Monday, January 13, 2014

That time I went to live with my parents while I studied for the bar....

DISCLAIMER: This is a VENT post. If you've EVER studied for the bar or for anything MD/PhD related, then you'll understand why I'm two seconds shy of a crazy woman.
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SO.

As you know I'm studying for the bar. If you don't, you do now. If you do, it's because it's a sentence that comes out of my mouth every other time I say something.

It's all consuming.

It also has been a hot flipping mess.

But first a back story....

My husband had to get an apartment while he was down here by himself working. It was cheap and it worked. He spent the weekends with my family or his family. I had been there all of once before moving in December. It smelled like smoke, but I thought it would go away.

Six months later...smoke smell still there. And I also started noticing that people were a bit sketch at the apartment complex.

EXCEPT NOW I LIVE HERE.

Fast forward to present day...

I start studying at the Bentonville Public Library. By the way, it's very impressive for a public library. One of the best children sections I've seen. Nice area of computers. But most importantly for me, they have study rooms!

The catch is that the library doesn't open until 9am.

Yeah, I usually am going by 7:30 if not sooner when I study. Well I was stuck in the stupid apartment that smelled like smoke. I can't go to Starbucks b/c the videos that I watch for my lectures lag. Trust me, I've tried.

The other catch is that this is a public library. That means I can't do anything about children under the age of 6 months screaming their heads off in the library because his momma wants to have her Facebook time!

Listen. I'm all for people having library time. BUT I NEED IT TO NOT SOUND LIKE YOUR CHILD IS SCREAMING HIS HEAD OFF RIGHT NEXT TO ME IN THE STUDY ROOM THAT HAS A DOOR THAT SHUTS ME OFF FROM THE WORLD INSTEAD OF THE REALITY OF BEING ABOUT 10 YARDS AWAY FROM ME.

And side note, I don't want this post to seem like I'm complaining about an apartment my husband got based on the slim budget we have because HELLO FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS.

But it's B.A.D.

Well the with the sketchy people comes a sketchy landlord. Two days into studying for the bar, we had to take Pais to my parents because of him. There's a lot more that I could say here, but long story short on the apartment front is that we are transferring out of there as soon as possible!

What you need to know for purposes of this story is that I lost a day on studying. Well, if you could call it studying with the screaming babies and all. Right now, I'm a day behind of this idiot's shenanigans. I'll catch up, but as you can imagine, I'm less than a Georgia peach these days.

After having a crap week, we headed to my parents because I could still study there and the place wouldn't smell like smoke. And there wouldn't be any screaming babies.

In the middle of all of this, I decided to check out U of A's Law Library. I also found out that my husband has to travel for three weeks. I quickly decided to stay with my parents, because A) I'm a scaredy cat that doesn't like to stay by myself, but B), my momma will hound me like I was in high school to study. And if I'm being really honest, the schedule would be routine too! So I made plans to study at the regional university in my hometown while my husband was on business travel.

We went home last night and I got up to go to U of A today.

Yeah about that. I got to the parking garage and they're still stuck in medieval times because they don't take cards. I don't carry cash. They also didn't have an ATM nearby.

I pretty much lost it at this point. I called my husband hysterical. And he calmly told me to pack my bags and go to my parents a week early because we both know that I needed to be willing to do anything to pass the bar including missing him another week.

So here I am in my hometown studying. The library smells the way it did when I sat here at night time while my momma studied for her master's. BUT, the library is open psychotic hours like I need and I can watch my videos and there are no screaming infants here because they have quiet floor rules that are enforced! I will see my husband this weekend and  next weekend when I finally walk across the stage!

And most importantly, I will get caught up on studying.

Any questions? Class DISMISSED.

Happy Monday.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Northwest Arkansas - I have needs

The things I miss most lately about Michigan are as follows:


  1. Salad bars in grocery stores
  2. Running trails/parks
  3. Quick and Cheap Oil Changes

So I need your help because I don't have time to research. I need to study.

Here are my questions.

