Friday, July 28, 2006

my second date with career services

Me: So, essentially, when the job listings say "Top 50%" and I'm over here at "Top 66.67%", am I just screwed? I mean, how do I say to these people "yeah, my grades suck, but I'm not an idiot"?

Career Services: You're not an idiot. Law school is like the Olympics. Everyone is the best of the best, and they're all separated by just a little bit.

Me: And there's always that one swimmer from the Ivory Coast that finishes 10 minutes behind the rest of the pack.

CS: But the rest of the swimmers are all a minute apart.

Me: Because they're all on steroids.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

who needs a ouija board when you have scrabble?

I don't think it's a good sign when my Scrabble letters send me the following message:

Yes, I actually pulled the letters out of the bag just like this.

I guess the good sign is that I won that game of Scrabble. Time will tell if I actually live to see tomorrow.


Thursday, July 20, 2006

my trip to walgreens, and other musings

I hit the Wal on the Square this morning to procure a Diet Coke before work. (I don't know why I reasoned that this would be better than Starbucks - probably a lack of sleep from the storms last night - just go with it.) While staring off into space waiting for the honor students running the register to get the line moving, I noticed that they are already selling bags of Halloween candy.

In July.

I mean, not just Fun Size candy bars. But the actual giant "Halloween-sized" bags of Fun Size candy in the orange and black Halloween-themed displays with spiderwebs printed all over them. When did it the commercialism monster start eating holidays other than Christmas (and Valentine's, and Easter, and St. Patty's, and Arbor Day... And why can't it eat Guy Fawkes Day already)???

While walking out of the Wal, I caught a headline on one of the area newspapers detailing a proposal to start charging $5 a person for this fall's Halloween celebration on State Street, intending to curb the outrageous rigols and revels by charging admission and requiring tickets to walk down the street. Do they really think this will work? People (okay, kids with Daddy's money) drive to the area from miles away and consume hundreds of dollars worth of booze over the course of the weekend - do they honestly think that another 5 dollars will be more than just a drop in the bucket to people willing to pay $50 for gas just to get to the party?

I'm trying to update my résumé with info about my summer job. It's really hard to try and say "sits around all day reading E! online and" in a way that makes it sound like I actually do work.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

more fun at the office

The setting: Boss's office. He just called me in to discuss a statute of limitations issue in an insurance law case (my second insurance case in a week) because I'm the only one in the office who doesn't eat, sleep, and breathe criminal law.

Me: (after reading insurance statute for sixth time) I don't think I like insurance law anymore.

Boss: You know, at the beginning of the semester, you said you liked civil law. Now you don't. Is there anything that you do like?

Me: The law of ordering drinks at Starbucks.

Boss: Good choice.

(My second choice, of course, would be the law of fashion. Lord knows there are some people whose outfits warrant citations, fines, or prison sentences.)

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

no intelligent thoughts allowed

It's pretty sad when the only two things on my mind right now are:

(1) Trying to figure out how to sleep without waking up at least twice during the night


(2) Going to see Clerks II this weekend.

(Actually, the whole 'panicking about trying to find a job for next summer' thing is on my mind as well, but the above two thoughts are doing their best to push that thought out of my brain - why should I bother worrying about getting a job next summer when my grades are so bad and I'm so unhireable that I'll end up working in a clinic* anyway?)

(And side note - the two quote quizzes below have finally been updated with the rest of the right answers.)

*You're right - I'd actually get rejected for a clinic again. I meant "working on my spanish speaking skills at Wal-Mart".


Sunday, July 16, 2006

sweat 'till you can't sweat no more

If it's so hot in my apartment that I sweat while I lay on the couch and watch TV, does that count as exercise?



(I'm going to assume that the answer is the same if I'm sweating while driving to Chicago/sitting at the ball game in 100-degree heat.)


Wednesday, July 12, 2006

you remember me forever!

I discovered last night that, after only one year in law school, I have already left my legacy.

No, I didn't go around smashing people's treats into their faces and running away.

I was talking to someone at a bar last night who was under the impression that we had met before. I said that we hadn't, and she asked if I was in Prof. K's Contracts class. I replied affirmatively, and the following conversation ensued:

Her: I thought that was you. He called on you a lot, right?

