put it in a museum already

50 Self Care Ideas
  1. Do some breathing exercises.
  2. Dress in your comfiest clothes.
  3. Go for a drive.
  4. Take a power nap.
  5. Stand up and stretch for a few minutes.
  6. Listen to any happy voicemails you have.
  7. Take a hot bath/shower. Take an extra 5 minutes than usual.
  8. Have a cup of tea, coffee, or hot cocoa.
  9. Cuddle your favorite stuffed toy.
  10. Visit or call a friend.
  11. Make funny faces.
  12. Make a new playlist.
  13. Make a list of movies you want to watch.
  14. Drink a glass of water.
  15. Stick post-its with positive affirmations around your house.
  16. Think of your happiest/funniest memory.
  17. Clean your jewelry and/or moisturize your tattoos.
  18. Watch your favorite childhood movie.
  19. Watch your favorite television show.
  20. Youtube videos of others laughing ridiculously.
  21. Take your dog for a walk.
  22. Go for a walk without your dog.
  23. Play with your cats/other pets.
  24. Clean out your closet. Put out of season clothes in storage.
  25. Learn to cook a new meal.
  26. Light a candle.
  27. Improve your skills at a task you can already do.
  28. Give yourself a massage or have someone else.
  29. Get lost in a book.
  30. Go to the museum.
  31. Declutter your surroundings.
  32. Take an hour (or a full day) just for yourself.
  33. Curl up in a big blanket.
  34. Do a word search, sudoku puzzle, crossword, etc.
  35. Interact with others. If nothing else, ask a cashier how they are.
  36. Fill a notebook with positive quotes/coping skills.
  37. Complete one five-minute chore.
  38. Paint your nails.
  39. Stay away from mood-altering substances.
  40. Write a poem.
  41. Clean out your computer/email/phone/etc.
  42. Color something or draw without thinking.
  43. Send a loving message to someone.
  44. Sing/dance along to an upbeat song.
  45. Step outside and get some fresh air.
  46. Take photographs of/doodle nature.
  47. Dress up and take selfies.
  48. Take a break from your computer and phone.
  49. Find a new hobby.
  50. Fill a box with your favorite things.
  • ZAK BAGANS: "I'm gonna turn this old house into a museum of hauntings and curses. This is my best idea ever and putting ten million cursed objects in one already haunted house cannot possibly go horribly wrong!"
Just Married // Closed

Well, this was a fine mess they were in. Clara lay on the large, elegantly done up bed staring at the ceiling as the Doctor… well, as the Doctor kept digging them further into their current mess, she supposed. Only that morning, she had told him she wanted to go somewhere interesting. To Clara, as to many normal people, interesting usually meant attention-grabbing, or somewhere where you would learn something new, like a museum or an art exhibit. To the Doctor, Clara asking for somewhere interesting apparently meant “put us in the single most awkward situation you can find. Trust me, it’ll be fun!”

Long story short, that was how they had ended up on this planet (the name of which she’d already forgotten) pretending to be newlyweds. Apparently, this planet was under some sort of totalitarian rule (“Funny,” she’d said when he’d told her that, “that’s exactly how my students feel about my classroom!”) and it was required that everyone over the age of 20 – regardless of gender, social class, or even level of wealth – be married. In order for them to not be thrown in jail the moment they stepped onto the planet, the Doctor had explained, they would have to pretend to be a newly married couple.

Okay, fine. That wasn’t so bad. She’d hold his hand. And refer to him as her husband. And worst case scenario, lie about their wedding, right? Wrong. He, as always, had been far too likeable. So likeable, in fact, that the “happy couple” was invited to stay the week at the emperor’s palace – an honor reserved for very few. As it turned out, a week at the emperor’s palace actually entailed the two of them being locked in a rather large and lavish room with cameras and a lock on the door.

This was her worst nightmare. Okay, not entirely. Just a little – maybe 2/3 of her worst nightmare. Normally, Clara was able to fend off the Doctor. Normally, he was too engrossed in whatever their latest adventure was to notice that she sometimes lingered too long looking at him, or that sometimes she touched him longer than she should have. He was daft about those things – relationship things – and it saved her quite a bit of trouble. But now, she was going to have to spend seven whole days pretending to be married to him. He was bound to find out she liked him. Oh, shit.

“Hell of a honeymoon,” she intoned, from her position on the bed. “Truly amazing getaway, dear.”

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I made myself a wand! Since I don’t have one, and because I’ve seen some cool handmade wands and wanted to make one for myself that was ocean themed. It’s actually been finished for a little over a month, but I’m only just now taking pictures of it.

