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

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?

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 31st, 2010 | General, Law School

Sadly, there were no trick-or-treaters. I guess that’s ok though, because we have no candy. At least, none that I’m willing to share. All the dark chocolate is for me.

Now it’s time to get back to the reality of law school and continue working on my appellate brief for Legal Writing II. Before I go, here’s a pic of Zach and me from my brother and his girlfriend’s Halloween party in Portland.

They lie.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 | General, Law School

Oh, how they lie. Those people who say the first year of law school is the hardest? Nope, not true. I haven’t experienced the third yet, but currently, I’d have to say the second year is the winner. I mean, come on. First year had reading assignments that were 12-15 pages! Second year has reading assignments that range from 20-200 per class. For all of you non law-school readers, this reading is dense (as in, read some sentences five times) and sadly, pictureless. Also, pictureless is so a word, Firefox.

Basically, that last paragraph is a justification for why I only post every quarter year. Aside from the readings, I’m also taking on a lot of projects, including being on a Committee (a real one, not a party planning one), being a board member of the Women’s Law Caucus, helping plan a domestic violence panel, working on bench guide, and attempting to perfect the drift in Mario Kart Wii. Growing up without a Nintendo, I’m having to devote a lot of time in pursuit of this task. Btw, if anyone reading this has any Mario Kart tips, please share them. I really want to excel at this game…and lawyerly things too, of course. But also the game.

I’m going back to Arizona in October for my brother’s wedding, in which I will also be performing on my flute alongside my family on baroque recorders. Yeah, we’re that cool. I’ll be heading back to Arizona again in December, sans flute, for my friend Sarah’s wedding. Then it’s back to AZ once more in December for break. The weather people are predicting an especially bad winter for Seattle this year. If I miss an ounce of snow due to Arizona, I’m going to be more annoyed with Arizona than I already am. I really, really, really want to see falling snow in Seattle. And I want it to be so bad that they close the road by me and devote it to a sledding hill. And then I can practice my Mario Kart drift as I race down that hill. Oh, what plans I have for winter!

But sadly, now it’s back to reading for Constitutional Law. Only 48 pages. I can do this!

*edit* As I walked the mile home with my 1825 page Con Law book (I now walk 2-4 miles a day because my metabolism has magically slowed…what fun!), I was stopped by a British gentleman with a clipboard: “Allo’! Do you have a moment to talk–That’s a big book!”

I agreed with him that is was and continued on. Five minutes later, a construction worker looked at me and said, “That’s a big book!” Once again, I agreed and walked on.

Three minutes later, two LDS Missionaries clad in suits stopped me. Oddly enough, they did not so much as glance at my book. I guess they had greater concerns than my Con Law class materials.

Windchimes

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 | General

I haven’t been very good about posting here. Isn’t that the line people always use? It’s certainly bringing up a lot of google hits when I try it. Anyway, I feel as though I’m justified in my lameness. I’m in law school, we just moved into a new condo, and my exams are this week. But, that’s not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about windchimes.

I generally like windchimes. My mom has always had several that clank in such a manner that I’m reminded of home. They’re the nice, artsy, can’t-be-bought-at-Walgreens type. Not that there’s anything wrong with the Walgreens ones, but, actually, there is. I hate to be cranky about this, but unless you live in an area where others aren’t within a few yards, you shouldn’t have things that produce sound whenever a slight breeze goes by. Especially if those things make a cheap metal dingle-dangle sound. They generally take less breeze to move and typically have a less harmonic sound. Is that the right word? I don’t know. Clearly my music major has taught me nothing.

Anyway, I bring this up because our neighbors at the old apartment had the cheap kind. Why would you hang a noisemaker on the balcony without considering the 50+ units that will also have to hear it? Our new condo also has a neighbor with windchimes. Luckily, these are the nice kind, very similar to my mom’s. But. If they ever replace them with the cheap kind, watch out. I’m gonna be sticking clocks on the balcony that makes annoying bird sounds every hour. Because, you know, if wind is invisible and we need to hear it, then it makes sense that we should hear time. Wait, I guess time isn’t invisible since it’s based on rotations and revolutions. Whatever. Bird clock!!!

I always liked Mrs. Peacock

Friday, March 12th, 2010 | General

I am now fully domesticated. Today I made Zach coffee. He said I did it right. Phew!

In other matters, I started thinking about my dream house. It would have long halls, a spacious kitchen, a library for Zach, a billiard room, and a conservatory. However, I tend to wonder if I would ever have any house guests. Would you visit someone who requested you join them in the conservatory, perhaps requesting that you bring a rope? The rope would be for arts and crafts, of course. What if that person was experiencing some plumbing problems in the kitchen, and required a lead pipe to fix the sink? I think I would think twice visiting. So perhaps I will have to nix the conservatory and billiard room. The hamster tubing that will go through every room will be staying though.

Pot Stickers and Holding Doors

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 | General, Law School, Recipes

Yes indeed, I made pot stickers. Well, Americanized ones. Specifically, Alton Brown ones. I thought they came out pretty decently considering it was my first attempt. We dipped them in a honey soy sauce that was also quite nice. Next up: I tackle Mexican! Well…there might be burgers in between. We have to use up the bacon jam I bought Zach for Valentine’s. Gosh, this post is just full of product placement. Anyway, time for the life part of the post.

Today I attended several lectures on gender in the law. It was actually quite surprising how far women still have to go, and it really made me think about my past jobs. While I have no idea if I made as much as my male counterparts, I do know that I was hired for certain jobs because of my gender. For instance, in one Office supply store I worked at, the customer service department was filled to the Max with women. Now, in the manager’s defense, the non-cashier positions did involve a certain amount of heavy lifting, however I was annoyed not to have even been given the option to try. Any attempt I’d make to grab a box of paper would result in someone shouting for a guy to come help me. In one of my other jobs, a store which was like a City of Circuitry, the customer service department was much more even in terms of gender. However, the few women to be found in the other departments were transfers from customer service. In this store, it was well known that customer service was the lowest paid, despite having arguably the most important job (who answered the phone after no more than three rings? Me, that’s who). I guess the point of all of this is that when you stop to look around, it’s interesting to note all of the instances where sexism in the workplace does exist.

Oh, and chivalry. I’m sick of chivalry. Yes, politeness is nice, but sometimes it can grate me. For instance, a few years ago I had dinner with a large group of friends. I held the door as everyone walked through, just so that the door wouldn’t be flapping for each one of us. One person, however, refused to walk through. Clearly a courteous gentleman, he motioned for me to walk and he’d hold the door for me. I gave him my most sugary smile and said, “Oh no, after you, I insist!” No one can say no to a lady. He walked. That was MY door to hold and no one else’s. But really, what was the purpose for him to attempt to take the door from me? Had he held it for everyone it would have been fine. A courteous gesture. Even if it had just been the two of us and he held it, that would have been ok. But to not allow me to complete my door holding task, simply because I have an extra X chromosome? Craziness. I do wonder…if the world changes and chivalry dies, will I miss it?

Despite all that I’ve written, do keep one thing in mind: I want off the Titanic first.

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