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They grow up so fast…

This time last year I was settling into my house (that I rent). This meant I could FINALLY get a cat.

This is Tani one year ago:

She was a tiny little cat – scared but dying for some love. She had been dropped off at the humane society with a batch of kittens, so not only was she dealing with being abandoned she also had to deal with having her babies weaned and being separated from them. She also had an upper respiratory infection and had to get fixed so she could be adopted, so she was really put through the ringer in the matter of weeks.

This is Tani one happy year later:

She’s at a healthy 7 pounds – a perfect weight for her frame. When I adopted her she was just under 6. She meows ALL THE TIME, and she LOVES to eat. I call her a proximity cat – she hates to snuggle, but likes to be near. In this picture she’s vying for my attention by the kitchen. She’s not allowed in, so she stays at the frame showing off as I cook/eat.

I am so glad for having a cat of my own – Happy gotcha day, Tani!

Somewhat related, a year ago I saw a few baby fawns run through my backyard. I didn’t get a photo then, but just last week I looked out my window to see this:

I LOVE the fact that there are deer near my house, and am so happy to have finally captured two of them! They just grow up so fast!

~Amber Joy


Summer break -or- Where did all this time come from?

Last week I was studying my rear off every minute of the day. Suddenly, I have time to spare.

Honestly, I don’t know what to do with myself!

I have a summer ‘to do’ list, but don’t want to tackle anything on that list in the first couple days of break.

I want to read, but my eyes are still in recovery mode and only allow for a couple of chapters at a time.

I work, but only a couple of hours each evening.

So, I turn to you, my reader, to offer suggestions of things to fill my time. I want little tasks that are fun, free (or relatively cheap), and when completed, leave a feeling of satisfaction.

I may or may not take your suggestions, but reading them will at least give me something to do!

~Amber Joy

Finals, Spring 2012

Here’s how I survived Finals, Spring 2012 (If you have any desire for prints, re-use, etc. please notify me. Being my photography, I own the rights, and do not want anything reproduced without my permission.):

Tani quickly realized I was going to spend 90% of my awake time at my desk, ignoring her, so she survived by spending a lot of time snoring on my lap as I studied. When she wasn’t on my lap, she was on a decoy paper I had on my bed (as in a sheet of paper I WASN’T using for studying).

Speaking of Tani, I had dreamed up a project that would prevent her from sitting on my alarm clock, changing the volume, etc. I wasn’t going to actually complete it during finals time, but I was antsy one day, and got ‘er done.

One of the evenings when I was simply sick of studying I took a quick break to head over to Old City Cemetery, in hopes there would be raindrops of roses, since it had just showered. I was in luck.

This wasn’t my only trip to Old City Cemetery – another day I went in hopes of swinging. Again, I was in luck!

When the two weeks of torture were finally OVER my roommate and I treated ourselves to pedicures.

The sunset tonight wrapped up these past two weeks in a beautiful way.

I am so glad finals are DONE and I am free for the summer.

Now I’m off to catch a late movie at the dollar theater!

~Amber Joy

I’m a 3L!!!

Finals are DONE.

It is summer break. I can read whatever I want.

Oh, and most important of all, I am now a 3L!

That is all.

Update on life and photos from the past two weeks coming soon.

~Amber Joy

Last day.

Today was the last day of classes of my 2L year. Unbelievable.

It was also my last day of freedom for the next two weeks, as finals are looming and my brain is about to be bogged down.

To celebrate this last, I spent time in the sun at Old City Cemetery and along the James River downtown. (My freckles on my nose are finally making their appearance).

Here are some photos from my day! (If you have any desire for prints, re-use, etc. please notify me. Being my photography, I own the rights, and do not want anything reproduced without my permission.)

The tree with the best swing ever.

Look how tall! Seriously - it is the BEST swing.


I LOVE this place.

The James River.

Crossing from Percival's Island.

It was a great last day.

Now to get some sleep, then the work begins…

Goodnight! See you in two weeks!

~Amber Joy

Beginning to feel the weight.

Finals are approaching, and I’m beginning to feel the weight of the pressure of 4 tests worth 100% of my grade… Blech.

Good news is three weeks from today I’ll be 24 hours into summer break.

Bad news is three weeks from today I’ll be 24 hours into summer break.

I am not near ready for my exams. A lot of information has to be crammed into my brain before the 2nd, 4th, 9th, and 11th.

I’m kind of feeling like this cat:

Yep. I’m a little freaked out.

Fortunately, it has been a super productive weekend and I even managed to spend a little time outside at the Law School’s annual Softball Social. When I came home my roommate said, “Man your arms are tan!!! Especially compared to your legs.” Thanks?

Here’s what I brought to the potluck:

Dirt Pudding! Ever law student needs a little bit of childhood every once and a while. It’s easy-peasy – just make pudding, crush some oreos, and bury some (gummy) worms.

Now I think I’m going to go make some Fluffy Banana Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes.

If this is my last post until after finals – do not despair. I’m come back after I return from my hole studying my brains full of information – pray for my survival.

~Amber Joy

PS – Just because I love her:

Being a hero for the afternoon.

Today I had the opportunity to be a hero for the afternoon.

Without going into detail, I helped out my backyard neighbor in an abusive situation. As she was running up my driveway I got permission to call the police for her. I watched the whole situation unfold, and made sure she was safe and taken care of by the police. As a law student, all the different laws kept popping into my head as I hid out in my dining room, watching.

This evening she came to our front door and thanked me. It was surprising to have her do that, but I was glad to see her safe and hear a little bit more of the story than what I witnessed. She thankfully has a protective order, and wouldn’t have been able to get it if I hadn’t called 911.

It was a good experience to have from a bad situation.