December to January

I know its has been a few months since I was active, and I am sorry! But no worries, I am back. My life has been a whirlwind over the last few months with law school finals, holidays, visits with friends, and starting back to my LAST semester of law school. Thats right, I graduate in MAY! Okay so lets play catch up! 

I spent most of late November and early December studying, and it paid off! Grades came back last week, and it was my best semester of law school so far, we haven’t received ranks, CALIs, or deans/faculty list yet but I feel like I will be pleased with the results! They should come out tomorrow! Stay tuned. 

The holidays were wonderful! I took a last minute trip to Arlington for Thanksgiving, after my family had planned to drive to Oklahoma and make dinner here. We loaded the dogs up in the cars and headed south. My original plan was to leave Moose with my parents for a few weeks while I took finals, however he was not pleased with that idea. Moose was anxious and sad the second we left, so my sister brought him back a day later, and he spent finals curled up on the couch he is not supposed to lay on. For Christmas, my mother got Moose and Petey new dog beds! So now no dogs on the furniture is actually enforced, however sometimes I come home and the couch is warm even though Moose is laying on his bed and pretends he has been there all afternoon.

After the holidays, I caught a flight to Austin/San Antonio to see friends for 10 days. I got to see my Big, my roommates, old friends, and best friends. I spent New Years Eve watching Josh Abbott at Cowboys San Antonio with all of my best friends from college. It was magical! It had been a long time since we were all in the same place 🙂  

Now school has started again. I am only taking 11 hours in my last semester because I took 5 hours over the summers! And out of those 11 hours, only 9 of them are actual classes. It has been wonderful, except that my 9 hours are actually difficult classes (Secured Transactions, Corporations, and Federal Jurisdiction). 3L-itis is at an all-time high. I have to force myself to read for class. I didn’t have to force myself to read the Hunger Games Trilogy though… I finished that in less than a week. I decided to start reading real books to try and fix my skimming problem (e.g. skipping words, sentences, and even paragraphs while reading law books). However, I forgot how much I enjoy reading. I used to read 3-4 books a week (for fun) in elementary, junior, and high school. I love to read. Now, I’ve awaken the monster and now my problem is not skimming law books but preferring to read the new series I started, Divergent, over my corporations book. Must. Be. Stronger. #DauntlessOrErudite

Michael and I have spent the last 3-6 months looking around for a place to live after we graduate, and we had it narrowed down to a few places including the Sieber, the Park Harvey, and some properties owned by midtownr.com. Hopefully we will have this figured out within the next few weeks! 

Well that is the end of the update, so until next time! 

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Stories from a Stranger

Yesterday, I walked into a mattress firm with the intent of borrowing a mattress bag and buying a foundation (not important for this story). Instead I met a wonderful man named Bob.

I will finish this story tomorrow, stay tuned for the abbreviated life story from the widowed son of a dairy farmer who has five extremely successful daughters, a mechanical engineering degree, and the most riveting life story you’ve ever heard.

The Stories

The manager at Mattress Firm didn’t have a queen sized bag we could have but he did have a lifetime full of stories to share. When we mentioned that we were students, he inquired about our lives. We told him we were students at OCU Law, and he told us he had five daughters who walked similar paths. None of his daughters have gone through law school (yet), but they are extremely successful. We were only there for a little bit, so I want to share with you the bits and pieces that I remember, and I will likely not do them justice.

Stephanie, his oldest daughter, is a pediatric surgeon. She is married to another extraordinary surgeon from Thailand. When she was an infant she had an issue with her (clavicle-maybe collarbone, which prevented her from ingesting liquids?). Prior to discovering this issue, one day while feeding her a bottle of milk, she died in his arms. Luckily for him, there was a pediatric surgeon in the store, who said “if you let me, I can save her.” Bob watched as the surgeon opened up his daughter, poured the milk out of her body, massaged her heart, and life came back into her body. After the surgeon saved her life, he turned to Bob and said “I know what is wrong, if you let me, I can fix her.” Sixteen surgeries later, Stephanie was out of the woods. When the surgeon asked her what she wanted to be, she said I want to be a pediatric surgeon, like you. The surgeon invited her into a mentoring program at a young age, and today says she is 500x better than he was at her age. Even though she helps dying children every day, her drive comes from being saved by the same type of person, and knows that she must keep saving others. Bob says that there are rough days, she comes over, crawls into his lap, and says she can’t take another day. He tells her that God gave her a gift, and she must use it, reminds her of all of the children her gift has saved, and holds his grown child until she decides she has the strength to go on. Stephanie is one of few surgeons who has the ability to operate an un-invasive robot that can sow up premature infant heart valves.

More to come!

Today Has Been SO Aggravating!!

As of last night my computer crashed during a “system update”.. thank you blue screen of death.. and as of now.. i hate dell.. in general, and every single person who SUCKS at english.. so now i have to wait until my system disk gets here and they’re also sending me another hard drive.. this will make # 3… # 2 is in my computer and the origional is in my car because my city doesnt have DHL service.. its super fun.. could today get anymore aggravating? and to make it worse today is the first day of my regime diet and exercise program.. and needless to say it is not going well.. but today i ordered Wu-Yi Tea online for like $5 dollars (and then cancelled everything) so i get the month trial and hopefully no reprocussions.. we shall see.. but they also gave me like a tip book so i wanted to make a post of the tips incase anyone is interested.. they’re all pretty much like common knowledge but it might be nice for me to have a reminder on here as to why the hell im putting myself through this..

okay so here is today stats

as of this morning i weigh 173.8 lbs

I have had :

A Chocolate Biscotti and a Venti Java Chip Frap = 800 cal and not a very good start

my BMR is -2230 because i walk around on a very hilly campus, the BMR breakdown is this

find your day below and start with negative calories at that amount

Light: Sitting Around = -1911 cal

Moderate: Standing and Moving = – 2070

Heavy: Walking A Lot or Lifting = -2230 cal

And this morning I went to the gym and did my Eliptical Machine for 28 min. and burned around 279 calories and then i did weights and abs and burned around another 83. And I had a powerade which was + 150 calories.

so as of now (post lunch) I am at a total of 950 calories for the day and my goal is to weigh 165 lbs. by the end of october so i have to eat 807 fewer calories per day than my body burns so i have a food budge of 1785 calories for dinner.

The hardest part of this entire thing is that i have a very hectic life and its really hard to get food that is not fast food when i am in a hurry. we will see how i do.

Anyways I will post later but i have a test wednesday in Business Law so i have to copy notes and study for now!

 

Laugh.