So at my very worst period of mental illness things were pretty freaking awful. I was dealing with psychosis, near constant panic attacks, what they called “severe bipolar 1” plus some sort of unidentified personality disorder. Basically, things were really really bad and had been for a long time. But here are some of the things that helped me when I was dealing with a 2 month psych hospitalization that summer
Noticing the color of the sky
Nice scented lotion
Taking long showers
Making sure that I was hydrated & well nourished
Taking deep breaths
Keeping my living space neat
Putting on nicer clothes & doing my hair
Honestly I was able to recover precisely because I started paying attention to moments like these. At the time I was still pretty miserable, but it was a major break through to realize I could appreciate the colors of the sky & grass, or the sound of rain, or the cozy feeling of a bookshop. It’s hard to articulate how much it changed things for me.
Of course, I had a lot of other support too, and I’m not trying to say this alone cured me. I also know that stuff that worked for me in recovery didn’t work for my peers in treatment and vice versa. But I do beg you not to dismiss stuff like this that’s offered without judgement, like in self care posts. For one - you don’t know what the OP has been through & there is no reason to invalidate them or mentally people who do stuff like this – You just can’t correlate the severity of symptoms to what kind of things help.
And two - it’s not good to spread the idea that enjoying little moments, or doing common self care this is only for non mentally ill people. In fact, we are often the ones who can benefit the most. And it’s a shame to spread the idea that none of these things can work for any mentally ill person when that’s just not true & could prevent someone from doing something that could help. Treating severe mental illness is a big problem, but it’s often made up of lots of little changes
Okay so, I was going through my old school stuffs and I found an interesting paper about some spelling rules from back when I was still learning how to write (I’m french btw), so I thought why not sharing it?
I remember we had to learn those lists by heart and recite them the next day (and I hated it)
#0: most nouns and adjectives take a <s> in the plural
#1: Nouns in <eu> and <au> take a <x> except for 6 words which take a <s>: des bleus (bruises), des émeus, des lieus (fish), des pneus, des laudaus, des sarraus
#2: Nouns in <ail> take a <s> except for 7 words which end in <aux>: un bail/des baux; un corai/des coraux; un émail/des émaux; un soupirail/des soupiraux; un travail/des travaux; un vantail/des vantaux; un vitrail/des vitraux + completely irregular: un ail/des aulx
#3: Nouns in <al> end in <aux> except for 9 words which take a <s>: des bals, des cals, des carnavals, des cérémonials, des chacals, des festivals, des mistrals, des récitals, des régals + un idéal, des idéals or des idéaux (both work)
#4: Adjectives in
<al> end in <aux> except for 7 words which take a <s>: banals, bancals, fatals, natals, navals, finals, glacials
#5: Nouns in <ou> take a <s> except for 7 words which take a <x>: bijoux, cailloux, choux, genoux, hiboux, joujoux, poux
#6: Words ending in <s>, <x> and <z> do not change in the plural:une souris/des souris, une perdrix/des perdrix, un nez/des nez
#7: Adjectives indicating the colour of a fruit (marron), a flower (moutarde), a stone (ocre) do not change in the plural except for 6 words: roses, écarlates, fauves, incarnats, mauves, pourpres + colours in two words: bleu ciel, vert foncé
So there’s this “What paladin are you?” test on the Voltron site..
That seems to give you some info about the characters.. And I found some of the stuff very interesting, so I’m just gonna share my thoughts here. (answers colored according to the paladin)
What I love about this is that Keith maybe isn’t very passionate about flying even, and is still like the best pilot of their generation. While Lance probably loves it so much but just sucks at it.
I think we all can identify with Lance there haha.
(Keith is that artist with no formal education that draws freaking awesome art and is like “meh just a lil doodle I did in 2 minutes” and makes everyone go “Holy shit that’s amazing!” while Lance is there sweating, practicing day and night, spends 4 years in art school, reads all the tutorials online, and it still takes him 6 hours to draw a stick figure and he’s so proud of it and he goes to show it off to everyone and everyone just go “wow, you suck Lance.” haha. Hang in there Lance, we believe in you!!! You’re gonna be great one day!)
Probably my favorite part about this whole quiz.
Shiro’s fear is regret huh.. This connects to what he said to Pidge when he quoted her dad “If you get too worried about what could go wrong, you might miss a chance to do something great”.