Me: No, not really. And when he did, I always replied 'I don't know'.

Her: That was you. I definitely remember you doing that.

Me: Yeah, I was the only one who actually admitted they didn't know an answer.

So while I thought I was flying under the radar, my lack of desire to waste my classmates' time by spending ten minutes floundering for an answer and backing it up with baseless opinions definitely got me noticed. I'd like to think that they'll remember me as "the one who wasn't a giant douche" for these acts of selflessness.


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

after all, tomorrow is another day

My day started out really, really well. It involved me getting caught in a downpour (with an umbrella, mind you) and missing the bus. Apparently, me running towards the bus and waving my arms frantically didn't tip off the bus driver to stop the bus, and none of the passengers felt like yelling to the driver to stop for the drowned rat-esque woman running down the street.

So then I had to go home and wait for the next bus, arriving half an hour later. By the time I got home, my work clothes were soaked completely through, and I had to change into dry clothes before I went back out into the rain.

Then I had to skip my morning coffee so that I would only be 45 minutes "late" instead of an hour "late". I finally got over not having my morning coffee around 5 this afternoon - that's when the hot and cold flashes and the lightheadedness finally subsided. (Side note: I *think* I may have a caffeine addiction problem. Oh well.)

To top it all off, I received the first actual, concrete deadline of my internship today. But on the bright side, the deadline doesn't actually require me writing anything. See, all my boss wants me to do in my "writing-intensive" internship is to read the motions and the replies, and then come into his office to discuss the issues before he e-mails his two cents to his boss. The downside, however, is that I actually have to show up on time tomorrow in order to get a jump on reading the documents, since I definitely ran out of the office half an hour early today.

At least it's not supposed to rain...

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

because the last quiz went so well...

I could talk about how I was up until 8:30 this morning watching the entire first season of "House" from start to finish.

Or I could jack this little quiz thingy from Here is No Why and give you all something a little more entertaining to do/read. Below are quotes from the top 25 songs on my iTunes playlist. You guess the quote in the comments; I post the correct answer with the guesser.*

I apologize for the lameness of the tunes on the list (and yes, I do have some show tunes on there).

1. Can you see the beauty inside of me? What happened to the beauty I had inside of me? U2 - City of Blinding Lights

2. All I want is freedom, a world with no more night, and you always beside me to hold me and to hide me. Phantom of the Opera soundtrack - All I Ask of You

3. When you love someone but it goes to waste, could it be worse? Coldplay - Fix You

4. But it's just the price I pay, destiny is calling me, open up my eager eyes. The Killers - Mr. Brightside (correct answer by Stare Decisis)

5. Olive Oyl's waiting for her man to come in from the fight that will change their lives for good this time. Carbon Leaf - Let Your Troubles Roll By

6. My face had said too much before our hands could even touch to greet a hello... so much for going slow. Carbon Leaf - Life Less Ordinary (correct answer by Kirsten)

7. If I could, through myself, set your spirit free, I'd lead your heart away, see you break - break away. U2 - Bad (correct answer by tRJ)

8. But tomorrow go back to your man, I'm back to my world, and we're back to being friends. Andy is half-right - this is the Dave Matthews Band. tRJ correctly identified the title - "Say Goodbye"

9. Even the best fall down sometimes, even the stars refuse to shine. Howie Day - Collide (correct answer by otis)

10. I can't feel nothin' but this chain that binds me. Bruce Springsteen - The Rising

11. I know the way you feel, like the rains outside, so speak to me. Moby - The Sky is Broken

12. The songs are in your eyes; I see them when you smile. U2 - Miracle Drug (correct answer by Tim)

13. She's got eyes of the bluest skies as if they thought of rain; I'd hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain. Guns n Roses - Sweet Child O'Mine (correct answer by tRJ)

14. It seems like I can finally rest my head on something real, I like the way that feels. Ashlee Simpson - Pieces of Me (correct answer by Cella Bella) (and please don't judge me for having Ashlee Simpson on my iPod.)

