A week from today I leave for the summer! The reality of it is sinking in, and I’m both really excited for this new opportunity, and a little bummed to be leaving Alan for two and a half months.
Yesterday I drove to Buffalo for the last time before I leave. I had to return a library book, and to pack up the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review (“BHRLR”) office. We’re being moved to a new (smaller) office (with no window) over the summer. I think I packed a total of 18 boxes: the majority of which were old copies of the journal. I also found a fax machine and a box of fax paper! I listened to Tina Fey’s Bossypants on audio book, and all in all it was a pretty good time.
I also still have to complete a mega-cite pack for the Buffalo Law Review (“BLR”). My new position on BLR is Publications Editor. I have to take completed cite packs, double check the Bluebooking, and put the edits into the Word document. I have about 150 cites to do, so it’ll take a while. That’s due next Monday.
Then I’m also working on getting he house really clean and organized for Alan. I can put away things that I use regularly that Alan doesn’t (like hot rollers).
And, of course, I have to pack! I still need to buy a garment bag to carry my suits. I want to check out Marshall’s—they seem to have good prices on luggage. I’m going to pack one full-sized suitcase (which I will check on the plane), one garment bag, and a smaller totebag/larger purse (I haven’t decided yet). I’m trying to make my wardrobe as mix-and-match as possible, while packing enough for office work, weekend trips, around town stuff, exercise, and sleep.
So that’s what this next week will be: Bluebooking, cleaning, packing, and spending as much time with Alan as I can.
Yesterday Alan and I loaded up our bikes and headed to Canandaigua.
(BTW, we had to repack the cargo—bungee cords weren’t cutting it!)
Our route was along the Canal path as far as Pittsford, and then south to Canadaigua.
We got this far:
The rim on Alan’s rear wheel was cutting into inner tubes. He replaced the tube right before we left, and it was flat within three miles. He’s had this problem before, and tube after tube is punctured.
So we decided to head back. We had two spare tubes, but didn’t want to get super far from home and be stranded. Alan worked on replacing the tube, and I biked home to get the car. After he started back, the new tube went flat, and I had to rescue him.
We were both pretty bummed. I spent a week reading up on bike camping, digging camping supplies out of the basement, and planning how to put it all on our bikes. We headed to Nick Tahou’s for dinner. Neither of us have ever been, and Alan wanted to experience a Rochester tradition.
He didn’t love it. I got a hot dog, which was okay. We walked across the street and got some Abbott’s ice cream. Then we drove home and watched an episode of Sherlock on Netflix. And then this morning we biked to Panera for breakfast.
Even though we didn’t get a chance to try a long bike trip and to camp out, we did spend some good time together and got some biking in. We’re off to a wedding this afternoon! Should be a good time!
I’m in the middle of finals. Law school finals are a big deal because they’re generally your only grade for the semester (some professors have a small participation grade). So you can’t really coast at the end of the semester. This is the time to prove that you’ve actually learned something in the past three months.
My Urban Planning Studio is done (yay!). We had our final presentation on Wednesday May 4th. (I put together the Studio Presentation PDF you can find on that page.) I submitted my section of the final written report on that Wednesday, but it’s still being edited and formatted by other students. I think the final report should come out sometime this coming week.
Tuesday was a 24 hour take-out exam for Public International Law. 24 hour exams are the worst. The professors give you a TON to do, knowing you have 24 hours to do it. But when are you supposed to sleep? I think I worked at least 20 of the hours between 9am on Tuesday and 9am on Wednesday. Not fun.
I took my Criminal Procedure test yesterday. 50 multiple-choice questions. At least this professor didn’t go crazy with using “cute” names in the question hypotheticals. I find that very distracting. Anyway, after that class, I know a bunch about what the police can and cannot do under the 4th amendment!
Monday is my Conflicts of Law final exam. I’m listening to the Sum & Substance audio review on my iPod. (I LOVE that the Law Library has so many audio review CDs!) The exam will be short answer/essay, so it’s really important to be able to use the right vocabulary when answering the questions. Listening to an expert talk through the subject is really helpful.
And then I just have to write a 20 page paper (due Thursday) for my Topics in International Criminal Law:Piracy class. I’m writing on the transactions that occur within the modern Somali piracy situation (e.g., the economic transaction between the pirates and the hostages, and the jurisdictional transaction between American/European victims and the Kenyan court system). Should be interesting.
And then, I’m done for the semester! I’ll have something like 12 days to finish preparing and packing, and then I’m off to Pristina, Kosovo! It’s coming soon…!
Tonight Alan and I biked to Highland Park, then to Pellegrinos for subs, and back home.
Map from Google. Our route wasn’t the most direct—we got a little lost between Mt. Hope and the Park
It was a good night :)