Where have you been?! I’ve been waiting and waiting!
From the The-best-defense-is-a-good-offense files…
When I logged in to write today’s post, I was astounded to see I haven’t posted since November! Where did the time go? Maybe the kids coming for Thanksgiving or my best girl and her wife visiting for a few days or taking my finals for the end of my second year of law school or going to Amy’s graduation or moving her to a new apartment or Glenda coming home for the semester break or my parents coming for Christmas or going to Las Vegas for my studybuddy’s 40th birthday or driving nonstop with Son2 from Colorado to Tennessee to reposition a vehicle or starting my third year of law school? Still no excuse, I know.
I do love being stimulated, but this has been a little over the top, even for me.
Starting with kid news:
#1 had better grades than me after fall semester, and I had good grades. That was tough to take, but I’m so proud of him. Ben is a political science major at CU Boulder, home of Ralphie the Buffalo (extra credit if you know the history of the mascot at this school). Kirsten finished her master’s in architecture this year, and they’re trying to get used to NOT living in a resort town.
#2 is in his winter semester as the asst director of the outdoor program at Virginia Commonwealth U. His group of students went on a ski trip to Breckenridge, which is why he ended up there with his Airstream B Van needing to bring it back east. I volunteered, so 24 hours later, we arrived home, where Sam slept, then drove the rest of the way alone, visiting his sisters along the way.
#3 is in what may be her final semester at UT. In a painful twist of irony, she’s having to defend a French class she took IN FRANCE in order to get credit to graduate. The less said about that the better.
#4 graduated from East Tennessee State University in December. She’s applied for a job with the parks department of Johnson City and is eagerly awaiting an answer. She has a kickass plan B, so I’ll wait for that post until she hears the result of her interview.
As for me, I’m now past the halfway point in law school, the bar exam notwithstanding. That’s an entity unto itself. I have 23 more tuition payments, 23 more months of school. If you’re keeping track, this year’s subjects are: Evidence, Corporations and Business Organizations, Professional Responsibility, Legal Analysis and Writing, Legal Research, Employment Discrimination, and Cross Profession Ethics. It is as much work as it appears to be. Do not think, as I did, that law school is top-loaded. I love the topics; the challenge is cramming the daily 12 hours of study into 4 or 6 hours.
In training news, son Sam has decided he wants us to do a triathlon together before one of us gets too old. And of course by triathlon, I mean the big bad one. We’ve decided on the window of Mar-Sept 2014, so we’re looking at races all over the world to find an iron distance we want to do. That gives us the maximum time to train, and before I start my big push studying for the Bar. Stay tuned for details.
I’d like to say here that I’ll do a better job of blogging more regularly, but we all know I’m kidding myself. It’s not that I don’t have a lot to write about, but you already know that. However, it is a nice refuge from the intensity of my academics, so here’s my empty promise to try to do better.
And, for no good reason, here’s a face:
Thanks for reading!