Wednesday, December 31, 2008


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.



*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


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


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!


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: - - 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.


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


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


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 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.