locals mostly

important fictionkin thing

(but if you feel this relates to some other type of kin experience thats cool too!!)

its ok if youre not exactly the way you were before
its ok if you like different things now
its ok if you seem like you should be someone else when you know youre not
its ok if you dont have the powers or the face or the interests and habits you used to
they dont make you any less you!!
this is a new life and a new world and a new timeline and even though things are different and scary and some of our old friends are miles and miles away or we might not know where they are its going to be ok!!! youre still you and youre also the you youve become in this life and you can be whatever you you want to be or feel that you are and its great!!
we have to be strong for our friends both old and new! the world is big and vast and full of possibilities so we should try our best to stay positive for ourselves and for everyone else even when its hard just to wake up and convince yourself to live sometimes in the morning
its ok!!
youre doing great!!!

This is not a defeat, this is a rallying cry.
— 

Yesterday at City Hall, powerful local voices—mostly women of color and not a straight white dude in the bunch—declared affirmatively that Seattle will remain a strong place, a safe place, and a place for everyone.

It was somber and it was comforting and it was a reminder that we can build things when we start small and work hard. And we did do that in Washington State on Tuesday with our myriad ballot initiatives. 

In her remarks, CM Lorena González called them out specifically: 

Last night, we demonstrated that the City of Seattle and Washington State as a whole are making change. Seattleites voted to support hotel workers in ensuring a workplace free from violence. Puget Sound residents decided to double down on a mobile and vibrant region. Washingtonians decided that a minimum wage increase and sensible gun reform were overdue. We, as a community, are not afraid. We’re ready to get to work.

In this week of hot takes, there’s plenty of handwringing and fatigue around introspection—but I think this is important to examine closely. How did Seattle and Washington get it so right when the rest of the nation did not—and what do we need to do to ensure that regardless of the national politics, we are taking care of our own to the best of our ability?

The common thread between the initiatives that passed (and the people we elected, including Cyrus Habib, Pramila Jayapal) on Tuesday is that they are rooted in inclusion and a shared goal of broadly improving our state.

These are the kinds of people and candidates we have to fight for. This is what we have to do. This is how we make it through the next four years.

We like to think of Washington as a progressive leader; we’ve been on the right side of history with marriage equality, wages, and protections for workers. Our Governor was the first to state firmly that refugees would always be welcome in Washington in response to the anti-Muslim wave following the Paris nightclub massacre. AG Bob Ferguson is currently going after Comcast for their poor practices.

But we’ve also had some real shitbirds come out of our state, too; then-AG Rob McKenna challenged the ACA (and lost spectacularly) and we’ve dragged our heels on climate change and women’s health. We continue to host an ICE detention center that is a vacuum for tax dollars. I-1515 didn’t make it to the ballot in part because good people fought, but also in part because shitty people run shitty campaigns. The Seattle Police remain an ongoing problem.

Which is to say: We’re not immune to darkness here. There is racism and bigotry and misogyny and homophobia and transmisogyny and xenophobia in Washington and in Seattle as much as there is anywhere in this country. But we do so, so much better when we reject it.

We do so, so much better when we listen to women. And people of color. And queer folks. And new Americans. And poor folks. And everyone who inhabits an intersection between those identities and so many more.

We will do better when we continue to try to be better. That’s the lesson from Tuesday for Washington residents and those of us in Seattle, specifically: We have resources at our disposal to take care of our own even when things seem very bleak. We can demand policies that benefit us all (we didn’t quite flip the Senate in WA but we’re damn close!) and leaders who listen.

There is a city to run. We’re still holding out for move-in fee caps, for affordability solutions, for increased funding to help homeless folks move inside. We’re still waiting to hear how the Mayor is closing the gender wage gap. We’re still wondering if SPD can ever begin to regain trust. We’re still writing out Councilmembers when we need them to listen to us.

We’re still here. We still have work to do. And focusing on the areas where we can get things done—city, county, state—is going to be more important than ever.

So these are our instructions to you: Listen to the people in your life who have something to tell you about their experience, and then ask how you can help.

Write to your lawmakers when you see something that’s the matter.

Read everything you can.

Show up for the things you care about.

To quote Congresswoman-elect Jayapal yesterday, “courage is not fighting when things are easy.”

