Vacation!

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 | General

After going straight from finals to my internship with the Attorney General’s Office, I’m now on vacation for two weeks! Sleeping in, baking, buying health insurance, cleaning, eating chicken nuggets and mac n’cheese. This is the life.

While reading some articles, I came across this one from the Huffington Post. It’s about a day in the life of a Trader Joe’s employee. It’s mostly as I expected, except for the variety an employee is given throughout the day. Several times throughout the article, the employee mentions how boring working the register is, and that that’s the opinion of most employees there. It seems employees at Trader Joe’s only work the register 2 hours at a time. This is a far cry from what I experienced in my summer jobs.

Prior to coming to law school, I’d take a menial job each summer, in which I’d do the same task all day long. For instance, in one job, I removed staples for 8 hours a day. When I worked at Office Max, I worked customer service all day. I relished any opportunity I had to leave my area and help a customer grab a box of paper. Of course, that was rare because the managers weren’t too keen on the female employees doing any heavy lifting. Oddly enough, all females worked registers and all males assisted customers on the floor. Despite this, I mostly enjoyed the job. But the worst job I ever had has to be Circuit City.

At Circuit City, I would be assigned 11 hour shifts where my sole job was to stand in a 2×3′ area ringing up customers. Some days I was lucky to get the rubber floor pad. Days I didn’t were just horrible. While many of the customers were nice, others ruined my day. For instance, I had a couple come up to me and ask a question about a product. I told them the answer, and confirmed it for them by reading the packaging. They thanked me and said they would go double check with someone else. Just coincidentally, the person they checked with was male. I noticed it was quite rare for one of the female customer service employees to get questions in the store. But I’m straying from my original point, which has nothing to do with gender issues*.

What I originally was trying to say is that I imagine I would have had a much better experience at Circuit City if they used the same employee management as Trader Joe’s. Had I only worked in 2 hour increments, I think I would have been a much happier employee. The fact that Trader Joe’s employees find just 2 hours at the register tedious really surprises me. It’s not to say that it’s a joy to be working a register for 2 hours, but it just seems such an insignificant amount of time to me to find boring. I guess that’s one thing I can thank Circuit City for–I can now do menial, repetitive tasks for 11 hours at a time (with a break for lunch). I wonder if that skill will come in handy in my legal career.

*I want to add that Office Max wasn’t alone in its unwritten female customer service policy. Circuit City also mainly had women working customer service, rather than helping customers in the computer dept. or televisions. Funnily enough, employees in those areas of the store received higher pay. I’m glad Circuit City went out of business.

Happy 4th (on the 5th) from Seattle!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 | General

Pasta

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 | Recipes

It’s been awhile since I made pasta. I forgot how easy it is! I’m going to have to do this again.

If you’re interested in the sauce, it’s Marcella Hazan’s bolognese. It’s amazing. I used a slightly different recipe from this one (an earlier version of the same recipe), but it’s basically the same.

Dining room-office-guest bedroom

Sunday, May 8th, 2011 | Condo

After months of choosing paint colors, affixing chair rails, and painting/repainting, it is done! Zach and I transformed our small second bedroom into, well, I guess it’s like a school multi-purpose-room, except without the band concerts. I can now add chair rails to my list of random skills. Need mitered corners? I’m your gal. My favorite part was when a family member didn’t think I would do mitered corners because of laziness! I may be a bit lazy, but non-mitered corners I cannot tolerate. I think it goes back to ten or so years ago when my parents hired someone to make some window frames. He didn’t miter the corners and that stuck with me. I don’t know why. Weird things end up in my brain.

But anyway, without further ado, here is the room! The bed is inflatable, and when we don’t have guests, the table takes its place. Also, Zach got me the squirrels. I love them so much.

Couch to 5k

Saturday, May 7th, 2011 | Condo

I’m doing it. I considered doing it awhile ago, but was too busy being on the couch to do it. But now? Doing it. I forced my former roommate Ashley to join me. I just realized I haven’t mentioned what I’m doing, unless the subject line counts. I’m doing the “Couch to 5k” workout. Theoretically, I’ll be able to run a 5k at the end of this.

So far, we’ve done two days. The first day was hard. Apparently it wasn’t hard for Ashley. She’s just special like that. For me…eh. I was able to do it, but I found myself glancing down to see how much time had passed. I was happy when I was done.

I did day two today and it was much easier. I only looked at the time once. That’s pretty impressive for me, because I’m a bit type A and like to know the time at all times. Even while sleeping.

