Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ew.

So, guess how old Donatella Versace is?




Yup, 53.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Jim is ever so dreamy

So my family and I have been watching The Office on dvd from the beginning which is good because I didn't start watching it until season three and I thought I'd caught most of the early episodes but apparently I'd seen like two. And I have to say, I'm kind of glad that I know where things are going because



SPOILER ALERT! (Mom, stop reading)





If I didn't know that Jim and Pam would end up together I think my brain would have exploded by now seeing how adorable they are together and yet not together. And I know I'm like three years late on this bandwagon but I don't care. And if Jam weren't so cute with each other and meant to be I would have already kidnapped John Krasinski and locked him in my basement because I love him. And also I totally know the difference between television and reality.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Words of wisdom

Dear Detroit Lions,

I have been where you are right now. A season full of losses, nary a win to be found in fact. And here you are, one game away from the perfect losing season. Now, some of you might still be hoping to win tonight and end up 1-15. But really, is it that much better to have one win under your belt? I can say definitively, no. You see, in 2001 Cal was in the same position. We were totally winless, and our very last game was a road trip to Rutgers* that was delayed by months because of 9/11. And what did we do? We ruined it all by winning. It's like we couldn't even lose right, we had to destroy the one thing we had going for us. It was a letdown, and really it's not any less embarrassing to be 1-15 instead of 0-16. So go for it all today--finish your season perfectly. Don't make the same mistake we did. Be a total loser and embrace it.

Love,

Reva


*The one silver lining is that, years later, I'm able to lord this win over certain people on occasion.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Celebration and correction

Woo, Emerald Bowl 2008 champions!!

Also, announcer guy, STOP calling it "San Fran." We really really hate that.

Friday, December 26, 2008

1/2 plus four

With the traveling and all I forgot to mention that this past Monday was my half-birthday. Which is not significant in and of itself, but it means I'm officially closer to 26 than 25, which makes me sad.

Also, I have been meaning to describe this commercial I saw a couple of weeks ago. I don't know if anyone else has seen it, but it caught my attention because it specifically said something along the lines of "Don't know what to get your husband for Hanukkah?" or something like that, which stood out to me because most commercials don't specifically mention Hanukkah and only Hanukkah. I also found it amusing because the commercial was for prostate exams.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Excellent news

My indoctrination appears to be working--two of the people who I showed Disc 1 of HIMYM to this fall/winter have just finished the entire first season, and one has already started in on the second season. (A third person, an associate I actually do projects for, just finished season one as well, but I don't count her because she was watching the show, but she started in season three so I've been helping her catch up.) Nothing fills my heart with joy around the Christmas season like people getting hooked on HIMYM.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Jamie and I almost died just now

Current temperature outside: 18 degrees. Feels like: 4 degrees. DC can bite me.

Good timing

It's a good thing I'm leaving town tomorrow because something was leaking in my apartment (and they don't know what), so there are currently two of those giant fans in my den drying my carpet. And it's just a wee bit noisy and intrusive.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Boredom

I had a busy Monday through Wednesday, but yesterday and today things
have been really quiet at work. As I mentioned earlier (I'd link but
I'm blogging via email) Facebook deleted my Duke account, and despite
my efforts, which almost actually paid off, it's not coming back. So
yesterday I spent a while mentally going through people who may have
been on my Duke facebook and adding them as friends to my Cal
facebook. If you are one of those people and I didn't send you a
friend request, I missed you and it's not coming, so friend me!
Anyway, I must have friended like fifty people, so I've been getting
emails all the time over the last 24 hours or so of people who have
accepted my friend requests. It kind of tricks me because I think,
oh, I have email! But it's fake crappy auto-response email. Oh, I
just remembered, my cousins might have been on my Duke account. I
should go add them.

So Liz, is this really what Canada is like?


Thursday, December 18, 2008

No wonder I want to have this show's babies

I got this from Andy, and for some reason it's not on his blog yet, but I'd be posting it here again anyway because we have different readers. This is kind of the best thing ever. Seriously. The cast of HIMYM acting out some of the biggest moments of the year. Is your mind blown yet? Just wait. I'm doing you the favor of posting the pictures here. You're welcome.












Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Woo!

It totally worked! This is going to revolutionize my blog. Or at
least I'll be able to post in the middle of the day as if I was still
in school and not at work. Of course, now my billing will go way down
too. Damn.

Comment Policy

A lot of blogs have comment policies, and it's come to my attention
that I should have one. Most people try to keep people from being
rude to other commenters, or refrain from using profanity, or what
have you. My policy is more self-serving--if I propose something on
this, my own personal kingdom, there are no disagreements in the
comments. You must all love my suggestions and tell me how smart I
am. This is my new rule.

Also, I'm testing out posting via email. We'll see if it works!

Ridiculous

I'd just like to point out right now that it's 43 degrees and actually going to get colder as the day goes on. Which is not. right.

Monday, December 15, 2008

It's going to be a thing

I've been thinking about something a lot lately. I usually get into work more or less around nine, and so on a good busy day I'll bill three solid hours before lunch. I'll go have my lunch, and then afterward it'll be 1 pm and I'll look at my timers and I'll have only billed three hours even though it's the afternoon! And that makes me very sad. So as I said, I've been thinking. If we're going with the typical eight hour workday, 9-6 (with an hour for lunch), lunch at noon splits up the day so you've got three hours of work, and then another five. This makes no sense! We should be splitting up the day so it's four and four. Imagine how much happier we'd all be if we went to lunch knowing that we were halfway done with our work day. Now, of course I could take lunch whenever I want if I have nothing else going on, and lots of people don't work 9-6 or bill way more than eight hours in a day. But we're talking about societal norms here. Noon is what everyone thinks of as lunchtime. And 9-5 (or 9-6 with lunch) is the classic workday. So I think that we should move the official lunchtime to one pm. That way the "typical" workday is half over at lunch! I know, it's genius. Just imagine the psychological boost this will give people! And by people, I mean me for sure, but probably other people too.

UPDATE: Liz, the movie wouldn't have been called "9-5" if that wasn't the stereotypical workday. So I was just using that as a standard template. Also, I should point out that I don't like people disagreeing with me in my comments. You think about what you're saying next time, missy.

UPDATE 2: Yes, I do work for BigLaw and you bet they're pushing billable hours, not to worry! But my "billable year" actually doesn't start counting until January 1, which they do for the new hires so we can kind of ease into this whole job thing (we don't get a bonus this year either, so it's a trade-off), so I haven't been pulling the ridiculous hours yet. But I will still not be billing from 6-9 even after my hours *do* count, which is why I will never make partner.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I'm like Mother Theresa

Well, I continued with the Lord's work today and hosted the HIMYM Marathon. We'll see how many of these people follow through, of course, but I think I may have planted the seeds of devotion once again. The only thing that upsets me is that one of these newbies said that NPH's Barney is his least favorite character. Yeah, you read that right. Least. I don't even know what to do with this guy, and it's so unexpected seeing as he's the one who's been helping me spy on Hubert Cubert, so frankly I expected better of him. We only made it through disk one though, so maybe after seeing more episodes he'll realize he's on crack.

Someone should be checking these things

I'm frequently amused by the links that gmail puts at the top of my inbox. Usually I'm amused because of the link they chose given the email conversation (since they try to find stuff you'd be interested in...usually a hilarious failure), but this time I'm just amused about the link itself. It says

Orprah's Flat Belly Rule: - Oprah-Diet-Free.com - Lose more than 10lbs every week by obeying Orprah's 1 rule

Might be slightly bad timing to be using this ad... And yes, they misspelled Oprah twice.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

I am not smart

I'm trying to do something right now for work, and I have absolutely no idea where to even start. I barely understand the question I'm supposed to answer. Crap.

In much, much awesomer news, a guy I went to high school with works on The Soup! I was watching and a guy ran out for whatever little sketch they were doing at the time and was like, hey, that looks just like so-and-so! Which I personally think is impressive seeing as I haven't seen this guy since graduation. But I googled him and sure enough, it's him! Yay Scripps Ranch alums.

