I’ve been meaning to write an “about me” post for a while. And now that I’ve found myself with all sorts of free time (just one of the many benefits of unemployment. Along with having 19 dollars in my checking account), here it is.
I started blogging a couple of years ago. For a long time I had pretty much no readers. Over the last year my readership has increased a lot. I’m definitely not a big time blogger but thanks to links from Above the Law and friendships formed on Twitter, I’ve got some regular readers. And apparently with regular readers comes curiosity. My google analytics tells me that one of the top google searches leading to my blog is “who is Legally Fabulous.” I don’t really know if I should be creeped out or flattered that people are out there googling around trying to figure out who I really am.
I am a May 2010 law school graduate. I live in Chicago with my 3 year old Great Dane, Elle Woods, and my little gay roommate Kevin. A lot of my “real life” friends are gay men… it’s not really on purpose, just sort of happened that way. So as a result I go out in Boystown (the gay area of Chicago for you non-Chicagoans) a lot. And at least five times a week I get told that I will never find a boyfriend if I keep going to gay bars. I get told this by twitter people, real life people, and my mother. If you want me to think you’re a clueless idiot, tell me that I don’t have a boyfriend because I go to gay bars.
I am currently unemployed, broke, job searching, and waiting for the results of the July 2010 Illinois bar exam. Feel free to go back to any of my posts from June/July 2010 if you want to know how studying for the bar exam went. I’m just glad it’s over and hope to never have to take it again.
Why do I call myself Legally Fabulous? I don’t even really know anymore. When I first started writing this blog I knew it was going to be something Legally Blonde spinoffish (gee, a blonde law student who loves Legally Blonde/Elle Woods… I know, I know… I’m so original). I do have a pretty fabulous life in general. (It’s not so fabulous at the moment due to the fact that I’m unemployed and broke. Sads). But I really like nice things. I like to spend money on shoes and clothes and jewelry. Well, I used to. And someday when I’m employed again I will continue to do so. In the meantime I’m just going to write about the fabulous things I’m lusting over.
Why do I blog? Well, certainly not because I have anything profound to say or because I think I’m some great writer. I mostly blog because funny things happen to me a lot, and I have lots of funny stories that I like to share. And sometimes in law school, you need a place to vent about how much you hate law school and law students other than to friends who aren’t in law school because they just don’t get it. And now that I’ve mentioned that I should address another question I get asked frequently. No, despite the fact that law school sucks and the bar sucks and some law students suck and some lawyers suck and I’m unemployed, I don’t regret going to law school. I still WANT to be a lawyer. I will find the right job eventually, and it will all have been worth it.
I am from Dallas, Texas, where I grew up and spent the first 18 years of my life before heading off to the University of Illinois for college. How I ended up at UofI is a long long story. Cliffs Notes version: I didn’t get in to the only school I wanted to go to, my boyfriend at the time went to UofI, I visited him all the time and had a lot of fun, he encouraged me to apply, then he transferred, and then I went there. I absolutely loved it and wouldn’t change anything about it. Pretty much everyone from UofI moves to Chicago after graduation, so coming to law school here was a natural progression. And now here I am. I (mostly) love Chicago. I love living in a big city, and the wonderful summers make the miserable winters totally worth it. Sometimes I bitch about high sales tax and public transportation and the non-stop Barack Obama love, but overall, I love it. Do I think I’ll stay here forever? Not sure. I think I see myself moving back to Dallas eventually, but I have no definite plans.
I am a socially moderate Republican. I only bring this up because I occasionally like to delve into issues such as the death penalty (I am pro-death penalty but did death penalty defense work in law school) and gay marriage. As for gay marriage – I’m a big supporter. In addition to my little gay roommate and various gay and lesbian friends, I have two lesbian aunts. And I believe that marriage is a fundamental civil right that every person is entitled to. There are other issues I’m not so sure about, and I don’t claim to know it all. For the most part I respect other people’s opinions. I have no problem having intelligent conversations about abortion, the death penalty, gun control, etc. I understand why someone would be pro-choice or pro-life, I understand why people oppose guns and the death penalty, even if I don’t. And I have to be honest - the one issue I’m not budging on is “being gay”/gay marriage. People who think that being gay is a “choice” and a “sin” because the Bible says so get no respect from me. I absolutely can NOT understand why someone would be against gay rights. I understand why you could not really care. I understand that if it doesn’t affect you it’s easy not to care. I also don’t hate people who feel that way. I mostly just feel really sorry for them for being so ignorant and closed-minded. (whoaaaaa totally didn’t mean to make this about me about politics. Whoopsies).
I abide by the golden rule of the interwebz/blogging/twitter: If you don’t like what you’re reading, stop reading it. I don’t make mean comments or tweet passive aggressive digs at people. If I don’t like what you’re blogging or tweeting about, I just unfollow. I encourage you to do the same. That being said – I have pretty thick skin. So if you want to come around and tell me I’m fat/stupid/ugly/whatever with hopes of it upsetting me, it isn’t likely. I’d actually venture to say that that’s one of my biggest problems – I should probably care more about what people think of me instead of thinking I’m so damn great. Whatever, maybe I just AM that damn great. (Oh, and did I mention that I’m brutally honest?).
People ask a lot if I’m really like what I’m like on my blog/twitter. I don’t think question is unique to me – I often wonder that about other blogs (mostly because I think there are a lot of bloggers who are full of shit/have no friends in real life so they go on the internet to make up a life they wish they had). I think I’m pretty much just like what I portray myself to be on here. I’ve met several readers who think that. I’ve also had several “in real life” friends who read the blog and tell me that they would have known it was my blog even if I hadn’t send them the link and they had just stumbled across it on the internet. One friend even said she could hear me talking while she read a post. Oh and that brings me to anonymity. Technically I'm anonymous. I say technically because if you know me, it isn't hard to figure out it's me. Between my writing, talking about my dog (who I also talk about all the time in real life), and my life in general, it's pretty obvious if you know me. So if you figure it out, I just ask that you not run around posting my real name in the comments or on your own blog or whatnot. Because while it wouldn't really matter, it would just make it less fun for everyone. K?
Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com. I love e-mails from readers and usually will answer any questions people have about law school/job searching/Chicago/my dog/my life/whatever. Except if you e-mail me to try to fish out my name or where I went to law school. Then I’ll probably just write back something bitchy.
Thanks for reading everybody - you guys are what makes blogging fun.
Thanks for reading everybody - you guys are what makes blogging fun.