Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Behold: The future of America’s lawyers!

So working at TestMasters, I come across some truly brilliant people. I’m usually working with students who are studying to get amazing scores on the LSAT in able to get into an amazing law school. For this reason, they normally are pretty bright.

And then there are the students whose well-being I am truly concerned for. The other day I had a student call who was wondering why her online account wasn’t working. Now to access the online account a student must fully enroll. To fully enroll, students must sign a document and email us or fax it back over. Now, this one particular student, we’ll call Jane, informed me that she had sent over the form, and even took a screen image of her computer to prove it. I told her I would look into it and put her on hold. I found the document she sent, opened it, and immediately started laughing. I of course had to stifle my laugh and remain professional when I picked the phone back up and informed her that she could not simply take a picture of the document with her digital camera and send us the image. Her response was, “Oh……really? Oh…okay…” She was very confused and surprised that we would not accept the picture for proper documentation. And yes, she is indeed studying to become a lawyer.

Needless to say, it was the best laugh I’ve had in a long time.

Monday, April 14, 2008

And the BDay goes on...

I like birthdays. No, that's not quite right. I LOVE birthdays. I am a BIG birthday celebrator. Since I was little I have had the belief that on your birthday you should not have to do a single thing that you don't want to. It is your one day off a year. Woohoo! Go YOU.

Turning 21 was no different. I made sure to celebrate as much as I could. And I have successfully extended that celebration to the middle of last week. I am the birthday-extender champion.

See below for validation:

November 7th, 2007 = My 21st birthday.
I took the day off work, went shopping and had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Maggianos, with a couple close friends and with a brother and sister who live here. (And just for the record, the Tiramisu was incredible.)

Kenny, Julie Ann and I. It's so good to have family close by.

November 9th, 2007 = My 21st birthday "Mocktail" Party.
This was one of the best parties I've been to/put together, if I do say so myself. We had it at "The Pricer Lounge" (JLP's place), and we had twinkle lights and candles everywhere....including the walk up to her apartment. We had chocolate and cheese fondue, jello shots, a bowl to people to check in their keys, a bouncer (who was also my body guard), a cocktail waitress, a bartender, and even "tequila" shots to take with salt to sprinkle on our hand and limes for chasers. We closed in her kitchen with a covered board, (thanks Kenny), so it actually looked like a bar, and of course there were various other details.

Jenny Lynne and I.....we make the best party planning team. Here's to us.

Cortney, my bartender did a FABULOUS job. I didn't know him very well when I asked him to do this for me, and he was exactly what I was hoping for.

Tanya was superb at being a mocktail waitress. She would pass out jello shots and call out for everyone do them them on her count. And so we did. And then we did again. And again....

So Blair came to the party with the good intention of saying happy birthday to me, and enjoying the fun. Little did he know that I had been struggling to find someone I felt would make an excellent bouncer. I had high expectations and I wanted the chosen one to be pretty proactive in their role. When Blair walked through the door, and I knew he was the one. I gave him his "BOUNCER" shirt, he put on his shades and accepted the role. He seriously blew me away. A few times he would stop people at the door and come and get me to make sure they were cool enough to get in. I loved it.

"Dear Brother" and I. He presented me with two large frames of me when I was a baby, and had others make toasts to me. It was great, I felt so mocktail party-ish.

Aforementioned "Dear Brother" insisted I need a picture with my ID. I promise, it says that I am indeed 21....and from Washington.

November 16th, 2007 = My almost trip to Vegas to celebrate said 21st birthday.
But unfortunately, because my beautiful recently purchased car was totaled, the trip had to be cancelled. Never fear.....I celebrated about 5 months later.

April 8th, 2008 = The Birthday Cake that almost wasn't.
Amid the wondrous birthday bliss, I never had a birthday cake. And I almost forgot about it completely. Until I walked down the cake aisle (which I've done many times between my actual birthday and this day), and saw the cake mixes and candles and it hit me. I realized I had to resolve this matter immediately. So i did.

DISCLAIMER: Danielle put the candles in the cake for me so I didn't feel so lame. Then we
BOTH sang to me.

Happy 21st birthday to me. Maybe turning 22 will last even longer. :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Here's to you, Grandpa Kelly.

You taught me how to play Solitaire, with REAL cards. I moved the card on top to the bottom of the deck when you weren't looking. I won. You were amazed and I have never felt so guilty.

We watched Willow...again and again. I still love that movie.

When I was about 5 I gave you a speech about how smoking was bad and that I didn't want you to do it anymore. That speech carries more weight now.

You took me to the Sit 'N' Bull restaurant. I called it The Sitting Bull and I loved it.

You made the best homemade french fries. I remember telling that to my Mom once and she tried to compete. Sorry Mom, but I stand by my word. Grandpa, I still crave yours.

You always asked my why I straightened my hair, and complimented me when it was curly. You never thought I should cut it.

I had a growing post in the kitchen. You were surprised when I trustfully let Leonard come at me with a knife to take my measurement.

Last Christmas you asked me if I had a cell phone. You asked me if it worked. Without realizing what I was walking into, I replied the affirmative to both. Then you asked me why I didn't use it to call Grandma some days. Good job Grandpa, I think I'll call her today.

Among other things, I remember your cowboy boots, the shoe drier I was constantly mesmerized by, your amazing quilts, your beautiful birds and your laugh.

Thanks for the memories Grandpa, I love you and I'll miss you.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Happiness Is......

....finding NO parking ticket(s) on your car.

It is the purest form of joy there is.

I used to think that if I read the million, ( may think I'm kidding but there is on average 2-3 different signs on a single post telling you when you can't park on that street), "No Parking" signs and I followed the rules then I would never get a ticket.

Ahahahahaha....WRONG. Oh how naive was I? I have now learned to be in constant fear of the rules I apparently should know and apparently do not. Thanks LA.