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A working single mom attending law school

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well…..I hope everything goes ok

Posted by newlawmom on July 21, 2011

It should not surprise me that with only a few days left to study (I’m stopping for good when I go to bed Sunday night) there are too many things that I don’t know yet. Too many things to know. This is why I didn’t go to BarBri. I don’t think it would have helped me. I have studied hard and am pretty confident I will pass. My confidence is going down as the date draws near, however. Trusts and Property are my weak points, both tested pretty heavily in this state from what I understand. I spent all day with trusts and property today and need to take a break from it. I’ll pick it up again on Saturday. Tomorrow is crime, negotiable interests and secured transactions. Just review. Let’s hope that is all I need.


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Posted by newlawmom on July 28, 2008

Monday is never my favorite day of the week. Today was no exception. I was sick over the weekend, with a mysterious illness. I’m honestly not sure if it was a physical illness or a mental/emotional shutdown. Whatever it was, I was exhausted, lazy, unmotivated, and felt generally lousy from Friday night right through Sunday. Today I feel somewhat better, but I have purposefully had a slow day. I am preparing to move, and today I focused on my old house. I will do more packing tonight while my kids are out at a ballgame. The oldest boy is at Boy Scout camp for the week, so things are quiet. Nothing new was posted re: orientation, and I don’t have any books in my possession just yet. I expect at least a few to arrive tomorrow. Tonight I will listen to LEEWS tape 3 while I pack in my bedroom.

I went to my mothers today. She will be away on vacation next week and my daughter and I will be responsible for her 89-year old companion. I already package his medications and manage his personal care attendants, whom I have scheduled to work 10 hours per day, seven days per week. While my mom is away on vacation, we will need to sleep at her house to  provide that overnight care.  I really hope this situation is well-managed by my sister when I start school because I no longer have the energy to put into it. I have done my share over the past three years. It is time for other people to step up….like his own children perhaps?

I am getting really anxious about my college freshman/favorite and only daughter/amazing person who I’m not sure I will enjoy living without……She is leaving on 8/20 and I can’t go with her because that is my first week of school. They are kicking parents out on Thursday night so my original plan to put her on a bus and catch up with her on Friday are not happening. She will go out with her paternal grandparents. I’m still considering traveling out on the weekend even if I only get to see her for an hour or two, because to not see her place and meet her roommates would drive me nuts. So it could be an interesting week. For tonight, I am going to take it easy. Pack at my own pace in my room and prepare for a busy day tomorrow.

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Three weeks to go

Posted by newlawmom on July 24, 2008

Law school orientation is three weeks away and for the most part I’m feeling good about it. I with the finacial aid check could be used to pay for my books, but it is not to be.  I need to buy the books tomorrow. I’ve had it on my to-do list all week and on my ??? list for two weeks before that. Avoiding is not helping me here. The price is making me ill. The books aren’t going to get any cheaper. Do you know how many clothes I could buy my boys with $800 plus? Or how many weeks worth of groceries? Or gallons of gas?  Considering law school costs over $30000 per year and I am attending on scholarship my whining might seem out of place. But I am a budget-minded person and these books seem extreme. I’ll stop complaining now.

I’m not a big fan of television, but I do have a few things I watch. Right now I’m watching Nanny 911. This and Supernanny both make my list of favorites. It is always good to have perspective. Yes, it is true, my biological children are angelic and I am one of the best parents around. Supernanny would never need to visit me. But…there have been two episodes of these shows that have shown mentally ill children, and I was upset that the nanny did not have the sense to refer the family for professional help. There is a very big difference between children who need discipline and children who need mental and emotional help. Providing that help early in life could prevent many problems later. On the other hand, too many parents are willing to medicate their children for assorted problems usually identified as hyperactivity. It is a shame to see healthy children medicated unnecessarily. The issue is so complicated. Which is why….it is nice to just watch Nanny 911 and not think too much.

I didn’t get too much done today. It was a workday (evening) for me. I did some laundry, cleaned my house, and spent some time with my children. I am preparing for a family reunion on Saturday and did some shopping for that. I managed to get up early and will go to bed early tonight. Tomorrow I will need to get more done and then I plan on taking the weekend off. I hope all my readers have a lovely day.

