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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lavender Morning by Jude Deveraux



It has been a long, long time since I was able to really enjoy what I'm reading.  Do not get me wrong.  I do enjoy reading my case books. They helped me participate in the discussion at school and makes it easy comes exam time.

However, there is a certain enjoyment to reading a romance book.  I love the cute meets.  Deveraux writes some of the most exciting ones.  I find that Lavender Morning is slightly predictable, but it was the kind that I really like.  The interactions between the main characters sizzles.  I love the secondary characters. 

There's a bit of unreality to the story.  The men at Edilean are really handsome. I mean, like Edward from Twilight.  But, that does not matter because Ms. Deveraux  suck me into the story, so deep, I did not want it to end.

My mother and I enjoyed the story for its sweetness.  It takes extraordinary talent to have two people meet and fall in love.  It is a well worn path, yet, Ms. Deveraux manages to make it new, fresh and exciting. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

What, Playing Catch-Up Already?

I have acquire more books since
One more day and second week of law school is over.  That means that it will be final exams in another 12 weeks.  Five classes this semester, and three are very much reading intensive.  So, tomorrow, I have copyrights at 1:30 pm.  Reading 40 pages in case books is not quite the same as reading 1000 page novels.  Although sometimes, case book is almost as enjoyable as novels, there is the added pressure of having to remember and understand what went on with the case.

For example, today, in my civil procedure class. We were talking about Burger King v. Rudzewicz, and I had to pick out what are the test for personal jurisdiction.  That right there just takes the fun out of reading.  How would you like it if you are reading a lush and sexy Jude Deveraux novel, but then at the end of it, there is a discussion of the laws and rules that came out of the novel?  And by the way, your performance will be tied to your grade.  Add to the fact that I like to excel.  The pressure is just high.  High pressure is not to be mistaken for lack of enjoyment, because I do enjoy all my classes.  Even the ones where I said the wrong answer.  I figured, that is just part of learning.  If it bothers my classmates that I said the wrong answer, well, they have equal rights to answer, too. 

If I exercise my rights, then, it is my thing. Right? Right!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Loans


Ute Valley Park, Colorado Springs, Colorado
 This was one of the place my eldest son and I took a walk on our vacation.  Lucky for us, we saw a black bear right on the ridge of that hill.  I wish I had a powerful camera to catch it...on the other hand, I was rather too paralyzed to do anything while it was walking westward.  We were heading to were the bear was.  A few minutes earlier and if I had not gotten lost on the way...I hate to think what would happened. I am sure it would involve a lot of screaming on my part. And running too.  It is pretty much what I would feel when there is a great financial need to pay my tuition and there is not money in the bank.  There are loans online that could help, but it still have to be paid at one point.  It is always a good idea to be responsible with money and budget it like a delicate, breakable thing.  It will take a lot of control and responsibility.  It is not going to be easy.  Still, even with careful planning, things happen - an irresistible heels, a cute dress, or a much needed necessity- then it is better that there are options out there.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Highland Fling by Katie Fforde

Link to author site
I miss reading fiction book.  Since I started law school a year ago, my reading consists of casebooks and supplements for the classes I am taking.  You can just imagine the anticipation I have over the summer when I found this book.  I borrowed it from my library, but I could not read it for 5 more weeks.  I have forgotten to renew it a couple of times, and paid fines close to ten dollars.  I finally got a chance to read it in our Colorado vacation. It was wonderful.

The plot just works for me.  Jenny is believable.  I like her interaction with Ross. I was thinking that there was not nearly enough scenes with the both of them in there. Still, I can feel the electricity between the two jumping off the page as I read.  It was thrilling.  I feel the same when I discovered my favorite authors like Kathleen Woodiwiss, Eloisa James, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Paullina Simons, Jennifer Donnelly and the likes.  This particular author is lighthearted in comparison.   She is more similar to Jill Mansell, another favorite author of mine.

I cannot wait til I have vacation again to read it.  Right now, it's Civil Procedure, etc.

From the author's website:
When 'Virtual Assistant' Jenny Porter's boyfriend accuses her of being impulsive, soft-hearted and unbusinesslike, dashing off to Scotland to sort out a failing mill for one of her clients may not be the best way of proving him wrong. And promising to help run a mobile burger bar before she's even found her feet doesn't help matters. When she finds herself determined to save the mill - whatever her client's wishes - it seems that Henry's accusations may have contained more than a grain of truth.

So when Jenny's awkward encounters with the abrasive but disconcertingly attractive Ross Grant develop into something more complicated - just as Henry arrives in Scotland to reclaim her - it's time for Jenny to make some decisions. Should she do the sensible thing and follow Henry back to London? Or is her Highland adventure more than just a fling...?

I Have The Power

Cave of the Winds -- Climbing Jungle
 After my summer semester, I truly was in need of a real vacation.  So, I packed my family of seven into a Toyota Sienna van and drove 15 hours to Colorado.  Yes, fifteen hours, all by myself.  I enjoy the drive, and my husband entertains us.  I think it was a great division of labor.  As we were driving, my husband and I ended up talking about the state of the economy, and how people were losing their jobs more often.  It is rather alarming how many people have lost this jobs. It is very stressful enough having to think about losing a job.  But losing it unfairly add up to the challenge.  Perhaps, it has always been this way, but I am just now noticing it.  Just in case this applies to you, and one of the questions percolating in your mind right now is "where do I find wrongful termination lawyers in San Diego?" Where, here is one place you can find it. Information is power, and if this situation applies to you, do not give that power away. Grab it and immerse yourself in it.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Oh, The Guilt!

