22 November 2010

Record Time

Here's my day in numbers:
2: number of hours it took me to get to work
17:12: the time I left work
21:43: the time I arrived home from work
4.5: number of hours it took me to get home from work
0: number of plows or salt trucks I saw
1: number of police officers I saw on the road

I have to say, I feel extremely lucky. I am home, safe and sound with my husband, but woah - what a commute!

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** UPDATE **
I woke up this morning to reports of friends who had 9-and 11-hour commutes home last night. I was very lucky, indeed.

20 November 2010

Baby Shower Bunting

As soon as I ran across this bunting project on a pretty cool life, I knew that I had to make it as the main decoration for a baby shower I was hosting. The shower has come and gone, and I think the bunting was a success.

I created and used a cardboard triangle as my template while cutting two layers of fabric at a time with my handy dandy new rotary cutter.

Then, I ironed the triangles and trimmed the roughest edges.

Next, I sewed two triangles back-to-back on two of the three sides of the triangles.

Finally, I sewed the triangles onto the twine, leaving extra twine on either end of the strand.

The bunting went all the way around the room, pinned to the wall in each corner and in the middle of the long walls. For extra strength, I overlapped the corners of the triangles when sewing them onto the twine. The bunting I made had 175 double-sided triangles; next time, I think I'd make a separate one for each wall or section.

Speaking of next time, the bunting is all packed away for safe storage until its next appearance. I don't think there will be another bunting made for the main room because this was such an undertaking, but I am already thinking about how I may make a more finished bunting as an earthquake-friendly nursery decoration (a long time in the future).

And...here is the mother-to-be, Annette, having her belly measured:

Are you ready to DREAM?

Come on a little journey with me...you've worked really hard at four-year university and just been awarded a degree. You can't wait to put the skills and knowledge you gained over the past years into action, but there's one problem: you were brought to the U.S. as a child, have no legal status, and cannot legally accept employment.

This is the scenario the DREAM Act is meant to address. Under current immigration law, "you" have no way of correcting your undocumented status. To refresh your memory, the DREAM Act is a piece of legislation that would allow young people to get legal status in the U.S. if they were brought to the U.S. as children, went to high school in the U.S., and either go to college or serve in the military in the U.S.

Those who would qualify for the DREAM Act are productive young people who want to contribute to this country, either by getting the right to work legally and use the knowledge they gained in American universities or by serving in the U.S. armed forces. They have been brought to the U.S. without any of the malicious intent that laws generally seek to punish, and it is pointless to continue punishing these young people who simply want to contribute to the country that they consider their own.

Fox News recently reported that...gasp...individuals may qualify for the DREAM Act who have...gasp...criminal records. The law requires individuals to have "good moral character," which is a standard consistent across immigration law. When it wrote the INA (Immigration and Naturalization Act), Congress did not explicitly define good moral character. Congress did, however, give some guidance, preventing a finding of good moral character for individuals who have been convicted of some particularly serious crimes. The rest of the good moral character determination is left to the discretion of the adjudicator. So, yes, it is possible that someone could qualify for the DREAM Act while having a criminal record, but those crimes would not be able to be the particularly serious ones Congress has already identified as disqualifying the good moral character finding. Moreover, because applicants under the DREAM Act have to have been accepted to a college, university, or military branch, there is actually an added layer of character evaluation for DREAM Act applicants than those applying for other forms of immigration relief.

I'm bringing up the DREAM Act again not only because I was annoyed at the Fox News article but also because the timing is ripe for this piece of legislation to finally be passed by Congress. So, I encourage our readers in the United States to take a moment to show your support for this humane and practical piece of legislation by adding your name to this petition. If you're willing to go a little farther, please contact your Congressional representatives. And, if you have questions or concerns, I'd be happy to help you resolve them.

As always, this is not meant to be legal advice but rather merely a bit of education.

18 November 2010


If this doesn't bring a smile to your face and make your stress melt away, I don't know what will. I think I need to catch the next flight to Chengdu to cuddle these pandas.

05 November 2010


Many years of jumping through hoops culminated with a seriously special moment this afternoon. While randomly checking to see whether my bar number had been issued, I discovered that I was officially admitted to the bar today. I am officially a licensed attorney.

Before this, it has felt like every legal milestone has come with conditions subsequent. Even when I finished law school, I had the bar exam hanging over me. When I finished the bar exam, I had results pending. After finding out that I passed the bar, I still had an online seminar, swearing in, and fees that I had to satisfy. And now, everything is satisfied, and I am finally licensed to practice my craft.

It's just as well that I'm licensed because I start my associate lawyer position soon. I know that many challenges await, but I've been working for years for this.