Centigrade?

The high today is 36. This is so not right.

Inappropriately awesome

I could have written this, especially the part about Jorma Taccone finally getting some screen time on SNL. Ok, not the part about JL-S on Entourage because I haven't seen any Entourage since like season 2, but other than that.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Fantastico

I generally have many more guy friends than girl friends. And for some reason, I never can seem to have more than two at a time (in a given geographic location). I had two best friends in college, then two in law school, and now I have two lady friends here in DC (both of whom I happen to work with). Two seems to be my girl maximum at any given time, who knows why. Anyway, that's mostly irrelevant to my post right now, which is that one of my two DC lady friends is on a date right now and she's currently emailing us on her wonderful blackberry and giving us live updates as it's going on (secretly, of course). And it's AWESOME. It's a first date, so there's just a lot to share. I highly recommend this.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Seriously, only Wednesday?

Today kind of sucked. The good news is that two of the associates I work for with frequency are super awesome, which kind of balances it out.

I don't even care that it's supposed to rain

I have never been so happy to see a weather forecast that said 61 degrees! [Kill me now.]

UPDATE: On my walk with Jamie just now my hair went from pretty decent to insane poufball in about fifteen minutes. So I take back not caring about the rain, although for today it's worth it because it feels so warm outside (comparatively).

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A post about nothing

I came across a random factoid that I was going to share in the spirit of Andy, but now I can't remember for the life of me what it was! Seriously, this is driving me nuts because I think I've been meaning to post about it for a few days. I say "think" because I have the vague sense from this morning that I remembered something, wished I felt comfortable blogging from work even about unrelated stuff since I'd been meaning to post it for a while, wondered if having blogged from my blackberry at the airport meant I'd already blogged from work and I should just give up pretending I'm a good worker, and then eventually just decided to do it when I got home. I should have just stuck with plan B and emailed myself a post so it'd be ready to go.

Monday, December 08, 2008

It's currently 23 degrees outside

So I totally am bucking my once-every-year-and-a-half trend and am going back to that 6:30 am step class again today. But this time it's not by choice--they needed a sub so I said I'd do it. Note the time stamp on this post, please. Of course, they needed it for two days and I only said I'd do one of them--because I don't think I could do it two weeks in a row. I actually had a dream last night (my first, the one that woke me up around 2 am) about teaching this class today and it being the biggest disaster ever, just like everything going wrong. When I woke up and saw that I still had hours before the class, I felt like Mr. Scrooge in a Christmas Carol, realizing he could still set everything right and avoid the predicted disaster. Of course, my disaster was a dream disaster and so totally ridiculous, but still.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

My premonitions come true

My best friend from high school just got engaged, so come next year that will make my third trip to California in 2/2.5 years to be a bridesmaid. Which makes me wonder, is there an official number of weddings one has to be a bridesmaid in before people start saying "always a bridesmaid...?" Like is three enough? I know people my age and a few years older frequently have a ton of weddings to go to every year, but I think most of those are as attendees, not actually as members of the wedding party. I'm just wondering if I qualify yet.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Oh the mysteries of shipping

I ordered a package off Amazon and it shipped on the 3rd and got delivered today. Which is pretty good, except that it got shipped from Capitol Heights, MD, which is approximately ten miles from my house. So where was it for three days "in transit," I'm wondering??

What is going on?

It's snowing outside. Not like the flurries we've had before, but actually sticking to the plants and such. Granted, by most peoples' standards this still doesn't count as snow, but I count it! I was going to drive tonight but now I'm afraid that it'll keep snowing and then I'd have to drive home in actual snow, so I think I'll just cab it instead.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Crap!

I think I accidentally deleted by Duke facebook page!!! I emailed them to beg for help, because I can't even find it when I search in general, but if you're only a facebook friend of mine on the Duke account you might want to friend me again, just in case...

Thursday, December 04, 2008

This is sooo going in my office

Are you ready to see the cutest picture ever? Are you sure???

Yesterday there was a fundraiser for an animal shelter near me, and one of the things they had there was pet photos with Santa. So you see where I'm going with this. Jamie + Santa = insane cuteness. BUT! It wasn't just Jamie...it was Jamie wearing his elf costume. Because Santa needs his elves! Behold the cutest picture ever:




I know. Try to contain yourselves.

There was actually a picture that I think would have been cuter, but they only posted one online for each person/doggie that took a photo (it was a radio station sponsoring it, so you went to the website and they had the photos there). I emailed them trying to get the info on the photographer so I can try to get the other pictures, but I haven't heard back yet. So until I see the picture that I'm hoping for, this remains the cutest picture ever.

Also, I think Jamie might be a genius because before we went out to meet Santa, I told him that I was taking him someplace special, and he should try to guess, but he'll never guess. And what did he do? He ran into the other room...and came back with the Santa squeaky toy I got him last week. Now, maybe it was a coincidence because it was his newest toy. Or maybe my dog is a freakin' genius. Just think about it.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

America's pastime

Also, at some point I'll give you my tv viewing schedule, much like Andy has done. Mine is pretty similar, but I will tell you regardless.

In other tv news, I am hosting a HIMYM Marathon a week from Sunday! I've invited my entire class from work (as in, everyone who started this year with me), along with my Duke and other friends that are here in DC, and we're going to start with the pilot and work our way from there. I am going to get every damn person I know watching this show! And Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, I think I deserve a visit to your set. I'll pay for it, you just let me in! (And no, I did not have to look up their names, I knew them off the top of my head.)

So tell me about yourself

There are a couple of random blogs I read for no reason other than I find stories about peoples' personal lives amusing. One of them just announced he's quitting writing just because he's bored of it, and it's not like it's something I read every day, but it's still kind of a bummer. Now I'll never know what happens next in his life! And as I reflect on this need I have to know about the personal lives of strangers, it reminds me of what I've been doing at work the last couple of weeks--spying on the guy in the office across the street from my friend's office (there's no building directly across from my office, I'm on the 14th floor, my friend is on the 7th--the building stops a few floors before ours). We've given this guy a nickname (Hubert Cubert--because he works in a cubicle!) and have started inventing a life story for Hubert. My friend kind of keeps track of his comings and goings, and we're trying to figure out a way to meet him. Sadly, he doesn't seem to look in our direction ever--I tried waving once, but he didn't see. I'd like to say hello or start a prank war with him--I could go either way. But he's not cooperating. Anyway, all this is just to say, I'm very nosy.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Book review

Well happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone. I'm sure as we were all sitting around eating masses of food and watching football, you were thinking to yourself, I wish I knew more about the Pilgrims and the first 60 years or so in America than I remember from my elementary school Thanksgiving plays (maybe that was just me? I was an Indian, my name was Silver Shell. Yes, I remember that from 4th grade). Well, fear not, I have a great book for you to read! Mayflower, which actually covers way more than just the Mayflower, is a terrific look at everything from the Pilgrims attempting to come to Virginia, to the beginnings of settlement by the Puritans, all the way through King Phillip's War. I actually conducted an informal survey and apparently King Phillip's War is not the common knowledge I thought it was! So I highly recommend this book if you're looking to find out more about the early days of American settlement. And sure, maybe nobody has the time/interest to read this book, but I figure what the hell, I'll tell you about it anyway.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hooray for vacations

I have a lot to catch up on. But I'd like to state first for the record that my testing center was not one of the places that got extra earthquake points on the bar exam. Just in case you were wondering (not that I think they made the difference for anybody, three points when the pass minimum is around 1400 isn't exactly a difference-maker).

Also, apparently being an actress on HIMYM is a form of fertility treatment (thanks Andy). I'm just glad they say they're not writing it into the show! That would be a disaster.

