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lokthaire  asked:

So I have a question if you're willing to divulge the information (and it's perfectly understandable if you don't wish to!), but a friend and I were having a discussion about reptiles and we got talking about Iguanas and although we were both youngish at the time you would see them EVERYWHERE cheap and being panned as these great animals (to ME Iguanas are a reptile for masochists) but anyways, this lead to us realizing that Tegu are starting to become the new iguana.. 1/2


2/2 they’re starting to become readily available, cheap, and have a cool factor to them. So if possible -and any larger reptile owner feel free to add to this! Would you be willing to tell of what your weekly, monthly, and yearly expenses as well as anything else that popped up that you didn’t expect just to show people that it’s not just a cool looking animal but a potentially and certainly expensive reptile to own? I understand this can be a personal topic and understand not wanting to share.

OH MY GOD I FEEL THE SAME WAY tegus really do not need to become the new iguanas. This is a fantastic question and I’m thrilled to answer it.

SO. Weekly expenses… don’t really work out because a lot of purchases are made in bulk (food, etc.) every month or couple of months, but here’s a basic overview of how much things cost the first year I had her. Well. If I’d done things ideally- remember, I was foolish and tried to free roam her. HAD I done things appropriately with a cage, here’s how much it would have been. As it was, I did end up spending more than this trying to make free roaming work. Which most of the time it absolutely does not and I’m glad I stopped when I did.

Enclosure- I spent about 130ish on the grow tent and another 60ish bucks in materials to fix it up. That is absolutely the cheapest tegu setup you can make, and it’s not ideal for everyone- most enclosures you should plan for the 600+ dollar range. A PVC cage from a place like BeegerBoxes runs about a grand. I buy two 60 dollar lightbulbs a year, plus another 11 for her halogens and 10 for her CHE. The four dome lights cost me about 60 in total. The substrate I use costs 66 bucks every time the entire thing gets changed out. The swimming pool was about 25 and her water dish was I wanna say like… 20? Her big fake log was 35 and… ok I have no idea how much that footstool she stole is, but the crinkle tube was about 10 bucks. 

Total initial setup cost: 527 (in nearly ALL cases it will be more, I just lucked out with the grow tent idea.)

Then there’s vet checks! I needed a carrier, and the one I liked best (has a harness clip, comfy fleece pad, and places for heat packs if necessary) ran me about 35. I spent about 80 a visit and she goes at least once a year.  But wait! She hurt her lip! Add another 200 in followup visits and medication! I keep a few hundred bucks in an emergency savings account for vet visits. That’s non-negotiable. I put that aside in the first year I had her- it’s sitting pretty at 400 plus interest. 

By the end of the first few months, I’d spent about $832. Factoring in the savings account, that’s $1232. That’s not even including Juju OR the nonessentials. All the extra stuff? That cost more.

Then the food. I have some receipts for this- in the first year alone, Kaiju ate about 60 dollars’ worth of rats, about 100 dollars’ worth of reptilinks, and god only knows how much fruits, veggies, fish, and other stuff I could get at the grocery store. Let’s call the annual food bill 240? I might be lowballing that. So by the end of the first year, that puts her at like… $1492. Almost fifteen hundred dollars in the first year alone. Over twelve months, that works out to about $124 a month. Putting that in perspective: that’s about the cost of two additional Comcast bills. It’s like paying for two extra internet connections from a company that sees price gouging as a way of life. Can you afford two extra Comcast bills an entire month for a year? If no, then probably don’t get a tegu.

Now, that does peter down over the years- I don’t start from scratch every summer. But I do change out that bedding four times a year (or more if she doesn’t brumate), and I do buy two new MVBs every year- those are the 60 dollar lightbulbs. And she still eats probably about 300 dollars of food a year. She also gets an annual wellness visit. So that makes the minimum yearly cost about $764 (the ASPCA averages small dogs to be about $580 per year, to put that in perspective) and that’s again not counting extra stuff I buy to make her life more interesting. That’s about $64 a month… which is almost one additional Comcast bill. Can you afford an additional Comcast bill every month for the next 10+ years? Tegus are not cheap pets to maintain; to have a good quality of life, they need some seriously good care. There’s ways to do it cheaper, but if you’re impulse-buying a big reptile, you very likely do not have the know-how to do safely! You can certainly breed and grow much of your own food- that’ll help save money- but that also has initial startup costs, and requires the time and space that a lot of people just don’t have. I’m not saying they aren’t amazing pets- I mean, Juju’s the best thing to ever happen to me- but I am saying that they’re a commitment that shouldn’t be undertaken lightly.

And THEN there’s another monthly cost: Energy bills. Mine are included in my rent so I don’t actually know how much that is. So I can’t be much help there, unfortunately!  But that can get really expensive.

