Archive for October, 2007

Trip Prep

I stopped by Macy’s tonight to “look at luggage.”  I told Beloved, “I’ll just be a few minutes, I’m not buying tonight.”

Of course, there was a sale.

50% off this.

40% off that.

I found a light blue luggage that was kind of nice, but the color didn’t seem so professional.

Then there was a black bag by Swiss Army that was really pretty — attractive, solid, classic.  But it was $250.

So I wandered around some more.

All the other black bags were uuuuuugly.

I found a maroon set.

The front was clumsy, a little too poofy, and it said, “KENNETH COLE – REACTION” in big letters on it, which I found to be very unattractive.

But it was $99.

I had it in my hand.  I was wheeling it around the store.

I went back to the Swiss Army.  I picked up the expandable handle.


It swivels.

You know, so your hand isn’t all contorted, and it doesn’t make the bag flip when you pull it over a gap in the sidewalk.

Guess which one I bought?

Fortunately, my mom decided it would be a good birthday present.

She does this – she buys my birthday present way ahead of time, and then I get no birthday come 12/4.

Oh well.  At least I get my bag.

Which is purty.

And has lots of matching pieces I can collect as we go on vacations and I go on more business trips.

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he he.

From Frequent Citations:

What Be Your Nerd Type?

Your Result: Social Nerd


You’re interested in things such as politics, psychology, child care, and peace. I wouldn’t go so far as to call you a hippie, but some of you may be tree-huggers. You’re the type of people who are interested in bettering the world. You’re possible the least nerdy of them all; unless you participate in other activies that paled your nerdiness compared to your involvement in social activities. Whatever the case, we could still use more of you around. ^_^

Literature Nerd


Artistic Nerd


Gamer/Computer Nerd


Science/Math Nerd


Drama Nerd


Anime Nerd




What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace

“>Frequent Citations:

What Be Your Nerd Type?

Your Result: Social Nerd


You’re interested in things such as politics, psychology, child care, and peace. I wouldn’t go so far as to call you a hippie, but some of you may be tree-huggers. You’re the type of people who are interested in bettering the world. You’re possible the least nerdy of them all; unless you participate in other activies that paled your nerdiness compared to your involvement in social activities. Whatever the case, we could still use more of you around. ^_^

Literature Nerd


Artistic Nerd


Gamer/Computer Nerd


Science/Math Nerd


Drama Nerd


Anime Nerd




What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace

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Because we can do this:

Woo hoo!! Punkins!!


This is E’s. It’s a cauldron, with a moon. The moon and the fire under the cauldron are not fully cut out. We just thinned the punkin out. I think tomorrow we’re going to add a witch standing next the cauldron, because as Beloved pointed out tonight, the cauldron sort of looks like a cup of coffee. Please don’t tell E. She’d be affronted.


This is J’s kitty cat. She wanted to do a profile of a full cat-body, arching its back, but it was just too detailed. This is also the first punkin she carved herself. I was proud of her.

And now, mine.

It’s Pumpkin Pie.

Wanna see?





Carving felt like more work than usual this year.  Things were MESSY!!  We got our pumpkins at Whole Foods, and when I realized that Stop & Shop was closed, that Trader Joe’s didn’t seem to have pumpkins this year, and that I really wasn’t up for a ride to a pumpkin farm (like last year?  Or the year before?) – leaving me with Whole Foods as the only option, I braced myself for spending $100 on pumpkins.

When we got there, they were all HUGE. Just gigantic.  So I amended my expected price to $200.

Then (after I picked my large, but reasonable, pumpkin) I saw the sign – all pumpkins $7.99.

So the girls chose pumpkins bigger than their bodies.

Turns out, not such a wise choice.

Those pumpkins were 6 inches thick!!  Mine was pretty normal, and not hard to carve.  I was done inside of 10 minutes.  But J’s pumpkin was – without exaggeration – 4 inches thick in some place.  Which is tough for a kid who’s doing her own pumpkin for the first time.

When we were done, the floor was covered in pumpkin guts, the chairs were sticky, and the newspaper we’d put down on the table was sodden and ripped.

It’s okay now, though.  And the pumpkins look great.

Beloved hasn’t done his yet.  He spent the time getting his costume ready for Wednesday.  He works in a children’s book store, and they are dressing up.  He’s being Jack Punkinhead from the Oz books.  He looks great in his costume, but I fear he’ll scare the children.

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Why I love this time of year

The urban autumn is different than the rural one I grew up with – despite the relatively close geographical location. I found the same thing in the winter – when I was growing up, I had to deal with snow plows and roads that could or could not be driven on. I found upon living in/near Boston that the more important upkeep was that of the sidewalks. Wow. Icey sidewalks suck. Who knew?

Now, again, it’s the sidewalks:


Of course, we have trees. Or else, where would the leaves fall from?


But these have street lights, bus signs, and mail boxes. Unlike those of my childhood:


I kind of like the city ones better.

