June 30th 2006

maybe a little more disclosure than i’m comfortable with

Today was supposed to be a good day. I had a bunch of stuff to do, but none of it needed to be done at school, so I could stay home and work. It’s finally sunny and not schizophrenically rainy-cloudy-sunny-cold-hot, so I hoped to get some sun. And we have a fun party to go to tonight.

So why was today NOT a good day?

1) I went to the roof to work and get some sun–just in shorts and a tank top, so I didn’t bother with sunscreen or a swimsuit. Within ten minutes I was being eaten alive by FLEAS. Back inside for me.

2) The work I am doing didn’t take me as long as I thought it would, so I spent the latter part of the afternoon struggling to fill my hours. Not that there’s not stuff to do, it’s just not the fun stuff. I had hoped the fun stuff would last a little longer.

3) I managed to piss of Mr. Angst. I didn’t mean to, and I’m still not sure why I reacted the way I did, when I pissed him off, but I don’t think any of that matters. So now we’re both unhappy and feeling off, and yet we still have this party to go to, and I am pretty sure the party is going to be no fun for either of us.

The day started out with such promise, and I don’t think I realized how edgy I was until I reacted to Mr. Angst (the Pissing Off Incident–the details of which would sound so ridiculous that no one would ever believe it was the cause of all this angst). I blew off a little steam–steam I didn’t know was building up–and I blew it off possibly in the wrong way. But usually when I pop off, I feel better afterward. I don’t now.

Honestly, I don’t know what’s going on with me. I just feel stupid and small and not right, and I don’t know how to change it.

June 29th 2006

A group of children (with two adults) just came tiptoeing through the library. I have no idea who they were or how they got in, since everyone has to swipe a card to get in. I guess the circulation people must have let them through–but why? There are a lot of people in the library lately, what with the summer term having started, as well as all the research assistants being in the thick of work.

I’m a little weirded out. If they had been prospective students, that would have been one thing. Or even college students. But they were in the 9-to-11 range.

Come to think of it, that’s the second group of children in that age range I’ve seen out and about during the week. I guess the week before July 4 is a popular vacation time. Yesterday, while I waited for my train, five kids and three parents swarmed the platform, in shorts, sandals, and at least one fanny pack. The dad was showing two kids how to read the train map, while a third one played on the dirty ground (and his mother admonished him not to touch his face after that, upon which he promptly picked his nose). And I thought then, what are these kids doing here? It’s a WEDNESDAY! I mean, yeah, they don’t have school, but don’t their parents have to work? And if the parents are on vacation, why this week?

Maybe it’s just that we always took our vacations over July 4 week, or in August. I guess in my mind, you need either a national holiday or the impending threat of school starting back up to warrant a week playing tourist.

I still don’t know why any kid on vacation would want to wander through the law library, though.

A group of children (with two adults) just came tiptoeing through the library. I have no idea who they were or how they got in, since everyone has to swipe a card to get in. I guess the circulation people must have let them through–but why? There are a lot of people in the library lately, what with the summer term having started, as well as all the research assistants being in the thick of work.

I’m a little weirded out. If they had been prospective students, that would have been one thing. Or even college students. But they were in the 9-to-11 range.

Come to think of it, that’s the second group of children in that age range I’ve seen out and about during the week. I guess the week before July 4 is a popular vacation time. Yesterday, while I waited for my train, five kids and three parents swarmed the platform, in shorts, sandals, and at least one fanny pack. The dad was showing two kids how to read the train map, while a third one played on the dirty ground (and his mother admonished him not to touch his face after that, upon which he promptly picked his nose). And I thought then, what are these kids doing here? It’s a WEDNESDAY! I mean, yeah, they don’t have school, but don’t their parents have to work? And if the parents are on vacation, why this week?

Maybe it’s just that we always took our vacations over July 4 week, or in August. I guess in my mind, you need either a national holiday or the impending threat of school starting back up to warrant a week playing tourist.

I still don’t know why any kid on vacation would want to wander through the law library, though.

A group of children (with two adults) just came tiptoeing through the library. I have no idea who they were or how they got in, since everyone has to swipe a card to get in. I guess the circulation people must have let them through–but why? There are a lot of people in the library lately, what with the summer term having started, as well as all the research assistants being in the thick of work.

I’m a little weirded out. If they had been prospective students, that would have been one thing. Or even college students. But they were in the 9-to-11 range.

Come to think of it, that’s the second group of children in that age range I’ve seen out and about during the week. I guess the week before July 4 is a popular vacation time. Yesterday, while I waited for my train, five kids and three parents swarmed the platform, in shorts, sandals, and at least one fanny pack. The dad was showing two kids how to read the train map, while a third one played on the dirty ground (and his mother admonished him not to touch his face after that, upon which he promptly picked his nose). And I thought then, what are these kids doing here? It’s a WEDNESDAY! I mean, yeah, they don’t have school, but don’t their parents have to work? And if the parents are on vacation, why this week?

