plastic mugs

Zero Waste Tips

Whenever you go out, bring with you:

-a reusable water bottle filled with water (this prevents the purchase of plastic water bottles)

-an empty reusable coffee mug that can be filled during your travels, or a full reusable cup mug that you filled at home (prevents paper coffee cups and gives you a discount at many coffee shops, including Starbucks) 

-some kind of small cloth that can be used in place of napkins, tissues, and paper towels

-at least one reusable shopping bag (I have one I bring everywhere that folds up into a little square pouch) 

-a reusable container (useful if you eat out and have take home food) 

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If you have time (omg I'm sorry but this prompt in my head forever) It's 3am and they are in a community kitchen in college and one is making brownies.

Percy had just wanted to get a glass of water.

When he enters the communal kitchen, blearily rubbing sleep out of his eyes, he realises what had woken him up in the first place. One of his roommates is standing with her back to him at the countertop, cracking eggs into a large mixing bowl. The kitchen looks devastated. Shared by six people, it never looks pristine, but right now a bomb could have gone off for the state it’s in.

“Um,” he says, still disorientated from the light and noise and explosion aftermath.

She turns and swears quietly. “Sorry, I thought I was being quiet.”

She was not, but Percy won’t begrudge her that. Partially because he’s a little bit in love with her (alright, mostly, but that’s not important right now), partially because he knows he’s woken her up at least half a dozen times since they moved into the dorms three months ago.

“S’alright. Just gettin some water.”

Annabeth smiles. “Alright.”

Percy opens the mug cupboard and after several seconds of staring at its contents and coming to terms with the fact that they don’t own any glasses not made of plastic, he grabs a mug with Walt Whitman’s face on it and fills it with water from the faucet. Instead of taking it back to his room with him, he leans back against the sink and watches Annabeth squint at her phone as she holds it three inches from her face.

“You alright there?” he asks.

She doesn’t look away from her phone. “My glasses are somewhere deep within my bag and I have neither the energy or determination to find them.”


She looks at him. “Do you want to read this recipe for me or keep delivering these brilliant insights?”

He shrugs. “I feel like I could manage both.”

Annabeth hands her phone over with a roll of her eyes. Percy puts down his glass of water and shoves some of the debris aside so that he can sit on the counter top. Then he takes Annabeth’s phone and reads the title of the page.

“You need to google a recipe for brownies?”

“Alright, Martha Stewart. Just tell me what to do to make this delicious.”

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O Mama Don't You Cry - Zach Werenski

Originally posted by goldanklebonecups

Notes: look its not a smut for once (and ima wait on a few smuts, write a few non-smuts for you all then post bc :) ) but yeah, here’s a sUPER cute Zach Werenski one and its a lil fluffy with a bit of a grumpy zach so be excited!! also i feel like my titles have nothing to do with the story and im sorry

Warnings: Mentions of underage drinking

Mentions: Dylan Larkin, Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews, Noah Hanifin, Charlie McAvoy, a few more

Requested By @werenzki (also check out her imagines bc if you have time to binge-read, would definitely recommend!!): I’d love who when the reader is at some party or something and she’s interested in zach werenski but he thinks she’s into Dylan Larkin so he gets sort of awkward and jealous but by the end of the night she turns her attention to Zach and it’s all cute and stuff..

Up Next: idk its a surprise y’all

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A word on gambling

Hey all, I found the Elsewhere University page like two days ago but man, I was so inspired right away. Please allow me to add to this marvellous universe. 

Some words in advance: 

This story ties into a few others. Nothing but quick mentions, though; @fruedtrollism and @comerunwildwithme you two may catch brief glances of you characters :) It also features the weird humanoid/horseoid skeleton beast from this post

For those who haven’t seen the EU blog yet: Al you need to know is that the setting is a prestigious university set on top of a fairy hill. Have fun reading!

