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Greetings from Atlanta!

Well. I just realized that I hadn’t posted since May 26, and that’s terrible.

I graduated Law School and moved to Atlanta for Bar Review. I’m spending most of my mornings holed up in the Sheraton hotel in downtown Atlanta and my afternoons at my apartment, which I found on Craigslist. I’m seeing my boyfriend, Bill, two or three times a week, and I’m staying on top of my bar prep homework. Go me.

The Bar Exam is on July 26-27–45 days away. After that, hopefully I’ll stay in Atlanta, but I honestly don’t know where I’ll be because I don’t have a steady job yet. I’m still blogging, though, and looking to turn that (and social media management in general) into a full-time gig.

Other than that, not much is happening. I’m really enjoying being in Atlanta and getting to know a new city. OH. I saw the new X-Men movie last weekend, and it was awesome. Probably my favorite of all the X-Men movies, which is saying a lot because X-2 is one of my favorite movies ever.

Okay. I’m going to work on some posts for a queue, so that I don’t go weeks without posting again for a while.

Is it worth it?

I’m in the middle of filling out a Character and Fitness Application for the GA Bar, and I’m gobsmacked at how much of a money racket this is. Now, I’ve always felt like law school was a money racket, but most of those costs are extraneous and avoidable. Paying for the Bar, however, is mandatory, and having to drop so much money at once is discouraging and irritating.

In the past week, I have paid:
– $200 deposit for Bar Review classes (which will cost $2500 total!)
– $50 for copies of my birth certificate

More upcoming fees include:
– $50 for fingerprints for one of the state bars
– $500 to submit my Character and Fitness Application
– $80 “notice of intent” that I’m going to apply for the TN Bar, and all the other trappings of that application, including a $100 laptop fee so that I don’t have to hand-write all those essays.

I’m definitely keeping track of all of these costs, but I’m going to go on and estimate that the GA Bar, including the review classes, ends up costing me at least $4000.

So the big question is: Is it worth it? I’ve got close to $100,000 in debt and NO job prospects. I want to move to Atlanta, which has a bigger job market, but I can’t afford to relocate. At this point, it definitely doesn’t seem worth it. I’m terrified about the idea of graduating and having nothing to do and nowhere to go but home to my parents’ house.

I feel like all of these fees are HUGE barriers to entry into the profession. I realistically can’t afford $4000 per bar exam, but I have to be willing to fork it all out because otherwise I’m $100,000 in debt for a degree I’m not even using. And I want to use my law degree. I want to do IP law, and affect public policy, and, yes, make some money so I can pay off my debt and fund my hobbies. I just don’t want to go bankrupt before I even get my license, and the more I pay for fingerprints, background checks, and application fees, the more I worry about that.

In the thick of con season

72 days until Dragon*Con, and I’ve slowly been working on some of my costumes. I got two wigs this week—She-Hulk and Lady Gaga—and I’m waiting for just one more (for Dr. Girlfriend.)

I started P90X again last week, and actually made it through the first week. I’m not doing Kenpo—I’d rather hula-hoop for a few hours than do Kenpo—but I’m doing everything else. It’s not a workout program that I think I could do during the school year (an hour to an hour and a half a day is a LOT of time), but I’ve got time over this summer, so why not? Jason Heilpern, a fellow geek and Dragon*Con attendee, is actually taking stories over on his blog about working out to get in shape for cons. You can find his blog here.

Anyways, here are some progress pictures. The first is my She-Hulk wig (which I’m going to try to dye a bit darker), and the second is the progress of my Lady Gaga costume.

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Happy Spring Break

I’m nearing the end of my Spring Break, and I realize that I haven’t blogged here in a long time. (I have, however, been making and posting LJ icons over there. Heh.) So since I last wrote…

– I’ve added yet another costume to my list for this year: Zoe Graystone from Caprica:

I’ve found a pattern that will probably work, but it would be nice if I could just find the actual dress somewhere.

