Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Happy Anniversary to us

On Saturday, James and I celebrated our first anniversary. Okay, so we actually celebrated all weekend long. It was the perfect weekend.

James got rid of the dog for the weekend so that we'd have no worries all weekend and started our weekend long date by taking me to dinner on Friday. We went to a nice steakhouse, (what can I say, the boy knows me). We got dressed up and got to eat yummy steak and lobster. James even bought me dessert. Dinner itself took a good two hours, so it was nice to sit and talk and look at my good lookin' man.

James also surprised me with a gorgeous diamond necklace, flowers, and chocolate dipped fruit. In his words, he "hit all the bases, diamonds, dinner, flowers, and chocolate." He was pretty impressed with himself. And I have to admit that I was impressed too. Although, he did tell me I may not get all four again--I'll be lucky to get two in the future. :)

James put a lot of thought into my gifts. He made sure the flowers came from the same place that he got the flowers when we got engaged. He researched the restaurant and paid attention to a million other details. I just have to smile every time I think of how effort he put into our anniversary.

For our actual anniversary, we didn't do much. We just went to breakfast at our favorite breakfast restaurant, Amato's and then went to walk around the mall and watch a movie. It was so much fun just to spend time with my husband and not care about real life. When Monday rolled around it was so hard to let James go to work and not be right by his side.

This last year has been amazing and it was topped off with the perfect weekend spent with my husband. I love you James.

Monday, March 22, 2010

You know it's love when . . .

He scrapes your windows on a cold Nebraska morning.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

". . . under God. . . "

I've noticed that I've been really lawyerey in my blogging lately. I don't know why my profession has been at the forefront of my blogging and I apologize for all of you that sigh when I start talking about the law, but there are just some things too interesting not to write about.

Following this link will take you to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals opinion which finds the "Pledge of Allegiance" to be constitutional. The 9th Circuit can have some pretty screwy rulings, but I actually agree with them on this one.

For those of you that don't want to read the whole 193 page opinion, here's a brief synopsis of the ruling:

We hold that the Pledge of Allegiance does not violate the
Establishment Clause because Congress’ ostensible and predominant
purpose was to inspire patriotism and that the context
of the Pledge—its wording as a whole, the preamble to
the statute, and this nation’s history—demonstrate that it is a
predominantly patriotic exercise. For these reasons, the phrase
“one Nation under God” does not turn this patriotic exercise
into a religious activity.

I would love to go into a long discussion on this, but I spent all my free time reading the opinion so I don't have the time to go through it all right now. Anyway, this is a well written opinion and well worth the time it takes to read it.

PS-If this goes before the Supreme Court it could change, but I actually think the arguments hold water.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Is he a dog or a cat?

A few days ago, General noticed I had placed a basket of yarn in the living room. It immediately became his mortal enemy. He paced for a good hour and a half just barking and growling at the threat which I had placed in HIS living room. He would even flinch if so much as moved the basket.

I guess General must have won the battle with the yarn basket because he now thinks it is his personal toy box. Last night he kept trying to grab a ball of purple yarn, so I wasn't too surprised (still upset, but not surprised) when I came downstairs this morning to find this scene.

By the way, in this last picture, General is trying to "kill" the yarn. He seems to think that he has to vigorously shake everything he puts in his mouth. It can be quite comical.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Word Game

When I think back on my law school experience, I don't think I actually wanted to be a lawyer until after I graduated law school and even now there are those days when I wonder what I was thinking.

While in law school there were defiantly days, weeks, and maybe even a whole semester where the only reason I stayed in school was because I knew I owed so much in student loans that I had to graduate just to survive in the real world. But now, I'm working in a job I love (most days) and wouldn't give up my law school experience for anything.

As I was browsing the Volokh Conspiracy this afternoon, I ran across this video of the comedian Demetri Martin speaking about his two years of law school. It's quite funny. I hope you enjoy.

PS-When I link my blog to facebook, the video links don't always work. Just click on "Go to original post" and you'll be able to watch the video.