2. I went through my closet and weeded out a lot of old shirts and a few sweaters that I never wear anymore. Like two loads of laundry worth of stuff. I also found some shirts I do like and will wear that had gotten pushed to the back somehow.
3. I read a lot today. I haven't been reading as much since going back to work, obviously, but I have managed to read some every day, which makes me happy.
4. I love when the cats get up on the shelves above the dryer. Right now it's one of the few places Chloe and Molly can go to get away from Jasper, so Molly was enjoying it last night.
Now I can say that I've referenced St. John Chrysostom in the notes of a fanfic. Life goals you didn't know you had.
crowned in glory (700 words) by Naraht
Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
Additional Tags: Wedding Planning, Cultural Differences, Russian Orthodoxy
Summary: Victor and Yuuri are planning a wedding. In fact, to accomodate all their cultural traditions, they're planning three. For the Russian one, Victor is thinking a cathedral and golden crowns. Never mind that he's not religious.
In which Walker complains a great deal about “symbolic cannibalism" existing, babbles about how said cannibalism convinced men that they could get pregnant, describes the human need for a dystopian damsel deity from the dawn of time to a bunch of atheists, and openly announces that women who practice monotheistic religions can’t be feminists.
Also? This is the RATIONAL part of Walker’s speech.
warning: controversial issues, warning: do not want, warning: potential triggers, warning: racism, warning: sexism, warning: victim-blaming
In early January, K's best friend's cat had kittens. One of them looked very similar to a beloved white/calico cat they used to own about 15 years ago, but who died early from feline leukemia. Two months of half-hearted joking about adopting the kitten followed, until the kitten was nearly adopted by someone else, and Rob almost cried. So, that was that: the calico kitten was going to join us, as soon as she passed the 8 week mark and could be separated from Mama Kitty. That was this past weekend.
R&K spent yesterday (Sun) in PA with that household, as it was K's best friend's bday, and they brought the kitten home with them last night. Correction: they brought TWO kittens home with them last night. Turns out the calico was joined at the hip to one of her brothers, and as soon as they saw how dependent the two babies were on each other, they couldn't bear to separate them.
( Presenting Iridessa and ... TBD )
I believe we've officially crossed into "Crazy Cat Family" territory: seven cats, three of whom are under a year old - the other four are all 14+ - plus the two dogs. *headdesk* Sweet, gentle Gem, who only recently became brave enough to wander the full house without hiding, was extremely put out by the new arrivals last night, hissing and growling, even after I took her back upstairs to give her some space. Clearly, she was not ready to give up her coveted post as fawned-over baby of the family.
But, gosh, the wee ones are adorable.
Mozilla has acquired Pocket, a kind of DVR for the internet, for an undisclosed sum. The nine-year-old company, which makes tools for saving articles and videos to view them later, is Mozilla’s first acquisition. It represents a homecoming of sorts for Pocket, which began life as a Firefox extension before eventually expanding its team and building a suite of apps for every major platform. Pocket has been Firefox’s default read-it-later service since 2015.
Summary: Alastair Potter passed out just as every name in the Potter collective thus far came out of the Goblet of Fire... save for one name. Chandra Rahasyamay, previously only seen in the Potter collective's dreams, has come out at last. Everyone else in the collective has mysteriously vanished, leaving Chandra on his own with an incomplete amnesia. In this chapter he struggles in school, and everyone else struggles to comprehend his odd manner of speaking. Will he be able to figure his magic out before the First Task?
Archive Of Our Own version
FanFiction dot net version
Big Closet version
Start at Chapter One: "Feeling Sic" = AO3, FF.net, BC
Good luck to squeaky with the recovery!
For reasons I do not care to discuss outside lock, my cope has increased dramatically. (Shit I've literally procrastinated for a year and a half? Dealt with.) I wish therefore to try a practice of attention to physicality. And, hey. I cleaned my apartment! My living room and dining nook have a substantial open carpeted space now, so something like a YouTube video or channel that I could follow solo three mornings a week is an actual possibility!
Therefore: rec me exercise Youtubes?
