Archive | July 2011

Maxwell Falls & Butler Gulch hikes & Jones Pass

So I’ve been meaning to blog about our Maxwell Falls hike for a couple of weeks now, but that pesky bar exam took priority.  However, now that’s over and I can focus on blogging.. hooray! (Don’t act like you aren’t excited, too!)  I’m including some pictures along the way, but I’ll include a link to all the pictures on Facebook at the end of the post. Continue reading


Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

With a number of bear attacks in the news recently (AlaskaYellowstoneColorado), I feel it is incredibly important for people to know how to deal with bears.  Now, I will never say I am any sort of wilderness expert by any means.  In fact, if you read some of my previous posts, you’ll see I’ve only been doing this for a few years.  However, my husband is ALL about making sure I am fully prepared for anything we might encounter, including bears.

Black bear in Big Bend National Park... from a safe distance, this was as zoomed in as my camera would get.

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I feel like that’s about the only way to explain what I’m feeling right about now.  I have been studying for weeks (I guess you could say years since my legal learning started in August 2008) and yet I feel no more confident than I did when I started.

My worst subject, by far, is real property. I just can’t grasp it for some reason.  I spent two full days reviewing notes and attempting to understand at least some of it.  Today I took a 20 question practice quiz and did WORSE than I had been doing!  HOW does that happen?!  My husband claims it’s the stress, which, to an extent, he’s probably right.  However, I feel like I should be improving with all the hours of studying I’m putting in. Continue reading


IRAC: Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion

This is the basic essay format that has been drilled into law students’ heads since their 1L (first) year.  It is also the format used for the essay portion of the bar exam.  I’d been putting off working on practice essays for a while because, well, frankly I just wasn’t that worried about them, and because I can BS my way out of just about anything and figured that would work for the essays, too.

Well, I started working on essays last Friday and felt like I’d just been slapped in the face by Reality and punched in the stomach by Denial.  I attempted three practice essays and, upon finishing them, began thinking of alternative careers for when I failed the bar.  The essays were supposed to be my saving grace and yet I felt like I’d never even been to law school when I actually started doing them.  I’m not sure what it was about them that intimidated me so much.  One of the essays I did online and submitted to an attorney grader somewhere.  I quickly got it back with the grade of “exceeds the standard.”  Wait, what?!  I was SURE I had failed the dang thing and yet I actually knew what I was doing?!  Interesting. Continue reading

The Dog Park

This will be a ranting, venting post.  Fair warning.

It is a gorgeous day here in Denver, so I decided to take the dogs (and my bar exam essay study guide, of course) to the dog park.  For those of you who have never met my wonderful “children”, here they are:

This is Gunn, our 110lb bloodhound.

Our 7lb miniature dachshund, Wesson.

They are, indeed, quite the pair.

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You know you’re studying for the bar if…

I’m sure many of you have seen this and I have no idea who the original creator was to give credit to, but it’s hilarious especially for bar takers and even non-bar takers to understand what we are going through.  (There’s some vulgar language in here, FYI)

It makes me feel smarter if I use my bar review travel mug...

You Know You’re Studying For The Bar If…

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