Happy Tuesday lovelies! Tonight I get to meet my brother’s new baby hedgehog and see his first apartment for the first time. I can’t believe he is a sophomore in college already. Naturally September reminds me of back to school season and I can’t help but reminisce about my own time in college. On first glance it feels weird to me that I have already been out of college for over two years. Facebook has enjoyed reminding me that it has been 6 years since my year as a baby freshman moving into my dorm room with my sweet Clairey. When I look at pictures from freshman year I can’t believe how much I’ve changed as a person. In some ways my 18 year old self would hardly recognize me. While I miss classes and dorm life and occasionally sorority life too…I don’t miss being 18. My 18 year old self had oh so much to learn (see my post about the difference between 18 and 22).
Since I haven’t been blogging as much recently and I predict I won’t be blogging five days a week until at least December (after the LSAT) I want to share a few tidbits as a round up. Let’s call it an “edit” because it sounds more journalistic and pretentious and the phrase “round up” makes me think of square dancing in a barn.
I tried oil pulling… When oil pulling (using coconut oil) first started blowing up a year (or so) ago I read an article on Byrdie or Shape that turned me off from the idea. The author described her week of oil pulling with coconut oil and frankly made the practice sound disgusting. The author claimed she gagged and could not handle keeping the oil in her mouth for the 10-20 minutes necessary. I decided immediately oil pulling was not for me.
I rethought my views on oil pulling this weekend. Jordan has a gum infection and he was looking for a way to relieve his symptoms in addition to gargling warm salt water. Jordan’s mother suggested oil pulling (side note: of course he will be getting his gums checked out by the dentist). Since he was trying oil pulling I figured I had no reason to chicken out. After all if it really was that gross I could just spit it out.
We started chewing about a tablespoon of oil until it was liquified and we began”swishing”. We both kept swishing for roughly 15 minutes until it was hard to contain all of the liquid in our mouths. Looking back I could have just spit out a little of the oil and continued for 5 minutes more. Live and learn!
While I did not find oil pulling especially tasty, I definitely wasn’t disgusted and I certainly wasn’t gagging. Unless you have a strong aversion to coconut oil gagging seems like a rather dramatic reaction to oil pulling (sorry not sorry to the unknown author of the article from Shape or Byrdie I read forever ago). I didn’t notice instant oil pulling results but I do believe in the practice and I am planning to incorporate it into my weekly routine.
I took my first practice LSAT…Sunday afternoon I plopped myself down in a coffee shop with an iced coffee, a timer and the June 2007 LSAT to take my first full, timed practice exam. I was a little disappointed I had seen a few of the questions before (though I didn’t remember the answers) in the practice books I’ve been reading and working through so the test wasn’t completely blind. I scored a 157, which probably doesn’t mean much to non-lsat takers, but I was content with this score for my initial diagnostic exam. I don’t expect another practice test would give me the exact same number but starting anywhere in the 153-157 range gives me confidence I can achieve my goal score. I’ll keep you guys updated and pretty please keep the LSAT tips coming!
I watched a few good movies (& a totally weird one)…I am SO not a huge movie person. Truthfully I fall asleep when I watch movies (sometimes even in the theatre) but I’ve been on a movie kick lately. Over the past few weeks I’ve watched Frida, Cafe Society, The Lobster and Legally Blonde. I highly recommend Frida if you like art, history or artsy movies (it can be found on Netflix). Aesthetically I thought Cafe Society was great, though I couldn’t understand why and guy would choose Kristen Stewart over Blake Lively (only sort of kidding), still, it’s worth watching. Of course, Legally Blonde is an old favorite I always find happiness in watching.
Then there was The Lobster. It was weird and I couldn’t decide if it was in a way that I liked or disliked. I liked that the story took place in this alternate dystopian society, but I didn’t like that I never really understood the meaning of any of it. I liked that so much of the premise was ridiculous but I didn’t like any of the characters. I’d say The Lobster is unique and worth watching if only so you can say “wtf” during the final credits.
I’m using Argan oil on my face…Initial thought: I’m not sold. While argan oil feels phenomenal and oh-so hydrating on my skin, I’ve noticed it clogs my pores. I am addicted to picking at clogged pores when I notice them and since using argan oil I find myself grossly prodding at my skin in the bathroom mirror every chance I get. It’s a bad habit, I know.
My question, for any argan oil advocates out there, are the benefits of argan oil worth the minor downfall? Is argan oil an elixir of eternal youth? Does it do something magical besides just feeling ultra-hydrating. As of right now I’m not totally for it or totally against it so I’d love a little more insight from the pros.
Barbour has the best jackets for fall…After LSAT study time on Sunday, Jordan and I did a little shopping for birthday, wedding and anniversary gifts for our friends and family. Since we both forgot jackets and were consequently freezing, we popped into the coat and jacket section at Nordstrom. First I tried on the Barbour Beadnell Quilted Jacket and the Barbour Sporting Zip and couldn’t decide which I liked more. As I was weighing the pros and cons of each I spotted the lovely (slightly more expensive) olive parka on a mannequin and for a moment I felt like it was meant to be. I fell in love with the Barbour Kelsall Parka and almost walked out with it. I was totally envisioning myself tossing leaves in the beautiful olive parka, sipping apple cider and even strolling through the pumpkin patch. It was getting pretty emotional up in Nordstrom. Luckily I reminded myself of my “No shopping in September” rule (it helps that LSAT prep material is so expensive) and I forced myself to part with the jacket. Jordan and I shivered the rest of our shopping trip (Ha!) and I’m still dreaming of the jacket but my bank account is much happier this way. #RecoveringShopaholic
Be sure to join Kristin (The Blush Blonde) and I for our Tutu Tuesday linkup. I can’t wait to see what you guys post today!