15. And anything I do or say better be okay when I have a bad hair day. Shania Twain - Any Man of Mine (correct answer by tRJ)

16. If dreams are like movies, then memories are films about ghosts. You can never escape, you can only move south down the coast. Counting Crows - Mrs. Potter's Lullaby (correct answer by otis)

17. I want to take shelter from the poison rain. U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name (correct answer by otis)

18. Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind - ain't life unkind? The Rolling Stones - Ruby Tuesday

19. You made me feel all right for once in my life. Now all that's left of me is what I pretend to be. Kelly Clarkson - Behind These Hazel Eyes

20. We're such crazy babies, little monkey. God, we're so fucked up, you and me. Counting Crows - Recovering the Satellites

21. Two drifters off to see the world, there's such a lot of world to see. Henry Mancini - Moon River (correct answer by Kirsten) (incidentally, the version I have is the version sung by Andy Williams, but there's so many versions out there that I really can't be picky...)

22. The best they could do was pick up their pieces, but we always knew they would both find a way to get by. Billy Joel - Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (correct answer by otis)

23. And the battle's yet begun, so many lost, but tell me: who has won? The trench is dug within our hearts - mothers, children, brothers, sisters torn apart. U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday (correct answer by Cella Bella)

24. You never act the way you should, but I like it, and I know you like it too. Poison - Talk Dirty to Me

25. Well there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things to come: sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground. James Taylor - Fire and Rain (correct answer by tRJ)

*There's still seven movie quotes left in the last quiz. I know someone out there has seen at least one of these movies. Either way, I'm hoping that the songs are easier to identify than those movies were...


Friday, July 07, 2006

captain jack will get you high tonight

I've been waiting for this day all year:

The day that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest arrived at a theater near me.

I would've gone last night, but I don't really like going to midnight movies alone (something about needing someone to make sure I'm awake enough to drive home, even though I'm an insomniac and don't go to sleep before 4 anyway). So I went to the 11:30am showing this morning - another benefit to not having to work on Fridays. And it was totally worth it - it's one of the better sequels I've ever seen.

I'm already on the edge of my seat waiting for next Memorial Day weekend.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

is there something that you're not telling me?

My boss gave me a new assignment today. He spent about 20 minutes explaining just how factually and legally boring the case is. He then laughed and said:

"This case is pretty much a dog. Have fun!"

I just stared at him, smiled weakly, and thanked him - because my only other response was to ask him what I did that time to make him mad.


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

all the fun of the movies without the dancing hot dog

I borrowed this meme from Ryan's blog since I have nothing better to post about right now. (Plus, I've watched a lot of movies over the course of this 5-day weekend.) Enjoy!

The Rules:

A. Pick 11 of your favorite movies.
B. Then pick one of your favorite quotes from each movie.
C. Post the quotes on your blog.
D. Have commenters guess what the movie is.
E. Place the guesser’s user name directly after the quote. (Note to anonymous posters - it'll be great if you could give me a name so that I'm not crediting responses to Anonymous #1, Anonymous #2, etc.)
F. Extra points for knowing the actor or character’s name.

1. Somehow he can rationalize it - like, the establishment owes him Snickers. Winona Ryder as Lelaina Pierce in Reality Bites
2. By night's end, I predict me and her are going to interface. Anthony Michael Hall as The Geek/Farmer Ted in Sixteen Candles (correct answer: tRJ)
3. Silly…only grown-up men are scared of women. Kurt in The Sound of Music (correct answer: Kirsten)
4. Be with me always. Take any form, drive me mad, only do not leave me in this dark alone where I cannot find you. Laurence Oliver as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights
5. You remember this guy? He skippered Hitler’s catamaran during the war. Droz in PCU (correct answer: otis)
6. I’m very drunk and I intend on getting still drunker before this evening’s over. Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind
7. I prefer to be unsociable and taciturn. Makes it all so much more enjoyable, don’t you think? Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice
8. I teach my kids about the things that really matter. I will teach them about Abraham Lincoln and Ronnie Van Zandt, because they are equally important in my house. Paul Schneider as Jessie Baylor in Elizabethtown
9. There were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident! Brick Tamblin in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (correct answer: Jeanne)
10. Waving your flag with one hand and picking pockets with the other – that’s your patriotism. Ingrid Bergman as Alicia Huberman in Notorious
11. I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne: "Let my armies be the rocks and the trees and the birds in the sky." Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (correct answer: Tortcaesar)