Sunday, January 30, 2011

Checking off the list..

This weekend I worked on my lists... my "to do" list and my Oscar films list. 

I cleaned out the entry closet and did a couple of other projects around the house.  I did a little decorating.  I put out Valentine's decorations (I'll show those in a few days), and I moved some glass containers from my bathroom to my kitchen.  These have been on the ledge by my bathtub for a few years filled with soap and bath salts, but I decided to move them to the kitchen.  Here they are behind my sink (not sure about whether these apples and pears will remain as their fillers)...

{sorry, iphone photo}

I watched an Oscar nominated film on Saturday night, so I can check off another one off the list.  I watched "Winter's Bone".  It won best picture at Sundance, but let me say that while I often like noir films, this one was just plain depressing.


Today I watched "Secretariat" on my Apple TV.  I wanted to try out renting a movie on my new love, my Apple TV, and I decided on Secretariat because it shows to be a "Very Long Wait" on netflix and I obviously knew the ending and knew that it would be happy, and I needed that to shake off the lasting effects of "Winter's Bone"


Now, I'm watching E!'s Live on the Red Carpet for the Screen Actors' Guild awards and gearing up for the actual awards later tonight.  You know awards season is one of my favorite "Seasons"!  

Updated:  Apparently watching Secretariat was a family event this weekend.  I just talked to my mom and learned that she and my dad watched and then my grandparents watched it too.  She had to walk my grandparents through their pay-per-view purchase but they were so excited to finally see it.  My grandfather raced horses, and Mom said before he watched it he was naming all the real people in the movie, and said that he had touched Secretariat. 

Friday, January 28, 2011

This post is dedicated to...

This post is dedicated to Excedrin Back and Body.  How do I love thee, let me count the ways.  Today I love thee because I have moved three pieces of furniture, some pretty heavy,and a really heavy tv all over my house.  And I believe that because of you Excedrin, I will be able to get out of bed tomorrow.  You haven't let me down in the past, and I hope you don't this time.

I went to Dillards and picked up my new tv console this afternoon.  Talk about a fiasco.  Let's just say that if I would have been able to locate one person who spoke English, it would have gone so much smoother (or as always, if I spoke Spanish). 

Jennifer and Kyle (and little Joshua) came over after dinner to help me move everything around and hook everything up.  Kyle and I lifted until I'm sure we will both be sore tomorrow.  Jennifer didn't help us lift a darn thing...something about being pregnant, blah, blah, blah!  :)  We finally got everything situated.  We moved out a bookcase/storage piece from the office, and that went home with them for the new baby's nursery.  We moved the old living room amoire into the office.


We got the tv and all the components set up in the living room.  I love the way it looks, but obviously it will eventually look nicer with a new flat screen.  Perhaps the best part of the night is that tech savvy Kyle took a look at my Apple TV and it turns out I can hook it up to this old school tv!  Wish I had known that since I've had it sitting in the closet since October, but I'm so glad to know it now!  Currently, I'm syncing my itunes collection to the Apple TV and I'm just happy as a clam! 

I love the way the new piece looks in my living room
One of the things I love about it is the top.  It's so pretty and once I have a flat screen it will be even more visible since it won't cover as much surface area.
(Yes, I have my tv sitting on a towel.  It's pretty ghetto, but I was afraid this tv would indent the top of the console since the wood is raised a little bit due to the pattern.  In case you think I'm being over-dramatic, we looked it up in the manual and the tv weighs approx. 150 pounds!)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bargain Thursday

Shopping is a fickle sport.  Some days, usually when you are looking for something specific, you aren't able to find a darn thing, even if you are willing to buy that specific item whatever the cost.  But some days, boy oh boy, do you hit a gold mine!  And today folks, well today was was even better than that.  I'll say that today I hit a diamond mine!

I'll walk you through my finds chronologically (and sorry, all iphone photos today, I'm in a HURRY because tonight is my class after class night)...

I spoke to my Mom on the way to court this morning.  She mentioned seeing in the paper that Dillards had all their sale stuff an additional 30% off today.  I had been hitting up the Dillards close to my house pretty regularly this week because I had been doing some personal shopping for my Meme.  I had heard from my Meme last night and knew that she loved a little flowy sweater that I had gotten her that they had in additional colors, and I had spied a jacket earlier in the week that I liked.

