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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Harrowing

US Highway 27, south bound to Lubbock on Xmas Day
I drove on this road less than 4 days ago.  I was find with it for the most part, except when the highway would periodically disappear because the snow and the high winds would blanket the ground with white, I get petrified.  I drove the 120 miles from Amarillo on this weather.  After Lubbock, we ran out of US-27.

Along US-84 towards Highway 20
We went onto state highway 84 towards US-20.  There were ice in some places.  At first, it was scary, then I got used to it.  I still had to drive slower than usual, but on areas where the road was clear, I can go the speed limit.  We made it to Lipan from Amarillo in less than 6 hours.  I had fun watching the windmills which dotted along the way.  At night, they are lit up with blinking red lights.  They seem to cover the horizon.  In daytime, even on a slippery road, they look wonderful. 

I think I learned my lesson on winter traveling. Weather forecast can only do so much.  This much snow as not predicted.  Still, I cannot complain.  December 24 was a perfect day for exploring the canyon we drove 900+ miles round-trip to see.

When I Grow Up


All my children had taken music lessons in addition to other lessons likes martial arts, ballet, gym, etc.  However, my fifth child had always been adamant about not taking any sorts of lessons.  Except for boxing, he had not expressed interest in extra lessons.  However, after we had attended the winter concert for my older children who were in the orchestra, my baby added one more to his meager list.  He wants to be a drummer.  After the orchestra at the high school winter musical, the band also played.  My 6-year old was really impressed.  His eyes were glued to the drummers.  While he admires his older sister, the concert-master and lead violinist, he would rather play with drums.  I guess I know what I am going to get him for the new year.

Under The Weather

Palo Duro, my 4th child

While it was fun to go on vacation, I do not think my 8 years old was having as much fun as the rest of us.  You see, he had flu-like symptoms.  It was not the flu, but it was not very fun for him.  He coughed a lot.  We tried a few anti-cough syrup, but nothing is really working.  I have tried some home remedies like honey, and ginger to sooth his throat.  It would be nice to have access to makers of homeopathic products like boiron.  However, when you're traveling in unfamiliar places, it is difficult to find locations to get medicines.  He walked to this area of the canyon, about a quarter of a mile from our car, then he wanted to go back to the car and just rest.  I hope to be back at this canyon next time so that he could see how fun this place was.

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

“I just want silence... Jesus, it doesn't mean I don't like you. It just means right now, I like silence more.”
― Justin Halpern, Sh*t My Dad Says
On the way to Palo Duro Canyon located in the Panhandle of Texas, we listened to Justin Halpern's book, Sh*t My Dad Says. I had read it the year before last when my kids's swimming instructor suggested it. I find it hilarious and in some part, quite elucidating.  Overall, it is one of the most entertaining books I have listened.

Yes, I let my children listened to it too.  With the title, you can probably deduce that there are going to be cuss words.  And there are.  I talked to my children, and then we listened to the book.  We all laughed so hard in some parts of it, we had to pull over.  We decided to drive the long way to Amarillo from Dallas.  There was an elevation difference of over 3000 feet.  I bet the gear puller was working over time on that climb.  I am not really sure if our van has one, but I assumed that it has gears, and gears need pulling.

Dallas to Amarillo is not known for each extreme scene changes, but the drive was wonderfully relaxing.  The book was awesome, and company was excellent.  We did have one incident.  My 11-year old up-chuck his food, but we got it cleaned out, and he was fine the rest of the trip.  he even climbed and clambered around the canyon.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Howling Dogs

They could use an earplug once they get going


The picture above was taken when my middle child, my 11-year old, had to stay home from school because of flu.  Every time we leave the house for any length of time, my dogs would howl.  Sometimes, alone, most times in duet.  I could use earplugs  when they get going.  They get so lonely. They like to sit on the couch, preferably on someone's lap.  That is how they roll.  I have to say that they have got a good pitch and howl ranges.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Palo Duro Canyon

The canyon wall adjacent to where we were climbing
It was a wonderful day at the canyon for us on the 24th. Unfortunately, my youngest two kids were not feeling so well, so they were not up to climbing and exploring parts of the canyon.  They stayed in the car most of the time waiting for my older three children and I to come back because we wanted to see how far up we can climb without falling.


