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Today on ‘I’m Gonna Cry over Fanart’

I’ve only ever fallen in love twice: with big city and small town.
     I met big city at a bar (of course), and he offered to buy me a drink (of course), and then I didn’t see him for three whole months. That’s just how big city works. But when he called, I was young enough to think the nervous pit in my stomach meant something good. Big city was older than me, and richer than me, and had a white collar  job with a personal assistant. He liked to talk about important things like finances and politics and himself. But that was ok because big city was cool. He showed me all about the world, like smoking and fucking and staying out too late. Before I met him, I was small and shy. I had bangs. Big city liked that about me, he said. Liked that I was so much more than I seemed. And then, five weeks later, he told me he loved me, and I believed him.
     But big city was also fast and sharp and full of dark alleys where men in trench coats auctioned off black magic. Full of prettier people and power. I was only 19 at the time, just a kid, and big city took everything I had, chewed it up, and spat me back out on the concrete. He smiled with all of his teeth and told me we’d had a fun run. I went to therapy for weeks, and big city was engaged six months later to a woman with a loud mouth and no bangs.
     But I’ve fallen in love twice. 
     And small town came along just like big city, only many years later. He asked for my number at a bar and laughed too loud when I said no. I thought it was because he was cocky, but I found out later that he always laughs too loud when he's nervous. And God was he nervous. But I said no, and he laughed too loud, and then I didn’t see him for three whole months. Until his friend and my friend got engaged and we had to moonwalk down the isle at their wedding. He offered to buy me a drink, and I said yes, but only because it was an open bar. One drink, two drinks, three, four fivesixseveen. We talked about our families, and did the YMCA, and passed out in my hotel room.
     And small town held me when I cried and owned a little cafe that did well enough to pay the bills, and small town smiled. He let me tell him about the world. He liked holding hands and Harry Potter. Small town talked dirty and shut down the cafe some days so we could spend all afternoon naked in bed. And we held each other just as tight. Small town met my parents before saying I love you and when he said it, he really meant it. He smelled like warm bread and pine trees, and when small town talked, it was about important things like good books and insecurities and the future.
     And here’s the thing, being with him wasn’t anything like being with anyone else. It was like coming home after traveling the world. Knowing all the rooms by heart. Laying in your childhood bed and thinking, this is it, kiddo. You fucking did it. And maybe for you it’s big city or small town or someone else entirely. I think maybe we fall in love everyday, but sometimes it's different. Sometimes it’s everything. Just trust that it’s out there. Please, please. Just wait for your homecoming.
—  everything I know about love

Stimming on one of my favorite Disneyland ridess, “it’s a small world”. Showers is just the best companion ever and helps me cope a lot. Feeling her softness is just super comforting and calming, which is a happy stim. Disneyland is so much fun for her, and she overjoyed to visit once more! 💖💕🌧🌎

Batfamily Dream Pets

I’ve been thinking about what kinds of pets my little children would get if given the opportunity, and eventually it turned into this. So… yeah.

Dick: I think he would get a Golden Retriever, since they are so energetic and loving, just like he is. I can imagine him outside with a teensy puppy, throwing around a tennis ball and having a grand old time. And gosh knows this boy needs a companion who is as hyper and cute as he.

Barbara: Babs I feel would really enjoy a parrot. They would more or less complete each other, what with she being confined to a wheelchair and a bird having the freedom to go wherever it wants. Plus, she would like the colorful feathers and the few words and phrases it can say. The best part is she could teach it to curse people out, so whenever she gets mad at Bruce or Dick she could just snap her fingers and that bird will throw all kinds of shade while she just has the most smug face in history.

Jason: Jaybird would so be a cat person. Their personalities are pretty much the same. Independent, good at holding grudges, irritating, and unbelievably adorable. And I feel like Jason would have nightmares nearly every night, so being able to snuggle with his cat when he needs comforting would be perfect for him. And cats are good at taking care of themselves, so he knows it will be okay when he goes on patrol and stuff. Plus, Roy and Kori would absolutely love coming over to see his kitten. He would probably adopt a stray he finds on patrol all alone in an alley, just like the way he used to live when he was younger. It’s like fate.

