you are essential to my being

anonymous asked:

Which are your top 5 BC scenes and why?

Okay these are in chronological order and nothing else because putting these in order any other way would be too hard.

1) The moment with Atom in the woods, because it essentially undercuts everything you expect about their characters and in doing so reveals who they truly are without undoing the character work that preceded it.

2) Day Trip! The entire episode, really, but especially Bellamy’s reaction to “Because right now I don’t feel like being around anyone I actually like.”  It’s a relatively light moment in a fairly deep episode, but it tells us so much about their relationship at that point in time.

3) The Hug in s2, because that is the official shift from “we are co-leaders and maybe-friends” to “You, Bellamy Blake, are my Official Favorite Person” from Clarke, and Bellamy’s reaction (relief, joy, and a bit of wonder) shows us how much she means to him too.

4) The fight in Hakeldama because as gut wrenching as that is, it was also a really clarifying moment in their relationship.  It was Bellamy admitting how much he needs Clarke and Clarke realizing that her perception of their relationship was skewed.  It broke my heart but it put them (eventually) back on track to being each other’s Person.

5) The List/Hand Nuzzle.  Because Bellamy Blake using his survival as a bargaining chip to get Clarke Griffin to agree to survive is a fucking lot.  And the fact that they capped it off with hesitant-but-intimate touches makes it even more.

Honorable mention #1:  When Clarke tells Bellamy to go into Mount Weather and that she was being “weak” by not wanting him to go, mostly because of the way Raven and Octavia’s eyes immediately snap to Bellamy because by that point it’s really fucking obvious he’s in love with her and everyone is really worried about him.

Honorable mention #2: The Beach Hug, because “Emotionally Vulnerable Bellarke” is the best of all bellarkes.

being in the media field of study has changed my perspective so much

everything we think we know could be false- the media essentially controls everything we think about and helps shape our opinions

THAT is one reason why instead of just assuming what you read in a facebook article is true you should always research BOTH sides of an issue in the most unbiased way you can

if you are liberal- read conservative articles as well!! and vice versa!!! it never hurts to be fully educated from all angles. AND if you do hold true to your original opinions now you have personal research and evidence to back it!!!

anonymous asked:

Hi! Thank you for your reply regarding Muse and Mikuboy! I think I sounded dumb for asking the qns and doubting anything. On another note! I know the Goblin Cart saga is very well known throughout the fandom but have you read the one on Cyclops? Sorey is so adorkable. Who made him a destined Shepherd.. (Ok maybe you already knew about this and I am just late to the party ahaha) Thanks for your blog and amazing replies!!

Yes, the Cyclops Saga is another hilarious one, especially since Sorey just wants cool powers like being able to shoot laser beams from his eyes.  Like, some of the best Crowning Moments of Funny in Zestiria are buried in the menus and the item descriptions and the monster book.  There’s so much good stuff in there!  I don’t think I’ve had this much fun reading what is essentially the game’s encyclopedia before, especially with the characters alternately bantering and giving you combat tips in the descriptions!  The Goblin Cart Saga is definitely my favorite though, just Sorey’s reaction to them and Mikleo’s (and everyone else’s, really) response to it is just so hilarious.

And yes, Sorey for most Adorkable Tales protagonist.  Like, seriously, he’s a big ball of sunshine and I love that so much about him.

Thank you for following my blog!  I’m glad you enjoy it and all the replies I write!  =)

sampaganoexperience  asked:

So, you don't think much of the prospect of an overall Great Northern Conspiracy, but what about plotting and collusion within the garrison of Winterfell in order to betray the Boltons? An overall conspiracy strikes me as tenuous, but within the walls of a castle where they're essentially being compelled to defend it against what their conscious says, I think they'd start plotting.

I don’t doubt that the devoted Stark restorationists in the castle, namely Wyman and Whoresbane, have shared a quiet word or two (if nothing else, “that’s my brother outside with the drums”). But it’s worth noting that they had nothing to do with the major catalyst of tension inside Winterfell, namely the murders, most of which were committed by the spearwives (with the glorious exception of Big Walder killing Little Walder). 

My Self Care Routine: No tub, No Money, No Effort

As some of you probably know, I live with my partner and our cat. And together we share a 32 square meters, one room appartment. Fortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to being around eachother a lot. But it does make it difficult to unwind, and have that essential bit of alone time in our lives.


