April 15, 2017

Fifteen

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Good things from this week: a four-day weekend at home. Getting to enjoy spring weather, finally. (That should be underlined!) Driving with the windows down and the wind in my hair. The first spring flowers. No socks, no jacket. An exam care package, featuring honey lavender tea, lime green headphones, and this bubbly cookbook, on its way. Fueling my paper with a strawberry and creme frappe. Making time for an old movie, and an evening off. Dark chocolate-eating and bookstore-browsing. Getting to extend my time at home. 

April 7, 2017

Fourteen

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Good things from an it's-finally-Friday week: peanut-butter chocolate squares. Getting excited about writing. Peace and quiet in the library. The "Stress Relief" playlist on Spotify (so good!). Talks on topics that I've been thinking about. Finally getting my car fixed. Friday pie. Taking care of a deadline early. Wondering what SCOTUS decisions will look like in the next few months. Excellent food and opportunities to chat with friends (especially needed today). The rabbits on campus. Two chances to go home coming up so soon. Getting more time to read. The way the city smells before and after rain.  

April 1, 2017

Thirteen

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As I watch the snow falling outside my window, taking a few minutes to reflect on the week before: Turkish-style breakfast over the weekend. Stocking up on ginger citrus tea. Talking about constitutional law. Dark-chocolate-dipped mango with crushed pistachios for snacks. Getting enough research points for a finals care package (now, what to put in it without breaking the research points bank?). Thinking of research ideas quickly, and sharing them. Crossing off a "to-do" from my list. Making it to the weekend. Plotting for some welcome days "off" in April.

March 24, 2017

Twelve

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Some good things from a long, exhausting week: Doing interesting research and questioning the assumptions that people often make. The gifts I hope to give myself with my research points, as the perfect exam care kit, as well as belated birthday gift. Everything roses (if only in my imagination). Soothing music. Spring cleaning. And spring itself. Getting "study-spiration" just when I need it. "Sleeping in" a bit. Ending the week with tea, chocolate and peanut butter pie, and some much-needed finally quiet "me" time. 

March 23, 2017

Ten and Eleven

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Some good things from the past two weeks: 

Spring Break, and two books finished (Being Mortal and Interpreter of Maladies). Baking a chocolate coffee cake. Playing in Harvard Square, even if I didn't go home with the book I wanted. Spending time at home with family.

A surprisingly useful presentation on publishing. A much-needed snow day. A new-found obsession with pink roses. Sleeping in. Scrambled egg on toast with spinach. Taking time to myself. Having a great hair day. A really great and productive meeting. Journaling. Grocery-list making, Iron Chef style. Research points and more books. Great weather, even if it has been on and off. 

March 3, 2017

Nine

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Good things from this week: Some little things this time: thinking of new ideas. Taking opportunities to avoid traffic. This colorful productivity tool, and a calming desktop background. An unseasonably warm day. The start of spring break, with free time for working on my note and for relaxing. A round-table to look forward to when I get back, and we'll be one week closer to spring.

February 24, 2017

Eight

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Good things from this week: Starting off the week with a fun meeting, and ending it with a version of a work product. Getting a day off. A delicious dinner (the salad version of this sandwich). A surprisingly warm February day. Finally applying for jobs. Feeling inspired, feeling creative. Feeling like my dreams can come true.

Sounds from the week: Blackfield V, Paper Parachute.

February 17, 2017

Seven

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Little good things from this week: reading 1920s slang. Giving out little gifts to friends. Making time for me. Learning new things. Catching up with a friend spontaneously. Friday morning drives with CD accompaniment. A pot of tea with cinnamon and ginger. Pajamas fresh from the dryer. A load of laundry done right before the weekend  begins. Moments of quiet. A few hours of rest. Sleep, soon. 

February 10, 2017

Six

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Good things to remember from this week: making pizza after reading Brand X (in a nod to Scalia's dissent),  a much-needed snow day, much-needed moments of quiet, reading a Fitzgerald story I had never heard of, researching the foods of the 1920s and plotting a 20s-themed birthday party for next year, planning treats for Galentine's Day (topped with rainbow sprinkles), painting my nails a festive pink, and tidying up my bookshelf. Looking forward to the coming week.

February 3, 2017

Five

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Some good things from this week: making progress on my paper.  Meeting with my favorite adviser on it, and realizing that 
hey, I am doing really well. Learning a lot. Taking time to myself this past weekend. Making time to watch a documentary on the Fitzgeralds because I wanted to. Finally experiencing some quiet at home. Reading caselaw that makes me feel like I'm time-traveling. Having friends who care about me, and friends who I care about. Listening to a CD in the car on Fridays. Going out for Indian food with my school friends, in a new part of town.

January 27, 2017

Two to Four

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cooking: homemade pizza. | drinking: tea. 
reading: caselaw, mostly. 
Before I went to school, though, I finished The World According to Star WarsThe Perks of Being a WallflowerThe NamesakeToday Will Be DifferentThe Opposite of Fate, and Sphinx.
listening: now, to relaxing spa music with piano and flowing water. Earlier, in my con law class, to Django Reinhardt. What a sound!
watching: YouTube videos, occasionally. 
bookmarking: recipes for the week. Burrito bowls are in my future.
looking: forward to the weekend, and the week ahead. 
doing: research, finally. 
loving: the quiet I'm finally experiencing at home.
wondering: what the near future will look like. | hoping: it'll be pretty awesome.
wanting: more good days. | needing: some quiet time.
wearing: blue jeans and a grey sweatshirt. 
smelling: the pizza I just cooked.
noticing: the good little things.
 | knowing: that everything will be OK.
laughing: at some judges' hilarious thoughts.
thinking: about the coming week, and the coming month.
daydreaming: about a Spring Break trip to Harvard Square to haunt an old bookstore. 
wishing: for more moments like this, and for other good ones. 
feeling: okay. | grateful: that I'm taking the night off. And that he agreed. 

January 11, 2017

One

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So here we are in 2017.

January is always a fun month for me because it's my birthday month. Today was a good one. It was unseasonably warm outside, and I took advantage of the weather while getting some last minute items for my home-made Momofuku Birthday Cake. I also kept my birthday traditions of rainbow sprinkles on my dessert, a blue candle to wish on, and vegetarian pho for dinner. Other highlights include our small family meal, toasting with wine, and La Vie En Rose playing in the bookstore earlier in the day.

I've got plans to stretch out the fun for a bit longer, like waiting for my birthday presents to arrive, going to Sephora, drinking some new-to-me teas, and relaxing a bit more.

I hope this year is the best one yet. Cheers to that!