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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Don't just do something; stand there!

T and I hit the movies tonight - at 10:20pm, no less. The young lady at the ticket counter asked us if we had student IDs. I said I didn't but T did, so the girl made as though she was giving T a student discount. I looked at our tickets as we headed to our seats and was puzzled, because she'd charged both of us the same price for our tickets. I checked the posted prices and discovered we'd both been charged the student rate. Pleased that I looked young enough to be mistaken for a "student," I shared the news with T.

K: I guess I should wear college sweatshirts more often.
T: I don't think that's a very good idea.
K: Why?
T: How will you ever find a boyfriend?
K: Shut up.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

I got yer password right here.

I am so stinkin' tired of having to create a username and password to do the simplest effin' things online.

To illustrate: one day this week Angie's List sent me an e-mail with a $10 offer for joining. I haven't wanted to spend the money for the service, but as I am a homeowner with many things around the house that need repairing, I decided to bite the bullet. I popped open the e-mail and clicked on the "register" link. I was greeted by a page instructing me to create a username and password. Forget it. I gave up. That seems so unnecessary to me.

At least Turbo Tax as the right idea. They require a username and password (which makes sense) and a couple days ago they sent me an e-mail reminding me of my username since the season is upon us.

Retailers: I'm all about simplicity.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

"How do you say elbow?"

I worked a long day yesterday but enjoyed a wonderful end to the day. I joined my family for dinner at Oceanaire to celebrate J2's birthday. We had a great time and even Banana managed to (mostly) behave herself.

Then we met up at Bob and Mike's new digs. What a great place for a young family!

Thanks to Mama and Papa for dinner; happy birthday to J2; congratulations to "the kids" on their new place and good luck with moving tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

I went with non-Roth for contributions in 2007.


Tuesday, December 26, 2006


Random thoughts (as though there is ever any other kind around here) because I should be working:

-We have big news here at the "Gilmore" household. I'm waiting until I can post pictures to accompany the story/news.
-My niece is the biggest ham you've ever seen. No, really. She's 21 months - not quite 2 years old for those of you who are mathematically challenged - and often behaves as though she is much older. My sister bought her a little electronic piano with its own bench and a microphone, which is intended for kids 3 and up. Banana LOVES it and spent time last night singing "itsy bitsy biser" and "santa baby" to anyone who would listen. And she often bellows "thank you, thank you" into the microphone. Born performer.
-Avon employs men to go door-to-door and sell cosmetics. Smart.
-I have nothing to wear to depositions tomorrow. I heart depositions.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Your Two Cents

It's Friday and I'm still employed (as far as I know), which is great. Unfortunately, however, I have not put pen to even one Christmas/Holiday card. Mine typically go out late, but I try to keep them "timely" by writing "Happy Holidays" or "Happy New Year" inside.

So, whaddya think? Can I do Christmas cards tonight and send them out without feeling too silly?

Wednesday, December 20, 2006


I can work under deadlines. In fact, I need deadlines to keep me working and provide me with incentive to maintain some level of productivity. But I'm struggling this week with arbitrary deadlines and it's a little frustrating.

Several cases on which I'm working have real deadlines next week. Unfortunately, most of the partners for whom I'm doing work will be out of the office all of next week. Do you see where this is going? Everything has to be done NOW so it can be reviewed before everyone takes off to enjoy a long week of holiday revelry.

Ah, well. Firm life, I suppose. Maybe next week's relatively empty office will result in fewer interruptions and therefore more efficient work days for me. That is, if I get through this week.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Secret to How Professors Grade Law School Exams

Monday, December 18, 2006

Always the Last to Know

Matthew McConaughey is in town. This town. Indy. Here. Same place I am. Why didn't anyone tell me he was coming? Sigh.

For the Birds

I occurred to me recently that birds fly south for the winter not for warmth, but for privacy. Come Winter, lovely leaves fall from trees at alarming rates to reveal gnarled nests hidden within the once private confines of those trees.

You'd head to another location for the winter, too, if your bedroom walls shriveled up and blew away, leaving you utterly exposed to prying eyes for the winter.


Please send thoughts/wishes/waves of good luck to T, who begins semester finals this morning. Good luck, sweetie!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Current Events

I watched some Fox News this morning while getting ready. I listened to Senator Ted Kennedy expound on the war in Iraq and other political issues. I came away with this critical insight: that dude has the craziest earlobes.

