Models 07/09/2008

If you're bored out of your mind, you should consider going to a Hobby Lobby, or other such place, and purchasing a model to build. They have cars, planes, boats, tanks, and all kinds of good stuff. Most models are fairly easy to put together, just time-consuming. They have detailed instructions that are simple to follow, and color guides if you want your model to be accurate and to paint it. If you don't have the patience, or time, or whatever to paint it, a lot of models look just fine without it. Just remember to paint BEFORE you put it together, if you decide to do so.

They're not expensive, either. I bought a kit for a MiG-21 fighter for 8 bucks, plus a few dollars for glue. Larger models will, of course, be more expensive. I picked up (and am currently working on) a Porsche 911 Carerra GT for $45, but it will be well worth it.

Also, make sure you have room to do it, a place where people won't come by and accidentally knock it over or bump into it.

You can see pictures of the progress I'm making on my own model (a Porsche Carerra GT) on


One of the most relaxing things in the world is to have a professional massage. Unfortunately, they're very costly and the college budget is tight. However, there is a cheaper option.

Most massage schools don't just release their pupils into the jungle of the big city unprepared. Call your local massage school and ask about their rates for student-conducted practice massages. They're just as good as real massages and come at a MUCH reduced cost.

Typically, a professional massage costs somewhere in the area of $150/hour. At a massage school, the cost is typically around $25/hour. That's one-sixth of the cost, and financial-as well as physical-relaxation.

Painting clay 06/25/2008

Running out of things to do?
Make a trip to a local pottery store.
There will probably be a three to six dollar supply fee, and then you pick your clay and paint! It gives you something to do for the day, and you can see your money actually turn into something creative.

Moleskines! 06/22/2008

I LOVE these notebooks. They're simple, cheap and all you need to take notes. Note to college students: these notebooks are a must have. I prefer the plain cahier. ALSO...if you are traveling, they have notebooks with maps and notes for specific destinations. It's basically like a travel journal.

What is Moleskine? ( mol-a-skeen'-a)
MOLESKINE is the legendary notebook that has held the inspirations and ideas of everyone from Van Gogh, Picasso and Hemingway to famed author, Bruce Chatwin. Artists, authors, and geniuses of all variety have long appreciated the simplicity and superior functionality of these notebooks.

Originally these books were produced by small French bookbinders who supplied the Parisian stationery shops frequented by the international avant-garde. However, In 1986, the last manufacturer of Moleskine, a family operation in Tours, closed and Moleskines were gone – but not forgotten. As a result of their previous popularity and demand, they did return. In 1998, a small Milanese publisher brought these books back for writers, artists, travelers and all free-thinkers around the globe.