April 23rd 2007

i just shake my head and wonder what the hell i was thinking

Today I attended my last classes as a 2L. Somewhat anticlimactic, to be honest. Since then, I’ve made several more appointments to see apartments (tomorrow), done some administrative stuff relating to journal duties, and done some work on my seminar brief, due in three days. The seminar brief concerns me the most right now, since I haven’t written a brief since legal writing as a 1L and I’m not sure I know how anymore; also, I’ll probably spend most of tomorrow away from my computer, unable to work on the seminar brief, so I’ll likely end up pulling an all-nighter at some point this week. Oh yeah, that’s because I’m supposed to study with some friends on Wednesday. At this point, I imagine I’ll show up and just absorb and listen and converse rather than actually proffer any pearls of wisdom or gleaned understandings.

But if I can get past Thursday, and the turning in of the brief, I think I will make it. That all assumes we find a place to live while we’re out looking tomorrow. I’ve really packed our day, hoping something will bear fruit, because I can’t keep taking days off to look at apartments. Really.

April 18th 2007

change of plans

Um, so I was going to try and do a little work this evening, but then my best friend called and we talked for an hour and a half.

I guess this means I do have to get up early tomorrow morning. Boo.

i try to post daily

I made another post today but I don’t feel like publishing it. Suffice it to say this has been a sort of weird day. Not bad, just kind of weird.

April 14th 2007

i hate our upstairs neighbors

Is it really necessary to turn the volume on your TV up so loud that it can be heard from the street (and, more importantly, in my workspace)? I can tell they are watching something on SportsCenter while I am trying to work. THEY SUCK.

Two more months.[1]

  1. Yes, we are moving again. Don’t know where yet, but out of here, that’s for sure.

April 11th 2007

oh gross


April 8th 2007

not guilt free, but probably worth it

Mr. Angst and I hosted some friends for a FABULOUS Easter dinner, complete with roasted leg of lamb, parmesan mashed potatoes, arugula salad with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette, bread pudding, white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, and some fine port. (I didn’t make the desserts, nor did I provide the port. Good guests!) It was a terrific evening, with lots of good conversation (and a general avoidance of law school talk, thank heavens).

But every good thing has its downside. In this case, while it’s fun to have a great dinner party, all the cooking and eating and talking make it difficult to get any schoolwork done. I finished up some journal duties after our guests left, but did not manage to get to tomorrow morning’s reading. I’m going to skim through the hornbook treatment of tomorrow’s topic, but who knows how much I’ll absorb. Other things, like the Law School Roundup, also fall by the wayside; I’m hoping to get to that tomorrow morning.

Anyway, happy Easter, everyone!

April 3rd 2007


Oh my God, internet is still down at home. Whimper.

April 2nd 2007

Monday morning blues, or not

So our internet at home has been SUPER spotty for the last twenty-four hours or so, which royally sucks. I had to get to school early this morning to do a couple of things online that I had not been able to do yesterday, and I am always a little cranky when I have to get to school early.

Still, I must say, my commute was easier than anticipated, what with all the public transportation upheavals that started today. (I took the bus, which was practically WAITING for me, at both stops, which was delightful, but I was surprised the buses weren’t more crowded. No jinxing, though! Knock wood!)

Anyway, it’s Monday, so I’m back to the grind. This morning is probably going to be a little tense–we have people coming to pick up equipment from the EA, and I’m supposed to get cranking on some journal stuff that’s heating up in the next week–but I think I can manage. All is well, I have plenty of time to do the things I need to do, and Mr. Angst and I just hired a dogwalker, making my schedule just a little bit easier. From here on, it’s a push to the end. Onward!

March 27th 2007

an update

I feel like I haven’t posted in a while, but I think that’s more because I have been so busy this week–isn’t there something up for yesterday? I think there is.

This week is production week for the EA[1] and things have been interesting. They started out sort of bad, and then they got better, and then I thought they got worse, but they didn’t really, and then they got really really better tonight. Really, given how yesterday and this morning went, tonight was a ticker tape parade.

Meanwhile, I am falling behind in my reading, which is too bad–I actually enjoy most of my reading this semester. Or maybe it’s just that I understand it better. In any case, I don’t like being unprepared for class, but I dislike missing class, so I’ve been going and trying to follow along and that’s sort of happening, but sort of not. So, eh.

There’s something invigorating about being busy and all, but I am also exhausted. I miss my dog, my husband, my home, my bed. I miss being relaxed but that’s probably more a function of the EA coming so directly after spring break.

