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Monday, October 30, 2006

Better Than Fiction

Description of case filed in Marion County today: The plaintiff hosts the largest public art event featuring life-size sculptures of "whimsical themed cows" throughout the country. The defendants have falsely marked items with the plaintiff's emblem, and are selling the items in their stores.

I think I'd like to incorporate the phrase "whimsical themed cows" into my every day speech.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Today's Catchphrase

Is apparently "pass incomplete."

I thought that was some sort of trust exercise...

Last night was "fall back" night. This is totally new for me - even in the spring when it was time to "spring forward," I was in Arizona. I did have to change a couple of clocks when I returned home, but I was lost in time change issues from traveling so it didn't seem too odd. Yesterday I weighed my options for last night: a) go to bed at a decent hour and get a much-needed extra hour of sleep; b) stay up until the designated hour of 2am and yell "woohoo" or something similar, a la New Year's Eve, to celebrate man's acquired ability to bend time; 3) go dancing, in order to enjoy an extra hour of frivolity at the club.

Like the wise old woman I am becoming, I chose "a." T and I had pizza at my Mom's, with my sister, my BIL, and their lovely daughter Banana. We then watched a scary movie (The Skeleton Key with Kate Hudson - it was scary, and it didn't strike me as predictable, so I guess I'd recommend it if you're looking for a suspenseful movie) and were home and in bed by midnight. Time well spent, all around.

Friday, October 27, 2006

I don't quite look like a boy today...

...but it's an incredibly bad hair day. Also, just before I went to sleep last night, T said to me (unprompted) "I'm really sorry about that zit in the middle of your chin." Um, thanks.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Do It or Don't

I'm swamped at work, yadda, yadda. I allowed myself the luxury of going to bed early (well, to sleep early - on the couch) last night and set my alarm for 4am so I could get up and do some work for a couple of hours before leaving the house. I tried that alarm trick Monday morning, too, minus the going to bed early. Problem is, both mornings I was unable to get up before my usual "school year" time of 6am. Meaning that from 4am to 6am I was hitting snooze every so often - 8 minutes? - rather than getting quality extra sleep.

I'm not a morning person, so the plan may seem like a bad one to begin with. But actually, it's worked well for me on many occasions, including Monday and Tuesday of last week. Something about this week has me completely worn out already, though, and I just couldn't seem to get up early. I need to force myself to either get up early OR not set the alarm for such a ridiculous hour, so I can at least benefit from the extra Zzzzzs.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

That Sounds Like a Problem

I know politicians exaggerate things. I know advertisements lend themselves to exaggeration and truth-bending. I suppose all this knowledge means I should just expect ridiculous statements in political commercials in an election year and not let them bother me. But they do. Bother me, that is.

The latest irksome statement, from our esteemed Mayor, in a spot supporting Marion County Prosecutor hopeful Melina Kennedy: There is no one I trust more than Melina Kennedy.

Um, really? That sounds like a problem. I mean - NO ONE? How does his wife feel about that? His daughter? His priest/minister/spiritual guide? Parents, if they are still alive? Other staff members? I suppose the statement could be true, but I doubt it. Actually, for his sake, I hope it's not true - no offense to Melina Kennedy.

I distrust people who feel the need to use such superlatives. He could have said, "I'd trust Melina with my life," or "I trust Melina as much as I trust (fill-in-the-blank)."

14 days. Then we can say a temporary goodbye to the political bullshit and go back to the regular bullshit.

Dead hostas are so not cute.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Decisions, Decisions

Leftwich or Roethlisberger, Roethlisberger or Leftwich?

What's a girl to do? ("Game time decisions" are a load of crap).

Friday, October 20, 2006

Panic, dull roar

As the week comes to a close, I'd like to take this moment to acknowledge that relatively speaking, it has been a good week. Don't get me wrong, I've had some rough patches, including: getting up at 4am two mornings in a row to work for a couple hours before leaving for work, getting off to a late start the following morning, but still managing to arrive at work at a decent hour, battling a cold that is still kicking my ass, dealing with my teenage daughter who actually uttered the words "it's just one test, Mom," after delivering the news that she'd received an F on said test, scrambling to meet various deadlines, and taking the deposition of an, um, interesting plaintiff under challenging circumstances at her home in a small Indiana town.

The bottom line, however, is that I've almost made it. And that I can honestly say I only woke up feeling sure I'd be fired on ONE out of this week's five days. Now that is a good week, no matter what the challenges.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Snippet (at a local restaurant)

T: I wonder why I don't have my milkshake yet.
K: I don't know. Just ask her when she brings our food. I'm sure she'll say, "can I bring you anything else." And you can say, "get in my tummy!"
T: (giving me that blank stare that says 'you are not my mother')
T: If you must do that, it's "get in my belly!"

You know it's going to be a good day when...

You get on the parking garage elevator at the 4th floor with another person. The elevator takes you to the 1st floor, the floor you need. You watch the other woman get off the elevator at the 1st floor; you stay put. You stare at the elevator doors as they slide shut. You slowly begin to wake up as you realize the elevator is heading back up to retrieve more arriving worker bees. Sigh.