So here’s what I do. This method requires almost no money (none at all, if you already have these things on hand). It’s easy, simple, and you can do it while you shower.

What do you need:

🌹A shower (obviously).
🌹Scented oils/essential oils/or wax melts.
🌹A wax/oil burner.
🌹Your fav playlist with relaxing music.
🌹Candles (optional).
🌹Shower products of your choice.


I like to light a few candles, and turn the lights off in the bathroom. Because it calms my mind, This is especially soothing if I’m having one of those days when I feel particularly overwhelmed.


You can use any kind of scent that you like. But I feel like oil or wax burners are more effective than incense, in such a steamy space. A couple of scent combinations that I would recommend are peppermint/orange, raspberry/eucalyptus, or lavender/vanilla. But use what ever makes you feel calm.


Take your phone, and find some relaxing music. If you use the firefox app, you can play music on youtube. And the music will continue to play, even after you turn off the screen. One of my favorite playlists for this is Joy of Life, by Karunesh.


For at least the first 10-15 min, I like to sit on the floor in a comfortable position (use a stool if you need to). And start with a hot shower, as the heat relaxes the muscles.
I find this a good moment to ground myself.
I close my eyes, and either reflect on the things that I’m struggling with. And how I can improve them.
Or on the chores that I’d like to finish around the house, before the day is over. Which gives me a feeling of purpose and accomplishment.
If I’m mentally stuck in a BPD induced downward spiral. I say these critical thoughts out loud. When you hear these words from your own mouth. It makes you realize how stupid and unrealistic they sound. And I counter act them with reasons, why they’re untrue. And that really helps to pull myself back into reality.
It’s also a good moment to practice meditation or mindfullness. If you feel up for it

When I feel like my mind has cleared. I gradually turn the water colder, untill it’s somewhere around warm/luke warm. To prevent myself from feeling drowzy. From standing under a hot shower for too long. And I continue with my regular shower routine. I usually do this when I need to wash my hair. So I add in some extra self care. Like scrubbing my face/body, cleaning myself extra well, extra hair products… that sorta stuff ^^


For me, it really helps. And it gives me that extra oompf, to face the world again. I hope it was also helpful to you. Or that it least gave you some inspiration. We all have different needs, in the end. So feel free to customize this routine to your own liking :)

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“show us pictures of you and pictures of the person you want to be” essentially
•••
but ya i was tagged by my frick love of my life @yumikoflare (bonus points for putting up with my shit and explaining what a bias is, ily) and in her exact words, “dfdkssdk her rules were ‘I think it went like post 2 selfies along with ur bias’s or something LMAO’ thx step”
imagine being so self absorbed that you can’t choose two of your selfies over the others ( ̄^ ̄)
•••
tagging people that i didn’t ask: @biitchbuoy @one-bad-apple @boxer-pup @thegalpal (you really don’t have to do it i just don’t know who will LOL)

anonymous asked:

You know speaking of Summoner Avatars, there are convos explicitly stating that Kiran (the default name of the Summoner) is from the real world or at least the modern world. Alfonse was amazed that Kiran's world has buildings that scrape the sky and "cars" which are essentially horseless wagons. Ephraim also stated that he would like to wield weapons similar to the Breidabik (you know the summoning gun). Wouldn't that make Summoner!Shauni... well a literal insert? *Que 4th wall being torn apart*

Yes, I noticed the whole “summoned from the real world” thing ^^ (Alfonse’s curiosity is so cute)

But if Summoner!Shauni was really me… then forget romance or action, I’d just summon heroes right into walls and try to run away from my responsabilities as a tactician at the first opportunity. Which is why I prefer to just have my Awakening MU take care of it. She’s got anxiety but she’s a smart cookie and has experience as a tactician (even if she doesn’t remember it), so she can do a good job. She’s like a Modern AU!Awakening!Shauni summoned into a world very close to what her previous world looked like and I like the idea (she probably has Henry keychains on her phone, wallet and bag)

Sorry I’ve been in a distant / shitty mood lately.

