? And it’s so good and bad ass and gay? May is a gift that keeps on giving when it comes to music! 😭 🌈 💖💛💚💙💜 🏳️‍🌈

The topics that the first season of Eyewitness introduced are important to talk about & it is crucial that they are represented on television for people to see. These topics include a realistic teen gay relationship, mental illnesses and disorders such as PTSD & thoughts of and attempts at suicide, substance abuse, the foster care system, & independent and powerful women. The introduction of these subjects was wonderful, but Eyewitness is not done yet. The potential this series has to represent these groups of people and more is great. Networks should open their eyes to the possibilities Eyewitness has with its stellar cast.

knight in shining armor || stuart twombly

word count: 2325

warnings: none, just fluff

prompt: none

author’s note: enjoy this cute little imagine of stuart! thanks to @sarcasticallystilinski for letting me run the idea by her! 

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Whatever else you might want to say about STAR WARS fandom, I have SO MUCH AFFECTION for it, there are so many people writing really good stories and drawing really beautiful art and coming up with really great scenarios and especially in PT fandom there’s a group of people that I never have to apologize for being a fan of the prequels. I don’t have to feel like I’m expected to preface everything with qualifiers, instead I can just whole-heartedly embrace what I love and that it’s good for me, that I honestly enjoy it genuinely, that this part of fandom absolutely embraces the good and loves these characters and this world/galaxy with me.

Every time I sink into a really good fic, when I come out of it, I remember, yes, I am so glad to be here, I’m so glad there are others who are filled with just as much genuine love for these characters as I am. So here’s another list of fics that give me that happy, fizzy feeling of being in a fandom I love. (Fic recs every Wednesday.)

STAR WARS FIC RECS:
Soldier, Poet, King by Glare, obi-wan/anakin & qui-gon & mace & dooku & palpatine & cast, sith!obi-wan, 91.9k wip
   Second chances are very rarely given, but the Force smiles upon two of its favorite children and returns them to a time before their actions have met their consequences. Anakin Skywalker, also known as Darth Vader, seeks redemption while Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi, disillusioned with the Jedi Order and its Code, falls to the Darkness.
Capture and Release by Rocket_Sith, obi-wan/anakin, some bondage, 13.9k wip
   Anakin’s past comes back to haunt him unexpectedly during a mission. What starts as Obi-Wan’s attempt to help him face his fears takes on a life of its own and evolves into so much more.
wicked thing by imaginarykat, obi-wan/anakin & ahsoka & cast, nsfw, sith!obi-wan, 97.3k wip
   In which Anakin recognises the Council has made a decision, but given that it’s a stupid ass decision, he elects to ignore it.
untitled by writegowrite, obi-wan/anakin, modern au, ~1k
   prompt: 40. exes meeting again after not speaking for years au
Time To Go by light_mantled_albatross, obi-wan & anakin & ahsoka, 19.7k
   A version of the “Anakin doesn’t find Ventress at the end of season 5, with the result that Ahsoka gets Dramatically Sentenced To Death” plotline.
untitled Supreme Chancellor Obi-Wan fic by stonefreeak, obi-wan & anakin, 4.4k
   ask: do Anakin and Obi-Wan FINALLY talk after Anakin’s panic attack? Even a little??
Echoes of Mortis by wreckageofstars, obi-wan & anakin/padme & ahsoka, 67.3k
   Post-Mortis Arc AU. In a universe where the Father failed to take away Anakin’s vision of the future, the Hero With No Fear struggles with the knowledge of what he will become and the knowledge of who, exactly, is responsible. Drastic steps are taken and in the process things go a little bit…sideways.
Conspiracy Theorist Obi-Wan Kenobi by tcf-dendral, obi-wan & cast, 1.1k
   His hindsight, Obi-Wan thinks, was not twenty-twenty in this instance, and he wishes he had thought ahead to the possible consequences of what seemed like an inconsequential action at the time. Mostly, he would do better in the future to remember how information, true or not, tends to spread like wildfire across the HoloNet.
untitled by phosphorescent-naidheachd, padme & cast, ~1k
   Picture Padmé – not a Sith, not particularly Force sensitive, but Palpatine’s protégé and confidant nonetheless.
Do Not Compel Me So by Mithrigil, anakin & cast, 1k
   Anakin has always had an easy time getting what he wants. (He never means to do it.)
untitled by cadesama, anakin & aphra, 1k
   windona asked: Prompt: Pre-ESB, Vader has a chance to send a message to Luke without Luke knowing it’s Vader.
untitled by stonefreeak, obi-wan & palpatine, 1.4k
   prompt: Obi-Wan gets a bit grumpy with a droid. He shouldn’t. He knows he shouldn’t - Jedi ways and all that. But it’s private and he has too much to deal with without an analysis droid rating his performance as Chancellor
Let your heart be light by imaginedestiel, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, 5.1k
   Obi-Wan does his best to keep Anakin warm while they celebrate a little time off together.
hold the harmony (breathe) by engmaresh, obi-wan/anakin/padme, 1.7k
   Of course their ship crashed. Of course there’s a blizzard, with no hope for immediate help. But they’ve got blankets, food, and well, each other. In which Anakin and Padme invite Obi-Wan into their bed blanket fort.
Death’s Shade by Susan Zell, obi-wan & anakin & cast, 30.9k
   A devious plot by the enemy is initiated that could wipe out the Jedi without firing a weapon, leaving Obi-wan Kenobi fighting for his last breath as Anakin races to save him.

