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.

Daily Routine:

🌿- Wake up @ 9:30
🌿- Shower
🌿- 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

Nighttime Rituals:

✨- 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

Healthy snacks/meals:

🥑- 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
🥑- Pineapple
🥑- Banana/egg pancake w/ peanut butter
🥑- Oatmeal with fresh fruit
🥑- Scrambled eggs
🥑- Turkey wrap
🥑- Omelette


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 Keith’s bond.

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, too?)

+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!

(Another side note – 21 Things I Wish to See 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?

9. Wheretofore?

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?

16. What are you building in there, Science?

things to do today by tuesday: 

  • 27 pages of psych notes 
    • 11/27 completed
  • calc test corrections 
  • calc homework area between two curves
  • calc homework cross sections
  • make sure all ch 5 calc homework is done -> finish if it isnt (it isn’t)
    • finish differential equations homework
    • finish partial fractions homework -> half finished
  • khan academy calc 
  • duolingo if time 
  • start english poetry assignment
    • analyze
    • look up analysis 
    • start write up
  • practice instruments

extra: reviewed calc with maya

List of people who should have played Grindelwald

-Colin Farell
- 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

Be worried like hell when....
  • Aries: they start tapping on something
  • Taurus: they start pacing back and forth and don't want to be touched
  • Gemini: you don't hear shit from them
  • Cancer: they delete you from their contact list
  • Leo: they attempt to grab an object
  • Virgo: they walk away then come right back
  • Libra: you say something to them and they cut you off faster someone at an auction
  • Scorpio: they stare at you with their nostrils extended
  • Sagittarius: they don't want you around...period
  • Capricorn: you're speaking to them on the phone and they hang up on your ass
  • Aquarius: they ignore you and act like your nothing more than a fart in the wind
  • Pisces: they don't want to hear nothing but a specific answer to the question they asked you

Writing With Color – Featured Description Posts

Some of our most useful posts on describing People of Color, all in one place.

Specific Description Posts  

–WWC

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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. 

Writing With Color Top Posts + Other Useful Ones

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 

  1. 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)
  2. Common Micro-aggressions: African Americans and/or Black People - An extensive list of common micro-aggressions towards Black people with some links for further reading. (46k)
  3. Words to Describe Hair - As with the words for skin tone, an offering of words to describe hair, from curls to different colors. (34k+)
  4. Black and White Symbolism: A Look into the Trope - Discusses concept of black as evil and white as good, from its history & problem implications. Guide offers alternatives & solutions. (10k)
  5. Describing Accents - An example-based post for describing accents and voices. (5k)
  6. How to Research your Racially/Ethnically Diverse Characters -     Self-explanatory. (5k) 
  7. Describing Asian Eyes - A guide to describing Asian eyes with further useful commentary. (4k)

Honorable Mentions

Other recommended WWC Posts.

  • Stereotyping Tropes List - A categorized tropes list reposted from the TV Tropes website with links to their topics on the subject matter.

–WWC 

Six new year’s resolutions

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.

Reasons why Phil can't be turning 30

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

Feel free to add more, there’s plenty of reasons.

Ten toasts for uncertain times

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.

in 2017 i will

  • write in my journal only in color
  • read more 
  • do my best in school, if not, better
  • only buy things that makes me really happy
  • do more art !!!
  • workout more and focus on putting healthier things into my body
  • skincare skincare skincare
  • go to bed earlier and wake up earlier
  • drink at least 4 bottles of water a day
  • reduce sweets but still allow myself to enjoy them from time to time
  • kiss my friends more
  • PAINT !!!
  • stay true to myself
  • have more plants in my room
  • treat myself to a glass of wine a few times a year