Monday, April 30, 2007

This *so* counts as studying for evidence

One of my favorite bloggers loves Fred Thompson and so has started doing a "Daily Fred Thompson Fact" in anticipation of him declaring his candidacy for president. They're pretty much like the Chuck Norris facts, and some of them are pretty funny. Some of my favorites:


Fred Thompson can know both the exact position and momentum of a particle. Furthermore, he knows Schroedinger's cat is dead because he personally strangled it.

When terrorists get to the afterlife, they'll find that none of their seventy-two women are still virgins. Why? Because of Fred Thompson.

The actual cause of global warming: Fred Thompson's burning rage.

Fred Thompson's sense of strategy is so great that he can checkmate you using only a pawn and a knight.

The original ending to In the Line of Fire had Fred Thompson stand between the assassin and the president and deflect the bullet off his chest. This was deemed to unrealistic, though, since no one would ever have the courage to pull the trigger on Fred Thompson.

Fred Thompson can open clamshell packaging without the slightest trouble.

While he is opposed to gay marriage, Fred Thompson is very compassionate towards gays since, in comparison to him, every man is a flaming homosexual.

The temperature of Fred Thompson's icy gaze is negative twenty degrees kelvin.

T - 1 day

I've been too lazy to blog, but maybe it's for the best because one of the things I was going to bitch about has fixed itself. Not email, unfortunately...that is currently half-working, so you can get me at my regular school address, but I can't see any email older than last Friday. Supposedly they'll definitely be able to get back everything from before April 13th, and maybe get things from between April 13th and last Friday--they're not sure. Fan-tastic. Everyone is in a bad place right now because we all have things in our in-boxes that have to be responded to(ie pertaining to summer employment) that we can't do anything about now. Uh oh.

Also, the post office has no idea what's going on. I ordered something from Amazon and the online tracker said it was in Durham on Wednesday but "undeliverable." So I called Friday and had to deal with the stupid automated system which is useless, and then on Saturday I called firstthe 1-800 number and then the local number, and people at both ends just told me, we don't know where it is, it might have already been forwarded ahead of time for your summer mail forwarding (I told it to start on May 5th, which it is not). Great! But lo and behold, that same day it was sitting in my mailbox. So apparently they have no way of knowing where anything is. But luckily that fixed itself.

So did anyone notice that Marshawn Lynch went first round? Number 12??? Booya! (well, Booya didn't actually didn't do so well, but whatever, we still had four guys go!). So yay for him, although I'm sad he didn't stay with us for another year. I guess now I have to root for the Bills, too!

And speaking of football, I thought Fred Thompson had an interesting opinion piece up about guys that the NFL chooses to draft. I know people tell me I'm naive and blah blah blah, but I have to agree with him--character is important! And it's important to get people who are more than just talented playing for you. Talented + felon = not worth it.

Oh, and here's an article in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (oh yeah!) about the journal I'm on. This is why I got to go to Alaska for spring break!

One day left to study, and I definitely don't feel ready. Maybe I'll know evidence better by tomorrow... Free in 26 hours!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Save me from my class notes!

So for the second full day, we've had no access to email because our wonderful tech people are not so much with the competency. And now there's question whether, when they finally get us up and running again, if we're going to lose almost two weeks worth of emails. Thanks guys! You're very super helpful. Here's some advice: don't piss off law students. We have a little bit of knowledge, and a lot of free time...it can make for an unpleasant result for you. Anyway, if you've emailed me lately that's why I haven't responded, and you can try me at my never-used gmail account if you want instead--[firstname].[lastname]@gmail.com.

In other good advice, here's something to keep in mind--if you leave a note for a waiter for why he got a lousy tip, don't dawdle in the parking lot! My friend Chris has always joked about leaving a post-it on the bill for a crappy waiter, and telling him what he did wrong. Several of us went to dinner yesterday and the service was so bad, he actually did it! The problem came when we were done with dinner, but hadn't left the parking lot yet because we were calling our friend to see if she wanted to meet up with us to hang out. Chris is there on the phone, and out comes the waiter, following us! At first I thought he just went outside for a cigarette or something, but he kept walking right to us, and eventually I noticed in his hand a neon green post-it (courtesy of me...I keep them in my purse at all times. Not specifically neon green, that just happened to be the color I had on me). He asked us what the problem was, and since Chris was on the phone and unable to explain himself, Bri and I just went, uh, he left the note, and pointed at him. The guy told us to apologize to Chris for him, and left, but I learned a valuable lesson--don't wait for the angry waiter to chase you down after you've criticized him! He really did suck, though.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

