Friday, November 30, 2007

Procrastination

Ugh, this finals thing sucks. It always seems harder in the fall, since I've had all summer, too, to forget how much I hate studying for them. Plus I was super awesome last semester and only had two finals (where I have four now, ick). So this just seems painful. And, I'm not going to lie, it's hard to get up the energy to really work when I know that my grades don't really matter anymore.

Apparently a writer's strike constitutes a force majeure event...oh 1L contracts! We had some good times, climbing that flag pole and *almost* eating the pizza.

Cowboys-Packers game last night? Awesome! And not just because the Cowboys won. No, not only did my team win, my boy Aaron Rodgers had a pretty nice performance! I was conflicted, because he hasn't had a chance to play yet (of course), so I wanted him to do well, but not quite well enough to actually win. And I think he accomplished that! So everyone's talking about him, feeling like he's got some good potential, and apparently he can finally get a haircut since he had his first touchdown pass, thank God. I'd just like to request that people bring up the fact that he played at Cal, please. Thank you.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Question

If someone tells you to be there "4ish," how would you define that? I consider "ish" to give a 15 minute cushion either way. I think that's a reasonable interpretation.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Big news!

I just killed my previous high score on Bejeweled...before yesterday my high was like 34,000 or something, but yesterday I made it to level twelve, and got 61,352 points! Hells yeah. I accomplish a lot during class, you can see. Speaking of, today is my last day of class! Scary. My first final is on Monday, which is even scarier.

In other news, apparently I had *another* package stolen! I think I talked about one getting grabbed this summer in DC. Well they delivered this package the day before Thanksgiving, when I was obviously out of town, and between Wednesday and Sunday it managed to disappear. Luckily Nordstrom is being just as nice about it (although doing it in a weird way, instead of just reshipping it I had to cancel this order and then order it again), but seriously, stop stealing my packages!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Another problem with not being in San Diego anymore...

So I obviously brought the puppy, Jamie, home for Thanksgiving. My plan was to bring him back to Durham for the last couple weeks of class/finals, and then back to Dallas at Christmas. However...he can't fly if the temperature at either city is below 40 degrees. It's 43 right now at D/FW, and my flight still isn't for a couple of hours. And of course the problem is, if it's 43 right now, what is it going to be like in three weeks?? So, much to my disappointment, I'm going to leave Jamie with my parents instead of take him back to Durham. Because it might be no problem, and all would go according to plan, or it might be too cold to bring him back in December, and then I'd have to leave in him a kennel for weeks! And that would be a disaster. So I'm going to let him have fun in Dallas for a few weeks so I can be sure that he won't be stuck in a kennel later. =(

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Puppies!

I'm sure at least some of you remember me talking about our silly doggie Sophie (because I've been lectured about calling her stupid!). She is the sweetest girl, and she's got this funny little cross-eyed stare...but she's not a genius. I finally got a video of her doing her funny spinning thing. I think she does it when she's bored, like a little kid would do...just spins around in circles until she gets dizzy and falls down. It's hilarious.







Sophie and my puppy get along great. They play together like crazy, and Natasha just stands there and barks at them. I think she's a little territorial when a new dog moves into the house--it took her a while to get used to Sophie, and I think she's going through that phase again. Here is a video of them all playing (with the Packers on in the background):





And here's a few pictures of them, too, including one where Sophie looks evil:

But as you can tell from this picture, there is no violence actually going to happen:

And here are the three of them together on the couch:

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Definitely not in San Diego anymore...

It's kind of snowing outside. Not enough that anyone from a cold weather place would say it's snowing, but there are some flakes falling from the sky. Weird!!

Seattle pics

Here is my favorite picture from Seattle:



I love Oski!! You can see part of the Straw Hat Band behind me, too (it's a smaller subset of our band, the less formal group that goes on road games, etc).

This picture isn't bad, either :



Chris, Christine, Matt, and Me (left to right) at a bar called Celtic Bayou.

This next picture I took specifically because I was livid, and needed proof to show the world. As many people (sadly) know, the disgrace that is William Hung went to Cal. I had a class with him, even, before American Idol, and his nickname amongst myself and Liz was Annoying Blackjack Guy (because the class I had with him was a blackjack class...long explanation on that). For some bizarro reason, he was invited to perform at the Cal-Washington football game. And will you look at what he is wearing???

