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Insomnia! Fun for the whole family!! [Nov. 25th, 2008|04:55 am]
Zoethe
[Current Mood |exhaustednot safe to operate machinery]

Had one of those lovely nights when I can't get comfy, can't quite drop off, keep thinking I'm going to, and then denied! So of course poor Ferrett wasn't sleeping well because I was twisting and turning and thrashing.

I finally gave up at 5am. It's crazy that it seems such an obscene hour to me now. I mean, a couple years ago, this was when I was up all the time anyway. During those crazy law school years of getting up at 4:30, studying until 7, getting to work at 8:30, getting to school at 6, getting home at 9:45, and trying to have dinner and a bit of conversation with my hubby before falling into bed, I actually kind of forgot that I ever had trouble sleeping.

Ah, the good old days....

Just as well, though; I have a lot of work to do, and my girls will be arriving tomorrow afternoon, after which the holiday will be spent with them instead of working...mostly. So I shall get an early start on my tasks and try to get through as much of it as possible prior to their arrival.

Which means I shall have a boring day of tedious, repetitive, but exacting work. So I'm looking for some means of distraction to break up the day. So tell me something, or ask me something. This is not a "tell me a secret" screened posts entry, just a blatant appeal to be engaged. If you ask me a question, I will do my best to answer it. If it's something you'd prefer not to discuss in public, drop it in my inbox instead.

It's gonna be a long day at Casa McJuddmetz. Please help me make it more fun!
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[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2008-11-25 10:31 am (UTC)
In the ideal Star Wars based video game what character or characters would you be allowed to kill without recrimination? Ewoks? Jar Jar? The Walrus People? Lando? Jabba? The Cantina Band? Or some other being?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 11:05 am (UTC)
Well, the issue is "without recrimination." I personally think that the ideal Star Wars game would grant you three levels for killing Jar Jar.

But seriously. "Ideal" implies philosophically balanced as concerns the Force. And there should never be recrimination-free deaths in the Force. There are deaths that are justifiable, and by serving the greater good balance out any karmic detriment.

Hence, killing Jar Jar and gaining three levels.
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[User Picture]From: rozasharn
2008-11-25 10:40 am (UTC)
You've seen all the Simon's Cat videos?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0ffwDYo00Q was the first one.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 11:07 am (UTC)
I have seen some of them. They are very cute. I had a cat like that when I was a kid.
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[User Picture]From: pjhandley
2008-11-25 12:05 pm (UTC)
well, since I have a day full of housework that needs doing, I'll be playing music in the background all day to keep me going. So, that said, my question is:
What's your favorite music to help give you energy/keep you going?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 12:55 pm (UTC)
Honestly? Gilbert & Sullivan. Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe or The Mikado, most likely.

I can only listen to classical music while working, and then only turned really low. I get too caught up in it. But if I'm doing housework, some G&S is either on or in my head - and likely coming out of my mouth in snatches, alas poor Ferrett.
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2008-11-25 12:24 pm (UTC)
What's your favorite kind of breakfast cereal, and why? Also, what is your opinion of "kid's cereals."

(Can you tell I'm eating breakfast?)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 01:01 pm (UTC)
I don't really eat breakfast cereal that often. I like the Fruit and Fiber cereal - something sweet with flakes and fruit - but it's sort of like snack food. If it's in the house I will nibble on handfuls.

I never allowed kids' cereals in my house when the kids were little. I personally find them vile, and they are so filled with chemicals and preservatives, let alone the high fructose corn syrup. Ick.
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[User Picture]From: loralai
2008-11-25 12:45 pm (UTC)
you know what bugs me the most? when i'm about to finally (finally) fall asleep and i have one of those half-asleep-half-awake dreams about walking along... and then i trip in my not-dream and wake myself up because my entire body jolts when i fall. or am i the only one who has annoying not-dream moments like that?

something to entertain....
(hi, btw. i know i haven't been around... ^.^;)

ok... what is your favorite outfit and why?
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[User Picture]From: khiron1416
2008-11-25 01:44 pm (UTC)
i would have those falling jerks in daydreams while "awake" and also while falling asleep.
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[User Picture]From: eendje77
2008-11-25 02:24 pm (UTC)
What ever happened to you and your husband's weight-loss efforts?

I remember tales of cycling, adventures with new vegetables and jogging, but that's all gone silent? Dropped all the weight you needed, decide it was no longer important or whimper to a stop and hope no one would remember? :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 03:53 pm (UTC)
....

Look, Elvis!!!!

[runs away]

Still working out, but not being so good about the eating. Have gained some of the weight back Ferrett actually looks great, though!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2008-11-25 03:16 pm (UTC)
I've usually found it better to get up and do something (half hour of free cell, empty the dishwasher, etc.) than to lay there. After a half hour or so, I often can lay down and sleep.

My something to entertain you is to tell you that my husband is back into baking bread! He made wheat bread with golden raisins, then oatmeal, and twice now, rye bread with allspice!! Yummy, yummy!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 03:53 pm (UTC)
Ooo, sounds very yummy!!!!
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[User Picture]From: hopeevey
2008-11-25 03:18 pm (UTC)
Do you more enjoy the process of making a quilt, or having the completed quilt?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 03:56 pm (UTC)
That depends on where I am in the project. I love designing and choosing colors, love piecing the individual blocks. When it comes to putting together the whole top, I am definitely kept going by the sight of it coming together rather than by the act of doing it. Basting is a pain I never look forward to, but I enjoy the quilting part. Putting on the binding is a bore, but it's so close to the end that momentum keeps you going.

