Monday, November 28, 2005

O Christmas Tree

Ode to a fake Christmas tree:

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so flame retardent;
O Chirstmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so flame retardment;
Not only lean just to the right,
But also burn with electric light.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy leaves are so flame retardent.

My beautiful Christmas tree, aesthetically pleasing and compliant with all fire and building codes. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (oh no I could redo that song too...another day)!


First of all let me apologize to my loyal readers (yeah right). I have been remiss in my updates but I have good excuses. Number one, I caught a virus (a computer virus). Stupid me actually thought I got an email from the FBI and opened an attachment with a virus in it. A word of advice, the FBI doesn't send emails with questionnaires...they just come for your ass. Secondly I went home (to Springfield) for the Holiday weekend.

Now, good news! I got a new computer, which effectively eliminates the virus issue and I'M BAAAAACK in St. Louis...just ahead of some pretty nasty weather including a tornado (eeek!). Also, very exciting news, I got an IPOD...already so awesome. I spent much of today studing Contracts and uploading my CD's into I-Tunes. Which I am still doing.

I saw Walk the Line (Sheena!) on Saturday night. It was very good. I couldn't believe how well they sang and Reese Witherspoon was adorable. I was also interested to find out that Tyler Hilton played Elivis Presley. A realitively minor part but still. I doubt the first Mrs. Cash appreciates how she was protrayed, but it was based on Johnny's two autobiographies and his (and June's) son John Carter Cash was an executive producer so you know it was at least true to his point of view. Note to self: Ask Sheena if Johnny really did propose to June on stage.

Sucks to be back at school, but only three weeks left.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Seriously stressed!

It occurs to me that my posts have become a bit opinioned lately and the tone has become, dare I say...a bit superior. This, of course, is not my intent. I may or may not have mentioned before that I love discussion (lawyer anyone?); however, I also have a tendency to think I'm right. As a consequence of that tendency, I may, from time to time express my opinions as fact. For me, being opinionated is something i try to rein in whenever possible. Lately I may have been lax in that duty.

That being said I'd like to talk about a more objective subject today...stress.

It's coming up on finals time here in "law school land" and everyone is getting a bit stressed, even me. I am not a very "stressed" person, but I think the volume of work combined with the time constraints around here could get to anyone. For me, stress manifests itself in a constant nagging feeling that reminds me of the huge mountain of things to accomplish in such a short amout of time. This impedes any relaxation I may try to accomplish. Furthermore it results in fitful sleep, because I dream about schoolwork, and makes it harder to get to sleep, because my head is buzzing.

I remember when I was younger math would give me fits (not literally). Around test time I would have dreams about having to do math problems all night long. I'd wake up more tired than when I went to sleep. Maybe my stresses show up in my dreams, because i attempt to supress stressful feeling in everyday life. I don't know, I'm a law student not a psychology student.

I'm looking forward of that feeling of all the weight of finals being lifted off my shoulders Countdown to last final exam (December 16) = exactly one month from today. Wow thats a long time and a really short time too. I dread and look forward to that day in equal measure at this point.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Forever 22

It has been a long time since I had a birthday that wasn't a big deal...

At sixteen you get to drive.
At seventeen you are that perfect "not a girl, not yet a woman" age.
At eighteen you become an adult and get to vote.
At nineteen you become more of an adult and first birthday away from home.
At twenty you leave the "teens" behind.
At twenty-one you get to drink.
Twenty-two is the perfect age...young but not a child.

Twenty three is the beginning of REAL adulthood. No more fun birthdays, only wrinkles to look forward to. I want to stay twenty-two.

p.s. My birthday is is 13 days. I plan to turn twenty-two for the second time.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

How the Grinch stole Thanksgiving

Every Who Down in Who-ville Liked Thanksgiving a lot...

But the Grinch,Who lived in the company accounting department, Did NOT!
The Grinch hated Thanksgiving! The whole Thanksgiving season! Now, you ask why?
No one quite knows the reason. It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. But I think that the most likely reason of all may have been that his pocketbook was two sizes too small.

Whatever the reason, His pocketbook or his shoes, He stood there on November 1st, hating the Whos, Staring down from his cave with a sour, Grinchy frown At the decoration less windows below in their town. For he knew every Who down in Who-ville beneath should be busy now hanging a mistletoe wreath.

"They’re not hanging their stockings!" he snarled with a sneer, "Not until after Thanksgiving! No Christmas shopping here!" Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming, "I MUST find some way to stop Thanksgiving from coming!"

So, the Grinch stood there, with his fingers drumming awhile,
And then the Grinch, began to smile.
For the Grinch had an idea.
An awful idea!

And so Christmas started right after Halloween. Thanksgiving was never again to be seen!

….I had the pleasure of partially viewing the season’s very first showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at approximately 6:30 p.m. tonight. It’s November 12th and Christmas is here! Lord help us all.

