Bugs Unbound

Here is a picture of Bugs that it is impossible to resist posting.


But the real question is, what am I doing here? instead of studying for the bar exam?  Which is coming up looming in nineteen days and counting?

Come with me to the bar exam.

You know.  Misery loves company.

I give you the dreaded multiple-choice portion.  First a fact-pattern, followed by four possible answers.  Each one screwier than the next.  Answer the question.  You have 1.4 minutes in which to do so.


Yesterday was July 10th.  Three weeks hence from yesterday, this writer will be taking the final portion of the two-day exam.  Sixteen days remain, then, in which to study.

Starting this past April 19th, the writer completed outlining the six areas of the law that are tested in the multiple-choice portion of the exam.  In addition, she has finished outlining all of the fourteen other essay subjects.  Each of these twenty outlines has been committed to the iPod, and is reviewed on a continuing basis.

For four of the six multiple-choice areas, she has also completed studying as many of the multiple-choice practice questions as she can choke down.  That would be approximately 675, give or take.  [–Ed.:  Take ‘em.  They’re yours.]

To date, for one of the two multiple-choice areas that remain undone as of this writing, she has to do only three remaining practice-questions to complete today’s scheduled study-plan.  By this evening, she will have completed five of the six multiple-choice areas.  The last multiple-choice study portion she plans on finishing by close of business this Saturday July 13th.

Starting Sunday, she plans to begin practice-drills for the fourteen essay subjects.  She is allowing seven days for this study portion.  She intends to do as many practice essays as she can manage, for two areas of the law per day.

Then, starting Sunday July 21st, she will begin time-trials for both the multiple-choice and the essay portions.  She is allowing six days for this study-part.

One day, Saturday July 27th, remains to drill on the performance-test portion of the exam.

Sunday July 28th she plans on doing exactly NOTHING.  Well, make that packing an overnight bag.  Doing a list for the praise-the-lord-and-let-me-hear-hallelujah for our lovely cat-sitter.  Dar, it’s the end of the month, so make that paying bills too.
This constitutes “NOTHING.”  [–Ed.:  What a life. ]

Monday July 29th she kisses the boys goodbye, puts her loyal jalopy into the shop for its annual wellness check-up, rents a car with air-conditioning, and drives the 190.86 miles to Little Rock.

Tuesday July 30th : D-Day.  Six hours of the essay and performance-test portion.

Wednesday July 31st : D-Day Plus One.  Six hours of the multiple-choice portion.

Wednesday evening she comes home.

Which is the best justification or excuse for why the writer is posting now instead of studying?

(A)    The writer no longer understands the nature and consequences of her acts and she has succumbed to irresistible impulse.  The court will appoint a guardian to manage her affairs, unless the advance health-care document, in which the writer designated her agent at a time when she did have the capacity to do so, controls in this situation.  If it does, then the agent designated there may be appointed guardian here as well.  The court will probably adopt that approach, unless there are any objections.  By this blog-post, the designated agent should take notice that she should seek legal counsel, on her own behalf, immediately.

(B)    The writer no longer understands the nature and consequences of her acts and she has succumbed to irresistible impulse.    Had she retained sanity, she would have known that Bugs, dignified gentleman cat that he is, would be sorely damaged by this crass invasion of his privacy.  It is therefore foreseeable that Bugs will insist on instituting a tort action against the writer’s estate.  Bugs’s attorney should discourage this course, because the estate is an empty pocket and is, therefore, judgment-proof.

(C)    The writer is hanging on to a few shreds of contact with reality. She believes that she retains capacity to complete the remaining three questions of the day, clean out the fridge, serve the boys dinner, serve herself dinner, and wash the dishes before mustering in for mandatory sack-time.  This may be a fond hope.  The jury is out.

(D)    The days don’t add up.  Therefore, there is no good, let alone best, justification or excuse.

[–Ed.:  The exam is graded on a curve.  There’s not much math on it.  That’s the only hope.]


About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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15 Responses to Bugs Unbound

  1. Does crossing your paws count? I will try all four for you.
    Mommy says, by the way, by the end of the very last question you will not know who you are or why you are there. Take notes with you. They will help. Don’t forget a map to get home and a picture of the rental car.
    (A couple of friends lived through it, so she says it can be done).
    Good luck!

  2. When prone to freaking out, go look at the cats. They know it’ll be okay 🙂

  3. crugenhaller says:

    My vote is for (C); you’ve hung on to sanity and know that a bit of “cat time” is just what the doctor ordered to keep you going. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!

  4. rena1021 says:

    Dear Anita, hang in there – sanity is just taking a break and will return soon. Look at the cats, they’re not worried, so things will be okay. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!
    I really do wish my cat would lie still long enough for me to take pictures like the one you just posted. 😉

  5. Are you sure Bugs wouldn’t be happy to have given you, and therefor the whole blogosphere, a quick smile and some feel good vibes at this stressful time that he’d allow the picture freely? After all, you didn’t force him to pose like that, right? 😉

  6. Sparkle says:

    OMC! You made my head hurt. I think I am going to lie like Bugs for a while.

  7. Basil says:

    Keeping everything crossed! Typist is massively impressed, she would day 1 write a revision plan, then take the rest of the day off revision as she had worked hard enough, then spend the rest of the time finding other things to do but revise – it’s amazing how clean the house gets/garden/she takes up excercise every time she has to revise!

  8. CATachresis says:

    I’m also with Sparkle!!!

    Sanity is overrated! Trust me!

    Good luck!

    Doing anything other than revising is the norm, this is why I had the cleanest most spotless house and pristine garden for those three years I was at uni! Just saying!

    Austin is already researching the “word thingy” on Idiopathic as I write. His brow is furrowed!


  9. MelanieJ says:

    I think that a little freak-out time is acceptable. 🙂 The change of pace will keep the mind fresh. I will be thinking of you as you study and then take the exam!

    And Bugs… oh what a shot!

  10. Connie says:

    That picture is awesome!

    Your brain can not stand full input for extended periods of time, you need to take breaks to let the information soak in. so cat breaks are not only fun, but necessary

  11. kimmo,spiveroo,stewie and smeezer(our real names have been changed to protect the guilty) says:

    Now where the h..l is my lawyer’s #?

  12. Kitties Blue says:

    It took mom longer than 1.4 minutes to read this! She says that now she knows why our dad was so crazy all those years ago taking the exam in two different states. She had to tiptoe around their apartment and wear headphones to watch TV. You are much more organized that he ever was, and he did get licensed in both those states. If you don’t pass that thing after all this preparation, you better find another career. Seriously, good luck and thanks for sharing that absolutely hilarious photo of Bugs. Some things just can’t be ignored. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  13. kolytyi says:

    The writer of the above passages pretends to be the humom of two cats. How is it possible that she wasn’t able to acquire the art of lazing around – at least at a basic level?
    BTW: Relaxing, making breaking spaces during learning is no less important than hard work. Your brain needs time for digesting what you have read and try to memorize. I’m sure you will find the balance and harmony between the two!

  14. Rumblepurr says:

    Yikes… that sounds so complicated!!

    Could you please email me at rumblepurr@hotmail.com when you have some time? I wanted to chat about the Epic skin stuff 🙂

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