Thank goodness for knitting. Once again finals are quickly approaching, and once again I'm in a foul mood. I stayed at work until after 10pm tonight to study and was super cranky when I finally got home. So I pulled out my knitting and worked on Irish Hiking Scarf v2.o (pinkish lavender Louisa Harding yarn - it's lovely, and very soft) while listening to some music. I spent about an hour and a half on it trying to relax (it helped a little), and now I need to get to bed, but for some reason I can't sleep. I can't stop thinking about finals, and I don't know why. I'm not super nervous about them this semester, it is just a royal pain in the rear to have them hanging over my head.
The more I think about finals, the more upset I get that I even have to take them. After all, I've been doing this law school thing for three and a half years now, and I'm pretty sure I get it. The odds that I'll do poorly on an exam are pretty slim (although, I shouldn't speak too soon, considering the limited number of times I've opened some of my books this semester). And even if I DO do poorly, I can get straight Cs or even a C- or two and still graduate in the top 10% of my class, which doesn't mean anything to anyone anyway. But they won't just give you bad grades if you ask (I did), you actually have to take the stinking exams to make sure you really deserve them. Grrr. What a waste of time.
What I really need is time to finish up a few loose ends at work, do some Christmas shopping, and take a mental vacation before I start studying for the real thing. You know, that silly little test that the former dean of Stanford law school who just happens to be one of the country's most renowned Constitutional law scholars failed. Granted, she admittedly didn't study, but still, how can the bar *not* admit her? Is there any concern at all that she is not competent to practice law in California? Because surely if she had been able to recite the Rule Against Perpetuities (or some other obscure and trivial point of law totally unrelated to her practice) she would be a better and more competent lawyer. Right. Things like this really make me doubt our entire legal system. Maybe someday I'll come back and read this post and decide to try to do something about it. There has to be a better way to administer both law school and the legal profession as a whole.
Anyway, that's enough of a rant for today. I know school will be over soon (10 days!!!!!!), I just have to suck it up and get it over with, and I can totally do that. Now, if I can just get some sleep...