Today, our cable company sent a nice gentleman over to give us a gift. A lovely and wonderful gift. A gift of TIME.
In other words, a DVR box.
During my scheduled breaks this evening, I have played with this new toy and it is Fabulous.
This is going to make studying for finals so much easier, knowing that I’m not missing my favorite TV.
The class lottery ran and I think I won.
I got my first first first choice class, Civ Pro II. With the prof who gets top evaluations for every class he teaches. It’s the class 2- and 3Ls told me they didn’t think they’d be able to get into. I totally won.
My other class was a little lower on my list, but I’m still pleased with it. I’m on the wait list for the Law and Lit class, though. We’ll see how things turn out.
My schedule is neither the worst case nor the best case scenario. It is right in the middle. I have a big hole on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday — but I have two classes each day, so I’ll be sure to show up every day. I do have the marathon Thursday-Friday schedule, but it’s with the three fabulous professors, so I can’t complain.
Next semester is looking pretty bright.
Is it possible that I spent, essentially, five hours straight studying today? That completely blows my “take reasonable breaks at reasonable intervals” schedule. It also explains why I feel completely lost right now. Fuzzy in the brain. Sort of giddy, in a punchy way. Not really a fun feeling, but also not entirely awful.
In more news, my bids for the enrollment lottery were submitted today. In other words, class selection is out of my hands. What did I bid on? Civ Pro II, State and Local Government, Comparative Law, Law and Literature (basically), Law and History (again, basically–the actual course title is marginally sexier) and a social policy class. Not necessarily in that order, though. There are a number of best case scenarios, as far as times go, and there are also a few worst case scenarios.
There’s one scenario that, on its face, seems awful, but on reflection seems maybe not so bad. I’d have class early Monday through Wednesday, and class in late afternoon Monday and Wednesday. In other words, Tuesdays, I’d be done by, um, 9:45 or so? The flip side is that Thursdays and Fridays, I’d be in class pretty much all day. Pretty much straight. On Thursday and Friday. And what do you think are the chances I’ll make it to Con Law on Tuesday mornings more than a few times a semester? (OK, who am I kidding? I have much too much guilt to skip classes very often.)
The ambition fairy says, “Oh, wow, you’d have several hours a day Monday through Wednesday! You could volunteer at that legal aid organization you were interested in, since you’d have so much time! You could do all your reading during the day and not have to do any work at night!”
Then the realism fairy says, “Dear God, how often would I just go home and sleep during the day? Or just take a nap in the library? Or just kill time?”
So we’ll see what the lottery brings me. I’ll put it out there right now, though–I’ve never been all that lucky. I don’t win things. So I’m not all that optimistic that my schedule is going to come out all peachy. The only bright spot in all of this is that if I do end up with the long schedule on Thursdays and Fridays, I’ll have it with three really, really marvelous professors. (Or, at least two marvelous ones and one who really knows his shit.)
So there’s the lineup for next semester. Now, back to Civ Pro outlining.
So now I’m in hardcore study mode. I have reading to do for this week’s Torts classes, outlines to finish, practice exams to take, and ARGH! so little time in which to do it!
I’m sure there will be some posting going on–I’ve given myself breaks throughout my very well crafted study schedule–so you’ll hear from me throughout. I’m just worrying right now because I just spent five days without cracking a book. Was that foolish? Was that a bad idea? My body and brain don’t think so–they know I needed the break–but the little law school fairy who sits on my shoulder is piling on the guilt anyway.
So, back to reading about products liability. Anyone want to explain its evolution to me?
So, y’all? I know I haven’t posted in a few days, and normally I would apologize for that, but not this time. I have spent the last three days in mindless bliss. I made myself a study schedule that would allow me to not to any substantive work over the Thanksgiving break, so I haven’t done any substantive work yet. I don’t plan to do any for what remains of this little vacation. And because I scheduled it that way, I do not feel the slightest bit guilty.
And y’all? I feel terrific. I’ve gotten lots of sleep, I’ve had time to chat with family, I’ve watched some TV, and I finished a book. It’s a book I’ve been reading slowly for a couple of months now, so I feel good about actually getting to finish it! Basically, my brain feels completely refreshed. I feel rested. I feel happy. I feel . . . energetic! Who knew I could feel this good this close to finals?
Now, tomorrow, I may do some work. I may finish consolidating my notes from a couple of classes. That’s the kind of work I like — it requires thought, but not too much, since it’s just revisiting things I’ve already learned. It’s like creating a puzzle. Interspersed with that, I think I’ll play with my nephew some. And watch some football.
But tonight, I’m going to continue the brain-rest. Mr. Angst and I, and the Angst-in-laws are babysitting tonight while my brother- and sister-in-law go out to dinner for her birthday. We’ll watch a movie or some TV, keep an ear on the baby, and just . . . relax. Y’all, this is A Good Thing.
I hope everyone else’s Thanksgiving has been so wonderful. Definitely, this year, I am thankful for this opportunity to refresh myself.
Tomorrow, we eat turkey. Yay!
Today, I have my last day of Crim and Civ Pro. Um, whee?
I’m not sure how I feel about these classes ending. Yesterday with Contracts was a little different because, well, I still have class today. (And, actually, I still have two Torts classes next week, but since Torts always felt sort of tacked on to the end of the week, that doesn’t feel as weird.) I really enjoyed my Civ Pro class and I really wish I felt like I had learned more. Wait, no, that’s not it. I certainly learned a lot–Prof. Civ Pro really does push his students–but I wish I had more time to let everything percolate.
Today really feels like the end of my first semester of law school classes. I don’t know how I feel about it yet, but I’m not really ready to write substatively about it.
Instead, I’ll mention that it snowed last night and I can see the roofs are layered in white now. No, it wasn’t a lot of snow, but it’s definitely sticking, unliket the last batch. I’ll also tell you about how my Thanksgiving packing is probably going to end up being a disaster (I just pulled all my favorite T-shirts and jeans out of the drawer and put them in my bag. I have a feeling I’m going to need to look back over that). And I’ll tell you about how Mr. Angst and I still can’t check-in online for our flight, even though I thought I was being clever by adding his middle name to his ticket this time.
Happy Thanksgiving, all!