Not a diet. Diet implies temporary, and what we need to do is form a set of new, sustainable habits for the rest of our life.
A lot of you probably have a daydream of taking a black, billowy trash bag and planning a SWAT-style assault on your fridge and cupboards and then setting fire to the dumpster you hurl it into. Naturally, you’ll dash over to the grocery store and purchase a ton of strange-looking foods you don’t regularly eat, or never eat! Then you’ll slap on a pair of shiny new shoes and go run a 5K. This works for–some people. Honestly, few people.
The reality for many people; however, is they get off their foray after a few weeks. Why is that?
Think about it. How long did it take you to really get into the groove of your current habits? Months? Years? If you’re trying to simultaneously kiss soda and chip’s ass good-bye, change every bite of food you eat, and start a fitness routine. Guess what? Stress, stress, stress! Your stomach was used to those portion sizes (whether too large or too small) and some of your favorite snacks, your brain is literally addicted to it. A lot of people will reach nuclear meltdown levels trying to transition to a healthy lifestyle this way.
Just like it took you time to form your current habits, it’s going to take some time to form your new habits. I truly do empathize with the feelings of wanting everything to be different right now, but realistically we can only handle a certain amount of stressors and change at one time.
Start With Nutrition Habits: While I really would recommend finding a few cheeky ways to get more active, you’ve probably heard some variant of “can’t outrun your fork,” or “it’s 80% nutrition.” Well, it really is true. Being more active is absolutely crucial to improving overall health in the “endgame,” but we’re still playing the “tutorial” and the dietary aspects of our lifestyle change are the bulk of the impact. It goes beyond that, though. I’ve written more about it here, but being a beginner can be genuinely hard at times! It takes a lot of time and effort to get oneself to a point where they can physically and mentally handle what entails “regular, moderate exercise.” One part of making that transition easier will be better nutrition and hydration.
Start With an Easy Target: I always tell people if they drink a lot of soda, juice, or sweetened tea/coffee to start here. Sugar provides us pretty much no nutrition and removing the pulp from fruit makes juice not that great for us, either. Drinking more water is not negotiable and replacing these beverages with water will do a surprising amount of good for how you feel–all by itself. I recognize how hard this one can be to kick, but sweetened beverages really do load many people’s lifestyles with a lot of bad juju.
If you don’t have a beverage problem, maybe you do have a condiment/dressing problem and can reduce the quantities and find alternatives. Maybe you party-hardy a little too much and need to cut down on alcohol. While I said “easy target,” no one said it would be that easy, but you probably have an idea where most of these so called “empty” nutrients are coming from.
Transition Bad Habits a Few at a Time: The opening of this probably already made it clear, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. You probably have an idea of what some of your most problematic habits are, so choose one; maybe two, and see how you adjust over a week or two before considering the next step.
Small Swaps: Start switching out various items in your pantries, fridges, and lunchboxes with simple alternatives. Change white breads, rices, and pastas to brown. Take the bag of chips from your lunch and turn it into a few servings of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Pick out a leaner cut of meat and use a little less dairy, if you eat them. Little changes can have massive results.
Learn Moderation: Remember that whole sustainable part at the very beginning? Our lifestyles do need to reflect our real lives. Well, my real life has a love of chocolates, pastries, and candies. So, it’s not realistic for me to say “no chocolate, pastries, or candies.” Food molarity can be a pretty toxic outlook on eating and life in general. Instead of labeling foods as “bad,” just learn and respect the limits. There are times where you have to say, “enough, is enough,” but living in a constant state of “no” is not realistic or mentally healthy for most people. It’s OK to love indulgent food. Think about how long your life is going to be. So, now think about how dinky an occasional treat will be in retrospect.
Depending on Your Struggles, Consider Therapy: As we know, many aspects of unhealthy eating habits are actually unhealthy mental habits. Depending on the severity and exact nature of those problems, never be embarrassed to seek professional help. I struggled with stress eating and even binge eating for most of my adolescence, and finally getting help for my anxiety disorder played a pretty crucial role in improving both my physical and mental health. If it’s not a possibility at this time, consider journaling.
Walk Before Your Run: Literally and figuratively. I’m going to recommend this previous post I recently wrote again, but when you’ve gotten a few habits cracked and feel like you’re ready to start amping up your activity, start with low impact and low equipment exercises. If it has been years, or if you’ve never exercised, it takes some easing into it. I recommend walking to all beginners because we already know how to do it, have what we need to do it, and probably won’t hurt ourselves.
So, there you have it. Tackle small challenges and get your body acclimated to them before you consider some of the overarching and holistic goals you have for your lifestyle. That said, we’re all different. If you still want to try and do that 180-flip, I can’t stop you and some people are successful that way. No two people or personality types have the exact same problems or strategy for overcoming them. However, if you’ve gotten frustrated and thrown in the towel a time or two, consider the scope of change and how to realistically implement it over a period of time. We didn’t form our old habits overnight.
