sugar highs and lows

Transiting Venus in Libra
October 14, 2017 - November 7, 2017

Aphrodite is at home when Venus is in Libra and she activates the lover in everybody. We approach our social life, relationship, and matters of romance like we are consuming sugar, and there is a real desire to luxuriate in our natural pleasures. Also, the actual consumption of sugar can increase, because Venus is the ruler of confectionery, sugar, and sweet treats. This is a good time for appreciating the quality of relationships in our life, be it with friends, lovers, or family members. The energy of Libra is all about connection, harmony, and unity. If you have been feeling disconnected or isolated, Aphrodite responds with her appetite for togetherness, and she encourages us to re-establish and maintain contact with other people. She exhales the breath of tranquility, so it’s possible to resolve conflicts and disagreements. Venus also rules over financial matters, and she is prone to excess in her own sign. It means that we can become less concerned with financial responsibility and spend more money on personal luxuries like new clothes, make up, dining out, alcohol, caramel mochas, home decore, and social events. The relationship sector is the whipped cream of life with Venus in Libra. It’s a time for spending weekends cozying up to loved ones watching Netflix, cooking with lovers, getting a new hairstyle and feeling your most beautiful, and enjoying the traditions of dating and old fashioned romance. Transiting Venus in Libra offers many different experiences, pleasures, and creative inspiration for different people. The qualities of Venus operate where she is placed in your personal horoscope. 

It’s important that you check your own transit chart for validation, because some people have signs close to the house cusp which can move it into the following house, or have Venus making significant aspects to outer natal planets


Aries rising or transiting Venus in the 7th house: Venus in Libra may be quintessentially social, but her condition in the 7th house also generates the need for self reflection and quiet appreciation. The sense of belonging is especially emphasised, and through the Venus mirror, loved ones reveal their finest qualities. The relationship stage is especially under the spotlight here, but it’s also about acknowledging and appreciating their own beauty, it’s a time for falling in love with themselves. All matters of business partnership present opportunity for wealth development. 

Taurus rising or Venus transiting the 6th house: Work and maintaining the responsibilities of daily life become easier and harmonic. It’s possible to develop closer relationships with colleagues and find work especially enjoyable, especially for the social aspect. The energy for sacrifice is great, the person can burn themselves out trying to be all things to all people. Health matters come into focus, the individual can make or break their diet or health regime. It may be very difficult to resist sugar and lollies, the person can experience sugar highs and lows and extreme changes in mood. It can also emphasise health anxieties. Looking after themselves helps them feel better about themselves

Gemini rising: or Venus transiting the 5th house Personal amusement and pleasures becomes an insatiable urge, the individual may spend a lot of time cooking, eating out, spending money, having sex, and possibly think about children. There may be an opportunity for developing romance and satisfying romantic and sexual fantasies. Venus is comfortable here, maybe a little bit too comfortable. Her sultry side and seductive side is the star of the show. The ego celebrates its existence through creativity 

Cancer rising or Venus in the 4th house: Home is a safe place where they return to a place of belonging. The appreciation for family members, especially the mother and sisters becomes especially enhanced, it’s a time when their mum can become their best friend. Family and domestic disputes can be resolved, because Aphrodite is so rattled by resentful energy. Instead of going out, the individual loves more than ever to be surrounded by friends and family in the home under the blankets and sharing stories between movies. The individual may spend a lot of money on the home decorating or re-designing  

Leo rising or Venus in the 3rd house:  The communication is decorated in cupcake ice, so the verbal delivery can be more beautiful, harmonising, and attractive than ever. The sensory environment becomes exquisitely provocative, so the individual can be more responsive than ever to music, meaningful conversation, literature, or conflict. Social contact is important and the individual can be more talkative and engaged with friends. The person may spend quality time with siblings or resolve conflict between them. There may be nothing more pleasurable than spending the afternoon reading a book, magazine, or a blog 

Virgo rising or Venus transiting the 2nd house: The sensory appreciation is enhanced here and there can be an increased urgency for affection, the protection of loved ones, and having somebody to provide for. It’s possible that the individual will spend a lot of money on their dependants and investments. Creative material can generate capital, and all matters of business partnership present opportunity for wealth development. It’s possible that the income will stabilise if it has been unreliable 

Libra rising or Venus transiting the 1st house: After surrendering to loneliness and exile, social contact is emphasised and relationships validate their existence. The individual wants to be seen with their lover, somebody they are proud to be a part of. A beautiful appearance is in the mirror’s eye, the person can be more mindful on presenting a polished image and experimenting with personal style. If the individual is not in a relationship, Venus here can conduct a bee-to-honey performance where romantic interests emerge from their hiding place

Scorpio rising or Venus transiting the 12th house: Pleasures can be consumed in excess, alone, away from the eyes of company. This makes it possible for the individual to lose sight of how far they have gone. This could be any personal indulgence like eating, substance use, pursuing forbidden romance, or gambling. Venus is social, but here she is quiet, inactive, and dreamy. The streaks of melancholy can generate inspirational creativity. Old lovers can come out of the woodwork. If the person is in a relationship, the partner may become unwell or need to be looked after. Much of this time is likely spent alone with the partner, napping together. Personal income may become uncertain 

Sagittarius rising or transiting Venus in the 11th house: Friends are the sweet sugar of life and there is no better time to appreciate the good qualities they bring to your life. The social calendar can be especially active right now. The individual may desire to join a group, charity, or an organisation. It’s possible that friendships or relationships can develop online, and the individual may enjoy sharing spiritual knowledge, astrology, or political revelations with friends or online circles. The personal style can become experimental

Capricorn rising or transiting Venus in the 10th house: Expect a warm response from the public. You are more socially radiant and desirable than ever. But do they see the real you? or are they blinded by the image they have and want of you? It’s important to decipher this possibility. You can charm yourself into that promotion you desire or impress superiors with your personal qualities. Venus here may also resolve conflict with parents or offer reward for all the hard work, maybe the individual finally has enough money to buy that object of material desire. 

