seeing this in person was even better

I am so thankful for My People.

Those I’m dating and those I’m not. Those I see daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, and mostly online. Those I help and those who help me.

I have grown so much this year because of the people I care about who stepped up and told me that they wanted me to be happier and better. They stepped forward and have help and advice and guidance, sometimes without even my asking. I have been collecting all of your thoughts and positivity and I’m using it to become who I am supposed to be.

I love you all.

Hosted my first Thanksgiving! I am grateful for health, perseverance, family and a sound enlightened mind. God is good. Even at times when you don’t see a way through the darkness remember that’s not true. I am also grateful for better skin and hair. God knows it’s been a while. 😅
One last thing, sometimes toxic relationships can nurture monsters in you. Learn to let go. This year I am grateful for the strength to change and let go of the monsters around me.

karinnayoung  asked:

I haven't seen my best friend in 2 months. And it's so easy for us to see each other but it's also impossible even though we live 15 minutes away from each other. Anyway the person that we have in common is her cousin/my brother's girlfriend. Tomorrow we were going to go shopping for Black Friday but said cousin cancelled on us so she could go see one of her friends that's going back to school for 3 weeks. Cuzzo is being a hypocrite. I don't really need advice but I'm crying in my heart hurts.

i feel this.

so. much (and now she lives in london so you better take the opportunity while                           you still have it)

its hard when youre not at the same school or in different grades but live so close same thing has happened to me you have to make them a priority make sure they know that “Hey we havent seen each other in 2 months and im kinda going crazy and i know you are too lunch?” work on it dont give up dont let them get away

anonymous asked:

I was discharged two years ago medically for Bipolar Adjustment disorder. I was really unwell at the time, and hey basically gave me the boot and sent me on my way. Now I have no idea what benefits im eligible for. I dont even know where to start. I dont event have a Retirement Point History Statement available to me. (I dont have a CAC reader for my AKO)

Message me @tobiaskingsley and I’ll see what I can do to help. This blog’s here for writing advice so my main is better.

Edit: I’m not a professional or mean to imply I can personally do anything for your situation, but if you just want reassurance or suggestions on how to start then I’m here. A note: that is my pen name, not my legal name, so you won’t find much if you go searching for it.

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi I wanted to let all of my people know that I am so greatful for you all but there are a few people in particular I really wanted to show thanks to

@parkerscupcake hi, you are such a sweet person and so nice I love your blog and thank you

@loverholland it’s really nice when we talk and I hope I can get to know you better you inspire me with your writing and really seem an amazing person

@xelliewilliams it’s been really cool to get know you I love your blog and that you take time to talk to me even with being 7ish hrs different

@incorrecttomhollandquoteimagines my lovely travel buddy😊 I have so many things im grateful for you for but I’ll start with how seeing your posts everyday makes me laugh so much, I love that you put up with me and talk to me everyday you are always there for me and even became my travel bud thank you so much you are amazing and I love you ❤️

Thank all of you and I love you all

Happy thanksgiving

Hey everyone!

Tomorrow I’m traveling to Romania to see my family and friends. I won’t be posting any comics for the next 4 weeks, but more episodes are on the way as soon as I’m back!

If you want to see sketches and pictures from my trip, make sure to follow me on Instagram @cassandracalin

Cheers and I hope you all have a lovely summer! Ne vedem în curând! :)

So, there’s this relatively new member of our team who’s a gossip fanatic, she’s always around chatting everyone up and then reporting the juicest news and hot details she’s given, which is a demeanour our main client is pretty bothered by, therefore she always makes sure to shut up and behave around them.

Two coworkers of mine, me, the Big Boss and our client were arranging and planning a few things, when she burst into the room, not noticing the BB and the Client, who were at that moment having coffe behind the door and she went “ooooh, you know what they say about Louis Tomlinson not actually being the father of his child? Looks like it’s true after all, even though it’s been ages!”

We didn’t have time to gesture to her, that my client appeared from behind the door all frowny and straight faced “yeah, the same ages it took you to dig this oh-so-shocking information up, with that quick, sharp rate of yours you’ll have to start working on the next campaign tomorrow morning if I want it out before 2036″.

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(✿ ♥‿♥) Santa Beard Appreciation 

Kara Danvers vs. Kara Zor-El and the importance of Lena Luthor

I don’t know if anyone has written anything about this yet, but I have a theory about why Lena was the only person Kara was soft with on episode 3x01.

It’s nothing mind-blowing, to be honest, and I’d just like to say that while I totally believe Kara needs time to heal, she should not be snapping at those who love her.

but anyway…

Everyone else in Kara’s life besides Lena knows she is Supergirl; when they look at her, they see the hero they’ve put on a pedestal, and they expect more, they expect better of her – even though they’d probably never admit to doing so. 

