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A Re-Introduction | Welcome to Life Slightly Mastered

Hello Internet and Welcome to Life Slightly Mastered!!!!

I am so excited to get back to blogging! After graduating with my Master’s degree, Baby Got B.A. no longer really fit (Sad. I love that name.) So after some thought and A LOT of texting various people for advice, I came up with Life Slightly Mastered. The new name speaks to me at this point in life because while I now have my master’s degree, I definitely don’t feel like a real grown up. So my life is just slightly mastered.

With the new name (and the new design, which I love), I thought I would re-introduce myself!

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My name is Liz. I am recently out of grad school and working in Orlando (I love you, Orlando! Sea World and Disney and putt-putt GOLFING… Book of Mormon (the musical) anyone?) I love Disney, coffee, shopping, lipstick, wine, and rambling parentheticals. I have two cats, Ellie May and Olly (short for Ollivander) and live with a roommate, herein refereed to as Adorabeezle Winterpop.  I am addicted to my Erin Condren planner (and all the stickers that go along with it), but I wish the simple act of keeping a planner would actually make me a real adult (apparently life doesn’t work like that).

Here is a bit of the highlight reel of my life from my instagram:


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Most of the things I write about have to do with living this Disney Life, mostly because all the fun stuff I do seems to take place on Disney property. I also dedicate a lot of time to cat-related material, fun food/drink in Orlando, and just life updates in general. I hope to add more recipes and/or crafting to that list, but I make no promises.

I am still adjusting to post-grad school life (it would be great if the school related anxiety dreams would stop), so I will be experimenting with and learning what kind of posts and schedule work for me. Basically I make no promises is what I am saying.

If you are coming back to this blog after a couple of off years (did I mention I was in grad school?), thanks for sticking with me! I’m excited to be back!

Current Obsessions and Other Things

Hey Internet!

Since I have been gone for FOREVER, I thought I would stop in and talk about some things I am currently obsessed with, so you can get a feel for what I’ve been up to when I wasn’t freaking out about finals and then ignoring real life because of the holidays.

In no particular order:

  • HGTV: I have a problem, and the problems name is Fixer Upper, I have watched every episode on Netflix, and have started re-watching them. I also bought My Big Family Renovation from Amazon Prime, because when my girl Jen Hatmaker is on an HGTV show you KNOW I need to watch it. All I want to do is buy a house with the no money I have and the KNOCK DOWN ALL THE WALLS

    She is my hero (via)

    She is my hero (via)

  • Still Hamilton: Seriously Internet. Go listen to it RIGHT NOW. It is better than this blog – I will admit that! Go! Now!
  • John Mulaney – The Comback Kid: This is my new favorite comedy special on Netflix. I watched it 3 times in a week while I was home because I just need all of my friends to GET ON MY LEVEL
    This is an on fire garbage cancould be a nursery
  • Christmas: There was so much Christmas!!! But now I’m back in school…boo…
  • Plaid Puffer Vests – two Christmases in a row I have gotten plaid puffer vests from Land’s End for Christmas. And they may be my two favorite pieces in my closet. I am not even a little bit kidding. This is the vest I got this year and I have been LIVING in it:
  • Peppermint Schaaps in my Coffee: ’nuff said

What are YOU obsessing over at the moment, Internet?

An Update in Which I am in Fact Alive

Hello Internet!

It has been FOREVER hasn’t it?

It turns out that grad school has a tendency to be stressful… Especially when finals are only a month away.

I know a month SOUNDS like a long time, internet, but it isn’t. I have almost 200 note cards to memorize in that month and some reading and all my other work on top of it.

This last week was particularly stressful, and I’ve reached a point where I realized I’m maybe pushing myself too hard. I need to give myself a little grace when it comes to the CRAZY study schedule I’ve set for myself.

If I don’t ease up, I MAY not survive this next month.

So… what are the ways I like to relax when I think I’m going to loose my mind if I memorize one more note card? (Quick! What is the estimated regression coefficient in matrix form? I’ll tell you!! (X’X)-1X’Y! You are welcome,  Internet. You. are, Welcome.)

