Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Postseason!

I know most of you won't care, but last night, the Yankees clinched a playoff birth.  Yay!!

They've made the last few weeks quite an interesting playoff race, as you can see here...


But nonetheless--  playoffs, here we come!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Top 2 Tuesday-- Songs.


This week's topic at Taylor's is Top 2 Songs.  Billy Joel is probably my favorite artist ever.  And these are my two favorite songs of his.

Vienna

It's Still Rock and Roll to Me

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday Minute.

This week, I'm linking up with Monday Minute with Christy.  Hop on over and join in!


(1)  What’s the last restaurant you went to and what did you order?  
Cloverdale Kitchen-- an awesome little diner here in my city.  I got the meatloaf -- the daily special -- and boy was it yummy.  

(2) What's your greatest phobia?
Heights.  I'm seriously afraid of falling to my death.  My hands get sweaty just watching TV or a movie where people are standing on a roof.  God forbid I have to drive over a super tall bridge...


(3) On a scale of 1 to 10, how hot are you?
Ten-- definitely.  Lol.  How am I supposed to answer this question??  Realistically, probably a 7.  I wish I had a picture on this computer to post so you can judge for yourself.  :)

(4) You just found out you (or your partner) are having a baby.  What's your reaction?
I'd be pretty freaked out considering it would be completely impossible for me to have a baby right now.  

(5) You just won a free vacation to anywhere in the world.  Where would you go?
Hands down-- Paris. 



Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What Will I Do???

So, apparently there is a pumpkin shortage in the US.  This is a disaster for me.  How am I going to make these with only one can of pumpkin??  If only I had the room/time/patience/green thumb to grow my own...




And of course...
Katie's Famous (aka-- Recipe Stolen from Nana) Pumpkin Pie

I guess I should've been stocking up and hoarding my canned pumpkin for the last year...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Best Week.

This week is one of my absolute favorites every year-- TV's season premiere week!  I don't know if you guys know how much I love TV, but I do.  I'm so glad my faves are back!









I'm really looking forward to these newbies:




And I'm curious to see about these:



What about you guys?  Which shows are you excited to see? 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Water for Elephants.


I really did not expect to love this book.  In fact, I put off reading it for over a year after a friend recommended it to me because, let me be very clear-- I. HATE. THE. CIRCUS.  I went a few times as a kid, but I have never been a big animal person.  So, the circus was not fun for me.  Which was why I didn't think a book about the circus would really appeal to me.  But, I finally broke down and read it, and oh was I glad I did.

The story started off about Jacob Jankowski, a 90+ year old man in a nursing home who, as it turns out, worked on the circus when he was young.  Through flashbacks, we learn about his how he came to join the circus and his early days on the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth as the resident veterinarian. 

There are some violent scenes, especially with the animals, and the romance wasn't developed as much as it just occured. 

But even with these minor flaws, I loved the story and the writing was great.

Final Grade = A-

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.


**SPOILERS AHEAD**

After all the hype surrounding this book, I was pretty disappointed.  I liked the beginning when Berendt told the stories of all the characters.  But once it got to the trial, then the second and then third trial, I was ready to be done.  Then once Minerva the witchdoctor (or whatever she was...) came in working all her voodoo, I could not wait to put this down.  But I do not quit books, so I pressed ahead.

I kept thinking how much better the story could be until I realized that it's supposed to be non-fiction.  But even with the truth of the actual events restraining the author, there was so much that could've been improved-- focus on other things, change the points of view, etc.

Final grade = C+

Monday, September 13, 2010

101 in 1001.

Last month, I created my 101 in 1001 List, which I've been wanting to do for a while.  But, I never posted about it.  It will live here until at least May 13, 2013. 

THE MISSION: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days (roughly 2 years, 9 months).
THE CRITERIA: The tasks must be specific (no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (represent some amount of effort on your part).
    Date of Beginning: August 16, 2010
    Date of Completion: May 13, 2013

    Places to Go, Things to See. 
    1. Travel to another country
    2. Take another cruise
    3. Travel to a state I’ve never visited
    4. Go to the beach
    5. Go to Yankees spring training game
    6. Go to a UNC football game (0/2)
    7. Go to a UNC basketball game (0/2)
    8. Go to a Florida Gators football game
    9. Go to a hockey game
    10. Go to a NASCAR race
    11. Take a road trip
    12. See Billy Joel in concert

    Home is Where the Heart Is. 
    13. Finish decorating master bedroom and bathroom
    14. Finish decorating living room
    15. Finish decorating kitchen
    16. Landscape (at least somewhat) the backyard
    17. Completely unpack from move
    18. Clean out garage
    19. Clean out closet annually (0/3)
    20. Vacuum (living room, kitchen, master bedroom and bath) every week for a month
    21. Organize recipes

    Money, Money, Money. 
    22. Create a budget
    23. Stick to budget for at least six months
    24. Pay off credit cards
    25. Pay back parents
    26. Get ahead of student loans
    27. Buy nothing but food for a month
    28. Organize all bills and financial docs
    29. Create a system for bills/mail and stick with it
    30. Spend less than $250 one month on discretionary items
    31. Double the revenue I generated for my firm in 2009

