Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Yes, I'm one of THOSE people now...

Seemingly overnight I was changed in a rather significant way.  As mentioned in the previous post, I've spent much of the last few years just moving day to day, and basically just organizing my life's events mentally, or when pressed for time I'd utilize the oh-so-handy to-do list -- often scrawled on some random scrap from my bedroom floor.

It quickly became apparent to me after I moved out here and started going to all these random school-related events, that I would need a new system.  So after toying with the idea of buying a big wall calendar, I realized that all along I've had a very handy program on my MacBook called iCal.  It's a pretty straightforward calendaring program.  But the how I changed isn't really important, it's the how long that is significant here.

I think this change, is almost definitely a permanent one.  I foresee the addition to my vernacular of many a typical logistical phrase heard in office settings like,
"Yeah, let me just check my schedule and pencil you in for the first available time."

"Let's coordinate our calendars and get this taken care of."


"Oh, I'm sorry.  I'm looking at my calendar, and that day just won't work.  How about the following Wednesday?"

The thing that's weirding me out is that I'm going to be hearing, and saying, these kinds of phrases probably for the rest of my working life.  I'm one of those people now.  I just don't really see a time in my near future when I'm going to have abundant time off such that I won't need some sort of schedule.  I did this on my mission, I suppose, but that lacked the permanence of this change.  Not a big deal, but you know, just one of those simple life changes that are required when someone finally starts doing grown-up things.

I'm excited.  While I am up kind of late right now, I actually get to sleep for a full 8 hours tonight!  Woohoo!  Best be getting to sleep.

Uh, I'm not too sure I actually arrived at any point for you to read this post.......... k, bye.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I've killed oh-so-much time... and now time is killing me!

So often I've written on this blog about killing time.  I worked in a computer lab where at least 95% of the work time was spent trying to occupy myself with something.  I don't exactly have an excess of hobbies, so I've spent, and by spent I mean MURDERED, so so so many hours on the internet, on this blog, on just... dumb stuff. I have so much guilt... I've murdered so much time, and now I wish I could unslay it all.
1L: And this isn't even all of them!

I'm not really that torn apart by this all.  I just thought it sounded fun and melodramatic.  But realistically, I've never felt as busy as I have for the past 2 days.  And they were just my 3rd and 4th days of law school.  I feel about how I think I would feel if I had to study for a test every day and also work a full-time shift in that same day.  To clarify my analogy: Test=classes, study=prepping for class-time, full-time work=THE READING.  It's honestly probably not as bad normally as I have felt these past two days, but the fact that I'm not getting enough sleep either is not helping.  I probably shouldn't really even be taking the time to write this post, but it feels nice to get my feelings out in writing.  (Hence the insane amount of babble on this blog!)

As for my 3rd and 4th days of classes:  I went to Property, Torts, Econ (again, last Thursday was our first time in that class) and Contracts.  My contracts class was by far the most stressful, despite all the hubbub 2Ls and 3Ls have made about my professor for Property.  I found Property's Socratic conversation to be a bit more straight-forward and bearable.  Contracts was only stressful because he decided to start delving into civil procedure, a subject that you may have noticed is not covered by my 1L courses at the moment.  So almost everyone he called on looked pretty dumb today.  If he had asked me about any of the cases we read (and he did talk about the cases), I would have and did know the answers to his questions.  However, when my first opportunity to be cold-called upon, "Mister....(looking at his seating chart)... Ricks, where are you?"  I raised my hand.  All this after the previous victim had seriously fumbled a guess to his question.  He asked me the same question (a fairly basic civil procedure question).  I somehow managed to just brush the situation off and said, "I would make a guess resembling Mr. Chrysanthemum's." (name has been changed to protect the said victim)  My professor looked at me and said, "Oh, so he was guessing?"  I replied with my typical laugh (not really nervous at all, despite how dumb I was looking for not having just looked up the answer by now), "His seeming guess."  Professor: "Oh, so he was seemingly guessing!"  ... and then... he just moved on to someone else!  I got off SO easy compared to some of my other classmates.  It was kind of nice, but at the same time, I would feel better if I had just made my own guess, which, would have been more accurate than either of the other two guesses.  Darn me and my ability to avoid confrontation!  I'm joking, but I do wish I would have had an answer.  In retrospect though, I think that's why he left me alone, and I should count myself lucky in that regard.  My Torts and Econ professors are pretty funny.  Something I really appreciate.

