halogens

Ridiculous yet effective ways to deal with Executive Dysfunction

Dealing with executive dysfunction and ADHD becomes so much easier when you stop trying to do things the way you feel like you should be able to do them (like everyone else) and start finding ways that actually work for you, no matter how “silly” or “unnecessary” they seem.

For years my floor was constantly covered in laundry. Clean laundry got mixed in with dirty and I had to wash things twice, just making more work for myself. Now I just have 3 laundry bins: dirty (wash it later), clean (put it away later), and mystery (figure it out later). Sure, theoretically I could sort my clothes into dirty or clean as soon as I take them off and put them away straight out of the dryer, but realistically that’s never going to be a sustainable strategy for me.

How many garbage bins do you need in a bedroom? One? WRONG! The correct answer is one within arms reach at all times. Which for me is three. Because am I really going to get up to blow my nose when I’m hyperfocusing? NO. In allergy season I even have an empty kleenex box for “used tissues I can use again.” Kinda gross? Yeah. But less gross than a snowy winter landscape of dusty germs on my desk.

I used to be late all the time because I couldn’t find my house key. But it costs $2.50 and 3 minutes to copy a key, so now there’s one in my backpack, my purse, my gym bag, my wallet, my desk, and hanging on my door. Problem solved.

I’m like a ninja for getting pout the door past reminder notes without noticing. If I really don’t want to forget something, I make a physical barrier in front of my door. A sticky note is a lot easier to walk past than a two foot high cardboard box with my wallet on top of it.

Executive dysfunction is always going to cause challenges, but often half the struggle is trying to cope by pretending not to have executive dysfunction, instead of finding actual solutions.

a messy bubble of truth rises up in me; i almost blurt “all the girls i like are so far out of my league i exist on another plane from them,” i almost talk about what it’s like falling for the intangible, i almost talk about how i loved you six months ago and i love you still and i think i’ve been in love with you ever since i first noticed how you light up around words. i want to live in a poem with you and we can eat fresh fruit and drink wine on wednesdays. i almost tell you about how something in me is ruling my actions, how i act without thinking when it’ll hurt me but when it could help me i lie awake debating for hours - i almost blurt how my insides are mixing in bright halogen colors and i almost blurt out how you’re a girl and i’m a girl and when the space between us shrinks i almost i almost lose it but then i say, “oh yeah, no, i’m fine, thanks for asking.”

Some Tips On Organic Chemistry
  1. When you’re looking at two compounds and wondering how they may react, pay attention to the carbons - if they are bonded to a halogen or something more electronegative than them, then they have a partial positive charge and they’re going to want anything that will give them more electrons (a.k.a. a nucleophillic attack). If they’re bonded to hydrogen, they have a partial negative charge and they become your nucleophile, which will want to give those electrons to something that’s lacking them. Once you get these basics down, mechanisms become much easier to memorize because you can see the logic in them and sometimes predict them.

  2. Get the basic mechanisms ingrained in your brain. Think of SN1, SN2, E1 and E2 as your new multiplication table. Make flashcards about them and take them to class. Or put them at the back or front of your notebook. Just have them handy at all times.

  3. Draw the final steps in 3D. ALWAYS. You can draw the mechanisms and the first steps in 2D because it will make it easier to understand, but never forget that you’re working with a 3D structure that can flipped (and attacked by nucleophiles) every which way. Also, if you don’t know the basic perspectives used in orgo (Fischer, Newmans, sawhorse, wedge-dash) please take half an hour to learn them. Mainly wedge-dash and Fischer, but Newman is very useful when deciding which position you should put your atoms in if you’re dealing with sin and anti.

