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Top 5 Tuesday: Best Things About Summer

Just Peachy

Link up with Rachel at Just Peachy!

1. Vacations

Since going to Puerto Rico for Thanksgiving, we haven’t really had a vacation. Yes we went to TN for a long weekend but I’m talking relaxing, beach-y vacation. I have a bunch of trips coming up in the second half of the year and I cannot wait. The first is in July and will consist of a lot of this:

and this:

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2. Iced Coffee. Preferably coconut flavored. So good.

3. Fruit
For the longest time (high school to last summer), I haven’t been able to eat most fresh fruits without my lips and mouth getting itchy and swollen. Finally, last summer I saw a new allergist and got a patch test done which revealed a million and one allergies (no joke, I’m on 3 drugs for it!). Turns out, all of my outdoor allergies cause a reaction with fruits – it’s called oral allergy syndrome. Weird but interesting. Now, a little Zyrtec in the morning (every morning, every day) and fresh fruit is my best friend! So I’m making up for lost time and eating a TON of fruit. We’re just nearing fruit season and I’m so excited for all sorts of berries!
Nom!
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4. Sun & Sand (okay, pool)
My current apartment building has a pool which I’m going to miss terribly next year when we move. So this summer I will be taking FULL advantage of it, every possible weekend!
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5. Concerts
Right now, there are only 2 on tap for this summer, but I’m just as excited!
Can’t wait to see these fine men:

And this man:

What are YOUR best things about summer?

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Things to Ponder

I’ve seen a lot of people sharing an article on Facebook lately titled “30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself“. What’s even more interesting though is the other articles posted on the same website/blog. In particular, there was one I really liked titled “10 Things to Stop Caring About Today” (really though, all of the articles are good!) and wanted to repost:

Every day is a new beginning.  But in life, sometimes you have to stop before you can truly begin.  So starting today…

Stop caring about everyone’s opinion of you.

For the most part, what other people think and say about you doesn’t matter.  When I was younger I let the opinions of my high school and early college peers influence my decisions.  And at times they steered me away from ideas and goals I strongly believed in.  I realize now, many years later, that this was a foolish way to live, especially when I consider that nearly all of these people whose opinions I cared so much about are no longer a part of my life.

Unless you’re trying to make a great first impression (job interview, first date, etc.), don’t let the opinions of others stand in your way.  What they think and say about you isn’t important.  What is important is how you feel about yourself.  Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Stop caring about being politically correct.

I had a discussion with a friend yesterday about censorship and how speaking a certain way simply to please others contributes to the loss of one’s true inner voice.  During the discussion I watched him closely, and I could actually pinpoint the heated moment when he was about to give me a piece of his mind, but stopped himself.  It was so obvious!  So I called him out on it.  “You just censored yourself, didn’t you?”  He laughed and nodded.

Everyone has this little watchdog inside their head.  It’s always there watching you.  It was born and raised by your family, friends, coworkers, bosses and society at large, and its sole purpose is to watch you and make sure you stay in line.  And once you become accustomed to the watchdog’s presence, you begin to think his opinion of what’s acceptable and unacceptable are absolute truths.  But the watchdog’s views are not truths, they’re just opinions – forceful opinions that have the potential to completely brainwash you of your own opinions if you aren’t careful.

Remember, the watchdog is just a watchdog, he just watches.  He can’t actually control you.  He can’t do anything about it if you decide to rise up and go against the grain.

No, you should not start randomly cussing and acting like a fool.  But you must say what you need to say when you need to say it.  If it isn’t politically correct, so what.

Don’t censor yourself.  Speak the truth.  Your truth.

Stop caring about looking a certain way.

There is no right way to dress or right way to wear your hair.  No, I’m not saying to you should dress like a clown simply to rebel either.  Everyone who purposely tries to look different ends up looking the same.

Be you, just the way you are, in the unique way only you know how.  Wear clothes and styles you feel comfortable wearing.  Dress the way YOU dress.

You’re a one of a kind.  Trying to look like someone else is a waste of your own beauty.  In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your awesome self.

Stop caring about what everyone else wants for you.

Unfortunately, just before you take your first step on the righteous journey to pursue your dreams, people around you, even the ones who deeply care for you, will usually give you awful advice.  It’s not because they have evil intentions.  It’s because they don’t understand the big picture – what your dreams, passions and life goals mean to you.  They don’t understand that, to you, the reward is worth the risk.

So they try to protect you by shielding you from the possibility of failure, which, in effect, also shields you from the possibility of making your dreams a reality.

