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Happy 36th birthday, Christopher Robert Evans! (June 13, 1981)

Brains are just noisy. We analyze the past, we worry about the future. Our consciousness is very spread out, and as a result, it’s hard to stay present. And if you can kind of stay present and know that that’s all that you have in life — life is just a series of nows — if you can kind of surrender to that, you can never lose.

famous artists ask

picasso: would you rather sleep on the moon with a stardust dress or on a tiny flower with a sunflower dress?
van gogh: where is your go-to positive place when you’re feeling down/sad and what do you usually do?
warhol: what is something that you possess that you’ll never give away/sell despite how much the cost?
da vinci: describe your dream wedding.
monet: where will you take your significant other in a date?
kahlo: what is a pro-tip/lesson that you learned from your past?
michelangelo: do you show your teeth when you smile? do you squint your eyes?
matisse: how do you express your love to your friends/family/significant other?
kandinsky: would you rather be a silky angel or a lacy princess… or a princess angel?
degas: in a garden full of all sorts of flowers, which one will you pick?
klee: in a library full of books, which five will you never get sick of rereading?
klimt: how many languages do you speak? what is/are it/they?
seurat: if you can wear only one color with different shades for the rest of your life, which one is it, and why?
vermeer: which of your qualities make you a dream girl?
harring: what is your all-time favorite band, movie, and painting?
munch: what is your medium in art? is that medium your first love?
renoir: is you heart occupied right now? describe him/her/them.
gauguin: what is one thing that reminds you of childhood?
manet: describe your ultimate summer get-away!
botticelli: what is that one moment in your life that makes you feel proud?
cézanne: what is your favorite christmas cookie?

Zodiac descriptions based on people I know

Aries: Stubborn. Very independent, glamorous, makes everyone jealous. Kind of reserved when it comes to feelings but values family. Headstrong and kind of stubborn. Simultaneously mature and childish.

Taurus: Reserved. Kind of dopey but in a good way. Enjoys life, pretty lenient up to a point - after that point they will take no shit. Confident and down to earth. Simultaneously aggressive and laid back.

Gemini: Emotional. Very social, especially with strangers, but gets tired of people sometimes. Impulsive, makes rushed choices, changes their mind a lot. Prone to up-and-down emotions. Simultaneously needy and detached.

Cancer: Protective. Very loving and forgiving. The best at making you feel safe and comfortable. Hides emotions from people they aren’t close to. Makes jokes about stuff that’s hard for them in order to get over it. Family oriented. Caring. Simultaneously loving and hot-headed.

Leo: Confident. Fashionable, funny, not a bad bone in their body. Makes close friends and lasting connections, is very good at keeping friendships. Understanding and non judgemental. Becomes annoyed quickly but is accepting anyway. Simultaneously forgiving and short-fused.

Virgo: Selfless. The best at advice, funny and understanding. Won’t usually take sides and is quickly protective of friends. Pretty reserved and finds humour in the little things. Close to family and over-involved but in a good way. Simultaneously level-headed and turbulent.

Libra: Defensive. Chilled out, loving, lighthearted. Quick to take sides and judgemental but overall friendly. Prone to lying. Usually happy but there’s more to them than they let on. Very loyal, easily manipulated, gullible and understanding. Simultaneously two-faced and open.

Scorpio: Fun-Loving. Excitable, gullible and sarcastic. Loves attention but won’t deliberately seek it. Kind of shy with their feelings, but opens up to close friends. Confident and funny, will always be smiling. Protective. Simultaneously arrogant and shy.

Sagittarius: Conflicted. Social butterfly, is very loud and a little bit ditzy. Knows where they stand on most things. Is always joking around but can be serious when they want to be. Calculated, makes impulsive decisions but thinks about them a lot afterwards. Emotional. Simultaneously jokey and serious.

