Wednesday, July 28, 2010

24

That's how many cover letters I have to write before the end of the week. I have no motivation what so ever. Do they all need to be different? I don't have any real legal experience other than this summer. I really feel like I have nothing interesting to say. Watching House and doing laundry is about as much as I want to be doing right now.

That said, I'm a little nervous about my classes for next semester. Well, about 2 classes in general. I didn't get into one seminar that I really need to get into so that I'm on track for finishing requirements. The other is a section that would make my life a whole lot easier. All of my other classes have fallen into place. The waitlist lottery will be run at some point this summer and then I'll find out if I need to do some last minute wheeling and dealing or just suck it up. I'm taking 7 classes this semester for a total of 16 credits, whether I get the classes I want or not. If I get the one I need it'll make my other semesters a hell of a lot easier. Only 4 more of those to go. And all other semesters would only require I take 12 credits and no more requirements. I just love checking items off my list.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Enjoy the Void

My time off has been completely and totally devoid of anything even remotely productive. Well other than learning to make pie crust. Score!! I made quiche last night and Liam has requested I put it on my awesome-foods-I-can-make list. I wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. Keeping everything super cold is a challenge here, even with an AC unit blasting right next to me and taking everything directly out of the fridge, but I managed. It was a delicious onion, turkey bacon, and tomato one with a bit of parsley. Other than meal planning and doing laundry, I've been napping. As everyone keeps telling me, enjoy this time. There will never be free time like this again without any responsibility or worry about Z/other kids once they arrive. I'm taking that advice to heart and plan on doing nothing! Although I might bake come chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

Yeah, definitely going to have to make some of these. Bakearella has an awesome recipe and I'm sure mine won't look as good as her's, but I'll sure try. The great bug massacre went well, so I can now fully take advantage of the kitchen. We cleaned out the cupboards, threw out things that were not salvageable, wiped down the shelves, add a little Raid. Then hubby caulked the hell out of the inside, closing it off and then we recleaned the inside. After all of that everything has been transferred into sealable plastic containers. These damn bugs will not get the best of ME! Everything will be orderly and not walk out of the kitchen via bug power.

I'm also wrestling with the A/C here. I had central air back in my apartment. We only have wall units here. The one in our bedroom is right across from the bed. Liam is always boiling when we go to bed. I'm always freezing and completely cocooned in the comforter. This mean crazy dry air and a bloody nose. For a few min I was freaked out that it was a symptom of DVT from my long flight, but apparently then I would only be coughing up blood, not when I blow my nose. We're thinking of borrowing our friend's humidifier from their kid's room. The family (sans Husband) is gone for 2 months to the UK. If that doesn't work, I may have to move to one of the other bedrooms, which would suck.

Monday, July 26, 2010

F*cking Gulf!

The thing about living in the Middle East is it's hot. I don't mean East Coast heat wave hot, I mean, everyday you feel like your skin may melt off hot. Glasses fog up when people walk outside, you are immediately saturated with humidity when you leave the house and nothing really stays fresh. Case in point. I'm off of work this week and decided to write out a menu of yummy things I would like to cook this week. An amazingly huge box of Betty Crocker blueberry muffin mix that makes 54 was on sale at the grocery store for $3. It always seems like it's one extreme or the other. You find something amazing that you've been craving for $1 or it's $20. I'm glad it was on the low end. I really want to work on my pie making skills. I have only made one pie in my entire life. Liam and I made an apple pie for Thanksgiving with store bought dough. It was yummy, but I want to learn how to make it on my own. So I buy the shortening for $10, unsalted butter, and all of the other ingredients. Muffins were made this morning. I go to reach for the flour to start my pie crust and BUGS!

