Monday, July 21, 2014

Law School: Looking forward to the second year

This is my last week at my amazing summer internship. I have so enjoyed my 10 weeks in my office and cannot believe it is over already.

What I really can't seem to believe is that I am about to start 2L year. For those who aren't familiar with law school, we call ourselves 1Ls, 2Ls, or 3Ls, depending on the year.

1L year was pretty rough. For those of you who read my blog regularly, I'm sure you saw the bags grow under my eyes with each passing week. Transitioning from teaching first grade to attending law school was awkward. Going home each night to 200+ pages of reading was exhausting. Knowing my entire grade depended on only one exams was terrifying. I learned a lot about my own study habits and made some good changes between semesters. It was a transition, but I am better for it.

A beautifully labeled Civil Procedure outline I made.

My Property law flashcards. My friend Kate and I bought every large note card we could find and used them ALL. We eventually ran out and switched to smaller one. Sad. 

I am so excited to start the next year. I feel like I know how to approach the classes better now. I feel more confident in my abilities and more excited about the materials I am studying.

Interviews for next summer's internships start in August (thinking about law school? Remember that both your 1L summer and 2L summer internships are decided on your first year's grades. And most people get offers post-graduation from their 2L summer internship. That means everything rides on 1L year. No pressure.). I have a great selection of firms lined up and I am so excited. I am obsessed with learning everything about the firms, their partners, their clients, everything. Interviewing is so much fun, but also worrisome. I am so happy to have options and a great support system.

1L year is suppose to be more challenging than the other years. Once you learn how to study the law, it becomes easier. Many people become less worried about grades after the first year too. I don't think that is likely for me, I am too competitive ;) I do hope I am able to enjoy other things and not be so totally enveloped in classes the entire year.

For now, I am trying to focus textbooks and class schedules so I don't become too stressed. I have a couple weeks off before classes start, thankfully. I need to stock up on sleep for the upcoming year! I hope this next year includes a little more fun and relaxation than the previous one. Grades are wonderful, but relationships are essential. I want to invest in both this time around.

Here's to another year!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Marathon Training: Wk 7

Hello and Happy weekend lovelies!

I'm sharing my training week with everyone - can you believe I am at Week 7? The fun never ends (Actually, it did end, last weekend at mile 7).

This week was a lighter week. My plan goes Build - BUILD - Pull back; this week was the pull back and I was ever thankful. The second BUILD weeks are getting hard, so this weekend felt much lighter.

M - cross rest. My legs hurt really bad, so I skipped barre3 for a rest day.

T - 3 miles outside before work. About a 8:50 pace. 

W - 5 miles on the treadmill at a 9 minute pace

Th - 3 miles outside. No idea what the pace was because my Garmin was taking forever to find its satellite and I ran without it. In true runner fashion, I know the 1, 1.5, 2, and 3 mile marks from every direction of my home.

F - rest, but LOTS of walking. I walked home from work, to a museum, to dinner, and back home for a total of 4 miles.

S - 6 mile pace run. I did a half mile warm up, 5 miles starting at 8:50 and moving to 8:20, and a half mile cool down. This was hard because I was feeling lazy, but Sex and the City was on at the gym, so I was happy :)

S - 9 miles. This was under a 10 mile pace the whole way and my legs felt so much stronger than the week before! AR's legs were hurting, but he did his pace run much faster on Saturday.

No Barre3 this week - I went out on Thursday night instead of going to my usual class. Sometimes my legs need a break! Not looking forward to this weeks runs:
Monday - cross
Tuesday - 4
Wednesday - 7
Thursday - 4
Friday - rest
Saturday - 7 pace
Sunday - 14


How was your long run? 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Confessions

Good morning! Linking up with Ms. Leslie today for some Friday Confessions. Enjoy!

I confess that I ate cereal for breakfast like 3 times this week. Remember my awesome breakfast meals? Yeah. I got lazy and sick of anything warm in the mornings. I come back from my runs too over heated, so it’s just cereal or yogurt.