Capricorn: Laid-Back. Confident, especially among friends. Could talk for England. Makes a lot of jokes and lasting connections, good at long-distance friendships. Kind of flighty and struggles to commit. Wings it a lot. Simultaneously careless and precise.

Aquarius: Adaptable. Very lovable, has at least 2 different circles of friends. Good at cheering people up, hard to hate. Needs to connect more emotionally, tends to be reserved when it comes to personal stuff. Good at maintaining relationships, rarely argues. Simultaneously goofy and mature.

Pisces: Ambitious. Has huge dreams but is hesitant to chase them. Under-appreciates themselves, loyal, good to talk to. Is the kind of person that you call/calls you at midnight just to talk about life. Finds it hard to focus, thinks deeply, is good at relationships. Tends to have a bit of a short fuse but is very forgiving. Simultaneously down-to-earth and dopey.

@hellogarbagetime wanted to be mean to Tony, so here is Commander Rogers forgetting about Tony’s b-day. Happy birthday, Tony, enjoy.


Steve stumbled into his room, utterly exhausted. He looked at the pile of paperwork awaiting him and the vision of spending yet another evening on it was almost more painful than the bruises from his last Secret Avengers mission. It needed to be done, though, so he stripped out of his uniform and took a quick, hot shower to ease the lingering pain. Then, he splashed his face with cold water, and sat down to sign everything that needed signing.

When he was done, he looked at the clock and saw it was after nine … and he was late. He sighed. He was supposed to meet up with Tony, just pizza and movies, working on rebuilding their friendship—and he didn’t want not to go; everything between them was so fragile still.

But he was so tired. He’d probably just fall asleep and then Tony would be upset. He would be late anyway.

He fired off a quick text to Tony. Sorry, Shellhead, I’m beat—mind if I take a rain check on this movie?

The read icon flashed almost immediately, so he waited until Tony’s reply.

And waited.

Tony usually texted so fast Steve barely had time to look away from his screen when he finished his own message.

He’d gotten worried before Tony finally texted back, Sure. Just one word.

Huh. Maybe Tony forgot about their meeting himself, cooped up in his workshop. Steve was too exhausted to consider it further. He switched off his phone and went to sleep.

***

The following days, Steve was too busy between SHIELD and the occasional Avenging to write to Tony. Tony should understand, Steve excused himself, he was rebuilding his company, he knew what it was like to juggle too many jobs.

Mostly, Steve was scared of messing something else up. It was easier if Tony reached out first.

But Tony didn’t.

***

Steve was channel-surfing when he spotted Tony on tv and focused on the program.  Tony talked about Stark Resilient, their plans for the RT-powered car and more RT-tech in the future. Steve watched him fondly. He always liked seeing Tony talk about his projects. His whole face came alive, and he gestured, obviously excited.

“And that’s all for tonight,” the presenter said finally. “Thank you, Mister Stark – and we hope you had a good birthday!”

Tony smiled, but there was something off about it: he was no longer enthusiastic. This was his perfected press smile and Steve hated it. “Thank you.”

What could—

Oh. Oh.

Tony’s birthday.

Steve didn’t have to look at the calendar to confirm his sudden horrible realisation.

Of all the days he could’ve blown Tony off—he was an idiot. And he hadn’t even realised. Good job rebuilding friendship, Rogers.

He had to make it up to Tony.

His mind went into tactical mode. His first thought was, of course, to throw Tony the best party ever, but he discarded it quickly. Tony hadn’t prepared a party this year, no; he’d just invited Steve in for a quiet night.

Steve swallowed. He’d just invited Steve. Tony wanted to spend time on his birthday with Steve and Steve only.

Steve really hoped he wasn’t misinterpreting it.

***

Steve showed up on Tony’s doorstep the next day, a cardboard box with the sweetest chocolate cake he could find in New York in one hand, and a bouquet of red and richly yellow roses in the other.

“Wow,” Tony said at his sight. “Did I miss something?”