  1. Her is a list of things I’ve been enjoying when I haven’t been panicking about school:The Hamilton Soundtrack – GUYS. This one is a game changer. It is a hip hop musical about Alexander Hamilton and YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO IT. It is on Spotify so you have no excuse. Go listen to it right now! I will wait.

  2. Gilmore Girls –  This has always been one of my all time favorite shows, and it is the perfect show to put on in the background while I do math. I have seen every episode multiple times so far, so if I miss something its not the end of the world. Plus I’ve been channeling my inner Rory Gilmore, and she is some great inspiration for me!

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  3. This American Life – There may be a lot of audio things on this list, but to be fair I have a one and a half hour commute to campus every day. I have been listening to This American Life on my drives and I have made some PROGRESS. I started on the current episodes and have made it all the way back to 2008. It’s actually a really fun way to what has changed over the last seven years, and my goal is to listen to every episode by the time i graduate. I have until next may to get all the way back to 1995, but I think I can do it.
    Ira Glass is my spirit animal

    Ira Glass is my spirit animal


  4. Pho – I got sick last week and tried my hand at making my own pho. It was super delicious AND helped me feel better from all the dying I was doing.
  5. CHRISTMAS!!! We finally got the tree up, and have been decorating and it is BEAUTIFUL in our apartment. It has been a lot of fun to work on, and it provides a super festive environment to study in!

    Best friend Christmas naps

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  6. Cats – Winston and Ellie make the BEST study distractions! They are so cuddly and and great… you know, when they aren’t destroying everything we love…

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  7. Wine – I think this one is pretty self explanatory.
  8. Treating Myself – I splurged and got a rose gold ombré in my hair and I LOVE it. It was fun to splurge on myself and get something done for me.

    This is what the ombré looks like #nofilter

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So what are the things you like like to do relieve the stress?

P.s. I was watching Modern Family n Hulu while I wrote this and DID YOU  KNOW THEY MAKE SOUP K-CUPS?!!? WHAT EVEN IS LIFE!????

Five On Friday | Vol. 1 | Because My Fridays Are Real Now

Hey internet! Seeing as I have a real person schedule in which Friday is no longer my Monday (it’s a Disney thing), I figured maybe I would start up on the Five on Friday bandwagon again. I’m hoping to keep up with it (you know I love a good list) but grad school jut started so I make no promises.


I have really been craving art projects recently. I want to learn how to draw more things and also want to try my hand at water colors. I may try to set aside an hour every Saturday to create SOMETHING. I think it would be good for me since I am about to be buried under ALL THE MATH.


idkmybffPaula came into town last weekend and it was so much fun seeing her! I felt like such a bad Floridian because she came to visit me and I never even took her to a theme park. I DID trick her into hanging a shelf on my wall though so… I’m THE BEST friend.

Look at that shelf hanging prowess!!


Our new apartment has an AMAZING tub for soaking and we have been investing in bath bombs and bubble bath recently and it has been so so wonderful to have a way to unwind at the end of the day… Is it bad to take a bath that is more than an hour? I hope not…


I got my new Erin Condren planner and I am LOVING it. I do miss my old (water damaged) one, but this feels like a new start, which seems appropriate for my current stage in life. I want to make sure I keep up to date with it. Organization is so important, but I am so bad at it. I am determined this time around!


I REALLY need some new fall layers for school. It is still so hot outside but the classrooms are so cold! I still have some birthday money, so I think I may need to go shopping this weekend. I want to get ALL THE FALL COLORS. Literally all of them.

Happy Friday Internet!!

Back to School | Live-Tweeting Orientation

Hello Internet! Today is the day! I am going back to school to real-life start my master’s program!

In case you don’t follow me on twitter (or as I like to call it my Instagram Part II – The Reckoning), and you missed my live-tweeting of my grad school orientation, I wanted to come and share with you what a colossal waste of time it was. I could write it out for you, but I enjoyed live-tweeting it so much that I decided to just share the tweets with you.

Let’s do this

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So that was grad school orientation! Have you ever been to a totally pointless meeting?