here’s my fancomic of your dragons, floccinaucinihilipilificationa!
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This is not a fan comic, this is a super sweet comic on its own ლζ*♡ε♡*ζლ It’s hilarious!! And I love your personal twists on the dragons designs. You made them look more anthropomorph, thats so cool! I imagine them walking on two feet throw the city wearing a baseball cap. And the scales look to soft! And there is a heart on the the tail!!☆*･゜ﾟ･*(^O^)/*･゜ﾟ･*☆ Those are such sweet design choices, you have a great eye for that! <3 Thank you so much for showing me, it made me really happy! c: I hope that you were happy while drawing it too!
Society acts as if the chronically ill are obligated to tell their medical information to anyone who asks. Even to your own mother. You are not. You are not obligated to tell anyone, everyone, even your own mother. You are not.
ruler/yardstick (the longer the better) - helpful if as wide as your blanket
postal/cooking scale to weigh the beads (you need to figure out what 3 or 4 ounces looks like so you know how much to put in each pocket)
Things you will need to buy and how to get them as cheap as possible:
1. Fabric: $15-20
You will need enough fabric to make a front and a back for your blanket. Of course, it depends how big you want your blanket to be. I wanted mine to be big enough to cover my whole body comfortably, so I got two pieces at 42" x 72". My blanket, at the end, is about 40" x 68". This almost perfectly covers the top of a twin bed, and is a great for an adult sized blanket.
Joann Fabric is a wonderful store for fabric. They have a wide variety of fabrics, and they’re reasonably priced. They almost always have coupons for 40-50% off 1 item, and things in the store are often on sale!!
I personally chose to go with flannel, because I wanted the blanket to be cool enough to use all year round, and as soft as possible. I got 2 different colors, so I could have a front and a back. The solid color was on sale for 40% off, and I found a 50% off coupon online for the other fabric. I spent $15.56 (plus tax) on the fabric.
I suggest flannel or something else that’s strong - there’s going to be a lot of stress on the fabric.
2. Thread $2-4
About $3.29 (plus tax).
Total amount spent is $20.17, including tax. Total time spent is 20 minutes.
3. Weighted Beads $20-40
First, decide how heavy you want your blanket. For children, the recommended weight is 10% bodyweight + 1 lb. A 70 lb child, for example, would use an 8 lb blanket.
For teenagers/adults, somewhere between 14-20 lbs is usually good. A pretty standard weight is 15 lbs. If you’re a smaller person, or don’t really know how heavy you want it, go with 15. If you’re a larger person, or really crave deep pressure, go with 20. If you’re somewhere in between, pick something in between!
Weighted beads are sold in craft store, but are super expensive. You’re going to want to look for “Plastic Poly Pellets”. Ebay sellers sometimes have them in different weight shipments, so that’s a good place to look! Anything more than $2.50/lb is expensive (including shipping). I buy my weighted beads in bulk here. If you really can’t find beads anywhere, feel free to contact me and I will send you some at cost+shipping with no additional charge.
Total amount spent: $62.17. Time spent: 30 minutes.
[Image description, main image: A red blanket spread out on a sewing table, sewn with a pattern of small squares. Other image descriptions under the read more.]
A wonderful tutorial on how to make your own weighted blanket, written by an autistic person who’s made many in the past!
Although weighted blankets are most frequently made for and used by autistic folks, they’re absolutely fantastic for anyone–they make you feel calm and protected, and that’s going to be great for any spoonie.
Spreading the awereness of aromanticism is important.
However making posts about platonic love and relationships and putting an asexual flag on it or tagging it as asexual is not helping. Asexuality and aromanticism are different concepts even though our communities might have close relations and aromantic asexuals exist.
Asexuality is not about romantic attraction likewise aromanticism isn’t about sexual attraction.
This is especially important for allosexual aromantics and alloromantic asexuals.
