Thursday, December 29, 2005

You know...

...it's easy to forget that you're short, until you see the pictures. Then you're forced to admit the truth.



(My mother, brother, grandmother and me)

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Christmas is yay, even when it's been over for three days

Ok, I know it's after Christmas, but I'm going to post a picture of my tree anyways because it's pretty and I can.



Having these two weeks off so far, I don't dislike law school nearly as much as I did while I was there. It's been good, resting and forgetting how much it sucks. The problem is, I'm pretty sure the time it takes to get back to disliking it is going to be much shorter than it took the first time to get there. Like, when you go jogging, and you go as long as you can, and then you take a quick walking break to rest, and then you go back to jogging, but then it's not like you can jog as long as you did the first time around without a rest, because you're already tired, so you get back to that exhasted-need-a-walking-break point much faster. Yes, this is my law school analogy. Of course I don't go jogging, but I remember what it was like from that bad summer when Liz talked me into jogging semi-regularly.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas Eve!

According to the current schedule on their website, the FBI is going to EIGHT career fairs in South Carolina, and THREE in Alaska!! But how many in North Carolina? That would be none. Who votes that makes no sense? Oh look, it's unanimous.

Friday, December 23, 2005

What to do, what to do?

Oh, and look what I got from Amazon today. The answer to my never-ending question of what to do with myself!

Go Bears!!

Ah, a bowl victory for Cal, and all is right with the world =) I can't wait for next season!!

My phone broke today. I was closing it and the plastic on the hinge of the flip part broke off. So it looks like I'm gonna get that picture phone, just a couple months too late for Janet Reno. Oh well...I'll be prepared for next time.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Plus side

Well, the good thing about the Ravens-Packers game is that I got to see not one but TWO Cal quarterbacks in action.

Monday, December 19, 2005

I love winter when it feels like summer!

So the temperature gauge in my car here said that it was 74 degrees today...meanwhile it's 37 in Durham. I'm so glad to be back in CA, I didn't realize how much I get used to the warm weather year-round til now. This is what I call Christmastime =)

In other news, both my parents got the stomach flu and now my brother has it...I'm hoping God loves me best and I'll avoid it. We'll see how that turns out.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Pacific time zone woo

Back home in San Diego. Not much to report thus far, other than that my dog is still super cute, just how I left her. =)

Friday, December 16, 2005

Frost? Is that like snow?

So at some point tonight it comes up about this friend of ours who is from CA and didn't know what to do when her windshield got frosted over, and well I suppose I don't actually know either, so my friends were horrified and started to explain to me how I need to get an ice scraper or whatever and if I don't have that I can use a credit card...then they asked me if I knew what an ice scraper was and I said I assume it's like a credit card if that was an adequate substitute, but apparently it's not. They were highly amused, I tried to explain it's not a situation I've had to deal with before...ever. I barely can make it through driving in the rain, truth be told. I hate it. But I haven't had to deal with that kind of frost before. It's weird what you don't have to deal with in CA. Potential earthquakes seem a small price to pay. PS Last final today, don't know how I did, find it hard to care right now cause at least it's done. I'll worry about that in January.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

This is almost worse than a teratoma

Ok, so I was supposed to be studying for my last final tomorrow, but instead I got entranced in this show called "Vanishing Twins," on Discovery Health. It was about the fetus-in-fetu phenomenon, where something goes wrong with one twin and it gets absorbed into the body of the other twin. The deformed twin becomes a parasite and lives off of the healthy baby, and keeps growing as long as it's left alone. Part of the show focused on this family living in rural Kazakhstan, where there was this little boy who looked like he was pregnant, but the parents just assumed he had rickets and figured it would go away. But it of course didn't, and when he was 7 he was rushed to the hospital where the surgeons took out what they thought was a cyst. They opened it up, though, and I swear it looked like a mashed-up gnome. There were at least 8 inches of hair, and it was really horrible. I looked for a picture (briefly) but didn't find one, though the drawing they have in the link I put up there looks kind of like it, if you add the 8 inches of hair. I'm totally screwed tomorrow, but it was really interesting. But Liz is right--you don't want to study this kind of stuff, it'll make you want to never have kids.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Procrastinating


Ok, look how cute this is. Yes, I wanted to distract myself so I put my bird in my little Christmas tree. He liked it too, for a couple of minutes at least, you can see him trying to eat the fake needles:


When I put music on he chirps along with it. Not like singing along exactly because he's not going with the tune, but definitely chirping when he hears music.

Oh dear

You know you've studied too much contracts when you start applying the uniform commercial code to your life. For example, an actual mental rambling I had while I was brushing my teeth: In relationships, when girls start getting all clingy and asking those "do you love me" questions, it's really just an application of UCC 2-609, requesting assurances if reasonable grounds for insecurity arise. This of course led to the who determines whether there are reasonable grounds for insecurity question. Point being, I'm a sick sick person. But I think it's not as bad as another classmate who said she stays up nights wondering where our fundamental rights come from.

Monday, December 12, 2005

An e-mail from Liz...

I think gmail knows you're Persian...the ads on the sidebar are "cheap
flights to Iran" and "terrorists profiled" and "don't blame me, I
voted for kerry". You can't make this stuff up.


So g-mail can guess my (half) ethnicity but not my voting record...interesting. Lol.

Speaking of politics, I was at dinner with friends, and one of them was saying how she was offended because she (a Christian) was talking to a gay classmate and he said to her that he'd "never met a cool Christian before," (ie that didn't hate homosexuals). Then she proceeded to tell us all that that was an unfair characterization, because it's not like she's one of those crazy Bush supporters or something. Good to know that it's ok to stereotype at least one of the groups.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Who loves collateral estoppel?? Oh, not me.

I've never blogged during a final exam before, so I couldn't resist taking advantage of the opportunity. I'm in the middle of my civ pro final exam (well, more towards then end than the middle, thank goodness), which is an 8 hour take home, so I can do this at my leisure. More or less. I've decided this is the way to go--sprawled out on my bed, music playing, piles of papers all around me, it's more like studying than taking an exam. I still hate it, of course, but I think it's the best exam scenario I've tried yet. I've got just over three hours left of test time, which is good cause I don't want to rush. It's amazing how an exam that was designed for three hours can take so much longer when you feel free to just slowly plod through the material instead of rush rush rush through it all. Positives and negatives to that.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Hmm...

Ok, just last night I was looking at those websites with dogs to adopt, and there were quite a few who were Hurricane Katrina dogs who'd been rescued. Then this morning, I get an e-mail from the law school because they're looking for someone to adopt two more Katrina dogs. Coincidence? I think not.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Also...

...I should not be allowed to look at dog adoption sites.

It runs in the family

In lighter news, my bird was a super cute klutz again. He was jumping from one perch to another, but he had a little too much momentum and he fell forward...he would have fallen off the perch, but he hit his head on the cage and that bounced him back up. I didn't even know it was possible for birds to be klutzy. What are the odds I'd end up with the one, lol?

this sucks

I'm having real motivation problems now, I don't want to study for my remaining two exams at all. And I've figured out why--I have no end goal. You know how when something sucks, you say, well at least once I get this done, then I'll be set because... Yeah, it doesn't work here. Getting through exams is the means, but to what end? I know several of my friends feel the same way--we don't know what we want to do with these law degrees, so what are we killing ourselves for?

I've been applying for summer jobs, and one night I was thinking to myself, wow I hate the thought of having to interview with these people. But at least once I have a job I won't have to worry about it. And then I realized...having a job sounds like it sucks too! It's not like I'm going to drop out or anything dramatic like that, but I really wish I had a plan, a goal. I feel like I've been looking for one since high school, and I've yet to find it. And I'm running out of ways to put off real life.

Monday, December 05, 2005

1/3 done!

Well, I made it through my first law school exam. And you have no idea how happy I am to be able to forget about con law until probably the bar exam. I don't know how it went, won't know til almost February, and that's fine with me. It was really funny, the exam started at 8:30, and we were literally one minute into it, still reading the question (because question one was two pages), when the fire alarm went off. So we had to go outside and stand for ten minutes [side note--it's been pouring all day and it's 40 degrees outside according to my car's temperature gauge]. I thought it was pretty funny, you can just imagine the panicking student pulling the fire alarm. Anyways, it's done, now I'm going to be bad and do nothing the rest of the day and start studying for exam #2 tomorrow. Good times.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

It's Christmastime!




I had to go get a binder for all my notes for my exam on Monday (it's open-book), and while I was shopping I got a little...distracted and ended up buying a ton of Christmas decorations. This is my cute little tree, I love it and it makes me happy, because even though I'm going to do embarassingly poorly on my exams, my apartment looks pretty. =) And now I have to go put garland up on the staircase.

lol

I have the klutziest bird ever I think. He likes to rub his beak on his perch because it's got sandpaper, and this of course involves him bending all the way over to get his head to the perch. Today he was rubbing his beak and he fell off the perch. He actually caught himself and landed on his other one, but it was pretty darn funny.

Friday, December 02, 2005

It's the schist

I was watching a repeat of Friends tonight, and at one point Ross is complaining how no girls will want to date him once he becomes Three Divorces Guy. Then he says, the only people lower than him will be Four Divorces Guy, Murderer Guy, and geologists. Don't worry John, I think he's just jealous. =)

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Give it up

The commercial advertising one of the malls here just talked about how they have "Raleigh's largest holiday tree." Holiday tree? If you've already got the big tree up, then I think it's too late to pretend you've got nothing to do with Christmas.

Technical difficulties

I used my computer at school today at a review session for contracts, and when I got home for some reason my enter key wasn't working right. I'd have to push it really hard to get it to actually work. And I had no idea what was wrong, I mean, it worked right like an hour before that. There's not too much you can do to fiddle with an enter key to get it to work, you know. So I just closed my laptop, and then shook it for like five seconds, and then opened it back up. Lo and behold, back to normal! How weird is that. My computer is like an etch-a-sketch--I just shake it to reset it I guess.

