Friday, January 29, 2010

In general, I like to avoid awkward situations whenever possible. Maybe it's just me, but I just don't like them.

Wednesday I got a call from the lady I house/dog sit for. Her next door neighbor had passed away and the family wanted someone to sit with the dog/the house while everyone was at the funeral. I said I could do it, no problem, although I wouldn't get home from work early enough so I said I could send Jeremy over until I could get there. Jeremy got there right after everyone left and I arrived about an hour later. He had choir practice in the evening so then it was just me and the dogs. We were told the family would return at about 10pm. Jeremy took my car to choir and left his motorcycle. He was to get home around 8:50ish. At about 8:40 people some people returned. I didn't know them, they didn't know me. And they didn't know that I didn't know the people whose house it was and that I had no idea what was going on. Plus, I couldn't leave since Jeremy wasn't back yet. Luckily he returned about 1 minute after they did. We started packing up all our stuff and more and more people kept returning. It was pretty awkward, especially since we really didn't know anyone at all. There were all these people around, dressed up, and then us - in jeans and carrying backpacks trying to get out of there.

Moral of the story, watching a dead stranger's house and dogs has the potential to be very awkward.

On a positive note, I did get to eat a lot of cashews while there. I love cashews.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Jeremy made a website yesterday because he got fed up with websites not allowing secure passwords. He posted it to a few geeky places on the web and it's taken off. You can visit it here. The plan is to email all these sites telling them that people want to be able to make more secure passwords. If enough people feel this way, maybe the sites (banks mostly) will change what characters they allow in passwords, thus making it more secure.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Here's to 2010

This year I made two new year's resolutions:

1) Eat more pizza, and
2) Make at least one new dish each week.

This second one I made for three reasons:

1) I need something to keep me entertained
2) I get tired of eating the same meals over and over, and
3) I have so many cookbooks and I want to use them

So far it's been fun. The first week I made potpie, although I will admit I didn't use a recipe from one of my cookbooks - I found a recipe online and then tweaked it. The second week I made a mushroom quiche because Jeremy loves quiche and I had never made one before. It turned out pretty good. This week I'm making "creamy scrambled chenna cheese with tomatoes and zucchini" from my The Art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking cookbook. I'm also going to try my hand at making some naan. I've already made the cheese for the dish, using a different method than I usually do, and I'm not too sure of how it turned out. It made less than I think it should have. Oh well, live and learn.

Friday, January 15, 2010

One of the best things about my new job at CASA is that it has expanded my every day vocabulary. I get to use words and phrases that I seldom, or never, used before. Here are some of my favorites:

1. "Clear and convincing evidence" - I like to use this in my every day life now. I like to point out clear and convincing evidence whenever I see it. It's quite fun.

2. All forms of "allege" - we use this a lot before the judge finds "clear and convincing evidence" that someone did or didn't do something. The mom "allegedly" did X or Y to the child.

3. "putative" - we talk about putative fathers A LOT. I also learned that if a woman is married, but has a child with another man, the husband is the legal father of that child until he takes a DNA test to prove he is not the father. It doesn't matter if they have been separated for years.

4. "paramour" - This is perhaps my favorite. I'm pretty sure I never used this word before working in court. Now I like to use it all the time. I'm still unclear whether or not a man can have a paramour who is a woman of if only woman can have male paramours. I've only seen it used when talking about a man, but I'm pretty sure it's definition is actually gender neutral. Oh, on another note, I came across this word last night while reading World Without End. Now I'm on the lookout for it elsewhere.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

We Three Kings

This Christmas we had the Three Wise Men making their way across the living room to the manger scene. When they were on top of the TV one fell and his head broke off.

It's okay though because now he can double as John the Baptist.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Home Sweet Home

After a busy week and a half Jeremy and I are finally relaxing at home. We seriously did nothing yesterday but watch movies and sit on the couch. It was awesome. Our travels began by visiting my family in Kansas and seeing the newest nephew. I unfortunately forgot my camera, but Melissa has a lot of pictures posted at her blog. We had a good time playing board games, eating, holding the baby, and thankfully not dying in the "blizzard."

This is my favorite picture of AJ, that I stole from Melissa:

On Christmas day we headed over to Kansas City to see Jeremy's family. Jeremy, his brother, and I went to the art museum while there. It was the first time I'd been since I was about 8 and Jeremy hadn't been since he was in middle school. It sure has grown since then. We also introduced Jon to Mongolian BBQ at Genghis Khan - a place we always have to visit while we're in KC. Jeremy and I went down to the Plaza Saturday night to look at the lights. Because of the snow/"blizzard" not many people were out and we didn't stay too long since it was so cold.

We came back Sunday, I worked for two days, and we left again Wednesday to head up to Indianapolis for Charee's wedding. It was great to see her, Seth, and Eric. It had been too long! After staying up way too late we returned on Thursday and somehow made it until midnight to ring in the new year. Now we're at home doing nothing and enjoying it. I have no more travel plans until March so it's time to finally unpack all the way I guess. That has to be my least favorite part of travel