Friday, May 30, 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008

It's not the weekend??

I haven't had class on a Friday in two years. And hell, I haven't even had class on a *Thursday* for the past year. So tomorrow is going to suck. I'm trying to think of it as easing my was into the real world, though. It's still class, and it's only a half day, but it's five days a week. Kind of like when I was two and my mom put me in school half days, so I could socialize and get used to not being at home with her all the time. Only with more video lectures.

Also, I think someone just ruined the end of the Sex and the City movie for me on his blog. It's not like I was all about that movie or anything, but I wanted to know what happened, seeing as I've seen pretty much all of the show (although not in order) over the last however many years. And I didn't want to know what happened by having someone mention it on his blog. Hmph.

Speaking of ruining things, about the season finale of Lost...




I won't say much, just that I'm glad we finally know who was in the coffin! In that last scene I thought they were going to fade to black and I was going to kill someone. Glad it didn't come to that.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Kicking it old school

For some reason, I have never been comfortable carrying my laptop in a backpack. There's something about having the weight on both shoulders which makes me feel like I'm being crushed, but having it on just one shoulder is fine. Makes no sense, I know. So for the past three years my backpack from undergrad has just been sitting in the corner of my room, but since I don't need my laptop for bar/bri, I figured I'd give it some use again. And I found a lot of random crap in that backpack. Also, it's so old it doesn't even have a pocket for my phone! I have to use the calculator pocket instead. We'll see how this goes.

Since I'm telling you random stuff you don't care about, I'll also comment on the Classico-brand spaghetti sauce. I like it, I think it's got good flavors. But there is something about the way they seal the jars that makes them almost impossible to open! Every time I get it, I have to run it under water and bang on the top before I can twist it off, it's a huge pain. And last week the lid of the jar I had was on so tight, even after fighting with it for like ten minutes I still couldn't get it open! It was so frustrating. I finally got it by using one of those openers you use that pokes the two holes in the top of a can so you can pour whatever it is out (I have no idea what it's called) to bust a hole in the cap, breaking the seal and thus allowing me to open it. It was a trial, I tell you.

One day down, eight thousand to go (plus or minus)

First day of bar/bri wasn't bad, but that's mostly because it was only two hours long (half the time it normally will be), and was only introductory materials. Tomorrow we start in on Evidence. They handed out the schedule of all the work we're supposed to be doing outside of class from here to the bar exam...and yikes. Every single day, even the weekends. Up through te day before the bar. I don't know how long I'm going to be able to manage that, but I'm going to try!

Also, I called the exercise certification people and it turns out that the big packet I got was indeed a "we got your money, now you're a member" thing, and not an indication that I actually passed the exam. I am going to be so pissed if I fail, you have no idea.

Making Mischief

Bri and I like to amuse ourselves when Chris is out of town by doing stuff to his apartment. You of course know about the jello wrestling pool, and another day we bought like 20 boxes of saran wrap and just wrapped furniture and a bunch of random stuff in his house (I didn't blog about it because I didn't have my camera, and so I couldn't show any pictures of it!). So this past week Chris was out of town again visiting home, so Bri and I decided to wander around Wal-Mart and come up with something to do to his apartment. And we came up with balloons! And some other round objects.

First we got some beach balls:



And then 144 balloons:

And we filled up his shower. This was only 72 balloons, actually, in case you ever need to know how many balloons it takes to fill up a shower (well 72 balloons and five beach balls).


Then we filled his microwave with tennis balls and other things similarly-sized.


Then we filled his dryer with balloons.



And then in the other tub we had somewhere between 200 and 230 water balloons (the package originally had 250 but there was some shoddy craftsmanship so a bunch broke). It's not filled, obviously, but that would have taken about 1000 water balloons and that was just not happening.


Then we went and filled his hall closet.

And we had some extra and went back to the laundry room and shoved some more in there!