The Super-friends need her to be Kara Danvers AND Supergirl, regardless of how hard being Supergirl actually is on her.

I believe deep down, Kara is saying “Kara Danvers” was a mistake not because it was (and is) what allows her to have real connections in life (after all, it wasn’t Kara Danvers who Mon-El fell in love with, it was Kara Zor-El; between the two of them, there was never the pretense of secret identities), I believe she’s saying that, because when she is Kara Danvers, it allows her to see she isn’t enough anymore: the world needs Supergirl, and her friends and family need her to be both.

And while it’s always Kara Zor-El who always has to sacrifice part of herself, who has to make tough decisions, it’s Kara Danvers who feels the weight of those choices; it’s Kara Danvers who feels the burden of being Supergirl (and it would explain this line since, once again, it wasn’t Kara Danvers who dated Mon-El, but Kara Zor-El).

So why would Kara renounce “being human” to be the very thing that weighs her down? The way I see it, and what the show constantly tells us, is that Kara and those around her truly believe Kara Danvers and Kara Zor-El are two separate entities, so if Kara stops being a Danvers (if she stops being human), she won’t have to feel the pain that being Supergirl brings her.

But ultimately Kara knows she can’t let that happen, because then we’d get Red!K Kara – and this episode is the closest thing we’ve seen of Kara behaving like Red!K without being infected by it.

And here lies the importance of Lena Luthor (and the importance of Kara keeping her secret identity from her).

I was going to ramble on, but Katie McGrath herself can explain my thoughts on this:

“It’s a relationship of equals. As far as Lena is concerned, Kara is Kara. Kara is not Supergirl. For Lena, she has a friend on the same level as her, who is fantastic at their job, is intelligent, smart, capable and strong. What’s lovely is it’s two normal women figuring out life together as friends. I think that’s what is important to Lena, that she has somebody where she doesn’t have to be the head of the company. She doesn’t have to be somebody’s daughter. She can just be herself. And, Kara can be that. She doesn’t have to be Supergirl or a reporter. She can just be the flawed human being that we are.”

When Kara is with Lena, she is reminded of the good aspects of being human; she is able to relax, take a step back and tell herself that it’s okay to feel, it’s okay to doubt oneself, it’s okay to make mistakes, because she sees all those things reflected back to her on Lena.

When Kara is with Lena, she’s allowed to simply be. And for someone who carries the weight of the world on her shoulders, I can’t imagine how important that must be.

And I think that’s why Kara couldn’t bring herself to snap at Lena, because somewhere in the back of her mind she knows fracturing or potentially ending her friendship with Lena would ultimately shatter her last real connection to Kara Danvers (and her humanity).

Kara can’t break Lena’s heart, because she would be breaking her own.


Edit:

First picture of my Lucatiel of Mirrah
(took from a person among the public)

At last I was able to wear her this Sunday. The “test run” went pretty good, so much so that I won the Convention Special prize!

I cannot wait to see other pics and even better, improving more and more! Some minor details need to be fixed but I am quite happy with that.

More coming soon!

A Beginner’s Guide to Tea Leaf Reading

Hi there! If you’re here, that means you most likely don’t know how to read tea leaves, or perhaps you could use some more tips? Regardless, you’ll find all of that here! This guide will be pretty all-encompassing, so bear with me!


What is tea leaf reading?

Tasseography, better known as reading tea leaves, is the process of divination using tea leaves. When done properly, the tea leaves will show an image (even if vague) that will symbolize the answer to a question the reader asked. The image can tell the future or just give advice; depending on the question.


How does one read tea leaves?

This is definitely a more involved question, but here’s how I do it; step by step.


1. First, brew your cup of tea. It can be any flavor. But if you are reading for someone else, you may want to let them choose the flavor (I like to do this). However, if you can’t choose a flavor, black tea is pretty standard as the dark color of the tea makes it easier to read.

2. Now, drink your tea. If it is a loose leaf tea, try to drink as little of the leaves as possible. If it is a bag, leave the bag steeping in there and drink. Don’t drink it all, though, leave a little liquid in (not very much at all.)

3. At this point, if you used a tea bag, you’re going to want to open the bag and let the leaves pour into the little amount of liquid there is left.

4. Now, at this point I like to rotate the cup clockwise three times. You can rotate it any direction and as many times you want. You don’t even have to rotate it at all if you don’t want to.

5. Now, you’re going to place a saucer or plate over the top of the cup. Tip the cup over so that most of the liquid and leaves spill onto the plate/saucer.

