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15 French Slang Words Every French Learner Should Know 🌻

1. Bordel

Bordel literally means brothel. However, these days bordel is more commonly used to describe a large mess. An example would be: Range ta chambre. C’est le bordel. Clean your room. It’s a mess.

2. Balle

Balle as a singular, literally means bullet. Yet back in the day, balles was used as a slang word for francs, the French currency pre-2002. And when France moved on to the euro, balles moved with it and it is still sometimes used in reference to money. An example would be: J’aime ton pantalon. Merci. Je l’ai acheté au marché pour quinze balles. I like your pants. Thanks. I bought them at the market for 15 euros.

3. Baraque

The word baraque literally means shanty, or small house made of planks. However, recently the term has been adapted to refer to a house, or, as an adjective, baraqué,  someone who is really muscular.  For example: On habite dans une grosse baraque avec 10 colocs. We live in a large house with 10 other people. En règle générale, les joueurs de rugby sont plus baraqués que les joueurs de foot. Generally speaking, rugby players are more muscular than football players.

4. BG

These days BG is a popular acronym. It stands for beau gosse, which means hot guy. Gosse on it’s own though is slang for a child though so watch out! If you’re in Quebec, gosse is feminine and carries an entirely different connotation as a slang word for a part of the male anatomy that is generally used in the plural… So if you’re planning to use your slang in Canada, be aware of that difference, since there could be a few misunderstandings!

5 . BCBG

Another popular acronym, which is the French slang for preppy, is BCBG (bien chic bon genre).

6. Blé

Blé literally translates as wheat in English. However, figuratively it has become a popular way of referring to money. (Another common way of referring to money in slang terms is fric or pognon). Here is an example: Il gagne beaucoup de blé. He earns a lot of money.

7. Bobo

Bobo is actually baby talk for une blessure (an injury). However, you will find that young people commonly use this term when referring to minor injuries such as cuts and bruises. An example might be: Qu’est-ce qu’il y a? J’ai un bobo sur le pied. What’s the matter? I have a scratch on my foot.

8. Bouffer

Bouffer literally means to puff up or balloon in size. However, it has become common practice to replace the word manger (to eat) with bouffer in everyday speech. And in turn, la bouffe is then used as another word for food. Here is an example: J’ai trop mangé. J’ai bouffé un steak tartare avec des frites suivi d’une grosse tarte aux pommes. I ate too much. I ate a steak tartare with fries followed by a big slice of apple tart. Je suis allé en ville pour acheter de la bouffe. I went into town to buy some food.

9. Une clope

A commonly used slang word, especially in Paris, is the argot for cigarette; une clope. For example: T’aurais pas une clope? You don’t happen to have a cig, do you?

10. Kiffer

Another term used by today’s generation, which you may not already know is the word  kiffer, which is slang for to like something (it works best with a hobby!). However, pay attention, if you kiffe quelqu’un, it implies that you desire that person. Here’s an example: Je kiffe faire de la voile. I really enjoy sailing. Je kiffe ton frère. I like your brother. (I’m romantically interested in him).

11. Mec

The word mec is yet another commonly used slang term, and refers to boyfriends as well as guys in general. For example: Il est beau, ce mec.That guy is good-looking. Tu viens avec ton mec? Are you bringing your boyfriend? 

Another type of slang that you might come across is verlan, which are French words spelled backwards, and often incorrectly, in slang. And while this concept might seem a bit intimidating at first, you will find that you pick it up in no time at all and probably without even realizing.

12. Meuf

Our first example is meuf, which was originally femme. And, as with the word femme, this term can be used to refer to a female, or your girlfriend, although it can have pejorative connotations.

13. Relou

Our second example is relou, the verlan for lourd (heavy or taxing) and equivalent of chiant, which means annoying/exasperating. Here’s an example: C’est trop relou! That sucks!

14. Ouf

Ouf is literally the French translation of the interjection phew as well as meaning crazy/awesome in verlan, being the backwards of fou (crazy/awesome). On a fait un truc (de) ouf hier. *Here ’ouf’ can work as either an adjective, without the ’de’, or as a noun, with the ’d’. It’s up to you! We did something crazy awesome yesterday.

15. être vénère

And finally, our last slang word for today is another way of expressing that you are annoyed or angry; être vénère, which is the verlan of être énervé. An example would be quite simple: Mathieu est vénère. Matthew is annoyed. (It is important here to pay attention to your accents because vénéré means to be revered).

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The best thing for me about this app is that it’s so useful for dietary needs. For example, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, etc. I think that to be able to incorporate your dietary needs into a health app just maximises the benefits of it. It can then not just be a fitness app but also check what foods you need to eat to get the vitamins you would usually get in the food that is excluded from your diet.


It’s free and there is a lot more I haven’t mentioned. I just think this would help you guys a lot.


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10 Journal Prompts to Help Guide Healthy Eating

1) Make a venn diagram with your favourite foods on one side, healthiest foods you can think of on the other side, and healthy foods you love in the middle. 

2) Get ahold of some second-hand cookbooks and cooking magazines. Cut out recipes and keep them in a pocket in your journal. Dedicate a few pages for pasting in the recipes you’re most likely to make. 

3) Draw and colour little doodles of your favourite healthy raw ingredients. Next time you are shopping for food, remember to pick up some of the things that you drew. 

4) Make a collage with the labels from foods that you are proud to eat and enjoy. It will be easier to collage with tiny cut-out sections rather than the whole label. 

5) Divide the page into columns. At the top of each column, list a meal you like to cook for yourself. Below each meal, brainstorm additional ingredients that could improve the original meal. Try to replace unhealthy components of the meal with healthier counterparts. Highlight ingredients that appear in multiple columns and keep them in mind next time you are shopping. 

6) Make a list of food-related goals. Ie. cook dinner at home at least twice a week, eat at least one vegetarian meal per day, etc. Put a tally next to the goal for every step you take towards achieving it. 

7) If you’re journalling at night, try to remember everything you’ve eaten during the day and make a list. Highlight items on the list that you are proud to have eaten. Take a moment to reflect and congratulate yourself for the healthy choices you have made. 

8) Make a list of your favourite dips, sauces, and condiments. Pick out a few that seem easiest to make and find recipes for them that use healthy foods and raw ingredients. List the ingredients in your journal and keep them in mind next time you buy groceries. 

9) Draw some of your favourite cooking herbs. Beside each herb, make a list of the dishes that taste best with it. Put a checkmark beside each dish after you’ve made it. 

10) Brainstorm a list of the benefits and desired outcomes of eating healthy. For each item on the list, dig a little deeper and describe why it is beneficial. For example, beside “better nutrition” you might write about the downsides of poor nutrition.  

anonymous asked:

Dr. Ferox, why are perscription pet diets so horrendously expensive? There's no medicine in them and they usually just have a slight dietary modification (low protein, low magnesium, hydrolyzed protein, etc) so why aren't they the same price of the non-rx foods from the same brands?

Well, a couple of points to discuss here.

Firstly, I think you underestimate what prescription diets do. They’re not all ‘slight dietary modification’, some of them are highly specialized nutrition (eg liver, hypoallergenic) and even those that are less extreme, it’s not necessarily a matter of not adding one or two ingredients, but or removing molecules and elements until the diet meets very specific nutritional profiles.

These diets are food as medicine. They are all produced and fed for a specific therapeutic benefit. Some prevent disease. Some replace medicine, and some complement our other therapies in a way that prescription medications alone just can’t do.

For example without advocating for any particular brand, a feline thyroid diet may mean a cat doesn’t need to be on any thyroid medication at all. Diets to prevent urinary crystals are the best method we have to prevent recurrent urethral blockages. Our anallergenic diets are the best tool we have to rule in or out food allergies.

So these prescription diets are more than just ‘slight dietary modification’.

Their ingredients can also be expensive to use, but they’re all used for a purpose. Glucosamine and chondroitin are expensive to add to a diet, and the anallergenic range uses chicken feather hydrosolate (chicken feathers broken down to their amino acids) as a protein source. That diets competes with the human hypoallergenic infant formula industry so that product is also expensive. That example is also not something you could replicate with a home cooked diet.

