Livin La Vida Broke-a

Confessions of a College Student

Month: September, 2013

Hey! What’s for Dinner?!

It’s 5:30. My boyfriend Timmy and I realized we’re starving. I mean, it’s been a whole three hours since we last ate! There’s nothing good for dinner at the dining commons (the DC) and we don’t feel like going out. So what are we gonna eat?!

I looked in my cabinet and found cereal, Ramen, some tea bags, oh! A box of couscous – the name so nice you say it twice. Conveniently, I had taken some spinach and tomatoes from the DC at lunch.  The problem is, Timmy has never had couscous before and wasn’t sure if he liked it. Well, this is what I’m cooking and if he doesn’t like it he can starve … or get some Subway. Whichever.


This is actually a really simple recipe, and it’s also very cheap. Here’s what you need:

  • One box of couscous (I used the Near East Parmesan flavored, but I’m sure any would be just as good.)
  • 1 tsp of butter
  • Half a cup of grape tomatoes
  • Half a cup of spinach

NoteIf you’re making this for two, I would suggest getting two boxes of couscous.

  1. Follow the directions on the couscous box: bring 1/2 cup of water, 1 tsp of butter, and the contents of the seasoning package to a boil.
  2. While the water is boiling, cut the tomatoes in half and tear up the spinach leaves.
  3. Add couscous to the boiling water, and remove from heat – let sit for five minutes.
  4. In the final two minutes of letting your couscous sit, add the tomatoes and spinach.
  5. Enjoy!

For improvising, this turned out to be absolutely delicious, filling, and very budget friendly. Boxes of couscous are usually around $1 each. And, if you take the tomatoes and spinach from your school cafeteria, it’s even cheaper! If you don’t though, at least grape tomatoes make a healthy snack! I don’t think tomatoes and spinach cost too too much!

Timmy ended up loving couscous, by the way, so I didn’t have to starve him 😉 He even wants me to make it again!

I think next time I make it I’m going to try the Mediterranean curry flavor, since it’s the best one. Try this for yourself sometime and let me know how you like it! It’s a healthier alternative to the typical Ramen noodles and Easy Mac, and it tastes a lot better.



Ugh … Homework …

Week three of classes … time to buckle down … so. much. work. Will I be able to get it all done before movie night?! I CAN’T MISS PITCH PERFECT!

Step One: Relax.

Step Two: Make a list.

List making has always been extremely helpful for me. Not only can I see exactly how much I need to get done, but crossing things off always gives me a sense of relief. I started making lists of my homework at the end of my first semester sophomore year, when college was getting real. I remember I had four finals, five final papers, and presentations on all those papers. I cried a bit, then I thought, “There must be a better way”. So I thought back to the study skills I was taught in high school tried to find the most relevant skill in my brain. Then it hit me – I should make a list!

I wrote down everything I had to do in order of their due dates, and suddenly it didn’t seem so bad. As as bonus, I made Dean’s List that semester for the first time, so I stuck to making lists. I even made a few last semester as an intern. I was given quite a few projects and it was a little crazy, until I made lists. I put them in order of priority and if it was a slow day, I’d work on the projects with rolling due dates.

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I’ll let you guys get a peek at my list for this week:

  1. Read Ch. 2 for Comm Research (quiz 9/19)
  2. Read Ch. 7 for American National Govt. (due 9/18 @ midnight)
  3. Start presentation for Hist. of Journalism (due 9/24)
  4. Think of an interesting blog topic (please post soon)
  5. Maybe start paper for Hist. of Journalism (not due for a while)
  6. Breathe
  7. Catch up on International Relations readings

This actually made me feel a lot better. I’m mostly done with one, two, and four. Number three shouldn’t be too hard and I’ve already somewhat started numbers six and seven! I think I’ll get to join in movie night 🙂

Try this out next time you’re overwhelmed with whatever you’re doing and let me know. I’d love to hear if this helps!



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