6. Now, you will see some leaves left in the cup. These should make an image. Although it may be abstract, it’ll be there, even though it might take a while for you to see it.

7. Now it’s time for you to interpret your image. You can either look up the symbology of the image you saw or do your own interpretation based on your own personal associations.

8. Now focus on where the image is. Is it at the top, bottom, left, right, right by the handle? The placement shows what time the interpretation will happen. I will attach an infographic to give a better idea of what I’m talking about here.




And there you have it!! This is how I do my tea leaf readings. It does take some practice, but once you get a hang of it, you’ll only get better.


~Aster-Monroe

IWAIZUMI HAJIME APPRECIATION POST.

have I ever mentioned how much I love Iwaizumi Hajime? I think I have but I’ll say it again,

I L O V E I W A I Z U M I H A J I M E, AND I HAVE A WHOLE LONG LIST OF REASONS WHY I LOVE HIM SO MUCH

he’s so precious, so pure, a cinnamon roll, an angel, an inspiration, an amazing ace, a great friend, an insanely adorable child, the actual epitome of perfection.

He loves agedashi tofu, Godzilla, his friends, volleyball. He’s just so pure. I mean, this precious child has patches and shirts of his favourite movie character, he is athletic, the best senpai, a huge dork and a total sweetheart.

Do you remember that one time he found a fish with the same name as Oikawa and he was so proud? Or that other time he said he would always release the cicadas he caught as a kid because he felt bad for them? Or maybe that he is the only one Kentarou listens to because the younger has nothing but respect and admiration for this pure smol bean?

All this boy wishes for is to grow a little taller than his peers, especially his best friend. He is the arm-wrestling champion in Seijou, a little silly nugget who likes rolling his sleeves or stuffing his mouth with food. He lets Makki and Mattsun ruffle his hair when he helped scored a point, teases Oikawa jokingly but no doubt acts as his pillar and emotional support too. (Vice-versa)

He tells his best friend the team with the better six is stronger. He tells his Kouhai that it won’t matter if their team doesn’t win. He assures his Kouhais, his teammates, his friends, he keeps the team together, supports everyone.

It breaks my heart to think that he would question himself for not being good enough, for questioning his position in the team even when he was the one putting it out there that the team with the better six is stronger.

He deserves the entire world, he deserves everything, he deserves to be proud of what he has become.


IWAIZUMI HAJIME DESERVES TO THINK THAT HE IS GOOD ENOUGH AND HE SHOULDN’T QUESTION HIS ROLE AS ACE BECAUSE HE IS SO FUCKING AMAZING AND THAT HE TRIED HIS HARDEST.

I’m sorry but I love him so incredibly much, I would sell my soul to see him happy.

So if any of you ever write, draw, describe him as an abusive person or friend, you clearly do not understand this amazing character at all.

I’ll personally fite you if you ever dare say it cause I will fight a bitch.

Dear showrunners

I’d like to start by saying that I’ve seen so many complaints about this particular subject, but it looks like you don’t see them, or more likely, you choose to ignore them.

As a young member of the LGBTQ+ community (you know these people who gather every year during the same season to party on the streets and spread colourful messages everywhere, but also those who ship your best Heterosexual Characters® together), I’ve had the chance to see a few queer characters on TV during my teenage years. I remember the first time was on Buffy The Vampire Slayer when I was only 10 (reruns), and I didn’t even know that I was gay at the time. Then, when I realized my sexuality, I decided to search for shows and movies to watch. And THAT is when I also realized that there was very few LGBTQ+ content available. If you wanted to see queer folks on TV you had to dig really deep.

Lucky for me, around 2010, producers learned that putting gay people in their mainstream shows was attracting a rather important fanbase. So they gave us: Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Glee, Modern Family, Degrassi, Skins, etc. And we thought “YAY THAT’S MY PEOPLE” and watched these TV shows religiously, memorizing and analyzing every interaction, stare, kiss, date, hand-holding, love scene, thinking that we finally got what we wanted.

WRONG.

Queer characters cheat, break up for no logical reason, end up alone, disappear, or in worst case scenario, die. Because why not, right?

And if nothing happens to our loving LGBTQ+ characters, the show is just canceled, as seen with Faking It and Sense 8.

But, our community is a fucking strong one. When we fight, we put everything we have. There is so little representation of our community that when there is we give all our attention to it. That’s why you lose audience when you make a character disappear or kill it, because if you respect us, then we’ll be the greatest fanbase you’ve ever seen. We’ll spend all our money to go to conventions, buy your merch, buy your DVDs, and your actors will be loved and admired and pushed to the next level thanks to us.  If you don’t respect us, then ciao adios we’re done.