So when I left court, I went straight to Dillards and got a couple of more sweaters for Meme for $12 each and got myself the jacket that I had liked.  It's a cute zebra print.  Kind of a ruffle like bottom (if that makes sense) and is 3/4 sleeves with ruffles at the end of them also, so it will work for spring/summer.  Original price $90~ paid $37.  It my friends, was the worst deal of the day, but I liked it a lots, so I was okay with that.

Then as I was driving away from Dillards, I drove by Coldwater Creek.  They can either be hit or miss, but they had a sale sign out on the sidewalk so I stopped in.  It was a hit!  Here's what I got...

These two jackets...
Red One: Original price $110~ sale price $20...........Purple One: Original price $100~ sale price $16
I also got this jacket on the right....original price $110~ sale price $20
Later I went back with Jennifer and found 3 other things I couldn't live without.  I got the above Kaftan-ish shirt and the two shirts below (they are exactly alike except for color).  When checking out, I mentioned to the saleslady that I wish I had combined my two purchases because then I would have bought enough to use my coupon.  (Note:  I didn't really have a coupon, but they always have one out in some magazine, so I always pretend like I do).  So the manager overhears and says, well we'll just give you the $20 off for the coupon anyway.  So.... Red & Black Kaftan was $9, and the two shirts below were $7 each!  (I cannot remember original prices but I think the ones that were $7 were originally about $55 each and the other was $70ish or more)
Then I went to another Dillards because Jennifer was looking for something that our closest Dillards didn't have in her size.  While there, I thought I'd pop into the furniture department and look at TV Consoles.  I've been looking all over at TV Consoles for over a year.  See, I'm one of the only persons left in this country without an HD Flatscreen.  One reason I don't have one is that one won't fit in my tv cabinet, so a new tv also means buying a new piece of furniture, which means an outlay of lots of money at once.

Anyway, I had decided that I really either wanted a console and hutch (problem: with a hutch I have to immediately have a new tv because they don't accommodate my old kind), or a console.  I hadn't found a console I loved.  I had found several antique buffets that I loved and desperately wished I had the knowledge to covert them to house the components, etc., but of course I don't. 

So I wondered through Dillards and saw this...
The little drawer fronts flip down for your components (just like I had wished I could do on those pretty antique pieces)...
And the bottom portions slide and have lots of storage for DVD's etc.
 I  looked online and the cheapest I saw it anywhere is $1599
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But Dillards sold it for $1299

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But the Floor Model was marked down to $649

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AND

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AND

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The additional 30% off applied to it too!

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So I got it for $454!!!!!!!!!!

I was too cheap to pay $70 for delivery, so I'm picking it up on Saturday!

I'm so excited!  It meets all my requirements:  It's a visually interesting piece.  It will hold my old tv until I buy a new one.  And best of all, a great price! 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I'd blissfully forgotten...

I'd blissfully forgotten that the Academy Awards had upped the number of nominated films from 5 to 10.  While I was laying in bed two nights ago I was thinking about the Academy Award nominations (because really, who isn't thinking about that as they drift off to sleep, right?), when I remembered that they had increased it.  I hate it.  I could always strive to see 5 films, but 10, forget it. 

Let's look at this year's list and my progress:

The King's Speech ~ seen it.  love it.  am obsessed with it.  think it will take the award.
The Social Network ~ seen it.  liked it.  shouldn't have won best pic at globes.
The Kids Are Alright ~ seen it.  thought it was, well, alright.
Toy Story 3 ~ haven't seen 1 or 2, so likely won't see 3 before awards
True Grit ~ haven't seen it.  probably won't until Netflix delivers it to my door.
Inception ~ high up on my Netflix queue, but I honestly have no desire to see it
Winter's Bone ~ know nothing about it, but have added it to high position in Netflix queue
127 Hours~ haven't seen it.  won't see it.
The Fighter ~ will likely see it at theatre before awards are handed out.
Black Swan ~ no real desire to see it.  will probably wait on Netflix

Have y'all seen any of the nominated films?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Legal Funny

It's been a while since I've blogged a Legal Funny.  Not because I go a day without something cracking me up, but sometimes I forget.  This one comes by way of one of my partner's cases.  It's a Child Protective Services case in which she is representing the child.  She was reviewing paperwork today for a hearing that is scheduled tomorrow.  In reading the mother's psych eval, she ran across this line...

"She identified fatigue as her primary obstacle to employment in the past"

Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I didn't know that could be an obstacle to employment, or I'd have totally used it!  Do bill collectors accept that as an excuse for not paying your bills? 