As our friend Steve Jobs says:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.  Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, heart and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to become.  Everything else is secondary.”

Stop caring about the boundaries others set up.

No matter how much progress you make there will always be the people who insist that whatever you’re trying to do is impossible.  Or they may incessantly suggest that the idea or dream as a whole is utterly ridiculous because nobody really cares.  When you come across these people, don’t try to reason with them.  Instead, forget that they exist.  They will only waste your time and energy.

Try what you want to try.  Go where you want to go.  Follow your own intuition.  Don’t accept false choices.  Don’t let others put a cage around you.  Definitely don’t listen to the watchdog.

Whenever somebody discredits you and tells you that you can’t do something, keep in mind that they are speaking from within the boundaries of their own limitations.  Ignore them and press on.  Read The Success Principles.

Stop caring about what everyone else has.

When you catch yourself comparing yourself to a colleague, neighbor, friend, or someone famous, stop!  Realize that you are different, with different strengths – strengths these other people don’t possess.  Take a moment to reflect on all the awesome abilities you have and to be grateful for all the good things in your life.

The problem with many of us is that we think we’ll be happy when we reach a certain level in life — a level we see others operating at – your boss with her corner office, that friend of a friend who owns a mansion on the beach, etc.  Unfortunately, it takes awhile before you get there, and when you get there you might have a new destination in mind.

Instead, appreciate where you are and what you have right now.  Try comparing yourself to those who have less, those who are dealing with tragedy, and those who are struggling to survive. Hopefully it opens your eyes to all the things you should be grateful for.

Stop caring about the imaginary state of perfect.

Perfect is the enemy of good.

Many of us are perfectionists in our own right.  I know I am at times.  We set high bars for ourselves and put our best foot forward.  We dedicate copious amounts of time and attention to our work to maintain our high personal standards.  Our passion for excellence drives us to run the extra mile, never stopping, never relenting.  And this dedication towards perfection undoubtedly helps us to achieve results…  So long as we don’t get carried away.

But what happens when we do get carried away with perfectionism?

We become disgruntled and discouraged when we fail to meet the (impossibly high) standards we set for ourselves, making us reluctant to take on new challenges or even finish tasks we’ve already started.  Our insistence on dotting every ‘I’ and crossing every ‘T’ breeds inefficiency, causing major delays, stress overload and subpar results.

True perfectionists have a hard time starting things and an even harder time finishing them… always.  I have a friend who has wanted to start a graphic design business for several years.  But she hasn’t yet.  Why?  When you sift through her extensive list of excuses it comes down to one simple problem:  She is a perfectionist.  Which means she doesn’t, and never will, think she’s good enough at graphic design to own and operate her own graphic design business.

Remember, the real world doesn’t reward perfectionists.  It rewards people who get things done.  And the only way to get things done is to be imperfect 99% of the time.  Only by wading through years of practice and imperfection can we begin to achieve momentary glimpses of the perfection.

So make a decision.  Take action.  Learn from the outcome.  And repeat this method over and over and over again in all walks of life.  Also, check out Too Perfect.  It’s an excellent read on conquering perfectionism.

Stop caring about being right all the time.

We all dance to the beat of a different drum.  There are few absolute ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ in the world.  What’s right for you may be wrong for me, and vise versa.  People need to live their lives their way – the way that’s right for them.

When it comes to life choices and opinions, not much is worth fighting about.  Step back from arguments with your spouse, family members or neighbors.  When you feel anger surging up and you want to yell that vulgar remark on tip of your tongue, just close your mouth and walk away.  Let mind calm down.  You don’t have to be right or win an argument.

Instead, open your mind to new ideas and opinions.  Don’t just concentrate on what others are doing, spend time figuring out why they are doing what they’re doing.

Stop caring about mistakes.

Mistakes teach you important lessons.  The biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing because you’re too scared to make a mistake.  So don’t hesitate – don’t doubt yourself.  In life, it’s rarely about getting a chance; it’s about taking a chance.  You’ll never be 100% sure it will work, but you can always be 100% sure doing nothing won’t work.  Most of the time you just have to go for it!

And no matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be.  Either you succeed or you learn something.  Win-Win.  Remember, if you never act, you will never know for sure, and you will be left standing in the same spot forever.

Stop caring about things you can’t control.

Some forces are out of your control.  Accept this fact of life.  Wasting your time, talent and emotional energy on things that are beyond your control is a recipe for frustration, misery and stagnation.