So, why? Why do you keep repeating the same mistakes? Why in 2017 (almost 2018), having LGBTQ+ characters is still problematic? Why is it still impossible for a lead character to be queer in a mainstream TV show (except for OITNB, you’re doing great sweetie)? Why is it so difficult for you to consider making a non-canon queer couple canon? I mean, I’m not saying all of them, but when you have ships like Bechloe, Stilinski-Hale, Faberry, Johnlock, Supercorp, (and many others) where thousands and thousands of people believe in it and have countless undeniable arguments in favor of the same theory (and let’s be honest, it wouldn’t even matter that much since it’s sooo obvious), why would it be so stupid to even think about it? Give your series some new sparkly twists goddamit!

Make a queer person angry and you’ll have to deal with the whole squad, and trust me you don’t want to try it. We basically run your series. You should’ve learned with Clexa.

So, you’ll probably never see this because I’m nobody, but if you do please don’t ignore us.

WE. DESERVE. BETTER.


- the Rainbow Community

(add your favorite OTPs and shows to the tags)

anonymous asked:

did u hear about what neil and AJ said on the latest podcast about keith and lotor :D

i certainly did pAL, and for anyone else who’s curious, they were asked which paladin lotor would get along with most and this was their answer which i loosely transcribed (they mentioned him bonding with allura and pidge too for a bit, but this is only the stuff about keith):

AJ: him and keith are strangely similar 

 Neil: he and keith BAM 

 AJ: him and keith u think so??? 

 Neil: i think because keith’s needed people to trust him? because of his shady background so he might be a little bit more inclined to maybe go “come ooOON give him a breaaak!!” and you’re both a little bit emo sort of 

 AJ: i get that, yeah totally

Neil: u know like they’d listen to the same kind of music and go like “forget this!” and like flicking cigarette butts even though neither one of you smoke *more shit about them messing with candy cigarettes. ok neil* 

AJ: yeah yeah, i can see him bringing out the person in lotor and grounding him. Cause he can just be like “yeah man i’m going through some stuff too”

Neil: yeah “you’re going through stuff, i’m going through stuff, you know what….i think we should go see star wars”

anyway this is all very gay and made my day 1000 times better

(here’s the link to the podcast if anyone else wants to listen)

regularghostly  asked:

Okay I know the popular scenario is "embarrassed mutual pining" (and trust me I love that) but what about this: soon after lance realizes his feelings for Keith he just fully embraces them and starts flirting with Keith almost 24/7 the way he does with random alien chick only more specific/flattering? And Keith's like "what did my gay ass do to deserve this" not knowing Lance is actually fully serious. Then Lance finally stops playing games and just asks him out and Keith's like U WERE SERIOUS?

NSDJFKHJGDNKSFHBKSMFJNGH HOW ABOUT THIS:


The time Lance realized that he was undeniably attracted to boys was directly correlated to Keith. It was weird because he could have sworn that he didn’t like Keith - that dense, unwillingly condescending and hotheaded idiot - until. Well. Until they were out after a mission mingling with the locals and Keith was just standing there, a drink in his hand, smiling softly while he talked to a young alien girl. 

It was a huge thing. Lance’s breath caught, his heart skipped a beat and all the blood in his body rushed to his cheeks. Keith hadn’t even done anything special, he really just stood there, a soft and attentive look on his stupidly perfect face while the sun drew patterns on his mullet. It should have been an everyday thing except it wasn’t because Lance really could count on one hand all the incidences where he wouldn’t have changed a thing about Keith (including his awful hairstyle).

So back then Lance did the most sensible thing he could have done: down his drink, cough like mad because wrong pipe and hightail the quiznak out of this situation before it could go completely wrong.

Also, a private freakout that lasted for like five minutes. And maybe some stress eating and extra face care but honestly, that wasn’t a bad thing. He was a paladin of Voltron, they were fighting pretty much 24/7, he was allowed to eat more of Hunk’s cookies if he wanted to. And his face certainly wouldn’t complain about testing out new products to help it stay smooth and soft.

Honestly, Lance thought he had handled it pretty well. No excessive drama and no insults hurled Keith’s way. He’d like to think that he matured through his time as a defender of the universe and could now totally deal with being attracted to boys and Keith. No problemo for Loverboy Lance. 

Except, of course, it was Keith. How did one woo Keith? He was pretty sure that Keith was gay, that wasn’t the problem, the problem was that Keith was dense as quiznak. 

Luckily, the response had been right in front of his eyes: Keith might have been dense but Keith has also spent nearly 2 years with him in space and knew what Lance’s flirting looked like. It was ideal, he just had to act like he always did, not even Keith could be stupid enough to misunderstand that. 