  4. Colors. If you’re one of those people who ONLY writes in black pen, awesome, keep using it for WRITING. For reactions though, you’re going to want options. you’ll need to differentiate between:

    • The molecules (same color for atoms and bonds, unless you want to finish your notes on your deathbed).
    • Your three types of arrows: electron flow, actual steps in the reaction (think intermediates) and steps you may take to make it clearer for you but that happen at the same time.
    • Formal charges
    • The electrons that stay with its original atom and the ones that are given/shared, if you’re like me and you like your mechanisms to be spelled out.
    • This is not an excuse to go nuts with the coloring, 3 colors are enough. Personally, I use purple for molecules, electrons and reaction arrows, black for electron flow arrows and charges and light blue for clarification step arrows. Also optional but to denote a homolytic fission I usually write a blue line perpendicular to the bond. Similarly, if two atoms share one electron each, instead of just one them donating both electrons, I link said electrons with blue.
    • Remember to be consistent, otherwise you’ll end up like me, looking at your notes from the beginning of the semester and wondering if that dash is a bond or a -1 formal charge (to avoid this, preferably circle formal charges. Lol I never do this but I should).
  5. Flashcards are so helpful! Write the reactants on one side and the mecanism and products on the other. Test yourself until you are one with the electrons.

  6. If it’s a concerted mechanism, number the arrows. You’ll thank yourself a month from now.

  7. Khanacademy. Khanacademy will save your butt when it comes to mechanisms. Chemwiki is likely to have anything that Khanacademy doesn’t. If it isn’t in either of those, Google images just became your new best friend. Books also tend to explain those nicely but I personally find them to be poorly structured and they usually include much more info than what you’ll actually be requiered to know. If you have the time to read two pages on a reaction though, by all means go for it.

  8. Study in advance. Good luck studying for your final two days before if you don’t understand the mechanisms and you don’t have your material organized. Seriously, don’t do it. A week before the exam you could make those flashcards mentioned above. They’re a great way to review but it will be impossible if you are learning these things from scratch.

  9. Get your hands on past tests. This goes for any subject but especially for orgo. Try to get a past test or at least ask an upper-classman who’s taken orgo with that professor. Does his/her tests focus on mechanisms? Retrosynthesis? Or does he/she give you the reactants and ask what the product is or what environment they should be in to obtain x? Ideally, you should be able to answer any of these if you know the material. However, if they focus on retrosynthesis, it may be a little tricky, so make sure to cater your study techniques to that.

  10. You should also check out @colllegeruled’s Surviving Organic Chemistry, it’s super helpful and it has lots of resources (seriously, you introduced me to Khanacademy, I OWE YOU MY LIFE).

So, this is what I can offer so far. I hope it shines at least a faint light into the dark path that is organic chemistry.

Other masterposts

So…which one of your OTP is dumb enough to ask if a lightbulb that’s been on all day is hot, and then proceed to test it by pressing their finger hard against the top of the bulb as long as they can before screaming, while the other person just watches in silence like ‘wtaf’?

64 Sensory Prompts
  1. Watching a meteor shower
  2. Digging your fingers into fresh dirt
  3. Snow being shoved down the back of your coat
  4. Napping in sunshine
  5. Trying to walk on ice
  6. Walking through the woods
  7. Raindrops on eyelashes
  8. The way cold glass fogs when you press your hand against it
  9. A perfectly brewed cup of tea
  10. The taste of Vodka at the back of your throat
  11. Blood at the corner of your mouth
  12. Cloying sweetness on the back of your tongue
  13. The first glass of fresh water
  14. Stale breath when you wake up
  15. The taste of salt on the tip of your tongue
  16. The taste of almonds
  17. Your bed after travelling
  18. Red wine stained lips
  19. Satin in candlelight
  20. Reflections in glass
  21. Thigh-high stockings and garter belts
  22. Neon lights at 1.30am
  23. Darting shadows in the corner of your eye
  24. Dust floating in golden sunlight
  25. The smell of ozone during a storm
  26. The smell of Cologne/Perfume on warm skin
  27. The musty smell of an abandoned home
  28. The bitter tang of acetone
  29. The smell of burning wood
  30. The smell of freshly baked bread
  31. The cold, sharp smell of the first frost
  32. The smell of blood
  33. The feel of fingertips trailing over a bare shoulder blade
  34. The feel of fingers brushing together by accident
  35. Blowing a raspberry against someone’s skin
  36. Being so close that you can feel your lips brush when you whisper 
  37. The tender ache when you press against bruises
  38. A person’s weight as they lie on top of you
  39. Stepping in something squishy
  40. Gritty eyes when you stare into fire too long
  41. A door closing
  42. A ticking wristwatch
  43. Your favourite song on repeat for the hundredth time
  44. Distant traffic
  45. The creak of leather
  46. The waver in a person’s voice when they’re stressed
  47. Singing badly as loud as you can
  48. A quiet sigh as they turn away
  49. Trying to pull on clothes with damp skin
  50. The empty space that can’t be breached between you in bed
  51. The jittery, sick feeling when you can’t do anything
  52. Exhausted numbness after crying
  53. The relief of fatalistic recklessness
  54. The moment when reality starts to make sense again
  55. Finding old photographs you’d forgotten about
  56. Someone accepting the bad parts of you without judging
  57. Brown iodine stains on skin
  58. Rust red dirt
  59. Orange sunsets
  60. Yellow halogen lights
  61. Green wine bottles
  62. Fingertips smudged in blue ink
  63. Indigo skies just before dawn
  64. Violet bruised eyes

