Sunday, October 25, 2009

Personal Experiment

I've decided to try and not watch television until next Sunday, November 1. This may not be a big thing for most people, and am hoping that this won't be a big thing for me. But I watch TV mostly everyday, even if just for 30 minutes. However, some days I just get sucked in, and can end up watching for 2 hours after dinner.

My productivity in our home hasn't been top-notch, and I'm curious if that's because of the amount of TV that I watch. So, I'm off to see if my productivity will increase as my TV intake decreases.

I'm not embarking of any sort of social protest, claiming that TV rots the human brain or makes people more stupid. I am simply curious as to whether I would be a more contributing member to household chores if I didn't watch any television. So, let's see...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I decided to keep this blog going, even if I am the only one who reads it. Maybe one day my grandchildren will read it. Ha!

We had a wonderful visit with J and Nat these past 7 days. They arrived last Thursday and left this morning, and I even took two days off from work to spend the days with them. They are moving to Israel August 26th, and I am going to miss them terribly. I know there's the phone, and the internet, and Skype, and letters, and packages and all that. But there's something lost when you can't sit right next to someone, sipping on honey tea, cringing at the kids on NYC Prep and anxiously awaiting a commercial to finish up a sewing project together. That is something that can't be recreated with all the technology in the world.

An attorney has joined our firm, and I can't say she's a new attorney. She's been practicing longer than I have, and was with the firm for five years, before she moved to Rochester, NY. She's back, and just her presence has decreased my stress level three-fold. She's picking up where I can't and she's even taking cases from me in order to alleviate my work load. In an economy where people are scrounging for business, I am not having any problems. This economy does generate criminal activity and carelessness, and that's where I come in. I'm lucky in that respect, to be so busy that I am grateful for another person to take some of this work from me. Also, it's a breath of fresh air to have another person to bounce off ideas and share thoughts on cases.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

I've been debating whether or not to keep this blog going. Why do I have a blog? I know it's not because I think anyone really cares what I have to say. And I don't mean to sound self-deprecating, really. It's just that compared to other blogs in the blogosphere, mine is not very interesting. I just write about what going on in my life. I don't start debates about the state of affairs in Iran, or my view on how the media is responding to Michael Jackson's death, or the meaning of Independence Day. The topics I cover on this blog are all about me, my life, my passions, my interests. But why would I think that anyone would want to read them? And even then, I'm nervous to write about topics that are too personal, such as my marriage and partner, or my relationship with my mother or any other family member for that matter. So, is there really a point to keeping this up? I might as well just write in a journal.

I haven't made my final decision, but this post should give you some idea as to which way I am leaning.

Monday, April 13, 2009

I'm sorry for not updating the blog more regularly. These past few weeks have been crazy, especially at work. But i believe I am now in a calm phase.

We had a fun Seder at our friends' home on the first night of Passover. N led the Seder on the fly, and did pretty well. We made my favorite dish, Honey Apple Noodle Kugle (not kosher for Passover - don't tell). E and her mom set a beautiful Passover table and were very hospitable hosts. I enjoy spending time with E's mom and step-father. I hope to be as spry and caring as they when I am their age.

This past weekend I saw my mother on Thursday and Noah's mother's side of the family for the celebration of Passover. It was a long drive up and back to Long Island but well worth it. We had a wonderful Seder and I know I've gained at least 7 pounds from all the food I've eaten this past week.

As for my list, I'm still working on many items, and have not lost my desire to accomplish many of the items on the list.

