Wednesday, May 26, 2010

nerd alert: 5.26.10

rough week for this LOST fan (even though I think the finale was perfect and beautiful!):

It's Been One Week...

Work is kicking my butt.  The learning curve is so high it will be August before I understand what is going on!  But the people are fantastic and I'm going to get such great experience.  This is such an incredible opportunity!

What I've picked up over the last week:
  • Give 110%.  Hell, in this job market, give 210%.
  • Build relationships.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Double-check your work.
  • Manage expectations.
  • I am way more productive without gchat and facebook.  Weird.
  • If you want direction, ask for it.
  • If you are searching for something and are getting frustrated because you can't find it, relax.  It just might not be there.
  • Working until 6:30 PM is normal.
  • Love what you do.  Whatever it is.
In other news, Barenaked Ladies signed on for Basilica Block Party!!!!  HELLS YES!!!

And last but not least, this song has been stuck on repeat in my head all week:

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

nerd alert: 5.19.10

not nerdy at all.  straight up inspirational.  via couch to 5k:

no excuses.

Move 100 Miles

I hate to exercise.  I get bored easily, I look like an idiot, and I have better things to do.  Like catch up on my Hulu queue.  But the terrible thing is, once I get my butt in gear, I feel great!  I love being outside in the sunshine and breathing that fresh Minnesota air.

So, to motivate me this summer, I'm putting my goal in writing - Move 100 Miles.  I don't care if I walk, run, crawl, skip, hop, or frolic through a meadow.  I just want to move.  100 miles.  I'm already up to mile 3!

I tried this last year on the road and I made it to 20something, but then I lost track of my total and said to hell with it.  So, Round 2!

And in honor of my love affair with lists, a few ways to Move 100 Miles:
  • walk every block in the neighborhood
  • kayak to Ten Mile (it's like 6 miles!)
  • try rollerblading
  • stroll around the lakes of minneapolis
  • give running a try - Couch to 5K sounds perfect
Hopefully this time I'll be able to kick it in gear and Move 100 Miles!!!

horoscope: 5.19.10

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19).  You feel like you're being pulled in five directions at once. Do this: Turn off your phone and your computer for 15 minutes. Just breathe, do nothing else. It's remarkable how much this helps.
Just breathe. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

nerd alert 5.18.10

Two-fer Tuesday!

Be silly and make your own song with the Raindrop Melody Maker!

And since I l.o.v.e. when celebrities go on Sesame Street, here's a little ditty to celebrate the awesome sunshine we've been having!

horoscope: 5.18.10

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Never mind where it comes from, your ambition continues to serve you well.  Please don't part from the path you're on, but do notice the bird songs and the changing color of the sky now and then.

Monday, May 17, 2010

On the Clock

Exhausted.  Little sleep this weekend and my first full day of work in over a year and I am tuckered out.  I'm excited and overwhelmed by my first day in a law firm.  I met so many people with names and faces that don't quite match yet.  I had hours of training on the firm's software programs.  I have new passwords and codes and rules and shortcuts and numbers to memorize. I have a map of the place to get familiar with.  And most importantly, I have my first assignment.

It's a simple negligence / assault & battery case to research, but it feels important.  Important in the way that I'm getting paid to do research as opposed to the mindless cases we read in school.

Anyway, off to bed.  This week is going to kick my ass.

nerd alert: 5.17.10

If loving kids is wrong...

...I don't want to be right.

I seriously think this may be one of the funniest things I've ever seen.  Watch it ten trillion times and you'll know what I mean!

horoscope: 5.17.10

Not bad for the first day of work...

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll learn from everyone you meet. And today you'll likely be lucky enough to meet the kind of special person who has found a way to rise above his or her own ego and the vanities of the world.

Via Horoscopes by Holiday

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Roots and Wings

It's been a year since I officially unpacked my suitcase and made Minnesota my home again.  I spent four years traveling back and forth across the Mason-Dixon Line for undergrad, a month frolicking in Europe, and a year traveling the country as a consultant for my sorority.  While I never neglected my roots, I had been quite focused on my wings.  But over the last year, I flew only once.  

I love to travel, and if I had the money I'd be on a plane tomorrow.  But as a broke law student, I have no money.  My traveling is confined to dreaming and my suitcase stays in the closet.

If money grew on trees, tomorrow I'd be headed to:
  • Croatia
  • Istanbul
  • Dominican Republic
  • South Africa
  • Montreal
  • Charleston, South Carolina
I may be done flying around, but I do not regret coming home to Minnesota.  I absolutely love this state.  I love the people, the weather, the lakes, the seasons.  I love how you have at least one person in common with everyone you meet.  I love how the Twin Cities are big cities with a small town feel.  I love how Minnesota is the self-proclaimed State of Hockey.  I love that people from other places never seem to know where Minnesota is on a map.  Which is perfect because it makes my state the best kept secret.  I could never imagine settling somewhere else, let alone potentially raising a family somewhere else.

So, one year back and my roots keep growing deeper in Minnesota.  And I wouldn't wish it any other long as I can dream an amazing vacation up every now and then!

My one week of summer vacation is over.  Thank goodness the sun decided to shine this weekend!  I start my new job tomorrow and I am beginning to freak out!  I will be clerking at a law firm here in town.  I'm not exactly sure what I've learned this year or if I will be able to put any of that uncertainty into play, but I guess I'll know more tomorrow!

Wish me luck!

Friday, May 14, 2010

nerd alert: 5.14.10

horoscope: 5.14.10

Daily Horoscope via Horoscopes by Holiday:

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When powerful people come up against one another, it's not the strongest one who will win out, but the bravest one.  Venture into unknown territory as an exercise in facing your fear.

And the Weekend Love Forecast:
CAPRICORN: You may not be particularly proud of your job or present life situation, but find a positive spin and start talking. Someone will find your scene extremely appealing. 
Be brave.  Be chatty.  Got it.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

nerd alert: 5.13.10

this video got me through finals...


I'm currently in the middle of the law journal write-on competition.  Admissions are due Saturday at midnight.  I have about two days and ten trillion sentences to edit/write.  But my internet addiction is getting the best of me...and so, I've created a new blog.  Or blawg...I don't know what this will be yet.  But either way, it is a delightful distraction from the ever boring ALWD book!

We shall see...
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