Thursday, January 31, 2008

Oh crap...

It just dawned on me as I'm was studying for my Litigation Deux midterm (which is in 2 two days) that I neglected to add the appropriate courts to ALL of my case citations for my final Legal Research papers. I'm such an idiot! If there's one thing that I know, it's citation format, and I botched it! Big time!!!

I'm going to go back through my papers and add the courts (marked in red to further identify my idiocy), generate PDFs and e-mail them to my instructor--not to resubmit, but to let him know that I know better and how much of a careless ass I know I am.

I can't believe I did that, after everything. The one thing I thought I had nailed. Now I just hope I pass the course.

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E.T.A. Turns out I didn't screw it up. It's fine as is. Nothing like a little panicking for no reason to start the day. :-(

Monday, January 28, 2008


I'm done with my Legal Research class!!! The papers are done! They've been handed in, and with the exception of half of one of them, I'm fairly satisfied with the work I did.

Of course, I had to get through the drama of the past three months that seemed to accompany this class and of course the residual drama from when I took it last spring, but let's not focus on that right now.

Drama? Well, over Christmas my laptop died and couldn't be resuscitated. Fortunately most of the work was still in paper form, but I did lose a couple of things. Then there was the take home final from professor scrooge. Nice way to spend the holidays.

Then Saturday night I go to log in to WestLaw and my account has been deactivated. WTF??? I called technical support to see if there was some kind of mistake--nope, no mistake, no access, and no chance to restore it until Monday morning. Paper were due 8pm tonight. . I started crying like a little baby--on the phone with the tech support person. Pathetic, huh?

But no matter--it's done now. I'm sitting on the train on my way home, and I'm about to take out some... KNITTING!!! Something there's been precious little of around here. So if you'll excuse me I've got a fingerless mitt to catch up with...

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Random bits for a Thursday

Wow! It's been a week already since I last blogged. There's been an awful lot going on but I don't have a lot of time to blog, so here's some of the high (and low) lights.
  • At work we're dealing with an editorial "perfect storm" of sorts. The-book-that-shall-remain-nameless is back in full force for a revision. At the same time we got hit with another title, that we will call the-book-that-gets-no-respect. It's higher revenue, but doesn't have outside authors, which is much easier to manage. Anyway, these simultaneous revisions are wrecking havoc with everyone on the staff. One more week and we'll be done.
  • I started two more paralegal classes this past Saturday. I'm still working on the final assignments for the research class and I haven't gotten very far with the reading assignments for the new classes. Not a good sign.
  • My personal laptop died while I was up at Moose Manor over the holidays. Prognosis is not good. Doesn't look like my files got fried, but I'm gonna have to buy a new one. Really didn't plan on that. (Glad I had brought my work laptop with me up there.)
  • DSL has finally come to my little Vermont village. Now I'm working on a transition plan for Jim so that we can abandon dial-up and hop onto the Internet super highway. (I'll be able to post higher quality pictures from there without tying up the phones for 5 hours!)
  • I went to Knit Night at my LYS tonight. It was the first time that I knit since DECEMBER 20TH! Yeah. There's just been that much going on. Sucks, doesn't it?

So that's it for now. Still have to tell you about the fabulous Christmas gift from Jim and a little Vermont initiation rite of sorts that I experienced last week. Still not entirely comical, but it will be. Next time...

Hope everyone's new year is off to a great start!

Friday, January 04, 2008

Eye Candy Friday

Views of Jacksonville, Vermont, taken late afternoon on New Year's Day during a break in the snowfall.