Monday, November 28, 2005

What Kind of Superhero Are You?

Just a little fun on a cold and dreary Monday.

Your results:
You are Superman
Wonder Woman
The Flash
Green Lantern
Iron Man
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.
Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

Wow. I scored 100%. Pretty pure personality profile there. No combo, no borderline.
I am Superman. Cool. Flying Rocks!

Note of thanks to a fellow law school blogger for linking to this survey:
The Amazingly True Tales of a Naive Optimist

Monday, November 14, 2005

The L Word Withdrawal

Well, after spending the last week watching the second season of The L Word, my partner and I finished Season 2 last night. Like any good drama, it left me wanting more. Today I am in L Word withdrawal. How can I wait another year for Season 3 to come out on DVD? (As much as I would love to have and to support Showtime, we just can’t justify the cost. Especially considering our lack of available tv watching time.) A whole year without Shane? *sigh* This sexy show has sucked me into the lives of these complex characters who irritate, fascinate, stimulate and now *poof* - it’s gone for another year. Perhaps we should have shown more restraint and only watched one episode a week. Right. It kind of reminds me of the Neil Simon play, “Same Time Next Year.” Our affair with this show will continue next year at this time, assuming Season 3 is released in the fall, as was Season 2.

Ilene Chaiken, creator and executive producer of the show, is my new hero. There is a very good interview with her on Planet Out, done near the end of Season One. (Follow that link and there are great interviews and extras from the cast!) How much history is this woman making - or at least, helping to make? She basically says she is just telling her stories. She knew the time was ripe for people to see the lives of lesbians portrayed on tv. (Legal types - cite is from interview link above. If I were more obsessive I get out my ALWD manual and figure out the format, but I'm not.) The fact it was picked up for a second season after only the second show is a testament to the truth of that. Third Season was picked up very quickly, too. Don't recall specifics.

OK, I clearly have a Legal Writing paper due. Two blogs in one day. Can you say “procrastination”?
We hear a lot of talk about balance – especially those of us that are women. (I imagine this is because our society tends validate and perpetuate men being less “in balance.”) Advice, thoughts, books, articles, law school professors – we are surrounded by the topic of balancing career, family, health, free time, and whatever else we may be juggling. There are even seminars on how female attorneys can balance career goals with family. This is good and (hopefully) useful. We need this kind of help, and validation that it is hard, and not something that has been done for centuries, or even decades, with such success that we must be incompetent for even feeling stress about balance. Women have traditionally been the nurturers and there is probably something basic to female chemistry or essence that encourages that behavior. Toss in wanting or needing to be the breadwinners, too, and it does throw individuals and society off balance. Academics far more versed than I have written thoroughly on this topic, so that’s not even where I am going.

What I want to point out is another item to throw onto the balance scale – choosing a specialty within our chosen careers that is somehow in harmony with who we are as individuals. Let’s say a law student must decide on whether to aim towards corporate law, prosecution, criminal defense, or environmental law. Maybe the fields that would most likely pay back the student loans are not what would give the person the most satisfaction as a career. OK, so the person decides to do what will pay the bills and do pro bono work, too…..all of a sudden *BAM*….what happened to the balance? No more time for family, eating right or working out. I know, gross oversimplification for the sake of brevity, but I think the point is clear anyway. Somehow, all of us, within the field of law or not, struggle to find a balance between how we make our living, how we live, and how our life intersects with the lives of others. For some, work and play and values are so interrelated that it really does create a well-balanced life. That’s where I want to live.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Confessions of an L-Word Junkie:

OK, Ladies, it’s out and we have it – “The L Word: Season 2”.
So far, we’ve only made it through episode 3, but that’s only due to lack of time, not lack of interest. I was pretty sure we’d lost our minds when we didn’t shut the DVD player off until after 11:00 last night. (I get up at 5:00am, and my partner is awake on and off all night with the baby, and we'd gotten very little sleep the night before). Somehow, though, watching all those women (OK, yes, HOT women) validating our lives is totally worth it. Check ‘em out on line at:

I want to be Shane when I grow up. OK, so I’d have to start aging backwards. Let’s put it this way, I SHOULD have been Shane when I was younger. I get that she’s deeply lonely inside and doesn’t emotionally connect with any of her conquests, but she does have good friends and connects with them on some level. That means she’ll probably get to a mature relationship someday, but that’s not really what’s fascinating about Shane, is it? Funny, I want to BE Shane, but I am pretty sure my partner just wants to BE WITH Shane. Works, though, doesn’t it?

*sigh* All right, back to the reality of my life* - mom, wife, employee, student - when DO the women of "The L Word" find the time to hang out in bars and coffee houses, drinking, dancing, and doing it? Oh, right, no kids yet!

*Not that my life is something to escape from. I have a great life and great family, but we all could use a good fantasy now and then!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Rock On!

A little fun for a Friday afternoon.
Did a quiz, here's my results for
"What Kind of Rocker Are You?"

(Try it for yourself - link at bottom. Happy Friday!)

You Are a Punk Rocker!

When it comes to rock, you don't follow any rules.
You know that rocking out is all about taking down the man.
You've got an incredible stage presence and rock persona.
You scare moms, make bad girls swoon, and live life on the edge!

Yup, That's me - livin' life on the edge! *grin*

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Halloween Costumes!
OK, it didn't take much for reader, Dagny, to convince me to post a few pics of my kids in their costumes (Note: There are only two kids. They each have more than one costume!)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Halloween Hauntings

(Written quickly in a pause between classes on Halloween night. Cut and Pasted the next morning.)

Gosh, is there anything more powerful than Mommy-Guilt? I have been feeling horrible all night for not skipping classes and going trick-or-treating with my family. My son and I had a great time this past weekend doing pumpkin carving, face painting and having little Halloween parties. Still, I missed THE night. I missed seeing him in his costume. I missed the family fun. Plus all that, my partner had to do it all alone - kids into costumes, lugging them around to Grandma's, trick-or-treating in the dark, misty/rainy neighborhood…*sigh* Doing this all alone was not part of our bargain. I should have been there to help.

Still, a good time was had and my son was home by 7:00 with a tummy ache shortly thereafter. Once again, the hardest part about law school is not the academic challenge, but the emotional burden of the commitment. Go figure.