if we were birds

Those lil black dots are all birds. We were driving down the highway and all of a sudden a storm of birds whirled above us in a giant cloud. A beautiful sight that I think about a lot.

A cool color palette today.  Do you guys organize your bookshelves by color? I kind of want to, but I think having my series/authors out of order would drive me crazy!

  • Reaper: ...Zenyatta why are you covered in dirt?
  • Zenyatta: It is sandwich day.
  • Reaper: .....
  • Zenyatta: (sighs) Every Thursday I bring Ganymede the bird a peanut butter and sends sandwich.
  • Reaper: Ganymede's a bird?
  • Zenyatta: And today we were out of peanut butter. So I asked Genji what to give him and he said a TURKEY sandwich. I can't give Ganymede turkey! (Whispers) Do you know what turkey is?
  • Reaper: ..Bird?
  • Zenyatta: ITS BIRD!!! If I give Ganymede turkey ID BE AN ABOMINATION!! I'm late because I had to go to the store and buy peanut butter because all we have is...is... FRIGGIN' TURKEY!!!
  • Reaper: And why is this so important?
  • Zenyatta: Ganymede controls Bastion.
  • Reaper: .........(face palms)
Tutor - SEVENTEEN (Joshua)

Pairing: Joshua x Reader (Joshua Pre-Debut)
Genre: Fluff

Summary: You needed a Korean tutor, ASAP and Joshua was willing to teach you.
A/N: I barely started stanning SEVENTEEN so bare with me. ALSO can we please talk about HIGHLIGHT? “I’m like a bird!!”

You were accepted to your dream college, KAIST. It was an international college and had a terrific STEMS program that you wanted to study. You had a full ride, graduating top in your class. You  thought that moving to Korea would be easy. It was one of your biggest dreams and just thinking of living there made your heart flutter. You anticipated the cultural foods and environment. But it wasn’t easy. You hardly knew the language.

Even though you attended an international university. It was hard when you bumped into a local. You found yourself dependent on the foreigner students. Even your roommate was local. She knew english but her accent was bad, you could barely understand what she was saying.

The college obviously offered Korean classes but your tuition didn’t cover that class and you’d have to pay out of pocket. It was very pricey so you had to find an alternative. 


Sunday Morning

“Y/N!” One of your college friends, Emily, also a foreigner, called out to you as soon as you walk out of your dormitory. You hug your body as soon as you came in contact with the harsh cold air. You smile despite how cold it was to even move. “What’s up?”

“Are you busy? Do you have a class?” She had a smile on her face as usual. Her facial expression boosted your mood and you answered, “No. I was going to walk around, get some air.” You both laughed because you knew it was too cold to get air.

“Well I wanted to invite you to have coffee with me and a few friends. It’s a perfect opportunity to get to know people.” She shoved her hands in her pocket and you didn’t hesitate to answer. “Sure, why not?”
“Great! Let’s go!” You follow her lead to her car.

Getting to know a variety of people was crucial in college. It was the main aspect.

You and Emily pull up to a very popular cafe and make your way inside. You walk in and you can hear all the chatter and smell the coffee in the air. You were so used to the smell and the taste,you didn’t even want anything.  “There they are!” Emily pointed out a group of people. They were 2 males and a female. You could tell they spoke Korean from their conversation.

You both walk over to the table and you can see familiar faces. Some of them were in some of your classes. “Hey guys, this is Y/N.” Emily points to you. “Anyeonghaseyo!” You politely bow but they giggle playfully, including your friend. “We speak english silly.” One of them said. You blush in embarrassment.
You were so proud of your pronunciation and you were so confident. You wanted to run and hide under your sheets. “I’m sorry.” You look down. “It’s fine, it was cute.” You made eye contact with Joshua. You knew him from your material science class. His IQ was humanly impossible. You never spoke to him but he just complimented you. You glance at him once more before looking away and blushing even harder. 

Emily hints you to take a seat, so you do, across from the people you embarrassed yourself in front of. “This is Vernon, Ji-Hye, and Joshua.” Emily introduced you properly. The smile and you return the gesture. “What do you major in?” Vernon asked. “Material Science.” You answer, avoiding contact with Joshua because you two never spoke in that class. It was awkward to meet outside of school.

