Posted in College, Spring, update

Ticking

Hey, y’all! It’s just me tonight. AJA isn’t feeling too great and is also doing me a favor (because I’m a great friend that asks her friends to do things for them while feeling bad).

This week has been kind of crazy in a really good way. It’s entirely too hot to be April, and the end of semester work is getting turned in, my finals are wrapping up (AJA is in a week or so), and we’re getting ready for summer! 😀

Keep your feet in the clouds and your heads on the ground. ❤ 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o

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Achieving Goals

Hello, humans of earth! Hey, y’all!

Tonight we’re here to say, that it’s been two weeks since we said we had some fItNeSs GoAlS and since we have actually made progress towards those goals! Whoo! Like MAJOR progress. 🙂 The progress has been major…ly painful. (I’m kidding; it’s also been really great. We’ve been going every day that we could, and we’ve really been working to push ourselves and get better.) I may not enjoy working out as a hobby exactly, but I am enjoying the fact that I am improving already. I’m really proud of ACG for doing something she doesn’t exactly want to do and that does “kinda” hurt at first. O.O I mean, hey, I’m kinda proud of ME for doing something I DO want/enjoy/seek out doing even though it kinda hurts at first. Thank you ❤ I’m proud of both of us too, honestly, because it still takes effort and hard work no matter if you enjoy it or want to or not.

We thought tonight we’d share a few things we are doing and the things we like or dislike but hope to gain out of doing. 🙂 Which means, as per usual, it’s time for a list. #)

    1. We have started doing the stairclimber in the past couple of days. I find this by far the most interesting machine in the gym (besides the stretching cage that looks like it belongs in a torture chamber), but I think we’ve quickly learned that it’s one of the most intense ones, too.
    2. DEATH BIKES!! Okay, that’s way more intense sounding than it is. It’s actually a completely normal immobilized bike. But since it’s not a true spinning bike, you can’t stand and pedal… which means LUCKY YOU… you get to sit. on the most painful bike seat. in the world, leaning forwards for balance. Honestly, sitting on the thing is a work out of endurance. 😉 Seriously, I enjoy it. It’s fun and not something I’ve made time for a lot in previous work out endeavors.
    3. Swimming has not been a part of our regular work out routine. It still isn’t super regular, but it is something we do from time to time that I really do enjoy. It works every part of you without you even necessarily realizing it at the time. We also use water weights while we’re in there, and that’s a fun way to build up some resistance as we keep using them.
    4. Ellipticizing, which we may have mentioned before. Using an elliptical is my absolute favorite way to work out. I feel like I don’t even need to explain–good music, little stress on joints, and just moving your body. Idk. Maybe I’m weird.
    5. More P.E. style exercises, which we do in a multi-purpose area that we affectionately call the “little room.” By P.E. style I mean pushups, planks, situps, lunges, jumping jacks, and squats, the kinds of exercise that don’t require special equipment.

 

 

 

 

Overall, everything we’ve done is great for our bodies but challenging for us, but getting better means putting in the work. I know I personally am watching what I eat and practicing balance really well, which is something I’ve always struggled with. It feels really good to take charge of your health. It’s very confidence boosting and exciting. I am thrilled continue on this path. It does feel really good to decide to take the time to make a change and put a set of things into your life that will help you in the long run, even when they seem something close to torture in the now. I can’t wait to see what happens.

Keep your shoes laced tight and your socks clean! ;P 🙂 😀 😉 O.o ❤
Stay healthy–er, drive safely! ❤

 

Posted in College, Double Crowns, Life and Likes, Spring, update

The Greatest Adventure

Hello, friends and fiends! 😉 Hey, y’all!

Our spring break was this week as we’ve mentioned a couple of times. It’s honestly been so, so very nice! Far better than last spring break for a few reasons, primarily the weather and improved health (on my part) which we are both VERY grateful for because it meant we got to have a couple of adventures. 🙂 Absolutely! The weather was amazing, and the adventures were better. It was a much needed break from school and “normal” life.

