Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weekend So Far

So far this weekend has been pretty crazy. Normally I do grocery shopping extremely early on Saturday mornings. However, this weekend I had a class Saturday morning, so I decided to go grocery shopping on Friday night. After work, I ate a quick dinner of chicken and rice. (It is really hard to cook a big dinner for one person) Then I headed off to Wal-Mart. I love grocery shopping. I love picking out new and exciting foods but also needed staples, like milk, meat, fruit and veggies. I just get amused when at the checkout lines comparing my cart to others of people around my age. I have a cart full of good food: fresh produce, meats, water, juice. Then you look at the carts in front of my that are full of Easy Mac, frozen pizza and beer. CRAZY. Guess it just shows that I am in a way different place in my life than them. Then I stayed in the rest of the evening. I did some reading for next week and of the model rules of professional conduct.

Saturday morning, I was up and going bright and early. At 9:00, I had to head up to the law school for a prep class for an exam next week. Next Saturday is the MPRE (the ethics portion of the bar exam). Since I have signed up for a BarBri bar prep course, they offer a free review course for the MPRE. I sat through 4 hours of lecture and received a book and an outline.

For me most of the rules are common sense like the attorney cannot have sex with the client or the attorney cannot talk to a juror during a trial. I will continue to study up this week and we shall see next weekend. It is a 60 question multiple choice exam of which only 50 are graded and I think that you can miss like 10 or 15.

After my class, I had lunch with Maggie at Chili's. It was so yummy and much needed after sitting through a 4 hour lecture. Plus we needed nutrients for the task that we had ahead. Maggie and I ventured off to Home Depot. We picked out a kitchen faucet, bathroom faucet, outside light for the front porch and basic supplies. Here are a few pics of what we got.

All and all, I think it was a very successful trip. Luckily for me, the staff at Home Depot are extremely helpful. I think while picking a kitchen faucet, we asked questions of at least six people. I prefer Home Depot to Lowes for this very reason. When at Home Depot, you aren't left to figure things out by yourself. People are always asking if you need assistance. At Lowes, you actually have to search out a person for assistance. I'm not a dumb girl browsing around in a man's store, but there are some things that I do not know since I am not a plumber.

After my class, I had lunch with Maggie at Chili's. It was so yummy and much needed after sitting through a 4 hour lecture. Plus we needed nutrients for the task that we had ahead. Maggie and I ventured off to Home Depot. We picked out a kitchen faucet, bathroom faucet, outside light for the front porch and basic supplies. Here are a few pics of what we got.

Well, that is about it for now. Today on the agenda is laundry, cleaning, studying and a play.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Nothing really new to report

I don't have a whole lot of new news to share, but I flt bad that I hadn't been updating in a few days, especially since I am so new to the blogging world.

During the week, I am usually super busy. I have five classes carrying 15 hours of law school. Then on top of that, I also work 20 hours at a local law firm. I worked lots more while I was an undergrad, but now the Missouri Bar regulates how many hours I can work. I am dreading tomorrow. Thursdays are usually bad. I start with class at 8:00 a.m. in Sales and Leases then continues til 6:00 p.m. in Bankruptcy. I do get a couple of hours for breaks during the day, but it is still a whole day at the law school. I try to stay caught up on my readings during my breaks, but latey I have been distracted by looking at stuff for the house. At least Thursdays end with dinner with Sara while watching Grey's.

I am anxious for the weekend. It is going to be another busy weekend here in Columbia. I have a review course for the MPRE on Saturday from 9:00 - 1:30. The MPRE is the Ethics portion of the Bar Exam. I cannnot believe that I am to the point of taking little portions of the Bar Exam. The crazist part is that This summer I will be Rule 13 certified, which means I will be able to do things in Court under the supervision of a licensed attorney. I am pretty excited about it. Steve (my boss) is too. He has been sifting through upcoming trials to pick witnesses for me to question. The MPRE will take place next weekend.

After the MPRE review, there will be a trip to Home Depot for house shopping. This weekend's tasks are kitchen an bathroom faucets. I will also be looking for general supplies like painting tape, paint rollers, paint stripper, etc.

Chris's mother will see our house for the first time this weekend. I'm sad that I will not be there to show it to her. But right now, there is still so much to do. I will just be insistent on being there when anyone comes to see the completed house. Hopefully work will continue while I am away this weekend. I will also be missing a birthday party for two of my nieces. Sometimes this being away at school is really hard.

Well, I'm off to finish my readings for Employment Law for tomorrow while enjoying my wonderful Girl Scout cookies. Hope that the week is treating you well.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

What a weekend!

This weekend has been a busy but wonderful weekend. I decided early in the week that I wanted to take a visit home. I hadn't been home in over a month due to the weather. I was a little unsure all week whether the weather was going to work in my favor this week. Final decision was made Friday morning about 5:30 that I would come home. Of course my dad was worried about my travels back to school on Sunday because there was a chance of rain/snow mix. But it worked out.

Friday morning, I went to work from 7:00 a.m. I left for Pomona around 10:00 a.m. As my usual trip home, I stopped at Steak and Shake in Rolla to pick up lunch for my parents. My dad always has to have Steak and Shake. I do not understand his obsession, but it is the least that I can do for my dad for all that he does for me. I stopped at my parents business in Willow Springs around one. We had lunch, visited with Chris and my parents. Just before five, we leaded to the house to get ready for Kolton's birthday. Kolton is my sister's oldest son. He will be 4 on Monday. Since I was coming down, we decided to have a little party for the immediate family. He was having a party with his friends on Saturday. We had pizza, ice cream cake, and Kolton got several presents. These are a few of the pictures that I took.
Kolton Posing for the Camera

Kolton diggin' into the cake

My sister's youngest, Brody and I, with Chris in the background

After the party was over, Chris and I sat around and visited with my parents. We talked about work and the house, making plans for the next day. I worked on some organization stuff for my mother. Hopefully she can keep up with it while I am gone. She isn't the greatest about keeping things organized and I am the queen organization.

