Dallas Part 2 … The Best Sendoff Ever!

Happy Friday!!!   Are you guys as ready for the weekend as I am?  My husband and I have plans for sushi tonight and we have plans to go to a comedy show tomorrow night with some friends!  I can’t wait!!

Onto part two of our amazing last weekend in Dallas…

Saturday night my sister and her boyfriend arranged to have a going away party for us at their place.  We made mexican food for the party and it was a huge hit!

These boys can cook.

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Little Otis helped set up for the party… 🙂

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My sister spread out all of these pictures of us from our time in Dallas.  It was so fun to look back on all of the great memories. 

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They continued to the mirror where she got crafty and highlighted our moved from Texas to Tennessee.  

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And then I turn around and see this!!!! How cute are these little treat bowls with funny going away quotes on Texas paper!?!?

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Our delicious spread!! 

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My sister even had these cute cups and napkins.

And she made a Texas shaped cake!!!  #besthostsever

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Our sweet friend Shelby.  I really am going to miss these two.  

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We just hung out all night and played games and chatted.  Otis was over it by 11pm.  

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And as if that party and all the cute details wasn’t enough… my sister and her boyfriend got us a going away present of a bag filled with Texas stuff.  I may have shed a tear or two.  

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I really am going to miss being in the same city as my sister.  It went by wayyy too fast, but we already have our next visit with them planned so we will be looking forward to that!  It is time to go get this busy day started with a workout and a big ole cup of coffee!!!  Have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend!!! 

Questions:

  1. What do you have planned for this weekend?
  2. Do you drink coffee?  If so, how much per day?
  3. When buying or renting a house, besides location, what is one of the most important things to you?  

Back to Dallas to Say Goodbye Part 1

Hi friends!!! I can’t believe it is already Wednesday!  This week is just flying by for me… actually this year is flying by for me.  I can’t believe it is almost April!!  I would like time to just sloooow down for a bit. 😉  Last weekend we were in Dallas with the movers and spent the rest of the time with my sister and her boyfriend so I am excited to share some pictures with you all today.  It was the perfect weekend sendoff to our amazing time in Dallas.  I can’t believe it is already over… it feels like we were just moving there yesterday.  

Oh… as for the second house we put an offer on last week that had multiple offers on it… well, we didn’t get it.  So back on the hunt we go.  We are feeling a lot less stressed now that we are all moved out of our Dallas house so it is time to be patient and wait for the right house to pop up here in Nashville.  Until then we save our money and drive my dad nuts. 😉 

My husband spent all of last week in Dallas and I flew down early Thursday morning after kissing my babies goodbye.  

The movers spent all day boxing up our belongings on Thursday and then a good portion of Friday loading up the moving truck with everything.  They were thrilled with our 4-story home. 😉 After a long day on Thursday, we headed over to see my sister’s new apartment.  We grabbed a quick dinner at a new restaurant called Pok.  We took it to go and were so amazed at how good the food was.  My sister has been raving about this place and she was not exaggerating.  I would go broke if I lived near this place. 😉  I got the tuna/mango bowl and my mouth is watering just thinking about it now!!

We got in some sweet cuddles with little Otis.  He looks so serious in this picture.  🙂

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Now look at him in this picture… can you spot his tongue? 😉 LOL so funny.  

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After dinner my sister and I worked on putting her new bookshelf together… that was fun. 😉 

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After the movers were finished on Friday afternoon we cleaned up the house and say goodbye for the last time.  This was my favorite house we have had so far and I really will miss it.  It was just so perfect for us and brings back so many good memories.  I hope the new owners love it as much as we did. 

We quickly ran a few errands and then headed to my sister’s apartment where we spent the rest of the weekend.  Friday night we headed to Malai Kitchen, a thai restaurant that my sister and her boyfriend have been wanting to try.  

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We got a few appetizers to start including edamame and crab dip.  Yum!

I got the red curry cod with stir fried veggies and rice.  It was the best cod I have ever had!! My husband got some fancy type of ribs and loved them too. 