Oh did I not mention that this is another problem with this place...ants and little bugs are all over. We have been investing in plastic sealed containers. I love these containers. We have them in all different sizes for many different types of items from cereal, cookies, sugar, etc. Looks like we need to invest in more for pretty much everything. The only items saved from the cupboard was the rice and the sugar. Both were in sealed snappy plastic containers. The flour was not so lucky. Unfortunately, Liam thought that plastic bags would be enough to protect the flour.
It wasn't. So now we're going to have a quicheless dinner, sadness. I'll try again tomorrow with new flour and armed with plastic containers. The tiny mini super small ants have pretty much been banished during my last visit, but now there is a new foe. I hate to use Raid, especially in the kitchen, but sometimes it must be done. I would pretty much prefer that these things showed up anywhere other than the kitchen, but it's just wishful thinking. It could be worse. A couple we know had roaches pouring out of their AC unit above the TV. These weren't like little suckers either. They were about the size of half a dollar bill. Talk about panic attack. I'll take tiny ants over roaches any day. If the kitchen starts to look like something out of Sleeping with the Enemy it's only because we would like to protect our sometimes incredibly expensive food investments, not because Liam is a psycho control freak. If anything I am for making him go to the store day after day when I realize I've forgotten something for dinner. But this is the price to pay for delicious food! ;)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

{PP} On the Move

This kid is on the move all the time now. It's a lot more fun than I thought it would be and not freaky at all. I'm glad my Alien analogy isn't turning out to be correct. I still can't believe this kid is nearly a foot long and just at a pound. After the halfway point I have finally started gaining with this pregnancy. I'm back at my starting weight after losing 7lbs throughout the first half. It was quite a shock to see a +7 on my chart. Yikes, definitely need to keep an eye on that!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

And the whirlwind finally winds down

After 8 days on a slowly leaking air mattress, we're getting out of here. Only about 10 more items on our to do list, including return my books, turn in cable box and knife the hell out of this mattress. If we can, we'll even squeeze in a movie. Each of us has 2 checked bags and one carry on. I'll be very surprised if none of our bags come in over the weight limit. I'm not looking forward to redistributing in the airport, but hey, that's the way the cookie crumbles!

Early start, early post, as of 10am not more internet...unless you count my blackberry. :) It feels great to have nothing to do. Well I could be writing cover letters, but I'll just leave those until the day before I start work. It will keep me awake and productive and hopefully stop me from napping all day. I still can't believe 1L is over. Looking back, I have been successful in wiping most of it from my memory. I can definitely see how this works when it comes to childbirth. You go through a painful traumatic experience and your mind knows that that's not good for anyone to have hang around and purges it from your memory. I'm cool with that. About 5 weeks until classes start up again and I'm actually looking forward to them. See purge complete! Now it's time to roast in the sun, maybe get to a water park, do a little weekend traveling and spend as much time as possible with friends.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Halfway there

So one of the sonographers decided to take some time off meaning there are no open appointments until next week. Awesome...I won't be here. We have another doctor's appointment today as a hey-how-you-doing before I leave. We'll see what they need to find out and try to use this as an excuse to actually find a doctor when we get home.

I bought a suit yesterday with the help of my fashion consultant, Liam. I just hope the sucker will fit in One exam down and another to do. I'm not sure how well I did, but I never ever ever am. I would have to say there is no correlation between how I think I did and how I actually do. Sometimes I feel great about it and get an ok grade, sometimes I feel like I failed it and get an ok grade, sometimes I feel great and get a great grade and sometimes I feel like I failed and get a great grade. I have no ability to predict, so I have learned not to worry. I'll take my exams and blow this popscicle stand. I've never been looking forward to a long haul plane ride more. To only have work to deal with will be amazing after nearly a year of non-stop school work/exam prep/journal writing/cover letter crafting. Ah the relaxation of a 9-6 work day and open weekends. I could get used to this!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Must give a shout out

to my husband. A big decade birthday has just passed and he's really been a trooper. I'm moody, tired, can't seem to regulate my body temperature and have the emotional life cycle of a goldfish. Cooking, cleaning, carrying, and just being awesome in general is his usual state, but about now it's even more appreciated. I never have to ask for a foot rub and sometimes have to kick him away to stop from getting one. His pasta is the best and it really sucks that I don't get this treatment all the time. Being together for the longest we've been together in over a year is certainly going to be a treat. Since I'm not big into spending when I'm not bringing in money I cute out tens of shapes that had some significance in our relationship and wrote different things I loved about him. He was tickled by this, as well as the He reads this blog, so I know he'll love the shout out as another belated birthday present.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Finals

