The Double Witchy Cat Dare!

Okay, I guess I’ve avoided this long enough. ;) I was recently tagged by a few people in this little meme, so let’s get it going!

The Rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. You must post 11 random thoughts about yourself.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. Go to their blog and tell them you have tagged them.
6. No stuff in the tagging section about ‘you are tagged if you are reading this.’ blah, blah, blah, you legitimately have to tag 11 people!

11 Random Thoughts About Me:

  1. I love, love, LOVE researching just about anything. I count myself fortunate that a lot of my job revolves around researching random stuff that awesome attorney-boss throws at me.
  2. While I’m talking about things I love… I love Jewish men, and not simply because I’m married to one. I don’t know what it is, but pretty much any actor I find hot ends up being Jewish. Maybe it’s a nerdy thing? I don’t know, but I know Matt doesn’t mind!
  3. When it comes to pop culture, I completely suck at it. Betcha anything I can’t name a single actor that I find hot. (Okay, I lie, I can name one. But just one.) Nor can I ever pick out an actor out of a lineup. Or a movie, for that matter.
  4. I am terrible at meeting new people. I used to be decidedly worse at meeting new people, but that doesn’t mean that this should count as any sort of improvement. Rather than sticking entirely to the background and lowering my eyes when I meet someone new, I have to give a whole crap-ton of energy into not appearing shy and withdrawn.
  5. I wish I had more time for crafting. If I did, I’d learn how to scrapbook.
  6. I love that people assume that I’m a good little Christian/Catholic schoolgirl-type person. Really shocks the shit out of ‘em when I say shit like… well, shit. ;)
  7. As ironic as it is, I work for one of the biggest jewelry companies in the world… and yet I hate wearing most jewelry. Getting a bracelet to show off my company was a trial in itself, and while it’s meant to have charms and stuff on it, when I do end up wearing it, it’s typically plain!
  8. I have but one tattoo: A tree frog on my left hip. I often joke that it will go backwards and become a tadpole when I’m pregnant. ;) There are plans for more, but the one I’ve been holding out for years involves getting my right shoulder tattooed. We’ll see when I eventually get that done!
  9. It took me over two years from when I first tried for my learner’s permit to when I actually got it. I failed the exam when I was 15 and was too traumatized to go back until I was 17 and they had well enough forgotten about me. My license? Totally got when I was 21.
  10. When I was seven, I entered a writing competition and subsequently had my poem published in a huge book. I think my mom still has that book! Funny enough, it was a poem about Jesus.
  11. Uh… I’m out of stuff, so I’ll just say that I can really go for duck sauce.

Questions for Me to Answer:

From Kat of EmKat Creations!

  1. What’s your favorite song or musical artist?
    This is actually a difficult one, as it changes on a pretty regular basis. Right now I’m enjoying some soothing New Age instrumental music. I’ll probably jam to Top 40 stuff on my way home, eventually get to White Stripes and Muse and Queens of the Stone Age, will listen to Pitbull and other Spanish-inspired rapping stuff, and will rock out to Shostakovich and Handel next week. Soooo…
  2. If you could live in any era, what would you choose?
    The 1960s, no question.
  3. What’s your favorite holiday?
    I love Samhain, so much that it hurts. I’m also a huge fan of Purim.
  4. Which modern convenience would you rather give up, indoor stoves or plumbing?
    Plumbing. I can shit in the woods, but I’m pretty sure it’s against HOA policies to have fire pits in our backyards. Le sigh.
  5. Pirates or Ninjas?
    Ninjas. :D
  6. Do you have a patron deity, if so whom?
    I don’t… in fact, I don’t follow a specific pantheon at all. My beliefs are much more earth-centric and pantheistic like that.
  7. Coffee or Tea?
    COFFEE. Though I should really switch to tea.
  8. What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
    Pretty much right here! If I were to still consider south Florida my home.
  9. Which element is your favorite or which do you work best with?
    Water, no question. I blame both my sign (Scorpio) and where I lived my whole life.
  10. Cats, Dogs, Rodents, Birds or Reptiles?
    Cats, though I’m allergic to them (and 4/5 of that list, actually). Boo.
  11. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
    Ugh, so lame. This morning on my way to work. I should really make an effort to get outside during the day.

From Tori at TorizWorld!

