in defense of cats

I know cats have a stigma of being evil little robots who care for nobody but themselves. I don’t deny that there are some out there like this. But in defense of the large majority of darling cats who have been given a bad name due to the wicked few, I would like to tell you a story…

I am asthmatic. I’m not as bad as some; my asthma is generally well-controlled, and I don’t have much trouble with it on a daily basis. However, as all asthmatics know, getting sick becomes a nightmare. Even a small cold can turn into a days-long asthma attack, one that is very painful, and very annoying for me and those around me. The asthma cough sounds like an ill seal at best, or an angry moose with a nasal condition at worst. Y'all with asthma, and y'all with asthmatic friends, know exactly what I’m talking about. The bark. The hack. The Cough Heard Round The World. It’s painful, it’s loud, and it doesn’t stop. Even the rescue inhaler can only do so much to calm it. It just has to run its course with the cold.

Well, this week I caught the crud, and in the past few days it deteriorated into The Cough. Last night, I took some NyQuil to try and stave it off for as long as I could, just to try and get some sleep. That meant that for a few hours, I was cough-free. After that, I was still doped up enough to sleep through some of it. However, by 2am the sleep aid had worn off and The Cough woke me up. Since lying down makes it worse, and I didn’t want to wake my sister, I sneaked out of my bedroom into the living room, where I sat on the recliner and proceeded to hack up a lung while I waited for my next dose of NyQuil to kick in. That is when I noticed Simon.

Simon is a Russian Blue with a masterful resting-witch-face and an attitude to match. She (yes, she’s a girl, that’s another story) is old, fat, proprietary, and attitudinal. She isn’t shy about telling you when she is displeased, and does so with a loud shriek and some teeth or claws thrown in. She is convinced she owns the place, and owns all of us in turn. She is particular about where you can pet her, like most cats; and, like most cats, she loves her sleep and hates to be woken up.

And of course, my hacking woke her up.

Attempting to whisper an apology in between bouts of coughing, I noticed she was getting off her perch atop the chair nearby. She stretched, made a little squeaking sound, and trotted over to me.

I expected her to demand petting as payment for having woken her precious sleep, but she did not. Instead, this traditionally cranky dragon of a cat did something that amazed me.

She began to purr loudly, and sat herself directly on my aching chest. She kneaded my sternum softly, and nosed my chin as if to say, “I’ve got this, you sleep.” Even though I was still coughing, and bouncing her horridly in the process, she remained settled on my chest right above my diaphragm, purring loudly so that it vibrated through my ribs. I don’t know what magic spell she was chanting between her boat-like purrs, but within minutes my cough had subsided and I was able to sleep.

I didn’t wake up until about 4:30. When I did, it was to discover that my lap and chest were devoid of Simon’s presence, and I was coughing again. As I started coughing once more, I heard her familiar “I’m here” squeak from the area of the water dish. I heard some hurried lapping, and then her heavy gallop across the floor. She flumped onto my lap again, and resumed her purring and kneading. She had evidently been doing that for the past 2 hours, and had only left to get some water. Hydrated, she had returned to take care of me.

So yes, she has her share of evil, jerk-cat moments, but I can no longer pretend that Simon is entirely heartless. For that matter, I now refuse to believe that about any cat. Just because they act like a jerk doesn’t mean that they don’t love you.

Things we found out from tonight's Twitter spree with the Vancouver paps.

- Melwood has part of the day off tomorrow
- Cat Grant will be seen again in season 2
- Maggie and Lillian share a scene in 2x21
- Sanvers fight crime and Daxamites together (2x21)
- Rhea and Lena have scenes together and so do Lena and Mon-El
- The Lena/Mon-El scenes create tension with Kara
- Lena and Mon-El do not save Kara together
-Lena doesn’t like Mon-El
- There is a “Villainous” prearranged marriage that is halted before is started.
Regarding the marraige, I tweeted the pap who posted about it asking wether or not it was Lena and Mon-El and they replied like this: 💍💍🎉🎉🥂🥂

Sooo…… OMFG

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

Originally posted by welcometoyouredoom

Girls Need Heroes, Too: In Defense of Magical Girls

Of all the different types of anime, the magical girl anime is probably the sub-genre that is most looked down upon. Magical girl animes are bright and colorful, they always involve middle- or junior-school-aged girls gaining superpowers and having dramatic transformation scenes, and there’s plenty of fan service in terms of skimpy outfits and simpering looks.