❦ Our muses go out to pick some fruit/vegetables/herbs
♬ One of our muses serenades the other
✎ Our muses are trying to write/tell a story together
☘ Our muses win/find a substantial amount of money
❇ Something just exploded
◸ Our muses must shelter during a rainstorm
╬ One of our muses runs into the other and knocks everything from their arms
♞ One of our muses teaches the other a skill/game
✂ One of our muses is cutting the other’s hair
₪ Our muses are lost in a hedge maze/ruin
✧ Our muses make up their own constellation
۞ Our muses perform a magic ritual
Sometimes the true treasure of intergalactic relations are the puns you make along the way…
Let me start this story by saying that British English is a strange language. We have double meanings, homophones, homonyms and an almost unpalatable sarcastic use of the tongue.
Meet Gina. She’s a kitchen assistant in this story. She might make chef one day, if she cared enough. Meet Hulu, He’s from a small planet near the Eagle nebula. He’s also a kitchen assistant, learning English as he goes.
Gina likes to dance, a LOT. More than is safe for most people. She’ll dance wherever and whenever she can, no matter what she’s doing! This isn’t to say she’s good at it, just enthusiastic. Hulu does not dance, he doesn’t really understand it, but wants to learn why so many humans do. Gina seems to be a prime candidate for explaining this (often terrifying behaviour).
One day, whilst preparing beetroot soup, she breaks into dance again, knives dancing across the board with her, scooping more veg into the pot. So Hulu asks: “What drives you to dance all the time?” Gina replies, “Why, it’s the beat man, you’ve got to feel the beat!” “I don’t understand, you feel something when you dance…” “Of course we do, you’ve got to feel it all the way and let the dance out!” With that last line, Gina picks up more vegetables, and boogies over to the stove. Hulu accepts that this is something he will never understand.
Next shift, Hulu is paired with head chef Boyle. This time, salad’s on the menu. The next question is where things go south… “Hey Hulu, get the beets from the pantry”. “Beets? I don’t know that word”. “Beets, short for Beetroot, red root vegetable, top shelf”.
Now Hulu understands, to dance you need to feel the Beet! Gina dances her best when she’s cooking, that must be it! Armed with this new-found knowledge, Hulu goes out to the nightclub, well prepared with a bag of Beets. When the DJ says to drop the beet, he drops it! When his friends say they’re not feeling the beat at this club, he gives them a beet to help. They’re laughing, he’s having fun, surely he’s got it right!
Thanks to a poor grasp of English, and a kitchen misunderstanding, Hulu has created the greatest pun to ever hit that town, and he’ll never know it…
people who clean toilets deserve to make a living.
people who flip burgers deserve to make a living.
people who wait tables deserve to make a living.
people who drive cabs deserve to make a living.
people who sweet streets deserve to make a living.
people who lay bricks deserve to make a living.
people who pick fruits and vegetables deserve to make a living.
people who deliver packages deserve to make a living.
people who pick up garbage deserve to make a living.
the idea that minimum-wage jobs are supposed to be “temporary jobs” or “stepping stones” on your way to a “real living” is false. many people will hold these jobs their entire lives. many people will never be able to do anything else. they are all NECESSARY jobs, jobs that need to be done. just because a job is “low skill” does not mean that the person who performs the job deserves to be paid a pittance.
Requested: Nope, I just really wanted to a fluffy Bucky Fic
Summary: You and Bucky always eat breakfast at the same time everyday, and everyday you invite him to spend time with you, and everyday he turns you down, until he doesnt. FLUFF FLUFF FLUFF
A/N: I have had this idea in my head for ages and I finally typed it up. I still feel like its a bit rough and doesnt flow very well but
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ as usual feedback is greatly appreciated! Feel free to reblog!! If anyone wants to draw Bucky in the gardening scene that would be great. I also suck at titles.
“Hey Buckster,” You greet Bucky
Barnes as you enter the kitchen of the Avenger’s tower one morning.
He says, his signature frown on his face at your nick name for him as he looks
up from the paper he was reading.
supposed to be warmer today, I’m going for a walk around the park, would you
like to come with me?” Going to grab your favorite mug for your coffee, you
found that it was on the highest shelf. Cursing whoever emptied the dishwasher
last, you attempted to stand on your tip toes to reach it, but couldn’t.
“Buckster, will you do me a favor and grab my mug for me?” He nodded, moving
over to you and reaching the cub with ease. “Thank you. So, what do you say
about the walk.”
you,” He said simply before returning to his breakfast and paper.
morning you planned something to do, walk, attending to your flower garden on
the top level of the tower, or Sundays and Wednesdays it was the farmer’s
market, sometimes it was to read outside, other times a run, anything that you
could invite Bucky along to. You had been doing it since about a week after he
arrived, which was about three months ago, now. Every morning you ate breakfast
at the same time as him, and every morning you’d ask if he wanted to do
something with you, and every morning he would say ‘no, thank you.’ Then, every
morning you would sit down and talk to him, well, at him, while you both ate or drank coffee.