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I realize it's nowhere near as awesome as a jello wrestling pool, or as getting goats and leaving them in his apartment would be (that's a long-standing dream of ours, but the places where you can rent goats around here--and they do exist--only let you rent them for a month at a time, to eat grass and whatnot), but hey, it's hard to come up with ideas.

Monday, May 26, 2008

It's like the end of summer vacation already

Today was my last day of freedom until August 1st. Tomorrow the bar exam prep class (bar/bri) starts...and fun is over. It's been a good couple of weeks, I can't complain that I didn't get some time to relax in there. Starting tomorrow I have class from 9am-1pm M-F (more or less), and then I'm supposed to go home and study for something like eight hours. Which is not going to happen, I just don't have that kind of attention span. But I'm hoping it won't be as bad as I'm thinking. My favorite law school classes were those where we just actually learned the black-letter law, and that's all this is going to be--learning the actual rules. Aka what I thought law school was supposed to be like. And then I have to memorize the rules. I'm pretty good at memorizing, usually it's the applying that trips me up. So maybe this will be fine! I'm trying to be optimistic, at least until I've actually gotten the study schedule and see how much work I'm supposed to be doing. Part of me is actually glad I'll be starting finally, because it's been hanging over my head for so long, but that's a very small part. I'm mostly thinking that life is over.

Back home

Well, I have returned from DC, and overall I think the trip was pretty successful. I saw somewhere between 17 and 20 apartments, and although most of them won't work for one reason or another, I have like five good options right now. Four of those, it turns out, are in Virginia, not DC proper. I really want a one bedroom and den, so I can have an office, and people who come to visit me (hopefully more than came to Durham!) can have something of a guest room rather than just a couch. And in any area I'd want to live in DC, that's *really* expensive. Especially when you add in parking and stuff like that. If I have to choose between living in DC, and having the bigger, nicer apartment, I'm going with the apartment. It's still not far from DC (only one or two metro stops away) so it's not a big sacrifice, but that's probably where I'll end up being, although I'm still looking on craigslist and stuff for particular areas in DC.

I got a big packet in the mail over the weekend from the company I did my aerobics certification exam with, and it has a letter and a membership card saying things like, welcome to AFAA, we're glad to have you as a member. And it's dated the day of/day after (I can't remember) of my exam. But it doesn't say anywhere that I actually passed the exam, so I don't know if membership means I did, or just that they got my paperwork! So I'm going to call them tomorrow and see what the deal is. I guess technically I wouldn't be certified anyway because I need to get my CPR certification renewed before it takes effect, but still, they should make these things a little clearer.

I had a dream last night that I was going to law school grad school. It was like three years of study of a particular field, and I was doing museum studies so I could do museum law afterward. And apparently at least one of the professors had magic powers (I think it was my contracts professor mixed with Dustin Hoffman from Rain Man (we were watching it last night)), and he was supposed to use his powers to "make us feel comfortable" at school. And it was sort of implied that this power might get passed down to me. Then we were standing around talking outside when a bride showed up because she was getting married right around there and she was trying to take photos with her bridesmaid, so we had to move into something that looked like a sauna (but wasn't on, so it was just like a wood building). And then we teleported or something all of a sudden into an elementary school classroom which had a tile wall, and the teacher had magical powers too and she was using the magic powers to rearrange the tiles to make it look totally different and I was like, no wonder her classroom always looks so cool!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Yay for crafts

I'm going up to DC tomorrow to check out some apartments, and I don't know why it always takes me until 1:30 am to finish packing, but it does. Granted, I didn't start til like an hour ago, so that's part of the problem. But it never fails, I always end up doing it sometime after midnight, which makes me worry that I'm going to forget stuff.

I was watching my DVR'd American Idol finale tonight, and the show cut off literally while Ryan was reading the results off the official results card. I had to run upstairs and ask Abby who won (she actually watched it live). And (spoiler alert!) hooray David Cook! He's been my fave since pretty much the beginning (maybe since the top 20 or 18 or whatever it is they do?), so I am happy.

