Daylight Savings: A First

Since our move out west I’ve fallen into a bit of a routine with working from home. Usually, I finish my workday between 2:30 and 3:30, then spend another two hours or so messing around online before hopping in the shower. Last night things took an unexpected twist however, when I left my office to find it already dark out.

Five-thirty and full night mode.

I don’t think I ever recall it being dark so early when I lived on the East coast. Would the sun be setting? Sure, but it wouldn’t be completely dark yet.

The strangest part was I randomly felt super productive. Like, “Well look at everything I’ve gotten done before six!”. Meanwhile, I don’t think I’d done any more or less than usual.

I’m not sure why, but when I closed the blinds and got my last peek outside…it was heavy. Maybe because of the cold. Maybe not. I’m no stranger to the term ‘seasonal depression’, but with where I used to live, hearing about it was exceedingly rare. Perhaps I felt so off because this is the first time I feel…at risk…

On a brighter note: I’m going to experience traditional winter this year- meaning snow! And every reason to be cozy.

artist: @artoshtu

Foodstuffs Exchange Day (My Festivus)

My invented holiday is about one thing and one thing only: sharing of foodstuffs.

Why? Because great food is one thing we all enjoy and by tasting things those close to us like, we learn more about them. It’s also a way to expand our own food horizons and find new things we really like or just might not be for us, but hey- we gave it a shot!

The way to celebrate is quite simple. Your share a foodstuff be it a fruit, snack, vegetable, treat, meal, or dessert. It could be done at work with co-workers, at school with course-mates, with friends, with family, or whoever you decide. Regardless of your group, everyone brings in enough of their foodstuff and then exchanges it so everyone gets a serving of everyone’s selection.

For instance: my foodstuff this year would be soft pretzels with beer cheese. My partner’s would be churrasco with rice and red beans.

The great thing about it is people’s tastes change all the time. So as years go by, the same people will very likely pick something new and for all you know a selection could be inspired by something you shared years ago.

artist: @artoshtu

Quotes that Keep me Going

Peggy Hill: “Luanne, honey, tell me, what is it like to live without shame of any kind? Is it a good feeling?”

Luanne Platter: “Yeah, it is.”

– PEGGY HILL & LUANNE PLATTER. “SQUARE PEG.” KING OF THE HILL, FOX BROADCASTING MEDIA, 17 JANUARY 1997.

Rocky: I just decided, I don’t like you.

Ginger: I just decided, I don’t care.

– ROCKY & GINGER. CHICKEN RUN. DIR. NICK PARK & PETER LORD. DREAMWORKS DISTRIBUTION, 2000. FILM.

“We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.”

– ISHIGURO, KAZUO. (2005). NEVER LET ME GO. LONDON: FABER AND FABER LIMITED.

“It’s difficult to understand the sum of a person’s life… Some people would tell you it’s measured by the ones left behind, some believe it can be measured in faith, some say by love, other folks say life has no meaning at all… Me, I believe you measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you…”

– CARTER CHAMBERS. THE BUCKET LIST. DIR. ROB REINER. WARNER BROS, 2008. FILM.

Coach Skip: Basically, there’s three grabbers, three taggers, five twig runners, and the player at Whackbat. Center tagger lights a pine cone and chucks it over the basket and the whack-batter tries to hit the cedar stick off the cross rock. Then the twig runners dash back and forth until the pine cone burns out and the umpire calls hotbox. Finally, at the end you count up however many score-downs it adds up to and divide that by nine.

Kristofferson: Got it.

– COACH SKIP & KRISTOFFERSON. FANTASTIC MR. FOX. DIR. WES ANDERSON. TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX, 2009. FILM.

“I do not associate with people that blame the world for their problems; ‘cause you’re your problem, and you’re also your solution.”

– MEGAN. BRIDESMAIDS. DIR. PAUL FEIG. UNIVERSAL PICTURES, 2011. FILM.

“I can’t be my friends therapist. Like I love to help, but now you’re exhau- it’s exhausting. You are a vampire. You love to live in this loop, this circle, this sunken place of ‘What do I do?’ and be a victim. It’s just like; put it on a magnet and fucking remind yourself. You know what I mean? It’s just like I-I had to really break up with people or at least put them on peripheral circle of: You know, I feel like we’re having the same conversation every time we talk. You know what to do. You are doing the same thing with a different person and it’s still somehow their fault. So it’s just like; accountability…But I’m just like, I-I can’t…be mad for you all the time. You know? I can’t have your vitamin.”

MICHELLE BUTEAU, GUEST. “LIFE UN-COURAGEMENT (WITH MICHELLE BUTEAU).” UNHAPPY HOUR WITH MATT BELLASSAI, PINEAPPLE STREET MEDIA, 21 MAY 2019.

Fatherly Shenanigans

Yesterday, my father graciously sent a list of family members with contact information for wedding invitations.

Below is what he sent with that list:

Dear J.J.H.W.,

It was fun while it lasted…we had a good run. Please accept this formal acknowledge as my retirement. I am riding off into the sunset. I will return for ceremonial duties to walk you down the aisle however I will disappear into the night like a ninja after my retirement celebration…I mean your wedding reception. Thank you for your support in finally letting the farsha be a free bird (Caw Caw!)

Love,
Retired Farsha

So this has been a running gag between my dad and I since childhood. Ever since we watched Austin Powers in Goldmember he’s been calling himself “the Farsha” and I can’t even tell you when the “free bird” statements came into play. All I can say is, my father always has time to bring dramatics into everything.

Hence, my response to him:

Dear Farsha,

Thank you so much for the list. Unfortunately, the text of your email was corrupted.

Love,
First Born

He hasn’t responded yet, so I’m pretty sure I won this round.

Artist: oshtu

Dorohedoro Original Characters

I know, I know. This post is beyond late (especially considering I finished season one over a year ago), but I randomly got inspiration to complete my potential OCs and just had to jot it down. So without further ado I present my pair of partners!

General Info

Name: Ume

Age: 27

Height: 173 cm (5’8 ft)

Race: Magic User

Appearance

Hair: Black, shoulder length locs worn half up in twin buns

Eyes: Grey

Skin: Brown

Distinguishing Features: a black dot under each eye & a white dot at the other three points of each eye

Standard Outfit: A pink boiler suit, sports bra, boots

Magic Stats

Magic: Dispelling

Mask Origin: Devil Made

Mask Appearance: White, full face Venetian

Weapon: Two sai

General Info

Name: Katashi

Age: 30

Height: 190.5 cm (6’3 ft)

Race: Magic User

Appearance

Hair: Red

Eyes: Muted yellow

Skin: Fair

Distinguishing Features: a neck tattoo that disappears beneath his collar

Standard Outfit: A black button down shirt, black pants, black boots

Magic Stats

Magic: Teleportation

Mask Origin: Devil Made

Mask Appearance: Skull of a creature with tall horns

Weapon: Their fists

Now all that’s left is to find an artist…