Monthly Archives: August 2010

2Ls, Cheese and Randomness

This blog post is pobably going to consist of several random things and a whole lot of spelling errors as I’m actually laying in bed, thumb-typing with my iPhone. Why, yes, I am aware that it’s 9:20 and very few self-respecting adults under the age of, oh, 85 are actually sleeping right now. But, allergies know no age and mine are being especially cruel to me. Plus, let’s just be honest – Laying in bed is comfortable. If I were sitting downstairs on the couch, I’d be doing the exact same thing but would have the TV on at the same time. Not any less lazy, just lazy with better PR.

So…here are a few of my observations lately:

1) 2Ls are awesome. I’m sure this is not always the case but the ones that I have met so far are extremely nice, helpful and very mentor-like. The particular 2Ls I’ve met have prepped Ducks on what to expect, given the lowdown on professors, etc, etc. Maybe it’s just because their first year is still so fresh on their minds that they’re willing to provide fonts of useful information, but it’s been very helpful and reassuring to him. So, if you’re in school now or planning to be, go find a nice 2L and get some advice. Both the students Ducks has talked with didn’t know him at all before their first meeting (one is Kate’s lovely boyfriend and the other I met while doing some JL volunteer work) but they both treated like an old friend and took him under their mentoring wings.

Okay, enough about that – now some interesting stuff.

2) I really don’t know how I married a man who doesn’t like cheese. Seriously. When we met up with one of the 2Ls for dinner on Friday, we went to an Italian place. Ducks ordered beef ravioli and he didn’t finish all his food (which is kind of rare because he is pretty tall and works out a lot). Afterward, I asked him why he didn’t finish it and he said, “it had too much cheese.” To which I responded, “Are we speaking the same language here?” But then, cheese is one of my food downfalls. I am pretty sure I have never uttered the phrase “too much cheese” in my life.

3) I won a Twitter contest today!!!!!!! I probably shouldn’t talk about this and try to keep up the pretence of anonymity but I just don’t even care – I was so excited. My alma mater gave away some football tickets on Twitter and I won them – wahoo!

4) I never realized the extreme lure of fire for tiny people. For drunk people maybe (one of Ducks’ college roommates got severe burns from thinking that walking in a fire was a fantastic idea – after all, he was obviously way tougher than some expletive-expletive fire. Yeah…. Not so much). But when we went to my friend Mandee’s birthday party this weekend, her little cousins spent at least two hours throwing grass, leaves, twigs and other flammable materials into the firepit, really with no goal in mind but to watch conflagrations of sparks fly upward. They were at least an hour and a half into their endeavor before they even considered the possibility of making smores. Pretty sure that would have ranked way higher on my campfire priority list. But they were cute.

5) Looking at my DVR list makes me very sad. Why? Because there are about 47 different shows sitting on there just waiting to be watched. But, there’s no one available to do the watching. Shawn Spencer’s psychic powers are on hold, no one’s getting chopped and Michael Scott is desperately holding in a “That’s what she said” somewhere out there in DVR world. But, alas, I’m too busy and plan to remain so with the beginning of college football this week…yes!

Because every numbered list needs a multiple of five or some reasonable other parameter, I’ll stop here. And actually go to sleep instead of typing away. Night! 😉

Blast from the Past

Based on a tweet exchange with P.S. Jones, I have a very interesting historical artifact to share with you today.

Ladies and well…probably just ladies….I present to you….

the Trapper Keeper.

Ooooh. Ahhhh.

Yesterday, P.S. Jones asked on Twitter, “Who remembers owning a trapper keeper? And do kids today (what am I, 80?) still use them? Bc I want one. Bad.” And, wonder upon wonders, I actually do still have one. I think it was actually a hand-me-down from either my cousin or from Amanda, an older girl who lived across the street from me, because I definitely don’t remember ever using it for school. But, it’s still extraordinarily cool. I dug it out of a moving box in the closet this morning to take the pics above and it’s filled with all these short stories and the 165 pages of my unfinished novel I wrote in eighth grade (very depressing stuff about a girl with cancer…eek). Back to the Trapper Keeper. They actually do sell them still, sort of, but none of the new ones have the cacpohony of exploding hearts

So, there it is. Ducks’ giant backpack that we got from Office Max this week has zero of the cool cache that this old thing has. Ha! And speaking of Ducks’ backpack, I’m pretty more than Noah’s family might have survived the flood if they had that massive thing to float around in. He said a girl commented on it after class one day and said, “Wow, that’s a lot of luggage you’re carrying down there.” When he told me, I said, “Maybe she wasn’t talking about the backpack (wicked wink).” But that only earned me a dirty look. Apparently, flattery and innuendo don’t get you everywhere.

