Thursday, May 31, 2012

Glitz and Decay

I had a fun long weekend in Atlantic City. No big poker wins to report, but I stayed within the fixed amount I'd set aside to spend playing. BF and I checked out Revel, the new casino! And it was GORGEOUS!

Huge, well-lit, bustling, and shiny. We arrived in time to enjoy a "food walk" for lunch, in which several of the Revel chefs commissioned special dishes that you could try. It gave us a pretty decent picture of the overall offerings of the casino.

Nothing quite like barely adulterated sugar!

I took my folding bike with me to AC (easily slid into the trunk of our car!) and went on a two-hour bike ride on Sunday morning. It felt like a luxury to enjoy a ride on my own bike while out of town! (I adore the Brompton, btw. More on that another day.

For this trip, we stayed in Pleasantville, which is a few miles outside of Atlantic City proper. I couldn't help snapping a few pictures of the more crumbly side of the city:

Despite the decay, I still totally love that town. Next time I go, I'll be sure to take more flattering photos!

The trip was certainly a hit to my budget, largely in the form of a few pricey meals. I'm still in good shape to make a decent additional student loan payment after Vegas, but I may not pick up much steam on my loan repayments until June or July. Once things settle down a bit around here I will post a proper introduction to my debt repayment strategy!

It seems like I've only just gotten back and already I have packed my bags again with Las Vegas in sight. I will be there from tonight until Tuesday and I can't wait!! It's one of my favorite vacation destinations. Constant stimulation, excitement, poker, shows, food, heat, activities...what more could a gal want?

How did you spend your long weekend?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Getting Crafty

I am so thrilled to see so many thoughtful, interesting, encouraging comments in Monday's post. Thank you for coming along with me on this crazy mission; it's wonderful to have such good company. I am thinking it makes sense for now to do a weekly financial update/discussion and then we can go from there. (FWIW, I also appreciate hearing the other features and topics you all are interested in seeing on the blog. I aim to please! You can leave those suggestions at any time!)

This Last* weekend was wonderful. Perhaps I should have been doing work, but instead I decided to tackle a few pending DIY projects in between brunch dates and barbecues.

* I drafted this post on Tuesday and then was immediately told I was being sent to the Midwest to assist with some witness interviews! Love those curveballs! (not sarcasm. I really do love curveballs.). So anyway, work has been kind of occupying me this week, hence the radio silence. I'm on my way back from Kentucky tonight!


As I mentioned a few weeks back, I decided to add some flair to my office with a bit of controlled greenery in the form of a terrarium. I found a great big vessel in a thrift store for a dollar, and then when it rang up as "vase" I realized that I had a second appropriate (smaller) vase at home. Two terrariums! Terraria! Whatever! I washed the vases to make sure no uninvited microorganisms found their way into my terrariums.

The equipment (following this tutorial): potting soil, active carbon, rocks, sand, vase, plants. I was able to find all of these things at my local gardening store. The cost was approximately $25 for everything (I didn't need to buy potting soil since I already had that on hand). You could potentially walk around your neighborhood and gather rocks for free, as long as you make sure to wash them to free them from bacteria.

You can read full instructions over at Apartment Therapy's tutorial, so I will just provide a few hard-learned tips here.

As far as plant selection, I found that shorter plants with interestingly-shaped leaves seemed to work out best. That big long plant in the bottom left of the crate was an effing waste of time, but I have a poor sense of spatial relations and thought it would fit easily fit in my large vase. Wrong.

Don't be like me, friends. Use a larger trash bag to protect your work surface. Dirt and carbon can get everywhere!

You start by layering, in this order: rocks, carbon, sand, soil. The trick, I think, is that your layers should be VERY thin. You will see later that there is not a lot of room for plants in either of my terrariums because the layers took up so much space. Use the bare minimum of your layering materials to leave room for plants. Because things get messy at this stage, it might be a good idea to use a funnell or some small cups if you have those accessible.

Not a lot of room to grow. Hyuk Hyuk.

One of the things I hadn't thought much about before starting this project was the fact that I would need to break down each plant into a small piece to preserve the scale of the terrarium. I started with somewhat bushy plants and had to pull them apart at the roots to leave myself with something small enough to work with. The jury is still out on whether these plants will survive this traumatic event, but I will keep you posted. It may be worth asking the experts at your local plant store for recommendations regarding plant heartiness.

