Tuesday, September 22, 2009

HALF

Half way/ half a**. Half a** at work, half a** at school, and half a** post. That is the theme for this week. It's how I'm making it through this crazy schedule. The trick is being able to find just the right balance of half. It helps if you are good at prioritizing, which I am, but this is taking it to a whole new level. I love the phrase "working smarter not harder", it sounds so much better than half a**.

Cute kid moment (I get to see them in person so rarely now).. My dad taught Monkey to say she wants to be a lawyer when she grows up (or in her words "get big"), he thinks it's cute.. I drew the line at teaching her to say she wants to drive a BMW.. but anyway, we were at a restaurant and a woman was fawning over Monkey "oh how cute, she is beautiful" kinda stuff, then she asks Monkey "are you a princess", to which Monkey replied "I'm going to a lawyer like my mommy!"......... I told her she could be a lawyer & a princess....

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Busy Busy Bee

I'm a mess. I have been so freakin busy this week w/ work & school, in two days I managed to: 1) run out of gas on the freeway and 2) forget my cell phone at a restaurant, realizing that after we had made it all the way home. The gas thing was a pisser, I couldn't believe it. I haven't run out of gas since I was 16! I thought I had learned my lesson. DH had to come get me b/c I was at some weird spot on a freeway merge ramp thing & no way could I have given directions to AAA, husband barely found me. It was another 2 hours in the car.

I've been at school late every night this week. I had to go the this mandatory Lexis & Westlaw training (indoctrination) which was a complete waste of time. It seriously should have been done in orientation, I learned nothing. More cheap free crap w/ their names on it. We are getting into legal research soon, I am wondering if anyone is going to tell us that there are alternatives to these two companies (rarely used but still) like books or Findlaw.

And then the keys, exhausted I went out to dinner w/ the parents, DH & monkey, then left my phone. DH went and got. He has been so sweet through all of these craziness, for two nights in a row I have running all over the place to clean up after me.

I have had a ruff first month! but I am entering into Week 6. This week's puzzler why is rent privity of estate? but leases are contracts (privity of contract) rent just seems like it should be PK? I'm confused......

Friday, September 4, 2009

Just Random

I am too busy/brain drained to write a themed post so here are just some
random thoughts from the past few weeks, poorly prosed:

*When people tell you there is no way to prepare for law school, it's
pretty much true. My suggestion would be to go work as a legal
assistant, paralegal or whatever as long as it's in an office with a
lot of lawyers and then ask yourself, "do I really want to be one of them?"
b/c after only 3 weeks I can already see that law school is really not like the real thing.

*My p/t program has a rep as being a back door into a good school and I
finding out that it's kinda true, I was surprised that at least 1/3 to
1/2 of my class is made up of people still in their 20s & given the
cars they drive I would say having to go p/t because they have to work
f/t is questionable, it doesn't bother me that they don't have to work and fancy cars,
I made my choices, but it does bother me that I'm on a curve w/ them. It
seems very unfair and I'm trying not to be bitter.

*Reading for 6 plus hours without any break or even looking up out of
you book is not recommended. I gave myself a killer dizzy nauseous
headache episode last weekend.

*I feel like I now know what it would be like to be a parent w/ weekend
visitation but even they probably see their kids more than I do right now.
The little time I have w/ her I want to be all fun, so I am buying her stuff,
taking her to special places, giving her ice cream and chocolate chip pancakes and
hugging and kissing on her so much she has started to push away
(and she is a very cuddly kid)..this week I am taking a half day off
of work so we can all go to an amusement park.

*The secret lawyer language is now becoming unraveled, I can now use
the terms color of title, adverse possession, trespass to chattels,
and manifestation of mutual assent, way more confidently now than I
ever did as a paralegal...

*Transfer of intent is my tort curve ball for the week, I left crap on
your lawn and you hurt yourself stepping on it, not only did I
trespass I committed a battery? say what?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Not melting down

not melting down at the moment. I had a meeting with the campus counselor and cried for 30 minutes! It was the 1st time I have ever cried in a therapists office, right after that appointment was my appointment w/ the Kingsfield professor. I must have looked one hot mess. But the crazy worked and it was a simple, "you should work on that but I won't call on you, you can volunteer conversation." It's a strange thing, not having to worry about what your professors think of you, at all. They only grade your exams which are totally blind. Given how little I speak in class there is no way one of them could know which exam is mine.

