Hey, Internet! Do You Like CATS?
Of course you do! Well, my family and I are looking for a little help with our kitty, Daltrey. Last week, he had to have lifesaving surgery due to an obstructed urinary tract. He would have been dead within 24 hours without this surgery.
Good news: He made it out of the surgery and is recovering well!
Bad news: We have about $2,000 in vet bills to pay :(
So, we’re taking to the Internet to help us out. We aren’t asking for straight up donations (though of course, this will be appreciated), but instead, we are offering handmade jewelry for sale, in exchange for donations to our cause.
If everyone could just take a moment to look through the crafts we have up, that would be much appreciated! View the album here.
To “purchase” an item, click on the link to our donation page in each photo description, donate the cost of the item, then comment on the photo saying “claimed.” I’ll then send you a PM to get shipping information, and I’ll mail you your new handmade craft! Simple as that!
You can also “like” our Facebook page for updates and plenty of adorable kitty pictures!
Thanks in advance, people of the Internet!
11:39 am • 9 October 2013 • 1 note
I finished reading The Half Blood Prince today.
4:58 pm • 16 September 2013
Deep sea diving … in a wheelchair? Artist Sue Austin takes her wheels underwater to combat limiting views of disability
After a battle with illness damaged her ability to walk, artist Sue Austin started using a wheelchair. In a talk at TEDxWomen, she describes how beginning to use a wheelchair — something she found exciting and freeing — inspired people she knew to treat her differently:
"Even though I had this new-found joy and freedom," she says in her talk, “people’s reaction completely changed towards me. It was as if they couldn’t see me anymore, as if an invisibility cloak had descended.
"They seemed to see me in terms of their assumptions of what it must be like to be in a wheelchair.
"When I asked people their associations with the wheelchair, they used words like ‘limitation,’ ‘fear,’ ‘pity’ and ‘restriction.’ I realized I’d internalized these responses and it had changed who I was on a core level. A part of me had become alienated from myself. I was seeing myself not from my perspective, but vividly and continuously from the perspective of other people’s responses to me.
"As a result, I knew I needed to make my own stories about this experience, new narratives to reclaim my identity."
Sue began to factor her wheelchair into her art, hoping to encourage viewers to reconsider the way they look at disability — to show that a wheelchair isn’t a punishment, but an opportunity to experience the world in a different way.
One way she did this was by working with a team to create a self-propelled wheelchair that works underwater, allowing Sue to scuba without leaving her chair.
I realized that scuba gear extends your range of activity in just the same way that a wheelchair does,” she says in her talk, “but the associations attached to scuba gear are ones of excitement and adventure — completely different to people’s responses to the wheelchair. So I thought, ‘I wonder what will happen if I put the two together?’
At first, the goal seemed impossible: “When we started talking to people about it, engineers were saying it wouldn’t work, the wheelchair would go into a spin, it was not designed to go through water — but I was sure it would,” Austin told the BBC. But things worked out, and the results are quite spectacular. “If you just put a thruster under the chair all the thrust is below the center of gravity so you rotate,” she said. “It was certainly much more acrobatic than I anticipated.”
Watch Sue’s entire talk below, and see more of her art at her website.
11:03 am • 14 September 2013 • 7,875 notes
This is a baby Marty Mcfly in a cardboard Delorean. Your argument is invalid.
10:49 am • 14 September 2013 • 1 note
Toys R Us to drop gender biased marketing
Retail giant Toys R Us has pledged to stop marketing its products exclusively for boys and girls amid concerns about sexual stereotyping.
Super psyched about this!
4:17 pm • 5 September 2013 • 2 notes
THAT’S RIGHT, DRAG IT. DRAG THAT LONG, SEXY ASS.
OH MY GOD, MOM. WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?
YOUR FATHER HAS A VERY NICE BACKSIDE. I’M COMMENTING ON IT.
THAT’S SO GROSS. YOU’RE GROSSING ME OUT. DAD, TELL HER SHE’S BEING A SICKO.
HONEY, YOU’RE BEING “A SICKO” AND UPSETTING SAMUEL WITH YOUR COMPLETELY ACCURATE REMARK ABOUT HOW GREAT MY ASS IS.
I’M NOT SORRY.
YOU HEAR THAT, CHAMP? YOUR MOTHER IS UNREPENTANT. SHE’S A WOMAN OF STRONG CONVICTIONS, AND I THINK WE SHOULD RESPECT THAT.
Snails are my favorite. Snails being snarky = even better.
12:00 pm • 4 September 2013 • 7,208 notes
Where can I get this shirt? I need to prove to the world how hardcore I am because I am fan of band Balck Flag.
(Source: animolcrosing, via fancybooday)
10:30 am • 4 September 2013 • 9,375 notes
I barbecued with my family for the first time this summer. Made some awesome veggie kebabs, and those wimpy looking hot dogs in the back are my vegetarian ones.
There are zero bothers to be given that it’s after Labor Day. I’m not ready for summer to be over yet, and it was gorgeous out tonight!
11:16 pm • 3 September 2013