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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!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena


My husband and I love the first Spartacus.  Then Andy died, and it was sad.  We ran out of TV shows to watch together!  We had Dead Zone, but that's over. We watched it on Netflix.  Then we watched Breaking Bad, but we finished that too. 

I bet you wonder how I ever manage to get my reading for law school done while watching all these shows!  But, I manage, because I need to spend time with my husband.  I bought this on Amazon Instant Play, but we finished it within days!

The other day, we started watching something. I forgot what's it called, but it's interesting.  It wasn't Fringe, but it's that other show that sounds like Ghost Whisperer because she talks to dead people, too.  I have only seen the pilot show, but it was great.  I can't watch another because I have this memo and exam coming up.  I cannot wait to see more of that show later.  I'll tell you what's it called when I find out.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Heart of Mine by Michelle Beattie (Kindle Book)

Heart of Mine
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I listened to this book with my kindle keyboard reader.  I love it!  Amazon updated my reader with something I have no clue; but I know now that I can listen to my kindle I am while driving.  If I need to change a book in the middle of a drive, I don't have to take my eyes on the road because my kindle talks to me.  That right, talk!  The robotic reader is better than getting bored in my 2-hour commute 4 days a week.  I love this story.

This book is about Laura, whose father is the town wastrel.  She works so hard and her father takes all the money from her.  Then one day, her father thought she should marry for money.  He picked an old man to marry her.  Laura decided it is time for her to pick her own husband.  Unfortunately for her, she had not exchanged words with the man of her dreams.

Jake is the guy.  He woke up with this naked girl next to him, and her father is holding a shotgun pointed at him.  They got married and everything got interesting from there.  It was what I needed because if you look a few post down, I was suffocating under my schedule.  So, Michelle Beattie, thank you for a wonderful book.  It was a good company for my drive to and from school.

If you are reading this and want to read this book, too.  Leave a comment. I'll see it and send you this book.  Make sure to leave an e-mail that works. 

San Francisco, California


It has become a tradition in our family for me to take one child for a getaway where I do nothing but lavish attention on that one child.  My husband and I have five children.  Since I travel with one child every summer, I end up going to San Francisco because it is hot everywhere else.  Plus, I have taken the other children there, and every single one of the younger ones want to go where the older kids went.  It is a challenge to look for a place while in San Francisco.  My child and I usually stay a week or so, but less than two weeks for sure.  I like to be near the cable car line, and near food!  Free Travel Apps has become a very good friend of mine.  I have an app for when I hunt for fun place to visit while I'm there.  I have an app for looking at hotels with swimming pool, as requested.

I have an app for hunting for food, and coupons for shopping.  In short, I cannot do without my apps. It is very useful when I'm at a lost where the Filipino food might be in San Francisco.  I do not always eat Filipino cuisine, but I miss it sometimes.  After all, I live in the Philippines the first 18 years of my life.  And even though I have been away more compared to when I live there, I love to eat the food.  Most of all, I love apps which tells me how far I've walk in a day.  San Francisco is a lovely walking city, and it goes hand in hand with apps at my finger tips.  Otherwise, I would not be able to find half the things I wanted to take my children to.

For my last trip, my hotel-hunting apps was very useful in bagging a reservation at Fairmont Hotel on Nob Hill. What a luxurious place that is.  My child was not so thrilled because they do not have an indoor pool.  My child thinks Marriott at Union Square with their pool is the best hotel there is.  They have an indoor pool!

Actually, travel apps is useful even when I'm home.  I realized that I do not know my city as I should.  I consult my handy dandy apps for places to take my children to eat alone, to places to eat when there are 7 of us, or places to eat for romantic date with my husband.  Overall, I love this technology revolution that allows me to have these things right at my fingertips.  What are your favorite apps and what do you love about it?