I really should have dealt with this issue more before school (toastmasters, more therapy, something), but I really underestimated how much it was going to debilitate me. The professors definitely acted as though, I am far from being the first student of theirs to have this issue and they said as much. Now that my anxiety level is coming down, I really need to catch up. My fears were keeping me from working and concentrating on the first couple of weeks. I'm not even into week 3 and I feel really behind! Now that I know how each professor organizes their class it makes it much easier to tackle the work, why do they give so much work the 1st week? I mean, you really have no idea what you should be looking for, thinking about, or how to pace yourself.
It seems a little sadistic, welcome to law school.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

melt down

already? well sort of, just about the Socratic method. I have had treatment in the past for depression & anxiety. More than shyness I am phobic about public speaking even when I have a script in front of me. One class doesn't do random calling out, others I am hoping to strike an understanding with the professors that I will volunteer instead. One professor though I am going to speak to next week, his class is full on Socratic - I can't sleep, and I am having panic attacks. I missed a day of work and one class already b/c of it. I didn't trust myself to drive, I had gotten so little sleep I was seeing things (not really there) out of the corners of my eye. He strikes me as someone though who is not going to take me seriously. I am just afraid. I don't know that for certain. I have counseling appointment before I am going to talk to him. I have already thought about leaving school, I don't want to. I actually like the work, I like the reading, I like the writing. I don't ever, EVER see myself in court, negotiating, or anything like the traditional lawyer you see on TV. I would be happy to be in an office for hours and hours, just reading, writing and analyzing, or even not practicing and working in more of an administrative capacity, like a directer at non profit.... but we'll see I won't get a chance to talk to Prof. Kingsfield until next week and until then I am suffering, no sleep, stomach problems and chest pains! ugghhhhhh

Sunday, August 16, 2009

the first day of school is tomorrow!


Remember when your biggest worry was what to wear? Well I'm kinda missing those days!!


Did I mention I think it's weird to have all these reading assignments and not have a clue what my professors are like. I'm pushing through all this dense material, which I barely understand (is that normal?) and I'm not sure, am I preparing enough? what am I looking for? what should I be giving the most attention to? Should I be trying harder to understand every bit of it or is the general idea, okay?

So here is my weekend in a nutshell:

Friday 6:30pm - home, 1/2 hour dinner break, read until 11pm, bed

Saturday 8am, coffee, read, eat at computer, husband takes monkey to grandma's house, read, husband comes home with pizza for lunch, watch half of Ironman movie with him, stop movie to have "special time" together (we'll be lucky to keep that once week), back to reading,read some more, husband picks up monkey brings her home and puts her to bed, 10pm watch rest of Ironman, bed at 11, go to sleep 12.

Sunday 8am coffee, read until 10am, go get pedicure, read while getting pedicure, 11:30 can't read another word! go pickup monkey & husband we go out for pancakes, then Target, let monkey play with toys while I pick up more highlighters, I buy monkey a doctor kit, new crayons, and a princess wand (I think I am overcompensating), come home put in movie for monkey,

3pm and I'm tired!

I feel guilty for not doing more work today, but my eyes and brain are tired, and I feel a little frustrated that I'm finding the reading so difficult. I am even struggling with my property reading and I used to work in real estate. I already know what an easement is and what an encroachment is. I am trying to take advantage of the "light week" this week, and rest today and trying to tell myself that this is a marathon, not race, no sense in burning myself out the 1st few weeks. I finished all but 3 pages of reading that is not due until Thursday. But I have this nagging feeling that I didn't really "get" enough of the reading. I worried I skimmed too much, took too much from canned briefs, not enough of my own analysis, and won't be able to apply anything I read in a hypothetical that is thrown at me. Also I don't really have any time in the week, all my work needs to be done on the weekends. But if I am going to be humiliated in class via the Socratic method I guess the 1st week is the week to do it.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

First Days

Almost done with orientation, tonight is the last night. There has been some good information sprinkled in, but I think I am done with "yes it is as hard as you fear it is, but it's worth it" pep talks. Is that really supposed to be a"pep" talk? I haven't slept more than average of 5 hours a night since orientation started. I am borderline delirious, I can't slept whenever I do something new, I get too nervous and anxious. So I am kind of thinking trial lawyer is out, I would never sleep the nights before going to court. I would just babble incoherently at the court.  
Computer training was excruciating, I spent the last half of it helping the person next to me. Really? you could have just mailed me the log-ins and instructions. I think computer trainings should be sectioned out by skill level. 