The smartest thing you can do to compensate for the things you can’t control is adjusting your attitude.  Your attitude has a profound effect on your overall potential.  Consuming yourself with the negative aspects of a circumstance gets nothing productive accomplished.  But if you instead look at the circumstance productively and positively, coming from the standpoint of “What’s my next best move?” you put yourself back in the driver’s seat.

Bottom line:  As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  You can’t change what happened, but you can change how you react to it.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.  The opposite is also true.  The choice is yours to make.

Now to start following some of these…

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Knotty Monkey Earrings Giveaway from College Prep

I follow a ton of blogs, most of which I can’t even remember how I found in the first place! Usually I find them through another blog which is likely the case with this one…

I recently became a follower of The College Prepster – apparently I’m a little late to the bandwagon because Carly has made quite the name for herself over there! Her about me describes her blog perfectly:

I am a junior in college who loves anything preppy. I’m obsessed with bows, monograms, Lilly Pulitzer, anything vanilla, pink, headbands, cupcakes, Vineyard Vines, Twizzlers, photography, friends, twitter, Kate Spade, lists, Jack Rogers, Ray-Bans, pearls, gchat, Macs, bulletin boards, and post-its.

Any of the above can be found on her blog/tumblr/twitter every day!

I will say, the only downside is that not everything follows into “real life”/grown up world. Some things just wouldn’t fly in the working/professional world. Except that’s where Corporette steps in (minus the prep)!

In honor of those heading back to school shortly, she’s doing a “Back to School” giveaway each week. This week, week #2, you can enter to win a pair of Monkey Fist Knot earrings from Knotty Monkeys. They’re entirely personalized too -pick from 8 different background “flowers” and 28 different knot color combinations. Here are some examples:

Cute, no? And locally made in Morristown, NJ too 🙂
They have all sorts of cute jewelry on their Etsy page. Some other favorites of mine:
Love it for summer!
Love the little knot beads in between! Totally wearable for work!
Now if only I had a bottomless wallet to buy everything 🙂

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Workout Motivation

Yesterday I went to the gym at lunch. Yes, in 100* weather. I tried to come up with all sorts of excuses NOT to go but they all failed. J was going and since we work near one another, we often go together. So I sucked it up, grabbed my bag and went.

After I got back, someone at work asked me about my exercise routine and habits. And I have no problem being honest – I don’t work out because I like to. I work out because I have to. Because if I don’t, I can’t partake in “Pop Tart Friday” (I have Pop Tarts for breakfast every Friday morning). Because if I don’t, I can’t eat with reckless abandon (not that I can now, but I’d have to be even more careful if I don’t work out). Because if I don’t, I have to be okay with having cellulite – and I’m not. So I work out. Trust me, I wish I loved it. Hell, I wish I even liked it! Instead, it’s more of a love-hate relationship. I love the results but hate the work/effort. I don’t like sweating either so running has to ideally be done in front of a fan.

Ironically, I came home and was trying to catch up on my Google Reader (which will apparently always have 1,000+ unread items) when I came across a post from Gina at Fitnessista. She was responding to a reader’s request about always finding motivation to work out and eat well. Such appropriate timing!

I recently bought an iPhone and downloaded a food/fitness app: “My Fitness Pal” (they have apps for iPhone, Droid, Blackberry. Plus you can log via the website). It allows me to log my weight, food and exercise. I have a sweet tooth and let it get beyond out of control recently. This app has gotten me a bit back on track with my eating. It helps me to monitor what I eat and watch my calories/sugar intake.

But, as with Fitnessista‘s reader’s request, I have a difficult time always staying motivated to work out. She gave some great suggestions for how to get out of the unmotivated slump which I’ll have to keep in mind next time I get in an unmotivated mood.

What are your tips and tricks for staying motivated to work out and eat well?

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Reblogged – “Confronting Life”

A friend of mine posted this on her Tumblr and I thought I would share… Regardless of which side of the issue you stand on, it’s a very worthwhile article to read.

