Meet Lena!

Patrick and I may be completely insane. Someone please check our sanity levels ASAP.

On Friday, we adopted our newest addition! Lena is a 1-ish year old Beagle/Hound mix from Three Sisters Rescue in Cincinnati. She’s a wonderful dog. We’ve had so few problems with her since we got her. She barks occasionally but listens to us really well, doesn’t have accidents in the house, and is learning how our house runs fairly quickly. So, here’s our new baby, Lena! (please ignore my messy car)

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How does she do it?

I’m a busy person. I’m a student, writer, daughter, bridal consultant, fiancee (wife?), I’m planning a wedding, I have a dog…it’s crazy. Somehow, I always manage to get done everything I need to, even if it means I run myself into the ground every once in a while. My goal in life is to get Patrick to wonder at least once a week “how does she do it?”. I’m constantly working on something whether it’s homework, this blog, or training the dog. Some days, I don’t know how I get everything done.

For whatever reason, it’s important to me that Patrick thinks I’m doing a good job at everything I do and wonders how I do it all. It’s not so much being better than he is at something or being able to do more than he does; I don’t know how HE does it sometimes. But for me, having someone wonder how I do everything makes me feel like I’m accomplishing things. It’s an outside source telling me, “hey, you’re doing a good job”. Shallow, maybe. Do I care? Nope.

Hypos

Hypos are a great way to test your knowledge on a subject. You can make up your own hypos or take fact patterns from old exams of your professor’s. Either way, learning the material and how it applies to different fact patterns is critical to surviving exams. I’ve always had a hard time keeping hypos straight in my head. When A does this to B and C sees it…..blah blah blah.

Last year, I came up with a better way to learn the material through hypos. I changed A, B, and C to Mike, Cecelia, and Sulley. Or Cinderella, Prince Charming, and Stepmother. Or Alice, Cheshire Cat, and Mad Hatter. It’s so much easier to keep track of who is doing what to someone when it’s actual people and you have a physical person to link with the person. For me, it was so much easier to learn about battery if Mike was mad at Sulley for stealing his girlfriend and he hit Sulley but almost his Cecelia instead. (battery, assault hypo). Plus, writing about a character doing something crazy is just more fun!

All shapes, sizes, and walks of life

Law school is great to learn about diversity. People from all walks of life come to law school for a variety of different reasons and it’s important to be tolerant and accepting of everyone you encounter. I’m absolutely floored by how much diversity we have in law school; not in a bad way at all. I LOVE how diverse my school is and how everyone truly embraces the diversity. I’ve met everyone from ex-military to stay at home moms, K-JDs, and retired men and women looking for a new challenge. Each person comes to law school with something special to share and experience in their past to enrich the class. Get to know people from all walks of life. I’m great friends with a K-JD, married mother, and ex-military woman. It’s awesome to get different perspectives on things and learn about their lives. You never know who you’ll encounter in law school but take advantage of everything each person has to offer to your learning experience. It’s well worth it.

For the love of UCC

Last year, I HATED contracts. If I had a stronger word than hate, I would use it. It was the bane of my existence and having the class at 8:30 clearly didn’t help. This year, I thought it would be a great idea to take a Uniform Commercial Code class so I didn’t have to teach myself for the bar exam.

I thought I would hate it. Friends I talked to about the class decisively responded with “I’m sorry”. In reality though, I love it! I’m taking Secured Transactions which covers Article 9. It’s not terrible and I have an awesome professor for it. I guess sometimes you really just don’t know what’s going to peak your interest.

Welcome to my crazy life

I have quite possibly the craziest, busiest life ever right now.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My typical week looks like this:

My crazy life

 

I LOVE color coordinating.

Blue: classes

Purple: meetings

Orange: appointments/groups

Red: work/exams

I also have multiple calendars. My DOG has his own calendar!

Green: Louie

Orange:Birthdays

Maroon: Bills

Grey: Patrick (his is a “shared” calendar I can see but not edit)

My calendars make look crazy and people who see them think I’m insane but to me it is the best way to organize. It’s easy to focus in a certain time period and know what I need to do and when. It also crosses over to my planner but it’s not color coordinated as much. I do have different colors but it’s more to make it pretty and I do not keep times in my planner either. I know I over-commit myself to things and that’s fine. I love my crazy life.

My warm welcome back to 2L

It’s been so long since I’ve posted anything so here’s a month in a few notes:

-finished my internship

-took a family vacation to Hershey, PA

-moved back to school

Moving back to school is always such a bittersweet thing. I hate leaving my family, especially when they do things I’d love to be able to go do with them. At the same time, I’m glad to be back and in a set routine without having to run around like crazy. This year, coming back did not go so well. Within my first 72 hours here, we found out our power at our old apartment was messed up, sat on hold for hours trying to set up utilities and everything at our new apartment, learned Louie cannot be trusted not to get into things, got my first (and hopefully only!) concussion, cut my leg really badly shaving, got lost driving around our new town, and we still don’t have internet! It’s been a crazy week or so and I cannot wait for classes to start tomorrow.

A passion for law?

I absolutely love suburban life. I love seeing the moms take their kids for a run in the morning. I love people walking their dogs and going to lunch. I love everything about the suburban lifestyle.

After moving here, I seriously considered dropping out of school. If I got a job and paid down my loans, I could be a stay at home mom by the time we had kids. Patrick was less than thrilled about me even considering it. He didn’t care about me not making money or being a stay at home parent. He cared because “you love law”.

How exactly do you love law? I don’t think anyone really has an answer to that and I don’t think I ever will. What I do know is that while I sit with other law students and they complain about having so much reading or how awful law school can be, I don’t see nearly as many negatives as they do. Sure there are long nights and stupid long reading assignments. You go to class with some of the most ridiculous people. It doesn’t always make sense. But it’s challenging. Law is difficult and not everyone “gets it”. I don’t think even I “get it” but I’m willing to try.

I know law school isn’t all rainbows and sunshine but that’s life. There is good and bad and you have to find a way to live with it. I guess I do LIKE law; love may be a stretch. I just can’t see the negatives to law school. If you’re learning something you like, it shouldn’t be work.

Doggie woes

A  1L wrap up post will be happening soon but first I want to make sure I passed all my classes and, ya know, grades..

Anyway, a week ago Patrick and I adopted an adorable little chiweenie puppy named Louie. He’s cute but a complete nightmare sometimes.

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Now, let’s just say no one was happy we got a puppy. No one. “It’s too much work”, “You’re too busy”, blah blah blah. I’m lucky enough to have three weeks off before I start my internship for the summer so it shouldn’t be a big deal right? right?

Louie has some….issues. He was taken from him mom way to young and a puppy mill was going to sell him, a 4 week old puppy, to a pet store and try to pass him off as a 12 week old. Yeah ok, he doesn’t even look 12 weeks now (and he’s 6 months!). Anyway, he was rescued and got physically better but wasn’t taught the puppy behaviors he should have been. Don’t get me wrong, he learns and he learns well but it is exhausting!

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We’ve gotten him to sit and are working on lay, he usually goes to bed pretty easily, he’s getting better at walking on a leash. Recently, he’s taken to using the bathroom inside because its only 35 here today (Thanks, Chicago) and he LOVES to bite anything he can. Not chew, just bite.

I legitimately thought that law school was the most stressful thing I’d ever do but raising a puppy has made me question that. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love my puppy and people were not right, we definitely should have gotten him. He’s teaching me more about myself and patience than anything ever has before.