Thursday, January 29, 2004

Pitfalls of short hair.

Last friday, I ended up staying over at a couple of friends' apt unexpectedly. Since I live an hour away, it's not like I can just run home. But on Saturday, my friend MG and I went to the fancy schmanzy mall here. Which is all grand and everything, except for the fact that I was wearing day old clothes, hadn't done my hair, and had no makeup on. (I did shower by the way.)

But we went out on the town anyway. As most of you know, I have extremely short hair for a girl. Now when I fix it, it can look fine, but when I don't, I look pretty bad. So MG and I went into MAC at this mall, and they started helping her out with her makeup. Notice I say 'her'. No one even offered to help me.

So when one of them walks away, I turn to MG and say, "you realize they think we're a couple, right?" And she, aghast, says no way. And then she takes a closer look at me. And we start giggling. It was funny this time, but seriously touching on a paranoia issue I have. I need to find my "I'm a hussy" clothes and set the record straight.

Quote of the Day

On the radio yesterday talking about women and breakups:

"The best way to get over someone is to get under someone else."

Hmm. There's a thought.

Dum Dums

I was watching Jeopardy last night, and while they were doing the meet and greet thing, this woman says that she's only made 3 impulse buys in her life; 2 cars and a condo. Then she goes on to tell the story of the second car and says "I had done my research and comparison buying, and I went into this showroom just to look around and ended up buying." Ooooh. Living on the edge. That's like the exact opposite of an impulse buy.

A better example of an impulse buy is when I went to Walmart in the middle of a Sunday afternoon, saw a 25 inch TV and decided to buy it. I lifted the entire thing up on the cart myself, purchased it, and out to my car. Only I forgot to consider that the box was so big it wouldn't fit through my car door. So some passerby saw me struggling with it, and offered to help me put it in the trunk. Which it didn't fit there either. But of course I'm by myself so I couldn't very well go back into the store to buy bungee cords to keep the trunk down. So I drove home with it precariously perched in my trunk praying that it didn't fall out.

What's worse is that I repeated the whole thing 3 months later with my friend Ags. Only I had downsized my car, thus making it more challenging. We were at Walmart at 2 in the morning, and luckily there were 2 of us so we could take it out of the box in the parking lot, amidst the stares of onlookers, and shove it in the back seat. That, my friends, is good shopping.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Family Bonding

Yesterday it stormed all day. So the sister and brother in law came over and we all had a good bonding day over board games. In our family, it's all fun and games until someone starts winning.

We started playing Life first. My sister designated me as the banker and then preceded to bark at me the entire game telling me who and how much to pay out. She on the other hand kept hiding money so that when had to start stealing Life tiles, we didn't think she was a threat. The brother in law kept changing the rules around whenever it was his turn. The mom didn't understand the game and spent half the game on the phone while I was in charge of handling her money and decisions. The brother tried to dictate the game telling everyone what to do first and yelling at everyone when they started to go too fast. And the dad had the best idea as he kept looking for the space on the board where you keel over and die. All in all, I think I finshed last. Shocking.

Then we moved on to Trivial Pursuit. We played teams, simply because you have a better chance of getting questions right. You also have a better chance of having differing opinions, and when you choose one and the other one was the right answer, you have to hear "I told you so" for the next 5 turns. The brother and I led the whole game, only to fail miserably in the Author's category and the dad and the sister took over the lead. I think they got their Author's wedge when they had to answer "Who wrote the cat in the Hat?".

But game day for the family has ended and is likely not to occur again for another 2 years. Thank heavens.

Monday, January 12, 2004

School Dreams

I can tell it's time to go back to school based on my dreams. I just started having that one where you can't remember your locker combination, or your schedule, and finals are approaching and you've not gone to class all semester. I know you know the ones.

I only checked twice today to make sure I didn't have class. But I'm already behind on reading for tomorrow. I was going to drive up and get my books out of my locker, but instead decided to get there at the butt crack of dawn tomorrow to do the reading.

And let's not even think about the moot court brief that is due on Sunday.

Monday, January 05, 2004

Bible Thumpin

My friend Kel has affecitonately dubbed my house "the Jesus house" after hearing a lot of my stories. Except I don't think anyone knows the half of it. I've heard people say before about growing up in church that "whenever the church doors were open, we were there." I can do better than that. My parents have the keys to open the doors.

I was having trouble following the sermon on Sunday so I made a list of what my family is currently involved in. My dad is administrator of the church, handling all their business affairs. My mom sings in the choir and interprets for the deaf. She teaches a class for those wanting to learn sign language and heads a ministry that makes diapers for children in Haiti. Both my parents go on mission trips whenever they can, and are the heads of the area Bible Bowl and Beginner Bowl respectively. This requires them to practice with the kids once a week, go to competitions once a month, and about 5 weeks of competitions around the country during the summer. My brother plays guitar in the praise band and also is in a band that plays various church functions. My sister is head of the nursery and coordinates when people have to work. It's all kinda sickening eh?