“I did,” Steve said. “I’m sorry.”

Tony shrugged. “No big deal,” he said, but he wasn’t looking at Steve. “I know you’re busy. I might not remember the job, but—”

I’m sorry,” Steve repeated. “I should’ve remembered.” He offered the flowers to Tony. “Happy birthday.”

Tony seemed uncertain as he accepted them, but he smiled. “I appreciate the colours,” he said, turning to walk inside.

“I also have a cake,” Steve said, following Tony.

“I hope you realise this means I’ll subject you to a Star Trek marathon while we eat every last crumble,” Tony joked.

“I hoped for that,” Steve said honestly. “And …”

He hesitated. He never used to hesitate with Tony, but maybe that was a good thing, maybe there could be a new beginning here too.

Tony put the flowers in a vase and turned to Steve, raising an eyebrow. “And?”

Don’t be a coward, Rogers.

Steve leant in and pressed a quick kiss to Tony’s lips before he could talk himself out of it.

Tony stared at him, wide-eyed and silent.

“I—” Steve started saying, but Tony shook his head to stop him.

“That’s your idea of a late birthday gift?” he asked.

Steve wasn’t sure what to say.

“You could at least make it a proper kiss,” Tony said. “If it’s the only one—”

“No,” Steve said. “Not the only one. Just the first.”

And then he leant in for the second. Tony met him half-way.

I honestly love seeing people post pages and talking about the CU books because unfortunately for me, I never got the chance to read them. So gathering all this info helped me learn that:

-George wears a tie because it scares bullies and protects him and Harold

-George has short hair because Harold cut it for him

-Melvin is an asshole because the author knew a kid exactly like him

-Harold isn’t really that good in school while George is the opposite

-Krupp is Jewish

-Poopypants died like 3 times

-Harold is a diva because he’s gay

Shiro Headcanons
  • Watched Inuyasha as a kid. And Naruto. Lots of 90s/00s shonen anime, actually, which is a good seven decades old to him.
    • Really misses coffee.
    • May or may not have a soft spot for Irish Coffee.
    • Don’t tell Commander Holt, he’d be disappointed 
  • Once set a pot of water on fire in the Castle’s kitchen and then blamed it on Keith when Hunk asked for an explanation.
    • “The Red Lion is pretty well-aligned to fire, so it might give its paladin some abilities in that regard.”
    • Keith has never felt so betrayed.
  • He can waltz, but that’s about it for ballroom dances. Every time he tries something faster, or with even a hint of syncopation, he trips over his own feet.
    • Allura thinks it’s funny.
    • He can somehow breakdance, though? Everyone is very ??? about this.
      • “HOW?”
        “I mean, it’s not choreographed, so…”
        “That doesn’t exactly explain anything!”
  • One time, Coran caught him just standing in an empty room and screaming while holding his head between his hands. Not because of a flashback of anything, just screaming wordlessly at a wall for stress release. They don’t talk about it.
  • Can do a catwalk strut. In five-inch heels. He’s proven it to the team but still hasn’t explained why, when, or how he learned to do it.
  • Can flirt extraordinarily well for a mission. Cannot flirt with someone he’s actually interested in to save his life, unless it’s literally to save his life.
  • Almost instituted a swear jar out of sheer annoyance with the paladins deliberately misusing curse words, but relented when Keith suggested they also make an ‘unnecessary death jokes’ jar.
    • “It was one time, Keith. I don’t make that many jokes.”
    • “The last time Hunk asked if you were craving something, both you and Lance said ‘the sweet release of death.’ You make so many morbid jokes that you’ve infected Lance! Lance! He’s, like, the peppiest guy in existence!”
  • Has considered trying to challenge Hunk to an arm-wrestling contest.
    • Hasn’t actually gone through with it.
  • Once mistook Pidge for Matt while super dazed right after coming out of a cryopod. They haven’t talked about it.
  • Had to bargain with Coran for shaving supplies. Coran thinks that Shiro should be growing out his facial hair. Shiro vehemently disagrees.
"I'm not your blind date but you came over and I was eating alone so I went with it and now you're calling me by a different name" AU

