Monday, December 17, 2012

Movie Quote 104

The lawyer in me loves this.

Movie Quote 104:

In putting on this suit and entering the sleigh, the wearer waives any and all rights to any previous identity, real or implied, and fully accepts the duties and responsibilities of Santa Claus, in perpetuity until such time that the wearer becomes unable to do so, by either accident or design.


It's a new day in a changed world.

Today is my first day at home as the owner of my own law firm.  I'm deliriously happy and excited about this new chapter of my life.  I'm typing this from my home computer in the "computer room" that will soon be transformed into my law office.  My law degree and license are hanging on the wall.  I have pictures of my family surrounding me and a beautiful view of my neighborhood out of the multiple windows in my  new corner office.  I'm incredibly blessed.

On another note, I simply can't bring myself to post anything about Newton, CT.  There is nothing I can say that will bring peace to anyone in this world, and so I seek solace from those who have more wisdom about such things.  Suffice it to say that my prayers, my heart, and my tears are with those who continue to suffer and grieve.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Movie Quote 103

I'm loving this run of Christmas quotes, but I'm a little surprised by the low participation.  Come on guys!  This is what makes my day!

So, here's Movie Quote 103:

The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.

Now, I'll admit that I've previously used this movie for a movie quote, but it's got soooo many good lines in it.  I hope you have a great day, and remember to spread that Chrismas Cheer by singing loud for all to hear!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

George's Party

George celebrated his fourth birthday on Sunday afternoon, after feeling pretty sick all weekend. That's okay though, because he had a great time! It was a pajama party at a local jump house. He had a blast!

One of the little girls in his class decided he really needed a Ken doll for his birthday.  I laughed when George promptly announced that his sister Evie could have it.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Movie Quote 102

I know you're all loving this.  We're watching this movie tonight!  Here it is:

Dad, Dad.  You taught me everything I know about exterior illumination.

Share all your favorite quotes from this movie in the Comments section.  I know you all have a favorite or twenty.  The quote above is not my favorite, but I wanted to make it not quote too obvious!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

You will be in awe!

Need a little pick-me-up?  Head over to Fotolanthropy.  I've mentioned it before on my Blog, but It. Is. AMAZING!!!  There are four great new stories about teens and children who will inspire you!

It is worth your time and your heart will feel so good!

Movie Quote 101

Okay, enough with the softball movie quotes.  Here's a more recent Christmas movie with a quote that will challenge even the best of you guys.  We own this movie and it is pretty damn funny.  If you haven't seen it, I recommend you rent it, Netflix it, or whatever:

Cassie! That marker in your mouth, I peed on it!

Anyone?  Here's another one, just in case you need it:
You were my friend, Darryl. You were my best friend. We grew up together, we rode bikes together, we used to smell each others hands. But now you're sleeping with my mom and it's a little bit weird for me. Can you appreciate that?

Man, I'm cracking up just reading this!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Movie Quote 100

I can't believe I'm up to Movie Quote 100.  That's a ton of movies, although I'll admit there are a couple of repeats.  Now this Christmas movie quote comes from a really popular movie with a ton of quotes that would just be too obvious, so this is a bit more obscure, but still easy to identify:

Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.

And, because the wisdom abounds in this movie, here's another (from the same character as above):
Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?

I think I'll have to go home and watch this tonight.  Such a classic, and always worth watching.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Movie Quote 99

I am really trying to get all Christmas-y here, but you guys totally ignored my last Movie Quote.  So, please somebody come up with the answer.  It will deeply sadden me if no one knows that quote.  But, in case that is true, here is my next Christmas movie quote:

Be sure to drink your Ovaltine. Ovaltine? A crummy commercial? Son of a bitch!

There are so many great quotes from this movie.  Here's another one, just for fun:

Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Here's the scoop . . .

So, I ran into some friends this weekend who had read the blog and were anxious to find out what my "big news" is.  They were not the first ones to think that it had something to do with a new little one joining our family.  Although George asked me if we could get a new baby - a girl baby, specifically - I am still thoroughly enjoying the consumption of wine and other adult beverages, so please accept that as confirmation that I am not pregnant.  I swear, I had one bottle of water at an event this weekend, and suddenly everyone assumed I was pregnant.  Guys.  Please.  I am allowed to enjoy water between alcoholic beverages.

Okay, with that said, here's the hugemongous news - bigger, I think, than being pregnant:

Are you ready?

Here it is.

I am changing the tagline of my Blog.  It will soon read:

The Professional Mother: full-time mother; part-time attorney.

If this does not clue you in sufficiently, let me explain in plain terms that I have recently given my notice at my current law firm and will resign from the law firm in mid-December.  The plan is to spend a few weeks watching my crazy children before they go back to school after the holidays.  And then I will embark on a new and wonderfully exciting new chapter of my life as I open my own practice, focusing on employment law, estate planning, and non-profit law.  To be clear, I am thrilled about everything!  Chuck is thrilled about everything (except for the cut in pay)!  The kids are less than thrilled, but not disappointed. 

It will be a huge change for our family.  It will be a huge change for my career.  Accordingly, it was a HUGE decision.  I agonized over it.  I talked about it for hours and days, and months, to Chuck while he patiently listened and offered advice, until he finally told me to just make a decision already.  And so, I did.  I decided that this was the best thing for me, my family, and my career. 

The law firm is the only law firm I think I could ever work for, but at the moment, firm life and the demands of complex litigation are more than I can handle.  For years, people have said to me, "I don't know how you do it all." and I've responded honestly with, "I don't do it all.  Just come look at my house; it's a mess.  The kids are lucky if they get a bath once or twice a week.  We almost never make dinner.  And we are always behind on our laundry."  The truth is that it is impossible to do it all at the same time with two demanding careers.  And so, while I will still continue to practice law and be present in the legal community, it will be in a different way from now on.  I will be just as ambitious and just as committed to the practice of law, but the time will be reduced and I will increase the face-time I have with my precious children.  I'm proud to say that my priorities are in line. 

So there you have it.  That's my "news".  Wish me luck!

Movie Quote 98

We're going to go crazy with Christmas movie quotes this month, so hold one and pay attention.  Here's Movie Quote 98:

Vermont should be beautiful this time of the year, all that snow.

So easy, and hands-down one of my favorite Christmas movies.  I'm pretty sure I can recite every line of this movie!