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hp ship aesthetics

ron and hermione~ silly hats. random road-trips. freedom. singing along to your favorite song when it comes on the radio. warm tea in cups clasped in mittens. scarves. sheer curtains. big, shaggy dogs. perfectly wrapped presents with bows. holiday wreaths. saving the box from fancy chocolates your s/o got you. pressed roses in shakespearean plays. pumpkins. laughing so hard your stomach hurts. fallen leaves that haven’t turned brown yet. what home feels like.

dean and seamus~ warm crackling fires. when you’re so happy you feel like you’re going to explode. fireworks. charcoal. sketchbooks with rough paper. bruises on fists from fights and necks from nights with no sleep. that moment when you finally get what you’ve waited for and wanted forever. strawberries. inside jokes. being a shoulder to cry on, and having one when you need it. cheering on your favorite team. low, intimate chuckles. anticipating something so much that you’re worried you’ll be let down, but then it’s even better than you thought it would be.

ginny and lunameadows. flowers in your hair. that bubbly feeling that fills you up when you can’t stop laughing. dancing in the rain with no shoes on. sunlight after the rain clears. skirts. orange cats playing with string. spinning in a new sun-dress. babbling brooks. patterned designs. exploring in the woods. sunlight streaming through treetops, making the ground look speckled. crying without knowing quite why. scrapbooks. the feeling right before the fall. 

ginny and hermione~ notepads. black notebooks and matching fountain pens. the smell of fresh broomstick wood. sweaters. holding hands and watching the red-orange sunset. the smell of freshly-mown grass. when a prank fails but you had fun with it anyways. movie ticket stubs. old books with yellowing paper, books that have stories of their own that have nothing to do with the words on the pages and that get thicker each time you read them. a new day after a bad week.

lavender and parvati~ secrets. giggling. knowing something no one else does. old clocks and pocketwatches. constellations that you see reflected in your best friend’s eyes as you star-gaze. chapped lips. cinnamon. honey in your tea. glitter and sparkles. hour-glasses. when you apply eyeliner just a little crookedly. diaries with locks, the keys to which have been lost. origami fortune-tellers. freshly-sharpened pencils. gems on manicured nails. those nights when you feel limitless.

harry and ginny~ going to a candy shop for the first time. ordering a scotch and downing it in one. bouncy balls. driving in a convertible with the top down and your hair flying out behind you. game nights with your friends, posting silly photos and videos of all your antics the day after and smiling to yourself. the exhilaration of a long-sought victory. sun bringing out natural highlights in your hair. ripped jeans. the rush right before a first kiss.

luna and cho~ blue flowers. blank sheet music with treble clefs. ravens. sunflowers. hairs standing up on your arms and the back of your neck. flowers kept in necklaces. soft drizzles. lying in the grass, naming shapes you see in the clouds. that feeling you get after cleaning your room. duct tape dresses. ribbons. making the heart shape with your hands. tree houses. communicating through a string with a cup at either end. collecting coins. fully-stamped passports. finding a way to be okay after everything.

neville and luna~ sun-showers. stained-glass windows with the light streaming through at just the right time of day. warm milk before bed. botanical gardens at night. the smell of pure vanilla extract. random compliments to strangers. giving your friends hand-made cards and home-made gifts that are actually good. daisies. holding hands on swings. polka-dots. the giddiness of first love.

james and lily~  whiskey that burns your throat. feathers. all-nighters, working down to the wire, with only coffee keeping you going. a windswept look. binge-watching a whole season in one night. getting sunburn at the beach. classic rock. strings of mini-lanterns. snow dulling rainbow christmas lights. leather jackets. winning a teddy bear at a theme park. dusty boxes holding mysteries. going to a midnight opening of the first film of your favorite book series.

remus and sirius~ adventures. black licorice. long, complicated words you only learned the meanings of so as to impress people at parties. firecrackers. the feeling you get when your friend tells a bad joke and you laugh at how bad it is. quills. gas-lights, new orleans style, with stands and everything. plaid. the smell of oak. oxford commas. that moment when you realize it’s all about to go to shit anyways so you stop caring and just laugh.

bill and fleur~ seashells. butterflies. windchimes. swans. a sense of belonging. cobblestones. piano. light illuminating dust dancing by the window. getting paint on your clothes. shiny golden plates. plastic forks. mugs from every place you’ve been. a lot of mugs. chestnut. laughing at yourself. love songs at three in the morning. jumping in puddles. when it’s not perfect, and it doesn’t need to be in order for it to be just what you need.

