unofficially summer

Feeling bummed about summer coming to an end? Look ahead to all the great exhibitions this fall

[Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Summer Interior, 1909. Oil on canvas, 24 ¼ × 29 3/16 in. (61.6 × 74.1 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Josephine N. Hopper Bequest 70.1197. © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by the Whitney Museum of American Art]

dailymawile  asked:

Fae wonders if you have ever played monopoly.

@dailymawile, oh sure, we get the squad together every so often to play. We’ve never managed to finish a game, though..

Victoria’s Secret (@ victoriassecret) via Instagram

Best. Monday. Ever. Happy Unofficial First Day of Summer!! ☀️ #SummerLikeAnAngel

The origin of the Battle Cross is lost in the fog of half remembered History. It most likely started around the time of the American Civil War when a fallen soldier’s weapon with bayonet fixed was thrust into the ground to mark his temporary grave, usually on the spot where he fell.

In World Wars I and II the rifle and bayonet marker was made even more poignant with the addition of the soldiers helmet placed upon the butt stock of the rifle. It was at this time that the dog tag was also added so that Graves Registration personnel could readily identify the deceased. The personalizing of the expedient marker also served to turn the Battle Cross into much more of a memorial that it had been previously.

During the Korean War rapid removal of the fallen troops to the rear area made the Battle Cross less of a necessity and more of a tribute. It became a touchstone for the surviving soldiers through which to say a final farewell. 

Starting with the First Persian Gulf War and extending through to today we see the latest evolution of the Battle Cross with weapon, helmet, dog tags, and boots. There is some variance in the interpretation of the symbolism given to the components of the Battle Cross but generally it is as follows. The helmet and rifle symbolize that the soldier was killed in action. The fixed bayonet rammed into the ground means that he went down fighting. The boots signify that the troop has made his final march into battle.  The dog tags are there so that the soldier and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Today is Memorial Day and we are going to enjoy this unofficial beginning of Summer with our loved ones and that is a very good thing.  The men and women we honor today, whether they fell on the frozen ground of Valley Forge or the desiccated sand of Iraq, all gave their lives so that we could enjoy the fruits of liberty.  We should do so, but we should also give a thought to the cost of that liberty and to those who paid the price.

I wish all my friends the very best Memorial Day.
黒の教団速報 on Twitter
“黒の教団速報 : 【朗報】7月14日(金)発売ジャンプ、「D.Gray-man」はセンターカラーで掲載!!付録にDグレクリアしおりも!! #dgrayman”

According to this UNOFFICIAL site, the Summer 2017 issue of SQ Crown should have D.Gray-man in center colour, with a clear bookmark as a bonus.

Trying to find an official source.

Senior Year

Chapter 1: Ain’t It Fun

Pairing: Wonwoo x Reader x Mingyu

Originally posted by randomcoolkpop

Ch. 2 // Ch. 3 // Ch. 4 // Ch. 5 // Ch. 6 // Ch. 7

Genre: Slice of life, comedy, angst, the whole nine yards rlly

Summary: It’s senior year! Nothing better than to end school than with your two best friends right? Well, at least that’s what we all thought.

A/N: Each chapter is based off of a song. This is my first time writing a story for about  like four years(???). It’s been a while so please bare with me here. I don’t know how many chapters I’ll write, I guess it really just depends on how people react to it??? I really have no idea, but I hope you enjoy it!!!!

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Okay but Hogwarts and Ilvermorny comparison time?

Hogwarts may have a lake with a squid, but there is a Jackalope breeding ground in the yards of Ilvermorny.

Ilvermorny Pukwudgie cooks meeting Hogwarts house elves and being sickened by the traditions of cooking and meal times, because Pukwudgie incorporate much of Native American feasting traditions into their meal and banquet planning.

I know that it’s canon that Ilvermorny is in Massachusetts, but Ilvermorny being in the mountains of Montana, with the best scenery in the country. The Massachusetts location is still existent in a sense, that is the official address of Ilvermorny and upon the student’s arrival to that cottage, they are sent via a combination of magical and non-magical modes of transportation, ultimately leading them to Montana, where there is enough land barriers and weather limitations that it doesn’t need to employ a cloaking spell around the school for no-maj because any human who could possibly manage to find the coordinates on a map would have to incorportate magic into their research. So when some of the foreign exchange students from Hogwarts show up, they are so surprised to see witches and wizards exploring the terrain for miles and miles away from the school without having to hide who they are. This is a safe place for magical peoples and creatures, where learning and exploration is welcomed and revered above all. Those same students going back to Hogwarts to begin a new campaign for equality between Witches and Wizards and magical creatures. More trolls and centaurs begin being seen around campus, eventually leading to interspecies students in the UK.