Aquarius rising or transiting Venus in the 9th house: You can enjoy yourself again without excess guilt or compulsive self destruction. The individual may think about traveling or even book a trip overseas. Long distance relationships can begin. Also the love of learning and matters of the spirit are enhanced, it means that playing with astrology can be really fun. If you study tertiary education, you may be more interested in the social events, parties, and being with your university friends than going to the lectures. This also means that group work assignments are easier, for once. Personal comment, I think we all know group assignments are the worst lol. Ok back to focusing. It’s also a good time for accessing the help you need from academics or expert advice from any professional like doctors or psychiatrists. 

Pisces rising or transiting Venus in the 8th house: Deep desires and romantic longings reveal themselves as sexual desires, so the person can be drawn to close and intimate experiences. This isn’t really a comfortable place for Venus. It can activate her dark desires or obsessions. The course of current relationships will grow deeper and more intense, it’s time to the plunge and expose the parts of themselves they have feared to reveal before lovers. There can be physical urges and sensations without causation, powerful attractions to forbidden, complex, and mesmerising people. The person can be more secretive than usual. 

-C.

[art: Mab Graves]

Fallout universe Health and Food-related headcanons

Because I’m a holistic health and homesteading nut… :’)

  • Sea salt is a major export of coastal states.
  • Another export of coastal states is whale blubber, which is extremely rare and difficult to obtain. It is a high-end source of carbs (see studies on Inuit diets if you want more about that) and would be a delicacy within upper-class settlements.
  • Salt is one of the only existing seasonings (and is used heavily in meat preservation, making cold cuts and little dried fish quite common!), any internationally sourced spices would have long since been used up, never to be replenished.
  • Because of this, Peppercorns are extremely rare, and a very high priced commodity prized more-so as conversation pieces than culinary tools.
  • Salt is also used in hair products. Mixed with warm water and vodka/rum it makes a great volumizer!
  • Tea brewed with hubflower has similar effects to caffeine.
  • Hubflower and mentats make one hell of an energy drink, like ginkgo tea on crack lol
  • We can assume that bees still exist post-war, because of the remaining flora in the Wastes. Honey is the major sweetener, although it is sold at a premium because beekeeping would be a very dangerous career. (Raiding parties would hit beekeeping farms hard)
  • If you see someone without a pocket-full of pemmican on them they’re probably dead tbh
  • Ketosis is common but not completely necessary. Farms and settlements often have razorgrain, maize/corn, tatos and various tubers, which are the major carbohydrate sources.
  • Razorgrain and corn flour/meal is a winter staple. Most people consist off of breads and snow-buried caches filled with thin meats in areas where the ground becomes inhospitable with the cold months.
  • Despite conflicting dialogue concerning the existence of fish, FISH DEFINITELY STILL EXIST
  • Pruno, moonshine, mead and beer are extremely common, as the means to craft them are widely available.
  • Common household nutrient supplements would include: cured liver, bone broth, and gelatin. 
  • Daily oral care consists of alcohol-based mouthwash (straight vodka, preferably), and brushing with tallow soap.
  • Tallow-based soap is readily available and decent hygiene really isn’t a huge issue with anyone who isn’t a piss-poor drifter.
  • ok but can you imagine cornbread with farm sourced honey and mirelurk eggs because i’m hungry as hell rn
  • In controlled environments with plenty of rest and medical supervision, stimpaks can help a person make a miraculous recovery from injury, and erase scarring. However, if used in a high-tension situation coupled with little rest and lack of consistent nutrition, scarring and/or perminant damage will occur.
  • The real-world equivalents of (some of the) Fallout drugs are:
    Med-X: Morphine
    Psycho: PCP
    Mentats: Methylphenidate
    Jet: Methamphetamine
    Calmex: Ketamine
    Day Tripper: Oxycodone
  • People raised in Vaults or who have defected from environments like the Institute have high mortality rates. If their lack of hardcore survival knowledge doesn’t kill them first, the shock of radiation poisoning will.
  • Obesity is next to impossible and a luxury only EXTREMELY wealthy people can afford. As excess weight gain is a product of energy storage (specifically carbs and sugars), the high protein/fat and low carb/sugar diet of the typical Wastelander would leave them in a state of constant energy absorption, coupled with the fact that not everyone is lucky enough to get even one meal a day.

AND THERE WILL BE MORE, THERE’S ALWAYS MORE

Character sheets (part one)

I found the character sheet from every child (exept Timmys *cry*) on a website, so I decides to load them up. Nobody is talking about them, but they have so great sheets.