What to do before the Interrail trip

Also goes with other traveling

1. How are you going to this trip: alone or in a group. In a group you may be safer and have more fun, but you might also get into fights during the trip, even if you go with your best friends or family.
2. Time. How much you have time to travel. Two weeks or a month? Figure that out.
3. The budget, how much you have money to spend and remember to have some emergency money somewhere. Do not put all the money in the same place!
4. Are you going go-with-the-flow style or with a carefully made-up plan
- We have something in between. We know where we are going, but don’t know what we’ll end up doing there. Though we have looked what to do in all of the places, but we haven’t actually decided them.
5. Gather information
- About anything you’ll need
Phone numbers to: bank, embassies, insurance company, emercengy numbers where you’re headed, (your countrys international number),
Adresses: embassies, hotels/ hostels/ other accommodations, places of interest
Customs: culture, what not/to do, what you might need in somewhere (for example: long skirts/shirts in some churches)
- a list where you would like to go (but remember anything can happen and you might not get to see that, so don’t expect to get there 100%)
6. Payments, Insurances etc. important stuff
Interrail / Eurail pass
Visas if needed

Vaccinations/ medication for travel if needed

Flights if needed
Hostels/ Hotels / other accommodations if booked earlier
Travel insurance
Some places where you need to book your visit earlier through the internet (for example: Disneyland Paris is cheaper if booked online)
7. Shopping for essentials
- a good backpack, enough space for you, comfy for your back
- good shoes, trainers or similar, shoes that are soft and designed for long walks
- locks for backs and other locking situations
- a simple camera (if not owned yet) and memory cards
- adapters, chargers
- emercengy kit (plasters, disinfectant, medicine etc.), sewing kit
- guide books, maps, dictionaries (might not need and might weigh a lot, so think if you really need)
- a towel designed for traveling (goes to a small space and dries faster than normal ones)
- compression sacks (sacks that make your clothes compressed into a smaller size, so that you’ll have more room in your backpack)
- change money if needed
- a diary to write everything in
- washing powder for your clothes
8. What you’ll also need
- toiletries/ sanitaries, in small containers (toothbrush and -paste, sun cream, body butter, lip-cream, shampoo, soap etc.)
- medicine
- passport and other important documents (like prescriptions for some medicines etc.)
- a daypack
- penknife, flashlight might come in handy
- sunglasses, scarf for sunny weathers
- sleeping bag

