suzi q’s entire character design is one giant florist reference and here’s the breakdown:
hair: blonde (yellow) as in the pollen the bullet-sized anthers on asiatic lilies that will stain your clothing permanently
teardrop earrings: all the crying you’ll do when it’s Valentine’s week and 90% of your floor space is filled with flower buckets and everyone wants something different and the phone won’t stop ringing off the hook with church ladies and no matter how hard you try you can’t rid your clothing of that botanical stink.
blue eyes: the bottle of Crown that always disappears when you need it
puffy sleeves: your GAINZ from lugging around delivery boxes and 5-gallon buckets of water every day
apron: a protective but ultimately useless measure to shield your clothing from the above pollen menace as well as Oasis residue
polka dot pattern: the endless patterned ribbon. why is there so much ribbon.
roses in hair: Ah, the rose. One of the most commonly sought-after breeds of flowers and simultaneously your biggest moneymaker and your worst nightmare. never seen without its companions leatherleaf and baby’s breath, roses are the most finicky flowers to process. Don’t cut more than an inch of the steam. Fill the water with sugar and stir it to dissolve completely. Don’t let them open too much and don’t touch them or they’ll bruise. The thorns will still prick you through your gloves. Just give up.
everything but the heels because if you’re wearing heels when you’re on your feet literally all day then i don’t know what to tell you.
In the beginning it wasn’t so bad. They complained, protested even, but it was never big enough to take much notice. Then some of them started quietly disappearing, getting replaced by people who would do the same thing they did without the fuss. Even that wasn’t very notable though, we were trapped in our own world of superiority that no one could perceive a new name or a new face. It only got worse from there, bodies were being found, small attacks started to be sprung; it was all an escalation that one side wanted to ignore, or maybe we wanted to erase it. Sadly, when a large group is finally tired of your mistreating, the only real outcome is this: war.
War is an ugly mistress, she stands before you bathing in the blood you’ve spilt in her name. Yet time and again she has an odd allure to her, so we continue to have our battles, and spill more in her name. She is the only one who truly wins in the end. You might feel your puff of pride when you look before everyone and state that you are still on top, that you did not fall this time and claim your victory. But when you look over your victory, eventually you see the broken families, the weddings that would have been and the funerals they became, then your victory becomes hollow.
I’ve seen a lot of criticism of episode 18 of Miraculous Ladybug in the tags today as compared to ep 17 - specifically, the irony (or failure) of the series seemingly reversing its opinion on the partnership of Chat Noir and Ladybug against Hawkmoth.
But I don’t think that these episodes contradict. Just because Ladybug can (and does) save the day herself doesn’t devalue Chat Noir or make Chat Noir’s partnership less valuable to Ladybug.
Ladybug has always been portrayed as completely capable on her own. This is not a new development! In Copycat there’s a memorable line where Copycat complains that he’s better than Chat, and Ladybug - stealing Chat’s baton back from Copycat - announces, ‘but I’m better than both of you!’ She’s more of a strategist - she has to be to use the Lucky Charm - and Chat Noir tends to follow her lead in akuma fights. Ladybug is the only one with the power to cleanse akuma and fix akuma-caused damage. Chat Noir tends to run interference while she takes the action that will save the day.
However, Ladybug and Chat Noir both consider themselves to have a partnership. Episode 17 was all about how they choose to work together. Despite the fact that Ladybug doesn’t seem to be willing or able to save Chat when Antibug uses him as bait against Ladybug, he’s still unwavering in his faith in her, and later Ladybug announces proudly that they’re a team. The importance of Ladybug saying that they are a team is actually enhanced by the fact that she can save the day on her own. She CHOOSES to rely on Chat Noir.
The series has also taken pains throughout to show that they work well together and that Ladybug does rely on Chat whenever he’s there. She depends on Chat to keep the akuma busy while she figures out how to use her Lucky Charm.
Ladybug listens to Chat Noir’s advice.
She can give him directions and knows he’ll understand and follow her lead instantly; they work seamlessly together in team fights and discuss strategy.
