Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Remember when....

I was always complaining about not hearing anything from my school, well they are finally listening. I got my class schedule and my email log in information. Since I'm in the evening program I knew what times in general I would be having classes, but it's nice to know exactly what days I'll be doing what. I can also plan for travel now that I know what Fridays I'll be working and which ones I'll have free. In addition, I finally have my law email address, so I can see if there is anything important coming that way. There hasn't been anything in my email account so far, but there will be.

It's exciting to finally feel like everything is beginning. E&E Torts is still fun and my HTJ says that the thought process needed for his class so far is totally my thought process. Talk about a booster. Trying to get everything in order. Finally sent in my immunization information, after going all the way to Dublin for the TB test. I am mailing, faxing and emailing copies of the form to that freaking office. No one is going to keep me from registering, gosh dern it! :P

Ireland

Hubby and I went to Ireland for a few days last week. We left the house with plenty of time to spare. Our flight was delayed 1.5 hours, when we got to the next airport for our connection, we had missed it by minutes. Now this wouldn't have been so bad, if everyone on the flight hadn't said that they would be holding the flight for us. So 8 hours waiting for our next flight and nearly a day off of our already short trip. We were meant to get in at 10am and we got in at 5pm. Add in my trip to the clinic to get a TB test for school (needed it to register) and we had very little time with the family.

It was good to see everyone again. Liam's mom has cancer, now of the lung, brain and arm, so we wanted to get in another visit before I went away to school. We stayed at our Greg's house, which is always nice. He's got those bamboo scent bottles that make his place smell like a dream. Towels with little soaps on it and we have our own key, so it always takes a bit of worry about our trips, mainly where we are going to stay. In return for Greg's hospitality over the last year we have gotten him a hookah pipe, a case of wine, and tickets for 2 to Vinipolis. Liam and I are going to have to start getting more creative.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Doubts

I'm starting to have so many doubts. Not about school in particular, just whether or not we should have had our welcome home party a week after it's planned.
Should I have chosen to live on campus?
Was my apartment better than the one 4000 more over the year, but in a better neighborhood?
Should I have gotten pregnant this year?
Should I keep doing French and Arabic or just focus on French? I need French to study abroad in my 3L year, but Arabic would be useful in my life after school.

There is just so much running through my head. So many choices. I guess part of it is the fact that these are choices that greatly impact my life that no other decisions have. Not that where I will live will have a profound impact, I just mean that there are so many decisions to be made how could I not begin to doubt some. I'm starting to feel like an adult. I need to get over the doubt and just go with my gut. I also need to chill the F*CK OUT! Chilling is something I'm going to need to work on.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Test Over

It wasn't as bad as I was making it out to be. It really wasn't. That's not to say I did well, it just wasn't as traumatic not doing well. Since there are only 3 of us in the class I didn't really think it was going to be brutal. I made a lot of small mistakes, the same ones over and over and a few big mistakes. This is what I get for not studying! If it were actually graded I probably would have gotten a 70%, maybe a 60%. Our teacher told us that we would all still be getting out certificates, so that makes me feel better. Yay certificates!!

Now I'm mainly focusing on where I will be taking Arabic next summer. Do I do Middlebury? Summer classes at my school? Or apply to study abroad? So many choices. I think it's funny that I'm choosing to begin my study of Arabic after I have left the Middle East! You just don't use it enough here. It's really weird. I will probably go weeks without hearing it, not counting the call to prayer.

So goals for me for the upcoming year, in no particular order.
1) Rock 1L!
2) Make new friends
3) Keep up with my French, German and Irish
4) Get my grant
5) Find a job that I enjoy, pays well and gives me enough study time
6) Not miss Liam so much it hurts: this will be a toughie, yet another reason to keep myself busy. Technology will keep our communication going, but it's going to be hard sleeping in bed all alone. Just thinking about it makes me cry, so onto...
7) Go to Office Hours
8) Complete Write-on
9) Start doing Krav Maga (work out at least 5 days a week, I'm paying a lot for my apartment and I had better use the damn gym! Or at least the one at school)
10) Make time for my old friends in the area

Sunday, June 21, 2009

French Exam

Well it's not really an exam. More like a little test. Well the fact that I have missed class half of the 8 weeks I have had it makes me a little nervous. I hate driving and getting up early, so it's not a good combo for this class. Perhaps that's just another reason I'll do ok with evening classes. I'm a little nervous! The fact that it doesn't have anything to do with a grade or anything, means that my level of anxiety is more at running late than, OMFG I haven't studied all semester.

I have finally gotten some information from my school. Well not actually, but I managed to figure out some information through my research on the website, which finally gave me my log in information. Now I can go online and visit all of the career services and other internal websites. I haven't been able to access past exams yet, but I'll work on the on Monday.

