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August 29, 2011

Thing #2: Checking Something Off the Life List

Thing Number 2 involves a personal goal of mine that I made for myself when we first moved to Texas: an in-person sighting of George W. Bush. Politics aside, I think the Bush family is fabulous. I read all their biographies (here and here) and anytime they are on TV I watch the interview.  Don't worry if you are a Bush hater, I am equally obsessed with all presidential families, it is a bipartisan interest.

Anyway, a couple weeks ago Dan and I were at a Rangers baseball game and had pretty amazing seats thanks to my boss:

I made friends with the older gentlemen sitting next to me and he leaned over and said "I think the Bushs are here today, there is lots of security."

My heart went pitter patter. We were literally three rows from the where Bush's seats are.

Then, right before the game started, they came out! HOW DID I GET SO LUCKY! The only way it could have been better was if there was an appearance by Barbara and Jenna.

Needless to say, I spent the rest of the game starring at the Bushs.  What do you think George thought of that play?  Do you think Laura likes baseball or does she just go for George?  What type of soda do you think he's drinking?

I know you Rangers baseball fans are used to seeing George and Laura at the games, but I was not, and it was awesome.  I happily checked that life goal off my to-do list and now have upgraded it to MEETING George and Laura Bush. 

I am currently visiting my family in IDAHO for the next week, which is somewhat related to Thing 3.  Here's a Hint: It involves a significant shift in my daily routine.


August 24, 2011

Thing #1: The Arrival of the Life Changing Planner

In an effort to prevent my blog from going silent (or becoming a shrine to pinterest), I am embarking on a series of updates I am affectionately (read: lazily) entitling "things"- the first being the most important.  Okay, not really, but it sure is awesome.

Lets rewind to about a month ago. There I was, studying for the bar exam. This means I was on Twitter.  When all of a sudden I start to notice of buzz about this new customizable Erin Condren Life Planner.  I look it up and OHMYGODIMUSTHAVEONENOW!  Then, I looked at the price and it was $50 and I thought to myself "Hmmm, I am going to have ponder this one for a bit."  Don't get me wrong, I like office supplies as much as the next person, but $50 is a lot of money to spend on a notebook.

Flash forward to the night before the bar exam.  I am studying (which means I am on twitter) and I see a deal for half off the perfect planners on plum district (think groupon).  Since I am in a state of total and complete pre bar exam panic I do what any rational person would do and I ignored the deal and continued studying. 


I bought the deal and proceeded to spend an hour custom designing my own planner!  It was awesome!  I totally did not regret it the next day when I couldn't remember all the elements of adverse possession.

So the thing about these planners is they take like five gazillion years for you to get them.  They are made by a small company and they are custom which means they take time.  But I have no patience, so this irked me a bit.  I wanted my planner now, damn-it.  But my mother's voice was in my head, and I repeated her mantra of "all good things come in time."

My Mom never actually said that, but she does say a lot of other good things.

Que a couple days after the bar exam.  Twitter is all a flutter.  Apparently every single person on my Twitter feed bought a damn planner via the plum district deal.  People are pissed because they got an email telling them a hacker broke into the website and deleted all the orders which meant everybody had to reorder. 

But not me. Woot! I didn't get an email so my planner was safe!

Or so I thought.

Two days after everybody else got the email I started to get nervous so I emailed the company to make sure my planner was safe. I found out that my planner was deleted too.  NOOOOO!!!!  I reordered that damn planner and found out my 15 days started all over again! I CAN'T TAKE THIS KIND OF SUSPENSE!

So...almost a month after I place the initial order, my precious little planner arrived.

If you still don't understand why I love this planner so much let me show you the state of my old planner...

And now! MY NEW PLANNER!!!!

Look at those tabs! And that full calender sans coffee stains!

And a week-by-week calender!!!


I am like a kid in a candy store.  I take my new planner everywhere.  I sleep with my new planner.  I shower with my new planner.  My new planner helps me brush my teeth and makes dinner.  When people walk by my office I scream out "WANT TO SEE MY AWESOME NEW PLANNER?" (I even sold a few for you Erin Condren so if you would like to send me a thank you that would be awesome.)

So anyways, while not a huge moment in the life of the average person this planner has completely changed mine.  Stay tuned for Thing #2...and I'll give you some hints: It involves the son of the namesake of one of the most hated freeways in Dallas.

August 18, 2011

Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis. - Jack Handey

Whew! What a week, right? I don't know about any of you but this week seemed particularly long, and while I fully intended on writing a substantive post regarding some very big things happening - I am too busy writing things in my Erin Condren Life Planner. The receipt of which is a quasi hilarious post in an of itself, believe me. 

