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Thursday, January 31, 2013

I Am So Excited

Here it is, the 5th book of Maiden Lane Series by my beloved, favorite author, Elizabeth Hoyt!  What a great news considering the fast and furious pace of the things I need to do for my law school this semester.

I can hardly wait to get my hands on this book.  Something to look forward to between my Covenant not to Compete memo and exam in Property.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


I am thrilled that we can use our laptop this semester in Property and Contracts class. I like to keep my notes in one file. It makes it easy to check what happened each day. Yesterday, the unthinkable happened! I left my laptop charger at home. I have a Dell computer, and I think it had enough charge, but I just cannot be sure.

It was fortunate that I have my iPad with AidaCase keypad on it. I was able to take notes. I used this Notability app. It is an awesome app. You can make it look like a notebook and make the design of the paper fussy and pretty. I prefer plain, but I am partial to the American Typewriter font.

I just wish that it is compatible to word document so I can transfer (copy and paste) notes from one app to the other.

The other app I like is dropbox. It makes my notes mobile between devices, even with my phone. I'm never without my important file.

Still, I rate this app 5 stars, and 2 thumbs up.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Oh Memo

I could have been more organized today.  I drove the kids to school, and that went smooth.  It was a tear-free morning.  I really appreciated it because I had a long day at school, and then I had a long night at work.  With three hours of sleep in me for three days in a row, I was grateful for a drama-free morning.

My mother and aunt were around, and they are both wonderful company.  Frankly, I would have no clue how to get peace of mind if my mother were not here to keep me company every other week.  But, when I was trying to do some research and trying to think of up ways to organize my thoughts, my mother and my aunt were rather loud.

It was my fault that I find their conversation funny and titillating.  Laughter was never far behind when I listen to my mother and my aunt talked.  I especially love my mother as a story-teller.  She's talented that way.  As a result, I had a skeleton memo chart and nothing more.

Then, my husband came home from work around 10, and I found my next excuse not to do my research for the day!  I had lunch with him, and proceeded to watching over six episodes of HOMELAND at Amazon Instant Play.  That procrastination cost me!  The series was 33 dollars.  My non-started research was priceless.  I genuinely love sitting around with my husband doing nothing, or reading or watching TV, or just being around him.  And that is after 21+ years of marriage!

Finally, at 7:00 PM, I get around to my computer again, ostensibly to finish or finesse my research.  My children were buzzing around me, which I love!  However, it is not so good when I am trying to get work done.  Still, I would always prefer my kids to anything...even TV show.  So, it was not until about 9:00 PM that I got started on my research.

After almost 4 hours of work, I got to know my cases, found more cases, and now I am wondering what factors goes with my issue.  I have to write about the reasonable time and geographic restriction for Non-competition Agreement or Covenant not to compete.  I am wondering if the factor to consider with time is the kind of trade secret.  And, if I were to talk trade secret, do I worry about the six factor test?

It seem unnecessarily fussy, but on the other hand, I need to be thorough in my coverage.  My brain is still trying to wrap around the idea of umbrella paragraph while simultaneously grappling with the idea of open research.  There is literally too many cases and not enough at the same time.  I am in a conundrum.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Memo Friday

I plan to work on my memo tomorrow. I am a week late in my schedule because I was literally flat on my back with some sort of bug that made me shake, shiver, cough and have fever all of Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. My husband had to drive me to school on Tuesday because it felt like there was earthquake all over. And I did not get to do anything fun at all with my children for their 4-day MLK weekend! Bummer.

I think I am a little better. On Wednesday, I could not listen to my writing professor because I had a cough attack! I am a little worried about getting A+ on this memo because I could not even get a feel on how my professor wants it. I will just have to do my best with what I have.

On Sunday, I plan to do revision on my skeleton memo, and then work on my property outline because half my grade on this class is midterm.

That picture below is from Marshalls. I happen to be nearby while they were still open tonight, so I stopped by and tried on half a dozen shoes, two dresses and handbags. I found a dress, one shoe and picked a crackle nail polish set for my daughter. She likes those things.

And now, a good night since I will work in 70 minutes and wanted to take a nap first.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Downtown at Night at 70 MPH

My husband drove me to school today, and as a result, he's not going to get much sleep before he works in 2 hours!

I have a research log to write, but now I am tired, too. All those coughing, and then trying not to cough for four hours so I could stay in class.

This is going to be a disaster! I should take a headache meds, because I am going to need it.

I have a full calendar tomorrow.

drive by shot of Downtown Dallas

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sky Watch

Photo by Husband and his iPhone
I was thrilled to see this picture. I have not been awake early enough to see the sunrise, and if I did, it was not anywhere near a body of water where pretty sunrises happen.  This is my SkyWatch this week.  Thank you, Husband.

