I had the best day today! I had the wonderful pleasure of babysitting little girls for a friend. The girls (M and B) are ages two and three respectively, and are good-natured sweethearts. B and M are always all-around girly-girls; but B has just entered into the wonderful world of princesses, dresses, crowns, and the infamous dream of beauty (M is still a bit more distracted by loud and squishy toddler toys). It’s a pretty significant war just trying to get B to wear pants long enough to wash her dresses; she’s been delirious to find that her most recent Birthday and Christmas presents were devoted to princess-related items. Everyone she meets is informed that she is not “B”, she is “Princess B.” Honestly, it’s adorable. I fully expect her to resemble a real-life Gossip Girl-esque Blair when she grows up (the fashion-interested Blair, not the snobby Blair).
Today, We relocated to a large play area in the mall for lunch and games while their mother was busy and grabbed some hot dogs before hitting the playground. The food store was right across from a Build-A-Bear storefront, which naturally attracted the girls’ attention. I swear to God, B has now found heaven. Because tucked in amongst the bears was a row of three dolls dressed like princesses. B immediately informed M that these were ”real princess dolls.” I’m assuming you can tell a true princess doll from a fake princess doll by the dress and crown? I think M was more intrigued by the big wooden bear statue, but that didn’t stop B from talking her head off about the dolls. So of course the rest of lunch-time was devoted to telling me all the signs of real princesses.
They went something like this:
- Real Princesses wear beautiful dresses (This was demonstrated by layering napkins over her clothes to resemble a “skirt”)
- But not just any dresses, princesses have swirly skirts (Hands spread out extra wide to show just how swirly)
- Because the skirts are swirly, princesses spend their time spinning around to show it off (we now pirouetted in circles repeatedly)
- Princesses must wear pink everything. (Purple jewels will work in a pinch, but no compromise on the dress itself).
- Princesses wear pretty pink shoes. (Sandals are okay, but they need sparkles or light or something “beautiful”)
- The crown is mostly non-negotiable. (Her pink butterfly barrette was a satisfactory replacement though because it was a butterfly” and it was pink. M’s purple butterfly was insufficient)
- Sparkles make everything more princessy (Princesses love sparkles so we have them whenever we can. But sometimes we can’t and that isn’t as pretty)
- Real Princesses are beautiful dancers and stand like this to be beautiful:
B was the most enthusiastic demonstrator; I feel like I learned a lot.
But perhaps the greatest lesson she taught me in being a princess didn’t come from our long conversation but from her actions this afternoon. I mean, B was right, she was a real princess. But not just because she wore pink and knew how to arabesque. She also
- Picked up her trash and made sure no one else needed help throwing theirs away.
- Tore M’s hot dog into bite sized pieces and offered up her own when M’s fell on the floor.
- Repeatedly returned to pick up the other children’s shoes and coats when someone knocked them on the floor.
- Went around to every child standing alone and hugged them.
- Raced over and kissed the little boy that fell and hit his knee.
- Called all the other children over to her and directed them in games and how to play together.
- Never took bossing too far and would let others lead as well when they let everyone in.
- Made sure no one felt left out.
- Repeatedly returned to the shyer, less comfortable M, kissed her and then introduced her to another quiet kid to play with before going back to her friends
- Gave away her crayons to M when M got bored.
- Made sure that none of the babies escaped from the play area (redirecting them inwards with a hug and guiding hand)
- Smiled at the adults
- Said her “Pleases” and “Thank yous”
- Told one mother “your baby is very good.”
- Loved everyone indiscriminately.
Those are the real characteristics of a princess. Someone who know when to lead and when to follow, who knows how to deal with the extroverts and the introverts. Someone who unreservedly gives out hugs, kisses, and kind words, but is aware of them enough to save them from their own wandering nature. Someone who is loyal and good to their family, putting them first. Someone who is clean, tidy, and has a helping heart. Someone who know just what to say to make you smile and when you need it the most.
Those were the qualities that really changed her from “B” into “Princess B.”
Today’s lesson in the course of the law. . . Apparently some Spanish slang involves substituting “qu” with “K” and “ll” with “y” and dropping all silent letters. . . Makes for an interesting translation! Doesn’t help when there is no punctuation or accent marks.
Suddenly, “Aquí hablamos español” is “aki ablamos espanol.”
