than i thought it would

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kindergarten AU from my first stream ever today! thanks anyone who watched (it was 3 people, i supposed)

something i fished out from the trashcan to color *sweats*

this is the comic for this AU part 1

im thinking that yurio’s grandpa is the kindergarten owner, yuri has to see their grossness every day, and yuuko is the caretaker

Sunday afternoon my daughter woke up from her nap and it was pretty apparent she had pink eye.

Monday morning I called in to her doctor and easily got an appointment, which is covered by insurance, for later that morning.

Not having to worry about taking off work I took my daughter in and we saw her doctor who confirmed my pink eye suspicions.

She prescribed some antibiotics and we left.

I swung by Starbucks and went and got her medicine, which was covered by insurance.

Driving back home I was thinking how easy the whole process had been… Easier than I thought it would be (my daughter has never really been sick before so I was unsure how it’d all go).

It also occurred to me how extremely lucky and blessed I am that it was that easy.

We have good insurance, we’re able to afford co-pays, having to worry about getting out of work for an unforeseen event isn’t an issue for us.

I shouldn’t be part of the lucky group that is afforded these luxuries.
People deserve healthcare and family leave at work.
They deserve the peace of mind that if their kid randomly gets sick, whether it’s something as simple as pink eye or as horrific as cancer, that they can get it taken care of and not worry about outrageous costs or losing their jobs.

We deserve this and the GOP healthcare plan does not offer this. In fact, it insures less people, for less things, for more money.

i never thought
i would see a sunrise and sunset
without hearing your voice at least once
it’s been a year now
i’ve counted more than 365
sunrises and sunsets, waiting for you
i never thought
we would ever see a goodbye together,
we did but we didn’t
i never thought i would lose you,
but please tell me
i haven’t lost you,
even if it is a lie,
because i am dying to hear from you
and it would be okay
if i could just hear you say
farewell to me because that would mean
i was worth the goodbye
i don’t know why i am waiting
i know you aren’t coming
because you never left me
because you were never mine
i miss you
i miss how i was with you
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Electioneering
By Organization for Transformative Works

The year is 1952, and Dennis Reynolds is fighting a losing battle. His run for comptroller is dead in the water, his wife is petitioning for divorce, and the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer is broadcasting news of his private indiscretions on a daily basis. Dennis is desperate to preserve his reputation and protect his few remaining secrets, but a chance encounter with a barkeep at the St. Patrick Club will complicate the final week of his campaign more than he can possibly imagine.

i finished chapter five sooner than i thought i would lol so… here it is, world

Unanswered Questions about Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valencia (2/24)

With one of the biggest pre-release questions finally answered (”will there be a special edition of the game outside Japan?” answered with “Yes!”) and the Japanese release less than a month away, I thought I would try to collect all the big unanswered questions together here.  If I missed any please feel free to add on.

Supports:  This is one I really thought would be completely cleared up by now.  We know two things for sure: there’s no pair up, but there are supports.  That being said, we have only seen support bonuses and support levels building, we have not yet seen conversations.  For all we know it could have the Radiant Dawn system of supports and support levels but no real support conversations.  Obviously with no word on conversations we dont know about S-Supports either.  Gaiden originally had no support conversations but it had paired endings for most characters, but both support conversations and matchmaking are enormously popular mechanics in Fire Emblem, so it could go either way (but personally I will be shocked if there are not support conversations.)

Food: What does food do?  We have seen it from very early on but still dont know what it does.

Calendar/Date/Time System: Again, we have known it exists for a while but dont know what it does.

Fatigue: Finally, in the most recent set of official screenshots we see that a fatigue system exists.  This might be the missing piece of the puzzle for the last two.  After all, both food and the passage of time logically make sense as things that could cure fatigue.  Now, will it be like fatigue in Thracia 776 or an all new mechanic?  We really cant say, although logically speaking the smaller cast of Gaiden, even with the addition of Faye in echoes, wouldnt work well with Thracia fatigue, so it makes sense that it would be a completely new system.  Speaking of new characters…

Will there be more new characters? In the original game Alm and Celica had the same number of units, but with the addition of Faye Alm has one more.  It just feels right to even out that cast again.  Or maybe even give both sides more than one new character.  We really dont know how many more they will include.  Berkut sounds like a new villain from his bio but he could very well join a party some day.

Female Villager Class Set: We have seen Faye as a Pegasus knight, something villagers couldnt promote to in Gaiden.  Does she have more classes unique to her (any any other potential female villagers)? Or is there just one class that the boys have that she doesn’t to keep it even?

