Thanks everybody for your support and encouragement about the bar exam. We're awfully glad to have that behind us - at least mostly behind us. Paul updated his facebook status to say that he has post bar-dom depression, and it is really kind of true in some ways. Like as in we are both still having nightly bad dreams about the bar exam. Seriously. The. Nightmares. Must. Stop. Also, we are already combatting boredom after the intensity of always having something to do for the past few months/years. Don't feel too bad for us though. Things will pick up in about a week, and between now and then we have to pack up our apartment and move everything to storage.
And by the way, my promise to you is that eventually, sooner or later, I WILL stop blogging about the Bar.
On Friday evening, when we got home from our plane flight back from SFO, we went to get the mail we had accumluated in our mailbox for the past week and discovered this:
That's right. I have an ARC (advanced reader copy) of Hush, Hush. It isn't even available for sale until October, it is being hyped as a huge new YA fiction release, and Becca Fitzpatrick's publisher sent one to me! I know! I was SO excited. After Paul and I fought over who got to read it first (I won because Becca and I went to high school and church and ran track together), I stayed up past midnight blazing through the pages. Because it is a total page-turner. I don't want to go into detail because I am notorious for giving away too many hints about the endings so I just try not to say anything, but the general story line is about a fallen angel with a deadly plan to regain his wings. The mythology behind the story - that of fallen angels - is really well-done and Becca is an incredibly talented writer. If you want to read the first two chapters, they are available online here and you can also visit Becca's official website here. She's awesome and I'm really excited for her, if you can't tell.
Aside from catching up on my reading list, this week I plan to (1) work out every day (b/c studying all summer did a number on my fitness routine), (2) go for bike rides on my cruiser, (3) go to the temple, and (4) firm up our travel plans for the next few months.
And I never did say what we ended up deciding on for our big bar trip, did I? Well, here it is: Aug-Sep - 5 week world tour starting in Nice, France and working our way through Monaco, Italy (Cinque Terre, Lake Como, and Venice), San Marino, Greece (Meteora, Athens, Santorini, and Rhodes), Turkey (Cappadocia and Istanbul), and Egypt (Cairo and Luxor); Oct - Yosemite and Peru; Nov - Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia. We've loaded up on memory cards to take lots of photos and we're planning on living out of our backpacks the whole time. Should be awesome. Take THAT post bar-dom depression.