I’ve re-read this so many times… I could probably tell you every single thing about it in my sleep. I especially adore Adrien on this fic. I remember reading this for the first time, and getting to the line “Adrien (…) fell flat on his bed, his goofy smile permanently stuck to his face.” and it was like 2AM for me, and I realized I had tears in my eyes, and was also wearing a really dumb smile on my face.
I basically worship this fic, tbh. Especially since I also adore romantic/platonic kisses, and the fact that my culture allows me to kiss everyone hello/goodbye everyday is one of my fav things.
Preview of the fic:
His Lady had him cuddling her when they took a break from patrolling, a break that lasted hours too long, a break without so much as words but the warmth of their company.
He asked to kiss her forehead as they sat on their rooftop with dusk trailing behind them, a reminder of the time they had spent together, and what was left of it.
Ladybug sighed against him and held his arms tighter around her. “Just for tonight, you can kiss me as you please,” he heard her say.
This fic will make you feel things.Mostly pain. But you know those moments where you have to look away from the fic you’re reading, take a deep breath, calm down, mentally prepare yourself, maybe walk around, and then go back to reading? That happened to me.
Summary: Grenache is “bold and spicy” and so is Taemin. Also, you’re apparently really funny when you’re drunk.
Author’s Note: This has been in my drafts for like 2 years, so I decided to finish and publish it. I haven’t had time to write because business school, but recently, I’ve had a bit more time to myself. The masterlist, Burlesque, and Dorm-Mate are still works in progress, so, no, I’m not going to leave anything unfinished.
“Really, _____, it’ll be fun!” “Wine tasting with you and your boyfriend? Um, I’d rather not be the third wheel and-” “It’s free~,” your best friend sang. ‘…Eh, why the hell not?,’ you thought. “Fine…Pick me up at seven.”
You walked into the lobby of the building and looked around before a poster caught your eye. “Wait a second…couple’s wine tasting?,” you asked incredulously. “Yeah, we just thought that maybe since you recently became single…” “No. No. Hell no,” you stated firmly, already moving towards the door. “Oh, come on, _____. One blind date wouldn’t hurt,” your friend’s boyfriend reasoned, lightly grabbing your arm and turning you back around. “You both know how much I hate blind dates,” you said, speaking in a barely hushed tone, hoping not to draw any attention. “Yeah, but he’s my closest friend and a really great guy.” “And he’s really hot,” your friend added, earning a quick, irritated look from her boyfriend. “He could be the sexiest man alive, and the answer would still be-” “Hey, Taemin! Over here,” the boyfriend called out to his coworker, motioning for him to come over. “Too late; haha!,” your friend whispered. You rolled your eyes before figuring that you should at least get a good look at the poor soul they had invited on this double date. ‘…Well I’ll be damned…,’ you thought to yourself as you came face to face with a definite candidate for the title of sexiest man alive. He came over and greeted your friend and her boyfriend before turning to you. “And you must be _____,” he smiled. “I must be,” you laughed awkwardly, holding your hand out for him to shake. He gently grasped it without hesitation and brought it to his lips for a soft kiss. “I’ve heard a lot about you.” “Only good things, I hope.” “Of course, of course,” he chuckled.
The two of you separated from the other couple, but were close enough for them to keep an eye on you. Taemin pulled out your chair for you and you thanked him as you sat down. ‘So far, so good….,’ you thought. You perused the menu for a few moments before Taemin spoke up. “Any preferences?,” he asked. “I’m really not too knowledgeable about this stuff, so it’s all Greek to me,” you said shyly. “More like Italian, but I get what you mean,” he teased with a slight smirk, causing you to smile and blush a bit.