Now it's back to work, as usual.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


I've fallen in love with classes at the gym. I've gone to boxing fitness twice - Tuesdays at 5:45; I've gone to Body Step once - Mondays at 5:30; and then I'm gong to Body Pump this week - Thursdays at 6:45. The classes not only give me a consistent schedule, but also kick my butt. I didn't realize how much I wasn't working out until I took these classes. Granted, it's only been two weeks (and just one week that I'm attempting to attend all three classes), but I like how I feel so far.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Progress on 101 list - stop taking antibiotics

At the urging of my doctor, and for a few other reasons, I have begun my trial run of refraining from taking antibiotics. I originally started when we first moved to Charlottesville. There were prescribed by a dermatologist for acne, something I battled with as a kid, and then again when we moved here. While I can't definitely say it's the cause, my adult acne started right after I stopped taking oral contraception. And the whole reason I stopped taking oral birth control was because I didn't want to be pumping hormones into my body for years upon years. But then, once I stopped taking the pill, I developed acne and then I started pumping antibiotics into my body. I was switching out extra hormones for antibiotics. Every time I've tried to stopped, I develop acne something terrible, the point my face hurts. But, so far, so good. I've been using benzoyl peroxide as a topical medication, and Home Health Blemish Treatment Lotion. I've also been vigilant about washing my face three times a day, regardless of how tired and lazy I may feel when I get home. So, I've begun tackling something on my list that I was afraid of. Hopefully my regimin works.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Progress on 101 list - Get a new bed

Last week we had our new mattress delivered. Mattresses are much more expensive than I realized. Besides buying things for the wedding (cupcakes, invitations, wedding dress, wedding rings, etc), we wanted to get a wedding present. So, we got a new mattress. Not very romantic, but let me tell you, we needed one. We've been sleeping on N's mattress from college. And it was a full-size mattress. And with three beings in one full-size bed, it gets pretty hot and crowded in there. Surprisingly, the queen size mattress gives us just enough room for all three of us to fit. Baby puppy Stevie was skeptical at this change of sleeping bedware, but she has finally come around. Now she snuggles in the new bed in the morning while I get ready for work.

Now we just have to get an actual bed. I'm thinking something from Ikea. Our mattress is on the boxspring which is on the floor. Oh, and don't get me started about getting the boxspring up the stairs. Seriously, N and I almost got divorced. But we are going to cut that thing up to get it back down. There's no way I am going through that ordeal again.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day Flowers

This weekend was a weekend of date nights for me and N. And it just happened to be the weekend of Valentine's Day. I'm not a big Valentine's Day celebrator. But I don't know if that's always been the case. When I was in high school, I remember complaining that I had never received any flowers for Valentine's Day. And lo and behold, Valentine's Day my junior year, I received a dozen roses from a secret admirer. I giggled and chatted with my friends about this for days. The following year, I received a plant, with one rose in it, and the card said "If you don't thank me this year, you won't get any next year." I didn't know who it was, so I couldn't thank them. I don't remember how I later found out, but it was my father who had given me the roses. That was the kind of man he was.

N gave me an orchid this weekend. I've been wanting an orchid for a few years in fact, ever since I saw them at the Charlottesville Farmer's Market. It was a real surprise to get one. I always told N not to get me flowers for any occasion, because they always die. I'd rather get a plant, something that will be with us for a while (hopefully). And he did. That's the kind of man he is. I've been lucky to have such sweet men in my life.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Questions about High School from Facebook

1. Did you date someone from your school? Nope

2. Did you marry someone from your high school? Nope, but I did marry someone who I met while I was in high school.

3. Did you car pool to school? I took the bus until I got my own car. I didn't turn 16 until halfway through my Junior year. And, I would carpool with folks who were in the school play or dance who lived in Columbia or Ellicott City since school was 35 minutes from our house.