TL,DR: First year? Two extra Comcast bills per month. Rest of her life? One extra Comcast bill per month. If you can’t commit to that, then don’t get a tegu.

6

Inej looked at her strange crew, barefoot and shivering in their soot-stained prison uniforms, their features limned by the golden light of the dome, softened by the mist that hung in the air. What bound them together? Greed? Desperation? Was it just the knowledge that if one or all of them disappeared tonight, no one would come looking? 

Movies that End in a Kiss

Relationship: Dean x Reader
Rating: Teens and up.
Warnings: None.
A/N: There is an author’s note at the end because I don’t want to spoil anything.

~3.5k words

Summary: You tell Dean you’re in love with him exactly three times.

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You tell Dean Winchester you love him three times.

Well no, you’ve said it more often than that growing up with him and Sam, taken in by John at a young enough age that the Winchesters are the only family you’ve ever really known. The only one you can remember, anyway. That’s what I love you has meant so far. It meant you’re my family, I’d die for you too and I’m here.

That’s the brothers’ way of saying it, to you, to each other. Never ones for ‘chick flick moments’ or at least that’s what Dean had decided. Jerk. Bitch. Loser.

That’s not the kind of ‘I love you’ being addressed here. You tell Dean you’re in love with him exactly three times.

The first, in true (honorary)Winchester fashion, happens while you’re dying. Of course, it takes a demon taking a bite out of your jugular to man up and fess up. You’re at the end of your rope, out of time. If you’re ever going to tell Dean, it’s now.

You open your mouth but he shushes you.

“Don’t talk,” he says.

I love you, you think as hard as you can, your eyes going wide as though that will help convey the message. Like you could communicate it telepathically or he could read the words in your irises.

Dean misunderstands. He presses the blue, now blood-black, bandana more firmly onto your fatal wound. “Don’t be scared. Sam’s breaking the angel warding right now and Cas is going to get his feathery ass in here and he’s going to heal you up and then we’ll go get burgers and that’ll be that.”

“Dean,” you rasp.

“Okay fine, we’ll go to a twenty-four-hour breakfast place.”

You chortle out a broken sound and wince immediately but the pain blurs along with everything else. You’ve lost a lot of blood, you know because you’re laying in it.

Dean taps your face and it isn’t gentle. “Hey, hey, stay with me, Loser. Don’t be a wimp, I bet it doesn’t even hurt.”

You chuckle again and say, “Only when I laugh.”

“Well then we’re screwed. I’m a very funny guy.” Dean lets out his own small laugh and grins down at you.

You think it doesn’t hurt at all when he’s the one laughing. That sound could erase all your pains and aches. It has many times before. Has made very bad situations, very dark times, just a little better, just a little easier. His smile isn’t half bad either.

The sunlight spills into the space from the open barn doors behind you, hitting Dean’s face in a way that’s making him hard to see, a little hard to look at. He’s lit up like a greek hero might be. Teary eyes shiny and twinkling in the light, hair more blond than brown as the rays filter through it, his skin goddamn glimmers like bronzed gold. Or maybe that’s just your vision that’s starting to go. Spots dance somewhere between your face and Dean’s so this must be it.

“I love you, Dean,” you say because you think it’s the last thing you’ll ever speak and there are no words more important.

You vaguely hear Dean laugh a broken sound, you think you hear him say Cas’ name, something touches you (other than Dean that has his arms around you), everything tingles and everything goes dark.

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Finding Home - 5

Chapter 5

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When two worlds collide and life is turned upside down, you’re faced with the reality that you may not be able to make it back home again to the one you love. But then a familiar face shows you that love can span more than just one universe; it can cross them all.

Pairing: Castiel x Reader, AU Cas x Reader

Warning: There will be some angst, but this is more of a love story told with the ups and downs of what two people have to go through to find each other again, and the love that could be lost along the way. There will also be some strong language and light sexual references. It’s a slow burn this time.

Word Count: 3,137

Some music for your imagination - (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9G0-4TWwew)

Chapter 1   Chapter 2   Chapter 3   Chapter 4   Chapter 5  Chapter 6

Chapter 7   Chapter 8   Chapter 9  Chapter 10  Chapter 11  Epilogue

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“Son of a bitch,” you grinned as you looked at the brothers. Sam’s eyes widened at the comment, and Dean smirked.

“I already like you,” Dean quipped, and offered his hand to you “Dean Winchester.” You shook his hand and tried your damnedest not to laugh at them.

Dean wasn’t dressed like the other teachers. He wore a white tshirt and a pair of well-worn jeans with workboots.

“Sorry about that,” you smiled.

“Not at all,” Dean replied “You might be just what Cas needs; get him to loosen up a bit.”

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UPDATED 3.0 with MORE PROOF:“I’ll come back for you, sweetheart” - Who Said It and When?