A waiter stopped his cart by the table and asked for your first wine selection, making sure to suggest a few. Taemin gave you a quick look in a questioning manner, but you simply shrugged nonchalantly as if to say, “your choice”. “
Moscato d'Asti to start with, please,” he requested, not even bothering to look at the menu. The waiter nodded and grabbed a bottle from a bucket of ice before filling your glasses halfway. He then placed them on the table and you thanked him as he moved on to the next couple. You took a sip and nodded in approval. “Good choice; I like it. It’s sweet and refreshing,” you smiled. “Well, they say a person’s wine preference is reflective of their personality,” he replied, tilting his glass a bit. You slightly raised an eyebrow as your finger danced across the rim of your wine glass. “Then, what’s your preference?” “Grenache,” he stated simply. You quickly glanced down at the menu to find the words “spicy” and “bold” written under his wine choice. “So, let’s try that one next,” you suggested. “You sure you want to skip to that one? I mean, it’s soft on the palate, but the alcohol content is pretty high and…to be honest, you seem like a bit of a lightweight,” he said in the most polite way possible. “Excuse you, Mr. Wine Connoisseur; I am not a lightweight,” you retorted playfully, setting your glass down on the table. “Alright then, if you insist.” Taemin got the attention of the waiter and ordered your next choice. The waiter gave the two of you an odd look, since he knew that particular wine was supposed to come later, but did as he was told, anyway and went back to another table. “Cheers,” Taemin smirked, holding out his glass to you. “Cheers,” you answered with a similar expression as you tapped your glass against his.
About an hour, 3 bottles, and a very in-depth conversation later, it was safe to say that you were far passed tipsy. You moved your hand to grab your glass and almost knocked it over before Taemin caught it. “Oops,” you almost laughed. “I think you’ve had enough for tonight, _____,” he said, trying not to laugh, himself. “Agreed,” you responded, massaging one of your temples.
Unwilling to ruin your friends’ date night, you accepted Taemin’s offer to take you home. As you sat in the back of the cab, you turned to your date. “Hey, Taemin?” He looked at you questioningly. “You were right. I am a lightweight,” you said, launching yourself into a fit of giggles. He couldn’t help but smile at how adorable you were, even in your drunk state. He placed a hand on top of yours and answered, “I figured as much.”
“Here, let me,” Taemin suggested, gently taking your keys after your fourth attempt at opening the door. “Think you can make it in okay?,” he asked you, a bit skeptically. “Of course I can!,” you said indignantly. You took two steps into your house before tripping on the mat at the front door.
You flopped onto the bed as Taemin went into your bathroom. “Do you have any pain killers?,” he called. “Medicine cabinet!” He shuffled through a bunch of pill bottles and went for the lowest dosage that would still help with the massive headache you’d eventually have. “Here, take this,” he said, hurrying back into your room with a pill and cup of water. You took them from him and chugged everything down. He bent down to eye level with you and asked, “Are you okay now?” “I’m fine.” “You sure? What’s twelve times twelve?” “One forty four. I’m drunk, not stupid.” “Touche,” he laughed. There was a comfortable silence for a moment, until you felt bold enough to interrupt it. “You’re really pretty.” He looked at you in surprise for a second, but smiled right after. “So are you, _____.” “And you’re really sweet.” “So are you,” he chuckled. “And I really want to kiss you right now.” He paused for a second before answering. “…I really want to kiss you, too…” You leaned in with closed eyes and felt something soft press against your lips. However, it wasn’t his lips…It was the pad of his finger. “But you don’t kiss on the first date,” he repeated what you had told him earlier that night with a smile. You opened your eyes to look at him and pouted as he removed his finger. He laughed softly and tilted your chin upward to place a light kiss on your forehead. “Goodnight, _____.”
You woke up the next morning with a slightly nagging pain instead of a massive headache, and a vague understanding of exactly what had happened the night before. You looked over at your nightstand and saw a piece of paper with writing on it. “I had a great time last night. ;) ***-***-****,” you read as your mind spaced out. ‘What the fuck happened last night…?’
