Wednesday, May 24, 2006

One more thing done

We decided on a rehearsal dinner place! I'm excited to have one more of the big things out of way. Now I just have to finish asking my bridal party, flowers, cake, menus, my dress, bridesmaid dresses, hair, makeup, guest list, invitations, transportation, hotels, save the dates, organist, vocalist, dj...the list only continues to grow! Who knew so many details where involved in planning a wedding?

My problem with the whole planning thing is I like to have everything done and accomplished ahead of time but most of this wedding stuff I can't do until a few months beforehand. Which will only make the few months before the wedding seriously hectic. I have a visions of myself turning into some crazed bride and screaming/crying over tulips. Thus far I've warded off any tendency of my inner-bridezilla but I fear a year from now I may not be able to say the same thing!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Dumb Blonde

I saw this sign on my way to the beach last week:

"The weakest part of the car is the nut behind the wheel."

Sadly, it took me a minute to get what it meant :(

Monday, May 15, 2006

Jerks

Frat Boy Flip drove me insane today. He literally spent 10 minutes yelling at me because he's a moron. Weeks ago one of my clients was offered a stet with a few conditions that were finalized today. NONE of these conditions involved anything to do with my client testifying in any of the co-defendants cases. My client testifying was not even brought up until Flip suspected one of the co-defendants was going to be doing a suppression motion.

However, what Flip failed to grasp was the fact we had already negotiated the plea agreement and it had been finalized. So my client testifying wasn't going to happen. Even though, in a squirrelly manner, Flip tried to pretend that when stets are offered it is "implied" that they will testify in co-defendants cases. Um...no it's not Flip but nice try. Or the "negotiations are a fluid thing". Um...not once we agree then they become binding but valiant effort yet again.

He was so unprofessional in the way he was interacting with me. He was yelling at me about the fact my client wasn't going to testify. He was so loud and he so angry his actually shaking. While I really wanted to tell him to go to hell, I remained calm which I was proud of myself for being able to do. I did get a slightly bitchy tone after repeatedly saying "sorry not my clients' problem, if you call him he'll be taking the 5th."

Then even though my blood was boiling, it became like an out of body experience. Where it was shocking this jerk was actually yelling at me and how long it had been since someone had actually yelled at me. It was just sorta funny to me how unprofessional he was being but the whole thing had the pissed off boyfriend feel to it because he kept using my name like I had personally wronged him. He'd say "Blonde bitch bitch bitch....Blonde gripe gripe gripe." It even ended with his pissy storm off. Followed by the immature calling my case last in the docket to the point where he left the courtroom and the Judge asked me if I had a trial since everything else including lengthy motions had gone.

Flip just doesn't get the big picture.

I mean really. My client isn't a rat and is good friends with the co-defendant. So he had no interest in testifying against him. Testifying wasn't part of the deal and I would never advise my client to take a stet with the condition to testify against someone else anyway. The state can bring back the stet for any reason w/in a year. So if my client was to testify the state could use it against him later. And if you aren't offering my guy anything better than what he already was getting why would he do more than he needs to and do something that could hurt him?

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Pooped

This weekend has been insane. Very fun but I'm currently exhausted.

Friday night, I went from work out for a friends birthday. I love this girl to death but I'm an ancient on Fridays. I'm usually so tired from working all week that all I want to do is relax and go to bed early (I know I'm seriously 90!). So we all went out drinking and dancing. It was fun we went a bar where a friend from college works the door so we didn't have to pay much which is always nice! I ended up getting home at 3:30.

Saturday, I get up at 9 am to go to a music festival with some friends and my fiance. We get to the concert around 1 pm. 1/2 bottle of champagne and 5 beers later we actually go in to see some of the performers. I think we made it home around 11ish?

Then today, I got up at 9 feeling like I have 10 pounds of alcohol currently sitting in my intestines. My eyes today are seriously red. I'm not currently sure if the are red b/c I'm tired since I didn't get any good sleep this weekend, if they are red b/c of allergies or if they are red due to a reemergence of pink eye. Either way it's not too cute! But my dad and I went out to brunch with my mom for mother's day which she seemed to enjoy.

Now I'm seriously full. I ate far too much at the buffet! I'm also exhausted so I will be going to bed early tonight!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Crappy immune system

I've been operating for years under the misguided perception that I have a good immune system. In law school, there was only 1 time I got sick. The 4 years before that in college, I was only sick twice. Sure in there may have been a small sniffle or a cough for a day or 2 but nothing I would actually call sick.

