I made a few different lists of routines and other things to help me because I really am not motivated to do anything anymore. I usually am able to do things if I break them down into smaller parts (if I just look at a task such as “you need to clean your room” and all I see is a giant mess, i get super overwhelmed and end up doing nothing) so I did and I’m hoping to refer back to these every day and make changes if I need to, but this is a start.
🌿- Wake up @ 9:30
🌿- Brush hair/teeth
🌿- Wash face
🌿- Lotion legs
🌿- Get dressed
🌿- Do makeup
🌿- Make and eat breakfast
🌿- Drink a glass of water
🌿- Go for walk with Honey (don’t forget Fitbit)
🌿- Drink a glass of water
🌿- Work on orders
🌿- Tidy room
🌿- Water plants
🌿- Drink a glass of water
🌿- Do at LEAST 20 mins yoga
🌿- Take orders to post office
✨- Wash face
✨- Brush teeth
✨- Brush hair
✨- Braid hair
✨- Lotion face, skin, body
✨- Make tea
✨- Read poetry/ tarot
✨- Light lavender essential oils
Steps to a clean room:
💕- Pick up all the trash
💕- Empty/ throw away all Diet Coke cups
💕- Bring dishes downstairs
💕- Pick up all dirty clothes/ put downstairs
💕- Clear off the bed of stuff
💕- Pick up the floor
💕- Make the bed
💕- vacuum the floor
💕- Spray plants for bugs
Steps to a clean craft room:
🌻- Pick up all fur scraps, trash
🌻- Put all fur away
🌻- Put ribbon away
🌻- Clean up floor
🌻- Put things where they belong
🌻- Clean off desk
Steps to a clean bathroom:
💧- Pick up all clothes from floor
💧- Clean stuff off counter
💧- Empty trash
💧- Wipe down counter
🥑- Sweet potato & avocado
🥑- A banana
🥑- A mango
🥑- Unicorn yogurt bark
🥑- Cheese and pretzels
🥑- Rice and eggs w/ avocado
🥑- Chicken and rice soup
🥑- Chicken cilantro wontons
🥑- Baked potato
🥑- Banana/egg pancake w/ peanut butter
🥑- Oatmeal with fresh fruit
🥑- Scrambled eggs
🥑- Turkey wrap
WW Friendly Fast Food:
🦄- Wendy’s grilled chicken go wrap 8spts
🦄- Wendy’s Jr. cheeseburger 9 spts
🦄- Wendy’s value fries 7 spts
🦄- Taco Bell shredded chicken soft taco 4 spts
🦄- Taco Bell power bowl chicken ½ 7 spts
🦄- Chick fil a Grilled chicken sandwich 8 spts
🦄- McDonald’s 4 piece nugget 5spts
5 Favorite Moments from VLD Season 2 + 1 Favorite Moment from Season 1
VLD Season 2 was spectacular. I cannot express how much I enjoyed
it, but I’m still going to try by recounting my top five moments from this
season. And seriously – these were really, really hard to choose, so they are
in episode order.
From Episode 1 – Across the
Universe – “It takes more than a glowing alien wound, a fall from the upper
atmosphere, and crashing into a hard pan surface, at what I’m guessing is about
25 meters per second squared, to get rid of me. How are you?”
I cannot tell you how much I loved this clip when it was originally
released, and I pretty much could snapshot any of the Shiro/Keith dialogue in “Across
the Universe” and say it was my favorite part of the season. The best part of
this exchange is seeing the different way Shiro and Keith interact with each
other than with the rest of the team. Shiro definitely takes a more commanding
demeanor around the others, but with Keith – there’s none of that pretense. This
is his “little brother,” and he doesn’t hesitate to rely upon Keith, more so than
he does the others. He is self-depreciating and feels guilty for bringing Keith
into this life-and-death situation, but Keith reciprocates, comforting Shiro and
assuring him that Shiro has had a positive effect on his life. And this proves,
in my mind, that Shiro and Keith are the lucky ones of the team. Unlike Pidge,
who has lost her brother and father, Shiro and Keith have each other – which makes
the end of the season so much more heartbreaking.
From Episode 8 – The Blade of
Marmora – “And, at this moment, your friend desperately wants to see you.”
