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So Hastings was evacuated today.  The FBI came into my afternoon class and informed us that a copycat threat had been directed at Hastings, and they were closing down the campus.  They didn't tell us anything more than that, which obviously leads to a lot of guessing...  But there was no violence, only a threat, though SFPD was everywhere.  Classes are supposed to resume tomorrow - whether or not I go I have yet to decide.  See bytheriver05's most recent post for sentiments about recent tragedies - I second what she said, and she said it better than I ever could.  Anyway, just be careful, everyone.  Now, instead of reading civil procedure, I think I will go watch Pride and Prejudice, where everything is happy and the only thing to fear is that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy won't get together after all. (But of course they do.  Hence my love for Jane Austen.  No, I'm not an escapist.  What are you talking about?)
Current Mood:
anxious a teensy bit freaked
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So, while it took what felt like a bazillion years to register for classes (the online registration system officially sucks), I finally wound up with some classes I'm pretty excited about.  And they are:
Constitutional Law 1
Evidence (these first two are bar courses - but I'm definitely excited about Con Law)
Immigration Law
Labor Law
Legal History: Immigrants in the US (seminar)

Yes, I realize that my course schedule looks like an advertisement for Bleeding-Hearts-R-Us, but I like it that way.  Go me.
:D

Current Mood:
geeky geeky
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Go to maps.google.com.
Click on "get directions."
Type from London to New York.
Read Step 37.
Current Mood:
amused tickled
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Hello, everyone.  It's been forever since I've posted here, and I make no promises regarding future posting regularity.  But I wanted to say "hi," and give everyone a little update.
#1: Chris and Jess are moving, so things in all of our worlds will be changing quite a lot.  I still anticipate many weekends in Santa Cruz, but it won't be as many, and it won't be the same.  Chris is (temporarily) moving into his parents' house, which should be interesting, considering that his mother... well... let's just say that I don't really feel the love.  So that will take a little getting used to.  But (and maybe this is easier for me, considering that I'm not the one moving) I'm sort of looking at this as an adventure - maybe we were all stagnating a little, and we needed a bit of a nasty poke to move forward.  I think it'll be a good thing, in the long run.  And I'm not worried about my friendship with Jess suffering from not-so-frequent contact - we've been friends since freshman year of high school, and our friendship has survived almost 9 (did I count that right?) years of moving, changing, losing touch, and everything in between.  So Jess, I think we're good.  : )  I think Chris and I'll survive this, too - it'll be weird, it'll be hard, it'll be interesting, but, like I said, I'm pretty sure it's a good thing.  (Did you hear that, everyone?  I - me - Ashley - just said Change Is Good.  Pick your jaw up off the floor now.)
#2: School, about which I've been pretty low-key all semester, just got scary again.  I found out this morning that my property exam is closed-book, closed-note, which is TERRIFYING.  For all of you out there who would argue that that's how exams should be, let me remind you that this is law school, and the standard here is to give extremely brutal exams, but allow students to bring in their notes.  And I'm not exactly confident that my property professor will make the exam any easier in exchange for banning notes - he's a great guy, but sort of a stickler.  High expectations.  Harvard Law-professor bowtie.  The works.  So hopefully I'll survive that exam.  I also discovered this morning that my civil procedure exam will be 50% multiple choice, 50% essay, which is pretty much the Worst Thing Ever.  Well, okay, maybe the Absolute Worst Thing Ever would be a 100% multiple choice exam, but this is bad enough.  Again, to those of you who say that multiple choice is easy, I say, with much scorn, "this is law school, and that means NOTHING is easy."  And multiple choice questions, especially those written by this professor, are confusing, misleading, and leave no room for error.  To give you an example, multiple choice was a small part of last semester's civil procedure exam, and the questions were extremely specific - and the highest grade was around a 50%.  Oh, and I should mention that the multiple choice portion is also closed-note.  The essay portion saved my civil procedure-hating ass, but just barely.  So I hardly need mention that increasing the multiple choice portion isn't exactly calculated to make my life easier.