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Law school prep

Posted by newlawmom on July 22, 2008

Today was crazy. And for the first time, I have found something law-school related that actually scares me. That scary thing would be the LEEWS audio set. I picked it up for $80 used. It comes in a lovely case with six two-sided cassettes, a book, and several loose sheets of paper. On top is a little green bookmark telling me what to do before, during, and after LEEWS. This is the Legal Essay Exam Writing System created by Wentworth Miller. I wasn’t going to go to the training, or even buy the materials. But the temptation was overwhelming. So….I admit it. I am scared. I have no idea how I am going to fit this into my very full schedule. Weekdays from 8-4 will be no problem. But evenings and weekends need to be well managed, and I will find it difficult. I don’t know when I am going to find the time to play these tapes, at a time when I am awake and able to concentrate, uninterrupted. It just doesn’t seem likely to happen in the middle of summer vacation for the three children. That doesn’t include the fairly lengthy reading assignments that are due on the first day of class. For today, I will avoid the idea by purposefully not putting it on my to-do list. When my list becomes longer than I can manage, I get anxious and accomplish less. When I make next weeks list, perhaps I will put it on there.

Money is tight. I spent a fair amount of time shopping online for my books. I need to make some firm decisions soon. I really need to either have the books or have them ordered and paid for by the end of the week. And I will. But it didn’t happen today. The price turned me off. I did get my physical taken care of, and it came in at just over $150. Not bad. I need to go back in two days to get my TB test read. Itsn’t it amazing that we can lock up one person with TB against their will because they are a risk to society? Risk comes in many forms. I would suggest that parents who abuse and neglect their children and then give birth to four or five more should be stopped just as fast as one TB patient who might infect a few others. An interesting concept. The father of my adopted son had nineteen children. Every single one of them was in the care of the state. The boys mother was sixteen and he was her third baby. Should they be allowed to continue? If they had TB instead of unwanted babies, they would be stopped to protect the innocent.

Well, on to bigger and better things. Tonight I will be planning the rest of my week and reading Later in Life Lawyers. I plan on going to bed by ten and being out of bed by 8AM. 7 came too early for me today. I need to adjust more slowly.

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Necessary Preparations

Posted by newlawmom on July 7, 2008

Sunday evening is a busy time for me. I plan my week with an overall list of tasks for the week combined with the daily schedule of work, appointments, etc. This week I need to do many things to prepare for my 1L year. I will be getting my physical scheduled and praying I am not to late to get in before 8/12.  If I am too late, I will need to go to the local clinic which will mean running around for my decades old immunization records and waiting up to several hours to be seen. So…crossing fingers. This is where procrastination costs me. Also on the list of things to do: arranging for my final transcript to be sent to the law school and contacting financial aid at the law school to inquire about the living expense portion of my expenses. I am taking subsidized loans for that and I have yet to receive a master loan agreement.  I will also be contacting the school bookstore to check book prices. I have already checked amazon and Barrister books, so it is more for comparison than anything else. I would like to have the books ordered and paid for before Friday, but that might be a stretch. It goes on the ??? list, which often accumulates for several weeks before I actually get to it.

Outside of law school related things, I have the college freshman to consider. She has a physical scheduled for tomorrow at 8:30.  The two boys have theirs scheduled for Tuesday at the same time. I have one cocker spaniel who needs a new home and tomorrow I need to contact some people who have expressed an interest in her. I am leaving for vacation Saturday morning and tomorrow is the day I need to make packing lists. I also need to get to the Social Security office to request a letter on behalf of a client. That could take some time. The work schedule this week is Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. This is where I enjoy being self employed with a high level of flexibility. Otherwise my life would be unmanageable. Darling daughter, however, is less flexible. She is working tomorrow, two jobs. One from 10-6 and one from 9-1AM. So I will be on my own with the boys for the bulk of the day. We will be cleaning house and picking up the yard, attempting to fill the garbage can before Thursday as we prepare to move on 8/1.

The entire list looks unmanageable on paper but I always feel a great sense of accomplishment as I get things crossed off. And the list does help me manage my time. I get twice as much done with it as I would without it, and I am hoping to use the same strategy during my 1L year. So…at 10:30 PM, I am off to bed, ready to start a busy week of work.  There is no time for asking philosophical questions right now.

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