Sunday, June 29, 2008

Wow, it's almost July

Since knitting class I haven't practiced that, but I've been quilting. Makes total sense. Well, I was going to hand quilt the quilt, but after about one foot worth of hand quilting I realized that that was a terrible idea, and I decided to switch back to machine quilting, and since then it's gone much faster. Hopefully I'll be done with this one relatively soon because I just got a quilting book and I decided what I want to do next and I want to get started on it! You know, in between the bar studying.

Speaking of, I'm so excited because on Friday, we don't have any assignments (fourth of July) and I'm planning on taking the entire day off. A whole day off!! It's going to be amazing. If I don't panic too much about the bar exam being fewer than four weeks away at that point. Wait, I panicked a little just typing that. Ok, going to block it from my mind.

And since I'm talking about the bar exam yet again (sorry), here are more lolcats! Adam, any time you want an explanation, I'll be happy to do so in excruciating detail. It'll be a good way to review.

Friday, June 27, 2008

I love Fridays again

The one good thing about this bar review class I'm doing is that it makes me appreciate Fridays again like I haven't in a long time. This whole year, seeing as Wednesday was my Friday, Friday was nothing special. And I actually disliked Saturdays, because Saturday meant that the weekend was more than half over already! Now I have a whole new appreciation for the weekend, it's kind of nice.

This is hilarious, and not related to the bar exam at all. Aren't you proud of me? I'm sure you are.

I got the boxes I'm supposed to pack all of my stuff in delivered today. So far I've packed half a box and thrown out about the same. I feel like that's pretty good progress for one day. I got the boxes this yearly so I could take it slowly and just pack a box here and there, but I'm guessing I'll still end up having to do most of it right before I leave for the bar exam, and thus panicking super crazy. I can't wait.

Oh, I found my Y! Apparently when it flew threw the air it actually landed on the edge of my laptop, on the black plastic part right near the edge where the screen hits it at the 90 degree angle, and I didn't notice because of the whole black plastic on black plastic thing. And I don't take my laptop to school with me now since I just take notes in the barbri workbook, so somehow the Y never got jostled enough that it moved, and I never saw it. But now my keyboard is whole once more, yay.

Tomorrow morning I'm doing a knitting class with my friend Bri, I'm excited. Always adding to my craft knowledge.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

More things to entertain you

If you're studying for the bar exam, of course.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Y is such a little piece of crap.

I was typing on my computer just now and I accidentally flicked off the "y" key (I think my fingernails just caught it from underneath and dislodged it) and now I can't find the damn thing! I saw it go flying from the corner of my eye, and land on my desk, but I can't see it anywhere. I've moved all the stuff over there, I've looked in open containers nearby where it could have fallen off the desk onto, and it's just gone! And now it's driving me nuts. Luckily I can still use the Y key, but seriously, where the hell could it have gone. I'm assuming I'll find it within the next day or so, but with my luck I'll find it when I move in a month. UGH.

Bar review humor

One of my friends told me that there was a facebook group that had a bunch of bar review lolcats, so of course I went through the entire collection of them to procrastinate. I know most people who read this won't get them, but for the three people who will, I'm going to post some of my favorites periodically. And if you don't get them, just shake your head at me that I think they're funny. Actually, you'll probably be shaking your head either way, so just feel sorry for me.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Manic Monday

Every time we have a thunderstorm here (which happens quite frequently, as it turns out) the power goes off at my place. Only for a second, just long enough to have to reset my clocks, but still. Yesterday it went out three times in an hour, drove me nuts. And apparently when I reset my bedroom clock that third time, I managed to switch the AM and the PM for the main clock, because although my alarm clock was set correctly for 8am, it didn't go off since my clock thought it was 8pm. Which meant that I woke up at 8:43 this morning, for my 9am bar prep class. Luckily I am awesome and made it from my bed to my chair in class in 22 minutes. And I even made my bed, too! (I hate leaving the house with an unmade bed, and would probably spend the 30 seconds it takes to make it barring something other than a house fire or crazy serial killer invading.) But it made for a hectic morning.

