Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The trials and tribulations of my life

I hate hate hate my Italian class. I'm glad Adam loves his fake French class, but sitting around drinking and watching movies with subtitles would annoy me too. However, this is intolerable. First of all, it's two hours at a time, which is a long time if the class is boring. Second of all, this is the fourth straight week where we've done nothing but go through the Italian constitution article by article. And we're still not done! We're on like 101 or something (hey Italians, take a note, our short one works pretty well). So that's more than EIGHT hours total of just going "Article 1: says blah. Article 2: says blah." Can you imagine?!?!

And I still am being driven by my classmates. One didn't show up at all today, one showed up an hour and a half late, and a third one showed up only 15 minutes late, but did not look up even once from his computer the entire class--he didn't even pretend to pay attention! The professor asked him why he was late when he walked in, and his response was "I don't know." And the professor also asked it in english, and then pointed it out to him and said that he asked it in english so that he could understand (perhaps underlining the point that you're supposed to at least understand Italian if you're going to take that class!). The class is pass/fail, and I hope he has the balls to fail those people who don't deserve two units where all you have to do is show up and pay attention...because some people can't even manage that!

This class is so disappointing. I was really looking forward to it, it was supposed to be my fun class. And now I literally dread Wednesdays because of it. On the plus side, I'll be in Alaska in less than two weeks! I'm going to take lots of pictures and make you all look at them.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Here's something to occupy you for two minutes

I took this "Are you a dumb American?" quiz and wow, it was retardedly easy. If you can't get nine out of ten right on this, you should have your college degree revoked (I say nine out of ten because I'm willing to concede that smart people might not know which was the first state in the union). Seriously.

Also, has cnn.com always had retarded headlines? Maybe I'm just noticing it later, but I feel like they sound especially stupid lately. Yesterday they had one like "Girl stacks cups in 5.2 seconds." Ooh, exciting.

Monday, February 26, 2007

We must be in bizarro world

Who would have ever thought that Kevin Federline would end up looking like the responsible one, and Britney Spears would be the crazy person? Now Kevin is helping her stay in rehab, having the kids come visit her etc, and this is after getting her there in the first place by threatening to fight for sole custody. This is madness! The world turned upside-down.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

A break from winter!

The high today is 70 degrees, and I'm about to do the happiest of happy dances. Of course, the high tomorrow is 48, so it's not going to last long. But regardless, I'm going to enjoy this day as much as I can...from the inside of the law school. But wearing a skirt!! Last year winter was pretty mild (according to people who know such things), and I thought, hey, I can handle North Carolina! But I was wrong...I can't handle it. I am desperate for sunshine and warmth. So I will revel in today.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

This cast isn't going to beat American Idol

So apparently Heather Mills McCartney is joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars. The CNN article went through and listed the other people participating this season:
  • Laila Ali
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Clyde Drexler
  • Joey Fatone
  • Shandi Finnessy (ex-Miss USA)
  • Leeza Gibbons
  • Apolo Anton Ohno
  • Vincent Pastore
  • Paulina Porizkova
  • Ian Ziering

Yikes! This looks more like the line-up to a Vh1 reality show than something on network tv, doesn't it? I was prepared to rant about how this very popular show (it has great ratings) is really going downhill for some reason, because it had much better cast members before, but then I took a look at the old casts, and I realized...they're only marginally better. It's more like each season had a couple of decent people, and this season seems short. But really, they never had an all-star cast to work with. Not that they didn't have people that had big fan followings (Mario Lopez has the love of everyone who ever watched AC Slater wrestle, after all), but there's few people that I'd really call Big Stars. But I was pretty excited about seeing Emmitt Smith, Sara Evans, Joey Lawrence and Mario Lopez last season. This time, there's no one on that list that I care about, though. So I'm saying they did a crappy job of casting this time around. I'm also going to guess that Ian Ziering is going to do well, because he's got the super awesome dance partner who has one the last two seasons.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

My Weekend

Well this was a weird weekend. Repeated nights of not going to bed until 4:30am, an all-day ABA conference on Saturday, and an an inexplicably-attended monster truck rally, a car getting towed (not mine)...the list goes on.

On Saturday I had to go to this ABA conference at Duke that I helped organize (not that I didn't love it!) and Adam has a fantastic recap of the weird guy who spent all day either trying to pretend he was young, or trying to pretend that he was some sort of inspirational leader to us all. He was pretty crazy...but also really hilarious. It was kind of bad, at one point (the point where he interrupts the lunchtime speaker and spends ten minutes relating anecdotes that are 98% unrelated to what the speaker was saying) I seriously considered getting up and leaving the room because I was in that much danger of completely bursting out into laughter (a couple of giggles had already escaped).

And last night, after the conference, for some reason,we went to a Monster Truck rally in Raleigh. We rationalized it as something we just had to do at some point...but it was pretty terrible. Some people did some cool tricks on bikes, but cars running over other cars? I don't get the appeal. Here's a shot of it...yes, I was actually there:



And I don't know why.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Tired

Man, I wish it wasn't so late. Not good!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

...Who can you trust these days?

Yesterday, I was packing up my stuff to leave my Evidence class, and I noticed that one of my three books for that class was missing. I had no rule book! The friend sitting next to me checked his bag (and mine) several times, and it was nowhere. I was sure I'd brought it with me, though, because I remembered looking at it during class as we went over a couple of the rules (although the aforementioned friend tried to convince me that I'm just stupid and left it in my locker...yes, we have lockers at law school). It seriously just disappeared off of the table.