I wonder if Shiro did something or didn’t do something that made him feel regretful in the past. This is very interesting actually, cause it makes it seem like Shiro is the kind of person who just goes “YOLO” at things haha, or maybe someone who’s really afraid of making mistakes and has to force himself to go “YOLO” at things. (I just wanna see Shiro going YOLO at everything haha)
Pidge’s fear is failure. Not sure if it’s just related to finding her family or something deeper.
Hunk is.. well not much to say about that.
Lance! Losing... So like, a self confidence problem? My guess, and you can see it very clearly in the show I think, he probably doesn’t think much of himself despite how he acts and talks.
Keith, wow, I… I dunno where to even start on that one. Just gonna say, buckle up! Cause we’re probably in for a very emotional ride there with Keith.
That boy is gonna feel so much.
I wonder though, is he scared of feelings because maybe he considers them a weakness? Maybe because as a freedom seeking person he’s scared of attachments? Is it because he experienced something very painful that made him not wanna feel anything ever again?
Also ok, we definitely see something that looks like feelings there atleast when it comes to Shiro… (Not that much with the rest yet. yet.) like you know, the kind that I think Keith is afraid of.. So now I’m even more curious about what the hell that’s about, and I really wanna see how it’s gonna develop.
Well not much to say here..
So, why I haven’t seen any fan art of the paladins with their official animal yet? Where it’s hiding?
“Hey, baby.” I give Namjoon a quick kiss as I walk
in the door.
“Hey.” He gives me another quick kiss before
letting me past to put my stuff up. “I found out something interesting today.”
“Oh yeah? What’s that?” I ask as I head into our
“You know how I texted you earlier about how I
found this amazing song and that I would play it for you when you got here?”
“Yeah.” I begin to change into some comfier
“Well, I did a little research on it, and found
that there’s no need for me to play it for you.” I turn around to ask him what
he means, only to come face to screen with his phone. On it, there’s a
screenshot of the writer of the song, which just so happens to be me. “Why didn’t
you tell me you wrote a song?”
“I didn’t think it was a big deal.” I shrug,
throwing my dirty clothes in the laundry hamper. He grabs my wrist and begins
tugging me to the door. “Where are we going?”
“To the studio. You’re gonna help me write songs
for our next album.”
Going through the comic again because hey, it’s a good comic (and I’m going to buy it as soon as it appears in shop shelves or whatever) and I found this.
First of all, I was surprised, because I’d seen art where Lance calls Keith ‘samurai’ but I hadn’t remembered the canonicity of the line, and here it is - they’ve just taken down the big insect monster with Keith’s sword work, and everyone is complementing him on it - including Lance.
Lance also happens to have a slight blush going across both cheeks in a way that most of the others don’t, and he isn’t grinning like Pidge is. If anything, his expression is soft, and a variation on the one we see in Beta Traz when talking about Keith doing ‘cool stuff’.
But what I found really interesting was the way that Lance has only just praised Keith (complete with non-insulting nickname!) and he is straight back into attempting to drive the attention back to him.
Literally, the first thing he does is go ‘Maybe you should be saying ‘great job, Lance.’ - and when Keith, who is probably confused as well as annoyed, says ‘I’m the one that formed the sword’, he isn’t just referring to ‘plugging in a bayard’, as Lance puts it. He was also the one who knew what to do with the sword, who was directing the team. In many ways, this is Keith’s specialty.
So basically, Lance does a complete face turn from ‘praising Keith’ to ‘anyone could have done what he did’.
Note that when Keith says that flying a leg can’t be that hard because Hunk flies a leg, he also says ‘sorry, but you always say you’re the worst pilot’, which is less derogatory of him and more stating a point of fact - this is just what they do. There’s nothing amazing about doing what you do.
But the most important part of this for Lance, which no one really picks up on, is the very fact that he says ‘I coordinated a complex pivoting movement with a leg-shaped lion!’. He wants to know that what he is capable of and achieves isn’t taken for granted. He wants, more than anything I think, reassurance.
This is more obvious after having seen Beta Traz, but it’s been here all along.