They are coming up. This should be interesting. The compressed nature of the session certainly makes any lack of preparation magnified 100x or maybe it just feels that way to me. I'm also getting ready for two finals next week, need to buy a suit, a mock interview, EIW bidding deadlines, final move out of all of my stuff, flying home, and starting my summer job back up. It's still hard to believe that it's going by so quickly. I guess that's life for you. Not much of an update, but there is so much to do I can barely even think straight. And I need to schedule another ultrasound because Z is perpetually tucked, so we can't see the face and has taken up residence as far south as humanly possible. No one seems concerned, but it does mean rescheduling the sonograms over and over when my window of opportunity is shrinking.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Moved

It took 4 trips down the freight elevator. 1 nice chunk taken out my pristine walls by dad that haven't had a dent/scratch/nick all year. 3 glasses of cranberry juice for me and my dad. 1 entire Camelbak backpack full of water for my brother and just under 2 hours. We got to my dad's house at 2am. Talk about a long day. But everything made it here safely, even with crazy rain the whole time. It was a little bit of trial by fire, since it was the first time I've ever driven on the highway. I know it sounds crazy, but I've also never pumped my own gas, so there just a fountain of unthinkables. That said I'm glad it's over and looking forward to sleeping on the floor. Next stop, end of summer school!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Moving Soon

And I'm going to end up doing half of it myself. My father and brother are coming down to move out the big furniture and store it at their house. They will be arriving at probably 7pm. Then we are all driving back to his house. I'm driving my dad's car and he's driving the UHaul. The UHaul needs to be picked up by 1. I have never driven a large truck before and I'm petrified. I don't have to drive it far, but still...a little scary. After I pick it up I have to park it near my building and this poses a problem because parking is notoriously terrible. Once I get the truck here I'll start moving the small stuff I can carry on my own/with a dolly/push down the hall. My mattress, sofa, dining room table and dresser will be up to my dad and brother to move. The reason I intend on moving things myself is I don't want to leave here at 9 and have to drive his car fro 3 hours in the dark, get to his house at 12am or 1am. Not my idea of a great time, but it must be done and other than paying for the truck it's free, so I can't complain too much, well anymore than I've complained already. DH is happy about the move taking place before he gets here, but he also doesn't know I intend on moving things. I think he would freak out a bit if he knew I was going to be lifting things, but what he doesn't know won't hurt him. Well as long as I don't slip a disc or fall down or something, we'll both be fine, if I do I'll milk the sympathy, to dodge the disapproval. Yay for sleeping on an air mattress for the next week. I'm trying to be enthusiastic here.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Law School? What's that?

I know this blog is supposed to be about law school, but I've been a bit distracted lately. So EIW(Early Interview Week)/OCI(On Campus Interviewing) is in August. Bidding for firms is due soon. I'm not totally finished with that, but I'm close. I'm still hoping that I won't need to go through with it, but I must be prepared. There are so many firms, so many choices and it can be a bit daunting. Not that lots of firms will do any better of a job of getting me a job than say throwing my resume out of my window, if you listen to all of the news that's out there!

Optimism is something I'm shooting for, but also with a nice helping of realism. I can't depend on it to find me a job, hell most people can't with this crazy economy, but here's to beating the odds. It seems like everyday there is more horrible news about the economy. I'm trying to keep it all in perspective, but no one likes to hear that the profession they are about to enter into is undergoing the biggest decrease in work/increase in professionals ever. Well I guess I can start worrying after this summer is over and really start worrying if nothing has panned out by the end of the fall. But I'm guessing I'll have a lot bigger worries, like raising a newborn w/ my wonderful husband!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Bilingual, Trilingual, whatever it takes

My obsession with languages hasn't faded. I've also hooked Liam. He's been taking German and trying to get back his Irish. My German is back to being atrocious after taking it for nearly 7 years. I have been listening to a lot of German radio, which unfortunately mainly plays US music and other podcasts. At one point I was nearly fluent, well not so much anymore. I haven't actually spoken it in 4 years. My French was much more sporadic, I took it for 2 years in HS/MS, with at least 3 years in between. I took it for a year in college. After that I studied it for a few months here and there while I was working. My love of German does not extend to french for some reason. As for my Irish, I can say incredibly useful things like, the women are swimming and they are police officers. That said, I'm still better than hubby and he was forced to study it for at least 13 years.

