Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Forecast: Showers

I don't think I've mentioned it yet, but the Big Houston Firm I'm working for this summer gave me a REALLY nice office. A CORNER office. An office that would only go to a very senior partner. It has SIX windows (when most regular associates' offices have only one), a long couch, a coffee table, and two easy chairs. It's so big my entire family could live in here (well, for a while, at least, until we all drove each other crazy) .

I also don't think I've mentioned that it's been raining quite a bit in Houston lately. It rained a fair amount over the weekend, and it also rained so much on Sunday night, into Monday morning, that a lot of people couldn't make it into work on Monday morning. I had a doctor's appointment at 9:30 on Monday and no one in the office was able to show up.

Anyway, I mention both these things now because I'm sufficiently high up (on the 35th floor) and I have enough windows that I have a very impressive view of humongous, dark clouds rolling into downtown over the tops of the skyscrapers. The view is kind of neat, but it's definitely gonna rain something awful in the near future.

Makes me kind of glad I'll be in L.A. for most of hurricane season this year.

Monday, June 19, 2006


GPG and I saw Cars last night, and I loved it. What a cute little movie! Technically amazing and funny, to boot. I won't share any of the funny little details that I liked so that I won't spoil anyone who hasn't yet seen it, but I will say that my favorite character was Guido, the zippy little blue tire-changer. "Pit stop!"

All of Pixar's movies are so good that I can't decide which one I like the most. I didn't like Monsters, Inc. quite so much (I thought it was a little too kid-oriented for my tastes), but the rest of them are all in a virtual tie for my favorite movies in general, not just among cartoons. I was mentioning to GPG a while back that when I try to think of movies that I really enjoyed and wouldn't mind watching again or recommending to others, I almost invariably think of cartoons. I don't know if that means that I haven't seen very many movies, or that I don't have very developed tastes, but the Toy Stories, A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles are all movies I love, love, love.

Hooray for Pixar! I really do think that they are head and shoulders above the rest of the computer animating studios out there.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Twiddling my thumbs. Not even knitting.

Clearly, I'll never be able to hack it at a big law firm. I have absolutely no work management skills. Which is why I'm blogging in the middle of the day--I have nothing to do at Big Firm, and no assignments expected until later this afternoon. So I'm basically twiddling my thumbs at the moment, reading old Alias recaps off Television Without Pity, and generally wasting time.

Why am I not knitting? you might ask. Well, yours truly sliced a flap of skin off her finger last night while babysitting the cutest baby in the whole world, which puts a bit of a crimp in my knitting style. I can knit, but it's very slow going. Serves me right for trying to cut bread on a dinner plate instead of a cutting board.

I'm never gonna get these presents done.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Yeah, so . . . not as much knitting at work as I had hoped. I ended up starting work with only two other people, so it would have been really obvious if I had taken out my knitting during any of the orientation sessions where we learned how to use the computers, how to use Westlaw, etc. I didn't want to be that disrespectful at these orientation things, even though this is the second time around for me. So the only knitting I've gotten done is mostly in the car when GPG drives us to the gym, and a little bit of knitting at night.

And, unfortunately, both of the things I'm now knitting are gifts, so I can't really post any good update pictures. First, I'm working on the socks that will substitute as a gift for the Koigu ankle socks that I ended up keeping for myself. Like the ankle socks, these are also toe-up Koigu socks, but I'm patterning them with a double moss stitch and they'll be full-size socks. I'm turning the heel on the first sock now.

I also resumed work on the Violinist's wedding present, which got put on hold once it got too big to tote back and forth from school. "Wow, Seedless Grape," you might say. "Weren't you supposed to have that gift finished by June?" Well . . . yes. But I've extended my deadline until August. The Violinist is, in fact, getting married in Korea this weekend, but I won't be there and I won't actually help celebrate the wedding until his reception in the U.S. in August. Since I won't celebrate the wedding until then, the gift doesn't have to be ready until then . . . right?

Anyway, eventually I'll have some pictures to post. In the meantime, work at the Big Firm is keeping me pretty busy and it's getting swelteringly hot in Houston. What else is new?