@frantastically and i were talking about a couple of things in homestuck and started to realize this ongoing theme against sugar and sugar products, going through out the entire series:
- from the very beginning of the series John is immediately opposed to sweets like birthday cake even on his birthday because of his dad’s fanatic obsession with baking, to a point of filling the kitchen with more cakes and cookies and running back out of the house to go get more boxes of Betty Crocker boxed pastries.
- between scenes from WV and the trolls, we are introduced to the two Important Homestuck Sodas, Faygo and TaB. Faygo being the juggalo drink of choice is mostly looked over at first in favor of the more direct correlation of Sopor = Weed. TaB however is the drink of choice for WV and the Fuschia bloods, and while being described as notably sweet, TaB is famous for being one of the first diet sodas, and having no sugar in it.
- It’s even mentioned in Meenah’s story that the HIC produced TaB to compete with the subjugglator’s production of Faygo, and dispersed it to lower blooded trolls without actually telling them that the drink contained no actual sugar that Faygo would have. This is something that Meenah takes great pride in.
- Going Back To Faygo, it is later implied with Terezi’s duality to Rose’s storyline that Faygo and sugary soda is the troll equivalent to alcohol, as Karkat shows equal concern for Terezi’s soda problem as Dave does for Rose’s alcohol problem, and later Rose offers to form an AA like group with Terezi to address both of their substance abuse problems
- Sugar is brought up again with themes of substance abuse with the Tricksters. Calliope sees the lollipop juju and resulting sugar rush as a way to just have fun and not think about your problems, and introduces it to her friends when they’re going through their worst drama. The alphas however, after a night of no impulse control and general debauchery, respond to being Tricksters and the juju with a hangover and vowing to never go through the experience again.
if Anyone can draw some sort of conclusion with this information I’d love to hear it? why is hussie so anti-sugar??
I wanted to experiment in making a video just because. It is a video tutorial on making soda tab chains. I took this video on my phone a couple of months ago, but never uploaded it. It is very sloppy as I used the video on my phone to make it and while I tried to keep most of the action in the center, my hands kept drifting. Still, I hope my instructions in the video were clear and straightforward despite my unscripted rambling.
It was times like these where you just wanted to curl up in bed and cry or scream into the cotton feel of your pillowcase. When the house was as silent as the library you used to confine yourself in during university, where you first met the young man that’d soon become the love of your life, the father of your child. Where he was right now…..well, of course you knew. He was at work- making a living to support you and your son, Jaemin.
But that’s exactly why you wanted to scream: it wasn’t supposed to be this way. You weren’t supposed to be spending nights alone, you weren’t supposed to be sleeping by yourself while the other side of the mattress grew cold from lack of body warmth. You weren’t supposed to be reading to Jaemin every single night, for your child wanted his father to read to him as well, it was an activity that was meant to be shared.
Jaemin. You weren’t supposed to be making empty promises to him that Wonwoo would come home tonight. You weren’t supposed to be looking into those innocent brown eyes and reassuring him that Wonwoo loved you both. No. That wasn’t how a family was supposed to work.
What are the batfamily members living spaces like their bedrooms and stuff
Bruce: his room looks incredibly regal and posh, but it’s always kept clean (by Alfred. If Bruce were left on his own it would be a disaster and there would be clothes all over the floor)
Dick: he definitely has glow in the dark stars on his ceiling (who cares if he’s an adult), he’s got tons of posters on his walls (some Batman and Robin ones, Flying Grayson’s posters), keeps photos of family and friends pinned up on a corkboard next to his bed, he keeps it clean except for The Pile. It’s all the clutter that he’s just too busy to take care of
Jason: he keeps his room immaculately clean: he has everything sorted, his books are kept alphabetized, he dusts regularly. His sheets have dinosaurs on them, though nobody knows that. He has an excessive amounts of books in his room (like six bookshelves full)
Tim: his walls are plastered with graphs, charts, newspaper clippings, conspiracy theories. He has piles of coffee mugs, a nice little potted plant on his windowsill, textbooks stacked on a desk with some files and whatnot. His bed is usually a nest of blankets and is almost always unmade
Steph: she has fairy lights around her room to give her that “expert lighting” for photos, she has fluffy pillows and dozens of throw blankets, she has tons of polaroids with her and her friends hung on her walls, her desk has piles of homework and doodles with containers of colorful pens and markers
Damian: his room looks almost like a military bunker, but over time he’s gotten a small little planter box with herbs in it, a lot of cat and dog toys for Titus and Alfred the cat, his shelves have a lot of books on them (a mix of old tomes and young adult novels), he’s got a wall of drawings/paintings that he’s done over his bed
Cass: her room is full of knick knacks and mementos from good times she’s had (that flower crown Steph made her during a picnic, a necklace made from all of the tabs on soda cans from the time Tim tried to down three dozen cans, a jar of paper footballs that she and Jason use when they’re bored), she has a lot of stuffed animals on her bed
Duke: has a lot of Superman and superhero stuff (posters, action figures, whatever he can find), has pictures of him and his family hanging on a bulletin board, has several knit blankets on his bed that weigh a ton, has a few sports pennants hung up on his wall
Barbara: keeps her room fairly tidy, has only a few blankets and pillows, has a desk for her laptop that she keeps exceedingly organized, had a loft bed for a long time (all through college), has a chalkboard wall that she uses when researching and working
Presented in no particular order with very few rules. These are suggestions and ideas! There is no “school” of trash witchcraft and you can combine it with all sorts of other workings and traditions. Trash witchcraft is all about having a good time and changing the very nature of reality with something you picked up on the way to the bus stop.
