Whoa. Nearly two years have passed.

The biggest news since I stopped writing:

The birth of my second little boy.

I am now the mother to TWO boys and instead of balancing that with law school, I am now trying to balance working full time with raising two tiny children.

 

 

I know, I KNOW, it’s been a while.

I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus the past couple of months. I know I shouldn’t be neglecting this here blog, but a LOT has been happening.

As you all know (and by “all”, I mean Aunt J. What up J!!!) this is my last semester of law school and I have been working the past two months trying desperately to keep my head above water so that I could finish everything that needed to be done while keeping a semblance of sanity.

However, I am proud to say that I completed my final law school exam yesterday and I can now say that I have a Juris Doctor. In other words, I am a Doctor of Law. That’s right. A Doctor.

::Waits for the roaring cheers to quiet down::

So on top of studying/filling out bar applications/writing papers, we (and by “we” I mean “I”) have been packing up the apartment in anticipation of the move that will occur on Sunday.

I.Cant.Wait.

We are moving back in with my mother. I know that may sound weird to some people, but those people would not understand the relationship I have with my mother. She’s totally my BFF. She loves my husband as if he was her own, and of course as cute as Babylicious is, I’m sure even Queen Elizabeth would invite us to stay in her humble abode just for the chance of getting to kiss those chubby two year old cheeks. My mother is thrilled to have us moving in. What grandmother wouldn’t love to see her first grandchild every single day, amirite ladies?

(you are thrilled, right Mom?)

So all in all it’s been a hectic couple of months. I’d like to say that I’m out of the woods and I can relax and look for a job and maybe have some down time. But alas, it is not to be. Starting next week I have thousands of  appointments to get us settled into our new town. And in addition, starting very soon I have to dive head-first into studying for the bar. I will be doing nothing for the next two months but doing practice MBE MCQ’s and Sample Essays. Model Essay Answers, here I come.

No, but really, studying for the bar is going to be brutal, and I am not looking forward to it, but it has to be done. I want to pass the bar the first time. I think I will pass the bar the first time, so long as I put my heart into studying. I’ve told the mother and Hubster that I’m going to need lots of help with Babylicious and they both (mom probably more so than hubster) understand that they will really have to step up and be the primary care-givers to Babylicious. Kind of breaks my heart a little, but look at it this way. If I was working full time I’d be away from him just as long. And to get this done in one go is my primary goal, so then we won’t have to worry about it any longer.

So, what’s babylicious been up to you ask?

He’s found the microwave. Loves to stand on his little step stool and push the buttons. As soon as I say, let’s go eat dinner/lunch/breakfast, he runs to find his stool and then “helps” me with the microwave. We’ve had to keep it unplugged when we’re not using it as we’ve found quite the unsuspecting metal car waiting to be cooked many a time.

Words that babylicious is now saying on a regular basis: car (CAR CAR CAR), train, oh man, uh-oh, eat, cheese, Dega, thank you, ball, cracker… and so many more that I just can’t think of at the moment. His vocabulary grows even though his words aren’t coming quite as fast. He understands everything we tell him to do, “Throw that it the trash”, “Put that back where you found it”, “Let’s eat”, “It’s bathtime”, “Do you want to watch Mickey?”, “Go find your car”, and so on.

Speaking of Mickey, I know “they” say not to allow your child to watch television until after his second birthday, and even then to limit it. But let me tell you, without Mickey’s Clubhouse in the mornings I would never be able to get out of the apartment on time. He watches Mickey almost every morning and he is no worse for the wear. It could be worse. He could be watching Family Guy or American Dad.

pfft… as if I “model mother of the year” would let him watch Family Guy… ha… ha… hmmm.

Anyhoo. Until next time.

::sobs quietly in the corner::

I realized today that I will be unable to attend blogher.

::Collapses dramatically to the floor::

I’m so very sad.

