I have been meaning to write for so long, and life has gotten away from me day after day after day. I’ve never been super great at time-management, but my new life is all about time management, so trial by fire it is. Having a schedule crammed and full hasn’t been my jam, but now starting my second week of law school (hoooooley crap is that a steep drop-off!) I have to make sure I schedule tiny bits of mental health time and family time and time when I’m not thinking about case-briefs or waking up with stress dreams about case briefs. Its a whole new world.
So backing up a bit…we had a summer. The kids were home a lot, and it was nice–the quiet before the storm, such as it is. Jon’s parents came out from Utah and we had a mini-family reunion at the beach, and it was lovely. The kids got to spend a few days in the balmy humid surf and play with their cousins. We had some good food, and a few lazy days to tie up the last trailing days of summer.
Thankfully, we have wonderful house/pet sitters, so we had a young married couple staying at our place with the cats and Tiberius while we were gone. We were home for only a couple of days before I started law school.
I don’t have a ton of time right now to go into detail, but for the sake of my posterity I will try to find time soon to document the transition. I’m just not sure anything can prepare you for the first week of law school. It’s like jumping into the deep, cold end of the ocean. You acclimate–at least that’s what I’m told, and it must be true because people survive this. But it’s a rough drop-in. Especially when you’ve been out of school for eight+ years and you’re a decade (or more) older than your classmates. I keep reminding myself that no one else knows what they’re doing yet either.
Jeffrey had his 18th birthday last week. We had to wait to celebrate until Friday night because of me. He said he rather enjoyed his birthday taking up the better part of a week. I haven’t written him his birthday letter yet…I don’t know if I have the space to feel the feels that honestly requires. But I’ll find it.
Bean, Abby and Kelsey are all in high school this year. Abby has found her grove and her people in marching band. Bean is fully mainstreamed and loves his geometry class. Kelsey is doing a cosmetology elective and says the smell of burning hair wasn’t her! Jeffrey is managing his home-skills and taking a couple of classes at the community college in preparation for leaving for Utah State next year.
Jon is getting used to having a wife who isn’t as available, but he’s also so visibly proud of me. Knowing I have so much love and support at home makes the hard days better.
Now I have about 25 pages of reading in my torts casebook, with another dozen briefs to write up for Wednesday.
Deep breaths…here we go.