perfect income

Okay but I just imagine the Pevensies going to their respective schools after Prince Caspian, and it doesn’t take the other kids long to notice something is…off about them.
There’s something rough in the edges of Peter that the worst of the other boys keep getting cut on. Something powerful and confident. He was always likable, the shining golden child that the school trots out as a perfect example to incoming students, but now he is strong, he has emerged from the countryside a leader. He stands up to bullies, he always has, but he’s more eager to get into a fight these days than to talk them down. He’s a strong hand and quick word, but there’s power to back it up this time.
There’s something in the way Susan tilts her head that makes her seem like a woman. The way she carries herself high and tall, the proud line of her shoulders as she walks down the hall that makes some lable her to high and mighty for her own good. The world doesn’t know what to do with queens, and that’s what Susan seems to be these days.
There’s something dark lurking in Edmund that makes the other boys uneasy. Something wild and untamed in the now quiet boy. He no longer gets into fights, no longer bullies or mocks the others. In fact, he’s taken to stopping fights, to pushing back against his former friends when they try to take things to far. His roomate claims he wakes screaming from nightmares sometimes, and the stillness of his presence belies the intensity of his eyes.
There’s something burning in Lucy that wasn’t before. All the teachers comment on it. There’s something loud and cheerful in the girl who used to be quiet, and she makes friends even faster than before, pulled in by her captivating orbit. She spins fantastic tales, and is scolded for having her head in the clouds. She tells her tales of magical kingdoms as if she were really there, and gets sad sometimes, as if she misses the people who were never there.

Everyone agrees that something happened to the Pevensie children in the country, but they never talk about it. The adults eventually just chalk it up to the war, and almost forget about the strange children that populatetd their classrooms, until they read about the tragedy in the paper. Then they remember. And they never forget.
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“A sprinkle of this, a dollop of that… and this will make the perfect cake.”

Their current income is low, so there will be only one cake available to celebrate the triplets’ birthdays. It’s still enough to give everyone at least one lovely slice. Annie does hope that Rowan’s new growth of crops will sell well at the market. Even with the money worries, there’s still a smile on her face.

There is a certain natural affinity between the idea of income equality and the idea of totalitarianism.  What is the market?  The market is defined by differential values. Value is by its very nature a comparative term.  a thing can only have value if there are also other things of greater and lesser value. Therefore the idea of perfect income equality is the negation of the market; the negation of value itself. Once the concept of value is gone, one can transform rocks into diamonds with a decree. Totalitarianism is omnipotence;  it is the ability to politically create something out of nothing. It is the negation of all objective value.  Value differentiation means that the entirely counterfeit cannot endure; that no man’s arbitrary whim can rule.

Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically; it is mainly about displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children. Being united to Christ by faith is a greater source of material success than perfect sex and double-income prosperity. So it is with marriage. It is a momentary gift. It may last a lifetime, or it may be snatched away on the honeymoon. Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. If we make secondary things primary, we will be embittered at the sorrows we must face. But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be, not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it.
—  John Piper
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Music and a Board

Okay, guy, try this on for size: my rendition of the beginning of a skater AU for Bechloe.

The redhead didn’t see the train coming.

“No, Bree, I haven’t seen that fox video yet.”

“I figured you would be the first one to show me,” Aubrey teased through the phone. Chloe sighed and smiled.

“I watch a lot of stupid videos, Bree. And yeah, he’s got a good voice when he’s not doing stupid things with it—”

And he’s gorgeous,” Aubrey laughed.

“Sure, if you’re into that, I guess.”

Aubrey snickered, making the speaker crackle in Chloe’s ear. “No, but I forgot. Your type is a bad girl with a bad attitude, right?”

“Not a bad girl,” Chloe said lightly. “A rebellious streak … well, maybe.” She stepped out on the tracks , and suddenly a horn blared to life not ten feet beside her.

Things happened very fast.

There was a dark flash of movement from the other side of the tracks, and suddenly Chloe was airborne; she landed hard on her back on the sidewalk, cracking her head against the pavement hard enough to momentarily see stars. She raised her head just enough to dazedly see the train barreling through the space that Chloe had occupied only a second ago.

“What the actual fuck, dude?” an angry voice demanded. “What was that? Are you actually trying to die today?”

“Sorry,” Chloe groaned, sitting up and rubbing the back of her head gingerly, feeling the tender spot. When she pulled her hand away, she didn’t see any red, so she figured she was okay. “I wasn’t paying attention.”