I put description to my pics for a reason. Here is an additional pic:
Two things bother me about this ( not the post specifically, but the subtext and implications I often see when people are talking about this kind of thing ). And these two things are sort of related– again going back to history of aromantic stuff coming from within asexual spaces. Here are a lot of words working out why this didn’t sit well with me:
1) “platonic” is a terrible word for this kind of example because people interpret it to mean at least 3 distinct things… and those meanings really matter to this context:
platonic = without a romantic component (but may have a sexual component)
platonic = without a sexual component (but may have a romantic component)
platonic = with neither a sexual nor a romantic component
So please be specific and say what you mean– non-sexual-only, non-romantic-only or both non-sexual AND non-romantic.
"Asexuality is not about romantic attraction likewise aromanticism isn’t about sexual attraction.“
That’s just not true and more importantly, it doesn’t follow from the definitions of either of those things, because knowing what something *is* about doesn’t necessarily give any information about what it’s *not* about.
It’s more accurate to say: asexuality is about lacking sexual attraction, likewise aromanticism is about lacking romantic attraction.
It might seem like a subtle distinction but it’s actually a very important one because ultimately ( and I'l explain why ) aromanticism is *not* about sexual attraction, but asexuality *is* a little bit about romantic attraction.
By definition, asexuality and aromanticism seem to be parallel concepts and communities with some overlap. But that’s not the case. That’s not how it happened, and that matters. The point I’m getting to here is that:
yes it’s important to avoid mixing up asexuality and aromanticism AND SIMULTANEOUSLY
aromanticism has a place under the ace flag that asexuality doesn’t have under the aromantic flag– and it’s important not to ignore that or not to take the aromanticism out of or away from asexuality.
The language of romantic orientation and aromanticism came out of the asexual community. People in the asexual community ( aromantic, romantic and otherwise) created that language because they / we needed it. ( There’s a lot of romantic orientation diversity and that’s really important to how a lot of people work out their asexuality and what it means– romantic stuff and lack therefore is a major focus in asexual spaces. ) The intersection of asexuality and aromanticism was *in* the asexual community– it *was* ( and to a certain extent sill is ) an asexual community thing, and that means that for a lot of people, asexuality *was* ( and still is ) also about aromanticism.
The aromanticism of aromantic aces has always belonged under, and been rightly represented by, the asexual umbrella– for as long as there was one– for those who experienced it that way (and more recently, with the creation of the ace pride flag,under the ace pride flag). That doesn’t go away or change or become invalid because a separate aromantic community emerged.
It’s not that non-asexual aromantic people didn’t exist back then, but the language didn’t exist for them to find each other– ( aromantic and other) asexual folks had to create it and provide it. And by doing that, the asexual community ( especially parts with heavy involvement from aromantic aces ) made it possible for the aromantic community to exist, and to exist separately. The aromantic community would not exist without the asexual community and that asexual / aromantic intersection grounded firmly within it.
The existence of a separate aromantic community doesn’t and can’t take our aromanticim out of our asexuality ( for those of us who experience them together and have long before the aromantic community existed as a thing separate from asexuality ). And the existence of an aromantic flag doesn’t take our aromanticism out from under the asexual flag. The asexual / ace community and its aromantic sections and its sections focused on non-romantic relationships ( which many non-aro aces care a lot about ), etc. can and should continue having the conversations and working stuff out about aromantic relationships as they always have. And nobody gets to say that aromantic issues aren’t an asexual thing because they’re an aromantic thing: aromantic things can be ( and often are ) *also* asexual things.
So it is accurate and meaningful to have *both* sentiments with an ace pride flag:
I love you but not sexually (or I love you romantically but not sexually )
I love you but not sexually or romantically ( and therefore, if you insist on using the word: I love you platonically ).
The asexual / aromantic thing shouldn’t be *the only* message under the ace flag, and the ace pride flag shouldn’t be mixing up asexuality and aromanticism, and nobody should be implying that aromanticism is only for people on the asexual spectrum– aromanticism also belongs in places *other than* under the ace flag: that point is well taken.
On the other hand, aromanticsm *does* belong as *one of* the messages under the ace flag. That might not be the oversimplified, decontextualised story that’s most convenient for some ( non-asexual ) aromantic folks ( or non-aromantic asexual folks ), but aromanticims is part of asexuality’s story– and has been since before the aromantic *community* existed– and we have a right to keep it.
