Will I Shine? I think I will….Happy Halloween!

I am typing this as I await small ghosts, witches and gremlins to ring our doorbell. KFC is sitting on the kitchen table because “Pop” and I took a walk and then took the easy way out for dinner, LOL. So much for burning off the calories!
But I’ve been good and stayed off the sweets. Candy just doesn’t have that allure for me. Now pastries, donuts and other stuff – well, suffice it to say that I avoided 7-11s and Royal Farms for the better part of a year. Now I go in for the coffee – step away from the other aisles – quickly!
Had court in the county today – an exceptions hearing for two little boys. Cannot say much more because other items are pending and you never know…. but it was a good result so far. This afternoon an 18-yr-old had a hearing in the City. I really like the judges and masters in the city – they are so human and they really are child-centered! This young lady has done so well. She wrote a poem for the people who have been helping her along and read it in court. It was titled, “Will I Shine.” It was hard not to cry hearing it. Needless to say it made my day. Everyone applauded this young lady. THAT’s what kids need – the support and caring of their community. Would that all my clients get this!
Between gigs, I stopped by the office, looked at the final copies of the brief to go to the appellate court tomorrow (scary – my name on the front, LOL!), read the 100 percent better brief of the AG’s office, and put that one behind me for now. Next month more of the same with another case – and hopefully argument (or maybe not) on this one!

John and I went for a walk in our local park this evening. We both needed it. He with his shoulder arthritis and me with my bloomin’ arse as they say in My Fair Lady, LOL. And last week was not a good one for walking with all the rain we got.

Well, here are our only trick or treaters this year (as last year, LOL):

But these trick or treaters invaded – Madison the Witch and Ruby and Kangaroo had their nefarious ways with the candy and the toys! Above are Pop with Madison, Dori with Ruby and Betsy with Ruby and Aunt Kristin getting her camera at the ready. It was a school night, so Dori, Donald, Madison and Ruby headed home fairly early, loot in tow.

Last night the marked a new day for yours truly as a knitter. My DH actually made a request, so I couldn’t deny him.
Having a bunch of sage green Encore superwash worsted in stash, I was good to go. I chose a “faux cable” sweater from America Knits by Melanie Falick. More on the sweater on Ravelry (when I add it later!). Knitting into the wee hours of the morning (such an appropriate thing to when one has court later, but whaddya gonna do?) I was able to get a fair amount done.

But I have not forgotten the second sock to that beautiful Mountain Colors yarn. As you can see, I might have enough for a pair of short ones or a stripe or two of a scarf.

Well, my colleague is covering the afternoon docket for me today (I covered her a.m. cases), so I will be heading out to our local Midas to get my brakes fixed yet again. This evening is choir praxis and then tomorrow is court yet again in the morning. Tomorrow evening will be the evensong at the Cathedral I am alternately looking forward to it and dreading it.
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Words fail me, LOL!

Well, at least the hair’s a little better, LOL! Remember, we’re going for neat and tidy here, not hot and sexy (as if!). You’ll have to go to Kristina’s blog for that (just kidding, fellow lawyer, LOL!!!) Anyway, yesterday was a lot of fun. It’s always a challenge to sing with other choirs and have other directors conducting! It’s funny, the more I saw of the other choir directors – and they were very good, mind you – the more respect I have for Nancy (and I already have a GREAT deal if you’ve been reading this thing!). The rehearsal was fine. I am grateful to be ringing AND singing at this one – so I can be busy enough to contribute but not quiet enough to lose any effectiveness at all by crying through the whole thing!
Last night I finished the first of a pair of socks in the Mountain Colors yarn. I did not use Colin’s pattern, but figured I should start out with something a little more traditional to get the hang of ribbing-down socks. Tonight, without fail, after completing changes to the brief, I am casting on for the second sock – no second-sock-syndrome for me! Oh no!
This picture doesn’t come close to the vibrancy of the colors for this yarn. I love the way the different ribbings and then stockinette (stocking stitch for you Brits/Canadians) treats the yarns. And the sock fits. Perfectly! Lord I am so selfish! I think I have to do a pair for my DH. He’s starting to get jealous:)
schweet…….
Tomorrow we get a new cable/phone/internet system installed, so I must needs be home. The good news is, I will be available if any problems come up with the brief. The bad news is, I won’t be able to get any walking in until late in the day. Nancy is out of state, visiting family in Wisconsin, so I am on my own, but I will walk tomorrow somehow, provided the weather is as lovely and cool as it was today! I will, however, miss our conversations during which we solve the problems of the world and bare our respective souls one to the other. Ah well, can’t have everything…
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Cool clear Autumn Day in Memoriam

My favorite:) and I’m getting my hair cut today. I am so nervous. When one is old and decrepit, one generally shoots for a professional look at work. Forget glam, cool, young, hip or even stylish. Just neat is good enough for me. And trust me, I’m not looking neat today! In fact, I look pretty decrepit – but the house is reasonably clean, so that’s a good tradeoff, LOL! After three days in brief hell the least I could do was vacuum and pick up a little. So between (or is it among??) folding a load of wash, vacuuming downstairs and making some (really good – thanks to Michael and probably later Darlene) changes to the brief, it’s a relatively quiet Saturday. Of course, I won’t really relax until the brief is filed. But the worst of it is over, thank goodness. And shortly thereafter I’ve got another one to have fun with:).
I love the colors of autumn. But I cannot wear them well (at least not without looking like I belong on a slab at the morgue), but I can sneak them in with the dark reds and blues, can’t I? And knit them into socks, heh, heh, heh…… and that’s the other thing I’ve been doing this morning – found a nice pattern out of that Vogue Knitting book on socks and I’ve been going at it with three double points. A simple pattern that is just so much fun for a no-pressure Saturday.
Tomorrow is a different story – singing in the choir for the late service, then we’re headed over to the Cathedral to practice with two other church choirs – the Cathedral and St. Bartholomew’s both of Baltimore – to get ready for this Friday’s Evensong service at the Cathedral. They are very kindly serving us lunch before we practice (hope they let us brush our teeth before we breathe on the poor conductor, LOL!) The pieces are beautiful and haunting. They ought to be. The service is a memoriam to children who have died as a result of abuse.