My dads been in China for the past week and I’ve been trying to carry my weight a bit more at home, in addition to keeping up with homework and school and work and stuff. In addition to that, my 92 year old grandpa has been in and out of the hospital for vision problems and he might be going blind, we’re not sure, and won’t be until he goes to a specialist to find out. My boyfriend’s dad has been in and out of the hospital for chest pains and recently had a heart attack so I’m trying to help him through that. And as a result of the added stress my anxiety levels and depression levels have been off the chart so I’m just mega insecure about being on the dash and doing essentially everything right now.

I’m trying my hardest to work through it, thank you to those of you that are being patient and there and offering kind words. I love you all. Like legitimately. ❤

Hello! I know that there are a lot of people wondering how to live like a study blogger, so here are some tips to being your best, most productive you!

waking up

You should start your day no later than 6am, if you choose to sleep at all. It is essential that you get a head start on your day, and prepare a healthy and filling breakfast. Two blueberries and a cup of green tea are my favorite.

getting to work

For me, the first step to studying is to paint a watercolor schedule for your day – this way you can quickly know what you should be doing without having to read a pesky to-do list. Then, set a time for five hours and do not take a break until it is done. Don’t forget to eat lunch, though! A whole avocado eaten like an apple is perfect to eat while you work. 

real life

Okay, so if you haven’t figured it out yet, please don’t do any of those things. They seem ridiculous, but sometime’s that’s how study tips feel. They feel like impossible standards that everyone else can live up to but you, and they leave out room for sleep or eating leftover pizza for breakfast or doing things that are essential to your well being outside of school. So here are a few real-life tips for life as a student:

  • Get sleep, as much as you can.
  • Be healthy when you can, but if you want pizza, get pizza.
  • Give yourself plenty of breaks when studying – don’t get burnt out!
  • Make sure you do something fun at least once a day
  • And something social at least once a week
  • Meals should be study free zones
  • As should late nights – binge on tv! take a bubble bath!
  • And don’t forget your family, either
  • Make time for you and the things you enjoy
  • It’s fine to push yourself, but not to the point that you’re miserable.
  • Remember that there is so much more to life than school. Work hard to achieve your goals, but becoming a well-rounded person is just as important as your grades. 

Go forth and have fun, my little babe salads. You deserve it. 

Something that I feel is under-explored is the fact that Jack is a queer history major. And he went to a very LGBTQ friendly college.

Basically imagine Jack being forever annoyed when people assume that historical figures were straight.

So, with the wonderful help of my dear irl bff @ohsobittle, let me tell you a story. (seriously follow her she’s The Best and we are essentially a matched set)

  • it really all just starts when they Jack is a little tipsy and hanging out with The Boys and Bitty (of course). Bitty is the DD for the night.
  • “Y’know, John Laurens was really cute.” “Who?” “John Laurens. Alexander Hamilton’s boyfriend.” “….what?”
  • (Bitty is on Jack duty. tipsy Jack will probably wander off and go try to teach a class if left unsupervised.)
  • “No seriously John Laurens was really cute. And so was Alexander. You know his eyes were actually /violet/? Like. Bittle. You don’t understand. Pull up a picture.”
  • (Shitty points out that Jack isn’t usually into gingers and Jack throws a pillow at him)
  • “no but he was described as having a peaches and cream complexion like what the fuck”
  • and then of course Holster is like “I didn’t know they were in love” and Jack is like “oh my god their letters, man, their LETTERS”
  • *cue theme music and History Shit With Jack Zimmermann* (credit to ohsobittle for that one)

Keep reading

Oh my god, I just realized

The Yuri on Ice Opening is a conversation between Yuri and Victor.

It opens with:
Can you hear my heartbeat? 
Tired of feeling never enough 
I close my eyes and tell myself that my dreams will come true.

It’s essentially Yuri confiding in Victor that he isn’t confident in himself, but still dreams of being a successful figure skater.

The response is:
There’ll be no more darkness
when you believe in yourself you are unstoppable
Where your destiny lies, dancing on the blades,
you set my heart on fire!

Victor is telling Yuri to believe in himself, because Victor most certainly believes in Yuri and if Yuri could do the same he’d meet and even surpass his goals. Victor essentially confesses his love for Yuri in the same breath.

The animation matches this conversation, and the characters skate on screen during their part of the conversation. It ends with the main characters knowing that they will have their place in making history, further cementing the opening verses.

I was looking at this gif 

and gettin fucked up cause can you just imagine being Victor in this moment?? 