Originally posted by thedragoon

People, even the more open-minded anime watchers, have a tendency to dismiss magical girl animes due to what they perceive as a standard storyline and stock characterization; they’re blinded by the plethora of pink, the frills and short skirts, and the girlish laughter, and they miss the more serious and frequently dark side of these shows.

Originally posted by kagenui

Like any television show, anime or otherwise, magical girl animes have stories and messages that are both entertaining and relevant. Few shows have as much optimism and determination as magical girl animes, yet these shows also provide a realistic (at least as realistic as you can get on shows where girls are granted magical powers to fight the forces of evil) look at the sacrifices and pain that heroes must face. Magical girl animes are able to blend important lessons with joy and levity, and there are a number of reasons that they’re worth watching.

One of my favorite things about magical girl animes is the way they portray friendship. Even if a magical girl starts out on her own, it’s inevitable that she’ll end up surrounded by a team of other magical girls and occasionally a token magical boy. Like any story involving teamwork, there’s going to be some conflicts and some drama, but ultimately, it’s the strength of the team and their friendship that helps them save the day.

Originally posted by ladyofacat

Originally posted by fyeahsailormoon

Magical girls don’t always start off as friends-in fact, they sometimes start off as annoyances at best and flat-out adversaries at worst-but there are few things that bring people together quite as well as having to save people (or the city or the earth or the universe or all of space and time; you get the idea).  

Originally posted by sylneon

Originally posted by chatnoirs-baton

But despite the task of working together to save the day, the friendships in magical girl animes are always realistic. As I said, magical girls don’t always get along with one another. Becoming a magical girl is rarely a choice; it’s typically the result of some outside circumstance such as a perceived aptitude for being a hero, an accident, or a grand destiny, and as a result, the chosen girls are very different types of people with different personalities, motives, and attitudes towards their new role.

Originally posted by madokamagicaruinedmylife

Originally posted by densetsu-sailor-moon

The resulting clashes are typically the direct result of these differences, yet as the girls work more and more as a team, these conflicts become less and less common. It’s hard to rely on someone to have your back without forming some sort of more personal bond, and eventually, even those magical girls who would rather work alone find themselves forming friendships with their fellow magical girls. There are still plenty of ups and downs, but that’s true of any friendship, magical or otherwise, and these shows aren’t afraid of portraying the good times along with the bad, giving viewers a well-rounded look at the personal relationship of magical girls. Yes, there may be more makeovers or shopping trips or sleepovers than other animes, but these types of scenes go to show that magical girls and other heroes have lives outside of saving the day, and they enjoy the time they have with their friends doing things they enjoy.

Originally posted by checkyesbraixen

Originally posted by theonewhohelptosetthesun

Originally posted by homurahyakuya

Originally posted by heartcoma

But that doesn’t mean these magical girls don’t enjoy kicking some bad guy butt. They’ve got superpowers and awesome weapons and they know how to use them. Magical girl animes are really at the top of the list in terms of girl power. These ladies can fight, they can strategize and plan, they can work as a team and take down any villain or monster that stands in their way, and they look cute while doing it.

Originally posted by weissrose

Originally posted by psychopass

Originally posted by nicorobin

In the world of superheroes, there are infinitely more men than women, leaving young girls at a bit of a loss in terms of role models. Magical girls provide female heroes for people to look up to and admire. Magical girls fight for a cause, they don’t compromise their values, and they’re willing to sacrifice themselves to save others. They’re just as capable and worthy of admiration as any guy hero, yet they’re often brushed aside because of their girlishness.

Originally posted by nenecchi

Originally posted by rusianmio

Originally posted by httptsunderethighs

Which is really a shame, because these magical girls are proof that you can be girly and still totally kick butt. Whether it’s straight-up physical combat, mastery of weapons-everything from guns to swords to archery to a yoyo- or actual magical powers such as control over an element, these ladies are fearsome and powerful. 

Originally posted by ladynoir-aka-life

Originally posted by anime

Originally posted by every-rabbit-is-trans

But sometimes they’re powerful enough to hurt more than they help, particularly when it comes to getting hurt themselves. Magical girls sometimes find themselves in situations that their weapons and skills can’t overcome, and they must sacrifice some part of themselves, be it their magical girl status, a physical ability, or their humanity itself. These are frightening and painful decisions to make, yet magical girls never seem to back down from making them. They know what has to be done, and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to save the day. 

