Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Florkens

I am SO excited to introduce you to Katie today! Check her out below!!

The Legally Blogging idea was dreamed up by three ladies who all met in blog-land and instantly clicked. You could say it was love at first sight. The immediate connection stemmed from the one thing they had in common: Law. Obviously, as time went on, they discovered they had much more in common than just law, but that was a great starting point.

Here they are!

They decided to join forces and start a blogging series, to show that lawyers aren't always what you'd expect. The main goal of the series is to connect with other legal ladies out there and meet some great new people. The series is now on hiatus indefinitely. However, we hope that you will check out some of the fantastic prior posts!

Series so far:

Even before officially making our entry into the wonderful world of blogging, I was signed up to participate in the Legally Blogging Series hosted by these lovely ladies.

I'm sad to see that I will officially be the last in the series (for now I hope) but I am grateful to have been given an opportunity to join in on the fun. I was honestly shocked to find so many wonderful lawyer bloggers (and yeah, role models) in this crazy blogging world. Many of them have become some of my best bloggin' buddies! So, before I get to all the "Legally Blogging" goods -- I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to Allison from Lawfully Lost, Catherine from Bailey Dailies, and Jackie from Jade and Oak for creating a series that helped inspired me to join in the blogosphere in the first place!

So, in case you are unaware, I'm Kate. And I am a lawyer. (This is where the group says in chorus, "Hi Kate.") They say that acceptance is the first step right? Well, I still kind of refuse to accept the student loans that it took to get me to this point (although those will be coming due any day now) but I have accepted that I actually like the law and am happy to practice it daily. Now, for those infamous questions:
Hanging with my Sweets after Graduation in May
Why Did You Start Blogging?
Well -- since it wasn't that long ago (the "Florkens" launched on 8.1.13) I won't bore you with the all the details. But in short, the terribleness of the bar exam made me start blogging. You see, I was trapped in a law school library studying for at least 8 hours a day... usually, closer to 10 or 12. Did I mention that I did this 7 days a week. Yeah. Seven. It sucked. It's that plain and simple. The trouble was, I couldn't really afford prolonged study breaks, so somehow I found my way into the blogging world and escaped by reading the blogs of many wonderful ladies. They inspired me. They made me laugh. But most importantly, they helped me escaped from that study carrel for a few minutes at a time. It was wonderful. So, when the bar exam was officially behind me, I launched our blog. And Adam thought it was such a great idea, he decided to tag along. (For all you newbies, Adam is my sweet-ass ginger sidekick..oh yeah, and it's my husband as of September 7th!)

What Do You Like to Do When You're Not Blogging?
Hi. My name is Kate and I am TVoholic. Seriously. It's a bit of a problem. I just love good television -- wait a second, I need to take that back. I love more than good television. For example, while I am big fan of great shows like Arrested Development, Once Upon a Time (you better love it!), and Downton Abbey (seriously? Who doesn't want to visit Downton?), I also find myself recording marathons of Campus PD, Teen Mom, and pretty much all the Kardashian ones. I think, in part, I like mindless television because it really just lets me turn my brain off. Being a lawyer really requires you to think on your toes and have answers to questions whenever asked (especially when you are a new associate somewhere and you want to STAY a new associate somewhere). So, it's nice to come home, catch up on the 'ol bloggy blog and just veg out in front of the television while further confirm that you would have been a terrible mother at 16 years old. 

What Do You Find is the Biggest Misconception About Lawyers?
That just because we have a law degree we can (and will) answer any legal question you've ever had. First, it doesn't work like that. When you call a lawyer with a question, 9 times out of 10, they will be able to give you some general information but specific answers require research and analysis. So the idea that someone can just answer those questions off the top of their head (say, like in a Facebook message) is silly. Furthermore, said research and analysis isn't free. Lawyers (or their firms) pay good money to have access to legal research databases and tools. So, if you literally haven't spoken to me since high school, and your Facebook message contains a one line greeting followed entirely by a six paragraph legal question... The answer is no. I'm not being mean, but I just don't have those kind of answers. 

What is Your Favorite Vacation You've Ever Been On?
Well, as you read this, I am currently on my honeymoon with a super handsome ginger. So, I'd probably say that this vacation would top my list! However, in order to share awesome photos, let's go with my family trip to Hawaii from several years ago. See that? Yeah. I can surf. Tooootaallly.
I also fell in love with this super cool bendy trees. A local told us that the winds off the water pretty much prevented the trees from growing straight. Yet, they still were pushing their way upwards. I just found that to be a personal metaphor for life and just loved these trees man! :) 
Also, this is what a baby pineapple looks like. Your day is now complete. You're welcome.

What's Your Best and Worst Home Reno Project?
Since we rent, we can't do REAL home reno projects yet. (Oh, but you just stay tuned for when we buy a house!) 

Worse: But, when we moved into our current rent house, we repainted two rooms. It was a bit of a disaster. We took volunteers to help, and let's just say that not all of them paid close attention (or any) to details. As a result, we have trim that is very clearly painted the color of the room, and parts of the wall that the old paint color ("highlighter yellow" in case you were wondering) still shows through. In short, not the best. We have learned our lesson and on our own home one day, we will more carefully question the skills of anyone who "volunteers."

Best: Again, I can't truly reno in a rent home, but I can redecorate. This summer, before I started studying for the bar exam, I decided to make our deck my own personal oasis. I mean, if I was going to have to study 10-12 hours a day, I was going to spend a few of them enjoying the sunshine right? Well, sadly I was wrong. I rarely had the opportunity to study on my beautiful new deck. But at least it was pretty! 

So, I hope that was a good wrap up to me, to lawyers, and to the Legally Blogging Series! It's been a blast to meet and learn about all you lovely law ladies in blogland! And here's to the greatest profession in the world our jobs!

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