What is “trash?” Well, it’s all relative, isn’t it? I think of trash as “stuff someone is no longer using that’s been left somewhere I can get to it.” My trash witchcraft focuses on getting use out of items people thought were useless, and making beautiful things out of what’s been written off as refuse. I’ve also found trash contains things that are unique to it - energies and thoughts from previous possessors, energies of being reused and recycled, energies of BEING trash, entropy, death, life, perseverance, marginalization, chaos, and a strange kind of peaceful order. Just depends on what you find!
Recycle! Save your drink cups and straws and even straw papers.
Some low-income hipster/artist areas have “free” boxes on the corner that you can pick amazing stuff out of
Thrift stores are great places to buy trash for cheap! It’s usually some pretty good trash, too.
Library free book piles, they get a lot of useless donations. Books are sacred on some levels but do not be afraid to rip apart a book on how to use 2005 Microsoft Encarta and turn it into a Sharpie Grimoire. You’re giving it more life than it ever had.
You’re gonna look at the ground a lot. You’re gonna look at soda can tabs in new ways.
Loose/broken cassette tape used to be common on roadsides but not anymore; you can usually get tapes for something like $1 apiece at a thrift store if you don’t want to wait. The tape inside is useful for all sorts of things, same with VHS tapes!
Discarded roadside CDs tho.
Rocks aren’t trash but you’ll start finding them if you look at the ground long enough! Even some stuff that’s kinda valuable. Get a rockhounding book and start finding even more treasure!
Asphalt and other manmade rock chunks are abundant because roads and sidewalks are constantly being repaired.
Near construction you may even find rebar, screws, etc.
Dirt is useful. Different kinds of dirt is useful different ways.
All sorts of interesting weird bits of metal and glass and plastic!
Discarded lighters, some of which still work!
Free matchbooks in bars, plus lemons and nuts and cocktail picks.
B O T T L E S
You will likely find some money even if it’s a bit of change. Spend it or save it for spell stuff (or just because you’re wise).
Animal bits are everywhere really.
U-Pick/Pick-n-Save/U-Pull-It type car lots will let you go into their broken down/wreckt car lot and pull anything off of vehicles for flat fees and it’s quite cheap.
Craigslist: for people who want to take other people’s junk away for them.
Freecycle-type trade groups and dumpster diver groups are good places to start on both practices, give em a google.
Watch the animals around and see if they lead you to something interesting.
What it’s useful for
Anything that has been run over or left on a road long enough has been charged with the energies of the roads. The energy might change depending on the type of road, a slow rural dirt lane will have a different feel than busy urban blacktop.
Even empty cups are useful for a jar replacement, especially temporary spells.
Straws can be used to build lattices, mock-structures (build a house out of straws and blow it down!), can even be used as temp wands.
Straw papers can be braided or written on and then wrapped around things for a binding spell or wish spell. For instance write a wish, wrap the straw paper around the straw, blow through it to charge.
Write a spell on the paper of a wrapped straw, then tear open one end and blow through the straw to launch the paper and spell!
A cocktail sword is now your tiny ritual knife. Rejoice.
Logo/corporate magic: you can use discarded items with a company’s logo with it to draw upon that company for help or even attack it. Use the money attached to the Starbucks brand to make a Starbucks cup the focus of a money jar spell, etc. Or just curse Blockbuster. Oh wait, too late.
Glass that changes the light (curved, warped etc) can be used for magnification or focus spells. Colors of glass can add certain aspects depending on how you associate colors. Green is commonly associated with money; there’s lots of green glass out there since it’s a common drink bottle color!
