Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wasn't this supposed to be about law school?

On that note, a post that isn't really about law school. At least the first part isn't about law school. Today, I had to take a day off of work. I am at the point where I will stop accruing time off, if I don't keep taking at least 2 days off a month. I guess it's not so terrible. What I did realize is staying home when you don't have kids would drive me out of my f*cking mind. I didn't do much today. Maybe it's just this town, but I could imagine I would get bored just about anywhere without something constructive to do. I worked out for 30 min, watched TV, read some blogs, read a lot of newspapers, read a book, went to visit friends. They were all going out to pick up their kids, go grocery shopping and a multitude of other things.

I can understand staying home for those mom or dads with kids. You would have way too much to do in a day. For me, I guess what I'm saying is I couldn't be a trophy wife, haha, like that needed a lot of confirmation. I think it's just a bit of a relief that I wouldn't prefer to life a life of leisure! I don't know if that's a good thing or not, but it's certainly reaffirming my life's goals of not being a trophy wife. As if Liam would agree. He's looking forward to me graduating and making the big bucks, so he can retire early. I'm not too sure about the whole, him retiring early thing, but I am excited for the whole, me rocking the legal profession.

Onto more important thing, like the fact that my school is being far from communicative. As I may have mentioned before, I have deferred for a couple of years. So for the past 2 years I have had access to the admitted student sections of the website. This year it's seriously lacking. No student forums and chat boards, no real interactive material, pretty much just blah, same old stuff for the past 4 months. They even mention an open house that happened back in Jan. I mean I understand second deposits aren't due for another month or so, but really. Give me something to work with. I'm a compulsive planner, schedules, spreadsheets, timelines; I thrive on these things. I need more information to satisfy my desire for, well, more information. It makes it less scary for everyone. You don't want me delving into the inner workings of campus security or IT do you? Because I will go and read every webpage, find every mistake and give your a multitude of ridiculous questions, if I am not given more INFORMATION!!!

P.S. Went to get my immunizations yesterday. Well only one shot for Tetnus/Diptheria. Blood drawn to prove I've had chicken pox. I can't get my freaking TB test until June 15. They only do it once a month and they just did it on May 21. I'll be cutting it a little close on when it's due, but I'll see if I can scan and email it to them and then send the original, so they won't block my registration. That's me signing off!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Terminator Salvation and my movie viewing experience so far this summer

My ratings for the movies I have seen so far this summer (not actually the summer, but beginning of the "blockbuster" season):

1. Star Trek
2. Terminator: Salvation
3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Star Trek

I have watched Star Trek over the years. I am generally a Next Generation girl, but I liked Deep Space Nine, Voyager and even Enterprise. The one that I couldn't stand was the original series. maybe it was just too far ahead of my time, maybe this will revoke my sci-fi street cred, but I really can't stand Shatner in it. His delivery is too much and he makes me want to yak, but now back to the good stuff. Of the three blockbusters I've seen so far it was the best! Chris Pine played a man on a mission with just enough arrogance that someone might possess when they know they are right. Sylar aka Zachary Quinto plays conflicted so well. We have seen this conflict in Heroes and now Trek, my only question is whether or not he's going to be able to transition to rom-coms or any other non-semi-psycho character.

It was an amazing reimagining that departed from the original in a way that doesn't seen sacrilegious or unwelcome. It's just setting the stage for a rocking good time of films that I hope J.J. Abrams has a role in. And don't screw up the third films as many series seem to do. Keep it simple, don't get too crazy and try to introduce too much and it should be a great ride. This film also starred a fav from my next favorite film, Anton Yelchin.

Terminator: Salvation

I have always been a Terminator fan. I visited Universal Studios when I was about 12 or so. We went on the Terminator Experience, where you're sitting in a theater for a live action film type thing and actors begin running around all over the place. I bought a T2 necklace that was a metal pendant with Arnold's face as a half metal, half skin. I wore it every single day. That is until I graduated to RENT dogtags at 14. This shows you the level of my Terminator and sci-fi love. I just wanted to establish my love for the genre before I put in any criticism.

