Friday, January 29, 2010

Oh and there is law school

This is the end of Week 2, technically Week 3, but that first week wasn't an actual class. So far:

1)Civ Pro: still ongoing and soul crushingly boring for the most part. Almost everyone does absolutely nothing in class. And I mean nothing. A lot of people leave at the break, we get a 10 min break during our 2 hour classes. I've kept up with the reading, actually I've been reading ahead, so I'm done a bit early and then I can really work on my outline.

2) Property: So far we don't seem to be learning much BLL. Everyone just talks about their life and their experience for about 1 hour 20 minutes of the class and then we're done. This is going to require a lot of self study. Bonus bummer: only one practice exam exists. I'm tempted to look to get a feel for what she wants from us, but then my one practice test is gone gone gone. I'll have to think a bit more about that one.

3) Torts: Love it! The prof is really great. Entertaining, keeps things going, uses PP, but not just reading off the slides. Plus I think it's so funny to think of all of the messed up ways people get themselves into trouble. I am much more aware of what other people are doing around me now. I'll walk by something and just think it's a lawsuit waiting to happen.

4) LRW: the continuation. I finally got my mid-year grade. It took 7 days to reach me. I literally live 1 block from campus. There are people who live in other states that got it 3 days after mailing. I did better than I expected, or other people in the class did worse than I expected. This semester is about oral arguments and briefs. If I could take all of my classes with Prof LRW I would. He doesn't teach any other classes. I need to find a way to work with him in the future!

That's the rundown of the semester. I'm a little afraid of all of the exams this semester. There will be 4 finals, I think a couple of them are take homes, 8 hour take homes. I don't even know how that's possible and I don't even want to think about it until I must.

Only 13 more class weeks...

I want to go to there!

I thought that this feeling would stop once I got back to the US. I need to travel! Going back and forth to Dublin helps quell the shakes, heading over to see Liam also keeps me from going insane. Looking through these pictures makes me want to get out now and go some place I have never been before. In the past 3 years, I've been to over 10 countries and that's only 7% of the world. Well according to facebook, but I'm not actually sure how they calculate that.
When you're living in the desert you need to get out every once in a while. Getting away is what keeps everyone sane. Apparently seeing Liam and traveling is what keeps me sane. I'm going to Dublin in 2 weeks and that's going to chill my nerves a bit. I think that's another reason I want to be in the Middle East. Eids are a great time to take a week off and travel where ever you want, within a 10 hour flight. Eids happen at the end of Ramadan and then again a lunar month after that. You get 3 workdays off in a row and a lot of places just give you the whole week off. There isn't a comparable holiday, except Christmas-NYE here. And most people want to spend Christmas with family and not just say, peace out family I'm heading to Borneo!
Unfortunately, there isn't any time this semester. There isn't any time hhis summer, not between summer school, heading back to the gold old ME, summer internship, and possibly OCI, if I don't get the Fulbright, no time for a vacation anywhere. Liam wants us to go on a cruise, I want to go on a cruise, I've been bugging him about it for about the past year. But I think we will have to put a hold on that for another year. :'(

Here are some fun pictures of our travel so far:




Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Pasta, Pasta, PASTA!!

Today was my first cooking class. It was super fun, we made fettuccine and ravioli and I need to make it soon before I forget just how easy it was. Now, I just need to order a pasta maker. I have a Kitchen Aid mixer (thanks to Liam's great Christmas gift), but the pasta attachment is crazy expensive! It's about $125. I can get a manual one for about $30, but I want to make sure it's a good one.


The pasta was so delicious! The teacher made a simple tomato sauce in about 6 minutes. I'm usually a drencher when it comes to pasta sauce, but for some reason this time I was ok with an "authentic" Italian experience of saucing and I didn't even cut my noodles.

Did you know that pasta has to have eggs in it to federally be allowed to call it noodles. I sure didn't!

Next week I have a bread baking class. I've heard it's great. I'm thoroughly enjoying the weekly break from the craziness of classes. Week 2...it's only week 2, I feel like it should be week 10. Anyway, classes are shaping up ok. At this point I'm ready to get to the summer and my internship just so I can get a taste of why I'm busting my butt! I tend to perform much better when I have a tangible goal. I want to really see just what I'm getting myself into!

We had an alumni dinner last week where the amazing like of a big law associate was revealed. 9:30-12am workdays and at times working until 6am on Saturdays in order to get all the work done. I'm not sure if I could handle that. I want to know if that's just an isolated experience or if I need to start looking for another career path.

