Wednesday, March 31, 2010

All the News That's Fit to Blog.

This week has been all sorts of exciting already, and it's only Wednesday!
  • On Dancing with the Stars this week there was all sorts of drama, both the good and bad kind.  There are tears every season, but this year, they even came before the first elimination!  Oh, how exciting already.  ABC sure knows how to edit capture dramatic moments.  My personal fave was, you guessed it, Kate Gosselin.  I can't stand this woman any way-- she is a controlling, manipulative person who loves to be the victim.  This week, her antics actually prompted Tony (who may be the nicest, most patient male pro on the show) to say those famous words-- "I quit."  When he comes back, she says the most cringe-worthy line of the night: "Thank you for coming back.  I've had a lot of people quit on me in life."  Cue the violins.....  Oh puh-leaze.  I wish ABC gave the option to vote AGAINST a dancer.  Sadly, we'll have to watch her stumble around another week because Shannen Doherty was given the boot instead.  Oh, well.  
  • Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz are teaming up again for a new movie, Knight and Day.  Now, I have a hatred serious dislike of Tom and Cameron.  We all know the ridiculousness that is Tom Cruise.  And, Cameron Diaz just annoys me.  But this movie actually looks funny.  I'll be interested to see how it actually turns out.  
  • I saw this headline and literally laughed out loud -- "Critics Slam Miley for 'Stiff, Unconvincing' Acting in New Film."  Seriously, how is this news?  OF COURSE she's stiff and unconvincing.  It's MILEY CYRUS, people!  Have you not been paying attention the last few years?  The New York Times says (and for once gets something right), "Acting, for the moment at least, seems almost entirely beyond her... she pouts, slouches, storms in and out of rooms and occasionally cracks a snaggle-toothed smile, but most of the time she seems to be mugging for the camera, play-acting rather than exploring the motives and feelings of her character."  The New York Post seems to think that she only has "approximately one-and-a-half expressions."  (Note to Emily-- they should've gotten Julia Stiles.  At least she has two full, if not entirely distinct, expressions.)  How is this girl famous??
  • Madonna is creating a teen clothing line called "Material Girl."  However, the original Material Girl herself doesn't have time to design the clothes.  Who is designing, you ask?  Her daughter.  Her THIRTEEN YEAR OLD DAUGHTER.  So many things race through my head when I read this:  Do they not have child labor laws wherever Madonna is living these days?  How is a 13 year old mature enough to have such responsibility?  She's letting a child create clothes that she's willing to put her name on?  Wow, how nice it would be if my parents had had zillions of dollars to give me an entire company to play with as a toy when I was a preteen....
  • Tonight on American Idol was sad.  You people are going to want to throw something at me, but let me explain before you get too excited:  I like Tim Urban.  Yeah, yeah-- he's not the best singer.  That's pretty obvious.  However, I don't think he's the total disaster that the judges say (unlike Siobhan last night, Paige the week before, and many more to come).  I like a person with a good attitude who doesn't take life, himself, or what others think too seriously.  And, let's be real-- it's not his fault he's still around.  He knows that whatever he does, the judges aren't going to like it, so he goes and sings his little heart out.  They tell him he sucks, and he moves on with a smile.  That deserves some respect.  However, tonight, he took out my girl, Didi.  And, while he personally did not do this, I (probably irrationally) blame him entirely because he was "saved" by her elimination.  On a season that I think is probably the least-talented since Fantasia Barrino/Diana DeGarmo's season, the one girl that I REALLY liked is gone.  Her performance of "Terrified" early in the Hollywood  rounds is still one of my favorite performances of the entire season.  Enjoy.

Monday, March 29, 2010

I'd Like to Thank the Academy.

So, today is an exciting day (even though this milestone event happened Friday, I did not learn of it until today, so I'm going with today).  I won my first blogger award!  Thank you, Kristen!!  Everyone, go visit my law school co-survivor's blog, Musical Musings.  Don't forget to check out her Virtual Rupert, who bears a striking resemblance to the real Rupert.

