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.