Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I'm probably behind on the news, but...

This is absolutely unbelieveable.

Study? Nah.

Ok, one final to go and I'm finished with law school forever. In about 21 hours, sweet freedom is mine! The final today went ok I think, I didn't get raped like I expected, but I put so much effort into studying for it that I'm kind of out of gas for this last one. I just can't work up any enthusiasm, and I don't even know what to study because he didn't give us any old exams or sample questions. But it's closed book, which makes it tricky. On the plus side, it doesn't really matter anymore!

In exciting news, my new camera should be here tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Yes, I watch American Idol

I love David Cook so much. I don't care what he sings, it's always awesome. I'll totally buy his cd or have his babies, either way I'm happy.

Because posts without pictures are boring

I just ordered a new camera! I realized with graduation festivities coming up soon I shouldn't put it off any longer so starting in a few days (hopefully), I'll be able to capture memories (and post them here) to my heart's content. Hooray!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

These last four days of law school aren't going to be easy

I'm pretty sure my international tax exam is going to rape me on Wednesday. Which is really a shame, because it was a great class.

Plus side? This time on Thursday, I'll be done with my last law school exam ever.

Such excitement

Because I know you're all wondering where all of your favorite Cal players went. Sadly, none to the Cowboys.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Another new career plan

I think I need to write a book about the Lombards in Italy, because I tell you, there are *not* enough sources out there! The Ostrogoths are covered, but apparently nobody likes the Lombards.

Friday, April 25, 2008

It's everywhere!

I was doing a search in JSTOR for articles about the Lombards in Italy during the middle ages (for a paper for my Italian class), and I'm skimming the titles of the articles that came up and I've got stuff like "Lombard Arianism Reconsidered" and "The Idea of Revenge in Lombard Society in the Eight and Tenth Centuries" (I guess no one was vengeful in the ninth century?). And then out of nowhere I also get "Products Liability and the Choice of Law" from the Harvard Law Review! Keep in mind my whole search only got 18 results, and this was one of them. I clicked on the link for "page of first match" but it only brought me to the first page of the article, and there was nothing about the Lombards. So I'm thinking that HLR is just paying these people to make sure their articles come up no matter what you're looking for.

UPDATE: I just did another JSTOR search and I got another Harvard Law Review article! Different article, very similar search terms, also about the Lombards and Italy. I totally see a conspiracy here.

Just let me enjoy this, people

I don't care what anyone says, I've always loved Jimmy Fallon, and always will, so this is good news!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

People need to be watching HIMYM

Robin Sparkles' follow-up to Let's Go to the Mall. I can see why it didn't do as well as her first single, but then again, how *could* you do better than a song with lyrics like "I'm going to rock your body til Canada Day?" I'm still a fan, although I think I'll keep my original Robin Sparkles costume instead of switching to this ballad Robin Sparkles.

I should be done by now

Why is it always the nights when I'm trying to get a lot of work done that I end up having multiple extended phone conversations??

Monday, April 21, 2008


I was just telling Christine on Saturday that the weather was finally nice and warm in Durham (apparently it hailed and snowed in Seattle...which is ridiculous). And then yesterday it turned freezing and rainy here! And it continues today. This is unacceptable, it is almost MAY! The more I experience weather, the more I wish I was moving back to San Diego instead of DC this fall.

Why couldn't you just criticize instead?

Well now you people have done it. All that "well she wasn't that bad," and they've brought her back! Great. Unless they give the show automatic renewal for the next five years after this, it's not worth it!

Really, you think I care?

I just started getting emails saying "So-and-so joined Facebook." Not only do I not care who just joined Facebook, but they're also sending me these emails for anyone I *may* know, aka (at least for the only email I opened up) anyone who went to Berkeley. You know, along with 30,000 other people at any given point. Adam has so far been alone is his Facebook complaints, but today I can't take it anymore and I join him--this has got to stop!! This is madness.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Go Bears!

Oh, and here's Jamie showing off his awesome Cal spirit, courtesy of Aunt Christine.

Good and Evil

I hate one of my professors so much right now. He's given us both an exam and a paper. Who does that?? And he's also screwing us over in another way that is very Duke specific and hard to explain, but suffice it to say he's doing something else that no professor does, and all it does is make our lives harder for absolutely no benefit to him as a professor. Either way, he's a bad bad bad bad man and I hate him.

In other news, poor Jamie has been studying so hard for finals that he needs glasses now. Look at the poor puppy!

He's also developed back problems from being hunched over the computer so much.

