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: Do you know what personality it gave me??


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, 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.


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.