Where Have You Been?

I know!! Months have passed (almost a year!!) and you have received no new updates from me. I am sure you are wondering, “where have you been?” Well, busy.

I took a break after passing the test to be quite honest. I do not believe that I read or gave a second thought to anything legal (outside of the office of course) for a couple of months after. Rather, I focused instead on sewing (I made ties and a vest – kinda, more on that later), Husband’s end of year concerts, and planning our summer. It was the first summer in a few years that the Husband did not take summer classes so I packed in as much as I reasonably could. Then, mid-summer, our oldest son was in a car accident and we had to alter our plans a bit to accommodate his month-long concussion. He has a rad new scar but has not come around to being Harry Potter for Halloween.

Out of the multiple options available, I narrowed down the ACP classes I want to take to six. Considering there are like 24 options, six is a good compromise. I am hopeful to start this March but we will see how life goes. 🙂 I am interested in the following:

  1. Discovery
  2. C.A.S. Discovery
  3. Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation
  4. Division of Property and Spousal Support
  5. Dissolution Case Management
  6. Adoption and Assisted Reproduction

I did not completely slack off though. In September I attended the Beyond the Basics Family Law Bootcamp at Disneyland! It was a great experience and something that I would recommend to anyone, especially those new to family law.

During the summer I also took on another job, because who needs sleep?! So, not only am I a wife and mother, paralegal, crafter, blogger, and IORG advisory board member, I also sell LuLaRoe! (FYI – LuLaRoe is a clothing company that is sold by direct sales like Mary Kay/Pampered Chef/etc. but without catalogs. Search for me on Facebook and Instagram for more info! LuLaRoe Samantha Armijo) I love it and have tried ever since to find a good balance between it all. It is a work in progress and I am diligently working on finding balance. Some days I fail miserably and others are great. Mostly, I have been just getting by.

As you can see, I have been around, and sometimes spread a little too thin. Years in the legal field have prepared me well though and I am making an effort to be more present here.

I hope that all of you are well and have achieved the goals you set for yourself.

Guide for Buying for Coworkers

We spend a tremendous amount of time with our coworkers and finding them a unique and meaningful gift is just as important. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to think of the perfect gift. That is where my guide comes in! You can check out my gift guide here to see some great (if I do say so myself) gifts for your family away from family – your coworkers!

A few weeks ago I had a gift guide posted on aftcra.com an amazing website that features exclusively American-made, hand-made items.

Since today is Small Business Saturday, it is the perfect day for you to check out aftcra.com and support small businesses! I am sure that you can find something wonderful for everyone on your list here.

Enjoy!

September Recap

Your attention please! This is a post NOT about the CP Exam!! Yes, that is correct – you are welcome. Here is a list of things I did in September, that had NOTHING to do with testing…

  1. No-Spentember! That is right! We tried to not spend money on any unnecessary, unessential things. This included eating out, going to the movies, buying costumes, etc.
  2. Planned crafts/projects for October.
  3. Started using the UP band/app by Jawbone.
  4. Helped at an IORG event.
    On my way back from an IORG installation!
    On my way back from an IORG installation!
  5. Started dedicating time each evening to have personal conversations with my big boy.
  6. Dreamed about Starbucks’ espresso frappuccino. And I bought a few. And I am aware that I was supposed to not spend money… I did my best. That is all.
  7.  Debated on how soon after I pass the CP exam I want to start the ACP exam. Okay, so this was about testing, but not exactly about the CP exam I took.
  8. SLEPT

Now I bet you are wondering how successful we were with our No-Spentember (no spend September). We did aight. Money for us does not grow on trees, it surely is not hiding in our mattresses, nor is it carried over in our bank accounts from one month to the next. How do we manage? Grace, patience, and optimism. Oh yeah, and sales, coupons, smart shopping choices, etc. For the most part, we were able to keep our spending to all time minimums. I had Starbucks ten a few times, we ate out twice, I purchased items for my blogger swap, and the husband purchased alcohol once for a dinner party we hosted. All birthday presents, school supplies, and household necessities were purchased in August or we went without – i.e. when we ran out of paper plates at said dinner party. We did not have an absolute no-spend month like we tried, but we came close. It definitely made us think twice about making purchases, or not. I know that we will try again – I just have not decided which month to do next. Maybe January…

Calendar Addiction

So we all know that I have a bit of a calendar/planner addiction as mentioned here. Fortunately, I know that I am not the only one as there is a hashtag for planner addicts on twitter 😉 This year, as calendar purchasing time approaches, I’m wrestling with the want to purchase another. Although I am happy enough with the calendar I have, I am mostly happy with the price – $1.00 for a 2 year calendar! HELLO good deal! Read more

My Favorite Legal Movies

Let’s be honest, we all like a good movie. Movies about our chosen profession or passion add that much more interest. I love a good legal movie. I like to sit and comment on the realistic, or unrealistic, image of the legal profession that the movie portrays. Below is a list (in no particular order) of some of my favorite movies that involve the law, lawyers, or some legal element.

Best Legal Movies

  1. Goodfellas
  2. Mrs. Doubtfire
  3. Liar, Liar
  4. A Time to Kill
  5. War of the Roses
  6. Intolerable Cruelty
  7. Kramer v. Kramer
  8. Devil’s Advocate
  9. The Client
  10. My Cousin Vinny
  11. Chicago
  12. 12 Angry Men
  13. Philadelphia
  14. Erin Brockovich
  15. To Kill a Mocking Bird
  16. A Few Good Men
  17. People v. Larry Flint

On a side note, People v. Larry Flint is not something to watch with children in the vicinity of the TV, maybe not even in the house. This is something for adults only – think Wolf of Wall Street.

Fun facts: I lived in Hinkley, California – down the street from the PG&E plant that contaminated the ground water in Hinkley. I know many of the extras in the film and my little sister got to meet the real Erin Brockovich. The movie was filmed while I was in middle school (I attended Hinkley Elementary/Middle School). Now, my family and I were very fortunate that we were not affected by the contamination and only lived in Hinkley for about one and a half years. We were able to continue going to that school after moving as part of a school of choice program through the district. Our parents kept us there because it offered a bilingual program – my sisters and I are fluent in Spanish because of this amazing program.

Movies are great and can transport us to different places and times. They can help us get away from it all. I realize that I might be doing something wrong because, as I look at this list, I realize that seven of the movies have a little something (if not the whole movie) to do with family law.

If you have not seen one, some, or any, of the movies on this list, I highly recommend that you do!