Thursday, 7 August 2008

Still on the summer break

Still enjoying a break from studying but exceptionally busy with work. Also realising, as the little ones grow less little, just how hard just "being a mum" is.

Take this morning. My little boy (now 4 - starting school in September) trotted into my room and merrily said:

Let's put on our shoes and put on our clothes and go to the shop and buy some nice games

Rubbing my eyes to see the time (6am) I explained that we simply couldn't as the shops weren't open.

He was quiet for a moment and then said.

Ok. Let's put on our shoes and put on our clothes and go into the garden.
And go to the shed and get the axe and go to a shop and smash the window.....

Well. We didn't do that. I think it is a jolly good thing that I am studying law now. If I don't succeed in drumming these ideas out of his head (and where DO these ideas come from???) then at least I can provide him some free legal advice...

Saturday, 28 June 2008


Are out, and I passed year one of the GDL DL. Hoorah. Most pleased with constiadmin - 71 overall, EU was 68, Tort 64 and Contract 59. Not bad, particularly as the research project will be based on constiadmin type stuff.

Only a few days ago I was having significant nightmares of failing so now I can breathe several sighs of relief and start to enjoy the summer.

Fingers crossed for year two now!

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Exams looming....

I have just returned from the fourth and final residential weekend of my first year on the GDL by distance learning. Four weeks until exams so well into revision mode now!

I have a beautifully coloured revision timetable on my fridge door, and various law maps all over the house. My poor little ones are going to be having non-stop law stories for the next few weeks.
The little man is quite taken with the United Brands case - we even made up our own words to Bananas in Pyjamas.....the things you do to combine motherhood with law studies!

As the year ends, I am able to reflect a little on what has happened since I began the course last year. I set off for my first weekend last October with no idea of what to expect. I am now quite sad to think that I will not be back at uni for another six months.

Life has changed so much since I began the course. I now work as a legal assistant in commercial litigation which I find really interesting, but I never imagined I would be in this position a few months ago! It has been hard to go to completely full time work - I spend far less time than I would like with my children, but in the long run it will be worth it. And I am benefiting so much from working in a legal environment - it means I have "less hats" to wear now.

It hasn't been easy. Life was busy before and is even more so now, but I feel I am headed in the right direction. My coursework marks have been ok - between 65 aand 70, and now it is all down to the exams.

Revision beckons - I shall update with my progress anon!

Friday, 29 February 2008

Time has flown

I am staggered that more than two months have passed since I last provided an update. That will be the combined effects of studying the GDL by distance learning, raising a pair of troublesome toddlers, and starting a new job....

Well, Christmas came and went and the first assessed piece of coursework (Tort) was handed in. Was pleased to get 65 for that. Then, amongst all the reading and prep for weekend three there was an EU coursework to write (70 for that one).

I was also delighted to start a new job at the start of this month, working as a legal assistant in a litigation department. It means that life is now much more focused on law which makes studying a lot more relevant. It does however mean that I am working full time, as well as my part time teaching and I feel that I am completely neglecting my children. They are growing weary of bedtime stories made up of case law....

It sends them to sleep nicely though!!

At the moment I am busy working on a variety of cases, and also writing up the third assessed coursework - ConstiAdmin this time. There is a music festival locally and lots of my students have been involved so that has kept me occupied - not that I particularly needed any extra stimulation in my life... The other great challenge to surmount at the moment is the planning of my son's "Pirate Party". So far it isn't going well. The one child he actually likes at pre-school is away the weekend of "the party" so he is pretty much heartbroken. To make up for it a little I am determined to hone my creative skills and produce a "parrot pinata" and "baked potato boats" for the big day. And organise a treasure hunt. And devise "pirate-themed games". And make costumes.

Hmmm. I think that I will be reading through the night to prepare for the next weekend. I wonder if anyone has considered legislating for a 30 hour day?

Back to work for now and then a weekend of party-planning. Anyone any good with papier-mache?