Their ingredients are often more expensive than their non-prescription versions, and more research has gone into their developing and their licensing.

But how do their prices actually compare? Well, firstly most of these diets have a recommended retail price set by the manufacturer, most vet clinics don’t change that.

They would be a bit more affordable if you could buy them in larger bags, but the dry food is generally not too bad in terms of cost. The canned food lines are pricier.

I did some price comparisons for a few diets that we often stock, then compared their feeding cost per day for a 5kg cat and a 10kg dog. This is the fairest way to compare the cost of feeding one diet compared to the other.

So compare the costs of these diets from the same manufacturer for a 5kg cat from a similar sized bag:

  • Normal Adult: $1.16 per day
  • Dental diet: $1.49 per day
  • Hypoallergenic diet: $1.59 per day
  • Urinary health diet: $ $1.51 per day
  • Renal diet: $1.33 per day

So they are a bit more expensive than the ‘normal’ diet for the same brand, but they are providing a therapeutic benefit and I don’t think I would call that ‘horrendously’ more expensive.

And for the 10kg dog:

  • Normal adult: $2.68 per day
  • Dental diet: $3.25 per day
  • Hypoallergenic diet: $3.88 per day
  • Urinary health diet: $3.35 per day
  • Renal diet: $3.45 per day

Being able to buy these diets in bulk would make them more affordable.

So they are approximately 40% more expensive, but considering that these diets may prevent surgery, save a life extend a life, be used as a diagnostic test or otherwise improve an animal’s quality of life in such a way that requires minimal handling from the owner, many people conclude that they are worth it.

you know what really grinds my gears?

when advice like

“Drink water”

“Set goals!”

“Exercise”

“Do things you enjoy!”

and related suggestions are completed written off by many people with a mental illness, especially on this site. IF YOU’RE PISSED, STAY WITH ME FOR A MOMENT.

these things ARE NOT EASY. i know because i’m there! BUT evidence based (AKA PROVEN TO HAVE SUCCESS IN SOME INDIVIDUALS) therapeutic styles like DBT (dialectical behavior therapy) have entire lessons / foundational aspects based on advice like this. examples:

Emotion Regulation: accumulating positive emotions, short term

  • Examples include eating, sleeping, laughing, exercising, etc

Emotion regulation: accumulating positive emotions, long term

  • Examples include identifying values, setting goals, planning action steps

PLEASE skills: taking care of your mind by taking care of your body

  • PL = Physical illness: take care of body, see doctor, take meds
  • E = Balance Eating: don’t eat too much or too little, eat regularly and mindfully. stay away from foods that make you overly emotional
  • A = avoid mood altering substances = no drugs and limited alcohol use
  • S = balance sleep: try to get 7-9 hrs, or whatever makes you feel your best, keep consistent sleep schedule
  • E = exercise: do some sort of exercise every day. try to build up to 20 min a day

i literally could go on for so long with more examples. the point is: these things aren’t easy. we talk about that all the time in my DBT class. one of the first points to all of these is to “avoid avoiding” and gives tools to help you avoid, avoiding these helpful activities. they won’t change your life overnight but you can increase positive experiences and slowly, overtime create a life worth living (aka the basis of DBT)

don’t write off these things because the person suggesting it doesn’t understand how much harder it is for you. FRIEND I️ KNOW ITS HARD but your life is worth living and you deserve to know that. you and your body deserve these basic things that care for both your mind and body.

Delsin Rowe x Reader Headcanons

Originally posted by redsidentevil

  • Delsin Rowe loves to hold your hand. He absolutely loves it. Whether it be a walk down to the end of the boardwalk to see how the moonlight shines over the water while telling jokes, whether it be a quick stop for a slice of pizza after you’ve had a long day at work and he wanted to treat you, or whether it be running away from the police after they’ve caught him doing his latest tag and the thrill of the chase if making you both giggle; he loves to feel your smaller hand laced through his own.
  • His nonchalant nature can sometimes be the cause of your exasperation. He is marvelously determined but in his determination he places himself in dangerous situations. You understand his desire to help his people completely. What Augustine had done to the Akomish was horrendous. But that did not calm your nerves. Delsin faced the DUP with not only his incredible powers but with his unwavering confidence. You had once seen the fighting take place from a small sandwich shop where you had been eating lunch with a co-worker friend of yours. You will never forget how your heart tightened in your throat as you saw how persistent the DUPs were when trying to shoot down your boyfriend. The bullets flew so close, sometimes even hitting him. You had watched him take the smoke from the destroyed cars to refuel after the battle was done and you could not stop yourself as you ran to reach him.
  • “Del, are you okay? Are you alright? Are you hurt? Stop smiling, you idiot, and answer me!”
  • His chuckle was deep as his amusement with how you worried over him grew and he displayed his gorgeous boy-ish smile for you, which you would normally swoon over, but one that was not helping at all.
  • “Didn’t you see how I took down those DUPs? I’m fine! I’m unstoppable! We own the streets!”
  • Delsin Rowe always has the best ideas for dates. It was hard for you to try to one up the “power sponge” when he always had the best places to take you.
  • “Okay, I got this whole thing figured out. We hit the town, then maybe swing by the Space Needle – it’s much nicer now that it isn’t stuck in that DUP web - and then we get some burgers because I’m hungry aaaaand I want a burger.”
  • He had taken you to the stop of the Space Needle as one of your first dates when your relationship had started and the two of you ate (favorite fast food) while fighting the rough winds and watching the movement of the city down below. Another time some local artists had organized a small concert and Delsin used his abilities to get you both up to the roof of the nearest building, giving the both of you the best advantage point possible and ensuring you both enjoyed the music more than anyone else. Another example would also be the time he covered a section of the brick wall in the park closest to the water in cardboard and didn’t give you any instructions; he just encouraged you to do as you wished with the paint he had gathered. That afternoon had been unforgettable.
  • He would disagree. He always claimed that your videogame dates and your Netflix binge watching dates were his favorite.
  • “You’re like Ghost Rider.”
  • “Because of the hellfire chain?”
  • “Because of the hellfire chain.”
  • There are certain paths that you choose to take to work depending on traffic and weather. If you had woken up early that day and the weather permitted it, you often took the scenic route through the market place and the park while other times you took the fastest absolute route (sometimes meaning the days where Delsin decided he wasn’t tired and that the two of you should watch all nine seasons of The Office again). Your Smoketastic Man knew these travel paths and would sometimes leave little tags of adorable little things that would totally make your day while seeing them. To name a few, Delsin had created a small penguin looking up to a balloon that was flying away, he had done a dancing sunflower, sometimes he would leave behind a little inside joke, while one time he had tagged the silhouette of a couple that looked suspiciously like the both of you.
  • Underneath the sarcastic comments and his layered clothing was a soft heart that truly treasured his relationships; whether it be the one he had with you, his friendship with Fetch and Eugene, the love he had for Betty or the strong bond he shares with his older brother, Reggie. He cares deeply about the people he loves and that has to be one of the traits that you like the most about him.
  • Delsin Rowe is the world’s biggest show off. There was a point in your relationship where you entertained the idea, only briefly, that he was trying to find the core relays just so that he could show off his new powers to you and Reggie.
  • “See, I can do this now.” He would say with excited eyes and a matching smile as he looked towards you after he showcased his new ability. “Cool, isn’t it?”
  • “You’re Mr. Cool now,” you commented which made him clap, startling Reggie who turned to look at his younger brother.
  • See? They do call me Mr. Cool.”
  • One time, while Delsin had gone to get a few groceries that you needed for taco night, curiosity had gotten the better of you. It was a short trip to the bodega below your apartment and Delsin, who had been relaxing in his pajamas like you were doing, decided to just go down in what he was wearing; which meant he left his vest…and his beanie. You just wanted to wear them to see what it was like! That’s all you wanted to do…and so you did…and he walked back inside to find you wearing his clothes. You had been so embarrassed while he found it to be extremely cute. It was one of his favorite memories; your adorable blushing face as you quickly took off his beanie and pretended like nothing had happened. You’re always going to remember his laugh and the “Babe, your fashion sense is amazing.”
  • He made you call the DUP to report the vandalized billboards for him.
  • Operator: Hi, you have reached the D.U.P help line, do you have a bio-terrorist incident to report?
  • You: Oh my God! It’s an extremely handsome bio-terrorist! He’s vandalizing one of your billboards!
  • Operator: Strange, second time a billboard has been vandalized recently, we are sending D.U.P troops immediately.
  • You: *hangs up*
  • Delsin: Extremely handsome, huh?
  • You: Shut it.
  • One thing that Delsin loved was how well you got along with Abigail and Eugene. You loved to play videogames with Eugene (he almost fainted when Delsin introduced you to him because he had never expected someone as beautiful as you to know so much about Heaven’s Hellfire like you did; he didn’t mean to stereotype you but he wasn’t the best with people. The two of you got along extremely well afterwards; you understood how it was like to want to flee from reality and enter a world of fantasy) and you absolutely loved going shopping with Abigail. That girl had a great taste in clothing and you both made it a tradition to go shopping frequently, even if it was only to window shop.
  • Delsin loves your name. He really does think it’s awesome. He had sketched it out for you once in a little piece of paper and gave it to you. He didn’t think anything of it and he didn’t know how much you treasured that little piece of paper.
  • “My boyfriend is a power sponge, one of his friends can control neon while the other one can control video, and I work in an office.” You said once as you looked out the window and noticed some teens walking around with t-shirts inspired by the beloved conduits.
  • Reggie, who had been eating a slice of pizza from the box that you had ordered, nodded in understanding. Both of you admired Delsin and the rest of the conduits in your own little ways though you both understood the responsibility that came with those powers.
  • “You’re in that list too, Reggie. You think I forgot?” You smirked. “I am a bio-terrorist! I eat children! And kittens!
  • “…” Reggie held the pizza in front of his face but didn’t take a bite. He looked at it as if he wanted to forget that whole endeavor and like he hated that you brought it up. “I’m eating all of your pizza.”
  • “You do that and I’m calling the D.U.P.”
  • You also try to distract Eugene while you are both playing to gain the upper hand because you can hold your own against him but Eugene was a legend.
  • “Hey, Eugene, did you know that in 1944 in an experiment conducted in Russia, they found that 90% of the people did not agree with the other 10%.”
  • “You’re not going to distract me.”
  • Delsin is a casual cuddler (he throws an arm over your shoulder as you’re watching TV) when he is awake but he is a super cuddler (he wraps his arm around you and doesn’t let go) when he is asleep. This is the truth.
  • Delsin likes to knock on your window at night and ask you to join him on the fire escape. It’s often times like these, when it’s just the two of you enjoying each other’s presence that he really lets you know how he feels and what he thinks. Whether it be his insecurities, his fears, what he feels for you, or just what he wishes to accomplish, he lets you know during times like these. You do the same as well.
  • “I love you.”
  • “I know.”
  • “Did you just Han Solo, me, Rowe?”
  • “Yes.”
Writing An Academic Essay (Tips & Advice)