I'm looking for something interesting enough to keep my attention over a span of time measured in weeks or greater, but basic enough that my (probable near-total) inexperience in the activity will not be a barrier. My priorities exercise-wise are, in order from the top, lung capacity, endurance, strength (full body), and flexibility.
I like to dance, but the only type I'm any good at is square dance; this is far too social an activity to work as my 3x/week solo morning exercise. I'm going to look for Irish dance exercise Youtubes later, though. I'm also going to try to get out to the city park to walk on the regular, but it isn't yet warm enough around here that I want to do that.
Today is ‘International Polar Bear Day’, and in honor of the efforts to save this species, we are introducing you to a trio of adorable new cubs!
On November 8, a Polar Bear named Anana gave birth to twins at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. On November 16, her sister, Aurora, also gave birth to twin cubs. However, this great news was met with the unfortunate passing of one of Anana’s cubs.
This is Aurora’s third time producing twins; the first litter did not survive and the now famous, Nora, was born in the second litter on November 6, 2015. Nora was hand reared by the Zoo team after Aurora left her alone in the den when she was six days old.
Activity inside the dens was being monitored using remote cameras, and the reason for the loss of Anana’s cub will likely never be known. Animal care staff members, who had been observing Anana and Aurora 24 hours a day, noted the cub stopped moving, but Anana continued to groom the cub and held it in position to nurse.
“At this time, both Anana and Aurora are attentively caring for their cubs but the sudden loss of one of Anana’s cubs is a sad reminder of how fragile their lives are both in our care and in their native Arctic environment,” said Carrie Pratt, Curator of North America and Polar Frontier. “We remain hopeful for the survival of these cubs as well as for the future of Polar Bears.”
The sire to all the cubs is 28-year-old Nanuq who came to the Columbus Zoo in 2012. As long as Aurora and Anana continue to care for cubs in their dens, Nanuq is the only Polar Bear visible to guests.
Anana and her cub are taking baby steps to explore other areas of the maternity den. The little one is now eating chow and will also steal little slivers of meat from mom. The cub is also climbing and running on sand piles and sod. After being introduced to a few inches of water (up to the belly), the cub is a big fan. The cub’s sex will be confirmed during the vet wellness check-up in the coming weeks, and both mom and baby will remain off-view until spring.
Aurora and her twin cubs are also experiencing similar milestones as her sister and cub. The cubs are being introduced to more of the behind-the-scenes yards with sand and sod (slowly growing their world) and they are doing great. They are also eating chow and sneaking bits of meat from mom. The twins have been introduced to a few inches of water. According to keepers, they will put all four paws in, splash around and stick their snouts in. Afterwards, they like to roll on the sod to dry off. The twins’ sex will be confirmed during their vet wellness check-up in the coming weeks, and, as with Anana and cub, both mom and babies will likely be on view in the spring.
Nanuq is the oldest male Polar Bear to reproduce in a North American zoo. Nine-year-old twins Aurora and Anana arrived at the Columbus Zoo in 2010 when the Polar Frontier region opened. All three bears came from other zoos on breeding loans as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) for the threatened species.
Female Polar Bears generally have their first set of cubs between the ages of four and eight years. Due to delayed implantation, the gestation period can range from about 195 to 265 days. Pregnant Polar Bears den in the fall and give birth, generally to two cubs, in the winter. The cubs grow quickly on their mother’s fat-rich milk before emerging from the den in the spring.
Polar Bears are native to the circumpolar north including the United States (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Norway and Denmark (Greenland). They are at the top of the Arctic food chain and primarily eat seals. Polar Bear populations are declining due to the disappearance of sea ice, and experts estimate that only 20,000-25,000 Polar Bears are left in the wild. Some scientists believe if the warming trend continues two-thirds of the population could disappear by the year 2050.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, in partnership with Polar Bears International (PBI), has provided support to 14 conservation projects in three countries since 1998. In recognition of the Zoo’s conservation and education programs, PBI has designated the Columbus Zoo an Arctic Ambassador Center.
For more information on the work PBI does, and 'International Polar Bear Day', please see their website: www.polarbearsinternational.org