Hello, everyone! Quick little update since I’m going to start doing things differently!
To ensure that I don’t get too distracted and consumed by original works and other projects, I’m instating a two week regime. Every two weeks I’ll update or post something. It might be sooner than two weeks, but unless something in life prevents me from posting ((such as traveling like I so often do)), there will be an update at least every two weeks, if not sooner.
My dad used to work at an interactive history park in Indiana as an 1800’s reenactor and craftsman. Part of his job included apprenticing the blacksmith and creating iron nails. Park tourists would walk between different demonstrations of historical lifestyles and crafts, and he would speak to them as though he were a young blacksmith in 1820 and they were time-travelers.
Tourists often like to play smart, trying to catch reenactors up and get them to break character. It can get pretty obnoxious, but they’re trained to stay calm and indulgent. One day, my father was busy making iron nails and one woman scoffed and said, mockingly, “I’m pretty sure they didn’t have nails back then!”
My dad looked up at her. “Ma'am,” he said, “They didn’t screw Jesus to the cross.”
Apparently she reported him to the museum for being crass.
Journal Series: some pages from my thanksgiving holiday break. In my experience it can be really hard to journal while you’re traveling; you often don’t have the time or energy at the end of the day to sit down and journal, so my favorite method is to gather different memorabilia (Polaroids, postcards, metro tickets, menus, etc) to tape in and jot down some quick memorable things or thoughts about where you went. It’s a quick, simple, and creative way to keep all your memories.
This years Barduil Secret Santa gift is for @carmentalis :>
I went with the ‘making this patchwork family with two Kings with their own realms in it work’-prompt (˘◡˘) So you’ve got Thranduil in Dale during his visit/consort-time.
For his time in Dale he left Legolas behind as his regent , who sends lots of letters to keep his adar updated (and to rant about some council members).
Sadly they can’t live together permanently since they are kings after all, but they have an arrangement where they take turns visiting each other every other season, depending on how the political circumstances are. They call it consort-time.
Their children have agreed to help them with it, so Legolas stays behind when Thranduil leaves for Dale and Sigrid does the same for her da. So all in all, though it isn’t ideal, they make it work.
(The kids travel more often between the two, though especially Sigrid cant manage as often as the others since she is the next in line to the throne and will need to take over at some point)
having a rare date night with Shawn. It’s nothing too spectacular; honestly, you’re
both just sitting in his living room watching Stranger Things on Netflix. You
know you’re really late to the Stranger Things party, but you can’t help it
because you and Shawn wanted to watch it together, but you had to finish
Breaking Bad first. You don’t spend much time together, and the time you spend
together is often traveling or just busy with other things so you don’t get a
lot of down time to just watch TV. But since Shawn has been home the past week,
you guys decided to dedicate tonight to watching as many episodes as you could
get through. Aaliyah was sleeping over at her friend’s house and Shawn’s
parents had gone out to dinner together, so it was just you two at his place.
I drew a thing to illustrate a headcanon (and nyeh why did the first image turn out so much better than the second!!!!!) concerning Ivan and his identity. I got the idea while researching for a seminar I was in where my topic had been the soviet approach to nationality politics. These headcanons are subject to change of course as I continue to learn about this time period.
The Soviet government was very critical of nationalism as a whole but decided that minority nationalities should be promoted within the socialist system, in order to bind these groups tighter to the idea of socialism and to curb nationalistic movements. “Great Russian Chauvinism” on the other hand was condemned and Great Russian Chauvinists were denounced as oppressors. Ivan during this time would still be only known as Russia, as the Soviet Union was from its very conception a multiethnic, multinational state. He’d be unsure of where he stands with the government, feeling underappreciated and discarded. He would often travel to remote areas in his country and the union or to countries he has political interest in (like Poland or Germany).
The Soviet Union got a new constitution in this year and Ivan would take up the mantel of Soviet Union - not because that is now a nationality he represents but because Russian nationalism had been rehabilitated over the course of the last few years and the Russian culture/language was to become another unifying link between the people next to socialism. Russia would still be his nation and his secondary title. Ivan’s role in the government would be redefined and given a lot more importance and respect than it was previously, flattering Ivan and making him feel useful and appreciated once again. This would eventually get a little to his head.
Sagittarius find their spirit in living as freely as they can, to losing the plans in place of something that gives them the liberty to live how they want to, when they want to. They don’t do well with too much structure or restriction, yet in others eyes, this can lead to a recklessness, an inability to obey the rules of others and instead live without responsibility. Yet, as they grow older and under the guidance of their home house, the ninth house of higher learning and travel, they often find themselves as a spirit that seeks wisdom in many forms, and beyond this, seeks to give this wisdom to others. Their infectious spirit can fill the pages of books, but also fill the minds of those that admire them.
This species is incredibly common in Amazonia, often traveling together in family groups. You’ll probably hear them before you see them, as they call back and forth with a high-pitched, liquid “chip” (it sounds similar to the call of northern cardinal). Unsurprisingly, these birds pack a nasty bite!
Can’t believe we finally made it our final Wonder of the World this week. Over the past ten years or so, my family has been traveling the world in a quest to see the Wonders of the World. Though some of these photos are a little cringy, they are some of my favorite, and always will be. The memories behind each one of these photos are ones I will always cherish. I am beyond thankful to have such a loving and adventurous family and to have had the opportunity to travel. I don’t often share personal posts, and I especially don’t typically share photos from this far back, but this week has been such a huge milestone. I can not even come close to fully expressing my gratitude in words, but I wanted to share this little collage because it makes me happy.