Feel free to use in writing and art - I’ll be tracking the tag ‘sensory prompts’ if you want to share :)

The Signs and Cities III:

Aries: A city built tall. None know the depths of its elevator shafts nor what lies at the peaks of its toxic spires.

Taurus: A city of rolling hills and green pastures. Farms and homes built on the corpses of mountain-eating war machines.

Gemini: A city built into your very bones. Vast highways taking tiny citizens to and fro.

Libra: A tarnished city, its fields laid waste in exchange for the bounty of silver beneath. Gaunt bodies and once shining walls.

Cancer: A city of the night, lit eternally by neon and halogen. The bars are open late, the patrons never leave.

Leo: A city on strings, its walls and shops twisting and dancing to find a more perfect arrangement.

Virgo: A city built too small as if for children. Great vaulted ceilings barely fit to kneel in.

Libra: A scarred city. Nothing is built on the blackened tract of land. None speak of why.

Scorpio: What is left of a grand capital. The pathetic tatters of a tyrants crown jewel.

Ophiuchus: A city of ash. Its homes always meant to be coffins.

Sagittarius: A city made from a single grand complex. Grand spires and wings stretch on endlessly. There are no neighbors.

Capricorn: A city built to fish for stars. Fishing lines dangle upwards reaching ever reaching.

Aquarius: A city in the undergrowth. A sanctuary from the glamour above, its residents dredge the earth.

Pisces: A city of the sun. All domes built inverse to facilitate better worship. Its residents blind.

Songs of the signs

Songs of the Signs

Aries ♈️
* Bad Girls (M.I.A)
* Blow me one last kiss (P!nk)
* Fighter (Christina Aguilera)
* Fire (Jay Sean)
* I love it (Icona Pop)
* I Luv U (Dizzee Rascal)
* Single Ladies (Beyoncé)
* Another one bites the dust (Queen)

Taurus ♉️
* All about that Base (Meghan Trainor)
* Anaconda (Niki Minaj)
* Bon Appetite (Katy Perry)
* Cake by the Ocean (DNCE)
* The lazy song (Bruno Mars)
* Move your body (Sia)
* Talking Body (Tove Lo)
* Thrift Shop (Macklemore)

Gemini ♊️
* Talk dirty to me (Jason Derulo)
* Hello (Adele)
* I wanna know [Halogen Remix) (Nico and Vinz)
* Just dance (Lady Gaga)
* Kamikaze (MO)
* Kiss N tell (Ke$ha)
* La la la (Naughty Boy)
* Lady Wood (Tove Lo)
* Mirror on the Wall (lil Wayne)

Cancer♋️
* Blame (Calvin Harris)
* Chandelier (Sia)
* Don’t wanna know (Maroon 5)
* Fire and the flood (Vance Joy)
* Hold me down (Halsey)
* Lonely no more (Rob Thomas)
* Rockabye (Clean Bandit)

Leo♌️
* Hit me up (Gia Farrel)
* Animal (Neon Trees)
* California Girls (Katy Perry)
* Crazy in Love (Beyoncé)
* Don’t Cha (pussycat dolls)
* Everybody Loves Me (OneRepublic)
* I know you want me (Pitbull)
* Power (Little Mix)

Virgo♍️
* Born this way (Lady Gaga)
* F**king perfect (P!nk)
* Halo (Beyoncé)
* Human (Rag'n'Bone man)
* Lean On (Major Lazer)
* Not like the movies (Katy Perry)
* She’s a Genius (Jet)
* Stressed Out (Twenty one Pilots)
* The way that I am (Tove Lo)