“She’s in my material science class.” Joshua smiles at you. You find it only polite to smile back. “That’s cool! How come you guys haven’t properly met then?” Ji-Hye adds which was unfortunately more awkward for you both. You found it only right to be honest and relaxed.

“I was intimidated by your IQ. You always seem busy, so I didn’t think to waste your time.” You answer to Joshua rather than Ji-Hye. Joshua laughs and you weren’t sure if you should too. “Am I really intimidating? I’m sorry.” You laugh as well and feel like weight has been lifted from your shoulders from your confession.

“We were waiting for you guys to come before we ordered. We’re going to order now, do you want anything?” Vernon asked as everyone but you stood. “No thank you.” You couldn’t even look at coffee right now. “I’m good.” Joshua smiled at them and remained seated.

This left you and Joshua at the table alone.

“To be completely honest, I’ve always wanted to talk to you. You seemed so cool when you broke the beaker with that experiment last week.” Joshua brought up your accident you regretted so much. You added too much of chemical and made a slight explosion. You were so embarrassed.

“Oh god, don’t bring that up.” You laugh. “It was hysterical.”

“I never felt more embarrassed in my life.” You shake your head. “So how’s Korea treating you?” He rests his chin on his hands. “It’s great! I just, really struggle with the language. And right now, I can’t afford classes at the university.”

Joshua’s head pops up. “I can teach you! From hangul to everything.” He volunteered himself. “Are you serious? That’d be amazing.” You were happy to finally find an awesome alternative. You’ve always wanted to learn more and you were more than willing to.

“When can we start?” You asked.

“How’s Saturdays at 12?” Joshua questioned. You thought about your schedule before you answered. You had no after life after school. All your classes were on weekdays. “Sounds good! But are you sure it isn’t a bother?” You didn’t want to be a bug to Joshua.

“It’s fine, I promise! I have nothing to do anyways.” He smiles reassuringly. Your friends come back with their drinks and you all become closer over conversation.

Friday

It was your last class and it was materials science with Joshua. Your science class this whole week consisted of preparation for an experiment. You were slightly scared because you didn’t want to make a mistake like you did last experiment. “Today we pick partners and we’ll start the first half of the lab. Make sure you pick wisely people.” The professor gave the class some time to choose partners.

Before, you would choose anyone. It didn’t matter. But now that you’ve gotten closer to Joshua, you were hoping he’d ask you first. You didn’t want to force it, make a mistake, and lower his grade in the class.

“You down Y/N?” Joshua looked over to you and it was like he read your mind. You smile an nodded and made your way over to his station. “Are you sure? I might break a beaker again.” You laugh and so did he. “It would at least make this class less boring.”

Your professor went over the safety and procedures. And you paid so much attention because you did’t want to mess anything up.
As soon as the professor finished and left you loose to begin, you were so focused. “You’ll be the script?” Joshua asked. “Sure.” You were relieved you didn’t have to do the mixing and measuring. “Are we still down for tomorrow?” He asked as he prepared the chemicals. “Yes of course. At the same cafe?” You watched him closely. “Yep. 12pm sharp.”

Saturday

You woke up at 11am, slightly shocked. You knew it took you a long time to get ready. You had showered last night so all you had to do was dress. You couldn’t help but think of this as a date. You felt as if the dress code expectations were high.
You dressed warmly in jeans, a thick oversized sweater, and your favorite combat boots. You loosely curled your hair and applied eye make up and lip gloss.

“Where are you going?” Your roommate asked. “I have tutoring for Korean. We’ll be able to communicate so much.” You smile at her and she returns the gesture.

You check your phone and it was 11:30am. You grabbed your coat and scarf as you bidded your roommate goodbye. You debated if you should walk in the cold or take a bus. Taking the bus or taxi required to speak Korean and you didn’t feel like struggling - so you walked.

You made it to the cafe and you see Joshua waiting for you. It made your heart flutter a little just examining him as he was focused on his phone. You couldn’t feel this way after only a week. It isn’t right.
Him waving to you caused you to snap out of your thought. You smile and walk over to him. You sit next to him and you could see how he came prepared. He brought paperback textbooks and pencils.