#3: I'm in the market for summer funding.  My summer job, which I expect to be fantastic, is of the non-paying variety, so I have to apply for outside funding to pay my $1,000/month rent.  There's a fair amount out there, but finding the time to apply for it, and actually receiving it, are sort of difficult.  I've applied for one grant of $2,000, so I need all of you out there keeping your fingers crossed/hoping/praying/using voodoo dolls/whatever you will that I get it.  PLEASE. 
#4: My dad and stepmom may have to get rid of one of our cats - they have a brand-new house, and Alani has decided (for the first time in her otherwise extremely well-behaved life) to pee on the carpet.  We're not sure why, and if they can't make her stop, she might need a new home.  I realize that peeing on the carpet isn't a great advertisement for a cat, but really, she's a wonderful cat, and this is entirely out of character.  She's super-affectionate, and never scratches the furniture or anything.  Plus, she's spayed and has had all her shots.  I'd love to take her, but our lease won't allow pets, and plus, Chris is allergic to cats (which sucks).  So... anybody want a kitty?
That's all, for now.  Now, property/contracts/civil procedure/environmental law homework calls.  Yippee.  I love you all!
PS - The upside is that I'll be done with school on May 11!  It's the earliest (by about a month) that I've EVER gotten out for summer vacation!  And my job doesn't start until the first week of June, so I've got three weeks to kick around in (thank GOD).  I thought I'd spend some time in Sac, some time in Santa Cruz, and some time in Ojai - that is, assuming that everyone who lives in those respective locations is willing to have me...
Current Location:
Gold Reading Room
Current Mood:
worried preoccupied
Current Music:
Loreena McKennit - Skellig
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Weekend Knitting kicks so much ass.  It arrived in the mail yesterday, and I've just finished a thorough going-over.  It's totally my style - lots of great projects, plus little indulgent tips, like how to take make decadent French hot cocoa from scratch or how to give yourself a hand massage.  I can't wait to try the pattern for argyle slippers!  I can't say who I'm going to make them for, because I'm never sure exactly who reads this blog, but if you're the lucky person, then congratulations!  I also want to try this gorgeous scarf/hat pattern (Jess and Lil, it's the same thing as that guy's sweater that I was trying to figure out a few weeks ago - it's called brioche stitch) and these super cute finger puppets.  I <3 Weekend Knitting!
In other news, today has been quite productive, and I got to eat Felicity's famous pumpkin risotto and meet a friend I've been hearing a lot about.  And I got to see Felicity and her new apartment, of course.  Her roommate has cats!  And lots of kitchen appliances!  I <3 Felicity's new house.  Plus it's lots easier to get to from my house, which is very nice. :) 
Well, property homework (and sleep) calls, so enough for now.  Oh!  I should remember to give Felicity credit for my user icon picture - it's from an anti-war demonstration in Trafalgar Square, in London.  Isn't it fantastic?
Current Mood:
pleased pleased
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I'm starving and exhausted, and thus don't really want to post a whole ton, but I thought I'd put the word out there that Public Interest/Public Sector day went very well - keep your fingers crossed that I get an offer from the ACLU!  But either way, one of the other employers I interviewed with said they'd almost certainly offer me a job, so that's really good. :)  Exciting.  And now Renee is back with take-out Thai, so I'm going to don jammies, eat Thai fried rice, and watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  Oooo - with a finale of Ben and Jerry's.  :)
Current Mood:
hungry hungry
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Academic exhilaration gone.  I have an outline of the argument portion of my moot court brief due in 20 minutes, and I have exactly 2 headings.  Which I don't even think are particularly good.  And I've spent the last 4 hours working on this.  I'm so amazingly frustrated.  I know I can write.  I was a freakin' lit major.  I'm articulate, and smart, and I can analyze the pants off of you (tee-hee - funny visual).  But I cannot write for law school.  The formats they want us to use are incredibly counter-intuitive for me, and I can't seem to make my writing conform to them.  I'm basically having to unlearn everything I've learned about writing in the last 8 years.  On top of that, the side I'm supposed to be arguing for has essentially no case law support.  Okay, it's got to be out there somewhere, or they wouldn't have assigned this thing, but I can't find it, and my BS-generator seems to be out of order.  This sucks.  A lot.  Now I have to go suffer humiliation for not understanding how to do this.