So when the opportunity arose, Lance didn’t hesitate to take it.

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HI, EVERYONE‼ ヾ(o✪‿✪o)シ

Neru here hoping that each one of you has been better than I was in these last months. There have only been a couple of them but I’ve really felt that some time has passed since I did the last of these. This time have been crazy for me because of many personal things, so much so that I lost some motivation to continue here and I even thought about deleting my account, but as you can see that didn’t happen and I tried to maintain my good mood as always. I had serious emotional shocks thanks to the fact that I got sick and even though I’m still recovering, I still have all the good vibes that one day my bad luck will end, who knows. I was very surprised to have received some messages from that and a lot of support from some people, and also that despite not being actively editing, having been able to reach the 28k followers, thank you very much for that, it was kinda unexpected! ♥

Today/tomorrow is Halloween so I hope you are having a nice time or are watching some good anime. I was never very open to communication with everyone, but even with that, I lost much more contact with some people with whom I spoke more often, and I didn’t even remember many of your for the url change, but I hope not have forgotten someone! 

—Now, here you have a list with very recommended blogs that you should follow

@72g  @8ay  @a-sakuras  @ackersoul  @adversed  @aeselyn  @aizawashoutta  @aizawashoutah  @akaashixkeiji  @akirakurussu  @akutagawaas  @akutagawah  @allenswalkers  @anime  @anime-diary  @anime-trash-for-life  @animebigworld  @asparagusoup  @asuuna  @atsushisnakajima  @ayumiko  @bakamura  @blastymccsplode  @bohkutos  @choutarouootori  @cldstrifes  @d4c  @daburupurei  @daiizume  @dazaiosamu-s  @deaddleaves  @desu  @dicennio  @dirkgentlyx  @elriccs  @erenyegar  @escarletes  @eurazia  @fairytailwitch  @fujiiwara  @fujitastatara  @fuku-shuu  @fulllmetals  @furuba  @geassgreen  @genosus  @genoza  @hachikenz  @hallibel  @hanae-ichihara  @hanaokas  @harukasenpais  @hideyoshisnagachika  @hikaritsu  @hogeky  @hyodo  @i-w-o-n-n  @ichimatsus  @ichise  @illumiz  @iwanari  @jeonggukiest  @jetzui  @jmihelic  @jojolions  @juminss  @jyoshikausei  @jyro  @k-isecchis  @kagamiz  @kageyamastobio  @kahgeyamas  @kaizoku-niiichan  @kamuisyato  @kanekin  @kanhekiz  @kaoris  @kasugano  @kawaiinohime  @kazuik  @kazune  @keikakus  @kenmacchis  @kidomarus  @kiht  @kirei-na-jinsei  @kishibe  @kishitan-iis  @kishou  @kisukke  @kitsukkis  @kiuroo  @klaince  @kmuiyato  @kojiiro  @komaedas  @kotaros  @kourai  @kovuku  @krshima  @kurorolucilfer  @kuroosukii  @kurummi  @kyotouryuu  @larimii  @laynce  @lawlu  @levizs  @lilylunac  @littlebratciel  @lotgh  @mangastream  @mazusu  @meruis  @midforde  @miidoriyas  @misakarose  @miuroko  @miyukei  @mmutsu  @morgiana  @mormikas  @munakatareishi  @naegichiis  @nagihtos  @nagittos  @nanzse  @naruzumake  @natsv  @natsvme  @nichinoya  @nicorobin  @nicorobins  @nikifforovs  @nikiphorov  @nikifurov  @nitsumii  @noctiscxelum  @noearchivistes  @noxtics  @nozakis  @ochako  @ohreigen  @oiivkawa  @oikawastooru  @oikawatoeru  @oizumi  @okita-senpai  @onodera-kosaki  @ootsukis  @oumakokichis  @owarus  @pitayay  @ponchizs  @pyon  @reigenly  @reinerbraun  @reishikiz  @reizakis  @ri-cha1  @rikorin  @rinsuokah  @riseken  @sairenji  @sajou-rihito  @sangatsunolion  @sarapyon  @scarletail  @scarletkurapika  @seieiryu  @seijou  @sesukes  @shgieo  @shinnyah  @shiroa  @shiroganesm  @shizukku  @shizumar  @shotous  @shreya-chan  @solonin  @sougu  @souleater  @spectrux  @sshiroyasha  @sukerokus  @suzuyajuzoo  @t0ukas  @tachibana–chan  @tatarakun  @timcanpy  @tobeiru  @tobioskageyama  @todorokih  @todorokii  @tomura  @toshinorie  @touika  @toushi  @tsugumi  @tsukii  @tsukiko-ciah  @tsukis  @ukiinas  @vvictor  @vyctornikiforov  @wakata  @yaboku  @yamazekis  @ymirgasm  @yonaks  @yonkou  @youkas  @yukkie-s  @yushiyuki  @zakuras  @zamasu  @zatarahs  @zechs  @zeldsa  

PD: Oh! With some luck you all noticed that “unfollow” thing of tumblr since few months ago so, I didn’t unfollow you, don’t worry!