1Ls are divided into six different section. I'm section 4, and we have one class by ourselves, and two classes combined with another section (section 3). We also have legal writing, but that's a special case. I think it's somewhat well-known by the other sections that we are the most slacker one. We're not dumber, but we're definitely not (as a whole) the people who stay in to do work. We're more made up of the people you see at the bars Thursday night. And I'm glad, because I really can't do work late at night anyways. And those people who work all the time just worry me, stress me out.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

(sort of) free!!

Well, today was the last day of classes for the semester. I can't believe we've really finished them. Finals start on Monday, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing, and I'm only marginally reassured when my friends tell me they feel the same way. I'm trying to just go with the flow and mentally accustom myself to the lower gpa ahead of time. But I'm very excited that at least we'll move on to some new material soon, I'm pretty tired of the stuff we've been doing. I'm just hoping I can get a summer job before grades come out. =)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Back in the...well, Durham

The good thing about travelling with your brother? He can be your valet and take your suitcase up and down for you from the overhead bins on the plane. Seriously, it is so much easier having someone (a foot taller than you)do it instead of having to reach up and try not to drop the heavy things on someone's head. And how weird is this, the guy who's the brother of the guy I know who was on my flight over? He was on my plane again! Oh, I just realized I forgot to mention that. Yeah, I discovered that a guy on my plane to SD is the brother of a guy I knew from Berkeley, and there he was again, on the way back to Durham.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Hmmm

Today my mom and I went shopping (of course) and we went to Nordstroms because I wanted to look at suits. I figure I should own one if I'm going to try to get a job this summer. Anyways, the very nice saleslady was helping me pick out something (well actually, my mom asked where the suits were, and she took it upon herself to pick out my clothes), and she asked me what size I was. I said I didn't know, because I never buy stuff from the misses department. So she looks at me, says, I think a 10, and hands me clothes. I dutifully try them on, and am just swimming in them. She says, oh my gosh, you're so tiny! And proceeds to keep giving me one size down until she hits like a 4. I'm trying not to be insulted that I look three sizes bigger than I actually am. I guess Mike is right, I'm deceptively small.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Ahh, home

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! You know, it's a little weird being home when your room is completely devoid of your belongings. I packed everything up when I left for Durham, since our house is up for sale, so it's kind of odd. And I have to say, twin beds suck. You really can't go back after you've upgraded to a real bed. Also, I'm quitting school and never going back so I don't ever have to take finals.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Back finally

I'm going home tomorrow for Thanksgiving, and thank goodness, because I've reached that point where I have just no desire to do anything at all. Which is really bad when finals start in two weeks (that sound you just heard was me having a heart attack when I looked at the calendar). Good Lord.

In better news, my softball team won the North Carolina Regional Tournament! I'm very proud of us, we have a trophy and everything. But, we don't know what to do with it, since there's nowhere to put it. I have more bruises now, but at least I'm colorful for the holiday season. Although blue and purple aren't really holiday colors. Details.

Yay for us winning Big Game! I have to admit, I was just slightly worried, but I'm glad to see good once again prevailed over evil =) If we play Rutgers in the Insight Bowl, we're gonna destroy them (yup, Adam, you don't have a chance). Is anyone (reading this) going to go to our bowl game?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

lol...except not really

Today during lunch, I heard a lawyer/professor guy talk about his new book, which is all about lawyer jokes. While my hope was that it would be kinda funny, I knew better, and really only went for the free pizza anyways. It was good I was prepared. The guy was really old, and was telling jokes and analyzing them like they were something to really take seriously. For example, he told a joke that compared rats to lawyers, and then went through all the things you could interpret from that comparison. Talk about way overthinking things. What he did say that I thought was interesting was that a lot of the modern lawyer jokes are just revisitations of old jokes that were anti-union, anti-communist, and racist. So basically...lawyers are the new most-hated group out there. Good to know.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Sigh

I frequently am not paying attention when I do the combination on my locker. Today I passed straight over "6" and realized at "9" that I'd missed it, and my thought process was "I overshot it. Actually, I Ayoob-ed it."

It's all about Big Game now.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Oh please

I find the whole Terrell Owens drama as interesting as the next football fan (especially when they start talking about his contract...gotta see if the stuff I've been trying to learn all semester is applicable in the real world at all). But I think that this headline is a real overstatement. I mean, is this thing really "gripping" the US? I find that highly doubtful. Gripping the US seems like it should be reserved for a war or huge dramatic trial or election or something that is actually important in the scheme of things. Whether TO goes back to the Eagles, or gets cut, kind of interesting. Especially if you're an Eagles fan, fine. But come on, perspective people.

PS I don't care how good a wide receiver he is, the guy is a jackass and I wouldn't want him on my team either.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Hmm

Today the high is 83, which is tying/breaking a record. Tomorrow we're in the 60s. Weirdness

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

I'm dumb

It's fairly common knowledge that I have absolutely no sense of direction. I can read a map, thankyouverymuch, but I still get lost all the time. The one piece of advice everyone tried to give me was to remember that the ocean is west, but that never did me any good, cause it's not like I could always see the ocean, even in San Diego! So it wasn't super helpful to me, but was drilled into my mind.

So last night I was driving in Raleigh and I was of course lost. I frequently try to get a mental picture of where the heck I'm going by picturing the state and then visualizing the general direction I'm heading. So as I was finally on my way from Raleigh heading back to Durham, I was looking at my mental map of North Carolina and trying to figure out where the road I was on would be taking me. But it wouldn't work, I knew I was going west but it seemed wrong in my head, cause Durham is up and left of Raleigh, but I was going to the right. And then I realized, that west was no longer towards the ocean, and now the rule drilled into me is no longer valid. Oops =)

Monday, November 07, 2005

Halloween Part Two



Yes, the law school had a halloween party the Friday after Halloween. Yes, I am again a slutty nun, though with a slightly different costume. Yes, that is my friend Adam with the best costume of the whole night, Janet Reno. See, we have good times here in Durham, too.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Now I can quit law school

So I've discovered my new career--secretary. Yes, that's right, I'm quitting law school to become a secretary. I took an online typing test and got 81 WPM. I figure between that and my love of office supplies (seriously, Staples is just the best), I'll be perfect. And it doesn't require those extra three years of school, which is a big plus right now. I'm not seeing much of a downside.

Update: I just took it again and got 90 WPM. I'm so set!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

hmm

I could see my breath in my car this morning. But the high today is 72, and it's supposed to be 78 on Saturday. Weird.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Hooray for dogs

Wow, this story is incredible. No wonder everyone loves dogs...and they're so much better than cats. =)(via IMAO)

Boo!




I'm the slutty nun in the middle. Though you can't really tell I'm slutty in the picture. That's some of us from Halloween, obviously. We went to Chapel Hill, which was fun although not nearly as crazy as people had said. I guess it's hard to compare to the insanity at Castro. But it was good times. =)

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Birdblogging!




Isn't Baxter cute? My mom totally loves him, too. She's always telling me to give her grandbird a kiss for her.

Law School Types

So I was directed to this blog, Barely Legal (thanks Matt), and among the many amusing things posted is a series of law school "types." Because I love you all and want to make your lives easier, I linked to all of them here. There are also like five "types" you meet during exams, but I figure I'll get to those when we're actually at exams. So, the question is, if any of my law school classmates are reading this, who is who at Duke?


The Desperate Girl

The Old Guy

The Philosopher

The Hot Girl

Jean Shorts Guy

The Feminist Law Student

The Frat Boy

The Canary

Agent Mulder

The Federline

Hypo Man

Very insightful thoughts

As John noted several days ago, the NBA has created a dress code for its players. Lots of players have a problem with this (suprise surprise), and the SI.com article on it has a quote from Golden State guard Jason Richardson:
"Hey, a guy could come in with baggy jeans, a do-rag and have a Ph.D., and a person who comes in with a suit could be a three-time felon. So, it's not what you wear, it's how you present yourself."
It's not what you wear, it's how you present yourself. Ok...but isn't what you wear a big part of that? If he's saying that they should be allowed to dress however they want, it's all a matter of how they comport themselves...is he advocating etiquette school instead of a dress code?

Speaking of sports, I was trying to find NFL games and on espn they were showing a one-on-one bowling match. (sidenote: I get a rerun of CSI instead of the Cowboys game on Fox. Damn them!) And the part I saw happened to show the families of the bowlers in the audience, and for both of them, they just showed their moms. Hmm, professional bowlers in their late thirties/early forties aren't married? Surprising.

I hurt my hand in softball practice and now my pinkie is not cooperating. I guess I won't have capital letters in my class notes for the next few days (cause pressing the shift button is not easy).

I'm working on making a costume for halloween, with my sewing machine and everything. I don't know if it's gonna look that great, but it's so nice to do something that's not law school related and not reading. Just use a different part of my brain!

Friday, October 21, 2005

hmm

I noticed I started the last three posts with "so." Maybe I shouldn't type like I talk. Or maybe I shouldn't talk like that.