Also, Google Translate is trying to say the words aren’t Spanish; they are a mixture of “Hatian Creole,” “Dutch,” and “Galician” Shows what it knows.
That moment when you’re almost finished with your taxes, only to realize that what you thought was the T-1098 form from your University for tuition was actually a letter requesting your approval so they could then send you the T-1098 form. . . :(
Genuine Pet Peeve: Bathroom Stall Doors that are open inwards and are too big. No matter how skinny you are, you have to straddle the toilet to open the door.
I haven’t gotten my score back, so I can’t offer any advice as to how to pass the bar. But I can tell you what let me survive the bar.
- READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST! Line up everything you’ll need for the exam days, as well as orientation. Verify what proof of identity is required and whether anything else is needed for registration. You cannot arrive without the stuff needed to sign in.
- Look at what you can and cannot bring into the exam. It does you no good to orient yourself to a highlighting system in practice if highlighters are against the rules.
- Practice Test with the tools given in the bar. If you have pencils, then use pencils.
- Give yourself an extra 15-30 minutes to arrive the first day of orientation. There will be plenty of people around to chat with, and it allows you the potential time for recovering if you get lost. Make sure you know the route you’ll take to get there on time each day.
- Check out where food is located. In Iowa, the only nearby food is the Starbucks food cart, but it can run out of food after a while (or at least any options). Everything else is a fair distance away.
- Find out where to access drinks. Especially drinks at lower prices than the Starbucks. They wanted $3.50 for the same bottle that was $1.00 in the machine.
- Don’t eat stuffy foods. You’re going to be sitting for the next 6 hours in one spot with limited movement. Don’t eat anything that will stuff you up and make you sick.
- Don’t drink too much. You’re going to get 1-2 trips to the bathroom max. . . don’t drink too much water.
- Don’t drink alcohol. Wait until after the exam–you cannot afford a hangover or to feel groggy the next day.
- SLEEP. I know that everyone is already aware of this, but you need a decent night’s sleep. The stress starts letting up the closer you get to finishing the bar, and by the end you’ll start feeling tired. It’s even worse when the rooms are warm and the multiple choice questions hit the boring stage. Try to be as well rested as possible.
- Stop Stressing. It’s done; you have no more time to study or re-call anything else. Whatever happens is going to happen regardless of what you’re going to do. Not worth extra stress that will only make you more tired.
- If possible, bring someone with you. They don’t want you to bring in anything, so having someone on hand to make sure you arrive safely, have money for food, watch over your bags, etc. can be a big help. The moral support isn’t too bad either.
- Time Everything. The biggest complaint I heard was that people ran out of time–many failed to answer some of the questions at all. The test is set up to be easy to divide into portions. Essays get 30 minutes each; Multiple choice gets 3-4 minutes each; MPT essays get 90 minutes each. Promise yourself that you won’t spend any more time. If you have a chance at the end, go back, but otherwise try to put something down for everything.
MEE (9:00-12:00 & 1:30-4:45) on Day 3
Meh, mixed reviews here people.
It started out the same way as before, they read us the rules and handed out the tests. You had to have the white card especially today, since the NCBE # and your Applicant # had to go on the bubble answer sheets. We filled that out, and the process started.
You’re given 100 questions for both 3 hour tests, resulting in 200 questions over all. They are all multiple choice, and covered Property, Evidence, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Contracts, and Torts. They were fairly well divided, although I though a lot of the questions were repeats of subjects (you know, repeat the same question in a different format?). I think I did better on this portion.
The worst part was the tediousness–by question 80, I was bored out of my mind with those types of questions. Reading the answers and questions over and over, you fall into a rut. Some people worked until the very end, but everyone in my row and the rows in front of me were done well ahead of time. I finished 20 minutes ahead of time for the first portion and 30 minutes ahead of time for the second portion. Of course, I never gave it a second run-through. I hate second guessing myself, I generally second guess wrong. :P I gave it my best shot the first time and then sat and tried to cool down.
Best Method of Answering
Follow Barbri’s recommended method. Read the answers first, mark the ones you know are wrong. Next read the call of the question, can you check off anything else? Finally read through the facts. The hardest part is falling into a rut and moving too quickly when you realize time is disappearing. It can be easy to start moving faster and missing things when you have this many questions. I try to stop and take a 1 minute break every hour. Sit back, breathe, and re-focus your mind, then tackle the next 34 questions.
Ease Measure: Medium