Aromanticism has always been one of several *asexual* things ( in a way that, as much as aromanticism is diverse with respect to sexual orientation, asexuality is *not* an aromantic thing. )
Since the aromantic community came out of the intersection of asexuality and aromanticism… and moved away from asexualilty from there, aromanticism isn’t about asexuality. Aromantic community has sexual orientation diversity too, but those things are less important to the community in a “look were’re all here and our sexual attractions or lack thereof don’t really matter” kind of way.
There are aromantic asexuals or asexual aromantics who identify more strongly with the aromantic community than with the asexual community– there’s nothing wrong with that. To be clear though, it’s about personal experiences: it’s not about aromanticism or the aromantic community being about asexuality. ( The aromantic community is only “about” asexuality insofar as it should know and care about asexuality whether or not its members are themselves asexual because it wouldn’t exist if not for the asexual community. )
So it only accurate and meaningful, as you said, to have non-romantic sentiments under the aromantic flag.
TLDR: Aromanticism is not about asexuality but asexuality is a litle bit about aromanticism. The aromantic community would not exist were it not for the asexual community and the tools it produded and provided ( largely from the intersection of aromanticism and asexuality… an intersection positioned specifically within asexuality ). It’s not okay to take the aromanticism that has always been in asexuality out of asexuality… even if the aromanticism within asexuality gets in the way of the oversimplified story a lot of people want to tell about either aromanticism or asexuality: aromanticism belongs *both* under the asexual / ace flag AND under the aromantic flag. It’s just that aromanticism shouldn’t be *the only* thing under the asexual / ace flag.
Chronic pain is getting out of bed half an hour after curling up under the blanket when you finally decide that, yes, you are hurting bad enough to take pain medicine.
Chronic pain is owning more heating pads than shoes.
Chronic pain is feeling more tired than upset when stabbing pain pierces your elbow for no reason at all.
Chronic pain is standing in a room full of people, looking around and wondering what it would be like to feel nothing at all.
Chronic pain is always wondering whether the next person you have to ask for help will take you seriously.
Chronic pain is constantly carrying a survival bag: medications, joint braces/wraps, topical analgesics, battery-powered heating pad/hand warmer, earplugs.
Chronic pain is being disbelieved by at least 70% of the doctors you visit.
Chronic pain is hunting for other people who “get it,” just so you can feel a little less alone.
Chronic pain is the constant balancing act between doing enough to make yourself happy and not doing so much that your pain gets worse.
Chronic pain is standing in the middle of a sidewalk, breathing as deeply as you can manage, and willing your legs to keep moving forward in spite of the pain.
Chronic pain is constantly explaining that, yes, you are disabled, but no, your disability can’t be seen.
Chronic pain is sometimes just breaking down and crying when the combination of your body and the world become too much to handle.
Chronic pain is being forced to choose your friends carefully and your doctors even more carefully.
Chronic pain is nearly falling down in the middle of the sidewalk because the sole of your foot decided it didn’t want to bear pressure today.
Chronic pain is having a specialized gadget for any task requiring force or dexterity: jar openers, electric can openers, pencil/pen grips, ergonomic computer input devices, spring-loaded scissors, the list goes on.
Chronic pain is an ache in your forearm, a lightning bolt down your leg, spikes in your back, rubber bands pulling on your wrists, a giant weight crushing your skull, a burning in your spine, phantom bruises on your feet, or a nail through your knee.
Chronic pain is eventually realizing that your life has changed and that you will live in this horribly unfair state possibly for the rest of your life.
Chronic pain is finally finding strength in the fact that you have survived and faith that you will continue.
You’re not unreliable - your health is.
shout out to all my chronically ill people who get shit for being late, for cancelling, because their health prevents them, and feel like jerks because of it. It’s not your fault. (via sickfacemcgee )
Ok but what people don’t understand is that it’s not that I’m bragging about my ACT score, and its not like a care about it at all. Standardized tests don’t define you and frankly they’re terrible tests. But you need to understand that I have had seven brain surgeries. There is an inoperable mass on my brain. I am very brain damaged. My brain is constantly under life threatening pressure. I rely on a tube to drain my brain fluid into my abdomen just to live. My brain is literally so compressed with fluid that it looks like I have less brain than healthy people on my scans. And I got a 27 on the ACT. 27. That is amazing. That is ridiculously good. I deserve to be proud of that score. I was bullied my whole life. Everyone called me worthless and stupid. I was that kid with a beaten down damaged brain in a room full of fully functional healthy brains. And I got like 6 or 7 points better than they did on the ACT. Might I add that I took this test very soon after I had just gotten out of the hospital from having two brain surgeries in a week. I took the test at home. In pain. I didn’t even try as hard as I could of. And I did amazing regardless. And I will always be proud of myself for that.
