Roller Coaster Ride

Sorry, this is not a post about the awesome roller coaster I rode the other day.  Rather, it is about my life and how much of a rollar coaster it feels like it’s been lately.  I just finished up the bar exam (take 2) and phew… glad to have that behind me!  I found that it was quite different this time than last time.  I’m normally (okay, always) a fast tester.  My last EA exam I finished in less than 2 hours… you’re allowed 3 1/2.  Yeah, that kind of fast.  I remember last year, I spent a lot of time in the “break” area of the facility where the bar exam is held.  This year, wow, not so much.

By the way, did I mention I’m officially an Enrolled Agent now?  Yep, got my certificate from the IRS and everything.  If you have tax problems, let me know!  Just kidding… except maybe not.  I’ll really help you.  🙂

Okay, back to the bar:

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Couch to Survivor Mud Run: Week Seven… sort of

Sometime during the middle of this week I realized I’ve become one of the runners who runs because they love to eat.  Yeah.  It’s true.  I got home from my run Thursday and had a cookie.  But hey, I just burned about 200 calories on the treadmill… I earned it, right?!

Don’t judge me.

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Tears, Snow, Smiles


When I got to work on Friday, I had a teddy bear and a card sitting on my desk.  Almost everyone in my office had signed the card with uplifting, positive comments.  I had been tear-free for nearly 12 hours, but yet again, I burst into tears.  It’s so great to have such amazing coworkers… and I haven’t even been there two months! Continue reading


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