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Saturday, September 30, 2006


My sweetie pie is at a dance tonight (and she likely doesn't want me calling her my "sweetie pie" on the blog). Just to make parents' lives miserable, the dance has a theme of "Vintage Hollywood." How ridiculous. That said, we had good luck finding a dress and I think T hit just the right note with her ensemble, don't you agree?


pa-ral-y-sis (noun): a state of helpless stoppage, inactivity, or inability to act

Thursday, September 28, 2006


T's interests are nothing if not varied. Friday night she was belly dancing at a local restaurant with friends. Tonight, much to her immense enjoyment, she is planning to mosh.

It makes me think of the radio station commercial I hear frequently: "If it's too loud, you're too old."

Loud doesn't bother me, but I do have a hard time keeping up with the variety of things over which my teen gets excited....

Scary Movie

I have the weird feeling I'm in the midst of a cheesy scary movie. I decided to work late tonight; T is at a concert until just after 10pm and I have a ton of work to do. I'm toying with the idea of working until it's time to pick her up. But, it just so happens...that the phones are down here at work tonight from 6pm to 10pm. Coincidence?

Don't you just want to scream: get out of the building now!!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Why Friends Shouldn't Let Friends Shop Alone

Have you ever agreed to go to a semi-formal function for which you had neither date nor dress? And so 4 days before the event, after leaving work around 7:30pm you headed to the mall to try, for the 2nd time, to find an appropriate dress? And the 3rd dress you tried on seemed to work well: not perfect, but doable and seemingly appropriate for the event? And then you got home and discovered that the dress is STRAPLESS and what you thought were straps are really just those hanger strap-thingys, which totally explained your confusion as to why there were no hanger strap-thingys? And you've never worn a strapless dress in your life and you aren't about to start now?

No? Me either.* Just thought I'd ask.

*On a totally unrelated note, anyone know a good tailor in the city who works quickly?

Trust Your Instincts

How often is that a good idea?

Monday, September 25, 2006

A Parenting First (for me)

T sent me the following text message Friday evening:

I just bellydanced...

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Enlighten Me

I sometimes pass a billboard on my way to work that says "Cleveland is cranky." I'm clueless here, any ideas?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Say My Name, Say My Name

How do you feel about strangers calling you by name? I don't like it when sales people use my first or last name, especially if they know it just from looking at my credit card. It seems slimy and calculated, and doesn't make me feel special.

I also run into attorneys and other professionals who have clearly made it a habit to frequently repeat the name of the person to whom they are talking. This doesn't bother me as much, but it still stands out to me as not quite natural.

I've been trying to incorporate the practice of calling people by name (not too frequently within a given conversation, though) to help me remember names - I am terrible with names. So, how would that grab you? Do you mind when people you've only just met or you don't know very well call you by name?


It's Friday. I'm glad it's Friday, but I can't quite figure out why. I have tons to do this weekend, including work. But something about Fridays is just a little more relaxed than the other days of the week, which is kind of nice.

I had a great Thursday's Confessions post all lined up for yesterday but I didn't get around to posting it. This morning I've been trying to re-create the "confessions" in my head, to no avail. Wasn't meant to be.

I'm happy because it's supposed to rain all day today and tomorrow, and we're supposed to get storms both days. Love this. And driving from my attached garage at home to the attached parking garage at work makes the rain even easier to love.

I hit the "one year" mark working here at my firm within the past couple of weeks. I think my one year as an attorney is actually some time in October, which is the month we got sworn in last year. I may do a contemplative post about my first year as an attorney. Or I may not.

Happy Friday, kids!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Silver Lining

Conversation with T over pizza in Broad Ripple:

T: I wrote an essay about you today (for ISTEP testing)
Me: What was the subject matter?
T: Write about who you would give a real or made-up award to and why.
Me: Did you make one up?
T: Yep. Outstanding Mother of the Year.

So there you have it. I of course had a smart retort and then she refused to discuss it any further. But for one brief yet shining moment we were...well, we just were.

Not Exactly Shooting for the Stars

T and I had "words" yesterday evening about her grades. It's not quite report card time, but fearful of a repeat of last year's problems, I'd been doing some inquiring of her and her teachers. Things aren't looking so hot. As I walked up the stairs once we arrived home, I thought again about what she's been saying she wants to do "when she grows up."

Me: What is it you want to do again?
T: Be a waitress at Banura's.
Me: Please, T, I mean beyond next summer.
T: (long pause) Some sort of CSI work.
Me: (clear on the reason for the long pause): You don't still want to work for the FBI?
T: Not really.
Me: Is that because you know I'm going to tell you your grades won't cut it?
T: Partly.

Sunday, September 17, 2006


While attempting to get some work done before going to bed, I heard the wind kick up outside so I immediately pulled up a local TV station's website to check out the regional radar - I'd been looking forward to the approaching line of storms for a couple of hours.

Before I made it to the weather page, I was greeted with this gut-wrenching headline story. Two newborn infants died at Methodist Hospital as the result of medication administration errors.

As a person, this story touches me. As a mother, it horrifies me. And as a nurse, the enormity of the tragedy speaks to me in a way I cannot adequately describe. (I assume, without knowing, that the errors were nursing errors, though they may have been physician or pharmacy errors.)