– I started (and have almost finished) Spring Break. I’ve done a lot of shopping but not a lot of homework. Oh well, it’s been fun.
– I got a job as a Research Assistant doing research on the way that courts use (and don’t use) technology. I’ve got some stuff due in about a month, so I need to get busy.
– I started playing Bioshock 2. I haven’t gotten very far, though.

So yeah. This weekend I’m heading to Nashville for a wedding. And next weekend I’m heading to Indy for a Roller Derby Troop. PLUS I have my Space Law paper to work on. I’m going to be busy!

Anyways. Here’s some linkspam:
Edison’s EULA (h/t Joe)
Merlin Mann talks about the Motion Picture Patent Company (h/t Joe)
Michael Emerson’s 1992 Prison Training Video I’m not entirely convinced that this isn’t some LOST ARG thing…

LED Hooping videos!

My friend Mike took some videos of me hooping at ConNooga. Here are two of them:


Spent last weekend in Chattanooga at ConNooga, which was held at the Choo Choo. I went to a couple panels—a fashion show and a concert—and had a great time. I got to see a lot of my friends and got to play with my new LED hula hoop. I also finished my disco bra, so I hula-hooped in that.

Derek took some fantastic pictures (as always), including some long exposure shots of me with my hula hoop. Go check them out.

All screwed up.

A con weekend plus being sick apparently equals me falling behind on my schoolwork and becoming completely apathetic.

It’s the third week of school, you guys! This is BAD. This weekend I had better get on the ball and do some serious HW and get some serious rest. My cold (or whatever plague my friend Daniel gave me) is still hanging on for dear life, and it needs to die. I’m planning on starting P90X this week (Sunday, hopefully, if i can get weights today) and I don’t want to be sick while I do it.


I turned in my last exam this morning and am officially on holiday break. Overall, my exams went okay—none of them really made me want to cry that much, and I’m pretty sure that I passed everything. And that’s what matters, so hurrah.

My break is going to be fun and busy. I’m going back to Nashville on Tuesday, having Christmas with my Nashville buds on Friday (Secret Santa ftw), going to Kingston for Christmas w/the family, and seeing Lady Gaga in Atlanta on the 28th. I still have some Christmas shopping to do, but not that much. I might get to do some shopping in Nashville, which will be fun. And scary. (Green Hills kind of freaks me out because it’s so busy. And pretentious. But that doesn’t freak me out as much as it irritates me.)

I got my hair cut today—I hadn’t had it cut since after Dragon*Con, when I got it cut short again. I promised myself a funky hair color for an “exams are over” present, and today I followed through. I have PURPLE streaks in my hair, y’all. It’s awesome. I actually think I want to stick with it for a while, and maybe add some more color. It’s subtle, and under the top layer of my hair (so when it grows out, the roots won’t look bad) and on part of my bangs. Here’s a picture; ignore my silly face:
Purple hair!!!

I LOVE it. I’m so excited about showing my family and friends in person, because the pictures didn’t turn out that well.

But yeah, I’m halfway done with law school AND I have purple hair. It’s pretty much a win-win.

Pictures from the Watertown Veteran’s Day Re-enactment

My friend Ivan recently started doing WWII re-enactments, and last weekend he went to Watertown, TN for their Veteran’s Day Re-enactment. My friend Derek went too, and took 1100 pictures. You can read his report and see his pictures at his blog.

A little sentimental…

When my mom and my aunts were born, their uncle gave them copies of the LIFE Magazine for their birthday week. Recently, Google has put every issue of LIFE on Google Books, so I decided to find my mom’s issue, which up until recently, had been hanging in one of the bathrooms in my parent’s house.

This was the issue for my mom’s birthday week. I always thought that the woman on the cover looked like my mom—it fascinated me and kind of weirded me out. She totally would have worn those pajamas, too, probably after she made them herself. ^_^!

I’ll have to read this issue sometime. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her copy out of its frame, and it would be interesting to see what was going on the week my mother was born. It’s just really cool to see something that I’ve grown up looking at archived and posted on the internet, something that I can pull up anywhere and tell my story and say, “This was what was going on when my mom was born. I grew up looking at this magazine.”

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