  1. What was your first pet? And what was its name?
    Dixie! He was a long-haired angora hamster. I loved that freakin’ hamster, had him for five years.
  2. What’s your earliest memory?
    Being in my parents’ townhome. We moved out of it when I was just over a year old, but I remember our living room and the connecting patio separated by a sliding glass door. It’s literally a fleeting memory, but it’s there!
  3. If you could live anywhere in the world, in any type of home, where would you live? And what kind of home would you live in?
    I’d live right by the ocean in one of those homes on stilts.
  4. If you had to pick just one meal to have every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? And why?
    Ugh. I’m a food blogger! Can’t I just say I’ll have a garden and a frying pan and a fire? ;)
  5. What would your ideal job be?
    This is probably so lame, but… exactly what I’m doing now. I have the best of both worlds (law and writing) in an amazing company with amazing bosses, and my job means I get to finance all the extracurricular stuff I want to do! (Lookin’ at you, BPO.)
  6. Do you love to read? If so, what are your favourite types of books?
    I DO. I’ll read pretty much anything, but my favorite genres are young adult fiction and creative non-fiction.
  7. Are you a fan of watching movies? If so, what are your favourite types of movies?
    Not nearly as much. But when I do watch movies, I prefer them to be comedies or psychological thrillers (without horror, please). Different ends of the spectrum, I know.
  8. It’s a cold, dark night in the middle of Winter; the snow is falling thick and fast outside the window… What are you doing?
    Probably sitting inside under a blanket, curled up with either a book or the internet and a hot cup of something.
  9. It’s a beautiful, hot day in the middle of Summer; there’s not a cloud in the sky, and bearly a breeze… What are you doing?
    I am OUTSIDE and preferably near a body of water! Rockin’ a swimsuit and swimming the day away. :)
  10. If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be? And why?
    Far too many to choose from. But the first one that popped in my head was the chick from Twilight. So I could knock some fucking sense into her head. (While I’m at it, can y’all bring me Twilight‘s author, too?)
  11. If you could have a conversation with any person – alive or dead; just as long as they really exist (or have really existed in the past) – right now, who would it be? Why them? And what would you discuss?
    Oh man, this is so difficult… but probably Michael Pollan. It’d be such an interesting conversation to hear his thoughts on modern-day agriculture and compare notes on how we think the future of food could be made better.

From Amanda at Living a Faerie Tale!

  1. Do you have a role model? Who? Why?
    Oddly… not at the moment, no. When I was younger, though, I really wanted to run track (asthma be damned!), so my role model was Jackie Joyner-Kersee. I also really loved and admired Amelia Earhart.
  2. Who is your favorite/patron God/dess?
    See above… I don’t got none. ;)
  3. Did you design your blog?
    Kind of second-handedly! When I went from Blogger to WordPress (and self-hosted), I hired a graphic artist to create the banners you see today. She took a lot of my input and turned my blog into something really creative and nice on the eyes.
  4. Do you create art? What do you do?
    I do random crafts when the mood strikes. For example, Matt and I made turkeys this year from construction paper (and when I say “Matt and I”, I mean “I cut out all the stuff and glued most of them together, and even though he said he wanted to make a few on his own, he ended up gluing half of one together before he went, “Fuck it, you’re better at this than I am”"), and I quill snowflakes pretty much every year for Yule.
  5. Are you more active in the Pagan Community on or off line?
    Online, admittedly. I was much more active offline when I lived in Orlando, but I’ve been finding it hard to put myself out there since we’ve moved.
  6. What are you passionate about?
    Food (especially vegetarian food), religious rights, natural birth and motherhood, and music.
  7. When you were a kid is this where you saw yourself in the future?
    Not in the slightest. I always imagined myself a writer and illustrator of children’s books when I was a kid. It wasn’t until I graduated from university that I even pictured myself in a legal career, and even today, it kind of boggles my mind that I’m here. Life now is so much different from life as I saw it when I was younger.
  8. How many kids do you want/have already?
    I have no children yet, but Matt and I have discussed having two. We’ll see how it goes… gotta make #1 first. ;)
  9. If you could have any job in the world what would it be?
    See above!
  10. If you could tell your teenaged self one thing, what would that be?
    That everything — literally, everything — gets better from here.
  11. What site to you most visit when you go online? (Besides your own)
    Probably Damn You Autocorrect. LOL. ;)

Holy crap, I forgot… from Freckles!!