Also, studying for the bar is ruining my health. My eyes have really been bothering me lately, and I can only assume that after three years of law school not affecting my eyesight at all, the never-ending reading of bar prep has taken its toll this month. I think my vision in my right eye has gotten worse, and I don't know if that's even possible in just a month, but it feels like it. They've been bothering me so much that I actually took out my contacts this afternoon, and went out in public in my glasses today. I was horrified with myself, but I had no choice. Plus, the prescription for my glasses is actually a little different than the one for my contacts, and I think this might be the right one for my right eye once again (I went from -1.5 to -1.25, but now I'm thinking I'm back at -1.5). In addition to my terrible eyesight, I know have arthritis in my right hand. Well, not arthritis, but it feels like it because the joints in my hand are killing me from all the handwritten notes and stuff I've been taking. I haven't been typing them because I feel like I retain it better when I hand-write it, but now my hand hurts so much I don't want to write anything! I think I'm going to try taking some Aleve or something.

Finally, in both legal and Duke news, this is hilarious.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I'm judging

I did my CPR certification class today...and the people I was with make these idiots sound like geniuses. Seriously, I wanted to smack some people in the face. And one of them was a retired teacher! So great, no wonder high school kids are dumb, their teachers are idiots too.

Big plans

My next career, once I finish my two years of being a lawyer (assuming I pass the bar, of course). I'm pretty excited about it, I think it'll be fun and I'll be good at it. One random commentator lists what he thinks the main requirements are, and I know I satisfy at least one of the two, plus I have social skills, so I'm feeling pretty qualified right now.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Favorite Founding Fathers

Like most teenagers, when I was in high school I took sides in the whole Adams versus Jefferson debate. Granted, my knowledge was not particularly deep, but I was pretty convinced that I was a Jefferson person. So last year I got the Adams biography by David McCullough that was supposed to be so awesome and I read it (well technically I got it years ago but I finally got around to reading it last year), and it was indeed great. Plus, it gave me a whole new appreciation for Adams and really made me reevaluate my opinion. I highly recommend it, especially anyone who isn't a big Adams fan, because I think you'll read it and end up one. I still haven't seen the HBO miniseries because I don't have HBO, I'm bummed about that, but I digress.

Anyway, I got a biography of Alexander Hamilton recently and just finished that (PS notice it's a bargain book right now on Amazon, only $9, get it!) and it was also fantastic (I mean, understanding as you read it that the author is all about Hamilton so it's not totally unbiased). I didn't know very much about him before reading it, and I really had no idea just how much he did to shape America. But I digress again, because my point was that Hamilton butted heads with Jefferson a lot, too, and so after reading the Adams biography and the Hamilton biography, I'm starting to be kind of pissed at Jefferson! So I got a biography of Jefferson to try to even out the exposure they're getting, and like Jefferson again. I think I might have erred and gotten the wrong biography, though, because the one I bought is only 200 pages, and the reviews were excellent, but I'm somewhat skeptical about how great a picture I can get in only 200 pages. Maybe that's book snobby of me, I don't know. Anyway, hopefully I'll rediscover my love for Jefferson after reading it. But I am sure that Aaron Burr can bite me, I don't need to read his biography to know that.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Famous people

So my friend Cat, who is getting married in August, is at a fancy-pants spa in Arizona getting ready for the wedding. It's one of those places where you eat delicious lo-cal food and do nothing but get in awesome shape. I'm terribly jealous. Anyway, she went to a step class there a couple of days ago and who should be there as well but Pink! Apparently all of the step classes I encouraged Cat to come with me to paid off because she was able to keep up and did awesome, whereas it took Pink a while to get the hang of it. So Cat was way better than she, and after the class Cat told Pink about me dragging (her words, not mine) her to all of those classes with me. So Pink has heard of me! I know, pinnacle of fame there, but whatever.

