Literally the cutest song ever and an April poll

So. Yes, the title is true. You are about to see/hear the cutest song ever. Ever. I was on one of those endless YouTube-essay-distraction-music-chains where after an hour I’ve accomplished nothing more than add some fantastic songs to my airtight YouTube playlists and I’m not really sure how I got where I am (and I justify it because after all, if you have a stellar playlist your essay practically writes itself, right?.

This time, I came across Rusty Clanton and Tessa Violet (their band name is People You Know). First I just discovered Tessa Violet and I wasn’t immediately impressed. I didn’t like her voice very much. But for some reason, I couldn’t stop watching. I started listening to more of her stuff. Even though I didn’t like it at first, there’s something so cool about her music. I don’t know what it is, guys!

Anyway, when I got to this song, I was sold. I’m not exaggerating when I say this is LITERALLY the cutest song in the history of humanity. OK bye just watch it.

I love it. I’m officially of fan of both of them.

Anyways, now the part you’ve all been waiting for . . . my resolution to give up something every month continues! You have another chance to vote on what I should give up for April. I might not listen to you guys if you don’t vote for the one I want, but I thought I’d ask for your input anyway. Maybe I’ll give up two things. IDK just vote because it’s fun OK? OK thanks.

And, in the spirit of sharing YouTube music, here’s a marvelous playlist of Disney covers to relish while you ponder.

Happy listening, friends. May your week be filled with joy.

 

Healthy Food, Pffft

If you’ve never seen Kid History Episode 6, I feel like now would be an appropriate time for you to see it.

If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, just watch this one little part at 1:17 (so you can at least know how the title of this post is to be read).

My roomies always make fun of me because I’m one huge walking irony. I am always trying Paleo/clean-eating/organic recipes, buying all-natural foods, making replacements for yummy things (like black bean brownies, which I am STILL HEARING COMPLAINTS ABOUT like 3 months later!). I love salads, I try to include vegetables in almost all my meals, and instead of breakfast cereal I usually make smoothies with berries and kale. Seems pretty like a pretty sound game plan, right?

The irony comes in when I start eating Doritos as a study snack and end up eating like a million of them, or have unstoppable cravings for Panda Express, or decide to make a dense, gooey, delicious (and of course, calorie-and-fatty-goodness PACKED) chocolate cake at 10:00 PM. I want to be healthy, but I’m terrifyingly inconsistent. How much of a problem is this? Debatable. Some would argue that the stress and guilt of trying and failing to follow a strict regimen are actually worse than the adverse effects of “unhealthy” food (me. I would argue this). Plus, some food just tastes SO GOOD, and no amount of “this will give you diabetes” can change that. BUT that doesn’t mean I don’t want to try to take care of myself.

I’m not saying I have perfected this. I’m in an experimental phase right now. I’m trying new recipes, brands, and tactics for eating healthy. I’m developing opinions about what is worth sacrificing a few points on the health scale to gain a few on the taste scale, and what satisfies cravings just as well in a revamped, more healthy form.

One recipe I’ve loved so far can be found here: Peach Balsamic Rosemary Chicken

I ate it with brown rice and loved it! Just be warned, it might not look as beautiful as their pictures, and picky eaters may not be tempted by its appearance. When I made it the sauce was kind of just a brown sludge . . . don’t let that discourage you, though.

Then another recipe I’ve actually made multiple times (which, since I’m in a so-called experimental phase, that’s a big deal). It satisfies my cookie cravings without all the things I’m (supposedly) trying to avoid. Here’s the original recipe, if you’re interested. This is a good one if you’re trying to avoid wheat and/or cut back on sugar.

I actually altered it slightly by leaving out the walnuts (I didn’t have any) and adding chia seeds, flax, and chocolate chips. I know, I know, chocolate chips don’t really mesh with the whole “uber-healthy” idea. But they make the cookies much more tasty, and the final product is still healthier than the alternative . . . right?

As long as you don’t expect them to taste as fabulous as your classic chocolate chippers, they are a good substitute for constant snackers like me. (And believe me, cookies are an important part of my life. I will never trust a love language test until I find one that includes “cookies” as one of its categories).

Here’s a picture my roommate insisted on taking when I accidentally put in too many raisins and they all fell out and puffed up like crazy little puffer fish in the oven.

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So there you go. Try the recipes if you want, or don’t. I’ll keep you updated on my search for healthy recipes that don’t have end results resembling toasted cardboard or sauce-covered dirt.

Minus Malicious Mumbling March

Oh, the things I do for the sake of alliterations.

Anyway, it’s me again, telling you about my goals. If you didn’t read about my goals for January or February, go ahead and check them out).

To give you the update on how things are going: well, prepare for disappointment. “Frugal February” was not quite as successful as I would have hoped. The goal was to not buy any clothes or shoes (with the exception of things I actually need for my study abroad this summer that I find on clearance, which did happen a couple times). I cheated a couple of times on this goal, but I actually did REALLY WELL on overall spending. It probably has more to do with the fact that in January I was buying all my textbooks than anything else, but I nearly cut my credit card bill in half, y’all! (I also tried to spend less on food, which also only sort of worked. But hey, progress is progress!)

So this month, I decided to go with something a little less measurable and tangible—negativity.

I don’t know how well I communicated this with my title, but I want to stop saying negative things about people. Sure, there’s plenty to criticize about everyone, but why do we do it? I want people to be understanding of my flaws, so I’m going to try to be more understanding of theirs. If there’s something that bothers me so much that I just can’t stand it, I’ll say it to their face. I’ll talk to them about it. And if it’s not worth it to me to talk to them, then I won’t keep dwelling on it.

Why this, why now? I’ve had a few moments of reckoning the past few weeks (and really my whole life). I’ve realized that I am simply ALWAYS WRONG about people. Every. Time. 

Exhibit A. I have a professor that, if you’ve talked to me recently, I’ve probably complained about. His class has been frustrating for me because I feel like it shouldn’t be hard for me, and yet, it is. I complained about how he didn’t care about his students and was not sympathetic when I missed a day because I was sick. Ever since then, I’ve noticed he’s actually probably one of the nicest professors I’ve had. Today, for example, he noticed that I wasn’t all there (I was seriously drained, and out of it, and just like checked out . . . let’s just say sleep habits are not what they should be. As if that were something new for me, lol). After class he asked if I was feeling okay. WHAT OTHER TEACHER OF MINE HAS EVER DONE THAT?! NOT ONE. I was like “OK, maybe he actually does care about his students. Like, I’m definitely at fault here.” And he isn’t the only one. I always end up loving professors that I hated at the beginning. The more you get to know someone, the more you realize that they aren’t actually intentionally attempting to ruin your life. Funny, huh?

Exhibit B. I have a friend who has become good friends with every person in my apartment (even my giant teddy bear) and comes over several times a week. Our first impression of him? Terribly, terribly wrong. Like, I’m embarrassed to even talk about it. Basically, we thought he was presumptuous and full of himself. Turns out, he’s the kindest person you’ll ever meet and a great friend. And again, this isn’t the only time this has happened. Basically all the people I end up being great friends with are not people I would have expected to be great friends with.

It’s too easy to cast judgment, and talking about it with someone else only perpetuates the feeling that it’s actually true. So this month, I’m not going to do it. I may not have to like everyone, but I don’t have to speak poorly of anyone either.

Now, anyone who would like to join me is welcome. And let’s make this a month minus any malicious mumblings.

If you need inspiration, just watch Steph Curry for a little. I wish I would have watched this game, you guys. HE IS UNREAL (as if you hadn’t already heard).