Sunday, April 27, 2008

This is me updating two days in a row..

Well like I said I have a bit more free time than usual, so before I take a shower and begin the actual law school studying today, I thought I'd post.

I'm currently watching "The Tudors" (I netflixed it). I'm on the 3rd episode. Since Elaine introduced me to "The Other Boleyn Girl" I have found an interest in the life and times during this era of Henry VIII. I think I'm going to find a book about the women Henry VIII managed to wed throughout his tenure as King.

I'm also reading a book about Julie Andrews early years, from birth to thirty. I have to say it is very interesting to learn about all the different obstacles and shows that she did throughout her life. What can I say, I'm a fan. Who doesn't like Sound of Music? Mary Poppins? My Fair Lady?

Today I plan on studying some Trust and Wills, make some cookies, and hopefully spend some quality time with the boyfriend when he is done studying for the day (such a productive little bee). Did I tell you how clean my apt is right now? I like it! OH and one thing that is exciting, Mrs. Leslie Massenburg will be gracing me and my apt with her presence for two to three days in May for her tryouts with the Houston Symphony! I love it when I get to see college friends. It'll be a good time of catching up and fun! Yay!

I also had a good friend from high school contact me out of the blue yesterday for the first time in about 5 years! It was so exciting to hear from her. She is getting married this summer and needed my address! Yay! I love blasts from the past.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

This is me with one final till I'm done!

You read right, I only have one final this semester, in Trust and Wills. What does this mean for me? Well it means that I have an entire week to study for one final. Which considering I'm used to studying for four finals in one week, I'm thinking I can handle this. I'm going to try to manage my time well and do like 4-5 hours of studying a day and spend the rest i don't know hanging around? Working out? Which brings me to the next point - I'm not used to having all this free time during finals. I'm used to studying for 10 hours a day just to stay afloat, well that's what the rest of my friends and boyfriend are doing right now. What does this mean? I have a lot more time to myself. For example, I cleaned my entire apartment from top to bottom today (which is not something I like to do). I went to target yesterday and got a new coffee maker, watched Misery on TV last night, reading the Julie Andrews Memoir, um yea and a plethora of other things. Now don't get me wrong, I will do studying, and a lot of it, b/c i have to teach myself trust and wills, but for today its been nice to take care of my life.

We took our class photo today. that was weird. I graduate on May 9th and turn 25 on May 5. Lots of big things going on right now. That's about all.

Much love.

Yay: Clean apartments.
Dang: no one to spend my free time with :(

Saturday, April 19, 2008

This is me after completing 150 mile bike ride to Austin.

Well friends, I did it. I know this post comes a week late but its been a super busy past week what with finals and the end of school looming. But yes I did it. I rode my bike, the Giant, as I like to call it, from here (well Katy) to Austin, TX, the middle of austin, right in front of the capital! It was a challenging two days to say the least. We started out very early on Saturday morning, and by very early I mean the sun hadn't come out yet. It was a brisk and chilly morning.

This is a picture of the team I was on - called Spazmatics, the morning we left. Its not a fair depiction of quite how early it was b/c the sun is coming up now, but just take my word for it. So after a prayer, we headed out to the great blue yonder... Well really just down the road.

The wind that day was especially bad, with a head wind and cross wind, alternating. The ride started off well. We had some rest stops before lunch and then stopped for lunch in Bellville. It was before bellville that things got tough. There are apparently a lot of hills before Bellville. But we survived them! We made it to lunch and ate a nicely provided brown bag lunch, included in it were potatoes and pasta with butter (one of my faves). The ride to lunch was approximately 40 miles.

(that's me in the front rolling into a stop at the end of the first day)

Next, we headed out to Industry, TX, where we would veer off to head to our rest stop for the night. Again with lots of hills and a strong head wind, we made it to our rest stop. We stayed with out team at a farm house inbetween la grange and industry. We had time to take showers, and rest, and eat burgers. Trust me I think I ate the total 6,000 calories I burned that day... We all went to bed as soon as the sun went down, around 8:30 pm and got a good eight hours of sleep.

The next morning we headed out at 6 am. We made it to la grange around 7 am and rolled out around 7:45 from there. THis time getting back on the bike was harder, one b/c I didn't realize quite how much my butt hurt, but luckily after a while it went numb. From there we road about 33 miles to lunch in Bastrop. From Bastrop we rode another 35 miles to Austin. The hills in this time were a little more sporatic until we got ot Austin and there they were just atrocious. The wind had returned and it was a constant battle between the wind and Sara. But at about 4 pm we rolled into Austin, and aroudn 5, after waiting for the remaining team members to show, we crossed the finish line as a team! That made it all worth it. As I crossed the finish line I saw to my left my mom, dad, and Patrick. We pulled over to the curb and they came and found me and my mom and I just hugged and cried and she thanked me for doing this for her. It was a great moment and one I am sure to never forget!

