7 Quick Takes.

Participating in 7 Quick Takes from Conversion Diary.

1) I have never been the “princess” type. 

Growing up, the princess disney movies were not my favorite.  To this day, the Lion King is probably my fave.  More have come out while I’ve been an adult so I’d have to reevaluate but that was my favorite for the longest time.  I’m pretty sure there is not a single childhood photo of me in a tutu or any sort of dress up/princessy gear.  I’ve never planned out the colors for my wedding or what my dress would be like.  (the only thing I’ve ever contemplated is location).   So I REALLY didn’t get all this Royal Wedding hype.  However, today one of my friends on facebook said, “I know there is a lot of other stuff going on in the world right now, but is it really so bad for us to focus on something happy for a day or two?”   That melted my judgmental heart a little bit.  Yes, in a world where we always focus on death and destruction and birth certificates, I think it is fair to focus on something happy now and then. 😉

2) What is up with Donald Trump?

I’ve been much too busy to focus on (1) this birther business; or (2) trump is running for president… what?!.  I am generally one to say that I LOVE the Donald.  I don’t mind his hair.  I wish he was my uncle.  And not even for the money (although I’ll take some, kthx), just so he can be at family gatherings and we can chat it up.  However, today I watched a little video on Colbert, and…. Has the Donald completely lost his mind?  He has to be a brilliant businessman to be where he is, but he sounded like the biggest idiot/crazy person in his little post-long form press conference.  You’re so proud of yourself?  Really Donald?  You want the President’s academic records?  Really?  I felt very embarrassed watching that.  I wanted to crawl in a hole and pretend I never loved the Donald.  For a second I wanted to disown him from my family and pretend we’re not related and then I was like… oh yeah, we are NOT related.  PHEW!   Good thing that whole uncle thing never happened 😉

3)  Oh, tax dollars.

I got a spring bonus yesterday.  Now, there really is no reason to complain about getting a bonus at work.  Especially a completely unexpected spring bonus.   However, it SO aggravating to see half of it get taken away by Uncles Sam and Brown.  I have worked SO hard over the past year, and it’s like really USA?!? Did you work 8000 hours?!  No you did not.  Why do you get half of my bonus?!  For some reason taking half of my regular take home pay doesn’t hurt quite as much as taking half of the money that is meant to reward me for working extra hard. 

4) Napa = Ireland of California.

Last weekend I was incredibly lucky to have a weekend off and be able to travel up to Napa for the first time ever with a coworker.  It was BEAUTIFUL!  I can’t believe I’ve been missing out all this time!  We took a wine tour which was fantastic.  It was me and Meghan, and 4 couples.  I took some iPhone pics that just don’t do it justice.  I can’t wait to go back!

5) The weekend before I was in Houston, with epic allergies.

I have never really been one to suffer from allergies.  But holy moley.  In Houston, I woke up several days in a row with my eyes swollen shut.  I  just looked horribly hung over every morning but it was the Texas pollen working a number on me.  However, it was worth it because I was there to celebrate birthdays with my BFF Krissi, and for her baby shower for her first baby (scheduled to arrive in July 2011!).  They are trying to sway me to move to Texas and as much as I would LOVE to be closer to Krissi, and own a house for less than $500K, I don’t know if I could handle that allergy business.  Good grief!   Here is one pic from the baby shower (note my still swollen eyes):

5)  Shortly before that, I was in Portland.

I originally went to Portland for a weekend for my friend Joni’s 30th Birthday in mid-march, but then turned around and drove back for 2.5 weeks when I realized work was still going to be slow.  I had a fantastic time, and so did Ellie.  She LOVES all of the smells of Oregon, and having a Grandma, Auntie, and Cousin around in addition to just me.  I feel a little bad for Ellie when I’m home in California.  I think she must have come from a family, because she is always the happiest when there are more humans around.   The time went by way too fast.  At one point I hung out with a boy I used to babysit.  How weird is that?  How old am I?   Where does all of the time go???   I can’t wait for my next chance to go back 🙂    PS to random people finding my blog who are in or plan to visit Portland… Mothers Bistro is delicious!  Here’s a pic of me and Joni on one of my final days in town the last time around (at Mothers). 

6) I have a life.. what?

These past few points make it seem that I really have a life.  I have managed to have some amazing down time after months of brutal hours.   There are so many more stories and pictures to go with these trips, but unfortunately the work is picking back up again so I don’t really have time to recount it all right now 😉  But I wanted to get this all out here in case things go dark again 😉

7) 15 over a decade late?

Something potentially VERY exciting is happening tomorrow.  I really should not write about this but I can’t help it because I’m excited!  I am going on a first date with someone, and apparently we have decided to make it Bachelor/Bachelorette style.   Minus the 30 other hopefuls and camera crew following us around.  The Bachelor influence is that we are taking a day trip to an island.  Who does that on the first date?!  Apparently we do.   I am going to wait to write anything further until it has actually happened, because it has the chance to be really amazing or really a flop.   Here’s hoping it’s the former 😉


Ten on Tuesday on Wednesday. I’m so good at being on time ;-)

Ten on Tuesday from RootsAndRings.