- an old phone (because new smartphones attract thieves)
- chargers for any electric equipment
- some student-cards are handy even in abroad giving you discount
- cards to play with or something small to keep you awake in trains
- pens, scisors, tape, paper, safety pins
- handkerchiefs (also toilet paper if you want)
- plastic bags
- a plastic mug. You could cook something in a hostel in it and drink some juice from it.
- if you feel safe and want, a tablet (or Ipod touch…). In it you can put maps, books etc. You can also communicate with family with it, write a blog or something else. You can get into internet when Wi-fi is around. Down side is the same as for a smartphone, thieves like them so think hard before taking one with you.
9. Do not take
- lots of makeup, really no one sees you. Little makeup is okay, but really, do you need it? It also takes time.
- books, they’re heavy
- computer, a smartphone etc. You’re experiencing stuff, you will not need a smartphone during your stay, really.
- for girls, you don’t need all of your clothes and shoes. Only the comfy and practical ones. No high heels, maybe don’t take dresses as well, I don’t know.
- no hairstraightners, curlers or anything like them
- fullfillable waterbottle. When you’re abroad it’s safer if you only drink bottled drinks.
- do not take the whole insides of your wallet, only the essentials and leave others home. Also leave all the unneeded keys as well.
10. Clothing
- shirts: t-shirts, tank top, sweather, hoodie, jacket depending on time of the year and destination
- bottom: shorts, skirt, sweat pants, jeggings, leggings etc. No jeans (in warm places at least), they’ll be uncomfortable. Pockets are good, hidden pockets even better
- shoes: good ones that you can walk the whole trip with. You can take two or couple more if you want, but think how much you’re packing in your backpack.
- underwear, swimwear, socks, scarf
- flip-flops are usefull if you come across a hostel that has dirty showers
Everything in reasonable quantities! You won’t need everything. The more you pack the more your backpack will weigh.
11. Other
- watch and read other travel stories on the internet for more information, tips and inspiration: blogs, Youtube, sites
- ask family, friens, acquintances of their travels. Maybe they have something cool to inspire you on your trip
- make your bank aware that you’re going abroad, that they won’t think your card is stolen and close it
- it would be good if you’d take good walks before your trip that your legs will become used to walking and that your health would be good when you’re out there
- remember that in interrail/eurail passes not all the trains are covered with it, like night trains and private railroads
- if you’re going coach surfing, you might take something small with you to give the host, for example candy from your country or a small keychain
- meeting old international friends is a cool idea, and maybe they can help you in their home countries somehow. Remember to communicate with them in a good time before the trip.

Feel free to add things if I forgot :)

Imagine Stiles gives out presents to the deputies around Christmas time.  Sometimes it’s sincere things like a deputy’s favourite chocolate or a photo frame for their desk but more often than not it’s joke presents like plastic handcuffs, toy guns, mugs with doughnuts painted on them, or the plastic badges from a children’s police officer costume. 

This year, he got Parrish a fire extinguisher.

warm-up drawing of Ruvik-possessed-Leslie from the latest chapter of @croik ‘s awesome fanfic A Nail Through A Star :) I love imagining the characters in other clothes/hairstyles and this was too good not to draw. Such a cute but angry little man….

My Type of Gal (Ethan x Reader)

Summary: You’re a worker at McDonald’s and one day you get a visit from Ethan.
Word Count: 1,367
Warnings: None.
A/N: I’m gonna be gone for most of the day, so this is just a little something for you guys to read before I get back and start writing on part 2 of Faking It. Enjoy xx

My hair was greasy and the white, uniform shirt I was wearing felt disgusting against my sweaty skin, but I pushed myself to continue my six hour shift because I needed to pay rent and it was either working in a fast-food restaurant or live on the streets. And with me being stubborn and all, trying to prove my mum and dad that I could do it on my own without their help, I chose to torture myself with the worlds most exhausting job.

I had been working for five hours now, and I got my co-worker Phil to switch with me so he could cook the burgers while I stood behind the counter, serving hungry people at 11p.m. I probably looked like shit because I surely felt like it; my hair was up in a ponytail and I knew it was greasy and I probably smelled like burgers too. Which, for a food lover probably would be appealing but yes, looking on the realistic side I was chasing every cute boy away who ordered.

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The Ultimate College Packing List

The further I get into my senior year, I realize I need to start thinking about what I need to move out next fall, and instead of keeping my packing list to myself, I decided I’d post it here for any other curious college bound seniors :) 

*This is mostly what I think I’ll need, you may not need/want/be allowed to bring everything on this list and you may need more so use it as a reference*


  • Alarm clock
  • Blanket
  • Bulletin board 
  • Dry erase board
  • Cushion to desk chair
  • Down comforter
  • Duvet cover
  • Jewelry/Makeup/Hair accessory storage/organizers 
  • Curtains
  • Curtain rod (if needed)
  • Floor lamp
  • Desk lamp
  • Desk organizers 
  • Foam mattress topper
  • Decorative lights (like Christmas lights)
  • Full length mirror
  • Photos and picture frames
  • Pillows
  • A low maintenance plant
  • Wall art
  • Area rug
  • 2 sets of bed sheets
  • Trash can


