no barcode

Imagine Alec on Thanksgiving.

No, the Lightwoods don’t celebrate the way mundane families do, and the only reason they’re together at all is because Max asked. But regardless, they plan to have dinner together on a cool November night, for the first time in a long time.

Nobody’s cooking – nobody wants to die. But Alec takes Izzy, Jace, and Max with him to a grocery store where they buy obscene quantities of food: turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, cornbread, ham, and other random things including three pies because everybody loves a good pie.

He books one of the spare rooms in the Institute for the whole thing, but it’s not very formal. Between plastic cartons and barcode stickers on all the boxes, none of this is could ever be particularly fancy. And he shrugs when Jace asks to bring Clary, since he’s bringing Magnus anyway, since this is a family affair and that’s who should be present.

There’s no tradition with this – the point is just to spend time together, despite everything that’s gone wrong in the past few months, or in spite of it. Yet while everybody fights for the drumsticks, Alec finds himself pausing to take a breath and glancing around the table.

He looks at his mom, beaming now that her children are with her and the divorce papers are on their way, and his dad, sitting awkwardly across the table from her.

He looks at Max and Izzy, both happy and healthy and stronger than they’ve ever been.

He looks at Jace, half-smiling at Clary the whole time, looking like he’s almost happy for once.

And then…

And then he looks at Magnus, who’s looking at him, legs pressed together under the table, a smile gracing his face, a soft, tender thing that’s grown as familiar to Alec as this warm, indescribable feeling pulsing in his bones. He sees the way Magnus slots into this family, his family, the way Maryse hands him the bread basket with no hesitation, the way the space at Alec’s side is molded in Magnus; shape and meant for him only.

He thinks of what might have been, and he compares it to today.

“Alexander,” Magnus says gently, nudging him with his shoulder as he passes him a buttered roll.

And you know that all Alec can think is thank you.

tip for lifting candles !!

at my Walmart there’s the yankee candles (expensive) and the cheaper brand. for a tiny yankee candle it’s 7.98$ !!! which is insane. for the same size candle the great value ones are only .94 cents.

i just peel the barcode off of the great value candles and stick it on the bottom of the yankee candle. this causes your almost 8$ candle to ring up as .94 cents. and it’s not sus during self checkout bc the barcode still reads as a candle !! ✨✨

good luck guys. 🥂✨

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‘Scannerz & Scannerz Commander’ by Radica Games (2000-1)

“The original Skannerz came in three versions which represented the three tribes. Zendra (blue), Pataak (green) and Ujalu (red). If a player scanned a barcode containing a rival tribe’s monster, a battle would be initiated. Also items could be gathered from UPC barcodes.”

blobject form + ‘alien’ & barcode motifs

Would you like to know what this is?

This is Beauty and the Beast (1991).  Every single frame in the movie has been smooshed together to create this bit of abstract wonder.

the best part?  You can tell what’s going on if you focus on certain places!  Like at the end, where there’s a lot of dark blue, that’s where the Beast and Gaston were fighting, and that sliver of brown/bronze must be where Belle tries to defend her father.  It gets lighter near the end of the blue part, and that’s gotta be where the Beast transforms into the Prince, and all that gold at the end is the ball where they’re all back to normal…

I’m sorry, but this is just a swirl of life and color and only fans will get it but here it is and I love it.

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My fiancé gave me a fantastic new BoS yesterday, so I thought I would show it off a little in case anyone else is looking for something like this!

The cover is a paperback, with a soft, almost velvety texture. The pentagram stands out nicely, but the wording is very difficult to read. It says “Magic Spell Book”.

The Table of Contents is a numbered page reference with a decent amount of room to write in your spell name. There are also boxes to check off for categories such as incantation, elixir, talisman, and visualization, along with options to add your own. There are 90 usable spell pages.

The spell pages themselves are laid out in at way that to me resembles a D&D character sheet. There are many sections for organizing ingredients, inspirations, and use history. Under the page number it even has a marker for malevolent or benevolent usage.

The back pages of the book include a calendar and a few blank pages for notes.

The back cover shows a common form of the Wiccan rede as well as a barcode that is printed into the cover itself, and unfortunately cannot be removed.

All in all, I think this is a great way to organize a spell list. The drawbacks are that it is rather short, and the barcode on the back cover. However, my fiancé told me he got it for around $5 online at Barnes and Noble, so I think it’s a fantastic value for the price!