We love you. We believe in you. You are strong.

5 reasons your martial art sucks.

Martial arts of any kind are really considered a niche kind of ‘sport’. So we can assume that… not everyone likes it. Here are some reasons why.


1. You don’t learn how to fight.

You don’t. Face it, whatever martial art you are practicing, when you let yourself in an MMA cage fight or a Kickboxing match: you’re most likely screwed. And I put it nicely there. You can’t fight, it doesn’t work.

Originally posted by vhs-ninja

(… even in martial arts movies we’re portrayed as losers)

2. There’s a huge imbalance when it comes to diversity.

Now this might be local of course, but mostly the amount of male participants is (way) higher than females’. In my own dojo I’m one of the two (!) adult women. The demography is mostly better with the children, but it’s rarely 50/50.

3. You don’t earn any respect.

You thought getting into martial arts would finally land you some real respect and people would start treating you like a human being that is, in fact, awesome? Think again.
If they have even HEARD of your martial art and you don’t have to spend ten minutes explaining it, then you still get smacked in the face with the fact that people think martial arts are only for nerds who need help sticking up for themselves.

You might think: “Oh but you do Karate, that’s easy, everyone knows that.”
Not even close. I always have to explain that Karate isn’t Judo and explaining that my style of Karate has Jiu Jitsu in it makes the whole thing even more complicated..

Originally posted by yeah-think-funny

4. It leaves you bruised and beaten.

I remember having to run back and forth to the coffee corner at my work to get another batch of wet towels to cool my extremely bruised finger, 4 days before my black belt exam. A bit awkward to say the least, especially since your sweet co-workers will ask what’s up.

Also, I came into school one day with a black eye. Everyone in school thought I had gotten into a fight. I just went along with it because… well because I didn’t want to admit I actually failed to deflect one of the many Frisbee discs that were thrown at me by two black belts.

5. It’s a real commitment.

There are people who just come in once a week to do their thing and that’s it. That’s fine, but if you really want to get somewhere and earn that black belt you have to invest. I trained 4 to 5 times a week for before I earned my black belt. I saw my training partner more than my actual partner. Naturally that took a lot of understanding from my partner, not everyone can do that.


Well that sounds like a royal drag, why would I even start?

1. You learn something more than just fighting.
You might not be a cage fighter, but you do learn how to defend yourself. You learn the of the ways of budo. You strengthen your soul, your mind, your body, everything. A true budoka is mostly not just a good fighter, but also a good person.

Originally posted by alemdocabelo

2. Men everywhere
Okay so the girls aren’t as represented yet as the guys are. And yes there are an overwhelming amount of Caucasian males that run the show…
Welcome to the world. If you mind the lack of women in your dojo, invite them! Encourage them to try out, encourage others to bring women in! Make sure that diversity is happening, in every way possible.

Until my brown belt, I never even met a female sensei.
I never had a female sensei teach me. Now, I AM ONE. 

Lead, by example.

3. You don’t earn any respect?
Well, I might’ve lied a little. Look in your school years, you don’t get any respect (sorry). They’ll just sneer at you and ask you to ‘give ‘em a little show’. What I hope is that you have earned your own respect and are able to say no to those losers who make your life miserable.

In the corporate world however, it is respected if you are (still) doing something you love as a hobby and actually acclaimed some sort of title in it (like a black belt or a teacher’s license). Also, martial arts mostly mean that people are calm, collected, good listeners and disciplined people. All good traits if you ask me!

Originally posted by modern-yin

4. You’ll get beat up.
Only a little at times…? Look, if you didn’t like it a little at the very least, you probably quit already. But you know what? I’m just going to put it out there: getting a punch or a kick will toughen you up. Now I’m not saying beating children is okay (never). But getting hit the first time is huge shock and you’ll cry, the second time you’ll have a scare and a sniffle, the third time you might already be able to suck it up and continue. Not because you’ve been yelled at to do so, but because you are training yourself mentally.

That commitment
One of my sensei-in-life (a.k.a. mother’s) sayings is: there is always a choice. You might not feel like it, but there is always a choice.
And she is right. If you cannot fit that extensive training program in your busy life, then don’t. If you are mentally not ready to commit even though someone might ask it, you can perhaps try it, but if it really doesn’t go that well, then don’t.