I like the Classico spaghetti sauce, but every jar is hard to open! I don't know what it is they do to them, but I always have to run it under hot water or do something to try to get it open. Usually that's enough, but today I had to actually pop open the seal by stabbing the top of the jar, and then it finally opened.

I finished my quilt! There are plenty of mistakes, but I think for a first attempt (learning from a book, no less) it's not too shabby. See for yourself:

You can see how small it is, though...it barely covers my legs!

I think I'll do another little one, so I can practice more, but this time try quilting by hand and see how that goes.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What lies ahead

A couple of weeks ago I got the boxes with my reading for my bar study class this summer, but I didn't bother opening them until today. (And yes, it's boxes, plural...apparently one box just couldn't contain all the bar fun-times that I'm supposed to learn.) The way the class works is that I go to lecture (or in our case, dvd's of the live lecture elsewhere...yup, we'll be sitting in a room watching a video of a lecture. Weird, I know) and then fill in the blanks on these worksheets that they give us. It's their way of making sure we follow along and don't just zone out. Anyway, here is the book with the workbooks for the class lectures:

Yikes, right? Seems scary to me. I have another box and a half filled with books like this, but those are just things I'm supposed to read, and practice exams. Oh joy. Of course it could be worse, some people actually started their classes today! Thank God ours starts next Tuesday. I am trying to live these days as if they're my last. Actually, today I decided to try to learn how to quilt. It's not going too badly so far (except for the part where I broke a needle on my sewing machine and couldn't figure out how to get the needle to not lean to the right...turns out I just had to adjust the stitch width), although I think I've done the "easy part" of the quilt I'm working on. It's pretty small, so I think I'll give it to Jamie when I'm done. He won't notice the uneven squares, either. Of if he does, he'll be polite enough not to mention them.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Good thing it got renewed!

This would be an awesome graduation present. Just throwing that out there.

I get on the worst schedule when I have nothing to do. I always end up going to bed at 2 and getting up at 10, so I feel like I'm wasting the day, but I can't make myself get up earlier for no reason when I'll just be sleepy! It's a terrible cycle.

Also, it will NOT stop raining here! I cannot take it anymore. First winter would never end, and then it finally got warm, and now it's always raining. This place is a disaster.

Friday, May 16, 2008

My Other Career

As I mentioned a while back, I decided to get certified to teach group fitness. Well, in March the woman who was helping teach me how to teach decided that I was a quick study, and that she was tired, so she just kind of gave me her class for the rest of the semester. It was pretty flattering I guess, because I'd only taught parts of two classes (aka two weeks worth) when she called in sick to work and just asked me to do the whole class myself, and from then on it was just me. Anyway, the summer gym schedule started this week, and I officially have not one but two classes of my own. It's kind of cool, I'm on the website and everything. And people like my class! I mean, it's not like everyone and their mother is there, but the regulars that come seem to really like me, which makes me happy because I'd always wanted to be the kind of instructor where you're excited to go work out because it's fun (which is how I usually feel about the gym, so I know it's possible). I've already decided it's way more fun than being a lawyer will be.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Score!

I just hooked up my old laptop, and not only does it work, but I managed to install the wireless card that I got for it three years ago (because it's not wireless-enabled, I got the computer back in 2001) and it works! Thank goodness. I will remain connected to the outside world.

All alone!

My parents just left town, and they took my brother and my doggie with them. Devin because he's moved out of the dorms, of course, and my doggie because I realized that him being here while I'm studying for the bar will be boring for him and difficult for me, because I can't just ignore him all day and bury myself studying (man I can't wait to start that). Plus I'm not coming back to Durham after I leave for CA for the bar, so I'd have to fly to Dallas with him at some point anyway for my parents to have him while I'm in CA and such. So, given all of that, we decided it's easier if they just take him now. And it sucks because now the house is way too quiet. Sadness of my heart.

