hooded figures in the dog park

anonymous asked:

Mom, what do you do to calm down and relax? I feel really shitty rn, and I was wondering if you had any tips?

Ok friend, I have just the thing for you

Go to your App Store, and download a game called Tap Tap Fish/AbyssRium. It’s a really cute game (and it’s free!!) where you have to tap to level up a ‘lonely corallite’, and as you progress, you can buy more fish, and more corals. The colours are very soft and gentle, and it’s very relaxing watching the little fishies swim across your screen. I’ve found it very good for anxiety, as all it involves is tapping the screen, which you can do as leisurely or frantically as you want. Also, when you close the game, you can leave it shut for as long as you want, and nothing will happen! You’ll just open it up again, and you’ll have gained some more energy.

Look at these soft colours! They have seasonal events too (I took this picture during the Halloween event) where your corallite will be decorated, and you can unlock new, seasonal fish! The current seasonal event is an Easter event, where you get flower fish, like this one:

Sweet little flower fish!

Plus the corallite will sometimes have a little text bubble beside it, that says things like “are you taking care of yourself?” and “I’m so glad you’re spending time with me!” (and also “It’s high moon”. Can’t decide if that’s an Overwatch reference, or just a coincidence)

The music is also super relaxing too, but if you want something a little more distracting, then go to YouTube, and look up the pilot episode of Welcome to Nightvale. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a podcast set in a quiet little desert town where every conspiracy theory is TRUE. The president of the school board is an omnipotent glowing cloud that rains dead animals (ALL HAIL THE GLOW CLOUD), and there is a cat hovering 4 feet off the floor in the men’s bathroom named Koshekh, and there’s a dog park that people and dogs aren’t allowed in. Only the hooded figures are allowed in the dog park.

And the best thing? It’s all normal. There’s no yelling and screaming and freaking out about all of the weirdness. The voice of Nightvale is a total cinnamon roll called Cecil Palmer (voiced by Cecil Baldwin, what a babe), who falls in love with the perfect, gorgeous scientist named Carlos who moves to the town during the first episode. You get to follow the story through Cecil and Carlos’ relationship, and also the rise and fall of Strexcorp, and Koshekh having kittens (!!!!) and the tiny city at the back of the bowling alley.

Cecil’s voice is just so smooth and calming, and WTNV is so well written and sweet and endearing.

That’s my perfect recipe to relaxation!

Welcome To Night Vale — Episode 1: Pilot {Sentence Starters}

  • ❛❛ The moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ It is possible you will see Hooded Figures in the dog park. Do not approach them. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ Try not to look at the dog park, and especially do not look for any period of time at the Hooded Figures. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ _____ says the Angels revealed themselves to him/her. Said they were ten feet tall, radiant, and one of them was black. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ Who is he? What does he want from us? ❜❜
  • ❛❛ He says he is a scientist. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ But why now? Why here? ❜❜
  • ❛❛ Cover your ears to blot out the screams. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ Gatorade is basically soda, so give your kids plain old water and maybe some orange slices when they play. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ He has a square jaw, and teeth like a military cemetery. His hair is perfect, and we all hate, and despair, and love that perfect hair in equal measure. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ He grinned, and everything about him was perfect, and I fell in love instantly. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ I fear for anyone caught between what they know and what they don’t yet know that they don’t know. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ Guns don’t kill people. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ It’s impossible to be killed by a gun. We are all invincible to bullets and it’s a miracle. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ Lights. Seen in the sky above the Arby’s. Not the glowing sign of Arby’s. Something higher, and beyond that. We know the difference. We’ve caught on to their game. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ The future is here, and it’s about 100 feet above the Arby’s. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ The sun didn’t set at the correct time today. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ We must be grateful to have the sun at all. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ _____ would like to remind you about the tiered Heavens, and the hierarchy of Angels. The reminder is that you should not know anything about this. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ Please do not speak to or acknowledge any Angels that you may come across. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ Alligators: can they kill your children? Yes. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ I think the best way to die would be swallowed by a giant snake. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ Whatever population that city has, they know about us now, and we might be hearing from them very soon. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ _____ looked nervous. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ I hope all of you out there have someone to sleep through the evening with. Or, at least, good memories of when you did. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ Goodnight. ❜❜
  • ❛❛ Look to the north. Keep looking. There’s nothing coming from the south. ❜❜
🐕 ‘Don’t Go in the Dog Park’ Ward 🚷

inspired by night vale, a ward to keep you from entering dangerous spaces, spiritually/physically

“Dogs are not allowed in the dog park. People are not allowed in the dog park. It is possible you will see hooded figures in the dog park. Do not approach them. Do not approach the dog park. The dog park will not harm you.”