As far as I can tell (from the way the perspective shifts to follow his movements), Yuuri’s unknowingly doing this to the camera rn. He’s reaching out to the camera, and then gives the sweetest smile ever and!!!

Imagine being Victor. It’s been months since the banquet, Katsuki Yuuri hasn’t tried contacting you and has essentially dropped off the face of the Earth. You’ve (probably) skated Stammi Vicino at World’s as a dedication to the boy who stole your heart; a desperate plea, if he’s still out there, watching, to come back to you. You couldn’t have been the only one to feel the connection, right?

Let’s come back to the moment in question: your feeds are blowing up with this video, and curiously, you click on it. And here he is. Yuuri comes up on your screen and he’s skating it. Stammi Vicino. Stay Close to Me. And, as you realize this is a rather resounding confident reply, a confirmation of shared love, the object of your affections looks directly into the camera, he looks at you, and smiles sweetly, kindly. And you know you’re gone. 

(you then immediately fly halfway across the world with your dick out for this boy, but I digress)

My visualization attempts of a great Vader/Luke fic continue. If you have not yet read the latest Star Wars fic “Allegiance” by @kaelinaloveslomaris go check it out:  http://archiveofourown.org/works/6745156/chapters/16127191

I have always been fascinated with the idea of the dark and light side of the Force. Rather than seeing it as a question good and evil, I see one single element similar to the Taoist model of Yin and Yang, which I wanted to depict in this image - Both sides being opposite but also complementary and essential to each other, one not being able to exist without the other. Control and balance over both sides is necessary to achieve piece.  

Like in Yin and Yang - there is always some dark in lightness and lightness in dark. And like Luke and Vader, both sides are rooted in one another.

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One thing I really love about Steven Universe is how they emphasize that COMMUNICATION is important.

You have Garnet (who is essentially the embodiment of a relationship between Ruby and Sapphire) singing about being a conversation

You have Greg and Rose sorting out their confusion about their relationship through talking

And you have Steven encouraging Pearl and Greg to talk about their complicated history with Rose and with each other

Communication can solve a lot of conflicts, and is important in keeping a relationship going, whether it be platonic or romantic. I’m glad SU inculcates that in its audience :)

(on the fun side, you also learn that Greg likes to sort things out through talking then dancing)

Despite all my flaws;
My fucked up brain,
My fucked up body,
You stripped me down
To my essential self
  
And loved me!–
  
Simply for being the me
I had long ago forgotten.
   
What better gift is there
To bestow upon a lover?
   
You stripped me down
To my essential self
And loved me.
—  To me, that’s special - M.A. Tempels © 2017

Book Discussion Challenge Day 2
Prompt: Animal
I spent a long time trying to think of my favourite book about animals, or with an animal as a character, but I simply couldn’t, because I kept being interrupted in my thoughts by this gal, ^^ Laila!
She’s my reading buddy, and my hot water bottle, and as essential as a good cup of tea when I sit down to have a good long reading session. When it comes to books, she’s the only animal I need.
Do you have an animal reading buddy? Tell me about them!

DROPS: An Honest Review

(If you don’t have time to read everything, I’ve highlighted the important stuff in bold, just read bolded words for a quick overview of my review.)

So I’m here to talk to you about Drops, a semi-recent language learning app available for free on iOS mobile devices. And no, I’m not being paid or anything, I’ve just been messing around with it for a couple weeks now and I thought it would be useful to share my own personal experience and opinion of the app.

So, Drops is really specifically a vocabulary builder, so don’t show up expecting grammar. You will get verbs, though so far they’ve all been conjugated in first person. It sorts the vocabulary by topics, however the app itself is cumulative, so say for example I go to study essentials, it will primarily focus on the vocab of that lesson, however I may still get the occasional vocab word from any other lesson I’ve studied, and of course, only the specific words I’ve been introduced to from each lesson.

You start out with everything but the first category unlocked, when you first open it it asks if you’re a beginner or intermediate, I have no clue what happens if you click intermediate, honestly. When you’re on the categories screen (above), the clock is always stopped. And when you click a lesson and study for like three minutes but then want to go to another lesson for the last two minutes the clock will always stop on the category screen and you can think about what else you want to study without a deadline creeping up on you.