—I wish to each one of you have a spooky good day ♥

HAPPY HALLOWEEN ꐑ(*ꐌ◡ꐌꐐ*)࿐࿔࿓

Lapidot in “Raising The Barn” - From Peridot’s Side

I’ve taken a look at the Lapidot content in Raising The Barn from Lapis’ side in a separate post; now, it’s time to look at the role Peridot played in the episode.

“Lapis was very agitated when she heard you were on Homeworld.  I was bending over backwards to make her feel better.”

Here, we see Peridot mentioning that (both physically and metaphorically) she’s been bending over backwards to make sure that Lapis is happy.  This level of dedication to another person is something that we only ever see from Peridot in relation to Lapis; most of the time, she can be quite self-centred and even a little egotistica - rarely (if ever) putting anyone else before herself.

“Maybe it’s good that we’ll be away from everything, where nothing can change; no surprises, or developments.  She’s been through so much.  She needs consistency.”

Here, we again see Peridot putting Lapis first.  The genuine concern with which she says that Lapis has “been through so much” is a tone of voice that, again, we only ever hear Peridot speaking when she’s talking to/about Lapis (another very clear example of this being her “no-one said there was a rush” line to Lapis in Room for Ruby).  Peridot clearly cares more for Lapis than anyone else, and this is another prime example of that.

The fact that she’s saying this to Steven when Lapis is nowhere nearby (as opposed to masking her own feelings in order to put Lapis first towards the end of the episode, which we’ll get onto shortly) goes to show that she’s speaking with sincerity.

It transpires, as the episodes continues, that Pumpkin doesn’t want to leave the Earth – and, deep down, neither does Peridot.  Yet, she was willing to do this regardless in order to keep Lapis happy, which is testament to her level of dedication to Lapis.  She would have sacrificed absolutely everything in order to spend the rest of eternity in space with just Lapis and Pumpkin; that speaks volumes about the strength of her feelings for Lapis.

In the end, Steven convinces her to be honest with Lapis.  This is something that Peridot doesn’t feel able to do – not because she’s afraid of Lapis, but rather because she’s afraid of hurting her.

In the past, Peridot’s blunt honesty has hurt/deeply offended the people around her (irrespective of whether or not it was intentional) – one only has to look at how her brutal honesty offended Amethyst during Peridot’s early days with the Crystal Gems, as well as getting her punched in the face by Pearl, to name just two examples.

Peridot is acutely aware of Lapis’ past traumas, as we’ve seen many times in the past.  And because Peridot knows how easily she’s offended people in the past with her choice of words, she takes extra care when speaking around Lapis – even to the point of hiding the truth from her so that she doesn’t get upset.  Lapis means more to Peridot than absolutely anyone else, and so she goes to great lengths to make sure that she doesn’t offend her in any way at all because of that.

When Peridot finally decides to open up with Lapis, it’s not her usual brand of brutal honesty – instead, it’s much more gentle and heartfelt.

“…I think we should fight for this life we’ve built instead of tearing it up out of the ground! I think we can win.  I think you can win.  Earth is our home now… isn’t it worth fighting for?”

The fact that Peridot says “I think you can win” is incredibly interesting.  It carries a much heavier implication than simply winning the fight against the Diamonds; Peridot is most likely referring to Lapis’ past traumas and her fear of the war.  She knows how hard Lapis is going to have to fight with herself in order to get over her fear and actually defend the Earth, but this is something that Peridot wants to help her with (and something she believes Lapis can do, even if Lapis herself doesn’t believe it) – hence her caring tone of voice and her holding her hand out to Lapis.  It’s a very loving gesture.  We can also see Peridot here, like Lapis before her, referring to “life we’ve built” and “our home”, further emphasising the fact that Lapis and Peridot share their entire lives with each other.

In the end, Peridot can’t convince Lapis to stay (which is a decision that, as discussed in the Lapis counterpart to this post, was made out of pure fear – and which Lapis felt terrible for).

Peridot is left totally heartbroken.

We’ve literally never seen her get this upset over anything before, in spite of all the hardship that she’s previously been though. It just goes to show how much Lapis means to her.

This is something that is integral to the next Peridot episode (Back To The Kindergarten) and will be discussed in a separate post pertaining to that episode.