Aaron Gouveia and his wife were already having the worst day of their lives. Then came the abortion protesters. [Source] “You’re killing your unborn baby!”That’s what they yelled at me and my wife on the worst day of our lives. As we entered the women’s health center on an otherwise perfect summer morning in Brookline, two women we had never met decided to pile onto the nightmare we had been living for three weeks. These “Christians” verbally accosted us—judged us—as we steeled ourselves for the horror of making the unimaginable, but necessary, decision to end our pregnancy at 16 weeks.After extensive testing at a renowned Boston hospital three weeks earlier, we were told our baby had Sirenomelia. Otherwise known as Mermaid Syndrome, it’s a rare (one in every 100,000 pregnancies) congenital deformity in which the legs are fused together. Worse than that, our baby had no bladder or kidneys. Our doctors told us there was zero chance for survival.I’m not a religious person and I’ve never believed in heaven or hell. But there is a hell on Earth. Hell is sitting next to the person you love most and listening to her wail hysterically because her heart just broke into a million pieces. Hell is watching her entire body convulse with sobs because she’s being tortured with grief. For as long as I live and no matter how many children we have, I will never forget that sound. And I vowed to do everything in my power to make sure she’d never make it again.Across a crowded street, two people with “God Is Pro-Life!” signs and pictures of torn-up fetuses managed to drive the blade in even deeper. Again, I was left trying to console the inconsolable, feeling even more helpless this time, because I wasn’t allowed into surgery with her.Running on pure adrenaline, and without even a hint of a plan, I grabbed my cell phone and crossed the street. I didn’t know what to say or how to say it, I just knew I wanted to make public the cowardice of these protesters. The video’s below—they didn’t disappoint. I learned a few important things from this encounter. First, these people aren’t used to being confronted. They prey on the weak and they pounce on the wounded. It’s easy to berate people and shame them when they’re too beaten down to fight back. But I chose to do just that, and you can see what happened.They spout the same tired rhetoric passed out at rallies and subway stations. They don’t have one salient response to any of my questions.The most telling thing about their cowardice is when the woman on the right gets upset that I’m recording the conversation (which is perfectly legal) and then threatens to call the police. The irony is rich. She wanted to call the police because I was peacefully expressing my opinion on a public sidewalk and exercising my First Amendment rights, which is exactly what she was doing. But I’m not on “God’s side,” am I.She also claims the women at the clinic are suicide risks. Even if she believed that were true, does she really think yelling at them and shaming them in public is going to encourage these women not to kill themselves?After I took a walk and calmed down, it was time to pick up my wife and go home. When we pulled out of the clinic, the protesters were gone, and a police cruiser was parked nearby with the lights flashing. My wife, still groggy from the surgery, managed to crack a little smile, and asked, “What did you do?”I have no idea if it was my interaction with the protesters that got them to leave. I doubt it was, but my wife was convinced that was the case. At first, I didn’t think of it as a big deal, and I actually felt a little foolish for getting so heated.My wife, suddenly serious, pointed out a women entering the clinic. Within minutes, she said, that woman would be making a serious choice. Whether she kept her baby or not, it didn’t matter—what matters is that she can make the decision that’s right for her. And she can make it without people screaming at her.My wife and I wanted our second child. We loved her. We even had a name for her, Alexandra.You never know the circumstances surrounding this kind of decision. Consider this my plea: stop terrorizing women. Stop adding trauma to their trauma. If you’re able, stand up to these bullies in nonviolent ways. Speak out. And if you have a camera, use it.—Aaron Gouveia is a regular contributor to The Good Men Project Magazine.

Aaron Gouveia and his wife were already having the worst day of their lives. Then came the abortion protesters. [Source]

“You’re killing your unborn baby!”

That’s what they yelled at me and my wife on the worst day of our lives. As we entered the women’s health center on an otherwise perfect summer morning in Brookline, two women we had never met decided to pile onto the nightmare we had been living for three weeks. These “Christians” verbally accosted us—judged us—as we steeled ourselves for the horror of making the unimaginable, but necessary, decision to end our pregnancy at 16 weeks.

After extensive testing at a renowned Boston hospital three weeks earlier, we were told our baby had Sirenomelia. Otherwise known as Mermaid Syndrome, it’s a rare (one in every 100,000 pregnancies) congenital deformity in which the legs are fused together. Worse than that, our baby had no bladder or kidneys. Our doctors told us there was zero chance for survival.

I’m not a religious person and I’ve never believed in heaven or hell. But there is a hell on Earth. Hell is sitting next to the person you love most and listening to her wail hysterically because her heart just broke into a million pieces. Hell is watching her entire body convulse with sobs because she’s being tortured with grief. For as long as I live and no matter how many children we have, I will never forget that sound. And I vowed to do everything in my power to make sure she’d never make it again.

Across a crowded street, two people with “God Is Pro-Life!” signs and pictures of torn-up fetuses managed to drive the blade in even deeper. Again, I was left trying to console the inconsolable, feeling even more helpless this time, because I wasn’t allowed into surgery with her.