Last night I had some guy ask me if I was a New Yorker. I've never gotten that before (I think), and I said no, why? Apparently I was doing the thumb and index finger together waving my hand in the air (like an Italian New Yorker I guess--sorry, I gave like the worst description ever, but you know the gesture, right?) without realizing it while I was talking to my friend. I must have picked it up from the Sicilian guys we hung out with (and then hid from) in Italy. But I thought that was pretty funny.

lol

So I can fit under my security gate to my complex. Don't ask me how I know.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

At least he knows my name...which might not actually be good

So my contracts professor gave us the dates of four make-up classes, but didn't tell us the days he'd be out of the country. I decided to e-mail his assistant and ask her what four days he'd be gone, partially to know, and partially to ensure he'd actually be gone for four days, aka that we wouldn't get screwed over with extra classes. His assistant was very nice and answered as best she could. So today in class I got cold-called. Not entirely unexpected since he seems to love calling on the back row and picks on my area frequently. Then after class my professor walked by me leaving and said to me, "So you survived." I replied with a smile and said yes I did (not like it was the first time he'd called on me...besides, he didn't grill me nearly so bad as he does to others or did to me last time). Then he said, so I hear you want to know when I'll be gone. And I think I screamed in my head a little. He kind of answered me, then told me we have class all Thanksgiving week (which I assume means Monday and Wednesday, which doesn't matter so much since I'm on a plane Tuesday night). But I think this is a bit of a bad thing. Hopefully he's not offended or anything...I guess we'll see if I keep getting cold-called.

Discuss

So what is everybody gonna be for Halloween? And what should I be?

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Make up your mind!

So you know what I found annoying? How many times have we heard that our country just charges into without trying diplomatic solutions, like a "cowboy" perhaps? Doesn't give enough respect to other countries by negotianting and discussing problems with them instead of just sending in an army? Yeah, all the damn time. But tonight on the Daily Show, what is the lead story? Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and someone else who I can't remember right now have gone to China for diplomatic talks. The clips Jon Stewart showed were of the three making comments about how great it is to have such diplomatic talks and how important they are. And what is Jon Stewart's commentary?? "Pussy." So now that we're having such diplomatic talks, their pussies for not going in with guns blazing? Consistency people.

And boy, Bill O'Reilly was not popular with that audience, let me say that.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Gotta love women in sportscasting

Maybe it's just me, but I found Sam Ryan giving a "weather report" from the Colts' domed stadium hilarious. "Well John, the air conditioning is on, and I had goosebumps at the start of the game, but even now with the crowd getting into it, it's still not that warm inside."

Sunday, October 16, 2005

judicial wackiness

This quote is from Justice Blackmun's opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey:

[A] State's restriction on a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy also implicate constitutional guarantees of gender equality. [By] restricting the right to terminate pregnancies, the State conscripts women's bodies into its service, forcing women to continue their pregnancies, suffer the pains of childbirth, and in most instances, provide years of maternal care. The State does not compensate women for their services; instead, it assumes that they owe this duty as a matter of course.

Is it just me, or does it seem like he totally misread the situation? Like he was reading a sci-fi thriller about the state making new citizens by forceably impregnating women, and he somehow got this confused with real-life? I don't quite understand how a woman getting pregnant in whatever scenario is a "service" one should be "compensated" for by the state, unless the state ordered said child. Which I kinda doubt. I just thought that was a really weird paragraph.

My bird missed me, I can tell

Back home in Durham! I had a super awesome time in CA with all you guys. Big thanks to everyone who let me crash at their place/offered/ignored real life to hang out with me =)

So I got a very weird phone call today. It was a collect call--from Cecil Johnson at the Eastern Correctional Institute! I did not accept the call, as you can imagine. My only explanation is that he wanted me to represent him, which is perhaps optimistic on his part seeing as I haven't taken criminal law yet, but perhaps he can tell I'm just that good.

I was stupid and didn't write down the exact quote (even though I knew I would forget it, but I was busy playing with my sewing machine and so didn't want to interrupt myself), but I'm pretty sure I learned everything I need to know to be a lawyer from the Patriots game today. "Jim, the key here is going to be evidence." (quoting as best I remember) Those announcers really know what they're talking about. Speaking of football, the Texans are in big trouble. Not like that wasn't obvious, but wow, bad game today (at least what's gone on so far at the time of posting).

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Woo for fall break visits to CA

Things that confuse me about being back in California:

*I don't have to readjust the time when I want to call my mom
*Seeing California plates instead of North Carolina and New Jersey plates
*Normal freeways that are more than two lanes each direction
*Having an IKEA and Trader Joe's again
*I don't have to be super excited and surprised when I see Cal stuff

When I was sitting in the bart station waiting for the next train (because, despite the theoretical timed transfer, the train I was switching to actually left while we were walking from one side of the platform to the other, so I'm going to find the person responsible and hurt him, but I digress) some kid tried to unzip my backpack while I wasn't looking. I should have hurt him...but I was too tired.

Friday, October 07, 2005

It's a three day weekend!

I never thought I would appreciate having 8:45am class four days a week, but it's a beautiful thing. This week we began not regularly having Friday classes (cause they schedule us for more hours than necessary). Some of the other sections haven't had Fridays all year, but I'm trying not to be bitter. Of course, the only problem with that is you stay out waay too late on Thursday becuase you're so happy that you don't have class Friday. But it's a much better problem than actually having to get up at 7:30. =)So, fall break has begun for me. I am doing work (sort of) to get it done so I will be (relatively) free when I get to Berkeley next week! PS I arrive at 1:30pm, don't forget =)

It's raining a lot here now because of Tammy. I realize, having learned how to drive in San Diego...I hate driving in the rain and it makes me nervous. I can't wait for the snow. :-p

Monday, October 03, 2005

=(

There are two malls near me. One is open from 12pm-6pm on Sundays, and the other one is 1pm-6pm. Isn't that weird?? I think it is. I disapprove.

damn law students

I was going to my locker to retrieve some cases(super fun ones, you can be sure), and there were two guys in the hallways having a rather loud conversation which I couldn't help but take note of. They were talking about the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court, and I can't can't remember it verbatim, but I really wanted to kick one of the guys. He said, she's one of the Bush cronies so she works for the evil empire (or something like that) and so he doesn't care about her at all, and then proceeded to shout "fuck all republicans" really loud, and that we're all evil. Now, I'm all for partisanship, but I think that was taking it rather far. I was debating whether I should say something to him, like burn in hell commie bastard or along those lines. I found it really bothersome. I kind of leaned out from my locker to look at him when he started shouting "fuck all republicans," and there was a guy next to me at the time who I think shared my disgust. My first choice would have been to kick him, but I didn't know him and had no interest in getting into a political argument. It's a small school, though, and I will see him frequently. I will take my revenge eventually. I know it doesn't seem like a big deal by Berkeley standards, but it just seemed so inappropriate to be there in a hallway shouting this. So $%@# him.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Well this is ridiculous

So I thought that by leaving Berkeley I'd be done with crazy people running for mayor, but I guess I was wrong. I got this from an article in Duke's daily paper:

[Mayoral candidate] Wagstaff is using her hip-hop motto to reach out to Durham's children. She said she believes there are positive elements to young people who are in gangs or selling drugs on street corners. "These kids still must have the skill and talent to market a product," Wagstaff said. "It involves math and even customer service."
...A die-hard Blue Devils basketball fan and avid amusement park goer, she said she is also very religious. "I admire God," Wagstaff said. "He's just like me; he never gave up on the people."


I mean, you gotta be kidding me. I thought that no one actually argues that gangs are good for kids. It's supposed to be, they're pushed into gangs, but that's the only way they can survive, because The Man keeps them down, or something like that. But saying they're practicing math and customer service by selling crack?? What's next, practicing calculating percentages by figuring out what their take is from the hookers they're pimping? But you know, apparently God would think it's ok, since this woman is practically His twin and she thinks it's great.

I knew I'd get the puppy!

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Finally a good commercial!

So I'm watching my tape of last Friday's Cal game (yes, I taped it instead of watching it live...don't judge me), and I saw what has to be my favorite college commercial ever. Now, maybe I'm biased, and maybe you've all seen this, but you know the one where Tedford is talking to the guys in the locker room, and they cut through various parts of his speech, and he's talking about glycolysis or other such bio things, then moves on to philosophy, etc etc, basically using a bunch of fancy talk as a team strategy speech? And the words on the screen say, Coach Tedford doesn't talk like this...but it's nice to know he could (or something like that). And it says, Cal, more than just football (which is funny in its own right, but that's something else). And at the end it's all the football players shouting, who's domicile? Our domicile!!! Maybe it's just me, but I thought that was hilarious. Tedford is a terrible actor, he should work on that, but other than that I thought it was great. Way better than the "graduation hat flies around Cal and shows off Pimentel and the campanile etc."

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

drat

I always put my hair straightener on the floor (wood or carpet) and there's never any problem. Until a couple of weeks ago, when I kind of burned a little bit of the carpet. Nothing a pair of scissors couldn't fix, but still, it was odd, and scared me out of putting it on the carpet. So I put it on a cd case...and I melted part of the cd case. I have to test the cd--hopefully it still works. I am dumb.

"Should we throw something at her?"

So I wasn't supposed to have internet in my apartment until Wednesday, but I had it over the weekend unexpectedly, so I figured the people just got it wrong or something. I don't know, I really don't understand how I "get internet" anyways, it's just a mystery, like pasteurization. But I discovered yesterday that it's gone, they took it away, and they're bad people. I better get it back Wednesday.

I didn't get to tell you about Janet Reno yesterday! It was so awesome. She talked for like a half an hour, doing Q&A with the professor and whatever students felt like they had something to ask (I wanted to ask about SNL, but I felt my question would not be appreciated). That part was not the cool part though. The second half of class, we just did like a regular class, and Janet Reno stayed, sitting in the front facing the class, for whatever reason. And here comes the awesome part: She fell asleep! Multiple times! Mouth hanging open, head bobbing, softly snoring. It was just fantastic. We spent the whole class watching her fall asleep then wake back up and pretend that she'd been listening the whole time. It was the most fun con law class yet. We figure that if Janet Reno fell asleep, we can too now.

