Saturday, December 26, 2009

Oh My


(Christmas Tree in the new house)

Christmas has come and gone. Now the search for the perfect post-Christmas sale is on. While Liam and I are not big into crazy shopping sprees, there are a few things we need and bargins, they are a calling.

There will be many changes in the new year, but we'll have to wait on announcing those for a while to make sure some things actually pan out. I am excited to find out about grades, but not overly anxious. And tomorrow we leave to go HOME!!!! I can't wait to see the new house up close in personal...

This post is continued from where I left off a couple of days ago. I am now here in the new house, laying on the sofa bed, the only piece of furniture that we have downstairs, other than a rocking chair.

So far, we have purchased a dining room table and chairs and a sofa set. Score! 20% off everything. Next up is hanging curtains, right now we have those Chinese room divider things propped up against the windows. Classy! Living next door to all of our friends has been really great, but also very drunky inducing. All of the wives are off, well don't work and some of the hubbies are also not working for the holiday. Everyone is enjoying drinking into the wee hours of the night and talking about ridiculous topics, such as the differences between American, English, and Scottish words for things: robe, dressing gown, goobie (something like that) Unfortunately, Liam is working, so late nights are only until 10pm or so, but NYE should be quite interesting.

It's going to be a fancy dress (costume) party. We're trying to improvise a costume on a very limited supply of mardi gras masks, blankets and flip flops. I can't wait!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

3 Great Things about today

  1. I get to see Liam this evening.
  2. We will be going to see AVATAR!!!!
  3. Christmas is in 2 days.
This is the first year that has flown by for me. Well maybe not the whole year, but at least the last 5 months. It seems like I just got to law school and now I'm done with one semester. This means either 5 more semesters or 6 more depending on whether or not I transfer to the full time program. So many decisions to be made in the new year.

Although I haven't gotten my grades back, I have to say that looking back at this semester it really wasn't thhhhhaaaat bad. I know for a while I was a bit crazy and all about quitting, but looking back it was doable. Maybe this is only because I'm done now and have 3 weeks off...yeah that's probably it.

So I survived the craziness. The exams were had, but I didn't break down and cry or anything. I didn't freak out when I saw a question on an exam that had nothing to do with anything that we had discussed in class at all. I just looked at it, tried to give my best guess and write down everything I could possibly think of. Even if I'm at the bottom of the curve, I'm still cool with that.

Contracts was my favorite class this past semester. I'm looking forward to Torts and Property next semester, especially torts, Civ Pro & LRW not so much. I love my LRW prof, but it isn't a fun class at all. I'm looking forward to this time off, heading back home with the hubby for a couple of weeks to see the new house and all of our friends. There will be lots of drinking, cooking, baking, swimming and other awesomeness!

Monday, December 21, 2009

I like the snow again

Work is closed today because of the weather. Yeah snow! After my 7 hour (it's usually 2) trip back in the US, I was cursing the snow my whole slushy way back to the apartment. Due to work being closed the snow and I are back on good terms.

I have used this time to study. Doing flashcards with Liam. I hold up the back to the camera and he lets me know if I'm answering my questions correctly. I'm planning on about 4-5 hours of studying today and then heading out to dinner with a friend I have only seen about 3 times all semester. I'm looking forward to Christmas. I have bought all the presents, well most of them, only a few gift cards to get. I'll do all of that on Tuesday, so much to get done!

Liam arrives on Wednesday evening and I'll be able to get it done. And then comes the best part of him finally getting here...AVATAR!! We're going to see Avatar about 2 hours after he lands. I'm so excited, we're both excited. We're both fighting the urge to just drop everything and go and see it by ourselves. I think the trailers have had me excited for about a year now. I looks amazing and I've heard great things. I'll report back once we see it. And then it's Christmas!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

WTF


It's snowing like crazy out. It just keeps coming down, I mean boatloads an hour. It's only getting worse. I hope I can get back to school tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The family I haven't seen since August

I'll be heading to NJ this weekend. This means I'll be studying in a house full of children under 10. I did a lot of studying pre-Ireland for Contracts because that was supposed to be my first exam. I feel ok with getting only 3 or 4 hours of studying per day over the weekend. I think I may be a bit too relaxed about this whole exam thing after taking the first one. But if I had choose between being too chill and being like this:

I choose chill. Liam gets here in a week! Then there is absolutely nothing to do for a little over 2 weeks. Well, I'll be applying for summer positions. And I still need to find out what my plan is for the next few years. Must begin to sort out life now that the first semester of 1L is almost over! 7 days an counting until it's official.

Monday, December 14, 2009

It's been a week

I just finished my Con Law exam. It was the first of the season. I felt pretty prepared for most of it and completely unprepared for one question. I kind of exploded everything I could think of on the subject onto the paper. I have my other exam next week. I'm looking forward to it all being over and I'm happy that I've finally experienced my first law school exam.

Thankfully I'm not having a panic attack about not knowing everything I should have, but that's life. Someone has to be in the bottom 10%. I'm much more zen about this than I thought I would be.

Monday, December 7, 2009

I'm back

Liam's mom passed away on Tuesday. Everyone was there with her and got to say their goodbyes. She spent over a year fighting brain and lung cancer and gave it everything she had. I was glad I got to meet her and spend time with her. I was as proud to have her as my mother-in law as she was proud to have me as a her daughter-in-law.

My introduction to the entire clan could have been under better circumstances, but this seems to be the only time everyone ever gets together. Pauline was one of 16 from a good Irish Catholic family. There were more cousins and aunts than I could count, but it was good to have everyone there. The family helped to keep most things going and keeping everyone occupied. Things have settled in a bit more, but we'll be looking in and keeping tabs on my father-in-law more now.

All of my exams have been rescheduled and it all begins on Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Family Emergency

I haven't been around for a while. I flew back from Dublin on Sunday and I'm now flying back out. Liam's mother is not doing well at all. Everyone is flying in today, I'll be getting in tomorrow morning. I have exams next week and really couldn't even care less.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

in Ireland

So far, so good. I made it here which is half the battle. Now I just have to hunker down and start taking exams. Liam gets here in 15 hours! So 2 exams in 15 hours, I think I can make it. And then comes the really hard task...cooking Thanksgiving dinner for my in-laws. The whole family will be there. So far the menu includes:
  1. Turkey
  2. Ham
  3. Stuffing
  4. Deviled Eggs
  5. Spinach & artichoke dip
  6. Carrots
  7. Cranberry sauce
  8. Mashed potatoes
  9. Potatoe salad
  10. Salmon on brown bread
  11. Mac & Cheese
  12. Cornbread
  13. Green beans
  14. Apple pie (would have been pumpkin, btu we couldn't get the pumpkin pie filling in the carry on)
I'm not sure if we will get it all done, but here's to hoping!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Memo due tomorrow

I have a memo due tomorrow. I'm a little scared. I have it all written, but I don't know if it's good. I didn't actually think I was done, until I realized that I had been writing in size 10 font instead of 12. Well that certainly increased my paper by about 5 pages! So today will be bluebooking and finding a few more cases to use for cites. I'm a little freaked out by how it doesn't seem to be that rushed or frantic. I might actually have time to read for my other classes this week. Actually only 2 days of classes...well 1.5. I may or may not go to my Tuesday class, the prof expects it. Plus that's the night I leave to go see LIAMMMMMMMM!!! I get to Ireland on Wednesday morning and Liam gets in Thursday morning. So I'll have a whole 24 hours while in Ireland to take a couple of practice tests! Oh it should be so fun...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I LOVE GLEE

Things I'm taking away from this week's episode of Glee.

  1. Watching it right now and it's so amazing. It's finally back to it's former glory. I'm surprised they didn't come up with this subplot earlier. I mean come on, Mr. Shuester it totally hot. He would most definitely be that teacher who was unable to be alone with a female student for fear of impropriety.
  2. There was at least one of those teachers that was asked to leave due to some "rumors." They weren't so much rumors as they were being found sleeping with students in the locker rooms. Awkward!
  3. I was very much hoping that Rachel's gift to Mr. Shuester's gift would have been cute undies. But I guess that would be inappropriate.
  4. Susie Pepper and her hot chili pepper were awesome.
  5. Kurt's fake playing was really not that great. I mean I don't play the piano, but is your entire upperbody supposed to move up and down like that.
  6. Finn's breakdown in front of his mom was really hard to watch. You really got to see not only Finn's pain, but his mother's. She has only wanted the best for her son and to know what this would all mean for him. QUINN TELL THIS POOR BOY!!! I want the whole story line to go away. Terri's show during the Susie Pepper bit is about all I can take of her per episode.
  7. Mr. Shuester's medley made me melt. I'm right there with you Rachel & Emma, I don't know what he said, but it was dreamy. And why are Rachel's skirts so damn short!
I need to stop the running commentary so I can actually get back to watching.

P.S. I think I'm going to break down and get on of these.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Why didn't I have this bright idea!?