  • Face wash
  • Body lotion
  • Comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair conditioner
  • Cotton balls
  • Curling iron
  • Deodorant 
  • Facial moisturizer 
  • Floss
  • Perfume/body sprays
  • Hair dryer
  • Hairbands/Hair ties
  • Bobby pins/hair pins
  • Hair spray
  • Hair mousse 
  • Kleenex 
  • Chapstick
  • Lint brush
  • Loofah
  • Mouthwash
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail polish
  • Q-tips
  • Razors
  • Robe
  • Shampoo
  • Shower caddy
  • Shower shoes
  • Bar soap
  • Body wash
  • Soap container
  • Makeup
  • Hair straightener 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothbrush case
  • Toothpaste
  • 4 bath towels
  • Tweezers
  • Wash cloths
  • Hand towels
  • Feminine hygiene products 

Cleaning Supplies!

  • Bleach
  • Broom or short-handled brush with dustpan 
  • Clorox disinfecting wipes
  • Dish washing soap
  • Febreze
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Lysol spray
  • Swiffer mop
  • All purpose cleaning spray
  • Small vacuum 
  • Window cleaner (the wipes are great!)
  • Air freshener
  • Garbage bags


  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Coffee machine
  • Storage for Bowls/plates etc.
  • Eating utensils and dishes
  • Paper towels 
  • Water filter pitcher
  • Travel coffee mug
  • Plastic wrap or foil
  • Ziploc bags

School Supplies!

  • Day planner
  • Backpack
  • Binders
  • Storage for folders/papers
  • Push pins
  • Dry erase markers
  • Calculator
  • College-rule line paper
  • Colored markers/pens/colored pencils
  • Laptop
  • Stationary (for sending letters and thank you cards)
  • White, letter envelopes
  • White erasers
  • Graphing paper
  • Highlighters 
  • Mouse 
  • Mouse pad
  • Notepads
  • Note books
  • Paper clips
  • Pencils
  • Pencil case
  • Pencil sharpener 
  • Pens
  • Post-its 
  • White printer paper
  • Rubber bands
  • Sharpies
  • Stamps
  • Stapler and Staples
  • Tape dispenser and tape refills 
  • Three hole punch
  • White out tape
  • Scissors 
  • Glue
  • Ruler
  • Book ends


  • Allergy medicine 
  • Anti-itch cream (for bug bites)
  • Bandages and band-aids
  • Bug spray
  • Cold and cough medicine
  • Multi-vitamins
  • Ibuprofen 
  • Stomach pain relief 
  • Hand sanitizer 


  • Batteries
  • Board game(s)
  • DVD player with Netflix 
  • DVDs in soft-shell case for space saving/travel
  • Flashlight
  • Folding chair for tailgating
  • Step stool (If you’re vertically challenged)
  • Hammer
  • Noise canceling headphones
  • iPod
  • Laundry basket/bag
  • Playing cards
  • Command hooks and strips 
  • Power strips
  • Bible
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Tool kit
  • Sunglasses 
  • TV
  • Video game console and games
  • Duffel bag
  • Clothes hangers 
  • Fan
  • Sewing kit
  • Rain jacket
  • Safety pins
  • Lanyard for keys

Mind’s Eye - Chapter Eight

Chapter Eight

The phones in the office ringed intermittently while staff members rushed about with files and coffee.

Dr. Bill looked closely at the large monitor. His glasses pinched and held on to the end of his nose precariously as he studied the screen.

A full human-sized pattern was spread in front of him. It looked very much like someone had shaped electrical wire into the silhouette of a body. The details would be lost to the uneducated.

‘There! Zoom in there!’ He pointed at a spot at the base of the skull.