(alisa and I at a rest stop)

I was exhausted after the race and it took every ounce of energy in me to just walk around. My wonderful boyfriend carried everything I had rbought with me, including my bike. We went to Outback for a nice calorie and protein ridden dinner, and I felt more functional after that. Patrick and I headed back to Houston after saying goodbye to my parents. About half way through the trip I passed out in the passenger seat next to him for the rest of the way home.

(My team in Austin)

This bike ride was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life. I can't explain the feeling. I am going to do it again next year and God-willing continue to do it until I"m old and gray.

That's my story :)

As for the rest of my life -- my 40 page seminar paper is due on Tuesday. WHich is my entire grade for that class. I have the entire thing written as of now, I"m just going back and changing most of the third section because I don't like it at all. Then I will edit it and make sure it flows, add transitions, conclusions, and last but not least do all the "bluebooking" (which for those non lawschoolers, means citations, and they have to be in the proper "bluebook" form). Which basically means this entire weekend during the day will be spent on this paper, and did i mention its BEAUTIFUL outside??

Last night Patrick and I celebrated our 6 month anniversary with a nice dinner at Benjy's in Houston. It was very tasty. Then we watched The Mist at his apartment and just hung out. It was a very romantic and wonderful evening and just reminded be of how blessed I am to be with such an amazing guy!

My last full week of classes is next week!! And I'm pretty sure he's only making us come on Monday. Which means I am officially DONE with law school classes and well classes in general for the rest of my life on MONDAY! Craziness. My final isn't until May 5 - Cinco de Sara - so I have quite a while after i turn this paper in to focus on it. In other words, i'm not as stressed out as normal semesters...

Well I guess I should get back to this paper --

Much love.

Yay: to the end of Law school...

Dang: finishing this paper and not getting to enjoy the lovely spring

Friday, April 11, 2008


About 15 years ago my Mom was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. This diagnosis impacted her dreams of nursing and raising a family at the same time. While she chose to raise a family rather than be a nurse, she did this in order to save her life. My mom is an amazing person, kind-hearted, courageous (raised 3 siblings after her parents passed away at a young age), encouraging, supportive, hilarious, intelligent, the best cook i know, caring, compassionate, loving, generouse, and well there just aren't enough words to describe her. She is my hero, the person I hope to be some day. Her strength through this disease inspires me. She has overcome so many obstacles in her life, and I can only hope to be as strong as her.

What does this bring me to - well this weekend in the MS150, a 150 mile bike ride from Houston to Austin. The purpose of this ride is to raise money for MS research. There is no cure yet for this disease, and hopefully with continual research and funding there will be one one day. This past fall I decided to do this race instead of watching others do it. I'm doing this 150 mile bike ride for my mom, so that maybe one day she can see what its like to live without MS. The ride begins tomorrow morning at 6:30 am and will finish Sunday afternoon in downtown Austin. I can't wait.

Much Love.

Yay: One month till graduation!
Dang: Looming seminar paper needs to be finished.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

This is me after a GREAT weekend.

In the Limo on the way to Caesar's Palace
About to head to KA (cirque du soleil show)
Before dinner at Bradley Ogden.
Waiting for a table at Tao in the Venetian.

Well I am no longer a Vegas Virgin as my friends would put it. I had a great weekend celebrating graduation from law school! Above is a little run down of what we did in pics. We had a great time, and I somehow managed to win, oh about $4400. Yea. high roller I am. ha. Just means now i can pay off a bunch of debt looming over my head. YAY! It is exciting!
Thats about all that's going on - i'm doing the MS150 this weekend! From Houston to Austin two days. Can't wait. probably will be the next post I make after I get back from what will be the biggest physical accomplishment I've done in my life!! OH and Tomorrow will be an exact month before I graduate from Law SchooL!! WOOOOWOW!
Much love.
Yay: MS150.
Dang: Looming paper.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

This is me on a jet plane...

to VEGAS!!!

Thats right, tomorrow morning I will venture into the land of Sin City for the first time ever with 7 of some of my closest friends from law school. We all met the first day of orientation, and 3 years later are celebrating our impending graduation from law school w/ a trip to Vegas baby...haha. We are seeing a Cirque show, eating at some yummy restaurants, partying our booties off, and just relaxing before the end of the year comes upon us. I can't wait!!

Much love

Yay: Vegas (obvi) and a date tonight w/ the boyfriend before I jet away.
Dang: nothing right now, im pretty content :)