An Ode to Special K

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Oh, Special K, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Special K, primarily Special K with Red Berries, has been my favorite cereal for as long as I can remember. This can probably be attributed to the fact that it was my mom’s cereal. While I was being bought boxes of Cheerios or Raisin Bran, my mom got to eat Special K. And the forbidden fruit–red berries in this case–tastes the sweetest.

Special K with Red Berries has the perfect bran to fruit ratio. When you get sick of the bran, you can break up the flavor with a nice strawberry taste. When the strawberries start to become too overpowering you just scoop up some bran. Special K with Red Berries is easily one of the best duos in breakfast food history.

The cereal is sweet but healthy. So many breakfast foods that are marketed for weight loss or heart health or an abundance of vitamins taste like crap, quite frankly. They have no flavor and are the consistency of cardboard. As if mornings aren’t tough enough they expect you to welcome your day with that garbage? Pass. Instead, I indulge in a nice, flavorful bowl of Special K and I’m ready to take on the day. If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast, it’s definitely a better alternative to the high calorie stack of pancakes or even a bowl of Lucky Charms.

I shall but love thee even better after dinner. Special K can be a great dessert or evening snack. Its sweetness makes for a great pallet cleanser and, again, you aren’t going to go over your daily calorie intake unless you eat the whole box in one sitting (which I could probably do easily).

Special K is the best breakfast cereal hands down. I’d give my vote to Special K with Red Berries specifically, but there are an abundance of options to choose from. It’s versatile, it’s delicious, it’s healthy. How can you go wrong?

photo credit from Kellogg’s India

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Putting the Pedal to the Medal

mazda_6_white_sedan_front_side_angle_moving_wallpaper_-_1280x800I’ve never technically owned a car. There is a car in my household (or in my driveway, ba dum tss) that is reserved for me exclusively, but as my dad loves to point out, it isn’t my car. The first was a silver 2011 Mazda6. Now I drive a white 2016 Mazda6. It still isn’t my car.

Suddenly, my parents started taking $200 odd out of my bank account monthly to put toward the car. I don’t even know if I’m making payments toward the car itself or putting money toward the insurance. The money is just gone, which is so frustrating because they only started doing this once I got myself a steady income. I’m sure if I vocalized this frustration they would equate it to taxes and then make a condescending remark about how as a liberal, I should love paying taxes.

Frankly, I just don’t understand the whole obsession with cars. Or rather, I can understand it. I’ve been obsessed with my fair share of things (the Twilight series immediately comes to mind), but the car obsession doesn’t apply to me even a little bit. I like my car. I take pride in keeping it nice and clean, but ask me anything about horsepower or mileage or whatever people talk about in reference to cars and my eyes will literally glaze over. If I’m talking about my car it’s to brag about how little clutter there is in comparison to my friends or to complain that the check engine light is on AGAIN.

I love “my” car because I love being able to get where I need to go without relying on other people, but cars really are such a hassle. I’m thankful that I can still rely on my parents to deal with the dirty work that comes with my car. Sorry,¬†the car.

The Perks of Taking an 8am

8 a.m. classes are definitely not for everyone. In fact, for the first full half of my college career I refused to even entertain the idea. Nothing seemed worth waking up that early in the morning (despite having woken up significantly earlier for high school). I was forced into a change of heart when I got a different job picking up kids from school. In order to get to Montclair by the end of their school day, I needed to have all of my classes done by 1 p.m. This meant I was going to have to start earlier. Horrifying.

Except that it wasn’t. Sure I can’t stand waking up early in the morning and I feel like a zombie half the time, but getting all my classes done early is such a relief. The sooner you start, the sooner you can get back home. Plus, you don’t have to worry about parking. The parking lots are practically empty when I pull up. I have a plethora of spots to choose from, which is a major stress reliever.

I’m up earlier in the morning which forces me to go to bed earlier at night. Additionally I feel more productive. Sure I nap now and again, but usually once I’m awake I stay awake. It’s also a great way for me to juggle 19 credits and my job. Taking classes at 8 also allowed me to choose classes that meet from Monday to Thursday, leaving me with a three day weekend. Life-changing. Not having classes on Friday has completely changed my college career, and I’m so glad I realized how good a slightly longer¬†weekend is for me.

8 a.m. classes aren’t for everyone. If you really struggle to wake up in the morning or have an exceptionally long commute, it may be too difficult to pull off taking a class so early. But if you live on campus or live a stone’s throw away then it’s something you should consider with an open mind.

Chips and Dip: The Ultimate Snack

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Even if “Chips and Dip” wasn’t the name of the prompt, I would choose chips and dip as my favorite snack food. Why? Because it’s clearly the best option. Allow me to explain:

Chips and dip is as versatile a snack food as you can find. Have you seen what kind of chips exist these days? We’re no longer limited to Plain or Ruffled or Salt & Vinegar potato chips. We can have Lays Chicken and Waffles, Lays Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, or even Lays Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger potato chips. I don’t know why anyone would want these things (seriously Lays, what are you doing), but should you grow tired of a classic potato chip, there are a slew of other options for you. And should you start getting sick of those flavors, you can switch up the dip! French Onion dip is a personal favorite of mine, but I don’t discriminate.

That’s not even to mention all the other chips. Tortilla chips or Doritos with salsa are practically an entirely different snack but they conveniently fall under this nice umbrella of “chips and dip.”

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Favorite Songs of All Time

Africa – Toto

Africa has been my favorite song for ages. I love the way it sounds. It’s in a major key so it’s a really happy sounding song. It’s also a song that tons of people know, so it can bring people together. I mean, play Toto at a party and you’re bound to have a crowd of white people blessing the rains of Africa.

Tether – CHVRCHES

Tether is another song in a major key. This is my go-to song for when I need a pick-me-up. The lyrics aren’t my favorite, the vocalist is good enough, but the music itself is so catchy. I can’t fully express the way this song makes me feel, so go ahead and blast it in the car and tell me how you feel.

Time – Hans Zimmer

On a completely different note, Time by Hans Zimmer is just the most epic instrumental. It’s from the Inception movie score. This song plays at the end of the film when everything is wrapping up. The song builds up to an epic climax and then fades out in the end, and it’s incredible.