And me. I sit in the pew about every other Sunday when I'm in town. I think perhaps I'm not carrying on the family tradition. Actually, I was really involved in high school, but that declined when I went off to college and then now there's nothing for me to do. They don't even have a Sunday School class for me. It goes high school, college age, then young and marrieds. Gee, where do I fit. I'm beginning to think that I'm becoming the black sheep.

Saturday, January 03, 2004

Ready for my closeup.

My mom made her small screen debut today. And I mean small screen. A few months back she was approached by the judge I used to work for and asked to help out with a project. They were making a video to be shown at jury orientations and wanted "real" people in their "natural settings" to talk about their experiences. So my mom was cast as "the teacher" and filmed in front of her blackboard.

Anyway, the video was mailed to her today and we all just watched it. I found myself giggling throughout, mainly because they had this courtroom re-enactment segment, and the bailiff was played by the probation officer I used to work for. So every time they show him being all serious, I just lost it. And it's funny to hear all these legal things being boiled down for the average person.

But it's kinda cool that my mom will be seen by every potential juror in the state for years to come. What will be hard for me is if I ever become a litigator or am called for jury duty and have to sit through that video. I don't think I could make it.


The law school sure does know how to make me nervous. I just got a message on our answering machine telling me I need to call the recorder about something. Which means there's something wrong with one of my grades. Because the professors record all of the grades and then the recorder has to enter them on our permanent records. So if she's calling, they've had a problem of some sort. But all she said in her message was that I need to call her. And of course they called at 5:15 which means that I can't call them back until the morning. So every possible scenario is going through my head. They lost one of my exams. I flunked Con Law and need to take it again. One of my exams was incomplete. Etc, Etc. I guess the worst possible scenario would be if they lost one and I have to retake it. What a nightmare.

Friday, January 02, 2004

Happy New Year's

Went out last night with a couple of my college friends and one of my law school friends. It was weird to have the two worlds meet, but I think they got along famously. We hung out at Cheeseburger in Paridise listening to a reggae band and watching some chic in a green velvet dress dry hump her date all night. It was worse than it sounds, really (the dry humping I mean). We got lots of cool freebies and one of the friends won a drawing for a Corona wooden cooler. It was pretty cool but weighed a ton. So we had a pretty good night. Not really much else to say about that.

We also visited this psychic lady that was hanging out in the bar. She was wearing a pirate's outfit, which I didn't really understand. Now, I believe in the psychic world, which is exactly why I don't usually do that sort of thing. I believe that demons and ghosts exist out there and I don't want to know more about them. Weirds me out. But we did this just for kicks, and the lady gave 5 of us our love predictions. And what was weird was that she was pretty close on all of us.

She told me that I would fall in love in the next year, and then she looks at me and says, "I get the feeling your really religous and I see you meeting him at church." Now this could have been a guess but it's freaky since I wasn't wearing any cross jewelry or anything, and I was in a bar. But I'm not betting the farm on it. She told another of my friends that it would be 2 years for her, and another that it would be a year and a half and that she saw her being some sort of spiritual counselor in the future and got the sense that she would be going to seminary school. And oddly enough, this friend has been told by ministers and other people that she should go into that line of career. Weird. So in 2 years I'll let you all know if her predictions came true. If I remember them by then.

Palm Reading

Yahoo has one of those quiz things that has you check all that apply to tell you about your palm. So I did it and these were my results. Those of you who know me can see how many of them you think fit. My comments are in italics.

You are intelligent and practical, very likely to have a good memory and the ability to make and follow plans. Leadership skills are among your useful traits. So true

At times, you may tend to be overly sensitive to criticism. You can be excessively cautious or narrow in your outlook unless you receive the right kind of encouragement. um, yeah

You have plenty of inner ambition, but you need to beware of a tendency toward indecisiveness. This can become a problem when you allow yourself to be overly influenced by other people''s opinions. I'm indecisive but I don't think I'm overly influenced

The general flexibility of your character is a useful attribute. At certain times in your life, you may have romantic conflicts and difficulty maintaining friendships. You will overcome these problems after a little introspection. true with the friends

There may be times in your life when you give in to feelings of sadness or depression. Don't we all?

You are naturally charming and inclined to be flirtatious. if by flirtatious you mean that I act scared or uninterested

There are inconsistencies in your energy level, possibly triggered by external factors or emotional changes. Anemia??

Although you have ambition, you do not always exert the energy necessary to be successful. is this code for I'm lazy?

You have a basically strong constitution, and should enjoy good health most of the time. Couldn't be farther from the truth

You were probably given a good start in life by your parents. This could be based on your general upbringing, or on physical characteristics you inherited. True

No matter what other factors influence your personality, there is an under lying sense of practicality that you can draw on if you wish. I'm practical to a fault