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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Highs and Lows

I suppose it is time for an update.  Classes were back in session this week and they've been pretty action packed.  We have actually been preparing for my oral argument which took place today.  If you are not sure what an oral argument is, it is basically a mock trial. We presented the arguments discussed in our appellate briefs that were handed in earlier this month.  The oral argument went a lot better than I was expecting and my partner and I did fairly well.  I'm pleased with our performance and it feels awesome to have gotten it out of the way.  Also, I secured a job at the District Attorney's office this summer which is exactly what I wanted.  All in all, as far as law school goes, this week has been a decent week for me.

Now to the lows: I guess it really isn't much of a low as I cannot pinpoint exactly what it is, but I just haven't been feeling myself lately. My appetite is gone and I feel kind of stuck in a rut.  I'm unmotivated, which is strange because I'm still in school and have been putting in more work than ever ... but it seems like it's never enough and I feel really really burnt out.  It's a little scary because (1) It's only first year so I have a long way to go and (2) It's March and we're only a few weeks away from finals so I need to get it together.  I'm not sure what to do about it and I almost feel bad that I feel this way because I literally wake up in one of the most beautiful places on earth every day but I just haven't been appreciating anything lately.  It's all very strange ... 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Oceanside and Sunsets

I have been trying my best to really make the most of this Spring Break when I can.  Although I don't plan on taking any full days off, I am trying to do something enjoyable and relaxing each day so that I don't let this entire week go to waste.  So far it has been going quite lovely and I'm really enjoying myself.

I went out to eat at Moonshadows in Malibu with some friends.  The food there is soo soo good.  It's not to difficult to find good seafood in Malibu though, so I guess this isn't too surprising.  In either case, dining on the ocean is almost never a bad idea so I'm really glad we decided to go there.  This isn't a place that I would go to very often because it is a little more pricey than I like for just any random meal, but once in a while it's okay.  For more affordable oceanside dining in Malibu, Duke's is definitely the better option.  (FYI Moonshadows in Malibu is also where Mel Gibson went on his infamous rant.) 

The sunsets here have also been extra beautiful lately.  It might be a stretch, but I should mention that the evening we wrote our last final this semester was the last time that we had sunsets this amazing.  This clearly only means one thing = God is awarding us law students for all our hard work LOL :)
Hope everyone is having a good week.  

Monday, March 10, 2014

Pacific Palisades: The Getty Villa

This afternoon, I took some time off from studying to go to the Getty Villa with one of my fellow classmates and a friend of hers who is in town from Arizona.  It was my first time at this museum and I absolutely loved it.  It is a gorgeous museum, modeled after Ancient Greece and Rome and a visit here is the most perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon!

 Hat: Topshop, Dress: Wilfred Sabine, Bag: Michael Kors, Shoes: Material Girl

Of course the gardens at the Getty are beyond amazing, but they aren't all that this place has to offer.  There was this little room filled with plates and bowls that you could draw on.  I also took a little silhouette photo of myself trying to be all badass with my sword.

Most of the art at the Getty, you can't touch (naturally), but there was a statue of Venus that you were able to (and encouraged to) actually feel.  It was pretty neat.  I'm not too well versed on the story of Venus, but I gave her a rub and hoped that somehow her magic would help me score an awesome grade on the brief that I had just turned in.

Of course, there was a lot of other artwork and statues that I won't get into because I am not going to pretend that I'm some sort of expert.  I just really enjoy these kinds of places and love experiencing the moments.

Overall, I had an amazing afternoon and a lovely start to my Spring Break ... Now back to outlining I go.  I hope that you all enjoyed this post and if you're ever in the Malibu/Pacific Palisades area, definitely check out the Getty Villa.  So so so worth the trip!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spring Break ... Except, Not Quite !

Hello all!  I realize that I have been MIA for a little while.  These past couple of weeks have been so hectic.  My appellate brief assignment (huge writing assignment worth 70% of my grade) has taken up so much of my time and apart from sleeping/being in class, I've spent 90% of my time in the library.  Thankfully, I've submitted my online copy and the hard copy will be submitted tomorrow.  Then I can officially begin my spring break ! YAY !


The good thing about spring break is that (1) I don't have class, (2) I already live in a vacation spot so I don't have to leave, and (3) the weather right now is amazingggg!  The bad thing about spring break is that I will still be spending the majority of my time outlining for my classes and studying etc.  So it really isn't much of a break at all.  I am convinced that they only give you breaks in law school as a trap.  These breaks are just preliminary methods of sorting the top of the class from the bottom.

Anyway, I do plan on taking some time to myself to just relax.  I'll probably try and go to the beach at some point or at least go out one night with some friends.  Really though, I'm just looking forward to the summer so that I can officially not worry about classes.  Oh, speaking of summer, I've officially secured one summer law clerk position. I received an offer a couple of weeks ago and I also have one more interview with the District Attorney's office coming up.  I'm pretty excited.  This also means that I've officially completed my goal for the month of March that I set up at the beginning of the year in my manifesto post.  I've actually been doing pretty good with my goals so far.  I've also already started on April's goal of working out and getting fit.  I just came from the gym and the weather is gorgeous, so how can I not work out?  Things have been going great lately and I am just very happy about life.  Hopefully I'll have more interesting  updates soon (and time to actually update).  I also hope that all of you are doing well and enjoying life.  I'd love to hear what you all have been up to!