4. What kind of car did you have? 93 Dodge Shadow

5. What kind of car do you have now? 2000 Nissan Pathfinder

6. It's Friday night...where are you now? Having Shabbat dinner.

7. It's Friday night...where were you then? Having a sleepover somewhere, I'm sure. I was a dork in high school.

8. What kind of job did you have in high school? Sales Associate at the Gap

9. What kind of job do you do now? Lawyer

10. Were you a party animal? No

11. Were you considered a flirt? Don't think so.

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? Choir

13. Were you a nerd? More of a dork than a nerd

14. Did you get suspended or expelled? Nope

15. Can you sing the fight song? I can still sing the Alma Mater

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher(s)? Mr. Darrell (though he was middle school), Ms. Baughman, Ms. Smith

17. Where did you sit during lunch? In Manor House or in the Senior Room

18. What was your school's full name? Garrison Forrest School

9. When did you graduate? 1998

20. What was your school mascot? Grizzly Bear

21. If you could go back and do it again, would you? Yes, but a little differently.

22. Did you have fun at Prom? It was okay.

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with? Nope.

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion? Yes,

25. Do you still talk to people from school? Yes I do, and some of them even came to my wedding!

Monday, February 09, 2009

I've been rereading my 101 List and have been updating each time I review it. There are some items on there that I strive to do everyday or every week (such as taking a vitamin everyday, or spending 5 hours a week on crafts). While I could try to keep track of these things each and everyday, I then fear I'd live me life according to list. My goal is to do these things so often that they just become second nature. Like, if you do something enough, it becomes a habit. As much as I LOVE lists, I don't want my life to be one big to-do list.

Saturday morning, a few girls from N's program got pedicures to celebrate our friend OW's coming baby. She's having her baby on the 24th of the month. I lieu of a big to-do baby shower, she just wanted some girl company, with the added bonus of sexy toes. It's was a good time to spend with her and the other girls before the baby comes. I can honestly say that I am purely jealous. I want to be pregnant, and have a baby, and this feeling has been growing inside of me for years and years. I just know I'm going to try to be the best mother, and wife, and I want to start trying as soon as possible. I also know that we can't even begin to think about it seriously until both of us are financially and emotionally ready. So, we're not ready. But I can't wait until we are.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Last night's Swap-o-rama was a success, as usual. There were 7 of us, and we all scored some good finds. All-in-all, I got rid of approximately 50 items (I didn't get a chance to count my donations before I sorted the items into their designated piles). It definitely wasn't less that 50 items.

Also, I signed up for and sent away "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." This site is great for people like me who go through books quickly. In an effort to save money, I have listed on my 101 list that I will not buy any new books for 12 months. Users of can make a wish list and when a book on a user's wish list is posted on the site, the book is automatically sent to you (if you're the first person in line of course). I've also listed a book on Amazon that was purchased today. I love passing along good reads.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Today Noah and I spent the day together going to different stores on the downtown mall. He got a pair of Vans that he's been talking about for a while now, and I got two tops from a local store, Bittersweet.

Now I'm off to get ready for a night with Noah's professor and colleagues from school. My throat is hurting a bit, pretty sore, and not sure why.

Not too much progress on my 101 list, except I donated 150 grains of rice. Hopefully tomorrow I'll work on a few items from the list.

Friday, January 30, 2009

101 Things to Do in 1001 Days

I came across this idea from here and would like to partake, since I'm obsessed with lists.

Blue is in progress.
Pink is complete.

Start date is today: January 30, 2009.
End date is October 28, 2011.

1. Clean out the basement
2. Clear off all hard drives on computers and donate computers
3. Buy a house
4. Clean and sell my wedding dress
5. Go 90 days straight without buying anything new (not including food and toiletries for hygiene) (last date I bought something new: 1/30/09)
6. Buy a queen size bed
7. Have a garage sale
8. Donate or sell 500 things from the house (52/500)
9. Make doggie biscuits for Steve

1. Visit relatives in New Jersey at least 2 times (0/2)
2. Visit relatives in Chicago
3. Finish wedding album for mom
4. Get pregnant
5. Date night twice a month (3/66)
6. Make dinner with Noah once every two weeks (0/66)
7. Visit my mother once every two months (0/17)
8. Stop taking antibiotics by the end of 1001
9. Get another piercing