In other news, the middle room is finally done! I don’t know if I ever mentioned it, but we have a second bedroom that’s sort of our misc. room. But now! Now it’s…still a misc. room, but classy. We painted, added a chair rail, and bought an inflatable bed and a computer cabinet. Now it can go from guest room to dining room to office. I’ll post about it later, but here’s a quick look:

New visitor

Monday, April 11th, 2011 | Condo

While squirrels will always hold a special place in my heart, I cannot deny my newest obsession: Raccoons! A few weeks ago, a raccoon climbed up a tree not ten feet from our balcony. While I know raccoons aren’t uncommon in the Northwest, I didn’t expect to see one in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Anyway, I am happy to report that he has returned! I have named him Jasper, after the raccoon in Little House on the Prairie.

Cat Food

Monday, March 28th, 2011 | Uncategorized

I’ve noticed an odd trend in commercials lately-an increase in cat food commercials. It seems they are the only ones that draw me in, and I don’t even own a cat. They all tell nice stories, use good music, and generally seem to have a high production value. I do not know why these cat food brands are competing with each other so much, but I like it.

Happy (belated) Squirrel Appreciation Day!

Monday, January 24th, 2011 | General, Law School, Photoshop, Recipes

I can’t believe I didn’t post on Squirrel Appreciation Day! Law school has certainly kept me busy! I blog so infrequently that each time I log in, wordpress is asking to update to a new version.

Now, time for the rundown of what’s happened in the last month and a half. First, I did indeed finish my finals, including my chicken paper. If you ever are curious about the legal issues that surround urban chicken ownership, you should give it a read. Avian flu? Nuisances? Zoning regulations? Commerce Clause? Why yes! They’re all in there! I submitted it to an animal law journal’s contest. I don’t have any expectations that it will win, but it is somewhat neat to say I’ve submitted an article for a journal.

After finishing finals, Zach and I left to visit family in Phoenix and Tucson. Then it was off to Florida to visit his grandparents. Then back to Seattle to see my parents. While my parents were here, we did the standard touristy stuff. Here’s a picture my parents took of Seattle from the ferry to Bainbridge Island, followed by my slightly enhanced version:

Once my parents left, school started up again. I’m taking Landlord and Tenant Law, Corporation and Partnership Tax, Evidence, a weekly externship class, and a 15hr/wk judicial externship. Life is definitely busy; however, I appreciate weekends wayyy more now. I’ve decided that weekends are for sleeping, cooking, watching star trek, and playing video games, along with the necessary law school reading assignment. As busy as my weeks are, I’d much rather get all my work done then so that I can destress for two days. So far it’s working.

I’ve also decided to explore the world of the crock pot. Last year I had visions of crock pot dinners each night, yet I rarely followed through. This year is going to be different, starting with tonight. I’m making this for dinner, along with mashed potatoes and peas. Ok, yes, the mashed potatoes are going to be from scratch. BUT! I’m making them ahead of time and then baking them when I get home. I just need to ease into this one pot dinner thing. Slowly. By using three pots. I’m sure Zach will appreciate fewer dishes.

Alright, time to read some cases on the implied warranty of habitability! Yeah!

Done! (with one class)

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 | General, Law School

After having my oral argument delayed because of a snow day, I can now say that I’m done with Legal Writing II! For those who don’t know, legal writing is the most time consuming class. It’s really the only class that actually has one do work throughout the semester, rather than a single exam at the end (I should clarify that all of my classes require work, just not of the turn it in variety). And now I’m done! Just one in class final, one take home, and one paper on backyard chickens to go, and then it’s off to Phoenix and Florida. Actually, it’s off to Phoenix this week as well for a friend’s wedding. Then back to Seattle. Then off to Phoenix and Florida. Yes, I was just in Phoenix in October for my brother’s wedding. I guess this makes up for not coming down during my not-so-summer-vacation.

Oh, almost forgot! On the way back from Portland, we stopped to get a tree. As in, a tree that grows in the ground! Zach felled a tree!

Zach also fed a goat and a pony!

And finally, the newly decorated tree

Not much to report

Friday, November 19th, 2010 | General, Law School

School is busy. This week we had to turn in our appellate briefs. Next week we have to our oral arguments. After that, I have to write a paper on backyard chickens, take a Professional Responsibility final, and do a take-home Constitutional Law final. And then it’s off to Phoenix, Tucson, and Florida. If it snows in Seattle while I’m gone, I’m going to be really disappointed. Here’s a picture from the day before my brother’s wedding last month. I was one of the musicians for the ceremony. I do not like my picture taken by my uncle. Can you tell?

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