Medical professionals are charged with compentently caring for their patients. A busy hospital environment with critically ill patients, such as a Newborn Intensive Care Unit, is rife with opportunities for mistakes. And yet nurses and doctors must remain vigilant and avoid making mistakes that may lead to disastrous consequences for their patients.

After approximately three years as a nurse on a busy labor and delivery unit, while we battled growing problems with short staffing and an ever-increasing patient census, I began to feel that my license was in danger. More importantly, my patients' lives were in danger. Those aren't the primary reasons I left my job; I made a career change for more selfish reasons. And my primary discontent with being a nurse was the feeling, prevalent on an almost daily basis, that staffing issues were preventing me from providing my patients the quality nursing care they deserved.

But the danger was always in the back of my mind. As an attorney, I know now that what I suspected then was true: the defense of "but this is how everyone does it; this is the only way to get the job done" would do us no good if a patient was harmed. I do NOT know a nurse who would intentionally harm a patient. For our faults, all the nurses I know want nothing more than for their patients to heal and to have positive experiences with the healthcare system.

I cannot imagine the anguish of the families of the newborn infants who died at the hospital. But my thoughts tonight are particularly with the medical professionals who were involved in caring for those infants.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Things I Don't Like

1. Riding the elevator with heavy breathers.

2. Waking up every morning with a pain my my neck (literally).

3. Being ignored (especially in the car) by my teenage daughter, something made all the more annoying by the presence of her iPod.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Only One Thing (Potential Survivor Spoiler)

Only one thing about this season's first Survivor episode surprised, offended, or appalled me. No, it wasn't the jokes the different "ethnic group" members were making about themselves. (Some were awfully funny). Nor was it any silly twist that the writers/producers cooked up to keep the dwindling viewership entertained.

It was the way the THREE females on the "Hiki" team just stood still when it was time to pick someone to send to Exile Island and let the two men make the decision all on their own. For a brief moment, I thought I'd missed an instruction from Jeff that only 2 of them could make the choice, but then Jeff called the ladies out and one of them just stammered a ridiculous answer.

Craziness I tell you, craziness.

Official Seal of Just Playin'

You, too, can waste time...
Seen at In the Agora

A Shame

Dooced again.

Causes a blogger to worry just a bit; I may have to go underground....

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


When does CPR become necrophilia?*

*from Weeds - fantastic show

Friday, September 08, 2006


I generally don't care for techno, but there are 2 or 3 such songs that I really like. On our way home from back-to-school night just before 10 o'clock last night, one of those songs came on the radio.

T: This is a fun song to dance to.
Me: (breaking into some of my fantastic dance moves while waiting at the red light) Been there, done that.
T: (giving me a death stare) I didn't say it was a fun song to watch my Mom dance to.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

You Get the Picture

Camel = Me

Straw = The driver's side taillight & brakelight on my car are out.

Thursday's Confessions*

1. I find myself actually getting annoyed with public toilets that don't flush automatically.

2. I managed to enjoy today's weather by eating my PB&J out in the sun, but I took discovery responses with me and read (billed) while I ate.

3. I have no idea whether my daughter is happy. I want nothing more.

4. When I wear high heels, I often still feel like I'm playing dress-up.

*What? I never said it would be every Thursday....

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Things I Learned Today

1 - There is a county in Indiana by the name of Scott County. Huh.

2 - There is a specific "dance move" that high school kids do when the DJs at their dances play Snap Ya Fingers. Huh.

3 - It is only sometimes, and not always, advisable to eat an entire bag of movie popcorn after eating popcorn all day at work. Do tell.

Every day is a learning experience. Also, your password will expire in 9 days.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Fleeting Thoughts

Some things I would have blogged about today if I'd have had the time:

1 - What I expected out of Katie Couric this evening. I saw a brief piece this morning while getting ready for work and she talked about making the news more "accessible" and "entertaining." So much of news these days is fluff and sound bites. Every big news story has its own theme song, its own catchphrase, and its own graphic. I think the national evening news should be 30 minutes of news - serious news - with maybe a human interest story thrown in at the end. (Do you think she's gonna keep using that "I hope to see you tomorrow night" line? Just curious.)

2 - T's eye makeup. Today it was applied in a way I'd never seen before. Always an adventure.

3 - Gmail. Gmail has been slow all day long. And I had "missed" e-mails all day, which randomly broke through, one at a time, hours later. wtf.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Tomorrow Will Be History-in-the-Making

Because Katie Couric will take over for Bob Schieffer as the CBS Evening News anchor?

No, silly, because Fresh? is coming back!!!*


Taco Hell

T, after we had a quick bite to eat Saturday at a Taco Bell that provided riveting people-watching: Let's just decide that this Taco Bell is sketchy and never come back here again.

Nightmare Draft

Just finished our online fantasy football draft. Fantasy? More like nightmare. I was WAY less prepared than last year, but considering last year's dismal performance, that may not be a bad thing. The best part was being online with my family at the same time. My mantra:

It's just for fun
It's just for fun
It's just for fun....

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Seen in Downtown Indy

A woman sitting in her car at a traffic light with a sign taped to her back window, printed on a home computer, that read:

Sorry, I drove slowly.

Sure enough, when the light turned green, she drove along at about 5-10 mph, peering intently at the road through her glasses, both hands gripping the wheel, cars lining up behind her.

Maybe I could get one for my front windshield that says:

Excuse me, I drive fast. Could you get the eff out of my way?

Friday, September 01, 2006

Happy Birthday, Molly!!!

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