State of the Blog: So, About My Previous Optimism…


Thursday, when you admit that you grossly underestimated the amount of time this paper on Nazi-looted art and the ‘discovery rule’ was going to take you to write.  Probably because you never imagined it would take 20 pages and 43 different case citations.

I thought I could manage posts every day this week.  But there are only 10 hours left until this paper is due, and blogging about shoes and makeup seems less important by comparison.  Only because it seems a shame to drop out of law school after suffering through five-of-six semesters.

Thankfully, this is the last semester when I’ll have final papers and exams.  So this will likely be the last time you see a law school generated mea culpa until the bar exam.

Only 13 days until I can go home for Christmas, read books for pleasure, play in the snow with Avery (I’ll get a video, I promise), and not have to crack a Bluebook until mid-January.  Back tomorrow with a holiday gift guide for cooks and foodies and the Workday Reading.  Provided, of course, I don’t drop dead due to sleep deprivation or caffeine consumption.

xoxo, Belle

*image found here.



  1. Tracey says:

    Good luck with your final tests and tribulations of the semester! Your dedication is inspiring and refreshing. Your fun lies ahead.

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  2. ERIKA says:


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  3. artemisia says:

    Good luck! I think it’s amazing you’ve blogged this much through law school.

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  4. Gigi says:

    Good luck! Law school exams are enough stress without a blog. Good luck on the paper. Hang in there, and bravo on putting your needs first, and priorities in check. Its something not enough of us do when things get too busy.

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  5. heatherskib says:

    Belle, take care of yourself! There will always be makeup and shoes to obsess over. Right now you need to take care of your real life and your health. Don’t burn yourself out!

    Good luck on your paper

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  6. Meg says:

    Wishing you lots of short cites and id – hang in there, lady

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  7. Lygie says:

    I’m finishing up a research paper too! Final stretch – you will make it and there will be rest and rejuvenation on the other side!

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  8. Allison says:

    You’ll be great–just completed my semester last night with a presentation and group paper submission in the midst of crazy end of year work travel. You can do it! You’re stronger and more capable that you think you are! Go, Belle, go!!

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  9. love it says:

    You can do it!!!!!!!!! What a cool topic…

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  10. Crystal says:

    Good luck, Belle. I’ve been there — it’s hard, but you’ll get through it with flying colors!

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  11. Alice @ What I Really Wear says:

    Great topic! Good luck with the paper

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  12. Cait says:

    Belle, keeping up this blog during law school is SO impressive! It’s such an inspiration how you’re able to do it all, and it’s inspiring that you are self-aware enough to prioritize and admit when some things have to take a backseat for a day or two. Congratulations on being so close to finishing law school, and congratulations on continuing to balance work, a blog, and your education in such a classy way! Good luck on your exams and papers and enjoy a well-deserved break afterwards.

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  13. Tech Writer says:

    You are a wonder of productivity and genuinely useful information in the face of multiple distractions. I don’t know how you do it. Thanks for keeping it up this long during your crunch. Yeah, law school is more important. 🙂

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  14. LS says:

    Law school is absolutely more important!! Go get it!

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  15. Alexis says:

    Yay, Belle! You can do it! Perhaps you even cited my paper: Derrossett, Alexis. The Final Solution: Making Title Insurance oMandatory for Art Sold in Auction Houses and Displayed in Museums that is Likely to be Holocaust-Looted Art, 9.3 T.M. COOLEY J. PRAC. & CLINICAL L. 223 (2007).

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  16. Jenn S. says:

    Late to the party, but you’ve got this. Take care of what you need to take care of, we’ll be here when you’re able to make time.

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