Long Horns drinking water near the entrance of the park
On the way out, we stopped by the water trough where some long horns were hanging around.  My husband said they weren't that cold because they were wearing cowhide leather.  Yeah, I know. It's a morbid sense of humor.  And to top it all off, a dog from another camper came running to us acting like we were his long lost family that he must absolutely visit.  That was a lot of fun!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Winter Getaway

Palo Duro Canyon
Got my kids and husband in a van and drove 460 miles to Canyon Texas.  I wanted us to see the grand canyon on Texas.  I wanted to see it when it's cool, and not when we are experiencing our Texas summers.

It was a good call.  We arrive late on Sunday, and early Monday, we visited the canyon.  We climb some parts of it.  We never did get to hike to the lighthouse, a moderate 6-mile hike because the water bridge leading to the beginning of the path was scary.  There were more water than I'm used to driving, so we did not dare cross.  In addition, the kids were freaking out with vision of being washed down the shallow river if we dare!

Oh yea, it was a good call because the day after we were at this perfectly-snow free canyon, the next day was snow and extremely cold weather for Texas.  We hightailed it out of town because we did have to go to by Wednesday.

Friday, December 21, 2012

City Jewelry

Patriot Fire Fighter Ring Patriot EMT RingLadies' Gold Lance Firefighter Ring
"You're city too, right?"
If you're not one to yell "I pay your salary" to Officers and the such, I'm in your corner. Rings aren't just gaudy adornments for the lavishly rich and glamorous. It's a hard balance to strike. They are also a symbol for some, perhaps a mark of passing the bar line triumphantly from a slew of running sixteenth notes in a time signature worthy of the TARDIS into a peaceful, largo, line of whole notes. For those who ascend from the fire and escape from the miles, there are firefighter rings. They can be located at firefighter rings ,at the coda of any day's work.

Coastal Homes

 
There seems to be something that draws us to the water, with population centers tiptoeing on the coastlines for sake of its economic opportunities or, perhaps more consciously, the alleviating effects on stress and responsibility that the large masses of salt have on our hard working souls. Of course, in this country anything is possible; we just need to find the starting line, or perhaps, a starting url: http://www.seacoastrealty.com/community/ocean_isle_beach.asp
I'm sure you will, as I have, come across a lovely display of real estate ocean isle beach, all situated in North Carolina, the east coast. [The west coast is too... mainstream...] These houses have a distinguishing atmosphere to them that you can't simply pick up on from glancing at these photos. You should experience them for yourself.

A Good Cause

Pier 39 Residents, San Francisco
San Francisco has become a place where I take each of my children for a quality one-on-one mommy time.  Only one child has not made it here because we ended up going to Santa Catalina that year. There was a cousin getting married in Los Angeles.  It was fun, and Santa Catalina has wildlife, too.  Thinking about wildlife reminds me that triangle direct and their wildlife run.  I think it is a worthy cause.  While I appreciate modern developments along with its extraordinary structures, it will never replace wildlife.  Can modern technology coexist with wildlife? Maybe.  There's probably a perfect balance in there somewhere. 