Until then, here's some highlights from my favorite board on Pinterest.  Dan, this first one is for you: 


August 13, 2011

Book 11: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Oh my god READING! How I have missed you! While studying for the bar I hardly read at all, so the first thing I did when I got out of my exam – LITERALLY – was to drive to B&N and pick up a copy of Divergent by Veronica Roth, which we were reading for my book club.

In truth, I was a bit skeptical because the book seemed a lot like the Hunger Games and I thought Roth might be trying to capitalize on HG's success and write a copycat story. I suppose it would be fair to say that the overarching theme is a lot like HG: the setting is this post apocalyptic world, separated into factions that serve different purposes, sixteen year olds must pick their factions and undergo an initiation process that resembles the same level of brutality we saw in the Hunger Games, etc. Plus its also a trilogy, with the other two books yet to be released. However, when I got to the final pages of the book I decided that this book has so much more potential then HG.  I  loved the first Hunger Games book, the second was still good but was a copycat of the first, and the last I hated.  This series has the potential to just keep getting better, and I am really looking forward to the release of the next book.

I also finished Book 12, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  I was a little bummed I wasn't able to reread the whole series before the last movie came out but I still hope to reread them all before the new year!

Make sure to friend me on Goodreads! My user name is DuolyNoted

Next Up: Winters Garden by Kristin Hannah


August 9, 2011

How To Kill A Bee That Has Invaded Your House (working title)

Last night Dan was out of town.

This is no big deal because I lived by myself for a long time. In fact, I find myself easily reverting back to my single ways. For example, last night I dined on pita chips and humas while organizing my files and watching Ally McBeal. I have always been a bit of a wild child.

However, there is one thing I cannot handle on my own: Big Texas Bugs. They always seem to launch an offensive against me while Dan is on a trip. So, of no surprise, while taking Kadira outside last night I opened the back door and a giant hornet zoomed inside.

Que panic attack.

I don't need to go over my fear of bees/hornets/wasps again, it has been chronicled on my blog many times before.

From the window outside, I watched it swirl around my living room and considered my options. My typical modus operandi would be to lock myself in a bedroom and shove some towels under the crack in the door while waiting for someone to save me. However, I had stuff I needed in the living room so a mental breakdown wasn't really an option.

Thus, I decided I was going to have to man up and kill the little motherfucker myself...

How to Kill a Bee That's Invaded Your House
A Step By Step Guide for Wannie Babies

(1) Run inside and grab your unattended glass of wine. Run back outside and sit on you patio drinking it until you summon up the courage to go back inside.

(2) Run into your bedroom and put on sweatpants, a sweatshirt (hood up to protect your ears), and gloves. Try to ignore the fact that its 107 degrees outside and you are dressed to go hiking in Antarctica. This attire is necessary to protect yourself from a counter attack. Pray it doesn't aim for exposed eyeball.

(3) Get a boot, stick it on the edge of a long pole (mop, broom, whathaveyou).

(4) Track down the bee and wait for it to land on a solid surface, such as a wall.


(6) Look at the dead bee and think to yourself, "well that was anticlimactic."

(7) Run around the room singing the theme song from Rocky.

(8) Yell at dogs not eat the bee carcass.

(9) Vacuum up dead bee so you don't have to touch it (gross).

And there you go! I didn't even die! Easy Peasy! Just call me Melissa the Exterminator!


August 4, 2011



Glad that's is over.

The experience of taking the bar exam can really be summed up into one word: relief.  Studying for this exam has been such a source of unneeded pressure and misery in my life.  I have neglected friendships, family, work, personal health (and often hygiene).  How did it go?  I really have no idea - but I know from personal experience that you never really do.

I certainly didn't know as much the this time around as I did when I took it two years ago.  That being said, when finished day three, hour fifteen of test taking, I felt really proud of myself.  I never thought that I would ever be able to work as much as I do and somehow study for this exam and not walk out in tears.  However, not taking the bar exam in July and waiting until February would have been taking the easy way out, and I decided I owed it to myself to just give it my best shot.  So much of my of my fear was - and is - in not passing. But you know what? Fuck it. If I don't pass then I'll just take it in February.  But at least I tried.

Now? Here's what is on my post bar to-to list:

Reading Divergent for my book club on Sunday.  I'm halfway through and really liking it.  I don't know if it competes with Hunger Games, but its a compelling read so far.

Since I have sat on my ass for a month I am kicking my butt into gear with Jillian's 30 Day Shred.  I am on day 6 and am obsessed.  This is the best work out of my life and in only 20 minutes! I even have time to get up and do it before work. 

Other then that, I am spending the rest of this month finishing up my job and then enjoying a much needed vacation back home.  I can't wait.  And I can't wait to start blogging regularly again. 



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