1. Go to the dentist once a year (0/3)
2. Weigh 110 pounds (2/10)
3. Donate my hair to Locks of Love
4. Donate blood at least 3 times (0/3)
5. Get another tattoo
6. Got to the gym 3 times a week for 6 months (0/72)
7. Do yoga once a week for 3 months (0/12)
8. Run in a race (maybe the Charlottesville 10-miler)
9. Pamper yourself at least once a month (2/33)
10. Drink nothing but water Monday through Friday for one month (0/30)
Wash my face every night before bed, no matter what
12. Walk Steve 4 times a week every week
13. Get a professional massages once every 6 months (0/5)
14. Get my cholesterol checked
15. Take a vitamin daily
16. Private**

1. Pay of all three of my credit cards
2. Save $12,500 (minus anything towards a downpayment for a house)
3. Create a monthly budget and expense plan
4. Sign up for life insurance
5. Put $20 in special savings account for each item on this list achieved

1. Make cards at the letterpress
2. Letterpress a poem of sisters
3. Send in a postsecret postcard
4. Knit a blanket
5. Knit Broad Street Mittens
6. Establish a successful vintage housewares store on Etsy (sell at least 20 items) (0/20)
7. Get a booth at the Charlottesville City Farmer's Market (can join in with friends)
8. Take an art or craft class (at least 2 classes) (0/2)
9. Make a wedding album
10. Knit a sweater
11. Make a pair of socks for Mom
12. Learn 10 origami pieces (0/10)
13. Learn how to crochet
14. Make a book and bind it
15. Give all handmade gifts for at least one Chanukah
16. Make 15 sets of napkins to sell on Etsy or at the Market (0/15)
17. Make an oven mitt for Noah
18. Spend at least 5 hours each week working on art or crafts.
19. Design a logo for Vintage Virginia
20. Design a logo for handmade crafts
21. Learn embroidery
22. Make my own paper for paper crafts
23. Make a new craft for each new baby of a friend (1/2)
24. Finish all knitting projects I have started or unravel them

1. Go to Israel for at least one month
2. Go on a Kentucky Bourbon tour (and visit Kentucky Lake)
3. Meet Noah's paternal uncle
4. Go camping (at least 3 times) (0/3)
5. Go hiking (at least 6 times) (0/6)
6. Go to 2 different outdoor music festivals (0/2)
7. Go on vacation to the Caribbean
8. Go west of the Mississippi

1. Volunteer at a hospital in the baby ward and rock babies
2. Frame diplomas and certificates for office
3. Blog regularly (at least 3 times a week) for 3 months
4. Resize my father's bracelet
5. Give at least 5 "just because" gifts. (0/5)
6. Get ring insured.
7. Finish thank you cards from wedding
8. Write 10 "just because" cards and send to friends. (0/10)
9. Make a concerted effort to learn Spanish.
10. Post 10 books on PaperBackSwap or Bookcrossing (2/10)
11. Do not buy a new book for 12 months (start date 1/30/09)
12. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy.
13. Read 50 books. (1/50)
14. Leave a $20 tip on a meal under $20 2 times (0/2)
15. Sell my car and buy a manual car.
16. Host a clothing swap twice a year (1/6)
17. Watch a black and white movie
18. See four plays (0/4)
19. Have a girls night 10 times (1/10)
20. Donate 1,000,000 grains of rice (2140/1,000,000)
21. Go 1 week without watching any television (0/7)
22. Go to a drive-in movie
23. Go to a Washington Redskins game
24. Go to a Washington Capitals game
25. Monitor and update my list as needed
26. Reread To Kill a Mockingbird
27. Upload my Ipod with music I like
28. Officially change my name
29. Read the Torah
30. See a therapist for 6 months

And of course Write new 101/1001 list
I didn't do very well on my list of things to do. Seriously, I didn't accomplish once single thing, except go to the jail and see 2 clients (not 3) and work on cleaning up my desk.

