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Random: spring break and the wonders of baking soda…

I’m officially on spring break. It feels amazing. I’m still working, but the sole fact that I don’t have to go to school afterward for a full 7 days is awesome. There’s no other way to describe it. However, I am stuck catching up on outlining for two classes. It’s hard to believe that I’m a a little more than a month away from finishing my second year of law school. I have no idea where the time is going. Just last week I was ripping my hair out.

I don’t know what made me think this year was going to be any easier than the year before. Aside from tackling a full course load of 16 credit hours and volunteering I was ready to end the misery last semester. This semester, the stress seems to revolve around one class: legal writing 4. You’d think that after killing myself and wallowing in self-pity at how pathetic it was to spend 10 hour days on an appellate brief I’d be used to the large amount of work, but no, it feels the same. Except this time, I am certain my class as a whole has had less time to complete enormous projects. Somehow I manage to get it all done. But that also means I have sacrificed most of my weekends this semester and any down time. And, sadly, I feel like I haven’t been able to give my 110% on any of the assignments because of the severe time restraints and the fact that I’m working part-time now. If it’s not one thing its another. Other than that though, I’m just used to law school now. It’s weird to say that. I’m used to feeling that familiar twinge in my stomach when things start to get complicated. I know right away when something doesn’t click. I also know that no matter, I’m usually okay in the end. Worrying is overrated.

I look back at older posts and read about how excited I was to start law, how organized I planned to be, how superb the whole experience was going to be. I never thought I’d destroy my eyesight, lose my hair, quit sleeping or…..brace yourself…….really fall in love with learning the law. It certainly has been an eye-opening experience, and I have learned that I can spread myself much thinner than originally anticipated. It just takes practice. But, law school definitely is not for everyone.

In any event, I’m a mere 9 weeks away from replacing my 2L hat with the 3L hat. Feelsgoodman.

ImageOn to the more random part of this post: I have discovered the wide world of 100% natural products. Thanks, Pintrest. You are just so damn addicting! Between completely switching my facial care routine with all natural ingredients (I have not cleansed my face with anything over-the-counter…and will never go back to it; and I have learned how to make an all natural face scrub with olive oil, honey and brown sugar and it is to die for) I have also learned how to take care of stubborn stains including sweat stains from old shirts. I have used everything from spot removers to oxy clean to pure bleach and nothing has returned mine or my husband’s shirts back to normal. But I found a solution: hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and water. It is magic! I know this sounds gross, but I have old work-out shirts and other shirts that have discolored due to sweat, dirt build-up and general every-day scum. I soaked about 4 shirts last night in the solution, and they are brand-spankin’ new! I’m in love. And, the good news is that it cost me a whopping $3 for this cleaning power. Essentially, I have learned that sweat discolors shirts due to a mixture of salt in the sweat and the aluminum chloride found in most anti-perspirates/deodorants. When the two are mixed they change white shirts to dingy yellow and darker shirts develop dark spots. So, I have officially switched over to an all natural deodorant so that my clothes stay newer longer.

Here’s the recipe I used:

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide

1/4 cup baking soda

= enough to treat 1 shirt

You will need more if you want to soak the entire shirt, but just play with the measurements. Also, it is safe on colored clothes. I’m not sure about sensitive materials though, such as silk. You may want to test a small area before submerging the whole thing.

Coming soon on the blog: top 10 ways to make an interview go smoothly, why you shouldn’t go to law school, and why westlaw points are awesome :)

Happy spring break!

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