Friday, February 27, 2009


In case anyone follows the legal blogs and was worried, I haven't been laid off. 

Thursday, February 26, 2009

But just perhaps

My metro book right now is Jude the Obscure, and this statement is from a character whose wife just asked if he minds if she leaves him:

I, like other men, profess to hold that if a husband gets such a so-called preposterous request from his wife, the only course that can possibly be regarded as right and proper and honourable in him is to refuse it, and put her virtuously under lock and key, and murder her lover perhaps.

That just cracked me up. See, from American Idol to classic literature, we cover it all here at Margarevaville.

And speaking of Idol, I just saw that Allison and Kris made it into the top twelve. Woo! I'll have to check and see who the third spot will go to.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sing for me, minions!

Here we go, liveblogging (sort of) American Idol again. Don't judge me, it's escapism. First of all, Kara, there *is* actually a second chance, it's called the wild card slots, so don't lie. And I really don't have a second of all, so let's get to the singers.

*Jasmine Murray is singing Love Song, and I'm so tired of this song. Maybe it's just because it comes up on Pandora at work all the time, but really, this song needs a rest. I guess she sounds ok, but she sounds like she's overpronouncing the words. Or maybe she has a funny accent when she sings? I don't know what it is, but I find it distracting. Judges don't love it either, so my confidence in my ability to be a judge on this show is growing. And Simon just made the point I was about to write, that they boo him and not the rest of them when they all say the same thing.

*Matt Giraud I liked from the early episodes so I'm hoping he's good here. Oh crap, he's doing Coldplay. I've decided I actively dislike them. I don't know if that's because the songs sounds the same to me or because I everyone was all about them and I got tired of hearing how great they are, or what, but again, when they come on Pandora I usually skip them. So ha. Anyway, this is making it hard for me to properly evaluate this performance. I guess it sounded decent to me, but not like blow my mind great or anything. Haha, Kara just said that tonight wasn't "blow me away." Seriously, Andy and I can take over this show no problem.

*Hm, Jeanine, I don't recognize you. Did you get any air time? Ooh, green nail polish not cute. Wow, tiny shorts! And with a sparkly blazer, too. Slightly baffling there. I do not like this song. I can't decide if the singing is too simple to show off her voice, or it sounds like she's out of breath, or I just don't like the way she's singing it. Either way, there's no good option. Oh, Paula is starting with "good legs." Baaaad sign. And she sent it right to Simon--wow, what a cop-out! Grow a pair, Paula. The judges are letting her have it. And now she's begging the judges for another chance, ick. You are done, girl who no one knows.

I just noticed that Ryan is wearing jeans, sneakers and a polo shirt--that's weird.

*Norman Gentle aka Nick what's-his-name is in character again tonight. I have to admit he's rather funny, and normally this kind of character annoys the crap out of me, so that's one thing in his favor. One against is that I hate this song, but that's balanced out by him making the song about the show, so we're even on the song. I can't figure out if he's even singing well, though! The whole thing is so not about the voice with him, it seems almost irrelevant whether he's on key or not. I think I'd like him in person, but this cannot go on. He needs to go home.

Also, I'd just like to say that I wish they didn't let kids under 18 on Idol. It just seems wrong to have 16 year olds on this show.

*Allison I also don't recognize. I feel like I already don't like her, but I'll try to refrain from totally writing her off for no reason. Other than that awkward couch interview and the fact that she's 16. Ok, I like "Alone," but is this another one that we can say should be retired due to overuse? I mean, I've only been watching a few seasons but I already feel like that. So, despite my misgivings, I'm liking this performance. Big voice, and I know nothing, but it sounds like she's working it to me. Ah, and once again the judges are agreeing. If I get fired on Friday, I'm sending in my resume to Fox! Haha, Simon said she was so boring upstairs with Ryan--we are so on the same page. Ok Allison, just stop wearing 80s Madonna prom dresses, and we may be on to something.

*Ooh, it's Andy's boy Kris Allen. If I say mean things he might hurt me. He is pretty cute, though. Old school MJ, I'm with you so far. Ok Andy, good call! I like this one too. Didn't knock my socks off, but I think it was still good. Especially compared to the rest of the night. Hmm, Kara doesn't like the song choice. Ooh, you can always tell when Simon is going to say something good because he has that big pause. He agrees with Paula, who said nice things. Yay. Haha, he thinks the chicks are going to love Kris--not just the chicks!