These are the points:

I say to every sheet something (a lot) because I like making comments. Be annoyed, idc tho. So let’s get started!:

Why is his name Human Kite but his race/ethnicity says that he’s half kite half alien? I think it’ll look cool, if he had an alien look. Like a green(/some other unnatural color) skin tone or a horn? OR ONE OF HIS ATTACKS IS GROWING TENTACLES AND HE SMASHES EVERY ENIMIE AGAINST A WALL?! How cool would that be?

Idky but I like his sex/gender. He’s asexual and gender-neutral. He’s just a kite-alien. I think that fits good to him. He’s just focussing on fighting and important stuff. I like South Park because these little things: it’s not a problem to add a asexual, polysexual (see later) or homosexual character. Neither it’s a problem to add a Buddhist (part two) or a Asian character. And most minorities are the good ones: remember the Pandemic (s12e10+12) episodes? The black dude was the good one and the white one was the psycho guinea pig one. And that counts for like every time someone is a villain?

I’m not shocked that his alignment is lawful. He’s well-behaved. But then, why is he on Cartman’s side EVERY FUCKING TIME? He was in The Stick Of Truth and every other fight they (mostly between Ken, Stan, Eric and himself) had? And then he says he hates him? Yeah, I feel the hate Kahl.

Kite theologist? I just don’t ask what type of religion THAT is. I’d find it funny if they said half jew and half kite theologist. But idk, he’s not even a human anymore so…

Solar winds are his power source? Seriously? xD

I don’t have to say something about that his kryptonite is his mom exept that this is fucking hilarious? I love his character sheet.

Okay Token. You’re a cyborg. More likE A CUTE BABY KITTEN STUCK IN A TUPPER BOX THIS LOOKS SO CUTE OH MY GOD. AND HIS ANGRY FACE, IT LOOKS LIKE >:C AWW THIS IS SO ADORABLE. But really, cyborgs should look scary and he just looks cute?

I had to google gynosexual, that’s a little complicated. You see, he’s gender-neutral (obviously he plays a non-human so that makes sense) and gynosexual means ‘being attracted to women’. In this case, they used gynosexual instead of heterosexual because he has no gender. Hetero means 'other’ and homo means 'same’ but he likes woman, not others who’re gender-neutral. It’s nice that they use the right sexualities.

I’m not sure if he really is that lawful? I mean, he was the one who made the fatty doo doo series (s16e9)? That’s not against the law but still? Idk tho.

I don’t understand his religion?

His power source is hilarious, SkyMall catalog. Yeah dude, every cyborg buys his individual parts in a catalog.

His kryptonite is human emotions, that’s so emo and cute. Like 'I can’t stand feelings, they’re just making things complicated and worse’ yea you did it dude, I’m crying inside thanks to you.

First: his class is brutalist but he’s like a cinnamon role I don’t want that.

He’s human. Idk it doesn’t shock me, I mean he has diabetes so he’s a weak human. He’s straight and I think it fits him well (COUGH NOT LIKE KENNY COUGH). But dude, how could you be a brutalist AND lawful at the same time? You’re a fucking brutalist, when you start fighting everything is destroyed? I’d feel guilt all the time.

His religion is insulin. You got me there, Matt and Trey. But his power source is diabetes? That means, he needs a high/low sugar to regain himself? That’s not how diabetes works? xD Plus his religion and kryptonite doesn’t fit to his power source. He needs to feel bad, but his religion is insulin. Insulin is there to descend your high sugar. And his kryptonite is sugar, but if his sugar is on a normal value (that means around 120) he needs to eat some to get in that worse condition, even if it’s good for him to be on a normal state. Or he injects himself insulin…? I just think to much about that (my parents have diabetes, that’s why I know that), I’ll stop here.

Her sex/gender makes me cry, I love the South Park staff. They’re so open minded, that they add such a character. But I still don’t like Wendy and nothing’s gonna change that. Lol.

But guys, I’m fucking SH👀CK. Her, WENDY TESTERBURGER’S, alignment is neutral? Wtf, is that a mistake? That can’t be true? Jesus.

It was clear that she’s atheist. She’s not a person who believes in god. And that has nothing to do with her sex/gender, I have a friend who is genderfluid (and I think bi or something, she LOVES girls but had boyfriends before, but she doesn’t seem like someone who cares about sexualities so idk…?) AND muslim so shut tf up. Wendy is just someone who can’t believe in things she didn’t saw with her own eyes and understood completely. It’s a good way to think, but, like I said, I don’t like her.

Her power source is technology. I’d find something like internet connection or WLAN, maybe Wi-Fi better. Idk, technology is boring. I don’t think she gets power from a car toy. But then, her kryptonite is good. Spotty Wi-Fi is cool.

Idk, they should wrote bi-curious because that one episode his dad thought that (s11e2). But I think he’s straight and I’m like the only person on this planet with that opinion.

His alignment is chaotic. I didn’t expected that. What a big shocker.

I googled entropy and I didn’t understand that fully. He believes that everything is able to move? Ah-ha…

His power source is 'minion management’? Is that his little chaos squad from episode Franchise Prequel (s21e4)? If yes, I’m going to melt, that’s TOO cute for my heart.

Even, it’s an oldie, Trey and Matt just can’t stop making jokes about butters being grounded. And I fucking love that.