Alright, that’s enough random rambling. HAPPY, GLORIOUS FRIDAY!

A Little Integrity, Please

What has happened to good old-fashioned honesty these days?

And, yes, I sound like an old woman when I say that but yesterday was extraordinarily frustrating. This has nothing whatsoever to do with my husband (he’s being good and just studying his little heart out) but it does make me look at some other people very differently.

Sheesh. I find that I’m just being cryptic in my complaints, so I’ll stop typing now. I can just say that a good drink with L helped a lot. It’s nice to have a good friend to laugh with, chat with and blow off some steam.

I promise my next post will be better. In fact, I’ll even promise that it will include a super-cool picture. 😉 Hope you had a great day!

Two Days In

Okay, we’ve been an official law school family for two days. Actually, technically for three mornings and two nights.

How’s it going, you may ask? Very well. Ducks is enjoying all his classes and is staying on top of his reading so far. Consequently, so am I. I had this brilliant idea that I would just read all his textbooks with him, learn to brief cases, etc., then take the bar when he does. Sounds smart, right? I’m a really fast reader and retain information well (this is an excellent talent to have, especially when you’re fighting with your husband and want to bring up an incident that happened seven years ago when you first started dating).

Anyway, with this reading thing, I thought I could game the system, get a legal education without attending class and become a bar-passing, certified really truly lawyer. Well, apparently you can’t. It’s not because I don’t understand the eggshell skull rule or about how Popov and Hayashi fought over a Barry Bonds baseball and the judge ended up solving the case Solomon-style. It’s because in the state of Texas you can’t take the bar exam unless you have a degree from a law school.

The movie “Catch Me if You Can” totally led me astray on this one. But then, that was Louisiana, and therefore, while a decent state, just not Texas. If we lived in California, it might be a different story.

I’m really being facetious here. I know there’s no way I would actually keep up with the reading on my own or comprehend it fully without class lectures to soak it all in, but it’s still an intriguing thought. And, I’m learning some interesting things about law. Mainly the funny stories are the ones that stick out to me. I think the people who write these text books really do have a sense of humor. In the previously mentioned Popov v. Hayashi, the footnote on the case said something like, “A witness reported seeing Hayashi had bitten a fellow fan’s leg, but that is considered immaterial.” Funny stuff, people.

But anyway, I digress. Ducks is enjoying school. He’s forgotten to take his lunch to campus twice and has consequently eaten at Subway instead (I think there’s a trend of disdain for a homemade turkey sandwich here….). He’s making friends, reading, briefing and doing all those things that lawyers are supposed to do.

How are you guys doing? I want to hear all about it! 🙂

More New Things

In the same vein of new things happening with the beginning of law school, here are a couple of other great new things that have happened. Specifically things that are in conjunction with this blog.

1) Obviously, all of you! I’ve never really been a blogger before. At least, I’ve never been a real blogger; I’ve written a couple of little things on a blog that only two of my friends from college ever read. With this blog, however, I’ve gotten to meet a lot of you — all awesome women, all with great perspectives on life and all of whom make me smile and make me think and make me interested in something outside my small life/social circle. From reading about Crystal’s new job to Natalie’s first day of school to The Waspy Redhead’s latest cooking endeavor to Abbey’s gardening  to P.S. Jones’ freelance adventures, I’m excited to hear about what you all have done each day, what you’re planning and what you’re dreaming about (sorry – can’t mention every single person, but you’re all brilliant and fun-to-read).

And, when this type of thing bring me into contact with you all in real life, it’s just that much better. Who would’ve thought 10 or 15 years ago that you could actually make friends on the internet who weren’t trying to lure you into a Free Candy Van (my sister’s slang for a pedophile or other creeper)? But, really, it’s so cool. I’ve had the opportunity to meet both OhMyPuddin and MDLikeMe Kate and they are both really interesting women with unique perspectives and interesting lives. Without the internet, it would have been slim odds that we would have met or had the opportunity to get to know each other. Now, with blogging making our worlds smaller, I actually had the opportunity to meet Kate for a margarita and introduce our law students to one another.

2) A bet. Yep, a real life bet. Last Monday, Ducks mentioned to his friend AJ that we met Kate and J because of the blog world. Of course, AJ then clamored to know about the blog. And, I told him that it’s…duh…a Super Secret blog. So, he and I made a bet. If he finds the blog before Labor Day, I owe him a beer. If he is unsuccessful, he has to complete a handyman project at the new house with Ducks. According to him, he has a Super Knowledgable Internet Team on the job 24/7. So, we’ll see how this goes.