I'm going to persevere, not get discouraged, and keep on working on my daily goals. These daily goals are for the purpose of reaching an even bigger, more existential goal. That is to live a stress-free life. A stress-free life allows more possibility of being free of fatigue, sadness, hostility, resentment, the list could go on.

Being productive at work enables me to be on top of my dozens of cases, which then in turn leads to me being prepared for all of my cases, when then in turns leads to not being stressed out.

Being productive at home enable me to enjoy more time with my family, keep track of finances (so I'm not worrying so much about money), and spending less time looking for stuff amidst all the clutter.

Anyhow, this is why I like my daily goals.

The end.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Some of yesterday's goals were accomplished. All of my work goals were accomplished. But my personal goals, I didn't do so well. I came home last night, finished up my work goals and only managed to write 4 thank you cards. Hey, that's 4 less cards I need to write by Sunday. But of course, I got sucked in by some movie - at least it was one I'd never seen before. Sometimes I get sucked in my movies I've seen at least 2 dozen times and can't pull myself away from the boob tube.

Today's personal goals:
1. Go to the gym
2. Write 10 thank you cards
3. Cross-check 75 receipts with bank statement.

Today's professional goals:
1. Clean off desk
2. Go to the jail and visit 3 clients
3. Work on 2 divorce cases.

I like writing out my daily goals here. By putting them out there, I feel more compelled to complete these goals. Like the internets are holding me responsible, keeping tabs on me.

I have other mechanisms in my life for keeping me on track with my longer life goals. I keep a Daily Log at work of the work I've done for that day. Not only is this to keep track of the work I've done for specific clients but also to see how productive I am each day. And of course, I have smaller goals on that daily log as well.

Is this a sign of being a control freak? Needing to keep tabs on everything I do?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Daily Goals

My three personal goals today:
1. Write 10 thank you cards for wedding presents. I am way overdue. And no longer a classy bride.
2. Fill one shopping bag of clothes I no longer wear for the Clothing Swap on Monday.
3. Go through last months receipts and balance with my checking account.

My three professional goals today:
1. Spend one hour going through phone messages, returning phone calls, etc.
2. Close out three cases that are complete.
3. Spend 30 minutes going through emails, returning emails, filing emails, etc.

Okay, let's see how I do today.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Vintage Virginia

New items at Vintage Virginia, with more coming soon.

Please visit often.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

New Year Resolutions?

As I've been procrastinating at work, or clearing my head of clients and all their problems, I've been scouring the internets seeing many lists of new year resolutions. And I don't want to miss out on all the fun. But I can't really nail down one thing I want to change, make better, do differently. I'm constantly making resolutions, regardless of the day on the calendar.

1. N and I are saving money for a downpayment on a home. My number one goal this year is to save enough money for a downpayment on a home. Because of the way my mind works, I have thought of different ways to accomplish this. Just having a goal isn't enough for me. I need a plan. But my plan is for another post.

2. My number two goal is to pay down our outstanding debt. I'm not going to go into how much, but it ain't pretty. Granted, anything remaining after paying rent and bills went towards the wedding. Now that the wedding is over, we're are more likely to actually make a dent in paying down this dent.

3. I will continue this list in my next post. But here is a sweet photo of sister and N on the last night of Chanukah.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

I am sitting on the couch with sister underneath a beautifully crocheted blanket we received as a wedding present.  It's been a while since I've sat on the couch for hours at a time, or even an hour at a time for that matter.

The wedding is over, and now the real work begins.  It was a beautiful wedding, everything I could've imagined and more.  I had post-wedding blues when it was over but have recovered. 

I've been back to work since Monday.  My productivity level is not at a full 100% but may be so once January 2 comes along.   

Looking forward to getting the pictures from our fantastic photographer.  Seriously, she rocks. Too bad she doesn't live here in Charlottesville cause I'd stalk her on the phone and lure her out with promises of alcohol.  Oh wait, she's preggers.  

When's the barley and mushroom soup going to be done?  I'm hungry.