“Please pick up, please pick up,” you muttered, listening to the phone ring. “Hello?” You swallowed nervously as his smooth voice reached your ear. “Um…Hi, Taemin. It’s _____.” “I had a feeling you’d call,” he chuckled. “Yeah, I saw your note and I was just wondering, uh…What exactly happened…last night?” “It was amazing, _____. You made sounds that I never heard a woman make before.” “What?…I-I..Look, whatever happened, or didn’t happen last night-” “I’m joking, _____. We didn’t have sex,” Taemin interrupted your stuttering with a laugh. You felt relief wash over you before a wave of ‘wtf’ hit you. “What the hell, Taemin; I almost had a heart attack!,” you exclaimed. Laughing a bit, yourself, you pressed your hand against your chest to calm down. “But last night really was amazing to me…and incredibly entertaining, because you’re hilarious when you’re drunk.” “Well, I’m glad you enjoyed it,” you retorted in a playfully sarcastic tone before adding, “But remind me to never drink that much again.” “Gotcha….So I guess that means you’ll go on a second date with me…?” You smiled at the fact that you could almost hear the hope in his voice. “Only if there’s no alcohol involved,” you chuckled. “Agreed,” he responded, feeling his mouth stretch into a wide grin.
It feels really good to be hitting the pool consistently like this for a few weeks now. I know that I really need to step up my workout game and get to the gym on the days between swims to do some resistance/weight training now. So look for that to start happening next.
Today was a repeat of the day2 swim from the 8th plan my coach sent me. Went fine - I felt good in the water today.
Also have made leaps and bounds of progress on the book illustration work I have been doing. It is still in the sketch/draft drawing phase but some of the pages are starting to come together nicely with the character designs I am finally pleased with!
Heading out for a bit this evening to catch up with a buddy of mine that I have not seen in way to long. Like it probably has been 2 years or so - time just escapes you sometimes. Will be good to see him and his wife and kids and find out how they are doing (beyond what glimpses you can get via facebook updates now and then!)
RULES: ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN TAGGED, ANSWER THE 92
TRUTHS ABOUT YOURSELF. At the end choose 25 people to tag.
L A S T … DRINK: water PHONE CALL: One of my friends irl TEXT MESSAGE: Should I now like quote what my last text message was?? I don’t understand SONG YOU LISTENED TO: Zion.T - Eat
LAST TIME YOU CRIED: Uhh… yesterday??
H A V E Y O U E V E R … DATED SOMEONE TWICE: I’m a fetus, who’s never
dated anyone before BEEN CHEATED ON: No KISSED SOMEONE & REGRETTED IT: Never kissed anyone before LOST SOMEONE SPECIAL: Yea BEEN DEPRESSED: Not really, just once I felt really down for a while,
but I don’t think I’d call it depressed GOTTEN DRUNK & THROWN UP: No
L I S T 3 F A V O R I T E C O L O R S …
I N T H E L A S
T Y E A R H A V E Y O U …
MADE NEW FRIENDS: Yes !! :D FALLEN OUT OF LOVE: No LAUGHED UNTIL YOU CRIED: This happens every time I laugh FOUND OUT SOMEONE WAS TALKING ABOUT YOU: Hmm… not really MET SOMEONE WHO CHANGED YOU: Yeah like last year was 2015 and that was
when I learned about seventeen and I swear Wonwoo, Chan and Soonyoung changed
me FOUND OUT WHO YOUR TRUE FRIENDS ARE: Yes :/ KISSED SOMEONE ON YOUR FACEBOOK LIST: I don’t have facebook
G E N E R A L … HOW MANY FACEBOOK FRIENDS DO YOU KNOW IRL? I don’t have facebook DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS? Yes! I have two cats and one dog! I want a
rat though DO YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR NAME? Not really WHAT DID YOU DO FOR YOUR LAST BIRTHDAY? I SLEPT THE WHOLE DAY AND
