on shoulder pads and restroom eulogies.

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Subject One-Shoulderpads.

It was a rainy Memorial Day in Carolina. Rather than completely waste my day off, I decided to be productive and...go shopping. While at the mall, I found what I thought was a very Sarah dress. Black cocktail length with white piping and a square neck. It fit like a glove, but there was one problem--shoulderpads. I read in Elle or something that they were back, and that they're only on the pieces that need them. Well...why is it that nothing has needed them for the past 20 years? On my little frame, they make me look like a linebacker. Should I suck it up and wear them for the sake of the cute dress, or am I right in thinking that people would mistake me as a cast member for a Designing Women remake?

Subject Two-Restroom Eulogies.

People that write on the walls of public restrooms are undoubtedly among humanity's kindest. Not only do they selflessly refer rank strangers to those who offer "good times", but, in the same primary penmanship, they also scribble heartfelt "rest in peace" messages to their fallen comrades. Now let me assure you, when I move on to that pie in the sky, I will surely appreciate your wishes that my soul's everlastin' siesta will be tranquil. However, it really is not necessary to transcribe your wish to a bathroom wall in a Mexican restaurant or Bob's BP. At least make it a TGI Friday's. Come on, keep it classy.
Author's Apology: Apparently "shoulder pad" is two words. Duly noted.

summer reading!

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I want to know--what's on your summer reading list? Now that write-on is over, I can officially read whatever I want. Way too excited. I went to the library yesterday and picked up the following (two are actually movies, but movies are a major thing to me!):

-A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
-Transparent Things by Vladimir Nabokov
-Goya's Ghosts
-The Lives of Others

That covers one all-time favorite author and one new one. I've somehow only seen about the first half an hour of The Lives of Others, so I'm excited to finish it. Give me suggestions, friends! I especially like existentialism, prose, and Russian authors.

it's on, workforce.

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My first day went quite swimmingly, if I do say so myself. I learned that I'm assigned to high profile/violent crimes...woohoo! I get the crazies! That's about as much as I can say per my confidentiality agreement, but it should be an interesting summer.

I've actually stayed on a bit of a schedule today, and that's odd. I'm not really one that likes to structure things, but it's worked so far. I went to work, to the gym, worked on law journal piece, played piano, and now I'm ready for more law journal!

This seems appropriate today...have a good week!

Go Local! Vol. 2

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I'm actually keeping up with a series...go me! Today was my annual eye check-up. I knew I wouldn't be able to see to drive after my eyes were dilated, so Geoff offered to drive me. After hearing that my sight is still better than 20/20, I am further convinced that LASIK is a miracle and Dr. Abell must canonized as the patron saint of eyesight. Or something like that.

Anyway, after the check-up, we decided to check out the Parkette Drive-In. It reopened under new management last year, and I'd been wanting to check it out for a long time. According to their website, the drive-in originally opened in 1951. As far as I can see, it still operates on pretty much the same principles. Small dining room area, but mostly catering to in-car service. Geoff was über boring with his selection and ordered a hot dog and fries. Luckily, the hot dog was unique (at least to me) in being served on a sesame seed bun. I've never seen that with a dog before. Geoff reports that it was delicious, so I guess being boring worked out for him. I had to go all out and try the Poor Boy, which is apparently one of their signature meals. Two hamburger patties, three pieces of bread, onion, lettuce, pickles, tomato, and "Parkette Sauce." NOTE: I had never eaten a double hamburger before in my life. I ate the whole thing. It wasn't anything out of this world, but it was just simple and tasty.

Yes, the sign still looks exactly like that.

Overall, I just love the idea of a truly local and historic drive-in. Oh, and our waitress was the most friendly I've had in a LONG time. If anyone else has been, I'd love to hear about what you had!

this week's music: the pogues!

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Actually, The Pogues always get pretty good airtime on my iTunes and record player. But right now, I just can't get enough. I've been missing both London and Ireland badly. Since I don't have the money to reach either, I figure Shane and the Pogues are the next best thing. Last night, I got the 5 CD box set of rarities, b-sides, etc, called "Just Look Them in the Eyes and say 'Pogue Mahone'!" It's definitely worth checking out if you're a Pogues fan. There's also an interview with Shane in the current Q magazine, where he was voted one of the Top 100 Frontmen of All Time. He's a real piece of work. I sat there in Barnes and Noble and giggled out loud at the things he said. In an unfortunate update from that interview, he has already lost his new teeth. Some things will never change.

I realize that this is a very, very rambly post, and I apologize. Here is one of my favorites by The Pogues--enjoy!

Oh Ireland, I'll be back.

London...best times of my life!

mountain medicine.

