Saturday, March 24, 2012

My Name Is Katie..and I Have Been an Absentee Blogger...

First, how in the world is it March 24? I mean, didn't I just write that "I Love March" blog what, yesterday? So anyways. Here's a modge-podge of what's been going on this month.

Spring Break: I went to Abilene for a few days and it. was. glorious. I hadn't seen my parents in four weeks (I know that doesn't seem like a lot to some people but for us only children, it's forever). Anyways My Dad cooked out steaks on the grill one night and my Meemaw came over and Zach came to Abilene and surprised me (have I mentioned I have an amazing boyfriend who does the sweetest things for me constantly?). Anyways, I also got an early birthday present from my parents who gave me one of those tshirt-blankets with a collage of a lot of my tshirts from undergrad and a few from law school.
Little Blurry but I so so LOVE this!

My parents picked out the colors. The back is awesome- it's like a tie-dye black and red pattern (good job Dad). Anyways, greatest present ever. It was so fun to look at all the shirts and think back to all the fun memories from undergrad.

Moot Court: We had our last Board of Barristers competition ever. Very weird since Zach and I have competed in every competition since the start of law school. We ended up breaking to Quarter-Finals which we were excited for. One of my best friends made it to the finals and got Best Oralist. She's probably the best Moot Courter I've ever seen. I'm glad we didn't have to face her. She seriously makes Tech Law look good. Anyways we should all find out whether or not we made the board on Monday. The way it works is that you get points for competing in the Board of Barrister's competitions and you also get points if you're on a national team. The more points you get, the more of a chance you have making the Board. There are a lot of great competitors so we have some stiff competition but fingers crossed!!

Working Out: So, I had a realization when I had the EXTREMELY unfortunate opportunity to try on swimsuits that if I don't start working out, I'm not venturing out to the pool without either 1. a full-body wetsuit on,  2. a sweat-pant suit on or 3. a huge t-shirt on over a very unflattering, full-coverage one-piece suit. Or all three. Anyways, first, I want to say that shopping for swimsuits is probably the MOST unpleasant experience on the face of this planet. I actually can't think of anything worse than trying on swimsuits. Trying on shorts is close (um, no thanks I would like a larger in-seam than 2 inches). Anyways. Bathing suit shopping is miserable. I don't care how much you don't eat that whole day...
But I digress
So, after I tried on a bathing suit at The Buckle that could've possible only fit a a pre-pubescent girl child, I decided I may need to hit the gym.

So I hollered at my friend Katie who is a workout boss to keep me accountable. Our first day was today. We met up at 8 a.m. (soooooooearly) and we ran, squated, push-uped, suicided on stairs, squated some more, ran up the stairs some more, did some sits ups, more sit ups, more squats, and more stairs until I though I had died. I really don't remember leaving the gym or coming home to shower. Once I regained consciousness, I realized that despite being sore, I felt really good about myself. 
So thanks Katie, for jumpstarting my swim bod and for being my personal cheerleader today. Looking forward to tomorrow and TuRbO KiCk!!!

Upcoming: I know there are people out there who hate their birthdays. I am NOT one of those people. So, the third anniversary of my 21st birthday is coming up the Wednesday and I'm SO excited. I really love birthdays. I love my birthday. I love other people's birthday. I especially love other people's birthdays when they hate their birthday (yes, I am that annoying person. Sorry I'm not sorry). Anyways, so needless to say this week is going to be the My birthday on Wednesday, then my parents are coming up Friday (which coincidentally is my Mom's birthday) and we are going out to celebrate. 

So that's about it. I promise to not go almost a month without another post. Hope everyone has a great weekend and a great week!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I love March!

I love March. And not just because it's my birthday month, but because it's just a really fabulous month. Here are a few reasons why March rocks my face off.

1. Spring Break
2. Finally starting to feel like Spring (even though it was like 70 degrees today...not ready for summer yet thank you though)
3. My birthday 
4. Mom's Birthday
6. One of my bffs Jordan Langston's birthday 
7. Semester 1/2 way over
8. St. Patty's Day- Kiss me I'm Irish. 
9. The Eiffel Tower was officially opened in Paris in 1889 on the 31st of March. 
10. Texas celebrates March 2 as the anniversary of its independence for Mexico.

(OK I did have to look those last two up-- I mean 10 facts sounds better than 8...AND they are fabulous reasons why March rocks). 

So, it's a good month already, and here are two more reasons why March has started off with a bang. Please excuse me while I brag for a second. 

Ok so Zach and I got some great news today. Let's start with Zach.  So in law school, there are these things called clinics. The best way I can describe them is to say they're similar to the clinicals that med students and nursing students know where you get to actually be a doctor/nurse and take care of patients. Well law school clinics are exactly like that (except no blood...typically). Texas Tech has 6 different clinics, Caprock Regional Public Defender's Office, Civil Practice Clinic, Tax Clinic, Family law and Housing Clinic, Criminal Defense Clinic, and the Capital Punishment Clinic. The neat thing about these clinics are that as a clinic participant, you actually get to have clients, go to court, work on a case from beginning to end, and basically, you get to be a lawyer before you graduate and pass the bar. It's really good practical experience. So I say all of that, to say that Zach applied to the criminal defense clinics (he hopes to eventually one day be a judge), he had his interview on Tuesday, and found out today that he was accepted into the Caprock Regional Public Defender's Office Clinic!! Such amazing news. So all of his 3L year, he will have clients, go to trial for them, and represent them. I interviewed for the Civil Practice Clinic last Friday and still have yet to hear back. *Fingers Crossed* But a big shout out goes to Zach for his great news today. So proud of you :)

So my news. I'm excited to announce that I was hired today! Yes, hired, for an actual paying job. finally. I had been in contact with a lawyer in town the past few weeks about an internship and today, I was fortunate enough to have an interview and was hired on the spot. I can't tell you how good it feels to finally hear "yes" after so so many "no's". I'll be working with two other of my law school friends as a transactional law clerk...meaning that I'll be doing a lot of estate planning, wills and trusts, commercial litigation and contracts issues more than trial issues. I got my first assignment today and have no idea what I'm doing haha and I've never done civil law (last year I did all criminal work) so I'm excited/NERVOUS to have the civil law experience in a law firm. I've always kind of thought I wanted to do civil law and really been interested in estate planning, probate, and wills & trusts law so I'm so happy and excited to have this experience. And while money isn't everything, it's nice to finally be paid for something that I'm wanting to do for the rest of my life. I do have to say thank you to Callie, for all of the insider help :) 
What I felt like my face looked like today when my boss was telling me my first assignment
Anyways I'm not complaining by any means. I'm excited to have a real law job and at a great firm. Everyone seems extremely nice and helpful. So thank you all for all of your love and support. It's nice to finally get a yes :)
Never, never, never give up
I hope that everyone had a fabulous February and that you all have a very marvelous March. <3