November 30, 2003

What Pattern Are You? Via


What Pattern Are You?


Via Jay Solo.

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Well, I got my Secured

Well, I got my Secured Transactions take-home final completed. It was a bear, but it's done, and I don't care to think about that subject for a very long time (or at least until July when I take the bar exam).

Between that test and studying for my other finals, I did manage to see some movies.

My parents and I rented "The Life of David Gale." I realize that most of you who know me probably think I'm biased because it has my man, Kevin Spacey in it. But honestly, it's a really good movie. It was very interesting to me because Spacey's character is on death row, yet spent most of his life protesting the death penalty. I took the Law of the Death Penalty last year, so I actually knew a little bit about the subject. Anyway, the script could have been tighter, and I could have done without a few of the cliche activist moments, but overall, this movie had major moments of greatness. The acting by both Spacey and Laura Linney was superb. It's also one of those flicks where you're trying to figure out what the hell is going on, and constantly guessing what's going to happen. The end is awesome. One of those, "Oh my God" moments. I know the critics panned it, and I often agree with them--but not this time. This movie is worth seeing.

I also rented "Far From Heaven" with Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid. While I thought she was wonderful, and most likely deserved her Oscar nod for the picture, overall, I wasn't too impressed with the movie. It was a cross between "Jungle Fever" and "American Beauty."

Finally, I would HIGHLY recommend going to see "Love Actually." I'm usually not a huge fan of those mushy, feel-good movies that have no sense of reality. But this movie stays true to its title. It had its fair share of mush, but it's hysterical and sad in parts as well. And the ensemble cast is AWESOME. On an interesting note, Billy Bob Thornton plays the President of the United States. For those of you who have seen it, which president do you think his character was molded after?

Anyway, those are my movie opinions for the holiday weekend.

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November 29, 2003

A real life Hannibal the

A real life Hannibal the Cannibal story.

What a sicko. Wonder if he also had Chianti.

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Some of my friends (who

Some of my friends (who don't have blogs, but read mine) have asked me how difficult blogging was. They seemed turned off by blogging because it just seemed too complicated. I tried to reassure them how easy it was (I had a good friend give me some tips and was there when I had questions).

However, nothing I say could possibly illustrate how easy and brainless blogging is better than checking this out--The Snoop Doggy Blog.

Yes kids, if Snoop can blog, my cat could blog.

This is sure to provide you all with endless laughs. It did me.

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November 28, 2003

1. Do you like to

1. Do you like to shop? Why or why not? Please. Is this really a question? I love shopping for myself and for others. It's so fun to give a great gift and see the look on someone's face.

2. What was the last thing you purchased? Hmmm.... I think it was a set of candles online that came with Christmas gift bags to give away at parties, the mailman, my trainer, etc.

3. Do you prefer shopping online or at an actual store? Why? I like both. I adore online shopping for its convenience. I usually even have decent luck with clothes. However, if you need to match something specific or are looking for something that you just need to try-on, you can't beat the actual store. (Preferably at an off time when it's not a zoo).

4. Did you get an allowance as a child? How much was it? I did. I can't remember exactly (Mom, you may have to help me on this one). I think it was $10 a week.

5. What was the last thing you regret purchasing? I ordered a pair of khaki pants online that didn't fit correctly from J. Crew. So, I had to send it back (And pay for shipping to send it back--one of the downfalls of online shopping).

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November 27, 2003

Happy Thanksgiving to one and

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

I'll report back later as to my food intake, as well as who won the Mills Family Men v. Women game-off this afternoon (games yet to be determined, but if I have my way, it'll be Trivia Pursuit and Charades).

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November 26, 2003

While I'd like to think

While I'd like to think that I've given out some good tips and advice and the last few months, no one can compare to the taste (and cash) of Ms. O. That's right, Oprah came out with her "My Favorite Things" List (you know, the show where she gives out a gazillion dollars worth of stuff to her audience).

Check out Oprah's list here, for yourself!

Thanks for the tip, PJD.

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November 25, 2003

The Lord works in mysterious

The Lord works in mysterious ways. And sometimes, it seems, he lets the morons take care of themselves!

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November 24, 2003

Well, it seems I've had

Well, it seems I've had my 10,000th hit today. I'm pretty pleased with the way things have gone since my start-up in the beginning of September.

Thanks to all who have read!

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"One day when my mother

"One day when my mother and father were singing together in the forest, a great storm blew up out of nowhere. But so passionate was their singing that they did not notice, nor did they stop as the rain began to fall, and when their voices rose for the final bars of the duet, a great bolt of lighting came out of the sky and struck my father so that he lit up like a torch. And at the same moment my father was struck dead my mother was struck dumb! She never spoke another word...."

