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Hey, blossoms! There are times when we get ill, which is perfectly natural. To be honest, I am currently sick, so this is kind of a refined version of my thoughts from a few days ago. I was worried about missing school, and I thought that some ideas I have could help you!

self-care 

 The most important thing to do when you’re sick is to take care of yourself and get better. This may mean putting your studies aside, but health always comes first. Here’s some tips:

- Certain types of tea, like chamomile and ones with lemon, can soothe sore throats.

- (Side note: I’ve heard that marshmallows are also able to help sore throats because of the gelatin they contain, but that may not be true and I don’t have a credible source for it.) 

- Make sure you drink lots of fluids, like juice, milk, and most importantly, water! One of my personal faves is Tang, which is this orange powder that you dissolve in water. It used to be really big in America a while ago but I don’t know widespread it is elsewhere. 

- Try to shower regularly if you’re congested because the steam will clear out your sinuses. 

 - If you can’t shower regularly, nasal rinses will work just fine too! You can get a  system for that at your local pharmacy. (There’s also this thing you can do where you fill a sink with hot water, put a towel over it, and stick your head underneath the towel. This allows the steam to build up, which means you can decongest a little.)

- Medicate regularly!! Check the directions on whatever type of medication you’re taking to see when it wears off and set a timer so you can stay on top of it. This will help your recovery process along a bit faster. However, DO NOT ABUSE MEDICATION. Take only as much as is prescribed because taking too much can actually be worse for your health. 

- If you’re on antibiotics, make sure to eat well because antibiotics are designed to take out all types of bacteria within the body, even the good ones in your digestive system. (I’d personally recommend eating foods with fiber and protein and staying away from dairy if you can. That’s just my personal experience! It may be different for other people.)

- Get some rest!! You may want to catch up on your studies but you’ll be able to catch up quicker and understand material better if you’re well rested. 

catching up 

So, you’re feeling alright and ready to begin making up work. Where do you begin? 

- Here’s some posts on catching up after being away for a while (note some of these are travel based, but there’s still some good information in there) 

- Email your teachers! Text your classmates! Ask for notes, for homework, and for additional help if you’re unclear about what’s going on. 

- If you’re feeling well enough, you could run in to your classes in order to get the homework and briefly conference with your teachers, but it’s always best to make sure you’re not contagious or feeling poorly before doing so. Email is pretty much just as effective. 

- Start small. Trying to catch up on all your work in one day is never good. Try to do the work for maybe one class, and if you’re feeling well enough, do another.

- Do what’s most important first. If you’re in a group project and they’re waiting for your input on a presentation or something else, get that in ASAP. Don’t affect the grades of others with your illness.

returning to class 

As you return to your usual schedule, here are some things to note:

 - Before going back to class, ensure you’re in a good place mentally and physically. For example, if you’re still running a fever or you still feel very ill, take some more time and wait. 

- Make sure your study space is functional so that you can begin to return back to your normal schedule. The desk reflects the mind. 

- Keep up on your fluids! If you’re still a little under the weather or you haven’t finished that course of antibiotics, keep taking those meds! 

- Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t understand something. Being gone is hard. Ask for help and self-advocate.

- If you’re on a sports team or doing some other strenuous activity, it’s okay to take a couple more days away from that to let your body recover completely. 

- The most important thing is to take it easy, even after you’re well enough to come back to class. If you overwork yourself while still recovering, that can lead to backslide, so please be careful!!

I hope this will be useful, darlings!! Take care of yourselves and remember that so many people are rooting for you to do well, including me :]

All the love,

elle (@etudesthetics)

My other posts: Cheap Socials, Pre-College Masterpost, College: A (Terrifying) Learning Experience

So, Ahsoka becomes less snarky as The Clone Wars went on, because it is all part of her growth. Though she had a natural sassiness to her, and a habit of making a wisecrack at almost anything per episode. It’s just how she is. In fact, shes pretty known for making one-liners, which is always welcome in my opinion, because I’m the same way. But shes pretty good at it. 

“He means to save the day.” or “Ugh, who else wears a hat like that?”

She’s really only snarky and cheeky with Anakin, Obi-Wan, Padme and maybe Rex. People that are close enough that she feels comfortable or people outside the Order. But mostly Anakin, because he returns it (and he usually deserves it), and that builds their relationship as Master/ Padawan, and best friends. Even an older brother/ younger sister duo. Either way, it’s usually to make a jab at Anakin.

Her judgey looks, and eye-rolling make up for it. She’s opinionated and outspoken, but learns to hold her tongue when the situation calls for it, such as if shes supervising (like on Onderon) or looking after Younglings. Though, she’s pretty impulsive, so it doesn’t always work. You notice how she almost always has one eye-mark raised in a “what the hell” kind of notion? In my opinion, Ahsoka is easy to read.

