I’m so ready to get out of this house. The top floor is so goddamn hot all the time. I’m laying on top of my sheets, too hot to sleep and waiting for the poor, beleaguered air conditioner to bring the temperature down from 88 82 so I can try to sleep.

Couch get!

I found a lovesac sactional for sale on Craigslist for $2500. Six bases, five sides, a tabletop, a cupholder, and a set of covers in a color I liked. Retail before tax was $4025.

I emailed the guy and asked him about coming to see it. He said it’s all broken down so there’s not much to see. It’s far enough away that I’m not willing to make two trips.

He won’t take a check or anything, so this has to be done in cash. I’m thinking he must have stolen this shit because who in this day and age operates any aboveboard business in cash denominations above $1000?

I also offered to take the whole set for $2000 and he agreed on the spot. SUPER sketch. Oh, AND three of the bases were still in boxes and had different covers than the ones that were unpacked.

I get my boyfriend to come with me, and I’m glad I did because the whole set fills up two Honda Fits. It took me three phone calls to the bank and four ATM transactions to get $2000 in cash because all of the brick-and-mortar banks were closed and no reasonable ATM will allow you to withdraw $2k at once.

Turns out, this guy had just bought a motorcycle and needed to hock the couch ASAP because he needed the cash, and was also storing it in a storage cage that he was technically occupying illegally. The boxed up bases were ones he’d ordered but never gotten around to using, apparently.

So, I’ve just acquired a fancy-ass, super-comfortable couch for less than half the retail price, all of which is in great condition, and as soon as my apartment is set up, I’m gonna have the sweetest living room evar.

You guys, I think I’m getting the plant bug. Tomorrow will officially be spent cleaning up the backyard and assessing the status of my poor pots.

After I go buy a couch from a totally sketchy dude in Gaithersburg.

weftspeed:

Since the knitting still sets off my wrists, I’ve switched to counted cross-stitch instead. It’s like training wheels for embroidery, which I hope to get to in the near future.

Orange is the New Black Characters

mashkwi:

A while back I kept seeing this post go around. I have been meaning to address it for some time. 

First of all I want to point out that most characters in Orange is the New Black are bad people, men and women alike. It’s a women’s prison so most criminals we see are women and in seeing their back stories we can see that some of them have done some pretty bad things to get in there. Even the women who are not inmates are pretty bad people (Piper’s mom, Polly, Figeroa and the female cops). I wont get too into how and why these people could be considered “horrible” (or at least, as “horrible” as the male characters) because that’s not what this post is about. 

What my contention is with this post is where it says: “They’re not all horrible. Bennett’s nice. What more do you want?”. 

Bennet is not nice, he’s as horrible as the rest, if not more. He has acted from the beginning in the least professional way of any correctional officer. He has acted out of selfishness and stupidity throughout and has not been treating Diaz as if she was a real person at all, more like treating her like some object of love interest while he’s on the job. This has been shown many times where she talks to him and tries to come to an agreement with him but he just does what he wants anyway. He has framed Mendez seemingly without remorse when Mendez thought he and Bennet were friends regardless of what Diaz wanted, in fact going directly and immediately against her wishes. 

But this post isn’t really to bring down Officer Bennet. If you watch the show, you can clearly see that he is a very flawed person and in no way a shining example of what it is to be a good human being. 

In this post, I want to bring to light a male character from Orange is the New Black that is one of my favourite characters in general and who hardly gets any recognition at all: 

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Officer Scott O’Neill

I really came to appreciate Joel Garland’s character when I watched the first two seasons of this TV show a second time. He is not a main character so his story is easy to be overlooked. 

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Officer O’Neill treats the inmates decently enough from what I could see. He acts as professionally as he can anyway. 

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When Chapman got furlough he escorted her out and managed to give her the whole spiel like a good employee and appreciated she noticing the effort he made for that.

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His interactions with the inmates don’t seem cruel or dehumanizing at any point. 

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We see a bit of his relationship with Officer Bell. They clearly make a great effort as to not let their personal lives affect their professional lives too much (though the two overlap). 

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His relationship with Wanda Bell has rough patches that are discussed but they are mostly based in insecurities and not because either of them is particularly horrible. 

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He takes pleasure in small things. Finds things to smile about and tries to be light-hearted in the face of bleak situations.

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 From his “Steps” program to try and get in shape to his shift to healthier eating habits with his yogurt, O’Neill is apparently a decent human being (regardless of his position as a correctional officer). 

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And I think we can all agree that the most glorious Scott O’Neill moments were in the Season 2 finale: 

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When he’s told to take care of the nuns

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His impromptu song

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Even with nuns which he severely dislikes he doesn’t wish them death or anything like that he “kinda” wishes them with some unpleasantness. In fact he even helps get them out of harm’s way

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Officer Scott O’Neill is a way better example of a “good” male character in Orange is the New Black than Bennett could ever hope to be. In fact, he’s even more “good” than most female characters on the show. He really doesn’t get the recognition I think he deserves, probably because he’s not eye candy. Talking about representation I think O’Neill deserves a mention… 

notallwugs:

Two scientists walk into a bar:

"I’ll have an H2O."

"I’ll have an H2O, too."

The bartender gives them both water because he is able to distinguish the boundary tones that dictate the grammatical function of homonyms in coda position as well as pragmatic context.

Does anyone else chew on the inside of their mouth? I do it when my hands aren’t occupied and I end up giving myself terrible cuts that take a week to heal. If anyone has any suggestions for preventing this behavior, that would be fantastic.