I confess that I canceled Barre class and went to a vegan restaurant with my friend Luci last night. We were supposed to go to class at 5:45 and do dinner afterwards, but we decided dinner was enough. I ran yesterday morning, so at least I got a workout in. I had a veggie and quinoa stir-fry with thai peanut sauce and tempeh. Yum.

I confess that I watched Real Housewives of New York on Tuesday night because I have no good summer shows. I wish Revenge and Nashville would come back… RHNY just isn’t comparable. I can only watch middle ages women scream and drink wine do much.

I confess that I read three articles on aloe vera juice this morning before work. Anyone take this? Should I be taking it? I read that it is the most amazing healthy and beauty product on earth and can cure things like cancer and ulcers. I also read that it kills rats because it increases toxin levels in the body. I don’t have ulcers and I am not a rat, so the information didn’t help me much. Thoughts?

I confess that am finally going to the Atlanta High Museum tonight. I’ve lived in ATL for one year and haven’t done many museums, so tonight we are going. I am not a big modern art fan… but we will see!

I confess that I am going to the mall tomorrow for a second time to find new black high heels. Mine have officially had it. Last weekend I went and they only had one box of the pair I wanted. When I opened the box, it had one size 7 shoe and one size 7.5 L Let’s hope I can find two of the same size this weekend. (should that be this hard? I don't think so.)

Weekend plans: Museum and dinner tonight, 6 mile pace run on Saturday, brewery tour with some coworkers on Saturday night, 9 mile run on Sunday, and then my last week of my summer internship!!

Have an amazing weekend!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIAW #39

Happy Wednesday!

Happy to be linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons from some What I Ate Wednesday fun. Thanks for hosting, Jenn :)

Today I am sharing my eats from Monday - enjoy!

Breakfast: My morning started with a granola, fruit, and yogurt bowl! I really don't know why I don't do these more often because it is so so yummy. I made mine with sliced banana and half of a peach, topped with plain greek yogurt and homemade chocolate almond granola. This was seriously amazing. Enjoyed with coffee (of course)

 AR had the same thing and sent me a picture at work. He said it was his new favorite.

I walked to work and got in around 9am. I bring my coffee with me and sip that and a bottle of water all morning. I had a bunch of emails to go through and a motion to finish for the court, so by 11am, I was hungry.

A co-worker and I ran to get a cup of coffee and I got out some raw almonds to snack on. My coffee was perfect: dark roast with a splash of almond milk and a pump of vanilla syrup.

Around 1pm, we had lunch. I had packed a rather sad lunch for Monday (no Sunday prep = sad Monday meals). I had a bag of sliced cucumbers, carrots, and pepper strips with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was actually amazingly filling and satisfying.

Work continued all afternoon with conference calls and research. I drank several more bottles of water and had a granola bar at some point in the afternoon.

Around 6pm I walked home. I love walking to and from work, especially on my rest days. I sat the table for dinner, but AR was working late. I prepped stuff for dinner and worked on some school things until he got home.

Dinner: Brown rice with veggie stirfry! This stirfry was filled with so many veggies: broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms, edamame, and green beans. We enjoyed ours with soy sauce (I could drink that stuff. oops).

We spent the evening pack for AR's work trip and being silly. I just love the weeks when AR doesn't fly out until Tuesday - it makes the weekend seem like it lasts longer :)

What is your go-to stir-fry combo?


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Naples: photo recap

Hello ladies!

A few weeks ago, AR and I had an amazing weekend in Naples. Here are some snapshots of our trip to the beach!

Gorgeous view!

Enjoying some beach time R & R

Amazing Italian dinner at Campiello's. A friend recommended this place and it was excellent. I had a pasta with olives, tuna, and tomatoes. Of course, there was lots of wine and bread too. #whatbikini?

Speaking of bikini... Beach moment! 

Tour of the Everglades! This was one of the best things we did. I loved every moment of the tour and it was so beautiful.

Baby alligator!

And I got to hold him! How adorable is this? Clearly, I was ridiculously excited.


Our beach. We spent lots of time out here. 

This was our resort. I am so happy we chose to stay here - it was perfect. The pools were incredible, the beach was stunning. I would absolutely recommend the Waldorf Astoria!