Archive for July, 2008



July 29, 2008

here’s what i ended up with from my little post-bar yarn shopping trip:

araucania yarns – atacama

100% alpaca, 5 skeins, color 507.

for a clapotis: i know, i know – everyone has made one of these things, it seems like, but i do think they’re beautiful (especially in variegated yarn), and i’m looking forward to seeing if they’re as fun to knit as they appear to be.

i also picked up 2 skeins of online beach color, colorway 942 – with interesting variations of pink, green, yellow, and grey. i have my eye on this gathered scarf pattern.

i saw one on ravelry a few months ago and it’s been in the back of my mind ever since (and it helps that little knits has such awesome prices: $6.99 per skein!). after much debate, the clapotis project made it into my (carry-on) suitcase for vacation with me. beach scarf, i’ll save you for another day…



July 28, 2008

well, it’s over. i will get my results back in mid-october, and they will either be “pass,” “fail,” or “half-passed” – the exam is in two major parts, and it is possible to pass one but not the other.

overall, it was an interesting experience. the exam was in a huge convention center room set up with folding tables and assigned seating. there were in the neighborhood of 24 x 36 rows of people at these tables… 864-ish people, accounting for a few holes here and there? crazy.


  • at the “one minute left” warning, the pace of typing would increase frantically. this cracked me up.
  • before each testing session (7 total), the proctor would re-read the rules of the exam. including that no smoking was allowed in the testing room. just in case people forgot that it’s against the law to smoke inside any public buildings in washington.
  • i actually enjoyed the criminal procedure questions, and at one point found myself thinking, “interesting question!” i am a nerd sometimes.
  • my little (otherwise retired) dell laptop made it through with no glitches! she has since returned to semi-retirement, until i receive my test results and can make a better decision about what to do with her. (no macs allowed on the exam due to the particular software we used for testing – otherwise i’m always on my macbook).


  • three torts questions? really? did you mean to do that?
  • two contracts questions and no sales questions. boo.
  • at the end of day 2, i was nearly in tears. the last set of questions were hard.

but, it’s over! i can hardly believe it. i visited my favorite yarn shop on thursday afternoon, and then spent friday running errands (haircut* & other shopping without spending much money). j & i had a nice weekend, and now i’m on my way to vacation!

*the hair is a wee bit too short. but i guess it’s better than the look i had going on, which was: i have thick hair that has not been cut in 6 months.


crunch time

July 16, 2008

i’m in the midst of crunch time – my big exam is next week. i’ll be back after that, should be around july 25. and then my normal life can begin again!


it’s a one-track summer

July 5, 2008

well, for 3 more weeks anyway. i haven’t really been doing anything except studying (and successfully procrastinating at studying). last night we walked the dogs down to a part of the neighborhood with a view of about 5 area fireworks shows – and lots of our neighbors had the same idea. definitely worth the walk, and the dogs were pooped afterwards.

tomorrow is a day long practice exam, meant to simulate the environment of the actual exam. i am really unprepared for about 4 topics: contracts, sales, business entities, and indian law. i need to get to work on those right now!


overwhelmed but determined

July 1, 2008

i’m right in the thick of studying (3 more weeks!), so i thought i’d share the study breaks i took today:

(1) while eating lunch, i watched this week’s episode of “legally blonde: the search for the next elle woods” on i LOVE the trend of putting full episodes of shows online. i also will fully admit that this show is silly, but i’m a sucker for musicals (and the fact that legally blonde is about a law student doesn’t hurt, either). pure fluff. entertaining fluff.

(2) i studied at a coffee shop for a few hours this afternoon and enjoyed a very nice mini-cupcake with coconut frosting. yum!

(3) after studying, i dropped by a store that i’ve walked past a bunch of times but have never gone in before. it’s technically a shoe store, and my visit confirmed that whoever buys for this store has excellent taste in both shoes and handbags. they’re both exactly in the price range i want (not so cheap to be useless, not so expensive to be prohibitive), and in styles that i *love*. i very nearly bought a $30 purse in odd colors that somehow looked good together – pale green canvas with bright red accents, lined with tan corduroy – but decided to hold off and think about it for a few days.

(4) i also dropped by the local organic market and spent $6.73 on groceries for dinner tonight: romaine lettuce, red lettuce leaves, cherry tomatoes… and i think i bought something else but i can’t remember what it was.

(5) i’ve been drooling over the envirosax greengrocer bags for several weeks now. i looked at them again online today, but i’m having trouble choosing colors. they’re all so pretty! but i think i like the greens, grays, and light blue the best.