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Monday, October 31, 2005

8:03 and this is what's left*:

I hope I don't get tp'd or something.
*I refilled that bowl several times.

Easy Money

My blog is worth $18,629.82.
How much is your blog worth?

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Sober to Wasted in 60 Seconds

NOT recommended.*

*Thank you, Manda. I owe you.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Maybe I Dreamed Getting My Degree

Not my law school degree, my nursing degree. I can't find my effin undergrad diploma. I know exactly where it was right before we moved, but I have no idea what I did with it in the move. I found all the stuff that was in the same place, but no diploma. I probably had the bright idea to put it somewhere for 'safe keeping.' If I had a clue where that might be, it'd have been a brilliant idea.

JoAnn Fabrics is having a 60% off sale on framing if you frame more than 3 things. I'm taking my law school diploma and a few other things, but wanted to take my college one too. I need those people from that show Clean Sweep to come whip me into shape.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Best Halloween Costume Idea Ever

OK. I thought of this while walking around JoAnn Fabrics, fuming because T needs a costume for tomorrow and has NO idea what she wants to be despite that I told her to figure it out before this weekend. I won't be the only one to come up with it, but I did think of it on my own - so no accusing me of stealing. And - feel free to use this or pass it along if you know someone in need of a get-up for this weekend or Monday.

Sean Preston Federline Costume: diaper (just use a white sheet!); bib; cigarette; trucker hat with some crazy nasty saying; red bull; Cheetos; starbucks cup; etc...

Throwin' a Post Up

I have some things rattling around but the motivation to develop them into something resembling a post is low. So I'm just writing to let you know I'm alive and I survived yesterday's document pull with only 2 paper cuts as battle scars.

The worst part was that of the 2 offices I hit, both occupants were at work and attempting to accomplish work while my associate and I poked and prodded through their bookshelves, credenzas, desk drawers, and files. More than a little awkward.

This weekend? Not too much. Tomorrow I'll spend some time in Kokomo participating in a 'debriefing' from my trip to Louisiana in September. Then hopefully some fun with Miss Amanda. Sunday - probably a little work from home and also some time in decorating books and magazines - ugh - at the competent direction of Chuck and made possible by Tommy.

Not to mention chauffeuring T around and generally bending to her every whim.

What will you guys be up to?

Thursday, October 27, 2005

My Glamorous Life as an Attorney

I'm out of town all day, helping pull documents for a large-scale document review. I know, boring grunt work. But never fear - I volunteered. Look at the upside: at least 9 guaranteed billable hours, several of them spent in my car singing along to the music at the top of my lungs. Not a bad deal.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Which One Are You?

You're away from your phone and when you return your caller ID shows you've missed a call from a number you don't recognize. You:

(a) Dial the number to find out who it was.
(b) Ignore it.

Note To Self:

Skin + hot iron = not a good combination.

Update: I returned home to find that I'd left the iron on all day in my new home. And I found out by burning my fingers on it - see above note to self. Apparently an iron is a dangerous weapon in my possession and someone should confiscate mine immediately before I do some real damage. (Or at the very least buy me one that shuts off automatically after an hour.)

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Me: How'd your test go today?
T: Good.
Me: (glaring at T)
T: I got a C.
Me: And that's OK with you?
T: It's better than a D or an F!!!
Me: You better get used to saying "would you like fries with that?"*
Me: (relating the above exchange)
Tommy: It's actually "would you like fries to go with that shake?"
Me: That's only when you're using a corny pickup line.

*I'd be happy with C's if: (a) she was working hard for them, or (b) that was her highest potential. Neither is true. I had my trouble in high school, but at least I had the sense to be chagrined when my parents called me on it.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Little Things are Big

I filled up yesterday for $2.31/gallon; I was immensely pleased.

Broken Comments Suck

The Ultimate Compliment

This morning my daughter actually admitted that she likes my new shirt. (Of course, this was before I yelled at her for not doing something this weekend for school that she should have done. But that's another story).

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Paranoid Much?

I can't bring myself to throw away spent matches without running water over them first. I know it's irrational, but there it is. I lit a couple of candles hours ago while doing some unpacking. The matches sat in a glass candle jar lid all day. Just now I almost managed to throw them away, but the vision that flashed before my eyes, of a fire erupting in the trash can while I slept, compelled me to drown them in water before pitching them.

A Couch Would be Nice

So I'm sitting on the lone piece of furniture in the family room. It's stuffed sort of chair, black. I bought it with a matching couch many moons ago when I got married. It's followed me through several moves and just recently completed a stint in my parents' basement for 3 years.