And why do people you don't know and have no connection to facebook you? From different schools even? It makes no sense.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Switching it up

I changed the title. Mike's name, I give him full credit for coming up with it years ago. But it's my name, so ha. I just needed a change. The old one really only worked for me while I was in Italy, it was just lack of creativity on my part that kept it the same.

I'm fully moved into the new apartment! It went way faster than I thought it would. I still have lots of boxes to unpack, but most of them are actually books, so it's nto a huge rush, I just would like to actually be able to see my books. Not that I have time to read them right now. I think I was tricked by those first couple of weeks of law school. But one of my classes goes on hiatus after October 18th (when I turn in that stupid assignment I get a week off to go write, but I'm going to Berkeley instead), so that'll be better I'm sure. My fridge is oddly much bigger in this apartment (I say oddly because it's the same complex so you'd think all the amenities would be the same). I can tell because I could see the top of my old fridge, but I can't anymore.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

We lost, but I actually don't mind

I played the best game of softball I've had all semester today. I'm very excited. I'm sure I'll suck extra next week to make up for it, but for today, I'm happy =) I think I'll wear the same shirt next week and see if that's it. It does have an American flag on it...

Dance Party

That's right, we're (probably) having a dance party in my constitutional law class on Monday. What kind of dance party? A Janet Reno Dance Party. Yup, supposedly Janet Reno is coming to my con law class on Monday. I don't know why in particular, but hey, it's pretty cool. I most want to ask her about SNL...either that or the standoff in Waco. Nah, who am I kidding, it's totally gonna be SNL.

It's like it's Friday

I'm switching apartments this weekend (first floor to a second floor), which means I'll finally be able to finish unpacking my boxes. I've been waiting to take out a lot of stuff until I made the switch. But I can't get my internet hooked up til Wednesday, which I am not happy about. Especially since the appointment time is 1-5pm, and I have class til 3pm, so I have to hope that they listen to the little note in my file and don't come until after 3. My classes are cancelled on Friday, which is really exciting because it's the only thing that got me out of bed this morning. But it's also bad timing because I was going to be gone at class while my parents started moving me (they're coming into town, their excuse being that it's to help me move =) ), but now I actually have to help! What a rip-off.

When I'm bored in class (and don't have my computer) I tend to write out things I've memorized in the back of notebooks. ie the states or the presidents in order. (alphabetical order for states, chronological for presidents) This way I don't forget them. Anyways, this week I was doing that again (of course) and when I was doing the states, it occurred to me that for most of them, I can name people I know from them now. It was just kind of strange, realizing that the people here are from all over and I can say to myself, I know people from New Jersey..and New Mexico...and New York...and North Carolina (obviously)...but not North Dakota...and Ohio...and Oklahoma (etc etc.)

Oh, and my bowling scores for this week--108 and 110. I seriously do get 9 almost every time. I don't know if it's a curse or what, but my teammates fully recognize this as true. It's not just my imagination.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Tick tock

Bringing my computer to class sure makes the time pass quicker.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

See title below

Oh I'm so so so dumb. I was watching the Cowboys-Redskins game as I typed my last post, and I wrote a sentence saying that I was watching the Cowboys beat the Redskins. It seemed a safe statement, we were winning 13-0, four minutes left. Right after I wrote that sentence, the Redskins scored a touchdown. I deleted "beat" and changed it to "play," but they scored again. At 14-13 I deleted the entire section of my entry, but it was too late--we lost 14-13. And the worst part is, right after I wrote it I knew what I was doing, I knew it was going to ruin it. But it was too late. I know some of you who read this believe and understand. It's why I always wear my Cal football shirt on game days. It's why some people have lucky hats. And now, I must find a way to make up for my sins and cleanse the karma.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Well I just brought this upon myself...dammit

See, this is a reason to do animal law. Poor dog. Served that mean man right. And he shouldn't be hunting anyways.

I'm already in week five of my classes, out of 13. It's pretty awesome, let me say. But I'm kind of scared...my favorite class this semester is actually contracts. I suppose civil procedure isn't much competition, but I thought I'd like constitutional law more. Oh, speaking of which, you know what I find annoying? Professors here seem to refer to lawyers, judges, etc. as "she" instead of "he" when speaking of the generic lawyer or whatever in attempt to counteract the traditional sexism in the field. Ok, fine, whatever. But my con law professor keeps referring to generic president as "her." I find this really annoying because there's never even been a female president. So whenever he makes a reference to "her" wartime powers, I think to myself, whose?? I need to remind myself every time that we're dealing with this imaginary Geena Davis president. I think it's pushing it a bit far.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Oh beautiful day

I have fantastic news. Just fantastic. The second season of Scrubs is coming out on DVD November 15th. If you preorder on Amazon, it's only $27.99 plus free shipping, instead of $39.99. Now, maybe I'm the last one to know about this, but just in case, I thought I would let everyone know. It took them forever to finally release season one, so I'm glad to see that they are starting to catch up now.

I love my computer...but not at class

Got my computer at school again today...stay tuned for updates on fascinating topics.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Yes, the rhyming titles before was on purpose

I haven't watched just about any of the Roberts confirmation hearings (I think my profs should assign that instead of reading, or at least my Con Law professor), but apparently in his opening remarks he made a comment to the effect that his role as judge is that of an umpire--he just calls the balls and strikes according to someone else's rules. Two of my professors talked about this specific analogy. One said that it was ridiculous--Supreme Court judges pick the cases they choose to hear, so if anything, he'd be more like the general manager. My other professor said he really liked the analogy--that a judge should go in there with the attitude that it's his job to just interpret the facts based against the rules we have, because if they go in thinking that they can make up whatever they want, then it's, well, bad (and this professor isn't a strict constructionist, either). He also said that he thinks confirmation hearings are a huge waste of time because no on is convincing anyone else of anything, and people are going to vote how they want to vote. It's a political appointment, so Bush should be able to pick someone wherever on the spectrum he likes (ie a conservative)--he has no obligation to pick a moderate. And, the senators have the right to vote against him just because of his politics--he doesn't have to get approved just because he's qualified. I thought this was an interesting perspective.

I feel incredibly busy right now, and I feel really terrible because I don't get a chance to talk to that many of my friends (ie you people). Heck, I barely even see my brother, and he lives 10 minutes from me! So pretend I call you and we talk, please, so that when I finally do call you it doesn't seem so out of the blue. =)

(Added in) I forgot to mention, the hurricane is far away from here, so we've just gotten some rain. But it is ridiculously humid here now. It hasn't been this bad since like my first week here. I'm not loving it.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Boo!

I saw my schedule for next semester, and it's even worse than this semester. I'm so not pleased.

I was doing reading for one of my classes, and one of the cases involved a haunted house. It was declared legally haunted by the court. "Whether the source of the spectral apparitions seen by defendant seller are parapsychic or psychogenic, having reported their presence in both a national publication (Readers' Digest) and the local press (in 1977 and 1982, respectively), defendant is estopped to deny their existence and, as a matter of law, the house is haunted. " (emphasis added) And the judge spent the whole opinion making ghost puns and jokes. He even had a quote from Hamlet and threw the Ghostbusters song in there too. Ah, if only all our cases were so much fun. I think contracts must have the best cases, though. We also had one with people arguing for pages about the definition of "chicken." I have to say, it's much more interesting than questions of jurisdiction.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Woo!

I bought my plane ticket to Oakland today! I'm arriving Monday (10/10)at 1:30pm and leaving Saturday around 9am. I am very excited!!!

Yesterday I went to the Duke football home opener, and it was the saddest thing I've ever seen. Not just the football (and 45-0 is pretty sad), but the people at the game. Duke fans were outnumbered by Va Tech fans at least 3-1. The few people who were there left during halftime, so there were just a few hundred Duke fans total left. They had no cheers going on, no yell leaders of any sort to coordinate anything. It was just pathetic. Even when Cal went 1-10 we still had some spirit.

But, afterwards I went to a sports bar to go watch the Cal game, and it was super awesome!!! When I got there there was a guy there wearing a Cal hat, and it turns out he went to Cal and is living in Durham for two years, and he spent all last year coming into this bar to watch the Cal games. So now we have a whole 2-person contingent. But it was so fun watching the game, just being able to see all our Cal people. I did some of the cheers quietly on my own, trying to participate. And John called me during halftime! But I missed it, damn bar noise. But our team kicked much ass too, so I highly approved. And we scored that touchdown on the last play of the game--is Tedford going to let our team "run up the score" now after last year's debacle?

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Bad predictions

Ugh, ESPN's preview of the Cal game today talks about how Ty Willingham wants his first win, and if history is an indicator, he'll get it today, since he was 7-0 against us when he coached Stanfurd from '95-'01. Yeah, we are of course the same team that we were then. There is no difference between 2001 and now. I'm gonna see if I can find the game on tv here...we'll see how that goes. But I'm going to go to the Duke home opener first. We're playing VA Tech, so my hopes are not high, but at least I get to see Marcus Vick, which is kinda cool. And the game ends before the Cal game, so that's all that matters =)

Friday, September 09, 2005

It's late here, that explains this post

So I brought in my computer to school with me today (as you could see from the below post) and although like 95% of my classmates use them to take their notes, I've decided I don't like it. I just brought it in because I thought we needed to for one class, and I figured, hey, let's see if this typing notes thing is all it's cracked up to be. And while I can write much faster that way (thanks to AIM, my wonderful typing teacher), I still think it sucks. So I'll be one of the rebels. We're cooler anyways.

I turned on comment verifications. Sorry for the hassle, but I wanted to avoid the annoying spam comments.

My hair looked very cute tonight. One of my friends even told me so, so I know it's not just me that thought so.