Libra ♎️
* Beautiful Liar (Beyoncé)
* DJ got us fallin’ in love (Usher)
* How deep is your love? (Calvin Harris)
* I could be the one (Avicii)
* Into you (Ariana Grande)
* Love on Me (Galantis)
* Love Game (Lady Gaga)
* Marvin Gaye (Charlie Puth)
* Somebody to love (Queen)

Scorpio ♏️
* Amazing (Kayne West)
* Battle Cry (Imagine Dragons)
* Don’t leave (Snakehips & MO)
* Dangerous Woman (Ariana Grande)
* Imaginary Friend (Tove Lo)
* Madness (Muse)
* Demons (Imagine Dragons)
* Tear it down (The Aston Shuffle)

Sagittarius ♐️
* Bad Influence (P!nk)
* Can’t hold us down (Macklemore)
* Cool Girl (Tove Lo)
* Feeling Good (Michael Buble)
* HUMBLE (Kendrick Lamar)
* Lush Life (Zara Larson)
* Shut up and Dance (walk the moon)
* You don’t own me (Grace)

Capricorn ♑️
* Castle (Halsey)
* Everybody wants to rule the world (Lorde)
* Gangsta (Kehlani)
* Gold Digger (Kayne West)
* I was here (Beyoncé)
* Let it be (Labrinth)
* Me, myself and I (G-Easy)
* Poker Face (Lady Gaga)
* Supremacy (Muse)

Aquarius ♒️
* Bonkers (Dizzee Rascal)
* Chameleon (PNAU)
* E.T (Katy Perry)
* Freaks (Timmy Trumpet and Savage)
* Joker and the thief (Wolfmother)
* Let’s get Ridiculous (Redfoo)
* Solo Dance (Martin Jensen)
* We will rock you (Queen)
* Take it off (Ke$ha)

Pisces♓️
* Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
* Bad Romance (Lady Gaga)
* Beneath your beautiful (Labrinth)
* Capsize (Frenship & Emily Warren)
* Faded (Alan Walker)
* Ghost (Halsey)
* High (Peking Duk)
* Influence (Tove Lo)
* 2U (Justin Bieber)

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lokthaire  asked:

So I have a question if you're willing to divulge the information (and it's perfectly understandable if you don't wish to!), but a friend and I were having a discussion about reptiles and we got talking about Iguanas and although we were both youngish at the time you would see them EVERYWHERE cheap and being panned as these great animals (to ME Iguanas are a reptile for masochists) but anyways, this lead to us realizing that Tegu are starting to become the new iguana.. 1/2


2/2 they’re starting to become readily available, cheap, and have a cool factor to them. So if possible -and any larger reptile owner feel free to add to this! Would you be willing to tell of what your weekly, monthly, and yearly expenses as well as anything else that popped up that you didn’t expect just to show people that it’s not just a cool looking animal but a potentially and certainly expensive reptile to own? I understand this can be a personal topic and understand not wanting to share.

OH MY GOD I FEEL THE SAME WAY tegus really do not need to become the new iguanas. This is a fantastic question and I’m thrilled to answer it.

SO. Weekly expenses… don’t really work out because a lot of purchases are made in bulk (food, etc.) every month or couple of months, but here’s a basic overview of how much things cost the first year I had her. Well. If I’d done things ideally- remember, I was foolish and tried to free roam her. HAD I done things appropriately with a cage, here’s how much it would have been. As it was, I did end up spending more than this trying to make free roaming work. Which most of the time it absolutely does not and I’m glad I stopped when I did.

Enclosure- I spent about 130ish on the grow tent and another 60ish bucks in materials to fix it up. That is absolutely the cheapest tegu setup you can make, and it’s not ideal for everyone- most enclosures you should plan for the 600+ dollar range. A PVC cage from a place like BeegerBoxes runs about a grand. I buy two 60 dollar lightbulbs a year, plus another 11 for her halogens and 10 for her CHE. The four dome lights cost me about 60 in total. The substrate I use costs 66 bucks every time the entire thing gets changed out. The swimming pool was about 25 and her water dish was I wanna say like… 20? Her big fake log was 35 and… ok I have no idea how much that footstool she stole is, but the crinkle tube was about 10 bucks. 

