Tax Law


Downsizing my coffee cups

Ingrid, my labradoodle, eying my Starbucks coffee cup.

Coffee cups couldn’t be big enough when I was in college. I would order my coffee in the largest cup possible, even if it meant ordering one of those unsightly gas station buckets designed for truckers.

Now I order my coffee in the smallest size available.

Sure, I’ve reduced my overall caffeine intake over the years, but the shrinkage of my cup sizes has little to do with caffeine or my budget. I simply realized one day that I was throwing out half-full coffee cups because I could never finish my beverage before it went cold.  Continue reading “Downsizing my coffee cups” »

Washington DC

Catharsis on the Mall

Catharsis on the Mall in Washington. D.C.

We decided to walk the dogs along the National Mall this weekend. It was Veterans’ Day, so the monuments were packed with all sorts of tourists and servicemen.

As we made our way through the crowds of veterans and tour buses, we heard the thump thump of house music. It seemed like an unusual choice for a Veterans’ Day celebration, so we decided to drift towards the beat.

First we saw a kickball team associated with Cobalt, a local gay bar. But the music was actually coming from a massive dragon-shaped DJ stage behind the kickball game.  The DJs were hosting a random women’s dance party in front of the Washington Monument. 

Catharsis on the Mall in Washington. D.C.

A dance party at Decorated helmets at Catharsis on the Mall in Washington. D.C. (right in front of the Washington Monument.)

Catharsis on the Mall in Washington. D.C.

A school bus-turned dragon at Catharsis on the Mall in Washington. D.C.

The event is called Catharsis on the Mall

Catharsis on the Mall is a burning-man-inspired festival that’s held every year on the National Mall. In addition to the dance party, there was yoga, a panel discussion, and several lounges throughout the area which looked like psychedelic Dothraki tents.   Continue reading “Catharsis on the Mall” »


Prepping for Georgetown Finals Season

Georgetown University Law School

This is a sponsored post by Tile, a mobile app that makes it easy find everything that matters.

There are only three weeks left in the semester which means that finals are around the corner. The sense of dread that started last month has been replaced with a study plan and things just might be okay.

One thing that is helping me save time this semester is Tile, a mobile app that uses bluetooth technology to help you locate wallets, keys, and anything else you put it on. I use Tile on my Go Card, which is my student I.D. and something that I spend way too much time looking for.

Keeping track of my Georgetown Go Card with the Tile.

Keeping track of my Georgetown Go Card with the Tile.

Keeping track of my Georgetown Go Card with the Tile.

Keeping track of my Georgetown Go Card with the Tile. Isn’t that picture terrible?

Forgetting my Go Card is a nightmare, because I can’t get into the school parking garage without it. There is street parking around Georgetown Law, but the area is super-sketchy at night.

When I lose my Go Card, I can use Tile to quickly locate it. If my Go Card is at home, then I’m screwed. But if my Go Card is in my bag in the back of the car, I’ll hear the Tile’s alarm.

Then all I have to do is awkwardly grab my card from the trunk before the school security guard starts yelling at me. I’ve gotten really good at this. Continue reading “Prepping for Georgetown Finals Season” »

LLM Texas

I passed the Texas bar exam!

This summer was rough. In addition to working full time, I was also prepping for the Texas bar exam.

I was scared to tell many people that I was even taking the exam — I had been out of law school for six years and taking the exam in a different state. I wasn’t confident that my bar review course would power me through Texas oil and gas law. I was also worried that working 50 hours a week was cutting too much into my prep time.

I did well on the practice tests — but were they like the exam? I heard so many horror stories of people failing the bar one, two, three times even while studying full time. Was I doing enough? Was starting bar prep in April too early? Too late? Continue reading “I passed the Texas bar exam!” »