November 19, 2014

How to: Survive Black Friday

If you've been around this block for any amount of time, then you now that I'm an avid Black Friday shopper. Besides November 28th, it's pretty much my favorite non-holiday day of the year.

So my early birthday present to you, is a 3-step guide to survival while still getting all your shopping done.

1\ Create a plan (this is your most important step)
I realize this is kind of obvious but it should be thorough. Think term paper outline thorough. You need to know which stores open when, what you're getting from them, and it's good to know the store's layout so you know where you're headed. 

2\ Prep the Night Before
Some of you may consider this part of #1, but it's not. You need to have gas in the car, trunk and backseat emptied; coffee on a timer (or allow time to be in the DD/Sbux lot waiting for them to open); phones fully charged (walkies if your that person); clothes laid out, etc. You won't have time for this in the morning, you've got to get in line!

3\ Know where you'll pitstop
Everyone knows you need to refuel during a shopping trip. This is no different. Depending on when you start you'll be hungry much earlier than usual. Make it someplace quick and close to your next destination. Mom and I usually hit a Denny's or Friendly's. 

And that's it! It seems like a no-brainer but I have to say, the amount of people I see each year who are so unprepared amateurs, it's comical.

So get out there, or don't, but if you are, do yourself a favor and follow these steps. You can thank me later.

November 15, 2014

The Divorce Papers

Thanks to Kelli I've discovered a new website that I'm completely in love with. As a self-proclaimed bookworm this is the cat's meow. Did I really just say that? Anyway....

I signed up at Blogging For Books and selected my first book.

This book immediately caught my attention for several reasons. For one, this is my field. I work in law, and for a divorce attorney no less. Secondly, reading that the book was a "layered novel told entirely through personal correspondence, office memos, e-mails, articles, handwritten notes, and legal documents" jumped out at me. I love books like this. It makes me feel as though I'm reading someone's journal, and not just a novel.

When I first started the book I dove through the first few pages, unfortunately I also felt as though I was back in my matrimonial law class. The memos between Sophie and David, or the e-mails between Sophie and Maggie were fun to read. They were personal and told the story. However, the case law and statutes that were attached to the memos, or the drafted legal documents seemed completely unnecessary to me. Almost like filler. Perhaps this was because I'm in the field and am familiar with complaints and other motions. 

I did like that there was real first-hand knowledge as the author, Susan Rieger, is a Columbia Law School graduate. For her first novel I thought it was a decent book. Star-wise, I'd give it 3. It kept me entertained, it was good, by I didn't love it. I am interested to see what her next novel will be. 

What have you read lately?

November 12, 2014

It's Not Right, But It's Okay... Right?

Let's not pretend that I haven't been a really shitty blogger for the past few months. I know we all apologize for it, and also say you shouldn't apologize for living, but thing is, I am sorry.

You guys come to this space for whatever reason, whether you want to see what's going on with me or you're just returning a comment. Either way I need to have something for you. Maybe not every time, but more than I have been.

The thing is, I haven't been feeling inspired - by anything. I can only say the apartment is good, or I'm over school so many times. But the reality is that is what's going on. School takes over my life so when the weekend comes I want to do nothing more than laze around watching horrible weekend tv.

And now with the holidays coming, I worry about this little space of mine. I'm not ready to give it up, I won't give it up, but I'm also not ready to dive back into it 110%.

If you've stuck with me this far (both this post and in general) then I thank you. Let's pretend I'm hugging you and sharing my cupcakes. It means a lot to me and it is encouraging. And all I can ask is that you continue to bear with me.

November 01, 2014

A Place for Everything

I feel like I have everything and nothing to tell you. The weekend started on a high note I purged, cleaned, organized, and created my home space. 

In other words I'm right on track to rock my plans for the November Choose Your Own goals link up.

Life According to Steph

Purging and organizing is my jam.

My goals for the month:

1)  Purge the closet. There are plenty of shirts I never wear. Time to donate or toss.

2)  Get a 2015 planner. Planners are my favorite. I really love the one my mom bought me last year so I may buy it again. We'll see though. Buying a planner is like buying a journal - important!

3)  Start making my holiday gift lists. I'm a great giver if I do say so myself. I listen and take notes all year and make it a point to buy the perfect gifts.

4)  Set up my "office". I'm really excited that I now have an "office" in my new place so I'm excited to decorate it. If anyone has suggestions, let me know!! I can't wait to show it to you all.

5)  Use my budgeting software. This is so hard for me since I usually forget about it and I'm not as diligent as I should be. I just need to stick. with. it.

So that's what's on the deck for the month. How are you planning to get organized before the holidays?