Keith is seeking answers about his past. He’s fighting to find out
where he came from and what he is, and throughout it all, he’s not thinking
about his father or his unknown mother, whom he’s trying to find. Ironically, he’s
thinking of Shiro. Shiro represents his greatest hope and fear. In fact, when
Shiro is walking away, Keith glances down at his blade and then calls out to
Shiro and runs after him. One can assume that at that moment, between finding
out the truth about his past and keeping Shiro in his life – Keith chooses
Shiro. But we learn this for certain later when Keith still refuses to give up
the blade, demanding to know what Kolivan means when he says that Keith failed
to awaken it – until Shiro attacks the Blade of Marmora. It’s only then – when Shiro
is in danger – that Keith finally gives it up, forfeiting his past for a
present/future with Shiro and the paladins. (Of course, we know the blade
transforms, so he gets to keep Shiro and the paladins, as well his connection
to the past.)
From Episode 9 – The Belly of a
Weblum – The Hug™
So many times in stories, especially in these life and death scenarios,
a simple hug, one of the most demonstrative actions, is forgotten. The number
one example I can think of this is Captain
America: Civil War, where Cap and Bucky have not seen each other in
decades, and they never hug. They have one conversation about their time before
the present, and that’s it.
That’s why I love this little scene in VLD Season 2. (Thank you, VLD EPs!)
It takes less than ten seconds (I know because I keep hitting then ten-second
rewind button on Netflix), but you see Shiro and Keith’s affection for each
other. (Did you see Keith’s tender smile? Did you see it! *squeal*) And they
just come together so naturally that you can tell they’ve done this before. (I’m
guessing at least before the Kerberos mission.) While it makes me want to learn
more about their past – how Keith and Shiro met, and what they were like at the
garrison – this scene is just one of many that proves the depth of Shiro and
Though there were so many moments that made season 2 exceptional, this scene made it for me. It is just
perfection, and its placement, too, is important. It comes AFTER we find out
that Keith is Galra, proving that Shiro’s level of affection for Keith remains unchanged after he discovered Keith’s Galra heritage.
From Episode 12 – Best Laid Plans
– “Keith.” Pause.
After Keith volunteers to sneak onto Zarkon’s ship, he meets resistance
from the head of the Blade of Marmora. It’s Shiro who eventually concedes that
Keith must be the one to sneak upon the ship – and he does concede. Shiro
orders Pidge to modify the pod with the cloaking device, and when Shiro
addresses Keith, he pauses, as if contemplating any last-minute options and
loathing the result. The only other person who could ideally get onto the ship
and interact with the technology is Shiro himself, with his Galra arm, but unfortunately,
as the bait, he has no choice but to allow/support Keith in his decision to get
on the ship. And ultimately, he knows Keith will do it against his wishes and
won’t stop until he completes the mission. But there’s hesitation there, a
moment of fear; even after all the missions they’ve completed, Shiro still hates
sending his little brother into such a dangerous mission.
(Along the same vein and a runner-up to this point – Shiro takes a
completely different tone with Keith during “Blackout” when he asks the
paladins to fight with him after Voltron is rendered powerless by the Komar Experiment.
When he gets to Keith, there’s a tenderness in Shiro’s voice that he doesn’t
have with the others.)
From Episode 13 – Blackout – The
Entire Black Bayard Sequence
I know this is more than one moment, but from the time Shiro awakens to
Pidge’s yell, “Keep Zarkon away from the Black Lion!” to Zarkon’s final
explosion, is intense and epic. The Black Lion tells Shiro to go for the
bayard, and the flashbacks as Shiro races toward Zarkon, the Black Lion and he
so in sync that the Black Lion grows angelic wings, and Shiro’s passage through
the astral plane to grab Zarkon’s bayard – excuse me, his bayard (thank you, Keith) – the entire scene is a perfect end to Shiro’s arc. He
and Black Lion have finally deepened their bond until Shiro overtakes Zarkon to
be the true Black Paladin, complete with his bayard, and now Voltron has the
power to defeat their greatest enemy. The story that began in the very first
episode – with Shiro’s missing bayard – finally culminates in a satisfying
conclusion that left me genuinely smiling.