Note: I didn't get anyone sick in my class. I was feeling a lit better when I woke up, eating solids and drinking every drop of water in the Brita.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Only a 5 year old

could give me a stomach virus in about 20 minutes flat. My little bro was home sick today with the pukes. I saw him for a little bit before I went to my sister's high school to do a presentation to her class. I also graduated from the same high school and they wanted me to talk about my undergrad, time in the Middle East and then law school. It was great, until to got on the train to come back to school. Yeah, I'm not making it to school tonight. I certainly hope I'll be all good tomorrow...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain. - Frank Herbert

From my new favorite show, Being Erica.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

All grades in

I'm very shocked by how I did in Con Law. That was the class I thought I knew the least about. I ended up getting the better grade in Con Law than in Ks . My grades are better than my fear scenario, but still a little disappointing.

This semester will be all about maximizing my time and being able to dedicate as much time as possible to my classes. I'm actually looking forward to LRW this semester. My LRW prof is really amazing about getting everyone pumped about, well LRW, not an easy feat. So this semester I have even more to get done, but it seems doable. At least I'm not starting out from the hole I began with in undergrad. After those grades way back then, pretty much nothing could shock me.

We'll see how everyone's spirits are tomorrow, once everyone has had a chance to check out their grades!

Still NO GRADES!


I'm kind of afraid that this is what awaits me once they get in. They are supposed to be in between 3 and 5 and the suspense is killing me! I want to know now and find out how much damage control I need to do this semester. The wait continues...

Monday, January 18, 2010

One week down

It's been a week since I've posted. It went by a lot quicker than I thought it would. My day has been made up of the gym an clipping coupons. Now that I'm not working, watching the pennies it even more important. I can't go crazy spending $3.00/lb on ground turkey when I could get it for $1.60 on sale!

I forgot all about how fun coupons were. I wish I had a printer and then I could print out the online ones. I didn't realize how much stuff I printed out at work! At $.10/page at the library it's kind of not worth it. I do know that I'll be spending a lot of time at meetings with free food this semester!

Real classes begin next tomorrow. I'm not looking forward to it. It seems that one of the profs is a real stickler. No laptops, taking attendance, assigned seats. This is unlike every other class we have. I'm sure the prof a bowl of laughs. I don't think they realize that zoning out is still pretty easy without a laptop.

Now onto my new obsession. Tiny HOMES!! Liam and I have added it to the list of things we want to buy. We will build it ourselves and probably put it somewhere in Ireland. Not sure yet, but I love the look of it. I would live in one now if I could, but I don't think there is a safe place for one in the city. They have some that even have 2 or 3 bedrooms. I think it would be great for a vacation home for us (and kids) in the future. Now I must get back to reading and stop procrastinating!

Anyway

Monday, January 11, 2010

The dreaded flight.

I get to the airport yesterday very grumpy and not happy about leaving. I am made even grumpier by the fact that they appear to not have any bulk head/exit row/aisle seats. 14 hours asking someone to move out of the way so I can pee or worse yet, smushed between two people who may or may not smell, no fun at all!

Liam and I are at the counter, asking the guy if there is anything he can do and he keeps checking. We jokingly state that I will fly tomorrow, if they fly me business class. He looks at me and states,"Would you really?" I look at Liam and he looks at me, "Hell yeah." I would get another day with Liam, get to fly business class and still make it back to the apartment in time to shower and read before my first class. HELL YEAH. For some reason this guy behind the desk also thought it was cool to make eyes with me while Liam is standing right there next to me. I wouldn't say he went as far as eye f***ing me, but it was pretty close. The fact that I have sat through eye f***ing for a whole hell of a lot less than an upgrade on a 14 hour flight, I was totally willing to throw him a half smile every so often. Liam totally approved.

After about 20 minutes and a whole hell of a lot of people being told that there are not seats for them, he head nods me over to the desk asks for my passport. He then slyly hands it back around the side of the desk and whispers that I will be flying business class. I'm over the moon! "Tomorrow?" " No, today." He then asks that I slowly back away from the counter and don't make it known that I actually have a ticket, lest I be attacked by the growing mob. I was a little disappointed by not being able to stay another day, but I would definitely take the upgrade. So, it seems that I'm not really that sad to leave Liam, I'm just sad to be leaving Liam when flying in economy. :P Just kidding, but the rush of the surprise upgrade had my adrenaline pumping. We said our quick goodbyes before immigration (the flight left in 30 min and I had to get through immigration, security check and the second US security check) and that was it. I was on my way back here. On the plane I enjoyed a boatload of drinks and about 5 meals. I was going to make the most of this whole situation!


