A day in the life (or “Watch out, Karen has a cameraphone again”)

I should change the description of this blog. “Freelance journalist” doesn’t really apply anymore — I’m mostly law student these days. What to post, then, but low-res photos and highlights of the last 24 hours:

– Drive from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia with accidental detour to New Jersey (6 hours).

– Quick grocery store run to get ingredients for boyfriend’s award-winning (seriously!) “Fire Rescue” chili — including four jalapenos and copious amounts of cayenne — for next day’s soup sale fundraiser.

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Even funnier after a long drive. (This did not go in the chili.)

– At midnight, finally arrive home to find key doesn’t work in the front door of my apartment building. Belatedly notice a handwritten sign that the locks have been changed.

– Call phone number on sign. Get voicemail.

– Per further instructions, “KNOCK[ED] LOUD!!!” Repeatedly.

– 20 minutes go by. It’s 40 degrees out.

– Longsuffering neighbor finally comes to the door in robe and slippers. Gives me a copy of the new key.

– Throw chili fixins in Meghan‘s wonderful crockpot that she generously donated for the occasion.

– Sleep (3 hours)

– Drink coffee #1.

– Drive visiting boyfriend to airport.

– Sadness and/or lack of sleep cause me to overshoot the return trip not once but twice, first by going south when I should’ve gone north, then vice versa.

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Philly does look pretty in the early morning though.

– Figure out how to turn on heat in apartment for the first time.

– Fix the watery chili, lug crackpot on walk to school. Covering towel does a surprisingly good job of keeping me from sloshing any on myself. Meghan, I did not drop it!

– Buy coffee #2.

– Go to meeting with professor and try to make sense. Notice hands are shaking and I’m playing too much with the knickknacks on her desk.

– Go to class #1.

– Sell chili.

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People seem to like it, it sells out fast.

– For breakfast/lunch I eat the bottom scrapings, and a Fruity Pebbles Krispie concoction from the table next door.

– Buy coffee #3. Hands still shaking; now stomach starting to protest too.

– Class #2. While trying not to focus on weird bodily sensations in Torts, I am cold called to discuss the case of a woman who was mugged for $19,000 worth of jewelry in the parking lot of a Sam’s Club. Begging the question, if you own jewelry that nice, what are you doing in a Sam’s Club?

– Answer in words — English words, even (I think), make it through the rest of class.

– Head home, empty crockpot noticeably easier to carry. Don’t know what time it is or what I’m supposed to do now so I figured I’d update this blog.

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Still haven’t ascertained why exactly they decided to change the locks and not inform tenants.

So that’s what’s been going on with me. How’s everyone out there? I mean, hi Mom.

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8 thoughts on “A day in the life (or “Watch out, Karen has a cameraphone again”)”

  1. Yes. This is exactly what I had in mind when I thought of the two of us in grad school. So glad that dreams come true! [PS. Where is Juan Valdez coffee when you need it?]

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    1. LOL I should’ve said “Hi, Roxanne.” I don’t even think my mom reads this blog 🙂 I wish we were in the same city to have joint misadventures!! Yours seems to have a lot more apples… though I have to say, the Amish grow some delicious ones.

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  2. fun times and an enjoyable read. although $19,000 jewelry lady, I think, is able to spend that much on jewelry because she shops at Sam’s Club. different priorities (although certainly not my own).

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