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Monday, February 25, 2013

Hanging Out at the Bar

Tomorrow, the bar exam begins across the country. It's offered across the nation in February and July. The length of it varies by state. In Texas, it's three days. I took the Texas Bar Exam in February 2005 and passed it on my first try. I am proud of this, but I will say that prayer and the grace of God made that possible because it was quite a trial (I know, I know, the pun is just too funny).

Anyway, I know some people who read my blog are taking the exam in various states beginning tomorrow. Right now, your eyes are bugging out of your head and are completely dry because you haven't blinked since beginning bar prep in December. You may or may not have showered since then either. Whatever the case, I offer this, which I posted on Facebook today:

Best of luck to bar exam takers tomorrow! Let's face it, nothing anyone says is going to calm the butterflies in your stomach who are not really butterflies, but actually wasps who have built a huge nest in there. I know that's how you feel now so let's go with it. BUT...you may feel that way on the inside, but this needs to be you on the outside:


Monday, February 4, 2013

Birthday Blues? NOPE!

Today is my birthday. I am 37. I have never been the type of woman to dislike birthdays because they signal growing older. I embrace birthdays and I love to celebrate them - mine or other people's. It's one day a year that is all yours. Your day, the day you came into the world. I like to think I get to celebrate on Feb. 3rd and 4th because I was born in Germany, which is 7 hours ahead of Houston. So my actual birthday begins at 9:30 p.m. on February 3rd since I was born at 4:30 a.m. in Germany. :-)

I had a good, low-key birthday this year and that was just what I needed. My wonderful, sweet boyfriend called me from Germany just after midnight (12:01). We had been talking online at the time so I was awake and he wanted to call me and be the first to wish me a happy birthday. He's adorable that way! He was sad he couldn't be here for my birthday because again, he's adorable that way! :-) My co-workers and I will go to lunch on Thursday for a late celebration (because we all get paid on Wednesday). Everyone I crossed paths with today who knew it was my birthday wished me a very happy day. My mother called me from Oregon and sang happy birthday to me over the phone, which she does every year and which I always look forward to.

I treated myself to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants where I ate a ton of food and then came home to sleep. Sounds boring I know, but it was perfect for me. I've been so exhausted with the dregs of that horrible cold that hung on forever and I've started some new prescription meds for a stomach issue that are taking a small toll on me so sleep is precious and I do it anytime I can.

This weekend, there will be a late celebration in San Antonio with my Dad. We're going to a play Friday night and then to see Toby Keith in concert at the San Antonio rodeo on Saturday evening. On Saturday morning, we're taking a tour of the Toyota plant. All of that will be fun and interesting. We always have a good time together.

So yeah...37 is good. I have been extraordinarily blessed in my life and I am so very grateful. I have many wonderful people who love me and show it every day. I feel good about where I am in life. Yeah...37 is good!


Friday, February 1, 2013

February, the Rebel!

February!! I love the month of February because my birthday is in this month and also because of Valentine's Day. The world is full of love or hope for love. I also think February is just an interesting month, sort of the rebel of the calendar what with only having 28 days and then occasionally being all wacky and having 29. 

Today is the first day of this wonderful, love-filled, wacky month and it's a Friday so that's awesome. Nothing much new in life at the moment, which is good sometimes. Well, there are a few new things such as the boilers at my apartment complex. 
For the last few weeks, the water has been tepid at best when I go to shower or take my beloved bubble baths and that just won't do! My baths are my sanctuary, they are my go-to relaxation technique, my cozy haven, my...well you get the picture. Anyway, they finally replaced the boilers yesterday and in celebration/anticipation of my first hot bubble bath in many weeks, I purchased a bubble bath recommended by a friend. It's called Dr. Teal's Foaming Milk Bath with milk and honey. It was about $4.50 at Wal-Mart. It smells delicious and it was very nice in the bath, the bubbles stayed awhile and it did soothe my skin nicely. 

After the bath, I took a nice nap on the bed on which I had put the freshly washed sheet and comforter this evening. The bad cold I had has cleared up basically, but I am still dragging with some residual fatigue and general weakness. Also, I started taking some prescription meds today for a stomach thing and those were messing with me a bit this afternoon, making me feel weak and a bit out of sorts. So the nap was delicious! 

My plan for this weekend is to sleep. That is pretty much it. I've been on the go this week with working, meeting a friend for lunch Tuesday, meeting a friend for dinner Thursday, and trying to get life stuff done. This is rough when you aren't feeling that great. My wonderful boyfriend has been very loving and sweet so that helps a lot and my Dad has been awesome as well. I have great men in my life, I am very blessed! 

So, this weekend the goal is to get over this weak/fatigue/dragging my body through life feeling left over from that nasty cold I had. There may be some pizza involved in all of this...because that too helps in healing, I am convinced!