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Moving Day

Today was moving day! Or, moving night, technically. Evening.

It didn’t get off to a great start.

My Dad drove my van and it died on the way to Madison. That left me with only one minivan. Traffic was terrible. I meant to pick up pizza before my friends arrived to help me move but couldn’t get to that part of town and back to unlock my apartment in time. 

Everyone ended getting caught up in traffic so we didn’t actually start moving till 7. It took about 2 hours to get everything moved. It took about 10 minutes for my mood to go from Stressed to Joyful. 

My friends were awesome. I’m so grateful for their flexibility and kindness. They rolled with everything and quickly had me laughing. I’m looking forward to being back around them! 

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Remembering I’m an Extrovet

Yesterday, my Mom kindly consented to join me at an AFP event and we headed into Milwaukee. I almost didn’t go. But I RSVPed and felt somewhat obliged to attend and there would be food.

I walked through the doors at the event, looked around the room, and saw people I knew. Moreover, people I liked. Former co-workers, bosses, and mentors. People I spent years fighting alongside. People I only know from Facebook. People I met once years ago. People I wanted to know. The AFP, grassroots world. In the flesh. 

I guess I just didn’t realize how much I missed that world. 

It was like a light flickered on in my head. ‘I know this situation. I am trained for this situation. I can go work the room. I can catch up on all the changes. Network.’

I often feel displaced in law school, to say nothing of the five months I spent in Thailand. But this was the opposite feeling of displacement. It was belonging. 

And I also realized, while I miss the people, I don’t necessarily miss the job. That is, given the chance to go back to my old position, I probably wouldn’t. I like the law. I like the extra layer of understanding I possess when I talk about policies impacting our state. 

I’m not sure where that leaves me, except with a strong reminder that I’m still becoming. No matter how stressful this past year, no matter how stressful the coming one, it is not the last chapter. I’ve got people rooting for me. People who trained me, mentored me, and pushed me forward. And right now a new batch of people train, mentor, and push me. But that doesn’t mean the last bunch forgot about me. They’re still my people. I’m just also getting more people. 

More than anything, the evening reminded me that I’m an extrovert and need to spend more time with people who fill me up. 

Which leads me to a major thank you to my introverted mother for sticking around much later than she wanted while I caught up with people. She also had to deal with my giddy rambling on the drive back. My Mom is the real MVP.


Zoo Day

For the second weekend in a row, my whole family got together for an adventure. (Except Bethany 😦 She’s in Idaho this summer.) It was super fun. 

The thing is, we didn’t really see animals. We go for my Dad’s company picnic and they always have lots of food scattered around. So that’s what we do. We eat our way through the zoo! 

This was a particularly fun trip because we had my nephew along. 8 months and he probably out ate us all. 


Clerk of Courts

Today I got to walk across the street and deliver a brief to the clerk of courts. 

AKA, my favorite activity ever.

Since I started my job about a year and a half ago, delivering a physical copy of the completed brief became my particular role. And I love it. I love the feeling of walking with a giant stack of papers (why do 7 Supreme Court justices need 23 copies of the same 30+ page paper?!) I love walking in, handing them over, and receiving the confirming stamp. Then walking back. 

I get such a thrill from it. All that energy and hours of work climaxing in the moment I walk through the doors of the Clerk of Court.

The only thing more fun might be getting the decision back from the Supreme Court. But even then I’m not sure. The buildup is the best. 


Wisconsin’s Rainy Season

Theoretically, my last few months in Thailand overlapped with the rainy season in southeast Asia. In reality, it rained maybe twice that I was aware of. (Though I think I slept through some rain-showers at night.) 

Wisconsin weather apparently has taken it as a personal mission to give me allllll the rain I missed.

Sorry, fellow Wisconsinites.

Today while driving home I got caught in a rainstorm. It was one of those downpours where drivers (including myself) flip on the hazards and pull to the shoulder of the road to await better visibility. 

But it was worth it because at the same time, the most amazing double rainbow filled the sky. I am pretty sure it ended in the field next to the road we were all on. I wish I could have taken pictures, but, you know, I figured staying alive and keeping my eyes on the road sounded like a better plan. But truly, it was amazing. 


Tetra Tech v. DOR

Today marks one year since the Wisconsin Supreme Court released their decision in Tetra Tech v. DOR and forever changed administrative deference standards in Wisconsin. That might seem like a weird anniversary to celebrate, but I’ve spent the last year discussing, writing, and debating the implications of the case. I could probably quote most of it by this point. 

Since it is the anniversary, this feels like a good time to make an announcement I somehow never got around to making: The Wisconsin Law Review is publishing my student Note on administrative deference in Tetra Tech v. DOR.

It is a huge honor. I’ve known for a few months now but I still want to give myself a little pinch.

Though called a Note, my paper spans 33 pages with 237 footnotes. I love the subject, but I won’t lie, it was one of the most miserable things I’ve ever written. It took multiple drafts and honest advice I did not always want to hear. In fact, I’m still editing it for its publication this coming Fall. But I am grateful for the experience. I can see how it impacted my writing. I am a better writer and thinker because of the experience. 

And if you ever want to know about administrative deference standards…I’m your girl.


Sweet Corn Milk

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My first thought when I saw the Sweet Corn Milk was:

“That looks disgusting.”

My second thought was:

“I absolutely have to try it.”

After all, I am genetically half-Wisconsinite and half-Iowan. What better expresses that combination than corn milk? 

Turns out…it wasn’t terrible! A little sweet for my tastes but not repulsive at all. It tasted like a desert. Thailand really is obsessed with corn. 

My favorite part is the description: “Quality imported sweet corn from New Zealand which contains high vitamin A, E, B1, B2, B6, B12 to meet the needs of health-conscious office workers.”

Also, “Suitable for those on a diet.” Diet from what? Dairy?