  1. What’s the first thing you would save from a fire and why?
    Assuming all the living occupants got out: My violin, no question. It’s my baby, and I’d be devastated if I lost it. After that, as much of our wedding memorabilia as possible… at least my flowers and our photos on CDs.
  2. You’re a superhero for a day, what’s your special ability?
    Breathing under water! And being able to swim wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted. And perfect vision underwater. (See a trend here?)
  3. How do you geek out (science, books, math, video games, etc?)
    Books, easily. I’m not much of a video game or math person, but I love to read and research. Foodstuffs is another one of my geeky passions, too, if you could call it that. I mean, it’s sometimes science-related!
  4. Harry Potter or Star Wars?
    HARRY POTTER. And absolutely the books first and foremost. I’ve seen Star Wars before, but I wasn’t all that into it. Might have been being under the influence of… something, though…
  5. Your favorite comfort food and why?
    Macaroni and cheese. Not entirely sure why, but there’s something about carby, cheesy goodness that just makes everything right.
  6. What’s one habit you wish you could kick?
    Biting my nails and picking my skin. 100% due to OCD on both counts, but what can I do. It’s a daily battle.
  7. Favorite holiday and why?
    See above! :)
  8. Toilet paper – up and over, or down? (lol, this is the biggest debate in our house)
    UP AND OVER. ALWAYS. Thankfully, I have a husband who feels the same! ;)
  9. What’s your favorite sweet treat?
    Mmm… depends on the day. I absolutely love Twizzlers pull-’n'-peel and anything with chocolate/peanut butter.
  10. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner? What’s your favorite meal time and why?
    Dinner. I don’t even know why. I’ve never really been a breakfast person, and lunch is kinda… eh. I think I like being around someone and talking about stuff while eating, and I don’t really get that the first two meals of the day!
  11. What’s you favorite inspirational quote?

Who I’ve Tagged:

  1. A Vegas Girl At Heart
  2. Freckles
  3. Stephopolis
  4. The Start of Something Frugal
  5. Inspired by Life
  6. the hummingbird hollow
  7. This Good Life
  8. demure connoisseur
  9. Cheap Wine and Cookies
  10. Cauldron Cottage
  11. Those Crazy Crunchies

Questions for You to Answer:

  1. What is your favorite holiday? What are your favorite traditions from that holiday?
  2. Describe your favorite pair of shoes.
  3. If your life was most like a character (out of a book, movie, or something else), what character would it be?
  4. You’re standing on the top of a mountain. How did you get there, and what will you do now that you’re up there?
  5. You’re standing in a crowded mall, people running in all directions and the entire floorplan at your disposal. What do you do now?
  6. What have you kept from your childhood?
  7. Name something in your house that you really should get rid of, but have held onto for some reason or another.
  8. What is your favorite beverage (besides water)?
  9. What do you listen to music on — your computer, an iPod, CDs, records?
  10. What email platform, chat rooms, and social media networks do you use?
  11. If your epitaph could read one sentence, what would it say?

For the rest of us!

Since we’re still DINK(Y)s, and despite the plethora of holidays that we should be celebrating for each of our families’ respective faiths, December is actually kind of a quiet month for us. We do little things for Chanukah (I make Matt say the prayers over at least two candles at Chanukah — after that, he kinda piddles out), Yule (exchanging of one gift and maybe a stocking with some crazy stuff), and Christmas (Chinese food and a movie, natch), but we don’t plan on doing anything major until we have kids.

Then we well, at least I get to go nuts! ;)

Of all holidays, though, there’s one that we have yet to celebrate… and it shocks me because Matt is a gigantic Seinfeld fan. He went berserk when he opened up his Yule gift last year: A box set of all Seinfeld seasons. I questioned the excellence of said gift when he insisted on watching it every day until we finished the season. Guys… that took well over a month.

So… what about Festivus?!


A secular holiday celebrated on 23 December, Festivus is a way to celebrate the holiday season without participating in all the hoopla — you know, the pressure and the commercialism and all those niceties. It was created by writer Dan O’Keefe, who passed it along to his son and creator of Seinfeld, Daniel O’Keefe. In turn, he shared Festivus with… well, the rest of us (lol) through his show. Excerpt from the intro to the book “The Real Festivus” by O’Keefe, with foreword by Jason Alexander, at the end of this post. You may be disappointed to learn that none of the “celebrations” below, all constructs for the show, were actual Festivus traditions. Or… who knows, when you know the truth? Maybe not.

