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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Road Trip, And Then Some

We had a great weekend. The weather in Indy has been spectacular for the past few days - high 70s/low 80s, sunshine. Saturday was spent at the outdoor outlet mall, Sunday included a walk around the neighborhood and at least a couple of hours on the back deck in the sun. It was enough relaxation and enjoyment to cause a girl to make some rash decisions.

I decided Saturday that T and I should go to Florida for her spring break. Originally, I didn't think I could spare the time from work - so I didn't make plans. This weekend, I took another look at my calendar, took a deep breath, and made plans to take some time off. T gets 2 weeks for break - this week and next. And, heaven knows she is planning to leave me for college on the other side of the country as soon as she can, so I'd like to take advantage of these opportunities while I still can.

It's peak season and way too late to make (affordable) flight plans, so we are driving - to Sarasota. We'll spend 2 nights with a family friend (thanks for facilitating, Pops!) in Boca Grande and 3 nights at a hotel near the beach in Sarasota. Weather predictions are low eighties and mostly sunny.

I'm nervous about this impromptu plan, but T is thrilled. If I survive driving straight through to get there - the current plan - all will be fine. Got any good tips for staying awake? (Just kidding Mama and Papa...) Wish me luck!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Road Trip

(On the way to the Edinburgh Outlet Mall, sun shining through the car windows and windshield...)

K: It's hot as balls in here.
T: I don't want to know how you know that.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Thursday's Confessions

Dad invited me to accompany him to a reconciliation ceremony yesterday; I passed. Perhaps this post will help me cleanse my soul.

1. I wasted food today. I hate wasting food. It's not as though it never happens around here; it definitely does. With our busy schedules and picky palates, we wind up getting rid of our share of food. I've been trying to do better, including buying smaller amounts of perishable items and forcing myself to eat leftovers before they go bad. Unfortunately, tonight I tried what seemed like the easiest recipe in the world. It involved salmon. It didn't go well.

2. My (indoor) Christmas decorations are still up. Funny how I qualified that as "indoor" seeing as how I didn't have any outdoor decorations, unless you count the snowman welcome mat. Yes, that's still out, too.

3. I'm using my church donation envelopes as scratch paper. What? At least I've found a use for the envelopes for Sundays past... I know, this is wrong on several levels.

4. I passed up an opportunity today. It happens. I'll try to do better next time. And I'm hoping it'll be cancelled out from a Karma standpoint by volunteering today to do something that I was not required to do.

5. I believed the hype, despite Public Enemy's warnings. I gave in to the infomercials and bought some Proactiv. I've been using it for about 4 days; it's not working. I'm supposed to use it twice a day, but I only do it once - partly because I'm lazy, partly because I'm afraid it will dry the shit out of my skin, and partly because I am afraid it will bleach my clothes or sheets.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Getting to Know You

(After a particularly busy week)

K: I miss my nieces. I feel like I don't really know Lily.
T: Mom. She's only 7 days old.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Note To Self


Please make an effort to never again go clothes shopping, which activity you already greatly dislike, when: it is 3:30pm and all you've had to eat all day is one piece of peppermint flavored Orbit gum, (shopping apparently requires energy), the mall is full of teenagers in cheerleading outfits accompanied by their rail-thin mothers, you are all broken out on your back and forehead and you are sick and tired of looking at yourself in the mirror, the sweater you are wearing creates gobs of static electricity, alternately causing your already flat hair to stick to your head and stick up in a million different directions and you are sick and tired of looking at yourself in the mirror, you have the sniffles but forgot to bring tissues with you, and the only available dressing room in your store of choice is occupied by a woman who is modeling shorts for her husband who says, "too big - you need a size zero," to which she responds, "but they don't have that size here!"

Making a mental note of the above shopping guidelines may ensure more successful, or at least less stressful, shopping trips in the future.


Sunday, March 18, 2007

Stop Me If I've Already Told You This

Actually, you can't stop me because this is my blog. I just feel the need to say that I. Love. March. What a great time of year, especially in Indy.