I don't mean to sound negative b/c I am excited. I am just tried and feeling a little overwhelmed I just counted the pages of reading I have next week. 103 with a writing assignment and that's the "light first week". 

I am also a little annoyed at how many people keep saying "you should really try to limit your work hours or just not work". WHAT? what is the point of an evening program then? I have to believe an employer who looks at a resume that has nothing on it except for p/t law school and maybe some volunteering, is going to notice. I think it looks kind of lazy. I heard that from someone last night, who would come to school everyday at noon and just study until class? What are you going to tell people in an interview? "Like Dude I got to sleep in and be in the top 5% ".

Also the reality of how little I am going to see my monkey is hitting me, making me a little sad, but I glad I am here. I won't be the mom who always wondered "what if I went to law school"...

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cry Baby

I cried at work, I don't know what happened. The last time I cried at work was when I was laid off and was saying goodbye to my co-workers. Other than that, I have cried after work plenty of times at home but not at work. I was having an exceptionally bad day and this nasty woman just set me off, luckily she is not in my office but instead ripped me a new one over the phone. I didn't tear up until I got off the phone. I tried to go to the bathroom and get myself together, but it didn't work. I chocked up in front of two people then left for an early lunch, and had a melt down in my car. It has been bothering me all weekend. I am pissed at myself that this woman who is just nasty, mean and crazy, and not anyone I have any respect for was able to get to me. Lawyers aren't supposed to cry and I feel personally responsible to all woman, not to play into stereotypes about "emotional females". I searched "DO WOMEN LAWYERS CRY" and came up with a couple of things that made me feel better:
Ms. JD
Presumed Equal

Anyone else have any embarrassing crying moments at work?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

denied for being a loser that stiffs libraries

My student loan application was denied last week. I was so upset I couldn't even write about it until it was somewhat close to being resolved. Why?. .. b/c of bankruptcy, default, a lien, judgement, string of credit card charge offs? umm No.... b/c of a library fine!! that's right $35.00 in unpaid library fines in a state I moved away from 4.5 years ago. Apparently when the federal government says "no open collections" they mean it! I have worked really hard to clean up my credit and I was able to get everything negative removed except for the library fines, since when did libraries become so freakin ruthless? So I had to call the library, pay the fine, and get them to write me a letter saying the matter has been settled. Luckily everyone I talked to was super nice, I miss Seattle (sometimes), and I got the letter. I faxed it today w/ a request for "reconsideration" and hopefully, fingers crossed this will be the end of it.... I HOPE!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Almost law student

Things are finally gearing up as I hit the 2 week mark. Only 2 weeks until orientation, which I have homework for. HOMEWORK! I've seen the Paper Chase so I knew I would have assignments for the 1st day of class, but for orientation? The assignment is taking a blind stab at briefing a case, there is some direction, but not much. I'm pretty much done. It took me a couple of hours, I'm resisting the urge to look it up b/c it's a fairly famous case there are briefs online. But this one I want to do myself, then I'm sure after school starts I'm not going to have any problems using "canned briefs" to help me out.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

SEVENTH HEAVEN & NINETH CIRCLE OF HELL

A kid's seventh heaven and a parent's ninth circle of hell. This post is about things we do that we never thought we would do, and then we had children. I sometimes think the changes we experience when we reproduce are akin to a lobotomy. Example supplied in the following exhibit:

EXHIBIT A: We spend large amounts of $$ to go out into 95 degrees under the hot blazing sun. In this heat we stand in 20 minute lines for 60 seconds of being whipped around in an air conditioned go-cart, to see a barrage of stuffed, plastic, or projected cartoon animals singing, spinning, dancing or jumping out at you. Then after your 60 seconds of fun you are lined up and funneled through the racks upon racks of merchandise for said cartoon animals, where you get to hear "I want that" 900 times and then you're back out into the hot sun all to do over again, and again, and again. You do this until you are starved and dehydrated, and of course never fulling packed or prepared, you are forced to purchase mediocre food & drink that cost more than that fancy restaurant you went to for your last anniversary, and you don't even get the alcohol.

