Whenever we tell Rhyan, the 2 year old Niece Child, "Rhyan, you're cute!" she replies with one of two things, either "I know!" or, more recently, "Thank you!" Her "Thank you!" though is in the same tone as her "I know!" It's as if she's saying "Yes, I know I'm adorable. Thank you for acknowledging what I already know is true about the awesomeness of me!"

And this got me thinking. Why is it that a two year old, when given a compliment, KNOWS that what she was just told was absolute truth, and can respond with a grateful, yet completely confident "thank you," but as adults we seem to lose the ability to handle compliments both with that kind of grace, and, more importantly, with that kind of inherent KNOWING? Why when I'm told I'm beautiful or smart or doing a good job or whatever awesome part of me is being acknowledged by the outside world, my initial reaction is to rush to a disclaimer, "but my butt is too big," or "but my hair looks horrible today," or "but so and so is smarter" or "but it really wasn't that big of a deal" or whatever it is that my mind comes up with instead of a simple "thank you," that's weighted with the knowledge that I am indeed beautiful/smart/capable/AWESOME! and that I'm thankful that this person has acknowledged what I already know as true about my awesomeness? I want to learn to handle compliments like Rhyan does!

So, I'm thinking a good way to start this week is to practice this! Who's with me? Let's play You're Cute!!! Leave a comment and I'll give you a compliment. You respond with "I know! Thank you!" But before you respond, take a second to really KNOW that you are indeed AWESOME! Then, if you're so inclined, you can leave me a compliment so I can practice too!

Before we know it, we'll all be precocious two year olds who KNOW exactly how amazing we all are! Yay! *g*
*waves* Did y'all miss me? Because I missed you!!!!

With my laptop down for a much needed overhaul for the better part of a week and a half and working being somewhere between batshit crazy and criminally insane, I've barely been online for days. I'm woefully behind on what has been happening in all of your lives and with all the other fabulous people who fill my life with glittery goodness. *woe*

But, my laptop has come back to me!!! It's all shiny and super fast now! I will have to reload a crapton of stuff, but my bb is back! *clings*

I did have a fantabulous weekend, though, with [livejournal.com profile] editorzon. It was so good to spend some time catching up, and talking about all manner of things both silly and serious. We hit the taco and tequila bar on Monday night and drank our way through a decent portion of their tequila menu, while laughing ourselves silly over dancing Jonas Brothers and talking endlessly about our respective sparkly fascinations. It was good times!

You know what else is good times? Kilts!!! Boys in kilts are one of my favoritist things ever!!! Adam was recently in Edinburgh. In a kilt! A glamkilt, of course!

The Glamkilt! )

So, as I was saying, KILTS!!! The fabulosity that is the glamkilt then spawned this post with all manner of boys in kilts! (WARNING: While completely awesome, that post is also quite NSFW. Just so you know. *g*) Please feel free to spam me with additional evidence of the fact that boys in kilts are awesome! It's possible that I'm still not convinced. *shifty eyes*

Did I mention that I missed, y'all? It was horrible to be so disconnected for so long! Now that I'm back, I want to talk to all of you, and hear all about what has been happening in your worlds, and what has been making you happy or sad, although I hope there hasn't been to much of that. So, to assuage my abandonment issues, I'm going to shamelessly steal thankfully borrow something that [livejournal.com profile] wendy posted today:

I think I know my flist pretty well. So, I challenge you to tell me TWO THINGS about yourself that I don't already know. Can you do it?

Tell me things, people!!! *beams*
I've spent too much of my Saturday working and I'm ready to think about something that's, well, NOT WORK, therefore I meme. *g*

As ganked from all over my flist:

Comment with up to five things you associate with me, and I'll ramble about them at great and pointless length, possibly with stick-figure diagrams.
The turkey leftovers are in the refrigerator awaiting reincarnation in a soup or casserole, Black Friday has been successfully avoided, and I'm already thinking of ways to procrastinate getting my holiday decorations up. It must be winter holiday time! *g* I love the holidays, and I especially love picking out exactly the perfect gift for my family and friends. I was once reminded, though, that family and friends would like the same opportunity to gift me with something that makes me happy and reminds me of how much they love me. So, it's in that spirit that I play along with the annual tradition of making a wish list.

Step One: The Wishing )

Step Two: The Wish Granting )

I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight... )

But, really, what I love best about the holidays is gift giving, so if you have a wishlist, please drop me a link here!
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] wendy, because she's right, I couldn't resist!

1. Answer each of the questions below the cut using the [Flickr] search engine.
2. Choose a photo from the first three pages.
3. Copy the URL of your favorite photos [here].
4. Then share with the world.

A picture is worth a thousand words. )
Leave me a comment and I will reply with why I like you. If I don't know you, I'll either make something up or tell you why I like your LiveJournal. You must pay for the privilege by posting a message like this one on your LiveJournal.