Ahskoa manages to bring humor into a few of the worse situations, something she learned from Anakin I bet. When shes being chased down after being falsely accused and charged form the Temple Hangar bombing, Ahsoka briefly talks with Barriss through a holo transmitter. Barriss asks is shes okay in which she replies, “Yeah, I’m okay, if you consider Anakin and a hundred Clones on my tail a good space to be in.” She gives it that sarcastic edge like oh yeah I’m fine I’m just being chased down for a crime i didn’t commit. No biggie.

advice

don’t pick your biases too soon

Dear parents,
your child is not younger you. They have not had the same experiences as you and they did now grow up how you did. Stop expecting that just because you would have been happy in a particular situation when you were their age does not mean that they are. Your child does not have every personality trait that you have. Just because you were popular in high school and enjoyed it does not mean that your child is feeling the same way. Please try to understand that your child is not a younger you.

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Mfw I need to calm myself down when somebody is telling me they hate Steven Universe and I didn’t even ask

reposting a comment i made on fb here because i feel like it’s something that you guys might appreciate more than my dad, all over whose logic i have just shat. (his point, basically, was that he doesn’t think stevebucky needs to be canon. like he’d be okay with it if it did happen, but he doesn’t think it’s necessary. and, for obvious reasons, i took issue with that.)

sorry for getting a lil academic. college has still got its claws in me, it seems.


I don’t think that every strong homosocial relationship should necessarily be read as homoerotic, or that every loyal friendship should be read as romantic. I like Steve and Bucky as romantic, though, for two major reasons.

Reason number one is that it sets a precedent for onscreen relationships to come from genuine loyalty, affection, and – the big one – equality, which is the vast majority of my motivation behind any male/male ship I have. Male characters are already set up as equals, and if one or the other is in distress at any one time, it’s not because he’s a damsel and needs help, whereas in an explicit male/female onscreen romance, it seems to me (as a woman watching for relationships where females have equal footing with males, and finding very little to satisfy my expectations) that the woman must always be a damsel, must be less powerful, must be inferior, and that’s somehow at least part of what makes it romantic. Frankly, that’s bullshit. A healthy relationship is one of mutual respect, mutual sacrifice, and mutual compromise, and not one defined by big romantic gestures or the overwhelmingly prevalent salvation of one party (female) by the other (male). I love that Steve and Bucky were best friends first; I love that their relationship has grown out of a long-standing reverence for and devotion to one another, and I think making something like that explicitly romantic could change the whole paradigm of Hollywood romance for the better.

Reason number two is that writing an explicitly gay relationship into a superhero film complicates so many of our stereotypical assumptions regarding masculinity and queerness. Steve in particular is a character who is easy to coopt into a symbol of the Proper American Male, though I think that’s less true if you’re really paying attention to his motivations and behaviors – to the fact that he started out as a guy who was written off for being what we might call stereotypically feminine, and to the fact that he holds onto some of those feminine-ascribed values as a big buff dude, remaining humble and respectful of those around him, notably the women around him. But the fact remains that there are people out there who see him as the ultimate Manly Man, and in some ways – as a Big Buff Dude, as a crusader for justice, as someone who’s brave and scrappy and sticks to his guns – he is that man, so by taking that person and showing the world that he identifies as queer (bisexual, preferably, but I’m biased) (hah. bi-ased) you’re deconstructing all sorts of false ideas of what it means to be a queer man; if you don’t love All Women All The Time, popular belief dictates, you must be effeminate, and with that comes all sorts of value judgments associated with being feminine – you’re weak, you’re overemotional, you’re not authoritative, you’re not to be trusted. But we trust Steve. We know he’s stalwart and steady and true, and if he’s queer on top of that, that just means that queer comes in all shapes and sizes, and isn’t in itself a reason to write someone off.

Part of my love for Steve and Bucky as a romantic pair comes from the clues given to us within their relationship. But a big part of it, too, comes from what I think an explicit romance between them could do for identity politics. It deconstructs a shit ton of harmful ideologies in one fell swoop. 

But I’ve heard you talk about your people like they’re wonderful. That’s how I choose to remember them. The Time Lords of old. But then they went to war. An endless war. And it changed them. Right to the core. You’ve seen my enemies, Wilf. The Time Lords are more dangerous than any of them.

fratboy!5sos blurb night

i will be co-hosting a fratboy!5sos blurb night with darkmikeyrises on monday @ 8pm EST (5pm PST)!! blurbs can be about going to formal, him lavaliering you, doing community service together, being a greek power couple, greek week activities, etc. anything goes as long as the boy you’re writing about is in a frat! feel free to submit/message/tag me and darkmikeyrises in blurbs early if you won’t be around when the blurb night is actually occurring. if you have any questions feel free to ask!

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“Okay, I’ve said my bit. Can I go now?”

… ouch. Well, Takane’s opinion aside (”What was that? My opinion aside? Who do you think you are?); thank you everyone for the support until now!! My muse and I would never have made it this far without you!! 200 posts means I’ve drawn Takane over 200 times… I never thought I’d ever get that far. 

So thank you everyone, for sticking with me up until now, and I’m just really grateful to all of you for helping keep this blog running. Thank you!