Busy Little Bee, that’s me!

Well… It’s been a busy few days. And, I think, it’s going to be a busy month or so.

Let’s see. In the next 5 days, I have one presentation to give, one motion in limine to write, one pretrial conference to attend, one yoga and tea workshop to enjoy, and three job interviews. All but the first two are exciting to me. My three interviews are later this week. I’ll give an update about them later, but they’re all for judicial clerkships which is what I’m looking for for my first “grown up” job outside of law school.

The yoga and tea workshop is tomorrow afternoon. Basically, we’re going to do some yoga, taste some teas, and talk about how they can complement each other. I think some interesting stories should come of this. My mom, who I think has NEVER done yoga, will be attending. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law are also going to attend. Neither of them are really into yoga either. Well, by into yoga I mean, do it on a regular basis. My mother-in-law and I did some yoga last weekend. It was slightly less entertaining than doing it with my husband. I wised-up that time and looked my bear cubs in a bedroom. We thought it would be fine to leave her dust bunny dogs out (she has a maltese and a yorkie, so compared to the bear cubs, they’re dust bunnies). We were wrong. While dust bunnies can’t cause the sheer pain of bear cubs, they are slightly annoying and amazing persistent. And they can jump like 50 times higher than their actual height. I think the maltese may have bit my mother in law’s ear lobe while she was in Tadasena.

But I digress… its been a very busy week, day, month, whatever. Today I tried to do a full yoga class at my house. Didn’t work out. I was stressed and everything kept distracting me. Plus, it was a new one from yogadownload.com and the goal for the practice was to focus on metta (a sense of wellbeing/well wishes to the world). I don’t know why, but for some reason I was not feeling metta-ish today. Apparently I did not want to wish anyone well, I was prety misanthropic today. What made it nearly impossible for me to do that practice though, was that there was almost no warm up before moving directly into down-dog and forward bends. As I have the hamstrings of steel, this made for a very difficult and uncomfortable practice. I actually only made it about 20 minutes before I decided to give it a rest. I was not even enjoying it.

Oh well. Hopefully, tomorrow will be a much more yogic day for me.

Some interesting things I found online today.

This http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/03/led-sheep-performance-art.php is pretty cool. When you watch it, because I know you’ll check it out, make it be full screen so you can get the whole effect. For those of you who don’t know this about me, I think sheep dogs are pretty amazing. And I have to give credit to Lesley because she told me about this, but I found the link myself. 🙂

Another interesting thing I found online today is this http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/03/25/frank.qanda/index.html#cnnSTCText. There’s a video that goes with it too, but I just read the article. It’s an article about congressman Frank making a comment about Justice Scalia being homophobic. Now for all you who aren’t law students and don’t read U.S. Supreme Court opinions in your spare time just because they’re just so much fun, here’s a brief bio on Justice Scalia. He’s been on the U.S. Supreme Court since 1986, is very socially and politically conservative, and is a strict textualist when it comes to statutory and constitutional interpretation. (here’s a link to a bio if you’re dying to know more http://www.oyez.org/justices/antonin_scalia/) I, personally, don’t agree with his politics, hate reading his self-important ridiculously long opinions, and think its a little disingenuous to purport to read the constitution and answer constitutional law questions based on what would have happened over 200 years ago. But what do I know? I got B’s in constitutional law and he’s a Supreme Court justice.

Anyway, the point of this is the cnn link. Apparently this guy, Congressman Frank, called Justice Scalia a homophobe and said he hoped the constitutionality of DOMA (that’s the Defense of Marriage Act) didn’t go to the Supreme Court because he was afraid that Justice Scalia would be able to persuade the rest of the court that it was a constitutional law. Regardless of what I think about DOMA (which I will talk about in a minute), I don’t think that Congressman Frank’s concern is legitimate. He mostly based his fear on Justice Scalia’s dissent in Lawrence v. Texas (a case that held Texas’s law against sodomy to be unconstitutional). Granted, Scalia’s dissent was looooonnnnggg and slightly offensive, but it was also the lone dissent. The makeup of the court has changed since that case, but I don’t think Scalia’s ability to influence the court has changed that much.

Now the problem I have with DOMA is that it basically says that states do not have to recognize marriages that are against that state’s public policy even if the marriage is valid in the state it was performed. There’s two issues I have with that. First, the general rule for recognizing marriages is that a marriage is valid everywhere if its valid where it was performed. Second, what about the Full Faith and Credit clause of the U.S. Constitution? Or the Privileges and Immunities Clause? (Here’s a link to the text in case you haven’t committed these clauses to memory yet http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.articleiv.html) These two clauses are basically what makes the federal system work. They say (1) that all states have to recognize the laws and enforce judgments of other states and that (2) one state can’t discriminate against or deny rights to citizens of other states. Isn’t that exactly what DOMA does?