This is better than that retarded Shoes video that certain people kept watching over and over

Too bad I'm not going to this law firm! I agree that women-only, just like men-only, events are no good. I do happen to know a couple of guys (who shall remain nameless) who are quite into shoes and would probably like to go to a shoe shopping event, and if they could overcome the embarassment, then hey, I'd say welcome! But something other than golf would be nice. Not that I have gone to any such events yet, but I can imagine going and really sucking. I'd have to rely on just being adorable instead of talented, and since I'm already planning on doing that for work, I should try to mix it up a little for social events.

Also, did I ever blog about getting hit in the chin during a softball game last August or September? It bounced up and hit me, and I was convinced that I chipped a tooth because I could feel it with my tongue! My mouth felt different. But people (and by people, I mostly mean Isaac) didn't really believe me and thought it was in my head because I just felt like it had done damage (and it's true, my first thought was, oh God, does my tooth feel loose? I have a thing about teeth, one of the recurring themes I have in bad dreams is my teeth becoming loose or falling out. I wonder what that means). But I went to the dentist yesterday, and asked her to take a look, and at first she didn't see anything, but then she used the mirror to check behind my tooth, and sure enough, it had a small chip! It was in the back so you couldn't see it, but it was there. She smoothed it down so it's all gone now, but HA! I told you, m*th*rf*ck*rs.

What will I do without the Duke Law Daily??

Stupid email isn't working again. This is ridiculous, Ken Hirsh. You're on my List!

Also, Christine and Liz, you're going to be sooo jealous. Guess who I randomly saw last night, playing at Duke to celebrate the undergrads' last day of class? Jason Mraz!

I really need to start studying for evidence.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

He couldn't wait

Well it took Adam about five seconds to post about finally winning at trivia. But I am proud to say I was a member of team Penis Shake as well. Unfortunately, no cool questions this week like last week, but it was still pretty awesome.

Also, note to the man driving the 15-passenger van in front of me today at the corner of Garret Rd. and 15-501: if you're going to make a U-turn, maybe don't do it in the middle of the road without letting the people behind you know. Just a thought, you know, so I don't crash into you. And you don't hold up traffic while you do a three-point turn. But mostly so I don't crash into your stupid ass.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

One down, one to go!

Well that was the most relaxed exam I've ever taken. I don't know what my grade will reflect, but I could have just about taken a nap during those eight hours. I really do like doing the exam working on my bed (that's where I like to study, too). I listen to music while I work, and one of the songs that came on was "Calculus (U + Me = Us)" by 2gether! Remember those guys? That was a funny movie/tv show for a while. Anyway, during my exam I went onto YouTube and found this:



Good times! Poor QT though...his character was sick on the show, and then he died in real life. Not good times. =(

No solitaire tomorrow

First (and second to last) final of the semester in just a few hours! How exciting. I'm looking forward to getting done with it because I've felt like there's not a lot of material to study, which leaves me feeling nervous. I'd rather start studying for the next one, which involves a lot of rules and memorization, so at least I'll know what I have to do, instead of sitting around going, I wonder if I finally understand Archer Daniels well enough now... But it's an eight hour take home! So hell, if I don't understand it I can read it like 17,000 times in eight hours.

Monday, April 23, 2007

happy monday

Like John, I tend to think, oh I should blog about that! and then it doesn't happen. Sometimes because I decide people don't care (not that this ever really stops me!) but mostly because I get lazy. If I could blog straight from my mind, you people would have books to read! Of course, now that I'm studying for finals I'm desperate to distract myself and none of my friends are really updating! And neither am of I course, hence this post.

So on Saturday I drove to the mall, and I went the back way and didn't get lost! This is a really big accomplishment for me because even though I've gone the non-freeway way a million times, I've always been a passenger, not the driver, and so I had never paid enough attention to be sure how to go. But I was right by the back way and didn't want to take the freeway, so I decided, wtf, I bet I'll recognize where to turn! And I was right! Of course, I can't give directions for anyone else to go that way unless you're going to be ok with "go past the corner with the Chinese restaurant and the place where Matt and Isaac used to live", or "bear right at the big white house which I think is a business but it looks like a really cool house to live in." Because that's how I do directions. But I made it!

