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Posts Tagged ‘law school grad’

Bar Prep Update

Posted by newlawmom on June 15, 2011

I haven’t quite figured out what I want to accomplish with this blog, but I am sure I want to use it. So here is the most recent update. I’m studying for the bar on my own with no BarBri. And I’m feeling pretty good about. I have spent many hours preparing outlines, answering practice questions, outlining essay answers and searching the internet for free study aids. I found a cool site today that allows me to make flashcards to study online. I also found some bar prep sets that other people have prepared. Offhand I don’t know the name of the site, but I will get it to you if I continue to use this FREE resource.

Money is my main obstacle at the moment. I live on a tight budget and have decided not to pick up any legal work until at least September. I still have plans to open my own practice but I look all the time to see what type of work is out there. I had applied for a few summer jobs that I would have loved, but didn’t get them and figure that all things work out the way they are intended. But over the past two weeks I have spent almost $1000 on unexpected urgent expenses. This is bad. I live on cash. One car repair, a recharge to the air conditioning system, and of all things, a very unexpected asthma attack that got out of hand and all the medical/medication expenses that go with it. I am self-employed and pay for my own major medical policy at a rate of over $300 a month but until I meet my high deductible (hopefully never), I pay cash. Ouch.

My kids got out of school today. I love those boys more than life. This is certainly my last summer to spend at home with them, so I aim to enjoy it. As it works out, I have enough room in my car for each child to bring a friend practically everywhere we go. The age difference is only four years, but at 11 and 15, they don’t exactly play the same way or enjoy each others company too often. So a friend for each of them makes them happy, and if they are happy, I am happy. Tomorrow we are off to the local state park to buy a season pass. That will get me into a couple of ocean beaches and a few local lake/forest options. So far, we have very few specific plans. We will be traveling for a week immediately after the bar exam. My daughter and her boyfriend will join us for that trip, and it will be awesome. The 15 year old will be working part time, so that will complicate some things. But I’m sure it will all work out. I’m also sure the time will quickly pass by.

When I’m not with the kids, I’m combining bar prep with the Casey Anthony trial. I confess to being overly absorbed in that. Funny – I am defense minded. But in that case, I think the defense is just disturbing. Maybe I would feel differently if they were sticking to more of an “absence of proof” defense. I could live with that and maybe even buy into it. At a minimum, I would feel strongly that she was entitled to it. But to attack the grandfather, for me, is just wrong.

So that’s it. That’s all. I have nothing else to add.  I hope you all have a splendid week. I’ll write again soon.

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summertime

Posted by newlawmom on June 1, 2011

I love summer. I haven’t gotten to enjoy one in a few years but I am making up for it. I have a sunburn and a garden. I’ve cooked out on the grill a few times, walked barefoot in the grass, driven down the road with my windows down and the radio blaring, and generally just enjoyed the beautiful weather. I’ve watched a thunderstorm, played cards outside by candlelight, and sat on my back porch sipping wine. I’ve even been able to sit outside with a good book. This is the life!

So I didn’t get either job I interviewed for. No problem. Things work out exactly as they are intended to be. Bar review? Eh. Not so much. Barbri doesn’t start until next week so why should I start early? Volunteering? Yes. That I enjoy. But even that, I could give up right about now. I think I am overdue for a break. For now, I will keep the position. But I haven’t made any long term promises. Thank God.

In other words, life is good. Life is very, very good. There will be plenty of time down the road to figure out how I’m going to make a living. It’s not in my sights right this moment. I hope everyone has a great week. Enjoy the weather!

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