Home for Thanksgiving, and it feels weird because it seems like I should be at work. It's like all of a sudden I'm back in school, on vacation! Except now I have a blackberry.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Really quick

I was feeling fat last night so I decided to get up this morning at 5:15 and go to a 6:30 am step class before work. Which wasn't too bad except that the last time I've gotten up that early to work out was about a year and a half ago, and it'll probably be another year and a half before I do it again. And now I'm tired and I meant to go to bed early but I had to pack because I'm leaving for home tomorrow for Thanksgiving. I have more to post about, but this'll have to do for now. Just marvel at my stamina, getting up at 5:15 to work out. I know, I truly am awesome.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wow

So, I was in the audience for this. And it pretty much happened exactly as the article describes. Mukasey was giving his speech, and seemed like he was winding it up, when all of a sudden he started slurring. Then a few seconds later he was kind of stuttering the same word over and over, like a broken record, and then he started to tip forward. At this point only a few seconds had gone by really, but it was pretty clear to the audience what was going on. So a few people ran up to help him, and I have to say, I've never seen a more respectful audience of hundreds of people. Everyone stayed in their seats, they turned the lights down low, and people were virtually silent for at least twenty minutes, while they were helping him, and then the paramedics came and took him away. It was kind of amazing how long it took the paramedics to get there, actually. So the entire room just sat there in silence, watching and waiting. They finally took him away, and then the emcee got back on the mike and said a prayer, and then told everyone that the evening was over. This was a lawyers' Federalist Society convention, so when it first happened somebody got up and was shouting "Is there a doctor in the house?" Which was weird in and of itself because I thought they only said that in the movies. So the guy said it like twice, and then after getting no response, kind of muttered under his breath "bunch of lawyers." I thought that was kind of amusing.

The article just says that he collapsed, but it looked like a stroke to my very uneducated eyes. And I know other people in the audience said the same thing.

36 hours

I've been pretty zen up until now, but I'm starting to get nervous...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Some Boston Pics









I have more to say

I'm procrastinating going to bed, even though I want to. It's a weird thing, I like can't go away from my computer. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I was happy to leave Boston to get away from the cold...and the high temperature here today was 39 degrees. And in LA, as Adam pointed out (too lazy to link), it's in the 80s. I'm moving back in January, I swear. It's where God intended us to live.

Monday, November 17, 2008

One more thing

I talked to the group fitness head at the gym I started teaching at, and apparently the women who came to my class really liked me! The only problem is that they said my combos were too hard. Now this is bad because I purposely picked some of my simpler ones, and I didn't even make all of those interesting like I like to. I might switch to the Thursday class because that one is apparently a more advanced class (or a slot for it, anyway), we'll see. But now I'm trying to figure out what new combo to do for tomorrow's class and I don't know what to pick! There's one solution, really, and it's for them to conform to my teaching style. Because easy step is boring step. And I refuse to compromise my step principles.

I'm back and I'm tired

Boston was awesome. I'm too lazy to post pics now, but I loved it. Except for the ridiculous cold on Sunday. When the wind was calm, I was all ready to move there. Then the wind started blowing and I changed my mind. But I still loved it.

Also, I'm a woo girl! Wooooo!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

blogging from my blackberry

Let's see if this works!

I was supposed to have landed in Boston an hour ago, but instead I am sitting in DC still. Mechanical difficulties, whatever. I'm on another flight, so if all goes well I'll be in Boston only three hours late. But they made me go through security twice, and the second time I had to go through the "extra" security screening, and they stole my damn Tide pen. So I am displeased. On the plus side, I had a beer during my long wait and that helped ease some of the crankiness.

My baby

I just dropped off Jamie at the kennel, and he was just like a little kid. He didn't want to go with the lady, he kept running back to me and jumping up and putting his front paws on me, like he was giving me a hug. Even the lady commented that it was super adorable. Except of course it made me feel kind of bad for leaving. But he'll have a good time, he'll be in daycare during the day and get to play with lots of puppies. So I console myself so I don't feel guilty.

Ugh

It's apparently windy and rainy in Boston this weekend...How am I supposed to walk the Freedom Trail if there's a thunderstorm, hmmm?? This better not spoil my plans.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Pet Peeve #74

People who half-ass their workouts. And I don't mean those days when you're tired and it's just not working for you. I mean talking on your cell phone while you're lifting weights. And on the elliptical. And not just a bluetooth headset, but actually holding the damn phone up to your ear. As a woman was doing tonight in my building's gym. She has no idea how much disdain she was getting from the other side of the gym tonight.

In other news, exactly one week from tonight the California bar exam results will finally be released. Yeah, I still don't know whether I'm a lawyer. Today New York's came out, which I think makes California officially the last state. At the very least, it's the last state that anyone I know is waiting to hear from. So here's the deal...as long as I pass, I'll post here and let you know. And if I never say anything about it again, then don't ask. Assume I decided not to be a lawyer, and will shortly be telling you of my new career plans. I really try not to think about it, actually, it just makes my stomach hurt. I just force my mind to think about something else, it works pretty well.

Probably won't post from Boston, but I'll try to take lots of pictures!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I'm shipping up to Boston

I'm going to Boston this weekend for the first time ever, to meet up with Liz as she goes there for a med school interview and to see Adam. I'm very excited...mostly for all the awesome history stuff. I mean, I'm sure there's other neat stuff about Boston, but it's very very cold there, so it's lucky that it's got so much cool history to make up for the coldness. Fortunately it looks like it'll be ok this weekend, but I'm keeping my guard up just in case a freak snowstorm or something shows up. I wouldn't put it past Boston. I know what goes on up there, I've heard the stories. Anyway, the only problem with my trip is that I'm going to be there for less than 48 hours. But there's so much to see! Plymouth alone is probably a full day, given that it's not even in the city. And of course there's Lexington and Concord, but I'm going to wait for Andy to take me there another trip. I'm not sure what I'll get to do other than the generic Freedom Trail stuff that everyone does, but that's ok, gotta start somewhere. I'll save more for my next trip...in late spring or early fall.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Yikes

The Onion or a real story? Amazing but true. And by amazing, I mean this woman should have a guardian ad litem appointed. She clearly is not competent.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The verdict

I know you're all dying to know...and step class went fine today. There were very few people there, but I know that's because the gym has had a lot of trouble getting an instructor for the class and there's been a bunch of subs that the regulars haven't super loved. Of the people there (the grand total of four), two kept up with my choreography pretty well, one did a decent job, and one was totally lost. And I even kept it more or less simple today...which doesn't give me hope for this class, because dammit, I want to teach a tough class, not a boring one. But it was only the first day, so we'll see how next week goes. I must say, however, this gym (which is pretty new and fancy) has the nicest locker room I've ever seen. It doesn't just have shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body scrub in the shower, it also has deodorant, hairspray, and disposable razors! I've never seen such gym luxury. Amazing. The only problem with a midday shower is that I have to leave my hair a curly mess, but such is my rough life. Good thing I have not much to do now so I can afford to escape in the middle of the day for like an hour and a half (plus).

Monday, November 10, 2008

What a champ

There was some sort of mix-up with my dog walker today...and nobody came to let Jamie out. So my poor puppy was alone in the den for almost eleven hours today! And I have to say, other than him being kind of frantic when I took him out, I never would have known--absolutely nothing torn up in the house, no accidents, nothing. I have such a good doggie. Of course, he really was kind of flipping out when I finally set him free, but really pretty minimal after eleven hours of being cooped up.

Tomorrow I teach my first step class at this new gym and I'm kind of nervous. Apparently there's a pretty regular group that takes this class and they're really picky about who they like. I know I'm good, but I haven't taught for a few months, so I'm a little worried. I just want it to go well and for them to like me. And for it not to cause any problems at work. So fingers crossed all goes well!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

My french sucks

I was shopping today and this woman came up to me and asked me if I spoke French (in French). I think I said no but she looked really upset so I tried to help anyway with my grand total of one semester of french, and I was able to understand her just fine (thank you, all romance languages, for being the same) but when I tried to talk to her I sounded like an idiot I think. Luckily I was able to help her (she'd lost her son and wanted to call on the PA system for him...turns out the son was 42 years old, which when I'd asked her I thought she'd said 14 because who would be so worried about a forty year old? But then after she said that I started thinking it over and realized my mistake and then sure enough a forty year old came over). But seriously, my French is embarrassingly bad. I need to get back to reviewing my Russian, and then review some French. Also, I need to win the lottery because I have waaay too many things to do that don't involve work.

