• Fashion,  School School School

    It’s Back to School Week!

    Welcome to “Back to School” Week here at Magpie! I’m dedicating this week of posts to that amazing and exciting (or dreadful, depending on who you are…) feeling of the ever-approaching first day of school. We’ll kick this week off with a discussion of… BACKPACKS. Yes, backpacks. I love them. I’m out of grad school for 4+ years now, and I still haven’t transitioned away from them. They’re just so much more functional, and so much easier on my back than the more adult messenger bags, or having to carry several totes around in addition to a purse. They’re seriously great. Now, I’ve been using the same backpack for going…

  • Life,  School School School

    Motivation

    Just a (very) quick update to let everyone know what I’ve been up to. This week I’ve been… …planning: for the semester! I’ve let myself get very caught up in course planning this past week. My schedule is a little different this semester – one of my courses is a longer class period than I’m used to, so I’ve got quite a lot of lecture shuffling and schedule adjusting to do on top of the usual revising I do every year. …working on: a few more text-heavy posts for here. They always take me a little bit longer to write because of the obsessive compulsive drive to revise anything eight…

  • Life,  Pysanky,  School School School

    What I’ve Been…

    …planning: Pysanky designs. The easter season is over, yes, but I plan to keep making them year-round this year. I really need to start honing my skills and getting creative if I ever plan on using this to drum up some extra income. …working on: grading. And more grading. It’s crunch time, and of course, as I always do, I ended up planning tests and papers too close to one another. Every single semester I say to myself, “I’ll plan this out better next semester…” And I try – I really do try – but no matter what, somehow it never works out. Right now I’m plodding my way through…

  • Life,  Making Do,  School School School

    Let’s Talk About Finances…

    I apologize for the quietness around here, but last week I got some bad news handed down to me that I’ve been busy trying to process, and I’ve been trying to figure out how best to address it on here. My finances and the required frugality have always been an issue I planned to talk about eventually – hell, my blog name even alludes to it. But the now drastically changed situation I’m going to be in has made the issue a lot more pressing, and the past week it’s been rather terrifying to even think about, never mind write a blog post about. But enough time has passed since…