Cass: Bunnies are quiet, cute, and active, just like Cass. She would probably love to cuddle with her pet rabbit, stroking its fur, and I just know they would be good companions for each other. They don’t make much noise, so Cass could identify with the animal through that. And it would be good for her to have a small creature who’s so sweet and innocent, after the life she had for so long. It would prove that there’s still good in the world, which she needs.

Tim: Two words. Sugar Glider. Teeny tiny little squirrels who are small enough to fit in one’s pocket and have the ability to fly all around the room. Absolutely perfect for Tim, since he too is small, adorable, too precious for this world, and a bird but at the same time not a bird. He could bring it to work at WE with him, keeping it in his pocket so he can play with it when he gets bored during a meeting or something. Bffs!

Stephanie: Steph would 100% have a pet bat. Not only for the obvious reasons, but also because seriously? Have you not seen how cute those little sky puppies are? She would love having a cute fluffy little Not Bird, especially because being the embodiment of sass she is, she could troll Bruce with it. Being all “Hey B, look. I found your long lost cousin!” or “why can’t you be all fluffy and adorable like your winged relatives?”. And she of course would have a teeny leash for it, so she could bring it shopping and stuff.

Damian: This kid already has Batcow, Titus, Jerry the Turkey, Alfred the Cat, and Goliath. He’s good for now.

[Edit: I forgot Goliath when I first posted this, but someone was awesome and reminded me :) ]

@pkaykim missed the sign up for oofuri secret santa, so I make a small sketch as compensation (since they did a super cute sketch of mihashi even though they didn’t participate!) I hope you will like it, even if it’s just a small thing! C: also the world can never have enough happy, warm mihashis in big sweaters.

  • Zuko: Nobody knows the trouble I've seen...Nobody knows my sorrow...
  • Azula: Oh Zuzu! Do lighten up! Sing something with a little...bounce in it.
  • Zuko: It's a small world after all!
  • Azula: No! No! ANYTHING but that...
  • Zuko: I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts-dee-dee-dee-dee-There they are just standing in a row!
  • Azula and Zuko: Big ones! Small ones! Some as big as your head!

He treats each book with an amount of care that surprises him; his hands are too used to fighting, but this is a task made for gentle ones, and so Levi learns to gentle his.

Every title feels like an earned piece of Erwin’s soul, every gilded spine is a revelation of something new. I thought I knew, he catches himself thinking, turning books over in his hands, thumbing through their soft pages as Erwin, once, must have done. It’s a selfish thought, but Levi is a selfish man. It’s why no one else is here to help him with the task.

It’s a slow task, made slower as Levi sinks in his thoughts. The air in the room is thick and golden, glittering with motes of dust in the lazy shine of the sun.

“Are you done yet?” a voice breaks his concentration. Levi looks to it.

There are good things in this world, he reminds himself, even after so many years he spent thinking there weren’t. Erwin smiles down at him.

“You know,” he says, looking around them, at all of the books put away in boxes and all of the ones that still aren’t, “I don’t think I’ve read half of these yet.”

“There’ll be time,” Levi tells him.

“Yes,” Erwin agrees softly, “there’ll be time.”

In a small house by the sea, with its windows thrown open and a neat garden in the back, there is just that.

Mars, Ceres, Vesta

That bright, ruddy star you’ve recently noticed rising just after sunset isn’t a star at all. That’s Mars, the Red Planet. Mars is now near its 2014 opposition (April 8) and closest approach (April 14), looping through the constellation Virgo opposite the Sun in planet Earth’s sky. Clearly outshining bluish Spica, alpha star of Virgo, Mars is centered in this labeled skyview from early April, that includes two other solar system worlds approaching their opposition. On the left, small and faint asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres are seen near star Tau Virginis. But you’ll just have to imagine NASA’s Dawn spacecraft cruising between the small worlds. Having left Vesta in September of 2012, Dawn's ion engine has been steadily driving it to match orbits with Ceres, scheduled to arrive there in February 2015. Of course, you can also look near Mars for the Moon opposite the Sun in Earth’s sky on the night of April 14/15 … and see a total lunar eclipse.

Image credit & copyright: Tunç Tezel (TWAN)