I agree. It just sort of happens. The work and studying, and the constant list of things you have to get done is always there, and you acclimate to it. The things you make a priority you fit in and get done, but everything else just fades out.
And it's ok to take an hour break to watch American Idol. Really, it is.
I started to make the easy jab here and say something like "No it isn't."
But actually, several weeks ago, on the Friday when we all gave our appellate oral arguments, thus concluding Legal Writing class forever, we all went for some rare celebratory beers afterward. Needless to say, we had a few too many and/or none of us have any alcohol tolerance left whatsoever, so I was rather hungover the next morning and couldn't study. So I fell on the couch and turned on that big square black thing that I had been noticing in the middle of my living room. I found this channel called "The Tube" that does nothing but play back-to-back music videos 24 hours a day and I stared at it for half the day in a dream-like state of consciousness.
It was everything I could have hoped it would be and more. I felt like Beavis on ecstasy. I only fired about 10% of the neurons in my brain for several hours straight. There was music, light, colors, exotic locations. A whole glorious world without so much as a 12(b)(3), cutodial interrogation, or even a plaintiff! And then, like all drug-induced trips, it was over, and I was behind on my reading. I'll never forget that wonderful day, April 8, 2006.