We kept waiting for him to rip off the hat and fleece and show his Cal jacket underneath or something, but no. All we got was a "Go Huskies" at the end. This is shameful!! What on earth was he thinking??? Wikipedia informs me that he dropped out of Cal for his awesome singing career, and then when he applied for readmission he was denied, and now goes to Cal State Northridge. HA!!! I think he's a terrible traitor still, but I'm glad that Cal told him to go to hell. Mwahahaha.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Going back to Cal football...

It's the 25th Anniversary of The Play!!


I'm in Texas, whee

I still haven't uploaded my pictures from Seattle, so those will have to wait. Plus when I think about all the things I wanted to blog about I feel a little daunted and run away from my computer completely, so I'll have to do it in baby steps. I'll start with this page, which lists how many episodes a bunch of tv shows have left ready to air. Now, I don't really know what's going on with the writers strike--I don't know who is right, but I do know that it's going to affect me very soon, and that makes me dislike it. So please, whoever makes these decisions, give in to the writers, will you? Because there are only three new episodes of How I Met Your Mother, and that makes me very nervous!! Plus, if this delays the start of Lost at all, I will murder you.

Speaking of television, I forgot to mention this a long time ago, but Green Week on NBC? Retarded.

You know what else is retarded? The guy sitting next to me on the plane ride to Seattle. The flight was like 4.5 hours long or something, but it was the longest flight of my life. Seriously, if you are old enough to have a 30 year old daughter (as this man told me he did), you are old enough to know that someone reading a book AND listening to her iPod is not interested in talking to you. And you're old enough to know that putting your hand over someone's book while they were trying to read is not ok. And doing it approximately eight times? What are you, twelve?? I don't think him drinking at least six drinks helped, either. And I seriously doubt that the fact that his daughter went to law school meant that he can "help" me with my reading that I was doing on the plane, as he claimed. He was definitely the worst person I've ever sat next to on a plane. I finished my book with about two hours to go, and considered pretending to fall sleep just so he'd leave me alone.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Cal Band Great!

I have so much to post, I had the best time in Seattle (hooray for Christine, Chris, Matt, and Cal football!!!) and have stories and pictures to share, but no time right now. I got in last night at 10pm, and my flight today leaves at 6:20, and I'm taking the puppy with me and it's making it complicated!! I don't have time to post all I want to, so I will just give you this super awesome video of our band:



If you go to the YouTube page they have a list of all the video games they're doing the music of.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Also

In other news, I hate Duke basketball. I still have yet to go to a game, and I was going to go to one this year, just because I felt like it's terrible to graduate from here and never go...but I think I'm going to avoid it on purpose from now on. They take my parking, they make it impossible to get in and out of the parking lots I *can* park in, and they are just a huge pain in the ass. So I reject them!

Happy Veterans Day!

My New Job

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I think I have a new calling in life--being a technical advisor for HIMYM. Not that I know anything about New York, but I *do* know a lot about being a law student, and they, apparently, do not. Of course you recall my pointing out before how they completely messed up on the portrayal of the job search for students. Well, tonight Marshall got his bar exam results, and that too was not accurate. In the episode, he freaks out because he's forgotten his password and thus doesn't know if he's passed the bar or not. But, the results are public! It doesn't tell you who took the bar and failed, but if you know who took it, you can see if they passed or not. The NY bar results aren't out yet for this July, but you can click on the previous exams and see what I mean. Now, California does it a little differently--there is a two-day period where you have to enter your applicant number and file number (and that's four days from now!!) but then it's public two days later! And Virginia, for example, already has their results right out there for everyone to see who did and did not pass. So, HIMYM, I will gladly turn down my job in DC and come work for you to make sure these kinds of inaccuracies are no more. (Once the strike is over and everyone is working again, that is.) And not just because being a lawyer might suck--no, I do it out of love for you.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Softball tournament today...whee

The doggie and I have started over, and we're ok now. I think what happened was he broke out of his kennel, was hyper (as he always is for like the five minutes after he gets out of it), and he ran up on the big windowsill to see out the front window. The problem was, that's where the bird cage was. So he knocked it over, the birds busted loose...and that's when the trouble started. He still doesn't have a name, by the way. I'm a bad mom.

Yesterday I did my second parallel parking job ever (you'll of course recall that I reported the first one to you earlier this summer) and I did a super good job! It was a really tight spot, and I nailed it like a mattress girl. Yay me!