Total initial setup cost: 527 (in nearly ALL cases it will be more, I just lucked out with the grow tent idea.)

Then there’s vet checks! I needed a carrier, and the one I liked best (has a harness clip, comfy fleece pad, and places for heat packs if necessary) ran me about 35. I spent about 80 a visit and she goes at least once a year.  But wait! She hurt her lip! Add another 200 in followup visits and medication! I keep a few hundred bucks in an emergency savings account for vet visits. That’s non-negotiable. I put that aside in the first year I had her- it’s sitting pretty at 400 plus interest. 

By the end of the first few months, I’d spent about $832. Factoring in the savings account, that’s $1232. That’s not even including Juju OR the nonessentials. All the extra stuff? That cost more.

Then the food. I have some receipts for this- in the first year alone, Kaiju ate about 60 dollars’ worth of rats, about 100 dollars’ worth of reptilinks, and god only knows how much fruits, veggies, fish, and other stuff I could get at the grocery store. Let’s call the annual food bill 240? I might be lowballing that. So by the end of the first year, that puts her at like… $1492. Almost fifteen hundred dollars in the first year alone. Over twelve months, that works out to about $124 a month. Putting that in perspective: that’s about the cost of two additional Comcast bills. It’s like paying for two extra internet connections from a company that sees price gouging as a way of life. Can you afford two extra Comcast bills an entire month for a year? If no, then probably don’t get a tegu.

Now, that does peter down over the years- I don’t start from scratch every summer. But I do change out that bedding four times a year (or more if she doesn’t brumate), and I do buy two new MVBs every year- those are the 60 dollar lightbulbs. And she still eats probably about 300 dollars of food a year. She also gets an annual wellness visit. So that makes the minimum yearly cost about $764 (the ASPCA averages small dogs to be about $580 per year, to put that in perspective) and that’s again not counting extra stuff I buy to make her life more interesting. That’s about $64 a month… which is almost one additional Comcast bill. Can you afford an additional Comcast bill every month for the next 10+ years? Tegus are not cheap pets to maintain; to have a good quality of life, they need some seriously good care. There’s ways to do it cheaper, but if you’re impulse-buying a big reptile, you very likely do not have the know-how to do safely! You can certainly breed and grow much of your own food- that’ll help save money- but that also has initial startup costs, and requires the time and space that a lot of people just don’t have. I’m not saying they aren’t amazing pets- I mean, Juju’s the best thing to ever happen to me- but I am saying that they’re a commitment that shouldn’t be undertaken lightly.

And THEN there’s another monthly cost: Energy bills. Mine are included in my rent so I don’t actually know how much that is. So I can’t be much help there, unfortunately!  But that can get really expensive.

TL,DR: First year? Two extra Comcast bills per month. Rest of her life? One extra Comcast bill per month. If you can’t commit to that, then don’t get a tegu.

1 october 2016 —

this is the periodic table, noble gas is stable, halogens and alkalis react aggressively; each period we’ll see new outer shells and electrons are added moving to the right (if you know where this came from you’re amazing) & o levels are officially thiS MONTH brb screaming

oh sweet neon boy with a halo of halogen light. it tastes good, doesn’t it? to dance like this in the haze of the bar, one drink down with his eyes on you all glittering dark. it feels good like this, to get lost, fixated on the way his painted fingernails tap and shift, watch the full curve of his bottom lip and that grin that reaches the crinkles around his eyes. isn’t he handsome like this? and your heart is beating like a kick drum, because damn if he isn’t brilliant. with his kohl rimmed eyes, the lord of the pool table, humming close to you like a fallen saint, backlit by fairy lights. he’s falling in love with you alec but you don’t know that yet. you’re just a boy with long fingers, the taste of beer thick at the back of your throat and he’s the most handsome thing you’ve ever seen. you want to learn how his name feels in your mouth when his fingers are lost in your hair, don’t you? and tonight? tonight you can’t find it in you to feel guilty about that. because tonight magnus bane is watching you like you’re made of something greater than carbon and you’re realizing you were made to play this game.