We had a good time Friday, despite that I was literally SPENT and my energy level just could not keep up with my desire to party the night away. Yesterday was a much-needed day of doing mostly nothing, despite all the "to-dos" that have piled up lately.

I'm fighting the reality that it's still winter. I did have to give in and wear my winter coat Friday, but I'm not wearing it today and my fingers are crossed for lovely weather this week...and for many weeks to come!

Off to do a little shopping and then dinner at Ruth's Chris, my favorite restaurant, with my family, my favorite people (we'll miss those of you who can't make it!) Who could ask for better?

Happy mid-March!

Friday, March 16, 2007

When The Mouse is Away

T is off to Chicago today. She's leaving school a little early and heading up there for a concert. Parents are involved (not me!) and it's to celebrate the 16th birthday of one of her friends from grade school.

Which means I'll be "free" for a bit. Actually, I'll miss her. It's been a ridiculously busy week and we didn't get much "quality" time, unless you count her hanging out in the breakroom of my office while I worked on a summary judgment brief.

What I can't wait to be free from for just a little while is work. The motion and brief I've been working on, with their various exhibits, are due today, which means they have to get in the mail before the end of business. For some reason, probably because things have been so hectic on many fronts, this deadline has been particularly stressful. As Indy will start its St. Patrick's Day celebration today, I'm looking forward to leaving work and enjoying a little R & R (beer!) with friends.

Happy day between the Ides and St. Patty's to you!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Happy Birthday, Lily Marie!!!

I'm a Tia again! Lily arrived this evening after her Mom's ~ 24 hours of hard work. Lily was 8 pounds and 3 ounces of beautiful and curious little girl when she arrived. Congratulations to the proud parents - and grandparents - and Tias - and prima!

Saturday, March 10, 2007


Did I tell you what I've given up for Lent? I don't think I did; I've been in a bit of denial about the whole thing. Every year I spend time contemplating what I could give up that would be a real sacrifice. Sometimes I don't give up anything at all; sometimes I vow to adhere to an abstention that isn't really much of a sacrifice.

This year, when Ash Wednesday arrived, I still hadn't made up my mind. I was at work that morning, and as I do every morning, I served myself a bag of popcorn. At work, there is a popcorn machine on the same floor as my office. Every morning between about 8am and 9am someone pops fresh movie-like popcorn. I already had a popcorn "problem" before starting my current position in October of 2005, in that I ate popcorn several times a week, sometimes daily, often in place of real "meals." I LOVE popcorn. Now, every workday morning, I am treated to the smell of freshly popped corn...we even have the cute little popcorn bags. I eat several bags a day. Every day.

That Wednesday, as I relished the bag of popcorn I'd served, I made my decision. I haven't had popcorn since. As several family members and friends know, it has been difficult for me. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that such a trivial thing seems like such a sacrifice to me, and yet it's the truth. My choice this year is a little simplistic, I suppose; it can't really be tied to a greater purpose and it's admittedly about me rather than about doing for others.

I will say, though, that from a personal perspective I think it was a good choice. I can't remember a personal Lenten sacrifice that has been such a struggle and that has required daily renewal of my commitment to abstain. In this way, at least, my decision has resulted in daily reflection about what Lent means to me and why I feel it's important for me to sacrifice something during this time.

Fingers Crossed

When we left the house yesterday morning, it was cold and I was reluctantly wearing my winter coat. I spent the morning with T at her school because it was "mother's morning" or something like that. I accompanied her to "classes," which included more free periods than I ever had as a high school student. When we left school at about 11:30am, it was just LOVELY outside. It was sunny, in the 50s, and the temperature was rising. I had a serious case of Spring fever, and after lunch it was incredibly difficult to force myself to go to work. I gratefully put my coat in the trunk of my car and it is still there. I didn't even need it late last night when emerging from T's auditorium following her school's production of Footloose, or when I picked her up from the cast and crew gathering at Steak 'n' Shake around midnight. It was blessedly warm out and I could smell Spring in the air.

