July 2009


So as you’ve noticed, my posting has really fallen off over the last week or so. As I am now in super-intense, the Bar is my LIFE (and it sucks), I dream of the law, etc. mode now, I am officially going into blackout mode from now until the whole damn thing is over. You really should stick around until then because when I am normal (and can have alcohol!), I am really much more fun and less completely insane bitchy. There will be a post this week because I am participating in the 20sb blog exchange (click on the link on the right for more info about 20sb), I will be on twitter, and there may be a post here or there, but otherwise, this is GO TIME people.

I will try and post after the Bar, but as I plan on consuming ridiculous amounts of alcohol after day 2 and the boyfriend and I are going away on our top-secret post-bar (and, as it turns out, post-CFA results) trip (FYI, if you are not following me on twitter, I have a passport again! US DOS ROCKS), that may not happen. Or it may happen and it may be completely incoherent. We shall see. Otherwise, I will see you all on the flip side right around August 3rd.

xo,

fifi

PS I probs. will twitter Top Chef again, but we all know those are cheater posts and don’t really count.

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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

***WARNING! BORING POST ABOUT STUDYING FOR THE BAR/LAW SCHOOL/FIFI LOSING HER MIND***

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 G.town 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 G.town 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 G.town 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 G.town, 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 G.town definitely helped me get a job, it also ensured that I would need that Big.Law job in order to pay G.town 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, G.town 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 G.town 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 G.town 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.

So in many ways I had a great dream last night. In it, I met someone. (Please. Like you other attached persons don’t have these dreams/fantasies. Sometimes mixing things up – in your head – is nice). Anyway, I met someone and it was lovely. We talked and flirted. Lots of buildup – grazed fingertips and “accidental” touches – resulting in butterflies and that lovely melting feeling in the pit of your stomach. All this led to a very steamy make out session ( seriously it was HOT) but (thankfully really for reasons below) that’s where it ended and I woke up.

So what’s the problem? Normally, I would just enjoy because I am certainly in the midst of a dry spell these days. HOWEVER:

1) All of the above was taking place at a concert. A Jonas.Brothers concert to be exact. Now, first off, that’s just embarassing. Also, I have no idea how I knew it was said concert considering I am only familiar with said brothers through the Rolling Stone profile a few weeks ago and other random tidbits that float around the celebrity gossip pool. I couldn’t tell you any of their songs or even what their music sounds like. I vaguely know what they look like, mostly because the one is in those diabetes ads that seem to run all the time when I’m catching up in my L&O reruns at the gym. I just had to google their name in order to even tell you this story. So that’s all kinds of weird.

2) My ex-boyfriend from high school put in an appearance which was all kinds of random. He was sitting in front of us being obnoxious as he is wont to do, which resulted in him bring escorted out by very large security persons. Actually now that I think about it, this part gets HEE, although i’m not sure what that says about my ability to hold a grudge/let things go.

3) Okay. Here’s the really embarasing part: dream boy? Was Harry.Potter. I mean, not exactly, thank God, because that would be totally worse, but it was the actor who plays H.P. Which is bad in and of itself since, although Daniel.Radcliffe is quite cute (bad fifi!), he is my brother’s age and I am FAR too old for him. What makes it worse though is that I’m pretty sure he was floating around my subconscious because ABC.Fam was showing the first 4 H.P. movies this weekend and I kept catching bits and pieces. However, in those movies D.R. was like 16 so I’m feeling all skeesy and MaryKaye Whatsherface-ish over here (not that he was THAT inappropriately young in my dream, but still).

Clearly I’m losing it over here. This is what studying for the bar does to you people. Remember: friends don’t let friends go to law school.

* Fine. If we want to get all honest, he was the first boyfriend I thought I loved but really that’s not part of this story. Let’s just say that he’s now a “professional poker player” whose really not very good at it so, bullet = dodged.

Peeps, I am feeling overwhelmed. VERY overwhelmed. Maybe this is the normal pre-Bar freakout, but I just feel like there is SO much to know and there is no way to know it all.