Once you add the plants, your last bit of fun is to create some kind of scene. Adding plastic figures are optional, but I think it adds a bit of fun and whimsy. I added a plastic rabbit to one of the terrariums (a component of another not-yet-started DIY) (here).

Pretty sure that third plant on the right will be dead soon as I don't think it has any roots left. Can you just plant a stem in dirt and will it to take root? No?

For the second terrarium, I plagiarized a terrarium I saw on Fab and ordered this crazy little figure from (here):

This little lady is a ho.  And by that I mean that she is a "ho" scale model train figure and she is TINY. About the length of my thumbnail. I used double-sided tape to stick her to the rock, which is less noticeable in person than it is in the image above. Apparently there are a lot of very funny model train figures available online that you can use to make cool terrariums. The "Ho" scale figures are small, but some of the other scales may be larger. It seems like the Ho scale has the most variety, though.

Anyway, here's the full scene:

Yes, I have a flashing lady in my office. No, she's not visible unless I show her to you.

So, total cost of two terrariums was about $35. The cost of making subsequent terrariums, now that I have leftover rocks, sand, carbon, and soil, would < $10 for plants, $0.50-2 for a thrifted receptacle, and however much you chose to spend on figurines. Not too shabby considering how pricey these guys go for generally!

Also, and this doesn't really feel like a craft project, I spray painted a picture frame:

Cost: $1 for the frame (thrifted) and $6 for the neon spray paint (here). Subsequent frames would only cost as much as the thrifted frame. To pick a frame, I tried to chose one with a lot of texture and embellishment to create a fun contrast between the formal/ornate and the whimsy of hot pink. I used leftover tissue paper from an online Kate Spade purchase months ago to fill in the space between the photo and the frame edges.

Pro tip: protect the back of the frame, or else this:

I hope you all have wonderful long weekends planned!   I've done great with my shopping budget (I did not even tempt myself by clicking over to Nordstrom's half-yearly sale) but it looks like I'm going to Atlantic City this weekend and I'm sure I will play poker. I don't quite know where poker will fit into my budget. I don't want to give it up but I will clearly need to earmark some funds for it each month just in case an impromptu Atlantic City trip occurs.

I mean, of course, I always plan on winning tons of money every time I sit down at a table (like here), but other people don't always cooperate with me on that one. :-)

Monday, May 21, 2012

$ Ch-ch-ch-changes! $

Last week was somewhat of a milestone for me:  I've been out of law school for a whole year.  Although I've only been working since September, I've still been out of the academic bubble for more than 12 months, 365 days, 8760 get the point. 

All of this has gotten me thinking about the steps I need to be taking financially in order to prepare myself for the next stages in my life. 

My student loan debt is astounding (I have three Ivy League degrees!), and while it's easy to keep up with the payments with my current salary (ptoo ptoo knock wood ptoo ptoo), I have not made as much headway in paying them down over this year as I would have liked.  I sort of feel as though I'm throwing small clumps of money at my loans and hoping that they will get smaller, but my funds are barely making a dent.  Who'd have thought that spending what I want on whatever I want and devoting whatever "spare" cash I have to additional payments wouldn't be doing the trick here?  Shocking, I know.

Right now, I'm lucky not to have any financial responsibilities outside of my loans.  No children, no spouse, no mortgage.  I have a good job that pays well.  This will not always be the case.

So I'm getting serious.  My one-year real-adult anniversary seems like as good a time as any.

I've come up with an aggressive budget --- an actual budget --- with which I can devote 70% of my take-home pay to paying down my student loans.  I've still left myself with a bit of fun spending money, but it's less than 20% of what what I'd been working with before.  I don't carry any credit card debt, but I will be cutting down use of my credit card almost entirely to work-related reimburseable expenses. 

I have no idea whether I can make a budget like this happen over the long-haul, but you'll hear all about it either way.  Soup to nuts, the good, the bad, the ugly.  How about we start with the ugly?  I started with the restricted (weekly) spending budget yesterday and I'm already 40% through it.  Erm... 

And I'm pretending not to notice there's a Kate Spade sale on Gilt tomorrow.  Not fair, fate!