Clint calls me hot-head for the pun, but it just doesn’t make sense, I am a
relatively calm person, I think.” You rant to a non-responsive Bucky about the
nickname that Clint gave you. Being an Enhanced with the ability to summon and
control fire it came the opportunity for a multitude of puns, all of which the
team would take advantage of. You enjoyed the joking for the most part but sometimes
it made you a bit upset because you were self-conscious about your enhancement,
feeling that fire was far too destructive of an element for yourself. “Anyways,
have a good day Buckster.” Hoping off the stool at the breakfast bar, you
rinsed out your mug and put it in the drying rack just as Sam and Steve walked
in from their morning run.
it’s hot.” Sam commented, both of them with sweat stains down their shirts.
worry, I’m leaving.” You tease, waving as you walk out the door. You swore you
heard a stifled chuckle from Bucky.
morning, Bucko,” You grin at Bucky the next day, walking into the kitchen and
making your way to the cabinets as usual, “How was your yesterday?”
He responded shortly, glancing up from the paper.
who the hell keeps putting my mug on the tallest shelf?” You mutter as you
attempt to grab your mug again on your very tip toes. Before you could turn
around to grab a chair, you felt the presence of someone right behind you and
saw a metal arm reach out in front of you and grab the mug for you. “Thank
you,” You grinned up at him as you took it from his hand once he held it out
for you. “I’m going to the farmer’s market today, I was thinking about getting
some fresh flowers to brighten up the place in here and possibly some veggies,
wanna come with?” With a fluttering in your stomach at how close he was
standing to you, you took another shot in the dark, prepared for disappointment.
Bucky nodded once.
A look of
surprise washed over your face for a moment but it was quickly replaced with a
grin so bright it rivaled the sun. “Awesome! We can go after breakfast?” You
ask, practically jumping with excitement. He nods, a corner of his lip quirking
up in what you believe to be a smile.
practically shot gun your cup of coffee you quickly change out of your pajamas
and grab your bag, you meet Bucky back in the kitchen. You spend most of the
walk to the park where the farmer’s market was in comfortable silence. “What is
your favorite type of flower?” You ask as you near the tents and spot the
know,” Was all the answer you got, but you smiled anyways, mentally picking out
the type of flower you were going to get for him.
hummed to yourself as you stood in front of the buckets of beautiful plants,
finger held to your lip in thought as you decided which types would be best
where in the tower. “Do you like these for the kitchen?” You ask, pointing to a
particular type and looking to Bucky and only receiving a shrug in response,
“Yeah, you’re right, they won’t work, far too flippant.” Looking around for a
more appropriate bouquet you miss the smile that graces his lips at your
comment. After choosing what you felt to be a sufficient number of flowers you
gathered them up in your arms and paid the vendor.
hard to notice the stares that you were getting, of course you would be
recognized, you were part of the Avengers. But every time Bucky got noticeably
uncomfortable with people’s heads turning to look at you, you redirected the
conversation to take his mind off of it.
you like some help carrying those?” He asked after noticing you struggling to
balance all of the floral arrangements as you picked out vegetables.
heavens, yes please.” You sigh in relief and smile as you hand over about half
of them. When your hands brush each other you see his eyes flick to look at you
but you just keep your attention on the flowers, not wanting to make him think
that it wasn’t okay. You realize afterward that this is the first time you’ve
ever touched him.
you like flower so much? You always talk about them when you ask me to come
with you here, and your garden.” Bucky speaks up as you begin walking back to
suppose it has to do with what I feel fire is,
which is annihilation and destruction, so I like something that’s the opposite
of that. I like to surround myself with life and growth because maybe it’ll
cancel out in the long run.” You try to sound nonchalant as you admit something
you had never said aloud, let alone to anyone else. Bucky stays silent, but you
know that in his silence there is understanding.
“I picked these out for you.” You
say quickly after you return to the tower and set all the purchases down and holding
out a grouping of daffodils. “Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings,
just as we, The Avengers, are for you.” You left out the other specific things
those flowers also meant.
you, Y/N.” He tried his best to smile at you as he watched you carefully
arranges the flowers in vases and put them in various places around the tower.
He noticed he was the only person who got his own personal bouquet.
Asks as he lays flat on his back in his bed, unable to fall asleep.
Barnes?” The AI answers back.
Daffodil flower meaning,” He stated, before quickly adding a “please” at the
end. While he did have to use technology a bit in his years working for Hydra,
he was still confused as to how to navigate the world-wide web, so he mostly
turned to FRIDAY to answer his questions.
symbolize chivalry, rebirth, and since they are the first flower to boom in
spring, they are considered symbolize the end of winter.” FRIDAY answers back
smoothly. Bucky smiles at this, it was perfect. He knew that Y/N knew enough
about flowers to know the full meaning. His heart swelled with happiness and
affection, she specifically chose ones that not only meant rebirth, as she had
defined them, but ones that specifically marked the end of winter, and gave
them to him. But he was drawn from these thoughts when the AI’s Irish lilt
filled the silence of his room once again, “To a lesser degree they are known
as the flower of unrequited love.” Bucky’s heart beat sped up at this and his
head swam. Had Y/N meant it that way? If he were to think she just didn’t know,
he would be contradicting his earlier thought of that she knew flowers and
their meanings well. “Is there anything else I can do for you, Mr. Barnes?”
thank you.” He croaks out. He lay there for the rest of the night, thoughts
running too fast to let him find peaceful sleep.