Of course, my kids like the other kind better, and wish they could move to that sort of town.

Isn’t that just the way of it?

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Shopping for kids.

I took E shopping today. She’s going to NYC for a show and a fancy-pants dinner, and she is going to a dance, and we’re going to a friend’s Bat Mitzvah.

We went to Macy’s, but the stupid store didn’t have a kids’ section.

So we went to Bloomingdales, but I was scared. I’d seen dresses for her there in the past when I went with a friend, but they were all pushing $200, and I didn’t find that to be the best use of my dollars. I pay just about that for suits for myself — not for a dress for a kid who will GROW in 1/2 a minute, and whose sister is almost as tall as her (which means I can’t look forward to it functioning as a hand me down).

She ended up finding a dress (tunic?) which was $38, plus 25% off. We got some leggings, and I said, “fine.” For NYC and her school dance, I thought it would be fine. I didn’t think it was dressy enough for the Bat Mitzvah, but we have time for that.

But then we went to another store, and I saw the world’s most gorgeous dress.

She wrinkled her nose at it. She said no.

Then she showed me this black formal dress … it had a ruffled skirt, and diamond (fake) edging. She said, “if you flip this around a little bit, it’s just like [friend she’s going to NYC with]’s dress.”


I told her there was NO WAY she could wear a tunic-like-dress and leggings if her friend was wearing something like THAT.

So I made her try on the dress I liked.

I actually made her try on both dresses I liked.

Fortunately, the $316 one was too big in the 12, and too small in the 8, and they didn’t have a 10. (I wouldn’t have bought it – I swear).

But the one I really loved was right around $100, and she looked so gorgeous in it, even she couldn’t argue with me about it. She ended up loving it, too. (I tried to take pictures, but the flash kept making it too shiny, and doesn’t do it justice – so I found this one on the internet.)


It’s in my closet now. I don’t trust their closet.

Problem is – it may be too dressy for the Bat Mitzvah, although perfect for her NY evening. And definitely too dressy for the school dance. So, while I was hoping to get her only two outfits (one for NYC which could also be used for the Bat Mitzvah services and the school dance, and a second for the Bat Mitzvah party), now I think I’ll be getting, like, 4.

I need to check with my friend (mom to the Bat Mitzvah girl) to be sure that E wouldn’t appear to be “showing up” the party girl.  I’ve seen her dress, and it’s probably on par with E’s.  Not dressier, but not more casual.  E’s perhaps looks a little less dressy, only b/c the party girl’s dress looks older.  E’s empire waist, I think, makes it a little more innocent, and a little less formal.

My other major difficulty with an 11 year old with big, wide feet: shoes.

We went into Stride Rite, where they sell Borns and other fancy-pants (to me) shoes in kiddy sizes, and the woman told me, “you really can’t shop for her here, anymore. She’s too big.”

How do I buy shoes for an 11 year old? I don’t want her to wear high heels. I refuse to allow it, actually. I also don’t want to spend $100. But if I go into the adult realm, I’m struggling to find her something that doesn’t violate both of those rules.

Oh, the hardships.

In the meantime, I got J a sweet little brown dress with white polka dots, and found 15 different choices of shoes – little brown ballet flats, regular flats, Mary Janes, you name it.

But not for E.

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Tagged! Yes! 38 Questions

Magic Cookie seems to have picked  up on the fact that I love memes 🙂

1. Name one person who made you laugh last night? Jimmy Stewart.  It was family movie night.

2. What were you doing at 0800? Rolling out of bed to find out whether or not soccer was rained out.  Thankfully, it was.  So I rolled back into bed for another hour.

3. What were you doing 30 minutes ago? Picking out pumpkins in the Whole Foods Parking lot.

4. What happened to you in 2006? I got an offer for my current job.

5. What was the last thing you said out loud? I love you, honey.

6. How many beverages did you have today? A triple venti non fat latte; and a raspberry lime Calistoga sparkling water

7. What color is your hairbrush? dusky blue.

8. What was the last thing you paid for? Pumpkins.

9. Where were you last night? At home, asleep on my husband’s lap while a movie was playing and he was playing with my hair.

10. What color is your front door? Dark Green.  That’s the door to my apartment.  The door to the building is glass, but the trim is dark green.

11. Where do you keep your change? Quarters are kept in a drawer for laundry, everything else near the front door in a little bowl with a giraffe painted on it.

12. What’s the weather like today? rainy, humid, warm.  I wish it were cooler.

13. What’s the best ice-cream flavor? cake batter.  or Ben & Jerry’s Vanilla Caramel Fudge.  Or Black Raspberry.

14. What excites you? Storms.

15. Do you want to cut your hair? Yes.  I have an appointment for Friday at 5:30.

16. Are you over the age of 25? Almost by 10 years.

17. Do you talk a lot? YES.

18. Do you watch the O.C.? I have never seen it.

19. Do you know anyone named Steven? Yes.

20. Do you make up your own words? People think I do.  But they’re wrong.  Once, someone thought I made up the word “autumnal.”  It’s a word.  Beloved thought I made up the word “eatable,” apparently feeling that the only proper word was edible.  Edible and eatable are not the same thing.  Eatable *is* a word. (I told you the answer to #17 was “yes.”)