(this will not be in the sale, but I missed out on this bag last year and it has taunted me ever since) (cue Whitney: "and iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiIIIIiiiiIIIIiii....") (image)

All this to say, the character of my posts may change a bit.  This blog has always reflected my life, and for the last few years my life has largely consisted of frolicking in the land of in-school deferred loan payments or minimum loan payments.  I imagine now there will be a lot fewer large sale hauls (unfortunately for all of us), and there may be more posts about saving money, paying down student loans, and shopping on a limited budget.  (Really, I'm just going from one type of Jewish girl to another!)  I imagine many of us are in the same boat with student loans, although I'd bet dollars to donuts I out-loan you.

That said, I'll be easing you into this new Jewish Girl slowly --- you still have to hear about my new folding bike and my (upcoming) trip to Vegas, both of which are/will be my last bits of financial levity before most of the rest of my extra money goes towards loans. 

It is done!

Also, I'll still be wearing clothes.  I'll just be working more intently with the clothes I already have, which is probably more realistic and helpful anyway.

I think this new adventure is going to be fun, challenging, and interesting to watch (either because I'm successful or because I lose my mind and become an entertaining trainwreck and cautionary tale). 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments; if it seems like a lot of folks are interested in hearing more about the financial side of my life I will make sure to work in more posts about that subject.  If you'd rather things stay as unchanged in content as possible, I'd like to know that too. 

Let's do this!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Payday Sale Haul

I need to make it a personal rule that I do not go shopping the same day I get my paycheck.  It makes me feel a false sense of entitlement to new things.

Here's what I did:

Payday Shopping

Only by my standards would this be considered small!  I'm debating whether to keep the J.Crew dress.  It was a bit of an impulse buy, and while one can never have too many work-appropriate black dresses, at some point one can really have too many work-appropriate black dresses.

I couldn't resist walking through Betsy Johnson to check out the going-out-of-business sale.  It's so sad to hear that this brand is disappearing!  I've never been a huge Betsy fan, but I appreciate what she brings to the table, ya know?  I bought a huge puffy petticoat, which is probably the most impractical thing ever but I can't yet let go of this fantasy I have of wearing a petticoat to the next wedding I attend.  I'll let you know if it ever happens.  If not, then I suppose I had a private $50 memorial for Ms. Johnson.

Everything else I bought is relatively low-key and wearable.  I found two very easy summer t-shirts at Madewell for about $13 and I picked up a very sweet, silky soft teal dress that will be great for both office and weekend wear.  In fact, I'm wearing it today, along with a few new pieces of Madewell jewelry!

Madewell Late Afternoon Dress, size six (here) ($100 online, $70 in stores) (The size four fit and was less blousy, but it didn't allow for much forward range of motion in the arms.  The six will prevent me from accidentally pulling off a Bruce Banner.)

Madewell birdwhistle necklace (here) (pardon the tangled chain)

Madewell Feather Cuff (here) (I love how this bracelt makes me feel like I have two crazy surface piercings on my wrist)

A relatively small haul from Anthropologie this week, despite the much-anticipated "Tag Sale" that began on Tuesday.  (See here.)  I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with the sale.  No extra %-off, no particularly low prices, and no free shipping online.  I'm not drawn in by many of the current Anthro offerings and I am trying to ride that wave of relative savings because it balances out those periods when I find myself loving and wanting everything there.

Despite this lukewarm attitude, I was very happy to find a pair of Madison Shorts in this delightful green stripe pattern in my size (I went up to an 8 to get a comfortable fit).  I have been coveting these since they first came out (and sold out) online and was worried I wouldn't be able to find them once they finally hit sale.  Worries:  Assuaged!

These shorts were really the only item I'd been dying to acquire.  I've had my eyes on the bright blue Zavrel cardigan since spotting it in NYC a few months ago, but I didn't want to pay $50 for it.  At the second-cut price of $30, I figured I'd go for it. 

I love the vibrant color, although there's a weird slit on the sides of the cardigan suggesting that it is meant to be tied at the waist.  Not sure I'll do that, but it did look kind of nice that way!

Did you pick up anything in the Anthropologie sale?  Are you hoping for better markdowns from Anthropologie in the weeks to come?  What about from Kate Spade's surprise saleThis bag was seriously tempting me, but I need to save the money for folding bike accessories!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Awkward Professional Moment #167 (a.k.a., Thanks a lot, internet)

I found a website today that was relevant to one of the cases I'm working on.  I printed the website as a PDF and distributed it to the attorney supervising me, who then determined it was relevant enough to be passed along to the whole team.