After dinner we headed back to their apartment to work on putting together their two new desks for their new apartment.  My sister is in law school and her boyfriend is in grad school for his MBA…. so they needed two desks. 🙂  My sister and I got both of them put together by Saturday morning and were pretty proud of our work. 🙂

The boys were conveniently out shopping for a grill all morning. 😉

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My sister and I ran on a nearby trail on Saturday and Sunday.  It has been a long time since I have gone on a run outside due to colder weather in Nashville and my treadmill being in Dallas.  (PS I can’t wait to get it back out!! I have missed it, but also enjoyed the break on my joints.)  My favorite running buddy! 

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Saturday afternoon I enjoyed a big salad for lunch out on the patio… with a side of Otis, my doggie nephew.  

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I will pick up here tomorrow as this post is getting a little long and I am ready for some dinner.  (I wrote this last night.:))  Have a wonderful day!!!

Questions:

  1.  How was your weekend?
  2. What did you have for dinner last night?
  3. Anyone have a birthday in April?  

 

Interview With The Next Alicia Florrick

Good morning guys!  I hope your morning is going well!  Only one more day until the weekend is here!  

Today I have a fun post for you.  As you may remember, I started an interview series on my blog where I interview people in different professions/stages of life to learn what it is like to walk in their shoes and hopefully gain a new perspective or some helpful tips! Well today we have an aspiring lawyer, the law student, Morgan Francy (my sister)!

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Guys, have I told you how awesome my sister is?  I’m sure you have heard me talk about how she was the most amazing maid of honor ever and how we hang out all the time, but guess what?  There’s more.  She is currently finishing up her first year of law school!  To say she is smart is a huge understatement (this girl is at the top of her class).  She’s pretty, she’s funny, she’s brilliant, she’s in shape, she has amazing hair, she is always dressed to a T, and she still finds time to make other people feel special.  She truly is one of a kind.  I thought it would be neat to interview her for the blog to get a taste of what law school is like and also get some tips on how she gets it all done (and done well) while making time for her boyfriend, her son (dog), Otis, her family, and her 10 million friends. 

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Introduce yourself.  

My name is Morgan.  I am from Nashville, TN. I went to SMU for undergrad and stayed in Dallas after graduation and worked for the Dallas Stars for a year.  Then I made the decision to go back to law school and am currently finishing up my first year.  I live with my boyfriend, Max, and my dog, Otis. I don’t have a lot of hobbies right now but if I have free time I am usually at the dog park, hanging out with my friends, watching sports or binge watching Netflix. 

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What made you decide to go to law school?

Law has always interested me since my dad is an attorney and I think it is interesting how the law shapes our society and the decisions we make.  I was looking for a career that would constantly challenge me and allow me to use my skills to help others. 

Was your family/boyfriend supportive?

Yes. I think it is really important to have a good support group.  It can be a very isolating world in a sense because you do spend a lot of time alone reading and writing so it is good to have a support system to just vent to or get away with. 

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Tell us what a typical day is like in law school.  What time do you get up? Go to bed? How long do you spending studying?

I wake up around 7 and I try to leave the house by 7:45.  I spend time in the morning watching TV (sports center) and packing a lunch and snacks for the day and get my books and bag ready for school. Depending on my schedule I typically have 2-3 classes per day starting around 9 or 11.  I function a little better in the morning so I try to get to school around 8 to knock some things out and prepare for class.  Not all professors are the same, but some of them are what you see on TV where they just call you out so I like to reread my notes before class starts and then in between classes I usually just get a little study room in the library and spend time preparing for the next day or week or summarizing notes from that day’s class.  Depending on the day I typically get done with class around 3-5 pm.  Some days I need a little mental break around 5 so I will go home and let Otis out and maybe go to the dog park. And other days I stay at school after class and get another study room in the library and sometimes my friends meet me there.  I typically spend the rest of the night reading.  Max makes dinner and I eat whatever he makes.  I continue reading from 7:30 on until I go to bed around 11:30.  Closer to finals I stay up later and sometimes I go to bed earlier if I am really tired.  After a certain hour I don’t retain information and I function better in the morning so I will choose to get a good night’s sleep. 

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How many hours do you spend studying on the weekend?

At the beginning of the semester I would usually do a half day on Saturday and on Sunday and closer to finals, I study pretty much all day on the weekends with a few breaks.

What else do you enjoy doing on the weekends?