In better news, after spending the last seven (yes, seven) weeks struggling with Bally to get hired as a step instructor, I finally decided to contact other gyms and see if they were looking for anyone (yeah, obvious I know, but for some reason hadn't really occurred to me). And I got hired already! I sent out an email to this gym on Friday, talked to the woman on the phone, met with her today, and boom, I have a job. Plus I get a free gym membership, and it's a really nice gym that costs like $80 a month. I'm going to be teaching a lunchtime class, which I hadn't even considered, but I think it'll actually work out well. I'm starting this Tuesday, so we'll see shortly!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Book review

I mentioned earlier that I bought a biography of Jefferson that I was kind of skeptical about because it was so short. Well, I'm sorry to tell you all that my fears were well-founded--while the book was generally enjoyable, it was far too simple a take on his life. It just glossed over so much, like the years he spent in France, that I felt that I really was missing out on a lot of information. Also, the author kept using the word "vex," and I personally am a fan of the word, but he used it twice on the same page. Come on, that's kind of weird. Anyway, I think if I was a high school teacher I'd assign this book to read, but if you know anything about him, it just felt way too shallow to really do him justice, especially after reading such detailed books about Hamilton and Jefferson as I did recently.

Where did the sun go?

It was true when I said it two years ago, and it's true now--"fall back" sucks! It's already completely dark outside, I hate this.

Brrr

Yesterday was amazingly beautiful and in the mid/upper seventies (very randomly so, it's been freezing for the past week). Today it's back down to the fifties and kind of cloudy. Just another reminder that I should move back to CA...

Saturday, November 01, 2008

I hate Verizon like it ate my babies

I went to order the Cal-Oregon football game a few minutes into the first quarter, but was told by my tv that I can't order it with the remote so I have to call verizon. So of course I go call and after an extended menu I finally talked to someone who told me his system wasn't working so is it ok if he transfers me and puts me on hold "for one two to minutes." I say ok. 25 minutes later, I'm still on hold, livid. I finally hung up and called again from the start but the stupid verizon automated menu was so awful that I had to hang up and start from scratch! Finally the third call I get another guy and told him all of this and he goes to get me the game and he says, oh, the ppv isn't working now, you'll have to call back later. Now, at this point I started almost yelling. I made sure to tell him that I'm not yelling at him, I'm yelling at Verizon, but I made it very clear that ever time I have to call them it's a huge pain and instead of watching my game I've been stuck on the phone with them for 40 minutes by that point, and now because the first guy was incompetent and put me on hold when the ppv was actually working I'm missing my game. So I told him that if I call back I expect to get my game for free. I am so angry right now I want to throw something. Absolutely ridiculous. I really would sidekick someone in the stomach right now if I had a verizon employee in front of me.

Also, I'm mad at the drivers around here because they keep honking at me for no reason! This morning driving to the dog park I turned from a stop sign into a road into the right lane, and the car in the left lane started honking for no reason! Now I KNOW I wasn't about to go into his lane because if there's one thing I know how to do, it's hug the curb when I'm turning right (my mom can back me up on this, I hit the curb a lot). And then on the drive home some guy starts honking at me for not turning when the light was green...and running over the freakin PEDESTRIAN right in front of me!!! Seriously people, shut the hell up. Before I start cutting you. I am a big bowl of rage at the moment.

UPDATE: After several more frustrating telephone calls to Verizon, I have been informed that their computers will be down until Monday. I am calling them and demanding some sort of discount on this month's service. And I also just discovered that my sink has been leaking and I didn't know about it. I feel like Alexander right now.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I am ready for the weekend

I have had a bad technology day. The internet went out at work, and I had only one thing to work on today, and of course it was impossible to do without internet. So at some point this afternoon I just decided to go home and work from home for a few hours (because my internet actually works here!) because I couldn't even procrastinate by surfing the internet! It was a disaster. And then there was something wrong with the metro line I was trying to take (even though I specifically went to the farther station to take the quicker line), and I ended up standing in the metro station waiting at least 15 minutes for the trains to start working again. Sigh.

Then I went to the gym tonight with that new woman who is teaching the T/Th classes and I was reminded of how I can't do her class more than once a week because she annoys the CRAP out of me. Seriously. At the end when she started the cooldown I still wasn't tired so I kept going on my own, and I hope the instructor took it as the giant "fuck you" I meant it as. Yeah, you've been teaching a class for an hour and I'm still not tired, so you suck.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Jamie's halloween costume

He's Tedford!!

I hope you're not lactose intolerant...

Ooh, another Reva in the world! Thank you, Superficial.

Also, I've already found THE gift for this holiday season. Get your copy now while it's still available! (Thanks Matt) I love the critical acclaim.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Breaking News

Today was so cold that I didn't wear flip flops on my walk to the metro!!! I actually wore closed-toed shoes.

You may now carry on with the rest of your day.

quick notes

I have gotten so lazy about posting after work. Sorry!

I got a haircut on Friday, and I went to this girl that my co-worker recommended. While I like my hair just fine (except it's a little shorter than I wanted), I don't think I'll go back to her because I felt like she was judging me the whole time! She hated like everything my hair cutter in Durham had done, she made kind of mean comments about how I straighten my hair...I just felt kind of uncomfortable with her. Plus, she was super "trendy," and that's great for her, but her hair was a glorified mullet. So ha to her, I was judging too!! And I think I'll try a different place next time.

I got a third "notice" about Jamie's barking, this time in the form of a phone call. It turns out the little citronella chamber on the collar was empty, so of course it wasn't working. The girl who called me was super nice though and didn't sound threatening like, oh you're going to have to get rid of Jamie if this isn't fixed soon. And I got out of her that it's just one neighbor that keeps complaining, basically. She said he'd complained because he'd heard barking at 4pm, sometimes as late as 9pm! Oh my lord, 9pm! Seriously, who is home at 4, stop complaining. And I got this phone call at 5:45, for pete's sake. Also, it's not like he's waiting a few days until he can't take it anymore, then complaining--the citronella just ran out yesterday. Just like the battery died the same day as the second complaint. So clearly this guy is a little trigger-happy when it comes to complaining. So all I have to say is, douchebag.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Odd morning

I have been having the weirdest deja vu feelings lately. It's happened a few times over the past couple of weeks, but this morning was really strong (and fresh in my mind). So my alarm goes off (which is set to the radio) and I heard a convo about a woman calling in to talk about how her pastor got a text message during his sermon, and he actually answered it, and the dj said something about how he bets she doesn't go to that church anymore. Or at least I thought I heard that, because when my radio went off again, I heard the same convo (not exact words, but pretty close)...and it turns out that was my alarm going off for the first time. I thought I'd hit sleep and it was going off again and they were still talking about it somehow, but nope, it was 7:15, which is when my alarm was set. And I was awake enough to look at my clock and realize all this at 7:15, so it's not like I went back to sleep and then dreamed it. So...weird.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I didn't even mention the rise of Andrew Jackson

I forgot to tell you all, I got made fun of this weekend by my work friends because someone brought up the War of 1812 (long story), and I happen to mention that it put the final nail in the coffin of the Federalist party and ushered in the Era of Good Feelings. Somehow this makes me a "nerd" or something. Even though everybody who knows history knows that. Unfortunately, I was outvoted like 10 to 1 in this argument. However, I will admit nothing (as has been my habit since undergrad, because for some reason the phrase "history nerd" follows me around).

