Jury Duty


Ok, so this week I had my very first calling to be on a jury – the dreaded Jury Summons.  Man, when I got that letter in the mail I was sooo annoyed.  I’ve only lived in Georgia for a year!  LITERALLY!!!  How could I possibly be called.  But no there has been no mistake, it was my turn. Sigh.

Me being me, I stress out the night before about how I am going to get there…how long it is going to TAKE me to get there, and if I am going to meet a new guy 🙂 So I get up early in the morning (6am) so I have time to wake up and doll up (ha). I leave my place at 7am so I have time to park at work and take the marta to the court house.  What I forgot: oh yeah, the weather….pouring rain. Fabulous! Did I wear appropriate shoes? Of course not, why would I do that…so I am walking to the marta station, thankfully with an umbrella…unthankfully in a full length skirt of a great dress I own in fabric flats that are getting SOAKED.

Getting on the marta is never really stressful unless there are gads of people, like after a braves game.  Having said that, getting off the marta and TO where I need to be is always a little dicey. Especially at 7am in the middle of downtown in the pouring rain when you’ve never been there before and have no real idea where you need to go accept what the little blue paper tells you. In tiny print. On the back of the paper. Yay.

So I get off at Five Points and begin making my way to where it tells me to go – Peachtree Street. Fine…that one I know. Problem? You get outside and it is sort of terrifying to realize (in the pouring rain) that you don’t know where MLK is…even though the paper tells you to go “right”. That’s helpful, accept when you are me and sometimes you can’t tell which way that is….so I start going down the wrong street which is flooded, and a gust of wind chooses that moment to welcome me to that particular part of downtown by ripping my umbrella out of my hands.  So there I am getting more upset, and soaked, chasing my umbrella down the street at 730am.

Finally, I get help from a phone booth, which gratefully stopped my umbrella and it’s merry run down the street…and I realize, oh hey! Look where I am – MLK. No idea how I got there. Lovely.

I’m going to skip the rather irritating part of me obtaining breakfast at the “cash only” cafeteria. I find it tedious…When we are all gathered upstairs for our “training” (30 min video) where we listen to Sandra Day O’Connor and Samuel Alito tell us how great jury duty service is, and why we should all be proud to serve (yada yada)…I start becoming strangely excited about the prospect of serving.  Forgetting all of my worries about it going over into my vacation, or the important presentation I have next week….and I settle in for some serious Netflix watching and blackberry answering for a few hours. Turns out to be 4 – til 11:45 when they call my name and tell me to be back there by 1245, and then dismiss the other half. Great!

Go get lunch – get mocked by a fellow juror for my Subway vegan sub…always a good time, and head back. Now, in my brain, I assumed them wanting me to be back by 1245 meant I would be called soon thereafter for something. Right? Wrong…3 hours later they call my name. 345pm. By this time I’m just annoyed – I would rather be at work being productive, instead I’m working on my tiny 10 inch netbook screen with my blackberry and sporadically watching Star Trek to pass the time.

FIFTY of us make our way upstairs to wait another 30 minutes for the security dude to organize us into groups of 14 and then 30 minutes of probably the best part of the day – meeting the HILARIOUS judge. Thank God for that woman.

As we’re going through the questions, the people around me are telling me I am going to get picked…I’m thinking I am going to, and it is now 6pm. When she calls us in and says – I won’t be able to get you out of here at 630 like I promised, so you have a decsion to make as a team – do I keep you til 7 or do I ask you to all come back tomorrow.  Seriously? Is that even a decision – yes, we stayed.  At 715pm I found out I did not get chosen. REJOICE. Be Glad.

11 hours and 45 minutes at the court house for doing nothing wrong but registering to vote in Fulton County. Go me.  In fact, it affected me so badly I could not write about it right away…I’m still in recovery. Please God let it be a few years before I am called again.

