Sunday, August 17, 2008

Dear faithful readers...

I can't believe how much my life has changed in 2008! I'm now in New York City, about to start a new job, plant new roots. For those who are interested, I do have a new address and a new phone number.

With all the changes going on, I believe it is time to retire this blog. I will probably print out a record of it, just so it's not lost forever, but very soon afterward I plan to delete the contents.

What next? I may start a new blog, I may change the format, I may do nothing... dunno. Meanwhile, I just wanted to say thanks for reading. Please keep in touch.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Gas prices

No doubt we've all seen lots of jokes about the skyrocketing price of fuel. These are a few of my favorites:

Friday, May 23, 2008

I'm a juris doctor.

I did it! I graduated! They handed me the diploma, and I put it in the frame, and it's on its way to a storage locker in Connecticut for the summer along with all my other belongings.

Having my parents and sister in town was really fun. Saying goodbye to friends was hard, but I'm sure I'll see most of them again - we'll run into each other in Utah, or they'll call when they're visiting New York. My sister helped me sort through all my stuff and clean out my apartment. I was shocked how many emotions came to the surface as I went through all my belongings, photos, ticket stubs, files, just everything. I said goodbye to my apartment, the law school, and Virginia.

Now I'm spending the week in Cincinnati. My best friends from college are driving in to spend the weekend with me here, then I'll hang with my sister's family for a week, then I'm off to Salt Lake to study for the NY bar during June and July.

I'll post photos of graduation and my family's visit muy soon.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Prepping for Graduation

Our family and friends are on their way. The law school is waiting...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


I'm sitting in the law school library computer lab while my computer is being fixed by our fabulous ITC staff. PS why are there so many people in the library right now? Looks like mostly law review cite checks and papers. Ouch.

Anyway, my laptop's ethernet port stopped working about a year ago. Then in the fall the sound stopped working. The law school ITC people performed a battery of tests, and then sent me to Cavalier Computers. CC performed a series of tests and sent me back to the law school people. I think we've finally arrived at a solution: it's a software problem. Time to REFORMAT the hard drive!

Why is that such a scary concept to me? Something about deleting everything on your entire hard drive is just freaky. Am I sure I saved all my photos? Do I have all my mp3s backed up? Where did I put all my disks? What if I lose my address book?

There's just something frightening about starting over. Which of course got me to thinking about graduation, moving, and moving on. So much of my identity is tied up in certain people; okay, let's be honest, a certain person. And certain friends. And so much of my identity is tied up in this place, here in Charlottesville. What happens when I move on? Will I lose some of my identity? What will I be without these things?

I recently joined Facebook. I was startled to see what has become of some of my childhood and high school friends. It's fascinating to see where people live, what they do for a living, how they look, and what their passions are. This has obviously made me even more reflective about my life and how I have changed over the past couple of decades. I guess I've changed a lot, but since the changes happen so slow, I didn't even notice them.

For example, I'm graduating from law school. People are constantly congratulating me on my "big accomplishment." I know in my head it's a big accomplishment, but it doesn't feel like it. I've just taken one class at a time, one assignment at a time. All of a sudden I'm done!

As another example, I'm moving to New York in the fall. This has been a long, drawn-out decision for me, carefully considered and made. But to others who have spent their whole lives in the east Bay Area, and who haven't seen me or heard from me in years, this seems like a huge step.

I mean, since most of those friends saw me, I became fluent in Spanish, I got married, I made some lifelong friends, I learned to like green beans, I lived in a foreign country for two years, I wrote a senior Linguistics thesis on "pop versus soda," I gained a sense of fashion, I became president of a non-profit music organization, I produced a highly acclaimed album, I got a young man acquitted on DUI charges, and I tried sushi. Graduating from law school is just one thing among many!

So as I sit here reformatting my computer, I'm realizing that we all sometimes have to re-format ourselves. At certain times in our lives, we delete some things about our lives in order to restore ourselves to a better state.

But that doesn't mean we have to forget. Or even that we have regrets. Sometimes it's just time to move on. I'll still keep my photos, my address book, and my memories. I'll carry lessons learned and friendships earned.

But it's about time for my laptop and me to get a fresh start.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

I'm in the clear

I'm not really sure what I wrote on that corporations exam - it's kind of a blur. But I answered all the questions, and I wrote legalish stuff, so I'm hopeful that I did well enough to pass. That's really all I care about at this point!

What now? All that stuff I've been putting off until after finals. Piles to go through, house to clean, stuff to pack,... everything on that May list from a couple posts ago. But for tonight, I'm mostly just going to relish in the moment.

I finished law school.

My head's in the guillotine

I'm about to take my corporations exam. I've got my computer all set up, my exam document open and ready to type, my casebook, my supplement readings, my backup flash drive, my in-case-it's-freezing fleece, my Fiji water, my cashews, and best of all... my gummi bears. Sounds good, huh? If it weren't for the fact that I'm about to submit myself to three hours of torture, it would be a party in here.

I've chosen to take my exam in a classroom in our law school's Slaughter Hall, in honor of how I feel about this experience. As scary as that sounds, consider that my alternative was Brown/Withers!

For anyone who reads this between 2 and 5pm eastern time, please send corporate thoughts my way.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Yay for May

This is my final finals season. I take my final final exam tomorrow. Finally!

I promise I will post more soon. Right now I owe every second of my day to corporations.

After this, I have a busy month. Cleaning my house, family in town, GRADUATING, moving out my stuff, moving myself, visiting my sister's fam, selling my car, visiting my friends, moving in with my folks for the summer, nephew's birthday, other nephew's birthday, Mother's Day, brother-in-law's birthday, sister's anniversary, and beginning bar exam study ALL IN MAY. *inhales*

And it's already the 7th! I better get back to work...