UPDATE: Ok, maybe I should have explained why I'm NOT a history nerd. It's because history is cool, so you can't be a nerd about it. Take surfing for example--surfing is cool, so someone into surfing isn't called a "surfing nerd." It just doesn't work that way. Ergo, I cannot be a history nerd. I'm merely a history enthusiast.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

This better do it

Apparently Jamie was barking because the battery on his anti-barking collar was dead. So a quick trip to the pet store (instead of going to the gym) tonight hopefully has fixed that problem. Although I'm halfway surprised I didn't come home to find my "third notice" about it since I didn't realize until tonight. Seriously, what neighbor of mine is annoyed by barking in the middle of the afternoon? Go to work!

Monday, October 20, 2008

This day sucks

I just got a second notice from my apartment complex about Jamie's barking. No mention of what happens if I get a third one...

I am so mad, I'm looking into what happens if I break my lease. They want a LOT as liquidated damages, it turns out. But luckily I know an awesome real estate lawyer in Ohio who can hopefully work some sort of magic for me (should I pursue that avenue).

I am going to cut a bitch

I am really pissed at the stupid woman who is running the group exercise at Bally now. The guy who was doing so was super nice, but they got rid of his old job nation-wide, so now this other woman took over in some other capacity, and not only is she apparently incapable of creating a complete sentence,* she also can't read her emails. I wrote to her last week to talk to her about me finishing my paperwork to get hired, we made an appointment to meet today, and I emailed her this morning to confirm the meeting. Well apparently she finally read what I wrote to her a week ago because now she says, oh wait, you already filled out the forms, I have to contact HR and see if they have them, and then we'll do your training later. Which is something she should have taken care of last week when I wrote to her! And she completely ignores me asking her who is taking over the Tuesday class that the above-mentioned fired guy was teaching. So I ask her again, and she says this other lady (who sucks) is now going to do it. But I asked her last week about it! This rant-y post is not making sense, but if I posted our entire email convo, then it would. So just trust me, I'm outraged and rightly so, and this woman is a moron and on my list.

*This is an actual email from her: "Let's set up a time to meet at Landmark next week. So I can review our policies, procedures and teaching opportunities with you." And another: "Since you have already auditioned with Leslie, and he has already went over the policies and procedures. I will need to check with our HR department and see if your application was faxed over. " Seriously, complete sentences, bitch!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Sunday, Sunday

I passed by a Hollywood Video today with a sign "Experience DVD here!" in the window. I feel like maybe they haven't redecorated in a while.

My work retreat was fun, but I'm so glad it was over yesterday because I've spent a long time recovering. Apparently it used to go until Sunday afternoon, which I would have been seriously dissatisfied with. This was much better, although even so, not nearly as awesome as last summer's trip to Arizona was.

My friend Mauricio took care of Jamie while I was away and he loves him so much that he's already called a local shelter to meet a couple of doggies to see if he wants to adopt one of them. Yup, my puppy is that well-behaved (mostly). Actually, I had some of my work friends over and they were amazed at how obedient he is. Now instead of me telling him "go to your crate" and him doing it (which he's done for a long time), he goes in all on his own when he sees me getting ready to leave for work in the morning. Yup, my dog is a genius.

Weekends go by so quickly...I keep thinking of stuff I want to do on subsequent weekends, but then it feels like if I just keep waiting for the next weekend, I'm wishing 5/7ths of my life away. Which is a lot.

And John, you're right...it IS hard to post while working full-time. It'd be a lot easier if I could post from work, though (not that they've said it's not allowed, but it doesn't seem prudent).

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Good morning

Last night I dreamed that I was going into a bar and JC Chasez from NSYNC was checking IDs (who knows why), and 99 Luftballoons by Nena was playing. I made a comment to JC about how I'm making an 80s CD for this thing (which is actually true), and 99 Luftballoons will totally be on my top five on the CD, and JC just gave me this kind of blank stare, like he had no idea what I was getting at. I got annoyed about this, since I was just making friendly conversation. And then I went into the bar with my friends and he kind of came in with us (along with some of his friends who were with him while he was checking IDs) and we continued to argue about why he was being rude when I was just chatting, or something like that.

Sorry I've been so bad about posting, it's been a busy week. Cat and Nate were in town this weekend, which meant many good times but not a lot of downtime. And yes, I know I still have to post those wedding pics...I will someday. This weekend (Thurs-Sat) I have a firm retreat thing for first years, so I won't be around much again.

Oh, over the weekend I bought my own step, and yesterday I basically taught a class to myself at home, and it worked surprisingly well. It's not as fun as an actual class, but at least I worked up a sweat, plus Jamie wasn't left alone while I ran away to the gym, so overall not a bad result. I'll see if I can keep it up when I can't make it to the real gym...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Sadness

I miss my Duke friends that don't live in DC.

A year ago, it would have been the weekend already

Apparently it's not just my awful singing that sets off Jamie's new no-barking collar. A Hummer driving by while we were out for a walk (granted, it was very close because it was coming out of the parking lot and we were right next to the exit) set it off too. Poor Jamie was so freaked out by it, and I'm hoping it doesn't make him confused like, wait, I bark and it goes off, but then I don't bark and it STILL goes off! Because then how is he supposed to know.

Work is getting better...I think just being mostly done with orientation and starting to settle into a routine is helping. I mean, it's already Wednesday and I didn't even realize it! (Well I knew, but I had to think about it a minute.) I think it'll still take a few months to really get used to it, and by then my hours will count so that'll be a whole new kind of stress, but I don't think I'm just going to flip out one day and start running down the halls screaming, so that's good.

I decided I was so mad at myself for not remembering very much of my Russian that I've pulled out my textbooks from undergrad, and my notes (since I'm super organized and still have them) and am going to reteach myself. The good thing is that even just going through vocabulary (I'm still on the very first chapters) I'm remembering more than I thought. The bad news is I haven't even gotten to grammar yet, and there are literally like a dozen different verbs that mean "to go" (each one has a different nuance, it's maddening), so I think it's still going to take a while. I had nothing to do for a month after a bar, and so I did nothing; now that I'm working, I'm getting all ambitious. Funny how that works out.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

It works *too* well

Jamie got his citronella anti-barking collar in the mail on Thursday, and so far it seems to be working. When I first put it on him I pretended to leave and hid, and it doesn't kick in when he just whines, but as soon as he actually barked I heard the citronella spray and he shut up. He seems startled by it which is the whole point. So hopefully this will solve the neighbor problems. But last night I got home and let Jamie out of the den, and I was singing "You're The One That I Want" from Grease for absolutely no reason, loudly and painfully, and I set off the collar! I was pretty close to Jamie, serenading him, and bam, citronella in the face. It definitely shut me up.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Almost Friday!

Today was actually not a bad day at work...I only had an hour of orientation stuff, and one of the projects I'm working on I actually feel like I know what I'm doing! It's not a complicated project, but still, it was a nice feeling.

Tomorrow I'm taking a 2L who is interviewing at the firm to lunch (along with a partner). It's kind of exciting, my first interview! I kind of wish I was doing the lunch with someone I knew (I just met the partner today at a firm happy hour), but hopefully it'll be cool regardless.

The disclaimer from yesterday is actually the disclaimer that I'm required to put on any written (or electronic) thing that comes from me at work. I put it there as a joke, although the only people who would get it are my friends at work, who don't know I have a blog. So I guess it was mostly a joke for myself.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I'm adjusting

I forgot to post this yesterday, but someone asked me what I do, and for the first time I just said lawyer, instead of sort-of lawyer. It still felt funny, but at least I started work so it doesn't feel like a lie anymore. I'm a lawyer!*


*Not admitted to the DC Bar; all work supervised by a member of the DC Bar.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Hoorays!

This time, you all watch!