21. Are you a jealous person? I don’t think so.  I say that I’m jealous often.  Especially of those who own homes and in this glorious season, get to cover their railings with spider webby looking stuff, and who have a stoop to put their pumpkins on.  But it’s not really jealousy, I don’t think.

22. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘A’. Abigail.

23. Name a friend whose name starts with the letter ‘K’. Karen.

24. Who’s the first person on your received call list? “Mom Cell”.

25. What does the last text message you received say? “Forwarding this cuz I thought it was cute:  ‘talking to teachers. will leave soon.'”  — from Beloved, from E.

26. Do you chew on your straw? No.  And when my kids do I sit on my hands so I don’t smack them.

27. Do you have curly hair? Only when it’s damp.

28. Where’s the next place you’re going to? The liquor store that’s sort of far away – we have a Zipcar today, and I want to get a couple of things.

29. Who’s the rudest person in your life? Absolutely positively without any questions or hesitation — my brother.

30. What was the last thing you ate? A mini quiche.  Actually, it’s all I ate today.

31. Will you get married in the future? Definitely not.  If something happens to this one, I’m just going to have a string of affairs with sexy women.

32. What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the past 2 weeks? uhhhhh.  I’ve only seen Legally Blonde and Harvey.  I didn’t think either were particularly good. Harvey wins, though.
33. Is there anyone you like right now? I like my daughters, and I like my husband, and I like my cat, and I like my office mate, and I like my other work friends, and I like my sister ….

34. When was the last time you did the dishes? I’m supposed to do them every night.  But for some reason, Beloved did them last night.  I assigned the task to J the night before, but she blew it off.  So, I guess that means Wedneday.

35. Are you currently depressed? No.  Not even a whisper.

36. Did you cry today? No.

37. Why did you answer and post this? See answer to #17.

38. Tag 5 people who would do this survey.  I’ll try it this time:  She Says; Harmless Error; Sue (not actually sure she’ll do it – haven’t seen her do one before); E. McPan, and PT-LawMom.

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The Middle of the Country

Looks like I’ll be going on my first business trip.  It’s a quick overnight for a 1-day deposition.

The weird part … it’s in the Middle of the Country.  You know, where my ex lives?  It’s in his very town.

What are the odds of that?  My first assignment, my first trip – all right there.  In the place where my kids hang out in the summers.

Then, today, I was assigned a new doo-hickey.

Guess where IT is taking place?

The Middle of the Country.

what the fuck?

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The last person on earth

to watch Legally Blonde.

My main comment:


That is all.

No, I found no redeeming value.

I *do* understand that this makes me humorless.


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Some time ago, I heard that the bar exam results would come out on November 15th.  I didn’t like that it was so late, but I dealt with the fact.

The other day, a colleague came into my office, wondering what day our case would culminate into something …

I said I thought 11/5.  She said she didn’t want it to happen on 11/5, b/c if it did, she woud potentially be receiving her bar results while out of state with a partner.

“No!”  I said, “we get our results on 11/15.”

“No!”  She said.  People have gotten results on HALLOWEEN!!! in recent years.


Then I looked up old emails.  My friends who were a year ahead of me e-mailed and IMd me on 11/2/06.  (All of them said, “I PASSED!!”)

One of my first thoughts was one of sadness.  imagine?  If on 11/1, I was blissfully thinking “two more weeks, two more weeks” and waiting for the “one more week” marker to start my anxiety, and then – there, in my mail box was a letter from the Board of Bar Examiners, and I just MISSED OUT on all the stress.  100% missed out.

Wouldn’t that have been nice?

I need to be more of a hermit.

Then I could avoid all of this stress and anxiety.  You know, if I spoke to no one?  If I was able to stay in my little land of delusions.

Instead, I every now and then have to remind my heart to beat.

God, I hope I passed.

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Not much going on

Work has hit a bit of a lull, which I hear is common during the first few months as we get integrated into cases.  I was frustrated by my boredom yesterday, but today I embraced the lack of work.  I went to the gym for an hour and a half, then went pretty much straight to lunch with a group of friends, and then lollygagged around my office for a while.  I ended up with a quick (one-hour) assignment to do, and left at 4:56 p.m.

Would anyone in their right mind complain?

I’ve chosen not to.

I’m also finding myself (suddenly) nicely integrated in the kids’ school community.  I have spent a decent amount of time at work this week getting school-tasks taken care of, and have enjoyed some of the perks of that (i.e., getting my proper e-mail address listed in the school directory, rather than my older, nasty, stupid, mis-spam-designating old address).

Today, I like my life.

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