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

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!

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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

Golden Gate Dean’s Reception

Most importantly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wonderful sister Jen! xoxo

Yesterday I went to Golden Gate Law for the Dean’s Reception.  I had an AWESOME experience!

I got into the city early and met up with Joseph for a quick dinner before he headed back home and I headed over to GGU.  I arrived before anyone else, including the staff and faculty. I was surprised as I was only 20 minutes early.  About a minute after I put my nametag on the associate admissions director came in and we started chatting before the Dean came in.  They were both so wonderful and very easy to talk too! It was so cool to have them to myself for a few minutes.  Soon enough people began piling in and among other admitted students were current students, alumni, professors, a financial aid counselor and administrative staff.

We began with a speech by one of the deans before Dean Van Cleave engaged us in a mock lecture.  It was short and sweet but very interesting!  Then each person who wasn’t a newly admitted student got a chance to speak about their roles at GGU so we knew who to talk to afterward.  Immediately following we split into tour groups and ended up at the reception.  There were refreshments and we had a chance to pick everyone’s brains and to introduce ourselves to them.  There were probably 20 new students and only 4-5 of us were evening students.  I met a few really cool people and I hope to meet up with them soon!

I took full advantage and asked a lot of questions and I REALLY loved the feeling I got from the people there.  They seemed genuinely interested in each student and happy to talk to us.  It made me think I may rather go there. Now I have a dilemma (sort of).  If USF accepts me, I will be torn.  Until last night I was certain I would choose USF without question should I have the choice.  At least now I know I will be happy no matter what!!!

My concern is based on picking the place that will be best suited for me and there really is no way of knowing that. Can you say stressful? Can you say first world problems?

Any advice?

xoxox

Amanda

Guerrilla Revolu…zzzzzzz

It is May 1st!! Do you have any idea what this means? I have exactly 1 month until I am DONE with my undergrad, thank The Lord!  It’s only taken me 9 years lol!

Last night I went back to class after a two week hiatus, which I must say was lovely.  In case you don’t remember, I am taking Guerrilla Revolutions this semester and also an independent study course on the Vietnam Babylift.  I only have two papers and one presentation left baby!  Today I am planning on cranking out the small paper which is a referee paper on someone else’s research paper.  Sounds easy right? Well it would be if I were given a normal student’s paper, but NOOOOOOO I was given one of the three grad student’s papers to evaluate.  I guess I should be flattered that my prof. thinks knows I can do it without any issues. That’s what I get for taking her classes so frequently!

I also have to prepare my presentation for next week because I volunteered to go first.  Don’t give me THAT look, I have a really good reason. We are all doing the EXACT.SAME.PRESENTATION.TOPIC.  How lame and boring is that going to be? That is why I volunteered to go before everyone else so that I don’t have to stand up there for 10-15 minutes saying “Yeah, what he said”. 

If that wasn’t boring enough, I have to sit through every presentation for two, maybe three weeks.  Womp, womp.

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On another note, I found out that USF has opened their waiting list and they are going to admit 10 more night students.  I know it’s a long shot but I am hoping and praying I get in.  PRAY FOR ME!!  I have been checking my email like my life depended on it! (Well it KIND OF does-ish)

Hope you all have a fantastic day!

xoxox

Amanda

Big Moments…

In life there are a few really big moment that you can look back on like getting engaged, getting married, graduating college, having a baby, etc.  Well I have a big moment to share with y’all…

I GOT INTO LAW SCHOOL!!!!

I am so excited and proud of myself for working hard and never giving up.  (To read my journey you can click here.)  I was accepted into Golden Gate University and wait listed for Santa Clara and USF.  Obviously I am thrilled that I will be going somewhere for sure, but would just love it if USF would accept me before I have to pay my seat deposits at Golden Gate.  The only reason is because I have always LOVED USF, but I am honored to be accepted at GG and would be so proud to go there as well.

This is yet another first step for me, but it is the last “first” I will ever have in college (well besides graduating!). I have been waiting for this for what seems like forever, but do feel a bit sad to close this chapter.  I have come to adore my friends and Professors at CSU Stanislaus and will be forever grateful for these past two years.  Graduation is 1 month away!!

I will keep you updated on things as they happen; as for now I am going to focus on my last 3 papers as an undergrad and try to enjoy the little time I have left before the law school nightmares begin.  4 more years and I will be done, but then what will my plan be? Work? HAHAHAHA yeah right, you know I will have something grandiose planned out! Who knows what!

I would like to thank every single person who reads my blog, you have given me a wonderful outlet and I love sharing this with you! I would also like to thank my friends and family for always supporting and believing in me. I especially want to thank Joseph.  Without him I would be so incomplete and his unwavering support and love mean the world to me!

Q: What has been your biggest life accomplishment to date?

xoxox

Amanda