Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Work & Law School Make Me BusyBusyBusy (Music Included)


A week from today, my relaxing vacation where I'm only working full time will come to an end. Alas, classes in my evening law school program start again next week and my posts will become less common as well. Then my life will once again come to resemble the life portrayed in the song, BusyBusyBusy, by Kevin Klein from a popular children's CD, Philadelphia Chickens.

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Let the four-way battle for my time begin! (Although it is still a three-way battle even now) My job demands 40 hours per week. My law school demands 9 hours per week of class, not to mention case preparation, studying, outlining, etc (I spend 16 hours per week there plus Motzoi Shabboses and Sundays as needed). My learning schedule is normally 13 hours per week. And I'm lucky if I can get in more than 30 minutes a day with my wife and most of Shabbos and Sunday with her and the kids. I feel bad being busybusybusy (TM), but it has been a conscious decision to make it that way for our family's benefit in the long run. B"H, everything's for a reason so let's make the most of every minute of it!

-Dixie Yid

8 comments:

Chaim B. said...

good luck balancing your schedule. we will miss your posts!

Alice said...

You can do it!

Anonymous said...

How many hours of learning do you get in every morning? You said recently that you wake-up for 4ish if I remember correctly. Are you going to keep that up?

DixieYid said...

I try to get in 2.5 hours Mon-Fri. and 1 hour Sunday morning. I do about half an hour in Bilvavi Mishkan Evneh with my very special chevrusa at 4:25. And then I learn Gemara/Rishonim with another great chevrusa from 5-7. B"H, there are great people out there to learn with. I have been (mostly) keeping up that schedule during my whole first year of law school. I see no reason not to try and continue my second year!

-Dixie Yid

Anonymous said...

Inspiring.

DixieYid said...

Anon 9:47,

I don't know how inspiring it is. I don't see it as much of a choice actually. I have to learn at some point during the day because I'm a Jew! How can I not? Even before I started law school in the evenings, I knew that I couldn't learn at night for two reasons: One is that I know myself and I am always pooped, ferblunged and mebulbal at night. I don't have the head to learn anything heavy at night it's even more of a challenge to even get myself out of the door when I just want to get the kids off to bed and relax a bit. Second: there's the family consideration. It is very hard for my wife if I'm out every night after work, so instead I learn in the mornings before anyone's up so it doesn't take away from family time. Besides, nothing is going on in the world at that time and it's a beautiful time to learn without any distractions. So you see, it's more of an issue of that being the only time to learn that really works!

-Dixie Yid

Anonymous said...

Dear Daddy,
We really appreciate what you do for our family in Olam Hazeh and for Olam Haba!
Love, Annonymous wife Annonymous Child 1, Annonymous Child 2, Annonymous Child 3, and newly added Annonymous Child 4

DixieYid said...

Dear Anonymous wife and anonymous children 1-4,

The thanks go to all of you actually. It is you all whose sacrifices and difficulties which are more difficult than mine. Getting up early and doing interesting learning, working and law school studies are easier than managing a household without almost any husbandly help! So IY"H, with our hishtadlus together, we will have a beutiful house in olam hazeh and in olam habah.

Love,

Dixie Yid