5 words I thought I’d never say…

My sister started a blog. 🙂

It’s called Looking Through Emerald Glasses, and it chronicles her experiences and discoveries as a budding environmental advocate.  She’s majoring in Sustainability at Sierra Nevada College, and of course, I think she should go into environmental law after. I mean, she’s already talking about the Kings Bench in her second blog post…check it out!

{Me and Sami in January}

Happy New Year! and Ponies!

For a lot of people I know, 2011 was a year that they were happy to put behind them. 2011 wasn’t bad to me, but it was filled with a lot of changes. I’m looking at 2012 with a very different perspective than I had going into 2011…in a good way. If it’s not going to be the end of the world, then I am ready to take on the world and all the challenges, fun, and whatever comes my way (no doubt a lot of studying).

After a fun New Years Eve out on the town, I nursed my hangover with friends at the horse races! It’s become a tradition over the last few years (when I’m in SF for  New Years) because the day after New Years – and every Sunday for that matter – is “dollar days” at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley.
 Dollar Day Tokens – Dollar Beers, Dollar Hot Dogs, Dollar Bets, Dollar Parking…why not go?
The ponies getting ready before the race.

Me, trying to remember how to place a bet!

My friend Percy trying to show me how to do it.

Alas! Even with the help I still accidentally placed a double bet. And I ALMOST won! (#4 came in 1st so I did win on the first ticket, but #2 came in 3rd! – Boo!)

I won a whopping 80 Cents! My friend Alissa was the lucky girl who got my winnings. You can see she was pleased. 🙂

*My bestie Rosy, decked out in her leather, and me in my fur and diamonds 😉 for the big race. Kentucky Derby here we come!

Happy New Year, good health, love, peace and friendship to all!

*I really don’t have crazy over grown eyebrows. It looks like it though – my bangs/the way the photo was taken must have made it look that way.

December’s Darling

I had every intention of going to bed early tonight. Finals have begun. Yesterday was Contracts, then two days off (“off” is deceiving – really you just study all day), then Civil Procedure, then two days off…you get the point. This goes on until December 8th.

But my plan got all messed up when I was out in the park with Ruby, and it was such a nice night we stayed longer than normal. Then we came back inside and the Christmas lights I hung early were looking so pretty, it made me feel festive.

So I started looking up my favorite Christmas songs, and made a new playlist. And now I’m now totally feeling December and all the holiday goodness it brings!

Not to mention that today I rediscovered the song Pachelbel Meets U2 by Jon Schmidt – which is so lovely, of course it made it into my playlist. An excellent way to kick off December if I do say so myself.

Ceremonials

Back in March I posted about me, Florence & the Machine, and a bottle of wine (complete with slightly creepy pictures). I was a little behind in getting so into her album. But not his time…I don’t think. 🙂 I’m now pretty much listening to her new album, Ceremonials, on repeat.

Except this time, no bottle of wine. Just a good old law school memo to keep me occupied.

One of my fave songs so far:

Life on Mars

Yep. It’s been so long since I’ve posted that my blog forgot who I was. That’s because, like the majority of 1L’s, I don’t do much else besides study.

For me, the only place I can really be the most productive is in the library. I try studying at home, but then the next thing I know I’m pouring a glass of wine, flipping through TV shows, or insert “anything-more-fun-than-reading-about-Crim-Torts-CivPro-or-Contracts” here.

Last night, with half a bottle of wine on my side, I was finally inspired to start going through and editing the pics from my trip this spring/summer (that was my Saturday night. I am no longer going out on the weekends until after finals – see, I have all these new rules for myself now too). Needless to say, I’ve been putting it off. It may seem silly, but it’s been hard to look them because it was just the most amazing trip I’ve ever taken myself on and I really miss it.

Not that I can’t go again! Of course I will. I’m working on getting a international internship for next fall, but in the meantime I get really nostalgic when I look at them. Besides that, I hate editing and organizing photos. I find it so tedious. The reward though – when I get over the nostalgia – is remembering fleeting moments I snapped up and had forgotten about. They remind me that no matter how much I love law school (and truth be told, I do) and immerse myself in my studies, there is life outside the library, outside the confines of GGU, and that soon(ish) I will have a more balanced life again.

I’ve only gotten through my first two weeks of the trip (England and part of Holland), and I will eventually post all of them on a flickr stream, but for now, here are some of my faves.

{A date to remember}

{About London}

{Camden Lock Market}

{Big Ben & London Eye}

{Train to South Hampton}

{The old city wall of South Hampton}

{Brighton}

{Gloucester}

{Queensday}

{Queensday dinner with lovely Italians}

{View from the top – Keukenhof}

Whiney

I’ve almost stopped crying over the loss of my bike. I’m now saving for a new one. And when I do get it, this is what I am going to get too.

Maybe I’ll ride over to your house and share with you. 😉 Check it out here.

Monday’s Inner Peace – Bike Thief Edition

I am trying to be positive today after my beautiful bike was stolen yesterday. I think about the fact that no one was hurt. I mean, it would have been worse if I had been in a bike accident, right? There are just so many worse things that can and do happen in life, but I am still moping a bit.

So it was hard for me to think of anything for inner peace today. So, I turned once again to my brother, Nick, who gave me this awesome song by Metronomy, called The Look*.  It is bright and happy just like he said it would be!

*Cause seriously, if I see anyone on my bike today they are going to get THE LOOK. In my world right now, the is NO due process. Everyone is guilty! 😀