Archive for July, 2003

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Two Weeks Notice. Unofficially, I only have 2 wee…

28 July 2003

Two Weeks Notice. Unofficially, I only have 2 weeks of work left. My clerkship formally ends on Aug. 29, but my judge goes on holiday on Aug. 8. So really, I will have very little work to do after he leaves. These 2 weeks will just fly by. I have about 15 vacation days left, so I’ll be taking a holiday when he leaves. I have no real holiday plans. I guess the closest thing I have to a holiday is going to the NJ shore (for the second time ever) for 2 days to try surfing. We can’t really go anywhere because we have to work on the house and we have no $$.

The past week has been a bit hectic. We worked on the house everyday until about 11 pm at night; I got a real job (and found out I could keep it); we celebrated my brother-in-law Shawn’s b-day; and then I was sworn in to the New York Bar. My oath-taking ceremony was last July 23rd. I finally got sworn in after a year of waiting! I passed the bar of July 2002; received the results in November 2002; handed in my papers in January 2003; and then got sworn in about 7 months later. It didn’t really feel “exciting” –probably because I was already sworn in (NJ) and it took all of fifteen minutes. The Appellate Court, (located in Brooklyn Heights), was beautiful though. They also threw in a bit of pomp and circumstance. There were 5 Appellate Court judges present and they came out in a procession with their robes and everything. The presiding judge, the Honorable Gail Predente, made a few remarks that were really heartfelt. She said that this day was really a tribute to our parents who were there every step of the way. She was totally right. I owe my parents my life and will forever be grateful to them.

We also went to our friend’s wedding. Our friends Glen and Lizle got married last Saturday, July 26th. They had a beautiful ceremony and a fabulous reception. The reception started at 12 noon and we all had a ridiculous amount of drinks by 1:30 pm. We’re talking champagne, 2 shots, 2 cosmos, and who knows what else before we even got our entrees! We had a great time!

Last, but not the least…we stripped off our carpeting in our house! It was nice to see the hard-wood floors underneath in good condition…I think that was definitely the highlight of my week.

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Making Progress. We finally started painting the …

24 July 2003

Making Progress. We finally started painting the house. In particular, we have painted the ceilings of our bedrooms and the living room (but we ran out of paint on the living room, so we are finishing today). On today’s agenda is painting the walls of the bedrooms. Overall, I guess we’re making progress. It’s funny though, because I have spent about 10-12 hours in the house since Tuesday, with very little to show for it. Mark also puts in his time after work and does a lot more than I do. It’s the little things that take up time such as scrubbing the walls and ceilings clean, and then taping up the walls and the trims for painting prep. Manual labor is a bloody pain. I don’t mind so much, it’s just that it goes by so slowly and you’re just eager to see the finished product already. Plus, it’s bloody hot in there!

Also making progress on the job front. I finally found out that I can officially be a Prosecutor. Today, I’m off to fill out documents in order for them to start on my background check (not to mention a background check on my immediate family members as well!).

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Simple Living. Just came across a blog about a co…

21 July 2003

Simple Living. Just came across a blog about a couple who moved away from Los Angeles to the South Pacific Islands. They brought their two young daughters with them. They’re recording their experience one photo at a time through their blog, The Island Chronicles.

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Labor of Love. So this past weekend, the hubs and…

21 July 2003

Labor of Love. So this past weekend, the hubs and I went over to our new home for some home improvement. Basically, we wanted to prep the living room and bedrooms so we could paint the walls and strip the carpets. It took us a good long day to take out the wallpaper on only one wall in the living room. We spent a couple of hours to take it off and scrape it. Then another hour or two to fully clean the wall of residue. The hubs also spackled cracks and holes in the wall, and did a lot of sanding. Yesterday, we left the house with it looking like we didn’t do a whole lot of work, even though we spent a lot of time and labor. The good thing with all of this though (aside from making the home a nicer place) is that there is no need to go the gym! Hahaha…

Tonight, we plan on priming the walls so we can start painting tomorrow. Man, I wish fixing up the house would be like the Sims game where you can just point and click and Presto! You got a brand new house, with brand new walls, new rooms, and new furniture!

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Spoke to soon… Because it looks like I *may* not…

18 July 2003

Spoke to soon… Because it looks like I *may* not be a prosecutor after all. I called them up today to accept the offer and told them that I wasn’t a citizen. I said I hope it’s not a problem. Here’s what they said back: “Oh well I won’t have an answer for you today. I’ll have to speak to the Division [Division of Criminal Justice] and I’ll get back to you early next week.”

*Click*. And that was that. No words of encouragement, no “great to have you on board”, no nothing. I wasn’t looking to be coddled or anything, but a nice “thank you” would’ve also sufficed.

Shites. I’m quite ansty now. I really, really, really want the job. But as a friend told me, “if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. Getting the offer from them is an honor in and of itself.”

But this whole waiting game sucks.

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I finally got a job! And of course I am blogging …

17 July 2003

I finally got a job! And of course I am blogging about it! I’m just happy that a got an offer first of all. But I’m double-happy because it’s an offer for a job I actually want: I’m going to be a Prosecutor!! Cool, no more sending off resumes! I can just enjoy the rest of my clerkship without the pressure of finding a job….No more wallowing in self-pity and whining about how no one wants to hire me….The only thing nagging at me at this point is that I am not a U.S. citizen yet. I don’t know if this is a requirement in NJ (cuz it certainly is in NY)…so I am crossing my fingers and hoping my bubble won’t burst.

However, I still consider myself very lucky to get an offer at all!! When this new job starts (if I get to start!), I’m chronicling the whole experience…we’ll see. I hope I’ll go from not knowing anything, to being a seasoned pro!!

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Aloha! So my luau turned out fabulously! I was s…

14 July 2003

Aloha! So my luau turned out fabulously! I was scared the weather was going to be disagreeable, but it was a nice, breezy low 80’s with a lot of sunshine. I was also scared about how the turn-out would be, but people came out and trekked to Jamaica –Queens that is! Though I don’t think you’d know it if you saw the luau pics. If you don’t look too closely, it looks like we were out on an island. A lot of folks wore “island wear” as I suggested, and I handed out leis to all the guests. All in all, there was probably about 60 people at its’ peak moment. I haven’t thrown a big house party like that in ages; the last one I remember throwing was maybe 3 years ago? But it’s great to have a home-bbq every now and then.

Special thanks to Rob J who did all the marinating, skewering, and grilling from dusk to dawn! Special thanks also to my fabulous parents who were kind enough to lend their home for the day, and of course, for contributing all the food and other fun stuff! Lastly, thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate my birthday!

By the way, if anyone has pics, please send them to me! Thanks!