Everyone on tumblr knows his character sheet, but I still want to talk about my fav bean.

THERE IT’S WRITTEN. HE’S HOMOSEXUAL. “You need someone else to play gay with (he said something like that)” MY FUCKING ASS YOU DICK LIKING QUEER SHIT.

That his alignment is neutral is a big fucking lie. He just wrote that down because Tweek wanted that and because he’s a hero. He wants to flip people off (and does that) and I bet he loves making his sister cry. He’s an evil little shit.

His religion, “way of the fist” looool and you say you’re neutral you big motherfucking ass liar.

His power source is love. Call an ambulance, my heart fell out my chest. THIS IS SO GAY I CAN’T.

I made a post about his kryptonite which you can find here

Ignore the shitty quali, idk I found it like that.

I don’t think I have anything to say about the first two points. I mean, it was expectable. But his alignment, neutral, with who do you want to fuck. You big ass liar. But I proof that later.

The next point was also expectable, whatever “coonism” is.

His power source is coon DNA. But… from where do he get that? I have two theories:

  1. He eats his own cum.
  2. He kills/rapes coons.


I’m not sure what’s right. Both sounds like Cartman.

Back to lying: You don’t think that he’s a liar? Look at his kryptonite, “none”, YES OFC YOU BIG FAT PUSSY. KYLE NEEDS TO PUSH YOU AGAINST A WALL AND YOU START CRYING. HOW COULD YOU TELL SUCH A LIE AND STILL SLEEP NORMALY? Your kryptonite is your cocky mouth mister.




This was part one, because you just can add 10 pics and there’re still kids to follow. So, part one. Part two follows. Hope you liked me rambling shit. Goodbye.

VEGAN STRAWBERRY-BROWNIES
(HCLF-approved)

Mix:
1/5 cups whole-wheat-flour
½ cup sugar
¾ cup applesauce
4 Tbs carob powder
4 Tbs cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder
¾ cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract

Spread it out on a baking tray and throw some frozen or fresh strawberries on there!
Bake at 350F (180C) for 25-30min.
Sprinkle some chocolate onto them.
Enjoy with a cup of tea.

Peace, plants n'sugar!

Chocolate Cream Bombs (95% fat)

Nutritional information:
1 Chocolate Cream Bomb has 43 calories: 0.2g Carbs, 0.2g Protein, 5g Fat (95% Fat)

Ingredients (make 35 servings):

60g Full Fat Soft Cheese (Philadelphia)
60g Salted Butter
60ml Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
80ml Double Cream (Heavy Cream)
2tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1tsp Vanilla Extract
30 drops Liquid Sucralose
1 Pinch Cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Just put everything in a jug, heat for about 1 minute in microwave till everything is melted.
  2. Mix thoroughtly (I use and electric mixer) then pour in silicone/chocolate moulds
  3. Put in freezer for at least an hour.
  4. Ta-daa!

(original recipe I got inspired from is for the Lemon Clouds Fat Bombs, chocolate silicone moulds from Amazon)

anonymous asked:

Could you talk a little about "teacup" dogs? I know they're unethical and not real breeds, but I'm curious why they're unethical and what some of the problems associated with them are.

Dogs are living things that aren’t supposed to get smaller with every generation. Some of the ethical concerns with breeding them are:

  • High risk to the mother when pregnant being so small. This is both in terms of pregnancy complications, giving birth and developing hypocalcaemia when lactating.
  • Breeding runt dogs together - often closely related individuals, or individuals with other illnesses (eg liver shunts)
  • High risk of hydrocephalus. That bulging look to the skull with the eyes that look slightly apart instead of straight again? That’s hydrocephalus.
  • Seizures and other neurological abnormalities can occur secondary to the hydrocephalus.
  • High risk of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). This may be related both to their small size and potential liver issues
  • They often have abnormal joints, Medial Luxating Patella being the most common. And being so small, surgically correcting this dislocating kneecap is extremely difficult.
  • They’re also physically fragile, injuring themselves jumping off couches can fracture their legs, and they’re easy to accidentally severely injure underfoot.
  • Let’s not mention their frequent dental disease
  • Collapsing trachea is common, because the cartilage that holds open the airways is weak and small. Some dogs have a chronic cough, some dogs frequently faint, and this gets worse with age.
  • Liver shunts are a common cause on runty dogs, and unsurprisingly when you consistently breed runts together the condition becomes more common. Some of these dogs are treatable with surgery, some are not, but surgery is expensive and not all dogs are normal even with treatment.

Just don’t fall for this scam. These are living dogs, not objects that you can breed for fashion. Everyone I know who purchased one, who didn’t just pull the pit when managing it got expensive, regretted their purchase. 

Man’s best Friend

Chex rang the doorbell to the crew mans quarters. He looked at the manifest again and his antennae shook in disbelief. His predecessor had been first officer on this vessel for almost seven years before him, how had they not spotted this?  

The door opened and an unfamiliar looking human stood there. Chex hadn’t had the chance to meet all the crew members personally yet. The human, however, seemed to recognise him, he stood more at attention.  

Chex glanced at the manifest, “Lieutenant Andrew Shalk?”  

The man nodded, “you can call me AJ, sir.”  