The Great Hunt

screen saver that I got from the internet, unfortunately, I cannot remember the site
I started my 1L last August 20.   I knew that the one thing I am going to need is a laptop.  However, there are so many recommendations for me.  One person said that since I have an apple phone, tablet and mp3 player that I should also get apple laptop.  I was not convinced.  Ever since I started using the computer over 20 years ago, I have always used windows.  I like the word processor, and I am very attached to excel.  Even though I am no longer computing copious amount of data in law school like I used to while earning my biochemistry, I like the specs of windows 8 64-bit which comes with the new laptops on the market.  After shopping around, making comparisons...it all comes down to electronic blue book, my new best friend when it comes to exam time.  I found that non-windows users end up with a lot of problems after exams.  I do not need that kind of stress hanging over my head.  Hands down, I will always be a windows girl when it comes to computer.  My great hunt ended with an HP laptop. I am satisfied.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Place to Be


I love going to Valley House Sculpture Gardens.  It is a nice and beautiful landscaped place.  They have benches, and I just love sitting on them and contemplate how nice it is to be alive.  My daughter seem to love it there, too. My eldest son does not like it as much as a trail over an interesting terrain.  He likes to climb, and he does not like concrete trails.  I am find with concrete trails.  I think it comes with with a mother and wanting to take my babies on a walk.  Stroller are much easier to navigate on a concrete trail.  On Monday, day before Xmas, we will hopefully be looking at the Grand Canyon of Texas...one of the biggest, and not so famous of the three largest Canyon in the US.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Back to Piano After a 4 Week Break

iPhone 5 pics - a pond at Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden
I suspended piano lessons when I had memos and final exams to prepare for.  My brother drove my kids to their piano teachers. My younger boys spent the night with grandma.  Early morning, I brought my daughter to a sculpture garden nearby.  It was a beautiful day for just hanging outside with nature, contemplating beauty of life.

Later on in the after, I brought my second oldest child and spent about an hour just checking out the sculpture. It was really nice...there was hardly anyone around.  Just perfect for spending quiet time with my kid.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Unplanned Day

I was not sure how my day went. I had a nap, then my dogs went crazy when UPS guy delivered next semester's textbook. I meant to get something done, but did not. My 11 year old child was home from school. He was sick. Still, it was fun to just sit near him doing absolutely nothing.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hurray for Small Business

front yard tree - taken by iPhone 4 camera


I love labels. Sometimes, I find myself buying a product just because the label is so attractive. It is pretty much like buying a book because the cover is luscious, gorgeous, and irresistible. I have a friend who was just starting to sell her home make products. I pointed her to cheap labels, so she could personalized her signature product and sell it. There are so many options she could choose. Luscious, gorgeous and irresistible does not have to cost an arm and a leg. It is just the site she needs to order in bulk. I am very sure that in a few years, her particular brand of product might go national. Here's hoping.

Tuning 88 Keys

Innards of our piano - taken with iPhone 5 camera phone
My son was thrilled that we tuned the piano today.  In fact, it was his encouragement that I finally called the piano tuner's number.  He came in today at nine in the morning.  It took him over 3 hours to tune these 88 keys.  He also raised the pitch. I guess he had to considering that was the first tuning we got for this piano since we bought it a few years back.  She likes guitars so much more than piano. She plays the violin and she's also a competent piano player.  She had a teacher she really liked, but he and his family moved to Arkansas.  I just have to say that I love the new sound of this tuned piano, so much I practiced for over 3 hours on it.  And that is how come I was not able to finish the book I planned to, today.

Going For A Walk

I think is a dried sun flower - taken with Sony T110 point and shoot

My son and I took a walk at a nature center near our house last Thursday.  It was a  day after I took my criminal law exam, and I just could not study again that day for my next exam.  It is beautiful out there. The sun was behind a could cover.   We took a walk around their 5 miles of trail.  We went off-trail for a few times.  I was almost worried about snakes...but on a nice day like that, it is hard to remember that snakes could be hiding under a bush!  A punch cigars while enjoying nature is probably not a good idea at this nature center considering said nature is quite dry and would lit up like fireworks at a sign of a fire.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane

Hunk for the Holidays by Katie Lane
This was just the book I need to read to feel like I'm really having vacation.  I read it in one setting.  Four hours and red nose later, I am satisfied.  It is one great entertaining!  I like the comedy, the romance, the hot romantic scenes.  Katie Lane will take you to a roller coaster of a ride with this book.  The hunky cover does not hurt. I like to stop reading and stare at the cover now and again.  It is an excellent 4 hours investment!

