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It’s been a LONG week!

There was a point where I felt hopeful about this week. It was sometime Sunday night. Then I woke up at my usual 5:45 am Monday morning, and I was already exhausted. It’s been pretty much downhill since then. Or maybe it’s been uphill based on how tired I am.

Where did it go?

I got all my reading done over the weekend. So, I should have been good for the week. And I even took Tuesday off work. Sure, I spent the morning at the hospital delivering a monkey balloon to a friend admitted with chest pain. (She’s going to be fine.) And, I spent much of the afternoon reading the live blogging of the iPhone announcement (An iPhone 4S? Where’s my iPhone 5, damn it?). But, I went into torts feeling like I was getting it, and I was keeping up. And Torts class went fine. Yet, by the end, I felt like I was lost and going to be getting further lost.

I have been so tired this week that several days I haven’t been sure what day it is. In my Wednesday Contracts class, I had a few moments of panic when I realized I hadn’t read for the next class, but then realized that it was Wednesday and the next class wasn’t until Monday. My watch battery is still dead (about 3 weeks now), and the clock in my office is falling behind because that battery’s going. I haven’t had a clue what time it is since Monday.

Tonight, spent an hour or so in the WORST LEGAL RESEARCH LECTURE EVER! Here’s the research librarian’s lesson on secondary resources: “Go to Westlaw. Click here. Here. And Here.” I tried following along, but that was difficult because she left key steps out of her screen shots. (Some of the items aren’t alphabetical, they’re thrown in at the end. And, they’ve changed the screen layout for LegalTrac since she took the screenshots she used for her PowerPoint presentation.) It would have been a more productive hour if you had written out directions and let me do it on my own at home. So frustrating!

Work has been busy, too

It’s been a busy week at work. With Tuesday off, Wednesday felt like Monday. And, I’ve had enough work to do that I have to go in tomorrow. Friday is usually my work-at-home day, which means I can sleep until 7:30 and still be working by 8:00. But, I didn’t have time to figure out what I needed to bring home, and some things are just easier to do in the office. So, I’m going to get up at 5:45 tomorrow to go into work.

This week, I read about 75 resumes and am trying to coordinate interviews across 6 staff and 14 candidates.

At least I have a date after work to look forward to.

This has got to be unhealthy

I’ve survived this week on two speeds: Full and Dead Stop. And, I try to transition as quickly as possible to save time. I’m up to a minimum of 5 medium to large cups of coffee a day, along with a lot of M&M’s. That’s Full Speed. Then, when I get home, I need to calm down so I can get to sleep. That’s Dead Stop. Thank goodness for wine or Ambien. I did make it to the trainer on Tuesday, and had a good workout, although I tired easily.

And, I irritable. When I’m tired, I don’t deal with frustration as well. On the drive home from school tonight, I encountered about 7 idiots, 3 morons, 9 assholes, a few f*&king assholes, and 1 Worst Driver Ever. The guy in front of me at 18th and Florida couldn’t figure out what he was doing, until he managed to make sure no one got through the green light in our direction. Then, 10 seconds after the light turned red, he decided he wasn’t going to turn left, and gunned it through the red light. Really? Where’s a lazy DC cop when you need one?

BTW: Some day, I’m going to start a blog where you can post pictures of DC cops breaking the law or goofing off. Like the day one almost hit me because he was making a right turn on red, while texting on his iPhone.

 

Sorry if this posting is rambling and disjointed. It’s been a long week. I’m tired, and I just got home at 9:45 pm. Now, I’m going to have a glass of wine and watch Modern Family on the DVR.

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Book 8: Harry Potter and the Bad Parents

The Last Harry Potter Movie

Tonight, I went to see the final Harry Potter movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. I’ve been looking forward to it since I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which was about 13 hours after it was released. I waited to see the movie because I wanted to be able to really enjoy it. I didn’t want a crowded theater full of people talking, texting, or playing Angry Birds. I figured a Monday night at 9:40 would be perfect. And, I worked late tonight, but didn’t have anything planned after that. Perfect time for a movie.

I got there right on time, got my small popcorn, Sour Patch Kids, and small soda. (I won’t even go in to how slow the concession workers were. Let’s just say the guy in front of me got a free popcorn refill. That took almost 5 minutes and two tries.) The theater was about 1/3 full, which was more crowded than I expected, but I got a good seat near the back and settled in.

After 15 trailers ranging from “Happy Feet Two” to “Cowboys and Aliens” (I guess they weren’t sure what demographic was going to see Harry Potter.), the lights dimmed the whole way and the movie started. And a young child started cooing. WTF? I just spent $12 on a ticket, and $15 on snacks, and you’re little rugrat is going to ruin my Harry Potter Experience?

Bad Parents

Who brings a young child to Harry Potter? At 9:40 pm? To a PG-13 movie? You must be a really bad parent!

After the kid kept cooing (at least he wasn’t screaming), the mother and the kid moved to the floor near the hallway from the entrance, but didn’t leave. At times, I could see the kid wandering across the middle of the theater (still wearing his bib). He was probably about 2.5-3. This poor kid. He’s going to need a lot of therapy, for multiple reasons:

  • Your parents clearly don’t understand your needs, buddy. If they did, they would have put you to bed by 10 pm. I realize that maybe they couldn’t find a babysitter. But then stay home! Having kids changes your life. Sometimes, you have to put their needs ahead of your own. You can watch the movie on Netflix in a few months.
  • The movie’s gotta be scary to a kid. There are goblins, dragons, people dying, Voldemort’s messed up face, snakes killing people. It is rated PG-13 for a reason. I read the book and knew how it was ended, but still found myself chewing on my finger a few times. Movies can scar kids. I know. I was older than this kid when I saw the movie on Bigfoot, and I’m still afraid of Sasquatches to this day. Luckily, I don’t run into them often enough to justify therapy for my fear. I’ve learned to cope.
  • Your parents obviously have no manners. If they did, they wouldn’t bring a young kid, who can’t sit still (and shouldn’t be expect to) to the movies. So, they’re probably not going to be good at teaching you how to get along in society without acting up. Get used to the Principal’s Office. You’ll probably be there a lot.

I wanted to yell out, “You’re a bad parent” during one of the quieter parts of the movie. But I figured being disruptive might not be the best way to deal with disruptive behavior. And they left (or the kid fell asleep) about halfway through the movie.

The Movie

The movie was awesome! You should go see it!

Bad Cellphone People

As if the cooing child wasn’t disruptive enough, the woman sitting next me left her cellphone on. I know that because it started ringing. She actually pulled it out, looked at the screen, and contemplated answering it for a few seconds before silencing it and putting it back in her purse.

I HATE the inappropriate use of cellphones. Humans have survived thousands of years without being in constant contact. You can sit through a 2 hour movie without talking your friends. (I always turn mine off, or at least put it in airplane mode. Vibrating phones are just as disruptive.) If she had answered, I might have been in the mood to take it from her and break it, or at least turn it off. It probably would have been worth paying to replace her phone just to see the look on her face. And I think I would have gotten applause from the rest of the theater.

My Thoughts

When did we lose all manners? When did we decide it’s ok to bring your kid to an adult movie and just disrespect everyone around you? When did we decide not to jam cellphone signals in theaters? (I once was at a dance performance at the Kennedy Center. The woman down the row from me was using the light from her cell phone’s screen to write on a piece of notebook paper on her legs. She got offended when I asked her to turn her phone off.)

Am I over-reacting? Should I just give up and realize that most people have absolutely no consideration for those around them? What are your thoughts?