Do you ever find yourself struggling to find the perfect combination of words to communicate how you feel about that special person in your life? Whether it is a significant other, best friend, coworker or relative, there is no better place to seek advice than the master of the metaphor- Leslie Knope. The Ann in your life deserves a Knope-worthy compliment, so take advice from the queen herself.
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Put on your reading glasses and blow that wisp of graying hair off your face (yes, Mom, I see it, you’re not fooling anybody), because I’ve got some things to say.
I just completed three months worth of college. C-O-L-L-E-G-E. For roughly 90 days I fed myself, I somewhat successfully did my own laundry, I made my own life-or-death decisions when it came to college parties, and I even managed to fit in schoolwork — most of the time.
The point is, I might not have become a fully fledged, mature adult, but three months of newfound independence is like finding out that Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny aren’t real all at the same time — you do a lot of growing up, fast.
So, almost-adult to adult, here are 11 things that I want you to know when I come home for the holidays:
1. First and foremost, I get it.
I’m not in college anymore, there are going to be rules again, you pay all my bills — right. I understand. Please, no long speeches. No constant reminding. I’ve been making predictions and inferences since 2nd grade, so believe me, I’m pretty sure I’ve got the gist of what’s going on in this story.
2. I may or may not have transformed into a creature of the night.
Yeah, no, I’d probably go ahead and define myself as nocturnal. In college, everything starts at night, like parties, house meetings, the will to do homework — it’s completely different. So if you find me doing the dishes at 3:00 a.m., it’s not because I was feeling generous, it’s because Netflix got boring and I had nothing better to do.
3. Curfew or nah? Nah.
Now that we got the whole nocturnal thing out of the way, let’s get something straight. I can’t tell you how many times I stayed up with friends until the wee hours of the morning, how many times parties kept me out of the dorm for the entire night, or how many times I went on late night runs to get food. I know that the house is not a hotel, but you have to understand that the night is primetime to hang out with friends or take that random McDonald’s run. So please, loosen the reigns a little. I’ll be quiet, I promise — I’ve got three months of tiptoeing around a sleeping roommate under my belt.
4. I love you, but I love sleep more.
You guys are great, but my b(a)ed and I need some alone time. Keep the door closed.
5. I’m ok! That was just me screaming in relief at the feeling of not having to wear shower sandals anymore.
6. Be a bro and spot me? I’m poor.
I know, I know, I said I wasn’t going to be that college kid. But it’s the holiday season, and I know you guys have missed me, soooo how’s 20 bucks sound?
7. A gift card to Starbucks would make for a great Christmas present.
Put yourself in my shoes. I’m a slightly impoverished neo-adult with a mild-to-moderate coffee addiction, and I sleep all day. Plus, Starbucks has those new red cups — I’m telling you, coffee tastes great with a hint of controversy.
8. Chores, shopping for groceries, driving people around — I got this.
Let me take some extra responsibility. After three months on my own, I want to show you that I can handle it, that I can pass for being a competent adult. So don’t let me slack off and mill about, challenge me to help the family out as an adult instead of a dependent kid. I’ll make you proud, I promise.
9. If I want to go to that concert or party, I’m going to go.
Let’s be real here. In college, if I wanted to go skydiving or bar hopping or sleep over in a girl’s dorm room, I could I have done it, no questions asked, and you guys would have been none the wiser. So if I want to do something fun, I’m truly open to your thoughts and opinions, because your advice is what guides me every time I go out. But I’m not a dumb teenager anymore, so trust me and let me do my own thing, ok?
10. You guys are awesome, but so are the friends I haven’t seen in a long time.
Yes, I know, it always seems like I care way too much about hanging out with friends. But three months is a lot to catch up on, and I’ve missed them like crazy.
11. But no matter what, I’ve missed you so much, and I’m glad to be home.
Even if I’m stubborn, too argumentative, or seem eager to go back to college, you have to realize how good it feels to be home again. There have been so many times in the past three months that I’ve felt unbearably weak and vulnerable and wanted nothing more to call you guys and ask you for your amazing advice, but didn’t do it because I wanted you to think that I was ok. You are my greatest teachers, and I can never thank you enough for all you do for me. I love you.
