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keepcalmanduseyourpatronus:

The fact that potato salad got over $45,000 yet my mom is struggling this much bothers me. Please help me help my mom in anyway you can. Whatever you can donate makes a difference and means loads.

She could be closer to:

  • A working car
  • A working mobility scooter
  • House renovations
  • Bills paid with less worry
  • Food purchased with less worry

Daughter of a disabled woman looking to help her mother get a new car, new motor scooter, fix home, pay bills, get food- anything. One million dollars is a stretch, and I know that cannot really be accumulated, I just am not sure what the bare minimum should be, so why not reach for the stars. Please just read our story, and donate anything you can. Every dollar helps. My name is Rachel Copans and I am 20 years old. I created this account on behalf of my 54 year old, physically disabled mother. She is a single parent of three (ages 16, 18, and 20); she and my dad divorced when I was little, and when I was 12 my dad passed away, posing an even greater challenge for my mom. She worked hard to be both parents, keep us fed, make sure we kept our house, and everything. However, this is growing more difficult as her disability increases and our income decreases.

THE MAIN ISSUE IS THE CAR: My mom’s van is breaking down, and we fear that it will not be long before it goes. With knee issues, being unable to work, having one child in high school who needs a way there, and two who need transportation to their jobs, a car is an absolute necessity. My mom would not be able to do anything without a vehicle-it is bad enough that her motor scooter broke but the breaking down of a car would make matters even worse-, and the children would be unable to get to school or their summer jobs at a daycare. The only income in the family is my mom’s disability checks, and for only two more years, my youngest brother is still receiving survivor social security- my other brother and I have lost it as a result of being over 18. (My brother and I are working minimum wage jobs during the summer to pay tuition and can not contribute very much to our mother). My mother and I have worked tirelessly searching for programs and organizations that donate cars, and even specific ones geared toward people with physical disabilities. A vehicle with decent millage, and possibly a van would be ideal for a family of four, especially when my mother needs to drive me back to college. Although this would be best for our needs and situation, our circumstances are increasing in risk, and we would be grateful for any way in which you can assist us.

OTHER ISSUES: My mom’s motor scooter also broke a few years ago. This makes it impossible for her to go into stores and get around outside of the house. There are also numerous issues with the house- broken dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer, stove/oven, no access to a shower/tub for my mom (she washes her hair in the sink)…so much is falling apart we do not even know anymore! Bills and food are worrisome and more important though, so of course we aren’t making any repairs. I know this was long, but thank you for you time, consideration, and any help you could provide.

Maya, sorry to bother you, but I just wondered if you could help me work out what sort of stuff to put in my new notebook. It is one of those ones that look like a novel but is a notebook and it's of the casebook of sherlock holmes and I got it as a
Anonymous

birthday present from someone who really does feel like the John to my Sherlock. She said that she’d seen it and instantly thought of me, and that it seemed right for me to have a casebook, but I’m stumped as to what to fill it with. I don’t want to mess it up because she means the world to me and by extension this book does too. I mean, I’m not asking you for anything specific, that would be unfair on you, but I just wondered if you had any ideas because I’m stumped.

Oop, hmm. I’m not really sure. I know for me at least, I have two types of journals- one for scribble writing, just stream-of-consciousness, this-is-the-way-to-get-to-the-bank, brainstorming writing. And then the other type of journal is for really important stuff, for quotes and solidly written poems and stickers and little drawings and bits taped in. Everytime that I’ve tried to organize a notebook more than that, it doesn’t ever really work out (like trying to just put poems, or just stream-of-consciousness, or just stuff about a specific event or topic). I’ll use a scribble notebook for, like, three weeks to a month and a half before it’s used up, and the other type for a couple of years, probably. You could put together a notebook like that, full of all the stuff you want to save and keep with you. Or you could put just nice things in it, things that make you feel happy and safe and loved and remind you of your friend who means the world to you. You could even fill it up with things you think your friend would like and then give it back to her… 

Hopefully maybe something in there gave you an idea? Best wishes, lovely. 

cosmic-shine:

Eighth in pallete #33. This darkness in my head too.

cosmic-shine:

Eighth in pallete #33. This darkness in my head too.

youdonothavetochoose:

An eighth doctor pallete thing that Maya requested FOREVER ago. So sorry. I kept looking at eight’s face and trying to reconcile it with the face I was drawing, because wow what an interesting, hard to draw face. I was going to do something TARDIS-y in the bg, but I still have Cap to draw so maybe later?

youdonothavetochoose:

An eighth doctor pallete thing that Maya requested FOREVER ago. So sorry. I kept looking at eight’s face and trying to reconcile it with the face I was drawing, because wow what an interesting, hard to draw face. I was going to do something TARDIS-y in the bg, but I still have Cap to draw so maybe later?

demureworm:

maya and i have this really fun little game we play it’s a great time

  • maya send me a cute selfie via snapchat and i screenshot it
  • maya is angered that i had the audacity to screenshot them, and sends me an angry selfie to tell me so
  • i screenshot the angry selfie
  • maya then sends me a series of angry selfies that are all set to one second, in an attempt to both chastise me and save themselves from being screenshotted
  • i screenshot all of them anyway
  • maya swears that they’re never sending me another selfie EVER AGAIN, EVER
  • about two hours later maya sends me a selfie and i screenshot it

so we went into this goodwill… and there was this wedding dress… long story short, I had to try it on.

"what can you do but hold your hand out in the dark?"

