Saturday, September 27, 2008

I'm so tired...

Seriously. I'm exhausted. Everything is just combining into this continual source of exhaustion. This weekend I am supposed to finish an outline for appellate advocacy, finish my citecheck for law review, refine my arguments for moot court, and read for class. AND get ready for some big callback interviews next week. I'm only halfway done with my appellate advocacy argument and it's already Saturday night. You do the math.

BUT, on a happier note, I got through my first callback interview on Friday. It was actually a great interview and I really liked all (well MOST anyway) of the people I met. So cross your fingers.
After the interview, I decided I needed some consumer therapy, so I headed to the mall and dropped some serious cash at New York and Company and Victoria's Secret (of course). I told myself it was necessary for my (mental) health. :)

I'm worrying a little about Fluffy's eyesight. I caught her today sitting RIGHT in front of the wall, just staring at it. I always laugh because it's just the funniest sight. Like she put herself in time out or something. But then I think that if she could SEE the wall, she probably wouldn't be staring at it. Anyway...

A friend (shout out, Andrea) asked me the other day how I have time to write about my life with everything I had going on. I just thought about how nice it is to just sit and write whatever comes to my head. I'm sure it's completely boring, but I love to just shut my mind down and vent. It's like I'm dumping my excess thoughts out or something. Like a pensieve (if you don't read Harry Potter then you totally won't get that). Anyway. It's therapeutic.

One last thing. I feel like a horrible citizen. I didn't watch the debate last night. It's funny because EVERY time Micah and I go to target we end up in the checkout line with this same guy. I'm sure he gets so bored just sacking groceries so he always makes conversation, and it's almost always political. During the primaries, he asked if we were going to be watching some debate or other, and we said no. Then yesterday, he asked us our plans for the evening and asked if we'd be watching the debate. We said probably not, and then he proceeded to tell us why he thought John McCain was a better speaker but it didn't matter because he would be voting Independent Party and he thought this year the Independent Party would probably pull in 20-30% of the vote. I got to wondering how many 20-somethings shape their political ideals to match their parents'. I know that my parents beliefs, at least in part, affected mine. Now that I'm older, I justify my beliefs based on my views of the world and can honestly say that I'm politically conservative because I'm conservative in all areas of my life, not just because my parents were. But undoubtedly, my parents shaped my views of the world. It's just something interesting to me. If I had grown up in a vacuum would I be as repulsed by Obama's views on partial-birth abortion as I am today? I probably would. Anyway... that's about as much political ideology as I can muster right now. My brain isn't quite up to par.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday night and Sunday. I know I won't. :)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

My favorite postsecret secret ever!!

If you love Harry Potter like me, then you TOTALLY get it.

It's 5:30 on a Sunday and I'm awake...

Seriously!!??!! This is the second time in four days I've woken up with really intense lower back pain. Tonight I had a pretty weird/stressful dream including running from guys with gasoline trying to blow me up and callback interviews where horseback riding was one of the areas in which I was being evaluated. Once I woke up, I kept thinking how productive I could be if I got up and started doing some work, and then I couldn't shut my brain off. So here I am. Blogging at 5:30.

Apparently my cat is like 007. When I came into the living room to turn on my computer, she jumped off the couch all sneaky. She's not allowed on the furniture, and she NEVER jumps on the furniture during the day. But we go to sleep and she's all over it. She has always been a weird one. Did you know that she's 18?? Well APPROXIMATELY 18. We got her as a stray when I was around five, and she needed a birthday, so I gave her mine. So she turned 18 on August 22.

I can hardly keep my eyes open. I'm gonna try sleeping on the couch for a bit. Nighty-night. ;)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Back at it... again

This past week has felt like a vacation! After Hurricane Ike was predicted to hit Houston, Micah and I packed ourselves and Fluffy up and got the heck out of town. It only took 6.5 hours to get home, which is WAAAAY better than what we had predicted. But we took the backroads. A country girl doesn't forget the value of backroads. :)

So we were in Dallas for almost a week, where I WASTED away, eating my future in-laws' amazing homemade cooking. I was absolutely unproductive, which felt so nice. But in the back of my mind, I kept thinking about everything I needed to be doing that I WASN'T doing. I just felt like my life was on hold for a few days, and I was ready to get back to work when we came home yesterday.

Our house is completely perfect, and we have electricity and water, for which I am ridiculously thankful! I have friends who STILL don't have power and are staying with relatives out of town. Don't even get me STARTED on how pissed I was at U of H for resuming classes on Tuesday. I'll just get mad all over again...

On another note, apparently interviewing is TOUGH! I have had a LOT of interviews over the past two weeks, and, though some were postponed last week, will have a few more next week (thanks for that, Ike). I have just felt mentally exhausted! A friend correctly observed that it's just like serial dating! I go in there, talk to the interviewers, try to feel them out to see if we'd be a good fit, and then get sad when they don't call me the next day!! I keep wondering if I should have put out (funny, not-so-funny joke :) ). So now that these "screening" interviews (which all took place at the law school) are, for the most part, over, I have to deal with the call-back interviews (which take place at the law firm). It's KIND of cool, because, for the Dallas firms, they fly me in and put me up in a nice hotel for the night and feed me lunch and dinner. That's good, right? The bad news is that it's just MORE stress and MORE opportunity for me to fall behind on my schoolwork. Oh well. Getting a job is the whole point of law school, so if I fall behind a little in my classes but land an awesome job, I'll consider it time well spent. :)

Anyway, this one was pretty boring. Sorry. I'm sucking at life right now.

P.S. I just thought I'd mention that my fiance is the most amazing guy in the whole entire world. I feel like I don't say that enough. I'm SOOOOO lucky. He spent roughly ten hours in a car with my cranky old cat and didn't complain once. What a trooper!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


I told you I'd get busy, huh? :) School DID start back and I'm surviving.
I'm not as busy as I'd expected, but I think that's because things haven't really got going yet.

One thing I MUST say: I LOVE the judge I'm interning with this fall. I am SERIOUSLY so proud to know her. Not only does she have an excellent reputation as a judge, she is a Christian woman who really lives her life the way I hope to live mine someday. AND I love the work I do for her. It's no surprise that I enjoy the appellate work more than the trial work... at least as far as writing for the court goes. Anyway... my time spent at the courthouse on Mondays and Wednesdays is my favorite time of the week.

Classes are pretty good. They're all interesting, at least. It's just that I've got to get used to reading 100 pages a night for class. It's exhausting and I hate that. But no worries. And law review is manageable, I suppose. Not fun in the slightest, but it is mindless work, which is kind of nice after having to use my brain for extended periods of time. As crazy as it sounds, right it now all the stuff I have to do seem to balance each other out. So that's a good sign.

Interviews start next week. I'm interviewing with EIGHTEEN firms in a span of two weeks. It's actually a pretty cool deal: the school arranges for law firms from across the state and even the country to come interview students at the school (for jobs for next summer). Then, if you get the interview and they like you they do "callback" interviews at their firms. I've got about half Dallas firms and half Houston firms. I'm planning on splitting the summer between the two cities. So, while interviews are GREAT and I'm happy I got so many... it's also STRESSFUL! Plus, just practically, I HATE wearing a suit. And I'm gonna have to wear one every day for the next two weeks! I only have five, and I can really only interview in three of them. So I'm gonna be wearing the same three suits. So wish me luck. I really am hoping to get something good out of the interviews.

Anyway... I just wanted to check in. AND I'll post some engagement pictures for my non-facebook and myspace readers. :)

Love you guys.
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