Poor baby!

Another reunion!

I have two best friends from undergrad, Liz and Christine. Christine got married last summer, to another one of our friends from undergrad (it worked out nicely because it was like a Cal reunion and was super fun), which made them the first of our friend group to get married. And now Liz just got engaged last night! I haven't even met her fiance yet, which is strange, but they met after I'd already left for law school (and after I went back to visit fall 1L year). It's funny to think of her as engaged, though, since I've never even seen her with a boyfriend. It's also funny if you know the three of us that I'm the one that somehow ended up "focused on her career" and the two of them are now married/engaged (or maybe they'd disagree, I don't know).

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The beauty of graduating is that this is the last finals period I'll ever have, though

I think Jamie's going to be looking for a new mom's day three of finals studying and I'm absolutely no fun. I guess it's better than being in the crate when I'm at class, but still, I'm hardly good company at the moment. But that's also sad for me, because all I want to do is nothing, not write a paper on the community benefit standard and 501(c)(3) hospitals. Ugh.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I'm going to beat Adam to a post about John Edwards

So I was watching the Colbert Report tonight and John Edwards was on to do the EdWord. For the first time ever, I was actually excited about one of his political stances. He said that we should add three extra holidays, and at first I thought he said one of them should be "Cake Day," and I was all about that! But before I could get too excited and call Adam about the genius that is John Edwards, I realized he said "Cate Day." For his kid. Annnnnd he's back to useless.

Yup, this is how I study

Law school and Rock of Love collide!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Last day of school!

I am in the middle of my second to last law school class ever. I've been drinking beer for a couple of hours already. Actually, we brought beers in our last class to all the 3Ls, plus our professor, because we're just that cool. Plus that professor is also that cool. We love him super hard.

Speaking of professors, I ran into a professor I had 1L year who I loved earlier today. He was on sabbatical my 2L year, and I haven't talked to him all this year. Anyway, I was just turning a corner when I heard someone call out my name and say hello. I turned around, and it was this professor! I was shocked that he remembered my name. He said hello and asked how I was, and I told him well, and that I was really sad that he'd been gone my 2L year because I would have taken X class with him. He asked me where I was going this summer and I told him DC, and he asked me, aren't you from California? And I responded, why yes I am. And he asked, Berkeley? And I said that's not where I'm from, and he said isn't that where you went to undergrad? At this point I was totally shocked that he remembered that and I told him so. I mean, we were a class of like 70, I don't know how he even knew that in the first place because I don't think I ever went to office hours or anything. It was really strange but super awesome because I loved him so much, and he remembers me! /might be stalking me.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

You maybe have to be taking/have taken international tax to get all of these

For the tax enthusiast who also enjoys a delicious drink!

It's not just tax day...

Guess who has a birthday puppy! Yup, Jamie is two years old. My, how the time flies. These pictures are old, but that's the best I got for now. I'm going to get a new camera soon though, it's driving me nuts not to have one. My friend told me that electronics are moving so slowly that you can actually go to Best Buy or wherever and bargain...anyone ever tried that? (Not that I'd do the bargaining, I'd make my friend Chris do it, probably.)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Silenced by Big Hollywood

NPH, don't backtrack now! Stay strong! Britney sucks and should stay away! Don't worry, we'll support you, even if the network gets pissy.

Jamie wouldn't help me steal her

Yesterday at the dog park there was one of the cutest puppies ever. It was a little bulldog puppy, white with a black patch around one eye. She was super soft and was still all awkward when she ran, it was adorable. Everyone at the dog park wanted to steal her. I thought the cutest thing was when the puppy ran up to this little girl who looked no more than two years old (the puppy belonged to her family). The puppy went up to her and hit her in the leg to knock her down onto her hands and knees, and while she was down the puppy jumped up on her head like she was trying to wrestle. It was like the puppy didn't know the difference between the little girl and another dog, it was hilarious.

Speaking of puppies, Christine sent me the cutest Cal bandana for Jamie, and since I don't have a camera still I can't post a picture of him looking adorable. Sadness.

Scrubs this week? Looking good again. I just finished rewatching season 5 on DVD and really, it was still quite good then. So it was only season 6 that was having troubles. I'm hoping that season 7 stays back on track. What's off track? The Office.