Anyway, back to time... I feel like I've been in school for weeks now.  But it has only been a few days.  Incredible.  As for the overall experience, I am actually enjoying myself.  The law is still new and exciting.  I'm actually enjoying what I'm learning.  I think that has more to do with the fact that I'm gaining useful knowledge in each class that I could use in my future "real-world." My previous post-secondary education has not quite lived up to that.  (What use is knowledge of the chronology of development for the Mahayana school of thought in Buddhism?)  Other than that, I'm just tuckered out, but there's still more to do.  My Mondays and Wednesdays are by far the MOST demanding days, but Tuesdays will be quite demanding as well.  Wednesday after class is kind of the oasis in the midst of my week, with the exception of Sunday.  (I'd say Saturday, too, but that's pretty much spent in preparation for the week and mostly for my Mondays!)  Anyway, as tomorrow is a Wednesday, I need to stop all that crazy-talk and get to it!

See ya later.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Jeff's Top 140 Favorite Songs as of August 2010

Law school is starting out well.  I feel like I'm going to be able to do it.  Granted, I've only been to my two easiest classes thus far, but I feel like things will go just fine, nonetheless.  I've had a bit more down time than I had anticipated.  So, of course I choose to waste it by making a list of songs!  Instead of being ridiculous and wasting at least an hour of my time, I decided to dispense with the arranging these songs into the order of most favorite to least favorite among my favorites.  Instead, I've just sorted them by Artist alphabetically.  Also, instead of slimming it down to 100, I just chose to tell you about 40 other songs that I also enjoy a great deal.  Yet one more time saving technique: Instead of copying and pasting the list and then having the typical formatting nightmare, I've just done four screen captures.  Enjoy!

There you have it.  Wow... maybe I like Sea Wolf even better than Travis now!  It actually looks like I just don't like Travis as much as I thought... but I still like them a lot.  

Anyway... doubt anyone really studies this list or anything, but if you were curious... (thinking, "Hmm... if Jeff had to make a list of 140 of his favorite songs, I wonder what it would include!?") or if you want to check out some stuff you've never heard, I'm sure there's something there for you.  (Run-on)

K, see ya.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What a fine First-Day-Of-Law-School Eve!

I always feel awkward putting spiritual posts on this blog that is so full of ridiculousness like steak-flavored gum, top ten potential stalker anthems, and the story of someone urinating into Old Faithful.  However, I had such a great time at the temple tonight that I think I'll just force this juxtaposition of both the spirituality and randomality of my life.

Everything was beautiful tonight as I drove to the Washington D.C. temple (That is actually in Maryland.)  I took the George Washington Memorial Parkway, which is very very green.  And since it was a bit foggy tonight there was a cool glow about the whole trip.  And the temple looked really cool tonight, too.  Anyway, when I was in the temple, I was thinking about the creation.  It's such a phenomenal thing when you really think about it.  The thought came to mind about how much everyone must have cheered when the earth was completely finished and prepared.  How amazing would that moment have been?  This then set me off on a mental tangent about how we actually only cheer for rather minor things in life.  (I'm not talking about how we don't cheer in church, but it is actually really hard for me not to applaud the musical numbers in my ward out here... they've both been incredible!  2 for 2.  Seriously, this ward has some phenomenal talent.)  Anyway, the only time we ever really cheer is at concerts for songs played, or at sporting events for goals/points scored.  It's sad that we don't even come close to cheering for the valuable things that people do all the time.  The first thing that came to mind was road-construction workers.  Instead of cheering for them when they complete or repair roadways, we just say, "About time!"  In fact, we curse them while they're doing it.  (I was guilty of getting upset about construction for much of my drive out here.)  Anyway, I don't know that my writing any of this is of any value to anyone, but it was just a thought I had.  I guess the moral is that I've decided to have more respect for people who accomplish the helpful, every-day things that I often take for granted.  I felt such a peace at the temple.  I always get guidance or at least encouragement when I go there.  It's a wonderful thing to know that even when my classes and life might really get me down, I have a temple about a half hour away.  It's a great place to relax, pray, and recharge my batteries.

Yeah, law school starts tomorrow.  I'm not really nervous as I only have one class in the morning, and we didn't have any homework for it.  (All my other classes require reading and/or various homework activities.)  So, I'm glad for that at least.  I'm finally really getting settled into my room.  I now have a desk, a dresser, a rug, a mirror, and a desk lamp... things I did not have before.  I feel ready, despite not really knowing what to expect from classes.  I know what is expected outside of classes... READING!  My pile of books is at least 2 ft. tall.  It's nuts.

Wow... it's amazing where life can take you.  I never thought that I'd go to law school.  Just goes to show that planning ahead is a dumb idea.  Wait... maybe I missed the great life lesson that I should get from that...  oh well.

K, see ya.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

I need more articles like this one...

My sugar addiction is ridiculous.  I just pounded way more chocolate chip cookies than anyone who has hypoglycemia and isn't even hungry EVER should.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My twitter-narrated journey around the National Mall...

I'll let twitter tell this tale.  Included are some of my friend Tyler's replies to my tweets.

I've gotta get out of the house. Might go wander in DC.