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…

One Week

You know those weeks when it feels like all the heavy hitter items are happening at once? Well, this was one of those weeks.

I’ll go in order of what happened.

Firstly, as of last Tuesday…I’m a homeowner! Well- condo owner, but you get the idea. My partner and I were beyond lucky in getting the second place we put an offer on. Especially with the way the market is. I mean, our house hunt only lasted maybe two weeks? Now as someone who LOVES House Hunters (yes, I know how they actually do it and don’t care because I’m here for entertainment) my biggest concern was being “house poor”. When we initially started our search, we budgeted our monthly payment to be about what we pay in rent. When all was said done though, it turned out our payment is actually less!

Next, I am officially halfway done with my course and that much closer to getting certified! My system of completing this course is definitely erratic, but at this point I’ve come to terms with it. By erratic, I mean: spending days where I do nothing except the course followed by periods of not even looking at it. I’m still ahead of schedule though, so it’s A-OK in my book.

Now on to the last heavy hitter…

Today I booked the venue for my wedding next year which means IT. IS. HAPPENING.

SIDE NOTE: I don’t think I ever made a post about it, but my partner proposed to me last month.

Artist: oshtu

***this post’s title is inspired by a What We Do in the Shadows episode***

Cosplay: Maybe next year?

It’s been over a year and a half since I stepped back into the world of cosplay and after finally getting the ball rolling on a convention in December…I found out I won’t be able to go.

I was super excited and had even commissioned a cosplay and everything, but oh well. What can you do, right? There’s always next year and then I’ll be able to see the local scene when it starts up.

Since we’ve relocated it’s been a bit of an up and down wave for finding hobbies- especially outside the house. I don’t want anyone to think I’m in a funk though. My certification course has added some variety to my days and my partner has been finding new spots to explore on weekends.

Still no luck meeting people yet, but I’m looking forward to next year’s cosplay conventions (if all is well enough for them to happen).

My cosplay did arrived earlier this month though…so I might take a few photos to showcase it just in time for Halloween.

Artist: oshtu

Shifting Relationships with School

It’s strange to think I went from preparing for graduate school to putting it on hold and now I’m taking a certification course. I guess it’s the feeling of “being done with school! hooray!”, only to find yourself in a different version of it…The feeling can be odd, but it does makes sense to me.

I think the catch with secondary education is you’re taking a bunch of core classes with a limited variety of electives that may or may not align with your interests. Then you get to tertiary education (in my case University) where easily half your degree can be a combination of courses you just took in secondary school and courses that aren’t even relevant to your specific degree.

So if/when you do enter the world of specialized courses and certifications, it’s enlightening because you know you’re not having to deal with frivolous extras. No more having to pay for unrelated things. You have a specific interest you want to learn about and BAM! It’s all you’re focused on.

Once I finish my current course I already have a few I’m planning to take next. Some are related to data analytics, but the one I’m most looking forward to is a drawing course! As someone who loves to commission art I’ve always wanted to learn and finally did some digging. The good news is there are tons of talented artists offering courses which made it loads easier.

So here’s to building new and difficult skills!

Artist: oshtu