Celebrations, at least according to character George Costanza, include an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole (“I find tinsel distracting,” therefore tinsel is verboten!); holding the airing of grievances where party attendees vent about what or, more appropriate, who is annoying them (“I got a lot of problems with you people; now you’re gonna hear about it!”); and feats of strength, preferably by wrestling with the head of the household until (presumably) he is pinned down. (“Someone stop this madness…” “Stop crying and fight your father!”) Further, easily explained events are often attributed to being “Festivus miracles.”

Frank Costanza: “Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.”
Cosmo Kramer: “What happened to the doll?”
Frank Costanza: “It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born: a Festivus for the rest of us!”
Kramer: “That must have been some kind of doll.”
Frank Costanza: “She was.”

So of all people, why isn’t my husband — arguably one of the biggest Seinfeld fans ever, or at least that I’ve ever known — clamoring at the chance to celebrate Festivus? I’m thinking… maybe I’ll surprise him with an unadorned aluminum pole this year and the airing of my own grievances. Then a good wrasslin’. After all, it ain’t over until the head of the household is pinned.

… and like hell am I gonna be pinned that easily.

Excerpt from The Real Festivus – Introduction by Jason Alexander

For one miserable episode, the Costanza family invited the world to join them for an inane, bizarre anti-holiday called Festivus. It wasn’t a major story point. It wasn’t a recurring story line. It was one lousy episode. It was brought to our table by a young writer named Dan O’Keefe. The truth was that this odd fellow had spent years celebrating (if that’s the appropriate word) this freakish creation of his own father’s slightly off-kilter mind. He proposed it as a notion for something the character of Frank Costanza, George’s father, might have manufactured. Itwas to be a minor element, a throwaway—nothing.

But, since we were the show about nothing—the damn thing took! Upon airing the episode, Festivus parties popped up everywhere. Festivus ceremonies were proposed. The Ben and Jerry Ice Cream company created a Festivus flavor. Last rumor I heard was that the federal government was considering making it a national holiday.

And then the questions—the endless, mindless questions: How do we celebrate? What is the history? When is the exact date? Is there religious significance? One dumbass inquiry after another.

For years, all I could say when bombarded with this lunacy was, “For God’s sake people, it’s a TV show! Get a grip. Move on.” But the glaring disappointment on their faces was too hard to take. It was like telling a little Christian child that there is no Santa. I had no stomach for it. Maybe because I’m Jewish. Maybe I’m just soft.

But now, like a ray of light direct from Heaven, my prayers have been answered, my personal salvation has arrived. You hold in your hands the definitive tome on Festivus. And it comes from the highest authority—Dan O’Keefe himself. Every question you have about this festivalis answered in these pages. No effort has been spared. Upon completion, you will be able to preserve the rich history and colorful pageantry of this most holy day yourself. For the true Seinfeld fan, this is required reading. For the casual passer by, it is a curious primer on how to create your own ritual for the ages.

A rivalry between two vegetarians…

I said something about my beef yesterday. First off, STFU; you all have dirty minds. Second, I came across this today and laughed way… too… hard.

I have a feeling I’ll be using this one often. ;)

Random post is random.

Seriously, I seem to be going days without posting lately! Since I don’t have anything new that I can feasibly share right now, I thought I’d tell a little story, inspired by a friend who asked a really weird question:

You wake up in a bathtub (one of those old school ones, in the middle of a room with claw feet), and you have NO idea where you are. There is no door, only a window in the center of a domed ceiling. You look around and see: standard furniture (a bed, a steamer trunk, a desk) a goat, a box of paperclips, 3 ducks, a rabbit costume, and a silky dressing gown. What do you do?!

Well, here’s what I’d do!

SOMEHOW I managed to find a somewhat-applicable picture. Random people are random!

I’m going to assume that I have all my internal organs, seeing as there wasn’t anything to lead me to believe the contrary. ;) Obviously, I’d take the furniture and rifle through it for something more… appropriate than the clothing options I already have. Seeing nothing but masquerade accessories and thinking this could only get more saucy, I’d shrug and put on the dressing gown and a mask for good measure. The furniture would be rearranged to be more in the center of the room, much like a staircase.

