Friday, April 18, 2014

Baseball and Krispy Kreme

Wednesday, two days ago, was a long, busy, crazy-at-times-but-good day. Actually, I think that accurately describes most of my days.

Rosebud's boyfriend, known here as Seahawk, likes baseball. Knowing that I pay good money and have the great fortune to attend a university that has a good baseball team, sweet Rosebud asked me about the possibility of her surprising Seahawk with a date to a home game. After I told her we could do that, she analyzed the schedule and picked a date--which was Wednesday. It was a game against another fairly local team.

Wednesday morning, I left the house to go to work at 6:45 and from there went to the law school that afternoon. I worked feverishly trying to close out even just one of my cases for the Juvenile Justice Clinic. Then, I walked out to meet Rosebud and Seahawk and guide them into where they could park and to bring them into the game as my guests. Once they were settled, I left my sweatshirt with them to use as a lap blanket (it was cold there in the shade), and I went back and worked on the same one case for another hour (still did not finish!), picked up some Krispy Kreme donuts to have waiting in Rosebud's car for them when they got out of the game, and finally headed home.

They had a blast, and I am so glad I was able to help them out with the arrangements. Rosebud had never been to a baseball game before. Our team was trailing the entire game--until the final inning. We won by one run.

Oh, and it was my very last day of classes at the law school. I think that fact became more real to me yesterday when I did not head into campus. I still have a lot of work to get done--but classes are over!

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mommy and the Sin City Debuts with Mothers in the Legal Profession, Roundup No. 342

Week of April 7 - 13, 2014

I love having our new hostesses for the Roundup. Mommy and the Sin City does a wonderful job bringing together our latest and greatest postings this week.

The weekly Mothers In the Legal Profession Roundup is hosted on a rotating basis at the ButterflyfishGrace, BJJ, Law, and Living, Mommy and the Sin City, Magic CookieThe Reluctant Grownup, and Perspectives of a Hard Boiled Egg blogs.

Would you like your blog to be considered in the weekly Mothers in the Legal Profession Roundup? Leave a comment or send an e-mail to any of the hostesses listed above.

Us, This Week . . .

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Paying for Barbri

Bar review. The one that is studying . . . for the bar exam.

Courses are expensive. But, from what I hear, they work, and it is nearly impossible to pull the material together yourself  in an organized fashion in time to master enough of it between the beginning of May and the end of July, even if you are a student with no other responsibilities, not working (as recommended), and are taking the exam in state.

I am not that person. Not only am I taking the exam in another state, but my daughter is graduating from high school in this state. You had better believe I am going to be here for her graduation. I will be working about 30 hours a week during most of the study interval to pay for living expenses.  So, not only am I going with a commercial course, I am going with the most expensive because it has the longest proven track record and all the comments I have received on my bar prep posts say that Barbri is the way to go.

I was shocked as a 1L to learn that you can't get a student loan to cover the cost of the course and study-time living expenses. To me, it is part of law school--you can't practice law without passing the bar.

Some large firms cover the cost--if you have already been offered a position. I have not applied to any large firms and don't actually think I want to work for a large firm.

But, it had finally come down to it--and there was simply

Friday, April 11, 2014

How Do Zombies Eat a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup?

I was just thinking the other day that I have not had occasion to write a post that I would categorize under "tales of a law school zombie" in a while*--and, since it is nearly the end of my law school experience, just maybe I could jump straight to the impending category of "tales of a bar prepping zombie."

Such was not the case.

Rosebud likes for me to make her lunch. Usually, that is not a problem. Especially this semester, most days I leave after she does, anyway. She takes on so much responsibility otherwise--gets good grades, gets herself to and from school and jobs, works more than I want her to, saves almost all of her money, and pays for so much--that this is a small thing for me to do to show my love for her and my appreciation of her maturity.

Wednesday and today, I had a different schedule, though. Not only

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mothers in the Legal Profession Roundup No. 341

The weekly Mothers In the Legal Profession Roundup is hosted on a rotating basis at the ButterflyfishGrace, BJJ, Law, and Living, Mommy and the Sin City, Magic CookieThe Reluctant Grownup, and Perspectives of a Hard Boiled Egg blogs.

Have you wanted to be able to share the roundups with other mothers who are in the legal profession? We now have a Facebook page that will post links to the roundup posts!

(Keep in mind, if you are an anonymous or semi-anonymous blogger, you might decide not to "like" the page in order to protect your identity. This is expected as well as understood. Most of the hostesses will not be liking the page.)

Week of March 31 - April 6, 2014

[I enjoyed Butterflyfish's In Her Own Words edition so much, I have done something similar this week. I hope she does not mind that I took my inspiration from her style.]

You can send the smokers to the nursing room. [1]
I assume people who post those enjoy doing them. [2]
I absolutely believe I go over the top in some ways . . . and in others

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Review: A Mother for Choco

Rosebud babysits two girls after school Mondays through Thursdays. Part of their day includes getting their reading time done, and the youngest one needs to read out loud to Rosebud. These girls also happen to love--love--the library. So, you never know what you are going to get.

Rosebud was listening to one of the library books being read to her: A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza. It was a beautiful little story, until it got to the end. Then, it blew her away. The first thing she did when we met up back at home that night was to tell me the storyline and tell me we have to buy the book--a copy for our own library and a board book copy for her nephew.

I immediately agreed, and was thrilled to read the book when our copies arrived.

Summary: A little bird has no mother and looks for one. But, each animal he approaches tells him why she cannot be his mother. She does not look like him. He gives up hope, but just then a mother bear asks him what a mother would do. As they go down the list together, she tells him and demonstrates to him that she can do all those things. They agree that perhaps she could be his mother.

When they get home, you see that none of her children look like her.

It is so well written. The interaction between Choco and Mamma Bear is not forced, she works through the process

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Signs that my Law School Days are Coming to a Close

  • applying for graduation,
  • meeting the deadline for the bar application,
  • taking the MPRE, and
  • agonizing over how I will pay for the bar prep course,
final exams and graduation have existed in an undefined haze of the future.

My classmates say that it is because it has been cold outside--no warm spring weather to trigger the thoughts of summer and a break from classes.

This tree is just in front of the one pictured here about four days ago.

But, there was a glorious sign yesterday: I had the last session of my negotiation class! The relief throughout the entire class membership was palpable, even as we sat down to begin class.

It was a great class, probably one of the best I have taken in law school. But,