Remember:
The reason you are doing this is because it is FUN.

Originally posted by juji-gatame


BONUS ‘YOURMARTIALARTSUCKS’-FACT

You are committing your whole life to trying imitate what some (mostly) Japanese deceased men invented. 

Great.
By the way: you’ll never get it perfectly right, ever.
Great.

But you know what?

It brings you: joy, friends, a healthier body, a peaceful mind, a longer lifespan, inner strength, laughter, perseverance, discipline, this ‘amazing’ blog, a feel of home in the dojo, some great stories to tell and most of all: FUN. That’s all I need.

On this national coming out day, I’d like to offer this important reminder: if ur sexuality was influenced or shaped by trauma, IT IS STILL VALID. if ur sexuality changed after you already came out a certain way, IT IS STILL VALID. if ur sexuality is complicated and hard to explain and doesn’t really fit into a label, YOUR IDENTITY IS STILL VALID.

xoxo,
ur friendly local (mostly) gay gal

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We are staying in the West End (“the gayberhood”, peep those rainbow sidewalks!! Just like Seattle’s Capitol Hill) We walked around our new neighborhood and got poutine (delicious) and picked up local snacks (mostly delicious) and checked in to our air bnb!

Smooches for Pooches

I always have to tag @sterektrashbag Also on ao3!

The annual Spring Fling Festival was a tradition in Beacon Hills.

Every year both local businesses and out-of-town vendors set up stands, booths, and tents along the bike path in Beacon Memorial Park, the line of attractions stretching for at least two and a half miles. Local farmers would set up displays of fresh produce and local honey for sale, and the hospital offered free CPR training and Beacon Hills Memorial Hospital water bottles. The high school always had a dunk tank and the vet clinic brought in puppies and kittens that were up for adoption.

Every year almost all the money went to various charities, mostly local ones, or the hospital’s donation fund, occasionally a few dollars getting set aside for the sheriff’s department or the high school. The rest of the proceeds went to various other local businesses and services, the fire department receiving a large chunk and the farmers going home with heavy wallets.

And every year, without fail, Scott dragged Stiles to the festival when he would much rather be playing video games or watching TV or jerking off. Throughout high school, it was partially due to Scott always volunteering to work the vet clinic’s stand and wanting Stiles to hang out with him while he did, bribing him with promises of letting him play with the puppies and kitties. It worked every time.

Except, this year, it was Stiles who had dragged Scott to the festival, having missed town terribly while he was away at Princeton, wanting to make the most of his spring break. This time, it was Scott who had moaned and groaned about going, wanting to make the most of his spring break by staying home in his underwear or going out with Allison who had ended up tagging along with them to the festival.

For the first half hour, Stiles had made it his mission to soak up as much of Beacon Hills as he possibly could: he bought a funnel cake that was bigger than his head from his favorite local bakery, jokingly smacking Scott’s hand away when he tried to grab a piece. He tried his hand at the high school’s dunk tank as Coach berated him like old times, bringing back fond and embarrassing memories of lacrosse practice.

The look on Mr. Harris’ face when Stiles hit the bullseye dead on and sent him tumbling down into the ice cold water was absolutely priceless.

They were still laughing about it on their way to visit his dad at the sheriff’s department tent where they were selling t-shirts, baseball caps, and bumper stickers. That was when he saw it. The perfect tent.

The words kissing booth were sprawled in sloppy red letters on a huge white banner, another smaller sign declaring only one dollar! in dark pink. But it wasn’t wasn’t buxom blondes reapplying red lipstick or muscular shirtless men spritzing breath spray into their mouths nor any other cliche at the booth.

No, behind the counter was a pack of dogs, tongues lolling out in the warm breeze, tail wagging excitedly. He froze in his tracks, hand shooting out to grab Scott’s wrist, tugging him to a stop as he gazed longingly at the booth.

“Dude, what?” Scott asked, waving his hand in front of Stiles’ face when he didn’t answer immediately. Stiles swatted his hand away, emphatically pointing at the kissing booth, stunned silent. Scott turned his head, following where Stiles was pointing, “What, the kissing booth?”