Hogwarts students being wary of Ilvermorny at first because it was founded by an Heir of Slytherin, and the only other Heir they knew of was Voldy, so they subconsciously form a line there before reminding themselves that in America this name meant nothing but hope and pride, because this Heir of Slytherin just so happened to be the kindest and greatest witch of her age in their eyes. This improves international exchange to break down the boundaries and, as a bonus, subconsciously also break down the negative stigma that, for so long after the Battle of Howarts, Slytherin had the misfortune of holding.

Hogwarts students being shocked to later visit the North American continent and finally see in person creatures they had only ever read about in books. Adults, behold: the mighty Moose.

This is similarly seen in Ilvermorny Alumni who find themselves visiting family in Hogsmeade and being scared stiff when they stumble on one of the many Griffins of Hogwarts just munching on ferrets behind the butcher shop. “Good lawd, Amanda. Did’ya ever see sumthin like this in person?” “Fuck no Tom! These are from textbooks in History of Magic!”


History of Magic is much more recent in its current curriculum. The main focus is the history of Tribal magic and how the Medicine Men passed along their power through unknown lineages, and what the common themes were through the tribes to weed out the real from the legend, and how Witches and Wizards learned to harness that power and help transform their worlds. Witches and Wizards having such different relationships with the Natives than No-Maj colonists ever did.

Arithmancy is just called “Magic Math” because they couldn’t think of the word Arithmancy.

The towers and dungeons that existed in Hogwarts are the different “wings” of the campus, and have been known to expand to fit a growing capacity of students.

Because there is one school for all North America, special accommodations have been put into place to fit the student body. One of which is similar to a Room of Requirement, but more along the lines of giving the campus as much room as it needed in terms of housing and restrooms without changing the exterior. This was** how Arthur Weasley originally got the idea for his expanding car. The spell is a little more elaborate, but somehow doesn’t make the trek anymore arduous.

Ilvermorny being very spread out throughout miles of school campus, but travel by Floo Powder between classes was provided to arrive at your next class on time. The fireplaces are almost always closed down to outside fireplaces, only allowing you from one spot on campus to another. 

The fireplaces not allowing you to land in the fireplace of another house.

Those who don’t like Floo Powder are always welcome to use their brooms, or for Muggleborns, they have recently begun allowing bicycles and scooters between classes. As a last resort you could always run from Herbology on the Southeast corner of campus to Flying and Apparition on the Northwest corner. One student managed to run it one time, but then passed out once he got to class on time, and had to be removed by the school nurse. The students banded together to buy him a cheap broom after that, because they knew he was allergic to Floo Powder.

The school nurse being trained in both Magic and Non Magic healing, with specialties in Herbology, Potions, Charms, Transfiguration, and also a Muggle Medical degree in Medicine and Dermatology. The candidates are always at the top of their classes in both Muggle and Magic healing, and Pukwudgies always sit on the interview board when helping to hire this person. 

A particularly grumpy Pukwudgie who teaches Magical Healing.

Some kids growing Muggle Marijuana in the greenhouse and cross pollinating with some Gillyweed extract so that the poor Muggle kids they sell it to will not only get a new level of high, they will also be possessed with the notion and action to go on underwater adventures. 

Kids going camping in the summer. Kids who don’t like being home choosing 4H internships with Ilvermorny throughout the summer so that they can stay at Ilvermorny all year long. Unofficial summer courses are offered, like Pukwudgie Pastries, where you make baked goods with many of the staff. Archery being perfected on your broom (this was a quickly discontinued unofficial course after a second year summer student accidentally shot the unofficial instructor and he had to lay upside down for a whole week while his backside healed.

Wampus sightings in the beginning of fall, and the students who were lucky enough to see them after the first snow of the fall were considered blessed with good luck for the coming year.

Thunderbird students backpacking further and further into the mountains, often jumping off cliffs and into the rivers below for fun. It was, as they put it, “The best way to live my destiny of being a Thunderbird” and it gave them an immense sense of belonging after their first jump. The chaperones were always junior professors who, while being able to enjoy the tradition, were still qualified to help should trouble arise.

These students are allowed to practice their magic out here because, this is literally a spot that does not exist on a map of Montana. for hundreds of miles in any direction, the land exists within itself and therein lies Ilvermorny and its hundreds of miles worth of land. The school welcomes its students to explore and use magic in these lands, because it is the best way to learn how to use spells in the real world.