Hanging out with Taylor and Jon and friends that I don’t get to see often.  I spend a lot of time with my law school friends so I try to make time on the weekends for my friends outside of law school.  Law school can be a little bit of a bubble so it is nice to hang out with people outside of that world. 

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How do you manage to eat healthy in law school?

I don’t (all the time). 🙂  The key to it is planning.  If you don’t take the time to plan in the morning, you are too busy by 3 pm to worry about it and you will just grab whatever is there whether it is healthy or not.  Morning is the best time to plan because you don’t have a lot of stress like you do after class.  And I am lucky to have Max so that is fortunate.  He makes a lot of meals with leftovers so I have leftovers for lunches so that helps.  And I pack a lot of snacks so that I don’t buy something if I am at the library right before dinner because there is nothing healthy at school.

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What does a typical day of eats look like for you?

I have a gluten free UDI’s muffin in the morning or honey nut cheerios.  I have a cup of OJ with EmergenC and when I get to school I get a Venti coffee.  For lunch it just depends on what we had for dinner.  I like gluten free pasta because it is easy to take for lunch and a peach cup for dessert.  I typically pack an apple and some trail mix for snacks throughout the morning or early afternoon.  Max makes a lot of taco meat so ill have a taco salad for lunch because it isn’t too heavy.  Then I typically get another cup of coffee in the afternoon before the afternoon classes start.  Then dinner just varies.  Our most common dinners are gluten free pasta, gluten free pizza, or sweet potatoes. We are also big ice cream people.  That is our guilty pleasure.  Then I always sprinkle in Amino Energy throughout the day when I get sick of coffee.

Does Max do the grocery shopping and the cooking?

Yes, but we do run into issues because when he does the grocery shopping I don’t always know what we have in the fridge so it is hard to think of what to eat when one person does the grocery shopping.

Do you take any supplements regularly?

No, but I take EmergenC regularly but that is it. 

Do you do any type of exercise?

Not right now.  I used to so it is definitely doable and helpful in law school, but it is usually the first thing that goes when I am crunched for time. 

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What are your tips for managing to get everything done and striving for balance in all areas of your life (school, family, friends, etc.)?

I would say planning is the biggest thing.  Setting out your week and by making a plan. I will stay up later the night before I hang out with a friend or get up earlier to get everything done.  If I don’t have a plan then I will be constantly anxious about when I will get everything done.  And I think recognizing that there has to be down time is important. I struggle with that a lot because you feel like you have to constantly be doing something and it sounds weird, but it is important to plan downtime. 

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What is your number one tip for good health?

I would say a good night’s sleep.  Law school is stressful enough and I don’t think your brain functions after a certain point ( I learned this first semester after so many late nights with lots of caffeine). 

What will you be doing this summer after you are done with your first year?

I am working at a big firm here in Dallas for 8 weeks and then doing another one week program with another firm. 

What advice would you give to those thinking about law school or going back to school?

First I would talk to people who are in the profession because I think it is a really hard and long process and for someone who is already working and has a stable life it is a big change.  But when you see people who are in the job you want, it helps to know your goal and understand why you are doing this.  Talk to people who are in school because it can be very different from your job or even from undergrad.  It is important that you know the expectations going into it and what the requirements are to succeed beforehand.  It is a long process, but think about how much more you will know and how much more educated you will be.  You will know information that a very limited number of people in the US know, which is really neat. 

What is the hardest thing about law school or the biggest shock? 

How hard you have to work to do well.  I have always done well in school so I didn’t think I would have to work as hard as I have to.   It has always been a little bit easier for me (school).  Going to class and paying attention used to be enough, but that’s just not enough in law school.  That was a big realization for me. 

Do you have any idea what type of law you want or do not want to practice when graduate?

I am leaning towards transactional work over litigation.  Some people really get a rush from speaking in front of court or fighting against the other party, but I kind of like the idea of collaborating together more so than fighting. 

Thank you, Morgan, for taking the time out of your busy day to answer my questions!  This interview definitely gave me a good insight to what the life of a law school student is like and what is takes to do well.  I am so proud of my sister for finishing up her first year (and doing extremely well) of law school!  She is truly an inspiration to us all!