But we love our kids and for at least a day we get to be experience all their excitement and all the love they have for us b/c at least for a day we are the best parents in the world



Wednesday, July 15, 2009

BANKS SUCK!

Type BANKS SUCK into google and you will get pages and pages of rants. Here is mine:

It's Tuesday morning @ work. I want more coffee but *the new job* is cheap and their coffee sucks, hence the reason they were able to hire me during a recession, but I wander. So anyway, I am going to go get a cup of coffee across the street but need to check my bank account. We have a whole $179.00 in the bank which must last until Friday. When I looked at the balance I rubbed my eyes, -765.00! WHAT! So I called husband and asked if he bought something w/ paypal recently, nope! Call paypal, had to google to get # (good luck finding it on their site). Someone had purchased a 12 mexapixal camera and shipped it to someone (w/ a different name than the account holder), Rush to Indonesia! Husband jumps to eBay and sure enough 2 more cameras have been bought and are waiting to be shipped.

Long story short Paypal sucks and it takes days to a week? maybe if we are lucky? to get money credited back to us, something about wire transfers! who still wire does wire transfers? Their recommendation? Take the documentation fromPaypal saying it was their fault and plead our case to the bank. I go to my bank which is in my new building at *the new job* (convenient so I think) I tell them story and ask them to please not take the 800+ dollars out of our paychecks that will be direct deposited on Friday and freeze the transaction. Nope! sorry they can't do that b/c lucky me I have overdraft protection of up to $1000 and the money is already gone! Money I didn't have is gone? So basically I owe the bank $800+ dollars! They will issue me a temp credit of funds but I can't access the funds. The only thing it does is stop the additional overdraft charges from racking up during the "weeks" it will take them to do an investigation, then we can get the overdraft fees waived, (b/c I have had such good luck w/ that before) but even the temp. credit takes 48 hours. I ranted, a manager came over and was no help. I told them they could explain their policy all the wanted but it wasn't going to change the fact that they suck; $800 is nothing to them; I didn't authorize this transaction; I signed an affidavit; they are shit for customer service; and I am closing my account. And I didn't even choose to bank w/ you, you took over my bank, one day the signs were all replaced with cheap banners with your stupid name on them. To this they said, "we are sorry to see you go, but we are corporate drones carrying out our inhuman corporate policy, so sorry". Okay maybe not exactly that but still? come on? What am I going to flee the country on $800? So I ran back to work and got my DD stopped and they are cutting me a live check. So to them I say "Ha! screw you BANK, you will not take my messily $800... you may get my tax money you assholes but you will not get my paycheck!!!"

To add insult to injury overdraft fees are still going through as I write this, $9.00 Starbucks = $35.00 fee. My misadventures w/ banks have officially ended. I hate all of you. We are opening an account with a credit union, next it will be under the mattress.


EDIT: My bank has just posted profits that are front page news and overdraft fees are still being added to my account...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Why are you tempting me with this $$$ ???

So even though I am going to go to law school p/t while working a f/t day job I seem to be eligible for just as much in loans to cover living expenses as f/t students?? I didn't know that. It's like $18,000 a year plus I can get separating funding for daycare and a computer. I was thinking I would just take out a few thousand for a new computer (my laptop is a dinosaur in computer age & randomly stops turning on) and then maybe a little bit for daycare b/c new job has no backup care benefits and plus I need to hire someone to help out around the house a couple hours a month (if I leave it to DH to all the cleaning I may have to kill him)

But it's soooo tempting to take out more, there are all these things I can think of that we need but never have extra $$$ for... hmmmm

I went to a open house thing a couple of weeks ago at my law school (I love writing that!!) and one of the speakers harped on the loan thing saying "a lot of students live like lawyers when they are students and then when they are lawyers they have to live like students" yeah okay I guess you have a point .. but it's still so tempting!!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

LOVE LOVE LOVE

3 day weekends... I think I said this before but I sooo need a 4 day a week job! I was tempted to make it a 4 day weekend but I don't have a lot of PTO time at the new job, so I'm trying to save it for finals.