1/2 of my CivPro class showed. I was in the half that sat attentively listening to every word. Or I spent the entire time looking up cases on Lexis. I'm so glad that there are only 4 more weeks until this first semester is over. I'm trying to keep calm, trying not to freak. Maybe I just need to start drinking...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Absent

As you may or may not have noticed I have been neglecting my blogging duties for a few days. It's memo time and I'm freaking out a little bit, but not so much. Trying to break everything down into manageable little chunks is the way I'm tackling it. I just hope I'm not getting bogged down in the intricacies.

Work is actually causing some undue stress right now and I totally don't need it. I'm usually looking forward to the workweek as one more week closer to Liam and the end of the semester. I'm kind of dreading it a bit and I'm not baking tonight, so I wonder what everyone will be thinking of me when I walk in empty handed.

Liam and I have vowed to stick with me going to school for this year (leases are really hard to break), but it's times like this when I just want to chalk the whole thing up to an interesting life experience. I love my classes, well I love Contracts, but the stress just makes me want to get on a plane and help Liam decorate our new place. I have also started pulling my hair again! That's certainly not good, I don't yank it out, but I'll obsessively run my fingers through it. My desk is covered in hair (EW!) I'll fix this by going to get my hair done next Friday, but still, stress level is certainly rising.

While it may seem like I'm throwing myself a pity party I don't mean to. But with 4 weeks left before the end of the semester I want to fast forward and see you all on the 23rd. Unfortunately I can't, so I'll soldier on and hope I make it through with a full head of hair and non-failing grades.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

LRW

Just finished my LRW exam, on to the take home...oy

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Study Soundtrack

I'm loving Pandora right now!

Songs I have given the thumbs up:
Paper Planes - M.I.A.
Poker Face - Lady Gaga
Your Woman - White Town
Potential Breakup Song - Aly & AJ
Personal Jesus - Depeche Mode
Hypnotised - The Faint

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Pictures of our new Home

Liam's in the process of moving all of our belongings from our current villa into our new one. Our current place came furnished, which was nice, but it will be good to be able to furnish the new place to our specifications. We're going to break up the big main room downstairs into two rooms. One will be larger and in the front and we're going to put up a wall in the back to make that our den area. Liam's going to travel to IKEA in a month or so to buy the bulk of the furniture.

I'm so excited!!! We plan on living here for a good long while. We will also be house #5 in the compound in our group of friends. We're next door neighbors to everyone, so that's great! Here are some pictures Liam took.

The outside of the house. We will put up a shade, like the one you can see right over the wall later next year. Once the heat picks up it's a must do, if you want to sit outside that is. We already have lawn furniture to put out front. We may also get the bricks up front pulled up and plant some grass. So many ideas!


Front room. TV may go here or it will just be a sitting room.

That back area is where we would put up the wall, right in line with the second pillar. This could then a den with double doors into the larger spaces. It would make heating the room a lot easier in the winter. There isn't any central heat only space heaters. Heating a room as large as this would be nearly impossible! We're also getting the chandeliers taken down and replacing them with more modern lighting.

The kitchen! My favorite. We need to buy a fridge and stove. We already have a dryer, so Liam's out to buy the washer and everything else next week. The pantry is also off to the left. We will have to take the kitchen door off to make sure we'll have easy access, but it will also make sure the kitchen is open to the rest of the downstairs. Who doesn't love the smell is delicious food wafting throughout the house. We're also having industrial cleaners coming in and making sure this place is spotless before we move in.

The dishwasher's going, so we can slot the washing machine in there. If we didn't take it out we would have to put the washing in the little in-laws suite in the back of the house. You can see the door that that one, through the window of the kitchen. I would much rather wash my dishes by hand that have to trudge my clothes in and out of the house every time I needed to was a load.

I don't have any pictures of the upstairs yet. Liam only took pictures of the closet space to reassure me. I'm not quite sure why...he has WAY more clothes and shoes than I do!

All in all it's a great house. It's bigger than our current one and costs less per month. It has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, plus the in-laws suite in the back. It's more than enough space for us to grow into over the years. I'm so excited to get there in December and see the place in person. I know Liam's going to do a great job decorating.

Friday, November 6, 2009

I'm not getting it

Just realized last night after class, I'm not getting it. I'm not getting the big picture and I don't know how to fix it. I'm going to be spending a lot more time in the library this weekend than I thought...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

This had better be over soon

So I'm home again trying to recover from whatever I have. I have a sore throat and a stuffy nose. My throat woke me up at 3am this morning. After some cloraseptic and lozenges I managed to make it through the day. This can't continue or I'm really not going to do well with the whole school/work/study thing. I don't even have time to go to the doctor's office. I haven't even found a doctor yet. I'm just praying it will go away and it's not anything serious and then I'll be able to deal with it once finals are over!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween is here


I am celebrating by watching a movie with my friend Lolli. Lolli is a dude, it's a long story. So we're both craving Chipotle. Good news there is one just 2 blocks from my house. Bad news, I remembered that if you wear a costume on Halloween you get a free burrito. I put in our orders online, I hope that heading to the front of the line in front of everyone doesn't get one of us cut! Wish me luck. And Happy Halloween!

Edit: My little brother won a costume contest for 4-6 year olds for scariest costume. He was a ninja. After he won his trophy, he was apparently jumping up and down and asking her to call me, so he could tell me. I had no idea what he was saying, but I knew it was adorable.

Double Edit: Snorkles I know you wanted a mention, so here you are. Snorkles rocks and when she comes down to visit me in a couple of weeks, I'll have a big dinner party. AWESOME!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Time to Budget

Over at Better Together LEO brings up a very good point about budgeting. Since moving back and starting school I have realized, just how much money I spent while I was away. Traveling with Liam certainly added to our expenses. but we were also always out at brunches, balls, and bars. Jeez the Bs are expensive. I would estimate that I spend (other than bills) about $300/mo. I spend $50 of groceries every week. I could probably bring that down, but I don't want to clip coupons. Every time I go to the store, I take out $20 in extra cash. That generally keeps me for a long while.

It helps that I don't do ANYTHING other than go to work and study. I don't go to bars anymore, I bought special half price movie tickets through my school at the beginning of the semester. $30 for a semester's worth of movies. I smuggle in my own food to keep that cost down. The bills are quite expensive, well my rent is quite expensive, but that all comes out of my rent fund that I accrued over the years. Utilities aren't kicking my butt because I only spend 3 hours a day in my apartment when I'm not sleeping. I didn't realize how much I could save by never being in my apartment. 1/2 a sandwich for lunch and dinner sets me back more than I could like, about $8/day. I do pack my lunch most of the time, but other times I can't, so I suck it up. I have contributed my max toward my 401(k) and Roth IRA this year, so I can't really think of what else I should be doing.

Maybe I should just blow it all and get a Black Card.


Someone at work mentioned that their cousin works for Amex, so they try the card out at certain establishments to make sure that Black Card customers receive the treatment they are supposed to. For over $7,500 in FEES the first year, I would hope that they had better make you feel pretty special. I'm talking carrying you around on a litter and feeding you grapes. Oh you pay $7,500 and you still have to charge $250,000/year on it. That's ridiculous, but I have to admit the card it pretty! I can't even imagine spending $250,000/year on a charge card, let alone that much money in a whole year! I'm pretty happy with spending my $50/wk on groceries. I'm much more likely to get a rush from finding a great deal, than blowing a shit ton of money. Maybe that's why my family always put gift cards in my birthday cards instead of money. They knew if they gave me money, I would just save it. I'm sure glad I started out that with that mind frame than those chick on my Super Sweet 16. I couldn't imagine how life would be with such a sense of entitlement at only 15 years old. I'm pretty sure they will all get punched in the face at least once in their life. That should be the where are they now show. "Where Were They Knocked Down a Peg."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Modern Family


It is really really really my favorite tv show right now. I do love Glee, but some days are better than others. Modern Family on the other hand is always spot on! Ed O'Neill is amazing. If you're not watching it, you should. I especially love the Costco episode. For all of your Costco snobs, they have 2 gallon barrels of pickles.

I'm also so incredibly tired that this post might just devolve in to a smattering of key hits when my head whacks off the keyboard. fnuia bgari just kidding.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Holiday Posts Begin!

Since Halloween is just around the corner and my family has informed me that they will be driving down to Florida this weekend, I guess I'm on my own. I'm sure glad I called me mom to ask when I should arrive or I never would have freaking known they were on their way to Disney. They go about 4 times a year, I should have known that the one weekend I wanted to visit they would all be piling in the mini van and blazing down 95 to sunny FL.

Now this means that my whole recapturing my childhood Halloween is out. This leaves two options:
1) Pretend that it's not actually Halloween and just hang with friends, maybe go to a movie
2) Actually go out and do something, meaning I would need to find a costume and a party

I'm not so sure how I feel about option 2, so I'll probably go with option 1. When you get older and don't have kids, Halloween becomes a really weird holiday. I mean dressing up and going out for a woman generally mean dressing as a slutty nurse/doctor/pilot/prisoner/_____. I'm not cool with that. I don't feel like wandering all over the city, especially if I'm not going to be able to get any free candy. If you're not going to someone's party, it just isn't as fun. No one of my friends really feel like having one, so it looks like it will be a low keep weekend of studying, Chipotle, ice cream and baking. I'm cool with that. Actually it might turn out better than I'd hoped!

