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You know finals are getting close when ....

you can down a pint of Ben & Jerry's and not feel guilty about it and your stomach actually feels better than before.

The dreaded month of November is just around the corner.  That means that Thanksgiving is in November and Thanksgiving means finishing (or for some writing) outlines for finals week and that means finals week is nearly tomorrow.  There is a week between Thanksgiving and finals (I think) but that is the week when all the professors cram 100 pages into three 50-minute class periods because they spent too much time on the rest of the syllabus.  It is usually the week I stop reading for class and just rely on past classmates (and Delt) outlines.

Since my 1L year I've been accustomed to spending Friday nights doing homework.  It is lame, yes, but the first year we had legal research assignments every week.  Since all my classmates had the same assignment it was nice to have the library mostly to myself.  I also didn't have any other time to get them done. 

This year I had still planned on doing school work on Friday nights, but rather for keeping up on my outlines (yeah, right) or working on my Ag Law Journal note (hmmm, not so much).  I asked my DH (whose "free day" ice cream I devoured) what we did last Friday because I honestly can't remember, but I don't remember working on my note, or was I?  So tonight I'm back at it.  I was fortunate today to have both classes cancelled and I strategically made up my office hours for the journal yesterday so I could spend all day on my note, 20 pages of which is due on Monday.  

The morning started out so well that I was sure I could get everything but my [correct] citations done. Well, it didn't happen and I am back to it tonight.  It shouldn't bother me because I actually enjoy my topic (more on that later), but I my stomach still felt like someone had stuffed a small planet in it (ok, I'm too tired and cranky to be creative).  I haven't been working myself to death, but I would love to be able to pick my bedtime more than once a week (except on the rare occasion I go to bar review-yeah Twisted Parrot).  

So I did what any logical person would do, I started putting absolute junk in my body.  Ok, Ben & Jerry's certainly isn't junk but it sure isn't healthy.  It started with putting it in a bowl (who am I kidding) and then I went straight container.  I don't blame the note, I blame the Admin Law outline I haven't started (ok, my fault), the Ethics second mid-term doomed to us any day now and the Con Law class which is discussing the first amendment, something I thought I would be interested in, but not so sure anymore. 

Well, it will all be over [too] soon (not soon enough?).  In the meantime, it is 10pm and I should get to my note.  I hope if your Friday night was crappy that you had some B&J to perk you up.

Welcome to Law School Mom

I am so excited to share Law School Mom with you.  Being a law school mom (LSM) is too many emotions to describe in one blog post.  Actually, my first year I kept thinking about blogging about my experience.  Instead waited until it was all over, then thought why not put it into a book.  I also love giving advice.  Perhaps that is why the law profession is so attractive to me.  The book is a little of both, a well organized blog and sprinkled with LSM advice. 

I broke the book up into chapters that correlate with different parts of the law school process.  The first two chapters are what happened leading up to the start of law school.  If you are still contemplating whether law school is for you, the first two chapters can be purchased separately and at a reduced rate.  The book has six chapters, all of which could be read in one sitting (probably 90 minutes), but are designed to be read when you enter that stage of the process.  I don’t believe in discussing a point ad nauseam, so it is a short, “just the facts ma’am,” 60 page electronic book.  Once you purchase the book, you will receive a URL that allows you to download the version you purchased. 

I hope you enjoy the book and that you come back often to the blog and post comments and questions. 

Read the press release for Law School Mom by Hope Wood at (note that I am not in control of the ads on that page)

Here is the Table of Contents for Law School Mom

Chapter 1: Making the Decision
Chapter 2: Making it Work
Chapter 3: The First Day
Chapter 4:  Hitting the Wall
Chapter 5: Finals First Semester
Chapter 6: The Rest of the Story
Appendix: Hope’s Personal Statement (from law school application process)

Since I neglected to put it in the book (rookie mistake), I would like to thank my dear husband Geoff who encouraged me to write and publish this book.  No words can describe my appreciation of his support through the authoring process, law school and life.  I also couldn’t have done this (or law school) without the support or my wonderful family and friends.  I can only hope to always provide the same in return. And finally, I am so grateful for my copy editor, Rachael Cullins (Niehaus), for allowing me to “just write” and giving me the peace of mind that my thoughts, whether written or intended, were captured in prose.

“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson

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