Drops also requires no typing (but that doesn’t mean no spelling, you get it other ways), and, as I’m currently using Japanese, I think it does a fairly decent job at introducing you to non-latin writing systems; however, it should absolutely be supplemented with other resources for learning the script. It phases you in slowly and uses a lot of romanizations, but after a word has come across your screen a couple of times it’ll start asking you to spell it in the proper alphabet. At first it’ll split the word up into like two big parts and eventually you’ll be down to putting it down by syllables or even letters. The groupings it chooses are sometimes random and a bit confusing to put together, even if you know the word, which I dislike. Also know, romanizations can be turned off at any time in the settings menu. Which I haven’t done yet so I don’t know what it’s gonna look like when I do but know that it’s an option.

The pronunciation audio I think is really good. For Japanese I’m pretty sure it’s a native speaker and not like a robot or some random British guy who knows IPA. The audio repetition is constant, so if you fill in the solution you will hear the word spoken each and every time, no exceptions. There is also no heart loosing features of any kind so wrong answers will not get penalized in any way. But when you get one wrong they will repeat the correct answer for you right after.

I also think it has compelling imagery. Everything is in the form of icons (not pictures), so it’s really clear EXACTLY what it’s supposed to be. Several of them, particularly for verbs, even have small animations. Like the one for “I eat” is a guy sitting at the table and his arm moves back and forth between the plate and his mouth, so, like eating. So very simple overall. And if you ever forget what a particular icon is supposed to be, you can always tap and drag/hold and the English will pop up. Here’s one of my favorite icons.

So overall I think it’s a cute little app. It will advertise constantly trying to get you to buy a subscription, I honestly don’t think it would be worth it unless they literally had the deal of the century and you’re rich. Also timing wise 5 minutes goes by incredibly fast but for me rarely feels like it wasn’t enough. I really like the ability to choose categories and not be locked into it until I finish lest the owl get angry (*cough cough* duolingo), so there’s a lot of freedom of movement in that, and the more categories you unlock the more versatility you get. You’re also not required to so all 5 minutes in one go. So if you only want to go for three, you totally can. My biggest complaint is that their like “5 minutes each day” is set for like a day to mean 10 hours, not 24, so sticking with any kind of streak is basically impossible. So, yeah, don’t like that. The absolute best feature they have though, is that when you finish your 5 minutes you get like a waiting screen with a timer until you can play again and a list of every word you encountered in your last 5 minute session. This page forgoes romanizations, and if you tap on an icon you can hear the word pronounced and see the English. Super useful so you can review after the lesson without wasting precious seconds writing vocab down while the timer is going. The notification is a bit guilt-trippy, just a warning.

BEST USES: Overall I think this app works really well as a fun little vocabulary builder. The fact that it mixes in vocab from other lessons (including lessons after the category you’re on and not just before) is extremely helpful and not something I’ve seen in any other app. Also the vocab list feature is mad supreme so love that, also haven’t seen anyone else do it. As it offers little in the sense of grammar or culture, it obvs cannot (and should not) be used as any kind of stand alone language learning method.

I also particularly think that this app would be super useful to people having trouble studying either because they’re super busy, or because they have depression, anxiety, or any other illness that makes simple things for neurotypicals or otherwise able people suddenly way more difficult to accomplish. It’s so low-key, and it only asks for 5 minutes that you don’t even have to give it all in one go, that it’s a nice way to keep language fresh in your brain and still get some extra vocab in when you just can’t bring yourself to do any kind of proper sit down studying.

Drops is currently available in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Russian, Portuguese or Italian. But as Japanese, Chinese, and Korean are actually pretty recent additions, they will hopefully continue expanding into more languages.

So hurrah! Three years on and it’s easier to walk up the stairs, fit into a plane seat and find clothes that don’t have to be adjusted by my mum! I have by no means a perfect body but it is, thankfully, somewhat healthier and fitter. It was a tough realisation in which I essentially had to change my priorities completely and it left me with a lot of confusion about myself… what I like doing, ideas for future plans etc BUT looking at this now I can tell you it’s been worth every
“no thank you” and bead of sweat, and it will never stop being
a challenge and that’s okay. 

So make 2017 all that you want it to be, for the sake of your health, both mental and physical. Don’t feel guilty about taking time on yourself; self care is important. And celebrate every victory great or small!

Still here, still living. Life is good.