Despite there being no doors, I’d still feel like someone was watching me, so I’d have the ducks keep on the lookout, checking around for hidden cameras or creases in the wall that could lead to doorways. I don’t think they’d find anything, but at least it’d keep ‘em out of the way while…

… I’d dress up the goat. After all, when I go climbing him to reach the window on the domed ceiling, I wouldn’t want my feet or the gorgeous dressing gown to get soiled by his… goatness! Plus, who doesn’t want to see a goat in a bunny outfit. He may bray in opposition, but trust me when I say he’d be a very handsome bunny-goat.

I’d lead the goat up the stairway created by the furniture, and he’d be just feet under the escape window in the domed ceiling. “Perfect!” I’d then climb it myself to join the bunny-goat.

On my climb up, I’d notice that one of the ducks would get a little unruly, very likely anxious from being in such a confined area for so long. So I’d make a chain out of the paperclips (fortunately, they were on top of the dresser, so I didn’t have to climb back down to get them), testing their weight on occasion and being sure that they can hold some resistance. Once it’s long enough, I’d grab a scarf I’d seen in one of the drawers, and make kind of a sling out of it. I’d toss that over my shoulder.

The window would open easily, revealing a starry sky and a fresh breeze. I’d get goosebumps because holy shit it’d be chilly and I’m wearing a DRESSING GOWN. My feet would climb on the bunny-goat’s back, and I’d hear more protesting brays plus a very confusing chomping noise, as if he was imitating the Cadbury bunny. I’d think he was filling his new role nicely.

My fingertips would reach and I’d be able to pull myself up and out. Thank heavens for all those pull-ups! The roof, domed on the outside, would create a bit of a challenge as I’d hoist the sling off my shoulder and down back into the confusing bathroom. The ducks, smart as they are (I mean, they were my watch-ducks!) would get the hint and, one by one, crawl into the sling for me to pull them to safety.

The last duck, though, would encounter some problems: As I’d pull him up, some of the paperclips would slowly come apart, and he’d be hanging by a mere thread. I’d pull slowly, careful not to disturb the paperclips any more than necessary, then full-on panic as the paperclip nearly unraveled entirely! I mean, this was the anxious duck, so he’d be writhing around as he’d realize something was Very Wrong.

ENTER BUNNY-GOAT. Seeing my panic, he’d snatch the sling by the scarf into his mouth, saving the duck from a dresser-high fall and holding onto him for dear life. I’d lie down on the roof for stability and reach my hands into the room, and the bunny-goat would leap into my arms.

With all my strength, I’d hoist up bunny-goat, still clinging onto the scarf with my final watch-duck, onto the roof and into the fresh night air. We’d be free! Finally free! And finally I’d have a chance to look around.

… “Oh, hi, [info]lalanav. So erm… this is your backyard and your torturous claw-footed bathroom bunker, huh?!”

Current Events

Whew! I feel like I’ve left most of y’all in a lurch, and for that, I’m really sorry! This week has been absolutely insane, so I haven’t had the chance to do much of… well, anything but those things that were then on my plate.

First, I got a new job! My last day at my old firm was Wednesday. It was actually a very lovely day with wrapping up work, having pizza with my coworkers, and celebrating with cake. I also got a beautiful card from the Accounting department, a sweet lunch the day before from my attorney, and a gorgeous card holder from a coworker and friend. It was so sweet, and I was sad to go! Sad about the people, I mean.

The new job is… incredible. You guys, absolutely incredible. I haven’t started yet (my first day is Tuesday!), but it’s with Pandora Jewelry’s corporate office. When I was interviewing, I met with the attorney under whom I’d be working, and I LOVED him. I walked out of that interview confident that I’d get it, but also a bit intimidated because… seriously, who gets lucky enough to get that job?

Apparently, this girl does! ;)

Anyway, more as that progresses. In other news, we’ve had a couple houseguests over the past two weeks or so. My friend and her boyfriend moved from Florida to the DC area, and they needed a place to stay while they were here. We opened our doors to them, and now that at least my friend has found a place, we’ll soon be closing that same door. Left open a crack, of course, but still closed most of the way. It’s been great having others in the house, but Matt and I both admit that we’re ready to have our home back to ourselves.

I’m incredibly thankful they were here, though, as our basement flooded as a result of Hurricane Irene (power went out, sump pump stopped working, hello water all over the basement!) and they were awake to alert us. After Matt and I stumbled downstairs, we helped my friend and her boyfriend take everything they had downstairs to the ground floor, then we started the process of removing water while my friend tried salvaging what had gotten wet. (Fortunately, that was most of it.) Matt and I had buckets and bins, and we hauled out water bit by bit until the water finally started to secede.