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Moxie (Pokemon Inspired)

A spell to bring you self-confidence.

Originally posted by eclairspark

You Will Need:

★ Sardonyx
★ Ginger Root (preferably dried)
★ Thyme (preferably dried)
★ Bowl
★ Plastic Bag
★ Mug
★ Water
★ Yellow Candle
★ Optional: Image of a pokemon that has the ability Moxie (ie: Mightyena)


★ In your bowl add your ginger root and thyme and light your candle.

★ Place your Sardonyx into the plastic bag, and if you are using a pokemon image add that into the bag as well. Place the bag into the bowl of herbs and submerge it.

★ Place your hands over the bowl and focus on your intent to become more confident in yourself and your abilities. Keep this up for as long as you desire

★ Remove your bag once you feel ready and in heated water in your mug steep some of the herbs from the bowl into it. You may mix it with a tea you enjoy, honey, sugar, etc to taste 

★ With candle still burning drink your tea focusing on your intent and feeling the tea running downing your throat as you drink it. Visualize as you find best

★ Once finishing your tea dispose of the rest of your herbs as seen fit (such as throwing into a fireplace or into a garden or in the garbage) and distinguish your candle

★ You may carry the Sardonyx with you if you desire

100 ways to say it (and it’s never enough)

for day 14 of @snowbaz-feda!!

series of 100 word drabbles based on this list | masterpost



Baz looks terrible. He’s been busy with exams and he hasn’t been hunting, and it shows. He’s even paler than normal, which is saying something. I know better than to suggest he put down the books and go out, which is why I’d run by the butcher’s on my way home from work.

I pour the blood from the plastic container into a mug and put it in the microwave. Once it’s done I take it out and bring it over to the table. 

“Here, drink this,” I say as I hand him the mug. “You’ll feel better.”

Baz smiles.

anonymous asked:

Can I request mod pomme to write some holiday fluff with aizawa and his s/o putting up Christmas decorations after thanksgiving? Christmas music is a plus too :) with cuddles on the couch afterward with a fire and hot cocoa? Pretty please?

Such fluff. Very cute. Many cuddle. Wow.

-Mod Pomme 🍒


  • It was nearly a week into December, Labor-Thanksgiving day coming and going relatively quickly. 
  • The two of you had spent it with friends at Toshinori’s house, the man insisting on throwing a big Thanksgiving dinner, being an American themed hero and all.
  • So here the two of you were, strolling the isles of the local market, the shelves looking like Santa had gone on a three day binger and thrown up Christmas everywhere he could reach.
  • It was your first year living with Aizawa, and the first year you had the ability to decorate the space you were living.
  • So you bought a medium sized tree, you were still living in a two person apartment, after all, there was a terribly large amount of room. 
  • Nevertheless, it would fit perfectly in the corner. It came with a mini-star and some string lights, so all you had to buy were the ornaments.
  • You bought a simple pack of gold, red, and white ornaments, and some string lights to hang on the balcony.
  • The two of you made it home in good time, despite the store being packed with people buying things on their way home from work.
  • Aizawa was so kind as to help you set up the tree, the two of you chatting quietly at he straightened out the branches, you working on some dinner for the two of you to eat once you got done.
  • You were finishing securing the string lights on your little balcony, when Aizawa pulled you inside towards the tree, all decked out in ornaments and the star, a small, red tree skirt underneath.
  • “It’s so cute!” You had gushed, confused when you saw him rummaging around in a bag.
  • He pulled out two little ornaments, one a cat, his favorite, and the other a mini plastic mug “filled” with hot cocoa, your favorite. You laughed and took yours, the two of you hanging them side by side near the top.
  • You ate your dinner, having shut off the lights and sat admiring the glow the tree gave off as you did.
  • You had turned on Netflix, finding one of those “fire for your home” videos and letting it play, just to be funny. It earned a laugh from your boyfriend.
  • You became sleepy in the soft glow of the lights, feeling your boyfriend get up for a few minutes, and return, nudging you softly as he set down a cup of hot cocoa.
  • You smiled, happily taking the drink, enjoying the warmth as Aizawa threw a blanket around both of your shoulders, sitting close as he sipped on his own drink.
  • You rested your head on his shoulder, his arm snaking around your shoulders as he pulled you close.
  • It was even Christmas, but…
  • Best. Christmas. Ever.

hetaliafandomhubepsilon  asked:

Hello! For your Ambassador work, can you tell us about dining etiquette in your country? Thank you! (If you would like a different question, let me know)!

