Spring Snippet '21

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are doing well and the spring pollen hasn’t almost killed you, like it has me. Enjoying springtime in Atlanta (2021) has been near-impossible. Pollen invaded my body like coronavirus. I even lost taste again. In my doctor’s words “this season is likely more susceptible to disruption because of the recent Covid insult.” Is that a great quote or what! Insulted sinuses are no laughing matter. How is your spring going?

When I’m not fighting allergies, I’m enjoying spring by visiting law schools. Last week was: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). (Pollen was just beginning in central Illinois :-)

Diana and I took another self-guided, cross-your fingers, campus-vibe tour of UIUC last week. The trip was similar to our stop in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (Dickinson Law) in that we were utterly unfamiliar with the location. While driving from Bloomington to Urbana-Champaign we thought where are we? Our lodging was different from Carlisle in that, rather than a charming Bed & Breakfast and everything within walking distance, we stayed in an across-the-street-from-campus Holiday Inn and explored the huge campus in a Chevy Trax crossover.

There were quite a few students on campus which was energizing, good news. Albeit they were a small fraction of what total enrollment amounts to: 44,000+. The law school is a stand alone building on the north end of campus. We were able to go inside which was nice and surprising. No tour of course but it was interesting to stroll the structure in spite of it being a micro-amount. Prior to late April, we could only walk the outside perimeter of universities.

Neither of my girls left Georgia for undergrad. The thought of Diana being a 2-hour flight + 1-hour drive away from home is as foreign to me as speaking Spanish: I'll get by if put to the test...with God’s help.

“Have I not commanded you?

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,

For the Lord your God will be with you

Wherever [you] go.” Joshua 1:9

If any beloved blog readers have experience with the University of Illinois, please do shout out via email and give us your thoughts: triangleparkatl@gmail.com. UIUC law school is ranked high, offers patent clinics (she's patent focused), and they've offered a scholarship. Being “wanted” is always a plus but that is all we have on UIUC. A huge step of faith is necessary to commit:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and

He will make straight your paths.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

One thing is for sure, come August when law schools convene, life as we know it won’t be the same. A disruption will have occurred. At least this one will be voluntary, complementing, not insulting like coronavirus after-effects from spring pollen.

“Do not be anxious about anything,

But in every situation, by prayer and petition,

With thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all

Understanding, will guard your hearts and

Your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Thank you for reading!

Love, Shelley

Sidenote: Diana has bonded with our cat Purrl. Moreover, Purrl has bonded with Diana! Should Purrl go away to law school with Dan (nickname)? Please email yes or no: triangleparkatl@gmail.com

Gooey Butter Cake with chocolate malt ice cream and caramel drizzle. Bar none the best dessert on earth, IMHO.


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