🐕 gather: rose branches, scissors, a taglock of you, your preferred warding incense, a small witch’s bottle, salt, a box to lay this spell in. 

🚷 place the witch’s bottle on one side of the box, your taglock on the other.

🐕 create a salt line down the middle

🚷 cut the tips of the rose branches’ thorns off. this is so they warn you but do not hurt. leave as much of the thorn there as you can.

🐕 lay the branch, your “fence” over the salt line

🚷 let the incense smoke waft over your side of the fence.

🐕 seal the box.

🚷 do not disturb the “dog park”. doing so will damage the ward

🐕 if you wish, you can cut the rose branch in three pieces, if you want to have a “gate” and the option to enter dangerous places

The City Council reiterated for the 1874th consecutive day

that the Dog Park is off-limits for both dogs

and humans.

The fence is electrified and highly dangerous.

Et cetera.

Hooded figures and all that.

Night Vale- Things have changed and that’s a good thing

I really loved today’s episode of Welcome to Night Vale. We’ve come so far from where the story first began.

Cecil and Carlos are married and have one of the best relationships I’ve ever seen in any form of fiction. They love each other so much. Neither of them is perfect but that’s okay because nobody is. Also, how sweet was it when Carlos revealed that he visited the radio studio in the first episode as an excuse to spend time with Cecil!? They both instantly fancied each other when Carlos first came to town and that gave me such a big grin.

Carlos is questioning everything again. He’d got used to the weirdness of Night Vale but he wants to find scientific explanations for everything again. Sometimes those explanations are time is weird everywhere but mostly we don’t notice and other times the explanations are more complex.

Remember when we all hated Steve Carlsberg because Cecil did? They we heard is earnest voice and decided that he was alright really. Steve never quite fit in with other people around town because he pointed out the weirdness. However, he was a good husband to Cecil’s sifter and a good stepdad to Cecil’s niece. Now Cecil has finally accepted Steve into his family and even called him a friend.

Speaking of things that used to be feared and hated; Desert Bluffs is now a part of Night Vale. Night Vale residents didn’t like that at first but they got used to the idea. The two towns are one and, since StrexCorp is now owned by the angels, the people who used to be Desert Bluffs residents are able to just be people again.

Cecil has questioned things more and more as the series progressed and now he’s openly pointing out how weird Night Vale is. He won’t burry his head in the sand anymore and he’ll tell his listeners what he thinks they need to know. Cecil thinks it’s important to acknowledge the weirdness.

Cecil will no longer ignore things like the Dog Park. If dogs aren’t allowed in the Dog Park, then it’s not a Dog Park. Why even call it that and what is it really? Who and what are the hooded figures that seem to live there?

Night Vale has a mayor who wants the best for the town she serves. Dana Cardinal is so young for the responsibilities she faces but she shoulders them willingly.

The City Council also has a new member in Tamika Flynn; the girl who loves books, raised an army to defend her town and grew into the young woman who decided her own future and made it happen. Unlike the rest of the City Council, Tamika won’t run away when Night Vale is threatened. She will stand and fight, backed up by her army of well-read young people.

The angels have won a league battle to be recognised as existing. People are allowed to acknowledge the angels and know about the tired heavens. This means that people can start asking new questions like; where did the angels come from and what does their presence mean?

We have come so far. Yes, we’ve lost friends along the way but, as sad as that is, that’s the price of moving forward. Time doesn’t and shouldn’t stand still. Night Vale is a weird, weird and that won’t change any time soon but at least people no longer pretend they can’t see the lights above the Arby’s. They aren’t pretending to sleep anymore.