Day one

Last summer on my first day of work, I was supposed to be there at 9am and I walked in like exactly on time (after everyone else was already there) because I had taken a short detour across the street when I got confused about which building I was going to (they're both the same number address...it's ridiculous). So this morning I was determined to be there well before 9am, to make up for last year. I got to the metro station at 8:30, and of course a train was pulling out as I got there. So I waited for the next one, but that one ended up stopping a couple of times along its route to wait for another train, so by the time I got to my building it was, of course, 9. And as the elevator door opened to the main office, I hear someone saying, well we're just waiting for one last person to show up. So, perfect! I was officially the last one to show up for my first day of work. But at least I wasn't late.

Anyway, as far as first days go this was fine. Lots of orientation, mostly. It was supposed to be over at 4:30, which I was pretty excited about, but instead I got to have a meeting for my first two projects at 4:45. Yup, I already have two projects! And unfortunately they're about something I know nothing about, banking. So I'm going to have to get started learning, which isn't a bad thing. Maybe now I'll finally know what's going on with this whole bailout thing.

I'm sleepy...I don't like having to get up early.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Less than 12 hours!

You know, I was thinking about how my entire life has kind of been leading up to this point. Do well in high school to go to a good college to go to a good grad school to get a good job. And I finally did it! I finally reached the end of the long road, gotten the good job, and now...I'm done. I've reached the big goal. It's weird to think about it like that, like I've finally achieved the thing I've been kind of working towards since like kindergarten.

The first few days will just be orientation, so at least they'll ease us into it. And I saw some of the people I worked with last summer over the past week, just to hang out, so I know I like my co-first year associates and will have fun with them. I'm not stressed out about work yet, it's just the very notion of having a permanent job seems so weird. I'll probably get used to it soon...maybe by Christmas?

I finally got the good wedding photos from Andy, so I'll post those soon at some point when I'm not super lazy. I also took some photos of my new apartment so I might post those too (mostly for my parents...sorry, everyone else).

They told us to go ahead and bring in some personal stuff for our offices if we want...I still haven't gotten my diplomas framed. I should probably get on that at some point.

Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm officially one of "those people"

I now have a dog walker for Jamie while I'm at work.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I can't be the only one

I totally thought the Pussycat dolls were singing "boobies," not "groupies."

I rock

The Bally's guy adored me. His words, not mine. Also, he says I'm adorable, which I consider an entirely separate compliment. He said that they don't usually start new classes between now and the new year, so he's not sure if they'll have room in the budget to get me my own class yet, but that I can definitely sub, and as a matter of fact he needs someone next weekend. So yays! Now I just have to fill out yet again MORE paperwork. Which I have to do also for my real first day of work on Monday. Awesomeness.

I get it!

Jamie usually stays in his crate when I'm gone from the house, but this week I've been leaving him loose, in the hopes that he wouldn't have to be stuck in the crate all day when I'm at work. And so far, he hasn't destroyed anything, he's been so good! But apparently he's been non-stop barking (which he does somewhat from the crate, but I don't think it's anywhere near this bad). Yesterday I got an email from my apartment people saying that there had been multiple complaints and the barking was excessive, and I should get him a citronella anti-barking collar. Then like ten minutes later I got a phone call telling me the same thing, and I was very apologetic (of course) and told the woman that I would be buying one of those collars ASAP, and as soon as I had it I would try to get the barking to stop. And I did, in fact, order it online like an hour later (the cheapest thing PetSmart had in stock was $120 and I found it online for $40, so sorry neighbors, but you're going to have to wait a few days). But then this morning there was a letter waiting outside my door telling the the same damn thing! When I was coming back from walking Jamie I swung by their office to tell them to leave me alone, I get it, but nobody was around, so I kept my annoyance to myself. I haven't decided if it's going to stay that way, but I'm guessing no because I'm doing my laundry and the first (and only) two times I did that before, during the final spin cycle the machine goes crazy and starts dancing all over the place (and no, I'm not overfilling it and it's on normal final spin, not the fast one, even) so I'm guessing in about a half hour I'll have to go down there and tell them to get someone up here to fix my washer. So when I do that, I'll tell them PS, I know my dog is barking, stop reminding me.

Also, I have an audition this afternoon to become a step instructor at Bally's. Hopefully I won't embarrass myself!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Now I see why people have GPS

Well no wonder it took forever to get home from the gym. And when I say forever, I mean a ten minute drive took an hour. Plus they closed the freeway and made all of us exit about two miles before my exit, and hello, I just moved here two weeks ago so I had NO idea how to get home. I had to call Andy and have him google maps me home. I'm glad the cop is going to be ok, though.

In other news, I think my phone might have gone insane. When I was calling around for people to help guide me home, the first or second time I'd dial a number, I'd get weird "this number not in service" messages, or busy signals (for cell phone, which have call waiting). Then just now I tried to call my voicemail, and twice when I hit send to call it, instead I got someone else's phone calls. I'm assuming it was someone else's phone calls, because I heard a voice talking and it wasn't to me, and it wasn't voicemail. Very very odd. Third time I finally got to my voicemail, but still, I think my phone has lost it.

Monday, September 22, 2008

My bad

I totally love gmail, I wish I'd switched over ages ago. The whole thing where it keeps the entire email chain in the same spot, or however computer people would describe it? Awesome. Just saying for the record that I should have made the switch sooner.

In other news...my last Monday of freedom until I quit my job (or they fire me). Scary!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Travesty

Seriously, Jeremy Piven over NPH? Screw you all.

In other news, in the last week I've been occupied getting three new people hooked on HIMYM. Yes, I'm busy with the Lord's work here in DC.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Finally uploaded

Here is the Crocodile cupcake "cake" that Liz and I made that I mentioned a while back. Cute, right?


Guilt trip

I've been reading Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer)'s book Cesar's Way, which my mom got me a while ago, and it's been giving me a crazy guilt trip. He keeps talking about how even when it seems like dogs are happy, they still aren't necessarily living up to their doggie potential, and owners need to make sure that their dog natures are fulfilled as well. Of course, living in an apartment and getting a few walks in the neighborhood is not living up to his potential, according to Cesar. So now even though Jamie seems quite happy for the most part, I'm feeling like a terrible doggie mommy.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!

It's not that I don't want to post and give you something entertaining to read, but frankly nothing much is going on with me right now, so there's not a lot to report. And sure, maybe my regular posts aren't that interesting to you either, but I can't even work up the energy to tell you about how I went to Lowe's and bought some plants, so I seriously doubt you'd care. Hence me not posting much lately.

However, today I went to a step class at Bally's (I have a two-week guest pass right now) and it was awesome. Finally, after months of being bored, I had a great class to challenge and entertain me. I walked out so totally pumped, it was like I had just taken something.

When I walked into the class, I "reserved" my spot by putting down my water bottle while I went to get my step, and when I got back I realized that what I thought was the front was actually the side of the room, so instead of being in the back I ended up in the second row. Which scared the crap out of me, I didn't want to embarrass myself! I'd heard the class was really advanced, so I hadn't wanted to be right out front, but there was no other space by the time I realized where I was (the class was packed) so I just stayed where I was. And I'm glad I did, because damn, I rocked that class. I was so proud of myself.

Anyway, it turns out that the guy who taught the awesome class does the hiring for instructors, so I went up to him after class to see about how I'd get hired there. (I hadn't planned on doing it tonight, but since I'd kicked ass in class, I figured what the hell.) Anyway, he said to email him and we could set up an audition. Which is cool, but now I'm scared! I haven't taught in months and I'm afraid I'm going to embarrass myself. So we'll see.

In other news...my apartment is mostly set up. Jamie is settling in and getting used to being here. I'm getting pretty nervous about what life is going to be like once I start work, but I'm rapidly running out of time, so I'm trying to deal with it. And, that's about it! Oh, and season four of HIMYM starts next Monday, I'm super excited about that. Get the dvd's, catch up, you'll be a happier person for it, I guarantee it.*

*Guarantee is only good if you are an awesome person. I can't help you otherwise.