Monday, January 24, 2011

Lola's Hissy Fit

I left my house for 1 hour this afternoon and Lola threw a hissy fit.  I had some mail on the coffee table that needed to be mailed out.  Included in that mail was a DVD that I watched yesterday and was sending back to Netflix.  When I got home, I found that one of the letters I had in the pile had been shredded as well as this....

Y'all!  My dog at my Netflix!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday


What are y'all doing on this lovely Saturday?

I tried some new eye cream last night, so my eyes are swelled up like elephant man this morning. I should know better!

I'm not leaving the house until I look normal again, so why not do laundry & clean out the DVR between loads. Just watching some tv between schnauzer ears...


Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Afternoon Movie Time

I went to see a movie this afternoon. While I still desperately want to see "The Fighter", I decided that I really needed to see some lighter fare, so I saw "No Strings Attached".  I have no doubt I would have thought "The Fighter" to be a better movie, but in my odd-ball life that I lead, some weeks I've just had enough of the drugs & crime in real life to go see a movie about it too.  Usually I compartmentalize really well, but at this week's end, I just wanted to laugh.

While it's not going at the top of my favorite Rom-Com movie list, I thought it was cute enough.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Brrrrrr!

Dang y'all!  It's cold outside!  When I went to court this morning it was 34 degrees.  When I left it was 30 degrees.  Now it is in the 20's and the wind is howling out of the north so the wind chill is brutal!  Not, we live in Minnesota brutal, but since this is Texas after all, it's darn cold!

Poor Lola went to the Paw Spa yesterday and got all her fuzzy warm hair sheared right off, so I busted out the new sweater that she got for Christmas.

Too bad my classes tonight are on opposite ends of the campus.  I had decided that I would just park by the building where my latest class meets, so that I wouldn't have to walk across campus late at night.  It's going to be a chilly walk tonight!

I'm ready for the weekend already.  I know, it's only Thursday, but if I can make it through tonight, I will feel like I'm almost there. 

Here's some more cute pics of little bit in her sweater (sweater from Dillards if anyone cares)...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Getting over Lazy

I think I've been bitten by the lazy bug.  Or we have the sleeping disease here at our house.  Or I just need a swift kick in the pants!  Any way you put it, I need to get it in gear.  I was too lazy this weekend and just watched movies and snuggled with Lola.  That's great, but it doesn't organize the pile of crap from your childhood that your mom sent to your house.  It doesn't get the laundry done.  It doesn't run your errands.  So as I said, I need a good swift kick in the pants and need to get into action.

Last night was the first night back at school this semester.  I'm sad it started because I loved my free nights.  I'm glad it started back because, well let's face it, I don't get paid if I'm not teaching!  I already am beyond annoyed at a student.  Can you believe it?  In one night?  Well, it all started out when he sent me an e-mail a while back telling me that he had taken the liberty of re-formatting my syllabus so that it made more sense.  Yep, I'll pause while you process that.  Good first impression right?  Telling your professor that they are basically an idiot.  Well, turns out annoying via e-mail equates into annoying in person!  I don't have class tonight, but tomorrow night is my KILLER night.  Two classes, one from 5:30-6:45 and the other from 7:00-9:50.  Then next week, I'll have all three of my classes (since Monday's was a holiday this week).

Lola left out of here for the Paw Spa this morning.  She looked like a pound puppy and was in need of a trip to the groomers!  She was so excited to go that she didn't eat her breakfast and stood by the door until it was time to go. 

As I said, today I hope to get it in gear.  One thing I need to do is go to Bath & Body Works and buy some hand soap, as I'm running dangerously low.  I was excited to see an e-mail from BBW this morning with a sale on soap and new scents that might pass my picky smell test...


Hope you are having a good week!

P.S. I think some people thought I was sick since I mentioned in my last post that blowing my nose this weekend was about the extent of any activities that I did.  I have allergies 365 days a year, so I blow my nose a lot.  It's not abnormal (well for me anyway, it probably is abnormal for "normal" peeps).  Just wanted to clarify that I wasn't sick.  I know so many bloggers who are actually sick right now, that I felt bad for the get well wishes I got when they really need them.  Get well soon Sam & Amanda!

P.P.S. Based on my kleenex usage, I would recommend Proctor & Gable stock if you're looking for a tip ('cause I use Puffs instead of Kleenex).

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nothing but TV & Globes

I've gotten nothing done this weekend.  I did blow my nose approximately 537 times.  I gave Lola's muddy legs about 39 baths.  But other than that, I accomplished nothing other than lots of television time.  Here's how our weekend looked...