Because I am (generally) a rule follower, I will now bestow this honor upon five of my favorite blogs.  How to choose only five...
  1. The Great Balancing Act-- one of my favorite sites that I visit regularly.  Susan has a ton of great healthy recipes, several of which I've tried and love (and many of which are on my to-do list).
  2. Tricia's Frugal Reality Blog-- this is my favorite high school teacher's wife.  She posts (almost) daily about daily deals and specials and freebies.  Who doesn't like free stuff?  Also-- there are some great home remedies/solutions that I've discovered from Trish.  
  3. Single and Sane-- an often-hilarious perspective on the life (and sometimes trials) of being a single woman.  I totally agree with the title-- lots of women go crazy if they don't have a husband by the age of 22, but not here.  Great insight into and attitude about life and learning to wait on God's timing and plans.
  4. G. I. Joe's Wife-- My long-time friend Joe's wife, Sarah, created this blog about their life in the military.  My favorite part is the "Crafts" page, which makes me wish that I could do all sorts of neat, crafty things like her.  (ps-- I love the gorgeous play dough cookies!)
  5. From My Mountain View-- Rebecca is another long-time friend.  She writes insightfully about faith, comically about family, and honestly about life.  
So, my next responsibility for getting such a prestigious award is to share seven (!) things that you wouldn't know about me just from reading my blog.  
  1. I graduated high school with 75 people, so I went to college at UNC-Chapel Hill where there are 75,000 people (well, not quite, but you get the idea).  Then, I came back to law school at Wake Forest and graduate with a class around 150.  I like change...
  2. I have a brother who owns/runs a recording studio.  He and I could not be more different, but I love him and am very proud of him.
  3. I get bored very easily.  Therefore, I find it hard to sit through a movie all the way through unless it is REALLY good.  This also makes my TiVo one of the best items I ever purchased.  Oddly enough, I don't have this problem with most books (required reading doesn't count).  
  4. I play the flute and piccolo.  I've been playing since 7th grade.  I played in the marching band at Carolina and now I play in my church orchestra.
  5. I wish I could cook better.  I wonder if cooking classes would be worthwhile.  I can bake like crazy, but cooking seems much more complicated-- probably just a mental block.
  6. During my freshman year of college, I went on a mission trip to Ukraine, Moldova, and the Netherlands.  It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I really want to go on another one sometime soon.
  7. I'm very close with my extended family.  We have lunch at my grandmother's house every Sunday, and it's one of my favorite things in my week.
So, I now feel like I've earned my award.  Thanks again for this great honor, Kristen!  

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Little Things.

Today is Day 2 of our challenge to give thanks.  So, here are some of the little things that have brightened my day:

  • Diet Coke-- My co-workers joke that I need an IV for my Diet Coke addiction.  I love it-- it's delicious and bubbly and 100% calorie free and like heaven in a can.  

  • This photo made me laugh out loud for a while.  This looks like something I would've done to my poor dog when I was a kid.  (Or even now if I had such an exciting outfit for Maggie.)

  • Speaking of pets, my dogs Maggie and Emma are wonderful.  They love me and are ALWAYS thrilled to see me when I go visit them at my parents' house.  That kind of excited love makes a girl happy.  (PS-- If you know my dogs, you'll know how impressed to be that my mom got them to sit still long enough to get this picture.)

  • Phil Hughes was named as the Yankees fifth starter.  He's my favorite pitcher on the team (with Andy Pettitte a close second).  

  • Today is Thursday, which is one of my favorite nights of the week because I get to hang out with my lovely friends and watch the funniest shows on TV-- Community and Parks & Recreation.  Love Thursdays!

And in less than an hour, it's going to be Friday!  How much more could you possibly need to be thankful??

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Rocks Would Cry Out.

I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation." -- Psalm 118:21

Last night, our small group took on the challenge to spend a week thanking and praising God.  He is so worthy of our praise, yet we so often get wrapped up in ourselves that we miss the little blessings from God every day.  So, here a few things (big and small) that I'm thankful for today:

  • Spring is here!  Officially and in reality.  It's beautiful outside today-- sunny and 70.  

  • Truvia-- Emily introduced me to this most amazing calorie-free sweetener.  Simply delicious.

  • I have a job doing something I love and co-workers I genuinely enjoy being around.

  • My Heels have decided that they wanted to play basketball again.  Even though it is a bit late for this turnaround, it makes March Madness a bit better for me.  