The book is a joy to read.  Every scene was just right, and progression and pace of the story is excellent. I love everything about it.  I find myself rooting for these family...as if I knew them personally.  This book is like the best of Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Philips, and Jill Barnett with a unique twist that is Ms. Lane's.  I am going to try to get hold of her older books because I like this one enough to read the other ones.

Thanks to Jessica B of Grand Central Publishing for my copy.  It is exactly what I needed after my finals. Stay tune...I might have a price pack contest for this holidays books.

Book Blurb from amazon:
Always putting business before pleasure, Cassie McPherson works hard for her family's construction business. That might explain why she doesn't have a date for the company Christmas party. But it doesn't quite explain why she's crazy enough to hire an escort for the event or - crazier still - why she's dying to unwrap him like a present . . .

With whiskey-colored eyes and a killer smile, James is one gorgeous hunk who really knows how to fill out a tuxedo. He charms everyone, including Cassie. And when the night ends, the party doesn't stop. As Cassie falls, literally, into his bed, James falls head over heels in love. Now he has to figure out a way to tell her the truth: he's not an escort. He's her family's fiercest business rival. But all he wants for Christmas is her . . .

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fall 2012 Semester is Over

My tree by the trampoline
Yay! You know that feeling when all the weight of the world seem to have lifted off your shoulders? Yeah, that one. I have that feeling. It is great.  I just took my torts law finals.  Finished it an hour ago.  Now, I have free time for 3 weeks.

I will not let a new set of research assignments bother me either. It is now almost 11 o'clock and I am hungry. I think I will eat something.  Then read a good...any book not having to do with law school. 

I enjoy law school, but I will also enjoy my time off from it. Three whole weeks!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

I'm Going Fat!

flowers from a Thai restaurant

I've been studying for torts. In fact, since school started over 14 weeks ago, I have been mostly working, studying, and making sure I get to spend time with my kids. What with my homework, too, I did not have much time to make sure my kids do theirs.  I hope they learned by example, but it did not work on all of the five kids.

As I was saying, I'm taking practice test memorizing damages and causation test when I realized I am totally going to pot.  I now weigh 146 pounds on a 5'2" small bone frame.  Needless to day, I need to squeeze gym or running in there somewhere.  I am going to be 40 years old soon...and I'd like to be 110 pounds. I think that's a good weight considering my build.

How to get there? I do not know, but my 6 years old told me to not eat lots of chocolate when I'm just sitting down.  There you have it, wisdom out of the mouth of the babes.

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Difference

Downtown Ft Worth - the day I took practice test


I cannot function very well in a disorganized place.  I can make do, but it would not be to the best of my abilities.  I noticed what difference it had made when one of my kids arranged and fix my room and made it look like on of those rooms in mattress stores nyc.  I should have taken a picture of it because a day later, the younger boys played in my room along with two of the puppies. Now, it is all wrinkled and disorganized again.  It does not matter that its neatness was not immortalized in pictures.  I enjoyed it. There was an added joy to all of it - that one of my children knows how to be neat.  In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I read half a book not related to my classes. Review of that book is coming right up

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sky Watch

I have more more exam and I will be done with first semester of 1L.  It's been fun, harrowing, challenging and interesting.  I should get back to studying because it matters.

my husband took this shot one morning last week

looking up and seeing this while studying outdoors

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Almost Done with First Semester

On a creek bed
I feel absolutely wretched!  My temper is on short trigger, and I absolutely dislike it.  I like myself cool, calm, and collected.  Starting now.

I have finals on December 5 and 11.  I just need to be calm and collected til then.  And my house just need to be sand free.  I love my kids and that's why I am putting  up with the sand pile mess in my house.  But right now, I don't want it.  I can't deal with it.