Monday, October 26, 2009

So I turned in my memo

I think it's the best one I have done so far. That's not saying much, but I think it's a lot better. Now it's time to start thinking about the important things. HALLOWEEN!! As Halloween gets closer, I'm getting more and more excited about this time of year.

I really really enjoy the holiday season. All of it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. This Halloween I'm going to go to visit the family. I'll take my little sisters and brother trick or treating. It's only a matter of time until they are way too big. It was only really this year that I came to appreciate Halloween. I mean, talk about a great freaking holiday. You get to go from house to house with your friends and family and get people to give you FREE CANDY. How could I have ever taken it for granted.

I'll take tons and tons of pictures and maybe post a few of their cuteness.

Halloween Heirarchy of Candy:
  1. King Sized Candy bars (any kind, even if you hate the type it's great for trading)
  2. Peanut Chews/Snickers/Mr. Goodbar
  3. Reese's Pieces/Reese's Cups
  4. Butterfingers
  5. Kitkats
  6. Twizzlers
  7. DumDums
  8. Sweet Tarts/Smarties
  9. Bubblegum
  10. Tiny Cans of Soda (you need to stay hydrated)
100. Candy Corn
200. Toothbrush/toothpaste

If you give out toothpaste, your house deserves to be egged! Halloween is for candy, not for teeth brushing!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I actually smiled while writing my memo

That's a big step forward. I'm starting to hit a groove when it comes to classes. I'm so relieved. The separation from Liam is becoming more bearable. Weekends are the hardest because of the unoccupied time I spend alone, but that's also getting better as I spend more and more time in the library.

There are only 7 weeks until I'm completely done with this semester. More than half way through already, it doesn't even seem real. I'm beginning to doubt myself less as well as my decision to begin law school. I see that as a pretty big positive! It helps to know that other people have the same doubts and talking to my professors has been helpful.

Making friends with classmates is getting easier. There are two people that I talk to pretty regularly. It's nice to fee a friendly face when I walk into class. I still don't know about 90% of my classmates names, but that's better than the 95% I didn't know for the first 5 weeks. Since LRW is still going on, I haven't really been able to dedicate as much time to my other classes as I would like. Thankfully, LRW classes end a month before my first exam. This will mean, I'll be able to give my two exam classes everything I've got in that last month.

45 days until my first exam...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

MEMO

I'm in the middle of writing a memo. This will be my 4th draft. I'm slowly going insane. Actually it's not slow, I'm rapidly approaching the point where I rip my computer in half with my bare hands and rain those little metal pieces all over the Metro area. It's due Monday and I'm really not sure if I'm going to get it done and get my reading done for the rest of the week.

Something tells me, this will not be the first time when it comes to LRW. Ok, my 10 minute break is up. Back to the hell that is Memo 2! Catch you on the flip side.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Is it bad that I want the semester over already!?

I really really want it to be December 20th. It's not because of classes, it's not because I'm sick and tired of school, it's because I want to get over this freaking stress and hysteria that seems to be brewing about finals! I just want to be in it and over it, so it's not this big scary date looming ahead. Once I'm in it and out of it, then I'll know. It won't be this big secret that has everyone shaking in their boots.

8 weeks from now I'll be on the other side and probably a heck of a lot happier! Even if I think I bombed, I'm sure I'll be ok enough to make it through the next semester. Then I'll hopefully have a year off to re-evaluate. What I do plan on doing is watching Glee tonight and getting to bed early. Head colds are not fun. Falling asleep at my desk is not fun. Knowing I'll be in classes until 9pm tonight is certainly not fun, but hey, I've gotta do, what I've gotta do.

For those of you in the middle of your application cycle, good luck. I probably won't be too helpful with any information about applying. Maybe I'll post something later, but probably not. I was a bit of an anomaly. Applying to more than 20 schools, taking the LSAT twice and getting into a boat load of them, some with money some without and ultimately choosing the one I knew was best for me. Go with your gut and if you can't, think it through thoroughly, especially in today's legal climate.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Am I the only person w/o a study group?

I sort of feel like I might be alone, but I'm not sure. For 1, I have never had a non-dysfunctional study group. Maybe I'm giving off vibes that I don't want one. Perhaps it's more like dating than I thought. 2, I have no idea when I'd find the time. I'm a little worried that the people who don't have full times jobs in my program are spending 6 hours a day in these study groups learning all of the tricks of law school and that will inevitably put me at the bottom of the curve and my law career will end before it ever began!

I'm prone to overreaction, couldn't you tell! One of the other reasons having a study group would be had is, we could only meet on weekends. I can't imagine sitting in a room with people after a 15 hour day and have my brain work as a functioning organ. We'll see, perhaps I'll poke around and see what other people in the section are doing. And if they are in a study group, I would like to borrow their time machine!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Outlining

So I have begun to outline. I thought it would be really scary, so far not so scary. I'm a little worried that it's already about 10 pages and I've only done 1/4 of the class outline. The library at school is really a great place to study for me. Plus, no one is in there! I was one of 2 other people in the whole reading room. I am sure it's going to get crazier as the semester goes on, but I'm really enjoying having the place to myself.

Other than outlining, I finally got my Fulbright application in. I don't know if I mentioned that before, but I applied for a Fulbright. I'm hoping to get it! Well of course I am. The main reason I applied was so that I could learn Arabic over that year and also to put another year between me and actually finding a job. Taking a year off for a Fulbright seems fairly justifiable to me. This is especially true, if I hope to return to the Gulf after I have graduated.

I also figured out that I can stay in the evening program or transfer to the full time program and not technically have to take the whole of next year off. There are enough classes offered in 2 or 3 intensive weekend sessions that I might actually be able to stay enrolled while not being in the country. That would be amazing, particularly when it comes to saving money on living expenses. A roundtrip ticket back to Liam would only cost me about $700. Not too bad, even if I had to do that 5 times a semester, I would come in WAY under what I pay in rent to a semester.

Friday, October 16, 2009

YOU'RE FREAKING KIDDING ME!!!!

I can't believe things like this are still happening! I mean, I knew people were all about no gay marriage, but I thought that this debate was long gone. Apparently not! As a person in an interracial marriage, I can't even imagine how I would have felt if someone had said Liam and I couldn't have gotten married. Oh this is so frustrating and kind of enraging, I don't even think it's possible for me to make coherent thoughts. And to justify this "belief" that interracial marriages don't work and the kids won't be accepted, makes me want to vomit. Oh I want to use curse words so much right now. I'll have to leave this until later, when I've had a bit more time to cool off.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It's been a while!


I do have an excuse! I was away visiting my hubby. It was a really great trip. It was too short, but there wasn't really anything either one of us could do about it. The weather was great, just a little chilly, but not uncomfortable. Liam picked me up from the airport and we drove over to the In Laws house. There were a couple of wedding presents there for us. We really need to get cracking on those thank you cards! We don't even have that many to write. I couldn't imagine what it would be like if we had 100 people at the wedding.

Anyway, after chatting and having a nice ham and cheese sandwich, we were off to Cavan to the country house. That's it above, it's really a nice house. The first time Liam mentioned a house in the country, I was a little wary. I was thinking really old, rundown and possibly scary. It was not that at all. It's a beautiful house and a great little vacation spot.


That is unless it's infested with about 200 mosquitoes-like bugs that got into the house when a disgruntled 17 year old through a brick through the large window on the balcony and then breaks his way out of the front door of the house. Classy! So we spent the first 2 hours or so swatting these bugs and bug bombing the entire house. Talk about setting the mood.

After the bug massacre, it was smooth sailing. Liam made me some great breakfasts and we went to the local pub for a couple of pints. Only 6 more weeks until we see each other again. The countdown has already begun.

Note: Liam's dad was giving us the code to get into the complex where the house is. He tells us the code is 2145 backward, so Liam says so it's 5412. Liam's dad says no it's 45-21. Liam and I just stated at each other and stifled our laughter. My FOL, gotta love him!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

This is where I want to be

Only a few more days until I get to see the Hubby. I almost wish I didn't know it was coming, so the anticipation wouldn't be this ridiculous. I can't imagine how spouses of military personnel do it. You are all so much stronger than I am!

Classes are going well so far this week. I haven't gotten cold called, like I did in Con Law, where of course I hadn't read! I did manage to pull through, but it certainly wasn't as pretty as it should have been. I seem to go back and forth within a class period of thinking, why did I ever even come to law school and thinking that this is the coolest stuff and wanting to be the annoying person who's posing hypos that no one cares about. I'm spending more time in the cool stuff category, but it's really hard when I'm trying not to fall asleep. Man do I wish these classes took place at 7am instead of 6pm.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Oh Sweet Jesus

Pure Evil Incarnate!

