Monday, June 21, 2010

Quote of the Day

Here's something I'm sure no mother ever wants to hear...

Question: Why did you go to your mother's house?
Answer: Well, every time I see her she's gotten a little bit older. She doesn't have much time left, I mean she's getting pretty old...she's almost 65.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Road

Cormac McCarthy has a dark side. He can think up some pretty disturbing images...such as cannibalism. Now, I'm not one to shy away from gore in books, films or media, but cannibalism totally freaks me out. So, that's one thing about this book to beware of because it kind of sneaks up on you and you don't really realize it and then you REALLY realize it and it's too late. The heebeejeebees are upon you.

Put aside all the cannibalism and this is actually a touching story about a father and son in a crazy post-apocalyptic world. It's a little bit hard to grasp. I think this is one of those books that's way better the second or third time around...sort of like Slaughterhouse Five. You need one read-through to get what it's about and then another read-through to really understand the book. I only read it once cause I gots shit to do. But, it's a quick read, so a second read-through shouldn't be a problem.

So, basically a father and son are wandering through America and scavenging as much as they can because they need food and weapons. They're trying to find anyone else who has survived the apocalypse. There's also these people who have survived and are evil, but I couldn't really tell what they were up to (this is something I think a second read-through would have resolved). There's danger around every corner and the father is on his last leg and death is imminent. Lots of grim and not much sunshine.

If kittens, rainbows and lollipops are your thing, then you won't enjoy. I think kittens I loved it.

4/5 or 8/10 stars.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Happy Birthday Ramsey!

Yesterday you turned 1. Or 7 if you count dog years. You are very sassy and normally not at all cuddly, but yesterday you laid beside me and let me pet you for a long time. So, you must be losing some of your puppy spark. You love tennis balls, ice cubes and hunting and you hate dancing and vacuum cleaners. You have a huge personality and I love hanging out with you, even when you bark at me for no apparent reason.

Happy Birthday Ramsey!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Me On..."Nurse's Strike"

Today nurse's around Minnesota are "striking". Except, let's get real, they aren't really striking. Leaving work for one day to stand outside with picket signs does not a strike make. Take away the picket signs and it's a vacation day. I get the sentiment of it all, but I don't think it's going to accomplish a whole lot except irritating people for 24 hours. Tomorrow the nurses "strike" will be forgotten.

The real winners today are the replacement nurses who are making $2,000 for a day of work.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Random Acts of Douchebaggery

I know many of you are probably thinking Molly, relax, this is just a cart in a hallway. But I will not relax because it's the principle of the thing. Let me explain.

At my apartment they have a few shopping carts for tenant use. The carts are located in the parking garage and there's maybe 4 elevators and about 2 carts at each elevator. So, if someone has a bunch of groceries or something heavy to carry to their apartment, they can just put it in the cart. It makes the trip to your apartment so much easier. The only time I've ever used the carts was when I was moving in.

What generally happens is people use the carts and then bring them right back to the garage so that someone else can use them and they aren't littering up the hallways. But not one of my apartment wing's resident assholes. Oh no, he left that damn cart sitting in the hallway for about a week.

I know it's not that big of a deal, but seriously dude, don't be so lazy. The other thing that really makes me mad is that for some reason this cart mysteriously wheeled itself in front of my door several times throughout the week. It seemed like every time I came back to the apartment the cart was in front of my door...making it look like I was the lazy one. And I DID NOT appreciate that. Especially since I've only used the carts once.

My advice of the day is quite being a dbag and bring the shopping cart down to the garage where it belongs. Please and thank you.

P.S. On an unrelated note, this morning while driving to work I got behind a car with a license vanity plate that said DR DB. What a tool.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Bug's Life

My uncle and I are standing in front of Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life. Deep inside the Tree of Life is one of these interactive shows that Disney is so famous for. It's all about bugs, so right away I'm not such a big fan. I hate bugs.

But, it isn't awful, it's kind of cute. The bugs are putting on a show for humans and then scary bugs come and chaos ensues. The chaos can be a little bit scary for the young'uns, but whatever, they should suck it up because it's just a show.

The show also uses these interactive things that some people might find fun (I don't find them fun). For instance there's a part where there are bees and you are sitting in your seat and all of a sudden you feel a little poke in your back. There's something in the seat that pokes you at just the right moment so you think a bee is attacking. You'll hear the shrieks throughout the audience. There's a few other gags like that, but I have advice. Sit forward in your seat, you'll miss everything. Then plug your nose and finally if it all becomes too much, take off your 3D glasses. Trust me.

Finally keep in mind that there's a little surprise at the end. So, after you think all the fun is over, continue sitting forward in your seat. You'll thank me later.

4/5 or 7/10 stars. It's a cute show, you can sit down, the building's air conditioned and there's almost always a very short wait time.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mad Men 2010

Confession time...I've never seen an episode of Mad Men. It seems right up my alley, no? But I always miss it. Maybe someday I'll make a spot for it on my netflix.

Anyhow, yesterday I had a very Mad Men experience at work and it shocked me. Mostly because people were all like "Isn't that Mad Men show so funny and outdated because of how the men treat the women at work." But silly and outdated or not there are definitely still nuances of the Mad Men office environment in the 2010 office environment.

Here's my Mad Men moment. I was in the courtroom with a couple of attorneys the other day and I had to take this court order and make a copy of it for all of the parties. I will admit that making copies of court orders is part of my job...I have no qualms with that. But, one of the attorneys had offered something as an exhibit during the hearing and did not have another copy of it. So, we are both standing about 2 feet from the copy machine and I go to make my copies and he hands me his document and says "Please make a copy of this for me." Then he walked away. As if he was my boss and I was just his little minion. Which I'm not.

What really infuriates me is that I actually thought about whether I should be annoyed about the whole thing. But honestly, in 2010 everyone should know how to use a copy machine. They aren't that difficult to figure out. You put the papers in the slot, select the number of copies you want to make and press the big green button that says "Start". In addition, everyone should be able to figure out a printer and a fax machine. If you can use a blackberry, you can use any of these machines.

I just need to state that I don't necessarily think this is a man v. woman thing. I do think that back in the day it was really important to define your job responsibilities...especially in the legal world. At any law firm or law office there is definitely a bizarre hierarchy of paralegals, legal secretaries, law clerks and attorneys. For instance, a law clerk better never ask a paralegal to do anything for them or help them in any way. But a law clerk can ask a legal secretary to make a copy for them (although they won't like it).

Anyhow, my point is that back in the day no attorney wanted to know how the copy machine or the fax machine worked because then they might have to do that work occasionally and that's considered beneath them. I just don't think this flies in 2010. Seriously, just figure out how to use an effing copy machine.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Happy June!

I am so happy that it's June. And I'm hoping that June means beautiful days and no sickness. Because honestly, sickness killed May for me.

However, this Memorial Day weekend as well as June's Eve somewhat made up for it. It started with a half day on Friday where my mother and I had lunch and did some shopping as well as replanted my basil plant. Later that night it was dinner and sangria which always puts me in the happiest of moods. Saturday was a gloriously hot day enjoyed at the Twins game. Sunday was relaxing from morning to evening. And yesterday not only did I have the day off, but the weather was glorious AND I spent the day at the Arboretum (see flower picture above) followed by dinner at Sea Salt. I really celebrated June's Eve yesterday, let me tell you.

I would make my June goal to not get sick, but I think doing so will give me a 100% chance of getting sick. Instead, it will be to do push ups everyday. I know that I'm recycling, but I seriously fell off the push up wagon in May.

Happy June!