Thursday, May 03, 2007

One down – two to go!

I took my Admin Law final last night. I feel good about it. I did not stare blankly at the page wondering what the heck to write, so that is always good. I do have a theory though that almost everyone leaves most finals feeling pretty good. Most of us do well… it is hard to have a good sense of if you did better than most or about the same. Oh, well. I did my best and now I’m on to the next. I will take Evidence and Con Law II next week.

So, where the heck have I been? Life has gotten crazy. For those of you who read my partner’s blog, you already know. Her mother is dying so she has been living in a hotel with our kids up near Seattle for the past three week so she can be close to her mom. It’s a total roller coaster ride, and not the fun kind. The kids and her are SO READY to be home, it is draining and sad and exhausting. The only good parts are that she is able to be with her brother and sister and all experience this together and they have really helped out a lot with the kids. Her brother’s girlfriend has been wonderful with them, trying to keep them occupied while Casey is with her mom, and accompanying them on fun outings, like to the Science Center. Of course, the kids, especially the little one, won’t let Casey out of their site for long, so it is all still very much a challenge.

I go up and visit on weekends. We all miss each other very much.

A week into this I found out the department where I work is being eliminated and my job may or may not remain. Great timing.

Later that day, I found out that my dad has been hospitalized and has terminal cancer.

WHOA! Enough! Done with bad news now.

At least Dad is up within about 15 minutes from Casey’s mom, so that is working out well to visit him when I go up on the weekends.

I was pretty shaken for a bit, but hey, I have to move on with life, right?

So, I am acting as if my job will go away, and contacting everyone I know that might know people that work in the environmental field – sustainability, alternate energy sources, regulation compliance, green spaces, anything! I figure it is time to get some relevant experience. I plan to specialize in environmental law – and will either practice or do administration when I graduate. I think working for the EPA would be fun. Anyway, if YOU know of anyone in the PDX area who might be looking for a project coordinator, or a legal clerk (legal experience would be good, too!), or a combination of administrative and legal work – please let me know!

Ideally, I will get a great job offer and find out that my current job will remain as is. I LOVE choices!

To all my law student friends – good luck on finals and have a great summer!


nikk said...

Good luck with your finals. Sorry that you have SO much going on right now. I think about you and Casey everyday, sending good thoughts.

patti_cake said...

Good luck Dakota. I am so sorry about all the bad stuff but Casey is truly a phenomenal woman. :)

LawSchool Mama said...

Nikk - Thanks. Been meaning to call, but well, you know how it goes. Thanks for the good thoughts.

Patti_Cake - Thank you, and yes, Casey is a Rock Star!

Casey said...

*snort* Yeah - that' sme alright. A rock star. *rolling my eyes*

You're silly.

Caroline said...

I wished you luck on Casey's blog, but I know that you did just fine.

I am sorry about all that you guys are going through. I continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

patti_cake said...

Hey you both are rock stars in my book. Keeping it together with each other and the kids despite illness of both of your parents, possible job woes for Dakota, Casey being displaced out of her home for going on four weeks and Dakota going through finals.
I would have already jumped screaming off a cliff i'm afraid. Yeah, you both rock!

Mieke said...

You're almost done!!! Almost!!! So exciting that the summer is so close.

I hope you are doing ok. Will you please send me wisdom for Torts. I have to teach myself in 8 days.


Mieke said...

Happy Summer!!!

Give Casey a huge hug from me.