So, no sand pile play for the kids until December 11. Period.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Remembrance

Dead leaf of a mulberry tree...don't know what that round thingy is
“I think it is all a matter of love; the more you love a memory the stronger and stranger it becomes”
― Vladimir Nabokov
     It is very windy today. I am also procrastinating. I have this memo due in 5 days. It is not perfect yet. I don't know why I am dragging my feet, I just am. I better get back to it if I am going to impress my professor again with another A.

     The thing I should remember is...just do it!I mean, it works for a Nike commercial.  Why shouldn't it work for me?

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Respect

The bond that links your true family
is not one of blood, but
of respect and joy in each other's life.

Richard Bach

I just had a conversation with my husband, how our daughter said, "actually, it's irritating" in response to a joke he had made about daylight savings time.  My husband seemed very disturbed by it.  I asked how the reply should have been so it would not be rude.  He said somewhere along the line of "not really."

I guess the difference between the two replies is judgment value.  I'm with Richard Bach on this one...how respect is what keeps family together.  I still believe, from my childhood, that it's a taboo to actually say what I really think otherwise it would be rude!  I give my children leeway in replying to a question I ask, but I think I still expect them to think before replying.

It's a fine line, and a faint one at that between rude and honesty.  I still believe that as a parent, I ought to let my children know what the boundaries are.  I personally think that 'conversation' is a mine-field.  I still don't like to do it.  In my opinion, most people thinks you're a good conversationalist only if you never say anything in direct opposition to what they are asking.

In other words, to have a good relationship, I have to very careful what words come out of my mouth.  This is what my children need to learn, I think.  There will be frustrations, but at least, it will be the kind that can be dealt with inside.  Stress is so much more when other people are reacting to you.

Is that being dishonest? Maybe.  But it certainly keep a lot of peace, and the bottom line is, peace is priceless.  Take a deep breath and decide, is it really worth it to get it off my chest?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Maltese Falconm by Dashiell Hammett

THE MALTESE FALCON Dashiell Hammett
Read by Michael Madsen, Sandra Oh, Edward Herrman
I'm just starting this audio book and I probably won't be able to finish until next month.  I have three major 1L exams coming up.  However, I am enjoying the first parts of this story as narrated by Sandra Oh and Co.  I found a great review from Barbara Schlieper from Goodreads and I'm including it below.  Even without the description, I wanted to listen to this book before I see the Bogart version of this book.  Besides, Lydia Dare wrote that book with Dashiell character.  Inexplicably, I wanted to read Dashiell Hammett's book. Go figure!  Now back to criminal law book. I've been goofing off since Friday.

According to Goodreads:
Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett's archetypally tough San Francisco detective, is more noir than L.A. Confidential and more vulnerable than Raymond Chandler's Marlowe. In The Maltese Falcon, the best known of Hammett's Sam Spade novels (including The Dain Curse and The Glass Key), Spade is tough enough to bluff the toughest thugs and hold off the police, risking his reputation when a beautiful woman begs for his help, while knowing that betrayal may deal him a new hand in the next moment.

Spade's partner is murdered on a stakeout; the cops blame him for the killing; a beautiful redhead with a heartbreaking story appears and disappears; grotesque villains demand a payoff he can't provide; and everyone wants a fabulously valuable gold statuette of a falcon, created as tribute for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Who has it? And what will it take to get it back? Spade's solution is as complicated as the motives of the seekers assembled in his hotel room, but the truth can be a cold comfort indeed.

Spade is bigger (and blonder) in the book than in the movie, and his Mephistophelean countenance is by turns seductive and volcanic. Sam knows how to fight, whom to call, how to rifle drawers and secrets without leaving a trace, and just the right way to call a woman "Angel" and convince her that she is. He is the quintessence of intelligent cool, with a wise guy's perfect pitch. If you only know the movie, read the book. If you're riveted by Chinatown or wonder where Robert B. Parker's Spenser gets his comebacks, read the master. --Barbara Schlieper