I liked the film. I really liked it. I hope that now they have laid the groundwork there will only be more character development, broader plot and more information about where the resistance is when Kyle Reese is sent back in time. That said, Kyle Reese was a well played character. He was cute and sweet, idealistic as only a teen can be in a time of great death and despair. He seems like he will be a good foil for Connor's hardened character. I'm interested to see how this relationship will play out in future films.

The Terminators that they introduced were also amazing. The one that attacks at the gas station was really disturbing. The noises it emitted were so scary, fun, and all together rockin'. I also liked the look of the T-600s where you could see that they (Skynet) wanted to make a humanoid model. They just slapped some "skin" and clothes on them and didn't realize how much all of the gears and motors would shred through all that they made. Not yet streamlined, but still killing machines. No infiltrators, but certainly effective. I'm excited for more to be introduced, so I'll know how to kill them once they all become self aware and I'm munching on coyotes with the hubby.

and finally,

1. Too many characters that didn't get their proper due.
2. Too much of a love story. He's Wolverine, I want blood, I want fights, I want some seriously bad ass bad assness, not your whining!

What draws people in?

I have often wondered what it is that makes something interesting. This is especially important when it comes to reading articles at least for it. What gets me to read a 9 page NYT article online, but skim another that's only 2. Is it the writer, topic or my level of attention? Not sure which just a quick thought. I also wonder if I should be forcing myself to read articles that I don't find interesting just to get me in the habit for school. Or, should I just enjoy not needing to read every sentence while I can?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Prop 8

Wow, what more can I say. As a woman who considers herself every gay man's best friend, I can't believe that this is still a debate we are even having. How is denying the rights of two consensual adults who want to join their lives together somehow taking away from what my marriage means. I'm all for same-sex marriages! It's been something that I have had to stick up for many times in my life. I'm not an activist, if I were in the States I might have been more vocal, but I am an ally, advocate, whatever you want to call it. The fact that some people out there feel like their marriages are any less meaningless were gay couple able to marry just means that they are seriously lacking meaning in the first place.

Marriage in the religious context, isn't even something that a lot of people want. Colin and I wanted a civil ceremony. They stopped performing them in December here, so we had to go with the religious one. Since neither one of us is really religious we weren't that thrilled about it, we did it and it was fine. If we had had the choice, we wouldn't have had a religious ceremony, if I had had a choice, I would have had a friend officiate. We didn't, so we went religious. Should churches have to perform same-sex marriages, no, but they should want to. The bible says marriage is only between a man and a woman, that's what they all say. The bible says a lot of crazy ass sh*t. We don't follow everything is says. It says we shouldn't eat shell fish, you don't see people protesting Red Lobster...oh Red Lobster with their yummy crab legs and shrimp scampi, but I digress.

Anyway, I hope the California Supreme Court makes the right decision, not based on morality, their religious beliefs, or any other factors other than the rights of all people to be equal under the law. If they don't, it's only a matter of time. It will happen and those people who are against it will look like relics in 10 years. Their children will look at them, like the children of those parents that protested against integrated schools. It's only a matter of time...

The future of TV

I'll just start out by say I probably watched 5 hours of TV a day as a kid. I would watch about 2 hours before leaving for school and then at least 3 after school. I wasn't a slacker, I made honor roll, student of the month all of that stuff, but I absolutely LOVED (and still do) TV. My routine was pretty consistent and I feel that I am actually better adjusted because of it. In HS I did track & field, and participated in just about every club in my high school. Check my yearbook, if you don't believe me, but there are very few shows that people remember that I don't. I even remember shows that were canceled before I was born. But nothing really gets people to bond and laugh like discussing your favorite tv shows from your childhood, Welcome Back Kotter, Boy Meets World, The Cosby Show, Step by Step, Jem and the Holograms, etc.

My plan if I haven't already mentioned it is to return to living abroad after graduating. One of the things I think about as being a struggle is that my children will be disconnected from their American and Irish counterparts in not really knowing how to engage people in the memories of their childhood as far as TV. Maybe I'm just making such a big deal about it because it was such a big deal to me. They won't have the same experiences of coming home and watching a certain cartoon, maybe on DVD, maybe via Slingbox, but now in the same ways I guess everyone can share a lot of the same childhood experiences when it comes to mass consumption culture. I guess technology will make it easier to bridge those gaps and create those connections.

