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When in Walmart…

Hey, y’all! hi! 🙂

So, if you haven’t noticed, we like to go on adventures. They’re strange adventures, and only rarely intended to be, but we enjoy them after the fact. Many of these adventures take place in a terrifying and fascinating place known as Walmart! O.o They do, and these are some of the few that are intentional. It’s a fun place to hang out seeing as how it’s huge, never closes, and gets so much money from us through groceries and other stuff that we never have to feel bad about going in without the intent to buy anything (even though one of us normally ends up getting something anyway).

Since this is such a fun place to go and hang out with friends (if you have a Walmart and friends to do this with, of course), we wanted to give you a “guide” of sorts on what order to explore this huge place for at least the first time. Uh… I don’t recommend or endorse Walmart as a “hang out,” but if you find yourself in this maze of crazy–at least this way you’ll know what you’re up against lol ;).

  1. First, I suggest starting in the seasonal section. It’s a fun area where there are typically holiday themed items (or if it’s summer cute gear for pools and being outside in crazy heat. You never know what you’ll find to laugh at or spark an idea. (WARNING: be cautious during Valentine’s Day #) Trueeeee)
  2. As I just jokingly said to ACG before realizing how terribly true it is: “Don’t touch the ham you find in the Pioneer Woman (kitchenware) section. And, don’t be misguided by “Party Ware” signs (I totally should have taken a picture of that.)
  3. Whenever possible to convince the boys in your group, take a detour to the makeup section. It’s so much fun, and you can occasionally find epic things like zodiac sign makeup. LIPPPPSSTTIIIICCKKK
  4. Honestly, there is never a bad time to go get inspired by the office and craft supplies. It’s amazing the things you can convince yourself you’ll do (that you never actually will do) at 9PM in Walmart on a Thursday night. #) Absolutely! The notebooks are also just really cute.
  5. Similar to AJA’s last point, don’t write off any section because it seems too boring or weird. With the right friends and open minds, even the pet supplies aisle can be really fun. Also, if your crew likes games, don’t forget the toy section, because it really seems like there are always new games popping up to explore and try!

There you go! We could give you many more, but here are 5 tips for surviving an adventure to Walmart! It’ll go great 😉 Next time you’re looking for something to do remember (or don’t) this suggestion. 😉 It may just be better to go home and go to sleep considering this usually happens when everything else is closed. Ha…haha…. Nah, sleep’s for weirdos.

Drive wreck-less, my dudes! (Joke courtesy of C’s sister…)

Keep your toes on tight and your eyebrows on the edge. ;P 🙂 😀 😉 O.o ❤

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Life Goals (dedicated to 2019)

Hey, y’all! Hello! 🙂 It’s nice to have AJA back after her sickness and trip! It’s very good to be back.

It’s also a new year! Wow. To think, I haven’t been on the blog since 2018 ;). Which, neither has ACG but… my point stands. It definitely does. 🙂 Since we have wrapped up an old year and are starting in on a new one, we wanted to share a few of our goals for the coming months/year with y’all.

  1. I want to be a little more outgoing/friendly. I’m not great about starting conversations with new people, and I want to improve that.
  2. I’d like to be more grateful for and more mindful of the people around me. Show more respect for others.
  3. Close to being more mindful of the people around me, I’d like to be more observant and try to notice if others are upset or seem worried about things so I might can try to help better.
  4. On a much more selfish note, I’d like to grow into myself. I want to develop a strong sense of self. The last year or so has definitely changed me tremendously and even before that there were difficult things going on, so I’d like to figure out exactly who I am, become stronger and firmer in what I believe and what I value, and make an identity that is mine and not wrapped up in another person (even though I love the people in my life).
  5. I want to be content in the moment and situation I’m in without looking so far ahead that I forget the great things I have now. I don’t want to get so wrapped up in wanting something else in my life that I miss the opportunities and lessons that this version of me is supposed to get.
  6. I want to stop letting emotions dictate my response in a moment. Of course, emotions are super natural and necessary and part of what makes life worth living, even the difficult and bad ones. But, there comes a point when you have to be able to identify a feeling, acknowledge why it’s happening, and move forward in spite of it. Aware that it is just a feeling and just a moment.

And after that deep meandering, I think we’re quite ready for classes to start back up Monday for ACG and Wednesday for myself. O.o Yikes, I guess we are. It will definitely be an adventure with chances to work on these goals.

Keep your hearts open and your minds spinning! ❤ 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o
Drive safely to make it to those wonderful 8AMs on Monday! 😉 😉 😉 ❤

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Eaten

Hello, beans! Hey, y’all! We’re both here tonight, isn’t it great? I mean, it’s been just as crazy of a week, I feel like, but things worked out for tonight. 😀 Yay! Posting!