I watched all the Week 2 episodes of "In Treatment" (love that Gabriel Byrne, but then I've probably said that a time or ten around here).  I watched "Letters to Juliet", which was cuter than I expected.  I watched "Time Traveler's Wife", which was weirder than I expected it to be.  And I watched  the pièce de résistance, The Golden Globes last night and live tweeted them too.

I was so happy that Colin Firth (love that Colin Firth...probably said that before too right?) won for "The King's Speech".  I loved that Aaron Sorkin won best screenplay for "The Social Network".  My only disappointment was that "The King's Speech" didn't win for Best Movie.  I more than prepared to keep my mouth shut if "The Fighter" had won because I haven't seen it yet, but since I have seen "TSN" and "TKS", I feel that I should shout from the rooftops that this was a grave mistake!  Don't get me wrong, I thought "The Social Network" was one of the best of the year, but I thought "The King's Speech" was brilliant and divine. 

Well, that's my two cents about the awards, now onto the fashion!  In some cases, I pair a photo here with my "live tweet" from last night.  In other cases, I'll just tell you what I think in "real time".

First My Tweets Coming to Life...

Helena Bonham Carters hair is what you see when u look up rat's nest in the dictionary. #goldenglobe


Jake Gyllenhaal has arrived looking adorable as Taylor Swift cries in front of her tv somewhere. #goldenglobes #badbreakup


Olivia Wilde's dress made me swoon! #goldenglobes

(p.s. I hear this was chocolate brown)

I see Christian Bale took his grooming tips from the homeless guy under the bridge. #goldenglobes


Michelle Williams' Valentino sadly looks like a home economics project. #goldenglobes #unfortunate


Tilda Sinton's dress is a joke, right? I mean, no serious designer designed that mess? #dressfail #goldenglobes

I also wanted to say that if Michelle Williams dress looks like a home-ec project, Tilda's dress looks like a troop of Brownies somewhere earned a sewing badge for producing it.


Now some other looks that I didn't tweet about:

Likes

Sofia Vegara in Vera Wang


Eva Longoria in Zac Posen

Loves

You know I tweeted my love for it, but Olivia Wilde in Marchesa was off the charts in my opinion


Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive
and you have to see the back...

great work Rachel Zoe!

Angie in Versace
a back shot...
Lots of people weren't loving Angie's dress, but I thought she was stunning (but then maybe this shouldn't be the standard because she would be stunning in a potato sack)

Gorgeous Couples

Colin Firth & his Italian wifey
I'm so conflicted on whether these two should be allowed to walk together on the carpet.  Isn't there a level of hotness that is too great for people to bare?  Like seeing them together is like staring at the sun or something?
Did anyone see her fixing his tie during the show... I died!
Jon & Jennifer

Did anyone see the 60 minutes piece on Mark Walhberg?  Fascinating. And he aint too bad to look at either.
Nicole & Keith

Disappointments

I had high hopes for Leighton Meester, and though I lived Anne & Angie's 80's throwback dresses, this one didn't work for me...

Scar-Jo should have really amped it up seeing as she recently split from her hotter than hot hubby, but alas we got this instead...
In fairness, I'm on the fence about the dress, but the bride of frankenstein hair, just made it all so wrong

and speaking of hair, I could not get past Sandy's heavy bangs.  Ick!

I wasn't feeling this red sparkly rose on Natalie Portman either.

That's my Globes recap.  Did you watch?  What did you think?  Who did you love/hate?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Weekend

Despite Monday basically being a snow day, this was the longest darn week!  I'm glad it's Saturday and I'm glad it is a long weekend.  Since Monday is MLK day, and the courthouse and school is closed, so is our law firm. 

I don't have any big plans for the weekend.  I'm pretty excited that The Golden Globes award show is  tomorrow night.  You know I'm a sucker for the award shows, but I particularly love the Globes for several reasons.  First, I love that it is awards both movies and television.  I also love that it is more of a relaxed/party atmosphere than some of the other shows like the Academy Awards.  So, I will be glued to the television for all the pre-show and actual awards show tomorrow night. 

I need to do some organization this weekend too.  I need to organize and put up the pile of stuff that my mom send home with me at Christmas.  Also, school starts back next week, so I will need to try and get myself organized for that too.  This semester I don't teach any early morning classes, but instead I teach all night classes.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Shutterfly Photo Book

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Obsessed with my Nook

If you will recall, I had been straddling the fence about e-readers for a while.  Then I decided to take the plunge and request that my parents get me one for Christmas.  I settled on the Nook because, well I couldn't really discern any substantial differences between it and a Kindle other than the Nook had much cuter accessories, and you know that was all it took to push me over the edge.

