The calm before the storm

Well hello there!

I hope everyone is having a happy Friday! (I’m writing this in anticipation of my Friday and it will publish while I’m at work…but don’t worry I’m too busy to do this at work and I never would!!)

It’s been quite a while so here is a recap on me. I’m about to go into my fourth and last year at USF Law as a part-time student. It’s been a long time coming! I’m starting to think about bar prep now but can’t really do anything about it until January because my Fall is going to be a busy one.

I’m currently working as a paralegal at a civil litigation firm, mostly focusing on employment law. I’ve been here for a little under a year and was so fortunate to find it. This is the area of law that I have pictured myself practicing and I am able to be immersed in it every day and to see some of the best attorneys at my firm and learn from them. I’m so happy to report that after being here, this kind of practice is still at the top of my list and it didn’t scare me away! I was afraid that transitioning out of the workers’ comp world would not be everything I hoped it would be, but it is and I’m so glad.

I am also interning this Fall at my local District Attorney’s office, which is a major change for me. I’m so lucky to have taken my summer course, Trial Advocacy and the Ethical Prosecutor because it directly led to this opportunity. My professor is a veteran prosecutor and offered me a position in homicide, I could not turn that down. It’s a position that many people would love to have and I don’t know how I was able to swing it but I did. I’ve only been there one day so far, but it was amazing. Everything about criminal practice is different than civil. Part of me thinks I might really love it but who knows! I’ll try to keep you posted. The prospect of falling in love with another part of the law has rocked my world this summer because I have to start planning my post bar strategies differently should I decide to pursue it. It’s far to early to tell if it is something I’d actually want to do so I’m not going to go too far down that rabbit hole at this point.

Finally, I’m still taking four classes Monday-Thursday after work and my internship. I’ll be in Mediation, California Civil Procedure, Legal Drafting, and Trial Practice. All will be intensive but thank God I only have one final. Classes start on Monday and I have about 8-9 hours worth of homework to do this weekend 🙂 In about 9 months I’ll never have to take a final or worry about homework again. Only the real homework that you get paid to do, not the work you pay to do.

Enough about my professional life, my personal life is great as well. I’m going to be an Auntie this Fall and I’m so excited to meet my niece! She’s supposed to be here at the end of October, so it’s getting close. My sister and the baby girl are both doing well. I was able to feel her kick me two weekends ago when I visited and it was so special. I love that little peanut so much already. I crafted a sign for the baby shower that I’ll have to share with you guys soon.

Joe is doing well also. He has had one of the busiest summers of his life with work and has been working late hours and weekends. I hope he gets some relief soon because he is a little burnt out.

Some notable events this year include my 30th birthday this week, a trip to Universal Studios Hollywood to see Harry Potter, camping, and a trip to Arizona for the Giants spring training. I’ll leave you with a highlight real until next time!

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XOXO,

Amanda

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Holiday Season Festivities

My promises are not meant to be illusory, but apparently I am full of them.  Boy do I miss blogging and now that I am done with my first semester I am feeling so guilty! I really wanted to blog but my days were so full.  I think next semester will be full as well but now I know what to expect and maybe can plan better. I think after football season my study and blogging habits will both increase.

Have I told you what my schedule was like? Yesterday was my last final and the week prior was dead week so I only went to campus twice, but normally I would leave home before 7:00am and get off work at 4:00pm. 9/10 days I would go straight to school and had class M-Th until either 8:30 or 9:30. Often times if my class ended earlier I would stay and study. On the weekends we have been going to the Raiders games and I have attempted to catch up on anything that I could but a few weekends were homework only.

Today is my first day of FREEDOM for 1 month! We are having a lazy morning watching football and in a couple of hours we are heading to Golden Gate Fields to watch some horse racing on Dollar Day!

I have a few recent pics below to keep you interested!

Our tree that we finally got last night post final:

Tree 2013

It’s about 6 feet but this picture makes it look smaller 🙂 Here is a picture from this morning, Wally is pushing his fate….

Wally under tree 

I have not allowed myself to do many Christmasy things so that I don’t distract myself from studying, but I have let myself indulge a few times:

Noahs

How could I not when it looks like this outside most days?