6 weeks till school starts! I'm making a list of stuff to do before then. It feels like I'm leaving the country or going away to prison, one or the other. A sample of things on the list:

Detail car
Fix air conditioning in car
New glasses
Dentist
Clean bedroom (in particular under the bed)


I'm also trying to spend lots of time w/ my monkey, I sure am going to miss seeing her before she goes to bed 3 nights a week maybe 4. We're off to go see the movie Up today, this is her first movie in a theater...so we'll see if she make it through...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Quiet

I haven't meant to be so quiet. But my work is lame, they have all kinds of weird blocks on the Internet, really I have to get special "manager" access just to be able to pull up legal blogs and anything that had the words shop/shopping/store. It was so annoying! A big part of my job is Internet research, I had them take those off, but I still have a bunch of stuff blocked.

So my point is I have started a couple of posts but I used to be able to edit and post them at my old job. When I get home, and after monkey goes to bed I'm tired and when I read them they sound crazy and rambling.... like this one!

I can access blogs now at work but it was a such a pain to get them to lift the block, I'm super paranoid and worry that I am being monitored. It doesn't stop me from surfing though I just read a lot of news stories, do they really think people are going to be more productive with the blocks?? I'm not used to being treated like a child, I had so much freedom at old job, I miss it : (

Anywho my point is that I didn't mean to be so quiet....

Thursday, May 14, 2009

work

I'm rockin it at work. I really hope they pay for law school (fingers crossed.) I decided to think of myself as something of a covert op in the for-profit world. Someday I'll be out there fighting for good instead of evil. I'm exaggerating my company is not really evil.

I have really had the chance to shine there, so far. At Big Firm it was so hard, I was so low on the totem pole. I was giving the most lowly work and when I did anything 50 people had to look at it, find all my typos, extra spaces or incorrect spacing, and then change it to match their style. It wasn't very good for my self esteem. At new job I got a project my first day, I have been running with it and they seem very happy. I've already lost 15 pounds and I am off anti-depressants. Amazing what being busy and having a purpose will do for you!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Already

I think I've already had a glimpse of who THAT GUY will be in my section. I was doing a little social networking via the Internet w/ my new classmates and there it was, already a credential dropping post with obscure references and a pun made in Latin. IN LATIN. already? really? ..... really?

I told work I'm going to law school, it was anticlimatic execept,.....I almost don't want to write it in fear of a jinx, but I maybe able to have my tuition reimbursed through tuition assistance... THE WHOLE THING! but it's not a done deal so no jumping up and down yet. The world will still be there to save when I come out of law school right? ... Right and I'll be in a much better mood, crusading around if I am debt free!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

They grow up too fast!!!

I need to get rid of the TV my 3 year old just told me she needs an Ab Pro something for a "flat tummy"..........

Monday, May 4, 2009

Fall

I saw a tentative schedule for Fall. Seriously how did I not see this before? I think I was blinded by my admissions obsession. Out of any school I have seen, I think it's the most brutal p/t schedule, but maybe I am making that up. I'm really trying not to freak out, but I am feeling like I am never going to see my husband and daughter again.

It would be SOOOO much easier if I had my last job! It was MUCH closer to the school and more flexible, but I really have to stop thinking about that. Nothing I can do about that! I haven't told my new job I'm going to school. I'm not sure what I'm scared of, I think I am still shell shocked from being laid off. I'm afraid they are going to be pissed b/c I told them my goal was to be a career paralegal/ specialist, but what else are you going to say? I told the firm the same thing but then I found out they were very law school friendly.. this place I don't know yet, I can't tell.
I am still planning on working in the Fall so it's not like I am leaving but I don't want them to think I am keeping it from them.... I don't know.

