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Chocolate Quick Fix

 

Hello, humans who enjoy chocolate! Hey, y’all! (You don’t have to like chocolate, but this post may be weird if you don’t. Just keep that in mind. ;P Eh, only as weird as last week’s post without a uterus…)

So, we’re pretty busy college students. Similarly, we like sugar. These two things put together mean that we need fast sugar to satisfy our cravings. Could we hit up the closest store and get cookies and cakes every time? Sure. (Cakes? Whole cakes? GROSS.) However, we also like to cook, and that would be a LOT of cookies and cakes. (This makes us sound vaguely like we have no concerns for our health or risk for diabetes, which… is not true. We balance our meals pretty well. We do; I really meant if you factor in how long we have hung out and the fact that I think we plan to keep hanging out.) Either way, when we’re looking for a sweet snack that we can make while we study, we like to make brownies.

Tonight, we wanted to give y’all a list of some reasons that brownies are literally the best sweet snack out there (except maybe white chocolate puff corn (true but it’s too special for an all the time thing), but that’s a whole other category and post).

  1. Brownies contain chocolate, which as aforementioned in last week’s post is indeed an actual pain reliever thanks to your opioid receptors! Brownies keep you off drugs…….. that’s a real reason.
  2. THE CORNERS–enough said. Actually, it’s the fact that there are both edges and middle pieces, so it can bring a room together. Our group is actually split about half (as half as we can get since K left us D: ) as to who likes edges versus middles.
  3. So, likewise I must argue for both my original opinion (although I’m quickly becoming a corner girl) and C’s sakes–THE MIDDLES–that ooey, gooey deliciousness that cannot be matched.
  4. Their size is completely customizable, and they’re portable! You don’t have to have a plate, somewhere to throw the wrapper, or even a plate. Just cut a piece the size of your choice (using a template brownie if you must to make it even with your friends’) and go.
  5. Do you really need a 5th reason to justify brownies? Seriously, though… For our friend group, they’re pretty agreeable on. They’re a good compromise between a cookie and cake. And honestly, I think it’s that opioid thing…. Who am I kidding? Brownies don’t keep you off drugs; they ARE drugs.

Thankfully it’s a legal drug for all ages. I would be really, really sad otherwise. Anyway, hopefully this convinced you to drop everything and go get a box of brownies. (Not really, it may be late where you are. Eh, there’s always a Walmart run 😉 ❤ We don’t judge).

Keep your brownies close and your batter closer. 😉 😀 🙂 ;P O.o ❤
Drive safely ❤

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Uteri

Hey, y’all! HI! It’s that time of the week, y’all 😉

So, this post may be for just the girls tonight. There are some guys who may make it through (Yes, this is a challenge.), but for the most part I doubt it. Eh, in my experience…guys can handle it. 😉 But, the warning is probably nice.

As you know, this blog is brought to you and powered by estrogen, which means ACG and I both know the wonders of having uteri (uteruses? Dr. Google says either is fine 🙂 ). We really do; it’s truly amazing. Since we know just how obnoxious awesome it can be, we wanted to give some tips to make it even better.

 

So, here we go…

  1. First, one thing having a uterus has taught me is to be PREPARED for anything, especially pain and messiness(better than any Boy Scout I’ve heard of). I almost always have ibuprofen and tylenol with me (large quantities) and I’m the girl who has at least 3 pads in every single bag I own, just in case my uterus decides to gift me with my period at a random time. Look: it only takes once of being in Birmingham at 13 with your middle school “boyfriend” and getting your period with absolutely nothing to do anything about it. You live, you learn.
  2. One thing I have learned from the whole experience (well, I’m working on it) is to keep track of your own habits. It helps a little bit to know that if you feel ready to bite someone’s head off (or whatever other tells there may be) about the same time every month, you can start doubling up on AJA’s first point. Or you can know so that you make sure you don’t bite said head off; that’s also a good idea.
  3. Almost a component of being prepared is pain management and pain tolerance. See, uteri are finicky creatures. So are their close friends ovaries. All three organs get upset very regularly and when they do, it hurts. ALL OF US. See, my pain tolerance is pretty high because I’ve experienced period pain (and actually ovulation pain) that was bad enough to cause me to black out for several seconds and throw up in the past. Once you’ve endured pain that intense on a regular basis for any reason, you learn strategies to effectively manage it as well as how to tolerate it and still at least semi-function. Over the counter medications + heat therapy + exercise–all are wonderful ways to cope. (PROTIP: if having cramps, try using the row machine at your local gym. It feels amazing to use those muscles.)
  4. This one may come across as super stereotypical, but there’s a reason it’s a classic piece of advice. Chocolate is literally one of the best things to help. (Note: chocolate can ACTUALLY, scientifically relieve pain thanks to opioid receptors and associated endorphins (so next time some dude in your life questions why girls are extra about chocolate just tell them science said it was okay ;).) Our brand of chocolate is typically brownies. Occasionally I really just want sugar in general (more like cookies or cupcakes), but chocolate is pretty much a staple.
  5. Look, as much as I complain about the whole thing. My last tip is to enjoy being a girl. AMEN! What our bodies do is pretty freaking cool. Like, think about it this way–even if you don’t want kids–your body is DESIGNED to GROW an ENTIRE OTHER HUMAN inside of this hysterical, pain-inducing organ, from the singular cell of the other two smaller, temperamental, pain-inducing organs. That’s kind of hilarious if you think about it. Like, I wouldn’t’ve thought to install that feature. 😉 But seriously: it’s unpredictable, comes with some nasty mood swings, and can have a mess ton of pain BUT you get chocolate and the ability to grow a person inside of you so maybe it sort of balances out. Maybe so, and I’m kind of glad I wasn’t put in charge of designing this body, because I definitely wouldn’t have thought to include that spectacular feature either.