Good for me, right?

Except for the part about how I never delete cookies from my web browser, so the entire PDF of the website was covered in these:

Thanks a lot, 6pm.  Not everybody I work with needs to know that I frequently browse your website for sensible pumps.

On the plus side, an awkward professional moment involving the internet, shoes, and/or cookies has the potential to be a LOT worse than this one.

Do you have any stories to share of being thwarted by technology in your efforts to look professional?  (Arguably, this entire blog is that story for me!)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Shopbop Giveaway Winner

And the $100 Shopbop giveaway winner is...

Congrats, Brittany K!  I will contact you with details regarding how to claim your prize.

Also, in the category of comment that made me LOL, witness Tara

Tara, while you have not won the giveaway, but you've won something even more less valuable:  my admiration for the aspirational nature of your fantasies.  Keep up the good work!

Thanks for entering, everyone, and thank you for your many lovely and sweet comments. It makes my day to hear that you enjoy reading this blog. I love hearing what you like, and please don't hesitate to share any suggestions for improvement as well! I have limited free time these days, but when I do find time to blog I'd rather be slowly improving than consistently staying the same.

Have a great weekend, all!  Catch ya on the flipside.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Last Day to Enter the Shopbop Giveaway (plus a Mullaney Dress)

Hey folks, don't forget that today is your last chance to enter my $100 Shopbop giveaway!  There are fewer than 100 entrants so your chances are still comparatively good!  Click here to enter.

Also, I'm busy at work today but I couldn't let this moment escape without a little PSA:  The ever-popular Anthropologie "Mullaney Dress" by Eva Franco (non-Anthro name: Violet dress) is available today on MyHabit.  I'm sorry to link you to two sale-a-day websites in as many days, but when I bought my polka dot Violet dress last year many of you mentioned that you would love to get one of your own.  (See here for the purchase and here for an OOTD.) 

It's a bit pricier than the average Eva Franco sample sale site dress ($128 v. an average of maybe $90), but it's a popular piece so maybe you don't care.  As I type this, it's available in sizes 0-12.  I went with a size up from my true size and wish I'd stuck with my true size.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

This Sale Haul is not a Coincidence

This morning I dropped my alarm clock on the floor while trying to hit snooze.  It shattered and broke.

Hours later, I visit (my newest sale-a-day obsession).  What do they have on sale?  Clocky.

Yeah, this'll do.

Click here to buy (and to give me a referral credit while you're at it). 

Note that, while Tocky, the wheel-less model, has cooler features (you can set your own MP3s or voice recordings as a wakeup) Tocky also has far worse reviews on Amazon owing to shortcomings in the design. (Tocky reviews) (Clocky reviews)

(FYI: most of the negative reviews for Clocky on Amazon resulted from people getting knock-off Clockys; these reviewers suggest buying from the official website instead of Amazon. As a result of the knockoff risk, it seems like Fab, which appears to be getting their stock directly from the manufacturer, may be a better choice than Amazon in this situation, even with the shipping charge on Fab.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

OOTD: You've come a long way, Navy.

(You've got three more days to enter to win $100 from shopbop! Click here for more info.)

Over the last few months, I've become increasingly impressed with Old Navy. I used to associate the company with poor quality, unattractive merchandise, but after seeing some of their new designs in action on other bloggers I've gained a new respect for them. Now I see them as a company with poor quality but totally cute merchandise that's probably worth the less than $20 cost as long as you get a few wears out of the item before it dies.

Case in point, this top.

I mean, this is a great top. Sure, it's some kind of hellbound cousin of cotton that still calls itself cotton but feels a bit rough in a linen-y way. But it cost less than $20, is comfy, is breathable, is a great pattern, and is a flattering shape.

I call that a win!

I also call that, "I'll take it in two colors!"

(buy here) (see it on Adrien here)

I'm wearing a bunch of other worthy pieces in this outfit; this is color #2 of 4 J.Crew factory pencil skirts I own (other colors: Kelly green, black, and denim). (For an alternative (negative) view on this skirt, see here.) (I don't think this wrinkles any more than any other cotton skirt would.) I love the slimming seams on the side!