If you will recall, I got this adorable Lilly Pulitzer cover for my Nook...
and I got this bag which is just crying out "Take me to the beach!", but sadly, it's only been to Nocona...

and then I decided that I preferred reading it out of the carrying case more often than not, so I bought a pink back for my nook so that it is no longer grey and boring....
Then today, I discovered these adorable Vera Bradley e-reader cases
(this is one of their new 4 spring 2011 patterns that were released today)


Isn't it so cute?  At first I thought, How adorable, too bad I already have a case...  Then I thought, But couldn't my Nook have more than one case?  Like different outfits?    So the Vera Bradley one may go on my wish list.

And just for the record... I LOVE MY NOOK!  I have read 7 books since Christmas.  I've been reading far too late into the night and I think that it is because of my Nook, so I'll have to work on that once school starts back next week.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

For Sale

White Dog for Sale....

This afternoon, I had a killer Sinus headache.  You know, the kind where it feels like an elephant is sitting on your face.  So I decided to try and take a nap. 

Normally, me wanting to take a nap is a great fit with Lola's schedule seeing as she naps about 19 hours of the day.  But when I really, really need to get a nap in, Lola conspires with the universe to thwart that activity. 

Today, she kept growling.  Then she kept jumping off the bed and was at the front door pitching an absolute fit about something.  What did I do?  I put in ear plugs and hoped that if someone was breaking in that they would do so quietly and leave my bed and warm down duvet even if they stole everything else that I owned.

Lola didn't stop there.  No she located a pony-tail holder (aka: her favorite toy on earth) and came back to my bed and played with it (which is akin to a child playing trampoline on the bed).  I took that away from her and told her to get lost.  Then a few minutes later I had a wet nose nosing me in the face.  When that didn't work, I had a paw in the face. 

So I'm listing a white dog for sale.  She a perfect companion as long as you never really NEED a nap!

Just kidding.  I wouldn't trade her for anything, but I have gotten my revenge by keeping her outside in the 28 degree weather while I typed this post.  That'll show her!  Well that and I will probably make loud noises every time she tries to nap for the next day or two.  It's only fair afterall...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow & Tweets

Today we took kind of a snow day.  The receptionists didn't come to the office until noon, so I just fielded some calls from home this afternoon.  It was nice.  Still lots of snow and ice around here, and I think it is adorable how Lola jumps through the snow like a bunny.  I caught a small bit of it on video today, so here it is (it's only like an 8 second video)...

video

In other news, I have watched The Bachelor the past two "seasons" for one reason only...Jennifer Weiner.  Who's she?  She is one of my favorite authors and she tweets her way through every single episode.  I love to follow her tweets of The Bachelor.  They are funny and snarky and make me laugh. 

Tonight I send JW a tweet and asked if she had noticed that one of the bacheloretts kept harping on the fact that she "quit my job for him" and that she said it like she was secretary of state, not a waitress like she really is.  She sent me a reply and said "@legallyblondekf I'm sure that bar she left had a terrible time finding someone else to wear a bikini and hand out shots. #bachelor".  I love that you can tweet "famous" people and they sometimes tweet you back!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Let it Snow!

It snowed!  Glorious snow!  But before I get to the snow, let me finally announce that all of my Christmas is down and put away. 

I started working on it Friday evening.  Friday I managed to get the Kitchen & Bedroom trees undecorated, the decorations put up and the trees thrown out into the garage.  On Saturday, I worked at trying  to organize my Holiday bins a little better and weeded through some stuff that I haven't used in years and made a Goodwill pile.  Then I went to work undecorating the living room tree and got everything put away.  After that, I cleaned house.

Today, I didn't have anything left on the have to do list (well other than laundry), and I was so excited that I could watch it snow all day! 

It started out raining.  Then it sleeted for a while.  And then the snow began!!!

Rain may slow Lola down, but not the snow...
She was on patrol even during what my Weather Channel app called "Heavy Snow"
Then she was ready to come inside...this is the "enough Mom" look
Several hours and 5 inches of snow later, we headed back out...
Did you know her "birth parents" names were Frosty & Snowball (real original names for white dogs)...
thank goodness for the pink collar so she doesn't blend right into the snow!
We LOVE the SNOW!!!!

 

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