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Nakamoto Yuta x Mabuchi Kou visual similarities [Part 2✌🏼] 

Part 1 here

Did you ever imagine we’d reach a point in Supernatural where Sam could be considered a total third wheel? Not that him and Dean haven’t been serving up a serious (literal) bromance since day one, but I think we’d all be lying if we said we didn’t tune in for our regular dose of Destiel.

Castiel and Dean, aka Destiel, form their special bond toward the end of season four, and ever since then, chances of me favoring anyone else have been squashed. In fact, there are some aspects of their bromance that might make it one of my favorites on television, period. Remember when Dean gives Castiel his nickname, Cas? And each time he admits that he needs him both as a cohort and a companion? So frickin’ cute. Their friendship is one of the shippiest out there. Need a few more reasons to love Destiel? Allow me to elaborate.

Castiel enters our lives, and the lives of the Sam and Dean, out of pure business. He is there on a mission, to work for them, and that’s it. Then, all of the sudden, we see a turning point where he goes from being there to work with the brothers to being invested in them on a personal level. Dean is having trouble trusting him, and Castiel responds reassuringly with a gentle but firm reminder that he isn’t going anywhere. He can trust him.

That’s a pivotal moment in their relationship, because along with instilling a great deal of trust for Dean, Cas realizes himself that he cares about the brothers as people, as friends. It set the tone for the remaining seasons, forming the foundation of the close-knit bond that we see today.

We don’t see Cas offer a one-sided, unwavering brand of loyalty, either. Dean has proved time and time again his appreciation, admiration, and dedication to his best bud throughout the various seasons. For example, in the heart of season five when Dean escapes from that whole apocalypse mess, what’s the first thing he does? Searches for Cas, who, mind you, is waiting for him exactly as the two of them had planned.

Then, remember when they get stuck in the purgatory back in season seven? Castiel can’t help Dean escape at all. In fact, because of the staggering number of souls that are cast in there after him, Cas serves as a complication of sorts. For once, he can not be the powerful angel and saving force that everyone knows him to be. Dean even has the chance to escape clean, but refuses to abandon his friend and leave him behind. After all, as we hear repeated like a broken record, he needs him.

Their bond is based on a connection that runs deep, diving into the deep end rather than splashing in the shallow section as an overwhelming number of friendships on television do. It has been a matter of life and death quite a few times, and each time, I watch the two of them save one another and prioritize their bud over almost anything else. How often does once come across a fictional friendship that strong?

Not to mention, all of their teary-eyed (OK, maybe that’s me and not them, but still) bro hugs are next-level adorable, and their clear love for one another as brothers and best friends is half the reason we’re still watching the show. Their clinging onto one another without even attempting to do so is an example of how natural their relationship is and how when the two of them work together, magic happens. Even in the toughest situations, Dean has had positive affects on Cas, and vice versa, and because of how different the two of them are in a lot of different respects, these attribute to them making each other a better person.

Maybe I take Sam and Dean for granted because of their real-life brotherhood, but still, something about the rather surprising, strong brotherhood between Dean and Castiel that I have watched form throughout the seasons leaves that of everyone else behind in the dust. Seeing them share the screen again in “Tombstone” after Cas returns, donning (heinous) matching cowboy hats, sharing laughs, and solving mysteries together warmed my heart.

Can’t wait to tune in next week, to see more of Destiel … er, I mean, watch more ghost, ghoul, and demon hunting. Obviously. But, being real here, mostly seeing more of the adorable best friendship that is Dean and Cas. #Destiel4Ever.

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I first I thought, I’m I reading the onion?
But no, this is real Destiel is Canon, even with the Bomance perspective, that is a safe way to look at this relationship, we made it canon.

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The Many Faces of Victor Nikiforov - Episode 2

And finally, the episode in which we actually get to know more about Victor personally! Although his expressions are generally very controlled, there are times where we can glean a greater understanding of his character from both the faces he does and doesn’t make. Continuing on from the first set, I’d like to talk about the gifs chosen this time too!


This first scene we see Victor in is played off as humour, but when looked at in a more serious light, it’s actually packed full of a complicated mix of emotions. Victor is leaving the home he has lived in for years and years. He’s leaving the familiar setting of his home rink and the people there who, by this point, would be pretty much considered family. When he looks back in this frame, we see a lot of things. Primarily, the look is fond but wistfully sad. He knows what he’s going to be leaving behind by going and he appreciates Yakov coming after him even if he isn’t planning on listening. He’s excited to start a new chapter of his life, even if it comes at a risk, but he is also scared. This frame may initially look like a simple smile but when you take off a couple layers, it really is so much more. It also shows the level of comfort he has with Yakov that he’s willing to let him see this expression in the first place.