This is one of those mornings, well afternoons that will lead me to swearing off drinking. I was just supposed to go to a late lunch/early dinner with a friend from out of town. It turned into me not getting any work done and crawling through my day to get to the library. This is not going to be a pretty day. I also have a memo due tomorrow. While I don't want to say I'm f*cked, I'm f*cked! Now I must go and get something to eat before I pass out again. Next week should be interesting. Oh I just want to lay down and not wake up until Thursday.

A full recap to come...

EDIT: I don't usually drink much. Before last night I hadn't had a drink in about a month, which could have had something to do with my current state. I managed to get most of my reading done until at least Wednesday. I haven't made much progress on my memo, but I'll have all day tomorrow. Well that won't be happening again for a long time. I'm very thankful that my very good friend Caryn brought my home. It was her birthday weekend. Like I said, great friend! People say you don't recover as quickly as you get older. I didn't really believe that until now. Oh and I lost my glasses! I have a backup pair, but of course they aren't as stylish as my current pair. Liam had a very good laugh at my state in the morning. I'll have to give him a good arm punch when I see him, which will be in only 5 DAYS!!! I still don't want to think about it too much, but I'm so excited.

I know there are people who don't get to see their significant others for a lot longer than we have gone, but it's still be really hard. 5 weeks doesn't seem that long, but it has most definitely been for me.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

It's almost the weekend

And all I want to do it sleep. I don't know if I'll make it to June with work and school. I'm dragging now. I mean really dragging. If it weren't for them paying my tuition, health insurance and a little extra income, I wouldn't be doing it. Liam and I have enough saved that I could live on a limited budget and I would be fine. I'll try and stick it out, but I really need to sleep. 6:00am wake ups and 11:00pm bedtime doesn't seem to be working.

I'm going to have to figure this out or I'm going to pass out for good!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My New Old Favorite TV Show

The Biggest Loser. I am liking this season a lot. There is the one woman on there, Tracy, I think that's her name. She's got crazy eyes, like all the time!! I kind of feel like I'm in my own little version of it, well without actually being really good about the food thing.

So far, I've been going to the trainer 3 times a week for an hour. It's been kicking my butt and I'm actually a lot stronger than I thought. I mean literally stronger than I thought. I can leg press 250 lbs and about 125lbs on the arm machines. I was shocked. I never really thought that my size was any actual strength. Now I'm just working on trimming/slimming down, while gaining more muscle. I just want to be able to fit into my jeans from 2 years ago. I mean I would love to be a size smaller than those jeans, but I'll take what I can get.

Only 6 weeks left until my take home final. It's kind of crazy at this point. 6 weeks! I'm not going to freak, but I need to get to work on my supplements. I began using Law in a Flash, but I haven't really been doing the E&Es as much as I should. I need to actually type everything out and not just do it in my head. I've almost got my study schedule down, but I still need a little tweaking. I'm also going to need to work on my problem solving outline and creating that out of my reading outline. I mean, I'm not sure how I'm going to create it, but I'll be spending a lot of time in the library this weekend.

I have a friend coming into town. Well he's more Liam's friend, but he'll take me to a fancy dinner, so I need to make some time for him. Who doesn't love a free fancy dinner, plus it's his first time in the area, so I don't want to just leave him hanging. In addition to that visit, my family might stop by. And when I say my family, I don't just mean my mom and sisters, I'm talking about mom, sisters, brother, grandparents, cousins. My family doesn't really travel light! I'm going to try and make sure that they are all visiting on the same day, so that I can at least get a little bit of intense study time!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Thanksgiving...

I know it seems a bit early, but I'm thinking about it now because it's going to require a lot of advanced preparation. We're doing Thanksgiving in Ireland this year. I've never done one by myself and Liam had never done one period. Over the past couple of years I did Thanksgivings, maybe every 5 months with my friends, but I was never the orchestrator. I generally showed up and brought my required food item.

I don't want to end up like this woman, but I do want to make a good first Thanksgiving impression for the in-laws. Liam and I will be baking together, but I'm trying to think of the staples. Turkey, green beans (casserole or not), mashed potatoes, macaroni & cheese, stuffing, pumpkin pie, gravy, cranberry sauce. Am I forgetting anything?

I'm trying to think of ways to get some of this over there w/o checking my bags. I'm pretty sure that's going to be impossible, but does anyone know about traveling with cranberry sauce of pumpkin pie mix? Anyway, it's only a little over a week until we'll be together for just under 36 hours. Crazy I know.

I'm almost back up to date on my class reading, which is good because I have another memo assignment due next week. LRW is kicking my butt, but once I have conquered it, I know I'll be able to produce an amazing writing sample, which will helpfully help me getting a job this summer.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Lag Liv has hit on something I have been living with, but haven't written about sleeping w/o Liam. Pre-marriage I slept on the couch when living on my own. It was generally with the TV on. I'm not to choosy about where I can fall asleep. I mean I have fallen asleep standing up, while sending a text message, I can sleep anywhere if I'm sleepy enough.

It's the getting to sleep when I'm not ready to pass out that's the problem. This is where things have gotten a bit tricky. The first few weeks I got away with sleeping on the couch because there wasn't a bed in the apartment and the air mattress had a hole in it. Then the mattress and bed were delivered and put together with the help of my friend Mike. I was then forced to sleep on the bed because a $500 decoration bed in the bedroom would be a bit much.

What is so weird is that sleeping in the bed with someone else generally comes with a bunch of compromises. Sheets, temperature, side of the bed, lights on or off, level of noise in the room are all up in the air until you settle into your pattern and even then things can get dicey. Liam and I have been on the same page with all of those things listed above, although he says I steal the covers, but I think that's bollocks!

So now I take my computer to bed playing a podcast from earlier in the day that I can then use to make the room feel a bit more occupied. Also, I don't have to worry about hearing strange noises in the apartment. It's odd how you get used to things after such a short time, but I don't think I want to get used to this.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Ice Cream Truck

Why isn't there an adult equivalent? Or is the actual ice cream truck the adult equivalent? A couple of us were reminiscing in class about how awesome it was when we were younger. Everyone would be playing outside, having a grand old time and then you would hear it. The sound that froze everyone, jump ropes stopped being turned, balls continued across the street with no one running after them.

Everyone was always thinking the same thing...where is IT? You're trying to discern the wind direction, rate of speed, ice cream route. In that moment were were all calculus majors in that moment. And then, it almost seemed like it all happened at once, everyone realized that it was COMING THIS WAY!! That's when the mad dash to get to your house/house of a close friend to beg for money. It had to be urgent enough that the parents wouldn't ask questions or have to try and teach you the lesson of the dollar. Grandparents were always the best because they would seldom ask questions.

Then came the panicked sprint out of the house/off the porch as you see the ice cream truck rocket down your street. Once this happened you joined the stampede of running screaming children that launched themselves down the road at the truck. Was it just me or did the ice cream truck never really seem all that happy about selling ice cream. I mean why didn't they slow the f' down! There would have to be one kid brave enough to launch themselves in front of the ice cream truck (or a parent to came out to the side of the road with their child) causing it to screech to a halt and then the swarm found it's prey. In my neighborhood, we were all very well behaved, no pushing or shoving, once it stopped we all knew we would get our ice cream. If there was a kid who didn't have enough for the treat they wanted then others who had already bought ice cream would chip in. It always made the walk back up the huge hill when you were licking an ice cream cone. Drumsticks, Choco Tacos, Chipwich, ice cream sandwiches, so many choices, so many choices!

While it was always sad those times when the truck passed you by, it was always more than worth that asthma inducing 200 yard dash to get that delicious creamy goodness.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Wow

LRW just royally kicked my freaking ass! I've asked for a meeting with the professor. I hope that this won't come back to haunt me. After spending about 6 hours researching and writing, I came up with a big fat annoyingly bad memo that I then had to turn in. I haven't gotten any feedback yet, but I'm guessing it will look like my paper was cut up by Jack the Ripper!

That is all.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I Totally AGREE!!!

Over at I Don't Wear Skinny Jeans someone has finally said what I have been saying as well as everyone else in my class!!!!! If I hear, whatever works for you, I'm going to start punching myself in the face like Edward Norton a la Fight Club. I don't know what works for me. Get it? I'm new to this whole law school thing. I don't know if I should be outlining while standing on my head, only read while on the toilet, or set my outline on fire a month before exams and inhale the fumes to really ace my exams!

I know people don't want to lead you down the wrong path, but come on. You tell me what you did and then I'll decide if it sounds like it would work for me or it wouldn't work at all. I'm just glad it's not just me and someone else has finally said something about it. Bravo IDWSJ!
I know I'm repeating myself a lot lately...that will happen when you're sleep deprived!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Name Change Dilemma

So you may or may not know that I got married about 6 months ago. I completely and totally intend to take my husband's name. Here's the problem, it's just so freaking hard to get it all done! I couldn't change it before because my residency information was in my maiden name. I would have had to have it all changed, which would have meant going without my passport for months, which is essentially how much time I had left in my stay there. I decided against doing that. Women don't change their names in Arab cultures, so that also put up a few roadblocks of people looking at my like I was loopy.

