My Summer

All of my Kaplan Bar Prep books

I start class tomorrow in Montgomery.  This week, I'm in class every day from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 until 4:00.  After this week, I'm in class every Monday to Saturday and usually from 9:00 until 1:00, with some day going longer.  Just because it is a shorter 'in class' day, I still have to 'study on my own.'  I'm dreading this summer more than I've dreaded any summer of my life. 

BUT all of this means I did graduate law school (on Friday, May 13) and am now back in Alabama.  I'm living in Montgomery this summer in an extended stay hotel - sound familiar, Mellie?  Miss Macy will be with me, though.  I think this will be an interesting experience!

Well, with that said, I will try to update sometime soon and put up some pictures from graduation, but no promises.


Weekend #1

So, this was my last real weekend in Jackson.  Absolutely ridiculous.


Thursday was Cinco de Mayo.  After spending the entire day at the pool with Katie B., I thought it would be fun to celebrate at a Mexican restaurant.  Luckily, some of my friends finished their finals that day or at least had a good break until their next final, so a few people wanted to celebrate.  We met at our favorite Mexican place out on Lakeland, El Sombrero, for delicious food and cheap margaritas.

Jamie and Chris and their "Corona-rita"

Karlia, BB, and Kip on my side of the table 

I was supposed to meet some other friends downtown so I asked these kids all if they would like to go, too.  We all went to George Street, which has Ladies Night on Thursdays, and met some of our other friends, too.  It was actually a really fun night.  The weather was kind of cool and GSt had the patio from the restaurant next door open.  There was a band outside on the patio and since it was cool, it was a lot of fun.  Then there was a dj upstairs so if you wanted a different kind of music, you could go up there.  It was PACKED, too, and a few other law students were there.  It was a good night!

The dinner crew at GSt
Chris and BB are standing
Jamie, Jess, Kip, and Karlia are sitting

We ran into these boys who were out right smack during the middle of their finals
Patrick, Frank, and Griner 

I was upstairs dancing and looked up and there was good ole' Robbie, one of my favorite 2Ls 

Me and BB are ready to go home here 

Friday night was girls' night.  After having a late night Thursday night, we decided we didn't really want to do anything too big and since Katie and Brandie will be starting Bar prep next week and then I'll be moving shortly after, we decided it may be our last girls' night.  We went to Newks and then to see Something Borrowed.  Lacey recommended that book to me a few months back and I read it and enjoyed it and was excited to see the movie.  I will say that I am hard to please when I read a book fist and then see the movie, but I actually really enjoyed this one.  It was cute and I liked the actors/actresses.  If you need a good, fun movie to see with your girlfriends, I recommend it!

After sleeping in on Saturday and then spending the rest of the day doing laundry and straightening our house for the tons of guests who are coming into town, I was sooo excited to get to spend Saturday night with my very favorite British fellow!  Martin is a law student from Manchester, England, who has been here in Jackson since February interning with the Office of Capital Defense Counsel here in Jackson.  He's leaving on Wednesday to head back to England, so since it was his last weekend, too, we finally had our date night.  We went to dinner at Philip's on the Rez (where I will be taking my family later this week).  I love Philip's because it really is ON the rez and they have a huge deck overlooking the water so we got to watch the sunset over the water and then watch as the boats came in.  They also have live music most every night on the deck, so we got to enjoy some great music as we ate dinner.  It was a lot of fun and we stayed there for quite a while.  Then we walked next door to go to Pelican Cove.  It, too, is on the water but a little 'less classy'.  We had a couple of drinks there and just chatted.  We then went to Shuckers and met Stephen and Katie and a couple of other people.  Shuckers is always entertaining and that was Martin's first time so I was able to introduce him to the concept of 'the cougar.'  I loved it.  After everyone else left, Martin and I stayed and enjoyed a couple more drinks and danced with the band.  Around 1:30 when they were getting ready to shut down, we left.  Since it was so late and there's not much open and we weren't in a 'party' mood, we decided to just go back to Martin's apartment downtown.  We sat and chatted and played a couple of silly games.  It is fun talking with Martin because he does not hesitate with his questions.  He asks everything from questions abour Mississippi culture to racial tensions to about my best friend from growing up.  If he's curious, he asks, so there's never a quiet moment.  He's fun and I'm sad he's heading back to England sooo soon. 

