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Sunday, October 26, 2014

"The Shake Back Plan"

No, I haven't been sulking this entire time.  I've actually just been pretty busy being a student.  I am also starting to work on my article for the journal that I'm on for law school.  Surprisingly, writing my journal article is what I've been most excited about lately.  I really love my topic (it has to do with sexual consent laws) and I'm putting a lot of effort into it because I'm hoping to get published.  Other than that, I've had one graded midterm thus far (in my Evidence class) and with only one day of studying, I managed to pull off an A.  It's only worth 20 percent of my grade but it made me feel nice to know that despite all other things, at least my grades are still consistent.

Anyway, as far as 2L summer jobs go, I'm still searching!  Most people in my class are, so I guess I shouldn't be so dramatic about not having one at this point.  I didn't get my so-called "dream job" but it made me think of this post that I wrote a while back.  Sometimes not getting what you want just means that there are better things in store.  I really hope so.

The positive?  I think that interviewing this summer and meeting with all these big firms really helped me realize what I want to do with my legal career.  I'm not saying that I'll be able to do this right away upon graduation, but at least I know now that I really do want to go into employment & labor law.  Specifically, I'd love to work in the healthcare field-- defending doctors and hospitals etc.  Hopefully wherever my path takes me, I end up where I want to be at some point.

A couple of my professors have really been helping me out with letters of recommendation etc. so I'm extremely grateful to have such amazing mentors in my life :)

** Also, I thought I would mention that I started watching Grey's Anatomy a few days ago.  I love Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, so I figured, why not right?  Love it!  I'm only on season 2 but seriously ... such a good show!  Why didn't I start watching sooner? **

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lemon Kale Salad and Salmon

Before anyone is mistaken, no no, I am not turning healthy on you all.  I wouldn't dare.  This actually just happens to be a delicious, quick, and cheap meal.  Seriously, I hate vegetables.  I'm a toddler when it comes to vegetables and I normally do not like the taste of kale.  This however, I can eat.


Also, I must warn you that this isn't a recipe that I found online.  This has been mostly trial and error for me and so when I share this "recipe" be prepared for very vague (zero) measurements as most of what I do is "to taste".

Ingredients:

Kale Salad

Kale (as much as you want to eat)
Lemon juice (I don't juice my own lemons; I buy it in a bottle because I don't have time for that)
Olive oil
Garlic
Three Cheese Blend (romano, parmesan, asiago)

Salmon

Salmon filet
Olive oil (or butter if you want to be unhealthy but a lot more satisfied)
Garlic
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Lemon juice

Directions:

I start off by making the dressing for the kale salad.  Chop up two cloves of garlic into the smallest pieces that you can.  Mix about 1/8 of a cup of olive oil with 1/8 of a cup of lemon juice.  Add chopped garlic to mixture.

Voila!  There's your dressing!

Pour over kale and then sprinkle your cheese on top.


For the salmon.  Heat some butter/olive oil (enough to sauté) in a skillet with two cloves of garlic.  Add the salmon filet to the pan over low heat.  Sprinkle with steak seasoning and squirt some lemon juice onto it for taste.  I normally let it cook for about 8-10 minutes.

Serve with kale salad :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Updates and Setbacks


"Anytime I thought I was being rejected from something good, I realized that God was just redirecting me to something better."

I'm not going to lie.  This is not at all how I feel right now but I just thought I would start this post off with something positive, before I completely undermined the whole thing.  I found out a short while ago (within the past hour) that I did not get an offer at the firm I was really hoping for.  I could fill this post with all sorts of inspirational sayings and stories about how this is just a small hurdle that I'll get over and then great things will happen blah blah blah.  I just don't feel or believe that right now, so I'll spare you guys and myself.

This week just hasn't been the greatest week for me at all ... so I'm pretty down.  Unfortunately, I have a lot of things that I need to get done so it's just one of those moments in life where you have to suck it up and pretend that you're happy just to get through it all.

What does this mean moving forward?  Who knows ... who the hell knows.

It's about 9:30 PM here, so it's a little late for me to shift gears into bounce back mode -- I'll start that in the morning.  For now, I guess I have the night to think of a new game plan?  In either case, I'll leave you with this line from Jhene Aiko whose attitude I appreciate a little more right now.


"I been through some shit man, but I be on my shit man."

No matter what obstacles you're thrown, just remember to always stay on your shit, man.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Homemade Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

It is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada but as much as I would love to be there with my family, I am stuck in California studying for my midterms.  I thought about having my own mini Thanksgiving here and then I realized how much work that would be alone.  I opted to do a little baking instead.  Although baking these cookies made me super happy ... I now have about 3 dozen cookies in my kitchen that need eating.


I've really been craving oatmeal chocolate chip cookies lately and found a great recipe online that turned out amazing.  See original source here.

Ingredients:

1 cup of butter (softened)
1 cup of light brown sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar
1 3/4 cup of flour
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
3 cups of quick cooking oats
1 cup of chopped walnuts
1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 325 F

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats, walnuts, and chocolate chips. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto un-greased baking sheets.