Obviously,” growled the voice, and Chloe allowed her eyes to roam upwards. A skateboard and a pair of black Chucks met her sight first, followed by a pair of calves capped in dark skinny jeans. A gray T-shirt depicted a recognizable band logo, and a pair of headphones were wrapped around her neck. The face above them scowled hard at her, though Chloe was busy memorizing the soft curve of lips, the way dark eyeliner made midnight blue eyes stand out, the unruly locks of dark brown hair capped in a red beanie, and the numerous ear piercings that seemed to pull the woman before her together, instead of pulling away from the look. Chloe felt her heart stop, and she immediately knew she was in trouble.

Because this was a bad girl with a bad attitude, and holy fuck was Chloe entranced.

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Hearty Chicken & Dill Noodle Soup

Made this recipe from scratch because my boyfriend was coming down with something and I wanted to put some colour back in his cheeks, first time ever making my own recipe, and it’s pretty basic, but it turned out amazing! Bear with me though, this is my first time ever writing a recipe.

Ingredients:

  • x1 cooked, whole chicken (like from superstore, under the heat lamps, I used a BBQ seasoned one but they’re all relatively similar in flavour so it doesn’t really matter)
  • x1 Medium onion, diced (I just used your typical yellow/white onion)
  • x4 Celery stocks, chopped and halved 
  • x4 Large Cloves of Garlic (you could use more if you like!)
  • ¾ths of a 1lb bag of baby carrots (or use the whole thing if you have room in the pot), chopped
  • 1/3rd of a bag of Primo brand rotini (that’s just what I chose to use, you could use whatever pasta you have available to you, however I do feel rotini, or any “spiral” pasta is the best pasta for chicken soups)
  • 4 very generous shakes of dill weed, thyme, parsley and basil (or to taste, this was not exact for mine, I added much more dill and basil to match my personal preference, I like good flavour in my soup
  • some cooking oil (just enough to coat the onions)
  • an entire 4-pack of Knorr brand chicken broth bouillon gelatin cups
  • salt and pepper to taste, however I’m sure you could use whatever brand you like.
  • roughly (so a little over) ¾ths of your pot of water (should be a larger pot)

Directions:

  1. First, cook your pasta al dente (firm), drain, and set aside in a separate container, allowing you to use the same pot for the rest of the recipe.
  2. Pull apart (shred) all the meat and skin from your chicken with two forks, and put aside, be careful not to get any small bones, or cartilage in the chicken
  3. chop your garlic, onion, celery, carrots; throw your garlic and onion in the pot with some cooking oil to sweat the onions with the garlic. let it simmer for a couple minutes until the onions are translucent (you are now done with the cooking oil for this recipe)
  4. after that, throw your celery and carrots into the pot, add the water and put it on a medium-high heat. At this point you can add all of your other ingredients except for your pasta. Bring to a boil for roughly 10 minutes.
  5. At this point you can add as much of your pasta as you like to the pot, just make sure you have a nice ratio to the broth.
  6. Bring to a medium-low heat and simmer until carrots and celery are relatively tender, stir occasionally, and serve.
  7. Enjoy!

This recipe is ENORMOUS, serving six to seven with hefty, hearty portions its absolutely excellent for left overs not to mention you can make it for around 18~20$ (that was my experience anyway, I had to buy almost everything for it, but it could be a lot cheaper for others who usually have these ingredients on-hand, the chicken costs roughly $8) and goes a long way, its super filling, perfect for big, low-income families or someone who likes to plan their meals in advance!

*Author’s Note: The beautiful thing about soup is that it’s really hard to mess up, there’s always room to play around with your spices and herbs until you get a balance you prefer!

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We had two orb weaving spiders sharing a corner on our deck, perfect location for incoming bugs heading to the deck lights. The one in the top picture didn’t have a very neat web that first night, and a really haphazard one the second night while the one with the neat net was catching lots of bugs and wrapping them in silk, keeping that net neat and tidy.  On the third night there were two spiders fighting but I am not sure if it was the two orb weavers or possibly a different kind? Usually the girls are bigger and in the orb spider social world,  will eat their dates. In this fight the little one was winning.  After several hours of checking on them I finally gave up and went to bed after deciding the small one had pretty much won the battle. I read up a bit on fighting spiders, turns out spider fighting is a thing in the Far East, Japan, the Philippines, etc, taking the place of cock fighting sometimes. I would have lost my bet on this pair as I was sure the big one could take out the little one with no problem.