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Tuesday Gratitude

Hit some pretty serious Bar Blues today.  It’s been an embarrassingly unproductive evening-came home after work, had some dinner, and crawled into bed. I need to get some work done tonight.  I need to stay motivated and focused-it’s too early to get down.  I need to keep going and pass the bar.

In an attempt to reverse the course of the evening, will write about a few of my favorite things.  And then, hopefully, a practice essay or two (ughhhh).

Anyway, it’s not all dreary.  Here are a few bright spots:

Seeing some of our favorite people while I study:

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I’ve been studying a lot more at home this time around.  David decorated our tree with our friend’s cards and the photos cheer me up while working.  Today is Three Kings Day, so tree is coming down tomorrow-but it’s been fun while it lasted!

Knowing that the light at the end of this tunnel is a weekend with Kelleen and Katie!!

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They’re flying out the weekend after the Bar and I cannot wait.  I’m already day dreaming of a wine trip, brunch and just a ridiculously fun weekend together.  So grateful they booked their tickets and they’re making the effort to do this!

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The Rockridge News, the monthly neighborhood newsletter, includes: 1) Historical photos, 2) Construction updates on the new Safeway (very controversial), 3) Previews of neighborhood events (I’ve already calendared the Rockridge Kitchen Tour in September [seriously]), 4) Gentle reminders that You’ll Be Renting Forever and Can Never Afford to Buy Here via friendly real estate ads (“What a great year for Rockridge prices, up 22% from Nov 2013!” <—-actual advertisement).  It’s overpriced and quirky, but man, I am so thankful we’re in this neighborhood.

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And our Christmas break together.  When I get bummed, just think about beaming myself back to Christmas together.

BEACH WALKS.  Enjoyed several sun-filled walks on that gorgeous coastline during the holidays-so restorative:/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/550/63612561/files/2015/01/img_7383.jpg

Just a few weeks shy of the 100 day countdown to Katie and Kevin’s wedding! So grateful for a night all together during break.  And wine tasting for the reception :)

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NYE with some our our DC Bruin favorites (not pictured-the lovely photographer, Katie Frost) and friends!

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Other notes of gratitude:

1) The Seaview Tail at Tilden Parkand a beautiful hike with Budak and Bex during their visit to CA. Bex has such a delightful, calming presence, Budak is hilarious and I love talking to them and learning about their Swedish adventures. Of course, I’ve been searching flights to Stockholm (there’s R/T flights for less than $400 from Oakland during Labor Day Weekend!) So grateful we were able to spend an afternoon catching up.

2) Sunshine.  Did you know that in Stockholm, the average total hours of sunlight in November is 55? And get this-due to insane weather-this year, it was 5.  In the whole month of November-5 hours of sun. Despite being a bit of a cave dweller as I work and study, trying to soak up and appreciate the moments of sun when I do get outside.

3) Fancy day with Mom.  Before flying back, I took one more day off and spent it hanging out at Fashion Island with Mom. Life is busy, and we rarely get to spend a whole day together.  I know how lucky we were to have that time-and what fun it was!

4) David’s Dinners.  David made a mean braised pot roast and potatoes on Sunday-it was delicious.  It’ll get another chance to shine tomorrow night when we make http://www.simplyscratch.com/2013/10/pot-roast-cheddar-grilled-cheese-sandwich.html.

Hmm! Feeling better already.  Bring it on, Bar Review.

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Hello, 2015!

Happy New Year!

Hooray 2015!  Very excited to greet this year.  34 hours in, 2015 has been nice and sunny, quiet, productive and cozy.  Last year was such a whirlwind of major changes. The main goal was to revel in the joy of the wedding, get through the move, and keep my job in a new city.  So, so, thankful all of that worked out.

With a bit more flexibility in 2015, here’s what I hope to accomplish:

Become a member of the California Bar

This is the most important and top priority until March.  Really, the rest of the list will have to wait. I started 2015 eliminating a few more distractions in an attempt to focus (adios Facebook and Instagram).  It scares me to document how important this is to me, but here it is-I must pass the bar.  That’s probably enough for 2015, but after March, there’s a few more goals:

Gain Strength

Physically and professionally. Continue ClassPassing, discover new studios, and continue to become stronger. Professionally, I want to become a stronger and more valuable attorney.  This means ending the year with a clear, measurable impact that demonstrates an improvement in the health care security for low-income seniors.  Looking forward to making that happen.

Break up with Brie Cheese and Brioche

Ever since the wedding, I haven’t seen a brie wheel I don’t want to park myself next to for the night.  And the bakery section at Trader Joes is bursting with temptations-have you tried the cinnamon roll bread? And made it into french toast? Incredible.  Anyway, it’s time to replace some of these indulgences with more of that awesome California produce.

Get Involved in Oakland

As I’ve said before, I’m loving living in the Bay Area, but do not feel connected to Oakland. This is totally on me-I continue to make a poor effort to get to know the city.  After March, I would like to find an organization-either a senior center, nursing home, or something-I can volunteer with and become more connected to Oakland.  I’ve been living here for 6 months, it’s time to become part of the community.

Get to Argentina!

2015 marks 10 years since I last visited in 2005. David and I have been talking about going for so long, this is the year we need to buck up, save money and vacation time, and make it happen.

363 more days to make this happen :)

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