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Celebrating the Boring Life08.14.14

One thing I got out of procrastinating on studying for my PR final was a completed application to USPTO to sit for the patent bar exam. I have a weird hybrid, aka “multidisciplinary,” degree from UW, so it’s not an automatic entry to sit for the exam, which means I had to provide all sorts of documentation to prove I have the science background to be useful. Documentation for each class was a pain in the ass and a simple application becomes a giant packet of highlighted words.

I got a call from the USPTO today, they wanted to clarify some info, which means I should have a testing date soon. The nice lady on the phone said she would rather ask me for some of the little things instead of sending me a “missing info” notice. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that, because all that mailing back and forth would really drag out when I can sign up for a testing date. One thing she did ask is about any issues I had with law enforcement or tickets over $100. I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud to tell someone that I lived a perfectly boring life. In my application I mentioned I may have a speeding ticket from over ten years ago when I was driving between college in California and home in Washington. However, I do not have any documentation of that because it was so long ago, plus I got my driving record from the DMV (which is completely clean, but they only go back 10 years or so), and beyond a speeding ticket, I haven’t even had a stern talking to from the cops. Unless, you count the time my friends and I were hanging out at the park after dark because that’s what you do in high school, even then, we were only talking and hanging out, we didn’t do drugs nor drink. Seriously, if ever there is a time to BRAG about your incredibly boring life, it is when the board calls you about your character statement. So proud.

There is a similar character statement for regular ol’ lawyer board, so I get so work on my humble brag skill again. Yay, boring life!

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Old People ADHD08.04.14

On-Campus interview week is the first week of school. Which means cover letters are due. Which means I am staring at my screen blankly for hours. I have managed to play many games on my iPad and ordered a new perfume while sitting in front of my computer, willing the cover letters to write themselves.

Procrastination is harsh. It was extremely rough throughout 1L. Sometimes I think I got by just from sitting in front of the computer for so long that I started working just because my ass started aching from the number of hours spent sitting there, and I wanted that pain to end. That is a LOT of sitting. And a lot of cat videos. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen ALL the internet cat videos by now.

I remember being able to study for hours on end when I was younger. But I’m pretty sure I remembered wrong, and the reality was I spent hours on end drinking and talking about boys. Still, I thought maybe I have adult ADHD. So I got medicated for it.

Yes, I got a prescription for Adderall, and it was a pain in the ass to keep the prescription, but it helped in small ways. There were two very fatal flaws to the medication. Depending on dosage, it killed my REM cycles, I woke up feeling like I closed my eyes and didn’t sleep all night. And while I worked with laser focus, I couldn’t do legal writing worth shit. I had a prescription before and I remembered it working very well when I was younger, but now that I think about it, I was programming at the time. I think the drug helped me do monotonous chore type things extremely well. I was a lean mean outlining machine on drugs, but legal writing was impossible. My brain became so one-tracked that accessing creative argument space was impossible. I was simply too linear. In the end, I found it extremely useful for “chore” school works days, but avoided it for exams and legal writing days.

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