Monday, November 07, 2005

I'm allergic to Mondays

In undergraduate I had Spanish at 9:00 on Monday mornings for a whole year. I hate Spanish (I suck at languages). I hate getting up early and I hate Mondays. I missed A LOT of Monday Spanish classes. My Spanish teacher used to say I was allergic to Monday's. Her diagnosis is probably the only thing I remember from that class.
Now I have Torts at 8:00 on Monday mornings. I make it, but after two cups of coffee I'm barely coherant and by right about now I feel like I've been hit by a train. I wish they made a Claratin for Monday allergies.
Next semester my first Monday class is Civil Procedure at 10:00 a.m. Civil procedure is ten times more boring than Torts, but with an extra two hours and the same two cups of coffee, I think it will play out about the same...coma.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

I miss my mommy

I often wonder how old you have to get to quit missing your mommy.

I'll let you know if I ever get there.

Put 'em up!

So here's the thing, I LOVE Real Time with Bill Maher. This is contradictory because 1) I'm a Republican 2) I'm a Christian. For all intents and purposes I am part of the "religious right" and Bill Maher hates the religious right. The day after the last election he said, "the religious right is hijacking this country." While I see this statement is deeply flawed, it is extremely telling as to how Mr. Maher views religious conservatives. How so? Consider that someone cannot hijack something that belongs to himself. For instance, the owner of a plane cannot hijack his own plane. According to everything we know about the United States, it is owned by the people. Therefore by saying that a specific group could hijack the U.S. you are in effect saying that group has no claim on the country. They are not part of the ownership.
To me, this viewpoint is deeply similar to that held by the Democratic party and is the reason they are losing the battle against conservatives. Liberals discount entire groups of people that they do not feel are worthy of representation. In many ways I feel that the parties are not willing to ask the hard questions. How does one govenment fulfil the needs of groups of people as diverse as say homosexuals and Southern Baptists. Conservatives don't ask the question becuase they don't have to, they're winning. Liberals don't ask the question because... Well, that's the question isn't it?
I like Real Time because Mr. Maher is funny and he's right. President Bush is a bit of an idoit, Iraq has been a bit of a fiasco, and it is ridiculous to deprive any group of people of rights afforded to others. Any conservatives who refuse to acknowledge these things are delusional. However, under the Bush administration since 9/11 the market is up and unemployment is below what the economically savvy call the "natural rate" and all in all the country has recovered remarkably from a devistating terrorist attack. Iraq has, most likely, helped the middle east move closer toward free societies, and, while everyone is entitled to the rights afforded to them by this country's laws, no one is promised that anyone will make their way for them. America is the land of opportunities, not handouts. Any liberals who do not realize this are delusional.
In law, the burden of proof generally falls upon the party bringing the lawsuit. Why? In this country we don't suppose to attack people on the street, call them guilty, and dare them to defend themselves. Politically the burden of proof is on the Democratic party. You have accused conservatives of many things, but can you prove it? Furthermore can you prove that, given the chance, you can do things better? So far America says no, after all we elected Bush to a second term did we not? So, while liberals like Bill Maher may be right and they may be funny, are they really showing us how Democrats can make things better? Or are they simply focusing on what a horse's ass George W. Bush can be? Come on people we know he chokes on big pretzels and falls off his bike, but seriously Bill Clinton got little willy serviced in the oval office and everybody loved him. Plus, lest we forget, he's a Democrat.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Seriously flawed

I got the idea from another blogger, Pamie (must see sites on right), to make a list of my flaws. In my view this serves two main purposes: 1) something for me to look back on and see if I've improved 2) something to make other people feel good about their flaws. So, without further ado...

i eat too much

i don't exercise enough

i watch too much meaningless tv

i only read the news i'm interested in, and skimp on the international issues

when walking down the street a "certain type" of person will make me feel uneasy

i think i'm smarter than most people

i procrastinate on schoolwork, housework, and everything else

i wear holey socks and holey underwear on laundry day

i think mostly that people's lives are their own fault and I don't think society owes them any help

i don't want to help people as much as i should

i can be a real huge bitch

i like being a bitch because i think people who let others take advatage of them are pathetic

i'm a republican

i don't trust most of my friends

i pretend to handle everything better than i actually do

i think people who allow their emotions to rule their life and who are too dependant on others are weak

i feel better when i spread my bad mood around

i like hilary duff and ashlee simpson music and i believe ashlee really has acid reflux

i've read every Harry Potter book at least 4 times, some more like 10

i stay up too late and then oversleep

i don't really like regular coffee, but i drink it because i think i'll develop a tolerance

i talk to myself

i sing out loud, even in crowds

i hate pets, i think they smell and they are more trouble than they are worth

i think rap music is detrimental to our society

i am deathly afraid of storms

i have a horrible sense of direction and i panic when i get lost

i totally think im right almost all the time

sometimes i like it when a big strong man can open a can that poor weak little me can't manage

i don't like men who are too emotional, i find it to be a turnoff

i have impossibly high standards

i make corny jokes

i make jokes at other's expense

i like some of the flaws on this list