From 2020 to 2021- resolutions, goals, and what this year means for all of us and our futures

Hello loves!

I can’t believe it’s 2021 already- happy new year to everyone! I hope you all had an amazing end of 2020 and a great beginning to the new year.

I have to admit, 2021 really snuck up on me. It still feels weird that we’re no longer in 2020, and even weirder to realize that I spent 75% of 2020 stuck at home. While I’m not harboring any unreasonable expectations for 2021, I still hope that I’ll spend more of my year doing normal things instead of at home.

To be honest though, I’m kind of feeling… neutral about everything. I’m not really a “eff 2020” sort of person because 2020 did actually do a lot to build my character and mold me to the person I am now (dramatic, I know), but it’s not like I loved 2020 or anything.

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Anyway, I just wanted to say that one constant throughout 2019, 2020, and now hopefully 2021, has been blogging. Blogging brings me a lot of joy, and writing about what I love has been really important to keep me grounded. I’m forever grateful to everyone for building this community and inspiring me and so many others to keep writing and publishing it to the world.

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rating watermelon(g) reaction pictures | a guest post because i have no creative inspiration ft. beck

Hi loves!

This is Aditi, the person who writes for this blog, in case you’ve forgotten me since I’ve decided that I’m too cool to write posts 😀

I miss you all a lot and I really want to start blogging again!! But that probably won’t be until mid-December (mayybe earlier but don’t count on it). So I have a wonderful post from the absolutely amazing Beck @ Smellfoy Reads! Go check out her blog right now :))

I’m going to let her take it away- but before that, here’s my deepest gratitude to Beck for OFFERING to write me a post (?!) and ACTUALLY DOING IT. I’m blown away.

P.S. the title is supposed to be “watermelong sugar HIGH (they HAVE to be high bc what the actual heck)”. yes ;D now the song is stuck in your head- perfect!

Hey, y’all! You may think that me, the coolest person on this site, is Aditi, but NO!! IT’S NOT! IT’S BECK!! HI!! WASSUP!! THIS IS MY BLOG NOW

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Tho in all seriousness Aditi IS the coolest person on this site…. I’m the coolest pile of trash on this site. And you can’t say “nO yOU’RE noT a PilE oF trASh, bEcK!”

Have you met me? Have you seen me irl? I THOUGHT NOT. NO. YOu HAVEN’T. SO STOP MAKING ASSUMPTIONS.

Anyway it is meme time, my dudes! I’m going to rate some of the weird watermelon memes and pictures I have saved on my phone. I actually have a lot of those.

LET’S GET STARTED!!

Oh and most of these memes I found at this terrific instagram page:: @ireallylikewatermelons


#1- WATERMELON LADY

This picture actually has some history with me… My friend and I had a watermelon revolution on our class discord server because SOMEONE DELETED THE EMOJI WE MADE OF HER!! Idk why they did.

Anyway she gets a solid 69/69 for pure watermelonness.


#2- GRAMMELON

I feel like she’d have these dishes:

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I actually have these cups.

But uhm anyway she’d probably forcefeed you watermelon flavored meatloaf. 77/1000.


3- AN ACTUAL MEME

STAR WARS AND WATERMELON CROSSOVER.

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Lowkey feels abelist for making a disabled joke bUT I don’t know?? I guess?? 85/150


#4- HARK! A CALL FROM YOUR LOVER!

I would 1978658380% answer because oh yes that’s my type.

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1/1 because he’s the one.


#5- DO NOT DO THIS… YET

I love it. This kind of meme is my jam okay.

Wait. Is watermelon jam a thing? Brb

BRUH

BRUH

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I WANT SOME SO BAD BUT ALSO I NEVER WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN

Anyway it gets a 10/9.


THAT’S ALL FOR NOW! I’D THANK ADITI FOR LETTING ME DO THIS BUT HONESTLY SHE SHOULD BE THANKING ME… JK JK JK I’M NOT THAT SELF ABSORBED THANK YOU SO MUCH ADITI IF YOU ACTUALLY TOOK THIS HAHAHAH AIGHT I’MMA HEAD OUT

4 Shows To Watch If You Loved ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ | ft. diverse animated shows on Netflix

Hey everyone!

 A lot of you have probably seen Avatar: The Last Airbender since it came on Netflix back in June. It’s already broken several records and is the show with the highest number of days on the Top Ten list- I believe over fifty days! Which is crazy, and definitely well-deserved.