And Chat does a lot of amazing things himself! There’s an episode where he spends the majority of the episode holding off an entire army of knights all by himself, mostly by fencing with his baton. He has night vision and rescues Ladybug from Stormy Weather, and takes Marinette to a safe place (so she can transform, little does he know) versus the Gamer. It’s true he often goes down first, but that’s because he’s almost always distracting the enemy while Ladybug figures out how to use her Lucky Charm. He rescues Ladybug from having her Miraculous stolen several times and from taking fatal hits at least twice if not more. Just because Ladybug is stronger doesn’t mean Chat is useless.
One of the great things about Miraculous Ladybug is that Ladybug is allowed to be a shining heroine all on her own. (This is rare for a female superhero; in most hero universes at least one man is as strong or stronger than any female heroines.) And the fact she doesn’t absolutely need Chat Noir means that she works with him because she likes to! As much as she shuts down his flirting and finds him ridiculous, she wants his company. Ladybug has chosen Chat Noir out of her own free will, not because she’d fail without him.
In conclusion: It’s super romantic to hear characters say ‘I need you, I’d die without you, you are necessary to my existence.’ But there is a different, more mature romance in a person who is complete in themselves choosing to include another person in their life. This is the delight of Ladybug and Chat Noir’s partnership, and why even though ep 18 was about how Ladybug can do everything herself, she’s still a team with the all-important Chat Noir.
hi!! does it ever happen to you that you’ve studying all day and you have no time to cook, or think about what kind of snack you can have that will be healthy and help you focus, or study? same here!!! that’s why i decided to put all the knowledge on the studyblr community about food and snacks in this masterpost! bon appetit 🍑🍟🍿🍴👌🏻
A lot of people ask me “What’s so bad about Rosetta Stone? Why do you advise people to stay far away from it if they want to learn a language successfully? I hear about Rosetta Stone all the time – so it must work well for learning a language, right?”
Well… not so much.
The main thing to realize is this: yes, everyone’s heard about them. But ask yourself: why? Because they pour most of their money into advertising, rather than developing a good product – that’s why. Rosetta Stone is basically picture flash cards with audio, and there are three fundamental problems with it.
1) Flash cards with audio is NOT a very effective way to learn for most people. Language does not function as individual lumps – in most cases it changes drastically, depending on context (surrounding words and phrases, as well as cultural context). However…
2) If you are one of the very few people for whom the flashcard method actually works well, you can do it – yes, even with audio! – for absolutely FREE, by using a combination of Anki (or one of the many other free flashcard apps out there) and forvo.com (google “how to add audio files to anki”). And finally…
3) Most important, in my opinion, is the sunk-costs fallacy. Once someone has spent several hundred dollars on RS, they’re naturally inclined to think that something so expensive must be the MOST effective way to learn, rather than the least, and so they devote all their time and energy to working exclusively with it, instead of working with other products that would take them much further and achieve more results in less time, with less effort and more fun.
I know a lot of successful language-learners. I know people who learned to speak a language primarily using Assimil (one guy even moved to Germany and started working as an engineer right after completing the Assimil course). I know people who learned to speak a language primarily using Teach Yourself, or Colloquial, or Linguaphone, or what-have-you. But I have never once heard of someone who learned to speak a language while focusing their energy primarily on RS. And I strongly suspect this is because… those people don’t exist.
Case in point: I know two people who recently started learning German from absolute scratch. One of them bought RS, bought an iPad to use it on (investing a total of about eight hundred dollars into kicking off his language-learning process), and studied intensely using only RS for a month before I met him at a German-language meet-up. What did he do there? Talk a lot in English about how excited he was to be studying German, and say at one point out of the blue, with terrible pronunciation and grammar: “Three… bikes… are… red!” Because it was the only sentence he knew how to say. I asked him in German at one point “How are you?” and he literally started wiping sweat off his forehead because he was so nervous about not being able to answer.
The second person got herself a Teach Yourself book and worked through the first few chapters in a couple of weeks. I met her at the same meet-up, and she spent about half the time talking in German, saying things such as “My name is X, I live in X, I come from X, I speak English, I like learning German, I want to be a teacher, how are you? what is your name? where do you come from?” etc. All in German, with good pronunciation and no stress or nervousness. I wish I could say this were an exception, but unfortunately it epitomizes the language-learners I’ve met who used RS and those who used other materials.
In conclusion: You can choose Option A (spend a lot and learn a little) or Option B (spend a little and learn a lot). Rosetta Stone is Option A. Pretty much everything else is Option B.