Right now I’m going through the horror that is finals, which is stressful enough on its own, but for me is the finale of a particularly difficult semester.

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I’ve needed to fall back on a few stress relievers, soothers, or just plain ol’ distractions so I don’t just decide to never leave my bed ever again.

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Some of you may be going through the same hell, or just feeling the general stress that comes with this time of year, and I wanted to share with you a few ways I’ve kept myself going.

 

NUMBER ONE: FOOD

Snacking has shown to help keep you not only awake while studying, but has also proved to keep me from murdering everything in a 10 mile radius.

My go to de-stresser treats include:

  (trust me, this combo is good)

aaaand, anything you can melt cheese on/in. Such as quesadillas, grilled cheese, mac and cheese, bread, another piece of cheese…  You get the idea.

NUMBER TWO: MEDIA

While studying or while needing to take a break from studying, I indulge in a lot of Netflix and YouTube.

Re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix (without Fox’s terrible attempt at revamping) has been wonderful way to just chill out.

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If you’ve already watched Buffy and its amazing spin-off series Angel, then good job but I suggest it’s time you watch it again.

If you’ve never watched it before, then I think it’s high time that you do. Here’s a short list of reasons why you should, if the fact that it’s my awesome cat’s namesake isn’t enough of one.

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Buffy says “Hey”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December also happens to be The Yogscast’s holiday charity live stream month where they stream video games, and other stuff for hours and hours every day just so I can be entertained on a moments notice.

I guess that’s not their main reason and are instead doing it to raise money for charities like Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), Special Effect, End Polio Now, Oxfam, and Fuana and Flora; but I sure feel benefited.

I mean, with gems like this, the stress just melts away. For whole minutes at a time!

                                                                                            

NUMBER THREE: GAMES

Dragon Age: Inquisition came out the end of November, and I’ve had to be very careful about rationing my play time, but when I do play, it’s so immersive that I’m completely able to forget about Calculus, Chemistry, and student loans.

Another delight has been my discovery that Telltale Game’s  critically acclaimed Walking Dead Seasons 1 & 2, and The Wolf Among Us are now available for free for Andriod tablet. I only barely started playing last night, but they will definitely help distract me the next couple of weeks as I anxiously wait for final course grades to come in.

 

 

Brie

Brie

Brie is a fair-weather foodie. She wouldn’t go as far as to say she has a love/hate relationship with food, because she loves food and food clearly loves her; it loves her so much that it holds on as tight as it can and never lets go; mostly in the middle region. Her cooking style involves a lot of butter or garlic or onions, things that have “creamy” or “cheesy” in the title, also anything that you could add bacon to. She’s been making the noms since she was tall enough to reach the counter, and has been eating for even longer*. Brie’s passion for cooking-slash-baking will fluctuate however, usually correlating with how sick she is of doing dishes. Never-the-less, her passion for eating (sushi, take out Chinese, hole in the wall diner-y type foods) is as constant as the sun, the moon, death, and taxes. She also sometimes talks in the third person; don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.
*Fun Fact: When she was 10-13ish, only 1 out of every 5 batches of sugar cookie dough would make it past the butter/sugar stage and end up in the oven instead of Brie’s stomach. #ThisIsWhyI’mFat
P.S. She also set the microwave on fire during the same era while making home-made microwavable popcorn. Pro tip: Alton Brown is WRONG and you cannot put a paper bag with staples into the microwave; things will go badly.
P.P.S Happy ending. Even though to put out the fire she threw a bowl of water onto it and shorted all the circuits, the microwave started working after a week and her mom was non-the-wiser.
P.P.P.S But, I guess not any longer…
Brie

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