Man, I still have to prepare for my step class tomorrow--ugh. Not that I don't love my class, but the prep part is my least favorite.

*Megan has a lot of tattoos. I feel like I need to point that out on behalf of my dad. Ooh, now I remember her--I thought her audition sucked. Because I don't know what I'm talking about, I guess. She's singing with her hands in her pockets, weird. Alright, I see why some people like her, but those are the same people that like Macy Gray, and I am not one of those people. "Unique" doesn't always mean "good," says I. See, Paula likes her, and I'm not surprised, but she's too weird for me. Not my style. Oh no, Simon asked America to vote for her--drat.

*Ah, Matt, our other tough guy. His voice sounds nice, but almost a little soft, like it's overcontrolled? Is that even a thing? I think Jamie can't wait for Idol to be over, I told him we can't go for a walk until it's over. And I'm awesomely multi-tasking, looking up something in the CFR too. Look at me go. Simon says he really likes *him*--not a good sign! It's like Paula saying you look lovely tonight. Randy says it wasn't exciting enough--I think that's pretty much the same thing I said

Ooh, the dress I just ordered online from J.Crew just shipped! It was on a really good sale, too. Yays.

*Ooh, Bette Davis Eyes! My brother and I used to make fun of the video for this song, we'd see it all the time on Pop-Up Video. This seems like a song you don't see that often on Idol, so I like that. Ooh, asymmetrical sweater--I hate that look. Jesse is another girl that I don't remember from the early eps. Either I don't pay enough attention, or they have to show us more people. Her hair looks super cute, and I liked this song. It was kind of different. Judges seem kind of meh about her.

*Kai reminds me of Sayid a little bit. I wonder if Kai can break a guy's neck with his ankles--if so, I'd actually pick up the phone and vote, because that is bad-ass. Song gave him a chance to show some range, so that's good. He's got the sob story which is going to help a lot. It was ok but I'm not jumping out of my seat. Not bad though. Simon says it's not memorable and he'll be a great back-up singer. Ouch.

*This might be hypocritical, but Mishavonna is a weird name. Just saying. Ugh, Drops of Jupiter. I kind of hate that song. Man, four words in and I already hate it. Is she whispering? Judges are saying she sounds too old. Whatever the reason is, I don't like it, I'm ready for her to go home.

*Satisfaction? Paula is up and dancing. Somehow I'm thinking Simon is going to say it was too theater still. (Or maybe too theatre?) Paula doesn't have words--she feels like she's watching an Adam Lambert concert. Really? I was more middle-of-the-road on this. Simon says it's love it or hate it, so I guess I'm not supposed to be in the middle?

Ok, so who does that leave us with? Allison for sure. I'd send along Kris Allen and either Jesse or Adam. I'm afraid that Megan is going to get through and I'll have to dread her every performance, but it's definitely a possibility. If I was going off Hollywood week then Matt has a chance too. Hmm, trickier to predict than last week. I just named six people! And how sad would it be if someone I didn't even name made it. I'll say America will vote through Allison, Adam, and Megan, but only because I don't have faith in America's voting. After all, Fantasia actually won season three.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Crowning glory

I'm getting a haircut on Wednesday, thank God, because I haven't gotten once since I had that mean lady cut my hair in like October, and my bangs are so long they're practically just regular hair now.  I've been putting it off so it would look good for Liz's wedding in March, and I just can't handle waiting any longer.  I haven't looked forward to a haircut this much in I can't remember how long.  I better love it.  I'm going to a random person at a totally different salon, so fingers crossed this guy is nicer than the last girl I saw.  Because seriously, if he insults my hair straightening skills too, I'm going to be pissed. 

I'm so multi-talented

Apparently I have a talent for picking up line dances.  We went back to the gay country-western bar on Saturday (much less crowded than the last time we were there, which was a bummer), and we just tend to get out there and see what we can do on the dance floor since none of us have any idea of what's going on at all.  I don't even bother trying to two-step, but all of my years of step seem to have trained me to pick up line dances quickly.  So, another useful skill in case being a lawyer doesn't work out for me! 