Now I'm back in the US, totally standard right? Wrong! I can't change anything really until I change my passport. The problem is I keep buying plane tickets. So far I have purchased tickets through December. You can't travel on a passport unless your name is stated exactly as it is written on your passport. I also don't want to buy the tickets in my new name without having the passport in hand. I don't want a situation where I'm sitting around in the airport trying to beg my way out of the country on an emergency passport with my new name on it. It's all a bit iffy, so we'll see how long it will finally take for me to get everything changed. I'm guessing never! Well not completely at least.

As for classes, I finally finally finally got my books unbound. Now I just take small little packets of pages from the books in a binder with me to class everyday. This is soooo much better than lugging those huge books around. Now I don't even have to worry about backpack v. rolly bag. I really didn't realize it before, but the rolly bag really is as bad as people say. I didn't think it was possible. Now this isn't to say that people who need one shouldn't use it. Pregnant women, people with back problems, other issues like that are totally acceptable, but come on, if you don't want to carry all of those books use a locker or find a better backpack.

I have also begun working with a personal trainer, which is unbelievably exciting. She seems really nice now, which is probably because we haven't really started working out, but she's going to help tons. I hadn't weighed myself properly in over a year. I was 10lbs heavier than I thought and almost 30lbs heavier than when I left 2 years ago. That's really really scary. I'm determined not to let my busy schedule be an excuse for an unhealthy lifestyle. One day a week I eat whatever I want, but it's moderation and healthy fruit and veg for me from now on.

Liam's got 9 days off because of Eid. While looking at tox online yesterday we realized that he could have been here for those 9 days for only $750, while leaving from an airport in Dubai. It would have been $2000 to leave from our airport. That really blows, but if he were here, it would have just been another reason for me to not do my work. So he'll be home. We finally got the Slingbox working, so he can control and watch the TV in the apartment from where he is. I believe he's planning a whole CSI: Miami marathon via OnDemand.

The seperation hasn't been so bad for me. I think that my schedule being so packed doesn't really lend itself to wallowing. Liam on the other hand has a lot of down time. He got out of work at 3 and then has the whole rest of the night to himself. He will begin German and Arabic classes once Eid is over. He's also taken to making soups for himself. He was always a much better cook than I was. I'm a recipe cook and love to bake. He's a throw a bunch of things in a pan person and have it taste great. We were made for each other. Only weeks until we see each other again!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wow, that was fast!

That quickly I have begun sucking on the blogging front. Things that have happened:
I went to the VMAs which were amazing! I got to meet Jimmy Fallon, P!nk, Lady Gaga, Jack Black and tons of other people. P!nk blew the lid off that freaking place as did Beyonce and I don't even really like her.

The whole Kanye was as big of a deal in Radio City Music Hall as it was elsewhere. People were really pissed in the venue. Afterward I went to an after party. I didn't get to the hotel until 3:30 am and then had a 4:40 train to catch back to get to work by 8:45. It wasn't a pretty day, not at all. I was so tired I don't even remember leaving the hotel and going to Penn Station. Liam kept me awake in the train station on the phone, so I didn't pass out there!

Now I have tons of work to catch up on and a ridiculous amount of sleep to get. Now it's off to get some serious food.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

As the week comes to a close

I am beginning to think that I am really a slacker. I have my readings done for class. I have my notes written out. I haven't started with supplements yet, but I will this weekend. What makes me think I am a slacker is the fact that I haven't missed any tv shows that I enjoy. Yes I have DVR, but I still take maybe an hour or two a night to watch some tv. Does this mean I'm a slacker? Should I be reading during that chill time? Everyone else is talking about how they are up until 2am every morning studying and I'm asleep by 11, if I talk to Liam 10, if not. Am I seriously understudying here. If I am I'll pick up the pace come Monday.

Note: My section has a gunner. Not only my section, but my small section. That is all.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

It this bad

Is it bad that I still enjoy it when a prof lets me out of class early. We were let out an hour early today. Talk about awesome and I didn't get called on! I've read almost everything for my classes this week, retyping my notes is the name of the game. I feel like I'm just reiterating the same things over and over up here.

I stopped by and met with my grant advisor and he gave me some helpful feedback. I only have one other recommendation to secure and I'm good. I'm glad I finished everything before I got there because there would be no way I would be able to get it done now.

On a completely random note, the movie Fear is on right now. I remember watching it when I was in high school. I remember how much I wanted to be Reese Witherspoon, I mean maybe without the whole trying to kill my whole family thing, but I thought it would be really exciting. Talking about growing up.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Fashion Emergency

So where can a girl find a trendy/cute dress over a size 8 in this place? I am in desperate need of one by next weekend and I'm coming up totally blank. It's really starting to make me a little bit crazy!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Loooong Weekend

Well not really, it's another fragmented weekend that means little actual rest. I fell asleep on the couch again, which seems to be my M.O. when I'm on my own. I tend to just pass out in front of the TV. I am amazed at how productive I have been, even with my less than traditional sleeping place.

I watched 2 hours of tv, but still complained that I didn't have any time to go to the gym. I think I'm going to have to breakdown and do the personal trainer thing. This was I'll be forced to go because I'm paying for it and hopefully then I'll get into the rhythm of going. I'll start next week. Back to the school work, after half of the day, I caught up on reading from last week and worked through half of my readings for classes next week. I just have to read for 1.5 more classes and then I'm all set for the coming week.

So far, handwriting notes has really worked out well. I need to stick to typing them up after class, but other than that, I most definitely makes me pay attention in class. There will be no gchating while I'm in class. We'll see how next week goes, but so far so good. Not as scary as I thought, but I'm also realizing how freaking little I know about anything legal. I hope that's just the first step in actually becoming a lawyer.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Liam's gone. It has been a really emotional day. I'll be reading tomorrow until I head up north to spend some time with the family. I hope by then my sporadic crying episodes will be over. I've got it all blocked out. Only 8 hours of studying tomorrow and then I'm free to spend 24 hours looking at a single law book.

After my first week, I think things have gone really well. I have understood some things, not understood a majority and felt like this was the right place for me. I have also received some good news about the grant I'm looking into applying for in 2010. My school's advisor has finally gotten back to me and we're meeting next week. I have almost all of the materials that I need to get my application in and the deadline isn't for months, so that's just one more thing to take off my plate.

The new job is working out well. It's fairly slow right now, so now it's just about maximizing my hr lunch breaks to get more school stuff done. This has been a great time for me to step up meetings with various departments and professors that I wouldn't otherwise be able to meet with. Here's to hoping I can keep everything together for just 9 more months.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Playing Hookie

I know it's only the first week, but with the choice of spending 8 more hours with Liam or 4 more hours in class, I chose Liam. I'm not going to class, they video tape them anyway and others have offered to let me copy their notes. I've already started crying about 4 times a day. This is going to be a rough weekend...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wow, that didn't take long

Today on my way to class, I forgot my books for class, purse, keys, and any other materials that would have been useful in class other than a pen and notebook. Thankfully, I wasn't called on and I didn't really need anything that I forgot, but it was a little scary. I have noticed how cooperative my section is. I has only been 3 days, but people are really supportive and willing to lend a book/notes/clarification even now.

I have heard this before about the evening section and I'm glad it's true. I also had my first day of work, which was a bit daunting. Things seem like they will go well, everyone is really nice. I had a great conversation with a few people there and it seems like it's actually a fun office. The workday is pretty structured and I don't have to worry about it running late. I don't think I will have time to do school work during the work day, but not needing to think much during the day will make it less draining after work, well at least in theory.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

First classes

Last night I had Contracts and LRW. Prof Contracts was very engaging and not scary. Of course he would ask questions and people would answer something that he didn't like, but when they got it wrong, he didn't make them look stupid. Everyone was laughing at certain points and got pretty comfortable.

I was pleasantly pleased that I felt comfortable raising my hand a few times. I didn't get called on, but when I did raise my hand I was going to say the correct answer he finally found. Relief. It was a 2 hour class, but I didn't look at the clock until he called for a 10 minute break! After that was LRW, which I can tell is going to be a struggle. Prof LRW lectured the whole time, which was difficult because it was so late. I had to keep snapping myself to attention when all I wanted to do was put my head down and sleep.

I am glad I decided to hand write my notes. I need to stick to writing them up after class, but that will be easier once Liam heads out. There were more than a few hand note takers and I was happy to see that. I also didn't seem like the entire group was just taking down the dictation of the professor or maybe the people behind me are just really quiet typers. One thing I will have to change is where I sit, thankfully we don't have assigned seats. I found that there are certainly quirks of my classmates. There was a knuckle cracker (like sonic boom cracking), pen clicker, Blackberry checker and pen tapper. I don't want to be anywhere near these people during finals!