BF got himself in a spot of trouble when he observed of this skirt that the shape "creates the illusion of a tight [rear]." Oh no honey. No illusion necessary.

Finally, I'd like to give a tip of the hat to my Seychelles Ampersand pumps in royal/cobalt blue.  These babies are total compliment magnets, and they have broken in well over time. For the first two wears, I needed to apply bandages to my feet underneath the pointy parts of the toe box opening. Now they feel great and they are good for about eight to ten hours before I turn into a pumpkin and hobble home.


In this outfit: old navy lightweight tab-sleeve pattern blouse (here); J.Crew factory pencil skirt (here, now 30% off); Seychelles Ampersand Pumps (aka Anthro Curvy Cobalt Platforms) (here in red, black, and taupe) (See them on Keiko in red); J.Crew factory belt, J.Crew factory cluster earrings, J.Crew factory bubble necklace, Michael Kors chronograph watch (on sale for $200 here).

(Edit:  See some more Old Navy on Molly today!)
(and on Marianne today!)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Let me tell you how much butt I kicked this weekend (and a butt-kicking OOTD) (and a thrifting sale haul)

Butt-Kicking the First: I thrifted like a champ.

My thrift store trip on Saturday was a flying success. Not only did I find a great vase for my terrarium project* (see here), but I also scored a ton of great kitchen ware!

My most treasured find, however, was this set of awesome vintage dinnerware by Taylor Smith & Taylor. I was able to find seven dinner plates and eight dessert plates in this amazing 70's floral pattern --- for only six dollars! (if you love it, you can buy a slightly larger set on Etsy here.)

A close-up of the pattern:

I'm in love! I also scored these awesome Steven by Steve Madden magenta pumps (at the same thrift store I found a miraculous replacement pair of magenta pumps a few months ago! (that story) WHAT?):

* Side note: I found these terrariums in the grocery store last night. I'm curious to know how many terrariums I need to make until this DIY thing was a financially sound decision.

Butt-Kicking the Second: I socialized like a champ.

I found myself at a large Cinco de Mayo BBQ on Saturday only to realize I did not know a single soul beyond the host.  This might not be intimidating to some of you natural social butterflies, but sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed in situations like that.

When I was in high school, I belonged to a Jewish Youth group with which I never quite fit in; I remember attending several events involving mass socialization and finding some way to stay in the bathroom for ten minutes at a time just to make myself feel less awkward (I swear, the logic made sense in my head).  I had a brief moment upon first arriving when I entertained the prospect of turning around and going home.

Anyway, I'm a long way from that girl, but sometimes she does poke her head in to see if she's once again welcome around these parts I like to call my brain. I pushed her out and jumped into the fray. I had a great time and chatted with several interesting people.

Side note: have any of you fellow Jewish girls noticed that Jewish men have a tendency to talk up their genes when trying to hit on you? I was having (what I thought was) a friendly conversation with a Jewish guy about running when all of a sudden he started telling me about how long his grandparents lived (one until 99!) and how he was sure he'd live even longer. That's when I realized he was probably hitting on me. Sad? Yes. True? Also yes.

Perhaps I'm being unfair in limiting this to Jewish this a broader male thing? Would one of my three male readers care to weigh in on this in the comments?

Butt-Kicking the Third: I played poker like a champ.

I played in a charity poker tournament yesterday (see here) and made it to the final seven out of about 70 players. At that point, we all agreed to divvy up the pot (called a "chop deal") and I will be receiving a cool ~$1400 profit.

Yeah, remember when I said I needed to save up some money to buy a folding bike?


I gotta say, big purchases are WAY more fun when other people pay for them! I get so much joy out of the fact that my iPad was won with poker winnings in Council Bluffs, Iowa that I decided to make a custom iPad case to remind me of that fact:

I have to say, having the goal of buying an expensive bike in mind helped me keep focused during the tournament. Whenever I found myself in a sticky situation, I pictured my beautiful future folding bike and asked myself what would get me closer to it. Money can feel like a nebulous goal in poker tournaments sometimes, but that bike looked crystal clear the whole way through!

