But my dogs are the best

I’m a dog person.  Always have been, always will–why?  Because I’m allergic to cats and dogs are cuter.

I can’t really remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a dog.  There was Misha, Mouser, Charlie, Missy, Bingo, Bruno, Spot, Frank, Clyde, Daisy, Olive, Ocean, Pixel, Pepper and my two current pooches Guiness and Porter.  Yes, that is a lot of dogs–but growing up on a farm means you always take in the strays.

Lately, Guiness, my oldest and largest pooch, has been sick.  We hope it is a curable staph infection and we hope he starts feeling better soon. So, because I finished a book last night, I decided to read From Baghdad, with love: a Marine, the War, and a dog named Lava.  It’s a short, quick read and a wonderful story for those who have animals around.  The book is even free to read via Google Books.  And after reading it,(yes, I’m a fast reader) I was looking for updates on Lava and found another interesting little news piece on stray dogs in Moscow.  I find it humorous that people get on the trains in the morning and find snoozing pups also going into the city.  Knowing me, I’d probably take them snacks everyday or better yet find them homes.

Someday I’ll have that dog camp and be the canine version of a crazy cat lady…someday. 🙂

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Thanksgiving/ Giving Thanks

I’m taking time out from cooking up a storm to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

And you’re all invited over for a rosemary/thyme turkey with sausage artichoke stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, NPR’s Susan Stamberg’s cranberry relish and pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes.  As there are only three of us today there are sure to be leftovers for my finals studying. But seriously, come on over–it is a beautiful 65 degrees and we’ve got Wii games galore.

And my day has gone wonderfully thus far with the best part waking up to a furry face cuddling next to me.  I am extremely grateful for amazing pups, a loving man, and my faraway friends.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂

Women in Law Wednesday

Well I took last week off to re-coup after finishing a brief from hell and a mock trial from hell.  I needed it folks!

Here is what I found noteworthy in terms of women and law within the last week:

Happy Wednesday!

Motivate moi!

I am currently enjoying a warm cup of chai and catching up on all things within the webisphere.  It’s nice, however it is almost gone.  I have another two and a half weeks until I am done with fall semester but my mind thinks it’s already done.  In fact, I have done nothing productive for the last few days unless you count planning Thanksgiving, listing books to sell on Amazon, shopping on ebay, and cleaning house as productive.  My facebook farm has also been kept up–would this count?

I have so many little things to do that I think I’ve lost count of them all.  All I know is that I want my motivation back!  And not just any motivation, but that motivation I had prior to law school–the kind that pushed me to want to be the gunner!  That annoying motivation!  I want to be Hermione, I want to run up the stairs like Rocky, I want to love law school right now!  But I can’t, and now my chai is gone.

Crap.

Going Up Against Your Peers

Last year, as a 1L, it didn’t bother me to think I was “competing” for things against my peers.  This year it does.  To clarify, I’m not talking about the majority of my class.  I’m talking about my friends and classmates that I truly respect as human beings.  Yes, I consider most law students to be far from human sometimes.

For example, I have an interview next week and I know that three close friends also have the same interview.  While I want them to do well I can’t help but want to do better than them.  I didn’t even tell one friend that I too have an interview because I didn’t want her to know—and I have no good reason for not telling her.  In fact I think I’ll tell her.  It’s just an odd experience all around.

In other news, I made another Mock Trial team which means after my 2L year I will have done three mock trial competitions and one moot court competition.  My resume doesn’t need any more competitions!  Wish me luck this weekend!  We’re traveling to our second mock trial competition  and we’re nervous.  Also, my cross examination will need all the luck it can get!

 

This brief is driving me crazy

I have a brief due in a week.  I still have no clue what I’m going to write.  The good news is that I have my headings!  I literally have put my classes on the back burner this week.  I hate this because in many ways it goes against what I was ranting about last semester.  I realize that I have way too much on my plate, but I can’t let my team or partner down now-just too late.

In addition to writing my portion of the brief I have to consolidate my partner’s portion so that the entire thing reads well.  Now, I’m not a top writer but I can tell I’m a stronger writer than my partner–at least organizationally.  I think this brief will be the death of me.  The bad news is that I can’t ignore it after I’m done because we have oral arguments to prepare for–ALL CHRISTMAS BREAK!  Yes, you read that correctly. My winter break is &^(#)$@!  Welcome to life, Kel, welcome.

You’re hot, then you’re cold…

Last week I was at an attorney event  where the coordinator asked if I new a 1L who was her cousin.  (Oddly enough it was the same 1L that I ranted about not too long ago.)  I said no and she proceeded to tell me that this 1L has wanted to quit law school more than once already.  This got me thinking.  I also wanted to quit law school several times last year.  I just didn’t get it.  I didn’t feel like I was doing anything lawyerly.  I hated the classes.  I hated how much work I had on my plate.  I hated the lack of conversation.  I hated that everyone seemed to know what they wanted to do. I actually re-wrote the Katy Perry song “Hot and Cold” to fit law school!  But this year I can honestly say that I haven’t felt that way.  Even though I’m bogged down with work I’m beginning to see myself as a lawyer and it’s a good feeling.