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taking the good with the bad

Well faithful readers, I’m going to give you some sound advice. If you all of a sudden pack up, move to Florida, live there for almost a year, and return back to the cold and snowy Northeast, you may find your immune system to be uncooperative.

I’m pretty sure this is the 4th time I’ve been sick since I moved back to the Northeast in December. When I was down in the Sunshine State, I think my immune system was the best it had been in years. Except for two colds that I was able to fight off within hours (I can thank the adrenaline from my job assignment for that), I barely got sick. It makes sense because in Florida, you spent quite a bit of time outside everyday whereas in the Northeast during the wintertime, you want to stay indoors and moving to a residence hall  probably hasn’t helped the situation.

But yay! I’m so happy that I got sick during the weekend! I’ve been able to nap and rest up to my heart’s content. I also got back into the cooking swing of things, which is probably another reason I got sick because I was only eating one meal a day. Why would I do that to myself?  At Rutgers, the ShopRite/WalMart shuttle only comes on Sundays and Wednesdays. On the Sunday that I moved in, there was only enough time to go to WalMart and I found out on Thursday that the ShopRite shuttle also visits on Wednesdays. Thank God for $5 footlongs. I was finally able to go grocery shopping yesterday and it couldn’t of come at a better time because I was able to finally make the Sweet Potato, Kale, and Chickpea soup that I’m always raving about. It is the best thing to eat when you are sick.

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Well, it’s time to get ready for the day and do some research! I think I’ll be healthy again by tomorrow =D

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$394.10

That was the amount of my paycheck today. Usually I don’t gloat about these things. Yet after receiving $161.80 from New York State Unemployment every single week since November 15th, I was ecstatic to hold a check in my hands that was rewarding me for a hard day’s work. Although I would have been elated to receive $161.80 every week when I was in high school or college, I found out you can’t do much with $161.80 in the real world, even when you’re living with your parents. First thing I’m doing is that I’m paying for my car insurance, knock off some credit card payments, and get a haircut. I need to save up the rest because I get paid two weeks from now.

(notice that the little brother’s room is still as classy as ever and the Maxim shrine is growing like wildfire. Look at the top of the windows. And the Solo Cup from Monday’s picture is still there. Kid’s turning 18 on Sunday.)

Honestly, that’s the beauty of 30 for 30. I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but you’re not allowed to shop during the challenge. Yesterday, I wrote how much I wanted to re-create Matt Berninger’s look  and I thought that I wouldn’t be able to until 30 for 30 was over because I needed a tie. I decided to attempt to tie my scarf in a way that made it look like a tie. This is honestly one of my favorite outfits I’ve created so far for 30 for 30. The only thing I would change about it is that I wish I was able to wear it with leggings but leggings aren’t exactly appropriate when you’re working at a law firm. This is also a very awkward pose. Then again, I’m a very awkward person to begin with so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that as I was trying to figure out a cool pose, I tripped over myself, noticed that the self timer was going off and it was either now or never. The result is this picture.

  • Vest- New York and Company
  • White Button Up- New York and Company
  • Jeans- American Eagle
  • Moccasins- Minnetonka
  • Belt- Gap
  • Scarf- Maxwell’s, the variety shop every kid from Oneonta visits at least once during their college career.

This weekend, I don’t feel bad that I’m not in Albany and missing the nightlife. Why? I’m still sick right now. If I was living in Albany, I’d be doing what I’m doing right now at home. Staying in. It feels awesome.


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it takes an ocean not to break.

Today solidified the fact that people who specialize in researching legislative history are good people in my book. I was trained to how to use LRS, which is basically New York State’s legislative research database. I’m no stranger when it comes to researching legislation, that was basically my job when I interned at the FCC. Just like the staff at the FCC, my trainer at LRS was so nice. Honestly, even though it’s a lot of behind the scenes work, I really enjoy researching legislation. I find the whole process fascinating, especially when it comes to analyzing the intent behind a certain bill. The only downside to the day was that my sinuses are still killing me. I just want to sleep this whole thing off.

I’m getting more excited about things now. It was cute, one of my friends asked me if I had a guy in my life and I told her that my love life is non-existent. I don’t know what it is, but I’m really secure in my life right now. That things are going to be good, no matter what. My friend told me that she wants to take a road trip in the summertime since she’s going to be laid off by then. I realized that I will be too, the internship ends in July. Pre-campaign Alex would have been scared to death about that. Not knowing what’s going to happen next. Post-campaign Alex doesn’t worry about that kind of stuff anymore. I was so worried when I was in Potsdam about the aftermath and what’s going to happen next. I wish I never did. Yeah, it’s good to have a healthy fear of uncertainty but I don’t want to think of things like that anymore. I just want to dive into life and just take each day as it goes…smile, run down the streets, laugh, laugh, and laugh some more, be carefree, lay in the grass, listen to music, hike up mountains, and jump into rivers. In fact- I used to do all of those things. For a while, I thought they weren’t going to happen again. Now I see that no matter what happens to me in life, I will always have that part of myself…

Why?

I don’t think I want to know the answer. It would ruin all of the fun.

This is my “I have already gone through a box of tissues and my sinuses are dragging me down” face. I thought about not doing a 30 for 30 picture because I look like death but what’s one bad picture going to do to me? Nothing. In my hands I have my certificate stating that I’m a rockstar when it comes to researching legislation and Mucinex. Combine the two together and you have one productive Alex when she’s feeling under the weather.

  • Scarf from the Pear Tree (I’ve been wearing this a lot this week)
  • Dress from Forever 21
  • Vest from New York and Company (wore that yesterday)
  • Belt from Forever 21
  • Tights from American Eagle
  • Boots by White Mountain via DSW
  • Flowered bobby pin from H&M

There is a look I want to try out. I’m embarrassed to say it but I had no idea that The National existed until last April. I wish I knew of them sooner because I have clearly been missing out on some great music. High Violet is one of my favorite albums of 2010 and it got me through some pretty tough nights in Potsdam when I was homesick.

Also, I think that Matt Berninger, the lead singer, is dead sexy. His wife is a lucky, lucky woman. This might sound weird but I want to recreate his look…he wore an outfit like this when he was performing in Brooklyn:

I want to see in March if a vest, a tie, and a cute button up would look as good on me as it does on him. I think we’ll make it my first outfit as soon as 30 for 30 is over.


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“who took over your body because I’m definitely not talking to the same person! where’s your enthusiasm?”

That’s what my friend said to me when we were talking on the phone. Actually, he was talking, I was just attempting to talk. I feel like shit. In fact, I feel so tired that I couldn’t bring myself to read my favorite political blogs and that’s when you know the bad news bears are roaming around town.

This 30 for 30 picture pretty much defines today. It took so much effort to get out of bed and resist the urge to call in sick. Then I thought it over and realized that I was scheduled to work for three and a half hours anyway. I figured that it wasn’t worth it and I would be able to have the rest of the day to myself after work.

If any of the 30 for 30ers are curious, the suit is from New York and Company, I bought the white sleeve tee at Kohl’s, thought this scarf from The Pear Tree in Canton, NY was so darling, I had to have it, and I wore my trusty White Mountain black suede boots. Unlike the flats I wore yesterday that probably played a supporting role in developing this cold o’ mine, the boots are insulated. Oh! And the tissues are Kleenex, but I don’t think Kendi counts them towards the challenge.

A final note. I was in Price Chopper and purchasing some comfort food, tissues, meds, soup, and other good foodstuffs. The bill came to $38.00. I said…

here’s my advantage card!

BOOM! The bill came down to $34.00 and I had my big girl moment of the day.

I’m going to curl into bed right now.