Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Never Ever Ever...

... will I get a trip recap blog post done the next day.  We didn't get home until 11pm last night (thank you traffic on I-95...), and my photos didn't want to upload this morning.  So, they're sitting at home waiting for me to fix them later.

... will I understand why people get mad about "spoilers" on twitter.  They're not spoilers if they've already happened.  If you don't want to know what's happened, don't get on social media.  I've had plenty of shows and sporting events ruined by social media posts, but I have no one to blame but myself for going on those websites.

... will I not think birthdays are a big deal.  This Friday is Donny's birthday, and I'm so excited!  I've got some fun gifts for him.  But even cooler is that my whole family is getting together and to celebrate with us-- my mom is even baking him a cake.  I love how they all care about him and want to celebrate his special day!  

... will I be sad that fall is just around the corner.  I cannot WAIT!!  Cooler temperatures, sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, college football... Fall is just the best.  :)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Book Club Friday-- Revenge Wears Prada.

GoodReads Synopsis: Almost a decade has passed since Andy Sachs quit the job “a million girls would die for” working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine—a dream that turned out to be a nightmare. Andy and Emily, her former nemesis and co-assistant, have since joined forces to start a high-end bridal magazine. The Plunge has quickly become required reading for the young and stylish. Now they get to call all the shots: Andy writes and travels to her heart’s content; Emily plans parties and secures advertising like a seasoned pro. Even better, Andy has met the love of her life. Max Harrison, scion of a storied media family, is confident, successful, and drop-dead gorgeous. Their wedding will be splashed across all the society pages as their friends and family gather to toast the glowing couple. Andy Sachs is on top of the world. But karma’s a bitch. The morning of her wedding, Andy can’t shake the past. And when she discovers a secret letter with crushing implications, her wedding-day jitters turn to cold dread. Andy realizes that nothing—not her husband, nor her beloved career—is as it seems. She never suspected that her efforts to build a bright new life would lead her back to the darkness she barely escaped ten years ago—and directly into the path of the devil herself...

My Thoughts:  This was my fourth Lauren Weisberger book, and it is easily my favorite.  I thought this was even better than The Devil Wears Prada.  I didn't remember much of DWP when I started this bok since it had been years since I read it.  But it was easy to pick up anyway, and the author did a good job of reminding me of the important parts of DWP.  The story was a little predictable, but hey-- it's chick lit.  It was well written and easy to read.  It was the perfect book to read poolside!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Emmys-- Katie Version.

The Emmy nominations were released last week. You can find the full list of nominees here, but I've decided to award my own since I don't watch half of the shows that were nominated.  It was harder that I thought it would be!  Especially picking the winner out of each category.  

Drama Series
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
Mad Men

*My top two shows were Downton Abbey and Justified.  But I gave it to Downton Abbey because I thought this past season absolutely blew it out of the water.*

Comedy Series
Parks and Recreation
Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
New Girl

*There was no question about this one, although this past season of Big Bang Theory and New Girl were phenomenal.  Nothing beats Parks and Recreation though.*

Best Actress in a Drama
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Joelle Carter, Justified
Connie Britton, Nashville
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife

*Despite my huge girl-crush on Joan Holloway Christina Hendricks, I had to go with Michelle Dockery.  She was fantastic in season 3 of Downton Abbey, and I can't wait to see what she does with the aftermath of the finale in Season 4!*

Best Actor in a Drama
Timothy Olyphant, Justified
Walton Goggins, Justified
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Jeffrey Donovan, Burn Notice

*Timothy Olyphant.  Hands down.*

Best Actress in a Comedy
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Melissa Rauch, Big Bang Theory
Mayim Bialik, Big Bang Theory
Casey Wilson, Happy Endings
Eliza Coupe, Happy Endings

*I actually had a difficult time finding enough nominees for this category.  There were surprisingly few female comedians who I thought were worthy.  But maybe that's just because none of them can hold a candle to Amy Poehler.*

Best Actor in a Comedy
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Simon Helberg, Big Bang Theory
Nick Offerman, Parks & Recreation
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Rainn Wilson, The Office
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

*I had the opposite problem in this category.  There were several more actors that I wanted to put in this category, but I finally narrowed it down to these.  And I picked Dwight Schrute for the win.  Fact.*

So, what do y'all think?  Who would you pick to nominate/win??

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Never Ever Ever.

... will I enjoy waking up early.  I like being up early and going to the gym and getting stuff done.  But getting myself up and going is the hardest part of my day by far.

... will I understand the obsession with celebrities.  Royals, Hollywoods, whatever.  If you have a "baby watch" for a person that you don't know in real life, I don't get it.

... will I get rid of our Netflix account.  Seriously, I don't know how I lived before I had it!
... will I stop planning trips.  I LOVE traveling and constantly want to go somewhere new or take Donny somewhere he's never been.  We're going to DC and Baltimore this weekend (qualifying both as somewhere I want to take him and a new place for me!  Win!), and I'm now planning our Labor Day beach trip.  It's been WAY too long since I've seen the ocean.
... will I abandon my Yankees.  Even when they suck and it pains me to watch like it has this summer...

Linking up with Stephanie and Neely!  

Monday, July 22, 2013

This Weekend I...