Maybe it’s just that we always took our vacations over July 4 week, or in August. I guess in my mind, you need either a national holiday or the impending threat of school starting back up to warrant a week playing tourist.

I still don’t know why any kid on vacation would want to wander through the law library, though.

A group of children (with two adults) just came tiptoeing through the library. I have no idea who they were or how they got in, since everyone has to swipe a card to get in. I guess the circulation people must have let them through–but why? There are a lot of people in the library lately, what with the summer term having started, as well as all the research assistants being in the thick of work.

I’m a little weirded out. If they had been prospective students, that would have been one thing. Or even college students. But they were in the 9-to-11 range.

Come to think of it, that’s the second group of children in that age range I’ve seen out and about during the week. I guess the week before July 4 is a popular vacation time. Yesterday, while I waited for my train, five kids and three parents swarmed the platform, in shorts, sandals, and at least one fanny pack. The dad was showing two kids how to read the train map, while a third one played on the dirty ground (and his mother admonished him not to touch his face after that, upon which he promptly picked his nose). And I thought then, what are these kids doing here? It’s a WEDNESDAY! I mean, yeah, they don’t have school, but don’t their parents have to work? And if the parents are on vacation, why this week?

Maybe it’s just that we always took our vacations over July 4 week, or in August. I guess in my mind, you need either a national holiday or the impending threat of school starting back up to warrant a week playing tourist.

I still don’t know why any kid on vacation would want to wander through the law library, though.

June 28th 2006

I am such a nerd

Today, I’m working on some proofreading. I haven’t gotten to proofread in a long time, and I forgot how soothing it can be. It’s the best kind of proofreading, too–the kind where you don’t have to worry about substantive content (because that stuff has already been done), and all you have to do is read each word to make sure it’s spelled right, check for curly quotes, commas, spacing, and–best of all!–conformity to style.

And no, I am not being sarcastic!

Because, yeah, I hate the Bluebook when I have to figure out how to make my own citations conform and there’s no rule. But when I’m just double-checking someone else’s work, sifting through the Bluebook (or the Chicago Manual of Style, and YAY, I get to use my very own copy of it, finally), it’s nice. Soothing, like I said. It’s not boring or mindless, but it’s not super-challenging, either. It’s the kind of welcome break my brain sometimes needs.

June 27th 2006

:::pulling hair from scalp:::

Westlaw is about to shred my last nerve.

And before you all go getting clever, telling me to use Lexis, let me note that the vast majority of the journals I’m likely to find good material in are not available on Lexis. Because that’s how much Lexis hates me.

June 26th 2006

hard selling idiots

I really like my insurance company, I really do. But I’m perplexed at the fact that, even though the company doesn’t do commissions, every time I call, I get the upsell from whoever I’m talking to. EVERY TIME.

Sigh. At least I’ve taken care of all the necessary address changes, policy changes, and whatnot, so our stuff will be covered during our move. And after our move. And I set up our utilities. So after a couple more address changes, we should be all switched over. Which will be a relief.

Oh, and sentence fragments rock.

June 25th 2006

summer scheduling sucks

Somehow, I thought I’d have more time this summer. I thought that, since I can do my work whenever (and mostly whereever) I want, I’d go to the pool more frequently, or be more productive at home with the packing, or just spend more time doing things.

What I have discovered is that I am not a person who really does things. I need a motivator to do something. Last night, Mr. Angst and I did something–we went out, in other words–but that’s not the sort of thing I’m talking about. No, I’m more talking about getting out of bed and deciding to pack a box–because I can!–or putting on my sneakers and going for a run. What do I do instead? I pick up my computer, and stare at it for hours at a time.

I don’t want to suggest that law school turned me into a couch potato, or a computer-head. I really was those things before. But law school has not really forced me to NOT be a couch potato or a computer-head. My work is almost all on the computer. I read the news on the computer. I look for a Thai place that has kao soy on the menu on the computer. I don’t have much impetus to get up off my butt.

This week, my goal is to spend less time on the computer. If I am at home and TV sucks and I am bored, I will pack boxes. If I am at school, on the clock, I will waste less time checking my email and reading blogs. That will give me more time to go to the pool if I want, to take a walk, to put on my sneakers and go running.

I don’t like not having a routine, and I am not good at disciplining myself into a routine. But I’m going to step up my efforts this week.

check it out!

Don’t forget that this week’s Law School Roundup is at Evan Schaeffer’s Legal Underground. Go take a look at the tabloid-headline posts Evan’s collected! Next week, per normal, the roundup will be back here.

