Sunday, May 30, 2010

Getting to Know You Sunday-- Memorial Day Weekend Edition.

1.  Have you ever snooped around someone else's house?
Oh yes.  Not in a while though, but I was definitely a snooper when I was younger.

2.  Can guys and girls be friends?
Absolutely.  I have lots of guy friends who are just that.

3.  Can you curl your tongue?
Sure can!

4.  Have you ever stolen anything?
Never from a store.  But when I was in middle school, I stole a pen that I liked from a classmate.  (I'm a bit of a pen fanatic, even to this day.)

5.  Would you rather talk on the phone or text?
Text-- I really don't like talking on the phone unless there's a purpose for the call.

6.  Memorial Day Plans?
Beach with my girls!

7.  What do you do to relax?
Read or watch TV-- as long as I'm home by myself on the couch, I'm relaxing.

8.  Do you do anything to honor those that have died fighting for our freedom?
I don't DO anything, I guess.  But I certainly think about and appreciate the sacrifice of these brave men and women and their families.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Friday, May 28, 2010

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Welcome and thanks for stopping by!  I look forward to checking out all your blogs.  

Cruise Advice?

My dear friend, Sarah, and I are going on a cruise later this summer.  I'm BEYOND excited about it.  Neither of us have ever been on a cruise before.

It's a six night cruise, and we dock in Nassau, Freeport (both in the Bahamas) and Key West, FL.  We're planning to spend most of the day at the beaches (obviously) and probably do some snorkeling and parasailing.  And we're definitely going to the Coach outlet in Key West!  Any of you been on a cruise?  Suggestions?  Things to avoid?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lee Wins! Simon Leaves.

Last night was bittersweet.  First, I am THRILLED that Lee won.  He seems so nice and, I think he'll be a great artist.  I am absolutely not a Crystal fan.  She is just not my kind of singer.

But, Simon is leaving the judges' table.  So sad.  Simon was always my favorite.  He was the only one who said what I was usually thinking.  Plus, I love guys with some swagger, and Simon definitely has swagger.

I hope Lee is able to make a go of it and doesn't completely implode like Taylor or Reuben.  

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Headlines of the Day.

1.  Donkey Detonated on Gaza Border-- Okay, so the story isn't very funny, but the headline made me laugh out loud.  And no, this is not the detonated donkey.

(Courtesy: AP)

2.  Mobile Phone Number Suspended After Three Users in 10 Years Die-- Oh, and these three were the only users of this number for the last ten years.  All dead.  Freaky...  The first guy died of cancer before age 50.  The other two were gunned down.  But, that's not so freaky after learning that one was a mafia boss/drug smuggler and the other a drug trafficker.  So, maybe the first guy was an anomaly, and the real lesson is not to sell drugs.  Hmm?

(Courtesy: UK Telegraph)

Ignore the guy who looks like a bug.  The dude lying on the street is drug kingpin #1, dead guy #2.

3.  Woman Arrested for Assaulting Police Officer-- I know what you're thinking-- "This is not an exciting headline!  This happens every day."  But just you wait-- it gets good.  First, you have to check out the mug shot of this woman on the news story.  Then, you'll discover that she was pulled over for going through a stop sign on her ATV.  Yes, I said her ATV.  The police followed her to her home where she THREW A GUN at them.  Clearly, she had no bullets-- just the gun.  Eh-- what the heck; I'll just throw it at 'em.  That's good enough.  When that didn't get rid of them, she told the officers to just shoot her (they have bullets, obviously).  When the officers tried to pull her off of her ATV, she kicked them with her SPURS!  They finally get her into custody and what do they find?  Of course-- a MACHETE attached to the ATV.  This encounter was probably the highlight of her week.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lessons of the Week.

This has been a pretty interesting week.  I've learned some big things and some not-so-big things.  Here are a few.

1.  It is possible to get tired of Diet Coke.  I know, I know-- many of you will think I'm crazy.  And those who know me will be incredibly concerned about me.  But, it's true.  At the height of my addiction, I was drinking 3-4 (maybe 5 or 6 if I went out for lunch or dinner) cans/glasses a day.  But, after a non-voluntary withdrawal period, I discovered not only that I can live without them, but that they don't taste as good anymore.