After class, I came back home pretty happy. Liam met me downstairs and we went over my classes. I have Civ Pro tonight and everyone's saying be afraid. Even after a good day yesterday, I'm still afraid of this class. We'll see how it goes.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Classes Begin Today!!!

I seem to be going back and forth in my emotions about starting. On the one hand I am so excited to be here and starting classes. On the other hand I feel this kind of ridiculous anxiety and fear about beginning on this journey. It all happening so quickly. I know that about 6 weeks ago I was willing myself to this point and now that it's hear I'm freaking out. So predictable. I'll post after my classes, not during! I'm trying out handwriting, but I'll bring the computer just in case I think I need it.

Tonight's my long night, it's always great to have a dreaded day on a Monday, thus increasing your anxiety about starting a new week. Only 15 more weeks until the end of the semester.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Almost done with the new apartment

We're almost done with the new apartment. All we need is a chair for the living room, bed, nightstand and a couple of end tables. Oh and the cable company needs to come and fix what they screwed up! We have no cable, but I made sure to call and get credited for the 5 days we have been without cable. Unfortunately, we will not have cable in time for True Blood, but there is always On Demand.

That being said, here are the promised pictures of the boxes we used. This is almost all of the boxes except the one for my office chair and the lamps we bought. It doesn't look like much because I broke almost all of the boxes last night. It took a long time, trust me. But here is what is all amounted to when broken down.


The weekend will be fairly leisurely. We need to buy my new computer, some towels, sheets and order the bed and we're good to go for the most part. I also bought all of my books for the semester. It ended up costing $200 less than I expected and it was only 8 books. I was a little surprised, but it was a happy surprise. Tomorrow morning I will do the reading assignments I have for Monday and then everything will be on track.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Oriented, Done and Done

Well that was pretty painless. 5 hours, in and out and it was all done. 2 of my professors spoke to us and went over a little information for us. We had some dinner and then that was it, ta ta. I'm so glad because we spent the entire day putting together all of the furniture that we bought the day before yesterday.

After 6 hours of building, getting the cable installed (after running out and buying a TV, who knew you needed one to get the cable installed), having the internet installed and unpacking some stuff. Now it's all about getting all the cardboard out of the freaking apartment. We have filled an entire room in the apartment with cardboard and I don't mean just on the floor, I mean up to the ceiling! I'll take a picture if I can.

All in all it's been a super busy week. We still have 2 more days of it left when we head up to the northeast to visit Liam's family. Once we get back we will have 3 days of nothing that we NEED to do and can finally begin to do some sightseeing. After that, we'll be good until I start work and classes, then it's nose to the grind stone.

I also realized how much these evening classes are going to kick my but, not the actual classes, which I'm sure will be hard, but being up so late. I'm a morning person, like up at 5-6am everyday. Sleeping in is 7am. I'm generally in bed at 9pm, so having class until 9 is going to be hard. I noticed how easily I can zone out and not listen. A couple of times I had to snap myself out of my mental lists I like to make and actually pay attention. I'm actually thinking about taking notes by hand instead of on the computer. I'll bring the computer and see which I like better.

On and did I tell you I walk into the orientation room and the WHOLE FREAKING ROOM is filled with people who have their LAPTOPS. What didn't I bring to orientation? My laptop. I think there were 4 of us without laptops. After seeing this, I didn't freaking out, I didn't try to leave the classroom discreetly, I walked in and took my seat. I didn't actually feel self conscious about it after the first initial shock, so what's a big step in the right direction.

Monday, August 24, 2009

I can only dream

I can't wait until I can say what Cee has said over at Starting to Melt! Only 3 years and that will be me.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

It's Official

I've had my first law school dream. I dreamt I was at my grandmothers house, which is in a totally different state than Law School. I woke up and realized that I didn't have anything I needed for class. I asked my grandfather for a pen and paper and decided I was going to go. Then I realized I didn't have any of my books. I thought ok, I'll just pick up my books on the way to class. Then I remembered that my professors had assigned reading and I wouldn't have time to read and get to class on time. My profs instructions said be prepared to recite and discuss the information, so I decide that staying home it better than going in unprepared. So I miss my first day of classes. Talk about a bad dream!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Leaving on a jet plane

We're leaving today, in about 30 minutes. It's a little over 14 hours to get back. I still can't believe it's actually happening. I'm pretty much numb. Leaving behind such a great supportive group of people is really hard, but what makes it better is knowing I'll be coming back. I don't really have much to say and I'll probably be without an internet connection for a couple of days. I'll be trying to post when I can. I'll be sure to take pictures of the new place once we have it all set up.

I'm all packed and Liam is taking forever. I don't think he realizes I'm the one moving, while he is only visiting!

At least I don't have to deal with traffic and creepy guys (well not yet anyway) that seems to be driving Hate is easy...love takes courage crazy.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

This just sucks

I sure hope I have a better 1L birthday than this guy, poor Rat Bastard 1L :(

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wise To Heed Advice That is Wisely Heeded

No Reins Girl talks about some advice she has read from Fearfully Optimistic. In a nutshell the advice is to make sure you don't lose yourself and cut yourself off from everyone while you're in school. I completely and totally agree. While I don't think I'll be taking weekend trips with the girls to Vegas anytime soon, I will make a conscious effort to reconnect with my friends in the city.

It's weird, pretty much everyone left right after we graduated from undergrad, but now everyone is coming back. Whether it's grad school or a job, people have all come back to the place where we all met. Liam is also adamant that I have some chill time. He has said there might be a kind of P.S. I Love You stealth set up to get my out of the house if need be. Spa days and dinners out with the girls have been threatened if I get too stressed. It's not really an incentive to stay unstressed, but we won't tell him that now will we.

I really can't decide if I'm a person who holds onto stress or can just let it go. I think it really depends on the situation. The wedding was stressful. because it was in our house and we were doing all the running around and planning work. No bridesmaids, mom, or anyone else around to help out. That was stressful, but it wasn't like I couldn't sleep night after night. I have never had a night I couldn't sleep. And once I'm asleep forget about it. I'm a log, I'm done, the house had better be on fire.

During the day sometimes I get a bit frazzled, but that's usually inside. On the outside I just look determined and ready to knock some sh*t out. At least that's what I have been told. I think this next year will be stressful, but as long as I can get a good nights sleep I know it will all be better in the morning. My brain will sort through all that I need to do and everyday will be a new day to tackle all that's coming my way.

It's Not All Bad

I know this has been a place for my bitching recently, but it's not all doom and gloom. Maybe the separation from Liam will be a good thing. Here are my following reasons for thinking this way.

We really love each other and the separation will help to remind us of that on a daily basis. Phone calls will be cherished, as will texts and emails. Seeing each other will be such a treat, we'll both be able to leave the regular stresses of our lives. On my side that will be school and on his side it will be a demanding job.

If Liam had decided to move over here, he would be leaving a job he really enjoys for who knows what in the US. Perhaps if the economy wasn't in the position it's in now things would be different, but that would just breed frustration and resentment. I will also be following through with a goal that I set before meeting Liam and won't have to worry about resenting him because I never got to follow through with going to law school.

No one wants to feel neglected or that no one is paying them attention. If he moved, I would be working 9-5, then going to class from 5-9 and then coming home and studying. Weekends will be reserved for studying as well. Liam has our friends over here who will make sure he's taken care of and I don't have to worry about him sitting alone in our house without a job, no friends and in a new city. And I'm sure we would totally have a situation like the one Legally Certifiable had in no time!

It might not be the ideal situation, but it will work for us.

Monday, August 17, 2009

It Looms on the Horizon

ORIENTATION!!!! It's coming up a lot sooner than I thought. Over at Divine Details the, she talks about the schedule and first year classes. This is one of the times when being an evening/part time students is awesome. Orientation is 5 hours on one evening and that's it; hands dusted. While I would enjoy more time to get to know my fellow students, I don't need to spend 4 days in lectures when obviously they could put it all in 5 hours.

My schedule is certainly not as varied as anyone else's. MTWR in the evening and every other Friday. Those are going to be long days. I haven't gotten my work schedule yet, but I'm guessing it will be 8:30am-5:00pm. Add in my 1hr phone call to Liam every morning at 6am and going to the gym at 7am. That doesn't leave much time for studying. I guess I won't be able to take 1 half day off during the weekend after all. Well we'll see once I'm in the thick of it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

She's back!