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Party

Halloween party at Riz's place: 10-28-12
For the first time ever, I went to a Halloween party hosted by a friend.  I usually would skip parties because there's always something else that comes up.  This time, I brought my mother and my three children (two boys elected to stay home and spend quality time with their computers).  I thought I was going to hear from the youngest two that it's time to leave since they're bored.  Fortunately, that was not the case.   We ended up staying pretty close to 11PM just because the kids were having so much fun.  My youngest son told my husband today that he had a lot of fun at the party last night.  The best place for a party host to shop is at acekaraoke.com because karaoke is such a big hit at these parties.  Half the time, there is always someone singing.  It is a whole lot of fun.  Then after a while, the fun switched to jazz dancing with Wii.  My daughter and sons seems to have wonderful time gyrating, twirling, and stamping their foot in time for the beat.  I think I will have to  get one myself just because it's fun to watch them dance.

It Is Sunday, A Day Before Monday

A pond at San Francisco Zoo, located near the cassowaries habitat

Malaise. Google defined it as a general feeling of uneasiness, illness, or discomfort whose exact cause is difficult to identify.  That is about right, in terms of what I am feeling.  Although, I think I know why I am feeling this way.  I have this criminal law exam on Monday; tomorrow really.  Then I have this memo and about 100 pages of reading for tort and criminal law.  There is also the matter of this monster outline.  In other words, I suddenly want to be doing anything but school related.  I cannot, though because that would be stupid.  On the other hand, I have done nothing school related in the last four hours. I should have gone jogging instead.  I would have run over 5 miles by now. However, I was just thinking how  Gregory Backpacks would be a perfect vacation backpack. It looks to be ergonomic and space-efficient. Take it from me who went on vacation with an 8-year-old boy who tend to accumulate stuff as we walk that an efficient backpack would have been better than a stylish coach purse.  It's more fun if you are not holding to a lot of stuff while trying to take in the view.  Still, it was really fun going on vacation with one of my five children.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Quote It Saturday - Halloween and Wise

Coach key chain
Shakespeare, Macbeth
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Because I think Halloween and wise should go together...

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
-Sholom Aleichem

 Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
-Benjamin Franklin


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It is Tomato

My daughter's tomato

Friday's schedule is outlining my criminal law class.  I have all the notes, hornbooks, slides and notes at hand.  Then I started, and I want to sleep.  I went to a conference with a teacher; I showed up too early.  I bought some burgers from In-and-Out for my kid's lunch today.

Finally went back home around noon, sat down to finish outlining, or at least read my  notes, but I was falling asleep.  What is up with that!?  I had no problem finishing GREY'S ANATOMY, and then WALKING DEAD from Amazon Instant Play, though.

So, here I am at 3am.  I just need to tighten up my homicide (MPC, Degrees, and Common Law), then then causation analysis.  Tomorrow, or in 8 hours, I am going to practice taking essay test.  I am also going to take multiple choice.

Saturday night, I have a Halloween party to go to.  But, I might give it a  miss if I have not finish my crim law task.  Sunday or part of it is for my writing class. I have to write parts of my memorandum - this one is half of my grade for this class.
Question Presented
Brief answer
Fact Statement
That means I have to read the ten cases assigned, read depositions and interviews, and then write.  It is difficult to read the cases in one go because it is kidnapping.  Not only kidnapping, but it has rapes and very unsavory character in there.  I will have to buckle up.

This is is really tiny, and the head ripened it before it could grow
or perhaps, I wasn't watering it at all

Friday, October 26, 2012

At The Fair

At the State Fair

Here are my boys at the State Fair. They were tickled by the foot massages that is strategically place around the park.  That day, we could barely find any coins anywhere.  We have many coins at home, but it is useless to us when we do not have it in our person.  My son suggested we should buy coins, but the Fair uses coupons.   Most people were not carrying any.  When we finally found one at the dark recesses of my purse, they were so thrilled!  Can I just say, that was a cheap thrill?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

On The Other Hand - Eloisa James Is Entertaining

Yep, it's showing the finger!
There is a trend I am noticing.  I will read something, and then I would not notice a little thing.  That is okay when I am reading a best seller and just read for leisure.  It is a horrendous calamity when I am reading the effing call of the question for an exam!  Seriously! 