Last night I had a dream that I was out with my friends somewhere and the Backstreet Boys were there (but without my favorite member, sadly). I was trying to convince my friends that we should do karaoke with them because, come on, karaoke with BSB! And my friends were being difficult about it and saying no, although I think the Backstreet Boys were up for it. I did stipulate that we'd all have to be drunk so no one would be able to tell how bad we were in comparison to them, though.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Religion, sports teams...gang affiliation

You know, sometimes I think about how when I'm all grown up and married and have kids, there will be big decisions to be made, like what kinds of sports loyalties our kids will have. I mean, of course they'll be Cal fans, but what happens if my husband is as loyal to his school as I am to mine? How will we work out these issues? (I'll win, of course, but it might take some work.) And then you read an article like this, about parents really struggling with the hard decisions for their children:

A couple fighting about which gang their 4-year-old toddler should join caused a public disturbance that resulted in the father's arrest, Commerce City police said Thursday.

On Saturday, Joseph Manzanares stormed into the Hollywood Video store where his girlfriend worked, threatened to kill her and knocked over several video displays and even a computer, Commerce City police Sgt. Joe Sandoval said.
After he ran out of the store, police were called and the 19-year-old was arrested at his home.

His girlfriend told police that they had been arguing about the upbringing of their son and which gang he should belong to. The teen mother, who is black, is a member of the Crips. Manzanares is Hispanic and belongs to the Westside Ballers gang, the woman said.
"They have different ideas on how the baby should be raised. Basically, she said they cannot agree on which gang the baby would 'claim,'" Sandoval said.

Seriously...what the f*ck.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

We would so be best friends if we knew each other

Man I love NPH.

*Everything* 80s is back

They updated the Sweet Valley High books! And apparently did a crappy job of it. I used to read those books all the time, although my favorites were the Baby-Sitter's Club. I so wanted to be Stacey McGill.

I'd kick their tiny little asses


It's really almost over

I have one week of class left. Ever. That is a scary thought! Although luckily my very last class ever (Ethics) is having food and beer/wine so we can start the celebrating actually during class instead of waiting until after. Although it seems kind of wrong to be celebrating when I have a bunch of exams and papers hanging over my head.

Today I have a guy coming from a moving company to give me an estimate on how many boxes I'll need and how much all my stuff is going to weigh. It's really odd, it makes me feel like a grown-up, talking with my firm about how much of my moving expenses they cover, figuring out the best timing for getting my stuff up to DC...I don't quite know what to make of it.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

We're so popular

Playboy playmates love Cal! Yay us (I think?)

"Sorry, we were born in the 80s."

Tonight marked our triumphant* return to trivia after being gone all semester! Trivia is Tuesday nights and it just so happens that Wendesday is the busiest day of the week for Bri and me, so we just haven't really been able to make it happen. We discovered upon our arrival that the normal trivia girl is no longer doing it since her work schedule has changed, so now it's new people, who did an ok job (it's only their second week so they're still getting the hang of it). We had several categories that were just disasters for us (Star Wars and Kiss), so we made several guesses that got us funny answer nominations, although we weren't chosen as the funny answer winners because we pissed off the nerds. Our answers for a Star Wars question 2 was "If I know the answer to this, I am never getting laid." Our answer to Star Wars question 3 was "See question 2." That seemed to upset some people in the audience when that was read aloud. My personal favorite for the night, however was our answer to the question "In what movie did Kiss fight a mad scientist at Six Flags Magic Mountain?" (Our answer: Kiss versus the Mad Scientist at Six Flags Magic Mountain.) I forget what some of our other funny ones were. But they were high-larious. I assure you.

*By "triumphant," I mean "losing badly."

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Yeah, fear me

See, some people think I'm scary. I keep trying to explain that people should beware my wrath, but for some reason they don't.

I was waiting for something -dary

I'm re-watching season five of Scrubs on dvd, and I'd forgotten how great the show is. Really, it's amazing what happened to it season six, it just went off on some crazy tangent where it forgot how to be hilarious. But I still have season six on dvd, because who buys seasons 1-5 and then just gives up? I'm no quitter.

Speaking of why I hate basketball (I'm so good at these transition sentences), HIMYM was not on tv tonight. Why? Basketball. You know what was on, though? The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. AKA total crap. CBS, why do you hate me?? That, plus you're thinking about bringing Britney back? You're killing me.