Bucky didn’t realize he had fallen asleep
until he woke up. Late, much to his dissatisfaction. It was only about half an
hour later than when he normally woke up. Walking quickly down the hall he
cursed to himself, he liked to be in the kitchen before you so he could see you
scuffle in, wish him good morning in your far-too-chipper-for-how-early-it-was
voice, and invite him to whatever it was you were doing that day, and more
recently, help you grab your mug from the top shelf of the cabinets.
neared the kitchen he heard the sound of glass shattering followed immediately
by a loud thud and an ‘oof’. Running into the room, he finds you on the floor,
seemingly haven fallen off the counter, mug broken.
there, Buck-aroni, mind giving a girl a hand?” You groan, trying to push
moves to your side to help you, “You’re bleeding,” He comments when he sees
that the shattered mug had left ceramic bits sticking out of the side of your
arm and leg as he pulls you to your feet. So preoccupied with worry, he fails
to see the blush spreading across your cheeks at the close contact.
great,” You mutter, hissing in pain as you attempt to pull a particularly large
shard from your thigh.
help, I’ll go get a first aid kit.” When Bucky returned, first aid box in hand,
you were sitting on a stool and attempting to pull more pieces. “Stop that.” He
ordered softly, moving your hand away so he could begin pulling them out more
carefully with the tweezers.
my favorite mug.” You huff between curses as he began carefully working on
cleaning you up, “I was trying to get it from the top shelf so I climbed on the
counter, but it was wet and I slipped.”
didn’t you grab a chair or wait for me to get it for you?” He glances up at
you, guilt settling in his stomach.
too lazy to get a chair and I didn’t want to hassle you. Plus you might have
been sleeping in.” You shrug.
morning Inferno, Frosty- oh god what happened here?” Tony asks as he enters the
kitchen to fill his mug. You doubt he slept, based on the caffeine-wired look
and dark circles under his eyes.
You say with a roll of your eyes. You hated your title, and everyone knew that.
Being an enhanced, you came from Hydra, a different branch than Bucky, so you
hadn’t crossed paths at all. You joined the Avengers a few months before he
did, and right away you had expressed your dislike of your name.
right, sorry about that. Say, why don’t you like Inferno again?” Tony asked,
leaning against the counter.
Inferno is defined as huge, out of control, fire, or simply, as Hell, because I
was designed to reign hell down upon Hydra’s enemies. I don’t want to be Hell.”
You replied simply, though there was an edge to your tone.
glanced up at you, this being the first time you had ever explained your hatred
of your title, and your reasoning resonated deep with him.
how about we come up with a new one for you.” Tony shrugged, sipping his
we coming up with a new one of?” Steve asked as he entered the kitchen after
his morning run with Sam. He raised a questioning eyebrow at Bucky crouched in
front of you, gauze in hand.
reach my mug so I stood on the counter to get it and slipped getting off and
broke it, thus why I have mug shards in my arm and leg.” You answer his
unspoken question, thinking it was directed at why you were hurt rather than
the true meaning of as to why Bucky was the one helping you. Little did you
know, when Steve and Bucky were alone, you were pretty much all Bucky could
talk about. Yesterday, Steve swore the only things that came out of his best
friend’s mouth were about your trip to the farmer’s market and how happy he was
you gave him flowers. “But Tony suggested we come up with a new like code name
for me, since I despise Inferno so much.”
great idea! How about Blaze? That sounds cool?” Steve offered, grabbing food
from the fridge.
your head, wincing slightly as Bucky cleaned a larger cut. “That makes me sound
like I’m a stoner or something.”
Steve frowns in confusion and you just shake your head to say ‘you don’t wanna
Tony suggests thoughtfully, “Flaming flammable person? Magma?”
about Phoenix?” Bucky asks suddenly, looking up as he wraps the final cut with
a Band-Aid. “This is your new life, rising from the ashes of what Hydra made
it.” You grin, nodding, “That’s perfect.”
smiles slightly, and Steve nods in approval of it as well, all while Tony walks
away muttering about three people in the Avengers now with bird-related names.
going to go work in the garden this morning but seeing as it hurts to move and
I have a mission coming up and need to heal, I think I’m going to watch a movie.
Want to join me, Buck-aroni?” You ask as you push yourself off the bench
He nods once, and you smile in response before leaving to go pick out a movie
in the other room.
Steve asks, smirking.