1) Have a good great introduction - The most obvious make or break portion of your essay will be your thesis/opening statement. You want to sum up your entire essay in your intro so the reader will understand the basis of your essay beforehand. An introduction can range from one sentence to a whole paragraph- use what works best for your paper!

2) Transitions - You want your reader to smoothly go from one paragraph to another. For example, if you’re writing about food and say, “There are many components of food that make it so appetizing, such as flavor, appearance, and scent,” you want to go on to break down these components. Explain it. Use transition words.

Flavor makes food appealing because…

For example, the colorful aspects of candy draw in people by…

The smell that complements a big, juicy burger captures one’s attention through…

3) Layer your paragraphs - You want to use parallel structure throughout your paper and write evenly. If you have an opening sentence, three details, and a concluding sentence for each paragraph, make sure you keep that pattern for the rest of your essay. It creates a rhythm for the reader to follow and makes your essay more readable.

4) Be concise - Eliminate everything you think your essay doesn’t really need. Avoid being repetitive. The person reading your essay will most likely grow bored if you say “For example…” a lot or if you keep bringing up the same points. A thesaurus is handy in cases like these!

5) Make your conclusion memorable - Your conclusion should be what you expect the reader to get out of the information you supplied. “These aspects are important because…” Sum up everything in a few points. Your conclusion should be a reworded version of your introduction, but with extra details and finality. If you connect things in your essay in the end, it’ll make the reader go “Hmm, I understand,’’ but do not add anything that wasn’t originally in your essay. Remember- be concise!

Happy essay writing, and if you need any help or have a question, feel free to shoot me an ask! This is just a few basics but I’m considering going deeper with this in a few upcoming posts. Stay tuned!

Help needed: I need money for food, and bills (starving and being homeless)

There’s a high chance and risk that me and my family is going to starve to death, and become homeless..Back in Janurary- February of this year we were almost close to being homeless, but we moved and my mom got a new job and it got better for a while…Until now, our gas has been turned off and looks like our electricity will too. The rent  for the new apartment is too much, and we have no where else to go if we get kicked out. As well as my mom has been focusing on paying for the house, all of her money mostly goes to the bills, my 2 little sisters and i have been surviving on potatoes, and just rice…However it’s running out alreday an d fast…A 2-3 days worth of food and then it’s going to run out…My mom is doing her best to feed us, but she has barely any money to spare for food..I don’t want to starve to death and so doesnt my little sisters,..If you can’t donate money, it would be appreciated if you can reblog this so others who can, can help donate some cash for me and my family..None of it will be spent carelessly….Even a dollar will help..

My paypal: lucass6666@yahoo.com 

If you don’t want to send me free money, i draw, also! For examples of my art go to @karawithagun Sketches are $5 dollars, full drawings are $15!!

anonymous asked:

Ok, I considered myself bi since I was like 12. But I've been struggling the last couple years because I've realized I'm attracted to anyone who has what I consider a beautiful soul, men, women, trans, I honestly don't care about gender or sexual orientation. Do you think this means I'm pan? Because I didn't even know that term existed until a few days ago, or... what am I, Hedwig? What am I?

Okay, so disclaimer that I am definitely NOT the expert here, but I will do my best…

I personally identify as pan AND bi as I see pan as being under the umbrella of bi. The definitions vary so you will probably find there is a lot of crossover between the two. 

VERY simplistically (and subjectively):

Attracted to two or more genders = bi (check for me)
Attracted to ALL genders = pan (check for me)

I also just want to clarify for your reference that trans people are not another gender. I think you probably meant to say non-binary people? Some non-binary people do identify as trans, however I just want to state very clearly that trans women are women and trans men are men. 

I think it might also help you if you don’t disregard gender from a person’s character completely. Some people see and use their gender as an expression of themselves so might not like you to disregard it when you think of them romantically, or even platonically. 

Here’s a food example because I’m hungry: you might like both caramel and chocolate. There’s a difference between thinking: I like both because I like anything sweet, and thinking: I like chocolate because of its creamy texture and I like caramel because it has a sharp flavour. (TBH -  and this isn’t a euphemism I swear - I haven’t eaten real caramel in years so I can’t remember what it tastes like so this is the best I can come up with). 

This doesn’t mean you have to think of people as their gender stereotype - you can just appreciate how people choose to express their gender which could be in an infinite number of ways. 

Anyway, sorry to get all serious here - it’s just that I think a lot of pan people (myself included) go through a stage of disregarding gender completely but this can be just as damaging as gender stereotypes so I want to make sure you can skip straight to the good stuff at the end of the tunnel. 😀

So if you do decide you are, in fact, pan too, welcome to the pan clan. That’s not a thing but it should be. Can we make “pan clan” a thing please?