All the rest of the official character art, please: I know this isnt really an unanswered question but I think most of us are loving all the new designs in Echoes, and for those of us who havent seen our favorite character or characters’ redesigns yet, the anticipation and curiosity is as strong as with the rest of these questions.

(I’m personally dying to see Matilda as well as Hidari’s take on the Whitewings)

Favorite PoPS images. 

This one turned out even better than I thought it would. I love it. Four separate shots combined. One where I just stood up; one of the guys reacting; then I lifted the chair and let it drop, roto’ing me out; and I slid the coffee table, roto’ing it to see the plate of the guys in all the cracks. Then, of course, all the videocopilot.net VFX elements of dust, cracks, and damage. I was showing this one to people on my phone for about six months before PoPS 10 came out.

Background, Part 1: Alien Trust Fund Kids

Wow..its been a little over a year since I started doing my Alien Trust Fund Kids posts over at a separate story blog..cuz it was getting hard to follow here, mixed in with worldbuilding stuff.

I never thought it would have too many followers, I hovered at about 12 non-pr0n followers for about 2 months and  was brand new to Tumblr..so..didn’t put much thought into tagging things or organizing for later reference.

Well, here we are, much to my surprize, with way more followers than I ever thought this goofy shit would have.

So..now I think its time to organize some background summary sorta stuff for those who are trying to make sense of this kooky, tentaclular, psychedelic sci-fi story. It spans many worlds now..lotta characters..even sentient buildings and ships.

Sims 2 followers may be wondering why I tag some of my Murkimizu stuff with same tag..and how my Sims 2 game connect to all this..which so far, has been mostly Sims 3 material.

Anyhow..for all the VERY first starting info..see here this linky: http://alientrustfundkids.tumblr.com/post/139892280190/this-blog-follows-the-potentially-heroic

I will post some updates that bring us to present time, later in day..still trying to think h0w best to organize it.. with pix? Without? Separate posts each planet? All together in one monster post?

Wings of fire head-cannon tribe heights.

In the book it says that anemone is roughly the height of a scavenger and that a scavenger is shoulder height on clay, while in the letter in the back of book 5 it shows a scavenger as being less than half the height of smolder. I made seawings smaller because I thought that would make sense because it would be easier for them to move through that water, same with rainwings and flying through trees and nightwings hiding in smaller spaces. These are average heights though so there are exceptions (like sunny being short and that one seawing general from assassin being tall)

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Because the last name of my character in Final Fantasy XIV reminded one of my friends of the McCormick spice brand many of my friends, and anyone they introduce me to, have taken to calling me their Spicy Boi.

After seeing a fantastic drawing of @rainy-deer’s Jupiter in a pair of shorts with SPICY BOI written across the back I thought it would be funny to order some. Since the same friends who call me Spicy Boi told me I shouod get a pair to wear when we meet, I did! I’m now the proud owner of a pair of running shorts sized for a teen girl with S P I C Y B O I written across my ass, and they are so much more comfortable than I imagined they could be. I never thought I would even think of a statement like that.

Thanks again, @rainy-deer for the inspiration and answering that anon ask from a while ago.

P.S. I’ll take this down if you don’t want your name associated with this.

other tips for new cat owners / people who may get cats soon:

no, getting a grown cat won’t be boring / less cute! they’ll become just as attached to you as a kitten. get a cat that speaks to you (literally or figuratively, maybe you want a cat that’s chatty). older cats will be so appreciative to have a home. 
people get rid of their cats for all kinds of unfair reasons. just the ones i’ve seen on the craigslist listings in the last 5 minutes: “i am just more of a dog person (7mo old kitten)”, “we hoped she would get over her kittenish behavior, she has not (2yr old cat)”, “i need to get rid of my cat before my baby is born (3yr old cat)”.
you can totally pick up a beautiful, loving, grown up kitty who will be needing some comfort after getting dumped. just look at this girl.

