Friday, May 29, 2009

One Week Down

The first week of class is over. I have to say it has been wonderful. I've already learned so much that I don't know how I'm going to retain 3 years worth of this much information. So far so good though. I've been doing a good job keeping up with my readings and making sure I'm over-prepared for class. It's a horrible feeling to be called on and not even know the basics, so it is my goal to never have to feel that way. I can't imagine how much work it'll be when you multiply this one class times 6. OY.

On a Judah-related note, he did well at Auntie Leah and Uncle Robert's this week. The first night was horrendous sleep-wise (we were up maybe 4-5 times each), but last night he slept through the night! I am hoping against hope that this becomes a pattern, but I've been on this rollercoaster long enough to know not to hold my breath.

Sadly this weekend I'm missing a trip that has been planned for months because I don't have a sitter. It was a girls weekend and I was really looking forward to unwinding. Par for the course of having a little one, I suppose. I'm making Sule take us out to dinner tonight to make up for it. I see a Fire Roll and sake in my future, which takes the sting out of bailing on my trip. :-)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

First Day Down

So my first day of law school is over and I feel much, much better now. It was only a Meet and Greet, not actual class, but I am confident now and ready to go. I think I just needed to get that first day under my belt so that I wasn't filled with angst and anxiety. The Dean of the Law School, some professors, and former LCOP students spoke to us and tried to reassure us that while a legal education is a daunting and rigorous process, it is also extremely rewarding. It was hard not to notice, though, that every speaker reiterated the rigorous part. lol.

I had my first reading assignment last night, and I've probably read the 3 pages at least 50 times, as well as answered all the questions to the best of my ability. Those 3 pages of Property case law raised more issues in my mind than I can count and brought on a pretty big headache, but I also found it so interesting! Clearly this is right up my alley. Sule was bored silly by all the talk of trover, replevin, prior possessors and true owners, but he dutifully half-listened while I tried to make sense of it all. I promised him that I would listen to his History and Museum Studies stuff when the time comes (YAWN).

Today is the first day of class and I just want to make sure I'm prepared when I get there. I think I have a pretty good handle on what the readings were all about and I just want to stay on top of it and not get behind. I'll keep you guys posted as to whether I make a fool out of myself in class later or not. Stay tuned. :-)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend... And today's the big day!

I am coming off of a fantastic Memorial Day weekend only to be faced with the daunting reality that I start my law school career today. I am a huge bundle of nerves and I feel really silly about it because it's only one class! It isn't like I'm beginning a full time schedule. But this is a for-credit course and my GPA begins today. This probably explains why I could barely sleep last night and woke up feeling sick. I am horrified that something is going to happen to screw everything up, or that I'm going to get there and realize that I'm not as smart as I think. And unfortunately I'm only half joking. Meanwhile, I'm waiting for my books to arrive (thank you, procrastination) and pretty much just fidgeting and worrying.

On a brighter note, we hosted a cookout on Sunday and it was so much fun! My dad is out of town so we utilized his grill and had a small feast, although I learned that you should probably take it easy on the wine when you start at 3pm. By 9 I was out like a light and only got to watch the first quarter of the Cavs game. It's OK though because they lost, so I would have been disappointed if I had stayed up to watch the whole thing. Plus, Judah was up from 3am until 5am, but since I'd been sleeping for 6 hours I was more than happy to stay up with him, so I guess falling asleep early had it's benefit. I should try that more often.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Supernanny has gotten to me!

So after a very very sad episode of Supernanny last night in which the father died leaving two young children, I've decided that I really need to quit smoking once and for all. The episode had nothing to do with smoking, but I just couldn't imagine not being around for my little one and I can't take the risk any more. That said, I've decided that I'm going to have my last cigarette on the day I get my 1st semester grades back. I figure it isn't smart to add the additional stress of quitting on top of beginning school next week and a fulltime schedule in the fall, so I think that I've set a good - and reachable - goal. This way I can celebrate my (hopefully) fantastic grades, and then be done. Once I get into the groove and know what I'm doing I'm hoping it'll be much easier to step away from the 'Ports. I'm actually pretty excited about it!

