Adventures of a Sneaky Panda

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Scenes from a Monday morning. Coffee, calendaring, and gearing up for the week. Second-to-last week of law school (ever!) starting now.

I wish my life looked this orderly! But I have that same planner and absolutely love it! 

Too many young women I think are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.
Hilary Clinton, on taking criticism. (via ayabug)

(via sunshineonthego)

Matt is watching The Conjuring.


It’s Matt’s birthday tomorrow!! Hurray for that!

Ideally, tomorrow will include morning run, shower, a few hours of paper work, finish Matt’s birthday gift and cake, and then spend the afternoon relaxing with him :)

We are skipping the law school softball tournament/ crawfish boil and I I’m so excited to be missing that hot mess. I can barely do crawfish on a good day, without hours of softball and bad beer beforehand.

End ramble.

It’s hard to tell, but this is a birds best that has appeared in my lovely hanging plant. We might get some baby birds on our balcony!!

On beautiful days like today, it’s painfully hard to sit in an office all day and then work at the library until past sunset. I was lucky enough to get off a tad bit early from the office, so I had time to walk around the Capitol and took these pictures!

The weather has been beautiful the last few days and I love being able to soak in even 30 minutes of sunshine. Keeping my fingers crossed the weather will be this amazing over the weekend. 

It’s hard to tell, but this is a birds best that has appeared in my lovely hanging plant. We might get some baby birds on our balcony!!

Fluff rice with a fork, never stir it with a spoon.
Vaseline is the best night time eye cream on the market.
You can buy alcohol and chips with your parents’ gas station credit cards.
If you force something, you’ll break it. That could be good or bad.
It’s important to read the care tags on your clothing and follow those instructions.
Related: don’t wash and dry j. crew wool sweaters.
Changing your car’s oil is not optional.
Whatever physical objects you acquire you will one day have to put into a box and move.
You’re allowed to disagree with negative feedback.
It’s always worth reading the instruction manual.
Nostalgia, like any drug, can be a poison or a remedy.
Pets are like human friends but better in every conceivable way.
Good doctors listen more than they talk.
You can’t fix a burned roux.
Just because someone is an authority figure does not mean they are intelligent/competent/right.
Measure twice, cut once.
Get your nice jeans and dress pants tailored by a professional.
If you’re uncomfortable wearing it you will not look good.
You’re not required to drink alcohol while in a bar.
There are a few things that cure all ills: the beach, your favorite album on vinyl, and fresh garlic.
Kindness is not weakness.
Baking soda is not baking powder.
Taking Excedrin P.M. while still in public is not advisable.
Terrible people will succeed. Wonderful people will fail. The world is not fair.
Appropriate footwear is always key.
You can absolutely be too forgiving.
Real humor punches up, not down.
Reading the assigned chapters will actually help you learn the material.
There are no adults. Everyone is as clueless as you are.
Applying eyeliner well is a timeless art.
You can always leave. Awkward dates, suffocating jobs, hometowns that you outgrow, relationships that aren’t growing in the right direction.
You can always come home again.
But it won’t be the same.
Life is too short for bad books, boring movies, shitty people, and margarine.
Never underestimate the importance of eyebrows.

Yesterday I had a great lunch with an adjunct professor who is helping with my job hunt. She gave me tons of advice and told me she would help get my resume to people who are looking for new attorneys. 

As we were walking across the parking lot, I stepped on the plastic cover for the water meter, assuming it would be solid. It has rained at least 4 inches in the last few days…and not only was the plastic cover not secured, but it was FULL OF WATER. I fell in and it went all the way to my knee! 

SO FREAKING EMBARRASSING! There are few things more mortifying than FALLING IN A WATERY DITCH in front of someone who I wanted to get work from. 

Just shoot me. I’m sure she noticed, but at least professor had the decency to not ask why my shoes and pants were soaking wet. (Very) small victories. 

This might be the first time in my life I’m really hoping the storm doesn’t knock out our power because I need to be doing homework all day.