people are allowed to leave you.
people are allowed to break up with you.
people are allowed to love you but not want to be with you.
people are allowed to not want to talk to you.
people are allowed to put their happiness before yours and do what makes them happy even if it does not include you.
people are allowed to move on from you.
people are allowed to fall in love with someone else.
people are allowed to not want you in their life.
people are allowed to do whatever they want to better themselves and become the version of themselves they are trying so hard to love.
don’t be bitter towards someone who is only trying to be happy.
On the menu for Maggie tonight is puréed sweet potato, puréed brown rice, sprouted organic tofu, chia seeds, and digestive enzymes. Does she look excited? She is!
This dog does not look excited, this dog looks malnourished.
The diet you are feeding your dog places a huge burden entirely on the pancreas, forcing it to produce large amounts of amylase to deal with the starch, cellulose, and carbohydrates in plant matter. (yes, even with your supplements) The carnivore’s pancreas does not secrete cellulase to split the cellulose into glucose molecules, nor have dogs become efficient at digesting and assimilating and utilizing plant material as a source of high quality protein.
When this stuff sits in the pet’s intestine (yes even with your supplemented enzymes) it not only irritates the lining of the bowels but also provides the perfect warm, wet environment with plenty of undigested sugars and starches as food for bacteria.
I respect your choice in leading a vegan lifestyle, but please do not force this on your pet who does not recognize the difference, your dog absolutely needs a healthier diet or it is going to develop health issues and I guarantee you, will not live as long as it could otherwise.
side reminder that some dogs can have vegan meat and be completely nourished and content, loving and excited over their meals. See: Onision’s two dogs, Dobs and Leelu. Actually, his name is Greg. He, his wife Lainey, and their two dogs are all vegetarian, and both Dobs and Leelu thrive. They look very well nourished, are energetic, very loving towards both Greg and Lainey, and they are fed vegetarian foods. Do dogs and cats eat meat? Absolutely. With the right nourishments, can they live, thrive, and live a happy and healthy life without it? You bet your sweet ass theycan. Stop bagging on this person for feeding this to their dog. I may advise offering meaty treats to your pet, perhaps chop some chicken or throw in some cooked red meat, but your dog seems very okay to me. The meat would be an added bonus that may please your pooch and also provide additional protein and minerals. He/She seems healthy to me, and also seems interested in the food you’re about to feed them. Do not let these people tell you that you’re abusing your dog. If you choose to continue their diet in this way, I would definitely look more into different kinds of treats that would help with the digestion more, though I don’t know too much in that area. Best of luck to both you and your puppy dog!
Hi hello you seem new to veterinary science and animal welfare in general so let me educate you on some topics that you are completely wrong about
1) “side reminder that some dogs can have vegan meat and be completely nourished and content, loving and excited over their meals.”
This is an assumption. The assumption that dogs are omnivores remains to be proven, whereas the truth about dogs being natural carnivores is very well-supported by the evidence available to us and is understood by many science welfare groups, universities, and doctors of veterinary science.
Dogs and wolves share 99.8% of their mitochondrial DNA, those who insist dogs did not descend from wolves must disprove the litany of scientific evidence that concludes wolves are the ancestors of dogs. And guess what? The wolf is a carnivore. Since a dog’s internal physiology does not differ from a wolf, dogs have the same physiological and nutritional needs as those carnivorous predators.
By stating otherwise you are ignoring and disregarding the work of contributing doctors, educators, and researchers who have compiled over 300 years of research and observations of the wild canine.
2) Do dogs and cats eat meat? Absolutely. With the right nourishments, can they live, thrive, and live a happy and healthy life without it?
