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I turned in my last exam this morning and am officially on holiday break. Overall, my exams went okay—none of them really made me want to cry that much, and I’m pretty sure that I passed everything. And that’s what matters, so hurrah.

My break is going to be fun and busy. I’m going back to Nashville on Tuesday, having Christmas with my Nashville buds on Friday (Secret Santa ftw), going to Kingston for Christmas w/the family, and seeing Lady Gaga in Atlanta on the 28th. I still have some Christmas shopping to do, but not that much. I might get to do some shopping in Nashville, which will be fun. And scary. (Green Hills kind of freaks me out because it’s so busy. And pretentious. But that doesn’t freak me out as much as it irritates me.)

I got my hair cut today—I hadn’t had it cut since after Dragon*Con, when I got it cut short again. I promised myself a funky hair color for an “exams are over” present, and today I followed through. I have PURPLE streaks in my hair, y’all. It’s awesome. I actually think I want to stick with it for a while, and maybe add some more color. It’s subtle, and under the top layer of my hair (so when it grows out, the roots won’t look bad) and on part of my bangs. Here’s a picture; ignore my silly face:
Purple hair!!!

I LOVE it. I’m so excited about showing my family and friends in person, because the pictures didn’t turn out that well.

But yeah, I’m halfway done with law school AND I have purple hair. It’s pretty much a win-win.

Pictures from the Watertown Veteran’s Day Re-enactment

My friend Ivan recently started doing WWII re-enactments, and last weekend he went to Watertown, TN for their Veteran’s Day Re-enactment. My friend Derek went too, and took 1100 pictures. You can read his report and see his pictures at his blog.

A little sentimental…

When my mom and my aunts were born, their uncle gave them copies of the LIFE Magazine for their birthday week. Recently, Google has put every issue of LIFE on Google Books, so I decided to find my mom’s issue, which up until recently, had been hanging in one of the bathrooms in my parent’s house.

This was the issue for my mom’s birthday week. I always thought that the woman on the cover looked like my mom—it fascinated me and kind of weirded me out. She totally would have worn those pajamas, too, probably after she made them herself. ^_^!

I’ll have to read this issue sometime. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her copy out of its frame, and it would be interesting to see what was going on the week my mother was born. It’s just really cool to see something that I’ve grown up looking at archived and posted on the internet, something that I can pull up anywhere and tell my story and say, “This was what was going on when my mom was born. I grew up looking at this magazine.”

Housing Advice

I’m about to turn in my keys at my old apartment building. I realize this advice is a little late, as most people have already found places to live, but in light of the fiasco I went through this year, I have some tips that still may help someone, even in July.

– READ YOUR LEASE. If you can’t understand your lease, try to find someone who has some legal background and can interpret it for you. Or ask your landlord. It’s a good idea to know what your lease says because there might be policies or a procedure for notifying the landlord that you’re moving out.
– Try to live somewhere that has separate leases for roommates. That way, in the event that one roommate unexpectedly quits his/her job and moves away to be unemployed (but omg in loooove), you aren’t responsible for paying his/her rent. Plus, the landlord can send the collection agents after him/her without messing up your credit.
– Be familiar with your state’s landlord/tenant laws. See if the code includes a right to quiet enjoyment of your property. If you have horrible, loud neighbors and your state recognizes quiet enjoyment, there’s a good chance they’re violating this right and you should be sure to mention that to your apartment office. Knowing the law can be intimidating to a landlord who doesn’t want to enforce privacy and security policies; citing to the code is even better. 😉
– Keep written/photographic/video evidence of your interactions with your landlord and roommates. I took photos of my apartment after I cleaned and before I locked up for the last time, just in case they try to accuse me of not cleaning. Save apartment-related e-mails to/from your roommates or landlord in case you have to bring them up later.
– Don’t be afraid to call the cops if someone is bothering you. If your complex has a courtesy officer, you can call them, but it might be beneficial to just call the city/county police first. Especially if you have noisy neighbors that the courtesy officer refuses to do anything about.
– For goodness’s sake, lock your doors and don’t answer it for people you don’t know. People were robbed in my neighborhood when they answered their door, and a few people wandered into my apartment looking for someone else. Don’t be stupid when it comes to protecting yourself.
– Make sure you can get along with your roommate(s). Spending time with them isn’t really an indication of how they’ll be as a roommate, but it helps. Lay ground rules and speak out if you have a problem. Establish early on whether you’re going to pay for rent together or utilities, etc. and what jobs you’re going to do to keep the apartment clean. And ESPECIALLY establish whether it’s okay to throw parties in the apartment. Your roommate’s friends might not be as considerate of your TV or furniture as your roommate is.

Anything else? Overall, I can’t wait to get my stuff turned in. I would never recommend my apartment complex to anyone in grad school, especially after the crap I went through during 2nd semester, so I’m ecstatic about getting my deposit returned and never dealing with those people again. Just a few hours until I get everything turned in, and I’m DONE!!!

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