I started putting up my Christmas decorations yesterday. I know it's ridiculously early, but I'm going out of town on Wednesday to Seattle (hooray!!), then I'm back for less than 24 hours, then it's home for Thanksgiving, and when I come back we only have one more week of class! And I want to enjoy my Christmas decorations for longer than two weeks dammit. So I put them up. Well, some of them, I got lazy eventually.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

RIP, Baxter and Charlie

While I was at class today, my dog broke out of his kennel and fucking ATE my birds!! I am devastated.



Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Good use of my time

Ha, I used to do this in undergrad, not law school. But then again, I take notes by computer in law school, not by hand, so maybe that's why.

Also, still no name!

Monday, November 05, 2007

You have a job to do

Well, I did it! I got the doggie! I kind of can't believe that I actually have a dog now. But here he is! I think you're going to be getting a lot of dog photos for a while =) But I desperately need a name for him! Right now I'm just calling him puppy or something like that. So, seriously, stop slacking here.







From Chris



(click to make it bigger)

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Likes and dislikes

I hate the east coast time zone. I had to stay up til 1:30am last night to watch the whole Cal football game. And I was sooo tired, because I had that stupid MPRE in the morning, and then we spent all afternoon working on our awesome project for immigration law, so there was no time for a nap.

Another thing I hate? Standard time. I think we should be permanently on daylight savings time, because getting dark at 5pm sucks. I will admit that I was pretty excited this morning, though, when I woke up, went on my computer, and realized that with all the tiredness I'd forgotten to fall back before I went to bed, so it was only 9:45am! ...But I'd still trade that for being on permanent daylight savings.

You know what I don't hate? My friends who dressed up in silly costumes, memorized lines, and sang a song to the tune of Summer Nights from Grease, all for our immigration project. In front of my house, where everyone could see. They are awesome.

Last night, SNL confirmed that Bri's and my idea for Chris's Halloween costume was totally awesome. (Thanks, Adam) I mean, his Brownie was great and all, but we knew being Mystery would have rocked!



One more thing that I do hate--the online system for class registration here. If there is even one minute of overlap in times between classes, it won't let you register for them! I think that is dumb. At Cal, it would tell you that there's a conflict, but if you want to register for them, that's up to you. What if I don't know which class I want yet, so I want to register for both so they don't fill up? Or what if there is a really slight overlap, so I'll just leave one class early or get to the other a little late? I think that's my call, stupid online registration.

But, back to good news, I went back last night and met with the doggie again! I got the ok from my roommate, and basically the dog is mine now. I just have to go pay the shelter and pick him up. It makes me kinda nervous, just because I'm going to have to change around my life somewhat once he's around. But then again, I was nervous about getting a parakeet for the same reason. So since there's nothing about this dog in particular that worries me (he seems great!), I'm just going to tell that little part of me that is worried that I can't be gone for like 12 hours at a time to shut up. Because I'm sure it's going to be worth it. That means, though, that I need serious help--I need a name for this dog! Suggestions, please! Something awesome, if you don't mind.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Sleeeeeepy

7am on a Saturday?? MPRE, I disapprove of you!

Finally talked to the animal shelter yesterday...the doggie is "on reserve" for me, so all I have to do is say yes and he's mine!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

I love documenting our absurdity

I can't believe it's November. I don't know where this semester has gone!! We only have one week of classes after Thanksgiving, so really, we're almost done. That kind of blows my mind.

I'm going to have some awesome pictures for you after this weekend...Bri and I are doing a video project for our immigration law class, and we've gotten crazy creative again! We just did our normal plan of wander around the store until you find something you can turn into the thing you're actually looking for. I think it's working pretty well so far, but I'll wait until we're done with everything to show you the final product. And then when the video is done, hopefully I'll be able to post at least part of it here. And which part of it would I post? Why, the musical number. That's right, we wrote a song for our video. And it's going to rock. Unfortunately we're filming on a pretty tight schedule, so I'm taking turns between studying for that ethics exam for the bar I have on Saturday and memorizing my lines for the video. ("Are you talking about what happened up in New York 15 years ago? I know Governor Seward tried to permit the Irish Catholics to use their Bible instead of the Protestant King James Bible in schools, but if I recall, that was fairly unpopular." Did I mention that our video takes place in May 1855? It's awesome.) Good times.

Oh, and no word on the dog still. The shelter is taking their sweet time to get back to me!