February is almost over, so while I have some free time, I will wrap up the month’s goals: February was mainly about fitness, and I feel pretty proud of myself for starting and continuing a new activity – running. Earlier this month I mentioned that I ran my first 5K, and this past weekend I ran my second race, dropping my mile time by over two minutes. Granted, I didn’t train at all for the first race, but it is amazing to see the difference in race results with only two weeks of training.
For March, I plan on focusing on money and finances. I have always struggled with impulse spending and never really made an effort to find out how much of my income is spent frivolously. I recently found out about Mint.com which has garnered raving reviews from sites such as CNN, Lifehacker, and Newsweek. Essentially, you are about to link all of your accounts into one place and Mint spits out gorgeous graphics and pie charts analyzing the who, what, when, where of your finances. Many banks already provide a service similar to this, but I find it empowering to see my student loan debt nearby, as this provides a humble reminder of my real new worth, despite the amount I may have recently received from federal tax returns.
One of the first things I found out was how poorly I managed my food budget. Not only do I buy groceries every month, but I also buy lunch and dinner multiple times per week on campus. Even though the campus food is heavily subsidized (probably by the hefty tuition price tag), small food purchases add up. A hot chocolate here and a grilled cheese sandwich there added up to over $150 spent on campus in the month of January. Tisk, tisk! During the next month I hope to formulate a firm budget that reflects my true financial standing…that of a struggling law student. While many of my fixed expenses such as rent and insurance are already as low as they can be, I know I have some work to do when it comes to the food, clothing, and entertainment budgets.
Our French press broke, again. I think we have gone through 2 or 3 by now. I don’t understand why the beaker keeps cracking! I think this is the only news I have for this week, since I am not a sports fan. I hear some important game is going on now between the Niners and Giants. I would love to love sports, but it is too time consuming to keep up with the politics between players, teams, and owners. I just end up cheering for the team closest to me, so I guess, go Niners!
In other news, I may be the best girlfriend ever. I let Zay buy a video game chair at Target today. Now the poor guy doesn’t have to sit hunched over a kitchen chair with his earphones (because I am usually studying in the nook connected to the living room). I even started to play video games with him. I don’t know what happened to me, but I am suddenly able to correctly use a controller in a fashion that doesn’t leave my player running around in circles facing the sky. This is a serious breakthrough. And more importantly, these video games are forcing me to conceptualize maps in my head which is good because I have no sense of direction. I have lived in the same place for over two decades and I can still get lost…maybe video games can cure my inability to navigate.
1. H&M Envelope Clutches
2. Anything with honeycombs…this is a Stone & Honey honeycomb necklace
3. ModCloth bee earrings
4. I want/need a new macro/low f-stop lens. Sony 50mm f1.8 lens from Amazon
5. Found a lot of cute pinhole camera projects on Pinterest, here is one from The Coolist
6. I have always been obsessed with globes. Ironic since I have no sense of direction. Unique globes at ImagineNation
A friend forwarded me some funny law school memes which I am sure any student can relate to, even undergraduates. It’s funny how the system works
I’m lucky to have really amazing professors, whom, I’m sure if shown these memes, would laugh as much as their students. While perhaps the textbook memes are not so far fetched… I will go ahead and blame the publishers for that one… It pains me to talk to friends of other professors or law schools who complain about the lack of professionalism inside/outside of the classroom and quality of teaching.
…Back to studying beloved Crim Law and Torts. I was lucky to have a break from Contracts since it’s MLK day.