studying for the Bar Exam

I like organization.  I like having plans.  I have created a plan that is supposed to motivate me to study for the Missouri Bar Exam, which I will take July 28th and 29th.  I’ve devised a point system.  Three colors of points, though they are all worth the same amount.  I get a blue point for every set (17 problems) of multiple choice questions I do.  I’ve thought about having a quality threshold, but that (and I) would be pointless.  Then, I get a green point for every essay I write.  Finally, I get a purple point for 1) every 20 pages I read in the large outlines, 2) every 20 notecards I create for studying, and 3) every half hour I spend (productively) studying otherwise, though if I study for 50 minutes all in one go, I get two points.  Basically, every point is roughly 30 minutes of work.  So that’s my system.  Sounds great, right?  I have decided that I need to amass 30 points before I can watch any Harry Potter movie, and if I want to watch all five before July 15th, I need to get some serious points going.  I have not earned many points so far.  I’m working on it.

Also, I moved into Carl’s house a week and a half ago.  Stuff is EVERYWHERE.  I feel torn between studying and cleaning, and so I end up reading a magazine instead, naturally.  It’s probably a good thing Carl won’t move back to the States until December.  It gives me plenty of time to reorganize.  I told him how I’ve been organizing our books and DVDs and things.  He has a strange aversion to organization, and he has repeatedly cautioned me that his books will not stay the way I’ve put them.  It will be a fun marriage, I think.  Speaking of which, we’re doing things backwards, and we’re going to basically take our honeymoon this August while I’m over there.  We’ll spend a 7-10 days in Great Britain at the beginning, a week in Italy at the end, and we’re hoping to spend a weekend in Switzerland (Zurich maybe?) and a weekend in Vienna.  I’m really looking forward to it.  I love hanging out with Carl, and we have such a great time together.  We have not done much traveling together, and I think it will be a lot of fun.  We have similar ideas of what constitutes “fun,” which will be a great thing.  I can’t wait to be there.  Then, after we’re married, we’ll take a weekend or something and go somewhere close.  It may sound corny, but the thing I’m looking forward to most is just getting to be with my best friend.

I should study.

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