which means shopping!

Coming into work a little earlier than usual.

Con: nobody did the 6-8am plating yet so now I have to
Pro: the senior tech decided today is a donut day and is letting me accompany her to the coffee shop which means I’ll get good quality coffee today

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“Ok we need to all be on point this year, it’s getting to December and (Y/N)’s still not gone Christmas shopping which means…” Scott trailed off and Stiles sucked in a breath through his teeth.

“Means what, she can’t be that bad I mean she’s a small Scott what could she possibly do?” Liam asked and Lydia glared at him.

“As a gift, she cooked everyone Christmas dinner last year.” She muttered bitterly and Stiles had to hide a snicker. “She blew up the kitchen, without any magical werewolf powers.”

“Wait really?” Liam asked and Scott nodded.

“We were lucky it wasn’t as bad as the year before.” He admitted begrudgingly.

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Witch Tip?

Guys, You really don’t have to follow spells.

I have trouble posting original content often, because what I do is rarely consistent or planned out. My magick is very similar to my cooking - I create the best possible combination with what I have available to me, which is always changing. When we buy groceries, apart from basic ingredients like flour, butter, eggs, what I purchase is based solely on what happens to be the best deal for the day, or from the clearance sections that are about to be thrown away if not sold. This makes for an everchanging pantry where we really never eat the same exact meal twice. My spells are the exact same way.

I have some basic ingredients, mostly from a local health food store that sells tea ingredients loose and in bulk, but anything else is subject to change based on what I find. Most of our material possessions are purchased second hand from thrift stores or resale shops - which means availability is inconsistent, so my spell ingredients will be as well. Throw in that most of the time I am creating something, whether it be food or a charm or a magickal tool, and you can hopefully see why prewritten spells aren’t super important in my practice.

That being said, obviously it’s fine to use prewritten spells, I honestly have no qualms about how anyone else practices. I just see a lot of posts where baby witches are frustrated that they can’t find a spell to fit their needs.

Baby - if that happens, just do what you think will work! Whether it works or not, as long as you take notes on how you did things and what the end result was, you’ve learned something, I know modern society tends to view failure as immoral, but witchcraft is so individualized because it’s based on you, that the only way you will become better at it and more powerful is to experiment, test your instincts, and sometimes fail. Fuck it if you don’t find a spell to fit your needs, set out your ingredients and see what sticks out to you. Find your own associations. You’re not a witch failure if it doesn’t turn out.

Over the last 30 years Link’s partners have included at least five different fairies, a talking ship possessed by the ghost of the king, a robotic spirit that lives inside his sword, a flying bear, and a sentient version of his own hat, yet somehow people seem to feel the strangest and most illogical idea we have been presented with is Link going on his journey alone

Casanova | Rucas One-Shot.

A quick one-shot I wrote on my break today at work. 

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The good thing about going to university in the city is that there’s more than likely a coffee shop on every block. The bad thing about going to university in the city? When you’re taking your midterms, so is every other student which means the coffee shops, whether mainstream or underground, are usually packed with lines out the door.

My best friend, Zay and I usually stop by the Starbucks in downtown, to grab a coffee to keep us going while we study for finals at the library across the street. Since there are so many of them on this particular block, it tends not to be too busy although good luck finding a table on a Saturday.

Its finals week and I’ve been cramming, trying to get ready for my exams. Unfortunately for me, my majors are biochemistry and animal biology which isn’t exactly a walk in the park. But if I want to follow my dream and become a veterinarian then I better get used to the hard work.

Zay and I meet after our morning class and head over to the Starbucks on Chapel Square. Most of the tables are occupied with students on their laptops or hogging the tables with their textbooks. Theres a couple of people in front of us but there’s a handful of people working so the line seems to be moving quickly. It’s our turn to approach the register and that’s when I see her.

The girl taking the orders behind the counter. Tucked underneath her hat is her long shiny brown hair that’s pulled into a ponytail with a slight curl to it and a few loose strands framed her face. She had the most endearing smile and dimples and her eyes were a warm chocolate color. She was gorgeous.

“Hi, what can I get for you today?” She asks politely.