"what can you do but hold your hand out in the dark?"

what gender do you identify as? or do you not?
Anonymous

what a terrifying question i’m 

i’m still a little bit iffy on the words

it’s kind of like. a mix-y thing with Girl, Not Girl but still something, and just Not, which sort of tends to manifest itself as Sort of Girl And Sort of Anti-Matter Force of Evil or sometimes Mostly ‘What? No’ But With A Side of Girl

sooooo like… genderfluid?? demigirl?? non-binary?? agender?? all of the above?? i am still looking for a solid combination of words like i have with my sexuality/romantic identity because having those words is really important to me. that’s why i sort of lumped it all together under ‘hexaflexagirl,’ which is a word i made up based off of the hexaflexagon. but it’s sort of a lot more fluid than that, like, less like three sides and more like three partially mixed colors of paint where they kind of blend in places but aren’t totally mixed. like this:

where yellow is non-binary and blue is agender and green is demgirl/girl

hey, this is a super long shot, but does anyone have a link to read or download the attack by yasmina khadra? i have looked everywhere and the whole internet has failed me. 

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halorvic:

Eight, #11 (suggested by anonymous)

halorvic:

Eight, #11 (suggested by anonymous)

to clarify a couple of things regarding me personally

i’ve been vegetarian for nearly nine years. i made the choice for myself, with no prompting from anyone else, and i did my research and continue to do my research in order to ensure that i stay healthy and know the ethical and practical implications of my choice.

i have never insisted that anyone in my life stops eating meat. i have never asked anyone to stop eating meat in front of me, or stop talking about how much they love meat. i’ve answered questions about vegetarianism when i’ve been asked, but i haven’t offered information unprompted.

many times in my life people have asked me rude questions regarding my personal dietary habits, have tried to force meat on me, and have even given me meals that have meat in them while insisting that they were vegetarian. since i’ve been vegetarian for so long and because i have other unrelated health concerns, eating meat now literally makes me sick. it’s totally inappropriate to feed someone a food without their knowledge that they’ve already expressed to you is a dietary restriction, especially when you don’t have any idea about why they might be vegetarian or have any other dietary limitations. i think it’s a lot ruder than obnoxiously lecturing on veganism, but that’s just me. 

i believe that being vegetarian is the best environmental choice, but i’m not going to lecture you on specific facts and figures. if you’re curious, you’ll look them up. but i am going to say that i know that being vegetarian isn’t a catch-all, be-all, end-all to being environmentally friendly. i don’t feel superior because i’m vegetarian just like i don’t feel superior for using fluorescent lightbulbs or taking fairly short showers.

i’m also fully aware of the mistreatment of the laborers who provide the food that ends up on my table. i know that the food that i’m eating is not suddenly ethically and morally perfect simply because it doesn’t contain any meat when in all likelihood, the vegetables i pick up in the grocery store were harvested and planted by workers with abysmal living and working conditions. (i encourage you to look up the united farm workers website, http://www.ufw.org/, for more on how you can help change these conditions). by choosing to eat only vegetarian products, i have not prioritized the well-being of animals over the well-being of those workers, and implications that i have make me really upset, especially when they come from people who make no effort to avoid benefiting from the low cost of fruits and vegetables that comes from that labor force as well. i am aware of what is happening and i am active in trying to change the conditions of farm workers- eating vegetarian is not counterproductive to that cause in any way whatsoever. 

i’m also aware that not everyone has the luxury or ability to eat vegetarian or buy expensive organic produce, which is part of why i would never try to ‘convert’ anyone to vegetarianism. health concerns and dietary restrictions are totally legitimate reasons to not go vegetarian, as are the difficulties of finding protein and necessary nutrients on a meat-free diet on a low budget. even where it’s possible, it’s often requires more time to find balanced vegetarian meals than many working households are willing or able to spend. that’s totally understandable, and i in no way think less of anyone for eating meat for that or any other reason. 

also understandable is a set of cultural norms that encourage eating meat. i would never ask anyone to sacrifice their traditions for a vegetarian diet. many places and cultures see meat as a staple of a meal and as something really important, and not wanting to give up that cultural history in food in order to eat a more western diet is totally fair. and many of these cultures that value meat so highly use it much more effectively than mine does, and i respect that too. 

basically, whatever your reasons to eat vegetarian or not eat vegetarian, i’m cool with it. it’s your body, it’s your choice to make. but being disrespectful to someone else for what they eat or what you imagine they might be thinking about your food is not an okay thing for me, and i also really encourage awareness and full understanding of your own choices (like knowing where the food you do eat comes from and what and how you need to eat to stay healthy). that’s what’s important to me, and that’s what i hope people are aware of when they talk to me about vegetarianism. 

I’VE SEEN EVERY EPISODE OF BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER FIVE TIMES, LEAKYCON. THAT’S GOTTA COUNT FOR SOMETHING WHEN IT COMES TO SLAYING AT QUIDDITCH. 

I’VE SEEN EVERY EPISODE OF BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER FIVE TIMES, LEAKYCON. THAT’S GOTTA COUNT FOR SOMETHING WHEN IT COMES TO SLAYING AT QUIDDITCH. 

i haven’t worn makeup in like two weeks and i’m already a little bit iffy on the ‘who is that in the mirror’ game on a good day and so when i put on eyeliner today i was like ‘who is this puffy-eyed, purple-haired punk in the mountain goats shirt and why are they staring at me so aggressively’

there’s gonna come a day when you feel better/you’ll rise up free and easy on that day/and float from branch to branch lighter than the air/just when that day is coming, who can say, who can say