  • Salad bars in Grocery Stores - it's super convenient and HEALTHY to have a place I can run to for a salad during the day. What are you recommendations? (Subway is NOT an option!) 
  • Running trails/Parks - Where are your favorite parks? They are EVERYWHERE in Michigan. And right now I don't have time to research where they are here. So tell me. 
  • Quick and Cheap Oil Changes - I need one and I had a place that I trusted up in Ann Arbor. I know this sounds ridiculous, but my daddy has me trained to find a good place that I trust and to go there regularly. Give me your recommendations. (And don't say the dealerships!) 
Bless you kind kind people for helping a law student in her first world problem time of need. 

Happy Thursday! 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.


  • I hate winter every year come January 2. This year is no different. However, I'll spend winter in a library and basically come out of a hibernation of sorts after the bar is finished. In a sick and twisted way, I'm really happy about this. 
  • I went to the running store here in Bentonville. Let me say this about that: Rush Running rocks and I will never shop anywhere else if I can help it. Now if my shoes will just hurry up and get here!
  • Today, it's single digit weather in Arkansas and parts of Oklahoma. I posted on Facebook that this is pretty much what winter is like in Michigan for all of January and the first part of February. I apologized for bringing it with me. But I'm really not that sorry. I've missed Michigan a lot and this made it not sting so much. Also, I'm glad that people here get to experience true cold. 
  • P.S. I'm super proud of myself because I ran in this weather all last winter. 
  • I'm not sure if this is an Arkansas thing or not, but the two Sonics I've been to so far do not sell their ice. 
  • Tried Zaxby's last week before my Friday Weight Watcher's weigh in hit and I have to say I was impressed. Good fried chicken and good ranch. I could take or leave the famed Zaxby's sauce. 
  • There is apparently going to be a Chuy's here soon as well. I'm excited about that. Brandon isn't a Ted's fan b/c he gets sick every time he goes, so I'm happy to have a Tex-Mex alternative. 
  • Apparently, I'm hungry. 
  • Law school jaded me b/c when I need to pee at the library I study at, I pack up my entire bag. I just don't trust people. Not that anyone stole anything at law school because it was an honor code violation to do so. Apparently, I don't think that same code exists among the regular people. 
  • Yesterday, a guy let us go in front of him because we had way less in our cart than he did. I can't remember the last time that happened. Being back in the south has been great. 
  • Yes, I realize the last two statements contradict one another. 
Happy Monday! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My 2014 Resolutions, The Bar and my "rules", and other tidbits.

Happy New Year!!

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Last night on Facebook I wrote, "2012 was the year I decided to take my body back. 2013 was the year of maintaining 70 pounds lost. But 2014 is the year goals are met. BRING. IT. ON!"

And that's how I feel.

I'm ready to blow out some personal bests.
I'm ready to see 150 on the scale.
I'm ready to be brave.
I'm ready to dig deep.
I'm ready to fight for it like I never have before.

If you're starting your own journey, what I can say is this - don't give up and just keep going!

So what are my resolutions, words, and verses for 2014?




But see, here's the deal. I have to do all of this while studying for the bar. The good news is that when I study hard, I lose my appetite. Or at least my appetite for junk food. And I also will be super stressed out.

So I've made myself some rules to cut down on the stress.

Sam's Rules for Bar Studying
  1. Just keep going. 
  2. Stay positive - mental health is half the battle.
  3. Avoid distractions & crazy people.
  4. Practice makes perfect - do as many MC & essays as possible. 
  5. Follow & stick with the schedule, but adjust as necessary to what works best for me!
  6. Eat healthy & exercise regularly.
  7. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
The bar is the last Tuesday and Wednesday of February by the way. If I'm scarce here, y'all know why.

The Tidbits

  • We are almost settled into the apartment. We just have a few last things to hang up. Because we were paying for two apartments, we live in a super cheap one now. Of course with the cheap rent come some hardships. We currently are dealing with a complex that still allows people to smoke in their apartments. It's not fun, but it'll work for the time being. 
  • I can slowly feel myself relaxing here and I'm looking forward to discovering a new place. But it's VERY slowly. 
  • I need more yoga pants in my life for bar study purposes. 
So tell me - what are YOUR New Year's resolutions? What's your word?

Happy Wednesday and Happy New Year! 
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