Sorry, I'm really tired. I gots to get more sleep. Oh, and I'm busy convincing people to go with me to a sports bar to watch Cal games. I've got at least one guy, if not more, already coming with me. Woo--go Bears! In the Raiders-Pats game that was on tonight, I was conflicted--I don't like the Raiders, but two of their starters are from Cal. But it was as it was meant to be. Oh, football ending after midnight?? That's soooo weird. I'm used to like 9 or 10pm. This is gonna take some getting used to. Wow, this sounds even flakier than usual. Bedtime now.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

In-class update

I'm sitting here in class (I had to bring my computer today) and the table I'm at just shook. The first thing that popped into my head was, Earthquake!
No one else seemed to notice the shaking. Have I mentioned there aren't many Californians here?

Update: I really hate it when professors habitually keep you late in class.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Opinions please

As I mentioned, I'm thinking about going to the Bay Area for part of my fall/writing break. (it's fall break for everyone but 1Ls, who are supposed to be working on somthing due the monday afterward...but in an act of defiance, I am going with the fall break concept) So I was thinking about October 10-15, or something really close to that. Opinions from my Bay Area people? Will this be a good time for you to ignore your own classes and work and shower me with attention?

(And what is with all the weird spam comments? I disapprove. )

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Go Bears!

Listening to the Cal game on the radio is just waaay inferior to watching it on tv. And that can't compare to actually being there. I could hear the crowd on third downs, and doing the Go! Bears! cheer and stuff like that. I tried to participate, but I wasn't yelling too loudly, for fear of freaking out my neighbors. I did wear my football shirt, and I'm not trying to take credit or anything, but I'm just saying, I think the long-distance spirit definitely helped. What can I say, I like to do my part.

Oh, and I did a search on facebook for Reva, and you know what? There are a lot of us out there. I'm surprised I haven't met more. I mean, sure, it's not like if I'd searched for Mary or something, but still, there's definitely enough of us to start a facebook group or something. Maybe we're going back to the 1920s or 30s or whenever it was that Reva was in like the top 400 names according to the census. Ah, glory days. Glory days.

Friday, September 02, 2005

I keep y'all well-informed

A few interesting things I've learned at law school:

When you buy a Burger King franchise, you can attend Burger King University in Miami, or one of hte Whopper College regional training centers, at least as of 1985. See Burger King Corporation v. Rudzewicz. Now that's a diploma to hang on your wall.

When the Normans conquered the Saxons, each group had their own terms for legal matters. To make sure everybody could understand what they were talking about, the common solution was to use both the Norman and Anglo-Saxon terms side by side. This is why we have terms such as: cease and desist, each and every, null and void, will and testament, by and through, etc. I thought that was fascinating. (Side note--in my civil procecure class, somehow the Norman conquest came up, not regarding this, I don't remember how, and my professor said something like "when the normans conquered England in 11something" and I muttered under my breath "1066." The guy I sit next to found it amusing, I think. But what can I say, I like to be precise. And I didn't actually correct her or anything.)

[end "learned in law school" section]

North Carolina has a lottery now. It needed some more votes in the senate, and it looked like it wasn't going to get it, but then at the last minute they had some "nay" voters miss the vote and then the governor broke the tie with a "yay" vote. NC was the last state on the east coast to not have a lottery. According to this article, "GOP foes" say it sends the wrong message that gambling is the way to fix financial troubles. I say, shouldn't people be able to make their own decisions about this? I really doubt the pick six lotto ticket is gonna bankrupt anybody. I don't ever remember seeing anyone with a bucket of quarters standing at a lotto ticket machine saying, just one more try, and then I'll go home. This is why Republicans get a bad name, I think. Perhaps I'm missing the deeper societal effects that it will have, but I doubt it.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

$*#@%^! streets

I get lost every time I drive anywhere other than to school. I can't take it anymore. It's not just my natural lack of direction--the streets here each have several names, they don't go in straight lines, it's just impossible. If you go the wrong way you can't turn around because the streets turn into one-way and there's no street running parallel that goes the other way--everything becomes a giant triangle. I am extremely bitter and angry. And I live near nobody, so I can never carpool either. Yes, I'm complaining, but it's my blog, I can whine if I want to :-p

Oh, while I'm whining, they just don't make highlighters like they used to. I haven't had a ridiculous amount of reading at all, but I've already killed the five-pack of highlighters I bought. I even had to use the bad color. Now, what is the bad color? If you said orange, you'd be almost right. I used that fourth of the five. The bad color is actually yellow. That's right, yellow. See, it's just too trite. I have a mental block against using it. I had to break down and use it today because I had nothing left, but I disapprove.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I'm gonna learn to freeze time for my own purposes, ie to get more sleep

I bowled a 110 and a 97 tonight. I'm always annoyed when I don't break 100. And I swear that the 5 pin was possessed, because I could not knock it down the second game! And not just me either, one of the other girls couldn't either. Possessed, it's the only option.

And I've noticed that an awful lot of the people here are either engaged or married. Sigh.

Those fascinating updates I promised...still coming soon. =)

How can the day be so short when I get up so damn early??

So I was really productive today, which is good, except now I can't share with you my fascinating commentary on the NC lottery and the norman-saxon tradition of double words (separate issues,of course). So it'll have to wait til tomorrow. I meant to go to bed long ago...as the week progresses, so does the bedtime. Oh well.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Monday...

I am so sore today. It's really incredible, I was fine when I went to bed last night, I even did some more exercises, but today, it's pain all over. On the plus side, our team kicks ass. =)

I was talking on the phone with Mike today, and he starts telling me how the modern tattoo pen (or whatever it's called) came from the electronic engraver that Edison invented. I think he read it on my blog yesterday and was trying to pass it off as his knowledge, though he claims he got it from the history channel. I guess only God will know the truth. Well, God and Mike's conscience.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Section 4 woo!

Today was the softball tournament that opens the season. It doesn't really count for anything, I'm told, since regular season starts this week, but it was super fun. The teams for the first years are done by sections, and my section made it to the semi-finals! I'm pretty proud of us, seeing as we'd never played together before (or even knew who was showing up), and we beat two teams of 2Ls, and finally lost to a team of 3Ls. We made it the farthest of all the 1Ls too. So, we rock. We just need a team name now.

I was watching on the discovery channel a show about tattoos (well, semi-watching) and apparently in Berkeley (of course) there is the guy who is basically the biggest historian of tattoos. He's got records of thousands and thousands of tattoos from throughout history. And the modern electric tattoo needle thing was adapted at the turn of the century from Edison's electric engraving machine! Fascinating.

Friday, August 26, 2005

I remembered more stuff. It's all fascinating.

Oh yeah, and today was the activites fair at the law school, meaning the clubs tabled for like two hours. That's all they do all year--an interesting thing, but I guess with only 600 students total, that's enough. Anyways I talked to the republican group here, and the guy tabling was telling me how he thinks there are more republicans here than will admit to it, but it's just such a difficult environment they don't want to say so. I was highly skeptical. I mean, I have seen no Bush=Hitler posters, and sure, they're liberal here, but they don't seem to have that hostile nature that was so common at Cal. So one of has a skewed set of expectations, who knows who it is.

And I was sitting in class today, and I noticed that three people were wearing purple shirts, solid purple, and I was thinking that it seemed like a lot, and then I was like, well it is a class of like 35, so maybe it's not that many, it just seems like it, and then I was thinking, well, it's almost 10%, that's kind of a lot after all. And then I was thinking about what the most common shirt colors are, and I'm going with black and blue. Anyone have thoughts on that? Anyone follow that? And after I decided on the most common shirt colors, I realized I'd been thinking about something else, and I wanted to go back to it because I remembered it had been pleasant thoughts, but I couldn't remember what it was! Which drove me nuts. That ever happen to anyone but me? Yeah, civil procedure was really interesting today.

I need OnStar

Last night when I was driving to bar review, I noticed that the freeway in the other direction (ie the direction I'd have to drive home) had a huge accident, so I decided to take a different route home. And I managed to get completely lost. I was on the phone with Mike and he had to go online and direct me home. It's so sad. Today I ended up going to the same area where I got lost (cause there was a bookstore I needed to go to there) and no wonder I got lost! It's a maze there. I reject the layout of this town, I really do--the streets are super windy and don't make much sense, and it's nigh on to impossible to see the street signs! Oh, and I got a little lost again today. But I really think it's not my fault. I even have a map in my car. I should probably use it.

I'm so tired. I did nothing productive after I got done with class today--and I'm happy about it! But my professor even told us to. I like her-she's the one that went to Cal =)

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

better now

Ok, I'm feeling a bit less homicidal now, so that's good. Devin came into town (and hi Mark, btw =) ), so someone to rant to in person is always helpful...even if he is ignoring you to look at the seeds for the US Open. Anyways, the problem was today with this group assignment I had to do. There are four of us, and half the group needed to get smacked. But it all worked out ok in the end, and I didn't even have to shoot anyone, so it's all good.