IT WAS GREAT WHAT TIME DID YOU WAKE UP? Today??? Like… 7am.. I had school but I felt too sick to go and now I’m at home doing this WHAT WERE YOU DOING AT MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT? SLEEPING NAME SOMETHING YOU CANNOT WAIT FOR? SLEEPING WHEN WAS THAT LAST TIME YOU SAW YOUR MOTHER? Last night, didn’t see her this morning because she left at 5am WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WISH YOU COULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR LIFE? There’s
nothing I would change really
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Nothing
HAVE YOU EVER TALKED TO A PERSON NAMED TOM? Yes SOMETHING THAT GETS ON YOUR NERVES? People who keep staring at me MOST VISITED WEBSITES? Tumblr, YouTube, Wikipedia (I love reading
about random things lol) PRIMARY SCHOOL? - SECONDARY SCHOOL? - UNIVERSITY? - HAIR COLOUR? Strawberry blonde LONG OR SHORT HAIR? I have short hair DO YOU HAVE A CRUSH ON SOMEBODY? There’s this guy and he is gREat
and he’s name is Park Jimin. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF? - BLOOD TYPE? I have no idea NICKNAME? Meer RELATIONSHIP STATUS? Married to Lelah and having an affair
with my daughter’s (Alex) husband Marie ZODIAC SIGN? Leo FAVOURITE TV SHOW? Running Man, and Wie Is De Mol? (Dutch show)
(Who is the Mole?) PRONOUNS? Your majesty or she/her or they/them I don’t really care
that much you could also refer to me as he/him and I’d be okay with it RIGHT OR LEFT HANDED? right
F I R S T … SURGERY: - BEST FRIEND: Gena and I don’t know if she’s got Tumblr so I can’t
tag her HOLIDAY: - PAIR OF TRAINERS: I don’t remember
R I G H T N O W … EATING: Nothing DRINKING: Nothing I’M ABOUT TO: reply to messages and post another tag thingy LISTENING TO: Nothing WAITING FOR: Nothing WANT: Jimin CAREER: My job right now??? I’m not working or anything
W H I C H I S B E T T E R … HUGS OR KISSES: I love both, but I prefer hugging people LIPS OR EYES: Both really… SHORTER OF TALLER: Taller when it comes to people I like, shorter
when it comes to friends YOUNGER OR OLDER: Older NICE ARMS OR NICE STOMACH: Nice personality ROMANTIC OR SPONTANEOUS: Both…. SENSITIVE OR LOUD: In between it… HOOK UP OR RELATIONSHIP: Relationship yo TROUBLEMAKER OR HESITANT: …
H A V E Y O U E V E R … KISSED A STRANGER? No DRANK HARD LIQUOR? No LOST CONTACT LENSES/GLASSES? I don’t need glasses/lenses TURNED SOMEONE DOWN: Yes SEX ON FIRST DATE? I would never omg BROKEN SOMEONE’S HEART? Not that I know of 😂
HAD YOUR OWN HEART BROKEN? Luckily,
no BEEN ARRESTED? Not arrested, but once been pulled over by the
police because I was cycling on a car road, but liKE I NEEDED TO GO THE GAS
STATION TO GET ICE CREAM AND THE ONLY WAY TO GET THERE WAS ON THE CAR ROAD AND
I WANTED ICE CREAM SO THAT HAPPENED CRIED WHEN SOMEONE DIED? Yes FALLEN FOR A FRIEND? No
D O Y O U B E L I E V E I N … YOURSELF: No MIRACLES? No LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? No SANTA CLAUS? No KISS ON FIRST DATE? Yeah sure ANGELS? Have you seen Jimin
O T H E R …
CURRENT BEST FRIEND(S): I
mean, I have best friends irl, but I can’t tag them, and I see my squad as my friends and also Kiany so yeah EYE COLOUR: Brown FAVOURITE MOVIE: This is so hard…uhmm
Hello from Italy! Just wanted to tell you that your stories are amazing! I love Rebuilding and Like Brothers so much! :) just a question...I know you're writing a novel, how long has it taken you so far? :)
I did the rough draft over all of 2015, though, to be fair, I also wrote a LOT of fanfic in that time. If I had just been working on the original fiction it would have taken about 3 months at my usual writing rate.
I did the first read through for editing stuff on a hard copy over January and am working on making those changes one chapter at a time. There was a lot of “No” and “Rewrite” and “Cut” and “Add scene” notes so it’s not quite as simple as just fixing commas but it’s plodding along.