Again, I’m not an expert. This is all my opinion. But I hope it will help you on your bi/pan journey. 🏳️‍🌈

anonymous asked:

Could you please do headcanons for platonic friendships with Starish? :3

Sure thing! Please let me know if it’s alright because I feel I have gotten a little rusty here ;;

Otoya

Originally posted by alittledreamcatcher-v

  • He’s that boy who’d be willing to try ANYTHING as long as its with you! So if you’re planning on hitting that all-you-can-eat ramen contest, you know who to take along!
  • Otoya would stand up for you even if he’s the only one who will support you. He’s fiercely loyal and would not tolerate someone saying shit about his bestie
  • If you love sports, Otoya would happily take you to watch soccer, baseball or even swimming!
  • Otoya would often come to you with his problems (even crush problems ehehe ;3) and would urge you to do the same because of the bestie pact :3
  • He’d take a while opening up but eventually, his best friend would be able to tell when his smile is genuine and when its not
  • This sweet pea even wrote you a song. “This is dedicated to 〇〇〇-chan, the bestest bestest friend in the universe!!!”
  • He’d definitely get you a friendship bracelet, saying he got one for all his besties and dang, you’re pretty special to him if he does gift you one.

Masato

Originally posted by akagi--mako

  • Well he has his normal stoic face but you’re one of the few to catch glimpses of his true and joyous smiles
  • “Careful.”
    “Don’t go there unsupervised.”
    “Take care of yourself.”
    “Did you eat? Do you want me to make you something?”
    “How was your day?”
  • He’s so gentle and caring, you can’t help but be like “Man, what did I do to deserve him?”
  • He KNOWS when something’s wrong for you so the best course of action is to spit it out because Masato is worried af and wants to listen and help
  • His advice to you is usually in the form of proverbs. If you tell him to not put it that way, he’d tell you in plain words
  • Ahh those handmade bentos that only his friends and lover get to taste~ oh and those judges at a cooking show
  • Masato wouldn’t exactly come to you first when he has a problem but hey, the psychic bond where you just KNOW something’s wrong applies here. Eventually, when confronted, he pours out his heart
  • You’re on his list of favourite people when you become his friend. He is extremely loyal to you and although he never says it, he expects the same from you. He takes your bond with him as a friend very seriously because he treasures you and it’s special to him

Natsuki

Originally posted by yahoohanjizoe

  • You know that you’re friends with Natsuki when he offers to cook for you. ALERT: DO NOT ACCEPT THE FOOD!
  • The sweetheart here would do anything to see his best friend smile, even if that means dressing Syo in a pink tutu
  • When he doesn’t hang out with his lover, he’s usually pleading (read, dragging) you to visit any sort of zoo, animal shelter or café so you have some fun XD)
  • Hugs! Hugs! Hugs! More hugs!
  • Natsuki would tell you little stories. Like for example, how he used to be with Syo as kids, his lover, his childhood, thoughts and dreams. In return, he expects the same from you too!
  • He would insist that you get matching piyo chan accessories just for the heck of it XD
  • He likes carrying you around for some reason. You, Syo, his lover and Nagi are his main carry victims

Tokiya

Originally posted by shizukku

  • He’s that guy who would roll his eyes at you and warn you when you threaten to chug a bottle of tequila but he would hold back your hair when you throw up because “What will you do without me, huh? sighs
  • He can be a little playful and teasing when he wants to be.
  • He never lies to you. So if you’re thinking that flamboyant neon pink dress looks stunning on you, he’d be the one who’d say it looks stunningly awful.
  • He would happily take you to the library and book store if you adore books like him. Psst, that restricted section is where you have your deep friendship talks.
  • He always cares for you, although it may sound rude at times. He just wants the best for you
  • Tokiya’s shoulder is always available when you need to cry and vent. He will listen and comfort, being so gentle despite how icy he looks outside
  • He’d often chastise you if your eating habits aren’t too healthy. He even offers to cook for you because he’s kinda your momfriend XD

Ren

Originally posted by fairylaw92

  • If your this guy’s best friend, you’re pretty important to him alright? You happen to be able to handle his quicksilver mood and see his feels beyond that confident smirk
  • Somehow everyone thinks you and Ren are going out but you’re just best friends XD
  • He speaks his mind to you, although he’s hesitant at first. Besides you, it’s usually his lover or Masato who hear his thoughts
  • You’d often meet for lunch and drinks. Ren’s a good conversationalist so it’s never boring when you two talk
  • You and Ren have insider jokes and nicknames for people you two are acquainted with. Example- “Sourpuss (aka boss) says I have to work overtime rennnn”
    “Run from work then~”
  • You have found yourself a bestie who’s a therapist, beautician, fashion expert and adventurer all in one
  • He’d jokingly flirt with you but he would never cross that line unless the two of you start feeling the hots for each other haha

Syo

Originally posted by poisonedfortunecookie

  • Gym buddies yo.
  • He prefers to talk about issues when you two are working out together. Syocchi may not look like it but he gives great A++ advice when you need it
  • He’s that boy who will beat up your bullies for you because his best friend is special and important to him
  • He’s gonna drag you into Prince of Fighting hell with him. He needs someone to gush over the series with haha
  • Syo would ask you how he looks when he has this appointment coming up. In a way, you two are each other’s fashion police. He even visits the boutique often with you
  • If he doesn’t have a lover, he always saves you a ticket when he goes for any sort of special event because hey, friends are almost family.
  • Damn all those emoji filled conversations which only you and Syo seem to understand and laugh over

Cecil

Originally posted by r0ymustang

  • He’s kinda a bit possessive over his best friend too. “Hsssttt…my bestie..shoo shoo.” He only means good though! XD
  • He has really deep emo talks with you from time to time. God knows why but he usually ends up sobbing by the end of it and you need to comfort him
  • Cecil appreciates someone who listens and tries his best to listen when they approach him with their problems
  • He’s rather easygoing and would like it if his bestie tagged along when he wanted to explore places and try out food. Example- waffles
  • Calls with him usually range from 4 seconds because he accidentally hung up to 2 hours because he has a lot to say
  • He once took you to Agnapalace and thou were bestowed the honour of “Prince Cecil’s treasured friend”
  • You’re one of the few people whose words he takes seriously. Also you happen to be one of those people who kick him into the bath along with Camus

Things I wish I had known before moving into my own apartment

  • Walk around the neighborhood when you’re going to see the apartment. What’s in walking distance? Having to drive 20 minutes to get milk is a hassle.
  • Landlords can be a pain. Look over your lease with a lawyer (most schools offer this service) and know your state laws regarding housing. Any arrangement with your landlord must be in writing, otherwise it is invalid.
  • Renters insurance. Usually costs about $15-$30 a month and insures all of your stuff in case of flood, fire, theft, etc.
  • Make a budget and keep track of bills on a word document or similar. Its a easy way to keep track of what bills you need to pay when, and its simple enough for anyone.
  • Toilet paper should be the first thing you bring.
  • You can find amazing deals on furniture and decor at thrift shops. My TV stand, coffee table, dresser and living room decor is all from thrifting.
  • You will be amazed at what you can find for $1 at Dollar Tree that would more expensive anywhere else you go. Seriously. Anything you need that you can find at a Dollar Tree, get. (Tupperware, kitchen utinsels, bathroom accessories, etc)
  • Clean up for 10 or 15 minutes every day. It really makes a difference and prevents it from becoming a disaster.
  • Clorox wipes will be your best friend when it comes to cleaning. (Also found at Dollar Tree)
  • Buy a plunger, set of tools, duct tape, super glue and first aid kit.
  • Groceries are expensive. Try to shop at discount grocery stores, for example in my state it would be Aldis. Same food, off brand and so much cheaper.
  • This goes along with the last, but dont buy anything you wont eat/make in the next two weeks. Food expires fast, especially fresh food. Try to refridgerate/freeze as much as possible.
  • Before moving, get rid of anything you dont use/need. I cannot stress this enough. It helps with keeping organized and clean.
  • Place a wall air freshener by the doorway.

banesidhe  asked:

Sam, since we are both getting ready to move to new places, do you, or your followers have recommendations for good kitchen appliances for Single People? Specifically pressure cookers and bread machines. I am not a fancy cooking person but I do occasionally like to try new things. So I'm taking this new house thing as a universal sign to Try New Things, and your recipes will probably be part of that!

