Thursday, October 9, 2008

Week Off?

This is my week off of school, so naturally I've been in school all day, almost every day this week. My professors were kind enough to leave insurmountable amounts of work for us to do, some of which most of my class seems to have hit a dead-end on, conveniently on the week that our professors are not around to help. As you can imagine, the mood is somber here at the Howard W. Hunter Law Library today.

I've been sitting at the same desk for 5 hours so far today with the exact same look on my face as you see in the top picture. I literally have forgotten every other possible facial expression; pages and pages of Utah cases about signing a contract under duress as well as in depth discussion of supplemental jurisdiction in my Civil Procedure case book have completely wiped my memory of any emotions that I may have ever felt. I don't suppose I'll ever recover.

The girl you see in the second picture has been directly in my eye-sight for these five hours. For a good portion of the last two, she has been in the position you see here. I don't know who she is but I imagine she and I could be great friends. She too has only displayed the one facial expression all day, other than one brief second around hour two when she looked like she was about to have a nervous breakdown--something much more intense than I've been capable of feeling today.

From time to time I look out the window and stare at the trees, now dropping their brown leaves to the ground. In my current situation, it looks almost as if the leaves are falling out of boredom. I also feel like that man in the short story who has decided to die when the last leaf falls, so someone goes out and paints a leaf on the wall so that he'll never die (The Last Leaf (?)). I don't have the stamina now to explain the whole connection but it has something to do with somberness, professors with paint brushes, and all 251 episodes of MASH used as a punishment for unproductivity.

Well I better get back to work before the last glimmer of personality I still have left completely disappears and leaves my mind entirely inoperable; because we all know that that would be an absolute tragedy.

It Just Gets Stranger~


  1. Eli, if you are interested, I know of a full time "nanny" (or whatever you want to call it) position available. The family has three kids and one due in about 6 weeks. These kids are PERFECT ANGELS! So if you want to leave your "law school life" behind, let me know - I have a connection with the family and I KNOW that I could get you hired without an interview or anything!
    Hang in there! You know I would be happy to help you in any way I could! So just let me know!

  2. Hmmm... not sure what Mash has to do with it, but it sounds like a pretty crappy day. I hope it improves!

    Oh, and if you decide not to take the nanny job, I think I'd be interested...

  3. You need to get out and have some fun!

    Know what made me laugh, is the last leaf story. I had never heard it before, and the other day Shane told me about it and I started crying. I don't know what the heck has happened to my emotions since I got married (No. I'm not pregnant).

  4. Eli...I told you yesterday through a text message, and I will say it again today....You are so boring! It's a tragedy that law school is doing this to you!!

  5. Shouldn't this post be titled "Weak Off"? It's more appropriate, don't you think?

    Hey when you're up for some 'fun' we have a translation request. I'll have to email you.

  6. oh poor eli! If you want 2nanny jobs you can come watch Braxton all night long. He only screams the entire night. It's really not that bad.

  7. I remember the days or all day studying where my butt would go numb! I graduated about a month ago and its feels so nice. You will get through =) I hope you are doing well.

  8. And THIS is how I find out you have a week off??? Through your blog???!!! Aren't I your favorite uncle? Shouldn't we be in some exotic land during your week off??? C'mon, we could have easily made it to Mongolia or Zimbabwe or Tasmania with a whole week!!! Next time, tell me at least one day before your week-long vacation starts so we can hop on a plane and get out of here! I know I just got back from Baja and Ecuador and Zions all in the last month or so, but I need a vacation! And, obviously, so do you!

    Love you!