In other "celebrity" news, some of us were at dinner at CPK a couple of days ago, and who should we see by Tyler Hansbrough. It was kind of funny because he walked by and I thought to myself, hm, that guy is tall, and then Chris told me who he was, and it all made sense. We were going to steal his straw, in order to continue an important tradition, but that heathen drank straight out of the glass! I was pretty disappointed he ruined it for us.

The center of my life right now

The funny thing about studying for the bar is that it feels kind of like first semester of law school again. You have all this material coming at you, it's totally overwhelming, and you have no idea if the way you're studying is the right way, since you've never taken an exam like the one you have coming up before. And all around you, you see stuff you've talked about--contracts issues, property issues, criminal law stuff, it's everywhere. It pops into your head randomly all the time. I didn't like the first semester of law school very much.

I have several things to post about, but I unfortunately don't have time right now. So just ponder what stories I have that could involve step class AND Pink!

Also, I just saw this website, which is pretty cool. It lets you make stuff like this:

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Psychic thieves?

I woke up this morning to an email from my bank saying that there had been some irregular activity on an account of mine and I needed to verify that it wasn't fraud. I went to the website to enter in the account number of the card they said the activity was on...and I realized that I didn't even know the card number because it's an account that they created for me automatically for some reason, but I've literally never used. The credit card for that account has never even gone into my wallet, it's just been sitting in a desk drawer for years. So, that was a bad sign. I had to call my bank since I didn't know the account number and it turns out that over the last three days, someone had charged over $4000 to this account! Luckily it's not a big problem since I don't even use that account, cancelling it won't affect me, and they didn't hassle me at all about taking off the charges. But I mostly just have no idea how they even got this account number since *I* don't even know it.

Friday, June 13, 2008

California living

Yesterday I walked out of school and it smelled (and looked) liked there was a wildfire. And sure enough, there's one not near here, but the winds brought the smoke and smell over this direction. Everyone on the tv was freaking out about it, but when I saw it my first thought was, ah, smells like home.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

This is my gift

Final round of trivia tonight (game two)? Name all five original members of the Spice Girls, and all five original members of N*SYNC, first and last names. Sure, I may not remember all seven of the kinds of contracts covered by the Statute of Frauds, but I can name celebrities til the cows come home, and damn if I didn't lay the smackdown for that round.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Less than four months left

September 29th, I have to become a grown-up. That's the day I picked as my start date for work (I had three options, this is the one everyone I worked with last summer is doing, so I decided I might as well, too). But from August 1st to September 28th, I'm going to live like I've got a terminal disease. Because I do, and it's called being a lawyer.

Speaking of which, back to contracts!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Timeout reading for the Celtics bench

Dear Leon Powe,

I'm so happy for you, having the game of your life right now. You're a Golden Bear (even if that halftime piece about you gave your college career literally only one sentence) so I'll love you forever. But please, stop it right now.


Love, Reva

Not quite the paychecks I was getting last summer

Speaking of aerobics, I got my first paycheck today, so I finally know how much money I'm making! (I never bothered to ask before, it didn't really matter.) I think I'm earning approximately 1/20th of what I'll be billing working for a law firm (not making, mind you, just billing). And I guess that's fair since I'm thinking working for a law firm is only going to be 1/20th as fun.

At least that's one exam I won't have to repeat

I passed my aerobics exam! I got a 95% on the written exam, and you only need 80% to pass, so I'm feeling pretty good about that, especially since I saved $100 by studying on my own and not showing up to their morning "how to pass the exam this afternoon" workshop. I technically still have to get CPR certified to be officially certified (I haven't done a CPR class since freshman year of college--remember the lesbians with everything and the kitchen sink? To the one person who reads this blog who will know what I'm talking about?) but that's just a matter of going to the class and getting it done. My boss at the gym said she was going to get a class together, but she's not always the best about following through with what she says, so I might just have to go through the Red Cross. I of course just missed three classes this past week, which were half price since it was CPR awareness week (who knew?) so now I have to wait like a week and a half. Not that it really matters, I just like to get it over with.