And it isn’t just that - in that one sentence, there’s this implication that in order to do this, there’s this understanding of pivots. It might not mean much considering we haven’t seen anything of the sort yet other than Lance’s love of making Voltron kick things, but it’s entirely possible his area of science lies more in the traditional mechanics of pulleys, levers and pivots rather than Pidge’s computers or Hunk’s electrical hardware. Which I’d say also explains how he doesn’t understand what Pidge and Hunk are on about when they talk science - his is simply a different area. He might not even be the best at it, but he knows it, and he doesn’t get what they’re good at.
Well, that last bit is just a theory, but it’s an interesting one to go with at least, I hope.
Hi! I just recently visited russia and saw lots of gravestones/flowers/photos on sides of the roads (i suppose for people who have died in car accidents) why does russians bring such stuff on the place those people died? Do you have any stuff about things like that? I found this very interesting since no one does that in my country
Yes, they place
gravestones/flowers/photos were people
died in car accidents.
Here is one with part of the vehicle.
Actually, if you drive any Russian highway you’ll see dozens, dozens of them.
Eventually you’ll just stop count.
Some people believe it’s a huge problem in Russia because they distract drivers and result in new accidents. I also can say that it’s pretty creepy sometimes. Like you drive this highway and you see all these things and you like: “God, what if I’m next?”.
It’s not typically Russian thing though, I believe it called cenotaph, however it’s just very popular to Russia when it comes to car accidents.
I’ll try to find something interesting about it and if I will, I make a post about it.
- deformed antler set (I ended up buying this one, I’ll make a post about things I bought later)
- cow skull with some sort of tacky sealant, and spots that looked like they were drawn on with a sharpie? Also the horns weren’t actually…part of that skull. They had busted holes into each side of the skull, filled them with a dark grey putty, shoved the horns on, and painted around them to match the bone. This whole thing was a mess.
- A Jacob’s sheep skull!!! Sadly not for sale
- a glass cabinet stuffed full of random bones and those keychains with bugs in them. I almost bought a tiny preserved turtle, but I ended up buying a small snapper shell instead
- a caribou and a gnarly looking boar with an impressive mohawk. These cool dudes were in the same building
- an alligator purse!!! It was pretty old and fragile, but if it had been in better working order I would have snatched it up in a heartbeat
- there was also a very sad looking mink that I didnt get a picture of. It was just an empty skin with glass eyes, but they had propped him up with a doll stand. He had on a checkered scarf and was holding a tiny wine bottle and a green helmet. The tag said “Indy 500 themed mink” and it was far too expensive.
I saw a ton of taxidermy this weekend, but these were my favorites lol
X : This post recently came up and it got me thinking… I had actually done some research on this, but never really took out the time to type it all out. And who knows, maybe this has already been discussed and I just didn’t see it. Anyway, I found some interesting stuff…
There is a ballad very similar to what the Weaver was singing. It’s called, The Twa Sisters. There are many variations depending on what culture/region you look at, and even the titles differ. Now, I’m going of mostly by memory from what I researched here, but, for the most part the story is this;
There were two sisters (in some versions there’s a third sister mentioned.) The younger one was fair and beautiful, while the eldest was dark and jealous of her younger sister. In some versions it tells of a suitor who loved the youngest one more, hence the older sister’s jealousy. The older sister convinced her younger sister to go to the sea with her, but ended up pushing her in. The younger sister begged for her help, but the older sister refused, allowing her to drown. Her body floated down the sea, until someone found her (usually a miller). This person/miller then took her body and created a instrument out of her body (usually a harp or violin of sorts). After he had made her body into the instrument, he took it to a merchant’s home to play it for them. The merchants home happened to be the younger sister’s family’s home. When the miller plays the instrument, the younger sister tells or “sings” of her story of being murdered by her older sister. Thus, the older sister is publicly revealed to be the one who murdered her. Some Norwegian and Swedish variants even end with the instrument being broken and the younger sister being resurrected. x
There are even real songs about this story, most of them being called Cruel Sister by Old Blind Dogs. Cruel Sister by Mediaeval Baebes. The Cruel Sister by Ruth Notman. All of them slightly different versions of the song.
Here is the Weaver’s song:
(MAF p. 217-221)
“There were two sisters. they went playing,
To see their father’s ships come sailing …
And when they came unto the sea-brim
The elder did push the younger in.”
Sometimes she sank, sometimes she swam,
’Til her corpse came to the miller’s dam.
But what did he do with her breastbone?
He made him a viol to play on.
What’d he do with her fingers so small?