  1. Extracurricular Activity

March 25th 2007

Sunday night update

I’m HOOOOOOOOOOME! Yay! The dog even remembers me! Hoorah!

March 23rd 2007

1? check. 2? check. 3? check?

As of right now, I have, officially, done everything I was supposed to do over break. Don’t get me wrong–I still have TONS of work to do to COMPLETE the tasks on my agenda, but they have all been started and are either as finished as they can be at this point or have progressed to the point that I can not worry about them for a couple of days. This is a Very Good Thing.

March 22nd 2007


Four days into my trip away and I have completed two of the three tasks for the EA that were on my list. The third item is much less pressing, and I will be working on it for the next four days or so. I’m stressing a little today over a couple of things that I can’t be around to control–since I’m out of town and all–but I’ve asked some people who are around to keep their eyes peeled, and all I can do is hope that’s enough. ‘Twas a little more stress than I needed this afternoon, but c’est la vie, this is the way of the world.

I am still enjoying my vacation, but the first half of it is about to give way to the second half (read: I’m swapping one family member’s couch for another family member’s couch), and I’m ready. That’s not to say any part of this first half has been “bad” or not enjoyable, but sometimes you can overdose on family time. As it were. Still, I am very grateful that I’m here, at this particular time–without going into gory detail, things have been shaken up around here lately, and I think it’s really important that I was here this week to lend support, be around, etc.

With that being said, I think I’ll surf around a bit, maybe pull down some cases to my computer so I have them later, when I might not have internet access, and relax a bit before dinner.

March 21st 2007

a pretty nice little Wednesday

Hooray! Upon the advice of my security-minded husband (and with his long-distance help)[1], I have set up a wireless network for my dad. He doesn’t need the wireless, but he does need the extra security a wireless router provides his desktop computer. (Note to people using desktop computers: don’t just plug them directly into the cable modem. Not secure! Easy way to get viruses and spyware!)

At any rate, thus endeth the internet drought for Yours Truly. I can check my email when I want, and without having to have my pops log into his desktop machine. Frankly, it’s probably a bad thing; I don’t need my internet addiction to be enabled. But I do have work to do over the next couple of days, and internet access helps. It’s like a food addiction–you can’t stop eating, so you have to figure out how to manage the addiction. I’m working on it, man, working on it.

Tonight, even, I’m dragging myself away from the computer to go see a basketball game with my dad. It’s a good Spring Break day, though, when you do three or four hours of work-that-needs-to-be-done, get a round of visiting in with a well-liked cousin, do some handiwork (that would be the setting up of the wireless network), and still manage to go to a professional sporting event. This is what EVERY break should be like!

  1. And I should mention, he helped me very ably and patiently, even though I know he hates doing IT support, all while trying to comfort our poor dog, who is terrified of thunderstorms, which apparently Our City is experiencing. I have the best spouse EVAR.

March 20th 2007

vacay update

Oh my God, I might die.

My dad’s house doesn’t have wireless. I have to use the desktop in the office. And he has to sign in every time I want to use it, twice (it’s got some serious security), and that means I can’t just slip in and check my email whenever. Waa! I mean, I guess I should be happy that at least I have internet access, but I seriously don’t know what I’m going to do if I can’t sit around with my computer and wirelessly surf![1]

Well, OK, I do what I’m going to do. I’m going to get my work done. Because instead of browsing my Bloglines every ten minutes, I’m going to have to actually work on the tech script for the Extracurricular Activity (the EA), something that (ha! God is laughing at me!) doesn’t require internet at all. I have, actually, two things to work on for the EA over this week, and neither requires internet, so I guess I’ll be getting those done lickety-split.

Meanwhile, can I say how much I enjoyed sleeping in until 10 am today? I never do that at home. Or, rarely do that at home. Kind of trippy. La vacay, she has begun.

  1. This reminds me–for this week, particularly, I’d love to have some recommendations and submissions for the Law School Roundup. I’ve actually already gotten one for this week, which is great, but about ten more would be awesome. It’ll be a “Suggested by the Readers” edition, and it will save me some stress, y’all. Just putting it out there–if you see anything that looks awesome, send me an email.

March 19th 2007

I don’t actually think she can sue for this

Doesn’t this seem like a classic case of parody? And isn’t parody protected? Sigh.