It’s been a pretty crazy…uh, what is it now? 4 months. The entire semester– maybe the entire year, but we’ll consider it that more closely in like 21-28 days or so–has been INSANE.  And it’s gone. So, so quickly. It certainly has. I feel like I started my semester, blinked, and now it’s done. That was, like, a 16 week long blink where five million and one things happened. Bad things, good thing, in-between things. Lots of things have happened.

It’s definitely been one of our most exciting (in all the ways) semesters. Absolutely, especially for AJA finishing up her first semester of NURSING SCHOOL!!! (It’s impressive, and I’m really proud of her for surviving, succeeding (I have one more test, do not jinx me! I’m knocking on wood now.), and enjoying it. But thanks.) I had a fairly normal semester (it was not “normal” lol… you had some very interesting classes featuring a very interesting set of humans 😉 and had to deal with TWO nursing students in your house), but it was still fun, and I learned a lot.

Overally, it’s been a time of growth and there’s a lot to be thankful for, even if it’s been busy, hectic, sad, and stressful. Which, while it isn’t fun to deal with, is when most of the growth comes, but there were also some adventures and good times to hopefully make keeping on feel worth it and give high hopes for semester break and the new semester to come. It’s going to be a wild, messy, unpredictable ride. Always is, but maybe next semester will at least have SOME breathing room and hopefully more posting room. 😉

Keep your lollipops sharp and your pencils sweet! 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o ❤
Drive safely ❤

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Cherry Sundaes and Thankful Qualities

Hi, friends! #) Long time, short chats as of late! I miss you! We miss you! But, hi. Hey, y’all! We do miss y’all, and I’m glad we get to be here tonight together.

So, it’s been a bit since we were on together, but longer than that since we did it without focusing on school and what’s going on within it. And while school does affect our lives and makes them absolutely crazy, it’s not the only thing going on, and we shouldn’t forget that. Although school is the cherry on top of my own personal stress sundae! And believe me, the universe forgot to put the hot fudge on it and I don’t like cherries that much, but my stress sundae is basically just plain ice cream and a mess ton of cherries. Ahem. That’s… well, okay…not on topic. We tell y’all about everything, not just school. Like, our friends (who are wonderful absolutely, and it’s great when we get to see them all in one place) and our creativity (which has had to sit out a few rounds because of EVERYTHING ELSE which stinks, but that drought will end) but usually not the terrible things we don’t think are happy but there’s some of that in life too. There is terrible in life, and the universe did forget the hot fudge in quite a few cases. The good news is that while there is terrible, and that should not be hidden, ignored, or belittled in any way, there are moments with friends and those that love us to help make the bad moments better–or at least bearable. And while I’m not dealing with the thick of everything, it hurts me to see everything going on and not able to help more than I am. But we do what we can, and we keep going until we can figure out what else to do.

I don’t think it’s super necessary to get into the details and I don’t think it’s possible to get into nearly all of them, but someone I love a whole lot is very, very sick and every day seems to present a new challenge. Sometimes it seems like she’s herself but others I would not recognize her. This is one of the very disappointing facts of life–sometimes those we love hurt and sometimes they don’t make it and somehow that has to be okay even if it doesn’t feel okay at all, but that combined with the very nature of school has resulted in being far too exhausted to complete some very vital tasks let alone take time to write on our blog, especially since ACG and I do have a lot of personal contact right now gratefully so. I could not make it through this without her or C or the rest of our friend group. To speak for the rest friend group, we’re hurting with you, and we hate seeing you go through everything. There is nowhere else we would rather be. We don’t expect things to feel okay right now, and there is nothing wrong with admitting that they aren’t. ❤ We love you.

A few more things though, despite how bleak life can seem, there is always always always something to be grateful for, and often not even just the normal things we over look like food and safety, but also things like friendship and growth, so here’s a list of things we’re grateful for:

    1. We got to see K last weekend (yay!) and act like it was old times!!! She’s been away at school pursuing her dream career, but it doesn’t mean we don’t miss having her here involved in the plans every day.
    2. We are seeing a lot of each other and still hanging out at ACG’s house a lot, which means cooking yummy food and C and I benefit from talking to Anna’s mom who has been where we are now and also just being around her whole family is honestly a blessing.
    3. We get to do things like go on semi-spontaneous adventures (lol, this was pretty planned but it was still fun!) like trying a new coffee shop with a cool name and strange menu and wandering the mall trying to find a bathroom. (Thank you, C!)
    4. Halloween is coming up which means: costumes, candy, hot chocolate and/or coffee, sweaters (it’s finally cold enough where we’re at to wear appropriate seasonal clothes), face paint, oh and did I forget to mention pumpkins? Specifically, our annual pumpkin carving, the one we–I–get to introduce C to #) (oh yikes) that will celebrate our blog’s 4th birthday and is pretty close to the time that ACG and I really clicked 7 years ago (it was at our school’s ‘fall festival’ after swapping books for a couple weeks true points, this is a great time of year 😉 )!
    5. And speaking of growth, we have been driving ourselves around getting into who knows what for years now (I’ve been riding with people for years now, but that’s also a point to my own personal growth: I finally am not PETRIFIED to drive, even though I’m still not super practiced), but in the past couple months it has finally seemed to feel like it’s falling into place that we are learning how to be little adults that aren’t completely on our own yet but learning how to interact and turn to the support systems we’re creating for ourselves and follow plans we’re making and learning what works best or doesn’t work for us. We still need our parents and real-adults in our lives (as people always do no matter how old), but we’re trying to figure it out and may be getting somewhere. Obviously a lot to work on here, but having the capability to even begin being real humans by ourselves is pretty great.


Drive safely, guys! ❤
Keep your goals close and your friends closer! ❤ 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o

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Ready…Set…Validate!

Hello, Internet beans! Hey, y’all!

So, as we know, AJA is in nursing school. This Friday, she had validations, which is where the instructors sign off on her demonstrating her skills (okay, yeah, but it’s more like being afraid someone is going to yell you’re responsible for the death of ten people by not correctly checking their pulse or dressing their wounds or ARGGHH! then the professors kindly being like “um, you need to work on this…” or “try doing this instead” and everything feels relatively manageable again. Ahem, anyway…)

This week, her validation was about vital signs (blood pressure, pulses, things like that), but the more entertaining one to help her practice for was her wound care section. Why was it more entertaining, you may wonder? (She didn’t actually injure me, thankfully.) ACG volunteered to be my victim!!! Of…Crayola markers. I gave her some wounds, C gave me grief, and she gave us both a lot of help in practicing! It was fun when it wasn’t extremely stressful. I had a ton of fun, and while it felt like practice it didn’t feel at all like a chore. And, of course it wasn’t as stressful for me because I didn’t have to remember the steps. All I had to do was sit there and pretend I’d been offered (and given ;P) pain meds for various injuries. I’m glad to be able to help AJA (and C, I guess) practice. She already does a great job, and I’m excited to see her grow into her confidence and potential. Thanks, queen bean. ❤

 

Keep your blood in and your elbows out! ❤ 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o
Drive safely, dudes, so that C and I don’t have to use our practice and bandage you! O.O ❤

Posted in College, Fall, Life and Likes, Summer, update

One More…

Hey y’all! So, we’re losing our touch, but it’s just ACG here.

We are realizing that every week is finals week when you’re a Junior in college (or in Nursing school of any class). The schoolwork on top of life stressors is meaning that we are either exhausted or trying to do something else when we would normally be making a post.

That being said, hopefully we will get it managed and be back soon. We just wanted to let y’all know that we didn’t fall off the face of the earth forever.

Keep your nose in your book and your eyes on the prize! ❤ 😉 😀 🙂 ;P O.o

P.S. Speaking of nursing school, AJA and C have another test tomorrow, and I know we’re all hoping that they do well on it and know they can do this!

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School, Birthdays, and TOUCHDOWN!

Hey, y’all! Before we do anything else, we need to apologize for completely vanishing last week. There was gonna be an apology post, but um even that plan failed for Reasons. We’ll explain why in just a little bit.

Tonight, we wanted to kinda update y’all on what we’ve been up to. We don’t seem to have gotten any less busy than we were in summer, but it’s a completely different type of busy. It’s for real the craziest thing ever and we are all constantly exhausted either mentally, emotionally, physically, or all of the above. Literally…our entire friend group.

    1. As we talked about in the past few weeks, school started. This means that AJA has started nursing school, which is crazy and kind of intense, and the classes I’m taking are either core to my major or minor this semester (minus a really cool science class). As C put it earlier sometime in the last two weeks, it’s obvious we’re all at “junior level” basically, which means all work (that feels like play sometimes) but still ALL WORK.
    2. I, AJA, also had a birthday, which isn’t a HUGE deal (suuuure), except that I am now not only pretending to be an adult but am legally an adult in all ways. That being said, I shall now pretend to still be a child. She is definitely not a child, but I don’t think there’s a way to stop her from pretending to not be 😉
    3. Tonight marked a very important day in America, particularly the southeast where we live. It was college football’s opening day, and there was yelling at my house. A lot of yelling, great friends, and some pretty good food. It was A Time that I better get used to or C might breakup with me. @) Seriously, it was fun and I might have even been a little excited about it, even if I only understood what was going on like 25% of the time.