During the boring parts, I'd rather be finished. But most of them are pretty limited.
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[User Picture]From: katzinoire
2008-11-25 04:45 pm (UTC)
So will they drive over a few hours with a turkey thawing in warm, salted water to tenderize it like last year? (remember, I warned you I remember stuff!)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 06:29 pm (UTC)
No, we are not actually in charge of the turkey this year, but fellow briners are, so it will be okay.
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[User Picture]From: ls56
2008-11-25 05:30 pm (UTC)

prop 8

What do you think of California's Prop 8 being brought to the courts?

I know you support same-sex marriage, but how do you feel about courts overruling a majority vote?

(I don't know if it's actually as simple as that, not being fully versed in Cali constitutional law, I'm looking more for a philosophical take.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 06:36 pm (UTC)

Re: prop 8

I haven't had time to read up on it, but it appears that there are legitimate reasons to contest whether the amendment is valid as written. And I actually don't have that much trouble with the court overturning a majority. Loving v. Virginia and Brown v. Board of Education would not have come about when they did if they had relied on majority rule. The role of the court is sometimes to buck the majority in order to protect the rights of the underrepresented.
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[User Picture]From: tempter
2008-11-25 05:38 pm (UTC)
I present you with both question and comment!

My comment: biking in the snow pretty much sucks. I'm not far north of you (Ann Arbor), so you're probably equally used to the snow, but this is the first time I've done an all-weather biking commute. The worst part is the snow in your eyes.

My question: do you have any advice for a 1L about to go into fall term finals? I've got Torts, Crim, and Con Law this semester, and finals start in ~2 weeks.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 06:56 pm (UTC)

Advice? Um, a little....

Have you done your outlines? Outlining was absolutely the best thing for me. Identify each issue and hang the major case on it mentally. Then review and revise your outlines down to something like 6 pages. Condensing it will push it into your brain - the more you "handle" the information, rather than just reading it, the more you can get it into your head.

Memorize all those elements. There's no way around it. Knowing the associated case helps, but you can't get around memorizing the elements of crimes and torts. Those were the things I made flashcards for.

And if they have copies of old tests from your profs in the library, get them and read them. Get more than one year - the more years, the more data points you have. Some profs give essentially the same test or one of two tests, changing the facts slightly. Not every school has them, but they are pure gold if yours does.

I did buy outline style study guides for some classes and used them as supplements to my own outline - a different version of the information written down sometimes clarified something and sometimes straightened things out for me.

Practice writing answers in law school style.
-As in case y, this is an example of x
-The elements of x are ____
-In y, the elements were demonstrated ____
-As in y, in this case the elements are ____
-Therefore,____

Pretty much every law school answer following that format is going to get a decent score (assuming you've identified the right issue! But when you are reading through the questions and trying to pick out the issue and outline your answer (and do take the time to do all that), it's easy to forget orderly answer writing. Practicing answers will help - you don't have to write them all the way out, just outline your approach so that it's second nature.

And GET SOME SLEEP. There is nothing noble about all-nighters before finals. Start your studying now so you aren't rushing at the end, and make sure you stay rested and healthy.

This got long. I don't bike in snow - I'm impressed with your accomplishments!!!
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[User Picture]From: gravityslave
2008-11-25 06:21 pm (UTC)
Is it morally wrong to tell sidewalk charity canvassers that I have "already signed up"? It makes them happy, but the truth is that we're broke and I'm uncomfortable telling Random Sidewalk Strangers about our financial woes. Still, lying makes me feel guilty.

In an entirely other vein, have you seen http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/? I only discovered it yesterday, but apparently it's been around for a long time. It made me laugh. A lot.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 08:29 pm (UTC)
I got distracted from responding to you by that site! Hysterical because it's true.

"I've already given" is not really a lie. You've given what you could when you could. Accosting people on the street may be an effective method of getting donations, but you aren't required to answer for yourself to such strangers.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-11-25 06:29 pm (UTC)
Might you happen to know where Ferrett's essay about suicide is? :\ It was, to the best of my memory, how the people who don't commit suicide are the ones who really lack for support and understanding, and how it is only after others have, sadly, committed suicide that they receive a lot of attention.

I wouldn't ask so much, but I haven't been able to find it for the past year.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 08:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know where it is, sorry. Better to ask him.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2008-11-25 09:21 pm (UTC)
... with my cats on the microwave, perhaps?

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 10:36 pm (UTC)
Kittehs!!!!! They are looking very intent.
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[User Picture]From: ldygwynedd
2008-11-25 09:29 pm (UTC)
Just an aside: If you are having trouble sleeping, do you think it could be a side effect of Adderall? I feel that way too if I take my dose too late in the day.

And question:

Are you still trying to sell the Casa?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-11-25 10:36 pm (UTC)
Not trying to sell the Casa anymore - we are happily ensconced and intending to stay that way. And usually the Adderall doesn't bother me like that. I probably should have gotten up and "reset" myself.
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