i didnt have internet for a week

a trip to the supermarket with my dad

so about an hour ago, my dad noticed that i’d been on the internet all day and hadn’t been outside for days/weeks/whatever so he decided to drag me outside to go shopping with him

we didnt talk much in the car on the way to the supermarket but once we got there i realised i was literally dressed like dean winchester (which i didnt point out because my dad doesnt know supernatural) but i started laughing and he sort of gave me a look that said “oh no not my weird daughter again”.

 having not been outside for a while and living on tumblr for a week, i had forgotten what was socially acceptable so i just randomly started singing the ghostbusters theme song because a box of cereal fell of a shelf by itself then i said “DAD DAD IT’S A GHOST CEREAL BOX! WHO YA GONNA CALL?” and he just facepalmed and kept walking. i just started humming fall out boy songs and skipping around and talking enthusiastically about pizza and my dad just put his hand on my shoulder and said “grace, people are gonna think youre on drugs” so i stopped and started talking too enthusiastically about jillian holtzmann like “oh my god holtzmann is so amazing i love her so much she is amazing and awesome and l mean youve watched the film you saw her she is just perfect in every way” and he was like “grace, youre making me question your sexuality” and i laughed and said “you dont have to do that for me” but i almost said “dont worry im gonna come out in january” and just managed to stop myself

as my dad was paying i was talking to him about harry potter. i was saying “dad youve only read the first book. you have to read all of them” and he was like “no i dont because ive watched the films” and i was like “im not lending you the cursed child until youve read all seven books” and he was like “maybe i wont read the cursed child then. maybe i’ll just go and see the play” and i was like “we might not be able to see the play” and he just looked at me and said “oh, i’ll see it”

when we left the supermarket i said “but what if we dont see the cursed child” and he said “we can all act it out” and i said “who would you be?” and he said “silvius balfoy” and i just stared at him and said “who the hell is that?” and he said “y’know. draco’s little one” and i said “SCORPIUS MALFOY YOU IDIOT” and he was like “yeah i’ll be that one” and i said “dad, he’s 14. youre nearly 45″ and he said “i’ll be harry then. you can be scorpius. molly can be albus.” and i was thinking “woah dad youre casting me as scorpius and my girlfriend as albus? scorbus much” then i remembered he doesnt know im gay or that my best friend is actually my girlfriend. then he kept going on about how he could be harry potter

on the way home some boys like 17 or something rode their bikes across the road in front of us and my dad said “watch out, lads” and i looked at him and said “you do know they cant hear you, right?” and he said “they can. i used telekinesis.” i groaned then a few seconds later said “wait isnt telekinesis when you move objects with your mind?” and he said “yep”

later he was like “did we ever finish watching shadowhunters?” and i said “i did. you didnt” and he said “im sure i did” so i said “you didnt. you watched up to episode 5. whos your favorite character?” and he said “magnus and harry” and i looked at him and said “whos harry?” and he said “the gay one” and i was like “THATS ALEC” 

and that is what happened when i went to the supermarket with my dad

you didnt miss much

i revolt secretly every time i see an article or post about how we’re all addicted to our screens and never go outside and have no human contact etc etc. 

listen, this is what i wanted. 

i saw star trek, and i wanted to walk around with small flat tech that tells me everything i want to know. i never wanted to talk on a phone, even when there wasn’t an alternative. i didnt want to memorize phone numbers for each of my friends; i was terrible at it anyway. how many fucking times did i go to a public library when i was 10, and the book i needed to answer the question i’d been asking for a week was checked out, or lost, or damaged, or getting rejacketed or, and this was the worst, the library had never heard of it and never owned a copy.

do you have any idea how many of those unanswered questions went into cold storage in my jumbled memory until the internet finally answered them or let me order that book or showed me a dozen other paths in the woods to follow and get even better answers? 

i’m old enough to remember what it was like before we had this, and it was steaming garbage. it was impossible to put a photo of yourself on the internet without a consumer grade camera, film of the right type, access to a photo lab, and $10 to get the roll developed, most of which would be unusable or blinking or sneezing or ugly or blurry, and then the final insult, you had to scan the dirty, smudgy, badly exposed thing into a computer and then, jesus christ, where would you even host it? do you remember how expensive it was just to get some storage space that would display pictures to other people? i do.

this isnt a “kids these days” post, either. its a post for every newspaper cartoonist who’s made fun of a twenty year old for taking a selfie. that middle aged cartoonist spent the 90s doing exactly what we all did in the 90s: worked our asses off trying to make up for the lack of simple contact books, free cameras, free hosting, accessible image editing, inexpensive and tailored music, and internet access that didnt charge by the minute.

it’s not anythig like a utopia but sometimes its such a god damn relief

hey so im in an emergency-type situation

my mom didnt pay for my summer rent to stay on campus like she told me she would, and i dont have nearly enough to cover it. i currently owe my school $417 and if i dont pay, none of my financial aid will be processed.

if anyone has any spare cash my paypal is atrancy@ymail.com

i can do art and graphic design commissions but they’ll have to be put off for a few weeks since there is no internet at my house. here’s my art tag and i can give graphic design examples at request, when i get my own computer to an internet source.

for art, i can draw anything besides incest and pedophilia. nsfw and gore included

for graphic design, i can design anything as long as i have specific dimensions. ive worked on posters, t-shirts, dvd cases, and cd cases in the past. i cant provide printing services.

please send me an email at the same email address as above, since im more likely to get that than an ask or message on tumblr

the life cycle of a college student
  • stage 1: shit i did so bad last semester i'm gonna study extra hard this semester and make all the notes
  • stage 2: eh fuck that there's plenty of time
  • stage 3: oh shit the work's mounting up but i can still do this i have a month
  • stage 4: 1 week til exams and i havent started fuck fuck fuck
  • stage 5: *oh look a butterfly/internet/food/procrastination*
  • stage 6: day before the exam and fuck sake i still have 70% of work left to do
  • stage 8: you know what fuck this shit i might as well sleep not gonna learn anything 4 h before test
  • stage 10: shit i did so bad last semester i'm gonna study extra hard this semester and make all the notes

hi everyone… i didnt want it to get to this point, but rn things are tight and we are going to struggle to pay our bills right now. our gas bill due this week is ~$40, and my phone bill due this weekend is $35. our $35 internet bill is also right around the corner (end of next week). we have enough to pay for things this month if we scrape out our savings but we are going to run into Significant Trouble next month

ive finally been hired somewhere after being unfairly and abruptly fired 3 weeks ago, but it is minimum wage, 15 hours per week (which is far below what i need in order to be earning enough for rent). also, i wont have my first day of training until this sunday, and i do not know how soon i will be paid. my platonic partner, whom i live with & split all expenses with, has also been unemployed for the past month and a half, despite best efforts to search for work.

we are trying our very best but if anyone has anything at all that you can spare, even a couple dollars, we would be immensely grateful. my paypal is judestrider@gmail.com. thank you very much for reading even if you cannot help! i hope you have a good day