 

There you have it, ladies…and well, at least, C. I know he’ll keep reading I’d be more concerned if he didn’t. 😉 Here’s mine and ACG’s grievances with having uteri as well as a couple of small benefits. ❤ Haha..

It can be a fun, crazy, wild, exhausting ride, but I hope–at least one day–it’s worth it in the end to each of us. Keep your punctuation close and your pads closer. 🙂 ;P ❤ O.o 😀

Drive safely! ❤

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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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Hey, y’all! Hi!

 

So, here’s a riddle, friends: what’s warm in the morning, wet in the afternoon, and frozen at night? Oh! Oh! Pick me; I know! It’s the weather. Uh, yes… yes it is. At least here in Alabama. You mean it isn’t this unpredictable in other places? Only in Kansas, where occasionally you get transported to other worlds when a twister comes by.

Don’t get me wrong, I love living in Alabama and all of the beautiful weather we get to witness. Sometimes I just get really confused when we have fall and winter (occasionally spring and winter) in the same day. Meeee tooo. For example, today C left his house at 5:30PM in a short sleeved t-shirt to pick me up, by the time we left for supper I had on a coat with my long sleeves, by the time we left ACG’s for him to take me home it was SNOWING. Yeah, life is really weird, and it had been pouring rain earlier this morning/afternoon before it ever started snowing.

I also feel like this contributes to part of the reason that people from the south get made fun of for not being able to drive in the cold weather, because it COMES OUT OF NOWHERE. Forget to listen to the weatherperson one day, base the weather on how it feels when you’re leaving (with an educated fifteen degree give or take) and bam! You end up with snow and no bread or milk in your stores for when your best friend has been at your house and everyone loves milk ;P. Yeah, the milk is the worst part… But SERIOUSLY, Alabama is kinda crazy with its weather patterns, so don’t judge us too harshly.

 

Drive safely y’all (in whatever weather conditions present)! ❤
Keep your snow cream ingredients ready and your rain boots nearby! 😛 😉 😀 🙂 ❤ O.o

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Alphabet Rearing

Hi, A’s, B’s, and C’s! Hey, y’all!     

Okay, so, AJA and I have had this weird project going on at my house for the past few (is it a few? It may just be a couple, who knows?) weeks. (It began during the time frame known as “winter break” where there is no concept of reality, let alone time.) It all started because my Mom misheard something I said, and it turned into the chaos you will soon see.

See, she thought I said “pregnant A.” It’s not at all what I said (which I can’t remember now), but the thought was too intriguing, so I had to draw it on the whiteboard that hangs on my refrigerator. It was a very confusing thing to just SEE on a kitchen whiteboard that is usually decorated with grocery lists and small doodles. (Occasionally snowmen get a cameo, too, though). Not only a pregnant A, but a pregnant B and C as well!! So, I asked questions. Then, got “permission” to draw a pregnant D. #)

D happened…then E and F and G *insert Chicka Chicka Boom Boom joke here*…then H (which is terrifying), I, J, and K… …will there be enough room?… We finally finished up U through Z last night, and we wanted to share it with y’all tonight! Good news: there was enough room.

whiteboard showing every capital letter with lowercase letters around them

Ah, yes… Fertile letters, bearing young… What a LOVELY sight–full of potential! They’re gonna grow up to make such great words, like EGYPT (which ACG can tell you about next time she has to cover cause I’m unreliable and my life is too 😉 It’s a beautiful word.)

