Its his freshman year and Bitty is walking around campus on his Taddy Tour™ with John Johnson, Ollie, Wicks, and some other guys on the team that Bitty doesn’t know. They are coming to the end of the tour and are walking down the frat row where all the sports teams have their respective houses. They walk past the volleyball house and the soccer house with no problem, but things get louder once they reach the football house.
There are a bunch of hulking men gathered on the front lawn tossing a ball back and fourth. One, with short black hair and a very broad chest catches the ball, turns to the group and shouts,
“Hey hockey jerkoffs! look out!”
He throws the ball, and it cuts through the air with Wick’s head as its target. It would have hit him straight on the nose too, if Bitty hadn’t caught it, snatching it from air as easily as anything.
“You better keep this! you clearly need the practice!” Bitty threw the ball back to him in a perfect spiral, and when the offending player caught it, he was knocked to the ground with the force of it.
Everyone was gapping at the mountainous man on the ground. A different player with shaggy brown hair called out in disbelief, “You just took out the school’s tight end!”
Bitty shrugged, unbothered, “I hope he’s second string.”
All of the guys on the Taddy Tour™ starting whooping at the chirp, and the group moved onward toward the Haus, leaving a pack of slack jawed football players in their wake. The shaggy haired one offered a hand to the man on the ground.
“You good Brandon?” He asked, hoisting the other player to his feet.
“Yeah dude, nothing hurt but my pride.” Brandon rubbed at the back of his neck sheepishly, “Who was that guy?”
Shaggy hair shrugged, “One of the new Hockey recruits I guess.”
We all know that nutrition and fitness are tall, tall pillars of wellness, but both of those are exponentially more difficult without the linchpin–sleep. It goes like this. First, you sleep like absolute donkey turds. Next, If you’ve managed to get to the gym you’re more likely to underperform or you may just succumb to skipping it entirely! Then, you’re more prone to food cravings and your hunger-satiety cues aren’t coming across as clearly. Your irritableness and fatigue make comfort eating seem that more appealing that day. You wonder, “Can you replace sleep with food?” Only very temporarily, and then you’ll be stuck in that loop until you get some shut eye.
We’re all sleeping fewer hours it seems, and there’s reason to believe it plays a crucial role in maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. Many mental and physical aspects of the body take a hit when we’re running on empty. That’s why sleep is so important! So–here’s a list of some lifestyle adjustments that can make falling asleep a little easier.
Limit What You Do in Your Room: This can be difficult depending on your living arrangements, but the more you can limit your room to just sleeping and being intimate, the more you’ll be able to relax and wind down. Your brain gets the message! If you’re living in a dorm, try to spend wakeful hours in the common areas or at the library. If you’re in a less than ideal home situation and your room is your only haven, try to find activities to keep you out of the house more often. I used to go to the public library and just chill!
Ditch the Phone: Look. I get it. You tell yourself “what if there’s an emergency?” and I totally understand you’d want to be there. Problem is, how many times do you whip out your phone and play a level of that game? How many times do you shoot a quick text or check social? Shoot, how many times do you just glance at your clock and moan about not being asleep yet? I have a solution. Leave it outside the room but within earshot. If you get your 3 AM emergency you can be there but you’ll be significantly less tempted to check it every 5 minutes. If you can go all the way, shut it off. OFF.
Limit Blue Light at Night: About TV. About computers. About phones (again). They emit blue wavelengths of light and these are very stimulating for the brain. Sort of like daylight! Not only are these entertaining, they wake up the brain. There are various apps and extensions on the market (f.lux) that will change the wavelengths of light to redder hues and I highly recommend them. I’d still advocate against bringing these devices into the bedroom, but if you’re finishing up some homework or responding to an email before bed it may be helpful to use those warmer colors. If for nothing else, it will reduce eyestrain.
Use White Noise: It helps us sleep because the changes in other environmental noise will be less noticeable. Also, anyone who suffers a ringing ear will be driven less to insanity. I’m a light sleeper, a very light sleeper. Events like a toilet flushing upstairs or even just the A/C switching on will wake me up. After buying a white noise machine I have significantly fewer issues with this. I recommend this machine. There are apps as well but I found the noise to be really tinny and unnatural. We’re also trying to use the phone less in the room! Remember? Of course, many people are pretty content with the noise from a fan as well. I personally find that the crappier the fan, the better the white noise. The ol’ faithful $20 Lasko fan is the best white noise IMO.
Avoid Eating Late at Night: Or, whenever “late” is for you. I haven’t forgotten about third shifters! Again, there are circumstances that make this difficult for some to commit to, but if you’re prone to any sort of gastrointestinal turbulence eating close to bedtime can be awfully distracting and uncomfortable. Likewise, eating your last meal a little too early and winding up hungry at bedtime can be as issue for some, so find your Goldilocks!
Make Your Room Cool at Night: I avoid running the A/C during the day, but I’m sure a lot of us find sleeping in a hot room miserable. If I had it my way I’d make it Hoth in my room at night, but that’s a little on the expensive side so I use a little bit of A/C, a fan, and sleep with fewer blankets; at least in the summer. In the winter I just turn the heat down a couple clicks and get to bury myself (yaaaaas). Keep it dark in there, too!