(taken off craigslist) she would be more than happy to live her cat life with you. is she not cute? she is. she is cute. so, ultimately, adopt whatever cat you like, but don’t rule out older cats!

nextly: no no, do NOT declaw your cat. DON’T DO IT. I’M TELLIN YA.
it’s a deeply painful procedure, actually removing the entire first knuckle, not JUST the nail. it causes long-term and potentially permanent pain in the cat, and can lead to nasty infections, behavioral problems, and helplessness if they ever find themselves outside and in need of protection or climbing abilities.
“but i don’t want my cat to scratch me / my kid / my furniture!” okay, i feel you, but there are other, cheaper, less inhumane options. my favorite of which are claw caps.

you gently press on your cat’s foot (to unsheath their claws), and place the soft cap onto their claw using the glue that’s included in any soft paw kit you get. it might take some getting used to on the cat’s part, but it should under no circumstances be painful, and when the kitty’s claws grow, the cap just kinda falls off, and you’ll put another one on.
you can also file or clip their nails down! if you’re too nervous or clumsy to do it, your vet will usually do it for a small fee, or a groomer can take care of it. Personally, I just let my cats’ claws hang out and accept the pokes when they knead on me, since i don’t have any little babies or expensive upholstery in my home. 

No, cats ain’t “low maintenance”. This is a living, social creature, not a chiapet. Especially if you’re raising them from kittenhood, they need a lot of attention and resources. cuddles, playtime, training, health care, feeding, cleaning up their facilities. you get a pet to interact with, not to buy and leave it be! a cat that you don’t socialize is going to be very moody and sad. get a pet if you plan to invest the time and energy they need- if not, maybe we can come back to that cactus idea? 

Cats need meat. I repeat, cats cannot survive without meat. Dogs need meat too- but cats are incapable of creating taurine in their own, and where do you find taurine? meat! hallelujah!! 
Feeding cats a vegan or vegetarian diet is a slow form of starvation and animal abuse. If you’re not comfortable feeding an animal meat, please do not adopt a carnivore. There are plenty of vegetarian mammals that you would be much better suited owning, but do not abuse your cats just because of your own feelings about protein. 
Without enough taurine in a cat’s diet, severe health problems will follow, like blindness, weak and decaying teeth, weak heart, and digestive issues. This is terrible. This objectively sucks. So pretty please give your cat a proper diet!

It’s way way safer to have an indoor cat. I don’t need you to tell me that you want your cat to be with you for many years, ‘cause I already know you do. Outdoor cats are exposed to wild animals, animal abusers, poisonous substances, cars, harsh weather, kidnapping, and diseases. Cats like rolling around in grass and grabbing birds from trees, and that’s great, but having an outdoor cat makes for a steep decrease in their estimated lifespan. The average lifespan of an indoor cat is 16.8 years, whereas outdoor cats average out to a hard-hitting 5.6. Ouch. 
So it’s definitely safer to keep a cat indoors! If you’re adopting a young kitten, it won’t be hard, since they won’t be expecting outdoor time already. If you’re still really into that whole grass idea, you should totally grow some indoor grass for your cat to chill in. 

good.

that’s everything i can think of for the moment, but please don’t be afraid to do your own research on animal care. there are tons of resources out there, and if you have a good vet, they’ll answer any questions you have! 

thank you for readin’ about cat care. as a reward, i’m adding a picture of toby as a baby. enjoy.

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There was someone in my inbox talking about hair-down Kuroo and the first thing I thought was “it’s been a while since I’ve last made Bokuto feel gay over Kuroo’s hair hasn’t it”

I know everyone and their mother seems to be screaming about this show right now - so for those of you who don’t watch it, I’m sorry, just bear with me a sec. I’ll try to keep things vague for those of you avoiding spoilers.

But you know the one thing about Yuri on Ice that gets me? 

How normalized everything is. 

For example, that moment in Episode 7 where Viktor very openly expresses his affection for Yuuri in front of an international audience? I was honestly expecting shit to hit the fan in Episode 8, at least to some degree. Here is a male celebrity (a Russian male celebrity, for that matter) at the peak of his career and with a large fan base… some of whom blame Yuuri for taking him away from them in order to coach. I was sort of dreading the backlash that they might face as a result or at the very least the judgmental glances they may get from assholes who don’t approve. The figure skating community alone is known to be pretty damn hostile toward even the mere suggestion of homosexuality.

Except they didn’t. The story just continued.

And now in Episode 10… that moment in the restaurant where the congratulatory announcement was made after a misunderstanding? No one questioned it. No one second-guessed it. A whole restaurant of strangers clapped for two people they presumably did not know but could clearly see sitting at the table and no one batted an eye at the fact that they were applauding for two men. 

While there is definitely a need in fiction to explore the struggle, the backlash, the hatred and homophobia that same-sex couples face… when I think about it, that narrative has dominated almost every piece of LGBTQ fiction I’ve personally encountered, to the point where I feel like it can overshadow the relationship at the center of it all.

But in this show, it doesn’t. You just get to enjoy them for who they are and how they care about one another and celebrate each step they take along the way.

And that is so fucking refreshing.