I realize we haven't seen the last of cool air around here for the season, but my fingers are crossed that the cold frigid weather is gone. My winter coat has seen better days: the pockets and lining are ripped out, it's looking shabby, and I plan to get a new coat before next winter. Here's hoping I don't have to wear my current coat ever again!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


I'm here; I'm alive. I try to avoid posts like this because they're boring...but I feel bad for not posting for so long.

Work is busy. I've been busy with both "real work" and non-billable activities like helping the Indianapolis Bar Association get the word out about its great bar review course, and today I had to attend a mandatory all day seminar (CLE).

Tonight I made this recipe for the first time. I bought the ingredients over the weekend so I had some idea what to expect, but it was a little more involved than I'd originally appreciated. That said - I love it! And T actually said "that eggplant stuff wasn't too bad" or some equivalent. So, it's a winner and was worth the time it took me to make it. I think you'll like it Mama; I'll have to make it for you soon.

I also took a short walk this evening when we got home before I started dinner. This is my second such walk in a handful of days; it's not nearly enough exercise to have any impact on my health but I'm making an effort to force myself to get into the habit of exercise. I'm getting old and I'm getting big; it's long past time to make exercise a priority in my life. Though the 2 recent walks were wimpy efforts, I should get points for walking when it's cold out. I hate the cold.

Just now, I knocked over my glass of wine with the cord to my laptop. Half the spill hit the floor, half hit the inside of my work bag. Nothing like reeking of wine when meeting with a client, opposing counsel, or judge.

AND.....Sweet Banana is going to be a big sister within a matter of days!!! We are so excited. Updates to follow.

Sunday, March 04, 2007


...and thank you for all the joy you bring us.*

*Bob, the orange above is for you to color Ariel's hair ;-)

Friday, March 02, 2007

Today Featuring Blackberry Cobbler

There is a restaurant in Shelbyville, Indiana called "The Cow Palace." Tempting. Even on a Friday in Lent.

Speaking of Friday in Lent, today I passed up all the burger joints, Cow Palace included, on my way back downtown from depositions, braved the crowded Lockefield Village restaurants smack dab in the middle of the lunch hour, and waited in the long line at the Pizza Hut drive through, where I ordered a cheese pizza.

I got a pepperoni pizza. I ate it.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Failed Attempt

The light indicating I needed new brake pads had been steadily glowing on my dashboard for quite some time. As with many things, the task of getting the repair kept getting pushed lower on my list of things to do. When you are single and have only one car, it's tough figuring out how to get your car repaired while still meeting your day-to-day obligations, especially when every time you take your car somewhere they ask you to "drop it off" or "leave it with us for a while."

I MADE time and got 4 new brake pads Saturday (thanks for the car loan, Mom and Pops). I drove without incident Sunday and part of Monday. On my drive home Monday, I applied the brakes - and suddenly my brake pedal went all the way to the floor of the car before my car would stop. I was terrified and sure my brakes had failed completely. I carefully drove home, knowing something was very wrong. The next morning, I drove T to school and then headed to Meineke to report the problem.

The problem? A screw apparently loosened when "bleeding" my brakes had not been tightened. The odd thing? The guy who discovered the problem says there was no reason for the repairmen to have loosened the screw in the first place. Yes, the man who "fixed" my brakes Saturday is trying to kill me.

I said, "It was scary; I didn't think my car was going to stop."
Meineke man: "Eventually it wouldn't have."


Dinner: $35.28

Planned tip: 7 or 8 bucks

Cash tendered: a fifty. I'm no high roller, but I'd been out of cash and had just come from the bank. No ones, no change.

Change from waiter: Fifteen dollars = a five and a ten. WTF??? Ah, don't worry pal, I'll figure this out.

Tip: 5 bucks. Seriously, I feel bad about it, but what was this guy thinking? Doesn't he know how to help a girl to help him? Or did he think he could guilt me into a $10 tip? If so, it didn't work.

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