I found this prompt on a Tumblr blog but I accidentally deleted the post and now I can’t find the prompt anymore

Lena was sitting alone. She twirled the neck of the wine glass in her left hand, her phone in her right as she responded to work emails. Jess kicked her out of the office almost an hour ago, going on about how she shouldn’t be working on her birthday and she deserved one day off for herself. Problem is Lena always had days to herself. Her days were always “her” days if she didn’t have anyone to share them with. She looked down at the red rose on the table before her, Jess’ gift to her, and let herself smile slightly. Jess was a good assistant, she meant well, and she seemed to care when no one else did.

So that’s why she listened and came here to this restaurant when she really wanted to finish responding to her emails and get a head start on tomorrow’s project. The place wasn’t the fanciest she’s been, but she wasn’t about to go to one of the high-class places she frequented when she didn’t have a date. It was nice enough: low lighting, decent wine selection, and she got a small booth in the back so no one would bother her. Her plan was to come out, grab a quick bite, and then finish work at home.

She was so focused on her phone that she hadn’t noticed the woman walk up to her booth. There was a small tap on her shoulder then, and she was slightly annoyed that anyone would interrupt her when she purposely picked this booth to avoid being bothered. She turned to look up quickly, an annoyed “Can I help you?” on the tip of her tongue, when she came face-to-face with a literal angel, the words dying before they formed. Her jaw went slack as she took in the stunning being before her.

The woman had the bluest eyes Lena had ever seen, even under the minimal lighting of the place and the black rimmed glasses she wore. Her hair fell in soft golden waves, across the shoulders of her beige jacket and blue top. She had a pair of black pants that hugged her hips and a nice pair of boots to match. She looked dressed up, yet still casual, and it suddenly made Lena feel self-conscious about the tight fitting black dress and tight ponytail she wore.

“It was supposed to be yellow,” the woman said, pointing at the flower on the table.

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Favorite Writing Things: Seven Year Pens

From time to time I wanted to share a few of my favorite writing-related products.  The top item on my list is, without a doubt, the Seven Year Pen from Seltzer Goods. 

I bought my first Seven Year Pen from a book store a little over three years ago with the promise that this pen is supposed to have 7 years worth of ink. I was skeptical. As someone who writes in a notebook every single day, I go through a lot of pens. I have seen favorite pens run dry more times than I can count. I’ve tried refilling some, but more often than not, it isn’t worth the effort. So buying this pen, I figured if it even lasts a year, it’s worth it. (Now, keep in mind, I was coming off a gel pen kick where I was going through a new pen every 3 days to a week. I’ve switched to ballpoint pens just because they last longer.)

Three years later, it’s my favorite pen and even more, it’s lasted three years. Over the past few years, I’ve collected more than a few of these pens, in part because I liked the first one so much and I’m in the habit of misplacing things regularly, but I can say, it’s lasted longer than any pen I’ve ever used and it writes so well. It’s durable, cute, and comfortable to grip. As far as writing with it, it works just about as nicely as any regular pen does. It just works for significantly longer, which is really fantastic. 

To date, I haven’t replaced the ink in the pen I bought three years ago. It’s the one pen I use most, and while it doesn’t look quite as bright and shiny as the day I bought it, it’s traveled with me across the country, out of the country, gotten thrown in purses, suitcases, backpacks. The design on it is a little faded, but it works like new and that’s all that’s mattered to me.

Now more often, I buy these pens as gifts (or really, something to throw on top of a gift or go with a nice journal). They’re cute, durable, and they last. No joke, this is my top recommendation for any writer. 

Pens shown above:  Unicorn Pen  |  Whale Pen  |   Lightning Bolt Pen  |   Note to Self Pen