Saturday, April 11, 2015

RSVP.ASAP.CREAC.

Hosting and planning parties is one of my favorite pastimes. This is why pinterest is my social media outlet of choice. I love that little piece of internet haven. I haven't really had the time this year to throw a good party (law school does that to you), but with everyone departing their separate ways this summer, Laura, Kathryn B. and I decided we needed to have one last 'hurrah' before everyone skipped town to do big things and disperse to different parts of the world.

I was put in charge of invitations and thanks to these bad boys there is glitter everywhere in my apartment (sorry roommates!). A little funny story about these invites, as we were trying to figure out what to write on them as far as RSVPs go, we ended up with

RSVP ASAP yes or no for food assignment.

We thought, that needs one more acronym, why not throw in CREAC? This is where my inner nerd comes out. CREAC stands for Conclusion, Rule, Explanation, Application, Conclusion. It's the format for writing a legal memo. I threw in CREAC just as a funny addition. Imagine our surprise when we started getting RSVP emails like this:
Date: April 8, 2015 at 2:48:27 PM MDT
Subject: Rsvp
From: Cami S

C: Yes
R: If you get invited to an awesome party you will go.
E: There is an awesome party.
A: I will go.
C: What should I bring?

We thought, "that's adorable!" then we got this one.
Date: April 8, 2015 at 4:09:13 PM MDT
Subject: Re: RSVP for April 16th Finals Party
From: Zachary J

P.S. I will be sure to notify you if my plans change. I don't currently plan on dying on that day, but finals may change that :)
P.P.S. Did I need to tell you what food I'll bring? If it's up to me, I'll bring a fruit salad.

On Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 4:08 PM, Zachary J  wrote:

I will most likely attend. Social etiquette among colleagues strongly favors attendance of events put on by peers. This is especially strong when doom is impending, such as finals for law school. It is a strong inference compelling attendance, almost a presumption. However, if other considerations, such as previous engagements, sickness, or death, intervene, the invitee is usually not bound.

Here, since you are my colleague, and this is an event put on by colleagues, there is a presumption that I will attend. And since there are no intervening situations, as I am not sick, dying, or have other conflicting events for April 16th, I will most likely attend.

Yours truly,

& this one.
From: Tanner B
Subject: CREAC
Date: April 9, 2015 at 8:12:36 AM MDT

Tanner and his wife, Katelyn, should be able to attend the half-way finals party. During finals, hard-working students deserve food and festivity. Bean v. Cosmo, 17 B.YU 356-67 (2015). In Bean, the court held that two students were deserving of food and festivity where one was a first-year law student and the other a senior of her English major, both slaving away at the university. The court found that their hours of study, combined with a clear showing of sleep-deprivation, evidenced their hard work. Id. The court held that because of their work, they deserved food and festivity. Id. at 358. Thus, Tanner and Katelyn will be able to attend the half-way finals party, full of food and festivity.

Additionally, public policy concerns dictate that participants in festivities bring food to the occasion, as it makes for good public conscience and ends famine. Phineas v. Cosmo, 18 B.YU 23-76 (2013). Thus, it is likely that Tanner and Katelyn will bring food to the festivity if the court decides.

For these reasons, the court should accept this RSVPASAPCREAC. 
By this time we got the greatest idea and thought, "let's GRADE THEM! ON A CURVE!" The current 4.0 as it stands is this gem:
From: Michael S Date: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 2:03 PMSubject: CREAC RSVP
              I will attend Treat Yo Self 2015. I attend any event that looks enjoyable to me, and this is nearly always satisfied if it will also be attended by individuals that I enjoy interacting with.
              The controlling precedent for both of these elements comes from the case of My Desire to Socialize v My Laziness. In this case the court held that "Any type of social gathering, barring previous commitments, may be attended if there are going to be people I enjoy interacting with there." My Desire to Socialize v My Laziness, 3 M.S.D.2d 25, 27 (2010). The court went on to clarify this rule in the later decision of Girl I Had the Hots For v Dislike of the Bachelor. The court held that in circumstances, such as a Bachelor viewing party, where the activity involved met a super lameness standard, then attendance was not dictated regardless of any enjoyable parties involved. Girl I Had the Hots For v Dislike of the Bachelor, 5 M.S.D.2d 34, 38 (2012). The court included a romantic relationship exception where attendance was mandated regardless of super lameness, but the present facts do not present a romantic relationship question so it is not necessary to address.
                Following the precedent set in Desire to Socialize, it seems almost guaranteed that I will attend. First, I have no previous engagements the time of Treat Yo Self 2015. Second the facts indicate that this event will potentially be attend by, but not limited to: Laura S., Kathryn B., Kathryn L., Brooke E., Tye C., Lauren Flores and Zack J.. All of these individuals have been interacted with before, and all interactions were quite enjoyable. The present situation is easily distinguished from Dislike of the Bachelor. In that case the activity involved was a viewing of the show the bachelor, and while the exact activities of Treat Yo Self 2015 are not currently clear, it is obvious by the presence of food and the attending parties listed above that a super lameness argument cannot be honestly presented, let alone met.
               Due to my lack of previous social commitments, the enjoyable nature of the attending parties, as well as the obvious enjoyableness of the activity itself, it is a practical certainty that I will attend Treat Yo Self 2015.
Signed 
Michael A. S., future Esq. (hopefully)
P.S. The things I do when I should be studying...
P.P.S. Cliffnotes of the above is I would love to come, let me know what you would like me to bring. 