So here’s the bottom line. My opinion on the whole Congressman-Frank-calls-Justice-Scalia-a-homophobe debacle. It might be true, I don’t know Scalia personally, so I don’t know, but why start name-calling? Nothing good will come from that. And besides that, as much as I strongly dislike Scalia (because of his super-long opinions that basically provide dictionary definitions for every word of a statute or provision), the man has been on the U.S. Supreme Court for over 20 years. And he’s been a lawyer for longer. I think, by now, he’s learned to separate his personal feelings from the issue at bar (oh, and the basis for his dissent in Lawerence v. Texas was what he perceived as judicial activism, taking away state’s rights, and legislative power, not homophobia). Come on, Frank, give the guy some credit.

I just want to say, if there is any chance, that Justice Scalia stumbles upon this obscure blog somehow… Please. Please. Please. Stop writing an opinion in every. single. case. Please. And, if it’s not too much trouble, can you try to limit them to 10 pages or so? I’m not sure if you realize this, but we read those in law school. And I’m sure you remember what a joyous three years that was.

If you endured this much of the first law-related blog I’ve written, bless you. You’re probably wondering why I used the word “interesting” to describe that link… Well here’s the answer: According to Merriam-Webster.com, interesting means “holding the attention or arousing interest.” And, probably the real reason it was “interesting”: I’m a big dork.

Anyway, here’s your reward for sticking with me: The best thing I found online today, I actually laughed when I saw this.
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In case you not a avid failblog.org reader, this is a playground fail.

Yin Yoga

Last night I did yin yoga for the first time. I was a little apprehensive. The class description said it focused on lower back, pelvis, hips, and legs and that the poses were held longer than in traditional classes. So I was nervous. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to hold the poses or even be able to do them (due my hamstrings of steel) and that I would get bored (I know, I know I shouldn’t get bored in meditative poses, but I do). I decided to give it a shot anyway. I have an unlimited monthly package at the studio I go to and that’s the only class I hadn’t tried.

So my friend Lesley and I tried it out. And I was very pleasantly surprised! There were only three people there, counting me and Lesley, so there was lots of personal attention and there were a LOT of props used. So for the poses that I couldn’t really do because of my aforementioned hamstrings of steel, I just used about 18 (not an exaggeration) blankets to lean on. I was surprised to find that the longer I held the pose and the more I focused on my breath, the looser I became. By the end of wide-legged forward bend, my personal nemisis, I was able to use only 16 (again, not an exaggeration) blankets to help me lean forward. And by the end of class, I was able to do a standing forward fold without bending my legs! It was amazing!

The point is, if you have an opportunity you should try this class or one like it. Yesterday, I was very bitter toward the world (due to that horrible seminar paper being due) and by the end of that class, my usual sunnier disposition had returned.

Oh, a note about my hamstrings of steel. I read an article on yogajournal.com a couple of days ago that suggested that maybe its not actually my hamstrings that are so ridiculously tight. If you have the same issue, it could be your hips. You can see the article here — http://www.yogajournal.com/dailyinsight/yjnl_20090322.html?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=site&utm_campaign=dailyinsight. I’m trying to loosen my hips currently (well not right now, but that’s my practice focus for the next few weeks), so I’ll let you all know what happens.

Enjoy Spring!

Adventures in Yoga

Last night I finally talked my husband into doing yoga with me. What an experience.

First, he didn’t want to take off his socks. Or his shoes for that matter. He claims that his flat feet make it difficult to maintain his balance if he’s barefoot. Whatever. I was so excited that he agreed to try yoga that I didn’t really care if he did it in his royal blue Nike Shocks.

The next obstacle: my husband didn’t have a mat. I have my newish beloved yoga mat, but he had nothing. So, he spread a blanket on the floor. Which would be fine, except the floors are wooden and slick… you can imagine the possibilities for lawsuits that could ensue. But he eventually figured the whole standing-on-blanket-on-hard-wood thing out and we were ready to start. So, I opened up itunes and pressed play on my favorite nighttime yoga sequence (Lunar Flow 1 from Yoga Download) and we settled onto our mat and blanket.

I could say that things were uneventful and my husband had a life changing yoga experience. But that’s not what happened. We were at my mother-in-law’s house, so we couldn’t put our two dogs into their kennels. Before I continue a word about my dogs… they are not of the carry in your purse variety. A friend of mine calls them bear dogs. They’re both mixed breeds (I hate the word mutt) that we got from the Humane Society and they got a LOT bigger than expected. The bigger one, Allie, is part border-collie and part something much much much bigger. She weighs around 70 pounds. Grace, the smaller one, is part black lab and part something only sllightly smaller. She weighs about 65 pounds. So, yes, they do resemble bear cubs at times and, yes, they may attempt to eat small dogs, cats, children, and some adults. But they’re really sweet! I promise.