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It is a curious thing, but as one travels the world getting older and older, it appears that happiness is easier to get used to than despair. The second time you have a root beer float, for instance, your happiness at sipping the delicious concoction may not be quite as enormous as when you first had a root beer float, and the twelfth time your happiness may be still less enormous, until root beer floats begin to offer you very little happiness at all, because you have become used to the taste of vanilla ice cream and root beer mixed together. However, the second time you find a thumbtack in your root beer float, your despair is much greater than the first time, when you dismissed the thumbtack as a freak accident rather than part of the scheme of a soda jerk, a phrase which here means “ice cream shop employee who is trying to injure your tongue,” and by the twelfth time you find a thumbtack, your despair is even greater still, until you can hardly utter the phrase “root beer float” without bursting into tears. It is almost as if happiness is an acquired taste, like coconut cordial or ceviche, to which you can eventually become accustomed, but despair is something surprising each time you encounter it.
—  Lemony Snicket
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Attention, garrison-dwellers! I’ve updated the range of Musketeers items in my Redbubble shop, which means that you can now buy the season 3 cast as a poster, a card, a shirt, a mug, a tote bag, stickers and more! They make ideal gifts for the Muskeperson in your life and are guaranteed NOT to smell like a hairy man in leather…

TATTOO ETIQUETTE MASTERPOST

Hello kids I am coming to you with the vast tat knowledge I have acquired from the last 4 years of working in tattoo shops and getting tattooed. I am currently managing a shop, which means I handle everything besides the actual tattooing. in this post I will be addressing ~in detail~ what you need to know about getting tattooed. This is long but don’t worry, it’s not scary! Here we go. 

Where should I get tattooed?- Tattoo shops and tattoo artists exist on the spectrum of “walk in” (something that can be finished in one session, think tattoo “flash”) to “custom” (something that is drawn as a unique image for a client often with a unique “style”) . Most shops accommodate both, but some are more exclusive, or have a reputation for being either or. If you are looking for a small tattoo on a whim when you’re out with your friends, you will want to go to a shop that accommodates walk ins. If you try to walk in to a shop that is home to mostly custom artists, you might be turned away as these people can be booked out for months or even over a year (yes, really). Both are completely legitimate in their own right, as long as the tattoos they produce are of quality.

Who should I get tattooed by?- Speaking of quality, it is imperative that a client understand the difference between a technically good tattoo and a technically bad tattoo. This has nothing to do with style and everything to do with longevity of the tattoo and legibility of the design. This could be its own post, so until then visit http://tattoosnob.tumblr.com for a myriad of different styles of great quality. The internet is a great resource, but it’s not the whole picture. The number of followers a person has on Instagram is not indicative of their skill. There are BAD tattooers with tens of thousands of followers and a long wait list, and AMAZING tattooers with a modest following just waiting to be given your business. Do some online research for tattooers in your area, or anywhere you’re willing to travel to, and determine if their style and content fits what you’re looking to have on your skin. In the shop where I work, people fly in from California, drive in from up to 10 hours away, and we have locals who live around the corner. I realize not everyone has the means to travel, I’m just saying that it’s not unorthodox to seek out the person who specializes in what you want. I know it can be really intimidating to go to, or call a tattoo shop and inquire about a tattoo. The industry isn’t exactly known for being welcoming and friendly, but trust me, if you have a good idea of what you want and have done your research on the artists, they will appreciate it. The most tried and true way to “shop” for an artist is to take an afternoon and go around your area visiting each shop, looking at portfolio’s, chatting and vibing with the staff/artists, taking their card, and considering your options.

How do I book my tattoo appointment?- Please keep in mind that protocol for each shop/artist is going to be a little different, but walking in will yield the quickest results. If you can’t stop by the shop due to schedule or distance. CALL (do not email or DM, CALL) the shop directly (if you have phone anxiety, make sure whoever is calling knows exactly what info to relay). They will give you ALL the information you need to know based on who the artist is and what the tattoo idea is. I think there is a balance to be struck to expedite the booking process. Keep in mind that you need to know what you want, but that you need to understand your own limitations as a non-tattoo artist. Do not go to a tattooer and tell them you “don’t know” or “don’t care” or want them to “do their own thing”. As well, do not go to a tattooer with a laundry list of expectations and try to micro manage the tattoo. They will likely set you up with an appointment or a consultation. If you are planning something custom, large, that will take multiple sessions, such as a sleeve or a back piece DO NOT ARGUE OR WHINE ABOUT COMING IN FOR A CONSULTATION. The artist may want to chat with you in person to make sure your expectations are aligned, and they may also want to take a tracing of the area getting tattooed so they can plan the design accordingly. This is especially true if you have other tattoos around that area of the body. DO NOT ask to “see a sketch” of the tattoo before your appointment. If you’re tight with the artist maybe they’ll send you a preview on their own accord. The reason being that tattooers are extremely busy and will likely draw for you the night before or the day of. Additionally, people bail on tattoos ALL THE TIME and it behooves them not to waste their time drawing if someone is going to bail. During your consultation you will be asked to leave a deposit which will go toward the price of the tattoo. These are often non refundable but ask them what their specific policy is. At this time, you may inquire about price. You will either be charged an hourly rate or by the piece. Hourly rates vary, but expect between $100-$200/hour. If you are not a local client and are asked to come in for a consultation, my advice is to make a day trip of it! Bring a friend with you and when you’re done, go spend the day in that city or town. If you truly are too far away, they’ll guide you through the process. The shop will likely call you to confirm your appointment closer to the day.