2.  Women hold grudges for a REALLY long time.  I do not understand this.  If I have a fight with someone (which does not happen often), it's over when it's over.  I do not carry it around with me for weeks or months on end, refusing to talk to them and trying to get people on my side.  Why are women like this?  Deal with it and move on.  

3.  When five starters and one utility player are on the DL (disabled list for you non-baseball people) or otherwise injured, it's hard to win games or even play well.  

4.  Steve Carell and Tina Fey make one hilarious duo.  Add a shirtless Marky Mark, and it's the movie of the year.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wishful Wednesday.

'I wish' .... I could come home to this 
________ bedroom every night!

I love these two because of the VIEW!!!  *Sigh*  Maybe if I lived in paradise, I'd get tired of it, but I doubt it.  I love the uncluttered decor in both of these rooms-- not too much furniture or stuff.  The one above is a little more plantation and the one below a bit more tropical.  Hard to choose just one-- I love them both.

Oh, and this would be my closet...

Monday, May 17, 2010

Getting to Know You-- A Day Late.

I'm a day late on this week's Q&A from MannLand5, but here it is nonetheless.

1. The most expensive thing hanging in my closet is....?
Hmm... hard to say.  I don't spend a lot of money on clothes, but I do have a pair of shoes that set me back a pretty penny.  They were totally worth it though-- I LOVE them.

2.  Have you ever played a team sport?
Yep-- as a kid, I played soccer for years.  Now, I play tennis on a team with some great women.

3.  If you were a bug, what kind would you be?
Eww-- I do not like this question.  Is there a bug that kills other bugs?  If so, that's me.

4.  Where on your body is the worst place to get sunburned?
Definitely your feet because it makes wearing shoes painful.  And, shoes are necessary items.

5.  Are you happy?
Almost always.  I have a great family, lovely friends, and a good job.  What's not to be happy about?

6.  People are always abbreviating... are there any abbreviations that make your skin crawl when people use them? 
I abbreviate all the time when I'm texting.  But when did "d" for "the" become acceptable?  Do people really need an abbreviation for a three letter word??

7.  Do you love where you live... or could you live anywhere?
I like where I live.  I love that I live near my family, which is why I live here.  I definitely couldn't live anywhere.  I need civilization, so the northern Midwest (Montana, the Dakotas, etc.) are out for me.  But, I would move to Florida, Boston, or DC tomorrow if the opportunity arose.

8.  What, if any, extreme measures do you go to to keep yourself from overeating when you're full?
Can't say that I use any extreme measures.  At restaurants, I usually divide my food in half so I have a designated portion to eat and one to take home.  When I'm home, there's no method-- just don't put too much food on the plate at once, and you'll be fine.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Finally Finding Some Focus.

This week was pretty amazing. Two trials, two victories! For the first almost-two years of practicing law, I've been pretty all over the place with not much focus, which has created a lot of stress. I think it's because I wanted to try everything.

When I was young, I wanted to be a lawyer because I wanted to be in the courtroom arguing in front of a judge. When I got to law school, I found that transactional work is far less stressful (for the most part), and I avoid stress at all costs. Estate administration is pretty fun, and I enjoy it. Complex estate planning is like a puzzle and is challenging. Somehow I fell into doing disability claims too, and, after winning my first two cases, I've just kept doing it even though it's not my favorite. Real estate is boring but can bring in a steady flow of income.  Add some other things here and there and you've got a lawyer stretched very thin.  But, the criminal work is really where my heart is.

When I walk into a courtroom, it's like I'm coming home. I love standing at the defense table arguing with the DA to the judge. I love cross examining witnesses that I know are lying. I like my clients (most of them), even though they're petty criminals. I have a good rapport with the DAs and the law enforcement. And, there is literally no feeling in the world like hearing the judge say "Not Guilty."

All this to say that I've decided to scale back my practice areas. I'm focusing more on the criminal side and starting to not take cases that don't really interest me. I still plan on doing some estate work because it's fun for me. But, the credit card collections, debt defense, real property disputes, blah blah blah, are all gone.

Who knows, I'll probably change my mind in the future.  But, I'm thankful for a job that has allowed me the freedom to explore pretty much anything I wanted to consider and now is going to let me settle in my currently desired niche.