This has turned into a full-throttle competition complete with a grand prize. We are the nerdiest and I love it!
I go to school with the greatest people.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter 2015.

I love it when Easter falls on general conference weekend because we get to celebrate Easter with our extended family in Utah. There's also something just extra special about being able to hear from modern day prophets, seers, and revelators on the day that we celebrate the triumph over death.
We had SO much food. There were plenty of leftovers and we all kind of groaned when a huge tres leches cake showed up twenty minutes after we had cleaned up.
It was also little Emma's birthday, so we had easter themed birthday cupcakes.
The older cousins were in charge of hiding easter eggs. It was the funniest thing, because my Uncle Job pretended he was our foreman as he stood on the deck, telling his "farm workers" where they should hide the eggs.
It was a good one!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Elder Flores.

It may seem like I go home to Southern California, but this year is just special.
My younger brother entered the Mexico MTC today!
Almost a year after I came home from the mission, there is another Flores family missionary out there. Although, my brother was accidentally given an "Elder Quesada" nametag. #twolastnameproblems #weremexican

I was only home for a little bit, but decorating my brother's farewell party, crying as he gave his farewell talk, being surrounded by our extended family of polynesians known as the LB7th ward, and helping my brother pack his things will be some of the memories that I hold on to and cherish these next two years.

Family mission pictures. My mom up top, me in the middle, and my dad below followed by photos of my brother. Funny story when my mom saw my mission tag she said, "oh! You found my mission tag. " I had to remind her that she was not Hna Flores when she served her mission.
Sis Vaifanua definitely thought the jarritos were alcoholic beverages! haha. :) She said they taste just like sodas they have in Samoa.
love ALL these people
Quesadas.
On Sunday we had an "after-party" with a tour of Latin American foods complete with pupusas and chilean empanadas.
Devin took the same black carry-on that I used on my mission, and I gave him the plan of salvation visual aids I made along with my nifty all-in-one missionary pamphlets I made for myself on the mission. It just felt right to pass my "tools" (so to speak) on. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

A trip home.

When you're at BYU law school, you get this really cool thing called "placement break" where you get a week off of school. Usually this break is for students to go and interview at difference places for internships in the summer, but since I already have my internship for the summer I decided to go home for the week. 
It was my brother Devin's birthday week, so on Sunday we had birthday cake complete with candles with colored flames.
It's Devin's last birthday home before he leaves on his mission.
Proof that I was actually there.
Ezra and I didn't get the Mickey Shirt memo.
On Monday, we went to Knotts Berry Farm.
& I definitely had my share of burgers during the week. Burger #1—Johnny Rockets

Papa and I ordered the same burger. Named after my mission city, "the Houston."
I met up with my high school friends!
& had burger #2 at Fronks

We went to celebrate Devin's birthday at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour. It's become kind of a family favorite.
I ordered the Ice Cream Nachos (again!).
They sang Devin a birthday song to the tune of Indiana Jones.
& gave him a complimentary Ice Cream Sundae, that went to little Sammy.

He was really excited about the candle and cherry, but definitely more excited about the Sundae.


Little Jesse was recognized by the restaurant for finishing their infamous "pigs trough."

My visit was even more special because Devin got to go through the temple. Newport beach has kind of become our family's temple.
Afterwards, we went to Islands where I got burger #3.

Family, thank you for wonderful week home!