“Hey! It’s cold! You should’ve worn a thicker coat!” You look at your coat and you literally picked the thinnest one. “I’m okay.” You take it off and get comfortable. “You really came prepared.”

“Well, I know how you feel. I remember when I came, I was so eager to learn Korean. And these text books are amazing. You’ll be able to speak Korean fluently in no time.” Joshua selects a specific textbook and you push your hair behind your ears, eager to learn.

As Joshua tutored you it was quite fun. He laughed a little when you mispronounced words, or how horrible your handwriting was in hangul. But you actually learned some new things and you enjoyed Joshua as your tutor.

“Okay! I think we did enough for today!” He clapped his hands together. It was  already 2pm. “Wow it’s already two.” You slide your phone back in your pocket and help pick up the clutter on the table. “You can take the text books so you can practice.” Joshua hands you 3 of the books. “Are you sure?” You were surprised, he was even sacrificing his free time to tutor you. “Yeah go ahead. I obviously don’t need them.” He reassured you. “Thank you.”
“We can walk back together since we’re going to the same place.” Joshua stood up and you nod. The walk back was laughter which you needed from soaking in so much information in 2 hours. As soon as you both reach campus, Joshua walked you to your dormitory. You both stopped in front of the doors because boys weren’t allowed in.

“Hey do you want to maybe go get something to eat tonight?” You were taken aback from his question. Was he asking you on a date? You? Joshua who was chased by many girls asked you?

“Sure! What time?” You played it cool.

“Is 7 okay?” He put his hands in his jeans pocket which let you know he was shy. You held in your giggle.

“That sounds good.” You smiled. “Great! I’ll pick you up right here.” Joshua smiled and left you with a problem.

It’d probably take you all day to figure out what to wear. And you’d be itching of curiosity if he asked you out because he’s hungry and want to eat with you, or if he really wants this to be a date.

A/N: Should I make a second part? I see a lot of potential for this storyline (:

(Photo by Kevin Sonney)

When Kevin and I were in New Orleans a month or so ago, we were out birding and encountered this killdeer in a parking lot. It immediately set about convincing Kevin that its wing was broken. Really broken. SO BROKEN YOU GUYS.

Killdeer are, of course, justly famous for this trick. They do it to lure predators away from the nest. Kevin ambled after the bird with a camera and I watched them do a slow motion chase scene across the parking lot.

Eventually, having taken about a million photos, Kevin stopped. But the killdeer did not. There were four of us, but Kevin, rescuer of kittens, was clearly the menace. It was practically charging him waving its “broken” wing.

Kevin: No, I’m done, it’s okay.

Killdeer: MY WING IS SUPER BROKEN

Kevin: I have no interest in your nest.

Killdeer: THIS WING, RIGHT HERE? I BROKE IT IN THE WAR. TWO WARS. SEVEN WARS. SO MANY WARS.

Kevin: I’m starting to feel weird about this, bird.

Killdeer: AAUGH LOOK NOW MY OTHER WING IS BROKEN TOO

Kevin: …

Killdeer: I WILL RUN A LITTLE WAY AND FALL OVER WAVING MY BROKEN WINGS THE PAIN THE PAIN

Kevin: I’m not going to chase you.

Killdeer: YOU HAVE TO CHASE ME MY WINGS ARE BROKEN ALSO I BELIEVE MY LEGS ARE GOING

Kevin: This is just sad.

Killdeer: I BELIEVE I AM ALSO ON FIRE

Kevin: You’re still going.

Killdeer: THERE IS NO PAIN LIKE THIS PAIN PLEASE STEP A LITTLE FARTHER THIS WAY I AM SURELY ABOUT TO BE CAUGHT AT ANY MOMENT

Kevin: Fine, if it’ll make you happy.

(Kevin ambles after Killdeer)

Killdeer: JUST A LITTLE FARTHER…A LITTLE BIT FARTHER AND SURELY I WILL STOP RUNNING AWAY DID I MENTION THAT MY WINGS ARE SUPER-BROKEN?!