Originally this was going to be a trip that the sister (also a blog fanatic, at least fanatical about a couple o’ blogs) and I would make together. It then evolved into a trip I would be making with Hubster. I was so excited as I’ve read so many of these women for years and I was finally, FINALLY, going to meet some of them.

But it was not to be.

As some of you know (::waves to Aunt J in the front row::) I will be taking the Virginia Bar Exam in July.  This exam is a two day (and by “day” I mean like 12 hours) exam that begins very early on both mornings. This exam is also held in only one city in Virginia. Seeing as though I don’t live anywhere near this particular city, I will be forced to travel. Travel involves hotel rooms. Hotel rooms require funds. I know, right? They actually expect you to PAY for a hotel room? What nerve. Also, lest I faint from hunger and fatigue, traveling also requires food.

I was crunching the numbers today and it will be quite impossible for us to afford both the Bar Exam (which I’ve already dumped QUITE a bit of money into) in addition to Blogher. ::picks self off the floor, wipes nose, sniffles::

Seriously though, I was this close to taking the February 2011 Bar Exam so that I could go to Blogher this year.

However, there is a silver (albeit a little tarnished) lining. Originally I was going to take the Bar by myself, as in travel and stay in the hotel alone. However, since Blogher is no longer feasible, Hubster has decided to travel with me and stay with me in the hotel, and we are going to stay an extra night after the exam as a celebration for getting through it.

(For those of you in law school wondering how in the world I can celebrate after simply “taking” the exam, fear not. The celebration will be muted considering I don’t get the actual results of the exam until October)

I’ve found a lovely woman to purchase my conference pass. I’m sure she will have a blast, as will all those attending.

It just wasn’t in the stars for me this year.

My current obsession…

Etsy.

I know I’ve talked about how I tend to obsess over one thing for a while, and while I’m emersed in that obsession I don’t think much about anything else.

Well Etsy.com is my current obsession.  I’ve known about Etsy for a long time but only recently took the time to browse around the site. I am so glad I did. Because everything is hand-made and most items you can get custom there is something for everybody. You can find very unique and interesting things.

My favorite category is the jewelry. It’s amazing to me what people can do on their own. I wish I was talented enough to construct something like these people do.

I think it would be great if certain ladies in my family *cough*Mom and Jessi*cough* who actually ARE talented with crafts/photography/stained glass/etc start an etsy page.

Anyhoo.

51 days until graduation, but really, who’s counting?

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend…

I was a bit hasty about the ring.

Having absolutely no experience with diamonds I had an idea in my head about how big the carat size would be, and when it arrived and was much smaller than I imagined, I panicked just a tiny bit.

However, I was assured by Hubster and the Jeweler across the street that my ring was indeed the size it was supposed to be.

I was a little hesitant about the color and clarity. This being the first black diamond I’ve ever seen I was unaware of what it would actually look like. Again, I had this idea in my head that a black diamond would be as black as an onyx and that just isn’t the case. I was again assured that my diamond, although not perfect by any means, is very typical of a black diamond.

Also, I at first had an issue with the simplicity of it. The ring is a simple solitaire in a white gold setting. I wanted to keep it simple because my wedding band is very simple and being that my wedding band is the most important ring I wear, I didn’t want the diamond to overpower it. It does go wonderfully with my wedding band. The only problem is that the rest of my jewelry is very very flashy (if you knew my mother, you’d know where I get it from. My sister is the same way. Hey Jess!!!) So, when I first saw the ring (and yes, I did see a picture of it online, but as mentioned previously I thought the stone would be much bigger and thus more flashy) in person I didn’t think it would go with the rest of my jewelry. But, considering I only wear a watch and my wedding band on my left hand, and go more crazy with my right hand in terms of jewelry, the ring actually fancies up the left hand more so than I thought it would at first.

So, all in all, if I were to return it and buy a different black diamond, chances are I’d get one that looked very similar to the one I have now.

