Monday, August 31, 2009

Things I've learned after a week of Law School

1 - My anti-caffeine stance has been lifted. I've consumed more caffeine in the last week then in the previous nine months.

2 - Law school books are heavy. Very heavy.

3 - It is easy to spot the part-time students who also work full time. They are the ones with the, "OMG, I have never been this tired in my life, where am I, how did I get here, please don't call on me" look on their faces.

4 - I will have no time for anything besides work and school during the week.

5 - People are very possessive of their seats, especially the ones in the back row of the classroom. Myself included.

6 - Sleep is highly underrated.

7 - Lionel the bus driver and I are going to become great friends.

8 - Beer.

9 - Most everything is a violation of the honor code and I had nightmares about it. I'm not joking.

10 - On Mondays and Wednesdays, I must eat before class. On Tuesdays, I can eat between classes and on Thursdays, I just don't care at that point in the week.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What Big Al Does in his Free Time

Big Al is my Dad. Lilly is one of my family's two pitbulls. The first one, Ace, my middle brother stole from a stripper, and Lilly, he bought for his squeaky-voiced ex-girlfriend and her parents wouldn't let her keep it, so my parents are the proud owners of two pitbulls. Who they spoil rotten.

Big Al refused to buy me clothes. He buys his Pit Bull a Michael Vick Jersey and emails the photos around to his family.

I find something seriously wrong with this situation.

This one is coming closer to us!

This one is coming closer. I knew we'd get one eventually. This is why I obsessively track hurricanes. For this purpose.

I'll be studying anyway.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

RIP, Ted Kennedy

Love him, hate him - I happen to love him - he was a great man who served our country well for many years. May he rest in peace. He will be greatly missed by not only the citizens of Massachusetts, but by Americans everywhere. I'm sorry he never got to see a National Health care bill passed during his lifetime.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Toy Arrived Yesterday

Oooh...this was my birthday/starting law school gift to myself - a Canon SX10. It's 10 mp and has 20x zoom. Since I'm a picture whore, I figured it was time to graduate from my point and shoot to something a little more awesome, but not an SLR, since I didn't have $1,000.00 to drop.

This came as I was walking out the door to school. Husband automatically started playing with it. I'm looking forward to sitting down this weekend (after I read Contracts, OF COURSE) and figuring it out. Frank is Phil's favorite subject.

Monday, August 24, 2009

First Day!

It's my first day as a law student! I've read & re-read. Please God, don't let me be called on.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Things I've bought on Ebay


I *might* be obsessed with the Gamecocks. I *might* need to step away from EBay.

Exhibit No. 1:

I don't have a lawn. I don't have a yard. I live on the 4th floor on a condo building and don't even have a balcony. I am the proud owner of the above pictured Gamecock Lawn Gnome. I call him Little Steve. He sits on my living room entrance table and watches the mail. I asked permission before I bought him. There is a matching cheerleader gnome that I hope someone buys me for Christmas! Hint, hint!

Exhibit No. 2:

Phil doesn't know about this one yet, but I think it's going to be a perfect match for the Spiderman Mr. Potato Head that I bought him. Additionally, I can change his faces based on the score of the game. Jenn O. said it was okay to buy this if any problems arise when Phil finds out. I don't think I'm going to mention it to him and just put it out and see what he says when he sees it.

Exhibit 3:

This does not match the decor of any room in my house. However, the laundry room was naked of all Gamecock paraphernalia, so I decided that this would be PERFECT and would totally dress it up. Everytime I do laundry or feed the cats, I'll remember where I went to college!

Exhibit No. 4:
It's a magnet for the dishwasher to let members of the household know if the dishes are clean or dirty! How ingenious is this??? We obviously needed this because the light that's actually ON the dishwasher that let's us know if the dishes are clean or dirty isn't sufficient enough.


Lolcat for Frank.

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One time there were 17 fake toy mice under our couch. It took Frank only three days to manage to bat that many cat toys under our couch. Emmy could care less about fake mice. She just likes to nap.


I can't help it - I'm addicted to NOAA. I really should have been a meteorologist and worked for NBC. During hurricane season, I check the NOAA website daily. I wait for the hourly updates from the National Hurricane Center. Have I ever been in a hurricane? No. Have I ever been in danger of one? Once, sort of. Hurricane Floyd in 1999 when they made us evacuate the South Carolina campus, but nothing happened. We didn't even lose power. (Shout out to the Greene family for letting me stay with you!). I *think* when I was little (circa 1985 according to Wiki), Hurricane Gloria came up the east coast. I vaguely remember my mom running into the yard to rescue the bunny from the hutch, but there is a chance I'm making that up.