Stiles nodded vigorously, already dragging Scott, and by extension Allison, over to the booth where the group of dogs was eagerly awaiting them, barking in greeting as they approached. Scott rolled his eyes as Stiles made a beeline to the booth, whining, “Dude, really?”

A tall dark haired man greeted them at the booth, smiling brightly as he politely asked, “Hey, how can I help you?”

Stiles’ jaw nearly hit the floor. The guy working behind the counter should have been on magazine covers, should have been on billboards in New York and LA, should have been in porn. Gay porn. The gayest porn.

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I had a bad talk with someone yesterday about men who love men so here’s a reminder that mlm are NOT dirty, not wrong, not bad, not sinful, and not a fetish. Your attraction is not 21+ and it’s okay for younger people to be around. You are so much more than stereotypes and stigma. You are beautiful, smart, and loving, you are passionate, kind, and strong.

with the number of honeypots trying to collect info on antifa supporters rising, as an active antifa member i want to clarify a few things for all of you so you know how antifa works as an org

the biggest most-important thing to remember is we don’t leave trackable trails, online or otherwise. that means if you’re running into a website that claims to be antifa, especially representing some international form of the org IT’S ALMOST CERTAINLY A FAKE SITE set up by fascists or neo-nazis to collect data on non-suspecting anti-fascists. antifa is virtually always run locally, mostly through word of mouth, and difficult to get a hold of for protection of the members. because with an increasing number of fascists being elected to office, being against fascism is getting more and more dangerous (and in many cases outright illegal).

but i’m anti-fascist and want to get in touch with antifa? great! here’s how: go to rallies and protests that support causes antifa’s likely to sympathize with (things like the women’s march and its followups, protests against neo-nazi collectives and events, protests against right-wing radicalism, pro-refugee rallies, etc) and get flyers there on the ground for other events. get involved in the anti-right scene, and meet other people at the protests as you go. you’ll meet antifa people and if you seem trustworthy you’ll get to know them as antifa. but we have to do everything low-key and by word of mouth for protection. so the flyers or announcements of future protests/preparations for protests are your best bet for meeting antifa the people (and at least you’ll be active against right-wing extremism and fascism ANYWAY which is the point).

i realize this isn’t accessible for everyone but the very nature of antifa is such that it is VERY hard to track for safety reasons. the next-best thing i can recommend if you are not in a position to go to rallies in-person is to research LOCAL anti-right organizations and support them. this’ll still be hard, but ten thousand times safer for you than just giving your information to nebulous websites claiming to represent global antifa. we don’t operate that way.

and just please PLEASE be safe – use a vpn when you’re researching. make your ip address impossible to track back to you. we are hard to find for a reason, if you are truly committed to antifa, you have to make yourself hard to track for protection too.

imagine a jojo ghost hunter au where each group from each part have their own ghost hunting crew 

the part 4 crew are the most amateur and just have a small series on youtube but they capture the most evidence and it pisses off the other groups cause they’re wusses

anonymous asked:

YVES i really like your style; what stores do you usually shop at?

Thrift stores mostly! And local shops.

If I ever shop at a “store” it’s usually zumiez

anonymous asked:

I love your blog! Its so great im just curious why you dislike starbucks so much? They aren't my favorite coffee shop at all im just curious. If this opens a can of worms or something.

I actually enjoy some drinks from Starbucks. I don’t have a problem with the store per se. It’s just that

A) they’re our direct competitors,
B) lots of our customers come in and try to order Starbucks exclusive things (ham & cheese croissant, caramel macchiatos, etc) or order in Starbucks sizes then get them wrong (I want a tall. Why did you give me the small one?), and
C) Starbucks has ripped our company off twice. Frappuccinos we’re our thing first. Starbucks just has more traction and more locations (we’re mostly SoCal local) and now they ripped us off with nitro cold brew as well


Oh and I heard from people that used to work there that starbucks isn’t the best to their employees. So that’s disheartening

it’s so hilarious when i see blogs on here devoted to southern gothic aesthetic and they just have lots of pictures of abandoned churches and cotton fields and ramshackle houses like

i live here. it’s not that exciting. there is a sweet potato field across from my house. the locals are mostly racist. no, that church probably isn’t haunted. you get kind of tired of cows

Natural and non-toxic makeup ideas

(Spoiler alert: If you follow me on my Croatian blog, you probably saw this already. I’m translating some 2015 post here so please be patient for the new reviews.)