I’ll do two more of these read throughs. I’ve already decided to cut an entire pretentious, unaccessible side plot and add more of the sister so rewrites are rewritey.
Until now this really hasn’t been much of a blog- in that it’s mostly been me responding to other people’s arguments and has not really had that much of my own perspective or my own original posts. However, that’s going to change. Due to some real life things, I might not have the time to do the extremely in-depth rebuttals to the ridiculously long list of things that I tend to find, that people sometimes tag me in, and that usually appeal to me. But that is not to say that I’m going to “give up the fight” as it were. Just that instead of drafting a rebuttal to the post itself, I might do a more general post on the subject of the post until such a time that I can do a full rebuttal. I’m also planning on doing a semi-weekly series on argumentation and how to debate properly as well as articulating the reasons behind my grading system and doing a weekly grade of a popular post that contains an argument. So, basically expect a ton more original content from me.
Also, some of the things that this blog is going to talk about and maybe even some original content is going to likely be NSFW, or discussing things that are NSFW (such as BDSM, sexual preference, rape, pedophilia, etc.). I’ll tag these things with the “nsfw” tag, and try to make them fairly obvious and distinguishable from my usual fare of arguments and rebuttals to more sfw things. And I hope to have a bit of a mixture between original content, nsfw arguments, sfw arguments, short little snippets of wit and my own opinions and the weekly grading series relatively soon.
Well. I wrote out a whole long post about life and how crazy this past year has been. You know, self improvement, getting out of the worst relationship I can imagine, that whole thing. Then I switched applications to check my ITAPish passport and the draft disappeared. So. Moral of the story. I am alive (for any of you who still check), my life is better now than it was when I took my unplanned hiatus. I haven’t totally fixed everything that I wanted to fix, but in this past crazy year I’ve gotten more financially secure, I’m moving to STL in a few days, my name is on the wall of a bar (they put it there), my dog is amazing.
Also. I’m getting hella old. The first time I saw one of my fave bands was 8 years ago tomorrow.
I can’t believe I am going to make this post but… this has been sitting in my drafts for a really long time because I was going to try and put some citations in it, but I am so lazy, here is my personal opinion, maybe if someone argues I will put more effort into my side of this. Also if there are flaws in my logic, I am always happy to learn new things, so don’t hesitate…
No, I’m not a nutritionist or animal expert. I do have a big interest in animal nutrition (from ferrets to beef cattle) though. However mainly I am an agricultural university student, focusing on sustainability and the future, and I gotta look at this from a global perspective of what the earth can produce as well.
*as a disclaimer I do believe that for -most- cats (always exceptions) a raw meat/prey diet is the best choice. whole prey with fur/feather gives fiber that otherwise comes from cellulose in cat feeds. if you have a senior cat in perfect health eating Friskies, I really wouldn’t change them over. special home made diets can also be designed with help from a holistic vet as well. just like us, cats are unique.*
Onward to my unpopular opinion, regarding this post (which recently came up on my newsfeed and I’m sure everyone has seen it floating around constantly):
The point of this post is to address the “cats cannot survive on a vegan diet” claim. Not the fact that the home made diet was inadequate. Any home made diet can be unbalanced.
I’m sure a lot of people have had a good “hah! take that vegans” at this image.
Without lab created taurine, a cat cannot be vegan. But a human cannot be vegan without man-made B12 as well!
We however live in an age where we can create taurine for cats without animal protein. There are vegan cat diets, such as Evolution Diets, on which thousands of cats (and even ferrets but that is a completely different rant) live off of long term, seemingly just as healthy as any other cat. No animal protein in this whatsoever.
So here we have this mix of grains and such, fortified with a bunch of minerals and of course, non-animal taurine. This diet meets the requirements of the cat (governed by AAFCO which of course many people have issues with as well).
So yes, there are cats living long term on a vegan diet, not getting sick or dying, to any shocking extent.
In the end, it doesn’t matter where your vitamins and minerals come from, as long as your body can absorb them properly. If I had the right mix of vitamins and minerals mixed in, I could maintain a cat off nothing but brown rice pretty easily.
