Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy (Late) Independence Day!

It's been a while since I blogged.  I need to get back to the studying since I took basically the whole weekend off for the holiday, but I wanted to quickly post and say hi to everyone.

So, remember the guy that I said I had a date with in my last substantive update?  Well, I'm still seeing him.  As we can find the time, at least.  Between my studying and his job as a paramedic, it's been difficult.  But we're still making an effort, at least.  So, I'll tell you more about how that's going when he and I get the chance to really spend some time together.  So far I like him, but that's about all I know.

I had fun with Jenn and Matt last night at the fireworks.  It was weird though, there was this abnormally long gap between the 1812 Overture and the fireworks show.  So there we were getting irritated and bored while waiting for the fireworks to start.  But it finally started and I got some really good fireworks photos this year.  I'll have to remember that spot for later years if I want to go back for more photos.  Next year I might stay home and find out how much I can see from my balcony.  I've heard from various Quincy residents that if you have a balcony that faces the city (like I do) you have a pretty great view.  Not a photographer's view, but now that I finally got the photos I want, that's fine.

What, you want to SEE the photos?  Alright, alright, don't get your panties in a twist.  Here's my flickr album:

There are some fireworks from previous years in the same'll know which ones are this year's from my oh-so-creative title on each one:  July 4th, 2010.  =)

The studying is going quite well.  We had a practice MBE (multi-state bar exam...the multiple choice part) the other day.  I actually missed physically going in to the practice day because I slept really poorly the night before, but I did it at home and timed myself...and made sure to sit at my desk, rather than on the couch or something.  I know, I missed the experience of being in a huge room with a bunch of other test-takers, but it's not like I haven't taken standardized multiple-choice tests before.  Anyway, supposedly, the average national score is 105 on the practice day.  Passing on the bar exam is roughly 128 (raw score, not scaled).  My score on the practice day was 130.  So unless being in a room with a bunch of other people is going to distract me more than the cat coming up and meowing at me or climbing in my lap or hopping on the desk and trying to lay on the testing booklet, all I need to do is maintain that score, rather than improve on it.  Hooray!  As for the essay day, which is Massachusetts only, I'm pretty well set there too.  We've been turning in practice essays to barbri for them to grade and give back to far I've gotten a little above a 4 on each essay I've turned in, and the goal score per essay is a 4 or a 5 (out of 7 possible).  The score is mostly a reflection of organization and at least demonstrating adequate knowledge of the law.  As I've learned from the practice essays, adequate does not mean perfect, because I know both the ones I turned in were not perfect.  So, yay!

And, with that, I should go study now, so that I don't lose all this progress.  At this point, I probably won't write again until after the exam, so...see you all when it's over!
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ginger said...

130! Fan-freaking-tastic! woo-hoo! I'm glad you had fun with the fireworks, we got drowned in rain. oh,well.

I just wanted you to know that I totally adjusted the rules for The Dish so that you don't have to cook...ever! You can do reviews of other people's food or a restaurant version of the dish or even a product review. Also, you don't have to do it on your blog, facebook notes are good too.

I thought more people might be more inclined to participate this way.

Good luck on the exam!!!!

Auntie Dani said...

Good luck, Fidge!!! I'm rooting for you!

pastrywitch said...

I'm honestly impressed that your goal is 'good enough' instead of 'perfect & amazing'. That's very balanced and mature. Well done!

Bridgete said...

Oh, lol, Kate, it has less to do with balance and maturity and more to do with the fact that, unlike many law students, I'm actually not an overachiever. If my score mattered, I'd probably care more about getting as many points as possible. But this is a pass/fail exam. No one is ever going to know what my passing score was, they'll only know that I must have passed or I wouldn't have a license to practice law. It's like getting a driver's license...but harder.

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

Fireworks were definitely great despite the delay (though I did think the finale was slightly lacking this year & wonder if the wind direction had something to do with it???) but we'll be at your place next year if we don't go right up the street to the viewing spot we discovered last year that looks straight down the commuter rail tracks. You don't get to see the really low ones from there but its still awesome & we got to see the Revere fireworks display beforehand just a head turn to the left.

Love the new background, very you :-)