Originally posted by panzoom

Originally posted by asami-snazz

Originally posted by sirens-coven

Originally posted by homuraholic

Originally posted by rito2ru

Originally posted by yazzydream

Knowing that being a magical girl of any kind would have its downsides might deter some from accepting such a role, but those who do become magical girls always do so because they believe in what being a magical girl embodies. Even more, they have hope that their sacrifices and pain will make the world a better place. No matter how dark things may get, it seems like magical girls have an ability for endless hopefulness: hope that evil can be overcome, hope that people can change, hope that their choice to do the right thing will be enough.

Their hope is not always realistic and it’s not always rewarded, yet their unfailing willingness to hope for something better even when all seems lost is admirable. Just seeing magical girls pushing back against their enemies no matter what makes viewers believe that their own problems can be overcome. Even when everything seems to be falling apart, there’s hope that tomorrow will be better, and people have a tendency to forget that. Luckily we have characters like magical girls to remind us to be hopeful and to do whatever we can to bring hope to others.

Magical girl animes truly have a lot to offer everyone. There are complex characters, twisted and dramatic storylines, and epic fight scenes. Many of the shows have fantastic animation as well, along with great scores and visually-stunning transformation sequences.

Originally posted by mysweet-milkshake

Originally posted by purple-link-pone

Originally posted by lightgeline

Critics aren’t wrong when they say magical girl animes are usually fluffier and more lighthearted than other animes or other animated shows, but that’s not what makes these animes so good. These fluffy moments provide a brief respite between the truly hard choices, the sacrifices and the losses.

Magical girl animes show that girls can be just as good as the boys. They can be just as tough, just as powerful, just as heroic. And they can do it all while wearing a combat skirt and heels, something I’d love to see their male counterparts attempt. Magical girls and magical girl animes deserve the same acknowledgment and appreciation as their contemporaries for being unabashedly what they are: celebrations of the great things girls can do with hope, determination, and a bit of magic.

Originally posted by unicorns-ate-my-memories

8

M: theres a huge group text going and its,,, really annoying u guys all talk so much,,,

J: some of us are really far away! theres a lot to catch up on!

M: ok but hearing ur phone go off at 4 am cause chloe found a cute cat meme is not on my list of favorite things when i got class at 8 dude

R: in her defense that cat meme was hILARIOUS MAN

anonymous asked:

A prompt, if I may? :) To celebrate Catco's 20th anniversary, Supergirl agrees to a televised interview with Cat Grant. It's a smash in the ratings, of course, and some viewers notice the chemistry and sexual tension...which leads to some angst and feelings being revealed. :)

“Like forty percent of these comments are about you staring at Cat with heart eyes,” Winn said, scrolling through Youtube comments in the middle of the DEO. “I mean, they aren’t wrong.”

“Winn!” Kara hissed, leaning over him and closing out of the page before J’onn caught him goofing off at work again. He’d already been given several stern talking to’s about it. A pout formed on her face and she crossed her arms over her crest. “I do not stare at Cat.”

“Everyone stares at Cat.” Maggie piped in, leaning back in the chair beside Winn at the console. “You are not an exception.”

“You’re not even supposed to be here,” Kara said, pointing at her threateningly. “You’re supposed to be at work.”

“I can’t believe we’re even wasting time talking about the ‘heart eyes’ comments,” Maggie said, pretending to ignore Kara completely. “Cat spent half the interview trying to act like she wasn’t ready to climb Kara like a tree.”

“I can’t hear you,” Kara muttered, walking away from the two newest annoyances in her life. Not that she could really get away from it; it seemed everyone had something to say about the interview she’d volunteered to give Cat after she’d helped save everyone from the Daxamite invasion. It seemed about the only way she could really thank her for coming back just in time. And it had actually went really well. People had loved it, she hadn’t given away too many secrets about herself or her work at the DEO, and she hadn’t completely embarrassed herself. Or, that’s what she’d thought before people start dissecting every single detail of her interaction with Cat.

Keep reading

2

there’s a good reason these tables are numbered honey, you just haven’t thought of it yet // panic! at the disco

astrangetypeofchemistry  asked:

For the sentence prompt: "Wait wait, you were making fun of Chat Noir behind his back?"

Thanks for the prompt! (did I thank the previous people? sorry if I didn’t!). This is a lil bit short and maybe ooc. But you know what? Fuck it, I want Marinette to gush over how cute chat’s cat habits are.