He made pegs to his viol with all.
And what did he do wither nose-ridge?
Unto his viol he made a bridge.
What did he do with her veins so blue?
He made strings to his viol thereto.
What did he do with her eyes so bright?
On his viol he set at first light.
What did he so with her tongue so rough?
’Twas the new till and it spoke enough.
Then bespake the treble string,
‘O yonder is my father the king.’
Then bespake the second string,
‘O yonder sits my mother the queen.’
Then bespake the strings all three,
‘Yonder is my sister that drowned me.’”
~ Some versions tell of a third sister = Nesta, Elain, Feyre?
In the original stories, it says that the oldest sister killed the youngest, and while Nesta didn’t kill Feyre, she did leave her to fend for herself and go out into the - potentially dangerous - woods.
~ “Their father’s ships come sailing…” = The sisters going to see Mr. Archeron’s ships
As we all know, Feyre’s father was a merchant who lost his fortune after his ships sank on their way to Bharat.
~ Her body floated on down the sea to a miller = Feyre’s journey to Pythian?
This was just my first thought when I read the Weaver’s song…
~ Miller = Tamlin?
So the younger sister makes it all the way down the sea, until her body reaches a miller’s dam. Once the miller finds her, he uses her body (Feyre being used) to make an instrument. And according to SJM/the Weaver, its a viol… very similar to a fiddle, in which Tamlin plays.
(TAR p. 177) “Oh, I can play a mean fiddle…” and then on p. 225, where we see Tamlin actually playing the fiddle.
So if Tamlin = the miller, then Feyre = the viol.
~ The resurrected younger sister
As stated above, some Norwegian and Swedish variants of the story end with the instrument being broken (the 3 trials UTM) and the younger sister resurrected. This could easily be a connection to Feyre’s rebirth into High Fae after dying.
While there are many connections that can be made with Feyre’s story and the Weaver’s song, there could also be some foreshadowing… If you’ve been on Tumblr any, you may have come across some posts theorizing who Feyre’s parents are, specifically her mother… the missing mortal queen?? Or something else?
According to the Weaver’s song, after the youngest sister is turned into an instrument and played, she says “O yonder is my father the king” and “O yonder sits my mother the queen.”
Who is this “king and queen” the Weaver talks about? The missing mortal queen? The King of Hybern? Miryam and Drakon? In a way, Miryam and Drakon could be viewed as a type of king and queen where they live. There’s already many similarities between Miryam/Drakon/Jurian’s story, and Feyre/Rhys/Tamlin’s story. Is Feyre connected to Miryam and Drakon in another way than just similar stories?
I could be looking way too into this, but then again SJM doesn’t put anything in her book without a reason.
I just found some interesting stuff. Marlene tweeted that the answer to the meaning of the Patsy Cline song will be revealed in the finale. The song was “You belong to me” (the song that played when Caleb tried to open the file).
I looked up the lyrics of the song, and when you read them they are clearly emotional, and sound as though something was lost. Then I looked up the meaning of this song, and the history behind it is that it was originally written in the 1950’s about lovers separated in the time of world war 2. This focus was shifted to a more modern meaning, “into a universal song about separated lovers”
Then a screen cap from episode 5x25. The significance of this episode specifically is that it was the only other episode that featured a Patsy Cline song “walking after midnight”. Here are the lyrics if you don’t remember.
So then Spencer says in the scene from 5x25 “no matter what A takes from us, we will never lose our love for each other.”
So, given that Marlene said that this song has emotional meaning, it makes me wonder who will be the one who dies, after seeing that A.D tombstone drawing.
The song is about separated lovers, so we know Emison is out of that mix, so it either has to be Spoby or Haleb. (Maybe Ezria, but I doubt it and here’s why)
In addition to this, there is a proposal/wedding coming up, and I’m assuming it’s not the one we already are aware of (ezria).
Also, Ezra already got shot once so they wouldn’t do that again. I hope. Omg.
Anyway, the writers of this show never do anything by coincidence. Everything is well thought out and planned when filming. And the ONLY scene where this Patsy Cline song played in 7x16 was a Haleb scene.
Could this mean that A.D is going to kill Caleb? That would match the significance of the song, about separated lovers.
Let me know what you guys think! I’ll probably add to this later if you guys have thoughts on it. Feel free to message me with ideas 💡