The day finals ended, I brought myself out for a celebratory lunch and while lunching; I began planning a surprise for my mom for Mother’s Day which was that weekend. I created an itinerary for her which listed a few of our favorite places to go together. I even included a “surprise” location which she loved. It was a brand new Nordstrom that we had been saying that we couldn’t wait to go to. When we got to the door I gave her a gift card which she was so excited about! We had such a fun time going around town together laughing, eating, and shopping. It was a fun day and I am so thankful that I was able to do that for her. It was also a great day for me. It was so awesome to just live and not worry about school or studying.
I have also been busy with my jobs and internships. As I wrote a few blogs back, I was picked for an internship in Denver at an animal law firm. However, after much stress and heartbreak, I turned it down. There were so many things against me and this internship; I had no other choice. I thought I was going to be able to get funding and school credit but all of that fell through for various reasons which have nothing to do with me. It was so upsetting to send that e-mail declining it because I had already found an apartment in Denver and had been looking forward to it all semester. Life goes on though and I am really happy with the things I do have.
I have an internship working with a national animal welfare organization in D.C. However, I am able to work remotely which is so great! I am working to protect the sharks from finning. Some restaurants illegally serve shark fin soup. (Ewwww!) Finning is illegal in U.S. waters and it is illegal to possess the fin in any form in various states. The process of getting the fin is barbaric. The fin is hacked off and the animal, who is still alive, is thrown back into the ocean to bleed to death and suffer. It is very bloody and horribly unkind. Additionally, certain kinds of sharks are going extinct due to this atrocity. We need them as part of the ecosystem! I have never eaten shark fin soup and I never will but apparently it has really no taste. So, all of this suffering is entirely pointless.
Anyway, I digress. There are different phases to my internship but currently I am researching the laws prohibiting finning. I will soon be drafting various correspondences. I am so happy to be able to help end suffering for these animals. They don’t deserve to suffer and die like this. I am part of their story. Even though my part is small, I am fighting for justice for them and that is the whole reason I am in law school, to be the voice for the voiceless. I love this internship so much!
I have also been busy with my awesome new job! Get ready for this...I got a job as a legal blog writer. Yes, I am an honest to God writer and I get paid for it! How cool is that?!?! I had heard about the job but for some reason I decided that I was not going to apply for it. My best law school friend encouraged me to apply and so after some thought; I did. I sent in my resume and also mentioned that I write and maintain this blog. I got an e-mail back requesting the link and the rest is history.
For this job, I read cases and then write articles outlining the legal principle of the case for the public to read. The articles will run on the the law firm’s website. The law firm is about two to three hours away from me so I get to work remotely for this as well! I was given my first assignment a few weeks and I turned it in recently. I was so nervous about my first article. I was worried that it was going to be bad but it wasn’t! I got some really great feedback from my boss. I feel like I don’t give myself enough credit. Even now, I still go back and read his e-mail about how good the article was. I am paid per article and if there are any edits, the pay is decreased. I had no edits which meant that I got full pay for my article! So exciting.
I love this job so much! I get to basically be Carrie Bradshaw in an Elle Woods kind of way! Clearly, they are two of my favs and I feel like I am living the dream this summer. This job keeps my legal wheels spinning and is great for my legal writing, not to mention will look great on my resume. My internship will also look awesome on my resume and most importantly, I am getting to be part of justice for animals! What more could an animal loving blogger want?!?!
Aside from my internship, the legal blog, and this blog, I have decided to “toy around” with my Airstream. By “toy around” I mean have a vent changed and caulk a window. Ha. After that though, I plan on changing the flooring. I have kind of a 70’s feel going on. Since the rig is vintage, I want to keep that groovy feeling but I also want to bring in a more modern feeling. I think that new flooring will do just that. I am looking forward to this project and will post pictures when it’s all done.
In between all of these things, I try to get out and do all the fun things that I was so bummed out about not being able to do while I was in school. I love the local farmers market and I got to go last weekend. It was wonderful to be carefree. I got Persian tea and cookies and doggie treats for my pups. I am also having lunch on Sunday with my very best friend, who I have not seen all semester. In fact, I have not seen her since Christmas Day. I miss her terribly and can’t wait to see her.
Anyway, I just wanted to update everyone on how I am settling into my summer life away from school. Even though I am not at school, my life still revolves around the law. That’s the funny thing, you just can’t get away from it… and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Lastly, I still have a secret that I posted about previously. I really want to spill the beans but I can’t. I will post about it as soon as I can. What I can say is: I have been blessed with an amazing, life changing/game changing opportunity... but it is just too early to say anything yet. Stay tuned!
Until next time...