I had several dreams last night, once which is already only a fuzzy memory which is good because it was a bad dream and in fact I stayed in bed this morning extra long to try to get another dream to get that one out of my head. But the other one involved going home with four puppies and trying to convince my mom to keep at least two of them because they were so cute. I was somehow willing to take the other two back to the shelter. And then there was this little scale model of a house and there were all these trees that you could move around and place wherever you want, and the neighborhood apparently had dinosaurs that really liked the model, and my brother (I think it was him) knew the sound that would call the dinosaurs over (they were like the size of raptors, but not flesh-eating as far as I could tell) so they could come over and look at the model. So my brother did his dinosaur call and I was like, let's arrange the trees so it looks really pretty for the dinosaurs! And they came running into the house and were all over that scale model. Who knew dinosaurs have hobbies.

Friday, April 20, 2007

I guess this works as a distraction, too

E-mail is down again, since like 6:30 tonight, and until at least mid-morning tomorrow. This is like them purposely trying to drive me insane. Checking email is one of the best ways I have distracting myself from work! Without it, I start roaming on websites, which is much more dangerous because it's much more time consuming. Same with solitaire, which I never used to play really but have become obsessed with this semester. It's like I can't stop!

Oh, can anyone tell me what Morgan Stanley v. Archer Daniels Midland Company says, please? I don't understand what's going on. Just leave it in the comments, thanks.

De-facto non-merger? Please!

Ugh, I've only done like 20 minutes worth of BA outlining today but I want to stop! This just sucks, I hate the material and going through my notes is just painful. I did other work today, and that was fine, but this is just horrible.

In other news, did people know that the Post Office has come out with a "Forever Stamp," which you purchase at 41 cents and can use forever, no matter how high the price of stamps rises to? I kinda want to buy like a thousand of them, because I figure if stamps are at 39 cents already, there's a good chance they will cost more than 41 cents within the next like seven years. And won't I be quite the genius when I'm 75 and everyone is paying $1.25 for stamps, and I still have my 41 cent Forever stamps! Mwahahaha.

I should have known, since Scrubs was on last night

I can tell I've moved into finals study mode because I just had to check the calendar to figure out what day of the week it was. But hooray for Friday! Two weeks from today I'll be done with finals and about to leave Durham for the summer.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

English civil war!

"He is as ambitious as Oliver Cromwell." I love it! I hope I can find a way to work that into conversation.

PS email down again...argh.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Take two

So the aforementioned dream...I was in an elementary school I think, and I don't know what but something happened to me and I threw out my back so severely that they had to call 911 to take me to the hospital! And one of the other teachers was calling it for me, but it took her forever, and when I complained about it someone said, well she's not a teacher, she's only a 7th grader! And I was like, ah, that explains it. But that doesn't really matter. So after this I woke up in the middle of the night and I was afraid to move, because I wasn't sure if I was actually hurt or not! So I gingerly rolled over and when I realized that I wasn't in paralyzing pain, I went back to sleep. Weird!

I hate my computer

Ugh, I had a blog post but stupid Explorer froze up on me and I had to control-alt-delete the page before I had it published, and poof, it's gone. So I'll redo it later.

Jane Seymour and Vaduz!

So we went to trivia tonight at a new bar for us ("The Tav") and I have to say, we did a lot better than we did our first couple of times at the other bars we went to for trivia...possibly because there were few (if any) other Duke students there. Second and third place the first game, and second the second game! And we were really close to winning, too (by only two points in the second game). But I was mostly excited because two questions we had were just destined for me: What was the name of Henry VIII's wife who wasn't a Catherine or an Anne, and what is the capital of Liechtenstein? Those mad me so happy. So happy I had to blog about them!

One class to go for 2L year...hooray!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Liquid lunch!

I just had Doritos and four beers for lunch. And now my fingers are all funny for typing. BA is going to be fun today!

PS No email yet, even though they said it was up...sadness of my heart.

Update: E-mail is working! Fingers still not, though.

I'm starting to get the shakes

Ugh, I'm dying right now, dying. My email isn't working! They did some sort of "update" last night at 9pm to the server or whatever and ever since then, nobody can get into their law school email! When you have this many people obsessed with checking their email, it's not pretty. I feel like I might as well be on a deserted island somewhere...except no bikini =(

Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Great Four-Pound Burrito Challenge

So word on the street (the internet?) was that a local mexican (I use the term loosely) place makes a four-pound burrito ("El Gigante"), and if you can eat it you get a shirt and your picture on the wall. This information of course led directly to a challenge--Bri claimed that she could do it, while Chris said no way. I believed in Bri, as did most of the girls, and most of the guys were doubters. So on Friday, a bunch of us went to the restaurant to watch Bri dominate!