Friday, May 22, 2009


What do you get when you cross crappy naps with a late bedtime? You get one very tired mommy. I woke up this morning at about 2am and pretty much stayed up after that, with the occassional nap in the chair in the nursery. Good grief I thought these days were over! The one bright spot is that I think this will give me a one-up on my fellow law students. "Oh, you can't handle functioning on little to no sleep? Ha! Amateurs!" LOL. I'm trying to keep my sense of humor, and my wits, about me.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Magnificent and the Mundane

So today was a nice blend of crazy errands in the morning and R and R in the afternoon. The three of us took a trip to the daycare we're trying to get into to place our names on the waiting list. Sule wasn't very pleased about going because he thought it would be a crazy romper room, but I told him it wasn't like that at all, plus he had to suck it up if he wanted a ride to work after. I have to say I think he was thoroughly impressed! The place is huge, so organized and it seems like a ton of fun and learning goes on there. And the big plus was that I got to see my niece. She was going down for her nap but it was so nice to wave to her through the window while she laid on her little cot. So cute! It's an added bonus that Judah would be in the same room with his cousin for a little while. The big news (the magnificent part!) was that I paid my first of three payments for my summer Legal Process course. YAY! It's so weird to think that this time next week I will officially be a law student. Ca-Razy!!!!!! I could have gotten my student ID on that same trip, but silly me left my license inside of Judah's diaper bag. So that's one errand that I'll have to make one day soon. After leaving school we headed to my dad's for some much needed relaxation time. I didn't plan to stay the whole day, but the free food and cable was too good to pass up. lol. Judah had a blast with his aunts, uncle, Grandma Vette, and Grandpa. So much so that I couldn't get him to take a nap that was longer than 30 minutes. So after getting all the hugs and kisses in all the world between 3 and 8, he finally fell asleep in the car on the way to pick daddy up from work. We might, just might, get him to sleep through the night tonight!

Monday, May 18, 2009

I am quite possibly missing a couple marbles...

After many long years of hoping, dreaming, and dragging my feet I'm finally going to be a law student! This past year has been hectic and plenty stressful but also extremely rewarding. Our son was born on October 10, 2008, and having him here has made this move to law school that much more urgent. After being accepted to all 5 of my schools (!), I've finally decided on a winner -- one that doesn't require us moving and will allow us to be close to my parents. I'm eager to get it over with so that we can get on with our lives!!

Right now, though, I'm questioning my sanity. I start an evening preparatory course next week, it's 6:30am and I've been up for almost 2 hours with my early-wakey baby, and to make matters worse we have shots today. Sadface. I'm seriously panicking over books, student ID cards, transcripts, parking passes, teething, daycare, not sleeping through the night, and the list goes on and on. Because I'm OCD about both school and my son (yeah, I'm the mom that sent her baby to Grandma's with his outfits carefully chosen and placed into individual Ziploc bags), I'm busy making lists and schedules that I'm sure I'll never use, just to feel like I'm being proactive and staying on top of the situation. I read a suggestion on my school's website that you take one day off on the weekend to just relax. So I'm going to take that suggestion and keep Saturday as family day. I figure I don't have class on Fridays so I can study then, and by Sunday I'll need to study in preparation for Monday. Also, I'm thinking that I can stay home during the week until Baby J goes to bed at 8, then leave to go to the library after. This way, I tell myself, I will still be there when he wakes up and goes to bed. I'm hoping that for the most part he won't realize I'm gone. I know what they say about "the best laid plans" so I have no disallusions about all these schedules going straight out the window, but at this point I'm just trying to be optimistic. I'm hoping against hope that I have what it takes to keep all these balls in the air. I'm going to need a very patient husband for the next three years!