Sunday was a lazy day.  Kip and I just sat around and didn't do very much.  It was a nice, relaxing day!

My family is starting to get into town tomorrow.  I'm kind of excited.  Graduation is SO soon!!!


with law school.

Just call me Keri Wood, J.D.
(even though that won't be official until May 13)


Weekend #2

WOW!  This was my second to last weekend in Jackson.  CRAZY!!!

My weekend started Thursday night.  The LSBA (= to student government) booked the Friendship II, a party boat on the Reservoir, for us 3Ls.  It was the last night of class, so no one had anything pressing to do on Friday, so it was a last chance for us 3Ls to get together - just us - and have fun.  The boat had a huge lower deck, most of which was covered, where we had food and sodas and air conditioning.  Then, there was a great top deck with tables and chairs and a dj and dance floor.  Oh, it was SO much fun.  We left the dock around 6 and didn't get back until about 10.  We just floated around the Res, dancing and enjoying hanging out with all our classmates.  PICTURES!

Jamie, Ryan and I
Jamie's my law school BFF and we have known Ryan since 1L year.  Ryan also worked with Gov. Barbour this semester while I worked with Treasurer Reeves, so we worked together a good bit.

Katie, me, and Brandie
We've all been friends since 1L year, too, but we've really gotten close this year. 

3Ls breaking it down (Cupid Shuffle, maybe?) on the deck of the party boat 

Justin and I
Again, friends since 1L and then we had all our tax law classes together, so that is automatic bonding over that terrible stuff! 

After the 'cruise' ended, we all went to our favorite bar on the Res - Shuckers.  It was just a continuation of the party and since it was a Thursday night and Shuckers is so far out, it was basically just us so it made it even more fun!

This is Mitch.  Same last name.  Families from the same area.  We pretend we're related.  All the time.  Seriously, I think people think we're legit cousins, if not siblings, because we joke about it so much.

Pete, me, and Ron
Again, friens since 1L year.  Love these boys! 

Jared and I
He and I became friends this past year when we were 'studying' in the library.  Jared graduated in December and just found out he passed the MS Bar! 

Ryan drove us around all night in Ron's Tahoe.  Emily and I always got stuck in the back back because the boys are rude.  haha 

The 3L Night was so much fun.  It made me realize, yet again, how many friends I've made since I've been here in Jackson and how much we've all gone through together.  These kids are family now.

Friday, Katie, Brandie, and I had another POOL DAY!  We laid out at Steve's pool and just chatted and caught up.  I love those girls and our 'girl time.'

Friday night was a calm night.  Kip was out of town, so Macy and I just hung out and watched a movie on demand.

Saturday I went to the school library for a while.  Then, Saturday night, I went and hung out with some of the kids that were in my orientation group last year (meaning their 2Ls).  I haven't gotten to hang out with them in a while, so it was so much fun just catching up.  No pictures that night.  :(

Today, ugh.  Library all day.  I felt like a 1L because I was still there at midnight when they kicked us out.  I was actually the last person to leave the library.  That should be a crime.  ha.  BUT, I'll take one late night at the library to be FINISHED with law school on TUESDAY!  Woohoo!  


Wednesday's Wise Words . . . via song

I L.O.V.E. this song and this group, Noah and the Whale.  AWESOME.  Enjoy (and buy their latest album, Last Night on Earth)!!!

Tuesday's Movie Date

First, let me say that today was my last day of work!  Woohoo!  I've enjoyed my semester working at the State Treasurer's, but I'm glad to be finished now.  I'm at the 'no motivation' point and would much rather spend my last few days at the pool than working, so I'm glad now I can! 

Okay, now on to movie night!

Martin (my English friend) and I went on a movie date tonight to see "The Lincoln Lawyer." 

I've wanted to see it for a while now and so we finally went.  I was quite pleased.  Since I've been in law school, it's ridiculously hard to watch law related movies and not spend the entire time critiquing them or saying how things would not really happen like that, etc.  I did do that some in this movie, but the story line was really good, it was entertaining, and suspenseful, so I was able to overlook some of the 'that's wrong' moments.  Also, I LOVE Matthew McConaughey so of course I loved his movie.