Nice! I haven’t owned a bread machine in years, because I have a couple of go-to recipes and found I no longer needed one, but I’m sure bread machine technology has come a ways in the last few years, so my readership can comment on that. 

More than a bread machine I do definitely recommend getting a pressure cooker, especially since most of them do double duty as slow cookers and also can cook a bunch of other stuff – when I got my pressure cooker I was able to get rid of my rice cooker, slow cooker, and yogurt maker. (I still have a small rice cooker for making me-sized amounts). 

I have the Instant Pot, and the Instant Pot and Fagor are the two most popular brands, deservedly so (mum has a Fagor). My model is the 7-in-1, meaning it has “seven functions”, but really no instant pot has more than three basic functions: pressure cook, slow cook, sautee (hot plate, essentially). The 7/1 and 9/1 models just have more complicated program buttons. The reason I got the seven-in-one is that it has a yogurt button, but I soon discovered the yogurt button just tells the cooker to “slow cook on medium”. 

There are recipes for everything under the sun when it comes to cooking with an Instant Pot, so you don’t really need the buttons; most recipes you find online won’t use the special settings anyway. For example, the Rice button is just “pressure cook medium, 25 minutes”. Instant Pot even has a whole article about how to cook rice without using the rice button. Hip Pressure Cooking also does a ton of research into what works best for which foods, and is a great resource. 

I just checked and apparently they don’t sell the 3-in-1 anymore, the 6-in-1 is your best bet, which really is just as well since it lets you ease into things. After a few months you probably won’t ever use most buttons except for the Pressure, Slow, and Sautee buttons anyway, so if you want to save a bit of cash and don’t mind googling for info, go for the more basic model. Just make sure any pressure cooker you buy has a Pressure, Slow Cook, and Sautee (sometimes called Brown) function, has a temperature adjust (low/med/high or at least low/high), and a timer.

If you don’t go with Instant Pot, which by default comes with a stainless-steel inner pot, I recommend getting one with an inner pot that is either stainless steel or nonstick ceramic coated – don’t get an inner pot that has any kind of teflon coating. If you get stainless steel you’ll need to grease it before you do most cooking, and even the ceramic can benefit from a quick oiling before some things, but it’s a better way to cook, trust me. (I ditched teflon except for one flat griddle pan years ago; stainless steel for pressure cooking and aluminum-clad copper or cast iron for everything else is the way to go, yo.)  

Also a tip – pressure cookers are high-end small appliances – exactly the kinds of things that are actually worth buying at Black Friday or After Christmas sales. I got mine for half its normal price the day after Christmas, so it ought to be worth waiting until after Thanksgiving (if you’re in the US, at least) and buying at a discount on Black Friday. 

Good luck and happy cooking! Remember I have a recipe book here with some pressure-cooker recipes (recently updated). Enjoy! 

Diets Debunked

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, just really good at molecular biology. I’ve also dealt with an eating disorder so I know what’s up.


Not Eating=/= Weight Loss. Ever. Under Any circumstances.
You need to eat to lose weight, and exercise, but straight up starving yourself will not work because this is what happens. Starving yourself will cause you to binge when you eat next, and then you’ll purge it later.
DO NOT STARVE YOURSELF OR FAST SEVERELY IN THE NAME OF WEIGHT LOSS IT DOESNT WORK. (If you are struggling with an ED, don’t worry about the part above, it’s not aimed at you, live your life, listen to your doctor, overcome your struggle, and good luck.)

Ok so now we’ve established that you have to eat. Next up, portion sizes. Lots of people try to lose weight by just cutting down on what they eat. Portion control is important, like maybe not eating an entire can of cinnamon rolls, for example. But that’s really all it means. Eat a rational portion of food, and if you’re still hungry? Go eat a rational portion of something else. Do not limit yourself to tiny meals.

The next step: how much to eat.
Don’t do fad diets that promise quick results. The 3-day military diet? You’ll probably gain the lost weight back when you start eating regularly again on the 4th day. The coffee diet? Fuck no. Beer and peanuts? First off all, what the hell? Second of all, no.
Secondly, don’t touch any no-carb, not fat-diet. Your body needs those to survive, and almost every food contains those macros. Do a low carb, or low fat diet instead.
Also fuck counting calories in ANY diet. Counting calories is one of the worst thing you can do for diet because all of those kind of diets I’ve tried only count calories you expend through exercise. You expend calories doing EVERYTHING. All human functions need energy, so just about everything burns calories. I’m burning calories from my bed writing this post. Listen, the best type of diet is one that is conceivably long term, and does not ask you to count calories. The Paleo diet works because it can be used in the long term, and you can support your body on the nutrients found in it, you see long term results. Vegan, vegetarian, clean, raw diets are all examples of long term diets that can make you more healthy. However, you can always just cut back (not completely out) certain foods you know aren’t great for you.

Food alone isn’t all it takes to lose weight, even though it’s a big portion of it, exercise is the other. Here are my exercise tips, in bullet form
•WARM UP FIRST
•drink water
•eat a post workout snack
•find a workout that’s fun, reps, weight lifting, Pilates, Zumba, spin class it doesn’t matter, it needs to be fun if you want to keep doing it
•do not push yourself past your hard limits, you’ll hurt yourself
•start small (especially on weights) if anyone judges you for doing easier workouts in the beginning direct them to me I’ll whoop their ass
•stretch EVERYTHING before you work out. Your muscles will thank you
•no pain no gain. Sore muscles and lactic acid hurt, but the real only way to get through it: exercise more (by which I mean drop down your weights and reps and go a little less balls to the wall. If the pain is really bad, take a rest day.)
•always have rest days
•have fun

Final point, because a lot of people see them as the pinnacle of fitness. Victoria’s Secret Angels. Here’s a run-down of their diet and exercise.
Angels workout three time a day. They weight lift, do reps, cardio, and aerobics. They burn up a lot of energy, so they take a lot in. They eat three large meals, the last being at 6PM. Angels cook with butter not oil. Angels diets are high protein, high fat, low carb. Their BMI must stay at 18%, nine times what I hear a lot of ‘health nut’ people boasting they have. Angels eat.

Real weight loss takes serious time and dedication. It takes eating right AND exercise. Results come in the long term, not the short term. And some people aren’t ready for all the planning that goes into weight loss, and that is okay. Live your life, love yourself, be happy, and be healthy.

Dino-killing asteroid could have thrust Earth into 2 years of darkness

Light-absorbing soot in the atmosphere had the potential to block photosynthesis


Tremendous amounts of soot, lofted into the air from global wildfires following a massive asteroid strike 66 million years ago, would have plunged Earth into darkness for nearly two years, new research finds.

This would have shut down photosynthesis, drastically cooled the planet, and contributed to the mass extinction that marked the end of the age of dinosaurs.

These new details about how the climate could have dramatically changed following the impact of a 10-kilometer-wide asteroid will be published Aug. 21 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study, led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) with support from NASA and the University of Colorado Boulder, used a world-class computer model to paint a rich picture of how Earth’s conditions might have looked at the end of the Cretaceous Period, information that paleobiologists may be able to use to better understand why some species died, especially in the oceans, while others survived.

Scientists estimate that more than three-quarters of all species on Earth, including all non-avian dinosaurs, disappeared at the boundary of the Cretaceous-Paleogene periods, an event known as the K-Pg extinction. Evidence shows that the extinction occurred at the same time that a large asteroid hit Earth in what is now the Yucatán Peninsula. The collision would have triggered earthquakes, tsunamis, and even volcanic eruptions.

Scientists also calculate that the force of the impact would have launched vaporized rock high above Earth’s surface, where it would have condensed into small particles known as spherules. As the spherules fell back to Earth, they would have been heated by friction to temperatures high enough to spark global fires and broil Earth’s surface. A thin layer of spherules can be found worldwide in the geologic record.

“The extinction of many of the large animals on land could have been caused by the immediate aftermath of the impact, but animals that lived in the oceans or those that could burrow underground or slip underwater temporarily could have survived,” said NCAR scientist Charles Bardeen, who led the study. “Our study picks up the story after the initial effects – after the earthquakes and the tsunamis and the broiling.