My civil procedure professor has an op-ed in today's USA Today (along with another professor here, mine is Fisk) talking about how saying judges shouldn't make law is stupid because that's all judges do! It's funny, I keep hearing professors say that. Must be a pet peeve of theirs. But I thought it was cool that she had it there, although they kept saying how "both conservatives and liberals" want people to make the laws they want, but all the examples they had were about conservatives. Oh well. This professor was a labor lawyer, and Duke doesn't get labor day off from class, but she decided that we're not gonna have class anyways, due to her labor law roots. Which would be great, except that I have that class in the middle of the day so it doesn't help much. I'd rather have Friday off =)

Yesterday I went to exchange my wrong book and get the right one, and I saw why I got them confused--they look EXACTLY the same. Seriously, no difference except for the authors' names in small print. No wonder I I got them mixed up. And the undergrads are starting to show up, so the student union was full of kids and clubs tabling there. I stopped by a table for one of the church groups, and the woman there stopped me from grabbing one brochure and pointed me to a different one, saying "that one is mostly undergrads..." I was chatting with her for a bit and asked her, so you could tell I'm a grad student? And she said, oh yeah! I was happy =)

I didn't notice until tonight that I don't have Bravo for some reason with my cable package. I don't know why, but my brother actually tried calling them to find out (cause you can't watch The D-List with Kathy Griffin anywhere else!), but couldn't get anyone. I have like FitTV instead. As Elle Woods says, I object!
I don't have time to complain right now why today kinda sucked, but fear not, I will make time later. And I remembered some of the things I wanted to mention yesterday. I'm sure you're waiting with baited breath.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

sleeeeepy

Class is soooo much nicer when you are done at noon instead of 3. Too bad it's only like this two days a week. Today there was an accident on the freeway and I started to panic that I would get to class late on only my second day, but luckily I had left early and made it on time. So, relief. And class was so just like on tv--the professor using the famous socratic method to probe our reasoning as we worked our way through the famous constitutional case. And I was even Ms. So-and-so instead of Reva when he called on me to talk (he cold-calls in alphabetical order, so at least I know I won't have to go tomorrow unless I volunteer). All I needed was the soundtrack in the background. And maybe a montage. (Montage!)

I think of mildly amusing things to say during the day, and then by the time I come here to write this, a) I want to go to bed, and b) I've forgotten everything.

Oh, and I'm still debating the birdie's name. So far the only suggestions have not been that helpful (ahem, Seaborg and Bird1? Come on guys).

Monday, August 22, 2005

Tired...can't only be Monday...

It's been a long day and I'm tired. So I'm doing less reading than I probably should, but I've done everything that's gotta get done for tomorrow, so that's at least ok. I'm annoyed, I bought two books for my civil procedure class, and both of them were the wrong ones! Same title, but apparently different books. Not pleased. I need to check these things more closely, apparently!

So I have four classes, and so far three of the four seem good. One of my profs got her law degree from Cal! So she's automatically cool. And for my legal writing class, we're pretending to be a law firm in San Diego (for writing memos and stuff), which I think is just super awesome. One of my profs seems terrible, and I'm really really not looking forward to sitting in the class of an overly-anal muppet talker for a semester, but oh well, nothing to do about it now. Tomorrow I only have two classes, so I'm very happy, because today was a loooooong day. I don't know about this whole getting up at 7:15 thing. It seems to be trouble. Maybe I should start drinking coffee. But caffeine doesn't really affect me that much (imagine that), so I think I'd have to drink espresso. And is my blog showing up strange for all you guys too? Like, nothing on the right hand sidebar place?

Still no name for the bird. And I saw no suggestions in the comments, people!! It wasn't a request.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Look!



I have a bird! Obviously. I haven't named him yet, but I asked him what name he likes, and he gave a positive response to Baxter. I'm still coming up with options, though. See, I asked him to tweet when I said a name he liked, and he did when I said Baxter. And before you say it's just a coincidence, let me say that that is the only tweet he's made since I got him, so I think it's pretty obvious he liked the name. I even tested him, giving him some bad name options, and he ignored htem. He's very smart. But I'm trying to think of names in other genres, too, like Italian, historical, or literary. If you guys have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments! They'd be greatly appreciated =)

I'm ditching this place! (well, maybe for a bit)

So in October I have a week of for "writing break," aka "fall break." Undergrads just get a four-day weekend, I have the whole week, mwahaha. The Monday afterwards I have this big assignment due, that's why it's called "writing break" for 1Ls. But, I figure that as long as I'm on top of things and don't procrastinate too much. I can probably take at least half the week off to go visit people, say, perhaps in the Bay Area? Hmm? =) Like I'm gonna spend a whole week locked up in my apartment reading anyways.

And I was looking at doggies to adopt in the area, which was a dangerous idea. They even have a beagle rescue right near here! Not to mention the usual mix of dogs at regular shelters. I'm trying really hard to resist temptation and not get one til I know for sure that I'd have time for one. So I'm thinking about getting a bird instead to tide me over.

Friday, August 19, 2005

I'm so glad the week is over

So one of my professors sent us this link to an article about a rule against perpetuities as used in the movie Body Heat. Yes, this is apparently law school.

Today I went on a field trip, optional, and we went to the Duke Primate Center, which is the largest something-or-other of prosimians in the world. It was super cool, I got to learn about various kinds of lemurs. As we're going around, I'm thinking to myself, why am I in law school? I should be getting some kind of phD related to animals. They had some really neat things, for example, one kind is called the blue-eyed black (I believe, and they're one of only three primates to have blue eyes, the other two being a species of spidermonkey (I think) and humans. That's neat. I can't remember all the other things right now, I'm kind of hurrying. But I think I'm gonna go work for a zoo now. Or go back to my vet plan from second grade. Maybe both!

And the coolest news of all--my orientation group, turquoise, won the spirit award! I'm so excited, it's terrible. We won a dinner with a law firm, but I don't really care about the prize, I'm mostly excited that we won! We rock.

I've decided the worst part of living alone isn't the being alone, it's the having no one to tell those random things that no one cares about, but at least if you're living with someone you can tell them all the random stuff that happens. Like when you're brushing your teeth and get distracted and kinda miss the sink when you spit. You'd never call someone to tell them that, but you'd tell your roommate so you can laugh at your stupidity. Or at least I would. If that hypothetical situation ever happened to me. Oh, also, you can take turns being the designated driver. And with that, I'm off to socialize! Woo.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

First day-done!

So today I had my very first class, which was legal research and writing. I think it went well. The professor seems really nice. She did a thing to get to know the class, asked us survey questions and had us raise our hands to get to know us. One of them was, do you have a dog? Then she said, I'm a dog person, so I'm not going to ask about cats. A good sign, I think =)I already wrote my first assignment for tomorrow, but she has us write in 14-point font, so I feel a little like I'm writing a children's book about attorney malpractice.

I went to the Duke gym today, and I find it lacking. The room the aerobics classes is in is very tiny, and the class itself was subpar. Not that that'll stop me from going, I just hope some of the other classes are better.

I forgot to mention that yesterday I was talking about team spirit, and mentioned rooting for Cal (though I called it Berkeley, of course, as we must do for them). And one guy was like, who does Berkeley root for anyways, Cal? And I had to explain that they're the SAME THING. And this was not the first guy who needed this explanation, either. We need better publicity--our suspicion that people thing Berkeley is the academic institution and Cal the sports institution has been validated.

I'm so glad tomorrow is Friday, this week has been soooooo long. I feel like I've been driving to this law school every morning for months now. This weekend, I think I'll buy plants and a bird!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

I always forget things til after I've already posted!

Two things: 1) My bedroom gets so much light in the mornings that, even with the blinds closed, I still can't sleep! And I'm not Christine, I can sleep with light in the room. But this is above and beyond normal sunlight. I think the sun is stationed right outside my window.
2) I wear contacts, but I finally got a pair of glasses as a back-up in case I have to take out my contacts for some weird reason (like I hurt my eyes or something). Liz suggested that I wear my glasses for the first part of law school to be taken more seriously. Or not talk. I was semi-offended, of course, but she may have been right--I've already had one guy ask if I was in a sorority.

Stupid html

I tried to do a post of this quiz result but the html is so jacked up, I couldn't get it to post here. Stupid thing. But the upshot is, my dominant intelligence is interpersonal intelligence: You shine in your ability to realate to and understand others.Good at seeing others' points of view, you get how people think and feel.You have an uncanny ability to sense true feelings, intentions, and motivations.A natural born leader, you are great at teaching and mediating conflict.
You would make a good counselor, salesperson, politician, or business person.
Quiz here.

So today the theme was pro-bono/public service. We heard from Darryl Hunt, a man who was incarcerated for 18 years for a murder/rape he didn't commit. His story is very sad, there was some shadiness from the investigating cops (there was a very similar crime committed while he was in jail, and they got the raped and stabbed (but still alive) woman to not press charges so he wouldn't find out about the similar crime, etc etc). So he got seriously screwed (DNA evidence eventually cleared him). But, part of the theme of his and his lawyer's talk seemed to be that there are just huge numbers of people in jail right now that are innocent. Sorry, I don't buy it. There are some people in there that shouldn't be, sure, I believe that. And I know there are organizations working to help those peopel with there are cases, like the Innocence Project. But they're not gonna convince me that the vast majority of people in there aren't guilty. So I didn't really love that talk, not because his story wasn't touching, but because I thought they were focused too much on the "huge population" of wrongly convicted people.

Afterwards we did our in-the-forest community service, which turned out to be a lot better than expected. It wasn't weed picking, but rather "surveying," or more exactly, looking for old surveying landmarks and re-markng them. We finished really early and got to leave before three! So that was yay. I came off as such a city girl, though, I was like the only one practically who didn't know what poison ivy looks like (I have a generaal idea, but I couldn't identify it when I'm surrounded by a bunch of plants, which I was in the forest!!), and I ended up making Reva shrieking noises when attacked by bugs. So I think they were kinda laughing at me. Oh well.

Oh, and one of the tech guys in his powerpoint presentation had a slide telling about himself said that he worked at Cal before, and he had a picture of the Campanile! I restrained myself from cheering, though, cause it would have been really inappropriate.

Tomorrow's my first class! Fingers crossed it goes well (I'm not too worried, it's the legal writing class, and just the first day, so I think I'll be ok).

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

There's thunder outside right now. Yay!

