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relief

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.

highlights:

  • 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).

less-than-highlights:

  • 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.

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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!

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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!

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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 mtv.com. 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.

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what’s on the needles

June 29, 2008

i’m working on a few things at the moment, albeit very slowly because of my study schedule.

first, the very adorable hoodie baby blanket by the thrifty knitter (pattern was originally in magknits). i’m still on the neverending stockinette section, but i actually enjoy stockinette. lots of it. particularly while spending so many hours a day doing brain-intensive work. it’s nice to turn to something relatively mindless and relaxing.

knitted with lion brand cotton-ease (in the “lake” colorway, i’ll be using the beautiful blue-black-y “charcoal” for the border), which is quite possibly my favorite yarn of the moment. i love the colors, love the stretch, love the softness. actually, i was surprised at first at how soft this blankie is turning out to be, because my other major use of cotton-ease has been for a sheldon. i had to knit sheldon on size 5 needles to try to prevent holes (note the word “try”). i’m using size 8’s for this blanket and the fabric is soooo soft and snuggly. it’s going to be a great baby blanket.

i’m also working on a pair of plain jane stockinette socks (see? i do love the simple patterns right now), based on the yarn harlot‘s basic sock recipe.

knitted with regia sock yarn i picked up at a new yarn, in north seattle. i can’t find the ballband at the moment to share the colorway, but i like it. it doesn’t pool very much, and the changes are frequent enough to keep it interesting.

i do, however, need to switch over from metal dpns to wood. i go through phases of preferring one to the other, and i must have been in a metal phase when i cast these puppies on (6 weeks ago! i’m so slow!) and am now definitely wanting wood back. hopefully it won’t change my gauge too much.

i am anxiously awaiting july 24th – the day on which i finish the big test i’m studying for, and the day on which i am done with homework for a VERY LONG TIME. no homework = much more knitting time. i can’t wait!

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saturday things

June 28, 2008

i spent my first few hours of the day frantically cleaning the house, knowing that our landlord would be coming over to fix a few things. i’m not sure why i feel a need to impress the landlord, but i do. i guess i want him to know that we do cherish this home that he owns. cleaning also reminded me of saturday mornings at my best friend’s house growing up – they always cleaned on saturday mornings. every saturday. we were not that cleanly at our house. after doing it this morning, though, i can absolutely see why that friend’s mom instituted the practice. it feels so good to lounge around a clean house all day long!

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i took the dogs with me to run errands this morning, which was kind of fun. we went to the bank and to walgreens, and used the drive-thrus of both places. i was going to leave them in the car and go into walgreens, but i was worried about them overheating. it’s a hot day today. and somehow doing these mundane things with dogs in the back of the sub’ makes doing them more fun!

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studying: studying for the big upcoming exam is going slowly. i wish i could focus a bit better. today i’ve been working on indian law, community property, and torts. hopefully i’ll get through family law by the end of the day.

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okay, nothing exciting going on today, i guess. i’ll work on knitting content for next time.

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Ha. Ha.

June 28, 2008

wow. the joke is SO on me. on my way to pick up my dandy new craigslist chair, i had to stop and get cash. they wanted $30. the atm only spits out $20s, so I got $40. the route to their house was mostly highways, but i figured there’d be a convenience store or something nearby so i could break one of the 20s. i suddenly found myself very close to their house with too much cash. i briefly considered just giving them $40, and then decided that was silly, so i turned around to find a place to break my bills.

i found a grocery store, thinking i could also pick up something for dinner. walked over to the deli, where everything looked fried and unappealing. i then picked up a $2 fruit cup from the fruit section (so proud of myself: buying something healthy!). i checked out in the little self-check out line, started walking out of the store with my $18 in change, and… hey? where’s my other $20?

somewhere in there i dropped it. i searched and searched to no avail. i left my name and phone number with customer service, just in case. i got another $20 out of an atm in the store (plus the not-my-bank atm fees… so $23? $24?). i just about cried right there in the parking lot. now my chair, instead of costing $30, cost me $54. boo.