Archive | June, 2009

Addendum A: Why you?

30 Jun

Q: Why [insert T14 school here]?

A: Because my numbers are comfortably within/above your percentile ranges. Also, I like your colors.


That isn’t going to get me in, I don’t think. Time to start the law school research.

Adventures in schmooze/LOR

25 Jun

Number of letter-writers approached: 4

Number of approached letter-writers who agreed to write strong recommendations: 4

Number of approached letter-writers who have submitted their letters to the pre-law service at my university: 2

Number of approached letter-writers who are now MIA and may or may not have perished in a trans-Pacific flight from Tokyo-Narita: 1


20 Jun

I always forget that running on a full stomach sucks.

I also always forget that running when the temperature and humidity are both above 80 (degrees and percent, respectively) sucks.

Note to self: Next time, remember that running on a full stomach when the temperature and humidity are both above 80 (degrees and percent, respectively) is a bad idea.

Time to pack up the horseshoes, four-leaf clovers, and rabbits’ feet.

8 Jun

I’ll need a little bit of luck today if I’m going to do as well as I’d like on the LSAT. According to my dad, I can rely on “[Our Last Name] Luck.” Then I pointed out that no one in our family has ever demonstrated luckiness besides him and that most of us actually seem remarkably unlucky. Oh, Dad.

Sleep time.

7 Jun

At this time tomorrow, I’ll be on the other side of the LSAT. 

Post-test plans? Pizza and an OnDemand movie (probably a terrible romantic comedy).


I am wildly out of control and rebellious.

I am the consumer advertisers wish all consumers were.

5 Jun

As unlikely as it seems, I feel more relaxed now, the weekend before the test, than I have in weeks. I’m going to run with this.

I’ve mentioned before that I have interests unrelated to law school. One of those happens to be hair care. (Some of my interests are shallow. I like to be well-rounded, and that is impossible if I only involve myself in cerebral pursuits. Actually, I am just an inherently vapid person who is lucky to also be smart, which seems to be enough to convince most people that I have depth.) My hair is probably my best physical feature; it’s shiny and soft, does the curly thing well, and grows quickly to pretty impressive lengths without doing that nasty, thinning ends thing.

I have to take care of it, though, and until last week, I thought I was doing a great job. I get the dead ends cut off every couple of months, deep condition a couple times a week, avoid shampooing every day, and use heat protectant when I straighten or curl it. I suppose this might be a “duh” thing, but apparently, all of those good hair care practices are secondary to the type of shampoo one uses. 

I have a general belief that most similar commercial products are just that–similar. If they are comparable in price and what they claim to do, I accept that two products are essentially interchangeable in terms of quality. (I also believe ninety percent of everything I read. But that’s a story for another day.) This is not true of shampoo (and probably isn’t true of most other products, either).

The shampoo I used almost perfectly consistently for years (until last week), Pantene Pro-V, apparently sucks. According to the stylist who cut my hair last week, Pantene contains an ingredient, a wax to be specific, that is not so great for hair. It coats hair with a substance that makes it feel soft without actually conditioning it. If you know anything about hair, you know that coating hair consistently with anything that doesn’t eventually come off is not good news. Really not good news. 

I Googled this rumor about Pantene, and of course, found nothing conclusive. Whether or not Pantene actually leaves a waxy residue on hair is not something to be decided definitively by me. I figured, though, that switching up hair products wouldn’t hurt, so I went out and picked up some Rusk Sensories. (No, I had never heard of it, either.) One week later, my hair feels lighter. Not significantly softer or smoother, but definitely lighter. I could attribute that to no longer applying wax to my hair on a regular basis, but I don’t really know. I don’t want to start Pantene-bashing because it certainly served me well for at least a decade and a half. Also, there is a pretty decent argument to be made against the Pantene/plastic rumor.

What is the main point being made in this [non]argument of mine? (Not approaching everything like it is an LSAT question is more difficult than you might think.) Believe everything you read and have fun playing with the new products you will consistently and inevitably be led to buy. You may end up with lighter hair than you had before.

Reality. The thing I’ve been overlooking since February. Nice to see you again.

5 Jun

Reality check: As long as I don’t open the test booklet and start crying or forget how to read, I will score well enough to get into a school that I don’t hate.

Seriously. I’m trying out this “perspective” thing, and things are looking better already.

Soon the LSAT apostrophes will end.

4 Jun

I do have interests that are not related to law school, but even on days like today, when I don’t feel crushing anxiety about the test, I have a hard time remembering what they are. I’ve managed to lose myself in Oscar Wilde’s wit for the length of a couple pages. I sing in the car until I remember a set-up that I did poorly and that caused me a missed deduction. I still work out every morning, but only because the stress of the LSAT compounded with the stress of feeling fat would be entirely too much to handle. I want to learn Korean, but that desire almost feels like it belongs to someone else, not to me.

I generally have a happy outlook on life. Cynical and guarded, but happy. “Crushing anxiety” does not have a place in my happy life outlook. I just want to feel like myself again. I want to go out for a drink and not be thinking of the test every moment. I want to get drunk and not worry about bursting into tears. 

Dear LSAT, please give me my life back soon.

Hopefully, I will be less crazy in a couple hours.

3 Jun

I’m a compulsive. And right now, I am struggling to decide whether or not to indulge my compulsion to take a full length practice test. 

This is sick, and I just can’t wait until the test is over.

I’m ready to be a little less insane.


Real time update: Dilemma solved. Instead of taking a full length PT after I have been doing section work since noon, I am going to make margaritas to go along with the tacos the roommate is making. Because I effed up boiling water for the second time last week (true story), I will not be surprised if I miraculously burn something without heat this evening.