Friday, September 12, 2008

My state is a commonwealth

Still going crazy getting furniture and unpacking and such, sorry. But guess what--I have a Virginia license and Virginia license plates! I know, wow. Virginia. And yet here I am now. I guess I have to change that little "North Carolina" thing I have written as my blog subtitle. Man, there is just so much to do.

Actually right now I'm waiting for Ikea to deliver some furniture for me, so I have time to kill. I was told the delivery window would be 6 to 10 pm, which is not ideal, but at least I get my furniture the same day I bought it, which is exciting. I'm just thinking it'll take me all night to put together the wardrobe I got.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I never thought shopping could be so tiring

I'm still enjoying my free wireless, but I've been running around like a crazy person for the last two days trying to get things done/bought for my apartment, and so I've had no time to tell you all about my new sofa, which I'm sure you've been dying to hear about (I was debating between the yellow with green stripes--super cute--and the gray, and I decided to be a grown-up and go with the gray).

In other news, and I meant to mention this before, but I too am old. I was watching part of the VMAs on Sunday, and I swear I didn't know half of the people that appeared or they mentioned. Also, I thought Russell Brand was inappropriate and awful as a host, despite the high ratings he brought in. I can't believed they asked him back for next year's show. Good thing that I only watch the VMAs once every seven years now.

Monday, September 08, 2008

I'm home!

Hooray for my neighbor who has an unsecured wireless network!!! Now making it through the next week cable and internet-free has just become manageable. Mostly because it will no longer be internet-free. Fingers crossed it doesn't disappear on me.

Made it to my new apartment, movers came this morning and delivered all of my stuff, and so far the only thing that broke is the one thing that the movers in NC packed for me. Figures. I haven't unpacked all of my dishes and stuff, so we'll see if I screwed up too, but for now it's Reva 0, Movers -1 (where 0 is the highest score you can get).

UPDATE: Ok, we're currently tied thanks to a wine glass that didn't feel like staying in one piece. Still pretty good for a first-time packer, says I! Especially considering that the lamp piece was the only thing that the movers packed. Good thing I did everything else.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

"Free Firewood!"

I love it.

Tidbits

66-3? Sounds good to me. Especially since that means I got to see Brock Mansion play! What a name. I love the guy for that alone.

Tomorrow I move to DC, and Monday I move into my new apartment! It's probably sad that I'm excited about unpacking, but I am. It's the anal retentive person in me, imagining getting to put everything away exactly as I want it. Too bad I have to figure out how to get everything into my two suitcases, first.

I joined the LA Fitness here near my parents for the three weeks or so that I've been here, paying a ridiculous amount to just do a month at a time, I might add. Anyway, I've been appalled at the step classes here, they're just terrible. I could step circles around these people! I tried to see if they'd let me sub or anything while I'm here but apparently only people who are permanent employees are allowed to do so. Whatever. But every time I was in class I'd just end up cranky since I knew I could do a much better job, and it also made me realize that even if I liked the classes, I still want to teach if I can, just one day a week, because it's fun. So when I get to DC and join a gym I'm going to have to see if they'll hire me just a little bit.

I've been rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on hulu (they have seasons one and two) and I forgot what a great show it is. Well not forgot, but it's been a long time since I've watched it, especially the early episodes, so I've been able to appreciate it again sort of like new (sort of since I still remember the big stuff, but I'd forgotten a lot of the little stuff).

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Go Bears!

I love my parents' over-the-top cable package. Somehow they get Fox Sports Pacific (or something like that), so I get to watch the Cal-WSU game! Way to make my day, Charter Cable. Your one good deed for the year.

I'm not sure if I'm more relieved or annoyed

CNN.com has a headline right now that says "50 foot spider moves 2 mph." Even though it was for a video, and I am opposed on principle to those stupid videos, I clicked on it because who could resist seeing a 50 foot spider?? I mean, I was ready to go have it killed ASAP because we better kill it before it kills us, but I wanted to know what I was up against. However, I clicked on the link and it turns out it's just a mechanical spider. I cry false advertising, cnn. And also, thanks for that panic attack. I assumed they found a species of killer giant (very slow) spider in the Amazon or something.

Friday, September 05, 2008

sweet sweet victory

Man, there is nothing like winning your home opener, you know? What a feeling. And my first home game since 2004, that was great. It was very strange not to be sitting in the student section, but the young alums are right next to them, so it wasn't *so* far away. We still got to face the sun as it set, woo.

While I was in the bay area I made a super cute cupcake "cake" with Liz...I'll post a picture of it later when I'm not too lazy to upload it.

I leave for DC on Sunday! Which means now I'm trying to finish up all the stuff I meant to finish before I left. I also have to figure out what is going to fit in my suitcases and what is going to have to get shipped. I am so excited about the prospect of being in the same city for more than a week at a time though, it's going to be great. Until I start work, of course, but we're pretending that isn't going to happen still. Even though some of my friends have already started their jobs--scary!

Speaking of my friends, North Carolina has already released their bar exam results. Meanwhile, CA continues to wait until November 21st. I think this is cruel and unusual punishment.

I'll try to post again like a normal person...sorry for the lag time.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Grrr

Taking care of all that annoying stuff that you have to do when you move has helped me discover a new pet peeve--people who talk to you on the phone, say that they aren't the ones who can help you, but they'll transfer you to someone who can, and all they do is send you back to the main menu that you option 4'd your way out of 20 minutes ago. That is NOT transferring you! And seeing as I'm currently on hold for the four hundredth time in the past three weeks, I'm tired of it.

Also, I'm quite annoyed with myself for not signing up for my cable and internet last week when I knew what my options were, because now the earliest installation time is a full week after I get to DC, which I am not happy about. And the little online receipt thingie says I should anticipate 6 hours installation time, which I just cannot fathom is correct. It's cable and internet, for pete's sake!

Random wedding photos

Remember, Andy still has the good pics. And the views you see are from Cat's house, where the wedding took place.








Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Winning a game infinity billion to nothing would be AWESOME

About Cal football, which kicks off this season on Saturday against MSU. With me in attendance, of course.

Let's never think of 2007 again. Ai! When we face Stanf[u]rd this year, I want Cal to win infinity billion to nothing. It's not about winning. It's about making amends. We have to crush them. Shock and awe. Destroy. Let no Stanford fans ever conceive that their team could come close to matching ours on the field. Last year was too much to bear.

Ah football season, I've missed you!

Also, apparently Stephen Colbert made fun of the Stanfurd Tree, and I missed it. I knew I loved that man.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Timing

Since January I've been looking up apartments on craigslist, to no avail. Now that I've finally settled on a building in Arlington, I of course find what seems to be almost exactly what I wanted. Oh well, such is life.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

So many changes

I've finally switched over my email address from my duke one to a gmail one (just firstname.lastname@gmail.com), which I've been meaning to do for a while but I hate change so I've been avoiding it. My Duke email is getting forwarded right now so you can still reach me at that address, but you might as well do the gmail one if you remember. And I'm tired of my IE freezing up when I use my google toolbar search thingie (it doesn't do it all the time, but enough that it's really annoying), so I also finally switched over to Firefox. All this change is disconcerting. Maybe I'll go bake cookies to soothe myself.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

My weird subconscious

I think I jinxed myself, mentioning a law-related dream. Last night I dreamed I was taking the bar exam again, only I was doing all of the essays at home, and it was a disaster. I knew it was a dream, but I couldn't get out of it. I was doing all six essays in one day, and they were ridiculous (I can't remember now what the questions were), and my house was a mess, and people were coming and going, and I was running out of time, and it sucked.

