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A working single mom attending law school

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Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Bar Prep continued

Posted by newlawmom on July 11, 2011

Ouch. Luckily, the only pain I have right now is from a sunburn. Hopefully I will still feel that way after the bar exam is over! I have done substantial amounts of studying. But I do need to try a bit harder for these next couple weeks. Sunshine, children, barbeques, street fairs, and ice cream nights have consumed large amounts of my time and I am happy about it. I’ve been to the ocean more times in the past three weeks than I went in all three summers of law school combined.

On the job search – I had an interview last week, thanks to that connection I mentioned. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I get a second one, but with each passing day, my optimism fades. Still – three applications submitted, three interviews. That’s pretty good I think. Plus every interview is an opportunity to practice. If I don’t have a semi-dream job by the end of summer I’ll need to change my approach, but in the meantime I will continue to be very selective.

I’m still not smoking. That is a huge deal, but I will only commit to not smoking one day at a time. It is way to much to contemplate forever (or even a week.) I’ve been plagued with a bit of insomnia, which even for a night person is unpleasant. I don’t like looking at the clock at 4 am when I haven’t fallen asleep yet. Plus it leaves me irritable during the day.

I need to submit a few follow-up pieces for the character and fitness examination. So far, nothing too difficult or frightening. Remember, there are a few things I may need to explain. But so far, so good. Let’s see where I’m at next week at this time. Sixteen days to go.

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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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Uncertainty

Posted by newlawmom on May 23, 2011

I have no idea how I’m actually going to spend my summer. I really want that job I interviewed for last week. But my phone did not ring today and that is not encouraging. Tomorrow I go to volunteer. That’s my back up plan. Eh. I guess I should be patient. In the meantime, I had a beautiful weekend. My favorite summer project is going to be a garden. Actually I have turned an old horseshoe court into two miniature gardens. One pit will have zucchini and yellow sqaush. The package says compact bush. I hope so. The other pit will have peppers and tomatos. That is, after the soil dries out enough to plant.

I’m spending more time with my boys. I am enjoying it. They have mixed feelings. The video game habit got totally out of hand over the past year, especially with my 11 year old. I have put the system away for a two week break and nobody is very happy about that. Except me. I figure if I’m going to compete with a video game, I’d rather have one big short battle than a little battle every day for weeks. So I took the game out. When I give it back it will be with strict limits. They will never be allowed to put it in their bedroom again. They have a few weeks of school left. A large part of me wants to just take the summer off to spend with them. The beach, barbeques, bikes, hikes, and trips to the city. How awesome would that be? The video games would be far from their memory before the summer was over. And I would be the happiest mother on earth. I guess that isn’t such a bad back up plan.

Bar exam preparation is underway. This week is Con Law. PMBR flashcards, Sum and Subtance Quick Review, Emanuel’s Crunchtime and Inside: What Matters and Why. Creating my own long outline and answering sample questions. I also have access to Gilbert’s Law Summaries on audio cassette which I play in my car far too often. And that’s it. I hope everyone has a great day.

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