Sure thing! Thank you for the question! And sorry that it took me more than a month to answer it ^^;

Copious mentions of alcohol below!

Dining etiquette

Weeeeell, to tell you the truth, dining etiquette in Russia is mostly bog-standard stuff like:

  • knife in right, fork in left (inapplicable for some dishes)
  • elbows off the table
  • start eating when invited or when everyone else is ready to eat too
  • no open-mouthed chewing
  • no talking with your mouth full

Etcetera, etcetera. Like I said, nothing special. Now, drinking etiquette is where it gets interesting! So I’m going to talk about it instead :Ъ

Dining Drinking etiquette

First of all, there are 2 main components to social drinking in Russia:

  • proposing toasts
  • and clinking glasses together

Toasts are proposed in order of relevancy to the cause of celebration – both in terms of toast’s content and the person saying it (so, for example, during a birthday party the first toast should be in b-day boy/girl’s honor and delivered by the closest relative). If there’s no special occasion for the drinking, the toasts are going to be either generic (e.g. “to the lovely ladies” or “to meeting each other”) or bizarre. You absolutely gotta have toasts tho! Otherwise you’re tacitly admitting that you’re drinking just to get drunk, lol.

There’s no all-purpose toast like “Cheers” in Russian, btw. The closest is Ваше здоровье / За здоровье - “Your health / To health”, which is pretty ironic when imbibing. My favourite is the vaguest toast of them all: Ну, будем, which means “Well, let us be”. Just be. That’s all.

1 toast per person is the norm, but depending on the number of people and some other variables one may have to propose several toasts or none at all. Nyway, it’s best to always have a toast in mind, just in case.

When the toast is done with, the clinking glasses together part starts. While someone is proposing a toast, everyone else should listen attentively and either stand or sit with their glass at the ready. “Ready” here means “in your hand and with at least some liquid in it”. It doesn’t have to be alcohol, but clinking with an empty glass is bad luck, so be prepared! Because the second the toast is done being told, it’s time to motherflippin clink.

Just hold your glass tight enough not to drop it but loosely enough to produce that lovely sound and go for your nearest neighbours’ glasses! In a formal situation that’s where it stops, but if the atmosphere is friendly, your task is to clink your glass with everyone. Even if you need to lean over the table or stand up to accomplish it, no glass should remain un-clinked!!

The less formal the party is the more unconventional clinkage is acceptable. Don’t have a proper glass? Clink with your coffee mug or plastic cup. Don’t have even that? Clink with the bottle. Don’t have anything to drink at all but still want to be included? Invite people to bump their drinks against your fist or forehead. It’s all about having fun and feeling united! When we were taking the Unified State Exam, my classmate and I toasted to the power of learning and clinked together our allotted water bottles after every block.

The only 2 times when you shouldn’t clink are: 1) If the party is too posh for it, and 2) If the toast was in memory of the deceased, because then the mood needs to be solemn.

One last drinking-related tradition: an empty bottle should never be put on the table. You should put the cork back in /the cap back on and place it under the table. There are 3 versions of why this tradition developed. The superstitious version: it’s a bad omen, might cause poverty. The historical version: in the XIX century the bill in taverns was drawn according to the number of empty bottles on the table, so… you can guess where this is going :P Finally, the common sense version: an empty bottle takes up precious table space and might fall down and shatter xD

That’s it, hope everyone is now ready to dine and drink like a Russian~!