I think I am coming down with something. My body aches, my head feels light, and even my eyelash hurt!  I coughed so I drunk lemon and honey.  I am not sure it worked, but the drink tasted good.  I wanted to start on my researched, but I cannot think straight.  I cannot even think in short segments.

I sneezed, and I cannot get warm.  My hands and feet are freezing in their gloves and lined boots covering.  I am pretty sure I am coming down with something.  I have no idea how I am going to argue that eighteen months time for a non-compete agreement for a technological company is enforceable or not when my eyes crossed if I look at articles and cases?  Still, I must chugged and soldier on.  Things are still going to be due even if I am coming down with something.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Busy Week End

Hubby took this picture today

I have a three-day weekend, however, I have many things to do.  On Saturday, I have piano lessons for the kids.  For school, I have two Interactive Citation Workbook due, a research log meme, and the usual ready assignment.  Need to fill in my outline, and practice some questions.

The research log can only be done if I actually do some research.  Then I have to write Issue, facts, rules, application, explanation, conclusion and etc.  These things are not easy for me to do.  I am hoping that the more I do it, the more proficient I become at it. 

My citation exercises about prior and subsequent history took longer than I thought it would.  Over 90 minutes!  I cannot have that.  It's done now, so I guess that is alright.  I still think that Harvard's The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is an instrument of torture, but perhaps in a good way.  It is similar to BDSM if you like that kind of stuff.  I do not. Not just yet.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Wait For Me by Elizabeth Naughton

Wait for Me by Elizabeth Naughton
Author's Website

A 2013 Bookie Award Nominee – Best eBook Novel of the year!

A 2012 Readers' Choice Awards finalist!

A woman without a past…

After a tragic accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled to fit in with a husband and world that didn’t feel right. She’s had no reason to question what friends and family have told her, not until her husband is suddenly killed and she finds a photo of a young girl in his office. A girl who can’t be anyone but a daughter Kate didn’t know she had.

A man desperate for a reason to live…

 Ryan Harrison lost his wife in a plane crash five years ago. To cope with the pain of her loss, he dedicated himself to his job and to raising their daughter. Now a successful pharmaceutical executive, Ryan has everything a man could want—money, fame and power—but he’d give it all up in a heartbeat for just one more day with the woman he still loves.

Two lives about to converge.

As Kate begins to dig into a past she doesn’t remember, evidence leads her to San Francisco and puts her on the path toward Ryan, a man who sees in her the woman he loved and lost. Kate feels a draw to Ryan, one she can’t explain, but is that feeling enough to convince her this is where she’s supposed to be? As Ryan and Kate search for answers, they uncover lies long buried, a passion hotter than either expected and a danger that threatens…even now…when the second chance they’ve both been searching for is finally within reach.

Friday, January 11, 2013


captured with Sony T-110 cybershot
I come from a family of accountants. I have heard of annuities, although I have never really taken a close look at it.  From what I understand, annuity in the United States is when a person pays an insurance company an amount of money in exchange for a fixed stream of income later on.   Learn More -  Annuity has an added benefit of a being tax differed in some instances.  This tax-differed benefit is mostly what people use annuity for.  Annuities is ancient. Roman emperors are known to have utilized this form of financial tactics.  Some get annuity for a fixed number of years, while others would get it for their life.  I think the financial annuity holder make their money from the fees charged to the clients or from the interests the money accumulates.  While stock market is in constant state of flux, overall, the market is going up. 


“I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure
you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” Robert McCloskey
My son on our trip to San Francisco. I love having this one-on-one trip with my five children.  I hope they enjoy it too.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Good Lawyer

Ferry departing from Sausalito
While a prosecutor's job is to serve justice, a lawyer is to zealously defend his client.  There is no half-way, waffling word given, but a strong word like zealously defend.  I have read a case where this couple relocated over a thousand miles away for a job, only to lose the job less than three months after the move.  This is when a zealous lawyer would come in handy like the ones you can find at employment lawyer San Diego.  In the case I have read, this couple's lawyer fought and gained what was rightfully theirs.  It is not well-done to uproot a family so far from their home without security.  While people dearly love to make lawyer jokes, every body knows that when serious troubles comes, it is a lawyer that is important.

Sweet Daughter - Busy Mother

tea from Germany
My daughter gave me this envelop today.  I thought it was very sweet that she played mail tag and had them sent tea directly to me.  These three teas are from Germany.  I can't wait to try them out. 

I can officially say that I have not studied at all that much this week.  Will I pay for it later on? Probably.  On Saturday, my first son is going to have a Bar Mitzvah.  Today, I did not have a class in contracts, however, I was catching up on sleep because of Downton Abbey.  I practically watch two seasons in two days.  I wanted it out of my system because I know how busy law school will be starting Sunday.