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Cosplay Tip:

Push yourself to make some convention friends.

(I find a lot of people attend conventions now with big groups of friends and that is awesome, but by only hanging with your group you will miss out on some great experiences. Talk to other people and hang out, separate from your group to go to the events you’re interested in and don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation in line!)

Why are there so many Kpop fans with shitty attitudes! Especially in the last month like…come on. Why the hate on so many groups that have no control over their concept or comeback time? This is why I kinda hate how the overall fandom is seen…can we go back to 2011 where fan wars weren’t a thing and people truly enjoyed Kpop! Where we got to enjoy great groups and they didn’t get hated on for no reason!! Why can’t people enjoy the music without you having to leave mean comments and negative opinions KNOWING GOOD AND DAMN WELL THE IDOLS READ THE COMMENTS!!

Possible references to ‘The Ones Who Walk away From the Omelas’ in the BTS ‘Spring Day’ teaser

Since I know a big part of you have never read ‘The Ones Who Walk away From the Omelas’ (by Ursula K. Le Guin), I wrote a small summary of things I noticed were quite directly referencing the book. All quotations are from TOWWAFTO (that’s a mouthful).

With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of Summer came to the city Omelas, bright-towered by the sea. The ringing of the boats in harbor sparkled with flags. […] I incline to think that people from towns up and down the coast have been coming to to Omelas during the last days before the Festival on very fast little trains and double-decked trams, and that the trains station of Omelas is actually the handsomest building in town, though plainer than the magnificent Farmers’ Market.”

Setting: a beautiful town by the sea. A summer festival that people come to attend from other towns. 

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This just in: your opinion doesn’t fucking matter if you’re too much of a little chicken shit to put your name on it. Got a problem with the concept of a tip jar for fandom works? Get off your shitty anonymous online message board and get in my ask box to talk about it, or else go find a life (and a spine, while you’re at it).

When I see great creators hurt because a group of people with sad, pathetic lives have nothing better to do with their time than bitch about shit that is none of their god damn business I get pissed.

Oy.. reached that point in my life a couple months back where I realized I can live without going out Fri/ Sat nights and realized that it’s fine to stay in most nights.

Also been eating so much healthier! Coming up to 1 yr being cigarette free! Getting a large tattoo very very soon. Been saving up my money, and I got such a great group of people up here in Chicago that I now call my friends. Plus I’ve been killin’ it at work (I’m a waiter, so I been giving that good service all day 2day) and it’s about to be season for us!

Ok, just wanted to put into words the good that’s going on in my life because I’ve been straight up forgetting whenever I get hung up on my heart. Love y'all! Thanks for sticking around w me!

anonymous asked:

so uh how does one become part of the kingsman fandom and like...talk to people and make friends

Okay, nonny. I have been in some fandom or another for ten+ years and I am not even exaggerating a little when I say that this fandom is the most encouraging, friendliest, supportive and welcoming fandom I have ever been a part of. Literally everyone here will welcome you with open arms and are ready to make new friends to squeal and flail with. I know it’s an anxiety-inducing experience to just talk to a random stranger but we are all in the same boat, so never feel like you are bothering someone. Chances are they feel the same way as you do :)

Do you have any favourite bloggers? Authors? Fanartists? Drop them an ask or a message and let them know! I’ve made my own friends that way. Maybe someone made a post with a headcanon you like or agree with. Tell them that you loved it and you think that, too! I’ve spent a lot of time just discussing random headcanons with friends! Literally any small thing can be the start of a great friendship. There is also Discord chat rooms and Kik groups that I’ve seen people on that is a great way to meet new people. Reblog posts with your own ideas if you want to add to discussion! Take those discussions to chat rooms and private messages!

Don’t be intimidated by someone; we are all a bunch of excited fans whirling around in the endless beautiful void that is Kingsman love. Don’t be discouraged if someone doesn’t get back to you (some blogs have gone dead or the bloggers may be anxious). If you are a fan of Kingsman, you are part of the fandom :)

I got here in October 2016 and I’ve met so many wonderful, lovely people. I’m still meeting new people. Immerse yourself in the experience. You won’t regret it.

Also!!! Come talk to me! Any time!!