Do you have a preferred form of media entertainment? Such as movies, books, TV shows, audio books, plays, etc.?

drownedduck:

simonalkenmayer:

youcantseebutimmakingaface:

simonalkenmayer:

huitzilopchtli:

simonalkenmayer:

Music has and always will be first in my heart.

I am terribly fond of plays and film. Have been for a long while.

I began to love books in the early 1700’s.

Radio was quite new and novel, but I tired of it. Television has its pluses but remains mostly annoying.

The computer is excellent because it affords me the ability to find practically anything at any time.

Audio books are not terribly useful to me as I read very quickly.

Is there a reason music is your favourite?

You know that old saying “music soothes the savage beast”? The best adages are founded on ancient truths.

I don’t know why. It is simply the way I am.

I am picturing Chef singing you Brahm’s Lullaby and it is the cutest.

He is more of the rock and roll sort.

Yes, but the point of him singing to you is that he’d sing something you like.. 😛

Oh, is that how it goes? Well, I shall have to remind him of that the next time he decides to serenade me with “Sweet Child Of Mine”

Do you have a preferred form of media entertainment? Such as movies, books, TV shows, audio books, plays, etc.?

youcantseebutimmakingaface:

simonalkenmayer:

huitzilopchtli:

simonalkenmayer:

Music has and always will be first in my heart.

I am terribly fond of plays and film. Have been for a long while.

I began to love books in the early 1700’s.

Radio was quite new and novel, but I tired of it. Television has its pluses but remains mostly annoying.

The computer is excellent because it affords me the ability to find practically anything at any time.

Audio books are not terribly useful to me as I read very quickly.

Is there a reason music is your favourite?

You know that old saying “music soothes the savage beast”? The best adages are founded on ancient truths.

I don’t know why. It is simply the way I am.

I am picturing Chef singing you Brahm’s Lullaby and it is the cutest.

He is more of the rock and roll sort.

simon, everything is really shitty and i genuinely have no one to tell but you and i want everything to end and the only thing stopping me from offing myself is knowing everyone will be disappointed in me, do you know anything i can do to make anything better??

I am sorry to hear that you are struggling.

I have been contemplating how to reply to you, and every time I write it out, I realize I can say nothing to help you, except to sympathize. At least not yet.

You see, there are only three ways out of suffering: to put a stop to whatever thing is causing the upset, change your expectations so that the thing does not cause upset, or remove yourself from the situation entirely. I could possibly give perspective on any one of these, had I more information, or enough of your trust that you felt comfortable messaging with me directly. I can only endeavor to demonstrate that I am listening, that I do care, and that I want to help.

As it is, any comfort I render is superficial at best. I cannot know how bad it is, what sort of suffering you are enduring. All I can do is give you general wisdom and offer you my perspective.

You may know, if you have followed me a while, that I have considered dying on many occasions. I have even tried to die. But it has always been a half hearted attempt, and always tangled up with a deep philosophical argument. It took me several iterations, several reckonings, several increments of understanding to obtain my final position on the subject – one I’ve discussed before, when approached by similarly worded asks.

Perhaps it will benefit you now to hear it, perhaps not. I cannot tell because I have no immediate interaction with you upon which to gauge my reply. But here it is, for better or ill.

Death is an ending. In my experience there is nothing after, what you are ceases to be, but even if there were an afterlife, there is no way to move backward. No matter what a person believes about the other side, it is irrelevant. There are facts that cannot be debated, to wit, when you leave this life there is no returning, when you leave this life, you cease to be as you are now. Cognition depends on the bodily senses and the brain, and without them, you cannot argue that you simply carry on in the same way. Everything changes at death and it is a permanent change.

The only assurance is now. The only guaranteed conditions and outcomes are those we understand, and those are here.

If you die, nothing changes. Do you understand what I mean by that?