June 23rd 2006

time sure does fly

Mr. Angst and I will be fully moved in to our new place in three weeks and one day. And, actually, we will have all of our boxed stuff (clothes, dishes, lamps, books, etc.) moved in TWO weeks and one day.

As of this moment, right now, we have packed exactly ZERO boxes.

I am not sure if this makes me nervous or not. We HAVE the boxes themselves, but we haven’t done anything with them. And I’m not really sure how much I WANT to do with them right now. Part of me thinks packing rapidly and just going makes a move less traumatic. So things get tossed in a box with little organization. Big deal. You can always organize when you UNpack, right?

Thing is, that sort of move, while easier on this end of things, makes the other end so much more stressful–and I am so excited about our new apartment that I don’t want that end of it to be awful. So maybe tonight I’ll pack up a box or two of books, just to make myself feel better. And maybe I can fill a suitcase or two with clothes or shoes, so I can point to something and say, “See! I packed!”

that was uncommon

On my 2000-song playlist (basically, any music that isn’t instrumental, classical, or choral), I just got THREE IN A ROW from the same artist. (Two different albums.) That almost never happens.

June 22nd 2006

mid-week foodblogging

Andrea posted this yummy curry recipe the other day, and it looked so good I wanted to try it out. But I’m not a vegetarian, nor is Mr. Angst. And while we’ll eat vegetarian from time to time, we generally like some substantial protein in our dinners. So I adapted Andrea’s recipe. I cut about a pound of chicken thighs into equal-sized pieces, seasoned them with salt and pepper, and put them in the pan first, browning them well on all sides. Once the chicken was well-browned, I added the onions, potatoes, peas, tomatoes, spices, and yogurt, according to Andrea’s recipe.

Served atop a bed of rice…super YUM. The chicken turned out very tender and the whole thing was quite flavorful. The only thing I’d do differently in the future is add a bit more salt. I scattered a small pinch over the pan at the end, but I could have used a bit more.

Your pop culture question of the day

Does anyone else think Teri Hatcher is just about to go off the deep end? Is she, or is she not, the next Anne Heche? Discuss.

June 21st 2006

the dogs need some grooming

So, it’s officially summer today, and that means I should probably start doing something about my feet.

In summer, I wear sandals all the time. Flip flops, slides, and dressy, strappy sandals. Open-toed shoes. Never hose. It makes my feet happy to be in the sun. But it does not make my feet pretty. I have old blisters, dry heels, cracking toenails. My feet look like complete CRAP. This does not mean I am going to stop wearing sandals, of course, so I need to make them look less gross. One way to do this is to slather lotion on them before bed, and then sleep in socks. This is, actually, a good method. It moisturizes the feet and keeps my footskin soft.

But I hate wearing socks in bed. I also hate the feeling of excess lotion on my feet–and excess is really required when you use the socks, since the socks will always absorb some of the moisture of the lotion. So the one home method that works is the one I am most averse to. I could also go get a pedicure, but I’m cheap, and with all the walking and sandal-wearing I do, whatever good that did would wear off in, oh, about two days.

So I’m hating my ugly feet right now, but not enough to do what I need to.

June 20th 2006

Summer School

I admit it, it’s a point of pride with me that I’ve never taken summer school.

Until now.

Classes started this week, and I can already tell that Tuesdays are going to be difficult to manage. It’s hard to squeeze in 8 hours of WORK when you have to spend 4 hours in class. It’s a GOOD class, yes, but it’s FOUR HOURS of it, in the middle of the work day. While I don’t particularly like night classes, admittedly, my life would be a little simpler if this class were at night.

But, que sera sera. I’ll try and work for a few hours tonight, and I’ll have to plan ahead a little better in the future.

June 19th 2006

why am I watching TWC?

Heard on the Weather Channel:

“Now we have the pictures to show you what ten inches look like.”

Granted, it was about the rain in Houston, but that line just stuck out (oh, God, no more puns!) and caught my attention.

Tartlet. Tartlet. Tartlet. The word has lost all meaning.

This is one of my favorite appetizers to make. It’s a caprese tart(let).

First, make a pastry shell. (You can use a store bought pastry shell if you want, but don’t get the stuff already in the pan, please. Those are usually sweet, and you need something that will be OK for a savory tart.) My recipe is easy enough, especially if you have a food processor.

1 cup all-purpose flour (though I used cake flour for this one and it was SUPER flaky. Hard to handle the dough, though, because it was so soft.)
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 tbsp cold butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg
1 egg yolk

Put the dry ingredients in your food processor and pulse to mix. Add the cold butter and pulse in 1-second bursts (about 10 or 15 pulses) until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Add the egg, and pulse to incorporate. Add the yolk and pulse until the mixture forms a ball. Pull from the bowl of the processor, and form into a disk. Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour and up to two days.

When you are ready to make your pastry, remove it from the fridge and roll out on a floured surface. Shoot for a uniform 1/8-inch thickness.