Bucky warns, shooting his friend a good-natured glare.
it’s cute, the nicknames,” His best friend shrugs in response, “I’m glad to see
you’re finally taking her up on her offers to spend time with you.”
morning without fail she asks you to do something, no matter how many times you
turn it down, you got to like someone to do that. We’ve all seen it, so don’t even
deny it, so she obviously wants to spend time with you, and I’m glad you
started doing it.” Steve shrugs, taking a bite of the toast he made.
Bucky could response his attention is pulled away by you calling his name to
join you in the movie room.
“Good Morning, Buckaroo,” You wave at him
before going to the cupboard to steal someone else’s mug for the day until you
went to the store to get a new one.
morning Bucky had made sure to be there before you, a small box with a ribbon
something for you,” He avoided making eye contact and he seemed nervous, which
made you frown. As he held out the box, you took it carefully.
you didn’t have to get me anything.” You say as you carefully untie the ribbon
and open the box. Inside was a new mug, covered in vintage style flowers. “Oh,
this is wonderful, thank you!” Setting the cup down you move across the table
to pull him into a tight hug. Bucky stiffens at first but then wraps his arms
around your waist.
interrupting something?” Sam says teasingly as he enters the room, Steve not
far behind him.
Bucky just got me a new mug because I broke mine yesterday, isn’t is pretty?”
You pull away from Bucky and hold up the mug. While you admiring the details of
the flowers you missed the knowing smirks that Steve and Sam shot Bucky, and
the blush that rose to his cheeks in response.
Buckaroo, I’m working in the garden today and could use some help, want to join
me?” You ask over your shoulder, pouring yourself a coffee.
You quickly pulled out your phone to snap a picture of the moment. You and Bucky had just finished weeding and potting new plants in your garden and were gearing up to head back inside, but the picture perfect moment was too much to pass up. His hair was pulled up with a hair band, a flower tucked behind his ear from when you placed it there earlier, dirt smeared on his face, and neon pink gardening gloves on his hands.
“Smile!” You command with a laugh, holding up your phone. He didn’t have enough time to think of what he was doing before he flashed you a dazzling smile that made your heart flutter.
‘Well, I have my new wallpaper.’ You think to yourself as you grin down at your phone.
Grant Rogers, stop putting my mug on the top shelf! Unlike you, I am a short
person who can’t reach it!” You yell as you walk into the kitchen that night
and find Steve emptying the dish washer.
put your mug on the top shelf, I always put it on the bottom.” He puts his
hands up as if in surrender before pointing to your mug. And sure enough, it
was on the bottom shelf of the cupboard.
does it get to the top shelf every morning?” You frown, crossing your arms.
“I was on
a mission a few days ago and someone else emptied it, maybe they did.” He
shrugs before returning to putting the dishes away.
screen located inside the island, you try to remember the first day it was on
the top shelf. “FRIDAY, pull of video of the kitchen from four nights ago, fast
forward.” Steve comes and stands beside you as you watch the playback of the
night sped up. “Normal speed.” You order as you watch Bucky come on screen and
begin putting the dishes away, and sure enough, puts your mug on the top shelf.
“What a little shit, I asked him to get it down for me the next morning and he
didn’t even tell me he was the one who did it.” you mutter with a shake of you
was here the next day, and I put it on the bottom shelf.” Steve prompts,
putting the pieces together as to what was going on.
go to the next night, fast forward,” You say, watching intently as people whiz
quickly on the screen, including Steve putting the dishes away, as he said.
Leaning against the counter, you and Steve waited as the foot traffic stopped
and the lights went off, “I don’t understand, how did it-“ but you were cut
short when the lights turned back on around 2am, and Bucky walked in, opened
the cupboard, and put your mug on the top shelf. “Pause, please.” You ask
FRIDAY and the picture stops. “Why would he do that?” Frowning, you ask the
question more to yourself than to Steve. “Go to 24 hours later please,” And at
the same time the next night, you saw Bucky come in and move your mug yet
again. “I don’t understand.”
you said you asked him for help the first day, right?”
the next day I was just going to grab a stool but he grabbed it for me before I
could.” Frowning in thought, you dismiss FRIDAY and close the screen.
be because he liked helping you?” Steve offered, hoping you’d pick up on what
was happening. You were smart, just oblivious sometimes. “That was the day he
went to the farmer’s market with you, right? It could be that that gave him an
excuse to be by you? You could ask him about it.”
be.” You nod, staring to understand what was going on. “I’ll ask him about it.”
ask you meant wait until 2am and catch him in the act.
