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The Road Trip│Chapter 8

Riley is twenty-one years old, who does whatever she is supposed do. She stays in her safe zone never wondering out, until something happens that makes her rethink her life. Riley decides to do something for herself and hit the road for a solo trip. While trying to figure out her life and find inspiration to start writing, she meets a green eyed stranger. Is it possible to feel an instant connection with someone, and know they are the one for you? Riley and the stranger seem to think so, but will something come in the way of stopping them from being together?

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The weekend had passed faster than I had thought, and before I knew it was Monday night, and I still hadn’t told my parents about me inviting Lucas to New York.

I told Auggie Saturday night, and he seemed to be happy. He said he was excited to meet the person that has his sister all smiley, but he warned me of dad possibly overreacting, and mom’s reaction. I told Farkle the same night, and he seemed happy to hear. He said he’s seen a change in my mood since meeting Lucas, a good change. Although, he wasn’t too happy about hearing I forgave Maya, I didn’t explain because it wasn’t my story, but I told him she is our Maya and we love her.  

Sunday night, I muscled up enough courage to tell Maya. I wasn’t too sure how she was going to react, and I was a little nervous.  She was a bit hesitant at first about the idea of Lucas coming, but she eventually came around. She was more concern about where he’d be sleeping, but I told her we have a perfectly comfortable pull out sofa bed; plus, we stayed with him in his family home.

However, now, sitting in the guest bedroom, that I’ve been staying in, staring down at my phone, I can feel the fear coming in. Tonight, I plan to tell my parents. I’m trying to find the nerve to make the call. I told Lucas that I’ll be out in a bit, but that was almost thirty minutes ago. I’m afraid of my mom’s reaction the most. Our relationship is not the most solid right now, and I’m scared that she’s going to say something, and I’m not going to be able to control what I’m going to say.

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The Bughead shippers’ drinking (and eating) guide, with activities

·      Longing glances: French fries

·      Holding hands: Buttered popcorn

·      Sweet kiss: Hershey’s Kisses

·      Archie makes a snide comment about the relationship: Point your middle finger at the screen. Dick.

·      FP upsets his son: Shot of Jack Daniels

·      Jughead is typing: Potato chips

·      Betty picks a lock: Stick a bobby pin in your hair.

·      Her mom or dad upset Betty: Shot of vodka

·      Either say the word “crazy”: Pop a Xanax

·      Either say the word “murder”: Dark chocolate

·      Either says the word “journalist” or “writer”: Check the New York Times Twitter feed.

·      Veronica Lodge approves: Cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery

·      Jughead’s mother and/or sister show up: Jelly beans

·      Make out session: Strawberry milkshake

·      Jug gets bullied: A shot of dark rum

·      A little breaking and entering: Cheeseburger sliders

·      Sleuthing in the rain: Mountain Dew

·      Fred gives fatherly advice to Jughead: Microbrew IPA

·      Betty takes down her hair: Cotton candy

·      Betty becomes Dark Betty in front of Jughead: shot of Jagermeister

·      Jughead takes off his hat: cry

·      They lose their virginity together: Slap a Band-Aid on your thumb so you don’t get a callus from hitting the rewind button on the remote to watch that scene over and over- and over. Have a paper bag handy in case you hyperventilate.

·      They break up for some bullshit reason: A box of Kleenex and a full bottle of Cuervo. Don’t forget the salt and lime. Salty, like your river of goddamn tears.

·      They reunite because they are endgame: A box of Kleenex and a round of Cosmos.

·      Jughead proposes: Pop the motherfucking champagne, bitches.

·      The wedding: Toss some rice and eat some cake. Bask in the glow that you called it, you fucking called it, way back when Jughead walked into the diner at the end of episode 2 and his face lit up like a goddamn lightbulb when he saw Betty.

Book Recommendation

For those of you who are interested in my medical AUs and want to read more about hospital shenanigans, then, oh boy, I’ve found the perfect book you should check out. It’s called “The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly, A Physician’s First Year” by Matt McCarthy, and it’s an autobiography about what his first year of being a doctor in New York was like. McCarthy goes from being a terrified medical student and slowly begins to learn the ropes of working with actual patients. His experiences are absolutely hilarious and anyone who’s interested in medicine or plans to go into medicine should read it. Actually, you should all read it because it’s so endearing and charming.

