When I Need Inspiration


We are 42 days away from the Texas bar.. The stress is building. A close friend sent a text yesterday asking what days the bar exam is NEXT MONTH. I told her not to phrase it that way or she will be responsible for my panic attack. We have downloaded exam soft, downloaded our exam options, uploaded our mocks, it is becoming all too real. What is keeping us going you ask? Europe. I stop my notecard and pull up a few photos of Italy, France, or Spain, and I remember that while the bar exam is 42 days away, that means that Europe is 47 days away! The terror turns to excitement and back to studying we go. Later this week I will let you in on some of the details of our itinerary and ask for travel tips!





Four More Weeks in Cast

My office visit on Monday was wonderful! My ligaments have healed exponentially! Over the last five weeks, I have spent time writing, one-hand typing, and learning to use forks and spoons (no knives allowed-need to keep all my fingers) with my left hand. Over the last two weeks, I was instructed to remove my cast twice a day, for ten minutes, to “exercise” my ligaments. I say “exercise” because the only movement I was allowed to make was touching my thumb to my pinky. Dr. Rayan was very clear, twenty-three hours and forty minutes in cast, twenty minutes exercising. As it turns out, he was right, my ligaments are at 80-90% healed, and I get to keep my hand out of cast at home to start the physical therapy process! Every time I take the cast off I just want to bend my wrist. Keeping it in a cast has made it very very stiff. I am afraid that even when I get the cast off, it will be longer than expected until I’m back on my mat due to the stiffness in my wrist and hand. Unfortunately, four more weeks means during finals.. but the law school has been wonderful in figuring out accommodations for my test taking issues. Two weeks from now my rehab includes typing, so I will be able to blog again! Until then, enjoy these photos of my life in a cast!

Caitlin Irwin
Moose & Gatsby!
Caitlin Irwin
Caitlin Irwin and Michael Lambert
Nick Carraway & Jordan Baker
Texas – Volleyball Banquet
Thunder Game w/ Sis!

Cheating for Cookies

I walked into the law library today on my way to Income Tax class, and there were Tim’s cookies. Tim is a reference librarian at Oklahoma City University School of Law who often makes cookies from scratch for the students on special days. Today is Constitution Day! While most people think it is just another Tuesday, law students everywhere are looking at displays on the Constitution and the rights It provides for Americans everywhere.

But Constitution Day is not the point; Tim made cookies. He made chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and his favorite, the snickerdoodle. The first time, I just walked by them, thinking about taking a cookie, but holding out. The second time, I lifted the lid, but walked away. The third time, I took a cookie. I took a bite out of that cookie, and before I could chew a rush of flavors hit my mouth. But they were not good flavors; salt, dairy, egg, and milk chocolate. I spit it out and gave the rest of the cookie to my friend Erin. Don’t get me wrong, the cookies are delicious. I have always loved one of Tim’s cookies! But, last week I gave up refined sugar, and that was the first time I tried to eat some since. One week doesn’t seem like a long time; it doesn’t seem like long enough for your taste buds to change/heal. Skinny Bitch says once you stop putting crap into your body, your taste buds heal and develop the ability to distinguish the flavors. Today, that proved to be true. I am not proud that I gave into the cookie desire.. but I am happy to find out that while my mind wants it, my body does not.

Traffic Court

This morning I spent my time in traffic court. Not because I got a ticket, but because I was resolving the traffic tickets of others! It was a fun? experience, which I am supposed to re-live the the first and third friday of every month. Basically I grabbed a paper, called a name, asked how do you plea, and then gave the person an extended period of time to pay off their ticket. The majority of issues included driving without a license (or with a suspended license), driving without insurance or registration (or both), and minor traffic offenses. Fortunately for me (and those whose tickets I held), the actual assistant district attorney (ADA) sitting in front of me acted as a wonderful sounding board for all of the cases where I was unsure of the proper resolution. I think out of the 20 people I talked to, I dismissed one case without costs, but the guy had a pretty good story and proof on how the database was incorrect and his license was never suspended. I was nervous going into traffic court, but I received a crash course yesterday, and the ADA giving me the course said the worst thing I could possibly do would be to dismiss a speeding in excess of 25mph without costs and even then no one would probably know, so it would be okay. I find new things about my job that I enjoy every day! Minus the fact that traffic court starts at 8am, which is very. early.


Get excited for my next few posts which will include my weekend in Guthrie for the Gentlemen of the Road Tour! with Abi, Allison, Mitch and my cousin and her friend! I am soooo excited!


Made It Through Day One

So yesterday was day one if my life style change. I re-read the first chapter of the book to remind myself why I dis not want turkey in my salad, and why I was not going to get Orange Leaf for dessert.. I woke up this morning feeling pretty good? Normal, but not tired. They say that after you start eating clean you feel better overall, but I assume it’s going to take longer than one day.

This morning I got up, showered, and took my roommate to Starbucks for her 24th birthday! Breaking News! They have a new cup size? They call it treinta.. They will serve you any zillion calorie frappachino in a treinta sized cup. I ordered unsweetened passion tazo tea in the new size. Very delicious. But I think my body would have a panic attack if I tried to drink the same size java chip frappachino.


Today, I have income tax and then I will use the wonderful Lululemon Om Finder app to find a yoga class! Here is to a wonderful start to Day Two

Update on My Life

I am going to try and actually keep my blog updated! I have a little more free time this year since I have officially started my last year of law school! (3L Year!) It seems like I was sitting in orientation yesterday, but less than a year from now I will have sat for the Oklahoma bar. I am currently working for the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office in the civil division (which I love!) and for the law school library. I am taking 16 hours this semester, including antitrust, nonprofit organizations, income tax, Oklahoma legal research, and trial practice, a schedule which has proven to be wonderful so far.


I would say at 25 years old, my life is exactly where I want it to be! Michael and I have been together for over two years!


Over a year ago I rescued a beautiful black lab/german shepard/greyhound mix named Moose, whom I would not trade for the world. He and Michael’s rescue pup Petey are best friends. And this time next year, I will be DONE with the bar exam, waiting on the edge of my chair for my results.

Now that I’m done bragging, things that are not where I want them to be: my weight, my flexibility, my spirituality. When I started law school I was 155 lbs. Today? 200. This means that over the next six months I need to lose 45 lbs (somewhere between 6-8 lbs./mo. 1-2 lbs/wk). I think this is a completely plausible goal, and a necessary goal since bar studying starts at that time and I do not need to be in the habi

t of stress eating when going into (possibly) the most stressful six months of my life. The Bar Exam. So, my plan is to keep myself accountable by updating you on my progress, my slip-ups, and my success. Before and After Pictures will follow! So here goes!

Here is the Before…


… and the After


Gotta move back to the Before!