Tuesday, December 9, 2008


So I've been crazy busy since I've gotten back from Thanksgiving Break. I have no idea what I was thinking when I decided to start a blog then. Worst timing ever, right? Anyway, I'm just writing to say that I have only 2 days left of class, 3 essays, 4 exams, and 11 days left before winter break. These next 11 days will be utter hell, but then it's Jingle Bells all the way! I'm so excited for Christmas. I, unfortunately, have not yet put up Christmas decorations in my room, but you bet that I will go crazy once I get home to Connecticut. I am a little worried though that we won't be able to put glass ornaments up. (I have a beautiful golden retriever named Lila who tends to knock stuff like that over with her tail or just by running into it with her head) I love my dog, but I will be really really mad if she breaks ornaments. Haha I should post a picture of her. I have a ton of her, and a bunch of her and my little sister. They are the cutest couple in the world, in my opinion.
Till Next Time!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Money Issues

So I decided today to join Mint.com For those of you who don't know about it, it's this website that links up to your bank account and displays in cute little pie charts how much you've been spending and on what. There are different categories: Shopping, Financial, Health and Fitness, Food, etc... as well as subcategories like Clothing, Coffee Shop, Restaurant, etc... It's pretty nice and I bet I'll keep using it. However, the default setting was a budget of $20 dollars for shopping. Only 20 dollars? And for a whole month? Well, shortly after signing up I got an email saying I had gone waayy over my budget. There is some way to set up your own personal budgets, but I haven't gotten to that yet. Still lots to explore on this thing. But anyway, that got me thinking to other financial troubles I'm having. Of course, what I'm talking about is the Christmas/Holiday Season. Now, don't get me wrong, I love Christmas. I love Christmas movies, Christmas carols, Christmas Nativity plays, and Christmas Spirit. But the thought of trying to get really cool presents for people without losing all my hard earned money is starting to give me nightmares. It just does not seem possible.

So here's my plea to you, you most amazing readers of this blog (I'm assuming I must have readers, based on the fact that my number of views has been going up, but who knows?) What should I do? Any tips on how to spend money wisely for the Holidays? I realize I probably should be the one spouting ideas for stuff like this, and believe me I will, once I get over the sticker shock of holiday shopping, but for now I ask for a little help. A hint perhaps? :) More later.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Welcome Back to Boston

I arrived last night around 10:00. There was some pretty awful traffic all up the Mass Pike. I did make it before midnight though, which was good considering I thought I would not make it onto the bus at all. There were at least a hundred people at the station, all trying to get to Boston on the 6:15. They called in extra buses and finally had us loaded up at around 7:30 or so.

The best thing was when I woke up on the bus and saw my campus. I saw the sign for the Student Village, the Prudential Center, and the beloved Citgo sign. It was strange, though I've only been here since September, it already feels like home. Boston is the best place I've ever been. Yes, I am proud to be a Bostonian.

Anyway, I better get back to work. This blog post is basically a quick way to procrastinate from reading Plato's Republic. No offense to Plato or Socrates but I completely hate this book. The dialogue is so long and everyone ends up repeating themselves. I'm sick of leading questions. Sick of philosophy really. Too bad I'm taking an Ethics class. Well, I won't knock philosophy entirely. It can be interesting at times. For example we just read Thomson's article on The Trolley Problem. It goes like this: You are the driver of a train that is heading towards 5 people who are, unfortunately, stuck on the track. Your brakes are out and so you cannot stop. However, if you turn into the other track, you will hit only one person. Should you turn the train?

It's a really interesting article. Thomson goes on with examples that get even crazier. My favorite has to be when she asks, if you are a bystander watching this go on and you can stop the train from hitting the 5 people by pushing a fat man off a bridge onto the tracks, who, because of his fatness will stop the train, ought you to do it?

Yeah, crazy right? Anyway I'm going back to reading Plato, wish me luck. :)