Onto the whole law school thing. Not much has changed, I'm on a waitlist for an apartment near school. I'm still looking for a job and I'm enjoying my time in the heat with the hubby before I'm back in the States. We only have 1 free weekend in the next month and a half. We're using that to drive to Dubai to go to Ikea. Yay IKEA. I'm really looking forward to a Borgunoman coffee table!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Close Encounters

I'm sitting here watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I have seen it many times before, but for some reason this time it just didn't seem to make sense. Why the hell didn't the aliens just drop the people off in the middle of nowhere? Why not in Time Square? Why did they have to play their little game of repeat after me? I love movies, I mean love them. A great weekend for me and Li is going to see whatever is the new movie opening that weekend at 10am. The only thing I have ever said that I would get in my house were I to for some reason be on Cribs would be a movie theater. Not just a huge screen and a couch, I want to true movie theater experience. Nicer chairs, but I want a cup holder, little concession stand...weird I know. There really is something about listening and watching a movie in the dark, with your soda, candy (goobers for me!) with a rocking sound system.

But back to the whole movie thing and Close Encounters, why in any movie do they let people do things everyone knows they shouldn't. Is it that fact that they think, put in those kinds of situations people wouldn't be able to think straight? Or can they just not imagine better alternatives to people running upstairs away from the bad guy, investigate that creepy noise, or not beating the crap out of someone with anything you can get your hands on in a life or death fight.

And the whole damsel in distress thing is so over done. Has anyone who's reading ever seen Red Eye? In general I think it's an ok movie, but the one thing I love in the end is when she gets her field hockey stick and decides she's going to beat the hell out of him. Since I've never been in a psycho killer fight kind of situation I can't tell what I would actually do, but I think if I had a knife, lamp, champagne bottle in my grasp and they weren't armed with a gun, we would definitely have to rumble. On that note, I have to check movie times and see if Terminator: Salvation is playing today.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Trying to find more to do

I'm sure this won't be the slant of my posts in the next few months! My big plans for this summer. Try to find a flight under 2k to Georgia(the country) to visit a friend, buy tickets to Italy for a wedding we're attending. Oh and find a job!!! Did I mention I'm doing the part-time law thing. I don't want to be a slacker without a job once classes begin.

Some of my favorite web obsessions du jour:
Cake Wrecks
Awkward Family Photos

That is all for today, well at least so far today.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I never had idea how much went into blogging

Not that it's been a strain on me, but I am amazed how much work people put into their blogs. Sometimes it makes them unreadable, just from the irritating, graphics or color choices and sometimes it makes you feel like you have been friends with people for years. Maybe the fact that I have found a lot of these blogs years after they have begun has helped. Instead of waiting it out over their lack of posts or other empty spells, I am able to read 3 years worth of posts at once and get a feel for their life over a long period of time. Or maybe that's just me talking out of my ass!

My legal preparation so far, other than reading blogs: I ordered E&E online for all of my 1L classes. I thought it was a good idea, because most of them were under $15, I wouldn't have to remember to do it later and I have money now. I won't later, so might as well spend it while you have it. I read Law School Confidential. I thought it seemed like an ok survey of first year and there were some things that I will definitely do. I have held off on reading OneL because of all the horrifying things I have heard. Perhaps I will read it after I am finished and laugh at all the things that were completely blown out of proportion.

One of the reasons I'll be happy to head to law school is it will probably be one of the last times I'm living in the US full time. My husband and I have really come to enjoy the expat life and plan to try to make one for ourselves outside of our respective countries, he's Irish. I'm not exactly sure how I'll be able to pull off beginning my legal career outside of the US, but I'm pretty determined. So back to the whole living in the US again...things I can't wait to get back to:

• Being able to see my family semi-regularly (and at this point it just means more than twice a year)

• Going to the movies without 13 cell phones going off and people not leaving the theater to have a full blown conversation (I know this one depends on what theater, but I am not against saying something to someone in a theater, it’s a bit trickier when you don’t speak the same language)

• Walking into a grocery store and KNOWING they will have milk, eggs, meat and my personal favorite (Cinnamon PopTarts!!!)