Here’s a little excerpt from chapter two. Basically, it’s McCarthy’s first time working on the cardiac unit, and he’s there along with a second-year resident, Baio, and they’re the only doctors on the floor and have eighteen very sick patients on their hands. McCarthy has no idea what he’s doing. This is the conversation they have:

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What information is there out there about the B.A.P concert in New York?

I’ve been seeing a lot of back and forth but I haven’t seen many posts of people saying they’re going or just the normal chatter that comes with the excitement about going to a concert. I’ve been up to date with how many fans feel about the boys needing a break and whatnot but I’m just worried that there won’t be a lot a fans at the concert and that they’ll see that. ( ⁍᷄⌢̻⁍᷅ )

Joe Biden says he regrets not running to be president

Joe Biden has expressed regret about deciding not to run for president and insisted he would have been able to beat Donald Trump if he had been the Democratic candidate.

The former Vice President to Barack Obama ruled out running for office in 2016 in a race that would have seen him pitted against Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. This was partly prompted by his son’s brain cancer diagnosis and subsequent death.

“I had planned on running for president and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won,” Biden said at a speech at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, late on Friday night.

“I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won. I had a lot of data and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better than even chance of being president.”

But Biden said he did not regret the time he was able to spend with his son before he died.

“But do I regret not being president? Yes,” he said. “I was the best qualified.”

The politician said his son’s illness made him feel unable to run. Talking emotionally about his son’s death, he said he had “lost part of my soul” when he passed away.

“No one should ever seek the presidency unless they are able to devote their whole heart and soul and passion into just doing that,” Biden told ABC News last year. “Beau was my soul. I just wasn’t ready to be able to do that. My one regret is my Beau’s not here. I don’t have any other regrets.”

After his older son, who was a war veteran, died in May of 2015, he released a statement, saying: “Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known”.

Beau’s death is not the only tragedy to have hit the family. Beau was just two when his mother, Biden’s wife Neilia Hunter, was killed in a car crash in 1972, which also took the life of the former Vice President’s one-year-old daughter.

Last December, Biden, who has been jointly elected twice as the running mate of former President Obama, said he intended to run for president in 2020.

Asked if he would run for office, he said: “Yeah, I am. I am going to run in 2020.”

When asked which position he would run for, he replied: “For president. And also, you know so, what the hell man, anyway.”

Probed out whether he was joking, Biden said: “I’m not committing not to run. I’m not committed to anything. I learned a long time ago, fate has a strange way of intervening.”

Biden, the first Roman Catholic Vice President, previously pursued the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and in 2008 but dropped out of the race early on both occasions.


CNN chose facts over another appearance by Kellyanne Conway

  • CNN’s communications team shut down Kellyanne Conway, calling out the “alternative facts” specialist for using alternative facts of her own.
  • It began Saturday, when Huff Post reported that CNN actively chose not to put Conway on air on their flagship Sunday show, State of the Union. 
  • The New York Times later quoted CNN’s explanation that turning Conway down was because of “serious questions about her credibility.”
  • Conway denied that report, saying she “could not do live Sunday shows this week [because] of family.”
  • CNN fired back a half-hour later, saying the White House offered to make Conway available for the show, but they “passed” on her appearance. Read more

Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli for OUT magazine

“I had started questioning my sexuality as a result of being in the writers’ room and talking about all the themes on the show. I was still very confused, but I knew the attraction between us felt magnetic. We spent a couple of weeks together before Christmas on that first episode, and then I came back to New York in February. On set it’s a bunch of women, so everyone’s hugging and touching. It’s a very affectionate place. I’d fallen into this alternate universe, but I thought I’d go home and it’d disappear. But Samira was still so present for me.”