    It’s Not Personal—It’s Just Business. 
    32. Attend the Criminal Defense bar lunch
    33. Attend the Young Lawyers social
    34. Make decisions about my practice
    35. Take steps to implement my decisions
    36. Apply for second job (i.e. teaching at a local college, freelance editing, etc.)
    37. Work for at least six months (or a semester) in a second job
    38. Clean my office once a month (0/33)
    39. Hang art in my office
    40. Work past 7pm once a month (1/33)
    41. Leave work before 5pm once a month (1/33)
    42. Arrive at work at 8:30am every day for a week

    No Pain, No Gain. 
    43. Lose 15 pounds in first 300 days
    44. Lose 15 pounds in second 300 days
    45. Lose 15 pounds in final 301 days
    46. Eat no fast food for 30 consecutive days
    47. Go for a walk 25 times (0/25)
    48. Do 100 sit-ups 4x a week for 6 weeks (0/6)
    49. Run a mile without wanting to die
    50. Train for a 5k
    51. Run a 5k-- scheduled for December 4, 2010!
    52. Play in 2 tennis tournaments (0/2)
    53. Try ten new foods or cuisines
    54. Try two new recipes per month for a year (0/12)
    55. Grow an herb garden
    56. Drink only water for one week twice (0/2)
    57. Eat no sweets for a week
    58. Finish Jillian’s 30 Day Shred

    A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste. 
    59. Read two books per month (1/33)
    60. Make one of #59 Gone With the Wind
    61. Read 35 of the 50 Banned Books
    62. Write reviews of all books read
    63. Complete three Beth Moore bible studies and two more by any author (not including those with small group
    64. Watch all movies on the AFI top 100 list (10th Anniversary Edition)
    65. Take a class (photography, cooking, whatever…)
    66. Have a quiet time every day for a month
    67. Keep a prayer journal for two months
    68. Create something (not food)
    69. Attend a play or musical
    70. Refresh my Spanish
    71. Donate 1% of annual income to charity or ministry (not including regular tithe)

    Do Unto Others… 
    72. Volunteer 50 hours (not church orchestra or committee)
    73. Donate clothes from annual closet cleaning
    74. Send 5 cards/notes to people who need encouragement
    75. Give 15 sincere compliments to strangers or acquaintances
    76. Call someone who I don’t see on a regular basis
    77. Donate blood three times (0/3)
    78. Do one completely unselfish thing (not otherwise listed here)
    79. Host a girls night for my friends
    80. Make a new real-life friend
    81. Make a new blog-world friend
    82. Leave a ridiculously generous tip for great service
    83. Attend each orchestra rehearsal for two months (0/8)
    84. Do something nice for my parents
    85. Send someone a postcard from a trip

    Just for Me. 
    86. Go for one week without complaining about anything
    87. Get a massage
    88. Get a pedicure
    89. Get a facial
    90. Spend a day relaxing in bed
    91. No TV for 3 consecutive days
    92. Get new glasses
    93. Organize photos
    94. Build a snowman
    95. Be in bed before 10pm every night for a week
    96. Make a decision about a tattoo
    97. No cursing for a week
    98. Watch a sunrise

    I’ve Loved These Days. 
    99. Blog about met goals (0/101)
    100. Create new 101 in 1001
    101. Donate $1 for all items not accomplished 

    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    I'm Baaaaack!

    The last few weeks have been absolutely crazy!  The thing that has kept me away from my fine readers (at least those of you who are left) is that I tried my first jury trial this week!!

    For those of you who are unaware, in NC (and in most other states too), all misdemeanor cases are tried by a judge only, and I've done dozens of those-- they're quick and easy, usually no more than an hour or two for a trial.  But all felony cases have to be tried by a jury, and this was my first felony case that went to trial.

    My client was a young guy charged with Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver Marijuana (Class I Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Class 1 Misdemeanor), Possession of a Firearm by a Felon (Class G Felony) and Giving a Handgun to a Minor (Class H Felony).

    I have lots of clients who admit to me they're guilty and some who claim innocence.  But only rarely do I believe that my client was actually innocent of the charges.  This was one of the few times that I believed my client was innocent (at least of some of the charges). 

    I won't bore you with all the details, but I was able to get the two gun charges (the most serious offenses) dismissed at the end of the state's evidence, which was a MAJOR victory in itself.

    Then at the end of the three day event, the jury found him guilty of simple Possession of Marijuana (Class 3 Misdemeanor) and Drug Paraphernalia (Class 1 Misd).  HUGE victory for a guy who was facing 10-12 months in prison to only get 45 days. 

    I was so excited for him, his sweet grandma, and for myself.  Jury trials are seriously scary events, and I conquered a fear and accomplished a goal of mine all in the same week! 

    It was an exhausting and exhilirating week.  And one I'd like to do again-- just not anytime really soon.  :)
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