Chex nodded, a human gesture he’d picked up during his time in the space corp. “AJ, as first officer, one of my duties is to see that all personal are given appropriate quarters. I can see an error has been made on behalf of yourself and your, I believe the word is, roommate.”  

AJ raised a single eyebrow. Chex found that a very interesting trait, some humans could do it but others could not. He’d been told it was sometimes known as a sign of confusion. “Roommate?”  

Chex nodded, “yes, you see, these quarters are for a single occupant. The comfort of the crew is a priority, we cannot have two sharing a single room. So I am here to either move your roommate to their own quarters or, if your wish to co-habit, we shall assign you appropriately sized quarters; meant for two people.”  

“But…” AJ seemed confused, then started smirking. “Two people?”  

Chex nodded and glanced down at the manifest again, “Yes, according the manifest, you  share these quarters with an, Alpha Shalk….why are you laughing?”

AJ covered his mouth and tried to fight off the laughter. “I’m sorry, sir. It’s just…you gotta see, it’s easier to show.” He leaned turned his head back into his quarters, “Alpha, here boy.”  

Chex stared in dumbfounded disbelief as what came to the door was not another human, but a small, four-legged animal. It appeared mammalian, had golden fur and a long tail which shook from side to side quite rapidly. It looked up at Chex with big brown eyes. It was panting it’s mouth was open, showing the fangs of a predator.  

Chex stepped back, his antenna twitched faster the animal’s tail was shaking. “What is that?”  

AJ dropped to a knee and scratched the creature behind the ears. “This is Alpha, he’s my service dog.”  

“Dog?” Chex had heard the word before. Strange creatures tamed by humans. “The human pet? Pets are not allowed on board.”  

“Alpha’s more than a pet, he’s my service dog.”  

Chex’s face was hard to read, insectoid features didn’t lend to a lot of facial expressions. “Service dog?”  

“Yeah.” AJ stopped scratching Alpha and rose back to his feet. “I got a condition, diabetes. Abridged version; it’s where my body can’t regulate its sugar level. If I don’t keep an eye on my glucose, I could pass out. If it’s really bad, I could die.” He smirked at Chex’s panicked expression. “That’s what Alpha’s for. He’s trained to smell when by sugar level is getting too low or too high.”

Chex looked down at the furry predator, “smell, it can smell this?”  

AJ smiled, usually a threatening gesture but humans seemed to use it to show humour and good feelings, “yeah, humans let out all kinds of smells. And a dog’s sense of smell is a lot stronger than a humans. Alpha’s been trained to react when he smells the scents that mean I’m going into hypoglycaemia; too much or too little sugar. He warns me to do something about it. He tell tell it’s happening before even I know.”  

Chex looked disbelieving. “You have this potentially deadly problem with your physical body and you don’t know when it’s affecting you?” He cocked his head to the side, “how did you even qualify for the space corp with such a debilitating condition?”  

Andrew lost his smile, Chex felt the danger senses spark. He thought his antennae were going to fly off his head. When a human stopped smiling, that was when you worried. Then, just as quickly as it came, the dark look left. He wasn’t smiling, but Chex no longer felt the urge to run. “Okay, you don’t know. First, it’s not that deadly, only if it gets to the extreme could it kill me. That’s what Alpha is for. As long as I’m smart enough to react when he does, and I am, I can keep doing my job just like any other crew member.”  

“I…think I understand.” He glanced down at the manifest, then why is he listed in the manifest as “crewmen”  

AJ shrugged his shoulders, “like you said, pets aren’t allowed. And I guess it would be cruel to list him as equipment or something. It’s kind of always been done for service animals.” AJ’s smile returned, “come in, come look at this.” He stepped back, Alpha followed back into the quarters. With a little trepidation, Chex followed. Wondering what strange things he was going to see.

The quarters were bare and basic, the same design copied all over the ship. A bed, a washroom through a door, wardrobe and bedside cabinet. There were a few additions that personalised the place, a shelf of books, a few photos in frames and, what looked like a large, flat, pile of fur on the floor at the foot of the bed. Alpha went up to the pile, turned around on the spot a couple of times, then lay down.  

“Here,” AJ smiled as he handed over a small photograph. It was of a slightly younger AJ and Alpha. AJ was wearing the long navy blue robes and motor board, on the left side of the robes was the familiar logo of the space corp’s academy. Alpha was sitting by his side, and was wearing a customised blue robe. He even had a motor board held on his head by elastic string. The legend at the base of the picture stated “Graduation Day”

Chex looked at the picture, to AJ, to Alpha and back again. “Your animal is wearing graduation robes? Is this some kind of joke?”  

AJ shook his head. “Nope, honorary graduation. Alpha has a provisional rank. He’s an acting ensign.”

Chex cockles his head with confusion, “they allowed a pet to honorary graduation and provisional rank?”  

AJ shrugged his shoulders, “why not, he attended all the classes. Never missed a day. Never made trouble.  Attendance credits alone meant he was halfway to graduation.” He sat down on the edge of his bed and scratched Alpha behind the ears a little. “The service doesn’t have any official rules about service animals. They aren’t pets, they’re more needed for medical reasons, but it’d be cruel to just call them something like “medical equipment” or something like that. They’re more than just a medical aid. They’re friends and companions they’re helpers and even lifesavers. Heck, look…” he stopped scratching Alpha and picked another framed item off the shelf, showing it to Chex.  