My laptop has been ridiculously noisy ever since Christmas, for some reason. The fan is so loud that in classes I get funny looks because it sounds like there's a lawnmower hidden somewhere in my computer. So now that classes and finals are over I'm finally sending it in to IBM to get fixed. If I tried to take the bar with my computer like this, I'd probably be lynched by the entire room. I have my old computer from undergrad, but I haven't used it in three years and I'm not sure how easy it's going to be. So you might have light posting again for the next few days, but fingers crossed I'll get my computer back in a couple of days (a computer which is quiet!). Anyway, fair warning of few posts plus intermittent email access.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

It's almost football

17th national championship in the last 18 years? Yeah, we rock. And I know you all love rugby.

(PS: Notice that the picture that Stuff White People Like has is of the Cal rugby team. They know what they're talking about.)

Two is better than one...except when it's not

Today was day two of graduation for me. Last night was the hooding ceremony, which is the big deal for the law school, and is just for us. Then this morning is the school-wide commencement ceremony, which most law students don't go to, and I wouldn't have either except my brother was going for himself and since I would have had to go anyway to see him, I figured I might as well throw on the cap and gown one more time rather than just sit in the stands. But it was pouring the entire time. And it had dropped like 20 degrees since yesterday, so it was cold rain. Aka very not fun. And the rain mixed with my shoes caused serious blisters so I ended up walking all over campus barefoot because I just couldn't handle the shoes anymore (but I figured that if I could survive walking around Berkeley barefoot, I could survive the Duke campus). Then after that I turned in my cap and gown and hood (we didn't get to keep it--ridiculous! Especially for the rental fee they charged), picked up my diploma (amazing, seeing as it took us five months to get our undergrad ones), and ran (barefoot) to my brother's departmental graduation, which was both indoors and under an hour, so it was basically perfect.

Here are a couple of random photos from last night (and anyone who is in one of these or any other photo from last night, I'm happy to email you copies).






I'm a lawyer!

Hoorays!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Durham good times

Sorry for the light posting lately, but now that finals are over, there hasn't been much to say (also, somehow I get lazier about posting when there's nothing going on). My parents just got into town tonight, though, and graduation is tomorrow, so I should have some new pictures to post soon at least!

I could have posted this a while ago, but Cinco de Mayo was on Monday, of course, and we did do some mad celebrating, Durham-style. Which means we used a pinata that my friend Cat was given four years ago and hung it from the balcony in my friends' apartment complex, and went to town on it. We have to make our own fun here.







Also, we had our "Graduation Gala" on Wednesday, which included a slide show, and I'm proud to say that this is one of the photos that was featured.



Yes, we have so many good times. You can tell.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Leave us alone!

Here's a cool post from a guy who looks at the number of football players drafted from college teams, and how well their college teams did before they got drafted. It only looks at the Pac-10, so people who aren't interested in the west coast won't care, but I thought it was an interesting analysis.

Also, we went to the movies a couple of nights ago and Chris had the following conversation with a really abrasive ticket seller (paraphrased since I don't remember it verbatim):

Chris: Three tickets for Sarah Marshall.
Seller: Ok, would you like to donate a dollar?
Chris: No thanks.
Seller: But I didn't even tell you what it's for. It's for the children (points to a Children's Miracle Network sign)
Chris: No thanks, still not interested.
Seller: But it's for the children!
Chris: Yeah, I know.
Seller: Fine, it's on your head.

It was so rude and aggressive, I was really surprised. Also I was glad that I had Chris buying my ticket so I wouldn't have to tell the mean lady no myself!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Sweet Freedom

Wow, doing nothing is awesome. I forgot what this feels like. I woke up today, and realized I had nothing to do. I went to the dog park and wasn't thinking about all the stuff I had to get done when I got back home. I'm waiting to go to the gym, and I realized I have nothing I should be doing instead of playing around online. I love it!



And since I have a camera again, I get to post pictures! Here are some of the fun times we've been having since Thursday afternoon, when I officially became Done with Law School.






I know, we sure know how to have fun here. Bunny ears?? A monkey cup full of beer?? Madness!