Shit.

I’m sorry for the “language.” This is a painful reminder of a little guy and his baby brother who died at the hands of their mother (at least they could prove the older one died at her hands). They were our clients. And there will never be a day that I don’t wonder what we could have done differently. I can’t say more about it or one could figure out who they were. Let’s just say the mere mention of them makes me freeze up inside to the point of physical pain in the gut. I know in a way they were spared the evils of this world, but that is very very poor comfort. In fact, none at all.

So, I’m going about my business today. I’m getting my hair cut, I’m knitting, I’m enjoying my family. But their father doesn’t get to enjoy his. And that will always be a dent in my soul. I cannot imagine what it is to his.
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Wow. Timing is everything:)

Today is a rather dreary day. But I am feeling good if somewhat tired. The brief got finished last night – after a full day of concentration, one client visit and two hours of choir practice during which I acted like a total nerd -could not stop the giggles and goofing around (sorry, Nancy I really am 53, not 13). Now I am in the revision stage, but that is a walk in the park, believe me. After sending an e-mail off to my colleagues for their comments, I decided I needed to unwind, so I sat up a bit and watched an HBO serial drama I’ve been following called “Five Days.” And I knit (SMILE). I did another stripe on the second sleeve of the Cables and Os sweater and I am bound and determined to finish that thing this weekend!
Fall has finally arrived. There’s that wet cold chill in the air. But I love it- that cozy feeling of being indoors while the weather does its thing. And we need this rain. Boy do we need it! Unfortunately my overly ample backside could use some walking. Big time. Especially since the only exercise one gets while sitting at the computer is that too brief walk from the kitchen table to the fridge and pantry. Not good. Definitely not good.
After I finished my last revisions (for now) and sent the second draft to my colleague, I thought I’d settle into a nice browse on Ravelry.

Then the UPS guy came, rang the bell and promptly deposited two packages on our front stoop (ah the joys of working at home!). One was for one of my daughters, but the other was for me and there was no return address. Hmmmm. So, I opened the package and what to my wondering eyes should appear but:
A veritable bouquet of color, guarranteed to bring the sunshine inside and a note that said, “Hi Joan, Hello from Sunny California!” Bless her heart, she (I assume it was a she) did not include any sinful snacks (THANK YOU:)) but her note did include some kind comments and the box she sent was jam-packed with lovely things. She had actually taken the time to knit a really lovely “Ball Band Warshrag” (those of you who have the Mason-Dixon Knitting book know whereof I speak) in a beautiful yarn and in a nice neutral color! Every gift was wrapped in such lovely paper and two of them were in these adorable brightly colored carryout containers. Too cute:)! I received a package of yarn bobbins (I will learn intarsia, I will I will I will! – and now I have no excuse:)). There is this adorable sheep that doubles as a measuring tape, LOL, made by Lantern Moon, a company that provides a means of producing income for people of Vietnamese descent (please support them!). If that was not enough, my Secret Pal included a candle with a wonderful scent of patchuli (I love that), a bottle of Lavender Eucalan concentrate (wow – always wanted to try that!!) AND two lovely balls of sock yarn by Marks & Kattens in Clown. Oh boy – now I really want to get going on some sock knitting. I can’t wait!

But here, see for yourself! Isn’t this a great way to warm up a cold grey autumn afternoon?

Who wouldn’t want that on their kitchen table? I think I’m starting my weekend early:)….

THANKS SO MUCH, SECRET PAL! YOU ROCK!:)

Good News/ Bad News

Well, the Bad News is: I didn’t get everything on my list done and the brief will be a few days late (but in time for filing). The Good News is: the docket for tomorrow has been canceled and I will have an entire day to work on it! Whoo Hoo! So today I’m taking some time to catch up on some tasks that have eluded me and funny thing, I’m getting them done, LOL! I’ve called people back, I’m going to prep a motion, the visit reports are done, I’m going to arrange for two or three visits for late afternoon/early evening. I don’t think walking is in the cards as it is cruddy and raining out (BOO!) but I might actually get some knitting in tonight:)!!!
So, how bad can that be??
We’ll see…
No eye candy today, although I did start a sock with the Mountain yarn… I know, I’m bad, I’m verry verrry bad…..

I am SO going to the bad place

If I keep this up. The encore Superwash, the Mountain Colors medium weight, to say nothing of this skein of Sockotta in my stash: or this skein of Bernat Satin Sport: [sigh]. They are all calling my name and trying to get me away from the WORK I HAVE TO GET DONE ToDayyyyyy!
So, I am making a deal with myself. I will get the following done and THEN I will cast on a sock in one of the above (probably the Mountain Colors):
1. Go to dry cleaners (get that out of the way)
2. Finish visit reports for the last 5 months that for some reason I missed (AARRRGGHH)
3. Complete research for brief (requires going online and I will go straight to Westlaw and stay. away. from. RAVELRY…..
4. Finish Statement of Facts, outline argument for two areas, develop questions for review.
5. Review file for tomorrow’s mediation.
6. Go to bell choir prx.

Then MAYBE I can do some knitting tonight. MAYBE!!!
OK, I’m going back to work….
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