(On a side note – it takes Shiro an entire season to win the complete
and utter trust of the Black Lion – and Keith is supposed to do it next season,
+1 - Favorite Scene from Season 1 – “This
is my chance to put an end to the Galra Empire. I have to take it!”
Originally, there was speculation about why Keith hated the Galra
Empire so intensely. Was it because he was Galra and escaped its evil clutches?
Did he still have family in the empire? Was Keith a reimagined version of Lotor…?
Nope. After seeing the deep and profound bond Shiro and Keith share – and
that Keith’s greatest fear is Shiro leaving him – there’s no doubt that Keith hates
the Galra Empire because it took Shiro from him.
Thank you, VLD Creators, for an epic season 2. I cannot wait to see
what you have in store for us in Season 3!
Sixteen questions that science is unable to explain
1. What feral hell long-distant from its fragile, earthly body does a cat’s purr originate from?
2. How do we reconcile quantum mechanics on the atomic and molecular level with the human desire to go home from the lab and get a beer or something because everything is fucked anyway?
3. Why are bees?
4. How are bees?
5. When are elbows, and for how long?
6. How do badgers know how to open tins, and what have they been putting in those tins, and why can’t you remember the other twenty times you read about badgers and tins?
7. Why do birds suddenly appear any time you are near?
8. What’s that noise?
10. Which one of the legs is both the same?
11. Can we brain, or is it off limits?
12. What was Science doing last Saturday night and why did Science come home late with its breath smelling of ethanol?
13. If humanity did not yawn, how would we know how to work our face-hinges?
14. What is that stuff floating around all over space?
15. Why are those numbers sitting together over there and looking at us funny like they’re planning some crazy dance and we’re not invited to it even if we can hear number music and totally have the moves?
- the guy who played him in deathly hallows
- a mop
- tom hiddleson
- daniel Radcliffe in a blonde wig
- tom Felton
- matt smith
- David Tennant
- the kid from home alone
- a snake
- a shadow from a subway sub
- Judy Dench
- the ghost of Shakespeare
- me in a blonde wig
Films by or about people of colour directed by women*
Some notes on the list:
This list is non-exhaustive.
The movies I counted as “starring” poc of colour have at least 1 poc as lead or co-lead.
I respect the fact that some people do not want to see movies about poc as told by white women and have separated these movies accordingly.
Some of the directors who are woc who have directed the movies starring woc are not the same race as their casts.
What counts as a woc in the western world is not what is necessarily counted as a woc in the countries that those women are from. I have created my international list based on my own western perspective.
Directed by American WOC starring POC
Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash) Mississippi Masala (Mira Nair) I Like It Like That (Darnell Martin) Eve’s Bayou (Kasi Lemmons) Girlfight (Karyn Kusama) Love and Basketball (Gina Prince-Blythewood) Real Women Have Curves (Patricia Cardoso) Saving Face (Alice Wu) Something New (Sanaa Hamri) Mississippi Damned (Tina Mabry) I Will Follow (Ava DuVernay) Pariah (Dee Rees) Yelling to the Sky (Victoria Mahoney) Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay) Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero) Peeples (Tina Gordon Chism) Selma (Ava DuVernay) 13th (Ava DuVernay) Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins) Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan) Farah Goes Bang (Meera Menon) It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Emily Ting) Songs My Brothers Taught Me (Chloe Zhao)
Directed by WOC starring white people The Republic of Love (Deepa Mehta) D.E.B.S. (Angela Robinson) Vanity Fair (Mira Nair) Jennifer’s Body(Karyn Kusama) Last Night (Massy Tadjedin) The Invitation (Karyn Kusama) Equity (Meera Menon) Shake It (Hella Joof)
International WOC Sugar Cane Alley (Euzhan Palcy) Martinique Salaam Bombay! (Mira Nair) India Double Happiness (Mina Schum) Canada Fire (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India Earth (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India Monsoon Wedding(Mira Nair) India Bollywood/Hollywood (Deepa Mehta) Canada Bend it like Beckham (Gurinder Chada) UK Water (Deepa Mehta) Canada/India Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud) France Heaven on Earth (Deepa Mehta) Canada Belle (Amma Asante) UK The Second Mother (Anna Muylaert) Brazil A Simple Life (Ann Hui) Hong Kong Wadjda (Haifaa al-Mansour) Saudi Arabia Dil Dhankande Do (Zoya Akhtar) India Still the Water (Naomi Kawase) Japan Sweet Bean (Naomi Kawase) Japan Blackboards (Samira Makhmalbaf) Iran At Five in the Afternoon (Samira Makhmabaf) Iran
