Monday, April 21, 2014

Moving sucks

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with trying to sell our place and move to Florida. For one thing, finding housing is next to impossible when you have a pitbull. And yet, when I call a place to ask about their pet policies, they tell me that I should call back in a month or so and see what they have. 

I'm also having an awful time finding the time to put our house on the market. I know that I need to do it Oh like last month or so. And yet, I work two jobs. I can not find the time. I spend all weekend trying to get the house in order so I can take pictures but I never quite get there. When I leave for work, its dark and when I come home, its dark. I just can't win!!

It really doesn't help that in the last month, I have caught two colds and the flu once. That's what I get for working in the medical field but it's still just a little ridiculous. 

I need a vacation. From life. Seriously. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Buried under a mound of egg burritos

One of my favorite make ahead meals is egg burritos. Also known as garbage eggs because I add all my odds and ends from the fridge into the mix. Basically I make a crap ton of eggs for dinner and we roll the rest into tortillas and throw them into the freezer. BAM! Breakfast burritos for weeks!

Necessary Ingredients:

24 eggs
1lb bulk/roll sausage. Any kind. 
1 package O'Brien hash browns 
Flour tortillas

Add in Ingredients:
Anything. Okay, almost anything. I've added onions, green onions, bacon or bacon bits, summer squash, zucchini, broccoli, tomatoes, chicken, taco meat, and random peppers. Basically anything that is about to go bad or that I want to get rid of. It is always delicious. 

Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat. Add a bunch of garlic powder, onion powder and a few shakes of red pepper. Right before sausage is done, add hashbrowns and more seasonings. Stir well and cook until hashbrowns are crispy. 

I get the best results when I add the hashbrowns before the sausage is completely cooked and then cook the potatoes until very brown. Add oil as needed. 

Whisk the two dozen eggs and pour into skillet. Reduce heat to medium low and let eggs set for a couple minutes. Then scramble as normal. 

Add salt, pepper and cheese. Let cheese melt and then serve. 

I occasionally serve this to guests and hear things like "Omg. These are the best eggs ever." Even when there are no add ins. I blame/credit the hashbrowns. 

Once we eat, I let the eggs cool a bit and lay tortillas all over my counter. I place a spoonful of eggs in the middle of the tortilla, add a sprinkle of cheese and roll up burrito style. 

Roll the burritos into some foil, place in a freezer ziplock bag and throw in the freezer. 

Micro instructions:
Remove foil and place on a microwave safe plate. Heat for 1 min 30 sec. Flip and repeat. Eat and love yourself for avoiding McDonald's. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Difference in expectations

I have been craigslisting house rentals in my soon to be new city. We are looking for a house because of our large dog and two cats. When I first started getting acceptance letters from law schools, fiancé's only requirement was that we could not get rid of any of our animals. 

That crossed New York City of my list pretty quickly. 

Although I love my animals, I am not a hundred percent certain I would have put them through the move. Assuming I could find a loving home for them of course. But hey, the man is following me across the country. The least I can do if find a home that will allow our dog. 

Did I mention that she is a very lovely pitbull?

Yeah. This house search is going to be a serious pain. 

One thing I did not factor into my plans is that fiancé has not rented a place in over a decade. And he's only rented apartments before. Oh. And we currently live in a town of eleven thousand and that town is completely surrounded by wheat fields. His idea of a reasonable rent is completely unreasonable. As in, he wants to rent a house for half of what we will probably end up paying. 

Yes, he just completely freaked the F out and wanted to call the whole thing off. Since I just paid the $500 deposit and the deadline for my second favorite school has passed, I then freaked the F out as well. 

Fun times in the house today guys. Whew. 

Eventually, I started craigslisting other city's rental home prices to compare and called a friend for back up. Fiancé calmed down which caused me to calm down. Crisis averted. I hope. 

We basically agreed to look at houses a little further away from the school and compromise on what things our house needs for us to rent. A dishwasher was not negotiable. A fenced yard and a washer/dryer is. 

I can live with that. I just hope we can find somewhere we can afford and isn't awful. Gah. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Paper Chase

On the advice of an attorney, I finally broke down and watched The Paper Chase. 
This movie came out in 1973 and depicts the story of a 1L student at Harvard Law. In a very frightful manner. 

The very first scene shows the professor going after the poor unprepared first year.  Next it explains the terror of the Socratic manner and the importance of law review. Oh, and how study groups should be formed on the first day. Even if they end up in chaos. 

It just seems so cliche. I'm not saying the cliche isn't true, just that the entire movie seems to be a way to drive home how hard and scary law school is supposed to be. 

I know all this. What I need is a movie, or a book, that explains how to move past the scary aspect and actually succeed in law school. 

This movie didn't provide it. 

It didn't help that I found the romance boring and the conflicts idiotic. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Far Fetched Job Offer and Caption America

Yesterday I met up with my fiance's step-second cousin in law for a beer and a talk about law school. He owns his own small law firm and while we were talking, he realized I am interested in elder law. He sat up and was like, "If you pass the Washington Bar, I will hire you in a second." I laughed it off but he told me he was serious. Now, being serious today is a completely different ball game than being serious in three years. However, it made me realize that I actually do have connections. Even if they are step-second cousin in law connections by way of a future marriage. Whoo hoo!

After a few beers, fiance and I were off to watch Caption America with a group of friends. We are completely addicted to the Avengers Universe so I was pretty excited. While we were waiting for it to start, my friends and I were talking about the last Caption America. And his lack of a shirt. So we decided that every time he was shirtless in this movie, we would have to take a shot when we got home. 

Can you believe that he was not shirtless at any point in the movie????? It broke our hearts. Siiiiiigh

Still, I absolutely loved this movie and will undoubtedly be buying it at some point. I have to keep up my collection. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

100th Birthday Party is a big deal!

You know I love my job when I volunteer to help with a birthday party and end up staying seven hours after my shift ended. 
The party was fun but the best part of working for free is that I didn't actually have to work. Or at least not my normal work. I helped set up and serve, but then I just sat around and watched my coworkers on duty answer call lights and help people in the bathroom. Then I ate prime rib and drank wine. Fun times. 

I am glad I did it but I am definitely feeling it today. Since I wake up at 4:30 AM and I didn't get home until 10, well I am tired. Very, very, very tired. And yet people still want me to work hard and get stuff done. How mean. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Reading 1L blogs

One of the reasons I started this blog is because I am seriously addicted to reading blogs about law school. I've probably read over a hundred. Obsessive much? 

With the numerous law school blogs out there, do I really think mine is necessary? Well yes and no. I doubt my blog will be anything close to revolutionary. However, one thing i noticed about the law school blogs are that there is a huge difference between the law school experience pre 2008 and more recent ones. The focus on jobs, grades and stress seemed much higher now. Which really makes me wish i had gone to college and law school right after high school! Have you seen the increase in tuition???? Good Lord. 

Now there are still a bunch of recent law school blogs but I can and will write about what I go through and what I think about it. Whether anyone cares is a different problem altogether. 

Additionally, most 1L blogs die a fast death around November. I am hoping to push through the hectic time called law school finals. When I read a blog that goes through orientation, classes, outlining and then disappears, I want to scream "What? NOOO. What happened next?" I have had various blogs for almost ten years, so I am hoping I can keep it up for the full three years. And this way I can share my final freak outs! Now doesn't that sound like fun?