We wanted to look at the long-term consequences of the amount of soot we think was created and what those consequences might have meant for the animals that were left.”

Other study co-authors are Rolando Garcia and Andrew Conley, both NCAR scientists, and Owen “Brian” Toon, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder.

A world without photosynthesis

In past studies, researchers have estimated the amount of soot that might have been produced by global wildfires by measuring soot deposits still preserved in the geologic record. For the new study, Bardeen and his colleagues used the NCAR-based Community Earth System Model (CESM) to simulate the effect of the soot on global climate going forward.

They used the most recent estimates of the amount of fine soot found in the layer of rock left after the impact (15,000 million tons), as well as larger and smaller amounts, to quantify the climate’s sensitivity to more or less extensive fires.

In the simulations, soot heated by the Sun was lofted higher and higher into the atmosphere, eventually forming a global barrier that blocked the vast majority of sunlight from reaching Earth’s surface. “At first it would have been about as dark as a moonlit night,” Toon said.

While the skies would have gradually brightened, photosynthesis would have been impossible for more than a year and a half, according to the simulations. Because many of the plants on land would have already been incinerated in the fires, the darkness would likely have had its greatest impact on phytoplankton, which underpin the ocean food chain.

The loss of these tiny organisms would have had a ripple effect through the ocean, eventually devastating many species of marine life.
The research team also found that photosynthesis would have been temporarily blocked even at much lower levels of soot. For example, in a simulation using only 5,000 million tons of soot – about a third of the best estimate from measurements – photosynthesis would still have been impossible for an entire year.

In the simulations, the loss of sunlight caused a steep decline in average temperatures at Earth’s surface, with a drop of 50 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) over land and 20 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius) over the oceans.

While Earth’s surface cooled in the study scenarios, the atmosphere higher up in the stratosphere actually became much warmer as the soot absorbed light from the Sun. The warmer temperatures caused ozone destruction and allowed for large quantities of water vapor to be stored in the upper atmosphere. The water vapor then chemically reacted in the stratosphere to produce hydrogen compounds that led to further ozone destruction. The resulting ozone loss would have allowed damaging doses of ultraviolet light to reach Earth’s surface after the soot cleared.

The large reservoir of water in the upper atmosphere formed in the simulations also caused the layer of sunlight-blocking soot to be removed abruptly after lingering for years, a finding that surprised the research team. As the soot began to settle out of the stratosphere, the air began to cool. This cooling, in turn, caused water vapor to condense into ice particles, which washed even more soot out of the atmosphere. As a result of this feedback loop – cooling causing precipitation that caused more cooling – the thinning soot layer disappeared in just a few months.

Challenging the model

While the scientists think the new study gives a robust picture of how large injections of soot into the atmosphere can affect the climate, they also caution that the study has limitations.

For example, the simulations were run in a model of modern-day Earth, not a model representing what Earth looked like during the Cretaceous Period, when the continents were in slightly different locations. The atmosphere 66 million years ago also contained somewhat different concentrations of gases, including higher levels of carbon dioxide.

Additionally, the simulations did not try to account for volcanic eruptions or sulfur released from the Earth’s crust at the site of the asteroid impact, which would have resulted in an increase in light-reflecting sulfate aerosols in the atmosphere.

The study also challenged the limits of the computer model’s atmospheric component, known as the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM).

“An asteroid collision is a very large perturbation – not something you would normally see when modeling future climate scenarios,” Bardeen said. “So the model was not designed to handle this and, as we went along, we had to adjust the model so it could handle some of the event’s impacts, such as warming of the stratosphere by over 200 degrees Celsius.”

These improvements to WACCM could be useful for other types of studies, including modeling a “nuclear winter” scenario. Like global wildfires millions of years ago, the explosion of nuclear weapons could also inject large amounts of soot into the atmosphere, which could lead to a temporary global cooling.

“The amount of soot created by nuclear warfare would be much less than we saw during the K-Pg extinction,” Bardeen said. “But the soot would still alter the climate in similar ways, cooling the surface and heating the upper atmosphere, with potentially devastating effects.”

Random Diet Ideas...

For those trying to lose weight, here’s some random ideas/challenges I know of. It could at least be more entertaining than the typical methods lol … (No need to do all at once of course)🐰🍉🐹🌽🐶

- All soup, all day. Make a big pot of veggie /potato or squash soup and eat that for all your meals. You’ll get used to the taste and know you’re not just eating out of boredom. (Probably best during winter time!)

- More Greens. Eat an entire heart of romaine with each meal…or a few cups of whatever greens you like. A chopped cucumber would be the same principal. 

- No salt. Try eating no salt added to your food. (I would never try this, but I could always try cutting down lol…)

- Eat only plain foods. No fancy sauces or anything. For example, baked potato, steamed broccoli + cucumber slices… lightly salted maybe?

- Eat all your food cold. So it’s less of a comfort eating thing and more because you’re actually hungry for that much. I wouldn’t do it all the time, maybe a few meals here and there… but I love food any temperature  

- Eating windows. Begin eating after a certain time of day. For example, only eating lunch, small snack and dinner. (What I’ve been doing lately)

… or a similar principal..

Cooked veggies for lunch (as much as you want) and then eat a larger than usual portion of starch at dinner. Personally, it feels more indulgent to eat all my starch at that time of day because that’s when I’m the hungriest and least distracted by work.

- Mono diet. For example, all potatoes for a few days or a week. You will get used to the taste and only eat when you’re truly hungry. It’s also very easy on your digestion. I’ve done this in the past with rice and lost 10 pounds in a month (but my weight was higher up at that time)

- Simply whole foods. Try going a full month without eating processed carbs (bread, pasta, flours, tofu, vegan products). Mark on your calendar each time you eat something processed. You might be surprised how often you have it without noticing. 

I’m not recommending any of these to anyone. You’re in control of your own body and have to know what you’re comfortable with mentally and physically. These aren’t for everyone, but it’s not evil for someone to eat deliberately for weight loss or with the intention of a calorie deficit. It’s ok to do for a little while. 

Different people have different opinions. I think these challenges are kinda fun to think about … and I’m planning to try a few more of them. 😛

the boys with an S/O who worries about e v e r y t h i n g

This has probably been one of my favourite asks to write. I hope you like it!

Korekiyo Shinguuji

  • The sight of you stressing over every minor occurrence concerns him greatly
  • He always is wary about the things happening around the two of you, trying to figure out exactly what you’re worrying about
  • He attempts to find any patterns or similarities between the things he constantly finds  you worrying about
  • This is so he’ll have a greater understanding of what is going on with you
  • And so he can help you or find you somebody who can
  • More than anything, he wants to know that you’re happy
  • You are his top priority whenever you both go out together
  • Making sure you aren’t stressing about the 2 seconds you spent fumbling over your purse at the shop counter, things like that
  • His presence is reassuring and gives you a good boost of confidence
  • Although he still finds you worrying over little things every now and then, he still thinks you’re the extremely beautiful s/o he first fell in love with.

Rantarou Amami

  • He’s pretty surprised, to be honest
  • “I’m so sorry I didn’t realise sooner, s/o…”
  • He can’t help but blame himself a little bit
  • Maybe if he had connected the dots earlier he would have been able to help you before it had gotten this bad, he says-
  • You tell him you’ve been like this since you were a lot younger and that it wasn’t because of him, at all
  • He’s really protective of you
  • If he notices you getting stressed out he’s always your voice of reason, telling you not to worry and reassuring you that you’re fine, that everything is fine
  • Whenever you need him, he gives you warm, reassuring hugs
  • He holds your hand a lot
  • Amami takes every opportunity he gets to show you that he loves you!
  • He doesn’t want you worrying that he’ll leave you!! That’ll never happen!
  • You’re his s/o and he’ll do anything to make sure you’re alright.