Monday, October 16, 2006

It's feed a cold, right?

(Like I need an excuse...)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Weekend Wrap-up

I know, I know, the weekend isn't over. This weekend's football has barely started, in fact. But I need a quick break so this seemed like a good time to jot this down.

-Up early. Morning partially wasted on reading blogs. Also spent time chauffeuring my daughter around. And I showered.
-In the afternoon, I spent an AWFUL amount of time "doing my time" for the week. My system for keeping track of my time at work isn't very efficient. I'm aware of this, and I think I'm going to have to address it. That said, our time entry deadline is Tuesday at noon and I'm usually knocking this task out late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, when other things need to be done. So - it's good news that I got this accomplished Saturday. Baby steps!
-T and I ate at El Rodeo and I put my chauffeur cap back on - dropping her off at a concert featuring local teen bands. While she was there, I caught up on several episodes of Weeds on my parents' TiVo. (And turned on their heat; sorry guys!) LOVE Weeds. Love.

-Up early-ish. So far, I'm not feeling bad about sleeping in a little because we've been productive. I was slow to get up, partly because the dream I had before waking left me feeling a little out of sorts. I dreamed I couldn't walk. Or rather, that something had happened which forced me to get around in a wheelchair and where walking was extremely difficult and dangerous - leading to frequent falls and the risk of injuring myself further. The dream, which seemed to last forever, felt incredibly real. Upon waking I said multiple prayers of thanksgiving for the use of my legs. Anyone know what this dream means? I intend to look it up later.
-Fantasy football. Though I substituted out some bye week folks earlier this week, I still had to find a decent defense and I made some other changes as well. I'm playing my sis, J, and I suspect I'll lose. I managed to pull out a win last week, after a 3-game losing streak. I took a chance today on the Titans' Travis Henry - my running backs suck. Wish me luck.
-After a couple frozen waffles I went to pick T up from her friend's house where she spent the night. We came home and got to today's outdoor task: raking. Exhibits 1-3:

It feels good to have accomplished raking the front yard by 1pm or so. There is plenty of work left to be done, however, both outside and indoors. I just polished off one homemade enchilada and a Bud Light and I need to research and draft a motion to dismiss before the end of the night. T and I will also likely watch Cold Case, so I need to get to work. I wanted to work on cleaning out the garage, but that may have to wait.

Next weekend? Family reunion in Brown County!!! Should be a blast. And of course, there will be plenty more work to do around here:

Confidential, to a friend

Some problems can be resolved or overcome through sheer will power and strength of character.

Others require outside assistance.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


Thursday, October 12, 2006

Every Day

I learn something new every day. I enjoy learning, to a degree, and when I learn a lesson I promise myself I'll remember to implement it the next time I get the opportunity to do so - for my own satisfaction, and for the benefit of my clients.

Yesterday I defended someone in small claims court for the first time. Defense verdict, yay! I can't take any credit, though, because Plaintiff simply didn't make his case. And the judge taught me, or more accurately, reminded me of something: don't forget the law.

His decision was short and to the point and it said all that needed to be said: the Plaintiff could prevail based only on contracts or negligence. Evidence from the defense on no contract coverage went undisputed and Plaintiff didn't claim breach. Evidence on negligence was much the same. A lightbulb went off and I was immediately embarrassed for whatever I'd babbled through as my "closing." I should've simply outlined the law just as the judge had, and he would have had to do nothing but say, "what she said," when declaring his decision.

Live and learn. Clients know they are getting a new attorney when I represent them. I do it competently, I think, but not always artfully. I suppose, though, they could demand a more experienced attorney and pay three times as much for one. I'm trying to remind myself that learning is a good thing, and stop feeling bad that there is so much left to learn.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

October, Part Deux
(last night, around 10pm)

T: It's hot in here.
Me: Don't even start.

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Me: So........I might turn the heat on tonight.
T: Thank God.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Why I Would

I'd like to ride a motorcycle.

Because when I passed another bike rider heading the opposite direction, I'd drop my left hand in that casual, knowing salute, much more than a friendly wave - an acknowledgement of something, a mysterious shared experience that outsiders would never understand.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Buried With Work

Hoping to resurface before the end of the year....

Monday, October 02, 2006

All Request Monday

Okay, I made that up. There's no such thing around here. But, after a little friendly family conversation yesterday, my Dad did request a post on this subject matter. I aim to please...so here ya' go.

I don't think I've blogged about this before, but I'm pretty sure other bloggers have, many moons ago (no pun intended): Tell me about your toilet paper. What kind do you like? This came up because T and I have divergent paper tastes; she prefers Charmin and I'm solidly in the Quilted Northern camp. My Dad indulges T by buying her the kind she likes so she doesn't have to suffer through the kind I buy for us.

And do you know what linty toilet paper is? I do, my Mom does, I don't like it, and Pops thinks we're crazy. You?

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