I don't know how orientation can be so tiring, but it is. We've spent good chunks of the day listening to speakers, some interesting, some not so interesting. One guy told a story that nobody, I mean nobody, understood what the hell he was talking about. Somebody made fun of it in a presentation today, which was funny. The best part of today was this activity we did that involved doing a bunch of cool small activites and trying to win things from them, and whichever team's things they won added up to the best package won overall. There were things like sumo wrestling and jousting (neither of which I participated in), and some other ones that are a little harder to explain. They were all vaguely tied to being a law student. One of the events was this giant inflatable slide that you had to run up one side with the little ladder/rope, and then slide down the other, and the whole team had to do it (we went in pairs, so one pair would go, then the next once they'd cleared it). It was super fun, and my team won that event! Hell yeah we did! That was pretty awesome. We were finalists, but ended up losing the overall competition. But it was subjective, not just based on numbers or anything, so I figure it's ok, we really would have won.

I'm meeting nice people, but you know, they're still strangers. I guess it's a lot to expect best friends after two days...but I miss you people =( I'm gonna have to start my "Move to North Carolina" campaign again. Oh, and my mentor (the guy from Stanfurd) is getting into town later than he thought, so I won't get to meet him at the big party thing tomorrow like everyone else is. What can you expect from someone from the Farm, eh? Oh yeah, and I met this guy from outside Toronto, and I super impressed him (no joke!) with all my Canadian knowledge. Thank you Liz!

Tomorrow we're doing community service stuff in the afternoon, and my group got assigned to plant something or other working in the Duke forest. Which would be fine in, say, November. Tomorrow, it means I'm gonna die. It's so humid outside, I just turn into a puddle. Except for my hair, which turns giant. Woe is me. I really just want classes to start, because I want to have my routine and my schedule. Right now it's always running about doing something different, I don't really have time to go to the gym or do anything else, and I don't like it :-p

Ok, no more whining, I promise. For, you know, tonight. =)

quick recap

Ok, I was gonna tell you all about my first day (and fascinating it would have been), but I didn't do it earlier, and now it's late and I'm tired. So I'll just say right quick, the people so far seem ok, some of them just ok, some better than just ok. I didn't meet anyone I can imagine becoming bff with, but it was only the first day, I suppose I have to give them a chance. But, overall positive first impression. They told us we'd have free time to pursue activities that weren't just studying, so that sounds good =) Especially since Lord knows I can't actually study that much without going nuts. Oh, one of the girls who is a third year went to Cal, and when she said it I kinda raised my hands and clapped, before I realized that that would draw a lot of attention to myself. Everyone turned and looked. Oh well, I got school spirit, that's right! Yeah. Ok, I'll tell you anything else interesting tomorrow. But the good news is, I survived, and people seemed to like me ok. =)

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Good news-bad news

Apparently Tim McGraw's song I Like It, I Love It is going to be used for Monday Night Football this year during halftime recaps. Which is awesome, because it's one of my absolute favorites. The only thing is, it's going to be rewritten with new lyrics for every show, plus a new one to use on the show regularly. I generally don't like it when they change the lyrics to songs I really love, so now I'm skeptical. (This is me, skeptical.) I'll see how it goes over, but I know I'm gonna be trying to sing along with the real version, and then I'll just get disappointed that it's a bizarro version. Even if it is about football.

Sundays are spoiled by being right before Monday

Today my dad left, so I'm living in my own apartment for the first time. As in, alone. Not with Liz (or Christine in the dorms--shout out to the best roommates ever! =) ). So far it's not so bad, but it's been about three hours. So we'll see. I have my first day of orientation tomorrow, bright and early at 8:30. I really wish I lived in walking distance from school, cause I don't want to have to always worry about parking, but it's not really feasible. I will provide a full report tomorrow. I know there is at least one other Cal grad there, though--she facebooked me! Woo. She graduted a few years before us, though. But hey, maybe she wants to watch the football games with me. I still need to pick out an outfit, though--I've discovered that when I know what I'm going to wear, my getting ready time in the mornings is drastically reduced. And I want as much sleep time as possible. Damn early classes.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Making progress

Beer is quite cheap in the South, I've noticed. I approve.

And I absolutely have to send this to Blake. I'm sure he doesn't read my blog. But I know who he'll be voting for!!

My apartment is starting to look like an actual apartment now. My dad finally finished putting my desk together (it has like a million parts), I have a sofa (aka the guest bed-it's a futon), dresser, basically everything except bookshelves! It's terribly exciting. I came home tonight, and it didn't look like a total mess, but rather like I actually live here.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Are you ready for some football!!!!

I turned on the Packers-Chargers exhibition game tonight and who is quarterbacking at the very moment I turn it on but our very own Aaron Rodgers? Oh yes, he'll always be California to me, never a Packer or anybody else whose jersey he may wear. (unless it's the Cowboys...in which case, it will be both) Anyways, as luck would have it, as soon as I turn it on they start talking about how he went 24th in the draft when talk had been going on that he'd go first, and one of the announcers said that as far as he was concerned, Aaron was a number one draft pick. Then they went on talking about his awesome stats, showed footage of some of our games last year, and talked about the USC game we SHOULD have won. They had nothing but good things to say about him, and I realize, I'm really gonna have to start watching Packers games this year. Of course, I don't know when I'm gonna do this, cause I have to watch Cal games, Cowboys games, and go to law school. Oh, my life is so rough.

And they had an interview with T.O. during halftime. He used the word belligerent--I was impressed.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Day one...

I just moved into my apartment today! Woo. It's all a mess still, but I already have super cute matching stuff ;-) As my dad said, you definitely know you're in a girl's apartment!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Also,

here's some weirdness. I'm used to looking at east coast friends on my buddy list and adding three hours mentally. But now, when I look at Cate and think, she's up late tonight, I realize that we're in the same time zone! Which is just very odd. And now I have to subtract three hours for everyone else!! I disapprove. The time stamp on this blog is now finally right again, too, since I set it to eastern time like two weeks ago.

I made it!

Wow, four days, 2500+ miles, and I'm alive in North Carolina. This was a loooong trip. But, it was more fun than I expected. I had internet at every hotel we stopped at, but frankly, by the time we got there each night, I was too tired to get online. Tonight we're at a hotel, and tomorrow I actually move into my apartment! Woo. Here are the highlights:

  • My dad went to Wal-Mart Saturday morning at 6:30am to get a new battery (I wasn't allowed to go after a joke about wearing a low-cut shirt to get faster service that apparently didn't go over well), and the store opens at 7, and there were already people in line!!!! These are sick sick bastards. I gotta say.
  • The "medium" drinks at the Dairy Queens in Texas are the size of a bathtub. I thought they gave us the extra large cups accidentally, but no.
  • The Exxon in Hope, Arkansas, has the best squeegees. And soapy water, while most places just have fairly useless plain water.
  • I have to go back to Nashville. It is sooo cool.
  • There are not one but TWO drive-through liquor stores fairly near where I used to live. And drive through like, there's a car-sized whole in the building, and your car literally drives through the building.
  • My house in Texas is smaller than I remember.
  • Trucks (ie 18 wheelers, not pickups) that have shark teeth painted on their front grill are scary as hell when you see them speeding up behind you in the rear-view mirror.
  • North Carolina has the nicest rest stops.
  • Texas has "picnic areas" that are rest stops without bathrooms. Tennessee calls them "parking areas," but they're just for trucks.
  • The more east you get, the bigger and more plentiful the trees.
  • There are some super cool things that I passed on the drive like a presidential museum (ok, that might suck, I don't know if it's a good one or not) and Civil War historical sites. I have to go back and actually see them! PS I'm a very cool person.
  • Exciting news from Bill Simmons: There's an alternate movie out there called "Wake Up, Ron Burgundy" -- same premise, different plot. Apparently they shot two subplots (with the Panda/Zoo angle being the one used for the real movie), so the alternate movie replaces the Panda/Zoo angle with the other subplot. Also, the only place you can purchase the alternate DVD separately from the real DVD is Best Buy. So there you go.
  • I need to buy a TV, ASAP!

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Moving out


My sad empty room. All the drawers are empty, the furniture just stays there for show when the house is for sale. =( (It just occurred to me a few days ago that I never get to come back to this house again...that kinda sucks)

You know that phrase...

...if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans? Yeah, so true. My room is finally all packed up, and today my dad spent all this time getting as much as possible fit into the car. He's a master at that, btw. Anyways, at 8pm tonight, my mom and I get into the car to go to my grandparents', so I can say goodbye, and the car won't start. Yup, the battery died. It was fine this morning when I used the car, but somehow it decided the night before we left would be a good time to go on strike. So we're going at 7am tomorrow, when Wal-Mart opens, to get a new battery. Hopefully that won't set us back too much time, but if we left at 7 we were already going to get to El Paso at 8pm...so it's not ideal.

I watched Anchorman again today, because really, after reading Bill Simmons' quotes, I had to. Part two is up, btw. And yes, he did miss out on some prime quotes. But, he also had so many great ones, we forgive. Even Jonah noticed the piece! So you know it's good.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Bark twice if you're in Milwaukee!

Bill Simmons' latest column has him taking Anchorman quotes and using them to give out awards to various NBA personalities/teams/actions etc. He had just been complaining about how there are no rewatchable movies anymore, when he discovered Anchorman, and realized, it's fan-tastic! And highly rewatchable. I have to say, seeing as it's on HBO every half-hour now, I must agree. Even if you don't care about the NBA, the column is fun to read because he's got little bits of commentary about the movie in there, too. The above quote wasn't in the column, which is unforgivable unless he uses it in part two tomorrow, which I suppose would be ok. Actually, he left out a lot of funny ones, but I guess when you're trying to pick out the shiniest pieces of gold from a treasure chest, sometimes it gets tricky. (I'll give him til part two...)

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Go Bears!