It's no secret that Chick-fil-A has changed the game in the food service industry for their unmatched customer service, but let us not forget the thing that gets their guests in the door: the food. Chick-fil-A's menu is made up of all chicken entrees, delectable sides, and sweet treats to follow their meals. To be honest, there isn't really a bad item on their menu. Well, maybe just one, *cough* the chicken salad sandwich *cough cough*. Next time you're headed there and you're not sure what to order, consider ordering one or some of these items that I believe you truly cannot go wrong with.
Lemons, water, and sugar, that's it. Chick-fil-A knows this classic drink's recipe doesn't need to be messed with because its perfect just the way it is. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is the key to this sour yet sweet treat.
11. Chocolate chunk cookie
It's a chocolate chunk ooey-gooey cookie with oats, baked fresh daily and served warm. What more could one ask for? Ordering one is like giving yourself a hug. Pair it with a bottle of their milk and thank me later.
You can't go wrong ordering these and dunking them into the sauce of your choice. The breading is a little sweet and paired with their Zesty Buffalo sauce, it creates the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. I'm pretty sure these are proof that God is real and wants us to be happy.
9. Grilled nuggets
This guilt-free version of chicken nuggets is perfect for anyone looking for a healthier alternative to the classic dish. Essentially just cut up chicken breasts cooked on Chick-fil-A's specially designed grill, these nuggets are naked and delicious.
8. Sweet tea
This sweet tea surely has unhealthy amounts of sugar to make it super sweet the way we love it, but do we care? Nope! Their tea is brewed fresh daily and served over a heaping amount of ice to keep it ice cold and so yummy. Did I mention there are free refills?
7. Chicken biscuit
The chicken biscuit is their breakfast portion chicken breast in between two flakey, doughy biscuits. Chick-fil-A makes their biscuits fresh every morning of course, and who said chicken isn't for breakfast?
Chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, or cookies and cream—whatever flavor you choose, you'll be so glad you ordered a milkshake here. If you're lucky enough to catch one of their seasonal shakes, peach or peppermint chip, consider yourself blessed. The team members hand-spin these babies to order, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
5. The Original Chicken Sandwich
You know how sequels for movies aren't always necessary because the original is just so good? Yeah, it's kind of like that. Don't bother going somewhere else for a chicken sandwich unless you're looking to be disappointed. Served on a buttered bun with two pickles, this simple sandwich is perfect in every way.
4. Chicken nuggets
Dunk-able, pop-able, enjoyable. What more can I say? Chick-fil-A delivers about the only fast-food chicken nugget that doesn't look like fried coated mush when you bite into it. Dip it in any of Chick-fil-A's dipping sauces and get ready for a flavor explosion to make your taste buds the happiest little taste buds in the world.
3. Chicken minis
If you've never tried Chick-fIl-A's breakfast, you need to, like as soon as possible. A lot of people don't even know Chick-fil-A serves breakfast, but order these chicken minis and you'll never forget it. A chicken nugget tucked into a honey buttered yeast roll, chicken minis are like having a little piece of heaven in your mouth.
2. Spicy chicken sandwich
The bottom line is that the spicy sandwich is a masterpiece. A spicy marinated chicken breast coated in spicy breading on a buttery bun? I'll take ten please. There is not a flaw in this sandwich. Not too spicy, but packed with flavor. They really outdid themselves with this one.
1. Waffle fries
Voted the best fast food item by The Ringer, these fries are no joke. These waffle fries are a must-order every time you find yourself in a Chick-fil-A. Whether you get a crispy one or a floppy one, they never disappoint. Fold it in half and dip it in Chick-fil-A Sauce, or squeeze on some honey roasted barbeque and dig in.
Now that we've eaten through the menu with our eyes, let's hope it's not Sunday so we can go feast on the best quick service restaurant America has to offer. There is not a bad item on this list, so take a chance on one of these items and you'll be glad you did.