1:45 you crept softly into the kitchen, keeping the lights off so Bucky
wouldn’t think anything was out of the ordinary. Waiting in the darkness, you
felt your heartbeat pick up with nerves. What if Steve was wrong? But why else
would Bucky move your mug every day? When you heard footsteps approaching, you
panicked and scurried softly away, staying low and peaking around the corner as
Bucky entered the kitchen. You knew it was weird to spy, but you didn’t have
the courage to confront him. You figured, tomorrow morning, you will quickly
try to get the cup yourself without him interfering, and if he does, you’ll
stay up the next night and confront him for sure.
morning, Bucky!” You try to sound as normal as possible as you stroll into the
nickname this morning?” He asks, a small amused smile on his lips that makes
your heart swell with happiness.
honest I’m running out of them. I thought about Buckaboo but that just sounds
weird.” You laugh when he scrunches up his nose at the nickname, “See?” You
tease as you open up the cupboard and prepare yourself to jump on the counter
again. After making sure it was dry this time, of course. Putting your hands on
the counter, you jump up, but as soon as your feet leave the ground you feel
two strong hands on your waist, lifting you to reach your mug. After you
clasped onto your mug tightly, he lowered you back to the ground. “Thank you,”
You murmured, turning around to face him.
course,” Bucky smiled, lingering in front of you for a moment before returning
to his spot at the breakfast bar. After pouring your coffee and adding the
amount of sugar you like, you took your place next to him, falling into your
usual routine of talking at him. Though, today, he talked back, looked up from
the paper, made eye contact, added comments here and there. You didn’t think
you had been happier in years.
thinking about going for a walk this morning, would you like to join me?” Bucky
asks softly during a lull in conversation, turning the tables. You can tell
he’s nervous by the way he’s fidgeting and avoiding eye contact, but his words
are smooth, probably from rehearing it repeatedly.
to, Bucky.” You grin.
walked along the streets until you reached a small park. Collectively, you
decided to sit on a bench and people watch for a bit, enjoying the nice
You say after a moment and he turns to look at you, “You do know there’s a
video camera in the kitchen, right?” Watching as his face goes void of color
and he starts to stammer something out but you just smile softly and hold up
your hand to stop him. “Just tell me why, I want to understand.”
a deep breath, looking down at his hands as he tries to formulate the right
thing to say. “Every morning you always ask me to do something, anything, with
you, to show, what I think and hope is, your affection. Or at least that you
aren’t afraid of me, and enjoy my company. I guess I was looking for my own
version of that to show you the same things.”
over on the bench you wrap your arms around him and pull him into a tight hug,
up the full meaning of daffodils too, by the way.” He says as you pull away,
and it was your turn for your face to go pale.
you shared the same sentiment about your title as I did, so I figured a flower
that marked the end of winter would be appropriate.” You quickly tried to cover
your tracks, hoping that was all that came up when he searched the meaning.
unrequited.” He says simply, ignoring your explanation.
isn’t?” You choke out, you voice small as you look at him.
isn’t.” A large and genuine smile graces his lips, “Thank you for not giving up
on me every time I turned you down for your morning activities.”
course,” A bashful blush rises to your cheeks as you glance between his eyes
and his smile.
kiss you?” He asks softly, and when you nod he closes the distance between you
two, pressing a soft and sweet kiss to your lips.
hell is this?” Natasha throws a tabloid magazine down on the table in front of
you and Bucky as you drink your morning coffee together the next day.
up the magazine and study the front page with your boyfriend. There was a
picture of you two kissing in the park plastered across the front and smaller
photos of your morning walks and farmer’s market visit scattered in the corners,
headline reading “INFERNO AND WINTER SOLDIER COUPLE NAME: TEMPERATE?”
I dig it.” You nod, tossing the magazine back at the other woman and turning to
Bucky, “What do you think?”
like Sam personally called them to give them that idea.” He chuckles with a
shake of his head.
“I meant what the hell as in why didn’t you
tell me you were together!” Natasha scolded you with her hands on her hips.
request: “hi ! i love your writing so so much, and i was wondering if i could request a george weasley imagine where the reader is muggle-born and someone calls her a mudblood, and she has no idea what it means so she asks george and he gets all defensive ? idk, i just think he’d be really protective and passionate when it comes to that type of stuff. you can take the prompt however you want, though ! thank you so so much, and i love your writing ! 💝” — by @danisnotonfuego
a/n: ah, i love george weasley so much that i should thank you for this request! thank you also for your kind words and i hope you like this imagine. x
You shuffled around with your paperwork on your desk, trying to gather the new contract for your last client of the day. On one end you liked being able to leave work early for a meeting, on the other end sometimes these new client meetings could last longer than your actual shift. But anything to solidify a new partnership.
Looking at your watch you groaned. If you could wrap up this meeting in about an hour then you’d have plenty of time to stop at the grocery store and pick up Kiseok’s favorites for dinner.
But something told you that this client was going to be a pain in the ass. He already had so many demands, one of which being that you had to meet him at his restaurant of choice.
Walking out of your building, you hailed a taxi and gave Kiseok another call just to check in, to your surprise he actually answered.
Blueliner was pretty cute for a superhero, but then again so was Derek Nurse…
Dex had known his day was going to be awful. Nothing bad had
actually happened that morning, but there was that feeling in the pit of his
stomach. That all too familiar feeling that meant he’d run into him today, which meant Dex left his
place wary of everything and everyone.
He was right to be suspicious.
Dex’s face was pressed down into the disgusting carpet, a
heavy boot resting on his back. The boot, sitting heavily on an old bruise, was
an uncomfortable pressure that got worse the longer it was there. He crushed
the urge to shift and lay stiffly on the ground. It wasn’t even lunch yet and
his day had gone to shit.