It was a medal, a silver disc with a blue and silver ribbon. “The Order of Merit.” Chex had seen the medal but had never been awarded one. He read the inscription, ‘Awarded to Alpha Shalk. (Prov.) Ensign. For saving the life of a fellow officer.’ He looked at the dog, who had begun to sleep. “They gave a medal, to a non sentient life form?” He’d never understood the human compulsion to sit down when shocked, until now.  

“Alpha saved my life. A couple of years ago, on Gatthan two. I had a bad hypoglycaemic attack and passed out before I could do anything. Alpha tried to wake me up but when that didn’t work he managed to open the door and ran to the nearest person, practically dragged them back to my quarters. They got help in time an I was safe. If he hadn’t I’d probably have been dead long before anyone found me.”  

“He did what he was trained to do.”

AJ smirked, “don’t we all?”  

Chex didn’t quite know what to make of that. He’d come here to sort out what he thought was a clerical error, not have a philosophy discussion. He decided a change of subject was better. “The Space Corp really doesn’t have any official regulations regarding the use of service animals?”  

AJ just shrugged, “that’s the official stance. Personally I think they just like the whole ‘give them a rank’ thing. Shows everyone what we think. They aren’t just tools, or some walking piece of medical equipment. Some service animals go through a lot for their humans. They go through stuff just as dangerous as any trained officer, sometimes more. It’d really sell them short to call them ‘just a trained animal’. By treating them like equals, we show everyone that we respect them, how much we love them.”  

Alpha sat up and rested his head on AJ’s knee. AJ smiles down at him, “because they show how much they love us, all the time.”  

Keep reading

•Imagine deaf wizards.
•Imagine deaf wizards struggling through their schooling because they can’t hear the teacher.
•Imagine deaf muggleborn wizards teaching everyone sign language so they can communicate easier.
•Imagine a deaf pureblood wizard finding a way to create a spell that will show what the professors are saying in sign language.
•Imagine a deaf wizard a few years later improving on that spell and including a wand movement where typed words would appear by the professor for the students who don’t quite know sign language.
•Imagine the professors learning these spells and teaching themselves sign language to better help the deaf students.

Imagine mute wizards.
•Imagine mute wizards struggling with the application of spells because they can’t say the words.
•Imagine a muggleborn mute wizard helping the pureblood deaf wizard create the sign language spell.
•Imagine a mute wizard creating an “after lessons activity” where they and other mute wizards can study nonverbal spells.
•Imagine said wizard coming back after graduation to teach the new class dedicated to nonverbal spells, and loving the job no matter if the students are mute or not.
•Imagine 5th year mute wizards passing their OWLs at the top of their class because they got extra points for using nonverbal spells (the ministry must not have known they were mute, but the student body doesn’t care because that was a wicked battle they watched between their peers)

Imagine blind wizards.
•Imagine blind wizards always late to class because they accidentally took the wrong staircase, the staircase moved without them knowing, or they accidentally ended up in the forbidden 3rd floor corridor.
•Imagine blind wizards being insanely good at sensing magic and feeling where their peers are at in the hallways (kind of like Toph from Avatar)
•Imagine blind wizards who have to have their friends read them the newspaper.
•Imagine a new and improved Daily Prophet realizing this and finding a way for wizards to tap the page with their wand to have the articles read to them.
•Imagine Hogwarts allowing muggleborn blind wizards bring their seeing eye dogs with them to school to get around the castle easier.
•Imagine Magical Menagerie hearing of this and teaching some of their pets how to be a seeing eye animal so other blind wizards can get around the castle easier. (I’ll even sell him to you for half the price!)

Imagine wizards in wheelchairs.
•Imagine wizards in wheelchairs petitioning the school board to get ramps or elevators in the building because “how are we supposed to learn when we can’t get to the classroom?”
•Imagine wizards in wheelchairs creating a version of wheelchair quidditch (like wheelchair tennis or basketball) which becomes a huge hit with the student body.
•Imagine drunk wizards in wheelchairs having wheelchair races down the hallways.
•Imagine Hogwarts changing its interior design to accommodate for wheelchairs.
•Imagine wizards in wheelchairs at the battle of hogwarts placing spells on their wheels to make them move by themselves as the wizard ruthlessly attacks death eaters.

Imagine wizards with AD(H)D.
•Imagine wizards with AD(H)D sitting in the back of the classroom so as to not interrupt as often.
•Imagine wizards with AD(H)D getting free time to run or fly around the quidditch pitch to burn off some of their steam.
•Imagine wizards with AD(H)D creating potions to help students focus during school that work a lot better than the muggle medication.
•Imagine muggleborn wizards telling pureblood wizards with AD(H)D that they aren’t worthless or stupid because they can’t concentrate as well as their peers.

Imagine wizards with diabetes.
•Imagine wizards with diabetes finding a way to check their blood sugar without having to prick their fingers.
•Imagine house elves finding out that some of their wizards need food with less sugar, so they start putting healthier foods out during meal time and never mentioning it to anyone.
•Imagine wizards with diabetes helping Madam Pomfrey in the hospital wing and being able to identify certain things about a patient without needing a spell (like if the patients blood sugar is too low or too high)


Imagine.

anonymous asked:

URGENT how do I tell my new doctor I'm trans? (I go on monday)

Lee says:

This question reminded me of this pamphlet I saw once (I used to have a lot of pamphlets). 