3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven.  Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


(Also, I should be studying for my Evidence midterm tomorrow ... but there's nothing wrong with a little foodie break. Right?!)



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Organizing My Way Through 2L

Second-year of law school (2L) is so much busier than first-year and I am the absolute worst when it comes to staying organized.  I forget things and I haven't always been the best at time management.  This year I realized that with everything I have going on (sub-checks, journal article deadlines, doctrinal classes, call-backs), I cannot afford to be so unorganized.  One thing that is really helping me stay on top of my tasks is my agenda.  


Like many others, I didn't believe that keeping an actual agenda would make much of a difference.  Between my laptop, smartphone and IPad, I figured that I had more than enough room to write down my tasks and make reminders.  Now I know that there simply is no replacement for an actual written agenda!

Days seem to go by a lot more smoothly when they are planned in advance.  I use the monthly calendar to organize my deadlines and solid dates.  So if I have a paper or an outline due, it's clear to me when I look on the calendar that my time is running out.  


My weekly calendar is what I use to plan out which day I am going to work on a particular assignment.  I also use this part to keep track of my law school reading assignments since those are a lot more frequent.


This little system is working for me so far.  I just make sure to incorporate my agenda into my daily morning routine so that I am never in for a surprise.  I arrive at the law school library early every morning, so that's the time I usually take out to relax, sip my coffee, and go through my agenda.

This isn't a mind blowing discovery by any means but like I said, I'm sure there are others out there like me who doubted just how big of a difference a written agenda makes in terms of organization.

My personal agenda is a Kate Spade one that I picked up at Barnes & Noble.  Like any other bookstore, Barnes & Noble has a huge selection of agendas or calendars and they're reasonably priced.  Also, many of the 2015 agendas actually start from August or September of 2014 so you can pick one up now and use it all the way through the end of next year :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Work It Wednesday: Legal Interview Part 2

Entire Outfit (except for shoes): H&M, Shoes: Zara

This photo is a little bit old, but I realized I haven't done one of these posts in a while.  I stated before that I've been looking for more affordable places to purchase my work/interview/business attire.  This grey suit is actually my favorite suit and I could not believe that I found it at H&M.  I believe the suit only cost me about $60, which is pretty unheard of.  So there you have it!

Also, I should do an update on the job search/interviewing process.  In an earlier post, I talked about how I'd had three big-law firm interviews and that I was crossing my fingers for call-backs.  Well, it turns out that I did get called back for this one firm (the firm that I really really wanted).  Call-back interviews are a lot more intense than the initial screening interviews because instead of just meeting with one or two people, you are interviewed by a mix of about five partners and associates.  It can definitely be very intimidating!

 I was super excited to receive that call-back as this firm is my #1 choice.  Anyway, I completed that call-back interview this past Friday and now I'm just waiting to hear back from them.  I obviously really hope that I land the job, but I don't want to get too excited and get my hopes up because that would just make it hurt that much more if I'm not extended an offer.

If you are the praying/wishing/hoping type, please keep me in your prayers and cross your fingers and toes for me that I land this amazing opportunity.

Other than that, things have been great.  Law school is still law school and I'm just rolling with the waves.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Reasons Why I Love Emma Watson

If you know me at all, then you already know that I have been a die-hard PotterHead since I was about 10 years old.  I love all things Harry Potter and I've day-dreamed of being Hermione Granger far too many times.  She was smart, she was courageous, she was sensitive, and I absolutely loved her.  More than my love for Hermione Granger though, is my love for Emma Watson.  Much like her character in the Harry Potter series, Emma Watson is intelligent, outspoken, and wise beyond her years.  Especially after her recent speech at the UN, I thought I would put together a short list of reasons why I love Emma Watson.


(1) She's Educated: I'll just be frank.  A lot of child stars do not take their education seriously.  I mean, I get it ... they already have millions.  But I'm still of the belief that there is no substitute for a well rounded, educated individual.  Emma Watson not only continued her education after completing Harry Potter, but she did so at a world renowned Ivy League university.  She has an eagerness to learn that far too many child actors lack.  This is probably one of the qualities that I respect the most about her.

(2) She's Stunning: Yes, yes, everyone is beautiful in their own way ... but Emma Watson is stunning.  It's always in an almost effortless way.  I understand that she's a celebrity and so there is probably a team of people whose only job is to make her look beautiful, but still ... there's something about her.  She almost reminds me of a modern day Audrey Hepburn.  So classic, chic, and stunning ALL THE TIME.

(3) She Understands Feminism: This is a big one for me, especially in light of semi-recent statements by other questionable people in Hollywood (ahem Shailene Woodley).  I'm not even going to get into the issue of why gender-equality is important.  I think before we can even get to that, we need people to educate themselves and brief themselves on what the word 'feminism' means before they speak on it.  It is not a hostile 'man-hating' word, but an inclusive one that calls into question why so many women are still being denied their basic fundamental rights.  Emma Watson gets it and for that, she gets another gold star.