  • Certainly not last or least, I'm so thankful for my family.  My parents are amazing. 

But Jesus answered, 'I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!' (Luke 19:40)  Today, I encourage you not to make the stones cry out your praise.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

15 Things Every Non-Lawyer Should Know.

In no particular order...

  1. NEVER just pay a traffic ticket without appearing in court.  NEVER plead guilty to a crime (no matter how small) without a lawyer.
  2. Thinking lawyers are too expensive to solve a small problem is how things become big problems.  Pay a little up front to AVOID total disasters, and it will save you money in the long-run.
  3. Similarly, do not represent yourself in court.  The law is complicated-- hire an expert.  
  4. Lawyers are not magicians-- we cannot fix every mess you have made.
  5. Powers of Attorney and Wills are not the same thing, but both are important to make sure you are cared for and your last wishes are carried out, respectively.
  6. Families are greedy-- they will fight over towels and sheets after your death without clear instructions.
  7. Lawyers have more clients than just you.  We will call you, but it may not be immediately after you leave a message.  Calling every 15 minutes when you don't receive an immediate call back only irritates the staff.
  8. Be kind to the person who answers the phone and to the lawyer's paralegal-- you want them on your side.
  9. Lawyers genuinely care about their clients and want their clients to succeed, be happy with their services, and never need to call us again.  Even those clients that annoy us to death.
  10. DIY legal documents are dangerous and can cause major problems in the future.  (See #2 above.)
  11. Lawyers do not give advice just to hear themselves talk.  You have gone to a lawyer for advice (and probably paid some money) believing that he or she knows more than you do.  Go with this thought and listen to their advice-- they DO know more than you about the law.
  12. On the other hand, lawyers cannot be experts on every subject and to the minutest detail-- we will not know the answer to every question you ask.  However, a good lawyer will admit this and find out the answers to help you.  Being a little patient will pay off.
  13. As much as people think they should get something for nothing, we lawyers have to make a living too.  Please don't call and ask how you can fix your problem without hiring/paying me.  We don't ask you to sell us your goods or give us your time and services for free.  (However, I am willing to barter...)
  14. READ ALL DOCUMENTS BEFORE SIGNING.  Even if they're long-- you will be held responsible for knowing what is in them.
  15. The easiest way to get into trouble is ignoring problems.  If you get legal documents from the court system, law enforcement, or a law firm-- call an attorney IMMEDIATELY.  Your delay can cause you to lose options and rights.

The (Not So) Lovely Bones.

After many weeks of trying to force myself finish The Lovely Bones, I finally accomplished my task this weekend.  When the movie came out, I did what I usually do-- read the book before seeing the movie since the book is almost always better.  However, as most of you will remember, it has been a LONG time since the movie was released.  Yes, that is how long it has taken me to finish this book, when I usually read one every week or two.

It started out good-- a little mystery, a little tragedy, add in a bit of romance and family drama, and it's beginning to look like a winner.  However, not too far into the story and it falls in to a depressing lull, never to recover.  The ending brings no closure to an already sluggish story even though the author tries to tie all everything together in a quick, haphazard fashion. 

Pretty disappointing given the major hype surrounding the book.  Here's hoping The Lovely Bones movie is in that 5% of films that are better than their books.

Friday, March 19, 2010

And So It Begins.

Yes, I'm jumping on the blogging bandwagon.  Not for any particular purpose other than that I think I have important, insightful, clever, hilarious, and random things to share.   You may or may not agree, but that won't keep me from saying them.

For those of you who have happened upon my blog and don't know me, I am many things.  I'm a lawyer.  I'm a Tarheel.  I'm a reader.  I'm a TV connoisseur.  I'm a tennis player.  I'm a homeowner.  I'm a Yankee fan.  

I love Jesus, Sunday afternoons with my family and dogs, my small group girls, just about every sport, good (and sometimes not so good) TV, good grammar, Rush Limbaugh, reconnecting with old friends, and the beach.

This blog isn't about any particular topic, nor does it have any overarching theme.  It's just me.  I promise to be honest, clever, attentive, and pithy.  I'll tell you my opinions, describe my day, share what I can about my always hilarious clients, and, every now and then, vent about things that have bothered me.

Hope you all enjoy, and feel free to comment at any time!