Anyway, I think you should tell them before they do the physical examination, so sometime when you’re both in the room sitting down. They’ll want to check your weight and blood pressure, and listen to your heart and lungs, and if they ask to start doing that, you should say you have something to bring up first, then come out. 

If you have a different legal name/birth name than your chosen name, you can introduce yourself with a variation on “By the way, I go by (chosen name), and I’d appreciate if you called me that instead of (legal name) which is my legal name used on official documents. I use (pronouns here), and I’m (trans identity here)”.

When you come out if you’ve already changed your name and stuff, you’ll want to say something like “I’m (x identity) and that means I was born as (X sex) and I have (socially/medically) transitioned by (coming out/hormones/surgery/etc), and I would appreciate if you used (pronouns) to refer to me.” This is not how you’d ever talk to someone you’re just meeting in general, but you want to have a smooth doctor’s visit, so you’re probably going to use some language that they’ll understand to make it easier on them but isn’t what you’d normally choose to say.


You should be prepared to answer awk/invasive questions about your body and medical history. They usually are 70% doing their job, and 30% curious because they likely don’t have much experience with trans people, at least judging from what I’ve personally encountered.

They’ll probably ask the usual doctor questions and some trans ones like..

  • What is your AXAB? 
    • They will use different terms but basically, they want to know what your genitals were like when you were born, and if you’re intersex.
  • Have you started hormone replacement therapy, and if not, do you plan to do so in the future?
  • Have you gotten gender confirmation surgery, and if not, do you plan to do so in the future?
    • GRS is also known as sex reassignment surgery, gender reassignment surgery, genital reconstruction surgery, sex realignment surgery, or “The Trans Surgery, Y’know, The Trans One”
  • Are you looking for any trans-specific resources, like endocrinologists, urologists or surgeons?
  • Do you use protection if you have sex? (They may also ask if you’re in a relationship, or refer you to a clinic if you want to be tested for STDs and they don’t do it there)
  • Do you menstruate regularly/is your period usually on time (if that is something your body does)
  • Have you ever been pregnant?
  • Do you experience depression or other mental illnesses, and have you experienced them in the past?
  • Do you exercise or do physical activity regularly? 
  • Have you experienced heart problems. blood clots, or any swelling, or high or low blood pressure or high blood sugar? (They may also want to test for something like this.)
  • How much do you weigh, and what is your height?
    • If you have any triggers related to your weight and don’t know you weight or don’t want to be informed, just tell them you’d rather face away from the scale and not be told your weight. 
  • Have you had any medical problems or health issues in the past or any currently occurring?
  • Are you up to date on your vaccinations?


These articles are about what to expect when going to a new doctor in general, and aren’t trans specific, but they may still be helpful.


Followers, how have you told your doctor (primary/general care physician) that you’re trans?

sugar daddy | minseok

Originally posted by minseoxual

  • kA-CHING U SEE THE MONEY?!
  • moneys good moneys bad
  • r u rich r u poor
  • get rich
  • the end
  • really secretive about it i think
  • but isnt ashamed of it
  • always sending u expensive lingerie and clothes and jewelry
  • juST 1?!?!?  I GOT THE MONEY BBY GIRL WHAT U NEED
  • such a fucin dom about everything like
  • gives u a lot of money for whatever u want but also spends a lot of money on things he wants to see u in and stuff
  • idk how sugar daddy works cos idk anything
  • loves taking u to really high class, low key places 
  • wants u to wear bodysuits, body chains, lace robes ooooooomg
  • daddy kink daddy kink daddy kink daddy kink
  • leaves marks but doesnt want u to leave visible marks
  • cos high class, top businessman by day
  • daddy who spanks u and bites u by night

junmyeon | yixing | baekhyun | jongdae | chanyeol | kyungsoo | jongin | sehun 

sugar daddy!fic series

The Hosts When Drunk Plus Their Alcohol Tolerance (Headcanon #17)
  • Haruhi: has average tolerance and becomes an unpaid hooker
  • Hikaru: has really low tolerance and passes out in five minutes
  • Kaoru: also has really low tolerance and becomes wilder than the sugar-high headcanon
  • Tamaki: has average tolerance and becomes a new-age eintstein
  • Kyoya: has low-average tolerance and becomes a stereotypical ditzy blond girl
  • Honey: has shockingly high tolerance but becomes very dark, brooding, and asks questions deep enough to make you question your own existence
  • Mori: has high tolerance and becomes the most talkative motherfucker ever
SYMPTOMS OF ZINC DEFICIENCY

•    Dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis)

•    White tongue

•    White marks on finger nails

•    Stretch marks

•    Mouth ulcers

•    Sleep disturbances

•    Hair loss

•    Skin dryness and rashes (acne, eczema, psoriasis)

•    Decreased libido

•    Poor healing of wounds

•    Diarrhea

•    Loss of appetite, weight loss, or difficulty gaining weight

•    Brain fog and irritability

•    Depression and lethargy

•    Reduced fertility

•    Absent periods

•    Stunted growth

Wheat, alcohol, spinach, high calcium foods, high sugar intake, low protein, all hamper zinc absorption.