... had a watermelon cupcake from Gigi's.  It was good except there were tiny little chocolate chips all throughout that I could have done without.
... had a lovely date night with Donny on Friday night!  We went to see Red 2, which I really enjoyed and then went to dinner.  Yum yum.
 ... went to an event at a local winery with some folks from work.  We had a blast, and I found a wine that I actually liked!
Of course, the wasps liked it too...
But the place was gorgeous, the live music was good, and the company was fun.  Donny and I had a blast!
... finished book #34 of the year!  I'm glad I upped my goal from 30 to 50 now.  It didn't take me long to read this one, but it was good.  Full review will be forthcoming!

And that was it!  It was a nice, calm weekend before the craziness of the next few.

How was everyone else's weekend??
Mingle 240

Friday, July 19, 2013

Happy Friday.

Yep-- I'm posting twice today.  I'm linking up with Stephanie and Sarah for Happies & Crappies!

- I finished installing my new blog design last night, and I love it!!  Still a few things left to tweak, but it's up and that's all that matters today.  :)

- One week from today, we'll be in Washington, DC!  It's one of my favorite places in the world (second only to Chapel Hill.  I can't wait to show Donny my favorite places, meet up with Christy and Jenn, eat the best Indian food I've ever had, visit a new ballpark/stadium when we day trip to Baltimore, and SO much more!
- It's Friday!  It's been a crazy busy week around here (which is a blessing since it was way too slow for comfort there for a bit), and I'm looking forward to some relaxation this weekend.

- I made it to the gym early three days this week and felt fantastic.  The one day in the middle that I slept in, I felt gross all day.  So, I'm starting to appreciate getting up early and how much better I feel when I do it.

- It's hot.  Yes, I realize it's summer.  And yes, I realize it could be worse.  But, I hate hot weather especially when I have to walk around in it all dressed up for court.  Walking into a courtroom sweaty and panting = not a pretty sight.
- We're trying to come to Texas for Thanksgiving this year, but holy cow it's crazy expensive.  By the time we both fly, check a single bag, and rent a car for 3-4 days, we'll have to sell our first three children to pay for it all.  

- I'm about to finish Burn Notice season 5 on netflix (which I'm LOVING, btw...), but they haven't put up season 6 yet!  I hope they do soon or else I'll be stuck waiting for it before I can start season 7, which is currently recording on my DVR.

The happies definitely outweigh the crappies this week, so I know it's been a good one!  Hope y'all have a great weekend!  :)

Book Club Friday-- The Lost Symbol.

GoodReads Synopsis:  Famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon answers an unexpected summons to appear at the U.S. Capitol Building. His planned lecture is interrupted when a disturbing object—artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes in the find an ancient invitation into a lost world of esoteric, potentially dangerous wisdom. When his mentor Peter Solomon—a longstanding Mason and beloved philanthropist—is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that the only way to save Solomon is to accept the mystical invitation and plunge headlong into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and one inconceivable truth . . . all under the watchful eye of Dan Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn--Brown's most exciting novel yet.

My Thoughts:  Like all of Dan Brown's books, this one was fast-paced and full of twists and turns.  I didn't think this one was as good as the previous two in the Robert Langdon series, but it certainly kept me turning the pages quickly.  It's definitely worth a read if you like suspenseful, mysterious books or if you're already a fan of Dan Brown!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Day in the Life of a Lawyer.

I love photo an hour posts, and I've been wanting to do one myself for a long time but I always forget to get it started in the morning. But not yesterday-- I actually remembered! (Some pictures weren't taken exactly on the hour but sometime within the one hour span...)

6am (or 6:15 if you're being technical...)
Time to wake up!!  This is the least favorite part of my and Mr. Hershington's day as you can 
tell from the look on my face.

I am at the gym and very sweaty by this point, which you can't tell from this picture of my feet.  
You're welcome.

Out of the shower and hanging out with Jesus and my favorite devotional while I let my hair air-dry some.

I'm on my way to courthouse #1 of the day.  And thankfully the traffic is light this late in the morning.

My first case was an adventure.  It's never good when the charging police officer has visible contempt for your client.  But I escaped unscathed.  Today...

After a quick stop at the office to change out files and check phone messages, I'm now walking into courthouse #2 to deal with some clients who weren't pleased that they weren't my first stop of the day.  Lesson of the day-- you can't please every criminal every time.

One guilty plea and one absent client (resulting in an order for her arrest) later, and I'm FINALLY sitting down at my desk for the first time today.

Oh hallelujah, it's pb&j time.

My missing client appeared at my office during lunch, so I'm now back in court to try and get the judge to strike the order for her arrest.

Success!  Client walked out of the courthouse NOT in handcuffs.  And I'm headed back to my office in the sky.

Spend all morning and part of the afternoon in court, and you'll be on the phone the rest of the day.  Some clients require a lot of hand holding, and some of them won't let a paralegal do that.  So, I have the privilege.

I spend my last half hour of the day deciding which clients get bills this month and which can wait until later.  
Isn't the life of a lawyer glamorous??

Wednesday nights typically mean we have dinner with the parents and grandma.  She picked Cracker Barrel this week, which was just fine with me!  Their chicken and dumplings are heaven on a plate...

A necessity sometimes after a Cracker Barrel dinner...

I was exhausted after my day, so we spent the rest of the evening on the couch.  And since there was no baseball, that meant we could catch up on some DVR'ed Jeopardy!
Around 9pm, I start getting ready for bed.  My two best buds at night are MAC Cleanse Off Oil Tranquil (which I obviously need to replenish!) and Cetaphil cleanser.
I fall asleep to the soothing sounds of The Office in the background.  Bliss.  :)