Post Bar

Hello hello hello!

How did four years just fly by? I feel like it was just yesterday that I applied to law school and somehow thought I would be able to blog and work full time and go to school at night. Who was I kidding??

I am happy to report that the last year has been nothing short of amazing. Starting with the addition of my niece, Peyton Faye. She is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever encountered and love her more than I could have imagined. Just look at her!!

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I literally have hundreds of pictures of her. Then, somehow, Joseph and I got engaged in December!

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Then…married! We tied the knot in May after over 14 years. It was a beautiful day and I’ll always remember how much love I felt.

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Followed by a spectacular honeymoon in Sedona where we hiked, got massages, went to the Grand Canyon, and spent a day on a Razr ATV. We had the most fun and did not want to return to reality.

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But, we had to return so I could graduate!!!

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And then I spent the last 3 months at home, studying full time for the bar, which I took last week. This is what my office looked like the week before the bar.

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Since then, I’ve been doing as little as possible. I have had a hard time relaxing… surprise surprise. I keep wanting to do something creative but really don’t feel like jumping back into my cook book scrapbook just yet. I walked around Hobby Lobby for a long time on Monday but wasn’t really inspired. Then I went to the library and got a book called Letters to a young lawyer by Alan Dershowitz. I have yet to open it. Finally, I was inspired last night to create a new project. So, I got out of bed at 12:45 am to begin. I hope to share it with you soon!

My post bar plan is to take August off to spend time with friends and family and to relax. I can’t work as an attorney until I pass the bar, and results don’t come in until November, so I am hoping to find some law clerk type work in September for a couple of months. With any luck, I’ll find something. I think I’ll start to blog again, I always loved it so much and have so much cooking and crafting to catch up on!

I missed this!!

xoxo

Amanda

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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

Resolutions

Looking back on last year’s resolution list I am proud to say I did more than I expected! I got a good enough LSAT score to get into law school, I started and finished my first semester and I passed!! I also flew for the first time to LA for work and for New Years 2014 I flew there again, but for fun! Things I did not do: run or get engaged, can’t win them all!

This year I think it will be fun to make a quarterly goal along with some good old fashioned resolutions!

1st Quarter Goal: Buy better clothes- you don’t have to ask me twice!!

Resolutions:

  • Do the majority of my homework on the weekend so I can breathe during the week.
  • Explore SF in ways I have always wanted to do but never made time for.
  • Run the Oakland half marathon in March- we started running already!
  • Read the Hunger Games series.
  • Go on a real vacation this summer, maybe Scotland! Any tips?

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Q: What are your resolutions this year? If you don’t make resolutions, why?

xoxox

Amanda

 

She’s alive!

I’m here, I’m alive and I am in San Francisco!  Did everyone have a nice summer? 

Mine was nothing short of a whirlwind. We moved to SF, I started law school, and work has been wonderfully busy!  Let me qualify that, I have been training someone and our office is growing but for the last two weeks I have not been busy as much as she has been busy listening to me talk lol!

Moving:

I took pictures of our new place when we moved in and I will post some more pics in the following weeks as we continue to buy things we need and to get rid of unnecessary items.

Here are a few that I saved from my old phone:

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We are living with our friends Darren and Michelle, and I can’t speak for them but we think they are great roomies!  SF has been good to us despite the month long headache we endured to find the place we now call home.

USF

School has been great so far; the work has been plentiful but not too hard to understand.  I have made some great friends and can’t thank God enough for the opportunity to go to USF.  My Professors are wonderful and available, my class section is awesome, and the campus is close to home.  I have joined a few organizations so far, the Criminal Law Society, APALSA, Environmental Law Society and tomorrow is the first meeting for the Labor and Employment Law Society.  I would like to join the Women’s Law Society and the St. Thomas More Society as well, but we shall see.  Most of these organizations do not require a large time commitment unless you are on the board and I don’t plan on becoming a board member this year in any except Labor & Employment Law.

Work

I have been training a new employee for the past couple of weeks to replace me as I was promoted!  WOO HOO!  I will start my new position on 10/7 and when I figure out what that is I will fill you in, LOL!  Our office is growing and it makes me laugh to think that just a couple of months ago I was here all alone and now there are 7 of us.

Blogging

I can’t promise that I will have as much time to blog as before, but I plan on posting at least once a week.  I have felt a void ever since I took a hiatus!  My goal is to post about my life and not exclusively about any one thing. I have a feeling my life will revolve around a few specifics but as the holidays approach it will be littered with food and craft posts!

I hope to hear from everyone about their summer adventures!

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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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

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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!

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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