Radiator Sister

Sep 19

tierracita:

Can everyone please start proactively telling their white girl friends not to do dia de los muertos facepaint for halloween, especially white folks telling other white folks. I know it’s early september but you can never start to early on curtailing this bullshit. 

Sep 18

Petfinder Adoptable | Dog | Boston Terrier | Louisville, KY | Panda →

Speaking of dogs, I am in no way ready for another one, but it’s taking all my willpower not to go rescue this 14-year-old lady right now. Poor sweet girl. I hope someone takes her home soon.

Sep 18
internationalorange:

Throwback to 2007, about a month after E & I brought Otis home. He sure loved to sit in a lap in his younger days. I think the look on my face was “Are you sure this was a good idea?”Turns out, it certainly was.

There came a time in my relationship with Neil that I became obsessed with the idea of getting a dog. I wouldn’t shut up about it. I spent hours on Petfinder. Neil, not being a dog person, wasn’t into this idea at all, and it was a source of tremendous conflict. He finally gave in just to shut me up. And then there was Otis.

internationalorange:

Throwback to 2007, about a month after E & I brought Otis home. He sure loved to sit in a lap in his younger days. I think the look on my face was “Are you sure this was a good idea?”

Turns out, it certainly was.

There came a time in my relationship with Neil that I became obsessed with the idea of getting a dog. I wouldn’t shut up about it. I spent hours on Petfinder. Neil, not being a dog person, wasn’t into this idea at all, and it was a source of tremendous conflict. He finally gave in just to shut me up. And then there was Otis.

Sep 18
Franklin’s favorite spot is the bed, even when there is no bed.

Franklin’s favorite spot is the bed, even when there is no bed.

Sep 18

cognitivedissonance:

creepyold-kit-hands:

coelasquid:

throughthewildblue:

You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).

Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.

Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.

Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?

People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.

Okay, but let’s talk for a second about how that one lady called turkey “big chicken”

You can’t even buy all food with food stamps. You just… you flat-out can’t buy “food that will be eaten in the store/any food sold for on-premises consumption” or any “hot foods” with food stamps—meaning you can’t buy anything hot, you can’t buy anything that gets blended together, you can’t buy anything “pre-prepared,” in most cases you can’t use your EBT card at restaurants. You literally CANNOT purchase a milkshake with food stamps, because it’s considered “sold for on-premises consumption” (which was ridiculous at the place I worked, because the customer had to mix their own milkshake themself with a little machine we provided them, and several people got upset—rightfully so, I think—that it wasn’t covered under food stamps, because they often only found out at the register after already mixing it, often as a treat for their kids). You literally can’t walk into a gas station, grab one of those hot dogs off their grills/out of the little heated food area, and buy it with food stamps, because it’s hot.

And when I say “can’t,” I don’t mean “if the cashier notices you trying and cares enough to stop you, they’ll refuse to do it for you.” I mean “it is actually impossible to do this.” I’m not even sure these people who disseminate false information about food stamps have paid any attention at all when buying things at the store, because what happens is: We scan in the customer’s items, into our computer. The computer has specific codes for the items and rules for what it will let you pay for things with. We scan the customer’s EBT card, and it tells us exactly how much of that price total can be paid for via EBT, and it will not include anything that isn’t food, and it will not include anything considered “pre-prepared” food. It does this automatically AND THERE IS NO OVERRIDE FOR IT. If our machines say that you can’t use the EBT card to pay for something, there is literally nothing we can do to change that, even if we WANTED to.

So no. You can’t buy iPads or cigarettes with food stamps. You can’t withdraw money from casinos or anywhere else with food stamps. You can’t buy dog food with food stamps; sometimes you can’t even buy people food with food stamps. I’m not even sure if you can buy “the big chicken legs” at Disney with food stamps; remember, you can’t buy “any food sold for on-premises consumption” OR any hot foods, and that’s both.

Literally the only thing these fearmongers listed that you can actually purchase with food stamps even if you are in goddamn cahoots with the evil liberal cashier or store manager is soda, and the judgement against people buying that with food stamps is classist fuckwittery at its finest.

So, as always, Fox News is actually flat-out lying, and hateful conservatives both don’t know what they’re talking about and don’t give a fuck about people going through shit that they will never have to go through themselves, and that they in fact don’t have even the tiniest clue about (not even via five seconds’ research; a list of things that can’t be purchased with food stamps is on the Food and Nutrition Services website) but still think they should spout off about to their TV audience anyway.

Reblogged for flawless commentary and explanation.