Running on pure adrenaline, and without even a hint of a plan, I grabbed my cell phone and crossed the street. I didn’t know what to say or how to say it, I just knew I wanted to make public the cowardice of these protesters. The video’s below—they didn’t disappoint.

(Hopefully the video posts… I’m posting this from work and all sorts of websites are blocked so it just shows up as a white box on my end)

I learned a few important things from this encounter. First, these people aren’t used to being confronted. They prey on the weak and they pounce on the wounded. It’s easy to berate people and shame them when they’re too beaten down to fight back. But I chose to do just that, and you can see what happened.

They spout the same tired rhetoric passed out at rallies and subway stations. They don’t have one salient response to any of my questions.

The most telling thing about their cowardice is when the woman on the right gets upset that I’m recording the conversation (which is perfectly legal) and then threatens to call the police. The irony is rich. She wanted to call the police because I was peacefully expressing my opinion on a public sidewalk and exercising my First Amendment rights, which is exactly what she was doing. But I’m not on “God’s side,” am I.

She also claims the women at the clinic are suicide risks. Even if she believed that were true, does she really think yelling at them and shaming them in public is going to encourage these women not to kill themselves?

After I took a walk and calmed down, it was time to pick up my wife and go home. When we pulled out of the clinic, the protesters were gone, and a police cruiser was parked nearby with the lights flashing. My wife, still groggy from the surgery, managed to crack a little smile, and asked, “What did you do?”

I have no idea if it was my interaction with the protesters that got them to leave. I doubt it was, but my wife was convinced that was the case. At first, I didn’t think of it as a big deal, and I actually felt a little foolish for getting so heated.

My wife, suddenly serious, pointed out a women entering the clinic. Within minutes, she said, that woman would be making a serious choice. Whether she kept her baby or not, it didn’t matter—what matters is that she can make the decision that’s right for her. And she can make it without people screaming at her.

My wife and I wanted our second child. We loved her. We even had a name for her, Alexandra.

You never know the circumstances surrounding this kind of decision. Consider this my plea: stop terrorizing women. Stop adding trauma to their trauma. If you’re able, stand up to these bullies in nonviolent ways. Speak out. And if you have a camera, use it.

—Aaron Gouveia is a regular contributor to The Good Men Project Magazine.

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Exhaustion and an Ideal Law Firm

It’s been quite the month. I feel like it’s Thursday and yet it’s only Tuesday. Not a good sign for the rest of the week. Have to make it through this week and next week and then it’s honeymoon time! And two weeks sans work. MUCH needed. I’ve been a stressed, tired, cranky, irritable (really, you name it) girl lately. Definitely not enjoyable to be around.

Work has been tiring lately. For those familiar with the legal world, we’re slaves to the billable hour. I previously worked at a plaintiff’s firm which took most matters on a contingency basis. My current firm is all hourly though and thus billable hours matter. You slip behind one day and you’re forever trying to catch up. At least that’s how I feel. I came in last weekend which kinda helped. I planned on coming in this past weekend to try and catch up before leaving on vacation but wasn’t able to. J’s grandfather passed away last weekend so I headed to the wonderful Midwest for the weekend. Due to all sorts of weather problems, our flight back on Sunday was a disaster. We were suppose to get in around 7:30pm. We didn’t end up landing until just after 3:00am. So now it’s Tuesday and I’m just as exhausted as if it were Friday.

A fellow attorney recently blogged about her “Ideal Law Firm“.  Not gonna lie, I wouldn’t mind working at a firm like that! Maybe it would make me feel a little less cranky today?

To sum up her ideal law firm, it has the following (note, I shortened her post but didn’t remove or change anything of substance):

Offices: Ample shelf-space, windows, doors that may be shut for privacy, name plates, various options of lighting, soundproofed walls are soundproofed, equipped with own iHome to allow attorneys to self-stimulate with music or self-soothe with silence. 

Gym: On site gym with free weights, TRX ropes, various nautilus machines, cardio machines (full stair mills, stair steppers, climbers, ellipticals, treadmills, rowing machines), pool with both a lap lane section and a recreational section.

Infirmary & Pharmacy (with Dental): It will increase billables by preventing lawyers from getting sick.  It will increase billables by shortening the time lawyers have to spend out of the office at doctors’ appointments or in the E.R.

Apartments: Having apartments on site is kind of like college. Apartments on site will also let tired lawyers be able to go to sleep in their beds for power naps rather than be forced to lay on the floor or across their cabinets as they’re wading their way through due diligence at 3 am.