Saturday morning started early for us. Chris and I knew we would have a good weather day and wanted to get as much done as possible. We were up at the house around 8:30. Several people had came up to help us. Chris's dad bought his special lawn mower to mow our yard. It had been overgrown for 2 years with zero attention. That alone made a huge improvement for the house. My dad came home and said that it actually looks like someone lives at the house now. My great uncle also showed up. He has been doing some landscaping work for us. He wants to make sure that we have a great outside look of the house. I just am worried about the plants dying while I am not there. Chris doesn't exactly have a greeen thumb nor does he even really want to take care of them. I just keep reminding him that it is the thought that counts. Chris and I worked outside most of the morning. We moved brush, cut trees, worked on the shop and picked up trash. My mother brought us lunch for a break. After lunch, Chris went to the back field to cut some more trees. My mother came up to help me take down the cabinet doors and drawers. We are saving money by just refinishing the cabinets. We then did a walk through of the house making a list for the contractor of projects that are needed. Once it got too dark to work, we headed into town. We went to see our puppy Kit-Kat. We took her to Wendy's and played outside. She is so spoiled. Then we just got take out for ourselves and went back to Chris's apartment. We were too wore out to go out for dinner. It was just a great day.

Sunday morning also started early for us. I had planned to leave around 10, so we wanted to get started as early as possible. We started by cutting up some trees. We took a break for breakfast and watched the weather. We postponted my departure time til around 11. We headed back up to our house to work a little more while the sun was out. On the short drive up there, we spotted a small little puppy on the side of the road. We both hopped out and tried to catch him. Becuase of fencing, the little guy got away. We finished our project then headed back to my mothers. I was worried about the little pup since he was so small and would have got eaten by some other animal in no time. Chris and I walked the field and woods for about 20 minutes. We had about given up and headed back to the house when I spotted a little black ball of fluff under some twigs alseep. We picked him up and took him back the the house. I guess Kit-Kat is getting a little brother. The pup is tiny but super adorable. Right now, he is at my mothers getting proper milk supplement since he is so tiny. Somehow the dumped puppies know exactly where to go. All of the animals my parents have adopted are dumped or stray animals. So, here is the new addition to our little family.


I arrived back in Columbia around 3:30 after being sent on a detour by the Highway Patrol. I tooka drive on the worst road I have ever drove on. Since being back, things have been low key. I've been doing laundry, dishes and homework. I hope to get to bed early tonight due to the exhausting weekend. At least the weather was great and we got lots done.

Now, off to cook dinner.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

First Post

Well, this is my first post. I had been wanting to start a blog for a while now, but finally made the time to do it.

For those of you who want to know more about me, I will start with the basics. I am in my second year of law school and it has been quite an adventure. I struggle every day with homesickness wanting to be with Chris and my family. I am counting down the days til I graduate in May 2011. I will take the MO bar exam in July 2011 and move home immediately after. I will be practicing law at the Law Office of Steven Privette. My office is already set up there. I am still working on decorations for the walls, but I definately feel at home there. Steve is a wonderful boss and the girls are the best. I feel so blessed to know where I am going when I graduate.

I come from a huge family but love every minute of it. I am the youngest of five children in my family. I grew up as "daddy's little sweetheart" and suffered ill consequences from my siblings actions. All of my siblings are married and combined between Chris and I, we have 16 nieces and nephews. So needless to say, holidays are always interesting. My sister still lives in my hometown. All of my brothers live away, but nothing outside of Missouri. Things aren't always peachy with my family, but I love them all and can't imagine life without them, including Chris's family. His family has become my family too. It feels like I have always been in the family and I never feel like an outsider. You will probably hear many stories of my crazy family.

One of my favorite pictures

So, I am engaged to my high school sweetheart. We have been together for over six years and most of which have been long distance since I left our hometown to chase my dream to be an attorney. He has been my support system when life seems too much to handle. I cannot imagine my life without him. We are planning to get married in the fall of 2011. The official date will be set over the summer. We originally didn't plan to wait this long, but it is just how life has laid out for us. You wil definately hear more about Chris and wedding planning. Chris is a huge part of my life and I'm sure my life will quickly become consumed with wedding planning very shortly.

Chris currently works for my parents. When I was in undegrad, Chris began working as an over the road truck driver. It was good money and it didn't matter if he wasn't home much since I wasn't there either. A little over a year ago, my dad approached him with an amazing job opportunity. My parents own a rock quarry and throught it would make them more marketable to offer delivery service. There were also several road projects starting last year. So my dad bought two dump trucks and Chris came home. It is so awesome for him to be home anytime I come to visit. It is also great for me to see Chris and my dad work together. They are quite a pair.

This is Christopher's main truck.

This is our second truck.

Chris and I also have an adorable pit bull puppy. She is the highlight of life. We call her our daughter. It will be a while before we have kids, so right now she is all that we have. She is four years old and loves to play. But despite being pit bull, she also is very loving and enjoys cuddling up with you.

Christmas 2009

Well, I hope that you have enjoyed getting to know a little more about me. My life isn't always exciting and often I feel like it is just work and school; work and school. But I needed an outlet to talk about life. Thanks for reading and I hope that you continue to read.