One of the most important thing I did today - I did homework with my children, then we went shopping for new dress suits for the boys. They've outgrown the others. They are going to look so great come Saturday.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Killed by BR8K Spider!!!!!!!! is one of the most astounding songs used in Homestuck, a web comic created by Andrew Hussie. Among all the ingenious that went into the creation of this amazing piece (which goes along with a lot of help) must've had a "string" in this ministrife. Be sure to dip into the magic by equipping yourself with one of these babies. They make epic strife specibi. I'm sure you'll find they are simply the best there is.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Feeding Ducks at Six Flags

I love photographs.  In fact, I love it so much, it makes me wonder why I never took classes to learn to take proper photographs.  I love taking pictures of my kids.  However, I am not so good at taking it.  I think that it is a great idea to get professional photographers for that special occasion, and if you happen to be nearby, check out the raleigh photographers. I think that it is not too late for me to get myself one of those DSLR cameras and have much better pictures from now on.  There is one big obstacle to that though. I prefer to carry my phone and camera in one one.  Meaning, I would really like a DSLR quality camera in an iPhone size package.  Do you think it will ever happen?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

January 2013 Free Book

Offer ends - January 26
Winner must send me mailing address by Jan 31 or e-mail if it's ebook.

This is a post for free book offer.  A real book if your mailing address is one where will mail to, or an e-book from if not.

This will be a book of your choice...that means, you get to pick the book.

This is an offer for one book or e-book valued up to $15.00 USD from the two sites mentioned above.

Open worldwide.

The not-so-fine-print:
I will have the book ordered by Feb. 3.  I have no control over local postal service if you choose thebookdepository's real book. I will order your book once and will send winner notification of ordered book. I can make sure to order the book, I just cannot make sure if it will arrive.  That's up to your local post office.

How to Enter:
1. Follow this blog, and if your are a follower already, just say so in your comment. 2. Leave a comment below with your valid e-mail address. 3. You can enter a week by tweet, pinterest, facebook, or however you choose to promote this post. - Just leave a comment when you do.
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Good luck, and have fun.

Registry Cleaner

equipment by the highway
Registry cleaner is a third party vendors advertising to clean windows operating system to increase functionality of a computer.  However, it is also a very controversial topic.  Those against it claimed that these systems are associate with malware.  Those for it said it cleans up redundant, invalid, and useless database entries in the registry. Whether you are for or against it, check Iolo registry cleaner if you must try it.  It can't hurt.  Don't we all want improved system?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Vision Is Important

Downtown Fort Worth

Vision is so important, and every single time I get headaches and vertigo when my prescription changes, I am reminded just how important it is. That is why it is a good idea to check here for prescription eyeglasses. I changed prescription often enough to warrant not just glasses that fits well, but one that is also priced good. Over-inflated glasses prices does not necessarily mean it is a good pair of glasses. Lets take for example my pair of glasses. I paid a whooping 450 dollars for the pair. When it was scratched, I paid another 30 dollars, in addition to the 50 dollars I had already paid for insurance. When they installed the lenses, it was loose. To top it off, the focal point is all wrong. How do I know that? The fact that I want to puke when I put on my glasses, which is exactly the same prescription strength as my scratched pair. I am done paying over-prized boutique glass stores.  See that picture above? It's what a glass with wrong focal point would look like.  Blurry headachy.

I Love Audio Books

I like audiobooks because they allow me to keep up with my favorite author's new release or even try a new genre that I would never hold in my hand. For example, I cannot get past five chapters of the Harry Potter book when it first came out. However, Jim Dale was a great company when I was crocheting or knitting baby blankets. I listened to the whole Harry Potter series twice in audio, but I hadn't read the book. If you think that an audiobook will make you fall asleep while listening, then you should be doing something else while listening. It's a good company when gardening, walking, exercising, or traveling. As an added bonus, if you are still not convince that audio book is for you, you can try a few at audio books free online. My friends overseas like to get their audiobooks for free.  I am glad to say that my children loves audio books.  They started listening to Unfortunate Events Series, then have listened in on some parts of the Stephanie Plum series, Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, and recently, Justin Halpern's Sh*t My Dad Says.  That was a hilarious book, and I think it might be available for free, but I am not sure because I had gotten my copy from my local library.

