Sunday, September 7, 2008

Law school is hard and stuff...

It has been quite a while since I have communicated with the outside world. I am really supposed to be reading/briefing a case for my civil procedure class right now so I will make this real quick. I know that there are few that have been checking Jason and my blogs regularly and we have not been writing regularly. Hello to Granny and Gran! I cannot believe I have been in school two weeks. It actually feels like a year and I am a little in denial that I will be doing this for 3 years. This is definitely the hardest thing I have undertaken. Its too bad I am a slow reader although I am definitely improving, along with my typing. My professors are all nice and relatively entertaining, some more than others. Not a big fan of contracts, mostly because I don't really understand it much. I like torts a lot and civ pro is pretty interesting. My legal writing class just became way overwhelming this last week. We have started on our first big assignment due on the 19th. This assignment leads us up to our grand finale writing assignment that is our only grade at the end of the semester.

Jas started school last week. He is teaching at a high school only 3 miles away. He has two classes of geometry and two classes of algebra II fancy. I think he is really going to like it, plus this school is much more stable than his last one. Thank God for that! Well I would love to write more but my time is captivated by the law. On a good note, I do know what words like ratio decidendi and sua sponte mean now. I really am enjoying school and it is fun getting to know new people. I am already forming a good group of friends and started playing on a softball team am I sore today! I know I will survive this first year, it is just not always easy to believe. I hope everyone is doing well. Drop me an e-mail and let me know how things are going! I am trying to use this one now>
Love to all...keep us in your prayers


Friday, August 15, 2008

BK in the House

Ten days and counting! I can't believe school is about to start. I have orientation on Thursday and Friday...with a BBQ one day, we'll see what "BBQ" means up here. And I hope they have some not meat items or I'm gonna be hungry. I now have all my books..Jas says they don't look very interesting...I guess I'll find out. I already have assignments in all four of my classes. I guess I should get on that, huh?
Well nothing too exciting has happened lately. We are coming to the reality that summer is over and especially here it feels like Texas spring weather ( which is amazing). We have had our windows open basically every say.

Last weekend my friend Katy took the train down from Manhattan. She brought her yorkie, Ginger. Ginger is s o small our cat Tobias is bigger, Tobias and ginger played a lot. I think the dogs rough play and size were a little intimidating for tiny Yorkie. We went to the famous Geno's Steaks in Philly. Jas and I pretended we weren't vegheads for a bit to have a true Philadelphia experience. You can buy three things there: cheese steak, fries(with or without cheese), and a drink. It was pretty good but the owner seems to be a bit prejudice and over the top patriotic. The workers wear shirts that say "English Only", "This is America, speak English." They will refuse service to anyone that tries to speak Spanish. I am pretty Geno is Italian or something and when his ancestors immigrated I doubt they spoke English. In fact they probably experienced some prejudice themselves. Ok off my soap box. Additionally, someone who speaks Spanish Inst going to assume everyone that works there does..Ok not I'm off. Geno's rival, Pat's King of Steaks, is literally right across the street The two places have the exact same set up on opposite corners. Pretty funny. We will have to try Pat's next time.

We are still searching for that perfect coffee shop and grocery store. Nothing compares to HEB in the Hancock Center in Austin,TX though. We went to Burger King yesterday. They actually have a veggie burger and wireless internet. I mean this one is fancy. It looks like a nice sit down place. There are tv all around, a playground and an actual computer station with 5 computers. It is a mix between Mr. Gatti's, Schlotzky's, and a coffee house. Hey maybe I'll be studying at the BK!

Well, I'll let everyone know how orientation ans the first week goes. Say a prayer. I'm a bit nervous. Love to all!


Sunday, August 10, 2008

Real Quick....

I have much more to write but I can't right now. Just wanted to brag a little that it is 68 degrees today here in lovely New Jersey. How hot is it Texas or Arizona or Nebraska or Colorado?....well the last two are probably not quite so bad but STILL! I know I will not be humming the same tune come November so for now I say Ha Ha! Love to Everyone


Thursday, August 7, 2008

Creepy Old Prisons are creepy

Today is my baby's birthday! Jason is old. We went to the Eastern State Penitentiary, the first penitentiary in the U.S. It was open from about 1820 to 1971. It was pretty creepy, especially the death row and solitary. We had this cool audio tour thing with individual headsets and the best thing was that Steve Buscemi was the narrator. Perfect fit because he is kinda creepy. Al Capone was a prisoner there for about a year and for some reason the guards were really good to him and his cell had a nice quilt, sitting chair, oriental rug, and a record player so he could listen to the waltz. A real badass mobster. I recommend the tour to anyone coming to Philly.

After that we went to Fairmount Park and saw the Museum of Art with the famous Rocky steps and Rocky bronze statue. Jas took his birthday picture next to Rocky..nice. We went to Rittenhouse square and had some excellent pizza at Joe's Pizza. My friend Katy Sloan is coming to visit tomorrow from NYC and her little dog too. It will be nice to see a familiar face. I think we will try out the famous Geno's Cheese steaks and I will break with the no-meat policy for the night. I mean if you are in Philly you have to have at least one cheese steak.

I gotta say I am really starting to like it around here..And by here I really mean Philly. NJ is just okay. Well I'm out for now. I will try to out some pictures of our visit on later once I get Jason to help me. Its good to have a computer wiz around.


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Oh where, oh where are my Austin-like Coffee Houses...

So I promised to keep up with my blog. Well I probably said I would try really hard but I kinda forget I have one which is bad since it is my home page. Oh well... Nothing too eventful. We found another coffee shop close to our apt. It is pretty well set up; semi-comfortable seating, lots of live music nights, and the lattes was pretty darn good. The only thing is it closes at 9:30. I have come to expect this in the suburbs. What is tragic is that basically every place of business in Philly that is not a bar closes early. I mean we're talking 6pm to 9pm for most places! Ridiculous! Apparently "late" is 10pm and "really late" is 12am. That really sucks because I love to study in coffee shops and I will be studying late. In Austin, there were still tons of people at the place closing at midnight. Then everybody went to the 24 hour places, which by the way they have also never heard of up here.

Okay enough with the ranting. I am getting used to being here. I received my class assignments: Civil Procedure, Contracts, Torts, and Legal Analysis, Writing, & Research. I don't start till 9am which frankly is rather late for me considering I used to work the 5am to 11am shift. My day was half over by 9. I am pretty sure I can get used to the later start, seeing as that means more sleep.
Well, I'm starving so adios!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Jellyfish aplenty

Jellyfish aplenty

Pooping hippo.

Pooping hippo.