my favourite part of this time of year is hockey playoffs and baseball happening at the same time bc i’ll get notifications that “stroman exited game with ‘some tightness’ in right arm” but also i just watched a grown man slap another grown man in the face with a hockey stick and he’s just like ok time to keep playing
I’ve gone back and forth so many times on whether or not to post about Snowflake here. Snowflake is a year old persian mix with extreme socialization issues. Basically, she’s terrified of humans.
She’s an excellent study in cat body language, especially with a focus on self-soothing behaviors. When I took this picture, she was purring, making eye contact, rubbing against things, and rolling around on her cat tree. In most cats, these would be signs of contentment and happiness.
In her case, she was extremely anxious and trying to communicate that to me. It’s basically the cat form of laughing anxiously to diffuse tense situations. It’s really hard to distinguish these from actual happy behaviors. The best way I can describe it is that the energy levels are different. A happy cat usually has very even and smooth movements, even when trying to play. Snowflake was dashing all over the place, her movements almost frantic and desperate. I’d love to get a video of her to further explain, but I haven’t been given permission to film inside my workplace just yet.
Whenever I work with her, I remember the various asks and messages I get from people saying “this cat was purring at me, but when I tried to pet her, she just scratched me and hissed!! Why are cats so weird???”
All behavior is communication. It’s important to recognize just WHAT is being communicated though. You can prevent misunderstandings by letting the CAT decide if they want to approach you or not. Extend your hand and just wait. If the cat wanders off, don’t pursue. You don’t have the right to pet every cat.
I’m very happy to say her socialization is coming along well. In cases of poorly socialized kittens, it’s important to find a drive. Most cats are pretty food-driven, but Snowflake is largely toy-driven. She’s frightened of wand toys, but loves soft toys. Right now, my socialization plan for her is centered around me tossing a toy towards her and her batting at it. The goal is to make my presence (or the presence of any human being) a happy event, something she looks forward to.
It seems to be working. She headbumped my hand yesterday.
uh could you do some hcs bout Michael or Connor confessing to someone they've been pining over for a while? thx fam and good luck on your portfolio!
hello !!! i hope you like these HCs!! and i m sorry they aren t very good aaaa i hope you enjoy!!! and thankyou!!!!
Please, let this boy be happy
Michael probably had a whole thing set up okay
Like either you two are downstairs, playing
video games, drinking Pepsi Crystal and he was planning on having a sleepover
He!!! Was!!! Shaking!!!!!
‘michael wth I m beating u in Mario kart u okay’
‘the student has surpassed the master’
Okay but his face would be all red and he d just
look really cute
He honestly just doesn t believe that he
deserves you and thinks that n o matter what u say, you will always be able to
find someone better and it just ???? fucks him up and scares him
But the two of you will start calming down a bit
and maybe u guys are just talking about school and he just turns to u and is
‘do u wanna share a slushie with me sometime? And
maybe go to the arcade?’
And at first ur really confused like ???? we go
to the arcade and stuff all of the time w Jeremy ??
And he sees the confusion, and he quickly adds
‘I mean without Jeremy, yknow? The two of us? And,,,
I ll pay for everything and all’
And u finally get it and !!!! ur face lights up
!!! and Michael sees ur smile and he starts smiling and!!!! He s just really
happy that ur smiling !!! and wow!!! This might work!!
U tell him that u ll totally go with him, but
only if he confirms that it is a date
And while blushing and giggling he just responds
‘it’s a date !!!’ and he s all gushy and just !!! wow u actually want to go on
a date w him!!!
U just made Michael a vvvv happy boy and he s so
in love w u ???? he ll do anything for u and will buy u all of the slushies and
honestly he just has a heck ton of tokens at the arcade take good care of him
Lbr connor would repress all of his romantic
emotions for u
U wanted to hold his hand? No big deal, not like
he felt a warm, fuzzy feeling in his stomach or anything ahhhahah what
The poor boy would sometimes be a total dick??? Just
so u don t suspect anything???
But one day the two of you are star gazing and
the moon light just looks sososo pretty reflecting in ur eyes and ur hair and u
just look so kissable and he just loses himself in ur eyes
Once u notice and look at him, he immediately
looks away and his face just explodes into a bright shade of red that the
moonlight can t show and he s so embarrassed??? Ur going to think he s a
creep?? Why would u want to date him??? Wth???
He slowly just starts yelling at himself
mentally and all of his doubts are coming back but u just kinda slide ur hand
onto his and he ??? nearly screams
The two of u just kinda sit there like that for
a bit and then connor just sputters out
‘I think I like you’
‘okay, fuck, no’
‘you don t like me?’
‘no – I do like you’
‘are you sure?’
‘why the fuck wouldn t I like you?’
And then he just goes on and o n about everything
he loves about you and he doesn t even realize but he just slowly starts adding
comments about how he doesn t get why someone as cute as you would hang out
with a fuckwad like him
And it just breaks your heart?? Bc here is this
tall, tough looking dude just g u s h I n g about everything he loves about you
and how much he despises himself and he just wants you to be happy and ???
Instead of saying anything, u just gently hold
his hand and lean ur head on his shoulder and u guys just stay like that for a
while, just in each other’s presence and just making sure that connor knows u
are here and that u are there for him
Connor is doing his best right now, and that s
all u can ask for
Please more of Steve getting turned on by women holding his shield.
It wasn’t often that Maria
Hill joined them on missions. She was
typically back-of-house, behind-the-scenes, sees-all-knows-all.
Steve knew, objectively, she
earned her position within S.H.I.E.L.D.
She was competent and clever and calculating and had courage in
Steve had never really
seen, first-hand, Maria Hill in combat. She
was brutally efficient, like Natasha.
She didn’t have the same grace as Natasha, but where Natasha had a
dancers grace, Maria Hill had a martial artists.
She also had his
shield. He’d thrown it into an oncoming
Space Pig (how many weaponzied versions
of Earth animals were out there, anyway?) and Maria had grabbed it as it
rebounded, using it to both defend herself from one creature and attack another
(she decapitated it with ease and a sleek, efficient movement that was all
brutal force). She tossed it back his
way with a word of warning, without which Steve was fairly sure he’d have been
hit in the face by his own shield.
”So that’s how it is?”
Came Sam’s voice over his earpiece.
“Don’t you have ‘space
bacon to fry’?” Steve asked.
“Don’t be jealous I have all
the good lines. But seriously. We need to work on your poker face.”
Steve groaned. “It’s not like anything. I need to work on
“Steve.” That was Maria Hil. “Thanks for the shield. And the once-over. It’s nice to know the suit’s still