(Kevin, camera in hand, stumbles onto a group of King Rail chicks in the ditch)

Rail Chicks: AAAAAAAUUUUUUGGGHHHHMONSTER

Kildeer: AHAHA DEVOUR THEM, MY ENEMY, WHILE I FLEE BACK TO MY CHILDREN ON MY MAGICALLY HEALED WINGS

Kevin: …that bird is a jerk.

As night fell on All Hallows’ Eve, the forest underwent a strange transformation…

Algy sends his spookiest thanks and fluffy hugs to all his friends at PWS for bringing us yet another wonderful PWS entertainment xoxo

Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone :)

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Algy must be scared. We hope he doesn’t transform himself. But Algy is not were-bird! Thank you for your Halloween submission! We love it!

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shadowhunters as that 70s show quotes
  • jace: I'm what's known as man-pretty
  • clary: Everybody wants their first make-out to be special. Someplace romantic like Ireland, or Disneyworld.
  • alec: Life is too short to spend it with people who annoy you
  • magnus: The beautiful cannot be held responsible for the havoc our looks create
  • isabelle: the sooner you realize I'm a genius, the better off we'll both be.
  • simon: if I were a bird, I'd fly into a ceiling fan
  • luke: Government pawns and missing limbs. That's amore.
  • jocelyn: All families are embarrassing. If they aren't embarrassing they're dead
  • maia: you are about to read a book my foot wrote.. It's called on the road to in your ass
  • raphael: When I die, I want to be buried face down, so that way, whoever doesn't like me can kiss my ass
  • alaric: You should suspend me. I need a vacation.
  • raj: kiss my brown ass!
  • meliorn: Where Zen ends, ass kicking begins
  • sebastian: if you dont get caught, everything's legal
  • lydia: That's your brain trying to comprehend its own stupidity.
  • maryse: Everyone is happy and nobody went to jail. What a waste of time.
  • robert: You know I love my family. But sometimes, I just want to get in my car and run them all over.
  • max: if this is about maturity i want nothing to do with it
  • valentine: I've been working since I was sixteen. I fought in two wars. Hell, I've killed people. I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy it...
When I married John [Barry], it was under false pretenses. He thought he was marrying a girl with huge eyes and thick lashes, but underneath all that dolly-bird make-up I looked totally different. We were all so unsure of ourselves in the Sixties. Fashion was so important that it overtook our identities. We all wanted to look like Jean Shrimpton, but in reality we were poor copies.

I slept next to John with eyeliner under my pillow. I would wait until the lights went out and then I would put on my teeth brace–it was a metal contraption that went over my head and made me look like a racehorse. One day, I opened a drawer and saw a picture of one of John’s ex-wives with blonde hair, and I went straight to the hairdressers to get my hair tinted and straightened. I thought I was nothing without my make-up, and I wasn’t able to show the real me until much later. It’s pathetic when I think of the camouflage; I am glad that my daughters Charlotte and Lou have braved their faces.
—  Jane Birkin

Idk why I am specifically remembering this niche memory from when I was 9 but I remember in the 4th grade we were studying about birds and we had this assignment to make our own birds nests. Like we could use branches and grass and dirt and any natural materials we wanted like it was a craftspalooza for my crafty 9 yr old ass and I remember the day we got to turn them in our teacher came around and looked at all our little bird nests and she stuck her hand in them and literally fucking destroyed the nests like she crushed my nest and we were literally like what the fuck!!!!!!! And she said the lesson was that humans can’t make nests as durable as a bird can and can’t meld all the pieces together so strongly and i’m sitting there, a fucking fourth grader with a destroyed craft project, now plotting the downfall of Mrs. Snipes

so me and my friend went to a concert last night and i dont know what reverse gal palling is but it absolutely happened

like we waited in this merch like for a good 20-30 minutes and when we get to the front im all ‘pick something you want’ and she’s all ‘oh no! dont worry i never wear shirts with graphics.’ and this lady, who is like, old, grey hair, looks like my grandmothers sister, is all ‘let your girlfriend buy you something nice! what a nice girlfriend, you see! if you don’t want her, i’ll take her, wish i had a girlfriend like that!’ and i resisted the urge to turn and say ‘yeah let ur girlfriend get u something nice’

in the end i got her a shirt and the lady was super nice i just thought it was hilarious