  • tumblr: when can we get a show about something OTHER than cishets?
  • eyewitness: [features two gay boys as the main pairing and not a side couple, discusses internalized homophobia and how damaging it is, centers on a the most badass lady in the land, features WOC, women of authority whose positions and authority are NEVER brought into question bc of their gender, LADIES BONDING, women aren’t buried under layers of make up showing their freckles and laugh lines, sympathetic depiction of a drug addict, shows ptsd and mental illness, features loving foster parents, foster dad is a stay-home dad, foster mom is the sheriff always out there being a badass, rural new york instead of nyc, kickass soundtrack, amazing cinematography]
  • tumblr: no but where are the straight guys making eye contact that i can read into
things i love about Shiro
  • wears New York Black™
  • the dad friend
  • that fresh fade
  • literally so beautiful, inside and out
  • soft and delicate
  • but like also terrifyingly adept at fighting 
  • just wants to help  
  • he is also just, so damn beefy like hot damn 
  • will not let Lance make dirty jokes
  • is A Dork™
  • “let’s take a break” “let’s break for now” “let’s break”
    *everyone sits down for 2 minutes* 
  • sometimes he just  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • honestly probably needs a 5 hour hug
  • feels so responsible for everything all the time
  • the most bestest, most genuine person
  • when he smiles i am undone, my son
  • literally did nothing wrong
  • encourages everyone to do and be their best while struggling with his own self doubt 
  • *also side eyes people on the reg* 
  • this screenshot:  
Niall Horan discusses flying to London to support Louis Tomlinson

On Saturday night, all of our hearts melted when it was confirmed that Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Niall Horan had dropped everything so that they could be at Wembley Arena to support their One Direction bandmate, Louis Tomlinson, as he made his solo debut just three days after his mother tragically passed away.

The three men were keen to keep out of the spotlight as they remained backstage for the duration of the show, supporting Louis privately in a bid to not detract attention from his new solo single, ‘Just Hold On’.

Now Niall has opened up about his decision to fly from New York to London in order to be there for his pal ahead of his appearance at last night’s iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball in Washington D.C.

On the red carpet, a confused reporter asked Niall: “Weren’t you in the UK like an hour ago?”

To which the Irish star replied: “Yeah, I flew home for… I was in the UK for twenty hours.

"For a very good reason.”

Niall didn’t divulge any further information, but, to be honest, that was all that he needed to say.

Niall’s comments come after UnrealityTV reported that the singer has no choice but to miss Johannah Deakin’s funeral due to work commitments in America, however, he still took the time to celebrate Johannah’s life after The X Factor on Saturday night, with he and Liam joining Louis and his younger sister Lottie at a London nightclub to toast the mother-of-seven.

A source said at the time: “Harry, Niall and Liam all came down to X Factor to support Louis. They all were backstage with him supporting him. It was a lovely moment - and shows the unity of 1D. First time all back together in a year.

"It was a lovely touching moment backstage and they all came to support Louis during a horrible time.

”[Afterwards] it was family and friends drinks in Cirque, all paid for by Johannah’s husband Dan. It was a celebration of her life and his X Factor performance. It was a very emotional night.“

Johannah passed away last Wednesday [7th December] following a short and secret battle with leukaemia, as well as Louis and 18-year-old Lottie, Johannah was mum to 16-year-old Felicite, 12-year-old twins Daisy and Phoebe and two-year-old twins Doris and Ernest.

Trump: I need to say something about Black History. Names! I NEED NAMES!

Aides: Harriet Tubman

Trump: That’s the woman on the $20? Yes. More!

Aides: Rosa Parks!

Trump: I need to balance it out. Two Black women, one Black man. We can’t use Martin Luther King again, he’s got a whole damn day.

Aides: Fredrick Douglass!

Trump: TRAFFIC! I heard that name a lot with Republicans!

[Graphic from New York Times - Headline: Trump: That Frederick Douglass “has done an amazing job.”

Yes, that Frederick Douglass, former slave, abolitionist and statesman who died in 1895.

Meeting with African-American supporters at the White House on Wednesday, the president let it be known that Mr. Douglass, an important figure in American history, had come to his attention.

“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice,” Mr. Trump said. “Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and millions more black Americans who made America what it is today. A big impact.”

Yes, he said that.]



In the Jar by Ayumi Shibata 

Ayumi Shibata, born in 1982, in Yokohama, Japan. She moved to New York in 2007 and started making art pieces by paper. For her series “In the Jar” she created ethereal cities entirely cut out by hand and installed into glass containers

 Working within this cultural framework, she uses the traditional method of Japanese paper cutting to bring attention to the delicate relationship we as humans have with the environment. Within her work, she wants to create a discussion about how we relate and care about the world we were given.

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