“Hurry up, Chad! That’s enough for now. We gotta get out of
The Chad at the till let out a cry of “Chad!” as the boot,
and attached Chad, flew off of Dex and into the wall. He was wrestled to the
ground, quickly cuffed, and Money Chad darted for the bank entrance. Before he
made it beyond a few steps, Money Chad was trussed up like his partner. It was
over in the blink of an eye.
✿ richie’s a spicy salsa boy, stan likes mild salsa, bill is def a guac and tortilla chips kind of boy, and eddie loves fruit salsa but it’s hard to find so he sticks w cheesy spinach and artichoke dip!
✿ richie pours tajin on his fruit and loves mexican candy
✿ ben loves apple juice, fun sized candy bars, pineapple pizza, and rice krispie treats
✿ mike loves salt and vinegar kettle cooked chips, soft pretzels from street fairs, and buttered popcorn
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You loved a million things about being with Dean.
You loved how strong and confident he was working a case. You loved how smart he was but he always let Sam do the research and figure things out. Not because he couldn’t or was too lazy to do it himself, but because he knew his brother loved that part of hunting.
You loved how Dean was digging around the archives, reading weird old books when he thought you and Sam weren’t paying attention. You smiled when you found Vonnegut books buried in the bottom of his closet, like he was ashamed to enjoy books that a lot of people wouldn’t be clever enough to fully understand. But Dean was.
You loved how skilled he was as a hunter and fighter. He moved with grace and watching him kill a nest of vampires was almost hypnotic. He moved as if he was dancing. Every step planned out five moves ahead and no monster stood a chance against him. Dean Winchester was dangerous.
But not to you. With you he was protective and kind. Dean often didn’t vocalize how much he loved you, but he also didn’t need too. One of the things you loved about Dean was how good he was at showing you h and everyone he cared about exactly how he felt. He cooked for you and Sam. He picked up fruits and vegetables on his supply runs cause he knew Sam wanted them. He picked up herbal tea cause he knew you liked drinking it in the evening rather than coffee.
You loved how he made love to you. How he kissed you and held up, but more than anything you loved waking up in the morning after falling asleep after sex. You loved curling up to him feeling his strong arms around your body, and his calloused fingers gently trace patterns on your skin. You rarely spoke those mornings. You just laid there, feeling each other and lazily kissing. There was no rush and no need for words between the two of you to convey exactly how you felt. Dean Winchester was the love of your life and you were his.
I used to hunt… I’ve personally killed the animals I now defend.
After my first kill, I felt like I was going to throw up. It was a dove… I shot her head dead center with a .22 rifle. After I shot her, her body flailed around, spinning, wings flapping, kicking up dust and dirt everywhere.
While it was more than likely she couldn’t feel the pain (and was most likely dead) with the direct hit, her body wouldn’t stop flailing… I walked up to her and fired 5 more shots into where her head used to be. I was almost certain she was dead, but I was completely certain if there was any chance she was still alive, I would be a monster. I was 10 years old. Kids at this age should never make the decision to end another’s life… It’s unfortunate so many do.
At this moment, I knew what I did was wrong, but I believed it was necessary. I continued hunting with my dad for many more years.
As soon as I discovered the animal rights/vegan community, I started taking steps to become vegan (which I successfully did at the age of 17).
The reason why I refer to hunters as monsters is because I personally felt like one while slaughtering animals. I continue to feel this way when I look back on these days. To personally end another’s life and then continue the practice as if it’s an obligation or even a hobby is fucked up.
At 10 years old, I didn’t know we could just go to the grocery store and pick up vegetables. I didn’t understand that the human body doesn’t need meat to survive. I didn’t want to feel the pain of murder, yet I forced to through my youthful ignorance. Full grown men and women should know these things.
HUNTERS ARE MONSTERS. If you are a hunter with access to a grocery store, you are a fucked up individual. Don’t give me the bullshit excuse that it “saves money” or you need to do it because “it provides food”. Hunting is an impractical waste of time and money. If I worked a minimum wage job with all the hours I spent hunting, I would have more than enough money to buy more (and healthier) food than I got from hunting. On top of this, guns and ammo aren’t cheap - It’s a huge waste of time and money.
If you really want to spend time outside, saving money and getting food - Learn how to garden.
this is the otpest of all otps for me so i died writing this. tysm for sending it 💕
domestic kanej wouldn’t happen for years and when it does it would be—fight me on this— at the rietveld family farm after inej took on all the slavers and kaz built up the barrel, destroyed it, and cashed out.
and it would consist of early mornings
inej would wake to the smell of coffee in the air at six a.m, but she’d know kaz’s first cup of it came at least a half an hour earlier.
kaz would be standing by the window overlooking the fields, leaning his weight against his cane, and taking economic sips of his coffee in hopes she’d join him with hers
some days she’d leave him alone with his thoughts
(these are two very independent people i can’t imagine them being glued together all the time?? also realistically speaking, that’s unlikely if you’ve been together for a while)
other days they’d stand together in silence and watch the sun rise
he’d be better with touch but not quite there (would he ever be??) so she’d wait for him to initiate
but because they’d both have bad days where they’d prefer not to be touched at all he still asked for her consent
it would be in the way he brushed hair from her face but his fingers lingered as they grazed against her temple and she’d nod for him to know it was okay to kiss her there
his gravelly voice would be as soft as it could possibly get when he’d ask, “sleep okay?”
and she’d make sure to ask in return, “didyou sleep?”