However, I have to say, I really really liked Josh Lucas's character in this movie.  Yes, it was more of a minor role, but I think I related more to him and his big blue eyes don't hurt either . . .

I'm glad I finally got to see this movie.  As Martin and I were discussing afterwards, it makes us excited for what we are going to be doing in a few months - three or so for me and 18 for him.  Sure, I don't necessarily want to be this type of lawyer, but it makes me excited to work for these ideals of a true and just legal system seeking innocence over evil and I know that regardless of which area of law I practice, that will still be my baseline of my profession.  I'm excited! 

I definitely recommend The Lincoln Lawyer!

Weekend #3

This was such a fun weekend!  I decided to stay in Jackson instead of going home to Bama.  It has been a few years since I have been away from home on Easter, but I'm glad I stayed in town.

Friday I spent my day running errands and getting ready for our Easter 'linner' (more about that a bit later).  Friday night, I went to dinner with my friend Katie at Mellow Mushroom.  Then I drove over to Rob's house for the last poker game.  :(  Our 1L year, some of the boys I'm friends with started a Friday night Poker night.  This tradition has carried over every year.  We always played at Rob's house and he and Maria kept us well fed with tasty Italian snacks and Maria made so many crazy, different types of drinks.  These boys taught me to play poker and believe me, I played like a man!  haha.  I was ususally the only girl and so these boys gave me a hard time and played dirty with me; however, I think that because of them, I could play with the best of the best now!  Even though I haven't played in a few months, since it was the last night, I felt I had to stop by for old time's sake.  I snapped a couple of pictures of the boys.

The end of the table that did not have the money:
Some of the Poker Boys:  Rob, Gio, Ben, Kip, Patrick, and Jamie

After I left Rob's house, I went downtown.  I met Stephen and Katie at Fenian's - our favorite spot - where we hung out for quite a while.  Some other friends met us there, too.  Later, we walked down to a house where some 1Ls live.  One of the guys there was having a birthday party, so we joined in on his celebration.  It was such a fun night!  I enjoyed it because I was getting to hang out with other people than I usually do.

Katie, Stephen, and I - B2tW 2011
Me and COD 
Saturday was POOL day!  Steve's apartment has a great little pool so we all went there and hung out pretty much all day.  It was so relaxing and we all got some sun.  It was a great pool day, too, because it wasn't just ridiculously hot and there was a little breeze.  Also, because so many people went out of town for the weekend, it was great because it was kind of empty.  Great day!

Saturday night was GIRLS' Night.  Tracey, Katie and I ate dinner at Mugshots.  We had so much fun catching up and just talking.  Dinner was delicious, too.  After dinner, I went shopping for last minute Easter 'linner' supplies and then came home.  Kip's buddy, Joseph, was over so the three of us hung out and chatted.  Joseph is an attorney already - he graduated from Ole Miss Law in 2007.  He's always sharing stories and giving advice.  The boys watched as I made Ernie's 4 Layer Delight.  Now that was interesting in itself!  ha

Sunday was Easter.  Easter is a special day.  It is the day we celebrate the resurrection.  Jesus hung on the cross for my sins and was laid to rest in the tomb.  Three days later, he rose from the dead to return to Heaven so that we could be alive again.  As 1 Corinthians says, "For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).  Jesus rose and defeated death for us.  How cool is that? 
Though I missed Easter Sunrise at my home church in Brundidge - Shady Grove Baptist - I got up early and went to a church I attend pretty often here, Pinelake Baptist.  The service was wonderful and such a great way to start the day - a great reminder of that rock that was rolled away from the tomb's entrance.  Pretty cool.  Anyways, after church, I came back home and started cooking.  Since some of my friends stayed in town and since it's so close to the end of the semester, we had Easter 'Linner'.  For those of you who don't know, linner is like brunch, but a combination of lunch and dinner.  It was potluck, so everyone was supposed to bring side dishes and desserts.  I made a ham (delicious by the way - I was quite pleased with myself! ha) and mac & cheese, cornbread, and rolls.  Then I also had E's 4 Layer Delight I made the night before.  Everyone came over around 2 and we ate a tasty and random spread of food.

