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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Happy Birthday Joseph!

First and foremost….HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSEPH! You are the sweetest thing in my life and you are so deserving of a wonderful birthday!

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CUTIE!!

Our weekend started at the Giants game on Friday night when they BEAT LA with a walk-off home run by Posey!  Talk about an exciting game, Orange Friday vs. The Dodgers AND Metallica night? It was so fun and even sweeter with the win. 

On Saturday we went to our friends Brian and Ashley’s house for a little fishing, swimming, cupcakes and BBQ.  That quickly turned into a little wine party for Ashley and Amanda lol!  We were relaxed after chilling in the pool and watched the Giants BEAT LA again! We spent the night and had a lazy morning with them before heading home.

We met with Joe’s Mom for a late lunch today because it’s his birthday and finally got home about 5:00.  We are just hanging out tonight, watching the Giants game, praying for a sweep!

I hope you all had a great weekend as well Smile 

As for this week, the plans so far are pretty slim.  Class on Tuesday and I am going to the Dean’s Reception at Golden Gate on Thursday night, which should be fun. I hope to meet some fellow colleagues and take a tour of the campus! I will make sure to include my thoughts!

xoxox

Amanda

21st Amendment

Hey guys!

I got out of class early tonight and have the next two weeks off! During which I will be writing two or three papers.  I will enjoy not driving all the way to Turlock though!

Last night Joe and I went to the Giants game vs the Rockies.  Before the game I picked him up at work and we went to a bar called the 21st Amendment.  It’s one he has been to a few times with coworkers and talks about all the time.  It has a really fun beer garden and atmosphere.  We chilled outside and had the BEST watermelon beer ever! We also ordered onion rings and margarita pizza.  It was perfect.

21st Amendment Beer Garden

The beer must have had a higher alcohol content than usual because I felt a little buzzed walking to the stadium but it made Joe laugh so that was worth it!  On an unrelated note our bomb parking spot that is was free now has meters.  And get this…$5 per hour during the games…LAME!! We are going to have to start BARTing in Sad smile

Giants vs Rockies 4.8.13

The game itself was fun, we had a group of ladies behind us who were really loud and dressed up.  They got on the jumbotron and were super excited, lol!  We had really good seats too so that was a huge plus! Section 127 Row 6- so we had a great view of these boys:

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Giants vs Rockies Posey 4.8.13

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Not too shabby eh?  I am super pumped for the next month because we have tickets to a game with our friend Kasey AND tickets to Metallica night at AT&T!!!! There are no words for my excitement!!

Q: What are the best seats you have ever had for a sporting event or concert?

xoxox

Amanda

Fun February

Do you still remember me? I’m a slacker!

I have had a super busy month, and I am hoping life calms down for the next few weeks before it all starts up again.  Although I have had the best time!

As you remember it started out busy with school and the LSAT. Then last weekend we went fishing with our friends Brian and Ashley in Carmel.  The weather was gorgeous and I caught some fish! ALL BY MYSELF! Usually Joe will handle the line and the bait and cast for me.  Not this time, I did it all by myself!  Joe did cast for me when we were all really close together though, unless I casted first because I didn’t want to cross anyone’s line or hook them in the head, lol!

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That night Joe and I stayed in Monterey after having dinner with Ashley and Brian.

Later that week we all met up again to see a concert in SF.  We saw Coheed and Cambria, which is a rock band that we have loved for years.  I didn’t take any pics in the venue because it was hectic, but the Warfield is beautiful! Here is one of the girls at drinks before-

Ashely and I before Coheed

Then on Friday Joe and I worked before we headed down to Cole’s house for our fun filled LA weekend.  We had such a great time! On Saturday we went to Huntington Beach to see Dan Patrick and the Danettes. Joe got a picture with each of them (except McLovin who was not there).  He was so happy and Cole and I had fun watching it all.

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Then we went to Roscoe’s for lunch, which is ALWAYS delicious. Later that night some of Cole’s friends came over for the UFC fights, including our friend Jen from SLO! She lives there now too, and it was so nice to reunite!

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Jen, Diana and I

The next day we had a relaxing time watching Daytona and having breakfast.  I took a nap before dinner because we were due in Hollywood before 3:00 am to line up for Live with Kelly and Michael.  For dinner we went to an awesome sushi restaurant with Cole and Jen before coming home to watch the Oscars and vote on them (I won for the first time!). It has been a tradition with Cole for the three of us to vote between ourselves for big award shows, and it was great to continue this year.

Joe and I dinner San Dimas

We went to bed around 11 and got up by 1:30! Once there, we were in line from 2:30 to 5:30 until we were let into the Dobly Theatre, which is where the Oscars were the night before.

Dolby Theatre

It was so beautiful! We couldn’t take pics of the broadcast though.  It was really neat to see the show taping process and Kelly and Michael are so cute! They really are good friends and are hilarious too.  The guests were Christophe Waltz and a fashion panel on Carson Cresley, Maria Menudos and another guy.  We were hoping for more but it was ok, then the Jabawakis perfomed too! The lines on the way out were crazy so we walked back to the car instead of taking the shuttle again.

We were on the road home by 7:30 and after stopping several times and running errands in Pleasanton, we were home by 3:00.  In bed by 6:00 and loved every minute of sleep!

It’s back to the grind today and business as usual for the rest of the week.  This weekend I have a girls night on Friday and the weekend with Joe’s mom and my family too.  I can’t complain though, I am loving February!

xoxox

Amanda

Superbowl Weekend

It’s Wednesday already? I had high hopes of getting this done before now, but I have been a busy little bee!

Last weekend Joe and I went on a little adventure to Valley Springs and Clements to visit my family and go to a Superbowl party.

When we arrived at my parent’s house on Saturday my Mom had a big pot of chili cooking and it smelled AMAZING!  We visited for a few hours before digging in, it was delicious!

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We hung around and played with the animals, they are super cute!

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That is my Daddy with Mr. Chow (our cat from our last house that went to my parent’s house when we moved).  They like each other!

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Here is Mr. Chow and Gizmo on the back fence looking at us while we checked out the new gate and repairs that my Dad made when the fence fell a few weeks ago.  It is so funny to see him up there because he was so scared of everything when we got him! He LOVES living there!

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Isn’t Stewart getting big? His head seems more dog than puppy now, if that makes any sense!

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Later that night the sunset was gorgeous and we continued to chill out and Jamie curled my hair while Dad and Joseph watched hockey and the pregame Superbowl coverage.

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She did such a cute job! It was just for fun because she LOVES to curl her friend’s hair and has been asking me forever to do mine.  We finally found the time and Joe thought it looked like a poodle. LOL I would have curled them looser if we were going somewhere but after sleeping on it I was able to wear loose curls all day Sunday! That is a miracle as my hair notoriously does not take a curl!

The next morning we woke up early and had breakfast consisting of pancakes, sausage, hash browns and fruit.

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I also prepared some meatballs for the party later that day! They were so simple and yummy!

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When we arrived we went shooting (clays) until the game was ready to start.  We had so much fun! I hit 4 targets baby! I only shot at 8-10 so I was happy as I haven’t went shooting in years!

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Look at that stud!

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We watched the game, ate like pigs, and played with the babies- 3 of them!  Here are a couple cute ones of Jack Jack!

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At the end of the night we drove home and passed out.  It was fun and we are looking forward to a month of fun weekends!  On the agenda:

LSAT, Amanda B’s birthday party, fishing trip in Carmel, Coheed concert, and more!

Stay tuned for some more better late than never posts from this girl as I am also back in school and working!

xoxox

Amanda