 

 

So, now that we’ve condensed this to a very short list….well, it feels like it might not be so much, but believe us when we say school this semester (and probably the following ones) is gonna kick our butts (I mean, it’s only taking up like 90% of our waking hours), so if we miss a post: assume we are either not dead but studying or died while studying, although we promise to try not to miss another one for a long while. That was completely accidental, but if we do, we more than likely didn’t die and more than likely are…studying or ACG is writing a paper. That’s true. I do have to write a lot of papers.

Anyway, good luck with school to those of you in school. Keep your noses in your books and your shoes in the air. 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o ❤
Drive safely, guys, preferably not while studying, but I feel you if you try to. :/ ❤ 🙂

Posted in College, Double Crowns, Fall, Life and Likes, Summer, update

“You Were Born to Fly”

Hey, y’all! It’s just ACG here tonight. AJA has had a really rough day, so while I hate that she doesn’t feel like being here tonight, I’m about to take advantage of this situation. #) As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, AJA is starting nursing school on Monday, along with C.

Anna,
The day has finally come. You’ve changed your plan a couple of times now, and while you think it has set you back, I think it’s helped you grow more than you ever would have “on track.” Even now, I know you are nervous and stressed about the upcoming challenges, but I know you can slay it. I know you will.
You’re smart, strong, and very capable of doing this. The classes will be a challenge; the teachers will cram a lot into your heads; you will probably want to scream, cry, and pull your own hair out a few times. Don’t worry. There are plenty who have been there before, remember the feeling, and have survived. You will, too.
Even when it’s hard, you aren’t alone. You’ve got friends to listen, distract, or just go get you a cup of tea because you just don’t feel like standing up. We love you, and we’re here for you. Let us help how we can (because we can’t learn your stuff, but we can help so that you can 😉 ).
This was a short letter, but I hope it was encouraging at least in some way. You’re going to slay this come Monday, and I can’t wait to see it!

Love,
ACG ❤

P.S. Most everything I said applies to C, too, so when he sees this, know that I think he can do it, too. 🙂

 

Keep your heads held high and your feet on the ground. ❤ 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o #)

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School Bells a-Ringing

Hey, y’all! ‘Sup, guys?

 

So, it’s August now, and for students everywhere that brings one word to mind: school. For high school and below that’s a little sooner than we will start since we’re in college now, but the day is still approaching.

While we don’t necessarily have grade levels (at least as clearly defined as first, second, third, etc.) we still do have classes and semester breaks we go by. AJA, though, is starting even a different level of classes in the coming couple of weeks. Yeah, in two weeks C and I start nursing school. I have no idea what it’s going to be like, and to be honest I am terrified. But hey, I moved away from home soo…maybe nursing school won’t be too bad after all. They’re both going to be great, and we’ll all be supporting them through it. After it’s done, they’ll get to do what they love (cleaning up spilled guts and C will be watching women give birth if he has his way @)) help people and put to use all kinds of their medical knowledge to do so.

My classes aren’t anywhere near as intense or interesting as the nursing duo, but I’m still excited to get into the classes and maybe learn some stuff. An art class, some writing classes, and my second (and last) science class are in the mix. So, really this blog is just a way to practice her skills. 😉 JK. You’re gonna be great. Awww, thank you. ❤ I love being able to practice here. You practice on the blog, can I practice on you? BP only, of course. Of course ;P I think I already told you that you can, but sure, bring it on. It’s only fair after all. What about C? Do you volunteer as HIS victim? Ehhh, I don’t know that I trust him as much as you… But sure, I’m up for an adventure, I guess.

I start next Wednesday, and AJA gets to keep being nervous over this until the Monday after (maybe I’ll just take my random babblings to C ;P). It’s going to be crazy and hectic, but a ton of fun.

 

Keep your stethoscopes on your knees and your cupcakes on your wings. ❤ 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o

Drive safe, guys. ❤

Posted in America, Bucket List, College, Life and Likes, Summer, update

Absent Cowgirls (or at least cow-watchers)

Hey, y’all! It’s just ACG tonight because, (sorta) ironically, AJA has been enjoying her time at the local rodeo with C. We all went last night (It was an absolute blast!), but I didn’t join them tonight.

I don’t want to steal the thunder for myself when we were both there, so we may talk about that later, but I at least wanted y’all to know where we were and a little bit about what we had been up to on our first official shared week of summer break. (I had an extra bit of time due to being at different schools, but we’re both out now which is great.)

Until then, keep your hooves on the ground and your horns held high! ❤ 🙂 😀 😉 😛 O.o