I’m just thankful to my mom for not destroying our masterpiece halfway through, and I’m so grateful to AJA for putting up with my craziness.Without those two things this would not have made it to the end. Very grateful to your mom; also what would I do without your insight? ;P  I’m also not sure what happened to the red marker that the first three were done in, but I’m kind of digging the vibe of founding mothers in red.

 

Drive safely, even if you’re pregnant…with ideas 😉 like ACG 😉 ❤ (What I mean is: she’s creative for this… lol… What I mean is: don’t judge me I’ve slept like a total of 17 hours in the last 4 days.)

Keep your markers away from Annaz and your letters held in high esteem! ❤ 🙂 😛 😉 😀 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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Opportunities and Adventures

Hey, y’all! It’s ACG here again tonight. This time it’s for a really good reason (and one that’s not my fault!).

It’s just me tonight, because AJA just got back from spending a few days on the east coast, and the time shift back has wiped her out. It was a great opportunity that I’m glad she got to take advantage of, even if it did leave me back home by myself. 😥 (I got to spend some quality time with my family, so it all worked out, but she still abandoned me.)

Basically, we may actually both be back to post something about the New Year next week, but just in case we aren’t…

Keep your resolutions adventurous and your grape juice sparkling! 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o ❤

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Merry Christmas!

Hey, y’all! It’s ACG here, because I may or may not have (possibly) given AJA a virus that I got over earlier in the week but she wasn’t so lucky. We may never know exactly how she got sick, but the point is that she did, she isn’t here, and we’re all thinking about her and hoping that she feels better.

Christmas is in about three days, though, so I wanted to make sure to tell all of you that we hope you enjoy your holidays with family, friends, and good food!

Keep your stockings on fire and your logs hung! ❤ 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o

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An Apocalypse of Monopolies and Gingerbread

Hey, y’all! It’s ACG tonight. We’ve had a busy day, which means a tired day, which means sleep is happening soon.

It was a really good busy day, though! We got to eat and build gingerbread houses with our moms (and K and C’s), and we have discovered this insane game called Antimonopoly, that we may just have to describe at a later date. Most of all, though, we got to spend time making memories together that we will enjoy forever.

Keep your snow angels safe and your icicles intentional! ❤ 🙂 ;P 😉 😀

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Gaining Time with Friends

Hey, y’all! Hi!
AJA and I have had a pretty great day, even though we were only together for probably 10% of it. It was amazing, despite not being together much. For different reasons. Lots of reasons. Time oriented, people oriented reasons.

I spent time with C because this marks 1 year of us admitting we might at least like tolerate each other and ACG got some family time and some productivity time. All of this to say: time is important. So, why does it change? The productivity was limited, but in my defense my computer battery was dying. As to why time changes? Some old smart guy decided that was the best way to do things and then a group of more old smart guys agreed. Thus, we now have this thing called “Daylight Savings Time” (unless you live in certain places like Hawaii or Arizona in the United States). Those obnoxious smart old dudes. @) OH well, at least we get an extra hour for now. 😉

Another great thing that happened today is we got to see our friend, K! The other most significant member of our party 😉 (ha…haha…. Hamilton reference lol It was a truly beautiful reference. I’m proud of you. For knowing the musical I introduced you to? 😉 But thanks, lol). 

(I know this post is a trainwreck, I’m in a sleep-deprived, post-clinicals, anniversary and pain endorphin highs state of mind, so I’m like a little extra giggly tonight @) I don’t know that it’s a trainwreck, maybe just touching on a couple more subtopics than we planned. ;P)

But really, seeing K was amazing. It had been a while (that’s what happens when you move 3 hours away), and she’s the kind of friend that you don’t realize just how much you’ve missed her until you’re picking right back up where you left off and there’s too much to say before time runs out. That’s true! Really… She is that kind of friend, that everything falls into place when she’s back but unfortunately, she has to leave again soon after. Yeah, that part stinks, but the good news is that Thanksgiving is coming up so we get a chance to see her for a bit longer then, and it’ll be great!

 

Keep your shoes high and your apples in the dryer! ❤ 🙂 ;P 😉 😀 O.o
Drive safely, dudes! ❤