Here is a list of things you should not get tattooed: something you drew, something your friend drew, an exact copy of an existing image/tattoo you found online, images made by an artist or illustrator without their permission.  

What should I expect the day of my appointment?- On the day of your appointment, make sure you eat a filling meal and drink some water (bring these will you as well just in case). Arrive to your appointment BY YOURSELF or WITH *ONE* FRIEND/FAMILY MEMBER. –DO NOT– bring your whole crew to your appointment. Also, do not bring your kid/s. If you are desperate and your childcare fell through, give the shop a call, and ask what you should do. They may allow you to bring your child. Arrive about 20 minutes early to fill out paperwork (bring your I.D. or expect to be given the boot), and to chat about the final design of your tattoo. If there are any blaring changes to be made, it’s normally not a problem for them to edit the design a little. However, it is your responsibility at the time of your consultation to communicate exactly what your expectations are, so that you’re not wasting anyones time the day of the appointment. DO NOT walk in and say “I changed my idea”. Just don’t do it. It’s your responsibility to be confident in what you want from the jump. After you approve the design, they will need to make a stencil, and transfer the stencil to your skin. You can absolutely change the placement of the stencil if you don’t like the placement. They will wash it off and re-do it. You’ll probably get comfy on a massage table and get right to work. You will experience pain similar to a concentrated burning sensation, and as the tattoo progresses it will feel very tender, sore, and sensitive. Depending on the size and duration, you may feel exhausted. If the pain is becoming too exhausting, eat/drink something for some energy. If you’re feeling like you cannot continue, you can “tap out”. You know your own limitations. During your tattoo it is important that you do not move, jump, flinch, fidget, or complain. This will compromise the quality of the tattoo and make it take longer. If you learn after your first tattoo that you do not “sit” well, plan on accommodating for that in the future. There is no shame in doing shorter sessions, but you should let the tattooer know so they can be prepared for how your body will be behaving.

The “easier” spots to get tattooed are- bicep, thigh, forearm, calf

The “harder” spots to get tattooed are- ribs, feet, torso, back 

What should I expect when paying?- After the tattoo/session is finished, they will wrap the tattoo so it doesn’t contaminate anything/get contaminated on your way home. They will give you a run down on tattoo aftercare and might even give you a sheet to refer to about aftercare to take home. At “checkout” you should already have a rough idea of how much you’ll be paying as it would be discussed prior, but I always come prepared with $100 more than expected, plus at least a $50 for sessions that are a few hours long. Tipping is important because your tattooer likely makes a percentage on each tattoo, and do not pocket the entire amount. A portion goes right to them, and a portion goes to the shop owner. Some clients like to bring gifts instead of cash tips, and in my opinion this is more appropriate if you are a repeat customer, but it’s up to you. Cash is always preferred and may even be required for payment. You should inquire about this before your appointment, because if you need to leave to get cash, this will make the shop very nervous. People often try to dodge paying for their tattoos. After you pay, you may set up another appointment to continue the tattoo, or to start a new one. CONGRATS! YOU DID IT! YOU GOT TATTOOED!

Here is a list of things to keep in mind if you want to be a respectful and chill client- Trust the artist, relax and be flexible as best you can (unless you are really feeling coerced, pressured, uncomfortable), try not to be too loud when conversing out of respect to the other artists and shop workers, talk on your phone outside not inside, keep breaks to a minimum, tattoo shops/booths can be small so respect their space (ask where to place your belongings, etc), communicate, ask questions instead of assuming, wait to get tattooed until you can comfortably afford it, understand that while casual environments tattoo shops are places of business and tattooers are professionals, tattooers need to and deserve to be paid for their time, do not expect to be hooked up or tell people you get hooked up, do not assume you are tight with your tattooer and can cancel or reschedule many times or on a whim, always give as much notice as possible for a cancellation/reschedule.  

Here is a list of red flags, avoid these places if you experience the following: tattooing or handling contaminated materials without gloves, discrimination/hostility (sexism, homophobia/transphobia, racism, general rude/crudeness), a tattooer telling you they “don’t” “can’t or “won’t tattoo dark skin, tattooing of people/minors without proper ID and/or guardian present, no way of checking out the persons portfolio before getting tattooed, visible filth, very inexpensive pricing, licenses not openly displayed, tracing/copying the work of other artists without their consent.     