On Crutches


My 11 years old fell off a swing from school. He landed on his leg, the left one.  He broke this tibia, the big bone on the leg.  When we went to the doctor, we had this long wait for check up, for vital stats, and for the doctor to take him to x-ray.  Nurses came and went, and I thought it would have been fun for my sun if they were wearing something fun, like a white swan scrubs.  They weren't, but one lady was wearing a pretty cool animal print scrub.  I think it was African Safari-themed.  It made for a good 5 minutes conversation anyway. My son loves to talk about animals.  He reads a lot, and knows how to carry a conversation.  Unfortunately, his feet really hurt.

Hungry?

I guess you know that I'm back at school. I'm taking night classes so I can take the bar in July of 2016 and become a lawyer.  My husband said I don't have to work, but why would I want to do all these work if I am not going to work?  Believe me, it takes a lot of effort to become a lawyer.  Application is a lot of effort.  Then, finally, I'm in, and it's even more work!  But, the way I figured it is just do it.  I go to school about hour away.  So, I avoid rush hour by leaving my house around 2.  Which means that I need lots of snacks because once I'm in the library, I do not go out.  I have a hoard of snacks, thanks to my husband.  I bet if I tell him about  snackwarehouse for flat pretzels, I'll have them in my locker, too.  Seriously, my class is not over until 930 at night.  If I miss dinner, I'm lightheaded at the end of the class.  I like to eat something before 6, then that's it for the day.  I have lost 6 pounds in 8 weeks just studying and missing exercises.  I guess brain work is always a lot of work.  See that lovely onion rings in the picture? Well, it doesn't keep for long, so I don't have it in my locker!

It's All About Music


When I feel a headache coming, sometimes, I can stop it with a good classical music.  One with only instruments, no words.  Have you listened to the soundtrack of The Last of the Mohicans?  It is my husband's all time favorite, I think.  When I hear it cranked up, I know he needs to relax.  I like Jean Michael Jarre myself, and I heard that he puts something extra in his music.  I thought it was just an electronic sound of some sort, but it is something more.  I am not really familiar with it, but if you heard Jarre's music, you  will know exactly what I mean.  That picture about is of my daughter's mid-motion.  I pupt her picture there because she is very musically inclined.  She plays the piano, violin, and guitar.  I wonder if she'll make some of the music I like when she's grown?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Just Breath

A picture of a flower I took from my August 2012 trip to San Francisco with my 8 years old.
I hold on to those lovely, fun, and carefree times.  My husband is extremely gifted in making sure I went
I guess he knew I need it now.  I can do this.  I love the challenge, and can't resist whining

I feel like I am constantly hounded and I just cannot breath from the weight of the looming deadlines.  I have a torts exam on Saturday, a memo that's more than a quarter of my grade due on Tuesday, another torts exam on the 22, followed by criminal law exam.  Somewhere in there, we're to keep up with our reading and the citation and research workbooks.

Just breath.  Take it one step at a time.

I still need to keep my house in order, and keep my children and their homework straight.  I still need to be a wife, and sometimes a daughter and sister, too.  I'll manage.  It's just that sometimes, it is difficult to catch my breath.

Just breath. One pair of inhale and exhale at a time. That's all it will take.

I also noticed that when I really, really need to buckle down for school and I need everyone to behave...well, forget it, because that's when everyone falls apart and I have to be a superwoman to prop everyone up and still have to find strength and excel in school.

Just breath.  Deep inhales and exhales.  I will manage somehow.  I always do because I'm too stubborn to do otherwise.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Week 7

Pacific Ocean, near San Francisco Zoo
It is now week 7 of my 1L.  I have two torts midterm, 1 criminal law midterm, 1 memo for my writing class, and 2 citations homework.  All these are due in two weeks.  On top of all these, we're proceeding at a break-neck speed through our case book.  I'm a tad behind on my outline, and I've yet to do a full essay practice.  I have done only short ones, and I hope that it's a good practice if all put together.

Today, I am meeting with a peer-study person.  We'll see how that works.  See that picture up there?  I think of that place and take a deep breath to handle the stress of all these deadlines and my five kids and husband.  I just also heard my father had a mild stroke.  Yeah, I'm handling it.  Now, I just have to excel at those school-related stuff- after family stuff.  Because I know family is what matters in the end.  However, I'm greedy. I want to do well in school, too.