Make Your Bed in the Morning: Keeping your room tidy and the bed made will make for a welcoming and less chaotic environment. There isn’t much to this! We experience the world with all our senses, after all.
Limit Caffeine Use to the Earlier Portion of the Day: OK, so I know there are people who can drink a cup of coffee before bed and pass right out, but I am not one of these people. In fact, if I drink it anytime after about noontime I’m going to be wired and howling with the coyotes. Many recommendations suggest 3-4 PM as an absolute cutoff time, but if you’re more sensitive like I am you may want to consider leaving it to the morning only.
Sleep and Wake at Roughly the Same Time: Routine is everything. There will be times we need to deviate from routine, and that’s fine! Just try not to flip-flop too severely and all the time. Your rhythm will start to associate these times of day with rest and wakefulness.
Stop Drinking Water Roughly Two Hours Before Bed: It’s undeniable that water is the most healthful thing we can put into our bodies; however, if you slam it right before bed you’re setting yourself to need a mighty wee in the early hours of the morning. Limit water intake close to bedtime and take a good wiz before hitting the hay.
A Few Things Worth the Try
aromatherapy (especially lavender based blends)
shower before bed (wet hair will lower cranial temperature)
melatonin and valerian root
chamomile tea (just like water, limit this a few hours before bed to prevent midnight bathroom breaks)
not that any more evidence is needed of mileys disgustingness but what she do this time
she had an interview with rolling stone and said she didn’t listen to hip hop anymore because “it was too much ‘Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock’–I am so not that.”
like?? first off, she’s reducing all of rap/hip-hop to one example, as if the genre hasn’t spoken up on a ton of important political and cultural subjects, and she also pretty much took advantage of black culture for ages and when it didn’t work out for her (and as soon as she stopped dating a black producer) she immediately snapped back to her good-’ol white roots and was able to just shed the blackface off and use her privilege to rebrand herself
And there’s a lovely little story that when Jacob was auditioning (from Australia) his dad had been away visiting England and when he returned he brought Jacob a gift… of a snow globe that had Westminster Abbey in it. And he didn’t even know that Jacob was auditioning but bought him this globe of the very place that the real Henry is buried. So it seemed like a sign.
❛ Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. ❜
❛ Pardon my French, but _____ is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond. ❜
❛ _____, you’re my hero. ❜
❛ Tell ya what, dipshit. If you don’t like my policies you can come on down here and smooch my big ole’ white butt. ❜
❛ _____ has never been in love - at least, nobody’s ever been in love with him. ❜
❛ Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism’s in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. ❜
❛ Pardon my French, but you’re an asshole! Asshole! ❜
❛ The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than a hundred were made. ❜
❛ Oh, he’s very popular _____. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude. ❜
❛ The key to faking out the parents is the clammy hands. ❜
❛ I am not going to sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. ❜
❛ There is an intruder - male, Caucasian, possibly armed, certainly weird - in my kitchen… ❜
❛ I am very cute, very alone and very protective of my body. ❜
❛ So that’s how it is in their family… ❜
❛ He’s gonna marry me. ❜
❛ Look, it’s real simple. Whatever mileage we put on, we’ll take off. ❜
❛ The place is like a museum. It’s very beautiful and very cold, and you’re not allowed to touch anything. ❜
❛ Les jeux sont faits. Translation: the game is up. Your ass is mine. ❜
❛ Gummi bear? It’s been in my pocket; they’re real warm and soft. ❜
❛ Hey, _____. You realize if we played by the rules right now we’d be in gym? ❜
❛ The city looks so peaceful from up here. ❜
❛ Anything is peaceful from one thousand, three hundred and fifty-three feet. ❜
❛ I think I see my dad. ❜
❛ You killed the car. ❜
❛ Get off of the float! ❜
❛ You’ve gone to far. We’re going to get busted. ❜
❛ A: You can never go too far. B: If I’m gonna get busted, it is not gonna be by a guy like that. ❜
❛ I asked for a car, I got a computer. How’s that for being born under a bad sign? ❜
❛ I mean, really, what’s the point? I’m not European. I don’t plan on being European. So who gives a crap if they’re socialists? They could be fascist anarchists, it still doesn’t change the fact that I don’t own a car. ❜
❛ You fellas have nothing to worry about. I’m a professional. ❜
❛ In a nutshell: I hate my brother. ❜
❛ It could get wrecked, stolen, scratched, breathed on wrong… a pigeon could shit on it! Who knows? ❜
❛ The question isn’t “what are we going to do,” the question is “what aren’t we going to do?” ❜
❛ If you’re not over here in fifteen minutes, you can find a new best friend. ❜
❛ You’ve been saying that since the fifth grade. ❜
❛ I weep for the future. ❜
❛ A man with priorities so far out of whack doesn’t deserve such a fine automobile. ❜
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that fandom will advocate the romantic sub-plot between two main characters, unless one character is portrayed by an actor who is a person of colour. This phenomenon within white fandom is called ‘why can’t they remain as friends, I feel a certain discomfort with a potential relationship between *insert ship*, for which the strength of this WOC will be threatened by any romantic subtext because every woman of colour is an island”. This phenomena or “discomfort” is commonly known as racism.