The couch I ditched, along with most of the crappy 2nd-hand furniture I had. The stuff was ready to be trashed, and it allowed me to keep a smaller storage unit for the past few years. But now T and I have nothing. There are 2 chairs in the whole house: this one and a small wooden chair bought when I was in grade school that I use at my desk.

We need (want) family room furniture, a breakfast table and chairs, a dining room set, bedroom furniture, and office furniture.

I'd say my bedroom and the family room are the 2 crucial areas at the moment. But the problem is I have no idea what I want and no desire to 'decorate' this house. It's sort of odd - I love to watch Trading Spaces and While You Were Out, but I have zero decorating ability or even inclination. Last Sunday I walked into Value City Furniture, strolled up and down several aisles, became completely overwhelmed, and walked right out. This may take a while.

Anybody out there with a burning desire to decorate an entire house - for free?

Friday, October 21, 2005

I Did It!

We are wireless. It took a couple phone calls to Comcast since the high speed connection shut itself off once or twice, but I am currently sitting on my bed, blog surfing from my laptop. This easy internet access could cause a dangerous amount of wasted time throughout the week, but I am thrilled anyway!*

*Thanks to M@ and others who offered advice/assistance.

10 Years, Lost

I was just beginning to enter my time for yesterday when I noticed how I dated my daily time sheet just 24 short hours ago:

Thurs Oct. 20, 1995

I kid you not.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

We're Gettin' There...

I now finally have internet at home - yay! The bad news, though, is that we're not quite where we want to be with the whole internet thing. T and I both have laptops with wireless capability, so the goal is to go 'wireless' in the house. The cable guy installed my high speed internet today and gave me a 'rental' modem as I wait for my real modem to arrive (it's been ordered).

And of course it didn't hit me until he was here that we'd actually have to plug in and turn on the desktop computer I had designated to be our wireless router computer. So I ran around and managed to gather the monitor and power cords...but no keyboard. Hello? McFly? Anyone home?

We improvised and he temporarily plugged the modem into my laptop. Fine, except I want to be able to move around with it. I nearly ran to Best Buy to get my router. Then I swung by my folks', retrieved both T and the needed keyboard, and returned home.

Problem now? The old desktop, while recently cleaned of viruses/spyware/etc... and capable of supporting the high speed connection, has Windows 98. The guy told me the setup disk won't work with Windows 98. So I guess it's off to somewhere tomorrow - back to Best Buy? - to get an updated version of Windows. I hate to pay full price for the software, but now that I'm not a student anymore I don't know where else to go for it. Still beats buying a new system - I think.


Just had my first Candy Corn of the season!

Warm Fuzzies

The pictures below are of T and my Grandpa, her Great-Grandpa. For her Western Civ class, she was to interview a veteran. The interviews, pictures, and any other memorabilia collected will become part of a Library of Congress collection. We invaded Grandpa's house a couple weekends ago and T interviewed him about his time in the service during World War II. I'd heard a few of the stories before, but I don't think T had heard any of them. I'm not sure if the experience had much of an impact on her or not, but I'm thankful she got to experience it nonetheless (and that I got to watch). My Grandpa rocks. At 85, he is in great physical shape - we should all be so blessed.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Fresh Air

This is the kind of day I wish I could open my office window.

No, not to jump - to further enjoy the beautiful day outside!!!

What I Learned This Morning

Dead people need to be buried as quickly as possible.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

On Being Official

The milestones just keep on rolling in. What a relief it was to graduate. And then to finish taking the bar - and then to find out I passed the bar! But most don't realize that even though those things were behind me, I couldn't engage in the practice of law.

I'm on tap to remedy that today. I'll be sworn in this morning with hundreds of other new attorneys in Indiana. I've got 3 cases already that require me to file an appearance, and I keep having to remind the attorneys here that I'm not official yet.

So while no congratulations are in order because I'm not doing anything today but showing up, it will still be a nice day on which to look back and remember. Notably, T asked to attend the ceremony. Hard to turn down a teenager who takes an interest in her mother's goings-on.

Those Colts

They had me going for a while last night. 10-0 in the first few minutes of the game? Vanderjagt misses a field goal? Sigh.

But they went to work and got the job done. Nice job. And Harrison insisting that Peyton keep the record-breaking ball from their 86th touchdown was downright sweet. Play on, boys!

Monday, October 17, 2005

I Hear It's National Boss Day

This doesn't really effect me, since I don't consider myself a boss. But a couple of thoughts anyway:

-My secretary/assistant called in today. Is she trying to tell me something?

-In a TJ Maxx/Home Goods store this weekend, a woman was going on about what to get her boss as a gift. Yacking at full volume, she informed her companion that he likes things like the Simpsons but never gets to watch them because his wife won't let him. "She tells him to jump and he does it." Her almost mixed metaphors aside, all I could think of was how I don't ever want an employee roaming the stores on the weekend announcing my personal problems for all other shoppers to hear.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

I bought a rake last week from Sears....