Also, I've decided I like con law much more when you get rid of all the fuzzy parts (aka like 90% of it) and only have to know the actualy rules and tests the Supreme Court has come up with. Since on the bar exam they can't really test you on those questions that there is no answer to (like everything we covered in law school) they just have to ask on the stuff there IS a right answer to, which is pretty awesome. Like my new favorite example, that sidewalks in general are a public forum, but sidewalks that are on post office property are private. There aren't any other sidewalk exceptions, that's the only one I know of. Why does it exist? I have no idea, but I'll learn it and pray that I get a multiple choice question about it so I can laugh in my head at all the suckers who put down "He has a first amendment right because sidewalks are a public forum" as their choice since it's an exception. Mwahahaha.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Wednesdays are busy days

Internet is finally working again, although it took the intervention of a technician to make everything ok. I don't know what they did to fix it since it was at someone else's house that they actually fixed the problem, but thank goodness. I can't be internet-free at home for too long before my brain explodes.

Speaking of my brain exploding, torts is killing me. Just fyi.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

So helpful

I've been looking for this particular kind of fabric and I can't find it anywhere. I've been googling it to no avail, and I'd finally taken to calling individual shops and seeing if they have it or know who is a fabric wholesale type place that might have it. It turns out it just doesn't exist, unfortunately, but before I found this out I emailed this online fabric store to see if they could give me any suggestions (since they didn't have any in stock). And while I give them points for promptness (I got an email back like ten minutes later), their advice was "try doing a google search." Hm, wish I'd thought of that, thanks random fabric site.

Also, my internet is being *painfully* slow right now. It wasn't working at all last night, and I called TWC (who should die) and made an appointment for a technician to come out tomorrow afternoon, but now it's working again. Except, as I said, it's so slow I'm just sitting here waiting for pages to load. It's like dial-up. But I don't know if a technician can actually fix this or not (I don't really trust them in terms of fixing problems) so I'd rather not bother keeping the appointment if it isn't actually going to help, because then I can just stay at school and do my bar studying, which has been my usual plan so far. I shall ponder. And maybe take the advice of my electrical engineer major friend who said to just try turning it off and on and see if it fixes the problem.

Monday, June 02, 2008

The more you know

If you say that someone suffers from a loathsome disease, it is slander per se. What is a loathsome disease? Leprosy, or a veneral disease. That's it. Keep that in mind, this is important.

Which reminds me:

Sunday, June 01, 2008

I'll watch anything with him

I watched Password tonight just because Neil Patrick Harris was going to be on. And not surprisingly, he was awesome at it. He kicked Rachael Ray's ass. She probably went home and cried. And I'm glad.

Also, I can't believe it's already June. June is my favorite month, probably because it's my birthday month. But I'm really not ready for it to be here. As soon as I learn how to control time, I think I'll hit the pause button for a while.

I'm a whiner, and I know it

I'm going to try not to complain too much about studying for the bar exam, because I realize that is going to get old fast. At the same time, I don't know how much else I'm going to have to talk about seeing as that's all I'm going to be doing (more or less) for the next couple of months. So you might have to put up with it, sorry. I spent most of yesterday going through evidence, but tomorrow we move on to torts, so thank god for that. Not that I love torts so much or anything, but at least it's something different. I'm pretty sure that five minutes into that lecture I'll have forgotten everything I learned about torts, though. I just don't know how to retain knowledge for more than like a week at a time, so this should be interesting. Speaking of interesting, this article about failing the California bar is a really scary way. I mean, she was the dean of Stanfurd, after all, so maybe that was her problem, but still .