For the sentence prompt: “Wait wait, you were making fun of Chat Noir behind his back?”

Marinette and Alya turned around, to see Nino looking at them surprisedly.

“It depends what’s your definition of making fun of? I wasn’t even saying much, it was Marinette who was going on and on.”

“Dude, it’s not cool to make fun of Chat Noir cause he is grooming himself sometimes.” Nino scolded Marinette.

She just raised an eyebrow. “I wasn’t making fun of Chat Noir?”

“It sounded like it, with all the gushing.”

“No, I wasn’t mocking him.” Marinette raised her hands defensively. “I really think he is adorable when he acts like a cat. He rarely does the grooming thing, but it is cute and he has this thing when he see a red dot and starts chasing it and is adorable and don’t even get me started on those cat ears, especially when they wiggle, it really gives me a hard time to keep my serious face on and… “

Alya and Nino looked at each other then stared flabbergasted at Marinette as she went on and on about how cute Chat’s cat habits were. If they bothered to look down, they’d see a certain model was getting redder with every compliment that left Marinette’s lips. He was a little bit too dead from the joy of hearing her compliments to wonder just how the hell did she know so much about Chat Noir and all his little quirks. Adrien hid his face in his arms. 

She was really cute when she was gushing.

Heartbeat // Dong Sicheng

-

the prompt: can i have a story where sicheng is hospitalized and you are his nurse and his cardiac monitor always goes into overdrive when you check up on him?

words: 2480

category: fluff

author note: you guys don’t understand Sicheng was my first nct bias from the moment he asked taeyong for ice cream i was in love and my heart is still so soft for him.

- destinee

Originally posted by jaehyu

-

Keep reading

Cat Papyruses - A 2/22 Edition Shitpost Notes

(I miss the Cat Day without drawing stuffs and now I am sad so you all now have to listen my Papyruses cats prompts because boi oh boi cats mmmmm)

TALE PAP (Papy)

  • All white fur
  • Always clean himself for “look good and cool”
  • Has a cyan ribbon tied on his tail which is given from Sans
  • Spend equal time at indoors and outdoors, he like both. Indoors for staying with Sans and outdoors for playing around
  • That one cat that will completely erase your “all cats are prideful” bias as being extremely friendly and energetic to everyone, will nag and follow you around passionately that make you feels like he is actually a dog.
  • Has no vigilance from other cats to strangers on street.
  • Likes to call Sans to play with him when Sans is taking naps, sometimes stays and sleep beside/on top of him.
  • Will never push cups off from table.
  • Touch spots: everywhere

FELL PAP (Boss)

  • All black fur
  • Gains many little scars on his body from fights
  • Shitty temper, will hiss and scratch everyone who tries to touch him
  • Bite Fell Sans 24/7, but doesn’t hate him, this is a way to show affection, at least he thinks it it. 
  • Fucking. hates. collars. Fell Sans tried wear a ring collar on his neck once and he spent the rest of days scratching and biting his own neck historically.
  • Very defensive on his territories, most fights is for defending his land. Many cats are afraid of him expect Papy and Honey.
  • When injured or feeling sick he will get very close to wherever Fell Sans is, curl himself up and become very quite, this is his own sign of something is off.
  • Will always push cups off from table.
  • Touch spots: N O

Swap Pap (Honey)

  • White and orange tabby fur.
  • A little bit messy, rely on Swap Sans to comb his fur a lot.
  • Always looks sleepy, as in fact sleeps a lot. Yet actually nimble and smart on movement, very good at dodging.
  • Spend most time outdoors that people may think he is a stray cat. Only go beck to Swap Sans for food, and of course Swap Sans.
  • Doesn’t really like people to touch him but still chill with it, only like how Swap Sans massage his head.
  • Like catnips, like catnips a lot, secretly steal and hide many catnips in different places.
  • Basically that one chillest stray-looking cat you can find on street.
  • Will only push cups off from table when out of people’s sight.
  • Touch spots: Forehead, neck, sometimes his back

Bifrost Apartments, the guy tells you. He overheard you saying you needed a new place. You’ve never heard of it but you turn where he says and walk where he says and there it is. Right by your office. 

Odin is landlord, he doesn’t say much but he does have a unit available. You take it without question. He’s obviously ex-military, but you’re afraid to ask exactly in what capacity. 