“i slept enough,” translated to no and she’d sigh because for a long time she thought kaz didn’t sleep due to the fact he was always scheming or paranoid or both simultaneously. but no he just never ever slept??
they’d own bunch of businesses in town because kaz is greedy af and even though he’d be sitting on a couple million kruge he’d still like income
inej would go into work at one of their stores in the morning just to offer her help like the angel she is. she’d have lunch with her new girl clique (inej deserves a badass girl squad and in my mind she gets exactly that) and bring him food home after
neither of them knew how to cook
it was disastrous when they tried
imagine her coming home to kaz picking vegetables
“would it kill you to take off the suit for this?”
“kaz, literally no one is around for miles, it’s scorching hot, and you don’t make a very convincing business man with dirt stains all over you.”
he’d adjust his tie, “sure i do.”
she’d roll her eyes at him and wipe dirt off his cheek with the sleeve of her shirt. she’d never thought she’d see the day where kaz would be cute. hot, sure. but cute? adorable? saints help her.
and we know kaz has no qualms against undressing in front of her. after being in the fields all day it would be no different. he’d come inside the house pulling off his layers. only inej wouldn’t have to pretend she wasn’t looking anymore
she’d stare, he’d smirk at her
inej would be in charge of picking fruit from the trees. they’d make a game of her climbing up and tossing apples down at him in an attempt to make it in the basket he’d be holding. he’d intentionally move at the last minute to make her miss and she’d grudgingly lob some at him for it
other times he’d haul himself up into the tree too even though it would be painful for him to get back down. but he’s had to do worse.
they’d sit there and talk about anything and everything. inej would tell him about all the things she managed to overhear within the day and he’d let out a rare, unrestrained laugh at some of the stories
they’d make waffles for dinner, literally the only thing they didn’t burn
and they’d sleep in the same room but separate beds because of their traumas
kaz didn’t believe in her saints, but he’d silently pray for someone to save him and his sanity at night when she sat at the foot of her bed in her silk robes, brushing tangles from her long, damp hair.
inej with her hair down killed him inside
he’d count how many times she combed each side so he wouldn’t do it wrong those nights when she sat on his bed instead of her own and offered the brush to him
he’d sit behind her, softly running his fingers through the strands first because he couldn’t resist. he’d take this job very seriously, parting her hair as he’d seen her do because her locks were so thick she preferred it brushed in sections.
he’d almost always lean in real close to inhale the soap she used. sometimes he’d sweep her hair aside and graze his nose along the nape of her neck, waiting for her to react.
she’d encourage, “go ahead.” and he’d trail soft kisses there
domestic kanej would also be relaxed and content and comfortable.
kaz openly admitting when his leg was in pain instead of pretending it wasn’t whenever she asked
inej talking about the nightmares that still haunted her
and cold nights swathed in blankets in the field, looking up at the stars, drinking hot chocolate
inej would read a lot and cry over the books. “if you make fun of me, i’ll hurt you.”
kaz didn’t make fun of her. he’d make tea and offer his hand. he didn’t like hugs, but he’d lock their fingers and squeeze real tight to reassure her. and since he didn’t know how to comfort he’d be all, “it wasn’t even that sad.”
and she’d look at him with that surprised expression he liked so much. “you read it.”
“you’ve only been crying about it since the day you opened it and read the first page. i was curious.”
they’d spend the night discussing it
and domestic kanej would inevitably be her waking at four a.m. to kaz pacing
“tell me that isn’t scheming face.”
kaz would only cock his head to the side, still deep in thought.
inej would sigh and climb out of bed, “i’ll get my knives, make the coffee.”
guys!! kaz combing inej’s hair was started by @inejjghafas in this beautiful post
it isn’t uncommon to see uchiha sasuke walking through the village with his children trailing behind him like duckings. there’s the eldest and then there are the twins and then there’s the adorable little boy with pink hair just like his mother’s. sometimes they’re on the way to drop someone off at school and sometimes they’re on the way to the training grounds. sometimes they’re out doing groceries and everyone has their own bag and sometimes they’re on the way to the hospital with a home-cooked meal made from their purchases.
although she is the world’s greatest medical ninja, sakura is terrible at taking care of herself, sasuke knows, and their children know this as well because he tells them. his lessons are pretty simple: be good to others, take care of each other, and make sure mama consumes more than a gallon of coffee and a protein bar each day.
as they make their way to bring her dinner, the kids begin to lose their patience.