The hilarious part is, Matt and I are Floridians, so we’re seasoned to riding out storms like this. Rain and wind? Better weather to go fly kites! And trust me when I say our hurricane party was tons of fun until this incident.

Not only did out houseguests warn us of the basement, though, they helped us rip up that carpet! Thank heavens, too, as Matt and I admit we had no idea what to do. We ripped, tugged, and shredded our ways out of what was a really bad situation.

Part of the problem, as the picture above shows, is that water was coming up through cracks in the foundation. While cracks aren’t necessarily unusual, especially for a basement, the amount of water we had through the floor was not. So when the sump pump went out with the power, the water had nowhere else to go, and the pressure caused it to come up through the cracks.

Finally, Matt and I bought a wet-vac and got the water sopped up.

Well… Matt got the water sopped up. I stood around and looked silly. ;)

Remember when I made that post the other day about Irene and helping other people out? That weekend, our houseguests were our specks in the world that made a huge difference to us. I am forever grateful for their help, guidance, and experience!

That’s pretty much been our week. It’s been crazy, exciting, soggy, and overall fun. But of course, that means no time for y’all! So I’m going to check out all your blogs, and I have a few posts in mind, so keep an eye out for those.

For all y’all who were hit by Irene, I hope you’re recovering well. And good luck with the upcoming tropical depression and hurricane! Are we ever going to catch a break?!

Big Pimpin’: The Perfect Loop

I love getting things in the mail. Good things, of course; bills are another story, but a fact of life. No, what I like to get are the coupons, the free samples, the letters from friends and family.

And shinies!! Pretty shinies!

Which is why, when an awesomely amazing and talented friend of mine said she was having a sale at her etsy shop, I jumped on it. Jewelry in the mail? Made by a friend?! Yes, please!

Check out what I got, yo!

I'm wearing these right now! ;)

Except with blue agate!

 

Don’t be jellis, though! If you’re looking for some shinies of your very own, Melissa at The Perfect Loop (and of A Vegas Girl at Heart!) is still holding her clearance sale. Be sure to hurry on over before they’re gone!

In which I reveal I am NOT dead… yet.

I am so sorry for the lack of posts lately! Work has been insane with cases moving very quickly, home has been crazy with all the stuff that comes with having a new house, and life in general is nuts with things all piling on at once.

But it’s fun, I swear! :P

Since I have nothing too constructive to post at the moment (partially because I’m having the darnedest time with GFC and a few other things that Jacqui from Wacky Jacqui Designs is trying to assist with while moving from Blogger to a WordPress [dot]com), I thought I’d share a bit of my hair journey with you!

See, I’m a curly girl. A REALLY curly girl. And the kind of girl who will visit SuperCuts or Haircuttery or somewhere similar, and “settle” on someone who says they’re experienced cutting curly hair but probably isn’t. Considering that I’m a 3c curly girl (typically called “curly kinky” or, in most cases, “ethnic” — pretty funny for a white girl, but there you go), most haircuts are just… so-so for the first week, then completely wrong the following months until I get another haircut and another so-so week.

So this time, I decided to spend a bit on a good cut. Georgia Alan Salon in Arnold, MD. They came very, VERY highly recommended on NaturallyCurly.com, so I took the plunge and went with them. I was pretty nervous due to the amount of money I was going to spend and the amount of hair I was planning to hack off.

Let me tell you honestly, though… I am SO GLAD I did. Not only because of the cut, but because of what I learned! The salon’s owner, Patrik, was taught the DevaCurl method by Lorraine Massey herself, and every stylist in his salon is required to know the method and to, in his words, “love curls”! He did a personal, hands-on tutorial on how to care for my curls, which came in SO handy and will continue to help my hair’s health from here on out.

In case you’re not aware, the DevaCurl method was created for those with wavy/curly hair. It basically involves cutting the hair dry and following the natural pattern of each curl, focusing on hydration and frizz control, then cleansing and styling the hair with products containing no alcohol, sulfates, ‘cones (i.e. silicone), and other gross things that can dry out your hair. It’s especially helpful for people who experience under-moisturized, over-processed, and otherwise hard-to-work-with hair.

