I'm finally on the other side of exams, and, though it's hard to believe, on the other side of my first year of law school. I had only one minor disaster in which my computer chose to crash an hour and a half into my contracts exam, and I had to switch, somewhat frantically, to writing by hand. The result was a very messy six or seven pages filled with scribbles, asterisks and arrows, so I'm very glad it only happened once.
I've got a few weeks off before I start back to work for the summer. My hips are feeling fragile - isn't it funny how RA brings different kinds of pain? This isn't the sharp, gnawing, can't-move pain I had in my left hip before my cortisone injection. This is duller, and though I'm stiff I can still move around fairly well. My hips (both of them now) feel like they're made of glass. I can use them, but I always feel instinctively as though I have to protect them from shattering. It's pain that can mostly be ignored as long as I stay busy, which is what I plan to do.
Although I learned this year - somewhat to my surprise - that law can be a very creative discipline, I've been missing my old outlets. So, with the next lovely, wide open couple of weeks I'm planning to get back into freelance writing, start a professional blog, and get started on the stack of books I've got waiting for me.
I also want to stay active. I may have helped my grades, but I didn't do my body any favours spending the last month plonked at a desk, grazing all day and staying up until two in the morning. Now I've got time to eat actual meals, go for walks and bike rides, and, of course, keep Henry occupied with his ball.