This second gif… well, I can say more about Yuuri than Victor here. It takes 2 full gifs to capture the entire camera pan for this shot. The kicker being that not only does the shot start distinctly below the waistline, it also is a slow pan upwards even as Victor is talking. We know for a fact that this is from Yuuri’s point of view and the level of thirst that shows (like not even being able to meet Victor’s eyes when he’s talking directly to Yuuri) astounds me.

There are a few things I really love about this third one that I feel have gone either unappreciated or unnoticed. The first is that Victor is sleeping. That sounds like common sense, because of course he is, but my point is more the where and when. Victor is sleeping in an openly public space surrounded by people he doesn’t know in a country he isn’t familiar with. The second is that it’s probably about 2am local time in St. Petersburg by this point. What all this comes down to is that Victor is suffering from jet lag. We don’t see it often in-show since he seems to have himself more together in Barcelona (in compared to Yuuri who just sleeps) but I feel seeing it here makes him look all the more human. Another small thing to note is the little head rub he does onto his pillow as he turns over. This is a thing people do for comfort, the feeling of their cheek rubbing against their cheek is a sensation thing, and it, again, makes Victor seem more human and less of an untouchable god like Yuuri sees him as.

This fourth gif… What more can I say other than it still amazes me how forward Victor was this early on. Even after knowing about the banquet, he’s still so… direct. He is absolutely 100% trying to seduce Yuuri. It makes me wonder what exactly he expected would happen when he came to Japan and where he was planning to go from there when it came to the whole coaching deal.

This fifth gives me a lot of feelings. This is one of the only shots we get in the entire series that features Victor both alone and in a state of vulnerability. He’s in a foreign place, he doesn’t speak the language, and all he has to go on is a drunken promise and a viral youtube video. Even the creators have said that Victor isn’t really the type to cry so seeing tears in his eyes here means a lot. He’s scared, he’s lost, and he doesn’t know where to go next – in more than just the short term. He’s feeling like his entire life is falling apart around him and he left his lifeline and security net back in Russia. But, if nothing else, we can be glad that he brought Makkachin along because I don’t even what to think about how he would have fared without even that tiny bit of home.

The sixth gif I love because of its simplicity. Victor is excited by nothing more than exploring a new place. It’s not news to any of us that Victor loves surprises; he loves things that are new and Hasetsu castle provides just that. I love that Victor got the opportunity to experience the joys of being a tourist before he finally settles down to be a citizen.

I feel that this seventh gif has many layers. He’s obviously trying to be friendly but you can tell that he was wholly unprepared for the attention that he was suddenly swarmed with. You can see it in the way he smiles, it’s not the bright smile and wink that we normally associate with his media persona, and his shoulders keep climbing up and up. Tack onto the fact that there’s almost no way he could understand what any of them are saying and all I can really sense from him is tension and stress. Again, it comes back to him feeling like he’s out of place in a foreign land and is trying to handle it as best he can in the only ways he knows how.

This eighth gif is his thinking face. He consistently holds his hand to his chin in the same way whenever he’s seriously thinking about or considering something. In this case, we can take this to mean that he is sincerely studying Yuuri. Unlike earlier in the episode that attempts to paint Victor is a more lighthearted and flighty light, this shows us that he is there for more than just a booty call. He’s serious about wanting to be Yuuri’s coach and help him with his skating. He’s interested in Yuuri both as a person and a skater.

This second last gif is actually something we don’t see too much of from Victor – he’s being smug. He absolutely has a right to be, given his level of proficiency in his sport, but he’s usually quite humble about it even while being confident. But this shot, and the camera angle and shadows on his face that add to it, all create the image of “I know I’m better than/know more than you in this”. I feel that he is absolutely doing this on purpose. Victor is incredibly aware of how others see him. In this case, he’s playing into how Yurio perceives him and is using that as a way to motivate him into accepting something that would be a definite challenge for him – skating Agape. This is a perfect depicting of the saying “lead by example” in regards to being aware that others’ perception of your image might not be what is really on the inside.

This last gif is an expression I’m especially fond of because it’s one of the first times that Victor is truly stumped by Yuuri. Just to clarify: this is a really good thing! This is exactly the spark that attracted Victor to Yuuri in the first place! This is the first time since he left his life behind in Russia and flew halfway across the globe to Japan that he’s seen this in Yuuri. And his expression and exclamation in the next shot shows exactly how he feels about that.


Well, that got a bit longer than I had initially planned but consider it a way to make up for this set being a day late. I also just have too many thoughts about Victor… Look forward to more coming your way next week!

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Bonus because while it’s not Victor in person, it’s too beautiful not to add: