The Brownie Fiasco

In recent history, I have discovered that I do not, in fact, hate brownies – go figure. This is a rare case where I think I might have been off not liking them, (unlike a few months ago when I realized I like green peppers and they really aren’t spicy – aka what my mom has been telling me for as long as I can remember).

Anyway – brownies. Now that I like them, I can’t get enough of them. Which leads to my current issue:

the oven in my hall’s kitchen are incapable of baking brownies. You can ask my best friend if you don’t believe me, but we followed those Betty Crocker box brownie instructions to the LETTER. What came out of that oven were not brownies and it wasn’t edible either. Initially I thought this was a fluke – I’m a good baker, but maybe this was a bad box? Or maybe I hadn’t added enough water? Who knew. At any rate, I tried again a week later, only to get the same result. And this time I had double checked every step so I know I didn’t do anything wrong.

I am left with one explanation and one explanation only: the ovens are out to get me.

Somehow, I will do my best to get by without the brownies until I go home and have access to an oven that doesn’t hate me. In the meantime, I’m lucky to have a best friend who bought me a brownie from Insomnia to eat after the second disaster.

This story doesn’t really have any significance in the grand scheme of things, but I figured I would try and share something funny or fluffy, instead of all the heavy, dark things going on in the world. Those are important too – but there has to be a balance of things.

That being said, good luck to everyone participating in the women’s strike – you are true warriors and I wish you the best. The world would not be the same without you.

Julie

Happy Holidays & The Imaginary War on Christmas

Whether you’ve noticed it or not, in the past few years there has been a gradual switch from saying “Merry Christmas” commonly to “Happy Holidays”. And instead of “Christmas” break, we have “Holiday” break. Many have taken offense to this change, and other changes, and called this “political correctness” or “PC-Culture” an “attack on traditional values” (along with marriage equality) and the “War on Christmas.”

Personally? I couldn’t be happier about these changes. And in my humble opinion, militant Christians need to take a step back and understand two things:

  1. Christmas is not the only holiday celebrated during December, (or even on December 25 – Hanukkah takes place partially on that day this year too, along with the twelve days of Yule!)
  2. Christmas wasn’t even the first holiday to be celebrated around the winter solstice, (shout-out to the ancient Greeks + others, probably).

But other than the factual inaccuracies in the logic used by people who believe that our country is going to ruin because of red Starbucks cups, the holiday season is a time that I was raised to believe is when people should be especially open, accepting, loving, and at peace with those around them, (even the ones you don’t agree with – like that family member who just won’t shut up about that actor you hate). And when someone tells me “happy holidays” with a big ol’ grin on their face, that’s what that says to me. It says that, regardless of our differences, I wish you a time of happiness and blessings, from whatever deity or force you may or may not believe in and in whatever way you celebrate, (if you do choose to do that).

They are not trying to get rid of Christmas. I repeat, people who say “happy holidays” are not trying to get rid of Christmas and, in fact, I’m sure some of them even celebrate it.

So I guess the point of this post is that maybe the next time you think about “correcting” someone who tells you “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas”, perhaps give the meaning behind their words a thought and don’t bother to “correct” them at all because, honestly? I’m sure you have bigger problems to worry about, (I know I sure do).

Blessings to you all, I hope finals went well, and happy holidays!

Julie

So it’s Been Awhile (V-Log 12.6.16)

Hello friends!

So this blog has been on the backburner for the past few months, and I really am sorry about that because it isn’t something I want to stop doing as I enjoy it a lot. But life has been incredibly hectic with NANOWRIMO, (which I finished!!) scrambling to make sure everything gets done for my grad school applications, (easier said than done) and finishing this second-to-last-semester of undergrad as strongly as possible.

That being said, with finals and then break coming up, I should have a lot more time to write and share with you all and I’m really looking forward to it! In the meantime, please enjoy this v-log!

Julie

P.S. yes I did cut off all my hair and I love it!

Quick Update;

So, I want to apologize for being so absent from this blog. That was not at all my intent, but school has definitely taken over my life, even more so than usual, so of course my primary focus has been that.

That being said, I do have some stuff planned for this, including some more poetry, probably a VLog because those are relatively easy, grad school update, and a post about self-love and my specific journey.

So be looking forward to that and thank you for sticking around!

30 Days of BPD – Days 7-9

So the executive disfunction has been painfully real this weekend. I haven’t really done much of anything and I certainly have not been up to making videos. Which, is a fun part of my depression that usually hits during finals week making those basically the worst times ever. 

That being said, hopefully I will have some capability of making a video tomorrow.

Best to you all!

Julie 

Journal Quotes: February-April

Something I started doing when I finished my Wonder Woman journal and started this Star Wars one, was having a meaningful quote on every other page. This has turned into a really interesting way to introspectively look back and see how I’ve changed because what I found really meaningful in February I may not anymore […]

Water Those! [a blog post about my plants]

(I can’t take credit for the title – my suitemate/resident, Kiara, for 2015-16 said it at a potting-program I had with another RA. She’s a genius and if you don’t get the reference, just watch this).

Small disclaimer; I actually have the “blackest” (versus greenest) thumb on the planet, I’m fairly certain, because I’m so awful at keeping plants alive. That being said, I still really love plants. I love green things because they grow and they’re consistent.

We have a weird relationship. It probably has something to do with the paganism in all honesty. I just feel connected to the Earth, and plants are a part of that connection. Ideally, someday, I would like to grow my own food and cultivate a really organic, hippie lifestyle. Enough about that though.

Currently I have four plants in my room, all named after my friends for reasons I won’t get into, and all acquired in different ways. For example, one just started growing in the pot I had my tomato plant in after it died. So I just rolled with it. I also have a little bamboo shoot in my bathroom, a small succulent from Meijer, and some morning glory sprouts which I’m anxiously waiting to transplant to a bigger/better climbing-capable pot.

Hopefully I won’t kill any of these poor babies. I’m not so worried about the succulent or the bamboo, but everything else. Well, who knows what’ll happen there. I’m also hoping this summer to really begin amassing a plant army of a kind because I love how much more at home I feel in my room at school when there are growing things around. They aren’t as great as a dog – but they aren’t a bad substitute either.

Right now, they’re mostly just really nice to look at because finals, my personal life, everything going on right now, are all really running me into the ground so it’s nice to come back to my room and see such a peaceful array of living things.

Speaking of watering things – I should go do that now.

Wishing you all the best this finals week,

Julie