Friday, February 20, 2009

Divine intervention

Sometimes, car accidents can be a good thing!  I saw this woman on Ellen once, Ellen had her show how she does things like rip off toilet paper, it was hilarious.  I'm just glad that Jesus decided 30 years was enough, and broke them for her!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Idol results

2 out of 3, and my third was still one of my top picks, so I say I did pretty well! Alexis, Danny, and Michael. Yay me.

Also, I've been meaning to post this for a while, but my dog walker left me a note saying that Jamie was her most improved dog that she'd walked in the three years that she's been a walker (improved as in, he's much better on a leash now than he used to be). So yay Jamie, too!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Discussion with Andy

I am watching American Idol, and I have thoughts that must be shared.

*Why is Jackie wearing the bottom half of a wetsuit instead of pants? And basketball sneakers? Once again, I totally agree with Simon. If that song was her showing us who she is, then I definitely don't like her.

*Ricky's hair is too pointy. I'm not impressed with the song, and maybe it's because I don't know the song, or maybe it's because it sounds old and kind of boring. He seems nice enough, but since only the top two guys can make it in from tonight, I'm fine with him being left behind. The judges keep saying how he killed it, and this is where it becomes clear that I have absolutely no music background and am just basing my comments on my own personal opinions.

*Alexis was pretty sexy during her number, but why was she wearing a slip instead of a dress? The AI stylists are really letting me down tonight. Good song, though.

*I actually remember Brent from Nashville Star--I don't think I watched the whole season, but I saw some of the episodes, and I remember that dimple. He's actually looking a lot better now, and I can't help but like someone who sings country. He doesn't look very comfortable on the stage though, he needs to stop bobbing up and down. Simon doesn't like him, but he doesn't generally like country music, so not surprising.

*Stevie, skinny jeans work on like 3% of the population. Neither of us are in that group. Also, as I said earlier, I don't know anything about singing, but I didn't like about 75% of her singing here. Wow, look at me with all my math. Oh, and the judges seem to agree with me, so maybe I do know something about singing. I don't think she's going through.

[I realize this is a lot about clothing, but these people are making very poor choices.]

*Ooh, boy singing a girl song, generally like the switch. I like Anoop's voice, and he seems cool. So he gets my approval. Hm, Randy is talking about him being sharp...I wish I knew what that meant.

*I liked the way Casey started this song, but when I expected her to hit the big notes and she didn't, it all went downhill for me. This is very not good. Cute hair though. Also, she should stop touching her neck when she tries to look sexy. Ooh, the judges are letting her have it and she looks like she's going to cry. Ugh, just noticed her shoes.

*Michael seems like such a nice guy, I want him to do well. Oh, and I like this song a lot, let's see how he does it. Ok, I thought that was good, lots of fun. Randy says it was pitchy, but again, I don't really know what that means. Sure, maybe it wasn't his "best performance," but if the point is to like listening to them sing, then it worked! Too bad for him I don't vote. Aww, Simon hopes that America votes for him. If Simon asked me by name, I would do it!

*I didn't understand the whole "go out and come back in looking like a star" thing from Ann Marie's audition. She obviously was good, so why give her a hard time? Oh, she's wearing a Kelly Kapowski dress. That's what I think of when I see tight, tiny dresses. She looks good in it though. She's singing fine, but really, Natural Woman? Maybe I'm just tired of that song, but I feel like it should be retired for a few years. From everything, not just AI. I actually agree with Randy, her voice didn't sound big enough for that song.

*Hm, gaps in teeth drive me nuts, so Stephen is starting from a disadvantage already. It doesn't seem like he has any energy in this performance. I think he's trying to be smooth, but I'm just getting the sense that he's tired. I say meh.

[Also, the judges need to stop naming songs that can never be sung by anyone other than the original artist--I think like half of the songs that exist they'd say are off-limits.]

*That Tatiana is in the top 36 is a total travesty. Whether or not she can sing, she is a terrible person and should be smothered with a pillow. Oh, she's singing Whitney--I wonder what the chances are that the judges say that she shouldn't have touched this song? They say it was better than they expected. I thought the singing was ok, but I hate her so much I don't care. No votes for you!

*Ok, I know we're supposed to like Danny because he's a widower and all that, and normally my contrary self would be hating on him for being the popular kid, but I can't help it--I really do like him. And he's doing a girl song again! Ooh, very good. And the judges like him too! Not bad for the very first week.