Darling Son #3, awards
As a mother, there are moments that stand up in my mind.  Moments that I would do differently were I to live it again.  One of the most recent was my son's 3rd grade awarding ceremony.  He was expecting me.  I was hanged up on studying for my Oil and Gas class and Texas Real Property Class, I totally forgot about the time.  My iPhone alarm had failed me because I set it at the wrong time.  The school secretary took a picture of him in her iPhone and gave it to me.  He had won some pretty outstanding awards, and I was not there.  It just breaks my heart every single time I remember.  I cannot do it over, but I could plan and make sure I am there for the next one, G-d-willing.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Boys Genius


Bat-a-pult at Cave of the Winds, Manitou Springs Colorado
 My youngest two children took guitar lessons via a guitar camp this summer. It was a week-long camp, and they seem to enjoy it.  Three days into the camp, the person in charge told me that one of her teacher assistant asked if my boys were geniuses.  The reason for the question is that both boys seem to pick up guitars like they had played before and are not taking refresher course.  The truth is, they had not.  In fact, I think the day I bought them their guitars two days before the camp was the first. I wanted to make sure that their guitars have carriers.  There are always beautiful options and great Gator DJ Cases & Bags at musician's friend.  Having a guitar bag makes it easy to carry everything in one place.  I think that my boys are still learning guitar via internet after the guitar camp was over.  I like hearing them strum their guitars.  However, I am not sure I would let them have drums.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Rock and a Hard Place

Ute Park, Colorado Springs

I saw a big black bear on this park.  He was less than half a mile from where I was standing. I was near the parking lot and the bear was up where this picture was taken. According to mapmyrun, it was about .2 of a mile from where I was.  I was with my oldest son, too.  I figure that I only have to run faster than him to be safe from the bear!  However, it was not an issue because the bear just keep on going and was never seen again.

Strangely enough, there was no warning signs about bears or wildlife at this park.  This park is surrounded by  civilization. It did made me wonder where the bear hid after it disappeared from my view.

I am taking five classes this semester. Just a little stressed that I missed a reading assignment, and due to late addition, will have to play catch  up on reading for my 5th class...but I don't know what that class is just yet.  I am thinking copyright or Law Practice Management, or perhaps even Water Law.  I have until tomorrow to add it. I have to leave early to enroll myself late for a class.  So frustrating.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Almost 2L

From a very entertaining show, Better Off Ted

Tomorrow is my first day of almost 2L. I am a part time law student. It's my second year. I still have 2 lock-step courses left to take. Next semester, after I have taken Constitutional Law, I will be 2 L. All my grades will be tallied, and I will be considered for law review.

This is going to be my 4th semester of law school, including summer. I hope to bag an internship this semester.  But first, I need to polish my resume. It is dusty. The last time I looked at it was when I applied to law school in 2012.

Actually, before any polishing of anything can be done, I must first read my assignments.  I had not realized it is going to take longer to read textbook for Legislation and Regulation and Civil Procedure.  Criminal and torts law is definitely more titillating.  No wonder they offer those in the first semester.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

What Kind of Lawyer Are You Going to Be?

I forgot where I took this picture, but I think it was either at Plazas of the America or at University of Texas at Dallas Student Union place. I have no clue.  I tend to take a lot of pictures

People asked me what kind of lawyer I plan to be. I plan to be an excellent lawyer, that's what. But as for what area of law I am going to practice, that, I am not so sure just yet.  Maybe I should extern for immigration lawyer los angeles. I could be in a new location while learning more and more about this new field. I plan and aim to be a significant player in this arena.  I am only a 3rd of the way through, but maybe, I should start forming an idea where to practice.  Immigration law class is not until a semester more, so, I still have no idea.  I will just have to wait and see

Friday, August 9, 2013

Skywatch


I took the family to Six Flags today. It was a hot day, but it cooled off by the time we were inside the park. It was 740 PM. Before going to Six Flags, we stopped by my school to pick up something for my Food Pantry Volunteer Day. My school is in the process of changing names, making it 1st tier group. It is exciting. Less than an hour after we entered the park, thunderstorm warning came out, and the exciting rides closed. My two eldest managed to ride the Titan, while the rest rode the giant boat swing. I did not try to ride any rides since I am the queen of motion sickness.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Textbook Buying


I just took a yogurt trip with my kids again today.  It is so hot in Dallas. It has difficult to enjoy my backyard. Perhaps, I will reconsider that backyard pool.

I am also annoyed because my Family Law class has a textbook that is printed August 2013.  I thought I should order it from the publisher so I would get it faster. NOT. In fact, I should have just waiting from my school's bookstore's order.  The bookstore was faster.  So, I called customer service to find out what happened to my order.  I was told they would expedite the order.

Yesterday, I received an e-mail saying it was mailed and will take up to two weeks to arrive.  I will get a full refund if the book is not in my possession by the end of today.  I need that book to get on with my reading!