Monday, July 28, 2008

The Night Before

It's 10:20 and I'm starting to read the civil procedure outline for my Procedure and Evidence exam tomorrow. My morning involved another big family walk and a trip to my office to pack up all my books and outlines. I left for Houston at 12:30 with a suitcase, box of books, and a Rosie dog in the back; I decided to bring her along for moral support and to give JP a bit of a break for the four days I'm going to be gone. I got a little teary eyed when I hugged my boys goodbye - this will be the longest we've been separated since we were married or Landon was born. I'm going to miss waking up to Landon's full-bodied excitement at seeing me - alarm clocks just can't compare, and mine will be beeping at me at 5:30 tomorrow morning.

Once I arrived in Houston, I spent a little while chatting with my mom and meeting their new 14-week old black lab puppy, Shadow (adopted from the rescue organization where we got Tex and Rosie). Shadow adores Rosie and she displayed endless patience for his attempts at bravery and assertiveness, all of which involved mounting her sideways or grabbing a toy out of her mouth. We went on a long walk to the lake where Rosie showed off her swimming skills and Shadow romped in the tall grass- puppies are so funny, it's fun to have one around again. I kept forgetting the Bar was tomorrow- I just don't believe it's here.

Which is why it's 10:30 and I'm now starting Civil Procedure. I know you're supposed to take the night off before the Big Day, but I think that's only if you've actually looked at what you're going to be tested on. And besides, I'm not used to getting a lot of sleep and I think a full 8 hours would confuse my brain. I did pack up my giant ziploc bags for tomorrow (even my laptop must fit in one - luckily Hefty makes a 2.5 gallon variety) and write down directions for the hour-long drive to the test site. Tomorrow is a half day with the MPT and Procedure and Evidence. I'm meeting my mom for lunch and then sequestering myself somewhere quiet to review for the MBE on Wednesday.

More than anything - more than fear or nerves or tiredness - I just want this thing over with. Here goes nothing!

15 comments:

  1. Good luck! I'll be sending happy bar thoughts to you this week. :)

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  2. Yay you! You're great at test-taking and I'm sure you'll be fine.

    Walking Rosie's bound to be good for oxygenating your brain for the test too!

    Sending good vibes all the way from NZ

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  3. Good luck! It's almost over!

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  4. Good luck! You're almost there... and I'm sure you'll do great.

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  5. Good luck!

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  6. Long time lurker, coming out of the shadows, to say GOOD LUCK! I will be thinking of you today.

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  7. It's 12:29 pm here, I hope you're about to go have a nice lunch and are relieved that the first part is over! GOOD LUCK GOOD LUCK GOOD LUCK!!!

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  8. Good Luck! Sending good thoughts your way!

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  9. Remember, you only have to get a D - which you could do while sleeping. You will do great!!

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  10. So by the time I am reading this you have already finished your 1st day of the Bar. Crazy. It is almost over and then you will be free to enjoy your summer. Good luck tomorrow!

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  11. Good luck!!! Hope everything goes really well. Don't forget that criminal and civil are different exams (apparently one out-of-stater wrote a bunch of criminal stuff in the civil essay portion of the Texas Bar last year and cried when she realized her error).

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