So from this 12 we get the top boy, the top girl, and then the next top vote-getter. I think Alexis is going through for the girls, because I can't think of any other girls who deserve to go through, which is sad for the ladies. Whereas for the guys, I like Danny, Anoop, Brent, and Michael. I think Danny is in, and probably Anoop too. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the other fellas getting in as wild cards. Please America, don't keep Tatiana in just for entertainment!

Also note that these predictions are probably are wrong. As TMQ says, all predictions wrong or your money back, guaranteed.

More evidence that I'm a grown-up

In honor of Valentine's day, and in honor of having a lot of free time
at work, I got Disney Princess valentines and inter-office mailed them
to everyone in the first year class at work. Because yes, I DO think
I'm in elementary school again! But guess what, they were a huge hit,
so ha. And really, who wouldn't love a valentine with Belle wishing
you a sparkling valentine's day? Exactly, nobody. I figure, even if
I'm not billing, I'm boosting morale.

Not a good week for my apartment

Yesterday morning I was walking Jamie and he was saying hi to an
Airedale terrier that got a little too cozy, and the two dogs ended up
getting into a little tiff, which isn't altogether unusual. However,
after the other dog left, I realized that he had bitten Jamie's ear!
The end had a little rip in it, and of course it started bleeding like
crazy. He bled all over the sidewalk and the foyer of the apartment
building, and then I finally got a paper towel to put some pressure on
it, but as soon as it would stop a bit he would shake his head and it
would start up again! I wanted to use some gauze to tie his ear back
onto his head, but apparently nobody sells gauze anymore because I
couldn't find any at 7-11, another mini-mart type place, or Costco
(the closest things to me). So Chris and I tried to rig up our own
devices (one involving a towel, one involving a garbage bag, both with
packing tape), but to no avail. Finally Michael came over and had the
brilliant idea of just taping the paper towel to his ear, which sounds
retarded, but ended up doing the job. And, lucky for Jamie, it was
also the least ridiculous looking of all of our contraptions, somehow.
I took a picture of the paper towel-tape bandage, but I don't have it
on me since I'm at work, so I'll have to post it later. Jamie finally
took a nap on the couch which gave his ear time to clot, so he's fine
now, but clearly there is some bad health karma attached to my

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Apparently it's Layoff Day in the legal world. I'm checking this blog
and every time I hit refresh, there's another firm laying off
associates. So far so good here, but who knows how long that will

I'm also tired now

Monday night/Tuesday morning: in the hospital
Thursday lunchtime: teaching step class

Man, I'm hardcore.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Ask and ye shall receive

I only have one picture, but here's me in the hospital, probably around 4:30 in the morning. I'm showing off my IV. At this point I'd been on the meds for a few hours so I'm feeling much, much better than when I came in! Also, you can't tell at all, but my hair was looking super cute when I went in.

Talk about a waste of a day

I didn't go into work today, because I slept really late and still felt kind of like I was recovering. So I took two of the pills the doctor gave me today to make the lingering symptoms go away...but it turns out that at least one of them makes you really sleepy, because (a) I felt like I was in a fog, and (b) I've been napping all day! It's after 6 and I didn't make it to the grocery store or Target or work on cleaning the apartment or do any of the stuff I was going to use the day for. I'm very not happy with myself. And all I want to do is go back to sleep, anyway!

My first hospital trip

It's five in the morning so I'll keep this short, but I just got back from the hospital. I started feeling nauseated out of nowhere at like 6:15 pm, and before I knew it I couldn't stop throwing up and my stomach felt like it was eating me from the inside. So my wonderful friend (who happens to live in my building) took me to the hospital for some fantastic meds, like morphine, so I wouldn't want to die anymore. The doctor thinks it was gastroenteritis (figured it was that or food poisoning), and I just got home but I'm feeling way better. I already emailed work and told them I'm going to miss our 9am weekly practice group meeting (much as I'd rather not because I need some projects!), because I'm pretty sure once I lay down to sleep, I'm not getting up at 7:15.