Ummm idk, if I missed anything or if you have questions hmu <3 

Not a fuck customers story but something that actually made my night a lot better. Thursday nights are late night shopping which means horrible customers. I’d had the night from hell with ridiculous requests and abuse and these two guys (in their early 20s) walked in 15 minutes before closing. I greeted them and asked them if they needed help finding anything. They then proceeded to treat me like a royalty, calling me “my dear” and bowing as they left saying “thank you for your service and assistance madam. May the rest of your night be as wonderful as you are”
They honestly made my night and made sure they had finished shopping by close.

Oh god, another thing that just occurred to me regarding this picture from my earlier meta post:

Since Eggsy is clearly wearing the same clothes he wore yesterday, that means that at some point whilst staying at Harry’s last night and this morning…Harry laundered his clothes for him. A gentleman would NEVER allow a guest to be forced to wear dirty clothes, right? So he had to have washed those clothes before they went suit shopping.

WHICH MEANS that for an indeterminate amount of time, Eggsy Unwin lounged around Harry Hart’s house in nothing but a robe or a towel or fucking NOTHING at all while his clothes washed.

Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the kind of internal screaming Harry must have been doing every time Eggsy just casually strolled through his living room with just a towel on?

According to Consumer Reports, mattresses have the biggest margins in the furniture store, up to 50 percent, because of course they do. Unlike literally every other piece of furniture you buy, no one gives a shit what a mattress looks like. Maybe you want fancy down filling or something, but the outside is going to be the same ugly-looking mattress that the rest of us have, which means shopping for a mattress should be the easiest thing ever. You tell the guy what size you need and just buy the next one in line.

Unfortunately for you and me, that’s not how mattress buying works. You have to wade through a mire of B.S. about sleep scores and lumbar support and assorted other irrelevant crap when all that matters is whether you sink into it and will go into debt buying it.

The difference between a $1,000 mattress and a $2,000 mattress is the $1,000 you wasted and maybe the coils inside are wrapped in a slightly more expensive material. Hell, maybe you even got an extra inch or two of padding. But it’s stuff you’re not likely to notice after sleeping on a mattress for a year or so, because by that time it’s just a sponge with a you-shaped indent inside of it that smells a little off and has at least three stains on it you’d be embarrassed for anyone else to take too close a look at. 

Why Is It So Damn Frustrating To Buy These Four Things?

The new Bokuaka information we’ve learned from this omake:

1. Bokuto recommends T-Shirts for Akaashi to wear! Which means they probably go shopping together, and which also means that Bokuto envisions Akaashi wearing clothes that he thinks he’ll look good in. 

2. Akaashi doesn’t take those recommendations because he has his own weird sense of fashion. He’s also someone who likes puns, given that his shirt says “setter dog”. This also means that both Bokuto and Akaashi have a thing for expressive T-shirts, puns, and being complete dorks with horrible senses of fashion. 

3. Bokuto is extremely distraught both by the fact that his precious Akaashi doesn’t wear what he wants him to wear and by Akaashi’s weird fashion sense. 

So, in addition to spending all their time together on the court, practicing together when no one else is practicing, being able to handle each other’s moods and emotions, being able to read each other, Akaashi catching Bokuto’s jacket like he’s done it a million times, Akaashi keeping detailed notes on Bokuto’s weaknesses, their mutual respect and admiration for each other, them spending their time together during school and lunch despite their grade difference, and them probably spending time outside of school together, they basically have boyfriend shirts???? Furudate please explain this to me?????? 

When will your otp ever be this in sync??

Housecall

Friday surely isn’t the longest day on Rey’s schedule, but it tends to be very busy anyway.  Friday is a day of the week where she doesn’t have any class, so her time is fully devoted to the auto shop.  Which means less travel, but more laborious work.

By the time she comes home, she’s pretty exhausted.  But the fact that it’s still light out and that it’s Friday keeps her spirits bright.  The end of the week always felt particularly good even if it no longer meant the same thing as it once did for Rey.  She still had things to do, sometimes she even worked during the weekend.  But there’s just something ingrained in the senses that brings relief at the time the weekend rolls around.

“Hello!” she calls.  She only expects to be greeting one person, but there’s someone new on the chair in the living room.  She blinks at him after she’s turned from locking the door but soon, switches to smiling politely.  “Hello.”

It’s said much more subdued this time.  Kind, still, but without the openness familiarity can allow.