I don't even want to look at them, I just want to print them out for free at work and put them in a nice and neat binder! So far, E&E: Torts is going well, French is going not so well, Irish is practically forgotten (I will do better). For now I'm looking into researching French and German classes in the city. I was looking at enrolling in Arabic on campus, but there is no way I'm going to be able to do a 5 day a week class. I'll just have to wait until the summer for those classes. My goal is to become proficient in Arabic by the time I finish with school. I also want to be proficient in French. Keeping up with my German would be ideal. Just being better than Liam in Irish is fine by me, but I'm already better, so that's not much of an accomplishment!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Christmas!!!

I know it's nowhere near that time, well maybe for Christmas in July. I was listening to a tv commercial that was playing the fiasco Christmas song from the Family Stone. You know you know that one. Anyway...I just got a warm fuzzy feeling inside. I really do love Christmas. I love going to malls and walking around, I don't tend to buy too much. I love baking cookies and Christmas cupcakes. I love all the decorations, wearing hats, gloves and pretty coats. Being around my family and waking up on Christmas Day, I usually wake up before any of the little kids. A Christmas Story for 24 hours, what's not to love.

This year will be the first time I have that awkward meshing the families thing happening. My hubby will be joining me in NJ for Christmas this year. Everyone's houses are super full, so we'll be staying in a hotel, which won't exactly bring in those super comfy family feelings, but it will be nice to be with him, so no complaints on that end. We'll just have to get up super early and go on over to my mom's house a la the old Folger's commercials. Oh woolly scarfs, how I have missed you!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Don't Hate Me...

but I began reading Examples & Explanations Torts today. And before you begin to think it, I'm not a gunner! I bought all the E&Es online a few weeks ago. They have just been sitting on a bench in my house since then. I did read Academic Legal Writing already and that was going to be the extent of my pre-law reading. I read Law School Confidential months ago.

See the thing is, I'm a preparer. I got an Everything you need to know about college book in my sophomore year of HS. I like to get an idea of what I'm getting myself into. It helps me adjust and not become a crazy person (in theory). So I took a day off work because I was feeling not so great. I have read everyone's newest blog entries. Found all the blogs I could possibly find about beginning law school. I finished all of my language HW (that's for two different languages). I couldn't read anymore law forum posts and the books were just sitting there staring at me. I've already read all the other fun books I got on Amazon, and re-reading The Host for the 10th time, just really didn't seem too enticing. I even did the dishes, cleaned the kitchen and prepped for dinner! I mean I had pretty much exhausted all of my options as far as other things goes.

So, I just finished my first chapter of the book. I LIKED IT! I realize that one chapter does not a successful legal student make, but it was interesting and kind of fun to read over what he had to say. I know a lot of people think it's a waste of time, but that fact that I actually enjoyed that chapter has given me a whole lot of happiness when it comes to this whole law school thing. I answered the questions, got most right. I got a few wrong and see why I did and finding that out was just as cool as getting them right. Now that I have gotten that off my chest I feel a lot better! I'm not a gunner, just bored at home on a Tuesday afternoon and trying to prepare my way into serenity.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Doomed?

It took me over 3 hours to write a 3 single spaced essays and they are terrible! I can only imagine what it's going to be like when I need to write 8000 words in 3 hours during an exam. I really need to work on my writing skills over the summer. I have bought a few legal writing books to read over. I just need to get back into my groove. During my senior year I wrote a 29 page paper, including footnotes in 24 hours. A few glasses of wine, some good jams, and an outline and I'm set. Actually most people would say I cheated by having an outline, but hey, at least I put in a little effort prior to beginning. I also made Dean's List that semester, so go figure!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sorry

I realize that that was an annoying post, sorry I just had to send out happy vibes!

Wow.

Have you ever met one of those people who just blows you away with their amazingness? I have to say I have met two such people.

The first has helped when it came to law school and I'll be sure to repay her with yummy baking once I'm in the city and we get to meet. She was helpful. She gave me advice, introduced me to others and has made me feel like I have a friend when I arrive at school.

The second is an amazing professor that is helping me with a grant I'm applying to in the fall. He has bent over backward to get me in contact with others who can help. He has also been super responsive and will email back in moments. This is highly unusual for this part of the country. I can't wait to finally meet him and be able to tell him just how much his help has meant.

I'll let you guys know what I'm applying to later...after the whole process is over.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Cupcakes

I worked in a bakery the summer between sophomore and junior year in HS. It was a good job, the baked goods were a definite perk. The one thing that I loved the most about the bakery was their cupcakes. They were amazing. Just the right kind of icing, fluffy cake, but not too airy. They were prefect. That bakery called Danser's has since closed down. My family got all of our birthday cakes from there for over 30 years. Having an extended family as large as mine it was about 2 cakes a month.