All your tiny metal/glass/concrete bits are great jingles for a spell jar that should be shaken, or even a jar bell just for making noise.
Flatter lighter shiny clinky bits can be tied up on a frame as a wind chime, gathering wind energy or just being decorative. Add string/knotwork if you want! Great to do with found silverware.
A chunk of a place helps call up the presence of that place or draw on the energy of that place or influence that place. This applies to dirt, rocks, roads, concrete, bricks, asphalt, etc. Get macro (a whole city) or micro (this corner of the street) but either way, tap that!
Pendant materials abound if you look in the right places, especially if you know how to wire-wrap a weird chunk of chrome.
Broken window glass to shatter illusions, break defenses, and expose lies.
Broken mirror for scrying mirrors or defensive traps.
The right rocks can be used to draw on concrete in lieu of chalk, do a scratch test.
Mark the corners of your neighborhood or yard with innocuous, tiny bits of rocks and other things that aren’t likely to be picked up. Even just arbitrarily moving bits of stuff around helps increase your sovereignty over a location. Be aware of who else might control the area though!
Trash is useful for shadow work. Find a trash object that you can meditate on or use for an energy focus. A lot of feelings can resonate with trash - the feeling of BEING trash, being discarded or used, being broken. These can be focused on for catharsis or for calm. Walk through the life of this trash item, empathize with its journey, see where its journey parallels yours. Give it a new home if you’ve found some part of yourself you’re reclaiming (a lot of “trash” is actually worth keeping and was mistakenly devalued!); if you’ve found parts of yourself to let go and move on from then throw them away with the object.
This can also be a focus for luck or serendipity workings - do a working to find something precious, then do a trash hunt and see what comes up!
Broken glass and sharp metal bits ABOUND in the places where the best trash is. So you’ll want good gloves and I suggest keeping your tetanus shot up to date.
Depending on what you’re doing, eyewear may be good too, and I’d wear tough jeans and a shirt you won’t mind getting snagged.
Watch where you hunt trash. Some other people may be trying to get returnable bottles or metal for money; I suggest just giving them right of way.
People and animals are unpredictable so only work with those you trust and know the rules for if you’re out of your element.
Sometimes places with interesting trash are already occupied by belligerent spirit entities who are keeping that as their hoard. Only approach if you’re willing to bargain fairly or otherwise if you’re willing to fight the entity. (I suggest bargaining or leaving. Remember, it’s just trash.)
Look, if you pick anything up that’s squishy keep some hand sanitizer on you and some resealable bags.
Actually resealable bags are a good idea anyway, stay organized! Label with date/place if you like to draw on specific associations.
Add sigils or cleaning/sealing spells to your bags to keep newly-collected materials from causing spiritual/magical problems before you have a chance to take them home and deal with them. If you have an on-the-go cleanse spell then that’s important to use, but sometimes an extra layer helps for really gunky stuff, and trash tends to have a history attached to it.
Animal parts - please do some research before you collect so you know how to safely do it and preserve things without violating the Migratory Bird Act and other local laws. There are a lot of “vulture culture” people on tumblr alone, see if you can talk to someone who works with animal spirits so you’ll know how to respectfully harvest materials.
If it looks too nasty to touch or reach for or get to, let it go. It’s just trash.
Remember that rooting through other people’s trash that’s part of their property is technically crime and a theft. Be aware of when you are trespassing.
Hello. May I pls request the RFA's reaction to an extremely creative and handy MC? (Like she uses pens for chopsticks COS COLLEGE LIFE or creates customized notebooks)
This was a cute ask! Thank you anon~
I used situations where MC does different life hack kinda things? I hope you don’t mind!
Yoosung usually insists that he cook dinner for you, considering that he actually got pretty good at cooking over the years.
But today… he was pooped after a long day of sick puppies
“MC~, honey, I’m so tired. How about when I get off I pick up pizza?”
“Are you sure? I can just cook and dinner can be ready by the time you get off”
“No, it’s fine really. It’s been so long since I’ve had pizza anyways. I use to eat it all the time in my college days, but I’ve grown since then. Haven’t I, honey? Do you think I’ve become more manly?”
“Of course, Yoosung. You’re the man of my dreams… And pepperoni is the pizza of my dreams. So don’t be too long!”
He laughed on the other end of the phone. “Alright, I’ll be home as soon as I can”
Once Yoosung got home, he had the pizza but.. It was cold -_-
“I’ll warm it up for you, honey! I’m sorry it’s just the pizzeria is so far away. I guess by the time I picked it up and drove home it got cold”.
Next time Yoosung called exhausted from work you insisted that time you get the pizza.
It took quite a bit of convincing but he finally agreed.
