What Your Favorite Holiday Food Says About You, As A Person

What Your Favorite Holiday Food Says About You, As A Person

I got beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes.
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Dress the turkey with lots of gravy, fa la la la la la la la la! It's that time of year again where we all bring our families and friends together and cook amazing food that for some reason usually isn't cooked at any other time of the year (except maybe Easter). Most people love the holidays, including the delicious meals that come with them.

I have the conversation with everyone around this time of the year about their favorite foods and dishes. Through not-so-extensive research and mere conjecture, I have figured out what people's favorite foods say about them as a person.

The Turkey Guy

Your turkey guys are the run-of-the-mill people. Not too outgoing, but not too shy. They go with the turkey because it's the most obvious choice and the easiest one. There's nothing out of the ordinary about having a turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, just like there's nothing out of the ordinary about the people who claim it's their favorite.

Green Bean Casserole



These people, let me tell you... they are some of the most optimistic people in the world. To take something in a vegetable like a green bean and pull off some sorcery to make it taste amazing in casserole form is no easy task. Whoever invented the green bean casserole put firm belief in the goodness of humanity, because wow did they make vegetables taste good.

The Ham Girl

If she picks the ham, she's your creative thinker. There are so many things you can do with a ham: glazed or unglazed, cover it in brown sugar, smoke it, fry it, bake it, throw some pineapples on it if you're crazy, slice it, chunk it, dunk it, etc. Any person who can make the decision on what the hell to do with the ham has to have a fluid mind.

Wine

Here's your social butterfly. We as Americans naturally associate alcohol with a fun time, and the holidays are no exception. I'm sure we all have or know that crazy aunt who brings the wine and gets too trashed after dinner. This is what we're all here for, and your wine person will be the life of the party... until they slump over.

Dessert

Most people might guess that I would say these are the ~sweet~ people. Haha, nice try! The dessert people can be the sweet people, and half of the time they are. However, the rest of the time you will be dealing with some mean-hearted people who have done bad things all year and they're only making sweets to try to make up for being cruel to you and others. I see through your disguise, dessert people. Sorry, grandma.

Potatoes

These potato lovers are the comedians, derived from the fact that everyone smiles when they eat potatoes. Have you ever seen someone sad after eating some mashed potatoes? These clowns make potatoes because the joy that comes from laughter parallels the joy of stuff your face with delicious carbs, obviously.

Beef Tenderloin

Here, you have your introverts and quiet types. A beef tenderloin's flavor is all based on the inside and how much red you want in it, much like the introvert's personality is magnificent internally. They'll be in your conversations, and when they contribute it's always meaningful. But, they're most likely to say nothing and observe.

Mac & Cheese


These peeps are the mom or dad of the group. Mac and cheese appeals to the kid in our hearts, and our mom and dads use that association to their advantage. When they're not mixing up the cheesy goodness, catch them taking care of someone else, being the best listeners, and cleaning up the mess.

Dressing/Stuffing

Their intellectual capacity can't be matched. Your dressing/stuffing people know that in order to make their dish the best, it must have a precise proportion of ingredients and you need natural talent to get that flavor right. These people are probably the smartest in the room, and their attention to detail sets them apart from the crowd.

Chicken

Easily the klutz. Come on fam, holidays are for turkey and ham.

Bring your best holiday dishes to the table and see if you can identify who brought what without asking anyone!

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chafing. So much chafing.

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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming, and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts-shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chafing. So much chafing.

No better feeling than four minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's No. 1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swimsuit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chafing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one-size-fits-all" for plus-size women. As if there's just one way to be plus-size. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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6 Ways To Start Pre-Gaming Your Summer Plans Today

A few ways to help you prepare for summer.

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Summer is coming sooner rather than later and we all need to get ready for it.

1. Start making trip plans now.

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If you are wanting to do a getaway over the summer, I would suggest starting to plan for the trip now. The closer you get to the time in which you want to go, the higher the prices of plane tickets and rooms go up. Also planning ahead gives you the chance to pinpoint exactly how you want to spend your trip and not waste your time. Nothing is worse than going on a trip and being stuck at the hotel the whole time because you have no idea what is our there for you to do.

2. Buy sunscreen.

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Do you really want to end up like her? I don't think so. Even if you are the type of person with the mentality that you will only be out in the sun for a short period of time, it doesn't matter. We all need sunscreen. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and we need to take care of it. Think of it this way, do you want to have sunspots when you're old? Or would you rather maintain your youthful appearance for as long as you can?

3. Find a new hobby.

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Let's be honest here for a minute, the majority of us do absolutely nothing over summer break and feel no guilt for it. I have done this several times over the years, and I now look back and realize all the time I wasted not learning or doing something new. If you are working full-time, have summer school, or a summer internship this does not apply to you unless you have the time to do so.

For the rest of y'all, get up and learn something. Learn how to knit. Take a kickboxing class. Try out new hiking places. Start learning another language, or continue practicing the one you learned in school at places where the language is commonly used. Get outside of your comfort zone!

4. De-stress and dispose.

You are so close to summer sometimes it stresses you out trying to get everything done. You need to realize that summer isn't going anywhere and you will get there eventually. Take a deep breathe and keep going. What I like to do is start throwing out the paperwork from this semester that I know I will never use again, don't want, and papers that I don't plan on using for the upcoming final. Disposing of those papers helps me visualize that the semester is almost over.

5. Buy a new swimsuit.

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Before you go out and buy a bunch of new swimsuits, try your old ones on first and see if they fit. Sometimes you just need a new top to match the bottoms that you already have or vice versa. Also, if you know that you are not going to buy a swimsuit for the pool or beach several times throughout the summer, don't waste your money on a new swimsuit. The one from last year that you never wore will do just fine.

Save Money

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The simplest way to understand it is no saving = no money to spend during summer. If you have all kinds of different trips and things you want to do that cost a fee, it would be wise to start saving up for all of your other expenses that you would normally have to pay per month like insurance, phone, or a car payment. I will be in the car payment category since I just bought a new one a few weeks ago.

That being said, my first car payment is due the week I am in New York. I don't want my New York money to be used for a car payment, so I've been taking extra shifts at work to compensate. I have also started going through my closet and selling the items I don't want anymore. There are several resale stores and places online for you to sell your unwanted clothes and other items to put some extra cash in your pocket.

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