She went in prepared to eat:
Her tummy was hungry for burrito!



But when we got there, the waiter told us something unexpected...the burrito wasn't four pounds, but rather six and half! Behold El Gigante:


Despite this daunting information, Bri dug in anyway.


Her plan was simple yet brilliant--finish eating before her stomach realized it was full! That meant dividing the burrito into fourths and eating one part every five minutes. There was a few kinks to work out in this plan (she almost needed the heimlich maneuver literally one minute in, she was shoveling it in so fast), but she made good progress:



Pretty soon, she'd eaten the entire center of the burrito, which was significantly larger than the edges, of course:



But that's when the tummy started to rebel. Not one to quit, Bri took a walk around the restaurant to make some more room, and then ate the rightmost fourth of the burrito, leaving only one small piece left:



But that was it...poor mid-sized Bri could do no more!


And this is all that was left of El Gigante:



The bet was a draw, because Bri didn't finish, but it also wasn't a four-pound burrito as far as we know. However, Bri has vowed to conquer it eventually! Next year, she's back for round two...and she'll be prepared!
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Epilogue: Bri went home and threw up so hard, she actually got a bloody nose. On the plus side, she got rid of her food baby, so it was still a good call. And she made it home first, which is impressive in and of itself.

I have many favorites

I don't know if this is weird, but I always listen to songs to find those which are applicable to my life. Like a theme song. And it turns out there are a sh*tload of songs which are about being broken-hearted and totally screwed over! Who knew.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Yeah, more

Sort of Lost spoiler below:
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Ugh, I get sucked in every time! Maybe I am that gullible. That conniving trickster! I was not expecting that. "See you in a week!" Ugh! They're killing me. And so is not being able to talk about this :-p

My new best friend

I've found the dog I want! His name is Peanut, and he's at the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League:
He's also 36" and 170 pounds. He's perfect!

Let me sleep!

My subconcious drives me crazy when I'm trying to sleep. And not just beause it gives me weirdo dreams. This morning was class registration, and two of the three I was trying to get into today I knew would be full right away so I'd have to be ready to go right when it opened at 8am in order to get into them. Well, my brain apparently was afraid I'd oversleep so it just woke me up at 7 and then wouldn't let me stay asleep after that for more than five minutes at a time after that, to make sure I wouldn't miss it. Which sucks, because that's an hour of sleep I lost out on! And this happens all the time, whenever I have something big in the morning (or I'm waiting on something that night), it drives me nuts.

Oh wow, I just saw an advertisement for something called Cleveland Clinic, and I have no idea what that is except that the woman said something about heart surgery, so I assume they do that. But that's beside the point. The commercial shows this great dane staring out of a glass door, and it's raining outside, and the voice-over is a woman saying that they kept telling her to get a teacup poodle or a chihuahua, but she always wanted a great dane, so dammit, she got a great dane! I love it. I decided that I want to get a dog when I come back to school in August (I'd have gotten one last week but even I'm not that crazy, I know that just before I'm about to start work in DC and Dallas is not exactly the best time to get one), and if I could convince my roommate that a great dane would be awesome then I would totally do it. But she's crazy and thinks 30 pounds is a "medium sized dog." So I have to compromise I think.

Haley got kicked off? That sucks. I don't know why, but I liked her. She seems like such a nice person. And just looking at singing ability, Phil Stacey deserved to get kicked off first, I think. I'm not even going to wonder where Sanjaya should be in the order of things.

I feel like I'm going to be blogging more now, because I have all these thoughts and I need to share them with someone and now I have no one to tell them to! They're inane, yes, but you can just ignore them if you want.

Free at last!

Today I was leaving Italian and the professor was like, oh by the way, we don't have any more class, this is our last one. Hooray! He's a really nice guy, and I feel bad for him because how much does it suck to have a class of six where half the people never show up and half of them don't understand what you're saying anyway? But who cares, it's done!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

More tv insights

I'm watching my dvr'd Idol right now and Simon said that Haley has a good tactic right now--wear as little clothing as possible. It's one thing to give criticism of her singing, but every week now he just talks about her body! I understand that she's not exactly covering up everything, but I'd be really pissed if I were her. I mean, I'd feel like he was calling me trashy, and seeing as she always looks like she's trying not to cry, I think she feels the same way.