One of my favorite bloggers, Butterflyfish, is back and she's even referencing my wedding song. Well about that, it wasn't technically our wedding song. Jason Mraz's "Lucky" was our agreed upon first song. Since we had our reception in our house, we used iPods as DJs. It worked great, until Liam thought we chose Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours." That will forever be the story we will have to tell when people ask about our wedding song. But now we have two and what's so bad about that.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Organization

I'm a big organizer. It's something I really love to do. This can be a good thing when everything is a mess and a terrible thing when you're trying to get things done and get sidetracked by it. Over at Fearfully Optimistic Getting Things Done is all the rage. I like the idea of action items, maximizing time and keeping things organized. I think these are essential especially when working and going to school and keeping a long distance marriage on the right track. Starting this new chapter in my life means using new tools to help keep everything running smoothly.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

1 Year from now

I have found these kinds of posts from Similarly Situated to be the most helpful. The reflections on the first year and what it has meant to them. I have noticed that there don't appear to be too many blog where people chronicle their first year. Either they start and then are never heard from again or they start at the end of 1L. There are plenty of people I know who have said it is brutal, but in looking back they have find memories. I am a bit worried that this will just turn into a gripping area for all of my dislikes about law school, but I hope to keep it positive.

Positive visualization can be a powerful thing and I intend to go into this new situation with a lot of positivity. One of the big things stressed at Similarly is doing things outside of school. Since I will be working it's a little hard to imagine that being easy in anyway shape or form. I'll be working 9-5, if not 5:30. Then I'll have classes at late every night. This leaves a window of about 2 hours every night to study. And then the weekends. Now I'm not totally crazy to think I will have the weekend off, but I would like at least half a day on a weekend. I want time to go to my french classes and a fun recreational activity. Liam and I will be trying out Krav Maga during his two weeks in the city. That should be fun. I'll also be going to spinning classes 3xwk at a gym nearby at 7am.

I'm a morning person. Trust me, Liam would certainly back me up on that one. I am up at 6 or 7am everyday no matter what. If we have had a late night, if we have had a party, I'm up 7am doing whatever and totally wide awake. I think this is a good reason for me to study in the mornings. I should be able to squeeze in an hour or so of reading in the morning. I'm actually a lot better at all of this stuff in the morning. Maybe I'll rethink those 2 hours after class and just stick to that time for going over notes and eating and then save all the real heavy reading for the mornings. We'll see how that all works out once I'm actually in the thick of it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

HTML Question

Does anyone out there know how I can get my little picture behind my title to go across the whole page? It makes me sad that it's to tiny :'(

Budget? What's a budget?

I am trying to think of things that I need to accomplish before I begin living in the city. One of those things is create a budget. The thing is I really have no idea how to start one. Being in the Gulf can really skew your perception on cost. For one thing, the only thing you pay for is food. My car, housing, utilities and travel have been paid for over the past 2 years.

It's not uncommon for me to spend $7 on a box of Cheerios or $5 for a small tub of Country Crock. While I realize that sounds completely ridiculous, look at it this way. You're living in the country that is completely different from most of what you have ever experienced in your life. You're working in a new job, with new people in a place where creature comforts can really be something that keeps people in the country longer. When you come home from a crazy day dealing with things you don't understand because you weren't brought up in this culture and things seem totally out of wack, what do you want to eat? Do you want to eat some immitation plastic tasting cheese or some yummy craft? Do you want Oreos or Moreos? I have gone for the name brand.

Food aside, I have been very frugal in my time here. Well not when it comes to travel, but if you're going to splurge that's where you have to do it. Other than clothes Liam has forced me to buy, I haven't bought an article of clothing in 10 months. I don't buy shoes, purses, belts, jewlery or anything like that. I almost never put anything on my credit card. I don't really know how much more I can cut out. I figure I'll probably eat out for lunch 2xwk, go out for drinks 2xmonth, and go to the movies 1xwk (it's my indulgence). I plan to spend maybe $50/wk. I saw this idea in a post somewhere, but now I can't find it again. You just buy 10 items when you go to the store. I think that would be really good for me. Keep it simple, fresh and cheap.

I think the really big bills are going to be tv and cell phone. I'm getting a Blackberry!! I have just decided. I'm getting a Blackberry Tour to be exact.
Isn't it pretty. So that's going to run me about $150 a month with the data plan and unlimited everything. After the first month away from Liam I'll see if I actually need all that unlimited, but I would rather pay one month of $150, than get a bill for $1000 because I went over texting or something.

I think my tv and internet will only be about $70, which is great. We'll also be Slingboxing it, so Liam and I can watch TV together. Since I'll be in school/work most of the time I'm sure that I won't be watching too much, which is why it's so much more important to have DVR. Now I don't have to fret about not keep up with my shows. I can also watching things off the Slingbox on my Blackberry, how sweet is that. With all the work/school work/traveling I'll be doing I think it will be imperative. I also means I can use Google Voice/Skype to speak to Liam anytime I want. We can text or talk at any point and that is certainly worth $150.

Oh yeah this was supposed to be a post about a budget. See my dilemma. Well maybe you don't, but I do. I'm not someone who just runs around spending money on anything and everything, I spend on very little, so how do I budget what little I spend? I think I might invest in gift cards. This way I can put all the money I want to spend on the movies on a movie gift card. Not going to be able to spend that anywhere else because I can't. Someone mentioned the envelope system to me and I think that could be helpful as well. You put the amount of money you want to spend on a certain item in an envelope when you get paid and then you can only take money out of that envelope for that item. Any left money over at the end of the month can be put in a slush fund envelope for something really cool like a vacation or car. I think it could be helpful.

I'm going to give it a try and I hope my lackadaisical attitude about money over the past 2 year doesn't bite me in the ASS!

Will I Fit in?

The countdown is officially beginning now what I actually have a job and will have healthcare in a month. I was hoped I wouldn't have to start right as I arrived and guess what? I don't. I asked to start on the 27th hoping, but said I would prefer the 1st. They said sure no prob, they just put in the earlier start date because they had to. I have officially learned my lesson about asking. You won't get it unless you ask, they aren't going to give you anything unless you ask for it!

Now the true trepidation begins...school is actually happening. Orientation begins in less than 2 weeks! I am freaking out. Useless Dicta pretty much hit the nail on the head as she remembers all the anxiety at her 1L Orientation. I know I have done all this before, you know making friends, new school, new level of school work, but it still freaks me out.

I'm also a little worried that I'm going to be the chick with the husband. Since we have so little time together once we get to the city, we're pretty much going to be together 24/7. I want him to come to all the events, but I'm drawing the line at classes. Trust me, I thought about it. We've already started all the planning for our time in the city. Lots to visit and explore! But I know it's all going to end too soon for me and then I'll be the sobbing chick in Torts class as Hubby's on the way to the airport. I'm sure that will be my name Sobbing Girl for the next 3 years.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I have a job!!

Well I know I have a job right now, but I'll have one once I get back to the US. I can commiserate with Proto Attorney about that being bittersweet. I have a job. They want me to start there in 8 days, that's 3 whole days before I arrive back in the country. I'm going to have to negotiate that and try to get a bit of leeway. I also want to have a little bit of time to spend with Liam.

He's never been to anywhere south of NY in the US and I want to show him the museums, walk around a bit. I hope to start a week after I get back. If I can't I'll at least get a couple of days. I also have over 30 days of vacation days saved up and I'll dip into that if I have to! I can't wait to explore the city again and get everything set up with Liam. We have rented to Uhaul, gotten directions to IKEA and Target and booked our hotel.

On the school front, assignments might have been posted for some classes. Assignments for my classes haven't been posted. I'm hoping that this means I won't get any. Here's to hoping!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sitcoms

I have been wondering ever since I got married, would my life be like a sitcom? It seems like there is always the pesky neighbor, the husband getting into all kinds of mischief, the evil in-laws and such. Although I have only been married for 4 months, I guess I can't say I'm an expert so far. But there is certainly something I have noticed. While some of that is based on how people's lives are, most of it is just based on people who have had lots of stuff go wrong. No one wants to watch a show about great neighbors, a loving husband and wife and amazing in-laws.

Lag Liv has mentioned her in-law troubles. I feel like these are the kinds of things that you hear about most of the time. Well meaning people who drive you insane! I have to admit this made me very nervous when it came to meeting my in-laws. You hear so many horror stories, but so far they have been great. Maybe it helps that we live thousands of miles away and no one really expects us to stop by or vice versa. That might be something that helps. I think it's also the college roommate scenario. You don't generally hear the stories about people who lived together in harmony their freshman year, didn't really hang out with each other too much, but respected each other's space. No you hear the stories about the roommate who sits in the dark the entire writing out a manifesto in their blood in your sheets. So to put a story out there about great in-laws, they are my in-laws. They are adorable, although they might buy enough fruit to feed a small army when we swing into town because for some reason they have it in their head that we are in danger of getting scurvy out here, and are just happy we are happy. You can't really ask for more than that.

They will be especially important for allowing us to use the family cabin in the country in Ireland for our trysts once I start school. And I'm sure the fridge will be stocked with enough fruit to keep us going for months to come.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

BSG

Sorry for the multiple posts, but I just heard a song that made my want to write about this topic. Do you know what BSG stands for? If you do, isn't it amazing. I am so sad it's over and have an Adama sized hole in my heart. If you don't know what id stand for, let me start with this it is a TV Show that won a Peabody award in 2006, Emmys in 2007 & 2008 for Special Effects, it was also nominated for multiple Emmys for directing and writing. Time named it one of the 100 best tv shows of all time. It is a show that chronicles the human spirit overcoming a horrible genocide and stricking out to find the origins of their civilization. It's Battlestar Galactica. I know what you're thinking, done, end closing window.