20 Things I’ll never understand…Part 1 :)


Ok, so we all know there are things you’ll never understand….Paris Hilton, why on earth people eat toilet paper or their couch and don’t think anything is wrong with themselves…Sarah Palin. You get the picture.  Well, for me here is a not-so-comprehensive list that I just feel the need to get on paper tonight after some pretty stupid local news stories that made me want to stop watching news (again…) and will probably succeed!  here we go:

  1. Why people watched Jerry Springer for so long
  2. How on God’s green earth Jersey Shore came to being
  3. Why Firefly was taken off the air…and Farscape too for that matter
  4. That Coconut milk ice cream doesn’t really seem to melt appropriately.  Doesn’t stop me from eating it (vegan, remember), but sort of disturbs me.
  5. How people can actually enjoy doing dishes.
  6. Sarah Palin and her rise to “fame” or is it infamy? Time will tell I suppose.
  7. The need to develop a widget just because…sigh. Story of my life.
  8. People who think the easiest way is the best way – like using tables to develop a site
  9. Music or videos that autoplay – Ack! Or worse…have NO controls for you to stop the insanity
  10. Why people insist that Flash intros are the way to go
  11. Rich media ads that automatically expand when you got to a page (ESPNCNN – I’m talking to you!)
  12. Why Microsoft had to buy Skype – I’m terrified of what it is going to become…
  13. Why people think putting EVERYTHING on their homepage is a must. Seriously people, less is more.
  14. Anderson Coopers hair – is it real, really? Doubtful
  15. Fox News (even typing it made me throw up a little…)
  16. Men
  17. How someone could think remaking “buffy” (tv version) without Geller and Whedon would EVER fly
  18. Why Sookie makes money on being…herself
  19. Why we can’t take after CBC and have some positive nationwide news more often – so depressing (tied to above, i know)
  20. The Tea Party – really? The fact that my friend referred to them as TP (which made me think of toilet paper) really only ads to this
While this is not an exhaustive list, it is only an installment, I am sure there will be more.  What are some things you’ll never understand! Inquiring minds want to know!  Bring it.
~P

Weakness: Anything Jane Austen


When I say anything I really mean it.  I am currently watching a movie called Lost in Austen.  It’s truly fabulous and acts out something I’ve always dreamed – to be able to swap places from my reality with Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice (of course) and to have Mr. Darcy fall madly, deeply in love with me! Sigh.  Obv never going to happen, but a girl can dream – and this movie does a great job of living it the way it would probably  happen to me (minus the really tiny flat in London and lovely accent as well as the messy parts in the middle. It is MY fantasy, after all). For your viewing pleasure – here is chapter 1 🙂

Having loved being lost in Jane Austen for most of my life, I hope that many of you will enjoy as I do!  I promise to write of more…the next JA movie I plan on watching is Persuasion 🙂

#guiltypleasures

My Vegan Journey to Enlightenment Begins…


Last month, the week AFTER my 33rd birthday, I decided to begin a new adventure: that of becoming a vegan.

It is something I’ve been thinking about for a very long time – several of my friends have long been vegetarians, two of whom are now Vegans. My mom sent me a gift – the Alicia Silverstone book “the Kind Life”…I have to honestly say, and yes it sounds sort of ridiculous, but it changed my outlook on life. I was mocked on a diet website for thinking the book was insightful – and to those who are detractors of hers I say – read it before you judge. She has put herself and her beliefs out there to help people, and I for one am extremely grateful…..but I am not doing it because I want to follow the crowd. I am doing it as an experiment for myself.

I have many dietary issues it seems like – I feel like for the last several years nary a day goes by that I do not become uncomfortable or ill-use after having a meal. Meat and other animal related products have long been a huge part of my diet, but they make me feel like crap.

Additionally, I’ve been having odd occurrences…like I ate about a pound of almonds over a couple of days (maybe a week) and ended up looking like a porcupine…but I’ve tested negative for nut allergies. It’s called “sensitivity”. Whatever, it’s irritating.

So my mom came to visit for my birthday…and we’ve been pretty much cutting out all meat and animal related products save a couple: parmesan cheese, ranch dressing thus far are proving to be the most difficult…that and white sugar (aka the DEVIL).

What I am finding after about two weeks: when I eat white sugar, I get sick…it SUCKS. Furthermore, I am not getting sick after eating…I mean at all!! It’s so exciting! So far we are experimenting with things like Miso, Seitan, meatless crumble, soy ice cream and coconut ice cream (and bars – yum!). I don’t feel like I am being deprived. In fact, I feel better than I have in a really long time.

If it continues like this – I can’t imagine ever missing meat or any other animal related products (save the parmesan and ranch…working on those two!!).

Stay tuned 🙂