My father said if someone is going to be upset about me wanting to better myself then it's their problem, and normally I have a f*em attitude, but in this economic climate? ummm not so much!

Also I work for a foreign company that is very disaster conscious and I have a raging cold right now, I got nasty looks all day! I thought they were going to spray me down w/ Lysol. Yet another sucky thing about cubicles. I am going to the DR tomorrow, so I can confirm it is not pig flu!

Happy Monday (cough)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Monday

Had the weekend for it to sink in a little more. I am still shocked but it is slowly feeling a little more real. That $200.00 seat deposit check I just wrote helped with that!

I am so excited! I need to burn this moment in my brain, so that a year from now, when I'm tired or studying for exams I can look back and remind myself how badly I once wanted it...

Now here is a silly question, silly b/c I should know this ... but for any evening p/t students that might read this, what does your schedule look like? you aren't really in class from 6-10pm M-Thurs? the schedules all say classes are offered in those times, but what does your first quarter/semester look like?

Friday, April 24, 2009

I'M IN!!!!!

I was rejected by 4 schools that were lower ranked!

I applied in November but only found out today, 4 months later!

And I already paid my backups first seat deposit, goodbye $300!

but who cares I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I 'm off to go pay their seat deposit before they change their mind and I am going to go recover from the shock and relief................. more later.

Oh and I'M GOING TO LAW SCHOOL and this one's bumper sticker I'll actually put on me car!!!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

THE NEW JOB........ so far

I was at the firm of "here is a project, get it done whenever" for a long time... It was slow there for long, long time. At first, when the bottom fell out of my practice area, it freaked me out and then I became complacent, spoiled and annoyed when work interfered w/ me obsessively checking lawschoolnumbers.com all day, taking 2 hour lunch breaks and leaving early. Now at in-house job my mind and body are in shock. I'm not used to working at this pace, AT ALL. Don't get me wrong, trust me, I know what hard work is, it's just I haven't done it in a long time.

New place is keeping me busy and hoping, I have projects up the wahzoo already! I was handed a pile of work my first day! The flip side is I don't feel an once of fear re: job security. I am working in the area of legal compliance in highly regulated industry, which is about to get even more regulations thrown at them, so even though this company has laid off, if I keep up, I don't think I'll be one of them.

I have no idea how I ended up at yet another corporate job. Really, I have applied for a number of non-profit jobs and NOTHING! in the meantime I build up more and more corporate experience, WT?

Also, this company is extra conservative and Yes, I am in a DAMN CUBE!!! But how can I complain? w/ so many out of work and me out of work just two weeks ago. I got my first check already and I have to say it was a HUGE relief, plus I like being busy.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

PATIENCE MAY BE A VIRTUE

... and it may make you a better person but right now I'd take my chances, if [BLANK] law school would just let me know already!!!

Seat deposits are coming up and still nothing from 1st choice!! I have been complete since Dec. 1st. I don't get it, am I in a "reject" pile they just haven't gotten to? or am I in a "maybe" pile that they're waiting on until they hear back from EVERYONE they have admitted?

I'm such a dork, I've started practicing in my head what I am going to say when I call the admissions office next week if my status checker doesn't change... I really don't want to call, but I'm over the "no news is good news" and I just want to know!

Also, I'm starting my new job on Monday. I'm kinda nervous about it, especially b/c I wasn't really looking to start a new job. I don't know what desk I'll be at and my biggest fear is I'll be stuck in a cubicle. I hate cubicles, they remind me of vertical coffins, it's so Office Space !!!


Thursday, March 5, 2009

New Job

I got a job! It happened so fast! It seems like a good job, given everything that is going on right now. Everyone either has a spouse, a friend or someone they know who has been laid off. It is incredibly difficult out there, so I feel very lucky! Just in time, our insurance runs out at the end of the month and to continue through Cobra would be $1500 a month!! There are subsidies I may be eligible for, even still it would be completely unaffordable to keep us all insured.