Thus, we are keeping it and after wearing it for the past two days I have become quite smitten with it.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Bullet Points: Bad Week Edition

Reasons this week has been horrible:

1. Babylicous is feeling under the weather. Again. Update: Went to the doctor yesterday and was told it was Fifth’s disease. Most children get it under the age of two and only get it once.

2. I turned my ankle pretty badly. Swelling and bruising ensued. Update: Feeling much better, but still swelling, and I  an occasionally feel a painful pull if I move it the wrong way.

3. I had 2 quizes (what is this? Middle School?), 2 MBE questions, and about 300 pages of reading. Update: Babylicious started feeling a little better just in time for me to get in absolutely no studying for the quizes.

4. The weather is still crap. It finally started snowing here. Sigh. Update: Still snowing.

5. Babylicious lost my keys. Update: Found them in the laundry hamper after frantically searching for two days.

6. I was outbid on a very affordable pair of shoes on ebay. Update: I actually did win the shoes but was forced to pay an extra $12. Still very affordable for this brand of shoe. My theory is that the owner of the shoes bid on them to increase the price they would eventually go for.

7. The Spring Line of Petunia came out and the majority of the prints are hideous. Update: Still Ugly. Still dissapointed.

Yes, it hasn’t been the best week. We’ve also had some issues with Verizon, but that’s a whole post of its own.

One final thing that makes this week suck suck sucky, the engagement ring was a bit of a bust. I guess that’s what you get for buying a diamond online. It’s not quite what I was expecting, so chances are we’ll be returning it and I will once again be without an engagement ring.

*sob*

I love me some deals…

I made an amazing discovery this week. Ebay. (I know right? Welcome to 2003.) 

No, but SERIOUSLY. Ebay is fabulous. Up to this point I have always been very weary of the whole online auction thing. I didn’t understand Paypal. I didn’t understand the whole “maximum bid” thing. I was really just ignorant to anything Ebay related. Give me Amazon any day of the week and I can purchase you under the table. There’s nothing fancy with Amazon. You pick out what you want. You put in your credit card number. And BAM!!! You have the product. Not so much with Ebay. Until now. 

The first time I EVER used Ebay was when I was in desperate need of a Starbucks Ceramic Mug (Hush. You can TOTALLY be in desperate need of a travel mug) 

Anyhoo, I could not find one ANYWHERE. Not one online store (or real store for that matter) carried these fabulous mugs. In one such Starbucks store, one of the cashiers said the words that forever changed my life. “You could always try Ebay”. So I bit the bullet. Within 5 minutes of perusing the site I located the coveted Starbucks Mug. I was dumbstruck. There it was. And the best part was: there was a “buy it now” option. No bidding. No risk of being over-bid. Almost instant gratification. 

So, of course, I purchased it. And never looked back. 

Now, lest you think I am one of “those people” who maxes out her credit cards on frivolous items that are not needed, I’d like to make it clear that my first purchase was made over a month ago and since then I have purchased one other item and am currently bidding on a second (both of which I cannot live without). 

My second purchase was a watch. Something that is great about Ebay is that you can find BRAND NEW items that are being sold simply because a new line of the brand has been released and the old stock must be sold. This is how I got a STUNNING brand new fossil watch usually retailing for $125 for MUCH LESS. SO much less. And I needed a new watch. I only had one watch and it was horribly scratched on the face (seriously, like to the point it was hard to read). 

That is the only other purchase I’ve made on Ebay. However, I am currently bidding on a pair of almost-new Sofft shoes (if you don’t know Sofft, look them up). I am graduating in the next few months and have not a single pair of suitable graduation shoes (Shut Up, I don’t). The shoes I am bidding on, if won, will be gorgeous, and a INCREDIBLE deal. 

All of this to say… I love Ebay. 

That is all. 

P.S. I have been married for 2.5 years and just yesterday purchased an engagement ring. That’s right. We like to do things a little backwards here at JWH. I can’t wait for it to be delivered.