Now, the VAST majority of cats are fed what will be referred to as “grocery store cat foods.” Whiskas, Friskies, and such. Many cats are fed vet-exclusive diets like Hills or Royal Canin, and many are fed more expensive brands of food from specialty pet stores (Orijen, Acana…)
Now we all know obesity is an insane issue with cats (dental health as well but let’s ignore that for now as well). Clinically, the two most common things I’ve seen in cats are (not necessarily in order, this is stuff I notice at the clinic which is constantly popping up):
First of all, diabetes. Sorry that I lack hard science for this so it is anecdotal. But, if we look at ferrets (a similar obligate carnivore), it is strongly believed that insulinoma (a pancreatic cancer) is caused by exposure to carbohydrates in the diet. In areas where ferrets remain working animals, they are still fed whole prey mostly, insulinoma is practically unheard of. In places such as North America, where kibble is the main diet, insulinoma runs rampant.
The general belief is that the carbohydrates in the diet cause a spike in the animals blood sugar levels. As the pancreas of a carnivore is not really equipped to produce so much insulin, it is thought that over the course of a lifetime of this spiking, considerable damage to the pancreas can occur. So in ferrets, this is in the form of tumours that produce mass amounts of insulin, lowering the glucose to deadly levels. In cats, is it not a stretch to believe that glucose spikes may cause pancreatic shut down, leading to diabetes?
So how would we avoid this? To feed meat, what the animal needs. Of course, the vegan cat food is full of carbs. But, so is the grocery store cat food. So is the veterinary diet, as well as the fancy pet store food. To a lesser extent, but it is still there considerably. (Most Royal Canin Vet Cat diets are around 30% carb from what I remember). Some foods (diabetic vet diets, Orijen cat foods), are designed to be low glycemic, having a lesser effect on damaging the pancreas (though by this point the damage is often done).
How much meat is in the cat food? 0% meat for the vegan cat food is one extreme. On the other hand I believe Orijen cat food has the highest meat content, with 80% meat. I can’t really find any other reliable numbers so I’ll leave it at that, but I imagine there is a pretty good scale between 0-80%.
Moving onto urinary issues. Cats are desert animals, and as such, evolution has prompted them not to be big drinkers of water. They would, in the past, eat large amounts of small prey (cats need to eat very often, no food intake for 24hrs is a veterinary emergency). Most bodies are 70% water. So this is where they get their moisture.
It is pretty clear that there is a push for owners to get their cats to drink more. Cat fountains have become very popular lately. Wet diets too are good as they have high moisture.
Veterinary diets prescribed to cats which have had urinary issues in the past have high salt content. Eating the salty food is supposed to encourage them to drink more (in addition to this our vet would also recommend the owner to feed some of the wet diet as well if they are willing). The goal is to keep the kidneys working and flushing as often as possible. If the cat is not drinking and urinating enough, this is when crystals can start to build up. This is much more common in male cats, as even small crystals can clog their urinary tract. It is also an issue that if it occurs once, it will likely keep reoccurring (hence why it will be recommended to feed the cat the urinary food from then on). Probably the most drastic solution to this issue (for males) is the shortening the urinary tract by cutting out a portion of the urethra.
So, if anything, I would have to put the vegan cat food on a more level ground with any other dry diet (excluding I suppose the salty cat food). It is a low moisture food like any other kibble.
TL;DR: I don’t think this vegan cat food is any less unhealthy than Whiskas Dry whatevers. Both are likely to be pretty unhealthy in the long term. You probably aren’t a better cat owner because your cat food contains a small amount of rendered meat meal. But they will both keep the cat alive, and even healthy on a short term (potentially for life as well if you end up with a tough cat).
Sustainability take: On one hand, the pet food industry is absolutely fundamental for using leftover animal parts properly. On the other hand, shrinking this market may help us find different ways to use “undesirable meat.” Though, I am not sure we can produce enough high quality meat to supply the entire cat population, unless we ourselves take a more vegetarian diet. ;)