Alex and Stephen after linner 
Tracey and Katie  
Martin, Jamie, Jess, Maria, Rob, and Kip after linner 

After we ate, I insisted everyone dye Easter Eggs!  I haven't done this in years and I was SOOOO excited about it.  Tracey and I read the directions on the dye kit and prepared everything very meticulously.

The dyes

Everyone had so much fun dying Easter eggs - even the boys who pretended they hated it.

Rob was first and look at his egg!  It matches his shirt perfectly!
Maria and Jamie were next! 
Katie and Stephen were funny about it.  Katie knew exactly what she was doing and Stephen - yeah, he ended up just throwing his egg in the cup because he got frustrated. 
Yay for Easter Egg dying! 
Here are all of our eggs!  I think we did pretty good! 
Macy even had her own egg!  It had a picture of her on one side (see above) and her name on the other!  She would have rather just eaten it, but she did pose for a picture! 

It was such a great weekend!  We had a lot of fun even though there were very few people in town.


Weekend #4

I'm counting down the weekends I have left in Jackson.  After this fantastic weekend, I only have three left so hence the title of this post.

Friday I worked my last Acceptance Day at the law school.  In my work with the Admissions Office, I'm always asked to work at the functions with potential and/or new students.  On Friday, we had about 50 kids who have been accepted to MCLaw come in for a day full of activities.  We took them down to the University Club (mid-tornado weather, by the way) for lunch where I took part in my last student panel.  Then back to the law school for mock classes, housing and financial aid sessions, and tours.  It is crazy to be welcoming these new kids who are about to begin their adventures as law students while I am getting ready to end mine.  But, I love my school and the people there so I want them to love it, too.

After Acceptance Day, I had to drive straight to north Ridgeland to Ridgeland High School.  I spent Friday evening (well, really, because of the weather, I didn't get out of there until right at midnight) judging at the MS State High School Speech and Debate Competition.  I had to be back there Saturday morning at 7am, too.  I spent all day Saturday judging, too, and finally got out of there around 7:30.  It was really interesting, though.  I didn't do speech and debate when I was in high school, so my knowledge of it was very limited, but they threw me right in and I was judging these kids all by myself (except for the finals rounds).  They competed in three different types of debate and then about 10 types of speech.  Some of it was very entertaining while some of it was very serious and almost boring.  There were about three other law students who judged, too.  When we weren't judging rounds, we got to hang out in the Judges' Lounge where they had SOOO much food.  It was ridiculous.  I mention it only because of how much there was.  There were three or four workers in charge of the food and they continuously brought things out - from a chocolate fondue fountain to chicken lasagna to biscuits to fruit to chips and dips to homemade cookies to chili.  I mean, it was ridiculous.  So, if we weren't judging, we felt like we needed to be hanging out snacking.  ha.  The competition was a lot of fun, though!!!

Saturday night I met some friends of mine at our favorite local bar, Fenians.  We just sat there and chatted and caught up all night.  My two English friends got to come (after they went to Jackson's own roller derby!!), too.  Even though I was incredibly tired from having to get up so early for the competition, I enjoyed hanging out with everyone for a chill and relaxing night at Fenians. 

Today, I went to church at Pinelake.  It was a great service and super crowded.  I went by myself because my friend, Paige, was out of town.  Then I had to go straight to the law school to help some friends with their trial practice class.  At the end of each trial practice class, the students have a mock trial.  I'm going to be a witness for two friends at their trial on Tuesday so we had to practice today. 

After I left the law school, I went to my friend, Rob's.  I haven't been to Rob's in ages, but we went today for a Pims day.  Karlia and Martin, my English friends, bought us Pims - a favorite English summertime drink - and mixed it with English style lemonade.  We sat out by the pool at Rob's complex and just drank our Pims lemonade and hung out.  We played bean bag toss - which is cornhole, just the fancy version.  Chris bought burgers and stuff so we grilled out, too.  Then when it finally got too cool to stay out there, we went in and played the new Rock Band for a bit.  It was such a fun afternoon and I can't wait until our next pool day - when it is actually warm enough to get in the pool! 

It was a busy weekend and I was at home VERY little, but since I have so little time left, I'm all about going and doing!  This week will be busy and fun, too.  I only have THREE more classes, two papers, and a final and I'm done with law school.  CRAZY!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend, too, and that the upcoming week is even better!