Also speaking of basketball, Bill Simmons has a great explanation for why he doesn't watch college basketball, which I've been meaning to post as an explanation of why I don't like college basketball much:

As long as the NBA is running on all cylinders -- and really, it hasn't happened in 15 years -- I don't see why anyone would watch college over pro unless they had a favorite college team (which I don't, thanks to Holy Cross fading into obscurity). Of all the guys we watched in the tournament this year, maybe eight of them could step into an NBA rotation right away, and only two of them (Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley) could start for a decent team. Personally, I'd rather watch basketball played passionately at the highest possible level; the NBA hasn't been this good since the watershed 1992-93 season and the competitiveness of its games has just been absolutely remarkable.

Now, I'm not claiming to know who Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley are (I'm a busy girl!), but his general point that there's not much point to watching college basketball if you just want to see good basketball holds true. Maybe I'm just biased because my family always watched the NBA, and please don't leave comments telling me how college is "purer" than the NBA (well you can if you want, I just may choose not to read them, or to roll my eyes as I read them), but that's how I see it. It's like watching the WNBA. Why watch the WNBA when you can see NBA players doing the same thing, only well?

Sunday, April 06, 2008

I am a San Diegan!

Part of being a San Diegan is being a bad driver in the rain. We can't help it, because what do you expect from people raised where it barely ever rains? It's like expecting a Florida driver to be able to handle snow. I freely admit that I hate driving in the rain, and it's not that I've ever caused an accident or anything (because I haven't), but rather that it just makes me incredibly nervous. When we were driving to Miami for the cruise, I was just doing the short trip from Fort Lauderdale to Miami that morning, and out of nowhere it started raining. I was ok at first, but then right as I was on a ramp to switch freeways it started pouring out of nowhere, and I actually shrieked out loud because I got so worried that I couldn't see anything. I think this worried Bri and Chris a bit (seeing as they were my passengers at the time) but the rain abated and we made it there without any problems. Two nights ago it there was a huge thunderstorm here and I was driving home from hanging out with my friend, and as I was turning I almost turned to the left of the median because I couldn't see it clearly. Luckily I caught myself in time (and I guess luckier still, there was no one trying to turn left on that road!) but it's just more proof that man (and by man, I mean me) was not meant to drive in the rain! PS I'm going to die in DC.

Also, I think my doggie is mean to be a San Diegan because he hates the rain too. He absolutely refused to go outside that night of the huge storm to pee and just held it until the next day. My kind of dog!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

And I STILL have yet to bowl a turkey somehow

Yet another sign that law school is officially bowling team is no more. As of late Wednesday night (well really, early Thursday morning...stupid lane nine was broken and it took forever!), Bowl-O-Rama was retired. We made it to the elite eight in the playoffs, so we did ourselves proud in that our final hour, but it's over. We took a team picture to commemorate three great years, but it wasn't on my camera (for obvious reasons) so I don't have it right now. It's funny because my teammates are my roommate and three of my best friends at law school, and yet we ended up on a team together totally randomly. We just happened to all be at the same party early 1L year, and my friend Nate (who was not my friend yet at the time) said that he had signed up for a team but only had himself and his fiancee Cat right now as players, and the three of us happened to be near him when he was talking about it and we all said we'd like to be on his team. And magically, Bowl-O-Rama was born! Funny how things work out.

Friday, April 04, 2008

stupid weather

Apparently it's really humid outside, because I went out to take Jamie for a walk with my hair looking decently cute, and came back in 15 minutes later looking like the bride of Frankenstein. Great.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

My two favorite shows are merging!

How I Met Your Mother is becoming Lost. We have explanatory theories and cliffhangers, and I always spend the day after the episode airs discussing what everything means with my friends!

Too many details!

I'm trying to figure out my schedule for this summer. The bar exam is July 29-31, and I'll be in LA for that. So I'm planning on flying out to LA the Sunday before, the 27th, and I'm thinking of staying after the exam for another week because my friends are getting married in Montana on August 9th, and it doesn't make sense to fly back for a week and then come back out to Montana. So then I have approximately from July 31 to August 8th to play in California, and visit my friends there. Plus, according to Christine that first weekend of August is the weekend of the Cal Women's Huddle so then I'd be there for that! So that means I have to figure out where I'd stay for that week and how I'd get up to northern California (and back down to SoCal to fly to Montana). And then after Montana I don't know if I'd go back to Durham, or if I'd go to Dallas to see my family and then go to Durham later just for moving to DC. And I'd like to perhaps visit Seattle at some point during my time off between the bar and starting work, but I'm not sure when that would be. AND, Cal is playing Maryland at Maryland in mid-September, so if I use that weekend to move to DC, then I can go to that game! So basically I have like two months that I'm trying to figure out when I'm doing what and it's not cooperating.