*And, while I agreed with many of the things he said, he also annoyed me a little. When asked whether the U.S. has a moral obligation to citizens of Iraq, he answered that we absolutely do, and then proceeded to describe several ways that the Republican administration had breached that obligation. I realize we're gearing up early for the 2008 presidential election, but I want to hear less whining and finger pointing and more proposals for solutions to some of our pressing issues.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Bye, Bayh

Actually, it's goodbye to Bayh for most of the nation but hello to Bayh for his Indiana constituents. I don't know the unspoken reasons for Bayh's decision, but I have a feeling it is a good decision for Indiana.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Friday Blurb

It's gorgeous out and I'm thinking about:

-The kid who is blind but can walk around, etc without help by making clicking noises with his mouth. Amazing.
-T, as usual, and for various reasons, including finals coming up next week and a concert she is attending tonight.
-Difficult research.
-Christmas shopping and when I'm going to do it and how I'm going to pay for it.
-The fine line between giving something a chance and wasting time and energy.
-Beers after work.
-Much, much more.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

While Working Late

I appreciate it when the rain comes to keep me company. Window open, eyes still open. For now.

The weekend cannot come soon enough.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Yesterday Went a Little Like This

I slept in too late, which was my own fault. After making breakfast for me and T, I took a shower and hurried to work to retrieve my paycheck (no, I don't have direct deposit) and take it to my bank branch before it closed at 1pm.

On weekends at my office building, we are supposed to sign in and out with a sheet at the "security guard's" station. I did, even though I wasn't staying long. I took the elevator up a gazillion floors to my office. I grabbed several things I needed to work from home and then rode a few floors down to pick up some poinsettias I'd ordered. Hands full, I managed to press the button for the first floor. Just before the elevator reached the lobby, a couple of my plants slid out of my fingers and dropped to the floor. The elevator doors opened and as I struggled to pick up my plants, they closed and the elevator began to ascend again. Sigh. I pushed "1" but the elevator was no longer taking my requests.

Once it stopped, which was a couple dozen floors up, it let me push the first floor button again and down we went. I got off the elevator and went to sign out. It was at that moment I realized I hadn't even gotten my paycheck from my office - which was the main reason for my trip. At that point, I had about 20 minutes to make it to my bank before they closed. I signed out, stomped over to the parking garage elevators, put my plants on the floor, and then took the building elevators back up to get my check. I pulled up at the bank at 12:59pm.

Cut to 11pm. T had gone with a friend to a local acts concert in Carmel. I'd volunteered to pick them up. I found my destination and picked the girls up without incident. As we pulled out of the facility parking lot, a Carmel cop pulled out from across the street and followed us. I knew what was coming and warned the girls that we had both a headlight and a taillight out, so would almost certainly be pulled over. We were.

The cop, busy protecting Carmel residents from young kids attending a concert at the Carmel Performing Arts Center, walked up to T's window. As I handed him my license, he asked to see IDs from the girls. Um, why? I informed him they didn't have IDs and after he asked T how old she is (15), he let it go. My crim law readers, is a person required to carry ID at all times and produce it on demand? The girls had done nothing wrong and we certainly weren't engaged in any suspicious activity. There was no reason to ask for their IDs other than he hoped one of us would have a warrant so he could make an arrest. No such luck.

He gave me a warning, which I never get, and sent us on our way. Must not be much going on in Carmel on the weekends.

Today? I slept in too late, which was my own fault.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

The Color of Christmas

I don't own a ladder. I've never put Christmas lights up outside any dwelling in which I've lived, and I don't intend to start now, much to T's disappointment. She's got a point - our house is flanked on either side by houses with exterior Christmas lights. The house directly across the street and the 2 catty-corner houses have them, too. I think it's a conspiracy to make me look like the neighborhood Grinch.

It might be nice (and easy) to put "Christmas colored" flood light bulbs in, though. Anybody seen them for sale anywhere or have any good ideas where I might be able to get some? I did a quick online search and came up empty. I'll probably have to call around, but if you've seen them - red, green, or blue - hit me up. Thanks.


What's this "new version of Blogger" stuff about? You bloggers out there who use Blogger, are you switching? I don't much like change and for some reason I didn't know this was coming. I don't really want to "opt in" to some new system for blogging. Should I? Will I have to eventually?

Maybe this is a good time to start seriously thinking about giving up the ghost. There hasn't been any real content on this blog for a long time - probably at least a year. I'm busy and I neglect it. These days, most of my ideas for posts come from work, which makes sense because it has become such a huge part of my life, but I can't blog about work. So the blog has become (assuming there was a time it wasn't) dull and uninspired.