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November 23, 2003

The Rock and Roll Hall

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2004 have been announced. They include Jackson Browne, Prince, Bob Seger, and George Harrison (among others).

While all those on the list seem quite deserving of induction (I'm an especially big Bob Seger fan), how the hell is George Harrison JUST NOW getting nominated? I mean, The Clash and Elvis Costello got in BEFORE Harrison. That's just insane to me.

He was a musical genius and deserved being inducted, as a solo artist, long ago.

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November 21, 2003

Understatement: This guy had a

Understatement: This guy had a bad high.

Those people at D.A.R.E need to snatch him up on the speaker's circuit immediately! Oh wait...he probably can't talk.

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Clinton has released a list

Clinton has released a list of his favorite books. What books made the cut? "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison. I have to agree with him on that one--it's a fabulous book.

But, the wife's "Living History"??? Please. He was just afraid of the beat-down that would fall upon him if he didn't rank it.

And this one I found particularly IRONIC: "Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics," by Reinhold Niebuhr. Umm, Bill. Did you ACTUALLY READ that one?

Hmmm...

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November 20, 2003

Oh, I should be so

Oh, I should be so unfortunate...

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Johnny Depp is the sexiest

Johnny Depp is the sexiest man alive? ARE YOU JOKING ME? Who voted for this?

Give me Redford, Newman, Clooney, Grant (that's Cary), ANY DAY!

Depp's greasy, stinky, and SHORT.

Bad choice.

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November 19, 2003

So I'm sitting at my

So I'm sitting at my desk working diligently on a family law outline, when I have a knock on my door. It's the maintenance man, Jason, who is here to do the annual vent cleaning. After he's done with the vents he says, "Lawren, there's a new rule that we have to put these stickers on the window portion of your sliding glass door." Before reading the sticker, I say, "Ok, sure. No problem." Gotta follow the rules right?

As he's cleaning up, I walk over to look at the sticker. 1) It's BIG, UGLY and has BRIGHT RED writing on it. 2) His boss told him it had to be RIGHT NEXT to the handle of the door, not down subtly in the corner, and 3) The sign reads: Balcony Weight Not to Exceed 1,500 pounds.

I'm thinking, "No shit Sherlock!" Now, if you saw my balcony, you'd know that having 4 people on it would be pushing the limit of being comfortable.

I asked Jason why the sudden need for a sticker to tell me something so freaking obvious. He said, "Well, another tenant was storing things out there--very heavy things--and his balcony started to cave in. And, he's suing the apartment complex."

It's a good thing Jason didn't know the guy's name.

Once again, when common sense fails us, we head to the legal system. It's got to be someone else's fault that I'm a huge giant dumbass, right?

I know I'm going into this profession, but I sure hope my common sense doesn't fail me in recognizing when someone should be held accountable for something and when someone shouldn't.

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Ok folks, winter's weather is

Ok folks, winter's weather is upon us. I've found the best way to avoid dry, cracked, and chapped lips is to use Kiehl's Lip Balm Number #1 every night before I go to bed.

It contains allantoin and aloe vera to soothe, and squalane and vitamin oils to moisturize. The product is not tested on animals and even contains an SPF of 4 for when you're outside.

You can buy it at various stores that carry the Kiehl's line (Neiman Marcus, etc.) or online at the Kiehl's website.

Now all your kisses under the mistletoe will be perfect!

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November 18, 2003

Have you heard the latest?

Have you heard the latest? Bill Clinton is gonna strut his "stuff" on the catwalk.

From Ananova:

Bill Clinton is reportedly set to become the face of a men's clothing brand based in China.

The former US president will be paid around £1.3million to model for Fapai, in Wenzhou, eastern China.

According to Taiwan's United Daily News, Fapai chairman Peng Xing has been trying to enlist Clinton's endorsement for the last three years by sending him a selection of suits, shirts, ties and shoes.

Clinton, who was previously paid $400,000 to pose for Jiannanchun Co - an alcoholic drink made from distilled rice, will appear in the adverts from next year, reports Vogue.com.

The company, which launched in 1997, has over 300 stores across Italy, France, Japan, Hong Kong and China.

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The CANDLES (which stands for

The CANDLES (which stands for Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Experiments Survivors) Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana has burned down (apparently not by accident).

The museum was only an hour away from where I grew up.

The last line of the article is very interesting: "People think this doesn't happen in nice little places like Terre Haute, Indiana."
However, after growing up in southern Indiana, I have to say I've seen and heard some of the more racist, backward-thinking comments spoken there.

UPDATE: I agree wholeheartedly with Rita.

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It's bad when someone's cell

It's bad when someone's cell phone goes off in class.

It's worse when someone's cell phone goes off in a theater.

But this is the worst.

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