I think the key in these kinds of situations is to always go to the man behind the desk. I hate to say it, but time and time again it seems to work. A little over your weight limit for luggage, when given the choice, go with the male desk attendant. I once had a guy help me repack my bags at the desk, while his female counterpart unceremoniously told her overweight baggage person they could come back with their repacked bags after going through the check in line again! I don't know why that is, I don't know why the women generally seem to be less helpful than the men in these kinds of situations. I don't flirt, I do smile and try to be really really nice, not matter who I'm dealing with, but those results don't generally happen when there is a woman behind the desk. I'll also try the whole, I'll fly tomorrow if you fly me business class thing, if I have a more flexible schedule in the future.

Class today, I have 141 pages to read and a spinning class to go to. Yay!

Friday, January 8, 2010

:(


I leave Sunday morning to head back to school. I'm not happy about it. I don't want to go, but I know that's what's best. I haven't been in classes for over 6 weeks. Lining up my internships over the summer has gotten me pumped up about actually working in a law firm, but classes can really get to me sometimes. I know it seems like I'm a bit back and forth on all of this, but leaving Liam is making me a bit of a grouch!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Summer is locked down, well halfway...

I have my internship taken care of for the back end of the summer. I'm choosing between 4 pretty big firms that have offices over here and a little taken aback at how open they all seem to be about having me on board for the summer. That's a huge relief to have something set up for the summer and to put on my resume. Now I just have to hope that the economy doesn't crash over here and all the connections I made become obsolete.

Now onto the good stuff...classes begin in 5 days! We not real classes, but our one week mini course, which pretty much requires that we show up and breathe. I think I can handle that. In addition to those thing, I have a butt ton of applications to fill out for summer programs. I doubt my chances are good, but I'll give it a shot.

Classes for next semester will be:
  1. Property
  2. Torts
  3. Civ Pro
  4. LRW
It's 13 credits, so much for part time! For the new year, bring it. I'm looking forward to it, to transferring to full time, getting to see Liam more (almost once a month), summer classes, great internships, meeting new people from my section, and finishing up 1L. I'll have to look back to this post later in the semester when I'm feeling down and like I just want to pack it all in.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

This is what my break has been reduced to. While I am applying for internships this summer and doing other productive things in the new house, I am also watching a lot of crap television. The fact that things like this are actually made and put on TV is amazing to me! I wonder what goes through the minds of the actors, director and other crew while they are filming it. Do they know it's crap and just not care or do they try to give it their all. I can't imagine which it worse.

New furniture arrives today! I am very excited to be able to sit on something other than this rocking chair. While it is comfy, it's not really made for typing in.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

And a new year begins

Everyone else seems to be doing these, so I'm jumping on the bandwagon.

NYE 1999, I was sitting in Christy _____'s basement, drinking sparkling cider at the ripe old age of 14. I don't remember her last name, but I remember thinking it was a huge deal that I was invited to her party. She was one of the "cool" people. I think it might have been the fact that most kids weren't allowed out that night and she needed filler. What is did learn on that night is, the hype almost always makes the actual event less fun. That party bored me to tears! I would have much rather been home with the family asleep. It didn't help that my mom fell asleep and left me at poor Christy's house until about 1:30.

At 14, I had no idea what I wanted to be. I was really all over the place with my career aspirations: marine biologist, chef, fashion designer. But never in--well I won't say a million years--so never in 500,000 years did I think I would be in law school right now. There have been so many changes in my life over the past 10 years. 1st kiss, 1st boyfriend, graduating from college, getting into law school, moving to the Middle East, meeting my amazing husband, starting law school. Those are some pretty big life changes and aside from the first 3, I didn't think any of those things would have happened to me at 14.

Even if I could go back and tell myself something a that age I probably wouldn't. I was actually a pretty good kid, if I do say so myself. Maybe I would tell me at 14 to have more confidence, but everything else I did seems to be working out for the 24 year old me, so why mess with a good thing. I can only hope that the good times keep on rolling for the next 10 years and beyond.