To show you how hung up by this I am, it was about 5 years ago and I'm still talking about this. That being said, ever since it's closing I have been looking for the perfect cupcake. Since I'll be be moving to the city, I thought I would check out their cupcake options. I have visited a local cupcakery. I thought they were good. A bit sugary for me, but good. At $2.75 per I doubt I'll be having many. Danser's beautiful creations only put me back $.75 or if I splurged for a Cookie Monster cupcake that came with a cookie.

Hmmm, talking about cupcakes makes me want to bake some. Unfortunately, our stove is broken and everything we put in it just burns. I have long been away from baking, which I do love. Once I'm back in the US, I'll be able to do it to keep myself sane while studying. Hopefully...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Guilty Pleasures

My biggest guilty pleasure has a bit to do with schadenfreude: reality TV! My two favs right now are Grand Designs and Kitchen Nightmares (Gordon Ramsey's latest statements aside).

Grand Designs is a show that follows people who have decided to build their dream homes. Generally, without an architect, project manager, unrealistic timeline and budgets! The houses usually come out looking fab in the end, but over budget and months over time-wise. These people want to build their dream homes, have been planning this for years and still can't seem to get it right. Hire an architect, project manager and let them confer on the budget and timeline. It will end up costing so much less in the long run. Liam and I have talked about building out own homes and we are certainly taking notes on what not to do.

Kitchen Nightmares, on the other hand, makes me want to never, ever, ever eat in a restaurant again. I am a firm believer in the, if you walk in at 7pm on a Friday and it's empty, turn around school of thought. After watching a couple of these shows you'll know why. What some people will serve in their restaurants is amazing. Moldy, slimy, dirty, just disgusting food is generally the norm. That more people don't get sick from these restaurants is a testament to the strength of the human stomach. I guess this is just another reason to cutback on the eating out, if not for the calories then for the fear of bad eateries.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Am I screwed?

The more I read about the current state of the legal profession the more worried I am. I understand lower salaries or frozen salaries, but how does competition work when you have 3 years of law grads all scrapping for the same positions. This is especially scary when the number of positions will be a lot less than they have in the past.

I have been trying to find alternatives for next summer. Did I mention I was a crazy planner? So far I'm getting promising information. We'll see how long that lasts. One of my really good friends from Qatar, HTJ, has already started at Michigan this summer. He says the one thing he can say about law school is he wishes he started earlier and really likes it. This gives me hope and I really can't wait until I can start!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Apartment Hunting

Looking for an apartment in the city. I have finally settled on a place. It's not the best neighborhood in the world, but it's not too far from school. Only about a 10 minute walk. I was looking at a place that was a 5 minute walk, it ended up being about $300 more a month. If I have a take a cab home every night, I will do it and I will be fine. I'm generally good with walking and being aware of my surrounding and not drawing attention to myself. I don't even know how bad of a neighborhood it actually is, I'm just going on broad generalizations. So, I'll fill out all the paperwork and get my apartment set up. One great thing it, my current rent will be a little more than $100 less than I had budgeted on spending. This means $100 more to spend on food, fun and me in general. Not too shabby.

I just really hope that the neighborhood it ok. I'm not so worried about myself, well I am, but it's more Liam. He's very protective and wouldn't want me to live in a place that he felt was unsafe. There is also the whole me possibly being preggers. Would you want your pregnant wife walking through a bad neighborhood while carrying your child? Probably not. 10 minutes isn't much and I mean really how can you go from good to terrible in only 10 minutes. It's close to public transportation and it will save us a shitload over the next year. Here's to hoping!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Trying to find a job

There isn't really much more I can say about that than that. I'm trying to find a job. So far I have applied to 11. I only got one email back from that person and she seemed really confused about the fact that I am currently living outside of the country, but I will be returning in August. It seems she thought I was just applying to jobs for the fun of it and didn't really intend to actually take the job. Although my situation is very clearly spelled out in my coverletter. So much for those getting read...

On another note, it seems that Liam and I will be doing a bit more traveling than we intended this summer. His mother has brain and lung cancer. After about 6 months of chemo she has taken a little bit of a downward turn. Since that is the case we both intend to fly to Dublin in the next couple of weeks and visit. If we didn't go now it would be more than 6 months before we would go back again. It will also be a chance for us to visit with his sister, who lives in Australia, but will be in Dublin for a few weeks. So that's a bummer, but we'll be strong for each other and wish for the best.