• Walking in general. Being in the middle of the desert isn’t necessarily hospitable to walking around, but the fact that there are no sidewalks and people practically gunning for those found walking on the streets tends to keep most people confined to their cars

• Going out to dinner at a normal restaurant and having a drink. I’m not talking about getting blitzed over a burger, just a nice glass of wine or bottle of beer with your meal. Unless you’re eating at one of the large and very expensive hotels, liquor is only sold to the individual

• Chicken Pomadori sandwich and cheddar broccoli soup at Corner Bakery!!!! I could have put this first, but I don’t think my family would have appreciated it :P

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Two in one day, let's hope I'm starting a trend

There are a lot of things that I have been thinking over before school starts. For one thing I am a chronic list maker and planner. I don't plan for the day, week, month, or even year I am a crazy long distance planner, like 15 years into the future. Of course I know all of these things will probably change, but it helps me feel that I have some semblance of control over my life if I make these crazy plans. I have now sucked Liam (husband) into these kinds of plans.

As far as these plans not working out I'm all for it. During my senior year of college, upon acceptance to law school this was my plan for the next 10 years of my life.
2007-2010: Attend law school (21-24)
2010-2013: Work BigLaw, pay off debts, work 90hr workweek, have no life (24-27)
2013-2015: Finally have a little financial freedom to look into other options (27-29)
2015-?: Begin life, I figured this was when I would actually be able to date, think about starting a family and all that jazz. I was completely fine with this whole progression. I was willing to become a single mom using a surrogate or donor or whatever was necessary if that plan didn't pan out. This is all null and void now, but that just goes to show you where I thought I would be at this point. Instead things have turned out differently and I wouldn't like it any other way. Life has a way of getting in the way of everyone's plans.

First post of soon to be many...hopefully

So I'm beginning this whole blog thing again. I started one when I moved out to the Gulf. It lasted for about 6 months. I really want to keep up with the blog to help all of those friends and family keep up with my life when so much will be going on. I also want to chronicle my time in law school and look back on it one day, perhaps with fondness for those crazy times of all-nighters and way too much caffeine.

This summer I have begun two big endeavors, 1) reading as much as I can about law school (this has included weeks of blog reading, forum snooping and just general googling about what to expect) and 2) learning French, well starting it back up again. I take it four hours a week. This time is well spent because that fact that I'm technically working doesn't mean much work it actually getting done. The fact that my current place of work has an attendance rate of about 10% I would say the fact that I actually show, which makes me feel less guilty.

I have decided that I will set a few goals for myself as I begin on this journey:

1) Learn as much as I can during my time at school. This will probably be my last time undertaking this kind of intellectual undertaking. I'm finally ready to enjoy it (I hope).

2) Not lose sight of the big picture. I have an amazing husband. I am leaving him behind to better our future. Every time I think about slacking off I need to realize why we are choosing to live the next 3 years of our lives apart. I want to become a lawyer and he wants to support my dream.

3) Do what works for me. I will be positive about my study habits, take on people suggestions and evaluate, but not get caught up in the game. I have made it this far,
I have got to have some smarts.

4) Reconnect with old friends and make some new friends Stateside.

Everyone I have told about coming to law school has been really supportive. They have also been impressed that after deferring all these years I'm finally doing it. I just wanted to make sure that I wanted to be back in the classroom. Beginning after I graduated from undergrad didn't give me enough perspective. I was really burnt out and couldn't imagine beginning it all over again and 100x worse in 3 months. So I took a year off and that year turned into two. Boy, am I glad I took that time off. Not only did it give me a well needed academic rest after 16 years of non-stop schooling, but I met my husband. I couldn't imagine where I would be now if I hadn't met him. Liam and I have been married for a little over a month at this point. We will be together for a little over 4 months when I begin school and we begin the countdown until we see each other again over Thanksgiving break. We both know it will be hard and have been preparing for it since we started dating. As long as skype doesn't crash and every other form of tele-communications remains intact, we'll be more than ok. If it doesn't than I would say we'll all have a lot more to worry about!