My poker outfit: J.Crew factory sweater, Ann Taylor LOFT maxi skirt (awesome color, comfy, TTS or size up if between, but SUPER wrinkly) (here) (EDIT:  for an alternative, see here...thanks to Lyddie for the tip), J.Crew factory multi-bead bib necklace (here), Payless "Brash" zebra print studs (in a cute six-pack here), Michael Kors chronograph watch (similar), Payless nude flats (awesome awesome awesome) (here), Kate Spade Head In The Sand Melinda.

Butt-Kicking the Fourth: I cooked like a champ.

After doing a private victory dance in the poker room because my fancy folding bike was now a reality, I made my way to the grocery store and came home to cook not one, but TWO meals for four people. I made a quick chicken and pasta dish for my boyfriend and two of our friends (thank you, canned tomatoes and frozen spinach, which easily hid the fact that I didn't have enough chicken in the pasta).

Then, I made a cheesy quinoa casserole with mushrooms, spinach, and ham to bring to a weekly healthy lunch exchange I've been involved with.  (I adapted this recipe by adding ham and using low-fat cheese.)  A month or so ago, a reader emailed me about possibly starting a little DC-area weight watchers/healthy lunch exchange, in which each person would cook a healthy meal, divide up the dish into individual portions, and then bring it to share with others. Basically, you cook once but you get a week's worth of variety.

I emailed a few friends who were down to give this thing a shot along with me and this reader (who wishes to remain anonymous); we've had a group going for several weeks now and it's been great! Having an array of delicious, healthy meals in my work freezer has helped me avoid many empty calories for lunch or the siren call of huge, free seamless web dinners when I work late. Also, because one of the girls is gluten-free I've been learning about many of the secret sources of gluten (soy sauce and chicken broth! Who knew?) and also slightly cutting down on my own gluten intake.

Anyway, the quinoa casserole came out awesomely. I actually licked the spoon (after I finished portioning it all out). Please note that I'd already eaten dessert when said spoon was licked. It was that delicious.

Thanks for letting me excessively pat myself on the back on the Internet. It was a good weekend!

How was your weekend? Did you partake in any Mexican-inspired festivities?

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Lazy Saturday... spent thinking about my office?

(Hey, have you entered my Shopbop giveaway? You could win $100! Click here to enter.)

I'm enjoying a relaxed Saturday at home, sitting on my couch with a warm cup of coffee and oatmeal in my belly looking outside at a beautiful day. Is there anything better than a Saturday that you don't have to work? Or really, a Saturday that you choose not to do work that you could be doing?

Although I have a barbecue on the books for later today, bizarrely, my brain still seems to be at work. My plan for this afternoon is to walk over to a few nearby thrift stores to browse around for fun tchotchkes to put in my office. I've also got a fancy idea to build a terrarium that I can put on one of my office shelves. That may not get accomplished today, but I would at least like to buy some of the parts.

(How lovely does this look? It's from this tutorial at Apartment Therapy)

I hope by posting about this DIY effort, I will actually finish it. One corner of my apartment is littered with materials I purchased in a fit of inspiration for various DIY projects that I never even started.

I think this terrarium idea stands a decent chance of actually being finished. I just love the idea of having plant life in my office. Perhaps because being trapped inside all day is so counter to all of our human impulses, it feels relaxing to have living greenery inside my workspace. I only have one plant in there now but it's pretty fabulous. It's big and leafy and colorful, and despite all efforts to the contrary, it seemingly will not die.

Sometimes, I will walk into my office after a few days of being away and the plant looks like it's on the verge of death. But within an hour of watering it, it springs immediately back to life. That's the type of plant for me. Practically unkillable, and immediate positive reinforcement of my caretaking efforts.

(Image from this book, also available here and here)

Speaking of plants I probably cannot kill, I'm also thinking of adding a patch of grass to my desk.  I saw something like this on HGTV this week and it looked like a great idea!

Or maybe I will just wuss out and go with fake grass + functionality:

(Only $21 here!  I mean, geez, it's amazing I haven't already purchased this.)

Also, I'm not going to go this far, but how awesome does this look?

One nonliving way I've recently added some green to my office was by buying a roll of cheap contact paper on and lining the back of my bookshelves with it. It took about half an hour to do, and I think it creates a nice cheery effect.

(This paper. Clearly, I need some things to fill my shelves. Like a terrarium.)

How do you like to decorate your workspace?

And in nonwork topics, I hope you have a lovely Cinco de Mayo!

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