The best of the adventures was that we got to go visit K! Uh huh! We got to be the reunited AKA. 🙂 And I have to say, age is treating us all very well! 😉 It was so, so great to be with K for a few days. She also got to show us a bit of where she lives now since fall 2018 she moved away for college. It was great to see where she’s been doing what she loves, but it’s even more exciting to know she is getting closer to coming back to us. I do have to say, though, where she’s living is pretty adorable and fun to explore. It is gorgeous and has some delicious food, haha. 🙂

Honestly, the whole thing was great from time with ACG on the road and some hilarious and dangerous driving patterns of interstate drivers to the great old school slumber party with K. The drivers were INSANE, but the rest of it was great. The time on the road was filled with punch drunk laughter as well as some pretty deep conversations that I wouldn’t trade for the world. The slumber party also had some serious conversations (but we absolutely can’t forget AJA lunging at K pretending to be a feral critter what can I say? I am an absolute party animal! ;P).

It’s crazy to think about how our sleepovers have gone from giggling eighth graders to college aged young women thinking about life, liberty, and the pursuit of true happiness amen. I love these two girls, and I’m so grateful that we’ve made this journey (and spent all of our spring breaks) together. SAME! It was great!

This break was invigorating and I can’t wait to see what the future holds from here. ❤

 

Drive safely and don’t stop short! ❤
Keep your friends reasonable and your cruise control close! 😛 😉 O.o ❤ 😀

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Changing Breaks

Hi! Hey, y’all!

So, recently, we’ve realized that in life it’s really easy to lose track of things that were once priorities, even things that you care about and that provide you with a lot of joy. For us, one of those things has been writing. Absolutely, and there have been a lot of reasons for why we lost track of it and it fell through the cracks. I looked at my latest document the other day and saw that it had been a month since I even edited the document and it was so surreal, and I had no idea how it happened. I know I’ve started several projects and they slowly drifted away from me as I had school work or various other things happen in my life that took over. I also know that we’re both tired of this feeling.


Fortunately, we can change that, like you should do with anything in life that’s making you unhappy if there’s a way to change it! So, that’s exactly what we’re going to do! With spring break coming up we even have the perfect, school free opportunity to do it, too! There are so many other reasons that spring break will be a really good thing for us, but specifically the chance to just write–and maybe even get together and write–is topping the list of benefits since AJA mentioned that as a real possibility. It’s exciting. ❤ Life is good; change can be good, and I’m thrilled to have spring break to sort some things out and accomplish some progress on fun, personal projects like writing. Oh, and spend time with ACG. (Unfortunately, we won’t get to spend this week with K but we did have a blast doing that this week when our schedules allowed. And, thankfully, ACG and my spring breaks are the same week.)


I mean, spending time together will ultimately be the best part, but the other things fall into place with that. I’m also really glad that our spring breaks didn’t just span three different weeks; that would have been the worst. Only majorly. This is definitely a change that has potential to be AMAZING. 🙂 Agreed.

Keep your breaks safe and your passions fueled! ❤ 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o
So, drive safely (and write often or whatever it is you love to do)! ❤

Posted in College, Life and Likes, update, winter

The Third Piece

Hey y’all! ACG here tonight, because time springs forward tonight so we need sleep, and we kinda lost track of time earlier.

We lost track of time because of spring break. Not ours, that’s the next week, but because of our friends K’s! She moved off for school, and she came back home this weekend for her spring break. The girl time has been great so far (or we wouldn’t have lost track of time), and I can’t wait to see what the three of us get up to this next week.

Keep your hearts adventurous and your friends lovely! ❤ 😀 😉 😛 🙂 O.o

Posted in ACG is Weirdo Who Demands Some Things Get Categorized While Claiming to Dislike Labeling, America, College, grain of salt advice, Life and Likes, Rules by Annazzz, winter

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! 😉 😉 😉 ❤

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

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 ❤

Posted in Broken Pieces, College, Double Crowns, Fall, Life and Likes, update

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 ❤