If you die now, by your own hand, the things that made you suffer still exist. They don’t stop because you didn’t put a stop to them. You simply stopped yourself. You won’t be able to “sit back” at that point and say “Thank heavens that’s over with” because you won’t be you anymore. In my beliefs, you cease utterly, but if I am wrong, you change completely and therefore, you still cease to conceive of reality in the same way. Death SOLVES nothing. It isn’t a release, because there is no such thing.

Life is a constant bobbing sea, and there will never be stillness. The only way to survive its storms and enjoy the tide, is to learn to float.

Our only possession is this moment, this chance, this instance of existing. All our perception, or philosophy, and indeed, our suffering, comes from living. You’re only able to contemplate death because you were alive in the first place. If you let go of this possession, then there is only one assured outcome – that you have lost an opportunity.

Perhaps I’ve lost you with this existentialist digression. I know your pain is far more immediate, but all I have are my words. All I have to offer you is this wisdom, because I cannot speak to your circumstances.

All I can do is offer you my ear, and whatever my long life has taught me. I can give you both of those, should you see fit to seek me out. Anything said to me is kept in confidence, and shall not be shared without your consent.

I am very sorry you are suffering.

spicedpumpkinlatte:

cozy-autumn-jumper:

Let’s make cute autumn themed cakes together 🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂

I NEED THESE

When first I awoke, there was a sweet that was made. I’d like to say it was the predecessor of the gingerbread cookie, but the fact is, it really wasn’t a cookie. It was a pressed kind of cake, similar to a modern granola bar. A mix of oats, spices, honey, and ginger that was then pressed into a mold and allowed to cure. The mold were usually quite plain, but once in a while, you’d meet a vendor or a cook who went that extra bit. She would have hers pressed into an animal shape, or a nut.

These make me very nostalgic for those days.

Do you have a preferred form of media entertainment? Such as movies, books, TV shows, audio books, plays, etc.?

huitzilopchtli:

simonalkenmayer:

Music has and always will be first in my heart.

I am terribly fond of plays and film. Have been for a long while.

I began to love books in the early 1700’s.

Radio was quite new and novel, but I tired of it. Television has its pluses but remains mostly annoying.

The computer is excellent because it affords me the ability to find practically anything at any time.

Audio books are not terribly useful to me as I read very quickly.

Is there a reason music is your favourite?

You know that old saying “music soothes the savage beast”? The best adages are founded on ancient truths.

I don’t know why. It is simply the way I am.

Do you have a preferred form of media entertainment? Such as movies, books, TV shows, audio books, plays, etc.?

Music has and always will be first in my heart.

I am terribly fond of plays and film. Have been for a long while.

I began to love books in the early 1700’s.

Radio was quite new and novel, but I tired of it. Television has its pluses but remains mostly annoying.

The computer is excellent because it affords me the ability to find practically anything at any time.

Audio books are not terribly useful to me as I read very quickly.

Any advice for falling asleep? Your insomniac page is great, but in a few days I have school and sleep will be a bit more important. And if anyone has advice on first day of school stuff? I’ve done this multiple times but still I’m panicking

katofthekitvariety:

simonalkenmayer:

Establish a night time habit, on a schedule. Washed up by such time, Snack by that time, in bed by this time, and so forth.

Let me tell you how I’d govern you if you were one of my charges.

Firstly, your bed should be a nest.make sure it is cozy. If you need the physical anchor of turning down the bed, then make the bed in the morning. Ritual and habit make this easier for humans.

Snack comes 2 hours to 90 minutes before sleep (you should be eating dinner earlier in the day if you mean to stay healthy). It contains small portions of protein, a carb that is vegetable based (so lunch meat and a salad or a bit of cheese and some vegetables dipped in humus), and a glass of warm turmeric milk. This is made by heating a bit of oil, mixing in a tablespoon or two of turmeric and some fresh ground black pepper. This is heated through and then the milk is added. Heat through again and serve. My readers call this the “chill” recipe. If you’re older than thirty, you should have a glass of wine.