Come on! Let me shower you with love! ♥
A legal meme! *geeks out* But mostly, as these things tend to be, this is just a highly effective procrastination device on my part. *g* Also, I have NO DOUBT that everyone on my flist is infinitely smarter than Sarah Palin, so let's see those smarts!

As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your LJ. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your flist, feel free to take the meme to your own LJ to spread the fun.

Show me your legal briefs! *g*

Here are some of mine: In 2005, in Mayle v. Felix, the Supreme Court reversed a Ninth Circuit decision that I had written the opinion for during my clerkship. You'd think this would bother me, but, really, I had called the reversal. The case involved a procedural question about the timing of a petition for habeas corpus. I thought it should be decided one way; my judge disagreed. I did what clerks do and presented all the arguments and legal authority for my oh-so-wise opinion and he did what judges do and decided the case the way he saw it. It was still "my" case though, so I wrote the initial draft of the opinion and it ended up being published almost exactly as I penned it, only to be reversed the next year when the Supreme Court agreed with me! \o/

Another favorite of mine: Marbury v. Madison, (1803), which formed the basis for judicial review in our legal system. So, you know, despite the Conservative rhetoric about the evil of judges who "legislate from the bench," the basic principle of judicial interpretation of the law and the Constitution, well, it's sort of been around for a while and it's sort of an important part of what we like to call check and balances.

[Poll #1270746]
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] meredevachon, mostly because I don't feel like doing the other things I should be doing right now. *g*

Step 1: Put your iPod player on random.
Step 2: Post the first line from the first 35 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song. (I skipped instrumentals, but included any foreign language songs that came up.)
Step 3: Let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.
Step 4: Bold the songs when someone guesses correctly.

I write the songs... )

And since I'm meme-ing, about a million years ago [livejournal.com profile] idiosyncratic gave me the letter "M":

Mmmmmmm. )
I did as little as I could get away with this weekend. I hadn't had a weekend of just doing nearly nothing in a long time. And that's exactly what this weekend was, and it was lovely.

Friday I did go out dancing with some friends from the studio. We had a great time. Danced until our feet protested the abuse. But with the exception of Friday night, the theme for this weekend was SLOTH.

The rest of the weekend was spent catching up on my t.v. shows (Friday Night Lights owns my soul; also, I finally got around to watching Reaper and I like it!); doing a bit of reading (my "to read" list is seriously out of control); occasionally napping (I'm blaming it on travel exhaustion); and watching football (although the plans to make it to the sports bar never materialized as it would have required me moving from my sofa and that clearly was not going to happen this weekend).

It was the perfect lazy weekend and exactly what I needed after the craziness of the last couple of weeks.

Also, here's that icon meme thing... )
When you see this post, quote from Supernatural on your LJ.

Dean: I like him. He says okey-dokey.
Because the alternative is to actually get some work done.

Procrastination in the form of a meme. )
I've been tagged hither and yon, so here goes:

Name ten of life's simple pleasures that you like most, then pick ten people to do the same. Try to be original and creative and not to use things that someone else has already used.

1. Freshly ground, darkly brewed coffee with just the right amount of sugar and cream.
2. Books, of all kinds, and a free day now and then to spend immersed in them.
3. The smell and feel of freshly laundered sheets.
4. The sound of Rianna's giggles.
5. Sleeping in on a Saturday morning.
6. Ripe strawberries covered in dark chocolate.
7. Checking off items on a "to do" list.
8. Backyard barbecues with family and friends.
9. Connecting with someone through good conversation.
10. Discovering something new about someone you thought you knew well.

I think most of you have been tagged. If you haven't been, "you're it."

August 26

Apr. 7th, 2006 01:43 pm
Wikipedia Meme: gakked from all over my flist and brought to you today by the Letter P for Procrastination.

Go to Wikipedia and look up your birthday (excluding the year). List four events, four births, four deaths, and up to three observances or holidays on your birthday in your journal.

August 26 )
As I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] thefirespiral, here goes:

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LiveJournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

1. Shiver by Coldplay
2. Me Dedique a Perderte by Alejandro Fernandez
3. Untouchable Face by Ani DeFranco
4. Come Back to Bed by John Mayer
5. The Hand That Feeds by Nine Inch Nails
6. Persian Love Song by Dead Can Dance
7. Rayando El Sol by Mana

And a tag to: [livejournal.com profile] ozarklily, [livejournal.com profile] sirdog, [livejournal.com profile] ladymairwen, [livejournal.com profile] ladycelt, [livejournal.com profile] gilliannegarret, [livejournal.com profile] bulvai, and [livejournal.com profile] artemis112. Unless, of course, you've been tagged elsewhere, in which case just ignore me.


Nov. 3rd, 2005 08:09 pm
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] thefirespiral.

I ought to carry a broadsword. )


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