April 26, 2009
PART I: Getting there (10 to 45 minutes)
- Leave at-times noisy, distraction-filled house for coffee house.
- While driving, consider what coffee shop is most likely to have a large table, near an outlet on a Sunday.
- Consider the free wi-fi situation of every option.
- Arrive at favorite home-town coffee shop which features nice tables, free wi-fi, tasty soup and delicious brew.
- Park, get all my crap and enter cafe.
- Get dismayed, as the cafe is full of children!
- Experience high level of let-down as you realize a folk singer, his ukulele and his partner who appears to specialize in a variety of drums are about to start a kid’s concert taking up most of favorite cafe.
- Turn around and leave.
- Drive to option two.
- Consider how to go five or so hours without the soup break.
- Deal with it.
- Get latte, find big table near outlet. Smile about it being mostly empty here.
PART II: Starting an outline (1 hour)
- Open a new Word file.
- Open up Notebook for Mac file, or whatever program you use for note-taking.
- Open all the other sources, ie. other people’s outlines.
- Decide between Pandora and iTunes. (This involves an analysis about how good the wi-fi connection is).
- Open a Lexis and wikipedia tab in Firefox (WP, sadly, is key to confirming my understanding of “important” cases).
- Post a facebook status about how I’m really going to start an outline now.
- Organize all the stuff open so that I can easily jump between all the information sources.
- Back to the new Word file.
- Look through fonts and pick one that will look pretty for 20-50 pages.
- Pick an outline format. Usually numbers or interesting-looking bullets.
- Check FB.
- Oh my! A friend commented “good luck” on my status.
- Comment back.
- Open book.
- Start actual outline.
- Feel productive.
PART III: Intermediary distractions (any amount of time one chooses)
- Watch the weird baristas dance around and apparently flirt with eachother. This is better when you have headphones and music on, since you have no clue whether some actual conversation accompanies the odd behavior.
- Take a moment to look at photos of cute babies your friends just posted on FB.
- Write a blog post about wasting time. (Doesn’t take long in this case since you’ve already been thinking about how much time you’ve wasted and why).
- Read about how the plastic-looking water cup I’m drinking from is in fact “green,” – made from corn!
- Consider what to eat for dinner (I am, after all, eating for two).
- Wonder in amazement that people come to coffee shops just to play video games for hours at a time.
- Keep checking and responding to new comments on FB.
- Think about what a loser you are for being 30 and still unable to avoid FB.
- Think about how sad it is that you are 30 and have not even remotely outgrown procrastination.
December 12, 2008
Tomorrow morning is my contracts final. With the exception of the LSAT, I can’t say I’ve spent this much time studying for anything in my life. I started the week before Thanksgiving, struggling to put my massive amounts of notes into outline form. I finished my outline last weekend, after not working on it for a while, and have since been reviewing, taking practice exams, and talking through topics with classmates.
Examples of how this has taken over my life: I rode back to hometown last night with an old friend who commutes to college town while working on her Ph.D. I shared examples of contract law for 75% of the car ride. Luckily, she’s an enormously curious, intelligent and patient person, so she was neither bored nor annoyed (Bonus!). This morning, I was typing a post on immigrate2us.net (aka the online immigration forum I obsessively participate in) and had to use the word “contract” and typed “K” (which is the legal-world shorthand for “contract”) and it took a few seconds to realize why that was unacceptable.
I’m amazingly not very stressed right now, perhaps because I feel I’ve really done as much as I reasonably could to get ready for this final. I’m even a little sad to bode this surprisingly interesting class farewell, but tomorrow around 12:30 will nonetheless be a wonderful relief.
November 28, 2008
Last night I got home from a long day of feasting, first with my dad’s side of the family, then with my mom’s, and discovered that despite my plans to stay away from any sort of shopping today, I couldn’t pawn getting a much-needed new washer onto my housemate/brother-in-law and had to get up at the crack of hell myself and go to Sears.
I picked out what I wanted from the ads and arrived right around 5 am. I got into a long line in the appliance department, waiting less than ten minutes before two salespeople walked up to our end of the line and said, “we can help some people over here in stoves.” I bolted, and ended up in and out of Sears in about 20 total minutes. It was effing AMAZING. We do, unfortunately, have to deal with our loud, rattling and sometimes not spinning washer for another month, since the one I ordered is not available for delivery until Jan. 1, but eh… that’s what laundromats are for!
I got home just after 5:30 and went back to sleep. Then F took my car to work (his are not exactly fully functional at the moment) and I’ve been home all day. I thought about walking to Starbucks for a late-afternoon pick-me-up, but then decided that idea was more a procrastination technique than anything else. I made a lot of tea, watched a little bad television, and got on with pre-exam study.
Strangely, since it’s my last exam, I’ve been motivated to work on my torts mini-outline today. I’m nearly done with the first draft, and then I need to work on writing my oral argument for civil procedure and practice-examing for crim. I got a really nice e-mail from Professor Civ Pro about my memo just now. I’m feeling totally better about that, for the record, after talking to my writing instructor and now this communication with him.
Well, the sun is down, it’s dinner time and no one is home at casa de mi. I should make use of the quiet and work…