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So important.

Sep 17

Otis’s Last Day

He woke up early and we went outside, but I wasn’t ready to give him breakfast, because Neil was going to come over to have breakfast with us and I was going to let Otis have biscuits and gravy as his last meal. But Otis was restless and expecting to eat, so I made him some scrambled eggs with peanut butter and cheese, which he was really into. Neil came over a little before 10:00 and we cooked breakfast together, and then lucky Otis got to eat a second breakfast of biscuits and gravy.

After breakfast Neil inked up Otis’s right paw and took paw prints, one for each of us. I’m going to frame mine and may also use it for a tattoo. Quasi-boyfriend suggested that I get the tattoo on my hip, where Otis liked to snuggle up against me. I like that idea.

At noon it was time to leave for the vet. When we opened the backdoor a bell was ringing at a church nearby. “It tolls for thee, Otis,” I said, because black humor is sometimes the only way to get through these things. I drove to the vet while Neil held Otis on his lap.

When we arrived everyone was super nice and they quickly ushered us into a room so we wouldn’t have to sit out in the lobby. A vet tech brought in a blanket, a small lamp, and a candle, and turned off the overhead light. It was very cozy and relaxing, and Otis lay down on the blanket and started dozing off before he was even sedated. Once they administered the injection he went quickly — it only took maybe a minute. Neil and I stayed with him for a little while afterward. We were both extremely emotional and did a lot of crying.

When we got home we had a cocktail and sat on the couch and talked for a bit. Then Neil went home and I started on a deep clean of my bedroom, which is going to include vacuuming, shampooing the carpet, and rearranging some furniture. Then quasi-boyfriend came over for a bit and we ate dinner, and now here I am. I feel very, very tired. It has been a very draining day.

It’s still hard to wrap my head around the fact that he’s gone. Earlier I thought I heard his tags jingling in the bedroom, but of course I didn’t. I know that we did the right thing but it still just feels so surreal for him to not be here anymore.

Neil’s writing about this whole thing has been so much more eloquent than mine. I feel like all I can do is recount facts. I don’t have words to really talk about the actual experience of it, the anxiety leading up to it and the mixture of relief and horrible grief when it was over. It’s devastating to lose someone who’s such an important piece of your daily life. Even though I’m glad that he’s no longer suffering — that he will no longer wander lost around the house or yard, that he will no longer run into things that he can’t see, that he will no longer howl incessantly while I’m away, that he will no longer be leading a life devoid of all the pleasures he used to know — I still miss him so much. I wish I could hold him one more time. I wish I had one more night to feel him snuggled against me in bed.

Otis, you were the first dog I ever had as an adult, and you were the best one I could have asked for. You brought so much joy to me, to Neil, and to everyone who met you. It was a privilege to be your mom for these past seven years. Thank you for loving me. I sure loved you. So much.

Sep 17
fellowteen:

this is the most beautiful and amazing thing i have ever read in my entire life and it makes me so so happy

fellowteen:

this is the most beautiful and amazing thing i have ever read in my entire life and it makes me so so happy

Sep 17

weloveshortvideos:

How To Have Fun!

Sep 17
fieldbears:

britneyjustin:


britsanity:






Witnesses say they asked Britney why she shaved her head and her response was, “I’m tired of plugging things into it. I’m tired of people touching me.”



i can never not reblog this



T-Pain: “That was the most beautiful thing in the world. Do you know why she was shaving her head? Because it was so important to other people. She is like, “Listen. Don’t touch my hair anymore. Stop touching my hair.” People were like, “We’ve got to make your hair before you go outside. You can’t leave.” She went … “Now I don’t have hair. What you going to do?”


The older I get the more her breakdown seems less ‘unbalanced’ and more ‘completely understandable’

fieldbears:

britneyjustin:

britsanity:

Witnesses say they asked Britney why she shaved her head and her response was, “I’m tired of plugging things into it. I’m tired of people touching me.”

i can never not reblog this

T-Pain: “That was the most beautiful thing in the world. Do you know why she was shaving her head? Because it was so important to other people. She is like, “Listen. Don’t touch my hair anymore. Stop touching my hair.” People were like, “We’ve got to make your hair before you go outside. You can’t leave.” She went … “Now I don’t have hair. What you going to do?”

The older I get the more her breakdown seems less ‘unbalanced’ and more ‘completely understandable’

Sep 16

I have felt a lot of awful feelings over the past year, but the feeling I feel right now, knowing this is my dog’s last night alive, is uniquely terrible.