He got home before you and you showed up a little after.
“Honey! I’m so sorry you had to go all the way across town to get the pizza! Next time, I’ll fight through my tiredness and just cook for you, I promise!”
He took the boxes out of your hand.
“Woah, these are still warm. Did you speed getting here?”
You opened the box and grabbed a piece, cheese strings hanging down.
“Mmm~ I just turned the seat warmers on to keep the pizza warm”.
His brain exploded
Bye bye Yoosung
“Honey! You’re brilliant!”
“How’d I ever get so lucky to end up with a creative, smart, and amazing lady like you”
He praised you with a mouthful of pizza.
Which made it all the more cuter
You walked into the kitchen to find Zen Chugging a water bottle.
There were two other ones already empty on the counter.
He had no shame standing there shirtless and sweaty.
His work out pants hanging low on his waist, revealing his defined V-lines.
You’re gawking was cut short as Zen slammed down the third bottle.
“What are you doing, Zen?”
“Oh this?” He picked up the bottle again.
“I gotta stay hydrated, babe. I started a new intense workout routine, so I gotta make sure I drink lots of water”
“So you just down three bottles at once?”
“Yeah? Why not?”
“Well” You reached in the cabinet and grabbed a reusable water bottle, then opened a drawer and pulled out a permanent marker.
“Instead of drinking a big portion at once,” you began to mark times on the water bottle, “you can use this to make sure you drink 8 cups by the end of the day”
Zen grabbed the bottle and looked at it confused.
“So you fill the bottle up when you wake up, and then throughout the day, you make sure you drink that amount of water marked at the time it shows.”
“So by 12 in the afternoon, you need to have half the bottle done, then at 3 you should have the bottle finished and refill it, and so forth.”
Zen pulled you in a tight hug.
“Zen, you’re sweaty!”
“Oh but you’re intelligent and creative mind is so sexy, Jagiya~”
“I just wanna kiss it!”
And you were smothered in kisses after that
And the rest of your night consisted in you convincing him to shower before he showed any physical affection.
You may or may not have joined him
The cafe hasn’t been getting many customers lately.
So you both decided that maybe adding something new to the menu will reel them in.
You both wanted something rare, something you wouldn’t find at just any cafe.
You came up with the idea of cookie dough cupcakes.
You had just finished your first batch and they looked delicious.
“Alright, first batch done and ready to be tasted. Are you ready, MC?”
Jaehee looked nervous as she put down the two cupcakes for you both.
You admired the amount of care and effort she put into the cafe. You could really tell that she loved this.
And you loved it too.
You were both sitting at the counter, a cupcake in front of you.
She was just about to take a bite when she stopped to watch you as you completely cut the cupcake in half horizontally.
You then proceeded to put the lower half of the cupcake on top of the icing half, making a sort of cupcake sandwich?
You then proceeded to take a bite of the cookie dough cupcake sandwich and she watched you with curiosity.
She gulped at the site of you gleaming with a mouth full of cupcake and some icing on the corner of your lips.
“It’s good, but maybe a little less sugar next time. It’s already sweet enough with the cookie dough in it”
You noticed Jaehee was looking at you like she discovered a new species.
“You don’t think so? Do you like it?”
“Why did you… cut it and..”
“What, this?” You picked up your cupcake.
“It just makes it easier to eat, and less messy”
You watched her as she then made her cupcake like yours and took a bite.
She blinked rapidly and chewed slowly.
“You’re right. A little less sugar”
You grabbed your napkin and wiped the icing at the corner of her lip.
She blushed deeply
Ooooh Beahee is so pretty and cute with her hair tucked behind her ear and pink tinted cheeks >.<
“I’m so lucky to have such a creative partner like you”
“I lack creativity, I stick to logic, so I strongly believe that I wouldn’t have been able to run this cafe and make it as successful as it is without you”.
“I’m thankful that you asked me to be your partner, Jaehee. This is something I would’ve never seen myself doing, but I enjoy this so much!”
Cute girlfriend bestfriend hug!
Jumin has been so busy lately
His father forced a project on him that took up a lot of his time
You two haven’t been able to spend a lot of time together, so Jumin said that tonight he wanted to have an elegant evening of dinner with you
A maid helped you set up the table and a top notch chef came to cook for you both so that when Jumin got home everything would be ready.
You wore a fitting red dress and black heels
You’re hair loosely curled
As you were patiently sitting at the table, sipping wine, you heard the door click.
You saw the black tuff of Jumin’s hair and you stood up to greet him, taking off his jacket and planting a kiss on his lips.