Now, there's no reason for anyone to have stolen it--we all have copies of it, after all, and no one does that here! Duke is pretty safe when it comes to theft, I like that a lot because I tend to forget things. But at the same time, I didn't see how anyone would accidentally pick it up, because there was no one on that side of me that day, and thus no reason for anyone to accidentally grab mine in addition to theirs. So anyway, I sent out an email to the class asking if anyone had inadvertently taken my book. And lo and behold, I got an email a couple of hours later saying that this guy thought he'd in fact taken my book. And who did this email come from, you ask? My professor! Yes, in his pacing around the classroom, he ended up next to my table (as he does often, seeing as I'm like right in the middle of the room), and managed to pick up my book, thinking it was his. Thief! I'm glad I got it back though, because I'm actually borrowing it from my roommate, and really didn't want to have to buy her a new book. But seriously, if you can't trust your professors now to keep their hands off your books...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Now that I'm halfway done, law school isn't so bad

I feel like I have a lot of free time lately. I'm not sure why, except I must have picked the best schedule ever this semester or something. I have two regular lecture classes, which involve only doing the reading for (and I do that on campus), then I have an Italian seminar that involves minimal reading (lucky since half the class doesn't even speak the language! ...grrr), and a clinic which I can do the work from home since it's making phone calls and drafting letters and contracts. I theoretically am supposed to be working on that paper that I wrote over Christmas break, because I'm getting units for it, so I suppose I could be doing that with this free time...but I'm really enjoying just kind of relaxing and doing minimal work on the weekends. I guess I have all that free time as well because I have a crappy spread-out class schedule so I just stay on campus for the hours in between class usually and get work done then. People say that the best way to handle law school is treat it as a 9-5 job, and I think they're right. But then again, I hate doing work in the evenings, so I guess it just works for me.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun...

I am so tired of cold weather. I just saw that the high for Monday is 56 degrees, and I wanted to do a happy dance. That's just wrong! I need warm and sunny. Please. I haven't been able to wear flip flops in weeks, and my toes can't take the confinement anymore. They might fall off!

Oh, and I got my Texas driver's license in the mail on Thursday...it's so strange. Although I commented to my roommate how on the plus side, they don't list weight on the license in Texas (which I didn't know), and she said that she's never had it listed on hers (and she's had at least three different states' licenses!). So apparently California is special like that. Although Ohio, I learned from my friend Bri, does that too...but then again they also put social security numbers on them, so maybe they're just weird.

Friday, February 09, 2007

They can't make this stuff up...can they?

This Anna Nicole Smith stuff is madness...Zsa Zsa Gabor's husband might be the father of her baby now? Even the writers on Passions must think this is ludicrous.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

We know what's important

I present to you, the Cal Drinking Song, as sung by the Men's Octet:



I can sing every word to this song, and it's really awesome being at a party singing it with like 30 other people. Show me a school with a cooler drinking song, I challenge you!

(thanks Matt!)

Monday, February 05, 2007

Yay for people who treat customers well

I signed up for Amazon Prime when I needed a book in October for class, and I assumed that when the thirty-day trial was over, they'd have to let me know because they can't have me pay them if they don't ask for my credit card! Of course, it didn't occur to me that they already had it on file, so they wouldn't have to warn me. And I noticed that time had passed and there was still a tab that said "Prime" on my Amazon page, but I ignored it. Until today, when I saw that they had charged me $79 back in November to become a Prime member.

Luckily, Amazon is awesome and since I haven't actually bought anything since becoming a regular member, I got a refund with my cancellation! They do it automatically I guess, but I called to make sure because I definitely didn't want that charge. I don't buy nearly enough from them to make it worth it. But their customer service is pretty cool, I don't know if anyone's tried this, but you just go and send them your phone number and they call you back like ten seconds later. What good people, I approve of them. Unlike Victoria's Secret, don't buy from them, or get their Angels Card.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Silver lining

Ugh. I was rooting for the Bears, not because I have any particular affection for them, but because Peyton Manning annoys the crap out of me. At least a couple of Golden Bears won a Super Bowl ring, too, though.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

"What do you think of Hillary?"

So the Scrubs video I've been waiting to post is finally up on YouTube! I knew if I just waited a little bit that it would be there. I needed to show the world the awesomeness that is Eliot (the blonde girl):



Update: Just to be clear, I didn't like the whole "Scrubs gets political" thing at all. I just loved that one scene with Eliot.

Update 2: They took down the video!! Some sort of violation of something. Stupid lawyers causing trouble.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Ah, memories

So I've been looking on YouTube for a particular clip from Scrubs on Tuesday night that I need to post, but it's not up yet. However, I did randomly find a couple of clips of Scrubs in Italian, and I can't resist posting one of those instead =)



Isn't it so weird watching with the different voices? It's just nowhere near the same.

I'm such a grown-up!

I actually remembered to get gas before the Empty light on my car came on. I'm making such progress.

Oh, and guess what--spring will be here soon! Happy Groundhog Day, people.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

I'm from California!

Apparently I'm retarded because I was thinking freezing rain was just really cold rain. Well I'm sorry, but if it's going to freeze on the road and turn into the ice, then maybe they should just call it ice!

Class isn't cancelled though

It's snowing outside!!

Henry, you're right...it is indeed a different world out here. They don't even call Carl's Jr. by the right name!