Well, I’ve made it to the Springs. The drive down with Mom was long, but not too terrible (aside from Nebraskula, which was a monster, but it was tempered somewhat by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, of which I have the entirety on audiobook, which runs about 25 hours long). The apartment is great; I share it with C. and his girlfriend E.; it’s on the ground floor of a big Victorian mansion and my room is about the size of the living room in my house. After settling in on Wednesday, hanging out with Mom’s friend and his family and generally getting a feel for the place, I took off on Thursday to kayaking in Buena Vista, check out the paddling blog for the full story of the weekend and some photos.

I had my first day of work today, which was really great. There are a dozen other students in our program, and everybody who we’re working for is really laid-back, giving out breaks and time off without a second thought. As the head of the program put it, they realize that our 1L years have been tough, and don’t want us to stress out about anything. We’re encouraged to watch trials a lot, and have been encouraged to check out all types of trials and hearings, from capital murder cases to divorces. We have a home-base room for all of the interns to hang out in, a BBQ on Thursday, and the whole shebang is about a 10 minute bike ride from my apartment. Should be a good summer.