I know I already posted a couple of pages of the TFA novel, but I want to focus on the following facts:

  • That the lines “Stay here. I’ll come back for you.” and “I’ll come back, sweetheart. I promise.” were spoken NOT in Jakku, but in a snowy forest, presumably Starkiller Base, and spoken by a voice that was CALM, KIND and EERILY familiar, from BEHIND Rey
  • That Rey then TURNED AROUND and searched for the source of the voice, and ended up running into Kylo Ren

So this got me thinking, and I might be doing a bit of reaching here, that the voice was not a member of her family. But rather, it was KYLO REN.

She heard a voice speak those words behind her. She turns around and finds Kylo Ren.

POINTS TO PONDER:

UPDATED: Pablo Hidalgo himself has said that the line was spoken by a MAN’S VOICE. Note that he mentioned a MAN, not a boy.

You can read the twitter post here. Read his interactions with other users there as well, it’s pretty interesting. 

Also, the use of the term ‘sweetheart’. While this is not uncommon, it’s a term Han often used on his wife Leia, and it could be something that Ben/Kylo picked up on.

Now, while it can be taken as more evidence of Ben Solo being the one or at least one of the people who left Rey in Jakku (and I do have a theory about it which is my current favorite theory), what if this wasn’t a vision of the past?

Remember that the Force Vision Rey saw is a mixture of several different things: past, present and future events.

So what if Kylo Ren actually speaks those words to her, not in the past, but in the far future? Perhaps by the end of Episode VIII or even sometime in Episode IX? 

Much as I still love the idea of Ben leaving her in Jakku and saying those words, I’m seeing that there’s a lot more sense for these words to be spoken in the future and why they weren’t included in the movie’s Force vision.

In that same twitter exchange with Pablo H. about the voice in Rey’s vision, one user pointed out that it couldn’t have been any of Rey’s family, because according to the book “Rey’s Story”, she has no memory of her family. She does however have a memory of Kylo Ren’s voice especially after her encounters with him in Starkiller Base. One particular passage strikes a chord:

This is the same book, the junior novelization, in which Kylo’s voice was soft, described as though he cared. In the force vision, the man’s voice was described again as calm, kind, eerily familiar. I just can’t help but make the connection.

Now I’m having a head canon wherein there’s one dangerous mission or another, or they’re infiltrating Snoke’s castle or whatever, then Kylo turns to Rey and says “Stay here. I’ll come back for you.” Her eyes widen as she remembers him speaking those words in her Force vision, and she starts to protest, but he kisses her silent, pulls back and says, “I’ll come back, sweetheart. I promise.”

*is dead*

UPDATE: 06/25/16

I just recently did a follow up video for this theory due to recent information that has been brought to my attention by @ mrsariayoureakiller

If you haven’t seen the previous theory, please click on the link in the video above. In a nutshell, that theory posits that the voice which said “Stay here. I’ll come back for you.” and “I’ll come back sweetheart, I promise.” was either Ben Solo in the past after leaving Rey in Jakku, or it is a future event, in which Kylo Ren will say that to Rey perhaps during a mission to infiltrate Snoke’s castle. Again, I highly encourage you to check out that theory so you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, mrsariayoureakiller has brought up further proof that may drive home the fact that it will definitely be Kylo Ren who will be saying these two lines to Rey in the future. The proof is found in both the Junior and Adult Novelization.

Here is the passage from page 35 of the junior novelization:

Stay here. I’ll come back for you, sweetheart. I promise.

“Yes, I’m here, I’m here!” Rey shouted. Her eyes popped open and she looked around the walker. BB-8’s dome lights glowed on low illumination. The doors were shut. Nothing in her home was out of place.

As always, there was no figure to the voice.

She’d been haunted by a dream. Or a nightmare. At this point in her life, she couldn’t decide what it was. All she knew was the voice came and went as it pleased, sometimes staying absent for months. But when she least expected it, the voice would return, never leaving her alone permanently. Never.

Now let’s compare it to page 178 of the adult novelization:

Turning to run in the other direction, she caught herself just in time as a shuttle touched down nearby. Without the slightest hesitation, the cloaked figure of Kylo Ren emerged and strode forward to join the battle. A stunned Rey could only track him with her eyes. She had seen this man before, in a daydream. In a nightmare.

In regards to the novels, Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm group has already stated that the printed materials like the junior and adult novelization are considered canon, with some scenes available only in one or the other. With these two being canon, it is very interesting that Kylo Ren is described in much the same way as the voice that had been haunting Rey both in dreams and in nightmares.

Again, I highly encourage you to check out the first theory I put out for this one, as well as my other theory, which posits that Rey was left in Jakku by both Ben and Luke. Any initial questions you may have should be answered in those two videos. 

Thanks again to @mrsariayoureakiller for bringing this awesome tidbit to my attention because it’s an intersting addition to the mounting evidence that the lives of Kylo Ren and Rey are far more intertwined than we realize.