Office Max Sale

Days like today make me so happy. I checked the paper last night and found out that my local Office Max was having a great sale today. Now, I don’t need any new office furniture or anything like that. My apartment is pretty well full and I don’t think that I will ever have enough books that I need a fifth bookshelf. Who knows though, Law School really just keeps piling them on. I’ve already gotten my book list for next semester, but that’s a problem for a whole different entry. Back to the good news about the sale.

Despite having the copier code, I still burn through a ton of toner every year. I thought it was bad when I was an undergraduate, but it has gotten substantially worse. The only people I know who have it worse than law students are history graduate students. I met my friend Stephen at George Washington the other day and he had what looked like a 1,000 pages of research printed off in his pack. He informed me that it was actually 1,122 pages of research for his seminar class. But I digress. I went to Office Max because I wanted to get some cheap toner. Now when I say “cheap” I don’t mean it is really inexpensive. Even on sale, each cartridge cost me $34. But that is down from $54 on any other day. The worst part is that I go through about one every two weeks. How that is possible, I don’t really know.

Also while I was at Office Max, I stocked up on paper. I love going in to that section of the story. I stand as far back from the shelves as possible and scan for sales tags. Today it wasn’t as important as it has been in the past, but it was still interesting. I was able to buy a ream of paper for $1.47. Usually I end up going with the $2.99 “any type of copier” paper that always looks white in the store, but has some off-shade color when I get home. Don’t ask me why. I’m not a color specialist. Neither is the guy I asked to help me carry everything to the checkout counter. There were no carts available at the store when I went, if that gives you any indication of how busy the place was.

My only other purchase involved pens. I wrote everything in pencil until I got to law school. Once here, I was told to write in pen so that no one would change any of my work and make my clients lose money. Whatever works. But I really hate the fancy pens and they seem way too over priced for me. Despite most of the stuff I work on being electronic, I still go through a lot of pens. Some are destroyed in disgust while other just run out of ink. I ended up getting the Bic 25 packs. They were .79 a pack. I think those will keep me in business for a while. I love sales so much!

Crouton-Topped Broccoli

I love croutons, so this is perfect for me.

1 package frozen chopped broccoli

2 tablespoons water

1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup milk

1 1/2 cups cheese and garlic croutons (I used 3 cups :-D)

Place broccoli and water in a microwave safe dish.  Cover and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes; drain.  Stir in the soup, cheeses and milk.  Cover and microwave for 2 minutes or until cheeses are melted.  Sprinkle with croutons.


Cherry Blossom Festival

I was looking at the pictures I have around my desk and realized I never wrote about the Cherry Blossom Festival I attended back in early April.  Somehow I didn’t include it in my daily musings.  I remember that I went during a period of some tough projects, so I’m sure that’s why it slipped my mind.  I’ve heard about the Festival for years, but I never thought I would be in the city and have the opportunity to check it out.  For those of you who have never gone, you really need to make time in your busy schedules and take the trek.  It was beautiful and peaceful and truly amazing.  It was a little crowded with tourists and other people from the District, but I still cannot recommend it to you enough.  When I look at those pictures, I know they’re just going to help me get through the cold winter months when they kick back up again.

Canvas Bag in Action

Well that stylish and cool bag that I bought to carry my groceries and other purchased goods in came out of the closet today.  I strolled to the store today, because it was surprisingly nice outside, and bought a nice little amount of food.  Nothing too expensive, but enough to keep me fed during the summer months.  I figured I need to get supplies for making my lunch each day as I go to work because the cafeteria at work is insanely expensive and I want nothing to do with that.  I could hardly call myself Ms. Frugal if I indulged on their high priced foods on a frequent basis.  Buy a canvas bag to tote your goods.  It is good exercise too!

Mother’s Day

It is tough being away from my mom and grandma’s on Mother’s Day. This is the first time in a while that I haven’t been at home to celebrate with everyone. Usually I buy my grandma’s flowers and get them cards and do the same for my mom, but take her out to dinner as well. I’ve been working hard over the last two weeks to get my mom to share with me what she wanted for today. I ended up getting her a shirt from my school so that she can proudly wear it. I’m sure it will go well with the ones from my undergraduate and graduate schools and my sister’s alma matas. We talked on the phone for nearly an hour, which I also think helped make the day go by smoothly. My mom spent the day in the company of good friends and people who love her and that is only fitting for such a wonderful woman.

Fruit Pizza

Something for those of you who don’t get your 3-4 servings of fruits on a daily basis.

1 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough

1 cup sugar, divided

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon grated orange peel

2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1 1/2 cups halved fresh strawberries (you need to go fresh)

1 medium peach, sliced thin

1 small banana, sliced thin

1 small apple, sliced thin

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Let dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften.  Press onto an ungreased 14 inch pizza pan.  Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes.  Cool on rack.

In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and juices.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Remove from the heat.  Set aside to cool

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, milk, orange peel and remaining sugar until blended.  In a small mixing bowl, beat cream until soft peaks form; fold into cream cheese mix.  Spread on crust.  Arrange fruit.  Spread with reserved glaze.  Refrigerate until chilled.

Summer Job

With finals just a few days past, I’m already looking toward the future.  I’ve set myself up a nice job for the summer.  It requires secret clearance, so I can’t really talk about it on here.  It is going to be great for my future in the legal field though.  I’m pretty sure this is going to give me a world of opportunities.  I’m going to see the law at work from basically the very top spot in the land.  I know that I’m still new to this whole occupation, but I think this is going to really let me know whether or not this is what I want to do with the rest of my life.  When I think back to all those days when I counseled people, I knew that I wanted to make a difference on a larger scale.  This internship will get my name out there and let people know I am here to get the ball rolling on some changes.

Taco Crescent Bake

1 tube (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls

2 cups crushed corn chips, divided

1.5 lbs ground beef

1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 cup (8 oz) sour cream

1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese

Grease a 13 x 9 pan

Unroll crescent dough (don’t separate), press into the bottom and sides of the pan

Seal seams

Sprinkle with one cup of chips; set aside

Brown ground beef and drain

Stir in tomato sauce and taco seasoning, bring to a boil

Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes

Spoon over chips, top with sour cream, cheese, and remaning chips

Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 25-20 minutes or until crust is a light brown

Finals Freedom

I love this university.  If you’d asked me that at the beginning of the morning before my final two finals, I would have told you that I hated this place.  But now with all of that torture behind me, I’m just enjoying the good times.  I found out that as a reward for successfully completing finals, the university has brought in 20 masseuses.  I just had a five minute massage and am waiting for my number to be called for another one.  I might just spend the rest of the day here.  I’ve been so tense and tired though, that I’m afraid I’ll either be in terrible pain while they work the knots out of my back or it will feel so good I’ll fall asleep on the table.

Food Scavenging

When I was an undergraduate, I always heard the rumor about the guy who went an entire month without ever having to pay for a meal.  He would go around to all the university events and just help himself to the food.  He dressed relatively well and no one ever questioned him.  Since I always have my pants suit on, I thought I would try this too.  At least for this week.  With the end of the semester here, there are lots of end of the year celebrations and graduation type gatherings.  I picked up some amazing sandwiches today and a great salad.  I also got two free pops, so all and all, a good day.