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In celebration of Kathleen and myself completing our first year of law school and Tommy and Mark finishing law school forever, the four of us took a getaway to the Smoky Mountains. K's uncle graciously let us stay at his AMAZING cabin, Mountain Medicine. We all had queen size beds and huge full bathrooms all to ourselves! We had a hot tub on the deck, and it was THE go-to destination as soon as we got back every evening! It was the perfect way to end the year, and I hope we can make it an annual tradition.

Unfortunately, I'm now back to the real world of writing on to law journal. I'll be taking a break tomorrow night to go to the Midlake concert at Southgate House! I haven't seen them since 2007 and I'm preeeeetty excited. Anyone else have concert plans this summer?

I'll leave you with some pictures from our trip. Have a happy Sunday!

Best friends.

Putt-putt champion.

Rouse loves Nora Roberts.

Sometimes you gotta hang ten on a crazy ride.

We love Tommy. Sometimes.

all the stuff you've missed.

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A few things I didn't have time to post about, January through May.

Kathleen and I did the John Wall dance.

We sang some karaoke.

Stu sang some karaoke a few weeks later and met "Karen".

I taught Potions.

A Bloody Mary cured a losing ticket at Keeneland.

DeMarcus Cousins and I were married at a small, intimate ceremony at Kennedy Bookstore.

Yeah, that's pretty much how it all happened!


i'm a 2L, or, HALLELUJAH!

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The woman in that picture is a pretty accurate representation of me after my CivPro final today. I am now 33.333% finished with law school! I'm worn to a frazzle right now. Providing that I actually wake up before 8 pm tomorrow, Momma and I are going to Cincinnati to do some shopping. Wish us luck as we enter the evil empire.

Did I mention 1L year is over? Praise the Lawd!


no time for a post...

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but I thought I'd try a blog hop!

Off to UK Law Commencement, where I can mourn ALL of my friends leaving!

heads up for CATS fans...

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Ramon just tweeted that he, Mark, Patrick, and Perry will be having a signing tonight from 6-8 at Paul Mitchell. I normally wouldn't post about a signing, but this one has a special cause. All of the proceeds will go to help pay medical bills for Mark's mom, who is battling cancer.

This is a great group of guys! Come and say hello...and say your last goodbye to Patrick before he becomes an NBA star.

Update: The guys raised $7,500! This is a huge victory, but don't stop praying for Terri Krebs!

new tunes for the week.

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Studying has always cause me to make playlists. I have "finals" playlists dating back to my first semester of junior year, and it's always fun to go back and have a listen. I usually pick mellow, folky tunes for those types of playlists. This year, I mixed those with peppy songs, because Lord knows I need cheering up while studying this stuff. Here are some of my favorites from my Spring '10 list, with links to their YouTube videos.

1. Local Natives-Airplanes. Geoff has been telling me to download Gorilla Manor for months, and I just got around to it. Thank goodness. Fans of Band of Horses will want to check these guys out.

2. Specials-Monkey Man. This song never fails to put a smile on my face. When I have kids, we'll definitely jam to this one together.

3. Blitzen Trapper-Heaven and Earth. I thought I'd downloaded the wrong song at first. I was prepared for a harmonica or acoustic guitar...and they give me piano. It's different for Blitzen Trapper, but it definitely works. I hope that when the official video for this arrives, it will be as awesome as the one for Black River Killer.

4. The Zombies-You Really Got a Hold on Me/Bring it on Home to Me. One of my favorite bands takes two of my favorites songs and puts them together? Oh yeah. I've known this medley for a long time, but now I can't get enough of it. What is your favorite version of either of these songs?

5. The Whitsundays-Silent in the Wind. Simple and sweet, like this time of year should be. There's no YouTube video for now, so I linked you to a free download! Even better!

Hope you enjoy some of the songs! If you do, support the artists by buying their album or going to their show! Ohh speaking of which...I am going to see Midlake next weekend! YAY! Anyway, I'm off to study class actions for the next three days. Happy Finals Week!


new youtube favorite!

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Oh. My. Gosh. This just made me smile SO much. Some guy with a freakishly good Herzog impression has uploaded YouTube videos of "Werner" reading childrens' books. The way he changes the themes are dead-on Herzog as well...man versus nature, isolation, etc. It's just too good and I'm probably way too excited about it.

sweet dreams, vol. 3.

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Oh Dreamland. You never cease to amuse me.

It's been rainy and blah all day, so I couldn't help but lay down for a little snooze. During said snooze, I dreamed that I had somehow come into possession of a video of John Wall that was, shall we say, risqué. Someone then proceeded to upload the video onto the internet under my name! Hahaha, I started flipping out, because I was afraid it would ruin John's name and career. I spent the rest of the dream trying to delete it from the internet and crying. I woke up and had a good laugh.

Now Johnny boy, you see the lengths I go to for you even in dreams? You can hire another attorney for now, but hopefully you will dump him in two years and give me a job. I'll be the attorney Rick Pitino wishes he had. Think about it.