If you are a natural beauty enthusiast like me, you always try to incorporate natural tips and trick to make your beauty rituals as clean and body-friendly as possible. Now, it’s easy with skincare: most drugstores today sell a good range of organic or even natural products , but makeup it’s a lot harder. Most natural makeup I’ve seen can be only purchased via Facebook pages, Etsy or some indie websites. There’s a small chance you’ll find natural and non-toxic makeup products in local stores (mostly because they don’t contain any conservative ingredients, so they has extra short shelf life - under 6 months and are produced in small batches or custom made after ordering for individual clients and their needs.)  

So, the question is: how to find these products? My answer: make it! It doesn’t take much to make natural makeup and you probably have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already. Here are some of my suggestions:

Liquid/cream foundation with sunscreen: mix your mineral makeup foundation (in a powder form - the stronger the coverage, the better) with your go-to non-toxic sunscreen cream or lotion - I use Kiss my Face 3in1 SPF30 Sensitive side because the formula is gentle and I can even apply it around my eyes (if you use cream it’s going to be thick and you’ll use less product every time, but lotion will be easier to apply and less cakey). The amount can be customized to your needs: add more powder for more coverage and add more cream/lotion for moisturizing properties, natural coverage and better sun protection. I also advise you to make super small amounts of this products because it can get really dry in no time. It is kind of annoying, but it can turn into a no-fuss habit.

For a matte face/T-zone: use cornstarch! Cornstarch is a common ingredient in many commercial face powders (along with talc and silica, except cornstarch is less likely to clog your pores and cause acne). Simply dip your brush in a small amount of cornstarch (I keep mine in baby food containers or empty powder jars - recycling points! or even in a salt shaker so I can use it as dry shampoo). A dry shampoo made entirely out of cornstarch works best on bleached, blonde or silver hair. If you are a brunette or redhead you can add cinnamon, cocoa powder or activated charcoal for a color matching dry powder. Make sure it absorbs well and brush off any excess powder. Most local food stores sell cornstarch and it dirt cheap: few dollars for at least 200 grams, which can last you a whole year.

If you want to use a natural blush, try beet root powder or raspberry powder (although I think beet root powder is way cheaper). You can mix in different natural and edible ingredients with it to make custom shades, which can also be used and mineral eyeshadow or (mixed with a DIY lip balm with some shea butter and coconut oils) lipstick or lip gloss.

For bronzer: use cocoa powder and cinnamon along with cornstarch (you’ll save a lot of money on bronzers and dry shampoo with one DIY product). For matte black eyeshadow: use activated charcoal, but be careful if you have oily lids because it can smudge a lot and make a mess (the same goes with mixing charcoal with coconut oil to make a DIY eyeliner - tried it, smudged like hell).

If you add cocoa powder to shea butter and some other unrefined oils you can make an instant bronzing body lotion for summer or special occasions where you don’t want to or can’t tan outdoors or in a salon (which I don’t endorse, but some people like getting tanned).

For colorful eye makeup, mascaras, highlighters, concealers and opaque lipsticks: you CAN make these but the raw ingredients are often expensive and the recipes are quite tricky. Also, mascaras are super tricky to make because you’ll need a lot of testing to ensure you won’t wake up with a pink eye in the morning and they require a sterile environment for packaging which most of us don’t have in our homes. I advise you to buy from small indie companies that produce good quality, safe and affordable makeup, like the ones on Etsy. Ask your neighbors and friends is someone they know makes natural makeup, but if you can’t find any, check the links on my Cruelty-Free page (in the middle of the list, under “Mineral Makeup”). My favorites are: Everyday Minerals (great foundation formulas and shade selection + amazing brushes!), Concrete Minerals (awesome shade selection for both shimmer and matte shades + the best eye primer ever!) and of course - Meow Cosmetics (my absolute favorites when it comes to eye makeup - thousand of shades, effects, collections and styles. Their Egyptian Treasures eyeshadow collection is so perfect I almost cried when I got it - check this post for swatches.)