Ouma Kokichi

  • He feels so guilty
  • “I-Is it because I tease you so much?!”
  • The teasing hadn’t been a part of it - you knew Ouma was just the sort of person who liked to tease others, you were used to it
  • He doesn’t want to make you feel weird or alienated from the others, so he still teases you - he just steers clear of any insecurities or things that are a little too real for you
  • Ouma is a lot more protective when the two of you go out in public, and while it warms your heart that he’s doing this for you, it does give you a good laugh watching him do his best at protecting you from so called “dangers”
  • But there are times when he really comes through for you
  • For example, when you’re worried about screwing up your order at a restaurant
  • “I’ll order the food for us - sit tight, s/o!”
  • He doesn’t mind doing any of this for you - as long as you’re happy, he’s happy
  • When you’re both at home and you find yourself stressing over work, he’ll drag you away from your computer to play video games or watch a movie with him to distract you
  • It’s effective - after an hour or so of time with Ouma, you always feel energised and much better about yourself

Saihara Shuuichi

  • Saihara understands what you’re going through
  • You both know how much he worries over things
  • And how low his self-confidence can get
  • You both are each other’s support system
  • The two of you are always saying how much you love each other
  • You both hold hands a lot
  • After a long day you both just sit on the couch and cuddle and talk about little things that have been on your mind or causing each of you any stress
  • You both agree that vocalising your problems and what worries you helps, so you both do that whenever something comes up
  • It does work really well - Saihara and you worry less and less every day!
  • You’re both incredibly grateful for each other in your lives
  • Without Saihara, you wouldn’t be the person you are now!

Kaito Momota

  • Never fear, Momota is here!!
  • The boy is always there for you, stressing out or not
  • It’s as if he has special s/o senses that activate whenever you’re stressed
  • Seriously, he can always tell when you’re in need of some awesome hugs or reassuring pecks on the cheek
  • And if those don’t work, which is rare, he tries a more serious approach
  • In his serious approach he takes you aside from the group if you’re out, and if you’re at home he’ll just hold you in his warm embrace
  • He somehow always has a mini motivational speech prepared for you if it gets serious
  • The speeches themselves are overall nice when you get them, but what motivates you most from them is the fact that Kaito is sweet enough to even do something like that
  • For you
  • It sometimes saddens Kaito that someone as cool and funny as you worries about so many things so often
  • He feels really bad
  • So along with all those other things he does to stop you from worrying, he showers you with compliments every day!
  • It’s clear that this boy loves you, and you love him too!

Kiibo

  • Kiibo is like your own personal cheer squad!
  • “There is nothing to worry about as long as I am here with you, s/o!”
  • He encourages you to do anything you want, and that there is no use in worrying!
  • It saddens him whenever he finds you stressing over every small thing that happens…
  • He reminds everyone to be mindful of what they say when they’re speaking to you
  • The boy doesn’t want you to get hurt!
  • Whenever he notices you worrying when the two of you are out with friends, he always rubs your shoulder and tells you he loves you!
  • He doesn’t leave your side
  • If you’re in private he’ll give you lots of kisses!
  • He hopes that you will one day overcome this and that you won’t worry so much anymore!
  • But he’s still extremely happy to help you!
  • And to be your boyfriend!

Gonta Gokuhara

  • Huh??
  • Someone as beautiful and caring as Gonta’s s/o worries??
  • About everything???
  • At first, Gonta doesn’t understand!
  • But that doesn’t stop him from trying his absolute best to make sure you’re 100% happy and calm whenever you’re both out together, group setting or not
  • His first attempt at making you feel better after finding out was when you were both at an outdoor mall 
  • His strategy was to show you different bugs or creatures
  • “Looking at bugs is the best way to calm Gonta down, s/o! Maybe it will work for you, too!!”
  • When you heard that, you slap a palm to your face - that’s not how it works…
  • But you let him try, and to your surprise, it worked extremely well!
  • He brought you over to some of the plants and in the most gentle and soft voice, told you a few facts about all of the bugs you could see until you felt better
  • You worry a lot less frequently than you used to with Gonta as your boyfriend
  • Even when he isn’t physically with you at the time, his gentle voice still encourages you in your mind!  

Ryouma Hoshi

  • He’s shocked
  • Someone as incredible as you has nothing to worry about…
  • It pains him whenever he catches you in your room with your head in your hands
  • He knows all too well what’s happening
  • He’s been there before
  • You don’t deserve to be there, too
  • He gives you lots of kisses
  • Anything to show you he loves you with all his heart
  • He never hesitates to help you with anything you are struggling with or stressing over
  • He always asks you if you’re alright
  • You’re a priority for him, everything else can wait
  • He’s really good to talk and rant to when there’s something you just have to get off your chest
  • Hoshi is a great listener and boyfriend and you appreciate him so much
  • He appreciates you even more.

If anyone’s wondering how to lower your body weight/body fat easily without exercise, here’s how I did it (am doing it):

Green tea. Green tea. Green tea.  It is literally my saving grace.  Some days I’ll drink a mug of it 3 times a day, others at least once a day but always at night.  I like to have maybe a piece of chocolate with the tea at night and I find that I wake up having lost a bit of weight.  It’s like magic.  It works by speeding up your metabolism which helps your body to burn calories quickly.  And it’s SO easy.  The tea bags at whatever store you shop at are probably pretty cheap.  Just microwave a mug of water for a minute and steep the tea and yeah.  I don’t drink it with any honey or sugar, I think the honey doesn’t go too well with the natural flavor of the tea.  But, if you aren’t a big tea person, lemon would probably go best with the tea’s flavor.

For goodness sake, eat! Just eat smaller portions of food and look for lower calorie options at all times.  After you start doing this, you’ll get used to it and you won’t even think about it.  For example, last night I ate at Lucky Dill and ordered a pressed sandwich.  I ate half of it and the pasta salad, and decided to take the other half home.  I treated myself to a piece of cake there because I haven’t really eaten dessert in a while, but that’s besides the point.  Also, when you’re at Starbucks, ask for the skinny version of the drink you order. I’ve been ordering the skinny Peppermint Mocha lately; it tastes the same to me and it’s only 100 calories! Smaller portions, less calories.

Water is your best friend.  Try to replace all of your liquid intake (unless it’s green tea) with water.  I mean, sure, a soda every once in a while is cool or if you want your Starbucks coffee, but as long as your water intake is greater than your intake of those sugary substances, you will notice a difference.  You’ll probably also feel better and see improvement in the look of your skin. 

Protein > carbs.  I use protein supplement in the shakes I drink every few mornings (I can’t handle too much; it messes with your digestive system. For this reason it is important to make sure you also ingest enough fiber. Flax seed is a great way to do this, but if not having a salad or something green helps).  Don’t completely cut out carbs, you’ll go crazy! I mean, we all love bread.  Just cut down a bit.  

Don’t deprive yourself.  If it’s your birthday, eat whatever the hell you want that day.  But the next day be sure to make good choices regarding what you eat.  Every once in a while give in to your cravings.  It keeps you sane and makes losing the weight much easier.

Take a daily vitamin.

I have lost about 8 pounds so far doing this.  I want to lose a few more and then I’ll probably start doing some strength training to build muscle.  But this is a great, HEALTHY way to see weight loss decently quickly.  I can only speak for myself and the way my body reacted to it, but there’s no harm in giving it a try.  


Nalu Week 2017: Final Prompt The Lady & the Dragon

Prompt:  Intertwined
by Impracticaldemon [also on FFN & coming to AO3]

Author’s Note: My final submission for Nalu Week 2017! I hope you enjoyed these chapters. As always, all reviews and comments are greatly appreciated.

This story is a sequel to the previous chapter.



The Lady and the Dragon
Prompt: Intertwined


Lucy became more and more impressed with Fairy Tail University as the school year progressed.  It wasn’t just that the profs were interesting—they were, but they were also a little strange—it was the way that the practical things were handled so as to leave time and energy for clubs and hobbies. For example, the student medical clinic was well-staffed and made full use of experienced nurse practitioners as well as doctors in order to reduce wait times.  The cafeteria served decent food, and while it wasn’t the gourmet meals that Lucy had grown up with, somebody obviously cared enough to make sure that it tasted good and that students with the more common special dietary needs weren’t forced to either eat the same thing each day or buy expensive food off-campus.