1. How many blogs do you read every day and what are they? (I’m talking the ones you NEVER miss)
I need to set up a google reader.  I am REALLY bad at remembering to read blogs.  The ones I do go to absolutely every day are Young House Love, Kayla Aimee, and Katherine Wolf Updates.  I have no idea how I happened upon the first two.   The first one is a wildly famous blog that is mostly about home renovation.  The second one is a HILARIOUS girl who generally blogs about random things.  I started reading her blog for the funny.  She has since had a micro preemie (went into labor at 6 months! :-o)  and I’ve been following her blog even more avidly to track updates on her baby’s progress.  The third one is from a girl I knew from law school (her husband was in school) who had an AVM about 3 years ago while we were in law school.  She almost died.  Post 16 hour brain surgery, there was a high chance she’d be a vegetable but she squeezed the doctor’s hand on the first day.   She had to relearn to talk, walk, swallow, and many other things we often take for granted.  She still has some deficits today but she has come SO far in the last few years.  She is a HUGE inspiration.  Check her out 😉

2. How many “best friends” do you have? Do you have different “besties” for different areas of your life?
I think I have 3.  My best friend from middle school/high school, Melissa who is now married with a baby and has moved to Phoenix.  My best friend Joni from my college years who is also now married but sans baby, and still lives in Portland.  And my best friend Krissi who is the spouse of one of my classmates from college.  She instantly became my California Best Friend.  Her and her husband sadly moved back to Texas after law school so I don’t get to see her as much as I like.  3 best friends spread across the country.  All closer to me at different phases of my life, but still all very near and dear to my heart 🙂

3. What’s your daily make up routine?
Moisturizer, foundation, powder, blush, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, lip gloss.  Some days I settle for a little powder, eye liner, and mascara.

4. What is your ideal girl’s night?
I have two.   EITHER, going out to a fun restaurant for happy hour (drinks and happy hour food anyone?) and chatting away.  OR, a night at home with a group of girlfriends where we cook dinner and brownies and watch a movie.  Back in college, our token girls night was italian food, brownies with mint chocolate chip ice cream, and Blue Crush.  I feel like we watched that movie at almost every girls night.  None of us are/were surfers.

5. Do you keep up with your nails/toenails or are they au natural?
Always keep up the pedicure.  I have recently got into manicures.  I hate it that it starts chipping so early but I LOVE the look of manicured hands 🙂

6. What’s your best roommate story (assuming you had a roommate at some point in your life)?
Um, I have a ton of good ones.  But the funniest one is from when I lived with Adam and Krissi the last semester of law school.  I have this problem where occassionally I wake up in the middle of the night and scream out thinking someone is attacking me.  So one night, I screamed louder than I ever have.  When I finally realized I was awake and fine and nobody was in my room, I realized a light was on out in the living room.  I stumbled out the door to see Adam, who was up studying or doing something on the internet and seemed a little startled.  The scream was LOUD, y’all. I was like “sorry.  I’m fine.  I thought someone was attacking me.  I’m fine.”   Imagine dealing with a roomate like that 😉

7. What’s your “go to” outfit that you wear more than anything else?
Hmm… I don’t really have one these days.   I suppose skinny jeans, a fun top, ballet flats, and a scarf?

8. Do you have a beauty secret?
My beauty secret is to be friends with people who are think you are beautiful no matter what. <— I LOVE this answer (Chelsea’s answer) so I’m going to stick with it 🙂

9. Did you read Seventeen magazine growing up?
I don’t remember having my own subscription but I think one of my girl friends would have them or buy them and we would take the quizzes together now and then.

10. How did you learn to put on makeup?
I still have no idea.  I think I just started putting it on and winged it? I don’t recall specifically being taught.  I do recall learning the hardway about being careful with a mascara wand 😉

Sugar Mama Vibes and Feminism.

I want so bad to blog more often and I keep failing at it.  Kind of like I want to get into twitter, but every time I log in and tweet “I’m giving this another shot.”  and then that is my only tweet for months until the next one.  Sigh.

After 8 pretty brutal months of very long hours, I have suddenly entered a relaxing phase.  Last month was my lowest month in a long time, and this month will probably be lower.  I’m just taking it easy though because I know things are about to get CRAZY again.  In the meantime, many things are going on and I should be blogging about them!  Like the rest of my trip in Oregon, or my trip to Houston, or my recent plague, or the fact that I am oozing sugar mama and/or floosy vibes lately because I have been getting hit on A LOT.  I wonder if there is something about the look of a person when they have just come back from the dead that is very attractive?  I don’t think I’m an ugly girl, and I don’t mean to be self-deprecating and be all “there is NO other reason someone would hit on me” but I promise you it has been an alarming rate lately.  Like I’m not even going out anywhere, but every time I enter the public, it happens.  On a plane, in Starbucks, at the Ford dealership getting my 30,000 mile service.   All in the last few days.  It’s bananas. 

This weekend I am going to Napa with a girl friend from work.  Both of us have logged RIDICULOUS hours over the past several months.  The fact that we have a weekend off at the same time is amazing.  That combined with the fact that I’ve never been to Napa, and that Spring Bonuses will be hitting our bank accounts in a week, means that I will probably not exercise as much restraint as I should this weekend.  I hope to take tons of pictures, and actually update about it. 

Speaking of girl friends (sort of), on my recent flight home from Houston, I was stuck sitting next to an uberfeminist.  Now, normally I am not one to knock feminism.  As a 27 year old single, childless 6’3″ female big firm lawyer, I am not exactly the portrait of the traditional woman.  However, once a feminist starts putting me down, I start to get a little antsy.  This girl was sighing and rolling her eyes and throwing herself back in her seat the whole time.  Everything I did annoyed her.  She was reading a book called “Dillusions of Gender.”   I felt the very strong urge to say the following:

“Look, I am sorry that I shower, and shave, and wear make-up and read silly magazines, but you are not exactly a peach to sit next to either.  So why don’t we just take a deep breath and try to get through this together?”

Seriously, feminists.  I am not the enemy.  Chill out.

But for now, I need to get to work, because I do still actually do that sometimes.