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back to school.

Posted in Life in general with tags , , , on Monday 12 January 2009 by amanda

today is my first day of 2nd semester as a 1L.  I’m getting my bag packed, house ready for the sitter, and I’m a little nervous about this!  Not so much my classes – this semester it’s rhetoric, crim law and civ pro, but because at the end of this term the baby is due.  Like, literally on the 2nd day of finals.  I need to make arrangements to take my finals early, and looking ahead through the semester, I’m nervous as to how well I’ll handle it.  However, one day at a time!  Hopefully tonight Civil Procedure and rhetoric will be a comfortable transition back into the chaos of school.


awesome new nurse

Posted in Life in general with tags , , on Saturday 13 December 2008 by amanda

my amazing and fabulous friend (and family, really) Caroline Turpen just graduated from nursing school the other day.  The nursing profession just got luckier, and so did the patients at the hospital in Colorado where she’ll be working.  Congrats, ‘line 🙂


Posted in family, Life in general with tags , , on Monday 13 August 2007 by amanda

you know when everything just sucks and you can’t quite figure out how you ended up there or how to get out?  yeah, me too.


Posted in baby, family with tags on Thursday 9 August 2007 by amanda

so those of you that know me are aware that i have one or two things going on in my life.  it’s pretty well known (one of those known knowns, if you will) that i got myself knocked up this past spring and ola and i are expecting baby #1 in very early december.  so that’s one little itsy bitsy minor change, right? 

secondly, ola has a job offer for his fellowship starting next summer, and we’ll be moving and i’ll be going back to school.  i’m nervous about school.  actually, i’m nervous about applying for school.  i know i’m ready to head back because i know exactly where i want to go and what i want to study and i’m completely terrified that they won’t accept me and then what!?  also, grad school is a pretty big financial commitment and since i have no intention of EVER leaving the non-profit sector, that is something to seriously consider as well. 

when it comes down to it, i do know that all will be well, but we as a family are embarking on a bunch of stuff we’ve never done before, and all at the same time!  when i think about it too much, i get a liiiiiittle panicky…i believe this is because lately we’ve been having conversations about dealing with debt, financing the baby, re-arranging the apartment and talking about a registry, and all kinds of other things that are just distressingly based in reality 🙂

 this morning i’ve been fantasizing that we’ll buy a house when we move.  i’m actually unsure whether this is a pipe dream or not.  however, if you would like to make a donation towards our down payment, we accept checks, cash and wire transfers!  i’ve also been thinking about this elusive idea of a car.  i guess we’ll need to get one.  maybe even two, depending on where exactly we’re living in relation to the grocery store, train station, and daycare center…

if you consider yourself quite well-versed in the skills of raising a baby while in grad school with no money, and needing to acquire a house and a car in a new place with almost zero friends in that new place, please drop some advice 🙂  this is all new for me (including the car buying!  this will be our first car purchase!)