Today, I was explaining to a person sitting next to me about 30% of the number.  And then I ended up adding another zero to the $100k listed. WTF?

The lesson here is, to be aware.  The take-away here is, knowing that I tend to make these mistakes lately, to just double check and think before I open my mouth.  That is all. 

I was thinking of making this post and saw this picture.  I thought it perfect!  Don't you?

Btw, I have been goofing off on my way home from school.  I am currently listening to Eloisa James Ugly Duchess.  What a fascinating story.  These couple started out as childhood friends, got married, and become estranged.  When I say estranged, I mean, like they got married and two days later, the guy left and was never seen again until almost 6 years after he left.  I am now at the part of the story where the guy came back.  I can't wait to see what happens.

When I have such limited time for recreational reader, I appreciate awesome authors more.  So, thanks, Eloisa.

My kindle reader is doing a good job of reading it.  I find myself sitting in my car for 4 minutes longer to listen.  I refuse to bring my kindle in the house because all reading right now is for criminal law, torts, and legal writing. I have a memo that that is half of my grade that is due in just two weeks.  So there.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Home on the Range

my cowgirl

It's been a scorching summer, and my plants are dead.  However, I have one thing that's overused, and I'm not talking about my car's air conditioning.  If you live in Texas, you have to own one. Straw Cowboy Hat is what I'm talking about.  Here's my daughter with her Dad's hat.  She owns a few of these in different colors.  I don't think she has a blue one yet, but it's only a matter of time.  I prefer white color myself.  These are excellent for keeping the sun off your face.  Usage not limited to herding cows.  I use mine while trying to revive my dead plants.

Cats!

Hairless Cat we almost got
My daughter would dearly love to own cats. One can will do, but unfortunately for her, my husband is extremely allergic to something about cat.  He sees them and cannot stop sneezing.  It cannot be healthy.  He even reacted to these lovely hairless kind.

We have a calico cat who gave birth in our patio.  My husband and my daughter feeds it regularly.  He sneezes as he comes back from leaving them food, but I guess he likes cats, too.  I'm not too wild about cats because they have the stinkiest poop.  I know they have cat litters, but I can smell it.

My two hairless dogs are giving me headaches.  I can smell their pee.  Unfortunately, it's on my carpeted stairs.  I am going to have to change that stairs or crate the dogs at night.  I still need to change that stairs carpet because the smell will never go away.  I don't think anyone notices but me.  That's all that matters. My nose knowing it is there.

I love my dogs, if only they would learn to pee on the towel in the hallway instead of the stairs!

He Can Get One

He made it to the top of this climbing wall at Fort Worth Zoo

I have five children, including four boys, and none have joined an organized sports.  Actually, I take that back.  They were in martial arts for 4 years.  If I have time, two would be on rock climbing gym on a regular basis.  I guess it is possible that they could win sports trophies and medals, if only they were given a chance.  I am not saying that we do not have any trophies and medals here.  My husband won a lot in tennis at his leagues.  But the children came from excelling in school and on standardized test.  I still see medals, they just carry "math, science, music" signs.   I believe my children do well in school because they love accumulating those things.  I made sure to display them in prominent places just so they know how much I appreciate it, too.

We Can Too

Hearst Castle Front doors

Not every person can own a castle like this one pictured above. This one sits on a tall peak of mountains overlooking Pacific ocean.  On a clear day, one can sit on a terrace here and see what the ocean is like.  If you have a good eye sight, you can even spot a sail or two. Not all can own such houses, but if you aim for it, it is highly likely that you will be able to own a house.  While it might not be as grand as this castle in San Simeon, it will be grand enough, and you will still overlook a gorgeous body of water.  If you're shopping for a vacation home, why not check it out?  The right one might just be waiting round the corner!