Hurricane Bill is now up to a Cat4 storm (I say Cat like I'm a damn expert at this stuff). According to this morning's NOAA update, there is not a chance in hell it will hit New Jersey. There is a .75% chance it might get windy.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Countdown begins - two weeks until school starts

Hubby and I took a staycation last week - I haven't done any crafting! As soon as I upload some photos, I'll share them. We had a wonderful long weekend with our friends Leslie and Brad and got to see tons of NYC!

Anyhow, it's down to the final countdown for lawschool.

I received these tips from an attorney I used to work for. I thought they were hysterical, especially No. 7.

1. Be prepared for class.

2. If you're not prepared for class then:
a) if your professor understands that not everyone will be prepared for class every single day and is fine with you coming to class and letting him/her know beforehand that you are not prepared, then tell him/her before class (just don't abuse it) - if not, then
b) don't go to class.

3. If you get study tools (Emanuels, etc.), try to find the ones that correspond with your textbook (it makes life MUCH easier).

4. Find a good group of people to study with. This group should consist of people who are serious about class, but not so serious that when it comes to crunch time that they are not willing to share outlines.

5. Get to know the law library staff early.

6. Get to know the job placement office staff early.

7. There are always a few people in the class that no one can stand. If you can't figure out who those people are, you're one of them.

8. Find that balance between school and regular life. That probably won't be as hard now that you're married, but it makes all the difference in the world.

9. If you have an idea what type of law you want to practice when you graduate, then start thinking about how to gear your law school curriculum towards that - not so much in your first year, but when planning your 2nd year schedule, be thinking about it.

10. Definitely tryout for the law review and other publications (and/or moot court). The worst that can happen is that they say no.

11. Don't be afraid to go see the professor in his/her office if you're having trouble understanding a case or a subject. They're more willing to work with you than they will let on (though SOME will just be dicks).

Thanks Chip! I'm so glad that we've been friends for the past nine years and you were able to offer me this insight.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Disparity of Clean

Let me start out by saying, I love my husband. To bits and pieces.

He actually cleans his own bathroom every week (or other week). I usually take care of the rest of the house, but he cleans his own bathroom. I hate his bathroom. He keeps saying he's going to redo it, but my hopes that that will ever happen shrink daily. Despite the fact we have all the materials and someone to lay the tile. Nevermind. I'll stop dwelling on that and get back to the issue. Cleaning.

Anyway, I made Phil leave the house today so that I could give the house a good cleaning. We have guests coming this week and I wanted to make sure the house was good and clean. I do have two cats and a dog - hair can become quite a problem. Even though I used the "Shred-Ender" on them last weekend, there is still quite a mess of hair. Everywhere.

When I got into law school, I told Hubs we needed to get a cleaning lady and he scoffed, telling me he could handle it. I plumb won't have time to work 40 hours a week, go to school 20 hours a week, and clean the house, do the laundry, etc. I just can't. It's not physically possible. I asked him if he knew what cleaning baseboards meant. He did not and accused me of not cleaning them. I asked him when was the last time he cleaned his bathroom walls. He never has. The questions like this went on.

I'm not, in any means of the word, a clean freak. I do like a nice clean house, especially when we have guests coming over.

So today, I started with his bathroom. I spent almost an hour in there alone. Despite his "weekly" cleans there was about nine inches of soap scum on the tub. When I inquired about this, he assured me he'd just throw out the tub and get a new one. WHAT?? I cleaned his walls, his baseboards, his medicine cabinet, etc. In short, his bathroom is now spic and span. I do need to go back and attack the soap scum with steel wool, but my fingers were cramping and I couldn't deal with it anymore.

He arrived home shortly after I finished his bathroom and asked what he could do. I told him I'd appreciate his dusting the bedroom. He did. Sort of. After he was done, I went back in and finished. He asked why we needed to clean the picture frame because, "I thought the Pope would ban the dust." Hubs was speaking of our Papal Wedding Blessing which was dusty. I then cleaned the window sills and he scoffed and said, "Those don't get cleaned." I also wiped the headboard down, since there were cat prints on it.

I then reiterated, "We are so getting a cleaning lady when I start school."

He reiterated, "We are not."

He'll see. Oh, he'll see.