What was my mistake?

Update: Great guesses - but the one I was thinking of was - not buying 2 rakes! I had T rake the backyard on Saturday and I did the front yard on Sunday. I need to get another so we can make it a joint effort.

That said, Tony is right. I also made a mistake not buying gloves. I have a blister on my left hand, the first blister from good hard work at my first house. (I like Sears, no way on the leaf blower, and the rake is metal - of course!)

Friday, October 14, 2005


Request for Admissions?


Right forearm?

-for me, both!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Happy Yom Kippur

I'm not sure if that's even an appropriate way of putting it, but hopefully those to whom it applies will get my drift.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Mi Casa*

The front...

The back...

And from the deck...

*Thanks to T for her wonderful job taking pics.

I Forgive Him

I learned Monday at lunch that my sweet Peyton actually apologized to fantasy football players who drafted him as one of their quarterbacks. Bless him. What a doll. He's winning games and that's ultimately what's important...but if he could do it with a few more passing yards and touchdowns that'd be great.

Apology accepted.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Dear Papa,

Sorry about the Yankees.



I seem to be taller than many of my colleagues. So much so that I'm considering buying mostly low-heeled shoes instead of heels from now on. Is there some correlation between height and the law? I have my suspicions.

Sure, no problem

Many of us Indiana bar takers received packets in the mail Saturday containing instructions for our swearing in ceremony later this month. They also contained applications to practice in both the Northern and Southern District courts. The applications - along with a $160 check for each District - were due no later than today, Tuesday.

That left Sunday and Monday, a holiday where there was no mail service, to deliver our materials. Nice planning.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Life Lessons

Lawren's post from Thursday made me recall the 'life lesson' I recently tried to teachT. We both watch Laguna Beach - I'm obviously no June Cleaver; sue me. We were watching the episode where Kristin goes to visit Stephen in San Francisco, the one where he is so visibly pained by the fact that she does not want to be his girlfriend.

I told T she ought to compare Kristin with Jessica and I gave her my theory as to why the guys treat Jessica like crap and then fawn all over Kristin despite the fact that she's not very sweet: teenage boys* can't help it; they love the chase and once a girl is clearly willing to be dedicated to them, they lose interest. Kristin acts like a guy; she doesn't want a 'commitment' and she keeps more than 1 guy on a string at all times. Jessica is a wimp; she lets guys walk all over her and they in turn have no respect for her.

I qualified my advice by trying to make clear that I don't think it's wise for girls to play games and that I wasn't advocating that T behave the way Kristin does. But I did want T to at least take note of the fact that girls/women have some control over the way they are perceived by members of the opposite sex.

I'm just hoping T can get through her teen years with a little less angst and heartache than I did.

*Notice I'm specifying teenage boys. I've no desire to debate the merits or lack thereof of adult relationships, so keep any comments to those glorious teen years, por favor.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Happiness Is...

A laundry room just a few feet from your bedroom. Our washer and dryer were delivered yesterday, and I'm in laundry room heaven. So what if I chose them just because I like to say "front loaders?"

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Out With the Old; In With the New

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Indianapolis: Cultural Mecca

2nd Funniest Thing I Read All Day

From an article about how not to write like a lawyer:

"Never use more than 15 or 20 words in any
sentence. You will still be able to
communicate your ideas, but will find
yourself forced to break complicated ideas
into simpler and clearer sentences."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

I'm Not Complaining

I have absolutely no reason to, what with my great job, passing the bar, and buying my first home.

So I'm not. But I just want to say that I'm tired. Exhausted, really. I'm having trouble keeping up with everything. Friday I closed on the house, Sat and Sun I spent moving most, but not all, of my stuff and participating in the Memory Walk. Yesterday I had to leave work to be present when my new oven was delivered. I hate leaving work in the middle of the day. I've contemplated a day off to get things situated, but I don't want to give the impression right off the bat that I'm a slacker.

Electricity is on, water is on, gas is not. So we're still sleeping at my Mom and Dad's (I never could quite get used to the whole cold shower thing).

Then there's keeping up with T's volleyball schedule: practice or a game every day. And last night they got us - her coach called with an unexpected change and T now has a game tonight. Sigh. I think it's the 1st one this season I'll miss entirely. I'd already arranged to be home so they could come turn on the gas.

I'm happy. And I love my new house. I'm looking forward to when I can actually spend some time there. Relax, even.

Monday, October 03, 2005

I Have the Sweetest Family

They're beautiful - thanks guys!

About Me

Approaching Middle Age
Dabbling in Blogdom

Tear Down The Walls

Today's Song Lyric

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