Nothing Beats a Classic

baby in Six Flags Over Texas
When I think of classic, I think of cars, and dresses.  Then I think of jackets.  Equestrian jacket is always lovely to wear in cool weather.  Fall to Spring is just about right in Texas.  I like to wear leggings with a pair of riding boots.  Even if I never go horseback riding, the outfit would still look great anywhere else.  I'm only going to school, but I like style, and wearing classic outfit is just what makes my day, sometimes.

It's Long Lasting

Statue at Hearst Castle grounds
I was just pondering at long-lasting items when I saw the remnants of my gold necklace with an amber pendant.  It was broken when my babies were really, well, babies.  They would have that jerky arms while I'm breastfeeding.  Their fist would catch the necklace and it would break in two.  I bet a  titanium sports necklace would have survived babies fist.  I bet such a strong necklace would survive an angry baby's grab.  I tried to fix my chain a couple of times, and the third time it broke, I just let it be.  I would keep the necklace because it has such good memories for me, but it is not a strong necklace.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Exam on Torts Today

This is a fried banana with ice cream from our favorite Thai Restaurant: De Rice
I have an exam in torts today.  After studying and reading my notes and doing some exams over the weekend, I feel like I am not ready.  I know the concepts, but on the other hand, I feel shaky on my definition.  It's  not exactly the same as the letter definition, but it's the same meaning.  Isn't that what matters in the end?

I also read many hornbooks and study aids.  But, each one has a different way to dealing with essay question.  So, I have decided that I will take the analytical skills it's giving me, and I'll IRAC it the way my professors wants it.  In a few weeks, I can probably review some of most helpful hornbooks or study aids that I used for torts. 

Still, now, I want to eat this banana dessert before school.  I think I need to get dress and go to school and sit in the library.  Maybe my brain wouldn't feel so full and unreceptive once I'm there.  I will just have to trust my brains that it will remember what I put in there.

So, for my exam tonight, wish me luck.  I'm aiming for top 5 or 5%, whichever comes first. 

I Won't Feel Like Hippo


I have been pregnant 6 times, and I have five children.  My main complaint about shopping for maternity clothes is the disproportionate number of clothes that are really long.  I am very certain that I had gained weight and my stomach certainly have grown, but I have not gained height.  However, if I shop at maternity clothing from duematernity.com, I can avoid feeling like a hippo and feel stylish while pregnant.  That's a biggie. Considering how the hormones bring me up and down and all over the place, a maternity clothes that bolster my perception of yourself can make all the difference. It's like dressing for success.  The success being the good general feeling I get when I dress all nice and pretty.

Accesorize Myself

Flower from San Francisco, and I have absolutely no idea

I am not big on accessories.  It makes it difficult for my husband to find gifts for me when it is our anniversary.  In fact, we have an anniversary coming in five days.  I do not think that I would like jewelries.  However, with law school, and the need to dress in "business" formal or casual, I am suddenly in need for some accessories like the ones I found at charms for pandora.   I have never been so attracted to charms and bangles before, but these, I want.  I think it would look great on my stark business suit.   Some would bring out the snazzy shoes I usually wear, even with the suits.  I do not see why I cannot look cool even with boring suits. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ants, Ants, Ants


Unbelievable!  The ants are building an empire right at my door leading to my backyard!  They have mounds of ant piles all over the place.  How am I supposed to get my dogs to go out and pee!  They are hairless dogs, and I just cannot imagine the agony they will go through if those ants get on their skin.

So, I went to Target to get some ant spray.  The people in that store are so unhelpful, it's ridiculous.  I went to Wal-Mart instead and was shown right where those ant killers were.  I immediately came home to perform ant-ocide.  Yep.  I sprayed and scattered those chemicals.

I must have been playing stupid, because chemist that I am, I mixed the spray and the powder.  And now I am dizzy, headachy!  I should not have done that.  Next time, I will be sure to use one thing after the other, but not at the same time.  Duh!

I think I'll sleep now. I cannot think when I'm so dizzy!