Roll the pastry up on your rolling pin and then unroll over a 9- or 10-inch tart pan. Press the pastry into the sides of the pan, and trim the edges.

While your pastry dough rests, you can prepare the fixins. For this go around, I used a fresh tomato from the farmer’s market, but good plum tomatoes from the grocery work well, too, as long as they are GOOD, and not mealy. I used about six leaves of fresh basil, and two golf-ball sized balls of fresh mozzarella. I also used a very slight sprinkling of shredded mozzarella when I assembled the whole thing, just for “glue.”

So, to assemble, spread the shredded mozzarella (a scant quarter cup, if that much) on the bottom of the pastry. Then spread the tomatoes on top. Add the mozzarella slices in the empty spaces around the tomatoes. I try to avoid putting the cheese on top of the tomato. Scatter the basil (cut chiffonade style) over the top. A few turns of fresh pepper, a pinch of salt, and a drizzle of olive oil finishes it off.

Heat the oven to 400° and bake for about 25 minutes. Cool on a rack for at least 10 minutes before cutting into it, and enjoy!

June 18th 2006

Weekly Law School Roundup #23: Balancing Work, Family, and Life

In honor of Father’s Day, I present a collection of posts by law students (and those who are recently NOT students) about work, family, life, and the balance thereof. Yes, Virginia, you CAN be a lawyer and have a life, too. Just ask these fine folks.

Law Students on Family

Law Students on Life

Law Students on Work

And that’s it for this edition of the Weekly Law School Roundup. Next week’s roundup will be at Evan Shaeffer’s Legal Underground, and in two weeks, it’ll be back here.

June 17th 2006

Let’s all go to the movies, let’s all go to the movies…

LQ tagged me with the movie meme. The rules are as follows:

A. Pick 11 of your favorite movies.
B. Then pick one of your favorite quotes from each movie.
C. Post the quotes on your blog.
D. Have commenters guess what the movie is.
E. Either strike out the quote once it has been correctly identified or place the guesser’s user name directly after the quote.
F. Extra points for knowing the actor or character’s name.

Here are mine! Guess away! And no cheating with Google!

Movie #1:

And from now on, stop playing with yourself.

Dave!, of Preaching to the Perverted totally nailed this one. I don’t know the actor’s name, either, but this is from Real Genius, when Mitch is talking to Kent through the implant in his mouth, and Kent thinks it’s Jesus. The best part is that, right after Mitch says this, Kent’s response is, “It IS God!” Classic.

Movie #2:

Waitress: What do you want in your omelette, sir?
Man : Nothing in the omelette, nothing at all.
Waitress: Well, that’s not technically an omelette.

Stare Decisis correctly identified this as John Cusak as Martin Blank in Grosse Pointe Blanke.

Movie #3:

Do I have a nightgown on? No, I don’t. Would you mind turning around for a second? Oh, never mind, it’s such a corny line anyway. I’ll turn around myself.

Joey at Yayarolly goes to law school got this one: Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) says this in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Movie #4:

She is starting to damage my calm.

kmsqrd of Quo Vado? got this one: it’s Jayne Cobb (Adam Baldwin) in Serenity.

Movie #5:

Baby, I am not from Havana!

Dave! got this one, too–finally! It’s from Blazing Saddles, spoken by Bart to Lili Von Shtupp.

Movie #6:

Once it hits your lips! It’s so good!

Peanut Butter Burrito knows that this is from Old School–Will Ferrell as Frank the Tank.

Movie #7:

I am a choreographer. That’s what I do. You are cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are dancers who have gone retarded. What you do is a tiny, pathetic subset of dancing. I will attempt to turn your robotic routines into poetry, written with the human body. Follow me, or perish, sweater monkeys.

Jeanne from My So-Called Internet Life knew this: it’s from Bring it On. The speaker, by the way, is the irrepressible “Sparky.” I don’t know the actor’s name.

Movie #8:

Fester, fester, fester. Rot, rot, rot.

The Namby Pamby knew that this was from French Kiss. Meg Ryan’s character Kate says this to Kevin Kline’s Luc.

Movie #9:

Don’t tell the elf.

Dan at Last Moderate Republican correctly identified this as Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. And it is high comedy.

Movie #10:

Wasn’t there anyone else there to lavish you with attention?

Janine from Very Unnecessary knew that this is from Lost in Translation; Bill Murray’s Bob Harris says it to Scarlett Johannsen’s Charlotte.

Movie #11:

I am FILLED with Christ’s love!

Q from Passionate Discourse got this one: Mandy Moore as Hilary Faye in Saved!

And, in grand meme tradition, I get to pass it on. Cella and Randolph Jurisprudence have had so much fun with music lately, let’s see what they do with movies. And Citations should have to do it, too, since she’s [finally!] done with school.