Current Mood:
depressed discouraged
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So I'm feeling a little better today.  Though I didn't sleep well last night and it took me like 30 minutes to get my butt out of bed this morning.  But I just totally rocked my property class!  I've been too intimidated to talk in here up till now, but this morning I volunteered an answer to a question that a couple of other people had screwed up, and I got it right!  And I asked an intelligent question. : )  Pretty dang excited at this moment, I must say.  Plus, the fact that I volunteered an answer minimizes my chances of getting cold-called - thank god.  I don't mind answering as long as I get to chose the question!
Long day ahead of me, though.  Lots of homework, lots of frantic Moot Court research... And hopefully a Grey's Anatomy viewing this evening.  But I don't know about that one yet.  We'll see.  I miss you, Felicity!!  Crap I just realized I'm going out of town next Thursday night, so I'll miss next week, too!  Bummer.  But I'm leaving to go get a baby fix, so really, I'll sacrifice the Grey's Anatomy.  Anyway.  More later.  Maybe.
Oh!  In the spirit of the magnificent Lily, I'm leaving you with my new favorite dinner recipe. 

Current Mood:
geeky geeky
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Oh.  My.  God.  I'm drowning.  If I thought last semester was a lot of work, well, then, I didn't know what a lot of work is.  I was sick for a couple of days last week, which put me a little behind (not much, THANK GOD, but enough), and this week my professors have gone absolutely nuts.  Because of a scheduling thing, I have 3 (count 'em, THREE) extra hours of property class this week; unfortunately, my property professor, while amusing in lecture, is a sadist when it comes to homework.  So three extra hours of class translates to like 7 extra hours of homework.   And this homework is HARD.  On top of that, financial aid stuff is due in a week, so I have to find the time to do my taxes and file FAFSA between now and then.  And I have interviews.  I was supposed to have a mock interview on Monday, so I spent forever getting ready and came to school in a suit, and then my interviewer was sick and didn't call to let me know.  But that's a side-gripe.  The point is, I now have another mock interview scheduled for Friday, and I have a Public Interest Job Fair all day on Saturday.  Plus I promised I'd try to make it down to Santa Cruz  this weekend, but I just don't see how that's possible...
I'm just struggling to keep my head above water.  S.O.S.
Current Mood:
exhausted exhausted
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So there's really nothing like the combination of caffeine (to which I'm allergic, I think), low blood sugar, not enough sleep, a long, crowded bus ride where everyone seems to smell like cigarettes or icky perfume, and a 20-minute wait at the post office to put me in a really fabulous mood.  I was a right cheerful little thing when I arrived home this afternoon.  But home is neat and clean and quiet and welcoming, and comes complete with a rooftop balcony.  I took a blanket up there a little bit before sunset, and laid on my back and found the shapes in the clouds.  The weather was beautiful - just a bit chilly, with just a tiny little breeze.  Spring is coming.*  And it was so nice to be outdoors and feel the air nip at my cheeks, and to be alone, and quiet.  The weight of friend-stress and school-stress and loneliness and inadequacy got a little bit lighter, and maybe, just maybe, if I spend a little time with the clouds everyday, it'll go away completely.
That's my hope, anyway.

*To all you nay-sayers out there, not one word about how it's still January and this is probably a false spring.  Not one word.
Current Mood:
thoughtful thoughtful
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