I got my mentor assigned for law school. I had to fill out this big form, naming favorite movies, adjectives describing me, etc etc, so they could match me with someone with whom I'd mesh well. Anyways, I got my mentor assigned to me, and I'd said that someone from the same school as me (Cal) would be my first choice, and you know who they assigned me to? Somebody from Stanfurd!!! That's right, Stanfurd. He seems really nice so far, so we'll see, perhaps this could work out ok...maybe he'll go see Cal games with me! ;-)

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

I'm contributing here!

I've just been informed that I've used more cell minutes this past month than the rest of my family combined. I'd rather think of it like, I'm doing my best not to waste all those minutes we're paying for anyways!

Monday, August 01, 2005

Hmph

Apparently my Real Rhapsody account, which I had through Cal, expired. Nice of them to let me know ahead of time :-p

Facebook me! ...Again

I created a new Facebook account for Duke since, as Kevin pointed out, otherwise I can't see the profiles of my new classmates! I didn't want to change my Berkeley account, so I just made the new one. Anyways, so far the only three people I have as friends are listed as neither Duke people nor Berkeley people! Candace (SF State), Kevin (who has it for his grad school, Maryland), and my friend Ashley (who goes to WVU). I find that funny.

Last night I was watching Pet Star on Animal Planet, and wow, those are some smart pets! The lady who was just putting her rats in her mouth and calling it a dental exam, not so much those. But dogs who can balance on one leg, dogs who can do math, parrots who can sing complete songs or do all kinds of sound effects on command--it's very impressive! We've told our puppy she needs to learn something cooler than "lie down" if she's ever gonna make it in Hollywood.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Yay for Italian!

So Liz was on Craigslist for Raleigh (which is right next to Durham and they usually count as the same thing) looking for jobs there (because I showed her pics of my apartment and then told her what I was paying in rent, and so now she's considering moving there while she waits for her other career plans to come to fruition) and she found a job listing from a company looking for an occasional Italian teacher for adults working for some company! She forwarded me the job listing and I sent them my resume just now, so we'll see what happens, but wouldn't that be nifty? And I'm sure they'd love to have a native speaker, but I'm figuring their options are somewhat limited. Besides, I worked in a castle! That makes me practically a native, I'm sure ;-)

Saturday, July 30, 2005

More personality stuff!

Last summer Liz and I were housesitting for these people, and we came across a super cool book, How To Get Organized Without Resorting To Arson. It's written more for people who work in an office than students, but it's really helpful anyways. One of the things she does first off is go through different personality types and different access types, to help you figure out how to create an organizing system that works for you. I decided to give a little summary here, cause, well, it's cool, and I like being called a sparklebrain better than I do a hippie :-p (and I just bought the book to reread it so I'm ready to be organized in law school)

So, there are three personality types, sparklebrain, linear, and cross-dominant. Sparklebrain is kind of what the name makes you think--lots of ideas shooting out at all times, but not so focused. They're bubbly, happy people, who are creative and start lots of projects, but don't really finish them that often. They're easily distracted, constantly change topics, and love being around people.

Linears are basically the opposite. They make detailed plans, and stick to them, no matter what. They like to work alone a lot, are dependable, logical, and methodical, and like their routines and patterns--changes do not go over well with them.

The third one is cross-dominant, basically any combination of the previous two. Now, she says that cross-dominants can be any combination, ie 80% sparklebrain and 20% linear, or the opposite, but I disagree. I think it's hard to find anyone is 100% something, so cross-dominant should be reserved more for the closer to 50-50 split people. Anyways, cross-dominants like to do everything themselves, don't delegate well because they think it will be better done by them. They're not very patient people, and are "switching hats" often between their various duties and roles. Appearances don't mean much to them--they get done what must be done.

Anyways, these are the three personality types according to this book. I'm a sparklebrain (the description in the book even has a joke about post-its! It's so me--speaking of which (not to be a serious sparklebrain here), I was packing up desk stuff today and I realized I have a LOT of post-its! Seriously, I don't know how I've collected this many. But I love them all), Liz is a cross-dominant, and Mike (Davis) is a linear. So, something to ponder.

Also, I got a new computer. My old one (4 years old) worked ok, but the law school seemed to think it was not good enough, so I got a new one, which I was going to do eventually, this just speeded it up a bit. But now I have to set up everything how I like it, which is a pain. Oh well.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Should I spell it niftiness or niftyness?

I was looking around at the list of clubs at Duke Law, and they have one that's for Sports and Entertainment Law. (I'd be interested in the sports, not the entertainment.) One of the lectures they sponsored last semester was titled, Fans and Professional Athletes: The Pacers/Pistons Incident and Its implications for Professional Sports. Doesn't that sound cool?? Well, I think so. I just gotta get through the crappy first-year classes til I can take the nifty things.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

I am offended!

Christine had a personality test result thing on her blog, and so I took it (I had the link here but blogger for some reason deletes my post after I make it a hyperlink, so I just have to make it ugly: http://www.okcupid.com/tests/take?testid=4741219933576750506). Do you know what personality it gave me??

Hippie!!!

Extroverted, Gentle, Intuitive, and Humble are apparently the qualities that make me a hippie. I think this test creator has never been to Berkeley. Hmph!!

I really am not disappearing for weeks on end again

See, I tell you I'm updating again, so you get all excited and keep coming back, but then what do I do but go away for five days! You feel angry, betrayed, deceived. But, I have an excuse. Liz came into town, and she physically restrained me from blogging. And then I went up to LA, and I couldn't do it from there!! So you see, not my fault. And I'm back now. I'll try to be better. But I'm not sure if there's really anything to say anyways, so it's probably for the best that I'm not posting much anyways.

Well, I got my schedule for next semester, and there's good news and bad news. The good news is that...no, there is no good news. Only bad news. I have class every day at 8:45am. Now, some of you who were foolish and had tech majors say "ha! I had class at 8am all the time!" But I was tricky enough to avoid such torture. Apparently not tricky enough, my friend. But, I'll be done by 2:30pm three days, and noon the other two. So I'll always be tired, but maybe I can start taking naps or something. I'm taking Contracts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, and Legal Research and Writing. The alliteration I also approve of, I suppose.

I'm now working on packing up my whole room. Yup, everything! Since my parents are moving to Dallas, I have to divide stuff up and everything goes into boxes. It's a huge pain in the ass because I have stuff from elementary school that I've kept (yes, carted to San Diego from Texas lo those many years ago) and I keep throwing away thing, and yet the amount never seems to decrease! I don't know how I can have this much stuff.

Friday, July 22, 2005

My doggy...

...Natasha, on my bed. Because since John has a picture of his puppy up, I get to have one too =)

My Apartment

This is my apartment-to-be. I'll be on the top floor, of course. It's amazing how much much much cheaper it is to live there. It's about a ten minute drive to the law school, maybe a bit less. I tried stuff in walking distance first, but the undergrads all live on campus and I'm guessing most grad students have cars because everything nearby was highly shady. It's just very different from Berkeley.

Durham

This is the view of Durham from the highway. Notice the many many trees and the only two lanes going this direction.

North Carolina

Well I officially have an apartment in North Carolina! It feels very real now, that I'm actually moving there. My mom and I went for five days, got me an apartment and bought some furniture and other important house stuff, like dishes and sheets and stuff. I figured I might as well go back to posting stuff on the blog, since I'll be thousands of miles away from just about everybody...and because I was told to do so. =)

So North Carolina was really hot and humid. Hot is ok, but humid is not so great. And come on, you've seen my hair. Can you imagine how much worse it is in humid weather?? Not pretty. The state is just covered in trees. From the plane, you can see houses or some stores, and then everything else is just trees. It's really weird when you're coming from California, but kind of nice to be reminded that the whole country isn't as built up as we are. (I tried adding in a pic here, but I can't figure out how to get it where I want it to go, so I'm gonna have to just do them separately. )

Anyways, I was there from Sunday night (left at 7:55 am, arrived at 7pm...damn this three hour difference!) til Thursday afternoon (left 5:05pm, arrived 8:10pm...ok, so I suppose there is a plus side to the three hour change) and we accomplished a lot while we were there. The apartment I've rented right now isn't actually the apartment I'm gonna keep; I have a first floor one, and I want a second floor one, so I'm going to move into this first floor place like August 10th, and then switch to a second floor one when it opens up mid-late September. So the pics I have of the apartment are actually of the model apartment, which should be identical to my apartment-to-be, except for the furniture part. I'm right near Costco, Home Depot, Kroger, and all kinds of suburban wonderland stores. The funny thing about Durham is that it's not really that big a city, and as far as I can tell, there aren't real "areas." Like, no poor area, no rich area, or at least, the areas are so small that you're never really far away from one or the other. Going down just one street can take you through really different neighboorhoods. So, it's interesting. Of course, I was only there for four days, my impression could be wrong.

I didn't get to see the law school that much, because I had almost no time. It's under construction right now, though, so it doesn't look like much right now. Oh, I got my orientation packet in the mail today, so I finally know what I'll be doing for a week. I'm a bit scared. I mean, there's an actual obstacle course. I'm not scared of having to jump through tires, I'm just thinking, who are these people I've signed up with for the next three years??

Lots of people with accents, lots of not-so-friendly drivers. Small streets for the most part--few with more than two lanes going in a direction, and quite a few with just one. That's going to drive me crazy, I already know.

Ok, that's enough for now. I'm probably going to go back to actually keeping up with this more or less, hopefully with more interesting stuff than just what I did on any given day. But we'll see.

Oh, I forgot, I saw Renee Zellweger at the airport in Nashville!! I didn't talk to her, though I passed about a foot away from her, staring because I was thinking, OMG, is that Renee Zellweger? And she paused looking at this thing on the wall with her back to me while my mom and I had a two-minute whisper-and-point convo about her. Of course, today I hear on the radio that she and new husband Kenny Chesney are having problems already, so I guess she was leaving Nashville, not arriving...Which is a real shame.