Foggy SF morning

Here is a glimpse into my Sunday when the Raiders are in town:

Raiders Tailgate

Our group makes THE BEST tailgate food, ever. I followed the following recipe one day, OMG it was so good!pullapartbread3 

I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday and if you celebrate holidays, I hope you get into the spirit today if you haven’t already.  We are already full blown Christmas at work, I will post some pics this week. Our office Christmas party is Friday and I still need to find a gift. Other things coming up on my agenda:

  • Saturday at Mom’s house
  • Sunday- Raiders game
  • The following week we have an office pot luck and raffle
  • December 19-21, romantic weekend away in Sonoma
  • Christmas week mayhem
  • New Years in LA
  • Girls Tahoe weekend
  • School starts again :/

Phew! OK, now that you know way too much about my definite plans, I also intend to bake a lot of goodies and if I can, but probably not, I would like to craft a bit. I have a Santa bottle project in my periphery.

Q: What craft projects have you been undertaking this holiday season?

xoxox

Amanda

A truly GREAT Grandma

***I think I might finally be catching up with my schedule!  For the last week I have been nothing less than exhausted by the time I get home from work and have had something going on every day. (What’s new?)

I had a rather peaceful Saturday given the circumstances.  It was my Great Grandma Hallberg’s funeral.  She passed away the previous weekend at the age of 97.  I have many fond memories of her and was surprisingly not “sad” when she passed.  I felt a sense of peace for her and was happy to know she was with my Great Grandpa in heaven.

Me and GG Kiss

My Grandma was the strongest woman I have ever known.  She taught me so many things, to never stop fighting for what I want, that “you-who” is always the appropriate greeting, to always stay close with your siblings, that a little sass goes a long way, to remember where you came from, and that you can never have too many tomatoes or salami in your fridge. 

When I was eighteen I moved into her house in SF with her for two years while going to school there.  She was in the beginning stages of dementia which made certain aspects difficult, but I wouldn’t have changed that time in my life for the world.  Before I moved in I knew her as the loud and sparkly Grandma that shared a birth month with me and my sparkly Aunt, she was loving and she always cut the turkey for the holidays.  When I lived with her, she shared memories with me, we laughed and played cards, we discussed current events, we visited family together, and we went on a scary car ride or two.  She said unforgettable things and even scared me a few times.

One evening my friend Christina and I were getting ready to go out- I think we were just going to walk around with no real plans.  As we were walking out my GG yelled “Have fun and don’t forget your bandana!” When we got to the muni we laughed so hard we cried.  What bandana was she referring to?  We figured she was referring to a head scarf from the 1960s or something like it.  I still have no clue, we sure didn’t have bandanas!

Before this next story, I should preface it by saying she went to the senior center every day and on the way home she ALWAYS stopped at the grocery store to buy something.  It was usually tomatoes and salami, sometimes pistachios or macaroons.  She had so much salami and tomatoes that it was a full time job to rotate them for her!  Especially because she never threw food out, I had to do it on the sly when she was sleeping or gone.  She lived through the depression and never lost those habits.

One day she wanted to go to the store and convinced me to go with her, and despite my many attempts to drive, she insisted she did.  I have never been more scared for my life.  She drove slowly but did not pay very good attention to her surroundings and it was a miracle she was never hurt or hurt anyone.  I held on for dear life while she chuckled at me and I said a few prayers when we got there safely.  We bought some tomatoes and salami and went home, on another scary ride.

That car of hers was part of the discussion on Saturday as her godson and nephew talked about it moving through family members.  It is a 1986 powder blue Buick, the typical granny car, that is still kicking.  It was at the funeral, another great nephew is driving it now.  That same car was the culprit in a curious blue streak on my then red Eagle Talon that GG denied ever happened.

Perhaps my favorite memories of living with her are those of us looking through old photo albums and talking about her childhood and telling me how my Grandma was growing up.  I loved hearing about my Great Grandpa too.