“Welcome home, love”
“I came back as early as I could. I was so eager to see my wife. I missed you.”
You both sat at the dining room table, near the window that had a view of the whole city before you.
“MC, would you like more wine?”
You smiled and handed him your glass, “Yes, please”
He grabbed a new bottle, insisting that night that you let him bring out his most expensive wine.
You watched as he struggled to get the wine bottle open.
He attempted over and over again, slowly getting more and more frustrated.
“I can’t remember where I placed the corkscrew. How irritating. I’ll call a guard up here”
“No, Jumin. Let me.. Please”
He could never say no when you said please like that. You’re eyes all big and lips so.. He couldn’t handle it
He handed the bottle to you and watched as you stood up and and went to a drawer in the kitchen
Curiosity sparked in him as you pulled out a nail and hammer
“Please be careful, MC”
You hammered the nail half way into the cork and Jumin stood immediately, ready to aid you if anything happened
“MC, let me call a guard to get it, please”
“I have this under control, Jumin. After living by yourself for a few years with no guards or maids or chefs to assist you when you need it, you kinda learn a few tricks to help you get by”
Jumin was a stubborn man, but you were his even more stubborn wife. He knew he was not going to be able to stop you once you had your mind set on something.
Once the nail was halfway in the cork you put the top of the nail in between the legs of the hammer and proceeded to pull upwards.
The cork slowly began to slip from the bottle as you pulled on the nail.
You heard a satisfying pop as the cork came off and the wine bottle was open.
You smiled and returned to the table with the now open wine bottle, pouring Jumin and yourself a glass.
Arms were wrapped around your waist and warm breath cascaded down your ear and neck as that familiar deep voice spoke to you softly.
“I could use a creative mind like yours to help me with a new cat project I’ve been wanting to start”
“Are you offering me a position?”
“If you’re willing to accept”
“Well, that all depends on the pay, Sir. I accept no less than 10 kisses an hour”
“You play a hard bargain, but I might be willing to make an exception and pay it all forward now”
“WHAT! I’m in the shower Saeyoung!”
“But I need youuuuuuuu!”
“Just wait I’m almost done!”
“But I need you nooooooooooooow! It’s an emergencyyyyyy”
You huffed and mumbled curses as you yanked your towel off the rack and pulled it around your torso.
Seven was sitting at his computers holding a PhD Pepper and a silly straw with a pout on his face
“The straw won’t stay in the soda”
You snatch the silly straw and soda from him
Twist the tab so that its over the hole
Stick the straw through the tab and into the drink
And guess what
“MY FUTURE WIFE IS A WIZARD”
He pulled you into his lap
Smothered you in kisses
And then you felt a breeze
You both stopped and looked at the towel on the floor
Who said Zen is the only one that has an inner beast?
This is my first request I’ve ever done so I hope I don’t disappoint! I will be doing more asks that have been sitting in the inbox from oldest to newest and feel free to send in more requests!
the secret three hcs you mentioned in the tags of the iwaizumi backpack hcs post are killing me with suspense but obv you arent sharing those. but. i want to know abt the drink can tabs. why are there so manyof them. does iwaizumi break them off and save them ?? why
One of my best friends obsessively saved soda can tabs wherever she could find them because she saved them for a charity fundraiser… I wanted some loose little bits that would be scattered around his backpack for compositional reasons and soda tabs popped into my head. Iwa seems like the kind of guy who would save tabs for charity (and never mention why unless someone asked…)
I can tell you the super secret master level headcanons if you want, they’re just REALLY angsty? I didn’t want to subject people to the angst if they didn’t want it.
mit tony and rhodey (and also current tony and rhodey, lbr) making really stupid robots just for fun like simone giertz's breakfast machine or that ketchup robot and half the time they're terrible but also great. imagine tony having a collection of really shitty robots that he and rhodey made together that he can't bear to throw away
OMG ANON I LOVE THIS! I love the idea of Tony making a bot that brings him a soda and pops the tab, but then the soda just explodes everywhere. I love the idea of Rhodey making a little helicopter style bot who airlifts dirty socks. Tony is most certainly responsible for the bot that vacuums bread crumbs off the counters. Rhodey made the one that attempts to clean the windows and mostly fails and leaves big white streaks across the glass. There’s the one that folds pants (poorly), the one that walks the dog (that they don’t own), the one that cleans the cat box (Again, no cat, but Tony says they should get a patent anyway. Rhodey says it’s silly. He’s pissed years later when he sees an infomercial for the same stupid machine.), and the one that just projects a spinning laser design on the ceiling. Tony may’ve designed that one while drunk. And don’t forget the one they were never brave enough to try: the shaver robot.