I'm starting my internship tomorrow morning! Wish me luck!!!
Also, I have a new boyfriend. His name is Ryan. He's super cute and very smart with a great sense of humor. A lot of people in his family are deaf so he really understands what things have been like for me with my vision. I've never dated anyone that understood my disability that much and it's really refreshing.
My summer class starts in two weeks and I think I'm ready for it. I can't believe I finished my first year of law school. I've gotten a few of my grades back and they're actually pretty good--I made an A in my legal research and writing class! An A in law school is very hard to come by, this is the first one I've made all year and I was a straight A student in undergrad and high school.
I just spent the past two weeks visiting with my parents. I read Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and I'm halfway through with her other novel Cat's Eye. Have any of you read Atwood's books? I'm normally not one for science fiction but I LOVED The Handmaid's Tale.
--head back to my apartment and unpack/straighten up
--lunch with Dale
--read through my mock trial team packet in the afternoon
--birthday party at 7:00
--do another edit of my writing sample for my job application, send the edit to my prof
--work on constitutional law assignment for Wed.
--mock trial team meeting at 10:00
--assistive technology meeting with Services for the Blind at 2:00
--work on torts assignment for Tues.
--meeting at Career Center to go over resume at 8:30
--work on contracts assignment, civ pro assignment, LRW assignment
--first torts class of the semester at 2:30
During my few weeks of freedom I've been trying to finish a couple different shows. Recently I watched two Netflix original series that I fell in love with: Marco Polo and Peaky Blinders.
This show has the most amazing sets, costumes, and cinematography. It focuses on Marco Polo's adventures in the court of Khublai Khan in Mongolia, and you can tell that they went to central Asia to film the landscapes. It may seem like this show would have an excess of men, but there are a lot of amazing women with complex portrayals in this series. Kokachin and Empress Chabi were two of my favorite characters--they exist to break down the princess/queen stereotypes and show how Mongol women, including royal Mongol women, had distinct skills and customs from royal western women.
There was a lot of well-choreographed martial arts in this show, so if you're a fan of different fighting styles or at all interested in well-presented action then I encourage you to watch it. One of my favorite things overall was how much detail went into the presentation of Mongolian culture vs. the culture of the Song Dynasty. You really got a sense for how different and unique the two groups were, which is where a lot of Western adaptations of Asian history run into trouble. Another wonderful thing to note: Marco does not serve as a white savior in this show. In fact, he's shown as being thrown into a very rich, complex world where he must quickly learn to adapt.
I got the sense that this show was created to compete with Game of Thrones, and honestly, based on recent seasons of GoT, it definitely surpasses it in terms of writing quality. Marco Polo hasn't received a good response from critics, which makes me worry that there won't be a second season, but fans have given it a very high rating, I think it was rated at above 8/10 on IMDB the last time I checked. I loved the series and watched the whole thing in two days.
The second season of this show was recently put on Netflix (I think it actually aired on TV in Britian) and I gobbled up the whole thing in a matter of days. Firstly, I love Cilian Murphy, and he really delivers in this series. His character is Tommy Shelby, a WWI veterain and gang member from Burmingham, England, and he's both very, very bad and yet sensitive at the same time. We're introduced to Tommy's brothers, his aunt, sister, and friends, and each relationship adds a layer of humanity to Tommy's ruthless character.
The story focuses on the conflict between the Peaky Blinders gang and the new head of police that's come to Burmingham from Belfast. There's also a romantic storyline between Tommy and Grace Burgess, an Irish operative sent to spy on the Peaky Blinders. Grace plays a large role in season one, which is mostly about Tommy and his family trying to make something of themselves after their horrific experiences during the war. Seaosn two is much darker, with more severe consequences, more surprising twists, and a storyline that focuses on the Blinders forcing their way into the dangerous, competitive world of London's gangs.
Peaky Blinders has been renewed for a third season and I'm beyond excited for it. The writing on this show is perfect for the period and the plot is wonderfully developed. Every character in this series has an interesting, fully developed story that is actually explored, no one feels like a place-holder.
I know I haven't posted here in forever, but I wanted to update whoever still follows my LJ to let you all know that I'm still around and that things are ok and that I miss everybody here a lot.
Until I no longer had time for it, I hadn't realized how much fun I really had with fandom things. I really miss it and I hope that I won't have to set it aside for ever.
I saw my psychiatrist today for a checkup and I told him that I thought law school was a cult. My doctor laughed and said, "I completely agree. I know what you mean because I was in a cult too, it's called med school."
As a law student you spend your time surrounded by a very selective representation of the population, hearing nothing but legal ideas all day long, with no time in your life for ANYTHING but law school (no TV, no real time for cooking, hardly any time for exercise) and all you do is read read read and sleep. I hardly had time to clean or buy groceries and I was at school every. single. day. of the semester. Even Saturday and Sunday. I'd usually stay until dinner time because by then my guide dog was sick of school anyway and then I'd go home, shower/eat something, and work on school stuff until I went to sleep.
It was actually kind of weird when I came home and didn't have school work to do. I was like "what do I do with my time???"
What I have done: read a book just for fun, gone to the gym and spent as much time working out as I wanted, gone Christmas shopping for my family, had actual home cooked meals with my parents, watched the news and discussed what's going on in the world with people who aren't tired/burnt out/anxious. It's so amazing to come out of that law school bubble and see that the real world is still there.