Anyway, so those are the new things that are happening. Now, excuse me, while I go talk Torts with my law student — and thanks to everyone for being my blog friends!

***ANNOYING UPDATE: This is why you should never draft posts ahead of time. I wrote this post yesterday so that I could post it this morning. Last night, AJ came over to talk about the first day of school with Ducks. I had made chicken and rice for dinner and while I ran an errand, the boys ate. Here’s how the pre-dinner conversation went:

Ducks: Do you want a plate or a bowl?

AJ: I’ll take a plate. I don’t really like bowls.

Ducks: Really? I like bowls. I almost always use a bowl.

AJ: I know. And, APPARENTLY YOU LEAVE THEM ON THE FLOOR!

So, he found it. He actually enlisted a mutual friend to track it down through people that I’m friends with on my personal Twitter. Which means I’m going to have to develop a special Legally Married Twitter account now…and manage three accounts. Sigh. So, if you have a Twitter account, post your handle in the comments so I can follow you.

And, Law School Wife, you were right about the whole blogger beware – can’t keep secrets on the Internet! 🙂

New Things

Today is the first day of law school for Ducks! This morning, in spite of his protests, I took his picture while he was leaving for school. And by “in spite of his protests,” I mean that I chased him out to the car with my hair in a towel while he tried to run away. But, I got it, so for posterity’s sake, here’s Ducks headed out for his first day of class.

We actually got off to a very good start this morning. As he headed out the door, we had already been to the gym and I actually (insert gasps here) made breakfast for him – egg and turkey taquitos and a banana smoothie. Super healthy lifestyle, right? I doubt that it lasts long, but it was a good start.

As Ducks got in the car for his first day, armed with books and laptop, we noticed the family across the street doing much the same things that we were. Both parents were outside, loading things into the car and their little son, Chris, was bouncing with anticipation. Today was his first day of school as well. A few weeks ago when we first met Chris, he told me, “I’m going to kindergarten this year. I used to go to a baby school, but now I’m big.”

So, he’s starting his very first day of school, of learning and of the road to becoming “big.” It was wonderful to see that both his parents were there on hand to get him ready and to accompany him on his first day. And, it was wonderful to see all the excitement in his sweet little face as he anticipated this whole new, mysterious world of kindergarten.

We’re doing the same thing today. Getting ready to jump into a new world – to take the first steps toward a new career and a different life. When Ducks called me on his drive, I asked him, “Are you excited?” and he said, “Yes, and a little nervous.” As we grow up, we lose the excitement that Chris has, the idea that every step ahead of us is filled with something new and wonderful. We are headed into law school with a little more trepidation, a little more understanding of what’s ahead, but still with the inner excitement that this is the beginning of something really, truly great.

Best of luck to all you lawyers (and doctors, Kate!) in the making, as well as to the wives, girlfriends and as you get started with a new year.  Hope that you keep that same excitement throughout the year that our little neighbor Chris had on his first day!

Confession of a Secret Blogger

Two posts in one day?! Why? Just wanted to update you all on my “The Jig is Up” post.

Because I know you’ve all been wondering and hardly able to sleep at night (tiny bit of hyperbole), I thought I should take a couple of minutes to ease your minds about the future state of my blog.

Thursday night, I steeled myself to tell Ducks about the blog. Here’s what I said.

Me: Ducks, I have to tell you something, but you have to promise not to get mad at me or be mean.

Ducks: What is it? (You’ll notice that he did not in fact promise).

Me: I’ve been stockpiling a big collection of porn in our house.

Ducks: WHAT?!

Me: See….obviously, you didn’t get too mad about THAT, so what I’m going to tell you isn’t nearly as bad as being a secret pornster.

Ducks (exasperated): Just tell me.

Me (at high speed): Umm…I have a secret blog….and I hope that you won’t be mad at me or make me stop writing it because I really like it… and it’s anonymous…. and I’m sorry I didn’t tell you before….you know, when you asked me if I had a blog….anyway, so are you mad?

Ducks: I asked you if you had a blog?

And, it turns out that he wasn’t mad at all. He had asked me before when I told him that I was reading other law school wives/girlfriends blogs and of course I lied about it and endured the ensuing guilt. But then, once that I told him, it was a huge relief and he actually liked the idea. Especially when he knew it was anonymous. And he laughed when he saw the pictures with his face covered.

So, the blog is safe, my marriage is happy and all is good in Legally Married Land.

What about y’all? Have you ever kept a big secret from your significant other? Did you reveal it or just keep it to yourself?