We had the simulated MBE on Monday and I did well in theory. I finished with an hour to spare on both sections (that’s just how I work on these things. It’s not ideal, but I find that if I go back and check my answers, I end up going away from my gut and bad things happen. On the practice, I did that on a couple of questions I wasn’t sure about and on all of them ended up changing from the right answer to a wrong answer). Anyway, the average score on the simulated test was a 105 and they say if you are at least in the 90s you’ll be fine. I got a 114, so that’s decent, but here’s the thing: I feel like it’s a complete fluke. I can’t explain it any better than that.

I am worried.

I’m trying a new approach to TC: Masters, twittering as I watch. So here are my thoughts on this episode.

Still, overall, solid episode. Good to see Gail again.less than a minute ago from webI am a little over the chef who wins the QuickFire winning the overall competition. There’s not much suspense.1 minute ago from webNPH is a little cranky. But I still heart him.20 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonI think I want Kelly’s dinner dress. Awesome color.21 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonI heart Neil Patrick Harris SO much.27 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonI like Mark. He’s funny. I am pulling fir him for the win.31 minutes ago fromĀ TwitterFonI think kelly’s dress would be much more flattering if it were a couple of inches longer.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonWOW. Harsh score for Mark. Homemade pasta is delicious even minus olive oil.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonOkay Anita I take that back. I don’t particularly like eggs and that looks delicious.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonIt appears the John Besh may once again be a bridesmaid and not the bride tonight.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFonPerhaps when you are required to cook with one hand, you should forgo the step that involves delicately slicing the top off the egg Anita.about 1 hour ago fromĀ TwitterFo
Clearly more food thoughts and less fashion thoughts would be better next week!

So here is the deal, peeps. The boyfriend is INCREDIBLY sweet and decided to plan a little beach getaway for us the weekend after the bar. Right after he took the bar, he hopped a plane with some friends and went to Ireland and it was kind of an unmitigated disaster that resulted in the boyfriend, because he was the only one who could drive stick, driving around Ireland the entire time while the other three pretty much slept the whole time and some other issues which then resulted in some not speaking to each other for awhile after the trip. (I have some emails that went between the four of them during the planning stage and they are HILARIOUS. Once this whole Bar thing is over, I will find them and post them, redacted of course šŸ™‚ ). Anyway, afterwards, he said all he really wanted to do post-Bar was just go hang out on a beach somewhere, which leads us to this trip.

He told me that he was doing this a couple of weeks ago, but wouldn’t tell me where we were headed, just that it was in the U.S. (I had guessed Bermuda because it is close to NY and easy to get there and I know he has been dying to play golf there). Anyway, we were chatting tonight and he said he was about to buy our tickets and I made some comment about how it was good we were staying in the U.S., since it turned out my passport expired last week (I knew it was about to expire, but completely forgot about it – blame finals/graduation/studying/etc.). AND HE FREAKED OUT (my new guess, fyi, is Mexico), which led to a flurry of internet searching and researching at which point we discovered that we are JUST on the cusp of the 2-3 weeks they are saying it now takes if you pay for the expedited service.* So I have filled out all the paperwork, written a check, and gathered up my old passport** in preparation for a trip first thing tomorrow morning before class to CVS for photos and then on to the post office to overnight my application to Philly.

The fact that I have to do all of this is actually kind of ironic because back when I had a real job, part of my job involved working with passports and visas and me lecturing my kids to “BE PREPARED!” and “STAY ON TOP OF THINGS!” so I wouldn’t have to write the letter to the US Passport Agency in DC begging them to give my lazy forgetful student a passport within 48 hours (as I invariably had to do for at least one student every semester). Clearly, I am awesome at taking my own advice.

Now am off to do an emergency eyebrow plucking pre-passport photo*** as I have been lazy completely focused on studying and let them fill in a bit too much.

*Which, by the way, is an additional $60 for the service and $14.85 to have the passport overnighted back to you (in for a penny, in for a pound at this point) on top of the $75 it costs to get the passport in the first place. Passports are expensive as it turns out.

**I may have photocopied all the pages. What? I had some cool stamps. And I am sappy like that šŸ™‚

***The boyfriend actually suggested that I go tonight and get the photos done, to which I responded something along the lines of, “do you know me at all?!” (To which he told me I am being HM-high maintenance). This is a picture I will be stuck with for 10 years, which means there are makeup considerations, clothing considerations, hair considerations. I am not going there all sweaty and gross post-gym. Boys.

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