Frigga is your day-to-day anyway, she told you where the closest laundromat was and which grocery store had the best prices. There had been a casserole pan in your fridge when you moved in, and a quilt on the couch. 

Thor lives above you, and he terrifies you until he asks if you need help carrying stuff. Thankfully, he’s a harmless dude-bro, and you ask him where he works out, you need a new gym. He is, of course, a trainer and assures you he will help you get  those ‘gainz’.

Sif, his cheerful, spry, yoga-instructor wife, whose hair hangs down to her butt even when braided, is also incredibly kind. She invites you to the vegan cafe down the street.

Idunn owns the vegan cafe, her avocado-quinoa muffins are addictive. Her husband, Bragi, is super talented but she had to ban him from open-mic night. He was a total mic hog and sometimes got a little…experimental. 

Freyja and Freyr are so gorgeous you blush in their presence. Freyja invites you to the begginers self-defense class she teaches. Once she asks you to watch her cats while she’s away. You think there are 3 or maybe 5? Freyr, it’s rumored, is the best lay in the whole building, and you try not to think about it while he tells you about how his window boxes are doing. 

Loki lives in the basement, though he comes and goes at the oddest hours. He seemed to look a little different every time you saw him, what with the piercings, tattoos, and hair color, and you sort of wanted to borrow the bright pink sundress he was fond of wearing. His wife, Sigyn, was so normal by comparison you would have thought she had just been plucked from a field in Nebraska. 

You like it here, it’s comfortable and safe. Everyone seems to get along(well, mostly anyway) and before you know it, you’ve been living there a year, then two, then five. 

Once you see Thor lift an entire fridge and toss it over his shoulder like it was Styrofoam. 

Odin finds you one night, crying in the hallway, and before you know it you’re in his apartment, drinking whiskey that even smells expensive, and he listens to you blubber before finally giving you the best, most important advice of your entire life, though you can’t now entirely remember what it was about. 

Freyr insists on giving you some plants, just a few herbs, something to brighten up the space. Despite the fact you’ve killed every houseplant you’ve come in contact with, they thrive. 

Loki is always smoking, but you never see him lift a lighter. 

After a while, Idunn offers to make you an off-menu smoothie, apple-chia-date. It’s…strangely rejuvenating. 

I have a lot of feelings about cats and it mostly comes back to, I am an autistic person and cats make a near-intuitive amount of sense to me that people haven’t in the past.

And I think that’s a lot of it because most of the things people are like “man cats are so unsociable” for doing are things that I do?

Like I pretty much have social categories of people I am okay with touching me, in which case I will probably put my head in their lap and hug them and such as long as I know they’re okay with it- and people who I don’t want to touch me at all, and I am aware sometimes people will try to give me a high-five or some perfectly sociable small touch gesture, pat on the arm or something and I just freeze up and stand there like a stump because “do not”.

I’m much more okay initiating contact and it depends on stress levels, usually.

Eye contact? The first time it was ever explained to me that cats don’t like direct eye contact and that a good way to bond with cats is to deliberately break eye contact- slow blink or turn the head away- I realized that apparently I have been playing by cat eye contact rules my entire life.

And I think of myself as a social person, I really do, I like people, I like talking to people. I wouldn’t be posting this if I wasn’t someone who enjoys putting my thoughts out there and connecting with others. But also like… people are tiring and especially if I’m stressed I need to go fold up and not talk to anyone for a while, so sometimes if I don’t want to leave my friends but am out of social juices I will just sit in the area without leaving.

So, yeah, I get weirdly defensive of cats because spoken as someone who does most of those cat things and legitimately does love people, it’s like “I am not unsociable and neither are cats, my sociable just doesn’t present necessarily exactly the way you think it should”

ancient zexal fandom things
  • barians glow when they’re happy
  • nasch is shark and rio’s dad
  • yuma’s gunna pull a madoka on us last second
  • zexal is going to end at 100 episodes
  • bashing kotori gets you kicked out of the livestream
  • warning friends to not watch the latest episode cause their fav died
  • actually tagging “zexal death”
  • zexal monday becoming zexal sunday
  • being fooled into thinking vector, black mist, alit and gilag were going to be a group thing in season 5 cause of the ending
  • being fooled by the fearsome four silhouettes also in season 5′s opening
  • shingetsu defense squads
  • that one day everyone just drew the characters with cat ears
  • when everyone drew “yokare to omotte” on their arms and took selfies