I hope in my life I can be half the woman she was.  She always had fun, always ate well, and always helped people out.  She is surely doing the same in heaven.  I know my life was greatly enhanced living with her and getting to know her.

I hope you all soak up your family memories and cherish the moments you get to spend with your grandparents.

xoxox

Amanda

Hello Goodbye

Good Morning!

I told you I would be busy!! I left on Thursday after work and got home last night after going with Crystal to get “the dress”.  WOO HOO!

First of all, I am saying goodbye to my undergraduate life and hello to law school.  That being said, I am also saying goodbye to Golden Gate and HELLO to  USF!!  I am so excited that I will be attending the school of my dreams, my first choice.  I would also like to say that GGU is a great school and anyone who attends will surely enjoy their time with the wonderful people who work and attend school there.

Friday was an amazing day and I am so thankful that I had my family there to support me as I graduated.

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Graduation Joseph and I

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Jamie was taking a final during graduation and I know she felt sad about not being there, but I was so happy she rocked her final and I got to see her afterward.  She is the sweetest thing and I am so proud of her!Graduation me & JamieWe went out Friday night to celebrate with a few girlfriends and had a great time people watching and having a few cocktails.   Graduation Celebration

The next day we went to Garrett and Courtney’s wedding and had so much fun! This is a picture from the end of the night, my hair was so over by then!2013-06-01 20.58.45

Joe looked so handsome in the tux! We danced our behinds off and the next day I relaxed my behind on the boat with my Daddy and sisters while Joe went home. I left my phone because I knew I would probably drop it in the lake!

Yesterday morning my Mom and I went to a couple doctor’s appointments, went antique shopping, and enjoyed a little down time before I left to pick Crystal up.  Crystal and I got to the bridal shop right on time and chose several dresses for her to try on.  We saved the best for last (we knew it was her favorite), and she looked gorgeous in them all.  She bit the bullet and said YES to the dress.  It was the steal of the century and ended up costing HALF of the price shown on the tag, score!!! I am only posting this picture because her fiancé doesn’t know me and is NEVER on a computer, let alone online.  She lucked out as there are 3 of these dresses left in the U.S. and one in a nearby store was her size, I mean hello! What luck!

Crystal's Wedding Dress

Today I need to tackle some laundry and cleaning before our friends come over for a visit as they just moved to (or back to) California!  Tomorrow morning I will be driving to the airport before dawn so I need to get my beauty rest tonight!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and Congratulations to the graduates out there!

xoxox

Amanda

Here we go…

What a whirlwind of a weekend and week!  When I last blogged I gave you a run down of the activities I had planned for the next couple weeks and it hasn’t disappointed so far.

Last weekend we went started out in Sacramento for our good friend Eric’s graduation party. We are so very proud of everything he has accomplished and of his gorgeous wife Amanda for the support she has given him.  We had a lovely dinner and played some beer pong before we had celebratory cigars and more drinks!

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We all look a little sun burnt and the boys look a little drunk but we all had a great time!

We spent the night at the night in Sacramento and went to Joe’s Mom’s house the next day to visit.  His aunt and uncle were spending the weekend so we hung out for a few hours and had dinner before going to see our friends Steven and Jenna.  We haven’t seen them in too long and caught up on everything over some drinks and fireworks!  It was so nice to see everyone over the weekend!!

On Monday we went to Walnut Creek to a brewery with Jen and we met up with Joe’s friend Nate from work.  Nate is such a sweet guy from Chicago that moved across country last year alone- how cool is that? We spent the rest of the day shopping and dropped the boys off at a bar to watch hockey while Jen and I continued to shop!  Even with dreary weather, Walnut Creek is the cutest!

Yesterday I started my last week at work and began training my replacement who is such a sweetheart.  Last night Jen and I went to happy hour with my friends from work to celebrate and we went out to lunch today too.  They are so awesome, I will miss hanging out and laughing with them every day but I am glad to have made some lifelong friends while I was there.  I am also excited to start my new job next week!

Tomorrow we are going to leave after work and I will try to take some good pics this weekend!!  Everyone enjoy the first weekend of June and stay safe Smile

xoxox

Amanda