Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

So even though the Chiarello was being a little swarmy with the flirting with the guests (it just seemed so calculated!), I am happy he won. I definitely think overall (factoring in the QF) his food looked and his flavor combinations sounded like they would be delicious. It’s too bad Rick didn’t finish the QF though – I think he definitely would have won. Out of all of the dishes, his ceviche sounded the most exciting/interesting.

I found the Sweede too over-the-top with his specialness and Lachlan was just kind of boring. Overall, a solid episode though with two good challenges. Not the best so far though – it’s only been over a few minutes and I’m already having trouble remember some of the dishes which is not a sign of a standout episode.

My thoughts, (because you know I have some deep ones šŸ˜‰ ) in reverse chronological order:

I mean, is it like $50? I am a detail person, show. I require specifics.less than 10 seconds ago from webI want to know what the “you will also get a donation for your charity” amount is.4 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonJudges are being much more generous overall this week. They were much harsher last week.6 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonI love that they even give the Masters a cheese plate to go with their fancy wine in the stew room.10 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonI think overall though I would most want to eat RIck’s or MC’s. Both sound/look amazing.14 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonNow I want short ribs. Damn you TC.15 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonSo apparently the salmon was amazing. Still doesn’t look good on the plate.16 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonThe panna cotta needed a garnish.17 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonGael and what’s his name from the magazine are certainly no longer playing nicely together.18 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonHmmm. I’m really not sure who is going to win this one.26 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonThat grass clippings comment was certainly cranky Gael.26 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonUgh. Now MC is making me roll my eyes. Stop being sketch so I can still root for you.27 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonI have to disagree there- salmon did not look appetizing at all to me.29 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonOh they’re actually letting Kelly offer an opinion. A very short one but still.29 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonGreat tiff over the knife. I love how both judges are so convinced they are right.30 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonI think out of the four, I would most like to try Rick’s based on the description and look.32 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonAll the appetizers are plated beautifully. Kudos.32 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonSWEET P!!!33 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonOh MC don’t be skeezy please.33 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonAnd again I want kelly’s dress. She does wear such great colors.34 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonWell now I have to eat my words. MC is using his waiter to help plate.35 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonOkay MC. You are no longer on the Food Network. No need for the cutesy names.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonAre you from Sweeden? Really? Because maybe you can tell me one more time in case I forget.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonRick sounds so depressed. I want to tell him to cheer up and have fun.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonI think that MC might have an advantage here since he’s not used to being in a kitchen/depending on underlings,about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonI do love anything that comes in crispy round form (BF I really want those riceballs!)about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonSo I wouldn’t be surprised by, say, time limits.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonEven if I were a super famous very busy chef, if I were going to be competing on Top Chef I think I would make time to brush up on episodesabout 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonUgh. I hate the “my cooking is too refined for plebs to appreciate” card.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonReally show? These are the best “experts” you could come up with?about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonFish sticks and hot dogs seem too easy.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonI may be cheering for Michael C. Always liked him on the Food Network.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonIs Easy Entertaining still on?about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonThe boyfriend raves about aqua vit.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFon


In theory, I should feel like I am slowly but surely inching my way towards having this whole NY Bar thing under some semblance of control (See all those qualifiers right there? That would be because I am INSANELY superstitious about these things and am terrified of jinxing myself). And it seems like, in theory, some things are clicking (You need physical injury for negligent infliction of emotional harm! Every dog gets one bite! etc. etc.).

Today I did a big chunk of practice questions. The thing about Bar.Bri/the bar is that they tell you to aim for being mediocre because that’s all you really need to pass. Which, fair enough. Each set for each subject area was 36 questions (the multi.state exam tests on six subject areas: Con. Law, Contracts, Crim. Law, Evidence, Real Property, and Torts) and Bar.Bri is happy if you get between 16 and 18 right in each section. My breakdown was: Con. Law: 20 right, Contracts: 14 rights, Crim. Law: 14 rights, Evidence: 23 right, Real Property: 26 right, and Torts: 22 right. Which is all very well and good, except normally Contracts and Crim. Law are my strongest (everything is relative here) subjects and that, coupled with the fact that I feel like I’m just kind of guessing/going with my gut about 90% of the time, leads me to believe that everything thus far is just a fluke and in no way reflects how I’m going to do on the real thing.

And I HAVE to pass the real thing. If you are not up on the legal hiring market these days, let me tell you that it is essentially the same as the job market everywhere, meaning, it sucks due to the economy. So I am very lucky because I have a job, but that job seems rather tenuous these days. And I HAVE to keep my job because I have six figures of debt from law school. It’s ugly.

Some thoughts/words of wisdom for the night before I retreat back into studying: I benefited a lot in going to school where I went to school. Although it gets bashed a lot of ATL (likely for this very reason), the name does carry weight. And that weight translates into (at least in the past – not sure how it is working for current interviewing rising 2L) job opportunities. Maybe is not going to get you the best clerkship in the world, but in the BigLaw world it gets a lot of respect that other schools don’t. I had 11 job offers from really good firms (not the BEST, but close) when I did EIW. One of the boyfriend’s friends went to American. He was my year. He was Law Review, top 5% of his class (I was not either one of those things). He had no offers. Did comparatively deserve my offers? Probably not. Life is not fair.

That said, was worth it? I have a RIDICULOUS amount of debt – debt that will take me at least 5 years to pay off (I am very lucky in that I have no undergrad debt – thanks mom and dad!). What’s frustrating about the amount of debt that I have is that there is really nothing I could have done to make it less. I worked my first year of law school and went to school at night. Certainly I could have kept doing that, but in the long run, I decided that it would be more practical to graduate in three years instead of four. Because I worked for, I did get a tuition break, (although I was taxed at 40% on that tuition break, so it’s not as good of a deal as it sounds), and my living expenses were pretty much covered. I lived very reasonably throughout law school and definitely stayed on a budget.* And still I have six figures of debt, the bulk of which is tuition costs. So while going to definitely helped me get a job, it also ensured that I would need that Big.Law job in order to pay back. Perfect circle right there folks.

So we now end where we started: with a fifi freakout. I have a feeling there are going to be many more of these over the next 2 weeks.

*You may be wondering about scholarships. That is where going to somewhere like UVA would have been a better choice. First off, does not offer any grants (scholarships) based on merit, everything is need-based. In order to apply for this aid, no matter what your living situation (you could be married and have your own kids), you have to submit your parents’ (including stepparents and non-custodial parents, as per the website) financial information and that information is then factored into the calculations. So even though I was completely independent/supporting myself when I applied to law school, my parents make enough money that I was closed out of being eligible for any grants. Second, these grants are not available to part-time students.

In contrast, the boyfriend got over $10,000 a year from UVA just for being smart and doing well on the LSATs. Cost of living was also much cheaper in Charlottesville and UVA tuition was less as well. I decided to stay at mostly because I thought I wanted to keep working, but in retrospect, going to another school or Ā even transferring probably would have been a better choice financially.