Anyway, back to the cut! I had it cut by Mark, who is not only incredibly talented, he is also hilarious. We gabbed pretty much the entire time. :) He cut my hair dry, which I had expected, and combed it out a bit before starting, which I didn’t expect. The nerves admittedly came back as I wasn’t sure he could, you know, see what he was doing. But then, after Patrik cleaned it (with NoPoo, of course!) and styled it, I KNEW it was a great cut!

I am so, SO happy with it!! Georgia Alan is going to be my salon from now on. :D

Before:

(Sorry about the lighting, it was early in the morning. LOL)

After!

Needless to say, I am ECSTATIC! I love this haircut, I love the feel and the way it falls, and I love the tips I received from Patrik and Mark. And the best part? Getting ready this morning involved gettin’ my hands wet and scrunching the curls right back up. Low-maintenance and high-impact? LOVE it.

If you’re a fellow Curly Girl, I highly recommend Georgia Alan Salon and their incredible team! Let those curls hang free!

Thank you, thank you a MILLION times to both Patrik and Mark, who can absolutely work magic with curly hair!

Panic! On the Airplane: My husband, propeller planes, and thunderstorms.

Matt’s on a twin turboprop plane like the one pictured above, about to take off from Cleveland to come home after a long week of travel. While I’m incredibly excited to have him home, I’m also incredibly nervous, to the point where my stomach is upset and I’m taking deep, slow breaths to curb the possible panic. I hate flying, and I’ve had to take a plane like this before from Atlanta to Greensboro. It was, by far, the most horrifying flight of my entire life. Granted, I never have been a good flyer, but the combination of the propellers and it being such a small plane (and I was only 17 at the time, so I couldn’t drink beforehand, unfortunately) really threw me into full-on panic.

And this was in perfectly clear weather!

Wanna see what Matt will be flying through?

Yeeeeah. Not pretty. :|

He’s probably fine. His flight was delayed for almost three hours because the pilots were stuck in Chicago (no, really, this is happening right now), and they’re just now boarding. Because of this and the existence of a Gordon Biersch at the terminal (OMG GARLIC FRIES), he’s content, so he should make it through okay. Even through a few bumps.

But that doesn’t make me any less nervous.

Good thoughts and well wishes would be greatly appreciated! In the meantime, I’m gonna go curl up in a blanket until I have to pick him up.

(Sorry for the more-than-off-topic post, but holy crap.)

NALA Paralegal Certification and nervous shits

Let’s just call a spade a spade, mmm-kay?

Who knew a bit of mail would be so nerve-wracking?

Since I started my Legal Studies A.S., I’ve wanted to take and pass the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal (CLA/CP) exam. What can I say, I’m a masochist. I had planned to take it just before graduating — you need a certain number of education credits and years as a paralegal — but then Matt and I moved, so that was put on hold.

Unfortunately, that hold lasted longer than I had anticipated, and it’s now been well over a year since I graduated. Determined to not let the ultimate goal evade me, though, I applied for the exam. Between the time between graduation and now, reading over the study materials, and talking to some friends who have also taken the exam (some of whom didn’t fare too well…), I haven’t been terribly confident in my ability to do well on the exam. I’ve been studying some things and trying to refresh my memory about legal procedures, court rules, the federal and state hierarchies, and substantive law spanning a few subjects, and can I be honest for a second? I don’t know if I can do it.

So when I got the informational packet in the mail, I spazzed. Both from happiness (“Yes, I’m actually doing this!“) and sheer terror (“Holy crap, what have I gotten myself into?!“). The wide range of emotions left me stunned for a few days.

My exam is in May, on a day that I will likely schedule for the end of the month. I really hope I do well, but at this point, I won’t lie: I’m lacking a bit of confidence. But I do hope to join the ranks of only 41 certified paralegals in Maryland (seriously, MD? Only 41!) by the time all is said and done, so I’ve gotta buck up some courage.

I guess I’ll let y’all know in a couple months. :)

By the way, these are the areas of law I have to know for the exam and the time allotted for each section. There’s a reason why this is a two-day exam. Also check out the link, which provides what has to be known for each section. Hopefully this will help you understand why I’m so nervous, haha!

  • Communications – 1 ½ hours (Essay required)
  • Judgment and Legal Analysis – 2 ½ hours (Essay required)
  • Ethics – 1 hour
  • Legal Research – 1 ½ hours
  • Substantive Law – 2 hours
    • American Legal System
    • Administrative Law
    • Civil Litigation
    • Contracts
    • Family Law