Ilvermorny having a strict no-bullying rule. This results in suspensions and even expulsion from Ilvermorny. Because it is a school of Witchcraft and Wizardry, there is no tuition bill. So bribes of money for hushing scandal go unheard and unaccepted at this school. Not that it has ever been a big problem. Ilvermorny is a forward thinking school that has, historically, been more accepting of alternative students than others in the world. But there was one year where Dorabelle Martinez got bullied by Wade Stoughton. Man, that is the year we don’t like to talk about. It was the first and last time anyone ever saw the Headmistress get angry about something. She sent letters to the Stoughton Manor in Texas, warning about behavior that was unacceptable. They sent her a gift basket with fruit in it and a check to Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a shameful amount of money. The next morning, the Stoughtons woke up in their manor, as usual. Mrs. Stoughton walked downstairs to get her morning iced tea, as usual. It would be made by Gloria Martinez, as usual. She turned the corner only to find Gloria in tears holding a letter with the Ilvermorny Crest on it. Wade was not only expelled, he was barred from attending any school for Witchcraft and Wizardry from here on. He stood in his pajamas clutching three suitcases and his cat sat on his shoulder.

Students at Ilvermorny who are part of Native Tribes are often referred to by their Earth Names once they arrive at school. This is not a move to draw attention to the fact that the names are different, but rather a more apt communication of who that person is in their soul. Dancing Otter hasn’t been referred to as Lauren in two years and she has never had so much positive self confidence because they know who she really is.

Muggle studies and History being a thing at Ilvermorny because in North America you are expected to know Muggle History of the top of your head, and it’s a good way to hide in plain sight.

Fic: Sleepless in Starling

This is for the @olicityhiatusficathon prompt “Sleepless” from @thebookjumper. Read it on Ao3 or below. I hope you enjoy this! I wrote it really quickly with my kids running around being loud, so please turn a blind eye to any mistakes. :) Thanks! 

Originally posted by olivergifs

Sleepless in Starling

Oliver slammed his fist on the sandy beach of Lian Yu in frustration. He had missed his goddamn boat.

After months of planning for this moment with Anatoly, putting on the wig and beard, arranging for a fishing boat to be in the area at just the right time – Kovar had showed up to foil his plans.

And now Oliver was not going home. And he was stranded on Lian Yu AGAIN. Purgatory was the correct moniker for this place.

If only Kovar had shown up a few minutes earlier, then Oliver could have defeated him in time. If only Oliver had been speedier in killing him. Then he would be on a boat on his way back to Starling City.

He sat on the beach for two sleepless days – staring at the ocean, lost in his “if only” thoughts. Then, he pulled himself back together and went about the business of surviving. He had gotten off this island before, and he would do it again.

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Labor Day Weekend

Well, that’s a wrap. Labor Day weekend has come to a close. What a great one it was, though!

Saturday we travelled to Syracuse for my cousin’s wedding. It was beautiful and they’re the sweetest couple. The weather was amazing. I got my hair and makeup done at a salon, totally out of character for me, but fun nonetheless. A great time was had by all.

Sunday was very rainy, so it was good that we just spent the day driving home from Syracuse. We stopped at the women’s rights national park along the way which was inspiring and a great way to break up the drive.

Monday, B and I spent the day sailing and enjoying some more amazing weather on the boat. It was SO WINDY. We had our first experience with overloading the sails which was a fucking thrill, and then slightly terrifying, and then hilarious afterward. We handled it just fine, which is also a confidence booster. Once we realized we weren’t able to dump the wind properly, and we couldn’t turn it into a jibe either, we headed into the wind and quickly furled the jib. We had that boat laying over on its side like I’ve never seen it and spent a good while doing 7+ knots. I know this isn’t a sailing blog, so probably you’re like ugh whatever who cares, what are these weird words?, but IT WAS FUN! 😜 (Photos to come!)

Now that the summer has unofficially come to a close, B and I have made a pact that beginning today, we’re doing this whole healthy-fit-weight-loss thing together. We bought a rowing machine. Grocery shopping and meal prep will be done today. LET’S DO THIS.

We know it’s the unofficial start to summer, but we just can’t get enough of Autumn, the new book by Karl Ove Knausgaard! (beautiful photo by @bookbaristas!)

6 Money Moves Every 20-Something Should Make Before Summer Is Over

Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, is five weeks away. As you enjoy what’s left of the season a few simple steps can put you on track for a stellar financial year:

1) Track your spendings.

2) Ask for a raise…or at least prepare to. Typically, the right time to ask for a raise is about one year after your last one, or about one year after starting a new job.

3) Check in with your student loans.

4) Start planning for next summer.

Two more money moves you should make.