Plus, many of my favorite bloggers have packed it up:

Fresh? Gone but not forgotten.
The Splitter. Ditto.
Snowy. MIA.
Professor Cooper. Long gone.
Manda. Hardly ever posts ;-)
Deb. Underground.

I probably can't do this forever, anyway. Some smartass opposing counsel is likely to stumble upon this site one day and figure out a way to torture me with it. Maybe I could move to a password protected live journal, or something, as a way to keep family and close friends updated on things and to post a few pictures now and then. I'll figure it out eventually, I guess.

In the meantime - new Blogger version. Any dirt?

Friday, December 08, 2006

Mysterious Ways

Last weekend, I tried on a nice dress. Fit well, flattering but classy, could be used for more than one function. But as I skipped our office party (I know, professional suicide, but I had good reasons) and hadn't committed to any other events, I couldn't justify the $140 expense. Plus, T hated it.

Early this week I resolved to attend a shindig tonight. So I had to go back and get the dress, which I thought would perfectly suit the circumstances. Despite work to do and T having homework, we hit Macy's Wednesday after work/school. And my dress was gone, or at least, my size of that dress was gone.

So I fretted and fumed and hurried through trying on a few dresses. I settled on a dress of lesser quality, but T liked and it was half the price.

Results? I blended in with the crowd just fine...AND...someone else was wearing the dress I didn't get! Whew.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Today I Saw

A sight for sore eyes.

Only in Indiana

Over the past couple days I heard there is a reality show in the works the premise of which involves has-been celebrities "becoming" police officers and being followed around by cameras. Seemed to me a bad idea. It will undermine respect for the profession and certainly for the department in question. I wondered what crazy police department decided to allow such craziness. Um, the Muncie Police Department. LaToya Jackson? Erik Estrada? With guns? Oy vey.

Also, I am thankful today that the lights on Monument Circle are shining again. If I'd have had to hear this "top story" one more time, things were going to get ugly.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Merry Christmas to Me

Because I have work to do, I instead decided to see if I could find anymore Calming Waters to add to my growing collection of the discontinued scent. To my delight, I found several more bottles of the spray on auction at eBay. I bought 2 outright, but didn't bid on the other bottles being offered. Though I can never have to much of it, unless they decide to start making it again, funds are a little tight at the moment so I would feel guilty buying any more of it just now.

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift for yours truly? Hope online and bid on my favorite "perfume mist." It'll probably come in handy for days like Friday, when I decide to go without basic hygiene measures.

I never blogged about you.

I hope, at least, you appreciate that.


We are hunkered down in the "family room," doing work and homework, a little chilly, but warmed by our first "fire."

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Au Naturale

I'm not planning to move to Europe. Nor am I attempting to behave as though I wish I could. But somehow, I left the house yesterday morning without applying deodorant. T and I stopped back home around 5pm, but I hadn't discovered my omission yet, so I didn't remedy the situation. Not until I was home for the night did the situation come to my attention.

For those who were in my company yesterday evening (you know who you are), I hope you didn't notice. And if you did, you should have said something...or at least attempted a good sign language/pantomime effort at bringing the issue to my attention.

Knowledge Doesn't Always Equal Power

For me, knowledge is currently providing me with the opportunity to be weak. As most of you know, 2006 was my first complete calendar year of being an attorney. I have a billable hour requirement to meet, and the tally began in January. Throughout the year, I kept an eye on my hours and tried to make sure I was meeting the goal. There were a few times I was under, which made me a little nervous, but ever since May's jury trial, I've been "over" the target range for the time of the year. Nothin' like a jury trial to help with hours.

Anyway, checking out my hours and trying to predict how I would wind up at the end of the year was just an exercise in speculation. But now that December has arrived, things are a little more certain. My goal for the year is 1850 billable hours. That averages out to about 154 hours a month. Assuming - this is key - I work those 154 in December, I will be about 50 hours over for the year.

My firm offers bonuses for meeting billables. And as a new associate, a portion of my bonus is guaranteed, which is nice. However, when one exceeds billables, then those excess hours are put through some nebulous calculations and an even larger bonus will be in store. Which is part of the problem. Because I don't have enough to do - ha - I spent some time figuring out that: if I only work 99 hours in December, I will still meet my billable goal for the year. 99 hours? I could do that while half asleep. Wouldn't that make for a nice December?

So I'll likely spend the entire month caught between the desire to leave work early or take some time off at Christmas and the desire not to piss away my hard work all year in the space of a few weeks. My workload will somewhat dictate things, but I'll retain some control over how much I work this month. Knowledge in this case is nothing but dangerous for me...all month I'll be fighting the urge to turn into a total slacker.

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