No. But congratulations, you got one thing right, dogs and cats eat meat. Can they live a happy and healthy life without it? No they cannot. Cats and dogs health is largely dependent on the body’s ability to digest and make use of the food that is a part of their natural diet that is supplemented from meats. By creating a lack of naturally produced (meat, not supplements) protein in the body of the animal, you are putting your animals at risk for something called protein-losing enteropathy. Although this condition can affect any breed or age of dog, some dog breeds are more likely than others. That being said, feeding your dog and cat an all vegan or vegetarian diet and expecting them to thrive on it is a gamble at best.
There is an entire array of problems that can arise from a lack of natural protein.
Occasional bouts of diarrhea
Lack of energy (lethargy)
Difficulty breathing (dyspnea)
Legs and feet may be puffy or swollen (edema)
Cancer in the intestines
Infection in the intestines
Bacteria such as salmonella(from rotting plant material)
Intestinal parasites like hookworms and whipworms
Inflammation of the intestines (inflammatory bowel disease)
Stomach or intestinal ulcers
Congestive heart failure
Problems with the movement of lymphatic fluid out of the intestines (lymphangiectasia)
3) “He/She seems healthy to me, and also seems interested in the food you’re about to feed them.”
Hey, wrong again. This dogs nose is dried out, it is almost a pale white pink, this is an indication of dehydration or something more serious. The eyes are not clear and bright as they should be, they are red and puffy around the edges, the lining of the eyelids should be pink rather than red. This dog also has a blank stare on its face, and the nose is not pointing at the food, this means the dog is uninterested and is a sign of lethargy. This dog is begging for this meal to be something nutritious. I work at a highly respected veterinary hospital and I see this more often than you would think, I know how to tell when a dog looks malnourished, and so would you if you worked and studied every day in the field of veterinary medicine.
Next time I hope you will take the initiative to educate yourself on these and other important topics on the care for your animal, before you preach something you have no idea about.
Not to mention with cats specifically, they NEEDaprotein called taurine. Taurine is found in fish, meat and human breast milk. Without enough taurine your cat will fucking go blind. They can’t even eat dog food without going blind because it doesn’t have a high enough taurine content. Cat’s (neutered) need around 25% of their diet to consist of protein to be healthy and that protein MUST BE chicken, fish, or beef or they will go blind and eventually die from malnutrition. Cats also must have plenty of fat in their diet because they can’t produce their own. Bottom line if your feeding your cat (or dog but that was discussed more above) a vegan diet, you’re murdering your animal and causing it to suffer immensely in the process.
How could the OP even bullshit themselves into thinking their dog looks even remotely excited? Pretty sure that’s a Lab, and I’ve had two at my house for the past 12 years. They look absolutely nothing like that when it’s their dinnertime. They’re full of energy, with wagging tails and bouncing impatience and eagerly dig into their bowls.
That is the most apathetic look about a meal I have ever seen a dog have.
I’m glad to see this post back on my dash because it means people are still spreading this around. And this is super important information.
Dogs and cats cannot be vegan or vegetarian. If you want a pet that can, get a fucking gerbil.
Very very important. tl;dr? You must feed your cats and dogs what they NEED, and they need meat, poultry and/or fish.
If you want to feed your cat or dog home prepared meals, please do not do so without THE APPROVAL OF YOUR VETERINARIAN.
Here is a great website you can use to explore different ingredient combinations, and it will work out how much you need of the things you choose to ensure your cat or dog has a well balanced diet. Still, do not rely on this alone, and run it by your veterinarian first.
I’ll tell you right now, I just put in the recipe that the OP described…. That poor dog has a whopping 11 deficiencies if that meal is typical of her diet.
Dogs CAN be fed a vegetarian diet, though I think you’ll be hard pressed to find a veterinarian that recommends it. In the thousands of years of domestication that have gone into creating dogs as we know them, they have undergone certain genetic changes, and a lot of these are all about improved carbohydrate digestion and absorption. Cats however, are obligate carnivores. They absolutely need meat.
Looks like an angel, is an angel: Taurus, Libra, Pisces Looks like an angel, is a demon: Cancer, Virgo, Aquarius Looks like a demon, is an angel: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Looks like a demon, is a demon: Gemini, Scorpio, Capricorn