Our goal is for Z to speak more than one language. I would love English, German, Arabic, and French to be languages Z was familiar with and be a native speaker of English and one other language. This probably won't happen, unless I'm really diligent about speaking to Z only in German or whatever language we choose, but I don't think my skills are as broad as they would need to be for that. We're all for learning Irish during summers in Ireland and at summer camp and such. Not many people actually speak Irish, but my SIL does fluently and she'll be teaching her son. It would be great for Z and cousin T, 7 months older, to be able to speak to each other in Irish. When I'm back with Liam before Z is born, I'm going to be doing a lot of tidying up, being bored, reading up for the class I have left at the end of the semester and I'll try to squeeze in some language classes. Multilingual household here we come!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

{PP} It's all lies!

There is no second trimester burst of energy. No matter what I do I'm tired. 10 hours of sleep at night, 8 hours of sleep, 6 hours of sleep, I still need at least 2 naps during the day. Exercise in the morning, maybe the afternoon is better, hmm how about at night, no change. Go for a long walk, sit in the house like a veal. Still ready to pass out at 10am and 2pm. Other than that I'm thoroughly enjoying feeling the little one moving around now. I mean full on headbutts, karate kicks and kick boxing.

All of our super fun baby basics have arrived and I'm trying not to open them all. They will be great fun for washing when we get all this home, so I must keep myself from opening every single package. We may even hold off on having a baby shower until we're all back in the US together in January. This will stop my whole family from complaining that they can't buy us anything until they know the sex and we'll see how quickly this kid is going to grow. I'm a bit worried about that one. I went from being a cute little 7lb newborn to hitting 80% on weight and 99% on height pretty quickly. All of this newborn stuff might only get us home from the hospital. My aunt (uncle's wife only 5 yrs older than me) is also due about a week before me and she's having a girl. Everyone has already started buying her little pink outfits and shoes. I think part of the reason I'm so against finding out the sex is I don't want a room full of pink clothes or a trunk full of blue. People can buy me pink and blue and we'll dress Z in it. Pink was actually considered a masculine color up until the 30s. That's not to say we'll be forcing our girl to wear overalls and play with firetrucks or our boy to dress up like a pretty pretty princess, but I'm certainly not going to start force feeding gender stereotypes from birth. I'm sure Z will be exposed to the opposite from the beginning, particularly if Liam gets his way and he gets to be a stay at home dad after I'm working a few years. I don't want to ruin the picture he has of being a SAHD: make the kids some food, put them to sleep, 3 hours a day of golfing. I'll just let that one slide until he's had his first whole week alone with Z without me and we'll see if he's still clamoring for the position.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lazy Days

This has been a very few lazy days indeed. Time with the family is always fun and frustrating. It's always to cutest thing when they tell me I should come back and live there and take them to the park everyday. While that might seem fun to them, I would slowly go insane. A few days here and there are always fun, but more than that is not a good thing. Not going back for a few months definitely sucks, but there isn't much that can be done about that. So a recap of the 4th of July weekend: 3 BBQs, no firework watching, 3 walks to the park a half mile away, countless hours at my grandparent's house, many hours with my cousins and at least 5 trips to Target. That's pretty much all of my trips in a nutshell.

Other than that, I'm trying to stop my cravings for amazingly healthy foods like tater tots and Oreos. I don't think my steady weight loss is going to continue much longer.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bug Bitten

All of the family BBQs are in full force. It's amazing just how weird they all seem once your around the families of other people. It's also strange how those super fun BBQs where you just played with any random kids are now filled with family you haven't seen in over a decade and have nothing to say anything to. One blessing is the good food. You really do forget what hard work crabs can be, especially eaten by tiki torch while a swarm of mosquitoes are trying to suck you dry. Ahh summer, nice to see you.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

{PP} Insurance

According to my nice little hospital invoice from today, I will owe $800 for a regular delivery. I was surprised by this and expected to have to pay more. What I do know is insurance companies tend to be sneaky and I don't think this includes an epidural. This also doesn't include anything for the prenatal visits or post. Unfortunately, I won't be able to take advantage of this health insurance savings, well maybe, but getting an overseas birth covered is going to suck I'm sure! Arguing with insurance companies is never a good thing and I'm sure I won't feel like doing it just after having a baby. Oh well, maybe the drugs will be so good it might be an enjoyable experience, the arguing, not the birth.