Spa:  It’s a stressful life we lead and studies have proven, that stress leads to health problems.  Therefore a spa is totally necessary. So basically this spa will be for stressed out lawyers to get massages and acupuncture and facials and whatever else they need to de-stress.  Also, the spa is 24 hours because I get most stressed (and make the worst decisions) right around 3 am. 

24-Hour Cafe and Market:  Must serve a variety of options from comfort food and health food. 

Automobile Repair and Body Shop

Dry Cleaner and Tailor: We wear suits.  Suits are best pressed and starched. Also, the best suits are tailored  Thus, tailors are necessary. 

On-Site Veterinarian and Doggy Day Care

Terrace Bar and Sustainable Garden:  This serves two purposes: (1) Lawyers often socialize by sharing cocktails together (2) Sustainable garden will provide both green space to the firm and fresh vegetables and flowers to the market, which will also be in charge of harvesting and maintaining the vegetables.

Mailroom and Delivery Service: Even though everyone gets e-mail I need access to the U.S. Postal Service so I can get my packages from GILT and Rue La La. Also, I don’t know where to even buy stamps anymore, so in the event that I do need to mail something (I don’t even know what), it’s just good to have it.

Bank: Going to the bank is kind of like going to the doctor, except worse because they keep stupid hours when everyone ELSE is working and therefore cannot get there.  Thus having a bank on site will allow the bankers to keep their dumb hours while allowing the lawyers to actually be able to go to the bank, during business hours, without having to go offsite.

Then again, I could have all of the above and I think I would still be tired, cranky, irritable, and everything else right now. I just need a vacation. And some sleep.

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Ten on Tuesday – #1

Idea found through Ashley… Ten on Tuesday is hosted by Chelsea and today’s questions were provided by Lisa:

1. If you work, do you drive to work or take public transportation?
Public transportation and my two feet. I’m at the point where I pretty much loathe having to drive for work.

2. How often do you get your haircut? Do you go to the same person every time?
Depends. I use to get it cut every 12 weeks or so when it was shorter. If it got too long and “in between” it didn’t look good. Now that I’ve been trying to grow it out, I only get it trimmed when the ends noticeably need it. Still around every 12 weeks though. When I go to the “fancy” salon, I go to the same girl every time. When I’m being cheap/letting it grow out, I go cheapo so I see whoever.

3. Do you read the newspaper? If so, a hardcopy or the online version?
Every Monday through Friday! My morning isn’t the same without it. God bless the free NYC daily papers! I read the Metro on my commute to work and then do the sudoku/crosswords in it on my commute home.  If it’s not available for some reason, then the AM NY works.

4. What is the best book you have read this year?
Here’s my book list. Given that I’ve only read 3 so far this year, the best goes to “Room” by: Emma Donoghue.

5. What is the best movie you have seen this year?
I don’t usually see a ton of movies… I did see “The King’s Speech” at the theater (even rarer!) which I liked.

6. Do you tend to crave sweet or salty foods?
95% of the time I crave sweets. Every so often I want chips or something but more often than note, it’s candy-related.

7. Do you eat breakfast every day? If so, what do you have?
Absolutely! If I wake up at 4pm (not that that happens anymore), I must have breakfast. I could eat it all day. For the overly detailed answer now… Monday = bagels, Friday = Poptart Friday!. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday vary. If I’m in Court then it’s an English Muffin (light multi-grain) with chunky peanut butter. If I’m in the office then it’s oatmeal – any kind. Saturday and Sunday are fair game. Sometimes raisin bran, sometimes we go to this fantastic pancake house, it varies!

8. If you celebrate Easter, what Easter treat/candy are you most looking forward to?
All of it? Hah, kidding. I like Cadbury – Creme Eggs, Caramel Eggs, Mini Eggs – I don’t discriminate! Sadly, I haven’t had one yet this year. Self control? Perhaps. They’re just so rich so I usually only have one each season.

9. How late is “sleeping in” to you?
During the week, sleeping in = 6:37am (an extra half hour). Only happens when I’m scheduled in certain Courts. On the weekends, at least 9:00am. Lately I’ve been so exhausted that I’ve pushed 11am quite a few times. Not uncommon in college and law school but it got to be rare after graduating!

10. Where are you going on your next vacation?
Ahhh, Thailand!!! We leave in exactly 1 month and 16 days. I CANNOT wait!! Granted it’s not a normal vacation, it’s our belated honeymoon. But I’m so excited for a vacation finally!! I need to write a separate post all about this trip…

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