The best thing about FTU was that nobody was forced to participate in intramural or varsity activities, but somehow nobody got left out either.  Even the shyest students got taken in by a senior student, or by another student in their year who was either more outgoing or had some reason to already know the place well—for example, there were several students whose parents or older siblings had been at FTU in the past.

By the end of the first six weeks, as Lucy started to gear up toward midterms and pay more attention to when various papers were due, she was beginning to wonder how the place functioned—how could they afford it all without charging much higher fees? She’d heard that they had special funding from the government, but in her more creative moments Lucy imagined all sorts of things, from acting as a front for money-laundering—criminal outfits did sometimes run proceeds of crime through charities like universities and hospitals—to bizarre experiments that required an unsuspecting, yet intelligent group of test subjects. 

The truth turned out to be a little different:  FTU took in students with the potential for “magic”, like some sort of not-very-exciting Hogwarts.  Nobody actually studied magic—at least, not until much later.  So Lucy was left to wonder and speculate and come up with creative stories with working titles such as “The Mob is Running my School but I Don’t Care Because They Have Great Health Care”.  Her friends Levy (English and Library Sciences) and Ev (English and Creative Writing) were still giggling over “My Life as a Lab Rat: Year One”.

She got her first inkling of the truth shortly before her last midterm.  Naturally, it involved running into Natsu.  In fact, she had seen quite a lot of the guy after school had started, despite the fact that they were in different years and faculties. Lucy sometimes wondered if he ever attended his own classes, because he had developed a tendency to walk her to class and then stay for the lecture.  Occasionally he’d even stayed awake.

It was shortly before ten at night, and Lucy was racing toward the grocery store, hoping to pick up one of the key ingredients to successful studying:  chocolate.  Unfortunately, Natsu was moving too fast for Lucy to avoid him.  There was a muffled “thud” as the two crashed into each other, late fall outerwear reducing much of the impact.  As usual, Natsu was completely impervious to damage, and his muscular, solid build was barely rocked by the collision, but Lucy got tossed about three or four meters sideways.

“You okay?!” Natsu called to Lucy, as she struggled to get up.

Of course I’m not okay, she thought angrily, you just hit me like a ton of bricks.  Or a brick wall.  Or whatever the hell the right metaphor is.  And yet… Lucy wasn’t really hurt.  It was probably all the strength training she’d been doing with Erza.

“You should look where you’re going!” Lucy shouted back at Natsu.  

Natsu took this as a good sign—she was conscious, anyway—and he immediately went to the heart of the matter: “Look, I’d better get inside—that way at least one of us can pick up food for studying!”

Lucy watched in slight disbelief as he left her sitting where she was, scrapes and bruises and all, and rushed into the store.  He was probably right that getting to the store was the priority.  At the same time, she would have appreciated a bit of sympathy.  Natsu was like that though—as long as you weren’t dead or unconscious, you were pretty much good to go.  In some ways it was a vote of confidence.

The storekeeper was standing at the door when Lucy hobbled up.  He gave Lucy a slight smile and let her in.

“Your young man said that you probably had a chocolate emergency and could I please just wait a moment or two.”

Lucy returned the smile sheepishly and ignored the implication.  “I do actually.  When things get really tough, I like to have a nice thick bar of semi-sweet baking chocolate on hand.  It, uh, doesn’t disappear as fast and—well, there are reasons.”

“Aisle five, I’ll wait for you at the cash.”

“Thanks!”

When Lucy reached aisle five, she found Natsu staring pensively at the baking supplies.  He sniffed when she approached—something that she was getting used to—grinned toothily, and then handed her two bars of semi-sweet baking chocolate.

“I know it’s dumb, but I couldn’t remember whether you wanted semi-sweet, extra dark or unsweetened.”

“Nobody eats unsweetened, Natsu.”

“Yeah?  Huh.”

“What about you, what were you here for?”

“Oh…”  Natsu looked oddly embarrassed.  “I just thought, you know, that you might have run low on chocolate. I smacked into you outside because I was focussed on what exact type you needed.”

Lucy felt her heart-rate accelerate a little.  He’d had that effect on her ever since the first time they’d met.  If “met” was the right word.  It was surprising how often Natsu seemed to literally bump into her. A couple of times it had even been beneficial:  for example, a few days ago he’d knocked her flying just before a large piece of metal roofing had slid down on top of the spot where she’d been standing.  While Natsu’s tackles were the opposite of gentle, the sheet metal would have hurt her badly if he hadn’t forced her out of the way.

“Oh…” Way to go, Lucy.  Very articulate. “I mean—thanks, Natsu!”  Then her brain caught up with the situation and she added:  “I suppose you were going to bring it over and then pass out in my room while I studied?”

“Your bed is way comfier than mine, and I don’t have to wake up to find Gray hogging the shower.”

“So you’ve told me.” They’d been having this conversation for three weeks now.  Natsu was proving as impervious to hints, orders and outright threats as he was to bodily harm. You know, I meant to ask… “Natsu, how come nothing ever hurts you?  It’s kind of weird, in a good way.”

“Oh, most people who can channel magic are damage resistant.  I thought you knew.”

Lucy stared at him. She considered laughing, but he was obviously serious, and as unconcerned as if they were talking about the weather.  Magic?  “Magic, Natsu?”

“Come on, Luce, we’d better pay and get out of here.”

“Huh?  Natsu!”  She hurried after him, clutching the chocolate.

Not long afterward they found themselves back outside under the cold, eerie light of the late November moon.  It was as good a night as any to believe in magic.  Lucy shivered.  Natsu wrapped an arm around her without hesitation, and she relaxed as his heat began to seep into her.  He was always extra-warm, which was a good thing now that the weather was so cool.

When they got to Lucy’s dorm, Natsu stopped a few feet from the door and turned Lucy around to face him. She’d never seen him so serious.

“I tend to live my life from day-to-day, Luce,” he began.  “I don’t ask why and what a whole lot—I figure I can leave that to people like you and Levy.  But whatever happens, I’ll be there for you.  You’re the one I’m meant to look out for—and maybe vice versa.”

Lucy was startled, but didn’t protest, when Natsu pulled her into a tight hug.

“… Natsu…”

“Sometime, in the past, though I don’t really understand it, I waited for too long to do this.”  Natsu continued to hold her close against his body, so that she could feel his muscles move, even through his jacket. He nuzzled her ear, and she jerked her head back—out of surprise, not dislike.  In fact, the sensation of his warm breath on her neck was provoking sensations very different from dislike.

“Lucy?  What”—his question, whatever it was, went unfinished. Their eyes met, and then their lips.

Somewhere in the far recesses of her mind Lucy noted that there was something about a kiss that couldn’t be properly expressed on paper—although in the future she’d no doubt try again. Warm lips, warm bodies, their arms now wrapped around each other in an effort to be as close as possible.  Lucy felt something like fire run along her nerves as Natsu’s fingers brushed across the soft skin of her neck before twining in her hair.  Her eyes were closed, but for a moment that didn’t seem to matter; somehow, she saw a dragon, as huge and red as anything out of myth, outlined in the darkness behind Natsu.  Even as the vision faded, she wondered—just for a fleeting instant—what she would see if she could see herself.  One day perhaps she’d find out.

[END]


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Disturbing Implications in the song “Pizza Angel”

So I was listening “Pizza Angel” (AKA the best Silly Song) and as I was listening one lyric caught me off guard.

“Tomato sauce and cheese so gooey”

Tomatoes, the key ingredient in tomato sauce, are known to be sentient within the VeggieTales universe, with the best example being Bob the Tomato, who is the best friend of Larry the Cucumber, the protagonist and singer of the song.

So, within this song, it is confirmed that Larry intends on eating something that contains the flesh of another member of his best friend’s kind, and is even shown to be excited to do so. And it is clear that Larry has done this before, as shown by this painting within Larry’s house:

And what does it mean that there is a pizzaria in the VeggieTales universe that uses tomatoes as one of the key ingredients in their food? Where do they get the tomatoes? Are the tomatoes forced there or is it voluntary? Do other tomatoes eat pizza knowing well that what they’re doing is cannibalism?

The VeggieTales universe contains numerous unsolved moral dilemmas.