(to my credit, I liked avatar before it was trendy. but still. 😂)

During my collab with Sophie, I made her watch Avatar because it’s amazing (here’s the link to my post, her blog is currently down for some reason!) and she obviously loved it as well. A lot of us have watched ATLA and after watching it, craved some more of the magic that’s in that TV show. It took me several months to find great TV shows with some of these qualities, and I thought I’d share it with y’all too, so you don’t have to suffer like I did. 😭

Also, all of these are diverse shows! These are all shows with BIPOC and some also have LGBT representation. They’re also directed to a younger audience, which means that there are no adult themes and all of these are also animated, which is great because animated shows are so underrated! 😉

P.S. These are all available in USA Netflix and I’m sure some others are available in other countries as well!

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1. The Legend of Korra

The Legend of Korra Coming to Netflix in August – /Film

Yes, technically I’ve mentioned this before in previous posts, but it was added to Netflix about a month and a half ago and deserves a second mention! LOK is the sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender, which makes it the most obvious choice if you’re looking for another show that’s similar to ATLA. It follows Korra, the avatar after Aang, as she saves the world and masters the elements through four seasons. It’s not the same as ATLA but it has its own charm and I promise it’s worth a watch. It’s a little more mature than ATLA, though- I’d recommend it for 11+ rather than ATLA’s 7+, but I supposed everyone reading this is probably over that age 😂

How it’s similar to ATLA:

  • Similar worldbuilding because it’s located in the same universe
  • Bending!! 🥰
  • Art style is gorgeous as well
  • Amazing soundtrack
  • Diverse cast with BIPOC and LGBT representation

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Four Ways I’ve Been Practicing Self-Care While Stuck At Home (coming from a skeptic)

Hey everyone!

We all know that ever since people started social distancing, Youtubers and bloggers started to post lots of self-care and mental health-related posts more often- which is awesome! But as someone who often doesn’t really relate to any of these tips, I thought it would be useful to post actual ways that I’ve been staying sane during quarantine!

This isn’t to bash anyone who finds tips like “go outside” and “drink water” helpful- actually, I use them too! It’s just that I feel like self-care is more than just skincare or organization.

That’s why these four things are actually concrete actions that you can take to take care of yourself.


Listening to music while I go to sleep

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Listening to music while I go to sleep is surprisingly really helpful for me. It helps me relax my mind and slow my breathing so that I can fall asleep faster.

I’m actually someone who has a really hard time falling asleep quickly because my mind is always racing and I actually create stories in my head (only me? okay) but playing relaxing music on the Google Home while I’m laying down in my bed is really nice. Continue reading “Four Ways I’ve Been Practicing Self-Care While Stuck At Home (coming from a skeptic)”

Why You Should Watch The Show ‘Never Have I Ever’ Now // ft. rant, bias in the media, representation matters!

Hey sunshines!

Today is going to be somewhat of an emotional, rant-y, super long post so be warned 🙂

I just finished watching Never Have I Ever.

If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the new and hot TV series that everyone’s talking about- it’s about Devi, an Indian-American teen who is getting over the loss of her father and her paralyzation. The show is so Indian, and I can’t tell you how much I love it.

Here’s the synopsis:

Never Have I Ever is a series about the life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl, a highschool sophmore named Devi. She recently lost her father and was paralyzed for a few months but is looking to ‘start over’ this year- but friends, school, and circumstances don’t make it easy for her. The series is loosely inspired by Mindy Kaling, the director’s, childhood.

So.

I am obsessed with this show. But not just a normal fangirl- to be honest, I probably won’t fangirl about it much like I do with a lot of other books/shows because this just isn’t that sort of series.

It’s flawed.

It’s flawed, and it has issues (mostly because a lot of it was quite cringy), but in my opinion that makes it so much better. Continue reading “Why You Should Watch The Show ‘Never Have I Ever’ Now // ft. rant, bias in the media, representation matters!”

“Spaceships And Dilemmas”: scifi, romance, and little girls // StayHomeWriMo Day 25

Hey guys!

Sorry, I didn’t post yesterday either (wow I say this like every other day now) but at least we’ll be done with this challenge in a few days!!

Also, Becky, this one’s for you 😉 Scifi except I couldn’t resist adding something else lol.

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Tara fiddled with the ventilators, pursing her eyebrows. A strand of dark brown hair fell in her eyes and she huffed, standing up and whirling around to face me.

“I hate this ship!”

I tried to smother my laugh. “Yeah, baby, I know. But we need this to go back home. It’s been way too long, remember? You said you missed the grass.”

Tara seemed to calm down and she slumped her shoulders, remembering. “Yes, Mommy.”

I walked over to her and enveloped her in a hug, her soft hair brushing my arms.

“Keisha!”

I turned around to see Captain Oren standing at the doorway of the mechanics room looking annoyed.

“You promised to get the ventilators fixed twenty minutes ago. Remember- this is my ship. And if you can’t contribute anything, don’t expect to be riding for free.” He said curtly.