Next would be washing up, done an hour or so before bed. This contains your usual nightly ablutions like tooth brushing, removal of cosmetics, a warm soak, whatever you fancy.

Pajamas help to anchor a pattern, a “sleeping state”, but if you cannot abide clothing, then have a special blanket with a texture to it, or a light and refreshing smell you spray on your pillow that is used for nothing else, no other application. I know it sounds odd, but human memory links very heavily to scent and texture without realizing it. Habits like fetching the glass of water, putting out the dog, locking the doors, and so forth become triggers for the sleep stage. So these things, over the course of two weeks or so, done at a specific time immediately before bed should establish the sleep rhythm.

Then you would have a half hour or so to lie in bed and read some non-fiction, do a crossword, and so forth. Mental stimulus of a specific type, triggering the logic centers, has been shown to help the mind set aside the emotions of the day, thus quieting the tendency to have thoughts wander. Studies also show this type of thing should not be done on an electronic device unless you wear special yellow tinted glasses. Blue light disrupts sleep patterns.

Then you should lie down and close your eyes. Some people find that white noise is very helpful – a fan or static or the sound of the sea. Try it. If you cannot stand it, then it isn’t for you. Some people like music, though I’d recommend something without lyrics.

This should, over time and through discipline, reset the mind into a habitual cycle. I recommend that you begin this process around 8:30-9pm in order to fit a standard circadian rhythm. It should mean eight hours of healthy sleep, rising at about 7 or 8 o’clock.

This is my advise on sleeping. I obey none of it, of course and know of no human who does. This is regrettable. That’s why we have the club.

as a student, my routine is as follows:

-clear all of your school stuff off of your bed and none of it should remain. make sure your backpack is ready to go in the morning.

-lay out your clothes so that you’re not scrambling in the dark for something decent to wear

-i personally make my bed at night but to each their own

-take any meds that you have before you shower. if you need food with them, make sure you ate a good dinner or have a light snack (i usually have a granola bar or some cheese) BEFORE you do so

-hot shower. scrub off the day’s yuckiness, physically and mentally

-make sure everything is in its place to get ready in the morning

-turn on any white noise, fluff up your nest, etc and pass out

Half of those things run counter to established wisdom.

Taking meds before sleep unless designed for that triggers all manner of issues that contribute to wakefulness. Granola is carbohydrates, and those should be diminished before sleep or they are stored as body fat, while protein goes toward repair. I approve of the readiness and preparedness factor. I will say that many people take showers in the morning to wake up. So you should most definitely decide if you are a morning or evening bather, and keep to that as a habit to trigger the sleep cycle. Either way, don’t sleep in cosmetics or for that matter, tight fitting clothing. Your cancer risks skyrocket if you impede the lymphatic drainage process.

And white noise has been proven to send people to R.E.M. sleep.

And a question…how does one make ones bed at night before one is about to sleep in it?

Fidget spinners are OUT. The hip new fad among teens?

sister-forget-me-not:

glumshoe:

lapis-pip:

glumshoe:

walpurgisak:

glumshoe:

jadajarhead:

pattythenest:

glumshoe:

bog mummies

…..what

No really what?

get your very own BOG MUMMIES we got BOG MUMMIES, right here right now, surprise your friends with BOG MUMMIES

it’s back to school season and you know what that means: BOG MUMMIES now with extra PEAT

Can i become a bog mummy

the only thing better than collecting BOG MUMMIES is BECOMING one

it’s NATURAL, it’s ORGANIC, and it’s COMPLETELY FREE OF CHARGE!!!

simply GO HIKING with your best BOG BUDDIES and relax into the SOFT AND WELCOMING expanse of SPHAGNUM MOSS and submit to the PICKLING PROCESS while you STRIKE A POSE

What the FUCK

it’s the FREE and ORGANIC way to KEEP YOUR LOOKS for 3,000 YEARS! Even your CLOTHING can be PERFECTLY PRESERVED!

Will this get me out of exams and other obligations?

*sigh*

All this time I could have been cornering the market.

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