Directed by white women starring POC Portrait of Jason (Shirley Clarke) documentary Black Panthers (Agnès Varda) documentary Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston) documentary S'en fout la mort (Claire Denis) Mi Vida Loca (Allison Anders) Whale Rider (Niki Caro) Frida (Julie Taymor) Itty Bitty Titty Committee (Jamie Babbit) Things We Lost in the Fire (Susanne Bier) 35 Rhums (Claire Denis) The Wedding Song (Karin Albou) 2 Days in New York (Julie Delpy) Girlhood (Céline Sciamma) Honeytrap (Rebecca Johnson) The Fits (Anna Rose Holmer) Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold) American Honey (Andrea Arnold) Ayanda (Sara Blecher)
*I know people will want to add onto the list and I appreciate that, but before you do please check whether a film is directed by a woman. This blog and list is in support of women directed or co-directed films. Please respect that.
Oh hey– here’s a list ranked by Writing With Color’s most popular posts since opening in 2014 up till now, the start of 2017. Pulled together for the interest and usefulness for readers like you. Thank you.
Top 7 Popular Original Posts
Words for Skin Tone- This two part guide offers an array of words for describing skin color. Part I focuses on the problems with food descriptors. Part II provides alternatives. (68k+ Notes)
1. I resolve to go to the Jim every day. To stand around near the Jim, semi-unobtrusively in my mask and warm winter gloves, until the Jim asks me to go away. Then to move on to the next Jim. No Jim shall be fully comfortable in 2017. If I run out of Jims, I shall move on to Jacks, or possibly Joes.
2. I resolve to walk under the career ladder at a point when a career farce is being filmed, leading to a pot of career paint landing on my head. I will dodge the two gentlemen crossing the street with the big glass ceiling by swinging on the career rope helpfully provided, which will hoist me straight up to the career roof with minimal effort when the career piano is knocked from the window by that chap on the career third floor with the glass of champagne.
3. I resolve to save money. I will save it from whoever is mistreating it, by force if necessary. I will stalk the night, ever alert to the siren call of misapplied currency, in my mask and warm winter gloves. When I have saved enough money, I will let it loose in the woods where it can frolic with the little squirrels in peace.
4. I will lose weights. Not my own weights, because I need those in my kitchen for when I cook for the little squirrels. No. I will lose your weights. I will go into your lifting-palaces and roll your heavy-items into handily adjacent rivers. Soon, the guns of the muscled will be no more.
5. To get into shape. The shape will be a triangle. I will be sleeping in a special mould to achieve this resolution.
6. To meet new people. This one is easy. I will be meeting lots of new people. Most of them will be called Jim.
1. He doesn’t swear in his videos
2. He talks about Santa bringing his presents
3. He still sneaks cereal and sweets behind Dan’s back
4. He’s completely innocent to internet slang
5. He hasn’t married Dan yet
6. He’s a smol angel bean
1. To the hedgehog of truth, and all who pull the litter of lies from its bristles. 2. To draining our glasses, lining them with soft wool, offering them to adorable baby animals as beds and posting the results on the internet. 3. To the wandering and lost: may there be a lantern and a hearth for them, and a welcoming door open in the darkness. 4. To the calm of the ocean after the storm, and the first sunrise after the clouds have cleared. 5. To time, which no wall can endure. 6. To the construction and maintenance of an efficient fuck supply chain, such that we may give a fuck when it is needed but not otherwise have fuck silos overflowing with excess fucks. 7. To the tide that is ebbing, but will one day turn again. 8. To the passing of months and the change of seasons. 9. To the toast in the kitchen of uncertain times: may it fuel us for the work that is to come. 10. To people: may they never forget that other people are also people.