It’s a marshmallow world in the Springtime?!
As I type this, I am sitting on my coach enjoying a snow day! Mother Nature decided we needed just one more day for Spring Break. So she dropped over a foot of snow on Champaign-Urbana and now instead of Con Law lectures I get to watch Neil and Tom build a Snow Bro and cozy up the couch catching up on Netflix. The Lawbrary is even closed. It’s like they want us to have one more day of fun. Not a bad welcome back to town if you ask me.
Spring Break was absolutely amazing, although painfully short. I did not accomplish anything near what I thought I would. I didn’t see some really important people I wanted to see. But I did have the chance to do some amazing things and I made some tremendous memories. Those experiences that you just want to last forever, which you know they won’t because the very definition of a moment is that it is fleeting. I had a couple of those. Aren’t these more important than law school? That’s what our professors tell us, “don’t forget to live your life.” So I did. And I loved it.
My favorite person to hang out with is far and away Jessica Lynn. The (mis)Adventures of Sarah and Jessica are universally funny and we can make just about any evening into a night to remember. Including sitting at the bar people watching and butting into the very loud (awkward) conversations going on around us. It was a gem of a night- which was followed by some much needed Southport Boutique shopping. Even the owner of the Mint Julep missed me. So great to be home. So nice to be reminded of where I want to be and why I am doing all this.
Sunday I got to spend the day with my beautiful princess Amanda Caitlin. When I lived in Chicago I took Amanda to get Mani-Pedis all the time. So we took a godmother-goddaughter spa day, then did some shopping and had lunch with our family in the afternoon. I am absolutely amazed at how grown up she is. Amanda is so smart and independent. Already in second grade gossiping and talking about boys. I am proud of the caring and compassionate girl that she has become. Any memory I can make with Amanda is the most precious in my eyes. It kills me to miss seeing her growing up. She will be in 5th grade by the time I am done with law school! I assume at that point she will be taller than me and trying to borrow my clothes.
The little kids in my family are quite accomplished. I often find myself bragging about them because they do amazing things. I’d like to take this opportunity to throw major Congratulations to Sammy on his 5th Place Finish in the Youth Illinois State Wrestling Tournament. This is a tremendous accomplishment and everyone is so proud of him!
Michael and Amanda participated in their school spelling bees this week and both kicked some butt! The 1-3 grade bees are grade level only and completed in partners. Amanda is now a back to back champion, winning both the 1st and 2nd grade bees. Michael, a 3 time Spelling Bee Champion (1st through 3rd grade), was competing in the intermediate bee for the first time, against all 4-6 grade participants. I knew he would do well, and after several grueling rounds he took SECOND PLACE! The winner was a sixth grader and he is so proud. I am so proud. We are all so proud of the people the little kids have become.
Being able to share in thee memories with these guys, getting texts from Sammy each night and actually going to the spelling bee means more to me than they realize. I know what it was like having my family at all my stuff when I was a kid and I want to be that dedicated to them!
I also had the privilege of shadowing the Honorable Judge Durkin for the Northern District of Illinois. Hannah and I were able to watch an evidentiary hearing. The petitioner in this case was convicted of murder in 2001. He appealed to the Federal Courts for a violation of his rights, namely ineffective counsel. This was the first time I heard questioning in person and not on TV. It was so different, but really inspiring. I was also able to see the opening arguments in a federal mortgage fraud trial. Both these experiences rejuvenated by desire to be a trial lawyer. Also I got to spend the day with Hannah, so bonus.
That night Hannah and I had a delightful staycation in the Gold Coast. We had a room at the Inn of Chicago and treated ourselves to a fabulous and decadent dinner at Michael Jordan’s Steak House. We had every intention of hitting the town afterwards, but ultimately ended up curled up in bed watching a movie by 11pm. I couldn’t have asked for a better night or a better friend to spend it with!
Friday I spent the day watching basketball with some of my favorites. The NCAA tournament is one of the best weekends of the year and the Illini played Friday afternoon. So we spent the afternoon at Joe’s on Weed. Alex and I even got invited to sit in a table up in the VIP section. (This sounds way cooler than it actually was. I assume it had just opened when we arrived and one of the employees caught us aimlessly wandering. But- it was VIP and we were specifically asked. So…..) Jessica even got to come out for a little while and meet some of my Law School Pals, which resulted in a little bit of ganging up on me. Typical. The Illini were victorious and the celebrations were joyous.
After the victory and the celebrating- everyone needed a quick nap. So after some down time, including a trip to the J.Crew at 900 N. Michigan, we were back out. It was a great time with some of my favorite people. Oh and basketball. So much basketball.
So here comes the countdown. Final Exams are approaching….briefs are due….outlines must be finished (or started). I’m glad I sent Spring Break out in a stunning fashion, because seclusion is coming. This is what I anticipate I will feel like over the next 6 weeks.
Overall I made some amazing memories and got a little bit accomplished this break. I am well rested to tackle the end of the semester. Next year, however, I am sneaking into Julia’s luggage and heading to Arizona for Spring Break. (Thanks in advance for the hospitality Julia).xoxo