This is what 5 of my friends thought before they watched the miniseries. Now I'm not saying you need to watch all 4 season, just watch the miniseries. The miniseries is truly amazing. I'm saying this knowing that ususally when someone builds something up it falls short of expectations. Totally and completely not. It's a great show, with compelling characters, a great plot and some really kick ass special effects. Bulldog episode aside, the whole series is really and truly my favorite ever. So there, you beat it out of me!

Multi-vitamin

Can someone please explain to me why the huge multi-vitamin I have been taking for the past 4 days has now decided to try to kill me whenever I try to swallow it. I haven choking, gagging, spitting. WTF? Why am I now forced to chew it wrapped in turkey bacon like I'm a tiny dog, being tricked into taking its meds. It's annoy, it's not tasty, it's pissing me off. I need real chewable ones that don't make me want to barf, if I'm not long going to be able to swallow these damn things. And yes I do know I just wrote a whole post about not being able to swallow. Deal with it.

Coping

Coping with my separation anxiety is taking it's toll. I know this is supposed to be about law school, but I feel as though this separation is going to play a big part in how well I do. We have come up with time charts for our calling schedule. An hour and a half a day is what we will get on weekdays and maybe 2 hours on weekends, well on Saturdays. I'm trying to make sure Liam will be busy while I'm away in the evenings. He is contemplating Tae kwon do and I wholly support that. He might even take German and French, so we can begin to speak it together.

Liam and I survived for 37 and 22 year, respectively, without each other. We functioned, went to work, hung out with friends, lived completely separate lives, but thinking about not seeing each other, even for 6 weeks is rough. Technology is certainly on our side. Google Voice, Skype, Blackberrys, Vontage. We will be using all of those to hope us through. One good thing separation anxitey is it's keeping me from dreading school.

I tallied up all of the books I will need save a possible 4 for classes I don't know yet. It was a lot less than I expected. So far the total is $388. Including other books that I would need at most of would be $500. Considering I didn't buy any books my last 2 years of undergrad, I think that's a fair trade. I'm too lazy to look online or haggle, so I'm going to go new from the bookstore for this first semester. I will also be getting them unbound and rebound because I am trying to avoid the rolly bag like the plague. We'll see how long that lasts.

New developments, most of my senior year roommates will be coming up to our party! That will be so fun. I can't wait to see everyone again. It's been over a year for most of them. I hope they don't think I'm no fun now that I'm married!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Night on the Couch

I just spent the night sleeping on the couch. Don't worry, though, Liam was there as well. We had a bit of a party last night. A woman I know does catering and made us some rocking Mexican food. Quesadillas, Fajitas, fresh guacamole, tomato concoction, and steak and ale pie. All in perfect harmony. We had everyone over, everyone played the Wii. The Wii Fit is always such a fan favorite.

After which people started to leave and bid us adieu. At about 1am the last person left. We had been doing cleaning throughout the night, so we didn't have much more to do and decided to crash on the couch. Liam mentioned this was the earliest one of our parties had ended. Generally between 3am and 4am, is our last call. Figuring that we had a bit more left in us, Liam made himself another drink and I turned on the TV. Cut to 5am this morning and we're both in essentially the same position, me snuggled into Liam with his arm around me. Dawn of the Dead was on. Liam went back to sleep, I didn't.

I can never get back to sleep right away after waking up. I'll be taking a long nap this afternoon, after some mexican leftovers of course!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Blah

Job #2 fell through. They were my best chance and now it's gone. It really sucks. They said their first choice needed a decision last week, so they gave it to them. They were super super nice about letting me down and pretty much pledged that they would help me find another job. So Job #1 sent an email asking what my plans where for returning! I have been very upfront with everyone and pretty much telling them I'm not coming back before August 20th if I don't have a job. I'm not going to move back to the city, lose time with my hubby, be out of a job and lose my health insurance on the chance that I find a job. Not going to happen.

What really sucks is, if I were in the city think I would have a job. People seem really weary about phone interviews. I understand this, but when you keep asking me when I plan on coming back after I have already told you, it makes me think I don't really want to work for you. I mean really. I can't lose over 2 weeks of a paycheck on the outside chance in that two weeks you give me a job. I'll hit the ground running once I get to the city and that's how I like it. Well, if I don't find a job, I'll get paid out some good money, a big chunk of which will go to health insurance. I'll also have more time to study and go to the gym. I'm trying to look on the bright side. That being said, Liam was really supportive last night when I was super depressed about not getting the job. Grilled cheese is always a good pick me up!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Moving

Moving surveyors are coming to the house today to see what I'm going to be shipping back. I came over here with 2 suitcases, 1 human sized duffel bag and a European backpackers backpack. I didn't ship over a single thing. This time around, I'll be traveling with Liam. We will be arriving in US, taking a taxi to the train station, getting a train to NJ and then checking into a hotel and going to our welcome home/reception on Saturday. We don't want to have to lug everything around. I'll being clothes I will wear for the first 2 weeks. I'll probably just end up buying a lot of stuff, because I don't have much in the way of actual work clothes. I have worn jeans and flip flops to work for the past 2 years.

This is the plan. Ship pretty much everything I have, including clothes that I won't be wearing for 2 weeks. I can have all of that shipped to our apartment, it should arrive in 3 weeks or so. I'll pack my books/exams I printed out/normal type toiletries. I am taking one little cabinet that holds all my girlie stuff, so Liam isn't subjected to it.

When it has come to packing in the past, I've always been pretty chill. I pack less than Liam always. For the most part, I figure if I forget something I can just buy it there. This is especially true when I am going to the States. I will also want to leave some stuff here, so that I don't just to schlep everything back over with me. Hmmm, I might need to rethink this whole packing thing...

One another note, as we get closer to going back to the US, I get more and more excited. I also get more and more emotional about Liam leaving. The 3 week marker seemed to be my breaking point of excitement to sadness. I am so excited about leaving, but becoming really emotional about the separation. We'll be apart for only 6 weeks at a time for the most part. Generally the separation will be between 5 and 3 weeks, so not too bad. I just hope I'm busy enough to keep me from just saying f' it and wanting to leave. He won't let me do that, so I'm just going to have to kick some major freaking ass my first year, make a journal, take a leave of absence, come back rearing to go and then it will all seem like a distant memory. Like "remember when we spent almost 3 years apart, only seeing each other once every 6 weeks." And then Liam will turn to me and say "oh yeah, that was so long ago, I almost forgot about it."

They are going to talk my ears off!!

About 1.5 years ago I got my sisters an iMac for Christmas. Yeah, I know aren't I an awesome sister. Well they have it now and love it. My one sister has been composing music on Garage Band and has all kinds of machines and equipment hooked up to it. They are already passing me in some parts of the technology department.

Anyway, one of the other reasons I got it was to video chat with my family while I'm over here in the Middle East. We haven't really used it that much because I generally call my mom on her cell. She's always doing things around the house and can't really keep still for long enough to sit in front of a computer for the length of an entire conversation. But yesterday I called and the two littlest ones kept grabbing for the phone. They are 5 and 6. CL is 6 and she's all about everything little girls are into right now: Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Zach Efron, High School Musical. MC is 5 and he's totally a boy's boy: dinosaurs, trucks, video games, fights with his little action figures.

So they keep taking the phone from each other and trying to tell me all about their summer and when I'm coming back and will I babysit them and finally my mom just says, "Izzie can you get on the computer, the kids want to video chat with you." I'm not actually sure if they wanted to, or she just wanted them in a stationary location so she could make breakfast.

I turned on the video chat and they were actually able to log on without a phone tutorial from me, which is a huge accomplishment. And the two of them just started at it "Izzie" "Izzie, look at this, look what I got." And they were on a role. Fighting over who could talk, who could sit on the chair, who could show me something. One would get up to get something from their room and then the other would take over. Mom mom said, they are going to talk my ears off once I get there. She suggested that I just take both of them overnight when Liam and I get to our hotel. I put the kibosh on that one, but I think she will still try.

Another development from our conversation and the last video chat we had is that MC and CL keep calling Liam Mr. Incredible. I mean Liam isn't a hard name, but they keep saying when you and Mr. Incredible get here, can you take us to blah blah blah. The first time they saw Liam on the video chat my little bro just shouted Mr. Incredible. My mom says it's because Liam was wearing a suit and tie and that's what he wears in the beginning of the movie. I also think it has something to do with the fact that Liam has a large upper body. Like very broad shoulders, a little bit of a belly, but he's also 6' 3". He is by far the tallest person in his family. Even taller than his twin. Hell, I'm taller than everyone in his family and I'm 5'6"! Less than 3 weeks and I will be flying back to the US with Mr. Incdedible and having a grand ole time, before IT begins!!!

Note: Second Rd interview this week for a job. Keeping my fingers crossed.