Handy Dandy Guitar

image from Ashville Classical Guitar Society

I can play El Condor Pasa on a guitar.  I think it has about 6 chords that I play.  However, I have forgotten how to do it now.  I would like to learn again, especially since it's a good stress reliever.  If all my kids learns to play, they can always have fun anywhere.  It is also portable.  Before finding a teacher to teach my kids to play guitar, I should go shopping for guitars or teacher or both.  Or, if I cannot find a teacher, youtube has a lot of online tutorial available.  Yes, I think classical guitar will be my 40th birthday present. It is great that my kids are all playing the piano, but I think guitar have the added portability.  Besides, family reunions in the Philippines means that guitar will be played at some point.  I would want a guitar this year.


San Francisco Zoo lake

The best part of vacation is having an indoor pool in the hotel.  My son's only requirement, it seems is a pool in a clean hotel.  He does not care that Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill is an awesome hotel.  And that we're walking at the very same lobby that Cary Grant was walking when he made that movie we fell asleep to.  Having a pool, especially an indoor one needs a good pump.  Quality pumps can be found at discount pool pumps. It is an essential component of a pool, and might as well get one with the best bargain price.  As for a lake in a zoo, I do not think it needs a pump, unless it's one of those fake ones that is made to look like a real lake when it is really a fake one.  I am not sure about this particular lake in San Francisco zoo,

Friday, January 4, 2013

Desk Top Hard Drive

I take a lot of pictures. I aim to take at least a dozen a day to document my life with five children and two hairless dog.  With bigger file size comes the need to external drive that will reliably keep my pictures safe and ready for retrieval at a moments notice.  I played with many hard drive, some of which seem to have stopped working after standing in place for two years or more. The way I see it, if the movie industry and musicians trust a hard drive to keep up with their high demand of file storage, then I can reasonably trust it with my needs.  While my pictures is not exactly the same as edited file in progress of the movie industry, it is my picture.  I want them safe and stored for perpetuity.

Make It Convenient

I can't remember where I took this picture....but if I were to guess, it's probably the ceiling of Parks Mall in Arlington

I love books, and it is no surprise.  My mother raised me to love books.   My earliest memory is of her reading me a story, or her reading her books about accounting.  My mother is an accountant, but she does not practice it here.  My happiest moments are spent in the hallways between bookshelves filled with book in the library.  I love the added convenience of being about to check out myself without bother the busy librarians. The laser barcode scanner at the library is convenient and easy to use.  My children loves to use it.  Unfortunately, they love electronics more, but I made sure that that they love to read as much as they like to play with their electronic games.

The Weekend in Black and White

Always sand pile buddies

my youngest three boys

My first play into The Weekend in Black and White.  I love monochrome. There is something about that makes me happy to take one.  These are actually colored shots from an iPhone 4, then I shaded it with camera+, I think. I forgot. I play around with many apps.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

TBR: Chasing Dragons by Douglas A. Jaffe

Chasing Dragons by Douglas A. Jaffe
Author's Facebook Page
Author's Goodreads Page

This is the book that I am planning to read next.  I start on Monday, as I drive to and from school...all 80 miles round trip of it.  Unless I end up reading this tomorrow.  I am captivated by the description already. The author kindly sent me a kindle copy where my robotic reader can read it to me as I drive.  It is not going to be anything like Jim Dale of Harry Potter. However, I am grateful for my kindle reader because it gives me another option to satisfy my fiction reading needs when I couldn't possibly "read" a book that's not a textbook.

Description from
Sebastian is the owner of a bookstore café in Hong Kong who provides informal counseling services to an array of offbeat characters. His quiet life is suddenly upended when he meets Chloe, and their relationship takes a startling turn, as it begins to parallel the relationship of a pair of mythical dragons from Chinese history. The lovers struggle with questions of mortality and immortality, before a choice is made that pulls them apart.

From the safety of his bookstore, Sebastian observes the world around him through his books and his counseling clients, whose problems range from infidelity to the challenges of dealing with an overbearing mother. Living within the frenzied metropolis that is Hong Kong, Sebastian tries his best to live a quiet, predictable life.

Unbeknownst to him, there is a parallel story unfolding about Chi Wen and Zhao Chen, two dragons from Chinese mythology. While initially distinct from Sebastian’s modern life, this alternative reality begins to filter through and he finds himself increasingly subjected to visions and memories of a life he does not remember.

Sebastian has a chance meeting with Chloe one afternoon and they share an immediate attraction and familiarity that quickly draws them together. As the relationship deepens, Sebastian’s visions and dreams of Chi Wen and Zhao Chen intensify, and he begins to lose his grip on his sanity.

Reality and mythology blur and Sebastian is forced to question his own life and his relationship with Chloe. As the modern and mythical worlds start to intersect, Sebastian is drawn back into an ancient battle of wills. Solving the mystery of his frightening visions leads him to a choice that will throw his life into turmoil and potentially destroy his humanity.