Friday, August 29, 2014

You Need the Property Brothers

Today, we decided to stay in this apartment for another year.

It has been a crazy road to this point. First, we thought Rosebud would live with her dad and I would move out of state. Then, we decided I would stay in state, but at an unknown location. Then, it turned out Rosebud would live with me for another year (happiness!). Then, I was offered a position that lasts approximately eight to nine months--and our search started in earnest.

We had been looking before and finding some possibilities, but I would never get serious about them because I did not have verifiable consistent income.

Now, the well (or mirage) has dried up. We have been looking at places and searching the internet. We found some really scary places and some that just would not work out well.

Plus, my criteria did not help much.

I wanted a place that had everything this one had, bigger better kitchen, lower rent, and midway between Rosebud's community college and my new job. When I finally verbalized this known mindset, Rosebud informed me that I have set an impossible task and, therefore, needed the Property Brothers to help me adjust my expectations.

Also, she showed me the map on Zillow. There are two clusters of little dots that mark available properties--one in the area where we live now and one in my new job area. There are almost no little dots in between those two clusters, which was my target area.

So, I am happy to have made a decision and happy with the decision, even though it means a long commute for me while working full time and studying for the bar. Ha ha!

The good thing is that I can start breaking down piles of empty boxes and unpacking boxes we started packing and make this place more like a home again.

During all this, I have worked the past 17 days straight, mostly 11 to 12 hours a day. I have a few more days to go.


. . . and I just dropped and broke a plate, a good plate.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bar Exam February 2015

Registered for the prep course. Again. But, thankful it all worked out.

I love the temporary work I am doing right now. Twelve-hour days leave time for little else, though. So tired.

I still have to finish the bar application. Again.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Exhausted Happy


  • Last Thursday, I had a phone interview.
  • Last Friday, I received an appointment for an in-person interview.
  • Monday, I had that interview.
  • Tuesday, I took my car to someone who could help me with some repairs and get it inspection ready.
  • Tuesday night, I got a phone call, out of the blue, offering me a temporary position as an aid with the full disclosure that it would be basically nonstop walking for the full 12 hours, if I wanted to work that many hours. They knew about my job search and that those were my priorities. The person offering me the position expressed so much appreciation for me--but I feel so blessed to have money coming in and that I am helping wonderful people. 
  • Wednesday, I started the aid work. I am so exhausted, and so thankful.
  • Today, I got my car back and got the tabs on it. It runs wonderfully! I had been trying to make it survive so long that I had forgotten what it was like to drive a normal car. Then, I got a phone call offering me the job I have been interviewing for! I am still exhausted. And, now I have more work to do (submit forms, onboarding, etc). Today, I did the most walking of the last three days. So, tired.


But, what a great sequence of events!

About the job: It is a contract position, 7 - 9 months. But, that is about the time I will take the bar exam and it will give me great experience in a field very relevant to my ultimate career goals. I can also feel both legal and safe driving to my new job. Anticipated start date is September 2.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Roommates are Great

I am working on the bar application, the one for this state. It wants to know everywhere I have ever lived (temporary and permanent) since I was 18! To remind you of my relative age, my daughter is starting college this month. I have counted 19 moves since I was 18. As others who have lived the college life might understand, several summers I just informally subleased from other students who went home for the summer. The addresses are nowhere--not on tax forms, not on lease agreements--nowhere.

In case you are wondering why I do not have this information from my first bar application, that state only required information for the last 10 years. That was much more reasonable, to me.

As I sat composing an e-mail this afternoon, I told Rosebud I was e-mailing a particular friend of mine for help. Rosebud knows that this is a great friend, my maid of honor at my wedding, a friend from the days of high school and "to present." Rosebud raised her eyebrows in a questioning expression. I answered her, "We were roommates in some of those places."

"Oh!" She nodded her head in understanding. "Roommates are great for that!"

By the way, my wonderful friend and sometimes-roommate-of-yore came through for me. I just got her e-mail. I can move forward on the application.



Pumpkin carving with our other awesome roommate. 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Mothers in the Legal Profession Roundup No. 358, Naming the Baby Edition

Week of July 28 - 3, 2014


The Reluctant Grownup gets creative with a Naming the Baby Edition of the Roundup!


My sweet baby Rosebud when she was still little. 
She was standing next to a wooden chair just her size.


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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Restarting the Bar Admission Process

Yesterday, I requested that my MPRE* results be sent to East Coast State's Bar.

Cost: $25.

I originally registered to take the MPRE in West Coast State, missed the test administration moving out to East Coast State, sent my results to West Coast State, and then decided I wanted to be admitted to the bar in East Coast State.

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*The ethics/professional responsibility exam for aspiring lawyers.


Also, on August 1 . . . 
2013: I signed my lease and acknowledged I did not have my final plans established. (!)
2012: I turned the page on our custom photo family calendar in the midst of packing up our home to move here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mothers in the Legal Profession Roundup No. 357

Week of July 21 - 27, 2014


Magic Cookie has put together a Dr. Seuss edition of the Roundup!



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