We’ve got driftwood from Alaska for the handle (ordered off of Etsy), various shells from either California (gathered by myself when I was a kid) or the East Coast (courtesy of mixterglacia; I didn’t even have to put a hole in that shell on the twine because it was already there), and a quartz crystal from the rock section at the museum I work at. The rest are miscellaneous glass beads, including the big blue piece at the base of the crystal. I couldn’t find a type of sculpey that was quite the right color for the curlicues, but in the end it worked out.

ASK THE HAPPY ALONG! :) When you get this, reply with five things that make you happy and pass along to ten nice people. <3

Tagged by @whatyoufish4 (Can’t believe i was tagged, thanks so much!! I blushed)

1. Cold weather.

2. Not being able to put a book down.

3. Getting into a TV series when there is already loads of box sets out so you can binge watch them all.

4. Quiet Museums.

5. Elementary! (Had to say it) 

(Is it sad that i struggled with 5 things…)


Hmm, I pass it along to @sickrent, @niharika27, @sherlocksholmes, @addictedtobeinghimself, @nairobiwonders, @joaneuglassiawatson

CRAIG: Oh god.

CRAIG: This is a topic that I’ve talked about way too many times, I’m sick of it.

CRAIG: Yes, I’m very tall. 6 foot 7 if you want the numbers.

CRAIG: I come from a family of giants.

CRAIG: More specifically, my dad. Thank god I only inherited his height and not his width.

CRAIG: When he dies, his body will probably be put in a museum because he’s just that much of a mammoth.

CRAIG: He’s the tallest guy in South Park by a long shot, for sure. My mom was definitely one of the taller ones, too. 

CRAIG: My sister’s only 14 and she’s already getting close to six foot. I’m sure she’ll end up being taller than my mom by the time she’s my age.

CRAIG: Sometimes I look so little like my parents I think I’m adopted. I wish, at least.

CRAIG: But where else would I get the patented “I’m going to piss in your cereal” look, if not from them.

The statement that said, roughly, “some things aren’t meant to sit behind glass; they’re meant to be handled and touched” is often accepted in the fandom to be talking about Sherlock himself or his sexuality. I’d been thinking (and others have probably already said this) that what’s behind glass are the ACD Holmes stories: they shouldn’t be kept as museum pieces, but rather updated and played with.

But, with all this talk of gay tea, what if what’s behind the glass is the scholarly theory - an antique itself, now - that Holmes and Watson were together, romantically? And what BBC Sherlock is doing is taking that theory from behind the museum case of academia and playing with it, putting it into practice, showing it to the world.

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I was lucky enough to get a tour of the Natural History Museum of Denmark’s collection of polar bear skulls. The first skull was collected in 1830 and now there’s 300+ skulls in the collection, making it the largest of its kind in the world. The museum gets a few skulls every year from Greenlandic hunters to keep the collection current. Each skull is labeled with information about the sex, date and location of the animal, allowing scientists study the effects of climate change and pollution on polar bears over the last 185 years. 

Recently, samples from the bones have been tested for the presence of pollutants and it has been discovered that the rising levels of mercury/DDT/PCBs in the Arctic might be linked to decreasing size in polar bears, along with damage to their reproductive organs, putting further pressure on a already vulnerable population.

  • Fun Fact: Since the Cretan museums are going to give us plenty opportunity to talk about looting, clandestine excavations and how they are tied to private collecting, did you know that Greece’s Archaeological Law stating that all antiquities on Greek soil are the property of the Greek State is 181 years old? The law came into effect in 1834. The Greek Independence War began in 1821, and the modern Greek State was first recognized in 1830. Four years after that there was already a law to protect the cultural legacy of Greece. Most encyclopedic museums, though, follow the 1970 Unesco Convention. That pretty much means that anything expatriated from Greece and other countries before 1970 is fair game in the market if you can prove that it belonged to a collection put together before 1970. But still Greece has legitimate claims according to its own legislature. On the acquisition of greek antiquities before the existence of the modern greek state, a lot of foreign owners of greek antiquities claim that the artifacts were expatriated by permission of the Ottoman authorities. But a lot of these "permissions" were not given, or were forged, or were the result of bribery. The most notorious case of that were the clandestine excavations and looting of Cyprus' sites by Luigi Palma di Cesnola. Cesnola whose idol was Schliemann was appointed as the American consul in Cyprus. There he excavated and looted several sites, without a single permission from the Turkish authorities. Cesnola went on to become the Met's first director, after the purchase of his illegal collection by the newly founded museum. The looting was of such scale that some researchers estimate that about half of Cyprus' archaeological history is still there at the storage of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, pretty much uncatalogued and unstudied by anyone.