Anyway, so the dogs were in the room with us. As soon as I hit play and we sat on our mats (or ratty old blanket), we were surrounded my two very happy, very lick-ey dogs who thought we were settling in for wrestling play time. So, I’m sitting on my mat, in my comfortable sitting position, my palms turned upward, and my heart-center open, when out of nowhere, I get hit in right check (of my face, get your head out of the gutter) with a furry stick, a.k.a. Grace’s tail. It was easy enough to maintain my zen-like expression and work on centering myself despite being hit over and over with a furry stick (she was very excited that we were on the floor). What broke my concentration was when Allie started licking my upturned palms. I can only assume she thought I was holding food. My husband was less successful at ignoring their loving onslaughts and started giggling. That’s right giggling. I hissed at him to just ignore them. He giggled more but complied. After about five minutes, they got bored with us and settled onto the couch. And, yes, they took up the entire couch.

After they bear cubs got finished with us, I assumed that things would go smoothly. For the most part, I was correct. I learned several things about my husband from yoga. 1. He giggles when being licked by dogs and sitting in a comfortable sitting position. 2. He can’t do downward facing dog. He said it was because he hurt his palm playing basketball. I don’t completly buy that. But I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. 3. He has very very tight shoulders. Or maybe, I have very very loose shoulder. And so on… The list could go on forever, so lets just say that he’s not that flexible and move on. Besides, it was only his first time trying yoga.

We finally made it to Savasana. My favorite part of the practice. I find it so relaxing to just lay and breathe. I actually do this to help myself sleep at night sometimes. I was lying there is Savasana when my feet, which were gently drifting towards the mat, were suddenly pressed very hard toward the mat by a large, warm, furry coat worn by Allie. Now, you may be wondering how a seventy pound bear-like animal can sneak up on someone so much that laying on that person’s feet occurs suddenly. I have no answer to that, except that I was intent on my Savasana that I didn’t feel the floor shake when she jumped off the couch or hear her nails clicking on the floor as she walked toward me. My husband did though. I know that because as my feet were being rudely ground toward my mat, he was giggling again.

Post Number One

Very inspiring title, I know. But this truly is my first blog ever. I’ve pretty much spent most of the time I’ve ever thought about blogs ridiculing them and the people who write them. If that describes your feelings about blogs too, we can be friends. Because I’m feeling pretty foolish as I write this. 🙂

So you may be wondering, if I have such dislike for blogs and bloggers, why did I start my own blog? Good question. I don’t really have a great answer for it. This morning as I was sitting at my laptop, writing page 12 of my 25 page Education Law seminar paper, I felt the need to stop being productive and start reflecting on my life. So that’s why I decided to start this.

The title of this blog: Life. Yoga. Law. pretty much describes me. For the last 3 years I’ve been a law student. Assuming I get this paper finished, that will all be done in May. I started doing yoga in high school. I realized a month or so ago that that was about eight years ago. About a month ago, I decided to start a daily yoga practice again. I started going to yoga classes at a great little studio and I feel like my quality of life has improved so much. And life, well life is what I love. Sometimes I might not seem that grateful to be here on the planet. And frankly, sometimes life sucks. I spend most of my time studying, going to class, and working. And those things are not always fun and a lot of the time, I feel trapped. But. And that’s a big BUT. I try to remember that it could be worse. And it is a lot worse for some people. So, even though, I may not get to spend that much time with my husband, or my parents, or my sister, and my niece is growing up without really knowing me, I’m blessed to have the opportunities that I have.

So that’s what this blog is all about. My life, which might not always be that interesting, but will probably be depressingly funny. What can I say? Ridiculous things happen to me (this is a fact I realized not long ago as I was dangling off my balcony after locking myself out of my house). Yoga. My practice specifically and all the trials, tribulations, and breakthroughs I have on my mat. To give you a taste, last night I somehow pulled a muscle in my ass and meditation gives me motion sickness. And finally, law. It’s going to me by career (assuming I graduate, pass the bar, and become gainfully employed). I’m not going to be giving legal advice or anything like that. No, this will be more like observations on my life as a lawyer. Everything from overcoming my horrible fear of public speaking to how I am completely inept at stapling papers together.

So, it’s time for me to get back to my paper about how federal educational privacy law is actually not protective of student privacy at all. I hope you enjoy reading my blog, ’cause I know no one is going to enjoy this seminar paper!