I realized I am probably zinc deficient so i made this post to help other people who might need to increase zinc in their diets, or supplement. People who are at a higher risk for zinc deficiency are vegans/vegetarians, people with gastrointestinal diseases (crohns, IBS), pregnant and lactating women, infants, adolescents going through puberty, and those with sickle cell disease.

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Scallion Meatballs with Soy-Ginger Glaze

As I stood in the shower this morning contemplating what to write about these tender, tasty meatballs, I decided to focus on this recipe’s versatility. The recipe comes from The New York Times, and as I read through all of the rave reviews, it seems that there are all sorts of creative ways to serve them. Here are a few possibilities. Consider serving these meatballs…

  • As an appetizer, which is what is suggested in the original recipe. Drizzle them with the amazing Asian glaze, and then serve on a platter with a toothpick stuck in each.
  • As a main dish, with some rice and a crisp green salad. That’s how we enjoyed ours last night.
  • Turn the mixture into a meatloaf! Yep, I read that one person tried that and it became a family favorite!
  • As a sandwich filling. With some pickled carrots, cilantro, paper thin slices of jalapeno wrapped up in a soft baguette, this could be epic. (Think, bánh mì.)
  • Cold, straight from the frig. Confirmed to be delicious. I wolfed one down this morning just as a test, and I could barely keep from eating the entire container.

One of the things that I like so much about this recipe is that it uses ground turkey rather than beef or pork. With so many people I know staying away from red meat, this is a welcome alternative. 

I tweaked the recipe somewhat, based on some of the reviews. Many thought the mixture was a little too soft, which made it hard to roll into balls. I added panko bread crumbs to the recipe and chilled the mixture for thirty minutes, and I had no problems whatsoever. Also, the glaze never really thickens, despite the time spent cooking it down. I made a slurry of water and cornstarch, and whisked that in at the end.

Scallion Meatballs with Soy-Ginger Glaze, makes about 24 meatballs.

Ingredients:

For the sauce

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup soy sauce, preferably Japanese or reduced sodium
  • ½ cup mirin sweet rice wine, or ½ cup sake with ¼ cup sugar (I used the sake, and skipped adding the ¼ cup sugar. The finished sauce was pleasantly sweet without it.)
  • ¼ cup chopped peeled ginger (yep, that’s not a typo!)
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 4 whole black peppercorns

For the meatballs

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 4 large or 6 small scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs (my addition - the original recipe doesn’t call for it)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil

Directions:

Make sauce: Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar melts completely. Reduce heat to medium-low and add soy sauce, mirin or sake, ginger, coriander and peppercorns. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, about 30 minutes. Strain through a sieve. I then thickened mine with a slurry of water and cornstarch. (Can be made up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated.)

Make meatballs: mix turkey, scallions, cilantro, egg, sesame oil, soy sauce, optional panko breadcrumbs, and several grindings of pepper in a bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, and then roll tablespoons of mixture into balls.

In a skillet over medium-high heat, generously cover bottom of pan with vegetable oil. Working in batches to avoid crowding, place meatballs in pan and cook, turning, until browned all over and cooked inside, about 8 minutes per batch. Arrange on a heated platter, spoon a little sauce over each meatball, and serve with toothpicks. If desired, keep warm in a 200-degree oven until ready to serve. Garnish with sliced scallions, if desired.

Here are a couple of pictures of the meatballs before they were cooked.

Every person on a low carb diet or that is looking for a healthier alternative to dessert…

YOU NEED TO TRY THIS

½ (or whole who cares you deserve it) any flavor of Know Better brand cookies (I usually go for double chocolate which is pictured above or chocolate chip)
+
1 serving of vanilla Halo Top ice cream

Only 7 freaking net carbs! 7!!!!!!!! And only 9 if you eat the whole cookie!!!

It tastes like an actual warm cookie sundae. If someone served this to me I’d NEVER BELIEVE it was “diet food.”

The Healthiest Fudging Double Chocolate Truffle Brownies

 Who here likes brownies? Who here wants to eat brownies all day, everyday? Who here also wants to be healthy? Well, do I have news for you (good news!). 

 These chocolate brownies are full of healthy plantbased ingredients, free from gluten, animal products, and refined sugar, meaning you can eat them all day long and feel good about it!

Makes 16 brownies

3 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed
200g pitted dates, soaked overnight
1 avocado, pit and skin removed
½ cup nondairy milk
4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup cocoa powder
2 scoops (88g) chocolate protein powder
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp sea salt
¼ cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 
2. Combine beans, dates, avocado, nondairy milk, and vanilla in a high speed blender or food processor, and blend until smooth paste is formed (this may take a while - be patient!)
3. Combine cocoa, protein powder, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, and whisk until fully incorporated.
4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, stirring to combine.
5. Grease a baking pan with oil or line with parchment paper, then add in the brownie batter (it should be quite think). Spread evenly.
6. Bake for 15 minutes, then let cool for about half to a full hour.

Notes:

* I used unsweetened hemp milk, but you can use whatever you like.
* I used Vega Sport protein powder. I would also recommend using this one, just because protein powders can have different textures based on what they’re made of, so the end product may come out poorly if you don’t use the same ingredients. 
* I used Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips, which are free from soy, gluten, and dairy.
* These brownies are VERY fudgey. Be careful when cutting them up!! (It’s worth it though!)

ENJOY!!!