I also think it's funny that for Latin night tonight, out of the first five songs we have two Gloria Estefan and two Santana. I guess not a lot to choose from?

Update: Song number six is another Gloria Estefan! And Jordin just said that she was born in December of 1989. 1989! That's horrifying.

24 spoiler below

Per Adam's comment, again, there's a spoiler below...watch out...
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So was anyone not expecting Audrey to turn up at some point this season? Maybe it's just that before this season I've been watching 24 on dvd so I haven't had time to think between episodes (because I'm watching like four at a time), but I thought that was painfully obvious. Losing their touch, I say! [My usual outlet for tv discussions is no longer available so now I turn to you, dear readers]

Also, I think Scrubs has been much better the last three episodes (not counting that stupid flashback episode). Much more on the ball. That shadow puppet version of Pearl Harbor? Fantastic. And the seamless guy lie from two weeks ago? Beautiful. Really beautiful. So yeah, it's been a very slow start this season, but I think they're getting their groove back. Except (spoiler alert!) how could they kill off poor Laverne? Just wrong!

Ooh, here's a youtube clip of the shadow puppets:



Oh even better, the seamless collabroative guy lie!

Monday, April 09, 2007

I'm so cool

So today on PTI (which I haven't seen in forever) they were talking about Zack Johnson who just won the Masters, and Mike says to Tony, who is your favorite Zack? I shout out, Zack Morris! of course, but Tony just gives a glib, I don't have a favorite Zack, but I do have a favorite Johnson! But then Mike says, please, what about Zack Morris! Amazing! My point? I'm going to quit law school and work for ESPN. I think I can go places there.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Get with the program, Blogspot

I just noticed that Blogger doesn't realize that Daylight Savings Time came early this year. Now my plan for using my blog posts as an alibi is ruined! Ruined!

I still wish for a crystal ball

Happy Easter! It's a good day for new beginnings. I'm going to try to embrace that. I'm sure I'm in the minority on this, but I do believe that there is a Plan out there. And maybe I'm just simple or stupid or who knows, but that really brings me comfort. When I feel like life is falling apart, or I have no idea where I'm going or what I'm doing, believing that there is a reason and a place I'm going, even if I don't know it, makes me feel so much better. It's not that it doesn't hurt anymore, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

John has an interesting post on love. I agree with him, at least on the question of whether love is enough.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Something I never thought I'd write

I tend not to put much really personal stuff up here, for obvious reasons. But my heart was just really broken and I inexplicably feel the need to share that with you all. I know several of my friends have just gone through this, and wow, I didn't even comprehend. When you love someone so much and they say they need time, time alone, to see who they are and if you really are the one for them, wow. All of a sudden my entire life plan has changed, and I don't know what to do about it. I'm bereft. That's a good word, we should use that more. But I digress. I don't want any comments about this, I just for some reason had to tell everyone this incredibly personal and painful information.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Trivia Question of the Day

Q: How many times a day can you say to yourself, Please let him come to his senses and stop being retarded?

A: A lot.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Fourplay rocks!

Well the softball tournament at UVA went surprisingly well! Not only did we will all three of our games on Saturday, I also didn't get hurt once! Quite amazing. We ended up losing Sunday morning to a very good team, of which there were several at the tournament, so we feel like we put in a good showing. Plus, our team is all 2Ls, so we'll be even better (and more prepared!) when we go back next year. I have to say though, that being on your second bottle of shampagne at 10am during your second softball game is just gross (and no, that's neither me nor anyone on my team).

I realized this morning that today is April 2nd, and the last day of classes for the semester is April 18th. Augh!! I still have not "finished" editing my note from January (I put it in quotes because finishing implies that I have in some way started, and of course that is not true). And now I have to start studying for finals somehow! Not cool. The good part is that I only have to finals this semester, though, and I believe I have a full week between them to study. Oh, I also am not yet even halfway done with the hours I need for my animal clinic. Ick. But that's not my fault, I just haven't had that much work to do. Still, somehow I need to find 34 hours in the next few weeks to finish my 60 hour commitment! Sigh.

On the plus side, I'm pretty excited about work this summer, just because it's not school! Oh, and the whole getting paid thing too, that's pretty great.