It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in here, so I thought I’d write a bit.
I’m nearing the end of my second year of law school, and I’m pretty jazzed about it – just one year left to go and then I can be a fancy lawyer!
This year, the main thing I did is I wrote my Note/substantial paper/dissertation, presented it, and submitted it for publication. I researched and wrote about situations where kids who have been removed from the home because of parental abuse are court ordered to visit their abusers. It was rewarding and enlightening work, and I’m so happy that Karen talked me into changing topics. 🙂
I also secretaried a club, represented (sort of) four clients in the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, and mentored a 1L. This summer, I will be at TUSD, doing policy work in school law, which is exciting for me, although it’s not as fancy as it sounds.
Everyone in my life right now seems to be having babies and/or getting married, which is pretty cool. Shout-outs to (forgive me for only listing mommies and brides… daddies and grooms are important too) Kira, Sis, Lori, Kendra, Laura, Melissa (not Hernandez as far as I know). Also, my nephew is getting married and having a baby, and I don’t know his lady’s name, so shout-out to them as well. It’s simultaneously nice and horrifying to be reminded that I could still get married and make babies, even though I’m getting so old. 😉
In addition to getting old, I seem to be getting fat… I injured my Achilles in November and haven’t been able to run very much since. I’ve been pretty frustrated about it, so on Saturday I was angry-icing it and gave myself wicked ice-burn… so now, in addition to being unable to run, I also can’t walk in real shoes. Way to go, Kate. Still, I’m fully committed to completing my New Year’s resolution – not weighing myself for a full year, because of Bonhoeffer. I know, that’s weird.
The dating front continues to be a thing. I have become an expert first-dater – I don’t think I’ve been turned down for a second date in years… but it’s one of those things where I’m sad-happy, because people seem to be interested in me, which is a confidence boost, but the vast majority of them are clearly not a good match for me and I’m constantly having to tell them so… sometimes more than once… sometimes having to completely ignore their repeated attempts to contact me.
At this very moment, there is a text sitting on my phone from a nice guy who I rejected, but he has now contacted me again. Before you get worked up trying to get me to respond to him… he has lost 180 lbs, and wants to lose another 180, which isn’t a big deal except that he can’t talk about anything except the weight loss. Also, our first date was a Sabino Canyon road hike, which he wanted to do because he’s been hiking all the time in an attempt to train for a ten-mile summit challenge. Even so, he got blisters and hiked at the glacial pace of a decrepit snail. I tried to tell him we didn’t need to do the full 7.whatever miles, but he insisted we finish. On the one hand, who really cares? I don’t even really like hiking very much. On the other hand, if he’s going to do athletic sorts of things with me, he’s gonna have to keep up or let me run ahead and meet him at the finish line, and he doesn’t seem capable to either of those options. Also, he lives in Sierra Vista. Also, he lives with his mom, her friend, and his grandmother. Also, his date with me was his first, first date. Ever. Also, he kept asking me to give him constructive criticism while on our date. Also, he texts non-stop.
And, finally, I’ve saved the best news of the year for last… how could I possibly beat such an excellent first date story, you ask?
Drum roll, please…
I GOT WIFI… WOOHOO!
I actually don’t love having the internets at home, but I hit a point where I just hate being at school so much that I’d rather fork out the dough and be able to write memos while wearing pjs and drinking snooty organic cashew milk lattes.
I also have Netflix, and I think I’ve decided to keep it. I was on the fence about it. I got the 30-day free trial, and maybe I see the $8/month value in it… I hate that they keep advertising their NETFLIX ORIGINAL crap to me. Also, most of the shows I actually like are CBS ones and unavailable via Netflix. Plus, I’m having issues getting the CBS app thing onto my XBOX 360, but I’m not buying an XBOX ONE until they come out with another console that’s newer and fancier. But, hey, Making a Murderer was pretty legit (thanks, Lori) and since I haven’t had tv or internet access since it was provided via dial-up and cable in my parents’ house, there are a few shows I’ve intended to watch over the years that the library was unable to provide. Although, I have to say… it’s silly that I still have to go to the library for The Expanse, The Last Ship, and Game of Thrones.