I sighed as he walked away and turned back to my daughter. “Sorry, babygirl, but let me try fixing the ventilator now.”

Tara watched as I pulled on the knob, twisting it fifty degrees clockwise before using a screwdriver to ply out the loose nails. I finished by hammering in some new hinges and oiling up the machine.

“The ship is taking flight in ten, nine, eight-” the intercom announced.

The door to the room opened again and a man with light brown curls walked in. He shook his head and I realized that his hair was sopping wet.

“Cecil, why is your hair wet?” I asked.

He glanced at me like he hadn’t noticed that I was there and flashed me a bright smile. “Oh, hey, Keisha! Nice to see you too!”

I rolled my eyes and turned around to turn one of the knobs on the last ventilator.

“If you must know, Captain asked me to increase the thrust capacity of the rocket and I got dunked in water for some reason. It’s going to be a rocky ride,” He said, but in a joking way.

“Hey! Look who it is- it’s my favorite girl, Tara!” Cecil said, scooping Tara up in his arms and laughing.

My daughter giggled and squirmed. I was positive that other than me, Cecil was Tara’s favorite person.

“The ship is taking flight now.” The intercom interrupted.

Cecil put Tara down and turned to me. “Can we go to the skylights?”

I nodded and kissed my girl’s forehead, telling her to go back to our cabin, before I followed him out of the room.

We walked through the halls of the ship and out to the Skylight Room.

We were flying through space and I could see twinkling stars in the distance through the skylight.

Cecil let out a quick breath.

“It’s beautiful.” He said.

Somehow, I felt like he wasn’t talking about the skylights.

I turned to him, half-sitting on a desk that was in the room. He was wearing a light blue shirt over slacks and his hair was still sopping wet.

He met my stare and his gray eyes were intense, the opposite of his easy-going humor when he was with my babygirl.

“She adores you,” I murmured, tucking a braid behind my ears.

He grinned a little, a bit of his mischief evident again. “I’m quite the charmer, aren’t I?”

He leaned forward a bit, putting an elbow on the desk as he said it.

I smiled to myself. “Sure, Cecil. Whatever you say.”

He looked at me and stood up, sobering. “Keisha.”

I ran a hand through my braids again, avoiding his gaze.

“Keisha.” He said again, insistently, his voice pulling my eyes up. “Are you going to go back to Earth?”

I let out a long breath. “Yeah, I am. It’s the best thing I could do for Tara. She needs a stable home.”

“Have you thought of staying here, on this ship? You could raise Tara to be a spacefarer, and you could continue being the mechanic for the ship.”

I shook my head. “Cecil. You know that what kids need when they grow up is stability. And you’ve seen the Captain- if I stay here, he’ll make my life and my daughter’s life hell.”

“I didn’t have much stability in my life, I turned out fine!” Cecil argued.

I raised my eyebrows at him, smirking. He laughed and ran a hand through his hair.

“Okay, maybe I’m not the best example. But you know what I mean! And you could always choose another ship without Captain Oren.”

I shrugged. “What about other kids? I don’t want Tara being raised as a friendless lonely kid with no contact with anyone of her own age.”

Cecil sighed again. “I know, but you could make it work.”

His head was still bowed but I leaned over and took his hand. “Cecil. Moving to Earth won’t make us lose touch. And you’ll visit us sometimes, right?” I asked.

Cecil lifted his head and nodded slowly. “Yeah, I guess. I just don’t want to lose you guys, you know? You and Tara, you’re basically family. My only family.”

I paused. “Cecil, this whole time you’ve been trying to convince me to not move to Earth. But what if you moved to Earth with us?”

He stopped and looked at me for a moment, rubbing his neck and averting his eyes. “Yeah, uh, I suppose. But we’re not, you know, married or anything. Or even, like, together.”

I waved him off and turned to press my face to the glass skylight as if I was Tara. “Come on, Cecil. Your whole life you’ve been trying to break rules, to prove people wrong that you need to settle down. But what if you’re tired of that? It’s time to take a leap of faith and try something new. Plus, you’re still defying everything- you’ve never been to Earth before.””

I couldn’t see him, but I could tell that Cecil was smiling from his words: “You know what? You’re right. You and Tara are worth being told ‘I told you so’.”

I turned around and beamed at him. “We can take things slow, and I’d prefer that, but I’m just so glad that Tara will have you in her life.”

Cecil raised his eyebrows. “Just Tara?”

I swatted his hand and laughed. “Okay, maybe not just Tara.”

Cecil grinned at me and slung his arm around my shoulder.

“Earth will be something new for me,” he said. “But I’d go anywhere with you, Keisha.”

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I hope you guys liked this!

Do you like mixing the genres Scifi and Romance? If you were in Keisha’s place, what would you do? Did she make the right decision?

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