And then my dreams got really weird. I was competing in the olympics doing tae kwon do or something similar, even though I haven't done TKD since I was in elementary school, and I told them so, but I refused to forfeit because then these girls who hadn't even bothered to stay for their matches would have been ahead of me in the standings (apparently). Then that morphed into some dream where I was with this guy and there was some sort of "bad guy" girl in this hotel we were at and all I remember doing is repeatedly tasering her to get her away from the guy I was with (like she was attacking him), and then stealing all of her luggage. And then that morphed into me being some sort of crime-fighting girl who rides a bike around. And then that morphed into meeting Scott Foley (who I don't think was actually Scott Foley) who worked at some sort of zoo-type exhibit in a park, and he was showing me this weird animal that likes to eat beads, and then I ended up with him for a while, and then four of us got ice cream (well, we'd been there before, and I was bored with their ice cream selections, so I got raspberry italian ice), and then the people we had left waiting in a van (?) were in some sort of car accident, and then I woke up.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Apartments

I finally got my move-in date set! September 8th, the movers come and I will be a resident of Arlington, VA. Which reminds me, I need to see about getting a VA license. And I'm trying to figure out whether I want to suffer through Comcast cable or check out this new Veriozon FIOS thing. And wow, I forgot about all the stuff you have to take care of when you move.

I dreamed a few nights ago that I was looking at an apartment, and the landlord was saying that he already had someone interested in the apartment, and I was trying to convince him that since this was not a sale of goods between merchants, there was no option contract unless the other person had given him some consideration, and so I could get the apartment instead of her. Yeah, the bar detox is a continuing process.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Shameful

Ok, I got to Texas on Wednesday, and I've been too lazy to post. I'm a bad person, I know it. But in my defense...I've also been too lazy to upload pictures, which means I don't have much to show you. So it's not so much a defense as another reason why I'm bad. But in my actual defense, Andy has most of the good wedding pictures, so I won't be able to post them until I see him in DC probably.

Quick recap of the last few weeks:
Drove to DC from Durham--put a hold on an apartment--flew to LA--took the bar exam--drove to Oakland--flew to Montana--drove to Yellowstone--flew to Texas.

That's been my schedule! And that's why I'm being lazy now. I think I'll just ignore the last few weeks and start fresh with posting, because it's probably not that interesting anyway (again, except for a few pictures of us from the wedding).

I just picked out a new credit card, because I'm going to be able to pay my rent by credit card and I want to get some sort of cash rewards for that obscene amount I'm going to be paying.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, my puppy did in fact NOT forget me! Hoorays. He's been following me around, just like he used to. Warms the heart.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Yo

Still in Montana...will update later!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

About time

I just bought plane tickets to come back to the bay area for our home opener against Michigan State! I'm excited. Yays. My first home game since fall 2004.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Murphy's law

I put some of my crappiest law books for sale on half.com a few months ago, and of course nothing sold (I have a bad habit of thinking, oh I should save these books because of course I'll want them later, when of course I don't). And now that all of my books are in storage with the rest of my stuff? Of course I finally sell something! Here's hoping people still need books after the first week of September, when I actually have my stuff.

Well yesterday I went back to Berkeley for the first time since Fall 2005, and it was more or less the same as I left it, which makes me happy. I got a bunch of new Cal gear too, which makes me especially happy! I'm sure Jamie will love his new Cal doggie toy. I refrained from buying him a Cal collar and leash, although I totally would have gotten him the food bowls if I could have fit them in my suitcase. I guess I'll just order them once I've moved in.

Tomorrow's the last day in the bay area, and then on Thursday it's off to Montana! So many good times.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Ok, ready to tell you about it now

Well, the bar exam is of course over, and I'm beginning the long process of slowly unwinding all the law I've had crammed into my head over the last two and a half months from my brain. The morning after the bar ended (Friday), I woke up and I'm not sure if I was actually thinking about this or just dreaming about thinking about this (if that distinction makes sense), but I was going through the elements of negligent infliction of emotional distress and thinking, idiot, I should have included that in the essay, it fit in perfectly! Of course, there were no torts essays and nowhere I actually should have put it in, but this is what I woke up thinking. As I said, this is going to be a long process.

So Friday morning I rented a car and drove up to the bay area and went to the Women's Huddle, hence the super awesome picture of Liz and me with Tedford. Christine and Liz had been before and told me how it was the best thing ever and I HAD to come, and they were so right. It was fantastical. They split us up into groups and moved us from station to station, some of them learning about things (like how they do game video and what they look for to prepare for each game), and some of them active drills (like we got to try to kick field goals!). I got some props from some of the players because I did not hold back in the drills, like the tackling one. It was awesome. We also got a bunch of pictures (see below for some), and unfortunately I didn't realize until it was too late that I look like an insane retard in my picture with Kevin Riley so I'm going to post it but please don't leave any mocking comments because I already know I look like the Joker.

And now...I do nothing. I leave on Thursday for Montana for Cat and Nate's wedding, but I seriously have nothing to do until then. I went to the gym just now with Liz and it was so fantastic. I hadn't worked out in a week and a half, and so not only did that feel good, but just the concept of waking up this morning and having nothing to do but check my email and go to the gym...amazing.



Tedford talking to us at the start of the event.

The locker room!

I loved this countdown clock.



This is the view from the weight room at the stadium...yes, those are tents you see in the trees. That's where people are living. And not hurting those trees at all, either.
The aforementioned retarded-looking picture with Kevin Riley.


Us and Tosh Lupoi. My favorite center, Alex Mack (look how big he is!). Not to be confused with the other Alex Mack.

Best post-bar exam celebration ever


I will tell you all about it later when I'm not so tired. But, totally worth driving to the bay area this morning.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

good morning

I'm sitting in the big conference room at the hotel, waiting for day three to start. For some reason I'm actually getting internet today (hooray!) so I figured I'd kill time by posting. I never really described what it's like here. I'm at the Hyatt in Century City, and the entire bottom floor of the hotel (with the conference rooms) is all the California bar. Which, incidentally, they call the "California bar semi-annual exam" which I think is them trying to make it sounds less scary. Something about that semi-annual makes it sound it's a good thing, like a semi-annual sale. LIARS!

Anyway, Chris estimates there's at least 1000 people taking the exam here, and I have absolutely no guess since I can't tell how many other than seeing that it's a ton of people. The proctors are all quite elderly, most of them very slow and incompetent. It's pretty frustrating. We're all sitting at long rows of folding tables, with power cords strung along every row so we can plug in our laptops (they have some testing centers which are handwriting only, and some that are for laptops. Handwriting would kill me). A few people have brought pillows, but I've yet to see a book stand, thank goodness.

Three essays and one performance test away from freedom! I can't wait.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Two down, one to go

Well, only one day left, thank God. I was thinking at lunch how happy I'd be if I knew I only had the afternoon left. So I'm very happy for all of my friends who are currently celebrating their freedom, but I also hate you all.

I forgot to mention yesterday that the guy I'm sitting next to (our seats are assigned) is actually the guy who took over my spot in the house we rented in DC last summer! We overlapped for a week so I got to know him a little bit, and he also is bff with one of my friends who I worked with. It's a small world. Also it's nice to have someone I kind of know to sit next to and make small talk with.

I'm so tired today. I can't wait to be done.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Day one is done

Twenty minutes to go during the morning part of the exam, and an earthquake hits! What are the odds. I think it's Chris' and my fault, seeing as we have a habit of having our exams interrupted.

In other news, one day down, two to go. I have no interest in going over what I wrote today, as far as I'm concerned it's over and done with and the next time I'm going to think about it is on November 21st, when the results come out. Well by then I probably won't even remember the questions, but either way, I am not one of those people who needs to rehash exams. That just stresses me out. Instead, I'm just going to think about how at least I'm getting closer to the end, finally!

It begins

I realized last night I left my phone charger in DC, even after I specifically unplugged it the morning of my flight, thinking how terrible it would be if I forgot it there! So now I'll have to be using the phone pretty minimally until I get to Liz's (on Friday), where I'm having Mike mail it.

In better news, I actually slept pretty well last night! I didn't start waking up until 5:30, and I don't think I dreamed about bar-related stuff. Amazing.

Well, here goes nothing! Let you know how it goes.