Livin La Vida Broke-a

Confessions of a College Student

Make a Difference

I am hopefully giving a pint of my O+ tomorrow! I try giving blood every chance I get because I have all this extra in me, I’m healthy, and someone else needs it out there. So if you’re eligible and feel like helping someone in need without spending money (this is Livin’ La Vida BROKE-a after all), why not find a blood drive near you!

I common problem I and many other women have is low iron. The past three times I have tried donating I’ve been turned away because my iron was just a little too low. That isn’t going to happen tomorrow.

Blood Donation

Blood Donation (Photo credit: Rojina)

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Dear Meredith:

One of my guilty pleasures is reading the Dear Abby section of the newspaper. I like to read what the person’s issue is and try to solve it myself before reading Abby’s answer. I’d like to start my own advice column but sometimes I’m a little too sarcastic and that would lead to my failure. That being said, if you need advice, feel free to email me!

However, this is not what I’m blogging about today. I read a Dear Abby that concerned me a little. A man wrote in about his two sons-in-law and how they manage money with his daughters. Apparently, it’s the social norm that, even in marriage, the money you earn is yours and your spouse cannot tell you how you spend it. Abby explains this trend as “marriage mirrors society”, meaning our generation has been raised with a 50% divorce rate so we always know in the back of our minds, there is a good chance our marriage can fail.

English: Dear Abby star on the Hollywood Walk ...

Dear Abby star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Netflix Binging

My brain has shut down. I thought my senioritis was bad before, but it’s terrible now. I haven’t read anything for any of my classes since way before spring break and I’m refusing to do any homework unless it’s absolutely essential. At this point, my professors are lucky I’m still setting my 8:30 alarm.

So what have I been doing to pass the time? Netflix.

Image representing Netflix as depicted in Crun...

Image via CrunchBase

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Let’s Be Friends

First off, I’m sorry for not blogging yesterday. I was a little busy.

Second, I saw something on Colbert that really pissed me off last night. Now I hate to get political, but fuck Bill O’Reilly. Everyone knows Colbert is not the place to go to get right-wing coverage, but I’m a moderate so who cares where I get the news?

Caution: I may be using some foul language, so if you’re easily offended, I suggest you stop reading.

Stephen Colbert as the fictional Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert as the fictional Stephen Colbert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This is the End of Livin La Vida Broke-a

Hey everyone. I have made the very difficult decision to end my blog. It has been a great run, I have had a lot of wonderful leaders who have added so much to the conversations, but I just can’t continue to blog. I just have so much going on that I can’t find the time. In the past semester I have gone to writing three times a week to only twice a week and because of this I have had far fewer readers. So I thank you for reading, and wish you all the best.

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It’s Been a While…

I haven’t posted anything fitness related this semester. I’m sorry guys! This whole applying-to-jobs thing got in my way. So I’ll do a quick post on an arm workout I’ve been doing for a little while. Now I also do the chest press machine and the butterfly for my back and chest, these are just my additional dumbbell workouts.

  • Tricep Dips – you can grab a couple of steps and dip yourself with them. Don’t know how to do a tricep dip? Here’s a video!
  • Dumbbell Curls - I alternate arms and go very slowly for the most effective workout. Also, once I finish a set the normal way, I immediately do a second set with my palms facing each other which works the triceps a little more.
  • Shrugs – Hold your dumbbells in each hand and let your arms rest by your side. Lift your shoulders for three, then drop. Repeat.
  • Overhead Lift … Things – Ok, so I don’t know what these are actually called, but this is what it looks like:


For this, I do three sets of ten. You can do any more or any less that you feel comfortable with. Don’t push yourself to do what I say to do if it hurts then sue me. This workout works for me and I’m just sharing it. Working out is different for everyone, so find what works for you :)


Military Plank - Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays at the gym are arm and ab days for me, so this move works both. Put your hands together under your chest, then lift yourself up with straight arms. Hold this for 30-45 seconds.


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Allergy Season is Among Us.

Most people cannot wait for this seemingly endless winter to end. Others, are dreading it. Who are the jerks who aren’t ready for warmer weather and cuter clothes? Well, I’m one of them.


I decided to sleep with my window open on Saturday night, which is quite common in my residence hall because they won’t turn the heat down to a bearable temperature.  Sunday morning I woke up with a bright red, painful, itchy eye and double stuffed nose. Flash forward to today, I can’t stop sneezing/blowing my nose, I have a cough, a headache, and I just want to sleep. Yep. Allergy season is here.


Garden with some tulips and narcissus

Garden with some tulips and narcissus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Tips for Incoming Freshmen

It’s becoming more and more apparent that college is ending. That sucks. There are fewer than two months until commencement and that is not ok. What am I supposed to do, be an adult? No way! I’m having too much fun not caring. Take today for instance. I have a paper due in my 2:15 class. Did I work on it last night? NO! So I decided to skip class and work on it. YOU CAN’T DO THAT WHEN YOU’RE A REAL ADULT WITH A REAL JOB BECAUSE YOU GET FIRED.


Images of custom amirugami, an amirugami gradu...

Images of custom amirugami, an amirugami graduate in cap and gown. Self-made. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Oh Shoot

I accidentally took a spring break from blogging.

In my defense I was busy. Very busy. On my blogging days (Tuesday and Thursday) I was at a job interview and substitute teaching in my high school. Teaching was a lot of fun, mostly because I got to see my high school teachers, but I am now 100% assured that teaching is not for me.

The job interview was tough. I had prepared the night before, but got wicked nervous in the interview itself. I had a whole bunch of questions prepared for the interviewer, but I could only remember one at the time. They wanted me to go in for a follow-up interview, but unfortunately, as I said, I was very busy. It was good practice though! Maybe I’ll be a little less nervous at the next :)

I’m fighting writer’s block today, but I figured I’d pop in and give everyone an update!


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Life Just Got a Little Sweeter for Massachusetts

Earlier this week, America’s oldest brewery became available in America’s oldest settlement. That’s right, YUENGLING IS NOW AVAILABLE IN MASSACHUSETTS! Commence celebrating!


Yuengling Beer Mat

Yuengling Beer Mat (Photo credit: roger4336)

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