Monday, August 03, 2009

the latest

Well, last week was a helluva week!

  • the damn bar exam. I'm really sick of talking about it, and if you have any friends or e-friends who took it, you're sick of hearing about it, so let me just say, in the words of my wise classmate (and former Miss Indian BYU): "Remember, results aren’t supposed to come out for 8-10 weeks. Don’t ask, if I don’t tell. And if I fail, it was because you weren’t faithful enough. So really, I’d be feeling bad for YOU." She also compared being done to "your birthday and Christmas wrapped in bacon and topped with a fudgesicle" so basically, it feels good.
  • I ate a lot when I was in Utah, mostly Cafe Rio, Taco Amigo, JCWs, you know, the important things in life. I also had a delicious Gandolfo's breakfast sandwich on both mornings of the bar and plan to credit them with my success or blame it for my failure.
  • I've gotten some interesting guidance from several friends about traveling alone with a toddler. One dear friend said, "Get people near you on your side before she freaks out. Then they'll be so charmed by her they won't even be mad when she's screaming." Another advised, "You will never see any of the people around you ever again, and you'll have that relationship with your kid your whole life. So worry about your kid and meet her needs and do your thing and don't feel bad about the strangers." I employed a mix of the two strategies and in spite of total dead-arm, a flight delay, a mini-meltdown or two (me, not the kid) and a couple of diaper situations (kid, not me), all was well.
  • I had the first massage of my life thanks to a gift certificate from husband. I got it for graduation and made one of the best choices of my life by saving it until the day after the bar. Go get one, now. Sidenote: the place I went (in foothill village) just happens to be located in the same spot as the old office of a congressional campaign I worked on before law school, and don't worry, the room I was in was actually in MY OLD OFFICE. As in, I paid a stranger to give me a rubdown in the same little room I'd color maps and ask high-rollers for money in. Gross and awesome.
  • It's great to be home. Husband painted the kitchen, living room, hall, kid's room and our room while we were gone, and it rocks.
  • Anyway, I've been wondering lately about themed parties bc I think they're lame. I guess I get it if it's just a get together for the heck of it then great, but if the party already HAS A THEME, say, a bridal or baby shower, does it really need a second theme, like butterflies or luaus? Isn't the theme that it's a baby shower? Same with weddings. The theme is that it's your wedding. Stop dressing up like cowboys or whatever.

12 comments:

tatum said...

re: last bullet, are you talking about "parties" you've noticed in UT or in IA? if in UT, then that should be able to answer your question.

The Boob Nazi said...

Wait, why'd you take the bar in Utah? Didn't you move? Are you not going to practice until your husband is done with uhh, whatever he's doing there?

Lindsay said...

Oooh themed parties can be risky. They can be possibly cute like the Harry Potter party my sister wants to throw for my niece's first birthday. Or, they can be potentially horrifying like the Lady GaGa themed house warming party my co-worker wants to throw. Proceed with caution.

Congratulations, you've taken the bar. That's a heck of a lot more than I have done.

Brooke said...

Most brilliant theme for a "for the heck of it party."

Old lady night: Mumus, wigs, costume jewelry, cards for bridge, floral scented perfumes and other goodies. You can listen to old fogie music and whine about all your bodily ailments.

I didn't get to participate but the pictures basically rock.

Jordanlz said...

Um, how important and special do I feel? Even more so than when I was the Best Damn Miss Indian BYU!

Mrs. Clark said...

The tacky party is the best. Everyone dresses tacky, you buy no-name chips and soft drinks, serve Vienna Sausages and pork rinds, and have an all-around good time. But generally I agree with you. Why some crazy theme? And congrats on taking the bar--you've jumped through the hoops!

Anonymous said...

That's why you didn't come to my son's hawaiian-themed birthday party.

Too bad, because the kalua pork was AWESOME.

Liz said...

If people didn't have themed weddings, we wouldn't have pictures like these (which I came across this morning and thought I would never have the opportunity to share): http://www.ksweddings.com/aidra_ernest/

gurrbonzo said...

Bahaha! Brief clarification: little kid's birthday parties are a GREAT time for themes, or birthday parties in general, or no-reason parties. I totally get that. It's primarily bridal showers and baby showers that have additional unrelated "themes." And of course, weddings. If the party already has a once-in-a-lifetime theme, it overwhelms me when people add more. That is all.

Jay and Jess said...

I still laugh uncontrollably/and pee when I read the quotable quotes from JM HQ. I can't believe its a spa now.

Jay and Jess said...

P.S. - WOO HOO The bar is over!

Omgirl said...

Hahaha....that last one is great.

also, for your next trip with your child alone, you may want to look up chewable cherry melatonin. Otherwise known as "sleepy candy" around these parts. It may or my not be completely awesome. I can't say. for legal reasons. I'm sure you understand.