Monday, February 09, 2009

*I* do all my own stunts

This morning I went to a "cardio conditioning" class, which was
basically a bunch of one-minute cardio and conditioning drills, and it
was pretty tiring. Not super fun, like step, but a good workout
nonetheless, which is the important part. But the class aside, the
instructor really annoyed me. She looked kind of like Kim Kardashian
with a smaller ass (that's not what annoyed me, but just to help you
imagine). The two things that bugged me were (1) she was wearing full
make-up. Eyeliner and everything. And she was teaching a class
starting at 6:30 in the morning. I mean, it's bad enough to put on
makeup to work out, but at 6:30 am?? Ridiculous. And (2) if I were
being very generous, I'd say she did maybe 1/4 of the class herself.
She'd show the move for a few seconds, then walk around the class,
then at the 30 second mark she'd give us a time update and do the
moves for a few more seconds, and then keep walking around. And that
seriously drives me nuts. She didn't look like she was in that great
a shape to begin with, and then I just get really bitter when you're
telling us to do hard drills and you barely do anything youself. It's
why fat football coaches drive me nuts too, but separate issue there.
I know I'm going to the class voluntarily and all, but I'm not going
to respect you if I don't think you can do the stuff yourself. So,
girl who looks like Kim Kardashian, I don't respect you. I'm sure
she's crying somewhere now because she can sense my disdain.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

I heart reading...I don't heart cars that don't fit things

I have been trying to buy a new bookshelf for weeks now, since my books have outpaced my book space by quite a bit (although part of that is my own fault for having law school casebooks still--it's not all fun books). I finally found just what I wanted on craigslist, and I measured my car and was pretty sure I could fit them in...but I didn't take into account the angle that the seats on my car are at when they're folded down, and sure enough, not even close. So I'm returning tomorrow with my friend who has a jeep to get them, but I was really pumped about reorganizing my books today, and I'm sad that I have to delay my exciting plans =( My poor history books, stacked up in double's shameful.

See, this is me trying to post more about daily non-work life. I'm sorry.

Well worth my time

I just used my blog to figure out what day bar/bri started last May so my dad could do something magical with my taxes. (Yes, he still does my taxes, and has promised that he always will.) Finally, blogging for four years is paying off! Other than allowing my many, many friends to keep track of me.

Remember The Single Guy?

Jonathan Silverman just showed up in the newest episode of Psych. That was unexpected!


Two weekends ago some friends and I went out in Capitol Hill, which we never do, just to mix it up. My friend Michael had lived here before law school, so he kind of knew the area, but his memories were a bit old and slightly intoxicated. We were wandering around and he vaguely remembered that there was a bar that had pool tables a couple of blocks away so we walk until he sees a sign he recognizes--Remington's! So we go inside and the first thing we notice is that it's a country western bar, which Michael hadn't remembered, apparently. But that's cool because I of course like me some country music. But shortly thereafter we looked around and realized, not only is it a country western bar, it's a gay country western bar. It was awesome. I mean, nobody asked me to dance, but then again, the old creepy guys ignored me, so that was pretty great. Besides, I don't know how to two-step anyway. I did try some of the line dancing--my mad step skills served me well and I was able to pick up the easier ones as they were going on, which made me happy. Totally going back sometime.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Jam plan

This was not the greatest week ever, for a couple of reasons. But overall it's not that bad, it's not like I just got cancer or my house burned down or something. So I'm going to try to just focus on what I can control, and ignore the rest of it. I always feel better when I have a plan--it's the feeling of floundering that I can't stand.

One thing about me

Adam, I'm just waiting for a full 25 people to tag me. Then, I figure, I can reward them with 25 fascinating things about me. Here's one for free--I never close the shower curtain other than when I'm actually taking a shower, despite the menace of mildew, because I'm convinced that if I close it serial killers will start hiding behind it to lie in wait for me. You're welcome.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Pre-work workout

I don't know if I really like working out, or really fear being fat. Probably a little of both.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

So much disappointment

Ugh. Exciting game, but I wish the Cards had just been able to hold out those last two and a half minutes. Also, fumbling the ball as your last play? Sad.

In other news, I've determined that the Milk Council or whoever it is that puts out those milk ads is a bunch of dirty liars. They keep talking about how milk makes your hair and nails and bones and all that strong, but I tell you, I have drunk more milk in this last month than I have my entire life since I've been eating solid food (I've been eating a lot of cereal), and my nails are in as bad a shape as I've ever seen them. In fact, I think the milk is MAKING my nails break something awful. I am so displeased. I should never have started drinking milk with my cereal in the first place (I didn't until 2005).