The job is in-house with a large corporation, not really the direction I wanted my career to be heading in, but it pays well and has benefits. It is so hard to get a good government or non profit job that pays anything close to what we could live on (and we live very modestly). I have applied for government jobs and either I don't hear back or I get a letter months letter stating I have not been chosen. The only call back I ever got was for the Dept. of Homeland Sec. and I although I was desperate to break into a government position, I just couldn't see myself working there. Right now I am the main bread winner, so I am doing what I need to do.

I start in a week and I have a laundry list of things to do before I start, dentist, big cleaning projects etc. etc.

I'm so relieved, I have a job!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

LAY OFFS

More lay offs and I didn't escape them this time. Third round is the charm apparently.
So here I am, unemployed! I should have left a while ago, I saw it coming, but I was gambling that I might make it until I start law school, no such luck!! I got a small severance and of course unemployment is coming, but it is still scary. We cut down on our expenses. We cut preschool hours in half and I am getting rid of my beloved Direct TV w/ DVR.
:( .....

I have an interview next week, but my phone isn't exactly ringing off the hook. I am hopeful but realistic. Other firms in the area laid off people the same day my firm did.

On the law school front I was just accepted to a back up school, that I think has a program that might really work for me. Nationally it is not ranked very highly but locally it has an okay - good rep., I still haven't heard from, what is now my first choice.

One BIG positive about being laid off is lots of time w/ my monkey. I have also been cleaning, cooking and baking, like a mad woman! I have declutter projects and I want to reargange the furniture in the house.... but g-d help me after those things are done!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

a couple of things

First, a big THANK YOU! to all of you who have left the nicest comments!!! I love comments so keep em coming!

The second thing, am I the only one who got this image while wathcing the coverage, or is it just me??????????? Mein F├╝hrer, I can walk!





Friday, January 16, 2009

I love 3 day weekends!!!

Our DC office has inauguration day off. I am sure it more of a logistics issue (like the city being completely shut down) rather than a DC pride thing. I think everyone should have the day off and not just because I love my days off!! but it feels like such a national/historic event that everyone should be able to glue themselves to the TV and be teary eyed in the privacy of their own homes.

Law School oh Law School, how you torture me so!!

From the 4 schools I have heard from I am 2-2. One reject was not a surprise and did not hurt at all, it was a little like buying a lottery ticket, I was over it in about 2 minutes. However the last reject stung. Although the move was completely unrealistic I share many of the school's values and I thought that I would have really fit in there, so I was surprised when I didn't even get deferred or wait listed : (

A little solace is that it is 21 Degrees today in the city where the school is, where I am it is a ridiculous 83 Degrees w/ not a cloud in the sky. I am wearing flip flops in January!!!

The two schools I was accepted at are safeties that I am not excited about but it feels so nice to be wanted by someone!

As for waiting to hear from the others it is PURE TORTURE!! It is so much worse than waiting for LSAT scores to come out.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Books

I am starting a list of both the books I am reading and are going to read before Fall starts. I got into a mode of fluff after I decided not to take the LSAT anymore and I've read a couple of John Grisham books so far. The book on the right is what I am reading now.

There is a lot of advice online on the subject of pre law prep books and courses. A lot of people who say "don't do it, read fun stuff cause it will be your last chance for 3 years", to that I have to say "yeah right". I am way too neurotic/scared not to try to prepare.

I would also like to maybe take a summer week long prep class, I found one that offers scholarships, so I think I am going to apply. I am not so much worried about being able to handle the work, I am more worried about having a method right off from the start. If I am still trying to work, take classes and spend some time w/ monkey and husband then I don't want to waste time, trying to figure out how to study. Does that make sense? Any thoughts on this are appreciated..........

Monday, January 5, 2009

POST HOLIDAY EXHAUSTION ANYONE?

This is the first year monkey had any concept of the season, so we went all out for:

Thanksgiving

Christmas

Hanukkah

Monkey's 3rd birthday (Dec. 30th)

New Years

We had..


1 Turkey dinner

2 Ham dinners (very un - kosher I know!)

8 days worth of presents (buying & wrapping) not including the birthday

and cooking, baking and parties for the last 3 weeks............. I am so done!!!!

No wonder I haven't been posting anything..

Pictures are coming later......

On the law school front, I am still waiting, waiting, waiting...................