Also, I’m leaving for my “vacation” today–off to visit family in warmer climes. Do you know how hard it is to pack for warmer weather when you can’t remember what 75° feels like? I hope I brought warm enough stuff; I also hope I didn’t bring stuff that’s TOO warm. Sigh.

Mr. Angst, however, will not be coming with me–he will stay here, taking care of the dog, studying for a certification test, and meeting with potential employers. (He graduates in three months! Yay!) Which is all good stuff, but I wish he were coming with me to visit family. Sigh.

Hm. I appear to be full of sighs today.

March 17th 2007

it’s like my bones are water

For the first time in days, I took a break without feeling guilty. Mr. Angst and I (and some friends) enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day festivities for several hours. Then we had a home-cooked dinner, and watched a movie on TV, and during all of that I have not once felt a twince of nervous guilt. Oh, sure, there are some things I need to work on before Spring Break is over, but I feel no nervous guilt about not doing them today.

It’s awfully nice, actually, even though I know this nice feeling won’t last. It’ll be gone by tomorrow afternoon, and will likely not be back until, oh, I don’t know…August? Maybe May, but doubtful; my short break between the end of exams and the beginning of work will probably be consumed by journal duties.

But for now, I’m not thinking about the looming stretch of busy-ness. Instead, I’m just sitting on the couch, idly surfing the internet, watching The Usual Suspects with the dog and the husband, and relishing this sense of freedom. May all of you law students enjoy a similar moment during Spring Break, however fleeting.

March 16th 2007


So the paper was finished early, turned in early, and I even got a confirmation email from the prof. Yay! Done! Mr. Angst and I celebrated by starting St. Patrick’s Day early by having fish and chips and Harp on tap at a pub down the road.

Did you see how I did that? I pointed out right then that tomorrow? is St. Patrick’s Day, the BEST HOLIDAY EVER. Especially in this city, where they do the green up right. We’ll be watching a parade tomorrow, among other things, with some friends, and the best part of it all is that I am done with the academic half of my spring break! I can relax, drink beer, have fun with my husband and friends, and not be stressed about WORK. Hallejuah (oops, can’t say that during Lent…) Hooray!

March 14th 2007

email woes, of a sort

Most days, I get anywhere from 50 to 100 school-related emails, plus an additional 50 or so personal emails. Spring break, therefore, has been a very nice little rest from that. I’m getting maybe 10 or so emails a day, and most of those can go right into the trash.[1]

I think for a long time, I lived in a world where I didn’t really use email for anything important. I worked in small offices where important things could be discussed in the break room, where urgent questions required nothing more than a walk down the hall, and where getting everyone’s opinion usually meant the boss walked into our shared office. But law is different–there are so many things I’m involved in that don’t have any centralized organization. I am sure it won’t be better in practice, either, especially not at the firm I’m going to, where matters are often staffed across offices.

So I’m trying to be better about using email efficiently, about cleaning out my inbox, about sorting things into folders and flagging important messages so they don’t get forgotten. But it’s a struggle. I can’t manage to keep fewer than 150 emails in my inbox at any given time, and right now, I have 400. (I don’t have time to sort and organize them; I’m writing a seminar paper, remember?) I’d love it if I could keep about 20 messages in the inbox, and file the others away, but if they’re not in the inbox, it’s “out of sight, out of mind.” For all that I’m a HUGE proponent of technology making my life easier and more efficient, I can’t manage to use GTD[2] software to save my life.

  1. This does not count the 20 emails I got from Westlaw today, after I requested several articles be sent to me.
  2. Getting Things Done


Oh my gag, my upstairs neighbors are playing their music SO LOUDLY. Don’t they know I’m working on a PAPER? I’m BUSY? I need to THINK?

They’re stupid.

March 4th 2007

Sunday grouchyblogging


I sat straight up in bed. My heart was racing. I felt hot. I looked at the clock: 3:15. AM. Some *%!$&# downstairs buzzed our apartment at 3:15! The dog started barking. Shush!

Once again, I was up in the middle of the night. I tried to go back to sleep, but the stress came pouring in, chasing the sheep away. So I tiptoed to the computer, worked for a bit, and went back to bed. Where I lay, sleepless, for two more hours. There goes my Sunday productivity.

I managed, somehow, though, to get up at a decent hour and get working on things that Needed To Be Done Yesterday; even if I’m not writing as much as I need to be, I’m not wasting too much time. But there were other things I wanted to do this morning that just didn’t happen, because someone buzzed us at 3:15.