I have worked a little over 2 months at the public defender's office. I had an illness and now I currently have pink eye! I honestly don't remember ever having pink eye before in my life. It is possible that I may have had it as a really young kid but none in the last I'd say 20 years. It is seriously gross!

On Friday night, I had gone for a late dinner and margaritas at a Mexican restaurant for Cinco de Mayo. When I came home, I noticed my eyes were red and kinda itchy but thought it was due to being sleepy. I woke up on Saturday morning and my eyes were still itchy and red. It got worse as the day went on so I went to the doctors.

I had a "classic case of bacterial pink eye." Sweet! Good to know. I haven't been around anyone I know had pink eye or anything. I also compulsively wash my hands and always use hand sanitizer after leaving jails and stuff.

So I now have eyedrops I put in every 6 hours and should by now no longer be contagious. Last night, my left eye ended up getting puffy and swelling shut. Which was quite attractive. My fiance actually was wondering if I wanted to play tennis today!! Um..no dude...my left eye while open today is open very narrowly.

While I will be going to work tomorrow, I'm sure clients and coworkers alike will have to really try to restrain themselves from hitting on me. I'm sure it will be hard because I will definitely be looking like a hotty!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Court Attire

It seriously amazing me at what people wear to court. I often wonder what is going through their heads when they wake-up, know they are going to court and choose their outfits. A prime example of "what in the world were you thinking" was last week:

I see this girl in court wearing jeans, one of those cropped jeans jackets, and a t-shirt. The t-shirt has a big yellow smiley face with a bushy tail sticking out of the smiles' mouth. Underneath the shirt reads "I eat pussy." I'm sure the judge loved this ladies' attire.

On the note of court attire. Today I was sitting in court waiting for a case to be called. A woman sitting behind me taps my shoulder. I turn around and she whispers in my ear "I just wanted to let you know that suit looks good on you. It makes you look very attractive." I turned a tomato shade of red. While it was nice, it embarassed me and due to my pale coloring I turned seriously red! But at least red went with my black suit :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

"No Comment"

The other day, I have this client who pleads guilty to 1 count of malicious destruction of property above $500 (which can carry a max 3 years and a fine with restitution). The remaining 13 counts are nolle prossed. This client is a young guy barely legal and him and some friends went around shooting cars, businesses, and house windows with a slingshot. They did a far about of property damage totaling nearly $20,000.

So it's the normal courtroom dance: state says the deal and my client's pleading guilty, I say "Blonde Law on behalf of Client. That's correct your honor," read statement of charges, "No additions or corrections", and then in this case we had agreed to defer sentencing and get a presentence investigation done (the compiling of background information about my client that comes with a recommended sentence).

I tell my client to wait for his paperwork and then meet me in the hallway. So I go stand in the hallway. Some guy makes small talk with me (which isn't that odd since many people chat with me around the courthouse). Then this other guy comes over to me:

Guy: "so that guy plead guilty to 1 count of malicious destruction of property and the rest was nolle prossed."

Me: "yup"

Guy: "so he got 3 years"

Me: "no he didn't get Sentenced today, they ordered a PSI"

Guy: writes this down on a crumpled piece of paper

Me: "who are you?"

Guy: "oh i'm Jack Ass from the Harold"

Me: (internally- WTF!! He's not the guy who usually covers court, that guy wears his Harold badge around his neck, this guy looks like a client-with broken shoes and nothing to denote he's with any sort of paper) "what? You know I'm not allowed to speak to the newspaper, it's office policy. Are you going to be quoting me?"

Jack Ass: "not directly quoting you but just saying you said this."

Me: "No. I didn't know I was talking to a reporter, so that was off the record. You can write I said no comment. But you can't quote me. You can ask the state's atty to tell you that or you can write you heard it in court but not that I said it. You can write I represent Client."

Jack Ass: "what's your name?"

Me: (this guys clearly a money reporter as I said it in court) "Blonde Law"

Jack Ass: writes Blond Law

Me: "It's Blonde with an "e"" (ok not really but he did omit a letter from my 1st name)

Jack Ass: " thanks. can I speak to your client."

Me: "No. I'll be telling him not to talk to you."

I couldn't believe how squirrelly that guy was! In the future, I'll be asking everyone before I talk to them who they are.

Luckily though, I don't believe the case made it into the paper b/c there were other bigger news stories that day. So it all worked out but I guess I just need to be on my toes at all times.